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Selwyn Times: December 19, 2017

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8 Wednesday December 20 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News Local News Now SELWYN TIMES Fire rages, homes at risk Springfield Chinese tourists stopover SPRINGFIELD CAN expect to see more Chinese tourists. It comes after new panels in Mandarin at the township’s information centre and a Mandarin road sign to direct visitors to the Rewi Alley Memorial Park were installed recently. It was part of the 120th anniversary celebration the birth of writer Rewi Alley’s birth, who was born in Springfield but lived in China for more than 60 years. Selwyn Sister City Committee chairwoman Allison Rosanowski said it is expected there will be an increase in Chinese tourists stopping in Springfield. More than 50 guests from China were at the anniversary celebration. They were greeted by Springfield residents involved in the Rewi Alley statue in 1991 and the information centre in 1997 at the Springfield Rewi Alley Memorial Park. Alley’s foster son Deng Bangzhen along with his wife Lu Bo were honoured guests from China. Mr Bangzhen and his wife travelled from China to build the sculpture of the Rewi Alley statue in 1991. Selwyn’s Sister City, Zhangye- Shandan sent five delegates including the Shandan Bailie School’s principal. NEW FRIENDS: A Zhangye – Shandan sister-city guest with alpacas at Rubicon Farm in Springfield. ​ The school is a sister school of Darfield High. This school in rural Gansu Province was established by Alley. The event was attended by Mayor Sam Broughton, Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel, Hurunui Mayor Winton Dalley and Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers. Professor Bill Wilmott, who was the instigator of the first Rewi Alley memorial spoke about his initial visits to ask the people of Springfield to consider a memorial. Brochures about the site of the Our gorgeous range of.. sandwiches, paninis, bagels, scones, slices, muffins, quiches, sausage rolls & pies, coffee and more! 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Born December 2, 1897, he dedicated 60 years of his life to the Communist Party of China. He was a key figure in the establishment of Chinese Industrial Cooperatives and technical training schools, including the Peili Vocational Institute (also known as the Bailie Vocational Institute or the Beijing Bailie University). Alley was born in Springfield and named after Rewi Maniapoto, a Māori chief famous for his resistance to the British military during the New Zealand Wars of the 1860s. His father was a teacher, and Alley attended primary school at Amberley; then Wharenui School in Christchurch, where his father was appointed headmaster in 1905. 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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday December 20 2017 9 Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk Water race debate heats up Councillor accused of grandstanding • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding SPARKS have flown between district councillors over the possible closure of water races. The row blew up at last week’s district council meeting when district councillor Debra Hasson raised the issue. She has been a longtime opposer of water race closures. Cr Hasson said all district councillors need to know which water races need to remain open and which do not. She told Selwyn Times last month that the district council’s decision to close water races in Sheffield and Springfield was “death by a thousand cuts” and farmers could lose a water resource long-term. But when she raised the issue at last week’s meeting, she was immediately rebutted by district councillor Craig Watson. He said Cr Hasson was “grandstanding” and the issue fell under the “general business” section of the meeting rather than “matters arising from previous minutes”. But Mayor Sam Broughton allowed her to continue. Cr Hasson requested district council staff prepare an updated water race map of Selwyn determining which races should remain open and the reasons why. She said the district council needed to consult with He said Cr Hasson arrived an hour late to the water race subcommittee meeting and made a similar request. “I am a bit disappointed Cr Hasson is now bringing that here when that report and audit hasn’t been processed to council. “If Cr Hasson was a regular attender of these meetings it would be reasonably fair. But to arrive an hour late . . . too be honest, I thought the members were very indulgent and very fair,” he said. Debra Hasson committees, including the Pat McEvedy The matter was moved to the Craig Watson Selwyn Waihora Zone and Christchurch West Melton Water Zone committees. Cr Hasson said the report needed to be prepared by February so councillors could be “all clear on what races remain open”. However, district councillor Pat McEvedy said he had already asked the district council’s water asset manager to undertake the work at the water race subcommittee meeting last week. “general business” section of the meeting. Cr Hasson said in her defence she was not a member of the water race subcommittee and attempted to make the meeting on time but was late due to another meeting. “I don’t recall it actually being passed as a recommendation for this committee and that is why I am looking at updating water race maps,” she said. District councillor Grant Miller said he would support Cr Hasson if the work was not being done, but otherwise he was happy. Cr McEvedy assured councillors the work was under way. Cr Watson, who is also a member of the water race subcommittee, later told Selwyn Times he was frustrated by Cr Hasson’s comments. “She was trying to grandstand in a meeting at the wrong time and it was completely inappropriate,” he said. Cr Watson said members of the water race subcommittee were “passionate about doing the right thing” and all closures were consulted on with the public before a decision was made. Public consultation over the proposed closure of 2.9km of the Ellesmere water race and 2.9km of the Feredays/Main Rakaia Rd water race was approved at the subcommittee meeting. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Are you concerned about water race closures across Selwyn? Email your views to georgia.oconnor@starmedia. kiwi Lincoln home to top Villa student LINCOLN resident Brittany Baugh (above) was crowned dux at Villa Maria College’s senior prize-giving last week. As part of the award, she received a Canterbury University dux scholarship. Brittany has lived in Lincoln all of her life and attended Lincoln University Early Childhood Centre and Lincoln Primary School before joining Villa Maria College in year 7. She is enrolled at Canterbury University next year and will study a double degree in law and arts. Celebrate New Years Eve Live music till late OPen BOxing Day no surcharge $7 beers/wine 4-6pm every day • Woodfired pizzas and full menu • Gaming room • Open 7 days Coffee/Lunch/Dinner Open 11.30am Mon-Sat | Ph 03 421 6481 Sunday Breakfast from 9am West Melton Village, Weedons Ross Road www.twofatpossums.co.nz Courtesy Van available Magical Park christmas game! Christmas themed Magical Park available now until 7 January at Lincoln Domain A free mobile outdoor game to get the kids off the couch these summer holidays. · Average playing time 30–60mins · Average distance covered 700–2000m Other games to choose from: · Augmentia – find kittens · Prehistoria – collect dinosaur eggs · Alien Scape – save aliens Download the app on Android and iPhone. See the in-game instructions. GEO A.R. games