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The Star: February 15, 2018

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8 Thursday February 15 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi The Star News Mystery surrounds value of council More than 160 works of art are owned by the city council. However, the value and whereabouts of many of them remains a mystery. Bridget Rutherford reports THE CITY council has a treasure trove of pieces by local and international artists – but the value and locations for most of them will not be released to the public. Information released to The Star shows it has more than 160 pieces, including prints, photos, illustrations, paintings, tapestry, and sculptures, which are either on display in its civic offices and other facilities or in storage. They include work by late New Zealand artists Aston Greathead, Austen Deans, Doris Lusk, William ‘Bill’ Sutton, Olivia Spencer Bower and Charles Heaphy, among others. But the city council has refused to release the value of each item and where they currently are under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act. It was unable to say whether much of the art was bought or commissioned, or if it was donated. The city council has 14 artworks on display in its civic offices. They include commissioned works, such as Neil Dawson’s Feather and Ripples, Julia Morison’s Knot in the public foyer of the Hereford St building and Fayne Robinson’s Te Pou Herenga Waka, which sits at the Worcester Boulevard entrance. The Millennium Tapestry by Philip Trusttum and Marilyn Rea Menzies, a peace mandala made by Vivienne Mountfort and Maeve Harrison, an etching by Gary Tricker, and a ARTISTRY: Neil Dawson’s Feature and Ripples is one of 14 artworks to feature in the city council’s civic offices. It also owns a print of the Queen and Prince Philip by royal photographer Anthony Buckley. lithograph by Gretchen Albrecht also feature in the Hereford St building. Two pieces in the city council’s civic offices are listed on its documents as oil paintings by J McWhinter, one of which appears to have been donated by Edna Neville. The city council also holds international art by Singaporean watercolour artist, Ong Kim Seng, and a print of the Queen and Prince Philip by royal photographer Anthony Buckley. Deans’ 1945 Mt Cook, a large oil painting, hangs in the councillors’ lounge in the civic offices. Save 1 year’s interest on your mortgage* Construction underway. Titles July 2018. Be one of the first 10 to buy a residential section in February or March 2018 and we will pay the equivalent of the interest on your mortgage for one year.* We’re selling the last few sections in the first Stage to prepare for construction of the next stage. Affordable sections from $119,000. 110 sections already sold. DON’T DELAY. GRAB YOURSELF A DEAL TODAY * Conditions apply - see www.ravenswood.co.nz/interest-free and more coming to Ravenswood Call us today! Jenny or Jude – 03 375 0010

The Star Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Thursday February 15 2018 9 art collection Two Greathead oil paintings from the collection of the late Fred R Price are now owned by the city council, along with two Sutton portraits of Hamish and James Hay and his Nor’wester in the Cemetery. A print of Heaphy’s 1839 View of the Kahu-Kahu – Hokianga River was issued to the city council by the Alexander Turnbull Library Endowment Trust. Heaphy, a Victoria Cross recipient, was the official artist and draughtsman of the New Zealand Company before the settlers arrived. There are two of Lusk’s paintings, and three by Spencer Bower. In 2008, former city council chief executive Tony Marryatt bought a signed print of the interior of Captain Scott’s hut at Cape Evans, called I may be some time. He paid $450 for the Brian Moore print to go in the chief executive’s office. Others include work by Michel Tuffery, Gavin Bishop, Russell Clark, Charles Decimus Barraud, Stanley Palmer and Kelvin McMillan. The city council also has a set of nine pieces by an unknown Japanese artist of various HISTORY: In 2008, former city council chief executive Tony Marryatt bought a print of Brian Moore’s I may be some time. Christchurch icons, such as the Old Government Building, the Edmonds Band Rotunda, the provincial chambers and Cracroft’s Old Stone House. The set was bought by the city council’s art committee. A city council spokeswoman said it had been unable to keep up-to-date with the whereabouts of all artworks following the February 22, 2011, earthquake. “Some artworks are still in storage, and some have been retrieved and displayed in civic offices and other sites.” Audit finds CDHB spending ‘appropriate’ • By Bridget Rutherford AN AUDIT of Canterbury District Health Board executive and board expenses found spending to be in line with the organisation’s policy. Last week The Star reported the CDHB would have an internal audit to ensure “all of the right checks and balances are in place.” It came after concerns about over spending irregularities by former Waikato DHB chief executive Nigel Murray, which sent ripples through other district health boards around the country. The audit findings, which will be presented to CDHB board members in a report at a meeting today, found spending was in line with the appropriate policy. It focused on the expense reimbursement claims made by chief executive David Meates, the executive management team, and divisional general managers since November 2015. “Overall, the expense reimbursement claims we audited appeared to be appropriate and reasonable for CDHB purpose and functions, and we are confident that there is nothing to suggest fraudulent or inappropriate claiming,” the audit report said. There were three “minor” exceptions, but given their nature, small value and circumstance, they were deemed as isolated oversight errors. They included 10 of David Meates the 156 claims, totalling $1417, not having evidence of sign-off by Mr Meates. However, the expenditure was deemed “entirely appropriate” and had been signed off by the divisional finance managers. There were two claims for alcohol amounting to $29.33 within meal receipts, which had not been picked up. The full amount had since been recovered. One claim of $100 was made for koha, or a donation, which did not follow the policy because there was no acknowledgement note attached. 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 atlasquarter.co.nz