TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2018 Connecting Your Community www.star.kiwi Merry Christmas Fish hook fatality ‘Devastated’ dog owners’ warning Gifts under the tree More than 100 children get toys for Christmas From the Star Media team Your next paper will be published on January 15 Flooded footpath drains Ray’s will to fight • By Matt Slaughter CASEBROOK’S RAY O’Rourke is fed up with waiting on the city council to fix a sunken footpath. Mr O’Rourke lives on Brogar Pl and said he has been fighting the city council for nearly two years to get the uneven footpath in Sisson Park opposite his house fixed. The damage to the footpath covers about 20m, with Mr O’Rourke saying it is almost unusable in bad weather. “The footpath through there has sunk lower than the grass. When it rains you almost need gumboots to get through it.” Mr O’Rourke said he was frustrated that two years of emailing and calling the city council about the issue has not led to any action. •Turn to page 6 Page 7 Page 8 PostShops to close; new premises sought • By Matt Slaughter NEW ZEALAND Post is closing its Papanui and Merivale PostShops next year. The Papanui PostShop at 37 Main North Rd is set to close on February 1, followed by the Merivale facility at 183 Papanui Rd in June. A New Zealand Post spokesperson said the closures were the result of a decline in the amount of mail being sent and received, with 63,000,000 fewer items nationally being sent compared to the last financial year. New Zealand Post said it plans to open new branches in Papanui and Merivale in the premises of local businesses in the area, but it did not know where or when this would be. “We are actively looking for businesses to partner with. We don’t have a time frame on how long this search will take. The most important thing for New Zealand Post is to find the most suitable businesses to work with.” Some say the move will prove a major inconvenience for residents and other post offices in the north-west. •Turn to page 4 Quail Island Adventures Get the kids into nature and head to Quail Island! A great day trip to a real island with a fascinating history, in the heart of Lyttelton Harbour. Just a 15 minute ferry ride from Lyttelton. Book the DOC hut to stay overnight (via DOC website). SCHEDULE FREQUENCY DEPART LYTTELTON DEPART QUAIL ISLAND Oct & Nov Daily 10.20am 3.30pm Dec – Mar Daily 10.20am, 12.20pm 12.30pm, 3.30pm Apr – Sep Weekends only 10.20am 3.30pm blackcat.co.nz book 0800 436 574 online CRUISES LYTTELTON & AKAROA ‘Under 5’s free on all trips, all year! FARE Adult $30 Child $15 Super . . bt1,t1r o HAs1 Please see www.superliquor.co.nz for details.