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Nice 'yarn' coming
Softer look: Christine Heaney is organising a public yarn bombing of
By NEILL GORDON
Guerrilla knitters? Woolly
vandals? Crochet commandos?
Just what do you call marauding
gangs of women with sharp
sticks taking the art of knitting
to streetscapes the world over?
The answer is yarn bombers
and it s a global phenomenon
coming to Napier in August.
The witty knitty pretty
graffiti is thought to have
originated in the United States
where yarn bombers have hit
objects including hydrants,
lamp-posts, bicycles -- even
buses and bridges.
Creative Napier s Christine
Heaney says the great things
about yarn bombing are it s
always an adventure, it softens
the edges of a harsh environ-
ment , it actively contributes to
a more positive type of global
warming and if you don t like it
just unpick it .
Creative Napier, Napier Inner
City Marketing and Onekawa
yarn suppliers Skeinz are bring-
ing the event to Napier to
brighten up the winter weeks.
Using the Emerson St palm
trees, knitting groups and
individuals are invited to
adopt a tree and make a cre-
ative knitted wrapping which
will dress their tree from
Saturday, August 13 to Sunday,
It will show Napier s softer
side before we are overrun with
Rugby World Cup mania! Mrs
Skeinz (skeinz.com) are
donating expertise, yarn and
wool to help start the project.
For your free starter pack, call
Maree on 06 843 3174.
For more details and to ''book a
tree'', contact Christine at
Creative Napier phone
06 835 9448. See
New Spirit statue
to cost $54,735
The Spirit of Napier statue on
Marine Parade is being replaced
at a cost of $54,735.
After 40 years of exposure to the
harsh seaside elements, the enor-
mous bronze-composite figure is
The gold-painted lady was
removed a few months ago for a
complete makeover, but on closer
inspection it became clear she was
too fragile for long-term resto-
ration. The decision to replace the
statue was unanimous at a Napier
City Council meeting last week.
For now, the base stands bare
statue cast in bronze and silicone.
Flood-proof homes could be needed
in a new Napier subdivision,
Hawke s Bay District Health Board
Board chief executive Kevin Snee
expressed concern about the low-
lying Te Awa subdivision in sub-
missions on the Napier City
Council s draft annual plan.
The area may be vulnerable to
several natural disaster threats
including flood, liquefaction associ-
ated with earthquakes, and tsu-
namis, Dr Snee said.
Homes in low-lying areas may
also be affected by soil-moisture
issues that in turn lead to home
moisture-related health problems.
Council may wish to consider
requiring that developers build flood-
proof homes such as those developed
in low- lying areas of New Orleans
following the extensive flooding in
Designs developed for New Or-
leans include houses that can float.
Council planning manager Alas-
tair Thompson said early develop-
ment in the Te Awa subdivision area
-- which has enough land for 1500
houses -- included bringing in fill to
raise the level of the land. The fill
had been compacted.
The council was also requiring
that floors be high enough to avoid
damage from most floods.
As well, the new cross-country
drain ran across the south end of the
area and pumps had been installed
to take stormwater out of Te Awa.
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