Sue Wells – The New Canterbury Tales

June 1, 2011

What’s being hidden in the local planning office (warning – contains humour, and a leopard) #eqnz #chch

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sue Wells @ 8:38 pm

It may or may not be true, but it’s thought there was a conversation around transparency and information flow and communications somewhere in Christchurch today that went a little something like this.



“But Mr Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months.”

“Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn’t exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them, had you? I mean, like actually telling anybody or anything.”

“But the plans were on display …”

“On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”

“That’s the display department.”

“With a flashlight.”

“Ah, well the lights had probably gone.”

“So had the stairs.”

“But look, you found the notice didn’t you?”

“Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard’.”



Thanks to the prescient Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy), and the pair of leopard spotters who sent this in – you know who you are, and so do I – but I’m not telling 🙂



  1. That’d be the late Douglas Noel Adams (DNA, how apt) may he spin in every increasing orbits of hilarity and grandeur!

    Comment by Ben Kepes — June 1, 2011 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

  2. Tell us who sent it in! In the name of transparency, tell us!

    Comment by Nathanael Boehm — June 1, 2011 @ 8:46 pm | Reply

    • Ah Nathanael – as much as I would love to, I made a promise to keep the leopard spotters’ identity secret squirrel. 🙂

      Comment by Sue Wells — June 1, 2011 @ 9:36 pm | Reply

  3. Believe you me there are MANY conversations around Christchurch regarding transparency and communication and THAT was pre EQ.

    Comment by Gary Miller — June 1, 2011 @ 8:47 pm | Reply

    • I know Gary and it’s high time it was sorted. I’ve come to the conclusion that if we have the ability to share information, we should. I would love to see Council more active in the social media sphere, and to my mind getting the Council/CERA communications right is also absolutely mission critical to a successful rebuild. In my opinion, we need to be proactive, not reactive. We (they, whoever) need to be clearly and constantly identifying what are the questions that the community wants answered, and answering those questions in timely, relevant ways that meet the particular needs of the people affected. We are a tiny place – it shouldn’t be that hard to get our messages across.

      Comment by Sue Wells — June 1, 2011 @ 9:34 pm | Reply

      • Go Sue! People are getting desperate for clear information.

        Comment by Pat Carswell — June 1, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

  4. Funny my flatmate and I had that conversation a couple of weeks ago – we are both DONT PANIC fans 🙂

    Comment by BlueRose — June 1, 2011 @ 9:07 pm | Reply

  5. Brilliant, RIP Douglas Adams

    Comment by officehumour — June 12, 2011 @ 11:20 am | Reply

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