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Selwyn Times: June 20, 2017

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2 28 Tuesday [Edition datE] June 20 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES Sustainable Farming Fund hits 1000th project Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Associate Minister Louise Upston celebrated the 1000th Sustainable Farming Fund project, and awarded two Emerging Leaders scholarships at an event kicking off National Fieldays. “The Sustainable Farming Fund supports the primary sector’s own forward thinking and Kiwi ingenuity, which in turn helps keeps New Zealand ahead of the game,” Mr Guy said. “One thousand projects have now been funded since the fund was initiated in 2000. This represents around $150 million in government funding alongside a significant level of sector support. “The fund has supported projects as diverse as reducing nutrient runoff on lowland farms, reducing use of antimicrobials when managing mastitis, and increasing the market share for New Zealand olive oil,” Mr Guy said. Ms Upston said much of the success of the fund was due to its grass-roots nature. “Each project brings together farmers, growers and foresters to work alongside scientists and researchers to solve a problem or seize an opportunity. The fund recognises that those closest to the problem or opportunity have a unique insight into how it could be addressed and how to best influence their peers’ behaviour.” Alongside the announcement was the launch of a commemorative booklet which spotlights 33 projects from across all 17 years of the fund - available on the MPI website. Ministers also announced the announced the winners of this year’s Emerging Primary Industries Leaders Scholarship - Julia Jones a farm enterprise specialist at KPMG, and Jason Te Brake, a key account manager at Miraka. “This scholarship recognises the importance of promoting strong leadership within the primary industries. It encourages those who have shown a commitment to the primary industries and have the potential to help guide the sector in the future,” Mr Guy said. The winners will attend the Te Hono Stanford Bootcamp – a week-long programme held at Stanford University in California, USA. The boot camp is mainly for chief executives or people who hold senior governance roles within the primary sector. Ms Upston said Te Hono Stanford Bootcamp was an opportunity for primary industry leaders to think about and test various ways to build the sector. “For the scholarship recipients, the boot camp will be a unique chance to build networks with sector leaders and contribute to the future direction of New Zealand’s primary industries,” she says. The Emerging Primary Industries Leaders Scholarship is now in its second year, and is supported by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), AGMARDT (the Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust) and Te Hono. Rural Section Roundwood Farm posts Deer Fencing Post and Rail Fencing Yarding Timber Oregon Rails Oregon Gates Sheep and Deer Netting Gallagher Strainrite Fencing Systems HOURS Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm Saturday: 8am- 12pm Weedons Ross Rd to Rolleston We are here Berketts Rd Trents Rd Main South Rd / SH1 GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband Your Local Timber Merchant Jason Pester 1304 Main South Road, Christchurch jason@cthl.co.nz P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032 0800 726 724 www.scorch.co.nz RESTAURANT & CAFÉ Cooked Breakfasts We are open from 6.30am Seniors SPECIAL 2 courses Soup/Roast or Roast/Dessert Special available lunch only. Monday - Saturday 12pm - 2.30pm Family Friendly Kid’s 2 course special $18 $20 $10 ‘Famous for their roasts!’ The RACECOURSE HOTEL & Motorlodge 118 Racecourse Rd, Sockburn, Christchurch. Ph 03 342 7150 www.racecoursehotel.co.nz Organic Training College LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS Start a career in organics. Reduce your footprint and produce a regular supply of your own fruit and vegetables. COURSES (All fees under $500) Year 1 Introduction to Organics 44 weeks Starts August 2017 (Lincoln campus) Year 2 Applied Organics 46 weeks Starts August 2017 (Lincoln campus) Programme information college@bhu.org.nz | 03 325 3684 | www.bhu.org.nz

[Edition datE] SELWYN TIMES Tuesday June 20 2017 3 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi 29 SELWYN RURAL LIFE Investment in rural health ‘good news for farming communities’ Government investment in rural health services for the third consecutive year provides essential ongoing support for the provinces says Federated Farmers. Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy ‘s announcement at Fieldays, shows a genuine commitment towards improving the health and emotional wellbeing of rural people, the organisation says. “The funding of $500,000 from both ministries is good news for our farming communities as often initiatives are started but seldom completed without further investment to ensure long-term sustainability,” Federated Farmers’ rural health and wellbeing spokesperson Katie Milne says. “There is no short-term fix when it comes to addressing the state of our health services in rural areas. The funding will ideally build on the various programmes that have been put together in recent years. “It will provide the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand(RHAANZ) and Rural Support Trusts, who have led recent rural health initiatives, with more capability and capacity to maximise their resources. “Our RSTs are generally volunteers and retired farmers who dedicate their time and energy to helping farmers and country folk with those issues which can impact on their health and emotional wellbeing. This funding gives them access to better coordination and information on how to respond.” Funding would support 20 workshops for rural health professionals treating people at risk of suicide, as well as the rural clinical champions and medical director. “It’s also encouraging to see that funding will be targeted at those younger rural workers who have been identified as being Federated Farmers’ rural health and wellbeing spokesperson Katie Milne Primary Industries Minister, Nathan Guy the most at risk of health and wellbeing issues,” Ms Milne says. “Federated Farmers meanwhile looks forward to the Cabinet’s pledge to look at a new mental health strategy, which will take into account the needs of our rural communities.” Attention all farmers If you’re in need of a resource consent, we can help. • Effluent discharge • Groundwater • Surface water • FEP / Land Use • Due diligence • Monitoring & compliance • Advocacy 92 Williams St, Kaiapoi. Ph: 03 375 5015 www.bowden.co.nz South Island Online Vehicle Disposal Auction Commences Friday 16 th June, concludes Monday evening, 26 th June Viewing is at Turners Supersite, 1 Detroit Place, Christchurch, 7 days from 10am–4pm. Vehicles include... • 18 late model Honda TRX 4WD quad bikes • 3 Toyota Hilux 4WD utes • 3 Polaris Ranger ATV’s • 2 Honda 7000 ATV’s • 1 New Holland TS115 Tractor with Loader For photos and details, see www.turners.co.nz/landcorp ALL BIDDING WILL BE ONLINE For all enquiries please phone Ruth on 027 807 8926 1 Detroit Place, Christchurch. Open 7 Days. Phone 03 343 9850