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Award for green-fingered Bryce

DEDICATED: Dave Bryce is passionate about gardening as it is sustainable and promotes healthy eating.

• By Jess Gibson

WITH MORE than 100 edible

species in his garden, Dave

Bryce would give any vegetable

shop a run for its money.

Which is why the Mt

Pleasant resident, who is also

the chairman of Redcliffs/Te

Rae Kura Eco Village Group,

was successful at the Linwood-

Central-Heathcote Edible

Garden Awards.

He received a special

award for Best Sustainability

Features and was one of seven

recognised in the Residential

House Category.

The awards were presented to

Mr Bryce at a ceremony held at

the Matuku Takotako: Sumner

Centre earlier this month.

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

At the moment, edible

items in Mr Bryce’s garden

include pumpkins, courgettes,

beans, lettuce, rhubarb, celery,

tomatoes, berries, nuts and

herbs among others.

• Turn to page 6

Consent

granted

for Collett’s

Corner plan

• By Jess Gibson

RESOURCE consent has been

granted for a major commercial

and residential development in

Lyttelton.

Collett’s Corner, a three-storey

complex, is now a step closer to

being built on Oxford St after

Christchurch City Council

approved the consent application

from Ohu Development - the

group behind the project.

The project is being funded by

the first crowdfunding campaign

under taken in New Zealand for a

commercial development.

However, before work starts on

the complex, Ohu Development

will need to raise between

$800,000 and $1.4 million in its

second round of crowdfunding,

which is planned to start on

April 2.

The public will decide whether

or not the second crowdfunding

bid will go ahead on that date.

In a survey by Ohu

Development, people can

choose whether they think the

crowdfunding campaign should

continue, or should be paused

until the Covid-19 outbreak is

brought under control.

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Banks Peninsula water level watch

Tight water restrictions in Akaroa, Duvauchelle and Takamatua

could soon be lowered or removed.

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news

Old macrocarpa in danger

Residents have been nailing signs to a macrocarpa tree at the

entrance to Sumner and Redcliffs, which could put the tree in

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Disappointment at unlawful

cutting down of treasured tree

• By Jess Gibson

BEACHVILLE RD residents

want to know who was

responsible for unlawfully

chopping down a council-owned

tree in a reserve near their

properties in Redcliffs.

A neighbourhood support

group was holding a street party

recently when members became

frustrated to discover that the

community asset had become a

stump.

The exotic

pepper tree was

large and

provided shade

to seating in

the park which

overlooks the

Chris Doudney

sea.

Upon reporting

the situation

to the city council, Beachville

Rd resident Chris Doudney

was told staff were not involved

with cutting it down.

The tree will now be replaced

as part of the city council’s winter

planting programme for this

year.

Said Mr Doudney: “It was a significant

part of the reserve. I do

hope that a decent sized replacement

tree is provided.”

It is not the first tree to be

killed on council-owned property

without permission.

In February 2018, Bay Harbour

News reported on 24 cabbage

trees found dead along the

Christchurch Coastal Pathway.

Linwood-Central-Heathcote

LOST ASSET:

Beachville Rd

residents were

shocked to

discover a large

pepper tree had

been felled in

council owned

land near their

properties.

Community Board member Tim

Lindley believed there was a possibility

they had been poisoned

with spray.

There have also been trees

felled unlawfully in Scott Park

and at Sumner Beach.

Mr Lindley said he was

shocked and disappointed to discover

the Beachville Reserve tree

had been chopped down.

“What concerns me greatly is

there seems to be a willingness of

DIY people in our area to fell trees

on council property,” he said.

“It’s very distressing and my

intention is to ensure that such

trees are replaced.”

City council community parks

manager Al Hardy said staff are

unaware of who was responsible

for cutting down the pepper tree

in Beachville Reserve.

He said those who cut down a

tree on public land without permission

may be penalised under

the Crimes Act 1961.

“Requests to remove healthy and

safe trees would require community

board approval and in some

cases a resource consent.”

He said costs vary and can depend

on the age and significance

of the tree.

“As a minimum we would look

to recoup the cost to remove the

existing stump, replant a new tree

and then establish this tree over a

three year period,” Mr Hardy said.

• HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you

know who is responsible for

cutting down the tree?

Email any information to

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In Brief

GAS MYSTERY SOLVED

Fire crews tracked down

a mysterious gas smell in

Sumner following concerns

from residents on Monday.

The Sumner and Woolston fire

brigades were called to Evans

Pass Rd at about 3am after

reports of a gas smell. A Fire

and Emergency New Zealand

spokeswoman said after a “very

big drive around” fire crews

found the smell was coming

from a city council sewerage

drain.

LIME CHIP PETITION

Forty-five people have signed a

petition requesting lime chip to

be removed from the waterfront

of Akaroa’s Beach Rd, between

Bruce Tce and Rue Jolie. It is

because the gravel-like substance

creates dust, which is then

trampled into retail premises

in the area. The petition

was presented to the Banks

Peninsula Community Board at

its last meeting.

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News

Close watch over water

levels in Banks Peninsula

TIGHT WATER restrictions

in Akaroa, Duvauchelle and

Takamatua could soon be

lowered or removed.

Residents have been under

level 4 water restrictions – a total

ban on outdoor water use – since

early February.

The city council is closely

monitoring stream levels in

Banks Peninsula with the hopes

of being able to drop the ban.

Said city

council head

of three waters

and waste Helen

Beaumont:

“We’re currently

monitoring

stream levels

Helen

Beaumont

three times a

week in Banks

Peninsula to

check whether

the restrictions can be lowered or

removed.

“Because we have resource

consents issued to us by Environment

Canterbury, we also need

to make sure we’re not taking too

much water from streams that

are already very low.”

Ms Beaumont said unusually

extreme conditions during summer

meant the Council needed

to introduce the highest level of

restrictions in Banks Peninsula

right from the start.

“During summer, we usually

introduce a lower level of water

restrictions and only raise the

level if absolutely necessary.

“However, this summer was

different. Rainfall was lower

than average through December

and January, and then later in

January we had very hot, dry and

windy conditions for a number

of days in a row. This meant

the flows in the streams that

feed the water supplies dropped

very suddenly and significantly.

“With the same weather

forecast for some time, we

needed to take action to protect

the local water supplies and to

prevent possible breaches of our

resource consents.”

Ms Beaumont said rainfall

for the last three months

has been only a third of the

historical average and stream

KEEPING TRACK: The city

council is closely monitoring

stream levels in Akaroa,

Duvauchelle and Takamatua

with the hopes of being able to

drop restrictions.

flows are still very low in Banks

Peninsula.

“We’re very thankful for the

patience and co-operation of

residents affected by the current

water restrictions. As soon as

we can confirm we have enough

water flowing in the streams

again, we can look to lower or

remove the restrictions in Banks

Peninsula.”

Level 1 water restrictions

remain in place for Christchurch

residents.

Dog area

investigated

for Lyttelton

• By Jess Gibson

AN OLD dumpsite in Lyttelton

could become a dog walking

hotspot.

A review undertaken on a

1.37ha plot of land at 150 Old

Sumner Rd was presented to the

Banks Peninsula Community

Board at its last meeting.

When a property is no longer

required for its original purpose,

the city council often attempts to

make a decision to determine the

future use of that land.

Members requested staff to look

into the use of the land as a recreational

area which would allow

dogs, as it is something residents

have been asking for.

Staff will now investigate

likely time frames, including

information on legal access to the

property.

The community board also looked

at the future use of 306 Bayview Rd

in Diamond Harbour, which was

once used for waterworks.

• HAVE YOUR SAY:

Would you like to see the

property at 150 Old Sumner

Rd turned into a recreational

area which allows for dogs?

Email your views to -

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Wednesday March 25 2020

News

Why it is important for people

to have their say on annual plan

Environment

Canterbury’s

councillor Vicky

Southworth writes

about a public

consultation

on ECan’s draft

Annual Plan and

why it is important

for people living in

the Bay Harbour area

to have a say

THE ANNUAL PLAN sets out

what Environment Canterbury

proposes to spend on different

areas of responsibility. The draft

plan is open for public comment

until 5pm today and will set

spending up until July 2021.

Your rates contribution, be

they paid for directly or via

your rent, should be used to the

• From page 1

He said it is important for

people to grow their own produce

for their own health, as well as

sustainability.

“They poke all sorts of

chemicals in [commercially

grown produce], and sure it

makes them grow well, but

it’s a bit like having veges on

steroids.”

Other keen gardeners from the

Bay Harbour News catchment

who took out the Residential

House Category included

Sumner resident Nancy Meherne

and Rosemary Neave and

Cynthia Roberts of Redcliffs.

One of five people to win

the Residential Unit Category

was Sumner’s Catherine

O’Shaughnessy.

Te Waka Unua School on

Ferry Rd was one of three centres

recognised in the School or Early

Learning Centre Category.

The awards is a partnership

benefit of you and your

community locally

and as a region. Have

a look at our proposals

– do they align with

your priorities? If you

are a number cruncher

dive into the detail and

check out the rating

tool. If you just want to

comment on something you like

or dislike in a general way that’s

valuable feedback too.

So, what do I see as important

for the bays?

We live in a particularly stunning

part of Canterbury with

golden hills and blue sea, closely

connected to nature. I would like

to see some of the gold turned

to green by planting more native

bush. This can improve fire

resilience with the right selection

between the Linwood-Central-

Heathcote Community Board

and the Canterbury Horticultural

Society which recognises all

types of food gardens great and

of trees and shrubs, enhance

habitat for our wildlife, and

reduce sediment transported

from the hills into our waterways

and coastal waters. Small

volunteer planting projects are

already underway but there are

further opportunities with the

Billion Trees Programme and

the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Our draft Annual Plan proposes

to make progress on planting for

biodiversity.

Over 50 per cent of Christchurch’s

greenhouse gas emissions

are attributed to transport and

85% of car journeys are single

occupancy. As city dwellers,

changing the way we travel is

key to reducing our individual

impact on climate change, but

can also reduce congestion and

improve air quality. But does the

FLOURISHING: Dave Bryce has more than 100 edible plant

species in his garden.

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

small, new and established.

It is a way to acknowledge

residents, schools and

communities who are passionate

about their gardens and harvests.

public transport available meet

your needs?

The quality of service varies

significantly between different

communities. Those of us living

on the purple line has access

to one of the best routes in

Christchurch with a bus every

10 min at peak time. In contrast,

the Lyttelton bus runs every 20

min at peak time and 30 min

during the day. Frequency makes

a huge difference to convenience;

it’s no surprise that the purple

line is one of the most used. But

arguably, even the purple line

needs further improvement.

Governors Bay has a bookable

community bus service which

is kindly run by volunteers, but

has limited destinations. There is

no bus service running between

the bays on the Lyttelton side.

FULL LIST OF RECIPIENTS:

Residential house category:

Carol Anderson, Bromley

Dave Bryce, Mt Pleasant

Nancy Meherne, Sumner

John Norton, Linwood

Penny Reid, Wainoni

Rosemary Neave and Cynthia

Roberts, Redcliffs

Lloyd Smith, N/A

Residential unit category:

Camille Sheriff, Phillipstown

John Kenny, central city

Tua Lee, Richmond

Catherine O’Shaughnessy,

Sumner

Joy Talbot, Opawa

School or early learning centre

category:

Te Waka Unua School,

Woolston

Bromley School, Bromley

Phillipstown Kidsfirst

Kindergarten, Phillipstown

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to

shop in Lyttelton, visit friends, or

swim without being dependent

on the car? For the younger and

older members of our communities,

buses can be hugely

liberating.

Public transport is one of the

largest areas of spending, funded

by a mix of bus fares, targeted

rates and NZ Transport Agency

grant, but my sense is that without

improvement many potential

passengers simply can’t make

the change. Do you support

greater investment in our public

transport?

Please take some time to have

a look at the draft Annual Plan

and let us know what you think.

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Linwood-Central-

Heathcote

Community Board

member Tim Lindley

writes about signs

being nailed to a

macrocarpa beside

the Coastal Pathway.

Okay, or not okay?

Quite a few things are actually illegal,

but if there is widespread community

acceptance then not much happens. The

hard part is to know if something is illegal

but okay because no-one is going to complain.

Parking cars on berms or over part

of a footpath is a possible example – not

legal, but on occasions the ‘safest for all’

option. Not so okay if the reason is selfish.

Pre-earthquakes, it was common

for people to attach “welcome home”

messages to loved ones returning from

overseas on the railings by the culvert on

the causeway – as a sort of entrance to the

Redcliffs and Sumner area. People didn’t

seem to mind much as long as they were

respectful and removed when the event

was over. That custom fell away as there is

now no parking near that rail.

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Lately, there have been instances where

people have nailed notices to the beautiful

old macrocarpa tree near the junction of

Mt Pleasant Rd and Main Rd. In my view

this is definitely not okay regardless of

purpose.

Christchurch is a city of trees. Just imagine

for a moment what the city would look

like if it was thought okay for businesses or

private people to nail notices on our city’s

trees. The result would be horrible, and

once started, would be difficult to stop.

That beautiful old macrocarpa had its

precarious moment – in early meetings of

the Coastal Pathway group there was considerable

debate on whether to take it out

or let it stay. The arborists declared the tree

to be in good condition and that although

rather wild looking, could be made more

attractive. The wildlife people pointed out

the shags roost in it and there is nowhere

else for them to roost. So, the coastal pathway

was built around it and it stayed.

Nailing into this tree once might seem

do little damage, repeated nailing will just

make the tree more vulnerable to rot.

Please, no more signs on this tree, or if

you do put one up, don’t be surprised if it

doesn’t last for long.

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Wednesday March 25 2020

Your Local Views

Readers respond to last

week’s article about a

proposal to convert New

World Redcliffs into a Four

Square

Jane Shand: I have really

appreciated having a local supermarket

to which I can walk with

my bags and carry everything

home. I really will be extremely

disappointed if it closes. I keep

telling everyone that we’ll lose

New World if we don’t support its

efforts – and it looks as though

we’re about to. For older people

and people who want to reduce

their carbon footprint this is a

disaster. We are supposed to be

trying to be an eco-village and

being able to shop locally contributes

to that. Also, I enjoy the

friendly staff and community feel

of the supermarket. Please stay.

Juliet Jenkins: No way do I

think a Four Square would work

better. I walk and purchase all

my groceries from here. My

neighbours also walk with backpacks

and walking frames with

baskets. We cannot afford higher

prices and less choice. It is so sad

it should come to this as Redcliffs

is an eco-village. The staff are so

good and will go and help the

elderly as well as others of us. The

place is busy now as Countdown

and Pak ‘n’ Save are depleted!

And there is no panic buying at

New World.

Ien Hellemans: I think a better

question is, how can Redcliffs

New World better meet customers

needs? Before the earthquakes,

Redcliffs New World was

my main grocery shop. Sadly,

since the new New World, I have

found it lacks in the variety of

products I expect from a good

supermarket.

If it had the range of products

I can get at St Martins or Fendalton

New World I would do all my

shopping at Redcliffs. I’d be very

disappointed to see the supermarket

change to a Four Square.

Instead, why not look at how the

current New World could better

meet customer needs.

Glen Curtin: It will not matter

what business goes into the

CHANGE: New World in Redcliffs may become a Four Square

due to many customers just using the supermarket to top up the

shopping they have done elsewhere. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN ​

building. What Redcliffs now has

and always will have is a gigantic

eyesore of a structure that was

ill-conceived in design and

completely out of character for

the area. God only knows what

the original owners and designers

were thinking when they got

together. I bet they now do not

have to look at it on a daily basis

like the residents.

Julia Pringle: Currently, I do

my whole shop at New World

every second week, so I would

prefer to keep it as a New World

supermarket rather than a Four

Square one. I think Four Square

tends to be more expensive than

New World products, so I am

not keen on the change. If it did

change, I would probably go to

the Woolston NW.

Ann Newsom: I would be very

disappointed if Redcliffs New

World changed to Four Square.

We would lose the great specials

on food and wine which New

World offers.

Also, many of the Pams range

of products would not be available.

I do most of my shopping

locally at New World but if there

is a change I will have to travel

to Woolston which would be

inconvenient. I would be unlikely

to shop at Four Square.

Perhaps before changing the

store name, the manager should

do a survey of customers to see

what products they would like

available and what would encourage

them to shop in Redcliffs.

When the school opens there

could be an increase in business

locally.

Chris Ford: I have just read

about the Redcliffs supermarket.

If it changed to a Four Square,

I would not go there but would

shop elsewhere. I really like the

supermarket as a New World and

do all of my shopping there.

Readers respond to

recent articles on the 360

Trail group’s proposal to

build a pathway beside the

Bromley oxidation ponds

and the effect this may have

on birds

Martin Ward: The 360 Degree

Trail Chairwoman Judith

Millar is only half right in her

interpretation of the contents of

Ecological Impact Assessment

report of the proposed pathway

alongside the Avon Heathcote

Estuary/Ihutai. And the it’s the

half wrong that is important: the

proposal does not include a commitment

to measures to protect

birds from the threats that will

arise from its use.

I to have read the report which

lists the more than 100 different

species of birds likely to occur

PROTECTION: Christchurch 360 Trail chairwoman Judith Millar

says science shows birdlife will be safe if a pathway is built

beside the Bromley oxidation ponds. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN ​

within or adjacent to the area

through which the pathway

would go. It also fairly reports the

well-recognised adverse impact

of passers by (and their dogs) on

feeding and resting birds.

It also clearly reports that this

section of the estuary edge is

the only remaining section that

is not accessible by the public.

This is the last remnant of estuary

shore edge habitat free from

disturbance by human (and dog)

activity.

The report’s author reports

some mitigation measures suggested

by the city council for

which no commitment has been

made and lists two additional

pages of recommendations in an

endeavour to find ways to support

the path’s establishment in

this sensitive location.

Both the city council’s suggested

mitigation measures and

the extensive list recommended

by the report’s author are just

that – suggestions and recommendations.

Ms Millar’s no doubt wellmeaning

support for the proposal

cannot be relied on when there is

no commitment to these works

nor very little available funding

in these fiscally constrained

times.

And here’s the kicker – there

are alternative routes that do

not involve extensive mitigation

measures and the use of which

would not affect the estuary edge

and its sensitive occupants.

Ken Couling: Some recent

correspondents to Bay Harbour

News have completely the wrong

idea about the proposed pathway

along the east of the oxidation

ponds.

The path would meander

through the existing bush

between the oxidation ponds

bund and the estuary. It would be

invisible from the estuary, hence,

cause little or no disturbance to

birds on the estuary.

Further south between Sandy

Point and the windsurfing car

park is an existing exposed public

pathway. The erection of a shade

cloth fence, until overgrown by

newly planted native shrubs, will

reduce the existing disturbance

of the birds using this part of the

estuary.

Alan Tunnicliffe has his

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March 11 article about a

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BIRDS OF THE ESTUARY

Tanya Jenkins is the manager of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust, a nonprofit

organisation formed in 2002 to protect one of New Zealand’s most important

coastal wetlands. Each week she introduces a new bird found in the estuary. Her column

aims to raise the understanding of the values and uniqueness of the area.

Innovative gull dominates other birds

NOT FUSSY: The wide-ranging appetite

of black-backed gulls has led to a large

increase in numbers since their arrival in

New Zealand.

PHOTO: ANDREW CROSSLAND

WORDS LIKE innovative,

adaptable, cunning and

survivors spring to mind

when talking about the

black-backed gull or karoro

– the largest and most

common gull species in New

Zealand.

They are found anywhere

across the country in

non-forested areas, from

coastlines to high country

farming areas.

Since European arrival,

numbers of these large birds

have exploded due to the

fact that they quite like the

introduction of farms and

especially landfills where

these not too fussy eaters

have done extremely well.

With an appetite for anything

from newborn lambs,

rabbits, eggs and chicks from

other bird species, landfill waste,

public rubbish bin contents and

fishing offal from fishing boats,

numbers have increased from

a few thousand to an estimated

half million plus, with some colonies

reaching up to 1000 birds.

Carrying the disease salmonella,

their waste can actually

‘pollute’ grassed areas which can

be detrimental to farm animals

and cause pollution in our waterways.

In Christchurch with the

closure of the Burwood

Landfill in 2005 this bird

has dispersed throughout

the city where it manages

quite well.

In 2018, black-backed

gulls managed to raid

the chicks from every

single nest of the critically

endangered black-billed gull

in Charlesworth Reserve and

they have, understandably,

not returned there since

(and neither have other

nesting birds such as the

pied stilt).

Due to the current risk

of losing a number of other

bird species in and around

the estuary a black-backed

gull management strategy

is currently under review.

Watch this space.

How can we help prevent

these birds from taking over the

estuary? Please do not encourage

these birds to stay here by

making it just too easy for them

by feeding bread or left-over fish

and chips near the estuary.

Safety a priority

for all water-craft

Navigational

safety officer

Gary Manch

delivers his first

Pirate’s Corner

column for the year

Wow – hasn’t the weather been

great? And of course, all that

good weather means that you

boaties have been out and about,

enjoying our region’s waterways.

I am pleased that even with the

increased number of boats on the

water, complaints have been few

and far between. However, there

are still boaties out there who do

not know the rules or choose to

disregard them.

One of the main complaints

we hear is the speed of boats too

close to the shore, other boats or

swimmers. The rule is not that

complicated; if you are within

50m of another boat or swimmer,

keep your speed to a fast walking

pace, without creating a wake. If

you are within 200m of the shore,

the same rule applies.

It’s also timely to remind paddleboarders

that you must wear

a life jacket. The only exception

is when you have a leg rope attached

and the paddleboard is

being used to surf.

We are now in the fourth season

of the need for vessels to be

identified (Part 20 of the Navigation

Safety Bylaw 2016). While

progress has been a little slow,

it’s great to see more and more

boats complying. If you haven’t

yet identified your boat, PWC or

any other vessel, it’s time to get it

sorted – there will come a time in

the not too distant future where

instead of a friendly chat to ensure

compliance, we may have to issue

infringements.

Lastly, with Autumn round the

corner and the weather starting

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on having something to do in

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courses offered online through

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completed online and are well

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How to

self-isolate

if you’re 70+

If you’re over 70 years of age, you should stay at

home (self-isolate) as a precaution. It’s a good idea

to organise a plan of action by reaching out to family,

friends and neighbours.

For more advice go to Covid19.govt.nz

Continue enjoying physical exercise – like gardening

– and ensure you have a good supply of food and

medication. As a helping hand, the Government has

doubled the Winter Energy Payment.

How to

support

anyone 70+

It’s really important that we all support people aged 70+ in our

communities during this challenging time. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Stay at least 1 metre away.

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3. Keep visits short (under 15 minutes).

4. Talk to neighbours over the fence.

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Ingredients

Cooking spray

500g spaghetti

2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

500g beef mince

Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp Italian seasoning

1 can crushed tomatoes

½ cup basil, chopped

1 cup shredded mozzarella

¼ cup freshly grated parmesan

Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

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Preheat oven to 180 deg C.

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garlic and cook until fragrant,

1min more. Add beef mince,

season with salt, pepper, and

Italian seasoning, and cook until

no longer pink, about 8min.

Drain fat in a bowl lined with

paper towels and return to pan.

Pour in crushed tomatoes and

basil and simmer until slightly

reduced, about 10min. Season

with more salt and pepper to

taste.

Toss with spaghetti, then

transfer to baking dish and top

with mozzarella and parmesan.

Bake until cheese is melted and

pasta is warmed through, about

20min.

Garnish with parsley and serve.

Homemade chicken

noodle soup is already

easy to whip up, but tossing

all of your ingredients in a

slow cooker makes it

even easier

Slow cooker chicken noodle

soup

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

700g boneless, skinless chicken

breasts

1 large onion, chopped

3 carrots, peeled and sliced into

rounds

2 stalks celery, sliced

4 sprigs fresh thyme

4 sprigs fresh rosemary

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 bay leaf

Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

10 cups chicken broth

230g egg noodles

Directions

In a slow cooker, combine

chicken, onion, carrots, celery,

thyme, rosemary, garlic, and bay

leaf and season generously with

salt and pepper. Pour in broth.

Cover and cook on low, 6 to

8hr. Remove chicken from slow

cooker and shred with two forks.

Discard herbs and bay leaf.

Return chicken to slow cooker

and add egg noodles.

Cook on low, covered, until

al-dente, 20-30min.

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Chance to farewell Holden in style

HISTORICALLY, car brands have

come and gone, changing markets

have seen the demise of many

famous names.

There is probably no badge more

iconic in the Australasian market

than Holden and, it too, will be

phased out in the next year or so as

its parent company General Motors

is withdrawing the brand in total.

February’s bombshell

announcement was the most

significant marketing decision I’ve

experienced in the 32 years I’ve

been writing about motor vehicles,

and as a former Holden owner, it’s

fair to say I’m pretty gutted that the

range of cars that has served Kiwi

motorists so well for over 60 years

will no longer be with us.

That being the case, this

evaluation of the Holden Acadia

could well be the last I experience

from the brand, ironically, it’s

a car which comes direct from

GMC in the United States, GMC

being part of the wider General

Motors conglomerate that focuses

primarily on trucks and pick-ups.

However, the Acadia distances

itself from the ute market, it is built

on a sophisticated monocoque

floorpan with fully independent

suspension.

Under the bonnet sits a 3.6-litre

V6 petrol engine which is rated at

231kW and 367Nm, these healthy

outputs are realised tall in the rev

band at 6600rpm and 5000rpm

respectively.

If you think these figures look

familiar, it’s pretty much the

same power plant that is fitted

to the range-topping ZB-series

Commodore, a car that was

destined to run out at the end of

this year. The Acadia also gets the

same transmission, it’s a ninespeed

unit that is characterised

by smooth shifts and ratios which

ease the load on the engine so that

respectable fuel economy can be

gleaned.

Because of its size and weight

(2032kg), the Acadia needs as

much benefit in this department

as it can get. Holden rate it with

a 9.3-litre per 100km (30mpg)

combined cycle rating. By my

reckoning that’s achievable, the test

car was constantly listing around

10.8l/100km (26mpg), taking

into consideration I did a lot of

around the city driving which is

never conducive to good economy

results.

On the highway the engine lopes

over gently at 1500rpm at 100km/h

in top gear, using fuel at an

instantaneous rate of 7.8l/100km

(36mpg).

The Acadia is also a useful offthe-seal

traveller. It lands in both

two-wheel-drive and four-wheeldrive

variants. The test car was the

top spec – LTZ-V, and although

the driveline won’t get to places a

low ratio set-up will take you, the

mechanicals are perfect for low

grip situations such as the skifield

access road, tackling the tracks

leading into those high country

lakes, or taking the boat to the

slipway. For the record, the Acadia

has a 2000kg tow rating and a

203mm ground clearance figure.

It also travels with compliant

suspension travel. Unlike US

vehicles of the past which have

been quite soft in the suspension,

the Acadia’s spring and damper

rates are definitely biased towards

moderate firming, yet comfort isn’t

compromised.

Pushed into a corner there is

just enough steering feel thanks to

beautiful Continental sport tyres,

and they are big at 235/55 x 20in.

There is a lot of rubber on the road

and that promotes a secure feeling

of attachment.

Power out of a corner is vivid.

The quad-camshaft engine is a

howler, it works through the rev

band freely, but you don’t have to

have it singing to the red line to get

performance, the torque curve is

just broad enough so that it utilises

the mid-range.

However, if you like to have it

breathing freely for a highway

overtake for example, it hunts to

the red line willingly, there was

never a point where I thought

the wrong gear was selected, the

way it arranges those nine ratios

is very clever. On the subject of

performance, the Acadia buyer can

expect a standstill to 100km/h time

of around 7.8sec.

• Price – Holden Acadia

LTZ-V, $71,990

• Dimensions – Length,

4979mm; width, 1916mm;

height, 1762mm

• Configuration – V6,

four-wheel-drive, 3649cc,

231kW, 367Nm, ninespeed

automatic.

• Performance –

0-100km/h, 7.8sec

• Fuel usage – 9.3l/100km

As mentioned, the Acadia lands

here in three specification levels,

each with the option of four-wheeldrive.

The entry-level model lands

at $49,990, while the test car with

its high grade trim and 4WD sits

at $71,990. For that money it is

comprehensively equipped – and

you’d expect nothing less. It is very

American in the way it is trimmed

and it does get all the latest safety

technology that comes out of the

General Motors’ stable.

The Acadia makes no pretence

that it is genuinely American,

HOLDEN ACADIA

LTZ-V: Luxury fourwheel-drive

SUV

built in the United

States.

its styling is designed to capture

attention, and the luxury feel

inside takes me back to the best

vehicles that have come out of the

States in terms of build quality and

comfort.

Sadly, the Acadia, along with

those other great Holden-badged

cars, has fallen victim to a

challenging downunder market.

The decision-makers claim

marketing right-hand-drive cars is

unproductive, and GM will focus

on left-hand-drive only markets.

That’s tremendously

disappointing for those involved

in the Holden brand and who

have invested in the product.

However, I recently had a quick

chat with the chief executive at

the local Holden dealership and

he was hugely optimistic about

the future of the company, and

was confident Blackwells will

trade well into the future,

hopefully, with another franchise

on board.

I’m also hoping another model

or two will trickle my way before

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