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Selwyn Times: July 11, 2018

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6 Wednesday July 11 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News Weedons School’s new name • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding WEEDONS SCHOOL has a new name. The school will now be known as Weedons School Te Kura o Karamu. It has been named after the native coprosma plant - coprosma robusta. The large bushy shrub is believed to be typical of the Weedons’ area in early Maori times. The name was gifted by Ngati Moki Marae of Te Taumutu Runanga, based in Southbridge. Principal Kathy Bell said the coprosma robusta is a resilient plant that thrives in all conditions. She said the idea of marae gifting the name was wanting its pupils to be resilient, rise to the challenges and overcome obstacles. It is planned the school is going to give each pupil a karamu plant when they leave the school to keep at home with an idea to create a native corridor from the mountains to the sea. The naming ceremony was attended by teachers, parents and members of the community. It featured a hangi, a kapa haka performance and waiata. • By Emily O’Connell SIX YEARS ago Abigail Curd was a shy 13-year-old who struggled by being “quiet” and “awkward.” Now the 19-year-old will be walking in front of crowds at the Miss Universe New Zealand final next month. Miss Curd, who is from Rolleston, is one of 20 women to be selected for the finals. The winner will go on to represent New Zealand in the international Miss Universe competition in America. Although modelling was initially her mother Rachel’s idea, Miss Curd is glad she got into it. “I used to be quite shy and awkward and it’s like really given me a lot of confidence,” she said. The former Lincoln High School student has been modelling for about six years and says her reasons for entering the competition were to “explore a little bit” and see what good she could do with what she’s learnt. “Previously with all the work that I’ve done it’s all been about looks and beauty and there’s nothing really intricate to it,” she said. Miss Curd didn’t think she would make the finals after meeting the other women who had entered. “Pretty overwhelming, like I wasn’t expecting it at all,” she said. Miss Curd said she enjoys doing bridal modelling due to its “elegance and beauty.” She’s “really excited” about the finals but she is nervous about how it’s going to go. “It’s been really cool to see Local News Now Model goes from quiet to confident PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER SELWYN TIMES Fire rages, homes at risk JOURNEY: 19-yearold Abigail Curd from Rolleston is used to modelling wedding dresses, but next month she will be putting on a special gown for the finals of the Miss Universe New Zealand finals. what I’m capable of so far,” Miss Curd said. She is working part-time as a bartender while she focuses on the competition and is hoping to one day pursue a career as a flight attendant or a masseuse. But for now, Miss Curd is on a mission to raise money for Variety – the Children’s Charity which helps give disadvantaged Kiwi children the childhood they deserve. She will be selling raffle tickets to raise money for the charity and her journey outside the New World in Rolleston on July 21. •To vote or to find out more about Abigail please visit https://www. facebook.com/Abigail- Curd-191070901705969/. Each vote costs $1. One fifth goes to charity and the rest goes towards her journey. Whatever your health or fitness goals – Snap Fitness Rolleston can help you achieve them! 24 hours • 7 days a WEEk july oNly oFFER! join this month and go in the draw to win a trip to japan... and a bonus prize! Hi everyone! My name is Sharon Peters and I am the Club Manager at Snap Fitness Rolleston. I have lived in Rolleston for three years now with my family and love it here. Previously from Wellington, living in the South Island has always been a dream of mine and waking up to snow covered mountains is something that still takes my breath away. I love being part of the Rolleston community and you may have already met me through sports, school activities, on school road patrol or even just in passing. I love meeting new people and being a part of the local community. I have recently taken over the Club Manager position here at Snap Rolleston where I was previously a Personal Trainer and prior to that, a gym member of this fantastic community based facility. Snap Rolleston is about to go through a major transformation in early August and we are going to have a BRAND NEW LOOK! Come on in and speak to me about our modernisation and see the images of our soon to be new gym. It’s going to be awesome! Sharon Peters – Club Manager SNAP Fitness Rolleston - 9 Masefield Drive, Rolleston Phone: 03 347 4806 | Email: rolleston@snapfitness.com Staffed Hours: Mon to Thurs 8.30am-7pm and Fri 8.30am-2.30pm - www.snapfitness247.com -

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday July 11 2018 7 Bottle store application withdrawn • By Emily O’Connell A COMPANY wanting to set up a bottle store in a Lincoln subdivision has now pulled out. Balhae Ltd had applied for an off licence to set up the Lincoln Liquor Centre in a new commercial development in Rosemerryn on Eastfield Drive. A district council spokesman said Balhae Ltd did not give a reason for withdrawing its application. He said it received 61 objections and 17 wanted to be heard at a public A $3.5 million wetland project is under way in the Ahuriri Lagoon and downstream Halswell River/Huritini. The co-governors of Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora, Environment Canterbury, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, the district council and the city council, announced the beginning of the project on Thursday. The project is funded by the Government’s Freshwater Improvement Fund, Environment Canterbury and NIWA. Co-chairs Environment Canterbury’s Steve Lowndes and Ngai Tahu’s Lisa Tumahai said the project would improve water quality, biodiversity and mahinga kai values in the area. They said it would also provide a pathway to improve the water quality of the associated catchments feeding Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora. “This will be achieved by constructing a wetland fed by the Halswell River/ Huritini that will improve water quality by reducing nutrient and sediment passage and creating an open water area designed for mahinga kai,” the cochairs said. The design of the constructed wetland has been developed with input from rūnanga, the Ahuriri Lagoon Steering Group, consultants, hearing. However, the hearing has since been cancelled. Balhae Ltd could not be reached for comment. Lincoln resident Dave Bunt, who submitted an objection against the bottle store was happy with the outcome. Wetland project under way ENVIRONMENT: A wetland project has started in the Ahuriri Lagoon and downstream Halswell River/ Huritini. officials and staff. The project also has a Mātauranga Māori monitoring programme to gauge the changing value of the site for iwi, and an applied research component to measure improvements in water quality. The wetland is being set up as a demonstration site to show what can be achieved with constructed wetlands for nutrient “stripping,” meaning intensive monitoring and demonstrating results to landowners in the catchment. FOUR SQUARE COLOURING COMPETITION Four Square Colouring Competition Name: AGE: contact number: FOUR SQUARE COLOURING COMPETITION Four Square Colouring Competition Name: AGE: contact number: Drop off your finished entry to your local Four Square by 22nd July for your chance to win! See instore for details! Whittaker’s Chocolate Block 250g $ 4 49 ea Tip Top Bakery Supersoft Bread 700g $ 2 89 ea Fresh’n Fruity Yoghurt or Anchor Calci Yum Dairy Food 150g 6 Pack $ 4 49 pk Fresh NZ Quality Mark Prime Beef Mince $ 10 99 kg Recognising success in our community Win two tickets to the Gala Dinner! Tell us which nominee deserves to be the winner of the People’s Choice Award and you could win two tickets to attend the Gala Dinner. Vote online now at www.selwynawards.co.nz. Let your friends and family know to vote too! Gala Dinner tickets available now! Saturday 4 August 2018, Lincoln Event Centre Come along and join MC and entertainer Jeremy Corbett in celebrating the outstanding achievements of Selwyn individuals, businesses and organisations. This will be the highlight of the Selwyn social calendar – you won’t want to miss out! Tickets: $75 Dress code: Semi formal Ticket sales close at 5pm on Friday 27 July. Gala Dinner tickets available through www.iticket.co.nz - Selwyn Awards. Navel Oranges Loose Product of New Zealand $ 3 49 kg Wither Hills 750ml (excludes Pinot Noir) $ 12 99 ea Monteith’s Ale 6 Pack 330ml Bottles www.foursquare.co.nz Pams Fresh Potatoes 2.5kg Prepack Product of New Zealand $ 4 99 pk $ 13 99 pk facebook.com/FourSquareNZ WWW.SELWYNAWARDS.CO.NZ Specials available South Island only from Monday 9th July until Sunday 15th July 2018 or while stocks last. Wine and beer available at stores with an off licence. Wine and beer purchases restricted to persons aged 18 years old and over.