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By ANNA PRICE
STREET RACERS from New Brighton and Kaia-
poi were given a police escort out of the Selwyn
district in the early hours over the weekend in two
Constable Nigel Craythorne said about 25 modi-
fied cars, most with body kit but all street legal,
were dispersed from outside Irwell Hall, Leeston,
about 2am on Saturday.
We were concerned they were gathering at an
intersection at that time. There were no offences.
They were all registered and warranted. We think
they d just arrived, he said.
We made sure they found their way to Hornby
The following night, a group in five performance
cars assembled near Rolleston were escorted out of
the district at 2.30am.
It s a concern, Mr Craythorne said. They can
afford these flash cars with a $1 down and weekly
payments. Some of them work very hard and put
all their money into their cars, but once they get
that group mentality they just become idiots.
Most of the cars had alcohol, but at least they
had the sense to choose sober drivers.
The Saturday morning group was pounced on
during routine patrols. As a result, police worked
extra hours over Saturday night and flushed out
the smaller group near Rolleston.
It probably saved us getting called out later,
In October, up to 30 street racers spread diesel
over Two Chain Rd near Burnham, and burned
rubber, ripping up seal.
Initial reports noted there was a lot of smoke
going on .
In May, racers doing donuts and skids were
bagged by police at Broadfields -- a year after 200
s congregated outside a residential property.
CROATIA-BOUND: New Zealand World Art Games team member Vicki Peacock in front of a mural she painted
at Rolleston's Clearview Primary School.
on the art world
SPRINGFIELD S VICKI Pea-
cock will be brushing up on her
skills to take on some of the
world s best in Croatia next
year, but not on the sports field
-- in painting.
The artist and part-time tea-
cher will be part of the New Zea-
land team for the inaugural
World Art Games which starts
in June and runs for two weeks.
It is hoped the event will foster
goodwill -- as well as art --
around the globe.
Peacock describes herself as
an up-and-coming artist and
was surprised when she was pic-
ked after applying through the
Big Idea art website.
Her landscapes earned her a
place alongside poets and sculp-
tors in a team of 15.
She is now attempting to raise
the $5500 it will take to get her
and two works to Croatia.
Peacock was trained in Eng-
land, largely in modern art, but
when she moved to New Zealand
in 2001 she changed her style.
I was moved by the beauty of
the Canterbury landscape, she
The vibrant works produced
in New Zealand and the focus on
landscapes suited her, and she
now labels herself a contempor-
ary representational landscape
She is still discovering what
will be required from her for the
Her works will be exhibited,
toured and ultimately auction-
ed, which could defray some of
her costs. She will have to give a
presentation on them but does
not expect there will be placings
as in a sports event.
Peacock was excited to be part
of the team.
I am not part of the art estab-
She is working hard to become
part of it though, and is in the
process of applying to get her
work into galleries.
She will create new works for
the games as part of a Canter-
bury landscapes series next year
for the Celebrating Selwyn
event, which showcases art from
Peacock, a primary teacher,
teaches two days a week at Roll-
eston s Clearview Primary and
runs art workshops at the Sel-
Most of her work is com-
missioned at the moment and
she hopes the event will lead to
new contacts in the art world
and with other artists.
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