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CHRISTCHURCH MAIL, AUGUST 22, 2013
Oval gets thumbs up
The controversial development plans for Hagley
Oval have been given the tick by the Environment
Court. Hagley Oval has been pegged for
development into an international cricketing venue
-- a plan which has generated vigorous debate from
the public due to its location in the protected
Hagley Park. Judge Jane Borthwick granted an
interim resource consent last week to develop the
venue. It is subject to conditions. It also needed a
council consent and ground lease. Conditions
imposed by the Environment Court include a limit
of 13 match days for major fixtures in the cricket
season and a 40-day limit on the number of days
temporary structures for major events are erected.
No more than two fixtures with more than 12,000
spectators could be scheduled in any three-year
The 2014 World Cup matches would not be
included in the 13-day limit or the 40-day limit.
Light headframes must be removed at the end of
the cricket season.
Taggers on video
A Shirley crime spree has been caught on video
and uploaded to the internet by a concerned
resident who caught footage of the alleged
offenders on his home security system.
He posted the video on YouTube hoping someone
might be able to identify them. He said he felt
tagging in the area had increased recently and a
utility box outside his home had been targeted. He
has cleaned graffiti up himself in the past.
New spot in Lyttelton
Bar and Restaurant Civil & Naval has opened up on
London St in Lyttelton. The bistro-style venue is
focused around shared plates in a French-
European style. Louis Dyer has opened the venue
in partnership with his parents, who run the
Governor's Bay Hotel. The new spot opens
Wednesday to Sunday until late at 16 London St.
Check them out --- Civil and Naval on Facebook.
The annual Food Show is coming up next month at
CBS Arena where local producers and foodies get
together to experiment, share ideas, and show you
how to recreate the magic at home. From
September 13-15, the show will offer cooking
classes, demonstrations, and information for
foodies. Exhibitors include Barry's Bay Cheese,
Good Honest Products, and masterclasses from
the likes of Andrew Brown from Burgers and Beers.
See foodshow.co.nz. General admission tickets
cost $19 online.
City kids are being encouraged to head out to
Lincoln for the day to compete in the Lincoln
Farmers Market Scarecrow Saturday. The event
pitches homemade scarecrows against each other
in a variety of categories: child, adult, community
group or school, preschool, corporate, and
people's choice. There are big prizes to be won.
Better get creating now as the event is Saturday
September 7, only a few weeks away. Scarecrows
must be at least 1 metre high and must be entered
on-site between 10am and 10.30am on the day.
There will be local produce, artisan market
products and food and drink on-site. Check out
Lincoln Market on Facebook for more details.
Dirty river plays vital whitebait role
POLLUTION PROBLEM: Whitebait
catches have been affected on the
Avon and the Heathcote Rivers.
PHOTO: Stacy Squires
officer of health says the Avon
River may need to be designated a
marine reserve in order to pre-
serve whitebait populations in
The discussion of the Avon's
future is included in the decisions
needing to be made about the
future of all Christchurch water-
Dr Alastair Humphrey said
scientists had discovered the Avon
is a feeder river'' for whitebait
populations in other rivers.
Whitebait in some rivers breed in
a river and stay in that river. But
other rivers, such as the Avon,
feed populations of whitebait into
As such, fishing for whitebait in
the Avon could be impacting on
populations in connected rivers.
With concerns about the Avon's
cleanliness already a topic for
debate, the time had also come to
consider the best way to manage
The question is, should there
be whitebaiting in the Avon or
should it be a marine reserve --
albeit a dirty one.''
Dr Humphrey advocated for
discussing the issues with the
whitebaiting community -- and not
just those using the Avon.
This issue affects catches in
other rivers, so we would want to
engage with the community as a
whole,'' he said.
The health of the Avon affects
the health of other rivers.''
The marine reserve discussion
would tie in with debates on how
to reduce pollution in all Christ-
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