Nor'West News: February 18, 2021

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Controversial cycleway plan

to involve community more

• By Eleisha Foon

PLANS FOR the controversial,

costly Wheels to Wings

cycleway will continue – in

spite of an attempt to halt the

process last week.

Hundreds of residents and

several business owners are

frustrated and upset they were

not involved prior to the design

work being done for the $19

million project.

The city council has now

promised to

involve the community

as they

try to improve

the heavily criticised

plans.

Dubbed

‘Wheels to

Wings’ the cycleway

is planned

for the main

Donna

Thomsen

thoroughfare of Harewood Rd

– linking the central city to the

airport and surrounding areas.

But, it would also cut four

lanes of traffic to two – and

reduce on-street parking, which

has raised concerns for residents

and business owners in Bishopdale

and Papanui who say

they have no faith in the current

CONCERNED: Copenhagen Bakery owner Donna Thomsen is objecting to the loss of car parks outside her business.

PHOTO: ELEISHA FOON

design and want to see it done

better.

Copenhagen Bakery owner

Donna Thomsen has become an

unofficial spokesperson for 10

local businesses affected by the

cycleway. “As a business owner

and speaking on behalf of residents,

many of whom are elderly

and very concerned about losing

their car parks and not being

able to drive to local areas and

get a car park.”

The bakery has 12 off-street car

parks, but Thomsen said these

were not enough to serve all their

customers, and they needed the

on-street parks as well.

The city council and Waka

Kotahi the NZ Transport

Agency’s approach had

left the community feeling

disempowered, she said.

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Thursday February 18 2021 3

Ruth celebrates 100 years: ‘I just kept on living’

AT HER 100th birthday

celebrations, Ruth Cridge

showed her unflappable side.

When asked the secret as to how

she got to this age she says: “No

idea, I just kept on living.”

Ruth sat with family and

friends at Woodcote Retirement

Village, in Hornby, during

birthday celebrations last week,

showing off cards from the

Queen and the governor-general

while reflecting on 100 years of

life.

Stepdaughter Lynette West

reckons her attitude to life was

the key to her longevity. At 97,

Ruth was still driving a car.

“She’s very unflappable, gets

on and she can see through a lot

of the other stuff … she’s been a

great friend to me,” said West.

Born Ruth Harkerss in

Lyttelton on February 13, 1921,

her parents lived in Purau, near

Diamond Harbour, where her

father, Albert, was a shepherd.

The family bought a farm at

Hanmer Rd in Brookside, in

1924, where Ruth later attended

Brookside School.

She then went on to attend

Southbridge District High

School for four years, travelling

by Day’s Motors school bus along

the main Springston to Leeston

road.

She met future husband Doug

Goulden at high school at the

UNFLAPPABLE: Ruth Cridge turned 100 at the weekend, celebrating in style with an

afternoon tea. ​

age of 16, but the pair didn’t start

“going out” until 1938.

“I was friends with his sister,

and we just sort of met on the

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When World War 2 was

declared Goulden enlisted and

went overseas from November

1940. Meanwhile, Ruth became a

voluntary aid detachment nurse.

After what seemed like a

40 years

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“very long wait,” they married

on his return in January 1945.

She recalls being given ration

coupons by friends and family

to buy material for the wedding

dresses.

The family farm was sold

in 1944 and they shifted to

Pennington St, Leeston, renting

a house opposite the Catholic

church.

Goulden started a garage in

Southbridge in a building on the

corner of High and Hastings Sts,

and the couple lived in a house

next door. But in February 1986,

he died.

A year later, Ruth married Ken

Cridge – someone she

had attended Brookside School

with. Before his death in 2004,

the couple enjoyed traction

engine rallies and ballroom

dancing.

Ruth continued to live in

Southbridge and was still part of

the wider community.

Her community endeavours

included being a cub leader,

Plunket and being part of the

Southbridge Horticultural

Society, where she remains

patron.

She is also a life member of

the RSA having been part of the

women’s auxiliary.

Ruth says she “loves life at

Woodcote” and said the staff are

“very good” to her.

She has nine grandchildren

and 14 great-grandchildren.

Most of them, and many of the

nieces, nephews and cousins

celebrated with her at last

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Other design options invite

feedback from community

• From page 1

“Many people come from

destinations and they drive –

they cannot get on a bike.”

Most of the people she had

spoken to were not opposed to

the idea of a cycleway but had

lots of other design ideas they

wished the city council would

consider instead.

“We feel it’s been quite deflating

because it’s out of our control to a

point where we have not had any

input into the design at all.”

Featherstones Dairy was another

affected business and manager

Vidhi Patel said it was a bad idea

that needed major changes.

“They should have asked or

gave us better options. This

is the whole neighbourhood.

They should ask everyone about

whether we should get one or

not. It is Government property,

but people live on the road.”

Harewood resident Scott

Franicevic raised concerns with

the city council over school

children safely using the road.

“Instead of talking about kids

getting safely to school and safely

using this road – the issues that

really matter – we’re talking

about council processes . . . but

the sentiment across the city is

that the engagement processes

just aren’t reaching the people

they need to be.”

However, cycling group Spokes

Canterbury is a strong supporter

of the project.

Chairman Don Babe told RNZ

previously that it had been designed

by experts and would be a

welcome addition to the cycleway

network in the city because it

would way for cyclists to move

safely around the city.

He said cycleways are well

used and there is even congestion

on one of them during the

morning commute time.

Last week, two city councillors

made a U-turn on their bid to

stop the cycleway from going

ahead. Instead they accepted

the need to forge ahead with

the project so long as the community

is given the chance to be

more involved in the plans.

Harewood Ward city

councillor Aaron Keown – who

filed the notice of motion – said

those affected should have been

involved before the design was

presented.

A range of other design

options will be presented to

those in the affected area, with

the hope the community would

be able to have more input

and give feedback which could

result in changes to the overall

cycleway design. – RNZ

Readers respond to the

proposed Wheels to

Wings cycleway plan

I strongly agree with Dianne

Downward’s response re the

proposed cycleway.

Would be a complete waste

of money. I live nearby and I

actually don’t recall seeing any

cyclists whenever I’ve been on

Harewood Rd.

Many of my friends and I are

in our 70s and frequent The

Copenhagen Bakery and usually,

we have to park on the roadside.

The estimated cost of $20

million would be best spent

on roads or streets that are

still in need of repair since the

earthquakes!

– Edith Appleton

I am opposed to this plan,

both the cycleway that will affect

homes and businesses and the

reduction to a single lane on

Harewood Rd.

I am a member of the

Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton

Community Board but was

raised in my childhood in the

Burnside/Harewood area so I am

very familiar with this area.

Harewood Rd is a main road

and in my opinion, should NOT

be reduced to one lane, and as a

cyclist myself and after listening

to many people I am concerned

about the ongoing ratepayers’

expenditure of continued

cycleway costs that pertain to

loss of values of homes and

businesses.

– Halswell Ward of the

Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton

Community Board

member Debbie Mora

I sometimes wonder how

transport personnel dream

up such impractical plans.

Harewood Rd is a major road

with four lanes linking it to the

motorway. The current proposal

will simply result in bumper to

bumper traffic congestion with

queues of cars pumping carbon

monoxide into the already

polluted atmosphere.

There is an existing steady

stream of traffic, making a

right-hand turn already difficult.

Something that will be impossible

if the lanes are reduced.

Why on earth could the

already cash-strapped council

even contemplate spending such

a significant amount of money

reducing this busy thoroughfare

to two lanes to provide a

cycleway? Should they need it,

cyclists already have direct access

to the airport via the established

Memorial Ave cycle lane through

the safe underpass.

It really dismays me as a

Christchurch citizen/ratepayer

to see such a pie in the sky plan

being given any consideration.

Regardless of Mayor Dalziel’s

view that this proposal would

not adversely affect the Copenhagen

Bakery business. It will.

This is a very popular cafe in

our suburb and as an elderly

disabled customer if I can’t get

a convenient adjacent car park

then I, for one, won’t be able to

enjoy this local amenity.

Please do rethink this

proposal. Please use this money

towards really essential core

council responsibilities, for

example upgrading our drinking

water replacing aged wells/pipes.

– Libbey Durey

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Belfast Community Network, at

the end of the year. Lynda has a

real passion for our community.

I value regular catch ups with all

our community organisations.

I am meeting with a Belfast

business next week that is

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the current challenges. As local

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Jonty has a very rare genetic

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his ability to recover from any

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For Jonty, the city council’s

southern centre at the Pioneer

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become a haven – an opportunity

to explore a unique space

independently and revel in the

sights and sounds within a safe,

interactive environment.

The centre’s technology helps

stimulate senses and can be

adapted to meet individual

needs.

In 2019-20, it welcomed 7537

people – most with disabilities.

Jonty’s parents, Sam and Maree

Smolenski, say their son is “never

without a smile when exploring

all the bits and bobs” at the

centre.

“Jonty plays with everything,

and his confidence levels continue

to climb as he becomes more

comfortable in a very special sensory

environment,” they say.

His teacher, Gail Sharman, says

it has been an “amazing experience”

taking Jonty to the southern

centre.

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Jonty – who is one of only two

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Aquatic sensory experience

Plans are under way for a new high-tech sensory

centre at the city council’s Metro Sports Facility.

The aquatic sensory experience will offer

innovative stimulation options to support wellbeing

and development for all ages and abilities.

City council head of recreation, sports and events

Nigel Cox says the positive community feedback to

both the southern centre and the aquatic sensory

experience has been overwhelming.

“These special sensory facilities activate the

imagination, stimulating activity and helping to

realise the potential of people with a range of

abilities to be more resourceful and independent,”

he said.

are, in some ways, mechanical,”

his parents explain.

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surgery, and synthetic lenses put

in, along with grommets and a

cochlear implant for his ears.

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“He requires a great deal of

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needs, so time out at the southern

centre is also very important.

“The centre helps Jonty learn

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vital extra stimulation in an

amazing and easily accessible

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in the media firing line again

recently as our national results

continue to slide against key

international markers. At St

Michael’s, we keep it simple

and teach proper, ‘good, old

fashioned’ maths. Our pupils

are taught and have to learn

basic facts, times tables and

essential algorithm methods.

We don’t bundle anything! Our

parents can help their children

with their maths homework,

because they recognise it!

This academic rigour then

underpins our wider curriculums

in History, Geography and

Science. Spanish and, for the

older pupils, Latin, offer the

enrichment of learning another

language and about another

culture. IT literacy is taught,

not assumed, and computer use

is measured. We like teaching

and talking to our pupils!

A prep education offers

balance. St Michael’s cultural

and sports’ programmes

further develop each child’s

foundation, as creativity and

problem-solving come in many

forms. Specialist art and music

classes are enjoyed weekly.

Many pupils participate in

individual instrumental, singing

or speech & drama lessons with

one of our ten itinerant staff.

Our several choirs, Stage Band

and Orchestra offer key early

steps in group performance.

Our senior programme,

Parare, advances our Year 7&8

education outside the box, from

financial literacy to outdoor ed,

leadership challenges to new

sports, citizenship and civics to

art and technologies.

Nestled as we are on the

banks of the Avon, opposite

the Riverside Farmers’ Market,

ST MICHAEL’S ALUMNI

To help us celebrate 170 years of St

Michael’s Prep School excellence at the

heart of our city, alumni and former staff

are warmly invited to contact us so we can

share our anniversary plans with you.

alumni@saintmichaels.co.nz

St Michael’s extended campus

is spectacular: the art gallery,

museum, library, theatres and

Hagley Park are frequent haunts

only minutes away.

Many of our parents work

in the thriving city centre, and

Lincoln and Riccarton Road

hubs, but they live city-wide.

They comment on the comfort

of knowing their children are in

school nearby and the benefits

of popping over for an hour to

catch a performance or watch a

race.

With the central bus exchange

only a block away, senior

children arrive from all corners

of the city.

An independent school

education is a precious gift

and it doesn’t have to break the

bank. If you think a St Michael’s

education would suit your

child, you are warmly welcome

to discover for yourself our

purposeful, wholehearted and

inclusive prep school.

Our next Open Day is coming

up, on Wednesday 3 March.

Please pop in during the day

between 9.00am – 4.00pm

for a tour, and to book an

appointment on the day with

the principal, please contact

registrar, Bec Hitchcock:

registrar@saintmichaels.co.nz

or 03.379.9790.

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Your school at the heart of the city

✓ Co-educational, Years 1-8

✓ Small classes

✓ Specialist teachers

✓ Musical excellence

✓ Christian values

✓ Traditional classrooms; academic rigour

✓ Before & after school care: 7.30am - 5.30pm

✓ Central city location

Taking enrolments for 2022.

Some places available for 2021.

Open Day: Wednesday 3 March

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A RARE native butterfly has

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Pupils at Burnside Primary

School collected boulder copper

butterflies from McLeans Island

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their school garden specially

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across Canterbury.

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– NZ Herald

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Valentina with one of the butterflies.

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Thursday February 18 2021 11

HEALTH & AWARENESS

Joint pain: Do I have arthritis or

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

a wheelchair, I cannot put any weight

through my right leg due to pain in my hip

and buttock”. “Within 4 treatments, she

was walking with her stick but without the

severe pain,” says Ietje. “The arthritis was

one of the factors that made her muscles

spasm but the other was that older people

move less and the flexed position the hip

is in when we sit is particularly bad for

the hip.” Ietje is happy with the fact that

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Providing sanctuary for grandchildren

• By Bea Gooding

ANNA CLARE’S plans to

reclaim independence following

a lifetime of raising her own

children was turned on its head

the moment she realised she had

to do it all over again.

Her two grandchildren

living in an unstable home

environment involving drugs,

alcohol and violence left Clare

with no choice but to provide a

permanent sanctuary for them.

More than a decade

later she channels her own

unique experiences in her

role as support group coordinator

in Christchurch

for the Grandparents Raising

Grandchildren Trust NZ.

Clare was in her 50s when she

took over guardianship of her

teenage granddaughter.

“I think the hardest part is

when you get a grandchild, it’s

at a time of your life when you’re

becoming free. You’ve got a bit

more disposable income, you’ve

got friends who don’t have

children, so you go out and do

things with them, like dinners or

movies,” she said.

“But suddenly we’re back in

the situation where you’ve got

babysitters, you can’t do things

spontaneously. You spend a lot

of your time trying to organise

therapy, supporting a return to

school, going to court meetings

or researching what help is

available.

“Leaving them [at home] is difficult,

for a start, especially when

you’re trying to build trust.”

About 95 per cent of

grandparents accessing

support from the trust took

grandchildren into their care

as a result of trauma, often

encountering issues they never

dealt with before.

Although they had different

stories to tell, common factors

included mental illness and

substance abuse.

“In our case, it was a

developing situation over the

years primarily with drugs,

alcohol and violence in the

home,” Clare said.

BATTLE: Support group co-ordinator Anna Clare draws knowledge from her own life

experiences for her role at the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ.

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

The transition of raising her

granddaughter full-time was

made easier by the fact Clare had

regular contact with her prior to

moving in.

Like many families, she was

against the alternative of foster

care at the hands of Oranga

Tamariki.

But it was when she took in

her grandson, years after her

granddaughter, where things

were “a lot harder the second

time around,” especially when he

started becoming violent.

“It changes grandparents’ lives

significantly. You’ve got children

who are traumatised when they

come into your care. It takes a

lot of time, energy and money,”

she said.

“I was in a different headspace

when I took on my grandson, I

was 10 years older, I’d had less

contact with him and he’d had

some real problems. He’s come a

long way since then.”

The GRG trust provides

support services to grandparents

across the country who raise

their grandchildren on a fulltime

basis.

‘I think there’s a lot

more pressure on families

than there used to be,

there’s a lot more access

to drugs, more poverty.’

– Anna Clare

This is carried out in the form

of counselling sessions, support

groups, education, training,

financial and legal support and

referrals to relevant agencies and

organisations.

Membership is diverse

both ethnically and socioeconomically,

ranging in

age from early 40s to 90s.

Sometimes, this includes

great-grandparents raising greatgrandchildren.

Many grandparents initially

struggled financially when

taking on a grandchild as the

transition process took some

time.

Many did not know they were

entitled to financial support

such as the Unsupported Child

Benefit.

Advocating for families and

being able to help change their

lives was rewarding, Clare said,

knowing what it felt like herself.

Over the years, the trust has

seen demand increase.

“I think there’s a lot of pressure

on young families. I think there’s

a lot more pressure on families

than there used to be, there’s a

lot more access to drugs, more

poverty,” said Clare.

“And with that comes a lack of

hope.”

Across the country, the

trust supports more than 5900

grandparents and families,

with about 230 families in

Christchurch alone. They either

come voluntarily or are referred

by another organisation.

The initial stage of talking to

grandparents was always difficult

for Clare, particularly when

they shared feelings of “parental

guilt.”

“Not only do you have the

struggle of having to look after

your own grandchild who’s

traumatised, but the fact that it’s

your son or daughter letting the

family down.”

The biggest value in a local

support group is that it is a safe

place to vent with people who

understood.

“It could be difficulties dealing

with WINZ, Oranga Tamariki,

the court system, or the child

itself.

“Contact with the parents can

also actually be a huge fear for

the grandparents because they

don’t know what the child’s

going back into when they visit.”

Clare has been involved

with the trust ever since her

granddaughter came to live with

her permanently.

A few support group meetings

over the years eventually led

to a decision to establish a

Christchurch group after seeing

how much the trust had an

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Before she found her calling

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Auckland on and off along with

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Family is constantly at the

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it is at the trust or in her own

time with her two children and

grandchildren.

Aside from her work at the

trust, she was a part-time

support worker for a young

person with autism.

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there’s not much time for

anything else.”

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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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Page 3

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

her achieve her dreams. Baxendale said any request to

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

• By Bea Gooding

pursue a specific for biology, project in and the from a young Julia is one of 25 young were often male-dominated, •“The By community Bea Gooding will be somewhat

thankful for a reprieve of the

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 age to has be always agreed 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

FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD upon Julia by council.

effects

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

City councillors are yet to pass

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

Holmes is on a mission on to

in how things worked, often country to participate in the

FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD of this motorway for Julia six in how things worked, often country to participate in the

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.

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make a difference in the world. any guidance them to back staff together. around

decisions are made to put our

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•Story, more photos, page 5

PHOTO: GEOFF The SLOAN year 11 St Margaret’s this, she said.

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College student has a passion •Turn to page the 5

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CALLS HAVE been made to

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City councillors James Gough,

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Ms Dalziel said the las thing the council’s budget, which is

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

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prevail,” she said.

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

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best prepared for the economic

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“The combination of overseas kiwis coming home,

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Auctions are proving time and again to be the best

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The first was 36 Highland Place in Avonhead,

marketed and sold by Karen Ellis at Ray White

Bishopdale. After 45 bids, the home sold for

$668,000, an incredible $98,000 over the RV. The

property had more than 40 groups through over

three weeks.

The second was 7 Veitches Road in Casebrook,

marketed and sold by Brent and Jayne Rushworth at

Ray White Bishopdale for $640,000. The property

had more than 160 groups through over 3 weeks. 17

Registered bidders packed out the auction rooms to

bid for the keys and the home sold for a staggering

$220,000 over RV.

“Had these vendors sold privately they would have

cost themselves a lot of money because their price

expectations were substantially lower than what

the market was willing to pay on the day. As your

real estate expert it’s our job to understand the

current local market drivers, maximise exposure of

the property to the right buyers and to get the best

price for your property by creating the right mix of

competition and urgency” says Mitchell.

“The sense of competition was clearly felt as 16

disappointed buyers left the auction rooms for

another weekend of open homes. Why not let them

bid for the keys on your home?” says Mitchell.

If you’re thinking about selling, now is the ideal

time. You only have to look at the results we’re

seeing, and the market statistics being released each

month to realise it; and with summer in full swing,

those property owners that take hold of the current

momentum will be rewarded.

If you’re curious to know what your property could

sell for, or looking for advice on your next real

estate transaction, contact the team at Ray White

Bishopdale and Strowan on 0800 YELLOW

(935 569) today.

36 Highland Place, Avonhead, marketed by Karen Ellis

sold for $668,000 ($98,000 over RV).

7 Veitches Road, Casebrook, marketed by Brent and

Jayne Rushworth sold for $640,000 ($220,000 over RV).

Curious

to know what

your property is

worth?

Find out today,

call 0800 YELLOW

Ray White Bishopdale & Strowan

0800 YELLOW (0800 935 569)

rwbishopdale.co.nz | rwstrowan.co.nz

Inline Realty Limited (Licensed REAA 2008)

Proudly owned by

Karen Ellis

021 519 275

Barry Ellis

021 519 274

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