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The Star: February 15, 2018

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2 Latest Christchurch news at Thursday February 15 2018 Inside FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK The Star News.................................... 3-15 SOMEWHERE OUT there Craig Shaw will be thinking: “Will I hand myself in?” That’s because police are starting to tighten the screws on people they believe have, and may still be, helping him evade their grasp (see page 1). A big chunk of the $200,000 jewellery haul Shaw is suspected of stealing has turned up. Detectives now believe Shaw phoned in the anonymous tip-off as to where it could be the found. When people are on the run they turn to associates for help; money, food and somewhere to stay. Years ago, when a fugitive was on the run (and believed to be in the possession of an AK47), he went to an associate’s home for help. He was a dangerous rooster. Later, when I interviewed that associate for the newspaper I was working on at the time, he said he had no choice but to help. The same is probable for people who know Shaw. But the police are getting very testy. – 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: or call 3797-100 Source: CMI Nielsen readership Thursday Christchurch Urban area 10+ Win movie tickets NEWS 10 GENERAL: 379 7100 | NEWS: Barry Clarke. 364 7422. | WEB: ADVERTISING: 379 7100, | CLASSIFIED: 379 1100 | CIRCULATION: 379 7100 At a Glance THIS WEEK IN CANTERBURY’S PAST This week in history saw the Christchurch to Lyttelton railway line electrification completed on February 14, 1929. On February 15, 1967, the Waltham Lido Pool was opened. On the same day in 1976, 25,000 people attended a concert by singer Neil Diamond at QE II Park. On February 16, 1770, Captain James Cook in the Endeavour sights Banks “Island” (Peninsula). On the same day in 1883, the Belfast Freezing Works (the first in the Christchurch area) Keeping the softball dream alive began operation. On February 16, 1981, Seattle (Washington, United States), became a sister city. On February 16 and 17, 1963, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visited the city. The New Brighton trotting course was bought by the city council and re-named Queen Elizabeth II Park in her honour. On February 17, 1908, a 30m whale stranded at Okarito. The skeleton is now on display at the Canterbury Museum. On the same day in 1939, the Millers READERS’ PHOTOS 19 Department Store building opens. Designed by G. A. J. Hart, the building contained the South Island’s first escalator and later became the Civic Offices. It was demolished after the February 22, 2011, earthquake. On February 18, 1982, writer Dame Ngaio Marsh (right) died at her home in Cashmere. On February 19, 1873, the Anglican synod decides (by a narrow margin) not to sell the present site of the Christ Church Cathedral. Viewpoint.................16-17 Readers’ photos..............19 Gardening................21-22 Food...........................................23 Travel.................................27 Sport......................................... 34 Entertainment...... 42-47 Try our tasty stuffed chicken breasts FOOD 23 LOCAL NEWS Need a Mobility Scooter? SuperShopper 228 No.1 For Quality, Price & Service Free Home Demonstration Call Mr Mobility 027 606 0112 10% Discount with this Advertisement BOOK FAIR!! HUGE SALE OF PRE-LOVED BOOKS at St Christophers Church Friday 16th February 9am-7.30pm Saturday 17th February 9am-4pm Books $2, 6 for $10, Kids Books 4 for $2 Jigsaws, Sheet Music, CDs, Collectable Books. 244 AVONHEAD ROAD Eftpos available Train running 1st & 3rd Sundays every month WEKA PASS RAILWAY Diesel Locomotive in Service Train hire available Fares: Adults $30 Child $12 - Family $70 Dep Glenmark 11.30am & 2.00pm Dep Waikari 1.00pm & 3.10pm Infoline: 0800wekapass

The Star 3 News Local News Now Latest Christchurch news at Thursday February 15 2018 Fire rages, homes at risk Teenagers charged over ‘drown him’ case • By Andrew King A 15 and 16-year-old have been charged with aggravated robbery over the Rolleston ‘drown him’ case. The 16-year-old appeared in • By Gordon Findlater IT’S NOT often in a running race that the leader ends up running back towards his closest rival after holding a 5min buffer. However, that is what happened for two Christchurch runners at the Tarawera Ultra Marathon in Rotorua on Saturday. Before tackling the 62km race, training partners and good mates Vajin Armstrong and Chris Dunell had joked about ending up in a sprint finish to the line. The premonition turned out true, but they couldn’t have predicted the circumstances. With just over 2km left to run, Armstrong had a lead of about 5min over Dunell. The 37-yearold then took a wrong turn because the arrows and flags on one intersection of the course had been purposely shifted. “I ended up in an archery range. There was a competition with 50-100 people going on. It was very confusing,” said Armstrong. Armstrong soon spotted someone who appeared to be a race marshal and asked if he was going the right way. She said he was. Making his way onto the archery range, Armstrong was immediately met with 50-100 equally confused archers. He returned to the marshal who told him “I’m a marshal for the archery competition.” the Youth Court on Tuesday. He was remanded without plea to reappear next month. The 15-year-old will appear next week. The alleged robbery took place after a fireworks display Armstrong knew he had strayed off course and returned to the intersection where he had gone wrong. Dunell caught up and was about to make the incorrect turn as well. “I was just about to make this left-hand turn and then I saw Vajin coming back towards me,” said Dunell. “I actually thought he was coming back from the finish line to cheer me on.” Armstrong explained to Dunell that the course markings must be wrong. They shifted the flags to signal the correct turn on November 4. The 15-year-old victim was allegedly beaten and then dragged to a water race where his head was held under the water. His assailants chanted before completing the last 2km of the race together. “Chris being the honourable fellow he is told me I was well ahead.” After giving his mate a tap on the shoulder and letting him take line honours, Dunell even stopped before the finish line to pick up Armstrong’s water bottle, which had slipped from his hydration pack while sprinting for the line. Luckily, Armstrong was the only runner affected by the act of tomfoolery. “drown him, drown him” during the attack. Police believe there were four people in the group involved in the incident, which started when they allegedly tried to take the victim’s cap. Mischief; sportsmanship MATES: Training partners Vajin Armstrong (left) and Chris Dunell embraced after finishing the Tarawera Ultra Marathon. (Right) – Armstrong crossed the line first in Rotorua after running into disaster with 2km to go in the race. PHOTO: PHOTOS4SALE “It’s an awesome group of people who do these sorts of events and there’s a real sense of camaraderie, so that overcomes anything like this.” After their unique sprint to the finish, the pair now joke about the idea of having a best of five series. They plan on running the Old Ghost Road 85km ultra marathon next weekend, as well as the Motatapu 52km ultra, 14km City2Surf and Southern Lakes half marathon in March to complete the series. In Brief FUTURE OF CTV RUBBLE Discussions are continuing over what will happen to the CTV Building rubble. It has been stored at the Burwood Resource Recovery Park while the police used it as evidence. However, police will not pursue criminal charges over the building’s collapse in the February 22, 2011, earthquake. A police spokesman said it had consulted with the families of those killed, while some families will meet with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Christchurch today. ARMED POLICE ARREST A 23-year-old man was arrested by armed police at the Avon City Motel in Redwood yesterday. Police swooped on the motel about 2.15pm after a report of a man with a gun threatening to harm himself. The man gave himself up. Late yesterday police were considering charges. HOT POOL LAND LEASED A lease has been granted to Development Christchurch Ltd for a portion of New Brighton beach to enable the development of the hot water pools. The Coastal-Burwood Community Board approved the lease last week for a period of 18 months, with a six-month right of renewal term if required. SUMMIT RD NIGHT BAN A hearing on whether night-time restrictions should be put in place on Summit Rd will be held today. There were more than 850 submissions on the proposal, but only four want to be heard in person. The hearings panel will make a recommendation to city councillors on the proposal. MORE CHINESE VISITORS Christchurch Airport is preparing for a strong Chinese New Year. Statistics show Chinese visitor arrivals grew by 59 per cent in December. There are 6000 Chinese visitor arrivals forecasted for this month. NEED A QUICK CASH LOAN NOW? We offer a range of personal Loans and can provide cash quickly. 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