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The Star: March 30, 2017

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2 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday March 30 2017 Inside FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK The Star News.....................................3-12 A HEARTBREAKING situation for the Matthews family (page 1). Their son, Toby, is deaf and will soon also be blind. Imagine it, the last time you see your mother or father’s face. The last time you will see a bright full moon. But Toby is a lively chap and he wants to head to Africa to help his dad build a school for children in Zimbabwe. Let’s see if we can get them there folks. Details about a Givealittle page are in the article. It is a bit of a shock to the system to realise how dire our water situation is. It is actually at the point where authorities are looking at charging for water, and also looking at the feasibility of building a dam to store floodwater in winter and release it into the aquifers (page 1). And it is the show that everyone is raving about. The big pink bus has rolled into town and our reviewer had one heck of a good time at Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Check it out on page 21. Hei kona, Shelley Robinson The Christchurch Star Company Ltd. 359 Lincoln Rd | Addington | Christchurch 8024 CONTACT THE STAR ADVERTISERS YOUR BEST CHOICE TO GROW CUSTOMERS No.1 for Readership No.1 for Circulation No.1 for Results Contact us today to grow more customers for your business! Contact Shane at: shane@starmedia.kiwi or call 3797-100 Source: CMI Nielsen readership Thursday Christchurch Urban area 10+ Priscilla arrives amidst glitz and glamour 32 At a Glance Club rugby begins with rematch SPORT GENERAL: 379 7100 | NEWS: Barry Clarke. 364 7422. barry@starmedia.kiwi | WEB: www.starmedia.kiwi ADVERTISING: 364 7429, shane@starmedia.kiwi | CIRCULATION/DELIVERY JOBS: 364-7451 or 7453 THIS WEEK IN CANTERBURY’S PAST This week in history saw the first wool cargo shipped to London from Lyttelton on March 27, 1856. It travelled via Auckland. On March 28, 1981, the new South Brighton Bridge was opened. On April 1, 1903, Sydenham, Linwood and St Albans amalgamated with the city to form greater Christchurch. On the same day in 1915, the first regular supply of electricity from Lake Coleridge was received in Christchurch; in 1932, New Regent St was opened; in 1949 the Sign of the Takahe was opened; and in 1979 the Lyttelton Rd tunnel became toll-free. THEATRE/ARTS 21 Our People................... 8,9 Viewpoint .......................15,17 Food...................................23 Gardening.....................24,25 Travel.................................26 Puzzles....................................30 Sport...........................31-33 Entertainment........ 43-47 Kiwifruit zinger smoothies FOOD 23 LOCAL NEWS www.Star.kiwi VIRTUAL DINOSAUR EXPERIENCE Kids will be able to wander with dinosaurs in Ouruhia Reserve until the end of June. The city council has created an app which gives you a virtual magical park experience. It’s proved popular in the reserve, along with Wycola Park and Cypress Gardens Reserve. Due to its popularity, the city council decided to extend the experience. Using the app, kids can explore the fantasy world and herd kittens or come face to face with a tyrannosaurus rex. A new game with aliens has been added. yellow plywood Vanity Range 20% Off Freestanding Baths 15-20% Off new range of Tapware and accessories instore NEW LOCATION 13b Parkhouse Rd, CHRISTCHURCH End of Line and Display Vanities up to 50% OFF Open 7 Days Mon - Fri 9.00 - 5.30, Sat 9.30 - 4.00, Sun 10.00 - 3.00 0800 MILLEN | www.millen.co.nz | 03 348 8678 Vonnella Shirt CLEARANCE (the real mixed bag of all sorts) Sizes SM - 3XL Last Season’s $ 87 • Previous Season’s $ 77 Brands you trust @ Prices you want Bishopdale Village Mall Where parking is easy Mon to Fri 10am to 4pm, Sat 10am to 3pm, Sun Closed

The Star 3 News Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday March 30 2017 Letter tells of rescue • By Gabrielle Stuart THE FAMILY of former SAS soldier Steve Askin, who died fighting the Port Hills fire, has received a very special letter – from a woman who says he saved her life. The woman was one of about 70 guests at the InterContinental Hotel in Kabul in 2011 when it was taken over by heavily armed Taliban fighters wearing suicide vests. Steve and seven other SAS soldiers fought for five hours to rescue the guests. The woman, who has asked not to be named, wrote to the Askin family after hearing of Steve’s death. Steve was killed in a helicopter crash last month while helping to fight the Port Hills fires. The woman wrote to Steve’s family about her experience in the hotel that night: “I had hidden in a cupboard for six hours, and when I heard the insurgents going through the rooms below I realised that there was a high possibility I might not get out alive. I never expected anyone to come in and save us, and no words can express the gratitude that I felt. Steve was a hero,” she wrote. Steve had his ear shot off in the battle that night, but kept fighting to rescue the guests. Eleven people were killed by the Taliban gunmen before the ATTACK: Steve Askin was one of eight NZ SAS soldiers who rescued guests from the InterContinental Hotel in Kabul during a 2011 Taliban attack. Below: Steve and Elizabeth Askin battle ended the next morning. The woman was eventually rescued by a NZ SAS soldier, but in his battle dress she was not sure if it was Steve or one of the others who fought with him. Steve was later awarded a NZ Gallantry Star for his bravery in the battle. Steve’s father, Paul Askin, said the letter meant a lot to the family. He said his son had been different after that battle, as knowing he had saved lives gave him a lot of satisfaction. “After that battle he felt a real sense of completion, that this is what all the training and the years of hard work equipped him to do,” he said. He said it had been hard for the family to see Steve go into dangerous situations as an SAS soldier, but it was something he was good at. “I always thought if I was a hostage being held somewhere like that I would want boys like him coming to my rescue. Somebody’s kid has got to do it,” he said. Steve retired from the army in 2013 to spend more time with his family, and began working as a helicopter pilot. Paul Askin said the family had been inundated with letters and messages from people who knew Steve. “We’re really proud of our son,” he said. He said Steve’s wife, Elizabeth, and children Isabelle, 7, and Bowie, 4, were missing him hugely, but had a lot of support from family and friends. Dams could resolve water woes In Brief STATUE CLEANING Almost $2000 has been spent on cleaning weeds from the Antony Gormley statue in the Avon River by the city council. Acting head of parks Brent Smith said the artwork is checked and cleared twice a week during summer and winter but from autumn to spring this is increased to three times a week. He said it’s also cleaned reactively after storms. Each visit costs $33.81 and so far the 53 visits made to date total $1791. One road cone and one vest have also been removed. PARADE FUNDS THe city council may set aside future funding for the Santa Parade – but there is still no funding for this year’s parade. The parade trust reserves were used to cover last year’s parade, after the city council cut funding from $85,000 to $60,000. A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help save the parade, at www.givealittle.co.nz/org/ santaparadechristchurch000 ORCHARD CAMPAIGN A crowdfunding campaign to raise $60,000 for the Otakaro Orchard project by 8pm Friday was three-quarters of the way towards its goal as of yesterday. At noon yesterday, the campaign had attracted 384 pledges with about $45,000 committed. The project, led by the Food Resilience Network, involves creating an edible park, cafe and local food information centre on Cambridge Tce, next to the former PGC building site. Anyone wishing to contribute can do so online at www.pledgeme.co.nz •From page 1 He said the working group was initially focused on recharging the aquifers, but would also look at what could be done to reduce water use. He said water charges were still “on the table” and likely to be considered in the future. “We have to look at using water more wisely,” he said. Christchurch residents use an average of 357-litres of water per person per day, compared with 273-litres of water in Auckland where there are household water charges. Environmental planner and groundwater expert, Bryan Jenkins, said he believed the plan would work. He said Canterbury’s aquifers usually only replenished over winter, because the soil dried up so much over summer that any rain would evaporate from the soil before it could trickle through to the aquifers. If a pond or dam was built in the right place, water could be released steadily so the ground stayed moist and water could gradually soak through. But even if dams were built, he believed water charges would still be needed. Where water from Christchurch aquifers goes: •45 per cent residential and commercial •31 per cent industrial •22 per cent rural or irrigation •1 per cent recreational •Christchurch residents use an average of 357-litres of water per person per day RESTAURANT TO CHANGE Christchurch restaurateur Tony Astle is changing one of his central city eateries. Chinwag Eathai, on Victoria St, will be transformed into a Rockstar Pizza. The restaurant used to be based on High St, until the February 22, 2011, earthquake, when it moved to Victoria St. It is expected to reopen as Rockstar Pizza on Monday. 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