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NORTHERN OUTLOOK, APRIL 27, 2013
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Rural doctors set
up Pegasus clinic
A NEW medical practice is open-
ing in Pegasus Town on May 13.
The surgery will be based tem-
porarily next to the general store,
while GPs Janet Robinson and
John Dehn finalise plans for a
purpose-designed centre, which
will offer a range of healthcare
Dr Robinson lives in Amberley,
where she co-owned the medical
practice for 10 years. She has a
particular interest in family medi-
cine, while Dr Dehn -- also a fam-
ily GP -- specialises in skin
cancers and lesion removal.
Both of us have spent the last
decade working in rural medicine,
and we ll continue to support the
after-hours doctors up in Hanmer
at the weekends in that regard
too, Dr Robinson said.
It s a big drawing area up
there, and it does take certain
skills to deal with farm incidents
and road accidents.
She says she and Dr Dehn plan
to have their practice open two
late nights a week, and from 10am
till 1pm on Saturdays.
A lot of people work, so it s
important to us that we make it as
easy as possible to visit the GP.
After hours, we have a support
agreement with the Bealey Ave
By RACHEL MACDONALD
STRIKING A CHORD: Nick Meuli is one of the 10 finalists in the New Zealand MLT Songwriters Awards 2013.
WOODEND S NICK Meuli has played his guitar for
almost two decades -- although it sat under the bed for
longer than that, he admits -- and spent countless
weekends over the years entertaining audiences around
North Canterbury and in Christchurch with his wife on
keyboards, as band Simple Twist.
Along the way, he started writing his own music, and
has just been told he has made the top 10 finalists in
the prestigious MLT Songwriters Awards 2013.
I entered two songs into the competition, just to see
what would happen really, and now this. I was blown
away. I was going to go down to Gore for the weekend
anyway to do some busking, but now I m going to be one
of the ones up there on the stage. I just want to get
through it without making a mistake and try to take
the audience with me.
The awards are a well-established music event, draw-
ing original compositions from New Zealand, Australia
and the United States, which are judged by a panel of
four accomplished music industry representatives.
Nick describes his songs as a blend of country, rock
and folk. He writes them in a small studio in the gar-
den, where he listens to Van Morrison and Bob Dylan
and is also working towards writing his first album.
The awards night will be held on May 30 at the St
James Theatre in Gore.
Case on as red-zone deadline looms
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in New Zealand s history. It was
all created by the insurance
industry and it could have been
avoided, Mr Peterson said.
The Petersons lawyer, Grant
Shand, filed an amended state-
ment of claim yesterday seeking a
declaration of liability for Lumley
and the Earthquake Commission
(EQC) to pay the full replacement
costs of rebuilding the house less
the $110,338 Earthquake Com-
mission (EQC) payment they have
The Petersons have estimated
the cost of repair on the current
site to be $556,741 and a rebuild
on the current site to be $519,625.
Lumley have to date offered the
Petersons $17,000 for the repairs
to their Dunns Ave home, which
would be in addition to the
$110,338 they received from the
EQC, Mr Peterson said.
Mr Shand recently represented
Dallington couple Matt and Val-
erie O Loughlin in their fight with
Tower insurance over a red-zoned
Tower s proposed repair method
of injecting a grout into the
damaged concrete base of the
house did not meet its policy
obligations, Justice Asher found.
Following the first court
appearance in March Lumley
agreed to pay the landlords
insurance claim the Petersons had
made following the September
Lumley had previously disputed
the Petersons $9000 claim for
cover, Mr Peterson said.
The couple s tenant, a young
woman with a baby, moved out of
the property following the Sept-
ember 2010 earthquake.
They lost about seven months in
rent, before moving into the prop-
Lumley had denied the
insurance claim, saying the prop-
erty was able to be lived in.
The Petersons and Lumley have
been asked for more information
relating to the costings for repairs
to the foundation of the house.
With the next court date sched-
uled for May 21 and the July
deadline looming for settlement of
government acquired red-zone
land, Mr Peterson said they
needed an outcome soon.
A spokesperson for Lumley said
they could not comment on the
case while it was before the
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