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Selwyn Times: March 07, 2018

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14 Wednesday March 7 2018 Latest Christchurch news at SELWYN TIMES Explore the heritage of Hororata and Beyond The Hororata Community Trust’s project, ‘Heritage of Hororata and Beyond’ allows people to discover the area’s diverse and rich pioneering history. Heritage properties in the area include Gunyah Country Estate, Terrace Station, Homebush Stables, Cotons’ Cottage and Hororata Museum, Washpen Falls, Glentunnel Museum, Steventon Homestead, Rockwood Station, The Point Station, St John’s Church and Coleridge Power Station. Many of the properties have public open days throughout the year or are open by appointment; details can be found at This year the project is focussing on the Heritage of Water, learning how private and county schemes developed from the late 19th century. A bus tour is planned to follow the journey of water from the high country to the plains. This will take place on Sunday 11 March and has proved to be so popular it has sold out. For those who have missed out on the bus tour there is still the opportunity to explore the district’s heritage by visiting five heritage properties and museums, making this a great day to get out and discover what the district has to offer. Terrace Station was the home of Sir John Hall and is still lived in by his descendants. Sir John was the parliamentary advocate for the Women’s Suffrage movement and we are now celebrating the 125th anniversary of this event. There will be a display and information about the Women’s Suffrage movement and other displays. Gunyah Estate, built in 1912 by a son of Sir John Hall, offers guided tours of the homestead. At Guynah you can stroll through the gardens and discover the original farm building. Cotons’ Cottage and Hororata Museum contain a wide range of artefacts, archives and photographs relating to the history of our district, including an automotive and musical displays. Glentunnel Museum hosts an extensive collection of items relating to the history of the area which has seen much rural industrialism, particularly the pottery and brickworks. Rockwood Station has a historical homestead set within a beautiful woodland garden which includes English trees and rhododendrons, bordered by 100 acres of native bush. Enjoy a picnic in the garden and a stroll on the bushwalk. Properties open on 11 March are: • Terrace Station • Gunyah Estate • Cotons’ Cottage and Hororata Museum • Glentunnel Museum • Rockwood Station Properties will charge an entry fee at their gate. Each property offers something different and a visit to them will provide a varied and interesting glimpse into our pioneering past. From 10am – 2pm at the Hororata Domain there will be a display on the heritage of the rural water scheme, information on properties in the area and details to help you find your way around. For further information visit or phone Karen on 03 3186 959. Cotons’ Cottage Hororata Museum Rockwood Station Historic Gunyah Homestead OPEN Sunday 11 March 2018 10am-4pm Open this Sunday 10.00am–4.00pm Open Sundays 1.00pm - 4.00pm September to May or by appointment for schools / private tours. Entry by donation. Cotons Road, Hororata President: 318 0600 Secretary: 327 9903 Open this Sunday 10.00am–4.00pm Rockwood will be open on the Water Heritage day. Bring a picnic and walk the Bushwalk. Entry $10 per person, children under 16 free Contact Cheryl Richards 033186809 Enjoy History and original farm buildings, stroll through the Gardens, play croquet, try Buoni Sapori© heritage preserves, check our post-earthquake chimneys! Café with food and drinks available on the verandah, or you can bring a picnic. Entry $ 15 per person, children under 12 free. Includes guided tour of homestead. Sleemans Road, Glenroy/Windwhistle Ph 03 3186800 | email: Terrace Station Heritage Garden Glentunnel Museum Homebush Stables Steventon Homestead Lady Barker’s “Broomielaw” Open this Sunday 10.30am–3.30pm Open this Sunday 10.00am–4.00pm Open day Oct 28 2018 10.00am–4.00pm Historical displays, heritage garden, walkways and outbuildings to explore Other times by appointment only. Entry $5 per person. Follow signs from Hororata roundabout 151 Milnes Road, Hororata Regular Opening hours: September – April Sundays 1.00pm – 4.00pm or by appointment. Entry by donation. Philip Street, Glentunnel | (03) 3182 423 Deans family farm since 1851 Group visits, museum, heritage garden, shop, farm demonstrations, restaurants. Darfield, Canterbury | (03) 318 2785 House & garden open for tours, Devonshire Teas, lunches, and story-telling, for groups or events by arrangement. Casual visitors by appointment. Contact Helen McArthur 0212126691

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday March 7 2018 15 Your Local Views A reader responds to the article about Selwyn MP Amy Adams’ concerns over the impact the Christchurch Southern Motorway Stage 2 will have on West Melton roads Julie Sims – The New Zealand Transport Agency is firing back to Amy Adams purely because they do not want to lose face. We have lived in West Melton for 11 years and that particular corner at the BP is very dangerous. I have seen potential accident after potential accident and it’s only a matter of time before somebody is killed. How do we safely get our kids from the Wilfield Residential Sub-division to West Melton School safely. NZTA’s answer to that was a piddly barrier just past the intersection and right before the 100km zone. My kids have almost been collected at this piddly crossing as cars go way too fast down here and kids don’t have the mental capacity at primary school to judge how fast a car is going. We have been told that NZTA will not put lights up at the intersection of Weedons Ross Rd and State Highway 73 as it’s too costly. Bullocks to them as it has become a very dangerous intersection. We said: Strong gusts of wind caused a campervan to roll on Christchurch Akaroa Rd last week You said: Louise Rawlings – They shouldn’t have been on the road in the winds on that day. Andrea Heffernan – That road is dicey at the best of times with a car. I am surprised the New Zealand Transport Agency hasn’t put restrictions on large campervans. Holly Traxler-Puddle – I hope the people are safe but I am sure the van insurance does not cover a one-car accident. ManaMichelle Hardy – We travelled that road on Sunday and it was quite calm on the Akaroa side but once over the hill onto the Christchurch side it was awful, and we were in a four-wheel drive. We said: Maddie Collins has returned to her West Melton home after undergoing a potentially life-saving kidney transplant at Starship Children’s Health in Auckland You said: WORRIED: Amy Adams is concerned about the impact the new southern motorway will have on West Melton roads such as the intersection of Weedons Ross Rd and State Highway 73. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER Kennedy Jaykay – Welcome home to Christchurch, Maddie. Best wishes for your continued recovery. This Weekend! March 10-11 What’s the cost? FAIL TO STOP $150, 20 DEMERITS OR A LIFE Proudly brought to you by the Road Safety Team