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Selwyn Times: June 13, 2018

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10 Wednesday June 13 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News SELWYN TIMES HORNCASTLE ARENA June 29 - July 1 10AM - 5PM Company donates ambulance A NEW ambulance with improved interior layout has been donated to St John by Generation Homes. The new Gen 3 ambulance is the latest model in the St John fleet which has a layout to allow ambulance officers to work more efficiently and comfortably when treating patients. Named after Generations Homes, the ambulance was gifted in a recent dedication ceremony. St John relies on the support of individuals and businesses for funding to provide its vital community service. Generation Homes Christchurch has prioritised giving to St John since its beginning with a long-term goal to donate an ambulance. The company has donated for almost five years and is approaching $100,000 in donations to St John. South Island fundraising and marketing manager for St John Debbie Pipson said the ambulance is proof of the impact a single business can have on keeping their community healthy. “By donating lifesaving equipment, Generation Homes is helping ensure people receive highest quality care when needed most.” TICKETS ONLINE: starhomeshow.kiwi Raising tourism awareness • By Emily O’Connell WORKING TOGETHER to take advantage of opportunities is one of the key ideas which has come from last week’s Selwyn Tourism Summit. On Wednesday, the district’s very first tourism summit provided an opportunity for local operators to find out how their business can prepare and improve their work with the international market. Sam Broughton Mayor Sam Broughton said more than 40 people attended the summit from a variety of groups within the tourism sector. Mr Broughton said there was a need for the summit after the “good work” done by the tourism sector in the district. A number of experienced guest speakers talked to attendees about how to make the most of the upcoming TRENZ opportunity, which is being held in Christchurch in 2020. These included ChristchurchNZ international trade FORWARD THINKING: Selwyn had its first tourism summit on Wednesday, looking at ways everyone can work together to make the most of opportunities. ​ marketing manager Julia Hunt, Christchurch International Airport’s Alibaba project director Ken Freer and New Zealand Export Credit Office senior business originator Phil Quinn. Ms Hunt shared insights about global trends in the tourism trade space and how to best understand the international tourism product distribution model. She said the summit was a great initiative and was timely as the industry is “going through a growth” currently. “It’s events like that where you come together, you really see the potential of all the networks and people in the room that you could connect with,” Ms Hunt said. Mr Broughton said there’s “heaps” for tourists to do in the district but at the moment, they’re not “well understood or well told.” “A lot of people come through Selwyn on their way to other places but while you’re in Selwyn there’s heaps to be done there and there are things to stay and enjoy,” he said. The district council has applied for $267,800 from the Government’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund to cover the costs of enhancing public toilets, waste water systems and camper van dump stations. A district council spokesman said if its application is successful, the work will occur prior to the 2018/19 peak tourism season. “Therefore most of the work is planned from August to November,” he said. The spokesman said it has applied for the money after a “notable increase in tourist activity in the district that is placing pressure on existing visitor infrastructure.” Mr Broughton said it’s likely there will be another summit next year and imagines it will become an annual event for the district. ‘Famous for their roasts!’ SENIORS SPECIAL Two courses: $ 22 Soup/Roast or Roast/Dessert Special available lunch only Monday - Saturday 12pm - 2.30pm Conditions apply FAMILY FRIENDLY Kid’s Special Two courses Great Kids menu plus designated play area. $ 13 RESTAURANT & CAFÉ Open daily from 6.30am - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner The RACECOURSE HOTEL & Motorlodge 118 Racecourse Rd, Sockburn, Christchurch. Ph 03 342 7150 www.racecoursehotel.co.nz

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