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Selwyn Times: November 14, 2017

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2 Wednesday November 15 2017 Latest Christchurch news at SELWYN TIMES FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK PEOPLE ARE sometimes no better than a pack of dogs. When a pack of dogs chance across a lone animal, or person for that matter, they instinctively grow in confidence and aggression. Usually all it takes for the attack button to be pushed is for one or two of the dogs to push the envelope a bit further than normal, particularly when the lone animal shows fear or is pushed to the ground. The same can be said of the teenagers (see page 1) who attacked a 15-year-old in Rolleston. Not satisfied with giving him a towelling, he was dragged to a drain and had his head held under water. The others watching chanted “drown him’. That’s pack mentality. The good news is it seems the offenders have been identified. – Barry Clarke Inside Mayor’s money making scheme NEWS 23 News.............................3-20 Schools............................11-16 Local Views........... 22-23 Backyard Critters...........27 Sport...........................31-35 Gardening....................39-41 Community Events...43 GET IN TOUCH General Inquiries Ph 379-7100 Classified Advertising Ph 379-1100 The Christchurch Star Company Ltd. PO box 1467 - Christchurch NEWS Georgia O’Connor-Harding Ph: 364 7438 LAwyERS ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 We have over 40 years’ experience to assist you with… magazine designer clothing Sizes 10 - 26 Windmill Centre, 188 Clarence Street Riccarton, Christchurch Phone 03 348 6929 • Buying and Selling Houses and Commercial Property • Wills, Trusts and Estate matters • All issues facing you and your business; • Employment Law matters; • Traffic matters; • Advice regarding Retirement Villages • General Legal Advice on all matters Call John, Brendan or Andrew today 03 366 8996 Email. Airport Business Park 92 Russley Road, Christchurch 8042 We have a huge variety of Adults and Children’s costumes and accessories catering for all sizes making it easy to find a costume to suit your Fancy dress or Themed party. Shop Hours: Mon 1pm - 6pm Thurs 11am - 7pm Fri 11am - 5pm Sat 10am - 2pm 689 EAST MADDISONS RD, ROLLESTON ph. 347 4595 or 0274 843 040 email. Like us on facebook New release sections, selling now Call us about the next release at Falcon’s Landing or call in to our sales office, 17 Branthwaite Drive, Rolleston, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 1-3pm. Come, visit and share in our vision for Rolleston. Or call us anytime 03 741 1340. Email

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday November 15 2017 3 News Council takes action to ensure playgrounds are safe • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding Sam Broughton A CRACKDOWN on the safety of playground equipment across the district is to get under way to ensure health and safety standards are met. More than 70 playgrounds are managed by the district council. A report was put forward to the district council’s audit and risk subcommittee recently. In the report, bench-marking tool Yardstick measured Selwyn as having about eight playgrounds per 1000 children under the age of 15. This compares to the rest of the country which has a median of three playgrounds per 1000 children. It said, while this provides a high level of services for the district, it comes with increased inspection, maintenance, compliance and management costs. Greendale Domain and Glentunnel Holiday Park were identified as high hazard level playgrounds. Council staff are working PROBLEMATIC: Greendale Domain, along with the Glentunnel Holiday Park playground, have been identified as a high hazard in a district council report. PHOTO: ROSS KIDDIE with the Greendale Recreation Reserve management committee to replace the play equipment. The playground at Glentunnel is not owned by the district council but installed on its land. Concerns over the equipment will be raised with the campground lessee – issues were first raised in 2010 but have not been addressed. Glentunnel Holiday Park owner Noel Langridge said he could not comment because the district council had not yet addressed the problem with them. The committee approved all district council-owned playgrounds and flying foxes are to have monthly safety and operational inspections. Changes approved include independent inspections by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents each year. Inspections of flying foxes will occur annually, while outdoor fitness equipment inspections are ON THE DOMAIN LINCOLN 3 MARCH 2018 to be established in the district council’s reserve contracts. Mayor Sam Broughton said playgrounds in the district and the number of people using them has increased. “I think where we have infrastructure we have built as a council we need to make sure it is safely used,” he said. Accidents recorded at Rolleston Domain and Lincoln Event Centre •January 20, 2017: Bruised and swollen foot from entrapment, playground carousal – Rolleston Domain. •February 21, 2017: Laceration to face and bruising from fall at skate park – Rolleston Domain. •March 8, 2017: Back strain, from fall/strain on fitness equipment – Lincoln Event Centre. •April 24, 2017: Knee graze, from fall at skate park – Rolleston Domain. •May 7, 2017: Laceration to fingers, from entrapment using playground swing – Rolleston Domain. •May 12, 2017: Cut lip and two broken teeth from fall at skate park – Rolleston Domain. Tickets ON SALE NOW In Brief PRINCIPAL RESIGNS Gavin Kidd has resigned from his role as Ellesmere College principal. Mr Kidd has been appointed Dunedin Secondary Schools Partnership director. Until a new principal is appointed, deputy principal Robyn Thompson will step up as acting principal. Ellesmere Board of Trustees chairwoman Megan Skilling said “Gavin is widely respected for his vision and leadership in education and he will be sadly missed by staff, parents, students and the board.” PRIMARY SCHOOL NAMES Names suggested for the new Lincoln South Primary School include Ararira Primary School, Lincoln Springs School, Te Puna o Ararira, Springview Primary School and Ararira Springs Primary School. The Lincoln South Primary School establishment board is seeking feedback on a permanent name for the school. The first stage of the school to cater for year 1-8 pupils is set to open in early 2019. To make a name suggestion by Thursday, go to sJ2vgBiAXBM20Ar02 AMY ADAMS MP FOR SELWYN If you would like to sign up for my newsletter please visit: CONTACT P 03 344 0418 E Working hard for our communities GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband Funded by the Parliamentary Service and authorised by Amy Adams, 829 Main South Road, Templeton, Christchurch. 0800 726 724 Lady Wigram Retirement Village Stage 2 Now Selling New Villas Available For Occupation Now • Large living with modern kitchen and internal access garage • Two double bedrooms • Situated close to the Landing Shopping Centre • Open home open daily from 11am to 2pm Monday to Friday Contact us for villa inspection or to visit 121 Skyhawk Road, Wigram. Sarah Jacobson - Village Manager Phone 027 3411 464