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Big hotel opens
The Rendezvous Hotel, in the
city's tallest building, reopened
yesterday for the first time since
the February 2011 earthquake. All
171 rooms of the hotel in the
22-storey Pacific Tower are open.
Meanwhile, apartments on the
upper floors are for sale from
$850,000 to $2.5 million.
Rendezvous general manager
Brad Watts said the milestone
was treated as a ''soft'' opening,
testing all systems. Bookings will
be taken from this weekend.
Earthquake Recovery Minister
Gerry Brownlee was waiting for
advice from the Canterbury
Earthquake Recovery Authority
(Cera) on changing the city's Air
Plan to allow low-emission
woodburners in new homes or
others without an existing burner.
commissioners sent the planning
changes to Cera on April 12, but
they had not been passed to the
If the police get their way, the
city's draft local alcohol policy will
introduce 3am closing for inner
city bars and a one-way door policy
from 1am; 1am closing for
suburban bars; and 9pm closing
for bottle stores and other liquor
outlets. District commander
Superintendent Gary Knowles told
the city council that Christchurch
had more liquor-fuelled crime than
any other police district, except
Counties-Manukau. In March, 276
intoxicated people were taken into
custody here. Another 297 were
arrested for liquor-related
disorder, and 18 per cent of the
district's police budget was spent
dealing with alcohol-related
QEII Park and the Burwood
Resource Recovery Park are being
eyed as alternative temporary
work sites to Bottle Lake
Plantation, in response to
concerns raised by neighbours.
Residents close to the plantation
were worried about adverse
effects on the environment,
community wellbeing, and traffic
management issues on Rothesay
Rd. Original site applicant Fletcher
Construction Company and
Worthington Contracting will be
replaced by SCIRT.
Teen quake stress study surprises
By ANNA PRICE
A STUDY into stress and resili-
ence in Christchurch teens follow-
ing the big earthquakes has found
a surprisingly high 24 per cent
with clinically significant post-
traumatic stress disorder
More than twice as many girls
(34 per cent) reported such
symptoms compared with boys (13
Researcher Tim Heetkamp said
the higher prevalence of these
symptoms among females was a
common finding in existing litera-
ture across disaster types.
The study formed part of his
psychology master's thesis at
He hoped to determine where
appropriate post-traumatic inter-
ventions for adolescents could best
He expects the findings could be
applied in future disasters any-
where in the world.
About 570 teens from six city
schools took part in the two-year
Students from Linwood College,
Aranui High, Paenga Unlimited,
Hillmorton High, Christchurch
Boys' and Christchurch Girls' high
schools took part in the online sur-
vey with parental consent.
Mr Heetkamp said the results
showed girls experienced higher
levels of fear than boys.
The level of fear experienced
during the earthquakes was clo-
sely related to the severity of
PTSD symptoms,'' he said.
Past research on disasters,
including earthquakes, indicated
that post traumatic stress
symptoms would reduce over
However, persistent symptoms
could be expected in a smaller per-
centage of the population.
secondary stressors after major
disasters could be a catalyst for
psychological difficulties other
This highlights the importance
of ongoing intervention for
teenagers,'' Mr Heetkamp said.
Adolescents who agreed with
statements such as I am able to
handle unpleasant or painful feel-
ings like sadness, fear, and
anger,'' experienced significantly
fewer PTSD symptoms.
This coping competence is a
promising target for programmes
that aim at reducing adverse
psychological effects in
Funding from the Red Cross for
the provision of appropriate sup-
port was encouraging, he said.
It is important that interven-
tions are targeted to the various
needs of teenagers.
Not all will need programmes
for anxiety or depression.
Some may just need outlets to
express themselves, connect with
others or build their resilience.''
Programme outcomes should be
clearly stated and the effective-
ness of programmes should be
properly evaluated so resources
were put to the best use, Mr Heet-
Singer shines on stage
TOP PERFORMER: Cassie Henderson will be at boot camp in Auckland this weekend after impressing the X-Factor
By ABBIE NAPIER
PINT-SIZED Cantabrian Cassie
Henderson stormed the stage on
television's X-Factor this week,
taking on Taylor Swift and coming
out on top.
The 14-year-old Rangi Ruru
Girls' School student was so ner-
vous before her audition she was
sculling water off stage, waiting
for her cue to face the crowd.
This was my first performance
in front of such a big crowd, it was
so crazy,'' she said.
My throat was so dry.''
She need not have been ner-
Judge Stan Walker was so imp-
ressed with her rendition of Tay-
lor Swift's Mean he said he con-
sidered her better than the ori-
It was a unanimous yes'' to
carry on to boot camp.
For Cassie, the instant fame
has been a bit of a whirlwind.
''Everyone's been so good about
it. I just can't take it in; it's been
crazy seeing myself on TV.''
Cassie was flanked by her dad
and her older sister when she pre-
pared for her performance. Her
dad, coaching rugby in Japan,
tuned in on Skype to watch her
debut eight weeks later on Sun-
She aims to be singing, song-
writing, and above all, performing
for live audiences as a career.
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