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20 March <strong>2022</strong><br />

THURSDAY, JANUARY <strong>27</strong>, <strong>2022</strong><br />

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EntriEs now opEn!<br />

Paying it forward with<br />

free school uniforms<br />

No decision<br />

yet to<br />

appeal<br />

declining of<br />

rehabilitation<br />

facility<br />

PASS IT ON: Charnae Pyke and her son Jahlyn, 7, with the uniforms they are giving away.<br />

• By Fiona Ellis<br />

MOTHER-OF-FOUR Charnae<br />

Pyke knows all about the<br />

struggle to equip children for<br />

the new school year.<br />

This has motivated her to<br />

establish ‘Heading back to<br />

school pass it forward CHCH’,<br />

a Facebook page where<br />

uniforms are passed on for free.<br />

“I know how hard it is,<br />

especially around this time<br />

of year, to be able to afford<br />

everything for school,” Pyke said.<br />

PHOTO: STARMEDIA ​<br />

Her children had outgrown<br />

their uniforms from last year,<br />

but they were still in good<br />

condition.<br />

• Turn to page 8<br />

• By Fiona Ellis<br />

THE DEPARTMENT of<br />

Corrections has until February 9<br />

to appeal after permission to build<br />

a contentious rehabilitation centre<br />

for violent offenders in St Albans<br />

was declined.<br />

However, it is remaining tightlipped<br />

on whether or not it is likely<br />

to do so.<br />

Last week the Bristol Street<br />

Resource Consent Hearing panel<br />

declined to grant resource consent<br />

for the Bristol St facility, following<br />

a hearing in November.<br />

The proposal would have seen<br />

up to 12 men serving sentences<br />

of home detention at 14 Bristol St<br />

while participating in a violenceprevention<br />

programme. Men<br />

with significant untreated mental<br />

health issues would not be eligible<br />

to participate in the programme.<br />

In their decision, city council<br />

appointed commissioners Anthony<br />

Hughes-Johnson QC and Ken<br />

Lawn said they were not satisfied<br />

the site was appropriate for such a<br />

facility.<br />

Corrections acting regional<br />

commissioner Chris O’Brien-<br />

Smith did not answer Nor’West<br />

New’s question on whether an<br />

appeal would be made, but said<br />

corrections would spend the<br />

next few weeks reflecting on the<br />

commissioners’ findings.<br />

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what’s on<br />

this week<br />

How does your garden grow?<br />

Thursday-Wednesday, all day<br />

Bishopdale Library<br />

Go along and collect a sunflower<br />

seed from a librarian as part of a<br />

sustainable living series for kids.<br />

Take it home and plant it in a<br />

sunny spot. Give your plant a name<br />

and look after it over the summer<br />

holidays. Take a photo of your flower<br />

or take your stem into the library<br />

from February 28 to March 4. Go<br />

into the draw to win a gardening<br />

surprise.<br />

Elmwood Business<br />

Networking<br />

Thurday, 9.30-10.30am<br />

Elmwood Trading Co, 1 Norman Rd<br />

This meeting has a strong, professional<br />

business focus within a<br />

supportive, fun environment. A<br />

key component of this group is the<br />

interest that members have in each<br />

other’s business journeys, challenges<br />

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knowledge and on-going education.<br />

If this sounds like you, then complete<br />

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Housie<br />

Thursday, 12.30– 2.15pm<br />

Mary Potter Community Centre, 442<br />

Durham St North<br />

To participate, take $2 per housie<br />

card or take a prize to the value of<br />

the card. Afternoon tea to follow. Go<br />

along, meet new people, have some<br />

fun. Gold coin donation for nonresidents<br />

attending the centre please.<br />

Inquiries phone 372 9224.<br />

Summer Fun Day<br />

Friday, 11am-2pm<br />

Elephant Park, Bishopdale<br />

Go along with your family and<br />

enjoy some games in the sun. We’ll<br />

have a backyard version of all you’re<br />

favourite sports as well as the classics<br />

of tug-of-war and family relays-<br />

Maybe even a water fight. Take a<br />

picnic down and enjoy the day.<br />

Nature Journals<br />

Friday, 3.30-4.30pm<br />

Papanui Library<br />

Go along and create a journal to<br />

take on your outdoor adventures in<br />

this free school holiday programme.<br />

Free, no bookings required.<br />

JP Clinic<br />

Saturday, 10am-noon, at<br />

Fendalton, Tuesday, 10am-1pm, at<br />

Papanui and Shirley, Wednesday,<br />

Thursday <strong>January</strong> <strong>27</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

Stories in the Sun: Parks and Park Rangers, Friday, 10.30-<br />

11.30am at Redwood Library. Do you like parks? Would you like to find out<br />

more about what a park ranger does? Go along to this outdoor session<br />

aimed at kids up to 10 years. You will listen to stories and rhymes, learn<br />

about what their job is, and learn about the bugs, birds, and trees in parks.<br />

Stay around for a craft and a meet and greet with special guests. In the<br />

event of bad weather, this session will be inside the library.<br />

10am-1pm, at Bishopdale<br />

Fendalton, Papanui, Shirley and<br />

Bishopdale Libraries<br />

A justice of the peace will be available<br />

to witness signatures and documents,<br />

certify document copies, hear<br />

oaths, declarations, affidavits or affirmations,<br />

as well as sign citizenship<br />

or rates rebates applications. There is<br />

no charge for this service.<br />

Citizens Advice Bureau<br />

Wednesday, 11am-5pm<br />

Fendalton Library<br />

Citizens Advice Bureau provides<br />

free and confidential advice to<br />

everyone. The will take the time to<br />

listen to you and equip you with the<br />

information, options and support<br />

that fit your needs. We are in our office<br />

inside the building entrance.<br />

Not-for-profit organisations can<br />

send their What’s On listings to<br />

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Thursday <strong>January</strong> <strong>27</strong> <strong>2022</strong> 3<br />

Gulls nesting in construction site<br />

A BIRD species in serious<br />

decline has found a temporary<br />

home in a partially constructed<br />

stormwater retention basin in<br />

Belfast.<br />

However, the black billed<br />

gulls’ choice of accommodation<br />

has pushed the completion of<br />

work at the Blakes Rd site back<br />

by several months.<br />

Earthworks<br />

at the site were<br />

scheduled to<br />

be completed<br />

in December<br />

last year, but<br />

are now set to<br />

Keith<br />

Davison<br />

finish in May,<br />

with planting<br />

to follow in<br />

September.<br />

The gulls took up residence<br />

last August when work on the<br />

site had to stop because of the<br />

Covid-19 lockdown.<br />

It seems the native wetland<br />

birds mistook the partially constructed<br />

stormwater basin for a<br />

braided river and began nesting<br />

in the area.<br />

At its height, there were about<br />

750 black-billed gulls in the<br />

colony, and up to 30 pied stilts<br />

have also been nesting there.<br />

City council stormwater and<br />

waterways team leader Keith<br />

Davison said the gulls were<br />

classed as critically endangered<br />

at the time of their discovery.<br />

City council contractor Fulton<br />

Hogan stopped all work and<br />

PROTECTED: Up to 750 black billed gulls have delayed construction of a partially<br />

completed stormwater retention basin in Belfast.<br />

PHOTO: NEWSLINE<br />

site access was prohibited while<br />

the legally-protected birds were<br />

nesting and new chicks were<br />

hatching.<br />

The status of the species was<br />

re-classed to ‘At Risk – Declining’<br />

in a December review of the<br />

New Zealand Threat Classification<br />

System.<br />

“We’ve had to monitor water<br />

levels in the stormwater basin<br />

very carefully while the birds<br />

have been nesting there,’’ Davison<br />

said.<br />

“We could not let the water<br />

levels drop too low because<br />

the shallow muddy water was<br />

a habitat for insects, which the<br />

birds fed on.<br />

“The water also acted as a<br />

moat, stopping other predators<br />

from attacking the nests. At the<br />

same time, we couldn’t let the<br />

water level rise too high because<br />

we did not want to flood the<br />

nests and drown the chicks.’’<br />

City council regional park<br />

rangers assisted with setting<br />

up a protective trapline around<br />

the site to stop rats and other<br />

predators threatening the young<br />

chicks’ chances of survival.<br />

A city council ornithologist<br />

has advised that it is unlikely<br />

that the gulls will return to nest<br />

at the site, he said.<br />

By the time the next breeding<br />

season starts, the environment<br />

will have changed.<br />

In Brief<br />

RESERVE INPUT SOUGHT<br />

THe city council is asking for<br />

public input on the future<br />

of Harewood’s Roto Kohatu<br />

reserve. Submissions are open<br />

until March 28 for people to<br />

have their say on the draft<br />

management plan to develop<br />

and manage the reserve as a<br />

place for organised and informal<br />

water-based activities. Plans<br />

can be viewed on the council<br />

website, and a drop-in session<br />

will be held onsite at the head of<br />

Lake Rua on February 15 from 4<br />

to 7pm.<br />

SPORTS CLUBS’ GRANTS<br />

THree sports clubs based within<br />

the Nor’West <strong>News</strong> area are set<br />

to benefit from New Zealand<br />

Community Trust funding as<br />

part of trust grants totalling<br />

$226,106 in the Canterbury<br />

region. The Marist Albion<br />

Rugby Club and to Christchurch<br />

Football Club have been granted<br />

$30,000 each. Bishopdale Tennis<br />

Club has also been granted<br />

$15,000.<br />

LIQUOR STORE BID<br />

THe city council is set to<br />

consider an application for a<br />

new off-licence in Burnside, with<br />

Monday set as the deadline for<br />

any objections to be made by<br />

the public. If granted, Amber<br />

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Thursday <strong>January</strong> <strong>27</strong> <strong>2022</strong> 5<br />

Youth soon able to connect with whare<br />

• By Fiona Ellis<br />

AFTER SEVEN years of<br />

planning, the wait is almost over<br />

as Papanui’s $1 million project<br />

prepares to open.<br />

Youth organisation Te Ora<br />

Hou has reached the decoration<br />

phase of its urban youth whare<br />

on Windmere Rd.<br />

General manager Jono Campbell<br />

said young people would<br />

feel a connection to the whare, a<br />

community building unlike any<br />

other in the area.<br />

“That’s the bit we kind of love<br />

about it,” Campbell said.<br />

A grand opening is set to take<br />

place in March, celebrating both<br />

the new whare and the site as a<br />

whole.<br />

Many of the young people<br />

involved with Te Ora Hou did<br />

not initially have a strong sense<br />

of identity, Campbell said.<br />

“A lot of our kids come in and<br />

they’re not particularly connected<br />

. . . most of them have<br />

never been on a marae, they’ve<br />

never been in a whare”<br />

The building was a modern,<br />

youth-oriented take on a traditional<br />

whare.<br />

For example, back-lit steel<br />

panels with carved cut-outs<br />

rather than wood carvings<br />

would decorate the outside.<br />

Inside, the ceiling would be<br />

decorated with six panels of<br />

about 15 sq m each, designed<br />

by Wellington artist Sheyne<br />

Tuffery.<br />

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Te Ora Hou General manager<br />

Jono Campbell says the almost-complete urban youth<br />

whare is the youth organisation’s legacy project.<br />

PHOTO: FIONA ELLIS<br />

“He sat with young people and<br />

staff and just heard a whole lot of<br />

stories.”<br />

The result was artwork featuring<br />

images from chips and<br />

teapots to maps and protest<br />

marches.<br />

“Kids can see images they<br />

directly connect to, but also it<br />

keeps the story and the history<br />

of this neighbourhood alive.”<br />

Images of waka were especially<br />

meaningful, he said.<br />

“Part of our whole story is how<br />

do you navigate through life,<br />

from childhood to adulthood.”<br />

Those sleeping at the where<br />

would be able to look up and<br />

“ponder and reflect,” he said.<br />

Planning for the building<br />

began in 2015, and work began<br />

towards the end of 2018.<br />

Years of hard work had taken<br />

place for the build to reach its<br />

current stage, and the Covid-19<br />

pandemic had caused construction<br />

obstacles.<br />

“We’ve just got some final<br />

decking timber that’s come in,<br />

four-and-a-half weeks late.”<br />

About 350 people from in the<br />

north-west aged from 11 years<br />

through to their early 20s regularly<br />

engaged in programmes,<br />

activities and mentoring with Te<br />

Ora Hou.<br />

Citywide, Campbell estimated<br />

they engaged with 2500 young<br />

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Thursday <strong>January</strong> <strong>27</strong> <strong>2022</strong> 7<br />

Volunteers establish<br />

fungi farm, play site<br />

Volunteers from Richmond Community Garden and Conservation<br />

Volunteers New Zealand teamed up to establish a fungi farm in<br />

Richmond, opposite the Avebury House, last week.<br />

The volunteers planted the fungi farm with native plants to extend an<br />

existing berm with fruit trees that will be espaliered in the garden beds<br />

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Transforming reserves<br />

best part of ranger’s job<br />

THERE IS no such thing as<br />

a normal day at work for city<br />

council ranger Yvette Williams.<br />

From dealing with blocked<br />

public toilets to finding a lost<br />

horse and protecting the city’s<br />

healthiest waterway, her days are<br />

anything but predictable.<br />

Williams,<br />

who lives in<br />

New Brighton,<br />

is part of a<br />

regional parks<br />

ranger team,<br />

mostly based<br />

Yvette<br />

Williams<br />

at the Groynes<br />

and Styx Mill<br />

conservation<br />

reserves.<br />

“No two days are ever the<br />

same. But early in the week, I<br />

do the rounds making sure the<br />

areas are rubbish free and tidy<br />

for people to visit, then I get<br />

stuck into the biodiversity work,”<br />

Williams said.<br />

The Ōtūkaikino River, which<br />

has the best overall water quality<br />

in Christchurch, is one of the<br />

highlights of her patch.<br />

“It’s definitely something I<br />

would boast about, but it is also a<br />

big responsibility to keep it that<br />

way,” she said.<br />

And for that, there is a twopronged<br />

attack.<br />

Step one is making sure pest<br />

plants like old man’s beard and<br />

FIELD WORK: The transformation her work makes is the<br />

best part of the job for city council ranger Yvette Williams<br />

PHOTO: NEWSLINE<br />

grey or crack willow do not take<br />

hold around the edge of the<br />

waterway.<br />

“In the summer, it’s a lot easier<br />

to see the willow and old man’s<br />

beard as you can see the leaves.<br />

“It’s a great time to get on<br />

top of it, but it is a bit of a race<br />

against time to make sure it<br />

doesn’t seed and spread.”<br />

She also does a lot of native<br />

planting, to protect the water’s<br />

edge.<br />

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it’s a special type of planting to<br />

stabilise the edge of the water as<br />

well as improve the water quality<br />

and increase the habitat for native<br />

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Thursday <strong>January</strong> <strong>27</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

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Thursday <strong>January</strong> <strong>27</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

Sparks performance a night to remember<br />

• By Emily Moorhouse<br />

VIOLINIST ARNA Morton<br />

has grown up with the Sparks<br />

concert – only this time around<br />

things looked a little different.<br />

Morton traded the view of<br />

the stage for the view of the<br />

audience as she performed with<br />

the Christchurch Symphony<br />

Orchestra at Saturday night’s<br />

Sparks in North Hagley Park.<br />

Although performing at Sparks<br />

was a first time experience for<br />

Morton, she said the concert<br />

went really well and had a great<br />

atmosphere.<br />

“I was just so excited to be back<br />

performing together with the<br />

band,” she said.<br />

“Obviously last year we had a<br />

lot of disruptions so it was nice to<br />

have everyone get back into it.”<br />

Even after playing the violin<br />

since she was five, Morton said<br />

it was normal to still get nervous<br />

before a performance, especially<br />

for a large crowd.<br />

“There’s this heightened sense<br />

of adrenaline before you go<br />

on stage. I definitely still get<br />

nervous, which is important,”<br />

she said. “It’s about channelling<br />

the energy required for a<br />

performance.”<br />

Morton said it was a bit windy<br />

on stage during Saturday night’s<br />

performance so the musicians<br />

used pegs to hold their music<br />

sheets onto the stands.<br />

“That’s something that you<br />

kind of can’t really do a lot<br />

about,” she said. “You have to pin<br />

down your music as best you can<br />

and go with it.”<br />

Morton’s favourite part of the<br />

concert was playing the Jupiter<br />

and Star Wars pieces while the<br />

fireworks went off.<br />

“The audience was very excited,”<br />

she said. “I was looking<br />

out at everyone holding their<br />

phones up recording it and having<br />

a good time.”<br />

After more than six years<br />

in Melbourne, where she<br />

completed her PhD in music<br />

performance, Morton and her<br />

husband returned to her Coastal<br />

hometown early last year seeking<br />

refuge from the uncertainties of<br />

Covid-19.<br />

She has been playing the violin<br />

PASSION:<br />

Arna Morton<br />

has been<br />

playing the<br />

violin for<br />

26 years<br />

and took<br />

on the role<br />

of principal<br />

second<br />

violinist<br />

for the<br />

Christchurch<br />

Symphony<br />

Orchestra last<br />

year.<br />

PHOTO:<br />

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MUSIC ​<br />

for 26 years now and working<br />

with the CSO on a casual basis,<br />

auditioning for principal second<br />

violinist in March and winning<br />

the role in August.<br />

“I love watching the faces of<br />

people in the audience when I’m<br />

not playing,” she said. “It was<br />

really cool to see people’s real<br />

genuine enjoyment of live music.”<br />

While Morton was grateful to<br />

be able to get at least one concert<br />

in before the country moved to<br />

the red traffic light setting, she<br />

said it was still unfortunate she<br />

couldn’t have performed<br />

more.<br />

“Red level is basically normal<br />

life with restrictions for most<br />

people but for the arts it affects<br />

us, we’re always affected at any<br />

level change really,” she said. “I<br />

think we all knew that this could<br />

be our last big crowd concert we<br />

do for a wee while.”<br />

The violinist had a festival<br />

next week as well as concerts in<br />

February and March, but is now<br />

waiting to hear what happens<br />

with these events.<br />

Morton said she’s always aspired<br />

and worked towards being<br />

able to perform at large concerts<br />

on a professional scale.<br />

“I think I always knew that<br />

I would get to this stage in my<br />

career,” she said. “It’s always what<br />

I wanted to do.”<br />

After the concert Morton<br />

picked up her dog, who was being<br />

looked after while she performed,<br />

and had celebratory cuddles.<br />

While the red traffic light<br />

setting may put a halt on future<br />

performances, Morton thinks the<br />

band will still be relishing in the<br />

experience of the Spark concert.<br />

“We hope we can do it again<br />

next year,” she said.<br />

“We’ll ride out this wave<br />

and hope we can present to<br />

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14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26<br />

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16 18 25 2 11 12 13 16<br />

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Each number in our DECODER grid represents a different<br />

letter - there is a number for all 26 letters of the alphabet.<br />

Enter the given letters into all squares with matching numbers.<br />

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by the other numbers. As you get the letters, enter them into<br />

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letters you have found, cross them off the alphabet provided.<br />

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Across: 1. Chaotic, 5.<br />

Serious, 9. Risks, 10.<br />

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Thursday <strong>January</strong> <strong>27</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

RAY WHITE PAPANUI NEWS<br />

Buying or Selling in <strong>2022</strong>?<br />

Here are three things to take into account<br />

when deciding whether to buy or sell a<br />

house in <strong>2022</strong>:<br />

1. No one can accurately predict the housing<br />

market peaks and troughs. During the first<br />

NZ lockdown remember the predictions<br />

were all weighted towards a market crash,<br />

then the opposite happened.<br />

2. What happens in the Christchurch<br />

market can be very different to the<br />

Auckland market, the Invercargill market,<br />

the New Plymouth market, the Greymouth<br />

market and so on. Sweeping statements<br />

about the ‘New Zealand’ housing market<br />

can often just mean ‘Auckland’ Keep locally<br />

focused and ask for statistics related<br />

specifically to our region.<br />

3. ‘Waiting’ isn’t a strategy that has paid off<br />

for too many buyers or sellers in the past. It<br />

can often backfire and at the end of the day<br />

what are you really waiting for? For prices<br />

to temper, while interest rates then go up?<br />

For more houses to come on to the market<br />

while in the meantime bank policy changes<br />

and therefore your lending ability?<br />

Changes to Healthy Homes Standards<br />

So what is on the cards for landlords this<br />

year? Well your guess is probably as good<br />

as mine as based on the many changes and<br />

challenges we experienced last year you<br />

could be forgiven for thinking we may be left<br />

alone but then again I thought that last year!<br />

The first changes are likely to be in relation<br />

to the Healthy Homes Standards as late<br />

last year the Government advised that they<br />

are re-looking at some of the standards, in<br />

particular the heating component.<br />

Below is an outline of their proposal:<br />

The Government has announced they are<br />

reviewing the Healthy Homes Standards and<br />

are looking at making some changes which,<br />

if they go through, will be implemented<br />

in April <strong>2022</strong>. However it is important to<br />

note this has not been passed yet so the<br />

status quo does remain and it will only<br />

apply to properties which were built (or had<br />

renovations completed) under the 2009<br />

Building Code.<br />

The heating standard (and calculation) is the<br />

area where the changes, if introduced, will<br />

make the most difference.<br />

Understandably this will cause great<br />

frustration for many landlords who<br />

have either already had extra heating or<br />

alternative heating installed in their rentals,<br />

or who are working within a 90-day deadline<br />

to meet the minimum requirement.<br />

The potential changes would mean that<br />

a property built to the 2009 NZ building<br />

code would have a different calculation<br />

used, incorporating the insulation and<br />

glazing in the property so where previously<br />

Feature Properties<br />

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plan for it and consult your property team.<br />

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Business Owner<br />

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Ray White Papanui<br />

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the heat source calculation did not meet<br />

the minimum temperature it possibly now<br />

would.<br />

The other changes are that a heat source<br />

installed prior to 1st July 2019 would now<br />

reach the standard if it was within 80% of<br />

the capacity (currently this is set at 90%).<br />

Lastly, they would up the capacity for a<br />

second heater to be installed from 1.5KW<br />

to 2.4KW in order to meet the required<br />

minimum heat.<br />

They will also look at a report from a<br />

specialist in heating which may advise that<br />

the heat source does infact heat the living<br />

room to a minimum of 18% celcius, despite<br />

the calculation saying it does not.<br />

We have been strongly advised by<br />

legislation experts that it is important for<br />

landlords to keep working to the current<br />

standards and not to jump the gun and start<br />

using the proposed new standards as there<br />

is a risk that a landlord who does not comply<br />

with the current Healthy Homes Heating<br />

Standard could incur a fine of up to $7000<br />

for non-compliance.<br />

In the end, landlords will likely make their<br />

own decisions on how they wish to proceed,<br />

however, I do recommend that you ask for<br />

advice to ensure that you are not putting<br />

yourself at any risk for potential fines.<br />

Katrina Green,<br />

Operations Manager<br />

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