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A $20 million supermarket will be
built near the new Prestons
subdivision in the north of the city.
Foodstuffs South Island has won
resource consent for a New World
supermarket, with retail space and
car parks on the corner of
Prestons and Marshlands roads.
Prestons subdivision, offering up
to 2600 new houses, was a big
drawcard for the company.
Foodstuffs property and retail
development manager Roger
Davidson said it was hoped
building would start in the next 18
months. The complex will also
house a cafe, bistro and retail
shops. A 260-hectare
development, Highfield, for 2200
houses has also been approved
for the Redwood to QE2 Drive
State housing boost
Housing NZ will build 700 new
state houses in Christchurch by
the end of 2015 in a $1.1 billion
investment. Chief executive Glenn
Sowry said these will be a mix of
apartments containing units and
houses that would cater for
individuals and larger families.
They would be based on current
and future tenant demand.
Housing NZ would play a key role
in the regeneration and
development of ''modern and
sustainable'' housing in the region
in the future, Mr Sowry said.
Works scare off
Roadworks across the city are
taking a toll on businesses, with
the limited access for customers
hitting trade and staff taking
holidays because of the lack of
work. New World Stanmore owner
operator Justin Purcell said the
roadworks outside affected the
entire Richmond community.
Flyers have been put out and road
signs set up detailing how to
access the store. Boutique
operations and other businesses
across Christchurch have also
reported a significant drop in
trade. Canterbury Employers'
Chamber of Commerce chief
executive Peter Townsend said
SCIRT needed to keep businesses
well informed and do whatever it
took to help because they could
not survive if isolated. SCIRT says
about 100 road works are being
carried out across the city.
Redcliffs eager for supermarket
By ANNA PRICE
REDCLIFFS residents hope their
New World supermarket rebuild
could start this year -- but the two
key players are reluctant to con-
firm this while infrastructure
issues are still being examined.
Foodstuffs South Island Ltd
confirmed it had met the city
council to discuss the proposals
for the Redcliffs business strip.
The company's property and
retail development general man-
ager Roger Davidson would only
say that a number of consider-
ations were being examined.
There are a number of infra-
structure factors involved in the
design, including bus lanes, park-
ing, traffic signals and -- most
recently -- the coastal pathway
which is proposed to pass through
the commercial path,'' he said.
The council had to go through
internal processes first.
A city council spokesman said
that traffic management was
being considered, and that staff
were trying to get this con-
sidered'' as part of the three year
draft plan at the hearings this
The Redcliffs supermarket
lobby said after a session'' with
Foodstuffs, they understood the
children's scooter park could
operate on New World's site at
the August St/Main Rd intersec-
tion, until they start rebuilding
The bayside community was
buoyed by the news and the con-
sensus this week was positive.
It's certainly great news,'' one
Everyone is absolutely
One trader said businesses had
been teetering and several had
Everyone we've talked to can't
wait to see the supermarket back,
and shops here are rapt because
it stimulates their business.''
Last year Foodstuffs said it
would not rebuild on site unless
traffic lights were installed at the
The Hagley Ferrymead Com-
munity Board put the case for
lights to the Stronger Christ-
church Infrastructure Rebuild
Team (SCIRT), asking that sig-
nals be considered as part of the
Main Rd infrastructure repairs in
The proposal of Cr Tim Carter,
backed by board chairman Bob
Todd, was passed unanimously.
This followed a deputation by
locals who had long campaigned
for traffic signals which, they say,
would be a catalyst for the resto-
ration of the bay community's
Tree's wood to hold story
By ANNA PRICE
Farewell: Aranui Primary School principal, Mike Allen, with head girl, Grace Tauave, and head boy, Leo Petelo, under
the English plane tree on the school grounds which is about to be felled and ''reborn'' as a memorial artwork.
THE STORY of Aranui Primary
School through the eyes of its
children and staff will be
inscribed on wood from a 94-year-
old tree to be felled tomorrow on
The English plane was planted
in 1919 -- a year after the end of
World War I. Known as the peace
tree'', it is nearing the end of its
With the Ministry of Educa-
tion's imminent announcement of
some form of merger or closure,
principal Mike Allen saw the
school's story on the old timber as
one way of dealing with it posi-
We felt that some form of
grieving process and looking to
the future would be a good way of
managing the ongoing stress of
the current times,'' he said.
The New Zealand Red Cross,
through the Christchurch School
Children's Fund, has funded
Steve Carter as artist-in-
residence for the project. Health
Promoting Schools and CPIT
students have also helped in the
The wood will be milled into
slabs on site by Mike Hooper of
Arbor Master Ltd, then taken
away for drying.
It will be returned in term 3
when each child and staff member
will work with the artist to create
their story -- of past and present
events and future aspirations -- in
one artistic interpretation.
Each slab will be woven
together with harakeke (flax) into
a large panel that will represent
the heart of their school.
This panel will stay here or
travel with us to our new school, if
we have one, taking the heart of
our community with us,'' Mr Allen
It is intended to be a lasting
memorial to the Aranui Primary
The artwork would symbolise
cycles of life and experiences.
As people, we hit hard times,
we rise through them, and come
out stronger and better.''
The tree will be blessed by the
school kaumatua Wharekawa Kaa
and Peter Hira. Christchurch
East MP Lianne Dalziel will
speak before the Poroporo Tangi
(lament) for the cutting of the
tree. The tree will be felled to a
karanga and waiata.
The dedication of the memorial
artwork will be in September.
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