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Selwyn Times: March 14, 2017

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2 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday March 14 2017 Inside FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK SELWYN TIMES News.....................................3-21 WE ALL know it’s dry out there (except for the weekend and the last day or two) and more evidence of bigger problems to come on page 1 today. Some of the district’s wells are drying up, and that should ring alarm bells. Pump technician Mike Taylor says in recent weeks he’s 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. Trouble spots include Southbridge, Weedons and West Melton. A very wet winter might not be such a bad thing. A great effort at the weekend from young Weedons rower Logan Anderson (see page 26), who won the under-17 single sculls at the South Island secondary school champs. – Barry Clarke Lifestyle block owner baffled by chickens being swapped NEWS 17 Your Local Views......... 7 Schools.....................................9 Local Views............14-15 Achievers...............................15 Backyard Critters.......23 Sport.................................26-27 Events................................29 Gardening..................... 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 choose cool & comfortable on a luxurious natural wool mattress You can have the best nights sleep on a Dreamwool Pocket Spring or Natural Latex mattress with 100% natural fillings. No hot foams, polyester fillings and glue. 24 months interest free * *24 months interest free is available on Q MasterCard & Q Card Flexi Payment Plans for purchases of Dreamwool mattresses and furniture until 25/03/2017. Minimum spend $2000. Annual Account Fee of $50 applies. New Cardholder fees - $55 Establishment. Existing Cardholder fee - $35 Advance. Minimum payments of 3% of the monthly closing balance or $10 (whichever is greater) are required throughout interest free period. Paying only the minimum monthly payments will not fully repay the loan before the end of the interest free period. Standard Interest Rate, currently 25.25% p.a. applies to any outstanding balance at end of interest free period. Offer expires 25/03/2017. Lending criteria, fees, terms and conditions apply. Rate and fees correct as at date of publication, subject to change. 22 Kennaway Rd • www.dreamwool.com • Ph 343-5105

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday March 14 2017 3 News Early pub closing confirmed • By Tom Doudney A MANDATORY closing time of 2am for Selwyn’s taverns will come into force from July 31 – but most publicans say they’re not fazed. The Local Alcohol Policy was approved at Wednesday’s district council meeting after almost four years of negotiation and dispute. The policy will come into effect on April 24, with the provisions on trading hours for licensed premises on July 31. Taverns will be forced to close at 2am – later than the 1am time which had been proposed in an earlier version of the policy, but earlier than the 3am time that several are currently allowed to stay open until. Darfield Hotel owner Ray O’Connell said having to close at 2am would not have much impact on his business. “To move from 3am to 2am is not a big drama,” he said. “It’s probably only busy two or three times a year for us during that period so we can live without it.” However, Prebbleton Tavern manager Shannon Gilmore wasn’t happy about the change. Mr Gilmore said he didn’t believe reducing his operating hours by one hour would have much impact on reducing alcohol-related harm. “In a country community environment, [being able to stay open until 3am] is extremely handy for events and functions and to have to now go and get a special licence for one hour seems to be a bit bureaucratic and is only going to increase costs,” he said. He believed people who bought their alcohol from the supermarket and drank at home were a more significant contributor to alcohol-related harm than people drinking at pubs. But other tavern owners who spoke to the Selwyn Times said they didn’t mind the 2am closing time. Dunsandel Tavern owner Karen Stone said her licence was already for a 2am closing DISAPPOINTED: Prebbleton Tavern manager Shannon Gilmore is not happy about his current closing time being reduced by an hour. However, other Selwyn publicans said they weren’t concerned about the new closing time. PHOTO: FRASER WALKER-PEARCE ​ time and the policy did not bother her. “Honestly, I think by 2am people have had enough [of drinking]. In the city it might be different,” she said. Her business included a cafe and restaurant so she was not reliant on people drinking in the tavern for her income. •District councillor fires back at medical officer of health, page 7 In Brief FIRE RESTRICTIONS Fire restrictions have been reduced in Selwyn’s rural plains area, with the district moving from a prohibited to a restricted fire season. Principal rural fire officer Douglas Marshall said recent rain had helped reduce the fire risk. Under a restricted fire season, only gas barbecues, crop residue and rubbish fires inside contained drums are allowed in rural areas. Any other fires can only be lit if a permit has been obtained from the district council. CAR CRASH VICTIM DIES A woman has died after a crash between two cars on State Highway 73, near Lake Pearson, on Sunday. Police were alerted to the crash at 5pm. The woman had been trapped in her vehicle and was transported to Christchurch Hospital by helicopter but didn’t survive her injuries. Three other people received injuries in the crash but none were life-threatening. CAR SEATS The district council is partnering with SeatSmart to offer a recycling programme for expired or damaged car seats. Selwyn parents can take their unwanted car seats to the Pines Resource Recovery Park for a discounted charge of $5. Until June, the district council is offering a collection point at Rolleston and subsidising the processing cost. Come in and celebrate THE little BIG TREE CO. ALL DAY! 871 Jones Rd, Rolleston | Ph 347 0386 | www.silverdollarbar.co.nz LOVE YOUR HEARING ROLLESTON • Indoor outdoor & mezzanine dining areas • Large sheltered & sunny courtyard • Extensive lunch & evening menu selection to suit everybody’s tastes • Large range of wine, tap & bottled beers • 2x courtesy vans available 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. Jon Griffiths jon@heartlandprint.co.nz Call 03 390 2332 Brenna Sincock Hearing Branding PRINT / Appropriate Usage & switch today Celebrate everything Irish with Drink & Food Specials this Friday 17th March 36 Tennyson Street, Rolleston | Darfield | Leeston | Lincoln sale everything reduced By at least 20% save up to 60% in our Bargain Bins! 3 days only starts friday 17th march 489 sawyers arms road, harewood, christchurch ph: 03 359 7100