Monthly Archive:: June 2014


Work starts on new Lyttelton pool

By Caitlin Porter, reporting for the Christchurch Mail Lyttelton groups have been excited to see work start on the town’s earthquake-damaged pool. The Norman Kirk Memorial Pool is one of several outdoor pools closed since the earthquakes because of extensive damage, and is one of the Christchurch

Donations fund new paramedic kit for ambulances

by Georgia Weaver, reporting for the Christchurch Mail St John  has installed 20 new top-of-the-line defibrillators in its Christchurch ambulances and rapid response vehicles. The $23,000 machines were paid for with $400,000 of donations raised through the service’s supporters’ scheme and appeal weeks. Service improvement manager Curt Ward,

Tyrrell reaches world stage as referee

By Kyle Knowles, reporting for the Christchurch Mail Christchurch man Karl Tyrrell is the first Kiwi to referee at an indoor volleyball world championships in 20 years. Tyrrell refereed at the U20 Women’s World Championship in the Czech Republic and qualifying events in Australia and China last

QEII car park plan disappoints residents’ group

By Kyle Knowles, reporting for the Christchurch Mail The Ascot/Freeville Residents Group is unhappy the Travis Medical Centre has been granted a lease to develop a car park on QEII land. Group co-ordinator Nigel Dixon did not believe the council should be leasing QEII land for car

Fashion design students put their work on show

By Jess Pullar, reporting for the Christchurch Mail West Melton fashion design student Natalie Weaver is gearing up to sell her work for the first time. Along with other CPIT 3rd-year fashion students, she will be exhibiting her collection at FORM, an event hosted at The Colombo

Christchurch cyclists asked what’s needed

By Grace Cabell, reporting for the Christchurch Mail A Christchurch cycling survey that aims to find ways of increasing the number of bike commuters in the city has gathered 1000 responses so far. Post-graduate researchers in the University of Canterbury Masters of Engineering Transport programme, in conjunction

Finding freedom in the pool

Georgia Weaver, reporting for The Press When most teenage girls are thinking about the school ball and exams, Jacquie Ruth’s sole focus is the swimming pool. The 17-year-old Rangi Ruru pupil, who has an eye on the 2020 Paralympics, yearns for the “physical freedom” the water provides.

After-ball party warning

By Grace Cabell and Caitlin Porter for The Press Christchurch’s school ball season is in full swing and so are the after-parties. Rural parties are the most concern to police, who this week issued a public warning to ball-goers and their parents to be wary about after-ball

Sex abuse crisis service set to close

By Michael Cropp and Georgia Weaver for The Press Christchurch’s only 24-hour sexual violence support service may have to shut its doors because of a $23,000 shortfall. The Survivors of Sexual Violence Trust (SSVT), which operates crisis service SafeCare, fields daily referrals from police and has 16

Potter hand-crafts chimney pots for rebuild

By Georgia Weaver for The Press Lyttelton ceramicist Cheryl Lucas has an unlikely role in Christchurch’s rebuild – handmaking chimney pots for heritage buildings. Her latest piece, a metre- high ceramic pot to match the surviving chimney pots atop 160-year-old Riccarton House, was put in place yesterday.