Bay Harbour: February 10, 2021

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Proving age is no barrier

to keeping fit and mobile

• By Samantha Mythen

LIN CLARK, an 81-year-old

energetic gym-goer believes

age is no excuse for not making

your fitness and mobility a

priority.

Clark makes up a trio of inspiring

active women attending

the Female Federation gym in

Ferrymead who all share their

birthdays this month.

Isabel Mundy and Ngaire

Onekawa are both set to turn

80-years-old this month, on

February 7 and 18 respectively.

Clark’s 82nd birthday is on February

15.

All three powerhouse ladies

regularly attend the gym, taking

part in Pilates and balance

classes, as well as working on

their own cardio and weights

routines.

They are choosing to stay

fit and healthy, defying the

stereotype that aging holds you

back from achieving an active

lifestyle.

Decked out with a Crusaders

tattoo and a Rugby World Cup

tattoo on each wrist, Onekawa is

a keen sportswoman.

She has always been active.

• Turn to page 5

STRENGTH: Ngaire Onekawa, Lin Clark and Isabel Mundy show off their strength. Onekawa can do multiple press-ups

and planks.

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

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• By Samantha Mythen

AKAROA residents believe

there has been a reduction in

city council support due to the

village’s service centre being

moved to a different building.

The service centre was

previously housed in the historic

1914 post office building.

However, what remains of

city council support is now

conducted out of the Akaroa

area school and community

library.

Akaroa Ratepayers and

Residents Association president,

Harry Stronach

believes this action

is detrimental to

the community.

He spoke at the

Banks Peninsula

Community Board

meeting last Monday.

“We don’t have

a citizen hub like

they do in Halswell.

Instead, the Akaroa

Library cannot

provide the full

council service,”

Stronach said. He

wants the full service

centre back in the old post office

building.

The post office building was

previously damaged in the

February 22, 2011 earthquake.

In 2015, the city council

conducted a consultation

process with local residents on

whether to repair the building

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BUSY: The Akaroa area

school and community

library now hosts the

service centre that used

to be in the historic post

office building (left).

PHOTOS:

VICTORIA ANDREWS

or construct a completely new

service centre.

According to community

support officer Lee Harper, at

the time, a majority of 93 per

cent wanted the old post office

building to be reinstated.

At a cost of more than

$900,000, the building was repaired

and the service centre was

reinstated until now.

Stronach believes the subsequent

transition is inconsistent

and contrary to the 2015 public

consultation.

“It is as if the council have

deliberately gone out of their way

to prove that the consultation

process is a complete waste of

time, by not listening to what the

public have to say.”

Although the city council

informed the Banks Peninsula

Community Board in December

that it was no longer cost

effective to continue the service

centre, the public were never

asked for their views.

“The council should have gone

through the proper process of

consultation and then actually

listen to the people,” said Stronach.

“There is a widening gulf

between the community and the

council.”

Akaroa resident Victoria

Andrews shared her concerns

in a letter to the Sustainability

and Community Resilience

Committee in December last

year.

The city council responded

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Moving service centre concerns residents

to Andrews’ concerns in a

memorandum written by Alicia

Wright, manager of operational

process and insights.

Said Wright: “As there has

been a seamless transition to the

library with no interruption to

the service offering, an approach

of informing rather than consulting

was taken.”

She said the move of customer

service functions was due to the

challenges of the remote location

and was being conducted under

a trial period completed by June

30.

Stronach disagrees that the

transition has been anything

but smooth and argues the true

challenge is “getting the council

to understand that the ‘one size

fits all’ approach will not work in

Akaroa.”

Andrews believes the new

space is too small to accommodate

the service centre facilities

as well as the library it already

houses.

“City council staff are simply

out of touch with what really

happens in the community,”

Stronach said.

The community board

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‘It’s a relief to find you’re still strong’

• From page 1

The mother of three children,

seven grandchildren and 12

great-grandchildren, played

netball until she was 42. She

even competed against her own

daughters.

Clark has always found her

energy outdoors in nature; a keen

hiker, horse rider and gardener.

She owns a remote cabin in

Lewis Pass, and although is not

climbing the nearby mountain

heights, she still loves to wander

through the beech trees.

Mundy, who lives in Horotane

Valley, used to work in her

family’s fruit and tomato

business which kept her strong

and fit. When she finished up

working, she decided to head to

the gym. She’s been attending

three times a week for the past

four years.

Onekawa has kept up consistent

gym practice for more than 12

years. She now attends Female

Federation five times a week.

Onekawa can do multiple

push-ups, straight-backed

with her knees up. She also said

she can do side plank rotations

and dips, and has completed

200m within 15 minutes on the

ski erg.

Clark knows the importance of

rest days. She has been attending

the gym on and off since 1998,

and in spite of a hip replacement

CAMARADERIE: Lin Clark, Isabel Mundy and Ngaire Onekawa all attend the gym multiple

times a week, incorporating cardio, strength training, Pilates and balance exercises into

their practice.

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

taking her out of the game for

a while, she is building up her

practice one again. Clark enjoys

chin-ups, the chest press and leg

press.

“It’s a relief to find you’re still

strong,” she said.

When answering why they

attended the gym, Onekawa

promptly stood up from her

chair. “This is why,” she said.

Mundy agreed: “To keep my

core strong!”

Clark said: “As you get older,

the physical stuff becomes

terribly important and you

become more aware of your body

and how it works.”

“Coming to the gym is a

positive step to being a strong

and complete person.”

For Clark, getting to the gym

is also important for the mental

benefits. Her life passions have

been education and theatre;

in 2019, she was awarded the

prestigious Drama New Zealand

President’s Award, given to

someone who has significantly

contributed to the drama space

over their lifetime.

They all share the same goal:

To keep going.

There is strong camaraderie

between the three women,

and they love being part of

the community at Female

Federation.

Onekawa said she gets coffee

twice a week with her new found

gym friends.

“It’s a sisterhood here,” said

Clark.

Jill Kennedy, their personal

trainer is 64-years-old. She

only has glowing reviews of

the fitness levels of the three

women.

“I cannot wait til I retire to

be able to work out with them

all.”

Clark said: “We are lucky

enough to be able to work out,

and so we choose to make the

most of this and continue to stay

fit.”

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I am a resident of Diamond Harbour

and I totally agree with

the proposals for all the

areas outlined in your

article.

I use most of those

roads weekly and vehicles

are just travelling too fast,

unsuited to the challenging

and complex driving

conditions.

Driving behaviour has

already improved on the

open road sections that

have had speeds reduced such as the

Teddington Straight and the surrounding

hillside roads between Diamond

Harbour and Lyttelton,

However, traffic is still too fast through

built up population areas such as

Diamond Harbour, Little River and the

I fully support the changes. However,

recent changes between

Cass Bay and

Rapaki are completely

ignored.

Boy racers scream

through at night, tyres

squealing and loud

exhausts.

Sunday sees the

motor-cyclists using

the road as a race

track.

There is

absolutely no point in changing the speed

limits if there is no monitoring of the

speed.

The police seem totally disinterested in

these flagrant law breakers.

Until the police act strongly the excess

speed will continue. – H Fraser

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• By Susan Sandys

BILL STANLEY, 67, has created a

model train lovers’ fantasy land in

his backyard.

When he and wife Maggie

moved to their new home in Canterbury

five years ago, Stanley saw

“a blank canvas, just waiting for a

garden railway layout.”

He set to work, and today has

eight model trains which run

on more than 200m of track, set

amongst a 27m diorama of buildings,

settlements, fields and bridges.

The trains pass through all sorts

of activity amongst the Playmobil

people, vehicles and buildings,

including a wedding outside

Lincoln Union Church, fields being

harvested, and a quarry being

mined.

Some of the buildings, including

the church, Stanley has made

himself, learning first through

the Canterbury Garden Railway

Group of which he is a committee

member, and then teaching himself

along the way.

The track and its impressive

setting, at the couple’s home in Lincoln,

is complete with a pond and

real goldfish. It has been a labour of

love, and one that has its origins in

Stanley’s childhood.

“Trains just fascinated me as a

child and they still do, we have

been from LA to New York by

train,” he said.

His grandfather William Stanley

gave him a Hornby double O

railway set when he was about

five.

William had worked on the

railways, and Stanley has inherited

the whistle that William used

in his job, believed to be as an engineer,

and keeps it on his garden

railway key ring.

Stanley kept the passion for

trains and railways moving

down the generations; he and

Maggie bought their 29-year-old

son Richard his first engine when

he was a baby.

They continued to add to the

collection, and always incorporated

train travel in their overseas

trips. These were for professional

purposes in earlier years

as Stanley travelled as part of his

job as a pharmaceutical company

director.

The trip through the United

States was in the 1990s, while

they also lived in Thailand for

five years to 1998 and travelled

extensively through Europe.

“You can set your clock by the

trains in Switzerland,” he said.

While trains in Thailand at

the time were substandard in

comparison, they had been just as

enjoyable to travel on as the country’s

elephants and longboats.

Stanley sometimes has groups

come and view his backyard

garden railway creation, and it is

a hobby he enjoys with others in

the garden railway group, which

will be hosting the National

Garden Railway Convention

in Christchurch on Waitangi

Weekend.

He said setting up the train

track, which runs from a purpose-built,

life-size shed, takes 90

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minutes each time.

“It’s quite a lot of work to have

them running to precision, it’s

quite common to have derailments,”

Stanley said.

Obstacles such as stones or

grit on the track, or interception

by creatures such as the Stanley

household’s pet cats or dogs, were

the cause of such frustrations.

One of the biggest challenges

had been securing the track in

ballast that wouldn’t move when

a blower is used to remove pine

needles which have fallen down

from nearby trees.

The Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust

is a non-profit organisation formed to

protect one of New Zealand’s most

important coastal wetlands. Each week,

board members will discuss matters

regarding the estuary, its rich history and

what makes it unique. This week Bill

Simpson writes about previous proposals

to mitigate flooding at the estuary

AMONG THE weird and

wonderful ideas for the estuary is

the concept of a dam or barrage.

Such a barrier would give us

control of tidal flows and cut the

risk of flooding of the city and

suburbs. Essentially, a “barrage”

is a dam with gates.

But each time the idea has

cropped up it has been turned

down because of the cost, financially

and environmentally.

ESTUARY MATTERS

Dam idea to help prevent flooding quashed

The chief engineer of the

drainage board suggested in

1963, that a barrage be built from

Moncks Bay to the Southshore

Spit.

This would stabilise the flow

of tidal water in and out of the

estuary and allow dredging of

the estuary channels.

It would stop tidal water

flowing in if there had been

high rainfall and the Avon and

Heathcote Rivers were running

high, thus stopping flooding of

housing areas when there high

tides and high river flows. The

estimated cost was £700,000.

In true Christchurch fashion,

the proposal caused much debate.

Committees were formed,

reports commissioned. Other

ideas popped up; a Commonwealth

Games rowing venue, a

Sumner-to-Spit bridge, an aquatic

playground.

In the end, science prevailed.

Canterbury University produced

a 358 report The Ecology of the

Avon-Heathcote Estuary in 1973.

It concluded that a barrier and

dredging would have detrimental

effects on the biology of the

estuary; in short, the estuary

would be destroyed.

But the idea did not die.

Following the earthquakes of 10

years ago, the city council and

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Authority staff were directed

to reinvestigate the barrage

concept for the same reason, to

control flooding.

They concluded the cost would

be $310m or more, and that other

options such as strengthening

stop banks would be cheaper.

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The first club building completed in 1892. Scows and 30 footers sailing in Moncks Bay, circa 1913.

Yacht club’s century-plus of sailing

PROTECTED BY the rugged

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Hill, to Englishman J L Monck

the picturesque and sheltered

bay that now bears his name

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spot for establishing a sailing

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what he did.

Bringing together a group

of like-minded people, Monck

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Club, becoming the club’s first

Commodore. In the early days

the fleet was comprised of large

vessels, up to 24ft, with crews

of two to five keen sailors, who

competed against each other in

regular yacht races.

The early 1900s saw the

introduction of power boats to

the fleet, and in 1906, the first

two-level clubhouse was built.

The club’s name was changed to

the Christchurch Yacht Club in

1935, then in 1938 the present

clubhouse was built; however,

age and earthquake damage have

now seen plans to rebuild the

clubhouse being developed.

One of the oldest yacht clubs

in New Zealand, the Christchurch

Yacht Club has operated

continuously since its establishment,

even during the two world

wars.

It has also proved to be a

breeding ground for international

success. Club members

Peter Mander and Jack Cropp

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the 470 class. Numerous other

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world-class to enjoy the sport of

sailing – anyone, of any age, can

participate, and as the current

Commodore Layton Martin says,

it’s certainly not an elite sport.

“People can buy second-hand

yachts, and the club also has

a selection of yachts of different

classes that are available for

members to use,” Martin said.

For young people starting

out, the club runs learn-to-sail

programmes, which are designed

to get them out on the water to

learn the various facets of sailing,

at the same time gaining confidence

and decision-making skills

as they move through a range of

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“The juniors start off in the

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Sailors putting their skills into practice.

greater skills and understanding

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Martin said.

“Our experienced and youngminded

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and guide them, and teach

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The club’s range of programmes

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CYC also promotes and hosts

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School students to learn to sail.

The club offers adult learn-tosail

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CYC has a strong fleet of the

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“The club is particularly strong

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CYC holds regular sailing

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“It was about kids having fun

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FILM AND television

production is one of New

Zealand’s largest export

industries.

How big? It’s worth $3.5 billion

to the New Zealand economy

every year.

Huge right? And it’s only

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more and more content

on streaming platforms, with

growth fuelled by the global

pandemic unemployed. and more time spent

in the living room.

ChristchurchNZ is committed

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industry and is home to Screen

CanterburyNZ, the regional film

office, whose goal is to attract

more – school productions, leavers, and tertiary support

screen business development and

local content creation.

We work with content creators,

service providers, infrastructure

investors and the education sector

to plan for growth, and collaborate

widely to fill gaps, de-

Māori and industry.

velop capabilities and attract new

business to the city. There is huge

potential here for screen production,

and we come to work every

day to fulfil this potential.

To date, Screen CanterburyNZ

has serviced inquiries from

small to large productions of all

formats, as well as supported

business inquiries and studio

infrastructure projects.

Canterbury has been the backdrop

to numerous productions,

most recently Netflix’s Letter

to the King, Only Cloud Knows,

Disney’s Wrinkle in Time and

Mulan.

However, only a small percentage

of market share in feature

film and television currently

comes to the region. Disney’s

Higher unemployment impacts

more significantly on those in

lower skilled roles and our

vulnerable populations – Māori;

Pasifika; young people not in

employment, education or

training; and our long-term

And what are we doing?

We are supporting the journey

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graduates, NEET (young people

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To ensure work isn’t duplicated,

tor in Canterbury

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Impact projects can then be

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where needed.

It is critical we ensure our

community has access to the

information they need, and is

aware of the help available.

ChristchurchNZ is developing

regional information resources

and working to ensure this gets

into the hands of those who

need it.

Battle scene from Disney’s Mulan, filmed in Canterbury.

Mulan, directed by Kiwi Niki

Caro, was partly filmed in Canterbury.

The $200 million film

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to the Canterbury economy, but

with stronger services and studio

infrastructure the region could

have benefited from a larger percentage

of this production.

James Cameron and Amazon

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largest productions in motion

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and there has never been more

attention on the country as a

Covid-free location.

These multi-year productions

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the national industry, and put

Christchurch and Canterbury in

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One of our big wins from the

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we’ve changed local policy to

We are also developing a

Regional Workforce Plan that

identifies the skills available and

needed now and in the future.

This plan will inform central

government investment and

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Christchurch’s future economy

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allow us to work with education

providers to ensure the right

courses are offered.

In times of recession we generally

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This is an opportunity to upskill

Canterbury’s relatively

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our future economy, to generate

more and better jobs, to increase

productivity, and to raise living

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make it easier to build production

studios in our city.

Home to rugged mountains

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filmmakers, we are an ideal base

for productions to shoot whatever

they are looking for. We’re

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There is a huge opportunity for

Christchurch to increase its market

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that. Screen includes high-value

jobs in AR, VR, VFX, animation

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for our tech and gaming sector,

as well as traditional industries

like manufacturing, engineering

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These industries provide the

technicians and experts needed

behind the scenes.

The screen industry also uses

We are supporting Ngāi Tahu’s

development of an iwi skills hub

that will create stronger pathways

for young Māori into tertiary

education and skilled jobs.

Among other projects, we are

working with education partners

and mana whenua to increase

aspiration and participation of

students in low-decile schools in

future-focused tertiary study that

will lead to careers in

high-growth areas. We are

seeking to future-proof

Canterbury’s labour marke

- we know how vital it is to

new jobs to ensure people

employment options now

in the longer term.

We have invested in a cityinnovation

and entrepreur

ecosystem partnership to s

high-growth potential bus

and future job creation in a

of regional strength and glo

growth opportunity. These

Supernodes are Aerospace

Future Transport; Food, Fi

and Agritech; Health Tech

Resilient Communities; an

High-Tech Services.

Our business attraction tea

working to attract addition

businesses and jobs to the r

the services of tourism and

events suppliers who have been

impacted by Covid-19 and can

create a new customer base to

help diversify their revenue

streams.

While Most importantly, we expect a ongoing thriving

screen sector is the backbone

of a strong creative economy. A

city that prioritises its creative

economy is more vibrant and

attracts a younger generation

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automation.

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beamed economy. to billions around

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Heart attack survivor returns

to ocean for Akaroa swim

MARK BONE should be dead.

He should have died in

Melbourne two years ago from

a cardiac arrest that left him

without oxygen for 20 minutes as

emergency workers scrambled to

bring him back to life.

“Normally they stop after six

minutes but for some reason

they kept working on me – I’m

not sure why,” Bone said in a

disarmingly calm way.

“I was pretty fit. I used to run

ultramarathons so I guess they

realised I was pretty fit and there

were a lot of ambulance and

fire crew there and once they’ve

made the effort to turn up, they

want you to survive.”

He did, but it has been a slow

return to normality for the

52-year-old wastewater engineer

who spent a week in a coma

before eventually returning

home to Christchurch.

He doesn’t run these days,

unsure if his heart will cope

with the pressure and confident

his wife, Jane, doesn’t want him

disappearing into the bush for a

five hour run. But he does swim

and will return to the Banana

Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim

Series on February 20 when he

again tackles the Generation

Homes La Grande Swim, a 5km

cross harbour swim from Wainui

to Akaroa.

“I want to do it in under two

hours,” Bone said. “Last year the

bay was like a washing machine

and it was a really tough swim

and I finished in over two hours.

This time I want to be well

under.”

Event director Scott Rice

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make the Banana Boat New

Zealand Ocean Swim Series so

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“Watching how people

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Bone knows he is lucky to be

alive, let alone up to swimming

5km, and admits it is only now

that he realises how big an

impact his cardiac arrest has had

on his life.

“I did suffer a significant brain

injury from the amount of time I

was without oxygen. I’d thought

I was 100 per cent (soon after he

was allowed to return home) but

now I know I was nowhere near

it,” he said.

He knows now he had trouble

processing information, that his

memory was poor and that “I

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didn’t know what I was doing to

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His employer, Hynds, kept

him on the books for as long

as they could but he was made

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crisis last year and now works for

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Last year’s Generation Homes

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“I’d swum 3km in training and

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Designed and built to our vendors' specifications,

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CRV still a force to be reckoned with

HONDA ISN’T going to be left

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The mid-size sport utility

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mainstream manufacturers.

But Honda keeps ticking away

with its CRV, and sales of it are

healthy, which has a lot to do

with the upgrades that have

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and for 2021 there are further

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along with a greater emphasis on

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This evaluation focuses on

the five-seater, range-topping

Sport Premium that also has

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Interestingly, all CRV models now

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engine that was only available

previously in a few select models.

The naturally-aspirated 2-litre

engine has been dropped, but

that’s not a bad thing the 1498cc

turbo is a beauty in terms of

refinement and economy, and it

has power outputs that match the

concept of CRV.

Honda has also made some

engineering alterations to make

the CRV more driveable, notably

steering response and stability,

the latter contributing to a solid,

secure feel on the road, the

CRV feels well-attached and

communicative.

More importantly, the majority

of buyers will be interested

in the user-friendly elements

that have been built into the

newcomer. There’s a increased

focus on family travel and

what we carry with us, the

air conditioning system has

been improved, the USB ports

up-front are illuminated and

relocated for convenience and

are fast charging, while a wireless

charging pad is now included.

You’d expect nothing less from

Honda, it is a people-friendly

car builder and the CRV’s

reputation has made it a class

leader for many years, today it is

still commanding sales, keeping

it near the top end of the leader

board.

The Sport Premium model has

all the kit you’d ever need, and

at $51,000 it is extending to the

price of premium models but

it is part of a value range that

HONDA CRV: Upgrades and enhancements for 2021.

starts at $39,990 and includes

four choices. In-between there’s

a Sport 7 (seven seats) at $47,990

and AWD Touring at $43,990.

The Sport Premium wants

for nothing, it has full leather with

electric front seats (also heated),

satellite navigation, keyless entry

and ignition, electric sunroof,

electric tailgate, and 19in wheels,

just to name some of the features

that give you an indication of

where it sits in the market.

Drive is through a sevenstep

continuously variable

transmission, the engine and

gearbox work seamlessly

together, there is little to hinder

engine power, and response to

accelerator request is instant

and fluid. There’s no suggestion

of turbo lag anywhere, and

movement is lively and

unyielding.

In terms of performance the

CRV is rated at 140kW and

240Nm, the latter figure available

all of the way from 2000rpm to

5000rpm almost meeting the point

of peak power at 5500rpm, they are

the key ingredients when it comes

to the constant supply of energy.

In Sport Premium form there

are paddle-shifters which will

offer the driver some input into

how the CRV gains momentum,

or for when speed needs to be

chiselled off, they are a great way

to enhance engine braking when

slowing for a corner or a long

descent through the hills.

The CRV is also a well-handling

SUV, it feels encouraging from

behind the wheel. That’s the

benefit of what all-wheel-drive is

all about, even though the CRV

is effectively a front-driver, power

is directed rearwards if grip is

threatened or sensors dictate that

power rearwards is demanded.

Nothing has been compromised

in the area where Honda excels as

• Price – Honda CRV Sport

Premium, $51,000

• Dimensions – Length,

4635mm; width, 1855mm;

height, 1689mm

• Configuration – Fourcylinder,

four-wheel-drive,

1498cc, 140kW, 240Nm,

seven-step automatic.

• Performance –

0-100km/h, 8.5sec

• Fuel usage – 7.4l/100km

a car maker – fuel usage.

The CRV is rated with a

7.4l/100km combined cycle

average. During my time with

the test car it was constantly

listing an 8.1/100km average with

5l/100km showing on the readout

at a steady 100km/h, the engine

largely unstressed working over at

just 1900rpm.

Not only has Honda kept the

CRV fresh mechanically, it has

specification levels that will

constantly tempt, there’s also

a refresh cosmetically just to

keep up with modern design

trends. The latter aren’t quite so

noticeable but they do enhance

appeal.

That’s something Honda has

been doing for 23 years with CRV,

and it’s a formula that has been

very successful and serves to

prove that ideas and technology

just keep advancing. Today’s CRV

is state-of the art, and represents

all that a family car buyer would

want.


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