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Holding off a home invader Intruder charged with three aggravated burglaries By Sarla Donovan A SCARBOROUGH woman has revealed how she confronted an armed intruder in her home in the early hours of the morning and forced him to leave. She used a ceremonial Fijian “skull crusher” to hold the man off. Hairdresser Emely van Ras (right) was woken at 3am when she heard her gate squeak, and thought it was her dog. She got out of bed, put on her dressing gown, and went downstairs and found a man crouching on the floor of the kitchen. He stood up. Miss van Ras said, “who the f*** are you?” The man then pulled out a knife. “I thought about the kids downstairs asleep and started backing towards the bedroom. I knew I had this wooden ornament I’d bought in Fiji, called a skull crusher – it looks a bit like an axe,” she told Bay Harbour News yesterday. “It’s all I could think about, I just needed to protect myself. I

‘I was really strong with him and I think that put him on the back foot’ – Emely van Ras


don’t know if I would have used it but I wasn’t scared – I just took control. I had to, because of the kids,” she said of her 12 and

nine-year-old who were sleeping. The intruder followed her into the bedroom. He kept asking for money, “I

want money, didn’t you hear me, I said money.” She told him she didn’t have any and asked him to please

leave. He saw her mobile phone on the bedside table. “What’s that?” She said it was her phone and she backed around towards it. She offered him jewellery. “I said please, take my jewellery.” “I don’t want that,” he said and demanded the phone. The intruder then said: “Stay here till I leave,” He then left, closing the bedroom door behind him. “As soon as I heard the front door, I ran downstairs. He’d left it open behind him – I locked it and called the police). “The children came in while I was on the phone. That’s when it set in – I was shaking and cold. The police were amazing, so supportive. “They came with dogs. He’d (intruder) parked at No 9 and the dogs picked up his smell at other houses.” The home invasion happened on October 24. A week later police arrested a 31-year-old and charged him with three aggravated burglaries in the Bay Harbour News area. •Turn to page 4 •Editor’s desk, page 2

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FIGHT OR flight? They are genes we have but we usually don’t know which one dominates the brain until the unexpected happens. And when it does, you either stand and fight, make a run for it or give up. Emely van Ras (see page 1) has the fight gene. And she needed it when she found an intruder in her house in the early hours of the morning. Running was not an option with young children, asleep, in the house. So Emely’s fight gene kicked in. She took control of the situation, and let the intruder know she wasn’t giving in without a fight. That’s easier said than done, but it worked, and the suspect is now in custody. Great stuff Emely. -Barry Clarke

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News E-cig sets off hotel fire alarm Owner learns lesson after two call outs By Sarla Donovan JEREMY DYER will be vaping outside in future. The Governor’s Bay Hotel owner learned his lesson the hard way after his e-cigarette sparked two fire call outs over the past few weeks. The culprit is a new Type-4 fire alarm system which has proved to be more sensitive than he thought. “Once you set it off, you get the fire brigade at your door 6min later,” Mr Dyer said. “They’re extremely efficient.” The first incident happened about two weeks ago at 2am. The second was on Saturday, December 2. Lorna Forrester was working in the bar when the alarm went off. “It was quite funny,” she said. “Jeremy was using his vape up in the flat upstairs when the alarm just went off.” Patrons were evacuated and minutes later, two fire trucks from Lyttelton and Governors

VAPER: Governors Bay Hotel owner Jeremy Dyer puffing on his e-cigarette which set off the hotel’s fire alarm. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

Bay arrived. “They were very speedy. We just gave the boys some drinks on the house (once they’d changed into their civvies.)” Mr Dyer said it was a good trial-run evacuation. “I think we have a very safe building.”

Chief fire officer Andrew Norris said the public should be aware that vaping sparked a similar response to cigarette smoke, although they don’t actually produce smoke. However, this was the first incident he had heard of where vaping had activated an alarm.

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MAIN RD SAFETY BARRIER The site of a traffic fatality in March, when a car left Main Rd by Shag Rock and went into the water, had a new steel safety barrier installed last week. Work digging trenches for water and wastewater pipes has mostly been completed along the Peacocks Gallop stretch of Main Rd and the next stage of roading work is now under way, including new kerbs. The road will be resurfaced and cycleways will be built between now and the end of February. MCCORMACKS BAY TRAIL The Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust is looking for two adults and two children aged between eight and 12 to trial a McCormacks Bay detective trail map before it goes to print. Trust co-ordinator Tanya Jenkins said the map had 20 numbers scattered around – with a question about the bay at each number. A similar trail at Charlesworth Wetland reserve has proved popular, Ms Jenkins said. Email if you can help. EXTRA BINS FOR SUMMER Extra rubbish bins have been installed and the emptying frequency has been increased to cope with the summer visitor influx at the Diamond Harbour ferry terminal, Naval Point slipway and Lyttelton Recreation Ground.

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Holding off a home invader •From page 1 Police are still investigating a fourth. They have happened in Mt Pleasant, Redcliffs, Sumner and Scarborough. The home invasions and other crime in the area have prompted the formation of the Safer Sumner group, which is fundraising to buy two CCTV security cameras for the area. Miss van Ras is part of the group. Group member Kath Preston said residents had been concerned for a number of years that property-related crime in the area was on the rise. Ms Preston said footage on the cameras would only be viewed by police and security staff when a crime had been reported and it would be automatically erased every 30 days. Police Tactical Crime Unit Senior Constable Nigel Barton said there had been a “spike” in property-related crime in the area from mid-September through to early November, including the four aggravated burglaries. Miss van Ras said the intruder climbed on top of a barbecue and got through an open laundry window. “I was really strong with him

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and I think that put him on the back foot. He wasn’t expecting strength – nor was he expecting me to be up.” Police told her people have either a fight or flight response. “I had no idea I’d react like that. Maybe it was just the ‘Mama Bear’ thing kicking in. It

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made me realise the police are there for us – but you have to deal with the situation yourself. That was a bit of a shock.” She’s thankful neither of her children woke. Her 10-year-old dog is partially deaf and slept through the incident. “What really gets to me is

By Sarla Donovan THE CITY council will investigate putting in place a targeted rate to help fund the Akaroa Health Hub. The community has been without a hospital since it was demolished following the September 4, 2010, earthquake. Plans for a new $4.5 million facility, to be built on the former site of the Akaroa Hospital, were released in June this year. The community needs to raise $2.5 million after Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu pulled out of the agreement to provide some funding last year. The city council’s finance and performance committee has asked staff to prepare a report on options for helping fund the development of the health hub, including a mechanism to partially fund it through a targeted rate. This would involve the city council making a grant – which would be funded by a specific rate on properties in wider Akaroa.

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By Sarla Donovan LANES WILL be marked to separate cyclists and pedestrians on the Christchurch Coastal Pathway. The measure is needed as the path continues to attract an increasing number of cyclists peaking at about 5pm, said the Coastal Pathway Group. Chairman Scott Babington said, outside the peak time, there were currently about 100 walkers and cyclists a day passing through Scott Park, which is the busiest area. He said on the whole, cyclists and pedestrians shared the pathway well, but it made sense to provide markings and signs informing users it was a shared space. The New Zealand Transport Agency does not impose a speed limit on shared pathways, but Mr Babington said it may need to consider introducing one. “Especially with the advent of electric bikes, which may use the pathway and are often very powerful and used by inexperienced cyclists.” Shared paths are for “slower more relaxed travel,” according to the NZTA website. It says “on a shared path, you should

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put your e-bike in a low power setting and cycle at a speed consistent with other users so that it does not put others at risk or make them feel uncomfortable when you pass.” The Coastal Pathway Group is working on a signage plan at the moment, which will be based on the one at Hagley Park. “We have other measures (planned), such as different

surfaces on the pathway to make the point to users that this is a shared pathway and if they want to cycle fast then there are the on-road cycle lanes to use.” Mr Babington said standard shared pathway signage is already in place, but it was “very ugly and visually obtrusive”. “And I think completely ineffective. So we are working with the council on better, more


appropriate options.” Coastal Pathway Group committee member Janine Banbury is working with a designer to create pavement graphics and is expected to have them finished by Christmas. Redcliffs Residents Association secretary Pat McIntosh said it was in full support of putting better signage in place.

A PETITION supporting the Little River Fire Brigade’s request for a larger water tanker has gained 50 signatures so far. Birdlings Flat resident Barb Gaeth started the petition last month after Bay Harbour News revealed that when Fire and Emergency New Zealand replaced the New Zealand Fire Service on July 1, the city council took back Little River’s almost new water tanker, swapping it for a smaller, slower vehicle. Principal rural fire officer Darrin Woods said the tanker wouldn’t be replaced until after the summer – leaving firefighters and residents worried property could be put at risk. Ms Gaeth said the petition expresses support for the firefighters’ concerns. She has given three pages of signatures collected so far to the brigade. It is still available to sign at the Little River Library and the craft store. Volunteer firefighter Teone Tini said it was good to see the community’s support being shown through the petition. The brigade planned to present it to FENZ Christchurch area commander Dave Stackhouse.

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New fundraiser for historic jetty By Sarla Donovan A NEW fundraising appeal to help save the historic Governors Bay jetty has been launched this week. The ‘sponsor a plank’ initiative aims to raise $750,000, which together with funds already raised by the Jetty Restoration Trust and committed by the city council, will bring the total to around $1.35 million. People, families, or businesses who donate $500 or Louisa Eades more will be recognised as “Plank Sponsors”, with a plaque engraved with their name or short message on a plank on the new Jetty. Trust secretary Louisa Eades has also written a piece for the New Zealand Women’s Weekly about how the jetty was rescued and the journey so far towards restoration. Her story will be published early next year. She’s hoping the publicity will broaden the appeal beyond

RESTORE: A new fundraising initiative has been launched to help restore the Governors Bay jetty. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

Christchurch. The jetty has been a feature of the bay since 1874 and is an important part of Canterbury history. Before the road over Dyers Pass made the bay accessible

by vehicle, twice-daily steam launches ran from Lyttelton to Governors Bay. These boats dropped passengers off on the Jetty to spend the day picnicking or

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Eye on the cruise ships By Sarla Donovan AN IMPROVED tracking device will help keep tabs on cruise ships entering Akaroa Harbour. The Automatic Identification System works through a transponder on ships, similar to those found on aeroplanes. It sends a signal via VHF radio giving the ship’s identity, position, course and speed. The information then appears on a computer screen for Environment Canterbury to review Harbourmaster Jim Dilley said it was developing improvements to system which would give better coverage and record rather than just Jim Dilley provide live tracking. He said public concerns about cruise ships entering the harbour without permission were unfounded. “We understand that cruise ships entering and exiting Akaroa Harbour do get noticed by the locals and some people

worry about them. We want to reassure everyone that the harbourmaster’s office is closely monitoring them to ensure the safety of everyone, and our strict rules are being followed.” “No cruise ships are coming in without permission from the harbourmaster’s office and we will always be supervising their entry with the help of AIS.” He said the brown water around the ships was discolouration caused by sand and silt from the seabed that has been disturbed by the ship’s thrusters. “It’s not a sign the ship is aground or in danger and occurs in most ports and harbours.” An extra tracking station will be added at Lucas Peak in the new year, which will give more information on any ship’s movement near Akaroa, as well as improving VHF radio communications in the area, Mr Dilley said. “Ultimately, we want coverage to extend beyond our regional boundaries and give us a 24/7 view of exactly where vessels are as they enter, pass through and leave our coastal area.”

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Campervan dumps planned By Sarla Donovan CAMPERVAN dump stations may be installed on Banks Peninsula. The Banks Peninsula Community Board has asked city council staff to research the idea after the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association offered to contribute towards the cost. Board chairwoman Christine Wilson said the idea had merit, as so many campervans were visiting the peninsula, particularly in the summer months. Board member Janis Haley said there was only one dump house. They can also park at station in Akaroa, but that was Naval Point in Lyttelton for up at the Top 10 Holiday Park and to two days. wasn’t open to the public. Ms Haley said she would The nearest publicly accessilike to see a dump station in ble station in the area was Akaroa. at the campground in Du“We need one. Our vauchelle. With increasing infrastructure is not numbers of campervans that good and where visiting the peninsula, it they’re all parking, was important they had there is no facility for somewhere to dispose of them.” their waste, she said. She said she didn’t Fully self-contained know whether the city Janis Haley vehicles are currently able council would greento park for up to two days in light the proposal. three areas within Akaroa Motor Caravan Association township: The Akaroa Sports national policy planning Complex, the Akaroa Yacht manager James Imlach said Club and the Akaroa Lightthe organisation has had a

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dump station subsidy scheme year. They’ve experienced for more than a decade, which very similar issues to Banks had helped put 150 stations in Peninsula.” place across the country. Mr Imlach said the He said, if the city council association was waiting to could identify a hear back from the city suitable site, the council about its offer. association would The Motor Caravan provide a pre-cast unit Association has 77,000 and signage and make members and is funded a contribution towards through a membership installation costs. subscription of $90 per “We’ve just donated year. $15,000 towards a James dump station upgrade •HAVE YOUR SAY: Imlach in Lake Tekapo. The Are more campervan McKenzie District Council dump stations on the needed to upgrade because peninsula a good idea? they had a huge influx of Email your views to sarla. visitors over the summer last

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Christmas in Canterbury “For me Christmas is about spending time with our two excited wee lads and feeling the Christmas family vibe – and if I have been really good, we might get some groomed Christmas swell!” - Simon Standeven (027 430 4691)

“My family takes turns at hosting Christmas lunch, but no matter who’s house we’re at it’s my job to make the Pav crunchy on the outside, marshmallowy in the middle, then topped with lashings of whipped cream and berries from my garden.” - Angela Harden (Listings Administrator)

“Family walk port hills, with four grandchildren now; I always appreciate this wonderful environment of the Lyttelton Harbour.” - Marie Malone (027 489 8349)

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"Every year I take the kids shopping to choose one new tree decoration to add to the collection, and we write the year on the bottom. It's fun to see at each age what they have chosen" - Nancy Vincent Parr (Operations Manager)

“I love decorating the Christmas tree with my boys, hanging their Santa Sacks, and leaving the milk and cookie out on Christmas Eve – I love seeing their face when they see the reindeer has left the half-eaten carrot behind.” - Paula Standeven (027 547 2852)

“Christmas for me is all about family and friends and sharing. We get together at one or other’s homes and enjoy a special Christmas dinner - everyone brings something and its exciting for the kids, we all enjoy the laughter and the celebration and a fun day.” - Eleanor Corston (027 435 2415)

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Dowsons walking new path Few people could say they haven’t bought a pair of Dowsons shoes over the years – but now the store offers a lot more after a major revamp. Bridget Rutherford reports KNOX AND Craig Dowson remember sitting on the front lawn of their home as kids and helping their parents dye 1800 pairs of sandals brown. Their father, Keith Dowson, had bought them for about $2 a pair, and he knew if they were brown they would sell better – and they did. That was one of the first tastes the brothers got of the long-time Sumner family’s trade. Decades later they, along with their brother Mark, are directors of the family business, Dowsons, which will celebrate its 80th birthday next year. Since 1938, Dowsons has been an institution in Canterbury. But its 10 stores across the South Island now offer something a lot different – a “new direction”. Last month, Dowsons opened a sleek new Sydenham store, Concept 425 Colombo. The shoes, some of which are European, are spaced out on display in the showroom. Unlike the other stores, they are laid out by brand, not size. It showcases new brands such as Stegmann, Geo Reino and Riggs. But they come alongside the tried and true ones such as Alegria, Cloudwalker, Fila and Hi-Tec. It is a move spearheaded by Knox Dowson’s son, Adam, who returned to Christchurch in 2013. He had been working in Wellington when the February 22, 2011, earthquake hit. Dowsons lost its Lichfield St distribution centre and headquarters, its Ferry Rd store, and the store in The Palms had to

FAMILY BUSINESS: Adam, Charlotte, Brent and Knox Junior Dowson at the new Concept 425 Colombo store. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

close for months. It later closed the Wellington stores. “I used to call dad quite often on the phone. One day he said it’s getting pretty hard, so I said how would you feel about me moving home and giving you a hand?” Adam said. His first project was opening the online store. The next was designing the new concept store with

Tonic Design and fitting it out. “So far the feedback is they [customers] are really pleased with it.” If the new store is well received, the other Dowsons stores could follow, he said. You only need to walk in the door of the company’s Wigram distribution centre to see family is at the heart of what Dowsons

does. Human resources, payroll, marketing, merchandising and sales, distribution and design, the online store, product and logistics, and directors roles are all positions held by Dowsons. Adam’s sister Charlotte is in charge of HR, while his brother Knox Junior is in products and logistics. He and his fiancé Emily give input into what styles are stocked. The large wooden flagpole that stands tall outside the building is a reminder of the old Lichfield St headquarters. Footwear manufacturer Knox Dowson started the business in 1938 on Ferry Rd. It grew and went into selling footwear, and later ceased manu-

SLEEK: The new Sydenham showroom displays the shoes differently to other Dowsons stores. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

facturing it. His grandson, Knox Dowson said there were times after the quakes when they wondered if they should keep the business going. “It was discussed. But it would have been a big call. It didn’t get talked about for long,” he said. “The only thing that kept us going was the fact the people around us needed to keep going.” They considered creating a new chain for the new shoes, and even a name change. “But then we thought why would you change a name that’s been around for 80 years? “This is a chance to do this completely different thing.” Adam’s brother Knox Junior, said few shoe stores offered as wide a range as Dowsons now did. It had footwear for all ages as well as work boots, school shoes, sports shoes, European brands, and more. “That’s where I see our advantage.” Craig Dowson is in charge of product sourcing – a role that is now a lot different with the new direction. He said the range of shoes they stocked was much wider now. The high-quality and look of some of the new shoes was exciting, he said. But they had stuck with the popular brands and shoes Dowsons had always stocked, which were loved by loyal customers. He said they were taking the store in a new direction, while still focusing on what they had always done. “The key for us is always quality. The buck does stop here. It is our reputation, it’s our name on the front.”

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Awards for local heroes THREE FIRE fighters and a dedicated community volunteer have been honoured for their courageous and generous service at the annual Kiwibank Local Hero Awards. The four received their local hero medals at a special ceremony at Addington Raceway last week. Mayor Lianne Dalziel attended the ceremony to present the medals. They were among 33 recipients from across Canterbury. “This year’s recipients are selfless and dedicated people who have all had an impact on their community in unique ways,” Ms Dalziel said. “The positive difference they have made to the lives of others cannot be overstated.” •Mark Buckley (Lyttelton) Mark Buckley is the chief fire officer at the Lyttelton Volunteer Fire Brigade, which he has given service to for more than 30 years, as well as running his own transport business. He has been the glue that has kept the brigade together and ensured it has kept running smoothly, in spite of a recent tough few years. “We had a couple of ship fires after the quakes, then an officer killed on the wharf and this year the Port Hills fires. And we’ve had our fair share of call outs this year – a couple of fatalities, calls you don’t ever want to get.” Mr Buckley said he has gained some interesting insight recently from talking to a victim support counsellor. “He said, you do realise each time you go to a fatality it’s another couple of blows with an axe. It made me think about the impact on the guys, especially the older ones who tend to be more staunch. These are guys that stand tall – you do a debrief but they don’t talk much. And after 15-20 years service, you might have attended 40-50 fatalities, it starts to add up. I’m more wary now; people are vulnerable.” After providing vital support to the community during the earthquakes, and coordinating revolving crews throughout the Port Hills fire, Mr Buckley reckons he’s still got two or three years left in him. “Though when you get a 3am call, and you’ve got work at 7am, you sometimes think – ‘where’s that passion now.” •Mark Thomson (Akaroa) Mark Thomson joined the Akaroa Volunteer Fire

MEDALS: Mark Buckley, Mark Thomson, Donald Cameron and Carolyn Tapley each received Kiwibank Local Hero Awards. PHOTOS: AARON CAMPBELL

Brigade at the age of 16, and has now given more than 40 years of service. He is currently the chief fire officer. With his level head and calm, straight-forward nature, Mr Thomson’s presence in an emergency brings a sense of calm to a stressful time. He has exceptional leadership skills and is well respected. Mr Thomson is a role model not only for the volunteer fire fighters he has trained and worked alongside, but for Banks Peninsula Rugby Club, touch rugby, basketball and cricket players. He also helps with many school activities including organising and running camps and sports tournaments. •Donald Cameron (Somerfield) Donald Cameron has given more than 50 years of service to his community as chief fire officer of the Diamond Harbour Volunteer Fire Brigade. Among his fire officer work, Mr Cameron was cofounder of the Diamond Harbour Rugby Club in 1969, a member of St John, a former chairman of the Diamond Harbour Primary School, a current member of Lyttelton Rotary, coordinator and helper with the Sea Scouts as well as numerous other community projects. He encourages others to follow in his footsteps to help better the community.

INFERNO: Lyttelton Fire Brigade chief fire officer Mark Buckley was involved in co-ordinating revolving crews throughout the Port Hills fire.

•Carolyn Tapley (Lyttelton) Carolyn Tapley supports her community in a multitude of ways. She is a victim support counsellor for Lifeline, and a Coastguard volunteer, achieving the status

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Principal builds career

By Sarla Donovan AS ONE door opens, another closes. For Our Lady Star of the Sea School principal John Kane the opportunity to grow his career with a move to a larger school was one he couldn’t pass up. “It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform,” he said when announcing the move to the school community. Mr Kane has been principal at Star of the Sea for four “wonderful” years. But next year he will lead Tai Tapu School. “It has been my pleasure to lead the school in that time. My move to Tai Tapu School was with my career in my mind. The school has approximately 300 students and has a wonderful reputation in educational circles so I feel very privileged to have been appointed.” He and his family will remain living in Sumner and he will commute to Tai Tapu, which he estimates will take about 25-30min. “My family has made lots of friends and we are very settled in Sumner so you will still see me around the place as we have no intention of relocating.” The children, the staff and the sense of family and community

MOVING: Our Lady Star of the Sea School principal Tony Kane is leaving the school after four years to become Tai Tapu School principal.

were all things he will miss, he said. “I’m also proud of the staff I have assembled at the school. With the exception of one teacher, every staff member in this school has been employed by me over the last four years. I believe the staff I have brought

to the school have improved the level of teaching and learning considerably.” He leaves the school in good heart, with a growing roll of 56 and a new classroom block opening at the start of next year. Mr Kane’s last day will be Tuesday, December 19.

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2018 Student Leaders: 1st Row: Vai Mariner, Crystal Mehlhopt, Jenna Hollis, Leeah Mullany, Sarah Moana Wooff-Smyth 2nd Row: Eden Pettigrew, Adonai Schwenke, Anaru Gray, Cole Barrie 3rd Row: Havana Aaifou, Thomas McHutchison, Sapana Kharal, William Paulden, Sean Robertson-Wright, Makayla Austin

Enrolling now for 2018 Principal’s Report Warm greetings to the Linwood College community. Kia ora koutou. Talofa lava. Kia orana. Malo e lelei. Bula. Fakaalofa atu. Namaste. Kumusta. Linwood College enjoys celebrating student success in all its forms so our congratulations to the prizewinners highlighted on this page. I would like to also congratulate all Junior students who were awarded prizes at the 2017 Junior Prize Giving ceremony held on 11th December. Our community views education as the wellbeing of the whole person. All developmentally positive experiences enrich our students’ understanding of whom they are and broaden their outlook. They nurture students’ classroom focus by contextualising their learning and sowing the seeds of positive ambition. Linwood College believes in a “pathwayed

2017 Senior Prizegiving Awards curriculum”. This means the school, students and families knowing: 1. Students’ learning and skills as they come into LC from our partner primary schools and building on these successes 2. How the learning at LC connects to what the students want to do when they leave school. “What are my post-school pathways and how does my LC help me achieve these pathways?” In this way learning is meaningful to the individual and strengths-based. At Linwood the individual matters. Finally, the Education Review Office reviewed Linwood College in the second half of term 3. The confirmed report is now public and I am delighted to say that the school is back on the three year return cycle. It is a testament to everyone’s collective vision and positive work for our school: BOT, staff, students, whanau, partner schools and community. Nga mihi nui and best wishes for the festive season and summer holiday. Richard Edmundson: Tumuaki-Principal

Other Major Award Winners • Chris Arthur Sportsperson of the Year: Fabricius S’ua; • Tony Fomison Award for Significant Contribution to the Visual Arts: Eden Pettigrew • AA Scott Music Award for the widest and most valuable contribution to music: Nathan Cummings and Michelle Bennett • Koka Alamein Connell Taonga for Maori Performing Arts: Dayton Rapana-Pham • Hickling Science Prize, Hugh McDougall Rankin Scholarship, Literary Cup: Crystal Mehlhopt • Judith Brailsford Cup for Pacifica Leadership: Vai Mariner • John Kim Memorial Prize for Acting: Damien Arps • Gavin Bishop Excellence Senior in Visual Arts: Monica Burt • Most valuable contribution by an English Language Learner: Chiana Kabigting • Laurraine White Music Trophy: Tyrone Te Poono • John Andersen JP Plaque - Top Hospitality Student: Grace Williams • Bradbury Moore Prize for Commerce: William Paulden • Contribution to Pacifica Culture & Poole Prize for Original Historical Research: Adonai Schwenke • Linwood College Drama Cup: Cole Barrie • Linwood College Supreme Arts Award: Cole Barrie and Adonai Schwenke • Mike Pero Entrepreneur of the Year 1st: Havana Aaifou • Mike Pero Entrepreneur of the Year 2nd: Inez Alavisi • Mike Pero Entrepreneur of the Year 3rd: Senirewa Tagicakiverata • Judith Brailsford Award for Excellence in History & Peter Lees Jefferies Prize for Humanities: Annie Wu • JFK Cup for Excellence in Creative Writing: Michaela Shanks • Lincoln University Commerce Prize: Mitchell Dehn • Teresa Elms Memorial Cup: Hine-Moana Foster • Dale Eagar Challenge Trophy: Tayla Spence

Year 10s get Enterprising Last week ninety Year 10 students worked hard for three days in the school gym to create business ideas. Two presenters from the Young Enterprise Trust came to the school to lead the students through the process of creating and developing businesses. On Wednesday, the students were put into groups of between five and ten students and given the challenge of creating a new business based on modern technology. By Friday, the students were ready to present their ideas and associated business plans to judges from the local business community.

Here Sina Sila and her team mates are presenting their idea ‘Zoinks’ - an app that stops you from making unnecessary purchases to Gyaney from BP.

Early in Term 3, the school’s senior students, teachers and families gathered in the school hall to celebrate the year’s successes. Prize winners were entertained by the highly talented Kimihia haka group and school jazz band. Congratulations to all prize winners, particularly to our 2017 Supreme Award Winners: Dux: Crystal Mehlhopt Proximae Accessit: Eden Pettigrew

Dux: Crystal Mehlhopt

Proximae Accessit: Eden Pettigrew

Year 13 Prize Winners Mairieka Prentice: 1st Te Reo Maori; Tyrone Te Poono: 1st Maori Performing Arts; Crystal Mehlhopt: 1st Biology, 1st Chemistry, 1st Science, 1st Advanced English, 1st Mathematics Statistics; Leeah Mullany: 1st Early Childhood Studies; Eden Pettigrew: 1st Classical Studies, 1st Advanced Mathematics, 1st Physics, 1st Visual Arts: Painting; Jenna Hollis: 1st Computer Science; Cole Barrie: 1st Performing Arts Drama; Adriane Laxamana: 1st Hospitality; Adonai Schwenke: 1st English, 1st Classical Studies, 1st Performing Arts: Music; Eden Pusag: 1st English Language Learning, 2nd Mathematics Statistics; Titi Ma Sun: 2nd English Language Learning, 1st Health Education, 1st= Samoan Language; Vai Mariner: 1st= Samoan Language; William Paulden: 1st Business Enterprise, 3rd Mathematics Statistics, 2nd Physical Education; Makayla Austin: 1st Physical Education, 2nd= Hospitality; Adam Cowie: 1st Tourism & Travel, 2nd= Hospitality

Year 12 Prize Winners First overall in NCEA Level 2: Jasina Gurung Second equal overall in NCEA Level 2: Annie Wu and Callum Lawson Hine-Moana Foster: 2nd Mathematics; Natasha Keating: 2nd Hospitality; Emily Dehn: 3rd= Hospitality; Tyra Gurrebat: 1st English Language Learning; D’arby McDiarmid-Taingahue: 1st Computer Science; Nikau Prentice: 1st= Maori Performing Arts; Mikaere Marsh: 1st Performing Arts Music; Leo Oke: 2nd Computer Science; Freedom Takamore: 3rd Mathematics; Fa’atoa Tavita: 1st Early Childhood Studies; Quinten Roche: 2nd Science; Rowan Hill: 2nd English; Richiel Lorica: 3rd= Hospitality; Simran Pradham: 1st Advanced English; Taine Goodmanson: 1st Visual Arts Photography; Leaana Lefua: 1st Science; Monica Burt: 1st Visual Arts: Painting; Christina Siitia: 2nd Chemistry, 3rd Biology; Mate Talatonu: 1st Samoan Language, 3rd English; Ashley Chandra: 1st Health Education; 2nd= Physical Education; Allanah Saleupolu: 1st Te Reo Maori,1st= Maori Performing Arts; Callum Lawson: 1st Physical Education, 2nd= Advanced English; Zena Anand: 1st Performing Arts Drama, 2nd= Advanced English; Marcus Culanag: 1st Tourism & Travel, 2nd English Language Learning; Annie Wu: 1st Biology, 1st Geography, 1st History; Jasina Gurung: 1st Chemistry, 1st Physics, 2nd Biology, 2nd Business Enterprise, 2nd=Advanced English, 2nd Academic Mathematics; Sven Hagedorn: 1st Design and Visual Communication, 1st Academic Mathematics, 2nd Physics; Gracie Williams: 1st Hospitality, 1st Mathematics, 2nd= Physical Education, 1st Business Enterprise, 1st English

Year 11 Prize Winners First overall in NCEA Level 1: Toby Bell-Ramsay Second equal overall in NCEA Level 1: David Siumu and Eileen (Sayukta) Prasad Nevaeh Pirikahu-Waata: 1st Te Reo Maori; Awhina Newton: 1st Maori Performing Arts; Kevin Lanto: 1st Automotive, 2nd Science Physics; Harley Smith: 3rd Science Physics, 3rd= English; Alisha Ungerboeck: 1st Physical Education; Jessica Venter: 2nd Health Education, 3rd Business Studies; Michael Venter: 2nd Computer Science, 2nd Academic Mathematics; Elay Tagra: 3rd Computer Science; Thomas Akolo: 1st Health Education, 3rd= English, 2nd Performing Arts Drama; Piper Stewart: 3rd Performing Arts Drama; Jeremy Kyle Ortega: 1st Design and Visual Communication, 1st Visual Arts; Bo Ligsay: 2nd Design and Visual Communication, 1st Material Technology Wood; Nicka Pascual: 3rd Design and Visual Communication; David Siumu: 1st English, 2nd= History; Damien Arps: 1st Performing Arts Drama, 2nd English, 2nd= History; Dylan Pearce: 1st Internal English; Kane Tahu: 1st Internal English; Virra Holzmann: 1st English Language Learning, 1st Science BioChemistry; XerXes Laitan: 2nd English Language Learning; Shaniya Reddy: 2nd Food & Nutrition, 1st General Science; Nimoi Lam Sam: 3rd= Food & Nutrition; Arnie Ferreras: 3rd= Food & Nutrition; Jakhaan Pitama-Dwyer: 3rd Academic Mathematics; Marvin Brimon: 1st Mathematics; Richard Lorica: 2nd Mathematics; Lilyanah-Rose Mato: 1st Mathematics for Numeracy, 1st Performing Arts Music; Gloria Sua: 1st Samoan, 2nd Mathematics for Numeracy; Moahengi Ngauamo: 3rd Physical Education; Luke Tahu: 2nd Performing Arts Music; Thor Russell: 3rd Mathematics for Numeracy, 1st Science for Life; Kane Harwood-Cooke: 1st Material Technology Metal, 2nd Material Technology Wood, 2nd Science for Life; Jade Lindsay: 1st Geography, 3rd Mathematics, 2nd Physical Education; Lakin Spicer-Lee: 2nd Science BioChemistry, 2nd Visual Arts; Eileen (Sayukta) Prasad: 1st Business Studies, 1st Food & Nutrition, 1st Hospitality, 2nd Health Education; Toby Bell-Ramsay: 2nd Business Studies, 1st Computer Science, 1st Academic Mathematics, 1st Science Physics; Orion Tipuna: 1st History

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State Highway 1 (SH1) north of Kaikōura will open to daytime traffic on Friday 15 December, restoring the coastal highway link from Picton to Christchurch. The re-opening of SH1 will give people two viable options for travel around the upper South Island, with the alternate route (via state highways 63, 6, 65 and 7 through Lewis Pass) remaining a reliable 24/7 option.





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Make sure you allow enough time for your journey, whichever route you chose. Unexpected events, such as a crash, high volumes of traffic, ongoing wet weather or seismic activity, can cause delays. Ongoing roadworks and reduced speed limits in places mean that it won’t be possible for you to make up time.





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Do not rely on your GPS or Google Maps things can change at short notice. WHAT TO EXPECT ON SH1 Parts of the road will still be under construction, so there will be some unsealed sections, lane closures with Stop/Go controls and speed restrictions.



There will be night closures north of Kaikōura between Clarence and Mangamaunu, and between Goose Bay and Peketa in the south. Closure points will be monitored 24/7. Consider road closure hours before starting your trip and leave enough time to be clear of these sections so you can continue your journey. The opening hours are subject to adverse weather and seismic activity. If there is a lot of rain or another significant event, we may have to close the road for short periods of time. It’s important to remember the safety of those using the highway, and working on it, will always be our top priority.

BE ROAD COURTEOUS • No stopping on SH1 within the closure areas outside of designated stop bays. •

Be patient and cautious. Road conditions will be unfamiliar to many drivers, so a little bit of patience will go a long way.

• Follow all traffic signs and any instruction given by road crew. • Obey speed limits to keep all road users safe. •

Stay focused around rail lines. Expect trains at any time.

• Keep fresh by taking breaks and supporting communities on the route.


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WHO CAN TRAVEL ON THE RE-OPENED SH1? Cars (including vans, 4wd, 2wd cars)

Motorcyclists (take extra care on unsealed and uneven surfaces)

Vehicles towing caravans, boats and trailers


Trucks (restrictions apply - check www.


Cyclists (take extra care on unsealed and uneven surfaces. Cyclists may need assistance or be escorted in some areas. Follow road crew instructions on the day) NO CAMPING (within closure areas)

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A destination in itself, Little River Cafe and Store is famous for rustic home cooked food and quality coffee every time. Come in and check out our fantastic brunch menu or shop around in the store for some New Zealand wine, craft beer, cheeses, breads and plenty more. We try to celebrate the local produce wherever we can. Open early seven days a week. Come out and see what all the fuss is about.

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With stunning views across the harbour, the Akaroa Village Inn is nestled right in the beating heart of Akaroa, on the picturesque Banks Peninsula. The uniquely charming seaside community has long been a family holiday retreat and the Village Inn continues this tradition, offering good old-fashioned customer service with a smile. We don’t have guests, we have extended family that we haven’t met yet!

Our 3.5 hectares boutique vineyard is located in the centre of an ancient volcano, on the shore of Akaroa Harbour. Run organically by French Vigneron, Renan Cataliotti, to respect our soil and craft the best Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Rose from our very unique and special terroir. The cellar door is open Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 6pm at 79 French Farm Valley Road.

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Only 45 minutes from Christchurch, Little River Campground is nestled in the sheltered Okuti Valley. Rustic camping with 5 hectares of native bush to explore. Make some great memories for your kids, there may even be a campfire. Your friendly dog is welcome too. We are close to the rail trail, cafes and stores and only 30 minutes to secluded beaches. Costs from $10 kid and $15 adult. Bookings essential, call 325 1014 or visit the website.

Visit the Akaroa Museum for fresh new exhibitions telling unique stories of Akaroa and Banks Peninsula. Open daily, 10.30 am to 4.30 pm, admission is free. Located in the heart of Akaroa, opposite the Four Square store, 71 Rue Lavaud. Phone 03 304 1013. Email



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As we go to print we are excited to hear our new Bishop, Fr Paul Martin SM, has been appointed to Christchurch. In celebrating the news, a special thank you must go to Fr Rick Loughnan for his leadership in the interim, to the Diocese for its ongoing support and we remember Bishop Barry Jones with fondness. Bishop-Elect Paul’s appointment represents an exciting new phase of growth for our Catholic community. Thank you to our Board of Trustees, college and community and members of the Marian Foundation for your work throughout 2017. To our Marian girls – relax and enjoy the well-earned break. There are some fantastic programmes, and collaborative project opportunities planned for 2018. And finally, congratulations to our 2017 Marian College leavers. The gospel values – which underpin the special character of Marian College – will guide you well into the future. We wish you all the very best and please keep in touch. Wishing you good health and blessings this Christmas. Jan Paterson Marian College Board of Trustees

Georgiana Vaughan-Walker (right) Y12 has received the St John Grand Prior Award in a ceremony hosted by the Governor-General in Dunedin.

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Young Māori Marian College students participating in the Manukura programme are realising if they put their minds to it – they can do and be whatever they want.

Prize winners 2017 The 2017 Dux of Marian College has been awarded to Jessie Fahey and Proxime Accessit to Rebecca Lake.

The full list of senior major prize recipients and photographs are now on the Marian College website. Marian College Principal Mary-Lou Davidson says as well as reflecting the opportunities students have in a wide range of areas of the school, awards are a reflection of hard work and dedication. “Congratulations to all the students who have been acknowledged,” Mrs Davidson says.

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The programme is a partnership between Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Te Tapuae o Rehua and seven eastern Christchurch secondary schools and aims to ensure young Māori see themselves as leaders of the future. Participating student Rawinia Tahi (Ngāti Maniapoto) says she has learnt a lot.

‘Recognising my gifts and understanding how I can use them to help others, was the biggest realisation for me,’ Rawinia says.

Summer scarfie Year 11 Marian College student Keely Stuart (Te Aitanga-A-Mahaki) has received a Ngā Mahi-a-Ringa Pūtaiao Scholarship from Otago University. Keely will be participating in a week-long Hands-on at Otago programme during the summer holidays to experience being a science student on campus. Keely says she is very excited to be accepted onto the fully-funded programme. ‘I’m interested in a career in health, science and physiology so it will be a great opportunity to see what Otago University is like,’ she says.

The Grand Prior Award is the ultimate award, other than for bravery, for St John Cadets. Georgiana was one of 90 cadets - including former Marian student Steph Wessing (left) - from around New Zealand to receive the prestigious award.

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‘I love learning new leadership skills and I’m really thankful I joined St John, as otherwise I wouldn’t have considered the Navy as a career path,’ she says.

The Zonta Awards are a celebration of the highest sports achievers - leaders in their sport locally and often competitors on the world stage.

Georgiana’s plans include a gap year, travel, and a career in the Navy as a medic.

This year, three Marian College students were finalists at the Zonta Sports Awards. Renee Rae won the top award for her contribution to netball umpiring. A judge said Renee follows a long tradition of Marian students who have won the award, and there was something very special about Marian College and its tradition of service.

Ara awards excellence The opportunities and benefits of an innercity campus are many for Marian College students. From Year 11, students can choose to earn credits at Ara Institute of Canterbury, making the most of excellent facilities and teaching expertise – just across the road. Recently, three Marian students received

awards at Ara Youth Showcase. Year 12 students Holly Stanley (pictured) received Academic Excellence in the NZ Certificate in Cookery level 3, Aniesh Holland received Academic Excellence in Hospitality Supported Learning and Georgiana Vaughan-Walker received a Citizenship Award

Rebecca Lake (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Irakehu) and Millicent Smith (Ngāpuhi) were both nominated for outstanding achievement for their New Zealand representation in football and ice hockey respectively. This is the second year Rebecca has been acknowledged in the highly competed category. |03 385 8449 | | Follow us!

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Nuk’s Xmas message National list MP for the Port Hills Nuk Korako considers the things that can be lost in the hustle and bustle of December AS I see the pohutukawa trees starting to flower in Sumner and Santa appearing all over the electorate from the bays to the hills, I am aware that not only is summer here, but so is Christmas – along with the hustle and bustle that comes with this time of year. Christmas is many things to different people across the world, but I would like to remind you of the “reason for the season”, which is about giving, not just receiving. While the presents are fun, what really matters is spending precious time with your closest family and friends and creating some unforgettable memories. So, as the season approaches, remember all of those special people who have helped carve your life into what it is today, and also think of those people no longer with you who have also influenced your life. I will be thinking of my wife Chris’s father Derek who passed away in

August. Consider if you can those who are less fortunate and give a little to them if possible. And it doesn’t have to be a monetary donation – giving some time, no matter how little, to one of the many worthwhile charities in our community will not only help them, but will richly reward you. As 2017 draws to a close, we can reflect on the year past. For most of us, it will contain both highs and lows, with some things having gone well and some

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things not so well. However, we can all look forward to 2018 and the beginning of a new year. From my whanau to yours, I wish you all safe travels if you are going away, and lots of relaxation and recharging of the batteries. And don’t forget – a little overindulgence is fine at this time of the year. Meri Kirihimete me nga mihi o Te Tau Hou – wishing you a happy festive season and a prosperous new year.




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George is the story of two extraordinary lives – the private man and the public legend. Georgios Panayiotou was just eighteen when he decided to adopt the stage name of George Michael. Sometimes his two worlds would collide with shattering consequences. Bestselling biographer Sean Smith has gone back to the neighbourhoods of North London to trace the astonishing journey of a sensitive but determined boy who grew up to be one of the biggest British pop stars of all time. Along the way, he talks to those close to George, revealing the real man – funny, articulate, intelligent and generous spirited – who hid behind the powerful image he created. He reveals the complex relationship with his high-achieving Greek-Cypriot father; the unconditional love of his mother; his teenage relationships with girls; and his first tragic love affair with another man. Affectionate yet honest and moving, George is both a celebration of George Michael’s music and a lasting tribute to a decent and much-loved man.

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Diamond Harbour’s expert gardeners recognised Diamond Harbour School was named the national T & G Garden to Table School of the Year runner up last week. The award was given in recognition of the school’s “passion, drive and outstanding gardening skills”. Accepting the award was Flynn Clinch (left), Alex Clinch and Max Clinch. All Diamond Harbour School pupils are involved in tending the school’s vegetable gardens and fruit trees, looking after chickens and learning to cook using the food produced. The overall winners of the inaugural competition was Haumoana School in Hawkes Bay. ​



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Sumner athletes run personal bests FIVE SUMNER Running Club athletes represented their schools at the New Zealand secondary schools track and field championships in Hawkes Bay recently. Jess and Meg Fahey, Marian College, Max McLachlan, Burnside High School, Abby Theobald and Victoria Wells, both St Margaret’s College, all competed at the three-day championships, returning with personal bests and medals. Personal bests were recorded by Theobald in the road race and Wells in the 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles. McLachlan, in the steeplechase, and Wells, in the 100m and 300m hurdles, both produced times which met the entry standards for the New Zealand track and field championships in Hamilton in March. Both Theobald and Wells were in the St Margaret’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams. Wells’ team had success, finishing third in the 4x400m, and fourth in the 4x100m. Less than a second decided the first five teams in the 4x100m final. The athletes battled hot conditions throughout the championships and were forced to stay in the shade and keep hydrated when not competing. The best conditions were probably at the road races on the final day with the races starting early in slightly cooler temperatures.

FLYING: Abby Theobald and Victoria Wells in the 4x400m senior girls relay. Meg Fahey nears the finish of the 3000m. Results: •Jess Fahey – 1500m, 5min 2.45sec, 12th. •Meg Fahey – 1500m, 5min 42.24secs, 9th (heat); 3000m, 12min 16.58sec, 17th; 4km road race, 16min 40sec, 24th.

•Max McLachlan – 2000m steeplechase, 6min 58.84sec, 12th; 3000m, 10min 23.41sec, 12th (heat); 6km road race, 21min 38sec, 38th. •Abby Theobald – 4km road race, 16min 57sec, 27th;

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HEATHCOTE ARE just one win away from claiming the metro senior A one-day cricket title after defeating rivals Sumner by 142 runs on Saturday. The round-robin winners were too good for Sumner who were looking to continue a late fairytale run after sneaking into a semi-final spot with a dominant final round win over Halswell. Batting first at Heathcote Domain, the home side got off to the perfect start with John Garry, 72, and Matthew House, 71, putting together an opening stand of 108. A number of healthy contributions from the middle and lower order helped Heathcote reach an imposing 272/8 from 45 overs. Sumner found themselves in trouble early when Tommy Sturgess claimed the wickets of Chris Wilson and Marcus Thompson in the first over. Tom Gooday was able to steady the ship with a knock of 43. However, Sumner were unable to make a real push at the total and were eventually dismissed for 130 in the 23rd over. Heathcote will host LP Addington in the final on Saturday.



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Strength ‘n’ Stretch Class Wednesday, 6-7pm For women in their fab 50s and beyond. Enjoy a whole body workout at a medium level which includes exercise to music, circuit stations and more. First class is half price. St Andrews Anglican Church, 148 Main Rd, Redcliffs. $10 Use it or Lose it Wednesday, 9-9.50am This class is for the over 50s and is a gentle exercise class suitable for those wanting to improve their strength, balance and mobility. Have fun in a friendly atmosphere, meet new people and get active and fit at the same time. First class is half price. Redcliffs Bowling Club, James St, Redcliffs. $6 Sumner Christmas Carols Thursday, 6.30pm Get into the festive spirit with carols by the beach. The Sumner Silver Band will be playing and Santa is rumoured to make an appearance on a fire engine. Sumner Surf Life Saving Club grounds Little River Community Carols

Thursday, 7pm Enjoy singing your favourite carols with friends and family. Take a plate to share for supper. Wairewa Marae Create ‘n’ Connect Thursday, 9.30am-noon Enjoy company and creativity at the weekly create ’n’ connect art and craft group. Take your own project or just go along and get some inspiration. $3 per session. Phone Beth for more information, 022 678 1252 St Andrews, 148 Main Rd, Redcliffs Mini Music Thursday, 9.30am Get your pre-schoolers rocking and rolling with the mini music programme at the Port Hills Uniting Parish’s Redcliffs Church hall. Session costs $3 per child or $5 per family and operates on a drop in basis. Augusta St, Redcliffs Running Club Thursday, 6-7pm Get active and have fun running with like-minded people at the Kathmandu and Salomon event. There are various professional coaches to help

Take a trip to the Sumner Market on Sunday. With stalls selling fresh produce, breads and pastries, coffee, clothes, crafts and more, visitors can be assured of finding something to tempt them. Delicious food and Christmas goodies complete the package. Make the most of the balmy weather and check it out. 11am-3pm, cnr Esplanade and Marriner St. ​

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Saturday, 10am-noon A justice of the peace will be available to witness signatures and documents, certify document copies, hear oaths, declarations, affidavits or affirmations as well as sign citizenship, sponsorship or rates rebates applications. There is no charge for this service. Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre, 37 Nayland St Harbour Light Ensemble Sunday, 4.30pm Following months of practice the Harbour Light Ensemble Community Orchestra has its first concert this weekend. The

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During the fire season, there are some risks you need to know about to help keep you, your family and your property safe. Throughout New Zealand, there are different levels of risk, depending on where you live and what the area around you is like. As we build more and more homes in previously rural areas, the level of risk is different to properties built in a more urban setting. Make sure you check your property and are aware of your surroundings so you can be best prepared this fire season.

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- Go to to make a plan to get out of your home safely and agree a safe meeting place. Practise this regularly. - Think about where you will meet if you need to evacuate the area. - Have an emergency evacuation kit in case you need to leave quickly.

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SuperValue Lyttelton: 17 London Street, Lyttelton. Phone 328 7368. Open 7am – 9pm, 7 days. SuperValue Sumner: 3 Village Mall, Sumner. Phone 326 5688. Open 7am – 9pm, 7 days. . While stocks last at SuperValue Lyttelton and Sumner only. We reserve the right to limit quantities. Trade not supplied.

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