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Bay Harbour: November 09, 2016

Bay Harbour: November 09,

FREE Wednesday nOVeMBeR 9 2016 379 7100 Bay Harbour News Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Black Billed Gull YOUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL Mark Gardner p: (03) 331 6757 m: 021 633 669 e: Prier Manson Real Estate Ltd (Licensed REAA 2008) Brookhaven, Heathcote, Ferrymead ,Redcliffs, Mt. Pleasant, Sumner, Lyttelton, Diamond Harbour, Governors Bay, Akaroa School may be on Maori burial site • By Annabelle Dick ONE SITE for the new Redcliffs School could be home to a historic Maori burial ground. That’s the result of a Ministry of Education feasibility report into Redcliffs Park. Management advisory company Mahaanui Kurataiao Ltd told the ministry there is evidence to suggest that urupa (burial grounds) could be located in the immediate vicinity of the park, which is a possible location for the school. Jerome Sheppard But local MP Nuk Korako said the ministry has already engaged with mana whenua over the discovery of bones. “Our tikanga is to determine if they’re human remains and, if so, we have the necessary protocol where we would take them and re-intern them somewhere else,” he said. The report outlined Redcliffs Park, Barnett Park and McCormacks Bay Reserve as the three options for relocation of the school. The former Main Rd site wasn’t investigated in the study. Three possible school locations have been identified within Redcliffs Park. Redcliffs School Board of Trustees spokesman Mark Robberds said location C was the preference for the school. People living adjacent to the park told Bay Harbour News this week they’re angry they weren’t notified Redcliffs Park was a possible option. They did not want to be identified because they feared a community backlash against them. “It was a shock. It’s really upsetting – I was upset and quite tearful,” one homeowner said. “Had there been consultation or discussion, it would’ve been just so much better, but to be dropped into it is just such an unreasonable thing to do.” Homeowners are also worried their property values will decrease. “The worst case scenario is we could end up with a loss of property value of $300,000 to $400,000 and we can’t do anything about it. From the financial point of view, it’s not good. The worst thing is losing the enjoyment of what we took for granted as being permanent.” The report stated the purchase of vacant residential land at 19 Main Rd would enhance the school, but a neighbouring resident said it was recently purchased. The study also shows Redcliffs Park is susceptible to rockfall, flooding and tsunamis. Ministry of Education head of the education infrastructure service Jerome Sheppard remained tight-lipped about the ministry’s location preferences. “The master planning for the Redcliffs Park site has yet to be undertaken. Therefore, the exact location of the school hasn’t yet been determined,” he said. •More about the three options on page 4 •Nuk Korako’s column page 14 END OF AN ERA: Christchurch Coastal Pathway chairman Scott Babbington, Heathcote councillor Sara Templeton and SCIRT executive general manager Ian Campbell celebrated the completion of the Beachville Rd seawall at an opening ceremony on Sunday. The $8 million project has taken a year to come to fruition and also includes a new section of the coastal pathway. The 1.2km path now extends from Ferrymead to the end of Beachville Rd. •Read more on page 3 PHOTO: SCIRT 8L VALUE OFFER * Now our Paint and Primer in One makes change even easier *While stocks last. Applicable to Valspar Exterior Satin White. Interior Low Sheen White and Primer Sealer undercoat. *Registered Trademark of Valspar Paint (NZ) Ltd 20 Hours Free for 3 & 4 yrs old Three age specific rooms plus School prep Teaching room For full information please visit our website Come in for a visit and experience the difference OPEN 7 DAYS 1005 Ferry Rd, Ferrymead | Ph 366 6306 SEE PAGE 20 FOR MORE DETAILS Ph 03 384 9249 108 Port hills Rd, heathcote Valley Lyttelton Tunnel Ferrymead Heritage Park Port Hills Rd Tunnel Rd We are here Bridle Path Rd Martindales Rd