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Liquor store is a good operator -- Singh
them not to drink there. I won't
allow it. At the moment they are
drinking there because there is no
The application for a liquor
licence has attracted significant
opposition, with 32 letters signed
by 46 people and one petition with
167 signatures received by the
A council staff member said the
application would be sent to the
Liquor Licence Authority within
the next week, and a hearing --
possibly at the next LLA sitting in
Christchurch before Christmas''
-- was likely.
Karen Moleta, who had leased
the building on the corner of High
and Albert Streets for 11 years,
said she was unhappy about being
Her notice was given in a letter
from the owner, Dickson Patter-
son, threatening legal action if she
was not out of the building by
September 25, she said.
Ms Moleta was able to find an
alternative premises for her
Blockbuster video business at the
former Fashion on Main shop
across the road on High St.
I'm quite happy, I'm not bitter
about it, because it's the best
thing that ever happened to
But to think that he actually
evicted us and already had a
deposit from Mr Singh -- I was
quite disgusted by that.''
Mr Patterson said he had a new
tenant but declined to confirm it
was Mr Singh.
Hit and run
A MAN has been charged after a hit and
run incident in Oxford left a young Amer-
ican woman hospitalised.
Police say the 22-year-old driver from
Kaiapoi hit the woman, who was walking
along Church St, just before 11pm on
The woman, who police said was visit-
ing the area as part of a youth mission,
was badly bruised and received treat-
ment in hospital.
She was lucky not to be more badly
injured,'' Senior Sergeant Mike McRandle
After a two-week investigation the
driver was charged with aggravated care-
less use of a vehicle causing injury, and is
due to appear in Rangiora Court at the
Nga Hau e Wha Marae in Pages Rd on
The woman was not known to the man.
on same road
POLICE ATTENDED two serious
crashes on Fawcetts Rd, Ashley last
On Saturday at 7.40pm emergency ser-
vices were called to an incident involving
a car which had crashed into a culvert.
The 18-year-old male driver had lost
control of the vehicle while negotiating a
moderate right-hand turn, Senior Ser-
geant Mike McRandle said.
The driver and four passengers were
all injured, with one woman receiving
serious spinal injuries.
On Sunday, again on Fawcetts Rd, a
male driver pulled over to do a U-turn
and collided with an oncoming vehicle at
He was taken to hospital, also with sus-
pected spinal injuries.
Alcohol was not identified as a factor in
either crash, but both incidents were
being investigated by police.
Upgrade forces cafe move
SOLDIERING ON: Rangiora's Hope Cafe has had to move into the foyer of the Baptist Church while works are
carried out on its building, but manager Deana Morgan says it's business as usual.
By RACHEL MACDONALD
THE HOPE Cafe in Rangiora
has had to relocate across the
car park into the foyer of Ran-
giora's Baptist Church for a few
weeks, while its own building is
brought up to spec for use as a
There could be no question of
the cafe closing in the course of
the works, says one of its man-
agers, because it sits at the hub
of a large number of important
community support pro-
Up until now, the cafe has
operated as a donation business,
which means it hasn't been
required to comply with the rig-
orous legislation that governs
food outlets. Following a
decision to formalise its cafe
status, however, Paddy Hender-
son, who steers the initiative,
took delivery of four pages of
changes that would need to be
implemented before the eatery
could be registered.
This follows a revamp of the
existing cafe space in May.
Works that now need to be
carried out include the installa-
tion of a commercial extractor
unit, although none of the food
is prepared on site. With the
exception of warming soup and
making toasties, it is all made in
the church's commercial kit-
A gib ceiling and downlights
also need to be installed, to
replace the existing ceiling tiles.
The building needs another
sink specifically for hand-
washing, even though there are
four sinks already, and the
offices behind the cafe space
have to be walled off to create an
Cafe manager on Thursdays
and Fridays, Deana Morgan,
said the building plans were
being delivered to the Wai-
makariri District Council on
Friday and the cafe staff hoped
the works could start next week.
In the meantime, the cafe
side of things has been a bit
quiet. Perhaps people don't
realise we're still here, we've
just had to move for a couple of
Perhaps they're worried
about going into a church, but
we're certainly not going to
preach to anyone,'' she says.
Still, the council has been
great -- we are an integral part
of the community services out-
reach -- but we still have to go
through the process to be
The cafe hub is home to the
church food bank, a social
worker, a budget and debt
adviser, counsellors and a chap-
It hosts community organis-
ations such as the Rangiora
Newcomers Group, a support
group for young mothers, and
volunteers who work in the
nearby community garden.
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