Nor'West News: February 25, 2021



Connecting Your Local Community


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the proposed


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Sharing the love

at St Margaret’s


Sunday 21

March 2021

Green-thumbed Peter’s

achievements grow

• By Bea Gooding

IT ISN’T cheap to maintain

an award-winning garden

each year, particularly in a

city teeming with fierce and

passionate competitors.

Northwood resident Peter

Lawrence is no stranger to

the Christchurch Beautifying

Association summer garden

competition and has worked

what felt like “25 hours a day”

maintaining his $10,000 garden.

Many hours and early mornings

have now paid off as he

has taken out 11 awards at the

annual competition this year.

Regarded as one of the city’s

best gardeners, it was not his

first win – he even has a trophy

named after him for the rest

home and retirement village

category and has claimed nearly

100 awards since he started

competing in 1974.

But taking home the premier

garden award this year, or the

Ruske Cup, was an achievement

he was most proud of.

Said Lawrence: “It’s overwhelming

really, there are some

lovely gardens out there. Hopefully,

it brings some pleasure to

other people by looking at it.

PROUD: Peter Lawrence has taken home more than 11 awards at the Christchurch Beautifying Association summer

garden competition.


“The premier is the ultimate

award really, so it felt good to

get [it].”

This year alone he planted

7500 plants, including marigolds,

petunias and begonias.

His backyard oasis also features

a glass-like water fountain,

sculptures and a perfectlytrimmed


Lots of bedding was involved,

he said. •Turn to page 4




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Pupils prepare gardens for festival


vegetables are sprouting at

schools across the city as they

finalise their designs for the

Grow Ōtautahi garden festival

next month.

The St Margaret’s College

junior school, Banks Avenue

School and four others will

be taking part in the Rātā

Foundation School Gardens

exhibitions at the three-day


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.

The Rātā Foundation School

Gardens celebrate the best of the

local environment, with a view

to sustainability and education.

Festival director Sandi MacRae

said she was impressed at the

work and detail in the school


“What I’m seeing in the leadup

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.

SPROUTING: Pupils across the city, including at the St Margaret’s College junior school, have

been preparing to show off their unique gardens at the Grow Ōtautahi festival next month.


“The plants are growing well

and I can’t wait to see them onsite

in the Christchurch Botanic


“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


“The Rātā Foundation School

Gardens provide a pathway for

building the next generation of

gardeners and eco-warriors,”

said Evans.

The Grow Ōtautahi Christchurch

Garden Festival Trust is

closely monitoring the national

Covid-19 situation, following

all advice from the Government

and will respond “swiftly” to any

changing circumstances.

Said MacRae: “We are all

focused on the task at hand and

gearing-up to welcome people to

the first-ever Grow Ōtautahi. This

has always included a sharp focus

on public safety and we’ll have

appropriate hygiene and healthrelated

processes in place.”

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Bringing about happiness fuels passion further

• From page 1

“Majority of it is planting the

garden out – that’s the hardest

work. Now it’s just managing it,

keeping the water up and mowing

the lawns,” said Lawrence.

The recent water restrictions

imposed by the city council during

summer, which were lifted earlier

this month, proved a challenge

when it came to maintaining water


Like all residents, he was restricted

to using hoses and sprinklers on

alternate days and could not use

water between certain hours. In

spite of this, his garden came out of

the season unscathed.

Said Lawrence: “I managed to

work around that – I had to get up

earlier in the morning and put the

hoses on, it was a bit inconvenient

but never mind.”

Bringing about happiness in

the community with his unique

designs fuelled the passion further,

but it was not the only reason why

he delved into the world of horticulture

to begin with.

“My grandfather was a very good

gardener,” said Lawrence.

“I couldn’t play competitive sport,

so I took my frustrations out on the


Lawrence said the nature of his

previous work also played a part

in the growth of his talent as the

former funeral director of Academy

Funeral Services.

Although he was semi-retired, he

was still a contractor at the home.

In spite of being a veteran competition

winner, Lawrence has never

been met with tension or hostility

by other keen horticulturists who

strived to live up to the Garden City

image as much as he did.

As well as hard work, the key to

success, he said, was putting your

own stamp on your garden.

“My style of gardening may not

be like other people. One of the

gardens was full of succulents, it

was beautiful,” he said.

“Carry on with your passion,

you never know what’s around the


• Summer garden competition

results, p10-11


closer look at the


garden, costing

about $10,000.



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Thursday February 25 2021 5

Russley village garden reaps the rewards

• By Bea Gooding

HARD WORK, dried blood, and

“lots and lots of water.”

According to The Russley

Village head gardener Shearon

Holmes, that’s what it takes to

run a garden worthy of awards

at the Christchurch Beautifying

Association summer garden


This year the village won

a number of awards in the

commercial and residential

categories, including the A A

Lawrence Challenge Memorial

and the Peter Lawrence

Challenge trophies.

The village has Holmes and

gardener Amanda

Riordan to thank for

its success in planning,

planting, pruning and

watering thousands

of plants on the 8ha


Said Holmes: “We are

once again so proud to

win the premier cup, all

our hard work has paid

off as we take such pride

in the beautiful Russley


“We’re very proud the

residents take such pride

in their own gardens as


Holmes has been the principal

gardener at the retirement village

for more than four years and

takes pride in managing the


PRIDE: Resident

Ruvae Britten, 90,

still loves to potter

about her garden,

which won the

McMaster Cup for

a non-conventional

garden of modern


A passion for gardening

at home eventually

turned into a paid, fulltime


“The whole village is looking

beautiful at the moment. You

walk down a pathway with



Amanda Riordan

(front) and

Shearon Holmes

are proud of their


garden at The

Russley Village.



cherry trees to the bowling green

where the impatiens are all glowing;

the rhododendrons [are] so

pretty,” she said.

“I love the front entrance at

the moment on Roydvale Ave,

it’s quite eye-catching with impatiens,

begonias, nice cut hedges

and beautiful white roses.”

Across the whole village, there

were about 850 roses alone.

Spending up on plants and

material added up – more than

$2500 was spent on bedding

plants during spring and summer,

and plants like rhododendrons,

azaleas and camellias

were about $30 to $40 each.

But it was all worth it in the


“It’s very satisfying at the end

of the day to turn around and see

what you’ve done,” said Holmes.

The gardeners faced challenges

beyond their control last year

due to Covid-19 as well as battling

the summer elements.

“Last year during Covid we

had lots of trouble getting plants.

The weather has been really

funny because the plants weren’t

doing that good before Christmas,”

she said.

“We asked a few nurseries and

they said it was because we didn’t

have enough sun, it was cloudy

all the time; then we had those

horrible winds. That was a challenge

for us as it whips and dries

the garden out.”

Holmes has always been a keen

gardener; considering it to be her

only hobby. It started out with

seedlings and cuttings before it

became a passion.

“It’s good therapy, it’s good to

get your hands in and feel the

soil, to be out in the fresh air and

buy plants to make the garden

look beautiful.”

• Christchurch Beautifying

Association summer garden

competition results, p22-23

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Readers respond to the

proposed Wheels to

Wings cycleway

In contrast to most of the

commenters on the issue

of the proposed cycleway, I

am very much in favour of a

new cycleway and also, more

importantly, of the other

proposed changes, ie the traffic

lights at the Greers Rd corner,

the pedestrian crossings at the

Bishopdale roundabout and the

reduction from four lanes to two


All of these changes will make

Harewood Rd a whole lot safer

along its full length for everyone,

including myself. I am a cyclist,

pedestrian, bus user and car

driver who makes frequent

use of Harewood Rd. – Alan


These changes are ridiculous,

everyone enjoys the atmosphere

at Copenhagen Bakery and

the parking is essential for


Also when we see cycleways

being given priority over car

lanes, hardly any cyclists are seen

on these new lanes.

We have lived in the area for

over 20 years and Harewood Rd

is very busy and to turn from

either Breens Rd or Gardiners

Rd left or right without two lanes

will prove near impossible.

I would like to object to these

changes. – Lorraine Rayner

I oppose the Wheels to Wings

cycleway in its proposed format.

Instead, I would suggest the

cycleway be put in the middle

of Harewood Rd from where

the two cycleways meet at

approximately Matsons Ave

going west. The cycleway should

be in the middle of the road

up through the middle of the

Bishopdale roundabout and

continue in the centre of the

road up to where it was to go

to the left side of Harewood Rd

west of Croftons Rd. It would

be a shared pedestrian/cycleway

to Whitechurch Pl where it

goes under Johns Rd. The

present islands in the centre of

Harewood Rd from Greers Rd to

Breens/Gardeners are just over

4m wide – enough for a double



such as The


Bakery object

to the Wheels

to Wings


proposal as it

will lose car



Traffic lights should be

installed at Breens/Gardeners/

Harewood Rds and the

Bishopdale roundabout.

All roads leading onto

Harewood Rd except Breens/

Gardiners, Highstead/

Farrington and Greers Rds

intersections should be left turn

only, in or out.

Controlled crossings for

pedestrians should be placed

on Matsons Ave where the

cycleway goes to the centre

of Harewood, another at

approximately Wilmot St at

both ends of the Bishopdale

roundabout, another between

Leacroft and Cotswold Ave and

the place where the cycleway

goes to the south side of

Harewood Rd past Croftons


The cycleway should be fenced

on both sides. This would

stop any traffic or pedestrians

crossing the cycleway except at

controlled points.

This plan would leave most if

not all the parking on Harewood

Rd and leave the two lanes as is

now. – Brian Breen.

Online store next step for

specialist footwear shop

Just over a year since the doors first opened, The

Shoe Room in Upper Riccarton is about to launch

a new service for customers – an online store.

Owned by podiatrist Charlotte Russell, who

also owns and operates the podiatry clinic Feet

First, The Shoe Room was part of the clinic

before increasing demand for fashionable,

functional footwear prompted her to open the

specialist shop in December 2019.

“The online store is the next ‘big thing’ for

us, and it means that a much wider customer

base will have access to our extensive range,”

Charlotte says.

Customers logging on to the online store will

find photographs of the shoes taken from every

angle as well as information on the designs and

materials used to make them. A size guide on

the website shows how to measure feet, which

Charlotte encourages people to use so they can

be sure of ordering the right size.

The Shoe Room stocks a number of leading

international footwear brands, and the range has

recently been extended with the addition of the

popular Ziera brand. Also, in addition to Propét,

the store now stocks the Dr Comfort range of

medical footwear.

While The Shoe Room’s main focus is on

women’s footwear, the men’s range is also being

expanded, Charlotte says.

Business has grown steadily over the last 12

months, both through word of mouth and with

customers returning to purchase second and

third pairs of shoes, which Charlotte says is

largely due to the service her staff provides.

“That’s our point of difference. Shop manager

Maxine and shop assistant Carol are very friendly

and welcoming and are able to build a rapport

with customers by providing that all-important

personal service and making sure customers get

shoes that fit correctly, are comfortable and look

nice on their feet.”

The Shoe Room’s online store will go live in

February, a fitting complement to the physical

store, which is located at Unit 3, 355 Riccarton

Road, opposite the Lone Star.

Opening hours are Monday 10am-5.30pm,

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 9.30am-5.30pm,

Thursday 9.30am-5.30pm with late night

Tuesday by appointment only, Saturday 10am-

4pm. However, the online store will be open 24/7.

The Shoe Room looks forward to meeting all of

your footwear requirements.

Carol, left, and Maxine provide the all-important

personal service for The Shoe Room customers

The Shoe Room is located at Unit 3, 355 Riccarton Road, opposite the Lone Star.

Opening hours are Monday 10am-5.30pm, Tuesday to Friday 9.30am-5.30pm,

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Thursday February 25 2021 7

Graeme Campbell

Shari Hoskins

Former players join tennis

club management team

TWO FORMER junior players at

Waimairi Tennis Club have won places

on the 2021 management team– Graeme

Campbell in the newly created role of club

manager, and Shari Hoskins as junior


Said club president Lloyd Russell: “It

is fantastic to have two people of their

calibre joining our team.

“And it’s great that they both began

their tennis with us as juniors many years

ago. The club is going from strength

to strength and Graeme and Shari are

going to bring us to a whole new level of


Campbell is responsible for membership,

marketing, sponsorship, grants,

facility hire, coach contracts, tournaments

and daily and monthly accounting duties.

“He comes to us with an impressive resume

in sports management and development,

has a Bachelor of Sports Education

from Otago University, spent eight years

as head of sports at St Bede’s College and

then 10 years as sports co-ordinator at

Lincoln College,” said Russell.

Hoskins’ responsibilities will encompass

junior membership, junior teams and

tournaments. In her professional life she

practiced in veterinary science, and managed

a large veterinary practice in Dubai.

She and her family are now members at

Waimairi after returning from 17 years

abroad. Hoskins has two children in junior

competition teams and is experienced

as a parent team manager and supervisor.

Both will work alongside head coach

Stu Chalmers.

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Noel and Dorothy have found a slice of

paradise at Ngaio Marsh Retirement Village.

Their townhouse is tucked down a little

garden bordered laneway and it’s only a

few steps away from the village centre and

other amenities

The couple moved into their home in June

and called on their family and friends to help

move their chosen possessions into the twobedroom

townhouse that has a real feeling

of privacy.

They married 22 years ago, in second

marriages, having met through the Chapel

Street Centre Methodist Church. However,

they were both originally from the West

Coast, Noel from Hokitika and Dorothy

from Westport.

Noel had also coincidentally known

Dorothy’s family while living on the

West Coast including her brother and sisters.

But individually they moved to Canterbury

in the late 50s/early 60s.

The couple both have three children

from their previous marriages. While on

the coast Dorothy started a career as a

kindergarten teacher.

Noel too was a teacher, but at primary

school level within Canterbury, and one of

his higher positions was principal of Russley

School. They both loved their teaching

careers, enjoyed international travel together

and also share a passion for the

Methodist Church.

While they attended Chapel St together,

they also happened to live in the same

street, Sapphire Street, in Casebrook/

Bishopdale. After they married Dorothy

moved into Noel’s house where they enjoyed

life including their regular pursuits, which

included gardening.

While Ngaio Marsh has its own team of

talented gardeners, Noel admits he still likes

to keep his hand in, with the gardens close to

their townhouse.

While they moved in the middle of 2020 -

well after the start of COVID-19 - they say

the pandemic had nothing to do with their

search for a new home. It was just the right

time to think about the future. “We’d reached

the time when it was right, and it was while

we were able to do it ourselves,” Noel says.

Following a search, they agreed that Ngaio

Marsh was the perfect option, and they now

love the fact they can stay in contact with

the circle of friends that live outside the

village gates, as well as the new friends they

have made inside.

Noel still drives to Morrison Ave Bowling

Club, where he is Club Patron and has been

a member since before he retired at the age

Tuesday 2 March, 2pm

of 60. He also likes to play at the Ngaio Marsh

green, with other residents, on Tuesday and

Saturday afternoons.

Dorothy says she too has favourite activities

within the village, including the regular

Triple A exercise classes and being able to

get together with other residents for events

such as market days and family fun days.

Ngaio Marsh amenities include the allweather

bowling green, an indoor heated

swimming pool, spa, atrium, library, gym, hair

salon, bar, shop and croquet lawn. It is close

to Northlands Mall and the Papanui shops.

Sales Advisor Danielle Numan says the

village always welcomes enquiries for those

wanting to look at townhouses or serviced

apartments. Residents love the open layout

of the village, which has a lovely stream and

bridge to highlight the prize-winning gardens.

Noel and Dorothy say they love the “very

attractive” gardens and the community of

people but add they are still independent

and out and about.

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RESIDENTS AND businesses

across the city battled it out for

an award at the Christchurch

Beautifying Association Summer

Garden Competition. Here are

the 2021 recipients:

Ruske Cup – Premier Garden

Peter Lawrence. 20 Saracen

Ave, Northwood.

Taylor Cup – Novice

First: Ricky Chapman. 2 Muir

Ave, Halswell.

Second: John and Mary

Churchill. 40 Valiant St, Wigram.

Third: Des Bartlett. 214 Hendersons

Rd, Hoon Hay.

Certificate of Merit:

Jeff and Brigette Clark. 30

Highwood Lane, Burnside.

Shirley Van Grinsven and Fred

Killick. 72 Ottawa Rd, Wainoni.

Joanne Guilbert. 28 Forbes St,


Julie Steffens. 10 Hussar Pl,

Hoon Hay.

Murray Holmwood. 2 Donovan

Pl, Aidanfield.

Sladen Cup (gardens over 18m


First: Peter Lawrence. 20 Saracen

Ave, Northwood.

Second: Ray and June Stanbury.

48 Woodhurst Drive,


Third: Brian and Janet

Lovelock. 32 Applefield Court,


Howman Cup (flats & townhouses)

First: Peter Gooding. Villa 14,

73 Roydvale Ave, Burnside.

Herbert Cup (gardens up to

18m frontage)

First: Ron and Glyn

Andrew. 23 Molesworth Pl,


Second: Croydon Thomas. 3

Larnach St, Waimairi Beach.

Third: Allan and Margret

Shears. 49 Richmond Ave, Halswell.

Certificate of Merit:

Anne E Smith. 11 Kereru Lane,

Mona Vale.

Lindsay Corner. 13 Marshwood

Pl, Sockburn.

Dobson Cup (garden that

most uplifts their surroundings)

First: Graham and Kathy

Mollison. 10 Sharnbrook Lane,


Second: Ross and Judy Honey.

79 Wales St, Halswell.

Third: Kenneth and Kathryn

Morrison. 57 Tankerville Rd,

Hoon Hay.

Certificate of Merit:

Wendy Moreton. 3 Cornet Lane,


Croydon Thomas. 3 Larnach

St, Waimairi Beach.

Nick and Shona Harrison.

267 Cannon Hill Crescent, Mt


J & F Strachan. 4 Ansonby St,


Lynne Himiona. 43 Leicester

Crescent, Hoon Hay.

Betty Hart Memorial Trophy

(secret garden)

First: Peter Lawrence. 20 Saracen

Ave, Northwood.

Second: Jacquie and Dave

Ching. 39 Applefield Court,


Third: Brian and Janet

Lovelock. 32 Applefield Court,


Certificate of Merit:

Gavin, Margaret and Michael

Case. 340 Cranford St, St Albans

Environs & Environs Inspirons & Inspirons Environs & Inspirons

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Russley Village

garden won

several awards

in the summer



Peter and Jane Reed. 58 Coolspring

Way, Redwood.

Croydon Thomas. 3 Larnach

St, Waimairi Beach.

Christopher Arnesen. 460

Marine Parade, South New


Sally McGillivray. 30 County

Palms Drive, Halswell.

Vaughan Snowdon. 18 Quarters

Pl, Halswell.

Jeff and Brigette Clark. 30

Highwood Lane, Burnside.

Judith and Keith McFarlane.

Villa 41, 73 Roydvale Ave, Burnside.

Carolyn and Brian Couch.

Villa 34, 73 Roydvale Ave, Burnside.

Patricia Marshall. 38 Ford Rd,


Norma Edwards. 15B Broadbent

St, Riccarton.

Ron and Glyn Andrew. 23

Molesworth Place, Somerfield.

Allan and Margret Shears. 49

Richmond Ave Halswell.

Hack Cup (gardens in streets

served by public conveyance)

First: Allan and Margret

Shears. 49 Richmond Ave, Halswell.

Second: Peter Gooding.

Villa 14, 73 Roydvale Ave, Burnside.

Fitzroy Cup (area with underground


First: Peter Lawrence. 20 Saracen

Ave, Northwood.

Second: Ray amd June Stanbury.

48 Woodhurst Drive, Casebrook.

CBA Trophy (continuing


First: Carol and Alan Alfeld. 1

Viceroy Pl, Halswell.

Second: Tom and Ann Reed.

42 Bickerton St, Wainoni.

Third: Ann Tindall. Villa 15,

73 Roydvale Ave, Burnside.

Certificate of Merit:

Ursula Schmidtke. 25 Molesworth

Pl, Somerfield.

McMaster Cup (nonconventional

garden of modern


First: Ruvae Britten. Villa 8, 73

Roydvale Ave, Burnside.

Special Certificate of Merit:

Nina Messervy. 11a Austin Kirk

Lane, Huntsbury.

Elliott Sinclair & Partners

Trophy (villas & apartments)

First: Judith and Keith McFarlane.

Villa 41, 73 Roydvale Ave,


Second: Carolyn and Brian

Couch. Villa 34, 73 Roydvale

Ave, Burnside.


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Environs & Inspirons

27 February - 23 March 2021

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Group exhibition at Little River Gallery - 27 February to 23 March


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“My painting process usually

begins with a single object.

Following several preparatory

sketches. I then start the

process of adding other images,

as well as fabricated bits and

pieces. Using a combination of

fabricated tromp l’oeil paper

objects and the underlying

painted surface, I hope to

create work that is both

completely familiar and yet

new again. Like life itself, each

work resonates with both the Black on Black - John Emery

story and history associated with some objects, and the

imagined potential of others. As an American down under

for more than 37 years, I realise I have become addicted

to the Southern Latitudes and the continuously changing

landscape of New Zealand. The bounteous flora, fauna,

landscape and weather provide a rich smorgasbord of

images, never static.”

Martin Cole

Martin Cole’s interest and

pleasure of the natural

world direct his themes and

his environmental concerns

led him to work with found

materials. His artworks,

referred to as assemblages,

Huia - Martin Cole

depicted. Cole’s insects, birds and frogs come to life formed

from objects of a previous life, a doorknob, coin or cutlery.

Varying metals are skilfully welded together creating

interesting patinas and textures.

He studied Fine Arts at East Sydney

Technical College in 1989 and has been

working with metal for around 8 years

and lives in Lyttelton.

Mark Dimock

Mark’s 3D pieces are made from found

materials. Old fence posts, provide the

timber for his bird bodies and rusted

steel form the wings and details. Pieces

of abandoned farm equipment have

sculptural qualities that are well used to

support the birds and form conceptual

contrast and physical support for

the sculptures. Mark has great skill

mimicking the natural stance and

movement of birds on the wing and as

they alight.

Mark Dimock has been living and

working in Eketahuna since 1980

where he has established a large studio

workshop and gallery.

He has exhibited widely in

New Zealand and held more than

40 solo exhibitions and many

group shows.

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Third: Bruce and Shirley Wallace.

Villa 6, 73 Roydvale Ave,


Certificate of Merit:

Annette Furkert. Townhouse

28, 95 Grants Rd, Papanui.

Mary Mills. Townhouse 61, 95

Grants Rd, Papanui.

Rosemary Harper. Townhouse

88, 95 Grants Rd, Papanui.

Joan Batten. Townhouse 53, 95

Grants Rd, Papanui.

Alex Wilson. Flat 5, 19 Aberfoyle

Pl, Parklands.

Margaret and Sefton Jones.

Villa 6, 35 Whiteleigh Avenue,


Sue Cassidy. Villa 113, 135

Awatea Rd, Halswell.

Russell and Lois Eagle. Villa

90, 121 Skyhawk Rd, Wigram.

Peter and Toni Smith. Villa 95,

121 Skyhawk Rd, Wigram.

Kay and Lex Asham. Villa 97,

121 Skyhawk Rd, Wigram.

Patricia and John Rickerby. Villa

52, 121 Skyhawk Rd, Wigram.

Mary and John Corbett. Villa

43, 95 Corsair Drive, Wigram.

Gwen McLean. Villa 48, 95

Corsair Drive, Wigram.

Janice Havill. Villa 44, 95 Corsair

Drive, Wigram.

Elizabeth and Denis Peacock.

Villa 109, 135 Awatea Rd, Wigram.

Special Certificate of Merit:

Adrienne Todd. Villa 124, 135

Awatea Rd, Wigram.


A A Lawrence Memorial Trophy

(premier award)

Russley Village. 73 Roydvale

Ave, Burnside.

Watling Cup (over 82.5m


First: John Rhind Funeral Directors.

19 London St, Richmond.

Second: Academy Funeral Services.

65 Main South Rd, Upper


Wallace Dalley Challenge

Trophy (up to 82.5m frontage)

First: Dux Dine. 28 Riccarton

Rd, Riccarton.

Second: Department of

Conservation. 31 Nga Mahi Rd,


Third: Akaroa Salmon NZ. 89

Treffers Rd, Wigram.

Certificate of Merit:

Vicki’s Hair Studio. 205 Avonhead

Rd, Avonhead.

Jefferies Trophy (hotels and


First: Roma On Riccarton. 38

Riccarton Rd, Riccarton.

Second: Woolston Club. 43

Hargood St, Woolston.

Peter Lawrence Challenge

Trophy (rest home and retirement


First: Russley Village. 73 Roydvale

Ave, Burnside

Second: Park Lane. 35

Whiteleigh Ave, Addington.

Third: Anthony Wilding

Retirement Village. 5 Corbett

Crescent, Aidanfield

Certificate of Merit:

Diana Isaac Retirement Village.

1 Lady Isaac Way, Mairehau.

Ngaio Marsh Retirement Village.

95 Grants Rd, Papanui.

Merivale Retirement Village.

27 Somme St, St Albans.












Addington Gardens. 207 Lincoln

Rd, Addington.

Summerset at Wigram. 135

Awatea Rd, Wigram.

Streamside Court. St Johns St,


Riccarton Workingmen’s

Club Trophy (sports complex)

First: Riccarton Park Racecourse,

165 Racecourse Rd,


Second: Cashmere Bowling

Club. 12 Crichton Tce, Cashmere.

Third: Riccarton Racecourse

Bowling Club. 171 Racecourse

Rd, Sockburn.

Certificate of Merit:

Redcliffs Mt Pleasant Bowling

Club. 9 James St, Redcliffs.

CBA Plaque (continuing


First: Lady Wigram Retirement

Village. 210 Kittyhawk Ave,


Second: Avon City Motel. 402

Main North Rd, Redwood.

Third: Styx Mill Country Club.

160 Hussey Rd, Northwood.

Specials – commercial

Galey Trophy for Colour


Avon City Motel. 402 Main

North Rd, Redwood.

Academy Funeral Services

Cup (most meritorious feature)

Lady Wigram Retirement

Village. 210 Kittyhawk Ave,


Specials – residential

Gower Trophy (most meritorious


Peter Lawrence. 20 Saracen

Ave, Northwood.

Florinid Trophy (best lawn)

Peter Lawrence. 20 Saracen

Ave, Northwood.

Redwood Trophy (best display

of flowers and colour impact)

Peter Lawrence. 20 Saracen

Ave, Northwood.

Ron Proctor Memorial Cup

(best trees and shrubs)

Peter Lawrence. 20 Saracen

Ave, Northwood.

Walsh Trophy (cultivation)

Peter Lawrence. 20 Saracen

Ave, Northwood.

Lynnette Briggs Memorial

Trophy (best perennial display)

Peter Lawrence. 20 Saracen

Ave, Northwood.

Charlotte Harris Trophy (best

residential driveway display)

Peter Lawrence. 20 Saracen

Ave, Northwood.

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Classmates celebrate 80 years of friendship

• By Bea Gooding


have passed since the Opawa

School class of 1949 said their

final goodbyes to the place that

brought about many years of joy.

It might have been goodbye to

school, but not so much to each

other. Now in their 80s, a handful

of former pupils still meet for

an annual potluck lunch, but this

year’s reunion was a special one.

Thirteen gathered at the

McLeans Island Camping

Ground pavilion this month to

celebrate primer 1s 80th year of

friendship since 1941.

Former pupil Eleanor

Gillespie, of St Albans, usually

organises the reunions and

believed a former teacher, who

taught their class for four years,

was responsible for their long


“We put that down to a teacher

we had from standard 1 to 4, he

held that class together like a

family. He wasn’t married and

didn’t have a family of his own,”

she said.

“He was a good teacher. He

spent a lot of time with us, he

used to take us to Lyttelton on

the train, we did monthly walks

over the Bridal path and he used

to take the boys out for weekends

to a bach in Waikuku.

“They were like his sons.”

The class comprised of about 50

Back row: Murray Walker, 87, of Akaroa, Ross Wynn, 86, of Broomfield, Barry Tewnion, 85,

of Yaldhurst, Barry Hayes, 84, of Casebrook and Brian Brenner, 84, of Akaroa. Middle row:

Mary Johns (nee Parnell), 84, of Middlepark, Joyce Walker (nee Evans), 85, of Akaroa, David

Close, 84, of South New Brighton and Rosemary Harper (nee Lane), 84, of Papanui. Front

row: Jeannette Searle (nee Wise), 84, of Rangiora, Eleanor Gillespie (nee Bamford), 84, of St

Albans and Valerie Percy (nee Shipp), 84, of Shirley. ​

students who all walked or biked

to school, even in the snow. The

days were split in half, from 9am

to noon, then 1pm to 3pm.

Every week the pupils took a

tram to Sydenham School where

the boys took woodwork classes

and the girls learned how to cook.

“My favourite days were sports

days, I loved basketball and I was

a good swimmer,” said Gillespie.

World War 2 was well involved

by the time Gillespie started

school, but as a child, life did not

feel that way.

No one came to school without

lunch, but having suitable clothing

was another story.

Said Gillespie: “I think we all

went through hardships, there

were a lot of families that had

hardships with clothes. I remember

the blackouts at school, we

had to have our curtains across

the windows during the war.

“But when you’re in that situation

you don’t realise they’re


Gillespie later attended Avonside

Girls’ High School along

with two other classmates from


Many of the boys went on to

own their own businesses, became

teachers and missionaries,

and two were Rhode scholars at

Christchurch Boy’s High School.

Former pupil Barry Dineen

notably became the New Zealand

managing director for Shell

until 1995 and David Close edited

a book chronicling stories of

“The Class of 1941” and the lives

that followed.

But young women at the time

did not have much choice in the

career department. Gillespie did

not know of any girls who went

to university.

They were given two options

– working in an office or life at


Gillespie decided to take

shorthand typing lessons and

eventually worked as a typist for

advertising agencies.

“You didn’t get a choice like

this day and age.”

Since leaving school the class

stayed in touch, more so in the

past two decades. Opawa School

had its 100th anniversary in

1997, where it was decided that

the class would do their own

reunions from then on.

“Each time I think that I can’t

do this anymore, I’ve suddenly

got the energy [to organise it],”

Gillespie said.

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Creative storage ideas to help declutter your life

Do you feel tired of spending hours

trying to find your clothes, shoes or

other daily essentials in your home?

Sometimes you may feel as though you

are drowning in material possessions

yet cannot bring yourself to throw any

of them away. Get inspired, with these

creative and practical ways to simplify

your life and give your home the

essence of more space.

In your entryway

A neat and tidy entranceway is

beneficial, as it is the first thing that

visitors will see when they enter your

home. Also, it is where you scramble

to grab your shoes, hats and any other

accessories as you rush out the door.

If there are multiple people living in

your home, one great way to organise

all of your belongings at the front door

is to convert an old bookshelf/storage

unit into DIY lockers featuring hooks

for hats and coats and shelves at the

bottom for shoes and sports gear. You

can even label these ‘lockers’ with each

person’s name. If you want to create

clean lines and eliminate possible

odours in your entryway, you could

consider putting doors on your lockers

to hide untidy clothes and shoes from


To store your keys and other smaller

items that you require on a daily basis

in your entryway without having to

have a side table, use key hooks as

well as hanging storage boxes to avoid

taking up floor space.

In your bedroom

To save space in your bedroom

consider investing in a bed with built-in

storage units both underneath the bed

and in the bedhead. This helps to store

clothes, books, shoes, spare linen and

accessories in your bed eliminating the

need for shelving or a dresser.

If you are particularly short on space

and wish to use your bedroom for

other purposes during the day, such as

a space to do yoga or study, you could

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into a cupboard situated in the wall.

Alternatively, if you already have a bed

that stands on four legs you could raise

your bed to create more storage space


To store shoes in your bedroom, place

hooks on either the back of your door

or cupboard door and hang shoes

in pairs for easy access. To prevent

the build-up of dirty clothes on your

bedroom floor, try hanging your

clothing basket from the inside of your

cupboard door or build it into your

cupboard so that it can be tucked away


The most important rule to make the

most of the space in your bedroom is to

maximise your use of wall space. Place

hooks all around your bedroom to

hang hats and jewellery and consider

mounting invisible bookshelves, as

well as pegboards to pin up any loose

paper, small jewellery or photographs.

Hanging keys or other important items

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Licensee Agent &

Business Owner

027 664 9292

Stuart Morris

Licensee Agent

& Auctioneer

027 422 6395

Tracy Thomson

Licensee Salesperson

027 440 3035

Estelle Schuurman

Property Manager

Claire Morris

Licensee Agent &

Business Owner

027 662 4822

Katrina Green

Operations Manager

Property Management

027 606 0030

Olivia Hendry

Executive Assistant

Richie Eggelton

Property Assistant

Joy Coughlan

Mortgage Broker

027 223 3572

69A Waimairi Road, Upper Riccarton

Vanessa Golightly

72 Merrin Street, Avonhead

Vanessa Golightly

Level 1, 7 Winston Avenue, Papanui

Phone (03) 352 0567 | | /RayWhitePapanui Morris & Co Limited | Licenced REAA 2008

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