Nor'West News: December 17, 2020

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2020

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Leaving school behind

at the ripe old age of 87

• By Bea Gooding

AFTER MORE than 71 years in

the workforce, Fred Adams has

only worked two jobs.

But the final chapter of his

most rewarding venture yet

draws to a close today as the

87-year-old caretaker hangs up his

tools for the last time after three

decades.

Described as a “best friend” to

many pupils and staff alike, his

warm presence at Paparoa Street

School each day will be missed,

leaving big boots to fill for whoever

takes his place.

“I get a lot of enjoyment [in]

meeting the children in the morning,”

he said.

“The children seem to be feeling

sad; in a way, I am too. But I’m

87 – age is catching up with me,

so I might as well go out and enjoy

things a bit more.”

Although he could not pinpoint

the reasoning behind his

long-standing tenure, being able

to brighten up a child’s day by

acknowledging them even with

a simple conversation was what

kept him going.

He recalled when a pupil was

asked by another if Fred was a

good friend. Initially, she said no.

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Orphanage life shapes ‘caring’ volunteer

• By Bea Gooding

EVEN THOUGH Lesley O’Neill

grew up without her parents, she

never once felt like she had no

family to turn to.

With an absent father, and

after her mother died of an

illness, life changed forever

at three-years-old when the

Nazareth House orphanage

in Sydenham became her new

home.

But having the sisters and

other children by her side for the

next 14 years it felt like growing

up in a big family.

“It was a home and there

were a lot of other people. Like

any upbringing, there’s always

positives and negatives – but the

positives totally outweighed the

negatives,” she said.

“I guess what happened

was I had an experience that a

lot of people have never had. The

skills that I have now are part

of the nurturing I received as a

child.”

Learning the value of hard

work and giving back from a

young age was what fuelled

her drive these days to volunteer

at the Christchurch South Fruit

and Vegetable Collective, helping

out with setting up the hall and

bags in time for the delivery

trucks.

Her tenacity in the last six years

was why she was nominated as a

recipient of a Community Service

Award this year.

Some of the jobs she had

growing up was answering the

phone or opening the door to

visitors. But one of the biggest

lessons she took away from it all

was the determination the sisters

showed when it came to keeping

the children alive.

“THe sisters used to go out

into the community, begging for

money and food to keep us all

alive. They would come home,

they were exhausted; their shoes

all worn out,” said O’Neill.

“THat taught me about caring

for other people.”

ESSENTIAL:

Volunteer

Leslie O’Neill

and Richard

Clemance were

both recipients

of a Community

Service Award.

PHOTO (left):

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THe fruit and vegetable collective

processes about 200 orders of

fresh produce each week and are

distributed to eight community

hubs, which is then delivered to

homes across the city – many of

which are on low incomes.

“I’m not looking for a reward

for my work, it’s about what I can

do to support others. Fruit and

vegetables are the food that keeps

people alive,” she said.

O’Neill was not the only one

recognised from the collective.

It was a “big surprise” and

a “humbling” feeling when

Richard Clemance found out he

was also a recipient of the service

award.

For the past six years, he has

helped set up and pack down

the premises, supervised the

unloading and packing process,

and setting up the packing line

for the 20 volunteers.

THe collective purchases

produce from wholesalers

and supermarkets and are

available to the public to buy

in bags, providing a more

affordable option for homes to

get their 5+ A Day.

THe delivery service also

helped people who could not

easily leave their homes, such as

elderly people.

“It gets me out of the house

and it helps a lot of people. It’s

also a good social time, there’s

a good bunch of people [at the

collective],” he said.

He believed others should give

it a go.

“It doesn’t matter how much

or how little it is, every little bit

helps,” Clemance said.

“I try my best; someone’s got

to do it.”

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Initiative set up to get

more children playing sport

A BELFAST-BASED community

collective has teamed up with

major sports organisations in

the city to tackle the obstacle of

keeping kids active.

The Kia Kori Waitaha – Being

Active Locally initiative is a

collaboration between North

West Collective and Canterbury

Hockey, Canterbury Cricket,

Squash Canterbury, and Touch

Canterbury, in a bid to get more

children participating in sport.

Activators will visit

community trusts and entities

who already work with youth

to deliver fun programmes,

with new activities outside of

traditional sport and recreation.

Emma Hodgkin, of

Canterbury Hockey, said the

sports were prepared to innovate

and enter into new collaborative

partnerships in order to better

meet the needs of communities.

“It’s about us recognising,

that as the organisations

governing our individual sports

in our region, that we have an

obligation past delivering formal

competitions – to provide

opportunities for all young

FOCUS: Canterbury Hockey’s Emma Hodgkin is tackling

the obstacles that prevent children playing sport.

people to keep active,” she said.

A number of barriers often

held some children back

from engaging in sport more,

including location, financial

issues, or lack of awareness.

The initiative aims to

break down some of those

barriers with more focus on

participation, and running

activities that increased physical

activity in children – something

that has been an issue in recent

years.

Activities could be anything

from a game of touch rugby and

jumping on high jump mats, to

climbing a wall or striking a

ball.

Established in 2013, the

collective comprises of nine

community groups who work

together to deliver services

and programmes to people in

the city’s northwest, including

the Belfast Community

Network.

Said general manager Lynda

Goodrick: “The opportunity to

collaborate even more and with

a different sector to support our

grass roots community work,

really just made sense. We see

every day the need to get our

tamariki back out playing and

more importantly encouraging

mums and dads to get involved

as well.

“We bring our experience

of different groups working

together to this great initiative”

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Parking and stopping restrictions

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approved by the Fendalton-

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3min parking restrictions on

Roydvale Ave and no-stopping

restrictions at the Teesdale St

and Deepdale St intersection.

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requests from the school to relieve

parking and traffic congestion,

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the school drop-off area. The road

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Fred Adams with the Super Rugby Trophy, and in his army uniform in 1952

as part of his compulsory military training.

‘You meet some wonderful

• From page 1

“I thought, oh no, what’s

coming next? But then she

said ‘no, he’s my very best

friend,’” said Fred.

“You meet some wonderful

children on the way

which keeps you going. It

brightens them up in the

morning, and it brightens

us elderly people too.

“It’s rewarding to be

acknowledged by the

children. It’s important to

connect with them – it is a

school after all, that’s what

we’re there for.”

Fred played a crucial role

in making sure the school’s

facilities were up to scratch

ahead of the learning day.

At nearly 90-years-old, he

would work four hours

each day; two in the morning

and two in the evening.

The pupils saw him in the

morning just as he was finishing

his morning duties

before 9am and were often

eager for a chat.

A usual lap around the

school involves checking

each classroom and can

take upwards of about 40

minutes. It was a chance

to sneak in some exercise

– an aspect of the job he

considered to be one of his

favourites.

In this time he ensures

the heaters are switched on,

the printers have paper, the

wheelie bins are emptied,

or to check “whether the

cleaners have done a good

job overnight.”

At night, he is in charge

of making sure the windows

and doors are locked

while keeping an eye on the

school hall area.

Fred has been a friendly

face at the school since

1990. It was only his second

job ever, having worked at

a number of post offices

in the South Island for 40

years prior.

Born in 1933, he hails

from Arrowtown, Central

Otago, where he grew up

with his parents and four

siblings.

His father was the last

official town baker from the

“olden days,” and his original

oven was now incorporated

at the Lakes District

Museum and Gallery.

For Fred, life was not

always rosy in the pictureperfect

town. Part of his

childhood was during a

time when the world was

engulfed in war.

His neighbour, along

with his cousin, Bobby

Jones, were both killed in

Italy, when a stray shell

landed and exploded where

they were.

“I was born in the Granny

Jones’ Cottage. During

my time I used to go out

chasing rabbits on hills at

some of the farms where

there were rabbit holes, so

I would put my ferrets in

[them],” said Fred.

“We never had a lot, so it

was quite a struggle in the

early days.”

Soon after leaving high

school in Queenstown at

15-years-old, he secured

a job at the post office in

Arrowtown working at the

counter and the telephone

exchange.

Wanting to further his

skills in the field, he went to

morse school in Trentham,

Upper Hutt, a year and a

half after he started his first

job.

Soon after that he was

also called up for compulsory

military training.

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school, where we had to

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was fourth in my class,” he

said.

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came in 1965 when he was

appointed as postmaster

of the Beckenham post

office following a move to

Christchurch.

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served at offices in St Albans

and Papanui before he

officially left the industry

in 1987, when the country’s

postal services were overhauled

and restructured

following financial difficulties.

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holiday with his wife and

children, he got back in

the game and eventually

took up the role of Paparoa

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it was advertised in the

newspaper.

“A lot has changed over

the years – like we used to

use a hand mower, but now

they use ride-ons. We used

to do the cleaning too before

it went to contractors,”

he said.

“The school has also

grown – there was 300

when I started, and it got

up to about 600.”

Fred fell in love with

the postmaster’s daughter,

Pearl, while working at

the office in Hanmer

Springs, and eventually

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Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz

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Former Kate Sheppard home open for visits

THE PUBLIC can now visit

the former Fendalton home

of suffragist Kate Sheppard,

who was at the centre of the

campaign to get New Zealand

women the right to vote.

The Clyde Rd home was

bought by the Government last

year for $4.5 million so that it

could be used as a heritage venue

and educational centre where

people could learn about trailblazing

Kiwi women.

It dates back to 1888 and was

used as the base for Kate Sheppard’s

suffrage campaign.

This week Prime Minister

Jacinda Ardern formally opened

Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard

House,

which will be managed by

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere

Taonga.

The opening ceremony marks

the completion of the first stage

of repurposing the house as a

visitor experience, which tells

the story of the achievements of

Kate Sheppard and other women

who worked tirelessly to achieve

women’s suffrage.

“This was the place where Kate

Sheppard and other suffragists

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speeches, collected petition

signatures, and worked towards

EDUCATION: Iconic suffragette Kate Sheppard’s former Clyde Rd home is now open to the

public.

PHOTO: NEWSLINE ​

New Zealand becoming the first

self-governing country in the

world where women won the

right to vote in 1893,” Dr Christine

Whybrew, Heritage New

Zealand Southern heritage assets

manager said.

“It was here that the petition

– which included thousands of

signatures from supporters all

over the country – was pasted

together before being presented

to Parliament.”

Unable to deliver the petition

herself, MP Sir John Hall did

it in Kate Sheppard’s place,

famously kicking the 270mlong

scroll across the floor of

Parliament’s debating chamber,

allowing all present to see the

signatures for themselves as the

scroll unrolled.

“Because New Zealand was the

first country to give women the

right to vote, this place is also

internationally significant in

the wider story of universal suffrage,”

says Dr Whybrew.

“We are honoured to have the

responsibility of caring for this

place, and sharing its stories with

visitors from New Zealand and

the rest of the world.”

Besides being open to the

public to visit, Heritage New

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Event raises $8000 in spite of cancellation

A WOMEN’S club has raised

more than $8000 towards

crucial research for children

with bowel disease, in spite of

the cancellation of their major

fundraising event.

The Inner Wheel Club of

Riccarton was meant to host a

charitable fashion parade this

year, but it was cancelled twice

due to Covid-19 public gathering

restrictions.

But they were still able to

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Cure Kids, best known for

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The proceeds will enable the

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“We heard a mother say

how not a day goes by when

she doesn’t wish for a cure for

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Wheel Club.

“So the idea of hosting a

fashion showcase was born. We

wanted to give love, time and

fundraising to the amazing

hands-on work and research of

Cure Kids.”

The Riccarton club is part of

Inner Wheel – an international

Womens’ Service Club, who

aim to foster true friendship,

service to others, and the

promotion of international

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The showcase was meant to

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Originally, it was to be held

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We were devastated,” said

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“We had to cancel and we

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Jasper the ‘purr-fect’ burglar at it again

• By Devon Bolger

PILES OF socks, underwear,

leggings, and even a bikini have

been mysteriously going missing

in Sumner.

But one resident has identified

the thief – her cat. Mette

Kristiansen says her one-andhalf-year-old

cat, Jasper, has

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his claws.

Jasper’s antics were detailed

last Christmas but they have now

become so bad Kristiansen has

been busy dropping off flyers to

warn her neighbours within a

two-block radius about him.

“We got him when he was a

kitten and started doing this

burglarising about Christmas last

year,” she said.

Jasper’s main target seems to

be socks, but he had also claimed

gardening and working gloves,

leggings and shoes.

One neighbour reported him

stealing a bikini.

“I have heard that he definitely

does get into people’s homes. He

walks down their hallway and

into their bedrooms. I’ve heard

tales of him going upstairs . . .

even houses with dogs. He makes

friends with the dogs.”

Kristiansen said Jasper seemed

to be “an incredibly intelligent

cat.”

“One day I was in my bedroom

CAUGHT: Mette Kristiansen and Harriet Kristiansen-Benge,

6, with Jasper and some of the items he has previously

stolen from around Sumner. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

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picked up one of my socks and

flung it on the floor. He then did

it again.”

Each day Jasper could steal up

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“He comes through our cat flap

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after his rampages around

the neighbourhood overnight.

Sometimes he gets a bit lazy and

drops them around the garden.”

Each day she puts two large

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with stolen items so her neighbours

could collect anything

stolen.

In spite of being a “wee bit

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SPOTTED: Jasper has been stealing items, including this

pair of shoes and gardening gloves.

said most people “love the

story and find it extremely

entertaining.”

“I don’t think a lot of people

realise they are missing items

. . . that’s why I’m finding it really

hard to return things to people,”

she said.

A Facebook page has also been

set up. Neighbour Brooke Carroll

and her three children – aged

seven, five, and two – were just

some of Jasper’s victims.

“He will steal socks . . . he

steals lots from the clothesline,

he’s stolen upwards of 50 socks.”

The morning after Halloween,

they saw a bikini Jasper had

stolen hanging on the front

fence.

“The kids think it is hilarious

. . . they can’t find their rugby

socks so we go and look in the

Jasper bin.”

– NZ Herald

Toy swap relieves pressure on families

A PASSION to help families

during the festive season led

the team at Barnardos Early

Learning Centre to set up a toy

swap within the centre.

Families could bring in as

many items as they liked at the

Mairehau-based centre and take

what they needed.

Said centre manager Gillian

Chappell, who came up with

the idea: “Swaps are a great way

to share materials and connect

with the community. This is a

great time of year to share toys

children aren’t using and pick up

items for Christmas giving”.

It also means less pressure on

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approaches.

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You can choose to make it special,”

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Chappell also started thinking

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“We started out offering to

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020

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• By Louis Day

IT COULD be a while until

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the eastern suburbs start to

see Lianne Dalziel’s campaign

aspirations for the area come to

fruition.

During October’s local body

elections, Ms Dalziel identified

repairs to the eastern part of the

city’s footpaths, pipes and roads

as one of her main priorities for

this term.

“We need a fully integrated

programme of works for the

east, I have loosely called this

the eastern alliance, which

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Views on

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cricket nets

celebrate

sought

St Patrick’s Day

Page 3 Page 5

Ge ry Brownl e

MP for Ilam

283 Gr ers Road Bryndwr,

Christchurch

ilam@parliament.govt.nz

0 359 0582

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RESIDENTS MOST affected by

the new Northern Motorway are

Connecting Your Community relieved to hear the Christchurch

Northern Corridor opening has

been delayed by six months.

The CNC was due to open in

the middle of this year, but last

week the New

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Page 3 Page 7

TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020

Ge ry Brownl e

MP for Ilam

283 Gr ers Road Bryndwr,

Christchurch

ilam@parliament.govt.nz

0 359 0582

Funded by the Parliamentary Service.

Authorised by Ge ry Brownl e MP,

Parliament Buildings, We lington.

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Connecting Your Community

• By Georgia O’Connor-Harding

THE earthquake-damaged

former Sockburn Service Centre

could finally be demolished in

July – if the funding needed is

obtained.

port Agency

It comes as the

announced more

Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton

time was needed

to complete the

Community

$290m motorwayten

in its draft

Board has writ-

The original

submission to

scope of the

the city council’s

Readers respond

Chance to

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.

Page 8

Page 17 But chief executive Dawn

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

thankful” for the delay.

her achieve her dreams.

Page 3

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

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

Baxendale said any request to

her achieve her dreams.

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

pursue a specific project in the

“The community will be somewhat

thankful for a reprieve of the

• By Bea Gooding

for biology, and from a young Julia is one of 25 young were often male-dominated,

• By Bea Gooding

for biology, and from a young Julia is one of 25 young were often male-dominated, be completed but it was likely the

east would have to be agreed

age has always been interested women chosen around the with particular focus on science,

technology, engineering

age has always been interested women chosen around the with particular focus on science,

technology, engineering requested.

demolition of the site would be

upon by council.

FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Julia

effects of this motorway for six

in how things worked, often country to participate in the

FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Julia in how things worked, often country to participate in the

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

City councillors are yet to pass

Holmes is on a mission to

months, but it’s still there. Until

taking things apart just to put GirlBoss Advantage programme

next month, designed She was shocked to hear the

and maths.

Holmes is on a mission to taking things apart just to put GirlBoss Advantage programme

next month, designed She was shocked to hear the Main South Rd, has been a source

and maths.

The former service centre, on

Gymnastics, which opened its doors to pupils while the school was closed due to fire damage.

on any guidance to staff around

make a difference in the world.

decisions are made to put our

them back together.

make a difference in the world. them back together.

•Story, more photos, page 5

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN this, she said.

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“It’s very early days and I

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think that we are just looking

it will be because most of the supermarkets

are providing online

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Mr Bryce at a ceremony held at tomatoes, berries, nuts and

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continue, or should be paused

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programme next month,

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help,” she said.

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Mrs Hodder said there is no “I just think anything to help we exist.

working and things like that, and

to the Covid-19 crisis.

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CALLS HAVE been 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

The city council is proposing

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per cent acro s a l ratepayers in

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will 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 current environment it’s

clear business as usual is not

appropriate and the council

needs to look at how we enable

this 12-month rates increase

freeze to occur, it’s crucial for

the economic confidence of our

city.”

Ms Dalziel said the las thing

the city council needed was for

someone to hi the panic bu ton.

“Calm heads must and will

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the council’s budget, which is urchNZ, the Canterbury Employers’

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not entirely funded by rates, and

the consequences that wi l flow and other key players so we are

from decisions we make. best prepared for the economic

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

signed off for three months so City council chief executive

we have time to ge this advice. Dawn Baxendale did not rule a

A the same time, the council zero rates rise out.

is meeting with our economic “We’re considering a series 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 biggest boost is $5.1

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

for affected busine ses in a l

The push from city counci lors sectors and regions.

for a freeze 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

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Parent’s

frightening

journey

Covid-19 prompts call for

zero per cent rates increase

The local news

destination

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Foam fun follows fire suburbs

repairs

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Julia’s on

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ACTION: Six city counci lors including

Catherine Chu, Sam MacDonald (top right),

James Daniels (above left) and Aaron

Keown have ca led on Mayor Lianne Dalziel

to lead a conversation on how to achieve a

zero per cent rates increase this year.

Consent

Award for green-fingered Bryce

granted Julia’s on

for Collett’s

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– pages 6 & 7

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Julia’s on

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