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Traffic lights up for Christmas
The traffic lights at the Kilmore St-Avonside Drive
intersection will be operating from tomorrow for the
first time since the February 22 earthquake last
year -- in conjunction with the full road opening on
northern Fitzgerald Ave. SCIRT general manager
Duncan Gibb hailed the development as an
important rebuild milestone within the Four
Avenues. Downer contractors had worked hard to
get this piece of road re-opened for Christmas and
conquered a number of challenges along the way,
he said. Fitzgerald Ave southbound from Bealey
Avenue is now fully sealed and ready to open for
traffic. The rebuilt north-bound lanes and the
walkway-cycleway were completed just before
Courts still in use
The North Beach Tennis Club is swinging into its
91st season despite damaged courts. The courts
are being dug up and rebuilt due to earthquake
damage, but tennis can still be played on four
courts. The club, in Palmers Rd, North New
Brighton opened in September, and Kiwi tennis
after school started in October. The courts were
upgraded eight months before the September
2010 quake at a cost of $142,000. Club co-
ordinator Ethna Rouse said insurance covered
both the courts and the pavilion. ''But we will still
need to find approximately $90,000 to rebuild our
foundations and resurface the top with Decoturf.''
Mrs Rouse can be reached on 981 5491.
Harbour highlights art and music
Diamond Harbour will be a visual and cultural feast
this summer with the first Sculpture on the Point
and music event. The Stoddart Point Regeneration
Ideas Group has organised a 10-week programme
showcasing art and music in the beautiful bush
setting of Diamond Harbour. Starting this
weekend, sculptures will be installed in key places
in the harbour. Every Sunday except December 23
the harbour will come to life with local musicians
and community events. Well worth a short ferry
ride from Lyttelton.
Check sprig.org.nz for more info.
Dolphins meet surf lifeguards
Two surf lifeguards found themselves surfing with
seven curious hectors dolphins at New Brighton
beach during the weekend. Surf Lifesaving
southern region programmes and service manager
Dougal Holmes said the friendly creatures came
close to shore. They came in close when the water
was warmer, although the water temperature this
week was about 16 degrees Celsius, three or four
degrees below the high summer readings.
Student's plea aids SPCA
ACTION STATION: Masumeh Nazari, 11, at her SPCA fundraiser raffle stand at Christchurch East School
shelter, with her class teacher Perry Rapson.
By ANNA PRICE
meh Nazari was never in
doubt about how she would
make a difference through a
persuasive writing challenge
at Christchurch East School.
For Masumeh, this trans-
lated to making a difference
for abandoned animals.
I love animals because
they re cuddly, they re fun and
cute. I had a kitten, she said.
I wanted to help the SPCA
because I love animals, and it
really hurts to see that some
are injured, abandoned and
abused. That s why I am doing
Inspired by class teacher
Perry Rapson s assignment,
Masumeh wasted no time get-
ting down to work.
She penned a persuasive
plea in a newsletter to parents
and caregivers to make dona-
tions of small items such as
cheap toys, stationery, canned
fruit or a bit of baking for a
Please hand this item to
my wonderful teacher, Mr
Rapson, she wrote.
For two weeks she sat out-
side the gates at the end of
school days to catch parents
and ask them to buy a $1 raf-
Her effort raised more than
$135 for the Christchurch
SPCA s animal welfare.
She then emailed an invi-
tation to the SPCA to speak
about their work at assembly
last Friday and receive the
money. SPCA Canterbury
marketing assistant Michelle
Armitage was delighted to
We were absolutely thril-
led Masumeh chose our organ-
isation, she said.
It s great to see young peo-
ple wanting to make a differ-
ence like this.
For a child to take this on
without any prompting, is
admirable. The money would
be used for medicine or some
other aspect of the care of ani-
mals in their shelter.
Born in Pakistan of Afghani
parents, Masumeh was age 2
when she arrived in New Zea-
land with her family.
Mr Rapson is more than
proud of his young charge.
Masumeh is very confi-
dent, very much prepared to
take a risk and go outside her
comfort zone, and a young per-
son who will go the extra
He said in his class, it was
most important the young-
sters produced writing which
related to the real world and
made a difference.
Inquiry and investigation
are key components of such
writing, he said.
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