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Boy racer crackdown
Police were in full swing at the weekend dealing
with an influx of boy racers despite the
cancellation of the controversial Fours and
Rotary Autoshow. The show usually runs
annually in February. Operation Penguin saw 20
cars seized or impounded, 41 cars deemed
unsafe, a handful of licence suspensions, and
at least 300 other notices issued. The operation
took place on Friday and Saturday nights, with
court bailiffs collecting in the region of $75,000
in unpaid fines. The boy racers were mostly
local, police said.
Southern Response is offering cash settlements
at full replacement cost to customers in certain
circumstances. Usually, insurers would offer
only indemnity value (value of property minus
value of land) for cash settlements. To get the
full value of the property paid out, the customer
would need to rebuild -- no cash settlements.
Now customers could take a full payout. The
policy is markedly different from New Zealand's
largest insurers, IAG and Vero, and had to be
approved by 42 reinsurers as it was not
provided for in AMI policies. See
southernresponse.co.nz for more details.
Toilet peeper nabbed
Police arrested a 44-year-old man on Tuesday
after a member of the public reported a man
looking over the top of toilet cubicles in Hagley
Park. A woman was seen leaving the scene in a
distressed state. The man was able to look over
the adjoining wall between male and female
cubicles. The toilet block was on Deans Ave,
near Ayr St. Police are asking the woman
involved, or anyone else who saw the incident,
to come forward. Call Constable Chris Healey
03 374 1751.
About a thousand people rallied on Tuesday
after the news that seven Christchurch schools
would close, and another 12 would merge.
Protesters gathered in the CBS Arena in a show
of support for affected schools. Southbridge
School principal Peter Verstappen led the rally.
The group marched to the Ministry of Education
office on Princess St to deliver their message.
The group said the fight was not yet over.
Art and music will be lighting up Re:Start Mall
this weekend courtesy of Art Beat. The activities
will begin on Friday and continue until Sunday as
Art Beat's final days come to a close. The
events include a free concert on Sunday to
launch the Songs for Christchurch Album (pg 2),
a germ-free kissing booth, and a performance by
Paul Ubana Jones. As usual, Re:Start will be
packed with art work. You can also swap your
fears for a screen printed poster and pick up a
gift from artist Gaby Montejo.
By ABBIE NAPIER
Carol Anderson started skating in
1957, and she is living proof of the
good old days -- girls and boys in
sparkly costumes and pristine
NOTHING SAYS retro like vintage
roller skates with fluorescent green
wheels and a sparkly leotard.
Unfortunately for the city's roller-
skating enthusiasts, the earthquakes
have put paid to the Rollerland Roller-
sports club and base, and forced a
move to Central Canterbury.
For some, like long-time club mem-
ber and national competitor, Carol
Anderson, the new location has meant
hanging up her skates until a new
venue can be found.
The Rollerland Rollersports club
was founded in 1987 -- and according
to Mrs Anderson, it was the first of its
kind in Christchurch.
Popular in the 50s and 60s, roller
skating as a competitive sport has not
had much publicity in the past decade.
Mrs Anderson started skating in
1957 and is living proof of the good old
days -- girls and boys in sparkly costu-
mes and pristine skates.
New Zealand still boasts a national
team, and the grace of the sport has
attracted those fond of the glamour
and glitz of the retro years.
The club's Bexley Reserve practise
hall and base was eventually demoli-
shed after earthquake damage made it
Since then, the club's members have
been a bit adrift.
Club coach and secretary Kerrie
Osten said times had been tough for
the past two years. The club moved to
Cowles Stadium after the September
quake but the stadium was struck
down only a few months later in
Rallying against almost impossible
odds and unable to find a venue in
Christchurch, the club relocated to
Some still made the commute but
cost and time saw many members hav-
ing to cut practices or take a hiatus.
For Mrs Anderson, the trip was too
far but she was desperate to compete
in this year's national champs in
Whanganui. Aged 62, the goal is
She and the club have been hunting
for a venue for months, and hope to
return soon to Cowles Stadium, which
needed extensive post-quake repairs.
Ms Osten said the number of people
keen to learn to skate showed the
sport was still popu-
lar.Leaping in the air
on eight wheels can be
pretty dangerous, but
the sport has all the
grace and speed of ice-
skating, without the
The club is still hop-
ing for a permanent
home so competitors
can get back to full-
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