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Selwyn Times: September 26, 2017

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12 Tuesday September 26 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News SELWYN TIMES Native plant art on show PAINTINGS AND drawings of native plants will star in Darfield’s Selwyn Gallery from tomorrow. The exhibition is part of a larger body of work called the Canterbury Plains Florilegium, an illustrated record of indigenous plants. In modern terms the word florilegium means a collection of botanically correct illustrations of plants-in this case from Riccarton Bush and the Canterbury Plains. The national significance of Riccarton Bush makes this exhibition important because it is the sole remnant of Kahikatea flood plain forest in Canterbury. Malvern Community Arts Council chairman Philip Baldwin said part of its interest in this exhibit is botanical art can act as the interface between art and science. “It gives viewers an aesthetic experience and also educates them about the botanical subjects on display,” he said. The art works on exhibit were created by members of the Botanical Art Society of NZ from 2010 to 2013. The exhibition was created to help celebrate the 150th birthday of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. BEAUTY: A rhododendron painted by Irene Blair will be on display at Darfield’s Selwyn Gallery. ​ The aim of the not-for-profit Botanical Art Society of New Zealand is to “foster and promote botanical art and to stimulate interest in plants, conservation, horticulture, and the natural environment.” The NZ membership ranges from full-time practising artists through to passionate amateurs. Selwyn Gallery will be open daily (except Mondays) from 10am to 4pm for the duration of this show. •For more information go to: www.facebook.com/ selwynartgallerynz COLOURFUL CHARACTERS: Lucy, Jessica, Chloe, Kaylee, Sophie and Jess dressed as crayons. FROM THE The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Springston School pupils have been busy dressing up as their favourite book characters. It was part of the school’s final day for its book week celebration. Best-dressed pupils were ARR ME-HEARTIES: All hands were on deck as Kirwee Model School staged its comedy show Pirates of the Curry Bean. The production was staged at the Kirwee Community Hall recently. ​ BOOK O’CLOCK: Zoe, Dakota and Alysa brightly-dressed for book week. Books come to life at Springston School chosen by the librarians at the school and a book fair was held giving parents the opportunity to buy new books from Scholastic New Zealand. Build your next home with Artisan Homes Your local registered Master Builder Home building is as much about understanding the landscape and the client as it is the plan and the materials. From our office in Rolleston, Canterbury our small company has built a huge range of homes that are distinctive, stylish, durable and cost-effective. From clever, compact homes to three bedroom townhouses to large scale, expansive country style homes, our work spans all types of house building. Since 2004 we have carefully built, among other things, a reputation for constructing high quality houses. An artisan is someone who is highly skilled in a particular expertise, a hands-on craftsman – someone who is passionate about the quality results they produce. With decades in the business the team at Artisian Homes have worked in all areas of residential construction. There are obvious differences between building a two-bedroom home compared to a six bedroom one. Irrespective, our overall approach remains the same. While we have a sound reputation for carefully crafted home building we also are renowned for getting the right result no matter what the challenge. Building with difficult access, looming timelines or tight budgets is just a fact of life for us. All our tradespeople are qualified and registered or licensed. Our abilities to design and build a range of houses have increased over the years, as has our skill and overall capacity. While we don’t have the franchises of our larger competitors we do have their networks and buying power. Which means our clients receive the most costeffective results possible. At Artisan Homes, our passion is building homes for people who appreciate the work that goes into what will, ultimately, be a home they love to live in. NEW SHOW HOME OPEN 72 Blakes Road, Prebbleton 12.00pm-4.00pm on Weekends. To contact Rob: phone 374 9172 or 021 324 876 Email: robin@artisanhomes.co.nz. Builders of superior homes Plans are viewable in high resolution digital at www.artisanhomes.co.nz. Let Rob and his team work with you to produce your own unique plan. Office & Show Home- 5 Broomleigh Drive, Faringdon, Rolleston | www.artisanhomes.co.nz | Phone - 03 374 9172 or Rob 021 324 876 | E-mail - robin@artisanhomes.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday September 26 2017 13 AVOID: Nearly 75 per cent of the district’s residents acknowledge the high risk involved in texting while driving. Risk of texting and driving acknowledged NEARLY 75 per cent of Selwyn residents acknowledge the high risk involved in texting while driving – when drivers focus on their phone, they’re not focused on the road. THat’s one of the findings of a recent survey carried out by the district council, which is getting on board with the nationwide Drive Phone Free campaign. The campaign aims to increase driver awareness that talking on the phone, texting or even checking a hand-held mobile phone while driving puts them and other road users at risk. The survey also found more than 50 per cent of people knew when the cellphone law came into legislation. The same amount knew what the penalty for using a hand-held cellphone while driving was. The district council’s road safety co-ordinator Ngaire Tinning said it’s not just ourselves we have to think about when driving. “We can all do our part in increasing road safety by not using phones in any way when driving, but we should also encourage others to do the same,” she said. In November 2009 a law was introduced making it illegal to use hand-held mobile phones while driving. This includes making, receiving or terminating a phone call, creating, sending or even reading a text or email and creating, sending or viewing a video message. Hands-free devices are often considered as a solution to minimise the risk of driver distraction. A district council media release said while handsfree devices decrease visual risk (taking drivers off the road), it does not minimise cognitive distraction meaning drivers’ minds are not focused on the road. The district council is asking residents to keep an eye on its Facebook page over the next month for weekly posts and prizes to be won to encourage drivers to drive phone-free. Residents can also pick up their free cellphone screen cleaner from council library and service centres or from rural garages. Author kept busy with questions WEST MELTON School had a special visit from author Malcolm Clarke. Last Tuesday, pupils got to meet the author and hear him read his new book Tume KeTūī! The illustrated book has a message about friendship between two native New Zealand birds and the environment. Promotions and marketing officer Rita Spadoni said when Mr Clarke finished reading there was question and answer time, which kept him very busy. The next day, the school performed a kapa haka at the site of the new West Melton Community and Recreation Centre as part of its blessing. Justin Tipa of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu began with a karakia followed by the EXCITING: West Melton School pupils had a visit from author Malcolm Clarke. ​ school’s kapa haka performance. In attendance was MP for Selwyn Amy Adams, West Melton Residents’ Association member Bruce Russell and Denise Sheet of Te Taumutu Rūnanga. The busy week finished off with the school’s intermediate learners taking part in the Koru Games for football and lawn bowls. CheCk out these “Grouse” Come and check out our new cafe at the side door red Bird espresso, open from 7am rituals Monday All you can eat ribs $26 tuesday Kids eat for $5 all day & trivia thursday Steak nights $15 $13.50 for members saturday Live band sunday $13 Roast all day express lunch Monday – Friday $15 lunch deals!!! 2 Gerald street, lincoln Phone: 03 325 2408 www.famousgrousehotel.co.nz