6 Tuesday September 11 2018 News Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi PEGASUS POST Meeting the challenges wheelchair users face • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding EVERY WEEK at least three New Zealanders are paralysed by a spinal cord injury. Last week, 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. 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 for the exercise was NZST marketing manager Mike Brown. Six years ago his life changed forever when he was struck by a CHALLENGE: The Palms Shopping Centre manager Emma Smith found how difficult it was to be in a wheelchair while running an entire mall. 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 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 hosted a wheelchair obstacle course where the public participated with a gold coin donation. The nationwide appeal started on Wednesday for World Spinal Cord Injury Day. •To support the New Zealand Spinal Trust go to givealittle. co.nz/cause/relievethepressure or relievethepressure.org.nz •HAVE YOUR SAY: How do you think shopping malls could be made more accessible? Email your views to georgia.oconnor@ starmedia.kiwi The Best Souvenirs • Green Stone Jewellery • Woollen Garments • Food Supplements • Wooden Carvings • Sheep Skin Rugs • Souvenirs • Skin Care 105 Riccarton Road, Christchurch Ph 03 348-6010 | Open 10am - 6pm AVONSIDE GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL YEAR 10 – YEAR 13 ENROLMENTS FOR 2019 Twenty places (20) are expected to be available for Year 10–Year 13 enrolments 2019. Enrolments close on 23 November 2018. A ballot will be held if oversubscribed. For further information please contact Tanya Phillips on email@example.com www.avonside.school.nz Check out the new Sportsman 470 Range TODAY Proudly supporting JBnZ for over 50 years 20 Lunns Rd, PO Box 709, Christchurch 8024 Ph: 03 962 0505 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.hamiltonjet.com SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD PAPANUI MERIVALE STROWAN SPREYDON
PEGASUS POST Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday September 11 2018 7 Trees for Rawhiti Domain • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding THIRTY-FIVE trees will be planted at Rawhiti Domain. The city council is planning to put them in along the Keyes Rd entrance to the domain after seven mature pine trees were removed earlier this year because of safety concerns. The Coastal- Burwood Community Tim Baker Board approved for 35 trees with five different species to be planted at the domain at its meeting last week. The winter and spring flowering cherries, walnut trees, almond and totaras will be planted this month. The city council began public consultation on the plans in July after the community board requested a landscape plan be developed to improve the domain. Community board member Tim Baker said the tree planting is “brilliant news.” He is hoping the community is happy with the decision. More than 70 residents submitted on the plans. Submitters had previously raised concerns over the lack of long-term planning in the park. The city council’s current Long Term Plan 2018 /2028 plans to allocate $10,000 to enhance entrances in the Rawhiti Domain. Tree stumps left behind when the pine trees were removed at the Keyes Rd entrance are now being used as a trial nature space. Community group, The Guardians of Rawhiti Domain, is planning to transform woodland, located off Keyes Rd, into a “natural play space.” Last month students from Rawhiti School, Shirley Primary School, South Brighton Playcentre and residents gathered for a native planting and unveiled a sign for a temporary nature playspace at the domain. INNOVATIVE: Children have been using the felled trees at Rawhiti Domain as a natural play space. 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