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Davids calls for well-being

focus in lockdown recovery

• By Louis Day

NEW community board

chairwoman Alexandra Davids

believes it is time to look at doing

things differently as the country

begins to adjust to a new normal.

As community boards are

reinstated this week after ceasing

over the lockdown period and

alert level 3, Miss Davids who

is now heading the Linwood-

Central-Heathcote Community

Board believes a real focus on

community well-being is needed

as the city looks to recover from

the Covid-19 crisis.

“I feel like we have got to a

point now where we have all

been in lockdown and we have

all started to work out what is

important to us and I think community

well-being is something

that will be at the forefront of our

decision-making.

“Hopefully, there will be a lot

more decision-making based

around that. We have to look

at how we do things differently

now,” she said.

Miss Davids assumed her new

role of chairwoman last month

after Sally Buck stepped down

from the position for health

reasons.

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NEW ROLE: Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board chairwoman Alexandra Davids believes a focus on community

well-being is needed as the city adjusts to a new normal.

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IT COULD be a while until

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the eastern suburbs start to

see Lianne Dalziel’s campaign

aspirations for the area come to

fruition.

During October’s local body

elections, Ms Dalziel identified

repairs to the eastern part of the

city’s footpaths, pipes and roads

as one of her main priorities for

this term.

“We need a fully integrated

programme of works for the

east, I have loosely called this

the eastern alliance, which

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Ge ry Brownl e

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Christchurch

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RESIDENTS MOST affected by

the new Northern Motorway are

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Northern Corridor opening has

been delayed by six months.

The CNC was due to open in

the middle of this year, but last

week the New

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TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020

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Christchurch

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Connecting Your Community

• By Georgia O’Connor-Harding

THE earthquake-damaged

former Sockburn Service Centre

could finally be demolished in

July – if the funding needed is

obtained.

port Agency

It comes as the

announced more

Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton

time was needed

to complete the

Community

$290m motorwayten

in its draft

Board has writ-

The original

submission to

scope of the

the city council’s

Readers respond

Chance to

would essentially be an alliance

Helpless to

Victorious

Delay in

Market day

project has been Mark Wilson

Annual Plan

Mike Mora

to supermarket

farewell Holden

of contractors who can take

extended include

stoked

making mall

goes green at 2019-2020,

stop property

captain the whole area bit by bit and

a third southbound lane on

requesting the city council addresses

the budget gap so the

rebranding

in style

systematically get the work

the Waimakariri River bridge and

flooding

with cup done,” she said during the

a clip-on win

exit safer

Cashmere HS

cycleway.

buildings can be removed as soon

campaign.

St Albans resident Mark Wilson

as possible.

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GIRL BOSS: Julia Holmes wants to be a geneticist after Page high school, 3 and feels the GirlBoss Advantage programme will Page help 10 said the community are “somewhat

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PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN Page 11 said the final submission is yet to

GIRL BOSS: Julia Holmes wants to be a geneticist after high school, and feels the GirlBoss Advantage programme will help Board chairman Mike Mora

Baxendale said any request to

her achieve her dreams.

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

pursue a specific project in the

“The community will be somewhat

thankful for a reprieve of the

• By Bea Gooding

for biology, and from a young Julia is one of 25 young were often male-dominated,

• By Bea Gooding

for biology, and from a young Julia is one of 25 young were often male-dominated, be completed but it was likely the

east would have to be agreed

age has always been interested women chosen around the with particular focus on science,

technology, engineering

age has always been interested women chosen around the with particular focus on science,

technology, engineering requested.

demolition of the site would be

upon by council.

FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Julia

effects of this motorway for six

in how things worked, often country to participate in the

FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Julia in how things worked, often country to participate in the

South New Brighton School pupil Jacob McMillan enjoying the foam pit at Christchurch School of

City councillors are yet to pass

Holmes is on a mission to

months, but it’s still there. Until

taking things apart just to put GirlBoss Advantage programme

next month, designed She was shocked to hear the

and maths.

Holmes is on a mission to taking things apart just to put GirlBoss Advantage programme

next month, designed She was shocked to hear the Main South Rd, has been a source

and maths.

The former service centre, on

Gymnastics, which opened its doors to pupils while the school was closed due to fire damage.

on any guidance to staff around

make a difference in the world.

decisions are made to put our

them back together.

make a difference in the world. them back together.

•Story, more photos, page 5

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN this, she said.

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Mr Bryce at a ceremony held at tomatoes, berries, nuts and

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continue, or should be paused

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programme next month,

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help,” she said.

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Network] are about, that’s why tricky if the supermarkets stop

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The fifteen-year-old has That passion has landed her designed to mentor the

news from her mother.

Mrs Hodder said there is no “I just think anything to help we exist.

working and things like that, and

to the Covid-19 crisis.

Pleasant resident, who is also award for Best Sustainability

need to panic but it is important our community, that’s what we “We’ve got to look after each the doctors, it’s hard for them as

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Miss Davids said she wanted to

instil an emphasis on engagement

with communities across the board’s

jurisdiction, with a focus on giving

the voiceless a voice at a council level.

Her passion for helping others was

planted from an early age when her

mother would put her to work at the

Methodist Mission Food Bank as

opposed to putting her into holiday

programmes.

“I think it was really to avoid paying

for the holiday programmes because

they are really expensive and she was

on her own with three children, but

it was actually a really great time and

learning experience.”

She has worked in a wide range of

jobs which she believes has given her a

well-rounded perspective of her ward.

She worked in retail at Ballantynes,

in a hotel, an office for a car transmission

garage, where she even got to

rebuild a couple of transmissions, and

at a funeral home.

This is now Miss Davids’ third term

on the community board after first

being elected in 2013, she began this

term as deputy chairwoman.

She described her introduction to

local body politics as a “baptism of

fire.”

In 2013, when she ran for the then

Hagley-Ferrymead Ward for both

council and community board as

a 27-year-old, her billboards were

continuously being stolen and photos

of herself viewable on her Facebook

page, which media referred to as

“glamour shots,” attracted a lot of

publicity.

However, Miss Davids did not think

it was fair to call the photos “glamour

shots.”

“When I saw the articles calling

them glamour shots, I thought but I’m

not a glamour model at all, far from

it, I pity the people who had to look at

my shots,” she joked.

As stressful as this experience was,

Miss Davids felt it prepared her well

for what lied ahead in her political

career.

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BUSY: Alongside

her new role as

chairwoman of

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board, Miss Davids

also serves in a

number of other

roles including

chairwoman

of Keep New

Zealand

Beautiful and

chairwoman of

Local Government

New Zealand’s

community

board executive

committee.

Aside from her new role, she is also

chairwoman for Local Government

New Zealand’s community board

executive committee, chairwoman

of both Keep Christchurch Beautiful

and Keep New Zealand Beautiful,

chairwoman of the Whitau School

board, a representative on LGNZ’s

young elected members committee

and a trustee of the Graeme Dingle

Foundation.

On top of this, she also manages

to find time to fulfil her duties

as a Resource Management Act

commissioner and role at the

Women’s Refuge.

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CALLS HAVE been made to

stop rates increases in response

to the Covid-19 crisis.

City counci lors James Gough,

Sam MacDonald, Catherine

Chu, Phil Mauger, Aaron Keown

and James Daniels have sent a

le ter to Mayor Lianne Dalziel

asking her to lead a conversation

as to how a zero per cent rates

increase could be achieved this

The city council is proposing

an average rates increase of 4.65

per cent acro s a l ratepayers in

this year’s Draft Annual Plan

which is cu rently under public

consultation until April 5 and

wi l be finalised before July 1.

The 2018-2028 Long Term

Plan also predicts a 50 per cent

rates increase over 10 years.

Said Cr MacDonald: “In

the current environment it’s

clear busine s as usual is not

appropriate and the council

needs to look at how we enable

this 12-month rates increase

freeze to occur, it’s crucial for

the economic confidence of our

city.”

Ms Dalziel said the last thing

the city council needed was for

someone to hi the panic bu ton.

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the council’s budget, which is urchNZ, the Canterbury Employers’

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not entirely funded by rates, and

the consequences that wi l flow and other key players so we are

from decisions we make. best prepared for the economic

“The Annual Plan is not cha lenges that lie ahead.” she said.

signed off for three months so City council chief executive

we have time to ge this advice. Dawn Baxendale did not rule a

A the same time, the council zero rates rise out.

is meeting with our economic “We’re considering a series of

development agency, Christch-

options in light of the extraordinary

circumstances related to the economy in response to the

Covid-19. We wi l discuss these Covid-19 pandemic.

options with elected members The biggest boost is $5.1

as we develop the Annual Plan,” bi lion towards wage subsidies

for affected busine ses in a l

The push from city counci lors sectors and regions.

for a freeze on rates rises comes •Tips for weathering virus, p3

shortly after Minister of Finance

Mayor’s column, p9

Grant Robertson announced

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100th birthday celebrated via Zoom

• By Devon Bolger

GWENDOLINE Capill

marked her 100th birthday by

celebrating with family over a

Zoom video call.

She was expecting to celebrate

her birthday on Monday with

about 40 people.

Her son-in-law Ross Gray

said Mrs Capill still very much

enjoyed the video call where she

was joined by family and friends

from all over the world.

“A grand-niece from Los

Angeles, friends and relatives

from Australia and around New

Zealand joined to congratulate

her and wish her well.

“Gwen is an amazing person,

extremely agile of mind with a

remarkable memory and still

able to look after herself with the

most minimal of assistance,” he

said.

Mrs Capill grew up and lived

in Phillipstown until she was in

her 60s and has been an active

member of the community.

This includes being the chairwoman

of the Phillipstown School

committee for many years.

In 2010 she was presented

with a Spreydon/Heathcote

Community Board Community

Service Award for her extremely

long span and range of

commitment to Christchurch

communities.

“She has experienced the tail

end of the 1918 flu pandemic, the

full force of Covid-19 100 years

later, interspersed with the Great

Depression, World War 2, the

Christchurch earthquakes and

more.

“She has managed to keep

smiling and inspiring others

throughout all of these events,”

Mr Gray said.

“Gwen has a wonderful

sense of humour, and mischief,

and follows the fortunes and

misfortunes of the nation with

great interest.”

Mrs Capill now lives in an

independent cottage at the

Cashmere View Retirement

Village.

CONNECT: Gwendoline Capill of Cashmere made the most

of her 100th birthday during the Covid-19 pandemic by

celebrating over a video call with the help of her daughter

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‘Super-volunteer’ loves making himself useful

• By June Peka

WHILE THOUSANDS are

champing at the bit to get back to

work to keep the wolf from the

door, Maurice Taylor’s restless

itch is for a very different reason.

He just loves turning out for

work and making himself useful.

It’s what he’s done almost every

day since he left school 63 years

ago. And while he was paid for

his labours for 50 of those years,

nowadays he’s on the pension

and works for love – and companionship.

Until this Covid-enforced

retirement, Mr Taylor turned up

for duty at the Vinnies charity

store in Papanui three days a

week. He lives in Belfast, and

takes full advantage of the free

bus service for gold card holders,

which drops him nearby.

He first offered his services to

the Stanmore Rd branch of the

same charity.

“It was the only shop I knew

about really. I went in two or

three times and put my name

down. But in the end they said

there wasn’t enough room there

for another person. In that big

shop, really? I think they just

looked at me and thought ‘he’s a

bit past it.’ But there’s still plenty

of life left in some of us old fellas,

even at 78.”

As it turned out he didn’t even

PASSIONATE: Maurice Taylor, 78, loves volunteering at the

Vinnies charity store in Papanui as it “keeps him out of trouble.”

have to apply at the Papanui store.

Popping in one day to find his

daughter Barbara (also a volunteer)

needing a lift with something,

he made himself useful and

was asked by manager Polly Fisher

if he’d like to help out officially. Of

course, it was a yes.

On any given day in normal

times Mr Taylor will turn his

hand to anything except the till,

and driving the truck. Most of

the time he’ll be found behind

the scenes – unloading the truck,

setting up bales and plastic storage

containers, folding and sorting.

He calls himself a general hand, a

dogs-body, a gofer, a rousie.

Ms Fisher calls him a supervolunteer.

“Honestly, they lucked out

when they turned Maurice

away over there. I feel incredibly

blessed to have him. I know if

I’m clear about what I want done,

I can leave him to it, and it will

be done. I can count on him

completely. He’s helped us no end.

When he teamed up with Cassandra

to work on linen – that’s

measuring and folding sheets

and curtains and smaller items

while Cassandra irons – they

grew the linen department about

five-fold. We have customers

who come in especially to check

out our well-presented linens.”

That’s big praise for a boy who

didn’t do that well at school.

“To be honest I was a bit of a

handful. They didn’t know what

to do with me. I couldn’t spell

and I couldn’t remember stuff.

I was too clever for a special

class but not up there with the

normal class. I fell somewhere

in-between and was always being

tested to see how capable I was.

“The trouble was called short

term memory loss – I’ve always

had it. It’s a fault. That, and the

fact that I just hear what I hear.

I don’t read between the lines.

Like when I was 15 a teacher

found me taking a nap at school

and he said I might as well be at

home, so I went home, and got

into trouble for that. Another

thing is that I can find anything

on a map. I don’t remember

street names, or even peoples’

names often. I get around that by

calling everyone here ‘granny.’

It doesn’t get me into too much

bother.”

Mr Taylor left school at 15 to

learn how to be a glass beveller

at Smith and Smith’s Dunedin

workshop, before moving on

to the Woolstores, the Woollen

Mills and then farming at

Milton and Lumsden where he

and his wife raised a family of

four girls.

He wrangled his class 5 driver

licence while driving a truck and

fork lift for the railways, before

moving to Christchurch more

than 20 years ago to be near his

ageing mother.

Life is good to him, Mr Taylor

says. He lives alone, but with family

nearby and looks after himself

well. He collects stemmed drinking

glasses and small soft toys with

messages attached, many picked

up at the Vinnies.

“I know how to grow and cook

my own veggies, I experiment a

bit with easy, but different recipes.

I enjoy getting along to the

Darnley social club in Kaiapoi

where I help out with the garden

and get a lovely meal. I feel sorry

for young ones going through

this lockdown, who have big

families, big rents and no vegie

gardens.

“But I don’t feel guilty about

pinching someone’s job. Because

this one doesn’t put money in the

bank, but it’s still useful to the

community, and keeps me out of

trouble.”

Jacqui Gibbs Chamberlain

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“We are currently all living in a time of unprecedented

uncertainty and disruption. It gives us a time to slow

down and to listen to our thoughts and reflect on what is

happening around us.

Our thoughts are influenced by what we listen to and

we are then challenged by what we assume we need

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room to reflect and to embrace change. It has given

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In these paintings I have tried to express this through

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communicate my thoughts, desires and feelings.

“Moments in time are special - embrace them, enjoy

them, celebrate and share them.” - Jacqui Gibbs

Chamberlain

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Jacqui lives and paints on an isolated farm in

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Canterbury basketball’s role player

SPORT

• By Jacob Page

JAMES LISSAMAN has carved

out a niche for himself as a jack

of all trades for Canterbury

Basketball.

The 41-year-old Burwood

resident is the organisation’s

community basketball manager,

but his reach can be felt throughout

all levels of the game in the

region.

Basketball’s popularity has

surged in recent years with 177

weekend teams playing in Canterbury

each weekend last year

compared to just 81 in 2013.

The 2020 season will hopefully

get underway next month at the

earliest if coronavirus restrictions

ease.

“My role is varied,” he said.

“I commentate on games, writing,

website development, photography

and co-ordinating the

Lincoln University scholarship as

well as my competition draws.

“I try to be that contact point

for people and volunteers in our

community.”

In 2006, Lissaman and his

wife, Pina, went over to Indiana

State to do a Masters in Sport

and PE Coaching.

“We went for two years and

coached basketball at a division 3

college and then came back.

Lissaman had a taste of the

DYNAMIC DUO: James Lissaman and wife Pina commentating

a National Basketball League game.

PHOTO: NBL

organisation a decade ago before

raising a young family drew him

back to teaching.

“Late in 2009 to 2012, I worked

part time as the competitions

manager which was far smaller

of a role than what it is now. I

wasn’t paid particularly well so

I went back to primary teaching

purely for financial reasons.

“I came to the realisation that I

didn’t particularly enjoy teaching

and I was spending more time

there than at home with my oldest

child.”

Fortunately, a new role lured

him back.

“I did that for a year and then

the community coach developer

role came up at Canterbury Basketball.

That was the first time

they’d had that role in a number

of years, so I applied, got that,

and did it for three years.

“The competitions side of

things continued to grow so I

eventually moved around and

organised the draws for that, and

Lori McDaniel came on to do the

coaching role.

“It’s not a nine-to-five role. A

lot of the people are volunteers,

so being that contact point is

important.”

He said variety was stimulating.

“I go into work thinking I’m

going to complete certain tasks

and then other things pop-up

like the lockdown over Covid-19

and what an altered season

would look like for us. Then

it’s working out how much

communication we have with

our members so that we aren’t

firing out stuff to them all the

time, but also giving them

enough clarity that they know

we are giving them what they

need once it is definitive.”

Lissaman said he played all

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days but it was not until he tried

basketball during year 7 at Cathedral

College that he found a

sport to stick at.

“It was the first sport I played

for more than two seasons and

I’ve been playing ever since.”

He said the numbers boom in

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“The growth of the game is

No 1.

“In terms of boys at high

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years ago for the first time.

“The interest in the game has

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He said the people involved

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The discussions we’ve had with

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