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Selwyn Times: September 27, 2016

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4 Tuesday September 27 2016 News Poor visibility, dark clothing factors in road death SELWYN TIMES • By Tom Doudney POOR VISIBILITY and an unfortunate choice of clothing are thought to be factors in the death of a man hit by a car west of Templeton last month. Todd Jackson, 48, was visiting from Queensland where he had been living for the last 10 years, when he died on August 26. Mr Jackson was walking along Newtons Rd when he was struck by a car driven by an 18-year-old man who lived in the Rolleston area. Police will not decide on whether charges will be laid until a serious crash investigation has been completed. Sergeant Grant Stewart said visibility had been poor when Mr Jackson was struck, as it was about 6.50am. This along with where he was and his “unfortunate” choice of clothing – a camouflage top and dark pants – were thought to be contributing factors. Alcohol was not a factor and speed was not suspected to be either, but the investigation was yet to formally reach that conclusion. REMINISCING: Former pupils Joan Simpson (attended 1927-34), Jocelyn Templeton (1929-34) and Eileen Kortegast (1930-36) were the among the oldest to attend the reunion. (Right) The school’s 1946 dux Margaret Watson with the former roll of honour board which bears her name. The board, which goes up until 1951, had been in storage in a caretaker’s shed but was dusted off for the event. Lincoln Primary celebrates 150 years A TOTAL of 238 people, including former pupils and staff, attended a reunion as part of Lincoln Primary School’s 150th anniversary celebrations on Saturday. A time capsule placed for the 125th anniversary was pulled up and poems from it were read out. A new time capsule with material from the 150th anniversary will be prepared. The oldest former pupil in attendance was Joan Simpson (nee Bray), 96, who rang the school bell with one of the youngest current pupils Quinten Menzies, 5. Mrs Simpson also cut an anniversary cake with the school’s longest serving teacher Robyn Tobeck who has been at the school for 30 years. Other events on Saturday included a plaque unveiling, tree planting and the taking of commemorative photographs of pupils from different decades. Organising committee member Fiona Lees (nee Lindsay) said it had been a lovely afternoon in spite of poor weather. Events held on Friday included open classrooms with displays from the pupils during the morning and a mix and mingle event in the evening. M cEVEDY FOR MAYOR • I live locally in Selwyn Central Ward with my wife and family • 38 years in NZ Police force - last 4 were based here in Selwyn • It is my privilege to have served this community as your Ward Councillor for the last 6 years. • Providing an honest, open and common sense approach to resolve the issues and challenges that face Selwyn Previously United Travel listening taking action getting results Building a bright future for Selwyn Authorised by C.H. Clark 44 Taumutu Rd Southbridge LA Thrill, Fiji Chill $100 DUTY FREE VOUCHER for every new booking* 4 Nights Los Angeles + 4 Nights Fiji from $ 2399 * 4 Nights Anaheim 4 Nights ‘Double Tree’ by Hilton Fiji (includes breakfast daily) Return airport transfers per person twin share, return flights ex CHCH YOU Travel Ferrymead Unit 5, 960 Ferry Road, Ferrymead 03 384 2700 @ YOU Travel Tower Junction 3/4 Troup Drive, Addington 03 341 8965 @ Pricing is based on low season and travel block outs 18-20 November 2016, 24-28 November 2016, 24 December 2016 - 2 January 2017. The 4 night combinations may vary depending on month of travel due to airline schedules changing. The $100 voucher will apply to any new bookings made for a minimum of 2 people or more and must include air and land content to a minimum spend of $3,000. This promotion applies to bookings made from 20/8/16 - 30/9/16.

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday September 27 2016 5 In the lead up to local body elections in October, The Selwyn Times will be regularly putting a question to each of the five Selwyn mayoral candidates. This week’s question relates to the $13.84 million the district council has loaned to the Central Plains Water (CPW) scheme in recent years. We asked the candidates whether they thought the loans had been a good decision and how they would feel about the district council making further loans in future to other private organisations or schemes. Deputy mayor Sarah Walters: The council has been involved in a number of different funding arrangements and my stance has varied depended on the circumstances. I voted in favour of the current loan for the design of stage two as it had potential benefits for community water supplies and unlocked funding from outside the district. There are other councillor roles related to the scheme than just being a money lender, including approving the Central Plains Water Trust’s annual statement of intent and a joint committee with Christchurch City Council as joint settlors of the trust. I have been closely involved with both as my aim is to ensure the benefits of the scheme are spread as widely as possible and the negatives are minimised as much as possible. TASTY GORGEOUS FOOD Much loved gourmet food made our way NOW OPEN SATURDAY 7am - 1.30pm SPECIALIST BAKERY • Hand-made on premises daily • Wide selection of gorgeous, tasty slices • Fresh cut sandwiches, paninis, bagels & salads • Delicious pies, sausage rolls, quiches, muffins & scones • Gluten free options available 66-68 Springs Rd | Email: Ph 344 6044 | Open Mon-Fri 6am-3.30pm District councillor Pat McEvedy: I have supported loaning money to CPW on two occasions. I think that in both situations that decision has been vindicated. Both were for design which commercial banks do not cover and both attracted substantial grants from government which benefited the areas concerned. The first loan has been fully repaid and the second will be repaid in the near future. Both were on commercial terms with good returns to council. When weighing up the option of proceeding with these loans there were factors other than financial to consider. One of these was the environmental benefits of seeing the water pumped from deep bores returned to the environment. I believe in future this will be seen as a major improvement to the freshwater aquifers in Selwyn. SALE NOW ON 20 % 25 % Candidate Bill Woods: The Selwyn District Council has over the years invested considerable money in different projects or schemes. Some purely as guaranteed bonds and others in companies that have failed with a complete loss to the council. Whether it is called a loan or an investment the council is still legally responsible for its safekeeping. I have no problem with the loan to the CPW as it will provide a return to the district. what I do object to is the apparent lack of security for the money. If there is adequate security of the people’s money I have no objection to similar loans. OFF ALL KNITTING YARN Excluding items already on special. SupEr SpEciAL pricES ON SEWING MACHINES Preloved & Deleted Models PFAFF SEWING CENTRE Shands Rd 9 Witham St, Hornby Phone 349 7867 9 as seen on OFF ALL QUILTING FABRICS Prebbleton - Lincoln A my es Rd Springs Rd Carmen Rd Main South Rd sale ends 30th september Russley Riccarton - City Authorised by Mark Alexander 478 Two Chain Road RD7 Christchurch 7677. Elections 16 District councillor Sam Broughton: It was a good decision to lend CPW money for the various stages of the scheme. Council has a partnership role to play in community development and CPW offers the opportunity for large scale employment growth, land use diversification and environmental sustainability and monitoring. Water taken from alpine rivers is more sustainable than drawing 1000-year-old water from more than 200m underground. Water on farm can lead to diversity and provides new horticultural opportunities as well as supporting and growing existing agricultural uses. Supporting local job growth will help people travel less, keep dollars earned in the district and bring new people into our district, growing our skill base. I will make future decisions on a case by case basis. District councillor Debra Hasson: CPW is a private company. I don’t support lending ratepayer funds to any private company. The reason, rates are collected for service delivery and under the Local Government (Rating) Act, if you can’t pay, council has the ability to charge payment against your property. This is different from a decision where you may choose to borrow money to invest in a company for capital gain as a personal choice. I see council’s role as supporting all private businesses equally, through District Plan provisions and fees and charges under council’s (10 year), Long Term Plan. Central Government should have accepted responsibility for this loan. I realise my decision was a minority view but it represented the thoughts of many in our community. HAVE YOUR SAY: Can you think of a question you would like to have the candidates answer? Email it tom.doudney@ ü Vote Mark Alexander SELWYN COUNCIL ü ü ü for HONEST INDEPENDENT EXPERIENCED BRAND NEW VILLAGE CENTRE AND CARE CENTRE – NOW OPEN! Welcome to our new village centre and care centre. We’re excited to let you know that our village centre is now open! The village centre is the heart of our Summerset community with residents already enjoying the fantastic facilities, like the café, lounges, indoor swimming pool and spa, library, exercise room and outdoor bowling green. The village centre is also home to our care centre, which offers a range of care options up to rest home and hospital-level care. Come and see why we love the life at Summerset Open Weekend 1 & 2 October, 10am – 4pm Summerset at Wigram 135 Awatea Road, Christchurch Contact Anne Walker on 03 741 0872 Artist’s impression Love the life WORK6792