The Star: October 27, 2016



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• By Tom Doudney

Thursday October 27 2016

Publisher receives honour

STAR MEDIA chairman Nick

Smith was “humbled” to receive

his Queen’s Birthday Honour

from Governor-General Dame

Patsy Reddy at Government

House last week.

Mr Smith was named an

Officer of the New Zealand

Order of Merit in the Queen’s

Birthday Honours for his services

to media and to sport.

Star Media is the publisher of

The Star, Kiwi Gardener, Rugby

News, Style, Bay Harbour News,

Pegasus Post, Nor’West News,

Southern View, Western News,

Selwyn Times, a number of other

niche print titles, broadcasts

CTV, and has Facebook page

Rise Up Christchurch.

Mr Smith is a past president

of the Otago Chamber of Commerce,

The Dunedin Club and

the Otago Cricket Association,

an Honorary Captain of the

Royal New Zealand Navy, and a

director of several South Island

media companies.

While grateful for the recognition,

he couldn’t help but think of

others who had done good work

in the community without being


“It’s good that people do get acknowledgement

from their peers

or the Government or other

persons but there are a lot out

there who should be recognised

and aren’t,” he said.

There are a lot of other people

in the community that probably

have had a greater bearing on

their city and life than some of

the people like myself who have

these awards.”

However, he did appreciate the

honour and said keeping CTV

operating after the February 2011

earthquake was one of the things

he was proud of.

The CTV building collapsed

in the earthquake, with 16 staff

members among the 115 dead,

and almost all of the company’s

equipment was lost.

“To get it up and running, to

give some hope to those families

who were still employed by CTV,

that took a lot of effort and it


Nick Smith


his Queen’s


Honour from


General Dame

Patsy Reddy. ​

was a very sad time,” Mr Smith


“I think perhaps more pragmatic

people than me would have

perhaps taken the money and

run. That might have been a sensible

thing to do but then again

you can’t put a figure on the

human misery that occurred in

that earthquake and the ongoing

misery if you didn’t do it.”

Another source of satisfaction

was having sponsored the 2003

New Zealand Golf Open winner

Mahal Pearce.

“I was probably the catalyst

for that guy to become the New

Zealand champion and all the

accolades that come with it,

[having] financially backed him

as a young person showing great


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Pavilion plan for Avon

• By Bridget Rutherford

A SMALL pavilion that would

operate similar to the Antigua

Boatsheds could be built on the

former Oxford Hotel site.

Otakaro Ltd is working with

an organisation on a potential

development on the Colombo St

site, which sits in the Avon River


It comes after Otakaro put

out a request for development

proposals looking for interested

parties to enter into a lease agreement

for the site and establish

the pavilion. It closed in July.

An Otakaro spokesman said

it could not provide further information

on the plan currently,

given the commercial nature of

• By Bridget Rutherford


will need to be gone no later

than March 2028, unless a

replacement facility is built

before then.

Under the new Christchurch

Replacement District Plan,

new rules show the temporary

stadium needs to be removed

no later than three months from

December 31, 2027.

That is unless a replacement

venue is operating before then,

The Star

the discussions.

The site sits within the Avon

River Precinct and any development

will be designed to draw

visitors and locals into the central


However, the development

has been accounted for in the

Christchurch Replacement

District Plan. In a submission

on the plan, the now-defunct

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Authority said it wanted a

pavilion up to 250 m2 to be part

of the river precinct.

It said the building’s uses could

include a restaurant or cafe, a

punt or boat launch facility, tourist

and visitor services or associated

retail, and would function

similar to Antigua Boatsheds.

2028 deadline for stadium

or the stadium is allowed to

continue running under a new

resource consent.

An independent hearings

panel decided all the temporary

facilities, including the grandstands,

corporate boxes, changing

rooms, scoreboards and

hospitality facilities would need

to be removed by then.

The $30 million stadium was

built as a temporary replacement

facility for rugby union and

league following the February

2011 earthquake.

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