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Selwyn Times: April 04, 2018

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12 Wednesday April 4 2018 Latest Christchurch news at News Soil debate draws crowd Lincoln Envirotown trustee Sue Jarvis writes about a debate at Lincoln University hosted by radio personality Kim Hill and a selection of expert panellists on the importance of soil DEBATE: Farmer and company director Andy MacFarlane discussing the importance of soil in a debate at Lincoln University last week. AT THE Kim Hill hot topic on Thursday night at Lincoln University, co-ordinated by the Lincoln Envirotown Trust, a large audience of nearly 300 people heard an interesting panel discussion about the topic of soil, with some friendly disagreement and banter especially, between Ants Robert and Andy MacFarlane. Hill was on form as usual, showing her wide knowledge and quick wit. The consensus of the panellists was that New Zealand is learning from its mistakes and its soils are improving. We are in a much better position than many other countries. There was a chance for audience participation in the second half of the evening with people wanting to know what else they could do to put consumer pressure on producers to do the right thing, as well as some disagreeing with the panellists. The panellists commented that the price of food was too low which reduced the ability of farmers to make improvements. One of the issues is how much the consumers value how the food is produced – and we need a system to trace our food to its source. However, Andy gave an example from the United Kingdom where Waitrose supermarkets had introduced traceability for their food guaranteeing that it was produced sustainably. However, this cost the consumer a bit more and in spite of consumers saying that they wanted it, Waitrose lost market share to other supermarkets. • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding A LINCOLN High School student had her hair shaved off by her twin sister in honour of their late grandfather. Katie Knighton, 14, raised $1505 for Shave for a Cure after only deciding to take part in the annual event a few weeks ago. Katie’s hair was shaved by her twin sister Geena Knighton, of Ellesmere College. She decided to shave her hair in honour of her grandfather Stan Knighton who died of leukaemia in 2016. Katie has also dedicated the shave to family friend Iain (Red) Henderson, who underwent a bone marrow transplant for leukaemia. The annual event raises money for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand. Katie’s mother Jo Knighton said she and Troy (Katie’s father) were proud of her daughter for taking part in the event. “It is pretty unusual she would want to do this . . . she is pretty head strong,” Mrs Knighton said. Local News Now SELWYN TIMES Fire rages, homes at risk Twin shaves sister’s head for charity GOOD CAUSE: Katie Knighton (right) had her hair shaved by her twin sister Geena. Your local luxury Convenient Location Local Free Car Parking Luxury of Choice 9Round ANZ Portabank ASB ATM BNZ Coffee Culture Corianders Fascino Shoes Harcourt’s helloworld Highgate Hair Industria Noel Leeming Postie Ray White Robert Harris Rolleston Bakery Rolleston Central Health Rolleston Drycleaners Rolleston Florist and Gifts Rolleston Haircuts Snap Fitness Subway Unichem Viva La Moda The Warehouse Westpac 70-76 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston & 9 Masefield Drive (entry from Countdown and McCauley Street) parking close by | 03 347 9192 rollestonsq rollestonsq Proudly managed by Colliers Real Estate Management Limited Ph 03 347 9192 Proudly managed by Colliers Real Estate Management Limited

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday April 4 2018 13 News Hospital parking a ‘regional’ problem • By Bridget Rutherford NEW Government MPs are working to resolve Christchurch Hospital’s parking situation by the start of winter as the situation reaches “crunch point.” The Deans Ave park and ride set-up has been described as a regional problem and will be the focus of a meeting between Labour MPs, Canterbury District Health Board and city council representatives this week. They have been tasked with coming up with options to resolve the issues, including the lack of shelter for those waiting in bad weather to catch the shuttle and the site’s general condition. Those options will be tabled this week with the aim of finding a solution before winter. Port Hills Labour MP Ruth Dyson said she requested a meeting with Christchurch Central MP Duncan Webb, Christchurch East MP Poto Williams, Minister of Greater Christchurch Regeneration Megan Woods, city councillor Deon Swiggs and CDHB representatives. “I put out a message and said can we sort this together and I’ve had really positive responses back.” She said everyone was looking at options for what was a citywide and regional problem, and they would be tabled at the meeting. “It’s got the attention of people who are pretty determined to get these things sorted.” Selwyn Times has visited the car park several times, to find dozens of people queued in the pouring rain and wind to catch the shuttle because there was not enough space in the small waiting room. Others did not want to lose their spot in the line. They included a child with pneumonia, elderly people, people on crutches, and a heavily pregnant woman. Park and ride was set up as a temporary fix to alleviate the chronic parking shortage until a permanent car parking building was finished in 2020. But Cr Swiggs said the current Deans Ave car park was “not good enough” and it had come to a “crunch point.” “I think a good solution will be to get that car park to a standard that’s accessible and to make good accommodation there for people when it’s raining so they can have shelter.” Other options, such as investigating if there were other car parking locations that could be utilised may come with it, he said. The car park is owned by Global Edge Properties and the CDHB operates the free shuttles. The CDHB previously said COLD: Authorities are working together to try and avoid situations like this, where a dozen people had to wait for the shuttle as excyclone Gita pummelled the city. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER there was no funding to install extra shelter, and had asked Global Edge Properties to fix the uneven surface. CDHB finance and corporate services manager Justine White said the CDHB welcomed the input from MPs. She said improvements could be made to the Deans Ave site, which they would push for, but the site was still well used. “The Canterbury health dollar is stretched by competing priorities more than ever before, so of course additional funding would be helpful.” Cr Swiggs would not rule out putting ratepayer money into finding a solution if it was the difference between fixing the problem or not. Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk Outstanding alumni at Lincoln Uni THE FORMER Bhutanese Minister for Agriculture, Forests and Environment and the founder of nationwide financial company will be recognised as outstanding alumni at the Lincoln University graduation on April 13. Bhutanese opposition leader Pema Gyamtsho will receive the Lincoln Alumni International Medal. 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