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THURSDAY, MAY 6, <strong>2021</strong><br />

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• Turn to page 11<br />

Pages 4 & 5 Page 12<br />

Kids take virtual tour of Hillary’s hut<br />

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Trust chief executive Christine<br />

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life-saving service increases<br />

year on year. • Turn to page 7<br />

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Thursday <strong>May</strong> 6 <strong>2021</strong> 3<br />

Plans set for new bowling club building<br />

• By Bea Gooding<br />

BY THE time next year rolls<br />

around, the Elmwood Park<br />

Bowling Club will no longer have<br />

to operate from an earthquakedamaged<br />

facility.<br />

That’s because it is in the<br />

process of rebuilding a new<br />

$2.6 million complex, soon to<br />

house both the Elmwood and St<br />

Albans-Merivale clubs.<br />

The two<br />

clubs amalgamated<br />

following the<br />

February 22,<br />

2011, earthquake<br />

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operated as<br />

one, but the<br />

Peter Smith<br />

greens at both<br />

locations<br />

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be utilised.<br />

Elmwood club president Peter<br />

Smith was looking forward to<br />

seeing the project come to fruition,<br />

something that has been a<br />

“long, drawn-out process.”<br />

“It’s been a long saga, but last<br />

year we made a decision to pull<br />

the [original] building down,”<br />

he said.<br />

“We had a series of consultations<br />

with members on what<br />

they wanted, which was to<br />

rebuild on the site as supposed<br />

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

earthquake damage.<br />

to merging with someone else or<br />

leaving the park.<br />

“That really gave us the green<br />

light.”<br />

Elmwood’s pavilion and green<br />

sustained damage caused by<br />

the earthquake. The green was<br />

“decimated” and turned to sand,<br />

which was described as an “urban<br />

beach,” or a sandpit.<br />

So the help of a $1.8 million<br />

payout from the Earthquake<br />

Commission, as well as the<br />

future sale of the St Albans club,<br />

made the prospect of a rebuild<br />

possible.<br />

Said Smith: “Whilst it<br />

was livable, it was a golden<br />

opportunity to breathe some<br />

life back into the club and into<br />

the area. Something needed to<br />

happen.”<br />

Smith said the club has already<br />

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was in the process of receiving a<br />

building consent.<br />

Once public consultations<br />

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Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood<br />

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If approved, construction<br />

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The new, multi-purpose build<br />

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Thursday <strong>May</strong> 6 <strong>2021</strong><br />

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From army life to rescuing and<br />

• By Bea Gooding<br />

MARK WEAVER had a lot more<br />

time to spare after concluding<br />

20 years of service with the<br />

army reserve, so that’s when he<br />

decided to rescue the abandoned<br />

dogs of Canterbury.<br />

It started with the adoption<br />

of his first dog – Weaver was<br />

training his black labrador collie<br />

cross when he thought to put<br />

those skills to good use at the<br />

Dogwatch Sanctuary Trust.<br />

Four years later, he has pawed<br />

his way to the top, from training,<br />

walking and exercising<br />

the rescued dogs from pounds<br />

across the region, to ensuring the<br />

rehoming process runs smoothly<br />

as the trust’s new chairman.<br />

It was a long way from the<br />

tours he served in East Timor<br />

and Egypt, and his current<br />

project management job, but his<br />

affinity with animals meant he<br />

has always been conscious for<br />

ensuring they were treated with<br />

respect.<br />

“I haven’t always had a dog, I<br />

grew up with cats,” he said<br />

“But I’ve always had an affinity<br />

with animals, and I’ve always<br />

been conscious for ensuring<br />

they’re treated the right way.<br />

“I’ve always had that mindset<br />

that you’ve got to give back to<br />

RESCUE: Dogwatch Sanctuary Trust chairman Mark Weaver with rescue dog Kora. Weaver<br />

helps abandoned dogs from the pound find their new forever homes.<br />

the community, so that’s part of<br />

it, the other part is improving<br />

the lives of the dogs – it’s just as<br />

important as improving the lives<br />

of the people who adopt [them].”<br />

Dogwatch rescues, cares for,<br />

and rehomes dogs that have been<br />

abandoned at council pounds in<br />

Christchurch, Selwyn, Rangiora<br />

and Ashburton, for the last 39<br />

years.<br />

The trust rehomes dogs when<br />

the pound can no longer keep<br />

them, especially if owners do not<br />

come forward, or if they were<br />

surrendered from private situations,<br />

such as deceased owners.<br />

It operates from a two hectare,<br />

purpose-built adoption centre<br />

in Bromley with large outdoor<br />

yards and exercise paddocks.<br />

It also educated owners about<br />

their moral and legal responsibility<br />

when owning a dog to prevent<br />

dogs from being seized by the<br />

city council in the first place, by<br />

providing advice, food, bedding<br />

and crates.<br />

“We’re just trying to be a ‘sign’<br />

at the top of the hill rather than<br />

the ambulance at the bottom.”<br />

Last year alone, 160 dogs were<br />

rehomed. It was about the average<br />

number of canines that were<br />

adopted out each year since the<br />

trust was established nearly four<br />

decades ago.<br />

The original founders were<br />

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of the city council’s pound back<br />

then, so they started to rescue<br />

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Said Weaver: “I think it’s<br />

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comes in that’s just terrified of<br />

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dog turns around and becomes<br />

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NOR’WEST NEWS Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz<br />

Thursday <strong>May</strong> 6 <strong>2021</strong> 5<br />

rehoming abandoned dogs<br />

From puppies to seniors of a<br />

variety of breeds, there was always<br />

someone for every dog – but<br />

when the time was right.<br />

Weaver said that process was<br />

often a challenge as many dogs<br />

had difficulties adjusting upon<br />

arrival at the trust.<br />

Some had been chained up in<br />

backyards all their life. They were<br />

never exposed to other dogs or<br />

people, so building trust took time.<br />

“One of the most challenging<br />

things is knowing what some of<br />

these dogs have been through<br />

and knowing that sort of thing<br />

happens in our world,” he said.<br />

“But you can’t dwell on it because<br />

it’s not good for you or the<br />

dog. You’ve just got to put that<br />

behind you and try help the dog<br />

develop other behaviours that<br />

will be better suited in a family<br />

environment.”<br />

Weaver, originally from Rotorua,<br />

was one of 80 volunteers for<br />

four years prior to his election as<br />

the trust’s new chairman towards<br />

the end of last year.<br />

It was something to do when<br />

his stint in the army reserve<br />

finally came to an end; initially<br />

joining to challenge himself.<br />

Formally known as the Territorial<br />

Force, the reserve is a<br />

component of the New Zealand<br />

CARE: The Dogwatch Sanctuary Trust rescued and rehomed 160 abandoned dogs last year.<br />

Army, and is there to “fill out”<br />

the regular force.<br />

Soldiers train part-time a few<br />

weeks each year to achieve a<br />

standard good enough to join<br />

the regular force in deployments<br />

overseas, including Civil Defence<br />

matters in NZ.<br />

Working full-time as a project<br />

director for large commercial<br />

buildings, Weaver’s employer,<br />

Calder Stewart, gave him six<br />

months off work nearly a decade<br />

ago to serve in Sinai, Egypt.<br />

In 2002, he served in East Timor,<br />

during their civil war.<br />

Said Weaver: “I ended up being<br />

the assistant operations officer<br />

working in the battalion headquarters.<br />

Because of my project<br />

management background, I was<br />

also involved in starting the<br />

rebuild of some schools and medical<br />

centres that were destroyed<br />

during the civil war.<br />

“The civil war had pretty much<br />

ended, the problems there was<br />

crime more than anything else –<br />

a lot of extortion, blackmail, that<br />

sort of stuff.”<br />

The tour in Sinai saw him as a<br />

chief instructor for the Multinational<br />

Force.<br />

Similar to the United Nations,<br />

14 countries monitor the peace<br />

treaty between Egypt and Israel<br />

and provide troops to support<br />

that mission.<br />

“My job was to organise all the<br />

training and for various troops<br />

coming in from different nations<br />

to get up to the same standard,<br />

to be able to operate the equipment.”<br />

A “fair bit of shooting” during<br />

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influenced his love of long-range<br />

rifle shooting.<br />

Weaver’s other love – his first<br />

dog – may have been a labrador<br />

collie cross, but it was the bull<br />

breeds, specifically the staffordshires,<br />

mastiffs and pitbulls that<br />

he cherished the most.<br />

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he said.<br />

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NOR’WEST NEWS<br />

Educating teen parents both a reward<br />

• By Bea Gooding<br />

NO MATTER what life throws<br />

at the teenage mothers of<br />

Kimihia Parents’ College, they<br />

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That’s where Diane Atkins<br />

and her team come in, to ensure<br />

young mothers can see the light<br />

at the end of the tunnel while<br />

juggling the responsibility of<br />

pregnancy, raising a baby and<br />

finishing secondary school.<br />

The head teacher embraces the<br />

challenge because, at the end of<br />

the day, there was always a positive<br />

outcome – something she<br />

made sure to emphasise within<br />

the classroom.<br />

“I’m juggling a lot of balls, but<br />

as long as I catch those balls,<br />

I’m okay. What I’ve learned is<br />

that there’s always a positive<br />

outcome,” said Atkins.<br />

Working with the girls from<br />

when they came in, to the end,<br />

was a “big long journey.” Many<br />

were kicked out of school or had<br />

to leave because they no longer<br />

related to their peers.<br />

“They’ve been bullied at<br />

school, so a lot of them come in<br />

suspicious of another school, but<br />

once they settle in, they make<br />

lifelong friends and lifelong steps<br />

to success.”<br />

Atkins teaches business applications,<br />

digital technology and<br />

runs the parents’ school, having<br />

done so for the past six years.<br />

Until she went to Canterbury<br />

University to study teaching and<br />

computing, the thought of teaching<br />

never crossed her mind.<br />

She did not have to move very<br />

far from her old job to the role at<br />

Kimihia, where she previously<br />

taught at Linwood College for 16<br />

years.<br />

Kimihia is hosted by Linwood<br />

College but operates from a different<br />

site, as all teen parent units<br />

across the country are hosted by<br />

a high school.<br />

It is a chance for 14 to 19-yearolds<br />

who are parents, or about<br />

to have a child, to finish NCEA<br />

level 1, 2 and 3 and develop the<br />

best possible pathway for them,<br />

and their children’s future.<br />

Students could also bring their<br />

babies to school as there was a<br />

childcare unit next door.<br />

SAFE:<br />

Kimihia<br />

Parents’<br />

College<br />

head<br />

teacher<br />

Diane Atkins<br />

and her<br />

dog, Honey,<br />

who has<br />

been at the<br />

school as<br />

long as she<br />

has.<br />

PHOTO:<br />

GEOFF<br />

SLOAN<br />

Strong empathy for the mothers<br />

and having the means to help<br />

them was the key behind the<br />

switch from mainstream classes<br />

to a more specialised school,<br />

designed for up to 30 students at<br />

a time.<br />

Not only did she have the skill<br />

of teaching under her belt from<br />

Linwood, being a mother of two<br />

sons herself brought invaluable<br />

experience to the position.<br />

“I saw it as a change, a different<br />

direction for myself and a challenge,”<br />

said Atkins.<br />

“I didn’t know what it would<br />

be like because I loved what I<br />

was doing at Linwood.”<br />

Each day was a reward in itself<br />

because Atkins was able to witness<br />

the progress of both mother<br />

and child every year.<br />

By the time they left school,<br />

her aim was for everyone to<br />

have confidence in themselves<br />

to move further in life, whether<br />

it was to go to university, getting<br />

a job or even having more<br />

children.<br />

“The best time is at the celebrations<br />

because we have the<br />

whānau in; we see [the girls] at<br />

their best,” she said.<br />

“They’ve achieved level 1, 2<br />

and 3, had their babies and are<br />

doing well, and they’re going<br />

off to a future that’s better than<br />

where they were when they came<br />

in – that’s where my passion<br />

lies.”<br />

Having smaller class sizes<br />

meant teachers could have a<br />

better understanding of each student<br />

and the troubles they faced<br />

outside the classroom.<br />

At Linwood, there were<br />

usually 25 to 30 students per<br />

class, which made it difficult to<br />

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the scenes.<br />

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Thursday <strong>May</strong> 6 <strong>2021</strong> 7<br />

and a challenge<br />

Said Atkins: “When you’re a<br />

teacher you don’t get time to do<br />

that; I didn’t get a behind-thescenes<br />

look. You don’t know<br />

about their family life, about<br />

the problems they’re having.<br />

Whereas at Kimihia, they each<br />

have an individual programme.<br />

With these girls, the whole picture<br />

comes through.”<br />

Although Kimihia only took on<br />

young mothers, as they were often<br />

primary caregivers, the door<br />

never closed on teen dads.<br />

“If there was a father who<br />

was the main caregiver, then he<br />

would be allowed to come. It’s<br />

just that they’re not there – mums<br />

are the ones who come in when<br />

they’re pregnant.”<br />

Atkins commended the fact<br />

that the students were still coming<br />

to school in spite of the challenges<br />

before them.<br />

The young mothers still did<br />

their best, even when they turned<br />

up exhausted each day following<br />

a sleepless night, due to either<br />

their pregnancies or tending to<br />

crying babies.<br />

A common barrier behind teen<br />

parents missing school was if<br />

they or their child got sick, or if<br />

they needed to attend appointments.<br />

It was why Kimihia introduced<br />

a van service that took students<br />

to and from school, and to any<br />

appointments throughout the<br />

day.<br />

It enabled them to miss part<br />

of the day, rather than the whole<br />

day altogether.<br />

A counsellor and a nurse<br />

on-site meant they could seek<br />

guidance on issues with housing,<br />

money or family. Some were<br />

on the journey alone without a<br />

partner.<br />

Every girl had a story.<br />

“Supporting them through that<br />

is important because they know<br />

when they get to the top of that<br />

ladder, their child will get there<br />

too,” said Atkins.<br />

“At the end of the day, these<br />

girls get off the couch and come<br />

to school.”<br />

Atkins was born and raised in<br />

Christchurch. She loves to walk<br />

her golden retriever, Honey, who<br />

provides an extra layer of comfort<br />

at school.<br />

She only had one piece<br />

of advice for teen parents<br />

considering a path towards<br />

education.<br />

“Get off the couch and do what<br />

you need to do to create a better<br />

life for your child,” she said.<br />

“It’s important for them to see<br />

that whatever they gain, their<br />

child will gain.”<br />

115 landings in six weeks<br />

on new hospital helipad<br />

• From page 1<br />

“From Saturday, <strong>May</strong> 1,<br />

to Monday, <strong>May</strong> 3, the crew<br />

responded to nine missions<br />

across the region, including<br />

cardiac, maternity, several interhospital<br />

transfers and accidents.<br />

We anticipate mission numbers<br />

will steadily increase as we head<br />

into winter,” she said.<br />

“Our service watches over<br />

the lives of more than 600,000<br />

people across the South Island.<br />

We are gearing up for the<br />

colder months ahead, as cool<br />

temperatures and outdoor<br />

activities increase the risk of<br />

accident injuries and medical<br />

missions.”<br />

A Canterbury West Coast<br />

Air Rescue 2020 Impact Report<br />

showed the Christchurch-based<br />

crews attended 627 missions<br />

last year, compared with 545<br />

missions in 2019, an increase of<br />

13 per cent.<br />

The West Coast Roa Mining<br />

helicopter also had a busy year<br />

in 2020, with the Greymouthbased<br />

crew flying 242<br />

missions.<br />

The majority of callouts for<br />

the Canterbury crew were<br />

responding to accidents (48 per<br />

cent), medical events (33 per<br />

cent) and inter-hospital transfers<br />

(19 per cent).<br />

The new Christchurch<br />

Hospital helipad opened in<br />

November, and there were 115<br />

landings in its first six weeks of<br />

operation.<br />

The West Coast crew were<br />

responding to callouts for mostly<br />

medical events (50 per cent),<br />

followed by accidents (32 per<br />

cent) and inter-hospital transfers<br />

(18 per cent).<br />

The Covid-19 pandemic<br />

gave the crews unprecedented<br />

new challenges, and they were<br />

prepared, with specialised<br />

equipment and training, to<br />

transfer Covid-19 patients as<br />

part of the national response<br />

team.<br />

“Luckily we were not tasked to<br />

any Covid-19-related events, but<br />

we are highly prepared for any<br />

future events,” Prince said.<br />

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Home gets new life with church<br />

A reader responds to<br />

concerns about the<br />

effectiveness of traffic<br />

calming trials in St Albans<br />

Thank you for the article<br />

on traffic in Francis Ave and<br />

Flockton St. My views on the<br />

situation surround the traffic<br />

chaos on Francis Ave and<br />

Flockton St that is caused by the<br />

closing of Forfar St; nothing to do<br />

with the Christchurch Northern<br />

Corridor.<br />

And the “rat runners” are<br />

mainly the locals trying to get to<br />

and from their properties. Forfar<br />

St carried over 4000 vehicles<br />

a day so they had to move to<br />

other streets, being Francis Ave,<br />

Flockton St and Cranford St.<br />

There are 150 properties<br />

approximately on Forfar St,<br />

Mersey St and <strong>May</strong>field Ave that<br />

all now have to use one of those<br />

three streets any time travel is<br />

south. Cranford St is now even<br />

busier with the northern corridor<br />

so it’s the slowest option. I will<br />

stop there but in summary, I’m<br />

fed up with the city council<br />

blaming the Northern Corridor<br />

when it was the closure of<br />

Forfar St that created the traffic<br />

mayhem.<br />

– Melanie McGowan<br />

• By Bea Gooding<br />

A THREE-bedroom Lockwood<br />

home destined for demolition<br />

has been given a new purpose in<br />

life in Papanui.<br />

It used to stand in the heart of<br />

Prebbleton and served as staff<br />

quarters at the former Meadow<br />

Mushrooms site on Springs Rd.<br />

Rather than demolishing the<br />

home to make room for a new<br />

$170 million retirement village,<br />

the Summerset Group decided<br />

to donate it to the Papanui<br />

Baptist Church.<br />

The house was relocated to<br />

its new home at Sawyers Arms<br />

Rd on Tuesday, where it will be<br />

refurbished and used to expand<br />

the church’s community activity.<br />

“We are absolutely delighted<br />

with this gift. It’s going to make<br />

such a difference to our ability<br />

to expand our community<br />

activity,” said Papanui Baptist<br />

Church elder Greg Scott.<br />

“It needs a fair amount of<br />

renovation as it hasn’t been<br />

used for quite some time, but<br />

it’s a wonderful house. Being a<br />

Lockwood house, it’s very strong<br />

and robust – we think it’ll be a<br />

good one to renovate.”<br />

The church is the umbrella<br />

organisation that oversees<br />

the Papanui Baptist Freedom<br />

Trust and strongly supports the<br />

ON THE MOVE: A three-bedroom Lockwood home from<br />

Prebbleton has been donated to the Papanui Baptist<br />

Church.<br />

Papanui Youth Development<br />

Trust.<br />

Through these trusts, a<br />

number of community activities<br />

are run from the church, such<br />

as music classes, lunches, social<br />

English for migrants, games and<br />

creative sewing.<br />

Over time, the house will<br />

be used to help accommodate<br />

some of these activities that are<br />

usually based at the church.<br />

But for now, it will house trust<br />

workers to enable them to live<br />

within the community they<br />

serve.<br />

Having some of the workers<br />

based closer to the church<br />

enabled them to see issues on the<br />

ground first-hand.<br />

“Embedding in our<br />

community is important to us,<br />

especially for the benefit of the<br />

people who are struggling with<br />

housing, or loneliness,” said<br />

Scott.<br />

“It will be a place for<br />

people who are active in the<br />

community to get to know their<br />

neighbours, rather than coming<br />

from different parts of the city.”<br />

Senior design manager<br />

Craig Given, of the Summerset<br />

development team, did not see<br />

a need to demolish a perfectly<br />

good home.<br />

“It made no sense to demolish<br />

it even though it would be<br />

quicker, so we thought: ‘Here’s<br />

a good crowd who will put it to<br />

good use,’” he said.<br />

“They provide great<br />

community support in a number<br />

of ways, and they also had the<br />

availability of land.”<br />

Summerset was recently<br />

granted resource consent<br />

to build its new Prebbleton<br />

retirement village, with<br />

construction expected to start in<br />

January next year.<br />

It will offer 290 independent<br />

homes, including serviced<br />

apartments, care rooms, and<br />

a state-of-the-art memory<br />

care centre for residents with<br />

dementia.<br />

It will be its fourth village<br />

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Experience aims to inspire next generation of explorers<br />

• From page 1<br />

“Most people will never get<br />

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Hillary’s hut was Scott<br />

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Heritage Trust helps Magnus<br />

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Get the balance<br />

right this winter<br />

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part in planting project<br />

MORE THAN 300<br />

students from 16 schools<br />

across the city will be<br />

digging deep to continue<br />

their native planting<br />

regeneration work in the<br />

eastern suburbs.<br />

They are pooling their<br />

resources on <strong>May</strong> 16 from<br />

10am to plant an area on<br />

the corner of Frosts and<br />

Beach Rds.<br />

It’s the fifth in an ambitious<br />

long-term native<br />

regeneration in the area,<br />

spearheaded by Christ’s<br />

College head of physics at<br />

David Newton.<br />

Launched in 2019, the<br />

project pools the resources<br />

of students who have so far<br />

planted 5000 native trees<br />

in part of New Brighton’s<br />

red zone plan to add another<br />

10,000 this year.<br />

The children are from<br />

Tuahiwi Kura, Burnside<br />

Primary, Christchurch<br />

Boys’ High School, St<br />

Michael’s Church School,<br />

Rawhiti Primary, Linwood<br />

College, Shirley Boys’<br />

High School, Avonside<br />

Girls’ High, Christchurch<br />

Girls’ High School, Christ’s<br />

College, St Margaret’s<br />

College, Rangi Ruru Girls’<br />

School, St Andrew’s College,<br />

Heaton Intermediate,<br />

Christchurch South Intermediate<br />

and Cathedral<br />

Grammar.<br />

Three further plantings<br />

are planned in June, August<br />

and September.<br />

Said Newton: “Over the<br />

next four years, we’re going<br />

to complete the current<br />

area we’re working on,<br />

plant the QE II Adventure<br />

Nature Trail and start<br />

another large block<br />

which is currently under<br />

negotiation with the city<br />

council.<br />

“It’s an opportunity for<br />

the students to practically<br />

realise the positive impact<br />

they can have on our community<br />

and the planet by<br />

each contributing a little<br />

bit. Our work will grow a<br />

forest that will be a lasting<br />

memorial for their efforts.<br />

“It demonstrates the<br />

power ordinary people<br />

have to change our city,<br />

country and the planet by<br />

helping mitigate climate<br />

change and increasing<br />

TEAM<br />

EFFORT: More<br />

than 300<br />

students from<br />

16 schools<br />

across the<br />

city will soon<br />

take part in<br />

a mammoth<br />

plant<br />

regeneration<br />

project. ​<br />

biodiversity.”<br />

On Sunday, <strong>May</strong> 16, the<br />

students will plant 3000<br />

native seedlings, all grown<br />

from eco-sourced seed<br />

from the Travis Wetland.<br />

The species include<br />

totara, kahikatea,<br />

akeake, black matipo,<br />

lemonwood, manuka,<br />

kanuka, coprosma robusta,<br />

windgrass, carex secta, and<br />

harakeke.<br />

“We’ve selected these<br />

plants to provide both<br />

habitat and food for native<br />

birds and lizards,” Newton<br />

said.<br />

“We want to see more<br />

native birds in Christchurch,<br />

and this is a huge opportunity<br />

to plant a forest<br />

that runs as a green spine<br />

through the city.<br />

“The best thing you can<br />

do to encourage native<br />

birdlife back to the city is<br />

to plant trees that become<br />

a year-round supply of bird<br />

food.”<br />

The replanting work<br />

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council parks staff and<br />

Land Information NZ.<br />

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Thursday <strong>May</strong> 6 <strong>2021</strong> 13<br />

HOME & HEATING<br />

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Council apologises for Anzac Day failures<br />

• By Bea Gooding<br />

THE CITY council has<br />

apologised to the New Brighton<br />

RSA following accusations it had<br />

failed last month’s Anzac Day<br />

service.<br />

The city council was criticised<br />

over the way it organised the<br />

commemorations in New<br />

Brighton involving the closure<br />

of public toilets,<br />

perspex remaining<br />

around the<br />

cenotaph, a degraded<br />

flag and<br />

lack of clarity on<br />

a traffic management<br />

plan.<br />

Garry<br />

House<br />

However, an<br />

apology was issued<br />

to the RSA<br />

acting president and secretary<br />

Garry House last week, who initially<br />

raised the issue, to ensure<br />

this never occurred again.<br />

“The council regrets that there<br />

were a small number of issues<br />

at the New Brighton Anzac Day<br />

parade,” a city council spokesperson<br />

said.<br />

“We have the utmost respect<br />

for our veterans and are committed<br />

to working alongside the<br />

RSA to ensure all Anzac Day<br />

parades run smoothly.<br />

“We have contacted the New<br />

REGRETS: The city council has issued an apology to the<br />

New Brighton RSA over accusations it failed the Anzac Day<br />

service, including the perspex which remained around the<br />

cenotaph on the day.<br />

PHOTO: CHRIS LYNCH<br />

Brighton RSA president to apologise<br />

and ensure the issues don’t<br />

happen again.”<br />

The city council supports<br />

15 RSAs across the greater<br />

Christchurch area and manages<br />

the Dawn Service at Cranmer<br />

Square.<br />

House was thankful that he<br />

received an apology and was satisfied<br />

with how the city council<br />

handled the situation.<br />

But members were “still quite<br />

annoyed,” as the public had<br />

blamed the RSA for the issues<br />

that transpired.<br />

“I am thankful they have<br />

responded and contacted me on<br />

several occasions, I do respect<br />

that. We understand there’s not<br />

much more that [they] could do<br />

after the fact,” he said.<br />

“But the RSA is still getting<br />

calls; the public are blaming us.<br />

We’ve had calls that we should’ve<br />

been better organised.<br />

“They think we own the cenotaph,<br />

or the flag, but we’re just<br />

the guardians of the ceremony<br />

for the public of New Brighton.”<br />

House’s initial concerns were<br />

for the elderly people or those<br />

with disabilities who could not<br />

access nearby toilets as they were<br />

locked, and called for the fraying<br />

New Zealand flag to be replaced.<br />

He was also not impressed to<br />

see the anti-graffiti perspex still<br />

remained around the cenotaph,<br />

in spite of assurances by the city<br />

council that it would be removed<br />

in time for the ceremony.<br />

The city council spokesperson<br />

said the men’s toilets at New<br />

Brighton Pier were closed for<br />

health and safety reasons. The<br />

nearest available toilets at the<br />

playground, however, were open.<br />

“We’ll work with our contractor<br />

to ensure that health and<br />

safety closures are communicated<br />

more clearly to the public<br />

in future,” said the spokesperson.<br />

“The anti-graffiti perspex cover<br />

around the war memorial was<br />

not removed by the council’s<br />

contractor ahead of this year’s<br />

parade. We’ve had a conversation<br />

with the contractor about this.<br />

“The New Zealand flag flying<br />

at New Brighton degrades very<br />

quickly in the wind and salt<br />

spray, and is<br />

replaced regularly<br />

– it was last<br />

replaced in early<br />

February of this<br />

year.<br />

“On this<br />

James<br />

Daniels<br />

occasion, the<br />

flag could have<br />

been in better<br />

condition for<br />

Anzac Day, so we’re committed<br />

to working alongside the New<br />

Brighton RSA to ensuring this<br />

happens for future years.”<br />

Coastal Ward city councillor<br />

James Daniels said he was<br />

pleased the city council dealt<br />

with the issue as soon as it was<br />

raised.<br />

“As soon as it was raised, it was<br />

dealt with, so I’m pleased about<br />

this,” he said.<br />

“[The council] needs to think<br />

about this year and make sure<br />

that doesn’t happen again.”<br />

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RAY WHITE PAPANUI NEWS<br />

“Public opinion is a capricious<br />

sea; whoever attempts to<br />

navigate it is liable to be tossed<br />

about by storms.”<br />

William H Seward<br />

Since the recent housing announcements I<br />

have all but given up reading what seems like<br />

hundreds of daily posts and published property<br />

articles, and the trailing comments posted<br />

offering differing opinions and predictions<br />

on the future of the market. Experience tells<br />

me if there is one thing you can’t predict with<br />

accuracy it’s the housing market. The other<br />

thing you need to keep top of mind is there is<br />

a big difference between what is happening<br />

in Ashburton to Auckland and Tauranga to<br />

Timaru.<br />

My advice; take a break from the media and<br />

focus on your own individual property goals for<br />

the minute. Not everyone else’s opinions.<br />

Vanessa Golightly,<br />

Business Owner and Licensee Agent<br />

Ray White Papanui 027 664 9292<br />

Vanessa Golightly<br />

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Business Owner<br />

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Stuart Morris<br />

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Claire Morris<br />

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Katrina Green<br />

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Property Management<br />

027 6<strong>06</strong> 0030<br />

Can my tenant really move out and just<br />

get his friends to move in?<br />

Today I want to talk about the<br />

new legislation regarding the<br />

re-assignment of a tenancy.<br />

While it is true that a tenant<br />

can request to re-assign their<br />

tenancy to a new tenant if<br />

they want to break their fixed<br />

term, the key to this is that it is<br />

a request and not a given that<br />

they can definitely do it.<br />

Under the previous legislation<br />

a landlord could pretty much<br />

say “no” if a tenant wanted to<br />

break their lease, but generally<br />

we would advise that this was<br />

not good practice and that<br />

landlords were better, where<br />

possible, to work with the<br />

tenants and find a suitable<br />

replacement tenant to take<br />

over the lease.<br />

The RTA Amendments Act<br />

essentially removes the<br />

landlord’s right to say no<br />

without having a valid reason<br />

and does allow for a tenant<br />

to introduce to the landlord<br />

possible tenants to take over<br />

their lease.<br />

But this does not mean there<br />

are no conditions around this,<br />

and in fact, a landlord does<br />

still have the right to conduct<br />

the same due diligence,<br />

that is, reference checks<br />

and background checks, if<br />

these were done prior to the<br />

commencement of the original<br />

tenancy.<br />

It is important to note however<br />

that if there were no actual<br />

checks done prior to the first<br />

tenancy, that the landlord<br />

may not be able to enforce<br />

doing this for the replacement<br />

tenant.<br />

In summary, it is now more<br />

important than ever, that<br />

landlords undertake thorough<br />

due diligence on their tenants<br />

as this could impact on how the<br />

re-assignment could pan out.<br />

Also, worth noting is that in<br />

most rental insurance policies<br />

there is a clause which specifies<br />

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