8 Tuesday September 11 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi NOR’WEST NEWS News New centre open • By Ashleigh Monk IT’S BEEN a long time coming, but the MacFarlane Park Centre has opened in Shirley. The centre will serve as a community hub alongside the original MacFarlane Park Neighbourhood Centre. Shirley Community Trust manager Jane Mitchell said she was “overwhelmed” by the support from the community. “We had probably about 120 people there, and I think there would have been more if the weather was better . . . It was a lovely atmosphere.” The building, which had a large meeting room, two offices, a kitchen and toilets, was donated to the city by the Lions Clubs International Foundation following the February 22, 2011, earthquake. It was used as the temporary St Albans Community Centre on Colombo St before moving to Shirley.The Shirley Community Trust had been operating out of the MacFarlane Park Neighbourhood Centre, a small building at the park, for 16 years. “We’ve had the neighbourhood centre, but this now will allow us to grow the things we do because it’s a bigger space. Plus, there’s an opportunity for other groups to WELCOME: The ribbon was cut at the Shirley Community Trust’s new centre. come and hire the centre so that offers more to the community,” she said. There were some delays to the process as the city council initially estimated the cost to relocate the building would be $100,000. However, more detailed planning revealed it would cost $225,000. The initial $100,000 was approved through the city council’s Annual Plan, and an additional $125,000 was fast tracked for the move. The trust facilitated community meals, after school programmes, touch rugby, food banks, parenting courses, numeracy and literacy classes, and youth workers in local schools. Experience Chinese culture • By Ashleigh Monk A CHINESE tea ceremony, calligraphy and martial arts are on the cards for the Christchurch Boys’ High School Chinese Immersion Day. The event is in its fifth year and gives students and their families across the city the chance to experience Chinese culture firsthand. Christchurch Boys’ High School head of Chinese Huili Feng said the day had attracted hundreds of visitors in previous years. “The aim is to create more opportunities for students from other schools who do not have Chinese language courses to get some experience in Chinese culture,” she said. “The event has become popular with around 500 participants last year.” Activities on the day include Chinese painting, paper cutting, knots, traditional games, folk dance, a culture quiz and the opportunity to learn Chinese characters and numbers. Ms Feng said she aimed to encourage people to take part in as many activities as possible and even had an incentive. “Each participant is given a booklet with the list of activities. KNOT MESSING AROUND: Students have a go at making Chinese knots at last year’s Chinese Immersion Day. The participants are required to collect a sticker or stamp for the completion of each activity,” she said. “At the end of the event, they can collect a reward according to the number of stickers or stamps they have collected.” •The free Chinese Immersion Day will be held on September 15 from 1.30-4.30pm in the Christchurch Boys’ High School hall, if you’re interested, register through Eventbrite. 151 roydvale ave 0800 martyns www.martyns.co.nz For sales, service, repairs, sharpens and general care of your outdoor tools and equipment. 122c trimmer 21.7cc - 0.6kW - 4.4kg noW $ 194* was $ 279 save $ 85 We have moved 151 roydvale ave, Burnside, chch *Offers valid 01/09/2018 - 31/12/2018 strictly while stocks last, at participating
NOR’WEST NEWS Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday September 11 2018 9 Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk Mooar, Davidson eye each other up • By Ashleigh Monk TRAINEE BOXERS Mike Davidson and Brad Mooar are both feeling pretty confident as their big fight draws closer. The Papanui Ward city councillor and Crusaders assistant coach are set to battle it out in the ring at this year’s Fight for Christchurch on November 3. Mooar’s campaign manager Ben Harris organised an event held on Thursday night to raise extra funds for Mooar’s chosen charity, Conductive Education Canterbury. The event, which was attended by about 45 people, saw $9100 raised. “We had some fantastic auction items, and we sold some sponsorship on the singlet I’ll be wearing for the fight,” he said. “I’ve been blown away by the support so far. There have been some really generous donations and people keen to support us. It just shows what people are wiling to do when the cause is a good one.” He said he was having fun learning the mechanics of boxing in the lead up to the fight. “I’m just chipping away really, it’s going as well as it can,” Mooar FRIENDLY FIGHTERS: Crusaders assistant coach Brad Mooar (left) and opponent city councillor Mike Davidson square up at Mooar’s fundraising event. said. “I’m just working hard on fitness and the real fundamentals of protecting myself and the footwork. It’s been awesome, and I’m in great hands with my trainer . . . It’s definitely going to be one hell of a challenge, no doubt Mike has been training hard as well.” Davidson has experience with endurance sports and did the Coast to Coast earlier this year, but had never tried boxing. “It’s been great so far, I’m having fun . . . I’m definitely using a lot of different muscles that I don’t normally use, I’m feeling it in my upper-body,” he said. “I guess it’s just a matter of getting in the ring and sparring, and getting to know what it feels like to be punched.” Davidson is raising money for Cure Kids, and has so far raised more than $1200 on his Givealittle page. “It’s not about the fight, it’s not about hurting each other, it’s about raising money for some really worthy charities,” he said. “I’m just trying to encourage as many people as possible to donate, because it’s such a good cause, Cure Kids. Even small amounts, it all adds up, the more the merrier.” He said he hoped to host a raffle closer to the fight to assist in his fundraising efforts. •Visit www.givealittle.com and search for Brad Mooar or Mike Davidson to make a donation. •Fight For Christchurch kicks off on November 3 at Horncastle Arena.