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The Star: September 06, 2018

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The Star Latest Christchurch news at Thursday September 6 2018 15 News AT CHRISTCHURCH CASINO! CHALLENGE: The Palms Shopping Centre manager Emma Smith found how difficult it was yesterday to be in a wheelchair while running an entire mall. Wheelchair challenge for mall manager • By Georgia O’Connor- Harding EVERY WEEK at least three New Zealanders are paralysed by a spinal cord injury. Yesterday, The Palms shopping centre manager Emma Smith found out how challenging it is to be in a wheelchair. To raise awareness for spinal cord injuries, Mrs Smith spent the day in a wheelchair while running the shopping centre. Getting used to a wheelchair was “challenging.” Small things like unpacking a bag or a laptop or going to the bathroom were a struggle, she said. “I really appreciated how challenging life can be for others and I certainly won’t take for granted the easy accessibility I have,” she said. The Palms teamed up with the New Zealand Spinal Trust as part of a week-long national appeal to raise funds and awareness. The NZST helps those affected by spinal cord injury or impairment live independent and confident lives. Rock-fall risk could stop garden • By Matt Salmons ROCK-FALL RISK could thwart plans for a memorial garden to honour two Lyttelton men who died in the February 22, 2011, earthquake. The Norton Close site, former home of Owen Wright, was suggested for a garden to remember him and Ian Foldesi. Land Information New Zealand group manager land and property Jeremy Barr said it was “too early” to say if and how the garden to Mrs Smith said on average three people suffering a spinal cord injury was “horrifically sad.” “It is just really important we as a centre understand the frustrations and challenges and we can continue to make improvements for these families. “All shopping centres should be accessible, there is no excuse not to,” she said. The Palms is working on making its cafes more accessible by ensuring there is enough room for people with wheelchairs to access the area with ease. At the shopping centre yesterday was NZST marketing manager Mike Brown. Six years ago his life changed forever when he was struck by a car while working in Tannum Sands, Queensland. He was skateboarding to a park to meet his son and wife when a car crossed the centre line, crashing into him and breaking his back. The accident left Mr Brown with a spinal cord injury and he requires a wheelchair for mobility. Last year, Mr Brown began working for NZST following the could be created. Mr Wright was struck and killed by a boulder on the Major Hornbrook track during an aftershock while he was walking home from ferrying people over the Bridle Path. Father-of-three Mr Foldesi was walking the Stan Helms track when the earthquake triggered a rockslide that swept across the track and carried him 25m down a cliff face. Mr Barr said LINZ considered a variety of requirements in approving transitional land use projects. support he and his family received after the accident. It was a long road to recovery for Mr Brown, but he said with the right support from organisations like the NZST, life is pretty good. “There are constant struggles, accessibility is only one of those struggles but I think as a society we are certainly a lot more aware and we are making more steps to make it more inclusive,” he said. On Saturday, the shopping centre will host a wheelchair obstacle course where the public can participate with a gold coin donation. The nationwide appeal started yesterday for World Spinal Cord Injury Day and finishes on Wednesday. •To support the New Zealand Spinal Trust go to givealittle. or •HAVE YOUR SAY: How do you think shopping malls could be made more accessible? Email your views to georgia.oconnor@ “Because this particular property was red-zoned due to rockfall risks, the risk to life on this site will be one of the issues that has to be worked through in relation to health and safety on site.” Mr Barr said it wanted to support the community through the application process. Last Tuesday, garden organiser Betty Purdue and two LINZ representatives met on site to discuss the options for the memorial garden. Mr Barr said LINZ was continuing its discussions with Mrs Purdue. $20K CAsH up for grabs! $5K CASH WEDNESDAYs players club draw: 9PM $10K CASH THURSDAYs WRISTBAND DRAW: 10PM $5K CASH FRIDAYs HOURLY JACKPOTTING DRAWs: 6-10PM ENTRY IS FREE! To enter, swipe your Players Club Card at the Kiosk on Wednesdays AND/OR receive a free wristband when you visit Christchurch Casino on Thursdays & Fridays. Winners must be present. CHCHCASINO.CO.NZ | 0800 CASINO | T’S & C’S APPLY