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VOLUNTEERS: More than 160 volunteers helped out at the Halswell Quarry planting day. Trees for Canterbury’s manager Steve Bush and Ruud Kleinpaste (right) with a kahikatea.

Quarry planted by volunteers SHOVEL BY shovel load, more than 160 volunteers helped place 2000 native plants in Halswell Quarry Park at the weekend. The annual event is part of an ongoing partnership between the community, Trees for Canterbury and the city council. Some of the species planted

were kahikatea, totara, matai, harakeke, mikimiki, karamu, ti kouka, toe toe, native sedges and rushes. Trees for Canterbury projects co-ordinator Robin Stove said the highlight was seeing the community come together. “It was good actually, we had a lot of volunteers turn up so it made for a pretty

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HELPING: Mark and Matthew Currie of Cashmere. Matthew is at Thorrington School, and was taking part in the planting as part of the school’s gold leadership badge programme.

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quick event,” Mr Stove said. Volunteers ranged from Buddha’s Light International Association, the Association of Filipino Tradesmen in NZ Inc, Brotherhood of Guardians Council New Zealand and the local Rotary Club. Due to the high turnout of volunteers, all planting and spreading of mulch was completed within hours.

A $200,000 GRANT aims to preserve an iconic 19th century building for the future. The city council grant is for repair and strengthening of the privately owned former pumphouse on Tuam St in Linwood. The building is of high historical significance because it is associated with the establishment of the Christchurch Drainage Board in 1875-76. It was part of the development of an engineering solution to address the problems caused by inadequate drainage and sewage disposal. “In the mid 1870s the absence of an organised sewerage and rubbish disposal system, coupled with inadequate drainage, had become a city-wide problem, and the death rate from water borne diseases was high,’’ city council heritage team leader Brendan Smyth said. He said special legislation was passed to set up the drainage board, which was then given the task of planning and building a drainage and sewerage network for the city and the suburbs. “The pumphouse was a key part of that network and is one of the few visible above ground components left of that 19th

HISTORIC: The city council approved a $200,000 grant to restore the former pumphouse building on Tuam St. ​ century sewerage system.” The owners of the building plan to repair earthquake damage and strengthen it. “But that work is likely to cost about $1.5 million and they have no insurance pay-out to help with those costs,’’ Mr Smyth said. They have also been given a $200,000 grant from the Government Heritage EQUIP Fund. A full conservation covenant will be placed on the property as a condition of the grant.


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