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PEOPLE MOVING into new subdivisions are being warned that they will get a lower quality roading surface. It was revealed at the Shirley-Papanui Community Board meeting on Wednesday that two-coat chip seal is being used in new subdivisions instead of the normal asphalt. Cost is cited as the reason. This has angered local politician Aaron Keown who says two-coat chip seal won’t last as long and people buying into new subdivisions would get a surprise when roads were laid. Residents in Spencerville are upset that roading in their earthquakedamaged subdivision was replaced with two-coat chip seal. When the matter was aired at the community board meeting on Wednesday, a city council spokesman said two-coat chip seal was now the norm across the city. Said city council director of council facilities and infrastructure David Adamson: “It is normal for low traffic volume roads in Christchurch to have the two-coat chip seal with asphalt concrete used on higher volume traffic streets.” It is believed the cost is about a third of asphalt. Said Mr Keown, who is deputy chairman of the community board: “It’s like insurance replacing your new Holden with a Morris Minor.” Mr Keown said two-coat chip seal would not last as long as asphalt and the city council is saving money they will just have to spend later.





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Tributes to comedian Jon Gadsby have been flowing in, as his friends and family prepare to farewell him at a funeral today. They told Gabrielle Stuart some of the stories of his younger years, his pioneering role in comedy and his later work in Christchurch

IT WAS the early 70s, and hundreds of people were gathered in the Dunedin Town Hall for a public debate. Jim Hopkins, now a Waitaki district councillor, was there. The debate was between an Oxford Union team – “very classically public school British chaps” – and the New Zealand team, which included Jon Gadsby, then an Otago University law student. The topic was the bigger, the better, he said. “Jon went into this very elaborate numerical discussion about how parts of people’s bodies are of different sizes, and as a result certain areas are very underutilised. Halfway through two or three nuns stood up and marched all these schools girls in uniform out, en masse, in protest. It was the classic example of a joke going catastrophically wrong. “He was always fantastic, but on this occasion it was quite early in the piece when New Zealand was still being shocked by The Rolling Stones. So it was a very brave piece of avant-garde comedy. It would be quite normal on 7 Days now, but I suppose he was ahead of his time.” Gadsby was born in Derbyshire, England, in 1953, but grew up in Invercargill from the age of eight. He worked in law for a short time, but in 1975 moved to a job at Radio Otago. Radio host Gary McCormick also remembers Gadsby from his debating days. “Jon was a superb debater. I remember one particular speech where I was in opposition, and he just slaughtered me. He told a

JEEZ WAYNE: Jon Gadsby has played dozens on on-screen roles, but became a household name for his work with David McPhail and Chris McVeigh in the 1970s television comedy, A Week of It. very funny story about dolphins, a tragic story about having thrown the plastic thing you get on the top of bottles of beer over the side of a fishing boat. “It was Jon at best, entirely improvised, telling about how the dolphins went phwock, phwock, phwock, and in a matter of minutes there were six dolphins caught neatly in the plastic. It was entirely ridiculous but people were virtually crying, and he won on the virtue of that speech alone. I had nothing else to say, I was floored.” Gadsby’s first television role was alongside David McPhail in the political comedy A Week of It from 1977. By the end of his career he had written more than 260 hours of television, and had been a lead actor in almost 400 episodes. But he stayed very down to earth, McCormick said. “He was an absolute gentleman, always very sophisticated, and he never lost his cool. He was always 100 per cent himself. He never deviated, and didn’t try to change himself to be something

he wasn’t.” Actor and comedian Mark Hadlow worked with Gadsby on several episodes of McPhail and Gadsby. He remembered rehearsing scenes with the pair in Lyttelton. “He and David were like a train between them, smoking cigarettes. And every time we tried to rehearse it Jon would come up with something completely different, so we never actually rehearsed anything properly.” He said Gadsby was quieter offscreen than he was on camera. “He was a great man, very intelligent. I really enjoyed his work, especially in the early days.” His first big screen role was in New Zealand children’s movie Nutcase in 1980, and he later played a crewman in Mutiny on the Bounty and the angel Gabriel in Second Time Lucky. He wrote his first book in 1984, a children’s collection of animal poems. His first novel, The Trough, was published in 2000. By the end of his career he had written more than 40 books. He founded Avenues magazine

with his sister, Sharon Collins, which was a challenging role, Mr Hopkins said. “He was a great editor and produced a fantastic magazine. The courage it took to launch it has to be acknowledged.” He also presented documentaries, ranging from features exploring local spots, to journeys to places like Myanmar to put a spotlight on the culture and the poverty there. In his later years theatre became a focus, and many of his plays were written with McPhail. He was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal in 1992, for services to broadcasting. In October this year, it was announced he was being treated for cancer. He died on Saturday night, surrounded by his family and friends, including McPhail who visited him almost every day. Since his death, tributes have flowed in. On Twitter, former prime minister Helen Clark called McPhail and Gadsby one of the best Kiwi satirical television series ever.



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Gough leaves Vbase By Gabrielle Stuart

CITY councillor Jamie Gough has resigned as a director of Vbase, saying he was juggling too much and was concerned about potential conflicts of interest. In June he stood down from his role as chairman of the event management company, after being asked to leave the annual Cancer Society Ball, which was hosted by Vbase, for being too drunk. But he remained on the Vbase board as a director. Yesterday, he resigned from the position.

He said he was worried about spreading himself too thinly. “I am a big believer that you need to ensure that you are always able to give 100 per cent to the roles that you have taken on.” He said his role at Vbase was starting to suffer because of his workload. “It’s not fair on the company, or anyone else for that matter, if I feel that I may not be able to give it the proper time it requires.” He said his roles on city council committees and directorships, his business roles and his private commitments restoring his

Worcester Boulevard property and preparing for his wedding in February were keeping him busy. He has already resigned from several directorship roles he held in Gough family businesses. He said he was also concerned about potential conflicts between his role as a director of Christchurch City Holdings and his role with Vbase, because of a review under way. “Stepping aside from Vbase allows me to objectively look at how the council holdings company runs and interacts with its council-controlled trading organisations and council-controlled organisations.”

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Cathedral announcement next week By Gabrielle Stuart

THE FATE of the Christ Church Cathedral is set to be announced next week. Lawyer Miriam Dean QC was appointed by the Government in September to negotiate between the Anglican diocese and the Great Christchurch Building Trust, which has been campaigning for full restoration. The dispute between the two

sides has been ongoing since early 2012, when the church announced it planned to demolish the Cathedral. The demolition work started but was halted by the High Court, and the two sides have since failed to reach any agreement. But a diocese spokeswoman said yesterday details of the future of the Cathedral would be announced next week.

GCBT co-chairman Jim Anderton said he was bound by a confidentiality agreement, so he could not talk about any decisions made. But he said the mediation process had involved engineers from both sides of the debate, and had been constructive. “It’s been a fair and reasonable process which is all we’ve been asking for all along.”


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Gold card decision deferred FUNDING FOR the SuperGold travel card is to be cut next year, the Government announced this week – but a decision about whether to end the scheme has been postponed until the new year. The Government decided to cap its funding of SuperGold Card travel at $28.1 million dollars, without allowing anything for the growing numbers of card holders. Environment Canterbury commissioners voiced their concern to-

day this could shift costs from central government to local ratepayers. That means either ratepayers will need to pick up the extra costs, or the free SuperGold Card travel would need to be dropped completely in Canterbury. But they delayed a decision until the ministry and NZTA complete their modelling and confirm how funding will be allocated. That is likely to happen early next year.

Schoolboy and family humbled by response over winning words JAKE BAILEY and his family have been overwhelmed and humbled by the incredible impact of his speech during the prize-giving event at Christchurch Boys’ High School last month. Jake’s words were officially recognised as the Quote of the Year in New Zealand by an online competition by Massey University. The 18-year-old head monitor at CBHS appeared at his school’s prize-giving in the midst of his chemotherapy treatment for Burkitt non-Hodgkin lymphoma. “As head monitor I felt a responsibility to finish the year as strong as it started,” said Jake who told his school mates: “Here’s the thing – none of us get out of life alive. So be gallant, be great, be gracious and be grateful for the opportunities that you have.” “I didn’t think what I had done was such a big deal, so the fact it went viral was wholly unexpected,” said Jake, who added that he himself voted for Steve Hansen’s quote from the Rugby World Cup. Unlike most teenagers of his generation, Jake is reluctant to share his life on social media and before the speech was arguably one of a handful of teenagers in the country without a Facebook account. “After that night, someone

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created a page for me, which has been useful to give well-wishers updates,” said Jake. Jake has passed the halfway point of his treatment and is in his third cycle of chemotherapy. His family have been overwhelmed with offers of support from all over the world, and been inundated with media requests from around the country and abroad. Jake’s mother Janine Harrington said she was hugely thankful for the on-going support they have received and grateful to those who took the time to vote for Jake’s quote. “I’ve never known such fear as when Jake was diagnosed. The support and love we have received has made a difference. “We would like to be able to thank everyone personally for everything they have done for Jake and our family, but unfortunately we will never be able to repay all their kindness.”


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Forest walks to ease pre-Xmas pressure IF YOU want to escape the Christmas shopping crowds and go somewhere more peaceful, why not head to Bottle Lake Forest Park. There are numerous options for walking in the forest. Two of the most popular are the green and blue tracks with both starting from the car park off Waitikiri Drive, Burwood. The green track is a short loop track that winds around the pine forest, while the blue track is larger and takes you around the forest and onto Spencer Park. Other tracks will link to the Southern Pegasus Bay track and the coastline. If you are more of the action type, take your mountain bike. So if you have finished your Christmas shopping, or simply want a break, take your dog, your family or yourself and enjoy the serenity of the pine forest.

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What’s on . . . What’s on . . . What’s on . . . What’s on . . Christmas at the Races Tonight, from 5pm Usher in Xmas with harness racing, fine cuisine and entertainment stretching well into the night. Addington Raceway, 75 Jack Hinton Drive. General admission is free. Santa’s Grotto in Twiggers $70, Christmas Cracker $130 No Broadcast: New Album Tonight, 8-11pm Renowned Christchurch postrock band No Broadcast release new album The Blueprint. The trio will be showcasing the new album for their hometown fans before heading off on tour to show the rest of the country. Castrols Garage, 88 Victoria St. Tickets, $10 or $20 with The Blueprint album. Joy To The Jingle - An Orange Xmas Jazz Concert Tonight, 7.30pm Featuring saxophone genius

Your Weekend Richard Thai, and local barbershop favourites The Bromatics, this event is a celebration of Xmas jazz-style, with smooth sounds and complimentary mulled wine, on a first in first served basis. Orange Studios, 3/1063 Ferry Rd, Woolston. Tickets $15 Cinderella – The Ballet Tonight, 7-9.30pm and tomorrow 2-4.30pm and 7-9.30pm Southern Ballet Theatre presents its 40th Anniversary Christmas Gala Season  with a lavish production of Cinderella incorporating Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz dance.

Isaac Theatre Royal, 145 Gloucester St. Ticks for stall seats $35, dress circle $45 The Christmas Grotto Experience Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-10pm (also weekdays) Christmas Grotto offers the chance to journey through a series of animated and static displays depicting different Christmas themes – a fun-filled experience for all ages. From small beginnings, the Christmas Grotto has grown into a large community event with more than 32,000 visitors each Christmas. South West Baptist Church, corner of Lyttelton and Cobham Streets. Admission for 3yo+, $3.  Spectrum Street Art Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9.30am-5.30pm (plus weekdays until April) Over the length of the festival seven exhibition spaces and 10 large city centre walls will be transformed by 15 of the world’s best street artists, Spectrum promises to take street art in Christchurch to the next level. Various locations, free

The Great Museum Santa Search is back! Santas are hiding high and low in Canterbury Museum from 7 December to 10 January 2016. Enter the competition to find them and you could win a great prize.

Ethnic 7 A Side Football Tournament Saturday, 9am-4pm and Sunday, 9am- 4pm The Christchurch Football Center hosts a two-day seven-aside ethnic tournament. See teams made up of local players from all the countries famous for football. Christchurch Football Academy, 466 Yaldhurst Rd. Door sales only Ballet – Graduation Triple Bill Performance Saturday, 7pm and Sunday, 3pm The Anneliese Gilberd Academy presents the 2015 Graduation Triple Bill Performance - “Bahira” – Beauty | Light | Brilliance. Enjoy two ballets, Paquita and Giselle Act 2, and Huntress, an original contemporary work choreographed by Julia Harvie. Cashmere High School, Barrington St. Door sales, $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, students and children Summer Pool Party: Schools Out for Summer Saturday, noon-3pm The city council’s celebration of the end of the school year for younger school pupils. Jellie Park Summer School, 295 Ilam Rd, Burnside. Free entry



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What’s on . . . What’s on . . . What’s on . . . . Christchurch Art Gallery Reopening Weekend Saturday and Sunday 10am-10pm Christchurch Art Gallery’s doors will open for the first time in almost five years. Come and see the exhibitions and artist projects, enjoy musical performances, films, family activities, talks and tours. Check out the pop-up shop, eat tasty treats from some of Christchurch’s best food trucks – and enjoy a bar and DJ until 10pm on Saturday night to welcome the Gallery back in style. Christchurch Art Gallery – Te Puna o Waiwhetu, corner of Montreal and Gloucester Sts, free Christmas in the Carpark – Back to the Future Saturday from 6pm A family-friendly Christmas celebration in Bryndwr featuring free sausage sizzles, candy floss, popcorn and snow cones, plus a bouncy castle and free facepainting and lucky dips for adults and children. Chinese Church Service Centre, Greers Rd, Bryndwr. Free Inter Provincial Series – South Island Junior Touch Championship Saturday from 4pm Teams from Southland, Otago, Canterbury, Nelson and Marlborough go head to head in the South Island championship for touch for under-11 to under-17 aged players. More than 48 teams will compete in boys, girls and mixed grades from all over the South Island. Burnside Park of Memorial Drive, free entry

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Markets and Fairs: Friday Night Food Trucks: Every Friday, 4-9pm, Cathedral Square. Kaiapoi Farmers Market: Every Saturday, 9am-noon, Morgan Williams Reserve, Charles St. Diversity Food Market: Every Saturday 99-105 Victoria St (corner of Victoria and Salisbury Sts) 10am-3pm. Riccarton Bush: Every Saturday, 9am-1pm, Kahu Rd. Mt Pleasant: Every Saturday, 9.30am-12.30pm, off McCormacks Bay Rd. New Brighton Seaside Market: Every Saturday, 10am-2pm, Brighton Mall. Lyttelton: Every Saturday, 10am1pm, London St. Hazed in the Square: Every Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm, Santa’s Grotto Saturday, 8pm Step into Santa’s Grotto and get into the Christmas spirit with gifts, free entry and music from top DJs Greg Churchill & DJ Paul McKessar, plus more than $2000 of prizes up for grabs. Mashina Lounge, 30 Victoria St, free entry Asti-Loren live at Wunderbar Saturday night, 8.30-10.30pm Christchurch born singer-songwriter Asti-Loren, who moved to London at the age of 14 is back and performing her debut single Follow Me.

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Wunderbar, 19 London St, Lyttelton. $5 admission Bollywood Summer Fest Saturday, 6-10pm India’s massive Bollywood movement is crammed into four hours of song and dance, featuring the different styles that have emerged from all over India. This year’s theme is “Celebrating on the Streets”. There will also be some great yumilicious Indian street food on offer. Get your fix of tasty, spicy Indian street food as well. Aurora Centre for the Performing Arts, corner of Greers Rd and Memorial Ave, Burnside, $10 entry

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Sticking to her roots Megan Woods was born and bred in Sydenham, lives in Spreydon and is MP for Wigram – a true hometown woman. She was recently promoted to the front bench of Labour’s shadow cabinet of 22 MPs – signalling high placement in any future Labour-led Government. Grant Bryant finds out what makes her tick Was there a ‘lightning bolt’ moment when you realised you were destined for a life in politics? No, no single moment, but there were lots of different things that accumulated leading up to it. I grew up in the 80s in Sydenham when lots of friends’ parents were losing their jobs in the railways. That’s when I realised decisions made in Wellington have a real effect on people all over the country. I didn’t dream or imagine I’d end up in politics, but that was a realisation that was part of it. What other important realisations were there? The 1999 election which Labour won under Helen Clark meant pensioners got an extra $20 a

week almost immediately – that’s big for anyone on a fixed income. That was when I saw politics affecting people’s lives in a really positive way. I became member of the Progressive Party in that year, and a member of the SpreydonHeathcote Community Board in

2004. I joined the Labour Party in 2007 – it was a case of that being the right point at the right time. In that same year came second in the Christchurch mayoral campaign. That all led to where I am today. What makes you tick outside of politics? Friends, family, movies, books, cooking and my garden. Politics can be all consuming – you don’t knock off at 5pm, so it’s really good to have a great network of friends and family where we’ve got a lot to talk about other than politics – it’s important to de-frag. What will you be up to for Christmas? Christmas will be a family lunch. Lots of great food and valuable family time. You mentioned you loved cooking – does that mean you’re head chef at family gatherings? No, I play a big part, but mum’s still in charge. What was Paris like? You were part of the New Zealand delegation, was it a summit that feels like it will make a difference? Yes. You realise that the super powers – the US, China and the EU wield a huge amount of power. But tiny Pacific Island nations like Tuvalu banded together with tiny Caribbean nations in the same situation as them – they will end up disappearing under water if climate change isn’t controlled – and showed a really united, important voice. You arrived not long after the terror attacks – was that evident? KITCHEN WHIZZ: Megan Woods has just returned from the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, and is happy to be back home to tend her Very. Events like garden and do some cooking. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN this always have high

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security, but the presence of armed police and army personnel was huge. The summit venues were about 30min from the city, and the security presence was there along every route. Even to get on the bus at the hotel you had to have summit accreditation. Question time in Parliament often seems like you’re observing a playground fight between the loudest kids with the weakest punch. Does it sometimes feel like that? That’s really the ‘theatre hour’ of it all where it all can seem a bit overblown, but that’s only a tiny part of it. People don’t see the really constructive cross-party work that goes on, which results in an awful lot being achieved. Sometimes there are immovable entrenchments where parties can’t find any common ground, and that is part of the general landscape too. Is there any one thing that infuriates you about politics? Yes, when very complex, nuanced ideas and arguments have to be reduced down into a single sound-bite or sentence. I understand that the media now has a really quick turnaround and that journalists, editors and producers are under a lot of pressure, but sometimes you lose the essence of a complex subject by simplifying it too much. You didn’t say dumbing down. Is that deliberate? Yes, that could be over-simplifying the process of simplification. Very nice. The pay packet as an MP is pretty sweet, do you feel it’s commensurate with the commitment required? I’ll be careful what I say here. As I said earlier there’s no 5 o’clock knock off and the job is all consuming and demands your all, but there’s lots of private sector jobs where that’s part of it too. We are incredibly well paid. Is it commensurate with the commitment? Maybe, but there are a lot more people out there giving equally huge commitments to their jobs for far less pay. If your involvement in politics was to suddenly end tomorrow,

what would you do? My job before being a politician was in the commercial tech industry. I could go back to that, but I once dreamed of being a cheese maker in France. That sounds better, but to be honest there’s no real plan B. Politics is made up of three year posting and I still have two years of term left, I’ll definitely be seeking reelection, but that’s all up to voters. Does your family still live in your electorate? Mum and dad got re-zoned, so are now in the Port Hills electorate, but my sister and her family are still here. How would you describe you family? Very stable, comfortable and middle-class. I had a great childhood, attended Catholic schools and went to university. The traditional Labour messages of ensuring a fair deal and equality for everyone and opportunities for all resonate on deep level for me. When I joined the Labour Party it felt like a reconciliation of everything I’d done before, plus what I wanted to achieve. Give us a quick picture of your personal life. Single, no children. You have a PhD in history. Are you a history nut? You could say that – I guess you have to devote 10 years of your life to studying it, but there are so many lessons to be learnt from it. I did my thesis on Maori Trade Training after World War 2, which has really informed some important aspects in my view of trade training in the Christchurch rebuild. Great. Finally, a random question – what has been your most embarrassing moment? Back in primary school – I must have seven or eight, our school was part of a singing recital at the Town Hall. When we finally got on stage the teacher who took us for singing asked me just to mime along with the kids who were singing. It probably was not an unjustified request, but it was embarrassing.

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Te Patu sorry for missing meeting By Bridget Rutherford

ADRIAN TE Patu has said sorry to his community board colleagues for missing a scheduled meeting without an apology. The Lyttelton-Mt Herbert Community Board member missed the board’s December 2 meeting without lodging an apology, which was noted by the board. He moved to Wanganui in February, but continues to serve on the board and is unable to attend extra meetings, seminars and extraordinary meetings. He attended Wednesday’s meeting and told board members he did not realise the December 2 meeting was a formal one, and apologised. Board chairwoman Paula Smith said the board thanked him for clearing it up. “The board didn’t react much because we just wanted to get on with the agenda.” Of the 27 meetings held, Mr Te Patu has attended 16. He is paid $12,000 to serve on the board. The community board has said its decision- making capacity would be better if Mr Te Patu was able to attend more often. Mr Te Patu said he will not be standing again next year.

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Homeowner loses out due to coastal hazard zoning By Gabrielle Stuart RETIRED Southshore resident Peter Sealey blames the city council’s coastal hazards zoning for his home selling $80,000 under the rateable value, and wants to see it changed before other families lose out. His property was one of almost 18,000 flagged in the inundation zone, which the coastal hazards report said could be flooded over the next 50-100 years because of sea level rise. But the facts the report was based on have since been questioned, and the report is now under review. Mr Sealey said he had a lot of interest when he put his home on the market, but the fact the property was flagged in the coastal hazards zone put buyers off. “At the open homes I had people quizzing my agent regarding the coastal hazard situation, and it was obviously deterring people.” The house, which he built 40 years ago, was on green-zoned TC2 land. He said it had only cosmetic damage in the earthquakes, which had all been repaired. “It is pristine, repainted and recarpeted. This is the most amazing place. Everyone who visits comments on the wonderful

GREEN: Peter Sealey struggled to sell his green-zone Southshore home, as he said buyers were put off by the coastal hazards label put on it. environment, with the native trees and the birds.” Now retired and a widower, he planned to move to a smaller home he was building in Southshore. The property had a rateable value of $540,000, and based on what other homes were selling for, he hoped it would sell for closer to $600,000.

But the only offer on the property was for $460,000. Because of the cost of bridging finance while he built the house, he said he was under pressure to sell and couldn’t wait for a better offer. “I had to suck a bitter pill. It shocked me, but there was nothing I could do,” he said.

Although it was too late for him, he would like to see the city council admit it had been wrong. “I’m not a climate change denier, but the way they went about it was wrong. You don’t penalise me now for something that may never happen. I’d like to see them make a public apology and admit they made the wrong decision.” The city council was asked last week to drop the coastal hazards report completely, but decided instead to review it. That means it is likely to be months before a decision on the coastal hazards zoning is made. Christchurch Coastal Residents United spokesman Mark Munro said there were many people in similar situations. He said many people were delaying selling their homes because they were offered lower prices, while others were struggling to get insurance for new homes. “I think council has forgotten there are real people behind this and it is having a real impact on them,” he said.

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Merry Christmas and thank you from EQC 2015 has been another big year for us at the Earthquake Commission as we continue making progress on our work in Canterbury in the wake of the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. In the Canterbury Home Repair Programme, from the 70,000 homes that we committed to fix back in 2010, we’re now down to the last 800 home repairs, which are either in progress or where we will soon start. There’s another 500 home repair customers that we are working with to agree a settlement option for them. We’ve started settling some of the most complex land claims where the properties have increased

vulnerability to liquefaction or flooding, and have released our report about our Ground Improvement Programme. This is world-leading research into how we can build affordable homes on land prone to liquefaction. The EQC Act Review got underway this year, so there has been some public consultation on how parts of the Act might be improved. Consultation has confirmed the EQC scheme’s value, and may go further to remove some inefficiencies and uncertainties of the existing Act. Once we receive the final results of the EQC Act review they will be used, together with lessons from Canterbury, to help build the

homes to be repaired or their claims to be resolved. I also want to thank the agencies and community groups who have worked so hard for the people of Canterbury.

EQC that is fit for the future and better prepared for the next big natural disaster. We have had a number of natural disasters this year – the June earthquake in Dunedin, the floods in Whanganui and, more recently, the Pongaroa earthquake in which EQC used lessons learned from its Canterbury earthquakes experience to improve EQC’s response. Our focus for 2016 is to complete all remaining home repairs, including any remedial work, and to cash settle all outstanding land and building claims. My sincerest thanks go to all the Canterbury customers who have patiently waited so long for their

To those hardworking EQC staff who remain dedicated to completing our role in Canterbury, thank you so very much. Finally, I must thank all the other New Zealanders who – through their insurance levies – have helped fellow Kiwis when their lives were turned upside down by a natural disaster. I wish you all a safe Christmas and joyful New Year with family and friends. Ian Simpson EQC Chief Executive

ILV community meetings, 2016 As part of settling claims for Increased Liquefaction Vulnerability (ILV) land damage, the Earthquake Commission (EQC) has held 12 community meetings this year for customers who have received or about to receive a qualification pack which informs customers whether or not they qualify for this type of land damage. For January, 2016, EQC is changing its planned schedule of meetings to reflect that most customers will have already received their qualification packs. Instead of an originally planned eight meetings for January 2016, EQC will now hold two on:

— 20 January at 7pm at Beulah Church, 140 Springfield Rd in St Albans; and — 28 January at 7pm at Papanui Bowls Sports Club, 181 Condell Ave. Homeowners who can’t make it to one of EQC’s ILV qualification community meetings can call us on 0800 326 243 or visit for more information.

In the Know Hub to close The In the Know Hub at Eastgate Mall will close its doors as scheduled on Thursday 17 December 2015.

Tens of thousands of customer files in an EQC storage facility. Just one of the hundreds of photos given to the CEISMIC archive.

Redcliffs homeowner, Peter Cook, with Managing Director Andrew Callaghan of lead contractors Callaghan Ltd who completed the repair, according to Peter, “on time and to the highest standard.”

CHRP better managed says Auditor General

EQC in digital archives The Earthquake Commission is adding 26GB of video and photographs to University of Canterbury’s CEISMIC public digital archive, which preserves knowledge and memories of the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. EQC Chief Executive Ian Simpson recently presented stage one of EQC’s contribution to the University’s Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr.

EQC is doing better at managing the Canterbury Home Repair Programme (CHRP) but still has areas it could improve, says the latest report card from the Auditor-General. The Auditor-General’s latest report found progress in all areas where change was recommended in its 2013 audit of CHRP, including communication with customers, repair auditing and the way repair work was organised. It also noted that repair costs in the programme had been well managed and workplace injury rates were low. The areas where EQC could improve its performance included customer communications, managing complaints and the “mixed performance” experienced by some customers, including some vulnerable customers. Chief Executive Ian Simpson say EQC will be incorporating lessons from the follow-up audit as part of its work improving how it meets customers’ needs. The report Earthquake Commission: Managing the Canterbury Home Repair Programme – follow-up audit can be read at:

CEISMIC is a searchable archive, which documents the experience of Cantabrians through the earthquakes. It aims to be a single portal to help other communities and the nation learn from Canterbury’s natural disaster experience. “CEISMIC is an important innovation, and we’re glad to support its work by sharing

what we have to help document a very poignant and significant time in the life of Canterbury,” Mr Simpson says. EQC has worked closely with UC and its teaching staff over a number of years to support its earth science and engineering research capability, Mr Simpson says. “As well as funding a range of research, EQC also supports the Quake CentreIndustry Fellowship and QuakeCoRE, a national network of earthquake resilience researchers. EQC is committed to research into, and education about, natural disaster risk, and investing in the University’s earth science and engineering research is a vital part of our role in these areas,” Mr Simpson says.

The Hub is a collaboration of earthquakerelated agencies offering a one-stop shop for residents with enquiries. Since its formation in April, it has been visited by more than 4800 people and hosted more than 20 different seminars. In the future, the agencies will continue to support and work with residents to ensure their issues are progressed effectively. The agencies involved in the Hub recognise the importance of continuing to work together to understand community needs. Any residents still engaging with the Hub through the community hosts, will be contacted prior to the Hub’s closure. Residents can continue to be supported through: — Residential Advisory Service 03 3797027 — Canterbury Earthquake Temporary Accommodation Service 0800 673 227 — Earthquake Support Coordination Service 0800 777 846 — EQC 0800 DAMAGE 0800 326 243 — Christchurch City Council 03 941 8999, or — their individual insurer.


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PIECING IT TOGETHER: Crockery and bottles found at each site gave clues about how wealthy the residents were and where they had come from, while dolls gave clues about the fashions of the day. Smoking pipes, like the skull above, were often intricately engraved with designs or political motifs, which hinted at the owners’ backgrounds or ideas.

Digging up the dirt in history Archaeology is no longer the domain of fedorawearing explorers of the ancient world. Teams of archaeologists have been working in Christchurch since the earthquakes, uncovering thousands of artefacts which tell stories about our own history. Gabrielle Stuart reports DECKED OUT head-to-toe in protective suits, digging by hand with no cover from the sun, sweat dripping off their faces and pooling in their respirators. Some days, the job of an archaeologist is far from glamorous. On the surface, the Armagh St site beside the Isaac Theatre Royal looked like just another empty site, littered with rocks and rubble. But below the ground thousands of artefacts were buried, clues to the history and stories of some of FINDS: Underground Overground Archaeology director Katharine Watson and archaeologist Jessie Garland Christchurch’s earliest residents. with a pair of hats found during a dig at the site of the new Justice Precinct. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN Archaeologist Jessie Garland Many looked like rubbish at first ployed one person. Now she has a drives us all to some extent. Tryspent two weeks there with a team glance, she said. team of 17 in Christchurch, many ing to find out the stories behind from Underground Overground “They’d probably look quite nor- specialists in different archaeologi- things, or what Christchurch was Archaeology. mal to the average person. But be- cal fields. like in those days.” The job was a particularly chal- cause you’ve been hunting on a site The team’s first job immediately Part of the challenge at The Terlenging one because of asbestos for two days, it becomes the most after the February earthquakes race site was the number of objects, contamination, which meant they amazing thing you’ve ever seen.” was taking thousands of photos for as parts of the land were used as a had to wear full protective suits, The site was just one of dozens Heritage New Zealand, recording dump site. couldn’t handle the artefacts and in the central city the team have what had happened. “We couldn’t figure out who couldn’t take them offsite. worked on. They have found, Over those few weeks, Ms Wat- all the stuff belonged to, until we “Digging in that heat was just the photographed and documented son said she took about 50GB of found a bottle of chemical used in worst. It was terrible,” she said. more than 50,000 artefacts since photos. photography,” she said. But it was also rewarding. the earthquakes – more than 630 “We’ve effectively done in five Then things started to fall into Few of the artefacts they found boxes full. years the work people would usu- place, as they found records of a were valuable, but the real riches Down the road, at the site of The ally do in 20,” she said. photographer who had a studio they uncovered were clues about Terrace development, they discovShe said she personally found there in the 1860s or 70s. the history and stories of people ered 11,000 fragments on the one work with old buildings most inAt the Justice Precinct between who lived there, she said. site alone. teresting, but said most archaeolo- Colombo, Tuam, Lichfield and “Holding on to what went on Before the earthquakes, business gists had a common motivation. Durham Sts, the new buildings are before us is really important, espe- director Katharine Watson em“It’s that sense of mystery that taking shape. cially in Christchurch at the moment where so much heritage has been lost,” she said. The patterns or fineness of broken crockery gave clues about how well off the people living there were. Different bottles hinted at the medicines they used, the foods they ate and the places they had been. Dolls gave clues about fashions at the time – the clothes people wore and the way they did their hair. Pieces of smoking pipes were engraved with political designs or the names of manufacturers, some DIG: Archaeologists Kirsa Webb and Jessie Garland working by the Isaac Theatre Royal, where the crockery, exotic designs from overseas, some bottles and smoking pipes they found gave clues about what the lives of early settlers in Christchurch were made by Christchurch businesses. like. PHOTO: KIMBERLEY BONE

But under their foundations, the remnants of long demolished buildings still lie. The team uncovered the brick floor of a large factory or industrial building there, which was painstakingly stripped back to reveal the outline of buildings there. Some of the best finds there were in the remains of long drops in one corner of the site – like a gin bottle from the early 1800s. Although a lot of their work involves research and writing up their findings, they also have to be “very proficient with a spade”, Ms Garland said. At some sites a digger can be used to do a lot of the work, but at others hours are spent on backbreaking work with a spade or trowel. Down the road on Cashel St, the floor of a 1850s building was uncovered. It turned out to be the remnants of a bar, The Blighted Cabbage – named after Mr William Wilson, a cabbage grower who tried to stop the bar from opening. Some of the work is paid for by Heritage NZ or by universities or researchers, but the majority in Christchurch at the moment is paid for by the land owner or developer. Anything of high value they find belongs to the owner of the land, but those finds are very rare. Many of the objects they find end up being thrown out, once the research work has been done. “It can be sad, but the information about it is here, and that’s the real value of it,” Ms Garland said. Once they have finished writing their reports, they are sent to Heritage New Zealand and kept in the public record. Finding work as an archaeologist in New Zealand was difficult before the earthquakes, and many students went straight overseas to find jobs. Now, Christchurch is the biggest hub of archaeology in the country. But it may not last forever. Most of their work came from sites where buildings were demolished or being rebuilt, and Ms Watson said it would drop off as the rebuild slowed. “It can’t go on forever. But it’s been an amazing opportunity, and we feel really lucky to have been part of it.” •To find out more about the work the archaeologists are doing in Christchurch, visit www.


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Police issue warning over stolen power tools

POLICE ARE warning members of the public to beware of power tools that could be hitting the black market just in time to fill Christmas stockings. Detective Sergeant Al Lester said a burglary was reported at a commercial property in Hornby. “A large number of brand new Makita, Senco, Dewalt, Bradder, Paslode, Omni and Maknz tools were taken valued at around $27,000.” Investigations were continuing and police were following a positive

line of inquiry. The whole operation had to have been well planned, Mr Lester said. “This burglary wasn’t about someone marching up with a backpack and grabbing a few tools. Some of these items are quite large and with just under 50 of them taken, the logistics and timing suggest that there was substantial planning and execution behind this burglary.” It was very likely the tools would be offered on the local black market

of stolen goods. “There is a possibility that these stolen tools could be offered at prices too good to be true in the lead-up to Christmas. The penalty for purchasing stolen property could result in up to seven years’ imprisonment.” The burglary is believed to have happened between 6pm last Friday and 7am on Monday. Anyone with any information on the tools are urged to phone police on 363 7400.

Vehicle rolls on side after hitting tree By Andrew King A VEHICLE clipped a tree and rolled onto its side on Bealey Ave, yesterday morning. The sport utility vehicle was travelling east along Bealey Ave, around 9.30am when it hit the tree in the median strip and rolled onto its side. Police, fire and an ambulance attended the scene but there were no injuries. A police spokeman said they were trying to determine the cause of the crash. Traffic was reduced to one lane while the vehicle was removed.

ROLLED: The crashed vehicle blocked two lanes of traffic yesterday morning on Bealey Ave.


Quake fighter helps Wanganui property owners By Laurel Stowell

WANGANUI property owners who believe they have been short-changed by EQC have enlisted the help of Christchurch quake fighter Bryan Staples. Mr Staples and Christchurch lawyer Jai Moss have met with 30 Wanganui people affected by the recent floods to help them fight the commission in court. Mr Staples’ earthquake services has helped people affected by the quakes fight EQC for bigger payouts. About 30 affected people who met with Mr Staples and a Christchurch lawyer last month. Mr Staples outlined to the Wanganui group the way EQC and insurance companies work. When land is affected EQC will pay for either the repairs or the value of the affected land itself, whichever is cheaper. Where houses are affected, it will pay the first $100,000 for repair, with insurance companies paying the rest. Mr Staples asked anyone

who wanted to pursue legal action to submit their details to him. About half the group have done so, he said. The cases look good. They will have to be taken individually because they are all different. Owners have been warned they will take at least two years, and any repairs will have to start after that. One of the affected Wanganui property owners, Mark Goodier said: “For some people, it will be two and a half to three years before they can get back in their homes,” Mr Staples said, but he can see opportunities to maximise entitlements for affected Wanganui people. His team will be back in Wanganui early next year, to start assessing properties. His usual fee is 20 per cent of what clients get from EQC, over and above the commission’s initial offer. But he was offering Wanganui people a special and lower deal.

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Hillmorton High School From the Principal

Students’ responses show positive attitude to school 2015 has been a busy year at everyone! It’s so friendly. Hillmorton High School. We ● Being quite small we all get have now developed our mid- so many opportunities to do so dle school to meet the much, in the classspecific needs of sturoom, on the sports dents in Years 7 to 10. field, in the performIn 2016 we will develing arts and imporop further our senior tantly, we all get to high school, ensuring develop our leaderthat our students will ship. be well prepared for ● Hillmorton’s a their futures, being great school – Horo“resilient, empowered, maka! Tiger pride! authentic and limber” ● Our teachers know – characteristics of Ann how to teach, they let successful people. Brokenshire us learn through doOne of the best measing, not just listening, ures of a school is its character. they’re great. What do our students say about ● We are encouraged to be our character? ourselves, each of us is unique A range of students were asked and this school recognises that. how they felt about the school. I love it here. Here are some of their respons- What these responses show es: is that from Year 7 through to ● I love this school, I know I Year 13, our school values form will grow to be the best I can the framework ensuring that we be – personal best! never become simply a “chick● The teachers are awesome en farm”. I have long said that if – they are passionate and they students remain with us through care. into at least Year 12 and prefer● We are a small school, it’s like ably Year 13 they will be well a big family, everyone knows set up to continue on, having

Recent school highlights Left: Graham Leslie at his retirement function with former staff and students, marking his 46 years at Hillmorton. Right: Collecting food for the City Mission Foodbank.

Left: Facepainting at the Hoon Hay School fair.

Above: Year 7 Leadership Day.

Above: Students taking part in the Upland Dance Show.

set the foundation for a positive future. The foundation for success begins early with students in Years 7 being part of our school since 2014. Many are with us for seven years in both the middle school and senior high school. Our teachers build their programmes of learning on understanding clearly what the students already know, and showing them at the start what success looks like. What makes the biggest difference is the expertise of the teachers – teachers who work collaboratively to understand their impact on student learning. We know that teacher feedback to students, heaps of it, improves learning outcomes. Equally, student feedback to teachers is essential in improving teaching. Throughout the school we can hear the hum of excellence. In 2016 we remain committed to “creating better futures”.

Ann Brokenshire PRINCIPAL

Top students recognised

Matthew Northcott and James Adams with their awards.

The United Cup for Student of the Year – Academic and Dux, 2015, is Matthew Northcott. Matthew has had an outstanding year. Other awards gained include: Murfitt Cup for Excellence in Mathematics; Hugh McDougall Rankin Award for Top Science Student of 2015; The Toth Cup for Chemistry; Tredinnick Physics Award – First in Physics. Matthew also achieved some outstanding results at university while completing Level 3. The Woolhouse Scholar for 2015 is James Adams. This is the school’s top award,

and recognises academic achievement, character, and contribution to school life. It is awarded to a young person who personifies the three school goals of Academic Excellence, Culture and Diversity, and Leadership and Independence. James was also awarded the Holder Cup for Proxime Accessit. He also won a number of other awards – Senior Language Award for Excellence in Language; Richard Bach Memorial Prize for Creative Writing; McMorran Trophy for Public Speaking; and the P.W. Murdoch Cup for leadership.

Middle School successes A large number of students received prizes at the recent Merit Assembly and the Middle School Prize Giving held on December 11. The Manning Award for Best All Round Student, the top prize for Year 7 and 8, went to Joshua Fraser-Young. As well rewarding excellent work standards across subjects, this award is given to the student who is involved in culJoshua tural and sport- Fraser-Young ing activities, and is a leader and role model within the community through their service, contribution and support of others. Josh has embraced life at school this year involving himself in Hillmorton Network News, J Rock, Kapahaka, Wearable Arts/Cultural Festival and the Hagley winter sports competition. Earlier this year, he was also the Year 8 Boys’ Swimming Champion. Paris Snelleksz earlier this year received a Distinction in ICAS English for ICAS Eng-

lish (Skills) Competition and a Credit in the ICAS Writing Competition. She was awarded Top Year 9 Student in Science and Social Studies and First Equal in English across all Year 9. She was also awarded Gold Service and Academic – ‘Whaia te iti Kahu rangi’ awards (Middle School Colours). She also attended a robotics workshop and has worked with writer Kerrin Paris Sharpe in a WritSnelleksz ers’ Workshop. Paris also found time to attain Bronze Awards in Education Perfect – Social Sciences and Languages which put her in the top 10 per cent internationally, and to play basketball. We look forward to following Paris’ continued success at Hillmorton. For her achievement she was awarded the Principal’s Prize for Top Year

9 Academic Student. Congratulations Paris! Michael King was awarded the Principal’s Prize for Top student – Year 10. Michael has also enjoyed considerable success throughout the year with first placings in his class and across the whole of Year 10. He was Michael King placed first in Enterprise Studies, Mathematics, Japanese, Music and Social Studies. He found the time to also take various leadership roles around the school such as House committee member and on the Middle School Council. He also played hockey. A successful and busy year was completed with Michael being awarded the McCallum Shield for School and Community Leadership. Congratulations Michael!

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KIWI CHRISTMAS: Let’s hope this Christmas has the great weather like it was earlier this week on the Port Hills.

Have fun this summer AH … a good Kiwi summer is coming, and I can feel it. Lifeguards are out in force, the evenings are getting longer and mealtimes are turning into laidback, pot-lucky goodness (chip sandwich, anyone?). I’ve just spent a weekend away in Hanmer with good friends on a church camp, playing tennis in the sunshine and swimming in the river. The latter sounded like a really awesome idea at the time. It was a beautiful day in Hanmer town, 24 deg C and climbing, when we decided a wee drive over the hill for a swim in the river at St James was the perfect way to spend an afternoon. A group of us piled into the cars, and drove up the dirt road over the hill. It was at about half way when the temperature started to drop: 22 deg C. Then it was 20, 19, 18… it kept

Emma-Jane dropping until, by the time we arrived, it was a full 10 degrees cooler. I’m talking about 14 deg C, with wind whipping our hair around our faces, rain splattering on the windscreen. It was involuntary-shiver weather. Three out of four cars turned back, our fellow campers not even stepping foot on the ground. That’s when a friend of mine – usually the quiet, polite one – stated: “We’re still swimming.” “Nooo, it’s too cold don’t be mean!” “It’s a good story. Let’s just be

brave. Come on.” “It’s a good story if we just sit in the car though.” That’s when the four of us, shivering in our togs, got The Look. It’s also when my friend, all five-point-not-much foot of her, got her way. So that’s how I found mincing across the slimy riverbed, racing towards a swimming hole that everything in me did not want to jump into. Then we took the plunge. And it was beautiful. Clear and green and about air temperature (which tells you a lot about the air

temperature) and we had a proper good old swim. Then we piled back into the car and drove back to Hanmer, where the sun was shining and everyone was wandering around in T-shirts and shorts. “Oh. You swam – how brave. It’s a beautiful day,” they said. But we knew. And it was a better story than sitting in the car (but don’t tell Chantelle that). So my wish for you this Christmas is that you’ll spend time with good family and friends. Do something out of your comfort zone. Eat all your Grandma’s baking (or someone else’s Grandma’s baking if necessary) get a jandal tan line, sand all through your clothing, and a smile on your face. Lads and lasses – have an absolutely wonderful Christmas! -Emma-Jane McLennan,

•1642 – Abel Tasman’s expedition sails around Farewell Spit and into Golden Bay, first sighting Māori •1773 – A skirmish at Grass Cove in Queen Charlotte Sound results in the deaths of two Māori and nine members of Cook’s expedition •1961 – Britain’s EMI Records originally rejects the Beatles •1972 – US begins its heaviest bombing of North Vietnam •1978 – France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island •2002 – The Two Towers, second of the Lord of the Rings films is released.

Famous birthdays

•1878 – Joseph Stalin, Premier of the Soviet Union •1943 – Keith Richards, English musician •1946 – Steven Spielberg, United States film director

THAT’S ODD STAR WARS is everywhere this week, and one church has decided to get in on the act – with a service themed on Return of the Jedi. The service will include scenes from the film with music to match, in a bid to get as many bottoms on seats as will be in cinemas across the globe. The Zion Church in Berlin’s is set to hold the service on Sunday. Trainee pastors at the church believe that there are parallels between the film and the Christmas story.

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New challenge leads to new development


fter 17 years of operating the Aria Retirement Group, consisting of three retirement villages in Auckland, Jenny and Chris Stokes decided to look for a new challenge.

garden, assisted living in a luxury apartment or suite, or the same standard of care provided in a rest home or on-site hospital, residents are assured that care is available if their needs change.

When the opportunity came along to purchase Merivale Retirement Village, they instantly recognised the opportunity to add to an already wellestablished retirement village.

Two and three-bedroom villas are of a high standard, built during a time when providing a villa with its own courtyard garden and internal roads were the standard, not a luxury. The villas’ carefully considered locations on site means there’s fantastic access to open spaces.

With its enviable position, set in award-winning, beautifully landscaped gardens, Merivale Retirement Village is a unique blend of luxurious amenity combined with a comprehensive offering of care, which will benefit discerning residents who want to live within an easy walk to all the facilities offered by the nearby Merivale shopping precinct. Merivale offers a variety of accommodation lifestyles, which give potential residents a choice that can be tailored to meet their needs. Whether they want the full independence of a superb villa with a private

Prior to marketing, the villas were refurbished. The refurbishment might include a new kitchen and bathroom. Each villa has its own internalaccess single or double garage and fully appointed kitchen and laundry. Merivale Retirement Village takes care of the gardening and maintenance, including regular window cleaning. The services of a housekeeper and provision of meals can also be provided. Beginning in February 2016,

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To ensure you get to spend more time on the beach or outside while you’re having your predinner drinks, try cooking your turkey on the barbecue. If you cook it whole it will take about four hours of slow cooking. To speed up the process, butterfly the turkey. This involves removing the backbone, so the bird can sit flat and cook faster. My brotherin-law then puts tinfoil over the bird, held down with a heavy brick or rock, which works a treat. I like to put the turkey in a brine for 12 hours before cooking, and a bucket is perfect for this job. Once brined, the bird will remain juicy and tender. Baste with the marinade as it cooks and serve with your favourite roast vegetables, fresh new potatoes and a salad. Barbecued butterflied turkey 1 Turkey, 5kg, butterflied 1 cup Sugar 6 cups Water ½ cup Salt 4 cloves Garlic ¼ cup Olive oil 1 cup Chopped fresh herbs

Nut stuffing 1 cup Dates, chopped 2 Tbsp Oil 2 Onions 2 cloves Garlic, chopped 1½ cups Carrots, grated 1 stick Celery, chopped 1 tsp Wholegrain mustard ¼ tsp Chilli flakes ½ tsp Oregano ¼ cup Chopped parsley ½ cup Sunflower seeds 1 cup Walnuts, chopped 1 cup Breadcrumbs, soaked in a little milk 2 Eggs Directions Remove the backbone and breastbone from the turkey to butterfly it. To make a brine, dissolve sugar and salt in water and cool. Place turkey in a bucket or very large bowl. Add brine, cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove turkey from brine; dry with paper towels. In a small bowl, combine garlic, oil, herbs, lemons, salt and pepper. Rub over the turkey and allow to marinate until ready to cook. Preheat a barbecue to a me-

dium heat. Place a sheet of tinfoil on the barbecue hotplate. Place turkey on it, breast side down. It will take around 1½ hours to cook, depending on your barbecue. Check after 30 minutes and turn over. Baste with marinade and continue to cook. When juices run clear, turkey is cooked through. Remove from the barbecue, cover, and rest for 10 minutes. Serve hot with stuffing and a selection of vegetables or salads. Nut stuffing Set oven to 170 deg C. Line a 23cm ovenproof dish with baking paper. Soak the dates in hot water for 10 minutes, then drain. Heat oil in a frying pan. Add onion, garlic, carrot and celery. Cook for 5-8 minutes until softened. Put dates, mustard, chilli, oregano, parsley, sunflower seeds, walnuts, breadcrumbs and eggs in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add onion mix and combine well. Place mixture in lined dish and bake for 35 minutes until golden and crispy.


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Gardening Guide Sprouts and Microgreens Our new range of Sprouts and Microgreens from Mr Fothergill’s are tasty and nutritious – and quick to grow too. Microgreens – often called ‘vegetable confetti’, these are a healthy, colourful and delicious alternative to sprouts. Halfway in size between sprouts and baby greens they are usually harvested within two weeks of sowing. They are commonly grown in seedlings trays or in hydroponic trays and differ from sprouts in that they are harvested above the seed with a pair of scissors when there are two or more true leaves. Microgreens provide texture and colour to a dish when used as a garnish and vibrant colour when used in a salad. Some of the more exciting varieties include amaranth, basil, chervil, coriander, garland chrysanthemum and rocket, and now Mr Fothergills has launched a seed packet range of microgreens with exotic flavours from around the world. Grow them in a seedling tray filled with a thin layer of potting mix, or hydroponically in the specially designed Mr Fothergill’s Microgreens Growing Tray. Top Tips for Growing Microgreens

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belong to the Myrtaceae family, which also includes our manuka and kanuka. There are species that can grow in any conditions, anywhere in New Zealand and many species are tolerant of coastal conditions, including salt spray. Even though we associate them with beautiful red flowers, some species and forms can also have yellow, orange or white flowers. The flowers are unusual as they have little sign of any petals and are just made up of masses of stamens sticking out like a pincushion. The flowers are not just beautiful for us, they are also a very important source of nectar for native birds and insects who flock to them in the summer. The leaves are also important as a food source for many of our native stick insects. •Continued on page 32


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Sprouts are effectively the first stage of development in a plant’s life cycle. Tasty and succulent, they make ideal additions to fresh salads and sandwiches as well as cooked meals such as stir-fries. Commonly, sprouts are grown hydroponically (in water, without soil) so you can eat the entire plant with root, seed and all – maximising the intake of nutrients available.

• Feed the plants with a half strength liquid fertiliser to encourage rapid growth.

Dylan Norfield highlights an iconic New Zealand emblem CHRISTMAS IS coming and one of our natives is synonymous with this time of year, the pōhutukawa. Commonly known as ‘The New Zealand Christmas tree’, Metrosideros excelsa has a naturally flamboyant decoration of red flowers contrasting against green and grey foliage. Photos or stylised versions of the flower are often seen on tourist memorabilia and across our Christmas cards. Flowers appear around Christmas time in the North Island and top of the South Island, but further south the flower emerges after Christmas. When you

Sprouting is possibly the easiest form of growing your own fresh produce. It also provides extremely quick results with crops ready to harvest in as little as four days. Often hailed as one of “Nature’s Super Foods”, sprouts are highly nutritious and packed with enzymes and powerful proteins.


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Metrosideros are easily propagated from ripe seed. The small elongated seed is held in capsules and can take more than a year to ripen. Collect the capsules in a paper bag and shake vigorously to release the seed (drying the capsules first can help with this). Seed can be stored dry in the fridge until ready to sow. Sow the seed thinly on top of a good potting mix or seed mix and lightly cover by sieving compost or sand over the top. Water well and keep moist in a shady location. Germination can take from a week to several months. When seedlings are a few centimetres high then prick out into small pots in a good potting mix. Cuttings of all species are possible as semi-ripe wood in summer, but specialist heat pads or equipment is needed for good success.

Metrosideros fulgens

One of the climbing species of rata, needing protection from frosts and growing well in warm, moist, shaded areas under trees. It climbs trees or rocks by means of little roots that cling to rough surfaces, growing vigorously, reaching up to 10m high. Many cultivars have been selected mainly for their flower colour, with flowers red, orange or even yellow.

Metrosideros excelsa (pōhutukawa)

Forms a large tree to 25m often

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producing masses of red aerial roots coming down from the branches. Flowers are shades of red through to white and yellow. Unfortunately, man has removed over 90% of the original pōhutukawa forest, followed by it being a favourite food for possums. ‘Project Crimson’ has been set up to preserve remaining stands and help them flourish (www.projectcrimson.

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Metrosideros umbellata

The jewel of the south. This species is very tough and flowers around Christmastime in the south. Its only drawback is it is very slow growing, forming a small to medium-size rounded tree often clothed in branches and foliage to the ground. Flowers are usually red but there is also a white form. Prefers the cooler south and higher rainfall.

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Metrosideros robusta

The northern rata is naturally found in the North Island and top of the South Island, but can survive well further south. Having dark-green glossy leaves with a distinctive notch at the tip, it is often one of the earliest species to flower in the south. Northern rata forms a massive tree to 25m, but often starts its life as a seedling up in the branches of a host tree. As it grows, it sends roots down to the ground eventually surrounding the tree and merging together to form a fused trunk around the decaying host.

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For those who may have a big day coming up, rose petals are a marvellous way of adding a touch of romance and colour to walkways, table settings and to the boudoir. They are also an easy fundraiser, too, and are popular items at fairs and fêtes. Simply pick the flowers on the morning or the night before they are required. No need to cover them in water, put them somewhere cool until they are needed. They make a lovely table decoration for barbecues, dinner parties and the like. Sprinkling a few in the loo always makes the men chuckle, too.


It’s salad time. Remember to keep planting out more seedlings and sowing seeds of anything leafy and green. After you harvest one crop of lettuces and before you plant another, a sprinkle of vegetable fertiliser and addition of compost or sheep pellets will perk your soil up and feed new crops instantly. Even though it’s rather warm and the idea of winter stews, mashes and roasties are months off, now is the time to be sowing parsnip seed. The seed has a very tough exterior so pouring boiling water over the rows after sowing will help the seed germinate more easily. Prepare the soil as you would for carrots and, to save on thinning, mix in some radish seed – these will be ready first and, once picked, will make room for parsnips to fatten. Avoid planting celery over the hottest months, as it tends to bolt and go to seed if the soil temperatures get too high and dry.

CHRISTMAS LILIES The powerful perfume of these festive lilies heralds the silly season is upon us. To get the best out of them in the vase, remove all the foliage that will sit below the water line, fill the vase up to the top with water and change the water frequently. By doing all this their vitality will be extended by a good few days. In the garden, stake any that have become wobbly and water them deeply at least twice a week. After flowering, allow the stems to die down naturally and feed them at this time with bulb food to ensure a good show of blooms for next year.


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BELFAST LIQUOR LIMITED, (THE MANAGER, PO Box 659, Rangiora, North Canterbury 7440), has made application to the District Licensing Committee at Christchurch for the issue of OFF-LICENCE NEW in respect of the premises situated at 752 Main North Road, Belfast known as BELFAST LIQUOR STORE.

HINTON’S LIMITED, (THE MANAGER, The Manager Hinton’s, PO BOX 14157, Christchurch Airport Christchurch 8544), has made applications to the District Licensing Committee at Christchurch for the renewal of ON-LICENCE RENEWAL & OFFLICENCE RENEWAL in respect of the premises situated at 750A Wairakei Road known as HINTON’S.

The general nature of the business conducted under the licence: OFF-LICENCE LIQUOR STORE. The days on which and the hours during which alcohol is intended to be sold under the licence are: Monday to Sunday 9.00am to 9.00pm. The application may be inspected during ordinary office hours at the office of the Christchurch District Licensing Committee at Civic Offices, 77 Hereford Street, Christchurch. Any person who is entitled to object and who wishes to object to the issue of the licence may, not later than 15 working days after the date of the first publication of this notice, file a notice in writing of the objection with the Secretary of the District Licensing Committee, PO Box 73049, Christchurch 8154. No objection to the issue of a licence may be made in relation to a matter other than a matter specified in section 105(1) of the Sale & Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. This is the first publication of this notice.

SECTION 101 SALE AND SUPPLY OF ALCOHOL ACT 2012 Jenni and Vinny Company Limited (tHe manaGeR, 36a Centennial avenue, Christchurch 8041) has made application to the district Licensing Committee at Christchurch for the issue of an on-LiCenCe new in respect of the premises situated at 195 marine parade, new Brighton, known as SaLt on tHe pieR. the general nature of the business to be conducted under the licence: on-LiCenCe ReStaURant CLaSS 3 the days on which and the hours during which alcohol is sold under the licence are: monday to Sunday 8.00am to 2.00am the following day. the application may be inspected during ordinary offices hours at the office of the Christchurch district Licensing Committee at Civic offices, 53 Hereford Street, Christchurch. any person who is entitled to object and who wishes to object to the granting of the application may, not later than 15 working days after the first publication of notice of the application, in the newspaper (being the Star), file a notice in writing of the objection with the Secretary of the Christchurch district Licensing Committee, po Box 73049, Christchurch 8154. no objection to the issue of a licence may be made in relation to a matter other than a matter specified in section 105(1) of the Sale & Supply of alcohol act 2012. this is the second publication of this notice. this notice was first published on 11 december 2015.

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Cantabs up for league awards By Jaimie Keay FOUR CANTABRIANS are nominated for awards at the New Zealand Rugby League prize-giving to be held in February. Linwood Kea’s winger Matthew Sauni is nominated for premier player of the year and said he didn’t find he was nominated until he saw it on social media. “I found out when my brother-inlaw tagged me in on something on Facebook, I didnt really know that they had any awards so I was defeinitley not expecting it.” he said. This followed Sauni being named Canterbury Bulls sportsman of the year at the Canterbury Rugby League prize-giving ceremony in October and also being named in the merit team at the end of the NZRL premiership season. Sauni said he was playing to attend the awards night next year, and said just being nominated was ‘enough for me’. Canterbury Bulls coach Darrell Coad is nominated for domestic coach of the year after he led the Bulls to be runners-up in the NZRL premiership competition. Adam Burns is nominated for match official of the year. Burns refereed the premier final

RECOGNISED: Canterbury Bulls player Matthew Sauni is nominated for premier player of the year at the NZRL awards ceremony in February. PHOTO: ACTION SPORTS

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TACTICS: Canterbury Bulls coach Darrell Coad is nominated for domestic coach of the year. between Linwood and Papanui this year and is also a member of the NZRL national referee squad. Mel Mather is up for female volunteer of the year award.

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CANTERBURY UNITED face Southern United in their last game before the Christmas break in Invercargill on Sunday. Head coach Willy Gerdsen said Southern are a better team than their current position on the ladder suggests. “We don’t underestimate any team and every game is important for us to stay in the top four. We have a huge respect for Southern and they will be very tough for us,” he said. Gerdsen said it is still unclear whether team captain Aaron Clapham will turn out for the side on Sunday after sustaining a knee injury in their December 6 loss to Hawkes Bay United. “Aaron went for a light straight line jog yesterday but we won’t know until Friday or Saturday if he will be available. It will be up to the medical staff and we won’t risk him if he is right,” he said. In spite of not having Clapham for the win against WaiBop on December 10, Gerdsen said he was pleased with how the team performed. “We finished off our goal scoring opportunities which was pleasing. Our back four also had a clean sheet which is great,” he said.


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TRIATHLON: Christchurch triathlete

Dylan Mcneice has finished third in the elite men’s category at the Ironman Taupo 70.3 event. The race held on December 12 required athletes to complete a 1.9km swim, a 90km cycle and a 21.1km run to finish. Mcneice came out of the swim leg first, but was only 50sec ahead of eventual race winner Braden Currie. After a tough cycle leg, Currie opened up a lead over Mcneice and runner-up Callum Millward and was able to hold on in the run leg.

Two wins for sprinter

ATHLETICS: Fiona Morrison was victorious in the 100m hurdles and 60m sprint at the South Island track and field championships. The meet was held in Dunedin on December 12. Morrison finished in a winning time of 14.47sec and held out fellow Cantabrian and Old Boys’ Athletics Club member Kelsey Berryman in second place. WINNER: Togiaso Pandora (left) with Michelle Walsh. ​


tle harder. After New Year I will refocus and work out the next game plan for the year,” she said. Coached by Hayden Lee, Pandora trains at the Canterbury sports performance centre and trained two to three times a week,

two hours each session to prepare for the Commonwealth event. Pandora said she would like to attend the Oceania championships in Samoa next December and the world championships in June but it will depend on

her work schedule. “To go to Canada, I pretty much had to pay my own entry fee, and for my own uniform. Luckily I got support from my work and I also started up a give-a-little page for fundraising my costs,” she said.

Battle of the books

RUGBY: Dan Carter’s teammate in France Jerome Kaino has played a prank on the star first-five back home. Both players have rugby biographies up for sales. So when Kaino saw a display stand that was full with Carter’s book in a shop yesterday he decided to take matters into his own hands. He posted the prank on Instagram – which involved placing his book in front of Carter’s to ensure it got the most visibility at the bookshop.






By Jaimie Keay TOGIASO PANDORA told her two children she would bring home a medal each for them from the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships; she did one better. On her way to winning gold for the under 84kg category, Pandora won gold in the back squat with a lift of 155kg, the bench press with a lift of 85kg and silver in the dead lift with a lift of 165kg. It capped off a whirlwind 12 months for Pandora after she only decided to take up the sport while watching a friend compete in March last year. “I watched a friend do a competition and I thought well this looks like fun I should give it a go,” the Christchurch woman said. To qualify for the Commonwealth event, Pandora won titles at both the south island and national championships. The Commonwealth championships were held in Vancouver, Canada on December 1-6 with athletes from countries like Wales, Australia, South Africa, Fiji, England and Kiribati taking part. Pandora said her success at the championships has given her the drive to continue competing. “It makes me want to push a lit-



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