Tuesday October 3 2017
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Pump house designs out
Students behind arcade games
By Julia Evans FENDALTON residents will have their water back to pre-quake volumes with the installation of a new $2.5 million pump house. A new pump house, with a 500 cu m tank, is now in the planning stage for Jeffreys Reserve on Jeffreys Rd. An architect has drawn up the design which will go out for consultation this month. Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board chairman David Cartwright said he asked city council staff about the costs around further design options. “Staff came back and said it could be as much as $20,000. That’s $20,000 of ratepayers’ money that could be spent on fixing potholes.” He said the board did not want to “over consult” on something that was an essential service. “It is a big beast and its necessary,” Mr Cartwright said. Fendalton city councillor Jamie Gough said from his perspective, it was a great pump house. “Not many pump houses are designed by architects,” he said. Residents will get a chance to give feedback on the design during a community engagement
By Julia Evans COMPUTER programming may seem daunting to most of us but not for the students whose video games are featuring on the giant outdoor arcade system in the central city. Year 12 and 13 students from Burnside and Papanui High Schools have designed games, such as The Last Kiwi, featuring a kiwi with lasers for eyes, and Bug Invasion where players fly The Wizard to the New Brighton Pier to protect it from a bug invasion. These and another five games are at Gap Filler’s Super Street Arcade on Tuam St. They will feature one at a time for three days each. “It’s amazing when they see their games being played and enjoyed by complete strangers,” Gap Filler learning facilitator Sally Airey said. Ms Airy said the games will be running through the school holidays. She said the best few will also get to feature for a week after the holidays finish. Seven teams of students have been designing the games as part of their digital technologies classes. Supported by the Ministry of Education, the programme
PLANS: The pump house will get Fendalton residents water service back to pre-quake levels.
meeting this month, city council manager planning and delivery John Moore said. “At the end of the day, it’ll blend in. After a while you walk past telephone or power boxes and generally don’t notice,” Mr Cartwright said. Four bores have already been dug by the city council 100m into the ground to get to the water reservoir below. “The earthquake-damaged water tank, which is not in use now, needs to be replaced . . . Jeffreys Rd pump station will then be able to provide the pre-earthquake flow rates to the network,” Mr Moore said. The land is set to be secured by November, a detailed design will be complete by February and the structure will be finished in 2019.
GAMERS: Bug invasion, designed by Aaron Briggs and Thomas Were from Papanui High School, takes The Wizard to New Brighton Pier to protect it from a bug invasion.
has seen students experience the Super Street Arcade for themselves, respond to a brief, create and work on concepts then present those to a panel of experts. Game developers CerebralFix, which designed the app Attack of the Cones based on Christchurch and create content for Disney, worked with the students. Ms Airy said CerebralFix has loved working with the younger
generation. “We’re blown away by what the students have achieved, they’re tackling quite complex technical and design challenges and smashing it,” Nadia Thorne, head of studio at CerebralFix said. Ms Thorne said she hopes to run the programme again next year. Check the Super Street Arcade Facebook page to see what game is currently being played.
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