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OUTDATED: Trevor Holdstock, senior station officer at Little River Fire Station with the 30-year-old appliance. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

Worry over firefighting capacity „„ By Sarla Donovan FIREFIGHTERS and residents are worried the Little River Fire Brigade won’t have enough water to fight blazes this summer. The brigade’s modern fire tanker was replaced with a smaller,


30-year-old vehicle when Fire and Emergency New Zealand replaced the New Zealand Fire Service on July 1 this year. “Some city council assets were taken from (rural) stations so that Christchurch would retain its best assets,” said Little River

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Fire Brigade chief fire officer David Irving. Little River’s “practically new” water tanker was replaced with a 30-year-old one which is slower and carries less water. “We take the vehicle as our water supply but we now have de-




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creased capacity – 1500 litres less – and we can’t get it there in a timely fashion . . . I don’t know if it’s the gearbox ratios or the engine, or its weight, but the combination of all of those – it’s not an emergency tanker, it’s a tanker.” •Turn to page 7

„„ By Sarla Donovan COMMUNITY concern over a shopping and entertainment complex in Church Bay has forced a rethink on how it will look. Spence Developments wants to build a supermarket and 111-space car park, four shops, a cafe and a 30-seat cinema at 139143 Marine Drive, behind the On the Spot store. The Church Bay Neighbourhood Association has expressed misgivings about whether the building would fit in to the semi-rural environment. Corrugated iron, timber or stone were suggested as alternatives to the proposed tilt-slab construction materials. Association secretary Pat Pritchett said they had been in touch with Spence Developments to give their feedback. She was pleased at the designs would now be revisited. “I hope they’re looking at not using tilt slab as part of that. It’s good to know they’ve listened to the community and I hope they continue to do so,” she said. •Turn to page 4

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LITTLE RIVER locals have every reason to be worried about their ability to fight blazes this summer (see page 1). So they are doing everything in their power to get a tanker which can hold more water. The Little River brigade covers a big catchment and it needs the equipment to do the job. The city council has taken a modern tanker from the Little River brigade, saying it is needed elsewhere – Christchurch. The city council must have a short memory – there have been big fires in Little River over the last couple of years, and didn’t we have a major one on the Port Hills several months ago? So all power to those in little River as they battle for a better tanker. Also on page 1, an update on the Church Bay development. -Barry Clarke

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Call for Beachville Rd clean-up „„ By Sarla Donovan THE BEACHVILLE Rd esplanade is an unsightly mess, residents say and they want it cleaned up. Redcliffs Residents Association secretary Pat McIntosh wrote to city council infrastructure rebuild liaison manager Ross Herrett on October 13 about “unsightly” landscaping next to the new $4.6 million seawall. It follows an earlier email from the city council in June, when Mr Herrett said the landscaping work would be rectified by SCIRT in early spring. But the area remains overgrown and weed-ridden. “There is no sign of even routine maintenance being undertaken,” Dr McIntosh said. “What used to be a pleasant grassed area used for picnics and play is currently shin-high in weeds with bare patches in between and is quite useless and very unsightly.” Picnic tables removed from the area during the seawall construction were damaged beyond repair, Dr McIntosh said, and when she asked the city council for replacements, was told it was up to the Coastal Pathway


UNSIGHTLY: Redcliffs resident Zoe Fidler says the weeds on the Beachville Rd esplanade need to be tidied up. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

Group. However, that group was short of money for landscaping and had other priorities, she said. “It seems to be being batted back and forth.” Group chairman Scott Babington said they planned to meet with the RRA next week and it would be “one of the topics of discussion.” A city council spokeswoman told the Bay Harbour News “arrangements are under way for repairs. Staff have been talking

POPULAR: These picnic tables were removed during work on the Beachville Rd seawall and haven’t been replaced.

with local residents to keep them up-to-date with progress.” Dr McIntosh said she had a phone call from Mr Herrett on Friday and he had promised to

“try and get the contractors to do their job.” She said it was “disappointing” not to have had any action on the matter to date.


In Brief WHARF STRUCTURES TO GO Structures encroaching on public land along the Akaroa Wharf are to be removed. The Banks Peninsula Community Board decided on Monday that all structures which can practically be removed should be taken down. City council staff will now speak to Black Cat Cruises, which owns the structures, and report back to the board on November 13 with a time frame for removal. MUSEUM LAND TRANSFER Land at 33-35 London St is expected to be gifted to the Lyttelton Historical Museum Society tomorrow. Last month a hearing panel recommended the land be transferred to the society and the city council is expected to adopt the recommendation at its meeting on Thursday. The museum has been without a home since its Gladstone Quay premises were made uninhabitable after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. BOAT WASH RECONNECTION The boat wash adjacent to the Akaroa Boat Compound should be reconnected now that Akaroa’s water quantity has been improved, say the Banks Peninsula Community Board. It has asked the city council to reinstate it and is waiting to hear back on when this is likely to happen.

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New wastewater system plan for Diamond Harbour A NEW pressure wastewater system may be installed in Whero Ave and Marine Drive, Diamond Harbour. The gravity wastewater network in the area was badly damaged in the September 4, 2010, and February 22, 2011, earthquakes, and through root intrusion into the joints. The situation has caused blockages and overflows on to private property.  And in some areas houses have been constructed over the wastewater pipes, meaning they cannot be accessed for repair. The city council is proposing to install a pressure wastewater system like the one recently installed in Charteris Bay. The individual tank and

pump system is located in an underground tank which transfers wastewater, under pressure, from individual properties to the city council’s pipes in the street. It is connected to an alarm panel attached to the outside of each property, which alerts city council staff if there is a problem with the tank.  The only parts of the system that would be visible are the lid of the tank and the alarm panel. Feedback is being sought on the proposal until November 13. To make a submission, visit www.ccc.govt/haveyoursay The city council will also hold a street meeting on Tuesday, November 7 at 5.15pm in the Whero Ave cul-de-sac.

PROPOSAL: An artist’s impression of the original development proposal on Marine Drive.

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Complex plans revisited LID: A pressure wastewater system tank lid.

•From page 1 Spence Developments was planning to lodge a resource consent application with the city council this month but community reaction to the look

and size of the development along with concerns over access points have led to the project being pushed back by a month. Development spokesman, planning consultant James

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U-turn on ferry terminal bus stop plan „„ By Sarla Donovan THE DIAMOND Harbour ferry terminal will retain two bus stops after a U-turn from the Lyttelton Port Company. But it’s not budging on a decision not to provide a dedicated pick-up/drop-off zone. The LPC has been under pressure from community groups over a move to reduce bus parking spaces Peter Davie from three to one and not provide a public drop-off zone, as part of its staff car park development on Jetty 2. LPC chief executive Peter Davie said yesterday he had “listened to the concerns expressed by the Diamond Harbour Community Association and the Banks Peninsula Community Board about the negative impact reducing the bus service to one stop would have on people using the ferry. We have decided to retain two bus stops so there is no change to the 28 bus service, while the 535 will pick up and drop off people wanting to catch the ferry from Norwich Quay.”

REVAMP: An artist’s impression of the ferry terminal at Lyttelton Port.

While they wouldn’t provide a dedicated pick-up/drop-off zone for private vehicles, LPC would “facilitate access” for people to drop off goods, had young children or who were physically impaired, Mr Davie said. “Regular users . . . can apply for a permit to enable them to be dropped off and picked up close to the ferry. People who are not regular users, but need close access to the ferry, can phone LPC security 24 hours a day, seven days a week to arrange entry. As a secondary

option people can contact Black Cat Cruises to facilitate access.” Banks Peninsula Community Board chairwoman Christine Wilson said the board was “delighted that LPC has revisited its plans.” Stairs onto the Oxford St overbridge are being re-installed, reducing the walking distance to the ferry. “The community has been asking us to re-install these stairs and we are pleased to deliver this. We will undertake this work while we construct

our staff car park for Waterfront House, LPC’s new operations and administration building. All work is scheduled to be completed before Christmas, with LPC’s administration and management teams relocating from Woolston. •HAVE YOUR SAY: What do you think of the Lyttelton Port Company’s U-turn? Email sarla.donovan@ starmedia.kiwi •Soapbox, p12


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Akaroa toilets ‘disgraceful’ TOILETS AT the Akaroa Recreation Ground have been labelled a “disgrace.” Akaroa resident Laurice Bradford has written to the Banks Peninsula Community Board denouncing the current state of the toilets. “The pipe is leaking on the sink in the ladies so the floor is always wet and the doors don’t lock that well in the ladies and the disabled toilet. There is also no soap or paper towels.” Ms Bradford said the toilets were used by “a lot of travellers, and locals, and should be in better condition. “Freedom campers are washing dishes in the sinks, which is a health and safety issue.” She wants the city council to provide a tap, sink and bench on the outside of the building for campers to wash their dishes. Community board chairwoman Christine Wilson said the board had discussed the issue at their meeting on Monday. “We didn’t think a sink was a good idea. We want to encourage campers in need of facilities to go a campground.” However, the board has asked city council staff to look at fixing the problems and improving the maintenance of the toilet block.

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News Firefighting capacity worry •From page 1 FENZ Christchurch metro area commander Dave Stackhouse has put forward a case for Little River to get a new or upgraded vehicle “as soon as possible,” Mr Irving said. There have been several serious fires in Little River over the past couple of years and Mr Irving said coming into the dry season it was a real concern they didn’t have the right equipment to fight fires. The Little River brigade covers a 60km radius from Seabridge Rd near Motukarara to the Hilltop Tavern above Akaroa. “(The case has) gone to Wellington Fleet Management,” said Mr Irving. “Unfortunately it’s been nearly three months now and there’s been no result.” The Banks Peninsula Community Board has now raised the issue with FENZ. Board member Tori Peden said they were expecting a briefing from them on the situation in December. Mrs Peden said both the brigade and local residents were worried about the limited transportable water, especially with the weather starting to heat up. Birdlings Flat resident Barb


Gaeth said it was a real concern for the Birdlings Flat area, which has a limited water supply. She said she’d heard the truck “can’t get over the hill when it’s full of water, which is freaky. We’ve had two fires at Birdlings Flat since we’ve been living there and once they take hold in that matagouri . . .” Little River Campground owner Marcus Puentener said that as a rural property owner with native bush, the prospect

of it going up in flames was a worry. “If anything, we need a larger truck, being in a rural area. We had a massive fire up Okuti Valley two years ago and they were limited in where they could get their vehicles so anything that would limit their capacity to help in an emergency would be a concern.” In May this year, a paraplegic man had a narrow escape when fire took hold of his Kaituna

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Pedestrian safety to be improved with white pavers NEW TACTILE pavers designed to improve pedestrian safety in Akaroa will be white, except at the Rue Jolie intersection. Banks Peninsula Community Board chairwoman Christine Wilson said it was a difficult decision for the board, which had tried to find a compromise between community concerns over retaining heritage values in the township, and maximising pedestrian safety. City council staff had recommended the yellow pavers as having higher safety values. The Blind Foundation also advocates using yellow – for those with low vision yellow is recognised as a warning colour. However, heritage advocates argued the yellow tactile pavers would affect the look of the Akaroa historic area and pushed for white to be used. Rue Jolie will have yellow ones because its proximity to a zebra crossing meant white pavers could be confused with a bar of the crossing.

FIERCE: Little River firefighters were among those who attended a fierce blaze which consumed a Kaituna homestead earlier this year.

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homestead, consuming the 100-year-old property. Dave Stackhouse couldn’t be reached for comment on how the case for a replacement vehicle was progressing. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Are lives being put at risk? Is three months too long to wait for news of whether a replacement tanker is coming? Email your views to sarla.donovan@starmedia. kiwi

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Long-serving MP still looking ‘I wanted to change the world. Make it a better place’ „„ By Sarla Donovan RUTH DYSON turned 60 in August, but the political veteran shows no sign of slowing down. Three days a week she’s in Wellington, and though her stepson lives there and a stepdaughter up the coast in Paekakariki, there’s not much opportunity to see them or her five grandchildren – work doesn’t finish until 10pm. She says the time away from her Moncks Bay home is good for her and Martin, her “very tolerant” husband of 32 years. Their house was rebuilt after the February 22, 2011, earthquake and Martin looks after the vegetable gardens, chooks and beehive while she’s away. September’s election saw Ms Dyson increase her majority by more than 5000 votes in the Port Hills electorate she’s held for four terms. And this time around, she’s back in the corridors of power for the first time in nearly a decade, this time as the Government chief whip. Like Labour leader and now Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, Ms Dyson’s interest in politics came as a teenager, though she wasn’t from a political family. Catholic educated, she describes herself as an “army brat” who lived in different military camps around the country. She had to persuade her parents to vote Labour. “I won,” she says with a wry smile. “I’m sure they were National voters before me.” Growing up, she never lacked ambition. “When I first started school, I remember I was at a Catholic primary school and the teacher

CHOOK CHOOK: Ruth Dyson at home feeding her four hens. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

Below – Ms Dyson speaking at the Labour Party Conference at the Dunedin Town Hall in 1988, when she was elected party president. said: ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ And I said a rock star or the pope. And to her credit, she never told me that I couldn’t be the pope.” The appeal of politics was idealistic. “I wanted to change the world. Make it a better place. I was involved in anti-mining, antiapartheid, the peace movement, women’s movement – it was the 70s, you had to be. But I didn’t get involved in party politics until I lived on the West Coast in the 80s.” In the end, it was a toss-up between Labour and Values (which later became the Green Party) but with no other Values person on the

coast, she ended up joining the Labour Party in 1979. After working as a campaign organiser for Labour MP Kerry Burke in the 1981 and 1984 elections, a shift north to

Wellington followed, helping Fran Wilde with the Homosexual Law Reform Bill. Then, at the 1988 Labour Party conference at the Dunedin Town Hall, she defeated Jim Anderton to win the position of party president at the youthful age of 31 – a position she held for the next five years before being elected to Parliament in 1993 in the Lyttelton electorate which later became Banks Peninsula and then Port Hills. She’s now been there for 24 years, one of the longest-serving current MPs, and has held her electorate seat in all but one election (losing to National’s David Carter in 1996.) Being back in Government

after nine years on opposition benches is a “huge opportunity” she says. “Listening to Jacinda on the radio this morning makes me think we’re probably going to be working non-stop for the next three years, because there’s such a big list of things to do.” Ms Dyson concedes she wasn’t anticipating a return to Government three months ago. “If you had asked me then . . . I would have said we’d be spending another term in opposition, watching more destruction.” It’s 18 years since Helen Clark’s Labour Government prised National out of office and the issues facing the new coalition are “not dissimilar,” Ms Dyson says.

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for opportunities She identifies housing as something that’s “a lot worse” now than in 1999. “But remember, we’d had a period of state house sell-offs coming in to office in 99. And Auckland . . . had sold off all their council housing properties. So there was huge pressure for social housing then, (but) it’s substantially worse now.” “I also think, especially here in Christchurch, mental health is in a much worse state. We’d had quite a period of stability, probably from when Jenny Shipley took over from Jim Bolger (in 1997). “Shipley and Helen Clark were on the same page in terms of mental health and were both pretty determined to depoliticise it. It was often called the ‘Cinderella’ of the health system – always the last thing to get done – so I think in 1999 mental health was in better shape, though the health system overall wasn’t. But now, the health system is really under resourced and for me, mental health is the really big issue.” Also not new is the way women politicians get treated. She reckons they still get judged differently to men. “The New Zealand Herald headline that had Jacinda putting a ‘curse’ on the All Blacks – would you have done that to Bill English? Maybe, but I don’t think so. She’s a woman and she’s young. That shouldn’t make a difference, we should be really proud of that but it’s seen as a negative thing by quite a few people.” Having said that, “any woman that goes into public office helps the next generation do it. Fran Wilde and Annette King are two of the women that really encouraged me to get involved in politics and they still do, they’re still two of my closest friends. Margaret Wilson, Helen Clark.” “When I first went into Parliament I wouldn’t have been called



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HALLELUJAH: Sue Stewart gives the pavement repairs the thumbs up.

PROUD: Ms Dyson at home in the garden with her husband Martin Ward. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

a political operator, it was more ‘where’s the bathroom, where’s my office’ . . . but I’ve always been interested in how decisions are made and how to influence things, what really makes a difference. “I’ve learned a lot about the political process and how best to influence change. I had five years as president of the party so before I went into Parliament I thought I knew how the place ran, but I didn’t have a clue. You don’t know until you get in there.” “What keeps me there? I can get things done, I can change things for the better. That’s what keeps me there.” So does Ruth Dyson ever forget that she’s an MP? “At this time of the political cycle, no . . . we’ve just been away for the long weekend and – I should have worn a balaclava. I had people coming up to me in a restaurant on Stewart Island saying ‘what’s going to happen?’”

FAST FACTS: •Cabinet minister for eight years under Helen Clark, with portfolios including ACC, Senior Citizens, Associate Health, Disability and Social Development. •Elected the 28th Labour Party president at 31, succeeded in 1993 by Maryan Street. •In her maiden speech to Parliament in 1994, she spoke of living in an abusive relationship. •In 2015, she was referred to Parliament’s privileges committee for calling speaker of the house David Carter “incompetent,” “sexist” and “biased” on twitter. •She introduced and passed the law that made NZ Sign Language an official language alongside English and Te Reo.

Problem pavers finally fixed „„ By Sarla Donovan HOW LONG does it take to fix a bumpy footpath? Turns out, quite some time. But here’s the abbreviated version: In May this year, Sue Stewart (right) tripped on uneven pavers along the Akaroa waterfront, grazing her face. Not one to take such things lying down, she decided to go out with some spray paint and mark the area to help prevent others from falling and injuring themselves. That’s when Banks Peninsula city councillor and Deputy Mayor Andrew Turner got involved. He visited the site and assured Ms Stewart the city council was taking the matter “very seriously”. The problem pavers would be fixed by the end of June, he told Ms Stewart. Fast forward three months to September and the pavers were removed, but still not replaced. Cones and barriers surrounded the area. Cr Turner said it wasn’t a simple matter of just replacing the pavers. Apparently,

specialist contractors were needed to replace the pavers with a gravel, resin-based material, which would provide a safe surface around the trees and keep them healthy. But poor weather and rain meant the contractor had a backlog. Then last month, Ms Stewart again contacted Bay Harbour News. “The barriers are still here,” she said. “Nothing’s happened for months.” On October 25, Bay Harbour News asked Cr Turner when the repairs would be finished? On October 27, almost five months to the day since the saga started, Cr Turner responded: “I have been advised that the final part of the work is being done, and will be completed, today. I have asked a further question on the reason for the delay, and can provide this information as soon as I have an answer from the staff responsible for the project.” Ms Stewart is understandably pleased. She’s contemplating writing a poem about the whole affair. Watch this space.



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A LUXURIOUS Pigeon Bay property has won gold at the New Zealand Bach of the Year Awards. ‘The Point’ got the top gong for eco-friendliness in the competition, which has been run by holiday rental site Bookabach for the past five years. The Warren and Mahoney designed, off-the-grid house has a private swimming cove and rents for $490 per night. There were eight category winners selected by public vote, including most charming, best design, best setting, best urban bach and familyfriendly. A Christchurch property in Richmond won gold in the urban category and one in Hanmer Springs took out a silver in the pet-friendly section. The holiday homes are shortlisted by Bookabach from more than 11,000 properties across the country. All of the eight gold-winning properties went into the running for ‘Supreme Bach of the Year’ which was taken out by the ‘best setting’ winner, a beachfront property in Whangamata, Coromandel.

ECO-STAR: ‘The Point’ in Pigeon Bay won gold in the eco-friendly category of Bookabach’s Bach of the Year Awards.

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Your Local Views Clarifying issues surrounding development in port Peter Davie, chief executive, Lyttelton Port of Christchurch, responds to the Soap Box article in the Bay Harbour News from Felix Dawson, Diamond Harbour Resident and Banks Peninsula Community Board Mt Herbert representative Felix Dawson confused several issues pertaining to Lyttelton Port in his October 4 Soapbox article. It is important that the right information is provided so people know the facts. Upgrade of Diamond Harbour Ferry Terminal We are upgrading the existing Diamond Harbour Ferry Terminal amenities. We’re doing this at the same time as constructing a staff car park adjacent to Waterfront House, LPC’s new operations and administration building. For some time the community has asked if we could re-install stairs off the Oxford St overbridge to provide direct access to the ferry. This will reduce the walking distance to the ferry and is included in the terminal upgrade.

We are working closely with Environment Canterbury to maintain the existing bus service and we will retain the dual bus stops. This will ensure there is no change for people using the 28 bus service to access the Diamond Harbour Ferry. There has never been a dedicated drop-off/ pick-up area at the wharf, and currently, people cannot drive directly to the ferry. However we are happy to provide access for people who are impaired, elderly, have young children or are dropping off goods. We will be communicating this to Diamond Harbour

Ferry users and the wider community. Reclamation of land LPC has applied for resource consent to extend the reclamation in Te Awaparahi Bay to 34ha. Ten hectares has already been reclaimed as part of the Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan, following the 2010/2011 earthquakes. The port requires the 34ha reclamation to provide the space needed to meet the South Island’s fast growing freight requirements. LPC has always communicated that, while the port does not need all 34ha immediately, it will within the next

10 to 15 years, and is obtaining the consents now to allow the extension of the reclamation without any future disruption. LPC has always said that the logs in front of Norwich Quay will be relocated to either Cashin Quay or the reclaimed area. For locals, the expansion of the reclamation is particularly beneficial. Moving Port operations east, away from Lyttelton’s residential area, will also free up the inner harbour for increased community access. Cruise ship berth and channel deepening consent Obtaining the channel deepening resource consent is a critical

component of the international cruise ship berth construction and this was communicated at the consent hearing. While the existing channel has sufficient depth to allow cruise vessels to reach the port, dredging is required around the new wharf to allow the ships to actually dock at the proposed cruise berth. We are preparing to mediate with both parties who appealed our consent on their concerns and consequently, at this point, we are unable to provide a time line of when the cruise berth will be completed. We are as disappointed as many are about this delay, particularly as the hearing panel decided “by a considerable margin” that our consent be granted. LPC actively does its best to ensure that any impact our operations have on the community and environment is minimised. I encourage anyone with concerns to contact us. •More local views, p17

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28 Mallard Place Tucked away in a family-friendly cul-de-sac in Brookhaven, 28 Mallard Place is now for sale on an ‘as is, where is’ basis. On offer here is a private, warm and sunny four bedroom home where entertainers will love the patio area for having a BBQ on those long summer nights. Grab a book & relax in the garden, have a game of back yard cricket or potter around in the veggie patch. Perfect as an addition to your investment portfolio, entrylevel buying into the area or your next forever home, this property is a must-see! Conveniently located just minutes from the CBD, Woolston shopping centre, restaurants and bars at the Tannery, bus routes and schools, all making for easy living. It is recommended that all purchasers carry out their own building/engineers inspections and due diligence in regards to the land, chattels, improvements & reports. Be quick to snap up this bargain, my clients are motivated to sell! Call today to view. ‘As is’ - Don’t Blink & Miss It! Auction: Thursday 16th November View at: www.harcourts.co.nz ID#FM5278 Kirsty McLeod Ph 027 226 5893

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Landscaper gifts garden to bridge club SUMNER BRIDGE Club has a brand new garden out front thanks to a local landscape designer. Erik Ellis said the club had approached him to come up with a new design as the old garden had become overgrown and messy. The Dryden St cottage now features box hedging planted in a pattern to show an ace of spades – the highest card in bridge – and the letters SBC. Club secretary Ally Mathias said the club was “extremely grateful” for Dr Ellis’ generosity. “He gave his landscaping design and planting expertise, at no charge,” she said. Dr Ellis said he hoped that with the garden’s strong structure and regular maintenance, it would look good for years to come. Box hedging plants can last up to 100 years and handle both dry and wet conditions, Dr Ellis said. The freshly planted plots had attracted great interest at the club’s recent spring tournament, with members and visitors showing appreciation for the design, Ms Mathias said. Sumner Bridge Club was started in 1968 and will celebrate its 50th anniversary in September next year.

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TRACK: Concerns have been raised about the safety of the walking track between Cass Bay and Corsair Bay. ​

Walking tracks a safety concern WET WEATHER and a lack of maintenance are combining to make Cass Bay walking tracks a potential danger. The Cass Bay reserves management committee is concerned about poor maintenance on the Head to Head walkway between Corsair and Cass Bay and Cass Bay to Pony Point. It said the tracks are well used by locals and visitors but heavy use and poor management are

causing slips in winter and in summer long grass is obscuring the tracks. Drains have been put in place but the majority are not correctly positioned or clogged, secretary Helen Braithwaite said in a letter to the Banks Peninsula Community Board. “As a result, in wet weather, the storm water runs down and under the paths and erodes them.” “Over the last 18 years, we

have had meetings with council staff, looking at solutions to this problem. However, there has been little action, and with each change of council staff, discussions start from the beginning again.” The committee said the Pony Point track is under the care of the Regional Parks team, however, the Corsair to Cass Bay section is with the Urban Parks team, which “seems to have no funding for ongoing mainte-

nance of the track.” They’ve written to the board asking that the Regional Parks team take responsibility for all of the tracks. “It would also be useful to have a counter on the Corsair Bay to Cass Bay track, to measure the number of people using the track in order to justify the maintenance load.” The board has asked city council staff for advice on whether this would be possible.

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Local travel agency picks up top retail store in New Zealand Working in such an exciting and evolving industry brings many rewarding moments but when you love what you do it is amazing what you can achieve, says Melissa Landrebe, Owner/Operator of awardwinning business, YOU Travel Ferrymead. The well-established company has been no stranger to accolades over the years and was recently recognised at the 2017 TAANZ National Travel Industry Awards. Senior Consultant, Tanya Cross, was one of 3 finalists selected for Best Retail Travel Consultant and the business won the prestigious ‘Best Brand Retail Single Location’ award. “You can’t get any better than that,” says Melissa, who has been in the industry for 28 years and took over the business in 2001. “I’m so proud of my team, it’s such an amazing achievement and very satisfying to have our hard work recognised. Being the overall winner nationwide is also a huge accolade especially competing against much bigger companies – becoming finalists in two categories is pretty impressive for a small team of six!” The success of YOU Travel Ferrymead comes down to a true passion for the industry, she says. “Our team are so

passionate and the knowledge and experience within our four walls is huge. Our clients are amazing and make what we do an absolute pleasure, it’s really all about listening and creating everlasting memories unique to the individuals. We are with them through their whole journey including sharing their experiences on return, we very much value the relationships we have with our customers and believe it’s something we are really good at.” The business is also closely involved with the local Sumner community, supporting schools and sports groups. Located on 960 Ferry Rd, visit www.youtravel.co.nz/Ferrymead or phone 384 2700 for enquiries.

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Nuk thanks supporters in the Port Hills spite of getting 44.4 per cent of the vote. However, this is the nature of MMP and we accept the decision and move forward. I congratulate the new prime minister and am also pleased to see the hard working Eugenie Sage as minister of conservation and Ruth Dyson as Labour Party chief whip. With 56 National MPs, the opposition will be the largest and strongest opposition in Parliamentary history. Our outgoing prime minister, Bill English, has been a remarkable finance minister and prime minister. I am incredibly proud to continue serving under his leadership As we begin our journey in strong opposition, I will continue with the privilege of working hard for you and all those in the Port Hills electorate. Thank you to all who supported me and the National Party. 

National list MP Nuk Korako pays tribute to his supporters in the Port Hills Last weekend I enjoyed an afternoon at my home with our campaign team to say a huge thank you for their support and hard work. Members and supporters are truly the backbone of our National Party and Port Hills electorate, and I thank you for your support and involvement. We ran a strong Port Hills campaign and were delighted to have won the party vote, which contributed to National’s overall success. It was a difficult week for me and I know the same for many when the devastating news was presented that National will not be returned to Government, in

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Barbara Crooks writes about Ferrymead Rotary’s work to support elderly people in the community IT’S HARD to imagine going into the centre of Christchurch for the first time in 10 years. But that was the experience for one of the nine Sumner and Redcliffs senior citizens which Ferrymead Rotary took into the central city. Although they all live alone and some still drive, most hadn’t been into the city for a long time. They were collected by two Rotary members in a van lent to the club by the Kowhai Rest Home. Their first stop – the Botanic Gardens. They were given a guided tour around the gardens in the ‘Caterpillar’, complete with a driver commentary about the plants and their origins, and stops for closer inspection at the begonia and cacti houses. Several hadn’t been on the ‘Caterpillar’ before and some had never been to the Botanic Gardens.

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SIGHTS: Sumner and Redcliffs senior citizens enjoyed a trip around the Botanic Gardens.

After a Rotary-shouted lunch in a city cafe, they cruised around the changing scene of the central city rebuild. They took in sights such as the Margaret Mahy playground, the Piano Centre, the Isaac Theatre Royal and the Transitional Cathedral. So much had changed since they had last been to town 10 years ago. As you might expect, they were astounded by what she saw. One woman said: “I might now even be able to find my way around the city again.” The group was most appreciative of the outing. One wrote to Ferrymead Rotary, saying it was “especially fun and a real learning experience to be taken around the Botanic Gardens on the Caterpillar with a very

knowledgeable driver”. Feedback like this has encouraged Ferrymead Rotary to make the outing an annual project. This was the first time since the February 22, 2011, earthquakes that the club has provided something specific for this age group. Back then when the local supermarkets were closed, the club transported numerous elderly people to shop further afield. •Ferrymead Rotary meets at The Speights Ale House, Ferrymead, every Tuesday at 5.45pm. Join them and see Rotary for yourself. Get in touch with secretary Kai Tovgaard on 384 9485 or president Roger Chapman on 384 1300 for more information.



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From Taylors Mistake to the Atlantic Isaac Giesen plans to row 4700km for suicide prevention JOURNEY:

„„ By Andrew Alderson ATLANTIC ROWER Isaac Giesen grew up in Merivale but spent his summers at the Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving Club from the age of nine. While he longer lives in Christchurch, the born-and-bred Cantabrian still rates Taylors Mistake as the “best damn club in the whole damn land”. All going to plan, over Christmas the 25-year-old will be manning the oars of his rowing vessel somewhere between the Canary Islands and Antigua on a 4700km journey across the Atlantic Ocean to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention. Giesen leaves on December 12 and hopes to complete the crossing in 60 days. He expects to drop 20-30kg from a 110kg race weight, but a mop of hair and free-range beard that has seen him called “Jesus” will stay. On Chritmas Day, Giesen will sling his rod overboard, hoping to reel in a catch he can fillet on a chopping board built into the port side gunwale of his vessel, Bonnie Lass. The plan is to enjoy sashimi, even if he’s stuck in one of the trade winds route’s infamous hurricanes. Lemon could be added as a marinade or, depending on how cavalier he feels, he might knock up a soup with tom yum paste, coconut powder and desalinated water. Whatever ends up on Giesen’s menu, it is for a cause close to his heart. He lost an aunt and two mates

Isaac Giesen will attempt to row 4700km across the Atlantic to raise awareness and money for suicide prevention.

to suicide in recent years. The objective is to complete the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge to raise $1 million in the name of mental health for the Bravehearts, Black Dog Institute and Victim Support charities. A sum of $13,862 has been secured so far under a campaign branded The Blue Rower. Giesen knows eating on the voyage is less about Michelinstar meals and more about chowing down enough energy for his stints on the oars. He cites the case of veteran long-distance rower Leven Brown – who’s his mentor – being forced to open a bag of potato chips by sitting on them after battling to the point of exhaustion through a hurricane. “Because I’m going solo, I can row or sleep as much as I want,” Giesen says. “But I might break the day into six four-hour slots of three hours on, one hour off. So I’ll need to eat so much food for fuel, then work out a sleep and rowing pattern around it.” Why go to such extremes? “The answer is ‘why not’?” he says. “I don’t have an answer to why my aunty and two mates did that. In fact, it’ll always be a demon question in the back of my mind, so while I’m still living

and breathing, why not live life to the full.” Giesen said he has never officially suffered depression, but that should not stop Kiwis talking about it. “I went through one spell where I’d wake up unhappy. I kept telling myself ‘tomorrow will be better’,” he said. “If I ever did have depression, the best way for me to deal with it would be through exercise, to control those inner thoughts. “I needed to break the silence. I don’t want to be that New Zealand man who won’t talk about his feelings.” Giesen believes the next generation can change the way New Zealanders think about mental health. “Some New Zealanders are still stuck in backward ways. Hopefully younger people can be open and talk about it like John Kirwan as an All Black. But who among the new generation will know him if they don’t follow rugby?” Giesen was once a surf lifesaver at Taylors Mistake, but never rowed competitively. He has been subjecting himself to three-hour rows on the ergometer to build his base fitness.

Brown told him his erg scores, with an average 2m 19s, split for each 500m, mean his fitness is “as good as it can get” for the task at hand. “I know I can do more, but I still expect to get broken out there. “I’m hoping it helps that I can read surf to know when to stroke and maximise the power of the waves. “I also completed my yacht masters course last year in the Canary Islands (including more than 5000 sailing hours) which helped me understand swells.” Planning has been key to building confidence for his expedition. Giesen has fixed and handheld GPS units on-board, alongside VHF units and charts to plot his daily position. He will eat dehydrated food, and has a water-maker and manual backup which can pump out 28 and two litres an hour respectively. Brown is helping Giesen with his weather navigation; a sound plan given he has rowed 30,000 nautical miles on various routes around the world. As a result, Giesen will get five different chart options a day and take the advice of 2001 trans-Atlantic race winners Kevin Biggar and

Jamie Fitzgerald. They got the weather in the morning and plotted incremental measures of achievement on their chart. He will also take the pair’s advice on oars. “They used wetsuit material for hand grips because it takes the moisture away and softens up the catch [of the blade in the water]. “It’s a bit squishy and better on your tendons. I’ve got an old wetsuit so I’ll probably cut that into strips.” Eight boats will contest the event’s solo class. Giesen’s is one of the oldest in the fleet but it’s “made with love” and “seamless finishings”. He can put out a parachute anchor if Armageddon pops up in the middle of nowhere. “My theory is ‘don’t touch it’,” Giesen says of the chute. “I’m about 10 per cent of the boat’s weight so I can manoeuvre it in the big surf.” Giesen finished a degree in viticulture and winemaking in 2015 and was working as a chartered skipper for Kiwi company MedSailors in Croatia on sailing holidays for 18-30-year-olds. Then he had an appetite for something new. “It was good fun, a lot of drinking, but by the end I’d had enough. I wanted to focus on this.” If he’s seeking inspiration, Kiwi Dame Naomi James embarked on a similar adventure 40 years ago, becoming the first woman to sail solo around the world via Cape Horn. She began her circumnavigation on a loaned 16m yacht just over two years after learning to sail. James suffered radio silence for 12875km heading south in the Atlantic, lost her kitten Boris overboard and was forced to stop over in Cape Town when her self-steering failed. Three months into the voyage, she realised she was miscalculating latitude with longitude on her distance chart. –NZ Herald

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CHAMPIONS: Jean Kozyniak and Oska Baynes receive their prizes for victory in Sunday’s race.

RECORD BREAKER: Oska Baynes shows off his race record after stopping the clock at 36m 13s. PHOTOS: ALLAN URE

UNDER WAY: Oska Baynes leading the field from the start line on the beach at Taylors Mistake.

Records set in scorching heat at Boulder Bay Classic „„ By Gordon Findlater THE PACE at Sunday’s Boulder Bay Classic was scorching hot, as records fell in both the men’s and women’s events. The men’s record was not just broken but completely smashed by race winner Oska Baynes. His time of 36m 13s over the 10.5km trail course was a whopping 3min quicker than the previous best time of 39m 13s set by Dallas Wichman in 2013. “I don’t think it’s beatable. The thing that was most amazing is that when he crossed the finish line he just looked like he had run 100m to go and have a cup of tea and piece of cake,” said event organiser Lisa Brignell.

In the women’s event Jean Kozyniak’s time of 45m 4s was good enough to shave 24sec off Liliana Braun’s record of 45m 28s, which she set last year. Braun finished second in Sunday’s race in a time of 45m 22s. Sunday’s conditions were perfect for racing with the overall pace among the top runners well under previous times. “It was a little bit overcast and cooler to start with and just got warmer and warmer as the day progressed,” said Brignell. David Fitch was the best of the Sumner Running Club members, finishing fifth overall in the men’s event and second in the 35-49 age category. The majority of regular Sumner runners expe-

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FESTIVAL: The Mockers played many of their early gigs at Lincoln University in the 1980s and will return for Selwyn Sounds on March 3 at the Lincoln Domain.

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Check out the new gallery space in the beautiful home of well-known painter Margaret Stoddart. The charming building has been carefully restored and lends itself to showing off works of art, all created by local artists and craftspeople. Drinks and nibbles from 4.30pm. Go along and help celebrate. 18 Waipapa Ave, Diamond Harbour

Melbourne Cup Soiree Tuesday, 4pm Kick up your heels on Melbourne Cup day. There will be prizes for the best hat, sweepstakes and quality finger food. Tickets available from the bar at the club. Open to all – including members, friends, family, and the community. Redcliffs/Mt Pleasant Bowling Club, James St. $10

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E The poignant, heart-warming story of a woman who wants nothing else than to be a mum, and one who never wanted to be a mother. K Mother: Female parent of a child BOO S Mum: The woman who nurtures, raises and loves a child I H T Radio host Harper Drummond lives for her glamorous career. Every day she meets fascinating people doing extraordinary things, but has begun to wonder whether there’s something more for her out there. She’s financially secure, happily married and loves her job — what more could she want from life? An interview with a childless couple prompts Harper to think about whether she could make a contribution. She and her husband, Samuel, know they don’t want a child in their lives, but could she help someone else become a mother? The childhood cancer that left Claire Beggs infertile doesn’t matter to her husband, Jasper. He loves her unreservedly, and they are passionate about their thriving hot air balloon business in the Hunter Valley. Despite their contentment, Claire is desperate to have a child — she knows Jasper would be a brilliant father and doesn’t want him to regret choosing her over a family in the years to come. An egg donor seems to be Claire and Jasper’s only chance of a happy family. Can they find someone who will give them the greatest gift?

Poirot - Murder On The Orient Express [Film Tie-in Edition] by Agatha Christie Agatha Christie’s most famous murder mystery, reissued with a new cover to tie in with the hugely anticipated 2017 film adaptation. Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.

WIN THIS BOOK We have one copy of The Greatest Giftto give away, courtesy of Take Note Ferrymead. To be in the draw, email giveaways@starmedia.kiwi with The Greatest Gift in the subject line or write to Take Note Book Giveaway, The Greatest Gift, Star Media, PO Box 1467, Christchurch 8140. To be eligible for the draw, all entries must include your name, address and contact number. Entries close Tuesday 14 November, 2017. Winner of Sixty Seconds is Karen Hooper of Beckenham.



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REAL ESTATE Spectacular seascape classic 11 Cholmondeley Lane, Governors Bay Auction: Thursday, 9 November 2017 Unless Sold Prior

4 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | 3 toilets | 2 living rooms | 1 office/study | 2 car-garage | Listing ID BE192909

Locations like this don’t come up often but with our vendors committed to a move overseas, this is a rare opportunity to settle somewhere very special. In a park like setting with gently sloping lawns and lush, established gardens the property connects directly to the waterfront via a pathway. With nothing in the way, it’s a magnificent panorama out to the Lyttelton Harbour and surrounding hills. Peaceful and ever changing, this must be the ultimate antidote to life’s daily stresses. The classic homestead sits at the top of

the property enjoying the best of the views and sun. Built with family in mind there are four bedrooms, two living, 2 sunrooms and a large library/office that could be a fifth bedroom. The main family area is open plan with a huge kitchen at the heart. Granite benches and state of the art appliances make this a home-cook’s paradise. The dining area and adjoining living both open directly to a large deck and the ever-present vista. A wood burner with a feature stone surround adds the cosy warmth of real flame. Adjoining these spaces is the second

living room, which in turn connects to a sunny rear facing conservatory and courtyard. Upstairs is the master suite, library and a second sunroom with views right to Godley Head - the perfect spot to watch ships come and go, with yachts in the foreground and kids jumping off the pier at the bottom of your garden. There are two luxury bathrooms one being ensuite. There is two car garaging and tons of off street parking for the whole clan. Set in the small harbour community of Governors Bay the property is an easy

commute to central Christchurch, and a short stroll from all the community amenities including bars and cafes, the school and the local pool. Open Homes Saturdays and Sundays 12:00pm - 12:45pm. See you at the open home or to arrange a private viewing of this property call Debbie Pettigrew on 027 777 0411 or Debbie Johnson on 021 0515225 from Harcourts Grenadier Beckenham (Licensed Agent REAA 2008) or phone the office 337 1316

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