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Residents say efforts to stop

rat racers haven’t worked

• By Bea Gooding

EFFORTS TO mitigate rat

racing, speeding and increased

traffic in St Albans as a result

of the Christchurch Northern

Corridor have not worked, a

resident says.

City council staff have been

monitoring conditions on

Francis Ave since the CNC

opened last year, leading to the

implementation of three traffic

calming trials to manage the

motorway’s downstream effects.

The trials started last month

and involved temporarily changing

the layout of Francis Ave and

Westminster St over the course

of four months.

But Flockton St resident Jo

Scott told the Papanui-Innes

Community Board her street was

not considered in the trials, even

though traffic and speeding there

had worsened.

The trials to alleviate increased

traffic on Francis Ave and the

permanent closure of Forfar St,

as a result, led to more cars on

Flockton St.

“Although we are residents

of Flockton St, we are not

advocating for a solution just

for Flockton St,” she said at last

week’s meeting.

• Turn to page 5

CANCELLED: Three traffic calming trials to manage downstream effects of the Christchurch Northern Corridor in St

Albans, including the Francis Ave and Westminster St intersection, have been pulled following residents’ concerns.


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MP lobbied to save schools’ path

• By Bea Gooding


between three primary schools

that keeps children and cyclists

off the road is at risk of not being

retained at the conclusion of a

redevelopment project.

Cobham Intermediate,

Burnside Primary and Allenvale

schools will soon have major rebuilds,

but the Ministry of Education

has no plans to keep the

shared pathway used by dozens

of pupils and the community.

The Fendalton-Waimairi-

Harewood Community Board is

now seeking the support of Ilam

MP Sarah Pallett in lobbying the

ministry, which owns the land,

for the pathway’s retention.

Community board chairman

David Cartwright said keeping

cyclists safe was a “No 1 priority”

for the ward.

Said Cartwright: “In the initial

design by the Ministry of Education,

there was no consideration

given to cyclists and walkers to

move between [the schools].

“It has a high traffic flow and

foot count, with local residents

using it. It keeps cyclists safe

and encourages more people on


Burnside and Cobham are part

UNDER THREAT: The shared pathway that leads to the Burnside Primary School

entrance on Ilam Rd, near Cobham Intermediate.


of the $1.3 billion Christchurch

Schools Rebuild programme

(CSR), where 115 earthquakedamaged

schools are either being

rebuilt or redeveloped.

As part of the CSR, both

schools have been approved for

complete rebuilds, with an emphasis

on sharing facilities, given

their shared site.

In addition, the two schools

will host Allenvale School, which

is building a satellite school at

the Burnside and Cobham site,

and another new base in Belfast.

If the shared path is not

included in the ministry’s building

plans, it would force more

pupils and residents to use the

surrounding roads instead, such

as Ilam Rd.

“It’s their land, we need their

permission to go ahead,” he said.

“It is a shortcut for many

residents, cyclists and families

that travel through the schools.

It’s counter-intuitive to put more

people on the

road,” Cartwright


The board

is yet to hear

back on the

Ilam MP’s progress

with the


In the


the board was

satisfied with

the effort Pallett

has put in

so far.


engaged in

wanting to do

the right thing,



Sarah Pallett

and has given us a verbal commitment

that it would get done

right away,” said Cartwright.

“It’s not a case of Labour vs

National – safety and community

involvement is a bipartisan


Ilam MP Pallett did not

respond to questions by

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Calming measures ‘failure’

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“Traffic calming trials gradually

fixed things for Francis

Ave, but it’s made things really

terrible on Flockton. Parents are

having to walk their kids across

the road.

“Overall, you [the board] need

to acknowledge that your efforts

to curb speed and traffic volumes

in St Albans and Mairehau

have absolutely failed.”

The first trial started in March

for four weeks, consisting of left

in, left out only when accessing

Francis Ave at both sections at

Westminster St.

The second trial started at

the end of last month, where

a cul-de-sac was placed at the

southern entry of Westminster

St for two weeks.

The third trial, which started

last week, included a midway

cul-de-sac on Francis Ave.

Scott said Flockton St had a

history of speeding drivers – in

2006, speeding cushions were

installed to slow cars down. But

they were later removed as the

street was “geotechnically” on

weak land.

The street dropped “dramatically”

following the Canterbury

earthquakes; it had several sinkholes,

and buses using the street

were shaking houses.

“Despite the history of speed,

not once has anyone said to us

[anything] about traffic calming

on Flockton St,” said Scott.

“We want you to re-look at

traffic calming on

Flockton St and we

want you to consider

the unique geotechnical


“We would like you to

review all the decisions

that have been made to

date, including the bus

lane on Cranford St and

including the closure of

Forfar St.”

Papanui-Innes Community

Board chairwoman

Emma Norrish said the trials

have now been cancelled due to

residents’ concerns.



Residents were also concerned

that making improvements on

one street instead of another was

“pitting streets against

each other”.

“We met as a

community board

last week to pull all

the trials because of

the effect they were

having on other streets,

and the fact they were

already in place for a

number of weeks,” she


The board is now

arranging a meeting between

Scott and other Flockton St

residents with city council

traffic planning staff to answer





the traffic

calming trials

on Francis

Ave made


streets busier,


Flockton St.




further questions.

In the meantime, staff and the

board will analyse data from the

area as a whole regarding trial


“We know that there

have been big impacts on St

Albans, but we as a board want

to do everything we can to

alleviate those effects,” Norrish



the traffic calming trials

in St Albans successful in

reducing the downstream

effects of the Christchurch

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Musical therapy a way to support children

IN HER NEARLY three-decade

tenure as a musical therapist,

Julie Wylie reckons she’s

witnessed a miracle every single


Music plays an integral part of

life at the Champion Centre in

Burwood – a non-profit organisation

providing early intervention

for babies and children with

disabilities, or born prematurely.

Looking back, she has seen

a child sing their first words,

take their first steps, and even

helped a four-year-old boy on the

autistic spectrum find his voice

through music.

But after 28 years, it is time for

Wylie to pass over the conductors’


“Every child I’ve met has

taught me so much. It’s not about

their limitations, but about how

children can fly musically,” she


“When you allow them to find

their voice and let them be the

leader, they take you on the most

miraculous journey.”

The centre supports children

and their families with disabilities

or whose developmental

progress is at risk through its

early intervention programme at

Burwood Hospital.

Children with Down’s

syndrome and other genetic disorders,

cerebral palsy, epilepsy,

IN SYNC: After nearly three decades, it’s time for Champion Centre musical play therapist

Julie Wylie to hand over the conductor’s baton.


developmental dyspraxia, autism

spectrum disorder or brain injuries

were usually referred to the

centre by paediatricians.

During the 1990s, Wylie and

the centre’s speech-language

therapists studied how music

affected the brain and the wellbeing

of child and parent.

Neuroscience discoveries

showed elements of music

could be used in specific ways

to promote well-being and


Said Wylie: “I started writing

and reflecting after every session,

then I came across an amazing

book on music and the mind and

I thought, ‘this is the beginning.’

I could see that music could

bring parent and child into synchronicity.”

When a child is in a calm,

regulated space, “then they can


Music rhythm, melody, tune,

dynamics such as “loud or soft,”

music with a clear beginning,

middle and end, and the harmony

of instruments impacted

systems in the brain.

Depending on how they were

used, they can either contribute

to regulating or deregulating a

child’s systems.

“Music that has a steady beat,

close to a resting heart rate, encourages

lower parts of the brain

and the body to come into synch

and produce a feeling of calm,”

Wylie said.

Wylie referred to herself as

a conductor, not the leader.

Parents were the leaders as they

could carry on the music at


And ever since music was

introduced to the Champion

Centre, children and parents

have flourished.

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with disabilities

“Looking back, I have probably

seen a miracle every day,” she


“There was one little boy on

the autistic spectrum, aged four.

He looked like an angel and

had the most incredible voice.

Nobody was seeing anything

cognitively, but music seemed to

make a remarkable impact on


“This little boy has such strong

musicality. I asked his mother to

play him Mozart and he stood

with his ear to the radio.”

A parent could be full of grief,

but “something hilarious” could

happen during the music session.

“The parent then has a good

belly laugh and comments that

they haven’t laughed like that

since the baby was born,” Wylie


“It’s a cathartic experience for

parent and child.”

Many graduates of the centre

who once used music as a form of

therapy have gone on to pursue it

either in their careers or through


Graduate Thomas Eves is

now the chief trumpeter at the

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra,

and Jasmine Butcher was

studying music at university, she


“Another boy, Rohan Soper,

aged 17, who was born premature,

has been learning percussion and

has sat an exam through Trinity

College,” Wylie said.

“India Neville, now 21, is

studying at a music academy in


‘I’ve done everything

I’ve been asked to and

wanted to do, and now

it’s time to bow out.’

– Julie Wylie

Just because Wylie was retiring

from the centre, it did not mean

she was saying goodbye to the

world of music forever.

She will continue to run her

music school, the Julie Wylie

Institute of Musical Play, and

educate the next generation of

therapists through the Postgraduate

Certificate in the Psychology

of Musical Play – a qualification

she developed.

“When I started at the

Champion Centre, I was crying

out, ‘please consider music.’ Now

wherever I go, people are singing

and using music,” she said.

“I’ve done everything I’ve been

asked to and wanted to do, and

now it’s time to bow out.”


Hair and

Francesca Russ

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member Gavin

Walter after

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bikes. ​

Big turnout at youth duathlon

THE GARDEN City Rotary

McDonald’s Youth Duathlon

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to 15-year-olds taking part in

the 24th running of the annual


It is the major fundraiser

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programmes and a new

venture – Youth Hub


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Fitting out our pharmacy for the future

Unichem Bishopdale Pharmacy has

been proudly locally owned and

operated for over 55 years. During this

time, the pharmacy has undergone

multiple renovations to accommodate

the growing Bishopdale community.

With the most recent refit coming close

to completion, co-owners Amanda,

Maria and Anna have answered some

key questions behind the project.

What is the purpose of this refit?

Our purpose is to create a community

pharmacy environment that is fit for purpose, specifically for future

services. It is important to recognise that pharmacies have always been a

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to grow. We particularly wanted to create more space for customer

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feel confident that it is the right choice for the community, the team and us.

Amanda, Maria & Anna

Bishopdale Pharmacy

What direction do you see this

pharmacy going in the future?

We will continue to focus on the development

of our strong service-based model. We

understand the importance of people having

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What do you like most about operating in Bishopdale?

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Public speaking trophy for Marian College

ACHIEVEMENT: Archbishop Paul Martin with Marian

College students who took out the top spot at a public

speaking competition across the Canterbury diocese. ​


won the Bishop Lyons’ Shield

Competition for 2021.

The annual competition was

held at St Thomas’ College with

teams from the seven Catholic

secondary schools in the Canterbury

diocese competing in

public speaking events for the

coveted title.

While the Marian College

team had taken out some

early points including second

in impromptu speech, third in

the junior prepared speech and

first in senior prepared speech, it

wasn’t until the final events that

the students realised they might

just win the competition.

“We were in fourth place most

of the weekend, and then when

Valelia Taaso won the scripture

reading, suddenly we moved into

the top spot. It was then we realised,

if our religious questions

team got a placing, we would win

the shield,” student Taylor Fasi-

Fidow said.

“We felt the pressure going

into that,” Amy Williamson,

who was part of the religious

questions team said.

The religious questions participants

had studied hard over

the past month, learning about

interreligious dialogue which

they say ignited a renewed passion

for their faith and a fresh

perspective of what it means to

be Catholic in 2021.

“We prayed, a lot, going

into the competition,” student

Malaika Sequeira said.

“Praying just gave us this

sense of calm as we went out to


The team won the religious

questions competition, and the

Bishop Lyons’ Shield became

Marian College’s once again.

This is the fith time Marian

College has taken out the shield

since the competition’s inception

in 1945.

While the win was a great

achievement, the Bishop Lyons’

team insist it wasn’t what they

went there for.

“Going into the competition,

we weren’t thinking ‘we want to

win this,’ we were just excited

to meet other Catholic students

who share our faith, and we

spent most of the weekend cheering

other teams on,” Amy said.

“It was so great just meeting

other students and because it was

a public speaking competition,

no one was particularly shy and

we found it really easy to mix

and mingle with everyone.”

“What made this different to

other competitions where you’re

in it to win it, is the fact that we

really felt like we came to know

the other competitors – it was

like getting a little glimpse into

each other’s lives particularly

through the speech competitions,”

she said.

Amy Regenvanu, who was

part of the debate team, said the

experience has brought the participants

closer together in their

own friendships.

“Even within ourselves, we

were really cheering each other

on as we knew how much effort

we had each put into preparing

for our events. As a team, we

really were so positive and supportive

and we celebrated our

wins. We’ve become so much


Scripture reader Valelia Taaso

said the camaraderie between

the schools was overwhelming.

“When I finished doing the

scripture reading, the girls came

up and sung a waiata. Then when

the results were announced,

Whaea and Taylor a performed

a haka and some others from

other schools joined in, including

my cousin who was MC for

St Thomas’. I was just speechless.

It was very emotional.”

For several of the team members,

participating in Bishop

Lyons was extra special as they

had mothers and siblings who

had also previously competed in

the competition.

“It’s cool we now become part

of that history.”

Final results for Marian College

First – senior prepared speech:

Taylor Fasi-Fidow

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about their work in our Belfast

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Belfast’s fast-growing residential

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of our growing population.

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Remembering our Anzacs

“The darkness, calm and chill of the early morning;

the sound of the single tap of the drum of the parade;

the emotionless faces of the catafalque guard, and

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occasion as a meaningful ritual of remembrance.”

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their lives in war. The term ANZAC is the acronym for

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were known as ‘the Anzacs’.

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ceremonies – one at dawn (timed to coincide with the

initial landings at Gallipoli by Australian troops who were

the first ashore) and/or one later in the morning. The

ceremonies are rich in tradition and generally begin with

a parade of returned servicemen and military personnel

followed by cadets, youth groups and local dignitaries.

War veterans, proudly sporting their medals lead the

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parade, which leads to a local cenotaph or memorial gate

where the ceremony includes a service with hymns, laying

of wreaths, dedications, prayers and the Last Post played

on a bugle. Morning tea follows and allows people to share

memories and catch up with friends and neighbours.

Anzac Day was first observed by servicemen in 1916 to

mark the anniversary of New Zealand and Australian

soldiers landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. It soon

became a day where all New Zealanders and Australians

took time to remember the men and women who

perished in the Great War. In 1921, Anzac Day became an

official holiday and by 1922 it was declared a full public

holiday where shops, banks and hotels remained closed

for the day.

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The red (or Flanders) poppy is a symbol of remembrance

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Environmental leadership

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school students have been

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young New Zealanders.

Among hundreds of other

applicants, year 13 students Will

Wray, of Burnside High School,

and Jolie Sarginson, of Papanui

High School, were selected to

take part in the BLAKE Inspire


Held from this week in Waikato,

the programme enables

70, year 11 to 13 students from

across the country to join other

like-minded young leaders for a

week of experiential learning.

Chief executive James Gibson

said it will help to unlock their

potential and kick-start their

journey to tackle environmental

issues to create a more sustainable


“Environmental issues are

a priority for our rangatahi.

They’re very aware that their future

will be negatively impacted

if people don’t start responding

to challenges such as climate

change, biodiversity loss and the

decline of our marine health,

now,” he said.

“Whatever their culture,

Will Wray Jolie Sarginson James Gibson

school or background, BLAKE

Inspire brings together these

young, like-minded leaders to

create new connections and find

answers to pressing environmental


The programme is in partnership

with the Ministry for the


Throughout the week, students

will interact with scientists, conservation

experts and business

leaders who are leading the way

with sustainability initiatives.

They will develop leadership

skills, have exposure to career

paths in their field of interest,

and will see real-world applications

of the subjects they learn.

Visiting places such as Raglan

Harbour, Sanctuary Mountain,

Waitomo Caves and an awardwinning

Waikato dairy farm

will be a learning curve on conservation,

eco-tourism, sustainable

farming and environmental


MfE joint evidence, data and

insights group deputy secretary

Natasha Lewis said rangatahi

are growing up in a changing

world, where environmental

challenges and opportunities

are at the forefront of all key


Said Lewis: “Leaders today

need to be resilient, innovative

and able to respond to a

changing world. Young people

are often called the decisionmakers

of tomorrow, but our

rangatahi must be included in

the decision making of today,

because more than ever, those

decisions will impact the

Aotearoa they will inherit.”

COSY: Villa Maria College student leaders held a fundraiser

to buy warm pyjamas for children in need, which will be

donated to the Christchurch City Mission. ​

School project to keep

kids warm during winter

THE COOLER weather is

coming, and Villa Maria College

students are helping vulnerable

children stay warm this winter in

the form of cosy winter pyjamas.

The student leaders, led by head

girl Melissa Dunn, decided to

hold a mufti day last week, with

students donating a gold coin to

take part.

More than $1400 was raised on

the day, with every cent going towards

the purchase of new winter

pyjamas in a range of children’s


The pyjamas will be donated to

the Christchurch City Mission,

to be added to food parcels for

families in need across the city.

“We recognise that for some

families, the cost of new winter

pyjamas for their children is

more than they can afford, and

we can’t imagine not being warm

and cosy in bed through the

colder months,” said Melissa.

“It was fantastic to see so

many enthusiastic students

donating to such a good cause,

and we will be able to buy over

a hundred sets of brand-new

winter pyjamas, in various sizes,

for the City Mission to distribute

to families in need.”


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CONTRIBUTION: Six young adults from Ferndale School, which supports students with disabilities, including Amarjit (left) have secured internships with

the city council. Right – Elijah, of Ferndale School, with Botanic Gardens collection curator Shizuka Cornelius, does some practical work for his internship

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SIX YOUNG adults from a

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Winners tend to gardens with pride


Garden Awards acknowledge

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City image by beautifying

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Brenda M Anderson

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Lorraine and Stewart Taylor

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Janet Thompson

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Jeanette Brant

June and Gordon Jennison

Kevin and Cathy Dean

Margaret and Leslie Pester

Lois Flanagan

Leeth and John Wilson

Neiel and Rewa Drain

Norm and Lesley Shipley

Ursula and Peter Gooby

Rochelle Naysmith

Maurice and Shirley Oleary

Vicki Smith, Vickis Hair Studio

Ken and Joan Brown

Lancaster Mavis

Louise and Walter Phillips

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Judith and Gordon Watson

Ironi Kulathunga

Jenny Allison

J & N Orchard

Jill Newton and Derrol


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Graeme Mollison

Geraldine Murphy and Patrick


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Coleen Briggs

Emily Newburn

Marie Hunt


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Bep Weir

Bryan Gerrard

Cathy and Vance Stewart

Cindy Weiss

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Jocelyn Cross

Denise Falconer

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Duncan Peter Turner

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Terry Gillman

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Frankie’s roller coaster ride to

Frankie Bakker of Little

River has quit full-time

work to be an artist.

She talks to Samantha

Mythen about her

creative practice and

her journey along the


Where were you born?

I was born in Zimbabwe.

My parents studied tropical

agriculture and went to

Zimbabwe to work. I was lucky

enough to be born there. But I

was about one when I moved

to New Zealand. Diamond

Harbour is where I spent my


What was it like growing up

in Diamond Harbour?

Amazing. I always spent

time outdoors. We had a big

garden. The nature is probably

the biggest thing, being able to

walk up the hill and go for ocean

swims in the middle of winter

just because you feel like it.

When did you find yourself

living in Little River?

About three years ago. A lot

of stuff happened prior – I went

travelling and got really ill and

needed to be home with my

family. The longer I’ve stayed

here, it’s the community that

makes me want to stay. There’s a

little house the previous owners

used to live in while they were

building the main house and

that’s my studio. It’s at the top

of a little hill and has a balcony

looking over the whole valley. I

turn music on and paint. There’s

no reception or Wi-Fi up there.

What’s been your journey

to where you are now, calling

yourself an artist?

After graduating from the

Rudolf Steiner school, which

got my creative juices flowing, I

wasn’t sure what I wanted to do,

so I decided to apply to one fine

arts school (Elam in Auckland)

and see if they would accept me.

I got in, moved there and then

completed my fine arts degree,

which was a roller coaster.

In art school, I focused a

lot on being human and our

CREATIVE: Frankie Bakker working on her latest piece.

obsession with hedonism and

consumerism. After graduating I

had a couple of group exhibitions

in Auckland. I dealt with a lot of

mental health stuff, which has

made a big impact on my art.

My focus turned to the female

body and it was naked because

it’s about self-acceptance, as in

you don’t have to dress a certain

way to be accepted in a certain

way. From there, I put the bird

head in, which is still very

prominent in my work today. It

represents freedom.

There’s so many birds out

there. They’re all beautiful,

completely distinct. No one

really judges them and they don’t

judge each other. This idea has

since structured my art work –

self-acceptance and self-love.

After uni I went to Japan to do

an art residency. I really wanted

to travel and I love Japan. It was

picturesque in my head – like the

ART AT LITTLE RIVER: The concept design for a mural Bakker

will create at Little River School.


sakura, the Japanese blossoms. It

draws you in.

That was an incredible time

for self-development. I’d gone

on this big trip all on my own

and everything I did was

creative. I had support from all

these amazing people, we did

exhibitions – it was incredible. I

also did a mural at a zoo.

Between then and last year,

I kind of lost it a little bit. But

the Pop-Up Penguin happened,

and this was a huge highlight. It

pretty much sparked the desire,

“I want to do this.”

I started doing the Little River

School mural designs in that

time too.

So this year I have quit my fulltime

job. I have a small cleaning

job in Akaroa, which is totally

delightful and I love it. It means

I have spare time to paint. So far

I’ve had an exhibition in New

Brighton Library called Unwind,

and then I had the Christchurch

Art Show.

What’s been your favourite


Japan Zoo was huge. This was

the first mural I had ever done.

A couple of weeks before I was

due to leave Japan, I asked, “Can

I paint that wall down the road?”

It was completely grey and I

thought, “It needs colour!”

I talked to my residency host

and she explained there was

quite a commitment to painting

something like that.

A year later I was invited back

to paint the zoo’s wall. It was an

incredible two-month project.

Everything was gut feelings – I

went with the first design I drew.

The support was incredible. I

had 100 children at the opening

day who came and did some

painting. It was a huge artistic


Tell me about your Pop-Up

Penguin, which raised $17,500

for Cholmondeley’s Children’s


I was talking to the Wairewa

Community Trust about

painting a school mural and

then heard about the design

competition for the penguin.

The trust titled it ‘Gateway to

the Peninsula’, which I thought

was really cool. So I went with a

gate. I wanted it to be gold and

to look valuable as this place

is so valuable. I wanted it to be

rich because the whole Banks

Peninsula is so rich in nature.

There’s a lot of blue for the waters

and skies. Then the plants, birds

and insects that we can see

everywhere here.

What project are you working

on now?

I am creating a mural at

Little River School. It started

with my own design and the

Wairewa Community Trust

Committee loved it, so we

started putting a proposal

through. We then decided to

make a whole new design with

the children’s input.

So I put together a teaching

plan for the kids and we

organised an open day with a

working bee around the tennis

courts to get people involved, to

give it more significance as well.

I had no idea the mural would

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artistic dream

• From page 1

What has it been like working

with children?

So beautiful! I started the class

off by presenting myself as an

artist. They were very excited to

have me there. I rock up with this

presentation. I show them the

Japan mural and the penguin.

And then I showed them a photo

of the tennis court wall and

asked, “What do you reckon?” It’s

bland and has nothing and then I

said: “I’m going to paint a mural

on here and I need you guys to

give me some great ideas so that it

looks amazing.”

This was the interesting point.

They all sat in pairs with a piece

of paper and started drawing

with pencil and then furiously

erasing what they had drawn. I

said, “Guys, this isn’t a piece of art

work. This is the sketch process,

this is the thought process. It

doesn’t have to be perfect.” But

you could see things ticking in

their head, like “This doesn’t look

like I want it too, I’m not sure if

it’s good.”

So I ended up going around

and asking them to tell me what

they were drawing and I also

asked them, “What does that bird

eat, what does it do, what kind

of fun things can you imagine it

could do?”

When I started going around

on the second lap, kids started

throwing out ideas of moons that

were disco balls. It was cool to see

them gain some confidence.

Then at the end I asked them

if they had any further ideas. We

heard about trains flying through

the sky with birds hanging out of

the windows.

After the class, I spent hours

going through their designs and

ideas and then drawing them

myself to put together the design.

You can see how art sparks

those kids. When the teacher

asked the kids what they had got

out of the class, they all started to

say how it inspired them and how

great they feel and they love the

creativity, and it calmed them,

which is amazing.

I have this little dream, by like

40 years old, to be able to do art

SPARKING CURIOSITY: Bakker at the opening day of the

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show Bakker their own drawing creations.

therapy. To go back and study

and learn the psychology behind

it and find more sparks.

Where do you find

inspiration? How does Banks

Peninsula influence your work?

The wildlife is huge. Even just

driving through Little River,

there will be pheasants and little

quail on the road, and I will think

those are beautiful and then I will

get home and I will start looking

at images, and then other ideas

pop up from that.

Also, my art reflects what is

going through my head and what

I’m working through. Like at

the Art Show, some people said;

“Well, you have a bit of a crazy

mind coming up with this stuff.”

And I thought, “I guess I do.”

What does being an artist

mean to you?

I am learning what the steps are

to get there. But for me it

has always been a dream. Like

when people ask what did you

want to be when you were

younger, I didn’t want to be a

fireman or a doctor or anything

like that, I always wanted to be

an artist.What are you if you

don’t follow your dreams? You

are lost.

In the meantime, I want to

meet all these other amazing

artists and people that are

involved in art communities and

I want to share my art. Like that

Japan mural and the penguin –

the joy they brought to people

was incredible. So why would you

not do that?

Even the art exhibition last

weekend. It was so interesting,

how some people were like, what

is going on with that art, and

other people just loved it.

In the end, I left thinking that

was really successful. I had so

many great conversations and

met so many amazing people.

The two ladies that were in my

corner as well, like now I’m doing

a collaboration hopefully with

one of them. She does poetry and

I’m going to do the images. It is

opening doors.

How does being creative

enrich your life?

I feel like more of a whole

person when I’m getting creative.

It gives me a purpose and a

positive outlet. Being creative

means I’m doing something with

my thoughts.

What advice would you give to

those wanting to start their own

art practice?

You need to want it. That’s

what it is. And then you give it a

go. Start by factoring in an hour.

People go to the gym for an hour

so why can’t you take another

hour of ‘me time’ where you

decide you are going to create. It’s

the same with writing. Say, “OK,

three o’clock to four o’clock today

I’m going to sit in the park and

just write. I don’t care what I’m

going to write, I’m just going to

write something.”

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• By Ella Somers


has plans to save the historic

Canterbury Yacht and Motor

Boat Club building from the

threat of demolition and find it

a new home in Governors Bay.

The Bays Boat House

Group want to relocate

the club building to

near the long jetty in

Governors Bay. The

club building has

escaped demolition

twice since 2019 and

is currently sitting in

a storage area on Lyttelton

Port Company land.

The group wants to restore

and reopen the club building to

the public in time for the building’s

100th anniversary in 2023.

Louisa Eades, a member of

the Bays Boat House Group and

secretary of the Governors Bay

Jetty Restoration Trust, said

the response from Lyttelton

residents to saving the club

building had been overwhelmingly


“Many Lyttelton people have

happy memories of the building

when it was used by the Sea

Scouts,” Eades said.

The Lyttelton Port Company

has provided storage for the

club building until the site is

taken on by a new lease. This

leaves the future of the building


Eades said the previous custodians

gave the deed of the club

Louisa Eades



The boat

house in

storage at





building to the Bays Boat House

Group “on the understanding

that the building will go to

Governors Bay”.

The whole project is expected

to cost about $200,000. “This

figure is just an educated guess,”

Eades said. “Once we

have completed the

first stage of the project

we will have a much

clearer idea of the


The first stage

includes completing a

concept design, determining

the options for

transporting the building

and repiling the site, and

producing a costing report.

“We are fortunate to have

been gifted a grant from the

R & N Wait Charitable Trust,

proudly managed by Perpetual

Guardian, to complete this important

first stage,” Eades said.

Repiling the proposed new

location, resource and building

consent and transport of the

yacht club building are likely to

be the main costs.

Eades said the group anticipates

the main source of project

funding will be heritage grants.

“Although the building is not

currently on the heritage list, it

holds many memories for the

yachting and Sea Scouts communities.”

Heritage NZ has written a

letter to the Bays Boat House

Group in support of their


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continuing education


What will you

learn at the

WEA in Term 2?

Papanui High School

Term 2, 2021 nightclasses

As daylight saving ends and the

evenings become longer why not take

the opportunity to take up a new hobby,

learn a new skill, meet some new people

and have fun at the same time. Come

along to Papanui High School and enrol

in one of our exciting range of Adult and

Community Education Courses beginning

from 10 May.

One of our new courses for Term 2

is an Introductory Course in Modern

Herbalism. This course taught by Rebecca

Barrett will teach students the basics

of plant medicine including common

herbs and essential oils for the health and

wellbeing of yourself and your family.

We also have a wide range of other

courses on offer for Term 2 from

Languages, Woodwork, Dressmaking, Art,

Cooking, Cake Decorating, Yoga, Pilates,

Beekeeping, Ukulele, Photography, English

for Speakers of other Languages, Barista,

Yoga and more. We guarantee you will find

something to appeal regardless of your age

or interests. Most of our classes are held

in the evenings but we have a range of

weekend workshops available in Millinery,

Upholstery, Patchwork, Cheese Making

and Baking using hand raised bread


For further information and enrolment

in these or any of our courses please visit

our website or

email or telephone

our office on 3520701.

With over 50 events happening in Term

2 at the WEA, there will be something

for everyone, with topics including: arts

and crafts, dance, movement and music,

environment and science, history, language,

literature, philosophy and more.

There are regular groups and clubs,

including Pod-Cast-On, who knit for

babies at NICU and PIPS while listening

to fascinating pod-casts; Craft for a Cause,

making items to support causes and groups

around the city; Book Group, meeting

monthly to discuss an interesting read;

WEA Norwest Branch, meeting every

Friday in Papanui with a varied schedule of

speakers; WEA Outdoor Painting Club who

paint at various locations; and WEA Field

Club, offering monthly trips to encourage

outdoor activity and enjoyment of the

natural environment.

Some highlights this term include Social

Activism – Local and Global, a six-part

course delving into social activism here in

Aotearoa and abroad; All About Eid, an

introduction to the Festival of Eid which

celebrates the end of Ramadan; Afternoon

Tea with Sara Templeton, Councillor

for Heathcote Ward; and The Belief

Continuum – an introductory talk on the

origins of six major religions, what they

have in common and what sets them apart.

Courses are held throughout the week

in daytime, evenings and weekends, with a

strong focus on social and environmental

justice – if it’s good for the people and

planet – then it’s good for the WEA.

On a busy day we can have up to eight

events happening, with dozens of people

coming and going or sitting chatting with

a cuppa in our sociable kitchen space. Our

community is diverse and includes people

from a variety of cultures and ages, coming

together to learn and share skills and

experience, and make friends. As well as

our central city location we also hold classes

in Lyttelton and New Brighton. Committed

to keeping our prices affordable, we offer

some free talks and workshops each term.

Visit us at to find out

more. Or drop into the WEA office at

59 Gloucester Street between 9:30am and

3:00pm Monday to Friday.

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continuing education

Risingholme’s Adult and

Community Education

Courses for Term 2, 2021

Spaces are

limited so enrol

now to avoid


autumn is here and with this term 2 is just

around the corner! now might be a good

time to learn something new!

With the cooler weather upon us have you

considered enrolling in a cooking course? For

Term 2 we are offering a wide range of cooking

courses – Egyptian Cuisine, Indian Cuisine

Beginners, Italian Cuisine and Thai Cooking.

We are also excited to be offering a new

cooking course for Term 2 –

• Simple, Healthy Meals on a Budget.

Over five weeks you will learn how to make

five different healthy, easy, low cost tasty meals

you can cook at home for yourself, family and


If you have been thinking of extending your

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2 Pattern Drafting and Pattern Manipulation

– Own Project course. This course gives you

the opportunity to start creating your own


We are expanding our programme by

offering some new and exciting courses from

Term 2 onwards. Topics offered

are varied including a new

cooking course, a range of new

art courses, and a job readiness


Our full range of courses

and their locations can be

viewed on our website

If you have an enquiry, please

do not hesitate to email us at or

telephone the office on 03 332 7359.

Course brochures

are available at the

Risingholme office

and CCC public


Adult and Community Education Term 2, 2021

Come learn with us

Risingholme Community Centre offers

a wide range of short courses, each

term, at a range of venues.

Risingholme Community Centre

Art (Creative Art, Mixed Media, Painting with Acrylics, Drawing

& Sketching), Fabric & Craft Skills, Guitar, Pottery, Sewing Skills,

Upholstery, Using your Overlocker, Sewing Retreat, Yoga, Wood

Sculpture, Woodwork, Woodwork for Women, Zentangle, Fermented

Foods, Te Reo Maori, Patchwork and Quilting, NZ Sign Language, Reiki,

Junk Journal, Designing Water Colours, Upcycling Furniture Workshop

Christchurch Girls’ High School

Te Reo Maori, Drawing & Sketching, German Language, Painting with

Acrylics, Spanish & Go, NZ Sign Language, Pattern Drafting, Spanish

and Go, Simple Healthy Meals on a Budget

Hornby High School

Te Reo Maori, NZ Sign Language, Thai Cooking

Riccarton High School

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Is it Worth Waiting to Sell Your House in Spring?

As we hit the winter months we hear

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mean and is it worth waiting for this time

of year or is it all a market myth?

I understand that Canterbury properties

in Spring look picture perfect with leaves

on trees, warmer open home weather etc,

so of course wanting to wait until your

home can put it’s best foot forward makes

sense. This time of year is, however, when

there is an influx of homes to the market

and therefore more houses competing

for your buyer’s attention. So is it worth

waiting or should you get a head start and

jump on the market earlier?


When exactly is Spring when you are

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the Spring sale works to a wonderful

timeline where they breeze out of Winter

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new home before Christmas even starts

to come on the radar. The reality is, a

Spring launch turns into an October-ish

launch and a December or even January


Let’s break it down:

I generally advise sellers to factor in a

twelve week process from start to finish.

Working on the current median days to

sell you are looking at an average of five

weeks actively on the market.

• Factor in the lead-in-time including

interviewing agents, completing

paperwork, finding your EQC

documents, preparing your home for

photos and the upcoming building

report (i.e finishing any maintenance

jobs on the list). So, a one to four

week preparation process depending

on how organised you are and how

ready your home is.

• Unless you Auction, once you are

under offer it is highly likely the due

diligence period will be another two


• Settlement is then another two to

eight weeks from confirmation.

To give you some perspective, there are

16 weeks between September 1st and

Christmas day so if you launch to market

in the very first week of September you

would, on average, be moving at the end

of November all going to plan. This would

mean your preparation for the market

will be happening in August when most

sellers are still in their woolly socks with

their duvets over their heads.

Getting the competitive advantage.

In my professional opinion there are two

ways of gaining a competitive advantage

when working out the timing of your

upcoming sale.

1. Go to market in winter when you

have less competition

2. Launch to market in Spring but in

actual Spring, ie start preparing now

over the winter months and get a

head start on the market rush which

only dilutes your buyer pool as a


If I was buying a house in Christchurch

I would buy it in Winter. Our Summer is

lovely but our Winters are pretty average

through to horrid so you know what you

are getting when purchasing property

in Winter. If you own a villa with double

height ceilings and average heating then

maybe a winter sale isn’t for you but if

you have a warm, dry home then this

could be very well showcased during

these colder months. The main advantage

here too, there are fewer homes on the

market so less competition. You may just

find your time on the market for a winter

sale is a little longer going on earlier stats.

Otherwise get out the planner, put in the

dates you would like to be moved by and

then work twelve weeks backward from

there and remember to keep in mind that

Spring will have sprung on you before you

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Residential Tenancies Amendments Act 2020 | Minor Alterations

When the Residential Tenancies

Amendments Act was announced late last

year landlords were concerned about a

number of the changes being made, and

of major concern was the tenants ability

to make minor alterations to their rental


Whilst on the surface I concede that this

does sound somewhat daunting, in actual

fact there are plenty of rules around how

this can happen that will ensure that a

landlord is well protected, as long as good

systems are followed.

What you do need to know is that a

landlord cannot unreasonably withhold

permission if a tenant requests to make a

minor alteration to a property. But what

is deemed a minor alteration? While we

have not been given any real guidance

around this, it does seem to be things like

installing a TV bracket or fixing a cabinet

to a wall etc, as opposed to removing or

adding in new walls!

A tenant will be required to ask

permission in writing giving details on

what they are wanting to do, and the

location. A landlord is then required to

respond within 21 days, and failure to

respond will mean that the tenant can go

ahead with the changes.

If we use a TV bracket as an example, the

landlord can either ask that the tenant

rectifies the wall back to the original

condition at their own cost, or that the

tenants leave the bracket at the end of

the tenancy at no cost to the owner, but…

this must be in writing within the 21 days,

and accepted by both parties.

Furthermore the landlord could advise

that the bracket cannot be put on the

North East wall as there is wiring in that

wall, but instead could be put on the

South East wall.

So in summary, a tenant can make minor

alterations, but permission must be

granted by the landlord in writing within

21 days, and there can be some conditions

around the permission.

I hope this clarifies this and alleviates

some of the fears around this part of

the amendments, but if you have any

concerns please feel free to contact me.

Check in next time when I talk about the

re-assignment of tenancies.

Katrina Green,

Operations Manager

Property Management

027 606 0030

Maria Paterson

Licensee Salesperson

027 543 4689

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Executive Assistant

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Licensee Salesperson

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