Western News: November 19, 2020

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020

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Pounding the streets for 20 years

FRIENDSHIP: From left, Philippa Goile, Pat Williams, Dorothy Morris and Vivien Price, of the Walk’n’Talk Fendalton group.

PHOTO: NEWSLINE

FOUR WOMEN have been

wandering the streets of

Fendalton for about 20 years,

building friendships and

learning about their local

neighbourhoods as members of

a weekly Walk’n’Talk group.

Long-term walker – and

volunteer – Vivien Price said

the meet-ups offer an ideal opportunity

to mix exercise, social

connections and community

knowledge.

Along with Pat Williams, 94,

Dorothy Morris, and Philippa

Goile, the active foursome have

found friendship and fun along

the way since first setting out in

2000.

Mrs Williams, who took part

in the very first outing, remains

a committed regular.

“We all enjoy up to 45-minute

rambles, usually from February

to early December,” Mrs Price

said.

“Up to 40 people – aged from

their 50s to 90s – often join the

Fendalton walks. However, our

numbers drop in winter.”

For Mrs Price, who is

originally from England, the

Walk’n’Talk group is a “wonderful

way to meet new people and

form friendships”.

“It is always very friendly and

inclusive, and we often enjoy a

coffee together,” she said.

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to go

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tender

THE JOB of building Hornby’s

new multi-use community

facility is about to go out to the

market.

The city council has approved

the project’s procurement plan,

which means the construction

can now go out to tender.

“This decision means the

project is now locked into our

schedule, and that everything

is now full steam ahead for

construction to start in early

2021. Our aim is to have the

facility open towards the end

of 2022,” said Mayor Lianne

Dalziel.

“This is very welcome news

for the community, who have

been campaigning for years to

have a facility like this to fill the

very real gap in library and recreation

services in their corner

of town.

“This new community facility

is going to be a good investment

in Hornby’s future and

will provide work for our local

construction sector.”

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JP Clinic

Thursday, 9.30am-12.30pm, at

Hornby, Saturday, 10am-noon, at

Fendalton, Tuesday, 10am-1pm, at

Upper Riccarton and Halswell

Fendalton, Halswell, Hornby and

Upper Riccarton libraries

A Justice of the Peace will be available

to members of the community

to witness signatures and documents,

certify document copies, hear oaths,

declarations, affidavits or affirmations

as well as sign citizenship, sponsorship

or rates rebates applications.

Citizen’s Advice Bureau

Thursday, 9am-5pm, Friday, 9am-

5pm, Monday, 9am-5pm, Tuesday,

9am-5pm, Wednesday, 9am-5pm

Hornby Library

Citizen’s Advice Bureau provides

free, confidential advice to everyone.

They take the time to listen and equip

you with information, options and

support that fit your needs. Free,

phone 349 5236 for more information.

English Conversation Club

Thursday, 11am-noon

Upper Riccarton Library

The Conversation Club is a drop-in

group where anyone is welcome to go

and practice conversations in English.

This is not a class, but an opportunity to

talk with others and meet new people.

Free Legal Advice

Thursday, 6.15-8.15pm

Hornby Library

A lawyer will be available to answer

Water: OnSite Solutions, Friday, 7.30pm, Canterbury Workers’

Educational Association, 59 Gloucester St. Vicky Southworth and Rachel

Teen will be presenting on if Christchurch can become a more water

sensitive city. Learn about the changes you can make to your relationship

with water and discover practical options for retrofit or new-build

properties. All welcome. ​

your legal questions. Take relevant

documents. Free. No bookings required.

Technology Help Drop-In

Sessions

Tuesday, 11am-noon at Hornby,

2-3pm, at Halswell

Hornby Library and Te Hāpua: Halswell

Centre

These free drop-in sessions are

available to help you with specific

issues including using email,

searching the internet, using the

library catalogue, using electronic

resources and any other general

computer-related queries. Go along

with your laptop, tablet, smartphone

or use one of the desktop computers

if you need help with anything

digital.

WESTERN NEWS

Family History

Wednesday, 11am-1pm

Upper Riccarton Library

A volunteer from the Riccarton

branch of the New Zealand Society of

Genealogists will be available to help

you with finding your family history

online. Meet at the Family History

computer.

Mah-jong Group

Wednesday, 1-3 pm

Upper Riccarton Library

If you are interested in playing

Mah-jong, go along whether you

are a beginner or an advanced

player.

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STEP CLOSER: Following concept design approvals last month, the job of building the Hornby Centre is about to go out

to the market.

PHOTO: NEWSLINE

Centre to cater for growing population in southwest

• From page 1

The city council is investing

$35.7 million into the multi-use

centre to meet the needs of the

growing population living in the

southwest suburbs. Last month,

the centre’s designs were approved.

The facility will be built on the

east side of Kyle Park. An early

works package will be tendered

first, to get the site prepared

starting in early 2021. The

main construction work will be

tendered separately, and will get

underway in mid-2021.

Architectural firm Warren

and Mahoney developed the

concept designs for the 4000

sq m Hornby Centre following

discussions with the community.

The new centre will have a range

of community and recreational

spaces, including a library, a lane

pool, a learn-to-swim pool, a toddlers’

wet play area, a spa pool and

a customer services zone.

There is also an espresso bar, a

creative activities room, and multipurpose

rooms that community

groups can use for meetings.

A hydrotherapy pool could

be included in the facility at

a later date. It is not currently

in the scope of the project, but

the Greater Hornby Residents

Association and Hornby Rotary

are co-ordinating a community

fundraising effort so one can be

added.

Walk’n’Talk

more popular

than ever

• From page 1

Supported by the city council,

the programme operates in six

areas, including Beckenham,

Fendalton, Halswell, Linwood,

New Brighton and Papanui.

Council community

governance team manager

Matt McLintock says that

after 20 years, the Walk’n’Talk

programme is “more popular

than ever”.

“The weekly wanders are

literally attracting people from

all walks of life, and all ages,” he

said.

“For some, it is an opportunity

to make new connections

while for others, they want to

learn more about their local

area.

“Each group is very welcoming

and always keen to include

new members.

“We have found that the

group walks and talks have a

positive impact on well-being,

with participants enjoying a

change of pace. It is also a great

opportunity to reconnect with

your neighbourhood.”

• To find out more, visit

https://ccc.govt.nz/rec-andsport/activities-for-olderadults/walk-n-talk

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WESTFIELD LOCAL HEROES AWARDS

Three Christchurch people have been named as Westfield Local Heroes.

Bea Gooding and Matt Slaughter catch up with two of them

Resilience needed in stressful role

WHEN THE February 22,

2011, earthquake destroyed Jan

Nottingham’s home, landing

a job at the Ronald McDonald

House South Island was just the

lifeline she needed.

With nowhere to go, she leapt

at the opportunity to become a

live-in night supervisor, ensuring

families felt welcome at the

house while undergoing treatment

at Christchurch Hospital.

Knowing a thing or two about

resilience herself, Nottingham

believes she was made for the

role and has since been a guaranteed

source of comfort to hundreds

of parents and children for

more than eight years.

Whether it was a shoulder to

cry on, making sure families had

meals to come home to or just

being there for a cuddle, Nottingham

does not view the role

of “house mum” as a job.

So when she was one of the

three winners of the Westfield

Local Heroes awards as voted

by the community, it came as a

surprise.

“I thought, ‘has this really happened

to me?’ It was absolutely

humbling and overwhelming to

PRIDE: Ronald McDonald House South Island night

supervisor Jan Nottingham has been recognised at the

Westfield Local Heroes awards. ​

have been nominated and to win

that award,” she said.

The awards recognise individuals

who go above and beyond

for their local communities.

She was awarded a $10,000

grant as a result, which will be

used to refurbish the education

room at the house.

“Through Covid-19, we found

that a lot more people are working

from home. so we needed to

update our education room and

to make it more modern,” said

Nottingham.

“Depending on how long their

sick child is here for, mum and

dad can set their computers up

and work from home while they

are here.”

When others are winding

down for the night, Nottingham’s

day is just getting started.

Starting the day at 4.45pm,

she spends the next 12 hours

introducing new families to the

home, ensuring operations run

smoothly overnight, and being

on-call for any emergencies –

medical or otherwise.

Many families were under

immense stress, whether it

was children receiving cancer

treatment, children with serious

injuries, or expectant mothers

going through a complicated

pregnancy.

Times like these were what

made the job challenging, but

what gave Nottingham strength

was pouring her heart and soul

into the role.

Said Nottingham: “You do feel

for what the families are going

through under those circumstances

as you’re on that journey

with them. You’re somebody

that has to have empathy, understanding

and maturity.

“If you love what you’re doing,

that’s what makes you strong.

“But it’s always rewarding to

see a family go home. That’s the

nicest thing, it means the child is

well enough to go home.”

Nottingham grew up in

Invercargill and moved to

Christchurch when she was

21-years-old.

She worked for Air New Zealand

as a sales executive before

working at a travel agency.

When she has a chance,

Nottingham loves exploring the

outdoors and plans to tick off all

of the great walks of NZ, with

Fiordland’s Routeburn Track

next on the agenda.

Although it was a sharp twist

of fate that led her to the Ronald

McDonald House South Island,

she would not have it any other

way.

“With the earthquake I was

left without accommodation, so

in the interview I could see that I

was the right person for the role,

just knowing that I was compassionate

and had empathy,” she

said.

“I’ve enjoyed being a mother

to all the people coming through

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Blue Light to benefit from cop’s determination

A FEW memories stand out for

Senior Constable Bruce Ward in

his 11 years as a police youth aid

officer.

In the 18 months Avonhead’s

Ward has worked at Rolleston

Police Station, he estimates he

has supported about 300 youths

from the district.

Ward has also been a volunteer

with Blue Light for 17 years,

an organisation separate from

police, which organises events

for young people who have been

abused or affected by family

violence.

His determination to go above

and beyond for hundreds of

young people has paid off – Ward

was named one of three winners

in the Westfield Local Heroes

awards and received $10,000 to be

donated to Blue Light.

Ward said the money will

be used towards the cost of

arranging additional camps,

including one for Muslim girls

traumatised by the March 15

mosque attacks.

Recently, he attended a camp in

Auckland with youths who had

been directly impacted by the

terror attacks.

One boy who was injured

and whose father and brother

were killed, told Ward when

his family lived in Syria they

believed police killed innocent

people. When Ward asked if his

perception of this had changed,

he said he now trusted police.

A few years ago, through

his police role, he helped to

set up and coach the first XV

rugby team at Cashmere High

School.

Last November, a new officer

in uniform introduced himself to

Ward. He was one of the boys he

coached and said Ward inspired

him to join the police.

Said Ward: “My goal was

always to be involved with youth

and make a difference in young

people’s lives.

“To spend a little bit of time

and money on young people at

PASSIONATE:

Senior

Constable

Bruce Ward,

of Avonhead,

has been

named a

Westfield

Local Hero,

for his work

with youth.

PHOTO:

GEOFF

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that age, then it prevents them

going into the justice system later

on and we all know that it’s close

to $90,000 a year to have one

prisoner imprisoned.

“If the police can break

down those barriers and look

at the whole restorative justice

approach to youth so that they

get that chance . . . the whole

country’s on a winner,” he said.

Ward said being recognised

as a local hero is a great feeling

but he sees it as an award for the

many police and volunteers who

dedicate their time to Blue Light

and supporting youth.

“There’s no way I could have

ever done this without the team

at Blue Light as supporters.”

He estimates he has worked

with about 60 police officers and

many more volunteers during his

time with Blue Light.

“I’ve been awarded and that’s

great, but do you know what, it’s

an award for Blue Light and the

community organisation.”

His daughters Sarah and

Charlotte and wife Pam are

proud of the recognition.

“They’re over the moon and

they’ve grown up with police,

my children really, and they’ve

attended the odd Blue Light

thing themselves over the years

so I think that they’re as proud

as I am.”

This year, Westfield Riccarton

had the most number of people

vote in the local hero awards

than any other Westfield mall in

Australia and New Zealand.

•To find out more about

the work Blue Light does

visit https://www.bluelight.

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Speed limits are changing on SH73 (Yaldhurst Road), and on sections of Ryans Road and

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LOCATION

SH73 East of Yaldhurst – from 155m west of SH73/

SH1 (Russley Road) intersection to 200m west of

Sir John McKenzie Drive

SH73 Yaldhurst – a reduction of the existing 70km/h

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SCHOOLS

To celebrate Cup Day on Tuesday last week, pupils

at St Bernadette’s School were invited to wear a

hat to school. Acting principal Lyn Satherley says

the pupils were encouraged to be creative and

make or decorate a hat rather than go out and

buy one. She says they did a fabulous job. The

celebration culminated in a hat parade which

saw pupils modelling their creations and prizes

awarded to the most creative hats. Satherley

says the children really enjoyed the activity and

it was wonderful to see so much colour in the

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SCHOOLS

Students at Riccarton High School celebrated Diwali last

week, with Bollywood music, dance, food and activities

at the Upper Riccarton Library. Diwali or Deepavali is

the Indian festival of light, and symbolises the spiritual

victory of light over darkness. Cultural diversity facilitator

Dr Sharnali Tisi says many people from the school and

wider community went along and enjoyed the colourful

event. The students learnt traditional art forms such

as making Rangoli (traditional floor art) and Kandil

(traditional lanterns). She says among other things they

showcased a beautiful Bollywood dance, showed a video

documentary and finished off with mouth-watering

Indian foods.

Diwali dancers with children from a local early learning centre who enjoyed the

performances and activities some that included making traditional kandil paper lanterns.

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THE earthquake-damaged

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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

Delay in

Market day the city council’s

would essentially be an alliance

project has been Mark Wilson

Annual Plan

Mike Mora

to supermarket

farewell Holden

of contractors who can take

extended to include

a third southbound lane on

requesting the city council ad-

making mall

goes green at 2019-2020,

the whole area bit by bit and

rebranding

in style

systematically get the work

the Waimakariri River bridge and

exit safer

Cashmere dresses the HS budget gap so the

done,” she said during the

a clip-on cycleway.

buildings can be removed as soon

campaign.

St Albans resident Mark Wilson

as possible.

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GIRL Page BOSS: Julia 17 Holmes But chief wants executive to be a Dawn geneticist after Page high school, 3 and feels the GirlBoss Advantage programme will Page help 10 said GIRL the BOSS: community Julia Holmes are “somewhat

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

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

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PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

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technology, engineering

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

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Holmes is on a mission on to

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