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Selwyn Times: April 18, 2017

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2 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday April 18 2017 Inside FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK SELWYN TIMES News....................................3-16 THE JOHN Carr’s of this world have seen and experienced things many of us hopefully will never have to. Seventy-six years ago John’s merchant ship was torpedoed during the early stages of World War 2. Not everyone on board survived, but John, then 15 made it to the safety of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Now 92, he is the Templeton RSA’s oldest returned serviceman. Reporter Tom Doudney interviewed him (page 1) and reports back that John is a cherry bloke, looking forward to another Anzac Day next Tuesday. John went on to join the Royal Navy and saw action right through to the end of the war, which of course was a great relief. “We were still alive, that was the thing. We had come through it.” That says it all. 8 Making music and baking biscuits – Barry Clarke OUR PEOPLE Your Local Views.......10 Backyard Critters...........15 Schools............................ 17 Sport.................................19-23 Driven................................25 Community Events.....26 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 ROLLESTON LAW Sound, workable legal advice and solutions Rolleston Office: 78A Rolleston Drive, Rolleston Square Darfield Office: Darfield Business Hub, 68 South Terrace RICHARD GRAY W: www.meareswilliams.co.nz T: (03) 374 2547 M: 021 148 6221 E: rcg@meareswilliams.co.nz E: am@meareswilliams.co.nz ANITA MOLLOY-ROBERTS See your Orthodontist in Rolleston Orthodontist Phil Murfitt is now based at the new Rolleston Dental Centre, Tennyson Street, opposite Rolleston School. Appointments/enquiries: (03) 375 4418 phil@pgmortho.co.nz www.pgmortho.co.nz CLEARANCE SALE 21-23 APRIL, 10am-4pm Prebbleton Community Cottage Cnr Blakes and Springs Road MERINO CLOTHING & SLEEPING BAGS Clothes, Toys, Shoes, Blankets, Gifts and lots MORE! Cash and Eftpos available www.facebook.com/BabyBelleGifts “ IT’S A RELAXED WAY OF LIFE.” “No lawns to mow or leaves to pick up.” Joyce and Lloyd have a beautiful garden and enjoy a relaxed lifestyle with a great sense of community and security. Lloyd says he sees as many people in a day at Summerset as he would have seen in a month outside their last home. He also really enjoys not having the burden of continuous maintenance. They’ve been enjoying their villa at their Summerset retirement village for just over nine years. And there’s an added bonus says Joyce, “Our family couldn’t be happier, because they know we’re looked after.” Come and see why we love the life at Summerset Open Weekend 22 & 23 April, 10am-4pm Summerset at Wigram 135 Awatea Road, Christchurch Contact Anne Walker on 03 741 0872 or 022 639 2341 wigram.sales@summerset.co.nz Love the life SUM0403_9x8

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday April 18 2017 3 News Rolleston to get 24/7 policing • By Tom Doudney SELWYN’S POLICE presence will be boosted in the next 12 months with the Rolleston police station to be staffed 24/7 and extra officers to be based there. For the first time a senior sergeant will also be based permanently in the district, at Rolleston. Currently Senior Sergeant Pete Stills, based at Hornby, overseas police operations in Selwyn. Rolleston will be one of the first 20 towns Lane Todd in the country to receive extra resourcing to ensure a police officer will be on patrol and on call at all hours of the day. The news came as part of Police Commissioner Mike Bush’s announcement on the Government’s $500 million Safer Communities package on Wednesday. The package included a target of having 95 per cent of New Zealanders within 25km of patrolling police 24 hours a day. Commissioner Bush also revealed how many new staff would be allocated to each region, with 70 heading to Canterbury. Canterbury metro commander Superintendent Lane Todd said police wanted to provide enhanced services for rural communities and Rolleston would help deliver on that. “We see this as a huge benefit not only for the community but also in enhancing our rural capability,” he said. Rolleston’s growing population and the potential for increased crime had also been a factor in the decision. Currently there are eight officers, including two sergeants, based at Rolleston, and three officers each at the Darfield, Lincoln and Leeston stations. Officers work daytime hours during the week with some late night shifts over the weekend. Superintendent Todd said it was not known at this stage how many extra officers would be based at Rolleston and it was yet to be decided who the senior sergeant would be. The plans were for the Rolleston station to begin operating 24/7 within the next 12 months, the senior sergeant appointed within the next six months and the other new officers on the beat by Christmas. It was not known whether EXTRAS: The Rolleston police station will accommodate extra officers, including a senior sergeant, as it moves to 24/7 operations within the next 12 months. ​ any additions would need to be made to the station to accommodate the extra staff. Senior Sergeant Stills said staff were already being called out to a number of after hours incidents and having officers on duty 24 hours would be an advantage. “It’s often crashes or traffic incidents, stock on the road, or family harm matters,” he said. Selwyn MP Amy Adams said the changes at Rolleston were welcome news. “This will give our community more confidence that help is on hand, and will ensure fewer victims of crime in Selwyn,” she said. In Brief ART GALLERY GRANT The group behind a proposed new community art gallery in Leeston has been granted $20,000 by the district council to go towards the first year’s lease. The group had been seeking $30,000. DAIRY AWARD FINALIST Hororata farm manager Kerry Higgins has made the finals of the annual New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards. Mr Higgins, 32, is a finalist in the dairy manager of the year category. SUBDIVISION A planning hearing for an application by Omana Trustee Ltd to subdivide land in Rolleston will take place at the district council headquarters on May 24. The company wants to create 191 residential lots by subdividing land on Branthwaite Drive and Lincoln Rolleston Rd. KIRWEE RESERVE A proposal to irrigate Kirwee Reserve using the Central Plains Water Scheme, when Stage 2 is completed, was approved at Wednesday’s district council meeting. The reserve is currently irrigated from the township water supply, sourced from underground wells but exceeds its allocated amount under Kirwee’s water metering system.