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Selwyn Times: September 26, 2017

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8 Tuesday September 26 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi ews Big turnout for water seminars MORE THAN 1000 people have attended a attended a seminar series held to address waterrelated issues in the district. The series was established to reduce tensions between Environment Canterbury and residents over how water issues in the Selwyn-Waihora catchment are managed. The Selwyn Waihora Water Zone Committee reported last week that its concluded seminar series at Lincoln University had attracted at least 1000 people and that it would be examining feedback received to inform future water-related strategies and programmes. The series addressed issues including the state of water quality and quantity, and the impact of land-use intensification in the district. Between 70 and 130 people attended each session (the seminar ran twice each day), with some travelling from as far afield as Ashburton. Selwyn Waihora Water Zone Committee Chair Allen Lim said he felt very positive about the experience and looked forward to considering all the feedback received. Adams thrilled with easy win • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding and Bridget Rutherford AMY ADAMS reaffirmed her dominance in Saturday’s general election, securing the Selwyn seat for the fourth straight term. The West Melton resident, who is no 7 on National’s list, won the seat with a 17,625 majority over Labour’s Tony Condon. She secured 66 per cent of the electorate’s candidate votes. “I am thrilled, effectively it is about two-thirds of all votes cast. Tony Condon It is an incredible privilege to get that level of support. It is a real message that the community is pleased with the way I represented them,” she said. Ms Adams secured 25,320 votes, while Mr Condon received 7695. She had the second largest majority in the country, after National’s Mark Mitchell who won the Rodney electorate with 17,678. “I don’t worry myself too much about it. What is important to me is my community has given me a strong mandate to continue as their representative and that is something I take very seriously.” Ms Adams has held the traditionally blue seat since 2008. Her majority decreased from 20,561 in the 2014 election. But she said that was not a reflection on her campaign. “My votes have actually stayed very consistent . . . it is more of a sign of Labour running a better campaign than what they did last time,” Ms Adams said. National secured 60 per cent of the party vote in Selwyn, compared with 63 per cent in 2014. Labour increased its party vote to 25.5 per cent this year, from 12.9 per cent in 2014. Mr Condon said he was pleased he was able to boost Labour’s party vote in the electorate. He said because Selwyn had always been a blue electorate, it wasn’t a seat many people wanted to put their hands up for, but he was happy with his campaign. “I thought we did really well.” Mr Condon said he would run again in the 2020 general election and will look to start campaigning again in about two months. SELWYN TIMES WINNER: MP for Selwyn Amy Adams’ successful campaign has secured the seat for the fourth term straight. The Green Party’s Chrys Horn came in third with 2255 votes, followed by NZ First’s Lindy Palmer (1138), The Opportunities Party’s Nicky Snoyink (1062) and ACT’s Brian Davidson (159). BY THE NUMBERS Amy Adams’ majorities 2011: 19,451 2014: 20,561 2017: 17,625 National party vote percentages 2011: 62 per cent 2014: 63 per cent 2017: 60 per cent Clare reilly - DanCe of life In Clare Reilly’s new exhibition, ‘Dance of Life’ she expresses the resilience and tenacity to keep finding joy and beauty in the natural surroundings. Especially in the hard times, when confronted by the big challenges in life, that we must all pass through at some stage. There are events, such as the death of a loved one, that can turn our lives upside down. Finding strength in nature can help us to stay connected and grounded and bring a sense of being part of the dance of life. These paintings are meditations on the quiet moments, where we can step away from everyday stress and become fully present and find a sense of peace. They are an invitation to breathe in the moment and dance with life. KEEP IT SAFE & SECURE ‘Fly Me to The Moon’ original oil painting by Clare Reilly from the exhibition ‘Dance of Life’ at Little River Gallery. ‘Pipipi at Dawn’ original oil painting by Clare Reilly from the exhibition ‘Dance of Life’ at Little River Gallery. The exhibition opens at little river Gallery from September 30th till october 25th. for more information, please visit www.littlerivergallery.com Clare Reilly 30 September - 25 October Main Rd, Little River | 03 325 1944 art@littlerivergallery.com Get your perfect backyard shed! THICKER, STRONGER & MORE SECURE BIG RANGE OF GARDEN AND STORAGE SHED SIZES AND STYLES AVAILABLE CHRISTCHURCH 55 Hands Road Ph: (03) 338 9063 www.stratco.co.nz

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