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2 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday April 27 2017 Inside FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK The Star News....................................3-18 ANYONE WHO has ever had to sit in hospital next to a gravely ill child, knows that leaving their bed side is an impossibility. The nights are especially tough and if you do manage to catch a few winks of sleep, the chairs are not especially comfortable. Mum Joanna Triplow found this out when her son, only weeks old, spent time in the paediatric high dependency unit. Since then she has been on a three-year crusade to get more comfortable furniture and has made progress, read more over on page 7. We received a lot of feedback regarding the RSA’s bid to move the Citizens’ War Memorial away from the crumbling shadow of the Christ Church Cathedral. People expressed their absolute outrage on our Rise Up Facebook page (page 13) but also wondered whether it could be too broken to fix. We have some positive news from Mayor Lianne Dalziel on page 7 regarding this issue. 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: or call 3797-100 Source: CMI Nielsen readership Thursday Christchurch Urban area 10+ Deputy head boy at Middleton Grange follows in Steven Adams’ footsteps 21 At a Glance Performer’s journey into the unknown THEATRE/ARTS 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 This week in history saw coal from the Malvern Hills going on sale in Christchurch at £5 10s a ton on April 25, 1854. On the same day in 1864, the Canterbury Horticultural and Acclimatisation Society was formed. This group introduced many animals, birds and fish to Canterbury, and helped to establish the Government Gardens, which eventually became the Botanic Gardens. In 1977 the Bridge of Remembrance became a pedestrian precinct. On April 28 and 29, 1983, the Prince and Princess of Wales visited the city. On April 29, 1925, Reverend J Archer became New Zealand’s first Labour mayor. On the same day in 1974, David Caygill, 25, became the city’s youngest ever acting mayor (for five days). On April 30, 1971, 6000 protesters (right) marched against the war in Vietnam. SPORT 39 Our People................... 8,9 Viewpoint........................11,13 Photo Competition....15 Food...........................................19 Theatre/Arts................. 21 Puzzles.................................... 34 Entertainment....... 48,51 Fiordland from a luxury cruise ship TRAVEL 33 LOCAL NEWS LEAF NUISANCE Although autumn makes the city’s trees look pretty, it can be a nuisance for contractors. The leaves require hours of raking and street cleaning, making sure they don’t block kerbs so it is easy to park, and work to keep sumps and channels clear – particularly now with the recent rain. City council contractors will be out checking tree-lined streets over the season, particularly streets that are normally problematic. Get a Mitsubishi Electric GE50 5.8kW Heat Pump including FREE installation* for just $2,699* *includes cost of back to back install only, conditions apply Love throwing on a coat, cape or jacket? Pop in store and have fun exploring our wide range of gorgeous styles & colours Proud installers of Call now for a free quote - 0800 324 678 Great service, style & variety 55 Nottingham Avenue, Halswell. Phone: 322 6126

The Star 3 News Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday April 27 2017 Lyttelton artist to immortalise McCaw • By Noah Graham MARK WHYTE has restored Gothic buildings, sculpted war heroes and created a bronze sled dog – now he will add an All Black captain to his list. The Lyttelton sculptor has been commissioned by the Kurow Museum Committee to craft a bronze statue of one of the greatest All Black captains, Richie McCaw. Mr Whyte said the statue will be about 2m tall and will stand in Kurow – McCaw’s home town. He is looking forward to meeting McCaw in the next few months to realise his character, which will help him create a clay casing for the statue, Mr Whyte said. Mr Whyte’s most notable work in Canterbury is the statue of double Victoria Cross recipient Charles Upham at Amberley. He said he is used to sculpting war heroes but it will be a similar process crafting the McCaw statue and the challenge will come from making it as accurate as possible. “I’m meticulous. I do my utmost to get the true character of a person.” Mr Whyte said he did not want to create a sculpture that would reflect anything other than a real portrayal of McCaw. •From page 1 Recently, $6600 in modifications were made in an attempt to make the unit safer. On a 24-hour shift there are five staff on evening shifts, and two overnight. A Ministry of Health spokeswoman said those involved in the meeting would not answer questions from The Star about options being considered, as they felt that would be “inappropriate” before decisions had been made. Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman also did not answer questions from The Star. A spokeswoman for him said he would not be commenting because it was an “operational matter.” Labour health spokesman David Clark said the Government was trying to put “a band-aid on a gaping wound.” “The Government has refused to adequately fund mental health in Christchurch in spite of evidence of demand,” he said. The CDHB was given an extra $44 million in funding last year, but told the Ministry of Health that was not enough to cover the extra demand for services since the earthquakes. Funding specifically for PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER Mental health unit problems escalate mental health services in Canterbury dropped last year to $222 per person, significantly below the $243 national average. The number of Canterbury children or youth accessing mental health services has grown 55 per cent over the past three years, and this year rose from 626 in January to 714 in February. In Brief COSTS FOR HAGLEY OVAL Upgrading Hagley Oval for the upcoming cricket season will cost about $1.5 million. The city council has already spent $808,000 on the oval. That included $465,000 on sight screens, $30,000 on cable trays, $125,000 on temporary steps on the embankment, $40,000 on shade sails, $105,000 for a protected roadway, $25,000 on bollards, and $18,000 for storage of the steps and sight screens. Work to reshape the embankment will be done over winter, costing $600,000. On top of that, the city council is also proposing to install camera tower foundations to the price of $100,000. BOIL WATER WARNING People in Governors Bay are told to keep boiling their water at least for the rest of the week. The city council has issued a reminder that water needs to be treated after last Thursday’s routine testing came back showing traces of E.Coli. The effected reservoir has been treated with chlorine and chlorinated water has also been flushed through the pipe network. CAR PARK FOR RESERVE Burwood’s Horseshoe Lake Reserve will get a new 28-space car park – but it is likely to lose its footbridge. The city council is asking for feedback on a plan to replace the original earthquakedamaged seven space car park with a larger one. There is room for more car parks at a later date. It also wants to remove the footbridge, and replace it with a rockery. ELECTRIC CAR CONVOY Christchurch has broken the New Zealand record for having the most electric vehicles at one place. As part of the Leading the Charge Bluff to Cape Reinga road trip, 103 electric vehicles gathered at Canterbury University on Saturday. That passed the previous record of 62, set by Whangarei on Easter Saturday. 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