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Minister questions courthouse costs
By CATE BROUGHTON
THE FUTURE of the Rangiora
courthouse remains in limbo, but a
decision could be made in the next
couple of months.
Justice Minister Chester Borrows
told the Northern Outlook he was
still waiting for an engineering
report on the 125-year-old building,
and information on the area s popu-
I d like a decision in the next cou-
ple of months.
Mr Borrows said he would base his
decision whether to re-open the
courthouse on the current and future
demand for the court services in the
region; how well the existing service
in Christchurch is operating, and the
cost to strengthen the building.
Rangiora District Court has been
operating in Christchurch since the
courthouse was closed in late 2011
because it is was earthquake prone.
In October last year the court esca-
ped closure as part of a Government
shake up of district court services.
Although Mr Borrows acknow-
ledged the change in population in
the area, and the resulting need for
more government services, he still
questioned the need for court
services in Rangiora.
If we went and spent a couple of
million dollars strengthening the
Rangiora court for a court that is
only having hearings maybe once a
fortnight or maybe once a week, is
that the best use of tax payers
money? he asked.
We re building a massive justice
precinct in Christchurch which is
half an hour s drive from Rangiora.
Mr Borrows said courts would be
used less in the future as audiovisual
and web-based video technology rep-
laced in person appearances.
So if you have a declining court
population and the cost of remedia-
tion is steep, then you would have to
ask yourself why would you do it and
is that the best use of tax payers
Rangiora lawyer John Brandts-
Giesen said the closure of the Ran-
giora courthouse continued to cause
a huge inconvenience to police,
witnesses, defendants and lawyers.
While the minister talks about
increasing the use of audiovisual
links, ultimately justice cannot be
dispensed like a Coca-Cola bottle -- it
needs to be personalised, he said.
Mr Brandts-Giesen, who travels to
Christchurch four or five times a
week said the area continued to grow
and the SH1 motorway into Christ-
church was more and more con-
gested with traffic.
So to say Rangiora is a half an
hour drive from the city is a fallacy.
9 o clock appointment the other day,
He did not believe it would be a
huge cost to strengthen the Rangiora
Even though the building may be
earthquake prone, it s undamaged
and there are ways a historical
building like that can be strength-
ened without a huge cost.
Waimakariri MP Kate Wilkinson
said she is still fighting to re-open
It was a relief to secure the
reprieve for our local court last year.
At the time, I argued that North
Canterbury was a special case all on
its own because of its large catch-
Duncan wins people's choice
LOVED HER WORK: Philip Redmondfrom Rangiora's Corcoran French congratulates SandraDuncan for carrying away this year's
people's choice award at the Kaiapoi Art Expo.
Photo: RICHARD LAING.
THE EIGHTH annual Kaiapoi Art
Expo proved to be another resound-
ing success, attracting 600 works
from 110 local artists.
They ranged across a selection of
genres, including photography,
sculpture, paintings, mosaic,
jewellery, textiles and wood.
Staged by the Waimakariri Arts
Trust, the exhibition is the district s
largest visual art event. Sales this
year matched last year s $30,000,
bringing the total value of artwork
sold over the last eight years to
Guest artist Mark Lander, a
papermaker from Amberley,
captivated the opening crowd.
He spoke briefly about his Critter
papermaker project, before going on
to sell 116 prints over the weekend,
all specially crafted on handmade
NZ flax paper.
Visitors to the two-day expo also
got to vote for their favourite
artwork, with North Loburn artist
Sandra Duncan collecting the
honours for the second year in a row.
Her painting, Taking the Time, was
sold to a Kaiapoi resident and
Sandra said the painting portrays
a dear friend, Lenny, who is an
absolute character, and that what
you see in the work is Lenny to a T .
Lenny is an exceptional model,
who lives her life to the full. She
usually poses while laughing and
telling one of her interesting tales,
and from there, the creation
Sandra loves drawing the elderly.
They have so much expression,
but I didn t want to leave it just with
my drawings, so I worked out how I
could paint these wonderful people
for fun, she said.
Sandra is planning an exhibition
called STOP, The Housework Can
I want to encourage people to
take the time to enjoy life a little --
the housework will still be there
when you get back.
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