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“Hope for the best and plan for the worst”

This week Mornings host Gary McIlroy and The Town Prier, Big Bill Demeter, engaged in a wide-ranging discussion, with Bill sounding for all the world like he’s still channelling Karloff the Uncanny.

With councillors presently rowing mostly in the same direction and no new alarming developments in City Hall, this week’s show delved into several topics that have been generating heated debate at home and internationally as well as some with a very local flavour. Continue reading

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“What a cheerful bunch”

There have been many changes in the city since the last time the Town Prier, Bill Demeter, and Mornings host Gary McIlroy last spoke before the run-up to the October local government elections, including Bill’s voice.

This week Gary welcomes back the meaner sounding Town Prier but Bill tells listeners he’s  a reformed man and that his rougher voice simultaneously is a gift of good fortune and a temporary effect of a recent minor stroke.

After passing out a bouquet of roses to Dunedin Hospital staff, Bill shares his thoughts on what Gary describes as a “fairy tale new start for the Council”. Continue reading

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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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The Get-Out-Your-Vote Show

In this Get-Out-Your-Vote pre-election show broadcast on 8 October 2013 Bill Demeter and Michael Herman discuss the Christchurch City Council candidates and explore the recommendations prepared by It’s Our City’s Elections Panel. Afterwards they consider some of the situations and key problems the new council will face and how it will prioritise what needs to be done to ensure a successful rebuild.

“You know, they say if you don’t vote, you get the government you deserve.”
– E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

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Manji: “Recovery is about the people… it is not about the buildings”

Fendalton-Waimairi Ward independent candidate Raf Manji has a background in finance, community and enterprise, and a passion for public service.

In the first segment of this week’s show (broadcast date 1 October 2013) Raf tells Bill he’d like to see more participatory democracy in the running of the city and “an absolute freeze on (council) pay rises; anyone earning over $100,000 – forget it.”

Then former journalist and long-time ‘It’s Our City’ listener Michael Herman once again joins Bill for the ‘Town Prier’ segment. This week, as the wick of the Parker-Marryatt approaches its end, they consider Nelson Mandela’s observation that “a good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination” and ponder whether the current mayor and the former CEO were between them possessed of either.

‘It’s Our City’ and the ‘Town Prier’ segment from Plains FM Mornings have combined in an all-new Local Government Election Season format, with an extended version of ‘It’s Our City’ now broadcast weekly on Tuesdays 11:00 to 11:55 until 12 October 2013 and rebroadcast on Wednesdays at 21:30.

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Ali Jones (IOCI - 24 September 2013)

“The biggest thing I can bring is a positive, energetic, intelligent approach to moving forward”

Shirley-Papanui Ward independent candidate and St Albans resident Ali Jones had not planned to run for council again but was inspired by Lianne Dalziel’s launch speech and the opportunity for a fresh start created by Tony Marryatt’s resignation and Bob Parker’s decision not to stand for re-election.

In the first segment of this week’s show (broadcast date 24 September 2013) Bill asks Ali what she believes will be the three main issues facing the new council after the 12 October 2013 vote.

Then former journalist and long-time ‘It’s Our City’ listener Michael Herman once again joins Bill for the ‘Town Prier’ segment. This week they contemplate Sir Bob Jones’s Laws of Economics, whether Fortuna will drop Labour leader David Cunliffe into the prime minister’s seat, and reflect on what’s happening out on the Christchurch hustings in the run-up to the city’s most important election in 50 years.

‘It’s Our City’ and the ‘Town Prier’ segment from the ‘Morning Show’ have combined in an all-new Local Government Election Season format, with an extended version of ‘It’s Our City’ now broadcast weekly on Tuesdays 11:00 to 11:55 until 12 October 2013 and rebroadcast on Wednesdays at 21:30.

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Is the city taking on too much debt?

A lot has happened in the city and at city hall since mayoral candidate Lianne Dalziel last appeared on ‘It’s Our City’ in early June. In the first segment of this week’s show (broadcast date 17 September 2013) Bill asks Lianne what are the key issues facing residents and the city, and what she will do if elected.

Former journalist and long-time ‘It’s Our City’ listener Michael Herman once again joins Bill for the ‘Town Prier’ segment. This week they contemplate the Labour leader contest, Local Government Judgement Day 2013, and don’t mince words about disappointing mainstream media coverage of the city’s most important election in 50 years and farcical campaign promises.

‘It’s Our City’ and the ‘Town Prier’ segment from the ‘Morning Show’ have combined in an all-new Local Government Election Season format, with an extended version of ‘It’s Our City’ now broadcast weekly on Tuesdays 11:00 to 11:55 until 12 October 2013.

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September 10, 2013 - Paul Lonsdale on It's Our City

“Someone’s got to be strong enough to pull those people (councillors) together”

This week ‘It’s Our City’ and the ‘Town Prier’ segment from the ‘Morning Show’ combine in an all-new Local Government Election Season format, with an extended version of ‘It’s Our City’ now broadcast weekly on Tuesdays 11:05 to 12:00 until 12 October 2013.

On the ‘Town Prier’ this week, Bill Demeter is joined by former journalist and long-time ‘It’s Our City’ listener, Michael Herman. Together they slice and dice the events of the past seven days and ponder what the future holds for Christchurch and New Zealand. 

Then Paul Lonsdale, candidate for mayor and city council, joins Bill for the ‘It’s Our City’ segment to share his views on how to get our city working together again.

Agree or disagree? Call Bill direct (03) 379-3873.

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The Town Prier on the Local Election Nominations, Community Boards, Tony Marryatt, and the Town Hall

This week the Town Prier Big Bill Demeter and Plains 96.9 FM “Mornings – Your Canterbury Connection” show host Gary McIlroy’s discuss:

  • The local election nominations
  • Community Boards
  • Tony Marryatt
  • Town Hall

Agree or disagree? Call Big Bill direct (03) 379-3873.

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