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Selwyn Times: April 07, 2017

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14 selwyn district residents' guide 2017 PREBBLETON A village feel and close proximity to the city are reasons for Prebbleton’s popularity. This leafy town is one of Canterbury’s oldest settlements; dating back to 1862. A small retail precinct provides residents with the basics, whether fuel or car repairs, a few groceries or produce, or a little personal beautification. The town also has a playcentre, preschools, primary school, sports fields and a hall. Small businesses operating nearby include: seed and lawn production, farm services, functions, horse rearing, and plant AWAITING COPY Ad Number: LE11356 Artwork: LE11356 Size: 6.4x2 Description: • WOF Safety MARKS inspections AUTOMOTIVE Account: • Full mechanical prebbleton repairs page • Servicing and warranty servicing Colour: • Tyres F • Full diagnostic equipment Filename: LE11356 For ALL your motoring needs see Mark, Leona and all the Team... • Cars, 4WDs, light commercial, all cars including European vehicles • Loan cars available (conditions apply) Mark’s Automotive Ltd Hours: Mon - Fri 7.30am - 5.30pm PHONE 349 3344 | 559 Springs Rd, Prebbleton Email propagation. Prebbleton offers plenty of selection for dining out, with a café, hotel, restaurant/ bar, and Indian and Italian cuisine options, as well as takeaways. It has a supportive active community with groups such as Friday Friends, indoor bowls, walking and sporting activities like Tai Chi. A monthly Sunday market, held at the charming community cottage draws locals who chill on a cushion listening to live music. Points of interest are the: • Prebbleton Nature Park. • Sundial and garden (on corner of Birches Road). • Historic cemetery (Springs Road). • Historic All Saints Anglican Church. O pop Ch qui rel Ma wit agr sig ran pla and ove Dis it s Ne Air con sta bas Wh cou cos soc a la of a The

selwyn district residents' guide 2017 15 Lagoon at Little Rakaia, part of the Rakaia River’s shifting mouth. leeston Leeston’s shopping precinct. Over the last decade, Leeston’s population has grown with the Christchurch earthquakes having quite an impact as people from the city relocating there. Many families have a long connection with the area, their roots in agriculture. This industry was so significant that a branch railway line ran through Leeston, which once played second fiddle to Southbridge and Doyleston. Leeston ultimately overtook these towns and the Selwyn District Council was based there until it shifted to Rolleston. New Zealand’s oldest honey company, Airborne has a strong historical connection with Leeston where it started in 1910 and where it is still based. While Leeston still holds its country charm, it is becoming more cosmopolitan. It has wider ethnic and social diversity, and more facilities like a larger supermarket and construction of a new hotel. The town’s entrance is impressive with its war memorial standing sentry in the town square, heralding the business centre that sits behind. Residents are well provided for, with shops and services that cover most household needs. There is a medical centre, rest home, RSA, fitness centre, library, toy library, volunteer fire brigade, and schools from preschool to high school, along with afterschool care. There are also a good number of sports and community interest groups including the well-known Ellesmere Big Band. At the Southbridge end of town, there are well-utilised sports fields and facilities including the rugby clubrooms. This sport has a strong presence in Leeston and in neighbouring Southbridge, further down the road towards Little Rakaia. Often called Rakaia Huts North, the seaside town of Little Rakaia sits beside a lagoon that is part of the shifting mouth of the Rakaia River. Killinchy is also nearby where a cemetery, tennis club, pool and hall are symbols of a once more populated countryside, like Sedgemere where there is a church and hall. Leeston is close to Lake Ellesmere (Te Waihora), a lake with a significant indigenous connection and one that is popular for recreational activities such as bird watching, boating, camping, duck shooting, fishing, kayaking, picnicking, water-skiing, or cycling along the Little River rail trail. Fish were plentiful in Te Waihora when Maori called there on their way south, with Maori settling at Taumutu. The lake’s importance has led to Ngãi Tahu and Environment Canterbury joining forces on a widespread cultural and ecological restoration project for the Ellesmere area. Points of interest are the: • Leeston’s streets - named after soldiers lost in World War One. • Ellesmere A&P Show - Saturday, 14 October 2017. Further down the road towards Little Rakaia is Southbridge.