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Thieves cause stress at school
THE QUEENSPARK school
caretaker, Chris Kime, can relax
again after the arrest of a group
of small-time vandals who stole
classroom keys out of his shed.
The school has been forced to
spend about $15,000 changing
classroom locks after the theft in
The group allegedly went into
different rooms over the next
few days, took items including
chocolate bars, and discharged a
fire extinguisher in a field.
Mr Kime was in a classroom
on January 3 when he spotted a
group acting suspiciously.
He recognised some of their
faces from security footage from
the previous day, when he
believed the shed was broken
into. After seeing them enter the
dental clinic, he followed them
at a distance then got into his
car when they left the school.
He spotted them a few streets
away and alerted police after
they went into an address.
One of the group admitted to
his part in the offending in the
Christchurch court this week.
Mr Kime said the theft had
caused a lot of stress.
Chefs off to defend
title at Tri Nations
By MAT KERMEEN
MASTER CHEF: Darren Wright's new
Chillingworth Road restaurant has
provided him the ideal training ground
for the Tri Nations.
COOKING CAN be stressful,
but even more so when the NZ
silver fern is on your chest.
Two Christchurch men --
Darren Wright and Zane
Nuestroski -- are taking on some
of the world s best chefs in
Wales this week.
The pair left on Friday with
the New Zealand Culinary Team
to defend the Tri Nations title
they won at the same Welsh
venue in 2010.
Mr Wright, a seven-year
veteran of the team, has just
opened his new Chillingworth
Road restaurant in Cranford St,
which has proven to be the ideal
A New Zealand Beef and
Lamb ambassador and chief
judge of the prestigious Nestle
Toque d Or competition, Mr
Wright has won gold medals all
over the world, but he said that
the event is still extremely
stressful on the day.
It s a real honour and privi-
lege to represent your country.
There s definitely a lot of nerves
before you get going. I guess it s
our equivalent of the All Blacks
running out before a big game.
At the other end of the spec-
trum, George Hotel employee,
Mr Nuestroski is the develop-
ment member of the squad
and takes only a limited part in
National president of the New
Zealand Chefs Association,
Anita Sarginson, said that
the tournament is a massive
opportunity for Nuestroski.
It s an enormous step for-
ward for Zane. He s got the
chance to mix with some of the
best around the world and he is
one of those young men that
takes everything in.
He will definitely be one to
watch in the future.
The Tri Nations format is
known as hot kitchen .
Each team is placed in a ballot
for dish type and competition
day. Only one team competes on
each day of the three day event.
The Kiwis have drawn day
one and received beef as their
Best Belgian beers
back on the menu
at Sydenham bar
By ABBIE NAPIER
READY TO POUR: Mark McGuiness leans on the
soon-to-be bar of his new site.
PRE-QUAKE: The Belgian Beer Cafe
before the February earthquake shut its
FINGERS CROSSED, Mark
McGuiness will be putting
the Belgian back into
Christchurch next month.
Seriously damaged by the
February 2011 earthquake,
the popular Belgian Beer
Cafe Torenhof disappeared
from the city for almost
Owner Mark McGuiness
waited almost a year to
have his insurance finalised
before he could start looking
He thought he had found
the perfect spot when Cera offered
three restaurants in Cathedral
Square. However, seven months of
planning and meetings later, the site
owner pulled out of the deal, leaving
Mr McGuiness scrambling .
That was October last year.
Six months on, construction and
fit-out is well under way at his new
location -- a building in the carpark
of The Colombo in Sydenham.
Technically 13 Stanley St, the
bar s new home is only a little smal-
ler than its stone predecessor
on Armagh St (which is still
inching ever closer and closer to the
Parts of the old building have been
salvaged, including the bar s signa-
ture wood panelling and the famous
chubby stone waiter, Boris.
The opening of the new site
depends on a city council building
inspection and Mr McGuiness is cau-
tiously optimistic for a sometime-in-
He said the new Belgian Beer Cafe
would be the best of the old business,
coupled with an earthquake-
strengthened building and plenty
Executive chef Fred Weisehutter
will be back, but he is still looking for
a lot more staff.
Keep an eye on the website,
belgianbeercafe.net.nz, for opening
information and updates.
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