77 days ago

Canterbury regional council rates could jump more than 24 per cent

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

The average Christchurch ratepayer could be an extra $250 a year out of pocket if steep regional council rate hikes thought to be one among the highest in the country are brought in.

Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing increasing rates by either 24.5 per cent or 18 per cent, to cover the fallout of the Government’s new freshwater regulations.

This would be on top of district council rate rises, such as Christchurch City Council’s proposed five per cent increase, leaving many concerned about the combined toll of the cost to ratepayers. Read more here.

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2 hours ago

We Say/You Say: MMP

Thomas Campbell Reporter from Northern Outlook

Hi Canterbury,

Would you support the introduction of MMP to local body elections?

A former Labour minister has called on the government to implement MMP as the voting system for local body elections in a bid to 'fix' local government.

Peter Neilson, an economist, is a former Labour MP for Miramar, a Minister of Revenue, Works and Associate Minister of Finance. Neilson explains how MMP could have a positive impact on civic participation after data from Internal Affairs showed a decline in voter turnout.

Around four out of 10 New Zealanders on the electoral role turned out to vote in the last set of local elections. In comparison, around seven or eight out 10 voted in the general election last year.

Share your thoughts below and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comment featured in the Northern Outlook.

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2 hours ago

Free immigration advice and support

The Team from Citizens Advice Christchurch Area

At CAB we know that dealing with immigration issues can be tricky and there are major changes to the immigration system coming. That is why we have set up 2 clinics to help . Whatever the immigration issue we can get you off to a good start .
The clinics are ...
1. Free Legal Clinic – Immigration
- next one 13th May
This clinic is run by specialist immigration lawyers who are experienced in Immigration law. We also have a lawyer who can help with Refugee law.
When: Thursdays (every 3 weeks)
Time: 6.15pm- 8pm
Location: Hornby Community Centre – 8 Goulding Ave
Booking: Phone our West Branch 03 349 5236 to make an appointment

2. Immigration Advice Clinic
- next one 18th of May
This clinic is run by a registered immigration advisor. She can give immigration advice, support and help with completing immigration paperwork.

When: Tuesdays (every 2 weeks)
Time: 11am – 1pm
Location: Fendalton Library – 4 Jeffreys Rd
Booking: Phone our North Branch 03 351 7804 to make an appointment

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1 day ago

This 30 minute appointment could save your life!

Katrina from Health Screening New Zealand

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