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Forward 50: November 30, 2017

2 RecReation The popular

2 RecReation The popular Pioneer and Jellie Park Recreation and Sport Centres are set for an upgrade and repairs project starting this month. The revamp gets underway at Pioneer Monday, December 4 and continues at Jellie Park on Monday, December 11. Phase one will be carried out in stages over the next 18 months. Both Pioneer and Jellie Park suffered minor damage in the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. The Christchurch City Council carried out engineering assessments at the time that showed both facilities were safe and could remain open to support the community in the Third Age Tours eST Small Group Tours for the over 50’s Domestic and International Great Prices! england/Wales & Yorkshire Dales 23 August - 24 September 2018 enchanting Ireland & Scotland 31 May - 27 June 2018 curiosities of cuba 25 April - 21 May 2018 Treasures of Turkey 1 - 25 September 2018 captivating croatia, Slovenia montenegro & Venice 1 June - 25 June 2018 Vietnam & cambodia 4 - 26 October 2018 Beautiful norfolk Island 4 - 11 November 2018 Sicily, rome & Southern Italy 29 September - 24 October 2018 South Island Tours Glorious Autumn in Arrowtown 17 - 22 April 2018 catlins/Stewart Island 22 Feb - 2 Mar 2018 White herons, Glaciers & Alpine loop Tour 28 January - 2 February 2018 PluS oTher DeSTInATIonS! For a Free InFormATIon PAck contact Brenda Third Age Tours Ph 03 379 3799 or 03 312 7050 | Freephone: 0800 927 725 | Follow us on Facebook PoPULAR PooL comPLExES to be upgraded 1999 post-quake environment. However, the council has decided it is now time to carry out the remaining earthquake repairs in tandem with work to upgrade the facilities to make them more user-friendly. Council manager of Western Area Recreation Nigel Cox said while there would be some disruption for people in the short term the work would be well managed and was definitely necessary. “We’re confident the improvements we’re going to be carrying out will be really noticeable and beneficial for the thousands of people who regularly use these very popular centres.” Both buildings will be strengthened to the latest New Zealand Building Code standards. Pools will be repaired and the indoor hydroslide will be replaced at Jellie Park. Pioneer’s wave chamber will also be repaired and there will be improved air- PUBLISHER Star Media The Christchurch Star Company Ltd PO Box 1467 Christchurch 8140 conditioning in the pool areas at both centres as well as refurbished changing rooms and improvements to the fitness areas. Repairs and improvements will include fixing cracks, painting and repairs to flooring, walls and ceilings as well as upgrading fire systems and replacing wet area flooring with a non-slip hardwearing material. The work at Pioneer will start in the pool area and at Jellie Park the first project will be the spa, sauna and steam room. Phase one of the work is expected to be complete by December 2019. Work on Jellie Park’s sport pool and re-roofing work on both facilities is planned when new pool facilities will be available at QEII Recreation and Sport Centre, the planned Hornby Library, Customer Services and Leisure Centre and the Metro Sports Facility. Pioneer and Jellie Park will remain open overall while repairs are carried out but some areas will be closed in stages. Any facility that is closed at Jellie or Pioneer will be open at another centre, and recreation and sport members are able to use other centres at no extra cost. AdvERtISIng Frank Greenslade - Ph 03 364 7441 email: EdItoRIAL Christine de Felice dESIgn Denise Crawford Regain the freedom of your home Simple, safe and stylish, Acorn Stairlifts give people the chance to enjoy their own homes once again. • For straight or curved staircases • Indoor and outdoor lifts • Free home assessment • Fast installation • Safe and reliable FREE DVD Guide to Stairlifts! 0800 223 062 CALL NOW FOR YOUR FREE BROCHURE & QUOTATION

Commemorations 3 Celebrating rewi alley- Canterbury’s famous son Top left: Rewi Alley with 1984 Christchurch delegation (a young Councillor Vicki Buck in the front) Top right: Rewi Alley takes a class in motor repairs, Shandan Bailie, School, Gansu Province, 1950s Bottom left: Chairman Mao Zedong shakes hands with Rewi Alley, 1966. December 2, 2017 marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of Rewi Alley at Springfield. To celebrate the occasion, under the auspices of the Rewi Alley 120th Anniversary Commemoration Committee Canterbury, 10 Canterbury organisations, along with Rewi’s family, have come together to highlight Rewi’s legacy. Delegations totalling about 80 people from China, including 17 from Rewi’s Chinese family, as well as about 100 from around New Zealand, are coming to Christchurch to take part in commemoration activities. Through these activities it is hoped to present to a new generation the story of this remarkable New Zealander, who had a huge love and respect for the Chinese people. Rewi Alley went to China in 1927, where he lived until his death in 1987. His first job in Shanghai involved being a fireman and factory inspector. This opened his eyes to the appalling living and working conditions of the ordinary people. Being the quintessential Kiwi bloke he was, he rolled his sleeves up and went to work. Over the next 60 years, through civil unrest and Japanese invasion, he toiled tirelessly, helping during famine and flood, setting up industrial co-operatives, establishing schools and giving the rest of his life to improving the conditions of its people. He is one of the 10 most revered foreigners in China. Canterbury Museum benefitted from his donations of many beautiful artefacts (, collected in China over many decades. Commemoration activities the general public are invited to attend are: • Friday, December 1: 9.30am unveiling of a plaque to Rewi by Councillor Jimmy Chen on behalf of the Mayor of Christchurch, at his former high school (Boys’ High) at the Christchurch Arts Centre, followed by a visit to a photographic display on his life in one of the largest rooms in that same school. This display runs until December 2, 10am-5pm • A display at the Canterbury Museum of some of the Chinese artefacts Rewi donated to that museum • Saturday,December 2: 10am: opening of the Garden of Reflection in Chamberlain Park, Amberley by the Governor-General of New Zealand, Her Excellency the Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy. • 2pm: Commemoration ceremony and display of the memorial erected 20years ago at Rewi Alley Memorial & Park, Springfield. For more info on Rewi’s life and work, go to Lifestyle Villas - Lincoln & Rolleston - Safe - Secure - Lifestyle Why live when you can live a lifestyle? • Our 2-3 bedroom villas are freehold title not licence to occupy. • Freehold ownership gives you more options & means capital gain sits with you, the property owner. • We take care of your lawns, gardens & external home maintenance freeing you up to enjoy all that Lincoln, Rolleston & Selwyn have to offer: bowls, golf, restaurants, supermarket, library, doctors, chemist and a handy shopping centre & much, much more. Proudly built by Mike Greer Homes and with a 10 year Master Build Guarantee Call us to find out about our latest promotions or register your interest in our Stage 3 villas. Bellamy’s Real Estate Ltd MREINZ Licensed REAA (2008) from $399,000 0800 325 523