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THURSDAY, MAY <strong>21</strong>, <strong>2020</strong><br />

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• By Matt Slaughter<br />

UNCERTAINTY hovers over<br />

the yet-to-be-built Hornby mega<br />

facility because of the $33.2 million<br />

city council budget blowout.<br />

THe city council will reassess its<br />

spending priorities in the wake of<br />

the deficit, caused by the Covid-19<br />

crisis.<br />

Halswell-<br />

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chairman Mike<br />

Mora is concerned<br />

Mike Mora<br />

about the virus’s<br />

impact, but believes<br />

delaying or even<br />

scrapping the mega facility is<br />

unlikely.<br />

THese were two projects<br />

prioritised in the board’s<br />

submission to the city council’s<br />

draft Annual Plan in March.<br />

The city council needs to reevaluate<br />

the priorities outlined by community<br />

boards to account for its<br />

forecasted $33.2 million deficit due<br />

to Covid-19.<br />

The city council now faces a race<br />

against time to have the new draft<br />

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CONSTRUCTION OF a new pedestrian<br />

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The bridge is costing just over $3<br />

million to build and is being constructed<br />

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rebuild agency Ōtākaro Limited.<br />

The bridge is being constructed out<br />

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than a steel structure, which is<br />

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Ōtākaro Chief Executive John<br />

Bridgman says it is great to be getting<br />

physical work started so soon after<br />

the move to alert level 3.<br />

“Infrastructure projects are going to<br />

be an important part of our economic<br />

recovery. Fulton Hogan will have<br />

around five to eight people working<br />

at the site for much of the year and<br />

money will also be flowing through to<br />

its suppliers.<br />

“The City Promenade is increasingly<br />

being used by cyclists and pedestrians<br />

for commuting and we want<br />

to see more of that. The 32m x 3.5m<br />

bridge sits on a naturally desirable<br />

crossing point along the Promenade<br />

so it will make the journey easier for<br />

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<strong>May</strong>or Lianne Dalziel and councillors<br />

will then have to sign off on the<br />

plan by July 30.<br />

Mr Mora said the potential for the<br />

mega facility project to canned or<br />

delayed is a concern but he thinks it is<br />

unlikely this will happen.<br />

“I am concerned but I’m reasonably<br />

confident that the city council will see<br />

the need.<br />

“The council will be looking at the<br />

budget very very closely and it is going<br />

to be a difficult time.<br />

“I’m hopeful that it will go ahead,<br />

I’m reasonably confident at this stage<br />

that the work is happening. The architect’s<br />

been appointed and all of those<br />

things are happening, so I’m quite<br />

confident that it will [go ahead]. The<br />

money’s in the budget for it, I know it’s<br />

quite a lot but it’s desperately needed,”<br />

he said.<br />

The Hornby mega facility has been a<br />

long time coming after the need for a<br />

pool in the south-west of the city was<br />

first identified in the 2006 Aquatics<br />

Facility Plan. The need for a larger<br />

service centre and library was established<br />

through the South West Area<br />

Plan prior to the February 22, 2011,<br />

earthquake.<br />

Said Mr Mora: “As far as the wellbeing<br />

of the community, it [the mega<br />

facility project] is something that the<br />

community would be feeling very very<br />

very disappointed if that was to be<br />

lost.”<br />

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‘Super-volunteer’ loves making himself useful<br />

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WHILE THOUSANDS are<br />

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He just loves turning out for<br />

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It’s what he’s done almost every<br />

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Until this Covid-enforced<br />

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for duty at the Vinnies charity<br />

store in Papanui three days a<br />

week. He lives in Belfast, and<br />

takes full advantage of the free<br />

bus service for gold card holders,<br />

which drops him nearby.<br />

He first offered his services to<br />

the Stanmore Rd branch of the<br />

same charity.<br />

“It was the only shop I knew<br />

about really. I went in two or<br />

three times and put my name<br />

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He calls himself a general hand, a<br />

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Ms Fisher calls him a supervolunteer.<br />

“Honestly, they lucked out<br />

when they turned Maurice<br />

away over there. I feel incredibly<br />

blessed to have him. I know if<br />

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while Cassandra irons – they<br />

grew the linen department about<br />

five-fold. We have customers<br />

who come in especially to check<br />

out our well-presented linens.”<br />

That’s big praise for a boy who<br />

didn’t do that well at school.<br />

“To be honest I was a bit of a<br />

handful. They didn’t know what<br />

to do with me. I couldn’t spell<br />

and I couldn’t remember stuff.<br />

I was too clever for a special<br />

class but not up there with the<br />

normal class. I fell somewhere<br />

in-between and was always being<br />

tested to see how capable I was.<br />

“The trouble was called short<br />

term memory loss – I’ve always<br />

had it. It’s a fault. That, and the<br />

fact that I just hear what I hear.<br />

I don’t read between the lines.<br />

Like when I was 15 a teacher<br />

found me taking a nap at school<br />

and he said I might as well be at<br />

home, so I went home, and got<br />

into trouble for that. Another<br />

thing is that I can find anything<br />

on a map. I don’t remember<br />

street names, or even peoples’<br />

names often. I get around that by<br />

calling everyone here ‘granny.’<br />

It doesn’t get me into too much<br />

bother.”<br />

Mr Taylor left school at 15 to<br />

“We are currently all living in a time of unprecedented<br />

uncertainty and disruption. It gives us a time to slow<br />

down and to listen to our thoughts and reflect on what is<br />

happening around us.<br />

Our thoughts are influenced by what we listen to and<br />

we are then challenged by what we assume we need<br />

and to what is important. In every moment we now have<br />

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me the ability to entertain change and to open up my<br />

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In these paintings I have tried to express this through<br />

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learn how to be a glass beveller<br />

at Smith and Smith’s Dunedin<br />

workshop, before moving on<br />

to the Woolstores, the Woollen<br />

Mills and then farming at<br />

Milton and Lumsden where he<br />

and his wife raised a family of<br />

four girls.<br />

He wrangled his class 5 driver<br />

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moving to Christchurch more<br />

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Life is good to him, Mr Taylor<br />

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nearby and looks after himself<br />

well. He collects stemmed drinking<br />

glasses and small soft toys with<br />

messages attached, many picked<br />

up at the Vinnies.<br />

“I know how to grow and cook<br />

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I enjoy getting along to the<br />

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CANTABRIANS keen to make<br />

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team-euro-nuts<br />

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“I was helping out last year<br />

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Mr Thompson said the event<br />

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while teams were out and about,<br />

which was a chance to raise<br />

awareness for “a really good<br />

charity.”<br />

This year’s route was yet to<br />

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journeys included an overnight<br />

stay at Hanmer Springs,<br />

stopping off at schools and<br />

iconic Canterbury landscapes<br />

to complete challenges such<br />

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races.<br />

The decision to hold a nonracing<br />

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The Lyttleton trust’s chair, Thea<br />

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“Moving fast and approaching<br />

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“There was a real mix of ages<br />

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The toys had been in their<br />

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Thursday <strong>May</strong> <strong>21</strong> <strong>2020</strong> 7<br />

Canterbury basketball’s role player<br />

SPORT<br />

• By Jacob Page<br />

JAMES LISSAMAN has carved<br />

out a niche for himself as a jack<br />

of all trades for Canterbury<br />

Basketball.<br />

The 41-year-old Burwood<br />

resident is the organisation’s<br />

community basketball manager,<br />

but his reach can be felt throughout<br />

all levels of the game in the<br />

region.<br />

Basketball’s popularity has<br />

surged in recent years with 177<br />

weekend teams playing in Canterbury<br />

each weekend last year<br />

compared to just 81 in 2013.<br />

The <strong>2020</strong> season will hopefully<br />

get underway next month at the<br />

earliest if coronavirus restrictions<br />

ease.<br />

“My role is varied,” he said.<br />

“I commentate on games, writing,<br />

website development, photography<br />

and co-ordinating the<br />

Lincoln University scholarship as<br />

well as my competition draws.<br />

“I try to be that contact point<br />

for people and volunteers in our<br />

community.”<br />

In 2006, Lissaman and his<br />

wife, Pina, went over to Indiana<br />

State to do a Masters in Sport<br />

and PE Coaching.<br />

“We went for two years and<br />

coached basketball at a division 3<br />

DYNAMIC DUO: James Lissaman and wife Pina commentating<br />

a National Basketball League game.<br />

PHOTO: NBL<br />

college and then came back.<br />

Lissaman had a taste of the<br />

organisation a decade ago before<br />

raising a young family drew him<br />

back to teaching.<br />

“Late in 2009 to 2012, I worked<br />

part time as the competitions<br />

manager which was far smaller<br />

of a role than what it is now. I<br />

wasn’t paid particularly well so<br />

I went back to primary teaching<br />

purely for financial reasons.<br />

“I came to the realisation that I<br />

didn’t particularly enjoy teaching<br />

and I was spending more time<br />

there than at home with my oldest<br />

child.”<br />

Fortunately, a new role lured<br />

him back.<br />

“I did that for a year and then<br />

the community coach developer<br />

role came up at Canterbury Basketball.<br />

That was the first time<br />

they’d had that role in a number<br />

of years, so I applied, got that,<br />

and did it for three years.<br />

“The competitions side of<br />

things continued to grow so I<br />

eventually moved around and<br />

organised the draws for that, and<br />

Lori McDaniel came on to do the<br />

coaching role.<br />

“It’s not a nine-to-five role. A<br />

lot of the people are volunteers,<br />

so being that contact point is<br />

important.”<br />

He said variety was stimulating.<br />

“I go into work thinking I’m<br />

going to complete certain tasks<br />

and then other things pop-up<br />

like the lockdown over Covid-19<br />

and what an altered season<br />

would look like for us. Then<br />

it’s working out how much<br />

communication we have with<br />

our members so that we aren’t<br />

firing out stuff to them all the<br />

time, but also giving them<br />

enough clarity that they know<br />

we are giving them what they<br />

need once it is definitive.”<br />

Lissaman said he played all<br />

sorts of sports during his school<br />

days but it was not until he tried<br />

basketball during year 7 at Cathedral<br />

College that he found a<br />

sport to stick at.<br />

“It was the first sport I played<br />

for more than two seasons and<br />

I’ve been playing ever since.”<br />

He said the numbers boom in<br />

the sport has made a big difference.<br />

“The growth of the game is<br />

No 1.<br />

“In terms of boys at high<br />

school we got ahead of rugby two<br />

years ago for the first time.<br />

“The interest in the game has<br />

surged, especially around our<br />

Thomson and Wheelan high<br />

school competition.<br />

“Finals night last year was<br />

packed. The growth over the last<br />

couple of years has been amazing.”<br />

He said the people involved<br />

with basketball in Canterbury<br />

would ensure the sport could<br />

adapt to life after the lockdown.<br />

“We’ve been through the<br />

earthquakes and lost our courts<br />

at QEII. We had to farm our<br />

teams out all over the city because<br />

people understood we had<br />

to adapt to play basketball.<br />

The discussions we’ve had with<br />

people around contact tracing and<br />

sanitisation have been positive.<br />

“It will just come down to what<br />

venues we can use because we do<br />

use school gyms at times.”<br />

He said he remains as passionate<br />

as ever about the work.<br />

“The great thing is that I can<br />

take my kids to school and I can<br />

make the time up later. And just<br />

the variety of the role.<br />

“I didn’t take the role thinking<br />

I would be doing commentating,<br />

live streaming games and<br />

learning website design, but<br />

the ability to learn new skills<br />

and become at least partially<br />

competent in them is something<br />

I’ve really enjoyed.<br />

“It is a job that agrees with me,<br />

that’s for sure.”<br />

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