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Selwyn Times: November 28, 2017

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28 Wednesday November 29 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Backyard Critters Drone fly is a bee mimic Mike Bowie is an ecologist who specialises in entomology (insects and other invertebrates). Each week he introduces a new species found in his backyard at Lincoln. His column aims to raise public awareness of biodiversity, the variety of living things around us THE EUROPEAN drone fly (Eristalis tenax) is a very common and useful pollinator that is often confused for the common honeybee. There is good reason for this – it is a bee mimic and gains some protective advantage by resembling a more aggressive stinging bee. Although similar in size, anatomically they are quite different, as a honeybee has four wings and the drone fly only has two. The drone fly is a member of the Syrphidae family, usually called hover flies, and Eristalis tenax is the most widely BUZZY BEE: The European drone fly (Eristalis tenax) is a useful pollinator often confused for the common honeybee. ​ distributed hoverfly species in the world. As its name suggests, it hovers in one place surveying the landscape before darting haphazardly to its next hover spot before finally landing on a flower or leaf. By comparison, bees are more direct, from one flower to the next and ever-busy. An easier way to identify a drone fly is to look for the dark ‘H’ shape at the front of the abdomen. The larvae are called rat-tailed maggots due to their very long and thin breathing siphon that resembles a tail. They are found in dirty liquid substrates such as puddles, manure or sewerage, using their snorkel-like appendage to breath as they feed. Drone flies are very active at present and males are often observed aggressively defending their territory – so keep an eye out for them in your garden. Sam Broughton Selwyn Mayor Jobs available in Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton writes about Selwyn’s latest Infometric’s report I have just received Selwyn’s latest Infometrics report which details our economic activity, business growth, house prices, and car registrations. A key area of strength in Selwyn has been our retail trade with electronic card transactions growing 10 per cent in the September 2017 year, easily surpassing the national figure of 3.8 per cent. A key driver has been rapid growth in our resident population. The population rise of 3100 in the June 2017 year equated to growth of 5.5 per cent – the second-fastest rate in New Zealand. In the context of rapid population growth, our unemployment rate stayed steady at a low of 2.2 per cent. This illustrates that job creation and general economic optimism is high, but which puts pressure on businesses to find the right employees for their needs. With this in mind, I have been meeting with businesses groups across Selwyn to understand the challenges they face, and to hear their stories of success. SELWYN TIMES I have also met with Workbridge who are a New Zealand owned (not-for-profit) professional employment agency for jobseekers and employers which has operated nationwide since 1990. Workbridge jobseekers are people who are experiencing the effects of a disability or health condition for six months or more, which has created barriers to gaining or retaining work. Workbridge employment consultants work in partnership with jobseekers and employers to match people to the right job, whether that is casual, temporary, permanent, full-time or part-time. This involves identifying a person’s work skills and personal strengths as well as the type of work they are looking for. If you are looking for staff why not get in touch with Workbridge at workbridge. co.nz, or facebook at facebook. com/workbridgenz/ For our young people graduating high school this month there are jobs in Selwyn. And for our young people who may have left Selwyn for a while and are thinking of coming home – there too are jobs here. Writers Wanted Our Selwyn advertising writers are working tirelessly and could do with a helping hand. With the extensive growth in the area we are looking for a freelance wordsmith to help advertise our local businesses. If you have writing or journalistic experience, can take photos and love meeting business owners who are passionate about their industry, then please send your CV through to: lynette.evans@starmedia.kiwi by 18 December. • Curtains/Voile • Roller Blinds • Venetian Blinds • Roman Blinds • Vertical Blinds • Vision Blinds • Tracks/Rods • Curtain Accessories FrEE pair of tassel tiebacks with any drapes purchased in store (when you mention this ad, limited time only. Conditions apply) Expandatrack Ltd 288 Main North Road, Redwood, Christchurch Phone (03) 354 5525 Open Monday to Friday 9am-4pm & Saturday 10am-4pm

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