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THURSDAY, MARCH <strong>25</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Connecting Your Local Community<br />

starnews.co.nz<br />

Huge feedback<br />

on cycleway<br />

proposal<br />

Helping to<br />

make rivers<br />

drinkable<br />

Talk to over 10,000 visitors in 3 days<br />

Page 3 Page 9<br />

Contact Lisa on 021 800 809<br />

Gardening competition’s youngest ever judge<br />

WHIZZ KID: Sea-am Thompson, 14, is a top flight gardener, a garden competition judge and budding musician.<br />

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN ​<br />

• By Bea Gooding<br />

AT JUST 14-years-old,<br />

Sea-am Thompson is the<br />

youngest ever Christchurch<br />

Beautifying Association<br />

summer garden competition<br />

judge.<br />

Joining a panel of judges<br />

who are decades in age older,<br />

he was asked to lend his vast<br />

horticultural expertise to judge<br />

contenders of the Betty Hart<br />

Memorial and Peter Lawrence<br />

Challenge trophies.<br />

• Turn to page 6<br />

Williams<br />

voted in as<br />

community<br />

board<br />

chairwoman<br />

• By Bea Gooding<br />

THE FENDALTON-Waimairi-<br />

Harewood Community Board<br />

has unanimously voted to elect<br />

deputy chairwoman Bridget<br />

Williams as its new leader,<br />

taking over the reins from David<br />

Cartwright.<br />

Cartwright resigned after more<br />

than a year as chairman earlier<br />

this month to make way for newer<br />

members to take the helm as part<br />

of the board’s succession planning.<br />

Williams was the only<br />

member to be nominated for the<br />

role.<br />

She said her former deputy role<br />

under the guidance of Cartwright<br />

helped her prepare for the task to<br />

come.<br />

She was “excited” to continue<br />

working with him now that the<br />

tables have turned, with Cartwright<br />

becoming the board’s<br />

deputy.<br />

“I’m very excited for the new<br />

role and I’m thrilled to have the<br />

unanimous support of the board.<br />

It’s a privilege to represent them<br />

and the community,” Williams<br />

said.<br />

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2 Thursday <strong>March</strong> <strong>25</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

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A justice of the peace will be<br />

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and hear oaths.<br />

GenConnect<br />

Tuesday, 12.15-12.45pm<br />

Papanui Library<br />

If you have questions about<br />

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Tuesday, 3.30-4.30pm<br />

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A relaxed, non-threatening event<br />

designed to encourage children to<br />

practise reading skills and develop<br />

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Scottish Country Dancing<br />

Tuesday, 7.45-9.45pm<br />

Heaton Intermediate School hall, 1<strong>25</strong><br />

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NOR’WEST NEWS Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz<br />

Thursday <strong>March</strong> <strong>25</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 3<br />

Huge feedback to cycleway proposal<br />

MORE THAN 1200 people<br />

have shared their views on the<br />

controversial Wheels to Wings<br />

cycleway proposal.<br />

Residents and businesses, who<br />

felt left out of the design process,<br />

were concerned about plans to<br />

transform Harewood Rd from<br />

four to two lanes, resulting in the<br />

loss of off-street car parks.<br />

The $19 million cycleway<br />

will form part of the network<br />

of 13 major cycleways weaving<br />

throughout the city.<br />

About half that cost is expected<br />

to be met by the New Zealand<br />

Transport Agency.<br />

“I want to thank everyone<br />

who has taken the time to make<br />

a submission and give their<br />

feedback on the proposed design<br />

plans for this major cycleway,’’<br />

city council transport planning<br />

and delivery manager Lynette<br />

Ellis said.<br />

“Getting the community’s<br />

input is a vital step in the design<br />

process for our major cycleways<br />

and inevitably results in improvements<br />

being made to the<br />

designs.”<br />

Now that the public consultation<br />

period has ended, staff will<br />

review submissions and consider<br />

any changes to the proposed<br />

design with local community<br />

boards in the coming months.<br />

“Later this year a hearings<br />

CONTROVERSIAL: More than 1200 people have made submissions on the Wheels to<br />

Wings cycleway proposal.<br />

PHOTO: NEWSLINE<br />

panel will be convened to<br />

consider all the submissions<br />

received. The hearings panel will<br />

also consider council staff’s recommendations<br />

for design plan<br />

changes,” Ellis said.<br />

“It is during this process that<br />

submitters will have a chance<br />

to address the hearings panel in<br />

person.”<br />

The cycleway will provide a<br />

connection for trips in Harewood,<br />

Bishopdale, and Papanui<br />

to destinations including<br />

schools, shops, businesses and<br />

recreational facilities.<br />

It will also connect to cycling<br />

facilities further afield.<br />

At its western end, the<br />

cycleway will connect with the<br />

Johns Rd cycle and pedestrian<br />

underpass, linking through<br />

to the commercial areas<br />

surrounding the airport, and to<br />

McLeans Island Rd via the Johns<br />

Rd shared path.<br />

This will be a good connection<br />

route for the roughly 7000 people<br />

who work in the airport area.<br />

At its eastern end, it connects<br />

directly to the Northern Line<br />

cycleway and the planned<br />

Nor’West Arc cycleway.<br />

In Brief<br />

TRAFFIC CALMING<br />

Three trials to improve traffic<br />

conditions on Francis Ave are<br />

now under way. The city council<br />

has been monitoring conditions<br />

on the street in the last few<br />

months and have reported a<br />

significant increase, requiring<br />

action. Trial one concludes next<br />

week and involves left in, left<br />

out only at both sides of the<br />

Francis Ave and Westminster St<br />

intersection. Trial two starts on<br />

<strong>March</strong> 29 for two weeks, making<br />

the south side of the intersection<br />

into a cul-de-sac. Trial three<br />

starts on April 12 for another<br />

two weeks, making the middle<br />

of Francis Ave into a cul-desac.<br />

Public consultation on the<br />

preferred layout will follow once<br />

the trials are over.<br />

BUS STOP RELOCATION<br />

An existing bus stop beside 108<br />

Rossall St is being relocated. The<br />

Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood<br />

Community Board agreed to<br />

move it to 96 Rossall St following<br />

concerns about an original<br />

proposal to relocate it near 112<br />

Rossall St instead. A resident at<br />

the meeting said high density<br />

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and safety risks for residents<br />

accessing their driveways should<br />

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4 Thursday <strong>March</strong> <strong>25</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

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NOR’WEST NEWS<br />

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NOR’WEST NEWS Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz<br />

Thursday <strong>March</strong> <strong>25</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 5<br />

From SVA leader to local government<br />

• From page 1<br />

“I was taken under David’s<br />

wing working with him in his<br />

role as chair, helping to present<br />

monthly reports and taking the<br />

time to understand the role, so by<br />

the time I’m in [the role] I can hit<br />

the ground running.”<br />

Her priorities included work on<br />

the Long Term Plan, getting out<br />

into the community and hearing<br />

their views and progress on big<br />

projects like the Wings to Wheels<br />

Cycleway.<br />

“I’ll be making sure I’m getting<br />

out into the community, hearing<br />

what they want, being an effective<br />

sounding board and turning<br />

it into action,” she said.<br />

Williams joined the community<br />

board eight years ago when<br />

she was 20. The current term is<br />

her third, serving as deputy for<br />

the last year and a half.<br />

But it was not the first taste of<br />

leadership for the sixth-generation<br />

Cantabrian.<br />

Being a “product of the earthquakes,”<br />

she realised the power<br />

youth had to use their voices for<br />

change as president of the Student<br />

Volunteer Army from 2013<br />

to 2014.<br />

Leading thousands of young<br />

people, organising dozens of<br />

local volunteering projects and a<br />

passion for active citizenship was<br />

the catalyst behind her decision<br />

to get into local government.<br />

Said Williams: “I had the privilege<br />

of being the SVA president,<br />

and through that experience, I<br />

realised the power youth have<br />

and the importance of active<br />

citizenship. It’s important for<br />

young people to have a voice at<br />

the table, especially during [the<br />

city’s] rebuild, as these decisions<br />

affect us in the future.<br />

“We only have one life to make<br />

a difference.”<br />

Williams looked up to many<br />

leaders in the community who<br />

had the drive to make the city the<br />

best it can be,<br />

They were business stakeholders,<br />

young professionals choosing<br />

to stay in Christchurch to help<br />

with the rebuild, or people who<br />

LEADER:<br />

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Fendalton-<br />

Waimairi-<br />

Harewood<br />

Community<br />

Board<br />

chairwoman.<br />

PHOTO:<br />

GEOFF<br />

SLOAN<br />

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But in terms of political idols,<br />

she was inspired by the leadership<br />

of prominent Greek statesman<br />

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Athens, who pushed for art,<br />

culture and creativity in the city’s<br />

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Using creativity to raise awareness<br />

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Said Williams: “The mayor of<br />

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in the rebuild after the war.<br />

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6 Thursday <strong>March</strong> <strong>25</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz<br />

NOR’WEST NEWS<br />

‘I couldn’t be too kind on them’<br />

SKILLS: Sea-am with the garden competition’s panel of judges.<br />

• From page 1<br />

But he was barred from considering<br />

his own pride and joy – the<br />

eye-catching gardens at Avon<br />

City Motel, on Main North Rd,<br />

Redwood, owned by his parents<br />

won the Galey Trophy for colour<br />

impact.<br />

These gardens were also partially<br />

responsible for the production<br />

of nearly 60,000 swan plants<br />

and seeds he donated to people<br />

who also desired to save the<br />

monarch butterfly population.<br />

The year 10 St Andrew’s College<br />

student helped judge about<br />

20 gardens across the city, covering<br />

secret gardens and retirement<br />

villages.<br />

“I feel really lucky and proud<br />

because I’m not the normal person<br />

to be a judge,” he said.<br />

Determining an awardwinning<br />

garden was a huge task<br />

itself, up against strict criteria:<br />

Ground cover and lawn, cultivation<br />

and maintenance, annuals<br />

and perennials, trees and shrubs,<br />

and design and harmony.<br />

But Sea-am was prepared,<br />

knowing “a lot for someone my<br />

age.”<br />

“I didn’t want to judge them<br />

because they were all so good,<br />

but I knew I had to do the job, I<br />

couldn’t be too kind on them.”<br />

Trevor Tubman, the association’s<br />

head of media and events,<br />

said the 14-year-old was the<br />

youngest judge the competition<br />

invited to participate “by a long<br />

shot.”<br />

The motel, where he got to<br />

know Sea-am, often won awards,<br />

so Tubman got thinking.<br />

“I suggested to his dad that he<br />

comes along to see what we do<br />

and how we do it, and he jumped<br />

at the opportunity. He’s got<br />

wonderful plant knowledge - it’s<br />

amazing the amount of knowledge<br />

he has,” he said.<br />

Sea-am has been pottering<br />

about the garden since he was<br />

2-years-old. Born opposite the<br />

ocean, his name in reverse - “I<br />

am the sea” – roughly reflects his<br />

Kaikoura upbringing.<br />

Aside from swan plants, he favoured<br />

butterbeans and tuberous<br />

begonias.<br />

“It’s been longer than I remember<br />

because I can’t remember<br />

when I started.”<br />

His father Terry reckoned family<br />

roots got his son into it, being<br />

keen gardeners themselves.<br />

Said Sea-am: “Our motel is<br />

really mainly about our garden,<br />

without it, I wouldn’t have done<br />

it as much. In Kaikoura when I<br />

was young, I did a lot of vegetable<br />

gardening and I was really proud<br />

to pick all the veges and give<br />

them away.”<br />

When a teacher introduced<br />

monarch butterflies at primary<br />

school in Kaikoura, it sealed the<br />

deal for good.<br />

Knowing they were plummeting<br />

towards extinction due to<br />

factors like climate change and<br />

farming, he planted swan plant<br />

seeds to encourage monarch butterflies<br />

to reproduce.<br />

Since then they have grown<br />

in size and number, attracting<br />

hundreds of butterflies to the<br />

motel gardens and at the original<br />

Kaikoura garden.<br />

Caterpillars love to eat swan<br />

plants and later use it to transform<br />

into a chrysalis before<br />

hatching into butterflies.<br />

In three years, he has donated<br />

thousands of plants and seeds.<br />

Each pod sometimes contained<br />

80 seeds.<br />

“Butterflies can smell the scent<br />

of swan plants from over 2 miles<br />

away.”<br />

Sea-am may be the youngest<br />

gardening judge, but he also<br />

might be one of the youngest<br />

to keep the tradition of organ<br />

playing alive at a time when<br />

the number of players dwindles<br />

nationwide.<br />

His love for choral music<br />

landed him a scholarship at<br />

Cathedral Grammar and later<br />

St Andrew’s College, resulting<br />

in a family move to Christchurch.<br />

Through this, he learned how<br />

to play the organ at the Transitional<br />

Cathedral from Dr John<br />

Linker and StAC music teacher<br />

Brian Botting, and once sang for<br />

Prince Charles with the Christchurch<br />

Cathedral Choir.<br />

Music runs deep in his blood<br />

- his father plays the accordion<br />

and harmonica and a great-greatuncle<br />

composed Sir Edmund<br />

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Thursday <strong>March</strong> <strong>25</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 7<br />

Nominations open for<br />

community awards<br />

FOR <strong>25</strong> years, community<br />

boards across the city<br />

have been celebrating<br />

inspirational people who<br />

help make local areas a<br />

better place to live.<br />

Five community boards<br />

are now looking for new<br />

nominations in order to<br />

recognise those special<br />

people who go “above and<br />

beyond,” giving their time<br />

and energy freely to help<br />

and support others.<br />

Nominations are open<br />

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by Banks Peninsula,<br />

Spreydon-Cashmere, Linwood-Central-Heathcote,<br />

Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton<br />

and Coastal-Burwood.<br />

As the boards mark the<br />

silver anniversary of the<br />

awards, city council head<br />

of community support,<br />

governance and partnerships<br />

John Filsell believes<br />

that it is “important to<br />

acknowledge those often<br />

unsung people.”<br />

“We are asking local<br />

communities to put<br />

RECOGNITION: The Fendalton-Waimairi-<br />

Harewood Community Board Community<br />

Service Award nominations are now open.<br />

forward the names of<br />

those people who make<br />

outstanding contributions<br />

to their area through their<br />

actions and willingness<br />

to look out for others,” he<br />

said.<br />

“Many people have really<br />

stepped up over the past<br />

year during one of the<br />

most challenging periods<br />

in recent history.<br />

“We want to recognise<br />

those amazing volunteers<br />

who often support the<br />

more vulnerable, young<br />

people and families by taking<br />

on an extra role within<br />

their community.”<br />

Nominations are now<br />

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April 16.<br />

The five community<br />

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ceremonies in June and<br />

July.<br />

•To find out more<br />

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awards, visit https://<br />

ccc.govt.nz/cultureand-community/<br />

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city council libraries<br />

and service centres.<br />

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NOR’WEST NEWS<br />

INTRODUCING<br />

The Rushworths<br />

After nearly four years in real estate, Brent is<br />

excited to have Jayne join him, they are now a<br />

formidable team that is able to cater to their<br />

growing business and ensure quality service for<br />

their clients.<br />

“This means we can double our capacity and the<br />

volume of business,” says Jayne, who is delighted<br />

to be working in partnership with her husband.<br />

As Brent puts it, “Our clients get two agents for<br />

the price of one which is great for them and works<br />

well for us too, it means we are always available”.<br />

Jayne brings great skills to their business with her<br />

creative talents, having previously owned and run<br />

a florist business and a cake decorating business.<br />

“I’ve always been interested in interior design<br />

too, which means I can help clients when they<br />

are preparing their properties for sale – having a<br />

well-presented property makes a big difference,”<br />

she says.<br />

The couple are based at Ray White Bishopdale,<br />

and love servicing the Northwest of Christchurch.<br />

As they point out, the market is particularly<br />

buoyant at present, with many properties selling<br />

well above owners expectations. A recent<br />

example was a three-bedroom family home in<br />

Veitches Road, Casebrook, which Brent and Jayne<br />

took to auction. “We had 160 groups through on<br />

the open days and 18 registered bidders for the<br />

auction. It sold well over our clients expectations<br />

with competitive bidding in the room.”<br />

“Unfortunately we now have 17 buyers who are<br />

still searching for a home.” says Brent.<br />

Living and working locally, Brent & Jayne are<br />

a familiar face to residents which Brent says is<br />

hugely beneficial for their business. “Having lots<br />

of local contacts means we often get referrals<br />

and leads through word of mouth. And people are<br />

always keen to speak to us if they are wanting to<br />

buy or sell a property – it seems we are the go to<br />

agents in the Northwest by default.” Jayne says.<br />

“We like the freedom of being able to plan our<br />

day rather than having a set structure. And we<br />

like meeting lots of different people. Every day is<br />

different, and everyone’s situation is different.”<br />

says Brent.<br />

“We believe there is nothing more exciting than<br />

being able to help people achieve their home<br />

ownership and property investment dreams<br />

every day of the week – it’s what gives us so much<br />

energy and passion for what we do.” says Jayne.<br />

Having both grown up on the north side of the<br />

city the couple know the suburbs well and are<br />

committed to bringing their knowledge and<br />

expertise to the local real estate market.<br />

“We are always available to provide property<br />

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says Brent.<br />

To contact Brent, phone 021 451 177<br />

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NOR’WEST NEWS<br />

Helping cats live out their nine<br />

• By Bea Gooding<br />

JOYCE LATHAM never grew up<br />

with a pet.<br />

But when a furry feline invited<br />

itself into her family home one<br />

day her relationship with cats<br />

changed forever.<br />

Now, the president of the Cats<br />

Protection League Canterbury is<br />

the proud owner of six cats, most<br />

of whom have special needs.<br />

And for the past 13 years, she<br />

has been on a mission to save as<br />

many cats in the city as possible.<br />

“My family didn’t have cats,<br />

but a cat walked in once and<br />

from there, I became very much<br />

a cat person,’’ said the Bryndwr<br />

resident.<br />

It was not difficult to foster<br />

her own felines, she said, having<br />

plenty of experience running a<br />

cattery herself with usually 40 to<br />

50 cats at a time.<br />

The league rescue, rehabilitate<br />

and rehome stray and<br />

abandoned cats, and provide assistance<br />

to those who could not<br />

afford to desex their cats through<br />

its Feline Fix programme.<br />

Desexing your cat, particularly<br />

tomcats, was crucial to help reduce<br />

the rate of feline AIDS and<br />

decrease the number of kittens<br />

being brought into places like the<br />

league.<br />

About 50 volunteers came in<br />

once a week to help out in the<br />

cattery, office and shop, as well<br />

as about four managers who<br />

worked there regularly.<br />

They also often found new<br />

homes for cats that could no<br />

longer be looked after, such as an<br />

owner who was moving into a<br />

retirement home.<br />

Last year, the league rehomed<br />

535 cats and kittens.<br />

But it did not stop there – the<br />

protection league provides emergency<br />

cat food assistance and for<br />

unexpected vet bills as well.<br />

“Sometimes their own cats<br />

have had kittens and we do take<br />

them in when approached to<br />

help rehome them,” Latham said.<br />

“There are enough cats in<br />

Christchurch and Canterbury<br />

to go well around all of the organisations,<br />

we’ve actually got a<br />

MISSION:<br />

Joyce Latham<br />

with Hope<br />

who has<br />

found a new<br />

home.<br />

PHOTO:<br />

GEOFF SLOAN<br />

waiting list.”<br />

Its second-hand shop in Linwood<br />

was also a vital part of the<br />

fundraising efforts, especially<br />

with no government funding.<br />

All store proceeds went towards<br />

work to help the felines of<br />

Canterbury.<br />

When she is not reading or<br />

gardening at home, Latham<br />

volunteers her time feeding the<br />

cats and acts as the matchmaker<br />

when facilitating the rehoming<br />

process.<br />

After leaving a government<br />

office job, she decided to dedicate<br />

most of her energy to the league<br />

and has done so since 2007.<br />

“I like to match appropriate<br />

cats to people with cats that suit<br />

them,” she said.<br />

“Some of them are a little older<br />

or have special needs and need<br />

medication, but we just talk with<br />

people about what the cats are<br />

like; their personalities.”<br />

With so many success stories,<br />

it was hard for Latham to pick<br />

a particular instance that impacted<br />

her the most.<br />

But on the protection league’s<br />

website, there were endless pages<br />

of updates and photos from<br />

owners on how their little furry<br />

friend was getting along in their<br />

new forever home.<br />

There was one case where a lost<br />

cat was brought into the cattery<br />

and eventually reunited with its<br />

owner after four years thanks to<br />

its microchip.<br />

Said Latham: “It’s why all of<br />

us volunteer. When people give<br />

feedback and say how the cats<br />

have settled down, how much<br />

they love them, it’s a constant<br />

reward to know you’ve done a really<br />

good job of helping to match<br />

them up.


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Thursday <strong>March</strong> <strong>25</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 11<br />

lives<br />

“It’s rewarding to know these<br />

cats have had a second chance in<br />

life and they’ve gone to really loving<br />

homes.”<br />

But there was always a downside.<br />

Even though the league was<br />

sheltered from tending to abused<br />

or injured animals due to the<br />

statutory role the SPCA played, it<br />

was impossible to save them all.<br />

During the Covid-19 level 4<br />

lockdown, things were made<br />

worse when they were unable to<br />

rehome any cats.<br />

But rest assured, the cats that do<br />

need homes end up finding one,<br />

even if it takes a couple of years.<br />

“Cats are being surrendered to<br />

us from homes, so we don’t see<br />

the neglect and abuse – that’s the<br />

SPCA’s role,” Latham said.<br />

“The downside is knowing that<br />

you can’t save every single cat out<br />

there who don’t have homes and<br />

aren’t desexed, therefore are having<br />

kittens after kittens.<br />

“But we save what we can and<br />

focus on the ones we do save, and<br />

that’s the main thing.”<br />

Supervising the cattery did not<br />

come with many challenges most<br />

of the time, but if you had the passion,<br />

it was all one needed.<br />

“If anyone came here not liking<br />

cats, you’d really have to question<br />

why they’re there.”<br />

Crusaders keep community<br />

and environment in mind<br />

PRE-TRAINING rituals<br />

were a little different for some<br />

Crusaders players who kept<br />

both the community and the<br />

environment in mind during a<br />

visit to Trees for Canterbury.<br />

Crusaders sponsor Aotea<br />

Electric Canterbury invited<br />

players George Bridge, Tom<br />

Sanders and Nathan Vela along<br />

with them during a visit to the<br />

non-profit charity.<br />

The players rolled up their<br />

sleeves in the potting shed and<br />

set about planting saplings<br />

ready for the next community<br />

tree planting events.<br />

They also helped water the<br />

new plants and moved them out<br />

into the nursery.<br />

Trees of Canterbury has a<br />

strong ethos to employ, educate<br />

and regenerate.<br />

It has established a community<br />

for people with disabilities<br />

and at-risk youth, providing<br />

an environment of acceptance<br />

as well as support and training<br />

for self-development and selfesteem.<br />

Decked in Crusaders shirts,<br />

the Trees For Canterbury team<br />

were “very excited” to meet and<br />

work with the three visiting<br />

team members.<br />

There was lots of laughter,<br />

friendly questions and happy<br />

banter.<br />

“You can’t believe how excited<br />

everyone has been this week<br />

about the Crusaders visit. It will<br />

literally make the year for some<br />

of these guys,” manager Steve<br />

Bush said.<br />

Bush explained to the players<br />

how the charity worked and<br />

about the 12 community planting<br />

events arranged throughout<br />

the year, with the ultimate goal<br />

of planting 2,000,000 native<br />

trees across Canterbury.<br />

The players were shown<br />

around the site, with the team<br />

REGENERATE:<br />

Crusaders<br />

Tom Sanders<br />

(second from<br />

left), Nathan<br />

Vela and<br />

George Bridge<br />

help Trees for<br />

Canterbury<br />

volunteers<br />

plant saplings. ​<br />

eager to take photos and engage<br />

with players. New friendships<br />

were made and the visit ended<br />

with hugs and signed shirts.<br />

Aotea Electric Canterbury<br />

sponsor both the Crusaders and<br />

Trees for Canterbury charity. It<br />

was heart-warming to involve<br />

both parties in such a positive,<br />

upbeat and memorable visit.<br />

We’re not going anyWhere<br />

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Stay<br />

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The refit at Unichem Bishopdale Pharmacy continues and we want<br />

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More renovations have been completed on one side of the<br />

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All products are still available and there is space to move around.<br />

We can’t wait to show you all the new changes as they happen.<br />

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Thursday <strong>March</strong> <strong>25</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

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NOR’WEST NEWS<br />

Former Foodstuffs building will become school<br />

ONE OF the South Island’s<br />

largest commercial buildings<br />

will soon become the city’s<br />

newest school.<br />

Marian College students were<br />

buzzing after plans for their new<br />

school to open in Papanui were<br />

revealed last week.<br />

Opening in 2023, the estimated<br />

$<strong>25</strong> million development on<br />

Lydia St will replace the former<br />

North Pde site which was irreparably<br />

damaged in the February<br />

22, 2011, earthquake.<br />

It has since operated from<br />

the Catholic Cathedral College<br />

site on Barbados St in the last<br />

decade.<br />

The North Pde site is currently<br />

for sale which has been<br />

earmarked for a residential<br />

development.<br />

The new school, designed by<br />

Christchurch architects Sheppard<br />

and Rout, has sustainability<br />

at the forefront of its design<br />

and will be built within the<br />

warehouse that currently exists<br />

onsite.<br />

The warehouse previously<br />

housed the Foodstuffs distribution<br />

centre which will be retrofitted<br />

for the school.<br />

Principal Mary-Lou Davidson<br />

said the innovative and exciting<br />

plans were “worth the wait.”<br />

“In moving to Papanui, we<br />

join our brother school St Bede’s<br />

College, and St Joseph’s Primary,<br />

and the Christchurch North<br />

Parish to become a Catholic hub<br />

and we look forward to working<br />

together in the coming years,”<br />

she said.<br />

“While we never expected<br />

to be at our current site for ten<br />

years, it has been a blessing in<br />

disguise in that we’ve been able<br />

to really consider how we want to<br />

teach and learn in the future and<br />

what spaces are essential at our<br />

new school.”<br />

Head girl Taylor Fasi-Fidow<br />

said students waited patiently for<br />

the “amazing” new school.<br />

“It was an honour for me to<br />

see the behind the scenes work<br />

and all the thought that was put<br />

into designing the new school,<br />

and the final result clearly shows<br />

that,” she said.<br />

“It’s cool Marian College<br />

finally has somewhere to call a<br />

home of its own.”<br />

Extensive consultation with<br />

current and future students, staff<br />

and the wider school community<br />

was undertaken with elements<br />

from those discussions utilised<br />

in the design.<br />

INNOVATIVE:<br />

Upcycling was<br />

in mind during<br />

the decision to<br />

turn a former<br />

Foodstuffs<br />

distribution<br />

centre into<br />

Marian<br />

College’s new<br />

school. ​<br />

Beautienna Gamble, now<br />

year 12, was one of the students<br />

involved in the consultation days<br />

two years ago when she was just<br />

year 10.<br />

“Seeing the plans put a smile<br />

on my face as you could see<br />

all the work that had gone on<br />

behind the scenes to make this<br />

happen,” she said.<br />

“In year 10, we spent a day<br />

planning for it and giving our<br />

ideas for the new school, and to<br />

see they actually incorporated<br />

some of those ideas was really<br />

great to see.<br />

“I also loved the fact they were<br />

using the existing warehouse and<br />

have really made an effort to be<br />

eco-friendly.”<br />

All mostly under one roof, the<br />

two-storey school will include 26<br />

classrooms, a chapel and sports<br />

hall.<br />

Archbishop Paul Martin, the<br />

Apostolic administrator of the<br />

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FOLLOWING a successful<br />

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Said Humphrey-Taylor: “This is<br />

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Students doing their bit<br />

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VILLA MARIA College<br />

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In partnership with the<br />

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Many of us are unsure when it comes<br />

to home decorating. It can be a little<br />

overwhelming knowing how to get it right.<br />

The truth is if you are happy with how your<br />

home looks, you’ve got it right for you!<br />

However you may like to keep your home<br />

feeling fresh with a semi-regular update of<br />

your decor.<br />

Paint a room, or change<br />

out the bedcovers,<br />

cushions or throws.<br />

With a renovation there<br />

often comes a shift to<br />

the base decor, that you<br />

can now add to.<br />

Seasons<br />

You may like to change up some of<br />

your soft furnishings with the change<br />

of seasons, for example in Winter you<br />

may choose to use heavy textured<br />

throws and deeper colours in cushions<br />

to reflect the warmth required for the<br />

cool change. Come Summer though use<br />

soft, pale throws and cushions to give<br />

the appearance of a cooler space. The<br />

bedrooms can get an update at these times<br />

of the year as well, with the sheets, duvet<br />

cover and pillows all matching the season.<br />

As Things Breakdown<br />

There is a time in a home when things just<br />

start to breakdown. Your home has gotten<br />

tired and is feeling a bit old and run down.<br />

This is a perfect time to make some more<br />

major updates to your decor by carrying<br />

out some renovations. Think bathrooms,<br />

kitchens, painting and floors. These are not<br />

updates you’ll want to do often but they<br />

can have a big impact.<br />

After Renovating<br />

As mentioned above, after renovating is a<br />

great time to tend to decor updates big and<br />

small. While the renovation will take care<br />

of the big updates, you can use this time to<br />

make small changes to your home as well.<br />

Just Because You<br />

Want To!<br />

Your decor is not set in<br />

stone, and if you want to<br />

change it, change it!! I<br />

find most people who ask this question are<br />

doing so in order to justify the expense, but<br />

it doesn’t need to be a major expense. Find<br />

second-hand pieces and give them a new<br />

lease of life, make your own lampshades or<br />

bed heads and keep an eye out for bargains<br />

in linen and cushions.<br />

Play with lighting, for example, use lamps<br />

and candles to help change the feel of your<br />

home, change the orientation of furniture<br />

or simply paint or wallpaper one wall.<br />

All these small changes will contribute<br />

to making your home feel fresh and new<br />

again.<br />

Content inspired by thebuilderswife.com.<br />

au/when-should-you-update-your-decor/<br />

check out their website for other great home<br />

inspiration!<br />

Vanessa Golightly,<br />

Business Owner<br />

and Licensee Agent<br />

Ray White Papanui<br />

027 664 9292<br />

Residential Tenancies Amendments<br />

Act 2020 | Notice Periods<br />

Feature Properties<br />

2/11 Marlin Place, St Albans<br />

Tracy Thomson<br />

18 Walter Place, Kirwee<br />

Tracy Thomson<br />

Sold Properties<br />

Vanessa Golightly<br />

Licensee Agent &<br />

Business Owner<br />

027 664 9292<br />

Stuart Morris<br />

Licensee Agent<br />

& Auctioneer<br />

027 422 6395<br />

Tracy Thomson<br />

Licensee Salesperson<br />

027 440 3035<br />

Claire Morris<br />

Licensee Agent &<br />

Business Owner<br />

027 662 4822<br />

Katrina Green<br />

Operations Manager<br />

Property Management<br />

027 606 0030<br />

Olivia Hendry<br />

Executive Assistant<br />

As promised here is my second instalment<br />

regarding the changes within the new<br />

Residential Tenancies Amendments Act<br />

2020.<br />

Let’s talk about notice periods to tenants<br />

if you wish to sell a property which is<br />

tenanted.<br />

These all refer to periodic tenancies, as<br />

a fixed term tenancy is still fixed for both<br />

parties, the difference being, that at the<br />

end of the fixed term a tenant can elect<br />

to roll over to a periodic tenancy, and the<br />

landlord cannot give notice that they want<br />

the tenant to vacate for no specific reason.<br />

A landlord may give tenants 90 days notice<br />

that they require vacant possession of<br />

the property for the purpose of selling<br />

the property. However, landlords must be<br />

aware that they cannot start marketing<br />

the property for sale until after the tenant<br />

has vacated, and that following that, the<br />

property must be for sale within a 90 day<br />

timeframe. A tenant can, at any time during<br />

this period, give the landlord 28 days notice<br />

that they will be vacating.<br />

Under the old legislation upon a sale of a<br />

property going unconditional a landlord<br />

could give the tenant 42 days notice (plus<br />

4 days postage), that they required vacant<br />

possession of the property. This has now<br />

changed and the landlord is now required<br />

to give 90 days notice upon the sale going<br />

unconditional that they require vacant<br />

possession. Again, the tenant can give a<br />

counter 28 day notice to vacate.<br />

The big thing with the extended time<br />

following a sale going unconditional really<br />

comes into play with insurance as, here<br />

in Canterbury, in order to get finance the<br />

financial institutions require insurance<br />

to be pre-arranged (due to earthquakes),<br />

however these policies are on hold pending<br />

settlement, but do not last 90 days, so<br />

in fact the offer of finance would likely<br />

become null and void, unless an extension<br />

was secured.<br />

I have had conversations with solicitors and<br />

spoke with a representative from one of<br />

the main insurance companies late last year<br />

regarding how all this is going to pan out.<br />

Unfortunately, they did not know either. I<br />

am working on finding out what is the best<br />

course of action, and when I do, I will report<br />

back!<br />

If you find all this a little hard to figure out,<br />

please feel free to contact me.<br />

Next time I will talk about some of the<br />

other changes to notice periods under the<br />

amendments act.<br />

Katrina Green,<br />

Operations Manager<br />

Property Management<br />

027 606 0030<br />

14 McKellar Place, Hornby<br />

Tracy Thomson<br />

69A Waimairi Road, Upper Riccarton<br />

Vanessa Golightly<br />

72 Merrin Street, Avonhead<br />

Vanessa Golightly<br />

Estelle Schuurman<br />

Property Manager<br />

Joy Coughlan<br />

Mortgage Broker<br />

027 223 3572<br />

Richie Eggelton<br />

Property Assistant<br />

Cassidy Sprott<br />

Property Management<br />

Assistant<br />

Level 1, 7 Winston Avenue, Papanui<br />

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

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