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Row brews over school assets
By CATE BROUGHTON
RANGIORA HIGH School board of
trustees has rejected an offer by the
Rangiora High School Nursery
School Trust to buy the Wales Street
site it occupies.
The high school board made it s
view clear at a public meeting on
Tuesday night attended by about 100
people, who were mostly associated
with the nursery school, high school
principal Peggy Burrows said.
The nursery school trust has said
it would pay $330,000 for the land,
but the high school has said it needs
the land and the building to provide
learning support services to its 1800
. . . it was never the board s view
that the separate entity [the nursery
school] would own the land and
building -- these were in law part of
the school s portfolio of assets,
board member Matt James said.
If the school were to consider the
nursery school s offer to buy the
land, it would need to publicly notify
the sale, he said.
The [nursery school] trust would
be forced to buy the site on the open
market and compete with other
The two entities are contesting the
ownership of the building, with the
high school board claiming the nur-
sery school community fundraising
paid in the main for the landscap-
ing and equipment.
Mr James said a $20,000 deposit
on the mortgage for the nursery
school building came from the sale of
the original house -- and the mort-
gage was raised in the name of Ran-
giora High School .
Other funds for the building came
from Ministry of Education opera-
tions grant funding and student
However, the nursery school trust
chair Richard Bullen said the mort-
gage was paid off in its entirety
solely by the nursery school, with
some funds for this coming from
fundraising and donations.
The board has a copy of the
plaque which cites donors to the
He said the 2007 extension to the
building was also paid for in part by
A nursery school parent who
attended, Alan Ambury, described
the meeting as polite but robust .
I just hope that the board is now
willing to rethink its stance. As
things stand we are headed for a
costly legal battle.
By CATE BROUGHTON
REPORT IT: Kaiapoi High School student Jamie Parnham, 15, puts up a sticker to
promote an anti-bullying hotline.
KAIAPOI HIGH School students
affected by bullying have a new tool
to help them cope.
The school is one of 10 Canterbury
schools to sign up to the Our Voice
anti-bullying project -- which
includes the ability to report bully-
ing anonymously through an 0800
Students who call 0800 PUPILS
can tell a trained operator about
their situation without fear of
The information elicited from the
operator is passed on to the school,
which can follow it up, said Kaiapoi
High School deputy principal Ste-
Follow-up action would take a res-
torative approach and could include
a staff member or counsellor speak-
ing to the perpetrator, speaking to
the victim, getting the two together,
or getting families involved.
Mr Walters said the aim was to
stop the behaviour and to under-
stand the reasons behind it.
The project was the first of its kind
in New Zealand.
The man behind the initiative,
Glynn Taylor, said the 0800 PUPILS
phone line had been made available
to students in participating schools
through a partnership with Crimes-
toppers NZ Trust.
Another aspect to the project, in
its early stages, is the development
of a video resource which prepares
students for bullying situations, and
explores various ways to deal with
Mr Taylor said it was important
students took ownership of the proj-
ect themselves, and their involve-
ment had seen it develop in surpris-
All the content for the video
resource, including the situations
and the possible consequences, had
come from the students, he said.
Year 11 students Jamie Parnham
and Jackson Becks are leading the
project at Kaiapoi High School,
working with a team of eight to pro-
mote it to their fellow students.
Both have been on the sharp end
of bullying and were keen to get
involved in the campaign.
At primary school, I did get
teased because I wasn t the fittest
person, Jamie says.
The ability for victims of bullying
to report their experiences anony-
mously was the best aspect of the
0800 PUPILS resource, and she was
sure students would use the service.
Politicians condemn 'insulting' Prosser
By CATE BROUGHTON
COMMENTS 'IDIOCY': Labour MP
Clayton Cosgrove has condemned New
Zealand First MP Richard Prosser's
Photo: JOSEPH JOHNSON
RIDICULOUS, SHAMEFUL and
That was how Labour MP Clayton
Cosgrove described New Zealand
First MP Richard Prosser s column,
published in Investigate magazine.
It s idiocy. I mean under Richard
Prosser s idea Sonny Bill Williams,
who I am advised is a Muslim,
wouldn t have been allowed on a
plane when he was an All Black.
He suggested Mr Prosser was as
unbalanced as his column: If his
article was unbalanced, he wrote it
so maybe he s unbalanced.
He expected the people of Waima-
kariri to reject the comments.
I suspect they will be of a similar
vein and just say this is ridiculous
This is embarrassing, this is just
idiocy . . . the community doesn t
want MPs who say stupid things,
who insult people.
Mr Cosgrove said terrorism was
not restricted to one race or religion.
Everyone condemns terrorism or
criminal behaviour or people assaul-
ting, killing, murdering others, but
I d make an argument: that that s
cross-cultural -- across religions and
Waimakariri MP Kate Wilkinson
also distanced herself from Mr Pros-
ser s comments.
In a statement she said the com-
ments may have been upsetting for
Muslim people in the community.
I am not really prepared to com-
ment on Mr Prosser s statements,
but I do extend my support to
members of the community who may
have suffered hurt or humiliation.
I have always celebrated our
nation s diversity and prefer to focus
rather on our shared values and
The National MP for Kaikoura,
Colin King, could not be reached for
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