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Selwyn Times: January 24, 2017

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6 Tuesday January 24 2017 SELWYN TIMES A RUN TO REMEMBER Brought to you by: Proudly supporting: New Zealand Red Cross will benefit from the funds raised by this event 9am Sunday 19 February 2017 Victoria Park Mitre 10 MEGA - A Run to Remember is a 10km charity fun run/walk to honour those who lost their lives in the February 2011 earthquake. The course features views over Christchurch, across the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps, allowing for reflection and remembrance. PRE-REGISTRATION ON-LINE: Adult: $18. Child (5-13 years): $13 ON THE DAY REGISTRATION: Adult: $20. Child (5-13 years): $15 Cash only REGISTER NOW www.runtoremember.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday January 24 2017 7 News Fire danger warning SELWYN RESIDENTS are being asked to take action to stop fires starting over the coming weeks as strong winds and excess vegetation raise the fire risk in the district. “Fire activity has been lower than usual over the holiday break as conditions were cool for the time of year,” principal rural fire officer Douglas Marshall said. “However, we are now experiencing hotter weather and more windy conditions. Combined with the amount of vegetation in our district as a result of a wet spring, this creates conditions where fires can spread quickly if they are not prevented.” A number of recent fires have started as a result of electric fences coming into contact with vegetation during windy conditions. “Property owners can reduce the risk of these types of fires starting by either switching off electric fences – especially in strong winds – or trimming vegetation near fences,” Mr Marshall said. A restricted fire season is in place in the rural area of Selwyn. Under the restrictions the only types of outdoor fires allowed are barbecues, drum fires, crop stubble fires and fires where a permit EXPLOSIVE: The district council are calling on people to take extra care due to a high fire risk. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN has been issued by the district council. Crop stubble fires may be more common in coming weeks but there are a number of safety guidelines which must be observed. Fires must not be lit when strong or moderate winds are occurring or forecast; must only be lit during daylight and be out by dark; must be supervised at all times; must have a fire break of at least 10m and suitable equipment on hand to put it out; and neighbouring property owners should be advised before burning occurs. “In hot weather, fires can also start as a result of machinery such as lawnmowers being operated,” Mr Marshall said. “We would recommend choosing a cooler day to operate machinery and having a water source on hand to extinguish a fire if needed.” Tests show soil not the cause for CTV building collapse • By Gabrielle Stuart “NOTHING UNTOWARD” has been found in an excavation and soil testing of the Canterbury Television building foundations as police come closer to announcing whether criminal charges will be laid over the collapse. The Star has obtained a letter police sent to the families of the victims about the excavation and testing – the last part of a long criminal investigation into the collapse which claimed 115 lives. “The experts confirmed that there was nothing untoward with the foundations or soil that altered the opinion that they had provided earlier,” Detective Superintendent Peter Read said in the letter. “The foundations and soil of the CTV building and site were examined by Beca Engineers and Canterbury of University staff during excavations carried out in August this year.” The Star has also learned families of the victims expect to hear the result of the investigation at a meeting with police on February 21, the day before the sixth anniversary of the 2011 earthquake. Maan Alkaisi, whose wife Maysoon Abbas died in the CTV building, said he hoped to see charges laid. “From the (Royal Commission of Inquiry) we know why this building collapsed, and who is responsible,” he said yesterday. He said the families had been waiting a long time for justice. “We know it’s a long process and it’s frustrating, but we just have to wait,” he said. The police investigation has taken two years, and involved more than 100 interviews. A police report on the investigation was completed and given to the Christchurch Crown Solicitor for review in December. A Royal Commission of Inquiry into the building collapse in 2012 found there were inadequacies in the construction on the building, and it should not have been given a building permit. 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 See your Orthodontist in Rolleston Orthodontist Phil Murfitt is now based at the new Rolleston Dental Centre, Tennyson Street, opposite Rolleston School. 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