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AIRMAN RON will be<br />

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Christchurch Night Market<br />

Thursdays, 6-10pm<br />

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The Christchurch Night Market is a<br />

permanent night market with more<br />

than 50 stalls ranging from food to<br />

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JP Clinics<br />

Tuesdays, 10am-1pm at Te Hāpua:<br />

Halswell Centre and Upper<br />

Riccarton Library<br />

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An Alternative Book Group<br />

Wednesday, <strong>June</strong> 19, 10-11.30am<br />

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Tuesday, 3.30-4.30pm<br />

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Knitting on the tram<br />

• By Emily O’Hagan<br />

KNITTERS AND crocheters<br />

took a ride on one of the city’s<br />

historic trams to celebrate<br />

World Wide Knit in Public Day.<br />

The global event takes place<br />

every year on the second<br />

Saturday of <strong>June</strong>.<br />

It encourages people with<br />

a love for the craft to come<br />

together in a public place to knit<br />

and crochet items as they meet<br />

new people.<br />

Ninja knitter Sally Brown<br />

organised the ‘Knit on the tram’<br />

event, which she believes offers a<br />

range of benefits.<br />

“It’s about, you know, making<br />

beautiful things – the gloves,<br />

the scarf and things like that but<br />

it’s about getting together with<br />

other people.<br />

“You don’t have to knit, I<br />

mean, you don’t have to chat,<br />

you can just knit, you can chat<br />

and knit. It’s about well-being<br />

really and that’s why it’s so<br />

popular now.”<br />

The knitting crew enjoyed a<br />

free loop on the tram, before<br />

continuing onto Turanga library<br />

for a cup of a tea and a scone.<br />

Community organisation<br />

Volunteering Canterbury<br />

also joined the fun as part of<br />

its ‘Knit for purpose’ initiative,<br />

which saw volunteers create<br />

blankets by knitting small<br />

squares together.<br />

ON TRACK: About 30 knitters and crocheters went for a ride on the tram for World<br />

Wide Knit in Public Day.<br />

PHOTO: EMILY O’HAGAN<br />

Knit for purpose organiser<br />

Tammy Dodgshun said<br />

Volunteering Canterbury works<br />

with a number of organisations<br />

that will benefit from the<br />

initiative.<br />

“They might be elderly,<br />

people in hospitals, neo-nates,<br />

single-parent families and these<br />

blankets will be donated to<br />

those organisations to pass on to<br />

those people.”<br />

Along with the comradeship,<br />

the event produced hundreds<br />

of beanies, scarves, blankets<br />

and booties across the city,<br />

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The fireworks show at New<br />

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Said city council manager of<br />

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“This year the soundtrack accompanying<br />

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iconic hits by Queen, Whitney<br />

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Olympian brings bounce<br />

AIRBORNE: Maddie Davidson was the first female<br />

trampolinist to represent New Zealand when she competed<br />

at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.<br />

PHOTO: GETTY<br />

MADDIE Davidson made<br />

history by being the first female<br />

trampolinist to represent New<br />

Zealand at the Tokyo Olympics<br />

in 2021.<br />

She is now getting ready<br />

for the Paris Olympics which<br />

start on July 26 – and wowed<br />

residents at Kevin Hickman<br />

Village by talking them through<br />

her preparation for the games.<br />

In about two months she will<br />

jump onto the trampoline in<br />

Paris.<br />

Davidson spoke to a room full<br />

of residents, showing off photos<br />

and videos from when she was<br />

a 6-year-old through to her<br />

competition at the Tokyo games.<br />

“It’s absolutely my pleasure to<br />

be here on a crisp Christchurch<br />

morning, especially when I’ve<br />

rocked up in my T-shirt,” she<br />

said.<br />

Davidson was able to share<br />

some of the intense skills<br />

involved in her 30-second<br />

routines. She says gaining<br />

height, with athletes regularly<br />

bouncing more than 8m in the<br />

air, and staying centred on the<br />

mat are just two of the measures<br />

used to rank the competitors.<br />

“In a voluntary routine you<br />

can do anything that you like.<br />

And these tend to be bigger<br />

flips, so you’ll see triple flips and<br />

double flips, lots of twists and<br />

all those good things that we get<br />

to do.<br />

STAR: Maddie Davidson spoke to residents at Kevin<br />

Hickman Village about trampolining and her preparation<br />

for the Olympics in Paris.<br />

“It’s quite difficult on the<br />

body, so when we land on the<br />

trampoline they say it’s about<br />

10-12 times your bodyweight<br />

every time you land,” she said.<br />

The 25-year-old has been<br />

training for six hours a day in<br />

the lead-up to the Paris games,<br />

where 16 trampolinists from<br />

around the world will gather to<br />

compete.<br />

Her parents Craig and Gaylene<br />

and older brother Lewis will<br />

travel to Paris to cheer her on.<br />

“I’m really, really pumped to<br />

be going to a second Olympic<br />

Games with the New Zealand<br />

team,” she said.<br />

The residents at Kevin<br />

Hickman Village will certainly<br />

be watching when she competes<br />

in the French capital on August<br />

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to village<br />

Davidson has appeared before a variety<br />

of audiences, including at primary schools<br />

and retirement villages, and said there are<br />

always good connections to be made.<br />

Both Davidson’s parents were influential<br />

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father remaining a keen footballer, having<br />

previously represented Otago, and her<br />

mother being a former dancer.<br />

Trampolining outscored Davidson’s<br />

attempts to play other sports like netball<br />

where her lack of height did not do her<br />

any favours.<br />

“I loved learning, I loved flipping, and I<br />

loved bouncing.”<br />

“And mum and dad loved it because I<br />

was tired at the end of the day. So, it was<br />

win, win for everyone, I think,” Davidson<br />

said.<br />

Kevin Hickman Village manager Liz<br />

Hampton said the residents and staff<br />

are looking forward to seeing Davidson<br />

compete with real anticipation.<br />

“We’re all very excited. We’ll be<br />

following with interest.”<br />

Residents were thrilled to get some<br />

selfies with Davidson and are now looking<br />

forward to the live action from Paris. They<br />

promised her they too will be bouncing<br />

with joy when she competes.<br />

HIGH FLYER: Davidson shared some details about trampolining, where<br />

athletes regularly bouncing more than eight metres in the air.<br />

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CROWD PLEASERS: Puppeteer Jacim Thompson with his creations,<br />

including marionette Harold.<br />

PHOTOS: EMILY O’HAGAN<br />

Pop-up puppet<br />

show proving<br />

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• By Emily O’Hagan<br />

HAROLD THE singing, dancing puppet<br />

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Puppeteer Jacim Thompson has been<br />

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10<br />

Thursday <strong>June</strong> <strong>13</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

Citrus brings the sunshine<br />

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The sun can still<br />

shine in our kitchens,<br />

Penelope Maguire<br />

writes<br />

As the weather gets cooler,<br />

the season for citrus fruits is<br />

fast approaching, offering a<br />

fantastic and fresh respite from<br />

the often heavier and more<br />

bland winter seasonal foods.<br />

I’ve made the most of these<br />

zesty fruits in this citrus treat<br />

that can bring some much<br />

needed sunshine to the darker<br />

months.<br />

Orange, lime and<br />

raspberry cake with<br />

zesty cream cheese icing<br />

and orange-lime curd<br />

(gf)<br />

Ingredients<br />

2 oranges (or 5x mandarins)<br />

2 limes<br />

1 ¼ cups caster sugar (250g)<br />

2 ½ cups ground almonds<br />

(250g)<br />

1 tsp baking powder<br />

6 eggs, lightly beaten<br />

1 cup frozen raspberries<br />

Instructions<br />

1. First, wash and dry your<br />

oranges and limes then place<br />

in a saucepan filed with water<br />

over a medium heat. Bring to<br />

a gentle simmer and cook for<br />

about 40 minutes, until the<br />

skin of both fruits is soft. Drain<br />

and allow to cool.<br />

2. Heat the oven to 160°C<br />

and butter and line a 20cm<br />

spring form cake tin.<br />

3. In a blender or food<br />

processor, blend the citrus<br />

until smooth then add the<br />

remaining ingredients (except<br />

raspberries), blending until<br />

fully combined. You may need<br />

to scrape down several times.<br />

4. Pour the batter into<br />

your prepared cake tin then<br />

dot with the frozen berries,<br />

pushing them into the batter<br />

if necessary. Bake for about 50<br />

minutes until set in the middle.<br />

Allow to cool fully in the tin<br />

before turning out.<br />

5. Once fully cooled, top<br />

with zesty cream-cheese icing,<br />

orange and lime curd, freeze<br />

dried raspberries and decorate<br />

with edible flowers.<br />

Orange and lime curd<br />

Ingredients<br />

Zest and juice of 3 oranges<br />

Zest and juice of 3 limes<br />

1 cup of white sugar<br />

4 large eggs<br />

115g cold butter, cut into small<br />

pieces<br />

Instructions<br />

1. Zest the oranges and limes<br />

first, then juice them using<br />

a citrus juicer or squeeze by<br />

hand.<br />

2. In a medium-sized<br />

heatproof bowl, combine the<br />

orange juice, lime juice, orange<br />

zest, lime zest, and sugar.<br />

Mix until the sugar is mostly<br />

dissolved.<br />

3. In a separate bowl, lightly<br />

beat the eggs. Then, add the<br />

beaten eggs to the juice and<br />

sugar mixture, whisking<br />

continuously until well<br />

combined.<br />

4. Place the bowl over a pot<br />

of simmering water, making<br />

sure the bottom of the bowl<br />

does not touch the water.<br />

Cook the mixture, stirring<br />

constantly, until it thickens<br />

enough to coat the back of a<br />

spoon. This should take about<br />

10-15 minutes. The curd will<br />

continue to thicken as it cools.<br />

5. Once the curd has<br />

thickened, remove it from the<br />

heat. Stir in the butter pieces<br />

a few at a time, ensuring<br />

each piece is fully melted and<br />

incorporated before adding the<br />

next.<br />

6. For an extra smooth curd,<br />

you can strain it through a<br />

fine-mesh sieve to remove the<br />

zest and any pieces of cooked<br />

egg.<br />

7. Pour the curd into clean<br />

jars or containers. Allow it<br />

to cool to room temperature<br />

before covering and store in the<br />

fridge for up to 2 weeks.<br />

Zesty cream-cheese<br />

icing Ingredients<br />

250g cream cheese, softened<br />

100g softened butter<br />

3 cups (375g) sifted icing sugar<br />

Zest of 2 limes<br />

1 tsp vanilla extract<br />

Instructions<br />

1. Ensure the cream cheese<br />

and butter are both softened to<br />

room temperature.<br />

2. In an electric mixer using<br />

the whisk attachment, beat the<br />

cream cheese and butter until<br />

smooth and creamy.<br />

3. Gradually add the sifted<br />

icing sugar, beating on low<br />

speed until well combined.<br />

Increase speed and whip for<br />

3-5 minutes until light and airy.<br />

4. Fold in the lime zest and<br />

vanilla extract until evenly<br />

distributed then ice your cake.<br />

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Thursday <strong>June</strong> <strong>13</strong> <strong>2024</strong> 11<br />

A sweet, salty, savoury slice of winter<br />

Beetroot and feta filo<br />

pie is a good idea for<br />

today and tomorrow,<br />

writes Nigel Slater. As<br />

are white chocolate and<br />

lemon truffles<br />

Beetroot and feta filo pie<br />

Serves 6<br />

Ingredients<br />

6 sheets filo pastry<br />

2 medium onions<br />

2 Tbsp olive oil<br />

3 cloves garlic<br />

1 red chilli<br />

1 lemon<br />

600g spinach and/or beetroot<br />

leaves and stems<br />

400g beetroot<br />

200g feta cheese<br />

75g parmesan<br />

100g butter<br />

Instructions<br />

• You will need a metal baking<br />

tin with shallow sides, about<br />

30x20cm.<br />

• Defrost the pastry, keeping<br />

it covered to prevent the leaves<br />

drying out. Preheat the oven<br />

to 200°C. Peel the onions and<br />

slice finely. Warm the oil in a<br />

saucepan, add the onions and<br />

cook until soft and pale gold – a<br />

good 20-25 minutes. Peel and<br />

crush the garlic and stir into the<br />

onions once they have started to<br />

colour. An occasional stir stops<br />

them burning.<br />

• Finely chop the chilli,<br />

removing the seeds if you want<br />

a milder heat, and add to the<br />

onion. Finely grate the zest from<br />

the lemon. Wash the spinach<br />

or beetroot leaves and, while<br />

they still hold a little water, put<br />

them in a pan over a moderate<br />

heat. Cover tightly with a lid<br />

and let them cook in their own<br />

steam for a couple of minutes<br />

until wilted. Drain, then squeeze<br />

the water from them with your<br />

hands.<br />

• Peel and coarsely grate the<br />

beetroot and stir into the cooked<br />

onions. Don’t be too thorough,<br />

unless you want pink onions.<br />

Crumble the feta into the onions,<br />

keeping the pieces large. Add the<br />

lemon zest, then finely grate and<br />

add the parmesan.<br />

• Melt the butter in a small<br />

pan and remove from the heat.<br />

Brush the base of the baking tin<br />

with a little butter, lay a sheet of<br />

filo over it, slightly overhanging<br />

the tin, then brush with butter<br />

and add a second one. Brush<br />

this, too, then spoon the beetroot<br />

filling over it. Place a sheet of<br />

pastry over that, brush with<br />

butter, then add a second and<br />

butter that. Take 2 more sheets,<br />

dip them in the butter, then put<br />

them loosely on top of the pie.<br />

•Bake for about 30 minutes<br />

until the pastry is crisp, golden<br />

and translucent.<br />

• Remove from the oven and<br />

leave for 10 minutes to settle<br />

before slicing.<br />

Chocolate and lemon<br />

truffles<br />

Makes 30<br />

Ingredients<br />

350g white chocolate<br />

75g unsalted butter, diced<br />

150ml double cream<br />

Salt, a pinch<br />

4 tsp lemon zest<br />

2 tsp lemon juice<br />

To coat<br />

200g dark chocolate<br />

Crystallised orange pieces to<br />

decorate<br />

Instructions<br />

Chop the chocolate into small<br />

pieces and put them in a<br />

heatproof bowl. Find a saucepan<br />

in which the bowl will sit neatly.<br />

Half fill the pan with water,<br />

put the chocolate, butter and<br />

cream and a pinch of salt into the<br />

bowl and set it on the pan over<br />

a moderate heat. Make sure the<br />

base of the bowl doesn’t sit in the<br />

water.<br />

• Let the water simmer until<br />

the chocolate has started to melt.<br />

Avoid the temptation to stir the<br />

chocolate — it will seize on you<br />

— and make certain it doesn’t get<br />

too hot.<br />

• As soon as the chocolate has<br />

melted remove it from the heat<br />

and stir very gently, just enough<br />

to bring the cream and chocolate<br />

together.<br />

•Stir in the lemon zest and<br />

juice, then set aside, covered<br />

with a plate in the fridge. Test<br />

the mixture regularly to check its<br />

texture. It should be firm enough<br />

to roll.<br />

• Remove small scoops of the<br />

truffle mixture (I make them<br />

about 2 tsp each) and place on<br />

to kitchen parchment. Let them<br />

firm up again in the fridge for a<br />

few minutes. Meanwhile, roughly<br />

chop and melt the dark chocolate<br />

over a pan of hot water, removing<br />

it from the heat as soon as it is<br />

melted. Using kitchen tongs or<br />

a skewer dip the truffles into the<br />

melted chocolate then return to<br />

the parchment.<br />

• Add a piece of crystallised<br />

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Overall points out of 10: 8<br />

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hybrid-electric drivetrains on the<br />

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Not sure of its pedigree, but it’s a<br />

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It impresses on so many fronts.<br />

The crisp shifting auto is hard<br />

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8<br />

9<br />

10 11<br />

352<br />

SUDOKU<br />

Every row, column and box should<br />

contain the digits 1 to 9.<br />

WordBuilder<br />

WORDBUILDER<br />

252<br />

6<br />

L N A<br />

D O M<br />

12 <strong>13</strong><br />

14 15 16 17 18<br />

19 20 21<br />

How many words of three or more letters,<br />

How including many plurals, words can you of make three from or the more six<br />

letters, using each letter only once? No foreign<br />

words or words beginning with a capital are<br />

from allowed. the There's six letters, at least one using six-letter each word. only<br />

once? TODAY Good 12 Very Good 16 Excellent 21<br />

Solution 251: able, age, alb, ale, amble, bag, bagel,<br />

bale, balm, bam, beam, beg, bel, bema, blame,<br />

elm, gab, gable, gal, gale, GAMBLE, game, gel, gem,<br />

glam, gleam, lab, lag, lam, lamb, lame, lea, leg, mag,<br />

word.<br />

mage, male, meal, mega.<br />

letters, including plurals, can you make<br />

No words beginning with a capital are<br />

allowed. There’s at least one six-letter<br />

Good 12 Very Good 16 Excellent 21<br />

22 23 24 25 26<br />

27 28<br />

29<br />

Across<br />

1. Soldiers held by the enemy<br />

(9,2,3)<br />

10. Speck (5)<br />

11. Chewing gum flavour (9)<br />

12. Deficiency of red blood cells (7)<br />

<strong>13</strong>. Add sugar (7)<br />

14. Velocity (5)<br />

16. Complaint (9)<br />

19. Contaminant (9)<br />

20. Indications (5)<br />

22. Gesture of respect (7)<br />

25. Boating event (7)<br />

27. Make up (9)<br />

28. Intended (5)<br />

29. Cowardly (7-7)<br />

Down<br />

2. Be vaguely familiar (4,1,4)<br />

3. Vapour (5)<br />

4. Longing for the past (9)<br />

5. Stinks (5)<br />

6. Us (9)<br />

7. Midriff (5)<br />

8. Entourage (7)<br />

9. Quagmire (6)<br />

15. Chicken leg (9)<br />

17. Arbitrate (9)<br />

18. Bad dream (9)<br />

19. Largest ocean (7)<br />

21. Barely adequate (6)<br />

23. Jewish teacher (5)<br />

24. Pine (5)<br />

26. Person who plays online (5)<br />

Crossword<br />

Across: 1. Prisoners of war,<br />

10. Ounce, 11. Spearmint,<br />

12. Anaemia, <strong>13</strong>. Sweeten,<br />

14. Speed, 16. Grievance,<br />

19. Pollutant, 20. Signs, 22.<br />

Curtsey, 25. Regatta, 27.<br />

Fabricate, 28. Meant, 29.<br />

Chicken-hearted.<br />

Down: 2. Ring a bell, 3.<br />

Steam, 4. Nostalgia, 5.<br />

Reeks, 6. Ourselves, 7.<br />

Waist, 8. Retinue, 9. Morass,<br />

15. Drumstick, 17. Intervene,<br />

18. Nightmare, 19. Pacific,<br />

21. Scanty, 23. Rabbi, 24.<br />

Yearn, 26. Gamer.<br />

WordBuilder<br />

ado, ALMOND, and, dam,<br />

damn, dan, DOLMAN, don,<br />

lad, lam, land, load, loam,<br />

loan, mad, man, moa, moan,<br />

mod, modal, monad, nod,<br />

nodal, nomad, old.<br />

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Each number represents a different letter of the alphabet. Write the<br />

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