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Hagley Oval funding
The city council has approved
$565,000 to complete
redevelopment work to upgrade
Hagley Oval into a first-class
cricket venue. Work is limited to
the upgrade and is distinct from
any proposals to develop Hagley
Oval further. The money is part of
the $1.65 million already set
aside in the annual plan, mainly to
build a low-rise embankment. The
partial distribution will be used to
complete the wicket, the practice
wicket, the levelling of the outfield
and the outfield drainage and
Repairs began this week to
restore the quake-damaged Bridge
of Remembrance to its former
glory. The 18-month project will be
carried out by the SCIRT
contractors as part of the
infrastructure rebuild. The city
council says it is working to
ensure the site is available in
some form to mark the August
2014 commemoration of the
beginning of World War I.
Extensive technical repair work is
Cubs on mend
Three cheetah cubs left fighting for
their lives at Orana Park last
weekend are thriving in incubators
at the city's emergency veterinary
clinic. Two cubs of the litter died
after their mother Mazza, 4, was
unable to care for them alone.
Orana spokesman Nathan Hawke
said the cubs were now stable and
improving, with all bodily functions
Linwood library opens
The new temporary Linwood
Library and city council service
centre opened at Eastgate
Shopping Centre on Tuesday, with
30 new library members. The first
floor space was officially opened
by Mayor Bob Parker. For the first
time since the February 2011
quake, customers can borrow from
the 50,000-strong collection that
was held at the former library in
Cranley St before it closed. The
library collection includes books,
CDs, DVDs, talking books and the
Nga Pounamu Maori collection.
There are also 14 computers
offering free internet access.
Rates payments and rebates
applications can also be made.
Angry local sets out to catch taggers
By GARY MOODY
A HALSWELL man is turning to
social media to catch taggers who
went on a spraying spree in his
neighbourhood last weekend.
Dig Mcmahon is angry after his
work truck was defaced in the
early hours of Saturday morning
with spray paint stolen from a
neighbour's vehicle. Obscenities
were also scrawled on his fiancee's
cars and other residents' vehicles
were targeted on the street
opposite Halswell Domain.
It is ridiculous. It gets me fum-
ing,'' he said.
Mr Mcmahon said he put a lot
of attention into keeping his truck
It is my pride and joy.''
He has turned to Facebook to
hunt down the culprit, or culprits
-- asking his friends to share the
news of his search for information
with their friends. He is also offer-
ing a cash reward -- though just
how much it will be could depend
if it led to a prosecution.
After only a few days he has
found the pictures he put online
have spread far and wide.
A customer who was unaware it
was Mr Mcmahon's truck, but saw
it on Facebook, even mentioned it
to him, so he knew it was effective
in getting the message out.
There had also been emails and
tips about possible suspects, and
he thinks they could be identified
through their own social media
sites. Any information gleaned
would go to the police.
There had been issues before
around tagging in the area, and
the neighbours were sick and
tired of it'', he said.
Mr Mcmahon has had eggs and
flour bombs thrown at the truck.
It had taken him hours to clean
the paint off the truck, and it was
difficult to get off the car.
He had seen the taggers' logo on
other sites around Christchurch
since the incident, and was keen
to stop whoever was doing it.
Rats tale a page-turner
By ABBIE NAPIER
FOR KIDS: James
Norcliffe and his
children's book Felix
and the Red Rats.
book author James Norcliffe star-
writing stories for his own kids.
That passion has grown over
the years and seen him publish
nine childrens' books.
The latest, Felix and the Red
Rats, is a compelling page-turner
for young people. As an author,
Norcliffe has written his latest
book as a pair of overlapping
stories -- one in the real world, and
one in a fantasy world.
As the book draws to an end,
the two stories collide, requiring
young readers to decipher puz-
zling magic squares and predict
where the two tales will meet.
In Felix and the Red Rats,
Norcliffe tells the story of a young
boy who deals with annoying older
siblings. A visit from his writer
uncle leaves him questioning the
lines between fiction and reality.
Every second chapter, the book
lapses into the children's book
written by the uncle about a fan-
tasy world -- a book within a book.
The most mysterious character
is modelled after Norcliffe himself,
and Uncle Felix seems to always
be in the midst of the drama -- or
could he be causing it?
We always read to our kids
when they were young,'' Norcliffe
said. And I guess I tried to write
the kind of books they'd enjoy. It
was such fun.
Children's writing allows you
to be scary and funny at the same
time, and with kids it's so chal-
lenging because at the end of
every chapter, something exciting
needs to happen to keep them
Norcliffe was born on the West
Coast but moved to Christchurch
as a child. He has lived in Canter-
bury since, except for some brief
He is now tutoring English at
Lincoln University, Norcliffe is
fortunate in receiving grants to
take time out to write. He wrote
Felix and the Red Rats in a
month-long fever at Otago Univer-
sity last year.
I'm a binge writer really,'' he
said. I have to live, breathe, eat,
think, sleep the book. Which is
why fellowships are great.''
While not mentioned specifi-
cally in the book, the real world
story is set in Mt Pleasant.
Felix and the Red Rats will be
on shelves from tomorrow.
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