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goal of group
IN ZONE: The group advocating for a new school in the city's northeast. Standing
from left: Rae Mills, North East Secondary Education committee chair Amanda
Williams and Angela Wilson. Front: Elissa Smith and Kerri Rowlands.
EVERY HOME in greater Christ-
church should have a primary and
secondary school for which they are
zoned, a city education lobby says.
The North East Secondary Edu-
cation Committee (NESE) says
school zones should be logically
placed to enhance their communities
and allow safe travel to school.
The committee, an arm of the Par-
klands Residents' Association, is
preparing a submission to the Minis-
try of Education's Directions for Edu-
cation Renewal in Greater Christ-
NESE was originally established
to advocate for a new local secondary
school in the fast-growing northeast-
Spokeswoman Elissa Smith said
the link between primary and secon-
dary schools was a key component in
the vision of lifelong learning.
A network encompassing all edu-
cation services from early childhood
to tertiary education also builds
stronger communities,'' she said.
Committee members had attended
consultations at local schools and
meetings where Education Minister
Hekia Parata had spoken. Several
primary schools were already run-
ning in the northeast sector of the
city,'' Mrs Smith said.
Several of these are facing propo-
sed closure or merger. From the com-
munity consultation meetings we
understand that communities want
answers from the Ministry on how
the overall plan will provide better
education for all children.
We feel the education plan should
include stronger direction for secon-
dary education in north east Christ-
church,'' Mrs Smith said.
Indications pointed to a continued
high population of school-age chil-
dren in the northeast, with its strong
recreational focus and affordable
The population in the northeast is
still high enough for a viable secon-
dary school,'' she said.
We support education being eas-
ily accessible through local school-
ing, active transport and with
schools as community facilities.
We are trying to be involved in
education to bring our knowledge,
passion and connection to this area.''
Town Hall showdown
The city council looks headed for a showdown with
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee over
its $127.7 million plan to save the Christchurch
Town Hall. The council voted unanimously to repair
the 40-year-old building on the quake-damaged
However, Mr Brownlee believed the decision was
made without all the relevant geotechnical
information. He said further discussions were
needed before any decision was made.
It was understood the town hall was highly
compromised and left in a disastrous state, and
preliminary information indicated the ground was
in a ''pretty bad condition''.
Mr Brownlee wants to talk with the council and has
not ruled out Cera overriding the council decision.
A performing arts centre was in the central city
Avondale bridge out of
action until mid-year
The Avondale bridge will be closed to road traffic
from mid-January for eight months for repairs and
It is is one of nine road bridges across the Avon
River linking New Brighton Rd with Avondale Rd. A
temporary shingle path is being built out into the
river for heavy machinery access.
The bridge will be open to traffic during the path
work but McConnell Dowell says stop/go traffic
management will operate when material has to be
lowered by crane over the side.
During works next year, pedestrians, people with
buggies, mobility scooter riders and cyclists will
still be able to cross by using a temporary
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