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Selwyn Times: August 08, 2018

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22 Wednesday August 8 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES SCHOOLS New pupils COSTUME: West Melton School pupils dressed as characters from the Harry Potter series for its Book Parade. The parade was part of the school’s Book Week. ​ LEARNING: Southbridge School year 4, 5 and 6 pupils during a planting day at Rakaia Island. Southbridge School has been planting at Rakaia Island annually for years, but this has been the largest project to date involving 75 pupils. CREATIVE: Darfield Primary School pupils Yannick (left), Mason and Harlen checking out the school’s exhibition at the Selwyn Gallery. Pupils artwork was on display for a week. ​ NEW: Last week five-year-old Jacob De Silva (left) started at Lincoln Primary School and year 5 pupil Chris (above, left) and Year 6 pupil Charli started at West Melton School. Do you have a child starting school? Send your photos to emily.oconnell@ starmedia.kiwi

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday August 8 2018 23 Backyard Critters Wasps which hunt for spiders Mike Bowie is an ecologist who specialises in entomology (insects and other invertebrates). Each week he introduces a new species found in his backyard at Lincoln. His column aims to raise public awareness of biodiversity, the variety of living things around us. Check out the full list of invertebrates found at http://naturewatch.org. nz/projects/backyardbiodiversity-bugs-inlincoln THERE ARE somewhere between 2000 and 3000 native wasp species in New Zealand. Some of the larger native species belong to a family called Pompilidae or spider wasps, of which there are 11 species in New Zealand. On Christmas Eve last year, I observed one of these wasps, Priocnemis species, repeatedly searching on the verge of our lawn. These large 15-25mm long HUNTERS: The Priocnemis species wasps have long legs and iridescent black coloured wings. shiny black hunting wasps have long legs and iridescent black coloured wings. Pompilids are solitary wasps that paralyse large spiders with venom, drag them backwards across the ground into a nest hole, and lay a single egg on them. When the larva hatches, they eat the paralysed spider while it is still alive, saving its vital organs to last, just before the wasp larva pupates. Hosts are usually larger species including native trap-door or tunnelweb spiders. $10k for Camp Twitch CHRISTCHURCH mother Robyn Twemlow is out to make a difference in the lives of those diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome – and last week received $10,000 from the Mazda Foundation to aid her cause. Tourette’s is a condition characterised by tics, repetitive and involuntary movements. Five years ago, Ms Twemlow’s then-nine-year-old daughter Analise was diagnosed with the syndrome. But the pair found there was little support for them in the community. Ms Twemlow founded the Tourette’s Association of New Zealand as a way for her family to connect with other affected Kiwis. As well as running a support system for families and an information hub for those who have been recently diagnosed, the Tourette’s Association also began running a yearly camp called Camp Twitch. It brings together young people with Tourette’s and their families for a weekend of fun where their tics are welcomed. At Blackwells City Mazda last week Ms Twemlow was presented with $10,000 from the Mazda Foundation to help run KIND DONATION: Blackwells City Mazda dealer principal Seth Ovens with Robyn and Analise Twemlow. ​ Camp Twitch, enabling more than 50 young people and their families to attend the camp. Ms Twemlow said the funding would reduce the financial stress of families living with Tourette’s and allows young people from any financial background to attend the camp. She said Camp Twitch is an environment where children can “tic loud and proud.” “It’s amazing to see them build their self-esteem and take ownership over their disorder. It also provides opportunity for parents to share their experiences of raising a child with Tourette Syndrome – so it’s an empowering experience for all involved.” Ventilation Equipment Suppliers totrade retail & CREATE THE DREAM Smooth-Air has a wide range of ventilation equipment to bring fresh air into your home. Domestic Commercial Industrial Remote Extraction Fans Range Hood Cupboard Inserts Take control of the weather! LET US CREATE YOUR PERFECT OUTDOOR SPACE CALL US TODAY FOR A NO OBLIGATION QUOTE 0800 SMOOTH (0800 766 684) sales@smooth-air.co.nz 351c Blenheim Rd Riccarton Christchurch 03 343 6184 Monday - Friday 7.30am - 5pm www.smooth-air.co.nz CHRISTCHURCH 55 Hands Road Ph: (03) 338 9063 www.stratco.co.nz