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THURSDAY, APRIL <strong>25</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

www.starnews.co.nz<br />

Young disc golf star hoping to<br />

go the distance in Oklahoma<br />

• By Emily O’Hagan<br />

SARAH Wadsworth already<br />

holds two disc golf distance<br />

throwing world titles – and she’ll<br />

soon be competing for another at<br />

the world junior champs in the<br />

United States.<br />

The nine-year-old from Dallington<br />

will take part in the<br />

under-10s competition in Tulsa,<br />

Oklahoma, where she will be the<br />

youngest competitor.<br />

Sarah is confident her skills<br />

and determination will take her<br />

far in the sport.<br />

“It’s going to be a career one<br />

day, but at the moment it’s<br />

(about) having fun.”<br />

After learning about disc golf<br />

through a friend, Sarah picked<br />

up a frisbee and discovered what<br />

the growing sport was all about.<br />

Not only is Sarah a top disc<br />

golf player, she is excelling in<br />

other sports.<br />

She won the Canterbury<br />

8-years girls discus and shot put<br />

championship in March, after<br />

weeks earlier breaking the Canterbury<br />

shot put record by 1.85m.<br />

Her father Paul has also developed<br />

a passion for the sport.<br />

“We found it was a fantastic<br />

game to play as a family and<br />

that’s why we went out and<br />

bought a starter pack so we could<br />

all go out and play together.”<br />

Her sporting prowess is not<br />

surprising.<br />

Paul was a top javelin thrower<br />

in the 1990s. He represented<br />

RECORD HOLDER: Sarah<br />

Wadsworth is heading<br />

to the United States for<br />

the disc golf junior world<br />

championships in July. As<br />

Sarah has progressed in the<br />

sport, her father Paul has also<br />

developed a passion for it.<br />

PHOTOS: EMILY O’HAGAN<br />

New Zealand, and was based<br />

in Europe for a while in a bid<br />

to qualify for the 1994 Commonwealth<br />

Games in Victoria,<br />

Canada. But an injury at a training<br />

camp in Germany dashed<br />

any hopes of qualifying for the<br />

games.<br />

“People say she (Sarah) is a<br />

chip off the old block. But she’s<br />

far ahead of the old block,” he<br />

laughed.<br />

Paul said it has taken a lot of<br />

passion and dedication to get<br />

Sarah to where she is today.<br />

“Trying to learn the actual<br />

idiosyncrasy of throwing one of<br />

these and getting the maximum<br />

distance or the best flight out of<br />

it and how the angles work and<br />

how the discs work, it’s been<br />

rapid. We’ve been going just over<br />

two years.”<br />

Sarah competed in the US last<br />

year and met some disc golf pros<br />

there, including current mentor<br />

and sponsor Kona Montgomery,<br />

a top-ranked professional and<br />

disc golf social media star.<br />

The Wadsworths had been<br />

approached by a number of potential<br />

sponsors, but Sarah said<br />

she connected with Kona.<br />

“Kona really hit us because<br />

she wanted to mentor me as a<br />

child, which I thought was just so<br />

unreal that I would have someone<br />

mentoring me and I would<br />

be going to world champs and<br />

maybe there’s a chance I could<br />

actually win.”<br />

However, getting to international<br />

events is expensive<br />

so Sarah’s family have set up a<br />

fundraising page at givealittle.<br />

co.nz/cause/world-juniors-<strong>2024</strong><br />

and are working on other fundraising<br />

ideas to help get her to<br />

Oklahoma in July.<br />

• Watch the video on<br />

Starnews.co.nz<br />

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When Germany invaded Wilhelm Brasse’s native Poland in 1939, he refused to<br />

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camp as political prisoner number 3444. A trained portrait photographer, he was<br />

ordered by the SS to record the inner workings of the camp. He began by taking<br />

identification photographs of prisoners as they entered, went on to capture the<br />

criminal medical experiments of Josef Mengele, and also recorded executions.<br />

Between 1940 and 1945, Brasse took around 50,000 photographs. He took them<br />

because he had no choice. This extraordinary true story of hope and courage lies at<br />

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz<br />

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Lale Sokolov is well-dressed, a charmer, a ladies’ man. He is also a Jew. On the first<br />

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2 Thursday <strong>April</strong> <strong>25</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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Upcycled Autumn Art,<br />

Friday Saturday and Sunday all<br />

day, Aranui Library<br />

Go along to our upcycled autumn<br />

art craft and piece your autumn tree<br />

together. This is an unsupervised<br />

session. Free, no booking required.<br />

Christchurch<br />

Commonwealth Games 50th<br />

Anniversary Display<br />

Until Sunday<br />

New Brighton Museum, 8 Hardy St<br />

The final week to see memorabilia<br />

related to the 1974 Commonwealth<br />

Games – photos and newspaper<br />

clippings will be on display, plus<br />

old uniforms, a 1973 Holden<br />

Kingswood, a fully restored <strong>25</strong>lb<br />

field gun used for gun salutes, and<br />

much more. Opening hours Tuesday<br />

to Thursday,11am-3pm; Friday to<br />

Sunday, 10am-4pm.<br />

JP Clinic<br />

Tuesdays, 10am-1pm, at Linwood<br />

and Shirley<br />

Linwood and Shirley libraries<br />

A justice of the peace will be<br />

available to witness signatures<br />

and documents, certify document<br />

Discover the Dunes Guided Walk, Saturday, 10-11.30am, New<br />

BrightonLibrary. Spot a spinifex or find a ficinia on this guided walk<br />

with award-winning ranger Jason Roberts. Meet at the clock tower in<br />

front of the library. Photograph your special finds and upload them into<br />

iNaturalist NZ for the city nature challenge. Check-in at the library at the<br />

end of your tour if you need some assistance with the app.<br />

copies, hear oaths, declarations,<br />

affidavits or affirmations, as well<br />

as sign citizenship or rates rebates<br />

applications.<br />

SeniorNet New Brighton<br />

Monday to Thursday, 10am-noon<br />

202 Marine Parade, opposite the<br />

Hot Pools<br />

Come and learn more about your<br />

computer, laptop or Iphone, in<br />

warm, friendly surroundings, oneon-one<br />

session. Phone 3826048 for<br />

more information.<br />

Creative Bites<br />

Friday 2-4.30pm<br />

New Brighton Library<br />

Join in and make one of four<br />

projects - a badge ($1 for large, 50c<br />

for small), bring along a digital<br />

image and fabric and print it on with<br />

the direct to garment printer ($5.50<br />

per item), crochet a keyring (free) or<br />

make a fabric badge ($1 for large, 50c<br />

for small). No bookings required.<br />

Art for Adults<br />

Mondays, 10am-noon<br />

Aranui Library<br />

Art for Adults is a drop-in social<br />

and creative group that meets every<br />

week to draw and paint at one’s<br />

own pace. Meet new people, have<br />

conversations and make art. Any<br />

skill level is welcome and every<br />

session has a theme. Materials<br />

supplied. Free.<br />

Linwood Book Club<br />

Monday, 10.45am-noon<br />

Linwood Library<br />

Join the friendly group of readers<br />

and chat about your current reading<br />

and old favourites. With no set book<br />

to read, this is a relaxed and social<br />

group. Held on the last Monday of<br />

each month.<br />

Come-instore and check out the<br />

new stock that’s just landed!<br />

FIND US AT<br />

The Colombo Mall,<br />

Cnr. Colombo St & Elgin St<br />

Christchurch 8023<br />

These and heaps more<br />

deals in-store now!<br />

Billie Chair - Light<br />

Grey with Black Legs<br />

BF39 / 9077616<br />

Also available<br />

in Charcoal<br />

Inc GST<br />

Why pay RRP*<br />

$175 $ 455<br />

Andorra 5 Drawer<br />

Tallboy<br />

A5DTB / 60002307<br />

Inc GST<br />

$975<br />

Why pay RRP*<br />

$1944<br />

NZ Made Pine<br />

Chicago 3 Drawer<br />

Bedside Table<br />

C3DB / 60002301<br />

Tribeca 1 Drawer<br />

Bedside Table<br />

TB521 / 60001244<br />

Charleston 3 Seater<br />

Sofa - Black PU<br />

CH3SSPU / 9076723<br />

Inc GST<br />

Why pay RRP*<br />

$795 $ 1150<br />

Inc GST<br />

$455<br />

Why pay RRP*<br />

$1149<br />

NZ Made Pine<br />

Inc GST<br />

$395<br />

Why pay RRP*<br />

$645<br />

NZ Made Pine<br />

Products promoted here are accurate at the time of publication 24/04/<strong>2024</strong> and offers are only available at the Smiths Trade Outlet, Cnr. Colombo Street & Elgin Street Christchurch 8023. Smiths City Trade Outlet does not hold and or<br />

replenish regular stock, items are in limited quantities and therefore offers are only available while stocks last. *The RRP against which any savings comparisons we make to the listed sale price for products displayed in material and in<br />

store are the supplier’s recommended retail price for the product, this is referred to as our why pay RRP price. ‘Product May not have been offered or sold at the RRP by Smith City or anyone else.


Thursday <strong>April</strong> <strong>25</strong> <strong>2024</strong> 3<br />

Campaign for better playground<br />

• By Geoff Sloan<br />

A PETITION aims to convince<br />

the city council to replace the<br />

popular fort-playground at<br />

Thomson Park in New Brighton<br />

with a facility that better reflects<br />

“the wishes of the community”.<br />

The almost 50-year-old fort<br />

playground failed a council<br />

safety assessment, which<br />

highlighted concerns over its<br />

deterioration and structural<br />

integrity.<br />

The city council opted against<br />

a “like-for-like” replacement<br />

and instead plans to demolish<br />

the playground and replace<br />

it with plastic-style module<br />

equipment.<br />

The online petition,<br />

called ‘Save our Playground’, is<br />

calling on the council to drop<br />

the current option and build a<br />

“custom playground/module<br />

with a larger footprint, reflecting<br />

the needs and wishes of the<br />

community”.<br />

The petition, which had been<br />

signed by more than 800 people<br />

as of Monday, will be presented<br />

to the Waitai Coastal-Burwood-<br />

Linwood Community Board<br />

on May 6. It wants the council<br />

“parks team to consult with the<br />

board” and come up with a better<br />

playground option.<br />

Parent Garry Alan travels<br />

from Linwood so his children<br />

can use the playground. He<br />

believes the planned plasticstyle<br />

replacement won’t be up to<br />

scratch.<br />

“I’m gutted to see the (fortplayground)<br />

is going. The new<br />

replacement looks like a real<br />

downgrade,” Alan said.<br />

The fort playground and<br />

skate park was opened in 1977<br />

after $22,000 was raised by<br />

the residents’ association. The<br />

playground will be funded by<br />

the council’s community parks<br />

play item renewal programme<br />

. The planned plastic-style<br />

module equipment will cost an<br />

estimated $80,000, plus another<br />

$26,000 to demolish the existing<br />

playground. Coastal Ward<br />

•Watch the<br />

video at<br />

starnews.<br />

co.nz<br />

‘DOWNGRADE’: Garry Alan<br />

and other parents want<br />

the council to come up<br />

with a better option than<br />

the planned module kitset<br />

equipment (below) to<br />

replace the popular fortplayground<br />

at Thomson<br />

Park.<br />

community board member Jo<br />

Zervos said the board’s hands<br />

were tied over the design.<br />

“Ideally it would have been<br />

good to actually put it out to the<br />

public for consultation and see<br />

if anyone’s interested in doing<br />

a ‘design and build’, instead of<br />

just buying a kitset playground.<br />

“So that would have been<br />

something a bit more unique<br />

and a bit more fun for the kids.”<br />

Zervos was also concerned the<br />

materials used in the new structure<br />

won’t stand up to the harsh<br />

sea-spray environment.<br />

“We get bus loads of kids<br />

coming down to actually use<br />

that, after school programmes<br />

and classes full of kids. And this<br />

new one wouldn’t cater for the<br />

amount of children that would<br />

use it.”<br />

Demolition of the fort<br />

playground is expected to<br />

start soon and the new play<br />

equipment was set to be<br />

installed in July.<br />

•To sign the petition,<br />

visit https://evav1xp0t8d.<br />

typeform.com/to/<br />

mei4DFAS<br />

Fundraiser<br />

aiming to fill<br />

centre’s beds<br />

CHOLMONDELEY Children’s<br />

Centre has turned to the<br />

community to help to fill the beds<br />

at its respite care facility.<br />

It has launched ‘Give a Good<br />

Nights Sleep’, a fundraising campaign<br />

with three of the centre’s<br />

beds installed around the city to<br />

help drive awareness and donations.<br />

“We wanted to install something<br />

in the city that reminded the public<br />

about Cholmondeley’s role in the<br />

community and that every night<br />

for 50 weeks of the year there are<br />

tamariki in need being cared for by<br />

us,” said Cholmondeley Children’s<br />

Centre general manager, Toni<br />

Tinirau.<br />

Cholmondeley has 23 beds for<br />

children to stay in during times<br />

of family stress or crisis, but on<br />

average just 17 are filled due to<br />

financial limitations.<br />

The ‘Give a Good Nights Sleep’<br />

campaign has the three beds<br />

installed at Riverside Market, The<br />

Palms shopping centre and Ballantynes<br />

department store.<br />

Cholmondeley is an independent<br />

charity and costs just under $3<br />

million to run per year with 20 per<br />

cent of that met by Government<br />

funding and the remainder coming<br />

from the generous support of<br />

the community.<br />

• Donations can be made<br />

in person at the beds or at<br />

cholmondeley.org.nz<br />

Woolston Brass Academy presents<br />

Woolston Concert Brass<br />

Music Director Matt Toomata<br />

Nor’west Brass<br />

Music Director Nic Scott<br />

Saturday 4 May, 7.30pm<br />

McCombs Performing Arts Centre<br />

Book now at Eventfinda<br />

woolstonbrass.org • facebook.com/woolstonbrass • info@woolstonbrass.org<br />

advertorial<br />

Woolston Brass Academy presents Joining Forces<br />

Woolston Concert Brass and Nor’west Brass<br />

are joining forces on May the Fourth 7.30pm<br />

at McCombs Performing Arts Centre to bring<br />

you a special evening of breath-taking musical<br />

entertainment featuring a variety of works that<br />

will take you to a galaxy far far away, such as Eric<br />

Ball’s ‘Star Lake’ and Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s ‘Enter<br />

the Galaxies’. The concert will feature Concert<br />

Brass Soloist Wayne Coddington performing<br />

‘Let Me Try Again’, and Concert Brass Soloists<br />

Bruce Muschamp and Josiah Brown performing<br />

Bizet’s ‘Deep Inside The Sacred Temple’. You’ll be<br />

sure to have a blast and be blown away by these<br />

two talented brass bands right here Ōtautahi<br />

Christchurch. Book tickets now at Eventfinda<br />

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christchurch and Door Sales available<br />

($15 General Admission – Eftpos/Cash).<br />

Led by newly appointed Music Director Matt<br />

Toomata, Woolston Concert Brass is part of<br />

the Woolston Brass Academy and has recently<br />

been promoted to B grade in the Brass Band<br />

Association of New Zealand (BBANZ).<br />

Many Academy members progress to<br />

Christchurch’s iconic Woolston Brass (A Grade<br />

band led by Music Director Tyme Marsters),<br />

who are known for their musical excellence<br />

and versatility as a popular stage performer and<br />

New Zealand’s most successful contesting band.<br />

Their leading Academy education programme<br />

consisting of two training bands and a learners<br />

group teaches over 80 children and adults, and<br />

provides a positive environment for them to learn<br />

music and engage with the community through<br />

concert performances, local and National<br />

contests.<br />

Led by Music Director Nic Scott, Nor’west Brass<br />

is their flagship band and consists of their most<br />

advanced players. Nor’west Brass is currently<br />

registered as a C grade Band in the Brass Band<br />

Association of New Zealand (BBANZ). Nor’west<br />

has additional training bands and a learners<br />

group with approximately 80 active playing<br />

members, and their bands regularly participate in<br />

local and National brass contests as well as share<br />

the music with the local community.<br />

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(next to Trees for Canterbury Native Tree Nursery)<br />

Sunday 5th May – 10am – 12 noon<br />

What to Bring?<br />

Gloves, Suitable Footwear, Water Bottle, Hat, Jacket<br />

Free<br />

BBQ sausages and a free tree seedling to take home<br />

Bring your Family and Friends Suitable for ALL AGES<br />

Supported by<br />

CCC Park Rangers / Trees for Canterbury<br />

Environment Canterbury and the Rata Foundation Trust<br />

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4 Thursday <strong>April</strong> <strong>25</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

ANZAC DAY<br />

THURSDAY APRIL <strong>25</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Remembering our Anzacs<br />

“The darkness, calm and chill of the early morning; the sound of<br />

the single tap of the drum of the parade; the emotionless faces<br />

of the catafalque guard, and the mournful notes of Last <strong>Post</strong><br />

sounded by a lone bugler, combine to give a feeling of deep<br />

solemnity. It is the intensity of the symbolism which contributes<br />

to its powerful impact upon participants; indeed what underlies its<br />

popularity. In a country with few public rituals, the Dawn Service<br />

continues to provide a sense of occasion as a meaningful ritual of<br />

remembrance.”<br />

rsa.org.nz<br />

Every year Anzac Day is observed on <strong>April</strong> <strong>25</strong> by communities<br />

throughout New Zealand and Australia to remember those who have<br />

served and those who lost their lives in war. The term ANZAC is the<br />

acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, and was first<br />

used in World War 1. These groups of soldiers back then were known<br />

as ‘the Anzacs’.<br />

Anzac commemorations may consist of one or more ceremonies –<br />

one at dawn (timed to coincide with the initial landings at Gallipoli<br />

by Australian troops who were the first ashore) and/or one later<br />

in the morning. The ceremonies are rich in tradition and generally<br />

begin with a parade of returned servicemen and military personnel<br />

followed by cadets, youth groups and local dignitaries. War veterans,<br />

proudly sporting their medals lead the parade, which leads to a local<br />

cenotaph or memorial gate where the ceremony includes a service<br />

with hymns, laying of wreaths, dedications, prayers and the Last <strong>Post</strong><br />

played on a bugle. Morning tea follows and allows people to share<br />

memories and catch up with friends and neighbours.<br />

Anzac Day was first observed by servicemen in 1916 to mark the<br />

anniversary of New Zealand and Australian soldiers landing on the<br />

Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. It soon became a day where all New<br />

Zealanders and Australians took time to remember the men and<br />

women who perished in the Great War. In 1921, Anzac Day became<br />

an official holiday and by 1922 it was declared a full public holiday<br />

where shops, banks and hotels remained closed for the day.<br />

Symbol of remembrance<br />

The red (or Flanders) poppy is a symbol of remembrance and hope<br />

all over the world and, in some countries, is worn on Armistice<br />

Day, however in New Zealand the red poppy is commonly worn<br />

on Anzac Day. The first Poppy Day appeal was on <strong>April</strong> 24 in 1922,<br />

where funds from the sales of small and large silk poppies helped<br />

relieve suffering in war-ravaged northern France. A paper version<br />

of the poppy is now sold by the Royal New Zealand Returned<br />

Services Association on Poppy Day to raise awareness for Anzac<br />

Day and funds for returned soldiers and their families and local<br />

communities.<br />

‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:<br />

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.<br />

At the going down of the sun and in the morning<br />

We will remember them.’<br />

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Thursday <strong>April</strong> <strong>25</strong> <strong>2024</strong> 5<br />

Project to transform mall into<br />

‘bustling hub’ gains momentum<br />

THERE’S A REAL sense of<br />

change brewing in New Brighton<br />

– and it’s not just the onset of<br />

autumn.<br />

The focus is on our mall. You’ve<br />

probably seen the renovations<br />

under way, with a series of old<br />

buildings getting much-needed<br />

makeovers.<br />

Passersby will have noticed<br />

building work, with plans to<br />

recreate the successful Riverside<br />

Market, and a vibrant network of<br />

restaurants, cafes and bars.<br />

Behind this action are Martini<br />

Investments which has purchased<br />

and consolidated properties at the<br />

ocean end of New Brighton mall.<br />

The development marks the first<br />

major co-ordinated re-imagining<br />

of Ōtautahi’s beachfront and a<br />

catalyst for further investment in<br />

the area.<br />

Linking into the development,<br />

ChristchurchNZ is spearheading<br />

an initiative to establish a new<br />

laneway, stretching from north to<br />

south within the New Brighton<br />

village, in line with the vision<br />

outlined in the New Brighton<br />

Master Plan.<br />

This entails the development<br />

of a sheltered lane on the former<br />

Westpac site, linking Marine Pde<br />

to the mall.<br />

The project involves enhancing<br />

the laneway with landscaping,<br />

lighting, and incorporating<br />

imaginative touches contributed<br />

by local artists. The enhancements<br />

aim to transform the area into a<br />

bustling hub for food trucks and<br />

al fresco dining, drawing visitors<br />

and locals alike.<br />

Progress continues on the $2.5<br />

WE’VE BEEN making<br />

significant progress with<br />

the Pages Rd bridge project,<br />

overcoming funding risks and<br />

timeline challenges earlier this<br />

year.<br />

As a local councillor, I’ve been<br />

a strong advocate for replacing<br />

the bridge, recognising its<br />

importance as a vital link to the<br />

million village green initiative<br />

at New Brighton mall. This<br />

community-driven project,<br />

generously funded by a grant<br />

from the Canterbury Earthquake<br />

Appeal Trust, aims to enhance<br />

the social, economic, and overall<br />

well-being of the broader New<br />

Brighton area.<br />

The project will revamp a<br />

significant vacant area – roughly<br />

the size of a football field – behind<br />

the Pierside building on Marine<br />

Pde, near the beach end of the<br />

mall.<br />

The transformation will turn<br />

this space into a central gathering<br />

point for the entire community.<br />

Feedback from the public late<br />

last year revealed overwhelming<br />

eastern suburbs and a top priority<br />

for our region.<br />

Earlier this year, ECan’s<br />

regional transport committee<br />

released its draft plan outlining<br />

priorities for Canterbury’s<br />

transport system over the next<br />

decade. Initially, the bridge was<br />

ranked 12th on the list of regional<br />

priorities, a downgrade from<br />

Coastal Side<br />

Celeste Donovan<br />

support, with more than 90 per<br />

cent endorsing the concept of a<br />

village green.<br />

The team is diligently finalising<br />

the plans to initiate construction<br />

and start building it.<br />

Amid these positive changes,<br />

we’re also seeing some great new<br />

additions to the area.<br />

One standout is Kusamono<br />

Cafe, located at 121 Brighton Mall.<br />

This isn’t your average coffee spot<br />

– it’s also a paradise for bonsai<br />

lovers.<br />

Owner Aaron seamlessly<br />

blended his passion for coffee<br />

with his bonsai skills, crafting a<br />

one-of-a-kind space for indoor<br />

and outdoor dining. The cafe<br />

offers a glimpse into the future of<br />

its previous top spot. In March,<br />

the regional land transport<br />

committee held hearings on the<br />

Regional Land Transport Plan,<br />

where I represented the city<br />

council.<br />

Through our submission, we<br />

successfully advocated for the<br />

bridge to be elevated to fourth<br />

position on the priorities list.<br />

FUTURE: An artist’s<br />

impression of the $2.5<br />

million New Brighton<br />

village green behind<br />

the Pierside building<br />

on Marine Pde.<br />

the retail area, showcasing a blend<br />

of cosy spots where people can<br />

unwind and enjoy themselves.<br />

Like many areas after the 2011<br />

earthquake, we’ve had issues with<br />

vacant sites holding back our<br />

community’s growth.<br />

That’s why I pushed for action<br />

last year and requested the council<br />

investigate charging owners of<br />

vacant retail land more rates, as<br />

currently happens in the central<br />

area.<br />

This had the effect of improving<br />

vacant sites in the area and, while<br />

it is more complex, further work<br />

is under way to see what can be<br />

done to address the poor state of<br />

the Hawke St car park and derelict<br />

buildings.<br />

This change highlights its critical<br />

role in the area and positions it<br />

as a top priority for our city and<br />

Government funding through<br />

the National Land Transport<br />

Plan.<br />

I also ensured that important<br />

project timelines remained on<br />

track, which included moving<br />

forward with the hearings panel<br />

Collaboration is key to our<br />

mall’s regeneration. I spearheaded<br />

the ‘Better for Brighton’ working<br />

group at the start of this year.<br />

This group brings together<br />

the council, developers, and our<br />

community to ensure our vision<br />

for New Brighton becomes a<br />

reality.<br />

We’re committed to creating<br />

a dynamic coastal destination,<br />

drawing inspiration from successful<br />

ventures, like Riverside Market,<br />

while preserving our unique<br />

identity. ChristchurchNZ, the lead<br />

agency on urban regeneration, is<br />

responsible for the co-ordination<br />

of the B4B group, which meet<br />

monthly to ensure we’re on track.<br />

I’ve also been working hard to<br />

secure funding. About $19 million<br />

has been provisionally allocated<br />

for mall upgrades and infrastructure<br />

projects. To make this<br />

happen requires the engagement<br />

of residents, and I have attended<br />

a variety of community events to<br />

ensure we have strong community<br />

support and to make sure funding<br />

in confirmed in the final Long<br />

Term Plan to be adopted in June.<br />

The numbers speak for<br />

themselves – New Brighton has<br />

been leading the way when it<br />

comes to spending increases,<br />

with $33 million injected into our<br />

local economy in 2022/23. Visitor<br />

numbers are up, businesses are<br />

growing, and we have more<br />

than $100 million in planned<br />

investment. The future is bright<br />

for our coastal paradise.<br />

•Celeste Donovan is<br />

the Coastal Ward<br />

city councillor<br />

‘Strong advocate’ for Pages Rd bridge replacement<br />

to prevent potential delays of<br />

up to six months. The hearings<br />

submissions, which I chaired,<br />

provided essential information<br />

and feedback from stakeholders.<br />

This valuable input will<br />

shape the design considerations<br />

before the panel makes a<br />

recommendation to the council<br />

in the coming months.<br />

Sacrifice<br />

Commemoration<br />

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:<br />

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn<br />

At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.<br />

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