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Selwyn Times: September 19, 2017

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2 34 [Edition Tuesday datE] September 19 2017 Latest Christchurch news at SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES Science and technology the answer to water quality Using science and technology to inform sustainable farming practices and reduce adverse environmental impacts will have better outcomes than taxes will, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says. Reacting to the announcement from the National Party that it will invest $20 million in what was the Sustainable Farming Fund and is now the Future of Farming Fund, Mr Chapman said this would do more in perpetuity than an arbitrary water tax. “National made this announcement on a horticulture property near Levin where science and technology are being used to inform and enhance the environmental sustainability of growing food,” Mr Chapman said. “One of the Sustainable Farming Fund projects Don’t Muddy the Water has a focus on keeping soil in the paddock and out of the waterways – this is a win for the environment and for farmers and growers. “This research will quantify the effectiveness of sediment control on cultivated land and is an example of working proactively with regional councils. “This property is also part of a three-year Freshwater Improvement Fund project: Protecting our Groundwater – Measuring and Managing Diffuse Nutrient Losses from Cropping Systems. “Environmental sustainability is paramount as it relates to freshwater and horticulture growers are very aware of this. This project will give us really useful information to target on-farm management practices to meet environmental expectations. “Ultimately, we are looking to give growers the tools to manage and reduce their environmental footprint and long-term, robust data and science will allow us to do that. “Food consumers world-wide are increasingly wanting information about the environmental impacts of the food supply chain, particularly when it comes to healthy food such as fresh fruit and vegetables. “Our growers are mainly intergenerational family businesses with a lot of collective knowledge about cropping systems and the environment. Working with them, rather than punishing them with taxes that are not even related to good environmental outcomes, will have the most positive impact on reaching whatever targets a new government sets. “Horticulture New Zealand supports sound, consistent water policy to support efficient use of water and we have issued our own such policy.” Demonstration of how silt traps and riparian planting are used on horticulture properties to keep soil in the paddock and out of the waterways. A SPRING CLEAN FOR YOUR HEARING Could your ears or hearing do with a spruce up? Ear problems occur gradually, just like dust building up on a skirting board. It’s only when you deal with them that you realize just how significant they have become. We can remove the cobwebs for you! FREE NO OBLIGATION INITIAL HEARING CHECK FREE CLEAN & CHECK FOR YOUR HEARING AIDS FREE TEST DRIVE OF THE VERY LATEST DEVICES FULLY INDEPENDENT UNBIASED ADVICE EAR WAX REMOVAL BY MICROSUCTION LOWEST COST HEARING AID BATTERIES BOOK YOUR SPRING CLEAN TODAY, CALL: 03 974 1658 Chris and Neil will make you feel very welcome at our Hornby Clinic. They have over 15 years experience of helping people with hearing difficulties to live the life to the full. With limitless patience, they will be happy to help you rejoin the conversation, and HEAR AGAIN Clinic: The Hub, Hornby, Christchurch (opposite ) Web: Email:

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Tuesday September [Edition 19 datE] 2017 353 SELWYN RURAL LIFE Six candidates up for dairy board directorships Two positions on DairyNZ’s board have attracted six dairy farmer candidates for this year’s director election. From September 25, levy-paying dairy farmers will vote for their preferred candidates – farmer colleagues whose experience and leadership could help shape DairyNZ priorities and objectives. returning officer Anthony Morton says levypaying farmers will have a month to vote. “The elected candidates will represent all dairy farmers on the DairyNZ board, provide new leadership and have a real influence on where and how the levy is invested,” Mr Morton says. “So we encourage dairy farmers to look at who is running and take the time to vote when the pack arrives in the mail at the end of the month.” DairyNZ’s board consists of five farmer-elected directors and three board-elected directors. The farmer-elected director positions are subject to a rotation policy, with Alister Body and Jim van der Poel retiring by rotation this year. After 12 years, Alister is standing down from the board. The 2017 Board of Directors candidates are: BROWN, Ian Tokoroa COOMBES, Grant Taupiri GLASS, Colin Timaru GROVES, Cole Ashburton SLEE, Mark Ashburton VAN DER POEL, Jim Ohaupo DairyNZ’s second 2016/17 election was for its Directors’ Remuneration Committee (DRC); however, no candidate nominations were received for the position. DairyNZ’s board will determine how this vacancy will be filled in due course. This year, farmers will also vote for several resolutions – including one that could change directors’ terms to three years (from four years currently) and introduce annual director elections. Results from the Board of Directors election and resolution votes will be announced at the DairyNZ Annual General Meeting in Rotorua on October 25. In the meantime, farmers who pay a levy on milk solids are encouraged to vote. “Farmers will get their vote pack after September 25 – it’s quick to cast a vote online or by post and will show support for dairy farmers looking to represent you,” Mr Morton says. 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 GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband 0800 726 724 Diesel Blower Heaters • 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 • Tel. 03-347-4956 • Mob. 0274 770 070 Email. Canterbury C Decking T H Retaining Decking Timber Wall Timber & Hardware Landscaping Retaining Wall Timber Timber Trellis Landscaping Timber Residential Trellis Fencing Poles Residential and Piles Fencing Poles H3 and and We are H4 Piles here Timber Dressed H3 and H4 Timber Timber Dressed Timber HOURS Mon-Fri: 7am - 5pm Saturday: 8am -12pm Urban Urban Mon Fr H Saturday Mon - Fr Saturday Visit us via our new entrance on Manion Rd Weedons Ross Rd Weedons Weedons Ross Ross Rd Rd to Rolleston to Rolleston Your Local Timber Your Local Timber M Jason Pester 1304 Main South Road, Chr Jason Pester 1304 Main 03 3477465 South Road, Chr 03 P 03 3477465 F 03 Your Local Timber Merchant Jason Pester 1304 Main South Road, Christchurch P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032 We We M M