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The staff are

dancing at

St Margaret’s

Talk to over 10,000 visitors in 3 days

MORE THAN 3000 golf balls

rained from the sky over a golf

course last Friday as part of a

tee-rrific school fundraiser.

Dubbed “Helicopter Hole

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Golf balls rain down at tee-rrific school fundraiser

HOLE-IN-ONE: St Patrick’s School’s unusual

approach to traditional fundraising efforts included

making it rain golf balls from a helicopter, raising

thousands in the process.

in Won,” St Patrick’s School,

in Bryndwr, raised more than

$26,500 towards its junior gymnastic

and school ambassador

programmes, which encourages

leadership and technology

equipment for pupils.

Hosted by Riccarton Park

Golf Complex, the event was

the culmination of weeks of

hard work by pupils and their

families to sell as many golf

balls in the community as


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• By Bea Gooding

PARKING shortages, speeding,

limited road visibility and

congestion needs to be

addressed if a proposal to lease a

high-performance sports facility

to the community gets the green

light, residents say.

The city council invited public

consultation aimed at establishing

what the community thought

about a non-profit group taking

over the Apollo Project Centre at

Jellie Park.

The facility’s future is

currently in limbo as its existing

owner, High Performance

Sport New Zealand, will be relocating

to Parakiore Recreation

and Sports Centre when it opens

next year.

Of the 26 responses received, 11

supported the use of the centre by

a community group, five did not

agree, and 10 indicated their view

depended on how current issues

would be resolved.

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Tuesday, 3.30-4.30pm

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A relaxed, non-threatening event

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Phone 941 7923 to register.

Scottish Country Dancing

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Go along if you want to take part in

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Thursday June 17 2021 3

Issues highlighted in survey

• By Matt Slaughter


unsatisfied with the condition

of roads and footpaths in


The city council’s recent

Christchurch Residents’ Survey

revealed only

29 per cent

of those who

gave feedback

are satisfied

with the

condition of

roads and 36



per cent with


It comes

as the city council’s Long Term

Plan, which outlines its 10-year

budget, and has been undergoing

consultation since March, will be

finalised this month. It includes a

proposed budget of $18.3 million

a year, for the first three years of

the plan, for road resurfacing.

Meanwhile, the results of

the survey show 24 per cent

of respondents who have been

involved in governance processes

are satisfied with their influence

on city council decisions and

only 36 per cent understand how

its decisions are made.

It comes as 2381 Christchurch

residents gave feedback on

the city council’s draft Long

•HAVE YOUR SAY: What are your views on footpaths and

other issues? Email matt.slaughter@starmedia.kiwi

Term Plan. The city council says

it is working on ways to improve


The Star spoke to residents in

April after written consultation

for the Long Term Plan had

closed. All either did not know

what the Long Term Plan is, or

chose not to give feedback on it.

Canterbury University

professor Bronwyn Hayward

believes the number of people

who gave feedback on the draft

Long Term Plan is promising.

However, she said the reason

more people did not give

feedback could be because they

have a lack satisfaction with

their influence on city council


“It is costly in terms of time

and resources to actually read

a plan and spend time writing

formal submissions. Many

people that give submissions

are not expecting to have their

submissions agreed with, but

we do know that people have

confidence in a process when

they feel that they were listened

to respectfully and given enough

time to be heard.”

Said city councillor Yani

Johanson: “I think at a

governance level, we do need

to consider how we make it

easier for people to understand

what council’s doing and to be

involved in what council’s doing.

“Certainly, making it easier for

people to understand information

is critical. The second thing

is having greater transparency

and openness around our briefings.”

Said city council head of community

support, governance and

partnerships John Filsell: “We

are always looking at ways we

can improve our engagement.

“We are continuing to engage

and educate on decisions and we

actively encourage as many people

as possible to submit, contribute

and get involved via a variety

of channels – online, hard copy

and face to face.

“These questions [in the survey]

seek to establish if citizens

have had that opportunity to

contribute/influence/have their

say on council decisions – rather

than whether they were able

to influence council’s decision

to the individually preferred


In contrast to the city council

services residents are most concerned

with, there are many they

are happy with.

Of those surveyed, 100 per cent

are satisfied with education programmes

in Christchurch, 98 per

cent are happy with the Botanic

Gardens and Mona Vale, 95 per

cent with libraries, 97 per cent

with walk-in customer service

and 92 per cent with customer

service over the phone.

Overall satisfaction with city

council services is sitting at 49

per cent – a slight decrease from

50 per cent last year.

Christchurch Residents’

Survey satisfaction


•Reliability of water supply

– 75 per cent

•Inner city parks – 82 per


•Kerbside bins collection –

80 per cent

•Education programmes –

100 per cent

•Libraries – 95 per cent

•Botanic Gardens and

•Mona Vale – 98 per cent

•External communication –

82 per cent

•Customer service – walkins

97 per cent/email – 71

per cent/phone – 92 per


•Condition of footpaths –

36 per cent

•Walking friendly city – 74

per cent

•Condition of roads – 29

per cent

•Community parks – 63

per cent

•Influence on city council

decisions – 24 per cent

•Understanding of city

council decisions – 36 per


•Public influence on

decisions – small influence

– 46 per cent/large or

some influence – 30 per


•Heritage buildings – 48

per cent

•Stormwater drainage – 45

per cent

•Water supply –

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cent/quality 45 per cent

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Illustrator shortlisted for award

In Brief

• By Fiona Ellis


Laugesen is bringing the sky to

life for young readers.

The Papanui resident has been

nominated for the Russell Clark

Award for Illustration in the

New Zealand

Book Awards

for Children

and Young

Adults for

her work on

Moon & Sun,

by Melinda




She is one of

five shortlisted

for the award,

which received 40 entries.

The book is about the relationship

between Moon and her

sister, Sun. Moon feels jealous

of Sun, who seems brighter and

more beautiful.

Capturing these emotions was

challenging, Laugesen said.

“They’re heavenly bodies but

they’re personified. How do you

illustrate the moon and sun, and

give them a personality? It was


She worked on the illustrations

for over a year, experimenting

with multiple ways to

illustrate the book before settling

on her chosen style.

“It took a while.”

However, she enjoyed illustrating

the book in spite of this, she


“It’s just a wonderful script. It

was a chance to do something


Unlike many books which

described scenes and characters

in great detail, the text of Moon

& Sun allowed more creative


resident Malene Laugesen

has been shortlisted for a

New Zealand Book Award

for Children and Young

Adults for her illustrations

in Moon and Sun, by author

Melinda Szymanik.


She had taken an abstract approach

and was “quite proud” of

the result, she said.

She was especially pleased

with her vibrant use of blue

and yellow used in some of the


Watercolour paints were her

medium of choice because they

worked well with the topic.

“I quite like the transparency

and luminosity.

It was her first nomination for

the award, she said.

“I’m really, really excited”.

Her two sons had read the

book and were proud of the

nomination, she said.

“They’ve both watched me

work on it.’’

Winners would be announced

in a ceremony at the National Library

in Wellington on August

11, but she was not making any


“I have no idea how it will go.

They’re all really good books. I’m

just happy I got nominated.”


Work will soon be carried out

by the city council to replace

Wilkins Drain in Merivale’s

Holmwood Rd. Water diversion

will be in place for the duration

of the works. The broken

concrete drain will be removed

and the replacement will use rock

and timber edging and landscape

planting for a more natural

waterway environment.


The Papanui Community

Toy Library will receive

$3000 towards a supervisor’s

wages. The Fendalton-Waimairi-

Harewood Community Board

grant was approved during a

board meeting on Monday.

Funding for the grant will

come from the board’s 2020-21

Discretionary Response Fund


Demolition of the Sockburn

Service Centre on Main South

Rd will begin in the next two

weeks. The city council decided

it was uneconomic to repair the

building, which has has been

empty since it was damaged

in the the February 22, 2011,

earthquake. The demolition

will take about 12 weeks. The

future use of the site is under


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Those who supported the idea

referred to various uses, including

a centre for community

groups, youth or elderly people.

The Grey Goose Wing Archery

Society and the Canterbury

Whitewater Club also commented

on why they needed the

facility for storage, training and

host competitions.

Parking along Chateau Drive

and Matisse Pl by athletes currently

using the centre was a key

issue for those opposing ongoing

use of the building.

Not only would they speed

and make too much noise, but

residents said they parked on both

sides of the road from early morning,

restricting road visibility.

A report by the city council’s

project team addressing issues

raised during consultation

outlined that future groups will

need to demonstrate the ability

to manage parking and traffic


“There are 22 parking spaces

associated with the facility and

20 bike storage spaces. Traffic

management plans will need to

identify how parking issues will

be minimised, including how

this will be enforced,” the report


“Parking and speeding issues

on Chateau Drive have been

raised with the parking team

ISSUE: Parking on both sides of Chateau Drive restricts

visibility on the road.

at the city council to see what

they advise.”

There were also concerns the

building was not made to last,

considering it was temporary.

“The current facility should

have at least 17 years of useful life

remaining. If there is a successful

applicant who is granted a lease,

there will be a requirement for

them to remove the building at

the conclusion of a new lease.”

The 2300 sq m centre was built

to provide temporary training

facilities for high performance

athletes and teams following the

February 22, 2011, earthquake.

It was always intended to be removed

once Parakiore was completed,

but an opportunity rose

to retain it for the community.

The new group will have full

responsibility for running the

facility, including a full-sized

indoor netball court, a strength

and conditioning gym, a 40m

running track, showers, offices

and meeting spaces.

The Fendalton-Waimairi-

Harewood Community Board

recently completed a request for

proposal process, considering

early submissions from interested


A public notice with interested

parties will be issued and

residents will be able to provide

feedback on those parties before

a lease was awarded, provided

there were no objections.


The city council received

public submissions on

a proposal to lease the

Apollo Project Centre, a

high-performance sports

facility, to a community or

not-for-profit group once

the existing owners move

out. Here are some of the


“As an archery club that currently

has no indoor shooting

capability at our current venue,

we have been looking at a suitable

indoor venue to shoot indoor

postal competitions, hold coaching

or performance workshops

(we have a number of international

archers as members.)

“Our problem is storage,

archery targets are not small or

light, having a venue which has

walls capable of supporting a

safety net and space to shoot 18m

– 25 is even better.

“The Apollo Project Centre may

meet this, but the cost is just too

high for a minority sports club.

However, we would like to work

with the new committee that will

run it, to see if any agreement can

be made, especially with the possible

closure of the Christchurch

Archery Club if they cannot find a

suitable venue.”

– Colin Tucker, Grey

Goose Wing Archery

Society president

“I would like to see this used

for community groups and activities

for the elderly. Subsidised

Keep Fit, yoga or stretch classes

perhaps. Also a wellness clinic

- classes at Jellie Park are too expensive

for a lot of older people.

“You need to address the parking

problem, groups should be

encouraged to park at the Greers

Rd end of Jellie Park, there are

lots of parking spaces there.

Parking in Chateau Drive causes

many problems and will reflect

on the groups using the space.

The present users can be noisy

and often park over drives or opposite


– Marilyn Bishop

“The Christchurch Whitewater

Club is looking for a space to

store rafts, kayaks and other

white water equipment until

such time as the Avon River Hub

is constructed. They would be

interested in tenanting a storage

or meeting space, ideally an area

of 40 to 50m2 with external access.

The duration of this tenancy

would ideally be up to five years.”

– Crispin Schurr,

Canterbury Whitewater

club vice president

“I do not think the proposed

use by community recreation

groups should happen. This centre

was a temporary use site for

after the earthquakes.

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My understanding is due to

the necessity for a venue, no

community consultation took


“Over time, parking has been a

local issue for residents in nearby

streets, namely Chateau Drive and

Matisse Pl. Users of this temporary

facility park on both sides of the

local roads causing traffic issues

on these streets due to the visibility

issues. There is extremely limited

parking, if any, on-site. Jellie Park

parking is also limited.

“This area has enough ‘acitivty’

groups associated with it and

the current proposal would

mean unknown amounts of

traffic, noise, safety and security


– Michelle Macaulay

“I support the facility going to

a community sports group, but

not a large franchise. The tenant

shouldn’t cost the ratepayer

money, but not be about pure

profit. I like how Wharenui

Pool supports a local and small

affordable gym like Boxfit

Brothers and there could be

opportunities for people with

passions to operate a business

within the space.”

– Tessa Smith

“I agree that the facility should

be made available to community

groups, as long as those groups

would enable the building to be

booked and used by others for

special events. I would also be

interested in understanding if

there could be opportunities for

use of the park and facility as a

joint booking for some events.”

– Claire Fletcher

“As nearby residents, the

large number of cars parked

in Chateau Drive has totally

degraded and devalued the

residential area, with car

movements from 5.30am to late

evening. Not helped by car horns,

loud music, dropped rubbish,

loud talking and speeding.

“The parking on both sides

of our street has narrowed to

a dangerous level. We were

informed from the beginning

this was a temporary building

and have been hugely looking

forward to its removal.

“It is a shock and extremely

disappointing to read consideration

being given to ongoing use.”

– P J and D J McGill

“This would be a fabulous

venue for Delta Rhythmic


– Cassandra Robb

“It definitely should be used

for a community centre, I

would have loved to have run

something like that there. Our

youth surely do need something

to keep them occupied. I look

forward to see what becomes of


– Shalenah Evans

CONSULTATION: Community sports

groups have already shown interest

in leasing the Apollo Project Centre

to take advantage of its indoor courts,

gyms and office spaces.

“We wish to object to the

complex being used for more

community recreation activities

because Chateau Drive is already

cluttered with parked cars and

people speeding dangerously

along at all hours on the way to

the building.

“Unless you can guarantee all

access will be from Greers Rd

and/or Ilam Rd, and parking will

be on the property, we strongly

disagree with the proposal to go


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$1000 for lucky winner

• From page 1

Each ball was labelled

with a unique number and

loaded into the helicopter

for the big drop. To win the

grand prize, a person’s ball

had to make a hole in one,

or closest to it.

And it was lucky number

461, purchased by Gareth

Turner, that landed in the

hole, getting to take home


The prize money was donated

in memory of Kelsey

Davidson who died in 2019.

Davidson taught dance

lessons and assisted with

choreography for school

productions, leaving a positive

impact on the lives of

many students and staff.

Jo McKenzie, Parents and

Friends Association chairwoman

said the fundraiser

was a huge success.

“We’re thankful to

everyone who has worked

hard to make today such an

awesome event,” she said.

“We’ve received so much

support from students,

their whānau and the

community, including

Christchurch Helicopters

Ltd and Riccarton Park

Golf Complex. We’re so

pleased with the result.”

Principal Tom Wallis

said the school was appreciative

of the time and

effort the PFA put into organising

such a unique and



and Friends



Jo McKenzie


the winner.



fun event, which included

a barbecue lunch and an

afternoon of golf-themed

activities for the pupils.

“The funds raised will

directly support the junior

gymnastics programme,

technology equipment

and the school’s leadership

ambassador programme,”

said Wallis.

“It’s been a massive

effort by the whole

community and one the

students will remember for

a long time.”

A reader responds

to the issue of

pedestrian safety

around Northlink

shopping centre

I fully agree with Ian

Wilkie that it is dangerous

trying to walk across

Langdons Rd, not only

near the Northlink

shopping centre but

anywhere from Greers Rd

down to Papanui Library.

Traffic has increased

enormously since

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many cars are parked on

both sides of the road near

Chapel and Sails Sts, you

have to step out onto the

road to see the traffic and

wait for a gap.

Crossing at the

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is not safer as traffic comes

from four directions. If

I’m driving, I try and

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Styx River catchment and in

promoting community

understanding of the importance

of our waterways. I was thrilled to

bring National’s Spokesperson for

Conservation, Jacqui Dean, to

northern Christchurch to meet

with the team to hear about their

work in ecosystem rehabilitation.

Many of our residents have

enjoyed the successful Summer in

the Styx events, which bring

recreation and education together

to build on our community’s

awareness of the value of these

ecosystems. We’re lucky to have

such a great regional park on our

doorstep and I love showcasing

what we do well to my Caucus


Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is

another wildlife rehabilitation

group I often mention in this

column because of their very

successful conservation model.

After we visited Styx Living

Laboratory, I took National’s

Conservation Spokesperson

Jacqui Dean to Willowbank for a

briefing on their conservation and

rescue work as the third largest

wildlife park in New Zealand.

I was honoured to accept a

petition on Parliament’s forecourt

from Christchurch mum Rebecca

Tomms, the mother of an eating

disorder survivor who had fallen

through all the waitlists trying to

get help. Rebecca reached out to

me as National’s Mental Health

Spokesperson as she felt she

couldn’t get the government to

listen. Her petition calls on the

government to provide more care

for our young people with eating

disorders and I was honoured to

help her and all the other parents

who attended from around New

Zealand to be heard.

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Six tips to get the most efficiency

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Make sure it’s clean

A clean heat pump filter will help your

heat pump run more effectively and


Give your filter a good clean as we head

into the cold season, and ideally clean your

filters once a month during winter.

Know your temperatures

Set your heat pump temperature to 18

deg C or above to help fight damp and

mould, and below 21 deg C to save on


Heat where you eat/sleep, play

Heat pumps use the most energy

when they’re getting a room up to a set

temperature. Heat the rooms you use

most often.

Close the doors to unused rooms

to avoid heating unrequired space (ie

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Prepare your

home for winter

Minimise your heat loss


Without insulation, approx. 30-35%

of the heat loss occurs through the roof,

20-30% through windows, and 20-25%

through walls. The floor and air leakage

make up the balance.


Seal up any unused openings such as cat

doors and open fireplaces.

Use draft stopping tape around windows

and tape, door ‘sausages or a rolled-up

towel for doors.

Double glaze windows, there is a wide

range of DIY Window insulation kits that

are both effective and economical.

Downlight fittings

Some modern LED downlights have

insulation fitted over them, instead of

leaving a gap for fire prevention.

Super-efficient LEDs use less energy

and can save lighting costs. Ask a lighting

specialist or registered electrician for


Simple steps to reduce dampness

Air your home regularly

Open doors and windows for 10-15

minutes each morning or use a ventilation


Use energy efficient, low

emissions heaters

Heat rooms being used to at least 18˚C.

Don’t use unflued or portable gas heaters.

Use extractor fans

They can help to get rid of moisture in

the bathroom and laundry and use a fan or

rangehood in the kitchen.

Use lids on pots when you cook

This helps to stop the steam escaping.

Turn on the fan before a shower

or bath

Shut the bathroom door and open the

window slightly. Afterwards, leave the fan

running until the moisture clears.

Move furniture away from walls in


A 10cm gap discourages mould

(especially on external walls).

Dry washing outside

Use a washing line or rack in the garage

or a under covered area.

Leave wardrobes slightly open

A little air circulation discourages mould

growing on fabric.

Buy — sell — reside with

peace of mind

Any property, old or new, can have

hidden problems. It is important to know

the true condition of your current, or

potential property.

An AA House Check report can provide

you with the confidence to buy or sell with

no surprises.

Property examinations provide detailed

room by room inspections, including

roof cavity, insulation, flooring, electrical,

plumbing, drainage, hot water systems,

roofing, decks, paths and driveways,

garages, asbestos identification and more.

A BOINZ accredited building surveyor

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Keep cosy with

RD Petroleum

this winter

Taking to the stage

for a good cause

Betsy Macdonald (above), along with other staff members at St

Margaret’s College, put their pride and dignity on the line to perform

on stage at a fundraising concert. Student mentors helped to mould

some of the staff members into stars. The event raised $8000 for the

school’s charity – Educating Girls Globally. The money will be used to

help complete a new school in Malawi in southeast Africa. The school

will give children from the nearby Dzaleka Refugee Camp, which houses

more than 32,000 displaced people, the chance to get an education.


RD Petroleum (RDP) is a familiar sight

for farm and rural residents around the

Canterbury region, however now days urban

residents also enjoy the same excellent

customer service for which RDP is known for

in rural communities, through their home

heating diesel.

RDP began its home heating diesel delivery

service to the lower South Island’s main urban

centres of Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin

and Invercargill a number of years ago.

Customer demand has continued to increase

year upon year, and RDP has responded

with specialised improvements to its delivery


The trucks that deliver RDP’s home heating

diesel in each urban centre are drawn from

the company’s extensive vehicle fleet. This

means they have the latest communication

and GPS tracking technology on board, so

the operations team always know where they

are and how far away they are from their next

delivery stop.

RDP’s home heating diesel trucks come

equipped with a specially-designed hose,

through which the diesel is pumped from

the truck into house tanks. The length of

the hose allows the trucks to access tanks

without having to enter the property, avoiding

damaging the driveway. RDP is the place to

go if you require diesel conveniently delivered

to your home and as a loyal RDP customer

you’re offered discounted pricing and can

become eligible for value-added benefits.

For all enquiries please phone

0800 44 00 14, or visit the RDP website at

https://www.rdp.co.nz/home-heating or

signup at apply.rdp.co.nz/home-heating

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Kathryn Gray.

Caroline Price.

Jenni McLaughlin and Jo Symon.

Jenna McLaughlin, Jo

Wilkinson and Lisa Williams.

St Margaret’s College executive principal

Diana Patchett.

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Get the balance

right this winter

Enviro Master has been helping

Cantabrians get the balance right when it

comes to choosing the perfect heat pump or

air conditioning system for their home or

office since 2002.

Their team of expert sales people, qualified

electricians, heating and refrigeration

engineers, help to supply and install

Christchurch’s widest range of heat pumps,

and because they have no affiliation with any

one brand, you can be assured their advice

on the benefits and differences between each

product is unbiased.

They will recommend the most energyefficient

and cost-effective system for your

individual situation, and will have you

regulating the heat in your home or office in

no time.

Nowadays, customers are often wanting

whole home solutions to be able to maintain

even temperatures throughout the home both

in Winter and Summer. This can be achieved

by using ducted systems or multi systems

and Enviro Master are experts in designing,

installing and commissioning these systems.

Help is currently available with a

government subsidy covering 80 per cent of

the cost of a new heat pump up to $3000.

The subsidy is part of the Warmer Kiwi

Homes initiative and is available to Home

owner/occupiers with a Community Services

Card, a SuperGold combo card or who live in

a low-income area as determined by deciles

8-10 on the New Zealand Deprivation Index.

The applicant’s home must also have been

built before 2008, have insulation up to code

(insulation subsidies also available) and have

no fixed heating in a living area, such as an

existing operational heat pump or fireplace.

With new regulations coming in for

Landlords to provide heating in rentals,

now is a great time to beat the deadline.

Inadequate heating and ventilation can lead

to mould growth and dampness in your

property, leading to costlier maintenance

and an unhealthy living environment.

Providing a fixed heater with a higher heat

output and lower running costs, like a heat

pump, will enable your tenants to heat the

area effectively. Enviro Master are well

experienced with the Tenancy Services

software to ensure that you are meeting your


To ensure you choose the right system for

your home or business, one of Enviro Master’s

experts will visit to assess your individual

situation, offer advice and answer any

questions you may have. This consultation

is at no cost to the customer and is always

provided before a heat pump is installed.

Anyone wondering about their eligibility

for a subsidised heat pump are welcome to

get in touch for details and help with the

application process. To find out more, call

Enviro Master on (03) 366 0525 or visit

their website www.enviromaster.co.nz.

What makes a great

Heat Transfer System?

There are a number of Heat Transfer

systems on the market. Smooth-Air

ventilation specialists offer a range of HTU

Heat Transfer Units with carefully selected

components to optimise the system:

They use insulated duct to transfer the

heated air with as little heat loss as possible.

The fan moves sufficient air for the distance

and number of rooms, without being noisy.

The diffusers send the heat to the floor, not to

skim the across the ceilings. All components

are good quality - designed to operate for

years without problems.

Smooth-Air’s HTUs come in a range of

options: One to four rooms, with or without

thermostat and with a choice of grilles and

diffusers. HTUs improve energy efficiency

in your house, as you are using excess

heat. They have low power consumption

- only 80watts for the three room system.

Circulating air through the house also

reduces the risk of damp.

You can also choose the HTU version with

downjet diffusers, which throw the warm

air downwards to the floor. These downjet

diffusers can also be adjusted to regulate

which room receives the most warm air.

An average size living room requires 2-4 kw

of heating, yet appliances such as log burners

generate heat in the region of 10 -20kw. This

leaves an excess of 8 -16kw of heat which

sits at high level in the heated room, usually

above door level.

Heat transfer units work best where very

hot air has ‘stratified’ into a layer near the

ceiling. So heat pumps, which circulate warm

air around the room with no layering, are

not suitable as a heat source by themselves.

However, if you have both log burner and

a heat pump, heat transfer systems with

thermostat can work very well: The heat

pump stops operating once the heat from the

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Use garlic and onions to jazz up roast

Sunday roasts are

a traditional Kiwi

favourite. Try adding

some powerful flavours

for a change that

should please the

whole family

Roast beef with garlic and



1.5kg rolled roast beef

2 medium onions

2 carrots

2 sticks celery

1 bulb of garlic

1 bunch of mixed fresh herbs ,

such as thyme, rosemary, bay,


olive oil


Remove the beef from the

fridge 30min before you want to

cook it, to let it come up to room


Preheat the oven to 240 deg C.

Wash and roughly chop the

vegetables – there’s no need

to peel them. Break the garlic

bulb into cloves, leaving them


Pile all the veges, garlic and

herbs into the middle of a large

roasting tray and drizzle with oil.

Drizzle the beef with oil and

season well with sea salt and

black pepper, then rub all over

the meat. Place the beef on top of

the vegetables.

Place the tray in the oven,

then turn the heat down

immediately to 200 deg C

and cook for 1 hour for

medium beef. If you prefer it

medium-rare, take it out five to

10min earlier. For well done,

leave it in for another 10

to 15min.

If you’re doing roast potatoes

and veges, this is the time to

crack on with them – get them

into the oven for the last 45min

of cooking.

Baste the beef halfway through

cooking and if the veges look dry,

add a splash of water to the tray

to stop them from burning.

When the beef is cooked

to your liking, take the tray out of

the oven and transfer the beef to

a board to rest for 15min. Cover

it with a layer of tin foil and a tea

towel and leave

aside while you make your

gravy, horseradish sauce and

yorkshire puddings.

Baked chicken breasts


4 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons whole grain


1 tablespoon smooth and mild

Dijon mustard

4 cloves garlic, peeled and


1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon


1/2 teaspoon paprika

2 pounds (1 kg) boneless skinless

chicken breasts, (4 large

chicken breasts)

Salt and cracked black pepper,

to season

2 tablespoons fresh chopped

parsley, to garnish (optional)

Lemon wedges, to serve



Onions roast

up well in

the oven

with beef,

don’t forget

to garnish

with herbs



Preheat oven to 200 deg C.

Lightly grease a baking tray/

sheet with oil and line with foil or

parchment paper.

Combine the oil, honey,

mustards, garlic, lemon juice

and paprika in a small bowl to

combine well.

Place the chicken onto the

prepared baking sheet (tray).

Season generously with salt and

pepper. Spoon three-quarters

of the honey mustard mixture

evenly over the chicken and

spread evenly all over each

breast. Pour a quarter of a cup of

water onto the baking sheet to

prevent burning, creating a sauce

while baking.

Bake until cooked through

(about 20-30min, depending

on the thickness of the breasts).

Spoon the remaining sauce over

each breast and broil (or grill) for

a further three-to-four minutes

on medium-high heat to brown

the chicken and caramelise the


Cover with foil and allow to

rest for 10min to let the juices

settle before serving.

Garnish with parsley and serve

immediately with lemon wedges.


To include roasted asparagus,

arrange them onto the same

baking sheet around the chicken

in the last 10 minutes of cooking

time. Rotate them in the pan

juices or pan sauce and season

with salt and pepper.

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Four Fabulous Home-Staging Tips

• Matching, freshly laundered linen,

plump cushions and soft music in the

bedroom create a relaxing atmosphere.

•Decorative pieces spaced in oddnumbered

arrangements offer the most

pleasing effect for visual symmetry, but

keep these to a minimum.

• Make sure wardrobes, cupboards and

cabinets are neat as a pin and stocked

with the bare minimum. Potential

buyers always look inside as further

proof of the type of storage they are


Home staging is the preparation of a

private residence for sale. The objective

is to present the property in as appealing

a manner as time and budget allow.

Ensuring the home is attractive to the

highest number of potential buyers also

enables the promptest and most effective

sales results.

Staging your home for maximum effect

Given time, effort and meagre

financial outlay, most homeowners

are equipped to implement their own

home-staging touches. Larger-scale

home improvements, such as cosmetic

makeovers and landscaping projects,

might require specialist assistance.

Creating home staging with the wow


Whether you do it yourself or enlist

professional help, preparation and design

vision will add immeasurable value to

your staging projects. These include:

1. Freshly painted interiors in white or

neutral colours provide a new look to

any property.

2. Declutter your furniture, decorative

pieces, books and items that are not

necessary or eye-catching. Less is

always more in the presentation stakes.

A couple of key furniture items, side

tables instead of a central coffee table,

adding a framed or wall-hung mirror for

the illusion of extra space, one feature

artwork and elegantly potted plant

per room often create all the style and

pizzazz required to win over your buyer.

3. First impressions are lasting, so the

exterior must dazzle the eye to attract

potential buyers inside. Investing

in light landscaping work, such as

fresh planting, a statement outdoor

sculpture or artwork and, if budget

permits, installing an outdoor cooking

zone or calm-inducing water feature,

will work wonders for your resale

value in the long run. At the very least,

decluttering the extraneous elements

of your exterior, weeding out dead

plants and shrubbery, cleaning gutters

and removing moss or mould build-up,

will provide a new lease on life for your

outdoor area.

4. Lastly, ensure that everything is spic

and span for viewings and open homes.

Extend the impression of solidity,

uniformity and personal style with little

touches that you can impart on the day.

These include:

• Freshly brewed coffee, subtle incense

or interior fragrances create olfactory

evocation that is designed to draw in

new or unexpected buyers.

• A bowl brimming with seasonal fruit

and fresh baguettes in a basket in the

kitchen add to the aspirational quality of


• Include coordinated accessories and

fresh flowers in the bathroom and toilet


Where to from here? Any of the members

of the Ray White Papanui sales team

are happy to come out and offer advice

and professional contacts for creating

home staging that is designed to secure

your home buyer with the quickest and

most value-added approach. Get in touch

today, we look forward to hearing from


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Previously mentioned how I believed that

the recent changes to laws around tax

and capital gains was impacting the rental

market in New Zealand and over the past

few weeks I have noticed a real decline in

advertised properties.

When I combine this with what my team are

telling me about the number of enquiries

they are receiving for advertised rentals

and the amount of very disappointed

tenants who are missing out, I do think that

we are heading for a shortage of rentals

right here in Canterbury.

Today when I look on TradeMe I note that

the numbers are sitting at (aside from postearthquake)

an all-time low in most of the

Canterbury districts. This is certainly the

case for the 15 years I have been working

in the industry. Here are the numbers for

you: Christchurch – 857, Waimakariri – 19,

Hurunui – 8 (includes Hanmer Springs),

Banks Peninsula – 8 and Selwyn – 71.

If you break it down into suburbs, there are

definitely some pockets where there are

still a reasonably high number of properties

available, in particular the city centre where

there are a lot of apartments popping

up. However, if you don’t fancy inner city

apartment living or living in the Selwyn

area, and are looking to rent, then your

choices are very slim.

The Government’s dream does seem to

be that all New Zealanders will have the

opportunity to own their own home, and

while this would of course be fantastic what

we need to remember is that not all can,

or indeed want to own their own homes. I

read recently where it said that over 33% of

New Zealanders will never own their own

home, through choice or financial ability.

Private landlords in New Zealand provide

homes to Kiwis, and regardless of the bad

press they often get, it is important to

remember that we will always need houses

for those who wish to rent.

Next time I will talk about how you can get

into the investment property market, why

you should, and provide a few tips about

choosing the right property.

Katrina Green,

Operations Manager

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