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Southern View: April 10, 2018


10 Tuesday April 10 2018 Latest Christchurch news at News SOUTHERN VIEW Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk Weed could jeopardise children’s fishing event FAST FORWARD: Cathedral Grammar pupils buried a time capsule to be opened in 2081. ​ Pupils bury time capsule in Victoria Square PUPILS HAVE buried a time capsule in Victoria Square to mark the end of its multi-million dollar restoration. The capsule was put together by seven and eight-year-old pupils from The Cathedral Grammar School and will be opened for the school’s bicentenary in May 2081. “These young people spend a lot of time in an ever-changing central city so we hope this time capsule helps them develop a connection to Victoria Square, as a place that will be the same for a long time,” said Ōtākaro Ltd chief executive Albert Brantley. Teacher Clare Erasmus said the children were thoroughly excited to be involved in developing the time capsule. “They decided to include items that were popular and relevant in their lives now. They wrote stories about themselves and how life is for them in this day and age. A time capsule is something children usually read about. To be a part of such an auspicious moment has been a wonderful memory for them to create,” she says. Fellow teacher Brigid Ladley said a toy owl – a class mascot – and a cellphone are among the items students chose to put in the time capsule. “The class had to repeatedly freeze items to reduce the bacteria before they went in the capsule. It was a fascinating process for the students,” Ms Ladley said. Mr Brantley said items related to the restoration of Victoria Square have also been included in the time capsule. “Photos of the restoration work and the people who carried it out have been printed on special archival paper and put in the time capsule. We hope whoever opens the time capsule will be able to appreciate how important this space was in Christchurch’s regeneration.’’ THE ANNUAL Take A Kid fishing day at The Groynes could be in jeopardy if the lakes it uses are not cleaned up. Organiser Kids Fishing Charitable Trust approached the Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board with concerns the huge amount of weed was enough to cancel this year’s event. Board member Aaron Campbell said: “We need to get this fixed . . . it’s a real possibility it may not go ahead.” City council staff are investigating options for cleaning up the weed, said head of parks Brent Smith. Approaching Canterbury University’s Student Volunteer Army about the possibility of a joint project is one option. Mr Campbell said the trust had organised a working party and spent more than 30 hours trying to clear the lake with manpower. But it was going to take more than that. “The option of having one of the weed remover barges from the Avon, Heathcote or out at the Styx was discussed,” he said. Mr Campbell said weed was an issue in lakes and rivers city-wide due to the hot, wet summer. Previously the The Isaac WEED PROBLEM: Last year Freya Askew caught a 4kg salmon during the Take a Kid Fishing day at The Groynes but the event may not be able to go ahead this year due to weed in the lakes. PHOTO: AARON CAMPBELL ​ Conservation and Wildlife Trust has donated hundreds of salmon which are released into the lake for the event. Volunteers show the children how to catch a salmon and how to clean it and prepare it for cooking. Mr Campbell said at last year’s event when a fish was caught, three times as much weed was also on each line. “It would be a real shame. About five or six thousand kids could be affected. We don’t want to lose it.” SCHOOLS TOP CLASS: The Star Student for March at Kip McGrath Barrington was Harrison Power. Tutor Elizabeth Blows said Harrison had earned the award for his careful, tidy work. “He also always does his best with a cheerful attitude. He works hard and willingly. He should be proud of his progress,” she said. Still Pedalling! Full Workshop Services: • WOF’s • Service Checks • Wheel Alignment • Brakes • Clutches • Tyres etc All makes & models Trevor Crowe’s been involved with cars for a while. You can benefit from his experience at... Subaru Specialists 518 Moorhouse Ave (East end) | P: 379 7615 W: | E: “Where Every Smile Matters” Experienced team provides caring and gentle dentistry for the whole family Dental Hygienist Available Sedation dentistry Wedding packages Winz quotes ZOOM whitening treatment ACC accredited Dental Health Counselling Free treatment for adolescents (13-18 years) Free treatment of children (0-13) with a school dentist referral PH 332 6399 We've moved! Now based at 104 Colombo Street, Beckenham

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