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Scammers target vulnerable „„ By Julia Evans ELDERLY IN Papanui are being targeted by phone and online scammers trying to get thousands of dollars from their bank accounts. Sergeant Paul Piper said the Papanui station was beginning to get a “reasonable amount” of complaints regarding scams – although at this stage no one had lost any money.

“We’ve just had people concerned about being asked for personal details or bank account information.” He said scammers are aware the elderly are especially lonely over Christmas and want to talk, which is a worry as Papanui has the highest number of older people in the city. “Older people can be quite vulnerable during the holidays . . .

they’re easily targeted and easy to get drawn in,” he said. Sergeant Piper said the scams can cause people to lose a lot of money if bank account details are handed over, and complaints are becoming “more frequent” in the lead-up to the holidays. “It comes in spates throughout the year but at this time especially . . . no one is ever going to call and ask for your bank account

details. We’re just trying to get that word out there.” Papanui police and Age Concern ran a workshop, which addressed topics such as scamming this month, which Sergeant Piper said was a “fantastic thing.” “What I tell people is: ‘Have you ever tried ringing Microsoft or any of those companies yourself?’ It’s so hard to get through.

They’re not going to be phoning you,” he said. Sergeant Piper said Papanui residents should also take extra care locking their homes if they’re going away for the holidays. Police had attended a number of home burglaries already, which was expected to increase as people head away.

Body art by students inspires well-being Heaton Normal Intermediate School’s Sophie Carpentier was made a work of art by Daisy Tait during an exhibition showcasing drawings, paintings and photographs by students from around the city. One of the highlights was a korowai cloak made by Heaton pupils. “Some of our students, who do not find verbal expression easy, have shown themselves to be visually articulate through their art work,” Heaton’s visual art specialist Fiona Taylor said.

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News Heavy vehicle ban mooted „„ By Julia Evans HEAVY VEHICLES could soon be stopped from driving along Fendalton roads. A ban on heavy vehicles is being investigated by city council staff in a bid to start addressing traffic and roading concerns on Glandovey and Idris Rds. The concerns were raised by the Glandovey, Idris and Straven Residents’ Raf Manji Association. City councillor Raf Manji said he and fellow councillor Aaron Keown had met with city council chief executive Karleen Edwards about the roading issues. “What came out of that meeting is that we immediately need to get the heavy freight off Glandovey Rd,” Cr Manji said. Following that, he said the Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board and city council would look at the layout of the Glandovey and Idris Rds intersection and nearby roads. The number of heavy vehicles using the roads has increased since the earthquakes, Cr Manji said. And he said it had also

SOLUTIONS: A ban on trucks along Glandovey and Idris Rd is being investigated as a way to address pedestrian and cyclist safety in the area. ​ become easier for large vehicles to drive through the area since the roundabout was upgraded to lights in 2013. Residents’ association spokesman James Wilding said a ban on heavy vehicles would be good progress in the battle to make the roads safe for pedestrians and cyclists. The roads are classified as minor arterial or collector routes, which Mr Wilding said is concerning given the high number

of schools in the area. “We have freight routes, for example Blenheim Rd. Those four and six-lane roads are the ones freight should us,” he said. The move comes after Nor’West News reported the association obtained safety audits from the city council which say “death or serious injury” at the intersection is “likely” once every five to 10 years due to visibility issues between vehicles and pedestrians.

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Mr Wilding said the community should have been aware of these audits as their lives are at risk. A city council spokeswoman said staff are working with the community board to address the communication concerns surrounding the audits. “Unfortunately due to the volume of documents provided to the requestor as part of the LGOIMA responses, the safety audits weren’t immediately passed on to the board members,” the spokesperson said. Residents have been battling the city council to address ongoing roading, traffic and safety issues in the area for almost a year. During the saga, Dr Edwards recommended residents not be involved in a work shop with city council staff and the community board to find solutions. However, the board went against that decision and included residents in discussions. Cr Manji said he understands it has been frustrating for residents. “It’s important to get the community voice out there, it has been strong and its finally being heard,” he said.

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„„ By Andrew King DID YOU notice sand in your water? Don’t worry it was not harmful according to city councillor Vicki Buck. Dry conditions and warm temperatures have seen water use in the city soar, making the city’s pumps run near capacity 24-hours a day meaning​they have picked up some of the natural sand that acts as a filter from aquifers. On Wednesday, Cr Buck let the public know the city council is aware of the sand in the water and flushed the pipes to deal with it. “We know about the sand in some water – we’re dealing with it and it’s not harmful,” her Facebook post said. She said contractors will flush pipes along Papanui Rd and some streets close by such as Mays Rd. “It is not uncommon for sand to get into the water supply and it poses no known health risks – it does not contain harmful bacteria. In affected areas, people may have noticed a few grains in a glass of water.”

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“We had five fireplaces that Mr Rex used to set every day. I would go around and light them and the house quickly warmed up. Seems such a long time ago now,” Frances said. A particular highlight over her years was winning an outstanding contribution to boarding from the New Zealand Boarding School Association last year. “The award is definitely one. I

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Tech-savvy teacher awarded „„ By Julia Evans WINNING an unsung hero award from EducationHQ New Zealand is no easy feat. Selwyn House teacher Simon Christie had to develop an entirely new curriculum, the first of its kind in New Zealand, to take out the unsung hero technology category last Tuesday. The Burnside resident codeveloped the mechatronics course with his colleague, Liz Fairhall. It mixes technology, robotics, mechanical engineering, mathematics, science and the arts. “We’ve always had a robotics programme but we wanted to find a point of difference,” he said. That’s when the mechatronics course began its development. “Girls are often underrepresented in the science and technology fields. We want them not only to be taking part in them, but leading the way,” he said. Winning the award was “vindication” that his pupils would have an advantage in a world dominated by technology. While he has put many days and nights into the curriculum, the course will never quite be

ROBOTIC LEARNING: Selwyn House teacher Simon Christie won a national teaching award after he developed an entirely new curriculum for the school. PHOTO: GILBERT WEALLEANS ​

complete. “That’s what we tell our girls. In mechanical engineering, nothing’s ever quite finished. It’s a never-ending task. You can always find something to change and upgrade. It’s the same with mechatronics,” he said. Mr Christie said while the

mechatronics curriculum began in one Selwyn classroom, it is now taught throughout the school. “From years 1-8. And they’ve even started teaching it in the pre-school,” he said. One of his proudest moments was when his year 7 pupils

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developed a knife that could be used by his mother-in-law who has tetraplegia. “The girls were learning about rights in society in terms of people with a disability. They then applied their mechatronics learning to help solve a problem,” he said.

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S E R O T S Y L I M FA N I E T A M A G L A AM PAPANUI Two of the Salvation Army Family Stores in the north of the city have amalgamated into one new location in Restell Street Papanui. The Main North Road shop has closed, and the Cranford St shop, which was opened after the earthquakes to provide furniture and linen for displaced families, has also closed its doors. “The Cranford St shop had come to the end of its season, and the opportunity arose to bring the two shops together, which has been very exciting for us,” says Pastor for Salvation Army Christchurch North, Gill Waugh. “The new premises in Restell St offer a large, bright open space with lots of room for stock. New stock is on the shop floor every day, so it pays to drop in regularly.” The huge selection includes clothing, the popular label racks for that something special, toys, books, crockery and glassware, electrical items and furniture, all donated by the public. “There’s off-street parking at the new shop, which makes it easier for people dropping off items, and also for our customers,” Gill says. The Family Store will also pick up donated goods and deliver as arranged, Monday to Friday. All the proceeds from sales go towards the Salvation Army’s community work, such as budgeting advice, advocacy, WINZ quotes, welfare support and the Positive Lifestyle Programme. (These services operate from the Belfast Centre, 794 Main North Rd.) The Family Store offers a Loyalty Card system, with customers getting their card clicked for every $10 spent. Once they have 10 clicks, they get $10 to spend in the store. New manager at the Papanui Family Store, Anne Tihore, previously worked as a Family Store volunteer. She has four employees on her team, who are assisted by 25-30 volunteers. Some ladies have volunteered for up to 20 and 30 years. Anne and staff member Pauline say

customer feedback on the new shop has been really positive. “They love the spaciousness, brightness and the layout, and that everything is all in one place, not in two shops,” Pauline says. Anne says the new Family Store has also brought a consolidation amongst the staff. “There’s a great team spirit. And the shop also has a community feel about it, which comes from the customers. Papanui is a very strong community and we are excited to be a part of it.” The Papanui Family Store is currently recruiting for volunteers. Anyone interested should phone Anne on 352 0515 or call in to the Family Store. Hours are Monday to Friday 9.30am-4.30pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.


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Top scholars recognised at Rangi Ruru RANGI RURU Girls’ School came together to celebrate top achieving students at its end-of-year prize-giving. Marisol Hunter was named dux, while Isabella Gregory was announced as proxime accessit for the senior school. Awards: •Marisol Hunter - Dux and Faletoese cup and the PTA prize for the best all round girl Marisol received distinction in the ICAS Science Competition, high distinction in the Australian Chemistry Quiz and third in the University of Otago Senior Science Quiz. In addition to her outstanding academic role, Marisol is also an athlete and a musician, senior athletics champion, captain of cross country and lifesaving, lifesaving coach, national selection in orienteering, clarinet and percussion player. •Isabella Gregory - Proxime Accessit, The Dorothy Bates Trophy awarded to a pupil who shows outstanding potential during her years at school, The Ian Stephenson Prize for passion for the environment and PTA prize for head of sustainability Isabella has a scholarship place waiting for her at Victoria University, and in addition has applied for places overseas. She has been the top scholar in curriculum English for the last two years and gained a New Zealand Qualifications Authority Outstanding Scholarship Award in English in 2016 from year 12. . PTA prizes for the associate heads of the school: Head of Culture - Anna Bruce Dawson Prize for the associate head of the school with responsibility for service - Felicity van der Pohl Head of Community - Danielle Bussell Head of Wellbeing - Phoebe Spiers Head of Sport and Otago University Leaders of Tomorrow Entrance Scholarship Zoe Gilpin Ethel Gibson Memorial Prize for the head of house Monica Marshall The Samantha Perkins

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ACHIEVEMENT: Marisol Hunter was named dux of Rangi Ruru and best all round student. Memorial Prize for the head of the school - Meg Dutton The Special Award for perseverance - Phoebe Spiers The Sophie Savill Cup for outstanding sportswoman Esra McGoldrick The prize for outstanding performing arts student Anna Bruce The Principal’s Award for generosity of spirit - Eden Cotter-Longworth General excellence - Year 9  Chloe Hughes, Samantha Senior, Megan Tansey, Poppy Blake-Manson, Saskia Simmers, Isis Ward, Penelope Frost, Eliza McIntosh, Penny Procter, Anna Bedggood, Rosa Blake, Emma Ffowcs, Niamh Cummingham, Stella Prescott and Alice Symons-Edwards. Year 10 Amie Coombes, Hannah Margison, Sophia Smith, Michelle Boulais, Amy Clough, Pippa Lange Rosa Jones, Ruby Lee, Olivia Yankov-Reid, Holly Blake, Georgia Sheat, Landie, Daisy Auker-Woor, Anna Casey and Maddy Sheat.

Year 11 Alisha Bedggood, Lucy Johnson, Hazel White, Lucy Anderson, Sarah Lawrence, Leah Zydenbos, Emily Davey, Sadie Nash, Holly Lewis, Ryley Visser, Amelia Wilson, Sarah Woodward, Alex Dunn, Charlotte Helms, Isabella Inkson, Tulsi Lathia, Amber Spurway and Samantha Summerfield. Georgina Jolly - Cross cup for consistent work in year 11 Year 12 Emily Aitken- First in food and nutrition, high achievement in accounting, biology and history Ruby Blake-Manson - Firstt in Biology, high achievement in chemistry, French and physics Jane Boyle -First in textile technology, high achievement in economics Yuna Chon - First in level 3 calculus and the recipient of the Elinor Wilson Cup, high achievement in music and chemistry Charlotte Corkery - First in design, high achievement in

chemistry, graphics and paint/ print Abby Croot - First in Spanish, first in classical studies, high achievement in economics, English and history Emma Cushing - First in economics, First in equal in media studies, high achievement in drama Maddi Halliday - First in history, high achievement in classical studies Molly Halpine - First in English and the William Adam Memorial Prize, high achievement in graphics Eugene In - First in chemistry, high achievement in English, music and physics Moeka Kanemaru - First in geography, high achievement in business technology Ploy Kriangkriwakin - First in graphics Eleanor Lester - First in physics, high achievement in biology, chemistry, French and level 3 calculus Lily McKenzie - First in contemporary music Holly Manning -First in

general science for citizenship, high achievement in accounting Mari-Clare McLaughlin First in accounting, first in French, high achievement in chemistry, physics and level 3 calculus Ava Morrow - First equal in media studies, high achievement in history Ella Neale - First in drama Poppy Prentice - First in business technology Alyssa Robinson - First in paint/print, first in photography, high achievement in design Lucy Simpson - First in physical education, high achievement in food and nutrition Maddison Wall - First in statistics Valerie Xiang - First in music, high achievement in chemistry, French, English and level 3 calculus Madeleine Finch -  PTA prize for consistently high standard of achievement in year 12 Old Girls’ Special Prizes for excellence in year 12 – Abby Croot, Ellie Lester, Mari-Clare McLaughlin, Valerie Xiang Year 13 Jessie Anderson - First in classic studies and the Friends of Rangi Ruru Prize, high achievement in English and music, Auckland University Top Achievers Scholarship, the Victoria University Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship and a Victoria University Excellence Scholarship Linda Ban - First in business technology and the Eckersley Prize, high achievement in accounting Charlotte Bowman -The Moira Thompson Salver for excellence in art Ella Brownrigg - First in textile technology Anna Bruce - First in drama and the Fay Lester Trophy for drama, first in printmaking and the Cleavin-Copeland Cup, high achievement in painting and art history •Continued on p10

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Rangi Ruru prize-giving •From page 8 Amelia Bryden - First in graphics and the Gould Stewart Cup for the senior student showing the most potential in graphics, high achievement in business technology Eden Cotter-Longworth First in photography and the Haslam Cup for photography, high achievement in drama Isabella Evans - First in physical education and the Sherburn Cup for physical education Isabella Gregory - First in art history, first in French and the Ford Cup for flair in French, first in English and the Rewiti Gardener Prize, first in music and the Nancy Grant Salver for outstanding performance in music, high achievement in physics Bing Han - First in economics, high achievement in accounting, business technology and textile technology Marisol Hunter - First in biology and the Mawson Cup, first in chemistry, first in Spanish, first in statistics and the Helen Wily Prize for statistics, first in physics and the New Zealand Institute of Physics Prize, high achievement in English Petra Law - First in media studies and the Katharine Price Prize for media, first in philosophy Xiaoling Liu - First in contemporary music, first in design and the Barbara de Lambert Cup for design, first

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Eden Cotter-Longworth and Georgia Reynolds - Joint recipients of the Te Ngere Pehi Memorial Prize Awarded for achievement in maori studies and kapa haka Old Girls’ special prizes for a consistently high standard of achievement in all subjects: Francesca Beaton - Biology, calculus and statistics Michelle Cronje - Chemistry, French and physics Kate Donald - Art history, drama and English Ashleigh Goh - Biology, chemistry, English, physics, statistics Siena Rapley - Accounting, classics and Spanish

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Mural brings Mairehau alive Pupils inspire Innes Rd art

„„ By Julia Evans A DRAB wall in Mairehau has come to life with colourful artwork – an idea sparked entirely by local children. When asked what was wrong with their community, Mairehau Primary School pupils said the area needed more colour. So Richard ‘Popx’ Baker was enlisted to paint a mural on a wall between the school and Innes Rd. The Neighbourhood Trust and Child and Youth Friendly Cities organised the artwork, which features Mairehau pupils planting a garden. Trust manager Ginny Larsen said it has been a great result from a collaborative effort. “The project started two-anda-half years ago when the trust was working with children from Mairehau Primary asking them what they liked about the area, what they didn’t like and what they would like to change,” she said. One of the main themes was that the pupils found Mairehau a “bit grey” and wanted “more

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colour and vibrancy” in the area. The pupils took photos and made up a board of ideas. “One of the things they suggested was a mural,” Ms Larsen said. But the trust quickly hit a

road block. Said Ms Larsen: “We thought this would be lovely but we’ve got no money.” That’s when Child and Youth Friendly Cities came on board. Ms Larsen said the group really liked the fact that it was

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No further traffic calming measures near school „„ By Julia Evans MORE TRAFFIC calming measures around Paparoa Street School are off the table. In a memo to the Papanui-Innes, city council traffic engineer Penny Gray said although the area around Paparoa St, Tomes Rd and Rutland St is congested, that does not mean it is dangerous. “Congestion around the school is solely caused by the school and the traffic it generates,” Ms Gray said. She said although the congestion is noticible during peak school hours, the city council expects this as the school’s roll is more than 550. Paparoa St already has a “high level” of traffic calming measures installed that ensure a low speed environment, Ms Gray said. “The school has excellent offstreet paths directly from the school, which children and parents can safely use to access other roads in the network. This could help spread congestion from the school gate.”


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Special Olympians tested STAY SAFE: A group of prisoners Mark Thomas spoke to at Christchurch Women’s Prison later used their phone privileges to ring home to ensure their families were protected by smoke alarms.

Fire columnist bids farewell „„ By Mark Thomas – fire risk management officer THIS IS the last flame files. After nearly 11 years back in Christchurch and 518 columns completed, I’ve decided it’s time to shuffle off into retirement. The column has been something I’ve always enjoyed. Sometimes the time available has been too short for comfort and some other times I’ve had a good subject and time to do it justice. I can only hope it’s been entertaining to some and even occasionally informative. I know the issues haven’t really changed. There are still too many kitchen fires. There are still too many arson fires. But in recent years, the number of fire fatalities has fallen. This must in part be the result of our promotion of smoke alarms and I still live

in hope of the day none of us will agree to sleep anywhere that is not alarm covered. Another quite satisfying part of this job has been the public speaking. I’ve talked to older people, young people, service groups and even prisoners in jail. Some of the most satisfying feedback I ever got was being told all of the group I had spoken to at Christchurch Women’s Prison later used their phone privileges to ring home to ensure the family was protected by smoke alarms. Finally, sincere thanks are due to Star Media for providing me with the platform to preach the fire safety message. That’s a true public service and is very much appreciated. I’ve been fortunate with the calibre of people I’ve worked with, both in the firefighting family and those outside. Stay safe everyone!

„„ By Andrew King A SWAG of medals were won by north-west athletes at the Special Olympics New Zealand national summer games in Wellington. Pitting themselves against others from around the country, medals were won in indoor bowls, 10-pin bowling, swimming, athletics and basketball. The full list of the winners are: Indoor Bowls Pairs: Virginia Fowler, Redwood, and Raymond Keith Smith, Hoon Hay, bronze in the B1 division. 10-pin Bowling Teams: ​ Todd Quested, Redwood, Andy Brown, Papanui, Ian Johnson, Sydenham and Stephen Cooper, St Martins, silver in division two. Andrew Westgarth, Northwood, Richard Willmott, New Brighton, Jessica Stevens, Linwood, and Ian Dobbie, Halswell, silver in division six. Singles: Dean Smith, Casebrook, bronze in division 11. Andy Brown, Papanui, bronze in division six. Hayden Wright, Papanui, silver in division 23. Ian Johnson, Redwood, silver in division five. Swimming Teams: Nathan Winkelman, Papanui, Shawn O’Rourke, Halswell, Jonathon Smithan, Burwood, and Ethan Hamilton-Currey, Selwyn, won gold division M1 in the 4x50m relay.

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PAINTER AvAIlAblE All aspects in painting. Very competitive in roofs and fences. Please call 027 241-7471 or 335-0265 PlASTERER Gib Stopping, Small job specialty. 30 + years experience. Ring 0800 387-369 PlUMbER For prompt service for all plumbing maintenance, repairs and alterations. Phone Michael 364 7080 or 027 438 3943 PlUMbER ALF THORPE PLUMBING Certifying Plumber for all types of plumbing, maintenance, spouting, alterations etc. Phone 352-7402 or 0274350-231 SHOE REPAIRS Belfast engraving.Shoe repairs,key cutting & engraving.(10 yrs exp)683 Main North Rd ph 027 3113423 STONEMASON, bRICK & blOCKlAYER, Earthquake Repairs, Grind Out & Repoint, River/ Oamaru stone, Schist, Volcanic Rock, Paving, all Alterations new & old, Quality Workmanship, visit www.featureworks. co.nz or ph 027 601-3145 T.v. SERvICE CENTRE Repairs, tvs, microwaves, stereos, DVD. Aerial installations and kitsets, 480 Moorhouse Ave, ph 03 379 1400 vHS vIDEO TAPES & all camera tapes converted to DVD, video taping special occasions, www.grahamsvideo.co.nz ph 03 338-1655 WINDOW ClEANING Average 3 bdrm house inside or out $40. Both $70. Phone Trevor 3442170

CLEARING Are you moving house or trying to downsize? Call All Clear Canterbury. We work with you to recycle, sell and dispose of unwanted items.

Ph: 03 260 0934 or 021 078 4553

raewynlcooke@gmail.com www.allclearcanterbury.co.nz

ROOF PAINTING Rope & harness a speciality, no scaffolding required, 30 years of breathtaking experience. FREE QUOTES Exterior staining, exterior painting, moss and mould treatment and waterblasting

Phone Kevin 027 561 4629 Trades & Services AAA HANDYMAN licensed carpenter LBP, all property and building maintenance, repairs, bathroom/shower installations, with free quotes 03 383 1927 or 027 245 5226 ciey@xtra.co.nz bRICKlAYER George Lockyer. Over 35 years bricklaying experience. UK trained. Licensed Building Practitioner number BP105608. Insurance work. EQC repairs. Heritage brickwork and stonework a speciality. No job too small. Governors Bay. Home 329-9344, Cell 027 684 4046, email georgelockyer@xtra.co.nz bUIlDER For all building work but specialist in bathroom renovations, 30 yrs experience, with service and integrity. Free Quotes. Ph Lachlan 383-1723 or 0274 367-067. bUIlDER lICENSED available for all aspects of building. Please call 027 241-7471 or 335-0265 **************** CARPET & vINYl lAYING Repairs, uplifting, relaying, restretching, E mail jflattery@xtra. co.nz ph 0800 003 181 or 027 2407416 PAINTER Quality work, I stand by Canterbury Ph Wayne 03 385-4348 or 027 274 3541 PAINTING DECORATING Wingfields Contracting, all interior & exterior painting & all forms of interior plastering & jib fixing, ph Mark 021 1711586 or 355-5994

Wanted To Buy AAA Buying goods quality furniture, Beds, Stoves, Washing machines, Fridge Freezers. Same day service. Selwyn Dealers. Phone 980 5812 or 027 313 8156 TOOLS Garden, garage, woodworking, mechanical, engineering, sawbenches, lathes, cash buyer, ph 355-2045

Camping Equipment TENT Colman Chalet 9. Three rooms, good cond, used 4 times. $500 firm. Ph Jonny 027 4406 349 or 354 0128 evenings.

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Fashion Designs & Colours Discontinued Designs End of Lines Bargain Prices Call at Our Shop CURTAIN FABRIC OUTLET 71 Hawdon St Sydenham Ph 366-5026

Gardening & Supplies A GARDEN OR LANDSCAPING TIDY UP? Shrub, hedge & tree pruning, Lawns, Gardening, consistently reliable general property upkeep, Dip. Hort. 10 yrs experience, One off tidy ups or on-going service. Nick’s Property Maintenance. Keeping your garden beautiful. Free Quote. Ph. 942-4440

Phone our local team 03 379 1100

Christmas Church Services Anglican

Christmas at St Christopher’s We welcome you to join us and celebrate Jesus, God’s king has come. Sunday 24 December

9:30am Combined Communion service 6:30pm Kids’ Christmas Eve service 11:00pm Midnight Christmas service

St Aidan’s Anglican Church cnr Brookside Tce & Aorangi Rd.

Christmas Eve 11pm - Communion Service “Let there be peace on Earth” Christmas Day 9am - Family Communion Service Please join us at one of our services this Christmas.

Phone 351 8075

Monday Christmas Day

9:30am Family Christmas service

Holiday Accommodation

244 Avonhead Rd. Phone 358-8780 www.stchristophers.org.nz QUEENSLAND SUNSHINE COAST AUSTRALIA Resort, Ocean Views, Balconies, Self Contained, 1 or 2 B/R Ensuite, Heated Pool, Spa, Sauna, Free Internet, Shops, Restaurants, Tennis, Surf Club & Patrolled Beach, Public Transport at door. Ask for our SEASONAL SPECIALS. Phone 61 7 544-35011 Email: reception@mandolin.com.au www.mandolin.com.au

Personals CHARMING GENTLEMAN. Is looking to find an asian lady to enjoy each others company and be a close lady friend email with pic to tossthecoin68@gmail.com SINGLE GUY. seeks a single lady as a 24/7 activities companion. ph 3583634

To Let HOMESITTERS reqd Xmas 2-3 wks. Lovely homes / pets. Ph Lisa 359-2323 www. townandcountryhomesit. co.nz

HOMESITTERS reqd Xmas 2-3 wks. Lovely homes / pets. Ph Lisa 359-2323 www. Computers townandcountryhomesit. ALL YOUR co.nz COMPUTER WORRIES SOLVED! Entertainment *$30.00 off your first service with this coupon!* No problem too big or small from home PC’s to business networks. PC slow? An end to Viruses, Spyware, and Clogged Systems. Safe secure hassle-free computing. Lost files recovered. Microsoft Certified, MCSE, MCP+l. 30 years experience. Call Andrew Buxton this week on 3266740 or 027 435-7596 for $30.00 off* Custom Computers Christchurch

Christmas at the Transitional Cathedral THURSDAY 21 DECEMBER 3.00pm Children’s Christmas Service with Animals FRIDAY 22 DECEMBER 12.05pm Holy Eucharist SUNDAY 24 DECEMBER ~ Christmas Eve 8.00am Holy Eucharist 10.00am Choral Eucharist Preacher: Bishop Victoria Matthews Music: The Cathedral Choir 6.00pm Carol Recital by the Cathedral Choir 10.30pm Carol Singing 11.15pm The First Eucharist of Christmas Preacher: Dean Lawrence Kimberley Music: The Cathedral Choir MONDAY 25 DECEMBER ~ Christmas 8.00am Holy Eucharist & Carols 10.00am Choral Eucharist Preacher: Revd Ben Randall Music: The Cathedral Choir 5.00pm Choral Evensong Music: The men of the Cathedral Choir 234 Hereford St Latimer Square

ChristChurch Cathedral Transitional

Methodist Christchurch

North Methodist Parish Cnr Harewood Rd & Chapel St Wednesday 20th December, 7pm – Blue Christmas Service Christmas Eve: 5.30pm – All Age Worship service 11.30pm – Candlelight service Christmas Day: 9.30am – Service of Celebration

Wishing you all a very

Happy Christmas


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What’s On

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FUNCTION ROOMS | GAMING ROOM SHUTTLE SERVICE Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat

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Members Weekly Cash Draws

Christmas Cheers Meal Deal

Members that purchase any main meal at the Riverview Restaurant can receive a complimentary glass of tap beer, cider or house wine. Free soft drink or coffee for designated driver.

Thursdays $200 Jackpotting Cash Draw

from the

Folding Fridays Four chances to win $50 $2 per ticket to enter

Lucky Dip Christmas Gift Draws

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Purchase any house wine or tap beer/ cider & go in the draw to win a lucky dip present. Drawn at 10am following day. Member will be contacted.

50 Colombo St, Cashmere | Ph: 03 332 0092, Fax: 03 337 3772 | www.cashmereclub.co.nz

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UPSTAIRS Pierview A la Carte Restaurant. The restaurant is open from 5.30pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and for Sunday Brunch from 10.30am to 2pm.

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‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY CHRISTMAS IN THE BUFFET RESTAURANT

The Buffet Restaurant will be closed from Tuesday 26th Dec 2017, reopening on Thursday 4th Jan 2018. We wish everyone a very happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. Lunch & Dinner All you can eat, 7 days

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GBC will be closed from 25th to 28th Dec 2017, and 1st to 3rd Jan 2018. We will resume normal business hours from Thursday 4th Jan 2018.

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