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Selwyn Times: June 06, 2018

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8 Wednesday June 6 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News SELWYN TIMES Full time CliniC in rolleston PersonAl serviCe existing HeAring Aid WeArers WelCome ACC dArField, AkAroA, leeston, linColn Free HeAring CHeCks Home visits government Funding Helping kids to get active A TEAM that aims to promote physical activity is making a difference in schools across the district. “Selwyn physical activity activators are working with existing community leaders to influence change and create opportunities,” Selwyn Sports Trust’s Mike Wilson said. To find out what the community wanted, the project started by engaging pre-schools and parents, primary and secondary schools, Lincoln University’s sport scholarship programme, clubs like Waikirikiri Sport and the district council. The pilot programme began at Clearview Primary and Rolleston Christian School in 2016, engaging more than 700 pupils with a variety of physical activity opportunities. Four ‘activators’ are currently engaging with 7700 students across 27 schools in the district. Mr Wilson says the Jacqui Gibbs Chamberlain – Leap of Faith In these works I challenge my doubts and beliefs that anything is possible, that dreams really do come true. There is also a plunge into the unknown subtly represented in these paintings, a leap of faith into what cannot be seen, what lies beneath, what hides around the corner. All we need to do is to take that risk, the first step, and surrender to the unknown. Then the real adventure begins. My studio overlooks the sea and influences the way I think and create. Its forever changing moods, one moment calm and serene, the next rough and unforgiving, always with the freedom to do as it pleases, being accountable to no one. The constant ebb and flow of the tides with its contrasting colours and textures incites both peacefulness and restlessness in my moods and creativity. It is the joy and the fun that the ocean delivers to us that I have tried to capture in these works. SPORT: Pupils at a Rolleston physical activity leaders training day. programme has made a significant impact. “They have helped to build connections that will have a long-term impact on participation in physical activity for our young people,” he said. Organisations like Sport Canterbury, Sport Start and Coach Developers have given the activators platforms to build momentum. Since last year, the team has organised ‘fundamental movement skills’ and ‘sport spectacular’ events, reaching hundreds of pupils and students. It has also delivered fundamental skills days and organised a weekly sports module in Selwyn. Hororata School principal Marty Gameson said having an activator at his school has been a success. “The students themselves love her, and she is super-encouraging, positive and makes it fun for the kids,” he said. A Leap of Faith is about taking that risk, not waiting or you may be waiting all your life. In the end we may only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have and the decisions we waited too long to make. Go on, take the leap! About Jacqui: an artist of figurative subjects with life and energy, Jacqui lives and paints on an isolated farm in Port Levy, Banks Peninsula with her husband Chris and daughter Phoebe. While Jacqui’s subject matter is invariably the human form, it is secondary to her exploration of form, structure, movement, colour and texture. Come and meet Jacqui at the opening of her latest works: Little River Gallery, 9th June at 11am. Leap of Faith runs until 4th July. www.littlerivergallery.com Enrol now! New and existing hearing aid clients welcome. Easy to switch Just give us a call! 03 390 2332 36 Tennyson Street, Rolleston Call 03 390 2332 | www.sincockhearing.nz Clinics in Lincoln | Leeston | Darfield

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday June 6 2018 9 Electric barrier to protect mudfish A $120,000 project to protect the nationally threatened Canterbury mudfish in the district using an electric barrier is the first of its kind in the country. Environment Canterbury, Department of Conservation and local landowners near Haldon Pasture Springs near Hororata met with American hydrological engineer Jason Kent recently to begin planning the logistics. ECan biodiversity officer Johannes Welsch said the pilot project could be a significant step forward in native fish conservation at sites threatened by trout. “This is a unique opportunity to showcase how biodiversity, species protection and agriculture can work together – delivering sustainable farming and conservation in the diverse agricultural landscape of Canterbury” he said. The Canterbury mudfish protection project will utilise an approximate 6m to 7m canvas array, think “permanent electric fishing with an electric fence”, covering the full stream bed. This will send out electric pulses discouraging trout and eel from swimming upstream into the tributaries but rather continue up the main stem of the Hororata River. The Selwyn Waihora catchment has the largest remaining fragments of Canterbury mudfish of any other zone in the region. The Haldon Pasture Springs site is particularly significant as it is one of only a few, where mudfish in the Hororata catchment INVESTIGATION: Planning is under way for a $120,000 project to protect Canterbury mudfish in the district. PHOTO: ECAN managed to survive during the 2015-16 drought. Mudfish from there have begun expanding into areas downstream where populations were particularly affected by the drought. It is expected the project would lead to a 10-fold increase of habitat from 820m2 to 8200m2 in the Selwyn Waihora catchment by allowing mudfish to expand their movements into the lower reaches of the springs. This could also lead to the area being used as a nursery where mudfish are transplanted. Plans for the barrier are expected to be prepared by July. •Healthy waterways, page 12 HORNCASTLE ARENA June 29 - July 1 10AM - 5PM TICKETS ONLINE: starhomeshow.kiwi In Brief RECYCLING POPULAR Two community recycling drop-off Days in Malvern and Ellesmere recently resulted in the collection of more than 25 tonnes of garden waste. This will now be composted, along with more than 6.5 tonnes of scrap metal and almost 160 tyres for recycling. The two drop-off days were held near Leeston and Darfield providing residents with an alternative drop-off point for their garden waste and some types of recyclables. Over the two days, 190 vehicles dropped off their garden waste, scrap metal and other recyclables for a small charge. The events were managed by the district council’s contractor Sicon Ltd. KIDSFEST TO RETURN KidsFest is returning to the district in the July school holidays, with bookings now open. About 70 events will be held in the district as part of KidsFest between July 7-21. For information on KidsFest events and bookings please visit www.kidsfest.co.nz, or pick up a KidsFest booklet from Selwyn District Libraries, Lincoln Event Centre, Rolleston Community Centre or the Selwyn Aquatic Centre. Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Exhibition 26 May – 30 June 2018 Visit the exhibition in Cashel Mall, go to redzonefutures.nz or look out for the travelling exhibition in an area near you (details online). See the exciting possibilities, give your feedback and help shape the future of this area.