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Advocate: North Beach surf lifesaving
and sports identity David East, a key
player in the New Brighton water park
WESTPAC BANK manager Graeme
Soper is confident the New Brighton
water park proposal will open the
door for more investment in the area
if it is embraced by the city council
Submissions on the New Brighton
master plan close on February 18.
Mr Soper, manager of the bank's
New Brighton and Parklands
branches, said it was important
there was some investment in the
We feel that it is very important
that this goes ahead and we fully
support the vision for the com-
munity,'' he said.
Projects like this are what we'd
really like to see happening in
Westpac already had strong com-
mitment in the business hub at
Show Place, Addington, as well as
other parts of the city.
This is about how important we
feel that complex is for the com-
munity out here and all Christ-
church, especially with the demo-
lition of QE2,'' he said.
If we can just get that across the
first hurdle of approval into the city
plan. That council commitment is
the key for investment in New Brigh-
It will open door for a lot of people
to consider investing here.
Certainly there would be a lot we
could do behind the scenes.''
An Auckland-based senior West-
pac executive, who came to Christ-
church before Christmas on other
business, also met Burwood Pegasus
Community Board members David
East and Tim Sintes, key players in
She liked what we were propos-
ing,'' Mr East said.
He declined to elaborate on the
discussion at this stage.
There was no commitment on any
Mr Soper, he said, thought the
water park plan a very good pro-
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for water park
Get off your bums you East-
Enders in New Brighton.
Give your backing to the
water park'' concept that Tim
Sintes and David East have
come up with to upgrade and
turn New Brighton into a place
where it will become the
paradise of the Pacific.
It will be the envy of every
coastal town in New Zealand
and even possibly in
The more backing you give
this concept by signing the
petition now doing the rounds,
the more powerful will be the
voice of the people who not only
support it but also deserve it.
Don't be put off by our mayor
and his mob who can only see
heritage buildings and a
destroyed Cathedral as
We have been ignored far too
This is the place where we
live and have raised our
children and grandchildren and
for people like me great
Look for the petition and sign
it.Back Tim and David and
make a difference to this place
where we live and love.
Quakes speed up tertiary
WITH the rebuild industry crying
out for professional development
programmes, the University of Can-
terbury is stepping up and providing
post-graduate earthquake qualifica-
The engineering department at
the university had considered pro-
viding an earthquake engineering
qualification before the Canterbury
earthquakes. Course development
leader Dr Brendon Bradley said the
earthquakes had focused the team
and seven courses would be started
The courses cater to current
students wanting further qualifica-
tions and industry professionals
keen to upskill.
They are blocked into a series of
two-day courses, meaning profes-
sionals can take whole days off work
rather than attending 24 lectures
over 12 weeks.
The first course starts next Thurs-
day and already has 25 enrolled
students -- a number Dr Bradley said
was promising for a start-up course.
Students can take all seven cour-
ses plus one elective to gain a Master
of Engineering Studies. Fulltime,
this would take a year, but done in
block courses a professional could
complete it in a few years.
The next step up is to take four of
the earthquake engineering courses
and write a thesis -- then qualifying
with a Masters of Engineering
specialising in earthquake engineer-
The courses cover a range of engin-
eering subjects -- from the impact of
earthquakes on buildings, to econ-
omic costs and social disruption.
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