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Selwyn Times: March 14, 2017

Selwyn Times: March 14,

FREE TUESday MaRCH 14 2017 379 7100 Selwyn GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband Times Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Kea (Nestor Notabilis) Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Leeston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Prebbleton, Halswell, Rolleston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Arthurs Pass 0800 726 724 Wells dry up over large BACK IN BUSINESS: Andrew Radford, with dog Sam, outside the new building for his Tai Tapu Motors business, which has been built with support and hard graft from friends, family and the wider community. (Above) The old Tai Tapu Motors was destroyed by fire in September 2015. PHOTOS: GEOFF SLOAN Garage rises from ashes • By Tom Doudney EIGHTEEN MONTHS after it was gutted by fire, Andrew and Judy Radford have their Tai Tapu Motors garage back, thanks to the good will and many weekends of hard work by friends and locals. Fire ripped through the building in September 2015, also destroying the Radfords brand new $50,000 Holden Colorado ute. The rebuild is now complete, except for the plumbing, which should be finished this week. Mr Radford said about 20 friends, family and community members with skills in building, plumbing, drainage and electrical work had given their time for free over the weekends during the last 18 months to help rebuild the garage. The support from the community had been very humbling. “When the fire happened, a lot of farmers and other people would turn up for a warrant of fitness or a small repair and tried to give me a cheque for $500 or $1000, which I just had arguments over and tore them up,” he said. “I said that anyone was more than welcome to come and help [build it], but I wouldn’t take any money.” The Radfords were left with just $40,000 from their insurance pay out to rebuild the garage, due to $60,000 going on asbestos removal and clean up costs. •Turn to page 4 area • By Tom Doudney FALLING groundwater levels around Selwyn are keeping well drillers and pump installers busy as they have to go deeper for water. Pump technician Mike Taylor said in recent weeks he has had dozens of clients who had needed to put in a new pump or have new wells drilled due to their existing ones drying up. “Southbridge through to Irwell, Leeston, Weedons and West Melton seem to be the main areas affected that I’ve come across,” he said. “I had one client over in West Melton where I pulled the pump out and the water level was almost 3m below the pump, so it has dropped quite dramatically.” While wells had dried up in small areas in other years, it was unusual for such a large area to be affected, Mr Taylor said. “We’re just having to go a wee bit deeper. If they’ve got a big enough well than we’re able to go to a submersible type pump, otherwise they’ve had to go to new wells.” •Turn to page 4 Your local luxury Convenient Location Free Car Parking Local Luxury of Choice Find out more about our stores at 70-76 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston | 9 Masefield Drive (entry from Countdown and McCauley Street) ANZ Portabank | ASB ATM | BNZ | Coffee Culture | Corianders | Fascino Shoes | Harcourt’s | helloworld | Highgate Hair Postie | Ray White | Robert Harris | Rolleston Bakery | Rolleston Central Health | Rolleston Drycleaners | Rolleston Florist and Gifts Rolleston Haircuts | Snap Fitness | Subway | Tepan Yaki FLAME | Unichem | Viva La Moda | The Warehouse | Westpac Ph 03 347 9192 Proudly managed by Colliers Real Estate Management Limited