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Town hall upgrade may begin soon
FULL STEAM AHEAD: An artist's impression of what the upgraded Rangiora Town Hall could look like. Tenders close on August 21 for the strengthening, refurbishment and extension of the building.
This follows a pre-qualification process where a number of firms registered their interest and underwent an initial assessment by the Waimakariri District Council. Council community and recreation
manager Craig Sargison said once the tenders are in, a report will be prepared for the council's consideration on September 17. ''We've approved a design by Fulton Ross Team Architects and are
hoping that work will commence sometime in October this year. We won't know until we get the tenders in, but we're anticipating completion in December 2014,'' he said.
Repairs rescue boat club
FLOODED FLOORS and silt-
covered hulls are fast becoming prob-
lems of the past for the Waimakariri
Sailing and Power Boat Club, as
repairs to its damaged clubhouse on
the edge of the Kaiapoi river get
The building suffered in the course
of the earthquakes, with the river-
bank beneath it subsiding, causing
one half to slip sideways, opening up
a 13 centimetre split down the mid-
dle of the structure. The drop in
ground level has also led to water
gushing up to 35cm deep into the
boatshed on high tides, the club's
commodore, Murray Walls says.
About six years ago, we put in a
new boatshed on half the ground
floor, using a rib raft foundation.
That coped with all the shakes per-
fectly, but the other half of the build-
ing didn't fare so well,'' he says. And
now that the whole of the beach area
has sunk, we've had a lot of water
getting in under the building at high
tide and eroding the ground away.
That's actually done most of
Cook Brothers Construction is now
jacking the building up in two halves
to pour new foundations, raising the
floor level to 40cm overall, and
rebuilding half the ground floor.
We're not sure of exact costs yet,
but it's going to be in excess of half a
million dollars, which is being paid
for by the insurance company. We're
also going to have to raise the
carpark and boat ramp.''
Central city guide very handy
Regarding your paper's recent publication of A
Walking Tour Of Central Christchurch'' (Outlook,
Yesterday, with trusty camera in hand and that
page in pocket, I was able to effortlessly find the
Dick Frizzell cartoon that I'd previously missed.
As the CBD is rapidly changing, it sure pays to
keep a very regular eye on its evolution.
Many thanks for the guide.
Why is God punishing me?
There's quite a lot of gibberish written in the Bible
to provide solace and guidance for simple rural
folk in ages past. B Sinclair seems to be quoting
from some of it (Outlook, August 7). The Bible also
condones stoning to death for a range of ills in the
Old Testament, but you'd be hard pressed to find
anybody who still advocates for that.
I have mixed feelings about the state jumping in
to redefine an institution that has traditionally, in
almost every human society, been a union
between a man and a woman, to provide a bedrock
institution for society. The state has certainly had
the traditional nuclear family under attack for
some time now.
However, I cannot imagine what sexual crime
God is punishing me for. We have endured any
number of earthquakes -- one of which injured my
wife -- emotional and mental harm, and stress at
the hands of various indifferent insurance
organisations. I'd been quite faithful to my wife to
the point that all this ensued, so perhaps I'd better
go and take some carnal pleasures now. I've
certainly been punished in advance for them. Or
should God be picking his targets a little more
Bible quotes out of context
Doug Munro of Leithfield (Outlook, August 14), in
his arguments against God, chooses some of the
most obscure texts from the Old Testament and
makes comments out of context and culture.
But he ignores that this God who made the
universe sent his son to die on a cross to be the
saviour of the world. Scripture tells me that God
is no respecter of persons (Acts 10 v.34). It does
not matter who or what we are, the offer of eternal
life is given.
Love to chat to Doug about those Old Testament
difficulties, and I am sure he can get my phone
number by ringing the paper. (Abridged)
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