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Student takes live ammo to school
By CATE BROUGHTON
A RANGIORA High School student
has been excluded for dangerous
behaviour after bringing 14 rounds
of live ammunition to school.
Senior Constable Simon Gulland
said the boy, who is under 16 years
old, allegedly threw one of the bul-
lets at another student after an
altercation on July 1.
Teachers were made aware of the
incident and the student involved
handed over the ammunition.
Police were notified immediately.
At no time were any students,
staff, or members of the public in any
danger,'' Rangiora High principal
Peggy Burrows said.
The boy fronted up to a discipline
committee hearing at the school
He told the discipline committee
he had found the ammunition on his
way to school and had brought it
The committee decided the inci-
dent constituted dangerous behav-
iour that sets a dangerous example
to others'', and that the student
should be excluded.
During questioning by police, the
boy said the ammunition had come
from his home, but he did not say
why he had taken it to school.
The matter has been referred to
police youth aid, but it is unlikely
that charges for unlawful possession
of amunition will be laid against the
boy, Mr Gulland said.
Senior Sergeant Malcolm Johnson
said while it was disturbing the
student had obtained live ammu-
nition for a firearm, the risk it posed
was very low.
Ms Burrows said she could not
comment on whether or not the
student was aware of the serious
nature of his behaviour at the time of
I think in all aspects of what
young people do, they often don't
realise the implications -- not just in
They live in a highly connected
world and they are steeped in social
media. Sometimes I think they
invent their own realities, and so
consequently, when they butt heads
with an adult world, it is a bit of a
revelation to them.''
The school is working with the
boy's family to find an alternative
school for him to attend.
Pair take well-earned break
By CATE BROUGHTON
BITTER SWEET: Fiona and Peter
Bersani get ready to pass the baton
on their cafe business The Good
NORTH CANTERBURY foodie
treasures Peter and Fiona Bersani
say their last week at their Rangiora
business, The Good Street Deli, has
so far been bittersweet.
After seven-and-a-half years at the
helm of the popular eatery, the pair
say it's time to move on.
It's a really hard decision to
make, to stop what you are doing,
and not knowing what you are doing
next,'' Fiona Bersani says.
I think it has a lot to do with the
stage of our lives,'' Peter adds.
The Bersani's two sons -- Henry,
22 and Oliver, 19 -- have flown the
family coop, and now the empty nes-
ters are taking off for an indefinite
length of time to visit family and
friends in North America.
The trip will be a longed-for break,
after 20 years spent in hospitality in
In 1993, the pair first made North
Canterbury home when they took
over the management of the Cider
Garden in Amberley.
Following that, they moved to
Rangiora, where they set up the Blue
Rooster cafe and restaurant, which
they operated until 2002. During
that time, they took on renovations
and established a separate pizza res-
taurant under the same roof.
In 2002, the pair worked for others
-- Peter for Muddy Water Winery and
Fiona for the specialist food shop,
Canterbury Fare, in New Regent St.
However, by 2005, they were back
in their own business, with the
establishment of The Good Street
Deli in December of that year.
We saw a gap in the market for
good coffee, good inexpensive food,''
Their new enterprise was timed
perfectly to coincide with the cult-
like status of home cooking.
Above all, the Deli allowed the
pair to set a more family-friendly
agenda for their work.
The decision to sell the business
was made at the end of last year and
the challenge of finding the right
people to take over was harder than
they had imagined.
Peter said it was very important
that the business they had built
would be taken over by competent
people who could continue to offer
customers the same experience.
The new owners are a young part-
nership from Christchurch, who will
maintain the Deli's high standards
and take over from next Monday.
We are really happy with them.
They will really bring new energy
to the place,'' Peter said.
The Bersanis will spend a week
handing over the baton, providing
some training to the new owners,
then their Good Street time will
come to an end.
They are both looking forward to
their holiday, and say they will use
the break to think about their next
venture -- something in hospitality
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