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REMEMBERING ERIE

Signage tells story of drowning

after heroic rescue attempt

• By Natalie Pham

NINETY YEARS ago, the

Monro family gifted a site to

the community to be used as a

playground in memory of their

only son who drowned trying to

save his brother-in-law.

Now the playground in

Opawa has signage detailing

whom it is named after.

Thomas Hugh Erie Monro,

known as Erie, was a former

pupil of Opawa School from

1905 to 1912.

In 1932, Erie tragically

drowned at Waikuku Beach. He

and his wife had a four-year-old

son and were expecting a baby

girl when he died.

Erie and his brother-inlaw

had swum out to sea and

became exhausted trying

to return to the shore. Erie

attempted to help his struggling

brother-in-law. A woman

noticed their plight and raised

the alarm.

While the brother-inlaw

managed to reach the

beach, Erie drowned. He

was brought ashore where a

doctor unsuccessfully tried to

resuscitate him.

At the time, 34-year-old

Erie was the manager of the

Canterbury Steam Shipping

Company.

HISTORY: Te Kura o Ōpāwaho / Opawa School pupils now know the story behind the

Monro Playground, named after Erie Monro who drowned trying to rescue his brotherin-law.

Erie’s grandsons Peter (left) and Bruce attended the signage ceremony.

In 1918, he had served with

the New Zealand Expeditionary

Force in World War 1. Erie

then got married to Jessie Nellie

Stewart.

Following his death, his

parents Hugh and Anne bought

the land of the original school

site and added swings, a sand

pit, a see-saw and a stone

archway, before donating it to

the city council.

Last week, a group of Te Kura

o Ōpāwaho / Opawa School

pupils were on-site for karakia

and waiata when the old sign

was replaced with a new

one containing information

about Erie.

The school had also tracked

down Erie’s two grandsons –

Peter and Bruce – and invited

them to the small celebration.

Said Peter: “It was moving

and fantastic. It was very wellrun.

The kids were lovely.”

Everything he and his brother

knew about their grandfather

was through their grandmother,

who died in 1981.

“Granny lived for a good age,

so we used to go and see her

quite a bit.

“Dad was only four when he

lost his father so he didn’t really

know him. His sister was still

in the womb. So it was quite

tragic,” Peter said.

Teacher Robyn Drummond

said pupils now know why the

playground is called the Monro

Playground.

“Two little girls said on the

way back that they really felt

connected to Erie when they

were at the playground.”

It all started when

Drummond, school librarian

Karen Gardner and jubilee

committee Kay Wenmoth

joined forces and looked into

the school history for its

150th jubilee in October.

The main purpose was to

recognise past pupils who

served in World War 1 and 2

in Honour Rolls, which are on

display at the school for the first

time in 45 years.

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Afterschool Activity Zone

Tuesday, 3.30-4.30pm

South Library

Join the group for a variety of

activities including technology, crafts

and games in a fun learning environment.

All whānau welcome Free, no

bookings required.

JP Clinic

Tuesday, 10am-1pm - South Library

Thursday, 10.30am-1.30pm -

Spreydon Library

A justice of the peace will be available

to members of the community,

to witness signatures and documents,

certify document copies, hear oaths,

declarations, affidavits or affirmations

as well as sign citizenship, sponsorship

or rates rebates applications.

There is no charge for this service.

Knit ‘n’ Yarn

Thursday, 1.30-3.30pm

South Library

Go along with your knitting,

crochet or anything you like that’s

portable and crafty and enjoy time

with other crafters. Share skills and

be inspired in a friendly, relaxing

environment.

Let’s Have a Cuppa

Tuesday, 10.30-11.30am

Spreydon Library

Join in for a social morning with

free hot drinks and snacks. Make

yourself comfortable and spend some

time talking to other members of the

community and your local librarians.

Cosplay for Armageddon. Monday, 5-7pm. South Library.

Are you planning to make a showstopper costume for the Christchurch

Armageddon Expo being held at Te Pae in December? Go to the libraries’

Auahatanga makerspaces and get your creative cosplay on. They are

holding Armageddon specific sessions for you to sew, hammer, laser cut,

print heat transfer vinyls and stickers, vacuum former, 3D print, and

embroider to your heart’s content. They will have on hand design software,

paint, wire, heat guns, glue guns, box cutters, wire cutters, EVA foam, tin

foil and lots of other tools and materials to help you create your own piece

of perfection. Join other keen Cosplayers and our creative specialists for

some fun and a chance to show off your stunning creations. Check out the

libraries’ Armageddon page for more info. ​

Not Just Cards – Social Games

Club

Monday, 2-4pm

South Library

Join the group to play Scrabble,

Upwords, Chess and Cards. Free, no

bookings required.

South Christchurch Farmers’

Market

Sunday, 9am-noon

South Library

The South Christchurch Farmers’

Market (formerly Opawa Farmers’

Market) prides itself on having the

best selection of fresh local produce

in Christchurch, including a large

organic range. Top up your vege

shop with fresh artisan bread, French

style pastries, free-range eggs, locally

made Italian cheeses and seasonal

fruits.

Wā Kōrero-Babytimes

Wednesday, 10.30-11am

Spreydon Library

Encourage learning through

language. Wā Pēpi-Babytimes is an

interactive programme including

music, movement, rhymes and a story.

Recommended for under twos. Free,

no bookings required.

Technology Help Drop In

Session

Tuesday, 10.30-11.30am

Spreydon Library

Do you need help using your smartphone,

iPad, or tablet? Go along to the

drop-in sessions for help with email,

searching the internet, using the

library catalogue, eBooks, and general

computer queries. Take your laptop,

tablet, or smartphone for help with

anything digital. Free.

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Thursday December 1 2022 3

Home for sale with its own football pitch

• By Nikki Preston

PARENTS

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A NEAR-NEW characterinspired

home in Cashmere

kicks all others out of the

park and could even become a

training ground for an up-andcoming

football star.

The four-bedroom, two-bathroom

home at 156 Hackthorne

Rd is gaining fans not only for

its colonial-inspired modern

twist but also for its 125 sq m

astro-turf in the backyard.

Scottish-born Darren Bruce

built the home for his family

three years ago and said they

wanted to combine the best

attributes of warm United Kingdom

homes, while also admiring

New Zealand’s character weatherboard

houses.

Totem Architects was enlisted

to design the solid heritagestyle

weatherboard home with

wooden detailing and a raft of

mod cons including a hydronic

in-slab heating system, Earthwool

insulation, a 10.5Kw twoway

solar system, an ultra-low

emission wood burner, two heat

pump and Argon-filled timber

windows.

Bruce’s own building firm BD

Construction then took a year to

build the house on the sloping

Cashmere section which, according

to OneRoof property records,

was purchased in June 2018 for

$525,614.

The existing house was demolished

to make way for the new

home and large retaining walls

were put up to create a large flat

area for the astro-turf.

The house was completed at

the end of 2020.

“We’ve got a boy who is addicted

to football so the astro-turf

pitch just seemed like the best

thing to do to keep them busy,”

Bruce said.

And while he admits they may

have underestimated the cost of

building an artificial pitch, the

end result has provided hours of

entertainment for his kids.

“Obviously we were a little bit

naïve about how much it would

actually cost to do it, but they

love it because it’s just used so

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“It doesn’t get bogged down,

doesn’t get muddy so the kids are

on it all the time.”

The high nets also mean the

ball stays on the right side of the

property, he said.

Bruce said the property is perfect

for entertaining and would

suit a family with two or three

children.

“They would love having awesome

views, but also conscious

that the electricity bills are pretty

low because of the way it is built

and the solar and that.”

Bruce said, even though they

had “spent everything on the

house”, he now has his sights

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on a renovation project with a

bigger section so they could have

not only an astro-turf but also a

workshop and enough parking

for his caravan and boat.

“If we can get the same and

still be able to bring the caravan

back that would be perfect.”

Harcourts Grenadier listing

agent Fernanda Hammett, who

is set to auction the home next

month, said the football pitch

is proving a big hit at the open

homes.

A family with three boys

attended an open home at the

weekend when it was pouring

down with rain and she said they

raced straight down to play on it.

“They didn’t even care it was

raining, they just kept playing

because you don’t get dirty do

you, it’s artificial grass.

“It’s amazing that you get to

have this kind of backyard in

your own home plus you have

a view – you have everything

there.”

Parents can sit under the veranda

and unwind while watching

the kids play on the turf, she

said, or relax in the spa in the

undercover pergola at the back of

the section.

In spite of being on a hill and

having views over Christchurch

city, the section itself is flat and

the house is both warm with

underfloor heating and solar

panels.

“It’s an economical house and

it is very good for the environment.”

It had also been beautifully

crafted with impressive attention

to detail, she said.

“Everything is new, but has a

character feel.”

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Thursday December 1 2022

Apprentice baker’s swift rise to the top

• By Natalie Pham

EMILY BAILLIE was in the

third year of her apprenticeship

when she rose to become the

best young bread baker in the

country.

The 20-year-old said she

never expected to win the New

Zealand Association of Bakers

competition.

“I was in shock. I was the

youngest competitor with the

least experience and I thought

my competitors would win it. I

actually almost cried.”

Besides the title, Baillie was

also awarded a $10,000 research

grant.

This year, there were four

craft bakers and two plant bread

bakers taking part in the twoday

competition in Auckland,

which included a presentation on

a given topic, a 90-minute theory

test and a five-hour baking

session.

Each participant was required

to make a range of breads,

including two loaves of white

sandwich bread, two different

types of white loaves, four

different types of smallgoods,

two variety loaves of grain or

wholemeal bread, and four

different types of sweet bun.

Baillie said recipes for the

breads were given two months

before the competition so

participants could memorise and

use them on the day.

However, there were many

things that could affect the result

of the breads, in spite of having

the same recipe.

“My competitor had the same

recipe, but she didn’t know them.

So in one of the breads, it was

supposed to be 1.5 per cent salt

but she put 1 per cent salt. Little

things like that can really affect

the bread and how it works,”

Baillie said.

“It’s also personal skills like

how you shaped it, how you mix

it, how long you let it rest for – all

sorts of different things.”

The young baker is now

planning to represent New

Zealand at the prestigious LA

Judge Awards in 2024 – a threeday

competition recognising the

best young baking apprentices in

Australia and New Zealand.

Baillie discovered her love for

baking in a one-year cooking

course, which then led to an

apprenticeship with a bakery in

TALENTED: Emily Baillie became the best young bread

baker after winning a two-day competition in Auckland

with this delicious selection. She also received a $10,000

research grant as part of the award. PHOTO: STAR MEDIA

Hokitika in her final year of

high school.

Six months later, she moved

to Christchurch to broaden her

horizons. Since then, Baillie has

been working at the Bohemian

Bakery.

So far, the unusual working

hours have been the biggest

challenge.

“It’s not normal to wake up

and get to work at 1am. It’s

definitely a challenge to change

your body clock completely and

working at a completely different

time to everybody around you.

“It’s a bit hard to have any type

of social life,” she said.

The $10,000 award will go towards

a baking course overseas.

However, Baillie has not decided

where to go yet.

At the moment, she is looking

to specialise in pastry after

completing her qualification in

baking.

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Thursday December 1 2022 5

Young tennis star to play

centre-court on big stage

A CASHMERE tennis player is

one of four young athletes who

have earned the opportunity

to play centre-court in a new

tournament in the lead up to

Auckland’s ASB Classic early

next year.

Emmeline Gale, 11, will

compete in the Road to the ASB

Classic competition in January

after qualifying through regional

playoffs last week. Bishopdale

players Aliyah Daly, 11, and

Nicholas Rayner, 12, along with

Burnside Park’s Sakeri Parnell,

13, have also qualified for the

tournament.

The inaugural Road to the

ASB Classic is presented by

Jaguar and the Lavie Tennis

Academy, a performance tennis

organisation based in Auckland.

The tournament consists of

players under the age of 14 from

all areas of the country competing

in a 16-player pool, with

finals of the competition being

played before the ASB Classic

men’s singles final on Saturday

14 January.

Academy founder and owner

Sebastian Lavie said the organisation

is “delighted” to give

young tennis players the opportunity

to compete on the courts

of the ASB Classic.

“It’s going to be an exciting

SKILLED: (From left) – Emmeline Gale (Cashmere), Aliyah Daly (Bishopdale), Sakeri Parnell

(Burnside Park) and Nicholas Rayner (Bishopdale) will compete in front of thousands of

tennis fans at the Road to the ASB Classic tournament in January. ​

time to see the best young talent The ASB Classic is New Zealand’s

premier tennis tourna-

from around the country compete

surrounded by big crowds ment, with many international

and some of the world’s best players competing before the

tennis players,” he said.

Australian Open starts in late

Winners will receive a prize January.

from Jaguar along with a $2500 It will be the first time the

credit for international travel tournament has gone ahead in

coaching with Lavie Tennis three years, with former No 1

Academy.

Serena Williams the most recent

women’s singles champion

and young French player Ugo

Humbert the 2020 men’s singles

winner.

The tournament will be

held from January 2 to 14

with players such as Emma

Raducanu, Casper Ruud and

Coco Gauff confirmed to be

competing.

Alcohol ban

submissions

close in

one week

WOOLSTON residents have

seven days left to submit their

opinions on a temporary alcohol

ban in the area.

A public consultation to determine

whether residents, businesses

and community groups support

the proposal of implementing a

six-month temporary ban in the

Woolston Village area will close

on December 7. The decision on

the ban is likely to be made in the

middle of the month.

The ban prohibits public drinking

or anyone carrying open

alcohol containers in public places

within the specified ban area.

The proposed area includes

Hargood St, Glenroy St, St Johns

St, Ferry Rd, Rutherford St, along

the Heathcote River, Cumnor Tce,

Riley Cres, Laura Kent Park walkway

along the Heathcote River

and back to Hargood St.

If there is sufficient evidence to

support a ban, city council staff

will write a report recommending

the council brings in a temporary

ban.

Under the Local Government

Acts 2002, councils can impose

an alcohol ban in areas where ‘a

high level of crime or disorder’ has

worsened by alcohol consumption.

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Thursday December 1 2022

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Thursday December 1 2022 7

Salads with a difference

Salad season is

approaching, try

these cold and

warm vegetablebased

meals

Potato gnocchi with

roasted tomato sauce

Serves 4

Ingredients

Roasted tomato sauce:

1.5kg tomatoes, halved

4 each: garlic cloves, thyme

sprigs

1 sprig rosemary

2 tbsp olive oil

Flaky sea salt and freshly

ground black pepper to taste

Gnocchi:

500g floury potatoes

1 cup plain flour

1 egg, lightly beaten

1-2 tbsp olive oil

Directions

To make roasted tomato

sauce, preheat oven to 180 deg

C. Place all ingredients in a

large roasting pan.

Roast for about 45min or until

tomatoes are soft and pulpy

and starting to caramelise. Cool

a little, then puree in a blender

and pass through a sieve.

Reheat when required. Makes

about three cups.

Shredded beetroot,

onion, apples and

capsicum make a

delicious combination.

Meanwhile, prepare the gnocchi.

Peel and chop potatoes.

Boil in salted water, until soft.

Drain well and mash.

Beat flour and egg into potato

in the saucepan. Mix until

a soft dough forms. Add a little

more flour if too soft. Knead

until smooth and sticking

together. This could take up to

five minutes.

Divide dough into four. Roll

out on a lightly floured bench

to form long skinny sausages,

about 2cm in diameter.

Cut into 2cm-long pieces.

The tops can be indented with

a fork.

Bring a large saucepan of

salted water to the boil. Gently

poach gnocchi in batches until

they rise to the surface.

Drain and drizzle with a little

olive oil to prevent sticking.

Serve topped with roasted

tomato sauce.

Great finished with freshly

ground black pepper, basil and

parmesan.

Beetroot salad

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

300gm young beetroot, peeled

and shredded

½ small red onion, thinly

sliced

1 red capsicum, seeded, diced

1 apple, peeled, cored,

shredded

½ cup chopped parsley

1 tsp toasted cumin seeds

Grated orange rind and juice

½ cup toasted walnuts,

chopped

Directions

Place vegetables, apple,

parsley, cumin seeds and

orange rind in a large bowl.

Drizzle with orange juice.

Cover and refrigerate for at

least 60min. Garnish with

walnuts. Great served with

plain yoghurt.

Capsicum, kumara and

pesto salad

Serves 2

Ingredients

250gm orange kumara, peeled

and cut into 2cm cubes

4 stalks asparagus

2 yellow or red capsicums

1 tbsp olive oil

1 cup wild rocket, chopped

3 tbsp basil pesto

Flaky sea salt and freshly

ground black pepper to taste

1 medium tomato sliced

1 tbsp finely grated parmesan

cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 200 deg C.

Boil or steam kumara until

just tender. Meanwhile, trim

asparagus and cut into 2cm

lengths.

Add to kumara during the

last two minutes of cooking.

Halve peppers lengthwise.

Remove ribs and seeds. Brush

with olive oil.

Place on a baking paper-lined

tray and bake for two to three

minutes until slightly softened.

Combine kumara, asparagus

and rocket with pesto and

seasonings. Spoon into

peppers. Top each with a slice

of tomato. Bake for about

15min. Great garnished with

small rocket or basil leaves.

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By putting the right clean items in the yellow bin,

you’re helping to reduce waste going to landfill.

These are the only items that can go in the

yellow bin:

Remember:

Give your bottles

and containers a rinse

and make sure they

are loose.

Plastic bottles & containers

numbered 1, 2 and 5

(3 litres and under and put lids

in the red bin)

Flattened cardboard

and paper

(no smaller than a standard envelope)

Glass bottles and jars

(put lids in the red bin)

Aluminium cans

and metal tins

(please don’t squash)

Thanks for

bin good

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Your Local MP for Banks Peninsula

Tracey

McLellan

It’s a great time of year in Christchurch,

especially in Banks Peninsula which is

spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor

spaces, entertainment and events.

At the end of October local police and

I facilitated a Woolston Community

Safety Meeting, which sought input from

residents regarding community safety

concerns. We heard a range of voices

and received really useful insights. Local

community board members and I will be

looking closely at the concerns raised and

working together to implement solutions.

The feedback we received from locals will

be instrumental in this process, so I’d like

to send a heartfelt thank you to all those

who attended and contributed.

If you want to embrace community spirit

over the festive season (or any other

time) in a rewarding and productive

environment, Hōhepa Canterbury

always welcomes volunteers! Similarly,

the Woolston Development Project has

a wonderful selection of community

services, initiatives and activities to get

involved in.

In Wellington, Parliament reached an

important milestone with the swearing

in of Labour’s newest MP, Soraya Peke-

Mason. Women now account for 50% of

the MPs serving New Zealanders. Banks

Peninsula led the way in 1933, electing

Elizabeth McCombs to represent Lyttelton

(as the electorate was then known).

McCombs was New Zealand’s first female

MP. It’s wonderful that in 2022 we have

taken such a significant step towards

true equality and representation in

New Zealand.

I’ve also been reflecting, as we approach

the end of the year, on the challenges we’ve

faced as a nation and the opportunities

ahead. The Labour government continues

to navigate the country through a period

of significant global uncertainty and we’ve

made progress on important issues like

child poverty, social housing and climate

change. Two more recent examples of

Labour initiatives include the $190 million

childcare assistance subsidy package and

the $540 million in infrastructure funding

to facilitate the construction of more than

16,000 new homes across the country,

including here in Christchurch.

My colleagues and I are determined

to continue to find solutions to current

challenges and implement more

measures that will improve the lives

of all New Zealanders. This will be our

focus for 2023 and beyond.

Enjoy your end of year celebrations and

the holiday season. It’s a wonderful time

of year and there’s no better place to

spend it than Banks Peninsula.

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Start a new

Christmas tradition

What could be better than starting some new family traditions this year? Christmas traditions are memories

in the making and help spread a little festive cheer whether with your loved ones or out in the community.

10 great ideas to help make Christmas a magical time of the year

1. Create a Christmas playlist with some of

your favourite carols and songs – play it

loud and every day, if that’s your thing.

Or plan a pre-Christmas sing-along

evening – don’t forget to supply the song

sheet so everyone can join in too.

2. Get into the spirit of Christmas by getting

together with family or friends to help

decorate each other’s houses – turn up

the music, drink the wine and go all out

to deck the halls.

3. Make and send homemade Christmas

cards – there’s nothing more exciting

than getting mail, right? Or how about

writing some generic ones and dropping

them into your nearest retirement

home to brighten up an elderly person’s

Christmas.

4. Buy your family Christmas tee-shirts or

Santa hats to wear on the day and don’t

forget to take a family selfie.

5. Fill a shoebox with gifts for a child, wrap

it with a bow, and deliver to the nearest

community gift tree – check with your

local library and label with age and

gender.

6. Have a yearly family, friends or neighbour

outdoor games night with drinks and

nibbles leading up to the big day – think

Pétanque, hoopla, mini golf, giant chess,

or croquet.

7. Take a leaf out of Iceland’s traditional

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8. Make a list of must see Christmas movies

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Don’t forget the popcorn and hot

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9. Make and give a handmade ornament

as a gift each year – the lucky receiver’s

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Deck the halls

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a decoration or two around the home.

Whether its outdoor lights with a waving

Santa or just draping tinsel across your

mantelpiece, there are many ways to celebrate

the festive season in your home.

Go natural

Driftwood painted white with LED lights

wrapped around, or pine cones with a

touch of silver spray paint, make beautiful

natural additions to the home at this time

of year. If you have a tree branch around

the home, why not cut it up into discs and

spray paint white stars and reindeer on the

disc. Drill a hole in the top and thread some

gardeners string through the hole and you

have an instant decoration to hang on the

tree or somewhere around the home. Cover

polystyrene balls in ripped linen, hessian and

cotton strips. These can either be hung up or

a number placed in a bowl on the table.

Tinsel town

Many love the glitter and sparkle that

tinsel brings but how about using it in

different ways. A three-tiered cake plate with

tinsel laid on each plate with baubles then

placed on top, can look really impressive

as a centrepiece for the table. Make your

own wreath by wrapping tinsel around and

around a polystyrene circle. Hang just as it

is, or hot glue gun baubles on to create extra

wow.

Table setting

Sometimes the simplest decorations on

the table can look the most stunning. A

beautiful napkin rolled up with a piece of

red and white ribbon, or rosemary wreath

looks amazing. Why not place a hessian

runner down the middle of the table and add

greenery and candles in jars on top to create

a wonderful centrepiece.

If you have a children’s eating table, why

not put a long piece of brown paper as a table

cloth. Draw large circles where the plates

can go and write Christmas questions beside

each plate outline. A little bottle with a red

and white paper straw is great too. Put a jar

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the kids are finished their dinner, they can

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participants at the end of their course.

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“MY BIGGEST challenge

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Eti, 15, from Catholic

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as he reflects on his

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Life Skills programme

held recently at Burnham

Military camp.

On winning the Peer’s

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said: “I was really excited

to be chosen for this award

and enjoyed the camp,

especially the activities,

I loved all the physical

activity and meeting and

making new friends”.

Samaldie, of Aranui,

was voted by his fellow

peers, Defence Force and

Blue Light staff to win the

award.

Said Blue Light southern

co-ordinator Nicola Patterson:

“Samaldie was

awarded the Peer’s Choice

Award through his efforts

to foster a team environment,

encouragement and

respectful communication

with fellow team members.”

Said Catholic Cathedral

College careers adviser

Danielle Herrick: “This

camp provides our ākonga

with a range of positive

experiences. Our ākonga

can take away the skills

and tools that they learnt

RESPECT: Canterbury

Police rural area

commander Inspector

Peter Cooper and the

Peer’s Choice Award

winner Samaldie Eti.

from attending the camp

into many areas of their

life. This opportunity can

strengthen and develop

our youth leaders of tomorrow.

Our Rangatahi

enjoy making new connections

and learning about

themselves, a fantastic

experience.”

The camp offered Samaldie

the ability to learn

life skills such cleaning,

rising early, making his

bed, and cleaning his room

by 6am for inspection.

Samaldie also took part

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The highly successful

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by Blue Light in partnership

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and has adventure-based

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The programme provides

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CREMATORIUM

FUNERALS

CROSSWORD

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erne, gee, geed, gen, GENDER, gene, genre, greed,

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14. Burn with water (5)

16. Chatty (9)

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20. Heron (5)

22. Flight company (7)

25. Reduce (7)

27. Unlawfully (9)

28. Levy of one tenth (5)

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4. Large group of musicians (9)

5. Small island (5)

6. Sleep for winter (9)

7. Make happy (5)

8. Something unsightly (7)

9. Tension (6)

15. Act of heroic courage (7-2)

17. Manner of living (9)

18. Annoyed (9)

19. Applause (7)

21. Painful (6)

23. Antiquity (5)

24. Brilliance (5)

26. Get the better of (5)

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7 9 15 26 17 8 9 25 15 19 9 2

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cheese, 10. Tutti, 11.

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sit, site, sites, sits, sties,

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172

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

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22 25 19 10 20

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