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Selwyn Times: June 13, 2017

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24 Tuesday June 13 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN TIMES Kiwi Gas fill and sell refurbished gas bottles. A passion for good service We all have stories of businesses falling short on promises leaving us waiting for goods. Malcolm Ryder believes when companies cut back deliveries to increase profits, poor service is the result. “I want to provide service as it should be and once was,” explains Malcolm, owner of Kiwi Gas. “When you contact Kiwi Gas, you speak to a real person. You’re not treated like a number or talking to an off-shore call centre.” Locally owned and operated, the Kiwi Gas approach to business is simple: competitive, if not cheaper pricing and the fastest delivery around. “We aim to deliver to customers in 24 hours regardless of destination, a promise we’ve kept so far,” advises Malcolm. “It’s all about service.” No wonder, so many customers are delighted with their excellent service. Kiwi Gas has been supplying LPG to Christchurch for over 18 years. At their ‘drive-thru’ at 37 Shands Road in Hornby, they fill gas bottles of all sizes with a 9kg fill just $25.90. They also sell a full range of refurbished gas bottles, along with gas parts and accessories. Kiwi Gas also hire outdoor heaters to bars, restaurants, and the public for private events from as little as $39 per heater per night. Malcolm says Kiwi Gas is as ‘Kiwi As’, ‘fast as’, ‘easy as’ and ‘sweet as’; descriptors that ring true given their reputation for high quality fast turnaround service and active community support. “New customers regularly say, the reason they now use us to supply their gas, is because they’ve heard of our great service,” adds Malcolm. Kiwi Gas is located at 37 Shands Road in Hornby. Call 0800 166 619, email: or order on-line at: Kiwi Gas fill gas bottles of all sizes. Kiwi Gas aim to deliver to customers within 24 hours. The Kiwi Gas team. Keep it clean and Keep it Kiwi Phone: 0800 166 619 | Text: 027 535 6137 | Email: | Web: ✓ Best ✓ Home ✓ Building deals for 45Kg household & business gas deliveries – make life easier and get it swapped right to your door… same day 24hr service* or renovating ✓ Gas drive thru ✓ Cheap outdoor heater hire

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday June 13 2017 25 Backyard critters Craneflies are important 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 A LARGE long-legged fly that appears inside your house are sometimes called daddy longlegs, a common name shared with cellar spiders and harvestman. The difference is that craneflies have six legs and the other two species are arachnids that have eight legs. Craneflies are in the Tipulidae family, the most diverse family of flies consisting of about 15,000 species worldwide. In New Zealand there are at least 600 cranefly species and can vary in size depending on the species, with the largest being 30mm long. Cranefly larvae, sometimes called leatherjackets, have long cylindrical bodies and often UNIQUE: The green cranefly (Chlorotipula albistigma) is a large long-legged fly that sometimes appears in your house. ​ live in soil and moist or rotting vegetative material. They perform important ecosystem services of breaking down organic matter and increasing microbial activity in the soil. Both adults and larvae are valuable prey for many animals, but especially birds. A common green cranefly endemic to New Zealand is called Chlorotipula albistigma. Larvae of this species burrow below the bark where fungi have been active and softened the wood in dead, damp logs of many exotic tree species. News Financial surplus for Lincoln University A FINANCIAL surplus for the first time in a decade and a comprehensive ongoing programme of organisational change are two of the reasons behind a significant turnaround at Lincoln University. Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robin Pollard, said the progress in returning Lincoln University to profitability is the result of a clear strategy, strong leadership and sustained team work at every level of the organisation. “In February 2016, a review jointly commissioned by the Tertiary Education Commission and Lincoln University was announced, to consider ways to ensure the university’s future. This was extremely useful in focusing minds,” he said. The report entitled Strategic Options Assessment was completed by EY (formerly Ernst & Young), and received by Lincoln University’s council in mid-2016. The Refreshing Lincoln initiative began in August 2016 which addressed a number of the financial, academic and organisational issues raised in the EY report. “We brought together a new executive leadership team in a short period of time and they have driven changes including implementing a new business model,” says Prof Pollard. “This included establishing an ‘internal economy’ with each operating unit now responsible for its own budgets, reporting, and monitoring of their operations. The Refreshing Lincoln programme has also focused on reducing costs, reviewing strategic assets which may no longer be needed, and work to improve programme attractiveness and increase student numbers.” A transformation board was appointed, with extensive international expertise. It is focused on a wide range of options to best ensure that Lincoln University makes a sustainable and significant contribution to New Zealand and international land-based education research. The board will report to the Lincoln council in October. Said Prof Pollard: “There is still much work to be done but it is significant that at the end of 2016, for the first time in a decade, Lincoln University achieved a financial surplus before unusual items which the EY report predicted would not be achieved for at least another 10 years.” DESIGNER FASHION AT OUTLET PRICES SMART BRANDS SMARTER PRICES HORNBY 409 Main South Road | Open 10am–5pm, 7 days