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Selwyn Times: March 07, 2017

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10 Tuesday March 7 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN TIMES ews University’s Mrs O farewelled • By Bridget Rutherford JOAN O’LOUGHLIN had seen it all in her 32 years of being a mother away from home to Lincoln University students. She left such a mark, the university’s cafe and bar was named after her when it opened in 2001. Mrs O’s has been an institution ever since. Mrs O’Loughlin passed away on February 17, and was farewelled on February 25. She was 89. Starting at the university in 1966, Mrs O’Loughlin was a cleaner and tea attendant largely in Hudson Hall. But in turn, she became a second mother to many students living on campus. One of those students was Paul Bolger – son of then Prime Minister Jim Bolger. “Mrs Bolger used to phone quite a lot to see how he was getting on, but he was generally quiet and studious,” Mrs O’Loughlin said in Lincoln’s Alumni News after retiring in 1998. At the time, she said there was “never a dull moment”, and had many stories about the pranks and shenanigans she witnessed during her work. There was one occasion when someone balanced containers of water on broom handles outside each bedroom door, and took out all the corridor light bulbs. In the middle of the night, the mystery prankster yelled ‘flood,’ so everyone came rushing out of their doors splashing water throughout the corridor. Mrs O’Loughlin not only looked after students. In 1974, overseas athletes stayed at Lincoln while they competed at the Commonwealth Games. Lincoln Alumni and Development Office heritage writer Ian Collins said Mrs O’Loughlin brought a warm and caring attitude to the halls. “She remembered students’ birthdays and made them cakes, and reassured parents that their children living in the halls were being looked after.” He said it was a unique situation having a campus facility named after a member of Lincoln’s support services. Mrs O’Loughlin’s daughter, Jo-Ann O’Loughlin said her mother loved the campus atmosphere and life working among the students. “My mother always said: ‘Your working days are the best days of your life’, and she felt very lucky to work at Lincoln.” When Mrs O’Loughlin retired from Lincoln, she was one of the longest serving on the staff. REMEMBERED: Joan O’Loughlin, affectionately known as Mrs O at Lincoln University, was farewelled on February 25. FIRST LOOK: This is what a major new commercial development in the Rolleston Square shopping centre, between Masefield Drive and McCauley St, will look like. The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery and Noel Leeming, with a combined floor space of 7200 sq m, will open their doors late this year. These stores plan to employ about 60 full-time staff. Rolleston Retail leasing agent Jeff Vesey said there would also be a range of retail, service and health tenants. Balanced Pressure Ventilation Ventilation Equipment Suppliers to trade and retail HEX390 Balanced Pressure Ventilation with Heat Recovery Fresh air from outside Exhaust air to outside Warm stale air from house Warm fresh air to house for healthy indoor air Heat is transferred to the incoming filtered fresh air Substantial energy savings over traditional domestic ventilation systems 0800 SMOOTH (0800 766 684) www.smooth-air.co.nz sales@smooth-air.co.nz 264 Annex Road, Riccarton Christchurch 8024, NZ Ph +64 3 343 6184 Mon - Fri 7.30am - 5pm

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday March 7 2017 11 Bid to lift motor-cyclist safety SELWYN motor-cyclists are being offered the opportunity to develop their skills so they can be safer on the road. The district council is offering motor-cyclists the opportunity to receive vouchers so they can attend motor-cycle skills training for free. Sessions are being held in March and April. The risk of being killed or injured on the road is 21 times higher for a motor-cyclist than for a car driver, according to the 2016 New Zealand Household Travel Survey. From 2012 to 2016, there were 47 motor-cycle crashes in Selwyn, resulting in five fatalities, 27 serious injuries and 25 minor injuries. District road safety coordinator Ngaire Tinning said the figures were concerning and the district council had originally offered the ‘Live to Ride’ training in 2013 to try to reduce the number and severity of crashes in Selwyn. A total of 47 Selwyn motor-cyclists have participated in the programme since 2013. While motor-cyclist numbers are increasing, the number of motor-cyclists involved in crashes in Selwyn from 2012 to 2016 has now reduced from 58 in the 2007-2011 period. UPSKILLING: The ‘Ride Forever’ training sessions will provide the opportunity to attend motorcycle skills coaching. The ‘Ride Forever’ training being offered this year provides the opportunity to attend motor-cycle skills coaching, where people can refresh their skills, and learn and practice new techniques. The courses will be delivered by New Zealand Transport Agency-qualified trainers and will include training to develop braking, handling and safe driving skills. Course options are at four different levels – gold, silver, bronze and urban. Mrs Tinning said the course offered motor-cyclists the opportunity to learn how to assess risks, adopt safer rider positions on the road to increase their visibility to drivers and avoid actions that may cause crashes while riding. “The course provides a hands-on opportunity to learn practical skills that can be applied throughout the rest of your riding life,” she said. The courses are already subsidised by Ride Forever. The district council has 20 vouchers available for local residents, which will cover the remaining $20 or $50 cost usually paid by the motor-cyclist. The vouchers are valid until May 31. •To register or find out more about the vouchers and training sessions, contact ngaire.tinning@ selwyn.govt.nz or phone 347 2901. Indoor sports facility a step closer to reality • By Tom Doudney AN INDOOR sporting courts facility at Rolleston’s Foster Park is closer to becoming a reality. The facility would cater to sports like netball and basketball. A report to tomorrow’s district council meeting recommends appointing a 10-person project steering group, completing an options and budget analysis, and confirming building specifications. The Foster Park Masterplan consulted on in 2011-2012 recognised the need for such a facility and proposed that it could be located either by the Selwyn Aquatic Centre or at the Brooklands Dr end of Foster Park. Subsequent analysis determined the site next to the aquatic centre would be too small. The report to tomorrow’s meeting cited Selwyn’s rapid population growth and youthful demographics compared to other districts as the reason why it was needed. It proposed that the steering group include representatives from the Selwyn Netball Centre, the Selwyn United Football Club, Canterbury Basketball and the Selwyn Sports Trust, as well as Lincoln Event Centre manager Ginny Bowden, Selwyn Aquatic Centre manager Kathy Moore and other district council staff members. SMALL CHANGE MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE Twice a year we clear the Community Fund collection boxes at Christchurch Airport and share the money across the community. Kiwi dollars, international currency, small change from your cup of coffee, plus a top-up donation from us, all add up for local charities and community projects. Charities and community groups can apply for funds at christchurchairport.co.nz/communityfund 180 Degrees Trust uses outdoor adventures to inspire and teach life skills to vulnerable Canterbury youth, to develop self-awareness, confidence and decision making skills and so initiate a turnaround in young people’s lives. Christchurch Airport proudly supports the 180 Degrees Trust through the Community Fund. Montessori & Early Childhood Preschool • We Offer a Friendly, Fun and supportive environment – only 5 minutes from Rolleston. • We believe that Tamariki thrive in a peaceful, structured and caring environment, full of fun and challenges. • We Offer focused, balanced curriculums that prepare Tamariki for the next step in their learning journey. • We value diversity within our Tamariki and their whānau and this is reflected in our whānau focused philosophy. • We have 3 well resourced classrooms, caring for Tamariki from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. We are proud of our large, natural playgrounds that offer challenges for all ages. Call in to visit us today, meet the teachers and have a look around our school ENROL NOW FOR 2017 For enrolments please contact Jasmine or Kylie on 347-6161 Visit us at 643 Burnham School Road Download forms from www.burnham-montessori.co.nz