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Selwyn Times: November 14, 2018

Selwyn Times: November 14,

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2018 Connecting Your Community GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband Ready to rock Jon Stevens is preparing for Selwyn Sounds Page 11 Page 12 For the love of art Creative talent earns wearable art award Pageantry on show at Highland Games Swordbearer Bruce Nell (left) and Chieftain Patrick Hellier march in front of the City of Christchurch Highland Pipe Band at the eighth annual Hororata Highland Games. The event is one of the biggest Scottish festivals in the Southern Hemisphere with more than 9000 people attending on Saturday. Staged by the Hororata Community Trust, the games were held under sunny skies. •Story, more photos, pages 8 and 9 PHOTO: DAVID BAIRD 0800 726 724 Council to step back from social housing • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding SOCIAL HOUSING across Selwyn will no longer be directly provided by the district council. Instead, it will advocate for social housing by working with housing providers, Government agencies and the private sector to deliver services in the district. It comes after several submissions were made in the Long Term Plan 2018-2028 calling for the district council to invest or provide social housing. The district council’s decision not to provide social housing was made last week after a report was presented at its public meeting. The key reason behind the decision is the district council does not view social housing as part of its core business. The report said the primary responsibility of social housing in Selwyn lies with central Government. The report said the benefits from the district council deciding to advocate for social housing instead of providing, meant minimal financial costs to council and ratepayers. •Turn to page 4