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Big industrial land sale in Avonhead, Hornby TWO OF the largest greenfield commercial and industrial development land blocks on the city’s urban fringe are up for sale. The 7.61ha block at 361 Russley Rd, Avonhead, adjacent to Christchurch Airport, and 11.97ha block at 206 Shands Rd, Hornby, are both zoned for commercial and industrial-related property usages. The Russley Rd site is being marketed as deadline sale with offers closing at 4pm on December 7, while the Shands Rd block has a deadline sale, with offers closing at 4pm on December 6. Both blocks are being marketed for sale by Greg Mann and Nick O’Styke, of Bayleys Canterbury. The Russley Rd block is situ-

DEVELOPMENT: These pieces of land on Russley Rd and Shands Rd are for sale.

ated within the special purpose airport zone, which allows for the building of car parking amenities, warehouse and distribution complexes, commercial service premises, or retail and hospitality operations. The block sits in the middle of four potential access routes – facing onto Avonhead Rd, Ron

Guthrey Rd, Syd Bradley Rd and with a 400m-long exposure to Russley Rd. Mr Mann said the zoning of the Russley Rd block was designed to underpin the ongoing operations and roles of nearby airport and aviation activities. “Christchurch International

Airport plays a significant role in supporting the economic and social development of not only the city, but also greater Canterbury and indeed the South Island,” Mr Mann said. Meanwhile, the Shands Rd block is zoned industrial general – providing a buffer between Hornby’s industrial and

residential sectors and allowing for a broad range of business operations. The rectangular site fronts onto Establishment Drive and Shands Rd. Mr O’Styke said the property was close to a raft of different business premises. “A 2015 commercial property report identified Hornby as one of the key growth suburbs in western Christchurch as a result of the earthquake rebuild and relocation activity,” Mr O’Styke said. “Given the close proximity to State Highway 1, the Port of Lyttelton, and Christchurch Airport, there is no question that Hornby is widely recognised as one of the most strategicallylocated industrial and logistical hubs in Christchurch” he said.

Computer science through the generations •From page 1 The programme, which is used around the world, focuses on binary numbers, algorithms and data compression and has been translated into 25 different languages. A visit to his son’s year 1 class to talk about his profession sparked the idea.

“I was aware from my son about the people before me, in particular a cop, who came along with his car and a nurse who brought fake blood, so as a computer scientist the challenge was getting kids to actually be interested in computer science.

“But then it went down really well and I kept being invited back for more sessions,” said Prof Bell (left). The challenge was to find an engaging and interesting way to teach computer science, something Prof Bell was determined to achieve.

“Someone might say, well, obviously, you can’t teach computer science to five-year-olds and so I thought well okay, lets see if we can . . . it’s definitely about rising to that challenge.” Shirley Primary School, Banks Avenue School and Chisnallwood Intermediate

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School were some of the first to trial the system. “The local Christchurch schools have been a very big part of what has become a well-known international programme … being Kiwi schools, I feel they are more open to new ideas and making stuff happen,” said Prof Bell.

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