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The Star: June 30, 2016

The Star: June 30,

TECH-SAVVY MOTHERS A new generation of social media users P6 JET AWAY TO BRISBANE Feed the dolphins at Tangalooma Resort P21 Thursday, June 30, 2016 SHOW starhomeshow.kiwi 1ST-3RD JULY HORNCASTLE ARENA 1 0AM - 5PM One step closer to your dream lifestyle! Sports mum’s proud moment Ratepayers to fund $3500 ticket conference For years Angela Dixon – like tens of thousands of other Canterbury mums – cooked for her two sons and washed their muddy gear after Saturday sport. Last weekend, one of her boys Elliot (above with his son Huxley) made his debut for the All Blacks, against Wales. It’s been a long journey from his days with Suburbs (right). Angela talks to reporter Gabrielle Stuart (pages 4 & 5) about a mum’s journey. • By Gabrielle Stuart RATEPAYERS HAVE put $70,000 toward an American conference in Christchurch this year, which charges up to $3495 for tickets. SingularityU is a Silicone Valley corporation which looks into fast-growing technologies and how they are likely to change the economy, society and the job market. The three-day summit in November is the first to be held in Australasia, and is organised by Ministry of Awesome cofounder Kaila Colbin (right). The city council approved the grant, which is from its Capital Endowment Fund, behind closed doors. The funds will help to provide scholarship tickets to Cantabrians who apply for them. Deputy Mayor Vicki Buck said the city council often supported events which brought people to Christchurch and added value to the city, and she believed it was a good use of money. But former city councillor Aaron Keown said the public hadn’t been allowed to judge if it was good use of money, because it was decided behind closed doors. “If the council is going to spend ratepayer money on these conferences, they need to be open and transparent and stick to the process.” Cr Buck worked with Ms Colbin to start the Ministry of Awesome, but she said there was no conflict of interest there. “She happens to be one of those people who do an amazing amount for the city, and I happen to know quite a lot of those people,” she said. SingularityU was a nonprofit organisation until 2013, but now functions as a business. But Ms Colbin said the summit was not there to make money. “I have worked for free for over a year to get this off the ground, and my current salary is under the median salary in Christchurch. So no one is doing this to get rich.” She said her goal was to share information she believed was vital with small business owners and entrepreneurs in Christchurch who could not afford to go to conferences overseas. •Turn to page 6 SPORT, P30 FUTSAL REFEREE ON THE WORLD STAGE starnews.co.nz Rise Up Christchurch BEDDING THECRUSADERS’PREFERRED BEDDING DESTINATION Harvey Norman Bedding in Association with King Koil and SleepMaker are proud to be theOfficial and Exclusive Bedding Partner to the Crusaders! SHOP IN STORE AND ONLINE SHOP with CONFIDENCE. MOORHOUSE AVE Cnr. Moorhouse Ave. &Colombo St. (03) 367 7500 HORNBY 10-14Chappie Place (03) 344 8100 318733_CFB