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Selwyn Times: February 07, 2017

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4 Tuesday February 7 2017 News SELWYN TIMES Urlich returns to the stage • By Tom Doudney IT’S BEEN a quiet 18 years for Margaret Urlich – and that’s just the way she likes it. The New Zealand Music and Aria award-winning singer hasn’t released new music since Second Nature in 1999. Next month, she will perform with her former When The Cat’s Away bandmates Annie Crummer, Debbie Harwood and another longtime collaborator, Sharon O’Neill, at Lincoln’s Selwyn Sounds concert. They will be part of a starstudded line up also featuring Dragon, Mi-Sex, The Jordan Luck Band and Jason Kerrison. These days Urlich lives on a rural property in Australia’s New South Wales southern highlands, halfway between Sydney and Canberra. Although she never made a decision to stop recording, she has been busy over the last two decades raising two children, Ava, 18, and Carlos, 15, with husband George Gorga, and teaching singing in high schools. She often mentors young singers before they sit their university entrance exams. Urlich said she didn’t miss the limelight. “I quite like being normal. I only ever started singing because I just love it. The whole fame side of it, I didn’t think about that much and it always felt a little bit uncomfortable for me,” she said. “I don’t need to have a high profile to be happy. In fact, I think the opposite is true for me.” Although she has been living across the ditch since the early 1990s, she comes back to play in New Zealand about five or six times a year, usually with Crummer, Harwood, O’Neill and Shona Laing. “It’s always very satisfying going on stage with these women,” Urlich said. “I have known Annie and Debbie for 30 years now and we are still very good friends and we love singing together.” In spite of her long absence from the recording studio, Urlich does not rule out new music in the future, especially now her children are coming to the end of their high school years. However, the music would have to meet her own high standards. “I still love singing and performing, but I guess with the recording side of it, I haven’t felt that I have the energy to make it as amazing as I would like to make it,” she said. “I am never saying never but it does take a lot of energy. I just can’t put out anything that I think is mediocre.” •Selwyn Sounds will be held on March 4, from 11.30am-8.30pm. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketek and buyers will be able to prepurchase a return bus ride between pick up points in Christchurch or Rolleston and Lincoln Domain. OUTSIDE THE SPOTLIGHT: Margaret Urlich says she doesn’t miss fame after her 18 year absence from the recording studio but still enjoys performing on stage. ​ HamisH soutHcott My art covers a broad range of mediums, including sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, and furniture and I typically create one off pieces. I’m passionate about sustainability, so where possible I use reclaimed materials. I believe salvaged materials have an inherent beauty that should be showcased. In New Zealand, we’re fortunate to have a rich landscape, that is the envy of many. High relief sculptures for the wall by Hamish Southcott. These artworks draw on our diverse landscape and looks at the burden that society has and continues to have on this beautiful part of the world. Our actions today, have far reaching consequences tomorrow! I sought to reflect these contexts in artworks that convey the present and my hopes for positive change in the future. Detail image of Southcott’s work. tania Bostock My Paintings are Strong, deliberately imperfect, and beautiful. For me painting is emotive, and a great deal of time and thought goes into each creation. I am drawn to texture and contrast, and my process consists of straightening and perfecting, then pushing the paint in a freer, Textural painting by Tania Bostock. less controlled manner. I find both approaches necessary, working multiple with each. Detail of the paint patina on Bostock’s work. in layers Tania Bostock has lived in Nelson for ten years. She has always had an interest in art, and because of the success of her paintings it was a natural progression to become a fulltime Artist. Work from home with your family LOvE yOuNg CHiLdREN? WE WaNt yOu! Wigram, Halswell, Rangiora, Pegasus Contact Emma on 0800 78 33 78 or email emma@stemsfromhome.co.nz 11 February – 8 March Full Circle Tania Bostock Hamish Southcott Stems FROM HOME ChCh is looking for home carers NOW.. we look forward to chatting with you! 021 852 425 | emma@stemsfromhome.co.nz MAIN RD, LITTLE RIVER | 03 325 1944 | ART@LITTLERIVERGALLERY.COM www.stemsfromhome.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday February 7 2017 5 Driver uninjured in high-speed crash Wildlife fire risk under scrutiny • By Tom Doudney A MOTORIST can count himself lucky to be alive after crashing into a power pole at what could have been nearly 150km/h. The crash happened when the 19-year-old from Christchurch tried to pass a ute and tractor in quick succession while driving along Jones Rd, near the Alston Rd intersection in Weedons. When questioned by police the man said he had been speeding because he was late for work in Rolleston. He believed he would have been going between 130 and 150km/h when he crashed. Police are now waiting on an official speed estimation before deciding whether the charges laid against him should be for careless driving or the more serious dangerous driving. Sergeant Grant Stewart said it was miraculous that the man had walked away without injuries. “If he wasn’t wearing a seat belt I’d say we would be dealing with a fatality,” Sergeant Stewart said. Dogcare Day Care and Grooming Professional grooming Doggie daycare Excellent indoor/outdoor facilities. Lots of interesting activities, a great day out. Little dog days Mon-Weds-Fri Great range of accessories LUCKY: The driver of this car has his seat belt to thank for walking away uninjured from the crash on Jones Rd, police say. ​ He said the man had acted with “total disregard for the safety of other road users.” He appeared to have lost control after hitting the shingle on the side of the road. Sergeant Stewart said a court date in March was likely. Coincidentally Sergeant Stewart was accompanied by Behind the Green Door Ooh La La Hairdressing Senior stylist Amber Meyerhoff Open Monday to Saturday by appointment Eftpos available – credit cards accepted two of Canterbury and New Zealand’s highest ranking police officers as he interviewed the driver. District Commander John Price and Deputy Commissioner Viv Rickard happened to be travelling with him while spending the day meeting rural police officers. • By Tom Doudney THE ATTITUDES and behaviours of Selwyn and Waimakariri lifestyle block owners in managing wildfire risk is the focus of new research for the New Zealand Fire Service Commission. Christchurch manager rural fire Tim Mitchell said feedback from firefighters around the country suggested that crews were having difficulty accessing properties to put out fires. This was particularly true for lifestyle block owners. “Their entrance ways are often overgrown or they are too narrow to get our fire appliances in. When the truck finally arrives at the property they have got firewood stacked up to their front doorstep, the lawns at times can be overgrown,” Mr Mitchell said. “It makes it very hard for the Fire Service to do the job they have been tasked which is trying to extinguish the fire or limit the damage.” People were not picking up on or putting into practise the key fire mitigation measures communicated by authorities and he had asked the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) to find out why. “The focus has been on Selwyn and Waimakariri because they have quite a high percentage of lifestyle blocks compared to other areas around the country and with ESR being based in Christchurch it’s handy for them,” Mr Mitchell said. Rolleston Fire Chief Nigel Lilley said access to properties in particular was a big issue. “It’s pretty simple, if we can’t get to the fire, we can’t put it out,” Mr Lilley said. Mr Mitchell said if people wanted to know more about fire risk and what they could do to reduce it on their properties they should contact their local rural fire authority. • The research team is inviting Selwyn residents to complete an online survey, open until Monday, or take part in an interview or focus group. See www.selwyn. govt.nz/haveyoursay for details. Spoil your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day Order your flowers now to be delivered on Tuesday 14th February. Phone 03 349 6024 or mobile 027 434 6643 23 Smarts Road, Hornby For more information visit www.sharnas.co.nz LIKE US 336 Dunns Crossing Road, Rolleston Situated opposite West Rolleston Primary School Phone: 027 232 6237 CLOSING DOWN SALE NOW ON! up tO 70% Off StOrEWIDE be in quick as stock is disappearing fast! Unique & Handcrafted FURNITURE HOME DÉCOR GIFTS www.ynots.co.nz ynots.gifts@xtra.co.nz 2239 Main South Road 5 minutes south of Rolleston 03 3476190 Florist | Fresh & Silk Flowers Wall Art | Clocks | Gifts | Vases | Lamps Home Furnishing | Jewellery Shop 15 Rolleston Square Rolleston Phone 03 347 1068 robinsnest.2009@yahoo.co.nz Hours Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Sat 10am-2pm