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Southern View: May 01, 2018

Southern View: May 01,

TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018 Locally Owned www.star.kiwi SENIOR LIVING Plenty to do at McKenzie Lifestyle Village Delay for kids contest? October fishing event could be pushed back Page 3 Senior Living There will be plenty to do at the McKenzie Lifestyle Village Page 13 Book online via our website www.riccartonclinic.co.nz OPEN 7 DAYS Ph: 343 3661 | 4 Yaldhurst Rd The final stage of villa development is area. Outside, the Bowling Green is also progressing well at McKenzie Lifestyle popular along with Petanque, Mini-golf and Village in Geraldine with target completion Table Bowls. This coming summer will see Historic in spring. Just a hand full of sites available Croquet being played on our Village railway Green. road fixed secure off plan, so don’t be the one The residents’ monthly activities calendar miss out. Moving into a brand new boasts the following; bowls events, concert architecturally designed villa priced from going (Operatunity), shopping trips, lunch $335,000 with the monthly outgoing fees outings, yoga, housie, Qigong (Tai Chi), being fixed for life. Future plans see an happy hour, knitting, quiz nights, cards offering of Assisted Care Apartments that and games, book club, Bible discussion, compliment the independent lifestyle living. craft sessions, and there are regular visits by Our beautiful Leisure Centre very the hairdresser, massage therapist and the popular with the residents who make podiatrist. full use of the swimming and spa pools, Geraldine is a great little town that many gymnasium, craft room, library and lounge • By Sarla Donovan A TINY piece of the city’s railway history has come back to life. Railway Tce in Heathcote Valley has been newly-repaired following damage in the September 4, 2010, and February 22, 2011, earthquakes. The little street was formed by New Zealand Rail in 1961 to build six workers’ houses between Port Hills Rd and the motorway. NZR later sold them into private ownership and each resident owns a sixth of the road. It means there’s no city council responsibility for maintenance such as road sweepers, weed spraying or drain clearance. And the costs of fixing the quake damage fell on the homeowners’ private insurance. Plumber Peter Bigelow has lived on Railway Tce for years. He said it had taken quite a bit of co-ordination to fix the road as it came under private insurance rather than EQC. “Half of us were with AA (Vero) and they took the lead, managed it and went to the other insurers.” Fibre was laid first, then potholes repaired and new kerbs and footpaths are now going in. The work has taken about a month. Mr Bigelow said Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson has been helpful in advocating on behalf of the come to for a holiday but you have the opportunity to live the holiday lifestyle all year round. There is plenty to do in and around the town with art galleries, theatre and cinema, interesting shops and boutiques, two museums and a wide range of good places to eat. For the more adventurous there are river and forest walks nearby, opportunities for biking and a choice of two local golf clubs. For more information and to secure your future lifestyle call Hayley Grant on 0800 845524. PIECE OF HISTORY: Ngai Tuari is one of six homeowners living on Railway Tce, Heathcote, whose private insurance has funded the repair of the earthquake-damaged road. PHOTO: GILBERT WEALLEANS ​ Railway Tce homeowners. Ngai Tuari shifted into a three-bedroom property with her engine driver husband about 35 years ago and raised her four children there, all of them attending Heathcote Valley Primary School. “It’s a lovely street, I wouldn’t move for quids. In fact, I sold my other house, the original one, to my son, so he’s my neighbour. And he wouldn’t move for quids as well.” However, the private road is “an awful pain,” Mrs Tuari said. “It’s a private road, but that doesn’t work because any of the public are allowed to use it. The only time it becomes a private road is when we have to pay for it. I’d love to put a gate up there and you pay a gold coin to go through it. Then the upkeep wouldn’t be a problem.” “But it is a nice community feel; it’s almost like the country; you can hear cows, see the horse paddocks and the watercress growing everywhere. Just the feel of the place, it’s lovely.” BLINDS...Cleaned, Repaired & Restored... Restore your oiled CEDAR BLINDS with our re-oiling service. 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