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Selwyn Times: April 18, 2017

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10 Tuesday April 18 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN TIMES Your Local Views Out & About Greenscapes ‘The Landscape Specialists’ celebrated the recent completion of their brand new yard & office at 756 Main South Road with invited guests, friends and suppliers. Selwyn MP Amy Adams officially opened the new premises and congratulated Greenscapes owners Craig & Megan Thomas on the success of their business with the new yard & office to be better situated to service their city and rural clients. Craig & Megan Thomas (Greenscapes owners) with Selwyn MP Amy Adams L-R: Jeremy MaGuire (MaGuire Landscapes) & Craig Wilson (Form Garden Design) L-R: Ed Wicken (KingCraft Nurseries) & Bill Taylor (Greenscapes) Nadia & Graeme Johnson Bill Wrigley, of Brookside, writes in response to Environment Canterbury looking at ways to limit on farm irrigation use in the catchment of the Selwyn/Waikirikiri River, which saw record low flows in summer Most irrigators in the Selwyn catchment source their irrigation water from deep, confined aquifers. These aquifers are, by definition, separated from the uppermost, unconfined aquifer by an impervious layer, usually clay. In theory there is little or no transition of water between aquifers. The lack of flow in the Selwyn River is a manifestation of the pressure on the uppermost, unconfined aquifer. It follows that the best chance of improving Selwyn River flows is to increase recharge and reduce pressure on the unconfined aquifer. We can’t do much to increase rainfall, but if water from the Central Plains scheme were available it could assist with recharge. Similarly, the district council is progressively shutting down water races - could this water also be SAD STATE: The Selwyn River recorded record low flows over summer. PHOTO: RICHARD COSGROVE available, along the lines of the Hinds’ aquifer recharge trial? In terms of reducing pressure on the unconfined aquifer, it is informative to consider the number of shallow wells that are in use now compared with 20 or so years ago. The short answer is that there are many, many more people and businesses taking water from both deep and shallow wells than there were back then. It would only be acceptable for irrigators to face cutbacks if all these other users were obliged to accept similar cutbacks. Dan Van Asch Deana & Brian James Richard & Francoise Hurt (Kiwiflora Nurseries) CHECK, L-R: Craig Thomas (Greenscapes) & Jeff Geayley (Totalspan Canterbury) L-R: Steve & Derek (Johnsons Hire Centre) & Mike (Greenscapes) Mary & John Dewar CHECK AGAIN. Every year, over 700 drivers in Canterbury cause a crash by failing to giveway When at an intersection, check and check again. L-R: Megan Thomas & Kay Emson (Greenscapes) L-R: Josh, Matt, Maike & Nate (Greenscapes) www.selwyn.govt.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday April 18 2017 11 News ACHIEVEMENT: Rolleston’s Jackson Hickling, 11, earned five ribbons for beating his personal best swimming times and the congratulations of New Zealand age group swimmer Hannah Bates, 16, at a recent Selwyn Aquatic Centre ‘splash night’. The splash nights are held every few months for swim club and swim school members. Participants don’t race each other but receive ribbons each time they set a new personal best time. Jackson’s mother, Jane Hickling, said they had known Hannah, a Lincoln resident, since meeting her two years ago through swimming. “She is always an inspiration to him which has helped make him work harder and give him more direction for this sport,” Mrs Hickling said. Jackson is in level 8 at the swim school and will move up to the bronze squad next. PHOTO: JANE HICKLING Looking back AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR: Thomas Hewton’s Garage on Gerald St, Lincoln, 1951. •Heritage photo supplied by Selwyn Libraries on behalf of the Lincoln and Districts Historical Society. If you have any information about this photo, please contact the library via www.selwynlibrary. co.nz OPEN ALL PUBLIC HOLIDAYS NO SURCHARGE Sports played live on our big screens • Gaming Room Lounge • 7 Days $7 beer/wine 4pm-6pm • Sun/Mon/Tues $10 desserts • Mon/Tues 13” Woodfired Pizzas $20 each • Tues Quiz Night • Wed Burger and Beer • Thurs $10 Cocktails • Thurs/Fri Curry and Beer Nights • Roast meal every lunchtime and Sun night • Open 7 days lunch/dinner West Melton Village, Weedons Ross Road Ph 03 421 6481