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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, APRIL 17, 2013
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Kess Aleksandrova's work
on Sumner is earning her
Top 5 effort
HER WORK on
Sumner has earned a
ture student a top
five placing in a pres-
school of landscape
has just completed
her bachelor of land-
She achieved a
jury award in the
ation of Landscape
dent design competition, which attracted 140
entries from around the world.
The competition theme was Redemptive Land-
scape Architecture, seeking to find ways landscape
architecture can contribute to post-disaster recov-
ery. Ms Aleksandrova's entry focused on Sumner
and how the beachside suburb could respond to
post-quake recovery and the anticipation of rising
She was excited to gain international endorse-
ment of her work.
It was a real honour for me to be acknowledged
by a jury of international experts in this field.
I am passionate about the role landscape
architects play in the recovery process and how
this can help strengthen communities. I am also
very excited to be able to align my career with my
interest in this field.''
Fellow Lincoln students Olivia Bird and Jack
Earl's joint submission also received a commen-
dation, placing them in the top 15 in the compe-
tition. It focused on Lyttelton, also highlighting
Associate Professor and Landscape Architecture
head at Lincoln, Dr Jacky Bowring, said the
awards were recognition not only of the students'
skills, but their role as upcoming leaders in
While the theme is very relevant at a personal
level for many of our students, this competition
also demonstrates how the design of the landscape
can assist with rebuilding, rehabilitation, and res-
toration at a regional and national level, and the
management of a sustainable future.'
Court clears army
'Incestuous' says local
By ANNA PRICE
FIRING LINE: Army personnel help put out the fire that started in the rifle range.
Photo: DANIEL TOBIN
REIN IN the Range founder Jerry
Larason suspects the army probe into its
rifle range fire that destroyed 50ha at
West Melton in January was probably
about as incestuous as you can get''.
Mr Larason, who lives in West Melton,
remains cynical of the defence force
court of inquiry, which cleared the army
of misconduct .
It's foolish the Government lets them
do this, because certainly the average
citizen is smart enough to know it is basi-
cally a cover-up. They have this phoney
inquiry investigated by their own people.
How else could they get a better result
unless their own mother was doing it?''
The New Zealand Defence Force will
not release the names of the personnel
who conducted the court of inquiry.
Flames took hold when a hot fragment
from a grenade ignited grass on the edge
of the grenade range during training on
The blaze followed two big fires in the
parched Selwyn district that month.
Having grenade practice in tinder dry
conditions, you'd think someone would
have had a modicum of insight,'' Mr
They claimed firefighting equipment
was there, suggesting they had had a
problem there before.
If they did have firefighting
gear, it was inadequate because
the fire got away.''
The defence report on the fire
said procedures were already
under way to minimise any
future fire risk.
This included extending fire
breaks and enlarging the
cleared gravel area around the
The report said that this
would benefit neighbouring properties,
as the range effectively became a fire con-
On the bright side, one could say if
they do in fact produce a fire buffer as
promised, that would be fine. But it will
be interesting to see if they actually do
it,'' Mr Larason said.
Earlier, he said the army should face
charges for its part in the fire, which
forced the evacuation of five private
properties and the West Melton airfield.
If we lit fireworks on our land in high
risk conditions and set the place on fire
that spread to a neighbour's property, we
would be facing charges.''
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