Bay Harbour: April 28, 2021

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Parade to remember fallen

We shall remember them. These words echoed across the Bay Harbour News area as hundreds of people joined in

on Anzac Day commemoration services on Sunday. They came together to remember those who gave their lives in

service to New Zealand and to also reflect on the brave work of those who still serve today. The well-attended service

in Lyttelton (above) featured a parade of bagpipe players marching along London St. More than 800 people attended

the dawn service in Heathcote Valley. About 500 people then paraded to the Valley Inn Tavern where keen cooks

had been up since 4.30am preparing breakfast. Members of the Sumner Lifeboat and surf life saving clubs took part

in the services in Sumner. After Covid-19 meant last year’s services usual gatherings could not take place, the large

turn-outs this year showed the power of community spirit. • More photos, pages 4 & 5

Train speeds

to remain

at 40km/h

through

Heathcote

• By Samantha Mythen

HEATHCOTE residents have

successfully campaigned for train

speed limits through their valley

to remain the same.

A KiwiRail spokesperson told

Bay Harbour News the company

would be keeping the speed limit

for trains travelling through

Heathcote at 40km/h.

Said Heathcote Valley Community

Association chairman

Lewis Low: “This was the correct

decision and the right thing to do.

Everyone is really happy about this

decision.”

It was decided after KiwiRail

representatives Steve Pye and John

Gousmett met with the community

on March 15 to discuss a

proposed change of increasing the

speeds to 50km/h.

More than 60 people turned up

the meeting to share their

perspective on the issue.

Gousmett explained to the

group the increased speed would

actually reduce the amount of

noise as trains would no longer

have to increase power as they

approached Lyttelton tunnel.

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Wednesday, 10am-12pm

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Ferrymead Sumner Men’s Probus Club, Thursday, 10am

Redcliffs Mt Pleasant Bowling Club, 9 James St. Monthly meetings are held

on the last Thursday of each month, featuring guest speakers. This week’s

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One Stitch at a Time

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fabric crafters. Creating connections

and community while sharing

knowledge and skills. All are

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Storm hits Sumner businesses

• By Samantha Mythen

A PIZZERIA and a florist were

flooded after Saturday’s heavy

rain saw an overflow of water on

the streets of Sumner.

Fire & Slice manager Pal Singh

said as the water rose on the

streets outside the pizzeria on

Wakefield Ave, it also flowed

over the curb

and in through

the front door.

The water

covered the

entire floor of

the building,

Pal Singh

including the

dining area,

kitchen, pantry and stock chiller,

flowing all the way to the back

door.

It took seven hours to clean

up the water and sanitise the

restaurant once the flooding had

stopped.

Singh said the flooding was

disappointing as just two weeks

prior the road works through

Sumner Village had been completed.

Said Singh: “The building

had flooded in 2019 and after

the roadworks had finished we

thought this problem should be

fixed.”

A previous business in the

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The floor of Harakeke florist

and giftshop on Marriner St was

also flooded.

The Sumner Volunteer Fire

Brigade was called out at 9pm

to the village to provide help to

those affected by the flooding.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer,

Darren Wright, said city council

contractors also worked alongside

the fire brigade, digging

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Fatality avoided

on Scarborough Hill

Airbags prevented what

could have been a fatal

injury after a car crashed

into a power pole on

Scarborough Hill on

Saturday morning. The

power pole was knocked

across the road. Orion came

and fixed the pole later that

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The Sumner Volunteer Fire

Brigade was called out to

attend the scene at 12.15am.

Vibrations of trains

concerning

•From page 1

He also said the trains were

currently burning more diesel

and this was counter-productive

to KiwiRail’s commitment to be

carbon neutral by 2050.

However, residents explained

their main concerns were about

the vibration caused by the trains,

not the speed. The faster a train

goes, the higher the vibrations.

Said Low: “This shows what

a community can achieve when

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KINDNESS: Webb spends hours creating unique murals in the sand; his

purpose - just to make people smile.

ANZAC DAY: Webb created this mural on Sunday to commemorate our

service people.

Sand mandalas at Sumner celebrate life

• By Samantha Mythen

SUMNER BEACH is being used

as a unique canvas.

Artist Wayne Webb has been

creating sand mandalas on the

beach, which has been attracting

a lot of interest.

On Anzac Day, people walking

along the promenade could see

a sand memorial for service

people.

Webb has made Sumner his

canvas before.

He has created sand sunflowers

and has shared inspiring

quotes, such as “Love life, you

only get 1,” and “Aspire to inspire

everyone.”

Webb’s why behind his artwork

is simple.

“It makes people smile,” he

said. “It costs nothing to be

kind.”

Making the artwork also helps

him to unwind and feel relaxed.

“I feel freedom and I can be

spontaneous. I get to go down

to the beach and just see what

happens.”

Webb started the sand

creations about a year ago

after he had noticed another

man creating sand art in New

Brighton.

As a long time supporter of

mental health organisation Hey

Bro - The Kiwi Brotherhood,

Webb approached the man and

asked if he would create a sand

mural for the group.

Webb said the man gave him

the confidence to try sand art out

himself, seeing it was possible

through helping out with the

Hey Bro mural.

He has now lost count of how

many sand murals he has made.

Webb often works at Sumner,

but he has also created art at

New Brighton, Taylors Mistake,

Akaroa and Okains Bay.

His favourite art work is in

MEMORIAL ART:

Webb’s favourite

creation he’s

made so far - a

memorial in

Okains Bay.

Okains Bay. It was a memorial

art work and featured a love

heart and a large eagle soaring

across the shore. He was approached

to do the art work by a

woman whose father had died.

Said Webb: “The ocean always

takes the art work back, it’s like a

cleansing.”

LOVE LIFE: Webb share’s

snippets of wisdom

through his creative sand

work.

Webb is currently working

towards a career in mental

health.

“The guys at Hey Bro helped

me save my life. I was depressed

and suicidal,” he said. “Suicide

prevention is what I’m chasing.”

Although the sand art takes

several hours to create, Webb

said if it makes just one person

smile, the effort is worth that

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Lower speed

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Humphreys Drive

• By Samantha Mythen

THE SPEED limit along

Humphreys Drive in Ferrymead

could be reduced from 70km/h to

60km/h.

Linwood-Central-Heathcote

Community Board member

Darrell Latham said the city

council met with the board last

week and informed them of the

potential speed reduction pending

public consultation.

The city council told Bay

Harbour News the public will

be consulted on any proposed

changes to the speed limit next

month.

Latham has concerns about a

potential speed reduction.

“This route for many commuters

is an alternative and faster route

to town and other points. With

the redevelopment of the Central

Woolston area and the new speed

limit reductions along Ferry

Rd the alternative route along

Humphreys Drive provided a

quicker option.”

Latham believes it is vitally

important the public are consulted

about the proposed speed as

this will guide the city council’s

decision.

He has suggested drop-in

sessions for the consultation

process.

Ferrymead

• By Samantha Mythen

LOGGING OF Moepuku

Peninsula, between Governors

Bay and Charteris Bay, is

a permitted activity under

national forestry standards.

THis is what Environment

Canterbury has told concerned

Banks Peninsula residents

in response to their letters of

concern and legal opinion sent

to the organisation in March.

The Charteris Bay Residents’

Association, Diamond Harbour

Community Association,

Govenors Bay Residents’ Association,

and Church Bay Neighbourhood

Association have all

written to ECan on this issue.

ECan holds the logging is a

permitted activity both under

the National

Environmental

Standards for

Plantation

Forestry

Regulations

and the less

restrictive Land

and Water

Regional Plan.

Although, the residents’

lawyer, Hans der Wal, held in his

opinion that the logging should

not commence prior to resource

consents being obtained, ECan

zone delivery lead Gillian

Jenkins said: “We have assessed

our rules and consider that this

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ENGAGEMENT: ECan has advised it will meet with

community members to discuss their concerns on the

logging of Moepuku Peninsula.

activity is a permitted activity

under the NES-PF and therefore

does not require a resource

consent.”

ECan general counsel

Catherine Schache said the

organisation will be ensuring the

regulations are complied with.

However, Charteris Bay

Residents’ Association chairman

Mike Pearson said: “ECan

keep saying everything will

be fine and they will just keep

monitoring the situation.”

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“Yet, they are completely

ignoring our legal opinion.”

Pearson is meeting with the

other southern bays’ residents

associations in the coming week

to figure out their next plan.

Green Party MP Eugenie Sage

has also spoken out in support

of Banks Peninsula residents’

concerns about the upcoming

logging of Moepuku Peninsula.

In a letter sent to chairwoman

Jenny Hughey, Sage asked for

ECan’s active engagement to

ensure the potential negative

effects of the logging are

avoided.

She believes logging on that

scale could have huge negative

impacts on the harbour due to

the sedimentation that could

enter the waters. The block falls

under the high soil erosion zone

within ECan’s land and water

regional plan.

Rather than taking a

monitoring approach to the

logging, Sage believes ECan

need to be proactive and ensure

there are proper controls on the

logging.

“ECan has a responsibility

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quality,” Sage said.

ECan responded to her letter,

advising a meeting about the

logging would be held with

community members.

Said Sage: “ECan needs to

watch the logging like a hawk.”

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JOE’S GARAGE has raised $573

for the Sumner Volunteer Fire

Brigade on Anzac Day.

They donated $2 from every

coffee sold.

The cafe in Sumner have been

running this fundraiser for the

past four years.

They usually pick a random

day during the year to hold the

fundraiser but they decided on

ANZAC day this year as it was

fitting with people in service.

Callum Brownlee has owned

and operated Joe’s Garage for

five years. He said the low-key

fundraiser was inspired by the

volunteer fire brigade’s service

to the community.

“The fire brigade are not just

our customers but they look

after our community,” Brownlee

said.

“This is our no thrills way to

say thanks.”

Previously, they have only

donated $1 from each coffee

sold, but Brownlee said, with the

increase in coffee prices along

with everything else, they hoped

the $2 donated would have a

greater impact.

As well as the coffee donations,

they also replaced their tip

jar with a donation jar.

In 2020, they raised $437 for

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Fundraiser nets $573 for brigade

FUNDRAISER: Members of the Sumner Volunteer Fire

Brigade enjoy a coffee on Anzac. (From left) – Mark Dooley,

Kevin Rowlands, Craig Henderson and Sean Yeates. ​

the brigade.

“This year the fundraiser

is doubly important as the

volunteer fire brigade are in a

temporary station and although,

most of the new build is covered

by Fire and Emergency New

Zealand, there are a lot of extras

which are unfunded.”

Organisation to benefit from fun run

• By Samantha Mythen

MORE THAN $5300 was raised

on Saturday during the Artists

against Slavery fun run event in

Diamond Harbour.

A total of 341km was walked

and ran by more than 60 participants

aged from two to 76 years

old.

Members of the Diamond

Harbour Volunteer Fire Brigade

ran laps in full firefighting gear.

Two members ran 18 laps under

the heat of the noon sun.

The money will be donated

to Hagar International,

which helps rescue and

rehabilitate trafficked people in

Afghanistan, Cambodia and

Vietnam.

Wednesday April 28 2021 Bay Harbour News

NEWS 11

Pupils bring port

narratives to life

• By Samantha Mythen

OUR STORIES, a community

project involving pupils from

Lyttelton Primary School, has

joined with a mapping app

bringing people’s narratives to

life.

The project is now available

as a layer on the city council’s

SmartView website app, which

displays real time information

about Christchurch.

Year 7 and 8 pupils in Lyttelton

have been interviewing people

about their experiences and

memories of growing up in the

port.

These stories are then curated

by project director Kris Herbert,

and shared on the Our Stories

app, linking the tales to specific

areas in the community.

Herbert started the project in

2018 and at the beginning of this

year, approached the school to

ask if they would be interested in

helping.

Teacher Rachel Cummins said

the project sat well within their

curriculum which focuses on

“our place.”

When Herbert has an interview

subject, she emails Cummins,

who then picks out the

interviewing pupils from a hat.

Those chosen then go through

the questions they will ask and

plan out their interview.

Said Cummins: “They always

come back after the interview

buzzing with stories.”

Cummins explained the pupils

are always fascinated by the

stories they hear.

One particular story that stood

out was told by a man from

Rapaki.

He informed the pupils about

the rivalry between Lyttelton

West and Lyttelton Primary.

When he was growing up, brawls

were often organised.

This pre-meditated violence

shocked the pupils.

Cummins said the pupils involvement

with the project helps

them to connect to the Lyttelton

community.

Herbert explained the collaboration

with Smartview is

helping to expand the reach of

the project.

“As Our Stories project expands,

we hope to fill the whole

city with beautiful memories of

places.”

Our Stories is currently

seeking funding to expand

into more communities. Other

schools are welcome to contact

Herbert to find out more

information on how they can get

involved with the project.

Our Representation

Review is underway

We’re proposing some tweaks to your

ward boundaries and creating a Spreydon-

Cashmere-Heathcote Community Board.

We’re also thinking about how we define Banks

Peninsula – a big ward full of unique communities,

all of them represented by one community board

and one councillor.

Is this the right approach?

Or should Banks Peninsula be combined

with other areas of the city?

Read more and have your say at:

ccc.govt.nz/repreview

Christine Maynard’s roots are in the deep South, gateway to

Fiordland, the dramatic beauty undoubtedly having an influence on

her. Self taught, she has taken her creativity to painting semi abstract

landscapes. Layering paint and working into the paint with various

tools allows suggestion of strata, erosion, flora and fauna.

Maynard says of her work “The paintings aim to reveal the essential

nature – or soul – of the landscape. There are many hidden layers

beneath the surface. These are depicted by multiple layers of texture

and colour, often revealed by scraping back the top surfaces.

Each painting shows that the landscape is inherently transient. There

may be solid rock in one area of the painting transformed to shifting

sand in another area. Or there may be a snow-capped mountain in

one area transformed to a flowing river in the other.

The paintings show this evolution in a “deconstructed” way. All

the elements of the landscape exist together in a “patchwork” of

mountain, glacier, river, field and sky. The paintings are another way

of seeing the natural environment, but with a familiarity that appeals

to our emotions . . . hidden essence . . . “

Hidden Essence is Maynard’s second solo show at Little River Gallery,

her first was very successful and served to propel her well into the art

world, her paintings have come to rest in art collections throughout

New Zealand and beyond.

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12 Bay Harbour News Wednesday April 28 2021

ESTUARY MATTERS

Bid to turn Mugford Drain waste area into habitat

The Avon-Heathcote Estuary

Ihutai Trust is a non-profit

organisation formed to protect

one of New Zealand’s most

important coastal wetlands.

Each week, board members

will discuss matters regarding

the estuary, its rich history and what makes it

unique. This week Tanya Jenkins writes about

Mugford Drain’s industrial legacy

IF YOU are driving along Anzac

Drive between the Bridge St

roundabout and Pages Rd, you

may notice some work being

done on the city side of the road

and in front of the new Bexley

dog park.

A small drain parallel to the

main road is called Mugford

Drain. Trevor and Shirley Mugford

lived there for many years

after Shirley’s parents ran a dairy

farm running between Bexley Rd

(now Anzac Drive) and Breezes

Rd.

When most of the 40ha farm

was taken in 1964 for landfill,

the family was able to retain a

piece of land near Bexley Rd for

housing.

When European settlers first

came to this part of Christchurch

they described it in 1856 as being

mostly swamp, with flax, toe toe

grass and rushes.

Eels, whitebait, frogs and more

than 100 species of birds were

noted.

The soil and water in this area

are quite salty and ideal for recreating

this coastal marshland.

In preparing the area for

planting in 2019, estuary trust

volunteers supervised and

guided by city council park

ranger Jason Roberts have

uncovered a legacy of the area’s

industrial past.

Leather off-cuts, in surprisingly

good condition from a footwear

maker, had been dumped

there.

The origin is not clear, but a

likely candidate is the Arctic

Shoe Company. This was a

boot-making business that operated

from 1926 to 1939.

Skins were bought from the

LEGACY: The Mugford Drain in Bexley, which is currently a focus for the Avon-Heathcote

Estuary Ihutai Trust as part of its restoration projects. ​

Bowron Tanneries in Woolston

and made into sheepskin boots

for sale all over New Zealand.

Haeata Community Campus

students enjoyed the opportunity

to help us design and create a

“lizard island” last year which is

already occupied.

Having completed the

landscape layout and mulching

to prepare the soil the land is

now ready for some serious

planting, mulching and weeding

tasks.

The Estuary Trust will be hosting

several, three-hour Saturday

morning working sessions.

We invite you to contact the

trust on info@estuary.org.nz

to be listed on the “Mugford

restoration team” mail-out list to

receive dates and times of these

restoration days.

Let us turn this waste area

back to an ecological standard

where birds, lizards, plants and

insects can thrive again.

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PRODUCTIONS: The Matuku Community Theatre on stage. Right – Sarah Mankelow, Sandy Wilson and Jesse Hobbs performing in the Sumner Carnivale.

It’s showtime in Sumner – do

you want to be part of it?

AFTER COVID-19 forced

Sumner’s community theatre

group to take a break from the

stage last year, it is getting ready

for its first show of the year.

Now known as Matuku

Community Theatre, the

Sumner Theatre Group changed

its name to reflect its new

structure and new home in

the Matuku Takotako Sumner

centre.

THe group will be holding

auditions at 7.30pm on May 2

in the centre’s Puro-nuku

Hall.

Group president Sarah

Mankelow said sign-up night

is a place to learn more about

the group, and to show your

moves.

“We took a break from the

stage last year due to Covid so

we are raring to return. It takes

a whole community to put

on a show, so there is always

room for your contribution, on

stage or off, helping out with

make-up, wardrobe or staging,”

Mankelow said.

“If you think you’ve got what it

Allan Brown, Karen Hallswort and Jesse Johnson in the production of Love on the

Caribbean Queen.

takes, we’d love to meet you.”

THe audition night will include

a movement session, readings

and singing auditions for those

who want to be considered for a

lead singing role.

THe group’s first of the year will

be a variety-style show called

Sing - Dance, Laugh - Love, Surf -

Dream and will be performed on

August 13.

THe group has been going for

more than 50 years in the heart

of this beach-side community,

putting on an annual cabaret

show to raise funds for local

community groups. But historic

records reveal that Sumner has

been home to local dramatics for

nearly 100 years.

THat long history is also being

celebrated this year with an

exhibition of photos, stories

and costumes in the foyer of the

Centre.

THe exhibition will be opened

by Heathcote Ward city

councillor Sara Templeton at

7pm on the same night.

Said Mankelow: “By joining

our group you are becoming

Part of a legacy of community

theatre in Sumner. We are so

excited to pull back the curtain

on our history and present this

to you.”

THe Matuku Community

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a close-knit group, open to all

talent, as reflected in the eclectic

style of cabaret it puts on each

year. It will be performing eight

shows in 2021.

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High standard in heritage awards

FINALISTS FOR the biennial

Canterbury Heritage Awards

have been whittled down after

the quality of the contenders

prompted protracted debate for

the judging panel.

After weighing up more

than 60 entries the four-strong

panel has selected 30 finalists to

progress.

“The judging this year was

extremely

difficult. The

standard of

entries was

higher than

ever before

and the

variety, too,

was indicative

Anna

Crighton

of just how

heritage is so

important

to so many people in so many

ways,” said Christchurch

Heritage Awards Charitable

Trust chairwoman Dame Anna

Crighton.

“Now that almost half of

our built heritage has been

demolished, appreciation of

what remains is evident. The

jurors agreed, without exception,

that every entry was worthy in

contributing to the character

and streetscapes of our city and

province.”

Entries for the six categories

encompassed a wide variety of

projects from walking tours and

domestic dwellings to mansions,

cottages and bridges.

“The entries afford the

opportunity to recognise

heritage in all its forms and

to tell the stories that are so

important to us as a community

and a culture,” Crighton said.

Category winners and the

supreme overall winner will

be announced at the awards

ceremony at Christ’s College on

June 11.

The judging panel comprises

Heritage New Zealand chief

executive Andrew Coleman,

urban and regional planner

Ivan Thomson, Clare Kelly –

an architect specialising in

heritage conservation plus

structural and civil engineer

Andrew Marriott.

Islay Cottage, Lyttelton.

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

•Canterbury

Heritage Awards 2021

finalists:

Domestic Saved

and Restored: Islay

Cottage (Tony and

Brenda Good) Montrose

Station Homestead

(Wilson & Hill Architects),

The Britten Stables (The

Britten Stables Ltd),

The Vicarage, Geraldine

(Michael and Brigitte

Barker), Thornton Earl

Manor (AO Architecture

Ltd).

Public Realm Saved

and Restored: Balmoral

Fire Lookout (Hawarden

Waikari Lions Club), cnr

Kilmore and Barbadoes Sts

(Tim and Anna Chesney),

Clockwise – The Riverside mural, Nurses’ Memorial Chapel, Christchurch Hospital, and Memorial Bridge, Christchurch

Airport.

Majestic on Durham

(Sheppard & Rout), The

Pumphouse (Paddy and

Jackie Snowdon), Rose

Chapel (city council),

School of Art, The Arts

Centre (The Arts Centre),

The Nurses’ Memorial

Chapel (city council).

Outstanding

Contribution to Heritage:

Head of the Harbour

book (Governors Bay

Heritage Trust), Te Whare

Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard

House (Heritage New

Zealand Pouhere Taonga),

Ng King Chinese Market

Garden Settlement (Ng

King descendants and

Ashburton District

Council), Structural

Performance book

(Dmytro Dizhur).

Seismic: Christchurch

Town Hall (Warren and

Mahoney), Muse Art Hotel,

Rakaia Gorge No 1 Bridge

(WSP & Downer), Sacred

Heart Basilica, Timaru

(WSP NZ Ltd), St Peter’s

Church, Upper Riccarton

(Church Property Trustees),

The Public Trust Office

Building.

Heritage Tourism: Amiki

Tours Urban Exploring

(Amiki NZ Ltd), Awaroa/

Godley Head Coastal

Defence Site (Department

of Conservation).

Riverside Market Mural

(Riverside Ltd), Waka on

Avon (Ko Tane).

Future Heritage:

Aldersgate Centre (Wilkie

+ Bruce), Memorial Bridge

(Warren and Mahoney),

St Bede’s College Chapel

(Wilkie + Bruce Architects),

Tūranga Christchurch

Central Library Architectus).


Bay Harbour News Wednesday April 28 2021

16

NEWS

Volunteering to look

after his club’s cricket

pitch led to Mark

Shaw venturing onto

runways at some of the

world’s busiest airports.

Chris Barclay discovers

the Lincoln-based turf

expert certainly doesn’t

have a job that is like

watching grass grow

You’re the Turf Business

manager at PGG Wrightson

Turf. How did you get involved

with this growth industry?

My father and four of his

brothers worked at Pyne Gould

and Guinness in the seeds

business. I came straight from

school and worked there for two

years before I went to Australia

for 18 months and cleaned

windows on high-rises. I came

back for a job at Mt Hutt, my

goal was to travel around the

world skiing but I fell off my

skateboard on the Port Hills, cut

my hand, missed the (ski) season

and went back to PGG. I’ve never

left. I head up the turf business

for Oceania. That’s golf courses,

sports fields, council’s amenity

spaces. In a nutshell, anywhere

they mow grass.

How did you end up focusing

on the turf aspect of the

business?

Sport. I didn’t really have an

affiliation with farming. I was

looking after a cricket wicket for

the Addington Cricket Club. We

moved into the senior A comp

and we basically had to rebuild

our pitch. Someone had to look

after the wicket and the practice

pitch. The previous turf manager

(at PGGW) was actually the head

groundsman at (Hamilton’s)

Seddon Park, Ian McKendry. He

helped me out. Macca cut his

teeth at Lancaster Park under

Russell Wyllie back in the day.

When Ian came into the business

as a turf agronomist and started

the evaluation process you can

see out here now … that’s what

sparked my interest.

How do you become an

authority on turf?

It’s an apprenticeship scheme,

similar to any trade. A three-year

on job with a number of block

courses you go through, as a

builder would do. I completed

my level 3 qualification while I

was working at Barrington

Park.

At first glance this looks like

a pretty laid back place to work.

There’s a mini rugby field with

posts and bucket seats from

Lancaster Park, a putting green

with a bunker full of golf balls.

They’re there for demonstration

purposes. This is the plant

breeding and research centre. It

covers grain, through to forage,

through to brassicas, through

to turf. In New Zealand there’s

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Turf expert takes the green grass of home

WELL GROUNDED: Turf expert Mark Shaw gets down to earth with a grid pattern of

grasses at PGG Wrightson research centre in Lincoln.

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

no genetic modification done

in plant breeding so it’s a long

process. It takes up to 10 years

and about a million dollars to

bring a cultivar to market. In any

one year we’ll probably throw

out a thousand candivars.

No disrespect to leafy

Barrington Park and its

playground, but you get to go to

a higher class of sporting venue

these days don’t you?

We’re very lucky that we get to

visit some pretty amazing places

on a daily basis. Eden Park to

Kauri Cliffs to Forsyth Barr

Stadium to Jack’s Point

Golf club. You kind of take it

granted.

EXPORT

QUALITY: Grass

developed

in Lincoln

has been

sown at the

headquarters

of Argentine

football giant

Boca Juniors in

Buenos Aires.

And even further afield?

I’ve been to Thomond Park

in Limerick and been reminded

Munster beat the All Blacks (in

1978). Ascot (home of racing’s

Gold Cup) utilise our grass.

I’ve also been to a number of

stadiums in South America in

recent years. Boca Juniors (La

Bombonera) and River Plate

(Estadio Monumental) and the

San Isidro rugby club where the

All Blacks train (in Argentina’s

capital Buenos Aires), they all

use our grass seed. A number

of years ago on a trip back from

Europe I visited The Royal Golf

Club in Bahrain. Now we analyse

their soil tests and provide them

with a fertiliser and agrichemical

programme.

Golf is another major driver

for the international market

isn’t it?

It certainly is, if you go any

of the top clubs in the UK, they

will be using our (cultivars of)

browntops on their greens.

Our plant breeders do a lot of

work drawing material out of

older New Zealand golf courses

that are managed with very

low level inputs. These grasses

basically evolve by themselves.

We put them through a breeding

process that can take 10 years

before trialing them in the UK.

We export between 60 and

100 tonnes of browntop to that

market every year.

So what you’re saying is

a sample taken from the

nine-hole up the road at

Lincoln could eventually undo

the favourite at The Open

Championship?

Yes. Very, very easily. Our

latest browntop is named

after Sir Bob Charles. The

genetics of that cultivar come

from Balmacewen, Fairlie and

Methven golf clubs.

This sounds ridiculous, but

explain the distinction between

the 18th green at Royal Troon

and a rugby field?

There’s different growth habits.

Forsyth Barr (in Dunedin) is

a ryegrass, a bunch type plant

that grows very actively in

cooler conditions. As a species it

requires high levels of nitrogen

to keep the plant stimulated and

growing actively. Browntop is a

low nutrient requirement plant,

it doesn’t require a lot of nitrogen

to keep it healthy. Browntops can

tolerate mowing heights down

to 2-½ to 3mm. If you mow a

ryegrass down to 2-½ to 3mm

you will lose ground cover pretty

quickly. Your stadium turf …

that’s predominately a turf-type

perennial that’s tighter and finer

in the leaf than a forage type

that’s grazed by cows.

Heading back abroad,

the company established a

foothold in Uruguay about 15

years ago and it’s not all about

grass is it?

When I first went over there

they were marking soccer fields

with a paint roller and 20 litre

buckets of house paint. It was

taking them three hours and

you could imagine the quality of

it. There were drips of paint all

over the ground, footprints going

through it. We took a battery

powered machine over there and

showed them how to mark a field

in 20 minutes with a paint that’s

safe for use on turf.

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Covid-19 has put trips to

South America on hold, but

you’re keen to get back there

aren’t you?

I have an affiliation with that

market,when I first started going

there it was very much like going

back to turf management 30-40

years ago in New Zealand. To be

able to introduce something just

as simple as a line marker and see

how the market accepts that

. . . each time I go they want

more knowledge.

Racking up air miles had

been part and parcel of your

role since a grass to deter birds

fluttering onto flight paths was

developed wasn’t it?

Avanex grass seed has

endophytes that can produce

high levels of alkaloids. The

alkaloids create an illness for

the grazing animal. It’s no

different from having a big night

on gin, and never drinking gin

again. You learn ‘that’s bad food,

that makes me sick.’ Birds are

pretty quick learners. The idea was

to plant it in an airfield to create a

safer environment for aircraft to

land.

The Miracle on the Hudson

in 2009 – which spawned the

movie Sully starring Tom

Hanks – saw interest in Avanex

take off didn’t it?

Canada geese going through

the engines of that flight brought

the multi-billion dollar (bird

control) industry to light. I

travelled to a number of bird

strike conferences around the

world – not a great thing to do

when all you’re seeing is horrific

photos of bird damage on

planes. I’ve met wildlife officers

at La Guardia (where the Sully

flight originated), JFK and San

Francisco International. You’re

right beside the planes when

they’re taking off and landing. It’s

a pretty weird feeling.

Back to rugby. Loathe as

we are to give Dunedin any

credit, Forsyth Barr Stadium

looks an absolute picture

doesn’t it?

It’s the first permanent roofed

stadium with a living turf surface

in the world, and it’s a success

story. The scrums are stable,

you’ll never see a divot on that

ground. They plant the real grass

in a sand profile and then stitch

artificial fibres into that to give

stability. The roots of the ryegrass

lock around the fibres creating a

very stable surface.

The Christchurch Multi-

Use Arena is on the drawing

board, how should the turf be

incorporated to that enclosed

venue?

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to the world’s stadium’s and airports

A number of companies

have looked at robotic

removable turf systems,

similar to what’s used at

(English football club)

Tottenham Hotspur. You can

push a button there and within

six hours that turf goes into a

racking system like a vertical car

park. Then you have a grey floor

you could put an ice skating rink

on.

BIRD STRIKE: The downing of US Airways Flight 1549

in New York’s Hudson River in 2009 benefited a turf

innovation developed in Lincoln.

GROWTH

INDUSTRY:

Mark Shaw in

the seedling

growth room,

part of a

process that

can take a

decade before

a sample is

marketed.

PHOTO: GEOFF

SLOAN

This sounds pricey and

unrealistic for a 30,000-capacity

(max) stadium?

There would be a massive cost

with a robotic turf system, and

the turf is always the last thing

they’ll think about. If it was me

you’d build your stadium so the

turf system could be pushed out

into the car park and rotated to

follow the apex of the sun. That

way every bit of the ground gets

the same amount of sunlight

on it throughout the day. I don’t

believe we have got enough land

on the site for that.

You’re a one-eyed Cantabrian

but is the grass really greener

outside the four avenues or New

Zealand as a whole?

I might be a bit biased but I

believe our stadium managers

do a better job than anywhere in

the world. I challenge anybody

to find a better looking ground

than Eden Park or FMG Stadium

(Hamilton), that’s just an

immaculate ground. You go to

Forsyth Barr and you look at

the turf quality any day of the

week, it looks amazing. I know

they may have more matches

on grounds in Australia but the

turf just doesn’t have that same

x-factor. Marvel in Melbourne

(the retractable roof stadium in

NEWS 17

Docklands) is probably one of the

worst grounds in the world for

getting actual sunlight onto the

ground. I believe they have the

most grow lights of any stadium

in the world. They joke when they

turn them on Melbourne’s CBD

does a bit of a flicker because of

the draw on the power.

Winter is coming. You’re not

a fan of artificial grass in the

backyard but is there a place for

it on Canterbury’s frost-bitten

sporting landscape?

I believe every school in New

Zealand should have an artificial

field that is World Rugby and

FIFA approved. They could then

lease that ground at night to local

clubs for training and then both

the club and school main fields

are in much better condition for

the players on a Saturday.

Condition-wise, how does

your lawn rate? Surely it

resembles a carpet?

We have a bit of a competition

across the New Zealand (PGGW)

team. I present the award so I’m

not allowed to give it to myself.

I’m actually doing a bit of work

on my lawn at the moment. Mine

is pure fine-fescue, it’ll be the

same as the grass that you’ll see at

(Queenstown’s) Jack’s Point Golf

Course on their fairways. Pure

fine-fescue is the finest leafed grass

you can get. It is the lowest nutrient

requirement grass and probably

the slowest growing out of all the

lawn options you have. The beauty

of it is you can spray one chemical

over it and selectively removes any

other species of grass. It’s very easy

to keep it pure but if you’ve got kids

and dogs, you’ll probably want a

perennial ryegrass that can handle

the wear.

When you’re at a mate’s

place for a barbecue, do you

automatically judge the lawn

ahead of the chops?

I do, and I can guarantee in the

spring or the autumn a mate, or

a mate of a mate, or someone at

work will say ‘I’ve got a problem

with the lawn, what do I do

about this? And then you end

up getting dragged into a whole

lawn renovation and you’re

round there with a rake in your

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Mazda3 boosted by mild hybrid driveline

IT WAS ONLY a matter of time

before Mazda developed hybrid

technology.

I’m not surprised it has taken

some time for that to happen,

because as a company it has

been concentrating on building

fuel-efficient and low emission

internal combustion engines,

almost matching the benefits that

hybrids represent.

What Mazda has done now is

combine the gains it has made

through their Skyactiv range of

four-cylinder engines with mild

hybrid technology.

So, forget the pioneering designs

that Toyota and Honda have

developed along with the systems

of other mainstream manufacturers,

Mazda’s hybrid isn’t quite so

deep, instead it utilises similar elements

to that of Mercedes-Benz

and BMW, using regenerative

energy to store power in a 24v

lithium-ion battery bank.

The alternator and starter motor

have both been replaced with

an integrated starter/generator, it

captures energy that would normally

be wasted during braking.

This energy is then used to power

electrical systems and assist the

engine under acceleration.

The power it develops is quite

noticeable, but unlike other hybridsthe

petrol engine is operating

all of the time.

That isn’t a bad thing, without

being too technical Mazda has

worked out-of-the-square with

their internal combustion engine

development, the Skactiv-X

engine has a high compression

design similar to what you get

with diesel power, the result is

even greater fuel usage benefits,

more power and more torque.

Add in the hybrid boost and you

have a feisty, fuel efficient engine

that is also amazingly smooth and

quiet.

How Mazda has done it is

beyond my technical understanding,

but I can report that it works

brilliantly and it would be the hybrid

system that I would choose.

The Skyactiv-X engine is available

in both the new CX-30 and

Mazda3 hatchback as evaluated.

Bear in mind that Skyactiv-X is

an option, the standard engines

are still available through both

line-ups.

Therein lies a bit of conundrum,

you do have to pay a bit

extra for Skyactiv-X, in CX-30

form it adds $4000 at the top

end landing at $54,990, while the

Mazda3 lists at $51,995, that’s

$3200 more than Limited specification.

However, in Mazda3 form it

does come loaded with fitment.

Mazda have branded it Takami

and that means high grade, it is

fully loaded with kit, so in many

ways not only are you getting

a premium car, you are doing

just that little bit extra for the

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environment as well as being

rewarded with a fabulous driving

experience.

In terms of figures, Mazda

claims power outputs of 132kW

and 224Nm from the 2-litre

driveline (up 18kW and 24Nm),

it also lists a 5.5-litre per 100km

combined cycle fuel usage average,

which are all pretty remarkable

figures; and if you take into

account that the torque figure

represents a 12 per cent increase

over the standard 2-litre unit, the

development work is superbly

beneficial.

During my time in the evaluation

car, I couldn’t get near

Mazda’s fuel usage claims, taking

the car back to the dealership

with it showing 7.6l/100km on

the readout. However, that’s more

to do with my driving style and

inner-city commuting, both of

which are never conducive to

good economy. I can report,

though, that at 100km/h on the

highway the readout displays a

4l/100km instantaneous figure

with the engine turning over at

2200rpm.

It’s those latter figures which

are the most significant. If you are

on a long journey, fill-ups will be

infrequent, and a long-range between

fill-ups is guaranteed. When

I picked up the evaluation car it

was showing a distance-to-empty

figure of 550km. That would

stretch on a highway trip.

• Price – Mazda3 Skyactiv-X

Takami, $51,995

• Dimensions – Length,

4460mm; width, 1795mm;

height, 1435mm

• Configuration – Fourcylinder,

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• Performance –

0-100km/h, 8.8sec

• Fuel usage – 5.5l/100km

That journey would be desirable,

the Mazda3 is a beautiful car

in which to drive, it shares all the

characteristic attributes that Mazda

has worked hard to develop,

it’s an occupant-friendly interior

that has a perfect driving position

and ergonomic purity.

Bear in mind, though, that at

just 1.4m it sits low, and for those

on the tall side you do need to

duck your head under the roof

line on entry.

As mentioned, in Takami

specification the Mazda3 wants

for little, there are nice touches

such as heated seats and steering

wheel, keyless entry and ignition,

satellite navigation, head-up display,

and paddle shifters.

The latter work on a traditional

six-speed automatictransmission.

Between the engine and gearbox

there is solid surge of power and

fluid delivery. The mid-range

electric boost is noticeable and it

contributes to that feel of energy.

For the performance-minded,

the Mazda3 Skyactiv-X will reach

100km/h from a standstill in

8.8sec, and will lunge through a

highway overtake (80-120km/h)

in 5.9sec.

I took the evaluation car on a

loop encompassing Hororata and

Dunsandel, there aren’t many

corners on those roads but my

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Classifieds Contact us today Phone our local team 03 379 1100

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