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Nor'West News: September 11, 2018

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14 Tuesday September 11 2018 Latest Christchurch news at NOR’WEST NEWS •The Papanui Heritage group welcomes new members. If you are interested, email Murray Williams at or phone 3554 841. Too many St Andrew’s for Papanui Papanui Heritage group chairman Murray Williams investigates how Hartley Ave was named THE AREA of south Papanui, between Normans and Blighs Rds was originally Rural Section 135. Eventually this became known as the Strowan block because of its proximity to George Gatonby Stead’s property of that name, which became St Andrew’s College in 1916. At this stage much of RS 135 had already been developed as a residential area, for example, Watford St in the 1890s and Hawthorne St in the previous decade. Leonard Hart, (the subject of last month’s column) in association with H. Davey, had acquired land that ran from the western end of Hawthorne St as far as Normans Rd. In 1924, they decided to develop this area into a residential street. In The Press of March 3, 1924, their joint agents, Jones, Mc- Crostie and Co. and Pyne, Gould & Guinness, announced an auction for the building sections in the new street to be called St Andrews Tce. The lots ranged in size from 530 to 960 m 2 . The agents noted the ideal location; the proximity of schools (St Andrew’s and Waimairi) while Elmwood Park and handy tram stops were also mentioned. The tendency of real estate agents to indulge in hyperbole was certainly alive and well in the 1920s. Potential buyers were assured that all sections ‘were as level as a bowling green’, that ‘the garden soil was of the finest and would grow anything’, and that the new owners would ‘get all the sun that shines’. A final statement in smaller print claimed that ‘High pressure water supply is a certain distance up St Andrews Tce.’ By 1938, the existence of St Andrews Tce, College Avenue and St Andrews Square, all in a relatively small area close to St Andrew’s College, was leading to confusion and the city council decided to rename the former to commemorate the contribution that Leonard Hart had made to Papanui. However the city already had a Hart St (in Woolston) and thus a compromise was to change the name of St Andrews Tce to HISTORY: Papanui Heritage group chairman Murray Williams shares his knowledge of how Hartley Ave got its name. Hartley Ave. Ninety-six years later this street is a pleasant residential area. Although there are some examples of modern houses, Hartley Ave also retains a period charm; there are at least 19 examples of Californian bungalows dating to the development of the street in the 1920s and a smattering of elegant English bungalows constructed in the 1930s. 03 349 5050 free CONSULTS New Dentures > Relines > Repairs > 6 Brynley Street, Hornby, Christchurch Learn Computer Skills 0800 834 834 50 Hazeldean Road, Addington Looking for an administration role? This FEES FREE* 20 week course will give you the skills to work in a modern office, covering advanced use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and other computer based business applications. For more info txt 'OFFICE' to 027 557 8839 *Conditions apply

NOR’WEST NEWS Latest Christchurch news at Tuesday September 11 2018 15 SPORTS Rapid rowing rise for talented teen • By Jacob Page FORMER ST Andrew’s College rower Ben Taylor is achieving his goals so quickly he’s having to create new ones. The 18-year-old, who rows for Avon, had an impressive world under-23 championships in Poland where his coxed four took silver. He is now in Bulgaria with the New Zealand elite team for the world championships, which got under way over the weekend, in the reserve men’s pair with Joe Wright. “It’s been an unbelievable 18 months,” he said. “I need to set new goals because I’ve achieved so many of my two-to-five year ones.” Taylor was part of the winning Maadi Cup squad in 2017 which not only brought back the top prize for the first time in the college’s history, but the Springbok Shield as well. Rowing is in Taylor’s blood, the last time the school raised the shield was when his father, Andrew, was in the boat 34 years ago. Ben Taylor While Taylor is essentially injury-cover in Bulgaria he said he was still making the most of the elite environment. “It’s been very welcoming so far,” he said. “In training for the event, it’s been great to watch how some of the more experienced guys go about their business.’’ Taylor said he had a bond with top Kiwi singlesculler and fellow former St Andrew’s College rower, Robbie Manson. “Robbie has been super helpful,” he said. “He doesn’t give you a lot of help but if you ask for it, he’ll make the time.” Taylor said his rapid rise had allowed him to realistically dream about being part of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “I definitely wouldn’t have dreamed about that 18 months ago,” Taylor said. He said he wouldn’t mind what boat he was put into. “It doesn’t matter I’ve been looking at everything as an opportunity so far so I’ll try to make the best out of any situation.” TRACKSIDE MOTORCYCLE RIDERS EVENT 2018 BRING YOUR BIKE, GET INVOLVED Limited spots available. Register via Facebook, or on the day for • The Art of Cornering • Slow Pro Handling Skills • New demonstrations FREE ENTRY Kickstarttrackside SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2018, 9AM–3PM (RAIN OR SHINE) MIKE PERO MOTORSPORT PARK (RUAPUNA), 107 HASKETTS ROAD, TEMPLETON • Food and drink available from 9am • Motorcycle retailers and New Zealand Trucking Association onsite • Tyre and suspension information workshops • Competitions and prizes up for grabs • Visit for more details