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Selwyn Times: April 18, 2017

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2 Tuesday [Edition datE] 28 April 18 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES New cell phone tower proposal welcomed A rural health leader says she is “absolutely thrilled” digital service providers and rivals Vodafone, Spark and 2degrees are joining forces to help with rural broadband. Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) chief executive Michelle Thompson says it is heartening that the three companies are working together for the common good so rural people and isolated communities will benefit. Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees have submitted a joint proposal to build and share 520 new cellphone towers that would provide 4G mobile and home broadband and cellphone services to rural areas. The plan would see the area of New Zealand that was covered by mobile services increase by a quarter and would extend mobile coverage to another 1200 kilometres of state highway. Ms Thompson says rural people need excellent access to modern communication systems as it would increase access to their health and social services, enhance their rural lifestyles and enable profitable rural business communities. “Rural communities depend on reliable and high-quality broadband and mobile connectivity to operate productive businesses, attract and retain employees, maintain social connections and increase access to high quality health and social services,” she says. “Rural New Zealand has black spots which are risking lives and their livelihoods and also posing a serious safety hazard for tourists, residents and migrant workers as they travel around remote and isolated areas. “It’s election year and we want the government to promise us that all rural medical facilities will be connected to fibre-like speeds by 2019. We want to have multiple carrier mobile coverage on all state highways by 2019. We want 99 per cent of the population with more than 50Mbps by 2020 rather than 2025. “It’s not much to ask and we pay taxes just as people in cities do. I’d really like to pay tribute to Vodafone, a strategic supporter of RHAANZ, and the other digital companies Spark and 2degrees for supporting our rural connectivity priorities. Rural New Zealand is the population equivalent to New Zealand’s second-largest city, and rural people live and deal with endless pressures from all aspects of rural life, Ms Thompson says. Fluctuating international markets, increased business and environmental compliance requirements, dramatic weather and climatic events, increased financial and personal costs of accessing education, and poorer access to health and social services all take a toll on the wellbeing, and vibrancy of rural New Zealand, she says. “For years, government, agribusiness and industry corporates have made decisions about the viability of their services in rural New Zealand. 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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday [Edition April 18 datE] 2017 293 SELWYN RURAL LIFE Medical science a way to approach river health, paper advises Medical science and practice has developed over millennia. The framework used to diagnose, treat, monitor, and prevent disease provides an excellent template for river management. Cawthron Institute freshwater group manager Dr Roger Young has published a paper advising there is much to be learned from the medical practice when considering ecosystem management. “This paper draws parallels between managing and improving human wellbeing, and the way we should approach river health. “Medical science and practice has developed over millennia. The framework used to diagnose, treat, monitor, and prevent disease provides an excellent template for river management,” Dr Young says. In the paper River doctors: Learning from medicine to improve ecosystem management it’s recommended ‘river doctors’ first gather information about a river, provide a diagnosis, apply treatment, follow up with regular monitoring and recommend prevention based on what has been learned. According to Dr Young, this approach would be a significant improvement on current ecosystem management. “New Zealand rivers would certainly benefit from better diagnostics and monitoring,” he says. “Currently, we know when something is wrong with a river, but it’s difficult to pinpoint what exactly, and there’s very little post-treatment monitoring, so it’s hard to know what is and isn’t working. “We should also take into account the importance of technology. The medical profession makes use of the latest technology and at Cawthron we’re applying new tools, such as environmental DNA and drones, to river management. “We need more of this, combined with good environmental education, to reduce the risk of river illness,” Dr Young says. The paper is the result of an international collaboration between Prof. Arturo Elosegi from Spain, Prof. Mark Gessner from Germany, and Dr Young. The freshwater ecologists spent a week working together at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Germany. Here they workshopped the idea that the medical profession’s approach to human health could hold the key to understanding and improving ecosystem condition. “As a freshwater scientist, I’ve been encouraged by the public interest in New Zealand’s rivers. This interest is important, because it will take a combined community effort to improve our river health,” Dr Young says. This work was partially funded by the NIWA-led rehabilitation of aquatic ecosystems programme, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Cawthron Institute provides world-class freshwater science with expertise in river health assessment, catchment management, and water quality. Resource Management Consultants Resource Consents - Groundwater - Surface Water - Effluent Discharge - Effluent Storage - Gravel Extraction - Consents Compliance • Advocacy • Aquifer Testing • Due Diligence • Feasibility • Flow Monitoring • Farm Environment Plans 92 Williams St, Kaiapoi. Ph: 03 375 5015 www.bowden.co.nz Roundwood Farm posts Deer Fencing Post and Rail Fencing Yarding Timber Oregon Rails Oregon Gates Sheep and Deer Netting Gallagher Strainrite Fencing Systems Rural Section HOURS Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm Saturday: 8am- 12pm Weedons Ross Rd to Rolleston We are here Berketts Rd Jason Pester 1304 Main South Road, Christchurch jason@cthl.co.nz P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032 Trents Rd Main South Rd / SH1 Your Local Timber Merchant ‘Famous for their roasts!’ School Holidays GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband 0800 726 724 www.scorch.co.nz RESTAURANT & CAFÉ Cooked Breakfasts Check out our extensive breakfast menu from Continental to Cooked We are open from 6.30am Seniors SPECIAL Two courses $20 Soup/Roast or Roast/Dessert Special available lunch only Monday - Saturday 12pm - 2.30pm $18 Kid’s 2 course special We are family friendly. Great Kids menu plus designated play area. TREAT THE FAMILY! $10 The RACECOURSE HOTEL & Motorlodge 118 Racecourse Rd, Sockburn, Christchurch. Ph 03 342 7150 www.racecoursehotel.co.nz