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• By Georgia O’Connor-Harding

TREATING neurological

conditions using music therapy

has long gone under the radar.

But Avonhead resident

Kimberley Wade doesn’t want

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Using the power of music to help people

IN TUNE: Kimberley Wade singing with the Cantabrainers Choir during Music Therapy Week.

the treatment to be a “secret”

anymore.

She is helping to share

the positive effects of music

therapy with as many people as

possible.

“I work with people

with neurological conditions

and I come across people

every week who have no idea

what music therapy is,” she

said.

Last week Mrs Wade,

a senior registered music

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day for her rehabilitative group,

the Cantabrainers Choir, one

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• By Georgia O’Connor-Harding

A BUDDHIST temple’s fight to

halt the planned Fulton Hogan

quarry in Templeton may be

stopped in its tracks.

About 135 submissions have

been made by the temple’s

Samadhi Buddhist Trust and

its associated members over the

proposed quarry.

But because the temple has no

resource consent, the Selwyn

District Council says it has

received legal advice that any

possible adverse effects on the

temple from the quarry are to be

disregarded.

Fulton Hogan wants to open a

quarry on a 170ha piece of land

at Curraghs, Dawsons, Jones

and Maddisons Rds – directly

opposite its temple.

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recently learned the temple does

not have resource consent for the

spiritual and associated activities

it undertakes on the site.

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News

• By Georgia O’Connor-Harding

RETIREMENT village residents

living on a busy road in Wigram

could be one step closer to

having their speed limits

lowered.

The city council has revealed

what roads it is planning to

consider if it undertakes a speed

limit review of the Wigram Skies

area.

It is looking

to lower the

speed limit of

roads in the

Wigram Skies

subdivision

from 50km/h

to 40km/h

Anne Galloway

– including

Lodestar Ave.

But city

council staff will first undertake

a pre-assessment of the proposed

speed limit review by discussing

it with organisations including

police, Wigram Primary School

and businesses.

It will then report to the newly

Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton

Community Board (following

the elections) next month which

will decide if the speed limit

review goes ahead and out for

public consultation.

It comes after Lady Wigram

SAFETY: Lodestar Ave residents could be one step closer to

having their speed limit lowered.

Retirement Village residents,

who have been calling for heavy

vehicle restrictions to be placed

on Lodestar Ave, were left disappointed

when they were left

out of a speed limit review for

Halswell and Hornby wards.

For the past four years, noisy

trucks on Lodestar Ave have

been a long-standing issue for

residents living at the retirement

village.

A Lodestar Ave resident, who

did not wish to be named, said

he was pleased something is

happening and is hoping it will

be done quickly.

But he said while it is bound

to help it will not solve the

problem.

“You can put a speed limit on

anything but how do you make

trucks and cars adhere to it?” the

resident said.

A memorandum on the review

in will come to the Halswell-

Hornby-Riccarton Community

Board today.

City councillor Anne

Galloway said the speed limit

review of Lodestar Ave is “well

overdue.”

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She said representatives from

Kilmarnock Enterprises, which

are located on Lodestar Ave will

be speaking about their concerns

at the meeting today.

The social enterprise provides

employment, training and support

to people with disabilities.

Cr Galloway said because Kilmarnock

employs people with

disabilities, it is dangerous for

them to cross the road.

She hoped their presentation

to the board would add “weight”

to the need to make Lodestar

Ave safer.

The city council is also planning

to lower the speed limit

from 60km/h to 50km/h on

Awatea Rd (from Wilmers Rd

to the Christchurch Southern

Motorway bridge.

The same speed limit changes

are considered for Wigram Rd

(from Awatea Rd to Hayton Rd)

and all of Owaka Rd.

The review will also look at

intersection controls, no stopping

restrictions and cycle lanes

in the Wigram Skies area.

If it goes ahead, consultation

will begin either next month or

November.

It is expected if any changes

are made it will be approved by

the city council by February.

In Brief

COMMUNITY CENTRE

The city council plans to

provide New Zealand postal

services at the new Riccarton

Community Centre. It has

been working with NZ Post

to ensure residents in the area

will have easy access to postal

and bill paying services. The

new Riccarton Community

Centre is expected to open in

December and the NZ Post

service would be implemented

in April.

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A new stormwater facility

is planned for Halswell. The

city council has purchased

about 12ha to allow the facility

to be constructed north of

Quaifes Rd. It would include a

flush basin, flood attenuation

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constructed, the facility

will immediately receive

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Potential impacts of quarry on

temple could be ‘disregarded’

•From page 1

The temple, which is located

at 358 Maddisons Rd, is on land

deemed “inner rural zone” under

the Selwyn District Plan.

The district council’s advice to

disregard the impact the quarry

may have on the temple was

in the independently prepared

Section 42A

reports.

The reports

prepared for

Environment

Canterbury

and the district

Jesse

Burgess

Jolene

Eagar

council both

recommended the

quarry is declined

at the hearing

unless changes are

made.

Within the

reports, Beca

engineering

consultant Andrew

Henderson, who

was contracted by

the district council,

said the legal

advice received on the temple was

“the scale of activities undertaken

on the site exceeds the permitted

thresholds for a spiritual activity

in the Selwyn District Plan.

“The temple is operating in

the absence of any consents, any

adverse effects on it are to be

disregarded.” But district council

environmental services planning

manager Jesse Burgess said the

decision on whether the temple’s

submissions will be considered

will ultimately be made by the

panel of commissioners at the

hearing over the proposed quarry

in November.

Mr Burgess said the district

council first became aware of the

temple last year when the temple

asked general questions about

District Plan requirements for the

activities its wished to undertake

on the site.

The temple moved from

Hornby to the Maddisons Rd

site in 2017. Mr Burgess said

when the Samadhi Buddhist

Trust made a submission on the

Fulton Hogan quarry, the district

council’s consultant planner

wanted to better understand

the temple activities so it could

CONSENT

NEEDED:

The Samadhi

Buddhist Trust

temple on

Maddisons Rd

in Templeton. ​

understand the effects the quarry

would have on it.

It then became evident

the temple did not have the

appropriate resource consent as

outlined in the submissions.

Templeton Residents’

Association secretary Jolene

Eagar said the community loves

having the temple and the people

who use it are very welcoming.

She said having a quarry across

from the temple will have a

significant impact and it will be

a shame if the submissions from

people associated with the temple

cannot be heard at the hearing.

“It doesn’t matter if their

resource consent application

hasn’t been completed, they

still need to have a voice because

they will be affected,” Mrs Eagar

said.

Western News was unable

to get in touch with temple

representatives for comment.

Avonhead musician forms

‘Cantabrainers Choir’

•From page 1

The open day, held at Mary

Potters Community Centre in

St Albans, was part of Music

Therapy Week last week.

As part of the day, the public

was given a brief description of

what music therapy is and the

choir performed songs, including

some of its own compositions.

The choir also celebrated

the launch of a short film on

neurological choirs, which it

feature in with the SoundsWell

Singers.

Eight years ago Mrs Wade,

who runs her private practice

Southern Music Therapy in

Halswell, saw a gap for people

with neurological conditions

who wished to take part in

community activities.

“I had a few clients that were in

choirs that were no longer able to

be in choirs. Their whole life had

changed. If they are not coming

to community things then they

are isolated in their homes,” Mrs

Wade said.

It is why she and speech

therapist Susan McDonald, along

with Therapy Professionals,

established the Cantabrainers

Choir.

The choir is now run by Mrs

Wade and speech-language

therapist Angela Reimer for

people who have had a stroke,

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or have Parkinson’s disease,

multiple sclerosis or a brain

injury. It improves voice and

communication through singing

and socialising.

About 50 people are registered

with the choir and about 35

attend the weekly meetings.

At each session, the choir is

taught a range of music from

modern to traditional. Members

also write their own music to

stimulate the brain.

“Music is processed in many

areas of the brain. It is a really

fantastic tool for people with

brain injuries,” Mrs Wade said.

She said a huge amount

of work goes into operating

the choir, which is why the

Cantabrainers Choir Trust was

set up this year.

It aims to get more funding to

ensure a sustainable environment

for choir members.

While the choir’s main goal

is participation, due to demand

from within, it has done several

public performances with a

Christmas concert coming up in

December.

•The choir meets every

Wednesday at the Mary

Potter Community Centre

from 10am-11.45am. To

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Chen vents frustration over mega-facility vote

• By Georgia O’Connor-Harding

JIMMY CHEN has criticised

some of his fellow board

members for their controversial

failed recommendation to delay

the Hornby mega-facility.

But Halswell-Hornby-

Riccarton Community

Board deputy chairwoman

Helen Broughton said she is

disappointed the four board

members,

including

herself, who

recommended

delaying the

mega-facility,

are copping the

blame for the

decision.

Jimmy Chen

Cr Chen’s

comments,

which were made at a city

council meeting, come after

councillors unanimously voted

to get the new $35.7 million

Hornby Library, Service Centre

and South West Pool back on

track.

The decision overturned the

board’s recommendation, which

had prompted outrage in the

Hornby community and saw

residents march into the city

council to fight the delays.

Cr Chen said he was “very

frustrated and disappointed”


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at some attempts by board

members to delay the facility.

But Mrs Broughton said Cr

Chen, a Hornby representative,

wasn’t at the original

board meeting to make a

recommendation to the city

council on the facility.

She said: “I don’t think he

should have criticised other

board members. The four board

members who voted against it

voted on the grounds of land

stability and we didn’t expect to

be in the majority.’’

Mrs Broughton said if

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Tensions remain

high between

community board

members over

decisions on

the new Hornby

Library, Service

Centre and South

West Pool’s

location at Kyle

Park.

everyone had been at the board He said Kyle Park had already

meeting, the recommendation been approved by the board and

to allow the facility to go

the city council as the

ahead would have passed.

mega-facility’s future

Cr Chen was absent

home along with the

from the meeting due

Kyle Park reclassification

and changes to the

to being required as city

council multicultural

management plan.

committee chairman

The key concern

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of the four board

welcoming 180 New

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Zealand citizens.

Helen recomended the delay

But Cr Chen said the Broughton was that a report on

four board members need

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to take responsibility for the Park will not be available until

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board’s meeting in August, Mrs

Broughton and board member

Catherine Chu voted against

the changes, while Debbie Mora

and Ross McFarlane either voted

against or abstained.

Due to absences, only city

councillor Anne Galloway and

board chairman Mike Mora were

left to vote in support for several

changes to go ahead.

Mrs Broughton said perhaps

the board’s decision on the

facility should have been delayed

to ensure Cr Chen, Cr Vicki

Buck and board member Natalie

Bryden were at the meeting.

But Mr Mora said the decision

could not be delayed any longer

as the board could not afford to

have any “unfinished business”

before the elections. He was

also confident the board’s

recommendation would be

overturned at the city council

meeting. It comes as the city

council took away delegation

from the community board

for making decisions over the

facility.

Mr Mora said he suspected the

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the board after the elections or

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Walkway

plan to keep

pupils safe

A NEW walkway is on the

cards for Halswell to prevent

car parking chaos during peak

school hours.

The Aidanfield Christian School

board of trustees has approved

the idea of encouraging the use of

Nga Puna Wai for car parking so

pupils can walk to school through

the back gate via the St John of

God walkway. It would mean

children avoid walking along Aidanfield,

Euphrasie and Augustine

Drives – keeping them off these

busy Halswell roads.

City council staff are working

with St John of God, the school

and the Community Guardians

– a partnership between the

Student Volunteer Army and City

Care – to co-ordinate the work

needed to upgrade the pathway. It

may include the construction of a

bridge or boardwalk to cross the

area around the stream.

The aim is to complete the project

in time for term one in 2020.

The Hurutini Student Council,

which is made up of Halswell

primary schools, is working on

an event, planned for October 25,

to demonstrate the parking plan

and help parents and students

familiarise themselves with the

route.

Riccarton Rd works to finish early

WORK ON upgrading the

busy section of Riccarton Rd

between Harakeke and Matipo

Sts is likely to finish four months

earlier than expected.

Multi-stage earthquake repairs

to the busy thoroughfare have

been testing the patience of

motorists and causing problems

for retailers in the area.

Fulton Hogan has been

replacing the underground pipes

and renewing the road between

the two streets since February

and was expected to finish in late

2020.

But now the city council says

it has been told the work will

finish by August next year. It was

anticipated the upgrade would

take until the end of next year.

“Fulton Hogan have managed

to get through the sewer work

faster than expected so that

means they have been able

to fast track other aspects of

the project,” said city council

transport planning and delivery

manager Lynette Ellis.

“We realise there are still many

months of road works ahead but

we are really pleased that Fulton

Hogan have been able to bring

forward the completion date by a

few months.”

It comes after businesses

raised concerns over how they

would be affected, leading to

a meeting with city council

staff and the Halswell-Hornby-

Riccarton Community Board

before Christmas.

Solutions the city council

and businesses came up with

before work began in February

included faster construction

methods, additional signage to

indicate businesses are open and,

where available, car parking was

made.

ON TIME: The upgrade work

along Riccarton Rd is set to

be completed earlier than

expected.

Ms Ellis said Fulton Hogan

is very conscious it is working

on one of the busiest streets in

the city and that it is causing

disruption for businesses,

residents and motorists who

travel along Riccarton Rd, so

they are constantly looking at

ways to get the job done faster.

The work involves replacing

and upgrading about 1km of

old, damaged sewer pipe, which

is buried 4m below the surface,

and then rebuilding the road

to accommodate bus priority

measures.

“Most of the work that is

being done along Riccarton

Rd is essential upgrades to the

infrastructure, but we are also

taking the opportunity to make

some streetscape improvements

and add some landscaping so we

create a nicer environment for all

road users,’” Ms Ellis said.

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Reserves benefit from planting events

COMMUNITY volunteers

have helped plant at least

29,000 shrubs and trees in

Christchurch parks and reserves

in the past year.

Planting days have taken

place in areas including the Port

Hills, Halswell Quarry Park and

Travis Wetland Nature Heritage

Park.

This work has a value of about

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The work has been carried

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community partnership programme

which aims to boost

community-led action in the

city’s green spaces.

It includes running volunteer

planting days, clean-ups, and

working with schools to encourage

kids to help improve their

local parks and waterways.

The programme is now in its

second year of operation and

receives an annual grant from

the Community Resilience Fund

for two years.

Recognising the work of local

volunteers is timely because this

week is the 50th anniversary of

conservation week – a national

celebration that encourages

people to get involved in nature

and help take care of it.

There were more than 38,000

volunteer hours recorded

across all city council parks

GROWING: Volunteers such as this group at Halswell Quarry

Park have helped plant 29,000 shrubs and trees in the last

financial year. ​

programmes in the last financial

year, a 27 per cent increase on

the previous year.

This represents 29,000 plants

and trees put into the ground,

an outcome that would normally

cost between $1.1 million

and $1.5 million to achieve.

City council manager of

parks, programmes and

partnerships Kate Russell said

the fund is a great example of

what can be achieved when

the city council is able to boost

community involvement and

volunteering.

“The numbers only tell part of

the story, the significance of the

stories and goodwill generated

can’t be overestimated. It really

nurtures active citizenship. The

feelings of guardianship that

have been generated through

this work are where the true

value lie.

“The programme caters for

people who want to do one-off

service in their community

‘The feelings of

guardianship that have

been generated through

this work are where the

true values lie.’

parks as well as those who

see themselves as longer term

guardians of their parks and

who give hundreds of voluntary

hours individually each year.”

As word spreads, staff are

receiving a steadily increasing

number of inquiries about

projects that can be supported

through the fund, she said.

In 2018, a total of 62 events

took place, including 20 that

were one-off events and more

than 40 that have sparked an

ongoing commitment with multiple

events over the year and

more planned in the future.

Ms Russell believes the numbers

will grow even more when

a city-wide volunteer database

system is introduced and figures

can be more accurately reported.

The community partnership

programme is managed by a

co-ordinator and a full-time

schools support field ranger.

With current funding coming

to an end by the end of 2020,

the city council’s parks team is

exploring ways to create a more

permanent programme, she said.

Templeton land

could be used

for a cemetery

LAND IN Templeton could

provide the answer to the city’s

long-term need for more burial

space and for a large sports park.

The city council has agreed staff

should begin drafting a development

plan for the Maddisons

Rd land that allows for about

two-thirds of it to be used as a

cemetery and for the remaining

third to be used as a sports park.

Most of the city’s existing

cemeteries are at, or nearing capacity,

so there is a need for a new

cemetery.

Christchurch also has a shortage

of large sports parks that can

accommodate multiple sports and

recreation activities and largescale

tournaments and events in

one location.

City council head of parks

Andrew Rutledge said the land

at Templeton is suited to both

cemetery and sports use and the

location is ideal as there has been

a population shift westward since

the earthquakes.

“The council is legally required

to provide for community burial

needs and we have been looking at

possible cemetery sites across the

city. A new cemetery on the land

at Templeton could potentially

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Students and teachers at

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Ms Mitchell has written six

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EXPERT: Climate change journalist Alanna Mitchell visited

Hillmorton High and Christchurch Girls’ High to educate

students on climate change. ​

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can do to make real change

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I feel so much more hopeful

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moving and fascinating,” she

said.

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270 mostly year 12 students,

and assistant principal Sonja

Bailey said she hopes the talk

will open up a lot of horizons

for the students.

Mrs Bailey said the school

supports its students who

are involved with the School

Strike 4 Climate initiative, and

there will be students striking

on Friday.

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Readers respond the

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reaction to the city

council’s decision to

overturn the Halswell-

Hornby-Riccarton

Community Board’s

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to further delay the

Hornby mega-facility

Susan Johnstone

Lord – That’s just

wonderful for everyone.

Physical and mental health

enhanced. Congratulations

to all involved.

David Simon –

Good news, nice bit of

grandstanding for the

mayor just before a local

election. Timing and spin

are everything.

Nathan Gardiner –

Why was this even a vote.

Basic facilities should not

need a public vote.

Ray Boyer – Must

be election year lol. But

whatever works.

Jeremy Maxwell

– Just in time for the

elections.

Hamish Middleton

– Would have been so

much easier, cheaper and

faster to place the facility at

the now-closed Sockburn

School site. Obviously

would have reduced the

incomes of many city

council employees that

have milked this over the

last few years.

Trevor Taylor – If

Dalziel has said t will

happen . . . it won’t.

Eva Reid responds to

an article about the

Halswell-Hornby-

Riccarton Community

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thus making entry to

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owners complaining,

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area seems to be getting

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Tuesday September 24 2019 13

Your Local Views

Board leaders look back on highlights

Ahead of the

October local

body elections,

Fendalton-

Waimairi-

Harewood

Community

Board chairman

Sam MacDonald writes

about what the board has

achieved in the last three

years

IT’S BEEN A productive three

years for the Fendalton-Waimairi-

Harewood Community Board

on a range of fronts. The board

operates on delegations from the

city council in an effort to make

more local decision-making, and

to ensure the city council table

concentrates on city-wide issues.

While it is difficult to capture

everything I wanted to touch on a

few tangible outcomes our board

has worked on. Most recently we

finally got the green light from

the city council to install traffic

lights at the Harewood, Breens

and Gardiners Rds intersection –

this has been a long fight but it’s

good to see it progress.

Often we are approached by

community groups which have an

interest in a something significant

in our board area. Of note was

the consultation to consider the

Avonhead Cemetery be recognised

as a memorial cemetery.

This is particularly relevant following

the earthquakes and after

a huge effort by the Friends of

Avonhead Cemetery.

We have had pedestrian lights

installed outside St Andrew’s

College in a bid to make it safer

for students crossing Papanui Rd.

We have approved and instructed

city council staff to undertake the

work required to modernise the

Lake Roto Kohatu facilities, which

will make it far more accessible

and user-friendly for everyone

who uses it (particularly over the

summer). It has been pleasing to

see the Bishopdale Library open

after its earthquake rebuild and

I’m sure everyone who uses Jellie

Park will also value the redevelopment

that has occurred there.

We have had a record number

of students present to the board

over this term, updating us on

what they are achieving locally,

and so many community groups

have partnered with the board to

strengthen their work in the local

community.

While we undertake a lot of outcome-driven

work in the local area,

we also advocate to the city council

at every annual budget and Long

Term Plan on behalf of residents;

and we have continually reminded

the city council that it needs to

focus on the basics and reinvest the

rates everyone in our wards pay

back into our part of the city.

Chairman

Mike Mora

also writes

about the

Halswell-

Hornby-

Riccarton

Community Board’s past

three years

IT’S BEEN a very busy and

productive three years for the

Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton

Community Board.

Being the largest community

board in New Zealand and

representing the fastest growing

areas of Christchurch, we have

successfully achieved a number

of highlights.

Of particular mention is

the recognition given by the

board for the new and proactive

Greater Hornby Residents’

Association, particularly its

involvement in progressing the

new Hornby Library, Service

Centre and South West Pool

project at Kyle Park.

The board is most

appreciative of the good work

being carried out by our local

residents’ associations and for

bringing issues to the board’s

attention.

It is pleasing that good

progress is being made towards

completing the new Riccarton

ADVOCATE: The Halswell-

Hornby-Riccarton

Community Board has

opposed the planned

Roydon Quarry in

Templeton.

PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

Community Centre in Clarence

St later this year and the

completion of the next stage of

the Southern Motorway, which

should help ease current traffic

congestion on our roads.

Other highlights saw the

board fund additional operating

hours for the forthcoming

summer season at the Halswell

Pool and also the opening of the

Wigram and Knights Stream

Schools and the relocation of

the South Hornby Primary

School.

There have been many

decisions made by the board to

keep our roads safer and make

them operate more efficiently,

including reduced speed

limits in new subdivisions at

Longhurst and Knights Stream,

and in the wider Halswell and

Hornby areas.

We have been especially

active in opposing the proposed

Roydon Quarry at Templeton

and have also given support

to Yaldhurst residents over

their ongoing issues around

quarrying activity.

The board participated

actively in the city council’s

annual and long term plans,

advocating strongly to

secure the budgets for our

communities’ priorities.

The funding support provided

to local community groups

and organisations, especially

to our young people, was a real

highlight of the last three years.

There have been some

unresolved issues, such as the

Yaldhurst Park subdivision,

relocation of the Christchurch

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WITH MARY IN FAITH

TĀTOU KO MERE E WHAKAPONO ANA

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

This term has been a wonderful celebration

of Marian’s Special Character and school

culture. When girls are involved in school

life, which is rich with celebrations and

traditions, we see improvements in student

learning, participation and wellbeing.

This term we had Feast Day, which is the

most anticipated religious event on the

Marian College calendar and includes

Mass, a house group singing competition,

talent quest and plenty of fun.

Our kapa haka team has combined with

brother school St Bede’s College to

produce a ‘super group’ which gave a

moving performance at the Secondary

Schools’ Kapa Haka Whakataetae

Regionals. For many, it was a ‘first time on

the stage’ experience.

We are also underway exploring our

school’s cultural narrative. As well as

relocating Marian College in 2023 and

all we represent, building a new school

involves weaving the history and story

of mana whenua into the fabric of our

buildings and environment.

On a recent staff only day, we traced the

journey of the school; key women, role

models from our past and shared stories

and memories of the school from its

beginning up to today. We look forward

to future work on our cultural narrative as

plans for our new school develop.

For the latest Marian news and information,

please check our website and follow us on

Facebook. Enjoy the read!

Mary-Lou Davidson

Marian College Principal

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FRANCESCA RELEASES FIRST SINGLE

Our talented Head of Culture

Francesca Humphries has written

recorded and released her first

single. Her beautiful song ‘I had

a dream’ is available now on

iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.

Fran was selected to participate in

an artist development programme

with Nathan Phillips Vocals and

the results are breath-taking.

Well done Fran, we are very

proud of you! You can follow

Francesca @fraaancescaaamusic

on Instagram.

Rising Japanese rugby star, Hitomi Oka,

has enjoyed the International Rugby

Programme (IRP) so much, she is staying

on at Marian College.

“Both in terms of my rugby and my life

in general, I think I have become far more

resilient and self-driven,” Hitomi says.

“What I like best about Marian College is

that teachers and students are very kind and

welcoming to me.”

Marian College Principal Mary-Lou

Davidson says the IRP is an amazing

opportunity for students from all over

the world to come together for high

performance sport development.

“Our Marian students are exposed to the

opportunities sport at this level brings.

They make connections through the

enjoyment of playing sport, develop

manaakitanga and make long-lasting

friendships,” Mrs Davidson says.

Marian has partnered with St Bede’s

College to host the International Rugby

Programme (IRP) from 2019. The 17-yearold

high-performance programme makes

use of the latest technologies and practice.

International students participate in a

combination of rugby training, coaching

and academic learning.

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Tuesday September 24 2019 15

News

Ditch transformed into stream

THE TRANSITION of the Ilam

Stream from its previous state as

an “ugly stormwater drain” into

a live, flowing, neighbourhood

stream has taken another big

step forward.

Stream beautification and

bank protection was the goal

for 63 Guides from GirlGuiding

New Zealand who donned

robust footwear and took up

spades in Crosbie Park to plant

native plants along the stream’s

banks and carry out a general

tidy-up of the area.

The riparian planting event

was a combined initiative involving

stream group, Network of

the Ilam Stream, Girl Guides

and the city council.

The event’s success would not

have been possible without the

enthusiastic and generous support

of the city council.

Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood

Community Board chairman

Sam MacDonald initially

brought the two groups together

and the assistance of the city

council’s parks and gardens team

who supplied all of the plants,

tools and refreshments.

The event was attended by Mr

MacDonald and board member

Shirish Paranjape.

The botanic expertise was provided

by Matthew Arat and his

team, who gave up part of their

weekend to assist and ensured

the event went without a hitch.

GREEN THUMB: GirlGuiding New Zealand Russley guide

unit team leader Kimberley Washington of GirlGuiding New

Zealand and Network of the Ilam Stream chairman Bill Carroll

helping plant at Crosbie Park. ​

City council head of partnerships

Kate Russel said: “We are so

delighted to be working alongside

the Girl Guides of all ages to help

to make Crosbie Park an even

better community space.’’

She said the city council’s

programme of engagement with

young people through schools

and groups such as GirlGuiding

NZ is creating a new generation

of parks’ guardians to look after

greenspaces into the future.

The rejuvenated Ilam Stream

flows from the top of Avonhead

Park through Avonhead before

joining up with the Avon River

in the grounds of Canterbury

University.

The stream was the 1980s

dream of the late Tony Royds, a

long-time Avonhead resident.

This planting event is a further

step in progressing the stream

from its previous ditch-like state

into a restful focal point for

residents to enjoy with its now

flowing water and plantings that

are supportive of both ongoing

bird and aquatic life.

• By Jacob Page

THE RICCARTON Knights

have honoured a past stalwart

as they unveiled their new

changing rooms at Crosbie Park.

The new facility is known as

the David Attewell Building,

recognising a man who gave

more than 30 years service to the

club before he died in 2013.

Acting club chairman Peter

Carey said the two new changing

rooms, along with two store

rooms and two dual-purpose

toilets, will ease the pressures on

the club during major events.

“There are two fields at

Crosbie Park but only one set of

changing rooms so when we held

a club day or had multiple home

games, it was super busy and

at times we had to have teams

SPORT

MOMENT: Riccarton Knights rugby league acting chairman

Peter Carey outside the new David Attewell Building at

Crosbie Park.

League stalwart honoured

change in our club lounge or

even put up a marquee.”

Dr Carey said Mr Attewell was

the right man for the honour.

“David gave a lot of time to

the club for many years, doing

all sorts of things to keep the

club ticking over, as did his wife,

Sally, so for the building to have

his name was the right decision.”

The $270,000 project took five

years to complete, with the club

raising more than a third of the

money needed, with charitable

donations covering the rest.

This has been a major project

for us a club and we seem to be

doing better than most at present

so we hope that continues into

the future,” Dr Carey said.

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highlights

World Scholars Cup

In August this year we sent one Junior and

one Senior team to Sydney to compete in the

global round of The Worlds Scholars Cup.

Both teams qualified through the regional

round held in Christchurch.

There are six subject academic challenges:

Arts, Social Science, History, Science,

Literature, Special Area - in this case Unsolved

Mysteries. These are subjects that students

studied before the event. The seniors did

particularly well in these. Team medals are for

Collaborative Writing, Debating and combined

Academic and Scholars Bowl General

Knowledge.

All students achieved at a very high level

in this competition which was attended by

students from 28 countries.

Both teams qualified for The Tournament of

Champions to be held at Yale University in

November.

Cantamath Competition -

Wednesday 28 August 2019

Our Year 10 top team won the

competition and scored 100 points

getting all the questions correct.

Our Year 9 team placed second.

Fifty-six teams in all competed.

Well done to the students involved

and the staff of the Mathematics

Faculty. Overall, Burnside High

School has won three out of the

four Canterbury Maths Association

trophies this year, a great effort.

From left to right: Cole Stevens,

Helaman Hatcher,

Mark Change, Tim Fisher-Taylor

NZSS Golf Team

Championships Final

in Cromwell -

2 September 2019

Burnside High School Mixed Team - 2nd place

NZSS Table Tennis

Team Championships

in Tauranga

2-3 September 2019

A Grade Teams Event

Burnside High School 'A' Team - 1st place

Third year in a row winning this title.

From left to right: Conor McCullough,

Olivia Wang, Lucia Guo, Jai Bartlett, Ameya Raut

Cycling News

The 2019 UCI Junior Track Cycling World

Championships were held in Frankfurt, Germany,

from 14-18 August this year. One of our Year 13

students, Sami Donnelly, competed in the 3000

metres Teams’ time trial event. The team came a

very respectable second, missing out on gold to

Italy by a mere .007 of a second! Two silver medals

for Sami in two years. Congratulations!

Sami Donnelly on the left

From left to right: Amy Weng, Jasmine Clancy,

Yuki Miya, Hayato Miya

NZ Age Group

Championships in

Cromwell -

4-6 September 2019

Womens’ U17 –

Amy Weng, 17th

Womens’ U15 –

Jasmine Clancy, 14th

Mens’ U17 –

Hayato Miya, 2nd

Mens’ U15 –

Yuki Miya, 4th

NZSS Table Tennis

Individual

Championships -

4 September 2019

U19 Girls Champion -

Jiayi Zhou (gold medal)

U19 Girls Runner-Up -

Avon Liu (silver medal)

U19 Boys Runner-up -

Sang-Yong Park (silver medal)

U19 Boys 3rd equal -

Zak McKellar (bronze medal)

From left

to right:

Jiayi Zhou,

Sang-Yong

Park,

Avon Liu

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Dominant Middleton set to

take on North Island foes

• By Jacob Page

THE MIDDLETON Grange

basketball team hope their looks

will be deceiving when the

head to the national secondary

schools’ tournament at

Palmerston North on September

30.

In spite of being Canterbury

and South Island champions,

co-coach Jack Williamson said

they may still be able to fly under

the radar.

The nationals begin on

September 30 at Palmerston

North with Cashmere High

School, St Andrew’s College

and Shirley Boys’ High School

the other Christchurch schools

competing.

“Not too many of the teams up

there would have seen us before

and I’m hoping that when they

see how under-sized and unathletic

looking we are during

warm-ups that they may take us

lightly,” he said.

Middleton Grange have

simply run their South Island

opposition off the court all

year and their multiple outside

shooting threats have proved too

hot to handle so far.

Williamson said they were

keen to keep playing that style of

game.

“We know the North

Island teams will be more

physical than what we are used

too but we will just try to play

TOP TEAM: Middleton Grange basketballers have been in

dominant form losing just one game. ​

our way that has worked so well

for us so far.

“I thought the team got better

as the (South Island) tournament

went on and hopefully we can

build on that.”

Middleton Grange managed

their third win over former

South Island champions

Cashmere High School in the

semi-finals of the tournament

in Nelson but Williamson said

SPORT

they would still be a threat at

nationals.

“Our style works for us

against them but they have

some big bodies and talented

players so we still expect them

to do some damage at

nationals.”

Williamson said the coaching

staff were hopeful of making the

top eight and then seeing how

things go from there.

Bad health no hurdle

to Mason’s singles title

• By Adrian Seconi

FENDALTON teenager Abby

Mason battled a cold and her

doubles partner to claim the

Otago Indoor Open women’s

singles title in Dunedin.

The St Margaret’s College

15-year-old coughed her way

through the match but also

slammed her backhand and

forehand to power her way to

a 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 win against rival

and tournament No 1 seed Kelly

Southwood.

The pair teamed up to win the

women’s doubles title earlier in

the day.

They beat Angela Fitzgerald

and Belinda Hirst 6-0, 7-5. They

also play club tennis together in

Wellington – Mason commutes

to the capital regularly.

But the partnership was put on

hold for the singles final. Mason

was hitting the ball harder earlier

and broke her rival’s serve to take

a 4-2 lead.

Southwood could not find a

way back in the set and the final

looked to be heading for an early

finish when Mason went up 3-0

in the second set.

But this time Southwood was

able to find a crack.

She broke her opponents serve

and held her own to trail 3-2.

Game six was backwards and

forwards. Both players had an

opportunity to win the game but

Southwood eventually prevailed.

But she followed up some hard

VICTORIOUS: St Margaret’s

College 15-year-old Abby

Mason plays a forehand

during the final of the Otago

Indoor Open in Dunedin.

PHOTO: GERARD O’BRIEN

work with a poor serving game.

Mason served for the game at 5-4

and again at 6-5 but could not

finish.

She fluffed some easy shots

when coming into the net and the

odd overhand went wayward as

well.

The errors proved costly.

Southwood won a tiebreaker 7-5

to claim the second set.

But Mason put aside the

squandered opportunities and

produced a more polished effort

in the third set to claim the win.

Both players hit the ball with a

lot of power but Mason had the

edge with her backhand.

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Tuesday September 24 2019 19

JP Clinics

Tuesday, 10am-1pm

A justice of the peace will be

on-site to take declarations, affidavits

and affirmations, witness

signatures on documents and

certify document copies. They

can also witness citizenship

applications and rates rebate applications.

Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre and

Upper Riccarton Library

Citizens Advice Bureau

Monday, Wednesday,

Thursday, Friday, 11-5pm, and

Tuesday, 2-5pm, at Papanui, and

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

and Monday, 11am-5pm, at

Hornby and on weekdays, 9am-

5pm.

The Citizens Advice Bureau

provides free and confidential

advice to everyone. It takes the

time to listen to you and equip

you with information, options

and support.

The Village Presbyterian

Church and Community Centre,

cnr of Papanui Rd and Franks St,

and the Hornby Library

Upper Riccarton Library

Book Discussion Group

Wednesday 10-11am

For those who love reading

and want to share in discussion

with other friendly book lovers.

The group subscribes to the Book

Email georgia.oconnor@starmedia.kiwi

by 5pm each Wednesday

Discussion Scheme so there is a

cost involved.

Upper Riccarton Library

Family History Help

Wednesday, 11am-1pm

Are you interested in family

history (genealogy)? A volunteer

from the Canterbury branch

of the New Zealand Society of

Genealogists are available to help

with your family history questions.

Upper Riccarton Library

Mahjong Group

Wednesday, 1-3pm

Interested in playing mahjong?

Learn to play at the library. For

beginners and advanced players

alike. If you have your own set

take it along.

Upper Riccarton Library

Scrabble Club

Wednesday, 1.30-3.30pm

Have a way with words? Go

along when you can and join the

library’s friendly Scrabble Club.

Some boards provided.

Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

UR Club

Wednesday, 3.30-4.30pm

Go and join the fun at an afterschool

club. Open to all schoolaged

children. There will be

stories, crafts, games and more.

Upper Riccarton Library

Chinese Technology Help

Book-in Sessions

Wednesday, 2-3pm

These free book-in sessions

are available to help you with

specific issues, such as using

email, searching the internet,

using the library catalogue, using

electronic resources and any

other general computer-related

queries. Take your laptop, tablet,

smartphone or use one of the

desktop computers. Registration

required.

Upper Riccarton Library

Culture Exchange

Thursday, 11am-noon

Upper Riccarton Library’s

Culture Exchange is a friendly,

relaxed group, where you can

make new friends, practice

English and learn about New

Zealand and the city. Free weekly

meetings.

Upper Riccarton Library

GenConnect

Thursday, 1-2pm

Connecting generations by

sharing knowledge. Do you

have questions about your iPad,

smartphone or tablet? Want to

know how to use Skype, Facebook

and apps or share

your photos with family or

friends?

Upper Riccarton Library

Spark Jump – help for

families to get online at home

Friday, 2-3pm

The library is teaming up

with Digital Inclusion Alliance

Aotearoa to offer Spark Jump.

Spark Jump is designed

for families in low income

communities with the care of

children (aged 0 to 18) who don’t

have a current fixed broadband

connection at home, and whose

household is in the 4G coverage

area. Workshop participants

receive a free Wi-Fi modem

and 30gb of data for $10 on the

pre-pay service with no fixed

contract. Register online for a

workshop, or phone the library

at 941 7923.

Hornby Library

Go along to The Great Library

Seed and Plant Swap. Got

some home-saved (or leftover

bought) seeds to share? Don’t

worry if you don’t have any

seeds to share this year, you

might next year. Seeds can

be dropped in anytime before

or during seed swap times – if

you’re bringing in seedlings,

please drop them off at the

beginning of the week. The

event will be held all week at

the Te Hapua: Halswell Centre.

On weekdays the library

is open 9am-7pm and on

weekends 10am-4pm. ​

Super Saturday Storytimes

Saturday, 11am-noon

Encourage learning through a

love for stories. Storytimes is an

interactive programme including

stories, rhymes, craft and play.

This is a free session run during

school term times.

Upper Riccarton Library

Family Makerspace

Saturday, 1.30–3pm

Join in for fun activities every

week in the Makerspace. Every

week there will be a creative and/

or tech activity to try.

Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

Halswell Community Market

Sunday, September 22, noon-

3pm

Held on the fourth Sunday of

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Commitment,

Achievement,

Resilience,

Respect

Student,

school

success

in many

fields

Kia ora koutou. Talofa. Kia Orana. Malo e

lelei. Bula. Fakaalofa atu. Namaste. Kumusta.

Haere mai haere mai ki Te Kura Huruhuru Ao

o Horomaka. Warm greetings to the Hornby

High School community.

What an exciting term we have had. It has

been filled with a most incredible spread

of amazing student achievement crossing

cultural, sporting, and academic fields, the

beautiful blessing of our new buildings, and

the shift into the last of our new buildings.

The NCEA Music performance evening showed

us yet again the depth of musical talent that

our students have. Our two senior basketball

teams qualified for nationals for the first

time (and our junior teams have shown

outstanding performances too), and we have

seen academic achievement at the Merit and

Excellence levels in NCEA acceleratIng.

Whether it be community impact projects

focused on kindness or the environment, new

and innovative technology projects, or new

ways to look at technological change across

cultures, we have seen creative excellence

to the fore in the academic sphere. I have

challenged staff and senior students to

normalise the use of Te Reo Māori through the

school. As one of our three official languages

in Aotearoa New Zealand, and one of the two

oral languages, we should hear it as often

as we hear English. What a wero, what a

challenge.

I’ll finish with a reminder to get new student

enrolments for 2020 in as soon as possible

please. Early notice allows us to advance our

planning for 2020, benefiting all students.

I’ll let the accompanying photographs and

articles tell our term 3 story. Ka rawe!!!

Ngā mihi nui

Robin Sutton

Tumuaki

South Island Tournaments

Hornby High School netballers, above, and the combined boys’

and girls’ basketball squad, top right, and the boys’ basketball

team in action in Greymouth, bottom right.

Above left, senior students in traditional costume, and above right, students demonstrate a traditional Filipino dance.

Diversity celebrated at

International Festival

The diverse nationalities

represented at Hornby

High School were

celebrated with national

costume and cuisine

recently.

On Thursday September

12, the school hosted its

third International Food

Festival in The Learning

Commons, Te Pae Rewa.

The day started with

an international mufti

day with the students

encouraged to dress in

their national costume.

All funds raised were

donated to Red Cross.

In the evening

students, whānau,

and community, were

invited to partake in

a food festival, which

several hundred

attended. A wide

variety of foods was

available, including

Mexican, Tongan,

Filipino, Chinese and

Cook Island.

Our Hornby High School netball

and basketball teams did well in the

tournaments they took part in early this

month.

The netball team competed in Nelson while

the basketballers played in Greymouth.

We are very proud of how all our teams

represented our school.

Our netballers, pictured left, finished their

competition in eighth place, achieving the

goal they set themselves going into the

tournament.

Our boys’ and girls’ basketballers were

also hugely successful at their events. Both

teams finished in fourth place and in so

doing qualified to compete at Nationals for

the first time in Hornby High School history.

We would like to thank all our supporters

and sponsors in getting us this far, in

particular Dress-Mart Hornby.

We are still looking for further sponsorship

to get our teams to National Tournament

so please contact the school or any of the

players if you are keen to help.


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continuing education

Adult and Community Education at

Risingholme community centre

Wanting to expand, express and enhance your life – Come learn with us!

Risingholme continues to offer a wide

range of exciting learning opportunities

across the city at Risingholme, Riccarton

High School, Christchurch Girls’ High

School, The Village House New Brighton

and Hornby High School. With the start

of term 4, on Monday 14th October, and

longer days why not enrol in one of our

exciting courses – www.risingholme.org.

nz

Is English your second language? In

term 4 we are offering ESOL at Riccarton

High School. Other Language courses

include, German, Spanish, Italian,

Russian, Arabic, NZ Sign and Te Reo

Māori are offered at many of our venues.

So if you would like to improve your

English or learn a new language you can

enrol via our website www.risingholme.

org.nz

Is food and cooking your passion?

In term 4 we have on offer a range of

cooking courses including A Taste of

Egyptian Cooking course at Riccarton

High School or Thai Cooking course at

Hornby High School.

A new and exciting course being

offered in Term 4 at Hornby High School

is our Crochet for Beginners. Have

you always want to learn this craft –

now is your opportunity. Enrol now!

During this course you will gain an

understanding of crochet language, learn

a range of basic stitches while meeting

and learning alongside others.

The full programme for Term 4

courses is available on our website at

http://www.risingholme.org.nz/courses.

For more information on courses

contact the Risingholme Community

Centre on 332 7359 or e-mail info@

risingholme.org.nz

Brochures are available at the

Risingholme office and public libraries.

Adult and Community Education Term 4, 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), Drawing & Sketching, Embroidery, 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, Te Reo Maori, Patchwork and

Quilting, Massage, Reiki 2, Screenprinting, Qigong.

Christchurch Girls’ High School

Dressmaking, Te Reo Maori, Watercolour Painting, Drawing & Sketching,

German Language, Painting with Acrylics, Spanish Language, NZ Sign

Language.

Hornby High School

Sewing Skills, Thai Cooking, Te Reo Maori, Crochet.

Riccarton High School

Calligraphy, ESOL Business English Intermediate, Indian Cooking,

Italian Language, NZ Sign Language, Russian Language, Sewing Skills,

Spanish for Travellers, Te Reo Maori, Arabic, A Taste of Egyptian Cooking,

Picture Framing, Mediterranean Cooking, Italian Cooking, Yoga.

The Village House - New Brighton

NZ Sign Language, Yoga.

Full details available on www.risingholme.org.nz

Risingholme office at 22 Cholmondeley Ave, Opawa, Chch

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

www.risingholme.org.nz


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christchurch

School of Music

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community aimed at providing quality music education in and

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American dessert to top off Kiwi main

This well-known Florida

dessert can be made even

better with a box of fresh

New Zealand limes

Lime Pie

Serves 8-10

Ingredients

250g digestive biscuits, well

crushed

100g butter, melted

Filling

390g sweetened condensed milk

4 egg yolks

1 tsp lime zest

½ cup fresh lime juice

Pinch of salt

300ml cream, whipped

Equipment

20cm pie dish

Directions

Heat the oven to 180 deg C.

Begin by crushing the biscuits

to a fine crumb.

Add the melted butter and mix

well so all the crumbs are coated

in the butter. Press firmly into

the pie dish covering the sides.

Bake for 15min. Remove and

cool.

To make the filling, mix the

condensed milk with the egg

yolks, lime juice and zest. Mix

thoroughly and pour into the

prepared pie crust.

Bake the pie for 15min or until

set. Remove from the oven and

cool completely.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours,

but preferably overnight.

When ready to serve,

traditionally it is covered with

cream or you can serve it

alongside if desired.

The pie is a great way to top

off a classic South Island main

with meat and three veg

Venison fillet

Serves 4

Ingredients

850g venison fillet

500ml extra virgin olive oil

2 sprigs rosemary

1/2 head cauliflower

1 litre cream

8 heads bok choi

100ml tamari or soy sauce

250g carrots

500g agria potatoes

2 litres beef stock

1 litre chicken stock

500ml red wine (pinot

noir)

Salt, butter and cooking oil

Directions

First cut the venison fillet into

four 200g portions and marinate

in olive oil and rosemary.

Overnight is best, but for at least

a couple of hours.

Put stock and red wine in a

pot and reduce until medium

thickness and sticky, should

have a deep meaty flavour. This

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boiling/reduction.

Slice potatoes as thin as

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dish with a light sprinkle of salt

every few layers.

Bring cream to a boil and pour

over potatoes, place in oven at

165 deg C for about one hour

or until golden and cooked

through.

This can be set aside and

reheated or served fresh.

Peel carrots, toss in olive oil

and season. These can cook in

the oven with the potatoes, and

should be golden and soft to the

bite when finished.

Boil cauliflower florets in salty

water with a dash of cream or

milk in the water to make it

cloudy.

Boil for 5-8min until soft, then

blitz in food processor with a

few spoons of butter and salt to

taste until smooth. This can be

easily reheated in a saucepan.

Sear venison in cooking oil in a

hot skillet then transfer to oven

for 5min Saute bok choi in a hot

pan and deglaze with tamari –

that should steam the bok choi

through and add a nice sticky

glaze. Serve cauliflower puree,

venison and jus (gravy) on one

plate and the sides to share are

served in separate bowls.

Serve with red wine vinegar on

the side to help cut through the

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Authorised by Paul Lonsdale, 8 Cumbria Lane, Halswell, Christchuch 8025

With Your Support,

We Can Do

Better

As a resident I also want to

Restore

local leadership

at the local level

I will fight for

• Cleaner Water

• Lower Rates

• A Safer Halswell

• Financial Responsibility

Vote Paul

LONSDALE

Independent for

HALSWELL


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Paul Lonsdale

Is Christchurch shaping up as the city you want it to be?

I am running for Council because I believe we

can do better. Much better.

Halswell is growing fast and we need to

manage that growth. I have lived in this area

most of my life, and I have seen our traffic

become more congested, flooding challenges

increase and water quality decrease.

As an independent Council candidate who

has proven ability of getting things done, I

will represent your voice and not be swayed

by Wellington politics. We need to get back to

better local representation.

With many years of management and

governance experience I have the

knowledge and skills to make our rate

money go further. With your support, I will

work hard to ensure our community’s voice

is heard and that we get a better deal for

Halswell at the council table.

I was instrumental in setting up the Re:Start

I am running

for council because

I believe we can

do better.

Much better.

Mall and managing the Central City Business

association during the earthquakes before

serving on the Council from 2013 to 2016.

During my term I helped establish the

Otautahi Community Housing Trust, led

changes to fix the Council’s building consent

process as well as gained funding for many

local projects in my ward.

We need a council that is living within its

means again. We cannot sustain the rate rises

that are projected, and I believe we can get

better value for our money.

Communities like Halswell need local

representatives who can get a better deal for

them to address issues like traffic congestion,

water quality, and how future growth is

planned for and delivered.

I have the skills, knowledge, and

experience to get a better deal for

Halswell and Christchurch.

Key Priorities

If elected I will not be under the thumb of Wellington politics and I will restore

local leadership at a local level. Over this last three years we have seen –

Indecision – No Decision – and Poor Decision all of which have increased your

rates and I know we can do better – much better.

I want to bring back action-orientated decision making to drive this city

forward and to stop wasting money.

I am standing on four policy platforms with the fifth being

Sustainability that overarches them all:

1. Cleaner Water

I have lived in this area most of my life, and I have seen our water quality

decrease. We can do better – much better.

2. Lower Rates

With many years of management and governance experience, I will start from

day one working on ways to make our rate money go further.

3. A Safer Haslwell

As a former Chair of the Safer Christchurch committee, I have seen growing

crime and insecurity in our suburbs in the past three years.

4. Financial Responsibility

City Council should be providing the core services to a good standard

before investing the “nice to have” items with our rates money.

I believe a better future is when:

We can look at Christchurch and see a place

that we are proud to call home as New

Zealand’s second largest city. We can see that

it offers the next generation the opportunity

to live, work and raise a family here.

We know we have the opportunity to

grow, but we need to ensure growth is at

a sustainable rate and accessible for future

generations to enjoy.

I want to lift the aspirations and restore pride

back to this great city of ours.

Over this last three years we have seen Council

indecision – and more often than not, making

poor decisions. This has led to increased rates.

I know we can do better – much better. That is

why I am focused on sustainably delivering:

Accepting an award for the Re:Start Container Mall project I was involved in

Paul LONSDALE

Independent for Halswell


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Independent for Halswell

1. Cleaner Water 2. Lower Rates

Good water quality is essential for the health of our people.

One of the most upsetting aspects of this council over the last three years was the

mismanagement of our drinking water. The chlorination of our water supply has destroyed

what was once the best tasting water on the planet.

1. Priority 1 – Continue to develop our

waste and storm water infrastructure

to prevent pollution getting into our

waterways and reduce flooding issues.

2. Priority 2 – Increase waterway and wetland

plantings, working with community

groups to protect our waterways.

3. Priority 3 – Build up the knowledge of

our waterways through monitoring.

Harness modern technology to help us

monitor not only our water but also our

air quality.

With many years of management and governance experience, I will

start from day one working on ways to make our rate money go further.

Over this last three years we have seen indecision and more often than not, poor decisions

from our City Council, which has led to unaffordable rates increases.

I will advocate to:

1. Minimise rate increases

2. Balance the budget

3. Cut wasteful Spending

4. Reduce inefficiencies

5. Sustainable growth

6. Review council staffing levels

My team recieving our Safe City Accreditation

3. A Safer Haslwell 4. Financial Responsibility

I have a bold vision that Halswell is the safest suburb in Christchurch.

1. Priority 1 – Proactive partnerships

between Council, Police and other groups

responsible for delivering safety

2. Priority 2 - Reducing and preventing

injuries by getting our footpaths and road

properly repaired

3. Priority 3 - Reducing and preventing crime

by work with our community and agencies

to identify and respond to crime to reduce

fear and antisocial behavior

4. Priority 4 – Improving our roads and

increasing road safety to reduce crashes

is key given over 53% of crashes occur at

intersections

5. Priority 5 – Building in safety as new

subdivisions are developed around

Halswell, such as better lighting and clear

pedestrian-only areas

To be financially responsible the city needs to make informed decisions

based on facts, what is going to deliver the best value for money and

what is best for the community.

Over this last term, political agendas and ideologies have got in the way of the right

outcome for our community and our city, which has slowed our cities rebuild progress.

As an independent, I will strongly advocate for:

1. Action-orientated decision making

2. Fixing the broken and preparing for the new

3. Reducing council bureaucracy

Cleaner Water • Lower Rates • A Safer Halswell • Financial Responsibility


32 Tuesday September 24 2019

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Family is the heart of our community

Vote Paul Lonsdale

About Me:

I was born in Gore before moving to Invercargill, then Christchurch at the age of

eleven. I have lived in the Southern Christchurch suburbs for most of my adult life

because I believe this is a great part of the city to live in.

I am happily married to Denise and together we have three adult children so I

understand the many challenges families face today and the ever-growing pressure on

household incomes.

As a family man, I want the very best future for my children and if elected as your

Councillor I will work hard to make sure we build a city that remains a great place to

live now and into the future.

I have worked hard all my life and had a variety of roles, so I will bring a lot of life

experience and be a strong voice around the Council table on Halswell issues. Having

been a Christchurch City Councillor I understand the art of advocacy and negotiation,

which is a core part of this role and with your support we can build a better and

stronger community together.

Paul

My Family

Why Vote For Me?

Over this last three years we have seen indecision and more often than not, poor

decisions from our City Council. This has led to unaffordable rates increases and the

continued chlorination of our drinking water.

We need lower rates, cleaner water, safer communities, and more financial

responsibility from our City Council. However, these things require better decisionmaking

and this can only be achieved through Councillors listening to and helping

solve the many challenges facing their local communities.

As a resident of the Halswell ward and an independent candidate who has a proven

ability for getting things done, I want the opportunity to represent our community as

your Councillor. I will not be swayed by Wellington politics and my only focus is that

Halswell remains a great place to live now and into the future.

With many years of successful governance and management experience I have the

knowledge and skills to make our rates money go further and with your vote, I will

work hard to ensure our community’s voice is heard at the Council table.

With your support

I believe we can do better.

Much better.

Paul LONSDALE

Independent for Halswell

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