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JEWEL EASTSIDE: Canterbury Rowing boss John Wylie at Kerrs Reach, the
headquarters for the 1200-strong body.
could aid drainage
By ANNA PRICE
AN INTERNATIONAL flat-
water course at Kerrs Reach
would help solve the city's drain-
age problem, Canterbury Row-
It is pushing for space to be
set aside for a future facility in
the city's draft three-year plan.
Regional manager John Wylie
said such a course could be built
at a minimal cost.
The Avon River was unable to
accommodate the multiple
watersports using it, he told the
council hearings panel on
Safety is compromised and no
potential for growth exists.''
The 1200-strong rowing body
has asked that in any hydrologi-
cal solutions for stormwater
management -- essential with
earthquake slumping'' -- pro-
vision be made to accommodate
the footprint of an international
specification flatwater sport
Such a facility would serve as
a hub for multiple wet and dry
sports within a wider com-
munity drainage solution, he
It would also lure the world's
top rowers and kayakers.
The vision is for a
2.5-kilometre straight course
which could be built as a storm-
water reservoir controlled by
floodgates -- 135 metres wide,
with 10 lanes, and four metres
Once you get that depth, you
don't get light penetrating, so
weed growth can be controlled,''
Mr Wylie said.
It needs to take on the full
dimensions of an international
rowing course, fit for every pur-
pose, be it domestic or inter-
That may be the world kaya-
king championships -- so long as
it is big enough and has space
We need a rowing facility
that works all year round for
everybody, to train and to foster
domestic use. It's a sport we can
grow and excel in inter-
nationally,'' Mr Wylie said.
The course could be deter-
mined by the roading pattern in
the post-quake rebuild.
Christchurch needed flood
protection, he said.
If there was an opportunity
to solve it and at the same time
create an amenity not only for
rowing and kayaking but also
cycling, it would be a winner.
We need to establish facilities
that will carry us for the next
Tracks for walkers, joggers
and rollerbladers could fringe
Canterbury Rowing's post-
quake replacement sheds built
last year are temporary until
2016, while a long-term strategy
for an international course is
That vision could become
reality in the next eight years
and a jewel in the east'', Mr
Rugby locked out,
Request: Lack of fields effectively locks
rugby out of Halswell area, Hamish Riach
By GARY MOODY
RUGBY IS looking to get more of a
foothold in Halswell, requesting
more grounds for the sport at this
week's Christchurch City Council
hearings on the draft three year
Union chief executive Hamish
Riach said in a submission it had
been asking for adequate playing
facilities at Halswell for some time
and wanted to see some action.
He said there was only one rugby
ground in the area, at Westlake
Park, with no shower facility.
Football has 10 fields and rugby
league has two fields with more plan-
ned -- all of these being situated at
Halswell Domain. Football have a
further eight fields at Warren Park.
What this effectively means is
that rugby is locked out of this region
of the city with those wishing to play
rugby having to travel to Tai Tapu
and Prebbleton,'' Mr Riach said.
With the rebuild and the relo-
cation of many families to this area
of the city, it is vital that rugby is
He said it was an unacceptable
We strongly urge that there is
provision in the plan for further
development of playing fields in the
Halswell area, specifically for com-
They needed to be situated in the
heart of Halswell in order for kids to
easily get to and from their home for
training and playing games without
having to navigate their way down
busy arterial routes, he said.
The rugby union also wanted fund-
ing set aside to improve the overall
condition of playing fields in Christ-
Many of our parks have been
superficially repaired post the earth-
quakes and we fear that they will not
withstand wet winters due to lateral
drains being compromised through
liquefaction, uneven surfaces and
poor grass coverage.
We have looked at the current
level of maintenance and condition of
many of the parks in Christchurch,
and they are simply not being main-
tained to a high enough standard.
There needs to be greater invest-
ment in irrigation, drainage, level-
ling, renovation and on-going main-
The rugby union also supported
plans for a 35,000-capacity roofed
stadium in central Christchurch.
Refuge name change
to reflect greater role
Refuge has announced a name
change as part of a celebration of
40 years helping domestic violence
victims and families.
The refuge, established in 1973,
started as an emergency accom-
modation service for women. Now
it has expanded its services to
help men and children.
The rebranding has been chosen
to reflect the change in services.
CWR is now known as Aviva,
which was chosen to express life
and action. Research in 2012
showed refuge'' had positive asso-
ciations for women, but did not
reflect its variety of services.
Chief executive Nicola Wood-
ward said CWR had grown far
beyond the single service of a
literal refuge at times of crisis; we
now support everyone who needs
it, at any point of their journey''.
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