4 Tuesday July 9 2019 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SOUTHERN VIEW News McMaster & Heap Veterinary practice “The Needle” Last week the decision was made to open up my beautiful girl Lola to retrieve a “bent needle” somewhere in her abdomen. I debated over this for 24 hours as I don’t like her having anaesthetics and I hate cutting her open. She was telling me she wasn’t right though, lagging behind on walks and eventually not wanting to leave the house, tucked up sore in her abdomen, head hung low and those sad eyes staring at me. She may not speak English but she sure talks to me. She is loved and adored by everyone at the clinic so my nurses took blood from her and run them in house. Everything tested was within normal limits. Richard Lucy then ultrasounded her abdomen and again nothing of concern was seen - thankfully. We radiographed her spine which appeared normal. What we did find was what looked to be a needle sitting ventrally in her abdomen. I was aware of the needle after her first surgery to remove her kidney due to cancer. The specialist surgeon mistakenly had left it behind. I had been monitoring its position with regular X-rays and it hadn’t moved in years. Last week when we radiographed her the needle had moved and appeared bent, necessitating removal. My colleague surgically operated on Lola as I find it difficult to cut my girl open. The rusty looking needle was removed and it had passed through a lobe of liver causing adhesions to the peritoneal wall lining. This would have caused her pain. These were freed up and she was closed and recovered so quickly with the aid of our “Bear Hugger’ which blows warm air around Lola on recovery. She’s getting lots of TLC at home and work and with my clients. She’s adored by so many and everyone wants her to recover speedily. She’s fought kidney cancer and chemo, split pad disease and intervertebral disc disease. She’s hard to keep down and out for too long. So far so good ( Lucky her parents are vets!!)- she’s more comfortable and moving better and that needle had to go!! Dr Michele McMaster Bus lanes planned for Addington • By Georgia O’Connor- Harding PEAK HOUR bus lanes could be installed on Lincoln Rd and Moorhouse Ave in a bid to stop buses from running behind schedule during rush hour. A decision on introducing bus priority measures on the two busy roads to try cut travel times for public transport is expected to come to the city council on Thursday. City council staff have recommended peak hour bus lanes on the inbound and outbound sides of Lincoln Rd between Moorhouse Ave and Whiteleigh Ave and on the south side of Moorhouse Ave between Selwyn St and Lincoln Rd. The inbound bus lanes would operate between 7am-9am on weekdays while the outbound lanes would operate between 4-6pm on weekdays. If the recommendation is approved, it expects to reduce average bus trip times by about 6.5min in the evening and 4.5min in the morning. But split views has meant a report on the proposal will go to the city council without a recommendation from the Spreydon- Cashmere Community Board. A report was presented to the board on Tuesday. Chairwoman Karolin Potter and deputy chairwoman Melanie Coker voted against the recommendation while board members Helene Mautner and Lee Sampson voted in favour. Mrs Potter was initially Karolin Potter Lee Sampson Melanie Coker supportive of having bus priority lanes which allowed buses to get the green light 40-50sec ahead of other vehicles at the Barrington St, Whiteleigh Ave, Lincoln Rd intersection. But she then supported Dr Coker’s view to go with the second option by council staff of “no return” bus lanes which means there would be peak bus lanes in the morning but not in the afternoons. “The theory behind that is while there are time constraints over getting people to work and their appointments in town the same time constraints don’t exist for people returning,” Mrs Potter said. Dr Coker said it would make it viable for businesses in the evening to have customers park out the front otherwise they will lose their customers. “It still means that people can take the bus more reliably into town on their way to work to get there on time,” she said. City councillors Tim Scandrett and Phil Clearwater were absent from the meeting. Mrs Potter said she tried to leave the matter on the table to allow Crs Scandrett and Clearwater to vote, but other members of the board informally turned it down. Last year, the city council sought feedback on the plan to introduce the bus priority measures and received 247 submissions. 3 issues $20 6 issues $44.50 10 issues $65 Open 7 days Cnr Hoon Hay & Coppell place phone 338 2534, Fax 339 8624 e. firstname.lastname@example.org www.mcmasterheap.co.nz McMaster & Heap SUBSCRIPTIONS FREEPHONE 0800 77 77 10 rugbynews.co.nz
SOUTHERN VIEW Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday July 9 2019 5 News Cookbook planned to honour legend • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding A COOKBOOK will be produced to celebrate the life of a “Hornby legend”. Nova Mayo died at her home on June 21 at the age of 79. Heavily involved in the Hornby community, nearly 1000 people turned out to honour her life at a service at the Upper Riccarton Methodist Church recently. “She was obviously a very kind and caring person. She would volunteer for anything and was very committed to her community,” her son Ashley Mayo said. He said Mrs Mayo was a very good cook and would often run demonstrations for the Salvation Army in Hornby and the Hei Hei Broomfield Community Development Trust, also known as 126 On The Corner. She would also cater for many community events including break-ups at the Hornby Panthers Rugby League Club. • By Jess Gibson AFTER 25 years, volunteer firefighter Marty Stanley still gets an adrenaline rush when the sirens go off at Governors Bay Fire Station. Since joining the Governors Bay Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1994, Mr Stanley has responded to a range of scenes within his community and across Christchurch. But he said his biggest feat “by far” was the Port Hills fires in 2017, where he helped out for over a week. Now, the 60-year-old has received recognition with a gold star pin which represents 25 years of service to the brigade. “It was a pretty awesome feeling. The years have gone really fast, that’s for sure,” Mr Stanley said. “Working for the brigade is great and it has been an amazing ride. There’s great camaraderie.” Mt Stanley works full time at Saeco Wilson in Sydenham and said he is fortunate to work for such a But she was “famous” for her cream horns – which is one of many of her recipes along with meringues and cinnamon oysters which will be included in the supportive company that allows him to attend the brigade’s call-outs. About 75 people attended the presentation of Mr Stanley’s award at Allandale Hall on June 22, including firefighters and their families. Presenting the pin was Queen’s Service Medal holder Chris Price from the Ashburton Volunteer Fire Brigade, who was representing the United Fire Brigades’ Association of NZ. Fire chief Andrew Norris said the highlight of the evening was Mr Stanley’s award, it was good to see service awards going to 15 other members, including certificates for three years and five years of service. The brigade started in 1988 and Mr Stanley is the sixth member to have received the award in 31 years. COMMENDED: Marty Stanley stands beside a giant version of the gold star he wears on his formal uniform, which represents 25 years of service to the Governors Bay Volunteer Fire Brigade. LOVED: Nova Mayo, who died at the age of 79, was described as a legend in the Hornby community. cookbook in her memory. Mr Mayo said plans for the cookbook are in the early stages at the moment, but it is hoped it will be able to raise funds to support the community. He said she was a “people’s person” and it would often take her about two to three hours to get around the supermarket at The Hub Hornby because she was talking to people. “She didn’t judge people. She had dealings with members of Parliament, gang dudes and everyone was just a person to her,” Mr Mayo said. Many tributes have been made online in honour of Mrs Mayo – including from Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods. Dr Woods said she was a passionate, generous, kind, clever woman of Hornby who supported many of her campaigns and often provided catering for volunteers on election day. Mrs Mayo was also a huge supporter of Hornby High School. Firefighter honoured for 25 years of service Robin Sutton Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk She was involved in the establishment of the school in the 1970s, was on the PTA and worked at school canteen for about 15 years. Hornby High School principal Robin Sutton said she left her own extraordinary and indelible mark on the community and her unmistakable and positive laugh would be missed. Mrs Mayo was involved in volunteering for many community groups including the Hornby Community Care Centre, the Rotary Club of Hornby and the Christchurch South Rotary Club. She was one of about 3000 people awarded The New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal for her services to the community. “We only found out about it when we were going through her stuff the other day so she kept that very quiet,” Mr Mayo said. Funding for neighbourhood gatherings open APPLICATIONS HAVE opened for funding for residents hoping to organise neighbourhood gatherings. Summer with your neighbours is about bringing people closer together, and celebrating the unique and diverse mix of each neighbourhood. The first event was held in 1998 and has grown in popularity since its inception. Residents can apply for a small subsidy to go towards the gathering. The fundings could be used for a range of gatherings including a pot luck dinner, neighbourhood sports day, staring a community project, a walking school bus, clean-up or street garage sale. 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