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Selwyn Times: February 21, 2018

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10 Wednesday February 21 2018 Latest Christchurch news at News Rolleston ‘drown him’ case: Two charged • By Andrew King A 15 and 16-year-old have been charged with aggravated robbery over the Rolleston ‘drown him’ case. The 16-year-old appeared in the Youth Court on February 13. He was remanded without plea to reappear next month. The 15-yearold will appear today. The alleged robbery took place after a fireworks display on November 4. The 15-year-old victim was allegedly beaten and then dragged to a water race where his head was held under the water. His assailants chanted “drown him, drown him” during the attack. Police believe there were four people in the group involved in the incident, which started when they allegedly tried to take the victim’s cap. • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding GIFTED WRITER Colin Patterson – who was recognised with a top poetry prize at the Christchurch Writers Festival – has died in Leeston. Mr Patterson died of a suspected sudden heart attack last week on Valentine’s Day. For years, he spent hours at a time, sitting making up poems and stories in his head while sitting on the tractor at his farm near Leeston. His talent for writing remained largely a hidden secret until his family encouraged him to enter the Christchurch Writer’s Festival. In 2016, Selwyn Times profiled Mr Patterson. He was asked about where his inspiration for writing came from, his health scare in 2007 and his love of bagpipes. Mr Patterson’s interest in poetry began in the 1940s and 50s and he began putting his own work together in the 60s. Hesaid when he was driving up and down on his tractor, he would memorise his poems and would recite some of them at family gatherings. In 2006 he qualified for the final 12 of the Christchurch Writers Festival and described winning the competition as a “tremendous shock.” He said the reason he had kept his talent a secret for so long was because he was “extremely shy” and getting up in front of a crowd was “very, very daunting.” Mr Patterson was diagnosed with what was thought to be pancreatic cancer and he began writing and publishing his poems on paper. His book From Patterson’s Heart was to be his memoir, before he learnt he had been wrongly diagnosed. It was later found Mr Patterson did not have cancer and the tumour had been caused by his own immune system attacking his pancreas. He taught the bagpipes and played in the Ellesmere pipe band from 1953. Mr Patterson’s grandfather was a trustee of the Ellesmere Pipe Band when it was formed in about 1920. His father was on the committee and his brothers learnt and went into the band after it reformed after the war in 1946. Local News Now SELWYN TIMES Author, environmentalist dies Fire rages, homes at risk CLEAR WATER: Colin Patterson on the banks of Hart’s Creek which he has helped protect. PHOTO: CAITLIN MILES ​ He got “tremendous pleasure” out of going to Ellesmere Hospital and playing for the elderly. Mr Patterson was involved in protecting Hart’s Creek – an area which has been transformed from having low fish numbers into a place where anglers gather from all over the world to fish large trout. Online, he was described as a “remarkable man” and a “very insightful man, who thought deeply about all manner of things and was always aware of the people around him.” Heritage of Water Bus Tour promises to be an informative and entertaining day As part of the Hororata Community Trust heritage project a bus tour has been organised that follows the journey of water from Lake Coleridge through the Malvern Foothills over the past 100 years. On the tour people will discover how the ingenuity and engineering of pioneers who set out to make a living on the land in 1840 still influences the area today. Without the foresight of the pioneers in South Malvern 100 years ago to establish a water scheme the development of this area would not have happened. Water is the life blood of this district, not just for farming but for all of the industries and rural settlements. This tour will show the evolution of open water races for farm and town supply to the efficiency of piping the water, while taking people onto private farms with spectacular high country scenery. It was really quite a feat how the water races were built 100 years ago by hand; their ability to get the fall just right so the water flowed from the source at the Dry Acheron to the end users is impressive. Then to maintain the scheme was a considerable effort. It just shows that in this area has always been innovative with how water is sourced and used. Most people take water for granted, they just turn on the tap but someone has to put the water into the tap and to get supply to this rural district takes massive network which has been developed over the past century. On this tour people will be taken behind the scenes onto private land so they can really get to see and understand how this water scheme developed. Date: Sunday 11th March 2018 Time: Cost: Registrations: Departing the Hororata Domain 9.00am and returning 4.30pm $45.00 per person includes lunch, tea and coffee, tour of the historic Coleridge Power Station Register by the 5th March 2018, no ticket sales on the day. Register at or send email to: or phone Karen Meares 03 3186 959. Starting at the Hororata Domain the tour will go through Glentunnel and up to Windwhistle where the Snowdon Water scheme originates. Local guides will provide information during the tour on the historic water scheme and farming operations. The tour will take detours onto private farms to see the historic intake and siphon. Lunch will be in the Coleridge Village with a tour of the historic Coleridge Power Station. On the return trip the tour will again depart for the main road across private land for a birds eye view of the Central Plains Water intake. Don’t miss this informative and entertaining bus tour. Great food, stories and scenery guaranteed. The Hororata Community Trust thanks Trust Power for its support of this event A number of heritage properties will be open on the day for those who do not wish to do the bus tour. Properties open include Terrace Station, Gunyah Estate, Coton’s Cottage and Museum, Glentunnel Museum. Properties will charge an entry fee at their gate. For details on properties that are open visit

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday February 21 2018 11 The Boulevard, Rolleston’s first retirement village providing the full continuum of care. Construction underway on Rolleston’s new retirement village Building has started on Rolleston’s first retirement village to offer the full continuum of care for the elderly. “It’s been a long journey so we’re really excited to be at this stage,” advises Karen Harris, who with husband Dean, will own and operate The Boulevard. With over thirty years’ industry experience, Karen and Dean are known for providing exceptional service in village, rest home and hospital level care. Karen says she has been overwhelmed by the number of people who have expressed interest in The Boulevard, which will be constructed in stages. “I’m excited about this development,” says Grant England whose company GE Construction will be completing the build. Grant will also be a shareholder in The Boulevard. The first five villas are due for completion late August at which time work on the stage two villas will also be progressing. The Boulevard will have 59 two and three bedroom villas, 40 one and two bedroom apartments, 20 care suites, and 58 hospital rest home and dementia beds, and a large community lodge with dining and lounge areas, meeting/small function room, bar and café, beautician/therapy clinic, gym, library, computer nook and outdoor sheltered courtyard. “People love The Boulevard’s architectural flair and diversity, its spacious garden and wide street layout giving it a normal sub-division feel and real sense of community,” adds Karen. Expressions of interest are continuing with a limited number of stage one and two villas still available and some future residents having put their names down for stage three. As interest is high, an application will need to be completed to secure an interest in any villa when the village is registered later in March. “There’s enormous need for a village of this kind in Rolleston,” suggests Grant. “Since starting work, we’ve had a number of people stop and ask how they can secure a villa, which is really great. I’ll be ensuring the build is to a very high standard so the village is future proofed going forward, while the different villa designs provide a point of difference.” Many people are delighted The Boulevard will allow them to live closer to their family in a safe, secure and worry-free environment while having the opportunity to socialise, make friends and enjoy outings, with fuller rest home and hospital care, which will be available in the near future. Garden and external maintenance like window cleaning, lawn mowing and gardening will all be taken care of, along with rates and insurance payments ensuring a relaxed enjoyable life. The Boulevard is at 200 Dunns Crossing Road, a five minute drive from Rolleston’s shopping centre and handy to Faringdon’s South Point. Grant from GE Construction working the digger on site. Watch out for The Boulevard’s Seminar early March. Presented by a lawyer and statutory supervisor, it will cover the legal aspects of moving into a retirement village and is open to anyone in the community. For information about this seminar or The Boulevard, check out our website or call Karen harris on 027 373 9463. A sales office will soon be on site with opening hours posted on The Boulevard’s website. The first villas are due for completion late August. Karen Harris, Grant England and Dean Harris. BOULEVARDVILLAGE.CO.NZ | E: INFO@BOULEVARDVILLAGE.CO.NZ PhONE KAREN: 027 373 9463