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• By Bea Gooding

FOR MANY St Albans families,

walking to school has never felt

so unsafe.

Hundreds of vehicles “barrel”

down Cranford St each day, and

with roadworks dominating the

area, navigating safe pathways

has been difficult in recent

months.

Christchurch Central MP Duncan

Webb and Papanui-Innes

ward city councillors Pauline

Cotter and Mike Davidson were

at the scene to understand the

gravity of the situation.

St Albans School is one of five

schools in the vicinity that use

the Cranford St and Westminster

St intersection to cross the road.

St Albans resident Kate McKey

said the community has had

enough of drivers flouting the

30km/h speed limit, snaking

through road cones and running

red lights putting school kids in

danger.

“Either my husband or I walk

with our kids to and from school

every day. Since the roadworks

have started, it has become

progressively more dangerous

for the kids to get to school,” she

said.

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CHAOS: Roadworks at the Cranford and Westminster Sts intersection have caused headaches among St Albans families

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‘It’s really distressing and unsafe’

•From page 1

“It’s been horrendous; the amount

of cars ignoring or not noticing

the red lights. We’ve had to change

routes several times so we can avoid

Cranford St.”

The works were a result of the controversial

Christchurch Northern Corridor

in order to manage downstream

traffic once it was completed.

Road cones were littered “as far as

the eye can see” on Cranford St causing

frustration among drivers, said

Mrs McKey.

Because of this, St Albans School

hired a person to hold traffic calming

signs at the intersection encouraging

cars to slow down.

Said Mrs McKey: “There’s been no

careful consideration or thoughtfulness

for the people that live here. It’s

ironic because this [the works] was

meant to encourage people to walk

or bike, but the kids are frightened

and don’t want to walk to school

anymore.”

On some days the school’s principal

Ginnie Warren had to be there to support

safe crossing.

“Students from many local schools

cross here, and we believe it is crucial

to mitigate risk at such a busy intersection,”

said Mrs Warren.

She said the school had been in

contact with Fulton Hogan to add

improved signage and having periods

of low noise to ensure crossing signals

can be heard.

SAFETY: Christchurch Central MP Duncan Webb and Papanui-Innes

Ward city councillors have been at the intersection to observe the issues.

PHOTO: BEA GOODING ​

Dr Webb lived nearby and said he

sympathised with parents, who asked

him to personally observe the area.

“Frankly, it’s chaotic. It’s really

distressing and quite unsafe – I can

absolutely sympathise with the parents

who are having numerous adults on

each corner just to make it safe.

“But I do think some very careful

thinking needs to be done. You need

people actively managing the traffic

and making decisions – an actual

person with a sign is safer than just

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road cones.”

City council transport planning and

delivery manager Lynette Ellis said

both contractors and the council have

contacted police about monitoring the

area closely.

“Changes to the intersection are

designed to improve safety for all

pedestrians. We’re including an

additional crossing with traffic lights by

English Park and we are working on a

school access study for St Albans School

for further safety improvements.”





























































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Anger at roading sparks protests

• By Bea Gooding

CONSTRUCTION of the

Christchurch Northern

Corridor continues to anger the

St Albans community and their

concerns have been aired on the

streets.

Every Friday morning this

month, residents have been

lining Cranford St with signs

in hand, engaging the public

about the detrimental effects

the motorway has on the

community.

St Albans resident Mark

Wilson said the community was

feeling “beaten down” about the

controversial project, which resulted

in the decision to publicly

demonstrate their frustrations.

“The community

is

over it. We’re

trying to raise

awareness to

people driving

down Cranford

St that

Mark Wilson

they’re moving

through a

community, and to remind them

to adhere to the 30km/h speed

limit,” he said.

“We’re not happy with the

road, we want public transport,

not for more cars to be dumped

ANGER: The St Albans community has been demonstrating their concerns on Cranford St this

month to raise awareness about the negative effects of the Christchurch Northern Motorway.

PHOTO: SIMON BRITTEN

into the community.”

Mr Wilson said the motorway

was encouraging more traffic

into the area which “severed

the community in two,” posing

safety risks and had negative effects

on the environment.

The community wanted

more public transport options

such as installing an additional

lane for more buses or for carpooling.

The increased traffic was a

concern for children attempting

to cross the road to get to and

from school, for cyclists and for

residents accessing their streets

and properties.

“We hope people will see a

community that is trying to

retain a sense of cohesion and

functionality, and also realise

that we’re hanging on to hopes of

public transport and a reduction

in traffic.”

Mr Wilson and the St Albans

Residents’ Association have been

fighting hard to be heard, but felt

ignored by the city council and

other authorities, and believed

they were putting cars before the

community.

“We’re pushing back. They’ve

got an obligation to ratepayers

to provide a public transport

service to use and have the

ability to make decisions

in the right vain for future

generations.”

The demonstrations followed

mounting concerns by families

living near roadworks on

Cranford St, particularly at the

Westminster St intersection where

school children had difficulty

crossing the road due to speeding

drivers and red light runners.

The construction was due

to finish by December, but

due to Covid-19, the project’s

completion has been delayed

until January 2021.

• HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you

think traffic safety should

be improved in St Albans?

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ACTION: Six city councillors including

Catherine Chu, Sam MacDonald (top right),

James Daniels (above left) and Aaron

Keown have called on Mayor Lianne Dalziel

to lead a conversation on how to achieve a

zero per cent rates increase this year.

• By Louis Day

CALLS HAVE b en 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

year.

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 cu rent environment it’s

clear busine s as usual is not

a propriate and the council

n eds to l ok at how we enable

this 12-month rates increase

fr eze to o cur, it’s crucial for

the economic confidence of our

city.”

Ms Dalziel said the las thing the council’s budget, which is urchNZ, the Canterbury Employers’

Chamber of Commerce

the city council n eded was for not entirely funded by rates, and

someone to hi the panic bu ton. the consequences that wi l flow and other key players so we are

“Calm heads must and wi l from decisions we make. best prepared for the economic

prevail,” she said.

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

“Our residents and businesses signed off for thr e months so City council chief executive

wi l be depending on us to we have time to ge this advice. Dawn Baxendale did not rule a

make adjustments, and we will, A the same time, the council zero rates rise out.

however, we will n ed advice is m eting with our economic “We’re considering a series of

on the impacts on a l aspects of development agency, Christch-

options in light of the extraordinary

circumstances related to the economy in response to the

Covid-19. We wi l discu s these Covid-19 pandemic.

options with elected members The bi gest b ost is $5.1

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

she said.

for affected busine ses in a l

The push from city counci lors sectors and regions.

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

shortly after Minister of Finance

•Mayor’s column, p9

Grant Robertson announced

a $12.1 bi lion package to aid •From the editor’s desk, p10

No review

A message

Councillor takes

Davids heads

Views on

Lively group

over

of love, unity

matters into

community board cricket nets

celebrate

multi-storey

and prayers

his own hands

advocating body sought

St Patrick’s Day

house

for peace

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Eastern

Motorway

Bid to

suburbs

opening

secure

repairs

delay

funding to

could take

brings

demolish

a while

relief

service

RESIDENTS MOST affected by

• By Louis Day

centre

the new Northern Motorway are

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• By Georgia O’Connor-Harding

the eastern suburbs start to

Northern Corridor opening has

see Lianne Dalziel’s campaign

been delayed by six months.

THE earthquake-damaged

aspirations for the area come to

The CNC was due to open in

former Sockburn Service Centre

fruition.

the middle of this year, but last

could finally be demolished in

During October’s local body

week the New

July – if the funding needed is

elections, Ms Dalziel identified

Zealand Transport

Agency

It comes as the

obtained.

repairs to the eastern part of the

city’s footpaths, pipes and roads

announced more

Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton

as one of her main priorities for

time was needed

this term.

to complete the

Community

“We need a fully integrated

$290m motorwayten

in its draft

Board has writ-

programme of works for the

east, I have loosely called this

The original

submission to

Readers respond

Chance to the eastern alliance, which

scope of the

the city council’s

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

City councillors are yet to pass

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Mrs Williams was awarded

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The nominations and award

took the Cashmere High School

Future Problem Solving coach by

surprise.

“It was a complete surprise

and it blew me away, but it’s an

honour,” she said.

The subject studied topics

which were important to humanity

and were usually set in the

next 25 years – anything between

the importance of coral reefs,

the use of drones to the justice

system in the future.

Mrs Williams has taught at the

school for nine years and said

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curiosity was a rewarding part of

the job.

“I like how it retains curiosity

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big topics in a range of perspectives,”

she said.

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them how to think.”

Mrs Williams has been a coach

and mentor across six schools in

the city and is currently on the

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She originally wanted to be a

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her to mix knowledge and

her love of people in a role she

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Her current group of problem

solvers were meant to compete

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due to Covid-19.

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The programme also taught

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problems in communities

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Riccarton, Hornby, Papanui,

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The area became overrun

and unusable following the

earthquakes, therefore Hohepa

Canterbury decided to construct

a pathway and reflection garden –

but was struggling with funding.

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president Greg Cayford:

“We will be sharing with, and

working alongside residents, day

community members, parents

and staff who may choose to

engage with the project.

“This project is highlighting

that there are many connections

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The area’s mature trees will

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Celebrating 20 years of service to the

community

• By Bea Gooding

BRENT CHRISTENSEN is a

man of many talents, one of

which was being the official disco

DJ at St Albans Baptist Church.

But that wasn’t his only role

in life, recently celebrating 20

years of service and dedication

at the Delta Community Support

Trust.

He originally visited the trust

for a hot meal which transpired

into years of volunteering at the

organisation’s food bank and at

community events.

This month marked the special

milestone for the community

man who has volunteered

for four days a week at the

organisation over the course of

two decades.

“It feels amazing and

overwhelming. It’s so lovely to

have a place to come and feel

loved and wanted,” said Mr

Christensen.

“It gets me out of bed every

morning.”

It all started when he was

seeking a sense of community

and had come across the meal

organised by the North Avon

Baptist Church – from then on he

had found his purpose.

“I thought I might give them

a hand with dishes as well, then

it just got bigger from there,” he

said.

“It feels really good to be a part

of the family, I love helping and

being with people and I’ve made

so many friends over the years.”

Mr Christensen holds many

roles at the trust, such as

organising DVD nights with the

Friendship Link – a companion

group for people with disabilities

and would play Santa Claus

during Christmas.

The volunteer said much had

changed over the years, especially

since the earthquakes and now

the recovery from Covid-19 and

having more demand for food

parcels.

Now that the country was

in recovery mode, he urged

others to get involved in their

communities and give back, no

matter how small.

“It’s so rewarding, and being

with people and helping them

really makes their day.”

DEDICATION: Brent Christensen celebrated a 20-year milestone at the Delta Community Support

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McMaster & Heap

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A few SPECIALISED services

you may not know about…

1. CHEMOTHERAPY

The past 12 months has seen our Practice treat many

cancer patients with Chemotherapy. We have an

experienced, dedicated team of vets and nurses who

really connect with these patients and their owners.

We see referrals from other Practices and we can

offer sound advice, deliverance of care and ongoing

support for these patients. We often seek the advice

from specialists when formulating the appropriate

plans and drugs to be used.

Kirsty and Mauger sharing the love, after

Mauger was in for chemotherapy to treat

his Mast Cell Tumour.

Chemotherapy in pets is not as aggressive as in

humans, therefore the side effects are less. We aim for

“Quality of Life” versus squeezing every minute out

of living. We do aim for “complete clinical remission”

though. Most tumours are removed initially or

debulked and then chemo is used to reduce the risk of

spread of cancer to other sites. We do not have access

to radiation therapy in Christchurch.

Side effects ( nausea, vomiting, lethargy, fever,

diarrhoea, anorexia) can occur, but are not as severe

as in humans as doses given are lower. We manage

these with medications or reducing the next chemo

drug dosage.

Pets can still enjoy their normal foods and exercise

whilst on chemotherapy. There are a few exceptions

though. If your pet’s White Blood cell count gets

too low, then avoid high density dog areas so

disease transmission is low. Raw food diets are not

advised during chemotherapy due to an increased

risk of infection if the pet’s immune system comes

compromised. It is thought a premium diet, higher in

protein and fat/lower in carbohydrate are preferred

and fish oil has been talked about.

Pets DON’T lose hair like humans. After surgical clipping,

hair regrowth can be slow but it will grow back.

There is no risk to the owner of a pet receiving

chemotherapy, although pregnant women should not

handle any chemotherapy medications that are to be

given at home.

Our Vet Kirsty does the lion share of Chemotherapy in

the Practice. She has a dedicated, experienced nursing

team and these patients are all typically scheduled

on one day. Blood work is initially done to check they

are fit and healthy for their chemo drugs, then they

are injected slowly via an IV line or given orally. No

sedation drugs are usually required. It is quick, easy

and painless for your pet. Kirsty is really passionate

about helping your pet seek cancer remission whilst

enjoying a full, great quality of life. She is with you

every step of the way, answering your questions,

especially when big decisions need to be made.

2. SURGICAL REFERRALS

We are now able to offer a surgical referral service

thanks to Dr Helen Milner (a registered specialist in

Small Animal Surgery)

coming on board

recently. Helen sees

referral patients from

all over the South

Island where they are

typically booked for a

1 hours consultation,

with surgery then

scheduled if required.

We have built a

dedicated sterile

surgery and theatre

area to cope with this

Dr Helen Milner,

our surgical

specialist.

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surgical workload and have purchased the necessary

specialised equipment so that spinal, orthopaedic,

soft tissue, and thoracic surgery can proceed without

a hitch. We also can organise patients to have CT/

MRI scans, prior to surgery, through Pacific Radiology

if necessary. Spinal ( CSF) taps are also carried out if

deemed necessary for spinal/intracranial patients.

Your vet needs to refer your pet to Helen for her expert

opinion and surgical expertise.

3. ENDOSCOPY

This is a great, non invasive service which allows

us vets to have a good look down airways into the

lungs (can even go up nostrils) and down or up the

gastrointestinal tract. We have just purchased a smaller

scope to visualise the urinary system in dogs and can

get into smaller airways.

Catherine and Kirsty seen here manoevering

the endoscope to retrieve the scrunches from

Floyd’s stomach.

The patient is required to be under anaesthetic but

the procedure is fast and often effective at getting

a diagnosis, biopsying tissue or retrieving “foreign

bodies” which is most

fun. Recently “Floyd”, a 4

month old Labradoodle

was endoscoped late

one afternoon for

eating “scrunchie” hair

ties, with 6 ended up

being retrieved via

the endoscope. Very

satisfying, quick and less

expensive compared to The retrieved scrunchie

exploratory surgery.

4. RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY

Our new vet “ Terryne Loney” is an expert in the field

of dentistry, so coupled with vet Olivia who enjoys all

things in the teeth and gum department, we are able

to handle most dental problems and emergencies.

Our state of the

art dental suite

is fully equipped

with 2 dental

stations, allowing

scaling, polishing

and extractions

to be performed

on 2 patients at

the same time.

Digital dental

radiographs are

very important Terryne, our new vet.

when deciding

what teeth need extracting, checking for cancers and

root infections and congenital tooth abnormalities.

We now have the veterinary skills and equipment to

perform restorative dental care including root canal

surgery and offering alternatives to extraction in teeth

that are important to retain.

For any further information on the above services

please don’t hesitate to call or message us.

Dr Michele McMaster

McMaster & Heap

Funding boost sought for

community organisations

A FINANCIAL boost

to help community

organisations cope with

the challenges of the

Covid-19 crisis is proposed

in the city council’s draft

Annual Plan.

The one-off $360,000

boost to the Strengthening

Communities Fund would

be available to community

groups working to

promote well-being across

the sporting, arts, social,

health and environmental

sectors.

The five per cent increase

has been suggested

as a way to acknowledge

the difficulties that community-focused

organisations

could face following

the recent Covid-19 level 4

lockdown, says city council

head of community

support and governance

John Filsell.

“The purpose of the

Strengthening Communities

Fund is to support

organisations that help

make Christchurch a

more caring and enjoyable

place to live. Last year,

for example, the fund

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$360,000 boost to the Strengthening Communities

Fund.

received 951 applications

from community organisations,

and 763 received

a grant.

“We recognise the importance

of their role and

the challenges they are

likely to face in the coming

months, and that’s

why we’re proposing some

extra funding to help

ensure they’re equipped to

deal with those demands.”

Many of the traditional

sources of funding for

community groups, such

as Gaming Trust grants,

have been affected by

Covid-19.

If the one-off $360,000

boost goes ahead it would

have a 0.07 per cent impact

on rates.

Public consultation on

the draft Annual Plan

opens on Friday and continues

until June 29.

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Communities Fund,

which was set up in 2008,

is a $7.2 million fund

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boards and the city

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Author draws on own bullying experience

THE THIRD and final book

in a series about bullying by

Christchurch cartoonist and

writer, Alex Hallatt, is set to hit

bookshops later this month.

Hallatt’s inspiration for the

books came from her time at

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“When I was bullied at school,

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books I would have liked to have

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PAPANUI HIGH School

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Lions roam amongst cars during the opening of Orana Park in 1976.

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Now with the colder and wetter weather on

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many of our older properties which suffer

from poor, or no, ground moisture barrier.

In Canterbury especially, post-quake, many

people have relocated to homes that suffer

from rising damp which can be associated

with health problems. Independent tests have

shown that up to 40 litres of water can rise

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Much energy is required to vaporize moisture

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Yellow is the new Green

Local real estate company Ray White

Bishopdale and Strowan would probably

top the list when it comes to New

Zealand’s most sustainable real estate

companies – most recently converting

their property management vehicle fleet

to 100 per cent electric.

Recognising their operations have a

significant impact on the Canterbury

environment, and being aware of the

growing concern of Kiwis about climate

change, local franchise owners Barry and

Karen Ellis decided that 2020 was the

year to act, and lead by example.

“Since the beginning of the year we’ve

completed an entire overhaul of our

business, looking at our purchasing

decisions, the way we deliver our services

and actively taking steps to minimise our

carbon footprint,” says owner, Barry Ellis.

“Our core purpose at Ray White

Bishopdale and Strowan is to proactively

add value to our community. We’re

acutely aware that our success is directly

linked to the success of Canterbury

and its people, and with Environment

Canterbury officially declaring a climate

emergency in May 2019, we decided it

was time for us to take action and lead by

example. “We’re really proud of the fact

we are the only property management

company in New Zealand with a 100

per cent electric vehicle fleet, and we’re

hoping as we continue on a greener

Ray White Bishopdale and Strowan now have fully electric

vehicles for their property management operation.

path, we will inspire other Canterbury

businesses to join us.”

Their most recent purchase of two

Hyundai Kona vehicles to complete

their fleet conversion hasn’t come cheap

though – the cost of the two vehicles

totalling more than $130,000.

“We see this as a long-term investment

for the good of the community and quite

simply we’ve put the well-being of the

Canterbury environment ahead of the

cost of the vehicles,” says Barry.

Another important step in the

journey to sustainability for Ray White

Bishopdale and Ray White Strowan has

been securing their first solar-powered

real estate sign, which will be placed

outside their listed properties.

For some time now they have been

using reusable signs made from metal

with timber framing, which replaced the

previous plastic corflute signs, but they

are now hoping to lead the real estate

industry further into the 21st century

with reusable, solar-powered signs.

“With the way the world has developed

in the past decades we can’t just talk

about climate change, we all have to take

action, and we want to be one of the

leaders in this action,” Barry says.

“Ray White Real Estate has been an

integral part of society in Australia and

New Zealand for more than 118 years,

and to ensure we continue to be a strong

vibrant business, we understand it’s

critical that we commit to a purpose

that’s bigger than ourselves – that is to

proactively add value to our community.

“Our clients, suppliers, staff and

partners are loving the new look of our

electric cars and our bold approach

to such an important issue in today’s

society. We’re not like other real estate

companies, and this is just another

clear example of how we differentiate

ourselves.”

Nor’West Market Snapshot - January

There’s certainly been a lot of discussion regarding what will or will not

Total

Sales Value

$79.8m

Total Number

of Sales

122

Market Commentary

happen with the real estate market in recent weeks, and although we can’t

predict the future, we can say that the doom & gloom forecast for house

prices doesn’t seem to have eventuated. We’re continuing to see strong

buyer demand across all properties and the shortage of listing stock the

market was experiencing prior to COVID-19 seems to have been compounded by lockdown

January 2020

down 21.7% on May last year.

Median Sale Price

$520,000

January 2019

Median Sale Price

$486,000

January property sale values in

Nor’West Christchurch have

increased by 7% on the same

period last year.*

restrictions and a general feeling of uncertainty in the housing market, with total listing stock

REINZ data recently released for May is showing incredibly positive signs of a resilient housing

market in Canterbury with the median asking price in May up 10.7% on the same period last year.

Along with a shortage of houses for sale in Canterbury, other factors are likely to be contributing

(+ 7%) Compared to Januray 2019*

to the resilience of the market. The Canterbury house price index has lagged well behind the rest

of New Zealand in recent times and is due for a “catch-up” one day. It’s been written about by

various economists in the past but the relevance of this now is that there is much less downside

risk in house prices attached to Canterbury than for other parts of New Zealand where prices

have grown strongly in recent years.

Book Online today

Now is a great time to check

the market value of your home,

Additional factors such as a third of properties in New Zealand having no mortgage, the home

ownership rate being low at 62%, mortgage rates at all-time lows and investors purchasing for

scan me

the past 4 years having to have had a 30% deposit are all factors that give a sense of confidence

and reasoning for such a strong re-start for Canterbury property post-lockdown.

Or call 0800 YELLOW

If you’d like to understand more about the effects of COVID-19 on your property, or the wider

real estate market, get in touch with us anytime, we’re here to help.

*Statistics have been sourced from REINZ

Ray White Bishopdale & Strowan

0800 YELLOW (0800 935 569)

rwbishopdale.co.nz | rwstrowan.co.nz

Inline Realty Limited (Licensed REAA 2008)

Proudly owned by

Karen Ellis

021 519 275

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021 519 274


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