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Christchurch homes badly damaged in
the earthquakes are being rented for high
returns, but the Canterbury District
Health Board is urging landlords to make
sure homes are safe and healthy before
renting them out. Repairs deemed
uneconomic for insurers were not
keeping investors from purchasing and
renting the homes at a time when rental
shortages were making some tenants
New Regent St
The re-opening of badly damaged New
Regent St has been delayed once again.
Shop owners and tenants had originally
hoped the historic street would be open
for Christmas, but engineering works
pushed it back to February 2013.
Contractors expected the major work to
be done in February but shop fit-outs and
street repairs could take another month,
delaying the opening until late March.
No water restrictions
Despite a series of fires and hot
conditions across Canterbury, it is
unlikely water restrictions will be imposed
this summer. The city council said while
water use was higher than last summer
when restrictions were put in place, the
water system was coping well. The
council asked residents to continue to be
sensible with water use. Akaroa remains
at level 1 restrictions during the holiday
season, when visitors put pressure on
the town supply.
Swimmers of all ages are being
encouraged to take part in the State Le
Grande Swim on February 23. The event
is part of the New Zealand Ocean Swim
Series and will see four races -- two and
two short distance -- in Akaroa. Event
organisers are expecting at least 800
swimmers. The shortest swim will be 300
metres, and the longest 2.8 kilometres.
Canterbury was a key contributor to
record property sales activity last year.
Nationwide house prices and sales
figures exceeded five-year highs, with
Canterbury's post-quake property market
still booming. 74,000 homes were sold
last year, with Canterbury-Westland's
median house price rising by 1.7 per cent
last December, reaching a record
LOWERING EXPECTATIONS: El Jaguar plans to take a few heckles then take all the credit.
Festival promises humour
and some humiliation
The World Buskers Festival kicks off in
Christchurch today, celebrating 20 years of
laughter and streetside performance. ABBIE
NAPIER caught up with one of Christchurch's
newest assets, El Jaguar.
BRAINCHILD AND alter-ego of
comedian Derek Flores, ex-
wrestling pro El Jaguar is a
laugh a minute.
We meet at his Richmond
carnie house'' where he has
been based for two months.
Dashingly attired in his vin-
tage 1980s wrestling leotard, El
Jaguar is not at all shy. The leo-
tard seems to have shrunk since
the 80s and barely covers the
Sitting on the deck, El Jaguar
rattles off a list of famous bus-
kers who once called the carnie
house home, including current
flatmate, one half of former
busking duo, The Motley Two.
Every night you can hear the
wail of broken dreams and poor
choices echoing in the house.
The other half of Motley Two left
him, so he just sits there in des-
pair and a pool of his own
Originally from Canada, El
Jaguar says he made a name for
himself wrestling with sidekick
Coco Beware. This is his first
year performing at the World
I have many friends who
have been here before,'' he said,
adjusting his mask. I'm excited
for it, definitely.''
El Jaguar will host the Birth-
day Boy Cabaret at the Christ-
church Casino every night dur-
ing the festival.
El Jaguar just has to come
out and take some heckles, then
step back and let the real perfor-
mers do their thing...then take
all the credit.
My job is to lower the expec-
tations of the audience, so who-
ever comes out after me will be
greeted with rapturous
El Jaguar loves performing,
loves looking down at the peo-
ple's faces -- complete confusion
mixed with a little hatred and a
bit of love.''
The cabaret performers are
encouraging any birthday boys
to go along to their show, where
they will be made to feel very
welcome -- a birthday treat.
I haven't the faintest idea
how we're going to do that, but I
think it will all depend on the
level of commitment.''
El Jaguar has just finished a
tour of the South Island with
New Zealand performer Gish,
and is hoping to get regular gigs
in Christchurch once manager''
Derek Flores gets his act into
For more info and a list of
performers, check out world
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