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Nor'West News: April 17, 2018

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2 Tuesday April 17 2018 Latest Christchurch news at get in touch from the editor’s desk AS CHRISTCHURCH roads get busier and the concrete jungle of housing expands there’s some relief on the horizon, in Papanui anyway. The first step in reinstating historic Papanui Bush starts next week. We report on page 1 today a planting day will be held at Bridgestone Reserve, on Langdons Rd. About 150 volunteers have been rallied to plant more than 1500 native trees in a bid to rejuvenate the bush. Groups involved in the planting will include Papanui High School, Papanui Primary School, the Rotary Club of Papanui, local churches and community groups from across the area. Papanui Bush was originally sited where the high school now is, before it was felled. Good to see a shift to back to the future. – Barry Clarke GENERAL ENQUIRIES Ph 379 7100 CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING Ph 379 1100 The Christchurch Star Company Ltd PO box 1467, Christchurch 15-year-old scholar Cambridge University may be next stop Papanui’s Jessica Villegas is hoping to secure a spot at the prestigious UK university to study medicine or engineering. Page 13 Marian’s top public speakers Takes out Bishop Lyons’ Shield Marian College is “buzzing” after proving it is the best Catholic school in Canterbury at public speaking. Page 16 Guide to meditation NOR’WEST NEWS With Buddhist nun Kelsang Luma Go along to the St Albans Tennis Club on Thursday to take part in a weekly meditation class with guided meditation and a talk based on Buddhist wisdom. NEWS Julia Evans Ph: 021 914 742 ADVERTISING Monique Maynard Ph: 364 7474 monique.maynard@ Geoff Moreton Ph: 353 4595 geoff.moreton@ Page 18 The best-read local newspaper, delivered to 16,717 homes every Tuesday Harewood, Burnside, Bishopdale, Bryndwr, Fendalton, Merivale, St Albans, Mairehau, Papanui, Casebrook, Redwood, Regents Park, Styx Mill, Northwood, Belfast, Strowan. First National Progressive Specialising in residential property management and residential sales “We pride ourselves on exceeding your expectations” CELEBRATING 2 YEARS of our Christchurch branch FREE Quotation FREE Installation FREE Aluminium Track for Christchurch customers PROFESSIONAL CUSTOM MADE CURTAINS 25 Picton Avenue Riccarton, Christchurch P 349 4888 E ‘CEREC’ & cosmetic dentistry Wisdom tooth removal Painless, high quality dentistry Sedation dentistry Experienced, conscientious team Experienced hygienists OPEN SATURDAYS 355 9380 144 Cranford Street We’ve been trusted to look after hundreds of properties all over Christchurch. You can trust us to look after yours too. Progressive Licensed REAA 2008 1 Wentworth Street | 03 358 9088 | Property Manager of the Year NZ 2015/16 Ray Hastie Manager 027 448 8225 Local Experts – Citywide Knowledge Phone (03) 331 6755 Paula Hastie Inspections Administrator 027 588 8822 Chloe McGill Property Manager 021 914 332 Rebekah Whalley Accounts Administrator 03 331 6755 Tom Brittenden Property Manager 021 054 5003 Nominated for Ray White New Zealand Property Management Office of the Year, 2016/17 Prier Manson Real Estate Ltd Licensed (REAA 2008)

NOR’WEST NEWS Latest Christchurch news at Tuesday April 17 2018 3 News Signs of trouble for Keown • By Julia Evans CITY COUNCILLOR Aaron Keown has been rapped over the knuckles for putting notices on poles holding compulsory stop signs. Cr Keown put the notices up at the Harewood, Breens and Gardiners Rds intersection, encouraging residents to submit on the city council’s Long Term Plan in favour of upgrading the Aaron Keown intersection to lights. He put the notices at the bottom of the stop signs, and the city council removed them. A New Zealand Transport Agency spokesperson said placing items on stop signs was “not helpful” as they distracted drivers who may read the notice instead of paying attention to the stop sign. “You are not legally allowed to add other signs onto road safety signs or poles for the same reason.” A city council spokeswoman said a member of the roading GOOD TRY: The city council removed this jet ski advertisement (right) from the intersection of Harewood, Breens and Gardiners Rds after Aaron Keown’s signs were taken down. team took the notices down. But Cr Keown told Nor’West News he still did not consider it a safety issue, saying it was a “long bow” to draw. “In no way could they be distracting, in fact you’re more likely to slow down and stop for a few seconds to read them.” “There’s actually another sign up at the intersection that’s covering part of a stop sign, advertising jet skis,” he said. The jet ski advertisement has now been removed. The spokeswoman said the reason that sign REPLICATING NATURE Sound quality as nature intended 2 Hearing Aids thePrice of 1* for Limited time, call for your FREE Trial today! hadn’t been taken down was because the city council didn’t know about it. “We simply didn’t know about it, now we know we’ll take it down,” she said. The base of Cr Keown’s re-election campaign was to get the Harewood intersection upgraded to lights. He has lobbied hard for the signals – from hosting a community meeting at the corner, to offering $100 to anyone who could name an intersection in the city without lights that crossed as many lanes as Harewood, Gardiners and Breens Rds. “I’m trying to get people to engage with council. Public notices go up on a site, whether it be road works or a new bottle store . . . it’s the same,” he said. Last year city councillors voted down including the intersection in the LTP. Local News Now In Brief Fire rages, homes at risk WESTMINSTER ST LEASE The city council has received two expressions of interest for the use of the building at 280 Westminster St, Mairehau. It comes after former Westminster Sports Inc president Rob Smith, alongside Graeme Spinks, of the Christchurch School of Judo, and Giles Wood, president of Riccarton Players, asked the city council if the community could use the building. Staff are now working through what a lease would look like. 30KM/H SPEED LIMIT The speed limit when passing some sections of the Papanui Parallel cycleway on Trafalgar St, Coles Pl and Dover St will be dropped from 50km/h to 30km/h. The change was approved by the city council infrastructure, transport and environment committee at its meeting on Wednesday. The plan went out to the public for consultation, with 87 per cent of respondents supporting the change. Signs will be installed by the end of the month. YOUTH PHOTO EXHIBIT The Papanui-Innes Community Board has approved a grant of $1500 for the Te Ora Hou Otautahi Polyphony photography exhibition. The photos from young people are displayed every year in the window at the Papanui Library. *Conditions apply. Available until 30th April. NEW TECHNOLOGY Merivale Hearing Clinic 24b Church Lane. Call now: 356 2324