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Future looks brighter for Wainoni
property with horror history
By ANNA PRICE
A DECISION on the fate of the
high profile Wainoni double mur-
der site is imminent.
A report on the cross-leased site
on the corner of Wainoni Rd and
Hampshire St will be considered
at the Burwood Pegasus Com-
munity Board on Monday.
It will then go to a full city
council meeting for a final
The corner section was owned
by convicted double killer Jason
Somerville, now serving a 23-year
jail sentence without parole for
the murders of his wife Rebecca
and his neighbour Tisha Lowry,
whose bodies were found under
The adjoining house on Hamp-
shire St belonged to Jason Drain
and his wife Christina, who owned
it as a company.
Somerville's property was
requisitioned by mortgagee Lib-
Both units were later torched in
a series of arsons.
The council in early July con-
firmed to the Mail its solicitor was
at that time preparing the agree-
ments for sale and purchase for
both land lots for consideration by
It looks very positive,'' Mr
Drain said this week.
It's a lot better than being kept
After three years of on-again
off-again negotiations, it might
finally be resolved and everyone
can move on at last.''
A final resolution is expected
Community board deputy chair-
man Tim Baker, who has acted as
intermediary, has welcomed the
After three years, it's good
news to know this is about to be
After three years, that corner
can be tidied.''
He said the council could
change the cross-lease by creating
two fee simple titles, and maybe
relocate an undamaged house
from the red zone on to the
Drains' section, to add to its hous-
ing rental stock.
The corner site could then be
converted to a pocket reserve.
Mr Drain said he favoured a
green space and maybe a chil-
So that something good can
come out of this for the com-
Care for others
thing of the past
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The sentiments expressed by Mr
Laurenson in the last edition of your
paper is the tip of the iceberg and a
sad indictment upon modern society.
Social values at so many levels
have deteriorated to the extent that
respect and consideration for others
to all intents and purposes are a
thing of the past.
Today's all-too prevalent culture
is: If it's not about me or mine, what
does it matter and why should I
Not just confined to schools, there
are inherent problems within the
overall system and it's going to take
a lot more with the like mind and
commitment of Mr Laurenson before
any meaningful change. Ian Schrafft
I too was enthused about the
comments made by John Laurenson,
Shirley Boys High School
headmaster, (Mail, August 30)
calling for a change of culture from
being a society of cowards to a
society of people who stand up for
what they believe.
A friendly wave
Having endured stress, trauma,
hardship, emotional meltdown and
often catastrophic consequences
from two major quakes and ensuing
aftershocks, many strive for a sense
of normality. Within this context
accolades are extended to Janet
Allington Harris -- offering heart-
rending waves to all (Mail,
September 6). Such a simplistic
gesture is not only therapeutic for
Janet suffering from fatigue immune
syndrome, but uplifting for many
travelling through her area. Any
negativity towards Janet is from
those devoid of reality to
comprehend the value of a simple
wave to restore a sense of normality
within our broken but uprising
Loaded gun the issue
I query that the shooter described in
the article (Mail, August 6) did
everything right''. The article says
the shooter was very safety
conscious, which is a load of rubbish.
A safety conscious shooter loads a
firearm only when ready to shoot.
This is step 3 of the basic rules. The
vehicle rolling forward was not the
issue. (It was) the loaded firearm
inside the vehicle. I read that the
police will still investigate the case,
as they should. I would be surprised
if the shooter doesn't end up being
charged in relation to the dangerous
use of a firearm.
Rabbit shooting in the area your
article mentions is illegal. Perhaps
you should raise the matter with
ECan, as the use of rifles in the
Waimakariri River bed places other
users at risk. It's a shotgun only
I've been shooting and hunting for
over three decades. In this time I've
seen some stupid behaviour. I won't
hunt with others who don't behave in
a safe manner. I've also been told by
range officers and firearm safety
instructors that errors in judgment
and complacency get people killed.
The lessons aren't being learnt, but
the same can be said for drivers on
the roads as well.
Knife a handy tool
No doubt Phil Findlay (Mail,
September 6) has been advised to
carry some form of sharp pocket
knife''. My wife and I saw on TV
where a person was unable to detach
from his seatbelt and escape from his
vehicle. We think it was where the
vehicle had caught fire. We both
have a pocket knife in an accessible
place in both of our cars.
Les Hibbard, Aranui
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