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Selwyn Times: July 18, 2018

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10 Wednesday July 18 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES Your Local Views favourite fashion store Viva la Moda introduces new owner Robyn McKenzie A passion for good quality clothing has lead Viva La Moda’s new owner Robyn McKenzie to follow her dream. Robyn, who also owns Dear No One, a clothing store in Merivale, recently took ownership of the popular women’s clothing store in Rolleston Square. Robyn lives locally in Rolleston and is excited to be running one of her “most favourite shops in the world.” As part of her takeover, Robyn is planning an introduction evening for both new and current customers with bubbly and on-thenight promotions. “Nothing will initially change,” says Robyn. “Customers can still expect the same friendly, quality service as before, along with a wide choice of clothing and accessories available both in-store and online.” Viva La Moda offers a full range of women’s clothing suitable for all seasons including casual, work, day, special occasion and evening wear, plus a huge range of accessories. “Whatever your event, we can dress and coordinate you from top to toe,” says Robyn. Accessories include a choice of scarves, belts, hats, handbags, shoes, watches and jewellery. Robyn loves colour too and believes colour is what sets the store apart. “We don’t just stock black and greys; we offer a range of bright colours to suit your wardrobe palette.” Customers can continue to use their existing loyalty cards as before, and if they can’t get into the store, shopping online at Viva La Moda means they can still access the full clothing and accessory range, which can be shipped around New Zealand from $5.99. Robyn adds that she will soon be giving the online store a fresh, new look. Viva La Moda offers a number of New Zealand, Australian and European labels including Elm, Libertine, Sass, Olga Berg, Dolce Vita, Sabatini and many more. Visit the store or check out the website for more styles and brands: www.vivalamoda.co.nz “We’ll also be looking at trialling Sundays in summer,” says Robyn but in the meantime, Viva La Moda is open six days a week: Monday to Friday 9am–5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm at Rolleston Square. Phone: 03 347 1151 Taking aim at poor drivers District councillor Mark Alexander writes about poor driving and what needs to change AS I travel around the district, I regularly see drivers ignoring stop signs, red traffic lights, speeding, following too close and so on. So what you might think? It doesn’t matter, no harm done. Familiarity does seem to breed contempt. At many intersections, drivers are frequently able to ignore the stop sign, slowing not stopping before entering the intersection or not even slowing. Generally it isn’t visiting drivers who are at fault. It is our local drivers, ourselves, our family and our neighbours who are regularly putting themselves and others at risk. Individually, we may get away with our bad driving habits, but collectively our community doesn’t. We have a terrible rate of intersection crashes. 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As a district councillor, I am often asked “what is the district council going to do about a perceived accident black spot?” Where there is a genuine road safety issue, the district council will address the problem. It is hard, if not impossible, to provide an engineering solution for bad driving and bad drivers. I can see the letters to the editor saying that it isn’t the driver’s fault, that it is the state of our roads, the design of our intersections, the width of our roads and possibly the weather. I agree that our roads may not be perfect, but that’s not an excuse for bad driving. Driving to the conditions will help with many of these issues. Speed limits are not targets. Allowing more time for your journey will mean you can drive to the conditions not the limits. Stopping at stop signs won’t significantly delay your journey. Planning to drive safely will benefit everyone. MY TAKE ON THAI Small intimate classes for the joy of cooking Thai Shop 12, Rolleston Square, Rolleston. 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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday July 18 2018 11 News West Melton teen off to Uganda • By Emily O’Connell WEST MELTON’S Lauryn Sinclair is raising funds to help finish building a school in Uganda. The 18-year-old volunteers for Purpose Projects – a non-governmental organisation which goes to developing countries to help with specific, achievable projects. Miss Sinclair, who is in her first year of studying law at Canterbury University, says the organisation focuses on transparency. “All the money we raise actually goes into the community in like a sustainable way,” she Lauryn Sinclair said. Miss Sinclair will travel to Kkoba, Uganda, in January for a month where she will be involved with the school build, as well as other community projects. Once completed, about 1000 children will attend the school. “It’s already partially built because we’ve had volunteers from different organisations in the past go and they’ve done little bits of work over a long period of time,” Miss Sinclair said. But before she can go, Miss Sinclair needs to raise $2500 for the different community projects. It’s not her first time volunteering overseas – she was in World Challenge while she was at high school. “It’s an organisation which takes schools on trips to parts of the developing world so I went to India for a month . . . the volunteer part was definitely the highlight of the trip,” Miss Sinclair said. Although it’s “not always easy,” she’s really looking forward to travelling to Uganda and helping out a community. ASSISTING: Lauryn Sinclair will travel to Uganda in January with Purpose Projects to help finish building a school. ​ “It’s challenging because we will be working a lot everyday but I’m really excited,” Miss Sinclair said. •To donate towards the community projects, visit https://givealittle.co.nz/ cause/from-nz-to-uganda Local News Now • By Emily O’Connell Fire rages, homes at risk Garden competition opens in Rolleston ENTRIES ARE open for the Rolleston Residents’ Garden Competition. The competition, which encourages people to beautify the town through gardening, attracted about 34 entries last year. Competition president Brenda Dunlop said it aims to motivate people to “enjoy doing their gardening.” The competition will be held from October 8-10. There will be eight categories in the competition. The winners will be announced at a community event at Lemonwood Grove School on October 29. Mayor Sam Broughton will help present trophies and prizes. Entries will be accepted until October 1. The organising committee is still looking for more sponsors for the competition. For more information, to sponsor the competition or for an entry form, call Brenda Dunlop on 347 3073 or email Alison Smith at aliandnoel@xtra.co.nz. WINTER BLOWOUT! Warm up with these fantastic savings! Limited stock available & only while stocks last! STORE OPENING HOURS: Blenheim Road Store - Mon - Fri 8am til 5.30pm, Sat 9.30am til 3pm Rangiora Store - 7 DAYS - Mon - Fri 8am til 5.30pm, Sat 9.30am til 3pm, Sun 10am til 3pm Northwood Store - 7 DAYS - Mon - Fri 8am til 5.30pm, Sat 9.30am til 3pm, Sun 10am til 3pm 12 months interest free & payment holiday, conditons apply, see in store. RMA410 Battery Lawn Mower 36V 20kg Cut Height: 2.5-7.5cm, width: 41cm Battery Capacity: 400m 2 Comes with a AP300 battery & AL300 charger + get a FREE FSA56 Battery Linetrimmer Skin worth $275 BUY NOW @ $1165 Incl GST Save $300 12 months interest free & no payments! See in-store for details 547/42 Ride on Mower Engine: 547cc Rover OHV Drive System: Hydrostatic Speed: 0-8.4km/h Deck: 107cm (42”) Cutting Height: 3.8-10cm Turning Radius: 40cm/16” BUY NOW @ $3999 Incl GST HSA45 18V 2.3kg Blade length: 500mm Intergrated battery Save $20 Battery Hedgetrimmer BUY NOW @ $275 Incl GST FS38 Linetrimmer 27.2cc 4.1kg 0.65kW BUY NOW @ Save $15 $180 Incl GST 450E Lawnmower Engine: Briggs and Stratton 450E OHV Chassis: Steel Base Cut Width: 460mm 18” Cut Height: 25-75mm Cut, Mulch, Catch Save $36 BUY NOW @ $399 Incl GST BGA85 Battery Blower Kit Voltage: 36V Air Flow Rate: 845m3/h Kit comes with AP300 battery & charger! + get a FREE HSA25 Battery Hedgeshear worth $225 Weight: 3.2kg BUY NOW @ $925 Incl GST Save $100 C7 Chipper Honda GX200 Engine 6.5HP 72kg Self feeding action for up to 70mm branches Made in NZ BUY NOW @ $2995 Incl GST + get a FREE 5L of Motomix (pre-mixed fuel) worth $45 All pricing includes GST. Offers valid until 31st July 2018, or until stocks last. Finance is available -12 months interest free no payments - conditions apply, see in-store. MS231 Chainsaw 40.6cc 4.9kg 2.0kW 16” bar & chain BUY NOW @ $895 Incl GST STIHL SHOP Northwood - 554 Main North Road, Belfast, Christchurch - Ph: 03-974-2469 STIHL SHOP Rangiora - Corner Lineside and Station Road, Rangiora - Ph: 03-313-3398 STIHL SHOP Fosters - 559 Blenheim Road, Sockburn, Christchurch - Ph: 03-343-6339 www.stihlshopchristchurch.co.nz LOVE YOUR LAND