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The Star: April 27, 2017

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4 Thursday April 27 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi The Star News Health board boss also has parking trouble • By Gabrielle Stuart AS HE faces criticism for parking problems around Christchurch Hospital, health board chief executive David Meates has revealed he faces the same parking woes as his staff. He has refused an assigned car park, choosing instead to pay for parking in the parking building used by Canterbury District Health Board staff. That was because he didn’t want to create a doublestandard, he said. “I choose not to have a dedicated car park, in spite of being chief executive of the 10th or 11th largest organisation in the country,” he said. He also drives his own car, not a CDHB vehicle. He was responding to an accusation he would see the parking situation differently if he, or his family, faced the same struggles. But Mr Meates said one of his daughters worked for the CDHB last year, and was not given any special treatment. Health board members also do not have any dedicated car parks, and sometimes have to park blocks away when attending meetings at the CDHB boardroom on Oxford Tce. Quake memorial confusion cleared up • By Bridget Rutherford SIGNAGE WILL be installed to point people to the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, and explain what the pounamu there represents. It comes after tourists were confused as to what the pounamu meant and where the memorial, which commemorates those killed and injured in the February 22, 2011, earthquake, was located. The signage will go on the city council’s various Wayfinding Towers, and on the stainless steel stands in Cashel Mall. The central city’s signage plinths would also be updated to include information to help people find their way to the memorial. An Otakaro Ltd spokesman said a plaque would be installed near the pounamu greenstone to explain its meaning as part of the Avon River Precinct works. “The text is currently being finalised,” he said. The pounamu greenstone was gifted by Te Runanga o Makaawhio. It is Maori tradition to POIGNANT: A plaque explaining what the pounamu at the entrance to the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial represents will be installed so visitors like Parku kan Mawi know what it is. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER place pounamu at important entrance ways, and touching it connects visitors back to the land. The Otakaro spokesman said the memorial now featured in the city’s promotional material, and was gaining momentum on TripAdvisor. FOR SALE - $390,000 All our Villas are fabulous. But this is one of the best. FREE HOME MOVING OFFER * UNTIL 7 MAY 2017 This wonderful Villa, situated right in the heart of Elloughton Village, is not going to be on the market for long. Ready for occupation now, it’s primely positioned to make the most of all our onsite amenities (such as the new Community Centre, right alongside), the wonderful views and the all-day sunshine. As an added bonus, the new owner of Villa 7 will also have their weekly fee waived for the first two months Plus we’ll pay your moving expenses up to the value of $5,000.* Priced at just $390,000 this is a great opportunity for Christchurch homeowners to set themselves up for the years ahead. Give Jesse a call on 0800 155 155 and arrange a time to view. More reasons to move to Elloughton Village: Financial security A weekly fee capped for life Advanced care facilities Available onsite if you need them Peace of mind St John medical alarm in every home Our community Close community with plenty of activities RC2967 1 Pages Road, Marchwiel, Timaru 7910 Our Village sales office has more information and is open from Monday to Thursday. Bookings for tours are essential.

The Star Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday April 27 2017 5 Commuter train funding plan fails to reach destination • By Gabrielle Stuart A Christchurch commuter train crowdfunding campaign has failed to reach its $1.8 million target – but a private partnership could still bring the plan to life. Organiser Tane Apanui (right) held meetings about the plan with several organisations this month, including Environment Canterbury, Ara Institute of Canterbury and Ngāi Tahu. The Dash Rail plan would use second-hand passenger trains from Auckland, and run them on the existing tracks between Selwyn, Waimakariri and the central city. People had pledged $86,455 to the campaign before it closed on Sunday, but that money will be refunded because it failed to reach the target. But organiser Tane Apanui said the campaign had drawn a lot of interest, and he was hopeful a business partnership could be formed to get the plan off the ground. “I don’t see it as a failure at all, because the public support and interest in this has been really strong,” he said. Ara sustainability manager Shaun Bowler said no commitment to the plan had been made, but he was open to further meetings with Mr Apanui about it. A survey of about 2400 staff and students at Ara last year found many wanted better public transport, he said. He said more than 1000 staff and 18,000 students were based at Ara, and the location of the proposed station on Moorhouse Ave would work well for them. “In principle, we support anything that gives people more choice and provides more sustainable transport options,” he said. ECan chairman David Bedford said it had considered the viability of a rail service in Christchurch several times. “In short, the cost has been too great to support the projected patronage,” he said. Secateurs Steel construction. 03360083 $ 4 98 18V Combo Kit $ 147 Includes drill driver, impact driver & 2 x 1.5Ah li-ion batteries. 06290570 Vinyl Rustic Plank 914 x 152mm. 2.2m² Pecan. Self adhesive. Sold per pack of 16, $59.18 ‘Java’ Screen Fencing 1.8 x 2.0m. $ 9 98 $ 26 90 49L 06600042 $ 7 45 Rolling Bin The perfect gift for every occasion Buy in-store or online PER SQ MTR Complete Garden Fertiliser Includes lid. 02583372 Ready to use. 2 x 2 litres. Seaweed based tonic. 00178806 03041529 BBQ Tough Wipes 00195722 $ 5 98 $ 14 98 Wow Your Mom This Mother’s Day Sunday 14th May Everyone’s mum deserves the best. Take some time to spend with your mum. Show her how much you care by delighting her with a special buffet at Terrace Downs Resort in a magnificent setting! Make your Sunday extra special with our popular Come and enjoy a delicious menu of classic and International flavours, accompanied by live music. Every Sunday 12:30pm Adults $45pp, Kids u12 only $20 11am - 1pm & 2pm - 4pm $59 for Adults, $25 for Kids u12 Booking Essential Sunday Buffet $ 19 95 2000W Fan Heater Black or white. 08902445 ‘Rococo’ Shower Hand Piece Chrome finish. WELS 3 Star. 05003339 $ 18 90 Mini Spit Roaster 03170973 $ 119 Wash & Wear Interior Low sheen. White. 00313495 $ 99 2 Door Cupboard 1800 x 600 x 400mm. 00325037 $ 69 30 Ritz Rug 50 x 80cm. Various sizes and colours. 00307990 $ 22 90 From Our Policy is Lowest Prices, and we’re committed to it. Our price guarantee means that where, despite our procedures supporting our Policy, you find a competitor’s lower price on the same stocked item, 15% This excludes trade quotes, stock liquidations and commercial quantities. View our latest catalogue at Seedling Punnets Assorted flower & vegetable varieties. 00431138 Kwila Decking FSC ® certified. Grip tread. 90 x 19mm. 00062735 $ 1 58 EACH $ 5 98 PER LINEAL MTR Only one hour’s drive from ChCh Phone 03 318 6943 623 Coleridge Road Windwhistle, Canterbury Email: Not all services and products featured are available in all stores, but may be ordered. See in store for product availability. We reserve the right to restrict the purchase of commercial quantities. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST. Prices valid until Sunday 30th April 2017, or while stocks last. BUNZ17666