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Fire bug strikes again By Julia Evans AN ARSONIST continues to operate in Burnside and Ilam. Last week Nor’West News revealed there have been a series of arson attacks in the area around Greers Rd where wheelie bins, a car and a for sale sign had been set alight. At the weekend three more bins were set on fire, two on Westburn Tce and one on Greers Rd. A police dog unit was sent to the area to attempt to track the

offender or offenders at about 3.30am on Saturday. The offender was not found. But resident James Wallace, whose flaming bin scorched the side of his house while his children were asleep two weeks ago, is not happy with the way the police have responded to the string of arsons. Mr Wallace said it took six days for police to contact him, and he hasn’t heard from them since. Senior Sergeant Stephan McDaniel said the police are cur-

rently investigating the fires. “We’re pushing residents to keep their bins in at night and make sure they’re not visible from the road,” he said. He said police take all arson matters seriously. Mr Wallace said the latest attack in Greers Rd was within 100m of his property, just across the road. “It was up beside their house. It did damage to the ground and the concrete wall,” he said.

It’s was only a matter of time before one of the fires spreads to a house and claims a life. “It’s not like tagging, it has the potential to burn a house down,” he said. One of the fires on Westburn Tce was also up against the side of the house. The other bin on fire on Westburn Tce is the second time it has been set alight, the Fire Service said. “Hopefully, there will be more public vigilance around it,” Mr Wallace said.

ARSON: James Wallace said it’s only a matter of time before one of the bin fires spreads to a house and a life is lost. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

St Thomas snare Catholic trophy Not only have they broken a 34-year drought against one of their fiercest rivals, St Thomas’ first XV also brought home the Catholic Schools Trophy for the first time. The 27-15 victory over St Bede’s was particularly sweet for captain Patrick Elia (second from right) whose three brothers have all played in the squad before him but had never had a win over St Bede’s. Left to right – Malyche Tafili, Sione Afemui, Elia and Theo Fowler. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER •More on page 11







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THE FIRE bug continues to operate in Burnside and Ilam. The arsonist was active again at the weekend, setting fire to wheelie bins on private property – one of the properties now being targeted twice. Police sent a dog unit to try and track the offender after being alerted by the Fire Service. After what appears to have been an investigative delay, Western News is assured police are now actively trying to find the offender. On page 7 today, a very moving performance by Burnside High School which won the first night of Stage Challenge & J Rock. It is about the 2010 Pike River and 1967 Strongman mine disasters. One of the students lost a brother at Pike; another’s great grandfather was rescued from Strongman. Very powerful. –Barry Clarke

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St Thomas head resigns

By Sarla Donovan TEN YEARS ago, St Thomas of Canterbury College principal Christine O’Neill became a trailblazer. As the first ever female principal of a Catholic boys school in New Zealand, her appointment was “a pretty courageous thing for the brothers and the board to do,” she said at a special assembly at the school last week. “You see a lot of negative press at times about men, and males and teenage boys. What I would have to say is the decade that I have had leading this institution for males, for boys, has been a pleasure. I’ve loved every moment of it. (I’ve seen) a number of years of you boys go through; sometimes you’ve been challenging, but always you’ve been affectionate, loyal, fun and fine young men.” Mrs O’Neill resigned last week but won’t be leaving until the end of the year. Andy Steel, chairman of the board of trustees, said Mrs O’Neill would leave with the school in fine shape, with a growing roll and new buildings. Under her leadership, the school had grown into a place that welcomed boys from all

TIME TO GO: St Thomas of Canterbury College principal Christine O’Neill is stepping down after 10 years. ​

centage of Maori and Pacifica students was two per cent. Now, it’s 40 per cent. That reflects how we’ve become a culturally responsive place and it reflects what New Zealand is.” After seeing off an aggressive form of cancer several years ago, Mrs O’Neill is now “healthy and fine.” She said the experi-

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ence had made her reflect on her career and it was one she had never regretted. “It’s such a rewarding, challenging and diverse job.” Mrs O’Neill commended her “exceptional” staff and said she would enjoy the next two terms as the board went through the process of recruiting a new principal. She said the boys had told her they’re proud to have had a female leader. A standing ovation followed her speech last week and the first XV sang a special Samoan song after their victory over St Bede’s on Saturday, the first in 34 years. Though her next career step remains to be seen, with three children living in different parts of the world, she’s hoping to get to spend more time with family. •St Thomas make history, p11

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Your Local Views Online fundraiser to benefit Riccarton House Riccarton House and Bush manager Shona Willis writes an update on the latest news at the heritage home and garden The Riccarton Bush Trust’s ranger Gavin Rucklidge, a qualified arborist, has developed a combined landscape development/concept plan for the Riccarton House grounds. The plan includes an inventory of the major trees/shrubs, physical properties of the heritage and significant trees, including their health, and a framework to record the physical properties of the standard trees/shrubs in the house grounds. A tree maintenance record is included, along with a tree succession plan, and future grounds projects. This has been a long-awaited project that brings together records and information from a number of sources and enables us to better manage this very special place. We have been carrying out a similar project to determine the health, location and height of native trees within the bush,

again to assist us with our future management. On an entirely different note we are one of 10 charities participating in the inaugural Webfair. Webfair is an online fundraising platform, that works with communities to help raise funds for various operations and projects. Think of the traditional white elephant stall only online. The website enables supporters to load unwanted household items to be auctioned within a group fair environment. Proceeds from the sale of these goods are donated to the organisation which has set up the “fair” account. The website goes live on June 2 with the first three weeks being the opportunity for “donators” to load their items and nominate their charity of choice. The fair is live from June 25 to July 2 Any proceeds we receive will be going toward the maintenance and upgrade of interior furnishings; fittings and fixtures. The house and café are open from 9am to 4pm Sunday to Friday. House tours start at 2pm and run for an hour. Shorter tours are offered every 30min on Saturdays 10am-12pm.

Readers respond to an article about Housing New Zealand tenants developing a charter of rights with the city council Gary Knight – With the revelation by Prime Minister Bill English, for sale of up to 2500 state houses in November rationale must prevail over this issue. In many cases the proposed sell-off would have a devastating effect on tenants in the Bryndwyr, Riccarton and Shirley areas where this is destined to be actioned. A myriad of tenants having through varying circumstances little or no choice but to reside in a state house are facts that Mr English as former housing minister would be aware of and must consider this vital aspect prior to any sell off. It is imperative that amalgamation between the city council and FendaltonWaimari-Harewood Community Board emulates in a master plan for residents in these three areas to state their views, concerns and queries relative to inherent growth, future development and precise community status. Readers respond to the story of business owners

ADVOCATE: Bryndwr Community Group members Marney Ainsworth, Gail Scott and Naenae Higgs are fighting for the rights of Housing New Zealand tenants in the area.

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Fresh water from new wells A $15 million programme to replace shallow wells supplying water to 80,000 residents in the north-west is progressing well, with all those residents now receiving water from 14 new deep wells. The remaining unconfined shallow wells are being upgraded as it is possible that microbiological contaminants in surface water could seep into the aquifer. In September last year, city council agreed to fast-track work to drill deeper wells in the north-west as a response to the contamination event in Havelock North which heightened concerns about water quality nationwide. Workers take samples from the new Avonhead well. City council planning delivery manager three waters and waste John Moore said the programme was progressing well, with 14 out of 28 new wells already commissioned and in use. “In terms of the physical drilling, we are halfway there which is great progress and on target for our planned finish in June 2019. “We’ve already been able to decommission six of the old wells and have turned off the

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HERITAGE: Artists are lining up for the chance of residency at the Mona Vale gatehouse, which should be up and running by December.

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UPGRADE: Workers take samples from the new Avonhead well.

remaining old wells. As a health and safety issue, we need to retain the option to turn those old wells back on until work is complete on all 28 of the new wells and we have them all fully functional.” Mr Moore said the current water grading on the shallow wells was D, compared to a B grading across the rest of the city where drinking water is sourced from secure, deep wells. The north-west water supply zone stretches from Belfast through to Yaldhurst and

includes parts of Riccarton and Addington, supplying 80,000 people. “We’ve got an excellent working relationship with the Canterbury District Health Board and they’re happy with the progress we are making on this programme. It is a huge project that started in 2012 and is going to continue for two more years, costing around $15 million. In the end we will have a secure supply of high-grade drinking water for the north west of the city.”

By Julia Evans ARTISTS ARE queuing up for a live-in residency opportunity at Mona Vale. But red tape is holding them back. Earthquake repairs to the Mona Vale gatehouse on Fendalton Rd are on track to be completed by early December. But after a briefing from city council staff, the FendaltonWaimairi-Harewood Community Board turned down a recommendation that the city council would cover the cost of any residency. The initial proposal meant the city council would cover the full cost of artist’s rent for the gatehouse, which the board did not think was appropriate. “The artist may leave behind some artworks but they would

be living rent-free,” board chairman David Cartwright said. However, during the city council’s draft Annual Plan submissions city councillor Vicki Buck questioned how close it was to finding someone suitable. She said she’d been approached by several groups who were desperate for it. “There are a number of groups of artists in residence that do want to pay rent for that site,” Cr Buck said. Mr Cartwright said the board was currently looking at alternatives in which it might partner with Canterbury University or Ara, which already have residence programmes. “It’s a work in progress,” he said. Mayor Lianne Dalziel told the board it would have to find someone suitable before the gatehouse is repaired.


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News Cat show back in city By Sarla Donovan THERE WILL be furry felines of all shapes and sizes at the National Cat Show this Queen’s Birthday Weekend. Some of the best long and short-haired cats from around New Zealand will compete for the prize of supreme award winner. Canterbury All Breeds Cat Club spokeswoman Rachel Henderson said they expected around 200 entries. While most would come from the South Island, Miss Henderson said they were hoping North Island cat fanciers would show their support for the show, which is being held in Christchurch for the first time since the earthquakes. Siamese, burmese, persians, birmans and maine coons are among the many breeds on display. The three categories of competition are domestic, companion and pedigree. •National Cat Show, Sunday June 4, Bishopdale YMCA, 9am-4.30pm. To be in to win a family pass to the event, visit the Canterbury All Breeds Cat Club facebook page, like it and share with a friend.

Insulated home has benefits By Noah Graham HORNBY RESIDENT Vivienne Fyfe knows the benefits of a well-insulated home. The mother of three, along with her husband, moved from their damp, cold home in Whangarei to Hornby last year and are loving their new, warm home. The family would not have been able to afford to insulate their home without Community Energy Action, a charitable trust designed to reduce the cost of insulating homes. She said Nadia had suffered several respiratory problems and was on “back-to-back antibiotics” after the lack of insulation meant their old home became damp and cold, causing illness. “We will not live in an un-insulated house ever again.” Mrs Fyfe and her five-year-old daughter, Nadia, met Labour leader Andrew Little last week to talk about the benefits an insulated home can have. Mr Little was at CEA to talk to Mrs Fyfe about her experiences as well as talk about Labour’s recent home insulation announcement which would

WARM HOME: Mother Vivienne and five-year-old Nadia Fyfe met Labour leader Andrew Little last week to talk about the effect a well-insulated home can improve the health and well-being of New Zealand families. ​

provide grants up to $2000 for insulation, double glazing and a clean, fixed heating source. Mr Little said home owners would contribute 50 per cent of the cost and there would be an estimated 600,000 grants

provided over 10 years. Labour would extend the insulation scheme to home owners which was restricted to landlords by Government in last year’s budget, he said. He said it was common for

new home owners to not be able to afford proper insulation, which was crucial to have a healthy and warm home. Homeowners needed the financial assistance to make it available.


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Touching tribute to mine disasters By Julia Evans A MOVING stage performance about two tragic West Coast mining disasters had a very personal connection for two of the participants. Burnside High School won the first night of Stage Challenge & J Rock last Thursday, with a powerful performance on the 2010 Pike River mine tragedy that claimed 29 lives, and the 1967 Strongman explosion that killed 19 miners. Burnside teacher and Stage Challenge organiser Anastasia Boyle said one of the students, Jorja Dunbar, who performed in the production lost her brother Joseph in the Pike River mine explosion. Mrs Boyle said before they proceeded with the theme, she asked Jorja to go and talk to her family make sure they weren’t going to be upset by it. Not only were they okay with the theme, they felt “so honoured” by the choice, she said. Another student Aliyah Prendegast’s great grand-father was in the Strongman Mine and was hauled to safety by two of his best mates. “All these close connections felt like fate, it was meant to be,”

POIGNANT: Burnside High School’s Pike River performance won on the first night of the Stage Challenge and J Rock competition. Inset: Pike River victim Joseph Dunbar and the mine several days after the explosion.

Mrs Boyle said. Aliyah brought in a necklace her great-grandfather had carved into the shape of a heart for his fiancé out of coal from the mine. But not only was it powerful, it was personal for two of the 100

year 9 and 10 students who were a part of the performance. Although there were tears before, after and during the performance, she said it sent chills up her spine seeing the students perform with such passion. Performance judge Chris

Kirk said the performance was “touching.” “It was extremely personal but they didn’t let it hold them back,” he said. Cobham Intermediate placed third with “Where would you bee?”

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Views sought on Hornby mega facility THE CITY council is seeking public feedback on the preferred location for the new south-west mega facility. A new $35 million Hornby library, customer services and leisure centre is planned for the community, which is expected to grow with 12,000 new homes expected by 2044. “The job now is to decide exactly where we want it located, and whether the community is bestserved by an integrated facility,” said Carolyn Robertson, head of libraries and information. Depending on the feedback, the new facilities would be located at one site, or spread over two, with the public able to suggest other sites. A site-selection process shortlisted three options – Denton Park, Kyle Park and Warren Park. Sports clubs which use Denton Park have hit out at the proposal, saying they have been left in the dark over technical information. Residents also don’t want to lose Denton Park to the mega-facility and have said taking it away would destroy the heart of Hornby. Feedback on where it should go and what form it should take can be made until June 9 at the city council website.

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News Church project to improve health A GROUP of five Canterbury health organisations are collaborating to help improve the lives of the region’s Pacific communities through their churches. The initiative known as the ‘Tutupu Project’ has been widely welcomed. Seven churches from around Christchurch and as far afield as Ashburton and West Melton are participating in a nine-month comMaria mitment to eduPasene cate and empower nominated ‘health champions’ who will then take information back to their communities. “I wanted to be involved in the Tutupu Project because this is an opportunity for me to learn and gather information about health, so I can then pass on to my family, church and community,”

BREAKOUT: Health champions taking an exercise break.

said Teuila Saafi, youth leader of Christchurch’s Tongan Seventh Day Adventist. Pegasus Health, Community and Public Health, Rural Canterbury PHO, Etu Pasifika and

Healthy Families Christchurch will mentor the health champions in nutrition, exercise and ways to improve their health literacy. Pegasus Health’s Pacific health manager and project leader,

LEARNING: Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett with two pupils from Hornby Primary School, Talia Taurua (left) and Anahera Jones during a recent visit. ​

Maria Pasene, said the health champions will attend health education sessions to expand their knowledge about nutrition and the importance of physical activity with a particular focus

on children and young people. “We have discussed the ways in which Pacific peoples can help clinicians to assist them in their health journey. This includes pushing past their natural shyness, speaking up and providing important information at visits to the GP and hospital and asking questions when they aren’t sure about what’s being discussed. It’s important to assert our needs to improve our communities’ health.” Ms Pasene said Pacific communities were at a point where they see themselves as part of the solution rather than the problem. “They are willing to investigate ways to improve the health of their families and communities. We have the ability to link them to resources and services that will work with them in a way that makes sense, such as church environments where Pacific peoples naturally connect, support and communicate with each other.”

DAMAGED: The future of Yaldhurst Memorial Hall will be discussed tomorrow with a plan to demolish it. The HalswellHornby-Riccarton Community Board will decide whether to recommend to the city council the war memorial plaques be removed from the Pound Rd hall, and it be demolished. It was built in 1954, but was badly damaged in the February 22, 2011, earthquake forcing its closure. It would cost $1.2 million to repair. Demolition was expected to cost between $50,000 and $75,000. A city council report said the community was in favour of demolition, but wanted to retain a community building in the area. Further discussions would be had to determine whether that would be an existing building, or new one. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN



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Tense match expected By Andrew King THE BATTLE for the Connetics Shield between Middleton and St Thomas tomorrow night will be a tense affair with both teams looking to walk off the pitch with the hardware and bragging rights. Middleton took the shield from the 2016 champions Lincoln after current captain Hirokazu Sanada nailed a goal from halfway to win 1-0 in the final match of the season. But St Thomas has their sights set on returning to Middlepark Rd with it, and bragging rights over a near rival. St Thomas captain Michael White laid eyes on the trophy last week, but that is all he did, refusing to touch it until it was earned. “I’ll wait until we win it,” he said. It’s similar tradition to the FIFA World Cup where the only players allowed to touch it are the winners. St Thomas co-coach Richard Washington said it is going to be a “great ding-dong” match. “We are still hurting a bit after last year after being 3-0 up and losing the game 4-3,” he said. He said Middleton proved how dangerous they can be ending Lincoln’s undefeated streak last year to claim the shield. “It will take an individual bit of magic to separate the sides,” Washington said. Middleton head coach Isaac

RESPECT: St Thomas captain Michael White (left) would not touch the shield on Friday saying he would only lay hands on it if he won it from Middleton tomorrow. However, Middleton captain Hirokazu Sanada doesn’t want to let it go. PHOTO: ANDREW KING

Stanton said it will be a tough match but he believes his side will come out on top. “It is going to be an exciting game. I am confident in the team’s ability to win this one,” he said. In round three Middleton beat Papanui 2-0 in a rain-soaked encounter, while St Thomas managed a 9-1 win over Rangiora. St Thomas had one of those

games where everything went right and found themselves up 3-0 after five minutes. The game is at the Christchurch Football Centre at 5.45pm on field one. Other games in round four see Riccarton take on Christ’s and Burnside looking to take points from northern rivals Papanui. Both games will be played at 4pm.


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St Thomas make history by claiming rugby trophy By Andrew King IT HAS been 34 years between drinks but on Saturday, St Thomas beat St Bede’s 27-15 to claim the Catholic Schools Trophy and bragging rights over one of their main rivals. The victory was particularly sweet for captain Patrick Elia, the fourth and last Elia brother to play in the first XV squad, but the only one to record a win over St Bede’s. The trophy has been competed for by St Bede’s, St Thomas, Timaru’s Roncalli College and Oamaru’s St Kevin’s College for the past 10 years. However, St Bede’s has been the only holder until now. St Thomas attacking coach Paul Burton said it was a huge effort but the boys deserved the win. “We are buzzing after that, not only to break a 34-year drought, but to claim the trophy for the first time is great,” he said.​ With St Thomas up by 20 at the break, St Bede’s mounted a comeback before the solid defensive line shut them down. Flanker Sione Afemui was a monster around the rucks, Burton said. St Thomas will get on the road and look ahead to their clash with Timaru Boys’ High on Sat-

STRONG: St Thomas’ Sione Afemui scores his second try. PHOTO: BRENDAN BRIGGS

urday. Meanwhile, Christchurch Boys’ High hit the top of the UC Championship table with a convincing 76-3 win over Aoraki Combined. Up 45-3 at halftime, CBHS kept the foot on the throttle with first-five Ryan Barnes bagging 29 points, including a hat-trick and seven conversions, and Jack Harris in his first start grabbing three tries on the left wing. CBHS coach Rob Smith said it was a testament to doing the basics well and playing for the full 80 minutes. Looking ahead to their home game against Mid-Canterbury Combined, Smith said they will be wary of the physical nature of the boys from down south. In other action, Burnside will look to get off the bottom of the table against St Bede’s this weekend after losing 33-10 to Waimea Combined on Saturday.


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DANGER: If the lint filter in your dryer isn’t emptied, it could result in a fire like this.

Use commonsense when drying the laundry By Mark Thomas Specialist fire investigator AS WINTER starts to bite it’s probably a good time to remind everyone that clothes dryers do sometimes catch on fire. Like any electrical appliance, especially one that is designed to get hot, there is potential for a fire to occur. This doesn’t mean you have to abandon the dryer in favour of clothes horses in front of the heater. There’s equally as many fires caused this way. Like most things a bit of thought, commonsense if you like, is called for. Keep the lint filter clean.

Don’t fill the dryer and set it going just prior to leaving the house. Have someone home, preferably awake, while it’s operating. Then in conjunction with working smoke alarms, there’s the ability to stop a fire as soon as it starts. Commonsense? I sometimes wonder if it’s now forbidden. I’ve crawled into the subspace under a house a few times. Sometimes it’s a pretty restricted space. Nothing, of course, is worse than getting stuck in there as happened to a

plumber in Islington last weekend. Sockburn’s crew had to cut up floorboards to release a tradesman who almost certainly was not amused. Animal rescues this week included a horse in a drain in Marshland where two diggers, a dozen local residents and the crews of two fire trucks managed to free a well-stuck brumby. And for something different a bird was released from inside a wall in Rockinghorse Rd by Wainoni’s crew on Wednesday afternoon. All part of the day for the seaside firefighters.

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Migraine relief Your headache or migraine may literally be a pain in the neck

It’s not very well known that almost 13 percent of people – including childrensuffer from headaches and migraines. It is the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world and causes 91 percent of the people it affects to miss work or reduce their functional capacity. In the past 10 years, the understanding of what causes headaches and migraines has significantly changed. The research now shows that the sensitisation of the brain stem in

your neck is what causes this pain; and the specially trained physiotherapists at Muscle People are well versed in how to treat it. Krissy Winter, a patient of Muscle People, had this to say about her experience: “My migraines were debilitating and they’d often come without warning. Sometimes once a week, but generally about once a month. I’d moved up from Dunedin where I’d managed them

with my Osteopath, yoga and Pilates. In Christchurch I was so reluctant to let anyone near my neck. I read the article and I must admit I wasn’t convinced and I went to the first appointment with a page of all the concerns I had. The first time I met Laurie I remember walking out and feeling more in control. After about four treatments with Laurie and perfecting the technique she taught me I truly began to reap the benefits. Now I’m fantastic. If I feel a migraine coming on I now have the control to manage it myself, even stopping them from taking over, without needing someone to drive me in to the osteopath or the hospital for an injection to relieve the pain. With the technique Laurie taught me I’m armed and dangerous!” Laurie, Clare and Naomi were trained in Australia in the award winning and ground breaking Watson Approach to dealing with headaches and migraines. This proven method examines and treats the movements of the first three segments of the neck, which when sensitised cause headaches and migraines. “In our clinics we see people from as far away as Invercargill who come to us specially to seek treatment” says Laurie Moore, Director of Muscle People Physiotherapy. She says “The symposium in Australia we went to just recently reaffirmed the effectiveness of what we

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Time Honoured 1 in 2 People Remedy Deficient in B12 According to a country Doctor “D.C. Jarvis” from Vermont in the USA cider vinegar and honey (CV & H) can be an important part of a long healthy life. Dr. Jarvis noted Vermonters who regularly consumed cider vinegar and honey had excellent health with many putting in a vigorous day’s work on the farm even when well into their eighties. Dr. Jarvis found the effects of cider vinegar and honey on arthritis can be remarkable with many patients reporting almost total relief after taking a course of the cider vinegar and honey. Dr. Jarvis surmised that the acid and potassium in cider vinegar counteracted calcium deposits and helped the body control calcium use. As well as a general tonic Dr. Jarvis found regular administration of cider vinegar and honey at the onset of complaints such as the common cold, sinusitis, asthmatic attacks, hay fever, and childhood diseases such as chicken pox and measles, was accompanied by an improvement in the condition with symptoms either disappearing, or the conditions were extremely mild and soon over. Apple cider vinegar contains all the goodness of the apple in a form that is readily accepted by the body. Scientists have found over 90 different substances in ACV, among them 20 important trace elements, minerals, essential enzymes, a number of different acids including malic acid, amino acids and roughage in the form of potash and pectin. A scientific study at the Shizuka University in Japan has proven ACV to have potent antioxidant benefits (It can destroy free radicals, which are a major factor in ageing.) and also the ACV can break down cholesterol formations in the blood vessels. ACV and H is a powerful tonic that also promotes digestion, assimilation of nutrients and elimination of waste, and helps neutralize any toxic substances that enter the body. It is important to note not all cider vinegar is made in the traditional way and results are likely to prove disappointing with these other vinegars.

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PAINTER Available, All aspects in painting. Very competitive in roofs and fences. Please call 027 241-7471 or 3350265 PLASTERER Gib Stopping, Small job specialty. 30 + years experience. Ring 0800 387-369 PLUMBER A Top Plumbing job completed at a fair price, prompt service, all work guaranteed, Ph Brian 9607673 or 021 112-3492 PLUMBER For prompt service for all plumbing maintenance, repairs and alterations. Phone Michael 364 7080 or 027 438 3943 ROOFING Qualified & Licenced Practitioner. Re-Roof & Repairs, all types. Member New Zealand Roofing Association. Over 35 years experience. Phone John 027 432-3822 or 351-9147 email johnmill@ihug. co.nz SPOUTING CLEANING Spouting Unblocked, Cleaned Out and Flushed Out. Also Full Handyman Services Available. Call Trevor 332 8949 or 021 043-2034 STONEMASON BRICK & BLOCKLAYER, Earthquake Repairs, Grind Out & Repoint, River/ Oamaru stone, Schist, Volcanic Rock, Paving, all Alterations new & old, Quality Workmanship, visit www.featureworks. co.nz or ph 027 601-3145 TILING Quality jobs done on time. All aspects of tiling. Reg Master Tiler. Ph Dave 027 334 4125 TILER/CARPENTER 35 years exp, no job too small. Ph Ross 027 4311440. TILING SPLASHBACKS Kitchen/bathroom/ laundry, incl mosaics, ph 027 334 4125 TREES BIG OR SMALL tree removal, trimming, stump grinding, shelterbelt clean up, section clearing, rubbish removals, excavation work, ph Trees Big or Small, for a free quote, 021 061 4783

TREE WORK Hedge trimming, stump grinding, rubbish removed, small job specialty Ph Andrew 03 322-8341 or 027 435-8759 T.V. SERVICE CENTRE Repairs, tvs, microwaves, stereos, DVD. Aerial installations and kitsets, 480 Moorhouse Ave, ph 03 379 1400 VHS VIDEO TAPES & all camera tapes converted to DVD, video taping special occasions, www.grahamsvideo.co.nz ph 03 338-1655 WINDOW CLEANING Average 3 bdrm house inside or out $40. Both $70. Phone Trevor 3442170 WINDOW CLEANING $25 two bedrooms, outside only, inside extra $20, quality work, ph 342 6489

Wanted To Buy AAA Buying goods quality furniture, Beds, Stoves, Washing machines, Fridge Freezers. Same day service. Selwyn Dealers. Phone 980 5812 or 027 313 8156 TOOLS Garden, garage, woodworking, mechanical, engineering, sawbenches, lathes, cash buyer, ph 355-2045


BUSINESS HERE Phone for further details

(03) 379 1100 Tuition

Ballet Tuition Classes for juniors to seniors or individual private lessons Preparation for examinations

Ph 027 282 5700

Joan Adams (A.R.A.D) Associate Royal Academy of Dance, Solo Seal Situations Vacant

Exotic Performers Wanted This occupation of exotic dancing and performing requires high levels of creative talent, personal commitment and interest. Must be able to compose dance, and work in an adult entertainment environment on stage.

Apply online at www.calendargirls.co.nz Situations Vacant

Reporter, Sub Editor Star Media is seeking journalists. We are looking for a reporter who will have the ability to file great stories for our print publications, including The Star and Community titles, and our website www.star.kiwi. The successful applicant will need to be competitive, have a thorough knowledge of Christchurch and Canterbury, have great deadline sense and have a passion for community news and the people that make it. Video skills would be an advantage. Star Media is also seeking casual sub editors. The successful applicants will need to have had experience with InDesign and able to copy sub, lay out pages and write headlines.

Send your CV to Editor in Chief Barry Clarke barry@starmedia.kiwi


Latest Christchurch news at www.

Tuesday May 23 2017


‘Famous for their roasts!’


Cooked Breakfasts $18 We are open from 6.30am

All good things must come to an end


2 courses Soup/Roast or Roast/Dessert

Special available lunch only. Monday - Saturday 12pm - 2.30pm

TWIGGERS Dine 'n Dance - Book NOW for the �nal season

Family Friendly

Kid’s 2 course special

$20 $10


e Great British Revival; Stars of the Ages; Legends Live On. ese are just a few of the great shows performed by e Great Pretenders, resident band at Twiggers over the past two decades. And as they say, all great things must come to an end and this year is the �nal season of e Great Pretenders and Twiggers Dine 'n Dance.


& Motorlodge

118 Racecourse Rd, Sockburn, Christchurch. Ph 03 342 7150


Enjoy an all you can eat sumptuous buffet featuring an extensive variety of entrees, mains and desserts. Attractively presented and delicious, there's something for everyone. Combining costumes, choreography, lighting effects and stunning performances, e Great Pretenders are real crowd pleasers. With songs from some of the biggest names in the history of pop and rock, you'll be on the dance �oor before you can say “Greased Lightning”!


Mid-Winter Christmas - 17 and 24 June, 8, 15 and 22 July and 5, 12 and 19 August - $52 per person Christmas – 24 and 25 November and 2, 15 and 17 December - $60 per person To book phone (03) 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz

Available Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday

PIERVIEW Restaurant



386 0088

fb.com/GardenHotelRestaurant www.gardenhotel.co.nz



By the Seaside! 10.30am-2pm





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Offer available for a limited time and includes tea, hot chocolate



Live Music: Sima & Vaieo 6PM.FRI.26 MAY

PHONE 385 8880 FIND US ON FACEBOOK fb.com/GBCCHCH THE GARDEN HOTEL COMPLEX | 110 MARSHLAND RD www.gardenhotel.co.nz | phone 385 3132











Members, guests and affiliates welcome

All you can eat, 7 days

Quality a la carte with a view! Open from 5.30pm FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Members Lucky Card Draw

202 Marine Parade | Ph 388-9416

Lunch & Dinner


Open Tuesday to Saturday 12pm-2pm and from 5pm



Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or a group get together, make it the complete night out at Twiggers. eir �nal season kicks off with Mid-Winter Christmas on Saturday, 17 June and concludes on Friday, 15 December.

Bookings Essential PH











WIN TICKETS TO BONEY M Chalmers Restaurant Early Bird Special 5.30pm – 6.30pm FRI & SAT

Roast (4 Choices) and Free Desserts

OPEN 7 DAYS LUNCH & DINNER Gluten Free & Vegetarian options

Spend $15 or more in the CLUB CAFE from Friday 5th May to Sunday 4th June and go in the draw to WIN one of three double passes to BONEY M at the Horncastle Arena on Thursday 8th June.

still only


Unbeatable value including your choice of fresh Veges and Salads

Hornby WMC | ph 03 349 9026 | 17 Carmen Road | Hornby www.hornbyworkingmensclub.co.nz | Members, guests & affiliates welcome


Tuesday May 23 2017

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