10 Tuesday September 11 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News IMPORTERS CLEARANCE NOR’WEST NEWS APRIL FABRIC 2 SEATER (Brown) $ 757 LIMITED STOCK AND LOW PRICES COST-EFFECTIVE: The owner of Petticoat Lane Costume Hire Gabrielle Heath with the popular Scoobie Doo outfit. CRAZY DISCOUNTS ON QUALITY SUITES JEM LEATHER 2 SEATER (Chocolate) $ 1297 OUTLET STORE 99 FERRY RD, CHRISTCHURCH 03 3798249 | firstname.lastname@example.org Limited Stock. Outlet Store items are over stocked, end of line, scratch & dent, ex display, ex repair items & more. Barbadoes St THAMES FABRIC CORNER SUITE (Black) $ 1797 St Asaph St Ferry Rd JEM LEATHER 3 SEATER (Chocolate) OUTLET STORE $ 1577 Fitzgerald Ave Costume hire that promotes sustainability IN A world where single-use products and fast fashion has become the norm, Gabrielle Heath, owner of Petticoat Lane Costume Hire, has recently seen a change for the good within her industry. She said that over the last two years she had noticed a significant shift back to people wanting to hire costumes as opposed to purchasing them. “Young people have a big consciousness around sustainability,” Mrs Heath said. “People, in general, are mindful about what they purchase.” The trend to buy costumes online has not impacted the business as she said people still enjoy coming in to try on costumes and receive personalised fittings and accessories. For most people, hiring YOUTHS HAVE received grants from the Fendalton- Waimairi-Harewood Community Board. It approved a grant of $1050 to the Gordon Scout Group for Melissa Coker, Alex Short, Mason Lory, Tacota Joines, Matthew Mccomish, Alex Mennie and Thomas James to attend the New Zealand Venturer Jamboree in Kaiwaka from December a costume is both costeffective, practical, and has an ethical value. Creating a sustainable business practice has always been part of her business model. Costumes are designed in-house, fabric sourced locally, and made either in the company’s studio or contracted out to local sewers. With over 14,000 hire items available, Mrs Heath said that the most popular of all time was the Scoobie Doo costume. Costumes were regularly hired out for birthdays, parties, corporate events, advertising and television, work conferences, children’s school dress-up days, and NCEA students studying history and drama. “As a destination store, we have one-of-a-kind costumes, and are constantly 31 to January 11. The Venturer Jamboree is only held once every three years, so most venturers get just one opportunity to attend. The board also granted $500 to Holly Wratt- Groeneweg towards competing at the Amsterdam international Quadrangular under-18 girls sevens tournament, from September 29 to adding to and renewing our stock.’’ About to celebrate 15 years in business in the Papanui store, Mrs Heath said Canterbury has a strong community of people who love to dress-up and shop locally. “They do it naturally and consciously choose to shop local,’’ she said. As a business owner, she said she is grateful to the local customer base and especially during those months that followed the earthquakes. “They kept the smaller businesses going during those hard times.’’ •Petticoat Lane Costume Hire is open six days a week and is located on 16 Harewood Rd, Papanui. Phone 354 3507 or visit www.petticoatlane. co.nz Funding for youths October 14. Another grant of $200 to Nicole Marie Taylor towards competing at the Gymnastics NZ rhythmic nationals in Tauranga, from October 1 to 6. A grant of $100 was awarded to Dominic Wilson towards participating in the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Wellington from September 3 to 4.
NOR’WEST NEWS Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday September 11 2018 11 Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk Putting smiles on the faces of strangers • By Ashleigh Monk SMALL ACTS of kindness “make the world a better place” - at least, that’s what Feebee Newlands believes. Mrs Newlands is the founder of Pay It Forward, a volunteer organisation which has been dedicated to carrying our random acts of kindness for the past five years. On September 1, the 15th New Zealand Random Acts of Kindness Day, Mrs Newlands and her team armed themselves with flowers and lollies to give out around the city. “It was a lot of fun this year, we ran into a lot of people who had bad days and they said ‘thank goodness you’ve come along and cheered me up, I feel so happy now’,” she said. “There were a lot of emotions this year, there have obviously been some tough times for people, so it’s just a matter of bringing some cheer to Christchurch.” The group visited Ronald McDonald House, the YMCA, the Margaret Mahy Family Playground, Christchurch Charity Hospital, Ngaio Marsh Retirement Village and others. “It was a day of joy and excitement, and just people getting out of their comfort zone . . . It’s so great to have some fun with the kids, and the elderly were just beside themselves getting flowers and chocolates.” This year’s theme was suicide awareness, and Mrs Newlands said the support from local sponsors had been “incredible”. “We had a focus on suicide awareness which was tough because two of the girls have lost GOOD WILL: The Pay It Forward team walked the streets of the central city handing out daffodils for New Zealand Random Acts of Kindness Day. their a mother, brother and son to suicide,” she said. “Everything gets donated, it’s amazing. Nona [general manager] from Moffat’s Flower Company, as soon as she found out it was for suicide awareness, she just gave us bucket-loads of flowers, it was incredible.” Mrs Newlands started the Pay It Forward group five years ago. She said she wanted to inspire others to perform random acts of kindness not only just on September 1, but all year round. “It’s pretty powerful. It’s a great message of remembering to reach out, build a better community and love and support one another,” she said. “It’s a really important day, and we want to create that ripple effect. There are people that do random acts of kindness all the time, but there are some that don’t do it, and we want to get people to start doing it all the time.” She said she wanted to expand Pay It Forward to include people from all over the country, encouraging them to reach out to their own communities. “It’s all about linking people from all over New Zealand up,” she said. “I’m trying to collect people from all over New Zealand to make the magic happen. We have some guys in Nelson, we had someone from Oamaru, some from Hokitika, people from Auckland.” After advocating strongly for our residents for the three laning of the Waimakariri Bridge and a cycle lane with my petition to NZTA last year, it’s exciting to see construction is underway. This project shows how powerful our voices can be when we work together. My petition was about cementing the benefits of National’s major roading projects such as the Western Belfast Bypass, which has significantly shortened travel times. Our young people are submitting their applications to be my Youth MP 2019 and, once again, I am impressed by their calibre. The deadline is Monday 8 October at 5pm. It’s a great opportunity for our young people to put their passion for social issues into action. Ahead of the last Youth Parliament, my Youth MP and I held roadshows around the electorate to hear the views of our young people. If you are interested, please ring my office on 03 3270514 for details. I am working with Northwood residents to have their concerns heard by NZTA about the Main North Road/Radcliffe Road intersection. They’re concerned pedestrians don’t have sufficient time to cross safely, and that some motorists are doing illegal u-turns, which is increasing the dangers. After meeting with residents, I’ve written to NZTA requesting a meeting to explore solutions such as changing the signal phasing of the traffic lights. It was an easy decision for me to get behind the YMCA Canterbury Youth Awards again this year to acknowledge how much our young people are giving back to their communities. Well done to Thomas Robson for winning the Matt Doocey Supreme Youth Award for Waimakariri for your dedication in serving our community. Christchurch Casino’s buffet is back! gold card special $ 19 Lunch (THU) WED - SUN gold card special $ 29 Dinner (THU & SUN) BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL - 03 372 8892 | CHCHCASINO.CO.NZ | 30 VICTORIA ST Gold Card must be presented to receive offer. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount. T&C’s apply.