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The Star: May 18, 2017

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10 Thursday May 18 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi The Star News ECan spent $5m on comms • By Bridget Rutherford ENVIRONMENT Canterbury spent more than $5 million on communicating with the public and within the organisation in the last financial year. Data released under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act showed over the 2015-16 financial year, ECan spent $5,620,391 on its communications and external relations department. The figure had jumped from $3,422,727 in the 2010-11 financial year. ECan said that made up staff wages, communications advice, promotional design and production, printing and advertising, web development, photography and video, media monitoring, market research and behaviour change, and sponsorship and community events. It also included operational expenses such as travel, phones, learning and development, and stationery. On top of that, the figures show it spent $147,626 on external public relations, compared to $38,085 in 2010-2011. That was for when “one-off” pieces of communication work were done by external contractors, or for when “specialist skills” were required. ECan communications manager Tafflyn Bradford-James said during the 2015-16 financial year, there were 22.6 full-time equivalent staff. They covered roles including web design, graphic design and print production, youth engagement, internal and external communications, media liaison, marketing and behaviour change campaigns, and industry and stakeholder engagement. Nine of those were communications advisers. Ms Bradford-James said as part of a restructure earlier this year, it now had an allocation of 25 FTE staff in the section. She said at present, only 21 of those FTEs were filled. Heartfelt bid to keep teens safe • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding PARENTS OF two of the three teenagers killed in a high-speed crash have reached out to high school students in a bid to get them to think about the consequences of their road safety choices. Samuel Drost, Cole Hull and Lily Moore – all aged 15 – died late on Christmas Day, when a car they were passengers in failed to take a corner and crashed into trees near Southbridge. The 14-year-old unlicensed driver has pleaded guilty to causing the deaths of the three teenagers as well as causing injury to a fourth passenger in the car at the Christchurch Youth Court recently. As part of a road safety programme, a moving talk from parents Marcus Moore and Tracey Drost was made at Lincoln High School recently. RYDA, run by the Road Safety Education Ltd is designed Winter weather expected to start mild • By Bridget Rutherford DON’T BOTHER stocking up on new winter woollies – Jack Frost isn’t coming just yet. Meteorologists are expecting a fairly normal start to winter, next month. National Institute of Water and Atmosphere forecasting services meteorologist Ben Noll said it was too early to predict what the full winter forecast would be. But he said the beginning of June would be on the “milder side.” He said the average maximum temperature in Christchurch in June was 12 deg C, with the average minimum 1.9 deg C. He said next month’s temperatures could be slightly warmer. In terms of rainfall, it could be slightly drier for June, Mr Noll said. Cole Hull Samuel Drost Lily Moore for 16 to 18-year-old students aiming to change the way they think about road safety. The one-day programme is broken into six sessions covering speed and stopping, hazards, distractions and analysing true stories. Mr Moore said he spoke to students about the consequences of choices and to take time to think about what they are doing in their decisionmaking. “It is important. Lily didn’t The normal rainfall for Christchurch in June is 56.6mm, he said. go out to die. They went out for a wee joy drive and it turned to custard,” he said. He said it has been like “living in a haze” since the accident and there is a long, tough road ahead. “This is about my story and trying to help other kids I guess, if they can hear me out it might make a difference,” he said. Lincoln High School deputy principal Stephen Rout said the programme was an emotional SEASONAL: Laura McKenzie, 2, and her big sister Chloe, 5, play in the last of the autumn leaves at the Botanic Gardens before winter sets in. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER “The beginning of June I would say probably looks to feature some longer dry spells.” experience for the students and councillors were there for support. “We felt it was important, they were aware of the reality of what can happen as many of them were off-course because of the connection,” he said. Samuel attended Lincoln High, while Lily was a student at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and Cole went to Ellesmere College. Mr Rout said the time since the accident had been tough for a number students and the school has support in place. Proactive Drive Youth Education Trust programme manager Tim Hartnell said it is about talking to the students as both drivers and passengers. “You do have responsibility as a passenger to assist the driver and not distract them,” he said. •For more information on RYDA go to http://www. proactivedrive.org.nz/ He said because NIWA’s forecasts were based on precipitation, it was difficult to say whether we could expect much snow this winter. “It would appear that early in June if you are having slightly milder temperatures, there may be a slightly lower chance for snowfall up on the ranges.” MetService meteorologist Lisa Murray said in the short-term heading into winter the weather was looking normal. “We are going to get some cooler temperatures and that is quite normal.” She said MetService could only predict the short-term forecast, so could not give an overall view of what we can expect from the season. 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