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Garden's unexpected journey
By ABBIE NAPIER
of a garden
MIDDLE EARTH is heading to Seattle
this year as part of its annual garden
Every year the Northwest Flower and
Garden Show makes a big impression on
Seattle -- Sister City to Christchurch.
With its audacious designs and creative
thinking, the show starts only a few weeks
before Christchurch hosts the Ellerslie
This year, the 25th anniversary of the
Seattle show will see designers glam up
the garden industry with movie-themed
New Zealand has made the cut and will
be a key entry this year, incorporated into
a Hobbit themed garden.
Mayor Bob Parker recently visited
Seattle and considered the garden a great
way to promote New Zealand once again.
Everybody knows about The Hobbit,''
he said. Peter Jackson, single-handedly,
has been one of the most effective
promoters of New Zealand through his
Mr Parker was hoping to contact Sir
Peter, asking him to send a letter of
endorsement to be read before the garden
A Hobbit's New Zealand Garden was
designed to showcase both the movie and
its home -- rural New Zealand. The display
features native plants, ferns and trees.
In the middle, in pride of place, a Hobbit
For more information on the Seattle
Northwest Flower and Garden Show, see
Delayed repairs irk residents
By MAT KERMEAN
Gutter damage: Grace Cosgrove
checks out the holes in the guttering
above her kitchen window.
are at boiling point over running
water at a Christchurch City
Council housing complex.
The occupants of the Manor
Place units are sick of dealing
with the mess, noise and flooding
that occurs, even from modest
rainfall, after their spouting was
all but destroyed. Residents
believe it should be a simple fix.
On September 4, a violent hail-
storm pelted central Christ-
church, leaving thousands of dol-
lars worth of damage to cars and
properties in its wake.
Insurance companies were
inundated with calls the following
day and by mid-morning repair
crews were out in force repairing
conservatories, windows and roof-
But, 41G2 months on, residents at
Manor Place are still waiting for
their spouting to be repaired.
They cannot understand why
when residents have made count-
less complaints to the council.
Grace Cosgrove said she called
the council to report the damage
the morning after the storm.
When no action was taken, her
husband Des made another call.
Mr Cosgrove was issued with a job
number but again no action was
The Cosgroves, along with most
of the other residents, continued
to make calls to the council but
Mrs Cosgrove said they were told
the units needed another engin-
There's no damage here,
there's no damage anywhere
around this area and we have
already had two engineers'
It should be a straightforward
insurance claim but for whatever
reason they are ignoring us,'' Mrs
Mr Cosgrove said he had asked
several times for a representative
from the council to have a look at
the effect the damage was causing
but he said nobody seemed
Resident Anne O'Brian said the
lack of action to repair such a sim-
ple job is disgusting. Mrs O'Brian
uses a walker for support and
feels like a prisoner in her own
home on wet days.
I can't even get outside when it
rains, there are huge holes right
on top of both my doorways. The
speed I move, I get soaked before
I get away from the door. They
(Christchurch City Council) have
no idea how bad it really is.''
Carolyn Gallagher, Christ-
church City Council's unit man-
ager, community support, said the
Manor Place flats are currently in
the process of having a Detailed
Engineering Evaluation (DEE)
The evaluation is due early this
year and Ms Gallagher said once
the council was satisfied the com-
plex had passed its DEE assess-
ment, deferred maintenance
She added that urgent health
and safety maintenance was being
completed on all complexes in the
The water flows and surface
flooding that occur during rain
were not considered a health and
Residents say they are not
aware of any maintenance done
since the storm.
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