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Southern View: July 04, 2017

Southern View: July 04,

FREE TUESDAY JULY 4 2017 379 7100 Southern View Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Bellbird (Korimako) Book online via our website www.riccartonclinic.co.nz OPEN 7 DAYS Ph: 343 3661 | 4 Yaldhurst Rd Spreydon, Hoon Hay, Hillmorton, Cracroft, Cashmere, St Martins, Somerfield, Sydenham, Addington, Waltham, Opawa, Beckenham, Huntsbury, Woolston Oli back home after a year on the prowl • By Sarla Donovan OLI THE cat is back. Well, owner Lyn Gottermeyer is 99 per cent sure it’s Oli. The big maine coon lookalike went missing in June last year and Mrs Gottermeyer, who lives in Marshland, said after months and months of searching, she’d given up any hopes of finding him when her daughter noticed a post on the Lost Cats Christchurch Facebook page last month. “ ‘Mum, I think that’s Oli,’ she said. I took a look and he had the same markings. It was a lady in Spreydon who’d found him, he’d been hanging around her place and then took up residence in her garden.” Jeanette O’Connor, who posted his photo on the Facebook page, has a labrador and three cats of her own and Oli had been going in and stealing food from them. “She cried when I went and picked him up,” said Mrs Gottermeyer. So how did he end up travelling from Marshland to Spreydon? “I think either someone took him because of the way he looks, or he’s got into someone’s vehicle. We had contractors around the day he went missing and he’s very inquisitive. He might have climbed into their van.” Mrs Gottermeyer kept him inside for a week after he returned, just to make sure he didn’t disappear again. She thinks he must have eaten well as he’s “a bit broader” than when he left. “I’ve noticed he doesn’t like my husband as much, but I’ve got three fox terriers and they always got on well. One of them went and laid down in front of him. He likes to be outside; he always used to sleep on the back porch but now he goes down to the creek somewhere and gets soaking wet. He’s one of a kind, Oli.” MEOW: Pet Oli is back with owner Lyn Gottermeyer after disappearing for a year. Lower speed zones may be brought forward • By Sarla Donovan MEASURES TO improve the safety of school children crossing Ferry Rd may be brought forward. The Linwood-Central- Heathcote Community Board will ask the city council to fast track time frames for speed reduction measures outside Te Waka Unua and St Anne’s Catholic schools. The move comes after the city council’s Ferry Rd Masterplan, which was meant to solve the safety problems by reducing speed limits along sections of Ferry Rd, was pushed back. Board member Alexandra Davids said safety needed to come “before masterplan time frames.” The two schools want the speed reduced from 50km/h to 40km/h during school pick-up and dropoff times along with flashing speed reduction signs. •Turn to page 5 House of Hearing BLINDS...Cleaned, Repaired & Restored... Restore your oiled CEDAR BLINDS with our re-oiling service. Rejuvenate your lacquered CEDAR BLINDS High-tech Cleaning We clean and repair all types of blinds – Venetians, Cedar, Verticals, Roller, Hollands, Romans and Pleated – with environmentally friendly cleaning products. Temperature Controlled Drying Re-oiling & Rejuvenating Fabric Blinds - such as Austrian and Roman Same Day Pick Up & Drop Off We offer a same-day, pick up and drop off service for most types of blinds. Bookings are required. Convenient Location Drop blinds into us by 9am, at 330 Cashel Street (near the Fitzgerald end), and collect them at the end of the day. New Blind Sales Priced from $30 Roller Blinds cleaned from as little as $20 per blind Ph 377 0770, 330 Cashel St, Christchurch www.blindcare.co.nz SCAN QR code for Info > WE ARE OPEN Mon - Fri 8.00am to 5.00pm