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Selwyn Times: June 07, 2016

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4 Tuesday June 7 2016 News SELWYN TIMES Free event to celebrate Matariki SELWYN RESIDENTS have the opportunity to celebrate the Maori New Year with a free event featuring a serious of traditional performances. The New Year is marked by the rise of Matariki, which is the name of a group of stars, and the sighting of the next new moon. New Zealand artist, Marcus Winter, will tell the Maori story of creation through his artworks. The celebration will also include Nga i Te Ruahikihiki performing a mihi whakatau (welcome), and kapa haka performances by local high schools in collaboration with the Te Taumutu Runanga. The event is open to all members of the public and does not require people to be familiar with Māori protocol to attend. Selwyn libraries are also hosting a range of activities to celebrate Matariki this year. There will be story-tellers and craft sessions planned throughout the month for residents and children in Selwyn to learn more about Maori culture. Awards for Star Media Star Media scooped several awards at the NZ Community Newspaper awards at the weekend. Reporter Gabrielle Stuart was named Best Junior News Journalist and Best Junior Feature/Lifestyle Journalist, while Neil Baker and the advertising team took the Best Individual Advertising Portfolio award. kiwigardener was highly commended in the Best All Round Lifestyle Magazine category, and the Weekend Gardener Quarterly took the Associate award for Best Front Page Feature/Lifestyle. In the sales category, a project for The Tannery by Javier Balcazar was Special Project Award runner up. Reporter Emma-Jane McLennan was named Best Junior News Journalist runnerup, reporter Tom Doudney Best Senior Sports Journalist runner-up, and communities editor Shelley Robinson Best Senior News Journalist runnerup. Geoff Sloan was named Best News Photographer runner-up. Pictured second from the left is Star Media chief executive Pier Smulders and (far right) editor-in-chief Barry Clarke. BACK AGAIN: KidsFest will return to Selwyn next month. KidsFest is a programme that runs events during the school holidays to keep kids entertained. There will be more than 50 events and activities for children to get involved in. This includes a mix of free and paid for events. Parents are encouraged to book their children into events early to secure a spot. Gala Dinner Tickets are on sale now! 2016 Sensation Selwyn Awards Lincoln Event Centre, Saturday 30 July 2016, $75 per ticket Come along and help celebrate Selwyn’s outstanding achievements at THE event of the Selwyn social calendar. To purchase tickets visit www.iticket.co.nz or phone 0508 ITICKET and enter the keywords “Sensational Selwyn Awards” Nominations for the 2016 Sensational Selwyn Awards are still open: Agri-Business Arts & Culture Community Service Environmental Large Business Small Business Sport Tourism Young Achiever Nominations close 17 June All nominees receive a complimentary Gala dinner ticket. Don’t miss your opportunity to show Selwyn how Sensational you are! Visit selwyn.govt.nz/awards or you local Selwyn library/service centre for nomination forms and how you can become involved as a sponsor. For more information visit www.selwyn.govt.nz/awards Nominations are open Gala tickets are now on sale! Celebrating excellence throughout the Selwyn District Visit selwynawards.govt.nz/awards for nomination forms and iticket.co.nz - ‘Sensational Selwyn Awards’ for dinner tickets AGRI-BUSINESS ARTS AND CULTURE COMMUNITY SERVICE ENVIRONMENTAL LARGE BUSINESS SMALL BUSINESS SPORT TOURISM YOUNG ACHIEVER Rolleston

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday June 7 2016 5 News Lake quality improves • By Bridget Rutherford LAKE FORSYTH’S condition has improved “remarkably” with the recent rainfall after recurring toxic algal blooms flared up, killing animals. Banks Peninsula Water Zone Committee chairman Steve Lowndes said the rainfall had had a positive impact on the lake’s water quality and condition. “The water in the lake has improved remarkably since the rain and bad weather. “It breaks up the algal bloom and the wind has been blowing left, right and centre.” Last week, from Monday night to Wednesday morning the Cooptown weather station near Little River recorded about 65ml of rain. Mr Lowndes (right) lives next to the lake, which runs from Birdlings Flat towards Little River. The lake’s quality came under fire in April when the algal bloom flared up after a run of dry weather. The water was green with toxic slime, and it was reported 30 sheep had died after drinking it. AT ITS FINEST: Environment Canterbury expects to see Lake Forsyth’s condition improve further in the coming weeks, so its health warning can be lifted. Environment Canterbury science water manager Tim Davie said the latest results from sampling were from May 24. “The concentrations of nodularia (the toxic cyanobacteria) as of May 24 have declined but are still high enough to warrant a health warning,” he said. “We expect these to decline significantly in the next two weeks given the cold weather and significant rain but at present we have advised Canterbury District Health Board of the need for a continued health warning.” Wairewa Runanga and the city council were granted a consent in March to continue using the pilot opening from the lake to the sea for 35 years. Lake Forsyth, or Wairewa, is the only customary lake in the South Island. Ngai Tahu has the customary title over it, meaning only iwi members can fish for eel from the lake. •More on water quality, p10 In Brief CENTRAL PLAINS WATER The district council is looking to buy shares in the Central Plains Water Scheme to enable the irrigation of its farms at Creyke Rd in Darfield and the Hororata Reserve. This would allow the irrigation of about 188ha of land. The estimated total cost of irrigating the two properties, including the purchase of shares, is $1.788 million. WATER MANAGEMENT A ‘working draft’ Water Conservation and Demand Management Plan is up for approval at tomorrow’s district council meeting. The document includes an improvement plan for water demand management in the future, intended to address the need for sustainable and efficient use of water resources. BUILDING WARRANT OF FITNESS The district council are hosting a free event for building owners to discuss building warrant of fitness requirements and responsibilities. A building warrant of fitness is a certificate which is renewed annually and must be displayed in the building. People interested in attending must register by June 21. The event will be held on June 23 at the Lincoln Event Centre.