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Rugby, BMX clubs mourn

dedicated supporter

• By Chris Barclay


anticipation for a new club

rugby season was tempered by

the loss of a consummate team

man at Christchurch Park on

Saturday, where players donned

black armbands.

And at Woodend on

Sunday, the Christchurch

Football Club’s golden oldies,

The Gentlemen, also observed

a minute’s silence to remember

teammate Nigel Mahan.

The death of the 50-year-old

father of two from St Albans,

following a heart attack on

April 1, cast a shadow over the

opening round of the club’s

fixtures and the veteran’s first

run around.

Mahan represented North

Otago as a centre, wing and

fullback before moving to

Christchurch in the late 1990s

to play in the club’s social

grades, initially for the Canardlys.

“He leaves a massive hole in

our teams and our club,” said

Christchurch FC chairman

Mark Thompson, a former


• Turn to page 5

SORELY MISSED: The Christchurch Football Club has mourned the passing of player and administrator Nigel Mahan, seen

here with ball in hand for The Gentlemen golden oldies team, who died suddenly before Easter.

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Community centre open

A DECADE on from the

Canterbury earthquakes,

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centre to call their own.

The new Kohinga St Albans

Community Centre was officially

opened at the weekend –

the first permanent facility on its

Colombo St site for a decade.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel opened

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HOME: Mayor Lianne Dalziel, Papanui-Innes Community

Board members and the St Albans Residents’ Association

officially opened the new Kohinga St Albans Community

Centre last weekend.


Centre was demolished in July


“When the building that used

to stand on this site was taken

down after the earthquakes, we

were fortunate to have Lions

Club International step in to

provide a temporary facility

but this community has been

without a permanent hub since

the earthquakes,” she said.

“This new building is an

example of what can be achieved

when various groups who know

their community well work

together collaboratively.

“We’re pleased to partner

with the St Albans Residents’

Association, which will continue

to manage the centre. This will

ensure it can continue to be a

well-used, and much valued part

of this community for years to


The new centre has a number

of environmentally sustainable

features including a high level

of insulation, extensive northfacing

glazing and low energy


Accessibility is also an important

feature, with broad spaces,

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change rooms.

The original foundation stone

that was salvaged when the original

building was demolished

is featured in the community


The contents of a time capsule

unearthed during the demolition

of the former building have

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the new facility.

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have gone into the planning and

construction of the new building.

To see it all come together

and finished is quite special. The

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Thursday April 15 2021 5

‘He leaves a massive hole’

•From page 1

With boots clean and

always at the ready, Mahan

also coached and managed

junior grades at the club before

organising the golden oldies


He was also set to manage

the premier reserve team this


The Metro Premier side

provided a fitting tribute,

beating Burnside 26-11 while

the premier reserves were also

too strong for their Burnside

counterparts, winning 38-19.

“He gave plenty. He was

always there to lend a hand or

step up when no one else did,”

Thompson said.

Mahan was also mourned by

the North Avon Christchurch

BMX Club, which he joined in

2005 when son Connor started


He was recently made a life

member of the BMX club in

recognition of his work in helping

establish new facilities at

the headquarters in Bexley after

they were devastated by the


“When the 2011 earthquakes

hit and wrecked the facility,

the club lost everything,” club

president Mark Lewis said.

“Nigel led the charge to pick

up the pieces and start again,

DRIVING FORCE: Nigel Mahan’s contribution was

paramount as the North Avon Christchurch BMX Club

got back in the saddle after 2011 earthquakes.

guiding the club back to a

successful hosting of the 2014

South Island Titles on a ‘repaired’

track with generators

and water carts.

“At the same time, Nigel’s

passion and drive was instrumental

in securing funding for

the construction of the fantastic

new facility at the northern end

of Bexley Reserve.”

Although he had switched

focus to rugby matters, Mahan

was still remembered fondly at

the BMX club.

“Everyone who knew Nigel

knows he was very supportive

and had great advice,” rider

Imanuel Abdel Malak said.

“He supported from day one

with my riding, right up to

the most recent nationals (in

Rotorua last month). We will all

miss him dearly.”

“He encouraged and supported

every member from the

littlest sprocket to the ones old

enough to know better,” Lewis


“He was the backbone to

many large events and the 2020

Nationals would not have been

a success without him.

“Nigel put his heart and soul

into North Avon BMX and he

played a huge part in so many

club members’ lives. He will be

sorely missed by the entire BMX


Mahan is also survived by his

wife Nina, daughter Chantal

and Connor.

A reader responds to

concerns that not all

voices were heard over

a contentious housing

development in St Albans

My neighbours and I – the

“older households” referred to in

last week’s front page article in

Nor’West News – have indeed let

our council know the reasons for

our opposition to the Wolfbrook

developments in Mersey and

Westminster Sts, and they do

not include the fact they are

“medium density” housing.

We have no beef either, with

the people (statistically 60 per

cent of whom will be renting

from investor-landlords) who

will live in them.

What we are objecting to

is their dominant, outsized,

featureless, colourless, cookiecutter,

brutalist, bunker-like

appearance, with no room for

children and minimal parking

provision, which does not sit

well in our older family-oriented


We also object to the $520,000

to $680,000 price tags for the

very small one and two-bedroom

apartments within these piles,

being touted as “affordable housing.”

There is a place for everything.

Just as covenants would prevent

us relocating our beautiful

100-year-old character home

to a new subdivision or to a

designated housing complex site

in the inner city, we expect the

same sort of consideration, and

we sincerely hope there will be

no more of this current “style” of

architecture in St Albans.

– June Peka


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Teacher finds her voice through art

• By Bea Gooding

ANH QUE CHU knows a thing

or two about how it feels to not

be able to communicate what’s

on her mind.

As an art teacher for people

with intellectual disabilities at

the Art for Life Trust, she understood

how much of a barrier

language can be.

Not knowing a word of English

when she first moved to New

Zealand in 1982 as a refugee following

the Vietnam War made

tasks such as getting a job that

much more strenuous.

But through art, she was able

to find her voice and has enabled

others to do the same.

Said Chu: “When I first

came here I couldn’t speak

English, so I went to Teachers’

College in the hopes of getting

a full-time job. But my English

wasn’t good enough at the time,

so I was very depressed. I just

wanted to have a full-time job,

but I couldn’t.

“The only thing I was good at

was practical art and demonstrations

on how to paint.”

When teaching in schools did

not go to plan, she drew on her

strengths by selling off drawings

and paintings.

She later graduated from

Ara Institute of Technology in

2000 with a Bachelor of Art and


After landing a full-time job

privately teaching children and

adults at Your Studio Trust for a

number of years, Chu established

the Art for Life in 2013.

It provides art tuition to people

of all ages who live with an intellectual


It did not matter if students

had autism, Down’s syndrome,

or attention deficit hyperactivity

disorder – anyone could learn

how to make art using acrylic

and watercolour paint, ink pens

or charcoal.

At the end of year exhibition,

it was also a chance to generate

their own income by selling

pieces they made.

Art enabled them to express

themselves and to learn more

about colour therapy, but it was

a safe and inclusive place to

make friends while developing

confidence, self-esteem and pride

in their work.

Teaching art in other places


Anh Que

Chu (right)

with student


Blackler at

the Art for

Life Trust,



people with



how to find

their voices

through art.




like high schools often meant the

end goal was to make students’

art stand out, but at the trust, it

was a different story.

“Here, that’s not the goal –

show them that you love them,

care about them, and help them

express their feelings,” said Chu.

“A lot of students here can’t

talk or hear, so you have to find

a way to understand and help

them communicate.”

Becoming a teacher was something

Chu fantasised about as a

teenager, but she never expected

to do so in another country.

Chu was a 25-year-old art student

when her family was forced

to flee Hanoi, Vietnam, in 1979,

four years after the Vietnam War


External tensions stemming

from the country’s dispute with

Cambodia and China in the

years that followed caused a mass

exodus of nearly 800,000 people

– most of Chinese descent, just

like Chu’s family.

After seven days of being

crammed in a boat with 396

other refugees, they eventually

made it to a refugee camp in

Hong Kong.

It was where she met her future

husband, a New Zealander, who

was working at the camp with

the Salvation Army.

Art has been a constant in

her life since her teenage years.

During the war, she was inspired

by an encounter with two art

students, who encouraged her to

study at Hanoi Arts School.

Now, Chu gets to live out her

teaching dream in a field she

is most passionate about while

making a colourful impact

within the disability community.

“A good teacher follows the

student. Usually, you try to get

the students to follow you, but

here, you follow them.”

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Hundreds of eager swimmers from around Canterbury and the West Coast

competed for honours and school pride at the annual Canterbury Primary

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last week. About 650 pupils from 153 schools competed in more than 50

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New Marian College plans

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“WOW, WOW, WOW” was the common reaction from

students, parents, and the wider community when Marian

College unveiled the design of their new school due to open in

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offer at our Open Day on Tuesday, 11 May from 4pm to 7pm.

Please visit our website or contact the team at Marian

College to enrol your daughter for 2022 and beyond.

Enrolment applications for Year 9 2022 close on Friday, 30 July.

Marian College, 122 Barbadoes Street, Christchurch,

phone 03 385 8449, email: exec@mariancollege.school.nz


St Michael’s Church School

An independent school education is a

precious gift that doesn’t have to break the


St Michael’s is your school at the heart

of the city, where we’ve been nurturing the

children of Christchurch for 170 years.

At the heart of the St Michael’s are the

essential life values of Christian faith and

good citizenship.

Our small classes offer your

child outstanding specialist and

individual attention. Your child has

a sense of identity and place at St


Traditional foundations in

English and Maths are assured.

This academic rigour underpins

our wider curriculums in Science,

History, Geography and languages.

IT literacy is taught, not assumed,

and computer use is measured. We

like teaching and talking to our


St Michael’s cultural and sports’

programmes further develop your

child’s foundation. Specialist Art,

Music and PE classes are enjoyed

weekly. Most pupils play a musical

instrument, and our Choirs, Stage

Band and Orchestra offer early

steps in ensemble performance.

Academic and Music

Scholarships are offered. Registrations are

being accepted for our next Scholarship

Day from pupils currently in Years 4-6, on

25 May.

Our senior programme, Parare,

advances our Year 7&8 education outside

the box, from financial literacy to outdoor

education, leadership challenges to new

sports, citizenship and civics to art and

Aidanfield Christian School

Working together with families in the South West of Christchurch. Our students

benefit from our specialist teaching with emphasis on pastoral care and our

special focus on personal character development and learning.

Application Closing Dates for 2022

Years 7-10: 18 June 2021

Years 1-6: 20 August 2021

For more information, contact us on (03) 338 8153 or


Artist’s impression of the new Marian College.


Nestled on the banks of the Avon, our

extended campus is spectacular: the art

gallery, museum, library, theatres and

Hagley Park are only minutes away.

You and your child are warmly welcome

to discover our purposeful, wholehearted

and inclusive prep school. Every Day is

Open Day!

✓ Co-educational, Years 1-8

✓ Small classes

✓ Specialist teachers

✓ Traditional classrooms;

academic rigour

✓ Musical excellence

✓ Christian values

✓ Before & after school care:

7.30am - 5.30pm

✓ Central city location

Haere mai! Talofa lava!


You are invited to

Marian College

Thursday 11 May 4 - 7pm

Principal’s welcome at

4.15pm and 5.30pm

122 Barbadoes St, Christchurch

Wilsons and street parking


For more details visit



St Michael’s

Your school at the heart

of the city since 1851


www.saintmichaels.school.nz 249 Durham Street 379 9790

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Open Evening

Wednesday 12 May

6pm - 8pm



Hornby High School

There will be an opportunity

to meet the staff and have a

guided tour of our new school.

Commitment, Achievement,

Resilience, Respect.

180 Waterloo Road, Hornby

Ph 03 349 5396


When choosing the right school for

our tamariki we often go by the ‘feeling’

we have when we visit, as much as by the

programmes that schools have on offer.

The world demands fewer people who can

do repetitive tasks and more people who

can think creatively and critically. That’s

why our vision, our aspiration, as a school

is to be ‘A centre of creative excellence’

in everything that we do, whether visual

arts or chemistry, volleyball or music,

management or curriculum organisation.

In doing this we haven’t forgotten the

importance of the strong relationships

that we build with all of our students, and

the importance of individualising learning

pathways so that we come as close as we

can to meeting every individual student’s

needs. Hornby High School’s feeling is

one of positive relationships that support

learning. Students often comment that

we feel like whānau, like family. Visitors

without exception comment on the calm

learning focussed environment that they

see and feel when they visit our learning

spaces. This all takes place within our

amazing new facilities that are allowing

us to develop a new curriculum crossing

old subject boundaries and catering for

individual needs, that support student

passions, and help our students to grow

their heart for their community. On top of

that students always comment on the wide

range of sporting and other activities that

are on offer for them during their time at

school. We emphasise our values, promoting

the ethos of kindness, of manaaki. I

personally invite you to come along and

meet with our skilled staff, and the amazing

young people who make Hornby High

School such a wonderful place to be.

Robin Sutton, Tumuaki

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Christian Integrated Schools

Working together for the good

of students and families has been

a successful recipe for Christian

Integrated Schools in Christchurch.

The Christian School Network

has been in existence for over ten

years. Aidanfield Christian School,

Emmanuel Christian School, Hillview

Christian School and Middleton

Grange School decided in 2005 that

there was much to be gained by

working together cooperatively. They

recognised opportunities to share

successful teaching practice, curriculum

development initiatives across a wide

spectrum of school operations as well as

cooperatively strengthening their special

Christian Character. They recognised

that their ability to serve students

and families was greatly enhanced by

working together in a close and trusting


The success of the network has seen

other schools wanting to join in. Early

in the piece Rangiora New Life School

became part of the network. The schools

joined together to support the genesis

of Ashburton Christian School and also

culminated in the start up of a brand

new school in Rolleston in 2015.

The schools have developed

interlocking enrolment schools which

assists in providing transparent pathways

in Christian education from new entrant

through to Year 13.

A further strength has been a

cooperative engagement with the

Ministry of Education who have

been pivotal in assisting the networks

successful development.

Papanui High School

Preparing students

for their future

“Our aim is simple... to provide the best

education possible for every student”

Giving students the opportunity to

study from an innovative and broad curriculum

is critical to providing each student

a pathway that meets their individual

needs. We allow for a greater range

and flexibility in subject choice including

the utilization of the secondary/tertiary

interface. This reinforces the philosophy

underpinning personalised learning and

is strongly supported by understanding

our students’ interests, passions, talents,

and ultimately their career aspirations.

We understand that for effective

learning to take place, it has to be implemented

in such a way that students will

be highly engaged. The school does this

in a ‘forward thinking’ way by creating

learning environments that allow our

students to see value in what they do

and achieve. Papanui “PRIDE” is what

we represent and we demonstrate this

by having young adults leave our school

as confident learners who have gained

the appropriate qualifications and social

skills to become valued contributing

members of society.

All that we do here is reinforced by

positive relationships, an ethos of caring,

cultural responsiveness, inclusion, and

high expectations – what we call “Our

Full service Model”. The school highly

values the connectedness of curricular

and co-curricular learning. We have a

philosophical understanding that the

holistic development of the student is

critical to their individual success.

The school has worked hard to consolidate

recent initiatives to ensure sustained

and continuous improvement. You

are invited to view our website, school

charter, ERO report, and/or contact the

school for more information.

Open Night:

Tuesday 25th May 6.30pm

Enrolments due:

Friday 30th July


Our aim is simple….to provide the best education possible for every student


Tuesday 25th May 6.30pm

The evening will consist of an address from the principal and student

representatives, followed by guided tours of the school’s facilities.

Phone: 03 352 6119

30 Langdons Road

PO Box 5220


Applications for enrolment are due by

Friday 30th July

My School, My Success, My Responsibility - Tōku Kura, Tōku Tiketike, Tōku Haepapa

Hillview Christian School

Yr 1–10

Middleton Grange School

Yr 1–13

Emmanuel Christian School

Yr 1–10

Aidanfield Christian School

Yr 1–10 Yr 1–8

Open Days: 18 & 20 May



for details

p: 332 6923

e: office@hillview.school.nz

w: www.hillview.school.nz

Open Days: 25 & 27 May



for details

• High quality affordable Christian education

• Qualified teachers who are committed Christians

• High standards of academic achievement and behaviour

p: 348 9826

e: office@middleton.school.nz

w: www.middleton.school.nz

Open days: Viewing by appointment



for details

p: 359 3595

e: office@emmanuelchristian.school.nz

w: www.emmanuelchristian.school.nz

p: 338 8153

e: enrol@aidanfield.school.nz

w: www.aidanfield.school.nz

A network of non denominational Christian Schools offering limited places in 2022

• Co-educational and State Integrated

• New Zealand Curriculum delivered from a Biblical perspective

• Christian virtues modelled and encouraged

Open days: Viewing by appointment



for details

Open days: Viewing by appointment



for details

p: 550 2653

e: office@rcs.school.nz

w: www.rollestonchristian.school.nz

• Strong partnership and shared vision between home and school for God’s calling

on the life of the child

• Pathways for pupils from Aidanfield, Emmanuel, Hillview and Rolleston to

Middleton Grange School at Senior College level

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Selwyn House


Selwyn House School is the only school in

Christchurch offering a girls’ only education

from years 1 through to 8. We believe that

combination, of a girls’ only education that

takes students from their earliest school years

right through to high school, is what gives our

students the strongest start to their secondary


Our carefully crafted programme focuses

on developing ‘the total girl’, who has the

confidence, resilience, foundational knowledge,

creativity and compassion to succeed and lead

in the future. We help students identify their

own strengths and talents and tap into each girl’s

unique potential so that they leave this school

with the self-confidence and skill-set they need

to thrive at secondary school and beyond.

At Selwyn House we believe leaders are made,

not born, and that is why we put a particular

focus on leadership in the Senior School. In

comparison to other intermediate or middle

school high school programmes, our Year 7 and

8 students have the distinct advantage of being

the senior students in their school. Every girl

has the opportunity to serve in leadership roles

and the high number of Selwyn House students

that then go on to assume leadership roles

in their secondary schools, and later in their

careers, speaks for itself.

We understand girls at Selwyn House and

we know how important it is for our students

to feel supported and encouraged as they work

through those crucial development stages

between Years 1 and 8. Our students are able to

negotiate these formative years within a safe and

nurturing environment, where they are able to

be themselves, safely challenge themselves, and

develop a strong sense of self-worth.

Learn more about what makes a Selwyn

House School education the best start to

school by attending our Open Day on Monday

3 May, 9am - midday.




phone (03) 355 7299 email office@selhouse.school.nz

122 Merivale Lane, Merivale, Christchurch

An International

Baccalaureate School


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Villa Maria College

Villa Maria College is a state integrated

Catholic secondary school for girls

in Years 7 to 13. The foundation for

everything we do is our Catholic faith,

which we express through our Mercy

charism. Villa Maria College offers

spiritual formation and pastoral care

in the tradition of Catherine McAuley,

the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, who

established the College in 1918.

Our Mission is to: “Empower each

young woman to determine her

potential, live Gospel values, confidently

embrace life-long learning and as a

Mercy woman be inspired to make a


We have a proud academic history,

achieving academic results that are

among the best in the country. Girls are

encouraged to stretch themselves and

work towards individual goals, so they

fulfil their potential. A good education

has balance, and our strong academic

programme is combined with varied cocurricular

activities, encompassing sport,

cultural and musical programmes.

We invite you to attend our Open

Day on Wednesday 19 May 2021 and

experience our special character for

yourself. You will also find a wealth

of information on our website – www.


St Bede’s College

Founded over 100 years ago, St Bede’s

College is the South Island’s most

established Catholic Boys’ Boarding

School. Our vision is to create Catholic

Marist leaders of the future who serve

with a Catholic heart, mind and hands.

Our teaching and learning programmes

are an important component of this, with

programmes designed to ensure each

boy engages with, and receives a holistic

education that reflects their individual

needs, interests, hopes and aspirations.

We further support this vision with a

deliberate focus on educating the whole

person through high quality pastoral and

guidance systems, servant leadership

programmes and positive psychology


Sport at St Bede’s is characterised by all

students achieving personal excellence

through their commitment to challenge

themselves whilst being supported by

high quality coaching and first-class

facilities. We are proud that over 85% of

our young men are engaged in any of our

33 co-curricular activities for sport.

We offer a broad Arts and Culture

programme inclusive of drama, music,

dance, debating, visual arts, Polyfest

and Kapa Haka. Whatever the area of

ability, all students at St Bede’s College

are encouraged to develop and use their

God-given talents for the good of others.

We have a long-standing tradition

of providing quality boarding school

education, with spacious grounds and

many facilities available to use and

benefit from. The strong culture of St

Bede’s College encourages a sense of

community that extends beyond current

students to include all past and present

students and staff, and their families,

enriched through global connections in

faith, learning and culture.

Wednesday 19 May 2021, 9am - 3pm

Villa Maria College is a

state integrated

Catholic secondary

school for girls in years

7 - 13.

We extend a warm

invitation to

prospective parents

and students to join

us throughout the day

and see our College in


Meet our staff and students and find out

what makes Villa Maria College such a special place.

Principal Deborah Brosnahan and our student leaders will address

visitors in the Auditorium at the following times: 9am and 1pm for

Year 9 intake, and 11am for Year 7 intake. Visitors are then invited to

take a guided tour of the College. We look forward to seeing you.

2021 Student Leaders

21 Peer St, Christchurch

Ph: 348 4165



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The AirTouch4 can also connect to

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Their team of expert sales people, qualified

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They will recommend the most energyefficient

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Nowadays, customers are often wanting

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