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Selwyn Times: July 26, 2016

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2 Tuesday July 26 2016 Inside FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK SELWYN TIMES News.............................................3 IT WAS a question that had the newsroom perplexed this week – would you rather have ramen for hair or mushrooms for ears? That was what was asked of Lincoln High School student Hannah Long in her bid to be part the United National Youth New Zealand Global Development Tour 2017. Check out her answer on page 5. Mail delivery days are being slashed in half for Darfield, West Melton and Sheffield from Monday. While district councillor Sam Broughton is not happy, some residents said they were not overly concerned. Check out the reaction on page 3. Finally, sport photographer Karen Casey was busy over the weekend, covering both rugby and netball clashes. Pages 15 and 16 have all the action. Hei kona, Shelley Robinson Willbee visits Busy Bumbles’ school holiday programme HOLIDAY FUN 12 Out & About..................... 9 Aliens.........................................10 Fashion.............................12 Zombie attacks................14 Food...................................15 Yarrr Pirates!........................18 What’s on........................24 Time Travel..........................32 Sports................................33 Motoring................................36 GET IN TOUCH General Enquiries Ph 379-7100 Classified Advertising Ph 379-1100 NEWS Caitlin Miles Ph: 364 7442 ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 Treat the Kids! Kids two course special from RESTAURANT & CAFÉ Open daily from 6.30am - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner $ 10 We are family friendly. Great Kids menu plus designated play area. ‘Famous for their roasts!’ Seniors SPECIAL Two courses Soup/Roast or Roast/Dessert $ 20 Special available lunch only Monday - Saturday 12pm - 2.30pm Conditions apply. Racecourse Hotel Motorlodge 118 Racecourse Rd, Sockburn, Christchurch. Ph 03 342 7150 (opposite Riccarton Raceway) HEAT PUMPS Which one is right for you? • Single-split, Multi-split, Ducted? • Wall, Floor console, Ceiling cassette, Concealed? • Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Fujitsu, Daikin, Toshiba...? Find out with a FREE HOME APPRAISAL from the Independent Heat Pump Experts. BOOK NOW 0800 47 48 97 THE INDEPENDENT SPECIALISTS

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday July 26 2016 3 News Mail deliveries set to halve • By Tom Doudney THE NUMBER of mail delivery days will be slashed in half for Darfield, West Melton and Sheffield starting from Monday. Delivery will fall from six days to three in these towns, as well as Oxford in the Waimakariri district, as part of restructuring at New Zealand Post, which is in response to falling mail volumes. Rural delivery addresses in the surrounding areas will continue to receive mail six days a week. A New Zealand Post spokeswoman said the state-owned enterprise would remain committed to delivering 95 per cent of mail within three working days as it did currently. “The way we’re delivering mail is changing, but our service standards are not,” the spokeswoman said. “Express parcels will be delivered overnight, and post office box and rural delivery services will continue as they are now.” District councillor Sam Broughton said people he had spoken to didn’t like the idea that services were going to be reduced. “Getting things delivered regularly is something which I think is an important part of the CUT BACKS: Mail delivery in Darfield, Sheffield and West Melton will be reduced from six days to three. ​ way people live their lives,” Cr Broughton said. “It’s not the end of the world, but it’s just not a very nice thing to be happening.” However, Darfield Community Committee chairman and Malvern Butchery owner Paddy McKay said he hadn’t heard a lot of concern about the changes. “A lot of our stuff is emailed now,” Mr McKay said. “If it’s going to affect anyone, it’s probably going to be the older generation, but mail is even limited to them now as well.” West Melton Residents’ Association chairman Jeff Waters said he hadn’t heard from any residents upset about the changes. Several commenters on the West Melton Community Page on Facebook said the changes were understandable and they didn’t mind. In July last year, New Zealand Post started delivering standard mail every second day in larger towns and cities, including Christchurch, Ashburton and Timaru. Those changes are now being rolled out to smaller towns. Other Selwyn towns will be affected in the next few years, but the time line is yet to be announced. Changes came into effect for Amberley, Hanmer Springs, Waikari and Waiau yesterday. In Brief STOLEN CAR PURSUED Police pursued the driver of a stolen can in the Windwhistle area on Friday after it was clocked travelling at 176km/h. Police lost track of the car which was last seen heading north on Mt Hutt Station Rd. The vehicle had recently been stolen from Avonhead, Christchurch. LAND LIST A drop-in session for landowners to discuss the inclusion of properties on the Hazardous Activities and Industries List will be held around the district this week and next week. Staff from both Environment Canterbury and the district council will be on hand. The sessions will be held at the district council’s Rolleston headquarters today; the Lincoln Event Centre tomorrow; the Glentunnel Hall on Monday; Leeston Library on August 2; and the Dunsandel Sports Centre on August 3. All sessions run from 2-8pm and any enquiries should be made to ECan. HEDGE FIRE Four fire appliances and four tankers were called to put out a fire in a 20m pine hedge in the Charing Cross area on Saturday at about 2pm. A fire communications spokeswoman said it was not known how the fire had started. WOULD YOU LIKE SOME NIPPLES? A colleague recently shared this little gem with me... “While at the recent Snow Sports Awards, a friend of mine who has a hearing loss approached me with a funny story. While having dinner at a local Otago restaurant, the waitress said to him “Would you like some nipples?” The waitress was young and pretty and knowing his glory days were over years ago, he was quite taken back. He looked around, she was definitely talking to him.... And she asked again, “Would you like some nipples?” His “dream come true” moment ended abruptly when he realised she was actually asking him if he wanted some “NIBBLES!”” Misunderstandings like these are often key drivers that prompt people to finally take action on their hearing loss. The average person has been struggling to hear for 7 to 10 years before they come in to see me. Why so much resistance to getting hearing impairment diagnosed and treated? Denial is a factor that cant be ignorred. Many older adults like to think that they don’t have a problem and ignore the numerous warning signs, including awkward social faux pas. People compensate by using their “good ear” or turning up the volume or smiling and nodding instead of actually understanding a conversation. The number one comments I hear from customers are “I hear what I want to hear” and “I know I should have done something about it a lot sooner.” “The honest truth is that in order to be fully engaged in life, you have to be able to communicate and be communicated to.” “Hearing well is a vital part of being social and being engaged in social settings,” says Brenna. Brenna Sincock Hearing Call 03 390 2332 today ““““I understand why people procrastinate and put it off but really, hearing is so important, it needs to be highter on our collective list of priorites. Nine out of ten people I see say “I wish I had got my hearing sorted sooner.” They experience the instant benefit and it has such a positive impact on their day to day lives.” If this sounds like you, call today for a hearing test. To encourage less procrastination, we are offering full diagnostic hearing tests for only $20. 36 Tennyson Street, Rolleston. Brenna Sincock Hearing Jon Griffiths Branding / Appropriate Usage PRINT