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Fendalton features in building awards

The winner of the Sustainable Home Award in the Renovation over $1 million category by John Hamilton Construction. BY

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A Fendalton property has been recognised in the annual Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition, which again saw the country’s best builders vying for honours over several categories in the 2017 awards. It was one of five Fendalton finalists in the 100 best home builds around the country, which were assessed earlier this year by an expert panel of judges and named as the National Gold Reserve Finalists out of more than 370 new builds and renovations. The five were Ross Bailey Builder Limited, SMBC Ltd and Wayne Murray Builders Ltd in the Carters New Home $1 million to $2 million, Mark Prosser Builders in the New Home over $2 million, and John Hamilton Construction in the Renovation over $1 million categories. The national winners were announced on Saturday, November 25 at a gala dinner in Auckland, with John

Hamilton Construction taking out the Sustainable Home Award in the Renovation over $1 million category. Commenting on the project, the judges said: “This Christchurch house has achieved a renovation of historical significance with an eye to the future. It is a residence that best demonstrates building practices with significant consideration in the design process. The house incorporates a raft of sustainable and energy efficiencies to provide safety to the building and its occupants, and increasing their comfort and the enclosure amenity values.” The 577sqm Heritage Listed property, with five bedrooms, four bathrooms and three living rooms, was sensitively renovated to retain its original character, while being brought right up to 21st-century standards for its owners. New French doors and a large picture window look over the park-like grounds, which feature beautiful plantings, expansive lawns and protected London plane trees.

Registered Master Builders Association chief executive David Kelly said the House of the Year competition had been setting the standard of what is possible in the construction industry for more than 25 years. “The recent building boom in New Zealand has resulted in a changing housing market, which demands innovation. For House of the Year to remain as the prominent housebuilding competition, this year it has evolved to reflect the changing landscape,” he said. “The introduction of two new categories, one for multiunits such as apartments, and one for volume and group housing, demonstrates how our homes and the way we are building are evolving in New Zealand. “The focus of our builders remains the same – on achieving the highest quality across all house builds.” Continued on page 3

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Remembering Rewi Alley

Rewi Alley with peasants in Gansu province, November 1982

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ecember 2, 2017 marked the 120th anniversary of the birth of Rewi Alley at Springfield. To celebrate the occasion, under the auspices of the Rewi Alley 120th Anniversary Commemoration Committee Canterbury, 10 Canterbury organisations, along with Rewi’s family, came together to highlight Rewi’s legacy. Delegations totalling about 80 people from China, including 17 from Rewi’s Chinese family, as well as about 100 from around New Zealand, came to Christchurch to take part in commemoration activities. Through these activities it was hoped to present to a new generation the story of this remarkable New Zealander, who had a huge love and respect for the Chinese people. Rewi Alley went to China in 1927, where he lived until his death in 1987. His first job in Shanghai involved being a fireman and factory inspector. This opened his eyes to the appalling living and working conditions of the ordinary people. Being the quintessential Kiwi bloke he was, he rolled his sleeves up and went to work. Over the next 60 years, through civil unrest and Japanese invasion, he toiled tirelessly, helping during famine and flood, setting up industrial co-operatives, establishing schools and

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giving the rest of his life to improving the conditions of its internet that Rewi was one of the 10 top foreigner friends people. He is one of the 10 most revered foreigners in China. who helped China in the previous 60 years. Not all Chinese Rewi’s impact on the relationship between China and New know of him but he is revered for different reasons in different Zealand still remains huge, chair of the Rewi Alley 120th parts of China, Mr Livingstone explains. There are over 30 Anniversary Commemoration Committee Canterbury Eric memorials, parks, museums and streets named after him, with Livingstone says. a new memorial in Shanghai unveiled two years ago, a huge “Every major leader or delegation from China visiting memorial including the current President’s father unveiled New Zealand speaks of the debt China owes to him and is in Shandan, Gansu province last year and a new memorial a significant part of the reason many Chinese official groups unveiled in Honghu City, Hubei Province in November this come here even today. year. “His influence makes us ‘old friends’, which is very In this last city, the size of Christchurch, while acting for important in Chinese eyes and is likened to meeting extended the League of Nations Rewi saved some 300,000 people from family you have never met before. There is an important bond and relationship that would not exist if they were visiting a starvation by shipping huge barges of American aid wheat there through blockading armies during a time of extreme strange country. famine. “When I was trading with China I learnt that the Australian Foreign Minister said in his annual report to his parliament, “They will not forget him,” Mr Livingstone says, “and we if only we had a Rewi Alley like New Zealand has. And I feel have seen the mayor of that city here this year and we firmed that is generally true today.” up a sister city relationship with Hurunui District Council on In 2009 over 16 million people in China voted on the December 2.”

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The ‘Art House’ constructed by Ross Bailey Builder Ltd.

LEFT: Built by Mark Prosser Builders, this home was a finalist in the New Home over $2 million category. ABOVE: The entry foyer of the Mark Prosser Builders’ construction.

Designed by Patterson Associates, the home built by SMBC Ltd and also featured in the Carters New Homes $1-$2 million That same focus was showcased in the four other Fendalton category was built on the same site as the owners’ previous properties featured in the Master Build Awards for 2017. property, a villa which was demolished after the earthquakes, The Ross Bailey Builder Ltd’s entry in the Carters New and on the same footprint, without disturbance to the formal Homes $1-$2 million category, designed by MAP architects- gardens. Christchurch, was completed in mid-2016 after approximately The contemporary design focuses on flexibility of the 18 months’ construction. interior spaces, the double-height entry hall is large enough Clad in white cedar shiplap, the 363sqm home has four to hold dinner parties, while the spiral staircase to the upper bedrooms, an office, wine cellar, main and butler’s kitchens level’s four bedrooms and two bathrooms presents a dramatic and two living areas, with indoor spaces flowing to the focal point. outdoor entertaining areas. Described as the ‘Art house’ in Destined to be one of Canterbury’s iconic pieces of the Master Builders House of the Year competition it provides ideal display spaces for the owners’ artworks and objects architecture, the Sheppard and Rout designed home built by collected on their international travels. Mark Prosser Builders, was a finalist in the New Home over Continued from page 1

The contemporary home built by SMBC Ltd on the footprint of the owners’ demolished villa.

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A feast of entertainment throughout 2018 Helen Webby

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f live entertainment is what floats your become unpregnant. Described by the award boat, make a note in your 2018 diary of judges as “hugely entertaining, funny and these diverse performances coming up entertaining”, Seed tours the country in July. throughout the year. No Holds Bard features Arts Laureate Arranged by Arts on Tour NZ, this Michael Hurst playing a fictional ageing potpourri of musicians, singers, actors and thespian confronting his demons in what he comedians will be touring the country from hopes will be a final ‘dark night of the soul’. February to November, 2018. All of them will The demons are as crazy as he is, with the bring outstanding acts to venues in towns result that we get to hear a foul-mouthed throughout the country – from Kaitaia in Macbeth, a confused Hamlet, a know-it-all the North to Invercargill in the south, and Othello and hungry King Lear – in other sometimes Stewart Island. words, no holds barred, touring in August. First it’s fiddle player Flora Knight and guitar picker Sean Donald playing oldtime country music in February, then it’s comedians Raybon Kan and Nick Rado in March. Kan and Rado have separate stand-up slots in the first half of the show, then join up to solve problems suggested by the audience. Can these two save the world? Come April, it’s Olive Copperbottom, a new musical by Charles Dickens and that irrepressible redhead, Penny Ashton, who brings orphan Olive and a gaggle of squalid Victorian characters to life on stage “…very very good ..very very funny” RNZ National Next, in May, it’s horn-heavy duo Hopetoun Brown, joined by arguably the country’s finest trumpet player, Finn Scholes. This trio will bring trumpets, saxophones and strange keyboard instruments on stage to offer blues, soul, funk, jazz, and Americana, complete with foot-stamping vocals. Penny Ashton as Olive Copperbottom

Award-winning musician Helen Webby presents the world of the harp – music from Wales, Ireland, Scotland, plus music written by Bach and other baroque composers, then on to Paris and the Belle Époque. Helen has toured several times with AOTNZ and is always a favourite. She tours in September. October features Adam McGrath and The Roaring Days. Famed as the lead singer and songwriter of The Eastern, Adam brings the same intensity, passion and humour to his act when travelling solo. Finally, in November, husband-andwife team Lizzie Tollemache and David Ladderman present two shows inspired by the life and times of Harry Houdini –Seven Deadly Stunts (for adults) and Messy Magic Adventure (for children and families). Expect escapology, chainsaw juggling, walking on broken glass and other famous feats performed together with illuminating storytelling. Step right up!

Seed, winner of the 2014 Adam New Details of venues, dates and times will be Zealand Play Award, follows four women as they try to get pregnant, stay pregnant or published in the local media.


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Celebrating a hundred years of Villa Maria College

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hile many of us are not all that keen to boast about getting older, when it comes to turning 100, that is something worthy of a big celebration, which is just what Villa Maria College has in mind for its upcoming Centennial in 2018. Villa Maria College will have graced its home on Peer Street for a century in February next year. Today regarded as Christchurch’s iconic Catholic girls’ college, it has an interesting and dynamic past. The original block of land was owned by a wealthy Christchurch family, the Wakefields, who named the property Peerswick after a race horse named The Peer. When the Wakefields’ riches turned to rags, the property was sold off. The next family to take over the property built a two-storey house on the land, which they named “St Barbe”, only to suffer a similar financial fate and the home and land had to be sold. After another short period of private ownership, the building and land was eventually purchased by the Sisters of Mercy, who wanted to educate young women, often forgotten by educational institutions in those days. The Sisters named the property Villa Maria meaning House of Mary and developed a boarding and day school for the girls of Canterbury. It’s hard to believe that in its infancy, Villa Maria was considered out in the country – some miles from the rest of Christchurch, and many pupils boarded and enjoyed the quiet country life. With just 14 pupils enrolled on its first day, the college has come a long way to the 800-plus pupils who walk the very same grounds today. There are touches of the original property all around the school – including the glorious Grotto that the Sisters and boarders gathered at

for many years. The Sisters of Mercy remain an integral part of the college, with many Sisters residing on the grounds that the convent once occupied all those years earlier. Villa was staffed for many years by the nuns, and had a Sister Principal up until 1992, when the first “lay” Principal was appointed. One can only imagine what the early Sisters would think of today’s advances in education and technology, but the college’s Mercy heart still beats strong, and is the core of the college’s special character. Registrations are now open for the Villa Maria College Centennial weekend, to take place on February 16-18, 2018. The events planned include a family carnival day, a sophisticated ball and a special Centennial Mass. The college’s history will be told, with the launch of a comprehensive history book entitled Mercy Women, the Villa Maria Story, written by historian and author Sean Brosnahan. There will also be a photographic exhibition for all to view. The Sisters of Mercy are very much involved in the planning of the Centennial, many of whom live right next door to the college.

Centennial programme

The Centennial celebrations will take place over three days at the xollege. The programme is as follows: Friday, February 16 - Grand Opening Showcase & Reception: a celebration that encompasses music and drama, and the official opening of the Centennial weekend. This will be followed by a catered supper in the courtyard. Saturday, February 17 - Villa’s Great Day Out: a family-friendly, carnival-style day, including the photographic exhibition featuring images and stories from the past

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100 years, entertainment, games, Devonshire Tea, class photos, a boarders’ function for girls who boarded at Villa, a past and present staff function, college tours, food trucks and a craft market. Saturday, February 17 – Blue Tie Ball. The supreme event of the Centennial weekend, the ball will be held in a beautiful marquee on the college grounds, and will include a threecourse meal and beverages, entertainment and dancing till late. Sunday, February 18 – The Special Mass and Morning Tea. To be held in the marquee, this will be one of the biggest masses the college has seen, honouring all that the past 100 years have encompassed, and all that the next 100 will hold. For full centennial details and to register to attend, go to the website www.villamaria100. co.nz or contact the college for a paper registration form.

A mannequin parade in the college grounds

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s artist Len Lye’s legend grows both “The writers we’ve worked with broaden and fill out internationally and domestically, a new our vision of Lye, showing his influence on the art world book of critical essays shines light on the was not just a curiosity. He was not just an outlier in this life, career and art of the outstanding New larger world, but instead a very serious part of it. Zealand-born artist. “One author puts him very firmly in Sydney, the next The Long Dream of Waking: New Perspectives on Len places him in London into inter-war British culture and Lye, edited by Paul Brobbel, Wystan Curnow and Roger we are so excited to bring these perspectives together. Horrocks, shows Lye as one of the 20th century’s most “We explore his present currency in the international original artists. world, and there has been a lot of speculation within New Zealand as to what his The comprehensive new book, reputation is so we try to answer with writing from an international the long-vexed question: ‘What panel of authors, includes essays does the world make of Len Lye?’.” by scholars, artists, curators and engineers, who had significant Mr Brobbel says the book will be working relationships with Lye, and the most substantial collection of further opens up new territory on texts and research on Lye for some Lye’s diverse field of work. time. Lye (1901–1980) was a New The Long Dream of Waking Zealander practising in London showcases research undertaken during the inter-war years, and with the Len Lye Centre’s collection then a key figure in the post-war and coincides with the current Christchurch Art Gallery’s New York avant-garde art scene. In exhibition Stopped Short by The Long Dream of Waking, readers Wonder. will gain insight into an artist whom the country is increasingly “Working with Canterbury embracing – helped in no small University Press has been important part by the opening of the Len Lye to us because of the historical Centre in New Plymouth in 2015. relationship between the university’s engineering department and the Len Co-editor Paul Brobbel, Len Lye Lye Foundation, enabling our experience of many of Lye’s Curator at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, says Lye’s artworks, ” says Mr Brobbel. international stature continues to expand and interest in his work ranges across cinema, animation, sculpture Canterbury University Press publisher Catherine and photography to music and philosophy and the Montgomery says any reader interested in the visual arts technicalities behind his practice. will find this a stimulating, attractive book thanks to its “This book acknowledges increasing awareness of Lye, variety of authors and range of strong images, some of placing him in both international and domestic contexts,” which are published here for the first time. he says. “Readers interested in modernism, cinema, sculpture,

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9 Isabella Gregory, centre, in concert. Photo: Neil Macbeth

Busy year for talented young musician

Rangi Ruru student Isabella Gregory, a highly talented musician who excels as both a flautist and a pianist, has had a busy and exciting year with her music. At the start of 2017, the Year 13 student was one of two new interns with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. A student of CSO principal flute and University of Canterbury lecturer Anthony Ferner, Isabella had the opportunity to perform in the CSO and receive lessons with section principals. Over Waitangi weekend, she took part in the university’s International Flute Symposium, held at Rangi Ruru, with internationally acclaimed flautist Emily Beynon. Mid-year she travelled to Brisbane for the Australian Flute Festival, then in August, as a member of one of her school’s three senior chamber music groups, Isabella competed in the NZCT Chamber Nationals in Wellington. Her group, Buda and the Pests, was one of six Gold Award winners, winning a cash prize of $800. The group was also the National KBB

Award winner for a group containing any of woodwind/ brass/percussion. The two other groups from Rangi Ruru, Amadeus and The French Connection, won a Gold and Silver Award respectively. Isabella’s most recent success was her performance last month at a public concert at The Piano in Armagh Street, for which she received a stellar review from music reviewer Patrick Shepherd. She performed as a part of the Outstanding Young Musicians presentation by Concerts for Christchurch Foundation Trust, which showcased the talents of Isabella on flute with her accompanist Tim Emerson on piano and Matthew Lee on flute. Her 2017 successes have added to her previous achievements over the last several years, during which she has had positions with NZSO National Youth Orchestra, National Youth Concert Band and the NZ Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra.

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Tomato, lentil and rosemary soup

Chicken breasts stuffed with ricotta and sun-dried tomato

Lentils were consumed in prehistoric times and were one of the first foods to be cultivated. Highly nutritious, lentils are low in fat, cholesterol and sodium, but are a rich Chicken lends itself to a variety of flavours. source of minerals (iron), vitamins (B group) protein and dietary fibre. This recipe helps to extend the chicken portion while at the same time offering an infusion These qualities make lentils extremely good for heart and bowel health. of flavours and moisture into the chicken breasts, which also helps to tenderise the meat. Lentils grow in pods, one to two lentil seeds per pod and are round, oval or heart-shaped It can be served hot with this mustard sauce and vegetables or sliced cold for salads and and often split in half. There are a number of green and brown varieties and dry or canned sandwiches. they are an economical way to add protein to the diet. INGREDIENTS 2 tsp slivered almonds or hazelnuts Try this Lentil soup recipe as a lunch or non-meat main meal. 2 chicken breasts 100mls water INGREDIENTS METHOD TO MAKE THE STUFFING: TO MAKE THE MUSTARD SAUCE 2 Tbsp olive oil Place the oil, onion and garlic into a large saucepan 4 Tbsp fresh, whole grain breadcrumbs 75mls lemon juice and cook until the onion is lightly brown. 1 onion, finely chopped 4 Tbsp ricotta cheese 1 Tbsp cornflour Add the carrot, celery, stock and tomatoes, tomato 3 cloves garlic, crushed 2 Tbsp sun-dried tomato, sliced 1 tsp whole seed mustard paste, rosemary and bay leaf. 2 carrots, finely chopped 75ml water When the vegetables have softened stir in the cooked 1 tsp lemon zest, finely sliced 2 stalks of celery, finely chopped lentils and bring to the boil. 1 Tbsp basil, finely chopped 1tsp honey 400g brown lentils, cooked Remove the bay leaf and serve the soup along with 400g canned plum tomatoes some crusty wholemeal bread. microwave on high stirring as it thickens. METHOD 2 Tbsp tomato paste or taco sauce Serves 6. 600ml chicken stock, salt reduced Each serving contains: Energy 718 kJ/170 kcal; Cut the chicken breast in half cross-wise Serves 4. 600ml water Protein 7.3g; Fat 6.8g; Saturated fat 1g; Carbohydrate then slice each piece of chicken almost in Each serving contains: Energy 960 kJ/ 230 half to form a “butterfly like” steak. kcal, Protein 31 g, Fat 6.5g, Saturated fat 3 Tbsp rosemary, finely chopped 17.3; Sugar 6.9g; Dietary fibre 5.25g; Sodium 292mg Combine all the stuffing ingredients except 2.4g, Carbohydrate 9.6g, Sugar 3g, Dietary 2 bay leaves the water into a bowl and stir well. fibre 1g, Sodium 185mgs Place 2 Tbsp of the stuffing onto half of each VARIATIONS butterfly of chicken then close to form a After squeezing the lemon for the sauce parcel. I usually put the remainder of the whole Secure each stuffed parcel of chicken with a lemon into the baking dish with the stuffed toothpick or string. chicken breasts and water and cover while Place the stuffed chicken breasts into a it cooks to draw out more of the lemon shallow baking dish with the water. flavour. Cover with foil and bake for 45-50 minutes Make your favourite salad using a variety of at 180°C until cooked. greens e.g. lettuce, rocket, baby spinach or Remove the toothpicks/string carefully mesclun mix, coriander or basil. Add sliced from the stuffed chicken and set the chicken avocado and sun-dried tomatoes. Slice the chicken and toss through the salad and aside in a warming drawer. To make the mustard sauce pour the juices serve with Tzatziki or Thai salad dressing. from the baking dish into a glass ovenproof Recipes supplied by dietitian Lea Stening. jug, add the lemon juice, cornflour mixed For information and advice on healthy with the water, mustard and honey and eating go to her website leastening.com.

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computer that would be interesting for fiveyear-olds, so what if there were no computers? I gave myself that challenge and it forced me to think outside the box.”

Since then, using Computer Science Unplugged as a way to teach children and young people has become well-known in the The 2018 SIGCSE Award for Outstanding world of computer science education. Contribution to Computer Science “This is such an exciting time for Computer Education will be presented to University Science education worldwide as many of Canterbury (UC) Computer Science and countries are adopting computer science as Software Engineering Professor Tim Bell at part of their school curriculum, with many an international symposium in the United starting from primary school,” Prof. Bell says. States in February. “This, in turn, has generated a lot of interest In parallel with his academic work, the in how to explain the subject to young well-known New Zealand computer scientist students – it’s wonderful this programme developed Computer Science Unplugged, is being used around the world to support a system of activities for teaching computer school curricula.” science without computers, which is used The 2018 award will be presented to around the world. Professor Bell at the 49th SIGCSE Technical Professor Bell says it all began with a visit to Symposium, to be held in Baltimore, his young son’s new school. February 21-24, 2018. The SIGCSE Technical “This work started 25 years ago with being Symposium is the largest computing asked to explain what I did for a living to my education conference worldwide. It attracts son’s Year 1 class when he had just started at around 1300 researchers, educators, and others interested in improving computing primary school,” Professor Bell says. “I had no idea that would lead to an education in schools and higher education. international project involving hundreds of people, and used in dozens of countries around the world.”

Having to find an engaging way to explain the underlying concepts of computer science to a classroom of five-year-olds gave the UC academic the idea for a novel teaching tool that has taken the computing education world by storm. “I like finding things that people say are impossible, then coming up with a solution. There was nothing exciting I could do on a

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