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Southern View: April 17, 2018

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4 Tuesday April 17 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News McMaster & Heap Veterinary practice A week of orthopedics pAtients Last week was a busy orthopedic week at the clinic. I love an orthopedic challenge and as a young veterinarian I would have loved to have studied and specialized in orthopedic surgery. Steve and I went to the UK early on in our careers and Steve studied Ophthalmology. I didn’t think seriously about doing a surgical residency back then as Steve and I were desperate to get home to our two dogs, Chief and Tobias. Thinking back it would have been valuable for our Practice, considering how fast we have grown and how many surgical cases we see. I know my limitations and often we need to refer these cases to orthopedic specialists for the best outcome, as long as our client can financially afford this option. First up was Pluto, an adorable 5 month old grey tabby who suddenly came home lame on his right hind leg. No injuries, bruising or swellings were noted, although his stifle felt odd. Pluto was given an anti inflammatory injection and sent home on room rest. He returned a few days later having shown no improvement so I radiographed his pelvis and right hind leg. What I saw took me by surprise. Pluto had completely fractured his patella (knee cap) in half! I tried to splint the leg but cheeky little Pluto got that off in no time. He was cage rested for 1 week and then rexrayed. As you can see the gap has widened between the patella fragments. Currently Im seeking Pluto Baghera advice from a referral surgeon as to what is the best approach for little Pluto. Baxter is the cutest, calmest 6 month old Beagle who presented to me initially 4 weeks ago just sore and stiff in his hindquarters. He had leapt out of the car and yelped and cowered, as if he had Open 7 days Cnr Hoon Hay & Coppell place phone 338 2534, Fax 339 8624 e. mcmasterandheap@yahoo.co.nz www.mcmasterheap.co.nz pain somewhere. On examination his left hind leg had limited movement. Baxter was otherwise well, had been fed a premium puppy kibble but I was slightly worried that Baxter may have a degree of hip dysplasia. When Baxter was neutered I xrayed his hips. I noticed a left sided femoral neck stress fracture. We have strictly rested Baxter and the rexray taken one month later showed the fracture was slowly healing. Luckily this will come right with time, premium nutrition Baxter and taking it easy on the exercise front. Baghera, a 6 year old black DSH, was bought in by the SPCA one weekend after being found on the road, unable to move. Luckily he was microchipped so we found his very worried owner that day. He came in very cold, in shock and not able to stand at all. We immediately placed Baghera on intravenous fluid, warmed him up with hotties and a heating pad, administered pain relief and xrayed his hindquarters. He had suffered 2 pelvic fractures – an acetabular fracture to the left hip and a sacroiliac fracture to the right side. Both these prevented him from standing, therefore he couldn’t use his litter tray. He was hospitalized for a few days to make sure he had bladder function and to stabilize his condition. All the surgical options were discussed ( one being referral) with his loving owner and it was decided that we do surgery at the clinic, performed by Dr Steve Heap. So far Baghera is home, mobilizing, tioleting and doing well. Thank goodness for microchips! As you can see we often need to consult the specialists for the best option and outcome for our patients. We have digital xray so can easily email the images to the referral veterinarian and we will often get a report back in a few days. Steve and I are in the early stages of building a large new addition that will join our existing Practice ( we are just waiting for council consents). We are very excited as this will allow us to offer more services to our clients and to employ more vets with specialized skills in particular areas, and a specialized soft tissue and orthopedic surgeon will be on that list. Dr Michele McMaster McMaster & Heap Teacher retires after 40 years •From page 1 He said he’s contemplated retirement “various times” in the past five years. But when he finally made the call to retire last year, Mr Stevenson said he “didn’t regret it at all.” Mr Stevenson said he’s been using the extra time to mountain bike and walk. He leaves for a five-week holiday in Europe on Anzac Day. And when he returns, he will be back at the school relieving two days a week until the end of the year. “It’s a cool way to do it. I couldn’t just stop . . . this way it’s the best of both worlds,” he said. Noise concern delays skate park •From page 1 In his report, Mr Mountfort said there is a “complete difference of opinion” from experts on kick-ups. “By this I do not mean any actual trick. It’s simply the action of the rider flipping up the board to catch one end of it in a hand, causing the other end to strike the ground,” the report read. Mr Mountfort said he needs to be “very sure” that the maximum level of the noise source is at a “permissible level” before he can conclude the residents are not affected parties. City council head of parks Brent Smith said if it gains consent, the Halswell Domain skate park will be built in stages, with construction set to start at the end of August. He said the skate park would then be completed by Christmas. The Halswell Domain David Mountfort SOUTHERN VIEW concept design includes a skate bowl, rising quarter pipe, mini ramp, learner ledge, fitness equipment, seating and a shade shelter. Work has already started on another Halswell skate park. The $350,000 Knights Stream skate park will be constructed by Hunter Civil and is expected to be completed by the end of July. Initially, both skate parks were supposed to be completed at the start of the year. But this was then extended to April. Views to live for 46 Whareora Terrace, Cashmere | Listing Number: BE192899 4 2 1 2 Your agent, Your home, Your future LICENSED SALES CONSULTANT REAA 2008 P 027 777 0411 HOLD UP: The city council’s application for resource consent for its Halswell Domain skate park is still on hold. ​ PRICED REDUCED – NOW $699,000 This has been a happy family home for many years, but a change in circumstances creates an opportunity for another family to move in and enjoy this lovely property. The views are hard to beat, across the city to the mountains and sea beyond. The substantial home is configured to offer great flexibility for all sorts of households, with a semi self-contained area that could be fantastic for extended family. The main areas of the home are upstairs where living, dining and kitchen are open plan, all with aspects of the view. The living room opens through ranch sliders to a wooden deck that wraps around the house and also connects to the master bedroom. A large kitchen area with room for casual dining is a few steps up from the living spaces and connects to a private and sheltered outdoor area at the rear of the property. The master bedroom has an ensuite, and there are two other bedrooms upstairs along with the main bathroom facilities, which are separated into 3 rooms, making it a practical and convenient home for busy households. Downstairs a spacious entrance and stairway area opens into a double bedroom with adjoining living and kitchen area, which in turn connects to a large games room. These are all generous spaces with myriad uses. The whole downstairs area has it’s own large outdoor area where of course the views take centre stage. There is a double garage with easy drive on access and off street parking. The timeless design of the house offers the next owners potential to update without breaking the bank. Whatever the next owner plans it will be the views that capture the heart and spark the imagination.

SOUTHERN VIEW Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi 5 News Tuesday April 17 2018 Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk PUBLICAN: Dean Calvert (left) turns back the clock as he poses in front of a photo at the Valley Inn Tavern from when he was a 22-year-old pro boxer. (Above) – Joseph Parker fighting Anthony Joshua in Cardiff. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER Former champ hooks up with Parker • By Gordon Findlater VALLEY INN Tavern owner Dean Calvert got closer than most to Joseph Parker in the build up to his world heavyweight title unification fight with Anthony Joshua in Cardiff, Wales. The former New Zealand titleholder travelled with his father George and brother Bryce to London ahead of the fight where they spent time with Parker in the build up. Mr Calvert, 47, comes from a boxing mad family. Their love for the sport has seen them travel to a number of high profile fights around the world, including the Floyd Mayweather Jr v Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas in 2015. However, the world title fight between Parker and Joshua on Easter Sunday was unlike any the family had travelled to see before. They were made to feel like part of the Parker family in the build up to his biggest fight to date. Mr Calvert’s main connection to the Parker camp comes through Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry, who also trained Mr Calvert in the early 1990s. “We got made to feel like part of the family. His mum would come down to breakfast every morning and say hello and give us a hug and a kiss,” said Mr Calvert. “We were lucky enough to be invited on his team walk the morning of the fight. It’s something he does the morning of his fights; just goes for a 15min walk to relax.” Mr Calvert won four New Zealand titles in his career as a welterweight. He also won the Jameson Belt in 1992. The belt is awarded to the best boxer at the national championships each year. Mr Calvert’s first boxing trainer was his grandfather I can see clearly now OPTI-FREE PURE MOIST Multi-Purpose Disinfecting Solution For all silicone hydrogel and soft contact lenses FAMILY: Dean Calvert, Joseph Parker, Bryce Calvert and George Calvert in the UK. Ryan Mitchell. This was before he worked with Barry who was training David Tua at the same time. Mr Calvert had 70 amateur fights before going on to register a professional record of eight wins from eight fights. He took what was originally set to be a short break from fighting at 24. However, Mr Calvert never returned to training. “I do regret it sometimes, but then I’ve had a lot of other great memories since doing other things.” After boxing, Mr Calvert worked for his family cleaning business for 17 years before buying the Valley Inn Tavern in 2004. “I like the social side. It’s a good place to catch up with friends and the locals.” Although Mr Calvert was lucky enough to be at Cardiff’s We’ve been trusted to look after hundreds of properties all over Christchurch. You can trust us to look after yours too. Millennium Stadium 10 rows back from the action, he says the Valley Inn Tavern is as good a place as any to watch the fight. “We were chock-a-block for the Parker fight. We had a couple of hundred people here, every time he’s fought it’s been like that.” Outside of boxing, the tavern owner managed to find time for some business research. “We organised a good pub crawl one day.” “I bought a few menus to have a good look at. We’ve got a few more vegans asking for meals at the moment so the main thing I looked at was a few different options for that.” As for the future of his favourite boxer, Mr Calvert believes at just 26, Parker has the determination to bounce back. “He was talking to us on the plane on the way home and he’s just determined to get back in there and get back to the top.” ThE BEST BUY In TOwn! GREAT BUY! $29.60 Property Manager of the Year NZ 2015/16 Ray Hastie Manager 027 448 8225 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 BARRINGTON, 256 Barrington Street PH 332 1730 | www.suckling.co.nz Local Experts – Citywide Knowledge Phone (03) 331 6755 rwferrymead.co.nz Nominated for Ray White New Zealand Property Management Office of the Year, 2016/17 Prier Manson Real Estate Ltd Licensed (REAA 2008)