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Selwyn Times: May 17, 2016

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28 2 Tuesday [Edition datE] May 17 2016 SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES Rural health issues discussed at inaugural conference The RuRal health alliance aotearoa New Zealand (RhaNZ) concluded its inaugural RuralFest conference with a priority list for parliament to contemplate. The Two-day event held in wellington earlier this month saw representatives from 42 membership organisations come together to discuss the current issues facing rural communities and determine the top five health issues that were important to take into parliament. Chairman dr Jo Scott Jones said the range of concerns reflected the feeling that we could be doing much better for people who live and work in rural communities. “The top five issues – research, connectivity, improving wellbeing to address stress, health facilities, and health workforce development cover the whole spectrum of health service delivery. “Connectivity is one of the main issues for rural health. Improved standards of connectivity would allow centralised health services to reach into rural communities and develop and deliver more innovative health solutions with greater efficiency,” he said. “Prospective staff members in health services are often reluctant to move to rural areas where connectivity standards are substandard. This has impacts on the recruitment and retention of rural health providers in the regions.” dr Scott Jones said RhaNZ would like to see all rural medical facilities to be connected to fibre-like speeds by 2019 and a more rapid role out of broadband services. “The Government’s target to provide 99 per cent of the population with more than 50MBs by 2025 will be instrumental in getting rural communities the broadband connectivity required, but we want it by 2020 at the latest.” also on the top of the agenda was the issue of rural health facilities, with the group referring to the downgrading and closure of rural hospitals. “It’s left a gap in rural health and emergency services in communities across New Zealand and the increased separation between patients and vital services is creating a barrier to health services,” he said. “Current facilities should be maintained and strengthened.” other issues put to parliament included the need to fill the significant gaps in knowledge to inform evidence-based policy making, rural mental health funding and the lack of medical, nursing and social services professionals in rural communities. “we’d like to see the Government adopt the concept of a pipeline approach to the rural workforce training – keeping rurally focused students in rural areas throughout their training and in their early postgraduate years.” dr Scott Jones said the next step would see the top priorities developed into a Manifesto that will be published in advance of the 2017 elections. “we know these are big issues that deserve a lot of thinking and exploration before they can be implemented. we’re grateful for the opportunity to put our concerns to politicians across the entire political spectrum. From little acorns, great oak trees grow – we hope we have planted a few acorns.” Rural Section Roundwood Farm posts Deer Fencing Post and Rail Fencing Yarding Timber Oregon Rails Oregon Gates Sheep and Deer Netting Gallagher Strainrite Fencing Systems HOURS Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm Saturday: 8am- 12pm Weedons Ross Rd to Rolleston We are here Berketts Rd Trents Rd Main South Rd / SH1 Your Local Timber Merchant Jason Pester 1304 Main South Road, Christchurch jason@cthl.co.nz P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032 Diesel Blower Heaters • An industrial diesel powered blower heater, which is ideal for warming a large area. • Clean burning technology and diesel economy allow it to operate for up to 14 hours on a single tank. • Designed especially to keep operation noise to an absolute minimum. • Plug the heater into a standard three pin plug power point and turn the thermostat to the desired heat setting and the burner starts automatically and will continue operation until it reaches the preset heat setting, automatically turning itself off and on as required to maintain the temperature. • A truly powerful, versatile and economical heater 30 kW - $695.00 GST incl 50 kW - $795.00 GST incl BUY DIRECT FROM THE IMPORTER! Lifestyle Tractors & Machinery Ltd • www.lifestyletractors.co.nz Tel. 03-347-4956 • Mob. 0274 770 070 Email. tractors@lifestyletractors.co.nz

[Edition datE] SELWYN TIMES Tuesday May 17 2016 29 3 SELWYN RURAL LIFE Former student gives funding boost for seed science a FoRMeR lincoln university student, who embarked on a long and successful career in the seed industry, has provided a significant boost to seed science education in New Zealand. Selwyn Manning and his wife Mary signed a Memorandum of understanding (Mou) with the lincoln university Foundation on Friday, May 6 to mark the creation of the Manning Seed awards, which are dedicated to furthering education in seed science and seed technology for the benefit of New Zealand. “The seed industry is sometimes overlooked for funding, as a lot of people don’t realise how significant it is,” Mr Manning said at the Mou signing event. “These awards are our way of giving back to a vital sector of New Zealand’s agricultural industry, which has given our family so much for so many years.” lincoln university Professor of agronomy Bruce McKenzie said at the event that the seed industry is vitally important to the New Zealand economy. “everything we grow comes from seeds, so their importance cannot be underestimated. we’re committed at lincoln to helping improve the knowledge of those who will be going on to work in the seed industry.” Professor McKenzie said the awards could be used in a number of different ways, including providing postgraduate students with scholarships to improve their training in the seed science area, funding for seed research and upskilling lincoln staff. Mr Manning studied at lincoln College from 1962 to 1968 and gained a Bachelor of agricultural Science and a Master of agricultural Science in agricultural microbiology. among his many career highlights, he was instrumental in the development of New Zealand agriseeds in 1987, the first Southern hemisphere company to create unique, scientifically proven, proprietary pasture cultivars. “as one of four founding shareholders, Selwyn was managing director of agriseeds for 21 years,” lincoln university alumni and development director Jo Brady said. “By the time he retired in 2010, the company had business interests in australia, South africa and South america, with more than 100 staff and From left: Lincoln University Vice-Chancellor Robin Pollard, Lincoln University Foundation Chair Ben Todhunter and Mary and Selwyn Manning at the Memorandum of Understanding signing. global sales in excess of $50 million.” Mr Manning also became involved in the wider seed industry during his time at agriseeds, chairing the New Zealand Seed Quality Management authority, presiding over the New Zealand Plant Breeding and Research association for several terms and becoming the first person from the Southern hemisphere to serve as president of the International Seed Federation. “The seed industry is sometimes overlooked for funding, as a lot of people don’t realise how significant it is,” Selwyn Auto ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › While You Wait WOF’s › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres AUTUMN SPEcIAL All services or repairs completed will go in the draw to win a car care pack each fortnight during Autumn Phone 329 5841 | 132 Leeston Road, Springston www.selwynauto.com | office@selwynauto.com Treat the Kids! Kids two course special from $10 We are family friendly. Great Kids menu plus designated play area. ‘Famous for their roasts!’ RESTAURANT & CAFÉ Open daily from 6.30am - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Seniors SPECIAL Two courses Soup/Roast or Roast/Dessert $20 Special available lunch only Monday - Saturday 12pm - 2.30pm Conditions apply. Racecourse Hotel Motorlodge 118 Racecourse Rd, Sockburn, Christchurch. Ph 03 342 7150 www.racecoursehotel.co.nz (opposite Riccarton Raceway) WE SPECIALISE IN THE CARE AND PRESERVATION OF TREES • Pruning • Expert Tree Felling • Fully Insured • Free Quotes • Powerline Clearing Member of NZ Arboriculture Association For quotes and enquiries phone 03 349 7143 | For urgent enquiries phone 027 272-6710 Email: office@arbor-tek.co.nz • Branch Chipping • Competitive Rates • Orion Approved Contractor FULLY QUALIFIED ARBORISTS www.arbor–tek.co.nz