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Bay Harbour: September 12, 2018

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PAGE 16 Wednesday September 12 2018 BAY HARBOUR Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News Film prompts interest in food forests • By Matt Salmons ORGANISERS OF a food sustainability film screening in Sumner last week say attendance shows interest in community gardens and food forests is growing. Sumner Bays Union Trust sustainability co-ordinator Robin Arnold said there was “kind of a revolution” in attitudes towards food sustainability. “It’s learning old knowledge and bringing it back. “We’re connecting our communities with where our food comes from.” A diverse group of more than 100 people attended the Thursday evening screening of Edible Paradise at Hollywood Cinema, Ms Arnold said. She said the mix of older and younger people, experienced gardeners and novices was fairly even. The film showcased food forests from around New Zealand and told the stories of their creation. Ms Arnold said feedback from the night suggested people were happy to see others sharing their interest. She said the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 made it obvious that food sources were vulnerable. THE Scarborough Dippers froze every day in July and because of that, donations are still rolling in for a public-use defibrillator for Sumner Lifeboat. The dedicated group of morning swimmers normally meet on Fridays to swim at Sumner but over winter put in a bigger effort to raise $1164 for Sumner Lifeboat. Lifeboat fundraising chairwoman Heather MacDonald said the organisation was delighted by the group’s generosity. “What these people are doing is amazing. We really appreciate their donations but not only that. Wet July has also raised awareness for the lifeboat’s dependence on donations to run the service.” The funds donated would help cover the $5000 needed for an automated external defibrillator unit, or AED, to be installed on the exterior wall of the lifeboat station on Heberden Ave. Lifeboat coxswain Blair Quane said its location put it in a high activity area. “The area is used quite often by people swimming and it’s at the end of the Coastal Pathway so it will get plenty of foot traffic.” People would be able to access the unit by phoning a number on it to request the pin code for the lock. Because it was intended for public use, Mr Quane said it warranted getting “a good one.” “We’re pretty keen to get it in, even if we have to put in a little money to get it over the line.” Scarborough Dippers’ Kerry Newton said the group was lucky to have not needed the help of the lifeboat during their early morning swims so far. “But one morning a boatie came right over, in the dark, to check that we were okay.” Using a Facebook group, the more than 80 members of the Local News Now Dippers boost defibrillator fund • By Matt Salmons Blair Quane Fire rages, homes at risk CHILLY: The Scarborough Dippers on one of their daily dips into the ocean on Sumner Beach. ​ Scarborough Dippers organised to meet either early or later in the day depending on availability. Their swims normally lasted at least 10min and finished with coffee brought to the water’s edge by a group member. Not all members dipped themselves in the ocean everyday, but a dedicated few did. “We do silly things to pass the time, because it’s pretty cold out there.” Banks Peninsula Water Zone Committee Want to know more about the health of our Banks Peninsula waterways? Come along to a special presentation from Akaroa Area School students who will talk about Alymers Stream during this month’s water zone committee meeting. There will also be an update on a report by Environment Canterbury on water quality and ecosystem health monitoring on Banks Peninsula and the Christchurch City Council will talk about Okains Bay drinking water supply. Banks Peninsula Water Zone Committee meeting September 18th, 4pm -8pm Akaroa Sports Pavilion, Akaroa Recreation Ground The Banks Peninsula Water Zone Committee is a community led committee supported by councils. fb.com/canterburywater

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