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    Parents back religion at Prebbleton School
    By Tom Doudney - Tuesday, April 15th 2014:

    Christian religious education will remain unchanged in Prebbleton School after strong backing from its parent community. A survey, conducted last month, found that 63.77 per cent of respondents wanted religious education to carry on in its current format of half an hour a week during class time. School is officially closed during this time but parents can opt out. Results showed 21.26 per cent of respondents would prefer religious education not be held at all and 14.98 per cent would prefer to see religious studies held outs... 

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    Mothers in fight to save pre-school
    By Max Towle - Monday, April 14th 2014:

    Two mothers are vowing to fight the city council in a bid to save their children's early learning school. The city council has recommended the Pioneer Early Learning Centre be put out to tender in its draft annual plan. The move came after the councilowned pre-school posted a $100,000 loss for 2013. Somerfield mother Erin Wilmshurst, whose two daughters aged two and four attend Pioneer, told the Southern View the city council had not considered the potential effect on the community. "If the school ends up in a private provid... 

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    Talks to ease estuary sea wall flood risk
    By Cullen Smith - Monday, April 14th 2014:

    Southshore residents' concerns over the flooding risk from neglected Estuary sea walls will be considered at a meeting of city council and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority staff. Severe southerly storms last month left many Southshore properties inundated after driving winds forced Estuary water through damaged sea walls that had been maintained previously by the people who lived there. But since the Crown purchases of red zone properties and CERA's demolitions the protective edge around the Estuary has fallen into d... 

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    Crime cameras a big welcome
    By Fiona Thomas - Monday, April 14th 2014:

    Merivale residents are welcoming the installation of a new crime camera on the corner of Aikmans Rd and Papanui Rd. The camera, one of 10 new crime cameras city wide, came online last week and was aimed at increased late-night activity in the area. Police Inspector Peter Cooper said the cameras were a reflection of changes in the city's nightlife, with increased numbers of people in Merivale in the evenings. "It's become quite a popular late night event place, it reflects the changing dynamic of Christchurch," he said. Inspe... 

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    Brothers Gallipoli-bound
    By Max Towle - Friday, April 11th 2014:

    BROTHERS DO not phone each other often, so when Jamie Simpson's sibling called him up last weekend, he knew it was something important. Jamie Simpson received a double pass in a ballot to attend the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings in Gallipoli next year. He will be one of around 250 direct descendants of those who fought, to pay tribute at Gallipoli Historical National Park on April 25. He said his "history buff" brother Luke was desperate to join him on the trip. "Luke had obviously found out I had an extra ticket a... 

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    Giving back to St John
    By Cullen Smith - Wednesday, April 9th 2014:

    CHARLOTTE SMULDERS is preparing to muck in for St John this Saturday. The young mother of three is among 18 Christchurch business and community leaders raising funds for St John by going out on a standard 12-hour shift with paramedics and ambulance officers. Mrs Smulders, a director and publisher of the Christchurch Star Company, which she owns with husband Pier, is setting the pace in the St John Ambulance Appeal Challenge under way in Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch, Timaru and Queenstown. She relishes a challenge and... 

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    Coastal pathway worry
    By Emma-Jane mcLEnnan - Wednesday, April 9th 2014:

    A draft plan has recently been approved for the Coastal Pathway. We asked what people thought of the plan. Beachville Rd residents concern, Beachville Rd residents are worried the new coastal walkway could turn their neighbourhood into a super highway. The growing disquiet over the walkway has already claimed Redcliffs architect Chris Doudney, who was exited from the committee of the Christchurch Coastal Pathway Group. Mr Doudney was involved in the original coastal pathway draft plan, but he will have no part in what fina... 

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    Quake repairs could cost $12.1m
    the newsroom - Tuesday, April 8th 2014:

    Earthquake repairs on Selwyn's infrastructure and assets are well on their way to completion. So far $8.9 million has been spent on repairing earthquake-damaged district council assets following the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury quakes, around 75 per cent of the total expenditure needed for repairs. The magnitude 7.1 earthquake which occurred in September 2010 was centred near Darfield in Selwyn. Mayor Kelvin Coe said that while the earthquakes caused considerable damage to personal property, the district was reasonably fortunate... 

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    Housing boost for elderly
    By Max Towle - Monday, April 7th 2014:

    Elderly people will again be given high priority when eight new housing units open next year. The city council last week announced four one-bedroom and four two-bedroom flats will be built in Osborne St in Waltham. City councillor and Housing Committee chairman Glenn Livingstone said it was not yet finalised who would occupy the flats, but said elderly people would easily fit the bill. "With these units being one and two-bedroom, they will be aimed more at singles and couples," he said. "There is a growing demand from the ba... 

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    Cycle groups angry
    By Fiona Thomas - Monday, April 7th 2014:

    Cycle groups and community leaders are angry that there will be no separated cycleway running alongside the new western corridor motorway. Just days after the city's fourth cycle fatality in 15 months, cycle groups say the proposed cycling infrastructure for the major road is not enough to keep commuters safe. Sharla Haerewa, a 22-year-old nursing student, was killed while cycling along a painted cycleway on Lincoln Rd last Wednesday morning after colliding with a truck. The new western corridor, which will connect Belfast a... 

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    Residents urged to object
    By Cullen Smith - Monday, April 7th 2014:

    Eastern suburbs residents with concerns about their latest property valuations are being urged to lodge individual objections to Quotable Value. Valuations sent out by QV on behalf of the city council last month vary widely, with some north-western residential rising up to 30 per cent but land values in the east have fallen - in some cases up to 33 per cent. The Parklands Recovery Group was planning a joint objection, but has since been advised that each individual land owner must make their own objection. Group co-ordinator... 

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    Art may titillate the royals
    By Max Towle - Friday, April 4th 2014:

    THE DUKE and Duchess of Cambridge will be treated to a close-up view of the city's most famous nude woman when they visit this month. The royals will walk beneath the strip club Calendar Girls' controversial mural when their tour of the city begins in Latimer Square on April 14. A city council spokeswoman told The Star there were no plans to cover the mural. Calendar Girls spokeswoman Belinda McPhie said: "I am sure the royal family has been enjoying body scape art for centuries now." "Why would they want to cover art? I thi... 

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    Crime reduction plan may go city wide
    Cullen Smith reports - Wednesday, April 2nd 2014:

    Cutting crime and supporting the 'good guys' is a new initiative happening in Phillipstown which could be rolled out in other parts of the city. Latest figures released yesterday show recorded crime at a record low level since 1994, falling by more than 5 per cent in the 2013 calendar year. A total of 40,393 offences were recorded in the year to December 31, compared with 42,796 in the previous year - a drop of 5.6 per cent. While overall crime fell, the proportion of crime resolved by police fell slightly from 45 per cent i... 

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    Dangerous intersections
    BY TOM DOUDNEY - Tuesday, April 1st 2014:

    Four Selwyn intersections feature on a list of the country's 100 worst for crashes. The list has been compiled by the New Zealand Transport Agency and local Government using crash statistics from 2003 to 2012. The highest of Selwyn's entries on the list, in 69th place, was the intersection of State Highway 1 and Aylesbury Rd in Burnham. It has had 10 injury crashes during the 10 years, although only one of those resulted in serious injuries. In 83rd place is State Highway 1 and Dawsons Rd near Templeton, with 10 injury crash... 

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    Land may go industrial
    By GaBrielle Stuart - Monday, March 31st 2014:

    Several Templeton residents will see their views change from rural to industrial ones if plans for a business park are approved next week. - An industrial zone between Main South Rd and Trents Rd would allow local businesses to grow in the area, but would also leave around 15 residential properties surrounded by business infrastructure. City council staff met with affected residents and businesses last week to discuss the proposed zoning changes, which will be put before the city council in early April. Riccarton-Wigram C... 

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    Plan to put brakes on Addington
    By Max Towle - Monday, March 31st 2014:

    A plan to curtail business growth in parts of south Christchurch has been described as "farcical" by a property developer. The city council has introduced new rules to its draft District Plan review that would freeze commercial business growth in Addington, specifically on thriving Lincoln Rd, in a year's time. The rules have been introduced with the aim of stimulating commercial growth in the central city. Property developer and Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey author Hugh Pavletich told Southern Vi...