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Money snatched from girl
POLICE WARN that scammers, poss-
ibly from the city s southwest, could be
active, after a 16 year old girl lost $450
through an iPhone advertisement on a
Facebook auction site.
The vendor offered to deliver the
phone to a rural Templeton address last
Senior Constable Lois Williscroft said
at the due time, a female trio drove up
the teen s driveway, turning to face the
exit and texting her as promised to
signal their arrival.
The teen came outside with the
money, passed it through the window --
and the car drove off at speed.
The girl tried in vain to grab the
Police are keen to track down the
black sports-type car with a DC sticker
on a window, which was driven by a
woman possibly in her 30s, either part
Maori or part-Pacifika. The front-seat
passenger was a girl aged about 15.
Another female was in the back seat.
Ms Williscroft said they used a pre-
paid texter, gave false names and could
be from the Christchurch South, Riccar-
ton or Hornby area.
She is keen for reports from others
who may have fallen prey to the con.
Ms Williscroft can be reached at Roll-
eston police, 347 9248.
Churches may not insure
By ANNA PRICE
ANGLICAN CHURCHES in the Christ-
church diocese will explore earthquake
insurance options in the face of a 500 per
cent hike in premiums.
This follows a decision by Synod, the
Anglican governing body, that allows
parishes to scrap quake insurance.
The resolution stated that buildings
would not necessarily have to be
insured for such events.
A formal review of options will start
within a couple of weeks.
Diocese chief operations officer Gavin
Holley said the current situation was
St Augustine s in Cashmere was
shocked to learn its annual insurance bill
had soared from just over $6200 last year
to $52,200 for the current year, a 750 per
Monthly payments would be around
$4800, or an extra $1000 a week.
This has come as a blow, a church
We knew the year would be tight, had
budgeted accordingly, and were doing
St Ambrose Church in Aranui, which
used to pay between $3000 and $4000 a
year, faced an annual bill of $20,000 a
year, a 500 per cent hike.
The diocese, excluding the cathedral, is
about $30 million short in its ability to
restore its buildings to pre-quake con-
We re effectively working through a
review, where we re at, and the future
shape of the diocese, Mr Holley said.
Synod would next year consider a reor-
ganisation of the diocese, which spans 70
parishes from Hanmer Springs to the
Waitaki River, as well as South Westland
and the Chatham Islands.
We re going to be talking to parishes
about what they can afford and what
they would like to see, and the resolution
at Synod allows us to say that we forgo
earthquake insurance, Mr Holley said.
A call was made that we needed to
have insurance for 2012. The December
23 aftershock last year saw the insurer
Ansvar s withdrawal from the market, so
we were left in the position of trying to
find an insurer. When we went to the
market, the cost had risen substantially,
Mr Holley said.
We do not think that is sustainable for
parishes and it puts them under enor-
mous stress and pressure.
Besides those buildings destroyed or
demolished, the diocese owns 50 Historic
Places Trust-listed properties, and prob-
ably a further 20 heritage buildings listed
by territorial authorities.
Many of these buildings are old and
not reinforced. It would be very difficult
to sustain insurance on these buildings,
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