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THURSDAY, JUNE <strong>24</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Connecting Your Local Community<br />

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Volunteer’s labour<br />

of love in<br />

Botanic Gardens<br />

Success for<br />

teen<br />

problem-solver<br />

Page 3 Page 7<br />

Talk to over 10,000 visitors in 3 days<br />

Contact Lisa on 021 800 809<br />

Call for green arrow on traffic<br />

lights at Hornby intersection<br />

• By Fiona Ellis<br />

THE DIFFICULTY of turning<br />

right at a Hornby intersection has<br />

driven 100 people to comment on<br />

the issue in an online discussion.<br />

The topic of turning from<br />

Amyes Rd onto Shands Rd was<br />

raised by the Greater Hornby<br />

Residents Association in a post<br />

on its Facebook page seeking to<br />

gauge community opinion.<br />

Association chairman Marc<br />

Duff said the high level of engagement<br />

meant the issue would be<br />

taken further.<br />

“Anything over 100 we consider<br />

quite serious,” Duff said.<br />

The association would raise the<br />

issue at a meeting on Sunday.<br />

Depending on the outcome,<br />

it was then likely to be raised at<br />

the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton<br />

Community Board meeting on<br />

Tuesday and with Hornby Ward<br />

councillor Jimmy Chen.<br />

“I would strongly suggest they’ll<br />

take it forward.”<br />

The intersection was not the<br />

only one in the area commuters<br />

struggled with, he said.<br />

“The feedback is it’s part of a<br />

wider problem.”<br />

Fixing the problem would<br />

take time, but the Shands Rd<br />

intersection should take priority.<br />

• Turn to page 5<br />

CONCERNS: Greater Hornby Residents Association members Ross Houliston and Marc Duff at the intersection of Amyes<br />

and Shands Rds.<br />

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN


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WESTERN NEWS Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz<br />

Thursday <strong>June</strong> <strong>24</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 3<br />

Chance to guide visitors around<br />

gardens a privilege for volunteer<br />

VOLUNTEERING at the<br />

Botanic Gardens has been a<br />

chance to branch out for<br />

Susan Lawrence.<br />

The Bryndwr 72-year-old<br />

began guiding visitors at the<br />

gardens in 2012.<br />

Volunteer guides – all<br />

members of the Friends of the<br />

Botanic Gardens – run free<br />

walks in different parts of the<br />

Botanic Gardens each day<br />

between October and April.<br />

“I find being a volunteer<br />

guide incredibly rewarding,’’<br />

said Susan.<br />

“It has provided me with an<br />

opportunity to learn and grow<br />

in my knowledge of plants. I<br />

cringe sometimes when I think<br />

of how little I knew at the start.’’<br />

She led two or three walks a<br />

month, co-ordinated the team of<br />

volunteer guides, and served on<br />

the committee of the Friends of<br />

the Botanic Gardens.<br />

“Being part of a team<br />

is fulfilling – we are very<br />

supportive of one another and<br />

each one brings his or her own<br />

skills to the task, and we learn<br />

from each other.”<br />

“Having the opportunity<br />

to share our knowledge and<br />

stories with the public is a great<br />

privilege, whether they are<br />

locals or tourists.<br />

“Locals are often surprised at<br />

how much of the gardens they<br />

are unfamiliar with.”<br />

Mrs Lawrence says engaging<br />

with the public on the tours<br />

is a two-way experience and<br />

the guides often come away<br />

having learned a thing or two<br />

themselves.<br />

“Above all it is a great<br />

privilege to give out to others<br />

– our lives are enriched in the<br />

process.’’<br />

She estimated she spent about<br />

30 hours a month working on a<br />

voluntary basis for the Friends<br />

of the Botanic Gardens, which<br />

exist to support and promote the<br />

work of the gardens.<br />

Funds raised provide education<br />

and travel opportunities for<br />

gardens’ staff, apprenticeships<br />

and annual library grants<br />

amongst other things.<br />

A large volunteer team<br />

LABOUR<br />

OF LOVE:<br />

Volunteer<br />

Susan<br />

Lawrence<br />

spends<br />

about<br />

30 hours<br />

a month<br />

showing<br />

groups of<br />

people<br />

what the<br />

Botanic<br />

Gardens has<br />

to offer.<br />

PHOTO:<br />

NEWSLINE<br />

work in propagation, guiding,<br />

weeding and duties in the kiosk.<br />

“I would encourage anyone who<br />

appreciates the sanctuary that is<br />

our Christchurch Botanic Gardens<br />

to join the friends,’’ she said.<br />

•Father, daughter on graffiti<br />

mission, page 5<br />

•<strong>June</strong> 20 to 26 is<br />

National Volunteer<br />

Week. Find out how you<br />

can make a difference<br />

in your community by<br />

volunteering.<br />

MP says<br />

hello<br />

• By Fiona Ellis<br />

ILAM MP Sarah Pallett has paid<br />

her first visit to the Papanui-<br />

Innes Community Board since<br />

her election last October.<br />

A timetable clash usually prevented<br />

her from<br />

attending the<br />

board’s meetings,<br />

she said.<br />

Most of her<br />

electorate lay<br />

outside the<br />

Sarah Pallett<br />

board’s area.<br />

However, she<br />

encouraged<br />

board members to reach out with<br />

feedback or requests for help.<br />

“Regard this as a hello and a<br />

commitment to continue to work<br />

together as much as we can.”<br />

Community board member<br />

Pauline Cotter said: “For community<br />

boards, it’s very important to<br />

have dialogues with MPs.”<br />

Pallett first met with the main<br />

community board in her area in<br />

late March.<br />

Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood<br />

Community Board chairwoman<br />

Bridget Williams said:<br />

“She has come and presented to<br />

us at least twice now.”<br />

She was pleased with Pallett’s<br />

engagement with the board.<br />

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WESTERN NEWS Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz<br />

Thursday <strong>June</strong> <strong>24</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 5<br />

MAKING A<br />

DIFFERENCE:<br />

Ben and<br />

Nevaeh<br />

McCallum<br />

paint over<br />

graffiti in their<br />

neighbourhood<br />

as part of<br />

the Off the<br />

Wall graffiti<br />

programme,<br />

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Dad and daughter team<br />

up to take down graffiti<br />

REMOVING graffiti<br />

from their Spreydon<br />

neighbourhood has become<br />

a family affair for a father<br />

and daughter.<br />

Ben and Nevaeh Mc-<br />

Callum volunteered for<br />

the Off the Wall graffiti<br />

programme, run by the city<br />

council, in 2017 after seeing<br />

a brochure about it at their<br />

local library.<br />

Nevaeh was only seven at<br />

the time, but Ben wanted<br />

her to have a strong work<br />

ethic and felt getting rid of<br />

• From page 1<br />

The intersection needed<br />

a green arrow to give rightturning<br />

traffic the chance<br />

to flow forward, he said.<br />

“It’s not unusual to sit<br />

for nine, or 10, or 11<br />

changes.”<br />

The intersection had<br />

been a concern for the<br />

association since it was<br />

formed three years ago.<br />

“It’s only [got] a red<br />

arrow to be used when<br />

pedestrians are crossing”<br />

Safety was a concern,<br />

especially when the traffic<br />

backed up past South<br />

Hornby School.<br />

City council data from<br />

graffiti was a worthwhile<br />

task to tackle together.<br />

“At the time there was a<br />

lot of graffiti along the front<br />

of our shops so we decided<br />

to get active with that,” Ben<br />

said.<br />

As part of the Off the<br />

Wall graffiti programme,<br />

they help paint over graffiti<br />

in their neighbourhood.<br />

They’re also ‘tag-spotters’,<br />

who report graffiti to the<br />

council when they see it. It<br />

has been a fun experience<br />

for Nevaeh, which has come<br />

August 15, 2018, showed<br />

that on that day, 12,654 cars<br />

went through the intersection<br />

between 7am and 6pm.<br />

Of these, 1216 made the<br />

right turn from Amyes Rd<br />

onto Shands Rd.<br />

Between January 1, 2018,<br />

and January 1, <strong>2021</strong>, seven<br />

crashes occurred at the<br />

intersection, one of which<br />

resulted in a minor injury.<br />

with an added bonus many<br />

other kids will relate to.<br />

“It gets me away from my<br />

brother,” she said.<br />

Ben doesn’t know many<br />

other people in his age<br />

group who volunteer and<br />

worries it is a dying art.<br />

He said more people<br />

should give volunteering<br />

a go.<br />

“Definitely give it a go.<br />

You’ve got nothing to lose.<br />

If it’s not for you, it’s not for<br />

you. But you won’t know<br />

until you give it a go.”<br />

Safety concerns near school<br />

•HAVE YOUR SAY:<br />

What are your views<br />

on the Amyes and<br />

Shands Rd intersection.<br />

Email fiona.ellis@<br />

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Paulette Stickley commented<br />

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post, calling the intersection<br />

a nuisance.<br />

“Definitely turn arrows<br />

would be great,” she said.<br />

Gaylene Leadley also said<br />

a turn arrow was needed.<br />

“The lights at that<br />

intersection need sorting<br />

out . . . another really bad<br />

one is coming out of Mitre<br />

10/Countdown onto the<br />

main road.’’<br />

Rachel Cooper said<br />

she found it quicker to<br />

detour.<br />

“It can be such a long<br />

wait that I often go the<br />

other way,” she said.<br />

LIPOMAS<br />

A Lipoma is a benign mesenchymal<br />

tumour comprised of “mature adipocytes”<br />

(namely fat cells). Lipomas are very<br />

common in the dog, rarely in the cat.<br />

Believe it or not I have several small<br />

lipomas on my arms that cause no issue.<br />

They are often picked up in a routine visit,<br />

are non-painful, soft, moveable and slow<br />

growing. Breeds at risk are the Labrador,<br />

Retriever, Doberman, Spaniel and Beagle.<br />

No one knows why they pop up and they<br />

are classified into three groups –<br />

• Simple lipoma – a benign, slow growing<br />

mass that expands rather than invades.<br />

They can get really huge. They are usually<br />

encapsulated and easy to surgically shell<br />

out. They are most commonly seen within<br />

the fat tissue on the trunk and limbs. Very<br />

occasionally they can be found in the<br />

chest and abdomen. Depending on where<br />

they are they can impede movement<br />

causing abnormal gaits and neurological<br />

deficits may be noticed.<br />

• Infiltrative lipoma – These are locally<br />

aggressive, invasive and can disrupt the<br />

surrounding tissues. These have been<br />

known to cause spinal cord compression.<br />

• Myelolipoma – These are benign and can<br />

commonly occur on the spleen, adrenal<br />

glands and liver. We rarely see these.<br />

Diagnosis is made by fine needle<br />

aspiration cytology, radiographs and<br />

ultrasound (especially of lipomas in the<br />

thorax and abdomen or those inbetween<br />

muscle planes). Cytology of the mass can<br />

be done while you wait.<br />

Most lipomas require NO specific therapy.<br />

We usually only suggest surgical removal<br />

if they are impeding motion or function or<br />

in an area that irritates the dog. Surgery is<br />

usually straight forward and it helps having<br />

cautery for the large tumour removals as<br />

they have a decent blood supply. Often<br />

suction drains are inserted due to all the<br />

dead space left and blood tends to want<br />

McMaster & Heap<br />

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to pool there. Complications of surgery<br />

can be delayed wound healing, seromas<br />

forming or occasionally nerve damage if<br />

the lipoma is deep.<br />

Recently we had a referral to give our<br />

opinion on lipoma surgery for a 12 year<br />

old Labrador called “Tess”. She’s had a<br />

multitude of lipomas (diagnosed via<br />

cytology) for years but some have started<br />

growing quickly, causing her severe<br />

mobility issues. Kirsty initially saw Tess<br />

and thought she could make a difference<br />

surgically to her quality of life and mobility.<br />

One large lipoma had extended down the<br />

right side of her chest and into her axilla<br />

(armpit), impinging on nerves affecting<br />

limb placement. She kept throwing this leg<br />

outward.<br />

Tess was a trouper under her anaesthetic<br />

and has recovered well. The surgery took<br />

nearly two hours and required lots of<br />

sutures and drains to close large wounds.<br />

Six lipoma masses were removed, the<br />

largest weighing in at 1.6kg. She should<br />

hopefully find it easier to walk now. Tess<br />

was discharged on good pain medications,<br />

weight loss diet and a recommendation<br />

for Physio to help her mobilise quicker and<br />

improve muscle strength. She was a gentle<br />

old soul to treat and we hope we have<br />

made a difference to her quality of life.<br />

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6 Thursday <strong>June</strong> <strong>24</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

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WESTERN NEWS<br />

Christchurch<br />

Intermediate Schools<br />

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Intermediate Schools are exciting places<br />

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adolescence!<br />

Intermediate aged children are changing<br />

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socially. Intermediate schools focus solely<br />

on this age group and are well positioned to<br />

meet their needs.<br />

Intermediates provide a rich, age and<br />

stage, middle-years specific curriculum in<br />

a stimulating, challenging and rewarding<br />

environment, and cater for many interest<br />

groups and clubs.<br />

Intermediate teachers are focussed<br />

solely on the middle years. They work<br />

collaboratively to provide level-appropriate<br />

engaging programmes that connect learning<br />

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challenges for all students to achieve to the<br />

best of their ability.<br />

Intermediate Schools have a mix of<br />

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enhance the choices, challenge, practical<br />

activities and academic rigour that can be<br />

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Intermediates plan and resource deliberately<br />

to meet early adolescent student needs,<br />

help build self esteem, assist students to<br />

develop and find strengths and link learning<br />

with career aspirations.<br />

An intermediate school can support your<br />

child by providing:<br />

• Opportunities to excel and thrive right<br />

across the curriculum both in and out of<br />

the classroom<br />

• Broad enrichment and extension<br />

opportunities<br />

• Opportunities to develop leadership<br />

skills<br />

• Carefully tailored wellbeing programmes<br />

and learning support<br />

• Teachers who understand and have an<br />

affinity for this age and stage<br />

• Structured and safe learning<br />

environments that focus on relationships,<br />

emotional and academic development.<br />

• Technology and specialist programmes<br />

that are hands-on and designed to<br />

encourage creativity and curiosity.<br />

• Schools that are resourced and<br />

designed to meet the needs of this age<br />

group with age appropriate experiences,<br />

opportunities and challenges.<br />

• Challenging extra-curricular experiences<br />

The intermediate schools and principals<br />

in Christchurch work closely together<br />

to collectively provide a wide range of<br />

extracurricular opportunities for students<br />

in sporting, cultural and academic<br />

contexts.<br />

Find out more about your local<br />

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for 2022.<br />

Now is the time to eNrol for <strong>2021</strong><br />

school Principal Contact Details<br />

Breens Nikki Clarke website: www.breens.school.nz Phone: 359 8108 email: office@breens.school.nz<br />

Casebrook Sharon Keen website: www.casebrook.school.nz Phone: 359 7428 email: office@casebrook.school.nz<br />

Chisnallwood Justin Fields website: www.chisnallwood.school.nz Phone: 388 4199 email: info@chisnallwood.school.nz<br />

Christchurch<br />

south Karamata<br />

Ross Hastings<br />

website: www.chchsouth.ac.nz Phone: 332 <strong>24</strong>08 email: office@chchsouth.ac.nz<br />

Cobham Eddie Norgate website: www.cobham.school.nz Phone: 351 6381 email: office@cobham.school.nz<br />

heaton Andrea Knight website: www.heaton.school.nz Phone: 355 9555 email: admin@heaton.school.nz<br />

Kirkwood Phil Tappenden website: www.kirkwood.school.nz Phone: 348 7718 email: school.information@kirkwood.school.nz<br />

shirley Geoff Siave website: www.sis.school.nz Phone: 385 2229 email: office@sis.school.nz


WESTERN NEWS Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz<br />

Thursday <strong>June</strong> <strong>24</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 7<br />

Success for teen problem-solver<br />

Student<br />

absorbs<br />

pressure in<br />

international<br />

competition<br />

• By Fiona Ellis<br />

THE PRESSURE was on for<br />

Riccarton High School student<br />

Hugh Ryan as three-and-a-half<br />

months of preparation boiled<br />

down to just two vital hours.<br />

However, the 14-yearold<br />

pulled through to place<br />

second in his division at the<br />

international global issues<br />

problem solving competition this<br />

month.<br />

“Everything I’d worked for<br />

came up to that moment,” Hugh<br />

said.<br />

“I got quite nervous a couple of<br />

days before the competition.”<br />

Of the 50 competitors to take<br />

part in the competition’s middle<br />

individual division, he was one<br />

of just three from New Zealand.<br />

To qualify for the competition,<br />

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Neurotechnology was<br />

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For the competition, he<br />

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implants are improving life in all<br />

kinds of ways, but not without<br />

drawbacks.<br />

“THere were all these side<br />

effects that were going to be a<br />

problem.<br />

“My winning solution was to<br />

use brain-scan technology to<br />

target a specific problem.”<br />

Normally the competition was<br />

held in the United States, Hugh<br />

said.<br />

“It was online, sadly.<br />

“I would’ve had the<br />

opportunity to go to the<br />

University of Massachusetts.”<br />

Going digital came with its<br />

FUTURISTIC:<br />

Hugh Ryan<br />

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interest<br />

in problemsolving.<br />

PHOTO:<br />

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SLOAN<br />

own problems.<br />

He had to re-write a part of<br />

his answer after it vanished into<br />

cyberspace.<br />

However, the organisers<br />

gave him some extra time to<br />

compensate for the glitch, he<br />

said.<br />

“Overall it was fun, and really<br />

interesting.”<br />

Future problem solving was<br />

a long-time interest of his, and<br />

he had competed in the junior<br />

division of the competition<br />

before, he said.<br />

He liked thinking about future<br />

scenarios because they dealt with<br />

important issues.<br />

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that will affect me and my<br />

generation, and society as a<br />

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After the competition,<br />

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As he learned someone else had<br />

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he had placed, Hugh said.<br />

He was pleased with his<br />

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School librarian Sally Blake<br />

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“[We are] looking forward to<br />

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Thursday <strong>June</strong> <strong>24</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 9<br />

Former Olympian still has the competitive spirit<br />

THE OLYMPIC spirit still shines<br />

brightly with John Abrams.<br />

John, a New Zealand hockey<br />

team member from the 1956<br />

Melbourne and 1960 Rome<br />

Olympic Games, remembers<br />

close matches and physical<br />

tussles, as the team played its<br />

heart out from the get-go.<br />

John and New Zealand team<br />

made their Olympic debuts in<br />

Melbourne.<br />

He recalls the Australian adventures,<br />

as he sits alongside his<br />

wife Dawn – both residents of<br />

Diana Isaac Retirement Village<br />

in Mairehau.<br />

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a 21.6km team walking relay and<br />

Quiznastics (gymnastics for the<br />

brain).<br />

Back in 1956, John and other<br />

Kiwi games athletes were invited,<br />

and went, to social events hosted<br />

by gracious Melburnians.<br />

“Even if you were wandering<br />

around outside the village, a car<br />

would pull up and they would<br />

say: ‘Hey you guys, we’re having<br />

MEMORIES: John Abrams, who played at right fullback in<br />

Canterbury and New Zealand hockey teams.<br />

a barbie tonight, would you like<br />

to join us?’ ” John said.<br />

Times at the games were different<br />

back then, and security settings<br />

were much lower. In 1960<br />

John was able to watch, trackside,<br />

the performance of Kiwi<br />

medal winners including Barry<br />

Magee, Peter Snell and Murray<br />

Halberg.<br />

As well as these memories,<br />

John and Dawn have plenty of<br />

Olympic memorabilia on their<br />

walls in their independent apartment<br />

at the village.<br />

John’s historic collection<br />

includes photos, an Olympic<br />

tie and an Olympic blazer from<br />

Rome.<br />

The items date back to the<br />

games and more recently to<br />

get-togethers. As Olympians he<br />

and others were honoured by the<br />

Christchurch High School Old<br />

Boys with names inscribed on<br />

a sports shirt. His shirt is now<br />

framed and mounted on the<br />

wall.<br />

Both Woolston Primary<br />

School, CBHS and later<br />

Woolston Hockey Club were<br />

proving grounds for John and<br />

others. His schoolmates Noel<br />

Hobson and Ross Gillespie (who<br />

later coached the Kiwi 1976 gold<br />

medal-winning team) played<br />

together in 1960.<br />

Provincial and national representation<br />

followed, then John<br />

says that he and his family had to<br />

listen to a 6pm radio broadcast<br />

to find if he was included in the<br />

team for Melbourne.<br />

The departure for Melbourne<br />

was quite a ruckus. His father,<br />

Dawn and young daughter,<br />

Nicola, saw him off only to<br />

discover the car keys (to get<br />

home) were in John’s pocket and<br />

on the plane. They were eventually<br />

tossed down by the pilot to<br />

ground level before the aircraft<br />

took off.<br />

In Melbourne the team finished<br />

in sixth place just behind<br />

Australia.<br />

The Rome Games were longhaul<br />

in terms of travel, with the<br />

hockey players ending in fifth<br />

place this time after beating Australia<br />

in the final match.<br />

John says the team were very<br />

close to contending for a medal,<br />

but lost 1-0 in a thrilling quarterfinal<br />

against Spain. The score<br />

could have been reversed; he<br />

says.<br />

“We had a penalty corner and<br />

the ball was definitely going into<br />

the net, and it hit one of their<br />

defenders in the jaw and went<br />

out,” John said.<br />

“A few minutes after that, they<br />

scored, and then it was fulltime.”<br />

The team was consigned to<br />

the sidelines. “(But) one of the<br />

marvellous things, then and in<br />

Rome, the competitors had a reserve<br />

stand at the main stadium,”<br />

John said.<br />

John got to sit beside athletics<br />

coach Arthur Lydiard in the<br />

Rome stadium to see the arrival<br />

of the marathon athletes including<br />

Barry Magee (now a Ryman<br />

resident at Murray Halberg) who<br />

finished with a bronze medal.<br />

“It was a fabulous effort,” he<br />

said.<br />

In Rome, he watched Peter<br />

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medal performances.<br />

Snell, in fact, spent a lot of<br />

time at the dining table with<br />

the hockey team, knowing well<br />

the Auckland team members<br />

having played hockey against<br />

them.<br />

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Thursday <strong>June</strong> <strong>24</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 13<br />

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