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The Star: May 11, 2017

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2 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday May 11 2017 Inside FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK The Star News....................................3-23 IT’S A no-brainer to use Hagley Park for temporary car parking to alleviate the massive issues at Christchurch Hospital. Why the powers that be haven’t put that into action is surprising. On page 1 today, we canvass those for and against the idea, and surprisingly Hands Off Hagley – the group that tried to stop the cricket stadium – supports the idea. Finding a car park if you’re visiting the hospital is diabolical, and it is going to get worse as the rebuild picks up more pace. So it seems totally logical to tarseal a reasonable area of Hagley Park’s Hospital Corner, put in, say, 120min parks for people visiting the hospital and parking for hospital staff. When the parking buildings are finished in the area, the tarseal can be ripped up and the park replanted with grass and restored to its former glory. Pretty simple in my view. – 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: shane@starmedia.kiwi or call 3797-100 Source: CMI Nielsen readership Thursday Christchurch Urban area 10+ Flatmates eat, live and vie for under-20 world rugby title together 12 At a Glance Energised over electric vehicles NEWS 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 widespread jubilation throughout the city on May 8, 1945, to celebrate victory in Europe. On the same day in 1987, Sir Neil Isaac, founder of Peacock Springs Conservation Park, dies. On May 9, 1915, Christchurch tennis star and four time Wimbledon champion Captain A. F. Wilding was killed in action in Belgium. On May 10, 1975, Vicki Buck, 19, became the city’s (and New Zealand’s) youngest ever city councillor. On May 13-15, 1920, the Prince of Wales, (later King Edward VIII, visited the city. On May 14-15, 1886, floods inundated the city centre. On May 14, 1868, the Lyttelton Times first published a daily evening newspaper, The Star. SPORT 40 Viewpoint........................ 21 Food...........................................27 Gardening...................... 30 Travel.........................................33 Theatre/Arts.................35 Puzzles....................................36 Entertainment.......52,55 Airport deal to lift Chinese visitor numbers NEWS 16 LOCAL NEWS www.Star.kiwi HAT IN HOT DEMAND A giant floral hat created by a Christchurch designer is set to be worn at a Buckingham Palace garden party this month. The White Rose of York hat was one of 15 floral creations by Jenny Gillies being exhibited in the United Kingdom, where it was seen by the wife of the chairman of North of England Horticultural Society Council, who “fell in love with it” and asked permission to wear it at the palace garden party. Other creations by Ms Gillies are currently on display at the Botanic Gardens.

The Star 3 News Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday May 11 2017 Check out what’s happening with the rebuild THE REBUILD is rolling and today The Star publishes the first in a series of double page spreads on the progress in the central city (see page 28-29). See behind the fences will give readers a snapshot of what is happening and the progress of Weet-Bix kids meet All Blacks heroes • By Bridget Rutherford ALL BLACKS Israel Dagg and Ryan Crotty were asked the hard-hitting questions yesterday by some of their toughest critics – Christchurch kids. How many Weet-Bix can they eat? Who is the smelliest All Black? And who is the worst room mate? The kids from several schools asked the questions when they met the pair as part of Dare to Dream, a new campaign to inspire kids to follow their dreams. Apparently Dagg can handle six to eight Weet-Bix and no one wants to bunk with frontrower Wyatt Crockett because he’s a chronic snorer. Dagg and Crotty’s stories are two of 15 that feature on the back of All Blacks Collector Cards in Weet-Bix boxes, which are now on sale. Dagg said growing up in the Hawkes Bay he made the most of what he had, and used his sister’s fluffy slipper as a rugby ball. “I used to have some posts, which was the power pole and the corner of the fence, and I used to just kick it through that all day.” INSPIRING: New Brighton Catholic School pupils were excited to meet All Blacks Ryan Crotty (left) and Israel Dagg as part of the Dare to Dream campaign. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER He wanted to inspire kids and show them anything was possible. Crotty was given a pair of Andrew Mehrtens’ rugby socks and kicking tee while he was a ball boy for the Canterbury NPC team as a kid. “It’s fair to say I wore those socks for every training session for the next five to 10 years, they were pretty special to me.” He said they inspired him, and he hoped to do the same. •Watch the video on www. star.kiwi numerous projects which will make Christchurch a fantastic city in the future. The major Crown projects are being overseen by Otakaro Ltd, the Government company set up to take the rebuild forward from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority. Today’s feature looks at the South Frame, Victoria Square, East Frame and Convention Centre. The rebuild is in full swing. The future for Christchurch looks great. In Brief QUAIL ISLAND ACCOMMODATION A building on Lyttelton Harbour’s Quail Island will be transformed into a hut for visitors to stay overnight in. Department of Conservation Christchurch operations manager Andy Thompson said the caretakers cottage would be turned into a hut, which would provide either nine or 12 beds. The interpretation centre, which was in the cottage, would move to the barracks building. He said the work to convert the building would be done over winter so it could be ready for use in summer, when people could book a bed. RIVERBANK CLEAN-UP On Saturday, hundreds of volunteers will don their gumboots to pick up rubbish littering the estuary, Heathcote and Avon riverbanks for the annual Mother of All Clean Ups. Fifty-six sites around the city will be cleaned up. It will run from 10am-noon. Last year’s event cleared more than 20 tonnes of rubbish, and organisers are hoping to do even better this time around. To register visit avon.org.nz, estuary.org.nz or ohr.co.nz. KNOWLEDGE CENTRE PARTNERS Spark and the city council will work together on the city’s new Knowledge Centre. The centre, which includes the library, is now being built on the edge of Cathedral Square. Spark and the city council signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday to operate a space on the ground floor to host live events, promote innovation and technology, and provide new digital experiences. FOG CAUSES AIRPORT HAVOC Hundreds of travellers trying to get in and out of Christchurch yesterday morning were stranded because of fog. Several flights were cancelled, and others delayed. Weather affected many domestic flights around the country. 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