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The Star: April 12, 2018

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2 Latest Christchurch news at Thursday April 12 2018 Inside FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK The Star News.....................................3-17 MEGAN WOODS gets a serve in today’s Star over the disgraceful situation at the hospital’s park and ride facility. It’s not her doing, of course, but in our view as minister of greater Christchurch regeneration, she should be able to kick some backside and sort the problem out. The buck has been passed between the Canterbury District Health Board – which says it has no money to improve the situation – and politicians for far too long. The Star highlighted last winter the appalling conditions hospital patients and visitors have to endure at the Deans Ave site. Nothing has changed as we head into another winter. The terrible weather of the past few days only steels our resolve to challenge the new Government into doing something National – and the Canterbury District Health Board – have failed to do. Woods told The Star yesterday: “We’ve got to leave no stone unturned. Winter’s coming.” Make it quick Megan. – 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+ $100m sports hub opening At a Glance New gallery director driven by love of art OUR PEOPLE 24,25 GENERAL: 379 7100 | NEWS: Barry Clarke. 364 7422. | WEB: ADVERTISING: 379 7100, | CLASSIFIED: 379 1100 | CIRCULATION: 379 7100 THIS WEEK IN CANTERBURY’S PAST This week in history saw first April 10 and 12, 1981. On April issue of Punch in Canterbury on 10, 1965, Christchurch Airport April 8, 1865. It was modelled (right) becomes New Zealand’s on the English magazine, but did first jet airport with the inauguration not survive for long. On the same of the first regular flights day in 1883, the first shipment to and from Australia. On April of frozen Canterbury lamb left 11, 1968, a severe storm causes Lyttelton for the United Kingdom one death and widespread wind on the British King. On and flood damage. It was known April 9, 1934, George Bernard as the Wahine storm, after the Shaw visited the city. He gave a Lyttelton to Wellington ferry nationwide radio broadcast from sank in Wellington Harbour with a civic reception. The Prince of the loss of more than 50 lives. Wales visited the city between On April 11, 1975, Mr Lee Kuan NEWS 12-14 Yew, the Prime Minister of Singapore visited the city. On April 12, 1850, John Robert Godley, first leader of the Canterbury Association settlers, arrives with his wife in Lyttelton on Lady Nugent. On April 13 and 14, 1983, Chinese Premier, Zhao Ziyang visited Christchurch. On April 13, 1876, tightrope walker Blondin visited the city. On April 13, 1896, Christchurch hosts the first meeting of the National Council of Women. Viewpoint.....19, 21 & 28 Food..........................................29 Readers’ photos........ 30 Gardening.............................31 Travel.......................... 32,33 Sport.................................35-37 Puzzles..............................38 Entertainment..........46-51 US college links new Rams imports SPORT 36 LOCAL NEWS There’s much more to come Discover a true, carefree lifestyle at Lady Wigram Retirement Village Independent Living at its best. Lady Wigram Retirement Village facilities are second to none. Whether you’re looking for a serviced apartment or a single story villa mixed with luxury resort style facilities, you have an abundance of choice at Lady Wigram Retirement Village. Sarah Jacobson - Village Manager 210 Kittyhawk Ave, Wigram Phone 03 341 0543 Mobile 027 3411 464

The Star 3 News Local News Now Overseas interest in new Buskers • By Bridget Rutherford SIX EVENT management companies are vying to deliver the new event which will replace the scrapped World Buskers Festival next year. ChristchurchNZ’s request for proposals process for companies to deliver the new Boulevard of Outrageous Delights in January closed last week. ChristchurchNZ attraction general manager Linda Falwasser said it received six proposals from international, national and local companies. She said privacy provisions meant it could not release the names yet. “At this stage, we are very pleased at the calibre of several of these proposals and anticipate announcing an outcome early next week.” Each proposal was being evaluated by a panel made up of ChristchurchNZ, city council and external partners representatives looking at the capability of each participant and the strengths of their proposals, Ms Falwasser said. “The evaluation panel consists of individuals with a range of expertise and skills to determine the best possible outcome for the people of Christchurch.” ChristchurchNZ, the city’s new tourism, events and economic development agency, was tasked with deciding the World Buskers Festival’s future after it ran at a loss for the last three years. A ChristchurchNZ report prepared after January’s festival POPULAR: ChristchurchNZ has received six proposals from companies to run the new Boulevard of Outrageous Delights, which will replace the World Buskers Festival. PHOTO: WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL ​ finished proposed the new name and said the festival should be expanded over three years into a $3.3 million event if major sponsors could be found. It said the 25-year-old event needed reinventing because it was “tired.” In a statement released yesterday, the World Buskers Festival Trust said it “strongly” rejected that characterisation. It said January’s festival saw 300,000 attend more than 400 shows. “The world-class, diverse and engaging festival (based on attendees’ feedback) successfully met all of its targets this year and supported the local economy.” There was confusion over whether the 2018 festival made or lost money. Initially the trust said it had a $150,000 surplus, but ChristchurchNZ later said it lost about $33,000. Yesterday’s statement said the city council gave the festival a one-off $200,000 grant. “Due to changes as to how the grant was allocated in the budget, there was misalignment in how the financial performance of the festival was articulated,” it said. “The 2018 festival was a huge success and, with the resolution to wind up the World Buskers Festival Trust, we have transferred to Christchurch City Council all assets and materials with a minimal drawdown of the additional grant.” The trust wanted to thank the organisers, performers and Christchurch for supporting the festival as it was, the statement said. “We’ve been proud to be such an iconic event of the city, and we hope that the “Boulevard of Outrageous Delights” – whatever it looks like – exceeds expectations.” St Andrew’s criticised over care of suicidal student ST ANDREW’S College has been criticised for the way it dealt with a suicidal student who took his own life. Coroner Brigitte Windley found that college staff did not properly implement their student care system before student Michael Bain, 18, took his own life on December 21, 2015. Latest Christchurch news at Ms Windley’s findings, which were released yesterday, identified “sub-optimal implementation” of pastoral care from the college prior to Michael’s death. “To my mind, Michael’s pastoral care experience at StAC was ad hoc [and] lacked a cohesive information base.” The findings said communication with Michael’s mother was “ineffective” after it was revealed staff were twice informed he had been talking about killing himself. But his mother said she was not told. “A one-off miscommunication might well be a reasonable, although tragic, explanation but for the fact that this disconnect was replicated a second time,” Ms Windley wrote. The college’s board of governors chairman Bryan Pearson said in a written statement the school accepts the findings. Mr Pearson said the college has reviewed the care system and made changes which align with the coroner’s observations. Thursday April 12 2018 In Brief Fire rages, homes at risk BURGLARY CHARGE A 42-year-old man is due to appear in court today after being arrested in relation to a number of burglaries at rest homes in Christchurch. He has been charged with being unlawfully in a building and burglary. CITY BUSY WITH TOURISTS Record-breaking tourist numbers visited Christchurch over summer, injecting more than $3.6 million into the region’s economy. The February tourism spend was 20 per cent up from the previous month. In February, Christchurch received $416 million in tourism spend. ChristchurchNZ marketing general manager Rowan Worner said Chinese New Year, combined with the bumper summer and events portfolio helped attract cashed-up visitors. MARSHLAND MACCAS McDonald’s wants to set up a new restaurant on Marshland Rd. It has applied to the city council for resource consent to convert the former Raeward Fresh site into a restaurant with a drive-through. It is one of three McDonald’s wants to set up in Christchurch this year. Others include one on Woolston’s Ferry Rd and one on Yaldhurst Rd. ECAN SUBMISSIONS There were 779 public submissions on Environment Canterbury’s draft Term Plan, 130 submissions will be heard in person at the June ECan meeting. An ECan spokeswoman said the majority of submissions were on public transport options, which includes a proposal to cut six of the lowest performing bus routes from around the city. $1M HOLE IN ONE Twenty golfers taking part in the Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies Sports Celebration will get the chance to hit for $1 million tomorrow. The Million Dollar Hole in One will take place at 4.30pm. 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