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starts long detention
A TEACHER caught making secret
upskirt videos has begun a 10-month
term of home detention.
Former Lincoln High School
assistant principal Douglas Haora
Martin, 57, was also ordered to
undergo treatment for sex offending
and is not allowed to associate with
girls aged under 16 without per-
mission. Those restrictions would
apply during the sentence and for six
months afterwards, Judge Emma
Smith said during sentencing at the
Christchurch District Court.
Defence counsel Bryan Green said
Martin accepted his 31-year teaching
career was over and was seeking new
qualifications and a new career.
The judge described the offending
as premeditated and repeated, but
said Martin was a man for whom
home detention would be a sufficient
Martin has given police an assur-
ance that none of the videos remain,
and that a computer drive that was
concealed beneath the bathroom car-
pet, and was not found during the
police search of his home, has now
Martin has previous convictions
dating back almost 30 years for a
burglary and two charges of misus-
ing a telephone, the court was told.
Lincoln High School principal
Linda Tame said she was still out-
raged and angry about Martin s
His actions were an immense
breach of trust , she said.
Martin was suspended in Novem-
ber last year and was not permitted
on the school grounds. He resigned
on January 24.
Urban sprawl worry
Prof warns of short-term solutions
WRONG WAY? Dr Susan Krumdieck says the direction in which outer suburbs are
being developed will lead to headaches.
buying property out on the fringes of
the city could stand to lose money,
according to a University of Canter-
bury engineering professor and
Following the earthquakes, Dr
Susan Krumdieck is alarmed how
Christchurch is endorsing a car-
based sprawl and her worries
include five Selwyn towns.
Dr Krumdieck, who is behind a
proposal to build a Riccarton eco-
village, said a quick check of the
property pages and you can see
where the 12,000 people being
pushed out of the red-zoned city
suburbs are heading -- West Melton,
Halswell, Prebbleton, Yaldhurst,
Northwood, Lincoln, Rolleston, Pega-
sus, Rangiora and beyond.
There is a rash of ex-urban
subdivisions being hurried on to the
market. Just hop in the car and keep
driving until the land becomes cheap
enough to build. Worry about the
commute to work, schools, shops --
everything, really -- only after you
Dr Krumdieck said it is a short-
term solution guaranteed to create a
Her idea for Riccarton involves
bulldozing an entire area of rundown
housing and rebuilding as a pedes-
trianised, post-car suburb of medium
density, high efficiency, eco-housing.
Dr Krumdieck said a gamble on
the one-time reinvestment of
$2 billion in red zone payouts could
cost the city and homeowners dearly,
and more thought should be put into
the city s future.
One of her major concerns is the
cost and availability of oil.
She said the cost of fuel is only
going to rise, which is already having
an effect on property values on rural
fringe and satellite town subdivi-
sions in the United States and
Dr Krumdieck spent last year on
sabbatical in her hometown of Den-
ver, a classic modern sprawl city,
and said she had witnessed it first
She said McMansion paradises
of just five years ago are becoming
this century s instant slums.
The market has flipped because
people are looking at the future and
deciding they need to get back into
liveable city neighbourhoods.
If you look at the advertisements
for what is selling, you can count the
number of times walking distance to
the light rail now turns up.
It s the No 1 marketing point.
Walking distance to restaurants,
walking distance to shops.
She believes a generational change
will contribute to a move back into
city living in future decades.
Retiring baby boomers and
urban-minded Gen Y want to get
back into the energy-efficient city.
Neither wants to get caught at the
end of a highway as fuel prices rat-
chet up over the next 20 years.
Dr Krumdieck s concerns come at
a time when building costs continue
to spiral upwards in Selwyn.
Boil water warning
Residents on the Springfield water
supply have been advised to boil
their water following heavy rain which
has clouded the water supply intake.
Water chlorination will increase until
further notice. Until further notice,
water should be boiled for three
minutes. For further information
phone Murray England on 347 2972
or Darfield 03 318 8338.
Draft plan deadline
Selwyn residents have until May 5 to
submit their ideas on the draft
annual plan. It includes funding for
roads and transport, land drainage
rates and water quality monitoring
rates for Selwyn rural and Malvern
Hills rural water supplies. The plan
also covers township funds and
charges for subdivision engineering
approval and inspections. Hearings
will be held on May 17 and 20.
Prebbleton School block
Work begins on a new two-storey
eight-classroom block at Prebbleton
School this week to meet the rising
school roll which has moved from
300 in 2010 to 400 today. The
project is in addition to the Ministry
of Education's $1 billion Greater
Christchurch Education Renewal
Any old TVs?
People dumping old TVs can take
them to recycling depots in Rolleston
and Darfield until May 5. The sites
are Pines Resource Recovery Park
(183 Burnham School Rd, Rolleston)
and Sicon Yard (2 Mathias St,
Darfield), weekends 10am to 4pm.
Selwyn District Council's TV
Takeback programme is subsidised
by Ministry for the Environment. TVs
contain materials, like lead, that are
hazardous if dumped in landfills or
into the environment. Computer
screens will not be accepted.
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