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Selwyn Times: October 24, 2017

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2 Latest Christchurch news at Inside Tuesday October 24 2017 FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK MONEY MAKES the world go round and the statistics show it’s going okay in Selwyn (see page 1). There has been a 7 per cent increase in retail spending, driven by the dairy industry, a growing population and tourism. When people spend it puts money in the tills of businesses, which expand, which in turn usually means hiring more people (hopefully). That means money in more pockets which in turn gets spent again. Pretty simple economics, really. More good news on the sporting front this week. Promising Hororata golfer Dominic Brettkelly goes into next week’s New Zealand amateur championship at Russley with a genuine chance (see page 1). And Prebbleton motor racing drivers Jaden Ransley and Jack Milligan go head-to-head when the Toyota 86 Championship starts next week (page 20). – Barry Clarke GET IN TOUCH General Inquiries Ph 379-7100 Classified Advertising Ph 379-1100 The Christchurch Star Company Ltd. PO box 1467 - Christchurch Recognition for long-serving firefighter NEWS Georgia O’Connor-Harding Ph: 364 7438 OUR PEOPLE 10 SELWYN TIMES News.............................3-25 Our People..................10-12 Your Local Views.......15 Sport...................................17-21 Backyard Critters.......25 Gardening....................27-29 Community Events...37 ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 Live Music Sundays 3-5pm CUP WEEK Tues & Sat Races • Breakfast/Bubbles/Transport • to & from the Races • Book now, limited spaces • Courtesy vehicle running to get you home • Open 7 days Coffee/Lunch/Dinner Open 11.30am Mon-Fri | Ph 03 421 6481 Saturday & Sunday Breakfast from 9am West Melton Village, Weedons Ross Road Courtesy Van available Round 2 Events Fund applications closing soon! Applications to round 2 of the Selwyn District Events Fund are open during October to fund events happening between 1 January and 30 June 2018. The Council’s Events Fund can support a wide variety of events and help cover costs such as equipment, venue hire, promotions, consent and traffic management to ensure your event is a success. Applications for funding close 5pm, Tuesday 31 October 2017. To find out more and make an application visit or phone 347 2719 or 318 8338. growing strong communities together

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Tuesday October 24 2017 3 News Electronic card retail spending on the rise •From page 1 The data from economic consultancy group Infometrics’ shows dairy prices slowly recovering from a rough patch of low payouts is having a positive cash flow affect into Selwyn’s retail sector. The total dairy payout was $420 million, up more than $150 million from the previous year, but still down on the record $533 million pay out for the 2013/14 season. Selwyn Business Group member Clint GROWTH: Rolleston Square is an example of retail sales Ward said he growing in the Selwyn District. had found from talking to other members there had been a Benje Patterson spike in retail growth and employment opportunities. “I think it all came down to the earthquakes to be honest,” he said. Member and business coach Warren Sargent said generally there is an increase in sales and retail but it is difficult to put a measurement against it. “But the confidence when you speak to businessmen is higher,” he said. Hororata Cafe and Wine Bar owner Jarnia Kupe puts the growth of her business down to the developments of the Central Plains Water scheme’s canal in Hororata. She said more workers along with new families moving out to the township have helped the business phenomenally. Mrs Kupe said the business makes its profit between 5.30am and 9am when truck drivers arrive. “We are open at 5am, they know they can get a coffee and pie . . . you have to go where your market is,” she said. Infometrics senior economist Benje Patterson said while a lot of the extra $150 million from dairy payouts has gone into debt repayment, some of it has filtered through to retail spending. He said dairy prices have risen significantly putting farmers in a much healthier financial position. “Now they are back in the ON THE DOMAIN LINCOLN 3 MARCH 2018 black making profit again. They are not spending up like crazy or anything but they are able to take the handbrake of slightly,” Mr Patterson said. The report said other parts of the agricultural sector including sheep, beef and horticultural are looking good for the next season. Its optimistic outline for Selwyn’s farming sector has been backed by Federated Farmers Michael Woodward. He said any spare cash left over from repaying debt will go into maintenance offering the likes of engineers or electricians in the district more jobs from farms. Mr Woodward said as a result there is a flow-on affect into retail. Mr Patterson said money is also trickling in from increased tourists who often spend cash on groceries, hospitality outlets and fuel when travelling through Selwyn. •HAVE YOUR SAY? Do you agree with Infometrics and the retail trade in Selwyn is growing? Email your views to georgia.oconnor@starmedia. kiwi In Brief Tickets ON SALE NOW SPRING CLEANING Garden waste and metal scraps can be dropped off in Malvern on Saturday between 10am and 4pm at Hawkins Pit off Cullens Rd. Garden prunings, tree trimmings and weeds will be accepted, as well as metal, bicycles, barbecues, small appliances, whiteware, tins, pots and pans. Scrap metal drop-off is free. Garden waste costs $5 per car, $10 per ute or single axle trailer or $15 per twin axle trailer. Cash only. Proceeds will be donated to the Malvern Lions Club. CHEMICAL COLLECTION Farmers have until next Tuesday to book their free agricultural chemical collection through The Great DDT Muster. The programme aims to clear the country of DDT and other obsolete persistent organic pesticides. Keeping old or unwanted agrichemicals presents an unnecessary risk to staff and family, livestock, pets and the environment. For more information and to register for free collection go to www. or phone 0508 CHEMICAL. SILVER DOLLAR come and enjoy the new lunch menu QUIZ NIGHTS Every Wednesday from 7pm. Ring to book a table. • Indoor outdoor & mezzanine dining areas • Large sheltered & sunny courtyard • Extensive lunch & evening menu selection to suit everybody’s tastes • Large range of wine, tap & bottled beers • 2x courtesy vans available • All new Pokie Machines The Silver Dollar, the place that supports your community 871 Jones Rd, Rolleston | Ph 347 0386 | Brenna Sincock Hearing is Rolleston’s only full-time hearing aid clinic Experienced & friendly | A more personal approach Independent & affordable | Proud to be Local Did you know you can SWITCH? Call 03 390 2332 If you already wear hearing aids (any kind) we can take over your annual checks as your hearing aid settings and previous hearing Jon Griffiths level is all stored within the devices. Easy! Brenna Sincock Hearing Branding / Appropriate Usage PRINT LOVE YOUR HEARING | 36 Tennyson Street, Rolleston | Leeston | Darfield | Lincoln