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NORTHERN OUTLOOK, AUGUST 21, 2013
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Dr Belinda Turnbull
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WHERE IT BEGAN: Pam Issit examines the Anderson and Pierce Cup, which led to her three books on North
Canterbury indoor bowls clubs.
Looking back into
By PETER HIDE
A 10-YEAR hunt for the where-
abouts of a trophy competed for
by North Canterbury indoor
bowlers has led to Pam Issit, of
Rangiora, writing not one, but
three separate books about the
social history of 60-plus years of
the sport in the region.
The story of The Roll of the
Jack became her life for a time,
as she completed three titles
covering every indoor bowling
club in North Canterbury.
It all began with the Anderson
and Pierce Cup, donated back in
1956 by Donnett Anderson and
Ted Pierce when they were
members of the Waikari Indoor
Following World War II,
indoor bowls enjoyed a mush-
rooming growth, as clubs pro-
vided community gathering
points in the evenings, in the
absence of pubs.
It was at its peak in 1977,
when the national champion-
ships in Tauranga attracted
3050 singles players, 1700 pairs
and 835 fours.
Triples were introduced in
1993, and today, the nationals
take eight days of intensive play
When I started out, I thought
it would take just one book,
but I've now done three,'' said
Mrs Issit, who is a former home
Each book is about 240 pages
long, with heaps'' of photo-
graphs to illustrate it.
They cover clubs from Conway
Flat to the Waimakariri River,
even though Mrs Issit learned
her indoor bowls at the
Today she plays the sport
with the Fernside club.
The first book covers
personalities from the Amberley
club through to the Hanmer
club; the second book covers
from Hawarden to the Rangiora
Town and Country indoor bowls
club; and the third book takes in
the Rotherham club to the
One of the little-known facts
that Pam Isset uncovered was
that the Oxford club originally
played in North Canterbury, but
it moved into Malvern compe-
titions in the early days''.
There were several players in
the 80s and 90s who remem-
bered the days when the club
was competing in the North
Canterbury region, for clubs
north of the Waimakariri River.
Pam Issit said the first book
was printed only in February
The second book came out
earlier in the winter and more
than half the publication run
has been sold.
The third book has just come
hot off the press.
Proceeds from sales are going
to the Rangiora Table Bowls
Club, which is trying to get
resource consent for a new
building in the Millton Reserve
on River Rd.
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legend lives on
CANTERBURY rugby legend and
former hooker Tane Norton, together
with Waimakariri Mayor David
Ayers and Christchurch Deputy
Mayor Ngaire Button, braved the
weekend's rain and joined 65 volun-
teers to plant 3500 native trees and
shrubs at the Oˉ tukaikino Reserve.
The event was part of the Living
Legends project, which aims to plant
a total of 170,000 native trees
throughout New Zealand. The work
follows on from 2011, when Living
Legends was established to leave a
legacy from the hosting of the Rugby
World Cup in New Zealand.
Tane Norton was selected by
Canterbury Rugby Football Union as
the Canterbury Rugby Legend and
spent Saturday at Oˉ tukaikino, muc-
king in with volunteers from the
community to complete this aspect of
the Canterbury planting project.
The Oˉ tukaikino reserve is a
former grazing property beside the
northern motorway at Belfast.
It was recognised as having
important biodiversity values and
has been transformed into a wetland
through collaboration between
funeral directors Lamb and Hayward
and the Department of Conservation.
Living Legends is a fantastic
project that has brought together
rugby and conservation,'' Tane
It has been an absolute privilege
to be selected as the local rugby
legend and to contribute to a project
that will make a difference to New
Zealand for generations to come.''
The Living Legends programme
has planted 10,700 natives over the
last three years.
Maintenance will now be handed
over to DOC.
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