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More murals for Brockworth Pl A RICCARTON man is spending his spare time transforming 35m of a blank wall with a paint brush. Addictions advocate Damian Holt is painting more murals along the railway walkway on Brockworth Pl. He started the job four years

Fire rage s, homes

at risk

$4000 community funding to replace stolen sports gear

ART: Addictions advocate Damian Holt is painting more murals on Brockworth Pl. ​

„„ By Emily O’Connell


Tuesday November 21 2017

ago, when he created nine murals for the walkway. Prior to that, the wall was littered with graffiti. Riccarton residents recently helped clear some vine from the wall to allow for more murals to be painted. Deans Ave Precinct Society then asked Mr Holt if he would do the job. Mr Holt said he has completed

one of the new murals and is currently working on the second, and is drawing inspiration from the paintings. “The project lets me colour up my neighbourhood,” Mr Holt said. He said he has loved getting to know his neighbours as they stop to admire his handy work on their way to and fro each day.

„„ By Emily O’Connell THE HEI Hei Broomfield Community Development Trust will receive $4000 of community board funding for stolen tae kwon do equipment. KIX Taekwondo Christchurch is having to make do, with students bringing in their own gear, after about $3500 worth of equipment was stolen out of their shed in September. The funding will come from the community board’s 2017/18 Discretionary Response Fund. Landlord Tracey Buunk said the funding is a huge help and it’s very important to locals. The trust requested $4859 from the Halswell-HornbyRiccarton Community Board – which is just short of the total $5659 needed. Mrs Buunk said they have some fundraising, including $400 from their givealittle page, so they don’t require the whole $5659. Mrs Buunk said the price of the equipment has increased, meaning the $3500 of gear they lost, is now worth closer to $5000.


She said the equipment was not insured by the club. And because she didn’t know that, it wasn’t listed separately under her insurance which means if she made a claim, the excess would be $5000. KIX Taekwondo Christchurch instructor, Jupiter Bignotea said the club was devastated after the break-in. “Basically what was taken was the gear that we use every day. We are a not-for-profit club so all our funding is in the fees of the students,” he said. Forty-eight interlocking red and blue mats, seven kick shields, eight paddle target pads, 16 focus punch pads, two medicine balls, a first aid kit, one boxing punch bag, two agility ladders, two sets of elastic bands, skipping ropes, personalised screens and a novelty gong were stolen. The trust and club will arrange for a contract to be drawn up so the equipment can be bought from the trust if the club change location. Mrs Buunk said the security has been upped on the storage containers and property.


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