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Selwyn Times: November 29, 2016

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2 Tuesday November 29 2016 Inside FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK SELWYN TIMES News....................................3-10 WE’RE GROWING fast in parts of Selwyn, in fact third fastest in New Zealand, latest statistics reveal. When you see the amount of housing going up, the new schools being built, and business coming into the district, it’s easy to see why Selwyn is near the top of the growth table. Today we have coverage of the latest figures on pages 1, 4 and 5 and we focus on one of the district’s brand new faces – fiveday-old Hayden Baikie. He’s come into a world where the pace of change will quicken incredibly over the next few decades with technological advances. But young Hayden will no doubt take all of these in his ever growing strides, as generations before have during the changes in their lifetimes. – Barry Clarke Lincoln’s little corner of Germany 18 OUR PEOPLE Schools............................ 13 Sport......................22,23 - 25 Gardening.......................27 Community Events.....29 Shop ‘n Win.................. 30 Rural Life........................31-32 GET IN TOUCH General Enquiries Ph 379-7100 Classified Advertising Ph 379-1100 The Christchurch Star Company Ltd. PO box 1467 - Christchurch starmedia.kiwi NEWS Tom Doudney Ph: 371 0780 tom.doudney@starmedia.kiwi ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 lynette.evans@starmedia.kiwi Experience a tiny hearing aid that outperforms normal hearing in challenging listening environments* A virtually invisible German engineered hearing aid that enables wearers to understand speech in difficult listening situations like busy restaurants, and reduces listening effort throughout your day.* Easy to operate with excellent sound quality and audibility. For further information or to book an appointment for a free hearing screening and hearing aid demonstration FREE PHONE: 0800 72 73 66 Completely disappears Hearing Clinics available: Christchurch, Rangiora, Ashburton and West Coast (Hokitika, Greymouth and Westport). Consultations by Appointment only. *Clinically proven in two independent studies to provide better than normal hearing in certain demanding listening environments. *Special conditions apply Merivale Hearing Clinic 24b Church Lane, Merivale. Call: 356 2324 Greg Foote, Audiologist

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday November 29 2016 3 News Social media fuels rescue effort to relocate eels • By Tom Doudney SOCIAL MEDIA has been used to mobilise a rescue effort to relocate eels trapped in dried up stretches of the Selwyn/ Waikirikiri River. Volunteers, Department of Conservation and Environment Canterbury staff and Fish and Game officers spent several days last week finding and relocating eels trapped in a stretch of the river which extended both upstream and downstream from the State Highway 1 bridge. A post by Will Clayton in the Rolleston Community Page on Facebook was widely shared and more than 60 people commented with a number of people offering advice or reporting that they were heading down to help. However, reports suggested many eels and other species such as trout had already died by the time they were found. One person had found “78 dead eels, lots of dead small trout, and four very big live eels.” SAD SIGHT: Photos of eels trapped in the Selwyn/Waikirikiri River, and others which were relocated, were shared to the Rolleston Community Page on Facebook. Te Ara Kakariki Greenway Trust chairman Craig Pauling (left), also a former member of Ngāi Tahu’s Te Waihora Management Board, told the Selwyn Times the situation was pretty sad. He believed that the endangered longfin eels would be most affected as they tended to live upstream and would be trying to come down to Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere to migrate. “It’s about the right time of year for them to come down,” Mr Pauling said. “They could be very old, perhaps at least 70 and they only go down to the lake once to migrate.” Mr Pauling, who camped on the Waikirikiri/Selwyn River as a child, said the flow of the river was not what it once was. Environment Canterbury team leader hydrological science Helen Shaw said the river was dry because of an extended period of drought which had resulted in very low groundwater levels. Drying reaches were likely to have a major impact on eel (called ‘tuna’ in Maori), particularly the longfin species which penetrated many kilometres inland. “If tuna cannot return to sea, they cannot breed,” she said. “Unseasonably low flows will have an impact on fish populations and increase the likelihood of getting caught in a drying reach.” Department of Conservation biodiversity ranger Anita Spencer said the situation was concerning because longfin eels only bred at the end of their life and there had been few opportunities for them to make it from the top of the river down to the ocean, via the lake, over the last two years due to dry conditions. She believed the latest migration attempt might have happened when a period of rainfall briefly filled some dried out parts of the river before the water quickly receded again. “That was the problem, it rained quite a lot but not enough to keep it flowing,” she said. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Send your views on the drying up of the Selwyn/Waikirikiri River to tom.doudney@starmedia. kiwi ON THE DOMAIN MARCH 4 2017 LINCOLN LINCOLN’S FINEST SUBDIVISION GREAT CHRISTMAS PRESENT! www.selwynsounds.co.nz Economy to benefit from milk prices •From page 1 Dairy farmers had been tightening their belts with the low payouts, which would have constrained some retail and wholesale spending in the district and may have contributed to the number of people seeking Jobseeker Support increasing by 6.8 per cent in the last year. “[Farmers] are not going to completely throw their money around like maybe a few years ago, but they are gradually going to spend a little bit more, particularly on things that they have been putting off for the past couple of years,” Mr Patterson said. Federated Farmers North Canterbury dairy chairman Michael Woodward said an increased payout would give farmers some peace of mind. “At the moment, we are still just waiting for Westland [Milk Products] and Synlait to come out with their updated forecast to see if they are on track with Fonterra,” he said. “Until the last lot comes through, we can’t count our chickens just yet, but it’s definitely a good sign at the moment.” Christmas Hampers now available to order Welding & Engineering Services available: • Welding, metal fabrication • Engineering repair • Farm, factory and site work undertaken Well equipped workshop Widely experienced, many years Wilson Engineering Workshop, 486 Two Chain Road, Burnham. Phone 347 6760 or 021 329 605 19 Cable Street, Sockburn (off Blenheim Rd) Phone 357 0085 Open Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm Delivered nationwide Phone: 0800 220 440 • Email: info@tudorrosegifts.co.nz • www.tudorrosegifts.co.nz Your local vet right here in the heart of Selwyn! Selwyn Vet Centre is a modern, purpose-built totally independent veterinary practice. Nick and Yolande Howell have a total of 40 years veterinary experience between them. How can we help your precious pet? Call us today! Phone: 03 347 7419 - Visit: 829 Jones Rd, Rolleston Email: info@selwynvet.com - Web: www.selwynvet.com