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Southern View: April 10, 2018

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6 Tuesday April 10 2018 Latest Christchurch news at SOUTHERN VIEW 256 Barrington Street, Christchurch 8024 • Ph. 03 332 4221

SOUTHERN VIEW Latest Christchurch news at Tuesday April 10 2018 7 News Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk PROGRESS: Piles for the Christchurch Yacht Club’s new boat shed have been constructed in Moncks Bay. Below – The old building which was destroyed in the February 22, 2011, earthquake. Boat shed rebuild could be finished in July • By Sarla Donovan THERE WILL be a new boat shed in Moncks Bay by late July. Construction on Christchurch Yacht Club’s new boat shed in Moncks Bay started three weeks ago and it expected to take four months. Caissons (chambers used for underwater construction) for the roadside piles have been put into the seabed, filled with concrete and had a steel Trevor Kite pile embedded inside each one. And two weeks ago, the seaward piles were driven into the seabed. The roadside piles are embedded between 1.5m and 2.5m into the boulder and mud seabed. The previous structure was built on jetted wooden piles about 0.5m deep, but the new one has fewer steel piles disturbing the seabed carrying greater spans of decking. CYC shed and boardwalk project convener Trevor Kite said work is expected to take four months. “After that stage the public will have access to an open deck area with two 4m wide ramps to the seabed. When funds become available the club will place a boat shed onto the deck.” The original boat shed was demolished in June 2011, after suffering damage in the February 22, 2011, earthquake. Its rebuild has been complicated by several factors, including the Coastal Pathway. The deck design includes a new 4m wide footpath along its full length which will become part of the pathway. “The city council will connect the pathway to this deck at each end and the existing shingle track then becomes available for PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER road widening or landscaping as they see fit,” Mr Kite said. The new $1.174 million building is about 5m longer and 1m wider than the previous one. “This is to provide toilet and changing room facilities and to improve storage of longer boats.” Some $240,000 in funding has come from the city council and $327,595 from the Coastal Pathway project, which will contribute to the extra costs associated with providing for the pathway. The remainder has come from grants the club has raised. “The club’s plan is for a combined boat shed, deck and boardwalk that has been repositioned seaward to make room for the 4m-wide walkway that the Coastal Pathway Group sort,” said Mr Kite. Hoon Hay stroke survivor completes 2400km cycle trek HOON HAY’S Julie Milne is enjoying a much-needed rest after accomplishing her mission – to bike the length of New Zealand for stroke awareness. The self-described stroke survivor and Hillmorton Hospital librarian said she couldn’t have done it without her support team. “There were times that it couldn’t have been easy. The trip was uniquely challenging but there was always this quiet unassuming support that always got me through.” Mrs Milne (right) began her cycle, called Tour de Stroke, in Bluff and finished in Cape Reinga, six weeks later, covering a distance of more than 2400km. She and her support team wore yellow, the same colour as the Tour de France winner. On one of the last stretches from Kaitaia to Waitiki Landing, 23km from the finish at Cape Reianga, Mrs Milne encountered heavy rain. There were times that it flooded the road and she had no option but to cycle through. “I concentrated hard as the wake from the car tyres travelling towards me made this difficult but I wanted to finish,” PEDAL POWER: Julie Milne cycled all the way to Cape Reinga from Bluff for stroke awareness. she said. “I thought it could rain on the West Coast but I’ve never been in rain like that rain from Kaitaia. Boy it can teem.” Mrs Milne met up with her daughter at this time and she couldn’t believe her mother was cycling in the conditions. “I’ve started the next leg with rainwater across the whole road, my wheels spraying the road. I had to concentrate as the water came over my feet as I pedalled my way through. Never had I done this so consistently before. Another first.” As a child, Mrs Milne was told by doctors she would have to spend her life in an institution after two debilitating strokes at the age of six. One of the strokes left her in a coma for months. Her parents were told she wouldn’t be able to hold down a job, get married or have children. In spite of discrimination and challenges, she is married with two children and has a Master’s degree in information and library studies. Mrs Milne said 54 years later she is living proof that people who have had a stroke are still capable of achieving and living full lives with success and purpose. RECENT SALES