The Star: June 22, 2017

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Thursday June 22 2017

Drinking driver dobbed in by fellow motorist

• By Andrew King

A DRIVER four times the

legal drink-drive limit was

seen weaving all over a road

before crashing into a parked

vehicle in Redwood on

Monday.

The driver recorded

1080mcg/L. The legal limit is

250mcg/L.

A member of the public driving

behind the vehicle phoned

• By Gabrielle Stuart

THIS YEAR’S Santa Parade has

been saved after Mayor Lianne

Dalziel and city councillors

approved funding for it.

The parade organisers had

just one month left before they

ran out of money, as a funding

cut last year

forced them to

dip into their

reserves to pay

for the parade.

They made a

passionate plea

Pam Morris

to the city council

last month for

$100,000 to save

the parade.

On Tuesday, city councillors

approved a $35,000 grant for

this year’s parade, which would

be topped up by a $65,000 grant

from the city council major

events fund.

Christchurch Children’s

Christmas Parade Trust organiser

Pam Morris said it was a

great relief to know the parade

would not have to shut down.

“It’s a victory, because it

means we can actually get on

with organising the parade,” she

said.

The parade has been run in

Christchurch for more than 70

years, and she said she had been

very worried it would have to be

cancelled permanently.

police after they saw the motorist

driving erratically on Sawyers

Arms Rd at about 1.30pm.

They then followed the vehicle

to Queen Elizabeth II Dr.

The vehicle then clipped a

van parked on the side of the

road near St Bede’s College

before coming to a stop about

200m up the road at about

1.45pm.

Police arrived shortly after

the crash and arrested the

“If it wasn’t for The Star, we

would never have got this far,”

she said.

The Star has run a series of

articles highlighting the parade

funding problems, which

began when the city council

cut the parade funding at short

notice last year from $97,750 to

$69,000.

Until the funding cut, the

cost of the parade – about

$200,000 per year – had been

split between corporate and

private sponsorship and the

driver, who is in his 40s.

He was not injured in the

crash.

Senior Sergeant Stephan

McDaniel said it was

concerning that someone could

be that intoxicated at that time

of day and thought it was okay

to drive.

“This is why we have checkpoints

at all different times of

the day and this reinforces that

need. We want to thank the

city council. In December, Ms

Dalziel promised the city council

would not let the parade fall

over and said the city council

would look at including the

funding in this year’s Annual

Plan.

But in January, the parade

trustees were told in an email

that there had been “no commitment

so far” to set aside

funding for the parade, so it

would have to compete with

other events for funding.

The trust then turned to

person for reporting this to us

and taking the time to follow

the vehicle so we could catch up

with it quickly,” he said.

The driver has been charged

with excess breath alcohol and

will appear in the district court

on July 18.

The incident comes days after

The Star revealed last week

that drink-driving statistics in

Canterbury had almost halved

over the last decade.

Santa parade stays afloat

POPULAR:

City council

funding means

the annual

Christchurch

Santa Parade

will go ahead

this year.

PHOTO:

GILBERT

WEALLEANS

crowd-funding on Givealittle

and fundraising to pay their

bills, but they could not raise

enough to cover the shortfall.

But after the appeal to Ms

Dalziel and city councillors last

month, the Annual Plan was

changed to include funding for

the parade.

The parade costs include rent,

insurance, maintenance of floats

and costumes, traffic management

and running costs on the

day of the parade and a wage for

one paid organiser.

In Brief

MURDERER TO STAY IN JAIL

High-profile murderer Ziggy

Stardust Buckeridge, who

killed a 14-year-old girl in North

Canterbury 25 years ago, will stay

behind bars. Buckeridge, 55,

was declined parole after his

latest hearing. He was deemed

to pose a medium to high

risk of sexual and violent reoffending.

Buckeridge is serving

a life sentence for murdering

Rangiora teenager Julie Sands on

Anzac Day, April 25, 1992.

ACCIDENT VICTIM NAMED

The man killed in a Rolleston

workplace accident was 59-yearold

Dayal Parbhu Patel. Mr Patel

was killed after becoming trapped

under a beam at about 12.30pm

at Pegasus Engineering in the

Rolleston Izone Business Hub

on June 9. He died at the scene.

WorkSafe have been notified.

BID FOR STATE HOUSES

Three community housing

providers have been short-listed to

take over up to 2500 Housing New

Zealand properties and tenancies

in Shirley, Bryndwr and Riccarton.

The providers are Community

Futures Christchurch, Otautahi

Community Housing Consortium

and a third consortium

comprising Compass Housing

Services Co (NZ) Ltd, AMP

Capital Investors Ltd, and

Brookfield Financial Australia

Securities Ltd. Housing New

Zealand will continue to own and

manage up to 3300 properties in

Christchurch.

FUTURE OF EMPTY CHAIRS

The city council is investigating

options for where the 185 Empty

Chairs on the corner of Madras

and Cashel Sts could be moved to.

Artist Peter Majendie spoke to city

council’s social and community

development committee on Monday

about relocating the installation,

which commemorates the

people who died in the February

22, 2011, earthquake. Committee

members voted to look into other

sites. The current site is earmarked

for the new multi-purpose arena.

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