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SNORGUARDS AND MOUTHGUARDS
Speechmakers vie for trip
By ANNA PRICE
Prepared: Georgia-Rae Taylor.
Contest winner spends Christmas overseas
THE STAGE holds no fear for
teen Georgia-Rae Taylor.
She will contest the natio-
nal finals of the prestigious
Lions Clubs Young Speechma-
ker contest at Auckland Uni-
versity on Saturday.
It is a high stakes event.
The winner scores a trip of a
lifetime to the United States
and Canada for a white Chri-
Georgia-Rae, 17, a Villa
Maria student, is no stranger
to speech contests or the stage
-- she has danced with the
Royal New Zealand Ballet at
the Isaac Theatre Royal.
Her chosen topic discusses
how board games reflect real
life and the lessons given. She
will also give a brief
Her poise and posture can
be credited to a strong speech
and dancing background --
ballet and contemporary.
A keen sportswoman, she
plays netball, tennis and bas-
ketball, and is involved in
aerobics and athletics.
Her sights are set on a
career in professional dance or
Georgia-Rae, sponsored by
the Lions Club of Wigram, is
one of two young people in the
greater Christchurch district
competing in the finals.
Hamish Pullin, a Lincoln
College student, will also pit
his skills against the country s
A competitive swimmer
before the earthquakes, he
now goes hard out with shear-
ing crews at weekends and
term breaks, but admits he
always makes time for gaming
(Xbox), croquet, pool and
blasting mates at paintball.
He intends to pursue a
career in chemical processing,
and will study engineering at
the University of Canterbury
The annual Lions event has
been held for more than 40
First prize is a trip to the
United States and Canada
during the Christmas-New
Second prize is a trip to
Australia, and third wins a
place at an international
youth camp at Lake Okataina,
Contest organiser Kerry
Beach of Hamilton says judges
will consider voice and gram-
mar, speech structure, devel-
opment and speech value.
BISHOPDALE BOOK lovers will be getting a
space of their own again, with the announcement
of plans for a temporary library in the Bishopdale
The area s library and community centre was
closed for earthquake strengthening in 2011, and
is not due to reopen until next year.
The council has signed a lease on the former
Westside Travel building in the mall, which it
plans to transform into a new temporary library
by early October to cater for residents until then.
Council libraries and information unit manager
Carolyn Robertson said the new facility was being
set up in response to community feedback.
While there has been a mobile library service in
place since the closure of the Bishopdale Com-
munity Centre and Library, we are aware that
residents have really missed the social interaction
they experienced at the library. We re excited that
we ll soon be engaging with many of our regular
customers again for the first time in almost two
The new temporary library will hold a small
collection of about 12,000 items.
Due to the smaller size, there will be a focus on
popular items, including adults and children s fic-
tion and non-fiction, large print, talking books and
DVDs. There will also be a small number of com-
puters for public use.
Mrs Robertson said the fit out of the library
would start soon and residents would be kept
informed once an opening date was confirmed.
She said the Fendalton-Waimairi Community
Board had been instrumental in developing the
temporary library concept and the reinstatement
of library services in the area had been its highest
The council closed the Bishopdale Community
Centre and Library in 2011 after a detailed engin-
eering evaluation showed its seismic capacity was
4 per cent of the new building standard and it had
significant structural damage.
Repair and strengthening work will cost an esti-
mated $1.25 million, and is expected to get under
way in November once engineers have developed
detailed repair and strengthening options and con-
sents have been granted.
Inquest into death
THE DEATH of a Woolston man whose body was
found on the Heathcote River bank last Friday has
been referred to the Coroner. Police understand
Jeff de Moulin, 41, and his girlfriend had been
drinking with a man near the jetty or steps at the
end of Catherine St on the Thursday evening.
Detective Senior Sergeant Brian Archer said
police would like that man to contact them.
Anyone who saw activity in the area at the time
should call the police on 363 7400, or Crime-
stoppers on 0800 555 111.
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