4 Tuesday November122019 Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz News Plan revealed to fix worn out Bishopdale skate park PLANS TO revamp one of the largest suburban skate park’s in the city have been revealed. Bishopdale Park’s worn out skate area on Leacroft St will undergo a makeover to make it more suitable for beginner and intermediate skaters. The total area of the skate park will increase from 1197sq m to almost 1300sq m. The city council is asking for feedback on a series of proposed improvements to the park. Specialist skate park designer Richard Smith was commissioned to create a landscape plan. The proposed skate park would feature a pump bump, low pyramid, roll-overs, and a jersey barrier, blended into a roll-over finger, as well as bench seating and a picnic table. The existing concrete slabs would be resealed and the quarter-pipe replaced with a granite ledge and smaller half pipe. Said city council head of parks Andrew Rutledge: “Bishopdale Park is close to a number of schools and is very popular with local families. Improving the existing skate area will make it even more appealing to young people in the area and provide them There will be an opportunity to discuss the revamp plans for the Bishopdale Park skate area with city council staff on November 24 at the park between 11am and 2pm PLANS: The proposed upgrade of the Bishopdale Park skate area includes a new half-pipe and granite ledge, as well as bench seating and a picnic table. with some good challenges.” About 500 information leaflets have been delivered to nearby properties and key stakeholders last week. Suggestions for the design were collected from last year’s Bishopdale Skate Jam event. •Feedback on the plans can be made before December 9 at https:// ccc.govt.nz/the-council/ consultations-andsubmissions/haveyoursay/ show/275 Malawi visit next year •From page 1 He also received the Greatest Individual Impact Award, for almost single-handedly raising $14,000 for World Vision. “These awards highlight my passion to help as well as the huge amount of work that the school has encouraged us to do over the years to support World Vision,” he said. Said Izaac on raising the $14,000: “I started to email celebrities across the globe ranging from Graham Norton, Ellen De- Generes, multiple different actors and celebrities overseas and also many famous New Zealanders.” Izaac did not get many responses but heard back from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Nico Porteus, some All Blacks and other New Zealand artists. From there, he had the idea to host an art auction, which raised $12,000, he then door-knocked NOR’WEST NEWS and approached family members, which raised another $2000. Next year, Izaac will travel to Malawi with four other World Vision Ambassadors and see where the funds from the 40hr famine will go. “This is a long way from home, making it an exciting adventure for myself and the other four ambassadors going on the trip. I feel excited but ready for the challenge,” he said. Once he returns from Malawi, he will visit schools across the country to assist with fundraising for World Vision, and he said one of his key goals is to increase participation in the famine across Christchurch. “I feel so privileged and blessed to be able to help World Vision with its global work and to be able to help it make a change is something that will stick with me forever,” he said. HUMANITARIAN: When Izaac Wilson goes to Malawi next year, he will witness first-hand the work World Vision does, such as helping communities access clean water. JOIN US NOW! See website for details As local MP, there’s nothing more satisfying than working alongside local residents in advocating for the important things in our community. At my over 60s’ coffee morning in Belfast recently, Colleen and Frank raised concerns about young children crossing the railway line from Thompsons Road to get to Belfast School. I organised a meeting for them with the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA). Colleen and Frank were thrilled to hear that NZTA will build a crossing over the railway line with warning bells and an automatic gate, to be completed by the middle of next year. This will also help the elderly with mobility scooters to cross safely to get to the Northwood Supa Centre. I joined our Canterbury MPs in celebrating our Indian community at the Diwali Festival. 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NOR’WEST NEWS Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz Tuesday November122019 5 News Entertainer honoured with local hero award • By Matt Slaughter KATHLEEN HOOD has spent 40 years putting smiles on the faces of Christchurch’s elderly. The 86-year-old entertains residents at Elmswood Retirement Village, Bryndwr, and Middlepark Rest Home, Upper Riccarton, and has previously done so at The Princess Margaret Hospital. This volunteering work has earned her a Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year Award, which she and other Christchurch local heroes will receive at a ceremony on December 3. Mrs Hood tells jokes, reads poetry and runs a quiz each time she visits retirement homes. She said this brings joy to their residents and the quizzes include historic questions, which bring back memories and often start nostalgic conversations between them. “It’s really good because the questions I ask are relevant to their age and their experiences in life. They do really enjoy it.” Mrs Hood said her favourite thing about what she does and the reason she has been doing it for so many years is it brings happiness to people who sometimes need it most. “The best thing for me is giving to these older people. Some of them have had very lonely lives and when they come into the rest home they’re a wee bit nervous. She said when she entertains residents “there’s a lot of laughter, I can even tell a few risque jokes and they enjoy all that.” Mrs Hood said not even health issues were able to stop her volunteering for long. “I did have two challenges with cancer but I have had surgery and I’m really fine now, everything’s all good.’’ She said she was back in front of retirement home audiences “as soon as I could get back behind the wheel.” Mrs Hood is proud to receive a local hero award this year. “I never ever expected it and when it came everybody around me, my family and my friends were all saying well deserved. It’s very humbling and it will be to be among people who have done marvellous things in the community on the night of the awards.” But Mrs Hood said winning awards is not why she volunteers her time. “If you ask any volunteer, it’s not for accolades or recognition, you don’t do it for that, it’s just for the love of doing it, I suppose.” She hopes her efforts will inspire her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to volunteer in their communities. Kiwibank Local Hero winners: Kenneth Clearwater, Ahmed Tani Ian Thomas Jan Murphy Michelle Sharp George Wright Paul Chamberlain Susan Foster-Cohen Gabrielle Huria Elle Perriam Yvonne Hiskemuller Bridget Kelly Timothy David Baker Alexandra Poetsckhe Gavin Reed Marlene Ingram Paul O’Brien Gamal Fouda Jo Johnson Paul Munnerley Anna Manson Kimberli Schuitman Zhiyan Basharati E Wen Wong Hayley Guglietta Kathleen Hood Peter Zhou INTERACTING: Kathleen Hood has received a Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year Award for providing entertainment to retirement home residents. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN LAUNCH YOUR FUTURE - ENROL NOW! STUDY CHRISTCHURCH CAMPUS ENROL NOW FOR 2020 ª Automotive & Collision Repair ª Makeup Artistry ª Construction ª Electrical ª Refrigeration & Air Conditioning ª Hairdressing ª Project Management ª Sport, Exercise & Recreation www.sit.ac.nz 0800 TO STUDY