Christchurch Mail : May 8th 2014
4 CHRISTCHURCH MAIL, MAY 8, 2014 NEWS Rawhiti indoor complex on track By ANNA PRICE PLANS FOR a $3.9 million indoor sports complex with two courts, a gym and cafe at Rawhiti Domain have gained traction. It is understood a long-sought city council lease on the 11 hectare reserve is ‘‘not far off’’, and only design and costings need to be settled. Rawhiti Community Sport Inc facilities co-ordinator Alan Direen said the hub, which includes two indoor courts, clubhouse, administration, changing and meetings rooms, would regenerate sports activities in the wider area. ‘‘There’s a place for three or four of these around the perimeter of the city,’’ he said. ‘‘They need to be affordable and accessible. Christchurch needs these things now.’’ The proposal is one of two initiatives taken to Burwood Pegasus Community Board this week in the post-quake sports thrust. Rawhiti is also keen to run the $1 pool at North New Brighton School again in summer, this time as a heated pool with windbreaks, a shade area and other improvements so it can be also used as a training and fitness facility and run by trained staff. Rawhiti, ‘‘a sportville entity’’, is owned by a number of sport clubs. Its board had the expertise and capability in sport and rec- reation to deliver, Direen said. Cr David East backs the proposals. ‘‘I’m very supportive of moves like this and I like the use of new technology keeping costs down,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s another piece of the jigsaw to get New Brighton going and to revitalise the place.’’ The $1 pool also had been a ‘‘superb’’ operation. ‘‘I’m really keen to see the project continue and to make it available all year round with other improvements to enable this.’’ Direen believes the indoor cen- tre could be built within six months once the lease is approved and funding in hand. ‘‘The main thing is to keep providing programmes for the com- munity to support sports clubs in the eastern catchment and to work with the community board to find solutions. ‘‘We’ll speak with anyone who thinks they can help us. We are trading OK, but for a project of this size we would need a specific fundraising strategy. We are talking to various groups and we think we can achieve. ‘‘We’re excited about the future and know the challenges ahead but it’s nothing we can’t overcome.’’ Rawhiti Sport was positioned to be a key provider in the east. Clubs involved include rugby, golf, cricket, netball, basketball and volleyball. The New Brighton Rugby Club – which initiated the multi-sport idea – is a key player. Botched job tries owner’s patience By ARIELLE MONK RAWHITI RETIREMENT Village’s Bill Williams says he doesn’t ask for much in life. But as one month of earthquake repairs by Fletcher Earthquake Recovery contractors turns into nearly five, he has had enough. House-proud Williams, 78, is fed up with the painters, plasterers, builders and bricklayers who have had to come back ‘‘again and again’’ to get the job done. Repairs on his property, assessed as under cap by the Earthquake Commission, began last November. He returned home on December 21 with promises of completion. Paint splatters, chipped cupboards, marked lino and a faulty heat pump were results of shoddy workmanship, he says. ‘‘They were disgusting, there’s been no respect for my building at all.’’ Since then, a swathe of tradespeople has been back and forth to fix the issues left behind. The botched repairs have cost Wil- liams in time, stress to his health and money, including $172.50 for a faulty heat pump repair. He says he doesn’t want reimbursement. ‘‘I’d rather pay for it myself than have any of that crowd back here.’’ But the gripe he won’t relinquish concerns vinyl flooring laid in the kitchen of his two-bedroom unit. The new flooring, much thinner than the original, has had holes punched in it by contractors’ unprotected ladder feet. Four weeks ago, builders contacted Williams to say they had the ‘‘all clear’’ to replace the damaged vinyl, and he could select a product. After a miscommunication over DISAPPOINTED: Rawhiti Retirement Village home owner Bill Williams expectedEQCrepairs to be completed in December but he is still waiting. the cost of the vinyl he selected – he believed it was $70 a metre, while Fletcher EQR refused it at more than $100 a metre – he hasn’t heard anything further. ‘‘They think I’m trying to rip them off but I’m not. I just want what I had before,’’ Williams said. Fletcher EQR spokesman Barry Akers said they had tried to present further options to Williams three weeks ago. ‘‘Our hub staff wrote to Mr Wil- liams in mid-April, but unfortunately a misunderstanding over his postal address saw the letter returned to sender last week.’’ Akers said Fletcher EQR had tried to contact Williams on Monday after inquiries from the Mail. ‘‘Our immediate objective is to arrange a visit to the home before the end of this week to hand deliver the letter and discuss the matter with him,’’ Akers said. Williams knows there are people much worse off and his frustration is the tip of an iceberg. ‘‘I don’t ask for much from anybody. But it’s the principle.’’ LIKE THIS: Redemption Centre, SouthCarolina – similar to the indoor sports centre the Rawhiti Community Sports Inc have in mind forRawhiti Domain.
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