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LEAVE A GIFT
Gough project starts
Initial site works on Antony
Gough's The Terrace on Oxford
Terrace have started. The
$140 million development will
transform the riverside site into an
energetic hub of retailers,
hospitality, office space, a
boutique hotel and car parking.
Laneways, courtyards and roofed
terraces will connect the different
elements of the development. The
first stage of The Terrace should
open late next year. More than
6000 cubic metres of bulk fill
material is being transported to
A suspicious blaze that gutted a
red-zone house in South New
Brighton early Saturday was
probably started with a
newspaper, police say. The fire at
an Ebbtide Street address was
reported around 12.20am after it
was spotted by a bus driver. Police
want to hear from anyone who may
have seen suspicious activity in
the area from around midnight
Friday night. Detective Constable
Glen Olds can be reached on
03 423 1242 or 363 4700.
Fly city to Kapiti
Air New Zealand will launch $59
flights between Christchurch and
the Kapiti Coast in November. Its
subsidiary Air Nelson will fly the
new daily direct service between
Christchurch and Paraparaumu
and is planning a special fare to
celebrate. Christchurch Airport
chief executive Jim Boult says the
new service is a positive sign for
the Christchurch recovery and
offered a connection people had
been asking for.
The Big Chill skate jam, basketball
and touch rugby will be held at
Linwood Skate Park this Saturday.
The event will run 12pm to 3pm
and feature the free Cheapskates
Skate Skool jam competition, free
skate hire and trick tips. Tune into
Mai FM 88.9 for cancellations.
Fiery twilight thrill
Lanterns, torches and mystery will
bring extra magic to Christchurch
Botanic Gardens this Saturday
when the gates are opened after
dark. The twilight event will lead
youngsters on a trail of surprises
in the TV2 Kidsfest action.
Roadies get back to nature
SHINY, SLIMY: Up close and personal with a sea slug
BUCKETS OF vivid sea gems
have been rescued from under the
quake-damaged causeway in a
SCIRT construction team special
mission to do something'' for
The crew rebuilding the
culverts and a new seawall along
the causeway sighted some beau-
tiful starfish and other marine
Digging into the sea floor and
taking material from the floor of
the culvert -- needed for the repair
work -- was bound to greatly affect
the habitat and the animals living
Fulton Hogan environmental
adviser Omar Seychell said it was
thanks to the awareness of the
construction crew that the whole
rescue mission started.
Discussing the consent con-
ditions for this site with the crew
brought about this hands-on exer-
cise,'' he said.
Mr Seychell was asked to con-
sider organising a rescue oper-
ation to move the starfish and
other larger marine animals
before the crew cleaned out the
With Dr Lesley Bolton-Ritchie,
a marine scientist at Environment
Canterbury, a small team pulled
on their gumboots and brought
buckets to work.
Crawling under the causeway
bridge they collected more than
200 biscuit starfish, 14 eleven-
armed starfish, about 50 large
whelks, 20 large cats-eyes and
four fist-sized black sea slugs.
After spending some time in the
buckets, the creatures were
moved to a cleaner part of the
Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai to
start a new life.
The starfish in particular
needed a helping hand, as they do
not travel great distances.
It makes my day to know that
we have made a difference,'' Mr
It may be a small action in the
whole scheme of things, but it is a
big change for the little critters
Power cables laid
POWER CABLE: Giant reels of cable were laid in places such as Golf Links
Road near The Palms shopping centre.
PHOTO: NEIL MACBETH / SCIRT
SECURING Christchurch's power
supply has received a vital boost
with a major new cable for
eastern suburbs finished.
The 66,000 volt supply, com-
prising three adjoining cables
each 100mm in diameter, plus a
cable, will become part of a high
voltage ring of underground cab-
les planned to encircle Christ-
church by the end of 2014.
McConnell Dowell has just fin-
ished the final 3.4km of this
5.4km SCIRT / Orion project.
The new Orion cable zig zags
from St Albans to Coopers Rd,
The initial length was com-
pleted in February by Fletcher
The next stage will link the
Coopers Rd substation to the
national grid at Bromley next
year. A link will then be estab-
lished back to the Rawhiti
Domain, New Brighton and the
SCIRT communications liaison
Frances Adank said once the
whole project was completed,
Orion's temporary 66kV overhead
lines would be removed.
McConnell Dowell's cable
trenching team included former
Pike River and Spring Creek
Little did they know that as
well as laying cables they would
also help catch a burglar and sort
out a broken water main.
Former Pike River and Spring
Creek tunneller, project superin-
tendent Les Tredinnick said in the
city it was a case of expecting the
Three of our staff apprehended
a burglar during the works in Shi-
rley and that put us in the good
books of the homeowner and
In recent weeks, the team was
called on to help restore water
supplies urgently after a water
main burst on New Brighton Rd,
although the cause was unrelated
to the cable work.
The less pleasant side of the
project included coming across
sewer pipes broken or cracked by
earthquakes, Mr Tredinnick said.
In the worst weather, water
would wash off roads and
footpaths into the trench, flooding
and sometimes collapsing it.''
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