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CHRISTCHURCH MAIL, JUNE 20, 2013
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Pupils get warm coats
The families and the kids are
just so grateful.
Sockburn School principal
By ABBIE NAPIER
KEEPING DRY: Daniel, 7, Brooke, 8, and Abby, 6, in their Kidscan raincoats,
all from Sockburn School.
ONE LOOK at the warm, dry and
full children at Sockburn School
should be enough to convince any-
one of the value of food and cloth-
ing programmes in low decile
Sockburn School has been wait-
ing for years to be a part of the
KidsCan charitable scheme. Ear-
lier this year, a massive funding
boost from Meridian saw 62 New
Zealand schools able to join the
scheme, four of which were in
Sockburn School principal
Heather Walkinshaw said the pro-
gramme was a huge relief for the
decile three school. KidsCan
provides food for schools, as well
as raincoats and sturdy shoes.
Every child in the school
received a free fleece-lined rain-
coat and the food programme is
due to start this winter.
This week the raincoats were
really put to the test, and Ms Wal-
kinshaw said it was fantastic to
see the children all warm and dry
when they arrived for classes.
Some families just keep their
children home on wet days,'' she
said. The families and the kids
are just so grateful.''
Basics like wet weather gear
and shoes weren't in the budget
for some families.
Addington School was also on
the list for funding this year. Also
decile three, deputy principal Sue
Ashworth said the funding would
take a load off parents and teach-
Until now, parents from the
Parent Teachers' Association had
been funding toasted sandwiches
for hungry children -- using their
We've signed up for anything
and everything,'' she said. We're
only looking at those kids who
need it, but so many of our kids
have many needs.''
Athletics track tests
Geotechnical tests will start at Nga Puna Wai next
week to see if the land is suitable for an artificial
athletics track to replace the quake-hit track at
QE2 stadium. The reserve, adjacent to the
Canterbury Agricultural Park, is mooted for a sports
hub, with other codes such as football and hockey
also signalling an interest as well as athletics.
More than $6 million has been set aside in the city
council's current annual plan and the draft
2013-16 plan for a new track.
Top building inspectors
The Canterbury team charged with ensuring safe
buildings has taken out the national award for
excellence from the Building Officials Institute New
Zealand. The Canterbury/Westland branch, which
includes council building inspectors, won the
Winstone's Branch of the Year award for their work
over the past year for running educational
meetings, good presentation, and education on
the range of materials and products.
Temporary options for Bishopdale Library and
Community Centre operations will be explored,
with repairs to the building expected to put it out
of action for another year. Other locations are
being sought by the Fendalton Waimairi
Community Board. Work approved by the city
council last week will bring the facility up to 100
per cent of the new building code. Work will begin
An 18-year-old driver died when his vehicle left the
road and crashed into a flooded ditch near Tai
Tapu on Sunday morning. He was Oliver Steven
Mills, 18, of Tai Tapu. Police were called to Rhodes
Rd, Tai Tapu, about 10.30am after a vehicle was
spotted upside down in a ditch alongside the road.
The body of the young man was found inside the
Car incident inquest
The death of Libby Francis McKay, 27, who fell out
of a motor vehicle on Halswell Junction Rd on June
9 and died last weekend, was not suspicious,
police say. The death has been referred to the
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