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Backdown on nursery site
By CATE BROUGHTON
RANGIORA HIGH School no longer
expects the Nursery School to move
from its Wales St site in December.
The news, in a statement issued
on Tuesday, is the first sign of a
backdown by the high school s board
on its request for the Nursery School
to move from the site.
Principal Peggy Burrows said the
high school and nursery school
boards had been in positive dia-
logue and hoped to reach a win-
win solution soon.
It s always been our intention to
support the nursery school to operate
and flourish, while considering the
not-insignificant, and growing, high
school s needs.
We certainly remain committed to
the existence of the Nursery School
for the long-term, Ms Burrows said.
Months of disagreement between
the two institutions over the owner-
ship of the nursery school site fol-
lowed the high school s initial
The Nursery School has welcomed
the move, with the board saying it is
confident the pre-school will remain
on the site for many years to come .
Nursery school board chairman
Richard Bullen said he hoped the
terms of the nursery school s
occupation of the site would be
He said support for a campaign to
remain on the site had played a
significant role in the backdown.
On behalf of the nursery school, I
would like to thank the members of
the North Canterbury community for
their wonderful support.
COMFORTABLE: Vanuatu workers hired
by McKean-Waiata vineyard are happy
with their temporary workers quarters at
the estate. From left, Mike Tarosa, 28,
Felix Walsae, 30, and Mac Tarip, 30.
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In town they are paying $25 to $26
an hour for fulltime work and if they
are going to choose between
coming out here as casuals and
working hard, they will pick the $26
an hour to sweep the street.''
-- Wayne Painter
vineyard worker James Harry,
30, takes a lunch break.
site accommodation for the
Vanuatua men, including a large
dining, kitchen and lounge block,
with televisions, a pool table, table
tennis table and laundry area.
Vehicles were provided for the
men to do grocery shopping and
attend church on Sundays, and one
of the vineyard s fulltime workers
was providing pastoral care support,
to ensure they had access to medical
care and were eating well, Mr
The men received training in
pruning and tying the vine plants
and were paid the minimum wage
for the first two weeks. However,
after that they would be paid for
each plant and could earn between
$800 and $1000 a week.
Mr Painter said he was impressed
with the strong work ethic of the
It s going really well. They are
good quality. The guys are up and
ready to go in the morning.
One of the workers, Mac Tarip, 30,
said his job as a bus driver in Van-
uatu paid $200 a fortnight. This con-
tract was his first in New Zealand.
He had not received his first pay yet,
and wasn t sure how much he had
He planned to use the money to
pay for materials to build a house in
Mr Tarip said the men felt very
welcome and had been well looked
They are very kind and are
always asking us if we are happy.
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