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Selwyn Times: November 01, 2016

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10 Tuesday November 1 2016 SCHOOLS New entrants Several new pupils started recently at West Rolleston. (Back row from left) Hunter, Khloe, Jaxson and Jack. (Front) Sahara, Blake and Stevienix. Isabelle (left), Robbie, Evelyn and Ethan started at West Melton on Tuesday, October 25. Sophie Hoey started at Rolleston on Tuesday, October 25. Has your child recently started school? Send your photos to tom.doudney@starmedia.kiwi Pupils have fun protecting wetland environment A WETLAND restoration day was full of memorable experiences for 150 year 5 and 6 Lincoln Primary pupils. How often would they hold a weta, catch an eel or weave with harakeke? The restoration took place at Ararira Wetland/Yarrs Flat on the shore of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere. The area is a Department of Conservation wildlife reserve and a small part of it, previously used for grazing, is now the focus of a planting project. The pupils were there as part of the collaborative Kids Discovery Plant-Out project, run by the Te Ara Kakariki Greenway Canterbury Trust, Enviroschools and the district council. While restoring the habitat at public sites is a feature of the plant-out days, other activities are also organised to engage pupils with the value of each environment they are restoring. The plant-out at Yarrs Flat was supported by Living Water, a partnership between Fonterra and DOC, which aims to improve biodiversity and water quality in five significant dairying regions across New Zealand. This was also the first time students from Lincoln University’s Global Challenges programme took a lead in facilitating one of the plant-out activities. The university students have formed a social enterprise named Adopt a Waterway and have been taking their cause to schools and the community, so that everyone can join the journey to help solve the issue of decreasing water quality. The activity they arranged for the pupils was to investigate the types of aquatic life in the stream and think about how healthy or polluted it was. One of the facilitators, Baylee Kersten, said the pupils were pleased to observe an eel close up – although the eel wasn’t so happy after being plucked out of its comfort zone and put on show for the day. SELWYN TIMES INQUISITIVE: Lincoln University student Baylee Kersten (left) introduced pupils to an eel, while Peter Croker (below), 10, handled a weta during a Kids Discovery Plant-Out day at Yarrs Flat. A new home, complete on your section for only $376,900! incl GST Marbella 232m 2 Brick exterior cladding • 232m² • 4 bedrooms • Study • 2 living areas • 2 bathrooms • Double garage • Building consent fees • Construction insurance • 10 year Registered Master Build Guarantee • Engineers ground report • Colorsteel roof My husband and I have just moved into a home built by Artisan Homes. Even though it is a large home we had no delays with supply or tradesmen. We were concerned when choosing a builder as we are in the Christchurch rebuild zone. Rob and his team were honest, very prompt sorting out any queries and helped with choices throughout the entire build. We are very pleased with our home. The quality and service was excellent. If we ever build again, it will be with Artisan Homes. - Kevin and Debbie, Templeton. • Clay brick & Linea weatherboard exterior • Flat 4-panel colorsteel garage door • Millenium showers • Grohe tapware • LED lighting • Custom design kitchen & laundry joinery • Bosch kitchen appliances • Rinnai gas fire • Daikin heat pump • Feltex extra heavy duty carpet over high density underlay • Porcelain floor tiles to all wet areas Just one example from our range of plans. Plans are viewable in high resolution digital at artisanhomes.co.nz. Let Rob and his team work with you to produce your own unique plan. Builders of superior homes. • Full custom design & build service • Over 40 years building & project management experience • Expert advice & personal friendly service • Fixed price contracts • 10 year Registered Master Build Guarantee • Excellent rates • Immediate start* (upon building consent issue) • Quote and build off your plans Silver medal winner in Registered Master Builders 2016 House of the Year Awards Office & Show Home: 5 Broomleigh Drive, Faringdon, Rolleston Phone: 03 374 9172 or Rob: 021 324 876 E-mail - robin@artisanhomes.co.nz Built to last.

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday November 1 2016 11 GOOD EFFORT: Reverend Jenni Carter presented the vicar’s award in the Creative Kids competition to Toby Driscoll, 5. Below – Other Creative Kids winners Big crowd for parish fair MORE THAN 2000 people turned out for various competitions, stalls and other entertainment at the recent Hororata Parish Fair. Children decorated spring-themed footwear and gingerbread people in the creative kids competitions. The supreme judge’s award winner was Hannah Booth, 13, of Hororata, and the vicar’s award went to Toby Driscoll, 5, of Coalgate. The children’s athletic competitions drew a big crowd with parents and grandparents cheering on their children in the sack races, egg and spoon races and the gumboot toss. Pedalmania was also a popular attraction with bikes that go sideways and pedals pushed backwards. The event was offered free thanks to some local donations. The country auction saw some fierce bidding for a few select items. A very old tricycle has gone to a new home, a pure wool blanket will be treasured and many families found bargains for household and garden items. Reverend Jenni Carter thanked the volunteers for making it a great day. “The community really pulled together to create an extraordinary fun family day. Good spirits, friendly punters, quality stalls and fantastic auctioneers,” she said. water sense When to water your lawn Don’t irrigate between 6-9am or 4-9pm daily Help us keep water flowing over summer... As summer approaches, properties connected to Council water supplies are being encouraged to adjust when they water their lawns in line with level 1 water restrictions. During summer demand for water increases significantly as many people water their lawns and gardens at the same time. While Selwyn has experienced moderate rainfall in October, groundwater levels remain low. So that we can continue to supply households with good water pressure and help conserve water over summer, we are asking residents on Council water supplies to avoid watering their lawns at times of peak demand for water. If demand for water increases over summer then water restrictions may be introduced requiring households to avoid watering lawns at specific times. Summer water restrictions are commonly used in New Zealand as a way to manage demand for water. 6PM Check weather conditions before watering We recommend you check weather conditions before watering. Watering your lawn during the middle of the day during hot days or when a Nor’ West is blowing results in a lot of water evaporating and watering in these conditions is not recommended. Watering on a cooler overcast day is a better option as provides the best opportunity for water to soak into your lawn or garden. Irrigate wisely 8PM 9PM 10PM 12AM 2AM 4AM 6AM KEEP IT SAFE & SECURE 4PM 9AM 8AM Where your water goes 2PM 10AM 12PM Activity Water Used Buckets Bath 50 to 120 litres (half full) 5 - 12 Shower (8 minutes) 70 to 160 litres 7-16 Front-loading washing machine 23 litres per kg of dry clothing 4 - 5 Leaking tap 200 litres per day 20 Hand-watering by hose 600 to 900 litres per hour 60 - 90 Garden sprinkler Up to 1500 litres per hour 150 Car wash with hose 100 to 300 litres 10 - 30 Filling swimming pool 20,000 to 50,000 litres 2,000 - 5,000 Get your perfect backyard shed! THICKER, STRONGER & MORE SECURE BIG RANGE OF GARDEN AND STORAGE SHED SIZES AND STYLES AVAILABLE CHRISTCHURCH 55 Hands Road Ph: (03) 338 9063 www.stratco.co.nz Tips for managing your water use ∙ Water your garden and lawn every few days rather than every day. Wetting the soil surface every day encourages roots to develop at the surface, making them more vulnerable to hot dry spells ∙ Watering for shorter periods lets the soil absorb more water than continuous watering ∙ Using watering cans or watering plants by hose uses less water than a sprinkler ∙ Use mulch or cover the soil with organic matter to keep the soil moist. Mulches protect plant roots from the drying effects of sun and wind and reduce weeds ∙ Check you have the right sprinkler head. It should apply water gently so it seeps into the soil. Some sprinklers apply more water than the soil can absorb ∙ When adding plants choose drought-resistant plants that don’t require a lot of water ∙ Inspect hoses and taps indoors and outdoors to check for leaks which waste water. www.selwyn.govt.nz