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Selwyn Times: July 18, 2018

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8 Wednesday July 18 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News SELWYN TIMES Taking the plunge to become Scott and Ricci Harbuck are among the growing number of immigrants living in the district who are set become New Zealand citizens. Emily O’Connell reports MR AND Mrs Harbuck will become bona fide Kiwis at a ceremony next month. Mr Harbuck migrated from the United States to New Zealand with his German-born wife in 2012, eventually ending up in Rolleston last year. They are among a growing number of immigrants in the district who are becoming citizens. Mrs Harbuck said there were a number of reasons behind their move to New Zealand. “Our kids were grown up and we were living the typical American lifestyle – lots of money but lots of hours and no time for family and no lifestyle,” she said. After living in Tokoroa for five years, Mr and Mrs Harbuck decided to move to Rolleston. “We chose settling in Rolleston because we saw a vibrant community that provided a quality lifestyle for us,” Mrs Harbuck said. As well as the community, she LIFESTYLE: Scott and Ricci Harbuck live in Rolleston and will become New Zealand citizens next month after moving from the United States in 2012. felt Rolleston was a “promising market” for their business Wet Feet Dry Feet Travel. Mrs Harbuck, who runs the business with her husband, said the Selwyn Business Group has been “incredible.” “Just really nice people all around,” she said. Mrs Harbuck said the process of becoming a citizen has been “very straight-forward.” “This is home for us now and we want to be here 100 per cent with everything that means. We enjoy the Kiwi people, the culture,” she said. In the past year, more than 370 people from around the globe living in Selwyn have become New Zealand citizens. They come from 40 different countries across the world. The countries providing the most new arrivals were the United Kingdom with 136, South Africa with 45, the Philippines with 33 and India with 25. The district has also welcomed new residents from Iraq, Tanzania, Afghanistan, Kenya and Nepal, as well as a range of countries around the world. Mayor Sam Scott Harbuck Ricci Harbuck Broughton says it’s positive to see the district become home to a wide range of nationalities. “As a growing district, it’s fantastic to see people from all over the world wanting to make Selwyn a permanent home,” said Mr Broughton. Get confident with technology SPECIAL MEETING TO RE-ESTABLISH SENIORNET IN SELWYN Lincoln Event Centre, Monday 23 July at 1.30pm Come to SeniorNet PoP UP Shoe Sale Great Shoes Great Prices Prebbleton Community Cottage Corner Blakes & Springs Road Prebbleton Thursday 19 th July 1pm-5pm Friday 20 th July 10am-5pm Saturday 21 st July 10am-4pm Sunday 22 nd July 10am-1pm www.seniornet.co.nz Contact: Isobel Middleton phone 027 7378420 Terry Pierson phone 03 324 2300 info@steppingout.co.nz www.steppingout.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday July 18 2018 9 NZ citizens “Our growing diversity continues to enhance our district and the vibrancy it has,” he said. Data from the 2013 census had Selwyn showing significant growth in terms of diversity. It reviewed where people had come from prior to moving to the district. The data showed new residents were from countries including South Africa, Fiji, India, the Netherlands, Sam Broughton China and a range of other nations. Mr Broughton is looking forward to this year’s census results, which will give him a firm idea on how Selwyn is growing and who is living here. “With our rapid change over the last five years, the census will give us a strong idea about the true identity of our district. “We rely on interim data from Statistics New Zealand, but the true data from the census will help us in key decision-making.” The district is part of a twoyear ‘welcoming communities’ GROWTH: The Selwyn district is home to 372 immigrants who have become New Zealand citizens over the past year. pilot programme involving eight other councils in five regions across the country. It aims to mobilise and involve local residents in welcoming people to the area. The Selwyn welcoming plan will be launched in August and will complement the 2015 newcomer and migrants strategy. • By Emily O’Connell A LINCOLN business has a new owner. Hiren Amin, 33, took over the running of the NZ Post & Kiwibank operation last week. He said the previous owners, Pritpal and Simran Anand, have moved to Auckland to be closer to their son after eight years of running the business in Lincoln. Mr Amin also made the move to Lincoln from Sydenham last week, so he can be part of the community. It’s not his first time running a business, Mr Amin owned a transport company in India, before moving to New Zealand in 2013. After studying business management in Invercargill, Mr Amin moved to Christchurch in late 2013. Owning the store was the next step for Mr Amin, who has been working in the Northwood Post Shop at the Northwood Supa Centre for the past three years. He said the move to Lincoln was “quite exciting” as it’s a “really nice community” of people who are always willing to help. Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk New owner for Lincoln business NEW: Hiren Amin with his wife Devanshi took over the running of Lincoln’s NZ Post & Kiwibank store last week. Mr Amin is making some small changes in the shop so products are “more suitable for local customers” and are sold at a “good price.” He said in a couple of months he may extend the store hours on a Saturday from 9am-1pm to 10am-4pm and in future, he may change it so the store opens on a Sunday. Mr Amin hopes the community will continue to support the shop as it did with the previous owners. Don’t let ashes start a fire! Here are some handy tips on how to dispose of ash safely: GOLD CARD LUNCHES MON - FRI www.selwyn.govt.nz Put ash in a metal bucket with a lid, then douse with water and leave to cool for at least five days Bag cold ash and place it in the red lid rubbish bin No ash in the organics bins Hot ash can cause fires in bins and trucks. Fires in bins can spread to houses. Woodfired Pizzas / Full Menu • $20 Pizzas Mon / Tues • $7 Beers 4-6pm Every day • Gaming Room • Tues Quiz Nights • $15 Burgers Wed • $15 Curry Thurs / Fri • Roasts every lunch and Sunday nights $22 • Takeaways Available • Open 7 days Coffee/Lunch/Dinner Open 11.30am Mon-Sat | Ph 03 421 6481 Sunday Breakfast from 9am West Melton Village, Weedons Ross Road www.twofatpossums.co.nz Courtesy Van available