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Free FREE1 THURSDAY MARCH 8 2012 MAINLAND PRESS proudly PROUDLY Christchurch CHRISTCHURCH owned OWNED E SID N I SEE your THURSDAY MAY 10 2012 !!!!!!!!UIVSTEBZ!NBSDI!9!3123 • Charity event will help young boy • Artist has hopes for Cashmere studio • Sockburn market returning • Community board decision ‘difficult’ • Honour for Halswell teacher local Flower Elvis on a cones in scooter Japan P2 P3 April’s new Show thriller book giveaway (and giveaway) P23 P6 Colouring Going up Sumner country P5 P8 Back to basics Sydenham seething Grow your own: New Zealand’s gardener of the year Jade Temepara showcases her vegetable garden Digging the Future at the Ellerslie International Flower Show which opened yesterday. The Ashburton designer created her garden with $100 to support a family of four. For more on Ellerslie see pages 2, 20 and 21. Photo: Gilbert Wealleans Coffee break back-drop: Sydenham business owners Rod Stuart, left, and Ahmad Hosseini with the crematorium’s chimney behind and Mr Hosseini’s café to the right. Inset: Owner John Guthrey outside his crematorium. Photo: Chris Tobin Not in our backyard, neighbours say Let’s get the eastern arsonists Chris Tobin Gina McKenzie SMOKE billowing from a controversial COMMUNITY action could help solve anearby spate Sydenham crematorium over of eastern suburbs arsonincluding attacks, according to businesses last week, a café, has Fire beenService called Christchurch disrespectfularea andcommander wrong and Jon has Graham. seen renewed calls for it to be relocated. The of arson attacks the past Street three Lastseries Wednesday, the over Hawdon weekends razedoperated the landmark 52-year-old crematorium by John Guthrey Leander Building at Kerrs Reach in Avonside experienced difficulties cremating a 230Drive andbody. damaged Aranui High kilogram A strong odour andSchool, smoke Avondale Primary Kids nearby First covered the area, and whichAranui disgusted Kindergarten. business owners Rod Stuart and Ahmad The attacks stepped up a notch at the weekend Hosseini. with fires lit in theTropicool early hoursinofBuchan Saturday Mrseven Stuart operates St morning in Aldershotopposed and Portsmouth streets and has vigorously the crematorium and Rarere Avenue in Aranui. everBen since it opened four months ago. Four fires were place lit at properties “It’s ofa the disrespectful to do it; and this atis a densely populated area. The crematorium two of the people inside should be properties in a pleasant areawere out asleep in a paddock their houses at thearound.” time. or with gardens The residents the Mr Stuart said escaped the wholeuninjured operationbut seemed escalation in the arson had bodies alarmedwere Mr wrong; from what heattacks had seen, Graham. brought to the crematorium in an unmarked “We’re concerned that thesedisrespectful attacks are van and very to him it all appeared creeping into properties while residents are and inappropriate. asleep. Owner of a café approximately 20 metres “It’s the gonecrematorium, too far and needs to beHosseini stopped.”said from Ahmad Mrwanted GrahamMrhoped Wainoni and down Avonside he Guthrey to shut his residents would be able to provide further business and move. information. “The business is not right for this area; ears and a it“People looks toare meour as eyes if he’sand a good guy even but the small detail as seeing an unfamiliar person business is such terrible.” in their could provide a breakthrough. The street crematorium owner, John Guthrey, is O HALKE PE TT THisn TO THGROVE wEE E Pu KEn bLiC d! Save up to $600 GOOdbyE TC3! HALKETT GROVE on a new Fujitsu heat pump - march only HELLO TC1! 68 LOTs fROm 1031m2 TO 1679m2 ar R PRiCEd fROm $199,000 YEA SIXYe Six nty rra nty Wara War Finally, our Quarter acre Dream. DON’T MISS OUT! A stunning new lifestyle Halkett Grove, awaits your inspection today. 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Vickerys Rd, Sockburn. “If someone calls fire service we will aim Barbara Terry, thethe company general manager toofbethe there within six Society minutes of so we are still Cremation Canterbury very much a part eastern Christchurch.” which owns theof Woodlawn and Harewood Mr Graham said the finot re service was still operations said: “We’re just a processing carrying anchapels ongoingand investigation into the unit; weout have memorial gardens. arson attacks in conjunction with For Mr Guthrey to compare himthetopolice. ourselves are analysing the scenes of the fires and is“We misleading.” theShe resultsthought will contribute to theinsensitive investigation.” it was and If anyone has of anyMrinformation the unprofessional Guthrey toregarding reveal details arson or has noticed anyexperienced suspicious over attacks the difficulties he had activity in the the 230kg Wainoni, Aranui Avonside cremating body to the or media. areas please contact the Christchurch “That’s someone’s loved one; I feel central for the police on 363 7400. family.” (See also page 2) deceased person’s said the business was in an industrial zone “Something seems insignifi very and he could that not understand the cant fuss be over his important I would encourage people in the operationso since three other cremators operated area to city, reportsome anything suspicious.” in the in residential areas. Overgrown and abandoned “We’re in vegetation an industrial zone; all houses around inthethecountry easternthere suburbs arson are provided crematorsfuel in for industrial attacks MrinGraham saidstreets residents neededand to zones, and some the main of towns monitor growth. cities,” vegetation Mr Guthrey said. “People to be aware that even if they “There’sneed a cremator at Harewood surrounded don’t livehomes; in their housea anymore still by new there’s cremator ifat they Linwood own the property theyThey’ve are responsible for surrounded by houses. been operating keeping vegetation under control. for many years and there’s another one at “If the property is owned by Cera then the Wigram in an industrial area.” council will take care of theMemorial vegetation.”Gardens However, Woodlawn Mr Crematorium Graham said the fire service still had a and at Linwood is surrounded very activeofpresence the eastern Memorial suburbs, by 10ha gardens;in Harewood M E LTO N LICENSED SALES CONSuLTANT REAA 2008 YO u R H O m E , YO u RHALKETT F u T u RGROVE E C a n t e r b u r y’s c l a s s i c q u a r t e r a c r e WEST M E LTO N P 0800 DEBBIE

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