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Dogs and owners

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Bottle Lake Forest

Funding a chance

for sewing

group to expand



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Chance meeting

leads to 60 years

of marriage

• By John Cosgrove

A COUPLE who celebrated their

diamond wedding anniversary on

September 20, recall vividly the

moment they first met.

John Jackson (then 18) was driving

his ’34 Chevy Junior coupe sedately

along Cashel St one April evening in

1959, when he caught sight of a young

girl running towards him, her face

streaked with tears.

Sue Cann (then 16) had just broken

up with a boyfriend and was running

away from him when John spotted her.

“She looked upset and cute so I

quickly pulled over and asked if I

could help her.

• Turn to page 4

TOGETHER: John and Sue Jackson of New Brighton, celebrated their 60th wedding

anniversary with family and friends on September 20. PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE



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what’s on

this week

Mugford Reserve planting

Friday, 9.30am-12.30pm

Mugford Reserve, Anzac Drive.

Opposite Wetlands Grove

Conservation Volunteers are working

at the Mugford Reserve in Bexley as

part of an exciting new restoration

project in the red zone. Working in

partnership with the Avon-Heathcote

Estuary Ihutai Trust and the city

council, they will be helping with

maintenance of plantings that their

volunteers assisted with in 2020 –

releasing and mulching. Gloves, tools

and morning tea will be provided.

Wear sturdy, closed-toe footwear,

a sunhat, and take a water bottle.

Lightweight long sleeves and trousers

are recommened as protection from

the sun and vegetation. Email Donna

Zdlusby@cvnz.org.nz) or phone 021

457 568 for more information. Free.

Dallington Landing

Community Tree planting

Saturday, 1 -3pm

Dallington Tce

Conservation Volunteers in

partnership with the city council, as

part of the Rotary Forests of Peace

and Remembrance, at the Dallington

Landing site. CVNZ volunteers

are helping to create a forest in

Christchurch’s red zone. Go along

and help create this forest in the red

zone. Free.

Brighton Gallery Art Classes with Tony Scanlan, Saturday,

10.30am–12.30pm. Art classes at Brighton Gallery with Scanlan (Bachelor

of Fine Arts, BSc), a varied artist teaching a range of styles and materials.

Run by a charitable trust aiming to encourage creativity and promote local

art and artists in New Brighton and Christchurch. Phone 028 418 2763 or

960 3800 to book or just go along. $10, door sales only. Brighton Gallery, 78

Brighton Mall.

Vintage Market

Saturday, 10am–2pm

Avebury House, 9 Eveleyn Couzins Ave

The vintage markets are back outside

on the spacious front lawn of Avebury

House, in Richmond, with the

adjoining children’s playground and

pool. Organisers are looking forward

to providing an amazing array of

quality vintage goods to search

through. There will be gorgeous

clothing, vinyl records, kitchenalia,

fabrics, bric-a-brac, furniture, crystal,

china, men’s stuff and all manner of

treasures. Real fruit ice cream, coffee,

pastries and a scone or two for you to

enjoy. Cash only. Social distance from

people you don’t know, 2m. Masks

must be worn and sanitise. Food must

be consumed outside of market area.


Canterbury Mountain Bike

Series Round 3

Sunday, 9.30am

Bottle Lake

This is the third and final round

of the Canterbury Mountain Bike

Series – a three-race series staged

at Bottle Lake. The series caters

for everyone – the elite rider to

the beginner and from seven years

and up in the short course. Short

course – 15km, one lap, long course –

30km, two laps. This event caters for

everyone, young, old, male, female,

big, small, fast or slow . At alert level 2

numbers are limited, no entries on

the day will be taken. Entries close at

3pm on the Saturday before the race.

Enter online at www.canterburymtb.


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New life for hard-to-recycle items


residents have a new communitybased

recycling collection

point for those hard-to-place

household items.

The Richmond Community

Garden worked with the

Avebury House Men’s Shed

group to build and install a new

recycling collection receptacle

at 46a Vogel St – the Riverlution

Eco Hub collection station.

It caters to five distinctive

recycling streams: 1. Wine bottle

caps and can tabs; 2. Glad Wrap;

3. Razors, blades and packaging;

4. Toothpaste tubes and caps,

floss containers, toothbrushes,

mouthwash bottles; and 5. Plastic

bottle tops.

Garden sustainability event

co-ordinator Morgane Honore-

Forde said they had picked

those five particular streams

because they cannot be recycled

in Christchurch at present,

and are usually considered

general waste.

“EcoCentral does not accept

any bottle tops due to the fact

that it will damage their sorting

conveyor belt, and razors, oral

care products and bottle tops

usually ends up in landfill.”

She said the five streams will

be recycled by a number of

organisations and commercial


The wine bottle tops are going

to the Christchurch Kidney

Society for them to raise funds

for its child and youth support


“The plastic bottle tops will be

shredded and turned into a new

product at the Eco Hub,” she


TerraCycle and Gillette

partnered to create a recycling

programme for any brand

of used razors, blades and


TerraCycle and Glad have

also created the free Glad Food

Storage Recycling Programme

for Glad and all other brands of

cling wrap, food storage bags,

and food storage containers.

Colgate has partnered with

TerraCycle to help provide a second

life for toothbrushes, toothpaste

tubes, toothpaste caps, floss

containers and their plastic outer


Richmond Men’s

Shed volunteer

Matty Cook

with the new


recycling station

at the Richmond


Garden. ​

packaging materials.

Once collected, the TerraCycle

process cleans all the plastics and

then melts them into hard plastic

blocks, which can be remoulded

to make new recycled products.

Honore-Forde praised the

work undertaken by the Men’s

Shed crew, for producing the

receptacle station.

Everyone can access the

Riverlution Eco Hub collection

station to drop off items.

In Brief



The much-anticipated $22 million

Te Pou Toetoe: Linwood pool will

open tomorrow. Due to Covid

level 2 restrictions, the opening

will be strictly limited to 100

invited people, and access to the

pool will be restricted to only 48

people at a time. The ‘Have a go’

activities and ‘Party in the park’

planned for October 2 and 3 have

been postponed.



City gardeners are encouraged

to ‘gear up’ to protect themselves

against legionnaires’ disease as

they get stuck into their spring

gardens. Canterbury Medical

Officer of Health Dr Ramon Pink

said legionnaires’ disease, caused

by legionella bacteria, can start

with flu-like symptoms. This

year’s campaign highlights the

importance of using the right

gear when gardening, particularly

when handling compost and

potting mix.


City council acting head of

transport Lynette Ellis said

improvements to the public

transport hub near the Eastgate

Shopping Centre should be

completed by early October.

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Communication key to longevity

• From page 1

“She settled down and eventually

told me that I could take

her back to the nurses’ hostel at

Burwood Hospital where she was

studying to be a nurse,” he said.

Sue recalled it was a really

weird situation: “I was running

away from the other guy, I was

crying, but when I saw John and

he stopped to help me, I somehow

knew then that this would

be the man I wanted to marry.”

Over the next 18 months, the

star-struck couple spent every

moment they could together,

even when it meant sneaking Sue

out a side window of the nurses’

hostel some nights after curfew.

“Matron caught me once and

she took me into a room and gave

me a one and a half-hour-long

lecture,” said John.

Sue said: “He didn’t know then

that she was my guardian, my

parents had left me in Christchurch

when they returned to

England, so she was all I had.”

Love blossomed and on September

20, 1961, the pair walked

down the aisle at the St Faith’s

Church in New Brighton.

“It was a lovely warm day and

a friend stepped in to give me

away,” Sue said.

However, John remembers that

she was over a 30min late because

the wedding car had broken

down at her house.

Sue was born in Bombay

(Mumbai) and spent the next

decade travelling with her family

to England and Southern Rhodesia

(Zimbabwe) before finally

arriving by ship in New Zealand.

“Mum died giving birth to my

younger sister in India and dad

then married her cousin.

“He worked for an asbestos

company until we came here,

he got a job on the railways


John Jackson

and Sue

Cann were

married on


20, 1961, at

St Faith’s

Church, New


and later at James Fletchers in


“But when I was just 16 the

whole family went back to Devon

and I stayed here on my own to

train as a nurse.”

John was born in Sydenham,

went with his family firstly to

Tekapo, before finally settling in

New Brighton.

“I’m a Brighton boy,” he said, “I

was an apprentice cabinet maker

machinist when we met and I

stayed in that trade for most of

my life.”

“We just clicked, although she

broke the door and window on

my car on our first official date,”

he said.

The couple settled in New

Brighton and raised three

children – two boys, John

and Michael, and a daughter


When the children were older

the family took charge of the Anglican

Church Children’s Home

at St Albans in 1974.

It already had seven children

from two broken families living

in separate parts of the house.

Sue was house mother and

John worked as the house security


“We decided there and then

that there wouldn’t be any separation

in the families, so

we joined the three families

together, had our meals together,

the kids played together and we

even went to a Cilla Black concert


“She came up to us during

the concert and made the whole

family stand up – it was a great

sight as we took up a whole row

in the town hall, we were one big


Over the next five years, the

couple also looked after many

short-term stay children.

This started a long association

with child care and volunteering

by the couple.

Five years later the couple

brought a large double-storey

house in New Brighton and three

of the care children joined them


“We still stay in touch with

them and we are called Poppy

and Grandy by their children,”

Sue said.

While John returned to

cabinet making Sue eventually

worked for 25 years at the

Donaldson Residential Trust

home for the intellectually


But that wasn’t the end of

the couple’s work for both have

received commendations from

care groups and the police for

their long years of work with

Victim Support, Pregnancy

Help, Community Watch and


Sixty years after that side of the

road meeting the couple agreed

that the secret to wedding peace

has been communication and


John said he never goes to bed

without saying he loved Sue:

“Even if we’ve had a row, I still

say it every night.”

“I can’t stay mad at him when

he says that, I still love him to

bits,” Sue said.

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– our stories revealed

Saturday 9 October – Monday 25 October 2021

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Races test dogs and owners

• By John Cosgrove

MAN AND beast were running

together at the third annual

4Paws Marathon series of races

held on Sunday at Bottle Lake.

Observing Covid alert level 2

spacing rules, competitors and

their dogs from all over the city

and the South Island lined up

for the start of various events

which included a marathon,

half marathon, 16km, 10 km,

5km and a 2.4km walk/runs

on tracks through Bottle Lake

Forest and out on nearby


At each race, organisers

started lines of competitors at

ten second intervals to space

them apart and conducted

mandatory vet checks at various

distances along the tracks,

which for some went almost as

far as the Brighton Pier.

4Paws event organiser and

race director John Molloy said it

was “a massive but fulfilling day.

“In all we were very impressed

with how people respected

the events Covid rules with

responsible mask usage in what

is a very social event (about 100


He said dogs bring the best out

of people and for the third year

in a row there were no dog (or

human) altercations.

“The smiles on everyone’s face

KEEN: Pitena Parkin, of Parklands, with Rusty, wait for the start of the 5km walk/run.

They completed it in a time of 54min. Right – Darryl McIntosh and daughter Blake, 9, of

Richmond, with their dog Frankie before the start of 2.4km walk/run. The McIntosh team

were the first team home in quick time of 15min 22sec. PHOTOS: JOHN COSGROVE

inspires us to keep hosting this

event. The event is about participation

and not winning so the

winners get no winning prizes

as such.

“But in due time they will

realise they have won the best

prize of all – sharing the experience

of finishing a marathon

together with their best friend,”

Molloy said.

He said it a priceless memory

they will forever cherish and he

was unaware of any event in the

world that offers this experience

with regards to package of race

distances and a full marathon


Darryl Cotton and Pip (kelpie)

of Rangiora won the men’s marathon

in a time of 3hr 46min

31sec while Holly Weston and

her border collie Billy Knowler

of Beckenham won the women’s

marathon with a time of 3hr

55min 41sec.

Young explorers

invited to

honour Worsley


explorers will face their fears head

on in a challenging Antarcticafocused

weekend aiming to

highlight an unsung hero.

Canterbury-based school students

in years 7 to 9 can now apply

for the 2021 Young Inspiring

Explorers Worsley Weekend.

Run by Antarctic Heritage

Trust in partnership with William

Pike Challenge, the weekend celebrates

Antarctic explorer, Frank


Worsley was part of Sir Ernest

Shackleton’s Endurance expedition

and is known for navigating

the rescue party to safety after the

ship was crushed by ice floes.

Trust commercial and partnerships

general manager Marcus

Waters said not many people

know about Worsley.

Twenty students will spend the

weekend of November 20 and 21

in Akaroa and Wainui, learning

about Worsley and taking part in

a range of activities that will teach

them to overcome challenges,

including high ropes and rafting.

Applications close

on Tuesday, and those

interested can apply at



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How we aspire to meet our students

A “culturally responsive pedagogy” is a term that

many outside of the education sector may have heard

from time to time but have little grasp of. Such is the

way of many government departments with their

reliance on such jargon and assertions to stay the

course. What this means for us at Linwood College

at Ōtākaro is an endeavour to deliver an accessible

practice of our teaching and learning that values an

individual’s culture. It is a genuine attempt of our

educators to recognise, celebrate and utilise every

ākonga for their unique and meaningful identity and

background. We recognise as educators our tried

and true purpose is to advance academic progress

but we also aspire to ensure all our students feel their

cultural identity is strong, secure and fundamentally

valued along the way. Using this practice ensures

we are bicultural and upholding the principles of the

Treaty of Waitangi for both parties, and when we

succeed it benefits every student. For all ākonga, we

must work to ensure they all feel they belong within

the learning environment we provide and a sound,

clear kaupapa is shared with the community that

is focused on the potential of ‘all’ learners to thrive

without compromising who they are.

Students attending Tausala Night

So what does this look, sound and feel like in

our learning community? In the classroom, it is

expressed through wānanga – decision-making and

learning practices that are responsive to a range of

relevant contexts. It maintains, advances, and shares

knowledge and develops intellectual independence,

while assisting the use of knowledge regarding

ahuatanga Māori (Māori tradition) according to

tikanga Māori (Māori custom). This can be found in

our science classes where Y10 students learn about

genetics and how a cancer threat helped singer

Stan Walker identify how the mutated CDH1 gene

was expressed in his whakapapa. It can be seen

and heard in the karakia recited at the beginning

of Tāhuhu classes. It can be found in the cultural

narrative names gifted to us by Ngāi Tūāhuriri for the

rebuild: Te Aratai college.

Siva Somoa performed at our Festival of Nations

Our commitment to cultural responsiveness is also

addressed in our practice of ako and mahi ngātahi,

a philosophy of not only sharing the content, context

and responsibility of teaching and learning between

student and teacher but also in the wider community

with ongoing kōrero and consultation with whānau.

Perhaps the best example of this is our Wā Whakanui

conferencing we hold twice every year. These

conferences replace the traditional parent-teacher

interviews where whānau are given 10 minutes

intervals to digest a student’s progress by individual

teachers. Instead, Wā Whakanui is a presentation

delivered by our students to their whānau, sharing

and speaking to 3 pieces of their best work. These

are empowering, inspiring presentations where the

self-determination and success of our ākonga is

evident for their loved ones.

Our commitment to strong community bonds is

also ever-present in our Tausala Night where our

Pasifika Students and Polyfest group perform for

their family, friends and kaiārahi, and Te Roopu

Kapa Haka o Kimihia, the school’s kapa haka group.

This group is a combination of 5 kura from around

a new chapter

Students taking part in the He Puna Putaiao


Christchurch including: Christchurch Girls High

School, Christchurch Boys High School, Cashmere

High School and Haeata Community Campus.

The success from these competitions is more than

placing on the day, it includes creating a sense of

whanaungatanga, personal success and a sense

of belonging and identity within the kaihaka for all

ākonga to be proud of who they are and their cultural


A school is not an isolated silo where we prepare

our students for the ‘real world’ outside. A school is

part of that real world, where the experiences and

expressions are as real and lived as anything that

flows in, through and beyond it. This is why we believe

that a successful kura, a school that delivers success

for its taonga, is engaged with the communities,

histories and identities of all that come to tread life

and experience into its hallowed halls.

Te Rōpū Kapa Haka o Kimihia


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Grant allows sewing group to expand

A RECENT funding boost has

helped a community-based

Brighton sewing group expand

their services.

Following a $4000 grant from

the Coastal-Burwood Community

Board strengthening

communities fund, Stitch-O-Mat

New Brighton, a Brighton group

dedicated to helping people

sew, can expand and offer more


The group, based in the Surfside

Mall, provides a learning

space, equipment and fabric

for people in the community to

create their own projects, repair

or mend items, or learn to sew

with a facilitator on hand to give


Currently they have been

operating three days a week

from 10am to 2pm, plus Tuesday

evenings and every other

Sunday but with the new funding

it means they can also run

workshops for novice sewers on


Manager Samantha Fay said

they are entirely reliant on funding

grants like Strengthening


“We try to run as cheaply as

possible so that we can make our

services accessible to people who

wouldn’t normally be able to access

sewing lessons.”

She said interest in sewing has

skyrocketed over the past couple

of years and she estimates Stitch-

O-Mat has 60 people coming

through the doors each week.

“Since we moved to our new

site in the mall we are so much

more visible and many more

people are coming up everyday

to ask for our help.”

She puts this down to a resurgence

of interest in traditional

skills like sewing, weaving and


“People are looking at ways

to slow down and be more conscious

in their choices. Fashion is

the second biggest polluter in the

world after petrochemicals.

“That’s why a big push for us

is waste reduction. Last year we

were able to divert one and a



New Brighton




Edgar works

on one of the

machines at

the facility.



half tonnes of textiles away from

landfill which people then used

for their own projects with us.”

Curtain producers, retailers

and fabric shops are the primary

source of textiles for the group,

which also received a $6000 city

council waste minimisation fund

grant last week.

Recent projects with a waste

reduction focus include making

produce bags for a vegetable

co-op, beeswax wraps and face


Stitch-O-Mat also supports

groups in the community with

their projects, such as a recent

working bee with Shirley Boys’

High School to hand sew their

kapa haka uniforms.

The Coastal-Burwood

Community Board has

supported 54 groups

irom the 2021-22 Coastal-

Burwood Strengthening

Communities Fund

Compassion Trust

Crossroads Youth with a Future

New Brighton Community

Gardens Trust

New Brighton Project

Ōtautahi Sports Association

Renew Brighton

South City Youth Trust

The Bridge South Brighton


Wainoni Avonside Community

Services Trust

Youth Alive Trust

A Town Boxing Gym

Anglican Diocese of

Christchurch – Parish of East


Burwood Community Church


Coastal Spirit Football Club

Dallington Community

Cottage Trust

Grace Vineyard Christian


New Brighton Cricket Club

New Brighton Pier and

Foreshore Promotion Society

Parklands United Sports Club

People Empowerment

Environmental Enhancement

Programme Trust

PIPS Pregnancy Infancy

Parenting Support Trust

QE II Swim Club

Queenspark Community


Spencer Park Surf Lifesaving


Sustain South Brighton

Te Kupenga o Aranui

The Brighton Gallery Trust

The New Brighton and

Districts Historical Society and


The Pūkeko Centre

The Richmond Keas Softball


United Fencing Club

Burwood Association Football


Burwood Park Tennis Club

Dallington Residents’


Edgeware Tennis Club

New Brighton Friendship Club

New Brighton Menz Shed Trust

New Brighton Netball Club

New Brighton Residents’


North Beach Residents’


North Beach Tennis Club

North Wai Boardriders (1965)

Parklands Baptist Community


Parklands Christchurch United

Softball Club

Parklands Ladies Club

Pegasus Toy Library

SeniorNet New Brighton

Shirley Rugby Football Club

South New Brighton Tennis Club

Southshore Residents’


Spencerville Residents’


Waimairi Beach Residents’


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Weekly bike rides paramount for Hunter

• By Samantha Mythen

HUNTER ABEL, 16, known as

a 2m three-year-old with SATB2

syndrome, has always loved

riding bikes at Sumner.

Hunter and his mother Angela

Abel travel there from their

home in Cashmere every Sunday,

where Hunter rides his adultsized

trike along the esplanade

and along the beach.

After speedy e-bike riders

were causing some trouble for

Hunter along the esplanade, Abel

decided to use social media to

introduce Hunter to the Sumner

community, posting on the local

community group page.

“When you put yourself out

there, being vulnerable and kind,

it’s scary, but people reacted so

much better than I could have


“People have started to say

hello to Hunter, and I feel bad

for not knowing their name. It’s

amazing the difference a wave

and smile can make.”

Abel said the interactions are

great for Hunter as he can use his

iPad to say hello back, or let the

passer-by know the name of his

assistance dog, Cooper.

The fresh air, sensory inputs,

and endorphins from the exercise

have a positive impact on


Abel and Hunter look

forward to a coffee and scone at

Scarborough Fare Cafe.

During the recent lockdown,

they visited Sumner every day,

with a special note from police

allowing them to continue

Hunter’s routine.

With the cafe shut, Abel

brought along homemade baking

and a milkshake for Hunter,

“who didn’t even realise anything

was different.”

Hunter was only diagnosed

with SATB2 at the beginning of

this year.

SATB2 is a rare gene deletion

disorder, which only 450

individuals have been diagnosed

with globally.

As a result, Hunter is nonverbal,

has low muscle mass

paired with a tall height, and has

SMILES: Hunter, his mother Angela Abel and assistance

dog Cooper, visit Sumner every week to make the most of

the esplanade and beach, a perfect spot for Hunter to ride

his trike.

cognitive difficulties.

“Genetics are like the Great

Wall of China with millions of

bricks making up our composition.

Hunter has a few bricks

missing,” said Abel.

Although it was a seemingly

perfect birth, at four weeks old,

Abel suspected something was


“He was always looking

straight through me or was

staring at the ceiling,” she said.

The family took Hunter to

hospital where he underwent a

multitude of different tests but

the medical staff returned with

empty answers.

“It was so scary,” said Abel.

Abel said she does not want

to sugarcoat how hard raising

Hunter has been.

“I had terrible depression

for years and I still throw

wobblies all the time,” said


“But I wouldn’t change it for

the world. Having a disabled

child is like having a superpower.

You have so much empathy for

the world around you.”

Abel worked as a project manager

and had this idea of “fixing

Hunter,” always known at work

as the “problem-solver.”

“I Googled and read and practised

everything that could help

Hunter,” she said.

Throughout this journey, Abel

recognised the importance of

nurturing her own well-being.

“If I’m in a good space, everything

else is better,” she said.

“I wish someone could have

told me about the importance of

self-care earlier, it’s the best advice,

especially for new mothers.”

As a result, Abel dived into

cold water swimming last year at

Sumner beach.

“My mornings can include

wiping poo off walls and cleaning

Weet-bix off myself. I walk

out of the door with all these

negative thoughts on the messy

whiteboard of my mind,” said


“Then, although, it can be

excruciatingly cold, dunking my

head under cold water triggers

me into different thought processes.

The whiteboard is cleared

and I can write back on it in a

much calmer way.”

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