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The Star: May 18, 2017

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2 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday May 18 2017 Inside FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK The Star News....................................3-24 THERE’S BEEN huge reaction to last week’s article suggesting Hagley Park’s Hospital Corner could be used as a temporary car park to alleviate the Christchurch Hospital car parking crisis. Most people we spoke to are for the idea, even the rebuild’s new boss Nicky Wagner. So we have coverage on pages 3, 12, 13, 14 and 15 today, giving everyone from the city’s leaders to the man and woman in the street a voice. The silence, though, from Mayor Lianne Dalziel has been deafening – she refuses to be drawn on an opinion of what she thinks of the idea. Sorry Lianne, but the city deserves to know what you think on this issue; you are after all Christchurch’s commander in chief. Others have stated their opinion whether it be for or against. The hospital car parking situation affects thousands . . . it would be good to know what the mayor thinks, and more importantly, what immediate plans there are to sort the problem. – 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+ Former All Black sees red over cards 22 At a Glance Teacher builds students’ self-belief OUR PEOPLE 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 A bus service to Timaru began on May 16, 1904. On May 18, 1881, Christchurch Boys’ High School (designed by W. B. Armson) opened in Worcester St. The school moved to the present Straven Rd site in 1926, and the old building is now part of the Arts Centre. On the same day in 1940 Harewood Airport is opened. It was soon to be taken over by the RNZAF for the duration of World War 2. On May 19, 1910, Halley’s Comet was visible by telescope in night sky. Prophesies of doom and superstition abounded while the comet was visible. On May 21, 1865, the first news telegram was sent over the new line from Bluff to Christchurch. On May 21, 1866, the city council abandoned the vital city drainage scheme because of its financial state. A huge shipment of pipes which had just arrived from England had to be sold off. This guaranteed Christchurch’s reputation as New Zealand’s most polluted and unhealthy city for another 20 years. SPORT 38 HUNGRY WOOD PIGEONS ARE BACK THe distinctive noise and colours of the kererū, New Zealand wood pigeon, will be a common sight around the city over the next few weeks. The birds are currently forging a flight path across the city foraging for late autumn, early winter meals in gardens and parks. They normally spend their time in the city near the Botanic Gardens and Riccarton Bush, but they have now been spotted as far away as Abberley Park in St Albans. Viewpoint.................16-17 Our People.................22-23 Food...................................27 Gardening............................29 Readers’ Photos..........33 Puzzles....................................40 Entertainment...... 48-51 New production company raises curtain THEATRE/ARTS 31 LOCAL NEWS www.Star.kiwi

The Star 3 News Final chance for Santa Parade funding • By Gabrielle Stuart SANTA PARADE organisers will have a last ditch chance to plead their case for funding before Mayor Lianne Dalziel and the city councillors next week. The parade has run in Christchurch every year for more than 70 years, but because of a funding cut the money for the parade is set to run out • By Gabrielle Stuart NEW GREATER Christchurch Regeneration Minister Nicky Wagner has supported using Hagley Park for temporary hospital car parking, calling it “logical.” The idea has been discussed by the Canterbury District Health Board as a temporary solution to the growing parking problems around the hospital. But both mayor Lianne Dalziel and CDHB chief executive David Meates have dismissed it, saying it is not something they are considering. But a street poll and questions to health board members and other public figures by The Star this week suggest the pair are out of touch (see pages 12, 13, 14, 15). Mrs Wagner said using Hagley park’s Hospital Corner as a temporary solution to the car parking crisis the idea was logical, and she would like to see it considered. “I live close to Hagley Park and walk through it and it’s often just a large empty space, so I’d like to see it used,” she said. However, she said she would be “really careful” about what a proposal might look like and the limits set around it. next month. The Christchurch Santa Parade Trust may then be forced to sell its floats, as it will be unable to pay rent on the float storage warehouse. The parade organisers were initially told it was too late to include money for the parade in this year’s city council annual plan, but they have been allowed to make a late submission. She planned to encourage all the agencies involved, including the city council and Government, to collaborate and look at all options, including Hagley Park, she said. Mr Meates told The Star last week the idea was “not being considered, and it is not going to be as it’s not an option”. He then told other media after The Star article appeared: “We are really conscious about the sensitivities of Hagley Park. There is a lot of strongly held views around Hagley Park.” Mr Meates is on leave and could not be reached for comment about the reaction to The Star article. CDHB acting chief executive Mary Gordon said it was “not for us to look into” because it would need to be driven by the city council and Government. Ms Dalziel did not alter her stance this week – a city council spokeswoman saying that the mayor’s comments in The Star last week stood. Ms Dalziel would not give a personal opinion on the use of Hagley Park for temporary hospital parking, and it was not something she was considering putting to the council. They will present their case for funding in a public city council hearing on Monday at 5pm, where they will be backed by Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend. The financial problems escalated after the city council cut its funding grant from $97,750 to $69,000 last year, forcing the trust to use money from its reserves to pay for last year’s parade. That left funds too short to pay the bills this year. The parade is paid for through a mix of sponsorship and both city council and private funding grants. It costs about $200,000 each year to run the parade, which includes rent, insurance, maintenance and a wage for one paid organiser. Hagley car park idea ‘logical’ Vortex Flush T025 RRP $599 Now $429 Lianne Dalziel David Meates T005 RRP $399 Now $289 Latest Christchurch news at www. 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In Brief AMBER LIGHT TRIAL A consultancy firm has been tasked with looking into an idea to alter the amber traffic signal by up to a second in a bid to curb the city’s red light-running problem. Christchurch Transport Operations Centre manager Ryan Cooney said the firm would also plan and run trials. As part of the project, the length of the amber traffic signal could be changed by up to 1sec. It currently sits between 3.5sec and 5.2sec, depending on the speed limit and the intersection’s width. MURDER TRIAL Christchurch man Marcus Tucker may have been murdered because of confusion caused by a nickname, the High Court in Christchurch heard yesterday. Peter Carroll is on trial for the murder of Mr Tucker, whose body was found by Lake Ellesmere in April last year. Crown Prosecutor Claire Boshier told the court an associate of Carroll was robbed at gunpoint for drugs early last year, and one of the robbers was rumoured to be called “Ruckus”. 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