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Church rebuild delayed again after fire Skate park „„ By Julia Evans THE REBUILD of the Bishopdale church gutted by an arson attack last year has been delayed by at least a year. Demolition of the St Margaret’s Presbyterian Church on Farrington Ave started earlier in the month and construction won’t begin until at least the middle of next year. Reverend Andrew Nicol said the lengthy insurance process meant the rebuild process hit a brick wall. “It’s part of a long insurance settlement process but it’s settled now . . . the ball is rolling,” Rev Nicol said. He said the church was used to long insurance processes after the earthquakes and fire, even if it was a little frustrating. “It always takes longer than you think,” he said. In January, Nor’West News reported the rebuild was set to begin in the middle of the year. Now Rev Nicol said the timeline wasn’t clear but the church was “optimistic” a rebuild would begin by June next year. However, he said the congregation has a more positive outlook since it had its decommissioning service at the beginning of August.

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REMAINS: The rebuild of St Margaret’s Presbyterian Church in Bishopdale, which was demolished after a fire last year, has been delayed by at least a year. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

“We’ve finished that process of saying goodbye, we can move onto the next chapter,” Rev Nicol said. The church is currently working with an architect, which is “really exciting”. The plans will then be approved by the congregation. “It’s now about being affirmative and complementary to the renewal of the whole area,” Rev Nicol said.

He said the church congregation was upset after the arson attack but the fire had emphasised how important the church is to the wider community. “There’s a good heart in Bishopdale and now we’re just looking to the future,” he said. The church suffered almost $2 million in damage when Cheyenne Destiny Jade Reed, a 35-year-old technician, broke

into it and started a fire in May last year. Reed was jailed for six years for the arson and other charges, including burglary, unlawful possession of a knife, breach of bail, receiving a computer and theft of a car. The congregation will continue to meet weekly at Isleworth School and is currently fundraising for the rebuild by selling cheese rolls.

„„ By Julia Evans A NEW skate park is in the pipeline for Papanui. The Papanui-Innes Community Board has asked city council staff to begin investigations into finding appropriate sites for a new skate park in the area. Staff are also investigating the possibility of offering free wi-fi at the park. To use a skate park, Papanui residents currently have to go to either St Albans, Burnside, Bishopdale or Belfast. City council staff will report back to the board on October 13 with appropriate sites and costings for design, consultation and construction. The board will then look to include this in its submission on the city council’s Long Term Plan later in the year. It comes as the board is also looking at extensions to the skate park half pipe at St Albans Park. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Does Papanui need a skate park? Where would you like to see it built? Email your views to

We’re aiming to settle all contents claims by 30 September. If you have already returned your contents loss schedule, we are currently working through this to settle your claim as quickly as possible. Our team is aiming to settle all contents claims by 30 September 2017. We have now contacted all customers who have lodged a contents claim with us, however if you have not heard from us about your contents claim please contact us as soon as possible.

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