Deputy Mayor Ngaire Button thinks the good people of Christchurch need to be 'saved'.
In these days of trouble, what do the good people of quake-stricken Christchurch need? Jobs? Financial security? An affordable place to live?
It is, of course, all these things and more. But Deputy Mayor Ngaire Button has other ideas about what the people of Christchurch are in search of. She says we need 'to know who God is'.
The loyal Sideshow Bob supporter told a Spreydon Baptist Church service that 'The biggest need for the city is salvation. People need hope. They need to see the world from the right perspective.'
Presumably 'seeing the word from the right perspective' also includes supporting the National Party like Button.
Button also describes the media as 'a negative influence' on Christchurch which certainly won't help her when she next tries to get some 'good news' story into The Press.
It's also interesting to note that while she expresses concern about the dire housing situation she is also the same Ngaire Button who voted to put council rents up a massive 24 percent in 2010. Council flats are home to some of Christchurch's most disadvantaged people.
But, at the same time, she voted to give failed property developer Dave Henderson a $17 million bailout.
She also voted to cut council funding to struggling community groups.
Indeed Button's motto seems to be 'take from the poor and give to the rich' because she also voted to boost Tony Marryatt's salary to over half a million dollars a year.