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Selwyn Times: October 03, 2017

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8 Tuesday October 3 2017 Latest Christchurch news at News SELWYN TIMES Mud race finally gets green light WILD WEATHER almost caused the district’s muddiest event of the year to be postponed for a third time. After having to delay the Sheffield Mud Plug twice, organisers were concerned the event was going to have to be cancelled for good. But with a lot of persuasion from landowner Derek Bull, who held the event on his farm, the organisers decided to attempt to run the event. Sheffield Volunteer Fire Brigade chief officer Neville Croy, who helped organise the event, said it was a great decision and they could not have got a better day. He thanked everyone who made this event successful, enjoyable and safe. The fun day required fourwheel drivers to race through 12 muddy obstacle courses. All proceeds went to the Sheffield Volunteer Fire Brigade and Malvern Order of St John. The amount raised from the day is still being counted. About 2000 people came through the gate to take part in the 4x4 event. Mr Croy said some entrants took the sport seriously with one competitor investing $130,000 in his buggy. Sheffield Mud Plug results: Manufactory’s category: First – Andrew Satherley and Tracy McCrenor, TJ Jeep Wrangler; second – Adam Wardle, Toyota Hilux; third – Brock Welsh, TJ Jeep Wrangler. Buggy class: First – Nathan Hammond; second – Andy Reeves; third – Troy Reed Two classes were run on the day – a manufactory’s class and a buggy class. “We had a full field of competitors – 41 entries which is the maximum we can take,” Mr Croy said. The manufactory’s class section was won by Andrew Satherley and Tracy McCrenor in MUD RACE: Keith Taege (above left) and Neville Croy helped out at the Sheffield Mud Plug event. About 2000 people came through the gate to watch the action. their TJ Jeep Wrangler, while Nathan Hammond won the buggy class. It is the fourth year in a row Mr Satherley has won the event. Competitors travelled from as far as Nelson and Dunedin to take part. But the day would not have been complete without a couple of vehicles tipping over. One driver tipped twice in the morning and once in the afternoon. But Mr Croy said the only injury was to the driver’s pride and a bit of damage to his vehicle. The tractor and digger drivers were kept busy towing some competitors through the hazards. Mr Croy said the marshals did an amazing job keeping people safe and ensuring the event ran smoothly. The event was also supported by the Springfield Volunteer Fire Brigade and the community. Mr Croy said the food sites also had a good time with Mr Whippy and the coffee man kept busy all day. OPENING SOON Pop-up Showhome Saturday & Sunday 11am - 4pm Or by private viewing 27 Tiny Hill Dr, Rolleston (off Lowes Rd) Watch for more details on opening date. NATIONAL “HOY” WINNER plus GOLD RESERVE 2016 Canterbury Phone Jesse 021 701 265 or visit

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Tuesday October 3 2017 9 CultureFest celebrates diversity ABOUT 3000 people turned out last weekend to celebrate Selwyn’s growing diversity in the district. CultureFest 2017 featured 23 performances from 20 different ethnic and cultural backgrounds along with 15 food vendors representing a different country. The event was held on Sunday at the Lincoln Event Centre and Lincoln Domain. The district council’s senior events and recreation adviser Dave Tippett said the festival was an outstanding success. There were plenty of craft, games and activities including Iranian hand crafts, Mah Jong, Henna Tattoos, face painting, balloon art, highland games, Japanese traditional games and of course Te Taumutu kiwiana products and craft. Multiple agencies also displayed information and support services for residents and newcomers and migrants like the BRIGHT: NZ Folk Dancing Group taking the stage. “Show Me Selwyn” bus tours. Selwyn’s Mayor Sam Broughton and Ngai Tahu ethnic adviser Sally Pitama opened the event. The festival included performances from the Canterbury Nepalese Society Inc, the Christchurch Chinese Zhonghua Association and Rossinka Multicultural Dancing Group. Food vendors ranged from Dorothy’s Pop Up Tearooms to Honey Cakes and Kebab Habeebee. VARIETY: Nigerian Food Stall Niaja Cuisine (above), and Chinese Fellowship of Song and Dance (left). OVER THE last six weeks I have had the privilege of being the patron of the Limited Service Volunteers Course S01/18 at Burnham Military Camp. The course brings 100 17- 25 year-olds together from across the country to develop leadership, self confidence, and work readiness skills. The course is run with Ministry of Social Development support and in conjunction with NZ Police. Officer Commanding Grant Boore and his staff work with each young person to challenge old habits while building self esteem. The transformation in the young people was amazing to witness over the duration of the course. The attendees worked really hard in a military style environment including pack marches, strength and stamina conditioning, marching, camping, survival, river crossing, first aid and nutrition. They also focussed on elements that employers have identified as desirable in job applicants, including time management, respect and Local News Now Military course ‘not a boot camp’ Sam Broughton Selwyn Mayor Fire rages, homes at risk looking out for others. During the course the group also spent a day of community service at Chamberlains Ford where they replanted natives and tidied up the area following the winter floods. Their work is very much appreciated by myself and Selwyn District Council staff. This was not a boot camp, it was not hard punishment and it was not demeaning of individuality. There is a growing body of research that shows that approaching our support for one another needs to focus on each other’s strengths and abilities and this is exactly what the LSV course achieved. So thank you to the NZ Defence Force for their support of our young people. If you think yourself or someone you know could benefit from a future course you can find details at look-for-work/get-work-ready/ limited-service-volunteer.html Work safely Watch for wires 4m+ Always keep equipment at least four metres from power lines. Reduce the risk of electrocution and electrical fires on the farm. Please contact Orion to arrange free onsite advice. Use industry safe working practices: The New Zealand Code of Practice for Electrical Safe Distances (NZECP 34:2001). Visit our website or call us on 03 363 9898 or 0800 363 9898 for free advice. See us at the Ellesmere A&P Show Saturday 14 October