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ROOM Burglars targeting New Brighton
By ANNA PRICE
A SINGLE mother s plans to
study early childhood edu-
cation have been wrecked by
burglars she suspects were
lurking in her Estuary Rd
property waiting for her to
The woman, who asked to
be known only as Terri,
believes burglars are monitor-
ing New Brighton watching
the movements of residents.
She left to go shopping last
Thursday morning half an
hour late, after hanging wash-
ing out the back.
At 10.45am, the front gate
had a chain on. Half an hour
later when we left, the chain
was off. I put it back on when
we left. When we returned at
5pm the chain was off again
and a window was smashed.
She learnt of at least two
other daytime break-ins in
her neighbourhood about the
Terri said the incidents
make her feel more vulner-
able, especially with a two-
An Apple Mac laptop, MP3
player and a $60 backpack
were taken in the raid while
she was out.
It s completely screwed my
plans, she said.
I needed the laptop to
study, I can t afford another
one, I can t work and I m in
A neighbour was also tar-
geted while out, and road
crews recounted seeing a
couple of guys walking out of
an address at an adjacent
street with electronic gear.
They re targeting places
where they know the person is
out, Terri said.
She has suffered anxiety
since the incident and would
like to see a more visible
I m not sleeping well. I m
locking doors when we re
home, which is ridiculous. I
don t even want to go out to
hang the washing. The gates
now had locks, but it still did
not feel safe.
I don t know whether they
are sitting at the bus stop
watching and waiting.
Neighbour Alex Mills, an
airline worker, returned home
the same day to find his gar-
age doors open and the cur-
tains partly closed.
Intruders had tried unsuc-
cessfully to smash the back
window, then threw a brick
through the lounge window.
His kite surfing gear was
stolen, along with a laptop,
and a set of car keys.
He said he sleeps with a
machete under his bed now.
THE FIRST week of a Christchurch police focus on
alcohol-related crime has netted a four-fold
increase in arrests for liquor ban breaches.
City tactical co-ordinator Senior Sergeant Glenn
Nalder logged 75 arrests for breaches of the liquor
Many more under-18-year-olds received a ticket
for drinking in public. Several people were also
arrested for disorderly behaviour in Riccarton.
Most of the 75 arrests were made at the Hagley
Park end of Riccarton Rd. Others were also
arrested in the central city liquor ban area around
Victoria St. Mr Nalder said it was also illegal to
drink in a vehicle travelling in a liquor ban area.
Police would take a very low tolerance
approach to intimidating antics.
Mad time for hat maker
By GEORGIA NELSON
HATS OFF: Milliner Katrina Burgess with some of her beautiful creations.
KATRINA BURGESS has spent 13 years
surrounded by pearls, raffia, feathers
and rolls of bright tulle.
As a semi-retired hat maker (milliner),
Katrina is right in the hustle and bustle
as she prepares for Cup Week -- the
busiest time of year for hat makers.
There is always a last minute rush.
Girls come flying in here with their
outfits, wanting me to make them a mir-
acle, she said.
Every hat is a bespoke work of art,
matched to outfits, face shapes and per-
For someone with a rounder face she
suggested a square hat with height,
whereas someone with an angular long
face could suit a rounder, smaller hat.
Hat making has recently become more
of a hobby than a fulltime job, but Kat-
rina is still excited by some outlandish
This time of year always brings out a
few peacocks, she said.
Cup Week sees the dining room table
and garage covered with hats of all
shapes, colours and sizes.
Some designs are inspired by royalty,
others unique and tailored to the outfit.
Katrina began hat making in her 40s,
having applied for a job at a hat shop.
After a few months she started making
her own hats and by 2005 had opened
Hats on High, on High St in the city.
For years, Katrina wore a hat every
Her designs pop up every year at the
This year Katrina will see one of her
creations take to the catwalk at the trot-
ting cup fashion event.
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