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Bay Harbour: June 13, 2018

Bay Harbour: June 13,

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 2018 Locally Owned www.star.kiwi YOUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL Mark Gardner Te Rauparaha site Historic battle ground closer to National Reserve status Page 3 Page 8 Architecture awards See the peninsulas’s most outstanding buildings p: (03) 331 6757 m: 021 633 669 e: mark.gardner@raywhite.com Prier Manson Real Estate Ltd (Licensed REAA 2008) Last-gasp bid to save park Petition to halt Redcliffs School move • By Sarla Donovan A PETITION to Parliament is being circulated in a last ditch attempt to halt the relocation of Redcliffs School. Organised by Friends of Redcliffs Park, the electronic petition calls for urgent legislation enabling the school to reopen on its former Main Rd site. Group spokesman Chris Doudney said there was no basis for the Ministry of Education to abandon the school’s former site and build on a “flood-prone waterfront park subject to inundation and risk of tsunami.” Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods last month announced she would fast track changes to the city’s district plan so the school could relocate to Redcliffs Park. On Thursday, a day after the petition was announced, the Redcliffs School community assembled for a blessing and final farewell to the old school, followed by a sod turning at Redcliffs Park where the new school will be built. Redcliffs School principal Rose McInerney said the blessing was an indication of how “behind” them the Redcliffs community was. “We had such an amazing Driven... A proven performer Alistair Hazeldine Professional, Passionate and Committed to achieving the best result for you. Mobile: 027 572 1555 | Phone: 03 384 7950 Email: alistair.hazeldine@harcourts.co.nz www.harcourtsferrymead.co.nz TIME TO SAY GOODBYE: Emotions rose to the surface for Redcliffs School principal Rose McInerney (centre) during a final blessing and farewell ceremony at the school’s former Main Rd site (inset). PHOTOS: MARTIN HUNTER turnout from the very young to the very elderly. It was a special time and I feel like there’s a very strong sense of community warmth and feeling towards our school going ahead on the new site.” She said the petition had been organised by a small group of neighbours who were directly Four Grenadier Seasons Ferrymead Realty Grenadier Real Estate Ltd MREINZ is a Licensed Agent Under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008 affected. “We think the majority of the Redcliffs community fully support the school moving ahead now that we’ve finally got some physical change about to happen. We really hope that that will continue to be the case but we do understand that the neighbours have had some disappointment about the decision that Minister Woods has made.” As of yesterday, the petition had 53 signatures. It can be viewed and signed on the Parliamentary website www. parliament.nz until July 23. SUNDAY roast $17 •HAVE YOUR SAY: Should Parliament reverse the decision and allow the school to reopen on its former site? Email your views to sarla.donovan@ starmedia.kiwi