Nor'West News: July 29, 2021

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Best friends

mark 75

years together

Rhythmic

gymnasts

take gold

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Moriarty strikes at Willowbank

NOSEY: Nor West News reporter Fiona Ellis

went to Willowbank to interview Nick Ackroyd,

who has been looking after kea and other

native species for 12 years. Moriarty decided to

stick his beak in. To read about Ackroyd’s

work, go to page 7. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

School pupils

targeting

motorists

with sticker

campaign

• By Fiona Ellis

PRIMARY SCHOOL pupils

are taking safety measures

into their own hands at a busy

intersection plagued by red

light-runners.

Big stickers

encouraging

motorists to be

aware of school

pupils will be

placed on 10

light poles along

Cranford St, near

English Park and

Steffan

Thomas

Westminster St.

The St Albans School safety

initiative comes after months of

concern about the difficulty of

traversing the school route, as

reported by The Star in June.

City council transport

operations manager Steffan

Thomas said the vinyl ‘Safe Routes

to School’ stickers are currently

being printed and will be put up

in August.

St Albans teacher Niamh

O’Connor said changes to the

Northern Motorway created

more traffic around the

school, with the Cranford and

Westminster Sts crossing a

particular concern.

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Knit ‘n’ Yarn

Thursday, 1-3pm, at Shirley,

2-3.30pm, at Fendalton, Friday,

10am-noon, at Papanui, Tuesday,

1-3pm, at Bishopdale, Wednesday,

1-2.30pm, at Redwood

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Thursday, 1-3pm, at Fendalton,

Monday, 1-3, at Bishopdale

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Everyday Heroes Storytimes

Friday, 10.30-11am

Redwood Library

Go along to for a variety of herothemed

stories, songs and rhymes. A

firefighter will be the real everyday

hero from our community joining us

this month.

JP Clinic

Saturday, 10am-noon, at

Fendalton, Tuesday, 10am-1pm, at

Shirley and Papanui, Wednesday,

10am-1pm, at Bishopdale

Bishopdale, Papanui and Shirley

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CSO Music Trails, Wednesday, 10.30-11.15am, at Fendalton Library

Join the musicians of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra for a fun

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Monday, 1.15-3.15pm, Tuesday,

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Papanui Club, 310 Sawyers Arms Rd

Join others for a different card

game each day. Monday is flag 500,

Tuesday is cribbage and Wednesday

is euchre. All welcome. $2. Phone

Alan, 021 1733 388 for information.

Bible Reading Group

Mondays 10.30am-noon

Abberley Park Hall, 15 Abberley Cres

A small non-denominational

group reading the Bible for hope and

encouragement. For more details

phone Veronica on 960 7655 or 021

022 92613.

Scottish Country Dancing

Tuesday, 7.45-9.45pm

Heaton Intermediate School hall, 125

Heaton St

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the fun exercise. All you need to take

is some soft shoes. The first night is

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Thursday July 29 2021 3

Friendship spanning 75 years

In Brief

MUCH HAS changed since

Betty Small and Marjorie

Ainsworth first met on a softball

field in 1946.

There has been weddings,

births and countless other

milestones along the way.

However, what has not

changed is the close bond

between Betty, 90, and Marjorie,

91. This year the Christchurch

residents are celebrating 75 years

of being best friends since they

met as teenagers.

Their milestone coincides with

the 10th International Day of

Friendship on Friday – a United

Nations initiative promoting

friendship between people,

countries, cultures, and

individuals.

It is a way of inspiring peace

efforts and building bridges

between communities.

Betty visits Marjorie at her

residential care home whenever

she can.

Regardless of how long it

has been since they’ve seen

each other, Betty said the

conversation flows as though it

never stopped.

They love reminiscing about

their early days – and there have

certainly been some memorable

moments.

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Over time they have both

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“It wasn’t easy once we were

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we didn’t have phones at home

the way they do now. We didn’t

drive at the time either, but

occasionally I would get the

train into town from Lyttelton

MILESTONE:

Betty Smith

(left) and

Marjorie

Ainsworth

celebrate

75 years of

friendship, just

in time for the

International

Day of

Friendship

this week. ​

with the pram and the nappies

and travel in the guard’s van to

see Marge.

“It would have been nice to see

each other more regularly, but

when we did, it was like we’d

never been apart.”

For Marjorie, what it means to

be a good friend comes down to

one thing.

“Someone who is always there

for you,” she said.

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Thursday July 29 2021 5

Gymnasts take gold

• By Fiona Ellis

DELTA RHYTHMIC

Gymnastics Club members

flourished at the New Zealand

Gymnastics Championships

in Auckland last week, with

several returning home with gold

medals.

Eleven-year-old Cherry Zhu

did especially well, becoming

national champion in the level

six category after coming first for

her ball performance and second

for ribbon performance.

Along with teammates Annabell

Keith, Neve Hendry, Sylvia

Zheng, Faye LiChen and Lexie

Boon, she also won gold in the

grade four group performance.

This was a strong result for

Lexie, whose injury earlier in

the year had prevented much

practice.

Club committee member

Rebecca Abrahams said the

young gymnasts had done well,

especially as qualifying for the

nationals was an achievement in

itself.

“I think it’s everyone’s goal,”

Abrahams said.

“They needed to not only

achieve a qualifying mark but

also be in the top 20 in New

Zealand at the end of the season

to be selected for Nationals.”

Club members also achieved

GOLDEN GIRLS: Cherry

Zhu (above) won the level

six category, while Neve

Hendry, Sylvia Zheng,

Annabell Keith, Lexie

Boon and Faye LiChen

took first place in the

grade four group in the

New Zealand Gymnastics

Championships. ​

second or third place in 13 other

categories.

“Sitting there waiting for

the results can be a bit of a

rollercoaster,” Abrahams said.

A highlight of the weekend

was coming together with other

teams from Canterbury, who

supported each other.

Even those that did not place

still had a good weekend, she said.

Competing taught many

good life skills, including

teamwork and how to deal with

disappointment.

The club’s success reflected

the hard work by the “amazing”

coaches.

“They have to be there the

whole time, and they spend

hours and hours thinking and

planning.”

Head coach Alesha Klaassens

said the competitors needed

plenty of confidence to get up

and perform in front of the

judges.

“I’m always very proud of

them,” Klaassens said.

Everyone worked hard,

with the gymnasts putting in

anywhere from nine to 15 hours

of training each week.

“We go in with no

expectations, it’s just a privilege

to be able to go.”

ALERT: Lee

Jewel helps

school

children

and parents

across

Cranford St

safely last

month.

PHOTO:

GEOFF

SLOAN

Stickers for safety

• From page 1

“The pole wraps . . . will target

this area so motorists are more

aware that there is a school

nearby and the crossing is safer

for all to use,” O’Connor said.

Pupils came up with the idea

themselves after scouting the

school’s surroundings to see what

they could improve.

The stickers were based on their

original designs.

“They designed and drew what

they wanted these modifications

to look like. Then they voted on

which ideas they should bring

forward to [the city council].”

The council would monitor

the impact of the stickers for six

months after they were installed.

School patroller Lee Jewel

monitored the Cranford and

Westminster St crossing daily.

A lack of signage meant many

drivers were unaware there was

a school nearby, posing a danger

to the 300 children she estimated

used the crossing amid heavy

traffic.

“We need a blitz on awareness,

that’s all I’m asking,” Jewel said.

The council had made attempts

to improve the safety of the

corner in the last month, but she

found these ineffective.

Some children rode bikes to

school, and white plastic poles

were installed about a month

ago to separate the cycle and car

lanes, she said.

However, these were quickly

mown down by impatient traffic,

so only one pole was left standing.

Her handheld red “stop” sign

had also been swapped out for a

yellow “caution” sign.

A light-up school crossing sign

would be ideal, she said.

Although such signs were in

place in the wider area, they were

not helping where they were

needed, she said.

“There’s no kids or school

anywhere near [them].”

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• By Fiona Ellis

With about 40 years

of experience in the

hospitality industry, Marty

Fuller had seen plenty of

change take place for the

better.

It is the quality of the

competition that makes

him pleased his pub, the

Elmwood Trading Company,

is a finalist in the

Hospitality New Zealand

Awards for Excellence

2021.

He and wife Naomi were

elated to make the shortlist

in both the Best Local and

Excellence in Gaming

categories.

“There’s strong

competition. They’re all

good pubs, I’m familiar

with most of them,” Fuller

said.

They were also in the

running for the People’s

Choice award, which

people could vote for on

facebook.

Good food and drink options,

catering capability,

staff and customers were

all to credit with coming

so far in the three years

• By Fiona Ellis

Five years after being

destroyed in an arson

attack, St Margaret’s

Presbyterian Church is

rising from the ashes.

A new church building

is under construction in

Farrington Ave, due to be

completed by next winter.

Church minister

Reverend Andrew Nicol

said the new church

would be a multi-purpose

space for use by the

congregation and the

community.

“It’ll be quite different

from the old one, open

GREAT LOCAL: Elmwood Trading Company

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New Zealand Awards for Excellence 2021. ​

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“I think we just epitomise

the great New Zealand

local.”

Ever more venues meant

more competition in the

industry, lifting the standard

across the board.

“It’s unrecognisable,

for the better. The days

of booze bars and a pie

warmer has gone.”

and light,” said Nicol.

The congregation was

currently using another

building onsite that was

just big enough for them,

Winners will be announced

at awards dinner

in Auckland in September.

The Fullers would attend

with three of their top staff.

“We would love to win

for our staff and locals.”

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Willowbank a constantly moving feast

Nick Ackroyd has been

looking after keas and

other native species

at Willowbank for the

past 12 years. He talks

to reporter Fiona Ellis

Loki, Blofeld, Moriarty

– these are just some of the

names of Willowbank Wildlife

Reserve’s 15 keas.

While the birds may not have

the villainous personalities of

their namesakes, their mischievousness

makes them popular

animals with native species

keeper Nick Ackroyd.

“Probably my favourite, that I

look after every day, is the group

of kea that we have here at Willowbank,”

the St Albans resident

said.

“They . . . are a bit crazy, so

that’s great fun.”

In spite of working in the role

for 12 years, the birds had never

managed to snatch any items

from him, but had been known

to pilfer pompoms, cash and

even credit cards from unwary

visitors.

Kea were as intelligent as great

apes and could solve puzzles that

stumped chimpanzees, he said.

His aim was not to domesticate

animals, but rather to keep

them as wild as possible.

“I think people assume there’s

a lot of cuddling of animals and

patting of things and playing

with stuff. When you’re a zookeeper,

you’re kind of doing the

opposite thing.

“I don’t want them to be playing

with me, I want them to be

going and socialising with the

other animals.”

Not interacting with other

animals could also make them

direct their aggression towards

humans, he said.

This was the case with a

paradise shelduck who had been

hand raised.

“He doesn’t like us and tries to

chase us away whenever we go

into his enclosure.”

Other animals were also in his

charge, from birds such as takahe,

kaka, and whio, to tuatara

and more threatening species.

“We also have a ferret and a

pig and a possum so that people

can see those animals that are

present in New Zealand as well,

and they’re the ones that are

causing issues for our native

animals.”

Conservation efforts were an

important part of Willowbank’s

role, and it was rewarding for

him to play his part in working

towards the Department of Conservation’s

Predator Free 2050

plan, he said.

Although he was concerned

about the future of New Zealand’s

wildlife, there were also

bright points to focus on.

Takahe were doing well and

their numbers increasing, he

said.

Willowbank received two new

takehe from Te Anau earlier

this month as part of a recovery

programme by DOC and Fulton

Hogan.

“Those birds are really

important, they’re genetically

quite unique and we’re hoping

to breed some young from them

this year.”

Signs they would hit it off

come breeding season were

promising, as the pair were

“hanging out” rather than fighting,

he said.

The programme aimed to

breed and release takahe, as Willowbank

had done with other

birds, such as the kaka in Abel

Tasman National Park.

It was always exciting to work

with DOC to do releases, Ackroyd

said.

People’s interest in Willowbank

and learning about native

wildlife was also encouraging,

from strangers to his own children.

“I’ve got two kids who have

both come through here heaps of

times and they love it too.”

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native animal area.”

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as working through wicked early

morning frosts, chopping up

chicken to feed the ferret.

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how much of his role involved

preparing food for the animals

and cleaning their dishes, he

said.

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and tidying jobs than you might

expect.”

As a child, he would not have

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Two of the New Zealand Defence Force’s

front-line operational helicopters visited

the former RNZAF base at Wigram

last week, as part of a helicopter fun

day run by the Air Force Museum of

New Zealand. The event was part of

Kidsfest, and attracted more than 3600

people. Helicopter-themed activities

in the museum included camouflage

face painting, craft activities and a

helicopter hunt. Members of the public

got the opportunity to get up close to

the NH90 and A109 helicopters from

No 3 Squadron Royal New Zealand Air

Force, and chat to the air and ground

crews.

SCHOOL OPTIONS

Golden Key Canterbury offers talented

primary school pupils the opportunity

to work on a project with a university

student who has a shared interest.

Here’s what Merrin Students have

to say about their experience on the

Golden Key Mentoring Programme...

“I enjoyed Golden Key because I learnt

lots of new things. I enjoyed making the

slideshow and I had fun collaborating

with some great mentors.” Nina, Yr 6.

“I enjoyed working with my friends

and working with Marijke, we learnt

about the evolution of food.

I learnt what the people of the past ate;

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Golden Key at Merrin

fish, vegetables and meat.

My favourite part was getting to eat

afterwards and making a slideshow

about the evolution of food.”

Malia, Yr 6.

“Golden Key was a lot of fun, the

activities were constructive. I enjoyed

meeting the mentors and seeing what

other people had done.” Aston, Yr 6.

“The reason I enjoyed Golden Key

was because I liked working with other

students from Merrin, I learnt lots of fun

facts about the evolution of food! I also

enjoyed getting to eat some of the food

afterwards.” Loretta, Yr 6.

READY FOR TAKEOFF: Vincent Brunet-Fakir 2, of Redwood, in the pilot’s

seat of an Iroquois helicopter on display at the Air Force Museum of New

Zealand.

Freddie Baker, 5

of St Albans, gets

his face painted

by 17 Squadron

Air Training

Corps, Cadet

Corporal Noah

Smith.

Papanui Primary

Papanui Primary is a small school

where families and teachers work

together for the benefit of children’s

learning and development.

We believe that children need to feel

safe and happy before they can learn, so

our terrific staff work collaboratively to

create an inclusive and welcoming place

for children to learn and grow.

We have a strong focus on our school

values of - Personal best - Eke Panuku,

Resilience - Aumangea, Learner -

Ākonga, Kindness - Atawhai.

Prospective students and whānau

are invited to view our website www.

papanuiprimary.school.nz and visit the

school.

Left – Nathaniel Curtis, 3, of Papanui,

meets his larger version, Lee O’Connell

as Batman.

The RNZAF’s NH90 helicopter

from Ohakea proved to be a

crowd favourite.

PHOTOS: AIR FORCE MUSEUM OF NEW ZEALAND

Merrin School is a full primary school in

Avonhead, situated in the north west of

Christchurch. We have a roll of approximately

490 children from New Entrants to Year 8.

Merrin School is a warm and vibrant school

with a supportive community at its heart. Our

vision is for all children to shine, by purposefully

providing a learning environment that nurtures

and grows every child.

Merrin School has an enrolment scheme

to manage our roll numbers and avoid

overcrowding. If you live within the zone your

child is welcome to enrol at Merrin anytime.

To discuss enrolling your child please

phone the school office 03 358 8369, or

alternatively you can email the office at

office@merrin.school.nz and we will contact

you with regards to enrolment.

www.merrin.school.nz

Papanui

Primary School

The Papanui Pathway

Kimihia te ara tōtika – seek the right path

Papanui Primary School caters for new entrants to

Year 6 children in the Redwood and Papanui areas.

The school has an enrolment scheme and zone but

will have places available for out of zone children

starting school in 2021/2022.

We view education as an active partnership

between home and school with parents / caregivers

and teachers working together for the benefit of

children’s learning.

We have an enthusiastic and dedicated team who

provide a supportive learning environment where

the children are engaged, challenged and supported.

If you wish to find out more about the school or

make an appointment to visit, please phone

(03) 352 8271 or email: principal@pps.school.nz


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SCHOOL OPTIONS - early & middle years 2022

Welcome to

Casebrook

Intermediate

Year 7 & 8 students are a unique age

group that we specialise in educating.

Our staff and school resources are

all geared for this stage of personal

development and focus on providing a

diverse range of learning opportunities to

create a rounded and engaged individual.

Our learning environment is supported

by a strong focus on our school values

of Respect (Whakaute), Excellence

(Panekiretanga) and Perseverance

(Hiringa). Through these ‘REP’ values

we develop within each student a sense

of self worth to realise their importance

as a member of our Casebrook

community.

Our school environment is one where

students are safe and have the confidence

to take risks with their learning. In

this way the students at Casebrook are

supported and encouraged to become

self-motived, independent learners.

We value the partnership between

home and school. Together we can

create an environment where we foster

feelings of pride and belonging. We are

sure you will enjoy being a part of our

Ngutuawa School

10 Gould Cres, Woolston, Chch

Ngutuawa School is a beautiful,

newly built year 0-8 school

which is situated in Gould Cres,

Woolston. We have small classes

and amazing staff.

We provide opportunities and

experiences so our students:

• are enthusiastic and see

themselves as learners

• are confident, independent and motivated

• form positive relationships with diverse groups of people

• are literate and numerate

• embrace leadership roles

• are proud of themselves and others

• can connect with their cultural identity, their land and the

environment

• regularly attend and participate in school

• value learning experiences and connect this to their future

• learn about their own well-being and the well-being of others

Phone: 03 982 0206

Email: office@ngutuawa.school.nz

community and would welcome the

opportunity to meet with you to discuss

your child’s future at Casebrook.

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WhakaUte PaNekiRetaNGa hiRiNGa

Celebrating 170

years at St Michael’s

This year is an exciting one for St

Michael’s. As the country’s oldest

independent preparatory school, we are

celebrating our 170th year nurturing and

educating the children of Christchurch,

at the heart of our city.

And as the heart of our city has

bounced back, so too St Michael’s, with

a 69% roll increase since the post-quake

low in 2017. Such is the interest in the

school, that the Board has recently

announced two new classes: a new

entrant Year 0 for Term 3; and a second

Year 7 for January.

A legacy of 170 years is not built on

fresh air. It’s built on hard work and solid

expectations.

As once again NZ’s Maths standards

come under fire – and this time from

our own Education Review Office who

report ‘slippage in expectations’ and

several years of ‘relative deterioration’ in

pupil performance* – today’s St Michael’s

families enjoy the reassurance of our

legacy of traditional foundations and

academic rigour.

We teach reading and handwriting,

spelling and grammar, and good oldfashioned

Maths. This academic rigour

then underpins our wider curriculums

in Science, History, Geography and

languages.

Our small classes offer your child

outstanding specialist and individual

attention, and a sense of identity and

✓ Co-educational, Years 1-8

✓ Small classes

✓ Specialist teachers

✓ Traditional classrooms

✓ Academic rigour

✓ Musical excellence

✓ Christian values

✓ Before & after school care:

7.30am - 5.30pm

✓ Central city location

Taking enrolments for 2023.

Some places available for 2022.

place at St Michael’s.

As a church school, our musical legacy

is guaranteed: everyone plays and sings.

And talking of playing, have you seen

extended campus?

You and your child are warmly

welcome to discover our purposeful,

wholehearted and inclusive prep school.

Do drop in on Open Day: Wednesday

4 August, or contact registrar, Bec

Hitchcock, to book a tour.

* https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/

politics/300344123/education-reviewoffice-warns-of-slippage-of-expectationsin-maths-teaching

St Michael’s

Your school at the heart

of the city since 1851

OPEN DAY: WED 4 AUGUST

www.saintmichaels.school.nz 249 Durham Street 379 9790


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Winter salads sit well with cooked meat

There’s nothing like

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vegetables try our

salads as sides

Grilled beef porterhouse

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salad

Serves 4

Ingredients

800gm porterhouse or rib eye

steaks, 4 x 200gm pieces

1 to drizzle vegetable oil

1 to taste salt and freshly ground

black pepper

3 tsp dijon mustard

4 tbsp mayonnaise

Broccoli, almond and tomato

salad

2 broccoli heads

2 tomatoes

1 clove garlic

2 tbsp tarragon

2 tbsp chives

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3 tbsp lemon juice

50gm slivered almonds

1 to taste salt and freshly ground

black pepper

Flame grill or use a frying pan to cook your steak. Short,

hard cooking should produce tender meat.

Directions

Heat a grill, ridged grill-pan or

frying pan. Use a sharp knife to

make several cuts through the fat

and slightly into the meat as this

will stop it curling as it cooks.

Lightly oil the steaks before

putting them onto the heat. For

juicy and medium rare steaks,

cook them for about seven minutes

per side, turning once and

seasoning with salt and pepper

once you have done so.

Remove from the heat, wrap

loosely in foil and leave them to

rest for five minutes.

Mix the mustard and mayonnaise,

then spread across the

upper side of the meat.

Salad: Cook the broccoli in

boiling salted water for about four

minutes, then drain and set aside

in a warm bowl.

Chop and seed the tomatoes,

then add to the broccoli. Chop

the garlic and tarragon finely,

then chop the chives into 2cm

lengths.

Mix the herbs with the oil,

lemon juice and almonds, then

gently toss through the broccoli

and season with salt and pepper.

Serve warm.

Roasted tomato, butter

bean and watercress

salad

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 tsp salt

8 tomatoes

2 cloves garlic

1 tbsp Olive oil

1 tsp brown sugar

2 sprigs fresh rosemary

1 freshly ground black pepper,

to season

1½ cups butter beans

4 handfuls watercress, 100gm

almonds, roasted and salted

2 tsp lemons, juice

1 tbsp fresh herbs, such as parsley,

oregano, marjoram, finely

chopped

1 cup creme fraiche

Directions

Preheat the oven to 220 deg C.

Arrange the tomatoes in a dish.

Drizzle over the oil, sprinkle

the salt, pepper and brown sugar.

Finely slice the garlic and add

with the rosemary.

Bake for 20min then let cool.

Combine the butter beans

with the watercress. Arrange

on a platter or individual dishes

then add the tomatoes and the

almonds.

Mix together the creme

fraiche, lemon juice and herbs.

Spoon over the salad before serving.

Roast chicken legs with

stuffed green olives and

lemons

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil

4 chicken legs

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp Turmeric

1 tbsp liquid honey

1½ cups chicken stock

2 lemons, thinly sliced

3 bay leaves

1 cup stuffed green

olives

Directions

Heat oven to 190 deg C. Separate

the chicken legs into drumsticks

and

thighs.

Rub the pieces all over with

olive oil, then with cinnamon and

turmeric and season well with salt

and pepper.

Place the chicken in an oven

pan and drizzle with liquid honey.

Arrange the lemon slices over

the chicken pieces.

Surround the chicken pieces

with the chicken stock, bay leaves

and olives. Cover with foil and

bake for 40min.

Remove covering and bake for a

further 40min until the chicken

is golden brown and cooked

through.

Test by putting a sharp knife

into the thickest part of the

thigh to the bone – if the juices

run clear, then the chicken is

cooked.


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The upsides of downsizing

The thought of exchanging the

maintenance of a larger home for a

hassle-free future full of travel (local or

international), friends and newfound

freedom is a common aspirant for

downsizers on the move. Given the

ideal replacement residence, more than

half of Australians and New Zealanders

aged over 55 are open to downsizing

opportunities, according to Australian

Housing and Urban Research and similar

sources.

Once the reality of the children growing

up and leaving the family home starts

to wear off, there are many compelling

reasons favouring the move to a smaller

abode. Downsizing can simplify life and

also possibly free up some extra money.

A smaller place is also easier to maintain

and may be located closer to services,

shops and public transport if or when

needed in future. Typically downsizers

will look for smaller sections with less

maintenance, they also often want more

modern homes that are comfortable and

have modern conveniences like good

heating.

The average Australian and New

Zealand homeowner buys three to four

properties in their lifetime. Traditionally,

they trade up from their first home to

a more substantial residence, often

upgrade and then downsize upon

retirement.

Keep a positive mindset when

downsizing

More than anything, downsizing

requires a shift in mindset and the need

to separate your wants from your needs.

Just like saving for your first home,

it’s important to maintain a budget.

Decluttering is an essential component

of the downsizing transition. Review

your belongings on a room-by-room

basis and decide what to keep, discard,

donate or sell.

Embrace the space

Given the reduced space at your new

address, measure your furniture to

ensure it fits the space and try to use

one statement piece in each

room and consider that you

might need to purchase some

smaller pieces more suited

to your smaller home. It’s

also vital to make the most

of storage where you find

it – and there’s no shortage

of potential solutions under

beds, in cupboards and

wardrobes. Also, mount your

TV on the wall, make the

most of Wi-Fi technology,

and utilise multi-purpose

furnishings where you can.

Hire or ask for help if you need it

If you can afford it, consider getting

help packing up, moving everything

and cleaning your house. Also ask your

friends, neighbours or family members

if they might be free to lend a hand. This

will reduce your workload and stress

levels.

Once you’ve settled into your new,

streamlined space, embracing the

downsizing adventure will be a joy as

you embark on the next phase of your

life!

Consult one of the Ray White Papanui

team to explore your downsizing

investment options in Christchurch.

Content inspired by The Real Estate Voice.

Vanessa Golightly,

Business Owner

and Licensee Agent

Ray White Papanui

027 664 9292

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022 090 1227

You may be aware that a Real Estate

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which Ray White has a representative

on, has been in lengthy discussions

with government officials over the last

12-18 months surrounding Property

Management regulation, how this

may look, and what is fair for all

stakeholders.

It is very encouraging to see this

recently highlighted in a parliamentary

debate. It’s clear the current

government has this in its sights and

while a lot of what they have introduced

has not been positive for investors,

this is one thing that I think is long

overdue in the professional property

management industry.

Below are some of the comments which

were made recently in parliament by the

Government:

“As a starting point, we are committed to

ensuring that property managers comply

with a mandatory code of conduct —

so that is something that we are looking

at — be part of a licensing regime, meet

a good-character test, and follow a

framework that allows tenants and

landlords to resolve any issues “and”

...it is our intention to do this in this

term of Government.”

As part of my own team’s commitment

to staying educated we are already

working through attaining our

certificates in property management,

with two down already!!! And with an

audited trust account we are likely to

already comply with the requirements

coming our way.

Unfortunately, as I often say, ‘not all

property managers are created equal’

and without any type of regulation

for our industry, our reputation can

sometimes be let down. Taking care of

what is often peoples’ biggest asset is a

very important job and with the everchanging

legislation we keep getting

hit with I sometimes think I need a law

108 Ensors Road, Waltham

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So, “Bring it on,” I say, and let’s ensure

that New Zealand investors are getting

the top-notch service they are paying

for.

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Property Management

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