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Gardening competition’s youngest ever judge

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


• By Bea Gooding

AT JUST 14-years-old,

Sea-am Thompson is the

youngest ever Christchurch

Beautifying Association

summer garden competition


Joining a panel of judges

who are decades in age older,

he was asked to lend his vast

horticultural expertise to judge

contenders of the Betty Hart

Memorial and Peter Lawrence

Challenge trophies.

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voted in as




• By Bea Gooding


Harewood Community Board

has unanimously voted to elect

deputy chairwoman Bridget

Williams as its new leader,

taking over the reins from David


Cartwright resigned after more

than a year as chairman earlier

this month to make way for newer

members to take the helm as part

of the board’s succession planning.

Williams was the only

member to be nominated for the


She said her former deputy role

under the guidance of Cartwright

helped her prepare for the task to


She was “excited” to continue

working with him now that the

tables have turned, with Cartwright

becoming the board’s


“I’m very excited for the new

role and I’m thrilled to have the

unanimous support of the board.

It’s a privilege to represent them

and the community,” Williams


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Huge feedback to cycleway proposal

MORE THAN 1200 people

have shared their views on the

controversial Wheels to Wings

cycleway proposal.

Residents and businesses, who

felt left out of the design process,

were concerned about plans to

transform Harewood Rd from

four to two lanes, resulting in the

loss of off-street car parks.

The $19 million cycleway

will form part of the network

of 13 major cycleways weaving

throughout the city.

About half that cost is expected

to be met by the New Zealand

Transport Agency.

“I want to thank everyone

who has taken the time to make

a submission and give their

feedback on the proposed design

plans for this major cycleway,’’

city council transport planning

and delivery manager Lynette

Ellis said.

“Getting the community’s

input is a vital step in the design

process for our major cycleways

and inevitably results in improvements

being made to the


Now that the public consultation

period has ended, staff will

review submissions and consider

any changes to the proposed

design with local community

boards in the coming months.

“Later this year a hearings

CONTROVERSIAL: More than 1200 people have made submissions on the Wheels to

Wings cycleway proposal.


panel will be convened to

consider all the submissions

received. The hearings panel will

also consider council staff’s recommendations

for design plan

changes,” Ellis said.

“It is during this process that

submitters will have a chance

to address the hearings panel in


The cycleway will provide a

connection for trips in Harewood,

Bishopdale, and Papanui

to destinations including

schools, shops, businesses and

recreational facilities.

It will also connect to cycling

facilities further afield.

At its western end, the

cycleway will connect with the

Johns Rd cycle and pedestrian

underpass, linking through

to the commercial areas

surrounding the airport, and to

McLeans Island Rd via the Johns

Rd shared path.

This will be a good connection

route for the roughly 7000 people

who work in the airport area.

At its eastern end, it connects

directly to the Northern Line

cycleway and the planned

Nor’West Arc cycleway.

In Brief


Three trials to improve traffic

conditions on Francis Ave are

now under way. The city council

has been monitoring conditions

on the street in the last few

months and have reported a

significant increase, requiring

action. Trial one concludes next

week and involves left in, left

out only at both sides of the

Francis Ave and Westminster St

intersection. Trial two starts on

March 29 for two weeks, making

the south side of the intersection

into a cul-de-sac. Trial three

starts on April 12 for another

two weeks, making the middle

of Francis Ave into a cul-desac.

Public consultation on the

preferred layout will follow once

the trials are over.


An existing bus stop beside 108

Rossall St is being relocated. The


Community Board agreed to

move it to 96 Rossall St following

concerns about an original

proposal to relocate it near 112

Rossall St instead. A resident at

the meeting said high density

living at 112 would create health

and safety risks for residents

accessing their driveways should

the bus stop be relocated across

from it.


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From SVA leader to local government

• From page 1

“I was taken under David’s

wing working with him in his

role as chair, helping to present

monthly reports and taking the

time to understand the role, so by

the time I’m in [the role] I can hit

the ground running.”

Her priorities included work on

the Long Term Plan, getting out

into the community and hearing

their views and progress on big

projects like the Wings to Wheels


“I’ll be making sure I’m getting

out into the community, hearing

what they want, being an effective

sounding board and turning

it into action,” she said.

Williams joined the community

board eight years ago when

she was 20. The current term is

her third, serving as deputy for

the last year and a half.

But it was not the first taste of

leadership for the sixth-generation


Being a “product of the earthquakes,”

she realised the power

youth had to use their voices for

change as president of the Student

Volunteer Army from 2013

to 2014.

Leading thousands of young

people, organising dozens of

local volunteering projects and a

passion for active citizenship was

the catalyst behind her decision

to get into local government.

Said Williams: “I had the privilege

of being the SVA president,

and through that experience, I

realised the power youth have

and the importance of active

citizenship. It’s important for

young people to have a voice at

the table, especially during [the

city’s] rebuild, as these decisions

affect us in the future.

“We only have one life to make

a difference.”

Williams looked up to many

leaders in the community who

had the drive to make the city the

best it can be,

They were business stakeholders,

young professionals choosing

to stay in Christchurch to help

with the rebuild, or people who



Williams has

been voted

as the new










took a stand for their community.

But in terms of political idols,

she was inspired by the leadership

of prominent Greek statesman

Pericles during fifth-century

Athens, who pushed for art,

culture and creativity in the city’s

rebuild following the Persian and

Peloponnesian wars.

Using creativity to raise awareness

of issues mirrored her own

desire to do the same when she

founded social enterprise Bead

and Proceed in 2019, which educates

people and businesses about

the 17 United Nations’ sustainable

development goals.

Through workshops, people can

learn how to help achieve these

goals by painting a five-beaded

necklace, representing their own

top-five goals to work towards.

It could be gender equality,

zero hunger and poverty, clean

water and sanitation or climate


Said Williams: “The mayor of

Athens had revolutionary insight

in the rebuild after the war.

He pushed for art, culture and

creativity which is something

I’m really passionate about. He

inspired his citizens to fall in love

with Athens and give back to the


Williams has lived in Christchurch

her whole life and grew up

with twin sister, Hannah.

But it does not mean they will

swap places if Williams decides

to have a sick day.

“Even though we look similar,

we lead very different lives.

Sometimes Hannah does get

approached by people who have a

community issue,” she said.

“If I pass you in the street and

ignore you, I’m not being rude –

it’s probably my sister.”


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‘I couldn’t be too kind on them’

SKILLS: Sea-am with the garden competition’s panel of judges.

• From page 1

But he was barred from considering

his own pride and joy – the

eye-catching gardens at Avon

City Motel, on Main North Rd,

Redwood, owned by his parents

won the Galey Trophy for colour


These gardens were also partially

responsible for the production

of nearly 60,000 swan plants

and seeds he donated to people

who also desired to save the

monarch butterfly population.

The year 10 St Andrew’s College

student helped judge about

20 gardens across the city, covering

secret gardens and retirement


“I feel really lucky and proud

because I’m not the normal person

to be a judge,” he said.

Determining an awardwinning

garden was a huge task

itself, up against strict criteria:

Ground cover and lawn, cultivation

and maintenance, annuals

and perennials, trees and shrubs,

and design and harmony.

But Sea-am was prepared,

knowing “a lot for someone my


“I didn’t want to judge them

because they were all so good,

but I knew I had to do the job, I

couldn’t be too kind on them.”

Trevor Tubman, the association’s

head of media and events,

said the 14-year-old was the

youngest judge the competition

invited to participate “by a long


The motel, where he got to

know Sea-am, often won awards,

so Tubman got thinking.

“I suggested to his dad that he

comes along to see what we do

and how we do it, and he jumped

at the opportunity. He’s got

wonderful plant knowledge - it’s

amazing the amount of knowledge

he has,” he said.

Sea-am has been pottering

about the garden since he was

2-years-old. Born opposite the

ocean, his name in reverse - “I

am the sea” – roughly reflects his

Kaikoura upbringing.

Aside from swan plants, he favoured

butterbeans and tuberous


“It’s been longer than I remember

because I can’t remember

when I started.”

His father Terry reckoned family

roots got his son into it, being

keen gardeners themselves.

Said Sea-am: “Our motel is

really mainly about our garden,

without it, I wouldn’t have done

it as much. In Kaikoura when I

was young, I did a lot of vegetable

gardening and I was really proud

to pick all the veges and give

them away.”

When a teacher introduced

monarch butterflies at primary

school in Kaikoura, it sealed the

deal for good.

Knowing they were plummeting

towards extinction due to

factors like climate change and

farming, he planted swan plant

seeds to encourage monarch butterflies

to reproduce.

Since then they have grown

in size and number, attracting

hundreds of butterflies to the

motel gardens and at the original

Kaikoura garden.

Caterpillars love to eat swan

plants and later use it to transform

into a chrysalis before

hatching into butterflies.

In three years, he has donated

thousands of plants and seeds.

Each pod sometimes contained

80 seeds.

“Butterflies can smell the scent

of swan plants from over 2 miles


Sea-am may be the youngest

gardening judge, but he also

might be one of the youngest

to keep the tradition of organ

playing alive at a time when

the number of players dwindles


His love for choral music

landed him a scholarship at

Cathedral Grammar and later

St Andrew’s College, resulting

in a family move to Christchurch.

Through this, he learned how

to play the organ at the Transitional

Cathedral from Dr John

Linker and StAC music teacher

Brian Botting, and once sang for

Prince Charles with the Christchurch

Cathedral Choir.

Music runs deep in his blood

- his father plays the accordion

and harmonica and a great-greatuncle

composed Sir Edmund

Hillary’s wedding music.

Between gardening, sport,

homework and flying lessons,

Sea-am wouldn’t give any of it up,

even if it means being out of the

house 12 hours a day.

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Nominations open for

community awards

FOR 25 years, community

boards across the city

have been celebrating

inspirational people who

help make local areas a

better place to live.

Five community boards

are now looking for new

nominations in order to

recognise those special

people who go “above and

beyond,” giving their time

and energy freely to help

and support others.

Nominations are open

for the 2021 Community

Service Awards in

the board areas covered

by Banks Peninsula,

Spreydon-Cashmere, Linwood-Central-Heathcote,


and Coastal-Burwood.

As the boards mark the

silver anniversary of the

awards, city council head

of community support,

governance and partnerships

John Filsell believes

that it is “important to

acknowledge those often

unsung people.”

“We are asking local

communities to put

RECOGNITION: The Fendalton-Waimairi-

Harewood Community Board Community

Service Award nominations are now open.

forward the names of

those people who make

outstanding contributions

to their area through their

actions and willingness

to look out for others,” he


“Many people have really

stepped up over the past

year during one of the

most challenging periods

in recent history.

“We want to recognise

those amazing volunteers

who often support the

more vulnerable, young

people and families by taking

on an extra role within

their community.”

Nominations are now

open and close at 5pm on

April 16.

The five community

boards will host awards

ceremonies in June and


•To find out more

or apply for the

community service

awards, visit https://



Nomination forms

are also available from

city council libraries

and service centres.



“To the south east, Christchurch has two extinct volcanoes

(though they wobble occasionally) which are broken up with

bays, harbours, pockets of bush and farmland which has a

sparse road network and a strong sense of isolation in parts.

A fantastic area of exploration and a playground which I enjoy

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I hope some of these paintings remind you of some adventure

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The Rushworths

After nearly four years in real estate, Brent is

excited to have Jayne join him, they are now a

formidable team that is able to cater to their

growing business and ensure quality service for

their clients.

“This means we can double our capacity and the

volume of business,” says Jayne, who is delighted

to be working in partnership with her husband.

As Brent puts it, “Our clients get two agents for

the price of one which is great for them and works

well for us too, it means we are always available”.

Jayne brings great skills to their business with her

creative talents, having previously owned and run

a florist business and a cake decorating business.

“I’ve always been interested in interior design

too, which means I can help clients when they

are preparing their properties for sale – having a

well-presented property makes a big difference,”

she says.

The couple are based at Ray White Bishopdale,

and love servicing the Northwest of Christchurch.

As they point out, the market is particularly

buoyant at present, with many properties selling

well above owners expectations. A recent

example was a three-bedroom family home in

Veitches Road, Casebrook, which Brent and Jayne

took to auction. “We had 160 groups through on

the open days and 18 registered bidders for the

auction. It sold well over our clients expectations

with competitive bidding in the room.”

“Unfortunately we now have 17 buyers who are

still searching for a home.” says Brent.

Living and working locally, Brent & Jayne are

a familiar face to residents which Brent says is

hugely beneficial for their business. “Having lots

of local contacts means we often get referrals

and leads through word of mouth. And people are

always keen to speak to us if they are wanting to

buy or sell a property – it seems we are the go to

agents in the Northwest by default.” Jayne says.

“We like the freedom of being able to plan our

day rather than having a set structure. And we

like meeting lots of different people. Every day is

different, and everyone’s situation is different.”

says Brent.

“We believe there is nothing more exciting than

being able to help people achieve their home

ownership and property investment dreams

every day of the week – it’s what gives us so much

energy and passion for what we do.” says Jayne.

Having both grown up on the north side of the

city the couple know the suburbs well and are

committed to bringing their knowledge and

expertise to the local real estate market.

“We are always available to provide property

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they are thinking of buying or selling a property,”

says Brent.

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Helping cats live out their nine

• By Bea Gooding

JOYCE LATHAM never grew up

with a pet.

But when a furry feline invited

itself into her family home one

day her relationship with cats

changed forever.

Now, the president of the Cats

Protection League Canterbury is

the proud owner of six cats, most

of whom have special needs.

And for the past 13 years, she

has been on a mission to save as

many cats in the city as possible.

“My family didn’t have cats,

but a cat walked in once and

from there, I became very much

a cat person,’’ said the Bryndwr


It was not difficult to foster

her own felines, she said, having

plenty of experience running a

cattery herself with usually 40 to

50 cats at a time.

The league rescue, rehabilitate

and rehome stray and

abandoned cats, and provide assistance

to those who could not

afford to desex their cats through

its Feline Fix programme.

Desexing your cat, particularly

tomcats, was crucial to help reduce

the rate of feline AIDS and

decrease the number of kittens

being brought into places like the


About 50 volunteers came in

once a week to help out in the

cattery, office and shop, as well

as about four managers who

worked there regularly.

They also often found new

homes for cats that could no

longer be looked after, such as an

owner who was moving into a

retirement home.

Last year, the league rehomed

535 cats and kittens.

But it did not stop there – the

protection league provides emergency

cat food assistance and for

unexpected vet bills as well.

“Sometimes their own cats

have had kittens and we do take

them in when approached to

help rehome them,” Latham said.

“There are enough cats in

Christchurch and Canterbury

to go well around all of the organisations,

we’ve actually got a


Joyce Latham

with Hope

who has

found a new




waiting list.”

Its second-hand shop in Linwood

was also a vital part of the

fundraising efforts, especially

with no government funding.

All store proceeds went towards

work to help the felines of


When she is not reading or

gardening at home, Latham

volunteers her time feeding the

cats and acts as the matchmaker

when facilitating the rehoming


After leaving a government

office job, she decided to dedicate

most of her energy to the league

and has done so since 2007.

“I like to match appropriate

cats to people with cats that suit

them,” she said.

“Some of them are a little older

or have special needs and need

medication, but we just talk with

people about what the cats are

like; their personalities.”

With so many success stories,

it was hard for Latham to pick

a particular instance that impacted

her the most.

But on the protection league’s

website, there were endless pages

of updates and photos from

owners on how their little furry

friend was getting along in their

new forever home.

There was one case where a lost

cat was brought into the cattery

and eventually reunited with its

owner after four years thanks to

its microchip.

Said Latham: “It’s why all of

us volunteer. When people give

feedback and say how the cats

have settled down, how much

they love them, it’s a constant

reward to know you’ve done a really

good job of helping to match

them up.

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“It’s rewarding to know these

cats have had a second chance in

life and they’ve gone to really loving


But there was always a downside.

Even though the league was

sheltered from tending to abused

or injured animals due to the

statutory role the SPCA played, it

was impossible to save them all.

During the Covid-19 level 4

lockdown, things were made

worse when they were unable to

rehome any cats.

But rest assured, the cats that do

need homes end up finding one,

even if it takes a couple of years.

“Cats are being surrendered to

us from homes, so we don’t see

the neglect and abuse – that’s the

SPCA’s role,” Latham said.

“The downside is knowing that

you can’t save every single cat out

there who don’t have homes and

aren’t desexed, therefore are having

kittens after kittens.

“But we save what we can and

focus on the ones we do save, and

that’s the main thing.”

Supervising the cattery did not

come with many challenges most

of the time, but if you had the passion,

it was all one needed.

“If anyone came here not liking

cats, you’d really have to question

why they’re there.”

Crusaders keep community

and environment in mind


were a little different for some

Crusaders players who kept

both the community and the

environment in mind during a

visit to Trees for Canterbury.

Crusaders sponsor Aotea

Electric Canterbury invited

players George Bridge, Tom

Sanders and Nathan Vela along

with them during a visit to the

non-profit charity.

The players rolled up their

sleeves in the potting shed and

set about planting saplings

ready for the next community

tree planting events.

They also helped water the

new plants and moved them out

into the nursery.

Trees of Canterbury has a

strong ethos to employ, educate

and regenerate.

It has established a community

for people with disabilities

and at-risk youth, providing

an environment of acceptance

as well as support and training

for self-development and selfesteem.

Decked in Crusaders shirts,

the Trees For Canterbury team

were “very excited” to meet and

work with the three visiting

team members.

There was lots of laughter,

friendly questions and happy


“You can’t believe how excited

everyone has been this week

about the Crusaders visit. It will

literally make the year for some

of these guys,” manager Steve

Bush said.

Bush explained to the players

how the charity worked and

about the 12 community planting

events arranged throughout

the year, with the ultimate goal

of planting 2,000,000 native

trees across Canterbury.

The players were shown

around the site, with the team



Tom Sanders

(second from

left), Nathan

Vela and

George Bridge

help Trees for



plant saplings. ​

eager to take photos and engage

with players. New friendships

were made and the visit ended

with hugs and signed shirts.

Aotea Electric Canterbury

sponsor both the Crusaders and

Trees for Canterbury charity. It

was heart-warming to involve

both parties in such a positive,

upbeat and memorable visit.

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Former Foodstuffs building will become school

ONE OF the South Island’s

largest commercial buildings

will soon become the city’s

newest school.

Marian College students were

buzzing after plans for their new

school to open in Papanui were

revealed last week.

Opening in 2023, the estimated

$25 million development on

Lydia St will replace the former

North Pde site which was irreparably

damaged in the February

22, 2011, earthquake.

It has since operated from

the Catholic Cathedral College

site on Barbados St in the last


The North Pde site is currently

for sale which has been

earmarked for a residential


The new school, designed by

Christchurch architects Sheppard

and Rout, has sustainability

at the forefront of its design

and will be built within the

warehouse that currently exists


The warehouse previously

housed the Foodstuffs distribution

centre which will be retrofitted

for the school.

Principal Mary-Lou Davidson

said the innovative and exciting

plans were “worth the wait.”

“In moving to Papanui, we

join our brother school St Bede’s

College, and St Joseph’s Primary,

and the Christchurch North

Parish to become a Catholic hub

and we look forward to working

together in the coming years,”

she said.

“While we never expected

to be at our current site for ten

years, it has been a blessing in

disguise in that we’ve been able

to really consider how we want to

teach and learn in the future and

what spaces are essential at our

new school.”

Head girl Taylor Fasi-Fidow

said students waited patiently for

the “amazing” new school.

“It was an honour for me to

see the behind the scenes work

and all the thought that was put

into designing the new school,

and the final result clearly shows

that,” she said.

“It’s cool Marian College

finally has somewhere to call a

home of its own.”

Extensive consultation with

current and future students, staff

and the wider school community

was undertaken with elements

from those discussions utilised

in the design.


Upcycling was

in mind during

the decision to

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centre into


College’s new

school. ​

Beautienna Gamble, now

year 12, was one of the students

involved in the consultation days

two years ago when she was just

year 10.

“Seeing the plans put a smile

on my face as you could see

all the work that had gone on

behind the scenes to make this

happen,” she said.

“In year 10, we spent a day

planning for it and giving our

ideas for the new school, and to

see they actually incorporated

some of those ideas was really

great to see.

“I also loved the fact they were

using the existing warehouse and

have really made an effort to be


All mostly under one roof, the

two-storey school will include 26

classrooms, a chapel and sports


Archbishop Paul Martin, the

Apostolic administrator of the

Diocese of Christchurch, said

that he was delighted to see the

plans coming to fruition.

It reflected the desire of the

diocese to create a hub in the

north of the city with two secondary

schools, a primary school

and the North Parish church and


The 3ha site borders Vagues

Rd, Main North Rd and Northcote

Rd, with the main entrance

off Lydia St.

Said Martin: “While Marian

College has continued to provide

great Catholic education for

the last 10 years in temporary

facilities this new location and

buildings provide a great opportunity

for all these entities to

work together.

“It is also a reminder that

helping our young women grow

to maturity begins with good

and dedicated people first. For

them to have a permanent home

and state-of-the-art facilities is

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Chorus gears up for extravaganza

FOLLOWING a successful

recruitment drive earlier this year,

with the aim of providing women

from across the Canterbury the

opportunity to perform on stage,


a cappella group the Christchurch

City Chorus is looking forward

to presenting their next show on

April 10.

Joined by special guests such

as the Woolston Brass, the show

Broadway, Barbershop & Brass

with be an extravaganza of toetapping

songs from movies such

as Mission Impossible and Broadway


Songs such as Happy will

bring a smile to the faces of

young and old and be sure to

lighten hearts.

The chorus has been working

on putting the show together

since January with master director

Virginia Humphrey-Taylor and

Richard Marrett (musical director

of Jersey Boys which was in season

recently at the Court Theatre) as

their in-house coach.

Said Humphrey-Taylor: “This is

a wonderful opportunity for our

newest chorus members to join

our seasoned members on stage

for an exciting performance. We

just love sharing our musical craft

with the people of Christchurch

and all over the world through or

live stream as well.”

Tickets are available now for

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at to come

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The show will be followed

just weeks later (April 29–May

1) by the National a cappella

competitions which will be held

in Christchurch this year.

New Zealand is the only Sweet

Adeline’s region in the world

which is able to hold such an

event this year.

PEOPLE WILL soon be able to

browse through thousands of

book titles while giving back to

the community.

The annual Bookarama bonanza

run by the Rotary Club

of Bishopdale-Burnside is back

for its 15th year, from April 30 to

May 2 at the Bishopdale YMCA.

Except for last year due to

Covid-19, the event has been met

with success since its inaugural

staging in 2007.

To date, the event has raised

more than $600,000 from selling

an average of 40,000 to 45,000

books, or two-and-a-half container

loads, each year.

Rotary club members, their

partners and friends distribute

45,000 flyers to homes, collect

books daily from the drop off

bins at supermarkets and service

stations, sort the books twice a

week for four weeks then stage

the book sale for three days.

Club spokesman Keith Walker

said the majority of the funds

raised over the years had gone to

needy projects around the city

with a concentration on youth,

schools and the Canterbury

Charity Hospital.

From the funds generated

two years ago, the club was able

to donate $50,000 to the new

CROWDED: People of all

ages flock to the annual

Bookarama event at the

Bishopdale YMCA.

women’s wing at Odyssey House.

The rotary club has also

co-funded other projects, such

as a van and swimming pool

for Queenspark School post,

a literacy project in Samoa,

Rotahomes in Fiji, a Tongan

student studying biological

sciences at Canterbury University

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disability van in Maroondah,

Victoria, Australia, a district that

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Students doing their bit

to make rivers drinkable


students have been getting their

hands dirty cleaning up their

local environment.

In partnership with the

Drinkable Rivers programme,

year 10 students spent a

morning clearing weeds and

rubbish from Ōtākaro Avon

River at the Corfe Reserve, just

around the corner from the


“The girls understand just

how important it is for our precious

Ōtākaro Avon River to be

clean and healthy, and part of

this process is clearing rubbish

and weeds from the banks of

the river,” director of religious

education Thomas Newton said.

“The students spent time

identifying weeds and removing

them from the site, along with

any rubbish that had collected

there. They then planted carefully

selected trees, shrubs and

grasses native to the area, that

will grow and flourish in years

to come.”

Students in all year levels at

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in the Drinkable Rivers

programme, which has included

taking samples from the river

EDUCATION: (From left) – Villa Maria College students

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and analysing these samples to

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“We know the girls are

passionate about being sustainable

and doing their bit for the

environment, and this gives

them more knowledge and

opportunities to really play an

active role in improving the

health of Ōtākaro Avon River,”

Newton said.

“This is education outside

of the classroom at its best.

The girls are learning about

native and non-native species,

understanding what plants are

appropriate for the environment

and putting in the hard work to

greatly improve that section of

the river.

“It’s hoped that the students

will share this knowledge

with those around them and

feel empowered to continue

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start to breakdown. Your home has gotten

tired and is feeling a bit old and run down.

This is a perfect time to make some more

major updates to your decor by carrying

out some renovations. Think bathrooms,

kitchens, painting and floors. These are not

updates you’ll want to do often but they

can have a big impact.

After Renovating

As mentioned above, after renovating is a

great time to tend to decor updates big and

small. While the renovation will take care

of the big updates, you can use this time to

make small changes to your home as well.

Just Because You

Want To!

Your decor is not set in

stone, and if you want to

change it, change it!! I

find most people who ask this question are

doing so in order to justify the expense, but

it doesn’t need to be a major expense. Find

second-hand pieces and give them a new

lease of life, make your own lampshades or

bed heads and keep an eye out for bargains

in linen and cushions.

Play with lighting, for example, use lamps

and candles to help change the feel of your

home, change the orientation of furniture

or simply paint or wallpaper one wall.

All these small changes will contribute

to making your home feel fresh and new


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Vanessa Golightly,

Business Owner

and Licensee Agent

Ray White Papanui

027 664 9292

Residential Tenancies Amendments

Act 2020 | Notice Periods

Feature Properties

2/11 Marlin Place, St Albans

Tracy Thomson

18 Walter Place, Kirwee

Tracy Thomson

Sold Properties

Vanessa Golightly

Licensee Agent &

Business Owner

027 664 9292

Stuart Morris

Licensee Agent

& Auctioneer

027 422 6395

Tracy Thomson

Licensee Salesperson

027 440 3035

Claire Morris

Licensee Agent &

Business Owner

027 662 4822

Katrina Green

Operations Manager

Property Management

027 606 0030

Olivia Hendry

Executive Assistant

As promised here is my second instalment

regarding the changes within the new

Residential Tenancies Amendments Act


Let’s talk about notice periods to tenants

if you wish to sell a property which is


These all refer to periodic tenancies, as

a fixed term tenancy is still fixed for both

parties, the difference being, that at the

end of the fixed term a tenant can elect

to roll over to a periodic tenancy, and the

landlord cannot give notice that they want

the tenant to vacate for no specific reason.

A landlord may give tenants 90 days notice

that they require vacant possession of

the property for the purpose of selling

the property. However, landlords must be

aware that they cannot start marketing

the property for sale until after the tenant

has vacated, and that following that, the

property must be for sale within a 90 day

timeframe. A tenant can, at any time during

this period, give the landlord 28 days notice

that they will be vacating.

Under the old legislation upon a sale of a

property going unconditional a landlord

could give the tenant 42 days notice (plus

4 days postage), that they required vacant

possession of the property. This has now

changed and the landlord is now required

to give 90 days notice upon the sale going

unconditional that they require vacant

possession. Again, the tenant can give a

counter 28 day notice to vacate.

The big thing with the extended time

following a sale going unconditional really

comes into play with insurance as, here

in Canterbury, in order to get finance the

financial institutions require insurance

to be pre-arranged (due to earthquakes),

however these policies are on hold pending

settlement, but do not last 90 days, so

in fact the offer of finance would likely

become null and void, unless an extension

was secured.

I have had conversations with solicitors and

spoke with a representative from one of

the main insurance companies late last year

regarding how all this is going to pan out.

Unfortunately, they did not know either. I

am working on finding out what is the best

course of action, and when I do, I will report


If you find all this a little hard to figure out,

please feel free to contact me.

Next time I will talk about some of the

other changes to notice periods under the

amendments act.

Katrina Green,

Operations Manager

Property Management

027 606 0030

14 McKellar Place, Hornby

Tracy Thomson

69A Waimairi Road, Upper Riccarton

Vanessa Golightly

72 Merrin Street, Avonhead

Vanessa Golightly

Estelle Schuurman

Property Manager

Joy Coughlan

Mortgage Broker

027 223 3572

Richie Eggelton

Property Assistant

Cassidy Sprott

Property Management


Level 1, 7 Winston Avenue, Papanui

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

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