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Selwyn Times: August 01, 2018

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8 Wednesday August 1 2018 Latest Christchurch news at Our People SELWYN TIMES Katelyn Twiss Ellesmere teenager thriving in Although only 15-years-old, Leeston’s Katelyn Twiss has taken on leadership roles at Ellesmere College, the Selwyn Youth Council and Students Against Dangerous Driving. Emily O’Connell talks to her about balancing school work with her busy lifestyle Can you tell me about the different things you are involved in? I’m on the Selwyn Youth Council, I’m actually the deputy chair. I’m a national leader for SADD, which is Students Against Dangerous Driving. I play rugby on Wednesdays for the Forward Foundation. The Forward Foundation allows us to play because there’s a mixture of different schools which don’t have enough for one team so we just combine and play on Wednesdays. It’s good, there’s only about four of us from Ellesmere who play. I’m also a prefect at school. Can you tell me about speaking at the Local Government New Zealand conference in Christchurch recently? It was so exciting because it was just such a big platform to be able to speak at and to be able to represent the youth council at such a high level and talk about what we’ve done was honestly such an honour. I found it more exciting than nerve-racking. Did you feel nervous at all? Yes I did a little bit. I think I was just more nervous because I just didn’t want to muck up on stage, but then by the end of the day, my excitement contained my nerves so it was really good. Who were you most excited to meet at the conference? We didn’t get to see everyone because it was a three-day event and we were only there for our session. Mark Sainsbury was the host, it was pretty cool to meet him. What did you take away from the experience? Definitely public speaking skills and just to be confident and just get up there and speak because it was a once in a lifetime experience. How long have you played rugby? I’ve been playing rugby my whole life. So I started when I was young. I started playing with the guys when I was five-yearsold, and then when I hit year 9, I transitioned from playing on weekends, because I got too old to playing on Wednesdays for school. Is rugby your favourite sport? One of them, yeah. I really like basketball as well but I don’t play it. Do you play any other sports? No. How did you get involved in SADD? Last year I attended one of their local events at the Selwyn council building. I was like “oh, I will go along, it will be good to get it going in school.” From there that progressed to going to the conference last year, which was held in Christchurch, and then there were a few of us at school who said, ‘right, let’s do some activities around SADD at school’ because it had kind of been a bit absent in our school for a while. The other students were year 13 so this year I was really keen to go to the conference again and try get SADD going in school because I think it’s just such a good organisation. The national leadership programme is open to year 12 students so I thought why not just go for it? Because it’s such a good thing to be involved with and I just really wanted to be involved and help at a LEADER: Leeston’s Katelyn Twiss, 15, is a deputy prefect at Ellesmere College. PHOTO: GILBERT WEALLEANS national level with SADD, rather than just within my school. So I applied for it and I was really fortunate to get in. How did you come to be deputy prefect at just 15-years-old? I just love getting involved in anything to do with whanau spirit in school. And this year there was an opening for a year 12 student to be a deputy prefect. They asked me and I said why not? Then I was lucky enough to get the position as well. How did you feel when you were announced as deputy prefect? I wasn’t at school as I was on a geography field trip, but I when got the news I was really happy. Does being involved in a lot of different activities get too much sometimes? Definitely, because I always put school work first so, especially now in year 12, it can get quite overwhelming sometimes. I also do admin work on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school at Cochranes of Canterbury in Leeston. So it gets quite overwhelming sometimes, but I have good support around me. I have a really great family who are always keen to help me out and are always there for me and a really great group of friends. When did you join the Selwyn Youth Council? When I was in year 10, I went on a youth leadership weekend, which I just saw an ad in the newspaper for, and I was like “sweet, I’ll just go for it.” And then I got accepted into that and it was run by the youth council, and it was sort of introducing us to leadership, which I think was really cool. In year 11, so last year, we had to apply the year before, I applied for it and I was really fortunate to get in as well. It’s a two-year term so this is my second year on youth council. Will you apply again next year? Definitely. It’s been such a rewarding experience for me. FREE Sport and Recreation TRY OVER 20 FREE ACTIVITIES SUNDAY 26 AUGUST, 12–3PM, DARFIELD RECREATION CENTRE AND DOMAIN Have A Go Day growing strong communities together

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday August 1 2018 9 leadership roles Whitecliffs loses identity to Glentunnel INSPIRATION: Selwyn Youth Council deputy chairwoman Katelyn Twiss (right) looks up to her friend and chairwoman Paige Sullivan. What has been the most rewarding project you’ve been involved in? Probably the Selwyn Link bus trial, which is what we’re doing at the youth council at the moment. So it’s been a two-year process and we’re finally coming towards the end part. We’ve had the trial for the bus between Southbridge and Darfield and Darfield to Southbridge via Rolleston, and now we are finally in a position where we can do something about it. How do you balance school work with everything else going on? I think I just have to make sure that I always know what is going on and I just have to plan ahead. So with assessments and stuff, I have to make sure I know when they are due and I always have time set aside for them and I just make sure I get them done. What would you like to do when you finish high school? I really want to do a law degree and where I go from that, I’m not quite that sure, but I want a career involved in law. Why law? I don’t really have an exact reason why, I’ve always just gravitated towards stuff surrounding it. I find it really interesting and I want to explore it more as I grow older. What’s your favourite thing to do to relax? Listen to music. I just love listening to music and just chilling out. Sometimes I play on my guitar a bit and hanging out with friends and going to the gym as well I find that quite relaxing. Are you quite musical? I used to be really heavily involved in singing when I was younger but now it’s more of a hobby, I just sing and play the guitar when I have time. Do you have any siblings? I do. I have twin sisters, Laura and Emma, who are 19-yearsold. They both live in Dunedin and one studies at Otago University and one studies at the polytechnic in Otago. Who do you look up to? My friend Paige Sullivan, who is the chair of the youth council. I think she inspired me to get involved in a lot of things because she did that herself. It’s really rewarding having her as a friend but also someone I can look up to and see all the amazing things she does and then it motivates me to get involved in anything I can. What is your favourite subject at school and why? Oh, that’s a tough one. Surprisingly, I actually really like geography, I’m finding it really good this year. I do love english because it allows you to be perceptive so you can relate things to the real world. What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learnt? I think just be yourself. When I’m just myself, I feel really good and I know that I’m being true to myself and it can sometimes reflect on other people as well. • By Georgia O’Connor- Harding FIRE OFFICERS in Wellington have upset residents living in Whitecliffs by telling them they live in Glentunnel. Concern has been raised Whitecliffs is losing its identity and people could get confused over the township’s official address. The issue was brought to the Whitecliffs Township Committee by resident Mike Ransome. Mr Ransome told Selwyn Times he has been pushing for the issue to be resolved for the past eight months and hasn’t got anywhere. “It irks me because I feel Whitecliffs is losing its identity. It would be like people living in West Melton being told they suddenly live in Christchurch,” he said. A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman said it has received a request from the district council to add Whitecliffs to the New Zealand Localities Dataset. It is currently considering this request. The spokesman confirmed properties in Whitecliffs are presently classified as Glentunnel. The data set is maintained by FENZ to reduce the risk of confusion and, any consequent delays in dispatching crews to fires and other emergencies. A New Zealand Post spokeswoman said a creation of a new locality of Whitecliffs is being considered. She said NZ Post was unable to make any decisions for this change without agreement from a consortium made up of FENZ, territorial authorities and Land and Information New Zealand. Mr Ransome said he cannot understand what the fire service has to do with determining the official addresses in the first place. “I object to some pen pusher up there (Wellington) telling me where I live,” he said. Whitecliffs is currently serviced by a rural driver in Coalgate, and is included in the locality of Glentunnel meaning their address is street number and name followed by RD1 Coalgate. But Coalgate chief fire officer Phillip Shaw said when the firecrew is dispatched to the township, properties are classified as Whitecliffs. “We are not being confused. We don’t have any issues with it,” he said. On Google Maps, the townships’ main road - Hartleys Rd leading up to the Whitecliffs Domain, falls under Glentunnel. Across the Selwyn River / Waikirikiri, Riversleigh Rd, Whitecliffs Rd and Flagpole Rd is named Malvern Hills. Township committee chairwoman Jodie Thompson said while she didn’t see the township losing its identity, it would be easier if the mail address was Whitecliffs. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Are you concerned Whitecliffs is losing its identity? Email your views to georgia. 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