Tuesday nights at Smash Palace, High Street Christchurch an eclectic group of people saunter up to the bus from 5.00pm to order something to drink. They are mostly older folk, many in suits, but younger people are there too, some arrive on bikes. Sometimes you will spot an MP or a Councillor or even the Mayor.
Some of these people are decision makers in the city, many are active community advocates, all are concerned about the future, and they want to be part of creating it. What brings them together is that they are committed to the future of Christchurch and to open transparent democracy.
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At 5:30pm Garry Moore, a former mayor of Christchurch and regular member of the Radio NZ Panel welcomes people and introduces the speaker for the night. It is over by 6.45, but not before there has been a rigorous discussion about the topic.
This is Democracy at its best. We meet in the ground floor of the brick building at the back of Smash Palace – buy your drinks at the bus – lots of craft beers to choose from and in the winter mulled wine and cider – join us in person or online.
So, if you have a free hour come along this week….
This is another in a series of talks where we are trying to encourage democratic involvement by the people of Christchurch. We are analysing what is happening in our city and supporting each other’s engagements in our various communities.
We are keen to support many different forms of leadership and play our collective role to ensure that Christchurch becomes an international beacon of hope after a disaster.
“Everything is alright in the end. If it isn’t, then we’re not at the end.” John Lennon.
“Democracy dies in darkness” the by-line of the Washington Post.
An interested party says
I love the idea of the Tuesday Club, but what am I signing up for and who is behind the scenes. I see that the blog posts are authored by “admin”. I read with interest the one about the CDHB deficit, which is certainly an important issue for the people of Christchurch. Bore I launch into response hyperbolic or not, noting that I know a lot about what went on, it would be relevant to know who in the Tuesday club writes these pieces and is it expected or implied that participants in the club stand by them?
HI Nigel, Rosemary Neave is admin – but Garry Moore writes most material unless it says otherwise. I turn it into the newsletter and email
Heather McDonald says
I’m interested in buying a strip of red zone land alongside my property. I registered interest with LINZ years ago and then they gave the land to CCC. Would you know who or even which department at council I should follow this up with please?
sorry, no idea. I am sure a call to ccc would help. otherwise contact your local council or community board members