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Selwyn Times: January 10, 2017

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8 Tuesday January 10 2017 News SELWYN TIMES Former cop behind ‘Justice for Lisa’ Lisa Blakie A FORMER police officer, who worked on the Lisa Blakie murder case, has launched a Facebook page in support of her long time campaign for police to reinvestigate the young Timaru woman’s death. Ms Blakie was murdered while hitchhiking from Christchurch to Greymouth in February 2000, with her body found under a 104kg boulder in the Porter River, beside State Highway 73. Darfield man Timothy Taylor was found guilty of the 20-yearold’s murder and remains behind bars after receiving a sentence of life imprisonment. He has maintained his innocence, claiming he picked Ms Blakie up but dropped her off at a layby before her death. And doubts have been raised about his guilt, most prominently by ex-cop Bridget Bridget McMenamin McMenamin, who worked on the case as an analyst. That involved reading witness statements and charting the movements of people and vehicles. The Christchurch woman has repeatedly called for police to look into the case again, and continued her campaign by launching the Justice for Lisa Facebook page. She met Taylor in prison in 2014, along with Ms Blakie’s father, Doug, and Taylor’s lawyer, and he told the trio he saw a white Bedford van travelling towards Arthur’s Pass after he dropped Ms Blakie off. He recognised three people inside as being from a gang, Ms McMenamin said. He did not initially tell police because he feared retribution, she said. Two of the alleged occupants underwent DNA testing and were cleared, but a third did not. Ms McMenamin has previously called for the man to be tested before police told Doug Blakie this month they could not make the man give a sample, she said. That had prompted her to start the Facebook page, which had more than 330 members three days after its launch. “I’m hoping to get enough support and maybe next year we can get this case reinvestigated.” Detective Inspector Gregory Murton said in a statement police were satisfied with the result of the investigation. “There is no evidence to suggest anyone else was involved in the abduction and murder of Lisa Blakie.” – NZ Herald BIG WIN: Coupland’s Bakeries managing director Lance Coupland presents the keys of a new Volkswagen Polo to Louisa Sinclair, the winner of a Coupland’s competition. While Mrs Sinclair, 34, described the win as an “amazing Christmas present”, she will be trading the car valued at $25,000 to support a trip to her homeland, Northern Ireland, next April. Living in Dunedin for the past seven years, Mrs Sinclair, her husband and two daughters will travel to Bangor for the first time since she moved to New Zealand. Mrs Sinclair won the competition through Coupland’s Bakeries at Andersons Bay, South Dunedin. She said the bakery is a regular stop for milk and thickly sliced white bread, while her favourites from the bakery are citrus truffles. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN THE bEsT PlACE To look AT nEw flooRing is... youR PlACE For the best range of carpet, vinyl, timber & tile; call The Flooring Centre’s Mobile Showroom and let us come to you. Call me NOW to arrange a Free Consulation and a Free Measure and Quote. We are taking appointments NOW for your area PH. 0800 4 CARPET (0800 422 773) www.theflooringcentre.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday January 10 2017 9 Mountain bikers gear up to ride new track A NEW mountain bike track built predominantly by volunteers has opened on the Port Hills. The 3.8km track, currently called the Montgomery Spur Loop Track until it is formally named, is the first new public track to be built on the hills in about a decade. It’s the result of work by about 40 volunteers, contractors and city council staff. “It’s been 75 per cent volunteer labour, 15 per cent contracted construction and about 10 per cent council oversight, planning and helping to transport gear up there,” Christchurch Singletrack Club Port Hills track liaison and development officer Graham Allan said. He co-ordinated the team of volunteers who worked on the project over the past 18 months. He’s been a regular volunteer, helping the city council with track maintenance on the Port Hills for 10 years. The new track sits within Montgomery Spur Reserve on land that was mandated in 2010 for a mountain bike track. NEW: The Montgomery Spur Loop Track is the first public track to be built on the hills in about 10 years. It’s close to the Rapaki Track but provides an additional loop that’s designed for beginner to intermediate riders. The only access to the track is from the mid-way point of the Rapaki Track, but there are plans to introduce other access points. It takes about 25 minutes to ride, but Mr Allen said the track provided a lot of variety and challenges without too much risk. “The scenery looking out over the city is amazing. It has really filled that niche of a track that helps people get from the flat lands up on to the hills because there are no steep drop-offs. It gives them a bit of playground where they can ride without fear of taking a tumble because there’s nothing to fall on but tussock,” he said. “We’re really pleased to see it open and being discovered and enjoyed by a wide range of riders.” Traffic delays likely during reconstruction of Lincoln’s Gerald St ROAD reconstruction work will soon be under way on Gerald St in Lincoln. The work will take place over January and February between the roundabout at the junction of Gerald St and Springs Rd through to Gerald St, east of Vernon Dr. Throughout most of the work, the street will be open to vehicles with traffic controls in place. However, short delays should be expected. The work will involve excavating and disposing of the existing road surface and replacing it with a new road base and seal. It will also include replacing the existing kerb and dish channel on the south side of the street with a standard kerb and channel. The reconstruction will be done rather than repairing the and resealing the street because of the number of faults on this section. The intersection of Kidman St, Byron St and Tennyson St in Rolleston will also be closed from today to allow for a new roundabout to be constructed. It will reopen on Wednesday, January 18. During the closure, traffic on Byron St and Kidman St won’t be able to travel through the intersection and will need to detour through an alternative route along Rolleston Dr or Wordsworth St and Tennyson St. Tennyson St traffic will be able to travel through the intersection but traffic controls will be in place which may cause short delays. Work will also resume to lay a new sewer line along East Maddisons Rd in Rolleston from next Monday onwards. The pipeline will service new development areas in east Rolleston. From next Monday, East Maddisons Rd will be open to one-way traffic between Goulds Rd and Ellington Mews. Traffic will be able to travel from Ellington Mews to Goulds Rd but not from Goulds Rd to Ellington Mews during this closure. All International Artists, Death-Defying Acrobatics, Amazing Illusions All NEW Acts Animal FREE! Great Family Fun! $2 DISCOUNT ON PRESENTATION OF THIS AD Does not apply for Family Pass or concessions. Each voucher valid for discount on 1 ticket only. Zirka Circus is Proud to Present it’s 4th Tour Ticket Prices Adult Child (Aged 2-14) VIP $40 $29 Student & $38 Beneficiary Family Pass N/A (2A + 2C or 1A +3C) RINGSIDE $35 $25 $33 N/A ELEVATED $30 $20 $28 $89 ROLLESTON RESERVE WED 18 JAN - 7PM THU 19 JAN - 2PM & 7PM BOOK NOW! PHONE 0800 2 ZIRKA (0800 294 752) EMAIL bookings@zirkacircus.com www.zirkacircus.com a small booking fee applies FRI 20 JAN - 2PM & 7PM SAT 21 JAN - 2PM & 7PM SUN 22 JAN - 1PM & 4.30PM