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Selwyn Times: January 31, 2017

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2 Tuesday January 31 2017 Inside SELWYN TIMES FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK News.................................... 3-15 CANTERBURY’S police chief John Price gives an insight into the role of a police officer in our weekly Soapbox column on page 13. Price is a good guy who has made an impact since his return to Canterbury as the region’s police chief about 18 months ago. New Zealand police have a deserved reputation as being amongst the best in the world in terms of getting the job done, and integrity. It’s often a thankless job where police have to put up with all sorts off rubbish, often booze and drug fuelled. They’re raising great cricketers in the Leeston Southbridge area (see page 20). The club out there has had eight players named in Canterbury and New Zealand representative teams in the last several weeks. Two, Ben Donkers and Harry Chamberlain, have been with the club since the age of five. Great stuff guys. – Barry Clarke Young softballer steps up a level SPORT 23 Our People............... 10,11 Local Views..................13,14 Sport................... 16,20, 23 Community Events..... 25 Gardening...............26, 27 Rural Life......................28, 29 Driven............................... 30 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 wanted People to experience a virtually invisble German engineered hearing aid * . Do you want to understand speech in difficult listening situations with little effort * ? CaLL nOw FOR a FRee HeaRInG aId deMOnStRatIOn FRee PHOne: 0800 72 73 66 Completely disappears Hearing Clinics available: Christchurch, Rangiora, Ashburton, Akaroa 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 January 31 2017 3 News Get tickets now ON THE DOMAIN LINCOLN 4 March 2017 Old school hall new home for playcentre • By Tom Doudney TAI TAPU School’s old school hall has been moved onto the site of the former community hall where it will house the local playcentre. The earthquake-damaged Tai Tapu Hall, where the playcentre had been based, was demolished last month. The proposal to demolish the building had been controversial in the community when first reported by the Selwyn Times in 2014, with many wanting to see it retained. However, former demolition opponent and hall committee member Andy Robertson said most people had been happy to accept the demolition now that plans for a new facility at Rhodes Park Domain were under way. “It is a shame to lose the old hall and some of the history that it had but for the community going forward [the new facility] is probably a better option,” Mr Robertson said. The new community facility would cost an estimated $4.2 million and depending on the MAKING AN ENTRANCE: The old Tai Tapu School hall recently arrived on its new site where it will house the local playcentre. ​ success of fundraising applications, construction could start late this year. Its features would include a community lounge with capacity for 200 people, sports lounge with combined kitchen and bar, covered outdoor area, another small lounge or meeting room, and changing rooms for up to six sports teams. Tai Tapu Playcentre members nine bands. had been among those unhappy about losing the old community hall. But president Alice Scoulding (left) said everyone was now just happy to get a good new building for the playcentre. “I think a lot of the people who were opposed to it have moved on and with the [community hall] it was becoming more and more obvious that it had to go. one day. www.selwynsounds.co.nz “We are very excited about the new building and really looking forward to reopening,’’ she said. The playcentre, which has been based at the Tai Tai Tapu Hall site for 48 years, has been operating out of the Lincoln and Prebbleton playcentres since early November. It will occupy the old school hall from term two. The school had a new hall built in 2012 and the recent addition of new classrooms meant the old school hall building was no longer required. Mrs Scoulding said it had been bought for “a reduced fee” with funding from the Playcentre Southern Region Funding Authority, Canterbury Playcentre Association Emergency Fund, Central Region Funding Authority and Tai Tapu Playcentre’s own fundraising. The playcentre was looking to raise about $50,000 to make the former school fit for purpose, which would include adding toilets, kitchen facilities, a new deck and other things. •Anyone interested in joining the playcentre or its Babies Can Play programme can email taitapupc@gmail.com Live in Lincoln In Brief LINCOLN DOMAIN Two fields at Lincoln Domain remain fenced off as a new irrigation system has taken longer to install than anticipated. The work had been expected to be finished by mid-January but Lincoln Event Centre manager Ginny Bowden said the domain would now be fully accessible again by this Sunday. The delay was due partly to roading disruptions as a result of the November 14, North Canterbury earthquake, some of the irrigation piping and equipment arrived late. Unfavourable weather over the summer break had also affected the work schedule and grass germination. CREEK CHANGES Flooding during recent storms appear to have made small, but potentially permanent, changes to the course of creeks in the Arthur’s Pass area. Department of Conservation Arthur’s Pass partnerships ranger Chris Stewart said Punchbowl Creek was flowing in a new channel next to the old one for about 200m near the Devil’s Punchbowl waterfall and Wardens Creek was also flowing in a new channel for about 50m below State Highway 73. Come and see us for a full supply of fresh fruit and vegetables. OPEN 7 DAYS Phone 349 5952 Cnr Springs Rd & Marshs Rd, Prebbleton (next to Milanese Restaurant) Maronan Road, Tinwald, Ashburton OPEN DAYS IN FEB 5th & 12th Open: 11am - 4pm Vintage Railcar Rides depart every 1/2 hour. View an early 1900’s era, German made German Roland Sawmill in action. Our Museum Village,the Ashburton Fire Museum, the Lynn Woodwork Museum are open to browse through, and in the Car park area you’ll find the Ashburton Steam & Model Club operating rides. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the Tinwald Domain, complete with heated Swimming Pool, playground, tennis court and tranquil pond area. **EFTPOS ON-SITE** Visit www.plainsrailway.co.nz or our Facebook Page for details Phone: 03 308 9600 School’s back in Selwyn Let’s make sure our children arrive safe! Super Special 20 % off Everything in store for the month of February OVER 8000 Selwyn children are travelling to school this week by bus, car, bike, scooter and on foot Children can be unpredictable so if you’re driving please take extra care at times when children are on their way to and from school. www.selwyn.govt.nz