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By CATE BROUGHTON
NUMBERS UP: Rangiora High School's Danya
Price, front, in action in the North Canterbury
premier netball competition.
RATES OF sports participation at Rangiora
High School have surged four years after a
primary school coaching programme was
launched in the district -- but Kaiapoi
High School rates have declined in the
Our sports administrators are run off
their feet organising teams. We're just
bulging with students wanting to play,''
Rangiora High School deputy principal
Brian Hayes said.
Figures from the New Zealand Secondary
School Sports Council's 2012 census show
51 per cent of students in Canterbury par-
ticipated in a sport in 2012.
Rangiora High School had 30 sports
teams in year nine alone -- including 19
netball teams and 21 basketball teams, Mr
We're getting sports re-starting as well,
like girls' cricket. We had 34 girls sign up
for a team the other day and they only
Mr Hayes attributes the enthusiasm of
year nine students in part to a primary
school coaching programme and Friday
afternoon sports competition set up in 2009
and 2010 by the North Canterbury Sports
and Recreation Trust (NCSRT).
The school's investment in sports and the
range of sports available had made joining
a team more attractive for its students, Mr
The NCSRT Friday sports competition
began with about 40 teams from eight
schools and now has 97 teams from 12
schools, co-ordinator Janelle Crawley said.
However, Kaiapoi High School sport and
physical activity coordinator Maree Rey-
nolds said interest in joining a school sports
team had declined in the past few years.
She said the school used get three or four
touch football teams when she started in
the role 14 years ago, but now they only
I have found a real decline, so I haven't
seen evidence of the programme here.''
The requirement to turn up to training
sessions and meetings was a turn off for
some of the students, Ms Reynolds said.
They can't be bothered.
They'd rather go home and sit in front of
Encouragement of children to join a
school team wasn't there'', Ms Reynolds
For some of them [parents] it's if you
don't want to play, that's fine'. That's the
impression I get.''
Ms Reynolds said the school provided
every opportunity'' for students to play a
wide range of sports.
They are encouraged to play, but we
can't force them. We do our best.''
Three businesses shift for building fix
THREE BUSINESSES have tem-
porarily relocated from the Ran-
giora Shoe Lines building while
the structure is strengthened by
We're not coming down,'' said
Jill May, co-owner of the Rangiora
Shoe Lines shop, which has just
moved from the premises it has
occupied for about 70 years to the
temporary accommodation in
front of the Waimakariri District
Council chambers in High St.
Mrs May, who has owned the
shop for nearly 29 years with her
sister Sandra Blackadder, said
they have taken it upon them-
selves to have their business
premises made safer.
There was no damage at all in
the earthquakes, not a single
crack, but we'Re having the build-
ing strengthened to 67 per cent of
the new building code,'' she said.
The staff shifted out of the
building on Saturday and opened
the doors down the road on
We'll be out of our premises for
four weeks, but we've been able to
move into the prefab that Fashion
on Main has just left,'' Mrs May
Cocoon Beauty and Day Spa
and Sparks menswear have also
been affected by the strengthen-
The lane alongside Sparks will
be opened to the carpark and the
store should be re-opened by the
end of September.
In the meantime, it has shifted
to temporary premises in the
Cocoon will be spending the
next four weeks or so in South
Side Health's new rooms at 10F
Newnham St, Southbrook.
Our big problem was that we
needed somewhere that had water
right there on hand, which really
narrowed things down to a
medical centre or a hairdressers,
so we are very grateful to Ann and
Bevan Rogers for helping us out,''
Cocoon co-owner Sally Telfer said.
And it's exciting to be making
a fresh start on High St. It will be
great to move back into a strong,
All Cocoon's products and
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