Woolston, Christchurch

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NZTA's $90m Brougham St will be detrimental to nearby suburbs, council says

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

A $90 million upgrade of a busy Christchurch road could have a detrimental impact on the city’s oldest residential neighbourhoods, the city council warns.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is proposing several changes to Brougham St, including a pedestrian overbridge, building a third lane … View more
A $90 million upgrade of a busy Christchurch road could have a detrimental impact on the city’s oldest residential neighbourhoods, the city council warns.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is proposing several changes to Brougham St, including a pedestrian overbridge, building a third lane in place of car parks, and a shared cycle-pedestrian path.

The agency wants to have “T2 lanes” during peak hours – for buses, cars with at least one passenger, or motorcycles – but the Christchurch City Council wants them to extend beyond Brougham St all the way to Rolleston. Outside of peak times they would be available for parking.

In a submission to NZTA about the project, the city council said the proposals did not adequately consider the impacts on adjoining suburbs.

Brougham St bisects some of the oldest residential suburbs in the city including Sydenham, Spreydon, Waltham and Addington.

The council was concerned the proposals would increase the noise, vibrations and emissions for residents because the traffic would be closer to homes.

Part of the project’s success relied on the council making changes to surrounding roads, and the council called on NZTA to pay for those changes.

It did not want to see ratepayers burdened financially as a result of the project, and wanted to avoid a repeat of NZTA’s northern corridor project, for which the council had to spend millions of dollars adapting local roads.

Brougham St is classed as a state highway so is the responsibility of NZTA, but the roads leading into it are under the council’s control.

An average of 45,000 vehicles, including 4500 freight vehicles and trucks, use the road each day. It is a crucial link for vehicles carrying freight to and from Lyttelton Port.

Under the proposal, intersections will be upgraded, with more traffic signals, turn arrows and bus priority lights.

The pedestrian overbridge will connect Collins St and Simeon St, which under the plan would both become vehicle cul-de-sacs.

A shared cycle-pedestrian path would be separated from the westbound lane with new trees, between Simeon St and Opawa Rd.

The council said the shared path might not be wide enough for pedestrians and cyclists to safely travel together, and wanted to see it made wider.

It was also concerned the proposals did not provide for commuter cyclists, who were unlikely to use the shared path. The council wanted an assurance there would be provision for on-road cycle lanes at least 1.8 metres wide.

However, councillor Phil Mauger said at a council meeting on Thursday commuter cyclists should be encouraged to “rat run” (take shortcuts on side roads) down another road because there was not enough room for them on Brougham St.

Cr Melanie Coker was concerned there was no provision for a right hand turn into Selwyn St, but the council believed this would lead to vehicles rat-running.

She said the community had fought for a number of years to get the turn put in and to remove it was a “slap in the face for communities”.

She wanted NZTA to put the physical work on hold so it could address all the council’s submission points.

The council also criticised NZTA for holding consultation over the summer holiday period.

Public feedback on NZTA’s proposal closes on Friday (January 28).

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6 hours ago

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3 days ago

Covid-19: Older, vulnerable Kiwis urged to ‘hunker down’ when Omicron cases peak

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

From reporter Cate Broughton:
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Older and vulnerable people are being encouraged to “hunker down” in their homes during the peak of the Omicron virus, by some health experts – but others say this isn’t necessary.

New Zealand epidemiologist Professor Tony … View more
From reporter Cate Broughton:
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Older and vulnerable people are being encouraged to “hunker down” in their homes during the peak of the Omicron virus, by some health experts – but others say this isn’t necessary.

New Zealand epidemiologist Professor Tony Blakely is based at Melbourne University and says he encouraged his nearly 80-year-old parents – who live in Rotorua – to stay at home when Omicron cases climb and the virus becomes endemic.

However, Cancer Society medical director Kate Gregory said there was not enough evidence to support giving this advice to cancer patients.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed there was community transmission of the Omicron variant in New Zealand.

The Ministry of Health on Monday reported confirmed Omicron cases in the Nelson-Tasman region, Auckland and Palmerston North.

Blakely said he talked to his parents about continuing their usual activities while using a N95 mask, but “hunkering down” when cases climbed.

“You probably do that for another 10 days until case numbers start to go up in Rotorua, and then you really hunker down. So that’s what we’ve talked about.”

Blakely said “the maths of an epidemic” meant up to half of the population was likely to get infected with Omicron.

“The trick is to make sure the people who get infected are the young ones. So you accept that. You accept there will be hospitalisations associated with that.

But to minimise the hospitalisations, the mortality and morbidity – a bit like trench warfare – you send over the young ones, and you hunker down the oldies and those with co-morbidities.”

Blakely said his parents, who are double vaccinated and have had their booster, had already decided to stay at home when cases climbed.

But he said it was hard to say how long this period should last.

New Zealand’s traffic light setting of red – the highest level of restrictions under the traffic light system –would help to slow the spread of Omicron, and protect essential services from being overwhelmed, but this would also mean the peak of the virus would last longer, Blakely said.

“Here’s the deep irony, the better New Zealanders are at flattening the curve, the longer the hunker down will be.”

Blakely acknowledged prolonged periods of isolation for the elderly and vulnerable could have significant mental health impacts.

In Australia, Omicron has taken a huge toll on the aged-care sector with hundreds of outbreaks in aged care homes. But some families have said the lockdowns were overly cautious and too hard on the elderly residents, most of whom were fully vaccinated.

Wellington GP and Royal New Zealand College of General Practice (RNZCGPs) medical director Bryan Betty said the Australian experience of Omicron showed it could peak for as long as four to six weeks.

Betty said most people – including fit older people – would experience a mild to moderate illness, if infected.

“However, the caveat on this is ... we know the biggest risk factor for a poorer outcome from Covid is age, the elderly population in particular are vulnerable to a poorer outcome with Covid.”

Betty said it would be good for older people to consider staying home, with some support from friends and family, “as the case numbers rise” in the community.

Cancer Society medical director Kate Gregory said there was not enough evidence to date to support advising patients to stay home, but this could change “if we see much higher numbers”.

“If, in a week’s time we are seeing thousands and thousands of cases we may be advising people differently. I think the reassuring thing we’ve seen is that Omicron doesn’t seem to cause such severe disease and we know the vaccine provides very good protection.”

Gregory said for cancer patients the best defence is to be vaccinated and for the people in their households to be vaccinated.”

She said in her experience a “vast majority” of cancer patients had received two doses of Covid-19 vaccine, many with a third primary dose.

“It’s a frightening time, and especially for those who are more vulnerable.

"I think as long as people have the vaccine, wear the mask, do the hand-washing and get tested promptly, I think that’s probably fine. At the moment, that’s the advice we’re giving our patients.”

16 hours ago

Have you got New Zealand's best shed?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Once again, Resene and NZ Gardener are on the hunt for the country's best shed! Send in the photos and stories behind your man caves, she sheds, clever storage spaces, cute chicken coops and potty potting sheds. The Resene Shed of the Year 2022 winners will receive prizes worth more than … View moreOnce again, Resene and NZ Gardener are on the hunt for the country's best shed! Send in the photos and stories behind your man caves, she sheds, clever storage spaces, cute chicken coops and potty potting sheds. The Resene Shed of the Year 2022 winners will receive prizes worth more than $2200. Just tell us in writing why your garden shed is New Zealand's best, and send up to five high-quality photos. Email to mailbox@nzgardener.co.nz. Entries close Feb 27, 2022.

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9 days ago

‘It’s not a shed’, say landlords after one-bedroom property provokes ire online

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

It’s been branded a “glammed-up garden shed”, but a $420 per week one-bedroom Christchurch property will be snapped up by the end of the week, say the owners.

The newly-built 42-square-metre home in Nayland St, Sumner, is close to the shops and two blocks from the beach.

But some locals … View more
It’s been branded a “glammed-up garden shed”, but a $420 per week one-bedroom Christchurch property will be snapped up by the end of the week, say the owners.

The newly-built 42-square-metre home in Nayland St, Sumner, is close to the shops and two blocks from the beach.

But some locals questioned the weekly rental cost after the Trade Me listing was shared on the suburb's community Facebook page. Continue reading here.

1 day ago

Back to school

Maree Brogan from Red Cross Shop Woolston

Redcross Woolston have got you covered for back to school. Clothing, school bag, pencil case, pencils & more. For those younger we've got toys galore. Come and have a look pick up a treasure.
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1 day ago

Living & Co Indiana Desk for sale

Natalia from Sydenham

Hi guys! I'm selling my office desk bought only last year. Still in mint condition. Pick up in Sydenham asap.

Specifications: 120 x 50 x 75


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Price: $20

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1 day ago

Tamariki Talks - Fun Challenges

The Team from Graeme Dingle Foundation Canterbury

As the holidays wind down for our tamariki and the countdown to school begins, we thought we'd share some fun challenges for them to try at home! 👍

Whether it's a toilet paper challenge or trying to make a snowglobe, we have the a challenge for them! Can your tamariki conquer them … View more
As the holidays wind down for our tamariki and the countdown to school begins, we thought we'd share some fun challenges for them to try at home! 👍

Whether it's a toilet paper challenge or trying to make a snowglobe, we have the a challenge for them! Can your tamariki conquer them all?

6 days ago

TRAMPOLINE - 'IN' MY LOUNGE' !

Carolyn Faye from Linwood

For Xmas , (new) neighbors bought their children a trampoline which they placed near the border fence only a metre from our lounge/living space kitchen. A great gift for children, but a nightmare for us. Their section is not huge so anywhere on that section would be noisy. Children's … View moreFor Xmas , (new) neighbors bought their children a trampoline which they placed near the border fence only a metre from our lounge/living space kitchen. A great gift for children, but a nightmare for us. Their section is not huge so anywhere on that section would be noisy. Children's noises are one thing but noisy play equipment is another. Our home is no longer a place of Peace and Rest, with the continual 'bounce' , 'bounce' any time , morning, noon, evening. Even when quiet, one is in a state of anxiety not knowing when the next bounce will continue again. Myself and friends and boarder are mainly elderly so are more acutely in need of rest and quiet. Any ideas would be appreciated.

1 day ago

Addictive Eaters Anonymous

The Team from Addictive Eaters Anonymous - Christchurch

“As far back as I can remember, I was fascinated by food.” This is what I heard the young woman who carried this message of recovery to me say and I just knew that she knew. I knew that she understood that as much as I wanted to control my eating so I wouldn’t put on any more weight, I just … View more“As far back as I can remember, I was fascinated by food.” This is what I heard the young woman who carried this message of recovery to me say and I just knew that she knew. I knew that she understood that as much as I wanted to control my eating so I wouldn’t put on any more weight, I just couldn’t. I knew that she understood how I would go to sleep at night desperately hoping tomorrow would be different, dreaming that tomorrow I would win the battle against food and despairing that I would never lose weight. I knew that she understood that I never did ever win that battle, always at some point in the day I would just give in and start eating and not be able to stop. I knew she understood that I had been dieting and struggling with food my entire life.

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1 day ago

One exhaust two exhaust .. rock?

Rory Lindebaum from Sirius Welding Limited

Hi Neighbours,

This client had some concerns about welding these headers due to the metal being quite thin. That wasn't a problem for us and we go it done.

At Sirius Welding Limited we do general metal repair, welding and small fabrication.

If you would like a free no obligation quote… View more
Hi Neighbours,

This client had some concerns about welding these headers due to the metal being quite thin. That wasn't a problem for us and we go it done.

At Sirius Welding Limited we do general metal repair, welding and small fabrication.

If you would like a free no obligation quote please call us on 0210771276

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2 days ago

What do you think?

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4 days ago

Oximeters for sale

Maureen from Woolston

Has anyone heard back about these Oximeters?

3 days ago

February 3 day Empowering Positive Change programme

The Team from Kiwi Family Trust

Do you wonder why you think, feel and act the way you do? Do you sometimes feel like you're leaving yourself out of your own life? Do you feel stuck, or wonder which direction to go forward in? Call Barb on 03 963 8040 or email barb@kiwifamilytrust.org to find out how to get this programme for… View moreDo you wonder why you think, feel and act the way you do? Do you sometimes feel like you're leaving yourself out of your own life? Do you feel stuck, or wonder which direction to go forward in? Call Barb on 03 963 8040 or email barb@kiwifamilytrust.org to find out how to get this programme for free!

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3 days ago

Bathroom renovation specialists

Scott Bennetts from Reaction Homes Ltd

Hi Neighbor's we are both qualified licensed builders that specialize in:
Bathroom renovations
Major renovations
General building & repairs
Small maintenance jobs

We also build
Decks & Pergolas… View more
Hi Neighbor's we are both qualified licensed builders that specialize in:
Bathroom renovations
Major renovations
General building & repairs
Small maintenance jobs

We also build
Decks & Pergolas

If you would like a free no-obligation quote please call
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Liam 0221011367
Cheers Scott.

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16 days ago

**WANTED** Cash Paid for Old Sports Programmes & Sporting Memorabilia

Michael from Mount Pleasant - Redcliffs

Can anyone help.. I am looking to buy any old sporting programmes - match day magazines.. Rugby, Football, Cricket, Melbourne Cup, Horse Racing, Motor Racing, Speedway, Soccer etc to add to my collection... Also any other interesting sporting memorabilia including Dinner Menu's, metal pin … View moreCan anyone help.. I am looking to buy any old sporting programmes - match day magazines.. Rugby, Football, Cricket, Melbourne Cup, Horse Racing, Motor Racing, Speedway, Soccer etc to add to my collection... Also any other interesting sporting memorabilia including Dinner Menu's, metal pin badges, shirts etc etc.. Please message me or email me on mjbraithwaite@xtra.co.nz

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