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Selwyn Times: July 12, 2016

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4 Tuesday July 12 2016 SELWYN TIMES Springston south resident Mike Glover responds to a Soap Box column by Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee chairman Allen Lim on water issues and quality in streams around Selwyn. Allen points out that the zone committee’s focus is on water issues at a community level. I live near the Selwyn Huts community where the pollution levels in the Selwyn River for both nitrates (animal effluent and fertiliser run off) and E.coli have been consistently high for decades. The last summer was miserable – with toxic algae from excessive effluent/fertiliser and high E.coli levels making both swimming or even paddling out of the question. We are at the end of the line for pollution from the upper catchment. Its all got to go somewhere – to hear that the Liffey Stream could be diluted to lower nitrate levels is no solution at all – it will still end up in Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere where the Government (actually that’s me and you – fellow taxpayers) is already going to spend millions cleaning up the pollution from farming over the next decades anyway. Allen talks of the ‘nitrate challenge’ – its more like a disaster and its only going to get worse. The ‘tough new rules for farmers’ he talks of are based on slack new rules in the National Objectives Framework for Water which allow for up to 10 times more nitrate in Proudly supported by our water than previous standards. Even the ‘middle ground’ here is totally unacceptable. Allen Lim responds to Mike Glover’s letter. I share Mike’s frustration about the state of the Selwyn River. It’s one of the reasons why I became involved in the Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee. Reading Mike’s comments, it is obvious to me that we, as a zone committee, have not been very good at telling the community about what we are doing, resulting in misunderstandings. Contrary to Mike’s opinion, Targeted Stream Augmentation is definitely a way forward for healthy lowland steams. We have successfully completed a trial of TSA at Boggy Creek. The next stage is to investigate the feasibility of catchment-wide TSA by bringing alpine water through existing stockwater races to target areas. TSA will become more necessary because with climate change, less rain is predicted to fall on the Canterbury Plains. This will result in low flows and HEAT PUMPS Which one is right for you? • Single-split, Multi-split, Ducted? • Wall, Floor console, Ceiling cassette, Concealed? • Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Fujitsu, Daikin, Toshiba...? Presents Find out with a FREE HOME APPRAISAL from the Independent Heat Pump Experts. Sat 16th - Sun 17th July 9am - 5pm Horncastle Arena 55 Jack Hinton Drive, Addington worse water leading to greater potential for algal bloom – which is what Mike observed last year in the Selwyn River. For Mike to call the situation a “disaster” is premature. I would save that word for the years to come – because things will get worse before they get better. Make no mistake, the rules that now apply to farmers in Selwyn Waihora are some of the toughest in the country. Many farmers in the zone will need a consent to farm. Dairy farmers will need to reduce nutrient losses from their farms by 30 per cent. The rules also include catchment limits for nitrogen losses from point source discharges – industrial processing activities and community sewerage. The water problems in our zone have been decades in the making and it will be many years before we will see significant improvements. We need the community to be patient and come with us on the journey. S. Slater, of Lincoln – With reference to your article in the Selwyn Times regarding a possible swimming pool in Lincoln, I would very much support this project. As a senior resident and weekly swimmer, I would certainly welcome a pool closer to home, and feel that along with the growing community, university and local schools this would be well supported and welcomed. $5 Entry *Kids under 2 free* The Christchurch Brick Show is back and is one of the biggest LEGO® event of its kind in New Zealand! The Exhibition will showcase fantastic LEGO® fan creations, and is aimed at LEGO® fans of all ages. LEGO is a trademark of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorise or endorse this event. Hasson to run for eighth term LONG serving district councillor Debra Hasson will stand again in October’s local body elections. Cr Hasson has had a seat on the district council since 1995 and is now serving her seventh term. She was elected when she was in her 30s, after a retiring councillor suggested putting her name forward. “They called me the baby because I was the youngest on the council,” said Cr Hasson. Over the years, Cr Hasson has seen many changes in the area, noting the way Rolleston and Lincoln have grown so quickly and how the townships around Selwyn continue to change as more people move into the area. She did not become a councillor because of the pay. At the time she joined, the salary for a councillor was $3000 a year, now they receive $35,000. “You do it because you’re passionate about your community and what happens in the area,” she said. Cr Hasson said that when she first started, there was only one other female councillor. Not much has changed 21 years on with Cr Hasson and Cr Sarah Walters still the only women on the counil. However, Cr Walters is running for the mayoralty only this year. If she is not elected, Cr Hasson will be the only female at the council table. “I hope more females put their hands up to be on the council,” she said. Cr Hasson is interested to see how the new set of councillors interact with each other. She said this term’s councillors have interacted really well together. “I’ve been on [Selwyn] district councils when there have been separate A and B teams and I have been on some [Selwyn] councils when they have worked really well together. A large part of it is having respect for the other councillors,” she said. While she is staying quite on whether she will run for the mayor, she plans to stay a district councillor for several more years. NEED DENTURES? WE CAN HELP 230 Barrington st 332 4004 Your Local Friendly Dental Technician Easy parking & great service BOOK NOW 0800 47 48 97 THE INDEPENDENT SPECIALISTS

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday July 12 2016 5 News Accident may have been avoided THREE TOURISTS who plunged 40m off a bluff in a car before landing on a railway embankment but walked away with minor injuries are lucky to be alive, police say. A Japanese man, Chinese man and a French woman, all in their early 20s, were driving between Springfield and Arthur’s Pass at about 8.30am on a recent Saturday morning when the Japanese man, who was behind the wheel, lost control of the vehicle. Senior Constable Andy Grant said that although the Japanese man held an international drivers’ licence which allowed him to drive on New Zealand roads, police had now advised him to buy a New Zealand Road Code, study it and sit a New Zealand driver licence test. A decision on whether any charges would be laid was yet to be made. Senior Constable Grant said it was very fortunate that no one was killed and the incident was a great advertisement for the importance of wearing seat belts. BATTLING A BLAZE: The Darfield Volunteer Fire Force battle fires around the district. Join the fire force THE DISTRICT council needs more people to become rural fire fighters. The Darfield Rural Fire Force was established last year and currently has 12 members but they are looking for more to join their team. There are four rural fire forces in Selwyn. They are located at Arthur’s Pass, Lake Coleridge, West Melton and Darfield. Selwyn district principal rural fire officer Douglas Marshall said the district council wants to recruit more volunteers to cope with more call-outs all year round, but especially during the summer when nor’west winds pick up. “The amount of time volunteers spend attending to fires varies a lot throughout the year. Generally, call-outs in winter and spring-time are limited, while during a hot summer fire fighters can be very busy,” Mr Marshall said. Fire fighters will receive training before joining the force and will continue to receive training during their time with the force. For people intersted in signing up, call 318 8338. In Brief SWIMMING FOR RIO Swimmers at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre have swam 8816km, which is 352,653 lengths of the pool, to help raise funds for a new St John ambulance station. The aim of the fundraiser is to swim the distance from Lyttelton to Rio de Janeiro by the time the Olympic Games start next month. Swimmers have 2949km left to go to raise as much money as they can before the games open. CORRECTIONS Last week’s story about Selwyn properties being listed as potentially contaminated incorrectly stated that the programme was being carried out by Environment Canterbury on behalf of the district council. In fact, the Hazardous Activities and Industries List programme is being managed by ECan, with some assistance from the district council. Also last week, a news in brief about a potential earthquake memorial plaque on Telegraph Rd incorrectly referred to Malvern Community Board member Judith Pascoe as being the chairwoman. Jenny Gallagher is the board chairwoman and she made the comment attributed to Ms Pascoe. BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS The Lincoln Envirotown Trust celebrated its 10th birthday recently. The trust was started in 2006, focusing on just Lincoln, but has now grown to cover more of Selwyn. Previous and current members of the trust gave speeches and spoke about what the trust does. Chairwoman Sam Rowland and founding member Sue Jarvis blew out the candles on the birthday cake. ROLLESTON 150TH The organisers of Rolleston’s 150th anniversary are looking for sponsors and old photos to use in their displays as part of the celebrations planned for October. The photos and equipment will be given back after the celebrations are over. If anyone has photos or equipment, phone committee chairman Jeff Bland on 027 399 9206. SELWYN AWARDS Tickets are now on sale for the Sensational Selwyn Awards. The award winners will be announced at Lincoln Event Centre on July 30. Tickets cost $75 per person, and will be available online at www. or by phoning 0508 ITICKET. Organic Training College Learn from the experts Start a career in organics. Reduce your footprint and produce a regular supply of your own fruit and vegetables. Programme Information | 03 3253684 Courses • Organic Distance Programme Part time 1 year, enrol anytime • Year 1 Introduction to Organics 44 weeks, starts August 2016 (Lincoln Campus) • Year 2 Applied Organics 46 weeks, starts August 2016 (Lincoln Campus) All fees under $500 Holistic, Health & Spiritual Expo Aura Photos Crystals Psychic Readings Spiritual Art Fairy Goods Love Light Candles Jewellery Natural Therapies, Natural Health Products & Remedies *Kids! Free face-painting with Rainbowlily *Free demos & workshops (11am-4pm) *Refreshments available Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th July 10am-5pm West Melton Community Centre Entry$5 1165 West Coast Rd (SH73) West Melton (U16 free) *All children must be accompanied by a paying Adult fb Soul Jam for full info