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Selwyn Times: October 04, 2016

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4 Tuesday October 4 2016 News SELWYN TIMES No stopping economic growth Selwyn has continued to ride an economic high tide this year, the latest economic data shows. Tom Doudney reports on the growth which just won’t stop SELWYN’S ECONOMY has hit new highs thanks largely to a commercial building boom and the district’s strong retail sector. Rolleston resident Sinead McGrath said the growth had been a big factor in deciding to start up her hair and beauty salon Copperhead Road, which opened about seven weeks ago. “I have hair dressed in Rolleston for a few years and built up quite a big clientele but just with all the new people coming into the area and the fact that there was only three or four other hair salons I thought there was a lot of potential to grow a business out here,” she said. “It’s going brilliantly.” Malvern Butchery owner Paddy McKay said business in Darfield was booming and he was noticing the increased trade in his own shop. IN DEMAND: An extension of the Lincoln New World was recently completed. Population growth across Selwyn has driven both the expansion of existing shops and the building of new ones. PHOTO: ANDREW KING “Darfield is going flat out, things are going real good here,” Mr McKay said. Data compiled by economic analysts Infometrics showed the value of non-residential building consents in Selwyn grew by 40 per cent for the year to June. During this time, consents valued at $152 million were lodged, up from $109 million for the previous 12 months. District council building manager Vanessa Beavon said the figures reflected a number of factors including the building of new schools in Rolleston, consents for new shops to be developed in Rolleston, West Melton and Darfield and the continuing development of new businesses at Izone. Non-residential consent values increased by 16 per cent in Canterbury and by 15 per cent nationally in the year to June. Selwyn retail trade was up by 6.4 per cent, well up on national retail activity figures of 2.8 per cent. Overall, Selwyn’s gross domestic product grew by 3.8 per cent, significantly above the Canterbury average of 0.9 per cent, and above the New Zealand figure of 2.7 per cent. Selwyn’s unemployment rate of 2 per cent was the fifth lowest among New Zealand territorial authorities. Canterbury’s unemployment rate was 3.2 per cent and New Zealand’s 5.2 per cent. The 2014/2015 year was an exceptionally busy year for Selwyn as Statistics New Zealand estimated that the district’s population grew by 6.5 per cent in the year to June 2015 and is now estimated to be about 55,000. MOST PEOPLE would probably recognise the growing population along with farming and rural industries as growth drivers in Selwyn but not everyone would see tourism as part of the district’s success. Yet Selwyn’s tourist numbers have been on the rise, with 94,649 guest nights recorded in the district (covering both international and domestic visitors) in the year to June, up 4.4 per cent from the previous 12 months. District council chief executive David Ward said a focus on tourism promotions had been part of its strategy since 2011. A shortage of venues in Christchurch due to the earthquakes had been a factor in Selwyn’s business tourism growth as people had ventured further out of the city to hold their events. Mr Ward said an increase in international flights into Christchurch Airport, particularly from China, and Queenstown had also had an impact on visitor numbers across the whole of Canterbury. HEAT PUMP SALE NOW ON! Amazin’ spring Specials!! New Builds Alterations & Renovations Project Management Construction Services NO JOB TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL 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” Try something new this Spring Term 4 Recreation Classes - October to December 2016 Look out for the brochure in your letterbox* or alternatively pick one up from your local library, service centre or the Selwyn District Council. Also available on our website. Lincoln Event Centre Get fit and energised with HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) – a mix of boxing, spinning and weights to motivating music for only $8 a class. HIIT – Tuesdays 9.15-10.15am and Box-HIIT – Wednesdays 7-8pm. 15 Meijer Drive, Lincoln 347 2983, Rolleston Community Centre Try one of 4 new spin classes for endurance and cardio fun this term. Golf for adults returns to Burnham Golf Course and there’s new baby and mini gym classes on Friday too. 94 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston 347 2882, *Rolleston and Lincoln residents only Event Centre Community Centre

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday October 4 2016 5 throughout Selwyn region THE TWIN pillars of new business investment and agriculture mean Selwyn has every reason to be confident about its future growth, an economic analyst says. Infometrics senior economist Benje Patterson (right) said Selwyn’s economy was “quite interesting” compared to many of its peers in surrounding districts. “Even though in some ways it is a primary sector orientated district in that it has a lot of agricultural production, it is also somewhere where we are seeing a lot of investment and that has come about because of many people flocking to residential areas that are growing in Rolleston and other satellite communities,” he said. Commercial development in retail, logistical facilities and industrial space boded well for the future both because much of the construction was still yet to happen and this development would enable further economic activity. “Those factors lead us to be reasonably optimistic that Selwyn is going to continue to perform well – it may not grow at quite the rate it has recently but even if it was to grow at two or three per cent that would still be very good growth for a regional economy,” Mr Patterson said. The recovery in dairy prices was also cause for optimism. “Dairy prices are not yet at their historical averages but they are up 25-30 per cent in terms of the pay out forecast compared with a year earlier and that is going to see farmers feeling more confident in their spending patterns,” he said. Federated Farmers North Canterbury dairy chairman Michael Woodward (left) said that, apart from some general maintenance which had been put off during the downturn, farmers were unlikely to increase their spending much until next season. “There is potentially pressure coming from banks to basically step up repayments,” Mr Woodward said. “So we have got to have some good $6 plus pay outs to get back to where those farmers are really happy again.” WITH A new shopping centre soon to open to cater for the subdivisions which have sprung up over the last 10 years West Melton is a poster child for Selwyn’s runaway growth. While Rolleston and Lincoln have grabbed much of the spotlight, West Melton’s own population growth over the last 10 years has been phenomenal. Resident Bruce Russell, who is deputy chairman of the Selwyn Central Community Board, said this was driving demand for new facilities and businesses. “In 2006 we had 40 houses here – today we have got nearly 1000,” Mr Russell said. “With the new shopping centre going ahead West Melton is going to be a little township on its own.” The shopping centre, which is being built by James Lloyd Developments, is expected to open early next month. It features a Four Square supermarket and 12 other shops including a restaurant and bar, Unichem, medical centre, bakery, real estate agent, hairdresser and a beauty therapy salon. James Lloyd Developments director Tony Hickman said there were only two shops which COMING SOON: West Melton’s new shopping centre is expected to open early next month. did not have tenants arranged yet and discussions were taking place to fill those vacancies. “The phone rings every day from residents asking when it’s going to open and what kind of businesses are going to be there,” he said. “It’s what the area has needed for a long time.” Mr Russell is also steering committee chairman for the planned $6.6 million West Melton Community and Recreation Centre which will replace the community’s ageing hall. He said the new building would be a big asset to the area. “We are still hoping to go out for tender probably about December and then have the thing built in hopefully September or October 2017,” Mr Russell said. “The Lincoln Event Centre is attracting people from Christchurch, conferences and all that sort of thing, and we could do the same thing here because we are only 10 minutes from Christchurch.”