Western News: May 14, 2019


4 Tuesday May 14 2019

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RESPECTED: Primary school teacher Debbie Bergin has had a large farewell from St

Bernadette’s School.

Leaving celebration for teacher


held to recognise the valuable

contribution a long-serving

teacher has made to St

Bernadette’s School and church.

Debbie Bergin has left St

Bernadette’s and has now moved

into her new role as a primary

teacher at St James School in Aranui.

The celebration was organised

by her former colleagues and

friends and was held at the

Catherine McAuley Centre at

Villa Maria College.

Father Paulo Filoialii held a

mass, which was followed by

entertainment from Pasifika

students, speeches and an

afternoon tea.

Former principal Maureen

Moore said Ms Bergin is a

highly respected teacher and

many speakers at the ceremony

thanked her for her commitment

to the children and families she

had worked alongside.

The celebration was attended

by more than 80 guests including

Sisters of Mercy who taught with

Ms Bergin, principals, former

colleagues, parishioners, family,

friends, past pupils and their


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A city council spokesman said

Hornby had also experienced

far less damage to infrastructure

compared to other parts of the


In 2011, the suburb’s

population was 8370. By

2018, it had grown to 9340.

Mr Duff said there is

some scepticism as to

whether the new motorway

will cause traffic in Hornby

to drop, as cars travelling

in from Rolleston already

cut through Springs Rd

before linking up to stage one of

the motorway.

In the association’s submission

to the city council, he

highlighted a recent report from

The Salvation Army which interviewed

Hornby residents.

It said: “Hornby needs help as

well as the other side of town

. . . this area is growing too fast.

It’s becoming a bottleneck.

“The influx of new residents,

businesses and activity since the

earthquakes has added greater

stress to our roads and surrounding


Mr Duff’s concern has been

backed by residents’ association

member Mark Peters, who

described roads such as Amyes

Rd becoming a “car park” in

rush hour.




Fire rages, homes at risk

Hornby traffic issues

Chalmers St, Shands Rd, Main

South Rd have also been identified

as roads needing improvement

for congestion.

Daily traffic count figures

show Amyes Rd has about 13,600

vehicles a day, Shands

Rd 33,400 and Chalmers

St to Main South Rd has

3500 vehicles.

Mr Peters said

right turning arrows

are needed for the

intersections of Amyes

Rd and Springs Rd,

Carmen Rd and

Chalmers St and Carmen and

Waterloo Rd.

But Halswell-Hornby-

Riccarton Community Board

chairman Mike Mora said he

did not want to see a “knee-jerk”

reaction to the problem until the

southern motorway opens.

City councillor Jimmy

Chen said the extension of

the motorway and the South

Express Major Cycle Route will

be important in helping with the


He said city council staff will

also conduct a traffic count

and consider installing a speed

bump on Waterloo Rd between

Carmen and Gilberthorpes Rd.

It is due to concerns from

residents about the number of

heavy vehicles using the road.

Marc Duff


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