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Freedom and a future in North Canterbury Freedom and a future in North Canterbury

It’s been three years since Corne Van Der Westhuizen has slept with a gun under his pillow every night. That’s because Corne, 48, and his wife, Antoinette, 43, are today living safely as New Zealand citizens at Pegasus, in North Canterbury. They left their embattled – and beloved – homeland of South Africa, also leaving behind extended family, because they wanted their daughters, Kara, 9, and Mia, 6, to have freedom. And a future. Two things they couldn’t ...
The Virtual Kaiapoi Art Expo

Calling all artists in Waimakariri Calling all artists in Waimakariri

The Virtual Kaiapoi Art Expo went live on Wednesday May 20 providing a welcome opportunity to Waimakariri artists to display and sell their work. In conjunction with the Waimak App, the Waimakariri Arts Trust has produced a user friendly online method for artists whose work is usually exhibited in the Kaiapoi Art Expo. The decision to cancel this year’s Expo was made by the Waimakariri Arts Trust when lockdown was initiated. The uncertainty over holding large events ...

135 years in the making 135 years in the making

COVID-19 has put the Kaiapoi Club’s 135-year anniversary plans on hold for now. The good news is that this club – like much of Christchurch – is not new to challenge and adversity, and its team were ahead of the curve, when the government announced New Zealand’s lockdown this week. It’s president, Maurice (Bones) Nutira said they had closed the Club by Monday, March 23, and they had put in place measures to support staff financially ...

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