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Dugald Wilson Minister
150 Withells Road, Avonhead
Ph 358 5443 www.stmarks.net.nz
Some of you will be aware that spending time
in the garden or going for a walk, gentle run, or
bike ride with constant rhythmical movement
somehow brings a sense of peace or restores a
sense of wellbeing. These activities can be for us
'prayer time'. Our Christian tradition
has often taught that prayer is
about words, but Jesus taught
that making time for God in
stillness was also important.
One great saint said,
"God is the friend of silence".
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Wonders of Woodford
By ABBIE NAPIER
NOT TO MISS: Woodford will be open to tour goers for one day only.
The Christchurch Mail has one double pass for the Christchurch tour to give away,
worth $130. To be in to win, simply email your full name, address, and contact phone
number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Details for collecting the double pass will be
communicated to the lucky winner. Entries close Tuesday, March 19, 4pm. The
winner will be notified by phone. Please note the tour is for one day only -- Friday,
Win with The Mail
AFTER A two-year quake-
induced hiatus the NZ House
and Garden Tour is returning
to Christchurch, and one of
the must-see homes is
Built in 1887, the 700sqm
Victorian mansion has been
lovingly and painstakingly
restored by Jill Lord and her
husband, who bought the
house almost 30 years ago.
Walking in the front door, it
is immediately obvious the
Lords have made a great
effort to restore the grand old
lady to her former glory.
When they bought it, the
house had been divided into
five flats, each with its own
kitchen and bathroom.
The plan was to gradually
convert the house back to its
original family home struc-
However, that was not to be
for another six years.
The couple purchased the
house when the Muldoon gov-
ernment had capped the mort-
gage interest rate at 10 per
cent. However, within six
months it had shot up to 26
That almost finished us,''
Crippled by the interest,
they moved into one of the
flats in the house.
Over the years the interest
rate dropped and one by one
they converted vacant flats.
We had to wait for people
to leave, so it was very ad hoc,
we didn't really have a plan.''
You wouldn't know it now.
The house has been impecca-
bly repaired and furnished in
Victorian style and earth-
quake repairs have been
We decided to do this tour
because we're really interest-
ed in convincing people that
old houses can be fixed.
Don't give up even when
insurers tell you it would be
easier to demolish.''
The garden tour raises
money for the Cancer Society
and 12 Christchurch homes
will open their doors on
Friday, March 22.
For information on the
Christchurch tour visit nzhou-
North West zoning
Public comment is sought on a proposed city
council plan change that would rezone three areas
in the city's north-west for business. Information
drop-in sessions have been drawing as many as a
100 people a time. Public submissions on the
proposal close on March 28. Increase in traffic and
more parking were among the issues.
A bigger, new Wainoni Pak 'n Save with a fuel stop
will be built beside the existing supermarket at a
cost of $23 million. It will replace the quake-
damaged supermarket which will remain open
during construction, allowing 285 staff to keep
their jobs. Foodstuffs chief executive Steve
Anderson saidquake damage was too costly to
repair. Building starts mid year and is expected to
be finished toward the end of next year.
Band's supremacy confirmed
The Canterbury Caledonian Society Band
successfully defended the New Zealand Pipe Band
Championship in Timaru. Led by Pipe Major
Richard Hawke and Drum Sergeant James
Laughlin, the band won the grade one medley and
selection events, the drumming championship,
and also took trophies for best bass and tenor
sections. In August the band will travel to Scotland
to compete in the World Pipe Band
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