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The Star: May 25, 2017

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4 Thursday May 25 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi The Star News Facilities staff face fewer hours • By Bridget Rutherford THE NUMBER of hours staff in the city’s recreation facilities are working will be cut back to pre-quake levels as patronage levels drop. City council head of recreation and sport John Filsell said staff were reviewing rosters for Pioneer, Jellie Park and Graham Condon recreation and sport centres and QE II at Parklands. He said following the February 22, 2011, earthquake, those facilities reopened quickly, so their hours were extended and additional staff were rostered to match demand. But now other fitness centres had reopened, he said. He said the roster review was done to match demand. It had not replaced a number of positions that were left open when staff moved on. The changes would save 80 staff hours each week across Jellie Park, Graham Condon and Pioneer, he said. The city council was also changing its customer and booking software across all its recreation centres to a system that required less operator time. Mr Filsell said the new system would save about 80 hours of front counter customer service each week. School zones to match • By Andrew King and Bridget Rutherford CHRISTCHURCH Girls’ High School has redrawn its enrolment zone to match its brother school so females have the same opportunity to access single sex education. The Ministry of Education on Monday approved a plan for girls’ high to change its zone boundaries so they matched Christchurch Boys’ High School. The new zone will take effect at the beginning of next year, with enrolments hap- Pauline Duthie pening now. Principal Pauline Duthie said the school was pleased its zone could now match its brother school’s. “We have always seen it as a little bit of commonsense and a little bit of potential discrimination against young women in the sense that if you lived in the same home and you were in the boys’ high zone but not the girls’ high zone, you had more opportunities of choice available to you than you did if you were a girl. “And in 2017, perhaps that shouldn’t be the case.” Previously, the CBHS zone was larger. It included areas such as Strowan and Ilam, which were not included in the CGHS zone. The zones had proved difficult for families that had a son eligible for CBHS, and a daughter who wanted to attend CGHS but could not because she was out of zone. Ms Duthie said CGHS applied to the ministry for a zoning change about a year ago, but the discussions began well before that. She said it was unknown whether the zone changes would affect the number of outof-zone students it could take through the ballot. That would be determined by the number of enrolment BOUNDARIES: The zones of Christchurch Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools are now the same. applications they received from within zone, she said. The new zone also included the Chatham Islands. Ms Duthie said there was no secondary school there, and previously females did not fit into any school zones. “Every child in New Zealand has a right to education.” CBHS principal Nic Hill said the move “made sense.” •To view the new zone, visit Burglary ring cracked •From page 1 He was remanded in custody. Detective Sergeant Tarawhiti said further charges are likely when he reappears in court on June 8. Detective Sergeant Tarawhiti urged householders to be vigilant and report people who were seen going in and out of properties. Anyone who has any information on the burglaries can phone 363 7400. Alternatively, information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. $100,000 plea to save Santa Parade • By Gabrielle Stuart SANTA PARADE trustees, sponsors and supporters made a strong plea to Mayor Lianne Dalziel and city councillors on Monday, asking for $100,000 in funding to save the parade. The future of Peter Townsend the parade is in jeopardy after city council cut its funding by almost $30,000 last year. That left the trust which runs the parade unable to pay its bills for the year, with money in its reserves set to run out next month. Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend, who is also a parade trustee, presented the formal submission at a city council annual plan hearing on Monday evening. He said it was “absolutely critical” that the trust get funding fast, otherwise the parade could not continue. “It’s really hard to imagine Christchurch without its Christmas parade. It’s an integral part of the city, it’s one of our iconic events, it attracts over 100,000 attendees, 2500 participants and 500 volunteers,” he said. He said the trust needed a commitment of $100,000 over each of the next two years to pay the bills, which include rent of a storage warehouse, insurance and traffic management costs. It costs about $200,000 each year to run the parade, and the city council usually contributes $97,750. Last year the funding was cut to $69,000. The city council Annual Plan hearings finished this week, and a decision on whether or not to give the funding is set to be made by the end of next month. Time To Insulate Your Rental Ceiling Insulation Up to 100 sqm FRoM JusT $995 Do you have a rental home? Call us today for a SPECIAL DEAL on ceiling and underfloor insulation Phone 0800 434 600 | 10d Sheffield Crescent, Burnside We offer a wide range of Earthwool Glasswool plus acoustic sound absorbing insulation. FREE QUOTES L ivinG H ousE

The Star Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday May 25 2017 5 Hospital parking in Hagley? •From page 1 Christchurch Hospital is in Mrs Wagner’s electorate. “As the local MP, I’m concerned about access to the hospital for patients, visitors and staff. I’m keen to look at every available option, and temporary use of Hagley Park, if well managed, may be part of the solution.” Money lies at the root of why the CDHB and city council are turning a blind eye to Hospital Corner. Said Ms Gordon: “At this point investing money in a short-term temporary solution on Hagley Park is not an option we are actively considering.” She said the CDHB is aware of the public sentiment around the lack of parking close to the hospital. “We are in discussions [with private land owners and developers] regarding alternative parking. “The investment of public funds in preparing the ground, installing lighting and security, then remediating the ground afterwards costs hundreds of thousands – as we learnt after the quakes when we were granted permission to use part of Hagley Park for temporary staff car parking. “We would rather health dollars are spent on health services while we negotiate longer term parking solutions that will provide better value for money.” But she said announcements on solutions were months away. The Star again asked Ms Dalziel this week why she would not offer an opinion on whether Hospital Corner was a good or bad solution. She replied: “I am not silent on the issue. It isn’t an issue when we haven’t even been approached by the CDHB. Of course we would consider it should we be asked to. “If that were the case, staff would prepare a report setting out the options, along with the risks and opportunities. “There are many people who use Hagley Park for sport and recreation and, of course, the emergency helicopter uses it too. We would need to consider the impact on all of these and ensure the trees were protected as well. This is the main reason the council stopped parking on North Hagley Park. I understood the CDHB was working on a number of options, including shuttle services to car park buildings. It is not possible to have a considered view on something that hasn’t been researched.” In a later email, Ms Dalziel repeated the CDHB’s view on the cost. •Editor’s column, page 2 •Reader responses, page 14 Draught Stopper 88 x 5.3cm. Various colours. 03961723 Twin LED Security Floodlight PIR sensor. 1600 lumens total output. 04352174 Tarpaulin 1.8 x 2.4m. 80gsm. Blue. 00247184 $ 4 1800W Chainsaw$ 99 355mm bar. 03380711 44.5 x 52cm. Powder coated steel. Ashtray included. 03170950 $ 59 $ 39 95 Brazier $ 3 125mm Angle Grinder 1010W. 00319486 12mm Non- Structural Plywood 2400 x 1200mm. Untreated. 00327903 $ 79 20kg Wood Fuel Pellets 00637074 $ 10 97 $ 33 94 EACH High Country High Tea A Finest Slice of High Country! 600mm Slimline Rangehood White. Twin motors. 3 speed fan. 05120214 20m Extension Lead 00267344 $ 109 $ 18 98 4L Easycoat Interior Low sheen. White. 01540529 $ 65 What better way to spend an afternoon with friends or family than in the tranquil setting of Terrace Downs Resort. Available everyday 11am - 3pm from 5th June $29 per person or $39 per person with a glass of bubbles Booking essential Minimum 2 people Make your Sunday extra special with our popular Sunday Buffet 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 Illustration only. 2L Outdoor Cleaner 00229695 $ 34 98 $ 3 75 Compact Workbench Metal. Paint Roller Kit 230mm. Includes roller cover, frame & paint tray. 01560226 Pansy 00201804 $ 3 30 1405 x 1100 x 530mm. Includes 20 pegboard hooks. 00221254 Window Insulator Kit Insulates two $ 990.91m x 1.52m windows. 00167635 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 $ 14 90 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 4th June 2017, or while stocks last. BUNZ17862