Western News: February 04, 2021

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Cancer Society

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Fun for all at beach kite event

Eva Lees-Godwin, 5, of Avonhead, took part in the city council kite day event at New Brighton

beach on Saturday.

• More photos, page 5

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‘Loose

dogs’

may be

killing

cats

• By Matt Slaughter

PEOPLE ARE being advised to

keep their cats inside after reports

some have been killed or injured

by dogs.

A resident posted on the

Hornby Neighbourhood Watch

Facebook group last week saying

they spoke to a man who said his

cat was eaten by dogs in Hei Hei,

near Hornby.

Said the post: “Some guy

drove past and was talking to my

partner and some dogs on Tauiwi

Cres has eaten his cat. Can’t

remember if it was one or two

dogs but this has happened in the

last two hours. Just a heads up to

make sure your fur babies come

home tonight.”

The post was responded to by

residents who have had similar

experiences and others who urged

people to lock their cats inside.

Someone commented with a

screenshot of a post from another

member of the Facebook group

which said their neighbour’s cat

was killed by two “loose dogs”

around Parker St and Foremans

Rd, Hornby. • Turn to page 3

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Thursday, 9.30am-12.30pm, at

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Hornby and Halswell and Upper

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A justice of the peace will

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Citizens Advice Bureau

Thursday, Friday, Tuesday,

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

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Friends of the Library Booktalk, Tuesday, 12.30-1.30pm, Fendalton

Library. Alan Trott, founder of Trott’s Gardens in Ashburton, will be

discussing his writing. He has written two books, From Pasture to Paradise,

and Paradise Through the Seasons, and for magazines. His garden is now

visited by people from across the globe. Entry by gold coin donation. ​

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Free Legal Advice

Thursday, 6.15-8.15pm

Hornby Library

A lawyer will be available to answer

your legal questions. Take relevant

documents. Free. No bookings

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Wā Kōrero: Storytimes

Tuesday, 10.30-11am, at

Fendalton, Wednesday, 10.15-

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Storytimes is an interactive

programme including books, songs,

rhymes and play. Recommended

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Family History

Wednesday, 11am-1pm

Upper Riccarton Library

A volunteer from the Riccarton

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Genealogists will be available to help

you with finding your family history

online. Meet at the Family History

computer.

Mah-jong Group

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Festive season good for retailers

• By Bea Gooding

A SHOPPING boom in Papanui

during the festive season made

it one of the suburbs with the

largest retail spending increase

across the city.

A report by economic development

agency, ChristchurchNZ,

revealed spending in December

shot up four per cent city-wide,

and nine per cent in the city

centre, compared to data from

the same month in 2019.

Along with an 18 per cent increase

in Papanui, Lyttelton and

Spreydon also had the largest

growth in spending.

The growth follows a tough

financial year for the city, with

the absence of international

tourists, a lockdown, and alert

level changes.

Garden City Produce on

Cranford St only opened in November

last year. Owner Daryl

Morris has no regrets setting up

a new business in the midst of a

pandemic.

The family business saw

demand surge in December,

particularly leading up to

Christmas and has been “steady”

ever since. Berries, he said, were

the most popular purchase.

Said Morris: “[Demand] is

improving every week – about

10 per cent a week, even with

no advertising. We didn’t know

BOOM: Garden City Produce owners Daryl and Kate

Morris, and daughter Amelia Morris, who say the family

business has been a success since it opened late last year.

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

what to expect.

“It was busy because of Christmas,

but January was actually

busier with more people knowing

where we are.”

In spite of the holiday season

ending, Morris was feeling optimistic

for the year ahead.

“I’m an optimist and always

look on the bright side. I

wouldn’t have opened [the business]

otherwise.”

The same can be said at Black

Sheep on Papanui Rd – the

country’s leading retailer of

electric scooters, e-bikes, and

hoverboards.

Owner Luke Ambrose said

there was a “big demand” for

products all year, but December

proved to be different.

He was relieved the business

did not suffer too greatly last

year, however, delays in importing

products overseas were the

main concern currently.

“December was quite busy, last

year was a lot busier than 2019,”

he said.

“People seem to be spending

their money on bikes because

they can’t go anywhere [overseas].

It’s made people realise

they want to get out a bit more.”

The report said, popular items

on the shopping list included

apparel, home and recreational

goods, personal items, groceries,

and alcohol.

However, fuel and automotive

spending decreased by five per

cent – a trend in recent years

following a push for residents to

use alternative transport.

Spending on clothing and

personal items saw the greatest

growth in December, with

domestic visitor spend up 20

per cent compared to the same

period in 2019.

“Across the city, retail spending

was robust in December

2020 as consumers prepared for

Christmas,” the ChristchurchNZ

report said.

“With December being the

first month of the summer and

holiday season, the impact of

closed borders on the visitor

economy has become more apparent

and will continue to do so

as the season progresses.”

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Number of cats

reported missing

• From page 1

The person who posted the

screenshot said she had seen five

posts about cats attacked by what

she believes were the same dogs in

the area.

Another comment said: “I

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both parts. My partner and I have

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unless we are at home.”

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missing in the area “is just getting

shocking.”

The city council, which

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Cancer Society shuttle service gets boost

THE CANCER Society’s

Canterbury West Coast division

shuttle service received a boost

recently with a combined

donation of almost $13,000 from

23 South Island-based Lions

clubs.

THe free shuttle service

transports patients staying

in the Cancer Society’s

accommodation, Daffodil

House in Merivale and Daffodil

Lodge in Riccarton, to and from

radiation and chemotherapy

appointments at Christchurch

Hospital.

Janice Porter-Hoare,

fundraising and events manager

for the Cancer Society’s CWC

division, said that the Lions

Clubs’ significant donation was

a huge help towards funding the

$65,000 required to operate the

shuttle each year.

“The shuttle currently operates

from 7.30am until 9pm Monday

to Friday, which translates to

approximately 16,000 individual

patient trips. Given that the

patients we are providing our

service for, come from all over

the South Island it is fabulous

to see local Lions Clubs from a

variety of regions supporting

this Christchurch-based service,”

Porter-Hoare said.

Porter-Hoare acknowledged

that this was the fourth

consecutive year that the Lions

Clubs had donated to the shuttle

service.

“The late John Cramond from

Motueka organised the first

donation in 2017 after having

used the shuttle service himself

while having cancer treatment

in Christchurch,” Porter-Hoare

said.

“Sadly John passed away last

year, but his legacy lives on in

this donation, which is extremely

important to us given that we

anticipate the demand for the

shuttle service to grow even

further during 2021.”

Lions Club representative

Christine Stewart, 1st Vice

District Governor for District

202J, visited Daffodil House to

see the shuttle service in action

and accepted a certificate of

thanks from the Cancer Society

on behalf of the contributing

Lions Clubs.

In addition to providing

accommodation and transport

services, the Cancer Society

provides education and support

services for cancer patients and

their families, as well as coordinating

and funding cancer

research.

As the society receives no

direct government or health

GRATEFUL: Cancer

Society representative

Hannah Godfrey

(left) presents Lions

Club representative

Christine Stewart

with a thank you

certificate. Lions

donated $13,000 to

the society to help

fund the free shuttle

service.

service funding, it is reliant

on donations to fund its

services.

•If you would like more

information on the Cancer

Society or would like to

make a donation, visit

https://canterbury-westcoast.cancernz.org.nz/.

To

speak to a member of the

support team, phone 0800

Cancer (226 237).

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Hundreds of Cantabrians took advantage of a sizzling hot

day at New Brighton beach last Saturday to learn how to

fly a kite. Kites of all shapes and sizes took to the air during

the annual city council event. Other activities included a

sandcastle building competition, beach sports with Sport

Canterbury and free samples of Weis icecream.

Ryan Zhao, 4, of Avonhead preferred digging in the sand.

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Perfect job for an interest in nature

Dean Pendrigh is the

collections curator for

the water garden, azalea

garden and the pinetum in

the Botanic Gardens and

has been working there for

the past 35 years. He talks

to Ella Somers

SKILLED: Dean Pendrigh tends to the plants in the Botanic Gardens. He has always had

an interest in nature.

A PASSION for nature led Dean

Pendrigh to pursue a botanical

career immediately after high

school and he started his

four-year apprenticeship at the

Botanic Gardens in 1986.

His apprenticeship included a

brief scholarship to Melbourne,

on his return he continued working

at the gardens.

Pendrigh said he has “always

had an interest in nature” but it

wasn’t until high school when his

uncle introduced him to orchids

that “really got me interested in

plants and native plants as well.”

He enjoys botanical work

because every season is different

and “something will be far better

one year and not the other,” he

said.

“I like the biogeography and

learning about where plants

come from and how plants react

to other plants and in different

countries.”

As well as maintaining the

collections and keeping careful

plant records, a large part of Pendrigh’s

job includes tasks such as

weeding, pruning, and cutting

hedges.

Watering takes up a lot of time

as well because “a lot of my areas

don’t have any actual automated

irrigation so we do it by hand,”

he said.

Due to the names of plants

changing frequently, updating

and labelling records is a

continual project and can be

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frustrating.

“You get to know the name of

a plant and then a botanist will

change it,” Pendrigh said.

“Sometimes you’ll change a

label and then they’ll change it

back to the original name.”

Pendrigh said that while he

gets a lot of good comments

from people who come through

the garden, “a lot of people

don’t realise how much work is

40 years

combined

experience

involved,” he said.

In comparison to other trades

as well, it’s not recognised as

much as it should be.

“There is a lot of knowledge

that you need to know, and it

takes a long time to build up that

knowledge, especially that plant

knowledge,” he said.

“The names of plants you have

to learn as well, it’s like learning

another language.”

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Pendrigh’s passion for

“everything botanical” has

inspired him to travel to

places across the world where

interesting flora lives, including

Africa.

“They’ve got a very diverse

flora,” he said.

“It increased my interest in

plants even more seeing them in

their natural habitat.”

He doesn’t have a favourite

plant but if he had to name his

favourite plant group, it would be

plants from the southern hemisphere,

New Zealand, Australia,

and South Africa in particular.

“There’s some interesting links

between the floras of those countries,”

Pendrigh said.

“And because I’ve seen them in

the wild, you appreciate them a

lot more.”

One of the most interesting

visitors that the Botanic Gardens

has had in Pendrigh’s time was

a visit from the Dalai Lama in

1992.

“He planted a himalayan pine

tree in my area,” Pendrigh said.

Unfortunately, the tree was

stolen a week after it was planted

and neither the thief nor the

Dalai Lama’s tree were ever

found.

The tree that now grows where

the Dalai Lama’s one used to be

“is one that I actually planted,”

Pendrigh said.

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Yacht club to celebrate 100 years

PLEASANT POINT Yacht Club celebrates

its centennial this weekend.

The club, now based in South New

Brighton Park, began in 1921 on the shores

of the estuary just behind where the South

New Brighton School is today. The area was

then known as Pleasant Point Domain.

In 1929 the club moved across to the

western shore to an area of mud flats at the

mouth of the Avon River that would become

known as Rat Island.

Over the years, the club built up and

improved the land together with the club

facilities and held summer sailing and

racing programmes, teaching hundreds of

children and adults how to sail. That was

until the first of the Canterbury earthquakes

on September 4, 2010 damaged the

buildings and land beyond repair.

In the 10 years since, it found a new site

and has built a new yacht club (opened in

September 2019) in South New Brighton

Park – just a stone’s throw from where it all

began in 1921.

The centennial celebrations will provide

a great opportunity to relive the highs and

lows of the club’s 100 years, especially the

last 10 years of the rebuild.

The celebrations kick off with a noggin

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Sullivan Cup, which is the club’s main open

event, will be sailed, coupled with another

major trophy, the Arch Lamb trophy for the

Sunburst class.

The races will feature multi-hulls, trailer

yachts and senior and junior racing dingy

classes and are open to other yacht club

members.

Saturday’s sailing will be followed by a

celebration dinner.

On Sunday, the club will run its Classic

Yacht Race, first sailed at the club’s 75th

celebrations. This will be coupled with a

display of classic boats of all types owned

by members of the Classic Boat Group of

Canterbury. There will be plenty for the

public to see on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, phone Ian Douglas

on 027 4719 208.

EXCITED: Nigel

Humphreys of the

Pleasant Point Yacht Club

getting ready for a big

weekend.

Below: The club in 1934

on the lower reaches of

the Avon River.

PHOTO:

GEOFF SLOAN


10 Thursday February 4 2021

Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz

WESTERN NEWS

Camera cradles to help track coastline change

THE PUBLIC will be able to

help track how New Brighton’s

coastline is changing over

time.

Camera cradles have been

installed at New Brighton Pier

to encourage people to take

part in the CoastSnap community

science project.

CoastSnap relies on the

public taking photos at the

same locations at different

times and sending them to

the city council. This will help

determine how coastlines are

changing over time due to

human activity and natural

processes such as storms,

rising sea levels and day-to-day

changes in the beach structure.

Camera cradles have also

been set up at Taylors Mistake

to track how its coastline is

changing.

Said city council head

of planning and strategic

transport David Griffiths: “We

have set up camera cradles at

Taylors Mistake and on the

New Brighton Pier in the hope

that visitors to those locations

will take part in the project

by taking a photo and sharing

it on the CoastSnap app, via

Twitter or Instagram, or by

emailing coastsnapchch@ccc.

govt.nz

“Using a specialised

technique known as

photogrammetry, CoastSnap

turns your photos into

valuable coastal data that is

used by coastal scientists to

understand and forecast how

coastlines might change in the

coming decades.

“The beach and dunes at

New Brighton and Taylors

Mistake are dynamic, natural

systems that are constantly

changing. CoastSnap will

help us to better understand

how the beaches respond to

changes in wave conditions,

weather and extreme storm

events.

“Every photo that is taken will

add to a community database

that will be used by scientists

and planners to map shoreline

changes. That information

will help us to improve how

we manage treasured coastal

environments, so please get

snapping.

“There’s a sign at each

camera cradle site explaining

what you need to do so it is an

easy project for people to get

involved in.’’

The CoastSnap app can be

downloaded from the app

store or Google Play.

CoastSnap is a joint project

involving the city council,

Environment Canterbury

and the Canterbury University.

USEFUL: The public can now use camera cradles installed

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• By Louis Day

CALLS HAVE been made to

stop rates increases in response

to the Covid-19 crisis.

City councillors James Gough,

Sam MacDonald, Catherine

Chu, Phil Mauger, Aaron Keown

and James Daniels have sent a

letter 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 across all ratepayers in

this year’s Draft Annual Plan

which is currently under public

consultation until April 5 and

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 council’s budget, which is

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

someone to hi the panic button. the consequences that will flow

“Calm heads must and will from decisions we make.

prevail,” she said.

“The Annual Plan is not

“Our residents and businesses signed off for three months so

will be depending on us to we have time to ge this advice.

make adjustments, and we will, At the same time, the council

however, we will need advice is meeting with our economic

on the impacts on all aspects of development agency, ChristchurchNZ,

the Canterbury Employers’

Chamber of Commerce

and other key players so we are

best prepared for the economic

challenges that lie ahead.”

City council chief executive

Dawn Baxendale did not rule a

zero rates rise out.

“We’re considering a series of

options in light of the extraor-

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