The Star: May 09, 2019


The Star Thursday May 9 2019





moves to


• By Anan Zaki and Georgia



crime wave in Rolleston have

started making trouble in


About five teenagers, known to

Selwyn police for their anti-social

behaviour, are now congregating

near Westfield Riccarton.

They were responsible for theft,

intimidation and vandalism in the

Selwyn district, police said.

Senior Constable Bruce Ward

said about four more teenagers

have now joined the core group

from Rolleston.

They congregate [in Riccarton

and the central city] and are

smoking cannabis and stuff like

that. Minor offending as well,

like shoplifting at Westfield Riccarton,”

he said. Police suspect

adults are supplying the group in

Riccarton with alcohol and drugs.

The youths were first spotted in

Riccarton about a month ago,

police said, and currently none of

them are attending school.

Police have been organising

conferences with the teenagers’

families in an attempt to control


• By Jess Gibson

MORE THAN 200 keen spellers

put pen to paper at the Otago

Daily Times Extra! Canterbury

quiz at Christchurch South


Pupils from schools across

the city teamed up in threes

on Tuesday and were tested on

spelling, grammar, abbreviations,

matching words with their

country of origin and dictionary


Selwyn House won the year 5

and 6 section of the quiz with 95

points out of a possible 100.

Their victory followed a

suspenseful tie-breaker with

Fendalton Open-Air School,

which came second with a score

of 94 points.

The St Martin’s School group

in third was not far off, with 93


Selwyn House champions

Penelope Sutton, 8, Amelia West,

9, and Serena Mackle Bayley, 9,

were ecstatic after their win.

Penelope said the quiz was

“nerve-racking but fun.”

The tie-breaker was the hardest

part. We got really confused

with one word – rhythm,” she


The Cathedral Grammar

School team won the year 7 and

8 quiz with 86 points out of 100.

Harry Long, 11, Liam Hume,

news online at

Quizmasters battle it out

WINNERS: Amelia West, 9, Penelope Sutton, 8, and

Serena Mackle Bayley, 9, after their victory in the

year 5 and 6 section of the Otago Daily Times Extra!

Canterbury spelling quiz. PHOTOS: JESS GIBSON ​

11 and Tor Chiles, 12, “did not

expect it” when their team was

called as the winners, as they

only practised once on the day of

the quiz.

Liam said the team got caught

on one of the mystery questions,

but breezed through most of the


The anticipation while waiting

for them to read out the

votes” was his favourite part of

the event.

Cobham Intermediate

School and Christchurch South

Intermediate were tied for

second place at 81 points.

Extra! editor Tricia Rowe was

pleased with how the night went.

“It’s the first time South

Intermediate had run the quiz

and I was really happy with

them,” said Mrs Rowe. She said

it was challenging making sure

everything ran smoothly, but the

support of South Intermediate

volunteer runners was a big help.

Teams were chosen by their

schools to compete in the


The quiz was run by the

Otago Daily Times through

Extra! – its monthly Newspapers

in Education publication for

primary, intermediate and

junior secondary school pupils.



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