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Selwyn Times: April 25, 2017

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4 Tuesday April 25 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Your Local Views Tourist levy would help DOC Arthur’s Pass Wildlife Trust chairman Pete Neale writes about introducing a tourist entry levy to support the Department of Conservation The Arthur’s Pass Wildlife Trust has been in operation since 2010. It is a group of keen volunteers who set up and maintain around 800 predator traps in the vicinity of Arthur’s Pass Village. Our funding comes from a number of donation boxes located in the area. For bigger projects we have recently received funding and assistance from Environment Canterbury, the Department of Conservation and Rata Foundation. By reducing stoat and rat numbers in the area, we have successfully helped increase local populations of roroa, kea, whio, titipounamu and several other native birds as we try and establish Predator Free NZ by 2050. DOC also has a large “predator team” operating in the area, in particular working with the critically endangered kakariki. The Kea Conservation Trust is working hard to educate locals and tourists on how best to admire kea without causing them harm through too much human interaction. That’s where the good news ends and “the rant” starts. DOC is seriously under-funded in a lot of areas. After the wet summer that the majority of the country got, a foot bridge on the Arthur’s Pass walking track was deemed unsafe and has to be closed after rain events until it can be inspected again. This has also led to the closing of the most popular short walk in Arthur’s Pass, to the Devils Punchbowl Waterfall. Arthur’s Pass has often been described as the “gem of the Selwyn district”, so to have the two most popular walks closed over Easter and the school holidays has disappointed many travellers. Even though fixing these assets should be given top priority, no extra funding is available at the regional office, so things have to wait until local staff can fit the project in to their already hectic schedules. One way to solve this is to introduce a tourist entry levy. If everyone who enters New Zealand paid $10 and it went to DOC, we would see a huge improvement in conservation efforts and in the morale of DOC staff. Remember this option when September 23 comes around and vote accordingly. Students achieving in NCEA EDUCATION IS one of the most important investments a Government can make. A strong education sees every generation of young Kiwis ready to succeed on the world stage. The final NCEA results for 2016 show just how well our students are achieving and how many more young people are able to tap into the opportunities that a good education offers. The hard work of teachers and students is paying off, with achievement up across the board. Nationally, achievement in year 11 NCEA level one is 75.5 per cent, up from 62.5 per cent in 2008. Year 12 NCEA level two achievement is 78.4 per cent, up 12 per cent since 2008. Year 13 NCEA level three achievement is 64.5 per cent, up from 53.4 per cent in 2008, and achievement of the University Entrance Award is up 0.6 per cent to 49.2 per cent. Here in Selwyn, year 12 NCEA level two achievement has risen from 80.6 per cent in 2008 to 87 per cent last year. Back in 2008, Māori and Pasifika students were struggling, with almost half leaving school without NCEA level two. As a Government, we found this unacceptable which is why we made a commitment to lifting achievement through targeted investment to support our hard-working and dedicated teachers. This investment has made a difference as the latest figures show. The most outstanding of the 2016 results show that year 12 NCEA level two achievement by Māori students has increased from Traditional barbers keeping Selwyn sharp SELWYN TIMES Amy Adams Selwyn MP PLACE OF LEARNING: Tania Roxborogh teaching at Lincoln High School. NCEA achievement in high schools is up across New Zealand. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN 51.6 per cent in 2008 to 74.9 per cent, and achievement by Pasifika students has increased from 50.5 per cent to 79.5 per cent. This success is spread across the country. I am proud to be part of a Government that prioritises education and wants to see our young New Zealanders get ahead This Government will continue a 21 st - century approach to ensure that every young New Zealander is supported in the best way possible to achieve their potential. 100 per cent awesome is how Barber Chris describes the day he gave away the first 100 hair cuts at his new South Point barber shop Hair 4 Men. “It was a great way to get to meet some members of our local community and to let them see what we do,” he said. “The reaction was terrific and we’ve had some great feedback about the service and how pleased clients were with the end result.” The new barber shop in Faringdon is an establishment which will enable the men and boys of the Selwyn District a place to make sure they are looking sharp whether it be with a hair cut or a gents wet shave . Owner Chirs has extended his success in the industry with this new establishment adding to his businesses already operating in Ashburton and Geraldine. Chris has been in the industry for more than 36 years so knows a thing or two about the latest trends in beards and the sharp new styles men around the world are sporting. In fact Chris was recently placed in the top four barbers in New Zealand at a recent Barber Craft event. There has also been another apprentice starting this week. “We keep an eye on the latest designs that are happening in America and Europe so you know you are getting the latest clip, cut or grooming.” “We’re not hairdressers doing men’s cuts, we’re fully qualified barbers who are at the top of their game giving the males of this area a place they can come which is just for them.” Here you will be able to appreciate the full services of a traditional barber – where service is key and where the cuts are….well cutting edge. You will also find retro is cool with authentic barbers’ chairs imported from Europe and the tractor’s chair for kids which will surely prove a popular place for the littler chaps to sit. Hair 4 Men are also suppliers of haircare products including beard oils and waxes, a good range of other items to keep you well groomed. So if you want to ensure you have the quality of a traditional barber’s cut then don’t hesitate to see the team at Hair 4 Men, open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm and 8am to 4pm on Saturday. Haircut Prices Gents $20.00 Gents Beard Trimming $10.00 Gents Wet Shave $35.00 Senior Citizen $15.00 Student $15.00 Children (Primary) $12.00 Military Personnel $18.00 Style/Hair Art $10.00 (extra)

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday April 25 2017 5 News Rates concern for new facility • By Tom Doudney SOME HORORATA residents are concerned that a possible new community centre being discussed could push up rates. Go Hororata is a strategic focus group made up of the Hororata Community Trust, the Hororata Reserve Management Committee, the Hororata Citizens Committee, along with the local playcentre, tennis club, Scout group and rifle group. It was formed to create a shared vision of how the area’s public spaces, including the domain and the hall, should be developed in future. The possibility of building a new community centre in the domain to replace the current hall, which is over the road from the domain, has been discussed as one possible idea. The existing hall would need to be renovated if it was retained where it was. If the new community centre was built instead, elements of the existing hall could be retained and used in the new building, with the old site being sold to raise funds. Some Hororata residents told the Selwyn Times they had concerns around any potential rates rises associated with a new facility. One resident, who declined to be named, said residents had been surveyed in 2013 on whether they wanted a new community centre built to replace the old hall, and the idea had idea had received low support. “A village of 120 people who don’t use the hall, shouldn’t have to pay for [an expensive] facility,” the resident said. Hororata Citizens Committee member Stuart Oliver said the community had a range of views on the matter. “I’ve got my views, I’d like to leave it where it is, but then other people have got different ideas. We’ve got to look towards PUBLIC SPACE: The possibility of building a new community centre in the Hororata Domain is being discussed. ​ the future I suppose,” Mr Oliver said. “I don’t mind, as long as it’s not thrown at the ratepayer to cover a massive expense.” Go Hororata did not wish to comment on the proposal at this stage. The organisation is aiming to have a proposal to put to the community within the next two months. Farmers want more rain •From page 1 “Groundwater levels would remain extremely low. For farmers and other water users who rely on shallow wells they [would be] likely to experience difficulties, and may have dry wells for much of the summer.” He cautioned that it was not yet known if it would be another dry winter or not. Irrigation New Zealand chief executive Andrew Curtis said a steady consistent rain that soaks into the groundwater is what is needed. “If we were to get another winter where we have similar sorts of rainfalls in the last few years yes life is going to get quite challenging,” he said. He said the rain recently is recharging the aquifers and the Selwyn/Waikirikiri River is now flowing from “top to bottom”. Federated Farmers Mid Canterbury Farmers provincial president Michael Salvesen said he was uncertain as to how much rainfall the Canterbury Plains will need but more was required. “It has been wetter a lot more so far this year than it has been in the last three years . . . groundwater levels have recovered a bit and they are probably still recovering,” he said. Great wines & craft beers, Tapas, sharing platters or order from our main meals, steaks,salads or favourites menu. Book now for Mothers Day... 82 Rolleston Drive Phone 347 4192 Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 4pm-Late Fri-Sun 12pm-Late Follow us on Facebook and Instagram AMY ADAMS MP FOR SELWYN If you would like to sign up for my newsletter please visit CONTACT P E 03 344 0418 Working hard for our communities Funded by the Parliamentary Service and authorised by Amy Adams, 829 Main South Road, Templeton, Christchurch bring your garden to life with colour Don’t forget Mother’s Day: 14 th May Shop 5, 346 Halswell Rd, Halswell. Ph: 322 1368