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CCT wants to
see your post-
CANTABRIANS ARE being
encouraged to contribute to the
region s global tourism image by
sharing their personal photos
taken during the rebuild.
A Christchurch and Canterbury
Tourism (CCT) campaign to entice
more Australian visitors to the
city and surrounds was kicked off
in Re:Start Mall in Christchurch
The move comes as part of the
Christchurch Reimagined tourism
programme started by Mayor Bob
Parker in Australia last month.
Residents can visit a giant con-
tainer in the mall and upload
their photos directly to a new
digital platform dubbed Discovery
Potential visitors world-wide
can log on to the platform and
view images of how far the region
has come since the earthquakes
and all the fun things still avail-
able when visiting.
CCT marketing manager
Rowan Townsend said the local
contribution was important for
the city s image.
We really want locals to help
contribute to the Stream and
encourage everyone to come in
and upload the pics from their
mobile phones and cameras to
help us reimage Christchurch, he
The Stream also pulls photos
from Facebook and Twitter.
Any photo is encouraged, from
sipping coffee at a favourite cafe,
to a stroll in Hagley Park or a new
building going up.
The Re:Start Mall kiosk will be
open for four weeks, 10am to
5.30pm weekdays, and until 5pm
Cheque this: St
looks on as the
cheque to the
from its Helping
A RECENT fundraising quiz night for the
junior school at St Joseph s in Rangiora has
been matched dollar for dollar by the SBS
Bank as part of its Helping Hands initiative
in support of earthquake-affected communi-
Tracey Hughes and Ian Pollack from the
bank handed over a cheque for $1800 at the
school assembly, which would go towards
music and play equipment, school principal
Marie Hanton said.
We have also enjoyed being part of the
SBS Sow and Grow initiative, the results of
which will be used to beautify the school and
for other fundraising planned, she said.
Sow and Grow involves the donation of
seeds to schools and a garden design compe-
tition, which St Joseph s entered.
The school s Deja Williams claimed a first
prize in the 5- to 6-year age group, and Josh
Terrell, Felix Bennie-Steele and Annamiek
Noye did well, taking first, second and third
respectively in the 10- to 12-year category.
Judging artist Clark Esplin was impressed
with the quality and detail of the gardens.
a bad sign
A FAMILY cat deliberately cut up in Timaru, a
tethered pet goat stabbed to death in Greymouth,
a climbing carabiner threaded through the neck of
a dog in Rotorua, and in Wellington, several boys
kick and hit a small terrier cross dog with a
cricket bat. These are just four of more than 30
grievously inhumane acts of abuse and neglect of
animals that make up the 2012 SPCA List of
Violence towards animals both co-occurs and is
a predictor of violence towards humans , said
Robyn Kippenberger, chief executive of the Royal
New Zealand SPCA.
The SPCA, in partnership with Women s Ref-
uge, recently released research into the strong
link between animal cruelty and domestic and
family violence in New Zealand. The study, Pets
as Pawns , showed that 50 per cent of women
interviewed had witnessed animal cruelty as part
of their experience of domestic violence and 25 per
cent said their children had witnessed violence
The annual SPCA List of Shame aims to high-
light to the New Zealand public the appalling
abuse of animals which happens all too frequently
throughout the country.
Unfortunately cases such as those on this year s
list are all too familiar to SPCA centres around
New Zealand, who are then tasked with the heart-
breaking job of determining whether the animals
in question are able to be rehabilitated or have to
be euthanased due to their abuse or neglect. In
many cases, the financial cost of investigating and
prosecuting the perpetrators is also met by these
July saw the prosecution of two men who had
systematically shot 33 dogs and puppies. The men
were handed sentences of six months home deten-
tion and six months community detention, 300
hours community work and reparation.
The SPCA s work is made less effective by the
low level of sentencing being awarded in animal
welfare cases, Ms Kippenberger said.
The sentencing in most of these cases is appal-
lingly inadequate, and is no way indicative of the
range of penalties that can be handed down under
the Animal Welfare Amendment Act.
Considering the close links between violence
towards humans and animal cruelty, courts
should be recognising these crimes as significant
in a continuum of violent behaviour. If these
crimes are not punished significantly, an oppor-
tunity is lost to send a message that no violence is
The SPCA s work is almost entirely funded by
donations, sponsorships and legacies provided by
generous New Zealanders.
The organisation s annual appeal ends on
Make a donation at any ASB bank branch, or
make an automatic $20 donation to the SPCA s
fight against animal cruelty by calling
0900 4PAWS (0900 4 7297).
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