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Veto public money
on covered stadium
Hurrah, great news -- apparently
Lancaster Park can be repaired
for less than $50 million and there
is no longer any need for a $500m
covered stadium to satisfy the
whims of Tew, Riach, Parker and
The RFU and company have not
realised that they have killed the
golden goose with too much footie
and the gate prices.
If the RFU want a covered
stadium, let them pay for it.
At the moment, and for years to
come, they will struggle to fill the
park for any game unless they
give the tickets away.
As for the few test games,
Christchurch will miss out or
award them to Dunedin -- they
need the money to pay for their
white elephant. I object to any of
my rates going to a stadium.
Infrastructure yes, footie no.
L T Sparks
Rates rise likely
Council chief executive Tony
Marryatt says that Lancaster
Park will be demolished even
though insurers say the
earthquake-damaged stadium can
Apparently the council is
counting on getting $143 million
insurance if the present facility
was written off.
But there is no guarantee they
will get this money.
Which means rates will have to
rise by a lot.
No longer safe
The swing seat, the indicator seat,
the new Eden -- but never again a
safe seat: Christchurch Central.
Just a wee note to these halfwits
that haven t a brain and go about
defacing fences, walls, people s
houses, and God knows that else.
May I suggest you go back to
school and get something done
about your spelling.
It s shocking. I ve seen better
spelling at a kindergarten by 4-
And now I see the noose is
tightening, so you re gonna get
caught -- not before time -- and
made to fix it or fork out.
Watch your back
Labour Party supporters never
take too kindly to their party
leader when they lose a general
Labour MP Helen Clark, on
election night 2008, jumped before
she got stabbed in the back or
ousted by her own.
It s no wonder we see David
Shearer out practising running,
occasionally, on TV.Bruce Grimwood
Rising cost of
SLIP SLOP: Sunscreen is essential in summer but may be too pricey for some.
By CHRIS HYDE
Cost of the cheapest 125ml bottle
St Albans Pharmacy
SPF30 - $13.50
SPF50 - $17.99
Radius Pharmacy Tower Junction
SPF30 - $15
SPF30 - $12.50
A CHRISTCHURCH dermatologist
is concerned the rising price of sun-
screen could force those on a low
budget to leave it off their shopping
lists this summer.
A look around local pharmacies
suggests it is nearly impossible to
find sunscreen for less than $10.
St Albans dermatologist Dr David
Hepburn said the cost of sunscreen
was getting out of reach.
It s a concern and low-income
families are the biggest worry. It s
going to be at the bottom of their
budgets, but it s really important
that children cover up and use it in
the summer months.
Dr Hepburn said there were some-
times subsidised sunscreens avail-
able from chemists. But this was still
not a perfect solution, as it meant
people had to commit themselves to
a special trip to get the discount.
Students were another group the
price could affect, as they often
flouted the rules of sun care even
before the cost factor was added in.
Cancer Society chief executive
Dalton Kelly said sunscreen was
expensive, but could not be cheaper
without a decrease in quality.
People tended to feel bulletproof
once they applied sunscreen, which
made its effectiveness crucial.
Melanoma Foundation chief
executive officer Linda Flay said
people needed to cover up too, which
didn t cost a lot.
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