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Selwyn Times: August 08, 2017

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2 Tuesday August 8 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK “I THOUGHT if I get it I’m going to be a hero and if I didn’t we were going to lose. It was one of those things where you have to take a crack and it paid off.” Those words from goal-kicker Shannon Donald should be immortalised in Southbridge rugby folk lore for many years to come (see pages 1, 14-15). Donald kicked a last-minute penalty to win the match and sink the hopes of a gallant Darfield on Saturday. Reminds me of another Donald – Stephen, who landed a fairly important World Cup goal. It was a great day of finals football at Prebbleton. Hopefully, the teams had Mad Mondays they may or may not remember, if Mad Mondays are still allowed. – Barry Clarke Inside Bagpipes a way to see the world OUR PEOPLE 12 News................................3-7 Your Local Views........4, 5 Schools.......................8, 10 Achievers...............................10 Sport................14, 15 & 19 Backyard Critters...........21 Community Events....23 Gardening...................26, 27 GET IN TOUCH General Inquiries Ph 379-7100 Classified Advertising Ph 379-1100 The Christchurch Star Company Ltd. PO box 1467 - Christchurch starmedia.kiwi NEWS Georgia O’Connor-Harding Ph: 364 7438 georgia.oconnor@starmedia.kiwi ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 lynette.evans@starmedia.kiwi RC/005/SC It’s all about the connections you make through the journey. KATHRYN JACKSON Find out how we’re helping communities connect at redcross.org.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday August 8 2017 3 LINCOLN EVENT CENTRE Ben Hurley SATURDAY Paul Ego Michele A’Court 7 OCTOBER Jeremy Elwood OR Gish News Residents aim to solve water concerns at public meeting • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding WATER ISSUES: A meeting will be held to discuss water concerns, such as the impact of the Central Plains Water Scheme on Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora. RESIDENTS AND farmers hoping to address ongoing concerns over how water in the Selwyn-Waihora catchment is managed are battling on. A public meeting with Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Alistair Humphrey and Fish and Game environmental adviser Scott Pearson on water issues will be held on Thursday. Fifth-generation dairy farmer Alison Dewes, who is also an ecologist and veterinarian, Farmers for Positive Change leader Rick Burke and Freshwater ecologist Russell Death will also travel from the North Island to speak. It comes after new group Selwyn Waihora Water Improvement Mission was formed last month in a bid to find a solution to water issues in the district. Residents and farmers from around the district have collaborated together to focus on health issues in drinking water and the level of nitrate in wells. Selwyn Waihora Water Improvement Mission member Mike Glover said the meeting is not to be negative about farmers but to look at positive ways forward. Concerns have been raised over the Central Plains Water scheme leading to the intensification of agriculture and a higher nitrogen load going into Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora. In a joint decision by independent commissioners in May 2010 on the construction and Live Local Support Local operation of the CPW scheme, it was acknowledged infants up to six months who are being bottle-fed could be at risk from an increase in nitrate-nitrogen reaching shallow water. The report said: “The risk can be avoided by sourcing alternative small quantities of water for the critical six-month period from deep community bores . . . TICKETS FROM BRIDGESTONE TYRE CENTRE CPW has offered this,”. A CPW spokeswoman confirmed it will immediately supply alternative drinking water to domestic dwellings that have infants at the time of an increase in nitrate-nitrogen levels. Mr Glover said the community is being forced to cope with stresses they shouldn’t have to and it is important people realise what potential risks there are. He said the group is not against farming but the way the land is being farmed needs to change. In May, Selwyn Times reported tensions came to a head at the Selwyn Waihora Water Zone Committee over democracy surrounding water issues and the effects of farming intensification. As a result Environment Canterbury has been running a series of seminars to attempt to reduce tensions. The meeting will be held this Thursday at the Lincoln High School hall, 7-9pm. •HAVE YOUR SAY: What needs to be done to improve the water quality throughout Selwyn? Email your views to georgia.oconnor@starmedia. kiwi In Brief STOLEN WHITEWARE Police are investigating the theft of a substantial amount of whiteware stolen from two properties under construction over the weekend. Whiteware was stolen from a property in Prebbleton and the Farrington subdivision in Rolleston. Sergeant Alex Pickover said it is possible the burglaries were linked. Witnesses can contact Rolleston police on 347 9248 or report it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. DOG BYLAW CHANGE The district council wants feedback over proposed changes to its dog bylaw to allow more areas for dogs to be exercised off their leash. Proposed new off-leash exercise areas include Foster Park, Leeston Dog Exercise Area, McHughs Forest Park, Preston Avenue Reserve, Coalgate Recreation Reserve, Dryden Reserve, Edendale Reserve and Westview Park in Darfield. Submissions need to be made by Friday, September 8. To make a submission, email submissions@selwyn. govt.nz Brenna Sincock Hearing is the only Audiology clinic that’s locally owned And full time in Selwyn! Rolleston Clinic - open 5 days a week! 36 Tennyson St, Rolleston ENROL BY 23 AUGUST AND MAKE VOTING EASY. elections.org.nz 0800 36 76 56 Also supporting the wider Selwyn community, with regular clinics in: Lincoln Community Care Centre Leeston Leeston Medical Centre Darfield Darfield Library Phone 03 390 2332 to book into your nearest clinic Enrol in August and receive a FREE box of hearing aid batteries valued at $50! Just bring in this voucher!