10 Tuesday April 17 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi NOR’WEST NEWS Beach-goers highlight mental health SPORTS • By Sophie Cornish SALTWATER therapy, surfing and fluro is the ‘recipe’ a New Brighton community group is using to tackle mental health issues. Rosie Lamb, along with two friends, founded OneWave New Brighton, which just celebrated its first birthday. The group is one of several worldwide which originally started at Bondi Beach in Sydney, with the goal of getting people together to raise awareness about mental health through surfing, swimming, yoga and other beach activities, all while wearing fluro. The group now has offshoots spanning 80 beaches in 26 countries. Miss Lamb said the group, which is made up of males and females across all ages, meet at the New Brighton beach on the first Saturday of every month at 8am. “I think the beach has such a massive impact on well-being. We either surf, swim, go for walks or just sit and chat. We check in with each other to see how everyone’s doing. It’s about normalising talking about how you are feeling.” TOGETHER: OneWave New Brighton is tackling mental health through saltwater therapy, surfing and fluro clothing. Miss Lamb said while the group doesn’t offer surfing lessons, there are other activities for those who don’t surf. So why fluro? “It’s about making yourself seen. It welcomes other people to approach us and to come along. It’s seen as a way to put yourself out there.” OneWave founder Grant Trebilco originally got people talking to him on the beach by wearing a suit and going out surfing. People would then approach him out of curiosity. Miss Lamb said the group had greatly helped her. “It’s given me a reason to get to the beach early in the morning. A lot of people don’t necessarily like going to the beach that early in the morning, but I think it’s the perfect way to start your day.” “It gives me a good group of people to talk about stuff with.” •OneWave New Brighton can be reached via its Facebook page – www.facebook.com/ onewavenewbrightonnz/ EXHIBITORS BOOK NOW June 29 - July 1 firstname.lastname@example.org 021 914 565
NOR’WEST NEWS Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday April 17 2018 11 News Golf club merger plan fails to tee off • By Sophie Cornish Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk OPPONENTS OF the Rawhiti and Avondale golf clubs land swap plan are relieved it won’t go ahead. Regenerate Christchurch has axed relocating the two golf clubs to a combined course in Bexley. The decision comes after widespread opposition. Those against the plan feared Rawhiti Domain and the golf course would be turned into housing. It sparked a community Ivan Iafeta meeting, which more than 100 people attended to express their concerns. Guardians of Rawhiti cofounder Cathy Baker said the group was relieved with the outcome after previously saying it “opposed the idea vehemently.” “I think a lot of people in New Brighton . . . opposed it.” Rawhiti Golf Club president Leon Zilinskas said the club had no definite opinion on the matter. “We were still waiting to see how everything rolled with it. We were still open-minded RELIEVED: Ruthie Emeny (left) and Cathy Baker from the Guardians of Rawhiti are relieved to hear the land swap idea proposed by Regenerate Christchurch, which would see some of domain lost to housing, has been axed. about it all and happy to stay where we are.” However, Mr Zilinskas said personally he was disappointed. “I thought it was a great opportunity to get brand new facilities for our club but also, in my view, I think the whole suburb needs a bit of operation to come back.” Avondale Golf Club president Dave Buchanan has said previously the club was divided over the merger. He didn’t want to comment on the decision to not go ahead with the plan. Coastal Ward city councillor Glenn Livingstone is pleased Regenerate Christchurch had listened to opponents of the plan. “This is an encouraging sign for the future development of the red zone; that the local host community’s views matter and are taken into account.” Said Regenerate chief executive Ivan Iafeta: “The same land could be used in other ways that would provide greater overall outcomes consistent with the vision, objectives and land use assessment criteria.” Mr Iafeta said housing may still be included in the plan for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor regeneration area. SPOTTED: A rare white heron at Bottle Lake Forest. Rare heron at Bottle Lake A RARE white heron has made a surprise visit to ponds near Bottle Lake Forest. The bird, which is endangered and one of a population of about 150 around New Zealand, has been spotted in the area by city council park ranger Jason Roberts. City council ornithologist Andrew Crossland says it’s the first time he has heard of a white heron visiting the ponds. Work that has been carried out by city council rangers in recent years to create wetland habitats and attract native birds seems to have been effective, he says. “It’s a bit of a coup to get an iconic native bird like this one in the area.’’ Mr Crossland says the heron is an adult in non-breeding plumage and is likely to have come here from breeding grounds on the West Coast to feed. This weekend Northwood Supa Centa presents Garden THE SECRET Saturday & Sunday 21st & 22nd April | 10am—3pm FREE FACE PAINTING, balloon animals, and colouring in station EASTER EGG HUNT with a free crème egg* * 1 per person, while stocks last. Melanie Poppins FAMOUS MAGIC SHOW daily at 10:30am Located between Countdown Supermarket & Noel Leeming Go in the major prize draw for a $100 GIFT CARD from The Warehouse SAUSAGE SIZZLE with gold coin donation CNR MAIN NORTH & RADCLIFFE ROADS Try Out • Great value • Dine in/takeaway • Group bookings welcome • Off street parking Authentic Vietnamese Fresh, healthy food packed with flavour and prepared by our Vietnamese chef Try Out Vietnamese Restaurant OPEN 7 DAYS 11.00am - 2.30pm & 5.00pm - 10.00pm 17 Main North Rd, Papanui. Ph: 352 8832.