The Resistance Grows

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Join with the Wizard in opposing the foolish and naive plans by Christchurch City Council to asset strip our city.

KOA states its case

Putting People at the center of the Rebuild 

Steve and Murray facing down the asset strippers 
Steve Howard and Murray Horton presented our submission to the Christchurch City Council Long Term Plan yesterday evening. 

Emphasising that bricks and mortar were not the only assets under threat Steve stated that it was "indefensible for those councillors,who during the election period campaigned to hold on to the city’s assets, to in anyway support a sell down". 

"Where the major driving force for an unnecessary change is a central government that is committed to the failed neoliberal ideology of privatisation," the submission stated "the council should be honest with the people and alert them to the problem. It is a temptation to claim that such honesty would impinge on the council’s ability to negotiate outcomes but in reality the only strength the council has is the popular support of a well-informed community".

You can watch the entire presentation in the video below and read the submissions of other KOA affiliates here .

Checkout the Press coverage of our presentation

Prominent Cantabrians Speak Out

Against Asset Sales

Responses are coming in to KOA (Keep our Assets Canterbury) from prominent Cantabrians
"We are selling our birthright
for a mess of pottage"
opposed to asset sales.

It’s clear to us the majority of Cantabrians are strongly opposed to asset sales

Some of the early responses include the following:

Deputy Chair of the Historic Places Trust Canterbury Ross Gray has made his personal view clear

“It is vital that the Christchurch City Council, in whom city assets are vested, retains these assets for the continuing income generating benefit they offer the city” (see the full statement)

Local writer arrel says it’s time for a cup of tea

“This city is being forced by government into selling assets, to fund items it neither needs nor can afford. It is time to ditch the blueprint. Sit down. Have a nice cup of tea, and think again”

The Wizard is typically blunt

"The Anchor projects are sinking the ship of Christchurch. We are selling our birthright for a mess of pottage."

And to those who say young people don’t give a stuff about politics local musicians The Transistors get straight to the point.

“We oppose any transfer of public assets into the ownership of a wealthy few”

The KOA campaign is growing with petition forms coming in from across the city opposed to asset sales.

Want to help with our work?

  • Help gather signatures for the petition here (circulate the hyperlink to friends, on facebook, twitter, etc) 
  • Attend a planning meeting 

5.30pm, Wednesdays at the WEA

Public Meeting -

A Tale of Two Networks


Tuesday May 19th

7.00pm - 9.00pm

The Oak Room

The Atrium

455 Hagley Avenue  


Dick Werry and Peter Harris will lead a discussion based on a case study of the very different outcomes in Wellington resulting from the privatisation of the electricity network and the retention of the water network in Council ownership.

This event is co-hosted by the NZ Fabian Society, Sustainable Otautahi Christchurch, Unions Canterbury/NZ CTU, Christchurch Council of Social Services and Keep Our Assets Canterbury.