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Selwyn Times: August 02, 2016

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4 Tuesday August 2 2016 Your Local Views SELWYN TIMES Amy Adams ews ashion AS AT the 2013 census there were 7080 people aged 65 and over living in the Selwyn electorate. This represents 12 per cent of our population and is slightly less than the New Zealand average of 14.3 per cent of the total population who were aged 65 Gardening and over March 2013. However, we know that our population is ageing so it will be interesting to see if this statistic changes considerably when the next census is held in March 2018. The Government recognises the important contribution our older generation has made and otoring continues make our communities. In return, the Government is committed to supporting our older citizens and assisting them to have easy access to the public services that they need. Recent claims that the Super- Gold card is being phased out are incorrect. In fact, this year’s asty Bites Budget 2016 included an additional $41 million of operating funding for the scheme over the next four years. The Government is committed to ensuring SuperGold card holders continue to enjoy free off-peak public transport. Recent changes to how the scheme is funded will not change these oney entitlements. Over the past few years, costs of maintaining the scheme have increased rapidly due to a rise in the number of people who qualify for the scheme, increased use of the card, and increases in public transport fares. Consequently, the Government took Selwyn MP Supporting our senior citizens the opportunity to wrap funding of the SuperGold scheme into recent changes to public transport funding, to get better value for money for public transport services as well as the SuperGold card scheme. However, there is no change whatsoever to the entitlements that our seniors have. The new funding model means better value for money, not a reduction in services. Cardholders can continue to catch public transport at no cost during off-peak hours. There has also been some concern around the switch to smart cards in some areas such as Auckland. Again, there is no reduction in the services to which cardholders are entitled. It is about improving services for those using multiple forms of transport in one trip, as well as making collecting data easier. The Government will work closely with other councils wanting to adopt similar technology to make the transition for Super- Gold users as easy as possible, and ensure they are fully informed if changes are occurring in their region. The SuperGold card is just part the Government’s package of support for older New Zealanders. We have increased funding for health to a record $16.1 billion. Superannuation has gone up 34 per cent since 2008, and more businesses than ever are part of the w scheme. The broad range of initiatives under way show this Government remains committed to promoting the interests and welfare of our seniors. Rolleston resident L Dunlop writes in response to a recent article in the Selwyn Times which highlighted concerns about speeding near West Rolleston Primary School. I was glad to see an article in relation to road safety near West Rolleston Primary School. I have seen a few people speeding past mainly in the morning between 8.45 and 9am. A few have been trade vehicles. Not all of them have been parents either as they go zooming past. I have a few issues with the roading in general around the school. Firstly, as you come off State Highway 1 and turn into Dunns Crossing Rd there is no turning bay for cars to pull over out of the way of traffic heading south. As you turn into Dunns Crossing Rd it’s a 70km/h speed limit (ridiculous). This should be a 50km/h speed zone as there are more houses being built and the likelihood of more children being present. Looking back TAKE CARE: Waiting at Dunns Crossing Rd to get to across to West Rolleston Primary School. The signage is piddly. I know there is a flashing sign which is still very small in comparison to the large 40km/h signs that are outside Rolleston Christian School. All schools in Rolleston should have these. Why is it that West Rolleston Primary School has been open since February, we are nearly in August and they still do not have a pedestrian crossing for the children? The stop signs – what stop signs you might ask? I have seen several people roll over these like they are non-existent. Parents or not. It’s only going to get busier as the school grows and the new pre-school opens. Why are the local government and the Ministry of Education being so slack? What does it take? A child to get hit by a car? Then someone will do something. Surely our children’s safety should be paramount. HOME SWEET HOME: This was Robert and Elspet Boyd’s sod cottage on Robinsons Rd in Broadfield. Mr Boyd bought the property in 1864. • Heritage photos supplied by Selwyn Libraries on behalf of the Lincoln and Districts Historical Society. If you have any information about this photo, please contact the library via

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday August 2 2016 5 News Business, teen recognised at Selwyn awards A ROLLESTON-BASED film company and Prebbleton teenager were recognised at the Sensational Selwyn Awards on Saturday. COBi Digital Productions Ltd won the Small Business Award. The family-owned business based in Rolleston creates cinematic promotional videos. Its clients include BBC, TVNZ and Warner Brothers. Prebbleton resident Elin Harris was given the Young Achiever Award. She is the head girl at Lincoln High School, and the deputy chairwoman of the Selwyn Youth Council. She is involved in several projects around the community. More than 300 people attended the biennial awards at the Lincoln Event Centre. Mayor Kelvin Coe said the businesses and individuals nominated for the awards were inspirational examples. West Rolleston Primary School, Te Kura o Te uru Kowhai Establishment board of trustees won the Environmental Award for their work in building environmental and energy-efficient practices for the school. The Sport Award was given to Southbridge resident Francie Turner. She is the coxswain for the New Zealand women’s rowing eight. She is currently competing at the Rio Olympics and also won a silver medal at the 2015 World Rowing Children stargaze during school holidays BUSINESS REWARDED: COBi Digital Productions Ltd owners Wayne and Lavinia Cook won the Small Business Award. Championships. The Arts and Culture Award was won by Amelia Dunbar who lives near Windwhistle. She was given the award for her work in fine art and acting. Springston resident Neville Sinclair Benny was given the Community Service Award for his work around Springston. The Large Business Award was given to The Laboratory. Owners Lisa and Martin Bennett opened the restaurant last year with the aim to create a craft beer which would attract locals and visitors. Gladfield Malt won the Agri-Business Award. The malt works is based near Dunsandel and owned by Doug and Gabi Michael. The malt previously won the 2015 DB Morton Coutts Trophy for Innovation and Achievement. The Tea House, based in Lincoln won the Tourism Award. It has been operating since 2012. The restaurant serves traditional English high tea in a vintage setting which has made it an attraction for Lincoln. There were 54 nominations put forward which was then shortlisted to 26 finalists. A panel of judges then selected the winners. GRAND DESIGN: This Darfield home by Craig Brown Construction Ltd won the supreme award for renovation of the year, a gold award and was the category winner for renovations $250,000 - $500,000. Supreme award for Darfield mansion AN HISTORIC mansion in Darfield has been announced as this year’s finest Canterbury renovation, winning one of two supreme awards in the Canterbury Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition. The Craig Brown Construction Ltd job also received a gold award and was the overall winner of the renovations over $500,000 category. The mansion was one of eight gold award winning homes from Selwyn. There were also five silver award winners in the district. The Darfield mansion was substantially damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes. In order to retain and restore the original detailing, the builders were required to adopt a different skill-set and use many materials not common to current building methods. Judges called it a brilliant renovation and a home that had been painstakingly restored to its former glory. “The builders are to be congratulated for the approach to good, old-fashioned craftsmanship and fine attention to detail.” The results of the regional competition were revealed at a gala dinner on Friday at the Airforce Museum in Wigram. Overall, there were 40 gold award winners from Canterbury which will now be judged against gold award winners from around the country to find the national gold reserve finalists. National category winners and the Registered Master Builders supreme awards for the House of the Year and Renovation of the Year will be announced at a gala dinner on November 26 at The Langham hotel in Auckland. STARSTRUCK: The Canterbury Astronomical Society hosted children’s nights at the observatory in West Melton during the school holidays. The children learnt about the stars and got a closer look at them through the telescope. HEAT PUMP SALE NOW ON! Amazin’ winter Specials!! New Builds Project Management Construction Services We are your local builders. Call today FoR a FREE QUotE Phil: 021-0769-669 • We will offer you the best quality brands and option of heat pump for your home/business • Providing Heat Pump solutions for over 14 years to Cantabrians • We personally guarantee all our products & installs for 5 years (providing annual maintenance has been completed) Phone us today for your free consultation & quote 41A SHAKESPEARE RD, WALTHAM PHONE 03 366 0525 “A local team for local people”