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Selwyn Times: May 31, 2016

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14 Tuesday May 31 2016 ACHIEVERS SELWYN TIMES WINNING TEAM: Rob Henderson, Hannah Simpson, John Trounson, Simon Newman, Marty Tier and Ben Bishop from Rolleston Volunteer Fire Brigade won the National Road Crash Rescue Challenge and will now head to Melbourne to compete in the Australasian one. PHOTO: United Fire Brigades’ Association ​ Firefighters off to Aussie • By Caitlin Miles ROLLESTON VOLUNTEER Fire Brigade is heading to Australia after winning a national competition. The brigade won the National Road Crash Rescue Challenge this month. There were 16 teams from around the country involved. United Fire Brigades’ Association has held the event for nearly 10 years. It involves teams of six, including a team leader and medic. They have 30 minutes to remove and treat patients involved in simulated vehicle incidents. They are scored on their techniques, time and how they deal with patients. Team members Rob Henderson and Hannah Simpson also won the Trauma Challenge, which is part of the National Road Crash Rescue Challenge. This is the first year the team has won the two categories. This is the seventh year Rolleston Volunteer Fire Brigade has competed in the challenge and team leader John Trounson said they had gone from strength to strength. The challenge also provides a chance to learn more about how to deal with different types of road accidents, including how to stand a horse float up with the horse still inside after it rolled. “Every year we learn something new. It’s a great learning opportunity. We get to bring the skills back to the brigade, which is important in an area like Selwyn,” Mr Trounson said. The team spends up to six hours a week training for the event. They have a good relationship with car wrecker and dismantler Pick-A-Part which crushes certain parts of cars so the team can practice cutting different areas of the car up. “We’re really lucky to have the support from Pick-A-Part, our families and the brigade to be able to compete in the challenges,” he said. Mr Trounson said the competition was a hard effort but was all worth it. The team will head to the Australasian competition in July. Between now and then the team will spend a lot of their time practising different scenarios. Top award for Darfield homestead THE REBUILT Homebush homestead near Darfield was honoured in this year’s Canterbury Architecture Awards held on Thursday. The awards, announced at an event at Hagley Oval pavilion, are conducted by the New Zealand Institute of Architects. The original homestead, built in 1851, was extensively damaged in the September 2010 earthquake and had to demolished. The new building was designed by Athfield Architects and includes salvaged parts of the original building. Dennis Chippindale, this year’s awards convener, led his jury through 40 shortlisted projects over eight “marathon” days of judging. “Five years on from the ’quakes, these awards provide us with a way to survey the profession, to see how we are responding to the challenges,” Mr Chippindale said. Members of the jury panel were impressed by the way the architects used older parts of the building in the industrial and modern design. “In its lush pastoral setting, with its intuitive use of unlikely forms and raw materials, this romantic home delights the soul,” the jury said. Port internship opportunity for budding director A WEST Melton resident has been given the opportunity to work alongside the Lyttelton Port Company as an intern. Karen Cameron has been granted a director internship with the company. She is one of 12 people to get an internship, which are with a variety of companies throughout the city. Christchurch City Holdings organised the positions to cope with growing building capacity. CCHL director Bill Dwyer said there was an overwhelming response when seeking interns, but they had managed to select 12 from more than 150 applicants. “The recipients are from a diverse range of ethnic backgrounds, professions and skill sets. Being an intern director is an opportunity for them to gain an insight into good governance practice and learn about the dynamics of sitting on a board,” Mr Dwyer said. The appointment is for a term of 18 months starting mid-way through this year. The interns will be given mentoring and a study scholarship to do an institute of directors course during the internship. “I believe this scheme will offer worthwhile experience to those who have been selected and contribute to diversity around the board table,” he said. Christchurch City Holdings is the infrastructure investment arm of the city council. It is the majority shareholder of Orion New Zealand Ltd, Christchurch International Airport Ltd, Lyttelton Port Company Ltd, Enable Services Ltd, City Care Ltd, Red Bus Ltd, EcoCentral Ltd and Development Christchurch Ltd. NEW INTERNS: Laura Meriluoto, Sina Cotter-Tait, Karen Cameron, Analisa Elstob, Matt Russell, Melanie Lynn, Hilary Walton, CCHL director Bill Dwyer, CCHL chairman Bruce Irvine, Kate Morrison, CCHL chief executive Bob Lineham, Andrew Nicol, Matt Cameron, Rebecca Hopkins and Ben Hayward. ​

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