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Selwyn Times: November 14, 2017

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28 Wednesday November 15 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Your Local Views Local News Now SELWYN TIMES Fire rages, homes at risk Patrolling the community Malvern Community Patrol Committee member Ian Dampier writes about what the committee has been up to in the last few weeks and road safety issues in the area AS WE rapidly come towards the end of our fourth year of operation, the Malvern Community Patrol continues to patrol the wider communities of the Malvern district responding to various situation as we find them. We continue to mount both rostered and irregular patrols day and night and respond to situations throughout the Malvern district as required. The vast majority of the community continue to be overwhelmingly supportive of our organisation and its activities and the detractors are very much in the minority, and often our target audience. To those individuals who would say that our activities should be the area of the police, and only the police, we would respond by saying that community problems require community initiatives and community solutions. Operating under the umbrella of the police, CPNZ provides that structured community response. That said, we do not see ourselves as anything other than what we are, nor are we setting ourselves up as something we are not. We simply see ourselves as a community-based volunteer service that assists where possible and liaises with other agencies to provide additional and, when necessary, a professional response. Two weeks ago, the patrol founds itself assisting the Darfield police and two locals to move half a dozen Aberdeen Angus calves off State Highway 73 in the hours of darkness that were causing chaos and represented a serious risk to traffic. The previous week the patrol EYES AND EARS: The Malvern Community Patrol vehicle. responded in support of the Darfield police to reports of youths throwing stones at trains as they passed through Darfield. On the issue of road safety, while a significant element of road users continue to decry the police for issuing infringement notices and fines for breaches of the road traffic regulations and labelling this as “revenue gathering”, the Malvern Community Patrol is alarmed at the poor standard of driving on the districts roads. There is little wonder that Selwyn road accident statistics feature among the highest in the country as drivers continue to fail to acknowledge the formula of factors contributing to road accidents and blatantly ignore the traffic regulations. This includes failure to stop, failure to give-way, and cellphone use while operating a motor vehicle. Five minutes of observation at any of the intersections controlled by stop signs in Darfield should lead any casual observer to wonder how much consideration his or her fellow road users have for the safety of other road users. At least 50 per cent of drivers fail to abide by the letter of the law, instead preferring to treat the intersection as a “giveway”. One of the other causative factors in road traffic accidents is cellphone use. A prime example is the number of parents arriving to drop off their children at the pre-school on South Tce or at Darfield Primary School on Ross St. In the family motor vehicle while on the phone defies belief. Why would you? What on earth would possesses any adult to be driving their most treasured and vulnerable family members to day care while text messaging or talking on a mobile phone? Christchurch’s new Memorial Avenue Gateway Bridge is open to traffic but we are not finished yet! There will be speed restrictions and other traffic management on and around the bridge over the next few months while the project team lay the final road surface and carry out other work to complete the Russley Road Upgrade. Please drive with extra care and pay close attention to the signage to ensure you are in the correct lane to get to your destination. Thanks for your patience and understanding. More information www.nzta.govt.nz/russley-road Russley Road upgrade

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday November 15 2017 29 Punch costs prop $10,000 • By Rob Kidd A PROMISING Lincoln University and Canterbury rugby player has been ordered to pay a student $10,000 after a brawl. Joel Nikoli Hintz, 21, pleaded guilty to a charge of injuring by unlawful act when he appeared before the Dunedin District Court last week. In August, the big front-rower was named in the Canterbury squad which successfully defended the Ranfurly Shield in two pre-season games against Wanganui and Mid-Canterbury. He’s also a former weightlifting world champion and played for the Hawkins Trophy winning Lincoln University side. But hanging over him during those matches was the prospect of a conviction that could limit his future sporting endeavours. On April 4, Hintz and friends went to Dunedin as part of their course at Lincoln University. They were socialising at a student party in Queen St. The defendant saw two men wrestling in the backyard of the property. ‘’Without warning he punched the victim once in the mouth with a closed fist,’’ a police summary said. Counsel Anne Stevens said her client had not attacked the man completely out of the blue, as court documents suggested. ‘’He genuinely thought he was helping someone, but he misread the situation,’’ she said. Hintz told police he thought the men were fighting, and as he tried to separate them, the victim threw a punch at him to which he reacted. However, the injured man denied that was the case. IN COURT: Canterbury prop Joel Hintz has been ordered to pay $10,000 after injuring a man at a student party. ​ The victim – an Australian man who was in the country studying, and also played rugby – suffered damage to an incisor tooth, which caused the tooth to die. He required a titanium implant and a false tooth to be fitted, Sergeant Chris George said. The estimated cost of the dental work was $12,000. The figure surprised Mrs Stevens, who had previously been informed of a smaller sum. A final cost would only be known in March next year, the court heard. Judge John Macdonald first indicated the sentencing should be adjourned for the issue to be clarified but was later persuaded to continue. Mrs Stevens said Hintz had $5000 available for the victim but could borrow more. He would suffer significantly with a conviction on his record, she said, through the inevitable hurdles it would place for overseas travel. As well as rugby, Hintz had also tasted success in weightlifting when he went to the world championships in Johannesburg in 2014 as a teenager. He blitzed the competition and set a record in his weight class, according to reports at the time. Judge Macdonald acknowledged the defendant was ‘’a man of promise’’ and the conviction was the first blemish on his record. Hintz was ordered to pay the victim $10,000 (half now, half in a month) as well as court costs of $130. - Otago Daily Times List your home with Professionals Real Estate Guaranteed Sale Programme and we will GUARANTEE you a sale at an agreed price by an agreed date. We will guarantee you: • A sale • A price • A date Visit IMSOLD.co.nz or call 0800 467 653 during business hours Professionals Christchurch Limited MREINZ - Licensed REAA 2008 *Guaranteed Sale subject to terms and conditions including purchasing criteria and due dilligence investigation by Professionals Christchurch Ltd Supporting the Child Cancer Foundation for over 20 years