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Pegasus Post: December 05, 2017

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10 Tuesday December 5 2017 Latest Christchurch news at News Pond to be drained to control midges WATER IS being drained from one of the oxidation ponds in Bromley as part of an ongoing programme to reduce midge numbers in the area. The city council has traditionally relied on chemical dosing alone to keep their numbers down. The fish-free shallow, warm waters of the oxidation ponds are the perfect breeding ground for midges. “A critical step in the life cycle of the midge is spent as larvae in the sediment at the bottom of the ponds,’’ said city council water and wastwater operations manager Adam Twose. “Emptying the pond and exposing the sediment to the sun, dries the sediment out and removes the moisture the larvae need to survive, effectively sterilising the pond of midges,’’ said Mr Twose. The technique is being trialled in one pond initially. “We will be monitoring the situation closely as there is a possibility that odours and dust could be generated as the pond bottom dries out. However, if the trial is as successful as we hope and doesn’t have too many unexpected side effects, we could sunbake the other ponds in the future.’’ Principal retires on high note • By Sophie Cornish SOUTH NEW Brighton School’s principal will retire after 10 years at the helm. John Bockett will finish up at the end of the year. He will be replaced by Sue Walls, who is principal at Ramarama School, near the Bombay Hills south of Auckland. The father of three begun at the school in 2007 and was principal during the earthquakes and school merger process. Board of trustees chairman John Pearson said Mr Bockett ‘shepherded’ the school through these times. “(He) leaves our school with a strong curriculum, a stable staff and many fond memories for students, staff and families.” Mr Pearson said for some staff and students, he is the only principal they have worked with. “Parting will be tough . . . John has also started us on the path of rebuilding, both the physical school and restoring the confidence of the community. Our new principal is tasked with continuing that rebuilding and leading the school to the next stage of development,” said Mr Pearson. Mr Bockett’s retirement plans include rest and relaxation, SAYING GOODBYE: Retiring principal John Bockett receives a colorful send-off by kuaka kapa haka year 3 and 4 children from South New Brighton School. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER spending time with grandchildren and travels in his caravan and overseas. He said the biggest low in his 10 years was following the earthquake, hearing that the school may be considered for a merger, or that it may no longer exist. An equally high point, however, was when this didn’t happen, and the school managed to change the view of the Minster of Education. “We stayed our own identity . . . that was a pretty massive day when we heard that,” he said. Mr Bockett is also proud of achieving his goal of being one of the first schools on east Christchurch to reopen after the PEGASUS POST earthquake. “I am very sad about leaving, I will certainly miss the place. It will be very strange waking up in the morning and not having to get ready for work,” said Mr Bockett. “The kids keep me young too, I will have to look to my grandkids to help with that now.” Christchurch School of Music presents Christmas in the Gardens on the Archery Lawn on Saturday 9 December from 11am - 3pm Enjoy a wide range of ensembles, orchestras, choirs, jazz and more. Welcome to our family friendly Christmas shop Come and try out all the instruments in the KBB “Have a Go” tent - all instruments available for children and their parents to try. • Nativity Sets • Decorations • Ornaments • Santas • Fairy Lights Pataka - 768 Marshland Road (North End) Open everyday until Christmas Day 10am - 4pm

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