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School board decides:

Old oak trees to stay

• By Fiona Ellis

A CLUSTER of 10 oak trees

nearly a century old have been

given a reprieve from the axe after

plans to fell them failed to gain

sufficient support.

The trees, planted at Halswell

School by the School Rd fence

line in the mid-1920s, were to be

removed to build an astroturf play

area pending the approval of the

school community.

The survey showed 61 per cent

of the parents, senior pupils and

School Rd residents who took

part, voting to move ahead with

the plan.

However, this did not meet the

75 per cent approval threshold set

by the school board of trustees in

order to remove the trees.

Originally just four trees were

considered for removal.

However, an arborist report

stated this would weaken the

remaining trees and pose a

danger.

It recommended that no trees

be removed, but said removing

all 10 trees was preferable to

removing only some of them.

• Turn to page 5

LIVING ON: Trees at Halswell School by the School Rd fence line will not be removed to build a new play area.

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WESTERN NEWS

Dog owners hit the parks and pavements

with their best friends last week, making

the most of the late-winter sunshine and

extra time many found they had under the

Covid-19 level 4 lockdown. Reporter

Fiona Ellis was there with her camera.

Lottie, Stella, 16, and Lulu get some fresh air

with owner Mike Pero in Burnside Park.

Robyn teaching eight-month-old Millie how

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Avonhead’s Elise (left) and Deb Batt with

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Leaking water top concern

• By Fiona Ellis

DEALING WITH leaky water

supplies and damaged bins,

as well as issues relating to

residential property files, are

the top three concerns for the

Fendalton-Waimairi-

Harewood Community Board

area.

A ticket report has revealed a

breakdown of issues that residents

have contacted the city

council about between June 19

and July 18.

In that time, 1639 tickets, or

jobs, were completed within an

average of 3.2 days.

Issues fell in a range of

categories, including transport,

wheelie bins, graffiti, and three

waters council assets.

Leaky water supplies came

out on top with 167 tickets,

while damaged bins was second

with 159 tickets and residential

property files third with 158

tickets.

Phone, email and walk-ins

were the most common way

residents chose to contact the

council, at 55 per cent.

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5 Residential LIM – 90

6 Missing bins – 79

7 Road asset (footpath,

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8 Litter (road) - 60

9 Tree (road) – 54

10 Graffiti – 35

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Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz

August 2021

WESTERN NEWS

Commitment,

Achievement,

Resilience,

Respect

Cluster to

accelerate

learning

Kia ora koutou. Talofa. Kia Orana. Malo e lelei. Bula Vinaka.

Fakaalofa atu. Namaste. Kumusta. Haere mai haere mai ki

Te Kura Huruhuru Ao o Horomaka. Warm greetings to the

Hornby High School community.

Have you heard of Uru Mānuka? That is the name for our

Kāhui Ako, our cluster of eight schools that work together

to create coherent learning pathways for tamariki from ECE

through to the end of secondary school. We are:

• Gilberthorpes School

• Hornby High School

• Hornby Primary School

• South Hornby School

• St Bernadette’s School

• Templeton Primary school

• Wigram Primary school

• Yaldhurst Model School

Our collective objectives cover:

• Student wellbeing

• Transitions through the learning journey

• Cultural responsiveness

• Digital Fluency

It brings to mind that beautiful whakataukī:

Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini –

My success should not be bestowed onto me alone, as it was

not individual success but success of a collective.

Of our eight schools, seven of us participate in the

Manaiakalani Programme, a pedagogy-based programme

that uses digital devices to amplify the impact of our shared

pedagogy to accelerate the learning of your children. Our

underlying pedagogy is ‘Learn Create Share’, and the impact

of the pedagogy, and the digital devices – Chromebooks – is

to accelerate progress in writing by twice national averages.

We accelerate progress in reading and mathematics by one

and a half times national averages.

But this is not enough, and we are working collectively to

improve this even further. Our focus at the moment is on

reading. To this end 192 staff members from across our

cluster came together to develop joint strategies to improve

reading for your children. The power of consistent and

coherent learning pathways and strategies across all year

groups cannot be underestimated. It is a rarity in education in

Aotearoa.

The ‘Learn Create Share’ pedagogy supports our own school

aspiration to be a centre of creative excellence. Aspirations

are always lofty ambitious things. However, they provide a

“pole star”, something by which we steer our ship as we head

into our future. We may never be that centre, but we will

aspire to get ever closer to it.

The Manaiakalani Programme is central to our journey of

creativity, exploration, and learning.

Robin Sutton

Tumuaki

The Community Adventure for

the Graeme Dingle Foundation

Stars-opoly is all about exploring

the opportunities in the school

and community and learning what

organisations there are in the

community to explore.

The Community Adventure

aims to connect young people

with their community by giving

them the opportunity to explore

resources and supports through

interviews and challenges.

Groups have two hours to

complete a series of challenges

across a Monopoly-style board,

designed to simulate their

school journey and connections

with their community.

Stars is a 12-month interactive

programme that supports,

motivates and positively

reinforces Year 9 students.

Research shows that Stars

helps strengthen the sense of

Camp challenges students

“What are my next steps?” is a

question often asked by many

students here at Hornby High School,

especially those in the senior school

(Years 11-13). For many the next steps

here at school will be the basis for

their steps beyond school.

For more than a decade, Hornby

High School has run a camp aimed at

helping our seniors be more secure

in their next steps – wherever those

steps take them. It is offered to all

Year 12 students.

The camp has several main aims:

• To enable us to choose the best

possible leaders for the many

leadership positions here at school.

• To help students be better role

models to junior students.

• To help students be better support

those in leadership roles.

• To prepare our students for

whatever next steps they take in life

– be those steps here at school

or beyond school.

The three-day camp starts

Thursday and finishes early

Saturday afternoon.

The camp begins with a

challenge, “The Great Hornby

Race”, in which small groups of

students are given bus fares,

and then have to use the city

bus system to get themselves

to the camp site. On the way

they have questions to answer

at various points around the

city – harder questions take

more time, but are worth

more points. Groups choose

which questions to answer.

They all need to be at camp

by a specified time, with

receipts and change equalling

the money each group received. The

group with the most points, on time,

with the correct money “wins”. It

is an exercise in time management,

money management, and team coordination.

At camp reshuffled groups continue

with the challenges, all designed to

help students discover more about

themselves and how to work best

with others, with some finding the

impromptu speech the largest hurdle.

We also have time for unwinding

and getting to know each other with

our bonfire night a highlight. Past/

community in schools by bringing

younger and older students

together. The Graeme Dingle

Foundation aims to inspire all

school-age children to reach their

full potential through programmes

current school student leaders and

senior staff attend and share their

experiences. Senior hospitality

students gain valuable experience by

running the kitchen and feeding the

participants.

The camp has become part of

Hornby’s school culture. It is

completely run by Hornby High School

staff. A big thanks must go to Blue

Skies Camp in Kaiapoi who provide a

great venue for us.

Pupils build community links with Stars-opoly event

Smoothie anyone? Sports

Canterbury’s bike in action during

Stars-opoly at Hornby High School.

Music making with City Libraries.

Some of the activities undertaken at the

Next Steps Camp.

First aid training with St John.

that build self-esteem and

promote good values, and

which teach valuable life,

education and health skills.

Current programmes include

Kiwi Can, Project K, and Stars.

This year’s event at Hornby High

School was a huge success with

25 organisations participating.

The main aims for the students

for the day were to:

1. Define community and

explore their relationship to

community

2. Explore services, opportunities

and supports available within their

community

3. Apply a range of skills which

connect them to community –

communication, problem solving

and team work.

Highlights on the day were

the smoothie bike from the

Green Prescription from Sports

Canterbury; the search and rescue

lads and dog from LandSAR; the

music making from the CCC libraries;

and rugby drills from NZ Rugby, to

name a few.

We were very lucky to have ex-

Hornby High students and ex-Star

Mentors attend and share what they

love. Shardey who is now working

at “What Now” had some “goo”

for the students to experience, and

Hannah-Mae was back with Paris

sharing their love for St John and

how to save lives using CPR.


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Thursday September 2 2021 5

Old oak trees granted

a reprieve by school

• From page 1

Board chairman Rob Dixon said

the importance of the decision meant

the board chose to consult the school

community.

“This included providing them with

all available reports to allow for the most

informed decision possible,”

Dixon said.

The play area was planned to

be 32m long by 20m wide and

be bordered by native plants to

replace the oak trees.

Creating it was one way the

school proposed to spend a

$400,000 Government school

investment package.

This needed to be allocated by

the end of the year in order for the

school to retain funding.

“The money tagged for this will go

towards other projects around the school,”

Dixon said.

Principal Stuart Cameron said the

school had an expanding roll of more than

700 pupils, and the astroturf court aimed

to provide more space for them to play

in winter.

Stuart

Cameron

“The area proposed is underutilised

for playing compared to the rest of the

school.”

He denied that online criticisim of

the plan was behind the move to put

the decision in the hands of the school

community.

“First and foremost in all

decisions made is the best interest

of the students.”

Parents who recently talked to

Western News about the plan to

remove the trees were divided.

“I’m fine with that. They’re

planning to put a court there. It’s

for the children,” Jex said.

“It looks good, what they’re

planning on doing,” Nicole said.

Junghyun said he would be sad

to see historic trees go.

Emily said that as the trees were

expected to live another 15-25 years

according to the arborist report, they were

likely to outlive the proposed synthetic

court.

“It’s just a really bad message to send to

kids, with the climate crisis, that it’s okay

to chop down 10 large trees.”

Outward Bound

‘transformational’

CHALLENGING:

Hornby High

School’s Mijieli

Okusi (left)

and Mairehau

High School’s

Samantha

Fawcett-Kay were

among those who

took part in youth

Outward Bound

course Takere. ​

“EDDY”, a much adored 10 month

old Tabby was rushed to McMaster

& Heap vets on a Sunday, after

alerting his owners that something

was up when he hopped on their

bed early one morning and started

moaning loudly. One of the owners

had worked as a nurse for us, so she

didn’t waste time in getting Eddy

seen. Steve Heap was called in when

it was clear there was a severe injury

to Eddy’s right eye.

McMaster & Heap

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Sad case of animal abuse

The lens material was removed by

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surgery - A Phacoemulsification

Machine. The eye was irrigated and

the corneal wound sutured carefully.

Then the eye was reinflated. X-rays

performed identified the slug pellet

and Steve realised he’d been shot

through the eye. The bullet was

lodged in a downward angle, and it

blew out the animal’s lens, meaning

Eddy would have been looking

directly at the offender at close

range.

Suffice to say Eddy is recuperating

excellently being cared for round the

clock by his dedicated owners. Steve

thinks the surgical eye is comfortable

and Eddy is back to his crazed, manic

antics. He won’t see in the eye but

we are hoping he gets to keep his

eye. Once his eye is stable and he’s

recovered , a second surgery would

be advised to remove the slug pellet

that sits very close to his cervical

spine.

Dr Michele McMaster

TAKING PART in Outward Bound’s

Takere youth course was a complete

change of mindset, according to Mairehau

High School student Samantha Fawcett.

“I now am ready and keen to do

anything . . . and to always think about the

positive not the negative,” Samantha said.

She and Hornby High School student

Mijieli Okusi spoke about their experience

of the Anakiwa course during an event

celebrating those who participated.

In July 14 secondary students from Canterbury

took part. The course was one of

13 involving 111 schools nationally.

Mijieli said meeting new people was the

best aspect of completing the course.

The activities were fun but difficult, especially

the kayaking and tramping, she said.

“It was a wonderful opportunity. I’m

honoured to have been selected to go to it.”

Other pupils came from Avonside Girls’

High School, Catholic Cathedral College,

Haeata Community Campus, Hillmorton

High School, Linwood College, and

Kaiapoi High School.

Samantha did not know much about

Outward Bound before she went but felt it

was such a good opportunity she “had to

take it up”.

“It was amazing,” she said.

“It was physically challenging for me . . .

but I overcame those challenges and found

strategies to stay positive.”

While at Outward Bound Samantha

said she learned a lot about setting goals.

“I thought a lot about my values and

how I need to set goals and to stay

motivated.”

Outward Bound has been running

courses to develop youth leadership and

personal skills for 59 years. Since the

school’s inception in 1962, more than

65,000 New Zealanders have attended.

Outward Bound chief executive Malindi

MacLean said most students find the

course transformational.

“For the majority of our schools

programme students, Outward Bound is

three weeks of ‘firsts’.

“They tell us that the course provides

a safe, encouraging and stimulating

environment in which they can . . . push

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Intensive housing concerns residents

• By Fiona Ellis

GREATER HORNBY Residents

Association members voiced

their concerns about increasing

housing density at a recent city

council briefing on the subject in

Riccarton.

Hornby currently has an average

13.4 households per hectare,

but association chairman Marc

Duff said this could be set to increase

under incoming changes.

The city council has until

August 2022 to bring its planning

regulations in line with the

Government’s urban development

plans.

Examples of intensification

could already be seen in Hornby,

such as in Amyes Rd, where

a house had been replaced by

seven two-storey units.

Residents were worried about

the changes, Duff said.

“We’ve been getting concerns

every day.”

Intensification should take

place in the central city, where

people would live near their

work, he said.

It would not suit suburban

areas such as Hornby.

More people would mean

more traffic, and the roads and

infrastructure in Hornby were

in no condition to support this,

he said.

Under the coming changes,

buildings could be at least six

storeys high if they were near

transport links.

Transport was undefined, and

bus stops might fall within this

category, which would mean

“real change” for Hornby, he

said.

The association was writing

to the city council, which they

wanted to address their concerns

in writing.

“We’re forming that letter

now.”

However, there may not be a

•HAVE YOUR SAY: Email

fiona.ellis@starmedia.kiwi

to share your thoughts

on the issue of housing

intensification.

lot the city council could do, he

said.

“Their hands are tied, they’re

being pushed by the central

government.”

“It’s now up to the residents

association and residents to

lobby their MPs.”

The association wanted to

hold a meeting with MPs to talk

GROWING

CONCERN:

Greater

Hornby

Residents

Association

chairman

Marc Duff (left)

and member

Ross Houliston

at an Amyes

Rd location

where seven

two-storey

units are

being built.

PHOTO:

GEOFF SLOAN ​

about their concerns, although

this was still to be planned, he

said.

City council head of planning

and strategic transport David

Griffiths said Government

policy impacted on what could

be done at a local and regional

level.

“We know residential intensification

is a concern for

Christchurch residents.”

“This roadshow is the start

of what will be an ongoing

conversation between the

council and residents about how

and where our city grows.”

Construction

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on prosthetic

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CONSTRUCTION is scheduled

to start on a new $4.3 million

state-of-the-art co-location

facility for prosthetics,

orthotics and rehabilitation in

Christchurch.

Sited opposite Burwood

Hospital, the facility will replace

Peke Waihanga – Artificial Limb

Service’s existing centre.

It will include a location

space for Burwood Hospital

to carry out rehabilitation and

orthotics.

The build is expected to be

completed next year.

Peke Waihanga chief executive

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had worked alongside experts

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and safe environment for staff,

patients and their families.

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Thursday September 2 2021 9

Overcoming demons to help those

with mental illness and disability

Wayne Gibson’s battle

with his own demons

pushed him to help

people with disabilities

and mental illnesses

experiencing longterm

unemployment.

The PEEEP Trust yard

manager speaks to

reporter Bea Gooding

about finding your voice

in the face of adversity

WAYNE GIBSON is still healing

from the wounds that depression

left behind nearly three decades

ago.

But in spite of the stigma men

face about their mental health –

both nowadays and back in the

1990s – Gibson has learned to

cope, coming out the other side

of it a better person.

It is a message of hope he

now instils in the volunteers

he leads at PEEEP Trust, who

are experiencing long-term

unemployment as a result of

mental illness or disability.

The People Empowerment and

Environmental Enhancement

FRESH START: After turning his own life around, PEEEP yard manager Wayne Gibson now

helps others.

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

Programme is a safe space for

people to gain skills leading to

job opportunities that might not

have been there otherwise.

“Our jobs give them a bit of

a lift in life, makes them feel

important, and builds up their

confidence and self-esteem,” said

Gibson.

“A lot of the guys that come in

here are really reserved and not

sure where they’re going in life.

My job is to make sure they leave

here happy every day, feeling

more positive about themselves.”

The trust has provided training

and work experience for unemployed

people since 1993, with

a focus on improving the local

environment.

Referred from agencies such as

the Ministry of Social Development,

all volunteers have

experienced long-term

unemployment.

Many are recovering from

drug or alcohol addictions, have

physical or social disabilities,

or are dealing with mental

illnesses.

PEEEP offers stability,

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with nature, teamwork experience,

and staff encouragement

through contracted work.

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the city council one day, grounds

maintenance at parks, businesses

or homes the next, or beach

clean-ups and dune management.

Said Gibson: “It’s the simplest

of things they can lack that we

help them with. Most have never

used a computer so we show

them how to go on Google –

things people would take

for granted.”

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Thursday September 2 2021 11

‘I was a broken man’

• From page 9

As yard manager, Gibson loves

balancing his time between coordinating

future jobs from the

office and working side-by-side

with the volunteers.

After all, he has been in

their shoes, starting as a casual

volunteer eight years ago mowing

lawns at the former Queen

Elizabeth II Park while battling

his own demons.

Before PEEEP, Gibson was a

labourer.

“I enjoy helping people less

fortunate than myself. I’ve been

in a position in my younger years

where I’ve been down that road,

where I’ve been very depressed

and low,” he said.

“It’s not a good place to be. If

I can help somebody to get out

of that zone, I feel like my job is

done.”

Gibson eventually worked his

way up to become the supervisor,

before accepting the manager

role earlier this year.

The new role was a full-circle

moment for the father of three

because the supervisor who

initially hired him happened to

be his son Tristan.

“When I first started here as a

his son’s boss.

Having a close working and

personal relationship did not

get in the way of putting the

volunteers first.

It was about finding the right

time to “take my boss hat off and

put my father hat on,” and vice

versa.

“It’s great, we’re more like best

friends and we work really well

together as a team,” Gibson said.

“We don’t bring any issues we

have into work, we talk about

it after work. We don’t want

the volunteers to pick up any

negative vibes.”

A growing reputation has

meant the number of referrals

has climbed, with many more on

the waiting list.

Along with the trustees, the

team of three-to-four staff work

alongside eight volunteers at a

time.

Gibson has always been a

“people person at heart,” but

empowering others to find their

voices for the first time made all

the challenges he faced worth it.

“They don’t know it, but I get a

lot from them as well.”

He recalled with pride a young

man who went from being

“We carried him under our

wing, and over a few months,

we lifted his spirits so much you

couldn’t keep him quiet,” said

Gibson.

“This place helped him so

much he doesn’t get on the Xbox

anymore now that he has a job.”

Having been encouraged by

his own co-workers, friends and

family to take on a leadership

role for the first time, Gibson

could relate.

“My self-esteem was a bit low

before I became manager, I didn’t

think I would cope.”

The macho mentality expected

of men, especially in the past,

made it difficult to address the

trauma he experienced sooner.

“I was in a very bad situation

and I was a broken man. Back

then, a man was a man,” he said.

“It’s not really a thing you need

to hide anymore.”

Gibson could spend all day

tinkering away on one of his

muscle cars if he did not have a

trust to worry about.

In spite of his brighter outlook

on life, there are concerns he

simply can’t shake off.

“Funding is drying up – since

Covid, applying for funding is

casual

263

he was my boss, but only socially withdrawn

x

to securing

180

less successful these days.”

until 4 o’clock – I stipulated that.” an apprenticeship on his

• To get involved with PEEEP

Eight years later the tables have own, thanks to newfound

Trust, phone 021 0623 722 or

turned, with Gibson becoming confidence.

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It owns and operates the

venues Fat Eddies, Original

Sin, Kong, The Bog and The

Bealey Quarter, and group

managing director Max Bremner

now has a prime site in one of

Christchurch’s fastest growing

suburbs.

Craythorne’s had been on the

market since April 2019 after

its long-term

owners, Brian

and Ida Hill,

decided to

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The transaction,

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Janelle

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Janelle

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adjoining hotel and the bottle

store which occupy the site at the

corner of Halswell and Nicholls

Rds.

“Our plan is to operate each

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to know the community and do

local research,” Pritchard said.

“It’s important for us to get the

redevelopment right and give

the community what they want.

SOLD: Craythorne’s Hotel in Halswell has been bought by Christchurch hospitality venue

owner The Oxford Group.

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

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changes from early next year.

“It’s not in our plans to bowl

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redevelop it and use the bones of

it to make it work,” she said.

An outdoor area to “maximise

the sun” is expected to be among

the initial modifications.

Craythorne’s location ensured

it was a target for the group’s

sixth hospitality venture.

“We have recognised the

massive growth in this part of

Christchurch as the largest and

fastest-growing suburb, bringing

together a diverse demographic

within a short distance of the

site,” Pritchard said.

“Diversifying our portfolio

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strengthens our group and

reduces our risk, especially with

overexposure in the inner city in

challenging times.”

The acquisition of a bottle

store has proved timely with

the Covid-19 lockdown hitting

revenue streams hard.

“We’ve worked out 95 per cent

of our revenue has disappeared,

so we’ve got a small amount

coming through our Super

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The Oxford Group is among

the leading hospitality property

investment companies in the

South Island, with assets valued

at more than $50 million.

It currently employs 180 staff,

including 35 inherited from

Craythorne’s.

The hotel stands on the site of

the original ale house built in

1863 by English settlers Mary

and William Craythorne.

Locally known as Mother

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Warming casseroles

to fend off winter

With a week or

two of winter still

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tomato and lamb

casserole would

be a welcome

dish on a cold

day

Lamb and tomato

casserole

Serves 3

Ingredients

3 lamb leg fillet or shoulder

chops (browned)

2 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion

1 400gm tomatoes (any

flavour)

1 lamb Oxo cube

Cracked pepper to taste

1 teaspoon sugar

1 heaped teaspoon

oregano

40gm tasty cheese

55gm breadcrumbs

(wholemeal is best)

27gm butter (melted)

Directions

Line ovenproof dish with

2 thicknesses of non-stick

tin foil.

Place browned leg fillets/

chops into dish, put onions

over top of meat, then pour

tomatoes/Oxo cube/peppercorns/sugar/oregano

over onions, then

cover with cheese/breadcrumbs/butter.

Bake, uncovered, at 140

deg C for 2½ hours.

Steak stew

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

Stews and casseroles make a hearty mid-winter

meal.

1kg sirloin steak, diced

Salt and freshly ground

black pepper, to taste

1 medium onion, diced

2 large carrots, peeled and

diced

2 celery ribs, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

250gm mushrooms,

halved

3 tablespoons all-purpose

flour

2 tablespoons tomato

paste

1/2 cup dry red wine

2 1/2 cups beef stock

4 sprigs fresh thyme

2 bay leaves

1 large potato, peeled and

cut in 1cm chunks

2 tablespoons chopped

fresh parsley leaves

Directions

Heat olive oil in a large

fry pan on medium heat.

Season steak with 1 teaspoon

salt and 1/2 teaspoon

pepper.

Working in batches, add

steak to the fry pan and

cook, stirring occasionally,

until evenly browned, about

6-8min; set aside.

Add onion, carrots and

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until tender, about

3-4min.

Add garlic and mushrooms,

and cook, stirring

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and browned, about

3-4min.

Whisk in flour and

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browned, about 1 minute.

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of the fry pan.

Stir in beef stock, thyme,

bay leaves and steak. Bring

to a boil; reduce heat and

simmer until beef is very

tender, about 30min.

Stir in potato; simmer

until potatoes are just tender

and stew has thickened,

about 20min.

Remove and discard

thyme sprigs and bay

leaves. Stir in parsley;

season with salt and pepper,

to taste.

HOME & HEATING

Keep cosy with

RD Petroleum

this winter

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

equipment.

The trucks that deliver RDP’s home heating

diesel in each urban centre are drawn from

the company’s extensive vehicle fleet. This

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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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HOME & HEATING

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 now in place for

Landlords to provide heating in rentals, it’s

time to ensure you are meeting the new

standards.

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

requirements.

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

The facts about home ventilation

Balanced Pressure

vs Positive Pressure

Under the New Zealand Building Code,

all buildings, including residential, need

to be suitably ventilated, either with

opening windows or forced ventilation.

Clause G4.1 states: “The objective of this

provision is to safeguard people from

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Traditional domestic ventilation systems

are ‘positive pressure’. They bring air in

from outside via the roof space and force

the stale air out through gaps around

windows and doors. The incoming air

from these systems

has to be heated

or cooled to keep

the house warm in

winter or cool in

summer.

The Smooth-

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and at the same

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warms incoming air in winter and cools in

summer if air conditioning is being used.

This means that up to 80% of the energy

which would be wasted using a traditional

positive pressure system is recovered,

resulting in significant energy savings and

therefore lower heating or cooling costs.

Until recently, balanced pressure

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Thursday September 2 2021 21

Think new friends

in every neighbour.

Summerset at Avonhead

03 357 3202 | summerset.co.nz/avonhead

For the latest information on visiting our villages please call the village,

or visit summerset.co.nz/covid-19

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Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz

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Brand-new

serviced

apartments

available now!

Summerset at Avonhead have a stunning range of brand-new serviced

apartments available now!*

Nestled in the beautiful suburb of Avonhead, our newest Christchurch

village offers relaxed retirement living with easy access to

supermarkets and shopping centres.

Our serviced apartments are some of the largest available in the

market, offering light and spacious open plan living, a kitchenette

and separate double bedroom with a large ensuite.

Located in the heart of the village, our serviced apartments are

designed to create the perfect balance between independence

and services to support your needs.

Free from the hassles of upkeep and ongoing maintenance,

our homes are all about stress-free living, where time is yours to live

the life you choose.

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touch with Anne today on 03 357 3202 or visit summerset.co.nz

*Licence to occupy.

Get in touch today!

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120 Hawthornden Road, Avonhead

Call Anne on 03 357 3202 or visit

summerset.co.nz to find out more

For the latest information on visiting our villages please call the village, or visit summerset.co.nz/covid-19


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Thursday September 2 2021 23

Love the Summerset life

Love the Choice

At Summerset, you’ll find a wide range of homes specifically

designed for the over 70s. Choose from one of our stylish, modern,

purpose-built homes, then make it your own. All our homes are

designed with accessibility as a priority.

Love the Community

At Summerset, you can continue to live the life you choose

with the added peace of mind of living in a warm and friendly

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As a Summerset resident, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of being part

of a thriving community, including easy access to village facilities,

events, activities and community spaces. And there’s support on

hand should you need it in the future.

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At a Summerset village you can live fully independently or, should

you need it, you can receive support and care in your own home

or apartment, or in our fully certified care centre. So, if your needs

change, you can be confident you’ll get the support you need

without having to leave the village.*

As a Summerset resident, you’ll have access to

a range of community facilities, including:

*Subject to availability.

Divine Café

Exercise room

Communal vegetable

gardens

Residents’ bar

All-weather bowling green

Residents’ workshop

Hair and beauty salon

Swimming pool and spa pool

Regular visits from

health practitioners

For your free information pack visit summerset.co.nz

For the latest information on visiting our villages please call the village, or visit summerset.co.nz/covid-19

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Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz

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Love the Community

When you move into a Summerset retirement village, you’re not just moving

house – you’re joining a vibrant and welcoming community where you’ll feel

completely at home.

Summerset homes are warm, modern, and designed with everything you

could need for the perfect retirement lifestyle. And there’s no need to worry

about maintenance and upkeep. We take care of the little things, so you can

continue to live the life you choose.

When it comes to activities and events, there’s always something happening

to keep our residents involved and entertained, and you can choose to do

as much or as little as you like.

So, what are you waiting for? Enjoy the peace of mind of living in a warm

and friendly community at Summerset at Avonhead.

We have a range of homes to choose from and we’re sure there’s an option

that’s right for you*. To find out more about our available homes get in touch

with Anne today on 03 357 3202 or visit summerset.co.nz

Get in touch

today!

Summerset at Avonhead

120 Hawthornden Road, Avonhead

Call Anne on 03 357 3202 or visit

summerset.co.nz to find out more

*Licence to occupy.

Don’t miss your chance to join this vibrant community!

For the latest information on visiting our villages please call the village, or visit summerset.co.nz/covid-19

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