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• By Bea Gooding


Daniell was over the moon when

she found out that an awardwinning

author would help her

finish her book this year.

The year 12 Cashmere High

School student was last month

named as one of four recipients of

the NZ Society of Young Authors

youth mentorship programme.

This meant that novelist and nonfiction

writer Laurence Fearnley

would be on hand to share her wisdom

with Hannah and her desire

to finish a dystopian-themed book.

Hannah kept tight-lipped on the

details surrounding her book – a

theme which explored social and

political injustices typically in postapocalyptic


Said Hannah: “I sent them a book

idea and a 10-page sample, next

thing you know they said they’d

help me write it and sent me contact


“It was pretty cool when I found

out, there was a lot of running out

of the house and screaming. But

my first feeling was guilt because

my best friend also applied and she

didn’t get in.”

Hannah had already started receiving

feedback from her mentor,

offering practical advice on how to

improve her writing.

She planned to have her book

finished by December this year.

The 16-year-old Huntsbury

resident mostly focused on flash fiction,

which is short stories ranging

from 100 to 500 words.

The shorter length enabled her to

get straight to the point, focusing on

a character’s emotions and thoughts

while spending less time on “worldbuilding.”

“So writing a dystopian book is

really weird for me, I usually write

realistic fiction that deals with

feelings on the truest level it can

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after reopening.

However, a significant

number of the loans prior

to the lockdown period

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The city council head

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Carolyn Robertson

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face any fines over postlockdown

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“We are asking people to

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period, more than 223,000

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New name gifted

• By Kim Thomas


new name – Oaklands Te Kura o


The new name combined the

school’s original one with a

Māori name gifted by the local

rūnanga – Te Taumutu Rūnanga,

which based at Ngati Moki

Marae, near Leeston.

It gifted the school the name

‘Te Kura o Ōwaka’ as part of an

ongoing partnership with the


Principal Margaret Trotter

said the school was honoured

by the gift of a name, a plant of

local significance, the korokio,

and information about the area’s


“We thank Te Taumutu

Rūnanga warmly for their gifts,

their continued partnership,

and involvement in the

redevelopment of our school,’’

said Mrs Trotter.

The school is currently

undergoing a $5-million-plus

campus redevelopment, which is

scheduled to finish by the end of


to Oaklands School

Writer has big

plans for future

NEW NAME: Oaklands School in Halswell has been gifted

the new name Oaklands Te Kura o Ōwaka by Te Taumutu



Mrs Trotter said the rūnanga

gifted information about the

history of the area and the

significance of the Māori name.

“The rūnanga shared with

us that near our school, the

Heathcote and Halswell Rivers

used to meet. This was where

waka were transported between

the two bodies of water. The

word Ōwaka refers to this

movement of waka.”

The new name and other parts

of the school’s gifted information

will be incorporated into aspects

of the redevelopment such as

signage, the naming of buildings

and landscaping, she said.

Each of the new and

redeveloped blocks have been

given a Māori names. Students

will learn about the history of the

school’s local area as part of the


• From page 1

She credited author John

Green’s novels for being the first

to make her cry.

“They were the first to make

me want to write something that

was truly my own.”

Hannah moved from Boulder,

Colorado to Christchurch when

she was 12; about the same time

she rekindled her passion for


Since then, she had taken part

in dozens of writing competitions

and even took out the top

spot at last year’s National Flash

Fiction Day youth competition.

She was now gunning for a

world championship title at

the Future Problem Solving

International Programme in the

US, which has now been moved

online due to Covid-19.

Hannah also hoped to study

neuroscience along with creative

writing, becoming an established

author in the future.

“Often people feel discouraged

when they feel they’re not doing

the right thing, or when they

haven’t found their writing community

and style,” she said.

GUIDANCE: Hannah Daniell’s

mentor, award-winning

author Laurence Fearnley.

“I don’t think there’s a giving

up in writing; you’re just ceasing

to put yourself out there. Find

something that makes you want

to write and never stop – you

don’t have to be aiming for the

best thing.”


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Determined Harri runs with heart

• By Bea Gooding

BIG STRIDES: Harri Brown, 6, will be running 60km over

six weeks to raise money for children with congenital heart



SIX-YEAR-OLD Harri Brown

doesn’t let anything break his

stride, even if it means living with

a congenital heart defect.

Harri was diagnosed with

critical aortic stenosis shortly

after birth. But his keen interest

in running grew immensely,

exceeding all expectations on

how much his little heart could


He has now set himself a new

challenge: Running a distance

equivalent to the length of the

Abel Tasman track, covering

60km over a six-week period.

The Big Strides for Brave

Hearts is an initiative by Heart

Kids New Zealand which challenges

people to walk, run, bike

or scooter a chosen distance

while raising money for heart

families in Canterbury.

Parents Rod and Melanie

Brown, who live in Aidanfield,

said Harri jumped at the chance

to take part.

“He loves to help people and he

has a lot of empathy. He knows

this is giving back to other heart

kids,” said Mr Brown.

“So far nothing affects his running,

he always seems to be full

of energy. It’s pretty surreal, we

never thought he could go running

like that.”

In May, Harri started to run

about 5km a day at various locations

in Christchurch, including at

Hagley Park for the fundraiser –

approved by his cardiologist.

Prior to the challenge, Mr

Brown was baffled to learn that

his then 5-year-old could run

the 5km Hagley Park course in

23min 27sec.

Harri chose the Abel Tasman

distance because he had physically

run part of the track before.

During a walk with his family

last Christmas, he wanted to run

the rest of the way back to the car

park which ended up covering

almost 9km.

Harri was only 3 when he first

wanted to join his dad when he

went for a run.

“I said no, it was probably not

for him,” said Mr Brown.

“He was exceptionally upset

when I said no, so we took it

slowly and when he got tired I

continued to run with him on

my shoulders.”

From then on it seemed like

they could never put away his

running shoes.

Harri’s heart defect meant

that at birth he had severe left

ventricle dysfunction – ejecting

between seven to 12 per cent of

its volume each heartbeat.

Mr Brown said a normal

baby’s heart ejects 55 per cent.

“He was given a 50 per cent

chance to live when he was born

and he had open-heart surgery

27 hours after birth.

“After surgery at Starship

Hospital, he now has a normally

functioning ventricle.”

Mrs Brown was appreciative

of the “fantastic” support

they received from Heart Kids

Canterbury and meeting other

families going through a similar


“It’s important to meet people

going through the same thing, it

makes a big difference,” she said.

Sign up or donate to the Big

Strides for Brave Hearts initiative

at: https://heartcanterbury.

Simon Van Der Sluijs

‘The Anatomy of


Part III: Lost & Found’

Simon van der Sluijs is an artist of Dutch descent and traditional painting

and drawing training. His themes are deeply personal, unconventional, dark,

humorous and disturbing. Three years ago Simon van der Sluijs began his trilogy

exhibition series ‘The Anatomy of Melancholy’.

Part I – Identity 2018, Part II – Dissectum 2019 and finally Part III – Lost & Found

June 2020.

Large charcoal drawings challenge with their strong emotional content yet have

a stillness which stops the viewer in their tracks. ‘Journal of Loss’ - 40 small

monochromatic watercolours is a project in itself and acts as a diary of Simon’s

thought process.

Drawings and watercolours show the emotional side of ‘losing and finding’; the

loss of innocence or youth, the loss of those we love and the process of coping.

Mixed media dogs varying in size from the very large to the very small. We are

not sure if they are lost or found. Each dog has its own narrative, but together

they remind us of unconditional love, and that they too can understand loss.

Simon is a multi-disciplinary artist. His work is often metaphorical and he

continues to look inward and reach into his past to find an existential language

we can all find ourselves in.

The AnATomy

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PArT III: losT & found

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Kirkwood Intermediate

School of Choice

Celebrating Kirkwood House

Captains for 2020

Year 7 Camp

Our Year 7 pupils have

recently attended a camp at

Purau Bay. This is a great

way for the children to get to

know each other.

House Captains for Mansfield/Hillary

Jamison - Ex Hoon Hay Primary

I like Kirkwood Intermediate because I like meeting people from different

cultures and I enjoy the opportunities Kirkwood offers like electronics in


Aimee - Ex Clearview Primary

Kirkwood provides many different sports opportunities and I like the school

because I get to meet new people. This year I would like to become involved in

the many sports opportunities and leadership rolls which Kirkwood offers. This

would be a great achievement.

House Captains for Sheppard/Freyberg

Ragavi - Ex Lincoln Primary I like Kirkwood because of the traditional style

of learning with kind and friendly staff, teachers and students. You get many

opportunities to try new things (such as: sports; science fair; music; and

technology). A school that recognises not only the curricular activities that

students have achieved but also extra achievements of students outside the

school (Blues awards). I wanted to be a House Captain so I could apply my

skill of leadership and also gain strengths as a Year 8 pupil. At the same time

I wanted to gain new challenges and get the opportunity to engage in a new

working environment. This year I would like to keep my focus on contributing to

extra-curricular and curricular activities.

William - Ex Halswell School At Kirkwood I like how there are many opportunities

for pupils to get involved in as well as the various activities offered which we have

never tried before. I would like to fundraise for a charity like the Cancer Society. I

wanted to gain experience in a leadership role representing a group, and to be able to

bring ideas around and help people when they need support.


favourite part of

camp was playing games

with everyone and just hanging

out with my friends. I enjoyed

going to the beach and swimming.

Some of the other camp activities

which I enjoyed were: abseiling;

pitching tents; Canadian canoeing;

playing sports; bush walking;

periwinkle hunting and

beach time.


favourite part

of camp was abseiling

because all the adrenaline

went rushing through my veins.

I have never been abseiling

before and it was really

challenging for me. I also liked

feeding the eels which

slithered around my


I enjoyed playing

in the reserve in the

evenings. The games we

played were “Predator” and “Kick

the Container”.

We had the most amazing parent

helpers which we really enjoyed.

We also learnt to cooperate with

each other and it gave us an

opportunity to get to know

our class mates better.

House Captains for Britten/Te Kanawa

Anton - Ex Lincoln Primary School I like the opportunities Kirkwood has to

offer including the academic and sporting options you can take part in. I would

like to lead Britten/Te Kanawa house to success. I would also encourage all

students to make the most of their time here at Kirkwood.

Rosa - Ex Halswell Primary I enjoy Kirkwood due to the happy and friendly

environment that I get to be in. This year I would like to gain more Blues

awards, create a clean and tidy environment and have a fun Year 8. I really

wanted this leadership opportunity because I love supporting and helping

people who need it.

House Captains for Rutherford/Batten

Rylee - Ex Spreydon School Kirkwood gives me so many opportunities like

sports, singing and experience in leadership. I like the teachers and the time in

Technology. This year I would like to get into a softball and netball team. I have

always wanted to be a House Captain and will make a good role model.

Zavier - Ex Wigram Primary School I like Kirkwood because there are so

many different opportunities here and we are lucky enough to go to Technology

so that we can learn things to help us in the future. By the end of the year I

want my house to be the best house of all the houses and win everything. I

wanted to be a House Captain because I am very competitive and will do my

best to help my House thrive to be the best at the end of the year.

Open Day/Night

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small groups by appointment. Please contact the school by phone

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Call or email us to organise your tour of our school in place of Open Day/Night.

Please visit our website for information and to

download an enrolment form or ring the office on 348 7718.

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ON THE ROAD: Two organists will soon tour Canterbury aged

care facilities in self-contained trucks, providing contactless


Musicians on the road for seniors

• By Bea Gooding


play at Canterbury rest homes

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The From Us with Aroha

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While Patterson tours facilities

across the South Island, English

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month, visiting about 180 rest

homes,” said Patterson.

“We wanted to bring something

that can give them a smile

during this frustrating time.’’

A givealittle page has

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Tanya Jenkins is the manager of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust, a non-profit 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.


The White Heron is one of the

most recognisable and favourite

native birds seen around the

Avon-Heathcote estuary/Ihutai.

Its large size, stunning white

plumage, and graceful slow flight

they are a real show stopper to


The white heron is classified as

being “nationally critical” with

only 150 – 200 birds left in New


The only breeding colony in

the country is situated in Okorito

Lagoon, along the West Coast,

and nobody is quite sure why

we have two single Herons

residing in Christchurch. They

are seen regularly spending

time between the estuary,

Linwood Canal, Travis Swamp

and the lower Heathcote River.

They feed on frogs, small fish,

young eels and mice.

How can we help these very

shy birds? Keep dogs on the lead

when walking near the estuary

and pick up litter. One of the

herons in Christchurch has been

seen with a plastic strap around

its neck.

White Heron


Pied Stilt



It’s hard to miss the skinny,

black and white pied stilt on their

long, bright orange legs.

They are often seen in small

groups but they also quite like

the company of the godwit and

the oystercatchers and are often

seen roosting alongside those


They are extremely shy and

nervous birds and when approached,

even at a fair distance,

fly away.

They like to eat insects and

worms while wading in shallow

water or swampy Linwood paddocks

utilising their long legs to

do so.

Nests are near water or even

surrounded by water and are

made by piling up mud a few

centimetres high.

When they cannot see you

nearby the nest (use binoculars and

patience at a safe distance) you may

be lucky enough to see adults with

the cutest little fluffy grey chicks,

on their comparatively ridiculously

long legs, learning how to catch

food themselves.

How can we help these, and

all other birds? Keep dogs on

the lead when walking near the

estuary and pick up litter.


A tall and elegant bird, the

white-faced heron is actually

quite new to New Zealand

This heron species introduced

themselves in the 1940s and

are now commonly seen in

our estuary, McCormacks Bay,

Charlesworth Wetland, Linwood

canal, Bexley and even on sports

fields and paddocks – but only

after heavy rain, as they prefer

to search for their food while

wading in shallow water.

They are awesome birds to observe

while they stand patiently.

Without moving as much as a

White-Faced Heron

feather, they wait for prey to be

within sight to then at lightning

speed grab either a small fish,

crab, worm, mouse, lizard or

frog. Lizards and frogs are more

common around the estuary

than most people are aware of.

White-faced heron’s nest near

our estuary in the tops of pine

and macrocarpa trees particularly

favouring South New Brighton

Park and the lower Avon River.

How can we help these birds

thrive? Keep dogs on the lead

when walking near the estuary as

to not disturb them while feeding

or resting.

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Beverley loves the kind atmosphere of village life

Beverley says living at

Ngaio Marsh Retirement

Village offers a superb lifestyle

and she has loved making

friends with fellow residents

who form such a positive and

interesting group of people.

She says it has been great

that during the COVID-19 alert

levels the village community

has continued to thrive. She

initiated walks with a couple

of residents during what was

a lovely extended summerearly

autumn period. “People

got out of their houses,

walked sat and talked, it’s

been a lovely atmosphere.”

Ryman Healthcare’s

COVID-19 response began in

late January with restricted

visits to villages for people

who had travelled to affected

areas overseas.

Ryman’s aim has been to

keep the virus out, protect

those residents in care who

were most vulnerable to the

virus, and create safe havens

for residents.

Everyone gets on well,

and staff are on hand to help

newcomers’ join in the fun,

Beverley says. During her

five years at the Papanui

village she has watched

the community grow from

strength to strength. Everyone

is welcomed, and she well

remembers her own first

venture to social drinks.

“The first time I went

down to Happy Hour, you’re

feeling nervous… then I went

to one of the rooms and there

was a massive poster there,

and it said on the poster:

‘always be kind’.

“And I would say, I’ve seen

that kindness so much at Ngaio

Marsh. I believe that they are

always kind. It’s a lovely, lovely

place to live.”

Residents have enjoyed

keeping on the move with

hallway exercise classes and

activities like hallway bingo,

as well as getting out for some

fresh air. When it comes to

the village swimming pool,

Beverley says she loves being

able to swim, joking she is

‘Esther Williams’.

Beverley was brought up in

her family home in Sockburn,

“six miles from the square”,

when it was more of a rural

area with farms devoted to

horse racing at the nearby

Riccarton Racecourse.

She later worked helping in

the field of biochemistry at

Christchurch Hospital.

She loves the fact that

Ngaio Marsh has some nearby

fields and that she lives in a

townhouse that has an aspect

onto Grants Road. Her home

has some large pieces of

artwork on the walls, and she

has plenty of room to display

photos of her family.

As COVID-19 emerged

and the country went into

lockdown, staff helped rollout

Zoom to more than 3,800

devices, so that residents and

their loved ones could talk.

Beverley thought the

pandemic has drawn the

village closer “We’ve learnt

a lot about the villagers and

our village, which has been

really good.”

Beverley moved into

the village from nearby

Beverley enjoys life in her townhouse at Ryman Healthcare’s Ngaio Marsh village.

Bishopdale following the

death of her husband. She has

sons living in Christchurch,

Wellington and another

that has worked on oil rigs

around the world. She initially

visited Ngaio Marsh with her


“We came here one day to

a presentation on diabetes,

I put my name down on the

waiting list, and when we

were driving out we passed

my townhouse and I said to

my sister-in-law; ‘that’s the

townhouse I’m having.’ Six

weeks later Marie (the sales

advisor) rang and said the

townhouse is for sale, are

you interested?

“I said I’m not interested,

I’m having it!”

Staff at the village

have always been kindhearted,

and never more

so than during the period of

COVID-19, she says. “I’m

going to cry because

we have been treated

exceptionally. We’ve had our


goodie bags, we’ve had

Happy Hour bags, we’ve had

grocery orders,” she says

During COVID-19 alert

levels, residents have

remained upbeat and

commented on how well

they’ve been cared for.

Sales Advisor Marie

Kyle-Stevenson says now

is a great time to come

into the village to take a look

at the available townhouses.

Ryman’s Peace of Mind guarantees provide a little certainty

in your retirement. Our affordable base weekly fee is fixed for life*,

the deferred management fee is capped at 20 percent, one of the

lowest around, and villages provide independent and assisted living,

plus a range of care options. It’s just some of the ways we’re

pioneering a new way of living for a new retirement generation.

*Some conditions apply

Located in Papanui, close to Northlands mall

and cafes, Ngaio Marsh Village is named in

honour of a pioneering New Zealander

who set the standard for others to follow.

Call Marie for more details.


95 Grants Road, Papanui, 354 6608

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