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Royalists sent packing by voters seeking a brighter future for Christchurch

Bill arrived at the studio radiating an infectious frisson of post-election excitement on Monday 14 October for the pre-record of this week’s Local Government Elections 2013 wrap show.

Recalling some of the highs and lows of the 2013 campaign in Christchurch, Bill said It’s Our City’s elections panel had scored almost full marks this time around, having correctly picked in their recommendations earlier this month all but two of the eventual winners around the Council table.

Of the 13 Councillors who have joined Christchurch’s new Mayor, Lianne Dalziel, nine are new to the table with only four from the previous council having survived the 2013 City Hall spring clean after voters apparently vexed by the poor governance and management that characterised the Parker reign sent all but one Royalist packing.

Among those who will not be returning to the Council chamber this term is Christchurch’s own Big Dipper aka Aaron Keown who was anything but gracious about the exit vote his campaign was greeted with by the good people of Shirley-Papanui, opining bitterly that he was surprised to not get re-elected and saying: “The council has been elected on negativity. You will reap what you sow. It is a shame for the city.”

To hear this and much, much more, click on the streaming audio icon below or download the podcast to listen to later.

The ‘It’s Our City’ show on Plains FM reverts to its regular alternate weekly schedule from Tuesday 22 October, with Bill as The Town Prier once again appearing on Gary McIlroy’s Mornings show every Wednesday. 

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