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Pegasus Post: April 17, 2018

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8 Tuesday April 17 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Your Local Views Local News Now PEGASUS POST Fire rages, homes at risk QE II school rezoning angers parents Shirley resident Verity Verster talks about how several suburbs may be left out of the potential new Shirley Boys and Avonside Girls’ High School zone THE REZONING of Shirley Boys and Avonside Girls’ High School has left local residents feeling robbed. Families remained in the area, decided to rebuild their homes with the prospect of being able to send their children to either high school. The rezoning has excluded the current community of Richmond, Dallington, Shirley and Edgeware, leaving residents frustrated, angry, abandoned and robbed. This community remained in the area for the schools. When the schools were facing closure – we fought alongside them to remain open. When the schools announced that they would NEW SCHOOLS: Several suburbs may no longer be in the zone for the new Shirley Boys and Avonside Girls’ High School campus being built at QE II Park. remain open but would need to relocate, we were assured that we would be zoned for the new schools. We were given assurances that we could send our children to a single sex high school. Based on those assurances, many families decided to rebuild their broken and damaged homes and primary school children continued to attend broken and damaged primary schools. The promise made to them was the opportunity to attend a state-ofthe-art campus, steeped in tradition with a reputation second to none. My boys would be SBHS graduates. There was a silver lining. This is why we are so angry. Why we are here today. Comments have been made that we have a local high school close by; the re-zoned area doesn’t have a school and needs one; we argued against the inclusion of a further area yet want to be included ourselves etc. This argument is not about what we have v what other areas don’t have. It is not a them against us and vice versa argument. The bottom line – the Ministry of Education made assurances that affected the decisions local residents made. Big decisions. Life changing decisions. The MOE has gone back on those assurances and cut us out completely. Any resident anywhere in Christchurch faced with this realisation would be angry. Would be frustrated. Would feel robbed. Furthermore, although the school and the MOE have been in communication for 18 months regarding ‘rezoning’, the local residents have only been informed now and given three weeks to rally together and fight for inclusion. The culpability lies at the door of the MOE yet it is no where to be seen – no representatives, no one to answer the questions that residents need answers to. Readers respond to an article about what the community wants in the QE II Park masterplan, including a three-par golf course and a new walking track Graeme Halliday – No, I would rather this land rebuilt into a theme park, wouldn’t that be much better? Leslee Wilson – No thank you, there’s too many golf courses in the area as it is for a select few. It needs to be multi-use. Veronica Cockinakis – Yes, and a mini golf for families please. Jared Rowbotham – Prefer the old leisure centre, to be honest. Readers respond to an article about WorkSafe investigating New Brighton’s potholed car park on Hawke St Bill Misselbrook – As I read it the owners of this private property have been allowing the public to use it for parking at no charge. Why would you complain about getting something for free? HAZARD: WorkSafe New Zealand will see what can be done to fix the potholes in New Brighton’s Hawke St car park, which Coastal- Burwood Ward city councillor David East says are dangerous. PHOTO: GILBERT WEALLEANS It’s not as if anyone is forcing people to use it and there are pathways around the outside that can be used if anyone considers it a hazard. Come on people, personal responsibility and commonsense. Unless the owners are feeling particularly benevolent, then the most likely outcome of complaining will be that public access is lost. Westerly Le Breton – Imagine being elderly or disabled trying to navigate this wreck. Gayle Elizabeth Lord – They could always turn the potholes into the 50m pool they won’t give us at QE II. Karen Beaumont – Now watch them fence it off (for safety reasons) and have less parking available. Mykel Holmes – And how do you think that money is going to be made back? Goodbye free parking. Jennifer Perkins – What does it take to get this done really. Kathryn Macgregor – I don’t think anything will happen . . . multi-person ownership is ridiculous, too, I say city council buy it. Peter Cooper – No, the city council will put in a cycleway. Karena Mary – About time. Anna Sunnex – Looking forward to seeing the potholes gone. Lynette Hill – About bloody time. Should have been done years ago. Taking Care of Business Buying or selling commercial or residential property, leases, employment contracts, building contracts, we take care of it for you, so you can take care of business. 3 locations: New Brighton, Styx Mill & Kaiapoi www.pierlaw.co.nz

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