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AMI costs mount
An insurance claim on the former
AMI Stadium could be as much as
$300 million. German reinsurance
company R+V Versicherung
disputed the claim, saying it would
not pay out more than $39.6
million, which was its cap for
assets worth more than $100
million. New Zealand insurer Civic
Insurance claimed in court there
was a shortfall of $48.4 million for
the stadium. A High Court judge's
ruling on the dispute has reserved
his decision after a two-day
Dairy robber sought
An armed robber terrified two
Linwood dairy employees on
Tuesday night when he threatened
them with a knife and demanded
money. Fortunately there were no
customers in store at the time,
and no-one was injured. However
police are now on the hunt for the
man, described as a European in
his mid-20s, about 182cm (6 ft)
tall. He was wearing a black
leather jacket, blue jeans, and a
black bandana. He entered the
Woodham Rd dairy about 8.25pm
on Tuesday. Contact police with
American insurance expert and
law professor Jay Feinman is
urging the New Zealand
Government to impose time limits
on insurers for settling claims, to
fast-track the insurance process.
Feinman is an expert in post-
disaster insurance practices.
Insurance Council chief executive
Tim Grafton said arbitrary time
frames would not help the
complex Christchurch situation.
Tension in council
''Trust issues'' identified in last
year's independent audit of the
city council seem to be an ongoing
problem. On Tuesday night, Mayor
Bob Parker admitted tensions
between councillors and staff had
hindered progress at times.
Earthquake Recovery Minister
Gerry Brownlee lashed out at the
council again last week, saying
Councillor Yani Johanson should
be removed from his duties as
chairman of the council's
community, recreation and culture
committee. Mr Johanson
dismissed reports of tension as a
On his way to New York
By EMMA CROPPER
DANCE MAD: Hayden Withers in
his backyard studio.
A CHRISTCHURCH teen is half-
way to fulfilling his dream of
performing in New York.
Former St Bede s College
student, Hayden Withers, 17, has
been accepted into the prestigious
American Musical and Dramatic
Academy in New York, where he
will study musical theatre for two
The academy has produced art-
ists who have gone on to star in
Broadway productions such as
Wicked and television shows
Friends and Law and Order.
Hayden has raised $50,000 of
the $100,000 he needs for his
course fees and living expenses.
He has performed a fundraising
concert in Dunedin and auctioned
signed items provided by All
Blacks captain Richie McCaw and
Olympic gold medallist Valerie
Hayden is not eligible for gov-
ernment funding, but said that
was a good thing, as he was keen
to put in the hard work now .
Cookie Time Charitable Trust
director Michael Mayell said the
trust had donated $5000 to help
Hayden fulfil his dream.
We wanted to support him
because he was personally
motivated, very talented and will-
ing to get out and do his own fund-
raising, Mr Mayell said.
I had to send in videos of me
singing, dancing and acting,
alongside three essays and a 2am
phone call, Hayden said.
I ran around the house with
excitement when I found out I had
Brighton picked for crime prevention solution
POLICE ARE working on a crime
prevention plan to thwart anti-
social antics blighting the New
Brighton trading strip.
It is the first of three areas in
Christchurch marked for a tail-
ored crime prevention plan.
Papanui and Richmond are next
Station Sergeant Andrew Jud-
son said police had monitored
trends in New Brighton over sev-
What became clear was that
New Brighton was a much bigger
problem than people around a
table could deal with.
Longstanding issues were aired
by business leaders and people at
a meeting called by New Brighton
police. Child, Youth and Family,
Work and Income, and Neighbour-
hood Support were also invited.
The meeting followed a survey
of the local business district last
week which brought a high return
of 89 out of the 100 businesses
visited door-to-door by police.
. . . that s an overwhelming
signal that people are passionate
about their community and
passionate enough to give time to
giving us feedback, Mr Judson
ing, and the
help us see
cerns were police visibility,
accessibility and graffiti.
Police Christchurch East com-
munity services manager Senior
Sergeant Phil Dean said police
would be using crime trend intel-
ligence and community infor-
mation to look at how police
resources could best be deployed
to reduce criminal activity and
make people in the area feel safe .
New Brighton Business and
Landowners Association manager
Paul Zaanen said police deserved
a big pat on the back .
They put out a survey, they re
getting feedback and now they re
taking these pro-active steps.
It s all very fine to say it s a
police problem but the community
has to get in behind this too.
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