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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2021

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Christmas cheer flows

at rest home

Street light

saga moves

closer to

resolution

• By Kristie Boland

PATRICIA Barrett and

Gary Hobson enjoyed a

Christmas-themed happy

hour last week.

Edith Cavell Lifecare,

in Sumner, celebrated

Christmas this year with a

party for its residents and

staff.

Christmas beverages,

treats, and decorations

brought yule time cheer to

the residents, families, and

staff alike.

Lifecare Manager Scott

Wallace said it was wonderful

seeing everyone, young and

old, celebrating Christmas in

such a joyful atmosphere.

“Edith Cavell decked the

halls this Christmas and the

joyous atmosphere made

the whole afternoon very

special,” said Wallace.

Jan Daffin

THE LONG-RUNNING street

light saga at Birdlings Flat may

come to an end early next year.

A survey allowing residents the

chance to give feedback on the

options for future lighting closed

on Saturday and the results are

currently being collated.

Last week, about 40 residents

attended a drop-in session to get

more clarification on options for

the lighting.

The first option is to upgrade

the existing lights to LED. The

second is to minimise lighting to

intersection locations only and to

upgrade to LED. The third is to

remove street lighting altogether.

Jan Daffin lives

on Lake Terrace

Rd in Birdlings

Flat, an area that

hasn’t had street

lights in the 10

years she has

lived there. Daffin

is advocating

to have all street

lights turned off.

“It’s beautiful, when it’s dark

you can see every star . . . I feel

completely safe here and will be

fighting to have no lights,” Daffin

said.

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NEWS

Street light saga closer to resolution

• From page 1

This option would allow for the best

viewing of the night sky and have the

least impact on the local ecosystem.

It would also eliminate future energy

and maintenance costs.

However, the removal of lights altogether

has its disadvantages.

Resident Douglas Peek is advocating

against their removal.

“Darkness is the criminal’s friend. If

we have enough light and people can

identify who’s doing what it’s better for

the security,” Peek said.

“For people worrying about dark

sky, my view is that why worry

about the sky because between

Elon Musk and his little satellites

flying around and the rockets

eventually who’s going to notice

what star’s what?”

Banks Peninsula Community

Board chairwoman Tori Peden said

if the preferred option was to remove

all street lights, council staff suggest a

trial period of disconnecting the lights

to allow residents’ time to provide

meaningful feedback.

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Wednesday December 22 2021 Bay Harbour News

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Scarborough surf patrols start again

Lifesavers

back after

60 years

• By Kristie Boland

FOR THE first time in more

than 60 years, the red and

yellow flags have returned to

Scarborough beach.

The city council-funded lifeguard

service will be operating

seven days a week from now

until January 28.

Surf Life Saving

New Zealand

southern regional

manager Stu

Bryce said it has

been proactively

working with the

city council to get

Stu Bryce

a patrol there for the summer

holidays.

“It’s a popular beach for

swimmers . . . we’ll work out a

needs base and go from there,

it’s the first year and, hopefully,

the public make the most of it,”

said Bryce.

Learn to Surf principal

instructor Aaron Lock said its

“fantastic and long overdue” the

flags were up.

Lock said the Learn to Surf

From left to right – Hamish France, Jem Lilburne and Jesse Webb are three of the

volunteer surf lifesavers at Scarborough beach.

crew has made

a lot of rescues

themselves in

the area over the

years.

“It’s a popular

area for surfers,

the rips down Aaron

that end make Lock

a good wave for surfing but it

means it’s quite a strong current

for swimmers,” Lock said.

Three guards will be on patrol

from 10am to 6pm, Monday

to Friday, and 11am to 5pm on

Saturday and Sunday.

The flags will move based on

tides.

Lock said it could mean more

congestion with surfers and

swimmers but with the flags in

the right place conflicts should

be avoided.

Said Bryce: “We’ll work

around it, if the surf is rolling,

surfers are going to want to be

in the great surf and most of the

people who swim at that beach

are only going to be in the closer

spot of water anyway.’’

NEWS 3

In Brief

FAREWELL MAX

Max the Lyttelton cat that Bay

Harbour News reported on last

week has sadly reached the end

of his nine lives. Max was buried

in the Port Hills overlooking his

beloved territory.

BRIGADOON SELLS

Redcliffs house ‘Brigadoon’

on 158 Main Rd sold for $1.82

million last week. Brigadoon is

positioned on a 1133m2 section

with five bedrooms and four

bathrooms. The house is best

known for the magical fairytale

creatures and animals that

adorned the house and were

recently auctioned.

STODDART’S ART TO GO

ON DISPLAY AT COTTAGE

An upcoming exhibition will

offer a new glimpse into one

of New Zealand’s foremost

19th-century artists, Margaret

Stoddart. Stoddart Cottage Trust

is having a new year exhibition

that highlights the impressionist

painter’s connection with

Diamond Harbour. It will

showcase lesser-known originals

as well as reproductions of most

familiar works. The exhibition

will be held for five days only,

from New Year’s Eve to January

4, at Stoddart Cottage, the house

where Stoddart and her siblings

were born.

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British Hotel owners hope

it will be restored post sale

• By Kristie Boland

THE OWNERS of the British

Hotel, Rebecca Lovell-Smith and

Christian Carruthers, want to

see the building restored to its

full potential, but have decided

it’s time for someone else to take

the reins.

The Oxford St site overlooking

the port is up for sale.

Lovell-Smith said she was not

the right person to complete the

restoration on the building.

“We’d be happy to continue

owning the building but I’d

really want to see it restored to its

full glory,” she said.

The couple began applying

for a heritage grant from the

city council earlier this year, but

chose not to follow through with

it – to instead leave it for the new

owners.

City council heritage team

leader Brendan Smyth said they

would be keen to engage with

the new owner about a heritage

grant. The level of grant support

is decided at a committee

meeting.

“Applications are generally

made by the owner at the time

but approved grants are for the

works to the building and can be

transferred if ownership changes

before they are completed.

Grants are paid retrospectively

once the works have been

completed,” Smyth said.

Lovell-Smith hopes the next

owner will be someone with

the experience and passion for

heritage work.

“We’re sad but we’re really

ONGOING: The owners of

the British Hotel, Rebecca

Lovell-Smith and Christian

Carruthers, have decided

it’s time for someone

else to take on the

building.

selling it for the good of the

building, we really want to see it

completed,” she said.

Lovell-Smith and Carruthers

live just next door to the

building, so they will be able

to keep a close eye on its

progress.

The British is being sold as is

where is, and will be a deadline

sale if not sold prior.

Wednesday December 22 2021 Bay Harbour News

Husband and

NEWS 5

wife team net

bridge accolade

MT PLEASANT Bridge Club

members Louis and Linda

Smolar turn up early to bridge

every Friday to set up for the

afternoon games.

The Smolar’s efforts have

been recognised by the club and

this year they have been jointly

awarded the Rita Mander trophy.

The trophy is awarded each

year to a member who is not on

the committee, but has excelled

in helping to make the club a

great place to go and play

bridge.

The annual trophy winners for

2021 are as follows:

Anniversary trophy (best

overall average from three 3-day

matches)

1st Raylene Hunter 59.58%

2nd Dianne Ritchie 58.74%

3rd Peter Wakeman 58.05%

KK Cup (best result from three

3-day matches: Godwit, Winter

& Spring Tournament)

1st Grania McKenzie

Friday afternoon pairs – Nancy

Alabaster Trophy

1st Dianne Ritchie & Chris

Kirkland 59.5%

2nd Mary Banks & Mary Ling

58.4%

3rd Louis & Linda Smolar 56.9%

Wednesday evening pairs -

Presidents Trophy

1st Hilary Plunket & Grania

McKenzie 59.4%

2nd Ina Drury & Mona

Schousboe 55.0%

3rd Jan Smith & Joan Archer

53.6%

Highest score Wednesday

night – Don Le Page & Rachel

Cath 69.77%

Highest Score for Friday –

Raylene Hunter & Chris

Kirkland 71.17%

Bridge will start again from

January 26 for Wednesday nights

at 7.10pm and January 21 on Fridays

at 1pm, at the Mt Pleasant

Yacht Club Rooms.

If you are interested in playing

but need a partner, please

contact: Raylene Hunter on 021

770 075 (for Friday afternoon)

or Mona Schousboe on 027 221

1202 (for Wednesday night).

Please note after January 1, the

club requires players to be

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NEWS 7

Cuddle Hearts strengthen connection

between mums and bubs in NICU

WE ARE ON THE

MOVE AGAIN...

• By Fiona Ellis

HUNDREDS HAVE united in

a heartfelt quest to help babies

at Christchurch Women’s

Hospital’s neonatal intensive

care unit.

Lisa Paget is the driving

force behind Cuddle Hearts, an

initiative to keep babies close to

mum even when medical needs

mean personal contact is limited.

About 2000 handmade fabric

hearts have been created so

far, a response the Rolleston

resident describes as “absolutely

incredible”.

Cuddle Heart recipient Nikita

Christensen said the hearts were

a good way to bond with her

seven-week-old baby Flynn.

Born at 29 weeks, Flynn

weighed just 1650g and needed

to stay in the neonatal intensive

care unit.

While Christensen spent a lot

of time at the unit, she could not

always be there.

Last year Flynn’s sister

also needed NICU care and,

comparing the two experiences,

Christensen was pleased

the Cuddle Hearts had been

introduced since then.

“I wear one in my bra and give

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HELPING HEARTS: Lisa Paget gives a set of Cuddle Hearts to Nikita Christensen and baby

Flynn at the Christchurch Women’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. Baby Flynn

sleeps with with a Cuddle Heart to remind him of mum. PHOTO: CANTERBURY DHB

it to him at night so he can smell

me,” Christensen said.

“This time around, being split

between a one-year-old at home

and Flynn at the hospital has

new year, but in the meantime

the hearts made the necessary

hospital stay feel less clinical.

“I think it’s a great idea . . .

it can be so hard to bond with

them when they’re all hooked

up to wires and breathing equipment.

“Mums also take a heart home

each night that has been with

baby so we can smell them too,

which is meant to help with our

milk supply.”

Paget said Cuddle Hearts

began earlier this year as a result

of her visit to Australia, where

her twin nieces were born while

still in the second trimester.

At just 27 weeks, the two girls

needed extensive medical care.

“All I want out of it is just to

know that these little babies

and their mums be comforted

because I know firsthand now

definitely been one of the hardest

parts.”

Flynn was doing well and

would soon be leaving the NICU,

she said.

Christensen was looking for-

WATCH THIS SPACE

ward to taking him home in the

how difficult a NICU journey is,”

Paget said.

While there, she saw fabric

hearts being shared between

parents and babies.

“Mum and dad and wee baby

had to go to one hospital, I was

left in another hospital with the

other wee one, and so she had

the heart to keep her and her

mum in close contact.”

One of the twins did not

survive, and the Cuddle Hearts

initiative was a legacy for her,

Paget said.

“I came home with a real

passion, I wanted to see whether

I could make it work here.”

The Selwyn District Council

joined the initiative, with

libraries throughout the region

functioning as places where

people can collect fabric and a

pattern, sew a heart, then return

the finished product.

Paget hoped public

involvement would continue.

“Although I’ve had an

overwhelming response from

the community as far as making

hearts, supplying fabric, I always

need more.”

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LETTER

Battle over beach rocks

I AM writing on behalf

of the Redcliffs Residents

Association to make some

corrections to the Bay

Harbour News article

Rocks to stay on beach,

December 1.

THere has been no

decision by the Linwood-

Central-Heathcote

Community Board against

the removal of the rocks.

THe Coastal Pathway

Group merely expressed

their own opinion to the

board that they ‘believed

the rocks are buried or

gone” and that therefore

no action should be taken.

THe rocks are indeed

largely, though not

completely, buried at

present due to considerable

current sand accretion, but

they have not gone.

The finding of noncompliance

to the consents

issued by ECan remains in

force, though as a matter

of practicality it will not be

Akaroa Orion

Powerhouse Gallery

Daily 10am-4pm

Latest exhibition runs

from now until January 9.

A group of six Peninsula

Artists Jacqui Lewis,

Jennifer Maxwell, Ben

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Anna Gibbs and Lyn

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one.

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actioned while the rocks

remain largely buried.

We are aware that some

people are not concerned

about the issue as it does

not affect them, but we

represent those residents

who continue to be

bothered by this situation

and by the appalling

failure of city council

to act with honesty and

integrity in acknowledging

and clearing up their own

mess.

Had it been a member

of the public who had

littered a 400m length of

a popular and beautiful

beach with excavation

material, do you think city

council would have sat on

its hands?

The RRA will continue

to push for the beach to

be cleared and restored

to its previous state. – Dr

Pat McIntosh, secretary

Redcliffs Residents

Association

Email kristie.boland@starmedia.kiwi by

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Sing some carols at Cave

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50 people will be allowed

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Lyttelton Farmers

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Wednesday, 4-8pm

Lyttelton Farmers

Markets much loved

growers and producers

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Albion Square, 44

London St

Treasures of Akaroa

summer exhibition

10.30am-4.30pm, seven

days a week from now until

the end of March

Akaroa Museum’s

summer exhibition

showcases an eclectic

range of objects and their

stories collected over the

past 10 years. See restored

19th- century paintings,

medals and certificates,

the Akaroa Junior School

dental chair, a World

War 2 sea mine, and much

more. More than 50 objects

are on display, many for

the very first time since the

museum collected them.

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Cave Rock or St Andrew’s Community Church,

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Christmas Eve

Community Carols

Friday, 6pm

St Andrew’s Community

Church, 85 Marine Drive,

Diamond Harbour.

Bay Harbour

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Wednesday, 6.30-8pm

Nervous about speaking

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your self-confidence,

leadership skills, personal

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impromptu speaking …

and all in a supportive,

friendly setting while

having fun? Meetings are

the second and fourth

Wednesday of the month.

Visit www.toastmasters.

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Lyttelton Community

Boardroom, 25 Canterbury

St.

Knit ’n’ Yarn

Wednesday 10am-noon

Go along and enjoy a chat

with others as you knit. For

anyone who loves to knit

or wants to learn. Free.

Lyttelton Library

Technology help drop

in session (BYO device)

Wednesday, 2-3pm

Do you need help using

your smartphone or

tablet? Go along for help

with email, searching the

internet, using the library

catalogue, eBooks, and

general computer queries.

Free.

Lyttelton Library

Christmas at the

museum

Until December 31

Imagine stepping back

in history into a colonial

lounge or settler’s cottage

at Christmas time. The

Okains Bay museum

will feature displays

of Christmas trees

throughout the museum’s

buildings and collection

spaces. Visitors will be

transported back in time to

a Christmas night over 100

years ago, with uniquely

designed trees decorated

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SANTA’S HELPERS: Martin Thompson leads the Santa

Claus Workshop Charitable Trust in making toys to donate

to children. Above, Andrew Grant (left), Alistair McDonald

and Neil Pugh are already making toys for next Christmas.

PHOTOS: JOHN COSGROVE

Keeping the tradition of wooden toys alive

• By Fiona Ellis

CHRISTMAS IS fast

approaching, but the elves in

Santa’s Workshop are reluctant

to down tools for the holidays.

Co-ordinator Martin

Thompson leads volunteers,

handcrafting wooden toys for

donation to children who might

not otherwise receive a gift from

Santa, from the technology block

at Shirley Intermediate school.

With around 1000 toys now

awaiting the big day, Santa Claus

Workshop Charitable Trust is

taking a break until the school

opens again on January 31.

However, Thompson plans to

keep working at home.

“I’ve probably got 10 boxes of

toys to be painted. I’m doing it

over the holidays and some of

the other guys will be doing the

same,” the 70 year-old said.

In addition to several off-site

workers, the group has a core

of 10 regulars who attend the

workshop twice a week, mostly

retirees.

“All these guys are keen to

come back, they would come all

over the holidays if we let them.”

The toys will be distributed to

families by organisations such as

the Mayor’s Welfare Fund and

children’s charity Pillars.

From trains to tractors and

from penguins to gorillas, a wide

range of toys are crafted using

top-quality pine.

Plastics and metals were

avoided, and dowelling rods

were used to turn wheels. The

quality evoked toys from his own

childhood, Thompson said.

Even if left outside, the toys

would still last 10 years.

A builder by trade, Thompson

said his involvement in Santa’s

workshop felt like coming full

circle.

“I love playing with wood,

but it didn’t end up that way – I

ended up playing with concrete.

Now I’m back to playing with

wood.”

Thompson is taking over the

reins from Malcolm Westgarth,

“a good man” who passed away

last month after 18 years with

Santa’s workshop.

Thompson has been a part of

the workshop for eight years.

“I got involved because my

wife decided that I needed

something to do in early parts of

retirement.

“I came along here with a

Thermos flask one day and they

just got me painting.”

Creating toys from scratch

could be a complicated process,

as it took weeks to craft small details

and perfect the paintwork.

This was especially so in the case

of the toys that moved, such as a

rolling gorilla.

“There’s lots of moving parts.

We’ve got a leg, we’ve got a

shoulder, we’ve got three wheels,”

Thompson said.

Woodwork came as second

nature to him, but painting the

toys was more difficult, requiring

time and precision.

“There’s a lot of satisfaction when you see a toy finished

. . . it’s worth it.” – Martin Thompson

The Covid-19 pandemic also

posed a difficulty to the volunteers.

“When I came here in 2014, I

think we were making close to

1400 [toys], but of course with

Covid-19 we were shut for five

weeks this year. Last year was

similar, we were cut down a lot.”

Lockdown happened so

quickly they were unable to take

unfinished toys with them to

continue working from home.

The toys the group were currently

crafting were all for next

Christmas.

Toys for this Christmas were

collected from the workshop in

November by Lions Club members,

who then co-ordinated the

donations.

This meant the volunteers did

not often see the responses of the

children, but they had received

heartwarming feedback in the

past, Thompson said.

He had been told of a boy who

was overwhelmed to learn he

could keep his toy and said he

had never been given a present

before.

Another time, he gave a toy

truck to a family with a boy

and a girl. The girl sent him a

thank-you letter containing three

M&Ms.

“I’d given it to her little brother,

but she said ‘thank you very

much for the toy, I will get the

most use out of it’.”

All toys were popular, but the

volunteers tweaked their range

each year. The intricate toy sewing

machines would not be made

next year.

However, Thompson had a

new design for “gorgeous” stacking

tower blocks, and toy boats

were also being made.

New volunteers were welcome

and no background in woodwork

was necessary, although

those involved tended to be good

with their hands.

Santa’s other volunteers included

Neil Pugh, a former Lions

Club member for 34 years who

was awarded a QSM in 2020 for

his work with Lions recycling

spectacles to the Pacific region,

and Alistair McDonald, a former

woodwork teacher who joined

six months ago because he enjoyed

the sense of purpose.

“There’s a lot of satisfaction

when you see a toy finished . . .

it’s worth it,” Thompson said.

IN PRODUCTION: Neil

Pugh, of Heathcote, in

the workshop at Shirley

Intermediate School.

PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE


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Recognising kids who have flourished

AS SCHOOLS close for the year,

year 8 pupils are saying goodbye

to primary school and thinking

about the transition to high

school; some with excitement

and some with a little bit of

trepidation.

And the parents are thinking

about the transition too because

its not an inexpensive exercise

with need for new uniforms, new

technology . . .

Last year the Sumner Ferrymead

Foundation introduced

the Puawai Award to recognise

pupils who have flourished in the

final year of primary school. The

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expenses associated with starting

at a new school.

Te Kura O Paeraki Mt Pleasant

School students Brooke Sykes and

Zak Tucker-Mowbray received

a pleasant surprise when the

chair of the Sumner Ferrymead

Foundation, Jane Paterson,

arrived to present them with their

awards.

Chris Nord, the school’s

principal commented: “It’s great

to have an award that recognises

students who have done really

well. Normally awards tend to

recognise the top students but

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Te Reakura/Redcliffs School

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Helping each

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COVID-19

With more cases of COVID-19 in the community, it’s possible you and your whānau

will be exposed to the virus. To make sure you’re ready, have a plan in case you or

someone in your house tests positive and needs to isolate.

Everyone who tests positive for COVID-19, and those who live with them, will need to

isolate for at least 10 days to stop the spread of the virus. If someone else in your house

tests positive for COVID-19, they’ll be advised how much longer they need to isolate.

Make a plan

If you’re travelling and away from home, know how you will

get home or self isolate where you are.

While isolating, you will need to have all of your food and

necessities delivered. You cannot go to work, school, church

or any community or private events or gatherings. No one

outside of the people you live with can visit or enter the home.

Most fully-vaccinated people with COVID-19 are likely to have

a mild to moderate illness and will fully recover at home.

Who can help out

Be prepared in case you’re exposed to COVID-19. Speak with

a neighbour, friend, or whānau about the support you could

need. For instance, dropping off food and supplies, and help

with activities outside the house. Being ready is about people,

conversations, connections and knowing what to do, so your

whānau and community can help each other when needed.

Support while isolating

It’s normal to feel anxious about isolating with COVID-19.

You’ll have a support person who will contact you often

to check that you and your whānau are safe and supported

– even if you’re travelling and away from home. You will also

get a telephone number for 24-hour health support.

If you need more help or support to manage at home,

you can access a COVID-19 welfare line.

What you’ll need

To help you get through, you will need to have food,

medications and supplies available to you. Find a detailed

checklist to help you prepare at Covid19.govt.nz/prepare

Check what support is available for self-isolating at home

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Treasures from the past:

NEWS 17

Christmas in Whakaraupo

ON CHRISTMAS Eve 1942,

in the midst of a world gone

mad, with the Royal New

Zealand Navy and Royal

New Zealand Air Force seeing

action in Guadalcanal, and the

NZ Army fighting Rommel’s

forces in North Africa, the

valiant men and women of the

Lyttelton Volunteer Fire Brigade

were confronted by a major

emergency of their own when

500,000 sacks caught fire in the

Rhind & Co Grain Store on

Norwich Quay.

The fire cut the town’s

electricity supply thus

complicating the firefighting

efforts and continued to burn

for several days afterwards.

Finally, with the assistance

of soldiers from the Fortress

Command, it was brought

under control.

Today we celebrate their

courage and fortitude, and the

wonderful resilience of the port

community that came together

to support them all.

And so it is, in the best of this

Lyttelton spirit, that we wish all

a very merry Christmas 2021

and a happy New Year.

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supper to

helpers of

the fire in

Lyttelton on

Christmas

Eve, 1942.

Have some fun in Toyota’s C-HR hybrid

I THINK I missed my true

vocation.

Instead of spending an entire

working life in the printing

industry, work as a suspension

engineer was probably my calling.

You see when I took technical

drawing classes at school, instead

of drawing isometric and oblique

designs out of the curriculum, I

used to secretly draw simple car

axle systems, front and rear.

I’ve always been fascinated by

how suspension geometry works

in any car – the spring rates, shock

absorber types, steering angles

– caster and camber – all that

type of stuff, and today when I’m

evaluating any car that’s the first

thing I relate to, how the car feels

underneath, how well it steers and

how balanced it is in a corner.

That being the case, I couldn’t

help but be delighted with Toyota’s

GR C-HR Sport. The C-HR

needs little introduction, it is the

cheeky, edgy small sport utility

vehicle that has drawn much favour

in today’s market. Where the

GR variant is different is that it

gets considerable suspension fettering,

all under the umbrella of

Gazoo Racing, the Toyota Motor

Company’s performance arm.

I’ve driven two or three models

carrying GR badging, and I

can report they have been very

memorable performance cars

and the GR C-HR carried a lot of

expectation.

I’m pleased to report I’m not

disappointed, the GR C-HR is

the hybrid I’d be tempted buy, it

simply has feel and precision that

I relate to, and yes, the GR C-HR

has Toyota’s Synergy Drive system,

it’s by far the most fun you

can ever have in a hybrid, well

that and the Lexus IS250h, a car I

also have a strong affinity for.

The GR C-HR is only available

in hybrid form, and therein lies

its appeal. If you want something

just a little bit different in your

hybrid purchase then it is there

to tempt, not only does it get the

excellent work underneath, it

looks sporty, there are big wheels

(19in), a flashy body kit, special

badging and an interior upgrade.

There is white-stitched leather

trim elements, alcantara and

leather-trimmed seats and large

centre console display. Altogether

you are getting a rather special

package and it’s only going to cost

you $43,290, just $1500 above

the Limited hybrid. For interest’s

sake, the C-HR range starts at

$35,790 and also includes 1.2-litre

petrol-only variants.

To me, the GR is a bargain and,

what’s more, you are satisfying

your conscience by buying into

the hybrid market, doing just that

little bit extra for the environment.

The GR C-HR hybrid utilises

the well-proven 1.8-litre driveline

that is used in Corolla and Prius.

It’s a unit that not only gives you

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TOYOTA GR C-HR HYBRID: Special suspension treatment from Gazoo Racing.

• Price – Toyota GR C-HR

Sport hybrid, $43,290

• Dimensions – Length,

4390mm; width, 1795mm;

height, 1550mm

• Configuration – Fourcylinder,

front-wheeldrive,

1798cc, 72kW

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• Performance –

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• Fuel usage – 4.3l/100km

satisfying fuel usage returns,

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torque to cope with a five-occupant

journey. Toyota claims

72kW and 142Nm, add in an

extra 18kW from the battery and

electric motor system and you

have solid response from under

the bonnet.

Today’s hybrid systems, especially

Toyota’s, are seamless in

their operation; other than the

display graphics that explain what

is happening in terms of propulsion,

it’s not always easy to determine

what is driving the vehicle

at any given point. Sure, if you

want sudden, instant momentum

the petrol engine bursts into life

and it is audible, but under gentle

operating conditions the entire

system is almost silent.

Toyota claims a 4.3-litre per

100km combined cycle fuel usage

average for the GR C-HR, that

would be easily achievable, the

on-board readout was listing at

around 6l/100km when I took the

evaluation car back to the dealership

after a week of inner-city and

highway running.

Other relevant figures include

a 9.8sec standstill to 100km/h

run, while a highway overtake

will take 7sec to reach 120 from

80km/h.

The acceleration figures may

pale in comparison to other

Gazoo Racing products, but that

means little, what makes the

C-HR in this form so special is

its all round ability, it simply dispenses

with distance comfortably,

and if you are a push-on type of

driver you know that it is going

to behave wonderfully when the

high country or Port Hills corners

present themselves.

As I’ve alluded to, the GR

C-HR is perfect in a corner, even

considering the weight distribution

is all wrong, comparatively

there’s a lot of weight up front and

with a tube beam rear axle you

could be forgiven for thinking

handling would be ordinary.

However, that’s far from fact,

steerage is delightful, it is accurate

and precise, turn-in just feels

so natural and body balance is

amazingly stable. Even if road

ripples are struck mid-corner

the GR C-HR sits controlled and

unaffected, the rear suspension

by way of its simplicity could be

excused for being a bit jittery but

that is not the case either, the

quality within the dampers and

the pairing of them to firmish but

compliant spring rates ensures

control and stability.

Contributing to that feel and

precision, I must mention the

tyres, they are a performance

Yokohama compound and with

their low profile (225/45) they

have high grip properties.

That is another area where suspension

quality comes in, there

are no uncomfortable moments

when bumps are struck. There’s

a road west of Darfield I drive on

frequently when I’m returning

to the city, tree roots growing

under the surface have made it

a real teeth-rattler but the C-HR

absorbed the hits without jarring.

I’ve mentioned some of the

GR C-HR’s special features, they

sit on top of what is a reasonably

well-specced car in the first

instance. Major items include

satellite navigation, keyless entry

and ignition, dual zone climate

control and radar cruise control,

the latter part of a full Toyota

Safety Sense package that earns

the car a five-star Australasian

New Car Assessment Program

rating.

If you are drawn to the C-HR

through its bold, in-your-face

styling, then there are nine

models to choose from. For me

there would be no contest, the

GR variant is a blast, and who

would have thought I’d have been

saying that about a hybrid, that

concept took a long time for me

to warm to.


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