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Antarctic Heritage Trust’s

roadshow visited 10 classes at

Merrin School for four days,

where 270 year 5 to 8 students

got a chance to experience the

VR.

Developed in partnership

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experience allows users

to explore Hillary’s hut in

Antarctica.

The experience provides

insight into how the 23 men

of Hillary’s team lived and

worked in the world’s most

extreme environment more

than 60 years ago.

The trust’s general

manager operations and

communications Francesca

Eathorne, who oversaw

the project development,

hoped the VR tour inspired

people to learn more about

Antarctica and the nation’s

most famous son.

“Sir Ed’s hut is part

of the rich history of

Antarctic exploration and

we are excited to bring

this experience to as many

students around New Zealand

as we can,” she said.

• Turn to page 11

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Kids take virtual tour of Hillary’s hut

EXPERIENCE: Magnus

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virtually navigates

Sir Edmund Hillary’s

Antarctic hut with

helper Matthew

Heath Williams

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The Canterbury West Coast

Air Rescue helicopter service was

busier than ever last year with

a substantial increase in mission

numbers, and the trend is

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2021.

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2019.

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$200,000 over the next four weeks

to help get through the predictably

busy winter months ahead.

Trust chief executive Christine

Prince said the need for the choppers’

life-saving service increases

year on year. • Turn to page 7

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Plans set for new bowling club building

• By Bea Gooding

BY THE time next year rolls

around, the Elmwood Park

Bowling Club will no longer have

to operate from an earthquakedamaged

facility.

That’s because it is in the

process of rebuilding a new

$2.6 million complex, soon to

house both the Elmwood and St

Albans-Merivale clubs.

The two

clubs amalgamated

following the

February 22,

2011, earthquake

and

operated as

one, but the

Peter Smith

greens at both

locations

continued to

be utilised.

Elmwood club president Peter

Smith was looking forward to

seeing the project come to fruition,

something that has been a

“long, drawn-out process.”

“It’s been a long saga, but last

year we made a decision to pull

the [original] building down,”

he said.

“We had a series of consultations

with members on what

they wanted, which was to

rebuild on the site as supposed

USER-FRIENDLY: The design of new Elmwood Park Bowling Club. The old building will be demolished after receiving

earthquake damage.

to merging with someone else or

leaving the park.

“That really gave us the green

light.”

Elmwood’s pavilion and green

sustained damage caused by

the earthquake. The green was

“decimated” and turned to sand,

which was described as an “urban

beach,” or a sandpit.

So the help of a $1.8 million

payout from the Earthquake

Commission, as well as the

future sale of the St Albans club,

made the prospect of a rebuild

possible.

Said Smith: “Whilst it

was livable, it was a golden

opportunity to breathe some

life back into the club and into

the area. Something needed to

happen.”

Smith said the club has already

obtained resource consent, but it

was in the process of receiving a

building consent.

Once public consultations

end in the next few weeks, the

Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood

Community Board will review

these and ultimately decide on

whether the project should go

ahead.

If approved, construction

is expected to begin shortly

afterwards, with a completion

date earmarked for March next

year.

The new, multi-purpose build

will consist of a kitchen and bar

with the latest fittings, meeting

rooms, offices, changing rooms,

and an outdoor seating area facing

the green.

A single-storey design was

chosen to make it easier for

elderly members to get around,

as the original building had two

floors.

The club currently has 140

members, with an active school

programme.

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From army life to rescuing and

• By Bea Gooding

MARK WEAVER had a lot more

time to spare after concluding

20 years of service with the

army reserve, so that’s when he

decided to rescue the abandoned

dogs of Canterbury.

It started with the adoption

of his first dog – Weaver was

training his black labrador collie

cross when he thought to put

those skills to good use at the

Dogwatch Sanctuary Trust.

Four years later, he has pawed

his way to the top, from training,

walking and exercising

the rescued dogs from pounds

across the region, to ensuring the

rehoming process runs smoothly

as the trust’s new chairman.

It was a long way from the

tours he served in East Timor

and Egypt, and his current

project management job, but his

affinity with animals meant he

has always been conscious for

ensuring they were treated with

respect.

“I haven’t always had a dog, I

grew up with cats,” he said

“But I’ve always had an affinity

with animals, and I’ve always

been conscious for ensuring

they’re treated the right way.

“I’ve always had that mindset

that you’ve got to give back to

RESCUE: Dogwatch Sanctuary Trust chairman Mark Weaver with rescue dog Kora. Weaver

helps abandoned dogs from the pound find their new forever homes.

the community, so that’s part of

it, the other part is improving

the lives of the dogs – it’s just as

important as improving the lives

of the people who adopt [them].”

Dogwatch rescues, cares for,

and rehomes dogs that have been

abandoned at council pounds in

Christchurch, Selwyn, Rangiora

and Ashburton, for the last 39

years.

The trust rehomes dogs when

the pound can no longer keep

them, especially if owners do not

come forward, or if they were

surrendered from private situations,

such as deceased owners.

It operates from a two hectare,

purpose-built adoption centre

in Bromley with large outdoor

yards and exercise paddocks.

It also educated owners about

their moral and legal responsibility

when owning a dog to prevent

dogs from being seized by the

city council in the first place, by

providing advice, food, bedding

and crates.

“We’re just trying to be a ‘sign’

at the top of the hill rather than

the ambulance at the bottom.”

Last year alone, 160 dogs were

rehomed. It was about the average

number of canines that were

adopted out each year since the

trust was established nearly four

decades ago.

The original founders were

not satisfied with the conditions

of the city council’s pound back

then, so they started to rescue

and foster the vulnerable dogs

themselves, growing into what it

is today.

Said Weaver: “I think it’s

rewarding to see a dog that

comes in that’s just terrified of

everything, and over time, with

the right understanding, that

dog turns around and becomes

the quintessential, happy dog.

“It’s why you do it – it’s why

you’re out there, in the rain and

the cold, picking up dog poo and

doing the less glamorous bits.”

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rehoming abandoned dogs

From puppies to seniors of a

variety of breeds, there was always

someone for every dog – but

when the time was right.

Weaver said that process was

often a challenge as many dogs

had difficulties adjusting upon

arrival at the trust.

Some had been chained up in

backyards all their life. They were

never exposed to other dogs or

people, so building trust took time.

“One of the most challenging

things is knowing what some of

these dogs have been through

and knowing that sort of thing

happens in our world,” he said.

“But you can’t dwell on it because

it’s not good for you or the

dog. You’ve just got to put that

behind you and try help the dog

develop other behaviours that

will be better suited in a family

environment.”

Weaver, originally from Rotorua,

was one of 80 volunteers for

four years prior to his election as

the trust’s new chairman towards

the end of last year.

It was something to do when

his stint in the army reserve

finally came to an end; initially

joining to challenge himself.

Formally known as the Territorial

Force, the reserve is a

component of the New Zealand

CARE: The Dogwatch Sanctuary Trust rescued and rehomed 160 abandoned dogs last year.

Army, and is there to “fill out”

the regular force.

Soldiers train part-time a few

weeks each year to achieve a

standard good enough to join

the regular force in deployments

overseas, including Civil Defence

matters in NZ.

Working full-time as a project

director for large commercial

buildings, Weaver’s employer,

Calder Stewart, gave him six

months off work nearly a decade

ago to serve in Sinai, Egypt.

In 2002, he served in East Timor,

during their civil war.

Said Weaver: “I ended up being

the assistant operations officer

working in the battalion headquarters.

Because of my project

management background, I was

also involved in starting the

rebuild of some schools and medical

centres that were destroyed

during the civil war.

“The civil war had pretty much

ended, the problems there was

crime more than anything else –

a lot of extortion, blackmail, that

sort of stuff.”

The tour in Sinai saw him as a

chief instructor for the Multinational

Force.

Similar to the United Nations,

14 countries monitor the peace

treaty between Egypt and Israel

and provide troops to support

that mission.

“My job was to organise all the

training and for various troops

coming in from different nations

to get up to the same standard,

to be able to operate the equipment.”

A “fair bit of shooting” during

PHOTOS: GEOFF SLOAN

the army reserve training years

influenced his love of long-range

rifle shooting.

Weaver’s other love – his first

dog – may have been a labrador

collie cross, but it was the bull

breeds, specifically the staffordshires,

mastiffs and pitbulls that

he cherished the most.

“Those sorts of dogs – they’re

just absolute goofballs and they’re

incredibly affectionate and playful,”

he said.

“They’ll keep running and

playing all day – just fantastic.”

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Educating teen parents both a reward

• By Bea Gooding

NO MATTER what life throws

at the teenage mothers of

Kimihia Parents’ College, they

know their little family’s future

is in safe hands.

That’s where Diane Atkins

and her team come in, to ensure

young mothers can see the light

at the end of the tunnel while

juggling the responsibility of

pregnancy, raising a baby and

finishing secondary school.

The head teacher embraces the

challenge because, at the end of

the day, there was always a positive

outcome – something she

made sure to emphasise within

the classroom.

“I’m juggling a lot of balls, but

as long as I catch those balls,

I’m okay. What I’ve learned is

that there’s always a positive

outcome,” said Atkins.

Working with the girls from

when they came in, to the end,

was a “big long journey.” Many

were kicked out of school or had

to leave because they no longer

related to their peers.

“They’ve been bullied at

school, so a lot of them come in

suspicious of another school, but

once they settle in, they make

lifelong friends and lifelong steps

to success.”

Atkins teaches business applications,

digital technology and

runs the parents’ school, having

done so for the past six years.

Until she went to Canterbury

University to study teaching and

computing, the thought of teaching

never crossed her mind.

She did not have to move very

far from her old job to the role at

Kimihia, where she previously

taught at Linwood College for 16

years.

Kimihia is hosted by Linwood

College but operates from a different

site, as all teen parent units

across the country are hosted by

a high school.

It is a chance for 14 to 19-yearolds

who are parents, or about

to have a child, to finish NCEA

level 1, 2 and 3 and develop the

best possible pathway for them,

and their children’s future.

Students could also bring their

babies to school as there was a

childcare unit next door.

SAFE:

Kimihia

Parents’

College

head

teacher

Diane Atkins

and her

dog, Honey,

who has

been at the

school as

long as she

has.

PHOTO:

GEOFF

SLOAN

Strong empathy for the mothers

and having the means to help

them was the key behind the

switch from mainstream classes

to a more specialised school,

designed for up to 30 students at

a time.

Not only did she have the skill

of teaching under her belt from

Linwood, being a mother of two

sons herself brought invaluable

experience to the position.

“I saw it as a change, a different

direction for myself and a challenge,”

said Atkins.

“I didn’t know what it would

be like because I loved what I

was doing at Linwood.”

Each day was a reward in itself

because Atkins was able to witness

the progress of both mother

and child every year.

By the time they left school,

her aim was for everyone to

have confidence in themselves

to move further in life, whether

it was to go to university, getting

a job or even having more

children.

“The best time is at the celebrations

because we have the

whānau in; we see [the girls] at

their best,” she said.

“They’ve achieved level 1, 2

and 3, had their babies and are

doing well, and they’re going

off to a future that’s better than

where they were when they came

in – that’s where my passion

lies.”

Having smaller class sizes

meant teachers could have a

better understanding of each student

and the troubles they faced

outside the classroom.

At Linwood, there were

usually 25 to 30 students per

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and a challenge

Said Atkins: “When you’re a

teacher you don’t get time to do

that; I didn’t get a behind-thescenes

look. You don’t know

about their family life, about

the problems they’re having.

Whereas at Kimihia, they each

have an individual programme.

With these girls, the whole picture

comes through.”

Although Kimihia only took on

young mothers, as they were often

primary caregivers, the door

never closed on teen dads.

“If there was a father who

was the main caregiver, then he

would be allowed to come. It’s

just that they’re not there – mums

are the ones who come in when

they’re pregnant.”

Atkins commended the fact

that the students were still coming

to school in spite of the challenges

before them.

The young mothers still did

their best, even when they turned

up exhausted each day following

a sleepless night, due to either

their pregnancies or tending to

crying babies.

A common barrier behind teen

parents missing school was if

they or their child got sick, or if

they needed to attend appointments.

It was why Kimihia introduced

a van service that took students

to and from school, and to any

appointments throughout the

day.

It enabled them to miss part

of the day, rather than the whole

day altogether.

A counsellor and a nurse

on-site meant they could seek

guidance on issues with housing,

money or family. Some were

on the journey alone without a

partner.

Every girl had a story.

“Supporting them through that

is important because they know

when they get to the top of that

ladder, their child will get there

too,” said Atkins.

“At the end of the day, these

girls get off the couch and come

to school.”

Atkins was born and raised in

Christchurch. She loves to walk

her golden retriever, Honey, who

provides an extra layer of comfort

at school.

She only had one piece

of advice for teen parents

considering a path towards

education.

“Get off the couch and do what

you need to do to create a better

life for your child,” she said.

“It’s important for them to see

that whatever they gain, their

child will gain.”

115 landings in six weeks

on new hospital helipad

• From page 1

“From Saturday, May 1,

to Monday, May 3, the crew

responded to nine missions

across the region, including

cardiac, maternity, several interhospital

transfers and accidents.

We anticipate mission numbers

will steadily increase as we head

into winter,” she said.

“Our service watches over

the lives of more than 600,000

people across the South Island.

We are gearing up for the

colder months ahead, as cool

temperatures and outdoor

activities increase the risk of

accident injuries and medical

missions.”

A Canterbury West Coast

Air Rescue 2020 Impact Report

showed the Christchurch-based

crews attended 627 missions

last year, compared with 545

missions in 2019, an increase of

13 per cent.

The West Coast Roa Mining

helicopter also had a busy year

in 2020, with the Greymouthbased

crew flying 242

missions.

The majority of callouts for

the Canterbury crew were

responding to accidents (48 per

cent), medical events (33 per

cent) and inter-hospital transfers

(19 per cent).

The new Christchurch

Hospital helipad opened in

November, and there were 115

landings in its first six weeks of

operation.

The West Coast crew were

responding to callouts for mostly

medical events (50 per cent),

followed by accidents (32 per

cent) and inter-hospital transfers

(18 per cent).

The Covid-19 pandemic

gave the crews unprecedented

new challenges, and they were

prepared, with specialised

equipment and training, to

transfer Covid-19 patients as

part of the national response

team.

“Luckily we were not tasked to

any Covid-19-related events, but

we are highly prepared for any

future events,” Prince said.

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Home gets new life with church

A reader responds to

concerns about the

effectiveness of traffic

calming trials in St Albans

Thank you for the article

on traffic in Francis Ave and

Flockton St. My views on the

situation surround the traffic

chaos on Francis Ave and

Flockton St that is caused by the

closing of Forfar St; nothing to do

with the Christchurch Northern

Corridor.

And the “rat runners” are

mainly the locals trying to get to

and from their properties. Forfar

St carried over 4000 vehicles

a day so they had to move to

other streets, being Francis Ave,

Flockton St and Cranford St.

There are 150 properties

approximately on Forfar St,

Mersey St and Mayfield Ave that

all now have to use one of those

three streets any time travel is

south. Cranford St is now even

busier with the northern corridor

so it’s the slowest option. I will

stop there but in summary, I’m

fed up with the city council

blaming the Northern Corridor

when it was the closure of

Forfar St that created the traffic

mayhem.

– Melanie McGowan

• By Bea Gooding

A THREE-bedroom Lockwood

home destined for demolition

has been given a new purpose in

life in Papanui.

It used to stand in the heart of

Prebbleton and served as staff

quarters at the former Meadow

Mushrooms site on Springs Rd.

Rather than demolishing the

home to make room for a new

$170 million retirement village,

the Summerset Group decided

to donate it to the Papanui

Baptist Church.

The house was relocated to

its new home at Sawyers Arms

Rd on Tuesday, where it will be

refurbished and used to expand

the church’s community activity.

“We are absolutely delighted

with this gift. It’s going to make

such a difference to our ability

to expand our community

activity,” said Papanui Baptist

Church elder Greg Scott.

“It needs a fair amount of

renovation as it hasn’t been

used for quite some time, but

it’s a wonderful house. Being a

Lockwood house, it’s very strong

and robust – we think it’ll be a

good one to renovate.”

The church is the umbrella

organisation that oversees

the Papanui Baptist Freedom

Trust and strongly supports the

ON THE MOVE: A three-bedroom Lockwood home from

Prebbleton has been donated to the Papanui Baptist

Church.

Papanui Youth Development

Trust.

Through these trusts, a

number of community activities

are run from the church, such

as music classes, lunches, social

English for migrants, games and

creative sewing.

Over time, the house will

be used to help accommodate

some of these activities that are

usually based at the church.

But for now, it will house trust

workers to enable them to live

within the community they

serve.

Having some of the workers

based closer to the church

enabled them to see issues on the

ground first-hand.

“Embedding in our

community is important to us,

especially for the benefit of the

people who are struggling with

housing, or loneliness,” said

Scott.

“It will be a place for

people who are active in the

community to get to know their

neighbours, rather than coming

from different parts of the city.”

Senior design manager

Craig Given, of the Summerset

development team, did not see

a need to demolish a perfectly

good home.

“It made no sense to demolish

it even though it would be

quicker, so we thought: ‘Here’s

a good crowd who will put it to

good use,’” he said.

“They provide great

community support in a number

of ways, and they also had the

availability of land.”

Summerset was recently

granted resource consent

to build its new Prebbleton

retirement village, with

construction expected to start in

January next year.

It will offer 290 independent

homes, including serviced

apartments, care rooms, and

a state-of-the-art memory

care centre for residents with

dementia.

It will be its fourth village

across Canterbury.


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Experience aims to inspire next generation of explorers

• From page 1

“Most people will never get

the chance to visit Antarctica so

virtual reality is a fantastic way

to give people a glimpse of what

it would be like to visit this

special place.

“Hopefully the fascinating

stories of what Sir Ed and

his team achieved furthering

science and exploration will

inspire the next generation of

explorers.”

Hillary’s hut was Scott

Base’s first building and was

built by a team led by Sir Ed to

support the Commonwealth

Trans-Antarctic Expedition and

the International Geophysical

Year.

The trust cares for this hut and

four other historic expedition

bases in Antarctica. The trust

conserved Hillary’s hut in time

for Scott Base’s 60th anniversary

in 2017.

Users can tour the five

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Veronica Khorozova

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Cooler weather calls for cosy footwear

That noticeable chill in the air we have

been feeling lately signals time to put our

warm-weather footwear away for a few

months and opt for items that will keep

our feet feeling cosy and comfortable in

the coolest of weather, no matter if we

are inside or out.

Podiatrist Charlotte Russell, owner of

The Shoe Room in Riccarton Road at

Church Corner, says they are delighted

to offer customers an exciting new range

of winter footwear for 2021, including

slippers and ankle boots.

Several of the slipper styles on display

have adjustable openings, so not only

do they fit snugly, but they are also very

easy to put on, Charlotte says. Available

for men and women, many also feature

a removeable liner allowing for arch

support to be inserted, and sturdy rubber

soles for maximum warmth and comfort.

The new range of stylish, high-quality

ankle boots come in several designs

and colours, with brands including

the popular Ziera, which has a strong

following in Christchurch, Charlotte

notes.

The Shoe Room has a wide selection of

active flats available – dressy/casual

footwear that is sporty yet smart, adding

that extra touch of pizazz to jeans and

casual trousers. The range includes the

Australian Frankie 4 brand, designed

by podiatrists and incorporating arch

support and cushioned fitting options for

added comfort.

While the majority of footwear at The

Shoe Room is for women, they do cater

for men too, and are currently extending

their range of men’s footwear.

The Shoe Room’s new online store

is now live, giving customers the

opportunity to browse and purchase

at their convenience. The site includes

photographs of the shoes taken from

every angle as well as information on

the designs and materials used to make

them. A size guide on the website shows

how to measure feet, which Charlotte

encourages people to use so they can be

sure of ordering the right size.

For all your winter footwear, visit the

website www.theshoeroom.co.nz at any

time, or call in at The Shoe Room, Unit 3,

355 Riccarton Road, opposite the Lone

Star. Opening hours are Monday 10am-

5.30pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

and Friday 9.30am-5.30pm and Saturday

10am-4pm.

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Get the balance

right this winter

Children to play big

part in planting project

MORE THAN 300

students from 16 schools

across the city will be

digging deep to continue

their native planting

regeneration work in the

eastern suburbs.

They are pooling their

resources on May 16 from

10am to plant an area on

the corner of Frosts and

Beach Rds.

It’s the fifth in an ambitious

long-term native

regeneration in the area,

spearheaded by Christ’s

College head of physics at

David Newton.

Launched in 2019, the

project pools the resources

of students who have so far

planted 5000 native trees

in part of New Brighton’s

red zone plan to add another

10,000 this year.

The children are from

Tuahiwi Kura, Burnside

Primary, Christchurch

Boys’ High School, St

Michael’s Church School,

Rawhiti Primary, Linwood

College, Shirley Boys’

High School, Avonside

Girls’ High, Christchurch

Girls’ High School, Christ’s

College, St Margaret’s

College, Rangi Ruru Girls’

School, St Andrew’s College,

Heaton Intermediate,

Christchurch South Intermediate

and Cathedral

Grammar.

Three further plantings

are planned in June, August

and September.

Said Newton: “Over the

next four years, we’re going

to complete the current

area we’re working on,

plant the QE II Adventure

Nature Trail and start

another large block

which is currently under

negotiation with the city

council.

“It’s an opportunity for

the students to practically

realise the positive impact

they can have on our community

and the planet by

each contributing a little

bit. Our work will grow a

forest that will be a lasting

memorial for their efforts.

“It demonstrates the

power ordinary people

have to change our city,

country and the planet by

helping mitigate climate

change and increasing

TEAM

EFFORT: More

than 300

students from

16 schools

across the

city will soon

take part in

a mammoth

plant

regeneration

project. ​

biodiversity.”

On Sunday, May 16, the

students will plant 3000

native seedlings, all grown

from eco-sourced seed

from the Travis Wetland.

The species include

totara, kahikatea,

akeake, black matipo,

lemonwood, manuka,

kanuka, coprosma robusta,

windgrass, carex secta, and

harakeke.

“We’ve selected these

plants to provide both

habitat and food for native

birds and lizards,” Newton

said.

“We want to see more

native birds in Christchurch,

and this is a huge opportunity

to plant a forest

that runs as a green spine

through the city.

“The best thing you can

do to encourage native

birdlife back to the city is

to plant trees that become

a year-round supply of bird

food.”

The replanting work

is being undertaken in

conjunction with city

council parks staff and

Land Information NZ.

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HOME & HEATING

Ground moisture barrier

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Now with the colder and wetter weather on

its way, home owners are focusing on ways

to make their homes comfortable, warm

and healthy for their families throughout

winter. Rising damp is an issue that affects

many of our older properties which suffer

from poor, or no, ground moisture barrier.

In Canterbury especially, post-quake, many

people have relocated to homes that suffer

from rising damp which can be associated

with health problems. Independent tests have

shown that up to 40 litres of water can rise

from the ground and enter a house every day,

leading to mildew, mould, condensation and

musty smells. Moulds can produce various

allergic reactions and the frail, elderly and

very young are especially vulnerable.

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understands the problems caused by rising

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While insulation is important, it has been

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villain in the house. The new Healthy Homes

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effective from the 1st July 2019 now has

a requirement to install ground moisture

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moisture in the home.

Dr Larry Bellamy BE (hons) PhD in a

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Council apologises for Anzac Day failures

• By Bea Gooding

THE CITY council has

apologised to the New Brighton

RSA following accusations it had

failed last month’s Anzac Day

service.

The city council was criticised

over the way it organised the

commemorations in New

Brighton involving the closure

of public toilets,

perspex remaining

around the

cenotaph, a degraded

flag and

lack of clarity on

a traffic management

plan.

Garry

House

However, an

apology was issued

to the RSA

acting president and secretary

Garry House last week, who initially

raised the issue, to ensure

this never occurred again.

“The council regrets that there

were a small number of issues

at the New Brighton Anzac Day

parade,” a city council spokesperson

said.

“We have the utmost respect

for our veterans and are committed

to working alongside the

RSA to ensure all Anzac Day

parades run smoothly.

“We have contacted the New

REGRETS: The city council has issued an apology to the

New Brighton RSA over accusations it failed the Anzac Day

service, including the perspex which remained around the

cenotaph on the day.

PHOTO: CHRIS LYNCH

Brighton RSA president to apologise

and ensure the issues don’t

happen again.”

The city council supports

15 RSAs across the greater

Christchurch area and manages

the Dawn Service at Cranmer

Square.

House was thankful that he

received an apology and was satisfied

with how the city council

handled the situation.

But members were “still quite

annoyed,” as the public had

blamed the RSA for the issues

that transpired.

“I am thankful they have

responded and contacted me on

several occasions, I do respect

that. We understand there’s not

much more that [they] could do

after the fact,” he said.

“But the RSA is still getting

calls; the public are blaming us.

We’ve had calls that we should’ve

been better organised.

“They think we own the cenotaph,

or the flag, but we’re just

the guardians of the ceremony

for the public of New Brighton.”

House’s initial concerns were

for the elderly people or those

with disabilities who could not

access nearby toilets as they were

locked, and called for the fraying

New Zealand flag to be replaced.

He was also not impressed to

see the anti-graffiti perspex still

remained around the cenotaph,

in spite of assurances by the city

council that it would be removed

in time for the ceremony.

The city council spokesperson

said the men’s toilets at New

Brighton Pier were closed for

health and safety reasons. The

nearest available toilets at the

playground, however, were open.

“We’ll work with our contractor

to ensure that health and

safety closures are communicated

more clearly to the public

in future,” said the spokesperson.

“The anti-graffiti perspex cover

around the war memorial was

not removed by the council’s

contractor ahead of this year’s

parade. We’ve had a conversation

with the contractor about this.

“The New Zealand flag flying

at New Brighton degrades very

quickly in the wind and salt

spray, and is

replaced regularly

– it was last

replaced in early

February of this

year.

“On this

James

Daniels

occasion, the

flag could have

been in better

condition for

Anzac Day, so we’re committed

to working alongside the New

Brighton RSA to ensuring this

happens for future years.”

Coastal Ward city councillor

James Daniels said he was

pleased the city council dealt

with the issue as soon as it was

raised.

“As soon as it was raised, it was

dealt with, so I’m pleased about

this,” he said.

“[The council] needs to think

about this year and make sure

that doesn’t happen again.”

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