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A charitable endeavour: Hohepa Canterbury


Hohepa Canterbury is building a new future for those in its care, with a capital fundraising campaign aiming to raise $2.2m for two new purpose-built homes on their main Barrington Street campus.

 

From left to right: Craig Murphy, Kathryn Jones, Nicky Wright, Joanne Allan, Arnah Trelease, Stephen Parkyn, Selina McRoberts, Mike Freeman, Brent Smith, Paul Rickerby, John Sutherland. Absent from the photo Richard Smith (Trustee of Lamar)

 

A residential community and learning centre providing education and social therapy for adults with intellectual disabilities, the only South Island branch of the nationwide organisation is a flourishing residential community providing homes, flats, day services and support staffing for 140 people across two main sites in Somerfield and Halswell.

The two new purpose-built homes will support 12 Hohepa community members with not just a physical home, but a safe, supportive, beautiful and peaceful place to settle and grow.

Each four-bedroom dwelling has a fully self-contained two-bedroom flat adjoining it, enabling those who can achieve more independence in a safe and supported way.

The dream project is coming to fruition because of two philanthropic organisations – the Sutherland Self Help Trust and the Lamar Charitable Trust.

The fundraising campaign was launched in October 2019 with a $500,000 donation from the Wellington-based Sutherland Self Help Trust, followed by a second $500,000 donation in July from the Lamar Charitable Trust, a little known but incredibly generous Christchurch-based charitable trust.

Lamar’s chair, and Ainger Tomlin Chartered Accountants Director, Brent Smith, says the trust supports members of our society living with disability to live their most rewarding lives possible within the community.

“We have built a close relationship with Hohepa Canterbury over the years and believe the service they provide is outstanding and worthy of such a significant contribution towards their goal. We are proud to do our part to enable more people and families to benefit from Hohepa’s support in the new homes.”

An on-site Hohepa home already named Lamar House from a previous capital campaign will be renamed Lamb and Marker House, and the newly built second home will be named Lamar House.

Lamb and Marker are the surnames of the two benefactors of the trust, which was established posthumously to support vulnerable people, including those with intellectual disabilities.

Hohepa is halfway to its fundraising goal thanks to other campaign donations and in-kind contributions.

Hohepa Canterbury General Manager Arnah Trelease says: “This campaign is special, there’s something about the nature of the cause that people are responding to and seeing the value in supporting these members of our community to live their best lives.

“These new homes will enable us to welcome 12 more people into our community. We are incredibly grateful for this support of our amazing community.”

She says contributions to the project allow much more than bricks and mortar to be built, it helps build lives by valuing individuality and celebrating what each person brings to the community.

 

 

Learn more about the project and how you can help by contacting Arnah Trelease on 027 801 9034 or via arnah.trelease@hohepacanterbury.com.


 

Trek in a Trillian


Trillian Trek has been fundraising for New Zealand children for more than a quarter of a century and raised more than $11 million.

 

Known for 26 years as Variety Bash, the charity raises money for disadvantaged children to provide them with the means to secure a better life – be it liberty swings, bikes, mobility projects, insulin pumps, or mentors to encourage them in their life goals.

This year marks Trillian Trek’s 30th anniversary.

The fun begins with its annual non-competitive car rally beginning 15 March at Timaru and continuing on to Dunedin, Invercargill, Wanaka, Hokitika, Picton, Wanganui, ending 21 March at Waireka Resort.

Throughout the journey, Kiwi kids get to meet the trekkers and get up to all kinds of fun, games and madcap mayhem.

In 2017, some Canterbury trekkers formed a team (currently the only Trillian Trek in the South Island) and got their own fire truck, Wai Wakanui, which roughly translates into the ‘Big Water Truck’.

Wai Wakanui will be joined in the 2020 rally by Te Waka Haumi, a stretch Cadillac.

The Canterbury trekkers have been thrilled with the support received from huge-hearted local businesses.

Christchurch policeman, Dougall Struthers, first became involved with Trillian Trek in 2000. “It was sold to me as a week-long party – I lasted three days!”

Dougall said of his first rally that although he returned home feeling exhausted, he also knew that he had found something he wanted to do.

“Sure, we’d have great fun along the way at night functions, but it was the special moments during school visits when you experience the smile from a kid struggling with life, knowing that you’ve helped them, that pulls you back.”

They are kids like Mark Wilson, now 25-years-old, who was born with cerebral palsy and whose parents were told he would never walk or talk.

At 13 months, Mark began an intense therapy programme and, by six years of age, was walking and talking.

It was a Trillian Trek scholarship that saw Mark not only representing New Zealand in the Paralympics Development Squad in athletics and table tennis, but also receiving a mentor who provided ongoing support and encouragement.

“The Trillian Trek family passed no judgement and encouraged me to be myself. I gained more confidence, helping me to overcome the bullying I was experiencing at school.”

Mark graduated from Waikato University with a degree in business management in 2017 and now works for a leading finance company. He loves being an ambassador for Trillian Trek and will be taking part in this year’s rally – his tenth – with his own team and fire truck.

Trillion Trek Event Director, Murray O’Donnell, says the strong partnerships forged with sponsors, such as the New Zealand Air Force, AA, and Bluebridge Ferries, to name but a few, is what keeps Trillian Trek trekking.

Alongside these altruistic sponsors are the amazing 134 volunteers, like Dougall and Mark, who donate one week of their lives every year to help bring joy and hope to our kids.


 

New Brighton’s Hottest New Project


THE CITY’S HOT SALT WATER POOLS ARE SOON TO BE OPEN

 

 

Christchurch residents and visitors will soon be making the most of New Brighton’s revitalised foreshore with the much-anticipated opening of He Puna Taimoana, the New Brighton hot pools.

The hot pools are part of the wider regeneration of New Brighton, led by Development Christchurch Limited (DCL) on behalf of the Christchurch City Council.

The work includes exciting public projects which are transforming the foreshore, along with a focus on the business centre and surrounding area.

Apollo Projects ensured the vision became a reality, completing the hot pools project in less than 12 months.

“The complex has five pools, a cold-water plunge pool, steam and sauna rooms, changing and toilet facilities, naturally-lit reception and café areas and first aid and staff facilities,” Project Manager Keeva Irving says.

“The landscaping, both internal and external, has been designed to bring harmony to the complex and provide a user-friendly yet robust space.”

The pools are all different sizes and shapes, and range in temperature from 12⁰C to 40⁰C.

Apollo Projects became involved at the tender stage.

Chosen as the preferred contractor, the team worked with DCL using value engineering to reduce costs and enhance the project’s buildability.

With a tight site, sandy substrate and exposure to weather, the team programmed the build into phases to best manage the issues and then co-ordinated the planning with all the sub-contractors.

The marine environment meant DCL’s design team had to carefully select functional and durable materials.

The Apollo team’s success is down to carefully planning every detail, along with regular and effective communication with all parties, especially DCL and Architect Andrew Watson.

Apollo Construction has worked with Christchurch City Council on a number of other successful builds, including Normal Kirk Pool, Scarborough Splash Pad and the award-winning Taiora: QEII Sport & Recreation Centre, and the company hopes to work with the council on future projects.

“We think the hot pools will be a valuable asset to the New Brighton community and represent an important role in the overall regeneration of the area,” Keeva says.


 

Community Innovation

Rebuilding Through Community Innovation


The three innovative projects are among more than 32 projects which have received grants from Christchurch City Council’s Innovation and Sustainability Fund since it was set up in September 2017. “Christchurch is a city of opportunity and we want to be able to support the group and businesses in our community who have great ideas about how things can be done differently – and more sustainably,” says Cr Vicki Buck, who chairs the Council’s Innovation and Sustainability Committee.

 

Community Innovation

 

“Through the Innovation and Sustainability Fund we have given out $860,000 worth of grants to a wide range of projects that are making a difference in our communities and in our environment.’’

 

Projects that have received funding include:

City Harvest Food Rescue – A food rescue service that takes quality surplus food and redistributes it through agencies to families and individuals in need.

Lyttelton Library of Tools & Things – a library of community tools and a platform for workshops

Little River Trap Library – provides traps free of charge for three months with mentorship on use

LiteClub Christchurch – supports 10 local sports clubs to improve their resource efficiency and carbon footprint

Project Sea Change – an app to help the community monitor the location, amount and type of plastic litter

 


Applications from community organisations, social enterprises, education and business groups are welcomed at www.ccc.govt.nz/innovatefund.


 

Apollo Projects Mandeville Village

Mandeville’s new heart: Apollo Projects and Ratua Holdings delivers new excellent facility for local businesses

Mandeville Village on Tram Road is open after an extensive five-year rezone, consenting and construction process by developers Ratua Holdings Limited and the main contractor, Apollo Projects.

Apollo Projects Mandeville Village

“Surveys provided an insight into what the community wanted and helped us to provide a village that meets the needs of the locals while providing a community heart,” says Apollo Projects National Business Development Manager and Ratua Holdings Director Bevan Hames, a Mandeville local himself.
Tenants include Sweet Pea Early Childcare Centre, Supervalue Supermarket, She Believed Beauty Salon, Mandeville Fish and Chips, New Delhi Food Junction, Thaiger Mountain Thai Restaurant and the Platform Heineken Bar and Restaurant. Locals also signalled they wanted discount fuel, so a self-service petrol station under the NPD brand completes the village.
The Mandeville Village Facebook page has kept excited locals informed of progress. “The community is right behind the development creating a great atmosphere. We have received a lot of messages of support and the feedback has been outstanding.”
The village will be the biggest employer in the area and employment opportunities from the village businesses have been well received, with a lot of local interest in jobs.
Given his wife Kelly runs the supermarket, Bevan’s favourite feature is a tough call, “I really should say that – although the architectural features make the village unique and really complement the surrounding area, including the cedar cladding and timber pergola with greywacke stone bases. Also, the tenant mix really responds to the local convenience needs.”
This Apollo Projects masterpiece is open and buzzing for the community that has championed it every step of the way.

 

Dcypher Lyttelton

‘Dcypher-ing’ Lyttelton’s story: murals that speaks for the community

Locals and visitors to Lyttelton’s Oxford Street Reserve have plenty to feast their eyes upon as they take in the stunning and spectacular murals at the revamped skate park and playground.

Dcypher Lyttleton

Completed last month, the murals, which took around two weeks of labour intensive painting, are by Los Angeles-based Christchurch artist Dcypher, also known as Guy Ellis. They tell a visual story incorporating native plants and birds, Maori design motifs, and a Lyttelton inspired urban scene featuring a skateboarder. Dcypher had fellow DTR Crew artists – Wongi, Ikarus and Jacob Yikes – assisting him on the job.
Christchurch City Council project manager, Jon Malis, says the murals reflect the history of Lyttelton and the site and appeal directly to the youth of the area who are the primary users of the park.
The artworks are a key element of the $375,000 site upgrade, which includes extensive playground landscaping, repairs to the park’s earthquake-damaged heritage walls, and the skate park being rebuilt.
An acclaimed muralist, Dcypher’s work features in the Spectrum Street Art Show and several murals around Christchurch, along with international street art festivals, cityscapes, museums and high-profile advertising campaigns. His work has also been showcased in Brazil, New Zealand and the United States, and he was recently invited to participate in painting the World’s Largest Graffiti Wall for the Guinness Book of World Records in Dubai.
Most impressive of all however, is that the prodigiously talented Dcypher has truly hit the big time, having developed mural art works specifically for the TV shows, Sons of Anarchy, Silicon Valley and NCIS.

Harcourts Twiss Keir

Community driven success: Twiss Keir Realty gives credit for achievements to the support they get from locals

The growth of the Twiss Keir Realty team is impressive. Established more than 30 years ago, it recently boasted five branches – Hanmer, Kaiapoi, Rangiora, Belfast and The Palms.

Harcourts Twiss Keir

With the recent purchase of Four Seasons Realty – with offices in Hornby and Rolleston – there are now seven offices, 91 salespeople, 33 staff and management and 10 in property management, with a franchise area that stretches throughout North Canterbury, Selwyn and Christchurch’s outer suburbs.
“We are the largest sales team in our market with the largest property management portfolio. We sell on average one in every three residential properties in North Canterbury and one in two lifestyle properties. But it is not our size that defines us – we are a dynamic and varied business designed to cater to all from the smallest property to multimillion dollar estates.
“We pride ourselves on client results. We see ourselves as the most effective sales team with a genuine focus on keeping our clients happy. We have experts in residential, commercial and rural as well as business brokers, a farm specialist and the only known viticulture specialised salesperson,” licenced business owner, third generation realtor James Twiss says.
It is inspiring seeing business growth such as this and the team does it with heart. In the past five years it has supported the Harcourts Foundation and given more than $150,000 to local community charities in North Canterbury and the Selwyn district. “We are regularly amazed and humbled by the support our communities have given and continue to give us.”