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Thursday, <strong>December</strong> 7, <strong>2023</strong> | Christchurch’s best read and largest circulating newspaper<br />

Love of<br />

trams runs<br />

in the family – page 3<br />

Mosque attacks prompt new radio network<br />

• By Danielle Clent<br />

A NEW emergency services<br />

radio network will be trialled in<br />

Canterbury next year to try to<br />

improve co-ordination between<br />

police and St John, which were<br />

hampered by communication<br />

breakdowns during the terror<br />

attacks.<br />

Poor communication between<br />

police and paramedics has<br />

emerged as a key issue in the<br />

inquest into the murder of 51<br />

worshippers at Al Noor Mosque<br />

and Linwood Islamic Centre on<br />

March 15, 2019.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Coroners Court has<br />

heard crucial information, such<br />

as dispatching ambulances to<br />

Linwood and safety clearances at<br />

both mosques, was not passed on<br />

as it should have been.<br />

An Armed Offenders Squad<br />

commander, who cannot be<br />

named, told the inquest he<br />

believed the new Public Safety<br />

Network would be trialled next<br />

year.<br />

“<strong>The</strong>re will be dedicated<br />

emergency services channels so<br />

emergency services will operate<br />

independently but when a big job<br />

that requires better co-ordination<br />

comes up, everyone can just<br />

switch to a new digital channel<br />

that will provide that,” he said.<br />

<strong>The</strong> commander, who is one of<br />

New Zealand’s foremost tactical<br />

experts, said staff would require<br />

training so they knew how to use<br />

the network properly without<br />

overloading it.<br />

Emergency channels were<br />

overloaded during the terror<br />

attack, with many witnesses<br />

saying it was almost impossible<br />

to use the police radio during a<br />

constant stream of transmissions.<br />

• Turn to page 7<br />

Quakes lead to faster sea-level rise<br />

A new study shows sea-level rise<br />

in places such as Southshore and<br />

Sumner could happen up to twice as<br />

fast as previously thought<br />

• Story, pages 4-5<br />

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Radio man shares love of trams..................3<br />

Sea level rise could happen faster........4,5<br />

Buskers festival returns.........................................8<br />

More mortgage payments in arrears......9<br />

‘My wee man trusted you both’.................14<br />

<strong>The</strong> Pogues’ wild night in Chch................22<br />

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Rikki Morris to open Selwyn Sounds...27<br />

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Thursday <strong>December</strong> 7 <strong>2023</strong> <strong>The</strong> <strong>Star</strong><br />

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Cheaper petrol predicted by Christmas<br />

Corbett’s love of trams<br />

shared with grandson<br />

• By Geoff Sloan<br />

FORMER CITY councillor and<br />

high profile radio personality Barry<br />

Corbett now spends some of his<br />

time as a tram driver in the central<br />

city.<br />

And his grandson Daniel is also a<br />

tram buff.<br />

So to celebrate the four-year-old’s<br />

birthday, Corbett’s wife Tina made<br />

their grandson a tram driver’s<br />

uniform, which he was able to put to<br />

the test on one of Corbett’s runs on<br />

Monday.<br />

“He loves the tram, comes on<br />

them all the time, especially when<br />

granddad’s driving,” Corbett said.<br />

Corbett says he enjoys driving<br />

the tram and sharing his love of<br />

Christchurch with tourists.<br />

“I started driving when I retired<br />

from council about nine years ago.<br />

And I just do it a couple of days a<br />

week. It’s a great little pensioner job,<br />

and it’s a bit of fun.”<br />

But he is not sure how long he will<br />

keep driving for.<br />

“Oh, gosh, I’m 71 now. I’ll<br />

probably keep going for a few more<br />

years while I still got my licence.<br />

It’s always good to have it checked<br />

out. But no, I can see me going for a<br />

while longer. It’s good fun.”<br />

– Public Interest Journalism<br />

funded through NZ On Air<br />

• By Liam Dann<br />

THERE’S GOOD news for<br />

motorists with a slump in<br />

oil prices pointing to a pre-<br />

Christmas fall in the cost of<br />

petrol.<br />

Crude oil prices fell this week<br />

shaking off efforts by OPEC to<br />

cut production and reduce supply<br />

to the market.<br />

Brent crude – the benchmark<br />

for local petrol prices – fell<br />

from US$81 on Friday to US$77<br />

‘I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE<br />

INSURANCE’: Daniel at the<br />

controls.<br />

yesterday. It now is off by almost<br />

10 per cent since the start<br />

of the month.<br />

Meanwhile, the average local<br />

price for unleaded 91 petrol<br />

has already fallen about five<br />

per cent since the start of the<br />

month (currently $2.77 per<br />

litre, website Gaspy says).<br />

<strong>The</strong> fall bucks the prediction<br />

from the AA earlier this year<br />

petrol prices could hit $3.50 a<br />

litre by Christmas, and will be<br />

welcome relief for beleaguered<br />

motorists already battling high<br />

inflation and a cost of living<br />

crisis.<br />

Last week OPEC+ moved to<br />

reduce oil output in a move to<br />

match falling demand and prop<br />

up prices. It didn’t work.<br />

OPEC+ agreed to a cutback<br />

of about 900,000 barrels a day,<br />

but crude prices kept falling<br />

as traders bet they would be<br />

difficult to fully implement,<br />

Bloomberg reported.<br />

– NZ Herald<br />

• Watch the<br />

video on<br />

starnews.co.nz<br />

TRAM BUFFS: Barry Corbett and his 4-year-old grandson,<br />

Daniel Stewart.<br />

PHOTOS: GEOFF SLOAN ​<br />

In Brief<br />

NEWS 3<br />

Spring sun shines<br />

over Christchurch<br />

Christchurch was the sunniest<br />

main centre over the past three<br />

months, the National Institute of<br />

Water and Atmospheric Research<br />

seasonal climate summary<br />

showed. <strong>The</strong> city recorded 657<br />

sunshine hours, followed by<br />

Tauranga on 643. Most of the<br />

country had above-normal<br />

average temperatures for spring,<br />

researchers said on Tuesday. It has<br />

been New Zealand’s 10th-warmest<br />

spring since records began in<br />

1909. <strong>The</strong> highest temperature was<br />

recorded in Blenheim which hit 30<br />

deg C on November 23.<br />

Sentencing pushed<br />

back for mum who<br />

murdered children<br />

<strong>The</strong> sentencing of the South<br />

African doctor found guilty<br />

of murdering her three young<br />

daughters 19 days after arriving in<br />

Timaru has been pushed to 2024.<br />

Lauren Anne Dickason, 41, was to<br />

be sentenced in Christchurch on<br />

<strong>December</strong> 19. However, a nominal<br />

date of February 2 has now been<br />

set for her case to be called and<br />

a new sentencing hearing date<br />

could be set. Dickason is set to<br />

be sentenced to life in prison and<br />

Justice Cameron Mander will set<br />

a minimum non-parole period.<br />

He will also decide where she<br />

spends the start of her sentence<br />

– in prison or at the forensic<br />

psychiatric facility. Dickason<br />

smothered her daughters Liane,<br />

6, and 2-year-old twins Maya<br />

and Karla to death in Timaru on<br />

September 16, 2020.<br />

Manji steps down<br />

as TOP leader<br />

<strong>The</strong> leader of <strong>The</strong> Opportunities<br />

Party is standing down after<br />

failing to win the Ilam seat in<br />

the General Election. Raf Manji<br />

made the announcement after<br />

meeting with the party board<br />

and members. “It wasn’t an easy<br />

decision to make but after a<br />

great deal of consideration I felt<br />

it was the right one for me and<br />

it’s time to hand it over to the<br />

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Sea level rise could<br />

A RECENT study of vertical<br />

land movement has shed new<br />

light on the extent and speed of<br />

sea-level rise happening in parts<br />

of Christchurch.<br />

<strong>The</strong> GNS Science study has<br />

shown that sea-level rise in<br />

some parts of the district could<br />

happen up to twice as fast as<br />

previously thought, as a result<br />

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following the Christchurch and<br />

Kaikōura earthquakes.<br />

“We all knew that the land<br />

changed dramatically as a result<br />

of the Canterbury earthquakes,<br />

and this new data shows the<br />

extent to which some areas have<br />

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earthquakes,” said city council<br />

team leader coastal adaptation<br />

planning Jane Morgan.<br />

“It’s also confirmed that, since<br />

then, most parts of the district<br />

are subsiding faster than before<br />

the earthquakes.<br />

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impacts of sea-level rise – coastal<br />

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groundwater levels – will happen<br />

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Thursday <strong>December</strong> 7 <strong>2023</strong> <strong>The</strong> <strong>Star</strong><br />

Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz<br />

NEWS 5<br />

happen twice as fast as expected<br />

“For example, in some<br />

locations where the land has<br />

sunk 10 to 20 centimetres since<br />

the earthquakes, the amount of<br />

sea-level rise previously projected<br />

to happen by 2050 could’ve<br />

already happened.”<br />

Vertical land<br />

movement<br />

is caused by<br />

movements<br />

in the earth’s<br />

crust. <strong>The</strong><br />

upward or<br />

downward<br />

Jane Morgan<br />

movements can<br />

be very fast,<br />

such as during<br />

an earthquake,<br />

or slow and gradual. Local<br />

land movements can happen<br />

from other processes too, such<br />

as liquefaction that might be<br />

triggered by an earthquake.<br />

Global sea-level rise<br />

projections suggest Christchurch<br />

could see 14 to 23 centimetres<br />

of sea-level rise over the next<br />

30 years. However, in places<br />

where land is subsiding at about<br />

8 millimetres per year, such as<br />

parts of South Brighton Spit<br />

and parts of Lyttelton Harbour<br />

and Koukourarata Port Levy,<br />

sea levels could rise by 38 to 47<br />

centimetres – twice as much over<br />

the same 30-year timeframe.<br />

Said Morgan: “We understand<br />

NEW STUDY: <strong>The</strong> GNS Science study has shown that sea-level rise in some parts of the<br />

district could happen up to twice as fast as previously thought, as a result of increased land<br />

subsidence following the Christchurch and Kaikōura earthquakes. PHOTO: NEWSLINE<br />

it’s common for land to<br />

keep subsiding after large<br />

earthquakes. While there’s no<br />

sign the subsidence has slowed<br />

down in Christchurch, evidence<br />

from other parts of the world<br />

tells us that, eventually, the speed<br />

of vertical land movement will<br />

return to normal. However, it<br />

might take another few decades<br />

and will depend on whether<br />

we experience more large<br />

earthquakes.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> latest study, which was<br />

co-funded with Environment<br />

Canterbury, highlights the<br />

importance of early planning.<br />

It will help inform the city<br />

council’s work with communities<br />

to adapt public infrastructure<br />

and assets, such as roads, pipes<br />

and parks, Morgan said.<br />

“Our initial adaptation<br />

planning is already well under<br />

Global sea-level rise<br />

projections suggest<br />

Christchurch could see 14<br />

to 23 centimetres of sealevel<br />

rise over the next 30<br />

years. That could be twice<br />

as much at parts of South<br />

Brighton Spit, Lyttelton<br />

Harbour and Port Levy.<br />

way with communities in the<br />

Whakaraupō Lyttelton Harbour<br />

to Koukourarata Port Levy area,<br />

which is one of the areas most<br />

affected by this new information.<br />

“We’ve been working<br />

closely with a coastal panel<br />

of community and rūnanga<br />

representatives to develop<br />

adaptation pathways for public<br />

assets, to make sure that local<br />

values and knowledge are a key<br />

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“Over time, sea-level rise<br />

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around our coastline and lowlying<br />

inland areas. In some<br />

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<strong>The</strong> <strong>Star</strong> Thursday <strong>December</strong> 7 <strong>2023</strong><br />

6<br />

NEWS<br />

Jury deliberating in<br />

Blackmoore case<br />

• By Adam Burns<br />

THE JURY in the Angela<br />

Blackmoore murder trial retired<br />

yesterday to consider the fate<br />

of the two co-accused David<br />

Hawken and Rebecca Wright-<br />

Meldrum.<br />

<strong>The</strong> pair have<br />

been standing<br />

trial at the<br />

High Court at<br />

Christchurch<br />

charged with<br />

Angela<br />

Blackmoore<br />

the murder of<br />

the Blackmoore<br />

in her Wainoni<br />

home in 1995.<br />

A third person, Jeremy Powell,<br />

pleaded guilty to the killing in<br />

2020 and received a sentence of<br />

life imprisonment, with a nonparole<br />

period of 10 years.<br />

A pregnant Blackmoore was<br />

bludgeoned and stabbed 39<br />

times while her two-year-old<br />

son slept in a nearby room.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first trial was abandoned<br />

in May after new material came<br />

to hand that lawyers needed<br />

time to review.<br />

Powell was previously called<br />

as a Crown witness, and told the<br />

court Hawken offered him and<br />

Wright-Meldrum $10,000 for<br />

Blackmoore’s murder.<br />

Follow the jury’s<br />

deliberations and<br />

verdict on starnews.<br />

co.nz<br />

He also alleged Hawken<br />

threatened to kill his family if<br />

he did not carry out the murder,<br />

and boasted about his gang connections.<br />

Justice Rachel Dunningham<br />

summed up the case for the<br />

12 jurors yesterday, reminding<br />

them to take caution when<br />

interpreting historical evidence<br />

heard during the trial which had<br />

the potential to be “unreliable”.<br />

“I want to warn you that there<br />

is a particular need for caution<br />

in assessing the evidence in this<br />

case.<br />

“This is because there has<br />

been a delay of 28 years before<br />

the events that led to these<br />

charges and the charges brought<br />

to trial.<br />

“Many of the witnesses admitted<br />

to struggle to recall matters<br />

because of the time delay.<br />

“Our memories are not like a<br />

video recording where you can<br />

simply replay them accurately<br />

every time you bring them up.”<br />

– RNZ<br />

Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz<br />

Request to pause Chch<br />

housing density hearings<br />

PRESSURE FROM residents<br />

groups appears to have paid off<br />

over the contentious housing<br />

density rules planned by the<br />

former Labour Government.<br />

City councillors decided yesterday<br />

to ask new Environment<br />

Minister Penny Simmonds to<br />

pause the $4.2 million independent<br />

hearings process.<br />

It came after months of<br />

opposition to the new rules from<br />

many of Christchurch’s residents’<br />

associations, particularly the<br />

Riccarton Bush-Kilmarnock<br />

group.<br />

<strong>The</strong> intensification plan being<br />

considered would allow for three<br />

residential buildings of three<br />

storeys each to be built, without<br />

a resource consent, across large<br />

parts of the city, and higher<br />

storeys – potentially up to 10 – in<br />

main suburban centres.<br />

<strong>The</strong> new Government said it<br />

would make the density standards<br />

optional for councils across<br />

New Zealand. But councils must<br />

comply with the current laws<br />

until they are changed, meaning<br />

decisions must be made by September<br />

12 next year.<br />

Hearings in Christchurch over<br />

the issue are set to resume in<br />

HOUSING DENSITY: City councillors have decided to ask<br />

new Environment Minister Penny Simmonds to pause the<br />

$4.2 million independent hearings process.<br />

PHOTO: NATE MCKINNON/RNZ<br />

late January, hence the decision<br />

yesterday to ask Simmonds to<br />

put the process on hold.<br />

Heathcote Ward’s Sara Templeton<br />

was the only city councillor<br />

to vote against the pause,<br />

citing the cost, $2.63 million,<br />

already spent on the hearings.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re were costs involved in<br />

stopping now and new legislation<br />

could be six to 12 months away,<br />

which could lead to the council<br />

to starting the process again, she<br />

said.<br />

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Riccarton Bush-Kilmarnock<br />

Residents’ Assciation, who<br />

represented a combined group of<br />

about 20 residents’ associations,<br />

disagreed.<br />

Continuing the hearing would<br />

be a waste of money, he said.<br />

Cr Sam MacDonald echoed<br />

the views of many councillors<br />

saying requesting a pause was a<br />

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<strong>The</strong> AOS commander, who was on leave<br />

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Inflatable ‘cathedral’ of<br />

fun for buskers festival<br />

• By Thomas Bywater<br />

A GIANT inflatable cathedral<br />

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<strong>The</strong> annual street<br />

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<strong>The</strong> structure, developed by<br />

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Said festival director Scott<br />

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More homeowners<br />

falling behind on<br />

their mortgages<br />

• By Cameron Smith<br />

THE NUMBER of people<br />

behind on their mortgages<br />

spiked back up again in October,<br />

latest data shows.<br />

Centrix’s credit indicator<br />

report revealed the proportion<br />

of home loans in arrears<br />

climbed to 1.29 per cent,<br />

up from 1.25 per cent in<br />

September.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are 19,200 mortgage<br />

accounts past due in<br />

October, up 25 per cent<br />

year-on-year.<br />

“As loans continue to<br />

be refinanced with higher<br />

interest rates due to the<br />

current economic climate, this<br />

activity could continue well into<br />

2024,” Centrix managing director<br />

Keith McLaughlin said.<br />

Homeowners under pressure<br />

are unlikely to find relief in lower<br />

interest rates any time soon after<br />

the Reserve Bank’s official cash<br />

Keith<br />

McLaughlin<br />

rate, which forecast rates would<br />

need to stay higher for longer.<br />

Cuts to the OCR could now be<br />

on the table from mid-2025.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> recent OCR announcement<br />

will no doubt be disappointing<br />

for some households<br />

who would have been<br />

hoping for an indication<br />

of interest rate cuts<br />

next year to help relieve<br />

some financial pressure,”<br />

McLaughlin said.<br />

Mortgage arrears had<br />

been dropping from a<br />

year-high of 1.32 per cent<br />

in May. At the time that<br />

was the highest level reported<br />

since March 2020<br />

(1.49 per cent), albeit still below<br />

historical highs.<br />

Retail sales also drove a rise<br />

in consumer credit, in line with<br />

seasonal trends, with demand<br />

up 8 per cent year-on-year in<br />

November.<br />

Demand for credit cards rose<br />

11.8 per cent year-on-year.<br />

“We’ve seen credit card, Buy<br />

Now Pay Later and personal loan<br />

demand all rising in November.<br />

Credit demand has a seasonal<br />

peak in November in the lead-up<br />

to Black Friday sales and the<br />

holiday season,” McLaughlin<br />

said.<br />

It comes with a warning, however,<br />

to be mindful of stretching<br />

finances beyond your means, he<br />

said.<br />

“It’s this time of year where people<br />

can easily fall into debt traps as<br />

they try to make ends meet in the<br />

lead-up to the Christmas and the<br />

New Year period.”<br />

McLaughlin said the consequences<br />

of not meeting repayment<br />

obligations could include<br />

an individual’s credit score being<br />

negatively affected for years,<br />

impacting financial decisions in<br />

the future.<br />

Alongside increased demand,<br />

arrears for personal and vehicle<br />

loans, and credit cards also continued<br />

to climb.<br />

Consumer arrears rose to 11.78<br />

per cent (431,000 people) of the<br />

credit active population in October<br />

behind on their payments,<br />

compared with 11.70 per cent in<br />

the prior month.<br />

<strong>The</strong> current arrears level is up<br />

6.1 per cent year-on-year, which<br />

is tracking closely to levels seen<br />

in 2018 after coming off historic<br />

lows during the Covid-19 years.<br />

Personal loan arrears climbed<br />

9.5 per cent in October, increasing<br />

for the fourth consecutive<br />

month.<br />

Credit card arrears rose 4.4 per<br />

cent in October when compared<br />

with September and were up 8<br />

per cent year-on-year.<br />

Vehicle loan arrears climbed<br />

5.8 per cent monthly and were 19<br />

per cent higher year-on-year.<br />

Company liquidations also<br />

remain high as businesses struggle<br />

with the current economic<br />

climate, Centrix said.<br />

Liquidations are up 36 per<br />

cent year-on-year in October,<br />

but down from the 40 per cent<br />

year-on-year rise recorded in<br />

September.<br />

Notably, liquidations for retail<br />

companies rose 73 per cent yearon-year<br />

as “the bite of reduced<br />

spending continues to hit the<br />

pockets of businesses across the<br />

country,” the report said.<br />

“Business credit defaults,<br />

liquidations and closures are<br />

always tough. It’s imperative<br />

business owners get into the<br />

habit of credit checking potential<br />

customers, business partners and<br />

suppliers to ensure they aren’t<br />

unknowingly extending funds<br />

to entities with bad credit risk,”<br />

McLaughlin said.<br />

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Call to halt cold-case DNA tool trial<br />

• By Sam Sherwood and<br />

Jared Savage<br />

THE PRIVACY Commissioner<br />

has asked police to pause future<br />

use of a controversial DNA<br />

tool being trialled to solve two<br />

cold-case murders until there is<br />

legislative reform.<br />

Police are trialling the genetic<br />

investigative tool for two of the<br />

country’s most high-profile cold<br />

cases – the murder of Mellory<br />

Manning Christchurch in 2008<br />

and the murder of Alicia O’Reilly<br />

in Auckland 1980.<br />

Law enforcement agencies<br />

overseas have had success<br />

comparing the DNA of<br />

unidentified suspects with<br />

genetic profiles uploaded to<br />

popular genealogy websites,<br />

most famously leading the FBI to<br />

catch the so-called “Golden State<br />

Killer”.<br />

Forensic Investigative<br />

Genetic Genealogy (FIGG)<br />

combines DNA testing with<br />

genealogical research to analyse<br />

genetic relationships between<br />

individuals who share very small<br />

amounts of inherited DNA with<br />

the crime scene DNA sample.<br />

It uses genealogy databases and<br />

publicly available records and is<br />

being utilised overseas to help<br />

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To meet New Zealand<br />

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Zealand and the extraction of<br />

the digital genetic code would<br />

be provided to a third-party<br />

international service provider.<br />

This meant no physical DNA<br />

material would leave the country.<br />

In an email to then Justice<br />

Minister Ginny Andersen<br />

on September 5, Privacy<br />

Commissioner Michael Webster<br />

outlined his concerns about the<br />

trial.<br />

A review by the Law<br />

Commission, published in<br />

November 2020, found the<br />

Criminal Investigations (Bodily<br />

Samples) Act was “no longer<br />

fit for purpose”. It made 193<br />

recommendations for change.<br />

Given the significant privacy<br />

concerns around turning<br />

users of ancestry websites into<br />

unwitting “genetic informants”<br />

against their relatives, the Law<br />

Commission said any new<br />

legislation needs appropriate<br />

safeguards for police to use<br />

genetic genealogy. To date, no<br />

progress has been made on<br />

changing the law.<br />

Webster said he was<br />

“supportive” of the safe use of<br />

emerging techniques to assist<br />

police investigations if it was<br />

JUSTICE: Mellory Manning,<br />

who was murdered in<br />

Christchurch in 2008, and<br />

Nancye O’Reilly with a<br />

portrait of her daughter<br />

Alicia O’Reilly who was<br />

killed in Auckland in 1980.<br />

“justified and proportionate”.<br />

However, he had concerns<br />

about the use of FIGG without<br />

an “appropriate legislative<br />

framework in place”.<br />

“In my view, the best course<br />

of action would be to pause the<br />

use of FIGG beyond this trial<br />

until there is legislative reform in<br />

this area. Genetic data is highly<br />

sensitive personal information,<br />

not only for individuals, but also<br />

for their whānau.<br />

“FIGG can be useful to create<br />

investigative leads. However, it is<br />

a technique that raises a number<br />

of ethical and privacy issues.”<br />

Webster said he had previously<br />

discussed with police any<br />

trial should be aligned as<br />

much as possible with the<br />

recommendations in the Law<br />

Commission’s report.<br />

“I would be very<br />

concerned if this trial were to<br />

lead to use of FIGG generally<br />

before appropriate legislative<br />

safeguards are put in place,” he<br />

said.<br />

“I am conscious of the<br />

precedent-setting effect of the<br />

trial and the risk of extending<br />

the use of FIGG against the Law<br />

Commission’s recommendations<br />

and the advice of my office.”<br />

In a briefing to Andersen<br />

about the commissioner’s<br />

concerns, police wrote that while<br />

the Government had agreed a<br />

new act was required, this would<br />

require “considerable work”<br />

and its priority had yet to be<br />

confirmed.<br />

“Legislative reform is often<br />

a lengthy process and police<br />

considers that there is a balance<br />

to be struck between using new<br />

and emerging techniques to aid<br />

with serious crime resolution<br />

and waiting for legislative reform<br />

processes to be undertaken.”<br />

An evaluation at the end of<br />

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<strong>The</strong> <strong>Star</strong> Thursday <strong>December</strong> 7 <strong>2023</strong><br />

12<br />

NEWS<br />

Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz<br />

House ‘unworthy’ of beachfront<br />

location sells for $1.6 million<br />

• By Nikki Preston<br />

A REDCLIFFS cottage<br />

surrounded by mansions<br />

but deemed unworthy of its<br />

beachfront location has sold<br />

under the hammer for $1.675m.<br />

<strong>The</strong> owners had shelled out<br />

$1.6 million for the development<br />

site on Beachville Rd in 2020<br />

with intentions to build their<br />

dream home, but a change of<br />

plans saw them putting it back<br />

on the market last<br />

month.<br />

<strong>The</strong> listing<br />

for the property<br />

said the house<br />

was “clearly not<br />

worthy” of the<br />

Karen<br />

Phillips<br />

Alison<br />

Aitken<br />

prime waterfront<br />

position<br />

surrounded by<br />

$2m-plus homes.<br />

<strong>The</strong> cottage was<br />

liveable and had<br />

been tenanted, but<br />

was uninsurable<br />

in its current state.<br />

“Our sellers’<br />

difficult decision<br />

to abandon their<br />

development plans<br />

is tempered by how settled they<br />

are in their new home in the<br />

countryside,” Harcourts agent<br />

Alison Aitken said in the listing.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y had commissioned<br />

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resource consent for a home<br />

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which was spread over two titles,<br />

before deciding to stay put so<br />

included them as part of the sale.<br />

Harcourts Grenadier auction<br />

manager Karen Phillips said it<br />

was a good result for an “as is,<br />

where is” property especially<br />

because it was always hard to<br />

know how they would go in the<br />

current market.<br />

<strong>The</strong> auction attracted three<br />

registered bidders with two<br />

bidding competitively for it. It<br />

TO BE DEVELOPED: <strong>The</strong><br />

two-bedroom home on<br />

Beachville Rd was habitable<br />

but uninsurable.<br />

PHOTOS: NZ HERALD<br />

paused for negotiation before<br />

finally selling for $1.675m.<br />

Beachville Rd was a prime<br />

location close to the water and<br />

away from any busy road noise,<br />

she said. “It’s a beautiful spot.”<br />

– NZ Herald<br />

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Thursday <strong>December</strong> 7 <strong>2023</strong> <strong>The</strong> <strong>Star</strong> 13


<strong>The</strong> <strong>Star</strong> Thursday <strong>December</strong> 7 <strong>2023</strong><br />

14<br />

COURT<br />

Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz<br />

‘My wee man trusted you both’<br />

Pair sentenced after<br />

giving 20yo ecstasy,<br />

filming his demise<br />

• By Emily Moorhouse and<br />

Sam Sherwood<br />

A YOUNG man in the throes<br />

of dying from a drug overdose<br />

thrashed about in a shower in<br />

distress while the person who<br />

gave him the drug filmed his<br />

demise and sent it to friends.<br />

Jared Wayne Croft’s “inhumane”<br />

lack of action in failing to<br />

get help for the young man has<br />

ended in a jail sentence, while<br />

the man’s family is grieving the<br />

devastating loss of their son and<br />

brother.<br />

<strong>The</strong> 20-year-old Christchurch<br />

victim, who has permanent<br />

name suppression, was encouraged<br />

to take a rock of MDMA, a<br />

large amount of the Class B drug<br />

also known as Ecstasy, all at once<br />

by Croft and associate Janna<br />

Mereama Clarke last September.<br />

Now Croft and Clarke, both<br />

34, have been sentenced in the<br />

district court for their part in encouraging<br />

the man to consume<br />

the lethal dose of the popular<br />

party drug.<br />

<strong>The</strong> court heard the young<br />

man arrived at Croft’s home in<br />

the early hours of September 4<br />

last year.<br />

Croft and Clarke were sitting<br />

in the kitchen when Croft filmed<br />

himself with a rock of MDMA,<br />

about 10mm in diameter.<br />

He gave the rock to the man<br />

and said he could have it for free<br />

if he took it all at once.<br />

<strong>The</strong> man asked if he should<br />

split it into smaller amounts but<br />

Clarke told him to take it all.<br />

“Drop it right in your mouth,”<br />

she encouraged him.<br />

Croft recorded the drug supply<br />

and sent it to contacts on<br />

Snapchat.<br />

After taking the drug, the<br />

man’s mood began to fluctuate,<br />

he displayed signs of hyperactivity<br />

and he suffered hallucinations<br />

and dramatic changes in body<br />

temperature.<br />

Croft made several videos of<br />

the man as his condition deteriorated<br />

and sent the footage to<br />

people on Snapchat.<br />

One person responded by<br />

telling Croft the man’s heart rate<br />

would be “through the roof”.<br />

Croft agreed.<br />

Another said the man was “in<br />

a bad way”.<br />

A friend messaged Croft he<br />

needed to help the man and suggested<br />

giving him more drugs to<br />

bring down the high. Croft asked<br />

the friend to come to his house<br />

and help.<br />

In the meantime, Croft and<br />

Clarke put the man in the<br />

shower for two hours, where he<br />

thrashed around under the water<br />

so violently that he smashed a<br />

hole in the floor of the shower<br />

and cut his foot.<br />

All the while, Croft continued<br />

to take videos and send them to<br />

others.<br />

When Croft’s friend arrived,<br />

the man was still in the shower<br />

and the trio carried him to a bed<br />

and left him alone. <strong>The</strong> friend<br />

told Croft to call an ambulance<br />

and left.<br />

Croft and Clarke checked on<br />

the man and found his skin had<br />

turned grey and cold. <strong>The</strong>y were<br />

told by emergency services to begin<br />

CPR. At 11.33am, paramedics<br />

arrived and continued CPR<br />

but the man was pronounced<br />

dead at the scene.<br />

A post-mortem examination<br />

later determined his cause of<br />

death was mixed drug toxicity,<br />

from MDMA, methamphetamine,<br />

cocaine and alcohol.<br />

<strong>The</strong> level of MDMA present in<br />

his blood was 10 times the level<br />

of that consumed for recreational<br />

use.<br />

When police arrived at Croft’s<br />

house soon afterwards, he and<br />

Clarke agreed to hide a container<br />

holding 21 grams of ecstasy.<br />

Croft took it to the shed and<br />

moved $18,000 in cash from his<br />

house into a bag before leaving.<br />

Police searched Croft’s property<br />

and found two containers of<br />

MDMA, 0.01 grams of methamphetamine,<br />

a rolled-up $5 note<br />

discarded in a bin and various<br />

point bags.<br />

On September 7, Croft and<br />

Clarke were travelling to Rangiora<br />

when they were stopped by<br />

police and arrested.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir cellphones were seized<br />

and $18,000 was found in the<br />

car. Croft refused to provide the<br />

passcode to his phone.<br />

During the sentencing, the<br />

man’s father said the death of<br />

his son was the worst day of his<br />

life and it played on repeat in his<br />

mind.<br />

<strong>The</strong> fact Croft and Clarke did<br />

not get help when the man was<br />

clearly distressed was “inhumane”.<br />

“My wee man trusted you both<br />

. . . To learn that you are a father<br />

and did this to a young man is<br />

beyond horrifying,” he said to<br />

Croft.<br />

“(My son) was in a great deal<br />

of stress and you videoed it. That<br />

rips me apart.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> father had to explain to his<br />

son’s siblings, who are 10 and 5,<br />

their big brother was not coming<br />

home.<br />

He said his son was one of his<br />

best friends and had the unique<br />

ability to light up a room.<br />

“We have lost a fantastic<br />

person.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> man’s mother said her boy<br />

was a month shy of turning 21,<br />

full of life and loved by everyone<br />

who knew him.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> day (he) died, I died,”<br />

she sobbed. “I live on but it’s not<br />

living, it’s existing in complete<br />

misery . . . I am totally unhappy.<br />

“I am unable to comprehend<br />

how a person can watch someone<br />

take a drug they know<br />

could harm or kill them and do<br />

nothing to help them when they<br />

become distressed.<br />

‘INHUMANE’: Jared Croft was jailed for 28 months for<br />

supplying a rock of MDMA to a 20-year-old, encouraging<br />

him to take it all at once before filming him. <strong>The</strong> man later<br />

died.<br />

PHOTO: NZ HERALD<br />

“I just wish someone would<br />

have been able to stop you earlier<br />

and save (my son’s) life.”<br />

In a letter of apology to the<br />

grieving family, Croft said he<br />

was “immensely sorry” for the<br />

pain and trauma he had caused.<br />

“I will carry the weight of this<br />

every day for the rest of my life<br />

and I know you will too.”<br />

Crown prosecutor Aaron Harvey<br />

pushed for Croft to be jailed,<br />

stating it was clear the victim<br />

needed an ambulance earlier.<br />

Croft’s lawyer, Kerry Cook,<br />

said Croft was not aware of the<br />

seriousness of the situation, was<br />

genuinely remorseful and had<br />

made significant efforts toward<br />

rehabilitation.<br />

He argued that the friend who<br />

turned up to help, and who was<br />

the only sober person there at the<br />

time, expressed the view that the<br />

man may have been dehydrated<br />

and would “come right”.<br />

However, Judge Raoul Neave<br />

rejected this, stating it was “blindingly<br />

obvious” the man was in<br />

“significant distress”, and nothing<br />

was done until the friend<br />

advised calling an ambulance.<br />

Judge Neave struggled to understand<br />

why no help was sought<br />

for the man immediately.<br />

This report was produced<br />

by Open Justice – Te Pātītī,<br />

a Public Interest Journalism<br />

initiative funded by NZ on Air<br />

“On any view of it, the distress<br />

that the young man was suffering<br />

had to be completely and<br />

utterly obvious to anyone and it<br />

shouldn’t have taken the words<br />

of someone else that you needed<br />

to phone an ambulance.<br />

“That needed to be done immediately,<br />

rather than film it on<br />

a cellphone.”<br />

Clarke’s lawyer, Elizabeth<br />

Bulger, said her client, who admitted<br />

being a party to supplying<br />

MDMA and perverting the<br />

course of justice, felt “guilt and<br />

shame” for her part in the offending<br />

and had written an apology<br />

letter to the man’s family.<br />

Croft earlier pleaded guilty to<br />

supplying MDMA, possession<br />

of a Class B controlled drug for<br />

supply, perverting the course of<br />

justice and failing to carry out<br />

obligations in relation to a computer<br />

search.<br />

He was jailed for 28 months.<br />

Clarke was sentenced to 12<br />

months of home detention.<br />

– NZ Herald<br />

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<strong>The</strong> <strong>Star</strong> Thursday <strong>December</strong> 7 <strong>2023</strong><br />

22<br />

NEWS<br />

Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz<br />

Remembering <strong>The</strong> Pogues’<br />

wild night in Christchurch<br />

Neil Reid looks back<br />

on the life of legendary<br />

Irish musician Shane<br />

MacGowan, 65, who<br />

died late last week,<br />

and a wild night in<br />

Christchurch during<br />

one of his tours with<br />

<strong>The</strong> Pogues<br />

AMAZING SONGS – and<br />

wild times both on and off the<br />

stage – were a constant in Shane<br />

MacGowan’s music career.<br />

And some of his hell-raising<br />

antics while touring New<br />

Zealand with the legendary Irish<br />

band <strong>The</strong> Pogues were laid bare<br />

in a book on his life, which he<br />

gave his approval to, including<br />

how a visit here in 1988 first<br />

truly highlighted to bandmates<br />

that he was on a path to selfdestruction.<br />

MacGowan’s drug and alcohol<br />

abuse had started spiralling<br />

out of control prior to the tour,<br />

with his reliance on substances,<br />

including heroin, leaving him<br />

comatose during some gigs.<br />

In the only authorised<br />

biography of the music great –<br />

Furious Devotion: <strong>The</strong> Life of<br />

Shane MacGowan, which was<br />

released in late 2021 – author<br />

Richard Balls charted the highs<br />

and lows of the musician’s life.<br />

That includes band members<br />

talking about the group’s wild<br />

1988 and 1990 tours to New<br />

Zealand; a country where <strong>The</strong><br />

Pogues had huge chart success<br />

and attracted sell-out crowds to<br />

their gigs.<br />

Balls wrote in the book of the<br />

1988 tour: “It was amid that<br />

Antipodean heat that alarm bells<br />

about his sanity rang louder than<br />

ever.<br />

“Shane’s erratic behaviour was<br />

hardly a news story. But it was<br />

getting worse.<br />

“Other band members had<br />

been patient down the years, but<br />

they were being sorely tested,<br />

especially when it affected the<br />

group’s performance. Audience<br />

members might not have minded<br />

what state Shane was in. In fact,<br />

some seemed to turn up wanting<br />

to see him wasted.”<br />

After one 1988 Christchurch<br />

show during the chaotic<br />

tour, <strong>The</strong> Pogues’ incensed<br />

sound engineer Paul Scully<br />

asked whether band members<br />

were going to put up with<br />

MacGowan’s booze and drug use<br />

impacting the band.<br />

During the heated dressing<br />

room showdown, Scully yelled:<br />

“Is this how it’s going to be?<br />

You’re just going to watch the<br />

guy die in front of your eyes”.<br />

Balls wrote that the band,<br />

minus MacGowan, had another<br />

crisis meeting at 4am to discuss<br />

how they should handle their<br />

singer’s addictions, which a<br />

growing number of people feared<br />

would kill him.<br />

Meanwhile, the singer was<br />

holed up in his Christchurch<br />

hotel room, on another drug<br />

bender, with a paintbrush in his<br />

hand.<br />

“He had taken to bringing pots<br />

of paint around him on tour<br />

and during the early hours of<br />

the morning, driven by copious<br />

amounts of speed, he went into<br />

a creative frenzy,” Balls writes in<br />

Furious Devotion.<br />

Initially joining him in<br />

the Christchurch hotel room<br />

were <strong>The</strong> Pogues’ roadie and<br />

MacGowan’s long-time friend<br />

and future personal manager,<br />

Joey Cashman.<br />

“We were on the floor and we<br />

had all those pens with indelible<br />

ink and these huge pads. I said,<br />

‘I’m going to have to get some<br />

kip, at least a couple of hours,’<br />

and I f***ed off,” Cashman said.<br />

“I came round in the morning<br />

and Shane had painted himself<br />

with indelible ink. He’d<br />

painted himself blue and the<br />

whole room, even the mirror –<br />

everything was blue.<br />

“Frank (band manager Frank<br />

Murray) said, ‘Where’s Shane,<br />

what’s keeping him?’, and I<br />

said, ‘Maybe you should have a<br />

look yourself’. He went ballistic.<br />

When I see Shane painting<br />

himself and the room blue, I go,<br />

‘This is quite cool’.”<br />

MacGowan later reasoned that<br />

the impromptu 1988 artwork in<br />

the Christchurch hotel room was<br />

inspired both by his drug intake<br />

and links that he thought he had<br />

with Māori.<br />

“This particular night I started<br />

getting a very strong, totally<br />

real feeling that the Māoris were<br />

talking to me,” MacGowan said.<br />

“You see, you talk to yourself<br />

in your head when you’re<br />

speeding and you get turned<br />

into two people, who talk to each<br />

other in your head.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> Pogues were to return to<br />

New Zealand two years later.<br />

No hotel rooms were defaced<br />

during the tour, but again<br />

the band was plagued by<br />

MacGowan’s severe addiction<br />

issues.<br />

Balls wrote that things had<br />

DIVIDE: While some fans of <strong>The</strong> Pogues turned up to see<br />

how wasted Shane MacGowan would be, his drug and<br />

alcohol abuse left band mates (above) fuming.<br />

“reached an all-time low”, and<br />

in a tour of Germany prior to<br />

<strong>The</strong> Pogues’ arrival in New<br />

Zealand “Shane was so wrecked<br />

some nights that the band left<br />

him face-down on the dressing<br />

room floor and walked on stage<br />

without him”.<br />

<strong>The</strong> subsequent tour of New<br />

Zealand and Australia was a<br />

“disaster”, he wrote.<br />

Co-vocalist and tin whistle<br />

player Spider Stacy had to take<br />

over singing duties on the<br />

tour-opening gig in Perth after<br />

MacGowan “staggered off” the<br />

stage.<br />

“In Wellington, New Zealand,<br />

Shane collapsed on stage<br />

and then hauled himself up,<br />

smashing the microphone stand<br />

against the floor,” Balls wrote.<br />

“Back in the dressing room, he<br />

sat slurring, apparently asking<br />

for a cigarette.<br />

“Andrew’s (drummer Andrew<br />

Rankin) anger got the better of<br />

him and he knocked him off the<br />

bench he was slumped on and<br />

caused him to hit his mouth<br />

as he fell. A scuffle broke out.<br />

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Things were unravelling.”<br />

Balls wrote that by the<br />

time Rankin unleashed his<br />

physical frustrations backstage,<br />

MacGowan was well out of<br />

control.<br />

“Shane’s isolation from the rest<br />

of the band had never been so<br />

pronounced and his deepening<br />

heroin addiction meant things<br />

would only deteriorate further,”<br />

he wrote.<br />

“Not until he and (road<br />

manager) Charlie MacLennan<br />

had disappeared for a fix could<br />

he stagger – or be dragged – on<br />

to the stage.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> Pogues’ accordion player<br />

James Fearnley added: “Charlie<br />

would take him into a room and<br />

put whatever up his nose was<br />

deemed to be necessary to get<br />

him through a couple of hours<br />

on stage.<br />

“I’m not saying that was a<br />

regular thing, but I’m not saying<br />

it wasn’t either. But it was a<br />

routine they had that enabled<br />

Shane to get on stage and it<br />

involved locking themselves in a<br />

room.”<br />

MacGowan battled severe<br />

ill-health for more than two<br />

decades before his death.<br />

That included being confined<br />

to a wheelchair after suffering a<br />

hip injury. Doctors believed that<br />

given the state of his health, if<br />

he underwent surgery to repair<br />

damage to the joint he would not<br />

survive the operation.<br />

Despite the majority of the<br />

band members being born<br />

in England, <strong>The</strong> Pogues are<br />

regarded as one of Ireland’s<br />

greatest musical exports.<br />

During their legendary career<br />

– which includes a stint when<br />

MacGowan was let go due to<br />

his alcohol and drug use – their<br />

greatest hits included Fairytale<br />

of New York, If I Should Fall<br />

From Grace From God, A Rainy<br />

Night in Soho, <strong>The</strong> Body of an<br />

American, Streams of Whiskey<br />

and Dirty Old Town.<br />

– NZ Herald


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Fishers urged<br />

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after hooks<br />

injure dogs<br />

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DOG WALKERS are demanding<br />

fishers do more to clean up fish<br />

hooks and lines in Redcliffs after<br />

a series of injuries.<br />

DJ Hewitt Builders owner<br />

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rocks along the Coastal<br />

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Wayne took Sophie to the vet<br />

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her injuries.<br />

“Everyone has a responsibility<br />

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the coastal environment,” said<br />

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He said dog walkers have been<br />

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hooks and lines themselves.<br />

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us walkers. We can only do so<br />

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to pick the rubbish up.”<br />

Not wanting to cast blame on<br />

all fishers in the area, Hewitt said<br />

he does not take issue with most<br />

of the hobbyists.<br />

“I like watching fishermen<br />

catch fish, it’s quite interesting.<br />

It’s not so cool when they leave<br />

their rubbish behind.”<br />

Hewitt believes part of the<br />

problem is the lack of rubbish<br />

bins along Beachville Rd.<br />

City council ranger Robbie<br />

Hewson said “adding rubbish<br />

bins wouldn’t necessarily fix the<br />

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He said rubbish bins could<br />

encourage more dumping on the<br />

road.<br />

Redcliffs resident Faye Ryan<br />

walks her friend’s dog on<br />

Coastal Pacific Tour<br />

Beachville Rd every day.<br />

She warns as many walkers as<br />

she can of the threat to dog safety<br />

in the area.<br />

“It’s just about making people<br />

aware of all the fish hooks down<br />

there. It’s just about all you can<br />

do really.”<br />

Ryan recommends dog walkers<br />

Thursday <strong>December</strong> 7 <strong>2023</strong> <strong>The</strong> <strong>Star</strong><br />

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NEWS 27<br />

Rikki Morris steps up to open concert<br />

• By Dylan Smits<br />

EIGHTIES MUSIC star Rikki<br />

Morris has been added to the<br />

Selwyn Sounds line up and is<br />

scheduled to open the day-long<br />

festival in March.<br />

Morris is best known for his<br />

chart-topping hit Nobody Else<br />

which won him New Zealand<br />

songwriter of the year in 1988.<br />

“We’re really, really pleased<br />

to have him on board. It just<br />

gives us more depth to our<br />

already fantastic lineup,”<br />

said festival promoter David<br />

Parlane.<br />

<strong>The</strong> singer-songwriter<br />

performed at Selwyn Sounds in<br />

2019, alongside a who’s who of<br />

New Zealand musicians known<br />

as <strong>The</strong> Golden Kiwis.<br />

He will play to an expected<br />

crowd of 10,000 at Lincoln<br />

Domain on March 2.<br />

Morris has a long history in<br />

New Zealand music.<br />

He is younger brother of the<br />

late Th’ Dudes member, Ian<br />

Morris, with whom he released<br />

music.<br />

<strong>The</strong> musician has worked as a<br />

sound technician for tours and<br />

as a TV presenter.<br />

He was also briefly a member<br />

of <strong>The</strong> Crocodiles pop band.<br />

After a 25-year hiatus, Morris<br />

made a strong return in 2021<br />

with the release of his single<br />

ROCK ON: <strong>The</strong> Selwyn Sounds music festival will take place in March and play to an<br />

estimated crowd of 10,000.<br />

<strong>The</strong> One Thing I Can’t Live<br />

Without. <strong>The</strong> song topped the<br />

New Zealand iTunes charts<br />

after its release.<br />

In celebration of the 35th<br />

anniversary of Nobody Else, a<br />

duet version of the song was<br />

released in October, featuring<br />

Morris and Anika Moa.<br />

Headliners for Selwyn<br />

Sounds are synth-pop duo <strong>The</strong><br />

Human League, pop duo Go<br />

West and singer-songwriter<br />

Nik Kershaw.<br />

“Three major 80s UK artists<br />

coming to New Zealand will<br />

certainly be a highlight of the<br />

festival,” said Parlane.<br />

<strong>The</strong> 1980s cover band,<br />

AutoMatic80s will also return<br />

as part of the lineup.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> AutoMatic80s have been<br />

a crowd favourite for years at<br />

Selwyn Sounds,” said Parlane.<br />

Presale and first release<br />

tickets sold out on<br />

November 15.<br />

Second release tickets are on<br />

sale now ($149).<br />

Parlane said he expects<br />

Selwyn Sounds will sell out<br />

completely before March.<br />

“This has been an extremely<br />

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NEWS 29<br />

UNIQUE: Six-star property Broadfield<br />

Garden is for sale by auction today.<br />

Landmark garden up for auction<br />

A SIX-STAR landmark garden<br />

with a focus on natives is on the<br />

market.<br />

Broadfield Garden, a 4.9ha<br />

property on Selwyn Rd,<br />

Rolleston, is one of New<br />

Zealand’s most awarded.<br />

It is for sale by auction<br />

today, unless sold prior.<br />

Bayleys salesperson<br />

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“<strong>The</strong> grounds . . . sit amongst<br />

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Jones said the owner,<br />

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planned the plantings to reflect<br />

a devotion to natives and New<br />

Zealand-bred varieties of exotics.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> result is a one-of-akind<br />

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Initially a retirement project<br />

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architect Robert Watson to<br />

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Space was set aside for a house<br />

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“A portion of the site’s western<br />

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Flower plantings include a rose<br />

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Numerous community events<br />

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Enjoy scenic views<br />

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Thursday <strong>December</strong> 7 <strong>2023</strong> <strong>The</strong> <strong>Star</strong> 31<br />

Just 15 minutes’ drive south from<br />

Hokitika, visitors have the opportunity to<br />

enjoy the stunning West Coast scenery<br />

from a different perspective – the treetops.<br />

This unique West Coast Tree Top Walk<br />

& Café attraction features a 1.2km-long<br />

walkway situated 20 metres above the<br />

ground, giving panoramic views of the<br />

surrounding native bush. It is reached<br />

via a 300-metre walk up a hill, with<br />

complimentary golf-cart transport up the<br />

hill available if required.<br />

Eleven stop points along the walkway<br />

have plaques with information on what<br />

can be seen from that point. In addition,<br />

visitors can climb a 47-metre-high tower,<br />

which offers 360-degree views of the<br />

Southern Alps, the Tasman Sea and Lake<br />

Mahinapua.<br />

After completing the excursion, visitors<br />

can enjoy refreshments at the delightful<br />

on-site café, which offers a wide selection of<br />

delicious food, and also has a liquor licence.<br />

West Coast Tree Top Walk & Café is<br />

open every day except Christmas Day.<br />

Entrance fees are $36 for adults, $32 for<br />

seniors 60+, $18 for children, $94 for a<br />

family pass – two adults, two children.<br />

Annual passes are available at the same<br />

prices.<br />

See white heron up close<br />

Whataroa is the departure<br />

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<strong>The</strong> tour consists of an<br />

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<strong>The</strong>y are there during spring<br />

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<strong>The</strong> <strong>Star</strong> Thursday <strong>December</strong> 7 <strong>2023</strong><br />

32<br />

NEWS<br />

Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz<br />

• Watch the video on <strong>Star</strong>news.co.nz<br />

MAGIC MAKERS: <strong>The</strong> Shands Rd Christmas Experience<br />

owners Carl and Yvonne Yates.<br />

Shands Rd Christmas Experience<br />

keeps getting bigger and brighter<br />

• By Geoff Sloan<br />

A POPULAR Canterbury<br />

Christmas light display, billed<br />

as the biggest of its kind in<br />

Australasia, switched on its<br />

lights over the weekend.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Shands Rd Christmas<br />

Experience opened on Saturday<br />

and will be on every night<br />

during <strong>December</strong>.<br />

About 50,000 people visit<br />

the Prebbleton property each<br />

Christmas. And its owners, Carl<br />

and Yvonne Yates, say they are<br />

predicting a bumper turnout<br />

again this year.<br />

“We’re slightly insane and<br />

people seem to enjoy seeing what<br />

insane people get up to.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> festive attraction features<br />

dozens of colourful new lighting<br />

designs and animated carnival<br />

displays, all choreographed to<br />

rock music.<br />

<strong>The</strong> interactive Christmas<br />

wonderland expanded into<br />

a neighbouring paddock last<br />

year, doubling the display space<br />

available.<br />

Yates said their ‘village’ has<br />

now been fully completed, taking<br />

the whimsical wonderland to<br />

“the next level”.<br />

SPECTACLE: <strong>The</strong> Christmas Experience will run until <strong>December</strong> 30.<br />

He has no plans to expand<br />

the display further at this stage<br />

and plans to re-design the<br />

main display area as next year’s<br />

project.<br />

“It’s not going to end. <strong>The</strong>re’s<br />

so much new stuff that is<br />

wanting to jump out of my brain<br />

that I want to give it a go.”<br />

Yates admits it cost a lot to run<br />

the light show, with hardware,<br />

traffic management, and $80,000<br />

a year spent just on the lights<br />

alone.<br />

He said, surprisingly, power is<br />

their cheapest expense at $2500<br />

for <strong>December</strong>, thanks to the<br />

energy-efficient LED lights.<br />

“Hundreds of thousands of<br />

dollars go into this, but it’s worth<br />

it.<br />

“And, (as) the old saying goes,<br />

we can’t take it with us when we<br />

die so we might as well enjoy it<br />

PHOTOS: GEOFF SLOAN<br />

and share it around a bit.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> Shands Rd Christmas<br />

Experience is open from 8.30pm<br />

to 11.30pm, until <strong>December</strong> 30.<br />

Entry is $5 per child and $15 for<br />

an adult.<br />

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However as of January 2024 we will<br />

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range of competitively priced Prestige Parts,<br />

which are backed by a 3-year warranty.<br />

Bruce McIlroy Ltd will be the Prestige Parts<br />

Representative for New-Zealand.<br />

We will continue to service and maintain<br />

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We would like to wish all our clients a very<br />

Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New<br />

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From the Bruce McIlroy Team


Thursday <strong>December</strong> 7 <strong>2023</strong> <strong>The</strong> <strong>Star</strong><br />

I AGREE that all council departments<br />

need to be looked at how they operate and<br />

save money.<br />

For example, roading engineers are<br />

redesigning many of our intersections<br />

across the city in an attempt to make us<br />

all better drivers.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Main South, Yaldhurst, Riccarton<br />

Rds intersection is one that has needed<br />

attention for years, but no care has been<br />

given to make it safer and alleviate accidents.<br />

Why wasn’t the now favourite ‘cure<br />

all’ of speed bumps ever tried in this spot<br />

to see if it would help with the accident<br />

rate? Or traffic lights?<br />

Instead it has been neglected and now<br />

is earmarked for an over-the-top redesign<br />

of this and other intersections in the area,<br />

without consideration of cost/benefit or<br />

trying these other measures first.<br />

Having previously lived in the area for<br />

over 25 years I have a lot of experience<br />

using these intersections at all hours both<br />

walking and driving, and although the<br />

redesign looks attractive I’m not sure how<br />

much it will actually help traffic flow/accidents<br />

or be affordable at this time.<br />

-D Downward, Bryndwr<br />

Chlorination<br />

I am very disappointed that we are continuing<br />

with this terrible situation. We<br />

have some of the best water in the world<br />

yet the Government are so set in their<br />

ways they are not looking at our situation<br />

in Christchurch.<br />

LETTERS 33<br />

Intersection redesign<br />

appears ‘over the top’<br />

I hope someone has the courage to keep<br />

trying to get our water back to<br />

the way it was without additives.<br />

-Tricia Scarlett<br />

Richie Mo’unga<br />

Great insight in to Richie Mo’unga’s<br />

decision to play rugby in Japan (<strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Star</strong>, November 30). Richie was a great<br />

Crusader and a fine person to know off<br />

the field. His brilliance on the field was<br />

crucial to the Crusaders winning seven<br />

titles in a row under Razor. I wish him<br />

all the best. Good to hear Owen Franks<br />

(another Crusader great), is back with the<br />

team for the first time since 2019. He will<br />

add a lot to the team.<br />

-Graham Paterson, Redwood<br />

We want to hear your views<br />

on the issues affecting life<br />

in Canterbury<br />

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We travel with Singapore Airlines to<br />

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a city sightseeing tour and a visit to<br />

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our tour in Dublin (3 nights).<br />

We have included a hop on hop off<br />

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so you can enjoy this fabulous city at<br />

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(2 nights), Enjoy a Jaunting Car ride<br />

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tour the famous Ring of Kerry. On<br />

via the stunning Cliffs of Moher to<br />

Galway for overnight. Via Donegal<br />

to Derry with a walking tour of the<br />

walled city.<br />

flight to Scotland where we stay in<br />

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Once again we provide tickets on the<br />

Hop on Hop off bus so you can enjoy<br />

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the highlights are great tickets to the<br />

spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo.<br />

<strong>The</strong> lone piper on top of the Castle<br />

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We then travel via Gretna Green to<br />

Lake District (2 nights). Here we visit<br />

Beatrix Potter attraction and scenic<br />

lake cruise as well as Small gauge<br />

Railway journey. Travel to historic<br />

York (3 nights). Enjoy a free day<br />

here with time to visit the famous<br />

“Shambles” and the Minster.<br />

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Can you help us to save<br />

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Read Ava's story on our website<br />

airrescue.co.nz or call us on 03 358 8244<br />

A visit to the famous Giants Causeway<br />

with its 40,000 interlocking basalt<br />

columns, the result of an ancient<br />

volcanic fissure eruption. Travel the<br />

scenic coastal road to Belfast. Enjoy a<br />

Tour of the Titanic Quarter in Belfast.<br />

<strong>The</strong> 3D tech usitlised in this exhibition<br />

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interior. We just need Leonardo<br />

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We enjoy a visit to Whitby – learn<br />

about its connections with Captain<br />

Cook and Dracula. Visit the stunning<br />

Castle Howard with time to visit house<br />

and Gardens. Visit Chester and then<br />

on to scenic Cotswold’s (3 nights).<br />

Visit Stratford on Avon, with local<br />

guide. Magnificent Blenheim Palace,<br />

the Roman city of Bath with a tour<br />

by a local guide. We head back into<br />

London via Oxford, “city of dreaming<br />

spires” for 3 nights at our central 4*<br />

hotel. Enjoy optional sightseeing or<br />

maybe a show.<br />

We travel home with an overnight<br />

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34 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Star</strong> Thursday <strong>December</strong> 7 <strong>2023</strong><br />

SENIORS’ LIVING LIFE<br />

Advertising Feature<br />

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WINDSORCARE has some exciting<br />

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<strong>The</strong> townhouses are conveniently located<br />

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Today, WINDSORCARE offers a<br />

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<strong>The</strong>y also offer Rest home, Special Care<br />

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SENIORS’ LIVING LIFE<br />

Thursday <strong>December</strong> 7 <strong>2023</strong> <strong>The</strong> <strong>Star</strong> 35<br />

Advertising Feature<br />

Addressing Improper<br />

Use of Enduring<br />

Power of Attorney<br />

Time to talk<br />

Nowadays people are eager to take<br />

a more active part in deciding how to<br />

be remembered. This is a way you can<br />

remove some uncertainty from your<br />

family members at this difficult time. Prearranging<br />

your funeral provides peace of<br />

mind for you and your family, knowing<br />

that you’re not leaving your family with<br />

all the decisions. It enables you to leave<br />

an expression of your wishes to guide<br />

your family on how you would like to<br />

be remembered. It assists with answers<br />

to common questions about details such<br />

as venue, readings, music and flowers.<br />

Family members can also gain comfort<br />

from knowing they are respectfully<br />

following the wishes of their loved one.<br />

Lamb & Hayward are happy to meet<br />

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<strong>The</strong>re is no cost for this service. You can<br />

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us. After meeting with one of our funeral<br />

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your wishes. If you wish to add or change<br />

your wishes in the future this can be done<br />

at any time. We would recommend you<br />

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To book an appointment at your place<br />

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An enduring power of attorney (EPA)<br />

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An attorney has an obligation to act in<br />

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there may be times where concerns arise<br />

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An application to review the decisions<br />

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best interests of the donor. An application<br />

can be made while the EPA is in force or<br />

after it has been revoked or the donor has<br />

died.<br />

<strong>The</strong> PPPRA also allows for applications<br />

to be made to the Family Court for other<br />

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concerns or issues related to the EPA. For<br />

example, if there are concerns about the<br />

misuse of funds or assets, or about the<br />

attorney’s ability to carry out their duties.<br />

An application can be made by the<br />

donor, a relative of the donor, someone<br />

with an interest in the donor’s welfare<br />

such as a social worker or medical<br />

practitioner, and any other person by<br />

leave of the court.<br />

<strong>The</strong> applicant must provide evidence<br />

that suggests the attorney may not be<br />

acting in the best interests of the donor<br />

such as documents, affidavits, or written<br />

correspondence such as text messages<br />

or emails. <strong>The</strong> attorney will be provided<br />

with a copy of the application and an<br />

opportunity to respond. <strong>The</strong> court will<br />

consider the application after hearing<br />

from all parties and make a decision<br />

based on what it believes is in the best<br />

interests of the donor. If the court finds<br />

that the attorney has acted improperly,<br />

it may revoke or vary the EPA, appoint<br />

a property manager or welfare guardian,<br />

or make any other necessary orders to<br />

protect the person’s interests.<br />

If you are worried about the improper<br />

use of an EPA, you have options available<br />

to address your concerns. Under the<br />

PPPRA, you can make applications to<br />

the Family Court to review the attorney’s<br />

decisions and seek other orders to<br />

protect the interests of the person who<br />

granted the EPA. It is important to<br />

gather evidence and seek legal advice to<br />

ensure the best chance of success in these<br />

applications.<br />

Protecting you<br />

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Our friendly and experienced Seniors Law team offers specialised<br />

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• By Diane Keenan<br />

FORMER NEW Zealand<br />

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player James Watt has the<br />

attributes needed to succeed on<br />

the tough international tennis<br />

circuit.<br />

Simpson,<br />

who is in<br />

Christchurch<br />

this week for<br />

the national<br />

junior championships,<br />

can<br />

see similarities<br />

Jeff Simpson<br />

between the<br />

2.08m tall Watt<br />

and Argentina’s<br />

Juan Martin del Potro (1.98cm)<br />

who beat the five-time defending<br />

champion Roger Federer to win<br />

the 2009 US Open singles title.<br />

“James is a big guy, with a big<br />

game who, like del Potro, moves<br />

extremely well on court for<br />

someone so tall,” said Simpson,<br />

dubbed the “Godfather of New<br />

Zealand tennis”.<br />

Simpson reached a career high<br />

ATP ranking of 65 in 1975 and<br />

was the longest serving national<br />

coach and Davis Cup captain in<br />

New Zealand history. He is now<br />

advising Watt, 23, alongside the<br />

his long-time coach and mentor<br />

Kane Newland.<br />

“I saw James playing in Papamoa<br />

last year and he stood out<br />

because he is an athlete and has<br />

all the ingredients needed in a<br />

professional player,” he said.<br />

Simpson’s praise mirrors that<br />

of Elmwood club stalwarts who<br />

have watched Watt playing for<br />

the last two weeks in the inter<br />

club semi-finals and finals.<br />

Cashmere beat Elmwood in<br />

the final on Saturday, but Watt<br />

clinched a 7-6 7-6 win in a highclass<br />

match against Cashmere’s<br />

James Meredith. Elmwood had<br />

a clean sweep in the women’s<br />

final being too strong and experienced<br />

for the young Bishopdale<br />

team.<br />

Newland, who has coached<br />

Watt since he started school at<br />

Timaru Boys’ High as a 13-yearold,<br />

always saw the potential in<br />

his protégé and from the outset<br />

began developing him as an<br />

adult player, based on a strong<br />

serve, lethal ground strokes and<br />

net play.<br />

“He didn’t always get the<br />

results as a junior, but we were<br />

looking to the future and James<br />

was happy with that,” Newland<br />

said.<br />

Newland will accompany Watt<br />

on what will be a hectic summer<br />

of tennis which started yesterday<br />

with the Wellington Open. Watt,<br />

second seed behind Davis Cup<br />

player KP Pannu, had a bye<br />

yesterday.<br />

<strong>The</strong> event dovetails into the<br />

International Tennis Federation<br />

World Tour professional tournament<br />

which starts on Sunday.<br />

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Jeff Simpson can see similarities between top Elmwood<br />

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Martin del Potro (1.98cm, below right). PHOTOS: GETTY, SMC<br />

Last year the ITF tournament,<br />

in which he finished runner up,<br />

was his first professional tournament<br />

after four years studying<br />

and playing tennis in the United<br />

States at Saint Mary’s College<br />

California.<br />

From Wellington Watt will<br />

head to Papamoa for the ITF<br />

World Tour tournament starting<br />

on <strong>December</strong> 17. He then plays<br />

the Te Anau invitational event<br />

on <strong>December</strong> 28-29 where the<br />

winner earns a wildcard into<br />

the country’s premier tennis<br />

tournament, the ASB Classic in<br />

Auckland in January.<br />

Watt has also signed up as a<br />

hitting partner at the Australian<br />

Open where he is looking forward<br />

to the experience of training<br />

with some of the world’s best.<br />

<strong>The</strong> positive feedback about his<br />

potential from Newland, Simpson<br />

and other tennis experts, is giving<br />

Watt confidence to pursue his<br />

dream as a tennis professional.<br />

“I want to give tennis a shot<br />

while I am still young,” the 1013<br />

world-ranked Watt said.<br />

He graduated with an economics<br />

degree and says it is “brutal<br />

financially” being on tour<br />

ranked outside the world’s top<br />

200. On tour he shares accommodation<br />

with fellow players and<br />

any money made playing club<br />

tennis or tournaments goes into<br />

another flight. He would like to<br />

have Newland travel with him<br />

full-time – coaching from afar<br />

means long phone calls between<br />

the pair.<br />

“Mum and dad are fantastic<br />

and help out as they can<br />

financially. And in spite of the<br />

cost, they never put any pressure<br />

on me. <strong>The</strong> decisions are all<br />

mine – I am the chief executive<br />

of myself and it’s up to me to<br />

succeed,” said Watt, who was<br />

also at the nationals this week<br />

supporting his younger brother<br />

Ryan.<br />

Diego takes national title for second year<br />

• By Diane Keenan<br />

DIEGO Quispe-Kim won his<br />

second New Zealand 18-andunder<br />

boys’ championship at<br />

Wilding Park this week.<br />

Quispe-Kim, 17, beat the top<br />

seed Harry Pugh of Nelson 7-6,<br />

6-2, to take the title, which was<br />

played in blustery conditions.<br />

<strong>The</strong> national championships,<br />

which he also won last year, was<br />

Quispe-Kim’s final event as a<br />

junior. He will start his professional<br />

career this week by playing<br />

in the International Tennis Federation<br />

World Tour event starting<br />

in Wellington on Sunday, followed<br />

by the Papamoa ITF event<br />

the following week.<br />

Cashmere’s Lucia Gale and<br />

Ruby Young were runners up in<br />

the national girls doubles event,<br />

losing to the top seeds Renee<br />

Zhang and Maria Galatescu.<br />

Gale, 15, who beat Young in<br />

the quarter-finals of the singles<br />

championship, finished fourth<br />

in the national girls’ championships.<br />

Gale is now playing in the U16<br />

national girls’ championship at<br />

Wilding Park where she is top<br />

seed, while Young is playing in<br />

the upcoming ITF world tour<br />

tournaments.<br />

Bishopdale’s Aliyah Daly<br />

finished in fourth place in the<br />

girls 14 and under national<br />

championships.


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Ottley first female driver to 700 wins<br />

• By Mike Love<br />

NEW ZEALAND’S most<br />

successful female driver Samantha<br />

Ottley is feeling “very thankful”<br />

after bringing up her 700th<br />

driving success at Methven on<br />

Sunday.<br />

Ottley steered the Kevin<br />

Fairbairn-trained horse Holly<br />

Highlander to a narrow victory in<br />

the Hekeao Feed Company Trot,<br />

beating Sunny Louis by a nose.<br />

“It’s a pretty cool achievement<br />

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Ottley.<br />

“It was good to bring it up with<br />

Kevin and Wendy (Nordqvist)<br />

who have been a big supporter of<br />

mine. I’ve driven for them for a<br />

long time, so it was good to get a<br />

milestone win with them.”<br />

Holly Highlander went into<br />

the lead early, before handing<br />

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waited patiently in the trail before<br />

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WAIMAIRI BEACH will return<br />

to the Woodward Cup next<br />

year after beating Avondale in a<br />

promotion-relegation decider on<br />

Sunday.<br />

<strong>The</strong> seasiders won 6-2, pulling<br />

away towards the end after being<br />

narrowest of margins. “I knew<br />

it was a really close finish. It<br />

was pretty cool, Mark (Purdon)<br />

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“All the messages of congratulations<br />

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Ottley has been a popular driving<br />

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Waimairi Beach had won the<br />

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Ottley drove Nigel Paul to her first<br />

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“I was lucky it was my first ever<br />

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Phone 0800 804 663 - 24 Hour Availability<br />

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christchurch.justfunerals.co.nz<br />

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$2,200 GSt inclusive<br />

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Garage Sales<br />

GARAGE SALE<br />

BURWOOD<br />

HOIHERE PLACE<br />

TUMARA PARK<br />

(Behind Burwood Hospital)<br />

SATURDAY from 8am<br />

Household items, tools,<br />

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Garage Sales<br />

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computer tills with cash<br />

units, glass shelves, RMS<br />

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SPREYDON 256<br />

Pharmacy, now closed.<br />

Sat 9th Dec, 9am till 2pm.<br />

Retail shop counters,<br />

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shelf supports, filing<br />

cabinets, office chairs,<br />

display stands, desks, shop<br />

pelmets. Free assorted<br />

Cash Only.<br />

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Crescent, Saturday 9th<br />

Dec 8am to 3pm. Deceased<br />

Estate garage sale.<br />

Gardening<br />

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A THICK LAYER OF<br />

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5445<br />

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Trimming, Reduction or<br />

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021 430 017<br />

BURWOOD<br />

HOIHERE PLACE,<br />

TUMARA PARK.<br />

(Behind Burwood<br />

Hospital)<br />

Saturday from 8am<br />

Household Items, Clothes,<br />

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more, all in good condition<br />

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REDWOOD<br />

22 James Condon Ave.<br />

Saturday & Sunday (Dec 9 Macrocarpa<br />

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Christmas Decorations,<br />

Animations, Household<br />

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raised<br />

garden beds complete or<br />

kitset, standard size 2.4 x<br />

1.2m or custom made. ph/<br />

txt 021861732 to order


Classifieds<br />

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Pets & Supplies<br />

CATS UNLOVED<br />

can help with the cost<br />

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catsunloved@xtra.co.nz<br />

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Grey colouring .$5 each.<br />

Ph 021 372 481<br />

Raffles<br />

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more details on 021 381<br />

765<br />

To Let<br />

HOMESITTERS reqd<br />

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021 547 262 www.<br />

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co.nz<br />

HOMESITTERS reqd<br />

for Dec/Jan. Pref not<br />

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homes/pets. Phone<br />

021 547 262 www.<br />

townandcountryhomesit.<br />

co.nz<br />

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• Interior/Exterior<br />

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THE ROOF<br />

SPECIALISTS<br />

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Phone NOW 4 FREE<br />

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022 044 3008<br />

30 years + experience<br />

Older house<br />

restorations:<br />

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John Sandford, ph 329<br />

4616, mob 027 5189 598<br />

johnsandford2@gmail.<br />

com<br />

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Jo 021 164 0365<br />

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8440, 027 66 22 116<br />

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cash paid. Ph Paul 022<br />

0891 671<br />

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Ph 027 6220 011<br />

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earlier ph 338-9931<br />

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Omarama via the Waitaki Valley lakes district and hydro dams.<br />

Overnight at <strong>The</strong> Heritage Gateway Hotel with dinner and<br />

breakfast included.<br />

Day 3 <strong>December</strong> 27: Travel back to ChCh via Lakes Pukaki and<br />

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44 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Star</strong> Thursday <strong>December</strong> 7 <strong>2023</strong><br />

PAVILION CAFE OPEN DAILY FROM 8AM<br />

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Get ready to indulge<br />

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MAIN RECEPTION HOURS DAILY FROM 9AM. MONDAY & TUESDAY<br />

UNTIL 5PM AND WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY UNTIL 8PM<br />

Hornby Club's<br />

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*Purchases beyond the<br />

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**To purchase alcohol,<br />

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New Year<br />

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GIG GUIDE<br />

Thursday 7 to Wednesday 13 Dec <strong>2023</strong><br />

50's UP BRASS XMAS CONCERT:<br />

Friday 15th Dec, 2pm - Cashmere Club.<br />

Spot prizes, raffles, guest artists + Father<br />

Christmas, $5 entry.<br />

ARMADILLO'S BECKENHAM, 155<br />

Colombo St: Saturday 9pm - Speedboat.<br />

A ROLLING STONE, 579 Colombo St:<br />

Friday 8pm – Blues & Boogie Fridays feat<br />

<strong>The</strong> Blues Mamas, Susan Leigh Grant &<br />

Izzy Miller Bell from 8pm and the fabulous<br />

Boogie House from 9pm, feat Steve Driver,<br />

Harry Harrison, Justine S, Robbie<br />

Carpenter & Allan Cattermole, koha entry.<br />

Saturday doors 8pm, show 9pm, Damage<br />

Effect presents their Classic Metallica<br />

Tribute Show, tickets $25+BF<br />

cosmicticketing.co.nz or limited door sales.<br />

Monday 7pm – Believe It or Not Quiz, free,<br />

bookings on 03-377-4787. Wednesday 8pm<br />

– Christmas in Swingtown – Swingtown<br />

Rebels’ last dance night for the year, feat live<br />

music from Silverlocks and Her 3 Bears,<br />

AKA Katie Martin, Mike Bickers, Louie<br />

Moverley, Russel Steadman and special<br />

guest Lana Law, all welcome to dance or<br />

just enjoy the music, free.<br />

AVONHEAD TAVERN, 120 Withells<br />

Rd: Friday 7.30pm - Live music.<br />

BILL'S BAR, 1 Halswell Rd: Thursday<br />

7pm - Mickey Rat Karaoke. Friday 7.30pm<br />

- Tracey Rockhouse. Saturday 7pm -<br />

Wahines. Sunday 6.30pm - Mickey Rat<br />

Karaoke.<br />

BOO'S, Level 1, 98 Victoria St:<br />

Thursday 8pm - Nicole & Freddie. Friday<br />

8pm -Alice Tanner; 10.30pm - Fuchsia<br />

Haze. Saturday 8pm - Luca Joass; 10.30pm -<br />

D'Sendantz Duo.<br />

BRIDIE'S BAR, 401 Worcester St:<br />

Friday 4pm - DJ Rakinem. Saturday 3pm -<br />

Nexus; 6pm - DJ Rakinem.<br />

CASHMERE CLUB, 50 Colombo St:<br />

Saturday 8.30pm - Christmas Latin Ball,<br />

$15 entry.<br />

CHATS BAR, 251 Travis Rd: Friday<br />

7.30pm - Hired Guns.<br />

CHCH CASINO, 30 Victoria St:<br />

Thursday 7pm - Double or Nothing. Friday<br />

5.30pm - Nicole & Freddie; 9pm - <strong>The</strong><br />

Meaniez. Saturday 5.30pm - Tumehe; 9pm -<br />

HeadRush.<br />

CHCH FOLK MUSIC CLUB, Irish<br />

Society Hall, 29 Domain Tce: Sunday<br />

7.30pm - 'A Fruitful Life' End of Year BBQ<br />

& Concert.<br />

FAT EDDIES, 76 Hereford St: Thursday<br />

4.30pm - Penny Blues Band; 7.30pm - Black<br />

& Gold; 11pm - Jinx. Friday 2.30pm -<br />

Fuchsia Haze; 5pm - <strong>The</strong> Kingsmen Trio;<br />

8.30pm - <strong>The</strong> In Crowd; 12am - Castaway.<br />

Saturday 2pm - Diamond Blue Duo;<br />

4.30pm - Lee Martin Duo; 8pm - Liberator;<br />

11.30pm - Jinx. Sunday 2.30pm - King<br />

Tubbs Duo; 6pm - Nick Pitts Trio.<br />

FERRYMEAD HERITAGE PARK, 80<br />

North Ferrymead Park Dr: Sunday<br />

10am - Christmas Spectacular, tickets at<br />

eventfinda.<br />

FOOD TRUCK ALLEY, 3 McCormacks<br />

Bay Rd: Sunday 4pm - Nowhere Men;<br />

Sunday 17th Dec, 4pm - Sound Hunters.<br />

GRETA VALLEY, 9 Tavern Dr, Greta<br />

Valley: Saturday 23rd Dec, 7.30pm - Zayde<br />

Blair.<br />

HORNBY CLUB, 17 Carmen Rd:<br />

Saturday 7pm - Ian Mac. Sunday 3pm -<br />

Reminisce with Anthony.<br />

To add a listing, contact<br />

Jo Fuller 03 379 7100 or<br />

027 458 8590<br />

jo.fuller@starmedia.kiwi<br />

KAIAPOI CLUB, Raven's Quay:<br />

Saturday 8.30pm - Girls' Night Out feat.<br />

Wolfpack Male Revue, tickets $25.<br />

MACKENZIES HOTEL, 51 Pages Rd:<br />

Friday 8pm - Speedboat.<br />

MANDEVILLE TAVERN, 99 Raven<br />

Quay, Kaiapoi: Saturday 7pm -<br />

Krakkajack Good-Time Band. Sunday 17th<br />

Dec, 1.30pm - Deb's Country Christmas<br />

Special feat. Aroha Williams; Allan Barron;<br />

Lynne James; Tony Rae; Vicki Downes;<br />

Even Coster; Barb Lloyd; Ross Arthur; Jad<br />

Nicol; Anthony Easterbrook Carter; <strong>The</strong><br />

Krakkajack Daniels Band, $10 entry.<br />

MICKY FINN'S, 85a Hereford St:<br />

Thursday 8pm - D'Sendantz. Friday<br />

10.30pm - D'Sendantz. Saturday 10.30pm -<br />

Flat City Brotherhood.<br />

OAK N FERRY, 608 Ferry Rd: Friday<br />

7pm - <strong>The</strong> Party Singers.<br />

RACECOURSE HOTEL, 118<br />

Racecourse Rd: Friday 7pm - DJ Chick<br />

Karaoke.<br />

RANGIORA MARKET, Victoria Park,<br />

Rangiora: Friday 3pm - Mandi Miller.<br />

RICHMOND CLUB, '<strong>The</strong> Borough', 75<br />

London St: Friday 7pm - Single Malt<br />

Whiskey. Saturday 7pm - Pepa Jack. Sunday<br />

3pm - Neil Alexander.<br />

ROSE & THISTLE, 24a Main North<br />

Rdn St: Friday 8.30pm - A&J Karaoke.<br />

Saturday 8.30pm - Unhinged.<br />

SIDELINE BAR, 331 Stanmore Rd:<br />

Thursday - Jam Night with Ritchie Gillies &<br />

Nick Buchanan.<br />

TEMP'S BAR, 21 Goulding Ave:<br />

Saturday 8.30pm - Titanic.<br />

THE BOG, 50 Victoria St: Thursday<br />

7pm - Quiz. Friday 6pm - Neil Alexander;<br />

10pm - Keenan's Revenge. Saturday 7pm -<br />

Callian Duo; 11pm - Level 6. Sunday 5pm -<br />

Brogues Gallery. Monday 6pm - Sionna.<br />

Tuesday 7.30pm - Jamesons Irish Sessions.<br />

THE BOWER, 487 New Brighton Rd:<br />

Friday 6.30pm - 12 Gauge Rock Band.<br />

THE EMBANKMENT, 181 Ferry Rd:<br />

Friday - Open Mic. Wednesday 9pm -<br />

Titanic.<br />

THE LITTLE FIDDLE, 132 Oxford Tce:<br />

Thursday 9pm - Topia. Friday, Saturday<br />

9pm - DJ's. Sunday 4pm - Sunday Session.<br />

THE MAK TAVERN, 1276 Main North<br />

Rd, Kainga: Saturday 8.30pm - Feel Good<br />

Factor.<br />

THE MILLER BAR, 308 Lincoln Rd:<br />

Friday 9.30pm - Decoy Duck. Saturday<br />

9.30pm - Bite the Bullet. Sunday 6pm -<br />

Karaoke with Lance. Tuesday 8pm - Quiz.<br />

Wednesday 7.30pm - Karaoke with Lance.<br />

THE ROCKPOOL, 85 Hereford St:<br />

Thursday 9pm, Friday 8.30pm, Saturday<br />

8.30pm, Sunday 8pm - DJ's.<br />

THIRSTY ACRES, West Coast Rd,<br />

Kirwee: Sunday 3pm - X-Files Duo.<br />

WOODSTOCK, 291 Lincoln Rd:<br />

Thursday 7pm - Quiz. Friday 7.30pm - Live<br />

music. Saturday 7.30pm - Live music.<br />

Wednesday 7pm - Willie's Open Mic.<br />

WOOLSTON SPORTS BAR, 669 Ferry<br />

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• By Sasha Watson<br />

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Said director Carey Ewing: “We<br />

hope this is jus the beginning of<br />

the conversation. <strong>The</strong> response<br />

from the youth panel reinforced<br />

wha the October Hornby Youth<br />

Voice survey results showed and<br />

a lot of common themes were<br />

echoed throughou the evening.<br />

“Youths are looking for<br />

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Christchurch’s best read and largest circulating newspaper<br />

CONNECTION, acceptance and<br />

community are jus three of the<br />

most desirable things for Hornby<br />

youth.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se were among the most<br />

prominen themes spoken about<br />

during a Hornby youth meeting<br />

last week, which was held a the<br />

Hornby Club and hosted by Te<br />

Whare Awhero Hope House.<br />

A FOREST FULL: (From left) Zara Clark, Tess Sitjes, Sana Fujii and Ruby Young of St Margaret’s College were part of<br />

24 school teams which played a part in planting more than 30,000 natives this year.<br />

ST MARGARET’S College<br />

was one of 24 schools which<br />

played a part in planting more<br />

than 30,000 natives in the city’s<br />

red zone this year.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y have been recognised<br />

as part of an outstanding collaboration<br />

with the Eco Action<br />

Paul and the team at Somerfield<br />

David<br />

Newton<br />

Nursery Trust, and the wider<br />

community.<br />

Trust chair David Newton<br />

said while it was the trust<br />

which received the outstanding<br />

collaboration award a the<br />

Sustainable Business Network<br />

awards ceremony, it was<br />

the “multiple collaborations<br />

between the trust, the community,<br />

the us that we can’t do this alone<br />

council, the and recognises the strength of<br />

schools and working together.”<br />

organisations” <strong>The</strong> trust grows native trees<br />

which played and plants suitable for native<br />

an integral bird food and habitats within<br />

part in the the red zone, sourced from the<br />

win.<br />

Travis Wetlands.<br />

Said Newton:<br />

“It shows • Turn to page 7<br />

which is an important aspect of<br />

their journey from childhood to<br />

adulthood.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> panel discussion included<br />

Hornby High School students<br />

and staff, youth workers, the<br />

Community Development<br />

Network Trust, the Greater<br />

Hornby Residents Association,<br />

police and the Graeme Dingle<br />

Foundation Canterbury<br />

representatives, as well as an<br />

audience of about 60 people.<br />

• Turn to page 5<br />

throughout the past year<br />

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60001717 / 60001718 / 60001719 / 60001720<br />

Samsung 55” CU8000 Crystal UHD<br />

4K TV 9<strong>07</strong>7056 / UA55CU8000SXNZ<br />

$1399<br />

MATES<br />

RATES<br />

Adler Outdoor Corner Lounge<br />

Setting with Cover 9<strong>07</strong>1939<br />

$1999<br />

Valid until 9th January 2024<br />

MATES<br />

RATES<br />

was<br />

$3799<br />

45%<br />

$59 $ was<br />

each 199<br />

OFF # 70%<br />

OFF #<br />

MATES<br />

RATES<br />

each<br />

OPPO Reno10 5G - Silver Grey<br />

$699<br />

60001108 / CPH2531 GREY<br />

MATES<br />

RATES<br />

<strong>The</strong> Great Beko<br />

Camping Giveaway.<br />

Purchase any Beko Product<br />

between 29/11/<strong>2023</strong> - 2/1/2024<br />

and go in the draw to win 1 of<br />

2 family camping packs.* 2<br />

Valued at over $10,000* 2<br />

Smiths City<br />

Colombo Street<br />

550 Colombo Street,<br />

Christchurch<br />

Smiths City<br />

Northwood<br />

1 Radcliffe Rd,<br />

Christchurch<br />

Smiths City<br />

Hornby<br />

6 Tower Street,<br />

Christchurch<br />

Appliances, Beds,<br />

Furniture, TVs,<br />

Audio & more.<br />

*60 Months Interest Free valid until Tuesday 12th <strong>December</strong> <strong>2023</strong>. Lending criteria, $50 annual Account Fee, fees, Ts&Cs apply. Minimum spend applies. Excludes gift cards and some promotional items. $55<br />

Establishment Fee applies to your first LTF transaction, $35 Advance Fee applies to subsequent LTF transactions. Min payments of 3% of the monthly closing balance or $10 (whichever is greater) are required<br />

throughout interest free period. Paying only the minimum monthly payments will not fully repay the loan before the end of the interest free period. Q Mastercard Expired Promotional Rate or Q Card Standard Interest<br />

Rate (both 27.99% p.a.) applies at the end of LTF Interest Free Period. (See Ts&Cs for Q Mastercard Standard Interest Rate applicable to outstanding balance of a Standard Purchase.) Mastercard and the circles design<br />

are registered trademarks of Mastercard International Incorporated. Finance is issued by Columbus Financial Services Ltd. Ask in-store or see online at smithscity.co.nz/q-mastercard for details. *2 Terms & Conditions<br />

apply. Beko summer giveaway promotion is valid from the 29th November <strong>2023</strong> – 2nd January 2024, only available to personal shoppers and is not available to trade & commercial shoppers. 1 entry per item. Prize pack<br />

is subject to change based on stock availability from the supplier. Entries will be randomly drawn on January 8th 2024 and the winner will be contacted and announced the week of.


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52 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Star</strong> Thursday <strong>December</strong> 7 <strong>2023</strong><br />

WORLD<br />

BUSKERS<br />

FESTIVAL<br />

2024<br />

CHRISTCHURCH<br />

CASINO<br />

P<br />

KILMORE STREET<br />

TOWN HALL<br />

CHESTER ST WEST<br />

GLOUCESTER STREET<br />

WORCESTER BLVD<br />

CAMBRIDGE TERRACE<br />

DURHAM STREET<br />

OXFORD TERRACE<br />

CATHEDRAL SQUARE<br />

HEREFORD STREET<br />

CASHEL STREET<br />

RIVERSIDE<br />

MARKETS<br />

ARMAGH STREET<br />

TE PAE CONVENTION<br />

CENTRE<br />

COLOMBO STREET COLOMBO STREET<br />

COLOMBO STREET<br />

CATHEDRAL<br />

SQUARE<br />

OXFORD TCE<br />

GLOUCESTER STREET<br />

WORCESTER STREET<br />

HIGH STREET<br />

MANCHESTER STREET<br />

DURHAM ST S<br />

LICHFIELD STREET

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