Councillors likely to shove not love
Today may be Valentines Day but love is unlikely to be in the air around the Christchurch City Council table.
With local body elections just eight months away, the council's first public meeting of the year is likely to be a lively affair.
The council met in private on Monday, but today's meeting is the first of the year in which councillors will have an audience.
With most councillors seeking re-election, they will be keen to show they have the skills needed to navigate the city through its post-earthquake rebuild.
One or two councillors will be keen to raise their public profile and demonstrate their leadership qualities in preparation for a tilt at the mayoralty.
Mayor Bob Parker is the only person to have declared they will seek the mayoralty, but councillors Glenn Livingstone and Tim Carter have hinted they may run.
Cr Barry Corbett, who will stand down in October after five terms of office, has warned he intends to pull no punches over coming months.
At the start of Monday's private council meeting he told councillors that as he no longer needed to worry about getting re-elected he was free to speak frankly and would stand up for whatever was in the best interests of the city.
"I think it's going to be an interesting few months in the debating chamber," a councillor told The Press.
"There are a few councillors who are pretty worried about their re-election chances who are going to be doing all they can to get their name out there and impress the voters."
Matters for councillors to consider at today's meeting include the timetable for developing a local alcohol policy and how to proceed with the proposed Ferrymead-Scarborough coastal pathway.