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• By Bea Gooding

TREE STUMPS pre-dating

human arrival in New

Zealand have been unearthed

in Halswell, providing new

insights on the area’s history.

Page 5

The matai tree stumps

were discovered on Quaifes

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part of a subfossil matai forest

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ORGANISATIONS, charities and

community groups are concerned

about the future of volunteering

in Christchurch following

Covid-19.

Some reported a surge of volunteers

post-lockdown as a way to

support their community during

trying times, but retaining them

was a different story.

In an annual report by Volunteering

New Zealand which examines

the voluntary sector, 36.6

per cent of organisations reported

a lack of volunteers as their single

biggest challenge.

St Martins Community Menzshed

provides a place for people

of all walks of life to get together

and offer building work to community

organisations that were

unable to afford it, such as equipment

for churches and schools.

Secretary Gary Payne said acquiring

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since its inception was not difficult

in itself, but due to Covid-19,

many volunteers were now unable

to attend workshops.

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Secure future for historic hall

• By Matt Slaughter

THE FUTURE of the historic

Coronation Hall in Spreydon

is now certain.

Suburbs rugby and netball

clubs will lease the building

on Domain Tce from the city

council, which will repair

and reopen

it at a cost of

$580,000.

Spreydon-

Cashmere

Community

Andrew

Rutledge

Board

chairwoman

Karolin

Potter said

the future of the hall has been

uncertain since 2015 when a

motorcyclist crashed into and

fled the scene.

The bike caught fire causing

the building to ignite.

Said city council head of

parks Andrew Rutledge:

“Following an expression of

interest process the Suburbs

Rugby Football Club Inc was

approved as the preferred

applicant to lease Coronation

Hall as its home base and

clubrooms. Construction

funding becomes available

in July 2021, exact start date

will depend on contractor

methodology. Construction

is expected to take six to nine

months.

“Repairs include

replacement of the fire

damaged portion of the roof,

rewiring of the electrical

system, reconfiguration

of the toilets (including

installation of accessible toilet),

reconfiguration of kitchen,

and cosmetic repairs,” he said.

Suburbs rugby and netball

clubs have been sharing

clubrooms with Kereru Sports

and Cultural Club down the

driveway from Coronation

Hall since the fire.

Club secretary Sarah Direen

said it is exciting to have

secured a new home for its

teams and the hall will be able

to used by other community

groups when it is repaired.

“It will obviously be our

rugby and netball clubrooms,

so we’re excited about that.

But we’re also really looking

forward to it having a

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community feel and hosting

different groups from the

community and having it as a

meeting space.”

Coronation Hall was

constructed under government

subsidy to commemorate the

coronation of George V in

1911.

In 1997 the hall was leased

as dedicated club rooms to the

Keruru Sports and Cultural

Club, who occupied the

building until the fire.

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Traffic and safety measures treated with urgency

AN ADULT playground has

been pitched as the Spreydon-

Cashmere Community Board

plans for the next couple of

years.

In its new 2020-22 plan,

the board also commits to

advocating for a slew of planned

traffic and safety measures to be

finished as a matter of urgency.

They are underpinned by

community consultation which

found people wanted better

and more of such measures

in Huntsbury, Hoon Hay, St

Martins, Addington, Hillmorton

and Cashmere and Spreydon.

People also wanted more cycle

ways and linking extensions, but

were critical of the constraining

effects of their design on other

road users, especially on Sparks

Rd and Strickland St.

The board says it wants

traffic and safety work

completed for the intersection

of Cashmere, Hoon Hay and

Worselys Rds, and at the

Barrington Mall entrance onto

Barrington St.

Cycle lanes are identified as

important to support the use

of sustainable transport and to

provide safe routes to school for

young people.

The board plans to ask for an

extension to the proposed Nor

West Arc Cycle way west to

Westmorland, and will advocate

IN DEMAND: There are calls for more cycleways in

Spreydon-Cashmere but the contraining effects of the

Sparks Rd design (above) have received criticism.

for it to be finished earlier than

planned.

It will work with council staff

to investigate the inclusion of a

Heathcote River cycle route as

part of the city’s cycle network

and will investigate and promote

low cost initiatives to increase

the safety and use of active

transport.

Improved road safety and

travel efficiency on Dyers Pass,

Hackthorne and Cashmere

roads has also been identified as

a priority.

The board will work with

council staff to identify issues,

including anti-social road behaviour,

and look at short-to-long

term solutions.

People told the board they supported

Hoon Hay Park enhancements,

and were keen to develop

more or all of the parks and

amenities across the area.

Toilets, changing room facilities

and sports storage at Hoon

Hay Park would be upgraded.

There was also support for

developing adult recreation

facilities, which the board says

indicates the need for further

SAFETY: An upgrade at the intersection of Hoon Hay,

Cashmere and Worsleys Rds is a priority.

feasibility work.

It will talk further with the

community about what is needed

at Hoon Hay Park and will

advocate for any rebuilding work

to be included in the council’s

spending plan.

It will also talk more about

the potential for an adult playground.

If there is a need, it will

ask for a feasibility study and

work to establish where it could

be made.

The board also wants to work

with the community to support

the increased and future use of

90 Hoon Hay Rd as a community

centre.

It will also investigate the viability

of its continued use as a

centre into the future.

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Funding for charity denied

• By Bea Gooding

VOLUNTEERS AT a charity

that provides crucial support to

those experiencing traumatic

events have resorted to selling

face masks to stay afloat.

NZ Gifts of Love and Strength

started selling handmade, affordable

face masks when their

application for Government

funding of $15,000 was declined

by the Community Organisation

Grants Scheme.

The charity’s operational costs

are $17,000 per year.

Founder Vicki-Anne Parker

said they were not expecting the

full amount, but anything was

“better than nothing.”

“It was gut-wrenching because

this is the second time it’s happened

and we know we do a

damn good job,” said Parker.

They work hand-in-hand with

other organisations, such as the

Red Cross providing refugees

with unique care packages upon

arrival.

Partnerships like this prevented

the organisation from

having their funding application

accepted.

“The excuse they gave us was

pretty sad. They told us we had

duplicated services because the

Government already provided

funding for the Red Cross, so

IMPACT: NZ Gifts of Love and Strength volunteers Lynette

Hill (left), Rafia Chaudry, founder Vicki-Anne Parker and

Jessica Campbell-Beardsell have sold hundreds of face

masks to get by after the charity’s funding was denied.

they said we didn’t need it,” she

said.

Parker believed the funding

decline for the second time

highlighted issues within the

voluntary sector when it came to

accessing funding.

“We haven’t been established

for two years so it’s always

hard to get funding. Bigger

charities always get funding,”

she said.

“Lots of charities are also

being set up, but they’re failing

because of it.”

Selling face masks has made

“a huge impact” in many ways

as they have been inundated

with hundreds of orders, raising

nearly $2500.

“Former clients come back and

volunteer with us, so it shows

we’re making a difference,” she

said.

“One of the fathers from the

Vivian St fire lost his only child

and helped make face masks for

us to pay it forward.”

Lack of young volunteers

• From page 1

“All we want to do is provide

a safe working space for people

who don’t have a social circle

to come along and make new

friends while helping other community

organisations.”

In the Volunteering NZ report,

involving 3000 people in the voluntary

sector across the

country, 35.8 per cent

of respondents noted

an ageing volunteer

workforce as a concern,

and a lack of younger

volunteers.

During the pandemic,

many vulnerable

volunteers, young and

old, were forced to

stop volunteering in

order to protect their

health, which further decreased

workforces.

Volunteering Canterbury strategy

and finance manager Alison

Marshall said many organisations

have had to “re-think” the way

they ran their volunteer programmes

since the lockdown.

“Lockdown, and then the impact

of different levels, has meant

that they have had to, for example,

factor in social distancing,

taking extra precautions where

their regular volunteer team includes

older adults or those who

may be vulnerable,” she said.

Alison Marshall

“Re-thinking and re-organising

the way you do things is always

challenging, especially for organisations

that are already often

stretched and working around

tight time frames.”

A “spike of interest” in people

wanting to volunteer in Canterbury

since the lockdown was put

down to the increased

sense of community

or a change in circumstances,

said Marshall.

But feelings of

uncertainty about

the future – as it was

highlighted postearthquakes

and now,

Covid-19 – reflected

people’s readiness

to make long-term

commitments,

hindering recruitment rates.

“Many prospective volunteers

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or episodic volunteering

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“This can be a challenge as

it takes time and resources to

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New church launching 13 September

Looking for a church?

Want to connect with GOD in a COVID world?

Anchor Charismatic Anglican Church meets on Sundays at Te Ara

Koropiko West Spreydon School, 2 Halswell Road, and if you’re

exploring the big questions in life and wondering whether there are

answers that will give you security in these uncertain times, Anchor

is inviting you to its official launch: Sunday 13 September at 10.30am.

Anchor is keen to share the Good News with the community of

South-West Christchurch, and a light lunch will follow the service.

Why plant a new church?

“While I was on a Camino pilgrimage to Santiago, Spain in May 2018,

I believe God asked me to establish a new parish for charismatic

Anglicans within the new Church of Confessing Anglicans Aotearoa

New Zealand,” says Vicar Rev. Andrew Allan-Johns, a charismatic

Anglican of long-standing. “The two key Bible verses in the calling

were Isaiah 40:3 ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight’

and Jeremiah 4:3 ‘break up your unploughed ground and do not sow

among thorns’.”

What can you expect at a service?

“We’re a church where everyone’s welcome. Our focus is on inviting

people to meet Jesus and mentoring them to become true disciples

of Jesus, not just followers in the crowd. Now more than ever, people

need to know that God is in control and that they can put their hope

and trust in Jesus His son!”

Vicar Rev.

Andrew Allan-Johns

“Anchor meets at 10.30 am on Sundays

for worship, teaching and ministry in

the school Staff Room. Children worship

with their families, then go to a separate

programme during the teaching time.

Holy Communion is celebrated every

second Sunday.”

Rev. Allan-Johns adds, “For Christians a

relationship with Jesus is crucial and the

best place to explore faith is in a small

group where you can ask questions in a

safe environment. We run an eight-week

Christianity Explored course, which is easy

to relate to and relevant to the issues we

all face.”

Check out the official launch of Anchor Charismatic Anglican

Church on 13 September, or visit www.anchorchurches.org

and www.facebook.com/anchorchurchnz

Anchor Charismatic Church

Official Launch

Sunday, 13 September 2020 10.30am

Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School

Tēna koe

This is an invitation to a celebration of the official launch

of Anchor Charismatic Church!

Sunday, 13 September 2020 10.30am

Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School, corner Halswell

& Annex Roads (look out for the white and blue flags).

Parking on-site.

We’d love you to join us as we celebrate the launch

of Anchor in South-West Christchurch. As part of the

Church of Confessing Anglicans Aotearoa New Zealand

(CCAANZ) we’re excited to be declaring and sharing the

good news of Jesus and getting to know our community.

A light lunch and refreshments will be served afterwards.

Jesus answered. “I am the

way and the truth and the

life. No one comes to the

Father except through me.”

John 14:6 (NIV)

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App challenges consumer behaviour

• By Bea Gooding

“IMAGINE A platform where

you can rent everything as

opposed to buying brand new.”

Toby Skilton’s dream of developing

a renting and lending

app has come true in a matter of

months and launched last week

in a bid to challenge consumer

behaviour.

Mutu will enable users to

acquire or lend items on a temporary

basis – anything from

paddleboards and bikes to do-ityourself

tools and camping gear,

to name a few.

“I couldn’t be more excited.

This platform is a tool to reduce

waste and really solves a massive

issue we have in New Zealand

with overconsumption.”

The launch comes at a time

when people were more conscious

of their spending and

were taking the time to explore

their backyard due to Covid-19.

“It encourages tourism and

trying something new while

saving money on our platform,”

he said.

“Cantabrians can spend that

money on cafes, accommodation

and amazing outdoor adventure

facilities right on our doorstep.”

Skilton said the app and

website will also enable users

to make money by renting the

under-utilised items they own.

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for the landfill an opportunity to

be repurposed and slows down

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HEALTH & AWARENESS

SOUTHERN VIEW

Joint pain: Do I have arthritis or

could it be mainly my muscles?

The team at Physical Sense in Sydenham

sees clients with a range of symptoms but

many of their middle-aged and senior clients

visit complaining of pain in one of their joints.

Physiotherapist Ietje van Stolk suggests

that a major part of the pain could be due

to muscle pain rather than simply arthritis.

“Even if an x-ray shows arthritis, the reason

for the pain may be the muscles around

the joint,” she explains. The images show

how a muscle knot (the crosses) in a back

muscle can give hip pain (aches and pain

are the red areas in the drawings), a knot

in a muscle on the back of the shoulder

blade can give a deep pain in the front of

the shoulder and a muscle knot all the way

near the groin can give an ache in the knee

(especially at night in bed).

Ietje recalls one case where an 89 year

old client with severe arthritis who walked

with a stick, told her, “I will end up in

a wheelchair, I cannot put any weight

through my right leg due to pain in my hip

and buttock”. “Within 4 treatments, she

was walking with her stick but without the

severe pain,” says Ietje. “The arthritis was

one of the factors that made her muscles

spasm but the other was that older people

move less and the flexed position the hip

is in when we sit is particularly bad for

the hip.” Ietje is happy with the fact that

although the client was 89 and could have

been “given up on” or told to live with the

pain, she made a difference to her health

and wellbeing.

The same lack of movement can be the

reason for your knee pain or your shoulder

pain and the same few treatments could

make a huge difference for you.

At Physical Sense, hands-on techniques

(massage and triggerpoint deactivation

techniques) are used to release the muscles.

The client also gets a home exercise

program designed to mobilize and stretch

the joint, strengthen the important core

muscles and increase general strength and

SHOULDER

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(the crosses are the areas of the muscle spasms, the red areas is where the pain is felt)

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that stretches the joint in all directions

whilst the client is able to lie safely on their

bed, perfect for older or less mobile clients.

In many cases having the muscles

released and being taught how to maintain

it, is enough to stay on top of the problem.

HIP PAIN

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During World War 2, British bomber

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Bilberries contain powerful antioxidant

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One of the main causes of degenerative

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Bilberry has also been shown to improve

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Bilberry is commonly used to support

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The retina is a thin layer of tissue at

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Lutein appears to be vital in protecting the

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SOUTHERN VIEW

News

Trees pre-date human

arrival in New Zealand

• By Bea Gooding

A NEW site dedicated for

community use may be

a possibility for Halswell

residents.

Surplus land on Quaifes

Rd owned by the city council

was due to be sold, but

the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton

Community Board,

the Halswell Residents Association

and the Halswell

Community Project were

against the proposal.

The land was purchased

by the city council for a

UNEARTHED: A subfossil matai tree forest has

been discovered on Quaifes Rd, it is said to

reveal more about Halswell’s history.

• From page 1

“We’re absolutely astonished,

we talked to a number

of people who thought they

were only a couple hundred

years old, but they were

amazed that they’re nearly

1000-years-old,” he said.

“People really value

understanding and finding

out more about the place we

live in.”

The trees were discovered

by Environment

Canterbury councillor

Craig Pauling, who noticed

similar stumps excavated at

the Longhurst subdivision

a few years ago which they

were unable to access.

Since the stumps on

Quaifes Rd were located on

city council property, they

granted the HRA $1800 to

get the trees radiocarbon

dated.

After discussions with

Canterbury University and

Lincoln University environmental

experts, Hawke

said it was likely that the

trees were killed after the

Waimakariri River flooded

the area before humans arrived

in NZ.

Hawke said the discovery

will add another dimension

to discussions of Halswell’s

heritage.

“We’re interested in

trying to broaden out the

narrative of heritage in

Halswell and extend that

discussion a bit,” he said.

“Most people think

of Halswell’s heritage of

the quarry and farming

activity, but people have

been living in this area for

hundreds of years.

“What this means is

stormwater retention and

detention basin which was

no longer required.

Community groups

believed there was now a

“rare” opportunity to use

the space for community

purposes.

Said HRA secretary

David Hawke: “We don’t

want the land to be sold,

we just want a good range

of opportunities for people

to use community spaces

in Halswell.”

Karen White, of the

Halswell Playcentre, told

that Halswell is built on

this amazing matai forest

literally under our feet. If

you think of a matai [tree],

the forest itself would have

hosted an enormous variety

of native animals.”

The city council is determining

how the surplus

land on Quaifes Rd should

be used where the matai

trees were located.

Hawke hoped the city

council did not sell the land

in the hope of turning the

space into a community

hub of activity.

New community space mooted

BIRDS OF THE ESTUARY

the board that the area’s

population continues

to increase and needed

new community spaces

because of this.

Said White: “There are

currently 12-plus subdivisions

under construction

in Halswell. There appears

to be no community

spaces allocated except for

playgrounds.’’

A workshop will be

held in coming months

to inform the community

board about potential

options for the space.

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.

Vocal duck pairs for a lifetime

THE PARADISE duck,

or putangitangi, are a

colourful and very vocal

endemic waterfowl species

– and they are only found

in New Zealand.

Numbers of these birds

have drastically increased

since European settlement

as these ducks adapted well

to farmland and open areas

created by the colonists and

can now be found throughout

NZ.

The females are easily recognised

by their white heads

but also by the loud highpitched

shrieking noises they

make when constantly communicating

to the males.

Charming to know that

most paradise ducks pair

up for life; feeding, nesting,

flying together and protecting

their territory. It is only

during the moulting season

that they will team up with

other pairs as in larger

groups they feel safer from

predators.

Pairs build their nest

in long grass along our

streams, rivers and

estuary and the female

will incubate the some

nine eggs while the male

fiercely protects his family

from anyone or anything

coming near.


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