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Selwyn Times: July 18, 2017

2 Tuesday [Edition datE]

2 Tuesday [Edition datE] July 18 2017 34 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES Charging for water – where does it end? Federated Farmers is worried talk of charging for commercial water use will take the country down an irreversible path of taxing ourselves unnecessarily, increasing prices and limiting economic growth. The Green Party’s plan to charge a 10 cent a litre tax on bottled water and to charge for other commercial water uses, like farming, could end up costing New Zealanders billions, the organisation says. “We understand why Kiwis hate seeing our water bottled and sent offshore, with barely more than a couple of people employed locally to do it,” Federated Farmers water spokesperson Chris Allen says. “But, charging for every litre used does not make this problem go away. In fact, it is likely to put cost burdens on our people, our taxpayers and our communities which are simply unsustainable.” He says the main problem with this policy is, where does it end? “The Greens and Labour have both talked about charging for commercial water uses. But no one has calculated what effect this would have on the economy, or on ordinary Kiwis. “We’ve crunched some numbers based on water consent applications and: • About 60 per cent of water consumed in New Zealand is used for electricity generation. Adding just one cent a litre charge to the water used by the Manapouri power station alone would require passing on a cost of $160 billion dollars to New Zealand electricity users (that’s 65 per cent of the total value of our economy). • About nine per cent of consented water takes are for ‘industrial’ uses, which would add $24 billion in costs at one cent per litre of water used. • People connected to domestic drinking water supplies would pay an extra $18 billion, including commercial users working with domestic water supplies. • The price of fruit and vegetables grown for the domestic market would increase, meaning that domestically grown produce would be unable to compete with imports. • The price of milk and meat would go up for domestic consumers and make our exports less competitive. “Basically if we go down this path, we will all pay more, for everything. It’s like a tax on living,” Mr Allen says. 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 The Green Party’s plan to charge a 10 cent a litre tax on bottled water and to charge for other commercial water uses, like farming, could end up costing New Zealanders billions. 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 Diesel Blower Heaters 92 Williams St, Kaiapoi. Ph: 03 375 5015 www.bowden.co.nz Rural Section • An industrial diesel powered blower heater, which is ideal for warming a large area. • Clean burning technology and diesel economy allow it to operate for up to 14 hours on a single tank. • Designed especially to keep operation noise to an absolute minimum. • Plug the heater into a standard three pin plug power point and turn the thermostat to the desired heat setting and the burner starts automatically and will continue operation until it reaches the preset heat setting, automatically turning itself off and on as required to maintain the temperature. • A truly powerful, versatile and economical heater 30 kW - $795.00 GST incl 50 kW - $895.00 GST incl BUY DIRECT FROM THE IMPORTER! Lifestyle Tractors & Machinery Ltd • www.lifestyletractors.co.nz Tel. 03-347-4956 • Mob. 0274 770 070 Email. tractors@lifestyletractors.co.nz 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 Jason Pester 1304 Main South Road, Christchurch jason@cthl.co.nz P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032 Trents Rd Main South Rd / SH1 Your Local Timber Merchant

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday July 18 2017 35 Gardening Flowers brighten the gloom of winter NOW IN the depth of winter, we are experiencing regular, heavy frosts. Soils are wet and cold, winds are chilly and we’ve even had snow. However, the gloom of winter is brightened by the appearance of blooming azaleas, camellias, early flowering rhododendrons and early flowering cherries. It’s an excellent time to plan your summer garden as spring is just around the corner. It’s harvest time for those winter maturing vegetables that were planted in late summer/autumn. Veges to harvest in July include artichoke (Jerusalem), broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbages, cauliflowers, carrots, celery, leeks, lettuce, parsnips, silver beet, spinach and swedes. Continue to spread compost around maturing vegetables to help with excess water and improve the soil. Inspect your vegetable plants regularly for snails – they appear to become more cold-hardy every year. Where possible, prepare the soil for spring plantings, digging to a depth of 200mm and adding compost as you go. Ensure it is mixed in well. Winter flowering annuals should now be providing masses of colour in your gardens and containers. Remove dead flowers BRIGHT: Flowering rhododendrons should now be in full bloom. to encourage continuous blooming throughout winter. Flowering Plan your purchase carefully. trees in stock. winter annuals include; ageratum, Part of your fruit tree selection calendulas, cineraria, cornflower, should be to ensure you have a nemesia, pansies, poppies, primulas, snapdragon, stock and sweet You can easily do this by planting year-round supply of fresh fruit. pea. Top up existing plantings a few varieties that crop at different times of the year. In warmer with ‘potted colour’ annuals that have been grown to the flowering areas, a variety of citrus are now stage. ripening, including mandarins, Complete pruning of deciduous lemons, limes, grapefruit and fruit trees and spray with copper early oranges. Last plantings of oxychloride to prevent fungal strawberries should be completed diseases reappearing in spring. this month. Grapes and kiwifruit can also be Garden centres are bursting pruned. Garden centres and nurseries now have new season fruit ornamental trees and shrubs. with new stock of a wide range of July HARVEST: It’s time to eat those winter vegetables. is a very safe month for planting. Ensure your planting sites are well prepared with the addition of compost and have adequate drainage. Pop in a planting tab when planting your trees/shrubs to give them the best start. Plan out what and where you will plant. Check the heights that plants will grow to avoid overcrowding in future years. July is probably the main month for pruning roses throughout the country as the plants are now dormant. Don’t be afraid to prune your roses quite hard as rose bushes are increasingly resilient. Spread fresh compost around the base of the bushes. One week after pruning, spray with lime sulphur or a copper compound such as copper oxychloride to ward off fungal diseases (do not mix these sprays together), then three or four days later, apply a horticultural spray to kill off any overwintering pests (again do not mix with copper). Garden hygiene is very important with roses so remove any dead leaves or diseased wood from the ground. Remove these from the property as they can harbour overwintering fungal diseases and re-infect your plants come spring. Don’t forget about your houseplants in winter. Try not to overwater them. Many only require water once a week or fortnight. A light misting of foliage with warm water stops leaves from drying in warm indoor conditions. URGENT NOTICE WE havE a ROad sIGN! As the work continues to finish the Weedons Ross Road end of Manion Road, we have some more progress at the other end – a road sign! To access Intelligro from Main South Road: If travelling from the north: turn right onto Curraghs Road. If travelling from the south: turn left onto Curraghs Road. From Curraghs Road, turn left onto Manion Road, just before the railway line. Follow the road along until you see our big Intelligro sign. Manion Road view coming from Main South Road along Curraghs Road. WE aRE sTIll OpEN fOR bUsINEss! If you are at all unsure about what is going on, give us a call 03 3479 415, email us info@igro.co.nz or check out our website www.igro.co.nz for more updates. Manion Road. While Manion Road doesn’t appear on Google Maps yet, we are getting closer and closer to being easier to find! Check out our website and Facebook page for regular updates www.igro.co.nz | Phone 03 347 9415