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` • Turn to page 4 TheStar 41 Travel Latest Christchurch news at www. Thursday March232017 Chippendale – Sydney suburb reborn .kiwi • By Mike Yardley SHRUGGING OFF decades of grime, crime and decay, the once-dodgy little district of Chippendale, is a village reborn in Sydney. Walk south from the Central Railway Station down the wide expanse of Broadway, flanked by faded glories like the old Grace Bros Department Store, a Queen Anne-style bastion, crowned with copper domes. Feeling a fizz of anticipation, soon shuffling into view was the road sign “Kensington St” and the sturdy curves of The Old Clare Hotel. What is now one of the city’s trending boutique design hotels sprung from the loins of the grimy old administration building for Carlton & United Brewery. The industrial heritage-listed site also houses the fiendishly popular Kensington Street Social, where the chilled out menu is all about Mediterranean share plates, showcasing the best of Aussie produce and wine. Save some room for a sweet treat and pop into another Kensington St haunt, Koi, where Reynold Poernomo of IN VOGUE: The former Carlton & United Brewery administration building is now a bustling boutique hotel and home to the Kensington Street Social. (Right) – Spice Alley serving streetfood cheap eats. MasterChef fame, will exhilarate you with his wondrous dessert bar fare. The real show-stopper though, is Spice Alley, which has grown from strength to strength in the past couple of years. The brainchild was Singaporean chef, Alex Lee who envisaged the potential of developing Sydney’s first outdoor Singaporean-style hawker centre, serving street-food cheap eats. Chippendale is also stamping its mark on Sydney’s cultural landscape. Over two dozen galleries, from the imposing to the pocket-sized can be found in the precinct. My favourite would have to be Judith Neilson’s White Rabbit Gallery which houses the world’s largest collection of contemporary Chinese art, outside China. This billion-dollar wonderland of colossal sculptures and political pop art is electrifying and unmissable. Other fun stops include aMBUSH and Galerie Pompom. In spite of the gritty bohemian beat to Chippendale, there’s also an unmistakable dose of the shiny and new. The Central Park development is where necks swivel and jaws-drop. Flanked by gardens and kinetic sculptures, One Central Park is a futuristic 30-storey skyscraper and a symbol of sustainability with a cantilvered heliostat, dispersing natural sunlight. It’s also the world’s tallest vertical garden, clad in over 35,000 plants. That’s big brag factor. If you’re wandering back to the CBD, take a walk along the Goods Line, reminiscent of New York’s High Line. This shared walking and cycling path runs from Chippendale all the way to Darling Harbour, on a partly elevated decommissioned railway line. FAST FACTS •Jetstar offers direct flights to Sydney from Christchurch from $119, one way. For guaranteed best fare deals, enjoy a fling with Sydney at www.jetstar.com •A fun way to enjoy Sydney’s many charms is to jump onboard the Big Bus Sydney & Bondi Explorer. I love the Blue Route, which threads its way east to Double Bay, Rose Bay and Bondi Beach. Surrender to the elemental pleasures of sunshine, sandstone cliffs and booming surf on the Bondi to Bronte coastal path. Book ahead at www.bigbustours. com TALE WITH A TWIST EDINBURGH ON SHOW Roles reversed in Sherwood Forest classic production Work up sweat on the Scottish streets P3 P42 P62 Thursday, January 26 , 2017 • By Andrew King CANNABIS, methamphetamine, firearms and cash were found on the rural property yesterday of a family member of a high-profile deceased businessman. Police raided the property about 20km south of Christchurch yesterday morning and took the middle aged man into custody for questioning. He was interviewed for several hours by detectives at the Christchurch central police phetamine, and firearms charges. has gang connections. station and is expected to face He is scheduled to appear in Police were yesterday releasing charges relating to possession of the Christchurch District Court few details of the raid near Lincoln but TheStar has learned the cannabis for supply, cultivating on January 31. cannabis, possession of metham- TheStar has learned the man firearms found included pistols. SPORT, P49 WICKETKEEPING ROLE FOR LATHAM? READY TO ROCK? Check out the Gig Guide in the entertainment section Tips to get you back in the growing mode GARDENING - P35 Armed police were used in the raid. Detective Sergeant Chris Power confirmed firearms, 30 mature cannabis plants, 110 seedlings and a small amount of methamphetamine was taken from the property. “The cannabis was being grown in a shipping container,” he said. Police also seized about $20,000 in cash believed to be linked with drugs. The deceased businessman whom the arrested man is closely related to was well known throughout New Zealand. He died with a fortune worth more than $100 million. He was also a benefactor for many charities and organisations, both nationally and in Canterbury. Family member of well known businessman nabbed in raid DRUG STING: Police found drugs, firearms and cash at an E lesmere property on Wednesday. PHOTO: ANDREW KING SHIFTING POPULATION BEAUTIFUL BANANAS RED-HOT REPUTATION P7 P13 P15 Thursday, January 5, 2017 •For a timetable and tickets, visit http://www. world buskers festival.com/ Zara makes a splash The buskers are back bringing fun, laughter and even some vegetables. Canadian busker Mike Wood performed a the Arts Centre’s North Quad yesterday where he caught a cabbage on his head, catapulted by Liz Williams. Inset: Fellow Canadian Mighty Mike wowed the audience as he juggled with fire. The World Buskers Festival has been running for a week, returning to the streets and the Arts Centre for the firs time since the February 2011 earthquake. It will wrap up on Sunday. PHOTOS: GEOFF SLOAN In spite of a few drizzly patches so far this summer, let’s hope we can all continue to have fun in the sun just like Zara Harrison, 4, of Halswell, as she tip-toes through the water feature at the Margaret Mahy Family Playground. The rest of January is looking like a bit of a mixed-bag weather-wise, but there will still be a few cracking hot days, according to the MetService. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN starnews.co.nz Rise Up Christchurch Be in to win a $100 prize pack GARDENING - P19 Rise in number of motorists running red lights • By Gabrielle Stuart CHRISTCHURCH’S growing red light-running problem is leaving dozens of injuries in its wake. In the past year, there were 65 crashes which left people injured after drivers ran red lights, up from 42 the year before. At the city’s top 10 worst intersections this month, almost 5400 drivers ran red lights in a single day. That was up 31 per cent from last year, and 64 per cent more than in 2014. They do not include people turning right across an intersection on a red light. The worst for red light-runners was the intersection of Blenheim Rd and Mandeville St, where 652 were detected on a single day on Thursday, December 1. Police figures have also grown. In the last year, 1491 people were ticketed for running red lights in Christchurch, up from 1316 the year before and 1266 in 2014. Canterbury road policing manager Inspector Al Stewart (left) said he was disappointed to see the rise. “It puts people at risk. They may get away with it 99 out of 100 times, but it is that one time which could leave someone injured or killed,” he said. He said police had a focus last year on bad driving at intersections, which included red light-running, and that would continue until the numbers improved. People often had different excuses when ticketed for running red lights, but there was no acceptable reason, he said. “A lot of people are simply focused on other things and don’t see it, but that is just as unacceptable as running a light deliberately, because when driving you should be focused on the task at hand,” he said. •Turn to page 4 TRUMP-FUELLED DUST-UPS GIFT FOR ILLUSTRATING P3 P23 City politicians go toe-to-toe Drawing the latest runway looks PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN Thursday, February 2, 2017 FUEL TAX IDEA You’ve got to be joking – motorists • By Bridget Rutherford MOTORISTS HAVE slammed an idea to introduce a regional fuel tax in Canterbury to fix earthquake-damaged roads. Last week, TheStar revealed city councillors Aaron Keown and Phil Clearwater were pushing for a fuel tax. But TheStar has received said she would be “very disappointed” if a fuel tax was intro- numerous readers’ responses – with all but one saying they did duced. not want a regional fuel tax (see “We’re paying more for fuel pages 16-18). here in Christchurch. I fee like They said petrol was already there’s so many other ways to expensive including the fuel contribute to the roads. excise, and the city council “A lot of people can’t afford to should find money within its run cars as it is.” budge to repair the roads. Auckland Mayor Phil Goff It comes as Energy Minister asked for a 10c per litre fuel tax Judith Collins signals an inquiry for Auckland to plug the $4 into rising petrol margins. million funding gap it has for a Petrol was currently about 30c list of transport projects over the more in the South Island and next decade. Wellington compared to places Mayor Lianne Dalziel said she such as Levin and Masterton. would be interested to see what Cr Keown said he expected happened there before making opposition to the idea – but in any decisions on asking the Governmen to look at Canterbury. paying extra on fuel tax to fix the roads, it would save money Canterbury University transport expert Simon Kingham said in the future. “Rather than pay a little bit the idea was feasible because it more on fuel, they’d rather was user-based. damage their cars and take more He said if the city council was time travelling. to find money in the budget for “They are assuming the council can just juggle the numbers or take it from another project. repairs, it would have to up rates, around and fix the roads.” Motorist Helen Logan (left) Aaron Keown Phil Clearwater March 19 2017 14km 6km ENTER NOW $25 Online PakNSave • New World • The Athletes Foot • YMCA Children 10 years old and under fr e The latest 2017 ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulation) report shows that TheStar is the highest circulating newspaper in Canterbury PLUS the highest circulating FREE newspaper in New Zealand. 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