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Selwyn Times: March 14, 2017

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16 Tuesday March 14 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN TIMES Selwyn Auto Celebrates their first year Selwyn Auto has been open a year and what a year it’s been. Lisa and Nigel Fleck have been blown away with the support of the local community since opening the business a year ago. “We’d really like to thank the residents of the Selwyn area who are now regular customers. We have been thrilled with the response and support shown to us in the first year and are excited now to offer customers even more than before.” Since opening, the Flecks have employed another full time mechanic and have installed new equipment to be able to broaden the services they can offer. The garage offers a comprehensive range of services including WOFs, all repairs and servicing, tyres, wheel alignment, batteries, parts and accessories as well as auto electrical repairs. They also have auto diagnostic code readers for those times when your car is alerting you to a problem you may not be aware of. They love to fix motorbikes as well, so if your two or four-wheeler needs a service or repair or even new tyres – the staff at Selwyn Auto can help. Selwyn Auto is run by workshop manager and local Matt, who was previously foreman at the Flecks’ other business Jones Rd Auto in Rolleston. He brings more than 20 years experience as well as a keen attention to detail and a friendly and personable manner to all customers. Newest addition Adam, who is also a local, has more than 10 years experience so you can be rest assured that you get expertise and wonderful service when you bring your vehicle here. The office is run by the cheerful Catie who will be your first point of contact. She will book your vehicle in and let you know how your repair or service is progressing. She is also the person to book your courtesy vehicle – so there is no need to worry about slowing down while your car is being serviced or repaired. What makes both Selwyn Auto and Jones Rd Auto popular choices is the integrity and commitment to top service and quality repairs that Lisa and Nigel insist upon. This care and attention to detail means no matter how big or small the job is, all staff will carry out repairs or servicing with care, ensuring your safety when you get back on the road. Selwyn Auto is open: Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm. To book please phone 329 5841 or visit the website www.selwynauto.com Jones Road Auto ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › While You Wait WOF’s › Courtesy Cars › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres Phone 347 4020 | 851 Jones Rd, Rolleston www.jonesroadauto.co.nz Selwyn Auto ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › WOF’s › Wheel Alignments › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres Phone 329 5841 | 132 Leeston Road, Springston www.selwynauto.com | office@selwynauto.com

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday March 14 2017 17 News Swapped chickens a head scratcher • By Tom Doudney A BIZARRE case of swapped chickens has a lifestyle block owner scratching his head. Chris Lange says about a dozen of his 32 young chickens have been stolen and replaced with older birds. “I’m 110 per cent sure they are definitely not ours,” he said. “I could not believe that someone had gone and done that.” Mr Lange said he realised what had happened early last week when he went out one evening to feed the pigs at his Weedons property and noticed some of the chickens had their wings clipped, unlike his birds. “They are locked up in an enclosed area, so someone has come in here at night time with a couple of sacks of chooks and has dumped the old ones and taken the young ones,” Mr Lange said. “Someone has obviously decided ‘we want some new chooks, young ones’ because they obviously see that we sell eggs free range at the gate. You can see [the chickens] from the road so someone has come over the fence and they haven’t had the balls to kill their old ones.” Mr Lange said he thought the swap had been carried out some time within the two weeks prior to the evening he noticed it. He and wife Sharon had noticed the quantity and quality of eggs being laid was much lower than it had been. The older chickens would be killed to make way for some new young birds. “There is no point feeding old chooks that don’t perform,” he said. He hadn’t gone to the police because he didn’t think there was much they could do. They had lived on the property for two years, since moving from Rolleston and hadn’t had any problems with crime apart from the occasional theft from their honesty box. NOT MY BIRD: Weedons resident Chris Lange inspects a chicken with clipped wings. Mr Lange says 12 of his own young chickens were stolen and replaced by older birds with clipped wings. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN Union meetings for teacher aides and support staff SELWYN TEACHER aides and other school support staff will hold paid union meetings in Rolleston, Prebbleton and Darfield on Thursday as part of nationwide action over pay. The New Zealand Educational Institute has said the Government’s refusal to increase school operations funding has complicated its negotiations with the Ministry of Education. NZEI considered an increase in school operations grants to be non-negotiable in order to cover a pay rise for 9000 support staff in primary and secondary schools. Otherwise, the union has said, many principals would be forced to reduce staff hours or cut jobs to compensate for the cost of any pay rise. NZEI support staff representative Sue Poole said children could lose a few hours of learning support during the meetings, but the goal was to plan a nationwide campaign to ensure children would not lose that support permanently. “We need better funding for better learning for our kids,” she said. NZEI members are requesting a two per cent pay increase, in line with teachers.