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Community Fire Awareness

and Prevention Information


Thursday, 6.30-9pm

Sumner Community Centre, 14

Wakefield Ave

Representatives from Fire and

Emergency NZ, the city council, Orion,

NZ Police and Lincoln University

will present a range of information,

including fire safe plantings, evacuations

and preparedness, emergency

access, fire hazard management and

more. Spot prizes, and light refreshment

will be provided.

Ladies Friendship Club

(formally Probus)

Monday, 10am

Star of the Sea Church hall, 45 Colenso

St, Sumner

Meet others in the community and

enjoy a cup of tea. Also regular speakers

and social outings. Phone Lois for

further details 384 1975.

One Stitch at a Time

Thursday, 10am-noon

Mt Pleasant Community Centre

A small group of crafters meet

every Thursday morning. So far, they

have quilters, knitters, cross-stichers

and plant dyed fabric crafters. Creating

connections and community

while sharing knowledge and skills.

All welcome.

Jubulani Community Choir

Monday, 7.30pm

40 Winchester St, Lyttelton

A friendly community choir who

Estuary Fest, Saturday, 1pm-5pm, McCormacks Bay Reserve. Organised

by the Mt Pleasant Memorial Community Centre and Residents’

Association in partnership with the Avon-Heathcote Ihutai Trust, to

celebrate the special nature of the estuary and all that live in, on and around

it as well of those that play on it. The festival features stalls and displays

about the estuary and wetlands as well as the usual fairground rides, food

trucks and live entertainment by local performers. Free entry with some

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love singing a variety of genres of

three, four part harmony music. They

believe everybody can sing and has

the right to sing. No experience and

no auditions required. Phone Jillie for

more information 021 152 8068.

Korero, Kai & a Kuppa Tea

Wednesday, 6pm

Bowling Club, Akaroa

For everyone who is interested in

learning some basic te reo Māori, in

a friendly, organic and dun environment.

Take a plate of food to share,

pen, pad and a Māori dictionary if

you have one. Koha entry appreciated.

Community Koreo

Thursday, 5.30-7.30pm

The Gaiety, Akaroa

A time to gather and discuss

community concerns, city council

issues, to share ideas and views. Also

a chance to meet new community

members and connect with the wider

Akaroa area. Deputy Mayor Andrew

Turner and other city council

representatives will be present. All


Riding the Wave Art Group

Saturday, 10am-1pm

Sumner Redcliffs Anglican Church, 87

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Encouraging your creative flow

through prayerfulness, reflection, and

enjoying together a variety of easy art

techniques and media which assist

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Sunday, 28 February 2021

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waiting times.

These have been the daily realities

for Heathcote residents since

February 14, while Port Hills Rd

is upgraded nightly from 6pm to


Although the works are set to

be finished by tomorrow, residents

have been frustrated with

lack of consideration and contact

from the city council.

Everyone is grateful the road

is finally being fixed, however,

residents cannot understand why

the work has been occurring at

night in a primarily residential


Said Heathcote resident Judy

Stack: “The contractors are

doing a great job, the road was

in shocking condition. Our beef

is that when we go to bed, they

begin to start work. The noise is

completely intrusive.”

Heathcote Ward councillor

Sara Templeton understands the

resident’s frustrations.

Although she has been in

touch with the contractors, she

said they only have a few shifts


“It will be a complete and

smooth road by Thursday morning,”

she said.

Stack lives in a new house,

built after the February 22, 2011,

earthquake with double glazing,




the past week.

yet she still hears the construction

and it has been making the

house shudder, echoing up the


“Why can’t they do the work

during the day, reducing the road

to a single lane?” she said.

“It is absolutely not good

enough that they are doing all

this work in the small hours of

the morning.”

Said another Heathcote resident

Sue Coombe: “The work

shakes the house like an earthquake,

it is too disruptive.”

City council streets maintenance

manager Mark Pinner

said the work was taking place

at night instead of the day as a

permanent single lane in one

direction would have resulted

in a large detour which was not

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Roadworks wreck residents’ sleep

• By Samantha Mythen

NOISY: Port Hills Rd has been resurfaced at night during


traffic flow with lights or controls

during peak times in daylight

would also significantly reduce

the time for the physical work

to proceed which would in turn

result in substantially more time

on site. The use of night shifts

also lessened the impact to use

of access to passengers accessing

bus stops.”

Residents, however, say in spite

of numerous works occurring

along the road after the past few

years, this is the first set of night

works. They still do not understand

the decision.

Last week, Stack rang the city

council to see if the situation

could be remedied.

A noise abatement officer rang

back and said the project manager

for the works would be in

touch. She never heard back.

Said Stack: “The fact that when

you are really impacted by something

and you ring the council

for help and maybe someone will

call you back, does not look good

on the council’s behalf.”

Due to another sleepless night,

Stack’s young grandson had

missed school on Monday.

Ann-Marie Locker is another

concerned resident who wonders

why the work has to be done at


“It’s been absolutely horrendous,”

she said.

Her children have both woken

up with headaches and have also

had two days off school.

Although, every house

along the road was meant to

be informed about the road

works, neither Stack or Locker

received a notice in their


The notice says: “There will

be periods of construction noise

and vibration. The contractor

will ensure noise is kept to a


Stack believes this is ironic

after no action has been taken

to mitigate the negative effects

on residents in spite of her complaint.

She said this shows the

council does not care.

Work to repair Port Hills Rd

began after being deferred since

2017. The wastewater system and

water mains were replaced over

the past two years and the road is

now being resurfaced.

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In Brief


Lyttelton Harbour Kitchens

Cookbook is calling for recipe

submissions from the public for

its 2021 edition. The final date

for submissions is March 31.

Started by a group of parents

from Lyttelton Main and

Lyttelton West primary schools

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Akaroa residents have started

a fundraiser to keep the Pop

up Penguin, Mr “One Fish”.

The penguin, designed and

painted by local artist Katrina

Perano, was a part of the Wild

in Art penguin trail, with 120

penguins created by artists

and school children scatted

around Canterbury. Today at

6pm, 53 penguins, including

Mr “One Fish,” will be

auctioned to raise money for

Cholmondeley Children’s

Centre. Residents would like

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At 91 Bruce’s bungy jump sets

• By Samantha Mythen


Bunny is a veteran of 16 Coast

to Coasts, including the brutal

Longest Day.

He first started competing

three days before his retirement

at 57.

Now 91, Bruce has

accomplished another heartracing,

adrenaline-fuelled feat –

bungy jumping.

Bruce became the oldest

person to complete the 35m

bungy jump off the Waiau

Ferry Bridge near Hanmer on

February 14.

In spite of being legally blind

and having hearing aids, he

decided to take up the challenge

as it seemed like an exciting

thing to do.

Bruce said as he stood on the

bridge’s edge about to jump he

thought: “What the hell am I

doing here.”

He tried not to think any

further, then committed to it and


Bruce was always an avid

tramper and deer stalker

growing up, but decided to give

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in 1985 that inspired Bruce to

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FLYING: Bruce Bunny leaping off the Waiau Ferry Bridge near Hanmer and later recounting the hair-raising experience.


sign up the following year.

“It’s better than gardening,” he


He has since competed in 17

Coast to Coast events, including

At 66, Bruce was convinced

by another of his daughters –

adventure fiend Debbie – to join

her in the Scottish race. They

arrived in London and then

biked to Glasgow for the start

of the race. Debbie called this

“training.” He said the Scotland

event was “a piece of cake.”

It was three days compared to

the two-day Kiwi event.

Bruce has been an inspiration

to his family.

His son Allan has competed in

the Coast to Coast several times.

When Bruce was 64, he joined

his 16-year-old grandson Jesse in

a team and they completed the

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event together.

Although Bruce said he was

always frightened of water,

kayaking was his favourite part

of the race.

“I’m not a particularly good

swimmer but I was pretty sure if

I came out, I’d be able to make it

to the side,” he said.

“In a kayak, you’re just sitting

there really and are going with

the water. It’s easier.”

Bruce said the best part

of the race was all about the

people. For Bruce and many

other competitors, the race

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where the aim is to finish,” he


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There was great camaraderie

during the race and Bruce made

many friends.

He finally put down the paddle,

and untied his laces, finishing his

last race at 73-years-old.

He has since survived bowel

cancer, but he is not retiring from

life yet.

His daughter, Annie Horgan,

was there to witness his cavort

into the air.

“He comes up with the ideas

and I organise it,” she said.

“He’s amazing, such an

inspiration. I say, “I’m too old, I

can’t do that,” and then Dad goes

and proves me wrong.”

Earlier in the year, Bruce went

down the zipline at the adventure

park. He is tentatively talking

about skydiving now.

Bruce said: “Just do what you

can while you can.”

Sarah Leishman works at

Hamner Springs Attractions. She

was very impressed with Bruce’s


“It is such a cool statement

to make at 91. He proved that

you are never too old to do

something,” she said.

“He has gone and proven

everyone wrong who uses age as

an excuse.”


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• By Samantha Mythen


volunteers ensured tugboat

Lyttelton was back sailing

on Saturday after it became

attached to the wharf.

At around noon the Lyttelton

Volunteer Fire Brigade was

called out because it appeared

Lyttelton was sinking.

Chief fire officer Mark Buckley

said the situation was not as

dramatic as first seemed.

They had arrived expecting to

pump out water, but there was

no water inside the tug.

Rather, the metal strip protecting

the wooden timber belting

that runs around the tug on the

port side had caught under some

metal attached to the wharf piles.

As the tide had come in, the

starboard side had risen yet the

port side was held by the metal,

causing the boat to list around


Said president of the Tug

Lyttelton Preservation Society

Roger Ellery: “It did cause a fuss

but was really just a storm in a


The fire brigade working with

society volunteers managed to

unfasten the tug from the wharf.

“When Lyttelton was unfastened

it bobbed merrily about

like a rubber duck in a bath,”

Ellery said

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Tug Lyttelton safe after

catching on wharf

ORDEAL: Tug Lyttelton listing to its port side after being

caught under the wharf . PHOTO: DANIEL ODERING

The tug was safe to sail again,

setting out on its harbour tour

on Sunday.

The Sea2Sky Challenge,

an event where there is

something for everyone

The Brad Richards Building Sea2Sky

Challenge offers an end of summer test for

the serious athlete as well as those that

are just wanting to give it a try. Amongst

all the entrants four competitive cousins

are counting down to the upcoming event,

starting at Scarborough Beach on Sunday,

29 March.

Tom Newsom (12), Felicity Newsom (10),

Willow Richards (7) and Max Richards (5)

have started training for the popular local

race, which promises “something for

everyone”. Regular competitors Tom and

Felicity will be competing in the Junior

Triathlon category. Willow and challenge

newcomer Max, are racing in the kids


The fifth edition of the challenge has

partnered with local company, Brad

Richards Building, as this year’s principal

race sponsor. Director Amanda Richards,

who is also Willow and Max’s mother,

co-trainer and support crew, said the

cousins are “very excited” to all be in the

same race together.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be supporting

Sea2Sky. It’s an amazing local event and

one we can all enjoy and get the kids

involved in,” Richards said.

Traditionally a triathlon/duathlon challenge,

event director John Newsom has added a

scenic 17km run category for 2020 taking

in the Captain Thomas track, the Summit

Road and Godley Head track. “I’ve been

lucky enough to train and race all around

the world. This course, with the trails, hills

and stunning views is still my favourite run

anywhere,” Newsom said.

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and team options for both triathlon and

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Pupils finalise designs

for garden festival


vegetables are sprouting at

schools across the region as

they finalise their designs

for the Grow Ōtautahi

garden festival next month.

Diamond Harbour

School and five others

will be taking part in the

Rātā Foundation School

Gardens exhibitions at the

three-day festival.

It comes after the event

was cancelled last year due

to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pupils have been sharing

unique stories of their

communities by creating

special gardens.

At Diamond Harbour,

the pupils have based their

garden on what they’ve

learned about penguins

and the importance of

protecting their habitat.

It will educate others on

how they can protect penguin

habitats, especially for

penguins that live in the

Lyttelton Harbour.

The Rātā Foundation

School Gardens celebrate

the best of the local environment,

with a view to

sustainability and education.

Festival director Sandi

FESTIVAL: Pupils have been sharing stories and

creating special gardens. PHOTO: NEWSLINE

MacRae said she was

impressed at the work and

detail in the school gardens.

“What I’m seeing in the

lead-up to the event is really

blowing me away. The

schools are not only creating

wonderful reflections

of their local communities,

they’re also weaving the

work into their learning

with a focus on community,

sustainability, creativity

and celebrating our environment,”

she said.

“The plants are growing well

and I can’t wait to see them

on-site in the Christchurch

Botanic Gardens.

“The commitment of the

teachers, children and local

communities involved is

inspirational, and I know

visitors to the festival will

be delighted with what

they have created.”

Rātā Foundation chief

executive Leighton Evans

said the festival provided

a unique opportunity to

celebrate the Garden City

while increasing environmental


It also supported educating

children about sustainable

growing practices.

“The Rātā Foundation

School Gardens provide a

pathway for building the

next generation of gardeners

and eco-warriors,”

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I also am disappointed the council gave

approval for the rocks’ removal. They

were a dramatic feature of our local history.

I run past them every few days and

had become quite fond of them.

– Ian Forne

As a member of a family that has a long

history in the area I feel at least the community

should have been consulted before

the rocks were removed.

What do these people think gives them

the right to remove what has become a

symbol of a time we will all remember in

different ways for what they feel suits


– Alan Truscott

Stinks, if they were of cultural significance

they would have been left. As for

the council . . . they quite often give the

impression that they are ignorant.

– James Quaid

Speed limit

I agree with the proposed plan of the

40km/h speed limit for sections of Banks

Peninsula. Speeding cars are a concern

in Corsair Bay, especially at the car park

turn off as it’s a tight bend. We hear them

throughout the night and wonder if they

will make it home.

Speed bumps would solve this happening

and I for one, would feel so much safer

walking my dog.

– L Swan

Lyttelton flags

I notice that the red and black are still

flying this week, despite these being the

Canterbury colours!

Lyttelton colours have always been (to

the best of my knowledge) gold and blue.

In 1994, banners of blue and gold were

introduced by Project Port Lyttelton (a

main street project of the time – the predecessor

for Project Lyttelton).

While I served on the Lyttelton/Mt

Herbert Community Board and Banks

Peninsula Council, various flags were

flown on Norwich Quay and London St,

the most memorable being those designed

to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lyttelton’s

main settlement in the year 2000.

Lyttelton was planned for the arrival

of the Canterbury settlers in 1850. It

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of local body governments.

If flags are to be flown, they should

relate to Lyttelton, to local history and our

recognition of our local Maori, who were

here before European settlement.

– Ann Jolliffe

Former Banks Peninsula District

Council member

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Quake victim may have to repay benefits

• By Anna Leask

A LYTTELTON woman badly

injured in the February 22,

2011, earthquake and wrongly

cut off from ACC payments is

owed more than $236,000 in

backdated compensation – but

more than half will be used to

refund another Government

department for benefits she was

forced to seek to survive.

Tattoo artist Bonnie Singh is

now appealing the “debt” and

feels ACC should repay it out

of its own coffers, saying if her

weekly compensation wasn’t

stopped she never would have

needed benefits.

Singh, with her teenage

daughter, was a receptionist at

the Southern Ink tattoo studio in

February 2011.

When the quake shook the

city, Singh was crushed by falling

concrete and knocked unconscious

but managed to drag

herself through a tiny hole in the

rubble to safety.

She broke eight vertebrae,

suffered a head injury and concussion

and was diagnosed with

post-traumatic stress disorder.

Unable to work after the quake

and with ongoing medical issues,

Singh was initially covered by

ACC payments.

In early 2013 she was advised

that she had been assessed as being

able to work 30 hours a week

or more in her pre-injury employment

– and that she was no longer

entitled to weekly compensation

and “all other supports”.

She protested at the time but

got nowhere. So, believing she

was no longer entitled to ACC

and still unable to work because

of ongoing pain, she applied

for other Government benefits

through Work and Income New

Zealand under the Ministry of

Social Development.

From 2013 to 2019 Singh, believing

she could not get support,

had no contact with ACC.

But last year, fed up with struggling

to make ends meet, she

asked advocate Fiona Radford to

look at her case.

She hoped to get funding for

pain management acupuncture

but Radford found she was entitled

to much more.

In November the NZ Herald

revealed that ACC agreed Singh

should not have been cut off,

saying its initial decision had

been replaced and she was

now deemed “incapacitated for

pre-injury employment” from

the week compensation was cut

in 2013 until now – seven years.

ACC then calculated a lumpsum

back payment for Singh.

Singh has given the Herald

permission to report that ACC

agreed to pay her $236,165

(before tax) in backdated weekly



Bonnie Singh has

received $236,000

in backdated ACC

but more than

half of that is

needed to refund

other Government

support she was

forced to seek.



However, $129,642 must be repaid

to WINZ for benefits Singh

received since 2013 – leaving her

with $106,523.

An additional “debt” of

just over $27,000 is also owed

to WINZ for other support

supplements she received.

Just days before the 10-year

anniversary of the devastating

quake Singh received her portion

of the money.

Although she appreciated the

cash as it would allow her to

work less and finally focus more

on her healing – she was disappointed

the WINZ repayments

were not being paid by ACC.

Radford was appealing ACC’s

decision around the payment

and also the WINZ “debt”.

ACC chief operating officer

Mike Tully said ACC looked into

covering the outstanding debt as

a payment “outside of scope”.

“We found there was no error

on our behalf and declined this

outside of scope payment.

“We do not believe we have

made an error nor did we cut

off her entitlements – we weren’t

paying weekly compensation

to Bonnie for around six years

because there was no contact

from her nor her GP during this


“We agreed that Bonnie hadn’t

recovered from her 2011 injuries

and have confirmed we will reinstate

and backdate her weekly


Tully said he was “satisfied

there is no error” and the MSD

had to be paid back under New

Zealand law.

“When we agree to backdate

weekly compensation, our legislation

requires us to repay the

Ministry of Social Development

for any benefit a client receives for

periods covered by the backdated

weekly compensation,” he said.

“This is to avoid people in

effect being paid twice.”

Tully said ACC was

“committed to working with

Bonnie” to make sure she had

the help and support she needed.

– NZ Herald

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Ghost stories: From a murdered girl

Reporter Samantha

Mythen compiles

scary stories from

the Lyttelton – Ain’t

No Place I’d Rather

Be! Facebook page

The Lyttelton hotel hosted

more than just tourists

“The old Lyttelton Hotel burnt

down with a boarder sleeping.

When the new one was built, the

ghost came with the building. It

used to walk in and out of the

dining room and into the lounge,

even during the day. It would go

into the bar lounge and the owners

of the hotel at the time had a small

poodle and it would run around

and bark at what we thought was

nothing. The bar lady (Gloria) at

the time said it was in the bar all

the time and she would talk to

it. My daughter felt its presence

one day in the dining room and

wouldn’t go back in it.”

Previous owners often heard

someone playing pool and when

they went to look, no one was

there. This always happened prior

to them opening business for the


Other residents speak of

a corner in Lyttelton that

is haunted by a young

girl who was horrifically

murdered, her body was

dumped in the bushes

along Ripon St

The 1875 newspapers called

it, “The most horrible murder

ever perpetrated in Canterbury.”

Isabella Thompson, 13, had

left her home in Dampier Bay

in the late afternoon to walk to

her school where she bought

tickets to an upcoming picnic

day in Riccarton. Afterwards, she

was spotted crying and walking

alongside an older man. She was

never seen alive again. Just after

6pm, two young boys noticed a

white handkerchief poking from

behind a fence on Rippon St. At

SPOOKY: Cressy House, built in the early 1900s, has seen many inhabitants pass through its rooms. But some may have

never left.

investigating further, they saw the

blood-stained face of the little girl.

Her dress had been torn and her

throat was cut. A man was caught

and the jury took just 12 minutes

to find him guilty of murdering

Isabella. He was hanged.

Helen Peterson used to live in

Dampier Bay in a house that was

built as a school called Fergusons

in 1859. She said it was occupied

by a presence, often hearing

footsteps going up and down the

stairs. She wonders if it was Miss


Cressy House

Locals believe Cressy House is

haunted by sinister beings. The

large house was originally built as

the caretaker’s home of the old orphanage

prior to 1906. It was then

renovated in 1933 and opened as

the Lyttelton Maternity Hospital. It

has been a rest home and is now a

boarding house

One local said

“People have hung themselves in

there and I’ve been told by people

who live there that they have

seen dark spirits in the hallways

at night. And there are multiple

writings on the walls saying RIP

this person and RIP that person.”

Monique Silva said

“We heard somethings stomping

up and down the hallway yelling

at each other, it was awful. People

would stay and think Glen and I

were arguing but it was just the

angry hallway ghosts. Also my

eldest daughter stood on a wiggly

tile in the bathroom, it flipped up

and there was a note under it that

said, “Sophie you will die in this

room” . . . Holly had for a long

time begged me to change her

name to Sophie. This gave us all


Lyttelton Museum

Bill Edminstin used to live

upstairs of the Lyttelton Museum,

working as the caretaker for many

years. It used to be the old seaman’s

mission, built in 1911. Bill

said he used to hear strange eerie

sounds and the security alarms

went off at all hours for no apparent


It was always spooky when

he had to pass the ground floor

displays as he headed up to his flat

at night.

The Loons building

Alex Wright works as a duty

manager at the Loons building

and believes it is haunted by a


“I had finished work and was

sitting at the end of the bar having

my staff drink, I looked up at the

monitor which has the CCTV and

I could see something moving in

the camera. It was a humanoid

shape but moved like smoke and

was translucent.

The temperature felt cold and I

could feel a chill run up my spine

and I felt a strange aura. It wasn’t

sinister but there was a feeling of

sadness, like the presence there

wanted to be left in peace.

I promptly skulled my wine and

left whatever the presence was in

peace. Other strange things have

occurred like doors randomly

opening and something triggering

the upstairs alarm when nobody

is up there. Someone apparently

hung themselves in the upstairs

bar/venue many years ago.”

stone cottage on St Davids St.

My husband was spending the

week working in the south, and

one Tuesday afternoon Jak was

sitting at the kitchen table drawing

while I went into the garden

to collect washing from the line.

As I came back into the house Jak

announced, “dad’s home”. I was

a little surprised and went to the

front of the house to see whether

his car was outside. There was no

sign of him, so I went back to the

kitchen and asked Jak, “what made

you think dad was home?” He

replied, “because I saw him!”

I looked around the house and

found nothing, eventually returning

to the kitchen and asking Jak where

“dad” had gone. Almost without

looking up, Jak said, “he went into

the bathroom”. The door to the bathroom

was next to the kitchen so I

very gingerly opened the bathroom

door. No sign of anyone.

I returned to Jak and asked him

what “dad” had been wearing.

Without hesitation he said, “green

trousers and a brown top”.

That could’ve been the end of

the story, but we later discovered

a previous inhabitant, Albert Fox,

had regularly worn the clothes

described when tending to his

garden. He also went daily from

the garden to the bathroom to

wash his hands. He had lived there

for around 50 years before passing

away in the house.

We ended up moving next door

and built a house on land that

had been Albert’s garden. Over

the years there were a few sightings

of a man digging or walking

in our garden and we would just

shrug and say, “it was probably

just Albie”.

Helen Shrewsbury lived

in the stone cottage on St

David’s St, and tells of a

lovely ghost story

“My son, Jak, was four-yearsold

when we moved into the old

Linda Horan lived next door

to the stone cottage, she


“Albie Fox was a lovely man. We

lived next door all our lives and

I would feel so at peace if I was

witness to Albie’s presence.”

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to the spine-chilling note ‘you will die’

London St, Lyttelton in the1900s.

Lyttelton is filled with

quirky historic buildings

over 100 years old that are

still lived in today – with

more than just the living it


Monique Silva said

“When we first moved into Ripon

St two years ago, our youngest

called out crying, her first night

in her room. She said there was a

witch in her room but that she was

nice. We settled her but she kept

sitting up pointing at the corner of

the room saying “daddy can you

see her? See the old lady in my

room.” It was so creepy!

We had a small ceremony the

next day and politely asked the

witch to leave us be and that we

would look after the house and

that our children needed sleep

without her there. We haven’t had

a problem since.”

Suzanne Ormandy said

“My daughter went to Lyttelton

Main and saw a woman from

another time sweeping the lower

school area, they looked at each

other. We lived up in a manor

house up on Cunningham Tce,

built in 1880, the first day we

moved in, I saw a lady move from

one side of the hallway to the next,

she was nice and gentle. There

was also another entity there

which was angry, aggressive and

freaked the bejesus out of us, we

had the house cleansed, however,

the darkness lurked around in the


Another local tells a sweet

tale of a dog connection

between worlds

“Some of my ancestors are buried

in the cemetery in Lyttleton.

We went for a walk there years

ago and had our dog with us. As

we were walking through, the

dog lay down and played dead on

someone’s grave. Turns out that

the grave she had laid on was a

fireman who had been buried with

his dog. She must have picked up

on it as that was the grave she went

straight for out of all of the graves

and she wouldn’t leave. She was

whimpering as well.”

51 Canterbury St has

some chilling tales told by

numerous inhabitants over

the years

One resident said

“I remember when my uncle had

51 Canterbury St. Apparently, a

presence who occupied the house

was an old sea captain. People that

were looking after the house one

time left after they were freaked

out by odd noises. Or was it their

over-inflated imagination.”

Another resident lived there

and her children felt a presence,

As adults today they still chat and

ponder about it.

Linda Horan’s brother had

the minister perform a

ceremony at the house.

She said: “We often felt a

presence in the house. It was not

scary rather it was just letting us

know it was there.”

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Event planned to farewell Godwits

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 Tanya Jenkins writes

about an event to commemorate the departure

of the godwits

FAREWELL TO the amazing

godwit birds who will soon be

leaving for Alaska.

In September each year as

many as 2000 godwits birds fly

non-stop from their breeding

grounds in Alaska to spend

summer here with us.

This journey is 12,000km and

takes eight days and nights.

But it is time to say farewell

as they will soon depart again

to return to Alaska for another

breeding season. Right now, they

are feeding as much and fast as

they possibly can to gain enough

weight to survive the long journey


The males will have to make

an extra effort to produce their

stunning golden brown “breeding

plumage” in time for the


This is a vital time for us to

ensure our dogs are always on

a lead when walking along the

estuary edge as not to disturb


Research has shown that every

time birds are disturbed it takes

approximately 40min of nervous

flying around before they feel

safe enough to settle and continue

to feed.

If this happens several times a

day they are at risk of not being

able to gain enough energy to

complete the 14,000km journey

back. Yes, it’s even longer than

when they return as they fly back

via the Yellow Sea for one stop to

top up on food before the last leg.

The Estuary Trust together

with the city council commemorates

this amazing annual feat

this year on Sunday. You are

warmly invited to join a gathering

at South Shore Spit Reserve

(end of Rockinghorse Rd).

From 5.30pm there will be

a free sausage sizzle and drink

stall, live music and free “paint

a godwit garden ornament ” for

children to take home.

The Estuary Trust will have an

information stall to answer any

questions you have on the godwit

and “everything estuary.”

At 6pm, councillor James

Daniels will provide a karakia

before our Mayor Lianne Dalziel

welcomes us.

City council park ranger

Andrew Crossland will provide

us with facts and figures of the

godwits before we are taken on

a guided walk to view the birds

up close.

Parking will be available or

take the No 60 Bus that leaves

every 30min from the Bus



Hundreds of

godwits travel

across the globe

each year to spend

their summer at

South Shore Spit.

They will soon

depart and return

to Alaska.



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We are supporting

Alongside assisting

Ngāi Tahu’s


important international Antarctic

development programmes, of an the iwi Christchurch skills hub

Antarctic Office aims to instil

that will







among our

for young residents Māori for into our gateway tertiary status.

Every October, to mark the

education and skilled jobs.

Among exhibitions other projects, and presentations we are

working giving with our education residents a chance partners to

learn more about our links to

and mana the whenua ice through to local increase Antarctic

aspiration organisations and participation and experts. of

In 2020, we launched a New

students Zealand-first in low-decile Antarctic schools audio in


trail, taking




on a 17-stop


tour of central Christchurch. This

will lead to careers in


Leveraging Christchurch’s Antarctic connection

• By David Kennedy

ŌTAUTAHI Christchurch has

always been a base camp for

exploration, and we channel

this through our Christchurch

Antarctic Office.

adventurers staged their journeys

from here, in search of kai, pounamu,

and undiscovered lands.

with Antarctica for more than

100 years. From historic missions

to cutting-edge scientific

missions, Ōtautahi Christchurch

is a well-forged gateway to the

immense white continent.

gateway cities in the world. More

than geographic convenience, our

welcoming nature, scientific expertise

and extreme climate business

experience, determine us a

viable partner for international

programmes and expeditions.

confirmed the Antarctic Gateway

Strategy in 2018, and the

Christchurch Antarctic Office is

charged with delivering it. The office

sits within ChristchurchNZ,

the city’s sustainable economic

development and city profile


PROFILE: Dave Kennedy heads the Christchurch Antarctic


To In partnership ensure work with Christ-

isn’t duplicated,

church’s vast Antarctic sector,

we maximise the benefits of our

gateway status for locals and

businesses, and ensure international

Antarctic programmes that

call Christchurch home are well

looked after.

We build off the historic connection

Christchurch has with

Antarctica. Fame and glory awaited

adventurers of the early 1900s,

chasing the tantalising challenge

to be the first to reach the South


Captain Robert Falcon Scott

chose Lyttelton over Melbourne

for his 1901 Discovery Expedition

and both he and Sir Ernest

Shackleton used our city for future

expeditions, with thousands

of locals turning out to farewell

these global superstars.

Scott and Shackleton both

knew the importance of science

in Antarctica, but never foresaw

that it would become the canary

in the coal mine for climate


Christchurch cemented its

Antarctic gateway status when

American polar aviator and

explorer Rear Admiral Richard

E. Byrd based several Antarctic

expeditions here from the

1920s to 1950s, including the

first Operation Deep Freeze that

established McMurdo Station

in 1957. Christchurch remains

the gateway for the United States

Antarctic Program.

Italy, South Korea, France, Germany,

China, and Russia all use

facilities here to supply and access

Antarctic Summer Science

Season, we run Days Of Ice,

a festival of public events,

Wednesday February 24 2021 Bay Harbour News

high-growth areas. We are

seeking to future-proof

Canterbury’s labour mark

- 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 entrepreu

ecosystem partnership to s

high-growth potential bus

and future job creation in

of regional strength and gl

growth opportunity. These

Supernodes are Aerospace

Future Transport; Food, F

and Agritech; Health Tech

Resilient Communities; an

High-Tech Services.

GATEWAY: Antarctica-bound aircraft on tarmac at

Christchurch Airport this month.

fun and interactive experience

can be found on the Listen Up

Ōtautahi app.

Also launched last year was

Christchurch’s newest and

coolest business network, the

Christchurch Antarctic Network,

rebuild. This project alone is expected

to create around 450 jobs. Christchurch’s Antarctic

with the goal of promoting

and extreme environment

business expertise to Antarctic

programmes around the world.

This network is open to any local

business with an Antarctic angle

to their offering.

Our business attraction te

working to attract addition

businesses and jobs to the

While we expect ongoing

economic disruption, ther

are many green shoots and

opportunities – one of wh

to develop a workforce tha

highly skilled and can sup

thriving and globally com

Antarctica has been woven into

future economy.

the social and economic fabric

of Christchurch since the days of

steam and sail and the city is set

to grow as one of the world’s great

Antarctic gateway cities.

Karen Haigh is a Talent

Specialist for Innovation

Dave and Business Kennedy is Growth the at

head of the Christchurch


Antarctic office at


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A tsunami evacuation zone is an area you may need to

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or if there is an official tsunami warning.

There are three tsunami evacuation zones – red, orange and yellow.

Red evacuation zone

This is an area that

is most likely to be

affected by tsunami.

This includes the

sea, estuaries,

rivers, beaches

and harbours.

Orange evacuation zone

This is an area that

is less likely to be

affected by tsunami.

This includes areas

on land that could

be flooded in a

large tsunami.

Yellow evacuation zone

This is an area that

is least likely to be

affected by tsunami.

This could be

flooded or isolated

in a very large


Check whether you are in a tsunami evacuation zone:




If you’re in the red or orange evacuation zones and feel a

rolling-motion earthquake for longer than a minute or a strong

earthquake that makes it hard to stand up, you need to leave.

When the shaking stops, head immediately to the nearest high

ground or as far inland as you can, out of the red and orange

tsunami evacuation zones.

If you’re in the yellow evacuation zone, you don’t need to leave

if you feel a long or strong earthquake.

Listen for an official warning from Civil Defence Emergency Management.

Find out how you can get tsunami prepared:



Have an evacuation plan and possible

route for your household:

Think about where you would go, and how you would get there.

Evacuating on foot or bike could make your evacuation faster.

Make a plan with family or friends who live outside the

tsunami evacuation zone to stay with them.

Think about what things you need to take with you during

an evacuation, and have grab bags ready for everyone in

your family, including pets.

Share any official warnings you hear with family and friends.

If there is an announcement to evacuate the zone you are in,

follow the instructions immediately.

Official warnings may come through an Emergency Mobile Alert

to your phone, on ccc.govt.nz, radio, television, or social media.

If you hear the tsunami warning sirens, check these sources for further information.


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