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Selwyn Times: April 18, 2017

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4 Tuesday April 18 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN TIMES News acism experiences nspire speech AN ELLESMERE College student who observed racism after moving from the Philippines to New Zealand has earned a place in the semi-finals of a national race relations speech competition. Fylgia Romero, 16, secured her semi-final place after taking part in the North Canterbury regional heats of the annual Race Unity Speech Awards competition run by the Human Rights Commission. She was one of two from those heats selected for the semi-finals in Auckland on May 12. If she is successful there she will be in the final the following day. In her speech, Together With You Aotearoa, Fylgia said she believed that people could fight racism through acknowledging but understanding the differences that we have, and that changes could only be made by showing love. “Love is the extraordinary kind of ordinary,” she said. Fylgia was born in the Philippines in the highly urbanised city of Cebu which has 2900 people per square kilometre, compared with Selwyn’s 6.9 people per square kilometre. She moved to Ellesmere in 2013. Her father is a dairy farm worker and the move was in search of a better life. Since the move, Fylgia has experienced some low level bullying in the form of comments about Asians, while family members have experienced workplace racial discrimination. These personal experiences, together with those of her friends were inspiration for her speech. Fylgia hopes to pursue a career in the medical field after leaving TAKING INSPIRATION: Fylgia Romero’s speech based on personal experiences with racism has earned her a place in the semi finals of a national competition. ​ school. Last year she gained an NCEA level one excellence endorsement and was awarded an Ellesmere College Academic Blue. A skilled pianist, Fylgia plays piano in an Ellesmere College Filipino music group entitled “1896”. The name of the group marks the beginning of the Filipino revolution against the Spanish. Fylgia’s speech making coach is Ellesmere College English teacher Karen Evans. SERVICE: John Carr’s war medals. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN Fallen comrades remembered •From page 1 “Two people in the engine room were killed outright and we took to a lifeboat. It was very, very cold.” Some of the crew were suffering from hypothermia by the time they were picked up a few hours later by a naval vessel. In May, 1943, when he was 18, Mr Carr joined the British Royal Navy with which he served for the remainder of the war. In April, 1945, his naval party landed in Ostend, Belgium, as the Allies pushed towards victory. “We stayed in Holland for a while and fed the children, they were starving to death, and we went right through to Germany. Our object was to take the Blohm & Voss U-Boat yards in Hamburg which we did because we thought the Russians might have been coming down the Elbe river and taking all the secrets of the Germans,” Mr Carr said. “We were successful, we got all that, and I stayed in Hamburg for nearly two years after. I was in Hamburg for the Armistice Day and all that.” He remembered the end of the war as a great relief. “We were still alive, that was the thing. We had come through it.” After the war, Mr Carr and his wife emigrated from the United Kingdom to New Zealand and he joined the newly formed Royal New Zealand Navy. Anzac Day still meant a great deal to him. He said it was important that the children of today were aware of what they had been fighting for – freedom and democracy. ALL SECTIONS COME FULLY FENCED WITH FIBRE TO YOUR BOUNDARY AND FREE, SITE-SPECIFIC GEOTECH REPORTS! BALANCE DUE JUNE 2017 To secure your section call Deane on 0274 352 384 or visit our Sales Office 37 Vernon Drive, turn off Gerald Street by the New World. Open 12-4pm Weds-Sun. Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei – For us and our children after us

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday April 18 2017 5 Passchendaele war display in Prebbleton • By Tom Doudney A WORLD War 1 Anzac display in Prebbleton has been updated this year to commemorate the events of 1917. The Prebbleton Heritage group is holding annual Anzac Day displays each year from 2014 to 2018 to mark the centenary of World War 1. Photos, models, weapons, diaries, memorabilia and written accounts are included. The Battle of Passchendaele, the Egyptian Expeditionary Force and field hospitals are the new topics covered Daphne McAven in this year’s display, which will be open at Prebbleton Hall, from Saturday until Anzac Day, 10am-4pm. Entry is free but donations are accepted to help cover costs. Prebbleton Heritage member Daphne McAven said last year’s display had been popular attracting about 400 to 500 people over a weekend. “Several people said it was all too crowded last year, especially on Anzac Day itself, so this year we have moved some of the HISTORY: New Zealand soldiers on the march in Passchendaele. Left – Machine guns will again form part of the Prebbleton Heritage Anzac display. displays into the supper room,” she said. “We are really thrilled with the interest and support that we do get.” Anzac Day services in Selwyn District Services, parades and wreath laying ceremonies will be held at various locations around Selwyn for Anzac Day. Burnham: 6am at the army camp gates, dawn parade, address and wreath laying ceremony. Darfield: 8.45am at the war memorial, wreath laying followed by service at Trinity Church. Dunsandel: 8.30am at the war memorial, wreath laying ceremony. Glentunnel: 9.30am at Glentunnel Community Centre, service followed by wreath laying ceremony. Hororata: 11am at St John’s Church, service followed by wreath laying at the war memorial. Kowai: Service follows Springfield’s ceremony. Leeston: 10.30am at the Leeston rugby pavilion, service followed by parade to cenotaph and wreath laying. Lincoln: 2pm at Lincoln Event Centre, service followed by wreath laying ceremony. Mead: 9am at Mead Hall Memorial gates, wreath laying ceremony. Prebbleton: 9am at the war memorial, wreath laying ceremony. Rolleston: 10.50am at Rolleston Community Centre, parade; 11am at the War Memorial Clock Tower, service and wreath laying. Sheffield: 8am at the cenotaph, wreath laying ceremony. Springfield: 11am at Tawera Memorial Hall, service followed by wreath laying at the war memorial. Springston: 10.20am at Springston School, parade; 10.30am at Springston Hall, service followed by wreath laying at the war memorial. Tai Tapu: 8.30am at Tai Tapu School, flag raising and service; 9am at the war memorial, wreath laying. Templeton: 10.45am at the corner of Bicknor St and Banks St, parade to the RSA, 11am service at memorial gardens. West Melton: 10am at the war memorial, service followed by wreath laying ceremony. TASTY GORGEOUS FOOD Much loved gourmet food made our way NOW OPEN SATURDAY 7am - 1.30pm SPECIALIST BAKERY • Hand-made on premises daily • Wide selection of gorgeous, tasty slices • Fresh cut sandwiches, paninis, bagels & salads • Delicious pies, sausage rolls, quiches, muffins & scones • Gluten free options available Exciting New Season Colours Loyal Baby Prints • 100% Wool • Double Knit 8 Ply • 50g balls • Mild machine wash $ 9 40 per 50g ball 66-68 Springs Rd | Email: Ph 344 6044 | Open Mon-Fri 6am-3.30pm PFAFF SEWING CENTRE 9 Witham St, Hornby Phone 349 7867 9 Shands Rd Prebbleton - Lincoln A my es Rd Springs Rd Carmen Rd Main South Rd Russley Riccarton - City