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Selwyn Times: May 02, 2017

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4 Tuesday May 2 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Backyard critters SELWYN TIMES White butterfly woes Looking Back Mike Bowie is an ecologist who specialises in entomology (insects and other invertebrates). Each week he introduces a new species found in his backyard at Lincoln. His column aims to raise public awareness of biodiversity, the variety of living things around us: IF YOU have ever grown broccoli, cauliflower and cabbages you will have cursed the white butterfly caterpillars that can massacre your brassica crops. Pieris rapae is the scientific name for this destructive species of cruciferous farm and garden crops which is more commonly seen as a ubiquitous white butterfly. The species arrived in New Zealand in 1929 and quickly became a widespread pest of brassica crops, including cabbage, throughout the country. The wingspan of the butterfly ranges from 32-47mm and the number of black dots on the forewings identifies the males from TROUBLE: White butterflies are known to be a curse for gardeners trying to grow broccoli, cauliflower and cabbages. Right: The white butterfly caterpillar. ​ the females – males have a single dot on each front wing, while females have two on each. The female butterflies can survive for three weeks and flies an average of 700m per day, although one specimen is known to have flown 12km in a single flight. Yellow elongated eggs like miniature corn cobs are laid on the underside on host plants. When larvae emerge their NEW LOCATION ADVERT.pdf 1 1/05/2014 11:51:35 a.m. VISIT OUR NEW LOCATION LOCATION 430 ST ASAPH STREET! RECOVER YOUR LOVED FURNITURE No job too big or small first meal is often the eggshell followed by the host plant. Larvae are a distinctive bluegreen when young but change to a greener hue. The larvae have a yellow dorsal line and dashes along its sides between the black ringed spiracles or breathing holes. Two small parasitic wasp species have been introduced to New Zealand as bio-control agents of the pest help to keep numbers in check. •Specimens collected by Mike Bowie will be logged online at http://naturewatch. This is a place where you can share what you see in nature, set up a citizenscience monitoring project and learn about our natural history. It allows you to load photos of your specimen and you can ask for identification by experts. FAMILY TIME: The home of G.A. (Gully) Smith, corner of Springs and Boundary Rds, circa 1900. It is thought that the nickname ‘Gully’ derived from the fact that the house was by the gully incised by the L1 river. • Heritage photo supplied by Selwyn Libraries on behalf of the Lincoln and Districts Historical Society. If you have any information about this photo, please contact the library via Maronan Road, Tinwald, Ashburton Hours of Business: 7am-4.30pm Mon-Thurs Fri 8am to midday or by appointment with Keith 027 566 3909 Still able to offer you the finest top quality new furniture Visit us online P. 371 7500 QUALITY FURNITURE SPECIALISTS RE - UPHOLSTERY SPECIALISTS KEITH HARTSHORNE 0275 663 909 OPEN SATURDAY 6 TH MAY Open: 11am - 4pm “Celebrating Ashburton’s Wheels Week Plus” Journey back in time at the Tinwald Domain on our Vintage Railcar! The Ashburton Fire Museum, Lynn Woodwork Museum & Ashburton Woodturners are open to browse through. Vintage Machinery display - view a 1900’s era, German Roland Sawmill in action. ** For the Ladies: Combined Craft demonstrations in Function room (Spinning, Quilting, Patchwork & more) ** In the Car park the Ashburton Steam & Model Club operate miniature Train rides. Bring a picnic lunch & enjoy the Domain area, with playground, tennis court & tranquil pond area. **EFTPOS ON-SITE** Visit or our Facebook Page for details Phone: 03 308 9600

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday May 2 2017 5 News Vandals hit park ashion • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding A SPATE of vandalism has struck at a park leaving the community to clean up the mess. An increase in the number of incidents damaging Doyleston’s Gardening Osborne Park over the past week has been “disheartening” for volunteers. The park has become a target for minor crime with damage including lawn mower fuel stolen from the park’s hall, grass ripped up by mud grip tyres and a plaque donated by the Osborne TARGET: The hall at Osborne Park has been broken into family torn off recently. Motoring recently with fuel for the lawn mowers stolen. ​Inset: Murray In a bid reduce vandalism, Lemon. padlocks the park have been changed and the Doyleston the wonderful condition for the Community Committee will consult the district council on cost-effective ways to have cameras installed. Committee member Jack Pearcy said while there has been Tasty the occasional incident with Bites the park, the trouble has escalated over the past week. “You get young stupid idiots disheartening. wrecking the place where two or three very dedicated people are keeping Osborne Park in public viewers,” he said. He said volunteers had worked hard to maintain the park and keep the ratepayer money down and the vandals needed a kick. A volunteer who did not want to be named, out of fear of retaliation said what had been done in the past week had been “It is just people who haven’t got a lot to do. . . we seem to be copping it at the moment. Senior constable Lois Willis Croft said police are investigating the vandalism and have a lead as to who may be causing the destruction. District councillor Murray Lemon said he would be happy to support what is decided by the Doyleston Community Committee to address the issues. But he said while cameras can capture useful information, it is still difficult to identify offenders. INFLUX: The Coes Ford camping ground is one of the areas in Selwyn to have had an increase in freedom campers over the past year. ​ Freedom camping report •From page 1 Cr Watson said: “(Christchurch City Council) took a very poor view in my opinion, which was to effectively ban all freedom camping in their entire council area, which has pushed those wanting to be close to Christchurch out to us and the Waimakariri,” he said. Last year, the Christchurch City Council changed its freedom camping bylaw to ban campers without toilets from council-owned land. This was after facilities became over-crowded, unsanitary and out-of-control in the 2015/16, summer causing residents to complain. Five locations in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula, including the Lower Styx River car park and the Addington Reserve car park, were closed to campers. Cr Watson said it is about ensuring the district has the right infrastructure to cope, as well as communicating to the campers about etiquette. District councillor Jeff Bland said he would like to see a push by central Government on communication with tourists to re-enforce the country’s expectations of the freedom campers. He said while he doesn’t have a problem with people having a cheap holiday, “irresponsible campers” should not get away with being unhygienic. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think changes to the Christchurch City Council freedom camping bylaw is impacting Selwyn? Email your views to georgia. Money LAwyERS We have over 40 years’ experience to assist you with… • Buying and Selling Houses and Commercial Property • Wills, Trusts and Estate matters • All issues facing you and your business; • Employment Law matters; • Traffic matters; • Advice regarding Retirement Villages • General Legal Advice on all matters Call John, Brendan or Andrew today 03 366 8996 Email. Airport Business Park 92 Russley Road, Christchurch 8042 HEAT PUMP SALE NOW ON! Amazin’ autumn Specials!! • We will offer you the best quality brands and option of heat pump for your home/business • Providing Heat Pump solutions for over 15 years to Cantabrians • We personally guarantee all our products & installs for 5 years (providing annual maintenance has been completed) Phone us today for your free consultation & quote 41A SHAKESPEARE RD, WALTHAM PHONE 03 366 0525 “A local team for local people”