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Selwyn Times: February 14, 2017

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2 Tuesday February 14 2017 Inside SELWYN TIMES FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK News.................................3-7, 11 LAKE ELLESMERE and surrounding waterways are a disgrace, and today we reveal on page 1 the huge cost to clean it all up. We’re talking hundreds of millions of dollars, and that is simply eye watering. And it seems the cost - and who will bear it - are very sensitive issues for Environment Canterbury. You’ll need to read reporter Tom Doudney’s article for that, but it is fairly clear that the public will be picking up the tab for some if not most of the clean up bill. Sharon the mutant sheep also features on page 1 today - she’s involved in cutting edge research that will give scientists a greater understanding of curly and straight hair in humans. Cutting edge; yep, I know it’s not a good one... – Barry Clarke Lincoln teacher releases novel OUR 8-9 PEOPLE Our People..................8-9 Local Views.........................13 Schools.....................14-16 Events...............................17, 27 Sports........................20-25 Gardening...................28-29 Rural Life................. 30-31 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 IT’S EXTREME! Private House sale 198 Horndon st Darfield oPeN HoMe: sunday 1-2pm WeedonS Road, West Melton Adults $20 Pensioners $15 with gold card Family $40 (2 adults & 4 children under 15) Accompanied children under 15 years $10. Infants under 5 FREE. (Sorry, no EFTPOS) Info line Ph 021 070 3140 www.mooreparkspeedway.co.nz SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18TH 4PM Fantastic family home or investment opportunity! • 4 generous double bedrooms with wardrobes • Modern kitchen • Log burner with wetback • Close to all amenities • Easy care, quarter acre section, lovely rural outlook TRADE ME: #1251545591 | Offers over $413,000 viewings or queries to: sarah 03 314 2008 or 020 406 83250 “I know if anything happens to Trevor, I will be looked after.” Judy and Trevor have recently moved into their Summerset retirement villa and say security was their main reason for the move. Judy was originally concerned she’d find the move from their home difficult. “The transition was a breeze in the end.” Come and see why we love the life at Summerset Morning Tea & Tour Wednesday 15 February, 10.30am Summerset at Wigram 135 Awatea Road, Christchurch “LIFE’S SO RELAXED NOW.” As well as the security they were after, they are enjoying the ease of life and sense of community at the village. “Everyone’s so friendly, every time you wander up the road, someone will stop for a chat.” Contact Anne Walker on 03 741 0872 wigram.sales@summerset.co.nz Love the life SUM0267_9x8

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday February 14 2017 3 News Some businesses affected by stricter quake rules • By Tom Doudney A “SMALL number” of Selwyn building owners will be affected by stricter new time frames for strengthening or demolishing buildings identified as earthquake prone. The Government’s Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act will come into effect from July. As Selwyn has been identified as an area of high seismic risk, the district council will have five years to identify earthquake prone buildings, or two and a Get tickets now nine bands. half years for ‘priority buildings.’ Once identified, owners will have 15 years to strengthen or demolish their buildings, or seven and a half years for priority buildings. Priority buildings include those used for education or which have unreinforced masonry that could fall onto a public footpath or road as well as some other categories of buildings. The district council already had its own policy on earthquake prone buildings, implemented in 2011, under which 50 buildings had been identified. Those owners had been given between 15 and 30 years to strengthen or demolish their buildings. The new Government legislation, introduced to provide national consistency, replaces the district council policy. In a statement, the district council said the new legislation would “affect a small number of buildings in Selwyn.” It plans to review its list of 50 buildings and make sure it is up to date. The buildings one day. have already had engineering assessments completed but it is expected that about eight of these will need to be redone due to new methodology requirements. About five or six buildings in Selwyn are expected to be ‘priority’ buildings. District council building manager Vanessa Beavon declined to identify which buildings were on the list, but said it would be published in the form of an online register when the legislation came into force. Providing support Lincoln University recreation centre staff collecting bras to send to women in the Pacific Islands have had more than 500 donated. They were taking part in Uplift Project, which takes collections in New Zealand, Australia and Singapore. Staff promoted the project around the university and on Facebook, with bras sent from as far as the North Island. The bras were donated by other university staff and members of the community and have been delivered to a project co-ordinator in Christchurch. ON THE DOMAIN LINCOLN 4 March 2017 www.selwynsounds.co.nz In Brief Live in Lincoln TEENAGER APPROACHED Police are appealing for information about a man who approached a teenage girl in Prebbleton recently and asked if she would catch Pokemon with him. They received a report of a male in his 60s wearing orange and blue overalls driving a small blue old car, approaching the girl. They want to hear from anyone who has any information or had a similar experience. If you have any information, phone 363 7400 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and quote file number 170210/4616. GOOSE COOKED A single goose is thought to have been responsible for three small fires and a power outage which affected about 145 homes in Leeston, Brookside, Irwell, Springston and the surrounding areas on Tuesday last week. Firefighters found a dead goose near downed power lines on Selwyn Rd. It is thought the goose flew into the wires, which snapped and set fire to grass and gorse. The outage lasted up to three and a half hours for some residents. LINCOLN QUAKE Lincoln residents may have been jolted awake in the early hours of Saturday morning by a 2.9 magnitude quake centred 1km west of town. 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