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Selwyn Times: February 28, 2017

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2 Tuesday February 28 2017 Inside SELWYN TIMES FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK News...............................3, 7, 13 THE GOOD news is the weather looks perfect for the big rock concert at Lincoln on Saturday. Mr Google told me yesterday it will be 19 deg C and there will be no precipitation – that’s rain for those who don’t know. Which means great concertgoing conditions; warm but not too hot and no worries about it getting wet. The organisers, who are local, have done a cracker job on this. There’s plenty of car parking at Lincoln High School and the streets leading into the venue, and there’s a bus service too (see page 5). Bringing a big concert like this to Selwyn is no mean feat. And the music? No complaints there with Mi-Sex, Dragon, Jordan Luck, Sharon ONeill, Annie Crummer and plenty of others. I’ll see you there. – Barry Clarke Lincoln students throw gumboots for record NEWS 13 Local Views......................4 Selwyn Sounds..................5 Schools.......................9, 12 Our People...................10-11 Backyard critters....... 13 Sport..................................14-15 Events................................19 GET IN TOUCH General Enquiries Ph 379-7100 Classified Advertising Ph 379-1100 The Christchurch Star Company Ltd. PO box 1467 - Christchurch NEWS Tom Doudney Ph: 371 0780 ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 WE SPECIALISE IN THE CARE AND PRESERVATION OF TREES • Pruning • Expert Tree Felling • Fully Insured • Free Quotes • Powerline Clearing • Branch Chipping • Competitive Rates • Orion Approved Contractor FULLY QUALIFIED ARBORISTS Member of NZ Arboriculture Association For quotes and enquiries phone 03 349 7143 | For urgent enquiries phone 027 272-6710 Email: www.arbor– Noble-Adams Machinery have been selling and servicing spray equipment for over 35 years, we specialise in Agricultural Spraying Equipment. Over the years we have found several products that we know perform well and are reliable one of these products is the Quikspray brand which we have been proudly supporting for around 15 years. Our key advantage at Noble-Adams is that we can custom build a sprayer to suit your requirements. Contact Noble-Adams Machinery for a spraying solution to suit your requirements. 12v retractable hose reels are a cost efficient way of increasing your productivity when spraying. We offer a range of options starting from 100m through to 200m hose reels with high quality “supa-slip” hose either reels only, motor/pump options or complete spray set ups.

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday February 28 2017 3 News • By Tom Doudney THE LITTLE Rakaia Boating Club is seeking funding to repair a ramp, breakwater and surrounding foreshore area which they say is vital to the community. A breakwater and viewing platform next to the ramp at Rakaia Huts was wrecked in a 2008 flood. The wreckage still sits in the water beside the ramp it was supposed to protect and the adjacent riverbank has continued to wash away. Ideally, the club would like to get the area fixed before the World Jet Boat Marathon in October as some of the event takes place on the Rakaia River. Little Rakaia Boating Club president Graeme Patterson said it was the only registered boat ramp providing access to the sea between Timaru and Akaroa and was an important place for search and rescue operations and training. It was also a popular recreation area. “The boat ramp and foreshore is there for the use of everyone, it’s not solely for the boat club members,” Mr Patterson said. The cost would be established once plans were drawn up but could be more than $100,000 and the club did not have the ability to fund the project itself. About $100,000 raised by the boating club and community over recent years had already been spent on sheet piling and hardfill to secure the ramp and breakwater. District councillors have asked staff to produce a report for their February 8 meeting on the possibility of providing funding for the project as part of the 2017/2018 Annual Plan. HAVE YOU BEEN TO SEE US LATELY? The report would also look at whether an existing fund of $40,000, held by the district council on behalf of the Rakaia Huts community, could be made available to cover design work. Councillor Pat McEvedy (left) said Environment Canterbury now had the ability to engineer the river mouth in an emergency situation, lessening the chance that the ramp would be damaged again in future floods. “I feel a lot more confident Call in today 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) Brand New Prebbleton Show Home Open This Weekend: 72 Blakes Road, Prebbleton Open on Weekends from 12pm to 4pm Get tickets now Funding needed for Rakaia Huts boat ramp AMY ADAMS MP FOR SELWYN If you would like to sign up for my newsletter please visit CONTACT P: 03 344 0418 | F: 03 344 0420 E: Working hard for our communities Authorised by Amy Adams, 829 Main South Road, Templeton, Christchurch nine bands. LOVE YOUR HEARING one day. NEEDING REPAIR: The Rakaia Huts breakwater and viewing platform were badly damaged in a 2008 flood. PHOTO: PAM WILLIAMSON now that the damage will not reoccur, although you can never promise anything with nature,” he said. Cr Jeff Bland said many people would view a boat ramp as a means to play sport and while much money was invested in facilities for “traditional” sports such as rugby and football, “precious little” was spent on other activities such as boating. Mr Patterson said that once the ramp was fixed, the club would be able to cover most minor maintenance costs through the money it received from subscriptions and boat ramp fees. ON THE DOMAIN LINCOLN 4 March 2017 Jon Griffiths Call 03 390 2332 Brenna Sincock Hearing Branding PRINT / Appropriate Usage & switch today In Brief Live in Lincoln PIT PLANTING Malvern Community Board member Kerry Pauling will approach the district council about planting out a roadside pit in Springfield with native trees. He was requested to do so by the Springfield Township Committee. The pit is on Tramway Rd, beside the fire station on district council land. GARDEN AWARDS The Presentation of awards for the Rolleston residents’ garden competition will take place on Monday at The Rock Rolleston. TAI TAPU SCHOOL 150TH Anyone wishing to attend Tai Tapu School’s 150th anniversary celebrations, March 10-12, should email their interest to or register at BRAIDED RIVERS Significant rule changes signal good news for Canterbury’s braided rivers, Environment Canterbury says. Plan Change 4 of the Land and Water Regional Plan is now operative. Among other things, it strengthens rules regarding removal of vegetation from braided river beds and defines those beds to make it easier to understand how to comply with the stock exclusion rules. Brenna Sincock & Hearing Aids Hearing well takes more than just good hearing aids. A caring and experienced audiologist makes all the difference! Brenna is here to help you. If you already wear hearing aids or if now is the right time. 36 Tennyson Street, Rolleston | Darfield | Leeston | Lincoln Silver medal winner in Registered Master Builders 2016 House of the Year Awards Builders of superior homes. Built to last. Office & Show Home: 5 Broomleigh Drive, Faringdon, Rolleston New Show Home: 72 Blakes Road, Prebbleton Phone: 03 374 9172 or Rob: 021 324 876 E-mail -