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Inspired city vision Back to basics - but don’t forget the suburbs Grow your own: New Zealand’s gardener of the year Jade Temepara showcases River outlook: garden her vegetable The site of the Digging the Future proposed new atconvention the Ellerslie International centre precinct,Flower bordering the Avon Show which opened River Park toThe the yesterday. northwest and Ashburton designer Cathedral Square created her garden to the southeast. Image: CERA with $100 to support a family of four. For more on Ellerslie see pages 2, 20 and 21. Photo: Gilbert Wealleans

Like the Olympic Games’ opening ceremony in London, details of the city redevelopment plan lit up our city on Monday – with many hailing it as visionary. The main dissenters were those who would prefer to see damaged houses, and their occupants, at the front of the queue for state assistance, not sports facilities and new hotels. If some of the effort put into Monday’s plan – which cost about $3 million to produce – had been put into applying a blowtorch to tardy insurance companies, then we may have a happier populace. However, the central business district (CBD) is the city’s beating heart and a plan laying out precincts of similar activities, height restrictions and green space is a wonderful tool to have as we move forward. We know where we are going, and businesses can now start planning their futures – they can try to be a part of the new, smaller CBD (down from 90 hectares to 40 hectares) or stay in the suburbs without the costs and additional red tape a move to the new city centre will inevitably entail. Canterbury’s economy has settled into its new routine after being forced to flee the central area, so there is no need to rush the move back into the city. The transition should be calculated and pragmatic. Any miscalculations and overspending will happen after the ministers and civil servants leading the cheering on Monday have left town, or left office, and any financial blowouts will be borne by Christchurch ratepayers for many years to come.

To be fair, Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said the blueprint delivered this week was not a work plan – how the ideas will be delivered will come later. The Christchurch City Council and the private sector will be heavily involved in the process from now on and their need to protect ratepayers from excessive rates increases and the requirement to turn a profit may someinof the areas more with grandiose parts of the bluethose large sections of empty “Something that seems insignificant bemoderate very even print. example, it must be fun to design a covered important so I would encourage people in the Forhouses. stadium without any requirement consider it aim can “If someone calls the firetoservice we if will area to report anything suspicious.” possibly to turn profit.within Whensix theminutes city already hasare a new bea there so we still Overgrown vegetation and abandoned houses can’t fill, aanother weather-tight much part of bigger, eastern better Christchurch.” in the eastern suburbs provided fuel for stadium arson itvery stadium wait on the back for manywas years – Mr Graham said theburner fire service still attacks and Mr Graham said residents needed to should unless thecarrying rugby union wants to pick up the bill. into the out an ongoing investigation monitor vegetation growth. There arson is a lot of worth in the Christchurch CBD attacks in conjunction with the police. “People need to be aware that even if they but the is in the the scenes detail. of Wethe will watch “We aredevil analysing fires and don’t live in their house anymore if theyBlueprint, still to seewill how it evolves andinvestigation.” adapts to the the results contribute to the own the property they are responsiblewith forinterest realities of If real life over coming months.regarding the anyone hasthe any information keeping vegetation under control. or has noticed “If the property is owned by Cera then the Morearson on theattacks blueprint inside: Streetany Talksuspicious - P2, activity the Wainoni, Aranui or Avonside council will take care of the vegetation.” Reaction - P3 in , Editorial - P4, Property Owners’ contact theThe Christchurch central Mr Graham said the fire service still hadviews a areas - P5, please Plan details - P6, proposed new 363 7400. very active presence in the eastern suburbs, police onsports facilities - P7.

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COMMUNITY action could help solve a spate of eastern suburbs arson attacks, according to Fire Service Christchurch area commander Jon Graham. The series of arson attacks over the past three weekends razed the landmark 52-year-old Leander Building at Kerrs Reach in Avonside Drive and damaged Aranui High School, Avondale Primary and Aranui Kids First Kindergarten. The attacks stepped up a notch at the weekend with seven fires lit in the early hours of Saturday morning in Aldershot and Portsmouth streets and Ben Rarere Avenue in Aranui. Four of the fires were lit at properties and at

two of the properties people were asleep inside their houses at the time. The residents escaped uninjured but the escalation in the arson attacks had alarmed Mr Graham. “We’re very concerned that these attacks are creeping into properties while residents are asleep. “It’s gone too far and needs to be stopped.” Mr Graham hoped Wainoni and Avonside residents would be able to provide further information. “People are our eyes and ears and even a small detail such as seeing an unfamiliar person in their street could provide a breakthrough.

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“I really like it. It is good to have a path forward and something to aim for.”

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“I thought it was pretty good. I just liked the vision of it basically.”

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“I think it is really positive with the green spaces. It continues on from Christchurch being a green city. I like the idea of a compact city with art and sport precincts.”

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Praise for city blueprint from several quarters Samantha Early

“The people have been waiting for this. I think there’s certainly a real will to get it started, to get some of these things going to give a sense of hope.” Ballantynes managing director Mary Devine said she was delighted with the plan, which sees the longstanding department store in the middle of the planned retail precinct. Delighted: Mary Devine Certainty: Tim Hunter “Establishment of a frame, we think, is very innovative and appropriate to meet the supply and demand around commercial retail space for the inner city.” She said the temporary Restart container mall, while small in scale, was a great example of what could be achieved with design in the permanent rebuild. “If we can take our learning from that and apply that on a larger scale for what a commercial retail precinct could be I think that’s really exciting.” She hoped an outline of a staged retail development could be done in the next three months. Come along to the Westpac Business and Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism chief Community Hub in Addington, where executive Tim Hunter said the plan would be you’ll find everything you need to get up very well received by the tourism sector and provide certainty for investors. and running, all under the one roof. “Last week we had five-percent certainty, now we have 85 percent.” Mr Hunter was pleased to hear the Avon River For more information go to Park was a priority project and the Worcester www.westpac.co.nz/christchurchcalling Boulevard route into Cathedral Square was retained.

A CROSS-SECTION of business and community leaders are praising the central city blueprint. City Owners Rebuild Entity (CORE) chairman Ernest Duval said it reflected the initial (Christchurch City Council led) city plan which in turn was a reflection of the Share an Idea process. He said the frame, a large green strip to the city’s east and south, was one of its most defining features. Mr Duval said it would provide certainty for investors, who have been on hold until now. “I think the investment community and the people of Christchurch need to positively embrace the plan, it’s really achieved the outcomes most of us have been looking for and it’s going to definitely stimulate investment.” He said it gave Christchurch a very positive future to look forward to. “The CCDU should be applauded for coming up with a plan that holistically just works together in a very synchronised way in a short space of time.” Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) community forum chairman Trevor McIntyre said there was a sense of positive emotion at the plan’s launch on Monday night. He highlighted the Avon River precinct and its link with the ‘frame’. “I thought they were really big things which really met the needs of the people.” Mr McIntyre said the plan was logical.

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ANYONE visited Dunedin lately? Not too far from the city’s wonderful, old architecture and impressive university campus stands a brandnew footie stadium, built at a cost of $198 million. At least it was going to be $198 million – when all the bills came in, the total had blown out to somewhere upwards of $224 million. A review into the over-run found there was no criminal behaviour, it was just local authority incompetence. This week in Christchurch we had civil servants telling us how the city should be rebuilt, after working on the plans for the past 103 days. While it is grand that the government loves us, sometimes the degree of power it is now wielding over our lives has a whiff of Mussolini’s Italy. While there were some wonderful architectural improvements for Rome under Mussolini’s dictatorship, having so much power in Il Duce’s hands inevitably ended in tears. The announcements made this week by the CCDU (Central City Development Unit), a spin-off from Cera (Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority), which was set up by

Wellington central government, has some great ideas and a bold vision. But someone is going to have to pick up the tab. If Dunedin’s experience is any indicator, the cheques will need to be a lot bigger than the pre-build estimates. Even the 100-day plan for the redevelopment missed its deadline, so what chance is there of the major re-development projects coming in on time and on budget? Citizens of Christchurch shared their ideas; some of them have been picked up in the 103day plan. But if some of the big-ticket anchor projects announced on Monday are going to come to fruition, then there will, inevitably, be a massive, unplanned financial burden coming for ratepayers over the next few years. The ratepayers of Dunedin can tell us what it feels like to be landed with just one white-elephant project that ran $26 million over budget. How will we feel in a few years if we have five or six of them on our rates bills? Our council needs to be on its guard.

Rise Up poll results We ran two polls on the Rise Up Christchurch Facebook page. Here’s what people had to say. We have the Blueprint – how long do you think Which of these major aspects of the central city it will take for the key developments to become blueprint would you like to see completed first? a reality? Fewer than 5 years

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A TRIO of central-city property owners whose land is now on the government’s shopping list is positive about the city’s blueprint. Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said while the Crown had the power to compulsorily acquire land it preferred to negotiate with landowners to conclude purchases on “mutually agreed terms”. Geoff Moreton owns a 90 square-metre site on Colombo Street, which was formerly Moreton’s Menswear. His property is where the new bus interchange is due to be built and he was comfortable with the Crown buying his land. “It’s a very logical choice of positioning.” Mr Moreton said his overall impression was the small city would be very accessible. “I like the fact that it’s low rise, it’s green and there are internal courtyards that will attract the sunshine and keep out the easterly and the southerly winds which prevail. It’s a new model for a new millennium, we are moving out of a post-colonial era. We must not fear change.” Central city property owner Antony Gough said the blueprint was positive and visionary. Mr Gough said a development he had planned was now within the green ‘frame’, which the

Crown planned to acquire. “So what, I’ll take that money and use it somewhere else. I’m pretty relaxed about it because I wanted to see the CBD compressed.” He said he would be doing a feasibility study about what he wanted to build where and how, but rebuilding bars and restaurants along Oxford Terrace would be the first step. “We would never build eight storeys from day one along the whole central city; that would be a silly thing to do, we will all go bust.” Dean Marshall, a director of KPI Rothschild, which lost 18 central-city buildings to the earthquakes, called the plan bold, visionary and exciting. “We had some drawings for some buildings to go up in the areas where Cera now wants to purchase; we may be able to use those plans elsewhere.” Some of the group’s land will be purchased by the Crown, though they were still able to continue some developments like the Westende Jewellers site and a laneway-type development on the corner of High, Lichfield and Manchester streets where the Java café once stood. “The city is going to be a really exciting place to be and hopefully it will rival Melbourne,” he said.

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THE Christchurch Central Recovery Plan is a bold vision for our city, which creates a framework for investment and looks to fulfil our community’s aspirations for good design and sustainability, says Mayor Bob Parker. “The Government has made a strong commitment to our city by ensuring the city is redeveloped with world-class facilities, these anchor projects giving us an unequivocal spatial clarity around which private investment can cluster and develop with certainty. “Just as important is balancing the sense of community, creating a city which is vibrant and in which today’s and future generations want to call home.” Mr Parker said the council recognised the importance of the solid foundation of good investment. “The new convention centre will be iconic and set new standards in design; a new stadium; a new library; new performing arts centre; new indoor swimming pool complex close to Hagley Park; and a range of projects to celebrate the Avon River. “The public spaces, parks, streetscapes and hubs will also be essential for our City in a Garden and

more work needs to be done to ensure that the community vision of a City for People reflects the needs for a 21st- century city. “For the council, as a guardian of Christchurch, this plan is also about community; it is about creating a city that endures by breathing life into the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan.” Mr Parker said it was through investment and community that the city would prosper. “You need investment to create jobs, you need jobs to attract people and you need people to give a city a bright future. “The council will be working closely with the Central Christchurch Development Unit to implement the Plan and importantly ensure the delivery of the 106,000 ideas that our community saw as vital to rebuilding the city and bringing life back to the central city.” He said the Council was supportive of the Government’s continued emphasis on high-quality redevelopment and investment in the Central City and would work in collaboration with the Government and key partners, such as Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, to ensure Christchurch thrives and prospers with a strong heart.

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side will include a 50-metre pool, THE placement of the new metro learning pool, spas and seating for sports facility adjacent to Hagley Park 500, which can be expanded to 3000 is a great outcome for the Christchurch for big events. There will be eight sporting community, Sport Canterbury indoor courts with seating for up 2800, chief executive Geoff Barry says. serving sports like basketball, netball Mr Barry had previously lobbied for and volleyball. It will also feature a the facility to be placed on Hagley Park ‘movement centre’ for activities such but said the designated site between St as jump jam and Pilates. Asaph St and Moorhouse Ave, on the Central City Development Unit south eastern side of the park, was a director Warwick Isaacs said the good compromise. movement centre would be unique in “We always said ‘on or next to’, that Happy: Geoff Barry says the was a bit of a catch phrase for us and metro sports facility New Zealand. “That’s a really innovative thing to we were reasonably realistic that getting placement is a co-locate those types of activity with that sort of size of infrastructure you good outcome. these sort of sporting facilities.” were talking about on to Hagley Park The whole facility would fit well into was a stretch and the public reaction supported Christchurch’s network of sporting facilities, he that. “We’re just appreciative that it was changed said. “It doesn’t’ compete with the CBS Arena, it’s from the Red Bus site.” The metro facility design includes a mix of smaller than that, but it just provides another aquatic features and indoor courts. The aquatic niche for sporting activities.”

Cycle-friendly plan sets off on the right foot Tom Doudney A MORE cycle-friendly central city was one of the more popular suggestions from the public in last year’s Share an Idea campaign and the Central City Development Unit appears to have taken notice. Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority chief executive Roger Sutton, himself a keen cyclist, said the green frame around the south and east of the CBD would provide good cycle access. That would also be true along the Avon River, especially on its southern side where roads would either be stopped or become slow roads. “We see the whole central city becoming surrounded by much, much better cycling facilities and once you’ve started to do that then that really gives your lead on to the rest of the central city,” he said. “So the thing we’ve done is give better facilities in the CBD and around the CBD and from there I think it becomes much easier to

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ANGRY TC3-zoned residents say Monday evening’s protest outside the civic offices is just the beginning in a series of rallies designed to highlight their plight. Over 300 members of the 1000-strong TC3 residents Facebook group urged Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Prime Minister John Key to take action to fix their homes. TC3 residents group organiser Kiri Hider said while she was “really excited” about the new central city plan she felt TC3 residents were being left behind and ignored. “We’re not saying that the central city plan shouldn’t go ahead but we have to sort out priorities. “We want recovery at the same pace in our suburbs.

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Community service: Christine Prince, customer and services manager of St John South Island region, Dale Muller, intensive care paramedic at St John, and Vicki Eastwick, manager of Mobil Madras, at the reopened Madras Street service station.

Service stations in Christchurch celebrate reopening THREE Mobil service stations in Christchurch, which were closed following the February 2011 earthquake, have reopened. They are Mobil Madras, Mobil Bealey Avenue and Mobil Aranui. To celebrate the reopening, Mobil Oil New Zealand Limited ran a three-day promotion offering customers of these service stations a 10 cents per litre fuel discount. In addition, Mobil pledged to donate to St John in Christchurch a further 10 cents per litre for fuel sold at these sites for the duration of the promotion, which ran from 9am on Monday, to 9pm yesterday. Christine Prince, customer and services manager for St John South Island region, said she was extremely grateful to Mobil for thinking of St John. “The 10 cents per litre offer from Mobil can’t have come at a better time so we are just thrilled. “Following the earthquakes we have had to replace a number of resources and we rely on community and corporate support to do this. Replacing a damaged ambulance costs $150,000 and a new defibrillator costs $40,000. With cardiac arrest incidents increasing since the earthquake, these resources are in high demand,” Mrs Prince said.

Gina McKenzie THE adaptability of Christchurch youth following the earthquakes has struck a chord with youth pastor Ray Moaga, who moved here earlier this year. Mr Moaga, a Seventh Day Adventist Church youth pastor for the South Island, wasn’t sure what to expect when he relocated from Australia to take up his new position. “At first I felt so sorry for everyone but now I feel amazed by the resilience and strength I have seen through my work. “I think the most impressive thing about youth is their ability to adapt to the change in circumstances after the earthquakes. “They are so brave and have come out of it stronger.” Mr Moaga said the reality of post-earthquake life for young people hit home when he and his wife spent two months searching for rental accommodation. “My wife and I didn’t realise how hard it would be and while we were looking for a place to rent we met families who were under a lot of stress to find a place to live. “It’s very unsettling for teenagers when they have to move from place to place and try to make new friends.” The strong sense of family and community in Christchurch had touched Mr Moaga. “We love it here because people really care about each other and it is very family orientated. “Even though everyone has been through a lot they still reach out to help others.” Mr Moaga said he wanted to be a positive role model for young people by becoming actively involved in their lives. “I get out there with them and join in when they play sports. “When they are in their own space they can share their concerns more freely.” Involvement in the community was a large part of Mr Moaga’s role in organising youth events. “The idea is to get Bouncing back: Youth young people to put their pastor Ray Moaga has skills and talents to use been impressed by the in the community and strength displayed by to help those affected young people after the earthquakes. by the earthquakes.”

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A CRUEL twist of fate has dashed the hopes of New Zealand’s Olympic quadruple sculls team, which includes Eve Macfarlane, who featured in last week’s Mainland Press. The team were looking on track to qualify for the final during their repechage on Monday when Louise Trappitts oar was broken. Trappitt struggled to contain the tears and was comforted by Macfarlane.

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Katrina Perano A Little River local, Katrina has been inspired by historical NZ and its creatures. Her whimsical paintings reflect the NZ and British influence of the ‘Girls own’ era, highlighting the delicacy of our New Zealand native species so at risk now. Tiffany Thornley “I loved the books when I was young, even though the girls were English and went to boarding schools. They were free of adults and parents, had fun and adventures and rescued people. I am sure that is when I learnt ‘Girls can do anything’”, says Christchurch painter and print maker Tiffany of her memories of the Girls Own annuals. Barb Warren Ohoka painter Barb again brings her dark and provocative narrative to Little River. Providing a different take on “girl’s own”, her paintings reflect girls as they once were and girls just as they are today.

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SUMNER beachgoers will soon get their easy access from the Esplanade to the beach back, with work on an underground pipeline set to wrap up. For six months, Fulton Hogan has been working on replacing the wastewater pipeline, which was broken in several places as a result of the February and June earthquakes last year. As a result, the Esplanade has had its footpath access and car parking space reduced and the road narrowed in places. The 1.5km pipeline runs from the playground in Scarborough Park to an existing pipeline near the foot of Clifton Hill.

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VOLUNTEERS are required for a variety of indoor & outdoor tasks at community garden in Spreydon between 10am-5pm, on Thursday or 10am to 2pm on Saturday. Gardening experience not essential but you need suitable clothing & footwear, please ph Volunteering Canterbury 366-2442 or 0800 865-268 if you can assist. VOLUNTEERS are required to assist with one-off tree planting days on August 5 and August 18. Contact Volunteering Canterbury 366-2442 for time & location if you would like to help. ROTARY Club of Chch west is looking for new members to help on community projects, listen to interesting guest speakers & meet others. We meet Wednesday night & enjoy meal together & some fellowship at Presbyterian Church Hall, 2 Macmillan Ave, Cashmere. For more info www.rotaryinfo.org.nz or Richard 338-3444 or David 332-7129.

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THE sudden closure of the Christchurch South Library and Beckenham Service centre after it was revealed to be earthquake-prone has been called a huge blow to the local community, including nearby schools. The Christchurch City Council closed the building last Monday after a detailed engineering evaluation showed it had critical structural weaknesses and met only between 10 and 20-percent of the new building standard. Nearby Thorrington School regularly sent class groups to the library to work on projects. Principal Christine Harris said the whole school community would feel its loss because it was such a good space for families. “Parents the day we found out were aghast; it caused a lot of dismay. Teachers on the staff also used it. It’s a great resource.” She said the library staff members were especially helpful. Spreydon Heathcote Community Board chairman Phil Clearwater said about 1000

people used the facility every day. “It has been a wonderful asset to the city and some how or another we need to replace that.” Mr Clearwater wanted it made clear to elected members whether if the council had enough insurance to cover repairs or a rebuild. The council’s general manager community services Michael Aitken said the problem was the land damage under the building. “Basically the library has been trying to get into the [Heathcote] river and so there has been a lot of cracking in the base plate and some damage throughout it.” Mr Aitken said over the next few weeks the council was asking engineers if there was a ‘quick fix’ which would strengthen the building enough for it to be used temporarily. Along with that, he said the council was looking at the long term solution, to be considered as part of the Facilities Rebuild Plan, which involves about 1500 council-owned buildings.

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Roller derby action in Spreydon The Blockers assist their own team’s Jammer through the pack while also trying to stop the other Jammer. It’s a mix of athleticism, theatricality and full-contact body blows at Pioneer Stadium. In the latest Dead End Derby match played on July 21, called Winter Wound-her Land, the Carnage Academy beat crowd favourites the Cellblock Brawlers 205-79. It was the first in a series of three games over the next few months to determine which Dead End Derby home team will win the Tequila Mockingbird Cup. In August the Dead End Derby All Stars will be competing for the national trophy in Palmerston North. A non-profit organisation, Dead End Derby will be donating a percentage of all ticket sales towards their chosen charities for 2012: Camp Quality Christchurch, SAFE and Gap Filler.

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Bowenvale track reopens POPULAR walking tracks in Cashmere’s Bowenvale Reserve reopened last week for the first time since the February 2011 earthquake. Christchurch City Council transport and greenspace unit manager Alan Beuzenberg said the reopening of the Bowenvale Reserve tracks was a significant milestone. “This is great news in that it’s a big step towards re-establishing the network of tracks between Victoria Park and Rapaki Track, which has traditionally been a favourite among walkers and mountain bikers.” While residents were encouraged to make use of these areas, they were advised to be mindful of an increased risk of rock fall caused by earthquakes. Council park rangers have spent 17 months working with geotechnical specialists to identify

and minimise these risks, with some areas of Bowenvale Reserve remaining closed. “These areas are clearly identified with prominent signage and we’re asking people to observe the closures,” Mr Beuzenberg said. “The council has taken care to mitigate as many hazards as possible, but as with any outdoor activity, there is always an element of risk. Track users are asked to use their common sense and be aware of their surroundings,” he said. Any new earthquakes or extreme weather events could result in the tracks being closed again due to the risk of hazards. He said the council continued to work with geotechnical specialists to remediate hazards in other parks and tracks across the Port Hills. An update of what tracks are open or closed is available online at www.ccc.govt.nz/parks.

School turns 140 years

Master Plan for Selwyn St shops THE Christchurch City Council has adopted the master plan for the recovery and rebuild of the Selwyn Street shopping area. Team leader district planning Ivan Thomson said the decision to adopt the master plan was great news for the community who have been actively involved in addressing the issues and options for the Selwyn Street shops. “The council and the Selwyn Street community worked together to identify the views and aspirations of the residential and business community for the rebuild and recovery of their centre. Together we have come up with a robust, achievable plan that has strong community

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support,” Mr Thomson said. Christchurch mayor Bob Parker said the adoption of this master plan was an important step toward the recovery of the historic shopping centre, to put it back on the map as a thriving, lively local village and a focal point for surrounding suburbs. “This is very welcome news, and following on so quickly after the adoption of the Lyttelton and Sydenham Master Plans adds a real sense of momentum to the recovery of our city,” he said. The master plan as presented to the council is available online with printed copies of the final master plan expected to be available in late August.

SPREYDON School will be celebrating its 140th birthday tomorrow. The children will be dressing up as their favourite book characters, taking part in a coin trail, eating ice cream and having a special assembly. Parents are also donating books to the school’s library.

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The Gateway Programme operates in many schools. It enables senior students to experience real working conditions, usually on one day per week, whilst still being at school. Students can gain credits towards their Level 2 NCEA during the Gateway placement. Hornby High School can have up to twenty students on the Gateway Programme at any time and we really appreciate the generosity of local businesses who provide work placements for our students. Pictured are Jonty Ward who works at the Star/ Western Courier newspaper and Kaylim Davey who aims to become a mechanic at Fulton Hogan.

Kia ora koutou. Talofa. Kia Orana. Malo e lelei. Bula. Fakaalofa atu. Warm greetings to our community. A central principle of Hornby HS is creating learning pathways for our students. These pathways match the curriculum to the student, not the other way round, and lead each student to their next step beyond school. We want our students understanding how school is of use to them, and for them to take advantage of all that a modern secondary school can offer. This page shows some of the ways we individualise the learning to build these learning pathways that lead each student to personal excellence. Connected to these pathways, recently I have been discussing with the students the post-earthquake Christchurch rebuild and how this impacts on them; all of Christchurch’s teenagers in fact. The building of the “new Christchurch” can be a hopeful time, focussing on Christchurch’s future, the Christchurch in which many of the students will live, work and be leaders. There is a strong moral quality to this community-building and our students quietly embrace this. They want to play their part. There is also the possibility of real personal economic benefit. This too lights up students’ eyes, and so it should. Although I have stressed to the students that all the economic projections are just that, projections, the scale of the numbers in terms of the re-build costs and the new jobs to enable this, from construction workers to lawyers, from nurses to administrative staff, is staggering.

Meeting with Megan Woods, MP The G.A.T.E (Gifted and Talented Education) students of the Hornby Learning Community had a workshop with Megan Woods MP & shadow minister of Youth Affairs. This was a great experience for our students as they were able to find out what politicians do and how to become a politician. Dr Woods’ presentation sparked strong debate amongst our students about the issues for Hornby Youth and what we could do about these issues.

Ngā mihi nui; best wishes. Richard Edmundson Principal

Year 10 camp is an annual event which is subsidized by the Perry Foundation. Joseph Lemisio is pictured on the wire making his way over the raging torrent whilst Courtney Arps is making the ‘leap of faith’ from ten metres high.

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Future Leaders attend Leadership day In the last week of term twenty-five of our Year 12 students attended a Leadership Day at Christ’s College in which many other Canterbury schools also participated. These are our future school leaders who were interested in learning what it takes to show others the way and make things happen. Stimulating speakers included Roger Sutton and Sam Johnson amongst many others. Pictured are some of our group enjoying the conference during their morning break.

Yet again I have been impressed by the quality of the students’ responses. There is a lot to be thankful for in the positive attitude of the vast majority of today’s teenagers. They want to do their part and contribute to the rise of their community. If any member of the community wishes to talk to me about anything, please contact the office to arrange a time for this to occur. My door is open.

Year 10 Camp continued....

Pictured are all the Year 9 &10 students who gained 100% in the Skills for Learning programme at the end of Term Two. This means that for a whole term these students were never late, always had their gear for class, did their homework and participated positively – every time! Apart from the satisfaction of getting it right, these students were also rewarded with a morning tea with the principal and their deans. Well done, everybody.

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Year 10 Camp Challenges our Students Last term all Year 10 students were given the opportunity to experience the outdoors at the Boyle River Lodge in the Lewis Pass. In two camps of three days each, students were given a taste of tramping, high ropes, obstacle courses and other activities which were designed to challenge them and stretch the boundaries of their confidence and ability under the watchful eye of Boyle Lodge guides and teachers.

Linda Barnett, one of our valued support staff, was presented with a “Pride of Workmanship” award by Hornby Rotary Club recently. Linda is a very hard working and reliable teacher aide at HHS, assisting in the Careers Department and the Home Economics department and indeed wherever help is needed. Linda is seen here being presented with her award by Mr Reg Garters. Well done, Mrs Barnett. We are delighted this award has gone to someone as deserving and wonderful as you!


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50 years of NZ-Samoa friendship celebrated

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influence on the designs. I spoke with historians overseas and with help from Te Papa I looked through the photos, objects and texts exchanged between the two countries over the years.” Mr Tuffery is a multidisciplinary artist of Samoan, Rarotongan and Tahitian descent. He is a leading voice in contemporary Pacific art in New Zealand and his work is exhibited regularly around the globe. The one-ounce pure silver coin is housed within a crystal glass stand that reflects the architecture of the traditional kava bowl. Only 1000 coins have been produced in a limited edition run. The 50 Years of Friendship stamps and coins went on sale yesterday. The coin is available through selected PostShops. The stamps are available through all PostShops, online at www.nzpost.co.nz/stamps or 0800 692 646.

THE catch 22 is familiar to young job seekers in Christchurch – employers want workers with experience, but the youth are unable to gain that experience without employment. A new programme by Conservation Volunteers New Zealand aims to address this issue by offering prevocational training and providing incentives for young people to stay in the city and make a positive contribution to its renewal. The organisation’s corporate and government partnerships manager Dave Sharp said people aged 16 to 22 could apply to take part in the 16week Youth Action Programme, which starts on August 13. “Those successful will be involved for three days a week, gaining a range of practical outdoors skills and taking part in accredited and non-accredited training while working in a variety of locations across Christchurch on conservationrelated projects,” he said. Mr Sharp said at the end of the programme participants would be awarded a certificate showing both training completed and skills gained. “With the green-renewal of Christchurch a key component of the city’s revival, young people with these skills will be well placed to build rewarding careers in the environment or landscaping industries.” He said young job-seekers have been particularly hardhit by the destruction wrought

face obstacles beyond just the obvious lack of available jobs. Key among these are the limited opportunities to gain workready skills, or job-related training,” Mr Sharp said. The programme is managed by Conservation Volunteers New Zealand, through funding from the Todd and Tindall foundations and Sovereign Insurance.

on Christchurch; the youth unemployment rate was on the rise before the February 2011 earthquake and has risen dramatically since. Mr Sharp said the rate was offset to some extent by youth leaving the Christchurch area, which in itself was another significant form of loss. “Young Christchurch residents looking for work

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The Dark Knight Rises IN the alternate universe that is Gotham City, eight years have passed since Batman’s last outing and Bruce Wayne is a heartbroken recluse, with his business empire in decline. Batman is still under suspicion for the murder of Harvey Dent, so the man in black has not been seen either. But you can’t keep a good crime fighter down for long, even one as conflicted as Batman, so when Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), steals a necklace from his safe it’s time for him to dust off the suit and get active again. Timing is everything, and as luck would have it Gotham City is about to be visited by super-villain Bane (Tom Hardy) who intends to wreak havoc on the city’s civic, legal and fiscal institutions - starting with Wayne Enterprises. What follows is a two-hour-44-minute character-driven extravaganza (all the familiar cast members are back), which rivals anything Nolan has done before. The film is filled with his usual intensity, attention to detail and of course his breathtaking stunts. But maybe because it’s the last of the trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises also seems to be sniffing the winds of social change, with the simpler plot drawing on an Occupy movement gone haywire. Bane’s first move, for example, is to attack the stock exchange, taking brokers hostage, tying them onto the backs of motor bikes and making them ride humiliated around the streets of the city. It’s safe to assume that the trilogy was always going to end with a bang, and this movie doesn’t disappoint - even fans of original comic story lines should be satisfied. Without divulging the plot, rest assured there will be losses - but also resolutions, and even a hint at a future. As I write, the world is still trying to digest the terrible events that took place in Denver recently. Tragic as it was, I hope Nolan’s film will not be implicated, because it doesn’t deserve to be. Like all good Batman m o v i e s , The Dark Knight Rises shouldn’t be seen as anything more than  entertainment The Dark Knight Rises is now playing at the - plain and Hollywood in Sumner, ph 3266102. simple.

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Rising soprano star to perform in Riccarton SOPRANO Madeleine Pierard will delight audiences at Middleton Grange School next Saturday, August 11, as part of this year’s Kaleidoscopes Chamber Music New Zealand concert season. Pierard, who grew up in Napier, won the 2005 Lexus Song Quest before pursuing an MMus at London’s Benjamin Britten Opera School and is currently a Jette Parker Young Artist with the Royal Opera in Covent Garden. New Zealand pianist Terence Dennis will perform alongside Pierard. The concert features Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne, Berg’s Seven Early Songs, along with arias from Bellini and Rossini. A highlight of the concert will be a specially commissioned work from Ross Harris, Songs for Beatrice, which honours New Zealand astronomer Beatrice Tinsley. The concert begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Ticketek by phoning 0800 842 538 or visiting www.ticketek.co.nz. For more information visit www. chambermusic.co.nz.

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Drilling programme on track Drilling is underway in the eastern suburbs right now. With a dozen rigs in operation, the programme is running to schedule. We have mapped out the full programme across Christchurch now, and the results are on our website Canterbury.eqc.govt.nz under “where we are working”. The programme timeframes are subject to change, because we are continuing to negotiate with insurers over a full collaborative programme covering every TC3 property with foundation damage.

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and truly under wraps. Always use sharp tools and clean up all the debris and branches after pruning. Spray with a winter clean up spray for roses or use copper oxychloride. Tie up new climbing rose canes to give the new season’s flowers plenty of support.

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I am watching patiently as the buds on my apricots, apples and plums are starting to swell. This means that blossom and leaves are not far away. And it also means I am going to have to dust off the sprayer and deal with the overwintering spores of leaf curl and die back. Copper oxychloride is a good choice; spray once the buds begin swelling and then again a couple of weeks later. Spores of fungi can be present in the soil, fallen leaves or on the

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STORAGE SPACE Secure affordable indoor storage space available, building monitored, alarmed & sprinkler system, apply for rates, ph Kevin 021 2504609 or 03 352-2435

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Spring Makeover for ‘the NEW’ You, ‘from the inside-out’. ‘You are your greatest resource’ If you have ever asked yourself or wondered; What is stopping me from having the life and relationship I want? What is shaping/controlling my choices and emotions? Why do I do the things I do, if it’s so easy to change, then why don’t I? This is the workshop for you to: ‘get over’, ‘get on with’ and/or ‘give it up’

‘Helping you be all you can be for the life you are meant to have’ When: Time: Who: Where: Atmosphere: Fee: Contact:

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CARPENTER - HANDYMAN - Small Job SpecialABT TREECARE - Pruning, thinning, removal, also hedge trimming, Free quotes, 20 years experience, Ph Alister 03 3593090 BRICKLAYER. George Lockyer. Over 30 years bricklaying experience. UK trained. Licensed Building Practitioner number BP105608. Fletchers Site Safe. Insurance work. EQC repairs. Heritage brickwork a speciality. No job too small. Governors Bay. Home 329-9344, Cell 027 684-4046, email karengeorge@xtra.co.nz

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CLEANING

BUILDER For all building work but specialist in bathroom renovations, 25 yrs experience, with service and integrity. Free Quotes. Ph Lachlan 383-1723 or 0274 367-067.

Abel & Prestige Chim-

BUILDER QUALIFIED available for additions, fences & all aspects of building, also concrete drives & patios, reliable & professional, painting also avail, free quotes, call Brent 027 241-7471 or 03 382-3096

Plumber

CABINETMAKING/JOINERY - Real Timber Furniture Made: Cabinets, entertainment centres etc. Your design or ours. Restorations / Repairs. Ph Ron at ‘Scotch Chest’ 384-5007

ney Cleaning (2009) Ltd. Professional, Guaranteed Service. Free Phone 0800 661-244

REGISTERED CRAFTSMAN Friendly, honest, professional service for all your plumbing needs. Hot water problems are a specialty. No call out fee. Phone Kerry 0800 A1 PLUMB 0800 217 5862

Professionals physiotherapy

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• MANUFACTURERS OVERRUNS • IMPORTERS CANCELLED ORDERS • MINOR FREIGHT DAMAGED GOODS

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computers

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keen gardeners, fastidious house carers, St Martins

Ph 03 337-3368

03 358 5105 or 027 746 7632 PLUMBING: For all your plumbing

requirements.

Local, friendly and reliable staff. Est. 30yrs. Ph Mark Whitehead 379-0711, 027 230-4368 or a/h 326-6792 REMOVALS Removals.

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Malc’s

Cars,

Vans,

Utes, Washing Machines, Dryers, Fridges, Any Old Steel. Can also pick up & drop off. Phone: 03 3236121, Mob: 027 346-7813 ROOFING Qualified & Licenced Practitioner. Re-Roof & Repairs, all types. Member New Zealand Roofing Association. Over 35 years experience. Phone John 027 4323822 or 351-9147 SPOUTING CLEANING - Spouting Unblocked, Cleaned Out and Flushed Out. Also Full Handyman Services Available. Call Trevor 384-3435 or 021 043-2034 STONEMASON, quake

TREES & SHRUBS Topped, Shaped or Removed, Cut to firewood if required. All rubbish chipped and dumped. Phone Ken for A FREE QUOTE 338-0023 OR 027 438-1575 UPHOLSTERER Dining Chairs,

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327-7712 RECORDS, CDS, DVDs,

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nyLane, 430 Colombo St,

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Phone Graeme 383-1448 03 383-1448 PLUMBER/GASFITTER Mike Cairns Gas & Plumbing. Available for all gas installations and repairs. Solar and Central Heating. Any Plumbing Requirements. Phone 021 1328929 or 03 326-7949 FURNITURE REMOVALS Large Trucks from $75 Hour + GST, Canterbury & South Island Wide. Professional Company, Professional Service. Canterbury Relocations Ltd. ph 03 359-9313

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Friday 3 August 6pm - 6.45pm Teenagers Ballroom & Latin American Friday 3 August 7pm - 8pm Social Style Ballroom & Latin American Friday 10 August 5pm - 5.45pm Children’s Classes All Styles Tuesday 28 August 8pm - 9pm Social Style Ballroom & Latin American

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Overall points out of 10: 6.5

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engine it replaces, this new one feels stronger and more responsive. The Lineartronic CVT paddle shift automatic is 10 per cent more fuel-efficient than the superseded four-speed job found in previous models. This gearbox is a smart piece of work by Subaru, sliding sweetly and unobtrusively between gears, and oh so in tune with the engine with almost telepathic anticipation of what gear the motor is going to need for almost any given driving situation. With its wide-body cabin and deep glass areas the XV feels light, modern and a pretty appealing place to be, with the hard work that has gone into reducing noise and vibration harshness. Helping add an upmarket feel that you would not expect in a car n this price bracket is the extensive use of highquality materials throughout the passenger compartment. There is nothing too ground-breaking about the suspension, with Subaru opting for proven independent coil springs posted at each corner of the car. A multi-link set up makes a good fist of knuckling down the rear end ensuring it does not bob and weave around when confronted by aggressive uneven or corrugated road surfaces. A smooth and well controlled ride ensures consistency around comfort levels is never an issue. The extra height of the XV does as the laws of physics dictate – creates some body lean through tight corners if you push the pace. Surprisingly, it does not have any detrimental impact on the suspension’s exemplary road holding that is more than a match for most in this market segment.

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NEW Zealand’s leading female triathlete to prepare for that. The run’s going to be the Andrea Hewitt heads into the London Olympics biggest challenge, I know it will be really fast.” With Hewitt touted as one of New Zealand’s triathlon on Saturday mentally fresh and in the leading medal hopes at these Olympic Games, it best form of her career. The 30-year-old Christchurch resident has had been crucial to stay away from the hype and kept her Olympic build-up out of the spotlight pressure as much as possible. “I don’t think the pressure is any different to at her training base in Sete, France for the past other races and I’ve had good results and good month. Hewitt’s last race on the international circuit form coming into this race. There’s always going cut short or even terminated on the official’s was just over a month ago, when she finished to be pressure and people talking but I can only decision. Huge prize money is now available third at the Kitzbuhel round of the ITU World do what I can on the day and just go out there to professional athletes and this is one of the Triathlon Series in Austria. and do my best. I raced four weeks ago now and reasons players demand correct decisions. The With all her fellow Kiwi Olympians competing since then it’s been all go for London and I’m officials now have a pathway open to them to in Germany just before the Olympics, Hewitt looking forward to the challenge.” secure a very well-paid, full-time career in their decided to forgo the Hamburg race and continue The Olympic Women’s Triathlon starts at chosen sport. Television coverage has gone her final preparations in Sete. 7.55pm (NZ time) on Saturday. ahead in leaps and bounds and the coverage that Along with partner and coach Laurent Vidal, comes into our living rooms is so sophisticated who is part of the French triathlon team racing that in most cases we are served up a better view in London, Hewitt believed she was in some of of the action than if we were at the In TV theCoverage best formFshe leading into Live Live TV ground. Coverage F R in EE R Ehad E ever been defence of the officials, the players are much come in and relax by race our of her career. the biggest come in and relax by our bucket 50in Balls more aware of how they can work the and fireplace enjoy the has bucket of 50 Balls “Everything been going of well training fireplace andrules enjoy the and warmth and atmosphere of laws to their advantage, which puts the officials and in comparison to other races I’ve done, warmth and atmosphere of with breakfast with breakfast all the major sports games fairly and squarely underall thethe microscope every major sports games I feel better than I ever have before. Laurent played onhas Skybeen thisbookings winter time they take charge ofplayed a game. Thethis purists bookings on Sky winter great in training and tells before me honestly before will tell you “Look, it’s only a game” but that whether I’m where I need to be, which has given 10.30am, every 10.30am, every is just not the case. Lives, careers, ongoing me good confidence,” she said. income all hang in the balance every time the “Since Kitzbuhel I have worked a lot more on Saturday and Sunday Saturday and Sunday sports people suit up. my swimming to get that better and obviously (bring in this coupon) (bring in this For me, though, I still tend to think that in the run will again becoupon) very important in London. Raring to go: Andrea Hewitt says she is ready for most cases your first look at a situation and the A lot of races finish in sprints so I’ve been trying the Olympic triathlon. Café open 7 daysCafé open 7 days decision you think is the correct one normally proves to be the correct one. What is happening now though is that when an incident is viewed over and over again from many angles even the most balanced view can get twisted. It’s not a situation I would want to be in but professionalism and big bucks demand that this 50 Ferrymead Park Drive Christchurch 50 Ferrymead Park Drive Christchurch • Golf course• drivinG ranGe •PainTBall 376for5350 www.ferrymeadgolf.co.nz is the road modern sport376 is going to go down 5350 www.ferrymeadgolf.co.nz • mini PuTT • reTail• cafe & Bar • conference room many years to come.

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Like the Olympic Games’ opening ceremony in London, details of the city redevelopment plan lit up our city on Monday – with many hailing it as visionary. The main dissenters were those who would prefer to see damaged houses, and their occupants, at the front of the queue for state assistance, not sports facilities and new hotels. If some of the effort put into Monday’s plan – which cost about $3 million to produce – had been put into applying a blowtorch to tardy insurance companies, then we may have a happier populace. However, the central business district (CBD) is the city’s beating heart and a plan laying out precincts of similar activities, height restrictions and green space is a wonderful tool to have as we move forward. We know where we are going, and businesses can now start planning their futures – they can try to be a part of the new, smaller CBD (down from 90 hectares to 40 hectares) or stay in the suburbs without the costs and additional red tape a move to the new city centre will inevitably entail. Canterbury’s economy has settled into its new routine after being forced to flee the central area, so there is no need to rush the move back into the city. The transition should be calculated and pragmatic. Any miscalculations and overspending will happen after the ministers and civil servants leading the cheering on Monday have left town, or left office, and any financial blowouts will be borne by Christchurch ratepayers for many years to come. To be fair, Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said the blueprint delivered this week was not a work plan – how the ideas will be delivered will come later. The Christchurch City Council and the private sector will be heavily involved in the process from now on and their need to protect ratepayers from excessive rates increases and the requirement to turn a profit may moderate some of the more grandiose parts of the blueprint. For example, it must be fun to design a covered stadium without any requirement to consider if it can possibly turn a profit. When the city already has a new stadium it can’t fill, another bigger, better weather-tight stadium should wait on the back burner for many years – unless the rugby union wants to pick up the bill. There is a lot of worth in the Christchurch CBD Blueprint, but the devil is in the detail. We will watch with interest to see how it evolves and adapts to the realities of real life over the coming months. More on the blueprint inside: Street Talk - P2, Reaction - P3 , Editorial - P4, Property Owners’ views - P5, Plan details - P6, The proposed new sports facilities - P7.

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Community Diary To submit your notice Email to diary@pegasusbay.co.nz or post to Community Diary, P.O. Box 39176 Harewood, Christchurch 8545 FORD owners, The Annual Ford Rally for 2012 is on Sunday September 16, open to all Fords 1903 to 2012, any condition or body type, starts from Hawke Street carpark New Brighton, 9am - 10am, morning & afternoon sections, both on sealed roads, $10 per Ford. GOLDEN Oldie Movie Group, come & join this friendly group to watch wonderful old movies every Monday at 1pm at the New Brighton Museum, 8 Hardy Street, gold coin donation incl cuppa beforehand, take time to view the displays, for more info email nbmuseum@kol. co.nz or ph 03 382-5742. CHRISTCHURCH Young Widowed Group welcomes widowed men & women of all ages up to early 60s. We offer support & friendship with regular dinners, walks & other outings. New members welcome, please phone Janice 385 5762 or Dave 383-2848. PEGASUS Ladies Probus club, New Brighton, meetings 4th Monday in month at Rawhiti Golf Club. Interesting speakers, arranged outings, happy friendly atmosphere. Enquiries welcome, ph Jill 352-5850. VOLUNTEERS are required to assist with one off tree planting days on August 5 and August 18. Contact Volunteering Canterbury 366-2442 for time & location if you would like to help. ALCOHOLICS Anonymous public meeting, August 18, 7-30pm to 9pm, Saint Joseph’s Church, 133 Main North Road, corner Vagues Road. Guest speakers from the medical field, the police, Alanon & AA. Free entry, all welcome. EDIBLE Gardens Network Group. Friendly group of local gardeners with focus on organic gardening and growing your own food, meets about once a month in different people’s gardens. Experts as well as complete novices welcome, more info either email Clare candb@ihug.co.nz or her cell on 420-8850.

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Go Mr Shaw: Olympic excitement has reached fever pitch at Mairehau Primary School as room six pupils cheer on their teacher and Black Sticks hockey team member Brad Shaw. Photo Gina McKenzie

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MAIREHAU Primary School pupils have gained a unique insight into the Olympic Games thanks to their teacher Brad Shaw who plays in the Black Sticks men’s hockey team. Mr Shaw, who has taught at Mairehau Primary School for five years, is the only South Island-based team member. He began playing for the Black Sticks in 2004 and has clocked up over 120 matches for the team. Mr Shaw’s year 3 and 4 class said they felt “amazed and very proud of their teacher” and were excited about receiving inside information on the Olympics from Mr Shaw. The students had particularly enjoyed learning about the Olympic entertainment centre, which featured unlimited free

McDonalds, PlayStations and iPods. “If we were there we’d eat lots of McDonald’s but Mr Shaw said he has only been there twice. “He wouldn’t want to eat too much junk food because he has to stay fit.” Mr Shaw said his busy schedule hadn’t given him a lot of time to explore the “huge” complex. “I will actually have more time once we start playing because we only play every second day so I’ll have time to look around properly.” He told his pupils he was feeling slightly nervous about his upcoming matches but remained “focused on the job”. “Everyone gets nervous but you just have

to concentrate on what you’re doing. “Once you get out there you just focus on playing your best.” Mr Shaw’s warned the class that his lefthalf defence position made if difficult to spot on screen. “I’m number 12 so it means I will be either right beside the camera or far out of view. You might spot me if you look really hard.” Mr Shaw’s class hoped to regularly Skype with their teacher throughout the Olympics. “We’ve already seen inside his room and looked around the village so he will be able to tell us everything that’s happening.” The school was also planning a special “welcome home” event for Mr Shaw when he returned to New Zealand in mid-August.

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independent as you get older. The stronger your muscles and bones are the less likely you are to experience falls that can affect people particularly from the age of 65 onwards. Taking regular Vitamin D supplements can enhance your muscle strength and bone density, and reduce your risk of falling. You are less likely to fall and injure yourself when you’re older if you keep your muscles and bones in good condition. Vitamin D supplements should be considered by anyone who is over the age of 65, especially if you fit into one or more of these categories – have dark skin, are housebound or rarely go outdoors with your skin uncovered, live in the South Island during the

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Thousands attend Kaiapoi Art Expo OVER 5000 visitors enjoyed the creative art on display at the recent Kaiapoi Art Expo. The show featured over 500 artworks from 100 artists with preliminary sales totalling $32,000. Expo organiser Jocelyn Larsen said she was “absolutely thrilled” with the quality of the artwork at this year’s show. “It was wonderful to provide an opportunity for people of all ages from all walks of life to channel their creativity and innovation.” Ms Larsen said the artworks spanned the genres of photography, sculpture, paintings, mosaics, jewellery, textiles and wood. Twenty Waimakariri schools also participated in the show. The public choice winner was Sandra Duncan with George Skipper. Duncan said her inspiration came from the man himself. “George is actually an elderly Maori gentleman who lives at Birdling’s Flat and some people may have come across him already. “George lives right on the edge of the village and is one of the older identities there. My parents live at Greenpark near Birdling’s Flat, and we often go down to the beach to look at the stones and waves. One day I spotted George

Cheeky kea: Charlie Mahon, daughter of guest artist Sam Mahon, proved to be a keen bidder for the kea sculpture.

and thought he was amazing.” The guest artist for the show was Sam Mahon who lives in a restored flour mill in Waikari, Classic rides: Artist Dean Lawrence with his works inspired by classic cars and motorcycles. where he paints, sculpts, etches and writes.

It’s that neighbourly time of year CHRISTCHURCH Neighbourhood Week, which encourages local residents to get to know the people who live close to them, will return from October 27 to November 4. To help facilitate community-spirited events, Christchurch City Council’s community boards are offering a small subsidy to those who want to run community events. Mayor Bob Parker said Neighbourhood Week was about “saying hello to your neighbours, chatting to them over the fence, inviting them in for a cuppa or hosting a local gathering”. “It’s a time to get to know new neighbours, reaffirm acquaintances with old neighbours and about making our local communities strong.” Past events organised by the community have included barbecues, morning teas,

street parties, shared dinners, working bees, colouring competitions, family fun days, pizza or dessert evenings, kite flying, neighbourhood planting days, open days at community centres and community gardens and community walks. Anyone wishing to apply for reimbursement of costs relating to a neighbourhood event can pick up an application form from council’s Civic Offices in Tuam Street, from one of the open council service centres or libraries or can download the form from the council website. The subsidy is a refund of expenses rather than a payout before the event runs. Residents and groups need to apply for this by August 31. For more information about Neighbourhood Week visit the council website, call 941 8999 or email neighbourhoodweek@ccc.govt.nz.

Time to nominate sports volunteers EACH year around 800,000 local sports volunteers put in around 50 million hours of their time to helping sport. This month people can thank them by nominating someone in the Sport Volunteer Awards. Coaches, referees, administrators, sausage sizzlers, kit-washers, or anyone who makes a difference can be nominated. Canterbury award winners will be decided by Sport Canterbury and will receive prizes at local events. They will also be in the running for the title of New Zealand sports volunteer of the year. The winner will be flown to the annual New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards where they will be presented with a

trophy in front of leaders of the sport sector. Sport New Zealand chief executive Peter Miskimmin said the awards helped recognise people who put their hearts and souls into helping out. “Community sport in New Zealand can’t survive without volunteers. The awards are a way of saying thanks and letting them know their contribution has been noticed.” Nominations close on August 28. Visit sportnz.org.nz/volunteers for more information, to organise a thank you or nominate a volunteer for an award. Each one will generate a thank you eCard to your volunteer including a personalised message.

Defence service medal available APPLICATIONS for the New Zealand Defence Service Medal (NZDSM) have now been thrown open to all ex-service personnel and the families of deceased ex-service personnel. Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force, Lieutenant General Rhys Jones, said the medal recognised attested military service in the New Zealand Defence Force. New Zealanders who served in the military for three or more years since the end of World War Two, and those who completed their compulsory military training or national military service obligations, qualified for the medal. “The NZDSM means that a large number of personnel who served New Zealand loyally and well in a wide range of roles and contexts, but not on operations, are now receiving medallic recognition for their work,” Lieutenant General Jones said. Due to the large number of people eligible for the NZDSM, the call for applications is being managed in four stages, with priority initially given to processing applications from older living ex-service personnel. Since April 2011, when the first applications were called for, more than 33,000 NZDSM medals have been issued. “Now it’s the turn of ex-service personnel and the families of deceased ex-service personnel eligible for the medal. I encourage them to apply online using the form on the NZ Defence Force Medals website [http://medals.

nzdf.mil.nz].” Hard copies of the application form are also available at many local RSA clubrooms where staff are available to assist ex-service personnel and family members with their application forms. Ex-service personnel that have received the NZDSM who would like the medal to be presented to them formally can contact their nearest RSA as a number of branches are arranging presentations in local communities.

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Kaiapoi Art Show 2012: Fair strengthens Aranui community ties Art beside the river THE 7th Kaiapoi Art Expo officially opened on July 20. Staged annually by the Waimakariri Arts Trust, the exhibition is the district’s largest visual art show. The featured works by 105 local artists and 20 Waimakariri schools. This year’s guest contributing artist was Sam Mahon from Waikari, North Canterbury. Spotted enjoying the treasures on display at Kaiapoi were…

Karlia Miller, Thomas Larson

Amanda Philip, Danielle Barnett, Hon Kate Wilkinson

Hayley Beecroft, Joel and Willow Hart

Heather and Colin Warwick, Paul O’Donnell

Maria and John Fitzpatrick

Di and Alec Neill, Angela Irving

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Janine Mills, Dallas Bean, Fiona Duncan

Bill and Debbie Calder, Wilson Henderson

Debi Joynson, Edward and Ludmilla Sakowski

Jill Kerr, Mandylee Clydesdale

Debbie Allen, Kerry Eyles

Helping hand: Nyssa Cynthia Levi, 17; Sophia Aiofaiva, 18; Latai Selave, 17; Manino Aiofaiva, 16, and Catherine Laeli, 15, volunteered at the recent Aranui Love in Action fair organised by Ola Taumafai Charitable Trust. The free event, which focused on strengthening community connections, was attended by over 400 people.

Art to adorn Rangiora’s High Street A UNIQUE art promotion has been launched to beautify the safety fences and containers that currently line Rangiora’s High Street. The promotion run by the Rangiora Community Board involves community groups decorating silhouetted ‘shapes’ which will be hung along High Street fences to create a kaleidoscope effect. Local artist Caroline Trevella started the artwork off by hanging two of her creations on the fence outside the Farmers building last month. It’s hoped that her creations will inspire other

groups and individuals to follow suit. There are a number of different silhouette shapes to be decorated and ‘artists’ have a free reign in deciding how to decorate the silhouettes given the bounds of good taste. Various groups from schools to art groups and community organisations have been invited to participate in the project. The organisers are keen to hear from any individual or group who wants to take part. Those who are interested can contact board member Judith Hoult at bjhoult@clear.net.nz or phone (03) 313 7558 to find out more.

Native plants need homes TREES for Canterbury (TFC) wants to give away another 5000 native plants. “We are currently ready to launch our August giveaway of young plants,” TFC manager Steve Bush said. “The community giveaway programme is open to community organisations so they can obtain New Zealand native plants for their school and/or community project. This is for schools, preschools, community groups, church groups, or projects on land with public access and the like. “If it is community-based we would like to assist.” To apply for free plants, all groups have to do is write a letter following these simple guidelines: • Include all details of the group, a contact person and phone number. • Send in applications before August 31.

Applications that arrive after this date will not be accepted. • Advise whether you need large or low-growing shrubs or trees or perhaps groundcovers. Do you need 10 or 100 plants, and also is it for full sun or shade, wet or dry conditions? Do you have a plant list? • Post applications to Trees For Canterbury, PO Box 19-883, Christchurch 8241. Any inquiries should be directed to Steve or Tracey on 982 1028 or at the above address. The TFC nursery in Charlesworth Street provides services for 60 to 80 welfare clients and produces in excess of 100,000 native plants each year. Last year, Trees For Canterbury planted and/or donated over 40,000 native plants into the community. Trees For Canterbury has successfully planted or donated over 700,000 plants to the community since 1993.

News in brief Water still safe to drink RESIDENTS have been assured by the Christchurch City Council that the city’s water supply is safe to drink after some people noticed a discolouration in their tap water last week. “Households in the Shirley, St Albans, Mairehau and Richmond areas may have received a notice in their letterboxes, but this has definitely not been issued by the council,” said city water and waste unit manager Mark Christison. “Christchurch’s water is still safe to drink and use.” Mr Christison said the discoloration some

residents had noticed in their water was not a health risk. “There was an issue at some of our pump stations with muddy water, but our staff spent the night flushing out as much as they can, and we’re confident that the mains are now all clear. “There may be some muddy water still in household pipes, and we recommend turning on a tap to flush this out until the water is clear.” Residents and property owners who still have a concern should contact the council call centre on 03 941 8999.

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Inspired city vision - but don’t forget the suburbs River outlook: The site of the proposed new convention centre precinct, bordering the Avon River Park to the northwest and Cathedral Square to the southeast. Image: CERA

Like the Olympic Games’ opening ceremony in London, details of the city redevelopment plan lit up our city on Monday – with many hailing it as visionary. The main dissenters were those who would prefer to see damaged houses, and their occupants, at the front of the queue for state assistance, not sports facilities and new hotels. If some of the effort put into Monday’s plan – which cost about $3 million to produce – had been put into applying a blowtorch to tardy insurance companies, then we may have a happier populace. However, the central business district (CBD) is the city’s beating heart and a plan laying out precincts of similar activities, height restrictions and green space is a wonderful tool to have as we move forward. We know where we are going, and businesses can now start planning their futures – they can try to be a part of the new, smaller CBD (down from 90 hectares to 40 hectares) or stay in the suburbs without the costs and additional red tape a move to the new city centre will inevitably entail. Canterbury’s economy has settled into its new routine after being forced to flee the central area, so there is no need to rush the move back into the city. The transition should be calculated and pragmatic. Any miscalculations and overspending will happen after the ministers and civil servants leading the cheering on Monday have left town, or left office, and any financial blowouts will be borne by Christchurch ratepayers for many years to come. To be fair, Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said the blueprint delivered this week was not a work plan – how the ideas will be delivered will come later. The Christchurch City Council and the private sector will be heavily involved in the process from now on and their need to protect ratepayers from excessive rates increases and the requirement to turn a profit may moderate some of the more grandiose parts of the blueprint. For example, it must be fun to design a covered stadium without any requirement to consider if it can possibly turn a profit. When the city already has a new stadium it can’t fill, another bigger, better weather-tight stadium should wait on the back burner for many years – unless the rugby union wants to pick up the bill. There is a lot of worth in the Christchurch CBD Blueprint, but the devil is in the detail. We will watch with interest to see how it evolves and adapts to the realities of real life over the coming months. More on the blueprint inside: Street Talk - P2, Reaction - P3 , Editorial - P4, Property Owners’ views - P5, Plan details - P6, The proposed new sports facilities - P7.

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Students bring life to vacant spaces

Some of the 120 student volunteers who, on Saturday, transformed six vacant plots around Christchurch city and Canterbury into interactive community spaces. University student groups Student Volunteer Army and Entre had collaborated with the main sponsorship of Telogis and support from Gap Filler to create a competition project for Canterbury students to design a practical and innovative use for a vacant space in Christchurch. As a result there is now a BMX track and outdoor soccer pitch in the city centre, a creative and interactive mural made of bricks and memories in Darfield, an intricate labyrinth designed for meditation by St Lukes Church and a life-size monopoly game and foam playground in New Brighton. The majority will remain standing for two months, if not longer.

Ilam student, mentor wins Māori education scholarship Chelsea Shover

ENGINEERING student Jessica Templeton, 21, of Ilam, recently won a $15,000 scholarship from the Rose Hellaby Māori Education Fund, which supports Māori educational endeavours and achievement. Ms Templeton, who hopes to become one of the most influential Māori female leaders in industry, will use the scholarship to fund a Master of Engineering Management programme at the University of Canterbury. Ms Templeton earned her Bachelors of Science from the University of Canterbury in December 2011. The course she has selected for postgraduate study will complement her science and engineering background with commercial insights on business topics such as finance, economics, entrepreneurship, systems engineering and stakeholder management. At the university, Ms Templeton is one of a few postgraduate students involved in the Tuakana Group, mentoring younger Māori students. She said the scholarship will allow her to devote more time to the group. “For younger Māori, even though they will be endeavouring to establish a pathway unique to them, having a role model is very important, and having a mentor even more so,” she said. She hopes to use the knowledge gained in pursuing her degree to offer leadership in the Māori community around infrastructure developments.

“There is a noticeable deficiency in effective engineering management skills here in New Zealand and in the global context. On the other hand, many technical businesses lack proficient commercial insight, so collectively, our potential to excel in the technology sector as a country is somewhat inhibited – when it need not be, considering the resources and

talent available,” she said. The Rose Hellaby Postgraduate Māori Education Scholarships have been awarded annually since 1969, but 2012 marks the first year that the awards will be bestowed in a public ceremony. The inaugural Rose Hellaby Awards ceremony will take place in Auckland on August 16.

Community Diary To submit your notice Email to diary@norwestnews.co.nz or Post to Community Diary, P.O. Box 39176 Harewood, Christchurch 8545 RECENTLY retired, relocated or re-defining your life? Join Papanui Combined Probus for interesting talks, great outings & new friends. Meetings first Tuesday of month in warm ground floor room at Bowls Papanui, 181 Condell Ave. See you there, enquiries ph Ivan 03 348-5687 or Marie 03 3517708. ALCOHOLICS Anonymous public meeting, August 18, 7-30pm to 9pm, Saint Joseph’s Church, 133 Main North Road, corner Vagues Road, guest speakers from the medical field, the police, Alanon & AA. Free entry, all welcome. VOLUNTEERS Are required to assist with oneoff tree planting days on August 5 and August 8, contact Volunteering Canterbury 03 366-2442 for time & location if you would like to help. CITIZENS Advice trained volunteers are on duty in their recently established Fendalton Library location from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday to assist the community with free, impartial & confidential advice, for help outside these hours ph 0800 367-222. THE Christchurch Dickens fellowship will be holding its monthly meeting on Saturday August 4 at 2pm, the programme will be from Dombey & Son & members of the public are very welcome to attend, meetings are held in the staff room of Hagley Community College, Hagley Ave. For further information ring Esme on 03 355-7743. FEEL like a challenge? Learn to play bridge at Crockfords Bridge Club. Well-established friendly club catering for players all ages & playing ability. New course lesson starts Monday Aug 13, led by an experienced bridge player & costs only $50 for 10 2-hour sessions. After the course you will be invited to join the club & play on a club night while being mentored by experienced players. Info 348-7478. The Community Noticeboard is for non profit groups or organisations. Items submitted must include a phone number and any associated costs and must not be more than 50 words. This is a free service from Mainland Press which reserves the right to edit submissions or to withhold items from publication if they do not fit the criteria, or due to space constraints.

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lder New Zealander’s may remember receiving a daily dose of cod liver oil as children. But can you remember why? Cod liver oil is a rich source of Vitamin D and was considered an easy way of preventing bone softening conditions such as rickets. Now that you’re older, it’s just as important to maintain a healthy level of Vitamin D – and it’s easier and safer than swallowing a spoonful of fish oil every day. Vitamin D supplements are available from your GP, and you only need to take one small tablet every month. Keeping your muscles and bones in good condition is a big part of staying active and

independent as you get older. The stronger your muscles and bones are the less likely you are to experience falls that can affect people particularly from the age of 65 onwards. Taking regular Vitamin D supplements can enhance your muscle strength and bone density, and reduce your risk of falling. You are less likely to fall and injure yourself when you’re older if you keep your muscles and bones in good condition. Vitamin D supplements should be considered by anyone who is over the age of 65, especially if you fit into one or more of these categories – have dark skin, are housebound or rarely go outdoors with your skin uncovered, live in the South Island during the

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winter, have a history of fracture or osteoporosis, or are obese. Vitamin D supplements are available on prescription from your GP. The normal consultation and prescription costs will still apply so it’s best if you ask for Vitamin D supplements the next time you visit your GP. If you’re living in a residential care facility, Vitamin D supplements are prescribed free of charge. And remember, you only need to take one small tablet every month. So if you fancy tip-toeing through the tulips, getting all shook up, or dancing in the street, Vitamin D supplements can help you stay on your feet and stay active.


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Twelve high school students earn Funeral director and office supply company send school supplies to Fiji university philosophy credit Chelsea Shover

FIVE years ago, Nigel Lyall went to Fiji’s Tokoriki Island Resort on his honeymoon. One day, he and his wife opted to tour Yanuya Island, where most of the people who work at Tokoriki live. They stopped at Namamanuca Primary School where they spoke with the principal and found out that the school needed supplies like exercise books and pens. Since then, Mr Lyall – funeral director at Canterbury Christian Funeral Services – has taken along such supplies on his annual holiday in Fiji. He hasn’t been back to Namamanuca himself, so he ordinarily stuffs a handful of books into his suitcase and hands them over at the airport to tour operators who can deliver them to Yanuya. But this year, he said, “I thought, why not do it on a bigger scale?” Mr Lyall contacted New Zealand Office Supplies, who donated 180 exercise books, pens and pencils for 100 students and 10 solar-powered Sending supplies: Nigel Lyell of Canterbury Christian Funeral calculators. They mailed the Services and Johnson Karathra of New Zealand Office Supplies boxes last week, a few days display school supplies to be posted to Namamanuca Primary in advance of Mr Lyall’s own School in Fiji. trip. Supporting the Fijian school was an ideal choice for Canterbury Christian, over, has become the focus of several other managing director Roddy McKinnon said. “A initiatives. Earlier this year, Tokoriki Resort lot of people here have school-age children.” sponsored the It’s Time Foundation to replace He added that it wouldn’t look good for a the school’s diesel power generation with solar funeral home to support charities focused on power. The London-based non-profit Coral Cay aging or disease. Conservation has taught marine conservation Namamanuca, with its connection to the classes at the school, instructing pupils in resort drawing travellers from the world performing coral reef checks.

Chelsea Shover TWELVE students at Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti secondary school recently had an introduction to skepticism, completing a distance learning class through the University of Canterbury. Brent Silby, a philosophy teacher at Unlimited, helped organise and administer the course. He said his students who completed Phil 110: Science: Good, Bad, and Bogus did so with success, and the experience inspired them to continue with tertiary study of philosophy. Mr Silby said Unlimited offers a range of philosophy courses, but some students had exhausted these and were eager for the next step. Most of the students taking Phil 110 were year 13, some were year 12 and one was year 10. Grades from the first semester course are still rolling, but among the count so far were two A’s and an A+. Unlimited students had taken courses at the university in the past, but they always had to travel to the campus to do so. The five or six kilometres separating Unlimited and the university may seem like a low threshold for “distance” learning, but offering the course on-site at the secondary school’s campus made it possible for more students to take part. The Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource funded the course at no cost to students. Unlimited students in the course completed the same assignments as their university classmates and submitted them online to be marked by university graders. Mr Silby said the high school students had the chance to interact with the university students by participating in online forums and commenting on each other’s essays. “This has been a wonderful opportunity for senior students to make a start on their university study while remaining in the supportive environment of their school,” Unlimited’s co-director, Alastair Wells said. Based on its success, the university’s College of Arts plans to offer more distance learning courses in 2013, including classes in English,

media and communication and history. Unlimited, a special character school, intends to make these courses available. The option to take classes at the tertiary level fits with Unlimited’s tenets of letting students choose their own qualifications and curriculum.

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Fendalton company wins Native plants need homes landscaping awards

Form and style: This Idris Road property’s garden won Goom Landscapes an award for best special feature.

Chelsea Shover A FENDALTON landscaping company has won four premier awards for two landscaping projects at the 2012 Landscapes of Distinction awards, which recognise outstanding achievement in architectural landscaping. Goom Landscapes won the water dynamics best special feature award for an Idris Road property where it developed a structured formal garden to complement the home’s architectural features. Additionally, for a Mount Pleasant project integrating a stone and water-themed pool and deck area with a hillside residence, the company won the Resene best residential project award, Vector works best landscape design large project and best edible garden award. Roger Martin, Goom Landscapes director and general manager, said the company was proud of achieving this

success during such a challenging period. “It’s extremely gratifying to show that Christchurch’s reputation as the Garden City is being restored. “People recognise the importance and value that quality landscaping adds to their properties and lifestyles. “These awards recognise the hard work and dedication from all of our team to achieving an outstanding result for our customers,” Mr Martin said. In addition to the four premier awards, Goom Landscapes also won two gold, a silver and a bronze in the category of Landscape Design and a gold and silver in Landscape Construction. The awards were presented last Saturday in Hamilton in conjunction with the Landscaping New Zealand Annual Conference.

Allenvale School unveils Taonga carving in Lyttelton STUDENTS at Allenvale School in Aorangi Road, worked for 12 weeks on a Taonga which will be displayed in Whakaraupo Carving Centre in Lyttelton. Pictured with students from the school are Allenvale’s Kaumatua, Bill Karaitiana (standing) and Caine Tauwhare (seated), the carver and tutor who supervised the project. Dylan Roberts, a senior student in the school, created the initial design. All pupils at Allenvale, which caters to students with special needs, were involved in the project. Some students worked on the project at the Whakaraupo Centre, and students who could not attend added their handprints to the backboard. Once the carving was finished, Mr Karaitiana blessed the taonga and students performed a haka.

TREES for Canterbury (TFC) wants to give away another 5000 native plants. “We are currently ready to launch our August giveaway of young plants,” TFC manager Steve Bush said. “The community giveaway programme is open to community organisations so they can obtain New Zealand native plants for their school and/or community project. This is for schools, preschools, community groups, church groups, or projects on land with public access and the like. If it is community-based we would like to assist.” To apply for free plants, all groups have to do is write a letter following these simple guidelines: • Include all details of the group, a contact person and phone number. • Send in applications before August 31. Applications that

arrive after this date will not be accepted. • Advise whether you need large or low-growing shrubs or trees or perhaps groundcovers. Do you need 10 or 100 plants, and also is it for full sun or shade, wet or dry conditions? Do you have a plant list? • Post applications to Trees For Canterbury, PO Box 19-883, Christchurch 8241. Any inquiries should be directed to Steve or Tracey on 982 1028 or at the above address. The TFC nursery in Charlesworth Street, Woolston provides services for 60 to 80 welfare clients and produces in excess of 100,000 native plants each year. Last year, TFC planted and/ or donated over 40,000 native plants into the community. Trees For Canterbury has successfully planted or donated over 700,000 plants to the community since 1993.

Deborah Brosnahan named principal of Villa Maria College Chelsea Shover

BEGINNING in term four this year, Deborah Brosnahan will take on the role of principal of Villa Maria College. Selected by the Villa Maria Board of Trustees, Ms Brosnahan will be returning to the school where she began her teaching career in 1989. Ms Brosnahan attended Mercy College in Timaru and said she was glad to continue her association with the order. “I was attracted to return to a Mercy school and the Mercy values, feeling that I was given a great education by the Mercy sisters and want to contribute to their work,” she said. “It is also a great opportunity to move closer to family.” Currently, Ms Brosnahan is human resources manager at Auckland’s Dilworth School, which provides fully funded boarding education for boys whose families are in straitened circumstances. Previously, she

was director of curriculum, learning and teaching at Baradene College, also in Auckland. She started her educational career at Villa Maria as a teacher from 1989 until 1993 and a teacher/ dean from 1995 until 1996. She specialises in history, English, social studies, and religious education. “I am excited and more than a little awed by the tremendous opportunity of returning to the Villa Maria College community in the role of principal,” Ms Brosnahan said. “It is a very exciting time to be in education and we will face many challenges as we seek to ensure Villa Maria continues to prize what is of value and empowers young women to reach their full potential.” Presently, Tony Shaw is serving as Acting Principal of Villa Maria College, a state integrated Catholic secondary school in Upper Riccarton for girls in years seven to 13.

UC welcomes Christchurch plan UNIVERSITY of Canterbury vice-chancellor, Dr Rod Carr, says the release of the Central City Plan is an important step forward and will build great confidence for the city and region. “The university will be a significant player in the new Health Precinct. We already have a major presence near the hospital at the New Zealand Brain Research Institute, which houses research programmes in swallowing disorders, health technology and psychology. At present there are 12 staff and students (Masters and PhD) located at the institute. “The university now looks forward to establishing an interdisciplinary health campus in the new precinct, with clinical services and health researchers

co-located.” The university is also a collaborating partner with the Canterbury District Health Board in the Health Innovation Hub, which will be located in the precinct. A thriving central city would also help the region keep students here after they graduated, Dr Carr said. “It is these high-spending professionals in their 20s who, historically, have left Christchurch for the likes of Wellington – attracted by job opportunities, inner-city living and entertainment. This is our chance to create an environment where these talented people want to live, work and play – for the benefit of all New Zealanders.”


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