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Grow your own: New Zealand’s gardener of the year Jade Temepara showcases her vegetable garden Digging the Future at the Ellerslie International Flower Show which opened yesterday. The Ashburton designer Tom Doudney created her garden with $100 to support a family of four. For LOCAL triathlete Nick Rennie is hoping his more on Ellerslie third see placepages finish in 2, the 20 20-24 and age group at the World21. Triathlon Series final in Auckland on Photo: Gilbert Monday will be a stepping stone to bigger and Wealleans

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better things. The 22-year-old Merivale resident, who was up against 47 other competitors from nine countries, said the result was “bloody good” and would help him build towards qualifying for the Under 23 elite race next year and a longer term ambition of representing New Zealand at the next Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Gina McKenzie in 2016. COMMUNITY action couldcompeted help solve a almost spate Having previously of eastern suburbs arson attacks, according exclusively in duathlons, Rennie was atto a Fire Service Christchurch areaofcommander Jon disadvantage in the swim leg the event where Graham. he lagged behind early but was able to make up of arson attacksrun overand thebike past legs. three forThe lostseries ground with strong weekends the seriously landmark focusing 52-year-oldon He onlyrazed started Leander Building Kerrs in Avonside swimming earlier atthis yearReach and acknowledged Drive and plenty damaged Aranui High School, there was of work ahead of him to be Avondale Primary Aranui Kids First able to compete in theand water. Kindergarten. “Hopefully another good six or seven months stepped a notch at the inThe the attacks pool and I’ll beupable to foot it weekend with them with seven firesand lit inmake the early in the water the hours race of a Saturday whole lot morning easier.” in Aldershot and Portsmouth streets and Ben Rarere Avenue in Aranui. Earlier this year, Rennie put his architectural Four of fires were lithis at triathlon propertiesdreams. and at studies onthe hold to pursue “I decided I’d give it full noise so I moved

from Wellington to Christchurch just to train full time.” Six times a week, his day now begins at 5:30am, training with a squad at Jellie Park and he finds he only has time for part time work. It may be hard slog but Rennie knows why he keeps doing it. “Just the grind, putting all the hard yards in, all those winter days where you don’t want to get out and train and it just makes it all worth it in the end.” Rennie’s coach Tim Brazier praised his performance in Auckland but said chasing his two of the properties Olympic ambitions people would were not beasleep easy, inside with the “Something that seems insignificant be very even in those areas with large sections of empty their houses at the time. he could be up against to important so I would encourage people in the houses. quality of competition “If someone calls the fire service we will aim The residents escapedteam. uninjured but the area to report anything suspicious.” make the New Zealand escalation in the arson attacks Mrthat Overgrown vegetation and abandoned houses to be there within six minutes so we are still “With the positivity he has had and alarmed the talent Graham. he has he could do it but it will be a very steep in the eastern suburbs provided fuel for arson very much a part of eastern Christchurch.” Mr Graham said the fire service was still “We’re very concerned that these attacks are attacks and Mr Graham said residents needed to learning curve.” carrying out an ongoing investigation into the creeping propertiesto while residents are monitor vegetation growth. Other into Cantabrians achieve good results asleep. in the age group races at the World Triathlon “People need to be aware that even if they arson attacks in conjunction with the police. “We are analysing the scenes of the fires and “It’s gone far and needs to be stopped.” Series finaltoo included Rob Creasy who finished don’t live in their house anymore if they still Mr Graham and Avonside first in the hoped 30-34 Wainoni men’s bracket; Reubyn own the property they are responsible for the results will contribute to the investigation.” If anyone has any information regarding the residents would be able to provide furtherfirst keeping vegetation under control. Bisschops and Laura Woods who finished information. and third respectively in the 20-24 women’s; “If the property is owned by Cera then the arson attacks or has noticed any suspicious activity in the Wainoni, Aranui or Avonside “People are our eyes ears and even50-54 a council will take care of the vegetation.” Scott Molina who wasandsecond in the small detail as seeing an unfamiliar men’s; andsuch John Hallemans who wasperson first in Mr Graham said the fire service still had a areas please contact the Christchurch central police onplacing 363 7400. active topresence in the inthe their streetmen’s. could Hallemans provide a breakthrough. 55-59 also coached elite very Pounding the podium: Nickeastern Rennie suburbs, on his way to a third at the World Triathlon Series final Netherlands triathletes competing at the event. in Auckland and inset, proudly displaying his bronze medal. Photo: Supplied

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OUR MISSING CAT….. Not often am I faced with writing about my own pet but last week, our aloof black and white easy going cat Eli, took off at pace after being slightly clipped by a car parking in our garage. We thought he had caught his tail under the tyre but he bolted up and over the fence before we could get out of the car. Our Abysinnian Amos was straight after him up and over the fence, calling for him in a strange, distressed meow. Maybe Amos would have tracked Eli but Steve rattled the biscuit box and Amos, the foodaholic he is, came scuttling to the sound of a free meal.







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Documentaries put spotlight on oppression of women Tom Doudney

Five days had passed and although we were trying to be optimistic we all feared the worse. Then out of the blue Steve received a text from a student flat saying they came home to find him on their couch in the sun, washing himself purring loudly. Apparently he was a frequent visitor, feasting on leftovers and loving lying in the sun. Miraculously Eli wasn’t in bad shape. He was dehydrated, had lost nearly one kilogram of weight and his tail was flaccid and paralysed. All his bloods were within normal limits, he ate like he’d never seen food and once on intravenous fluids and pain relief, he looked like the old smoochy Eli. He’s not out of the woods yet as his tail has dislocated from the base of his spine and will have to be amputated once he’s fit for surgery. All his bones seem to be fine otherwise but he is having difficulty urinating himself, occasionally incontinent. All the stops are being pulled out for Eli, who as well as medication aimed at stimulating bladder contractions and pain and anti inflammatory medication, he is undergoing a series of acupuncture treatments to improve nerve sensation and transmission to the bladder. He relaxed and enjoyed his acupuncture session and will probably receive weekly treatments for the next month. We are pretty confident he’ll make a full recovery and if not, he sure is in the best hands with many staff to fuss over him. I now know how distressing it is when your treasured family pet doesn’t return home. It’s the not knowing what has happened to them or where they are. If they don’t return home you can’t help them. Fortunately our prayers were answered with Eli! By Michele McMaster

AN international documentary series seeking to ignite the change needed to end oppression of women worldwide will premiere in Christchurch tomorrow. Made up of six 40-minute documentaries, Half the Sky: Turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide follows the lives of women living in difficult circumstances and provides a blueprint for change. Put together by the international Half the Sky Foundation, it was shot in ten countries including Cambodia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Liberia and the United States. It premiered in the United States earlier this month and a group of Christchurch social work students arranged to show it in Christchurch. One of those, Luis Arevalo, said the documentaries covered topics such as education, economic development, maternal mortality and forced prostitution. “It’s about educating people, it’s about

getting people aware of what the issues are in the world and getting the word out there that these sorts of things shouldn’t really happen. Every little bit counts in terms of addressing World awareness: Luis Arevalo is part of these issues.” Two of the a group of social work d o c u m e n t a r i e s students promoting the New Zealand premiere will be shown of the Half the Sky tomorrow night, documentaries. 6pm, at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology’s DL Lecture Theatre. Although the screening will be free to attend, the theatre has a 240-seat capacity and it will be first in, first served. Mr Arevalo said further screenings of the documentaries would be arranged at other venues around the city.


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Brothers to attempt 21 peaks in 21 days Chelsea Shover

NATHAN and Nigel Watson will attempt to summit the 21 tallest peaks in Nelson Lakes National Park in 21 days this February. All of the peaks are above 2000 metres and span a ground distance of 220 kilometres, though the brothers will travel farther than that with all the climbing up and down. Nathan, 27, lives in Christchurch and works as a national outdoor programming co-ordinator for Girl Guides. Nigel, 25, is a paramedic for the Wellington free ambulance. Nathan said he had been kicking around ideas Climbing for a cause: Nathan Watson tramping on for an epic outdoor challenge for a while. Nigel Stewart Island. This February, he and his brother Nigel will attempt to summit 21 peaks in 21 days to had also worked as an outdoor instructor in the past, and he was enthusiastic about embarking raise money for the Kea Conservation Trust. on the mountain climbing challenge. “We Photo: Supplied

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wanted it to be something that was in New Zealand and something that normal, everyday people could associate with,” he said. “We grew up in a family that spent all their holidays camping and tramping,” Nathan said, adding that they often went to Nelson Lakes. “We do have a connection and relationship with that national park.” The brothers also wanted their adventure to be more meaningful than two guys going into the hills, so they decided to try and raise money for the Kea Conservation Trust. Their fundraising goal is just as ambitious as their physical one: they aim to raise nearly $50,000. “In Nelson Lakes National Park, the

population is going through a really bad patch,” Nathan said. The kea, an alpine parrot endemic to New Zealand, is endangered. The status of the wild population remains unclear, and the population in Nelson Lakes National Park has declined by about 80 per cent in just 10 years. The brothers plan to summit once a day and twice whenever possible. The terrain does not hold overly technical climbs, but the duration, time limit, remoteness and weather promise to make the quest difficult. Nathan and Nigel have been seeking businesses to sponsor specific mountains. If they find sponsors for all 21, they will be on target to raise $46,295.



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“Der’s one of dem there in MY dad Bernard Smyth was a the doorway - see d’ one wit the storyteller. Writer, broadcaster, cigarette in his mouth’ He’ed be interviewer. It was in his blood. yer cousin.” He came from a long line of Michael Smyth and I looked storytellers. But oddly it was that nothing like each other. But my story –an ancestral history - that he genealogy paper convinced him knew little of. in a second that we were related You see his ancestors, his because he was living at the same grandparents, had arrived in New address as my great-grandfather Zealand in the 1860s, fresh from Gerard Smyth did! We both stood staring at each the Irish famine. other in disbelief. It must have been the saddest and Michael led me to a farmhouse a mile up most desperate of times as my teenage, greatgranddad arrived here knowing he would never the road. I couldn’t believe it. I walked back see his kin again. Maybe he arrived knowing through the same door my great-granddad that many in his family had already died of walked out of 140 years ago. I was with family. A close family who had no the great hunger. After all, his County Leitrim had fared worse than almost anywhere else in knowledge of their cousins in New Zealand. More family arrived. The craic was wonderful. Ireland, losing 28 per cent of its population in They were riveting storytellers - people who that terrible decade. The family in New Zealand now number in told stories of their families’ fortunes. I left with a sense of belonging and with a the many hundreds and no-one has ever been back to retrace steps. No-one knew if any bag full of stories. It confirmed for me that my dad’s love of telling tales was indeed in his family survived in Ireland. With each subsequent generation, our history blood. Gerard Smyth is an award-winning was dying. Well I have long worked as a cameraman, as Christchurch film-maker. His latest film is the a storyteller of sorts. It was 12 years ago that critically acclaimed When a City Falls, which I found myself travelling around the United covered the earthquakes of September 2010 Kingdom, filming the Woolston Brass Band of and February 2011 and their aftermath. all things. With a spare four days I caught a Ryan Air flight to Dublin, hired a little green car mainland Press has introduced, and headed through those greenest of pastures Your Voice, a guest opinion piece each week. in a land that seemed profoundly familiar. Who would you like to see featured? Carrigallen, Leitrim. The least most populated Email part of Ireland. I found myself stopping people in the streets and asking of the name ‘Smyth’. No-one could understand me. Off to the local MAINLAND Press and CTV head of news Jo genealogy centre – and this time a piece of Kane is enjoying a well-deserved break. Her paper pointed to the name ‘argh you mean editorial column will recommence in November. Smit’. Turns out in Ireland Smyth is Smith and In the meantime, send your Letters to the Editor to Smith is Smit.

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Bright lights: An estimated 12,000 people attended Luxcity, the opening event for the first ever Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA) on Saturday night. Photo: Stef Banbury

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CITY streets were buzzing with activity on Saturday night as a large crowd of people attended Luxcity, the opening event for the first-ever Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA). The city made from light for one night was a collaboration between more than 350 architecture and design students from across New Zealand and Christchurch businesses. It proved popular with a larger than expected crowd, estimated to be about 12,000, flocking to previously off-limits areas of Gloucester Street and its surrounds. Lighting effects, demolition machinery and recycled polystyrene cups were among the tools used to create the 16 installations, which also served as pop-up bars, cafes, live music venues,

Convention goes off like magic Tom Doudney

LAST weekend’s International Magicians previously known only through social media Convention, held at the Chateau on the Park, and talk about the business of magic and how was a big hit with both magicians and the to make it better. Mr Scott, who has been performing for 23 public, Christchurch magician Greg Britt (El years, doing more than 350 shows a year, said Gregoe) says. it was amazing being able to Mr Britt said magicians who make a living from magic. had attended conventions all “Especially in an area like over the world had told him Christchurch where you guys this was one of the best they have had the earthquakes, to had experienced and most had see a kid smile when they’ve gone away with new ideas for been devastated, I think, is their shows. magic in itself.” “I think everyone left the Paul Bates from the convention with an idea of Wellington area won best being able to raise the bar on stage performance with a what they do and deliver more Las Vegas-style act, which powerful performances,” he saw him conjuring items like said. of illusion: Ken Scott, diamonds, umbrellas and Two sold-out public stage Masters Shawn Farquhar and Greg Britt silks from unlikely places. shows were well received by (El Gregoe) were among the Impact Dance and Stage the more than 600 people who magicians mixing it up at the attended with many emailing convention. Photo: Tom Doudney School performers closed the convention with a 40 minute him afterwards to express show of musical numbers and high-energy their gratitude. Atlanta-based magician Ken Scott was glad dancing, which received plenty of applause to be able to meet other magicians he had from the crowd.

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In unison: Rowers taking part in the Spring River Festival on the Avon River, near Owles Terrace, New Brighton. This was one of many events held over Saturday and Sunday as part of the inaugural Spring River Festival, which aimed to recognise the importance of the Avon-Ōtakaro River and estuary to the history, health and wellbeing of Christchurch.

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IT’S a game of skill and strategy and this weekend the country’s best boccia players will be battling it out in Christchurch, aiming to win a national title. The Boccia National Championships are being held at the Graham Condon Centre in Papanui from tomorrow until Sunday. Paralympians and other promising players will compete in the fast-growing sport, which is a cross between lawn bowls and petanque, designed to be played from a seated position. It’s very popular among people with physical disabilities and the inevitable twists and turns keep spectators enthralled. Ninety-five per cent of the players use wheelchairs, according to Craig Gadsby, who has played for five years. In singles matches, each player has six red or blue balls to throw to get closest to the target, a white jack ball. Since the furthest away player throws first, it becomes a tactical game of trying to knock an opponent’s ball away or trying to get a ball closest to the jack. “It’s a wee bit like chess,” Mr Gadsby said. “You’ve got to kind of be thinking a couple of steps ahead of your opponent.” Three Paralympians will be competing this weekend. Jeremy Morriss, 26, started playing 16 years ago. “I’ve always sort of enjoyed sport,” he said, adding that boccia seemed like a good way to make friends and travel. Over the years he has competed in many overseas tournaments, including as part of the silver medal team at the Athens Paralympics.

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DIWALI, the Hindu festival of light was celebrated in Christchurch on October 20 at Addington’s CBS Arena. During the official opening ceremony, local dignitaries lit the Diwali lamp, which signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life. The ancient festival is commemorated by Indian communities the world over. Activities include the lighting of candles, lamps and firework displays. Mainland Press social editor GILBERT WEALLEANS captured some of the action.

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THE not-for-profit sector is concerned at the lack of visibility and attention they’ve been given in Christchurch’s earthquake recovery plan. Council of Social Services executive officer Sharon Torstonson said the sector was a strong economic force and its current lack of visibility should be taken more seriously in the city’s recovery. “The not-for-profit sector would have about nine or ten thousand groups in the Canterbury region. We contribute about a billion dollars a year to the regional economy and that’s kind of invisible.” It was the biggest issue facing them in terms of recovery and the most significant issue they had with the central city blueprint.

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Christchurch welcomes Japan consul Welcoming: From left, Christchurch-Kurashiki Sister City Committee chairman David Bolam-Smith with Consul of Japan in Christchurch Minoru Kikuchi and his wife Fumi Kikuchi. Mr and Mrs Kikuchi arrived in May and on Monday last week (October 15) were formally welcomed with a reception held at the Visions Restaurant at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT). The event was supported by the Christchurch City Council and organised by the ChristchurchKurashiki Sister City Committee. The Canterbury Japanese Choir provided the entertainment, performing three songs. Photos: Supplied (Inset) Greetings: Christchurch Kurashiki Sister City Committee treasurer Cheryl Thorne, Mr and Mrs Kikuchi and Sister City deputy chairman Newton Dodge.

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Operettas bring colour and fun STUDENTS from Cathedral Grammar School sang, danced and acted their way through three operettas, held at the Westburn School hall recently. Go Fish featured year one to three pupils, while the older students took part in Aladdin. The school’s senior students, in years six to eight, performed Alice in Wonderland. The school said all three shows provided the audience with a satisfying degree of spectacle, humour and the unexpected and they were very proud of the standard of all performers.

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THEIR organisation is called Supergrans, but the name describes a concept, not necessarily the people who belong to it, Christchurch’s Sue Yorke and Candy Gillies say. The two women are staff members of the local branch of the nationwide charity organisation. “Supergrans is not about being a grandparent, it’s about providing the kind of help and advice people might get from their grandparents,” Ms Gillies said. “The average age of our volunteers is 58. We also have university students in their 20s who volunteer.” Supergrans was set up 16 years ago in Lower Hutt by Erin McMenamin and was “rather an unusual grassroots charity”, Mrs Yorke said. “It came out of the Mature Employment Agency, which offered teaching, mentoring, advocacy and home skills to people who needed them.” Skills like these and others are now offered at Supergrans branches across New Zealand, although each branch operates autonomously. “Every office does it differently, and meets the needs of their individual communities.” Supergrans is funded through a contract with the Ministry of Social Development and also receives funding from trusts and other similar sources. The Christchurch office was formerly located in Hampshire Street, Aranui, where many of its clients live, but lost its premises in the earthquake. The eight staff members now share offices with the Foundation of the Blind in St Albans. Client services are provided by 36 volunteers. Budgeting advice and debt management services are in particular demand at present, with people on a waiting list. Other services provided include home management, family routine and shopping and cooking on a budget. “It’s teaching people to manage within their resources. Our volunteers go out to clients’

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Legendary Beatle returns to New Zealand RINGO Starr has announced that he and his All Starr Band will perform one show in Auckland and one show in Christchurch next February. The band is the line-up that has just completed a North American summer tour and features Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page (Mr Mister), Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera, Gregg Rolie (Santana & Journey) and Gregg Bissonette. “The tour this summer in the US was just great - I love playing with this band and I can’t wait to get back out and play with them again,” Ringo said. “I am looking forward to revisiting New Zealand and bringing the All Starrs. Peace and love!” The tour is being produced by Dave Hart and, as always, fans can expect to hear a jukebox worth of hits during this two-hour show, including Ringo classics such as It Don’t Come Easy, Photograph, Little Help From My Friends, Yellow Submarine and Wings, from Starr’s recently released 17th solo record, Ringo 2012. The All Starr’s hits include Rosanna,


Broken Wings, Hello It’s Me, and Black Magic Woman. The February 2013 concerts will bring the legendary Beatle back to New Zealand for the
first time since The Beatles’ 1964 tour down under. CEO of NZ concert promotions company Bolton Promotions Craig Wilson said: “Bringing one of the only two surviving Beatles here for a couple of fantastic shows is a thrill and indeed, an honour.” “And working alongside one of New Zealand’s most experienced promoters, Gray Bartlett, makes it a perfect combination.” Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band’s New Zealand tour is strictly limited to one concert only in Auckland and one only in Christchurch. The group will play the entire concert from start to finish. Tickets are on sale from next Tuesday, October 30. The Christchurch concert is on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at CBS Arena. Book through Phone 0800 842 538.

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The Sapphires NO surprises that Australia has made the feel-good movie of the year, because it seems that they have the Midas touch when it comes to this kind of film. The Sapphires is based on a successful stage show, and tells the true story of four young Aboriginal women who form an all-girl group to sing for the United States troops in Vietnam. After being derided by the local white population during a talent contest, the three sisters answer an audition ad for entertainers to perform in Vietnam. They move to Melbourne where they are joined by their cousin, and with the help of down-andout Irish musician Dave they discover their inner soul, become The Sapphires and before they know it they’re in Saigon, in the middle of a war. The film’s director, Wayne Blair, and writer Tony Briggs are both Aboriginal, and the latter just happens to be the son of one of the original Sapphires. This shows, because The Sapphires is a film with a strong racial message, made with a lot of love and empathy for both the story and the characters. It’s perfectly paced,

and while a lot is packed into the film’s 99 minutes it never feels rushed. It lingers where it needs to, bringing the characters to life and to remind audiences about the politics of the time, especially the plight of being Aboriginal in 1960s’ Australia, but there’s plenty of song and dance numbers and more than enough laughs to also keep things light and on the move. The film is supported by a flawless cast, the four Sapphires are brilliant and include Deborah Mailman from the TV series Offspring, but all credit must go to Irish funny man Chris O’Dowd, (Bridesmaids) for his role as Dave; he just opens his mouth and funny comes out. Feel-good films don’t tend to be full of surprises and The Sapphires is no exception, but it doesn’t matter because this one manages to both entertain and educate in a faultlessly enjoyable way.

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Doctor rides bicycle built for three WHAT has two wheels, three seats and one ambitious owner? The bicycle bought by Hillmorton Hospital doctor Richard Steane, who has come up with a novel way to transport it from Auckland to Christchurch. When Dr Steane, a senior psychiatry registrar, purchased the three-seater bike through an online auction website earlier this year, he hadn’t thought about how he would get it home, 1000 kilometres away. “I had never seen one for sale before and it looked like it would be great fun to ride, so I made a bid on it. After winning the auction, I realised that I didn’t know how to get the bike from Auckland to Christchurch,” he said. “While thinking about the logistics of getting the bike to Christchurch, one of my

friends suggested organising a charity cycle and raise funds by auctioning off the third seat of the bicycle each day of the journey. ride. I thought this was an excellent idea.” All the funds raised in the auction would Dr Steane’s friends, Dr Brydie Johnston from Rotorua and Jimmy Griffiths from go to the nominated charity for the week. “We are hoping to get a broad range of Nelson, offered to take part and each member of the team has chosen to raise people to join us. Regardless of whether money for charities they are passionate you have just returned from the Olympics or haven’t cycled for 20 years, we would about. “Brydie has chosen Big Brothers Big love to have you on the bike. We would be Sisters because her brother is a mentor with particularly thrilled to get people who don’t them and she has seen the difference that cycle regularly to join us – perhaps for a the mentoring has made. Jimmy has chosen ride to their local café? A lift to work? Or the Shortbread Trust, a charitable trust that a trip across town to see a friend? You do he helped set up. I have chosen to support not have to ride a full day, just part of the Gap Filler, because they have brought a way,” he said. CITYWIDE Ray White New Zealand PropertyThe Manager the Year rideofstarts in 2011 Auckland on November much-needed sense of fun and vitality back 24 and more details can be found online at to Christchurch,” Dr Steane said. More properties urgently needed The group plans to rotate riding duties Ph 331 6755

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PACIFIC Trust Quit Smoking Challenge. Pacific smokers are well above national average. This addictive habit causes damage to our community. Why puff your money up in smoke, if you are Pacific Islander & can stop smoking for the month of November, you can win a $400 Pak n Save shopping voucher, So stay healthy & be wealthy, take the quit smoking challenge today. For more information contact Tina or Chris phone 3663900. ANTIQUES & collectables fair, November 10 Rangiora Methodist Church Hall, 10am-4pm, entry $2, appraisals $5. Organised by Rangiora Lioness Club to raise funds for local youth, help us to encourage young people to reach their potential. FIREWORKS display, Motukarara Domain, Saturday, November 3. Gates open at 5.30pm, $20 per car up to five people, $5 person thereafter. Walk-ins $5 ea, live music, free hay rides, ice-cream, sausage/bacon sizzle, pony rides, bouncy castle, espresso coffee, lolly scramble. For enquiries phone Fiona 03 325-2300 or Adele 03 329-7818. If wet Saturday, November 10. CHRISTCHURCH scrabble club extends warm welcome to new members, join us & learn how to better your scores & broaden your idea of the game. We meet at the Sydenham community centre, Wednesdays 12.30pm to 4pm, Friday evenings 6.45pm to 10pm, for further info, ph Shirley 332-7263 or John 332-5996. STORAGE required, 12 months minimum. Double garage or larger. Must be weathertight, lockable and have easy access. We are a voluntary charitable organisation providing knitted garments and blankets for children in need with very limited funding for rent. Please contact Karen 329 6467 evenings. WOOL donations required and hand-knitted woollen jumpers in good condition for unpicking to remake into garments and blankets for children. Please contact Karen 329 6467 evenings. HELP Available to get your cat desexed, plse ph 3550694 or text 021 120-4986 or email catsunloved2xtra. if we can help you with this cost. MEMBERS wanted for Spreydon community Toastmaster club. Become a competent communicator, improve your thinking, listening & speaking skills, join today, please contact John 338-3814 or Nicola 9424125 or email 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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Musical talent rewarded PLAYING the accordion takes not only concentration, but co-ordination with the piano-style keyboard, the button base and the bellows all needing to be worked at the same time. But a group of Christchurch enthusiasts has the technique mastered. Earlier this month the annual Canterbury Accordion Association competitions took place at St Stephen’s church hall in Yaldhurst Road, giving the opportunity to hear the unusual instrument played well. Players of all ages performed music ranging from ethnic Hungarian pieces to Irish, Scottish and ballet music and included an original composition by John Arthur, one of the association’s more senior members. The youngest competitor was Stephanie Redepenning, age nine, who won the solo in the class of 10 years and under, with less than one year’s experience under her belt.

She then went on to receive a highly commended when accompanied by her father Matt in the open duet. Fourteen-year-old Benjamin Hurley was the outstanding player of the competition winning several categories including a duet with Leora Werner. The judges, Meg Fidler, retired conductor of the Canterbury Accordion Orchestra and music teacher Clare Simpson, commented on the standard and variety of play and how they would like to see more people take up accordion. The association holds regular concerts and play days where all are welcome to come along and take part or listen to accordion music. Anyone who may be interested in learning the accordion or who has played before and would like to take it up again can contact Well played: The prize-winners in the Canterbury Accordion Jeanette Perry at the Canterbury Accordion Association’s annual competition. Photos: Supplied (Inset) Unusual instrument: The accordion. Association on 359 6615.

Community holiday programmes may replace council’s CHRISTCHURCH City Council is proposing to withdraw from school holiday programmes for children in the Linwood, Bromley and Templeton areas as community providers would like to offer their own programmes. “Since the start of the year, three community providers have expressed an interest and commitment to work with the council to provide holiday programmes in the Linwood and Bromley areas,” the council’s recreation and sport manager John Filsell said. “In Templeton, a new community-based provider of holiday programmes has the capacity to accommodate the children who previously attended the council’s

programme.” The council would continue to work through its community recreation advisers to support community-operated holiday programmes, Mr Filsell said. The change proposal would disestablish 46 roles, 45 of which are seasonal, school-holiday positions. One role is full-time permanent. This was in line with the council’s commitment in the Long Term Plan to support the community to provide holiday programmes, Mr Filsell said. The council will work with all affected staff to provide other opportunities where possible.

Maori breadboards earn enterprise award

Cutting edge: Sam Rogatski, year 12, left, and Will Brown, year 11, represented team Romulus at the Young Enterprise Scheme Trade Fair held at Northlands Mall in September.

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A&P Show celebrates 150 years

Lining up: Children bring their calves in for judging at the 2011 A&P Show.

THE Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association is celebrating its 150th anniversary with the Canterbury A&P Show to be held on Wednesday to Friday November 14-16. The largest Agricultural and Pastoral Show in the country, the Canterbury A&P Show averages close to 7000 livestock and feature competition entries, comprising more than 3000 animals battling it out in over 1700 classes. These include sections for horse/ pony, beef/dairy cattle, sheep, alpaca, llama, pig, wool, goat, dog trials, poultry, shearing and woolhandling, wine, gourmet oil, mint lamb, woodchopping and vintage machinery. “The association has a proud history of promoting excellence in agriculture and

bringing the country to town through the annual Show. In 2012 we are celebrating our 150th year, a significant milestone not only in the association’s history, but also for the showing movement and for Canterbury,” Canterbury A&P Association president Richard Lemon said. To celebrate the 150th anniversary a commemorative book charting the history of the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association and annual Show, When Country Comes to Town, is to be released at the Show. Freelance writer Rosa Shiels has been commissioned to write the book, combining oral histories and historical archives to tell the story of the association and the people who are an integral part of its history.

The 150th anniversary programme for the 2012 Canterbury A&P Show includes: • Official opening to be held on the showgrounds on Wednesday, November 14 • Unveiling of a commemorative plaque to signify the milestone • 150th anniversary equestrian parade in the main arena on Thursday and Friday • Special vintage machinery display including a working threshing mill, steam sawmill, steam chaff cutter and binder • A replica 1900s’ W A McLaren & Co trade site including six traction engines and memorabilia • Heritage agricultural equipment and a photo booth at the Ferrymead Heritage Park site. • The sheep, cattle and alpaca sections will have special prizes on offer for competitors,

memorabilia displays as well as judging in period costumes. “Livestock and equestrian entries received to date indicate that they will exceed numbers over the last few years. Sheep entries have increased by 200 and cattle by 150, dog trials by 30, and horses are also strong. This reflects the respect that the Canterbury A&P Show has New Zealand wide and that the event can attract a high calibre and a high number of entries. making it the number one A&P Show in the country. “We are excited to welcome exhibitors, members and Cantabrians to join with us in celebrating the 2012 Canterbury A&P Show – 150 years of showing in Canterbury,” Mr Lemon said.

Concert to honour brass band champions WOOLSTON Brass will play a tribute concert on Saturday to honour the championship national brass bands of 1953 and 1962. Two soloists from the ’62 band will perform in Saturday’s concert. Percussionist Tom Williams will play a xylophone solo in Circus Gala, and Trevor Bremner will play a cornet solo. Twenty-five of the 75 to 80 people who were part of the two bands are still alive, and 16 of them are expected to attend the tribute concert. Three of the surviving members were part of both national bands. The ’53 band was the first since the early 20th century to tour overseas, taking a fiveweek journey to Europe by boat. Both bands,

composed of about 40 of the top musicians in New Zealand that year, found success at European festivals. The ’53 band won the British Open Brass Band Championship and the Edinburgh International Contest. The ’62 band won the Edinburgh International Contest again, along with the World Music Concourse in Kerkrade, the Netherlands. The overseas tours before the days of longhaul flights provided unique opportunities for the musicians to bond and practise. “Having been on a flying trip since, I think the boat trip was good,” Mr Williams said. The ’53 band was particularly close and until recently held reunions every three years.

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Though illness and travel difficulties made such frequent reunions impractical, the ’62 band decided to invite the other band members to its 50th reunion. Mr Williams has been playing percussion of one kind or another for over 60 years. “I’m still learning,” he said. In the ’62 band he played snare drum and other pieces, and he was selected again for the national band in 1974. It was on this first tour that he was inspired to pick up the xylophone, after watching xylophone soloist Walter Sinton of Dunedin. Mr Williams spent 10 years in the New Zealand Army Band and has played professionally and

as a hobby in everything from three-bit dance numbers to symphonies. From the 1960s through the 1980s, he was known as ‘Mr Percussion’, according to Tony Lewis, a retired trombonist and president of Woolston Brass. Woolston Brass has won the New Zealand championships for four consecutive years, a feat not achieved since 1907. Twenty-eight bands from around New Zealand and one from Melbourne competed in the most recent national contest, held in Timaru in July. The tribute concert will take place at 6pm on Saturday at La Vida Centre in Upper Riccarton. The band will play the repertoire of the ’53 and ’62 bands. Tickets are $20.

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Lighter Cladding and You Building and Housing* deals with building legislation and controls. It provides information and advice about building regulations. It has published guidance on repairing and rebuilding houses damaged by the Canterbury earthquakes. If you live in the residential green zone the guidance suggests that you consider using lighter cladding and construction methods.

What are foundation technical categories?

What is meant by lighter construction and cladding?

The flat area of the residential green zone is divided into three foundation technical categories (TC1, TC2, TC3). They are a guide to the level of site investigation required and the most appropriate foundations for your home. Houses with appropriate foundations will perform better in future earthquakes.

Suspended timber floors are lighter than concrete slabs. Common types of lighter roofing are sheet and metal tile roofs. Common types of lighter cladding include:

Why recommend lighter construction in TC areas? Lighter materials reduce the weight of your home and the load placed on your on foundations. In most cases houses with lighter cladding and roofing performed better in the Canterbury earthquakes. Lighter homes are likely to be more resilient in future earthquakes and less costly to repair.

• Weatherboards, made of timber, fibre cement, PVC or aluminium • Profiled metal – pre-finished with colour or left natural • Sheet material – including ply and fibre cement • Systems which combine insulation with a pre-panted finish.

Do lighter claddings result in leaky homes? A house that is well designed and built to Building Code requirements, in a style that is appropriate to the local weather conditions, should remain weather-proof whether it is clad in lighter materials or heavy materials.

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Lighter claddings can look very good and the range includes claddings that are low maintenance (like pre-finished profiled metal) or timber such as cedar and macrocarpa.

It is still possible to rebuild using heavier claddings (such as brick and tile) providing your foundations are designed appropriately for the ground conditions and can support the weight of the house.

Architect designed homes finished with lighter cladding Building and Housing ran a competition to encourage architects and designers to develop innovative and affordable home designs that could meet changing family needs. There were 140 entries to the competition. Illustrated below are three house designs, which use lighter cladding, by architects who were winners or highly commended in the competition.

Tony Koia of Koia Architects Limited was a category winner in the Starter Home design competition. He enjoys creating thermal-efficient and well-designed homes. His winning entry is shown here.

Stephen Smith of S3 Architects Ltd was the supreme winner of the Starter Home design competition. One of his more recent designs is shown here; it is clad in vertical weatherboards of western red cedar finished in wood oil. Pine board and batten would be another option.

Geoff Walker of Image Architecture is passionate about creating houses that have an environmental focus. His highly commended design is shown here.

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head does roll to set a precedent and for the future of cycling. What’s more, several Armstrong supporters purport that those guilty cyclists who have sworn affidavits key to USADAs case have lied to protect themselves and gain shorter doping bans, forget that at least those guilty have confessed. Cycling fans know too well the pain of being dragged through a campaign of (guilty) denial, most notably of now self-confessed doper Floyd Landis. Finally, on a positive note at least, I’ve found current

professional David Millars’ opinion to be most encouraging. Convicted for possession of EPO and admitting to doping, Millar came back after a two-year ban and in the last six years has done nothing short of great job not only continuing to animate professional racing but advocate the best practices against doping. While doping sentences have bordered on comical (should some dopers be banned for life?), those with a past, if they demonstrate willingness to change, can contribute to a more positive future.

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THE Morrison Avenue Bowls Club in Papanui last week hosted a popular Australian variation of the game for the first time when it ran a pairs shootout tournament last week. More than 50 players took part and the club’s vice president Bob Davison said as far as the club knew; it was the first time this variation of the game had been played in New Zealand. The tournament had received good feedback from those who attended. One of those who attended, Snow Readon, a paraplegic player who has competed nationally, had told Mr Davison that “it was a good competition and because there was a spectators’ gallery at the finish it put a little bit of pressure on and made for better bowls”. Generally bowls clubs play tournament competitions of three games over a four hour time period with scoring involving winners, losers and points. However in the pairs shootout format, while competition still

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What to do in the garden now By Rachel Vogan

As the temperatures rise, soil and plants require more moisture. With summer knocking on the door and plants growing flat out, it’s important to remember to feed and water your plants to enable them to flourish. Keep sowing, seeds of vegetables, flowers and perennials. The key elements to successful seedlings are using seed-raising mix (not garden dirt), not sowing too many seeds in a small container – remember they need room to grow – and keeping the soil moist but not wet. Harden off seedlings before planting out into the garden, as this helps reduce transplanting shock.

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ocated in one of Christchurch’s most desirable streets, this elegant townhouse has just had all the EQC work completed involving a new paint job inside and out, and with the new kitchen our owners have installed, it is as good as a brand new home. Ideal for families or professional couples, you can choose from two separate living areas, one with new gas fire, opening on to private north-west facing garden and patio. School zoning does not get any better with CBHS, CGHS and Fendalton Primary all being so close. The four bedrooms are all good sized, the fourth currently used as an office with the master enjoying an ensuite and massive walkin robe big enough for any lady’s wardrobe. The combination is right - this is a fantastic property and our owners are determined on a sale, so see you at the Open Homes. For more information contact  Cameron Bailey  of Harcourts  Gold Papanui  (Licensed Agent REAA 2008)  on 352 6166 or mobile 0275 557 079.

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There’s nothing more permanent than change IT’S an old saying but still a very relevant one. I really struggle with the storm that has erupted with regards a global insurance company buying the rights to have their initials on the front of the All Black jersey. Sure it has always been regarded as a sporting sacred cow but not that long ago, 1996 in fact, so was being an amateur player and giving everything up just to be able to pull the jersey on. How much time evolved before, if you didn’t get paid, there was something wrong with you and you were seen as letting your team-mates down? The game has been evolving since it began. As a matter of fact, if Webb Ellis hadn’t picked up the ball and ran with it we would all still be playing a game called football. Was he sent to purgatory? No! Thousands of people in fact embraced this new game. How did the 1905 Invincibles feel later in life when their All Black jerseys came out without the lace up front and a leather yoke? Did they turn their collective backs on a game that made them household heroes? I’ll bet you they didn’t. How did Dennis Young feel when he had to wear an All Black jersey that had No 2 on it and not No 15? Did All Black legend fullback

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Dead End Derby teams go down fighting Busting through: Christchurch’s Dead End Derby All Stars Jammer Jolene ‘Torque Dirty’ Tillier, in green, gets through the Auckland Roller Derby (ARDL) defence during their recent match at the newly reopened Cowles Stadium. Both teams were evenly matched in skills, with jammers from either side fighting hard to break through strong walls the opposition had put up. While the All Stars were leading 64–51 at half time, Auckland’s tactical expertise shone through in the second half, resulting in the northerners prevailing 158–92. Earlier in the evening Dead End Derby’s Living DED Dolls had made their debut against Nelson’s Sirens of Smash in a hard fought bout which saw the Sirens take the win 254-177. Photo: Craig Crew Photography

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LOCAL triathlete Nick Rennie is hoping his third place finish in the 20-24 age group at the World Triathlon Series final in Auckland on Monday will be a stepping stone to bigger and better things. The 22-year-old Merivale resident, who was up against 47 other competitors from nine countries, said the result was “bloody good” and would help him build towards qualifying for the Under 23 elite race next year and a longer term ambition of representing New Zealand at the next Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016. Having previously competed almost exclusively in duathlons, Rennie was at a disadvantage in the swim leg of the event where he lagged behind early but was able to make up for lost ground with strong run and bike legs. He only started seriously focusing on swimming earlier this year and acknowledged there was plenty of work ahead of him to be able to compete in the water. “Hopefully another good six or seven months in the pool and I’ll be able to foot it with them in the water and make the race a whole lot easier.” Earlier this year, Rennie put his architectural studies on hold to pursue his triathlon dreams. “I decided I’d give it full noise so I moved

from Wellington to Christchurch just to train full time.” Six times a week, his day now begins at 5:30am, training with a squad at Jellie Park and he finds he only has time for part time work. It may be hard slog but Rennie knows why he keeps doing it. “Just the grind, putting all the hard yards in, all those winter days where you don’t want to get out and train and it just makes it all worth it in the end.” Rennie’s coach Tim Brazier praised his performance in Auckland but said chasing his Olympic ambitions would not be easy, with the quality of competition he could be up against to make the New Zealand team. “With the positivity he has and the talent that he has he could do it but it will be a very steep learning curve.” Other Cantabrians to achieve good results in the age group races at the World Triathlon Series final included Rob Creasy who finished first in the 30-34 men’s bracket; Reubyn Bisschops and Laura Woods who finished first and third respectively in the 20-24 women’s; Scott Molina who was second in the 50-54 men’s; and John Hallemans who was first in the 55-59 men’s. Hallemans also coached elite Pounding to the podium: Nick Rennie on his way to a third placing at the World Triathlon Series final Netherlands triathletes competing at the event. in Auckland and inset, proudly displaying his bronze medal. Photo: Supplied



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Spring River Festival draws Community Diary crowds to New Brighton Sunny skies drew people out to the various activities that had been organised for the inaugural Spring River Festival, which took place on Saturday and Sunday in the eastern suburbs. New Brighton was one of the hot spots, with kites, sand art, music and a market keeping everyone entertained. Photos by Gilbert Wealleans and Molly Spink

Hon Lianne Dalziel MP for Christchurch East My Electorate Office has re-opened at 133 New Brighton Mall. My Team and I are here to help you. I am still providing regular EarthquakeInformation Updates to constituents. Please let me know if you would like to be added to the list. P 03 382 0288 E Authorised by Lianne Dalziel, 133 New Brighton Mall, Christchurch

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Award caps big year for Shirley swimmer Spoils of success: Shirley Boys’ High School swimmer Cameron James has won the sportsman of the year award, which was handed out at the school’s recent Sportsman of the Year dinner. The year 13 student has had a very successful year in the pool including breaking a Canterbury record while winning the 50metre backstroke at the Canterbury Swimming Championships. He had several more wins and strong performances in both individual and team events at that event and other Canterbury and South Island events held throughout the year. Cameron’s achievements culminated in him being selected by Swimming New Zealand to attend the National Youth Squad Camp last month. This required him to be ranked in the top two in the country in the 15 to 17-year age group in each of the various strokes.

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On the other hand, employing students to do sampling, as ECan now does, provides crucial training for future scientists. Ihutai Trust volunteers collected samples for ECan during the summer from 2000 until 2011, trust member Dorothy Batcheler said. Volunteers, some retired scientists and all residents living near the estuary, collected samples once a week from designated sites around the estuary and delivered them to three homes. An ECan representative would pick up the samples and take them for laboratory analysis. “The last day I sampled was on Wednesday, February 23, 2011. Nobody came to collect the samples. I wondered why,” she wrote in an email to Mainland Press. “We’d had no electricity to watch TV news for quite some time. It was not until many days later that I heard of the damage to the ECan building.” Particularly following the earthquakes, community water-monitoring programmes in Lyttelton and around Akaroa were too shortstaffed to obtain reliable samples for ECan. ECan had its own staff changes, and it was no longer practical to employ someone to co-ordinate the Christchurch community programme when other employees would have to carry out the sampling in Lyttelton and Akaroa. Mrs Sim said the trust was appealing for the chance to recommence the volunteer sampling programme.



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to provide holiday programmes. “Since the start of the year, three community providers, supported by the council, have established holiday programmes in the Linwood and Bromley areas.” He said the council would continue to work through its community recreation advisers to build capacity and support communityoperated holiday programmes. It would also work with all affected staff to provide other opportunities where possible.

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Students keen to learn computer skills Next generation: Year 12 Aranui High School student Jordan Whyte works on his programming skills.

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A FREE computer programming course has proved popular with Aranui High School students. Michael Trengrove, a team leader at software company Orion Health, has teamed up with work mates and non-profit group the Guldrn Harvest Foundation to help set up the Code Club, which had its first group of six students start last Thursday. Mr Trengrove said around 65 students and teachers had signed up after a talk he gave at Aranui High School several weeks ago. The first session had finished late as the students hadn’t wanted to stop. “They’re all complete beginners but even in the first lesson we managed to get up to some pretty core concepts so it was really encouraging.” Mr Trengrove said he was passionate about getting young people engaged with technology and his management at work had been supportive when he approached them with the idea of setting up the

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BETTY Chapman of the Wainoni Avonside Community Services Trust, second from left, gathered club. together her keen knitters and “Currently in our industry we’ve all the goodies they had knitted got this massive skills shortage. As to donate to Ronald McDonald a company we’ve got more than 100 jobs open (around New Zealand) and we just can’t fill them.” He wanted to change the perception THE Christchurch City Council of computer programming as being has agreed to purchase two something for geeks and instead to Wainoni properties as green space emphasise aspects like working in reserve, which will be developed teams to solve problems and being in consultation with the local able to turn ideas into products. community. “We’re teaching them how to The property at 1/312 Wainoni create the software, not just use it.” Road was the scene of a highly The Guldrn Harvest Foundation publicised murder case in was accommodating the course at September 2009. That property its new facility, ‘The Palace’, using and an adjoining property at computers and other equipment 169 Hampshire Street were the paid for by an Auckland benefactor, subject of vandalism and arson while Orion Health had allowed attacks subsequent to the event. time for staff members to work on Mayor Bob Parker said the preparing lessons and developing a local community had expressed curriculum. their support for the council Guldrn Harvest Foundation founder to purchase the property and Mel Hillier said the Code Club would the adjoining property at 169 help fulfil the foundation’s goals Hampshire Street and turn the of offering teaching and helping to two sites into a neighbourhood vision for the local youth.

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LOCAL triathlete Nick Rennie is hoping his third place finish in the 20-24 age group at the World Triathlon Series final in Auckland on Monday will be a stepping stone to bigger and better things. The 22-year-old Merivale resident, who was up against 47 other competitors from nine countries, said the result was “bloody good” and would help him build towards qualifying for the Under 23 elite race next year and a longer term ambition of representing New Zealand at the next Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016. Having previously competed almost exclusively in duathlons, Rennie was at a disadvantage in the swim leg of the event where he lagged behind early but was able to make up for lost ground with strong run and bike legs. He only started seriously focusing on swimming earlier this year and acknowledged there was plenty of work ahead of him to be able to compete in the water. “Hopefully another good six or seven months in the pool and I’ll be able to foot it with them in the water and make the race a whole lot easier.” Earlier this year, Rennie put his architectural studies on hold to pursue his triathlon dreams. “I decided I’d give it full noise so I moved

from Wellington to Christchurch just to train full time.” Six times a week, his day now begins at 5:30am, training with a squad at Jellie Park and he finds he only has time for part time work. It may be hard slog but Rennie knows why he keeps doing it. “Just the grind, putting all the hard yards in, all those winter days where you don’t want to get out and train and it just makes it all worth it in the end.” Rennie’s coach Tim Brazier praised his performance in Auckland but said chasing his Olympic ambitions would not be easy, with the quality of competition he could be up against to make the New Zealand team. “With the positivity he has and the talent that he has he could do it but it will be a very steep learning curve.” Other Cantabrians to achieve good results in the age group races at the World Triathlon Series final included Rob Creasy who finished first in the 30-34 men’s bracket; Reubyn Bisschops and Laura Woods who finished first and third respectively in the 20-24 women’s; Scott Molina who was second in the 50-54 men’s; and John Hallemans who was first in the 55-59 men’s. Hallemans also coached elite Pounding to the podium: Nick Rennie on his way to a third placing at the World Triathlon Series final Netherlands triathletes competing at the event. in Auckland and inset, proudly displaying his bronze medal. Photo: Supplied



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Now you’re cooking: Brett McGregor, a former teacher, joked with Cobham Intermediate students as they unwrapped new kitchen equipment. “Remember,” he said, “don’t get in the microwave.” Photo: Chelsea Shover

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by preparing the foods at home. Pupils uploaded photos to the Let’s Cook website and drummed up votes from family, friends and the community to take the top spot. “The kids were so excited and loving what they were doing and it just spread,” principal Scott Thelning said. Before the school-wide assembly to present the prizes, students crowded excitedly around Mr McGregor to unwrap the first appliance, a microwave. The new equipment will update the school kitchen, which was built in 1964. “I really like the fridge because I love those cup things with ice,” said Jaime Turner, a year 8 pupil who participated in

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Let’s Cook by making pavlova at home with her mother. Because she is allergic to some of the ingredients in the meringue dessert, her mother and cousin served as taste-testers. Jessica Arthur, also year 8, cooked Thai fish cakes for the contest. Before the contest, she was already a budding chef, cooking her own dinner once or twice a week. However, Thai fish cakes were a new recipe for her. Ms Lane called the contest “an added extra” to the school’s food technology curriculum, adding that the contest was great because it was about participation. Additionally, students who weren’t in the spotlight for sports or academics had the chance to shine at cooking, she said.

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CELEBRITY chef Brett McGregor visited Cobham Intermediate last week to deliver a brand-new kitchen suite. By winning the Christchurch category of the inaugural Let’s Cook with Parmco, Cobham received over $22,000 worth of kitchen equipment, including five freestanding cookers, five canopies, two dishwashers, two microwaves and a refrigerator. The competition challenged students to try their hand at weekly recipes: Thai fish cakes, Marrakech chicken with couscous and pavlova. Ann Lane, a food technology teacher at Cobham, organised the cooking for selected students during her lunch breaks. Children were also allowed to participate

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St Margaret’s rowers chosen for youth Olympics Dynamic duo: St Margaret’s College students Holly Greenslade, year 12, left, and Kirstyn Hay, year 13, were recently selected for the Youth Olympics rowing team. They will compete as New Zealand’s women’s coxless pairs at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in January. Photo: Supplied

Young engineers finalists in electronics contest Chelsea Shover

TWO Burnside High School students are finalists in the Bright Sparks Competition. The contest challenges youth to undertake electronics projects. Prizes include money and mentorship opportunities. In addition to formal judging of the projects, the contest also includes a People’s Choice Award based on online votes. James Watson’s Rubik’s Cube Solver is a finalist in the Under 17 category. “I can solve the Rubik’s cube. I just thought, hey, maybe I can make a computer program to do that.” A user can plug the device into a computer and enter the colours of the squares on one face of the cube. The robotic arm will then manipulate the cube, following a code James wrote, to solve the puzzle. James said it took him 10 weeks to build and program the device, which utilises popsicle sticks along with electronic components. Nathan James is a finalist in the 13 to 14 year age group for his prototype of a “Smart

Trolley” that would sense where items were located in a futuristic grocery store. Using a trolley he bought from a supermarket supplier, he imagined a solution to a common predicament of not knowing exactly where to find a particular item in a store. He said he was inspired while combing through boxes of DVDs at The Warehouse for the specific one he wanted. In a store that could accommodate Nathan’s invention, every section of food items would be constantly pulsing out infrared signals, he said, which the trolley will Bluetooth to the user’s phone. Nathan entered Bright Sparks last year with a device that enabled drivers to see around large vehicles ahead. Both students hope to continue their education in engineering, programming or robotics. Voting for the People’s Choice Award closes today, and other awards will be announced at a ceremony in Wellington on Tuesday.

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Promising signs in UC research into treating ovarian cancer A UNIVERSITY of Canterbury (UC) research project in collaboration with the Christchurch School of Medicine has shown some promising signs in the treatment of ovarian cancer. “We’re finding more and more compounds in our food that could be useful in treating cancer,” UC student researcher Simon Hogg said. Mr Hogg’s findings during his honours year are a promising start to discovering how to employ naturally occurring compounds to treat ovarian cancer, the most lethal gynaecological cancer. Without effective methods for screening and early detection, patients are typically not diagnosed until the disease has spread beyond the ovary and can become resistant to anticancer drugs. “We are beginning to realise the clinical potential of these compounds. My study adds to a growing body of knowledge identifying naturally occurring compounds in our diet that help fight against cancer. This is an exciting opportunity because, compared to many synthetic drugs, naturally occurring compounds are cheap, non-toxic and easily accessible to the general public,” Mr Hogg said. Mr Hogg used compounds naturally produced by plants in his research. “The problem was that the compound

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Sculpture marks Westburn jubilee


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Wedding day: The happy couple, Michael Dean and his bride, Nancye, with celebrant, the Rev. Neil Struthers, after the ceremony, which took place at Kauri Lodge last Thursday.

Another chance at love for Kauri Lodge residents MICHAEL Dean and Nancye Walther first met many years ago, but it wasn’t until they ended up at the same rest home that they found love together. Soon after Mr Dean moved into Kauri Lodge in May, he struck up a friendship with Ms Walther, who had been living there since 2009. “One thing led to another, and now there’s a wedding,” a Kauri Lodge administrator, Tracy Dimmock-Rump, said. The ceremony was held last Thursday in the Kauri Lodge garden and all residents were invited to attend.

They couple had a proper courtship, going out wining and dining. “It’s been a whirlwind,” Ms Dimmock-Rump said. “He got down on one knee and proposed to her in her room.” She and the other staff were excited to have Kauri Lodge’s first wedding. The celebrations began before the wedding itself. Forty of the women residents attended a hen’s afternoon for Ms Walther and male residents caroused a bit at a stag night for Mr Dean.

Social group started for seniors SENIORS are invited to join a new group that meets Thursday afternoons at St Barnabas Parish Hall. Come and meet each other (CAMEO) is held on Thursday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm and includes discussion time, homemade afternoon tea and background music. “CAMEO is about bringing seniors together,” Rev Philip Robinson said, adding that living alone and health issues keep many

elderly people from socialising. Forty-five guests, including seven or eight volunteers, attended the first meeting two weeks ago. Jenny Warren, who organises the group along with Rev Robinson, said so far many attendees have been parishioners but others were welcome. A core group of volunteers prepare food and station themselves at tables to help as needed.

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Harewood School Sesquicentennial Dinner Harewood School celebrated 150 years of educating local children with a series of events over Labour weekend. Included were a family barbeque, a special assembly and church service, with the highlight being the jubilee dinner and dance on Saturday night. Mainland Press social editor Gilbert Wealleans spotted these dinner guests enjoying catching up...

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