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Selwyn Times: January 24, 2018

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4 Wednesday January 24 2018 News Crackdown on graveside ornaments •From page 1 It comes after the district council published a list of people buried at Prebbleton Cemetery in a bid to contact next of kin. The list was for burial sites that did not comply with the cemetery bylaw and who the district council had no contacts of next of kin. In 2011, the cemetery bylaw was changed to tighten up what the district council viewed as acceptable and unacceptable for ornaments at burial sites. But the bylaw is now currently being reviewed and has gone out for public consultation – a hearing is to be held on March 8. It said this was because the district council had moved towards lawn cemeteries where the beams are level with the grass. Deputy mayor Malcolm Lyall said some cultures view the decoration around their loved one’s grave site as very special and spend a lot of time there as part of their cultural practices. “We have to draw the line because the decoration does tend to get out of hand at times,” he said. Mr Lyall said ornaments can get blown away and into the mowers maintaining the area causing it to become a hazard and untidy. ONE OF the names listed on the Prebbleton Cemetery list was Lisa Hurrell who was beaten and stabbed to death in her Hornby home in 1998 by Terry Jason Nahi. Nahi was jailed for life in 1999 to the charge of murdering Miss Hurrell, with whom he had been in a stormy and tempestuous relationship since she was 14. He was the father of her three children, but she had a protection order against him at the time. The district council contacted Miss Hurrell’s family asking the bottle and beer cans to be removed from outside of the grave surrounds – but the other ornaments at the site will not be removed. Before the bylaw was changed, Miss Hurrell’s family received permission from the district council to have a concrete edging placed around her burial plot. This was to allow the ornaments and flowers to remain within the concrete edging. Lisa’s mother Carolyn Hurrell said there were some empty beer cans in front of the concrete edging of Lisa’s grave which she has removed. She was relieved the district Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi council was not asking for the ornaments within the concrete edging to be removed from Lisa’s grave. When Selwyn Times asked if other families could receive permission to have a concrete guard built around the burial plots, the district council said it would only be done on a case by case basis for the older plots in the cemetery. “Permission will not be given to graves in newer areas of the Local News Now SELWYN TIMES Murder victim’s grave on list Fire rages, homes at risk TREASURED: Lisa Hurrell, who died in 1998 is buried at the Prebbleton Cemetery. Before the cemetery bylaw changed in 2011, her family received permission from the district council to have a concrete edging placed around her burial plot for her ornaments. cemeteries,” a district council spokesman said. It said this was because the district council had moved towards lawn cemeteries where the beams are level with the grass. •HAVE YOUR SAY: What do you think about maintenance at cemeteries at the district council? Email your views to georgia. oconnor@starmedia.kiwi DO YOU HAVE A WILL THAT IS UP TO DATE? cONTAcT: ROLLESTON LAW Richard Gray - rcg@meareswilliams.co.nz Kate Warren - kcw@meareswilliams.co.nz A: 78A Rolleston Drive, Rolleston T: (03) 374 2547 W: www.meareswilliams.co.nz The magazine for gardeners who like To geT Their hands dirTy www.gardener.kiwi 100% See your Orthodontist in Rolleston Orthodontist Phil Murfitt is now based at the new Rolleston Dental Centre, Tennyson Street, opposite Rolleston School. Appointments/enquiries: (03) 375 4418 phil@pgmortho.co.nz www.pgmortho.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday January 24 2018 5 News Selwyn’s most popular books • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding BRITISH AUTHOR Lee Child’s Make Me has taken out the top spot for Selwyn’s most hotly read book for the year. The thriller novel in the Jack Reacher series was named the overall most popular book issued between January 1, 2017, to date at district council libraries across Selwyn. The Jack Reacher series is a popular choice with readers with Night School sitting in fourth place for the overall top five adult books issued. District council libraries manager Vicki Carlyon said Child continues to be a worldwide phenomenon so she wasn’t surprised to see two of his thrillers in the top five adult books. The overall top five popular books vary in genre and includes Joanna Trollope’s City of Friends, and children book Liz Pichon’s The Brilliant World of Tom Gates. For younger readers, the top teenage book issued was James Dashner’s young adult postapocalyptic dystopian science fiction novel The Maze Runner. Dystopian science fiction is a popular theme for teenage books issued with Veronica Roth’s Divergent sitting in fifth place equal with Todd Strasser’s Boot Camp. “Movie tie-ins can really intensify the popularity of books, which has definitely been the case for both The Maze Runner and Divergent,” Ms Carlyon said. The Brilliant World of Tom Gates and The Very Brave Bear are children’s most popular books of choice. Andy Griffiths’ The 26-Storey Treehouse was the third most popular children’s book issued with Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck and Rachel Renée Russell’s Dork Diaries: Dear Dork. Ms Carlyon said there has been a real surge in popularity in children’s fiction where text is broken up with comic-type pictures throughout. She said Gates and Griffiths’ books are great examples of this. The highest number of books were issued from Rolleston Library. Selwyn’s most popular books issued between January 1, 2017 and January this year. Top five overall most popular books: 1 Make Me – Lee Child 2 The Whistler – John Grisham 3 City of Friends – Joanna Trollope 4 The Brilliant World of Tom Gates – Liz Pichon 5 The Very Brave Bear – Nick Bland Top five adult books: 1 Make Me – Lee Child 2 The Whistler – John Grisham 3 City of Friends – Joanna Trollope 4 Night School – Lee Child 5 A Distant Journey – Di Morrissey Top five teen books: 1 The Maze Runner – James Dashner 2 Maximum Security – Robert Muchamore 3 The Recruit – Robert Muchamore 4 Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare 5 Divergent – Veronica Roth / Boot camp – Todd Strasser Top five children’s books: 1 The Brilliant World of Tom Gates 2 The Very Brave Bear 3 The 26-storey Treehouse 4 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck - Jeff Kinney 5 Dork Diaries: Dear Dork - Rachel Renée Russell Local News Now Council spends $17k on milk Fire rages, homes at risk • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding THE DISTRICT council has spent $17,000 on milk since June 2016. Figures released to Selwyn Times under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act shows $11,000 was spent on milk purchases in the 2016/17 financial year. A further $6000 has been spent on milk in the current financial year to date. District council chief executive David Ward milk is purchased by the district council for various meetings and its staff morning and afternoon breaks. District councillor Pat McEvedy said a lot of visitors come into its Rolleston headquarters and often get a cup of tea. In comparison, the Christchurch City Council spent a larger sum on milk – $80,109 – in the 2016/17 financial year, and to date has spent $46,374 on milk in the current financial year. Meanwhile, the district council spent $3924 on alcohol and $1272 on non-alcoholic beverages between November 2016 and January 2018. Alcohol was provided at various community group meetings and business functions. 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