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Tuesday November 21 2017

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Concerns in Yaldhurst Yaldhurst Residents Association chairwoman Sara HarnettKikstra talks about what’s happening in the area What’s happening in Yaldhurst? Plenty of noise, a plethora of new quarries in a rural zone, a plethora of industrial activity in a rural zone and plenty of stressed residents. The root of the problem is a succession of district plans with extremely permissive rules. There are always consequences. While the buzz word in the city is rebuild and regenerate out on the fringes of the city it is denigrate. City council acting head of resource consents John Gibson said “the city council was aware of concerns in the area and sought to address them through a planning and legal framework.” Can he not comprehend that is precisely what caused the problem, a dysfunctional Resource Management Act. Historically the Resource Management Act looks at every application in isolation, in an ad hoc laissez faire style and doesn’t appear to take into account the cumulative effects of an activity.

CELEBRATIONS: Hornby Preschool children and staff gathered with Lolohea during his visit, while Hornby High School students played a song for him.

That is until the recent environment court decision by Judge Borthwick in Harewood Gravels, city council versus Joint Action Group. The application for resource consent has been declined. In this case Judge Borthwick considered the cumulative effects of the 300ha already consented with the current application and the absence of any specific study to determine the level of quarrying which is acceptable within this zone. As an aside the court acknowledged the impact on residents of the development of quarrying in this area and their felt sense of frustration, at times, helplessness, when responding to the applications in respect of which they were notified and their efforts to ‘police’ the compliance by neighbouring quarries with the conditions of their consents. Harewood Gravels has now appealed to the High Court. The city council and Environment Canterbury’s lack of action is akin to “Caesar fiddling while Rome burns.”

WELCOME: Tuimoala Lolohea was all smiles as he met with pupils and students in Hornby. PHOTOS: GILBERT WEALLEANS

League star drops in „„ By Emily O’Connell TONGA’S rock star-like rugby league show dropped in on a Hornby pre-school on Thursday. Star stand-off Tuimoala Lolohea was greeted with red, white and a lot of smiling faces when he arrived at Barnardos

Hornby Pasifika Early Learning Centre. The Tongan’s have taken the sports world by storm with their outstanding displays at the Rugby League World Cup, which ramped up after the upset over the Kiwis 28-22. On Saturday, they take on England in a semi-final at Mt

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Smart Stadium, Auckland, after a hard-fought 24-22 win over Lebanon at Christchurch Stadium (AMI) last weekend. But last week was all about spreading the Tongan message. Hornby Primary pupils and Hornby High School students also went along to get a peek at the Tonga star.

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