Southern View: August 06, 2019


4 Tuesday August 6 2019

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Mrs Meherne first moved to

Sumner in 1956 with her husband,

Doug, on their wedding day and

taught at Sumner School for most of

her life.

She remembers when she used to

take her classes to the beach to pick up

driftwood and they would come back

and light a fire to cook their lunch.

“I tried to make their school life

interesting because mine wasn’t,”

she said.

She still teaches music, and

has written several operettas

over the years for children

based on the true stories and memoirs

of orphans in New Zealand.

Mr Johnson has been involved

with the Sumner Surf Lifesaving

Club for almost 70 years.

He moved to Sumner from the

central city during the end of World

War 2 to a house “down by the

Esplanade near where the old surf

club was.”

The ex-cabinet maker would put

his carpentry skills to good use back

in the day, by making popular surf

craft like skis and boards.

“I made a lot of those for friends

and club members. It was really

more of a hobby, myself and an old

friend would work on them after

school and after work,” he said.

Now the patron of the club, Mr

Johnson saw about 70 people attend

his birthday bash at the new surf

lifesaving clubrooms on July 20.

Repairs required on sea wall

• By Louis Day

THE SUMNER Esplanade

rock retaining wall will need to

be rebuilt, says a University of

Otago professor.

Associate geography Professor

Mike Hilton said if the 1.2km

sea wall is not rebuilt within

10 years or so, there will be an

increased risk of exposure to

waves coming

over the wall.

This comes

after a report on

the wall from


consultant Jacobs

found there

Mike Hilton

are 19 points

along the wall

where repairs are


However, Prof Hilton said

there is no immediate danger.

“In the next few years, the

storm surge on that coast is not

particularly large. However,

when you look beyond the

short-term to the medium-term,

those storms are going to get

significantly larger and will

have a greater impact because

the sea level will be higher,” he


City council manager of

regional parks Kay Holder said

there are no plans to rebuild the


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“We know that in large

storms, seawater can overtop

the revetment, however, the

water is then contained by the

setback wall, which separates

the promenade from the

esplanade,” she said.

“The whole structure provides

two lines of defence, which

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sea-level conditions. We’ll be

using the findings of this report

to help prepare a multi-year

repairs and strategy work



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