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CHRISTCHURCH MAIL, APRIL 18, 2013
Fond farewell to a 'fantastic boss'
RETIRING HEAD: Veronica Chatwin, centre, with the pupils, parents and staff at the Educational Childcare Centre in
VERONICA CHATWIN has
finally snapped shut the child-
proof lock on the gate of the
Educational Childcare Centre in
Dallington for the last time
She was there at the founding of
the centre 35 years ago, and has
been at the helm for probably the
toughest time in its history,
through the earthquakes.
She is retiring with one goal
unfulfilled. She had wanted to
leave when the rebuild of the
damaged building was complete.
Delays in the process meant it
was not as far progressed as she
had hoped when she set her
retirement date, but the decision
The centre, in Gayhurst Rd,
was initially red-zoned and Mrs
Chatwin and its supporters suc-
cessfully lobbied for a colour
change to green.
It now sits on the periphery of
land that will be cleared.
Under the Government red-
zone offer, they would have got
little for the land, and there has
been a trying time of negotiations
to get the rebuild.
The last two years have been
really stressful, she said.
As the principal, she had tried
to carry the burden for the other
staff, so they could get on with
their normal roles.
I tried to ward it off [the pres-
sure], she said, and she was
happy there had been a resolution
and the school would be able to
continue on its present site.
It will temporarily move to
buildings at the Hammersley
Park School site in Shirley when
the demolition starts.
After years of tending to
generations of youngsters, she
is looking forward to being with
I want to spend more time with
my grandchildren, she said.
Mrs Chatwin was a teacher at
the school at its inception in 1978
and became the head in 1987. It
runs as an incorporated society
and was started by high school
teachers who wanted to run their
own facility after viewing other
childcare centres at the time.
Former pupils sent their chil-
dren there and past students, now
grown, came to say goodbye last
week. Teacher Sarah Matenga is
sure she will see Mrs Chatwin
back to help at the centre.
She described her as a fantastic
boss and an inspiring leader.
By ABBIE NAPIER
CHRISTCHURCH COMMUNITIES are better off
to the tune of $2.8 million after the council agreed
to fund a wide range of one-off special projects in
The Metropolitan Funding Committee last week
approved a series of grants for projects identified
by the community as worthy of special attention.
Among the recipients were the North Beach
Tennis Club, Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club, a
community crime prevention team and the
Ministry of Awesome.
All applied, not for ongoing funding, but for one-
off ideas to enrich the community.
The largest grant, $450,000, was awarded to
Addington Community House. The group applied
for money to purchase and develop a facility to
replace Manuka Cottage -- a community space.
The council agreed to purchase a building and
rent it back to the group for a peppercorn rental.
Other notable sums included $180,000 for a
skate park and community facility in Belfast,
$11,000 for earthquake repairs to Riccarton
House, $35,000 for operation of the Central New
Brighton Pool next summer, and $300,000 for a
temporary library at Bishopdale.
Lyttelton received five grants from the com-
mittee for a variety of projects. The Lyttelton-Mt
Herbert Community Board was given $13,000 for
the establishment of the Head to Head walkway.
Lyttelton Historical Museum Society received
two grants -- one for a Lyttelton heritage exhi-
bition and one to investigate the rebuild of the
Project Lyttelton, on behalf of the Harbour Arts
Collective, applied for and received $55,000 to
develop the Tin Palace gallery into a permanent
exhibition space. The gallery is functioning spor-
adically, but the $55,000 will pay for a curator and
exhibition programme, a retail space development
and the onsite workshop.
Collective spokesperson Lucette Hindin said the
grant would turn the palace into a constant pres-
ence. She hoped its development would spur oth-
ers to set up arts initiatives and was hopeful a
neighbouring site would be turned into a cinema.
The grant will keep the palace running for
For more information on the other grants awarded
by the committee, go to: ccc.govt.nz.
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