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• By Matt Slaughter

MURRAY Wright remembers

walking into a staff room full

of smoke and wearing shorts

on his first day 45 years ago as a

teacher at Shirley Boys’ High.


problems at

Avebury House

Page 3 Page 4

The 68-year-old said he had

grown a beard to differentiate

himself from his students.

His attire and teaching

style have changed a lot since


“You only had three noncontact

hours a week, I think

my starting pay was $8000 a

year,” he said.

“Teaching in the classroom

was pretty basic with

blackboard and chalk.”

Mr Wright retired on Friday

Signs aim to keep


out of red zone

Calling time after 45 years in the classroom

and estimates he would have

taught about 10,000 students

geography, social studies and

english over the course of his


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State of

road causes

cracks in

homes, say


• By Matt Slaughter


residents are still waiting for

Mairehau Rd to be fixed.

Mairehau Rd resident Grant

Donnell believes the trucks and

large vehicles bouncing through

potholes on the earthquakedamaged

stretch of road have

caused cracks in the walls of his


Mr Donnell said the city

council is yet to repair the section

of road near Inwoods Rd, in spite

of his requests over the last four


City council road maintenance

manager Mark Pinner said

staff had visited the site

“numerous times” but had not

witnessed any shaking caused by

large vehicles.

“There was no notable vibration

felt at the site, which included

waiting for larger vehicles, such as

buses, to pass.”

However, Coastal Ward city

councillor Glenn Livingstone

believes there is an issue.

He has visited the site and

realises why Mr Donnell and his

neighbour Terry Marsh are so


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from the editor’s desk

A GREAT innings has come to end for one

of the area’s school teachers (page 1).

Murray Wright finished up at Shirley

Boys’ High on Friday after 45 years there –

his one and only teaching stint.

That is rare feat these days, if not unique.

I could be wrong, but I suspect there are very few high school

teachers still around who have been at the one school all of their


Murray told reporter Matt Slaughter when he started at

Shirley BHS, he grew a beard so he looked different to the


He’s taught around 10,000 students over the years including

cricketer Nathan Astle, All Black Chris Jack and Shirley BHS

current deputy principal Tim Grocott.

Enjoy your retirement Murray.

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Tuesday April 16 2019 3


Avebury House security inadequate

• By Matt Slaughter


measures have meant Avebury

House continues to be a target

for crime.

Avebury House Trust say the

security cameras the city council

has in place are ineffective.

City council head of parks

Andrew Rutledge said it has

been broken into six times in the

last year.

Trust treasurer Hayley

Guglietta said the last break-in

happened last week.

Mr Rutledge said the city

council had an alarm system

and two security cameras installed

around the property and

had plans to install two more


However, Mrs Guglietta said

those currently in place were

too far away from the house and

easily reached by burglars.

She said it was crucial the new

cameras were installed as close

to the house as possible and the

existing cameras moved.

“The cameras are attached

to the public toilets and I can

reach up and grab them easily.

The day that they were installed

they were pulled off and with

this incident that happened this

week, they were pushed down so

they faced the wall.

“They put cameras on the

public toilets not even facing the

house. They’re not even covering

where people normally break in

. . . they’re not covering any of

the doors.”

Mrs Guglietta had spent $1500

to loan and install two security

cameras, one in the entranceway

and one in the trees overlooking

the garden.

She couldn’t afford to fund

this forever and as a result, had

taken the cameras down.

The most recent break-in hap-


Guglietta says the two

cameras the council has put

in place at Avebury House

are ineffective.


pened two weeks after this and

she has since put the cameras

back up.

The front of Avebury House

had also been used for drug use

and other anti-social activities,

Mrs Guglietta said.

“We really feel like it’s only a

matter of time before someone

sets it alight and we don’t want

that because it’s a very valuable

asset to our community.”

Mrs Guglietta and fellow

trust member Beth Rouse asked

the Linwood-Central-Heathcote

Community Board for information

on how security cameras

could be purchased as soon as

possible. The board resolved

that this information would be

returned by August.




In Brief

Fire rages, homes at risk


Richmond’s Andrew Powell has

won a competition to design a

sculpture using 16 letterboxes for

the Richmond Community Garden

entrance on Eveleyn Couzins Ave.

Mr Powell’s design, called Letterbox

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The earthquake-damaged New

Brighton War Memorial steps may

be repaired. The Coastal-Burwood

Community Board has made a

submission to the city council’s

2019-20 Annual Plan, asking for

part of the $2 million saved during

the New Brighton Pier repairs and

the $286,000 saved during the

construction of the Taiora QE II

Recreation and Sport Centre to go

towards the memorial.


Promising young Burwood Park

Tennis Club player Reece Falck has

been granted $500 from the Coastal-

Burwood Community Board’s

youth development fund. It will go

towards the cost of his flights to two

International Tennis Federation

junior tournaments in Malaysia,

which run from today until April

28. The community board also

granted Burnside High School

student Kiera Jonkers $500 towards

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Bilateral anal Gland SurGery

Anal gland issues are

common problems

we see in our canine

patients today. The

anal gland has no

real function except

it’s the dogs “special

scent” or parfum.

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to it making it very

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to scooting, licking or biting of the area.

Often it’s too painful for these dogs to toilet

so they become constipated. Severe cases

become infected and the anal sacs swell and

can eventually burst, discharging pus either

outwardly or inwardly around the perineum.

Occasionally anal sac fistulas develop which

persist for ages. Impaction of anal sacs can

lead to toxaemia and dermatitis. Some dogs

present because they leak anal gland fluid

constantly which becomes very difficult to live

with if your dog is an indoor pet.

No one really knows why anal glands become

a problem. Some cases present due to

diarrhoea, constipation or anal sphincter

laxity. Some cases are related to anal duct

obstruction which leads to infection,

abscessation and sometimes rupture of the

sac. Other cases are due to hypersecretion

which can happen with food allergies, thyroid

diseases and infectious skin disease.

Whatever the cause, my job is to rectally

express them which isn’t particularly nice for

the patient as often by this stage they are

painful. It is a procedure mostly I can perform


If the anal sacs are infected I either prescribe

antibiotics systemically or I instill an antibiotic/

anti-inflammatory ointment into the sacs for

2-3 treatments. Sometimes a prescription food

is recommended ( either for food allergies or

a diet high in fiber) and revisits are advised to

check the sacs.

In chronic, recurring and difficult cases that

don’t respond to

medical therapy,

often the best

option is bilateral

surgical removal.

This option can

completely eliminate

the disease and

make the owners

and dogs’ life far

more bearable. Dogs

can live without

these anal sacs – it’s

just a fiddley surgery

and great care has

to be taken when

working around the

anus to avoid incontinence issues.

I have had lots of practice removing anal

glands over the past 30 years – so much so

that I get referrals from other clinics.

Juno, a young Labrador cross is having

bilateral anal gland surgery. Juno presents

every 2-3 months with anal glands that just

leak and wreek everywhere. They are not

infected nor painful to squeeze. She has

received various medical treatments and is on

a Royal Canin hypoallergenic diet, but nothing

seems to help.

The surgery takes roughly 60-90 minutes,

because I am very careful around this delicate

area. Juno is maintained throughout the

surgery on intravenous fluids and Megan

my surgical nurse is monitoring all her vitals

(heart rate, temperature, respiratory rate, body

temperature and oxygen saturation) to ensure

a safe anaesthetic and quick recovery.

Juno was a star patient and the two anal

glands were removed. She was discharged

on antibiotics, pain medications and local

anaesthetic cream to apply to the surgical

area. I recommended an E collar to wear

initially to stop her worrying her surgical site

and a soft diet 5 days post surgery.

My advice is – don’t struggle with this

problem in your family cat or dog as it’s

not going away. These glands have no vital

function and can be removed safely and

effectively in the right surgical hands, leading

to a better quality life without the nasty


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Sign to keep motor-cyclists

out of Southshore red zone

• By Matt Slaughter


motor-cyclists using the

Southshore red zone have

led to increased measures

to ban them from the area.

Coastal-Burwood Community

Board deputy

chairman Tim Sintes spoke

to the Pegasus Post after discussing

the issue at a board

meeting last month.

Mr Sintes said the behaviour

of some riders was putting

lives in danger.

Land Information New

Zealand staff members

attended an April 1 board

meeting, where these concerns

were again raised.

The next day, LINZ

installed a new sign,

which reads “authorised

vehicles only”

in the Plover St red

zone, which was

raised as the main

area of concern for

Southshore residents.

LINZ Christchurch

land property

group manager Jeremy

Barr said LINZ had not

received any complaints

about motor-cyclists in

Southshore since.

Mr Sintes said this was

• By Matt Slaughter


control signs will be

installed in some beach

areas before the start of

next summer.

The areas currently

being considered for the

signs are Waimairi Beach,

North Beach and New

Brighton Beach.

It was decided at a

meeting between dog

control representatives

and the Coastal-Burwood

a great result at this stage,

but there were no guarantees

the sign would stop all

motor-cyclists from riding

through the area.

“No matter what signs

you have, people

will still do it.”

Mr Barr said

LINZ’s only option

if it wanted to stop

motor-cyclists using

the Southshore

red zone completely

would be to

install stiles all the

way across it.

He said this was not the

best option.

“To balance the desire

by the local community to

continue to use this area,

Tim Sintes

Community Board

last month that better

signage was needed to

remind dog owners not

to let their pets engage in

dangerous or anti-social


“Following discussion

with the board and staff,

we want to improve people’s

behaviour with dogs,”

a city council spokesperson


In the last year, 24

complaints were received,


new sign

has been

installed in

the Plover St

red zone in


to stop



through the


we feel that signage is the

best option to address the

motor-cyclists’ illegal use of

the footpaths.

This is because signs do

not restrict access to people

with bicycles, buggies or

those who are less mobile,

which would be the case if

styles were installed.”

Mr Sintes said he was ultimately

happy with LINZ’s


“The proof in the pudding

is going to be if it

works, but at least now if we

catch people . . . when they

say to us there’s no sign,

we’ll be able to say to them

well look, there’s one right

there, so it gives us a lot of


Bid to improve behaviour of dogs

either relating to uncontrolled

dogs attacking

other dogs or other uncontrolled

dog behaviour on

the Coastal Ward beach


“What has been

proposed now is to review

what the current issues are

and look at how people’s

behaviour with dogs can

be improved through

education and some minor

improvements to signage,

which is still yet to be


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Tuesday April 16 2019 5

FED UP: Terry Marsh (above) and his neighbour Grant Donnell want Mairehau Rd fixed.

(Inset) – Mr Donnell says cracks have formed on the outside wall of his house due to the

vibrations caused by trucks using the quake-damaged road. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

Call to fix Mairehau Rd

•From page 1

“When you observe heavy

vehicles particularly driving over

it, there are quite discernible

humps in the road that shake the

houses,” Cr Livingstone said.

He said he was planning to

raise the issue at the Coastal-

Burwood Community Board

meeting which was scheduled for


Mr Donnell said he has spent

between $10,000 and $15,000

repairing cracks in his house

because they are not covered by

his insurance.

“We’ve written letters to the

city council, we’ve talked to the

city council. “We’re absolutely at

wit’s end and we’re still nowhere

four years later. I want the road

fixed,” Mr Donnell said.

Mr Pinner said the city council

plans to repair the section

of Mairehau Rd in the 2021

financial year.

But Mr Donnell said the

damage to his house is getting

worse, so it is crucial the repairs

happen sooner.

Mr Marsh said the cracks in

his house, which have appeared

over the last nine years since

the road was first damaged, are

worse than they have ever been.

“The house is actually more

damaged now than it was after

the earthquakes,” Mr Donnell


We asked readers for

their views on what the

planned beachside hot

pools should be named –

New Brighton Hot Pools,

Christchurch Hot Pools or

something else?

Ellen Robinson – I lived in

New Brighton from when I was

10-years-old until I was married

with two children. However,

Brighton will always be my bit

of home, even though it is very

unlike what it used to be. Keep

it for New Brighton alone as

they have worked and

fought hard to get to

where it is. The city has

never been much help.

When New Brighton

was on its own, we

used to have galas and

the like on the beach front at

all possible times and it was

lovely and the people came and

enjoyed themselves. After New

Brighton and the city became

one, nothing much seemed to

happen. Anyway, I must not

start walking down memory

lane here as I do enough of that

now I am in a rest home. I would

like to suggest that ‘Rawhiti’

is mentioned in the name

somehow or just ‘New Brighton

Salt Pools’. I am afraid that we

all have to go modern now and

leave the old New Brighton to




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People have

started to

voice their

opinions on the

name options

suggested for

the planned

hot pools in

New Brighton.

the oldies to remember like me.

I will be 89 later this year but

the memories are mostly happy


Wayne Guckert – My

suggestion for the naming of the

new hot pools at New Brighton

is ‘Pegasus Bay Hot Pools’.

Elisabeth Mitchell – I

endorse that the name includes

New Brighton. New Brighton

is where the pools are and New

Brighton needs to be recognised

in this venture. It will hopefully

bring the community

benefit, as well as the city

of Christchurch.

Jimmy Glasgow –

Both of the names sound

good, ‘Christchurch Hot

Pools’ and ‘New Brighton Hot

Pools’. As we have been living

here in North New Brighton for

some years now, I think ‘New

Brighton Hot Pools’ is the best

option. But if the city council

wants to advertise it as part of

the city, that is okay by me, but it

must state that the ‘Christchurch

Hot Pools’ are the ‘New

Brighton Hot Pools’ so visitors

do not get confused.

Andrew Johnson – I

reckon ‘Pegasus Bay Hot Pools’

is the way to go.

New app to share your red zone stories

FORMER RED zone residents

can share their stories of special

places and outline their hopes

for the Ōtākaro Avon River

Corridor via a new app.

Red Zone Stories, developed

by the Canterbury University

Arts Digital Lab, enables

people to record and upload

videos to share impressions

and memories about their

important red zone places.

It aims to share the personal

histories of the area and also

provide an opportunity for

people to learn about them.

The app and associated

website present the stories on a

map-based platform.

It was launched at Tūranga

by Mayor Lianne Dalziel, Avon-

Ōtākaro Network co-chairman

Evan Smith, Coastal-Burwood

Community Board member

Linda Stewart and UC school

of humanities head and creative

arts professor Paul Millar.

UC Arts Digital Lab codirector,

associate professor,

Donald Matheson said the

storytelling project is both an

archive of what the red zone

means to people and a resource

for decision-makers.

“The red zone is not empty

space, but full of history, stories

and personal connections,” he


“As we get further from

the time of the quakes and

the physical traces of the

homes, schools and other

places fade, it’s important we

record what this land means to


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• By Matt Slaughter


Beach golfers have dominated the

New Zealand women’s masters

tournament at Nelson Golf Club.

A four-strong Canterbury team

made up entirely of players from the

two clubs won the tournament by

three shots last Sunday.

They finished ahead of Bay of

Plenty, Northland and 11 other

teams to secure the title.

The team of Kim Moggach, Naomi

Wallace and Suzette Eastmond

(Waitakiri), and Waimairi’s Kate

Turner performed well throughout

the four-round tournament.

Heading into the final round they

were in second behind Bay of Plenty

but saved their best combined

round total for the final round with

101 gross stablefords.

The winner of the tournament

was the team with the best three

gross stableford scores for each


The Canterbury team had

team scores of 96, 92, 98 and 101

gross stableford points to win the

tournament by a three-shot margin.

Team manager Debbie Scott

said the team’s performance was

remarkable, given Canterbury had

finished 13th out of 14 teams at last

year’s tournament and had not won

it for 19 years.

“We had a new-look team . . . they

were on low handicaps.

“Other teams were saying, watch

out Canterbury’s coming . . . we

were the team to be feared.”

Cricket and rugby stars

among teacher’s students

•From page 1

Mr Wright has taught notable

names, such as Canterbury and

New Zealand cricketer Nathan

Astle, Crusaders and All Blacks

lock Chris Jack and SBHS’s

current deputy principal Tim


Mr Wright’s retirement also

marks the end of an era for

SBHS, as it gets ready to move to

its new shared site at QE II Park

next month with Avonside Girls’

High School.

“It seems fitting that I’ll

actually leave as this chapter for

the school is closing.”

Mr Wright also played a role

in the school’s recovery after the

2011 earthquake.

Its library was damaged

beyond repair so he helped

pick up liquefaction-soaked

books and set up the make-shift


Mr Wright worked hard

to ensure students had an

environment in which they

could keep learning after the


“It’s not a good teaching

environment at all. There are

puddles everywhere and you get

wet moving around.”

He said it will be a relief to see

students get a fresh start when

the school shifts.

“I’ve walked through the

new school and it will be lovely

to be warm all the time and

not getting wet. It’s very well

designed with lots of facilities.”

OLD BOYS: Canterbury and New Zealand cricketer Nathan Astle and Crusaders and All Blacks

lock Chris Jack were both students of Murray Wright’s.

Mr Wright has taught a lot of

lessons over the years, and said

he has learnt a few too.

The key to his students’

success has been bringing

a smile to their faces, being

organised and valuing every one

of them.

“I’ve learnt that in the

relationship you have with kids,

they enjoy a sense of humour,

they like seeing the teacher as a

person,” he said.

“I think treating students

as individuals and not just a

number in a book is another

important thing . . . a lot of kids

these days have huge problems

and we have to be aware of


Mr Wright plans to spend

his retirement with his

grandchildren, Oscar, Albie,

Ashton and Elliot, and his wife


He said he won’t forget SBHS,

but his hobbies will now come


“I’m intending to come back

relieving occasionally, but I’ve

got a bit of redecorating to do

at home and I play a little bit of

golf and bridge . . . and I’ll keep


Mr Wright said he values what

he has achieved at SBHS and the

staff and students he has worked


“I can’t think of a different

career I would have been

happier in.”

JP Clinic at Shirley Library

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Tuesday, 3.30pm-4.30pm

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Shirley Library

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Ascot Community Centre on

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Go along to the Scrabble

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Cummings star in this 1942

drama where Melbourne Johns,

an aircraft factory foreman is

The New Brighton

Seaside Market

will take place on

Saturday between

10am-2pm at New

Brighton Pedestrian

Mall. Go and enjoy

a warm and fun

atmosphere beside

the seaside. Live

entertainment, food,

free face-painting

and a great variety

of stalls.

sent to France to prevent the

Nazis getting hold of some vital

equipment. $2 donation, arrive

early for a cuppa and a chat.

New Brighton Museum, 8

Hardy St

Activity Zone

Monday, 3.45-4.45pm

Go and have fun at Activity

Zone, the Shirley Library after

school club. There will be technology,

games, crafts and books.

Suitable for ages 6-10. Caregivers,

please remain in the library during

the session.​ Free, no bookings


Shirley Library

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Catholic Cathedral College

To Live By Faith

Catholic Cathedral College is first and

foremost a Catholic school and for 150

years Catholic children of Christchurch

have been educated on this site. We aim

to produce graduates who are confident,

compassionate, connected citizens, willing

to make a positive contribution to our

society with a focus on faith, justice and


As the only co-ed Catholic College in

Christchurch, with a vibrant mix of

ethnicities, we offer excellent preparation

for life. We have a strong focus on our

bicultural heritage and all students from

Year 7 to 10 learn Te Reo Maori.

We encourage our students to strive

for excellence and have had sustained

excellent academic results over recent

years for all students, across all levels of

NCEA. We recently won the

highly coveted Bishop Lyons’

Shield, a public speaking and

debating competition for the

seven Catholic secondary

schools in the Diocese.

Our Vocational Pathways

programme offers individualised

programmes giving students

access to a range of tertiary


If you are looking for a Catholic

faith-based education, please

visit us on our Open Evening

on Thursday 23 May, 6.30-8pm

and experience the special

atmosphere and sense of family

that is so evident.

Open Evening Thursday 23rd May, 6.30-8.00pm

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All New for Avonside

at Ōrua Paeroa

A new school, a

new location, and a

new uniform! What

a fabulous year for

Avonside Girls’ High

school as a new chapter

in the school’s 90 plus

year history is written

this year. As Avonside

Girls’ High School moves into its new

home on Travis Road at the beginning of

term 2, it will take with it its traditions,

culture, history and values and its focus

on working with every student to help

her identify her strengths and develop

her talents so that she can flourish in her


Just over 1000 girls will move onto the

new site in Travis Road and experience

learning in New Zealand’s newest

secondary school buildings. The campus

which also includes a satellite unit of

Ferndale School, is New Zealand’s first

ever co-location of a state girls’ school and

a state boys’ school sharing the same site

and some key facilities and yet delivering

teaching and learning within their own

single-sex learning environments.

One look inside the impressive entrance

foyer reveals an exciting campus with

fabulous facilities to enhance learning for


In the front section of the school lie the

shared facilities, boasting the reception

and administrative centre for both

schools, a spacious library, a cultural

space, two theatres, a cafeteria with indoor

and outdoor seating, and student kitchen

facilities alongside a commercial kitchen

for teaching senior Hospitality courses.

The design of the school then separates

into two separate schools each designed

around its own courtyard. The school

is organised by learning areas, denoting

the school’s support of subject discipline

knowledge and skills, yet with adjacencies

that provide opportunities for learning

to be connected across learning areas for


Avonside supports the development

of the whole student with a strong

ako programme delivered within a

vertical form structure and wonderful

opportunities for involvement beyond

classroom learning time. The superb

facilities in the new campus certainly

enhance those opportunities for our


Avonside Girls’ High School has

embraced this opportunity to provide this

exciting new brand of 21st century style

single-sex education – the best of both


Shirley Boys’ High School

at Ōrua Paeroa

Finally after 8 years

of unstinting effort,

Shirley Boys’ is in its

new home, one that

features state of the art

facilities for teaching

and learning in the 21st


The new

campus features a

Performing Arts Centre, full size all

weather turf, sports fields, the largest

school gymnasium in the city as well

as traditional classrooms and modern

flexible spaces designed to meet the needs

of all of its 1250 young Shirley men.

Shirley Boys’ High School,

Kiwi Soul Global Vision

At Shirley Boys’ High School, students

are encouraged to participate in a vast

array of sporting and cultural activities

and in all of these areas they are expected

to prepare themselves for action and

success on the world stage, while also

being encouraged to retain and strengthen

their own cultural roots.

Shirley Boys’ High School encourages

students to strive for personal excellence.

Learning occurs both inside and outside

the classroom, reflecting the desire of the

school to focus on teaching the whole

person to ensure a lifelong desire for

self-improvement. At Shirley Boys’ this

is known as “BTB – Better than Before”.

BTB leads to achievement, which can

be as modest as getting fit for a sport or

improving a test score or learning to sing

in a choir. BTB can also be as spectacular

as achieving a Premier New Zealand

Academic Scholar Award (awarded to the

Top 10 academic students in NZ).

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Christchurch Girls’ High School

Te Kura o Hine Waiora

Founded in 1877, Christchurch

Girls’ High School - Te Kura o

Hine Waiora benefits greatly

from 140 years of proud

educational achievement. It is

a learning environment that

values its rich tradition while

embracing innovation and

adapting to the modern world.

It is a place where each girl is

challenged to be a discerning

thinker, who is comfortable with

the concept of hard work and is

open to possibility.

All the programmes at

Christchurch Girls’ High School

are designed with girls in mind.

We want our students to explore

the possibilities that are on offer so that

when they leave school they will have

choices and can determine their own

future and not have it predetermined by


We prepare our students by asking

them to embrace tradition, innovation

and excellence and to appreciate the

importance of each in shaping the future.

The school values, developed by the

students themselves, are an integral part

of the education we offer:

Compassion Aroha A Christchurch

Girls’ High School girl will show empathy

and concern for others. She will have an

understanding of the world and people

beyond her own circumstances, giving

service and acting with decency.

Gratitude Whai Whakaaro A Te Kura

o Hine Waiora student is thankful for the

support of her family and whanau. She is

appreciative of the opportunities she has

been able to explore at school.

Honesty Pono A Christchurch Girls’

High School girl will act with integrity.

She will be known for her honesty,

courtesy, reliability and trustworthiness.

Strength Kaha A Te Kura o Hine

Waiora girl will stand tall and proud.

She will have the have the courage and

strength of character to do what is

right, facing challenge and change with


We warmly invite you to come and see

what Christchurch Girls’ High School - Te

Kura o Hine Waiora has to offer you and

your daughter.

Catholic Cathedral College

- To Live By Faith

Catholic Cathedral College is first and

foremost a Catholic school and for 150

years Catholic children of Christchurch

have been educated on this site. We aim

to produce graduates who are confident,

compassionate, connected citizens,

willing to make a positive contribution to

our society with a focus on faith, justice

and equity.

As the only co-ed Catholic College

in Christchurch, with a vibrant mix of

ethnicities, we offer excellent preparation

for life. We have a strong focus on our

bicultural heritage and all students from

Year 7 to 10 learn Te Reo Maori.

We encourage our students to strive

for excellence and have had sustained


excellent academic results over recent

years for all students, across all levels

of NCEA. We recently won the highly

coveted Bishop Lyons’ Shield, a public

speaking and debating competition for

the seven Catholic secondary schools in

the Diocese.

Our Vocational Pathways programme

offers individualised programmes giving

students access to a range of tertiary


If you are looking for a Catholic faithbased

education, please visit us on our

Open Evening on Thursday 23 May,

6.30-8pm and experience the special

atmosphere and sense of family that is so


Christchurch Girls’

High School

Te Kura o

Hine Waiora

Embrace Tradition. Embrace Innovation. Embrace Excellence.

Open Day

Tuesday 21 May 2019, 10am - 2pm

Guided tours start with a brief information talk

Please visit our website to book a tour


Bookings open May

Open Evening Thursday 24th May, 6.30-8.00pm

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Medbury School: Preparing boys for life in the 21st century

Medbury School is the only independent

boys’ school in Christchurch, offering an

education for both dayboys

and boarders from Years 1 to

8. Medbury offers a traditional

education, encompassing the

Medbury values of manners

and respect, and its vision is

to provide an education which

prepares boys for life in the

21st Century.

Whilst placing a high

value on Literacy and

Numeracy in a ‘boys-only’

learning environment, Medbury also

believes in helping boys develop as

Choosing the

right school for

your Tamariki

When choosing the right school for our

tamariki we often go by the ‘feeling’ we have

when we visit, as much as by the programmes

that schools have on offer. The world demands

fewer people who can do repetitive tasks and

more people who can think creatively and

critically. That’s why our vision, our aspiration,

as a school is to be ‘A centre of creative

excellence’ in everything that we do, whether

visual arts or chemistry, volleyball or music,

management or curriculum organisation. In

doing this we haven’t forgotten the importance

of the strong relationships that we build with

all of our students, and the importance of

individualising learning pathways so that

we come as close as we can to meeting every

individual student’s needs. Hornby High

School’s feeling is one of positive relationships

that support learning. Students often comment

that we feel like whānau, like family. This all

takes place within our amazing new facilities,

some of the most modern in the country.

These facilities are allowing us to develop a

curriculum that caters for individual needs,

that supports student passions, and helps

our students to grow their heart for their

community, while emphasising our values

and promoting the ethos of kindness, of

manaaki. We are also committed to engaging

with whānau in any and every way we can. I

personally invite you to come along and meet

with our skilled staff, and the amazing young

people who make Hornby High School such a

wonderful place to be.

Robin Sutton - Principal

confident individuals, and developing

personal attributes, such as organisation,

confidence, relationships with others,

and independence.

At Medbury, the focus is

on the ‘whole boy’, and small

class sizes enable teachers to

deliver a personalised learning

programme, ensuring that every

boy has the support, extension and

encouragement he needs to discover

and develop his particular strengths.

The learning programmes are all

focused on a boy’s way of learning,

providing them with a structured

environment, with competition,

A New Marian


for 2023

Marian College is inviting its school

community to share ideas on what the

new school in Papanui could look like.

High on the list is celebrating Marian’s

Catholic special character and heritage,

tradition of service and cultural


Marian College leadership is expecting

excellent facilities which will continue to

enable flexible and responsive teaching

and learning, catering to students’

individual learning needs, strengths,

passions and interests.

Conveniently located on main arterial

Marian College

students respond to the

wonderful news

(QEII Drive, Main North Road) and

Orbiter bus routes, the new site connects

with key cycleways and is down the road

from brother school, St Bede’s College.

New and prospective families are

invited to join the conversation – at

Marian College Open Night, Tuesday 14

May from 4-7pm (Principal’s welcome

at 4:15pm and 5:30pm), and Open Day,

Thursday 30 May from 1-3pm (starting

with Principal’s welcome).

Open Afternoon

Tuesday 14 May

1.30 - 2.30pm in the junior block

Information Evening

Wednesday 15 May

6pm in the auditorium

For details of our enrolment zone, please refer to our website.

180 Waterloo Road, Hornby - Ph 03 349 5396 www.hornby.school.nz

boundaries and an opportunity to


Medbury’s partnership with Swinburne

University of Technology is a new and

exciting initiative aimed at development

of emotional intelligence (EI) via the

Aristotle-EI programme.

Medbury’s Headmaster, Ian

Macpherson, states, “Our passion at

Medbury is to unlock the potential

of every boy. It is why we exist – to

understand each boy’s opportunities and

challenges, then personalise an education

which encourages him to strive to be the

very best he can be.

Friendships, values and a quiet selfconfidence

that comes with sound

preparation, will provide an invaluable

foundation for the

boys’ educational

journeys ahead.”

For more


please contact

the Registrar

on 03 351 6169,

email registrar@


nz or visit www.



Unlocking every

boy’s potential

You are invited to attend the Medbury

School Open Day to discover what

makes a Medbury education unique.

The Open Day is on Tuesday 7 May

2019 from 9.00am to 10.45am. The

Headmaster will speak at 10.15am.

Scholarships are available for 2020.

To register online visit Enrolment at



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Christian Integrated Schools in

Christchurch working together

Working together for the good of students

and families has been a successful recipe

for Christian Integrated Schools in


The Christian School Network has been

in existence for over ten years. Aidanfield

Christian School, Emmanuel Christian

School, Hillview Christian School and

Middleton Grange School decided in

2005 that there was much to be gained

by working together cooperatively.

They recognised opportunities to share

successful teaching practice, curriculum

development initiatives across a wide

spectrum of school operations as well as

cooperatively strengthening their special

Christian Character. They recognised that

their ability to serve students and families

was greatly enhanced by working together

in a close and trusting relationship.

The success of the network has seen

other schools wanting to join in. Early

Middleton Grange School

Character, Excellence, Service for the Glory of God


Tuesday, 21 & Thursday, 23 May 2019

am & pm



Bookings Open

Term 2

in the piece Rangiora New Life School

became part of the network. The schools

joined together to support the genesis

of Ashburton Christian School and also

culminated in the start up of a brand new

school in Rolleston in 2015.

The schools have developed

interlocking enrolment schools which

assists in providing transparent pathways

in Christian education from new entrant

through to Year 13.

First rate general

education and

biblically based



A further strength has been a

cooperative engagement with the Ministry

of Education who have been pivotal

in assisting the networks successful


Primary School : Years 1-6

Middle School : Years 7-10

Senior College : Years 11-13

Places available particularly at Years 1, 4, 7, 9, 11-13

2020 Enrolments Close

Friday 14 June 2019 (Y7-13)

Friday 23 August 2019 (Y1-6)

If your child turns 5 and will start school in 2020, you must apply this year.

We are known for

our quality education as a compassionate community

in which the God-given gifts and talents of pupils are nurtured and celebrated

A Year 1-13 non-denominational co-educational Christian School

High quality affordable Christian education in a State Integrated School setting

Highly qualified teachers who are committed Christians

High expectations for academic achievement and behaviour

New Zealand Curriculum delivered from a Biblical perspective

Strong partnership and shared vision between home and school

for God’s calling on the life of the child

Christian values modelled and encouraged


30 Acacia Ave, Riccarton

+64 3 348 9826 www.middleton.school.nz Christchurch, New Zealand

Middleton Grange School was

established in 1964 with the aim of

providing a first rate general education

and biblically based teaching in the

Christian faith. We see learning not

as an end in itself but something that

happens alongside the development of

character and a desire to serve God by

serving others.

We look forward to seeing our young

people excelling in academic, sporting,

cultural and service activities with a

sense of personal achievement. We also

want them to identify the strengths,

skills, talents and abilities that God has

put within each one of them, not just

for their personal benefit, but for the

benefit of the communities that they

live in. Serving others with compassion

and kindness is part of the ‘DNA’ of

Middleton Grange School. We want our

young people to engage in the society

and culture that they live in, to be a

positive influence and to point others to

God by their example.

We appreciate the hard work that

staff and students put into producing

top academic results, but what we value

even more highly is wisdom, character,

integrity and a willingness to help and

encourage others.

This is summed up in our school

motto ‘Character, Excellence, Service for

the Glory of God.

Rod Thompson, Interim Principal

Hillview Christian School

Yr 1–10

Middleton Grange School

Yr 1–13

Emmanuel Christian School

Yr 1–10

Aidanfield Christian School

Yr 1–10 Yr 1–8

Open Days: 15 & 17 May



for details

p: 332 6923

e: office@hillview.school.nz

w: www.hillview.school.nz

Open Days: 22 & 24 May



for details

• High quality affordable Christian education

• Qualified teachers who are committed Christians

• High standards of academic achievement and behaviour

p: 348 9826

e: office@middleton.school.nz

w: www.middleton.school.nz

Open days: Viewing by appointment



for details

p: 359 3595

e: office@emmanuelchristian.school.nz

w: www.emmanuelchristian.school.nz

p: 338 8153

e: enrol@aidanfield.school.nz

w: www.aidanfield.school.nz

A network of non denominational Christian Schools offering limited places in 2019

• Co-educational and State Integrated

• New Zealand Curriculum delivered from a Biblical perspective

• Christian virtues modelled and encouraged

Open days: Viewing by appointment



for details

Open days: Viewing by appointment



for details

p: 550 2653

e: office@rcs.school.nz

w: www.rollestonchristian.school.nz

• Strong partnership and shared vision between home and school for God’s calling

on the life of the child

• Pathways for pupils from Aidanfield, Emmanuel, Hillview and Rolleston to

Middleton Grange School at Senior College level


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St Thomas believe

the best preparation

for life is an

education in a caring

diverse environment

At St Thomas’ we believe that the best

preparation for life is an education which

fosters excellence in a caring, diverse

environment. Our staff are committed

to guiding our students through a broad

range of spiritual, learning, culture,

sporting and service opportunities

in order to develop young men with

“educated hearts and educated minds”.

We are a state integrated Catholic

school for a maximum of 615 students

from Years 7 to 13. Our size enables us to

provide individual attention and develop

close relationships with our students in

order for them to develop a healthy selfimage,

relaxed but confident personal

skills, and a positive outlook on life.

We are a high performing academic

boys’ school and as such, maintain a clear

focus on boys’ needs and the pathway

from boyhood to manhood. We will

provide your son with adventure, testing

of courage and strong, good male role


We want the young men who graduate

from our College to be men of justice and

compassion, who believe they have much

to offer the world in order for it to be a

better place.

Steve Hart, Principal

St Thomas of Canterbury College

Giving boys the

opportunity to be great

St Bede’s is a Catholic College for boys

founded by the Society of Mary in 1911

and it is also the only Catholic boarding

school for boys in the South Island.

Catholic, Marist and Bedean principles

and values form the basis of a holistic

education at the College. We aim not

to make the College great but to ensure

every boy has the opportunity to be great,

and we endeavour to develop young men

of Catholic hearts and minds through the

experiences the boys have in their time

here at the College.

St Bede’s is a College for all…a place

where gospel values are practised to

help form principled men; a learning

environment where everyone achieves;

a place that teachers want to come

to because of the strength of the

community; a place also, where boys can

embrace spiritual, sporting, cultural and

community activities, which all combined

shape boys into men. That’s the priority

and that is in our DNA.

We welcome parents and boys to the

College’s Open Day on Wednesday 8 May

between 9.00am – noon, where you will

have the opportunity to tour the College

and meet staff and students.

Parents are also invited to attend the

Information Evening, commencing at

7.00pm, where Senior Management and

students will provide further information

about the College.

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Nurturing and educating

children for 168 years

Is your child one of 15 or 50? Is their

classroom a calm, productive learning

space or a tension of noise and

movement? How much teacher attention

does your child really receive?

St Michael’s has been nurturing

and educating children for 168 years.

Our small co-ed classes and specialist

teachers ensure your child is an

individual, well known by staff and

fellow pupils alike. For at the heart of

St Michael’s are the essential values of

Christian faith and good citizenship:

respect, integrity, faith, hope and love.

St Michael’s is a prep school so

your child is assured of a traditional

foundation in English and Mathematics.

This academic rigour then underpins our

wider curriculums in Science, History,

Geography and Spanish. IT literacy

is taught, not assumed, and computer

use is measured. We like teaching and

talking to our pupils!

Cultural and sports’ programmes

develop your child’s foundation further,

as creativity and problem-solving come

in many forms. Specialist art and music

classes are enjoyed weekly; and most

pupils play at least one instrument.

There are two choirs, and drama lessons.

Our new Y7&8 Programme ranges

from financial literacy to outdoor ed,

leadership challenges to new sports, art

and technologies.

✓ Co-educational, Years 1-8

✓ Small classes

✓ Specialist teachers

✓ Traditional classrooms;

academic rigour

✓ Musical excellence

✓ Christian values

✓ Before & after school care:

7.30am - 5.30pm

✓ Cental city location,

easy access

And our extended campus is

spectacular: today, the Gardens;

tomorrow, the Art Gallery; next week…

Our pupils come from city-wide,

arriving via the bus exchange only a

block away or with parents who work in

the thriving centre.

You are warmly welcome to explore

our purposeful, wholehearted and

inclusive prep school. Our next Open

Day is Tuesday 14 May or please contact

our registrar, Bec Hitchcock, for a

personal tour: 03.379.9790.

St Michael’s

Your school at the heart

of the city since 1851

Open Day: Tuesday 14 May

www.saintmichaels.school.nz 249 Durham Street 379 9790


High School

- Preparing

students for

their future

“Our aim is simple... to

provide the best education

possible for every student”

Giving students the

opportunity to study from

an innovative and broad

curriculum is critical to

providing each student a

pathway that meets their

individual needs. We allow

for a greater range and

flexibility in subject choice

including the utilization

of the secondary/tertiary

interface. This reinforces the

philosophy underpinning

personalised learning and

is strongly supported by

understanding our students’

interests, passions, talents,

and ultimately their career


We understand that for effective

learning to take place, it has to be

implemented in such a way that students

will be highly engaged. The school

does this in a ‘forward thinking’ way by

creating learning environments that allow

our students to see value in what they do

and achieve. Papanui “PRIDE” is what

we represent and we demonstrate this by

having young adults leave our school as

confident learners who have gained the

appropriate qualifications and social skills

to become valued contributing members

of society.

All that we do here is reinforced by

positive relationships, an ethos of caring,


cultural responsiveness, inclusion, and

high expectations – what we call “Our

Full service Model”. The school highly

values the connectedness of curricular

and co-curricular learning. We have a

philosophical understanding that the

holistic development of the student is

critical to their individual success.

The school has worked hard to

consolidate recent initiatives to ensure

sustained and continuous improvement.

You are invited to view our website,

school charter, ERO report, and/or

contact the school for more information.

We look forward to welcoming all

prospective students and their families/

whanau to visit our school.


Our aim is simple….to provide the best education possible for every student


Tuesday 21st May 6.30pm

The evening will consist of an address from the principal and student

representatives, followed by guided tours of the school’s facilities.

Phone: 03 352 6119

30 Langdons Road

PO Box 5220


Applications for enrolment are due by

Friday 26th July

My School, My Success, My Responsibility - Tōku Kura, Tōku Tiketike, Tōku Haepapa


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Selwyn House offers a

world class education

Selwyn House School offers a world-class

education with a talented teaching staff

and small class sizes which are set within

a future-focused, nurturing environment.

An extensive range of educational,

sporting and cultural opportunities are

offered for girls in Years 1 - 8.

A supportive all-girl learning

environment encourages girls to take risks

without fear of failure and develops their

love of learning. They become confident,

compassionate, articulate and determined

young women who have the values, skills,

and attributes needed to not only achieve

their goals but to make a difference in

their communities. Our teachers ensure

girls are inspired and committed to

learning as they develop their unique

way of learning and achieving. The focus

across Years 1 - 8 is on the growth of the

developing girl encompassing intellectual,

social, physical, emotional, and cultural


Selwyn House is committed to

providing a continuum of international

education. The combination of the

International Baccalaureate Primary

Years Programme (PYP) and our futurefocused

STEAM and Mechatronics

curriculum ensures girls are equipped to

face a continually changing world with

confidence and enthusiasm.

We focus on instilling

strong foundations which

can be successfully built

upon. Core learning in

reading, writing and

mathematics is a priority.

Specialist programmes

in Art, Creative Writing,

Leadership, Mechatronics,

Music, Performing Arts,

Physical Education,

Science, Spanish and

Swimming play key roles to

further enhancing learning.

Selwyn House

provides each girl with

a personalised learning

experience. Each classroom

and specialist teacher

has the time to foster

meaningful relationships

with each student. Due

to our comprehensive

learning environment,

our girls are highly skilled, stand out

among their peers and are prepared for a

successful transition to secondary school.

Selwyn House’s nurturing environment

is apparent in all aspects of the school.

In our modern and safe, family-oriented

Boarding House, girls are supported by

dedicated staff and tutors. Girls from

across New Zealand and internationally

fondly call the Boarding House, their

‘home away from home’ and easily form a

sisterhood with others.

We believe in the strength of tradition,

the promise of the future and the power

of education. For more information on

the benefits of Selwyn House School,

scholarship information or to schedule

your personal tour, please contact

Charlotte Johnson 03 355 7299.


Open Day





phone (03) 355 7299 email office@selhouse.school.nz

122 Merivale Lane, Merivale, Christchurch 8014


Selwyn House School is a leading girls’ school for Years 1–8, with boarding

options available. We provide exceptional educational opportunities for girls,

in a stimulating and nurturing environment. Our focus is on developing globally

minded learners and leaders who will become confident and capable women.

Please join us at our Open Day on Monday 13 May and experience all that Selwyn House has to offer.

If you are unable to attend our Open Day, a personal tour can be arranged by appointment.

To register your interest for our Open Day phone: (03) 355 7299

or email: office@selhouse.school.nz

An International

Baccalaureate School



FOR 2020

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Transforming lives

through the

St Mark’s Story

Grounded in tradition,

enlivened by innovation and

inspired by God.

St Mark’s is an Anglican

full primary state-integrated

school – the only one in the

South Island.

We are a Christian School.

A school with strong

connections to the local

community. A school which

celebrates the gifts and

talents of everyone in the

community. And a school

that strives to live every

aspect of school life by the

values of Grace (Huatau),

Excellence (Hiranga),

Courage (Māiatanga)

and Faithfulness


A brand new campus with

excellent facilities including

science room, music rooms,

all weather turf and hall

with stage supports the delivery of a full

curriculum with specialist programs.

With the school marking it’s centennial

in 2021 tradition remains important to

us, as we partner with all whanau to bring

innovative teaching and learning to all


Even with limited spaces in 2020 you

are always welcome at St Mark’s School.

Villa Maria


education for

girls years 7-13

Villa Maria College is a state integrated

Catholic secondary school for girls

in Years 7 – 13. The foundation for

everything we do is our Catholic faith,

which we express through our Mercy

charism. Villa Maria College offers

spiritual formation and pastoral care

in the tradition of Catherine McAuley,

the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, who

established the College in 1918.

Our Mission is to: “Empower each

young woman to determine her potential,

live Gospel values, confidently embrace

life-long learning and as a Mercy woman

be inspired to make a difference”.

We have a proud academic history,

annually achieving academic results,

which are among the best in the

country. Girls are encouraged to stretch

themselves and work towards individual

goals, so they fulfil their potential. A

good education has balance, and our

strong academic programme is combined

with varied co-curricular activities,

encompassing sport, cultural and musical


We invite you to visit Villa Maria

College and experience our special

character for yourself. You will also find

a wealth of information on our website


• Grounded in tradition, enlivened by innovation

and inspired by God

• Year 0 - 8 Anglican State - Integrated

• Holistic education inspired by the Gospel through

Grace/Huatau, Excellence/Hiranga, Courage/

Maiatanga and Faithfulness/Piriponotanga.

• Caring family atmosphere

• Specialist programmes

• Exciting new campus

• Transforming lives

• Limited places available in 2020

St Mark’s School

Open Day - Wednesday 22nd May, 9am - 2pm

Cholmondeley Avenue, Christchurch | Phone: 03 332 7339

Email: office@saintmarks.school.nz | www.saintmarks.school.nz


Tuesday 21 May 2019, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Villa Maria College is a state integrated Catholic secondary school for girls in years 7 - 13.

We extend a warm invitation to prospective parents and students to join us throughout the day

and see our College in action.

Meet our staff and students and find out what makes Villa Maria College such a special place.

Principal Deborah Brosnahan and our student leaders will address visitors in the Auditorium at

the following times: 9am and 1pm for Year 9 intake, and 11am for Year 7 intake. Visitors are then

invited to take a guided tour of the College.

We look forward to seeing you.

2019 Student Leaders

21 Peer St, Christchurch • Ph: 348 4165 • www.villa.school.nz

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continuing education



School of Music


Did you know that musical training

can change brain structure and function

for the better? It can also improve longterm

memory and lead to better brain

development, particularly for those

who start at a young age. So why wait

any longer?? Come and join us at the

Christchurch School of Music!

CSM is a not-for-profit organisation with

a strong focus on community. From ages 2

to 92 we have something for everyone. On

a Saturday morning the whole family can

find something to suit.

For the young ones there are pre-school

and junior school classes, “Take Off with

Music”, 41/2 year olds can start on Suzuki

strings and at 6 the recorder is a great

instrument to learn. In 2019 we have a

fantastic deal for beginner recorder players

– just $52 for a year of tuition and this

includes a recorder and a book!!

Older children and adults may opt for

group or individual lessons on a specific

instrument (including voice). With six

orchestras, two concert bands, a Big Band,

a jazz combo, six wind ensembles, rock

bands, two choirs, chamber groups, a

samba band and a guitar ensemble there is

an ensemble to suit all levels and all ages.

If affordability is an issue, CSM may be

able to offer a discount through funding

provided by the Rata Foundation.

Find out more about us or enrol any

time at www.csm.org.nz

Try something new

daylight saving ends

and the evenings become

longer why not take the

opportunity to take up a

new hobby, learn a new

skill, meet some new

people and have fun at

the same time then join

one of Papanui High

School’s exciting range of

Adult and Community

Education Courses for

Term 2 beginning from 6

May. We have a wide range

of courses to choose from and guarantee you

will find something to appeal regardless of

your age or interests.

One of new classes for Term 2 is a Belly

Dancing for Beginners Workshop on

Saturday 25 May between 3-4.30 pm. This

one off workshop taught by Nicola Rooney

is ideal for those who have always wanted to

try Belly Dancing and is the idea opportunity

to see if it is for you. All new dancers are

welcome as no previous dance experience is

needed. The workshop will cover a dancers’s

warm-up, posture and how to dance safely,

torso and arm movements, and common

belly-dance steps and terminology. This

class promotes creativity and self-expression,

strength, confidence and body awareness all

through the art of moving to music.

We also offer classes in Languages,

Woodwork, Dressmaking, Art, Cooking,

Cake Design, Yoga, Pilates,

Bee Keeping, Ukulele,

English for Speakers

of other languages,

Photography and more.

For further information

and enrolment in these

or any of our courses

please visit our website


or email rpb@papanui.

school.nz or telephone

our office on 3520701.




www.cwea.org.nz 59 Gloucester Street, Christchurch, 03 3660285

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COntinuing eduCAtiOn

Adult and community

education at Risingholme

Community Centre

There are exciting times ahead for

Risingholme Community Centre,

as we prepare to re occupy the

Risingholme Homestead, situated

in the Risingholme Park in Opawa.

This occasion will be marked with a

Mayoral Opening on Wednesday 5th

June and a Community Open Day

will take place on Saturday 8th June

when members of the community

are welcome to come and have a

look at the refurbished facilities.

Risingholme Community Centre

continues to offer a wide range of

exciting learning opportunities across the

city. With the start of term 2 on Monday

6th May and winter approaching why not

enrol in one of our exciting classes – www.


Risingholme’s strong focus on language

development continues with a wide range

of languages courses at a variety of levels

– ESOL, German, Italian, Russian, Sign

Language, Spanish and Te Reo Maori.

Risingholme’s traditional base of art and

craft courses continues to flourish with a

full range available at a number of venues.

They include fabrics, woodwork skills, cake

decorating, health & fitness and well-being,

Looking after each other

and ourselves

This Autumn the WEA is offering a

range of courses with the emphasis on

self and social care. We recognise that

having opportunities to listen deeply to

one another, and to come together around

a shared activity or experience are vital

parts of building a safe and connected

community. It is also true that to look after

others we must first look after ourselves. It

can be as simple as building time into our

busy lives for things that feed us: perhaps an

artistic or musical pursuit, learning a new

language, or practicing meditation. With

a range of over 40 courses from Middle

Eastern Dance to Understanding the Treaty

in 2019, Foraging to Rethinking Mental

Health and a welcoming and enthusiastic

community of learners, there is lots to gain

from a course at the WEA and we would

love to see you there.

computing, guitar and photography, as well

as many others.

For more information on classes at

Risingholme, Riccarton High School,

Christchurch Girls’ High School, Shirley

Boys’ High School, Hillmorton High

School and Hornby High School, contact

the Risingholme Community Centre at

332 7359 or e-mail info@risingholme.org.


The full programme for Term 2 is

available on our website at http://www.


Brochures are available at the Risingholme

office and public libraries.

Visit www.cwea.org.nz to find out more

or pop in and chat to us at 59 Gloucester

street (between 9.30 and 3pm week days).

Hearts created by students of

Japanese Origami

Learn business and

computing for free

Vision College’s free 20-week Certificate in

Business (Administration and Technology)

is a level 3 course that offers computer skills

within a business focus for those wanting to

retrain for modern office systems.

The course is designed for those wanting

to run the admin side of their own business,

work in an administration role, or upskill.

While covering computer applications

like Microsoft Word, Excel and Publisher,

it includes business report writing,

communication skills and creating business


Vision College’s self-paced course allows

students to work through a series of

computer-based skills with tutor support,

at times that suit their lifestyle. “Classes are

held during normal working hours, but we

can be flexible with hours that best suit our

Adult and Community

Education Term 2, 2019

Come learn with us

Risingholme Community Centre

offers a wide range of short courses,

each term, at a range of venues.

Risingholme Community Centre

Art (Create with Pastels & Paints, Mixed Media, Watercolour,

Painting with Acrylics), Mindfulness, Cake Decorating,

Drawing & Sketching, Embroidery, ESOL, Fabric & Craft

Skills, Guitar, Pottery, Sewing Skills, Upholstery, Using your

Overlocker, Weekend Sewing classes, Yoga, Wood Sculpture,

Woodwork, Woodwork for Women, Zentangle, Printmaking,

Fermented Foods, Plastics Free, Waiata.

Christchurch Girls’ High School

Dressmaking, Embroidery, Te Reo Maori, Watercolour Painting,

Drawing & Sketching, Preserving Fruit, Vegetables & Herbs.

Riccarton High School

Calligraphy, ESOL Business English Intermediate, Indian

Cooking, Italian Language, NZ Sign Language, Russian

Language, Sewing Skills, Spanish Language, Te Reo Maori,

Arabic, A Taste of Egyptian Cooking, Picture Framing.

student’s lifestyle.” says Gary Taylor, Vision

College Campus Manager.

“So, the learning is delivered by way of a

workbook, along with organised tutorials

where tutors are on hand to offer one-on-one

tuition when required. While some theory

is included, the course is very practical and

students are at a computer from the first

lesson.” Added Taylor.

This course is available for domestic

students aged 16+. Students do not need

their own computer, as the classroom is

fitted out with the required technology, but

may bring their own.

Vision College are enrolling now for

their April intake. For more information

call 0800 834 834, txt ‘OFFICE’ to 027 557

8839, or visit the website www.vision.ac.nz

to enrol online.

Hornby High School

Sewing Skills, Thai Cooking, Te Reo.

Shirley Boys’ High School

Painting with Acrylics, German Language, Photoshop, Reiki

Level 1, Spanish Language Level 3, Te Reo Maori, Thai

Cooking, Woodwork, Yoga (range of classes), Art of Creativity

& Expression, Sign Language.

Full details available on www.risingholme.org.nz

Risingholme office at 99 Hawford Road

Phone 332 7359 | Email info@risingholme.org.nz



Computer Skills

0800 834 834


50 Hazeldean Road, Addington

Are you looking to get back into the work force, but

don’t have up-to-date computer skills?

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.

Hours of study are flexible and tutors are

available for one-on-one support.

For more info txt 'OFFICE' to 027 557 8839

*Conditions apply

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Tyres, rims and even

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Word of mouth is the best

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is a raft of customers happy to recommend

JCM Direct Tyres in Middleton. The

independent, family-owned and operated

business supplies tyres, mags and rims and

it is clear from their feedback that they

provide ‘outstanding customer service,’

‘really know what they are doing,’ and even

provide ‘tasty coffee.’

Reviews like these are hard-won, with

the emphasis being on making sure they

go the extra mile to really meet the needs

of the client. As an independent dealer,

they are not tied to a specific brand.

Instead, they will look at your vehicle,

your budget and your driving style to

provide you with what you need instead

of what the franchise wants you to have.

This can be brand new tyres such as Pirelli,

Continental, GT Radial and Nankang, or

high end, almost-new second hand tyres

in mint condition, often the same brand

names as the new options. The JCM team

wants to know their customers are leaving

them with their vehicles, from caravans to

utes, that are safe on the roads.

They will give you their honest opinion

and expertise about what you need too.

It could be more cost effective in the long

run to spend a little more a quality tyre and

reduce the risk of punctures on the Garden

City’s rebuild roads, and if you do have a

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It is not only tyres – they supply rims

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of air quality

Choosing the

right heat pump

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The quality of the air we breathe

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perform. We breathe in and out

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air every day. It is therefore very

important to ensure good air

quality indoors through adequate

ventilation. Ventilation is the

process of air exchange to provide

the necessary air quality that meets

the needs of the occupants for clean,

fresh air. Low oxygen with high

carbon dioxide causes stuffiness

in the room and occupants can

feel drowsy. Invisible harmful

substances like a high content of

dust and tobacco smoke are harmful

and can cause various diseases. Even

bad smells can cause discomfort

or irritate the nervous system. In

summer, it’s easy to open windows

for cross ventilation, however as

winter approaches, we start to shut

up out houses to trap in the heat and

as a result, air quality can decline.

Ventilation includes both the

exchange of air to the outside as

well as circulation of air within

the building. It is one of the

most important factors for maintaining

acceptable indoor air quality in buildings.

Filtered air supply for summer and filtered

and warmed air in winter creates a healthy

environment in which to live and work. In

case of poor or insufficient air intake from

outside, the oxygen content decreases,

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Annual Report


I’m proudly standing up for Christchurch East and Backing the Kiwi Dream.

This overview of my work and activities in Government shows what I'm doing to

support you and the needs of our community.

2019 is our Government’s Year of Delivery.

Now we are seeing the results of the plans we made, and promises

we’ve delivered on from when our government term began. Families

are moving into newly constructed state homes in Richmond, elders in

the community will soon receive their next Winter Energy Payments, and

new parents are benefiting from our extended Paid Parental Leave,

Families Package and Best Start tax credit.

One achievement I’m very proud of is Mana Ake, and how many

organisations have come together to deliver better mental health

services for our young people. After only one year, teachers, parents

and caregivers are noticing improvements around mental health and

wellbeing in their children. Issues are being noticed and acted on earlier,

which is better for our schools, whanau, and wider communities.

Of course there is more to be done. We’ve received results from the tax

working group, and will start healthy conversations around much

needed changes to our tax system.

So I can deliver better services for you, and more effectively represent

everyone in Christchurch East, we will be moving my Electorate Office to

The Loft in Eastgate Mall. We believe that being more centrally located

for the Eastern suburbs, with better parking, and access to more bus

services will make it easier for you to reach me when you need to.

It wasn’t an easy decision to make. My predecessor, Mayor Lianne

Dalziel represented Christchurch East from New Brighton for many

years, and I moved into her office when I became your MP in 2013. Of

course, I still live in New Brighton, and I’ll continue to jog along the beach

every morning. I know that moving to The Loft will mean better access,

better services, and better representation for everyone in Christchurch


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Mana Ake

Improving access to mental health services has always been a priority

for this government. In February 2018, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

launched an initiative – Mana Ake – to support and promote positive

mental health and wellbeing for all children aged 5 to 12 years old

across Canterbury.

“Mana Ake is bringing together people with skills that naturally overlap

like teachers, social workers, youth workers, psychologists and

counsellors, but sharing information and resources in a way that hasn’t

been done before to provide the best support possible,” says kaiarahi

(team leader) Joel Brittenden.

Each school has a liaison kamahi (worker) who acts as the key contact for

the Mana Ake team. If teachers recognise a wellbeing concern in a child

such as anxiety or difficulty managing emotions, they will discuss the

child’s needs with their whānau.

Youth Alive Trust is one of thirteen non-government organisations within

Mana Ake.

“When we heard the government was rolling out mental health support

workers into local schools we thought, ‘We’re already doing this, we

need to be part of it,’” says Trust Manager James Ridpath.

Mana Ake is reducing wait times for specialist services, nipping issues in

the bud before they can escalate.

Over 500 children have received individual support and 120 in groups.

Children in 165 schools currently have access to Mana Ake kaimahi,

with a final roll out to 57 schools due next term (29 April 2019).

“Through Mana Ake, we are delivering on our policy to fund better, more

comprehensive mental health services for our community,” says Poto

Williams. “It’s a fantastic service that can only improve as it spreads

throughout Canterbury.”

Greater Christchurch

Claims Resolution Service

Michael Dodge

Mike has been struggling with his insurer for eight years. After multiple

engineering reports, property inspections, and thousands of dollars

spent on legal fees, he just wants his claim resolved.

“Every time it seemed like my claim was close to resolved, my insurer

assigned me a new case manager, new assessors and I had to start the

claims process over again,” says Mike. “No one was holding insurance

companies accountable and it felt like they could just move the

goalposts to avoid paying out.”

Now working with GCCRS, Mike is feeling cautiously optimistic.

“We’re working on an updated engineering report, and using mediation

to get my insurer to a point where they honour their agreement,” he


“After eight years battling my insurer, two and a half years in court, I’ve

got nothing left to lose now. I can’t fight this battle alone. I’m feeling

cautious because it’s taken so long, with so many not acting in good faith

to even reach this point. But, I’m hopeful for the process, and the GCCRS

providing independent insurance experts who can assist with

mediation, and deadlines to get things done.”

“What Mike and so many families have endured since 2011 is terrible,”

says Poto Williams. “People just want to move on with their lives, and we

created the GCCRS to help people like Mike do that.”

The GCCRS is free to access, fully independent, and here to support you

with your outstanding or remedial EQC or insurance claim.

- Online portal information sharing currently available for EQC and

Southern response clients.

- If you have an outstanding claim with anybody, the GCCRS can help

you settle your claim. Just give them a call, 0508 624 327.

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Stephanie Poole

Stephanie and her husband Matt love their boy Logan.

Logan was born at the end of July 2018, making them eligible for the

Families Package and Best Start tax credit. Stephanie and Logan are

enjoying 22 weeks paid parental leave, plus $60 per week.

“Our groceries bill is around $80 per week, so that $60 Best Start

payment really goes a long way,” says Stephanie. “Logan’s getting

interested in solids, so we have the money to experiment with different

foods to see what he likes.”

Her paid parental leave plus the Best Start tax credit have given

Stephanie more time to invest in Logan, and taken the pressure off

around returning to work.

“While I was pregnant and studying I worked one day a week to bring in

a little extra money,” says Stephanie.

“We worked out that if we weren’t getting the Best Start payments, I’d

have to go back to work three days a week to pay for childcare and earn

the same money as I did before. It’s just not worth it. This way we aren’t

worried about me going back to work, and I can spend more time with

Logan. This is really the best start for us” she says.

“Especially at Pregnancy Help we’ve talked about the Families Package

and Best Start a few times and the difference it makes in each of our lives.

It’s huge, especially for those with multiple kids,” says Stephanie.

You can get the Best Start tax credit of $60 a week for each child born

after 1 July 2018 until they turn one. Then from the age of one until three,

if your family’s income is:

- under $79,000 a year before tax, you can

continue to get $60 a week.

- over $79,000 a year before tax, your Best Start tax

credit will reduce by 21 cents for every $1 you earn

over $79,000.

Warmer Kiwi


Community Energy Action

Good health starts in the home. We knew that if we could make homes

warmer and drier, people would spend less time and money visiting

their GP and Emergency Rooms.

On 1 July 2018, our Warmer Kiwi Homes programme started providing

insulation for homeowners on low incomes, making it easier to stay

warm and dry through winter.

“Insulation is one of the most important, effective ways to keep your

home and your family healthy,” says Community Energy Action

Charitable Trust CEO Caroline Shone.

CEA is the only government approved provider from Ashburton through

to Kaikoura and across the West Coast.

“We have studies to show that getting insulated means fewer health

problems, less time in hospital, and lower energy bills,” says Caroline.

“That’s better for families, better for the CDHB and better for our


Under our Warmer Kiwi Homes programme, eligible homeowners can

have the cost of installing insulation subsidized by up to 92%.

“While the cost of insulation and heating is a one off, the benefits last

many years,” says Caroline.

To be eligible for the Warmer Kiwi Homes insulation grant, you need to:

- be the homeowner (owner-occupier) of a home built before 2008


- have a valid Community Services Card or SuperGold combo card,


- own and be living in a home in an area identified as lower-income

- contact us to find out if your address qualifies,


- be referred by the Healthy Homes Initiative.

Call CEA on 0800 438 9276 or 0800 GET WARM to find out if you are


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Electorate Office


We have seen a dramatic shift in the type of inquiries people have.

The biggest change is around EQC and earthquake repairs. Now, we

are able to refer people to the Greater Christchurch Claims Resolution

Service as they have more power to hold EQC and private insurers

accountable. By bringing them to the table, and making all information

about your case available to you, they are making headway into some

of the most complicated claims.

Whether your claim is ongoing, or you think it wasn’t repaired right the

first time, contact the GCCRS on 0508 624 327.

This year, I’m making it easier for you to find solutions and resolve

issues. By moving to The Loft in Eastgate Mall, we’ll be surrounded by

the agencies working hard for you. Instead of making more calls or

driving across town, we’ll be able to walk across the room and

introduce you to the relevant people and agencies who can help you.

Agencies like Community Law Canterbury, Citizens Advice Bureau,

Christchurch Resettlement Services, Aviva, and Pathways are also

based in The Loft. By being closer to them, our team will be able to

recommend and deliver better, more efficient solutions to you.

As a major bus hub in Christchurch East, being based in Eastgate Mall

will make it easier for more people to see me and my electorate team.

Of course, we’ll still run our mobile clinics visiting all areas of

Christchurch East. If you want to visit us, we hope you’ll find it easier and

more convenient to find your way to Eastgate Mall.

You’ll still find me jogging along New Brighton beach most mornings.

My hope for this move is to make me more effective for everyone in

Christchurch East.



This has already been a year of many highs and lows. I loved

welcoming the Cook Islands High Commissioner, HE Elizabath

Wright-Koteka on her recent trip to New Zealand, with other members

of the Cook Islands community. Thank you for encouraging and

mentoring women in our two countries, and for shaping our corner of

the Pacific.

In the wake of the tragic events on Friday 15th March, it has been a

privilege following in Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s example as she

led our city and our nation in responding to hate with love.

I personally knew a number of the people who fell at both the Al Noor

and Linwood Mosques, including Haji Daoud Nabi, whose final words

were “Hello Brother,” as he opened the door to the gunman.

While I never thought I would have to represent the people of

Christchurch East through vigils and memorial services for such a tragic

loss of life, I’m encouraged by how our community has responded.

So much money has been raised, food donated, and care packages

put together to support the victims and their families. Conversations

have started between people and communities who may not have had

much to do with each other before.

My hope is for these conversations to continue, so we see more of the

humanity that binds us together, instead of the barriers that used to

drive us apart.

There is still a long road ahead of us as our city recovers, and tragedies

like this sometimes feel like a setback. I know we can do this, because

we’ve done it before. We will keep moving forward, if we move forward


03 382 0288


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PO Box 18898, Christchurch, 8641

133 Brighton Mall

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