Signs in support of vigilante city councillors erected outside bar

One of the signs supporting city councillors Phil Mauger and James Daniels’ outside The Bower. ...
One of the signs supporting city councillors Phil Mauger and James Daniels’ outside The Bower. ​Photo: Supplied
Under siege Christchurch city councillors Phil Mauger and James Daniels have received a public vote of support from a bar in their heartland.

The Bower in North New Brighton has hoardings outside its premises protesting any disciplinary action the councillors may face from the city council.

Mauger, the Burwood Ward councillor, took matters into his own hands and dug an unauthorised trench on Pages Rd, near the New Brighton bridge, to stop flooding that has been occurring since the earthquakes.

Coastal Ward councillor Daniels was vocal in his support of Mauger’s actions.

Phil Mauger.
Phil Mauger.
The city council is investigating, and both Mauger and Daniels may face disciplinary action.

One sign features Mauger and Daniels holding a wreath and reads: “Eastside Loyal.”

The other shows Mauger and Daniels’ heads photo-shopped into the trench Mauger dug and reads: “Phil & James Schitt Creek.”

The Bower owner Katrina Hargen said the action being taken against Mauger and Daniels was unfair.

"As a local business, and someone who lives in the area, I just wanted to show my support to Phil and James.

"They’re doing something proactive.

"They’re getting something done that, after nearly 10 years, the council hasn’t been able to do and they’re getting raked over the coals for it.

Katrina Hargen.
Katrina Hargen.

"I just don’t think it’s the right thing to do,” she said.

Mauger said it was good “the community are behind us”.

Said Daniels: “Obviously, it’s a show of support and it’s appreciated.”

Last week, about 200m of footpath along Pages Rd has been raised to stop it flooding.

City council staff are drafting plans for flood management infrastructure on Pages Rd, which will be reported to the city council this month.

Another of the signs supporting city councillors Phil Mauger and James Daniels. Photo: Supplied
Another of the signs supporting city councillors Phil Mauger and James Daniels. Photo: Supplied

 

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