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Pair head to Barcelona in water polo squad
Casie Bowry left and Alexandra Boyd in training with the New Zealand
Women's Water Polo team for the August 2010 World Cup 8 team
competition at QE2 pools.
Photo: KIRK HARGREAVES
women Alexandra Boyd and Casie
Bowry head to Barcelona this
weekend in the New Zealand
women's water polo team to com-
pete in the 15th FINA World
The event runs from July 19 to
The pair fly to Auckland tomor-
row for their final New Zealand
camp, then travel to Hungary for
Canterbury water polo develop-
ment officer Deb Bowry said the
sport had endured tough times
with the QEII pools -- the major
training facility for water polo --
demolished, and with Jellie Park
the only deep water pool in Christ-
church for training.
With only 10.5 hours a week
allocated by the council (since the
February 2011 earthquake), the
sport has struggled over the past
two and a half years and still is
struggling to keep its head
above water,'' she said.
The Christchurch intermediate
age water polo competition is
played at the Jellie Park sports
pool on Fridays from 7pm to
9.30pm, with up to 360 school chil-
dren competing in the two sum-
mer terms and around 260
through the mid-year terms.
This is a development age and
also a feeder for kids to join the
two water polo clubs in Christ-
church,'' Ms Bowry said.
The QEII Crushers and
Wharenui Fury get to train during
only four hours of pool time a
week at Jellie Park.
We as a sport are fighting for
extra pool space and having to
compete against the council-run
swim squad programme, with
both swim clubs (Jasi and QE2)
which get prime time pool space
five days a week.''
This would not change until the
metro aquatic facility was built --
some four to five years away.
So as a sport, we have had to
train in shallow pools sometimes
and also find other ways and
techniques to train and get fit to
play water polo.''
Kiwi attitude helps
By ARIELLE MONK
The impact of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake meant that, in that
year, about 250 fewer than the usual 750 quota refugees were taken
in by the New Zealand Government.
Last week the Christchurch Mail ran a story about the difficulty of
resettling refugees in Christchurch due to ongoing effects of the quake
on services and infrastructure.
Since 2011 the number of quota refugees has recovered and this year
increased to accommodate Afghani interpreters who assisted New
Zealand troops in Bamiyan province from 2003 to 2013.
Quota refugees are granted residency based on United Nations
referrals. New Zealand's annual quota refugee intake is 750.
No asylum seekers were declined residency as a result of the
Quota refugee numbers again back on track
SHARING: Heather Clark, Ahmed Tani, Anne Marie Reynolds, Mastura Abd
Rahman and Marama Rangataua at the World Refuge Day celebration.
ALMOST 200 people turned up to
Hagley Community College on
Tuesday evening to celebrate,
commemorate and share on
Christchurch's belated World
The international day is usually
held on June 20, but was post-
poned in Christchurch due to
stormy weather last month.
Event organisers from Refugee
Services Red Cross, Hagley Refu-
gee Programmes and Canterbury
Refugee Council spoke of the
importance of remembrance on
World Refugee Day.
Canterbury Refugee Council
chair Ahmed Tani said there were
an estimated 45 million displaced
people in the world.
It is important to remember,
even though we are safe in New
Zealand, many are not. Remember
where we came from, but also
celebrate where we are now.''
Former area manager of Christ-
church Refugee Services, Anne
Marie Reynolds, said in her 32
years of experience, Christchurch
had always been supportive
to refugees and had great
success with resettlement.
Mrs Reynolds and Hagley direc-
tor of learning communities
Heather Clark were commended
for their tireless commitment'' to
Guest speaker Ali Hadari spoke
about his experience as an Afghan
refugee starting school at Hagley
in 2004 with zero'' English.
It was quite hard to build up
from here. Hagley provided me
with the first steps,'' he said.
Mr Hadari went on to graduate
as a civil engineer from Auckland
University last year and has wor-
ked with Fulton Hogan, the sec-
ond biggest engineering company
in New Zealand.
He said New Zealand was a
place for refugees to feel safe
because it was culturally diverse
and had an accepting community.
New Zealand is a place where
you have a future -- there's no
He summed up his speech by
urging young refugees like him-
self to make the most of edu-
Become someone you really
want to be,'' he said.
The evening also showcased cul-
tural dancing from young perfor-
mers, as well as music and sing-
ing, and ended with a sit-down
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