Home' Christchurch Mail : December 20th 2012 Contents 4 CHRISTCHURCH MAIL, DECEMBER 20, 2012
Sharing the highs and lows
As 2012 comes to a
close, reporter Mat
Kermeen asks some
to reflect on their highs,
lows and outlook for
MOVING FORWARD: Mayor Bob
Parker thinks the city will take giant
strides in 2013.
INSPIRED: Todd Blackadder was
inspired by New Zealand's Olympians
FAST ANNA: Anna Thompson said winning the Fast5 Netball World
Series was a 2012 highlight.
LOCAL SPIRIT: Nicky Wagner is a big
fan of the community spirit shown in
TOP CHEF: Darren Wright is relieved
to finally have the new Chillingworth
Road restaurant open.
FRONT LINE: Jason Smith is on the
front line of the rebuild.
BARRY'S BUILD: Christchurch City
Councillor Barry Corbett is looking
forward to more new buildings.
EAST SIDE: Lianne Dalziel would like
to see Christchurch East prosper in
Christchurch mayor Bob
Parker's 2012 highlight is
one that all Cantabrians
can relate to.
We haven't had a major quake
5.5 (magnitude) or above since the
23rd of December last year, that's
great news for all of us.''
The mayor's low point was the
failings of the council to work
together as a team for the greater
good of Canterbury, but like the
rebuild he thought the outlook in
the council was positive.
I think as a community we are
committed to moving forward.
There will still be challenges but
on the whole we can expect the
rebuild and the city to really ramp
up in 2013.''
Coaching the Crusaders as they
played their first home game in
more than 12 months was a
special moment, but Todd
Blackadder's 2012 highlight,
surprisingly, came outside of
Watching the Kiwis win all
those gold and silver medals at
the Olympics was the highlight
for me. It was inspirational.''
The low point for Blackadder
was losing the super 15 semifinal
to the Chiefs, but it is not
something he dwelt on.
The former All Black said he is
looking forward to 2013 and
thinks it is going to be an
enjoyable season for the
Silver Fern and Canterbury
Tactix player Anna Thompson
has had many highlights in 2012,
but she cannot go past the Fast5
Ferns win in the Fast5 Netball
Obviously winning the final
against England was amazing,
but the whole tournament was a
real blast. It's a new format and
it's a lot of fun.''
Away from the court, Thompson
said there was a positive outlook
in the city of Christchurch.
It's exciting, the city is
going to be better than it
was before and new bars and
restaurants are starting to
pop up everywhere.''
National MP Nicky
Wagner said her highlight
of 2012 had to be the coming
together of local
Canterbury, which was
epitomised at the opening of
the new AMI Stadium.
Cantabrians were out in
force to support the
homecoming of the
Crusaders and when the
horses came into the
stadium to the Crusaders
music there wasn't a dry eye
in the place.''
Mrs Wagner is looking
forward to a new people-
friendly city centre in 2013.
Every week something
new opens, and I am
anticipating the day that so
much is going on that
everyone, wherever they live
in our city, will feel that they
want or even need to come into
Award winning chef Darren
Wright's highlight came just six
weeks ago when he finally opened
the Chillingworth Road
restaurant and cooking school in
Wright, a member of the New
Zealand culinary team and beef
and lamb ambassador, was just
weeks away from opening a new
restaurant when it was destroyed
in the September 2010
earthquake. For 18 months he
struggled to find a suitable
replacement while living in a
damaged home that is set for
It's amazing the support you
get from the community, so to now
be able to provide them with a
service is really satisfying.''
Wright said the future was
bright for the hospitality industry
in 2013, and he was really looking
forward to being part of it.
Director of Smith Concept
Painting and Building, Jason
Smith, is at the coal-face of the
rebuild and said although the
industry has challenges, on the
whole it has been strong in the
latter stages of 2012.
His highlight for 2012 was
helping make a difference in
unfortunate circumstances, and
also being involved in the painting
of the containers for Re:start Mall.
We gave all our staff the option
as we were aware some may not
want to work in the city centre,
but they all stuck their hands up,
and in the finish were all very
proud to have helped get business
moving in the centre of town.''
Smith believes the construction
sector should really take off in
Councillor Barry Corbett
ranked the opening of the new
Christchurch City Mission
building and the new Learn to
Swim Pool at the Pioneer Sports
complex as his highlights for
2012. At the other end of the
scale, his low-light was the closure
of a number of community
buildings because their
engineering evaluations showed
they were below earthquake
Mr Corbett hopes 2013 will see
the city continue to rise, and is
looking forward to seeing new
buildings and new houses being
erected around the city and
Labour MP Lianne Dalziel
said a low point of 2012 was the
low-ball'' offers of half the rating
valuation for bare land and
commercial property offered to
owners in the residential red zone.
My experience is that people
just want a fair deal and that's not
much to ask for.''
Her highlight was being able to
stay within her electorate after
Dalziel hopes Christchurch east
can prosper in 2013, and is
looking forward to the first houses
being built in the Prestons
I would love to see a vision for
the east created, where our
natural assets, the river park
from the city to the sea and our
beautiful wetlands and estuary,
are used to lead our recovery.''
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