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Selwyn Times: January 17, 2018

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10 Wednesday January 17 2018 Latest Christchurch news at SELWYN TIMES Upper South Island travel guide PLAN YOUR JOURNEY – PICTON TO CHRISTCHURCH State Highway 1 (SH1) north of Kaikōura opened to daytime traffic in December, restoring the coastal highway link from Picton to Christchurch. The re-opening of SH1 gives people two viable options for travel around the upper South Island, with the alternate route (via state highways 63, 6, 65 and 7 through Lewis Pass) remaining a reliable 24/7 option. IMPORTANT BEFORE YOU TRAVEL Check routes are open and get estimated travel times. For real-time travel information visit or freephone 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49). Make sure you allow enough time for your journey, whichever route you chose. Unexpected events, such as a crash, high volumes of traffic, ongoing wet weather or seismic activity, can cause delays. Ongoing roadworks and reduced speed limits in places mean that it won’t be possible for you to make up time. Be prepared with food, water and a fully charged cell phone. OPEN 24/7* 65 7 6 7 63 OPEN DAILY 7AM-8.30PM* OPEN 24/7* PEKETA GOOSE BAY PICTON BLENHEIM 1 OPEN 24/7* CLARENCE MANGAMAUNU KAIKŌURA 1 Do not rely on your GPS or Google Maps - things can change at short notice. WHAT TO EXPECT ON SH1 Parts of the road will still be under construction, so there will be some unsealed sections, lane closures with Stop/Go controls and speed restrictions. There will be night closures (8.30pm – 7am) north of Kaikōura between Clarence and Mangamaunu, and between Goose Bay and Peketa in the south. Closure points will be monitored 24/7. Consider road closure hours before starting your trip and leave enough time to be clear of these sections so you can continue your journey. The opening hours are subject to adverse weather and seismic activity. If there is a lot of rain or another significant event, we may have to close the road for short periods of time. It’s important to remember the safety of those using the highway, and working on it, will always be our top priority. WORK HAS RAMPED UP IN JANUARY CHRISTCHURCH Following the road opening on 15 December, most of the work sites closed down to help with traffic flow over the busy Christmas period. The work programme is now back in full delivery which will have a significant effect on the coastal corridor. NZ Transport Agency Journey Manager Tresca Forrester says ‘It’s a balancing act to schedule the reinstatement work to have a minimal effect on travel time while also ensuring the work gets done. Drivers should now expect it to take at least 5 ½ to 6 hours to drive between Picton and Christchurch on SH1 but should allow plenty of extra time in case of delays. Check for the latest information.’ 1 1 * Conditions can change any time, so it is important to check the current status at least two hours before you travel and at key route decision points. Visit or freephone 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) BE ROAD COURTEOUS • No stopping on SH1 within the closure areas outside of designated stop bays. • Be patient and cautious. Road conditions will be unfamiliar to many drivers, so a little bit of patience will go a long way. • Follow all traffic signs and any instruction given by road crew. • Obey speed limits to keep all road users safe. • Stay focused around rail lines. Expect trains at any time. • Keep fresh by taking breaks and supporting communities on the route. North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday January 17 2018 11 News OUTDOOR BEAUTY: The Greendale Community Trust will celebrate the restoration of the TW Adams Arboretum this Sunday at noon. ​ Picnic, open magazine designer clothing Sizes 10 - 26 Windmill Centre, 188 Clarence Street Riccarton, Christchurch Phone 021 686 929 day for historic Greendale site BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR AN OPEN day and picnic will be held to celebrate the restoration of a national heritage site in Greendale. The Greendale Community Trust has completed the first stage of the restoration of the TW Adams Arboretum in Adams Rd with the site now accessible to the public. The arboretum is a significant property which saw the first planting of a tree by Thomas William Adams in 1866. Mr Adams went on to collect seeds from around the world and trial many species in the arboretum. He is largely responsible for the establishment of pinus radiata as a plantation tree in New Zealand. Trust secretary Ruth Warren said the heritage site is a beautiful place all year round with many species of trees. Mayor Sam Broughton will officially unveil new signage at the open day on Thomas William Adams Sunday. The signage not only tells the history of the site, but provides illustrated information about many of the trees. The trust’s plans for stage 2 and 3 of the arboretum include a walkway through the nursery block and fields to the Greendale Domain and along to the Greendale church where significant development of the horse paddock will include a labyrinth. Mr Adams was one of the first settlers in Greendale. The remains of his cob cottage on the arboretum site he built on arrival in 1865 are still standing today. Mr Adams recognised the need for shelter on the plains and trialled many species in the late 1880s to determine those that grew well in the Canterbury soil and climate. This resulted in the establishment of pinus radiata and the forestry industry in New Zealand. Mr Adam’s interest in trees led to the establishment of shelter belts that have enhanced many farms across the plains. He was responsible for the establishment of the New Zealand School of Forestry and on his death bequeathed the arboretum to Canterbury University and provided a scholarship fund. •The open day and picnic will be held on Sunday, noon, at TW Adams Arboretum, Adams Rd Greendale. Residents are asked to take a picnic lunch and rug to the site for the opening celebration. Your fence, your style! QUALITY • STYLE • PRIVACY CALL US TODAY FOR A NO OBLIGATION QUOTE CHRISTCHURCH 55 Hands Road Ph: (03) 338 9063 Love the Freedom At Summerset at Wigram, you can continue to live the life you choose, with the added peace of mind of living in a warm and friendly community where you’ll feel completely at home. Summerset at Wigram has spacious villas and townhouses available for purchase. Plus additional support and care services up to rest home-level are on hand should you need them in the future. Open Weekend 20-21 January, 10am – 4pm Summerset at Wigram 135 Awatea Road, Wigram, Christchurch For more information, contact Anne Walker on 03 741 0872 or email Villas and townhouses on sale now. Find out more at SUM0923_9X8