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Selwyn Times: May 23, 2018

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6 Wednesday May 23 2018 For trees of all sizes but service that is guaranteed huge Whether we have a handkerchief-sized back yard or an acres-wide life-style block, Kiwis love our outside space. Although winter is approaching fast, that doesn’t mean gardening, landscaping or planning for next spring has to stop. Indeed, many of us are taking the opportunity to stand back and decide just what our own patches need. That’s where The Little Big Tree Company comes in. Their nine acres of trees, shrubs, hedging and topiary is designed to showcase their huge range, and their highlyknowledgeable nursery team are on-hand to help with advice and suggestions. This is the South Island’s biggest selection of large evergreen and deciduous trees, so you are almost guaranteed to find what you need. They can help whatever your arboreal needs. If you have to screen an area from the wind or to protect stock, they have trees up to 3-4 metres high, many of which are animal-friendly. They also offer trailer hire and a delivery option as well as a planting service. This takes care of every step of the process from digging the holes, planting, now bigger than ever Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News ADVERTORIAL composting, staking and fertilising to ensure your tree have the best start possible in their new homes. Alternatively, if you want specimen trees that provide an attractive focal point in a space, they have options including Japanese maples, magnolias, dogwoods and mop tops. The team knows how overwhelming planning a garden can be and they are happy to offer consultations when they will visit the property with you, talk through your ideas and suggest the best choices for your garden, sub-division or farm. Open seven days a week, you can find them at 489 Sawyers Arms Road, Harewood, ring them on 03 359 7100 or visit www.littlebigtreecompany.co.nz for more information. The magazine for gardeners who like to get their hands dirty Confusing speed limit signs removed • By Emily O’Connell CONFUSION ON how fast to travel on busy Birchs Rd between Prebbleton and Lincoln has been resolved. District council asset engineer transportation Mark Chamberlain confirmed that at one stage Birchs Rd had both an 80km/h and 100km/h sign on display. However, he said this was changed on May 11 and the Birchs Rd speed limit is 80km/h. “As per the speed limit review at the end of last year and confirmed at the February council meeting,” Mr Chamberlain said. He said the mistake occurred because new signs are being “progressively installed” and some existing signs had not been changed. A district council spokesman said no other roads in the district have been affected. Sergeant Alex Pickover said in this case, police wouldn’t issue tickets if motorists were driving at the incorrect speed. “As far as I’m aware if its two different speed limits, one’s saying one and the other’s saying another, then we won’t issue tickets,” he said. This follows a recent district council decision to combine the review of Selwyn’s speed limit bylaw and speed limits outside schools to prevent confusing the public. Both reviews will now go SELWYN TIMES out for public consultation in August. Mr Chamberlain said police have been informed about the changes in progress and the district council is encouraging residents and road users to get in touch if they spot incorrect signs. •To let the district council know, please email helpline@selwyn. govt.nz or phone 03 347 2800 or 03 318 8338. growing with you SprIng Is here – It’S Sow Time how to get the best results from seeds and seedlings 100% NatIve In The capItal Unravelling the secrets of Otari-wilton Bush The New Zealand landscape awards The people behind the projects September 2016 | 100% It’s time to grow! New look and more content than ever! MeeT LeSTer Brice A Garden coach SubScribe from $43. 50* $7.90 incl. GST *6 issues/6 months ISSN 2423-0219 Save our roSeS How a rose register is protecting our heritage auckland Botanic GardenS Why we love our public grounds SUBSCRIPTIONS FREEPHONE 0800 77 77 10 www.gaRdENER.kIwI

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday May 23 2018 7 Changes to water race bylaw • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding Mark Alexander A DECISION to alter a bylaw affecting Selwyn’s water races without further public consultation has been questioned. The district council approved alterations to the Water Race Bylaw at its meeting recently following a public hearing in April. The bylaw subcommittee hearing panel consisted of district councillors Debra Hasson, Mark Alexander and Nicole Reid. Alongside the Water Race Bylaw, it adopted the amended Water Supply Bylaw and the Stormwater and Drainage Bylaw 2018. It is after public consultation on the Water Race Bylaw 2008 received four submissions from residents, the Canterbury District Health Board and Environment Canterbury. Two submissions from residents asked for a clause ensuring there is facility to manage the water races for ecological purposes to be placed back into the new bylaw. SET TO GO: The district council has reviewed its water supply bylaws. It was the clause to enhance water races ecologically where ever possible would be placed back into the new water race bylaw. But district councillor Craig Watson said “is not good practice” for the hearing panel to change the bylaw based on two submissions. He was concerned the changes were made without consulting the public and the district council’s water race sub-committee and it could result in a “huge expense”. His views were supported by district councillor John Morten. District councillor Mark Alexander said it is appropriate for these issues to be resolved at the hearing. “I am not quite sure how else we were to deal with this . . . if we don’t like it we will re start the process even if it means delaying the outcome,” he said. Cr Alexander said the hearing panel considered the submissions and agreed to put the ecological clause back in. He said he imagined any future proposals relating to enhancing the water races would be taken to the water race subcommittee for comment. But Cr Watson and Cr Morten’s votes were recorded against the decision to amend the Water Race Bylaw 2008 at the meeting. Cr Watson said this was because no investigation has been done on what affect it may have on the water races. “While their intention may be good, it could have some serious repercussions.” •HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think water race users should have been consulted on changes to the Water Race Bylaw? Email your views to georgia.oconnor@ starmedia.kiwi HORNCASTLE ARENA June 29 - July 1 10AM - 5PM TICKETS ONLINE: starhomeshow.kiwi In Brief SELWYN AWARDS Nominations are now open for the Selwyn Awards. The awards are held every two years, and seek to recognise individuals and organisations for outstanding work or inspirational achievements. The awards will be recognised at a gala dinner at the Lincoln Event Centre on August 4. Nominations will close June 15. Visit https://www.selwyn.govt.nz/ services/community-activities/ selwyn-awards-2018. MEASLES IN SELWYN A person with measles has visited a number of stores in the Selwyn District, it has been revealed. The person is the 15th confirmed case of measles in the South Island. To see the full list of locations where the person went, go to www.cdhb. health.nz/News/Health-Alerts/ Pages/Another-measles-caseconfirmed-in-Christchurch.aspx. VEHICLE HITS POWER POLE A vehicle crashed into a power pole on the corner of High St, Willis Rd and Southbridge Leeston Rd, Southbridge, on Thursday. Chief fire officer Donald McMillan said the collision, which occurred at 7.15am, made the power pole “snap” but not fall down. The male occupant was not injured. 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 Cut out voucher to redeem Rolleston | 740 Jones Road Opening Special FREE MUFFIN when you purchase a barista made coffee Conditions apply. One blueberry muffin per voucher. Expires 30/06/18. 740 Jones Road, Rolleston | 03 347 2686 | www.npd.co.nz SWT102