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Not here: Spearheading opposition to the development of Hagley Oval into an international cricket venue are Martin Meehan, left, and Emily Smith, both of Save Hagley Park, and Alan Reid acting chairman of the Central Riccarton Residents’ Association. Photo: Chris Tobin GinaTobin McKenzie Chris editor@mainlandpress.co.nz “Something that seems insignificant be very even in those areas with large sections of empty COMMUNITY action could help solve a spate two of the properties people were asleep inside important so I would encourage people in the houses. of eastern suburbs arson attacks, according to their houses at the time. PLANS by Canterbury Cricket to develop an international venue in which he stated Hagley Oval was the only and best option for not available, he said Hagley was the only option. “If someone calls the fire service we will aim The residents escaped uninjured but the area to report anything suspicious.” Fire Service Christchurch area commander Jon “There will be some opposition but we’re retaining the green at Hagley Oval is shaping as another fiasco and waste of money hosting 2015 World Cup matches and other international fixtures Overgrown vegetation and abandoned houses to be there within six minutes so we are still escalation in the arson attacks had alarmed Mr Graham. space and we’ll get more use and benefits for community in the future. for the city, according to protesters. in the eastern suburbs provided fuel for arson very much a part of eastern Christchurch.” The series of arson attacks over the past three Graham. Mr Meehan said Canterbury Cricket was “fixated” with Hagley cricket.” “It will be like the music conservatorium proposal at the Arts Mr Graham said the fire service was still “We’re very concerned that these attacks are attacks and Mr Graham said residents needed to weekends razed the landmark 52-year-old Mr Roberts believed QEII was necessary for the eastern suburbs Centre,” Martin Meehan of Save Hagley Park said. “The council Oval and he and others would fight every attempt for resource carrying out an ongoing investigation into the Leander Building at Kerrs Reach in Avonside creeping into properties while residents are monitor vegetation growth. could become involved in a big fight with the citizens, it’ll be consents to develop an international cricket venue using the and should be considered as a possible international cricket site. “People need to be aware that even if they arson attacks in conjunction with the police. Drive and damaged Aranui High School, asleep. In their submissions to the draft central annual plan, Mr Meehan a waste of money and people will end up losing respect for the Reserves Act, Hagley Park Act and Hagley Park Management “We are analysing the scenes of the fires and don’t live in their house anymore if they still “It’s gone too far and needs to be stopped.” Avondale Primary and Aranui Kids First said the Riccarton Wigram and Burwood Pegasus community Plan. council.” Mr Graham hoped Wainoni and Avonside own the property they are responsible for the results will contribute to the investigation.” Kindergarten. boards had opposed development of Hagley Oval. He hoped the “Every single clause will be fought,” he said. Chairman of the Christchurch Civic Trust Neil Roberts said next If anyone has any information regarding the The attacks stepped up a notch at the weekend residents would be able to provide further keeping vegetation under control. Speaking to Mainland Press on Tuesday from Kuala Lumpur, city council could resolve the matter without intervention from year was election year and he did not expect councillors would “If the property is owned by Cera then the arson attacks or has noticed any suspicious with seven fires lit in the early hours of Saturday information. Mr Germon said he remained optimistic council would approve the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority. want to “buy into” a debate about Hagley Oval. activity in the Wainoni, Aranui or Avonside “People are our eyes and ears and even a council will take care of the vegetation.” morning in Aldershot and Portsmouth streets “The last thing we want is Gerry Brownlee jumping in,” he “I think cricket will be told, find a new international venue. I work for floodlights, a new pavilion and embankments at the Mr Graham said the fire service still had a areas please contact the Christchurch central small detail such as seeing an unfamiliar person and Ben Rarere Avenue in Aranui. said. oval. think they’ll be told to look at alternatives.” very active presence in the eastern suburbs, police on 363 7400. Four of the fires were lit at properties and at in their street could provide a breakthrough. What do you think? Let us know. Email editor@mainlandpress. With timelines tight for the 2015 World Cup and QEII, AMI Canterbury Cricket CEO Lee Germon made a submission to the See also page 2 Christchurch City Council’s annual draft plan hearings last week Stadium and Lincoln [not International Cricket Council accredited] co.nz

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THE Christchurch City Council said last week work would begin soon at Hagley Oval on building a new cricket block and refurbished outfield in spite of one club which has been based at the oval for 108 years, the St Albans Cricket Club, calling for a delay. The club had earlier been asked by Canterbury Cricket to find a new base. “The council turned down all our proposals or plans for a new existence at South Hagley park,” club chairman Alan Jamieson said. Mr Jamieson said the club wanted a delay so they could hold further discussions with Canterbury Cricket CEO Lee Germon over the club’s short and long-term future. They wanted clarification whether the club could still be based somewhere else on Hagley Park or on another ground in the city.

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“We are meeting with him in a showdown next Monday,” Mr Jamieson said. Mr Germon is overseas this week. “The Canterbury Cricket Association still needs to find funding, get resource consent, change the city and Hagley management plans and get the act of parliament seen to, but as soon as the first chunk is taken out of the outfield in the middle of the oval, it may spell the end for our club as we know it in its current position, 108 years,” Mr Jamieson said. One other club has been based at the oval – the Riccarton club. Chairman Mike Devine said the issue would be discussed by them at a special meeting. However this would be after Mainland Press went to print. “We’re at a delicate point at this stage,” he said.

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Education cuts ‘horrify’ eastern suburbs schools Gina McKenzie

education when schools were still recovering from the earthquakes. “We only just got our sewage reconnected and some children are still having earthquake counselling so stress levels are really high.” Ms Daines said increased class sizes could result in nine-year-old pupils studying in the same class as 12- year-olds. “I might have to combine year seven and eight with year five and six. “Parents don’t like having a nine or 10-yearold in the same class as a 12-year-old so then they will go to a different school.” Ms Daines said parents were strongly opposed to the changes and predicted “a lot of

EASTERN suburbs schools are horrified about the impact larger classes and fewer teachers will have on earthquake-stressed staff and pupils. Proposals unveiled by Education Minister Hekia Parata in last month’s budget announcement could see class sizes for years 2-10 increase to 27.5 pupils. New Brighton Catholic School principal Deb Daines said staffing cuts would have a “huge impact” on smaller earthquake, affected schools such as hers, which had a roll of 122 pupils. “Losing two teachers would mean having to do the same number of duties with less staff.” Ms Daines felt it was wrong to reform

talking and shouting because they definitely don’t want less teachers and larger classes”. Meanwhile, Chisnallwood Intermediate School principal Richard Patton told parents that staffing cuts to technology subjects would be a “big mistake”. Mr Patton described the cuts as a “devastating loss” for his school, which could see some technology and specialist subjects cut from the curriculum along with the loss of five staff and class sizes of up to 40 pupils. Mr Patton felt the cuts were “an unbelievable step backwards towards very large class sizes and a very narrow curriculum”. Shirley Intermediate principal Geoff Siave

agreed with Mr Patton and said both of his school’s technology teachers could lose their jobs if the proposals went ahead. “It would mean increasing class sizes so you can carry those teachers or have no specialised technology teachers.” New Zealand Principals’ Federation president Paul Drummond said the Ministry of Education had misread the research and failed to engage with teachers and parents. “Parents are deeply disturbed about the idea of increasing any class size while cutting back on the numbers of teachers. “They need to delay the policy and get feedback from schools, teachers and parents.”

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exploring long-term land use,” Ms Hume said. The school lost many of its buildings in last year’s February 22 earthquake, which forced the school to relocate to Burnside High School for the remainder of the year. A total of 60 modular relocatable buildings have since been erected onsite, which Ms Hume said would serve the school’s needs very well for the time being. Permanent buildings to replace those lost would not be built until a final decision was made on the school’s longterm location. A Cera spokesperson said the organisation remained in consultation with the Ministry of Education around land decisions. The mother of a year 10 Avonside student, who did not want to named, said she was delighted to hear the timeframe had been extended. “It is one of the safest schools in Canterbury so we couldn’t see why the two-year limit was Good news: Avonside Girls’ High School principal Sue Hume is happy the school can stay on its home site. put there. It’s wonderful for the school.” When her daughter was asked if she would change schools, she said she couldn’t think of going to any other school.

AVONSIDE Girls’ High School has been told it can stay on its site beyond the original twoyear timeframe, although its long-term future remains unknown. The school was informed by the Ministry of Education by letter last week that “both the Ministry of Education and Cera are able to support the retention of Avonside Girls’ High School on its home site beyond the original two-year timeframe”. Principal Sue Hume said the announcement was wonderful news. “We have a really good facility where we believe that we can offer a really good education. We can offer a safe environment and we’ve got facilities to deliver the full curriculum and we can see us being able to do that for many years to come. “We want continuity and certainty for our families so it’s really good to be able to provide that.” However, the school’s long-term occupancy of the site was still unknown. “That depends on information we currently don’t have access to because they’re sill

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Plan B notably absent other international fixtures.” He mentioned how cricket gave up its rights to Ami Stadium to allow rugby development of the ground. He emphasised how Canterbury Cricket’s international ground had to be centrally located like other famous test venues around the world – Lord’s, the MCG, the SCG, Trent Bridge etc. He made it plain that if Hagley Oval was not developed for the 2015 World Cup, the city would lose a global audience as well as significant economic and tourism spin-offs. It was all or nothing from Mr Germon – Hagley Oval or nothing. Yet Mr Germon must know Hagley Park is sacred turf as far as this city is concerned and he must know too that if Canterbury Cricket has its way and limited development of Hagley Oval occurs, inevitably in 20 to 30 years time, more would be required to keep up with international standards – bigger stands, more carparking, more nibbling into Hagley Park. Mr Germon should have presented a robust plan B to prevent what is feared – Christchurch becoming a cricketing backwater. But he didn’t. Canterbury Cricket’s emblem is “respecting our past; driving the future.” I hope they have not forgotten about the first part.

One of the great maxims of sport and no doubt in business and life generally, is to always have a plan B. Last week the city council started public hearings into its draft annual plan. Councillors and Mayor Bob Parker are now sitting through hours of exhortations, appeals and the occasional bit of haranguing and complaining. I arrived to last Thursday’s hearings about the time property owner and developer Antony Gough, also chairman of the Central City Business Association, made his submission. A flamboyant character, Mr Gough wore a blazing orange suit which perhaps belonged more to somewhere like Cannes than our city’s dull plain council chambers. His appearance seemed to give a distinct lift to proceedings. He was followed by Canterbury Cricket CEO Lee Germon. The former Black Caps keeper and captain is behind his organisation’s push to have Hagley Oval brought up to international standards in time for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Mr Germon read his submission, which stated “Hagley Oval is the best and only option in regard to hosting 2015 World Cup matches and

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It doesn’t surprise me that the majority of Christchurch citizens are against commercial sport privatising great chunks of Hagley Park as reported in the Mainland Press. The idea is a travesty of what Hagley Park has meant for generations of Cantabrians. Residents need to tell their councillors and the mayor they are totally opposed to this land grab, and will vote at the next election on this issue. In a time of disaster and turmoil, Canterbury Cricket, Tennis Canterbury and, Sports Canterbury, the latter being promoters of a massive sports centre, are trying to take over large areas of our park because it is cheap land. This when there are hectares of vacant space throughout the city. Christchurch residents need to be very aware of the long-term consequences: large scale advertising around the new international cricket ground at Hagley Oval, ugly fencing, large carparks, night lighting, bars and arrangements for more boozing, litter and bottles, with stands to hold spectators to fund whole commercial operation. Entrance to most of these events will not be free. Don’t be surprised when this will all be vehemently denied by those self-interested ‘sports managers/administrators’ who are leading the charge. And don’t be fooled by talk of so-called ‘consultation’. This is a strategy of stealth, a ‘softening up’ of the public and Council, to expropriate a public park by commercial sport over the next decade or so, with personal benefits for the ‘managers’ of this strategy. Their salaries, sponsored vehicles and other perks depend on it. Make no mistake, the jewel in Christchurch’s crown, Hagley Park, will be changed forever if citizens allow this to happen.

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I was reading Mainland Press (May 31) and read the letter from Cheryl Ford saying that Canterbury endorses the Government’s tax increase on the price of smokes. Well, as I am a smoker myself, I feel that all smokers should have a right to smoke. Why should the Government just pick on the smokers? I bet that if these same people found that the Government was to hit the drinkers of beer and wine the same way, these people who hate smokers might think again. It is time for the Government to start putting up the price on beer and wine then there might not be the accidents and people finishing up at our hospitals.

Let’s be fair, there is more damage caused by drunk drivers than smokers. I used to think this country is a free state to which people could do what they want within reason, but now I find it is turning into a dictatorship with government telling people what to do. The next thing to come will be the Government telling us we can’t even smoke in our own home or car. Graeme Peters Hei Hei

Cost of energy The advertising feature on the ‘Centuries of Care’ (Mainland Press, May 31) omits one most significant fact. That is that the hospital has the only hyperbaric unit in New Zealand (excluding the naval unit). It was initiated in the late 1970s by the scuba dive clubs as the treatment of nitrogen saturation (bends) had to be sent to Auckland Naval base. A second thought is that of the cost of energy. Perhaps your staff would like to investigate the use of “Water for fuel”, also the work done by Nikola Tesla on Free Energy. There have been many people and some that have given their lives to promote clean free energy. We, as a people, are being subjected to the greed of both corporates and governments as they see this as a means of creating vast wealth for the few. Richard E. Lowen St Albans

Adventure tourism The latest government revelation stating sufficient evidence to support mandatory drug testing in the adventure tourism industry is overdue and highlighted by two tragic incidents within recent times. Both the Carterton ballooning tragedy in 2011 resultant in 11 fatalities inclusive of pilot Lance Hopping and the Fox Glacier plane crash killing two in 2010 are in a similar accord concerning possible cannabis use by those professionally undertaking these operations. Within this context, the instigation of intense safety regulations by the transport ministry encompassing introduction of legislation for drug and alcohol detection for employees in safety critical roles is realistic and overdue. This would be reiterated by accident investigation commission investigator Ian McClelland stating cannabis use as a possible contributory factor to the Carterton disaster. Gary Knight Hoon Hay

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Family left behind feels like victims also Suicide, the great taboo subject, is remaining just that, the Mainland Press has found. Editor Chris Tobin talks to one mother about how the system failed her after she lost a son to suicide. The city does not have a support group for those affected by suicide and she is now calling for one to be established. CHRISTCHURCH families grieving for loved ones lost to suicide are not receiving the support and help they require, says Lucy (not her real name), whose son took his life two months ago. Still struggling to handle her loss, as are her husband and daughter, Lucy said when advised two months ago that her 28-yearold son Gareth had died in Brisbane, she approached Lifeline and Victim Support and sought online help from other agencies, all with disappointing results. “I got a hysterical call that Gareth is dead. I waited for the New Zealand and Australian police to contact me. They didn’t. I went to the New Zealand High Commission. “Four days later, a constable rang from Brisbane to confirm Gareth had passed away. “I rang Victim Support and Lifeline. Each time I spoke to someone at Lifeline I’d get a different person and have to go through the story again. They asked ridiculous questions. “Victim Support rang and didn’t tell us anything that we didn’t already know. They sent out information and someone visited who was not helpful; you need to talk to someone who has gone through this.” Victim Support is the designated agency providing the initial response after a suicide,

contacting families and determining support required. Spokesperson for Victim Support Ginelle Gordon said she was disappointed that Lucy did not receive the support she required. “Victim Support is the first point of contact and it’s disappointing that she didn’t get the support from us and from the person who visited her.” Lifeline clinical manager Jo Frethey said having callers recount their full stories repeatedly was “the way it is”. “We’ve got a nationwide service with 80 different counsellors covering a 24-hour period. For us to man one or two people is impossible given they’re volunteers. “I would hope our counsellors recommended she went to a counsellor. She needs to tap into grief counselling.” Lucy said those suffering after the earthquake seemed to receive help. “We have support for quake damage, but what happens when you lose a son, a father, a sister? We need some sort of support for people bereaved by suicide.” Her son Gareth, a concrete cutter, went to Australia two years ago with his partner and son, attracted by the chance of earning better money. His death came as a complete shock

with no indication that he would take his own life. Lucy spoke to him on the phone the day he died. “He was the type of person who got on with everyone. He liked motocross and family time.” Lucy believed a better system should be in place to help and assist bereaved families, firstly in advising of the death, then in accessing information and finally providing face-to-face support from people who had gone through the same experience. She said a counselling service, Clinical Advisory Services Aotearoa (Casa), had been available to families after a suicide but two years ago this was cut by the Government.

‘You want to scream down the phone’ “PEOPLE avoid talking about the person who has passed on,” Lucy says talking of her son Gareth, who took his life in Brisbane two months ago. “They go round about things but it helps to talk about it. It’s very hard when people talk to you as if nothing has happened. You want to scream down the phone at them.”

Motocross fan: Gareth who died two months ago.

Let’s get a support group in Christchurch IT has been astonishing to learn that no support group exists in Christchurch for families who have lost a loved one to suicide. “A lot of people have said, ‘why isn’t there a support group here?’” Ginelle Gordon, of Victim Support, said. “However, they would need funding and energy, and for a lot of people grieving a suicide, they don’t have the energy.” Lifeline clinical manager Jo Frethey said as

well as no support group existing specifically for those affected by suicide, many other support groups had fallen over in the city since the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes. Lucy, who is quoted in the main story, is keen to set up a support group and Mainland Press wants to assist. If you would like to be involved or help, email editor@ mainlandpress.co.nz.

‘There are very few groups to help’ MAINLAND Press asked on Facebook and Twitter for people to share their experiences in dealing with the sensitive subject of suicide. We received an overwhelming response. Here are some of the emails and comments. Names have been altered for privacy reasons. For online help go to: www.lifeline.org.au/Find-Help/Preventing-suicide/Support-after-a-loss-bysuicide/Support-after-a-loss-by-suicide. All the best, Chris. I think it’s a great thing attempted suicide and I didn’t get any help for you’re doing. my mental state at the time, the doctors gave me a stronger pill once I got out of hospital There are very few groups to help those with and then swept it under the carpet. After nearly the aftermath of suicide. They are out there passing away that night, I’m just thankful to be but hard to find. Maybe, Chris, you could alive today but me and my family were NEVER bring these groups to the public as sometimes offered help and the hospital didn’t care what talking to others who have been through this happened after leaving their care. -- Holly. tragedy helps you cope with it a bit better. I lost a cousin two years ago and the questions NZ has the highest world rate of suicide in the are always present. It’s about time someone OECD. It’s high time to address this issue and brought this subject to light! I’m a survivor of all the matters related. Continued on page 13.

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Christchurch City Council news, events and information 6 June 2012

Setting up temporary buildings for shops, cafes or bars Contact the Council early to convert a container or portacom into a shop, café or bar. Resource Consents and Building Policy Manager, Steve McCarthy, says the Council wants to help owners who have ideas for transforming containers or portacoms into commercial premises.

The first roof panels are in place on the new Aranuni Library

Construction is well underway on the Aranui Library The new Aranui library is starting to take shape. The 500 square metre library is being built in Aldershot Street, bordering onto Wainoni Park. The library, which opens in spring this year, was designed by Christchurch City Council architects to capture the best aspects of the natural environment to make it a more enjoyable experience for users, while keeping heating and power costs down. It will have a number of features requested by the local community, including a modern building that utilises natural light, a group learning and meeting space, homework support, free wireless internet

access, gaming consoles, an enclosed courtyard off a children’s play area and artworks. Local wood carver and sculptor Raph Stowers has designed the artwork for the exterior of the building. Mr Stowers, who is well-known locally and has several sculptures already on display in the community, says the designs on the building reflect both his Pacific Island and Maori heritage and fit the community well. “There are a lot of Pacific Islanders out here that quietly do their thing, and it is really nice that we can highlight their participation in the community. I think all the locals will be proud of it.” Carolyn Robertson, Unit Manager Libraries and Information, says the library responds to the environment

and the community in many ways, and it is a particularly good example of a sustainable building. “We can be proud that this wonderful creative building will be an enhancement to the neighbourhood and park by providing spaces to meet, learn and relax.

Residents can follow the progress of the building of the library on Christchurch City Libraries website, or the facebook page and Twitter.

Hagley Oval wicket block and outfield get a makeover Michael Aitken General Manager Community Services says work involves the redevelopment of the existing wicket and outfield

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“It’s very exciting to learn what people are planning for these temporary businesses across the city. We want Requesting a pre-application meeting to work with them on what standards is the best way to find out the answers. they will reach with the building work “We’re here to help. Work through your on their temporary building, which is through the building consent process.” initial ideas with your designer or your architect and then come and get Under the Building Act structures our advice.” such as containers or portacoms, For more information or to request a which have been converted to houses pre application meeting visit a temporary businesses, are defined www.ccc.govt.nz/goahead for more as buildings. information. It is also important to think about where the temporary business would be set up, and what type of business it would introduce into an area of the city, says Mr McCarthy.

“The library will also reflect the local community’s diverse culture and demographics. A new library collection has been specifically chosen to match community needs and will feature a range of books, magazines and newspapers, CDs, DVD’s talking books and electronic games,” she says.

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including the repair and renewal of Work on constructing a new irrigation and drainage. cricket wicket block and “We are in the process of letting the refurbished outfield on the Hagley Oval will start within contract and expect work to start in the next few days and continue the next few days.

“If owners want to relocate an existing business that has been displaced by the earthquakes we want to explore with them if they can temporarily relocate on a particular site. If someone is proposing a new business we need to look at what they want and where, and to consider what activities can happen in a particular area in the city. They may be advised that they will need a resource consent as well as a building consent.”

block and to shift soil around the site to improve the ground slopes for drainage,” he says. This work falls within the Council’s Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP) objectives for Hagley Oval and fits within the Council’s mandate to manage and enhance its public outdoor recreation assets.

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Container shops, cafes and bars are popping up all around the city.

‘Sublime’: Waters Above Waters Below exhibition The tradition of the pinhole camera is used to create large-scale installations at a new exhibition. Waters Above Waters Below is the third in the Rolling Maul series being held above NG in Madras Street, a part of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu’s Outer Spaces programme. Hannah and Aaron Beehre have created an installation that connects visitors with the transformative moments beneath the surface of the everyday, says Christchurch Art Gallery Curator Felicity Milburn.

“Hannah and Aaron have a proven track record for engaging, intriguing projects that reveal the world in unexpected ways. Their recent work has reflected their interest in representing the ‘Sublime’ aspects of nature, but not on its usual grand scale – rather presenting intense moments in a personal, intimate and often interactive way.” The exhibition runs until 17 June 2012 at NG, 212 Madras Street. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm.


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Celebrating Queen’s birthday in British style John Nimmo

THE Canterbury Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society had a party night last Saturday. Along with sister branches in the 53 other countries of the Commonwealth of Nations, it was celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and 86th birthday. The opulent décor of the recently renovated Eliza’s Manor House set the scene for a grand occasion. Clusters of red, white and blue balloons, Union Jacks, 1950s’ period adornments and a diamond-shaped birthday cake added to the occasion. Doctor Peggy Liddell and Wing Commander John Claydon, two of the society’s long-serving members, cut the birthday cake. Guest speaker Major Brendan Wood emphasised the closeness that still existed

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City Mall. “They did not want to open it. It was against their policy. Now we need all the help we can from council to open up the city. “We put on a brave face and say it’s all go, but Re:Start is Antony Gough fragile.” Meanwhile, in a submission on behalf of his company Hereford Holdings Ltd, Mr Gough said he believed the annual plan’s expected rates base reduction of between one percent and two percent appeared substantially understated. “With around 80 percent of the CBD reducing to a land-only rates base this will have a substantial effect on the rating base of the city coupled with the extensive red zone housing areas being abandoned in residential areas. “I would like to see more specific details of the actual reductions in each rating area of the capital value reductions so we can get a better understanding of just where the rating base is reducing and by exactly how much.”

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Brothers get frank about bowel cancer

Encouraging action: Crusaders and All Blacks rugby stars Ben, left, and Owen Franks are helping raise awareness of bowel cancer. The brothers have a family member who is being treated for the disease. Their message is ‘don’t sit on your symptoms’ and as ambassadors for Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa they’re urging people to see their doctors if they experience a change in bowel habits or rectal bleeding. Bowel cancer is New Zealand’s most common form of cancer, killing more than 1200 people each year, more than breast and prostate cancer combined. The nationwide bowel cancer awareness week is on from June 4 to 10 and more information can be found at www. beatbowelcancer.org.nz. Photo: Samantha Early

Four Canty teens chosen for expedition FOUR Canterbury high school students have been selected to join a group of 30 students to go on the inaugural Young Blake Expedition to the Kermadec Islands in August. The students are: Alexander Gregory, 16, Christ’s College; Lucy Tothill, 16, St Margaret’s College; Craig Smith, 16, St Thomas of Canterbury College and Anna Clark, 16, Hurunui College. They were selected from 50 students who attended last month’s Sir Peter Blake Youth EnviroLeaders’ Forum in Auckland. During the 11-day expedition aboard HMNZS Canterbury they will contribute to New Zealand’s scientific knowledge by helping with shark tagging, dolphin DNA sampling, and

plankton monitoring. The expedition was announced last December to mark the 10th anniversary of Sir Peter Blake’s death. Sir Peter Blake Trust chief executive Shelley Campbell said the selection panel had an incredibly tough job choosing the final 30. “Sir Peter would be proud to see the superb calibre of the chosen students. He would no doubt recognise a little bit of himself in their can-do attitude and passion for the environment around them. “The expedition will fulfil Sir Peter’s vision for providing a chance for our most dynamic teenagers to be inspired to really grasp their potential through this amazing adventure.”

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Week campaign has been run in Australia since 2003, and in 2010 it was launched in New Zealand. Other countries have also run men’s health week. The UK, USA, Canada, Hong Kong and other European countries also had their own weeks and days set aside to promote male health issues. The aim of IMHW is to increase awareness of male health issues on a global level and to encourage inter- and intra- national institutions to develop health policies and services that meet men’s specific needs. To find out about men’s health week across the world visit www.imhw.org.

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The New Zealand Men’s Health Week campaign was launched in 2010. It aims to A History In 2002, representatives from six leading highlight men’s health which is often pushed men’s health organisations around the world met at the 2nd World Congress on Men’s Health in Vienna, Austria and resolved to work together to launch International Men’s Health Week (IMHW). International Men’s Health Week (IMHW) has been celebrated in New Zealand for several years but never as a cohesive nationwide campaign. The Men’s Health

• NZ Men live on average four years less than women and yet still remain much less likely to talk to a GP about their health. • Latest statistics available tell us that one New Zealand man dies every three hours of a preventable illness, with death rates for Maori men double that of non-Maori (Statistics NZ). • Six out of 10 New Zealand males are overweight. • Nearly a quarter of New Zealand men smoke. • Twenty-seven per cent of men have potentially hazardous drinking patterns. • Men have fewer years free from disability and poor health (Health and Independence Report 2005, MOH). • Latest research shows that men are at greater risk of stroke than women, with a stroke being the second biggest single cause of death and the largest cause of disability in adults in New Zealand. We’ve got to get more men taking the simple steps to prevent early death and disability.

Spokespeople Selection Brendon Pongia TV Presenter & Former Tall Black Brendon Pongia – former Tall Black and current television host is passionate about men’s health, and in particular, Maori men’s health. So many young men are told to ‘harden up’, but Brendon wants to see more men leading by example and visiting a doctor not once but twice a year. Brendon’s father-in-law died of prostate cancer, so it is an issue close to home as it is for so many others. Kenny Smith Motor Racing Legend Kenny Smith has crossed the 60 threshold and yet he is still professionally racing. One of the keys to Kenny’s success is that he has always taken care of his health. Kenny has been diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer, but because he got onto it early and always goes for his regular checkups, he is still racing today! Benson Stanley Auckland Blues Benson lost his father to bad health at a young age and does not want the same thing to happen to his son. Benson is passionate about raising awareness for men’s health to encourage prevention rather than an ‘ambulance at the bottom of the cliff’ approach. Being a professional sports player also, good health is essential to what he does.

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Hundreds mark African unity in city

Colourful showing: Organisers have declared Christchurch’s Africa Day 2012, held recently at St Albans Baptist Church, a resounding success after more than 550 people attended.

The day marks the formation of the Organisation of African Unity, established on May 25, 1963. This year was seen as a trial run for a 50-year celebration in 2013.

Orienteering fundraiser on this weekend A family-friendly orienteering event at Hagley Park will be ideal for beginners, family groups and those wanting a challenge, the organisers say. The fundraising event will offer attendees a variety of courses to try, including a score event where participants will be required to collect as many points/controls as they can in a given time. There will also be a couple of novel courses to test their map-reading skills. Orienteers will be on hand to help.

Proceeds from the day will go towards supporting Ryan Batin and Selena Metherell, members of the NZ Junior orienteering team competing in the Junior World Champs in Slovakia next month. The event is being held in Hagley Park on Sunday from 10am to 1pm. The start/finish area is in North Hagley Park, off Deans Ave near the roundabout. Food and coffee will be available. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children. For more details visit www.papo.org.nz.

Mayor Bob Parker officially opened the event and many organisations, such as the police, fire service and Red Cross, were represented. Awards were given out for outstanding

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My sister died at age 15 from suicide on September 3, 2011. It was weeks before her 16th birthday and five weeks before I was due to give birth to my second baby, so it was really difficult times. We are still waiting on the coroner’s report as the manufacturer of the pills she took ruled out the possibility of overdosing. This means ACC are still deciding whether or not they can fund any part of the funeral so everything is STILL on hold. Victim Support were extremely unhelpful. The lady we had would ring up and just say things like ‘when you can’t sleep at night, read a book’ or ‘never tell your son how she died as that would put ideas into his head.’ It’s nearly nine months passed and I now have two children who need me 24/7 and my husband now works long hours so I still haven’t had a break of any kind and I still feel extremely lost. Thanks. -- Tracey

with him at the time, so they found him. He was nine years old at the time. We did have Victim Support, but found it was not regular enough. In fact, I think we only saw our case worker a couple of times, but more than that, I have found there is not much support for children, even now. We were referred to Youth Health and he was initially seeing a counsellor there, who was great with him, but she then left with no warning and we were not referred to anyone else until I rang enquiring as to what was going to happen. They then put us on to a new counsellor who was still in training and had had no experience with suicide and was a complete waste of time. As we have ongoing issues, I took him via our doctor who referred him to Whakatata house. There, he was just put in a boys club with younger boys with behavioural issues and it was not the support we were looking for (i.e. counselling for suicide victims, etc.). It doesn’t appear there is much, if any, support out there for suicide victims, let alone children, and I would be very interested in other people’s views. I think it would be great to have support groups for suicide victims, especially if they were to involve children. Kind regards, Mary Hi Chris, I facilitate an 8-week bereaved by suicide programme/group with Skylight in Wellington. Another has just been set up in the Wairarapa. There are some good guidelines out there for people who want to set up support groups (professionally-led, or peer support), see the handbook and practice guidelines for running such groups (lifeline.org.au/Find-Help/ Preventing-suicide/Support-after-a-loss-bysuicide/Support-after-a-loss-by-suicide). Good luck with the story, too. It has a devastating effect on families and friends. The main message we need to get out there is that there is hope, people can help and that goes for those feeling vulnerable and at-risk as well as those who have lost a loved one.

I have a comment. I have not known any who has killed themselves. However, I suffer from suicidal thoughts and have tried to kill myself a number of times. There is hardly any support for people who suffer from suicidal thoughts. Most people say ‘stop being attention seekers’, ‘stop wasting people’s time’. There is hardly any support in Christchurch for people with suicidal tendencies. There needs to be more support for people with Good job, Chris. And as for Victim Support, what suicidal tendencies and mental illness. I get my a joke they are. I call them the tea brigade as all support from families and people on Facebook. they do is drink it. When something happened to -- William me, they didn’t support me but drunk me out of My son lost his father in 2008. Unfortunately, tea and gossip. They were asked to leave not so he and his two younger half siblings were alone politely by my ex-mother-in-law.

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‘There are few groups to help’ Continued from page 5 I know of five people who have committed suicide since the earthquakes. I have had depression myself and been to counselling, which has helped, and recommend it for other people here. One thing I have been told is ... look after me first and now I am. We will get through this, but it is no quick fix and we need more talking and just communicating. Helping in the community is my way of dealing with it all; otherwise, I feel helpless. There needs to be more communitybased projects especially for the young like the student army where they can work and have fun together; otherwise, life seems just too hard. We are lucky and being alive is so worth it. -- Henry

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Woolston coach guides his ‘boys’ to boxing success Chris Tobin

BOXING coach Alex Fidow, 78, is not sure how many boxers he has guided over the years. Ever since he started back in the early 1960s, it has probably numbered in the hundreds. While uncertain as to just how many, the Samoan former professional fighter is certain of one thing. “They were all good boys,” he says. “Everybody is good, nobody is bad but you’ve got to show them.” Among the “good boys” are numbered national champions. The latest in his line of champions are three Flanagan brothers Taane (junior novice 70kg), Te Aho (cadet novice 60kg) and Te Matau (cadet novice 57kg), as well as Scott Briggs (youth novice open 69kg). All four claimed titles at the recent South Island Golden Gloves and are among 15 boys Fidow is presently training in a gym he has built behind his Woolston home. They come from all over the city to partake of his knowledge. The father of seven, two of whom were national champions, fought as a professional in Samoa managing a record of 53 fights and 11 losses. Nine were won on points; the remainder were knockouts. While reluctant to talk of his own fighting career, rather to focus on his boys, Fidow says he fought from welterweight to lightweight. “I’d fight anyone.” After immigrating to New Zealand, for five years he won Canterbury amateur titles but lost four times at national level on disqualification a memory that still irks him. “I was always up against the judges,” he says, shaking his head. “It was a very sad rule in those days.” He did not elaborate regarding what that rule was. It did not sour him towards the sport,

Champions: Boxing coach Alex Fidow with his four South Island Golden Gloves champions, from left, the Flanagan brothers Te Aho, 13, Te Matau, 13 (twins), and Taane, 15, with Scott Briggs, 18. Photo: Chris Tobin

however, and in 1962 Fidow started coaching. Since he retired from engineering work 16 years ago, he has been giving his heart and soul to the sport. His gym is often open every day of the week. “Boxing is a great sport; people think it’s not good but I think it’s the best in the world. “If I had 100 sons I’d rather they’d be in

boxing than any other sport.” Wherever his boxers travel, Fidow goes with them. “I travel everywhere with the kids; all my money goes into boxing; I’m very poor because of boxing but I’ve got a house; I’ve got a car. I love boxing.”

All Black great at ‘legends’ planting FORMER All Black Tane Norton will be on hand when 2500 native trees are planted in Otukaikino Reserve, near Belfast, this August. The event is part of the Living Legends conservation project which will see more than 45,000 native trees planted in 17 locations around the country. The project was set up last year to leave a legacy of New Zealand’s hosting of Rugby World Cup. As a result, 83,000 trees were planted across New Zealand in September. Each planting project is dedicated to a regional ‘rugby legend’, selected by their provincial rugby union. This year, the Christchurch planting will be dedicated to Norton. Otukaikino Reserve is one of the few remaining original wetlands that were once common around Christchurch and is significant for Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, as it was once used for burial preparation and is designated a Wai Tapu site. Living Legends project manager Dave McLean said that as well as celebrating rugby, the project would contribute hugely to conservation in New Zealand. “Living Legends plantings will enhance some of our most special parks and reserves,” he said. “These are places where we reflect, refresh and can escape the hustle and bustle of our daily lives.” More information on the project and how to take part can be found at www.livinglegends.co.nz.


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Nepal help honoured Teaching teachers: Jim Strang, of Opawa, has a long involvement with the Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Trust. He is also a counsellor. Photo: Samantha Early

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WHEN a young Jim Strang and his group of mountaineer friends approached Sir Edmund Hillary at Mt Cook in the early 1970s, he couldn’t have known it would be the start of more than four decades of service to the people of Nepal. Mr Strang, of Opawa, is among the 185 people to receive accolades in this year’s Queen’s Birthday and Diamond Jubilee New Zealand Royal Honours List. He has been awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for services to New Zealand-Nepal relations, something he had never expected to receive. “I accept it on behalf of all the volunteers who have gone there.” He said Sir Edmund enjoyed his knighthood and often used to talk about it, so he thought the royal honour was worthwhile. “If he thought it was alright then maybe it was alright.”

The encounter with Sir Ed led to him helping build schools in the region in 1971. A few years later he became a member of the Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Trust, and on seeing how students were being taught in the schools, with teachers just relying on textbooks, he wanted to make it better. Starting in the 1990s, he coordinated teacher-training courses in Nepal’s winter holidays, so teachers from New Zealand could volunteer to help in their summer breaks. “It’s not about whether you have got a mud floor or not, it’s about whether you are going to excite the kids.” From an initial 65 schools there are now 300 schools in four districts receiving teacher training, benefitting about 1300 teachers and 30,000 students. “The biggest pleasure was the fact the teachers really, really wanted to learn and

they really wanted to be held accountable and share their teaching experiences and that was just hugely encouraging.” He makes two trips each year to Nepal and continues to head into the mountains when he can. The other part of Mr Strang’s work is as a counsellor – he was the school counsellor at Aranui High School for 23 years and is on several boards promoting services for at-risk students in the eastern suburbs. He has recently been counselling people who were affected by the Christchurch earthquakes. “My life really has been about at-risk kids and trying to set up things that work for them.”

SPREYDON Community Toastmasters. Meeting the first and third Thursday of the month at Whareora Barrington Community House, 88 Athelstan Street. Please contact John 338-3814 or Nicola 942-4125 or email n.robertson@ paradise.net.nz for further information. AN invitation to an evening on public speaking at Spreydon Community Toastmasters. Hear confident speakers, join in the fun of table topics, a chance to join new club in Spreydon, 7.15pm Thursday May 31, Barrington Bowling Club, Barrington St. Supper provided, plse contact John 338-3814 or Nicola 942-4125 or email n.robertson@paradise.net.nz. YALDHURST Ladies Probus Club, is looking to welcome new members at their meetings in Upper Riccarton on the third Tuesday in each month. Variety of interesting speakers & arranged outings are held with friendly club, inquiries to Glenis 342-5350 or Jan 342-9202. HAGLEY Ladies Probus Club welcomes new members to join our club. We meet at Crockfords Bridge Club rooms, 218 Riccarton Road on first Tuesday of each month at 1.30pm & third Tuesday is our outings day, very interesting speakers & enjoyable outings are had by all. Good off-street parking available, plse contact Waverley 342-8226 or Joan 352-1338. NEW Citizens Advice Branch, opened in the Polytechnic 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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South Christchurch residents honoured Referred to in page 1 story SOUTH Christchurch residents were among those named in the Queen’s Birthday and Diamond Jubilee Honours List. Court Theatre chief executive Philip Aldridge has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to theatre, reflecting his leadership and efforts in re-establishing the Court Theatre in Addington after its Arts Centre venue was closed following the February 22, 2011 earthquake. New Zealand Rugby Union chairman Mike Eagle was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rugby. He was part of the board that organised the Rugby World Cup and has a long history in rugby, including several seasons on the Canterbury B side. Retired Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) officer Lindsay Galloway was made a

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Chatham Islands agriculture. He joined MAF in 1956 and in 1968 was appointed to assess farming in the remote islands. Following his retirement in 1992 he continued to help voluntarily and still writes an agricultural advice column for the Chatham Islands’ monthly newspaper. Brian Roberts was awarded The Queen’s Service Medal for services to aviation, due to his longstanding involvement with the Number 18 Avon Air Training Corps Squadron in Christchurch. Over 22 years, he has provided management assistance to squadron officers and mentoring to about 2000 cadets. He has also fostered 32 children and is a founding member of the New Zealand Foster Care Federation.

Tongan schools to benefit from solar project FIVE Tongan high schools will receive solar panels enabling them to have enough power to use computers in classrooms, thanks to an EcoCARE Pacific Trust initiative. EcoCARE Pacific Trust co-founder and Canterbury University lecturer Russell Taylor said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade provided $350,000 to fund the project. Solar photovoltaic panels and computer technology will be installed at the five schools on the main island over the next five weeks. However, it is hopefully just the beginning of the project, Mr Taylor said. He hopes to eventually extend the project nationally to include all 36 high schools on the 21 Tongan islands. “This will be the first time students have had easy access to computers because information communication technologies are so energy hungry.

“In the island nations, because the cost of power is so high, almost five times the price we pay in New Zealand, schools, hospitals and other institutions simply cannot afford to run ICTs,” Mr Russell said. Five Canterbury University postgraduate students were already involved in the project, including two engineering students who designed the 48 solar panel system. Other masters and PhD students would investigate the impacts the technologies had on the Tongan culture, education and infrastructure. “One of the reasons we are doing this in schools is because schools are a place of learning and getting these sustainable technologies into the communities is an important step. “Those students are tomorrow’s community members.”

Students experience slum-living Walking in other people’s shoes: In a new take on the 40hour famine, Middleton Grange and Christchurch Girls’ High School organised a ‘slum city’ where students from Christchurch high schools spent 20 hours living in boxes. The students spent the night sleeping in the boxes in Hagley Park so they could understand what it was like for those living in Mali and Niger who face living in those conditions on a daily basis. Photo: Supplied

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SamanthaEarly A RESIDENTS group in Wigram has asked the Christchurch City Council for a 20 per cent discount on their rates, saying they feel neglected by the council. In a submission to the council’s Draft Annual Plan, the Wigram Residents Association said as residents located between Springs Road, Main South Road, Amyes Road and the railway line, they felt the area had been neglected for a very long time, which was “totally unfair”. The submission, signed by Gina Bolton, Peter Scholes and Liz Edwards said the area had lost essential community services over many years, such as the Sockburn Pool which was closed in 2006. They said Hornby now had a deficit of cultural/community building, while they have seen other areas getting “community building city council infrastructure”. “The association has come to the conclusion that the Christchurch City Council does not care about our corner of the city and does not want our help to fix this city.” Riccarton Wigram Community Board

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ready to compete in the second annual Student versus Wild competition, organised by Genesis Energy and the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre of New Zealand (OPC). Seven winning schools nationwide will each get 10 fully paid scholarships from Genesis Energy to attend a five-day outdoor adventure challenge at the OPC. “This is a great way to get young Kiwis thinking laterally about wilderness survival skills and respect for the environment,” Genesis Energy chief executive Albert Brantley said. “Even better, it also allows 70 students the opportunity to develop outdoor skills and confidence for real, in the unspoilt natural environments of OPC’s Tongariro or Great Barrier Island bases.” To enter, students must create a short video showing how they would survive living outdoors in their school grounds for a week and upload it to the Student versus Wild website. Registrations of interest are open until June 29. The videos will be opened up to voting from schools and their communities and the final decision on winners will be made by a panel of judges from Genesis Energy and OPC. To find out more students can visit www. studentvswild.co.nz.


THURSDAY MAY 31 2012

New science centre for old railway site

Coming down: The earthquake-damaged Science Alive building on Moorhouse Avenue, which was formerly the Christchurch railway station, will be demolished. The Hoyts cinema, which was adjoining it, has already been taken down. Science Alive chief executive Neville Petrie said the building would cost too much to repair but they hoped to retrieve heritage items like the clock in the badly-damaged tower and the map of the South Island, which is part of the floor. Plans are underway to build a new science and innovation centre on the site by November next year. Photo: Samantha Early

Hornby service centre looks likely Tania Butterfield

THE Sockburn Service Centre, which was closed last May, is likely to be replaced with a new service centre in Hornby, the chairman of the Riccarton Wigram Community Board, Mike Mora, says. Mr Mora presented his submission to the Christchurch City Council Draft Annual Plan last week where he thanked the council for placing a high ranking on replacing the service centre. The Draft Annual Plan gave three options for the service centre: repair it to 100 per cent of the building standard, replace it on the existing Sockburn site or build a new multipurpose facility, which included a library, on a different site. Mr Mora told Southern View repairing the current Sockburn Service Centre was “not really an option”. “I think the feeling is they will build a new service centre in Hornby but we don’t know where the location is yet,” he said. Building it in Hornby meant both the Riccarton and Wigram areas had their own service centre. “The Sockburn Service Centre is off the beaten track a little bit compared to right in the heart of Hornby. “Sockburn would be fine, but people had to make it a destination. If it’s in Hornby it’s already a

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destination,” Mr Mora said. The community board had investigated three sites in Hornby for a temporary service centre, which would provide walk-in services where people could pay their rates and dog registrations among other things. “We think it is very important that we get customer walk-in service up and running as soon as possible in a temporary location. It will be in Hornby,” Mr Mora said. The temporary service centre would likely serve the community for two to four years and house the community council staff who were “potted around the city” after the February earthquake. The move into a temporary location could be “fairly soon”, Mr Mora said. “It all depends on which site is given the go ahead. As elected members we only get a preference, the decision is up to staff. “There’s one location staff could move into virtually straight away, but that’s not the preferred option for elected members,” he said. Mr Mora would not disclose the three potential sites due to commercial sensitivity. “Watch this space. I hope it happens sooner rather than later,” he said.

Halswell being left out, residents say THE Halswell Residents’ Association feels they have been left out in the cold when it comes to getting funding for community facilities. The association presented its submission to the Christchurch City Council draft annual plan on Tuesday. In it, they said the council takes “considerable prodding by Halswell residents to provide community facilities” despite a large amount of housing development taking place in the area. Association member David Hawke told Southern View there seemed to be a tendency to encourage the development of more houses to bring people to Halswell. “But there doesn’t seem to be the same enthusiasm for putting community facilities here,” he said. Mr Hawke said Halswell Domain was one example of how the community had to lobby council to get something done. Association chairman Ron Fensom said the people moving into the area were paying higher rates, which went into a funding pool distributed around the city. “We feel a proportion of that money should be used out

here to develop infrastructure. “Most of the other parts of the city have extensive shopping areas, big malls, and professional people in their local areas. We’re getting a library and one day a swimming pool,” Mr Fensom said. However, while all this housing development was happening, there was little land left for business development. “Unless they start pulling down houses, there’s no area for future expansion.” The submission also stated the need for a youth facility in Halswell had been the subject of repeated discussions between the association and the Riccarton-Wigram Community Board for more than five years. The long-term plan for Halswell included funding set aside for such an area, but there was no mention of it in the draft city plan, it said. Mr Hawke said originally they were looking at a skate park, but over time that vision had changed to become an area youth of all ages could use, such as the youth area in Reefton.

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Kenyan runner Kemei makes habit of winning THE new-look Christchurch Airport Marathon proved a success on Sunday, with almost 4500 runners from 12 countries toeing the start line and runners from Kenya, Timaru, Texas and Auckland taking the spoils. Kip Kemei from Kenya won the men’s half marathon with a time of 65 minutes, one second. Prior to March, the 21-year-old had never raced outside the Rift Valley in Kenya. Since coming to New Zealand he has run Wellington’s Round the Bays Half Marathon, the Rotorua Half Marathon, and the Huntly Half Marathon. He has remained unbeaten and run faster in each race. He led the half Christchurch event from start to finish, passing the 10k mark in 30 minutes and 30 seconds. Auckland Police woman, runner and professional jockey Lisa Robertson won the women’s half marathon. The men’s full marathon winner was Sam Wreford from Timaru, while Liz Hunter-Galvin, a Texas-based New Zealander, won the women’s event.

Pace setter: Kip Kimei won the half marathon.

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The dreaded “C” word affects cats and dogs just as it does people. They develop the same cancers, exhibit the same clinical signs, the only difference being we often detect it further down the track. In the veterinary world, we treat cancers the same with either different chemotherapy regimes depending on the tumor type and stage, radiation therapy and/or radical surgery. Diagnosis is usually made by biopsying the mass, either ultrasound guided or via exploratory surgery. Once we know what we are dealing with, we can formulate the best plan for that patient and type of cancer.

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“Zac” a very cool, handsome 10 year old Lab Retriever, is an extra special patient as he is owned by a member of our team. He cruises around the clinic, squeaky duck in mouth and has basically taken over the furniture in our staffroom. Even Lola thinks he’s pretty alright and she respects the upstairs sofa that is Zac’s, although she’ll clean up his food he leaves behind. Up until when he presented, due to breathing more heavily and more rapidly, he had been extremely fit and well. This is a common finding in pets with cancer. Radiography was performed and it was clearly evident that he had a chest full of fluid, limiting the amount of oxygen into his lungs. We immediately drained off over a litre of fluid, sent it away to the lab to determine what is was. After the fluid was drained off, Catherine ultrasounded his chest cavity and could see masses along the sternum. Unfortunately for Zac, the fluid analysis came back as highly suspicious of some form of primary lung cancer. Zac then underwent a CT scan at St Georges hospital to determine if and where the cancer may have spread to. He took this all in his stride and even now, when litres of fluid are drained from his chest and abdomen most days, he lies on his devoted mum, not moving nor complaining. He’s just a fabulous patient to look after and I do believe he knows we are trying our best to help him. The CT scan results told us that there were tumors along the chest wall and a couple of small lumps in the liver. Everything else looked fine. All his blood workup was excellent. What to do next? Surgery was really out of the question due to the location of the masses and the fact it had spread. We consulted with a veterinary oncologist at Massey University, who gave us a chemotherapy protocoal that he had used in canine patients for similar primary chest tumors. We started Zac on his first chemotherapy injection which was infused into his chest cavity. A fortnight later he gets his next drug administered intravenously. This regime continues until hopefully we see no more tumors. Monitoring of his white blood cells (immunity) is very important, as if these cells drop to low levels, he misses a dose of chemotherapy. We need to keep him healthy. It is early days for Zac, but is mum is ensuring he gets the best chance of a longer, great quality life with her family. We don’t know his outcome but all we can do is try and give something a go. He deserves this and knowing Zac, this is what he would want. He’s sure in the best place with a caring, professional team who are right behind him.

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Shakespeare’s Coriolanus Ralf Fiennes’ film Coriolanus is the first time this lesser-known Shakespeare play has been brought to the big screen. The play takes place in ancient Rome. General Caius Martius Coriolanus is a man who excels on the battlefield but struggles with life off it. After gaining victory over the neighbouring Volscians, he stands for the senate at the insistence of his ambitious mother. But his aristocratic upbringing and enormous ego prevents him from appealing to the people for their endorsement as consul, and as a result he is banished from the city in disgrace. After aimless wanderings he joins his old enemy, the Volscian leader Tullus Aufidius, promising to help him ransack Rome, with disastrous consequences. There is a lot to like about Fiennes’ richly metaphorical film version. While directly referencing the Balkan conflicts during the 90s, Fiennes cleverly transfers the action to presentday Europe. The setting is ‘a place they call Rome’, a city torn apart by war and brutal civil unrest. There are food riots (plausible enough, given the state of the European economy) and revolution is in the air. The cinematography is intense, and at times feels like a documentary, with TV news providing a running commentary on the action. In addition, Fiennes has gathered a terrific cast, which includes Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, James Nesbitt and Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life). They all deliver top performances, and Fiennes, as Coriolanus, proves yet again that he can do ‘thug’ extremely well. My reservations are mainly about Shakespeare’s story itself.

The anti-democratic politics of Coriolanus do not sit comfortably with modern audiences, and the play notably lacks a soliloquy for its hero. This means we never really get to know what ultimately motivates him to turn so completely against the city he has bravely fought for. As a result, the play constrained the film, as if an even greater story was waiting to break out. But despite that, if you want to warm a winter’s night with some rousing Shakespearian action, this is an excellent cinema adaptation.

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“Post-quake, you need to book. It’s a full restaurant daily,” Alan says. “It’s been a learning curve for us all. “We have been surprised; we’ve had 38 per cent growth in 12 months and we are still going.” In the Cashmere Club restaurant 17 years along with sous chef, Frank Hughes - Allan says it probably makes them the longest-serving chefs in one restaurant in Christchurch. “The whole job has changed; we came through the earthquakes pretty unscathed. Now, the club has become a community-

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or the Cashmere Club’s restaurant, the change from summer to winter brings a new menu, which chef Allan Truman is excited about for its special features. Following huge post-earthquake growth in clientele, Allan has designed a winter menu containing dishes that make the club’s restaurant different. Key amongst new dishes is wild rabbit country shot - and prepared in a casserole with sherry and bacon. The rabbit is from Blenheim way and is MAF-approved. Another feature offering is Mt Cook salmon from the water races of the Mackenzie Country. One of the chefs’ is South African and he has introduced a specialty, Barbotie, ground meat with spices and curry, served on turmeric rice with fruit chutney. There is also a chicken breast in cream cheese, with apricots and prunes. A treat for those with long memories is lamb sweet breads as an entree, with button mushrooms in a light cream sauce. The usual favourites include roasts, fish, pork belly - braised with tomatoes and barbecue sauce - and a current winter star, lamb shanks. For vegetarians there is spinach ricotta pansotie and a portabello mushroom dish, with red onion, garlic, dates and coriander. Alan says: “It’s a standard a la carte menu, table-served, where the waitress takes your order, not like the standard club, which is one of our points of difference. “Really, our biggest point of difference is restaurant meals at club prices. And, if you’re a member, you get another 10 per cent discount.

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Festival lights up Lyttelton LYTTELTON will be full of colour tomorrow evening when the town’s annual street party kicks off at 6pm. The street party, which is one of the highlights during the town’s fourday Festival of Lights, features a masked parade, fireworks, entertainment and a street market and runs until 10.30pm. The evening also showcases some of Lyttelton’s finest musical talent. People can shop at an extensive street market and sample a variety of food and drink from local businesses and street vendors. Other events being held during the festival include an outdoor screening of a documentary called Life in a Lyttelton Town, which will be mapped onto the Coffee Culture building façade on Saturday evening at 7pm and a pizza lunch at the Lyttelton Community Garden on Sunday at 1pm. For more information on the festival visit lyttelton.net.nz/.

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Frolic and mayhem in variety show AN EVENING of music, sketches and fun of a bygone era is on offer with Riccarton Players’ annual performance of A Riccartonian Palace of Varieties, which started yesterday. The show, now in its seventh year, takes its roots from the early 1900s and is given a new twist each year so that no two shows are the same. The themes of the show include babies, happiness, four seasons, anniversaries and hospitals, coupled with melodrama and humour from the past. Riccarton Players’ chairperson Doug Clarke, pianist Nancy Crowley and the

cast of 30 will have the audience singing along to songs, tapping their feet to the dancing and laughing along with the sketches and jokes. Active audience participation, while not obligatory, is encouraged. The show is being held at Christchurch South Intermediate until June 16, with performances from Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm and a matinee at 2pm on Saturday, June 16. Admissions prices are $15 waged and $12 unwaged. Bookings can be made by phoning 338 4699 or via the website at www.riccartonplayers.co.nz.

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(2D) MEN IN BLACK 3 (M) Thu-Fri 1:15, 6:50PM SaT 10:40, 2:00, 6:50PM, Sun 10:40, 2:05, 6:50PM Mon 1:15, 6:20PM, Tue 1:15, 6:50PM, Wed 1:30, 6:50PM (2D) THE AVENGERS (M) Thu-Fri 12:40, 8:40PM SaT-Sun 9:50, 12:40, 8:40PM, Mon 1:20, 9:00PM Tue-Wed 12:40, 8:40PM BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (PG) Thu-Fri 10:20, 1:10, 6:10PM, SaT-Sun 1:10, 6:10PM Mon-Wed 10:20, 1:10, 6:10PM DARK SHADOWS (M) Thu-Fri 10:10, 3:40, 8:50PM SaT-Sun 3:40, 8:50PM, Mon 11:15, 4:10, 8:50PM Tue-Wed 10:10, 3:40, 8:50PM MARGIN CALL (M) Thu-Fri 11:20, 3:50PM SaT-Sun 3:50PM, Mon 11:00, 3:50PM Tue 11:20, 3:50PM, Wed 11:10, 3:50PM PROMETHEUS• (R16) Thu-Wed 9:45, 12:30, 3:15, 6:00, 8:45PM SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN (M) Thu-Fri 10:45, 6:20PM, SaT-Sun 6:20PM Mon 10:50aM, Tue 10:45, 6:20PM Wed 1:50, 6:20PM WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING• (M) Thu-Fri 1:50, 4:15, 6:40, 9:00PM SaT-Sun 12:00, 4:20, 6:40, 9:00PM Mon-Tue 1:50, 4:15, 6:40, 9:00PM Wed 4:15, 6:40, 9:00PM

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ANTIQUE GOLD JEWELLERY wanted, gold rings, chains, brooches, medals. Great price for gold pocket watches, ph 03 3519139 GOLD SOVEREIGNS and other gold coins wanted. Also scrap gold, broken or damaged gold jewellery, alluvial gold, nuggets, etc, top price paid, ph 03 351-9139 OLD COINS & BANKNOTES wanted. Also old medals of any sort, military, sporting, agricultural, lodge, dance & band medals, etc, ph 03 351-9139

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DEMOLITION With care and respect we will remove your dwelling. Our policy is to recycle as much as we can. We are a local company specialising in residential properties. We will endeavor to cater for your individual needs.

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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 BUILDER 45 years experience, available for extensions, renovations, decks & house maintenance, free quotes ph Phil 03 323-5324 or 027 496-5682

LIONS CLUB BOOK SALE Proceeds to local community projects

Books Wanted Donated books Lions Club Book sale Kendal School Hall July 7th & 8th For further information, or to donate books please phone Anita 337 6224 or Graeme 329 9122 (evenings)

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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 367067.

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ROOFING Qualified & Licenced Practitioner. Re-Roof & Repairs, all types. Member New Zealand Roofing Association. Over 35 years experience. Phone John 027 432-3822 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, BRICK & BLOCKLAYER, Earthquake Repairs, River/Oamaru stone, Schist, Volcanic Rock, Paving, all Alterations new & old, Quality Workmanship, visit www. featureworks.co.nz or ph 027 601-3145 or 03 3229959 UPHOLSTERER Dining Chairs, Lounge suites, Caravan Squabs etc. recovered. Free Quotes. Phone Graeme 3831448 03 383-1448

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Have you got vehicle problems?? Visit your local automotive professional

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Warren Auto Electrical Ltd

T

he name Warren Auto Electrical Ltd, on the face of it a standard auto-electrical company, hides a seeming multitude of talents on top of the obvious ones. At its new location at 376 Ferry Road, Warren Auto Electrical first and foremost does work on motor vehicle electrical components and has, according to proprietor Peter Butcher, the largest South Island selection of exchange alternators and starter motors – some 1480 in stock. Warren Auto Electrical, a Christchurch institution since 1957, works in company with Auto Recovery (SI) Ltd, started by Peter and Kim Butcher to deal with the towing involved in their work. Peter first worked for Warren Auto Electric 27 years ago and has since bought it out. Now, with the huge range of stock, it can replace one immediately and rebuild failed units for later use. The business also has a contract with the AA, handling the overflow of city and rural call outs, providing a 24-hour service for AA members. Twelve staff on roster shifts do call-outs from Amberley to Rakaia, carrying spares like common ignition modules and coils to provide instant solutions.

Stranded vehicles are towed to a garage of the owners’ choice or to Warren Auto Electrical’s workshop, which is open 7am till late seven days a week. It also does private and insurance towing and has a fleet of loan cars. Peter says there are eight tow trucks, all with GPS navigation, computer-linked to the office. Warren Auto Electrical does mechanical as well as electrical repairs, providing an allround service. Warren Auto Electric is at 376 Ferry Road (just east of the corner with Ensors Road, a canary yellow building); the entrance is off Hart Street; phone (03) 366 5188.

PH. 03 341 7248

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From the sideline with Pete Smith

Heavy petting

pete.smith@ctv.co.nz

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I can’t think of an athlete who has ever achieved more of Brad Thorn. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this larger-than-life character is a complete freak. The more we look into what records he has set, the more the mind boggles. Let’s detail what, where and in what sports Thorn has attained legend status: He is the first man to win a Rugby World Cup (2011), a Super Rugby title (the Crusaders 2008) and the European Rugby Cup for Leinster two weeks ago. Put alongside all that the three Tri-Nations series (2003, 2008 and 2010) that this man has held the cups aloft for. Add to that the four NRL titles with the mighty Brisbane Broncos (’96, ’97, 2000 and 2006) and the Rugby League World Cup and you can see that Thorn has done it all. With Brad Thorn it is not just what he has achieved on the field but the truly professional manner in which he has carried out all his roles. He is a giant of a man but he is so humble, quiet and unassuming. When you talk to teammates of Thorn they will tell you he is always available to them when they need advice about aspects of their game that are concerning them. The croaky, raspy voice can fool you into thinking that this guy is one tough nut. He is, but in the dealings I have had with Thorn, you just cannot help being aware that you are in the company of one who thinks very deeply about just what he has to do first and foremost for his own performances, but more importantly how can he help the team he’s playing for to achieve

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Hannah Kidd’s new exhibition ‘Heavy Petting’ explores the relationships between owners and their pets. Most folk have normal healthy relationships with animals and their pets, while for others, the owner/ pet dependence is skewed, resulting in the ‘owner’ having expectations for that pet that it may not be able to fulfil. Some of the pieces in Hannah’s exhibition were inspired by videos on you tube, art history, memories and images from her childhood, and others from creepy stories she has been told. Hannah majored in Sculpture in Otago from 1998-2001. She now lives in Franz Josef with her husband and two boys, and divides her time between there and a workshop in Methven. Her sculptures are made from a steel rod framework and

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QEII rebuild ‘needed’ for eastern recovery Avonside nurtures ties Gina McKenzie

IF QEII is not rebuilt in eastern according to figures provided by issues are another reason why large aquatic facility. “All of the linkages to nature Christchurch the area will Mike Hannaway [unit manager it makes more sense to rebuild like the beaches and Bottle Lake struggle to recover according to of Rebuild Unit and Capital QEII in the east. “We must create a point of Forest make it the right place to Keep QEII in the East submitters Programme Group] would save difference for the eastern suburbs rebuild QEII.” Louise Wedlake and David East. up to $66 million. “You’re expecting 20 000 TC3 without stripping the area of The pair laid out their case for rebuilding QEII in the east during homeowners to rebuild on their every single asset.” Burwood-Pegasus Community the Christchurch City Council land so the council could show draft annual plan hearings last commitment to these people Board member David East said by rebuilding QEII on land that there was little evidence to show Thursday. has been classified as safe for that the eastern suburbs wouldn’t Over 1000 people had made New beginnings: A magnolia tree symbolises the link between the two girls’ schools. Photo: Gina McKenzie have the population base to submissions calling on the rebuilding. a large aquatic centre. “The east deserves the same council to retain the ceremony aquatic for “It’s wonderful to see Avonside back on site and the tree we’re A SPECIAL planting a magnolia tree donated by support “There today might symbolises be a population to recover as High the facility in the eastern suburbs. planting new beginnings and growth.” Hastings Girls’ High School tookopportunity place at Avonside Girls’ decrease in the short but 50 goodie bags for earthquakeKeep last QEII in the East CBD.” The Hastings schoolterm donated School week. to new recover Mrs Wedlake saidsaid herthe group spokesperson Mrs Wedlake said principal affected potential students, 60 library books, NCEA study guides, Avonside Girls’ High School Sue Hume tree there’s grow morning the population of and paid for Mrs Hume to attend alsoschools objected funding being keeping QEII the in the eastties would stationery, tea for staff symbolised close the two hadtoforged after the and east with the development prove the council’s commitment transferred from QEII and the Passionate advocate: a school conference in Hastings. They also held a drawKeep for staff earthquakes. QEII prizes in the East Louiseand Waitakriri, Highfield Centennial pool to and the this Metro to “We the are areaso and could save members and students andand provided of founder cell phones grateful for the support that we received is a of Sports Hub ratepayers up of to the $66 million between iPods. subdivisions which are Wedlake presented her group’s living symbol relationship our site. schools which I hope Prestons submission to rebuild the aquatic close to QEII.” compared to the Metro Sports from left: Hastings Girls’ High School head girl Greer we will continue to nurture for many“This years doesn’t to come.”cater for the allPictured centre in the eastern suburbs Mr East said the natural wholeGeraldine city andTravers requires land HubHasting option. Girls’ High School principal principal Geraldine Travers, said she Donovan, Hastings Girls’ High School to the Christchurch City Council the eastern suburbsprincipal “Rebuilding Avonside of Girls’ High School Hume andplan Avonside was delightedintotheseeeast thewould progressacquisition the schoolcosts. had made since the landscape during Sue the draft annual the School best location forStephanie a hearings “Parking and transportation made beearthquake. much more cost effective and held last week. Girls’ itHigh head girl Damm.

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Shirley celebrates World Play Day Gina McKenzie

Tickled pink: Members of the Wainoni Avonside Community Services Trust (WACST) community centre donned pink and enjoyed a pink-themed brunch to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month last Wednesday. From left: Ellenor Jewitt, Southshore; Margaret King, Avondale; Joan Scott; Dallington, Frances Moffatt; Aranui and WACST coordinator Betty Chapman.

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THE Shirley Toy Library, located at Hammersley Park School, celebrated World Play Day with a special fun day last Wednesday. Since the earthquakes, the library, which has 1800 toys, has experienced a surge in membership numbers as more people turn to their borrowing system during uncertain times. Library coordinator Maria Romero said Celebrating play: Beth Andrews, 3, of Burwood, 17-month-old Natasha she had noticed more Pearce, of St Albans, and Shirley Toy Library co-ordinator Maria Romero people showing an celebrated World Play Day with a fun day at Shirley Toy Library last Wednesday. interest in borrowing toys over the last year. “We’re actually one of the largest toy libraries “Playing and having time to just relax is so in New Zealand, and I think with the earthquakes important with everything that has happened people would rather borrow toys than buy them. since the quakes. “People are really surprised when they come “We’ve also noticed that since the earthquakes here and see that there are almost 2000 toys to people have focused less on possessions and choose from.” more on sharing.” Ms Romero added that playing and having fun Ms Romero said with the cost of borrowing was vital for children particularly during times toys ranging from 50 cents to $3.50 the fees of earthquake-related change and stress. were affordable for everyone. “Lots of families have moved and may not “It’s a great cost-effective way for children to have access to all their belongings but it is still have a chance to try out new toys at a reasonable really important for them to have fun. price.”

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OVER 60 members of the Wainoni Avonside Community Services Trust (WACST) centre donned pink at a pink ribbon brunch which raised over $100 for breast cancer awareness month last Wednesday. The fundraiser was part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month which finished on Thursday. WACST coordinator Betty Chapman said nearly all of the community centre members, who are mostly senior citizens, had a personal connection to breast cancer. “One of our group members is currently in hospice care, others have had it themselves or their daughters have had it. “We all have a connection with breast cancer and within this group there is no one who hasn’t been touched by this disease.”

Mrs Chapman said she was a passionate supporter of breast cancer awareness after losing a close friend to the disease 20 years ago. “It was just terrible because she left four young children behind and I wouldn’t want anyone to go through that.” Along with the brunch, the group received a brief presentation on breast cancer awareness from a health professional. Mrs Chapman said she hoped the information would help raise awareness of the disease among the community. “It’s really important to catch this disease early then it can be treated. “This is something that affects all ages including older women so we need to be aware of it and try to prevent it where possible.”

Hon Lianne Dalziel MP for Christchurch East My Electorate Office has re-opened at 133 New Brighton Mall.

Avondale Road wastewater repairs WASTEWATER pipeline repair work has begun along a section of Avondale Road to remove and replace earthquake damaged pipes. The work by the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) will take approximately two weeks and involves excavating a trench to remove and replace wastewater pipes. CCTV investigations will also be undertaken on private sewer pipes that connect to the main wastewater pipe. This work will take place from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday. It may include some

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Osaka experience uplifts Avonside students Gina McKenzie

ALTHOUGH their school trip to Japan was cancelled after the earthquakes, 17-year-old Avonside Girls’ High students Grace King and Lauren Scott still experienced Osaka this month thanks to Auckland Rotary. The cultural exchange trip to Osaka, organised by Auckland Downtown and Osaka Dojima Rotary clubs, was offered to the school for the first time this year due to the earthquakes. Grace described the two weeks they spent in Osaka with host families as “beautiful and overwhelming”. “We were so lucky to be able to go to Japan since our school trip had to be called off after the earthquakes. “It was wonderful to use the Japanese we have been

learning for the last four years in real-life situations.” Lauren said she loved visiting Kyoto and soaking up the culture. “Kyoto was so beautiful and everywhere you looked there was something interesting to see. The pair enjoyed trying out various types of Japanese food and their favourites included takoyaki (octopus dumplings) and shabu shabu (beef hot pot). “The revolving sushi restaurants were interesting, too. We were lucky to try so many different types of food.” Both girls plan to continue studying Japanese at university Unique culture: Avonside Girls’ High School students Grace King and level and intend to return to Japan to explore the rest of Lauren Scott, both 17, immersed themselves in Japanese culture during a the country. two-week Rotary exchange trip to Osaka earlier this month.

Blighs Garden tree removal begins SIXTY earthquake-damaged trees are being removed from the northern end of Blighs Garden in South New Brighton. The work to remove the mature pine and macrocarpa trees began yesterday and should be completed by next Friday. The northern end of Blighs Garden will be closed until the work is completed. Christchurch City Council transport and greenspace manager Alan Beuzenberg said the earthquake-damaged trees had

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PLANS by Canterbury Cricket to develop an international venue at Hagley Oval is shaping as another fiasco and waste of money for the city, according to protesters. “It will be like the music conservatorium proposal at the Arts Centre,” Martin Meehan of Save Hagley Park said. “The council could become involved in a big fight with the citizens, it’ll be a waste of money and people will end up losing respect for the council.” Chairman of the Christchurch Civic Trust Neil Roberts said next year was election year and he did not expect councillors would want to “buy into” a debate about Hagley Oval. “I think cricket will be told, find a new international venue. I think they’ll be told to look at alternatives.” Canterbury Cricket CEO Lee Germon made a submission to the Christchurch City Council’s annual draft plan hearings last week

in which he stated Hagley Oval was the only and best option for hosting 2015 World Cup matches and other international fixtures in the future. Mr Meehan said Canterbury Cricket was “fixated” with Hagley Oval and he and others would fight every attempt for resource consents to develop an international cricket venue using the Reserves Act, Hagley Park Act and Hagley Park Management Plan. “Every single clause will be fought,” he said. Speaking to Mainland Press on Tuesday from Kuala Lumpur, Mr Germon said he remained optimistic council would approve work for floodlights, a new pavilion and embankments at the oval. With timelines tight for the 2015 World Cup and QEII, AMI Stadium and Lincoln [not International Cricket Council accredited]

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What grade are you? Milesa Cepe hopes to find out the impact Facebook use has on academic achievement.

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Facebook impact on students’ grades under the spotlight Tania Butterfield

For the digital generation of students and young adults, Facebook has become an integral part of life. But how is this social media impacting the academic grades of those who use it? That’s the question Canterbury University psychology masters student Milesa Cepe plans to investigate for her thesis. Miss Cepe said she thought of the topic after waiting to use a university computer to print lecture material and finding all the computers being used by people on Facebook. There were some studies in the United States about who uses Facebook, for how long and what for, but there was nothing that examined the impact of using Facebook

on people’s social and psychological wellbeing, she said. The study requires 100 high school students between the ages of 16 and 17 and 100 university students to fill out an online survey about their Facebook use and rank how often they procrastinate or are distracted from their work and what their grades are like. All answers are anonymous. Parents of the high school students would also be asked to fill out a supplementary survey. While she did not want to speculate on what the results might find, the implications of the study could be far-reaching, Miss Cepe said.

“If Facebook does affect academic grades, it could have a number of implications. “Perhaps parents [or students] should implement a ‘delay of gratification’ whereby for every 50 minutes of study, they could reward themselves with x minutes of Facebook time.” Miss Cepe’s supervisor Verena Pritchard said people had probably not thought about how Facebook was affecting their academic achievement. “It’s just something that’s kind of fun, but they haven’t thought about the possible psychological consequences on their work.” The study is expected to be completed by February next year.

AVONHEAD Rotary’s annual charity garage sale/ boot sale to be held on Saturday June 9 at Burnside Bowling Club 330 Avonhead Rd, to Sell your goods, produce etc, book site @ $15, or to donate goods deliver on Friday June 8 to the Bowling Club. For bookings or collection of goods phone Denis 3540553 or 027 486-4787. YALDHURST Ladies Probus Club is looking to welcome new members at their meetings in Upper Riccarton on the third Tuesday in each month, variety of interesting speakers & arranged outings are held with friendly club. Inquiries to Glenis 342-5350 or Jan 342-9202. HAGLEY Ladies Probus Club welcomes new members to join our club. We meet at Crockfords Bridge Club rooms, 218 Riccarton Road on first Tuesday of each month at 1.30pm & third Tuesday is our outings day, very interesting speakers & enjoyable outings are had by all, good off-street parking available, plse contact Waverley 342-8226 or Joan 352-1338. PAPANUI RSA market every Sat 8am-1pm, off Harewood Rd, signs out, plants, veges, clothes, bric a brac, books, fishing gear, food stalls etc. Under new management, new stall holders welcome, phone Craig 022 609-1497. CITIZENS Advice volunteers are on duty from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm to assist you with any problems that you may have. This help is as close as the phone – 0800 367 222. It is free, impartial and confidential. You are most welcome to give them a call. NEW Citizens Advice Branch open in the Polytechnic Students Association building opposite Countdown in Madras Street, this is currently operating from 9am to 2pm, Monday to Friday with free legal advice avail on Thursday from 1pm-2pm, phone assistance is avail from 9am to 5pm by calling 0800 367-222. QE2 Masters Swimming Club, is re-establishing at the Graham Condon Pool on Monday & Wednesday nights, swimmers of all abilities are welcome for fitness & friendship. If you are interested we would love to hear from you. Phone Sam 366-1789. PLAY indoor bowls this winter at Avonhead School’s new hall, learners welcome, Monday evenings, 7.15pm. Friendly people, warm, well-lit top-class facilities, Avonhead Indoor Bowls Club. Phone Graham 358-8385 for more details. RICCARTON Mens Probus Club welcomes new members. We meet 10am to 12 noon second Tuesday each month, Lodge Hall, Upper Riccarton. Listen to speakers on a variety of subjects & join in many outings. $20 gets you a year of fun & fellowship with a diverse & interesting group. Call David Chapple 358-4830. 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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Parents’ centre now Bittersweet victory for theatre students in Bishopdale Tania Butterfield

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The Christchurch Parents’ Centre has a new permanent home. Twenty months after it was forced out of its Shirley premises after the September 2010 earthquake, the centre has secured a new building on Leacroft Street in Bishopdale. Christchurch Parents’ Centre president Laura Hill said the centre had been based at the Shirley Community Centre for at least 10 years but was displaced after the September quake. “We had to move out of there immediately after the Happy chappy: Quinn Hall, 5, helps out with a paintbrush as the new Christchurch Parents’ Centre prepares to open. quake. One of the educators Photo: Supplied was running classes out of “For me personally [what kept me going] her home until we were able to find a temporary place at Parklands Baptist was the passion for what parent centre do. I really believe in it,” Mrs Hill said. Church,” Mrs Hill said. Since getting possession of the building in It hasn’t been an easy ride for the committee members, and at one point they considered April, the committee has been busy painting and refurnishing it ready for its reopening on closing the centre down. “Probably about six months ago we were June 16 during National Parents’ Week. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of feeling really stressed. There were only five of us on the committee and we should be having parents’ centres in New Zealand. The Christchurch Parent Centre will be about 15 in order to provide the services. We were all close to burning out. It was very running a child restraining checking clinic at Bishopdale New World and selling raffle stressful for everybody,” Mrs Hill said. But they persevered and are now excited to tickets for the Cadbury Jaffa Race fundraiser held in Dunedin in July. have their own premises.

Tongan schools to benefit from solar project FIVE Tongan high schools will receive solar panels enabling them to have enough power to use computers in classrooms thanks to an EcoCARE Pacific Trust initiative. EcoCARE Pacific Trust co-founder and Canterbury University lecturer Russell Taylor said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade provided $350,000 to fund the project. Solar photovoltaic panels and computer technology will be installed at the five schools on the main island over the next five weeks. However, it is hopefully just the beginning of the project, Mr Taylor said. He hopes to eventually extend the project nationally to include all 36 high schools on the 21 Tongan islands. “This will be the first time students have had easy access to computers because information communication technologies are so energy hungry.

“In the island nations, because the cost of power is so high, almost five times the price we pay in New Zealand, schools, hospitals and other institutions simply cannot afford to run ICTs,” Mr Russell said. Five Canterbury University postgraduate students were already involved in the project, including two engineering students who designed the 48 solar panel system. Other masters and PhD students would investigate the impacts the technologies had on the Tongan culture, education and infrastructure. “One of the reasons we are doing this in schools is because schools are a place of learning and getting these sustainable technologies into the communities is an important step. “Those students are tomorrow’s community members.”

It was a bittersweet victory for Canterbury University’s Theatre and Film Studies (TAFS) department last week when the university council voted 9 to 8 in favour of keeping the department. While TAFS students and staff got to keep their courses, the council decided to cut American Studies and the operations research course in the management science department. “It’s not a pure victory in any sense of the word. It’s a lot to recover from,” theatre and film studies department coordinator Sharon Mazer said. It is the second time in five years the theatre and film department has had to fight for its place at the university and Ms Mazer hopes it will be the last. “Last time it was sorted through negotiation and mediation whereas here it was the council that has decided. “That should be enough for everybody but it’s been a very hard few months. There needs to be some repair work done [between management and the department],” she said. Ms Mazer described the university council’s meeting as ‘hugely intense’. “Especially seeing American Studies lose the way they did. Theatre and film was the last on the list. We were all holding our breath and when the count was 9 to 8 there was a big ‘yes’ and everyone exhaling at the same time. “When American Studies lost, our hearts just sank so we were so utterly relieved when the decision went in our favour.” Students and faculty now had to catch up on a lot of work that was put on hold while they fought the university’s proposal, Ms Mazer said. She had not received any official response from

university management in light of the decision to keep the department, and believed work needed to be done to mend the bonds between management and the department. “You can’t have your managers spend as much energy as they did saying TAFS is not part of the university and then turn around and say it is part of the university. The vice-chancellor and pro vice-chancellor worked so hard to say this programme was surplus to the university. “Certainly I’m not asking for an apology. What I’m curious about is how can the university turn to the world and say ‘We’re proud to offer theatre and film studies. Trust us, we value theatre and film studies’ after [trying to shut us down twice].” Canterbury University communications manager John MacDonald said he could not comment on potential future decisions of the university and whether TAFS could face a similar situation again if the university decided to cut courses again. When asked what the university was doing to assure students about the future of theatre and film, he said: “At this stage we are offering those programmes.” “It features in our undergraduate prospectus like all other programmes. It’s neither more or less promoted by the university,” Mr MacDonald said. The vice-chancellor was having meetings with the affected American Studies students, staff and faculty to discuss what options were available to them. “It’s not like classes won’t be happening on Monday. This [change] won’t happen overnight. We’re committed to making sure we help our students as best we can,” Mr MacDonald said.

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Students simplify research with the help of Twitter Tania Butterfield

CANTERBURY University postgraduate students had just six tweets to tell the world what their theses are about in a new university initiative. Dean of postgraduate research Lucy Johnston said Otago University ran a similar event last year and decided to try the tweet your thesis event in Canterbury. “Over the past two years we have been increasing the number of opportunities for thesis students to describe their research to a variety of audiences. “Using Twitter has a couple of advantages. It focuses students to be succinct and to describe their research to a general audience; it is an easy way to reach a large number of people and it is an interactive medium,” Dr Johnston said. A total of 34 students from 21 different departments participated

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in the inaugural event. Twitter users had 24 hours to vote for their favourite thesis tweets. Brad Harasymchuk who is currently doing his PhD in Maori, Social and Cultural Studies in Education won the competition with his tweets about his thesis entitled Not another brick in the wall: Challenging the neocolonising processes of the New Zealand and Canadian schooling systems. Civil and natural engineering PhD student Catherine Tatarniuk came second while third place was shared between Psychology masters students Milesa Cepe and Cathy Robson. All the tweets will be compiled into a booklet, Dr Johnston said. “Feedback has been positive so we will probably run the event again next year.”

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Try a lunchtime bike ride I have the luxury of a job that involves doing what I love – taking people cycling. But life is quickly ebbing towards a cycling career where training is done when I can find the time (aka ‘living in the real world’). I’ve always been a fan of fitting training into a commute to and from work, but when work is from home, as it has been for a lot of displaced central city workers, a new way to fit in your cycling without upsetting the family home ‘ch’i,’ must be found. We now have shorter, colder days that remain windless until mid-afternoon. Now, also consider increased work productivity from a lunch menu fortified with ‘fresh air’, and you’ve got good reason to be spending your winter lunchtimes on the bike, whether from home or office. Being the envy of your workmates by going for a midday ride makes perfect sense: it’s the only time of day that’s

comfortably warm; the wind generally hasn’t strengthened; it breaks up your working day and you become more energised on your return; you encounter less road traffic and make the most of a different geographic location to start your ride from. For those less fortunate enough to be employed in a work place which isn’t ‘bike-friendly’, convey these benefits of lunchtime exercise to the big cheese. Facilities that make a workplace bike-friendly are changing, showering and storage (for spare clothing/bike kit and bicycle), and of course a long enough lunch break. For the record, a double Olympian (both winter and summer Olympics) friend of mine holds the record for greatest distance covered in a 60-minute lunch break – 42 kilometres! Now there’s a challenge.

Fendalton Probus turns thirty The Christchurch Fendalton Combined Probus Club celebrated its 30th anniversary last Sunday. Secretary Sheila Paisey said it was the first probus club to form in the South Island on June 3 1982. The first New Zealand probus club formed in Kapiti Coast in 1974. The club will have a special celebratory meeting on June 6 where a book commemorating the club’s 30-year history will be released. “[The club] has recently rejuvenated its membership with

the admission of female members, who have added an enormous new and exciting dimension to the life of the club,” Mrs Paisey said. Six founding members, Wynyard Fairclough, Alan Frewer, Meth Mabin, Ross Reed, Paul Rhodes and Derick Warren, still remain involved with the club. “Although the earthquakes have caused suffering to our members and damage to many members’ homes, the club is now vibrant and looking forward to a new life in a resurgent city.”

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Prime Minister John Key talks to the students at St Margaret’s College. Mr Key toured the school and heard their post-earthquake story. The students had the opportunity to ask Mr Key questions with one year 10 student, Rebecca Lilley, asking him how she could become prime minister. “He said it was important to be dedicated and determined and referred to his personal journey,” she said. Photo: Supplied

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Walking in other people’s shoes: In a new take on the 40-hour famine, Middleton Grange and Christchurch Girls’ High School organised a ‘slum city’ where students from Christchurch high schools spent 20 hours living in boxes. The students spent the night sleeping in the boxes in Hagley Park so they could understand what it was like for those living in Mali and Niger who face living in those conditions on a daily basis. Photo: Supplied

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