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By ABBIE NAPIER
THE NEW year has brought little relief for those
struggling to find a rental property, with price
hikes and serious competition still an issue.
Hokitika man Shaun Reid moved to Christ-
church two weeks ago to take up a job near the
Staying with family, his possessions in storage,
he was hunting for a one or two-bedroom flat.
Only days into the search, he realised it would
not be easy to find an affordable flat in reasonable
Even $250 a week wouldn t pay for much -- most
of the properties he had seen were in poor con-
dition with no heating, cinder block walls and
It s crazy, he said.
I ve been to viewings where I was 30 minutes
early and I wasn t the first one there.
At one viewing last week, there was a line of
people all the way down the driveway.
The competition is stiff, and everyone is going
along really prepared, he said.
A few days ago, he saw a likely prospect on
Trade Me and rang the letting agent straight
It was advertised at $250 a week.
The agent went straight to the property to meet
him but when he arrived, told him it was $290 a
That s just ridiculous, he said. It literally
went up $40 in less than an hour.
He had made the shortlist for one flat he liked,
but was worried he would be accepting it purely to
secure a place to live, rather than having time to
make an informed decision and have options to
Rubbish bins jazzed up
rubbish day in
RUBBISH DAY on Burke St has taken
on a whole new meaning for one resident
who has glammed up his council issue
bins with a bit of creativity.
Terry James of Addington has spent
hours injecting some much needed colour
into his trash receptacles. He has
adorned them with painted hibiscus
flowers and post-quake road cones.
The flowers he traced from a
Hawaiian-style shirt, taking about 10
hours to complete each design. The road
cone design was inspired by the daily
decorations provided by road workers in
his street the last few months.
Terry is not the only one trying to jazz
up his rubbish.
The wheelie bin skins offered by
some companies have been seen dotted
around Christchurch, brightening up the
streets with bright flowers and tribal
While the city council does not encour-
age decorating wheelie bins, it is
unlikely home owners would have to
remove them as long as the council logo,
serial number and address labels are vis-
If you have spent some time and effort
uplifting your wheelie bins, send us a photo
of your efforts and we will put them on our
Work to strengthen Ferrymead Bridge
to start next month after quake damage
WORK WILL resume early February on
the $34.87 million project to widen and
strengthen strategic Ferrymead Bridge
to withstand a major earthquake and
The project is expected to be completed
Traffic will be diverted to temporary
bridges this month running two lanes --
one to the city and one to Sumner.
The Ferrymead Bridge, a critical trans-
port link between the city and Sumner
bays, carries vital infrastructure includ-
ing power, water, sewer and telecom-
Temporary connections have been
diverted to the interim bridges and
The contract for the new bridge has
been awarded to HEB Construction Lim-
ited, which won the contract for the exi-
sting bridge. Work was interrupted due
to severe quake damage.
The work started as a two-year, $9.55
million Christchurch City Council project
in August 2010.
Costs had since escalated as extensive
geotechnical investigations exposed
unstable underlying rock with some
extremely weak layers.
In November 2011 estimates had risen
to $18m, with the change in design due to
ground conditions at Ferrymead.
The revised estimate is $34.87 million,
of which the Transport Agency will con-
Southern regional director Jim Har-
land said the agency s major funding con-
tribution recognised the vital role of the
bridge and the route, particularly as a
lifeline route for residents in the south-
Piles for the new bridge will be embed-
ded 8 metres into the ground to support
Council acting greenspace and traffic
manager Sally Davis said piling would
take about a year because of difficult
ground conditions and requirements for
piles to be secured some 5m into the rock.
The bridge would take about a year to
build. Time lines could be adjusted if
unexpected ground conditions for piling
The bridge links Ferry Road with Main
Road across the Avon-Heathcote Estuary,
and is a major arterial.
It carries 30,000 vehicles a day and
serves 11,000 people, 4450 households --
about 3.5 per cent of the city s population.
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