Greater Christchurch has overwhelmingly voted red – giving Labour all but two of its electorate seats and the majority of the party vote.
Labour supporters at the party's election event in Christchurch on Saturday night were barely able to keep a lid on their excitement and glee at National’s astonishingly poor performance in the city – and their knives came out for their parliamentary colleagues in Blue.
“At last, Christchurch has woken up,” said Duncan Webb, Christchurch Central’s incumbent.
“It’s been a long campaign, exhausting, but the reward you get for that, it’s amazing.
Christchurch’s city centre is awash with “dirty, dusty, gravel pits” and the council has had enough.
About 120 car parks within the four avenues are potentially operating without the necessary consent, stifling the city’s revitalisation.
The Christchurch City Council will this month send letters to owners of those sites, giving them 90 days to either cease their operations or apply for and be granted a resource consent.
If they fail to do so, the council could issue owners with a $300 fine and issue an abatement notice to cease the activity. Owners who ignore the notice could face court action. Read more here.
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