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SEPTEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

Memorial Ave nears completion<br />

Artist's impression<br />

A<br />

wet winter has not delayed work on the $195<br />

million Christchurch Southern Motorway – Stage<br />

2 project, with more than 300,000 cubic metres of<br />

earth moved, two new local roads built and the<br />

first of eight bridges almost complete.<br />

Principal Project Manager Geoff Griffiths says people can<br />

expect to see more changes over the coming months as work<br />

ramps up.<br />

“Recently, two 180-tonne cranes put the final four<br />

‘Super-T Beams’ that make up the Main South Road Bridge<br />

into place,” Mr Griffiths says.<br />

The bridge designers were inspired by the vertical power<br />

of the Southern Alps and the curves of the braided rivers,<br />

unique to the Canterbury Plains. Their inspiration also<br />

came from the speed and adventure of travel. Recogising the<br />

unique airport location, the finely tuned structure refers to<br />

both the manufacture and movement of aircraft. The project<br />

aims to capture the unique moment of arrival and departure<br />

from the city of Christchurch.<br />

This area of Canterbury has always been a place that<br />

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people passed through, whether starting on their OE, going<br />

to serve their country or traveling to gather kai on the banks<br />

of the Avon River.<br />

These two arches symbolise meetings and travel, they<br />

represent the coming together of cultures.<br />

“Next, the structure, which will take Main South Road<br />

traffic up and over the motorway, is made up of 16 locally<br />

made precast beams, which range from 30 to 35 metres long<br />

and weigh up to 68 tonnes each.”<br />

Along with the Main South Road Bridge, the CSM2 team<br />

have also started constructing the Waterholes Road and<br />

Trent Road bridges and built two new local roads - Tiptree<br />

Lane and Manion Road.<br />

“These new roads will give people access to their homes<br />

and local businesses, and in the case of Manion Road, allow<br />

the CSM2 team to carry on with work to create the motorway<br />

into a four-lane road from Weedons Road towards Curraghs<br />

Road,” Mr Griffiths says.<br />

“Meanwhile, at the city end of the project, John Paterson<br />

Drive is being realigned to join with Halswell Junction Road.<br />

This work will continue until the end of the year when the<br />

new alignment is expected to open to traffic.”<br />

Mr Griffiths says people travelling around the Selwyn<br />

District, near the project, should expect detours and road<br />

closures at times as work on the project continues.<br />

“Traffic will be closely monitored to try to reduce<br />

disruption and delays, however people should plan ahead<br />

and allow extra travel time as work continues on the CSM2,”<br />

he says.<br />

“We would also like to remind people to obey the traffic<br />

management signs. The speed restrictions and road closures<br />

are in place for your safety as well as the safety of our crews.”<br />

The Christchurch Southern Motorway (Stage One,<br />

completed, and Stage Two, underway) is expected to halve<br />

travel time between Rolleston and Christchurch at peak<br />

times from 30 minutes to 15 and reduce fatal and serious<br />

crashes by 40 per cent.<br />

Stage Two is on track to be open to traffic in early 2020.<br />


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Margaret Mahy’s novel,<br />

The Changeover, now a movie is thrilling<br />


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are claiming Margaret Mahy’s<br />

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Changeover is creepy, thrilling<br />

and riveting. The award winning teen<br />

novel set in Gardendale, was inspired by<br />

Christchurch’s very own Bishopdale and is<br />

captivating test audiences and media around<br />

the country.<br />

The motion picture directed and produced<br />

by husband and wife duo Miranda Harcourt<br />

and Stuart McKenzie, loved the novel so<br />

much, they felt compelled to bring it to the<br />

big screen.<br />

The cast includes Timothy Spall (Wormtail<br />

in Harry Potter) who plays villain Carmody<br />

Braque and is mesmerising. Heart throb,<br />

Nicholas Galitzine (Handsome Devil and<br />

High Strung) plays Sorensen Carlisle teamed<br />

with New Zealand newcomer Erana James<br />

(Ngati Whatua Orakei, Waikato Tainui), who<br />

plays protagonist Laura Chant, the big sister<br />

willing to give her life for her little brother.<br />

The cast is rounded out by Lucy Lawless,<br />

(Xena Warrior Princess) and Melanie Lynsky<br />

(Heavenly Creatures and 2 ½ Men).<br />

The world premiere will be held <strong>September</strong><br />

25 at the Isaac Theatre Royal on Gloucester<br />

Street and opens countrywide on <strong>September</strong><br />

28. Christchurch theatres showing the film<br />

include Hoyts Riccarton, Hoyts Northlands,<br />

Reading at The Palms and the Hollywood.<br />

Take your friends and family to see the film<br />

adaptation of one of New Zealand’s award<br />

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Watch for the film countdown and be a part<br />

of the contests and treasure hunt.<br />

Mark your calendar for <strong>September</strong> 28 and<br />

the opening date of The Changeover. You<br />

won’t want to miss it. It’s highly suggested to<br />

bring a friend, just in case you need someone<br />

to scream with.<br />

Synopsis<br />

Sixteen year-old Laura Chant lives with her<br />

mother and four-year-old brother Jacko in a<br />

low-rent suburb on the edge of earthquakescarred<br />

Christchurch, New Zealand. Laura<br />

is drawn into a supernatural battle with an<br />

ancient spirit who attacks Jacko and slowly<br />

drains the life out of him as the spirit becomes<br />

ever younger. Laura discovers her true<br />

identity and the supernatural ability within<br />

her, and must harness it to save her brother’s<br />

life.<br />

What a powerhouse film!<br />

Totally knocked my socks off.<br />

Performances, freaky dark<br />

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read Margaret Mahy’s supernatural teen<br />

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the year after it was first published in<br />

1984and fell in love with the story.<br />

Margaret is the godmother of the young adult<br />

or YA genre and authors such as Stephenie<br />

Meyer of the Twilight series are grateful for<br />

her pioneering efforts.” Co-director Miranda<br />

Harcourt shares with excitement in her voice.<br />

“Stuart read the book as well and we both<br />

knew that one day we wanted to adapt the<br />

novel for the big screen. Six years ago, we<br />

secured the rights and we have now nearly<br />

completed our goal. The film preview<br />

screenings have shown we achieved our<br />

desire of creating goosebumps, tension<br />

and a quest for the audience to think about<br />

supernatural possibilities.” Harcourt added.<br />

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adult writers. Margaret was a leader in the<br />

teen genre, especially with this award winning<br />

book, The Changeover. It broke barriers and<br />

was a first to showcase a female teen lead<br />

with Polynesian ancestry, as Margaret puts<br />

it. This character Laura Chant is a trailblazer.<br />

A protagonist who moves the story along<br />

and we have had an overwhelmingly positive<br />

response from the screenings, which are<br />

being embraced by audience and cinema<br />

goers across the country.”<br />

“This is the first time Miranda and I have<br />

directed together after all these years of<br />

working together, but we felt compelled<br />

to share this project. We wanted to make a<br />

film with the backdrop of where I grew up.<br />

Besides, we work very well together and<br />

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Stuart McKenzie, who grew up in<br />

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UC Academic’s new book<br />

explores women in horror films<br />

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A<br />

pop culture expert’s new book is set to make a unique<br />

contribution in the field of horror scholarship by exploring the<br />

“privileged place” that women hold in the horror film genre.<br />

A lecturer in English and Cultural Studies in the University<br />

of Canterbury’s College of Arts, author Dr Erin Harrington is an expert<br />

in ‘gynaehorror’, a term she coined and which is the focus of her new<br />

book, Women, Monstrosity and Horror Film (Routledge, <strong>2017</strong>).<br />

Covering topics ranging from “psychobiddies, grande dames and<br />

horrific harridans” to virgins and vagina dentata, the academic book<br />

makes a unique contribution to the study of women in horror film<br />

specifically, while providing new insights in the broader area of popular<br />

culture, gender and film philosophy.<br />

Dr Harrington describes gynaehorror as horror films concerned<br />

with all aspects of female reproductive horror,<br />

from reproductive and sexual organs, to virginity,<br />

pregnancy, birth, motherhood and menopause.<br />

“Think classic films like Rosemary’s Baby or<br />

The Brood or even the Alien series, or more recent<br />

films like The Witch and The Babadook. Horror<br />

films are a great social barometer as they engage<br />

with and often directly invoke culturally specific<br />

and contemporaneous fears and anxieties,” she says.<br />

“Engaging with these films, as with other forms<br />

of popular culture, can help us understand and<br />

interrogate taken-for-granted ideas about what it is<br />

women ‘should’ do and be.”<br />

Published in the Routledge series Film Philosophy<br />

at the Margins, the book features an in-depth analysis<br />

of the portrayal of women in horror films from the<br />

1960s until the present day.<br />

“Women occupy a privileged place in horror film.<br />

Horror is a space of entertainment and excitement,<br />

of terror and dread, and one that relishes the<br />

complexities that arise when boundaries – of taste, of<br />

bodies, of reason – are blurred and dismantled,” Dr Harrington says.<br />

Some of the themes explored in Women, Monstrosity and Horror<br />

Film include:<br />

· The intersection of horror, monstrosity and sexual difference;<br />

· The relationships between normative female (hetero)sexuality and<br />

the twin figures of the chaste virgin and the voracious vagina<br />

dentata;<br />

· Embodiment and subjectivity in horror films about pregnancy<br />

and abortion;<br />

· Reproductive technologies, monstrosity and ‘mad science’;<br />

· The discursive construction and interrogation of monstrous<br />

motherhood; and<br />

· The relationships between menopause, menstruation, hagsploitation<br />

and ‘abject barren’ bodies in horror.<br />

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interrogation of gynaehorror, but also a counterreading<br />

of the gynaehorrific, that both accounts<br />

for and opens up new spaces of productive, radical<br />

and subversive monstrosity within a mode of<br />

representation and expression that has often been<br />

accused of being misogynistic.<br />

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visual culture, and sex and gender, and she also<br />

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The University of Canterbury has<br />

welcomed more than 1000 fulltime<br />

equivalent students in masters’<br />

programmes and record numbers of<br />

doctoral students in <strong>2017</strong>, with over 700, with<br />

more expected to enrol before the end of the<br />

year.<br />

The University of Canterbury (UC) offers<br />

a wide range of postgraduate qualifications<br />

through world-class resources and exciting,<br />

hands-on research opportunities, according to<br />

Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr who welcomed<br />

news of the record numbers of postgraduate<br />

students.<br />

“It’s a dynamic environment in which to<br />

advance yourself learn alongside academics<br />

and students from more than 100 nations, join<br />

a vibrant students’ association, and get involved<br />

in any of 140 clubs.”<br />

Events are held throughout the year to<br />

encourage collaboration and networking<br />

between the postgraduate and UC staff<br />

community, including:<br />

University of Canterbury Postgraduate<br />

Information Evening: Wednesday 20<br />

<strong>September</strong>, 5pm-7.30pm, University of<br />

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GradFest<br />

GradFest is an annual, week-long event of<br />

lectures and workshops for postgraduate thesis<br />

writers. At GradFest, held from 30 October to<br />

3 November this year, students can learn about<br />

the latest research trends, develop new skills to<br />

enhance their study, and have the opportunity<br />

to network with other postgraduate students.<br />

GradFest brings together different<br />

departments at UC such as the Postgraduate<br />

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postgraduate students on subjects such as<br />

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held in May this year.)<br />

UC PGSA - Just Write<br />

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In early <strong>September</strong>, the UC PGSA<br />

(Postgraduate Students’ Association) hosted the<br />

Just Write workshop; a chance for postgraduate<br />

students to get together and ‘just write’. The<br />

free annual event focuses on removing the<br />

barriers that prevent students from writing and<br />

provides inspiration to help polish chapters and<br />

papers for submission. It’s a great opportunity<br />

to network with other postgraduate students,<br />

collaborate and try out new ideas. The event<br />

also includes seminars throughout the day to<br />

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Thesis-in-three competition<br />

The Thesis-in-three competition challenges<br />

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communication techniques between academics<br />

and those outside their field of study. It also<br />

promotes collaboration and increases funding<br />

and employment opportunities. Sponsored<br />

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year, Thesis-in-three students first compete in<br />

College competitions, vying for a place in the<br />

UC-wide final. The UC final is held in August<br />

and competitors get the opportunity to compete<br />

at the international Three Minute Thesis (3MT)<br />

event in <strong>September</strong>.<br />

The winners of <strong>2017</strong>’s Thesis in Three UC<br />

final are:<br />

· 1st: Philipp Sueltrop from UC Engineering<br />

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<strong>Fendalton</strong> - Ilam<br />

Youth mental health hot topic<br />

BY jENafoR RolliNS<br />

Current Canterbury youth mental health statistics have<br />

the Labour party swinging into action stating they will<br />

invest millions into providing much needed services<br />

and support for Cantabrian children and teens in the<br />

aftermath of the earthquakes.<br />

Since 2011 there had been a 73 per cent increase in children<br />

and young people seeking mental health services in Canterbury.<br />

Principals from across the city have been dealing with children<br />

with extreme trauma, anxiety and suicidal intent. Their stories<br />

are distressing stories.<br />

“Funding hasn’t kept pace with what’s required down here.<br />

We’ve been trying to raise the profile of Canterbury’s health<br />

issues within Parliament for quite some time.” Ardeen stated in<br />

a recent trip to Christchurch.<br />

Defining stress, anxiety and resilience<br />

Anxiety and stress are often used interchangeably. Both are<br />

reactions involving thoughts, emotions, and physiological<br />

responses such as a change in heart rate. Anxiety can be defined<br />

as the anticipation of a perceived threat. Stress is the natural<br />

human response to resilience, which is defined as sustaining a<br />

healthy function despite negative experiences and setbacks.<br />

Types of stress<br />

• Experiencing anxiety and stress over new experiences is<br />

normal and expected. For children, this might include staying<br />

with a babysitter for the first time, giving a speech in class or<br />

taking a driver’s license test. This kind of stress can be perceived<br />

as ushering new development and skills, and sometimes is<br />

referred to as “positive stress.”<br />

• Complicated stress, such as the loss of a best friend, death<br />

of a grandparent or a divorce are more challenging experiences<br />

in the short and long-term, carry a mixture of deeper emotions.<br />

Most children can adjust to situation development with<br />

appropriate, consistent and nurturing adult support. Mindset or<br />

how one perceives and understands the meaning of stressors is<br />

helpful in managing a response toward being resilient.<br />

• Chronic or traumatic stress includes children living in<br />

environmental situations including, school, home, weather<br />

or geographic conditions, peer pressure, relationships, their<br />

future, monetary or social conditions such as neglect, abuse,<br />

or maltreatment. Chronic stress not only feels bad, but leads<br />

to poor immune system functioning, creating vulnerability to<br />

stress-related health conditions, mental health disorders and<br />

school underachievement.<br />

What children and teens are anxious<br />

and stressed about<br />

Young kids can stress about normal developmental fears such<br />

as strangers, new places, animals, or changes in their family or<br />

routine. Unpredictable events such as the loss of pet or family<br />

member. Older kids and teens can stress about appearance, peer<br />

status, social and romantic relationships, academic performance<br />

and college acceptance.<br />

How to know if your child is stressed?<br />

Emotionally, children of all ages may show an increased<br />

sense of fragility in their feelings. Vulnerable and negative<br />

emotions may be closer to the surface like increased sensitivity,<br />

impatience, anger or crying. Behaviourally, there may be a<br />

display of new, unproductive or repetitive behaviours. As young<br />

children are less verbal they may show direct symptoms. Older<br />

children and teens may be more subtle or secretive in their<br />

behaviours. Verbally, children and teens may talk about feeling<br />

overwhelmed or helpless. They may seek validation or become<br />

conflictual about the primary or a related topic.<br />

What to do?<br />

1. Observe and monitor your child’s behaviour.<br />

2. Acknowledge your child’s anxious or stressed feelings in a<br />

calm and sensitive manner during a neutral time.<br />

3. Ask open-ended questions to gain information, and keep<br />

the lines of communication open.<br />

4. Reassure your child that their anxious feelings and source<br />

of stress are temporary and manageable.<br />

5. Reassure your child that you will support and help them<br />

through this time.<br />

6. Let your child know they are not alone in their experience.<br />

Other children have similar feelings and experiences. Share your<br />

own experiences and how you manage and overcame them.<br />

7. Seek professional assistance if anxious behaviours are<br />

ongoing or your child complains of ongoing distress. Anxious<br />

behaviours should not interfere with the daily functioning of a<br />

child or family.<br />

8. Model positive stress management – children are astute<br />

observers and take their cues from their parents.<br />

Decreasing stress in everyday life<br />

• Have regular conversations with your children to keep your<br />

pulse on their emotional lives. More effortful leading questions,<br />

such as “What did you like about XYZ?” communicates more<br />

parental interest and investment more than the routine “How<br />

was your day?”<br />

• Facilitate adequate sleep and sleep habits: 8 to 10 hours a<br />

night recommended for teenagers, 9 to 11 hours for school-aged<br />

children, and 10-13 hours for pre-schoolers.<br />

• Family meals minus electronics communicates people and<br />

quality conversation are important.<br />

• Research also supports meaningful family meals are<br />

beneficial in child development, promotes prosocial behaviours,<br />

school success skills, good eating habits, well-being, and helps<br />

children avoid later negative and high-risk behaviours.<br />

• Prioritize extracurricular activities based on the child’s<br />

enjoyment, interest, and skill development, not competition,<br />

parental motivation or “everybody’s doing it.”<br />

• Provide family leisure time for togetherness and rejuvenation.<br />

• Provide your child with developmentally appropriate “alonetime”<br />

to learn to self-manage, self-entertain, and self-soothe - all<br />

skills important in managing stress.

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