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Pegasus Post: April 17, 2018

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2 Tuesday April 17 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi from the editor’s desk AS MUCH as a new golf course in the red zone would have been fantastic, commonsense has prevailed over the Rawhiti Domain land swap (see page 1). Rawhiti Golf Club president Leon Zilinskas is personally disappointed with the decision, but the club in general had an open mind about the swap. The Avondale Golf Club was split over the shift from its headquarters. That’s understandable. The club has new premises, the course is in a good location and has enough long and tricky holes to make you want to return. If the land swap went ahead, developers would have swooped in and turned the Rawhiti golf course and domain into housing. That would have been a shame for New Brighton. – Barry Clarke get in touch GENERAL ENQUIRIES Ph 379 7100 CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING Ph 379 1100 The Christchurch Star Company Ltd PO box 1467, Christchurch starmedia.kiwi QE II school zone Page 8 Marian wins shield Top public speakers Marian College is still “buzzing” after taking out the Bishop Lyons’ Shield. Page 14 Christchurch City Chorus PEGASUS POST Angry parents ‘robbed’ Find out why Shirley mother Verity Verster is feeling “frustrated, angry, abandoned and robbed” over the new Shirley Boys and Avonside Girls’ High School campus. A cappella champs perform Go along to St Margaret’s Auditorium on Saturday at 7.30pm to support the chorus ahead of its attempt to win an 11th New Zealand Sweet Adelines title. NEWS Sophie Cornish Ph: 364 7437 sophie.cornish@starmedia.kiwi ADVERTISING Elaine Moon Ph: 364 7436 elaine.moon@starmedia.kiwi Page 16 The best-read local newspaper, delivered to 15,657 homes every Tuesday Linwood, Avonside, Richmond, Shirley, Burwood, Dallington, Wainoni, Bromley, Aranui, Avondale, Bexley, New Brighton, Northshore, Queenspark, Parklands, South Brighton.

PEGASUS POST Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday April 17 2018 3 News Bid to revamp war memorial • By Sophie Cornish NEW BRIGHTON’S south ramp and the war memorial could be revamped. The Coastal-Burwood Community Board has asked for $200,000 from the city council’s Long Term Plan 2018-2028 for the project. The plan would include getting rid of the contentious anti-graffiti panels on the war memorial. Board chairwoman Kim Money said it would be a “collaborative project” with the New Brighton RSA and the community, which she hopes would showcase the foreshore area better, for the national and international events which are held there. “The idea has came about for various reasons, one being that the community and RSA were very disappointed with the look of the panels which had gone around the memorial.” “At the same time, we have had the lovely new development to the north of the pier and we have big events that we use the space south of the pier for . . . we want to take this opportunity to relook at that space because we are within a regeneration stage.” Coastal-Ward city councillors Glenn Livingstone and David East have both expressed interest in supporting the project. “It’s a place of historical significance, it’s a gathering point on Anzac Day, we have huge crowds. It does need recognition in the council’s LTP, in some way, so David and I will be pursuing that,” said Cr Livingstone. “I will be keeping an open mind with a view to support that . . . obviously we have to balance all the needs around the city and if we can accommodate that it would be great,” said Cr East. The $25,000 anti-vandalism panels installed last July were criticised by the RSA and people in the community who called them “ugly.” The memorial was vandalised by graffiti in 2015. New Brighton RSA executive manager Garry House said the money was wasted and the community was not properly SIGNIFICANT: The contentious New Brighton war memorial anti-graffiti panels could be removed if the Coastal-Burwood Community Board get the $200,000 it requested for the project from the city council’s Long Term Plan 2018-2028. New Brighton RSA executive manager Garry House will be pleased to see them go. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER consulted. Mr House said he will be happy to see them go. “They detract from it, they don’t add to it. In the long term, we hope that they will develop that site. Put really good lighting, more cameras, good signage and maybe move some of those obstacles like plants and trees so it’s more visible. If the panels are removed, new security measures will be installed to deter vandalism. Local News Now In Brief Fire rages, homes at risk THE BRIDGE WORK STARTS Work has started on the revamp for South New Brighton’s community hub The Bridge. The former abandoned and earthquake-damaged Baptist church was acquired by The Bridge South Brighton Charitable Trust. After two years of fundraising and the resource consent process, work will now begin on the building and is expected to be completed in September, for opening in October. Scaffolding went up on Friday and the roof, which has asbestos, is being replaced. TREE REPORTS REQUESTED The Coastal-Burwood Community Board has asked city council staff to provide a peer review of the Rawhiti Domain and South New Brighton Domain arborists’ tree reports. It has also requested copies of the terms and reference and letters of engagement for the two arboriculture firms who undertook the tree assessments. The board noted some concerns at what it believes to be some disparity in the assessments. It comes after an independent arborist found 16 trees near the South New Brighton Domain estuary edge to be of “pressing concern” however only pruning, not removal was recommended for them. YOUR LOCAL GARAGE • All vehicle repairs • Oil changes and services • Brakes • Loan car available • Tyres, punctures & batteries • W.O.F • Tune up Your LocaL GaraGe VERY FRIENDLY SERVICE AND ADVICE NEW BRIGHTON AUTOMOTIVE Phone: 03 388 3630 40 Hawke St (behind Z Petrol Station)