The man accused of murdering Christchurch woman Renee Duckmanton can be named.
Name suppression lapsed today for Sainey Marong, a 32-year-old butcher from the Christchurch suburb of Ilam, understood to be originally from Gambia.
Miss Duckmanton’s burned body was found dumped on the verge of Main Rakaia Rd, 500m from State Highway 1 on May 15 this year. The 22-year-old sex worker was last seen a day earlier near the Peterborough and Manchester streets intersection in Christchurch’s red light district.
Marong has been remanded in custody and will appear at the High Court in Christchurch for a case review hearing on August 19.
At Marong’s first appearance at Christchurch District Court on May 27, the courtroom had to be cleared after her family hurled abuse at him and even lunged at him in the dock.
Police have said they believe Miss Duckmanton’s death was related to her work in the sex industry in central Christchurch.
Miss Duckmanton’s aunt Sue McGrath earlier said the death has “broken my family”.
Earlier this week Canterbury Development Corporation delivered its six monthly economic update to more than 200 business leaders and government officials.
In preparing for the event the Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC) economics team undertake a deep dive into local data and research and often uncover a surprising statistic to champion. Something that is new, relevant and topical.
On this occasion it was the ethnic diversity trend in Christchurch, by age group, and how it has changed between 2001 and 2013.
I highlighted two facts to the audience at the economic update.
First, that between 2001 and 2013 the degree of diversity in our community had shifted enormously. There are far more people who identify as non-European living in Christchurch – major diversity growth has come from those who identify as Maori, Chinese, Filipino and Indian.
People like me, and possibly you, are ‘No Platformed.’ We write a letter to the local newspaper, in my case The Press. Whatever the subject, it is never printed. We are ‘No Platformed.’ Wonderful, they are supposedly devoted to information. But it is only ‘approved’ information. If you are a Patriot then you are dangerous. You must be suppressed. Or at least your ideas. (more…)
Christchurch could become a refugee resettlement site as soon as next year.
The latest review by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) found Christchurch would be unlikely to handle resettlement until at least 2017 due to the pressures of the city’s earthquake rebuild.
Dunedin was selected as a sixth refugee settlement location in November last year following a whole of Government assessment.
“An extra location was needed following the Government’s decision to welcome 750 Syrian refugees over the next two and a half years. It is anticipated that the six settlement locations will be able to cater for the increase,” Lockhart said.
Red Cross national programmes development manager Rachel O’Connor said they would love for their resettlement programme to return to Christchurch.
“Many Cantabrians have contacted us wanting to help over the last few months, having seen the refugee crisis in the news, so we know that when we return, the city will open its arms to its new residents.”
Refugee Resettlement Services general manager Shirley Wright said Christchurch had a lot to offer refugees.
“I think we are all keen to have Christchurch receiving quota intakes again,” she said.
In order to be able to cater for new refugees, funding for support services would need to be directed “back” toward Christchurch, Wright said.
“We’ve got a group of people with very specialneeds so it’s very important to consider those – so those coming in have responsive services. Services at the moment are overloaded,” Wright said.
Christchurch Migrant’s Centre manager Henry Jaiswal agreed the city’s social infrastructure, including mental health support, needed to be improved before refugees were resettled.
Christchurch City Council Deputy Mayor VickiBuck said making Christchurch a suitable resettlement site by 2017 was “very manageable”.
“The scale of the issue and what is happing in Syria and the Middle East at a human level is so horrible and intense that most people in Christchurch would love to help.”
New Zealand’s population will continue to become even more diverse over the next 20 years - but not so much in the South Island.
According to official population projections data revealed this week, many areas - particularly in Auckland - will have high numbers of Maori, Asian and Pasifika in 2038.
Some parts of the city will see a dramatic drop in European Kiwis, however, particularly in parts of South Auckland, where there is already a high population of Pacific Islanders.
In the South Island, the projections show there will continue to be very few people with Asian and Pasifika backgrounds in some areas.
Currently in Dunedin, 90% of the population are listed as European or other. Eight percent of people are Maori, 8% are Asian and 3% identify as Pacific.
In 2038, the Pasifika population is up to 4%, Asian at 11% and Maori at 14%. Europeans go down to 82%.
The population in Christchurch in 23 years will be 77% people with European backgrounds, 13% Maori and 5% Pacific. The Asian population goes from 10% to 19%.
Otago’s make-up projection is 2038 will see the majority of the population (93%) being European. There will be 13% Maori, 6% Asian and 4% Pasifika.
In comparison to these areas in the south of the country, some parts of the North Island will see a marked drop in the number of Europeans.
In the Otara-Papatoetoe local board area, there will only be 7% of Europeans living there - a big drop from the 22% currently calling that area home. The number of Asians living here will go from 31%t o 48%, while the Pacific rate will go from 46% to 47%.
In West Auckland, in the Henderson-Massey local board zone, more than half of people living there right now are European. But in 2038, that majority drops to 42%; while the Asian community jumps from 22% to 36%.
The Christchurch couple wanted to help migrants feel more welcome in the city, so they invited an Irish and Malaysian couple over for dinner.
“We thought we should be doing a bit more to make people feel welcome. It is one of those things that you don’t really think about because life is so busy. It doesn’t occur to you. We thought there were people that we could make an effort to help feel more welcome,” says Lauren Yannakis.
The campaign was launched this week by the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce (CECC) in response to the changing demographics of Canterbury. The region is changing as migrants come to Canterbury from around the world to work on the rebuild and the dairy boom.
The Yannakis’ were interviewed along with 28 Christchurch people and new migrants as part of the research that informed the campaign.
The interviews, conducted by polling firm Research First, found Christchurch people fell into three different camps on migration.
The “silent majority” comprised of people in favour of new migration to Christchurch, but wanted to do more to make migrants feel welcome. People in the “supportive minority” already socialised and worked with migrants, while people in the “parochial minority” were intolerant of migration and had negative views of newcomers.
The research was not a representative overview of Christchurch views on migration, but illustrated how people thought about greater diversity in the city.
Lauren Yannakis says the research interviews made them think about their role in supporting newcomers.
“It is more in our minds now. I definitely think about having that small talk with people you meet. Rather than putting your head down and looking at your phone, you can be open to conversations in case someone does want to talk.”
“I think that only positive things will emerge from the changes. You see it now with things like the Chinese Lantern Festival happening, which is put on by the local Chinese community.
“That becomes a great thing for everyone to go to. Things like that are positive for the city and it would be cool to see more of it. It would be good if there were more things like that to attend as a city and gather together.”
Nazila Alinaghi moved to Christchurch from Iran two years ago. She says that being made to feel welcome helped her settle in Christchurch more quickly.
“When you see people help you so consistently, it feels like everyone is like that. When something bad happens you can ignore it because most people are really friendly.”
Having rebuilt the city with their own hands, many foreign labourers are being encouraged by the city council and community groups to settle permanently when their work is done. Those wanting to stay longer can either extend their temporary work permits or apply for a permanent visa, a “complex process,” according to Cooper. Those that are granted such a visa can then bring their families over.
“A lot of those people are going to stay here,” said Deon Swiggs, the director Rebuild Christchurch, a community organisation. “Maybe some Filipinos or the Brits might bring their families to live in Christchurch. If they’ve worked here they’ll feel that sense of pride to say, ‘I built Christchurch. This is my home and I want to stay here.’ We will all be the better for it.”
Rene Quinones is one such worker who wants to be part of the city’s future. The 37-year old painter from Jaro, in the eastern part of the Philippines, brought his wife and three children aged 10, seven and three, to Christchurch in 2012.
“I miss my relatives but [have] no regrets living in New Zealand,” he said. “The climate was the first problem we faced when we first work here. That was a struggle. The culture? We were able to adjust little by little.”
“[My] long-term plan? I’ll be staying in New Zealand working until retirement, hopefully.”
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