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Selwyn Times: June 20, 2018

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2 [Edition Wednesday datE] June 20 2018 26 Latest Christchurch news at SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES Uni initiative to seek alternatives to current land-use models A new Lincoln University initiative is responding to the need for new ways of using our land more productively while ensuring New Zealand’s future prosperity and enhancing lives. The initiative, called Designing Future Productive Landscapes, is a multidisciplinary approach, which could span the university as it seeks to find alternatives to “current and narrow models of land-use options and practices”. These land-use options and practices limit not only sustainability and the resilience of landscapes and the agroecosystems embedded within them, but also constrain regeneration of land, environment and culture. The initiative follows the recommendations of last year’s Transformation Board Report urging Lincoln to deliver positive changes in land, food and ecosystems. It will involve students working in a ‘living laboratory’, ‘incubating’ ideas in the classroom that can be ‘hatched’ in the field. Involving academics from agricultural, landscape and Māori perspectives, it is the first of three to be announced this year. Its comprehensive research programme incorporates projects in hill country, dryland and irrigated landscapes. Initiative lead, Professor Pablo Gregorini, said production landscapes – te taiao – underpin cultures and prosperity of societies worldwide. However, a number of transformations and pressures are affecting landscapes here and around the world, diminishing biodiversity, reducing water and air quality, and accelerating loss of soil and plant biomass (amongst other factors). “Given New Zealand’s economic reliance on food agricultural production and provenance, our global brand, prosperity and well-being are at risk. “We want to create adaptive agroecosystems to re-connect our landscape, our livestock (agriculture) and ourselves, by restoring broken linkages among plants, herbivores and humans with diets that nourish and satiate, as well as heal our planet,” Professor Gregorini said. “Our objective demands a multidisciplinary response, integrating skills and knowledge across farming systems, ecology, landscape design, social science and other disciplines.” Some of the areas the initiative could address include: • Reshaping and reimagining Māori productive landscapes that will support and sustain the mauri of te taiao while continuing to grow the Māori economy • Encouraging regional councils to develop approaches for identifying and designing distinctive ways to increase a landscape’s full range of productivity • Helping Government agencies to establish new baselines and benchmarks for monitoring landscape value and productivity. Potentially, the initiative could involve all staff across the entire disciplinary range at Lincoln University. Key collaborators could involve CRIs and other universities, in New Zealand and internationally, and ideas could be trialled on some of the university’s farms. GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband Visit us on Cnr Main South Rd and Barters Rd, Templeton. Ph 344 0331 0800 726 724

SELWYN TIMES Wednesday [Edition June 20 datE] Latest Christchurch news at 2018 27 3 SELWYN RURAL LIFE Dairy farmers urged to engage on Zero Carbon Bill Climate Change Ambassadors for the dairy sector are encouraging all dairy farmers to engage with the Government during the consultation period of the Zero Carbon Bill, which started last Monday, June 11 and runs for six weeks. Canterbury farmer Theona Blom says all those in the agricultural sector should be aware of the outcome this Bill is trying to achieve. “We know that dairy farmers, as well as the entire agricultural sector, have a significant role to play in helping New Zealand lower its biological emissions,” she says. “Later this year, when the Bill is introduced into Parliament, it will be very difficult to make any substantial changes,” says Northland farmer Andrew Booth. “Now is our chance to get the farmer voice heard by the people drafting this legislation. It’s really important that farmers engage now and fully understand the intent of the legislation.” DairyNZ is running regional workshops throughout June for dairy farmers about why agricultural emissions need to be addressed, as well as covering the development of the Zero Carbon Bill. “These workshops aren’t an opportunity to debate climate change,” says Taranaki farmer Trish Rankin. “They are an opportunity to understand climate change, and hear about what we can do to play our part. “The environmental work farmers up and down the country are doing right now is already helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but we want to stay proactive and engaged on this journey.” Biological emissions, methane and nitrous oxide, from the dairy sector make up 22.5 per cent of New Zealand’s emissions and nearly half of all the agricultural sectors emissions. “All New Zealanders need to think about their environmental footprint,” says Bay of Plenty farmer Fraser McGougan. “Collectively every little bit of change each of us can make will help on this journey. “We hope this Bill will provide certainty for the sector, and all sectors of New Zealand, about what is expected of us on this journey towards a low emission future.” Dairy farmers can learn more about the Zero Carbon Bill by registering for one of the eight DairyNZ regional climate change workshops throughout June at, or attending one of the Ministry for the Environment’s regional roadshows. See for details. See your Orthodontist in Rolleston Orthodontist Phil Murfitt is based at the Rolleston Dental Centre on Tennyson Street, opposite Rolleston School. Appointments/enquiries: 03 375 4418 Hon Amy Adams MP for Selwyn I am out and around Selwyn regularly and would love to meet you and hear the things that are important to you. Friday 29 June 11:30am - Dunsandel Store, Dunsandel Come up and make yourself known to me. Visit to sign up for my newsletter. Contact me E P 03 344 0418 Authorised by Amy Adams, 829 Main South Road, Templeton, Christchurch. ‘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 Canterbury C T H Timber & Hardware 2.5mm HT Hi – Performance Wire x25kg (650m) only $ 86 00 We are here Including GST Your Local Timber Merchant NEW ENTRANCE: 167 Manion Road, Rolleston Jason Pester P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032 E Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm Saturday: 8am-12pm • All residential and light commercial drainage • Septic Tank Systems • Alterations • Excavations • Canterbury Wide • Free Quotes M: 027 437 2468 | E: | W: PO Box 86024, Rolleston West, Rolleston 7658