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Loyal fans nationwide
paint the toast black
By ABBIE NAPIER
YUM YUM: Hunter Toohey
from Rangiora gets stuck in.
THE LAST few days have been busy
ones for Marmite fans keens to get
their hands on the long-awaited pot-
tles of black gold, which went on sale
for the first time in a year on
Almost a year ago to the day, the
Christchurch Marmite factory closed.
Within weeks, the product had sold
out nationwide, and jars were selling
on Trade Me for hundreds of dollars.
The story soon spread to major
media networks worldwide.
On Wednesday morning, desperate
North Cantabrians flocked to the
supermarkets to get their first taste
in a year.
Kaiapoi's Alana Tubb wasn't the
only rural fan to figure out the Christ-
church supermarkets opened at least
30 minutes earlier than those in
Rangiora and Kaiapoi.
She made a pitstop on her way to
work in the city, at Northwood New
We've been dreaming about it ever
since it ran out,'' she said.
Hunter Toohey, 5, from Rangiora
had run out two weeks before the
shortage was announced, and has
been craving it ever since.
He was eating it straight out of the
jar yesterday without a care in the
Marmite will be sold only in 250
gram jars for the first few weeks until
the factory can keep up with demand.
The jury is still out on whether the
spread tastes the same as before.
By PETER HIDE
THE NEW school to replace the
existing Waikuku primary school
will be known as the Pegasus Bay
It is planned to open in the first
term of 2014.
Building is due to start there
Waikuku School principal
Roger Hornblow will see his
school moved to Pegasus early
The Waikuku School can no
longer accommodate the fast-
growing roll at its Main North Rd
site, while more than half of the
pupils already live in the new
town of Pegasus.
It has been waiting for six years
to get the go-ahead to move to
The Pegasus Bay School will
cater for up to 600 pupils eventu-
It will be the first in the country
to be completely powered by solar
energy, with enough solar panels
to be fitted to the roofs to cater for
their electricity needs.
Mr Hornblow called it Zero
Nett Energy', which meant the
school will produce all its own
electricity. The electricity pro-
duced in the weekends and
holidays would be fed back into
the grid to earn power credits.
The new school site was given a
blessing by Te Marino Lenihan
and Rangi Tutengaehe at dawn on
Thursday, before 100 pupils from
Waikuku, Tuahiwi and Woodend
schools sang a waiata.
A community based preschool
will also be built on the site of
Pegasus Bay School.
Todd clips Pegasus' wings
By PETER HIDE
REDUCED VISION: Todd Property Group
managing director, Evan Davies,
speaking at the breakfast about the new
vision for Pegasus on Thursday morning.
COMPLETION OF 1600 houses to
cater for 4000 residents over the
next two years is a top priority for
the Todd Property Group (TPG),
which has bought the Pegasus devel-
opment, said managing director of
the group, Evan Davies.
But it will be in a reduced form,
and planned amenities including a
hotel, supermarket, medical centre
and yacht club will not be provided.
The original design was for a
township north of Woodend of 7000
people in 1600 houses, but this has
been reduced to between 4000 and
Mr Davies told a breakfast at the
Pegasus golf and sports club to intro-
duce the new owner's vision for the
town, that the development is the
company's only land holding in the
To date the work at Pegasus has
been of a very high standard. It is
one of the most appealing residential
developments in the country.
It is important for the Todd Prop-
erty Group to do what it does well,
and we look forward to welcoming
people here to Pegasus.''
TPG bought the development late
last year from Pegasus Town Ltd,
founded and part-owned by Bob Rob-
ertson of Wanaka, after it was placed
in receivership in August.
When TPG bought into Pegasus,
about 950 section had been devel-
oped and 800 of them sold. The com-
pany expects Pegasus to be com-
pleted in 2015.
He said the TPG's background is
in successfully delivering the kind of
large-scale projects such as Pegasus
that are key to catering for housing
growth in and around major cities.
Too often people are sold unreal-
istic dreams which do not come to
fruition. We can promise current and
future residents of Pegasus quality
development built around a strong
and thriving community.''
More than 600 people are living in
the township, with 420 houses com-
pleted, under construction or in the
consenting phase, said Mr Davies.
The first residents moved in in 2008.
You can see the community at
Pegasus taking shape. It's already
thriving. It's a place where kids will
grow up together. A place where
neighbours come together over a
round of golf.
We believe people will be proud to
call this place home.''
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