Northern Outlook : September 2nd 2015
Nadia’s crispy salmon P35 NC into semis P42 Northern Outlook Wednesday, September 2, 2015 NORTH CANTERBURY’S BEST READ COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER Progress on Rangiora’s High Street as the rebuild ramps up. PICTURE JONATHAN LEASK/ FAIRFAX NZ JONATHAN LEASK Business is set to boom once more in Rangiora. Hit hard by the earthquakes, the progress on Rangiora’s High Street is symbolic of the return to business in the region. Waimakariri mayor David Ayers said the appearance of the recovery had been slow but the behind the scenes work – the insurance claims, consents and tendering – had been ongoing. ‘‘A lot of progress has been made, but a lot of that is not visible to the public eye,’’ Ayers said. ‘‘Following the earthquakes we ‘‘With several new buildings starting to pop up [the recovery] is clearly well underway.’’ Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers have certainly seen that these things can take time. With several new buildings starting to pop up [the recovery] is clearly well under way. ‘‘Some shops are due to be open later this year or early next year which will certainly make a We move If you are: • Moving Locally • Moving from Town to Town • Moving from City to City 6724682AA • Moving Anywhere in New Zealand • Moving Anywhere in the World • Wanting Storage Call us on free phone 0800 255 433 to speak to a moving specialist www.alliedpickfords.co.nz difference. In Kaiapoi [the rebuild] has been a more spread out process while in Rangiora everything seems to be happening at once.’’ Rangiora’s recovery appeared to have stalled, but momentum is now apparent. Joes Garage restaurant opened last week and Pak’nSave is set to open on September 9. However, it’s the work begin- ning on the long-awaited return of Farmers – with the department store’s lengthy closure blamed for the town centre’s slow recovery – that signals the tide has turned. Ayers is personally vested in We move allall household goods no matter how large or smallno matter how large or small.. household goods this particular rebuild, counting down the days until Farmers reopens. The mayor made a stand to back local business, and publicly pledged to not purchase a new pair of underpants until Farmers opens. Work on the new building’s foundations is under way and an expected opening early next year means that the High Street’s refit is coming along nicely. Enterprise North Canterbury’s Miles Dalton said the region had witnessed 10 years of population growth in just three years so while the demand and potential foot traffic had been here the infrastructure hadn’t. ‘‘It’s been a hard few years and there are still businesses doing it hard,’’ Dalton said. ‘‘High Street has had to deal with demolitions and the decline in foot traffic. ‘‘Several businesses had been waiting on Farmers to make a decision before making a move and now that is settled, the demand is there from potential new business as well as existing ones looking to relocate or expand.’’ Dalton believed it would be business better-than-before, rather than business as usual.
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