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Selwyn Times: June 21, 2016

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4 Tuesday June 21 2016 SELWYN TIMES News Warm up at the Home Show PREPARATIONS FOR The Star Home & Leisure Show are ramping up, with two weeks to go until the doors open. More than 12,000 people visited the show last year, which runs over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The show features the latest trends and technology for home building or renovation, as well as show-only special deals on everything from spa pools to campervans. You can talk directly with the experts there to get advice or tips, watch live demonstrations or take the opportunity to try new products or technology. There will also be plenty of prizes and giveaways on offer, including a $25,000 central heating system, thanks to Central Heating New Zealand. The show will be held at Horncastle Arena, July 1-3 from 10am to 5pm, with free parking available. Entry is $8, with children under 12 free, and limited two for one entry offers available in The Star. For more information, visit SHOW IT WASN’T until he spent several years living in the United Kingdom that Central Heating New Zealand director Lyall Smith realised how cold his childhood homes had been. He said most Kiwis would rather spend money on boats, spa pools or a second car than investing in heating their home. “The Kiwi is an interesting character. We’re hardy by nature and we’ve been brought up cold, so a lot of people say, well, we don’t need it. “We go for more interesting things like spa pools, which have been a huge success in New Zealand, more so than in most other parts of the world. “People are cold in their homes so they sit in the spa and think this is fantastic, when if their home was warm they almost wouldn’t need it. We feel GIVEAWAY: Central Heating New Zealand director Lyall Smith plans to give away a $25,000 central heating system at the show. ​ the tough old Kiwi is missing out.” Once central heating was installed, he said it was more efficient and a more comfortable heat than other systems, with an even heat and no forced air movement. But he said the higher up-front cost of the system, which starts at about $15,000, put people off. “People have a budget when they’re building, and it’s often the first thing to go. They think, I don’t need a flash heating system because I have a new house, it’ll be warm. But that’s a fallacy. They’re building an insulated box, so it’s like a chilly bin. When it’s cold, it’s really cold.” The heat source could range from boilers powered by gas or diesel, to electric-powered heat pumps, which pumped water rather than air, to geothermal systems. Although he said the “only form of truly green heating is a jersey”, the systems were clean burning and efficient. Once the pipes were installed, the heat source could be swapped out if new technology developed. He planned to have a range of radiators on display at The Star Home & Leisure Show. He said they came in a range of “funky colours” and styles. The company will also be giving away a free central heating system worth $25,000 at the show. ✔ Changes to tenancy laws make it compulsory for all rental homes to have smoke alarms from 1 July 2016. You need to have: ✔ Installed alarms ✔ Existing alarms working ✔ Checked & changed batteries ✔ Faulty alarms reported Landlords are responsible for installing smoke alarms before 1 July and checking they’re working at the beginning of each tenancy. Tenants are responsible for changing batteries and letting their landlord know if there are any problems with smoke alarms during their tenancy. ✔ ✔ To learn more about the new smoke alarm requirements and other changes to the Residential Tenancies Act visit RTA004CS

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday June 21 2016 5 News Selwyn a boom town AWARD THE ECONOMIC good times continued to roll for Selwyn, data shows. The latest Infometrics Quarterly Economic Monitor reported that Selwyn’s GDP grew by 3.6 per cent in the year to March – well ahead of the Canterbury average of 0.8 per cent and the New Zealand average of 2.3 per cent. Selwyn’s GDP had an estimated value of $1.8 billion. Infometrics senior economist Benje Patterson said the district was reaping the benefits of expanding industrial zones and infrastructure within its boundaries. “Selwyn is bucking the trend that is occurring in other parts of Canterbury, where a tapering off of residential rebuilding work and losses in the dairy sector are constraining growth,” Mr Patterson said. Retail trade is also booming in the district and is up by 9.3 per cent for the year to March, compared to the same period last year. Canterbury retail trade grew by 1.2 per cent and national trade grew by 2.8 per cent. Retail trade figures are sourced from Marketview from electronic card spending. They show that $66 million was spent in Selwyn in the period over January-March. High Street Hair owner Therese Ridden has noticed the increase in her Leeston business due to new clients in the area. “We have noticed the growth, we have a really loyal client base, but five per cent of our clients are new, which is big for us,” Mrs Ridden said. Unemployment remains low in the district at 2.1 per cent, compared to 5.7 per cent nationally and 3.5 per cent for Canterbury as a whole. Local accommodation providers were busy with the number of guest nights stayed in Selwyn, increasing 11 per cent from 87,282 nights the previous year to 96,608 nights. International migration in Selwyn jumped by 76 per cent with 367 new international migrants moving to the district, up from 203. Residential building consent numbers for the year were unchanged from the previous year. The value of non-residential construction consents increased GROWTH: Selwyn district GDP has been experiencing economic benefits from the expanding industrial zones, like Izone Business Park (left). by 13 per cent with consents to $109 million. The report indicates Selwyn’s dairy payout for the 2015/16 season is expected to be $275 million, $16.6 million lower than the previous season. Mr Patterson said that, at this level, most dairy farmers would be running below their breakeven point. “Given these losses, dairy farmers will have to keep relying heavily on bank credit lines and will continue displaying cautious spending behaviour,” he said. In Brief NOMINATIONS CLOSE Nominations for Sensational Selwyn have now closed but tickets are still available. The awards are focused on recognising and honouring outstanding Selwyn individuals, community groups and businesses, for their work and achievements. The dinner will be on July 30. INFORMATION EVENING An information evening for people wanting to stand in local elections will be held at the end of the month. Anyone who wants to learn more about local politics should attend. The evening will provide more information about standing for local body elections, including becoming a councillor, community board member or mayor. The event will be held at the district council headquarters in Rolleston on Thursday 30 June from 7pm. LAKE WARNING A health warning is still in place at Lake Forsyth as Environment Canterbury continues to monitor its condition. ECan surface water science manager Tim Davie said the nodularia concentrations had declined, but were still above the level at which health warnings needed to be in place. SALE SALE SALE ONE WEEK ONLY 30% OFF Selected Bras 25% OFF All Winter Sleepwear WE SPECIALISE IN THE CARE AND PRESERVATION OF TREES • Pruning • Expert Tree Felling • Fully Insured • Free Quotes • Powerline Clearing • Branch Chipping • Competitive Rates • Orion Approved Contractor FULLY QUALIFIED ARBORISTS Offers end 30th June. New Builds Project Management Construction Services Shop 48 Barrington, Barrington Street Phone 03 337 6609 We are your local builders. Call today FoR a FREE QUotE Phil: 021-0769-669 Member of NZ Arboriculture Association For quotes and enquiries phone 03 349 7143 | For urgent enquiries phone 027 272-6710 Email: Warm up with us Seniors two-course LUNCH SPECIAL Special available lunch only Monday - Saturday 12pm - 2.30pm Conditions apply. www.arbor– Soup/Roast - OR - Roast/Dessert RACECOURSE HOTEL & MOTOR LODGE OPEN 7 DAYS from 6.30am for BREAKFAST - LUNCH - DINNER TWO COURSES $20 RESTAURANT & CAFÉ ‘Famous for their roasts!’ CHILDREN under 12 : two courses : from $10 118 Racecourse Rd, Sockburn, Christchurch. Ph 03 342 7150 (opposite Riccarton Raceway)