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Selwyn Times: March 07, 2018

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18 Wednesday March 7 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Advertisement SELWYN TIMES Live Q&A: A first from Corrections. Have you ever been interested in a new career or a specific job, but haven’t had the chance to talk to anyone about it before applying? Probably, yes. Here’s your chance to learn more about a career with Corrections. If you’re interested in an exciting and rewarding career as a Corrections Officer, you can join our Live Q&A event and have your questions answered by Corrections Officers working in New Zealand prisons. You will have the opportunity to ask your questions to the panel of working Corrections Officers and have them answered in real time. Over the last year we’ve held information evenings in cities and towns across New Zealand. Next week, for the first time you can have all of your questions answered live online from wherever you are. Our team will be on hand to share their experiences about working to help offenders change their lives and answer any questions that you and your whanau might have. Our Live Q&A event will make sure that you have the information you need to decide on a career with Corrections. Kahore tetahi o tatou, taea te mahi, nga mahi e taea o tatou katoa. Not one of us can do the work as well as all of us working together. MEET YULIA Yulia’s experience and passion for working with people has ensured her smooth transition into the role of Corrections Officer at Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility. “I joined Corrections at the beginning of 2017, I had previously worked in a range of roles including early childhood teacher, swimming instructor and most recently caring for older people and people living with disabilities.” “I love working with people, and was looking for a different challenge. I found the job through Seek, and researched the role on the Corrections website. I watched the videos of staff sharing their experiences, which made me realise this was something I could do. I dived in, accepted the challenge, and I’ve never looked back.” “I love what I do, and I think so many people out there may not realise just how much impact they can have building a career here.” “I will never forget the journey, and where it has taken me so far. There are a world of opportunities out there – I can’t wait to see what’s next.” Yulia McConaghan, Corrections Officer Make sure to join the Live Q&A to get Yulia’s insight on a career path with Corrections. Live Q&A with Corrections Officers. Monday, 12 March at 8pm. Register for the event and send us questions at live.corrections.govt.nz Join Corrections for a job you can be proud of. Become a Corrections Officer, Probation Officer or Case Manager. Find out more at frontlinejobs.co.nz or call 0800 4FRONTLINE 0800 437 668

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday March 7 2018 19 News Local News Now Debate on importance of soil Fire rages, homes at risk Lincoln Envirotown trustee Sue Jarvis writes about an upcoming debate hosted by radio personality Kim Hill on the importance of soil at Lincoln University SOME SCIENTISTS state that Britain may have as few as 60 harvests worth of usable soil left. How many harvests do we have left? What does our soil need to allow us to continue to grow food? Some countries have lost their usable soil completely through desertification. Each year in June a planning committee co-ordinated by the Lincoln Envirotown Trust and chaired by Dr Sue Jarvis starts planning for the next hot topic chaired by radio personality Kim Hill. The 2018 hot topic will be the eighth, and as usual on a subject of national and global environmental significance – ‘Soil – are we treating it like dirt?’ The planning starts with choosing the topic. This time it was quite easy as last year’s topic was ‘Water Andy MacFarlane Ants Roberts Mike Hedley Trish Fraser Lincoln Envirotown. The events are always well attended, with last year’s event packed out with a number of people listening to the discussion from the foyer. The choice of panellists is always hard and takes quite a bit of discussion to find four panellists to cover all the aspects of the topic. This year’s panellists are Trish Fraser, a local who works at the Lincoln Plant and Food Reserach; Ants Roberts, who works for Ravensdown; Mike Hedley from Massey University; and Andy MacFarlane, farmer/ company director. These panellists, who are experts in their field, will discuss a broad range of relevant issues: Are we degrading our soil cover? Is this most precious of resources in any danger? How important is the ecosystem of the soil, how do we ensure the production of safe, healthy food and what may go wrong in terms of such things as pollution and erosion? The audience can join in the – a global issue affecting New Zealand’ and as one of the panellists said: “It is hard to separate the role of water from the role of soil – we should be talking about soil too.” Then we need to invite some people to the planning committee who are experts about the topic. For the 2018 event we have members from AgResearch, Plant and Food Research, Canterbury University as well as, of course Lincoln University, who is hosting the event, and discussion during question time. Get involved in this important environmental issue on March 22 at 6.30pm, Stewart Lecture Theatre 1, Lincoln University. A $5 koha is requested with refreshments provided, along with beer tasting from The Laboratory Lincoln and a cash bar. Please be seated by 7.25pm. •Register at www. eventbrite.co.nz/e/soilare-we-treating-it-likedirt-registration. 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