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By ANNA PRICE
A PROPOSAL for a low-cost housing pre-
cinct in Christchurch s inner city east
has won a unanimous way to go back-
ing from the Hagley Ferrymead Com-
The proposal, floated by social justice
advocates Tessa Laing and Jenny Smith,
suggests that private landowners boosted
by Government incentives could build
affordable, quality single person s accom-
modation up to current standard in a
quadrant bound by Madras, Kilmore and
Cashel streets and Stanmore Rd.
Board chairman Bob Todd said the
area historically had a number of bedsits
and a close-knit community with good
networks such as Te Whare Roimata.
Unfortunately, now they ve been scat-
tered and there s a determination by this
group to re-establish this environment,
Mr Todd said. We fully support this. It
has merit, a place where these people feel
comfortable and feel safe. We support
them all the way.
Ms Laing, a researcher at Christ-
church Anglican Life s social justice unit,
and Jenny Smith of Te Whare Roimata,
will take the proposal to the city council s
community, recreation and culture com-
mittee before presenting it to CERA and
the Department of Building and Hous-
About 250 rooms in below-standard
buildings were lost after the February
2011 earthquake, scattering tenants far
from their own networks and community
Ms Smith said 70 per cent of properties
in this area had been in private owner-
ship. Most of them were targeted at low
It s really important that something
like this happens because we are atypical
from the rest of the city. This community
historically has housed the low income
single people. If this area goes there is
nowhere else they can be appropriately
housed, especially given the range of
social services based here.
The Anglican Diocese at Synod this
month called on the Government to
develop a region-wide low cost social
housing plan for Christchurch.
The Rev Jolyon White, working with
Ms Laing on the proposal, is buoyed by
the community board s response.
We also look forward to hearing a
response from Building and Housing
about the need for an overall low-cost
social housing plan, he said.
The council had 2288 units to let, with
a waiting list of more than 200.
EXPLORER: Sydney Shaw checks out one of the explorer tents on display at NZ IceFest.
IceFest has lots
on offer for kids
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS start tomorrow
and the NZ IceFest in Hagley Park is a
great way to entertain the kids -- and
most of it is free.
The festival still has two more weeks
to go, and there is plenty of educational
and interactive activities for the kids,
and the best part is, there is a bar and
cafe for parents.
Daylight savings starts this Sunday
and with it will come evening ice skat-
ing. This is the most expensive activity
available ($45 each family) and is out-
side, so be watchful of the weather.
Kids can play with Antarctic clothing,
tents and explorer gear, as well as being
able to check out the vehicles used on the
ice.There are also some hi-tech activities,
including a virtual tour of Antarctica
and forays into the science stations on
It is recommended parents pick up a
passport for the kids before entering,
which gives them plenty to look at (ask
about this on-site).
For more information visit nzicefest.
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