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Selwyn Times: August 09, 2016

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4 Tuesday August 9 2016 SELWYN TIMES Your Local Views Predator-free NZ a bold goal RECENTLY THE Government announced ews the bold goal of making New Zealand predator-free by 2050. This is a ground-breaking initiative to rid New Zealand of rats, stoats and possums and is the most ambitious conservation project attempted anywhere in the world. Our native birds and plants are a central part of our national and regional identity and are a ashion real source of local pride. However, many of our most threatened native animals come under constant attack from introduced predators such as rats, stoats and possums. These animals kill around 25 million native birds a year and are the most significant cause of New Zealand’s decline Gardening of threatened species. As well as being responsible for a loss of biodiversity, predators also wreak havoc on our agricultural sector by spreading disease, and destroying pasture, crops and forestry. The Government has allocated an initial $28 million of funding for the predator-free otoring programme, which will see the Department of Conservation and the Ministry for Primary Industries work in partnership Amy Adams Selwyn MP with private groups, iwi and community sectors to help protect our native species. There are some great local groups already doing amazing work to rid Selwyn of predators. These include the Arthur’s Pass Wildlife Trust and the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust. A new Government company, Predator Free New Zealand Ltd, will sponsor community partnerships around the country, giving local conservation groups and pest eradication initiatives the opportunity to receive support for their programmes. The target builds on the work already being done to protect our native species. Pest control is at an all-time high, and earlier this year we committed more than $20 million to New Zealand’s biggest ever pest control operation, Battle for our Birds. Achieving a predator-free New Zealand is the next step in our conservation journey. The project will require a massive effort from our communities, but the end result will be worth it. Ridding New Zealand of predators is also expected to provide major benefits for New Zealand’s farming, research and technology sectors. For example, possums and ferrets are carriers of the destructive disease bovine TB, so eradicating them will provide a boost for cattle and deer farmers. As all the technology to achieve a predator-free New Zealand doesn’t yet exist, scientific development will play a key role in the programme. The programme is about harnessing the strength of local communities to achieve a predator-free country, so I urge everyone who’s keen to help achieve the goal to get involved. For more information on a Predator Free New Zealand, visit http://predatorfreenz.org/. Highland Games heavy event gets big boost A NEW three-year sponsorship deal for the Hororata Highland Games’ Scottish heavy event will be a big boost, organisers say. Event manager Cindy Driscoll said the investment from Gough Cat would help continue to grow and deliver a world class competition. “We committed to providing a pathway into this sport, which can take competitors all over the world, and the support of Gough Cat has enabled us to provide a training opportunity for amateur men and women who want to receive expert coaching in four of the heavy athletic disciplines,” Mrs Driscoll said. Eighteen-time New Zealand Highland Heavy Events champion Pat Hellier, and 1992 Olympic Games athlete and former coach of Olympic shot putter Valerie Adams, Kirsten Hellier, will be coming down from Auckland to coach the amateur training day next month. Scottish heavy athletics owe its roots to the highland warriors who would keep in shape between battles by competing amongst themselves with everyday implements. Things like stones, blacksmith’s hammers, a tree trunks (cabers) became tools for building strength for battle. The amateur training day will be held at the Hororata Domain on September 3. Places are limited and people need to preregister. No experience is necessary and details can be found online at www.hororatahighlandgames. org.nz. This year’s highland games will be held on November 5. The event attracts some of the best professional heavy athletes in the world as well as less experienced competitors. asty Leona, Mark Bites and the team look forward to being of service for all your motoring needs. 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SELWYN TIMES Tuesday August 9 2016 5 ews CPW only sticking point ashion THE CENTRAL Plains • By Tom Doudney Water scheme was a point of contention in an otherwise agreeable meeting between Green Party MPs and the Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee. Green MPs Catherine Delahunty (the party’s water spokeswoman) and Mojo Mathers met Gardening with the zone committee last week to discuss strategies for tackling water issues in the district. The Waikirikiri/ Selwyn River is on otoring a list of 10 polluted Catherine Delahunty rivers around the country which the Greens have chosen to highlight as part of a travelling campaign focused on how to make rivers swimmable again. Ms Delahunty said there was a lot which the party agreed with the zone committee on. asty Bites However, the Greens had some concerns about engineering solutions proposed to address water shortages in the district, including the Central Plains Water scheme’s diversion of IN FOCUS: The Selwyn River is on a list of 10 polluted rivers around the country as part of a Green Party campaign to make rivers swimmable. alpine water for irrigation. “We have real concerns that in the long run we have to live within our means rather than take water out of other catchments to use to fix the problems on the plains. We don’t actually think that’s very sustainable.” Ms Delahunty said arguments based on projections that climate change would bring more alpine water to the rivers, replacing that taken for irrigation, were based on hope rather than science as it could not be known for sure whether these projections would pan out as expected. Zone committee member and district councillor Pat McEvedy said the Green Party was prepared to use climate change data when it suited its own position. “We are using data that has been put in front of us by Environment Canterbury and many other sources saying that due to climate change there will be less rainfall on the plains and more in the Southern Alps, so when is it convenient to use data and when is it not?” However, he said overall the meeting had been a positive one. “We all want better water quality in the Selwyn, I don’t think there is any doubt about that, and the challenge is how we get there.” • The Green Party will hold a public meeting at Lincoln Event Centre on August 30 to discuss how the country can improve river water quality locally, regionally and nationally. A panel of speakers for the event is yet to be finalised. In Brief SUBDIVISION DEVELOPMENT The Beaumont Park residential development in Rolleston has released 39 new sections. McConnell Property recently purchased a 3.5ha site at the northern end of Beaumont Park. The new release comes as all 96 homes in the development’s first two stages are now under offer or have already sold. The new sections, known as the Kendon Drive release, will be developed in two stages. FIELD DAYS APPLICATIONS Online application for exhibitors at next year’s South Island Agricultural Field Days are open. The event will be held from March 29-31 at its now permanent home on Courtney Rd, Kirwee. Field Days secretary Nicola Burgess said the organising committee was looking forward to building on the success of its 2015 event, the first at the site. Exhibitors can book space for the event via siafd. co.nz CORRECTION In the July 26 edition of Selwyn Times, the name of a rugby team under the heading of ‘holiday fun’ was incorrect. The name of the team is the Rolleston under-7 Pink Team. The Selwyn Times apologises for the error. oney 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 heatpumpguys.co.nz THE INDEPENDENT SPECIALISTS Unique & Handcrafted FURNITURE HOME DÉCOR • GIFTS www.ynots.co.nz ynots.gifts@xtra.co.nz 2239 Main South Road - 5 minutes south of Rolleston 03 3476190 10% oFF all our beautiful unique pots one week only from Saturday 13th August - Sunday 21st August