Christchurch Mayor Sideshow Bob Parker is a fan of the shambolic Dave Henderson.
Like Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce chief Pete Towsend, Sideshow thinks Henderson has helped to 'revitalise' central Christchurch.
Failed property developer Henderson is also a fan of Parker – and publicly endorsed his mayoral bid.
Despite the fact that Henderson’s companies have defaulted on loans to such troubled finance companies as Dominion Finance and Hanover, it looks like Sideshow Bob and his merry band of councillors are considering doing ‘Hendo’ a favour.
Which is more than ‘Hendo’ is doing for all those small investors who are unlikely to get all, if any, of their money back from Dominion and Hanover.
The Press has reported that the Christchurch City Council is considering buying one of Henderson’s Chancery Lane properties - Henderson has six titles.
Last Friday the council held an extraordinary meeting – with the public (who pay the bills) excluded yet again.
The item on the agenda was the possible purchase of Chancery Lane. Henderson, whose company Property Ventures is facing liquidation, is trying to sell a number of properties but it appears, in a collapsed property market, he is not having a lot of luck.
So is the Christchurch City Council going to help out Henderson?
The council, having been rumbled about the secret meeting, are now refusing to comment. Sideshow Bob has used the old excuse of ‘commercial sensitivity’ – which was the same lame excuse he used when refusing to divulge how much the Christchurch City Council paid for the Ellerslie Garden Show.
Why is this proposed property deal ‘commercially sensitive’? Who or what is it ‘sensitive’ to? Sideshow Bob? Henderson? The election chances of certain councillors? Certain meetings held away from council premises?
No, this has all the appearance of a dodgy deal being hatched between Hendo and his supporters within council.
Henderson claims he has not been contacted by the council in connection with the Chancery Lane property.
Nor can he explain why the Chancery Lane priperties would be the topic of a special and secret meeting of the city council.
Apparently it just happened – just like that.
Of course Henderson is the man who told the media just a short five weeks ago that he was ‘amazingly solvent’.
I rang a contact in the Christchurch City Council and I now understand that it was, in fact, Mayor Sideshow Bob Parker who called for the extraordinary meeting.
We’ll be following this little property affair very closely – because it’s got the smell of something unpleasant about it.
If anyone has got any information on this proposed property deal please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org