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Selwyn Times: July 25, 2018

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4 Wednesday July 25 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES News • By Emily O’Connell A MOTORIST is seriously ill in hospital after she collided with a cow in Burnham. The 27-year-old suffered serious injuries in the Grange Rd crash at 12.50am on Thursday. It is the second time a vehicle has hit wandering stock in two weeks. On July 12, former mayor Bill Woods and his two passengers were lucky to escape serious injury after his Mercedes-Benz, travelling at about 100km/h, collided with a cow. Mr Woods was returning to Springfield from Christchurch Airport when he hit the cow in the middle of Old West Coast Rd near Waddington. His Mercedes-Benz B200 was moderately damaged and the cow was killed. A police spokeswoman said after hitting the cow, the vehicle the woman was driving “left the road crashing through a fence and hitting a water tank.” She said a passing motorist Lincoln Uni caterer takes apron off for last time •From page 1 “Our core business is students. Students are great, I love the students, I’ll miss the students,” Mrs Watson said. She said in her time she has seen a change in the student drinking culture. “It’s more choice now than ‘I have to drink to be part of the Bill Woods DAMAGE: Former mayor Bill Woods crashed his two-year-old Mercedes into a cow on Thursday. Car v cow again called emergency services about the crash. The woman, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was taken to hospital and the cow died at the scene. The police spokeswoman said the Ford sedan she was driving was badly damaged. Senior Sergeant Pete Stills said road accidents with cows were a “good reason” for motorists to keep their speed down. “Hit a horse or a cow at speed and you’re in trouble because all you do is take their legs out and they come up the bonnet through your windscreen often,” he said. District council senior animal control officer Steve Clarke said there were two road incidents involving cattle between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. He said this doubled between July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. However, Mr Clarke said once it becomes an “accident” the district council may not hear about it. in-crowd,’” she said. Mrs Watson says some of her favourite memories have been setting up the Bert Sutcliffe Oval and being involved with the international cricket teams. “This year we catered for the under-19 Cricket World Cup, so we feed players throughout Changes to SH1, Rolleston Drive • By Emily O’Connell CHANGES COULD be made to the busy Rolleston Drive and State Highway 1 intersection to stop traffic poles being hit by vehicles. The intersection, which has about 25,000 to 30,000 vehicles drive through it each day, has had 17 incidents where traffic poles have been damaged in the past 11 years. Senior Sergeant Pete Stills said most accidents are “generally” caused by people failing to give way to straight-through traffic when turning into Rolleston Drive. “So really they’re just incidents of poor driving,” he said. Canterbury, 16 teams, but that’s the third time we’ve done that in my time here,” Mrs Watson said. But her most “humbling” experience was catering for the Crown apology to Ngai Tahu. “(It was)1998, but it just seems like yesterday, it just brings Pete Stills ACCIDENTS: Police, the district council and the NZTA are looking at ways to make the intersection of Rolleston Drive and State Highway 1 safer. ​ Senior Sergeant Stills said police are in consultation with the New Zealand Transport Agency and the district council over proposed prevention and safety changes to the intersection. He said it includes the possibility of having a right turning arrow for vehicles heading north on State Highway 1, turning into Rolleston Drive. “And also potentially just some warning signage for left turning traffic being aware of vehicles coming from their right,” Senior Sergeant Stills said. However, he said a date has not been set for when the proposed changes could take place. A NZTA spokeswoman said goosebumps . . . to be asked to do that was amazing,” Mrs Watson said. Another humbling time for Mrs Watson was “looking after” the disaster victim identification team staying at the university after the February 22, 2011, earthquake. “That group was just amazing 13 traffic poles, including five in the past three months, have had to be replaced due to “accident damage.” The spokeswoman said the cost to replace the poles depends on the extent of damage and location of the pole. “Traffic poles can cost thousands of dollars to replace . . . anything between $5000 and $10,000,” she said. However, the spokeswoman said “where possible” repair costs are recovered from the person responsible for the damage or their insurer. She said it generally installs socket foundations on poles which have a history of accident damage to reduce the cost of future replacement. and they saw the worst of it,” she said. Although she has cooked and organised a range of different meals for people over the years, Mrs Watson says her favourite meal is quite simple. “There’s nothing like sitting down with a piece of toast and a cup of coffee,” she said.

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday July 25 2018 5 Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk ON SALE: A $595,000 house in Branthwaite Drive, Rolleston (left), Olympus Tce, Castle Hill, and Horndon St, Darfield (below). The district’s median house price was $595,000 last month. House prices on the rise in Selwyn Houses in the district hit a record median price of $595,000 last month. Emily O’Connell investigates why this has happened and what house hunters can get for their money NOT ONLY is the district’s population growing, but so is its house prices. Figures released by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand last week showed the median house price in the district had risen from $580,000 in June last year to $595,000 in June this year. About 59,000 people currently live in the district and James Twiss this number is expected to grow to 79,200 by 2028. Four Seasons principal officer James Twiss, who is opening a Harcourts office in Lincoln in September, put June’s median house price of $595,000 mostly down to new builds. “You’ll find there’s been a lot of new housing stocks going up . . . even though it seems high, for new properties, it still suggests its value for what you can get for that price verses the city,” he said. Seventy-five houses were sold in the district in June, 18 less than the month before. However, it was an increase from June last year when just 43 houses were sold. The median days to sell a house in the district last month was 32, this has increased from June last year, where it was 17. When compared to other Canterbury districts, Selwyn had the second highest median house price last month. The Mackenzie District had the highest median house price last month at $597,000. Ashburton sat at $327,000, Christchurch city $430,000 and Waimakariri, $441,000. In Darfield, house-hunters can purchase a 254 sq m four-bedroom, two-bathroom house, with a 0.57ha property for $595,000. The median house price in Darfield last month was $399,000. In Rolleston, house-hunters will get a smaller 204 sq m fourbedroom, two-bathroom house, on a 668 sq m property for the same price. The median house price in Rolleston last month was $560,000. In Lincoln, people wanting to buy a house can get a 192 sq m four-bedroom, two-bathroom house on a 600 sq m property for $593,771. The median house price in Lincoln last month was $610,000. In Castle Hill, a 125 sq m three-bedroom, two-bathroom house on a 588 sq m property is priced at $595,000. The median house price in Castle Hill was unavailable as there was only one sale in the village in the past year. Mr Twiss said they made the decision to open an office in Lincoln following district council statistics which showed the predicted growth in the area. “Seven thousand five hundred people with a reasonably active real estate market was an obvious place to put an office, but the fact there’s potential growth in there also was something that sort of interested us,” he said. Mr Twiss said most househunters in Lincoln tend to be families who are looking for four-bedroom, two-bathroom houses. FAST FACTS •Last month the median house price across the country rose by 5.7 per cent to a record equal median of $560,000 up from $530,000 the same time last year. •The New Zealand excluding Auckland median house price remained at a recordequalling figure of $460,000 in June, up 7 per cent on June 2017. •Auckland’s median house price decreased by 0.7 per cent year-on-year to $850,000 down from $856,000 last year. •The number of properties sold across the country decreased by 1.6 per cent to 6034, down from 6131 in June 2017. He believes house prices in the district will “creek slightly without jumping like they have in the last five years.” REINZ regional director Jim Davis said the Canterbury market looks to be stable for the next few months. “It will likely go towards an even more active spring market with buyer inquiry continuing to increase. Hopefully listing numbers will remain strong throughout the rest of winter as well,” he said. For a free Measure & Quote PH 0800 26 26 20 Bowranda PATIO ROOF ⚫ Achieve your outdoor vision ⚫ A permanent, sheltered outdoor space ⚫ Eliminates 99% of harmful UV light – maintains ambient light ⚫ Options to customise and enclose with outdoor blinds ⚫ Immediately increase the value of your home ⚫ Frame constructed of powder-coated aluminium & stainless steel ⚫ Square profile exhibits aesthetic conformity with NZ residential architecture ⚫ Manufactured to clients custom specifications & dimensions www.bowranda.co.nz