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The Star: April 06, 2017

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2 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday April 6 2017 Inside FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK The Star News....................................3-19 THE GLOVES are off in Burwood – and the protagonists should really know better. They’re in their 60s and 80s. We report today on page 1 about a six-year battle over a fence at an over-60s complex. The verbals have been flying and, unfortunately, the dispute doesn’t seem like ending anytime soon. A lawyer and a traffic engineer have been brought in to try and get a resolution, but alas the battle rolls on. No disrespect to the parties involved, but at their age you think they would know better. My advice: Let the fence stay, shake hands and get on and enjoy life. On another combative note, three well known boxing people have received life memberships of the Canterbury Boxing Association. Tim Barry, Dion Murphy and Ross Stubley have been given the honour after great service to the sport in Canterbury. See page 38. - Barry Clarke 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: or call 3797-100 Source: CMI Nielsen readership Thursday Christchurch Urban area 10+ First bid for rally title for young beekeeper 25 At a Glance On a mission to support vulnerable families OUR PEOPLE GENERAL: 379 7100 | NEWS: Barry Clarke. 364 7422. | WEB: ADVERTISING: 364 7429, | CIRCULATION/DELIVERY JOBS: 364-7451 or 7453 THIS WEEK IN CANTERBURY’S PAST The Lyttelton dredge Manchester left the port on April 3, 1912, for new owners in Sydney. The ship and her crew disappeared without trace during the voyage. On April 3, 1967, the re-built Ferrymead Bridge was opened. On April 8, 1883, the first shipment of frozen Canterbury lamb left Lyttelton for the United Kingdom on the British King. On the same day in 1959, Billy Graham drew 50,000 people to Lancaster Park (right). On April 9, 1934, George Bernard Shaw visited the city. He gave a nationwide radio broadcast from his civic reception. SPORT 36 Viewpoint.................16-17 Food ..........................................27 Theatre/Arts.................31 Puzzles.....................................33 Driven................................35 Sport................................36-39 Entertainment...... 48-51 Get your broccoli in the ground GARDENING 29 LOCAL NEWS OLD SKILLS TO BUILD SPIRE Traditional techniques are being used to create a 6.5-tonne spire that will be placed on top of the Boys’ High building at the Arts Centre. Historic drawings and photographs have been used to ensure the placement and design of the spire closely resembles the original. When complete, it will lifted into position by crane. Master craftsman Michael Sinclair is using a blowtorch to heat, stretch and bend large sheets of thick lead which are then welded and laid over the wooden structure. When complete, it will sit over a vertical steel bar. M2650ULpG 26L per min Califont external with anti frost $999 JsD12-6DH 6L per min Califont Internal, Battery power $199 NEW LOCATION 13b Parkhouse Rd, CHRISTCHURCH all Tapware up to 50% off selected Freestanding Baths 15-20% off Limited stock end of Line Vanity Clearance 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 | | 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 April 6 2017 Young Toby is off to Africa $13,000 raised for deaf 10-year-old • By Gabrielle Stuart TEN-YEAR-OLD Toby Matthews will get his trip to Africa and more, after the community rallied to raise more than $13,000 for him. He is deaf and has recently learned he is also going blind, because of an incurable genetic condition. His father, Logan Matthews, wanted to take Toby to Africa in May to help build a school for children in Zimbabwe, and see wild animals there before his vision goes. Since Toby’s story was published in The Star last week, he said donations had poured in, raising enough to pay for the trip and leave more left over. He said the family had been blown away as they watched donations add up on the Givealittle page over the weekend. “I told Toby THANKS: Toby Matthews and his father, Logan, sign “I love you”. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN when it got to 100 people who had given money, and he was like, what, there are 100 people that want to help me?” Mr Matthews said. Other offers had also arrived, including from builders and a firefighter who offered to let Toby visit for a day. Toby wanted to be a firefighter, or a builder like his dad, but the amount he can do is limited as his vision is tunnelling. Mr Matthews said they wanted to give Toby as many experiences as possible while his vision lasted, which could be years or just months. He said the extra money donated would allow the family to do more with Toby, and they were planning things like a trip to Rainbow’s End while in Auckland for treatment. •The Givealittle page for Toby can be found at www. tobymatthews 22-year-old charged with rape of teen in Linwood A 22-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with the rape of a 15-year-old girl in Linwood. Elijah James Coker was remanded in custody until April 20 when he appeared in the district court yesterday. The rape was reported to police in the early hours of March 5 after the victim was found by a member of the public. “There are limited details that I am able to release now that the matter is before the courts,” Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Anderson said. “However, I wanted to provide the community with the reassurance of knowing an arrest has been made in this case,” he said In Brief INVESTIGATION STALLS Leads in the hunt for a man who attacked a woman after a Lincoln concert are drying up. A 48-yearold woman was attacked near the bend of West Belt and North Belt after she left the Selwyn Sounds concert on March 4 at 6.30pm. Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Anderson said there is one person out there who could clear the matter up – the offender. Police have spoken to several people, including a woman who comforted the victim after the attack. Anyone with information about the attack should phone 363 7400 or Crimestoppers, anonymously if necessary, on 0800 555 111. $1.1M FOR FIRE RECOVERY The city council will put $1.1 million into the Port Hills fire recovery programme. Its Finance and Performance Committee yesterday decided to allocate the funding from the city council’s Betterment Fund. It would be spent on water protection, parks restoration and public safety elements in response to February’s fires. ONE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL A person was taken to hospital with serious injuries after a two car crash in Hei Hei on Tuesday. St John sent an ambulance and two first response units to the scene at the intersection of Carmen and Buchanans Rds at about 7pm. Four people were assessed at the scene and one was transported to Christchurch Hospital with serious injuries. SCHOOL REFURBISHED A ceremony is to be held at Avonhead School to celebrate the official re-opening of its fully refurbished buildings from 1pm today. The school will officially be re-opened by Associate Minister of Education Nikki Kaye. The $5.3 million refurbishment of the school is part of the Ministry of Education’s $1.137 billion Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme. Fujitsu Heat Pump Hot Hot Deal on 8KW Heat PumP AT A HOT HOT PRICE A nice quiet solution from Fujitsu at a great price Model AGTV14L Fujitsu ASTG24L 8 KW Heat Pump for Just PH 377 0034 Fully Installed* OR 0800 Six 800 Year 750 DON’T MISS Warranty OUT! $2,888 Six Year Warranty $2,999 Fully Installed* PH 377 0034 OR 0800 800 734 Installed back to back, up to 3 metre pIpe *Model AGTV14L installed back to back, up to three metre pipe run run and electrical and electrIcal supply within supply 6 metres. wIthIn 6 metres. 10 5 only BE QUICK Email: 6/105 Coleridge St, Sydenham, Christchurch Email: 15/114 Sawyers Arms Rd, Papanui * Conditions apply. Limited stock. * Conditions apply. Normal lending criteria, booking fee and annual account fee applies. Limited stock.