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Selwyn Times: June 06, 2017

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4 Tuesday June 6 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi News SELWYN TIMES Queen’s Birthday Honours for Selwyn residents DEDICATED TO conservation and outdoor recreation, Birdlings Flat resident Geoffrey Spearpoint was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours yesterday. Mr Spearpoint was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for services to outdoor recreation. Foundation for Arable Research director Nicholas Pyke, of Rolleston was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arable industry. Farmer and tourism operator James Guild of Darfield was also made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the deer industry. They were three of 28 Cantabrians honoured. Mr Spearpoint has made a significant contribution to conservation and outdoor recreation in New Zealand through writing various books and maintaining hut facilities. His books include Waking to the Hills: Tramping in New Zealand, Shelter from the Storm: The Story of New Zealand’s Backcountry Huts and A Bunk for the Geoffrey Nicholas Pye Spearpoint Night: A Guide to New Zealand’s Best Backcountry Huts. In recent years he has made a significant contribution to maintaining and restoring Department of Conservation backcountry huts. Mr Guild has several numerous roles including councillor and president of New Zealand Deer Farmers Association, director of the Game Industry Board and director of the Cervena Trust. He was recognised for advising the government on issues such as animal welfare, livestock tax, and was on the Game Animal Council Establishment Committee whose work led to the development of the Game Animal Council Act. He is currently Chair of Queen Elizabeth II National Trust and Molesworth Steering Committee. Mr Pyke was appointed Research Director of the Foundation for Arable Research in 1995 and has helped the organisation make substantial contributions to improving on-farm performance and environmental management. On the honour’s list he was noted to have grown FAR from a staff of one to an international organisation with 24 staff. Mr Pyke’s contributions has seen New Zealand’s arable industry being recognised as a world leader in a number of areas such as cereal, ryegrass, vegetable seed and clover yields, sustainable resource use and environmental management. •To see a full list of recipients, visit kiwi. David Ward, chief executive, Selwyn District Council, responds to a Selwyn Times article from May 30 THe article – Rate increase to manage stormwater – contains incorrect and misleading information The story states “Residents can expect a rate increase of $85 per property in areas where the district council manages stormwater.” This is incorrect. The $85 referred to is the total rate per property, not the increase. For some households the rate will increase, but for others it will decrease or stay the same. The planned new standard stormwater rate of $85 per property, to be introduced from July 1 2017, will replace existing stormwater rates which vary by township. For example, in the current year (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017) in Leeston the rate is $278, in Lincoln it is $85, in Rolleston it is $40. Under the previous system stormwater rates were based on the costs in each township so varied significantly – for example the rate has been high in Leeston as a major stormwater upgrade is underway. Under the new system the costs of managing stormwater across the district are recovered through the standard $85 rate charged to households in townships where the Council manages stormwater. Many townships such as Leeston will pay less for a stormwater while other areas may pay more. This proposed change was consulted on through the Draft Annual Plan process. Overall, more people indicated they supported the move to a new standard rate in online survey comments and submissions than the alternative to stay with the current charge which varies by township. STUDY HOSPITALITY AND MAKE KNOWLEDGE WORK FOR YOU. If you’d like to take advantage of the huge opportunities in hospitality, we can help make it happen with a wide range of programmes including certificates, diplomas and a brand new degree in hospitality management and international tourism. You’ll learn from expert tutors and gain all the knowledge, skills and experience you need for a career you’ll love. Apply now, start July. KNOWLEDGE AT WORK KNOWLEDGE AT WORK CHRISTCHURCH | ASHBURTON | TIMARU | OAMARU | ONLINE

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday June 6 2017 5 Maddie to get treatment in US • By Gabrielle Stuart MADDIE COLLINS has spent most of her life battling kidney failure – now the 13-year-old West Melton resident has been dealt another life-threatening blow. She was told last week while at Starship Hospital for kidney treatment that her heart is also failing. If Maddie had a successful kidney transplant, her heart could recover, but without one, she would be at risk of a heart attack, her mother Sarah Manson Collins said. The news had hit Maddie and the whole family hard, she said. “She was in the room when they told us and she said, ‘okay, how many months have I got to live?’ We said, ‘no, it’s not like that, you’re going to be okay,’” she said. Kidney problems can force the heart to pump harder, putting a lot of strain on it. An American study has found children on dialysis for kidney problems were 1000 times more likely to have a fatal heart attack. The family has been fundraising to take Maddie to The John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, United States, next month where more advanced treatment may make it easier to match a donated kidney. In 2012, her father, Adam Collins, donated one of his kidneys to Maddie, but her body rejected it. “We know we’re fighting uphill to find a match for Maddie, but you’ve got to believe in miracles,” Mrs Manson Collins said. The treatment offered in the United States would make it less likely Maddie’s body would reject a donated kidney. However, it comes at a price – the full treatment is expected to cost about $350,000. Givealittle pages have already raised more than $80,000 for Maddie, and people in the community had also been incredibly generous, Mrs Manson Collins said. Many people, from family members to total strangers, had also volunteered to be tested to see if their kidneys might be a match for Maddie. She had no idea how many, as the family were not allowed to know unless a match was found. But even though none so far had matched Maddie, Mrs Manson Collins said every person willing to donate an organ had helped someone. “It’s not just about Maddie. We don’t have enough organ donors and that’s what this is about, so if I can make more people talk about organ donations I’ll have succeeded,” she said. She said Maddie had been finding things tough, as her treatment meant she missed a lot at her school and couldn’t do many things with her friends. “People say she looks so well, she looks so healthy, but you don’t see kidney failure until you lift up her shirt and see all those lines in her body,” she said. But she said Maddie’s love for animals, the people around her and her passion for life kept her strong. “Maddie is incredible. When she gets on her pony everything is right for her, even though I know how much energy it takes her to ride. Her inner strength puts some of us to shame sometimes,” she said. •Maddie’s givealittle page is givethegiftoflifetomaddie HOPEFUL: Maddie Collins and her mum Sarah Manson Collins learned last week that Maddie’s kidney disease has caused early stage heart failure – but they are hopeful she will recover with quick treatment. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER Let us entertain you. DON’T MISS OUR Call your GP team 24/7 for health advice. Even after-hours a nurse is available to give free health advice. WEDNESDAY CASH DRAW 9 12 6 3 8PM - 10PM FREE ENTRY Terms and conditions apply. See website for further details. HOST RESPONSIBILITY LIMITS APPLY PLAY SAFE DRINK SAFE 9 6 12 3