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Southern View: April 17, 2018

Southern View: April 17,

TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018 Locally Owned SCHOOL OPEN DAYS FEATURE INSIDE Trip to title fight Former champ hooks up with Parker Revamp wanted Council asked to upgrade war memorial See pages 21 - 31 Page 5 Page 12 TOP GUY: Gavin Stevenson, retiring after 40 years teaching at Somerfield School, with some of his pupils. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER Somerfield teacher retires after 40 years • By Emily O’Connell A LOVE of teaching, feeling valued and freedom to do what he does well has kept Gavin Stevenson in the job at Somerfield School for 40 years. When he first visited the school, Mr Stevenson recalls laughing when a teacher said he had been there for seven years. “Fancy staying anywhere for seven years,” Mr Stevenson remarked. He said teaching was “always on his radar,” although he’s not sure why. “There were no sort of role models in the family or anything like that,” Mr Stevenson said. After completing a degree in sociology and psychology, Mr Stevenson applied for a one-year teaching course. It took a few years of teaching at different schools and a trip to Germany before Mr Stevenson found himself at Somerfield but when he was there, he didn’t leave. “Like all work places you have your ups and downs and so on but there is this real sense of family,” Mr Stevenson said. •Turn to page 4 Noise concern delays skate park • By Emily O’Connell POTENTIAL SKATE board noise is holding up the resource consent for the Halswell Domain skate park. Earlier this month, Southern View revealed that the skate park opening had been delayed until the end of the year because of issues with the resource consent application. Now Southern View can reveal its application was awaiting further information from the city council – which is both the applicant and the authority that provides consent – regarding skateboard noise. On Thursday, city council head of resource consents John Higgins said the application is still on hold as the city council, as the applicant, is considering the commissioner’s report on the consent. Mr Higgins said commissioner David Mountfort had asked the city council for clarification about skateboard kick-ups raised in an acoustic report. Mr Mountfort will make a decision on the resource consent application based on a recommendation from the city council processing officer. •Turn to page 4 HUNTER JUNIOR (Leather) Great new colours from size 7. FROM $105 EACH 47c Garlands Road, Woolston Phone 389 3431 BLINDS...Cleaned, Repaired & Restored... Restore your oiled CEDAR BLINDS with our re-oiling service. Rejuvenate your lacquered CEDAR BLINDS High-tech Cleaning We clean and repair all types of blinds – Venetians, Cedar, Verticals, Roller, Hollands, Romans and Pleated – with environmentally friendly cleaning products. Temperature Controlled Drying Re-oiling & Rejuvenating Fabric Blinds - such as Austrian and Roman Same Day Pick Up & Drop Off We offer a same-day, pick up and drop off service for most types of blinds. Bookings are required. Convenient Location Drop blinds into us by 9am, at 330 Cashel Street (near the Fitzgerald end), and collect them at the end of the day. New Blind Sales Priced from $30 Roller Blinds cleaned from as little as $20 per blind Ph 377 0770, 330 Cashel St, Christchurch SCAN QR code for Info > WE ARE OPEN Mon - Fri 8.00am to 5.00pm BOOK SALE Thousands of high quality preloved books Flying out the door at just $2 each or six for $10 Kids books for an amazing 4 for $2 STOCK RENEWED DAILY • EFTPOS You’ll never buy better Open Mon-Sat 10am-4.30pm St Christophers Dove Bookshop 391 Colombo St, Sydenham (Parking ar rear off Wordsworth St)