Park bench dedication to Gerry Brownlee

DEDICATED: A mystery plaque has been nailed to a park bench.
DEDICATED: A mystery plaque has been nailed to a park bench.

A High St bench outside a popular Christchurch cafe has been dedicated to Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee.

Although it's probably not the sort of dedication he is looking for.

"This park bench is dedicated to the memory of Gerry Brownlee who hates Christchurch and everyone in it" the plaque declares.

CONTROVERSIAL: A second plaque has been dedicated to Tony Marryatt.
CONTROVERSIAL: A second plaque has been dedicated to Tony Marryatt.

The sign was nailed to a wooden bench on High St outside C1 Espresso and a picture of it was posted on the cafe's Facebook page yesterday and attracted close to 800 likes within the first 12 hours. 

It also attracted many comments with adjectives ranging from 'awesome' to 'excellent' while other Facebook users said they ''love it'' and were ''laughing out loud''.

A small number of commenters said the plaque was a little harsh. 

A C1 Espresso staff member said a customer noticed it when a fire alarm forced everyone outside at midday yesterday.

"They are really well done. Some cheeky bugger has put a bit of effort into it."

A spokesman for Brownlee said the minister did not wish to comment on the plaque.

It is not known who is behind the sign or when it was erected.

Sam Crofske, owner of C1 Espresso on High St, said the sign had been removed this afternoon by Christchurch City Council workers.

"They didn't last long ... that's for sure."

Crofskey said his business attracted people from ''all sides of the political spectrum'' but he had no idea who was behind the satirical plaque.

The council has not responded to The Press and has not confirmed it ordered the sign to be removed.

The Press has launched an investigation into the matter. Anyone with information is urged to email georgina.stylianou@press.co.nz

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