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Selwyn Times: January 17, 2018

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8 Wednesday January 17 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES Your Local Views Water race uses Former mayor Bill Woods writes about water races in Selwyn GOLD CARD LUNCHES MON - FRI Woodfired Pizzas / Full Menu • $20 Pizzas Mon/Tues • $7 Beers 4-6pm Everyday • Gaming Room • Tues Quiz Nights • Thirsty Thursday 7-9pm • Chill Out Guitar Session Thurs 7-9pm • Thurs / Fri Curry Special • Takeaways Available • 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 SOME PEOPLE will write about the loss of water races and the effect on the wildlife. I have an alternative perspective that many do not consider. Water races were introduced to the Canterbury Plains that lacked reliable flowing streams to enable stock to be farmed on the parched land in summer. The water races served a dual purpose and that was to provide an alternative means of household water to supplement the capture of rain water in areas where the underground water table was inaccessible such as Darfield. Most houses that were supplied with race water had a third tap in the kitchen for drinking water fed from a tank that collected the rain water. Before the water races, drains were dug to ensure that settlements were not flooded in the winter or in times of excessive rain due to roads being constructed with the crown of the road being higher than the land alongside. With the construction of the water races sometimes existing drains were utilised to carry the water, especially in the townships, so they served to carry both the water race and stormwater. As time progressed, the water races became a habitat for creatures that either lived in the water or relied on the availability of access to water for sustainability. In the towns some people beautified the races by maintaining the edges and some even planted flowers or special grasses. Eventually potable water supplies became available and the need for water races in the towns became obsolete. With reliable water supplies, the water races were closed off. This meant that more water was available to a system that was stretched in the summer months to supply water for stock as originally intended with some stormwater being disposed of by soak pits where there was a low water table. Turning off the water in these races left a channel where the water used to run, resulting in a call from the residents to fill them in. Filling in a race that was not a dual purpose one was not a problem, but there were many that provided drainage in the wet season and only carried water when the rainfall was more than the land could absorb. If there happened to be a few dry seasons in a row the drain would appear to be not needed and the original reason for it being there in the first place was forgotten. Calls would be made to have this particular channel filled in as it now served no purpose. This is what happened on Bealey Rd in Hororata. After the channel was filled in there was no apparent problem as the wet seasons were not sufficient to cause major flooding. How wrong could this thinking be; the area along Bealey Rd has been inundated with surface water that has nowhere to go due to the drain being filled and no alternative provided to remove the excess water. The district council has lost several legal proceedings and spent well over $80,000 and still the two properties on the corner of Hawkins and Bealey Rd flood in severe wet conditions and the houses fronting onto Bealey Rd have excess water problems with septic tanks and stormwater. None of this flooding took place when the drain along Bealey Rd was operational. Yet the district council still continues to ignore this situation. Artisan Homes Builders of superior homes. Built to last. Winners in Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards Our new Showhome in the new Faringdon South Showhome Village. Opening in January 2018. WAtcH tHiS SPAce!!! Phone 03 374 9172 Rob 021 324 876 email rob@artisanhomes.co.nz www.artisanhomes.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday January 17 2018 9 KITE DAY Saturday 20 January, 1–4pm New Brighton Beach, north of the pier Come on down to Kite Day and watch amazing kite’s soar on the steady sea breeze. Make your own kite or buy one from The Kite Shop on the day. Kite makers from around the country travel to be part of this popular, free family event. ccc.govt.nz/summertimes SPF30 INGHAM’S LAZY SUNDAYS Sacha Vee, Sunday 21 January, 3.30–5pm Archery Lawn, Botanic Gardens Neo-soul artist Sacha Vee, scorches her stage, exuding power and sass with every note. This international gem, with an impressive track record, will deliver a pulsating showcase of her own soulful sound with her all-star live band. Put summer into your Sundays with Ingham’s Lazy Sundays. ccc.govt.nz/summertimes