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The Star: April 19, 2018

The Star: April 19,

SUPREME NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR Thursday, April 19, 2018 Real Hope for Back Pain Sufferers Sat 21 - Sun 22 April Cashmere Primary School 10am - 4pm The best read and largest circulating newspaper in Christchurch FINAL SALUTE: Fergie McCormick’s iconic No 15 jersey was retired for the day when Linwood played High School Old Boys at Linfield Park on Saturday. Fitting tribute to Fergie • By Gordon Findlater RUGBY LEGEND Fergie McCormick was given a fitting tribute at the home ground of his old club on Saturday. A pair of gumboots and a No 15 Linwood jersey were placed at Linfield Park as Linwood and their rivals High School Old Boys held a minute’s silence before kick-off. Both teams’ fullbacks then played the match without the No 15 on their backs as a salute to McCormick, who lost his battle with throat cancer last week. The match was originally scheduled to be played at Bob Deans Field. However, Old Boys agreed to move the match to Linfield. “A lot of players from Fergie’s era came out of the woodwork. There was a lot of nostalgia about it,” said Linwood rugby development officer Adam Parker. “We asked Old Boys about moving the game on Thursday and they were on-board. It was exactly what community rugby LEGEND: Fergie McCormick kicking a penalty in the first test against the Lions at Carisbrook in 1971 and on his Canterbury farm in 2005. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER is all about.” •Turn to page 4 •War tribute, page 3 See page 15 for information 10am - 4pm Blame game continues over hospital park and ride • By Bridget Rutherford FIXING Christchurch Hospital’s park and ride service has been laid squarely at the feet of the Canterbury District Health Board. The Ministry of Health told The Star yesterday the CDHB is responsible for short-term parking. It came after CDHB board member Andrew Dickerson pointed the finger at the ministry, saying since it took over responsibility for parking projects in 2015, nothing had been done. The CDHB set up park and ride “in desperation”, Mr Dickerson said. “We did it because of continued delays in work commencing on the car parking projects. “Given problems we’re now facing are the result of inaction by the Ministry of Health, I would like to see them being more forthcoming with funding, but I also want to see permanent solutions too.” But ministry critical projects director Michael Hundleby said it was not the ministry’s problem. “While Canterbury is undergoing a major billion dollar hospital rebuild which will include a permanent multi-storey car park planned to be completed in 2020, Canterbury DHB continues to be responsible for its short term parking.” •Turn to page 4