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Thefts slow rebuild
A spate of thefts from building sites in Canterbury
subdivisions is holding up the residential rebuild.
with some builders seeing upwards of $10,000 of
materials stolen a month. Mike Greers of Mike
Greer Homes said sites in Pegasus, Halswell and
Wigram were being targeted. Thefts earlier this
week at Pegasus had been the worst. At this stage
the company was absorbing the thefts itself but if
it continued on such a scale, Mr Greer feared
passing the costs on to property owners may
become necessary. Thefts were delaying handover
of builds up to a fortnight.
Own home out of reach
A Reserve Bank plan to put in place heavy
restrictions on home loan lending will see
Christchurch first-home buyers needing deposits of
about $50,000 for a bottom rung property. The
controversial lending plan aims to reduce the high
loan-to-value debt in New Zealand by demanding
buyers front up a higher percentage of the sale
price -- around 20 per cent. Under the scheme, a
$250,000 house in Addington or Linwood would
command a deposit of $50,000. Economist Robin
Clements said first home buyers would be hard hit
by the proposal.
Winder heads Marryatt probe
Former Local Government NZ chief executive Peter
Winder will lead the independent investigation into
alleged failures of city council boss Tony Marryatt
over the council's loss of accreditation as a
building consent authority. The actions and
knowledge of the chief executive Mr Marryatt, and
management connected with matters leading to
the revocation, will be probed. Mr Winder's report
will be delivered around August 12. The cost of the
investigation is expected to be close to $50,000.
The loss of accreditation was followed by a loss of
insurance cover, a credit downgrade and the
appointment of a Crown manager.
'Seems crazy' not to use units
By ANNA PRICE
CHRISTCHURCH EAST MP Lianne
Dalziel has made a last-ditch plea to the
Government to allow the three remaining
tenants to stay in a largely undamaged
city council housing complex in the red
zone, and to rehouse out-of-town rebuild
workers in the other units.
She has written to Earthquake Recov-
ery Minister Gerry Brownlee after visit-
ing the Calbourne Lane units east of
Anzac Drive last Friday with Burwood
Pegasus Community Board vice chair-
man Tim Baker and Cr Glenn Living-
Ms Dalziel has sought confirmation the
occupants had been given notice to quit
because of red zone land purchase as part
of the council/Crown cost-sharing deal.
They are very keen to remain there as
long as they are able,'' she said.
The occupants indicated the lack of
damage to the units and how useful they
could be for rebuild workers.
They have been offered the Knigh-
tsbridge Lane units off Pages Rd which
took extensive quake damage. Tenders
are already being called for 10 additional
new units there.
Calbourne Lane had always been one
of the most beautiful set of council units
in the city. It does seem crazy not to use
these,'' Ms Dalziel said.
If CERA had to make an exception
this would make very good sense. Their
location on the edge of the red zone
wouldn't be disruptive to any plans for
the red zone but would provide a very
comfortable option to house workers.
It is in Government hands now. It is
no longer a council decision.''
Mr Baker hoped to persuade auth-
orities to keep the units open while the
council's social housing stock was replen-
ished. He suggested the council could try
to lease them back from CERA while its
own stock was restored.
They border the green zone, there is
no liquefaction and most have no dam-
age, and probably need no repair save for
sewer and water services.''
Mr Baker was also dismayed by the
council's refusal to pay removal costs for
the three occupants.
Those with contents insurance do not
qualify for a Red Cross grant.
Rough ride to worlds
PADDLING UPSTREAM: Ella
Nicholas has faced plenty of
challenges to get to the world
championships in Slovakia.
Photo: AARON OSBORNE
A CHRISTCHURCH medical
student is taking on the best
young canoeists on the planet as
the sole Cook Islands representa-
tive at the under-23 world cham-
pionships in Slovakia this week.
Ella Nicholas is a fourth year
medical student who transferred
to Christchurch from Tauranga
earlier this year.
She has faced challenges stay-
ing in the sport -- with no easy
access to white water to train on,
no flat water training gates and
no slalom paddlers to train with.
She has had to adapt with a lot
of gym work and flat water train-
ing as a member of the Arawa
Ella's main focus is on the
Olympic K1W class, in which she
is ranked 24th in the field of 63
U23 women. Only the top 30 go
through to the semifinals, with
10 progressing to the finals.
Despite the challenges in her
build up, Ella is happy with how
I just need to put down a solid
run and I have a good chance of
making the semifinal.''
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