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Selwyn Times: February 21, 2018

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2 Wednesday February 21 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi from the editor’s desk THAT’S ONE heck of a lucky escape on our front page today. Two young guys managed to get out of the wreck before it caught fire. How they were able to escape from their ute is remarkable. The photo shows it upside down (it somersaulted after colliding with another vehicle). The family in the other vehicle were also lucky. But the crash again underlines how we need to be careful on the district’s roads. Traffic volume has increased substantially but at the end of the day it is the driver not the road which causes crashes. And if you’re wondering, the ad at the bottom of page 1 is purely coincidental. - Barry Clarke get in touch GENERAL ENQUIRIES Ph 379 7100 CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING Ph 379 1100 The Christchurch Star Company Ltd PO Box 1467, Christchurch starmedia.kiwi backyard critters What’s that bug? Noticed any weevils in your garden or moths in the pantry recently? Ecologist Mike Bowie has some answers. Page 18 sport Bid to make bowls fun for kids Find out why Lincoln Primary School pupils have been spending their Friday afternoons at the Lincoln Bowling Club. Page 21 community events SELWYN TIMES Learn to skate Check out the Faringdon Summer Skate Jam in Tai Tapu on Wednesday with free gear hire, music, coaching and prizes up for grabs. NEWS Georgia O’Connor-Harding Ph: 364 7438 georgia.oconnor@starmedia.kiwi ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 lynette.evans@starmedia.kiwi Page 39 The best-read local newspaper, delivered to 20,015 homes, RDs and farms every Wednesday Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Leeston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Prebbleton, Halswell, Rolleston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Kirwee, Arthur’s Pass. Birthdays & Anniversaries Celebrate your special occasion the Terrace Downs Resort way. High Country High Tea What better way to spend an afternoon with friends or family than in this tranquil setting.. Everyday 11am - 3pm $29 per person or $39 per person with a glass of bubbles Booking essential Minimum 2 people, Gluten free available. Breathtaking views, superb cuisine giving you the option of premier accommodation. Packages available Let us make your special day a day to remember! Make your Sunday extra special with our popular Sunday Buffet Come and enjoy a delicious menu of classic and International flavours, accompanied by live music. Every Sunday 12:30pm Adults $45pp, Kids u12 only $20 Phone 03 318 6943 Terrace Downs Resort 623 Coleridge Road, Windwhistle, Canterbury Email: info@terracedowns.co.nz www.terracedowns.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday February 21 2018 3 News Abbeyfield volunteers call for council to write off loan • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding THE VOLUNTEERS behind Selwyn’s first Abbeyfield social housing complex are asking the district council to write off its loan to help reduce debt. The much-awaited retirement complex was officially opened on Flannery St, Leeston recently – after taking more than nine years to complete. The district council loaned John Morten Abbeyfield Ellesmere $400,000 to get the project off the ground. While ongoing fundraising has enabled the volunteer committee to repay $150,000 to the district council – it is asking the rest of the $250,000 is written off as a loan. As a result, a staff report will be presented to the district council and the funding will be considered as part of the its Long Term Plan 2018-2028 process. In a deputation last week, trust chairman Murray Stevens said the grant will ensure the success FINANCE: Abbeyfield volunteers have asked the district council to write off a loan to the complex. of the project and signal to other like-minded groups projects such as Abbeyfield is practical and achievable. The volunteer committee’s main concern was keeping the rent for the 14 residents at a cost of 80 per cent for their supersuperannuation. The committee’s pool of money will also go towards paying a housekeeper, providing provisions for the complex and maintenance. “We feel for the good of the project we would like to reduce the debt,” Mr Stevens said. He said the repayment to the district council was the only debt outstanding. Residents pay $364 a week and is provided two cooked meals a day and general support. But the request to write off the loan has had mixed reactions from district councillors. District councillor Mark Alexander said while he was not unsupportive of the project, he needed to understand how writing a loan off fits in with the council’s district wide responsibilities. “When the council makes a loan it is not always helpful if the recipients of the loan come back ON THE DOMAIN LINCOLN 3 MARCH 2018 and say can you write it off?” he said. He said a lot of groups doing good things often ask the district council for loans. Mr Alexander said if all the groups asked for their loans to be written off, it would be difficult for the district council to survive financially. District councillor John Morten said it is not the right decision to give out money “because groups come along and make an emotional presentation to council.” “You decide you need to react to that and give away money. You just don’t work like that and life is just not like that,” he said. The project cost $2.6 million and core funding was obtained as grants from the Rata Foundation and Housing New Zealand. It was confirmed at the meeting, if the Abbeyfield venture was to fail it would become the property of the district council. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think the district council should support the Abbeyfield complex by writing off a loan? Email georgia.oconnor@ starmedia.kiwi In Brief www.selwynsounds.co.nz Tickets ON SALE NOW selwynsounds.co.nz ONLINE VOTING TRIAL The district council is planning to hold an online voting trial as part of the 2019 elections. It is waiting along with a dozen other territorial authorities for the Government to approve the plan. Mayor Sam Broughton said the district council attempted to be one of the councils to trial online voting at the last elections. But he said the Government was not willing to support it and the Department of Internal Affairs was concerned about the security of online voting. BUS TOUR TICKET PRICE On February 7, Selwyn Times reported tickets for a bus tour to show the journey of water from Lake Coleridge through the Malvern Foothills over the past 100 years was priced at $450. That was incorrect. Tickets cost $45. The project is organised by the Hororata Community Trust. The event will take place on March 11, departing the Hororata Domain at 9.30am returning 4.30pm. People need to pre-register, no ticket sales on the day. Details can be found at www.hororata.org.nz or phone Karen Meares on 3186 959. Selwyn Times apologises for the error. 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 Hon Amy Adams MP for Selwyn I am out and around Selwyn regularly and would love to meet you and hear the things that are important to you. On Friday 23 February I will be at: 2.00pm - Tai Tapu Store, Tai Tapu 3.00pm - Coffee Culture, Lincoln Come up and make yourself known to me. Visit amyadams.co.nz to sign up for my newsletter. Contact me: E P selwynoffice@parliament.govt.nz 03 344 0418 fb.com/MPAmyAdams amyadams.co.nz Authorised by Amy Adams, 829 Main South Road, Templeton, Christchurch. MONSTER SHAKE MONSTER SHAKE S’more Cookie Crumb CheCk out these rituals... monday house @ 7.30pm all you can eat ribs * friday australia day spin the wheel from 8pm tuesday kids eat 1/2 price all day club night from 4pm saturday live music by the bubblemen wednesday open mic night from 8pm sunday $13 roast all day sunday session with bobbie brown thursday thirsty thursday from 4pm steak night $15 enjoy the local taste - give us a call to book your table! 2 Gerald street, lincoln | Ph: 03 325 2408 | www.famousgrousehotel.co.nz $9 Shop 5, New World Shopping Centre, Rolleston