10 Tuesday June 7 2016 Your Local Views SELWYN TIMES Tough rules with water Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee chairman Allen Lim discusses the achievement and also the challenge of legacy problems in water. Welcome to this update on the important water quality improvements being undertaken by your zone committee. First I’d like to endorse the comments of committee member Pat McEvedy in his May Soap Box – especially how challenging and rewarding it is to be involved. The zone committee is supporting and driving on-the-ground actions to deliver sustainable benefits from water. In our first five years: $500,000 of funding was allocated to initiatives to protect and enhance the natural environment, with a further $250,000 from farmers and others. The Whakaora Te Waihora lake restoration programme has been in place since 2011. Stage 1 of the Central Plains Water irrigation scheme was completed in August 2015, resulting in 15,000ha converted from groundwater to surface water irrigation and enabling aquifer recharge. As a result of Plan Change 1 to the Land & Water Regional Plan, tough new rules and nutrient leaching limits have been imposed on farmers to manage water quality and quantity. Some 300 properties have developed farm environment plans. A key feature of the water plan is the cultural landscape values management area which recognises the significance of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere to Ngāi Tahu in terms of mahinga kai, wāhi tapu and wāhi taonga. I believe we have laid a solid foundation for improving water quality in this zone. However, due to legacy effects, we can expect things to get worse before they get better. In the meantime, the zone committee is working on implementing plan change one. There are many important local water management challenges still to be met. These include: Encouraging all farmers to operate at better than good management practice over time. Replacing more of the groundwater with alpine water. Maintaining or improving biodiversity in and around the zone. These initiatives and others demand a collaborative effort coordinated by the zone committee and your zone team. Please do not hesitate to contact us any time to discuss and contribute. Readers respond to last week’s article about Lincoln High School starting a dog club. Scott Fold, Lincoln: I think it is great that Lincoln High School has a dog club. It’s wonderful to see something like this in the town. It is obviously encouraging people to train their dogs more and teaching kids and parents how to react around dogs. I hope other schools in the area pick up on the trend. Sarah Pilan, Lincoln: Kudos to Lincoln High School and Emily Tighe for starting the dog club and the school. What an amazing idea and well thought of. This is teaching the children that dog obedience skills are a top priority and also, as the story tells us, it is teaching them how to interact and be responsible for their dogs and around other dogs. It would be fantastic to see this program being used at other schools and I think the inter-school competitions could really take off. Once again well done Lincoln High and Emily Tighe. This reader responds to an article about Lincoln primary and high school getting more classrooms following the announcement from the Ministry of Education. Jane Capim, Lincoln: I think it is really exciting news to see the students of Lincoln getting some more classrooms, reading in the paper they have had some issues with over crowding and having to send some students to separate sites. I can’t imagine how stressful that must have been for the kids and parents and teachers. I’m glad to see the Ministry of Education doing something for the students in Selwyn. Since it is a fast growing area and Rolleston College doesn’t open till next year, there will just be more students. I hope these classrooms get built soon. This reader responded to last week’s article about tree roots damaging pipes as a result of the earthquakes. Patrick Leas, Darfield: As if we didn’t have enough things to worry about post earthquake. It’s been six years since the first earthquake hit and now we get told tree roots may ruining our pipes! It seems that we will never be able to fully move on from this with new problems cropping up all the time. I’m glad I know it could be a problem but how much will this cost me to get fixed when it wasn’t even my problem? What will be the next problem to crop up that will cost more money?
SELWYN TIMES Tuesday June 7 2016 11 Your Local Views This reader responds to an article about Southbridge firefighter Steve Maw. Simon Bridges, West Melton: What an interesting read last week in Our People. How inspiring the story was of this young man doing an incredible volunteering job as a firefighter and also full time. These men and women give up their own time to help other people in the community and most of us take it all for granted. Sometimes we need to sit back and think about this and to read about these people brings it all to the foreground. I would like to say thank you to all the volunteer firemen and women who go that extra mile and never ask for anything but support. COMPETE: Volunteer fire fighter Steve Maw climbed the Auckland Sky Tower for charity. Looking back THE STATION: Mr J E Fitzgerald pictured with his son at Springs Station in Springston. Date unknown. •Heritage photos supplied by Selwyn Libraries. If you have any information about this photo, please contact the library via www.selwynlibrary.co.nz Big jump in mental health issues in city • By Emma-Jane McLennan MENTAL HEALTH issues in Christchurch have reached “breaking point” with numbers doubling in some cases since late last year. Latest statistics show the Canterbury District Health Board deals with 17 new adult walk-ins every day – adults who have never needed the help of mental health services before. The figures come on the heels of an outcry over the amount of funding for mental health services available in Canterbury. Last year’s closure of New Zealand’s largest counselling service, Relationships Aotearoa, combined with post-quake mental health needs and dwindling funds – at an average $222 per head of population in Canterbury, compared to the national average of $243. The CDHB was facing service cuts. The Government responded to the outcry by announcing a $12 million mental health funding boost in last week’s Budget. Post-quake stress, insurance woes, relationship issues and service cuts have combined and now people “just can’t deal with it anymore,” Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support manager Sue Ricketts said. Selwyn Waihora Zone We are your local builders. Call today FoR a FREE QUotE www.bownessbuilt.co.nz Phil: 021-0769-669 fabric house making European fabric affordable MID-YEAR SALE 25 - 50% OFF ALL FABRICS 7th - 18th JUNE 140 Colombo Street Beckenham, Christchurch Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm, Sat: 10am-4pm Phone (03) 365 0172 firstname.lastname@example.org New Builds Project Management Construction Services Talk to us about your land and water management The Selwyn Waihora Zone Team is hosting drop-in days every second Wednesday to talk with people about local water management, and offer support and help. We hope you can come along and get to know the team working in your area. The next two meetings are on 15 June and 29 June, details are below. Selwyn Waihora Zone Team drop-in day: When: Wednesday 15 June and 29 June, 1.00–4.00pm (no appointment necessary) Where: Selwyn-Rakaia Vet Clinic, South Terrace, Darfield (alongside the bakery) Brought to you by Environment Canterbury working with www.fabrichouse.co.nz
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