22 Wednesday April 18 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Your Local Views A reader responds to an article in Selwyn Times on a new working group which will be set up to help restore the Selwyn River/Waikirikiri Pat Palmer – The Selwyn River is not short of reports, plans and studies from committees. It is short of water. Two or three cusecs (a unit of flow equal to one cubic foot per second) of Rakaia’s surplus via the Central Plains irrigation canal could give it a permanent flow along most of its length. A benefit to everyone. Transport plan won’t ease ‘pressure’ Selwyn MP Amy Adams writes about the impact the Government’s new transport plan will have on the district THE PRESSURE on our state highway network was evident over the Easter weekend. Sadly the Government’s subsequent announcement of its transport plan offers little hope of any improvement to this situation. In its announcement, the Government indicated that it plans to cut $5 billion from the state highway construction programme over the next 10 years. What this means locally is that a planned upgrade to State Highway 1 between Ashburton and Christchurch proposed by National before the last election is highly unlikely to go ahead. This roading project would have improved safety, created jobs and allowed more efficient transportation of goods and people around our region. Even more concerning is that local motorists will be stung at the petrol pump with an annual increase in petrol tax each year for the next three years, resulting in a price rise of about nine to 12 cents per litre. For those living in the regions Amy Adams Selwyn MP ROADING IMPACT: Amy Adams says a planned upgrade to State Highway 1 between Ashburton and Christchurch is unlikely to go ahead under the Government’s transport plan. and travelling significant distances each day, this will mean a noticeable increase in their costs of transportation. Struggling working families living in the outer suburbs of Auckland will be even harder hit. This is because Aucklanders will be paying an additional 10 cents per litre under the regional fuel tax legislation the Government introduced recently. SELWYN TIMES These increases also have GST added to them, resulting in a potential total increase of up to 25c per litre. Of course, when fuel prices increase, the cost of transportation rises so prices increase for goods and services. Weekly grocery bills will go up, hurting those who are already struggling to make ends meet. So if fuel taxes are increasing and funding for regional highways is decreasing, where is all the money going? The Government has indicated that it intends to allocate $4 billion over the next 10 years to “rapid transit” or light rail projects. The Government has stated that it hopes to start building a light rail or tram route from the Auckland CBD to the airport and then wants to expand this system to other areas such as West Auckland. There has been some talk of a Rolleston to Christchurch rail link. However, the reality is that if Auckland’s underground rail system is also to be funded from the $4 billion allocation for rapid transit, there is unlikely to be much left over for light rail anywhere else. Best Motorbuys TM ANYTHING WITH A MOTOR! The South Island’s leading motoring publication FREE every Friday at hundreds of locations around the South Island, and it’s available online! www.bestmotorbuys.co.nz For advertising enquiries, ph Lea Godfrey 021 277 3086 Our gorgeous range of.. sandwiches, paninis, bagels, scones, slices, muffins, quiches, sausage rolls & pies, coffee and more! CATERING AVAILABLE! Gorgeous Food specialist bakery OPEN SATURDAY 7am - 1.30pm 66-68 Springs Rd Ph: 344 6044 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Open Monday-Friday 6am-3.30pm www.gorgeousfood.co.nz There’s much more to come Discover a true, carefree lifestyle at Lady Wigram Retirement Village Independent Living at its best. Lady Wigram Retirement Village facilities are second to none. Whether you’re looking for a serviced apartment or a single story villa mixed with luxury resort style facilities, you have an abundance of choice at Lady Wigram Retirement Village. Sarah Jacobson - Village Manager 210 Kittyhawk Ave, Wigram Phone 03 341 0543 Mobile 027 3411 464 www.goldenhealthcare.co.nz
SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday April 18 2018 23 LiquorLand Lincoln grand opening this weekend! ADVERTORIAL Liquorland commenced operations in 1981 in Christchurch and has grown to one of the most successful franchise brands in New Zealand and a market leader in Liquor Retail. The opening of the Liquorland Franchise Business in Lincoln will increase the number of stores throughout New Zealand to 114. The new Franchise owner Sacha Fougere is from the Mid Canterbury region and as worked in the hospitality area for over 10 years. Sacha will be found most days in the store tending to the customer’s needs and is keen to become a key contributor to the development of the Lincoln community and work with the residents to maintain the quality lifestyle that Lincoln offers to the community. At Liquorland we love helping people. We believe our business is about unpretentious staff with an easy-going attitude and the expertise to guide you through our range. We have knowledge and a readiness to point out the best value spirit, pinot or pilsner in the house. Our presentation may be professional but the experience is always informal. Good natured, good humoured and with a genuine desire to help make sure your barbecue, party, wine & cheese evening, or quiet tipple is one to remember. We specialise in supply to weddings, Conferences or Functions – just ask for a quote! Liquorland is a valued member of the Fly Buys and Air New Zealand Air Points loyalty programmes, and points can be earned with every purchase. We also produce the Liquorland Toast magazine, a comprehensive source of cocktail recipes, matches for foods and everyday inspiration to help you get the most out of every day occasions. People want things easy. And that’s what we do. Call in and introduce yourself to Sacha and the team, check out the craft beer selection and quality wines and if you cannot find what you are looking for then ask the staff and they will source the item for you. Or go into the Liquorland website and use the click and collect to check availability of an item, then order the item online and simply pick up next time you are near the store. Grand Opening Ivanov Vodka and Seagers Gin 1L 2 for $ 60 Lincoln This weekend Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc 750ml $ 19 99 Exceptional quality from the Marlborough region Grants Scotch Whisky 1L $ 34 99 Join us this Friday and Saturday for a BBQ and tastings See in-store for times GERALD STREET MARION PLACE Corona 18 Pack Bottles 355ml $ 39 99 Jim Beam White & Canadian Club 10 Pack Cans 330ml $ 19 99 each Cruiser range 12 Pack Cans 250ml and 12 Pack Bottles 275ml 2 for $ 40 VERNON DRIVE 11/3 Vernon Drive, Lincoln Ph 03 321 7245 Offers only valid at Liquorland Lincoln. Prices valid from 17 to 29 April 2018 or while stocks last. You can choose to earn Fly Buys points or Airpoints Dollars on your purchases.For full terms and conditions please visit our website.