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gets approval from
By PETER HIDE AND
We're no longer having
playing golf by the lake
so we need real shops
for real people.
PEGASUS RESIDENTS and
visitors have welcomed a re-
worked plan for the town s
Chair of the Pegasus
Residents Association Bernice
Lynch said residents had been
frustrated by the many delays
over the years but were very
pleased the Todd Property
Group had finally made a
commitment to the town centre.
There s been a lot of delays
which has been frustrating for a
lot of people but they have never
promised something they can t
However, she appreciated the
time taken to research the needs
of the residents and come up
with a practical plan which was
We re no longer having high-
flying tourists playing golf by
the lake so we need real shops
for real people.
Ms Lynch was surprised by
the inclusion of a supermarket
in the plan as the Waimakariri
District Council had indicated
its preference was for a service
hub to be located at
Visitors such as Jocelyn
Stokes of Waikuku said the
plans would be good for
residents and visitors.
It s very good of them to have
a good supermarket, with real
supermarket prices, right here
in Pegasus. She said she liked
going along to Pegasus and visi-
ted about once a week to have a
Her husband Ted Stokes, who
has five generations of in-
volvement with Waikuku School
said a place like Pegasus needed
a shot in the arm from time to
time, to keep people s interest
up.Barry Young of Kaiapoi, who
was also visiting Pegasus, said
the concept for the town was a
But we don t really know yet
that they re going to build it,
because we ve only got their
word about planning it, he said.
And Peter and Jan Davey,
newly retired from their carpet
cleaning business and out
walking in Pegasus to get fit ,
said the concept plan needed to
cater for families, otherwise the
businesses would not get enough
custom to keep going.
The couple had to leave their
prime spot overlooking the
Kaiapoi River because their
property had been red-zoned
and they had spent the past four
months in Pegasus.
By PETER HIDE
A FIRST UNION meeting in Rangiora this
week attracted 31 workers who signed a liv-
ing wage agreement demanding $18.40 an
The group, from local retail outlets, banks,
wood and baking worksites, attended the sto-
pwork meeting at the Rangiora War Mem-
orial Hall to discuss the union s aims which
included jobs for all, a living wage, secure
work and safe work, the southern regional
secretary Paul Watson said.
Proposed employment law changes were
Unions are part of the solution to low pay
and achieving a living wage, and any govern-
ment genuinely committed to closing the
wage gap with Australia would recognise
this, he said.
The living wage means we will never
catch up with the Stephen Tindals (founder
of The Warehouse chain) or the Gareth
Morgans (economist and investment advisor)
of this world, but it is a start.
Instead, the government was proposing
laws that would weaken collective bargain-
ing provisions, put access to meal and rest
breaks at risk and put more barriers in the
way of workers taking industrial action in
support of a wage claim, Mr Watson said.
Another topic of discussion was the low
wage offers by major retail chains in current
wage bargaining rounds.
Low inflation is being used as a reason,
but low waged workers are hit harder than
others by price rises in areas like petrol, food
and housing because these items make up a
much larger part of their weekly expenses.
And for many of our members, it is not
just low pay that is a problem but not having
enough hours of work.
Many part-time workers, especially in
retail, are in need of more hours to maintain
an adequate income.
Workers at this week s meeting signed a
large pledge sheet, promising to campaign for
decent work, a living wage, jobs for all,
secure, safe work, 26 weeks paid parental
leave and fair employment laws.
The pledge also called on local representa-
tives to do the same.
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