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Robbies ready to rebuild
By CATE BROUGHTON
GRAND DESIGNS: Robbies restaurant owner Mike McCutcheon would like to re-open his restaurant in a new and improved
building. He is pictured outside the abandoned Robbies building on High St, Rangiora.
THE OWNER of Robbies restaurant
in Rangiora s High St has grand
designs for the building site and its
neighbour, the Pulleys building.
Both buildings were deemed
earthquake risks in January this
year and six months later their own-
ers are still waiting to be paid by
their insurance companies.
Given the chance, Mike
McCutcheon says he would buy both
buildings, demolish them and
redevelop the site to create another
Robbies and new retail spaces.
Mr McCutcheon said he has fin-
ance in place and has even drawn up
If we got the go ahead I would be
on the phone and would be all go in
The new Robbies would retain the
warm and friendly atmosphere of the
old eatery, Mr McCutcheon said.
We want to retain the warmth --
it s not going to be the rock and roll
hotel but it would be a warm, safe
It wouldn t be tilt slab and boring,
we d like to use timber and stone
because it s very nice and inviting
and it s in keeping with the rest of
Bob Muschamp, who owns the
Robbies building, said he was still
negotiating with his insurance com-
pany after receiving an unsatisfac-
He was hopeful an outcome was in
sight. I should know something
more in the next couple of weeks.
Selling the building was some-
thing he was open to, he said.
A co-owner of the Pulleys building
since the early 1970s, who didn t
want to be named, said she was just
as frustrated by the slowness of the
insurance claims process as anybody.
These delays have got nothing to
do with the building owners.
The sooner it is all settled the
better as far as I m concerned -- one
way or another.
She said the owners were still
waiting for an offer from their
insurance company all the while
paying for weekly council inspec-
tions, rates, scaffolding costs and re-
insurance on the building for public
liability -- with no rent coming in
Any consideration of selling the
Pulleys building was on hold until
the insurance negotiations were
finalised, she said.
Politician to kiss affable pig
KISSY KISSY: Will it be the mayor, an MP, or a local
community leader who gets to share a special moment
with Sunshine the pig.
By RACHEL MacDONALD
SPONSORSHIPS are trickling
in for the Woodend School Fair s
Kiss the Pig competition to see
which North Canterbury person-
ality will be lucky enough to
pucker up for a smooch with
kune kune sow and recent mum,
While the volunteers for the
event might be starting to feel a
bit edgy in the run up to the
September 16 fair, Sunshine s
owners, Chris and Sarah Phil-
lips, of Rangiora s Pisces Aquar-
ium & Pets, say she s got other
things on her mind.
She delivered a litter of eight
piglets two weeks ago and is
blissfully unaware of her
impending celebrity outing.
She s a great mum, although
we are hand-raising two of the
piglets -- one that s been sold
and the runt -- to minimise the
risk of them getting rolled on,
Chris said. And she s fantastic
around people, which is why we
offered her to the fair organ-
At the moment, it looks as if it
may well be Labour MP Clayton
Cosgrove who will get to kiss
Sunshine. He holds a comfort-
able lead over second-runner,
Woodend councillor Kirstyn Bar-
nett, and third-placed National
MP Kate Wilkinson. What this
says about the standing of politi-
cians in the community is a
question all its own.
I ll do most things for charity
and I look forward to making
her acquaintance, Mr Cosgrove
Another popular fundraiser at
the fair is likely to be the Pony
Poo in a Paddock contest, where
hopeful winners can buy 2m
squares on the Woodend Tennis
At 10.30am, Annie the pony
will be let loose on the courts.
When she does her business, the
square containing the first dol-
lop of poo will win $350.
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