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Selwyn Times: April 18, 2017

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8 Tuesday April 18 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Our People SELWYN TIMES June Burney Making music and baking biscuits Lincoln resident June Burney is heavily involved in the community through music and the local farmers and craft market, of which she is a committee member. She spoke to Tom Doudney about her cookie business, the song she wrote after the February 2011 earthquake and the loss of community spirit which led to her move from England When did you start your business, June B Cookies? Probably about four years ago. It really started because in the early stages after I came to New Zealand I was really ill and developed a lot of food intolerances, so as a result I had to cook everything from scratch and this is a recipe I developed as a treat for myself. My husband, Ian, used to eat my cookies so I thought ‘why not make it available to other people who have similar intolerances to myself?’ What do you think led you to IN THE COMMUNITY: June Burney sometimes performs music at the Lincoln Farmers and Craft Market, in addition to selling her cookies there. develop those intolerances in New Zealand? I think I had always had them to a limited extent but when I was really ill with endometriosis and lost heaps of weight the intolerances blew out of all proportion really. Before I left England I had an operation to remove an ovary and according to the consultant I saw when I came to New Zealand, he said that possibly exacerbated the situation. Environmental factors can aggravate it so we try and be as healthy as possible now. What led you to move from England? We were just looking for a new life and to bring up our daughter, Amy, somewhere that we could really enjoy ourselves. We felt that in England it was becoming very commercialised and community spirit was declining and everybody was so busy and we wanted a bit more of a relaxed way of life. If you’re looking for a place with community spirit, Lincoln is a good place to be I guess. Yes, most definitely this is home now. We just became citizens a few months ago. Must be nice knowing Immigration can’t suddenly boot you out now or something. Yes. How long have you been in New Zealand? Just approaching 10 years now. You’re a musician too, how long have you played music? I have always played music. I played the keyboard and was in swing bands in my teen years and in my 20s I sang a little bit and played keyboard with my father as a duo and then rekindled it (music) since I have come to New Zealand. You put out an album a few years ago, didn’t you? I did one CD as well as playing at private functions and lots of community events that I’ve been involved in and I’ve run a couple of community projects. SMALL CHANGE MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE Twice a year we clear the Community Fund collection boxes at Christchurch Airport and share the money across the community. Kiwi dollars, international currency, small change from your cup of coffee, plus a top-up donation from us, all add up for local charities and community projects. Drug-ARM Therapeutic Art group is a weekly meeting of people wanting to make or maintain changes in their drug and/or alcohol use. Two DrugARM staff members (pictured) support clients to use art as a way of abstaining from alcohol and drugs. Christchurch Airport proudly supports Drug-ARM through the Community Fund. Charities and community groups can apply for funds at

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday April 18 2017 9 all part of the community spirit I did a project called Sing Your Heart Out Christchurch just after the earthquakes to bring people together and uplift them through music and I did one to commemorate the anniversary of the start of World War 1. Now I’m working on a community project in Selwyn in July where I am pulling together quite a few Selwyn community groups involved in music to do this concert. Tell me more about that. It’s going to be held at Lincoln High School on July 22 and it’s going to be called A Celebration of Screen and Stage. There are groups such as the Kirwee Players, the Ellesmere Pipe Band, the Selwyn Community Choir and quite a few of the duos and solo artists from Selwyn are going to work with me on this project. I just thought it would be a great idea to bring together people from different musical styles in one concert from the community of Selwyn. How will it celebrate screen and stage? The type of songs that are going to be performed are the likes of music themes from James Bond and numbers from Hairspray and The Full Monty, so movie themes, TV themes and songs from musicals essentially. PACE OF LIFE: June Burney and her family (husband Ian, left, and daughter Amy centre) moved to New Zealand for a stronger sense of community and better work life balance. In 2011 she recording her earthquake recovery inspired song Like the Phoenix from the Ashes (right). Tell me about the CD you put out. That was probably in about 2011 and it was called Love and Inspiration. The reason I did the CD really was prompted by the fact I wrote a song about people coming together after the earthquake. On that song in the recording studio there were quite a few local children from Lincoln and two other people I knew from Selwyn who came and sang on that. What was that song called? Like the Phoenix from the Ashes. Do you play music at the Lincoln Farmers and Craft Market? Occasionally. You’re a committee member of the market too, when did you first get involved with it? Probably about eight years ago. We became involved because my husband and I like to be creative and we do photography and produced a range of photographic cards of local scenery in New Zealand, so we joined the market. As I’ve said we have this passion for community spirit and we think it’s an important thing to maintain in any community, so along with the other committee members we try to keep that going by organising special community events as well as the standard market days. We want people to see the market as a place where they can socialise and meet and have fun as well as buy local produce and crafts. Why do you think England has been losing that community spirit? I just think people are too busy working really and I think the focus is a lot more on money and paying your mortgage and obviously everybody has to do that but I don’t think you should lose sight of why you are making the money – so you can have a good life. How old is your daughter? She is 17, in her last year at Lincoln High School. Does she like it here or does she miss England? She is definitely an adopted Kiwi, she very much likes living in New Zealand. She likes the outdoor life and she is also very involved in the community too. She helps out at the market and is involved in the Lincoln Envirotown. ANZAC DAY – Tuesday 25 April 2017 – Dawn Service 6.30am – Cranmer Square Organised by the Canterbury branch of the Malaya Veterans Association in conjunction with the Christchurch branch of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association (RSA) and Christchurch City Council. Mayor Lianne Dalziel will lay a wreath on behalf of the citizens of Christchurch. The parade starts at 6.15am, with the service to follow. Citizens’ Service 10.00am – Transitional Cathedral, Latimer Square Organised by Christchurch City Council in conjunction with Christchurch Cathedral and the RSA. The address at this service will be given by Air Commodore Andrew Woods RNZAF. It will be attended by representatives of the Defence Force, Consular Corps and various Christchurch youth groups. Kilmore Street Chester Street West ROAD CLOSED Armagh Street In Flanders fields the poppies blow. Between the crosses row on row… Lt.Col.J.McCrae (1872-1918) PUBLIC AREA PUBLIC AREA ROAD CLOSED STAGE CENTOTAPH PUBLIC AREA SCREEN Kilmore Street ROAD CLOSED PARADE ROUTE ROAD CLOSED ROAD CLOSED Armagh Street ANZAC Day Services Tuesday 25 April 2017 Dawn service: 6.30am – Cranmer Square (the parade starts at 6.15am) Organised by the Canterbury Branch of the Malaya Veterans Association in conjunction with the Christchurch Branch of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RSA) and Christchurch City Council. Mayor Lianne Dalziel will lay a wreath on behalf of the citizens of Christchurch. Christchurch Citizens’ Service: Transitional Cathedral, Latimer Square – 10am Organised by Christchurch City Council in conjunction with ChristChurch Cathedral and the RSA. Other Services Akaroa RSA Service, War Memorial (Area School gymnasium if wet) 19th Battalion and Armoured Regiment Service, The Memorial, Victoria Park, Victoria Park Rd, Cashmere 20th Battalion Assn, Jane Deans Close, Riccarton Burwood Community ANZAC Service, Burwood Monument, corner of Lake Terrace and New Brighton Road Cheviot RSA Service, meet at the War Memorial Cenotaph Cust RSA Service, Community Centre Darfield RSA Service, meet at Trinity Church Diamond Harbour, meet at the community store Dunsandel, War Memorial Ellesmere RSA Service, Leeston Rugby Football Stadium Fendalton, St Barnabas Church Halswell Domain, War Memorial Heathcote, corner Martindales and Bridle Path Roads Hei Hei, War Memorial Hororata, St John’s Church Kaiapoi RSA Service, Trouselot Park Lincoln, Event Centre Little River, Community Hall Lyttelton RSA Service, meet corner London and Oxford Streets New Brighton RSA Service, War Memorial Cenotaph Papanui, RSA Clubrooms Prebbleton, War Memorial Rakaia, The Mead Memorial Gates Rakaia, Memorial Community Centre Rangiora, RSA War Memorial Cenotaph Riccarton, Upper Riccarton War Memorial Library Rolleston, New Community Hall Sheffield, War Memorial Springfield, Tawera Memorial Hall Springston, meet at Springston School Sumner, meet at Stoke Street and Esplanade Tai Tapu, War Memorial Templeton, RSA War Memorial University of Canterbury, Matiriki Quad Wigram, Air Force Museum 11.30am 8am 9am 11am 10.30am 10am 8.45am 10.30am 8.30am 10am 10am 9am 6.15am 9am 11am 10am 2pm 9.30am 9.45am 10am 10am 9am 9am 10.30am 11.15am 6:30am 11am 8am 11am 10.20am 10.40am 9am 11am 10am 12noon