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Bay Harbour: September 12, 2018

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PAGE 8 Wednesday September 12 2018 BAY HARBOUR Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News Gun site walking tracks will be open • By Matt Salmons A MAJOR part of Canterbury’s military history at Godley Head will re-open to the public by Christmas. The three Godley Head gun emplacements were built during World War 2 as a counter-bombardment battery to deter enemy ships getting into range to shell Lyttelton’s port facilities. Department of Conservation Christchurch operations manager Andy Thompson said they would not only re-open, but the walking track would pass through them and they would feature artworks and signage to make the history of the site come alive. “I might be pushing the envelope and raising expectations, but that’s what I expect,” Mr Thompson said. The emplacements had been closed since June 2011, as damage sustained in the February 22, 2011, earthquake and subsequent aftershocks made them unsafe. “They were built to withstand shelling, not earthquakes,” Mr Thompson said. Consents for work to remediate emplacements one and two were with the city council now and would likely go out for tender soon. Geo-technical reports indicated the majority of the cliff side area was safe, Mr Thompson said, but the land around emplacement three was considered at risk of shearing off so would remain closed. To finish the work, Mr Thompson said DoC would need to clean off the more than $100,000 worth of graffiti and tagging damage done since the site closed. “It’s really tragic as we don’t have the budget to clean that. We’re working with Dulux on a potential partnership to deal with it,” he said. TURRET: A member of the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps standing in front of a gun emplacement in 1942. Mr Thompson said one image painted there, that of a soldier sitting down for a cigarette, had become a popular subject for PIT: Andy Thompson stands in one of the now empty emplacement pits. social media photos. “It’s a really nice image that’s in keeping with the nature of the site. Other taggers haven’t touched it.” The same logic would be applied in preventing future tagging damage. Mr Thompson said DoC had enlisted Sydenham-based graffiti artist Wongi Wilson to paint murals of what life at the emplacements looked like during World War 2. Our team at Bayleys Ferrymead understand what’s involved in selling property. Backed by strong local knowledge and in depth marketing experience, Bayleys Ferrymead takes a no nonsense approach through exceptional service and an easy-to-deal with manner. Trust in the strength of Bayleys Ferrymead - altogether better Marilyn Still 027 229 8769 Alex Fort 027 421 6016 Jane Moody 027 455 0161 03 595 2844 Unit 6a, 987 Ferry Road, Christchurch 8023 WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008 ALTOGETHER BETTER Residential / Commercial / Rural / Property Services

Wednesday September 12 2018 by end of year • By Matt Salmons Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi BAY HARBOUR Local News Now PAGE 9 Twin Towers experience recounted Fire rages, homes at risk The idea is that taggers would be less likely to vandalise the work of a professional graffiti artist. “It’s a way of telling the story of the site’s history through a contemporary medium.” Example’s of Wilson’s work included panels at the Boxed Quarter on St Asaph St, Cookie Monster on Hereford St and the hide and seek mural on the side of the Unimed building at the corner of Gloucester and Manchester Sts. Godley Head Heritage Trust historian Peter Wilkins said the murals would bring the history of the site to life for visitors. “It’s surrounding people with the history, it’s like the stones are talking. “We want quality, not just enthusiasm, and when you see Wongi’s work, it really is quality,” Mr Wilkins said. ON LOOKOUT: Soldiers manning emplacement one during a training shoot in 1942. ​ 2019 FIREFIGHTING legends from America’s darkest day left Lyttelton volunteer firefighters speechless on Saturday. New York City Fire Department battalion chief Jay Jonas and retired deputy chief Peter Hayden were in New Zealand attending a September 11 memorial stair climb in Auckland’s Sky Tower on the anniversary. As part of their trip, the pair came to Christchurch for the weekend, visiting professional firefighters at the city fire station before heading to Lyttelton fire station on Saturday night. The World Trade Center attacks in New York on September 11, 2001, resulted in 2996 dead and more than 6000 injured. Orchestrated by terrorist group Al-Qaeda, hijackers flew two passenger airliners into the Twin Towers of the centre. Eventually, both towers collapsed from the damage sustained. In 28 minutes, the New York City Fire Department lost 343 people. Mr Jonas was captain of Ladder Company 6 at the time, based in Chinatown, and he and his crew survived the collapse of the first World Trade Center building. Mr Hayden had been one of LEGENDS: Volunteer firefighters from the Lyttelton brigade with New York City Fire Department battalion chief Jay Jonas (rear, second from left) and retired deputy chief Peter Hayden (front, second from left). the control chiefs who remained stationed at a forward control centre based in the lobby area of the World Trade Center right up until the collapse of the second tower. Lyttelton Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Mark Buckley said they gave a presentation to brigade members about their experiences at the World Trade Center. “None of our guys said a word during the whole thing,” Mr Buckley said. “It was pretty overwhelming really. They were two of the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet but hearing them talk about what they did that day, it was spine-tingling.” Mr Buckley said the event highlighted to his volunteers how events could change in an instant. “Those guys just approached this as a skyscraper fire, but it was a bit different.” The Lyttelton firefighters organised Mr Jonas and Mr Hayden accommodation in Cass Bay for the night. The two visitors had breakfast and a walk around Lyttelton on Sunday morning before departing again to Auckland. European River Cruises Magnificent Europe - 15 Days Amsterdam to Budapest From $9430 per person, twin share (based on 11/10/19 departure) *Departs Apr – Oct 2019 Receive $4,800 AIR CREDIT per couple * Cruise from Amsterdam to Cologne, Rüdesheim, Würzburg, Marktbreit, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Roth, Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Melk and Vienna, ending in Budapest ON SALE NOW Cruise Inclusions Gourmet cuisine with all meals onboard • Onboard beverages including sparkling wine with breakfast, and wine & beer with lunch and dinner • Expert Cruise Director & sightseeing with Local Guides • Included daily excursions with your choice of Classic, Active or Discovery experiences Onboard Adventure Centre & Adventure Host • Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore Onboard local entertainment • WiFi access onboard • Port charges & onboard gratuities. Burgundy & Provence - 11 Days Paris to Côte d’Azur From $6526 per person, twin share (based on 20/10/19 departure) *Departs Apr – Nov 2019 Receive up to $1,800 AIR CREDIT per couple * Cruise from Paris to Lyon, Tournon, Viviers, Avignon and Arles, ending in Côte d’Azur *Terms and 960 Ferry Road 03 384 2700 conditions apply, please ask us for details. melissa@youferrymead.co.nz