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Selwyn Times: September 12, 2017

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4 Tuesday September 12 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES News Road signs protect keas • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding PERMANENT KEA warning signs have been installed around Arthur’s Pass village in a bid to protect the endangered species. Two warning signs urging drivers to look out for keas were installed by the New Zealand Transport Agency. It comes after the Department of Conservation recorded six kea deaths in the area as a result of being struck by vehicles since the beginning of the year. Four of the deaths occurred at Deaths Corner, one in the Arthur’s Pass village and the other near the Bealey Hotel. Two kea died last month after they were electrocuted by a powerpole at Temple Basin Ski Area. DOC is working with Orion to reduce further deaths. A DOC spokeswoman said its records rely on people informing the organisation, or handing in dead birds, so it may not reflect all kea deaths on the road. At the same time, a group of about 20 birds, half of them juveniles, were seen in the area. The two signs, costing about $1600, were installed on either side of the township – one near Jack’s Hut and the other near Candys Bend. Kea are nationally endangered with a population estimated to be between 3000-5000. BIRD CROSSING: Permanent signs have been installed at Arthur’s Pass warning drivers to watch out for keas. PHOTO: ALLAN MACALA •From page 1 Due to the quick action, the only damaged sustained was the burnt tree. “It is what you do, we are a pretty tight little community down here . . . we are all a close family as we are friends. It is just something we do really,” Mr Berkett said. It comes after a spate of lighting strikes reported across the country last week. MetService meteorologist QUICK ACTION: Rolleston resident Andre Berkett extinguishing a pine tree engulfed in flames after being hit by lightning. ​ Neighbours tackle fire in tree Peter Little said incidents such as trees and properties catching fire as a result of lightning, does happen from time to time. He said a lot more lightning and thunder activity happens in the spring when there is a lot more moist nor’westerly flows. •HAVE YOUR SAY: How did you find the lightning over the weekend? Email your views to georgia.oconnor@ starmedia.kiwi MOTORCYCLE RIDERS EVENT 2017 SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 2017, 10AM – 2PM (ON RAIN OR SHINE) CANTERBURY AGRICULTURAL PARK, CURLETTS ROAD, CHRISTCHURCH There is something for every motorcycle enthusiast! • Food and drink available, including Club BBQ’s • Free bike safety checks, rider demonstrations, entertainment and kids’ bouncy castle • Visit motorcycle dealers and the truck display • Vote for the best motorcycle on show • Enter the draw for a Ride Forever prize pack FREE ENTRY Selwyn Heritage Funding If you are preserving an old building, tree or other structure that has historical or cultural importance, our Heritage Fund might be able to help. You can apply for a grant to help with heritage protection, maintenance or restoration costs. The Selwyn Heritage Fund has previously funded projects like: · restoring chimney stacks · earthquake strengthening · window replacements · tree trimming or pruning · roof repairs For information and an application form visit www.selwyn.govt.nz/ heritagefund or email heritagefund@selwyn.govt.nz. Applications close on Friday 20 October 2017. www.selwyn.govt.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday September 12 2017 5 News • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding ROLLESTON Volunteer Fire Brigade is the second busiest volunteer station in the country. The latest statistics show from January 1 to December 31 last year, the brigade was dispatched to 500 call-outs. Attending medical calls, backing up other fire stations and the growth of the Rolleston township contributed to the increased call-outs. The only other station busier than Rolleston was the Silverdale Volunteer Fire Brigade, Auckland, which attended 551 call-outs last year. The statistics were released by the New Zealand Fire Service Commission through the FYI website, which enables the public to make Official Information Act and Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act requests online. Further figures released to Selwyn Times showed a total of 1681 fire calls were attended by the district’s 13 stations. Lincoln Volunteer Fire Brigade had the second highest number of call outs in the district with 275, followed by Kirwee on 160, Leeston 101, and Darfield 100. The Rolleston brigade covers Waimakariri, Lincoln and Burnham through to Templeton. Rolleston senior firefighter Martin Tier, who has served at the station for nearly 12 years, said Rolleston is a very busy volunteer station. “Every fire truck in New Zealand has to do what we call purple calls. They have no choice, they have to go to cardiac arrests to back up ambulances just for man power. “With Rolleston, we are what we call first responders, so we have the same qualifications as some ambulance drivers. We also have some people who are very high up in St John in New Zealand,” Mr Tier said. He said the brigade does the same work as St John and this Local News Now Rolleston firefighters some of the busiest Fire rages, homes at risk HARD-WORKING: Members of the Rolleston Volunteer Fire Brigade, which was the second busiest volunteer station in the country last year. will be the future of the fire service. Thirty-eight members dedicate their time to the Rolleston brigade and the station has five appliances – ROLL427, ROLL4227, ROLL4226, ROLL4211 and AREA2001. ROLL427 was used the most, attending 465 call-outs last year. Mr Tier said the truck has rescue equipment and is used for cutting people out of cars. The brigade’s rural tanker, ROLL4211, which is used for vegetation and structure fires, attended 83 call-outs, while the ROLL4226 appliance used for medical call-outs attended 20 incidents. ROLL4227 and AREA2001 attended one incident each last year. Mr Tier said Rolleston and Lincoln will get new trucks every three to four years due to the high number of calls it attends Want to learn about Selwyn’s freshwater? VOTING HAS STARTED, DROP IN AND VOTE NOW. Check your EasyVote pack elections.org.nz 0800 36 76 56 Come along to our final seminar at Lincoln University. Hosted by the Selwyn Waihora Water Zone Committee. Moderated by Sue Jarvis, Lincoln University. Thursday 14 September 12pm and 7.30pm What more needs to be done to address Selwyn Te Waihora water issues? Lunchtime seminar: Held in the D6 lecture room (Landscape Building) from 12pm to 12.50pm. Evening seminar: Held in the S1 lecture room (Stewart Building) from 7.30pm to 9pm. Panellists include: Ken Hughey is a Professor at Lincoln University (Environmental Management Group), DOC’s Chief Science Advisor, and has had a long research, fishing and ecological association with the Lake throughout his career. Pat McEvedy is a cropping farmer from Springston. He was a member of the Selwyn Waihora Water Zone Committee from its establishment to 2015 and is a Selwyn District Councillor. Taumutu Rūnanga representative. Taumutu are mana whenua of the Lake and catchment. The Lake has significant values of mahinga kai, wāhi tapu and wāhi taonga (sacred or treasured) sites. For more information find us at facebook.com/canterburywater