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Cera refutes business owners kept out of loop
THE CANTERBURY Earthquake
Recovery Authority is disputing
that High St business owners
Nicky and Joe Arts have been
ignored, as the brother and sister
The Christchurch Mail last
week ran a story about their frus-
tration with the time it is taking
to finalise the fate of the Duncan's
Building, a series of heritage brick
shopfronts -- including their busi-
ness, Arts the Printers and Card
The closure of the building has
forced them to trade from a bor-
rowed space. The Arts are in the
Southern Frame and Innovation
Precinct in the central city blue-
print. This area had input from
CERA and the Central City Devel-
opment Unit (CCDU), but was led
by the Ministry of Business, Inno-
vation and Employment.
A CERA spokesperson said the
Arts had not been ignored since
the blueprint was released.
CERA said while the Southern
Frame was not an early project to
get under way, it was now under
either a master planning or
spatial planning process''.
Land owners in that area, and
this includes Joe and Nicky Arts,
have had various meetings with
staff from CCDU and MBIE.
Those meetings ranged from the
initial contact to invite owners to
comment on the draft spatial
framework, to the one-on-one
meetings held across the course of
the past year.''
Nicky Arts said she had been
invited to three meetings since
August last year. She attended a
meeting in October last year, and
one early last month. Having
RSVP'd to an Innovation Precinct
consultation meeting in March,
she was told it was full and she
could not attend.
That's two meetings in a year,
and not one person there would
give me straight answers.''
The Arts said meetings only
covered airy fairy'' topics like
spatial framework'' and creative
innovation'' and nothing to help
them move forward.
A CERA spokesperson said the
Arts had also had phone and
email contact from CCDU on at
least five separate occasions'' over
Nicky Arts said the phone calls
and emails were not helpful or
meaningful. What the Arts really
want to know is whether their
building will be purchased by the
Crown for the blueprint, when it
will happen, and when they can
CERA said it was unlikely'' the
Crown would want to purchase
the Arts' building.
This has been communicated to
Nicky Arts prior to the commence-
ment of the MBIE spatial plan-
Nicky said her request to have
their status confirmed in writing
had been denied on multiple occa-
sions, preventing them from mov-
CERA told the Mail building
owners could expect to have their
status confirmed by mid-
September. Nicky said she would
not put any faith in this deadline
until it actually happened.
CERA said if landowners were
unwilling or unable to develop in
line with the precinct's frame-
work, the Crown would commence
a land acquisition process.
PARTY TIME: Maddy Nicol
with her Operation Sugar
Photo: BACKYARD STUDIO
By ABBIE NAPIER
MADDY NICOL had her sixth
birthday party on Saturday,
playing games, laughing with her
friends and eating cake like the
carefree child she should be.
Her birthday was a day off from
her real life, which involves reg-
ular hospital visits and being
tube-fed to help her gain weight.
In March this year, after
months of debilitating headaches,
Maddy was operated on to remove
a tumour from her brain.
Since then, she has had six
weeks of radiation therapy, and
will be on maintenance chemo''
until May next year.
She has lost most of her hair.
Despite being hooked up to a
machine, Maddy has a ready smile
-- with a few front teeth missing.
Her birthday party was extra
special this year.
Mum Rachel had plenty on her
plate already, so nationwide char-
ity Operation Sugar took the
Started by Rachel Jenkinson,
Operation Sugar makes birthday
cakes for terminally ill children,
or those who spend a significant
amount of time in hospital.
Volunteer cake decorators, pro-
fessional and hobbyist, donate
their time and ingredients to
custom-make a birthday cake for
Previous cakes have included
Spiderman, toy trucks and prin-
cess cupcakes. The child chooses
the cake's theme and flavour, and
the volunteers make it happen.
Christchurch cake decorator
Nikki Prins made a beautiful cake
for Maddy's big day.
She wanted a Sylvanian Famil-
ies cake and on Saturday after-
noon she cut into it, surrounded
by family and friends in the back-
Fortunately for Maddy, when
her chemotherapy is over, doctors
are hopeful she will return to a
normal life with the tumour gone.
Her birthday was captured by
an Operation Sugar volunteer
photographer, Laura from Back-
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