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Bay Harbour: February 14, 2018


PAGE 6 BAY HARBOUR Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday February 14 2018 News Local News Now Author searches for jetty stories Fire rages, homes at risk • By Sarla Donovan GOVERNORS BAY author Jane Robertson wants to uncover the stories behind Lyttelton Harbour’s lost jetties. While writing her 2016 book Head of the Harbour: A history of Governors Bay, Ōhinetahi, Allandale and Teddington, Ms Robertson found the section on jetties particularly intriguing, prompting her to start a blog about them. She is exploring where they were located, how they were used and what happened to them. A blog was a natural choice because it meant she could do things in small chunks, focusing on one jetty at a time. “It gives me an organising framework. I was also keen to get other people involved – giving feedback, making comments; adding their understanding and knowledge to what I was writing.” There is only one ‘intact’ jetty at the head of Lyttelton Harbour, where once there were at least seven, said Ms Robertson. “Before reasonable road transport – or any roads at all – the sea was a highway on which Maori and early European settlers depended. A jetty marked the point of transition between sea and land. It also denoted settlement, a degree of permanence.” However, as is now evident, jetties are “anything but permanent,” with Governors Bay jetty the only one that remains. There are remnants of abandoned, decaying jetties scattered around the harbour. “Many more have long been swallowed by the sea,” Ms Roberston said. A lot of the early jetties in places like Charteris Bay, Purau, Cass Bay and Camp Bay, were built privately so residents could get produce to market (primarily to Lyttelton.) “Most of the bays at some point got public jetties built by the provincial government and they were also for transporting produce but also for recreation; steamers used to ply the harbour bringing people up to any of the bays to have a picnic. People still do that, but basically only to Quail Island and Diamond Harbour.” HISTORY: Jane Robertson wants to uncover stories behind Lyttelton Harbour’s lost jetties. The original jetty at Governors Bay (above) was dismantled in 1938 after a boy fishing from it fell and drowned. •Visit Ms Robertson’s blog at https:// Janie Porter Headland Janie Porter is a New Zealander and lives in Christchurch. She trained in England, New Zealand and at the University of Fine Arts in Hanoi, Vietnam. She is known for her work in portraiture, landscape and birds. Working in a variety of different mediums, mostly with a palette knife, she builds layers of paint constantly experimenting with light, transparency and form. Janie has lived nearly her entire life near the sea and has loved and observed birds since she was a child. Headland “Headland is about the Port Hills and Banks Peninsula, Horomaka. Walks and wanderings. Thinking about conservation and the sheer love and hard work of the locals who protect and manage the land and its beautiful birds. Our taonga. This exhibition feels like just the beginning, there is so much left to say.” Janie Porter February 2018 Wildside Project The Wildside Project is a large scale collaboration of landowners, Christchurch City Council, Department of Conservation, Environment Canterbury, and BPCT for the protection of a variety of endemic, threatened, and iconic species such as the endemic white-flippered little blue penguin, the only titi (sooty shearwater) colony in Canterbury, and yellow-eyed penguin at their northern breeding range. jewelled gecko, spotted skink, the Banks Peninsula tree weta and Akaroa daisy (both found only on the Wildside). The Wildside covers 13,500ha and focuses on habitat protection, with 25% of the Wildside held in private or public reserve, and predator control, with over 700 predator traps controlling feral cats, ferrets, stoats, weasels, and possums used in this extensive trapping programme. The Tui Project The Banks Peninsula Tui Restoration group translocated a total of 72 tui from Maud Island, Marlborough Sounds to Hinewai Reserve, Banks Peninsula in 2009 and 2010. This NatureWatchNZ project has been set up to capture the many observations of tui contributed by people all over Banks Peninsula and Christchurch since the first release. The vast majority of observations in the project are made by a small team of volunteers, who have spent thousands of hours observing, recording and managing this information over the last nine years. Janie Porter Headland 10 FEBRUARY - 7 MARCH Main Rd, Little River | 03 325 1944

Wednesday February 14 2018 Trust’s bid to hook $500k jetty grant • By Sarla Donovan A FUNDRAISING campaign to repair the earthquake-damaged Governors Bay jetty is going full steam ahead. The Governors Bay Jetty Restoration Trust will put in an application to the Lotteries Commission on Monday for $500,000. But first it has to get 10 more planks sponsored. It needs to raise a third of the cost so the commission can be sure the project will happen. The plank sponsorship drive was helped recently by trust secretary Louisa Eades. Her story about the campaign and her own involvement was featured in a women’s magazine. Ms Eades said her friends and colleagues were excited. “In terms of an increase in donations, I wasn’t sure what to expect. My guesses ranged from fizzer to huge success.” In the two weeks since the article hit news stands, several plank sponsors and other donors have come out of the woodwork, along with new members including some from the North Island. “And the New Zealand Women’s Weekly has donated $500 to sponsor their own plank,” said Ms Eades. Donors of $500 or more will have their name etched on a plaque in the new jetty. Since fundraising started at the end of last year, the trust has raised or secured $670,802, including a contribution from the city council. Ms Eades had been “blown away” by the support and encouragement Louisa Eades received in that time. “The campaign has got off to a fantastic start and is really picking up momentum, with some exciting events planned for this year.” An exhibition and art auction is planned for Saturday, June 2, at the Governors Bay Hotel with items donated by leading local artists. Last year the city council agreed to temporarily sell ownership of the jetty for $1 to the trust. The restoration is expected to cost up to $3 million, with work set to start next year. Latest Christchurch news at • By Sarla Donovan A NEW footpath alongside Moa Bone Cave is a step closer, with plans being released last week. The pathway has been out of action since the February 22, 2011, earthquake rendered it unusable. Following pressure from residents and Redcliffs School parents, the city council agreed to reinstate the footpath. An area at risk of residual rockfall was fenced off and extensive risk remediation work completed. Now a plan for a new footpath beside the fence is out for public feedback, and the city council expects to install it next month. Redcliffs Residents Association secretary Pat McIntosh said it was “delighted” at news the footpath was to be restored. “We are sure local residents will be very relieved at having access once more along this side of the road.” Heathcote Ward city councillor Sara Templeton said it was great to see progress on the issue. “I’d like to encourage local residents to get involved and let the (Linwood-Central-Heathcote) community board know what they think of the plans.” Having the ability to walk safely around the corner from Balmoral Hill and McCormacks Bay to Redcliffs was vital for children, she said. “Simply scaling and fencing of the rockfall areas and asking them to cross at the busy Main Rd corner in rush hour wasn’t an option.” Dr McIntosh said the footpath would address safety concerns by reducing the need to cross Main BAY HARBOUR Local News Now PAGE 7 Progress on pathway plan Sara Templeton Fire rages, homes at risk ACCESS: A new pathway along Main Rd near Moa Bone Cave would address pedestrian safety concerns. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN Rd unnecessarily. The city council is also proposing to relocate a bus stop – removed from outside 7 Main Rd when the containers were installed – to 31 Main Rd, near a potential new crossing point. The relocation would be contingent upon the Redcliffs Park land swap being finalised. •Feedback on the proposed footpath reinstatement and bus stop relocation is open until February 19. Visit ccc.govt. nz/haveyoursay Artist Impression 1&2 BEDROOM CENTRAL CITY APARTMENTS – 36 WELLES ST Enjoy stylish central city living at its best. Located on the vibrant Welles Street and offering a selection of 1 & 2 bedroom apartments in a range of designs, each with spacious open plan living, generous outdoor space and well-appointed fixtures and fittings throughout. You’ll be sure to find your new home in the city at Atlas Quarter, where everything is on your doorstep. SELLING NOW! CALL OR VISIT Kaaren Wilson — 022 088 6830