Ashburton Courier: September 26, 2019


Ithas been aprivilege to represent Mid Canterbury -Ashburton and Selwyn Districts. Three yearsof

learning and experience, and an Institute ofDirectors governance course, has enabledme to bring

effective, considereddecision making to theECan table.

Through the Canterbury Water ManagementStrategy portfolio, I’ve led the Selwyn River recharge

programme, advocated forthe review ofAshburtonRiver consents allowing foradaptation and

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It has been aprivilege to represent Mid Canterbury-Ashburton and Selwyn Districts forthe last three years.

These three years oflearning and experience, as well as attending an InstituteofDirectors governancecourse, has

enabled me to bring effective, considered decision making to the ECan table, whichIwishtocontinue doing.

Iamstanding for re-election becausenot only have Igenuinely enjoyed my first term, Ifeel Ihavemadeavery positive

and real contribution. Iunderstand politics and how toengage in processes to achieve the best outcomes possible in

what at times are almost no-win situations.

Anumber of achievements stand out formeafter my first term at ECan.Through the Canterbury WaterManagement

Strategy portfolio, I’veled the SelwynRiver recharge programme, advocated for the review of Ashburton River consents

allowing time for consent

holders tomake the best of the tough flow regime thatcomes intoplayin

2023 and achieved the statutory acknowledgement of the Hinds Drains

working group recommendations. This farmerdriven project provides

both environmental andproduction outcomes thataretruly collaborative

in their genesis and outcomes; the epitome of the CanterburyWater

Management Strategy.

Through the Hazard and Risk portfolio Iamthe ECan nominee on the

Canterbury Group Civil Defence committee, and at presentIamthe

deputy Chair. This has given me the opportunitytoworkwith both

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processes and systems that sit under it.

In the past few months, Ihave been appointed Chair of the

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ECan. We have, asaCouncil, agreed that we need anindependent

member on this committee to assist us with driving best practice,

both in identifying and mitigating risk but alsoindriving financial

performance. This isall part ofanongoing conversation with

senior management as to how wecontrol costs, andtherefore

things such as rate rises, and look at continuous improvement

in the organisation.


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Three members of the Wheeler

family know what it takes to make

and deliver agood speech ­and

they’ve got atrifecta of trophies

to prove it.

Siblings Leon, 10, and Taymah,

12, took out the Rotary Club of

Ashburton Plains speech contest

in their respective Year 5/6 and

Year 7/8 categories, while dad

Phil has claimed the 2019

International Speech contest run

by Ashburton Toastmasters.

All three Wheelers learnt their

speeches by heart and delivered

them with precision.

Leon spoke about why we

should play more sports.

Taymah spoke about device

addiction and Phil delivered a

speech about why his brother has

nine lives.

Leon, aYear 6pupil at

Netherby School, is the first from

his school to win the longrunning

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Winning speech makers: Phil, Leon and Taymah Wheeler with their haul of trophies.

His sister had to compete first

against her classmates at

Ashburton Intermediate, then

her syndicate, fellow Year 8

students and then the best of the

best from the school to make it

through to the finals.

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Leon said he didn’t have to refer

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use hand gestures and project his

voice to full affect.

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look around at everyone in the

audience when Iwas speaking

and and not at just one spot.’’

Taymah said good speech

making was about staying calm,

throwing alittle bit of humour

into the mix and keeping the

audience interested.

Nine speech makers spoke in

each of the age group categories

at the Plains speech finals, with

two judges deciding the winner in

the Year 5/6 event and

Distinguished Toastmaster Mike

Johnson giving Taymah’s speech

the nod in the Year 7/8 event.

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of both his children winning, first

at their schools and then in the

finals, was very slim.

He had offered acouple of

pieces of advice to them, but for

the most part they had worked

hard at their speeches and had

understood what was needed and

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what to do about the

show’s main

‘‘character’’, the MCCT

production team

decided that they didn’t

want to use children as

car parts, as other

theatre groupshad

done,nor did theywant

to borrowareplicacar.

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buildingtheir own.

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stagewas the ideaof

show director Alice

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convincedvolunteer set

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For three nights a


Where is102?

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farming adventureof102,the cheekyyoung heifer who

tests all the boundaries.

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however, have working

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whenneeded, and was

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and usedmaterials.

ChittyChitty Bang

Bangwill be performed

on October 4(7pm),

October 5(5pm) and

October 6(2pm)atthe

Ashburton Trust Event

Centre. Tickets, from

$22.50,are available

fromthe venueor

Photo: Chitty Chitty

Bang Bang car builders

Mark Brownand Ian


Safer Ashburton waits on word

Safer Ashburton District

will hear in mid

October if it has been

successful in tendering

for a refugee resettlement

support contract.

Ashburton was confirmed

as a refugee

settlement centre in

May and under aquota

system can expect three

to five refugee families ­

or up to 15 people ­in

the district inthe initial


Refugees will begin to

be settled in Timaru,

Whanganui and Blenheim

from April 2020,

in Masterton and Levin

from June 2020 and in

Ashburton from June


Ashburton’s hospitable


employment opportunities

and housing availability

were all considered

strengths in

confirming it as a

refugee settlement


Safer Ashburton

manager Kevin Clifford

said central Government

would fund the

Home Grown raises $44,000

Hospice Mid

Canterbury’s fundraiser,

Home Grown, has

raised an impressive


The September 7

event featured three

Mid Cantabrians who

have all gone on to do

great things in their


They were broadcaster

Anna Thomas

(pictured), QC James

Rapley and mountaineer

Mike Read.

Thomas delivered a

news broadcast, Rapley

conducted amock trial,

and Read gave an

insight into his adventures

climbing Mount


Later in the evening

the speakers came

together to share their

memories of growing up

in Mid Canterbury.

Some 250 diners at

the Hotel Ashburton

event enjoyed food and

the entertaining presentations.

They also gave generously

at live and silent

auctions held throughout

the evening.

Local businesses and

individuals generously

donated awide range of

goods and services for the


All money raised from

the evening will be spent

locally and will allow

Hospice Mid Canterbury

to support people

throughout the Ashburton

district dealing with a

life­limiting illness. All

services are provided free

of charge to clients and

their caregivers

resettlement of the


Atender of $350,000

had been submitted by

Safer Ashburton to support

the refugees in

their first year.

It included the costs

of one full time staff

member and four part

timers and there was

also an additional element

to cover transport.

‘‘If we were successful,

wewould recruit a

team leader to start in

February and that role

would be to bring on the

rest of the team

required and to get set

for service delivery and

the arrival of the first

families in Ashburton

on June 19.’’




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Ashburton’s The Courier, Thursday 26 September 2019, Page 3

Taste of the islands ­

and atrim to boot

Embroiderer Norrie’s

skill gets public support

By John Keast

Get some kai. Have

your hair cut. Check out


You can do that now,

all in one shop.

Mahu Maireriki and

wife Lydia have opened

Kai and Kutz in

Tancred Street, Ashburton,

and it is the first

of its type in Canterbury.

Mahu was born in the

Cook Islands, Lydia in

the United States.

They met here, when

Lydia was studying at

Canterbury University.

She is now doing a

PhD atLincoln in disaster


Mahu was working on

the new office block in

Ashburton, but

repeated trips up flights

of stairs made his knees


He has aplate in one

from arugby injury.

So he decided to

change course ­tofood,

hair­cuts and island

items ­ ukuleles,

sarongs, traditional

mats and island shirts.

They will besold in a

separate area.

Upstairs, two barbers

will operate.

And ifvisitors do not

want ahair cut, they can

just chat.

Mr Maireriki said the

shop motto was Here to

Serve, but that went

beyond food to serving

the community.

He said he and the

others wanted to be

mentors to young


‘‘Think of others

before yourself.

‘‘The original plan

was to have afood shop

and partition for the

barber shop, but we

can’t dothat because of

regulations, but this will

be better.

‘‘It’s for the people,

to enjoy something different,’’


Mr Maireriki said he

lived inAustralia for a

long time before coming

to New Zealand, and

there were shops that

sold island food and

island items, but none

that also had abarbershop.

The island comfort

food will include chop

suey, chicken, casava,

raw fish, corned beef

and other island food.

Mr Maireriki said he

had already had alot of

people asking when he

was opening.

‘‘Everyone needs a

hair cut and Ithought,

‘why not’.’’

Photo: Mr Maireriki

and some ofthe island

merchandise on sale at

Kai and Kutz.

Awork by embroiderer

Norrie Wilson, pictured,

has won the People’s

Choice prize at

the Gathering of

Threads exhibition

displayed at Ashburton

Art Gallery.

Called Trilliums, the

work took Mrs Wilson

six weeks to complete

and the design was akit

bought from Alison


‘‘The lace petal took

me five tries to get right

and was rather difficult,’’

she said.

The top flower was

needle lace, the gold

part was couched and

the bottom was long

and short stitched.

All ofthe techniques

were stump work on

wire and the piece was

all done onvelvet.

Mrs Cole said

embroidery for her was

a continous learning


Lace was her next


Mrs Cole sat her

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school certificate in

embroidery and scored

ahigh mark.

She has been amember

of the Ashburton

Embroiderers’ Guild

for the last seven years.

She has also practised

art for over 30

years, ahobby, shesays,

that contributes toher

needlework ideas.

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local body

candidates have

mentioned the need to

two­lane the bridge over

the Orari River north of


There will be alot of

support for their cause.

There is no point in

saying it is a disaster

waiting to happen,

because ithas been the

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Local firefighters will

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By John Keast

Environment Minister

David Parker says he is

struck by the possibilities

of Mid Canterbury’s


project and has defended

proposed freshwater


Mr Parker spokebefore

opening a mini recharge

project on apropertynear

Hinds, where consented

but unused stockwater is

percolated into the

ground to lift aquifer

levels and lower nitrate


It is Mr Parker’s second

visit to an aquiferrecharge

site, having inspected the

original site closer toTinwald.

He said hewas aware

the Hinds Water

Enhancement Trust (formerly

the managed

aquifer governance

group) had anapplication

in to the Provincial

Growth Fund, and that

would be determined


The enhancement trust

is seeking $950,000 from

the fund to continue its


An application for

$125,000 went before an

Ashburton council committee,

and has been ticked


The $125,000 is to cover

costs of testing aquifers

and continuing the trial

work until the outcome of

the Provincial Growth

Fund application is

Environment Minister David Parker, centre, cuts the ribbon to open the

aquifer recharge site, flanked by Peter Lowe, of the enhancement trust, and

Michael McMillan, of Arowhenua.


The aquifer trial is seen

as one solution to the

district’s water problems,

and if the trial is successful

­ early results are very

positive ­ it is envisaged

there would be many

more sites across the district.

To date, there is the

new Hinds site, the original

site near Tinwald, and

one on the Upper Hinds

in which consented water

is taken from the RangitataDiversion


into stony ground beside

the RDR.

It is hoped that will

boost underground levels

and boost the flow of the

Hinds River.

Mr Parker said hewas

sorry retired hydrologist

John Waugh was not at

the Hinds event,ashehad

spoken passionatelyabout

the loss of water inlowlanddrains

in Mid Canterbury

and was hopeful the

aquifer project would


‘‘Hewas so hopeful this

might be apractical solutiontothe

lossofwater in

the lowland streams while

not sacrificing the productivity

of farming systems.

‘‘It’s great to see it

proceeding. I know you

(the trust) have a PGF

application in.’’

Environment Canterbury

commissioner and a

member of the Hinds

water trust, David Caygill,

saidthe project was‘‘absolutely

dependent’’ on the

funding application and it

had ‘‘got this far with

goodwill and contributions’’

but to turn it into

the success it was hopedto

be, if the funding application

was turned down

‘‘could we approach you

(Mr Parker)?’’

Mr Parker said: ‘‘You

don’t even need to know

that; I happen to know

that comes toahead very


His visit comes as farming

industry bodies

express concerns about

elements ofthe Essential

Freshwater reforms.

Mr Parker said the N

number wasthe mostcontroversial

aspect of the

proposals and the government

was consulting to

‘‘see if we have got that


‘‘We know it’s right for

highland rivers and lakes,

and, the Ashburton River,

for example, meets the

attribute. There isaquestion

as to whether it is

right with respect tosome

of the lowland streams.

John Penno (former

Synlaitmanaging director)

made the point at last

night’s (consultation)

meeting in Timaru that

we’ve essentially got a

choice, do you have alow

bottom line nationally

where you maintain a

decent bottom line and

then have exceptions to it.

Thereare different ways at

lookingatthisweare open

to and some of the ideas I

have heard around that in

the past couple of weeks

include the idea that, well,

maybe we should look in

other areaswhichcan’tbeat

that so long as aquatic

health can be proven a

higher DIN level, then that

higher DIN level should

apply,oralternatives to that

are that other classes of

stream that could be


Mr Parker said Government

was open to ideas but

was committed to a‘‘wider

measure of ecosystem


Mr Parker saidthere was

aneed to improve the tools

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Marion parks up after 30 years on road

Marion Oakley is

calling time on driving

school buses after

almost 30 years and

finishes tomorrow.

She has been the

familiar face behind

the wheel of Hinds

School’s Ealing run in

recent times.

Before Hinds, she

was closer to home and

drove Lowcliffe

children to and from


Mrs Oakley started

driving the bus soon

after her youngest

child started school at


She has driven a

number of routes over

the years and has 28

children on her run.

Last year there were


Mrs Oakley said she

enjoyed the early

morning and mid

afternoon driving stints

and the spare time in


She worked for

Pearsons, Hanhams

before that, and had

also driven abus that

was owned by Lowcliffe


The 36­seater she

drove was more

comfortable and better

to drive than buses in

the past.

‘‘Children can be a

bit noisy at times, but

most of them are pretty

well behaved, most of

the time,’’ she said.

Mrs Oakley said she

had followed the

progress and successes

of some students over

the years as they had

moved from primary to

secondary schools.

‘‘I will miss my

interaction with the

kids,’’ she said.

In retirement, Mrs

Oakley will enjoy

active pursuits like

golf, tennis and


She will also

continue in her role as

aBOOST literacy

volunteer at

Hampstead School and

go on more vintage car

runs with her husband.

Photo: Retiring

driver Marion Oakley.

Funders back


prevention plan

Local funders have backed

a new suicide prevention

initiative in Mid


Safer Ashburton general

manager Kevin Clifford

said concerns had

been raised by agencies

and others aboutthe lack

of alocal suicide prevention

service and abusiness

case had been put

together for one.

That business case had

been well­received by

funders earlier this year.

Collective funding of

$150,000 had been given

by the Trevor Wilson

Charitable Trust, Mackenzie

Charitable Foundation,


Trust Mid and South

Canterbury, the Lion

Foundation, and Mayfield

Lions Club.

The funding was

enough tokick­start the

project for its first year

and some funders had

indicated they were

likely to provide further

financial support, he


Mr Clifford said the

service was called Lives

Worth Living and was

based at Community


Two staff members

had been employed to

facilitate and coordinate


Pup Chamberlain was

a former police officer

and wellbeing promoter,

while Connie Quigley

had a clinical background

in mental health,

he said.

A suicide prevention

plan and suicide ‘‘postvention’’

model of care

plan would be developed

over the coming months.

The plan would

include afocus on education

and awareness and

on how to offer practical

support to parents and

young people.

It would outline how

‘‘to train trainers’’ and

give more people an

understanding of

whether support was

needed and how best to

get that support.

Mr Clifford said the

plans needed input and

‘‘buy in’’ from local agencies

and a network of

people from the community.

Building relationships

and sharing information

had been started by the

two facilitators, he said.

Anzac in Action

taking arest


After three hugely

popular events spread

over four years, Anzac

in Action is going to

take arest, says Geraldine

Anzac Commemorations

Trust chair

Max Millar.

The initial one­day

event in 2014 was so

well received that two

further two­day events,

known as Anzac in

Action, were run in

2016 and 2018, marking

the beginning, middle

and end of World War


“We feel that we

achieved what we set

out to do which was to

educate our young

people about the sacrifices

of war, remember

those who gave their

lives for us and to offer

families an affordable

event where they got to

spend time together

learning, enjoying and


The trust formed in

2013 when four friends,

Max Millar, Wayne

O’Donnell, Colin Johnstone

and John Foster

came up with the idea to

create a unique

occasion to remember

and commemorate the

beginning of World War


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Jobseekers get the good oil

It’s all about attitude ­

the right attitude.

That was akey point

for jobseekers at the first

Ashburton Employment

Exchange led by the Ashburton

council with the

Ministry of Social

Development, Federated

Farmers, The Somerset

Grocer, Ashburton Contracting

Ltd, Laser Electrical,

Terrace View

retirement village, the

Department of Corrections,

New Zealand Red

Cross, the New Zealand

Defence Force and New

Zealand Immigration.

The seminar was split,

with sessions for jobseekers

and employers,

and achance for them to

mingle over morning tea.

The session was led by

Hamish Riach, the chief

executive officer of the

Ashburton council, and

former CEO of the Canterbury


He said that in top

rugby, attitude was vital.

All players had good

skills, but it was often

attitude that led to selection.

He said people could

not control what happened

to them, but they

could control how they

reacted to it.

Mr Riach said that in

Methven board members thanked

Two Methven Community

Board (MCB) members

have been thanked

for their input into local

matters at the final board

meeting of the current


Hamish Gilpin has

been aMCB member for

the last 12 years, nine of

those as deputy chair.

MCB chairman Dan

McLaughlin said MrGilpin

had been a great

person to bounce ideas

off and a strong ‘‘rural


The effort he had put

in over the years had been

appreciated by the community,

Mr McLaughlin


Sarah Lock, who joined

the MCB in December

Sarah Mosley and Jim Henderson address the seminar.

the Crusaders those who

were picked, often, were

those whose attitude

showed through.

He said a key was

never giving up ­why so

often games were won in

injury time because

players or teams did not

give up and wanted a

winning result.

Sarah Mosley, council’s

group manager of

people and capability,

and Jim Henderson,

people and capability

adviser, spoke about

applications, CVs, cover

letters ­and tips on how

to ‘‘get a foot in the


Candidates, they said,

2013, was also thanked

for her work by former

MCB chairman and current

WesternWard councillor

Liz McMillan.


were split into three

groups ­ideal, probably

and probably not.

Of 1429 applications

for 43 recent positions at

the council, just nine

were seen as ideal, in that

they had done asimilar

job for council before, or


In one instance, there

were 250 applications for

one job.

Most people were in

the probably not category,

but jobseekers

could move from the

‘‘probably nots’’ to the

‘‘probably’’ list.

That could be done by

providing an accurate

and succinct cover letter ­

‘‘You call a spade a

spade and you have

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they advised to always

provide acover letter ­by

putting in personal


That could be finding

out as much as possible

about the company and

its work.

‘‘Attitude, that’s the

key. It will get you in the

door and hired,’’ Mr

Henderson said.

‘‘Recruit for attitude,

train for aptitude,’’ he


Their tips were to

always write acover letter,

provide an accurate

and succinct and easy­toread


Ms Mosley said unless

asked, applicants should

Photo: Community

Board members Sarah

Lock and Hamish Gilpin,

centre, with chairman Dan


not ask about money.

Applicants should

always be honest about

gaps in work experience,

and not include copies of

certificates unless they

were sought.

If was important in

cover letters not to waffle

­and apage or page and

ahalf was enough.

Because most

employers would initially

make contact by phone,

jobseekers should think

about phone messages.

Silly phone messages

put employers off, and

jobseekers were also

warned that some

employers would check

social media profiles.

If they showed you

doing stupid things, it

might not go well for you.

They also advised jobseekers

to be prepared for

interviews, to shake hands

and make eye contact, to

have alist of questions to

ask, and be early or on

time. If the questions were

answered during the interview,

say so.

Jobseekers were also

addressed by Simon Scott,

of the Ministry of Social

Development, and heard

about the Limited Service

Volunteer Scheme, from

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A catchy radio jingle is

encouraging residents to

text their postcode to 4196

to get alerts on their

mobile phones about

important things such as

road closures or boil­water


Communications manager

Ruben Garcia said

council had discontinued

the use of the Antenno

service, with the new free

txt/SMS service launched

on May 31.

More than 2100 people

are subscribed.

Meanwhile, work is

going on to improve the

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It will allow for directto­submitter


The app is used to

report (with photographs)

requests to fix any council

infrastructure such as

potholes or other issues.


Ashburton needs a‘‘clear

vision’’ for Ashburton airport,

mayor Donna Favel


She spoke as the council’s

Finance Committee

adopted a recommendation

from the Airport

Authority Subcommittee

that pending a development

plan, all applications

for buildings be approved

by the airport authority.

Coastal holiday home burns

Fire and insurance investigators

continue to investigate

the cause of atwostorey

house fire atHakatere

Huts early Monday


The fire, which gutted

the top floorofthe holiday

home atthe top ofHakatere

Drive was well ablaze

when neighbours were

alertedfrom windowspopping

just after 6am.

It had justbeenredecoratedand

was in theprocess

of being sold. The power

was still connected.

Fire and Emergency

New Zealand fire risk

management officerBevan

Findlay, along with an

insurance investigator

were on site earlier this

week and items had been

removed for testing.

‘‘While we are still following

upon afew outstanding

questions, we

were unable to determine

an exact cause. ‘‘We did

identify where in the house

the fire started, but as the

floor and wall in this area

was completely burned

away, it makes it difficult

to determine what inthat

area started the fire.’’

Mr Findlay said the

house had been unoccupied

for awhile and it was

a timely reminder for

people going away for

extended periods to turn

off anything electrical that

won’t be used ­even the

mains switch ifpossible.

Once discovered, local

members ofthe community

were able toput water

on it from the outside

using apump onsite, but

the structure was well


Fire and Emergency

New Zealand crews

responded with two pump

appliances (Ashburton 621

and 622), three tankers

(Ashburton 6211, Ashburton

9011, and Pendarves

8911), plus two smaller

crew vehicles.

They wereonsitefor an

hour and ahalf.

Another $400,000 in

community grants

All smiling at the latest funding round announcement are Alister Lilley (Lion

Foundation trustee), Neil Pluck, Liz Depree, both Rakaia Community

Association, Fleur Tompsett (Lion Foundation trustee), Brian Early and

Maxine Hooper, both Mid Canterbury Riding For Disabled.

Close to $400,000 has been distributed to

17 local organisations by the Ashburton

Trust and Lion Foundation regional

grants committee in its latest funding


Over the last four years $1.5 million

has been given to support 82 local

community groups and atotal of$25m

since 1990.

Grants come from a percentage of

gaming machine profits generated in the

district and are returned to avariety of

groups here that cover the broad areas of

sport, education, arts and welfare.

In the September round, Ashburton

Safer Community received $83,932

towards the salary costs of co­ordinators

who will run anew local suicide prevention

programme called Lives Worth


Mid Canterbury Cricket Association

received $45,000 for salaries and a

replacement artificial pitch and Tennis

Mid Canterbury got $40,000 for salaries,

hydro blades and tennis balls.

Plunket Mid Canterbury received

$30,000 for salaries, administration costs

and aheat pump, while Rakaia Golf Club

was given $18,000 for agreens mower.

Other recipients of grants in September

were Ashburton Railway&

Preservation Society ($30,000 ­ tractor

display shed), Ashburton Seniors Centre

($10,000 ­administration costs), Ashburton

Speedway ($12,000 ­ shed, tanks,

ambulance), Ashburton Trotting Club

($16,000 ­truck/tractor unit), Equestrian

Sport NZ ­Ashburton area ($8000­show

jumping expenses), Mid Canterbury

Children’s Theatre ($15,000 ­for Chitty

Chitty Bang Bang), Mid Canterbury

Emergency Relief Charitable Trust

($8000 ­ learn to drive costs), Mid

Canterbury Football ($30,000 ­development

officer salary), Mid Canterbury

Riding For Disabled ($10,400 ­ coach

and administrator salaries), Rakaia

Bowling Club ($9000 ­kitchen renovations),

Rakaia Community Association

($8060 ­library carpet, vacuum, laptops)

and Waireka Croquet Club ($10,000 ­

lawn maintenance).

Grant applications for the funding

round totalled $578,000 and afunding

committee made up of Ashburton Trust

board members, Ashburton mayor

Donna Favel and Lion Foundation

trustees Alister Lilley and Fleur Tompsett

(nee Mulligan) allocate the funds


The LionFoundation is involved in the

back office and compliance side of the

process, while local knowledge is used in

the ‘‘front office’’ delivery of funds to the

community, said Alister Lilley.

There were six funding rounds each

year and only one application was

allowed inper year by applicants.

Any group or organisation in the

Ashburton district was able to apply for a

grant, which was based on defined

criteria and required an online application

form to be completed, he said.

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Page 10, Ashburton’s The Courier, Thursday 26 September 2019


WEIR, Edward John: (Ted):

Passed away peacefully

at Coldstream Lifecare,

Ashburton on September

18, 2019. Aged 86 years.

Loved second son of the

late Bill and Molly Weir.

Loved brother and brother

in law ofHugh, Jean and

Marius Cabout, the late

Stuart, and Jeanette, Elsie,

and Gwenda and Murray

Hurst. Loved uncle of

his nieces and nephews.

Messages to the Weir family,

P O Box 472, Ashburton

7740. Many thanks to Dr

Lues and the wonderful

staff at Coldstream for their

care and attention given to

Tedover the last few years.

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and their families would

sincerely like to thank

everyone who supported

us over the last nine months

with Kathryn’s suffering.

The visits from family and

friends, the food, flowers,

friendships and the many

cards were amazing. The

wonderful support from Dr

Dean Harris (Christchurch

Oncology) Dr Avnit and the

team at Tinwald Medical

Centre, the Ashburton

Cancer Support Group,

District Nurses and the

team at Ashburton Hospital

PalliativeCare. Please accept

this as a personal thank

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will alwaysberemembered.

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DOC has added the

popular Pinnacles and

Woolshed Creek huts to

the national online booking

system to help meet

the needs of a wider

range of visitors.

The Mt Somers Track

is an overnight tramp

connecting Pinnacles and

Woolshed Creek huts

and showcases impressive

rock formations, historic

mines and stunning


In recent years both

huts have become

increasingly crowded,

particularly at weekends

and over the warmer


Adding the huts to the

booking system should

enable more people, particularly

families with children,

to plan their trip with

the reassurance they will

have abed to sleep on.

Visitors to Mt Somers

Track can book to stay in

the huts between October

1toApril 30. The booking

system will be upgraded

next year to include people

who have a Backcountry

Hut Pass.


The Ashburton Cadet

Unit annual dance fundraiser

is at 8pm on October

18 and not October 8as

stated in last week’s paper.

All proceeds from the

event go to St John Ashburton.


Ashburton council has

given $500 each to Ashburton

College and Mt Hutt

College for their end­ofyear


Top tappers put best

feet forward to score

Ashburton’s top toe

tappers notched up a

near­perfect score in

their first exam.

Charlie Backhurst

scored 98 out of 100, and

fellow members of

Desiree’s Tap Studio

team Sierra McCall,

Sophie Clucas and

Sophie Hart scored

97/100 in exams in


The girls, and baby

tappers Ellie McCall and

Zoe Clucas, make up the

Desiree Tap Studio team

and all attend Longbeach


They are taught by

Desiree Backhurst, who

learnt to tap in

Invercargill, and taught

there, before heading

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Booze pressure to fore

Underage drinking and

teenage peer pressure

was highlighted during a

Smashed Project performance

given to Year 9

students at Ashburton


Peer pressure, social

awkwardness and the

effects of alcohol on the

brain and body were

covered by an interactive

performance by

Auckland­based Smashed

Project performers

Troy Vandergoes (as 17

year old Caleb), Carrise

Utai (Charlotte, 15) and

Kieran Milton (Jack, 16).

The trio, who have just

finished touring secondary

schools in the North

Island and are working

their way down the South

Island’s East Coast, roleplay

teenagers dealing

with the dangers of

underage drinking and

how it can have negative,

and unintended, consequences.

Alcohol effects

ranged from paranoia,

jealously, aggression and

poor decision­making to

loss of body function like

slurring, stumbling to

vomiting or worse as the

brain slows down, before

shutting down.

The 30­minute realistic

show depicted asnapshot

from the life of many

teenagers; boredom,

wanting to fit in, escapism

and rebellion ­going back

decades ­ but with the

added pressure of social

media, where drunken

events are recorded or

photographed for all to

see, forever.

The show, which tells a

story connecting with the

Year 9s, was interspersed

with information about

underage drinking and its

effects and was followed

by an interactive audience

session to gage

response from students

about the role each of the

characters played and to

consider alternative

strategies to resist peer


They revisited some of

the scenes in the performance

which, with different

decisions offered

by the audience, could

have ended differently.

Charlie Backhurst, Sophie

Clucas, Sierra McCall

and, front, Ellie McCall,

Zoe Clucas and Sophie

Hart in the Willowby Hall.

It reminded students

that ‘‘we are responsible

for our own actions and

decisions, there is always


Among the information

was the time it took

the body to process alcohol

with astandard size

alcoholic drink taking

one hour to filter through

an average adult liver but

two to three times longer

for ateenager.

Alcohol affected teenagers

‘‘harder, faster and

is in the system longer’’

and a drinking session

with six drinks would

mean ‘‘around 10 hours

not thinking straight’’.

Photo: Smashed Project

performers Troy

Vandergoes (as 17 year

old Caleb), Carrise Utai

(Charlotte, 15) and

Kieran Milton (Jack, 16)

did a 30­minute show

depicting the perils of

teenage underage drinking.

Council CEO Hamish Riach comments

Voting papers are

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Once every three years,

an important occasion

rolls around for communities

across the

country that determines

the priorities, decisions

and outcomes that will

affect local people. I’m

speaking, of course of

the local government

elections, and now is that

all­important time to

decide who you would

like to represent you

around the Ashburton

District Council table.

Votingisnow openfor

elections until 12 noon,

Saturday 12 October. If

you are an enrolled

voter, your ballot papers

should have arrived in

your mailbox inthe last

few days, as they began

distribution on 20 September.

Your voting papers

are powerful documents.

They are your opportunity

to influence local

democracy and make

your voice heard. They

are your chance to consider

what’s important to

you and select officials

that you believe will

most effectively represent

those views.

For our district, elections

are being held for

the mayoralty; the Ashburton,

Western and

Eastern Wards; and the

Ashburton Licensing

Trust. Four nominations

were received for five

vacancies to the Methven

Community Board,

and therefore these

candidates have been

declared elected. A byelection

will be called for

the remaining vacancy

later this year.

In addition to the

Council, you are also

invited to elect representatives

for Environment

Canterbury and

the Canterbury District

Health Board.

Local governments

make decisions that

affect infrastructure,

services and activities

that you use and access

every day. It’s the water

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the roads you drive on,

the community halls and

facilities you go to, the

funding your community

group applies for, and

the attraction of investment

and business to

town that creates jobs

and supports economic


Being able to choose

who makes these decisions

onyour behalf is a

opportunity I strongly

urge all voters to take


This chance only comes

around once every three

years, so be sure tomake

yourvoice heard this election.

Whether you are young,

old, working, retired,

studying, have a family,

are independent, have

lived here all your life or

have not long come tothe

Ashburton District, the

local government elections

are for you.

Don’t neglect the

special envelope that

might be sitting on your

kitchen table. Fill out the

ballot papers, put them

into the pre­paid envelope

and drop them into

the post no later than

Tuesday 8 October, or

alternatively, take them to

the Council office by 12

noon, 12 October.


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Two Ashburton

council social housing

units in Mona

Square, Ashburton,

are vacant and will

not be brought up to


Property manager

Colin Windleborn

said neither were

suitable because of

mould issues and a

shower over abath.

He said council

was working on a

much larger project ­

a report it was

preparing on the

future management

of its units in Ashburton,

Methven and


That report is due

before the end of the


Meanwhile, council

has nine people on

the waiting list for

units, three wanting

single units and four

wanting double units.

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New faces at support trust

Dairy farmers Cole

Groves and Josh Dondertman

and mental wellbeing

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Chamberlain are some of

the new faces at Rural

Support Trust (RST) Mid


Mr Groves and Mr

Dondertman have been

appointed to the RST

board of trustees, and Mr

Chamberlain as chairman

of the RST community

welfare committee following

a review of the

organisation and a publicity

drive to fill roles to

double its volunteer base

due to increasingly complex


The skills and experience

of people putting

theirhand up to volunteer

has been overwhelming,

says board of trustees

chairman Peter Reveley.

The trust has just gone

through a review of its

work by independent

auditor Sue Wells, and

the information publicly

released this week.

Mr Reveley said an

impressive number of

people, with rural backgrounds

and knowledge

of welfare and counselling,

and governance

experience put their

names forward, which

would help with the

‘‘increasingly complex


Under the new trust

structure there are five

areas; RST trustees,

administration, response

and recovery committee,

welfare committee and


The RST trustees will

deal with governance and

the welfare committee

will include community

welfare and Mycoplasma

bovis; and liaison will

include staff from Ministry

for Primary Industries,

Civil Defence and other

stakeholders as required.

The trust initially

started in 1991 as an

adverse event charity trust

with Ministry of Agriculture,

Federated Farmers

and Ashburton District


A seven­person team

was set up to be prepared

for any adverse events,

which meant meeting

once totwice ayear.

Now the trust has five

employees dealing with

the ‘‘serious stuff’’ and a

swag of volunteers from

board level to helping on

the ground, meeting once

amonth in the Federated

Farmers office inAshburton.

Other members

appointed are: board of

trustees Allan Baird,

Alasdair Urquhart, Don

Geddes, Marg Verall

and Sue Baird; response

and recovery committee;

Allan Baird, Don Geddes,

Alasdair Urquhart,

Jill Newton, Civil

Tight race for WI bowls

The Canterbury Federation

of Women’s

Institutes (WI) let their

competitive spirit shine

during the annual

regional interprovincial

indoor bowls playoffs

in Ashburton last


The play­offs, at the

Ashburton Indoor

Bowls Stadium, were to

select a team of three

to represent the wider

Canterbury district at

the national tournament

in Lower Hutt

early next year.

Mid Canterbury Federation

of Women’s

Institutes (WI) president

Mavis Wilkins

said it was tight competition

between North

Canterbury, Canterbury

District, CanterburyEastand


the South

Canterbury and Waimate

federations were

unable to ‘‘field’’ a

team each.

It was eventually won

by North Canterbury

team of Ngareta

Orchard, Lorraine

Duncan and Mavis

Elms, who clinched the

win by one point over

Mid Canterbury, who

haven’t had a team in

the nationals for at

least five years.

‘‘The spirit has been

great, the bowls have

been good and plenty

of laughter which is the

main purpose of the

whole day,’’ Mrs Wilkins


At the play­offsthere

were anumber of supporters


national WI president

Fay Leonard, of North

Canterbury, who got to

have afill­in game and

national executive

member Katherine

Hopkinson, also a

North Canterbury supporter.

Official measurer

George Anderson was

there to keep the peace


The Mid Canterbury

team was made up of

Denise Clark, Jude

Vaughan and Yvonne

Lister, who was filling

in for Mrs Wilkins.

Defence Emergency

Management liaison

James Lamb, MPI liaison

Loretta Dobbs and

Lynda Clark; community

welfare committee (community

welfare) coordinator

Judy Skevington,

committee Wendy

Creurer, Esther Hunter,

Connie Quigley and

Bruce Sim, Mbovis coordinator

Frances Beeston,

facilitators Wendy

Hewitt, Sophie Shearer

and Marie McAnulty

with MPI liaisons

Loretta Dobbs, Lynda

Clark and Alison

McColl; administration

Megan Parsons and

social media Selwyn




Ashburton­based Ruralco

was named winner of the

2019 ACC Champion

Workplace Safety category

at the prestigious

Westpac Champion Business


The awards, which celebrate

excellence, innovation,

growth and the

successes of Canterbury

businesses, were presented

at an event at

Horncastle Arena, in

Christchurch and reinforced

the work being

done by the co­operative

was on track.

Ruralco compliance

manager Peter Jacob,

unable to be at the

awards, was thrilled

Ruralco had won.



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Issue 32

26 September 2019

Message From ThePrincipal

College Tours

As this newsletter is published in today’s edition

Iwill be in Japan with atour group of College

students of Japanese, as they embark on their

sixteen day tour. This is usually abiennial event

and today weare arriving at our sister school,

Tokorozawa Kita High School, where we will

be hosted by families and visiting the school.

For many ofthe students and myself this may

well be the highlight of the trip because, as we know, the family

experience gives you asample of real life inany country. My thanks to

Hiromi Horsley,Teacher of Japanese,and also to the parents forthe huge

level of organisation and fundraising thathas made this trip possible.

We also, this student holiday break, have our students of Classics in

Greeceand Italy wherethey aresharing the adventurewith students from

Hillmorton High School, as acombined tour. This isthe second biennial

event for this combined group and it puts areal-world context into

their learning subjects. Mythanks gototeaching staff members Greta

Hampton and Michael Clarkfor accompanying this trip,and again forthe

massive amount offundraising this group has undertaken over the last


Additionally, wehave agroup in Germany, where they will grow their

understanding of the country and their fluency with the language. This

trip is being led by teaching staff member TomKitchen, which will be an

interesting experiencefor him, as he waspreviously partofthistour party

when taking partasastudentatAshburtonCollege.

None of these trips would be possible without our ongoing parental and

communitysupport so we areincrediblyfortunate.

Enrolment Interviews

My thanks to the255 families who booked in with their Year 8child foran

enrolmentinterview last week.These fifteen minuteinterviewsenableus

to have accurate data forenrolment,supplementedbymaterial supplied

by the contributing schools and also by our Year 9pastoral team who

visit and speak with the teachers of our future students to gather their

recommendations. It is very worthwhile gathering this information,

and we look forward to enrolling any further students who have not yet

completed the process.

End-of-Year Reports

Students in Years 11-13 will receive their end of year reports this week.

Thereason forissuing them at thistimeistoallowstudents time to rectify

anygaps or concerns over this final vacation.

When we return for Term 4there is, infact, only three weeks of school

left before the NCEA exams begin. Therefore, it is really important that

studentsmake the most of the next fiveweekstoensurethat theyachieve

their goals forthe year.


My thanks, particularly to our College staff, for ahuge term. Now that

internal assessment has been finished they can have some well-earned

respite time over the student holiday break, before the final push for



Ross Preece, Principal


College Hosted Award-Winning Illustrator


Earlier this month the AshburtonCollege Libraryhosted DonovanBixley, an

award-winning illustratorand book designer. Aspartof‘Writers in Schools’,

Read NZ Te PouMuramurasponsored Donovantospend aday in our library.

College student artists and

writers were able to select from

arange of sessions/workshops

offered by Donovan (pictured

left), through which he shared

stories from his experience as

an Illustrator and Author. He

was engaging, entertaining

and witty. Feedback from

the students was that they

found the sessions to be very

interesting,with his stories delivered with passion and knowledge.

Some of the students’quotes were:

• ‘The art session was really fun and helpful. Itwas quite interactive and

everyonehad the opportunitytoshare their ideas if they wantedto’.

• ‘He wasveryinterested in whatwehad questions about and whatwesaid.

He encouraged us alot to just go for something. Hewas very kind and

funnyand Iknowthat mostly everyone will have learnt something’.

• ‘Ienjoyedhearing his pointofview, tips about writing and just hearing his

story. It was quite cool to meet and learn from afull-time illustrator and

author working in New Zealand’.


StudentExecutive Hold Successful Quizco

Maisie Looij,ofthe StudentExecutiveCommittee,advises thatonFriday13

September the Collegiate North Rugby Club was alight with the sound of

pens furiously scribblinganswers down on to pieces of paper.

The Ashburton College Quizco had officially come to town and teams

full of people of all ages had gathered in the hall to compete inaheated

competition that would see abountiful amount of winners receive various


The night was a raging success,

complete with random bars of

chocolate being handed out to

participants who fitted into varying


Pondering the next set of questions

aremembers of the StudentExecutive

(pictured right, anti-clockwise from

front right): Mollie Gibson (Head Girl),

Kate McIlroy (Secretary), William

Wallis (Head Boy) and Mitchell Farr

(Head of StudentWelfareCommittee).

(Pictured left, leftand right):

Fred Belfordand Jacklyn Afukeep

the participants’sugar levels up as

they manage the food supplies.

Overall Winners

The overall winners were a team

composed of the Principal, a

Chemistry Teacher, aStudent, and a

very brightman!

(Pictured below, lefttoright):

Ross Preece(Principal), PeterLee

(Chemistry Teacher),Ocean Waitokia

(student) and Kieran (Irish)Gray(intelligentman!) made winning look easy

as they racked

up atotal of 121

points over the


points more

than the second

placed team,

Hungry Hippos.

Fundraising andRecipients

The Student Executive Committee, who worked hard tomake the night

asuccess, also racked up avictory for themselves, making approximately

$1200. As well, they were able to add the night to the list of achievements

forthe year.

Well done to everyone who participatedand

we hopeyou all had agreat time!

Themoneyraised will go to the YMCA YouthResiliencyprogramme.

Appreciation to Sponsors

Ashburton College and the Student Executive extends very sincere

appreciation to the sponsors of the event. Your community-minded

contributions added to the success of the night.

Thank you to: RuralCo, Gabites Ltd, EANetworks Centre, Claire Bubb,

New World Ashburton, Whitcoulls Ashburton, Spray Marks Ashburton,

Mitre10Mega Ashburton, Millwood Nurseries.


Final WinterTournamentWeek Results

As advised in last week’s newsletter we are now including results and

information from the remaining two New Zealand Secondary Schools’

WinterTournamentweek teams.

Girls’ 1st XI Hockey –5th Placing

This team emerged with very good results from the Jenny McDonald Cup,

Tier 4Hockey Tournament held in Cromwell, from 02-06 September, with

sixteen contesting teams.

The team and management (pictured above, back row, left toright):

Hannah Young (Manager), Sarah Wilson, Montana Cannan, Anna Gray,

Chloe Buchanan, Zoe Aschen, Hannah O'Reilly, Brie Rudolph, Grace Quinn,

TC Trusler-Clark, KarenMcIntyre(Coach).

(Front row left to right): Emma Lill, Leah Doig, Emily Armstrong,

Tegan McIntyre (Captain),Maddy Wilson, Jessie Pitney.


Pool GameResults andDescriptions

ManagerHannah Young givesusanoutlineofthe individual games.

Game 1-Against South Canterbury Rural (5-0 win to College): The

AshColl girls had agreat start tothe first game of the tournament, with

Emily Armstrong and Sarah Wilson both scoring goals. Inthe second

quarter Sarah Wilson scored the third goal with great support from

Madison Trusler-Clark. Madison carried the ball beautifully into the circle,

beating anumber ofplayers before passing the ball to Sarah onthe post

who slotted inthe goal. Sarah then went on to scorethe fourth goal of the

game. Inthe third and fourth quarters the girls were alittle tired, and lost

their goal-scoring momentum. However, Maddy Wilson scored the fifth

andfinal goal forthe game off astraightshot in the penaltycorner.

Game 2-AgainstGoreHighSchool (2-0 win to College): This opposition

wasanunknown quantity, but the AshColl team came out firing onceagain

and managed to put their first goal past Gore High School in first five minutes

of the first quarter. This wasagood team goal,with Emily Armstrong's stick

the last to touch the ball as it went in the goal.

Gore High School settled into the game inthe second and third quarter,

playing very defensively,makingitveryhardfor AshColl to score. However,

mid-way through the third quarter AshColl scored their second goal, by

Maddy Wilson with another one of her fabulous straight shot hits off


AshCollremainedonattack forthe majorityofthe game,against Gore High

School’s defencewhich wasverystrong and congested. TheAshCollmidline

of Emma Lill,Hannah O’Reilly,Tegan McIntyre and Montana Cannan did

agreat job at holding their wide-field structureand trying different ways to

attack the circle.

Game 3-Against Dunstan High School (2-1 loss for College): This was

atournament make orbreak game. IfAshburton College won ordrew the

game they would finish topoftheir pool and progress to the topfour playoffs.

Aloss meant second-placedinthe pool and play-off in the 5th to 8th


Hannah said the game ended up being like abattlefield, with Dunstan

High School managing to scoreagoal in the first quarter. However, AshColl

didn't drop their heads,continuing to fightall game to get agoal back.

During the third quarter Jessie Pitney had agreat run down the field into

the circle and managed to slotone past the goalie,toeventhe score. In the

fourth quarter AshColl was put on defence. Dunstan really wanted the win

and unfortunately for College was awarded a‘fluke’penalty corner where

AshColl conceded asecondgoal.

AshburtonCollege continued to fighthardinthe remaining five minutes of

the game but unfortunately they could not get agoal back. Itwas atough

game forthe girls, withsomeharshcalls made on both teams,but Dunstan

adapted and took advantage of them.

Cross-Over Play

Game 4-Against CromwellCollege (2-0 win to AshColl): At tournament

in 2016 Ashburton College lost to Cromwell College in the final, sothe

team knew this would be atough game. Hannah said they took on board

everything thatCoachKaren McIntyre hadtalked with them about over the

week and they played anexcellent game of hockey, completely marking

Cromwell College out of the game, and giving them very few attacking


Chloe Buchanan, Brie Rudolph, Grace Quinn and Anna Gray all had a

fantastic game in the defensive line. The whole team held their structure

and passed the ball around the fieldbeautifully,with anumber of very close

opportunities to scoregoals in fieldplay.

Thetwo goals thatAshburtonCollege scored were off penaltycorners.One

in the first quarter-scoredbyHannah O’Reilly -and the other in the fourth

quarterbyMaddy Wilson.

FinalsPlay-Offfor 5th or 6th Placing

Game 5-Against Taieri College (1-0 win): In this final game of the

tournament, AshColl started the game calm, well-structured and playing

their owngame. Although the first quarterremainedscoreless,AshColl had

the upper hand, andthe first and only goal of the game wasscoredbyEmily

Armstrong in the second quarter.

The AshColl team had this game well under control, giving Taieri very

few attacking chances and AshColl had a number of near misses.

Montana Cannan and Tegan McIntyre both had an outstanding game.

They used skill, and thought strategically about keeping possession of the


AshColl’s Most Valuable Player for the Tournament –Tegan McIntyre

Tegan led the team consistently well in every game. Not only did she play

outstanding hockey all week,she also represented Ashburton College well

and showedexcellentleadership both on and off the field.

ZoeAschen also had abrilliant tournament, and wasthe only goalie at the

tournamentnot afraid to come out of the goal and charge attacking players

in one-on-one situations, saving some blinders of goals throughout the


Special mention goes to: Tegan McIntyre, Emily Armstrong,

Chloe Buchanan and Zoe Aschen. As Year 13 students this was their last

tournamentplaying hockey forAshburtonCollege.

Abig thank youisgiven to all four fortheir love of the game,desiretolearn

and improve and, more recently, their senior leadership within the team.

Hannahsaid thatall will be dearly missed on and off the turf!

Coming Events


27 Final dayofTerm 3

28-13 Oct StudentHolidayBreak

14 Oct StartofTerm 4

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Issue 32

26 September 2019


Senior Boys’Basketball –15th Placing

TheBoys’ College ABasketball team competed in the Schick AA Secondary

School Zone 4Nationals, held in Nelson from 04-07 September, within a

field of twenty two teams. The team’s three wins and five losses reaped a

final placing of 15th.

Coach BrianKerr outlines their games –

Game 1- vShirleyBoys’High School,loss 81–44: Theboyswerecertainly

up for this challenge and played well in general. However they struggled

to find the net even though they gave themselves plenty of opportunities.

Fotu Hala scored 16 points, but his time on court was limited due to early

foul trouble.

Game 2-vMarlborough Boys’High School,win 100–74: In this game the

players employed a1-2-1-1 press which proved very effective increating

turnovers and allowing College to get theirrunning game going. The boys

were excellentacross the board. SamPearce had agreat game top-scoring

with 24 points,with RileySaadding afurther 21.

Game 3-vWaimea College, loss 102–88: This was aterrific game where

the team threw everything at astrong Waimea team, with College leading

half-way through the third quarter. At this stage Waimea looked like they

mightpull away comfortably,asthey gotupto14pointsahead. However,

College didn’t go away and with acouple of minutes to go had dragged

the score back to within 6points which panicked Waimea into calling a

time out. Again, fouls were problematic and Waimea took out ahighquality

encounter, which saw big games by Fotu Hala, Sam Pearce and


Game 4-vJames Hargest, win 57–44: This was agame College should

have dominated. However some tired bodies, and an inspired defensive

effort byJames Hargest, made it alot tighter than necessary, with College

battlingthrough foranuninspiring win.

Game 5-vStBede’s College, for aclose 84–81 loss: St Bede’s had dealt

College a28pointhiding in the Thomson Trophyearlier in the year,but the

boys went out on amission. Again, utilising the press, they put St Bede’s

under alot of pressure, withthe game going down to the wire and again it

wasa50/50 call thatprovedcostly. Fotu Hala had an opportunitytoeven

the game through aset move and the shot wasstraight, but just hit the back

partofthe rim. St Bede’s were definitely relieved at the endofthe game.

Fotu Hala was massive with 30 points (4 –3pointers), Sam Pearce was

everywhere with 18 points and Mitch Ruffell shot some big shots hitting

15 points,all of which were 3pointers.

Game 6-vChristchurch Boys’ High School, and another close loss,

79–76: For the second time on the same day, College missed out by 3

points,inwhatwas another tough encounterinwhich the boys were again

excellent. We had opportunities to win, however Fotu fouling out halfway

through the 4th quarterhad an effect. Despitethis setback, the team nearly

pulled off the win. Again therewas an opportunityatplaytotake the lead,

at down by one pointatthe time. However Boys’High managed to pick off

the in-bound pass and took the win. This was another terrific game which

went down to the wire

Fotu Hala scored 22 points, SamPearce 19 points and Pasi Hala 12 points.

Game 7-vStThomas of Canterbury College, loss 88–65: On this

occasion, atired-looking team took the courtbut they playedreallywellup

until half-waythrough the thirdquarterand then literally ranout of steam,

to allowStThomastorun out as comfortable winners.

Game 8-vTimaruBoys’ High School,win 88–73: Afteranearly 10 point

lead to AshColl in the first quarter, Timaru pulled their way back to even

through some highly accurate 3point shooting. The score remained tight

until the start ofthe fourth quarter, with College holding a4point lead at

the half-time break. AshColl then dominated the fourth quarter, pushing

to the win.

SamPearce top-scored with 27 points,including four 3pointers; KalenTait

17 points,with two3pointers; and Fotu Hala and RileySa, both 13 points.


Forthis tournamentthe team missed out on the services of Quinn Ritchie,

due to aknee injury sustained three weeks earlier. There was ahope that

he would playlaterinthe tournament. However, afterhaving some time on

the court, Quinn decided not to risk further injury, which wasaverymature

decision from ayoung head who desperately wantedtoplay.

Will Joyce wasanother playerwho had really improved over the season and

had shown whathewas capable of. Unfortunately he’d picked up aniggle

at the team’s last training run and,after acouple of games,the injuryflared

up and ruled himout of the rest of the tournament.


Fotu Hala showedhow muchofaninfluential playerhewas.When he stayed

on court, we performed really well but he unfortunately did find himself in

foul trouble, often due tothe aggressive way he plays. Onsome occasions

he seemed alittle unluckywhen he picked up‘soft’fouls which, coach Brian

Kerrsaid,was areal shame. But,still agood tournament forFotu.

SamPearce really stepped up at this tournamentand just worked so hard.

He wasdefensively astuteand wasexcellentonthe fast break,aconsistent

scorer and forhis coach, College’s playerofthe tournament.

Riley Sa, aYear 10 player, also had areally good tournament. Sometimes

showing his offensive skills, itwas his defensive work that really stood out.

He worked well in combination with the Hala brothers to makeaneffective

back-courtunit. Healso got givenresponsibilitytocarry the ball,which he

did really well.

Pasi Hala had the unenviable task of being in the mix against bigger

opponents but battled well and never gave up. Hehad areally good

tournamentasabit of an unsung hero.

Kalen Tait and Thomas Patterson shared the starting five duties in the

absence ofQuinn, and both were excellent. They are two totally different

players who‘got the job done’, with both boys putting their hearts and souls

into the job at hand.

MitchRuffell had agood tournament. Rugged and totally a‘no frills’player,

Mitch showed offhis shooting skills, especially from the arc. He had some

good returns offensively and wasareal battler on the defensiveend.

Liam Sullivan would run all day, has agood work ethic,and wasaggressive

and great onthe loose ball. Confidence offensively is developing and he

stepped up in acouple of the close games as well.

JacobSwan picked up aplace vacated earlier in the season, initially in the

Wednesday night competition games and, as aresult, was offered aspot

at the tournament and jumped at it. Hehad some wonderful moments.

especially on the defensive boards; boxed out well and took the few

opportunities he had on offence.


Brian said they had areally good team unit, with that bond increasing at

tournament time. The boys should be proud ofhow they played because,

with abit more good fortune, the 15th place finish could have been much

higher. Importantly,they playedhardfor each other.


Theteam loses three from this squad,being Fotu,Quinn and Sam and they

will be missed, and have been appreciated for what they have contributed

to the team. On the plus side,the team is fortunate to have agood core of

players with tournamentexperiencetotake into next years’squad.

The team (pictured above, back row, left toright): Liam Sullivan, Riley Sa,

Fotu Hala, Jacob Swan, Pasi Hala.

(Front row, left to right): Will Joyce, Mitch Ruffell, Quinn Ritchie,

Thomas Patterson, SamPearce,Kalen Tait,Brian Kerr(Coach).

(Absent from photo): Nigel (Skip) Joyce (Manager), Andrew Shepherd

(Manager and AssistantCoach).

ImpressiveMedal-Winning KarateResults

The Canterbury Cup and South Island School Karate Championships were

held on Saturday 14September. Jacqui Windhorst from the JION I.K.D.A.

(International Karate Dojo Ashburton) said that the Canterbury Cup and

South Island School Championships were both originally planned for the

Saturdayand Sundaybut,due to smaller than expecteddivision entries the

events were put into Saturday, making foralong dayfor competitors.


Due toinjury, Kyle Cabangun unfortunately had to withdraw from three

divisions which were held later inthe day, but his earlier results were very

positive, as can be seen below.

Max Nicol also had to withdraw from his final school Kumite division, due

to illness.

Coach/Manager of the team is Sensei Thorsten Windhorst.


South Island SecondarySchools’Championship 2019

MaxNicol 1st Male KATA Intermediate

Unable to competeinKumite,due to illness

Kaimana Acidera 2nd Male KATA Intermediate

2nd Male KUMITE 58kg+

Madison Soal 2nd Female KATA Intermediate

2nd Female Under 14 KUMITE 45kg+

Kyle Cabangun Unable to competeinKata orKumite due to injury

CanterburyCup 2019

Kyle Cabangun (pictured right):

in the Open Kata.

1st Male 14-17years KATA Premier

2nd Male Open KATA

UnabletocompeteinKumite Division



Male 14-16 DevelopmentKumite

2nd Male 14-17 DevelopmentKATA

Kaimana Acidera

2nd Male 12-13 Intermediate KATA

1st Male 12-13 Intermediate KUMITE

Madison Soal

1st Female 12-13 Intermediate KATA

1st Female 12-15 Intermediate KUMITE


(pictured left, left

to right):


Kaimana Acidera,

Kyle Cabangun,

Madison Soal.

2019 Aoraki Mountain Biking Championships

AshColl had four riders in this event, in Oamaru, onSunday 15September.

Afterrain postponement on the Saturday, riders were keen to get started.

Overall the College team performed very well, gaining three second and

one fourth placing.

Theteam lookedverysmartintheir new MTBridingtops,kindly sponsored

by AshburtonCollege BoardofTrustees Chair JeremySavage. The riders are

most appreciativeofthis generosityand forbeing able to ride in gear clearly

representing AshburtonCollege.

(Pictured right, lefttoright):

Riley Blundell,Mya Johnston,

Brad Blundell,Mitchell Leath.

Coach and Manager of the

team are Jess Bennett and

Jocelyn Johnston.

Individual Results:

RileyBlundell Under 15 Boys 2ndplaced Enduroand Cross Country

Mitchell Leath Under 15 Boys 11th placed Cross Country

MyaJohnston Under 17 Girls 3rdplaced Enduro

Target Shooters’Fifth ConsecutiveTeam Win

AshburtonCollege’s Target Shooters have continued to performat

asignificantly high level, with AshburtonCollege winning the New

Zealand‘Triple S’ Teams’Event forthe fifth consecutiveyear which is

an outstanding outcome,highlighting real dedication and skill.

Behind College in second and thirdplaces were Cambridge and Dannevirke

High Schools.

The Winning College Team consisted of Shania Harrison-Lee,

JacobKilworth, CharlotteMcKenzie and Emma Smith.

(Pictured right, lefttoright):

Charlotte McKenzie, Emma Smith,

Shania Harrison-Lee.

(Pictured below): Jacob Kilworth

showing his personal best on a

double target (98.5+, 96.5).

Brad Blundell Under 17 Boys

4th placed Enduro

(pictured left)

2nd placed Cross Country

(Pictured above,leftand right):

CharlotteMcKenzie and Shania

Harrison-Lee in action.

Notable Results

Year 12 national shooter,Shania Harrison-Lee said thatespecially notable in

the results was Emma Smith who placed 1st in AGrade on atotal of 493.24;

and Year 9student Charlotte McKenzie who placed first in DGrade on a

total of 477.19. Jacob Kilworth was also well-placed, inDGrade, scoring

466.13 points to place 5th from the ninety shooters in DGrade. This is the

first year competing forboth Charlotteand Jacob.

Theshooters in this competition competeoverfour rounds.

College Top-Scorers in this round were -

Shania Harrison-Lee (199.16) and Emma Smith (198.10).

Shania was the only competitor in the Masters Class but, ascan be seen

below, her levels of success remained extraordinarily high.

Defending Champion Success for Shania Harrison-Lee

NZTShas announced that defending champion, Shania Harrison-Lee, has

retained her Triple SCrown. After losing the lead in Round 2, Shania only

dropped one more point inthe last two rounds to clinch the Triple STitle,

with her combined scoreof494.33.

This was aclosely fought battle with College team mate, Emma Smith

coming in second, only one pointbehind,on493.24.

The second AshburtonCollege team also placed respectably–

• SamSmith 10th in CGrade, from thirty three shooters, on


Finishing in the TopQuarter of DGrade,from the field of 90 competitors,

were -

• Jack McIntosh 6th placed, on463.13.

• Brontson Cudmore 18th placed,on454.10.

• SarahduToit 20th placed,on453.10.

• Jack Jones 24th placed,on452.05.

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RDR engineering feat celebrated

By Toni Williams

The 67km long Rangitata

Diversion Race (RDR)

may have started from

humble beginnings, with

workers using picks,

shovels and wooden

wheelbarrows in its

development at

Klondyke, Mid Canterbury

in 1937.

But it has gone on to

supply water to the

district’s plains and helping

to generate great

social and economic

benefits to Mid Cantabrians;

from the people on

the land, to those in its

towns and villages.

The engineering feat of

its development was celebrated

last week by the

Mid Canterbury RDR

community; those connected

to the system such

as farmer and RDR Management


chair Richard Wilson,

irrigation scheme representatives,

members of

the engineering fraternity

and other invited guests

including ‘RDR Kid’ Viv

Barrett, 87, (who, at age

five, lived with his family

in the RDR camp at

Ealing as his father Jim,

was the first RDR raceman).

Speakers included Mr

Wilson, Environment

Canterbury’s David Caygill,

Institution of Professional

Engineers New

Zealand (IPENZ) Dr

Terry Heiler and Engineering

New Zealand

heritage adviser Cindy


RDRML interim chief

executive officer Tony

McCormick said the

celebration was the

result of discussions

between RDR Management

Ltd (RDRML),

including former CEO

Ben Curry (also in

attendance), and IPENZ

who agreed the RDR

project needed better


An official information

board detailing its

history and its ‘‘engineering

wizardry’’ was

unveiled at the Rangitata

River intake at the top of

Klondyke Terrace during

the celebration.

The RDR, completed

in 1945, runs from the

intake on the Rangitata

River to adischarge site

at Highbank on the

Rakaia River.

Mr Wilson said the

RDR was an icon which

was built and had

‘‘served the community

very, very well‘‘.

‘‘As afarmer who has

spent all my life within

the schemes (MHV and

ALIL), I feel that the

RDR is part ofmyriver,

the Rangitata, because

it’s an incredible part of

its social economy and

everything that has come

out of this district.’’

‘‘The economic backbone

of our community

is anchored in our ability

to use water for irrigation

and electricity

generation and also in

the future may help it

enhance our environmental


through MAR (managed

aquifer recharge systems).’’

‘‘It is agreat testament

to the designers(from its

origins with flat irrigation,

to spray, pivot

and in the future to

variable rate irrigation)

the RDR still runs the

same way and fills the

same purposeitwas built

for,’’ he said.

‘‘Mid Canterbury’s

economic prosperity is

linked to the ability to

use our plentiful water

resource, and without

the RDR running across

the top, we would be very

hamstrung to be able to

RDR Management Ltd (RDRML) chair Richard Wilson, RDRML interim chief

executive officer Tony McCormick and Institution of Professional

Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) Terry Heiler speaking of the engineering

feat of the Rangitata Diversion Race.

get the water from (the

intake) and to all the

farms and the communities

it serves. With a

reliable water source

communities flourish.’’

ECan’s David Caygill

was the former minister

of finance, who signed

the transfer documents

from the crown to the

local community back on

October 1, 1990.

‘‘I was proud to be part

of that transfer, I was

confident that itwas the

right thing for the Government

to be doing.’’

It was an example ofa

project which was better

to be administered

locally or privately rather

than publicly, he said.

‘‘I think it has been­

...when Ithink what this

project has contributed

to the community, Iam

well satisfied.’’

IPENZ Terry Heiler

said the RDR designers

back in 1935 ­ 37 were

dealing with complex

hydrologic issues which

were, even now, studied

using complex computer


‘‘...but theseguys got it

right. They got the

hydrology right, as

proven by 75 years of


Dr Heiler spoke of the

size of the gorge project

and the use of adiversion

of water via gravel

weirs and its difference

to abridge with heritage


‘‘TheRDR is asystem,

a complete system that

starts here at the river

and reaches right into

the financial and wellbeing

health of the Ashburton

River,’’ he said.

‘‘It was the biggestand

the boldest move that

was made in a country

coming out of depression

and looking forward to

WorldWar. It was abold

move to realise the

potential of the trans­

Rangitata desert that noone

else could farm in

the years leading up to

The RDR intake at Klondyke.

the year the water was

available in 1945.’’

Dr Heiler said in the

1920s the only thing the

land produced well was

rabbits and Nor’westers.

‘‘In those early days,

this concept was in itself

of international importance,

to envisage the

diversion of an alpine

river from a vicious

gorge carrying high bedload,

the transporting

and distribution of it

across the plains, the

crossing of12rivers ­all

of them equally difficult ­

the inclusion of hydroelectric

power generation

at the same time ­

which in itself was avery

new thing,’’ Dr Heiler


The race was initially

celebrated in 1990 under

the Engineering New

Zealand’s heritage project.

It was listed as one of

69 worthy examples of

New Zealand engineers

which helped to shape

the communities of the

nation. Those heritage

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Books, bargains bring out crowds

The weather played its part and decent crowds descended on Ashburton for Boulevard Day on

Monday. Stalls lined East Street between Havelock and Moore streets and included local and out of

town businesses, as well as local service clubs and groups. There was also live music and anumber

of food options.

Thousands of people

have turned out to snap

up abargain duringthe

40th annual Bookarama

sale at the Sports Hall,in

downtown Ashburton.

The week­long event,

which startedon

Mondayand continues

until lunchtime

Saturday, saw people of

all agesand stages

pouring through the tens

of thousandsofsecondhand


music recordings and

magazinesonsale for

bargain prices.

Such was the volume

of booksfor sale, puzzles

and DVDs were

relegated to the upstairs

level of the hall.

Bookarama is the

biggest fundraising event

on the RotaryClub of

Ashburton’s calendar

and this year members

sortedthrough around

1000 banana boxes full

of books, puzzles,

magazines, CDs,vinyl

records, DVDs, games

and pictures.

They were categorised

into fiction and nonfiction,

and then into

categories such as travel,

gardening,sport, New

Zealand, cooking, craft

and technical.

Money raised from

the event will go towards

offering valuable

reading, learning and

educationalsupport and

opportunities in the


My vision forAshburtonDistrict:

Ourcountry and townspeople work as onetohelp everyone prosper

Ourdistricthas economic growth

OurCBD is revitalised

Ouragricultural sectorremainsstrong

Ourrivers areclean and healthy

Ourratesare kept affordable

OurCouncil finances arewell managed

Ourcommunityreceives goodservice

Ourresidents’voices areheard

Ourchildren have good employment opportunities

Ournatural resourcesare sustainable

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Tackling litter at sharp end

Mattresses, kitchen appliances, televisions,

car parts, tyres, carpet, furniture,

children’s toys and clothes are

just some of the dumped items

collected by Volunteering Mid &

South Canterbury and the Hotel

Ashburton Volunteer of the Month,

Bev Skates, from Litter Free Ashburton.

Bev, and other volunteers from the

group, regularly clean up the main

entrance to Ashburton, along river

banks and in green spaces around the


She says the Litter Free Ashburton

team take pride in their town, they

want it to be atown that locals take

pride in and visitors and those

passing through can see it’s aclean,

beautiful town where those living

there care about it.

One area they focus on is the

North Park Reserve where they often

find household rubbish and sometimes

car windows.

Bev says it’s disappointing to see

rubbish, often from fast food restaurants,

dropped so close to a

rubbish bin when it could have been

disposed of properly or taken away

by the consumer.

The Litter Free Ashburton role

was started by Bev after she moved to


She noticed rubbish lying around

town and, not one to sit back and say

someone should do something, she

decided to address the problem.

She wanted to keep the streets and

green spaces of Ashburton litter free

and beautiful.

After talking to Ashburton District

Volunteer of month -Bev Skates

Council’s waste recovery manager

Craig Goodwin and expressing her

concerns, Bev advertised for others

to join her to pick up rubbish.

She got a good response from

others keen to pick up the mantle

and pick up rubbish.

At 1.30pm on the second Thursday

of each month the small group of

around eight volunteers, mostly

retired members of the community,

meet at the East Street chessboard to

find out where they are picking up

rubbish that day.

More volunteers are always welcome

to join them; whether it’s

regularly or just for one day.

Bev, a former teacher, knows

educating people about correct rubbish

disposal and having pride in

yourself and community is akey to

reducing the amount of rubbish

being dumped where it shouldn’t be.

She says recently, as part of Keep

NZ Beautiful, more than 25 volunteers,

including families, turned up

for a Saturday morning clean up

along the main road.

In just ashort space of time they

collected over 260kg of rubbish.

Bev is always on the look out for,

and collecting rubbish when she is

out and about, as she is indefatigable

in her efforts to make adifference in

her community.

The council supplies the gloves,

fluoro vests, rubbish picker­uppers

and ensures after they have finished

everything is disposed of correctly.

It’s thanks to Bev this group of

volunteers exist as the streets and

green spaces wouldn’t be as litter

free as they are.

Organisations and groups are

encouraged to get nominations in for

the Volunteering Mid &South Canterbury

&the Hotel Ashburton Volunteer

of the Month. Nomination forms are

available by contacting Volunteering

Mid &South Canterbury, Community

House, 44 Cass Street Ashburton, ph

3081237 ext 240 or email

or from Four Square in






Community House Mid Canterbury

could become home to a

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) if

momentum continues.

CAB chief executive Kerry

Dalton was a recent visitor to

Ashburton and expressed her

strong support for the establishment

of abranch here.

Safer Ashburton manager

Kevin Clifford said setting up a

CAB here was a work in progress,

but had ahigh likelihood

of succeeding.

It would be apositive service

for the community and although

independently incorporated, it

would be amember of Citizens

Advice Bureaux New Zealand


Community House Mid Canterbury

was an obvious location

for the service because of its

central location and the fact that

it already served as an advice

point to some extent.

Discussions had already taken

place about the possibility of

reconfiguring the front counter

and some office space, he said.

Funding would be needed to

set it up and run it and that could

be sourced both nationally and


Page 28, Ashburton’s The Courier, Thursday 26 September 2019

Loud acknowledgment of our mental health struggles

Labour list MP Jo Luxton comments

During the All Blacks

test against Tonga earlier

this month, I was

impressed with the noise

the crowd made for the


It was aloud and clear

acknowledgment from

rugby fans that so many

of us struggle with mental

health or addiction

issues ­ no matter who

we are and where we

come from ­and toughing

it out in silence is not

the answer.

For too long the mental

health of New Zealanders

has not been a

priority. Our services

have been stretched.

Sadly ­too many people

have not felt they could

speak up and have not

received the support

they needed.

If you are going

though mental health

struggles, it can feel

isolating. But you are

not alone. There is help

available, and the Government

has a duty to






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make it much easier for

all New Zealanders to

access it.

That’s why, under

Jacinda Ardern’s leadership,

this Government is

taking mental health

seriously. We are making

sure that everyone

can get help, when,

where, and how they

need it.

We’ve made the largest

ever investment in

mental health and addiction

support and it’s

already making adifference

in peoples’ lives.

We’re making sure New

Zealanders can access

mental health support at

their local GP. 170,000

people can already, and

over five years it will be

extended to everyone.

We’ve also increased the

number of addiction

treatment beds and


This includes Three


Rivers Ashburton who

will receive funding as

they continue to provide

crucial mental health

and addiction support.

They work incredibly

hard in our neck of the

woods to support those

who come to their practice

seeking support.

Their inclusion in this

announcement and

investment recognises

their quality practice and

also the fact that mental

health and addiction

issues are prominent in

the Canterbury district.

Suicide devastates

families and communities.

Our rate of suicide

is heart­breaking and

demands urgent action.

Recently we released

our suicide prevention

plan and announced a

new Suicide Prevention

Office to co­ordinate

action on preventing the

tragedy of suicide. This

is about getting in early

before problems turn

into crises.

Turning around our

suicide rate will take time.

But these actions will

make a real difference.

They will relieve pain, and

they will save lives.

We all need to be there

for our mates when we

can. If you or someone

you love is struggling ­

reach out. It is our

responsibility as a Government

to make sure that

when you do, help will be

there. You are not alone.

Rakaia plant

sale October 5

Rakaia’s annual Plants 4

Usale is all set for

October 5.

Running from 9am and

1pm the sale will be held

in the hall at St Andrew’s

Presbyterian Church.

Goodprices are

promised for plants,

which are donatedand

sold, and profits given to

the Plains Presbyterian


Plants Galore will

featuring arangeof

perennials, bedding

plants,shrubs, bulbs and


Thisyear there would

also be abig rangeof

locally grown native

plants and lots of

bargainsfor all

gardeners, said organiser


‘‘We are so grateful to

thecommunity for their

supportand for the

donations of items like

seed potatoes, lily bulbs

and hosta plants.’’

Therewould also be a

cake and producestall

and the popular sweet

orange marmalade for

sale, she said.

Last yearthe sale made

$5,500,which is shared by

avarietyofcauses in the


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Page 30, Ashburton’s The Courier, Thursday 26 September 2019

Support for meat sector

labour shortfall lauded

Labour shortages, depriving meat processors and

farmers of revenue may be athing of the past and

have been welcomed by the Meat Industry

Association (MIA).

It follows an announcement, the meat processing

sector can negotiate with the Government for one of

the first sector agreements for immigration.

‘‘Labour shortages have been an ongoing issue for

the meat processing sector, which affect our ability

to run our plants to the desired capacity and fully

process all products,’’ says MIA chief executive Tim


‘‘That deprives processors and farmers of revenue

and rural communities of income.’’

The sector is committed to training and

employing New Zealanders first and foremost and

works closely with the Ministry of Social

Development and regional agencies to recruit

people from local communities to work in plants.

‘‘However, we still struggle to fill roles from New

Zealand’s rural communities and the meat

processing sector is approximately 2,000 employees

short at present, that’s about eight per cent of our

workforce. To fill this immediate gap, we must

recruit people from overseas.’’

Asector agreement is likely to include how the

meat industry will attract New Zealanders, improve

productivity, offer training and continue to uphold

employment standards, said Mr Ritchie.

‘‘The meat processing sector, with 25,000 people,

is New Zealand’s largest food manufacturer,

offering modern technology, training, career

progression and competitive wages.’’

The sector is looking forward to sector agreement

negotiations with the Government to deliver

benefits to the sector, the regions and ultimately, to

all New Zealanders, said Mr Ritchie.

‘‘Meat processors are mainly based in the regions,

so residential accommodation is available for

people coming from overseas. Enabling meat

processors to operate at full capacity for the season

MIA chief executive Tim Ritchie

will provide additional money to the communities in

which they operate.’’

Employing people from overseas is typically more

expensive than employing New Zealanders with

additional costs including visa support, travel and

pastoral care, he said.

‘‘The MIA has advocated for some time for a

tailored scheme for the sector to help meet the

employee shortfall.

‘‘It is vital our members have alabour framework

and policies which provide flexibility and agility so

the sector can respond to the challenges such as

unpredictable livestock supply and weather

conditions and the opportunities of the dynamic

markets we serve.

‘‘The meat processing industry would like to

thank the Minister Iain Lees­Galloway for the

leadership that he has shown on this issue.’’

Ravensdown directors

Tirau agri­environment expert Dr

Jacqueline Rowarth, Timaru farmer

Nicola Hyslop and Auckland based

governance and e­commerce leader

David Biland have joined Ravensdown’s

board of directors, it was announced at

the co­operative’s recent annual meeting

in Lincoln.

Ravensdown chairman John Henderson

said the new directors were exceptional

additions to the Board and would

help drive further success for the cooperative

and its shareholders.

‘‘All three are committed to Ravensdown’s

values and purpose. Jacqueline,

Nicola and David bring knowledge and

skills that will play a huge role in

sustaining Ravensdown’s consistent performanceaswellasadvancing

new ways to

fulfil ourultimate goal of enablingsmarter

farming for abetter New Zealand.

‘‘Their experience and credentials are

impeccable, and we’re delighted tohave

such high­calibre appointments onboard.’’

Jacqueline has aPhD in soil science

and her research was focused on nutrient

efficiency across four decades of research

and analysis.She waschief scientistofthe

Environmental Protection Authorityfrom

2016­18 and is a current director of


The new role with Ravensdown was

exciting, she said.

‘‘I’ve dedicated my life to using results

from research to defend the rights of

farmerstofarm sustainably and profitably

into the future. I’m looking forward to

committing my scientific expertise,

industry experience andpersonal values to

creating a better future for all shareholders.’’

Nicola and her husband,Jonty,farmon

asheep, beefand arable irrigated property

on the outskirts of Timaru. Nicola has 15

years’ experience in governance roles,

including directorships with Opuha

Timaru farmer Nicola Hyslop

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Beef+Lamb New Zealand.

‘‘Ravensdown has a long history of

providing New Zealand farmers with

fertiliser and nutrients tooptimisegrowth

of plants and promote healthy soils,’’ she


‘‘I’m excited by the challenges and

opportunities the futureholdsfor farming

and Ravensdown’s science­based

approach tohelping farmers reduce their

environmental impact and optimise value

from the land.’’

David has held international managementand

governance roles, includingwith

New Zealand animal health contract

manufacturing, research and technology

company Argenta and animal health

multinational Merial.

David was eager to take aleading role

in delivering Ravensdown’s strategic


Ravensdown helps wonderful people

grow fabulous food in a remarkable

country. I’m passionate about the sector

as a whole and also excited about

Ravensdown’s contribution tofood creation

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It was especially appreciated

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Federated Farmers employment

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ensure farmers and others can

more easily employ migrants

when they need them.

As well as opening avenues

when the options for taking on

and training suitable New

Zealanders were exhausted.

He said by ditching the

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there was greater scope

for a migrant worker to

achieve career progression on

our farms.

Chris Lewis

‘‘The changes incentivise

farmers to invest in training

and supporting migrant

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greater chance of keeping

them than currently exists.

‘‘We also acknowledge the

government for its compassionate

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family entitlement for lower

skilled visa holders. The

migrant worker’s children can

be educated here, and their

partner can get an open work

visa,’’ Mr Lewis said.

‘‘It’s a positive for rural

communities to have settled

and content families, not just

single men who may well be

sending all their money home

to their family.’’

The government has

indicated the dairy industry is

alikely early target group for

one of the new sector agreements,

containing specific

terms and conditions for recruiting

foreign workers.

‘‘Federated Farmers looks

forward to working with other

Team Ag partners and the

government to help get this

sector agreement right,’’ Mr

Lewis said.

Health and safety record is poor

Farmersneed to acceptindividual

responsibility for thesector’spoorhealth and

safety record, says the AgriculturalLeaders’

Health and Safety Action Group(ALHSAG).

On average17people die in farm

workplace incidentseveryyearand last

summeralmost 550farmerssuffered injuries

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‘‘No­onewants to see anyoneinjuredonthe

farm and there is aclearexpectationfrom our

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regulator thatweneedtodobetter, or face

thethreat of greaterregulation.’’

He said farmers could takesimple steps to

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Agritech story highlights successes

New Zealand has a new

story totell, one that highlights

the nation’s ingenuity,

development of cuttingedge

technology, and care

for its people and place.

The New Zealand

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compelling way of promoting

New Zealand’s agricultural

technology internationally,

to build

awareness and preference

for New Zealand solutions

and ultimately help more

New Zealand agritech businesses

succeed on the world


The NZ Agritech Story,

launched this month,

includes a comprehensive

suite of free promotional

materials that highlight

New Zealand’s leading

edge in the sector.

Peter Wren­Hilton, the

executive director of

Agritech New Zealand, said

the story would make akey

difference for export companies.

‘‘The sector is highly

competitive, with companies

from around the

world all promoting their

products. The New Zealand

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us with adistinctive voice, a

way to engage with customers

and communities

and explain to them why

Kiwi companies are different,

both in the way we have

developed our innovative

solutions and the way we

operate as partners.

‘‘Agritech has a significant

value for New

Zealand’s export economy ­

it currently contributes

about $1.5 billion to our

export receipts ­and campaigns

like this will support

its growth.

‘‘We’re excited to share

the Story for the first time

internationally this week as

part of New Zealand’s presence

at Ireland’s National

Ploughing Championship,

where we’ll also be showcasing

some cutting edge

Storytelling with the

Agritech Mixed Reality


The development of the

agritech story fits within the

framework ofthe New Zealand

Story and was

informed by the gathering

of comprehensive market

insights, to better understand

current perceptions

of New Zealand agritech ­

areas ofstrength, weakness

or possible misconceptions.

The Story is designed to

help respond to these


Central tothe New Zealand

Story is the Maori

concept of Kaitiakitanga

(guardianship, for people,

place and planet) and how

this sense ofresponsibility

has inspired many of our

world­class agritech


Aotearoa New Zealand

has had along history with

agritech innovation from its

first settlers. The early

Maori pioneered agritech

when they came to NZ and

worked out ways toelongate

the growing day using

stones and rocks to soak up

the warmth of the sun and

radiate it back into the soil.

DavidDowns, the headof

the all­of­government

agritech taskforce which

commissioned the Agritech

Story, saidthe international

research was the first step.

Damien O’Connor

‘‘It became clear that one

of our greatest competitive

strengths is our connection

to the land, and the way this

has influenced our

approach to developing


‘‘New Zealanders are

driven by our sense of

responsibility as guardians ­

or kaitiaki ­where wehave

always worked in partnership

with nature. From this

connection, we have drawn

the inspiration, ingenuity

and skills to create worldclass


‘‘In essence, we are, Powered

by Place, which isthe

central theme of this story

(and the name of the website).

‘‘Being able to tell a

compelling and consistent

story about New Zealand

agritech will build our reputation

in this area and help

more of our agritech businesses

to succeed on the

world stage.’’

The Story includes four

key messages: Powering

Great Farmers, AWorld of

Expertise in One Country,

Natural Innovators, Powerful


Each of these messages

responds to themes

uncovered in the market

insights research and showcases

arange of New Zealand

companies and supporting

proof points.

They highlight the

diverse solutions that have

been developed by New

Zealand companies, from

the invention of electrified

fencing to robots that pick


Arange ofmaterials was

available to assist companies

and New Zealand

organisations tell the

Agritech Story, including a

market insights report,

emotive Story video, showcase

booklet, more than 100

professionally shot photos,

acomprehensive user guide

and more, all designed to

promote New Zealand asa

source of world­class agriinnovation.

All materials were developed

by New Zealand

Trade and Enterprise

(NZTE) in partnership with

Agritech New Zealand,

Callaghan Innovation, New

Zealand Story, MBIE and

MPI, and are available for

free download from

Agritech New Zealand’s


Agriculture Minister,

Damien O’Connor, said the

agritech story underlined

the commitment of the

Government to developing

a sustainable primary sector.

‘‘New Zealand’s primary

sector is going from

strength tostrength. While

the economic forecast is

good in the short and

medium­term, we need to

be looking further into the

future to ensure that our

primary industries are

sustainable in the longterm.

Wehave to move past

volume to value. Innovation

and technology will be key

to our achieving this. We

have to be at the forefront

of new technology and

value chain development.

‘‘I strongly believe that

value­growth and sustainability

are not a trade­off.

In fact, increased sustainability

is the only pathway

to future prosperity.’’


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Dairy exports up, good ‘nutrition’ for economy

The value of New Zealand dairy

exports jumped by $1.47 billion to

total $18.1 billion in the year ended

June 30, that’s got to be some good

nutrition for the New Zealand

economy, and help towards

providing Kiwis with more of what

they say matters to them, says

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principal economist.

It doesn’t take an economist to tell

you that if we’re to afford more of

what is important to our quality of

life here in New Zealand, the

economy has to grow ­and it has to

grow sustainably and responsibly to

ensure our future generations can

continue to benefit and enjoy ahigh

level of wellbeing, he says.

‘‘Given our relatively small

population base, the way to grow a

strong and healthy economy is by

increasing exports of high­value


‘‘As New Zealand’s largest

exporter of goods, the dairy sector

currently sits at 31 percent of total

merchandise exports, having grown

in value over the past two decades at

acompound annual rate of eight

percent per year.

This remarkable growth has been

achieved both through increased

milk production and by increasing

the value of exports through the

ongoing product innovation and

skilled, targeted marketing by New

Zealand’s dairy processing


‘‘And it’s also important to note

that this growth is being achieved at

the same time the dairy sector is

stepping forward to embrace greatly

improved environmental practices,

both on farm and in processing.

‘‘Dairy exports are amajor driver

of New Zealand’s terms of trade ­

this is the ratio of the value of our

exports to the value of our imports.

An improvement in anation’s terms

of trade increases the purchasing

power of its people as they can afford

more imports for agiven level of

exports. Due to this effect the export

performance of the dairy sector is

helping to lower the price of

everything New Zealand imports.

‘‘Take the cars we drive, for

example. Thanks to the value of dairy

exports, we can afford to import a

better quality of vehicle than we

would otherwise, and, collectively,

we do own more than four million of

them ­New Zealand coming in at

third in the world for vehicle

ownership per capita, behind the tiny

European microstate of San Marino

and the not much larger Monaco.

Then there’s the fuel we import to

propel them.

‘‘Our much­loved, and also

imported coffee is abit cheaper too,

so is the imported sugar to stir into it,

and even the imported cinnamon to

sprinkle on it if your preferred jolt

has alittle spice on top.

‘‘The list of imported products and

services that are more affordable for

Kiwis because of the value of dairy

exports is endless.

‘‘In the year ended June 2019,

dairy earned more than twice as

much as the meat and forestry

sectors, and 10 times more than wine.

‘‘As in previous years, our dairy

products went to more than 140

different countries, the top markets

being China, Australia, the United

States of America, the United Arab

Emirates and Japan.’’

‘‘It’s reached the point where,

today we can say that every one of the

46,000 people employed by the dairy

sector brings in the equivalent of

$393,000 in export earnings; and

every one of the country’s milking

cows earns $3,625.

Dairy is certainly good nutrition

for our economy ­aswell as our

people ­and it’s tasty too.’’





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Report shows nitrogen trends improving

Farmers and growers need to continue

working on ways to improve

practices on­farm, invest in technology

and implement environmental

plans to change the way water is used

for production, says IrrigationNZ.

It was highlighted by the Environment

Aotearoa report.

IrrigationNZ chief executive Elizabeth

Soal said farmers also needed to

upskill and invest in cutting edge


‘‘In partnership with national and

regional government, it’s essential we

continue toresearch, trial and adopt

new practices and technology,’’ says

Ms Soal.

‘‘It is critical that we recognise that

water is aprecious resource which is

essential for primary production and

regional resilience in the face of

climate change and that weuse it in a

way that is environmentally responsible.’’

IrrigationNZ said it was encouraging

that since the last Environment

Aotearoa report, released in 2015,

nitrogen trends were improving.

By 2018 more sites had improving ­

rather than worsening ­trends with

nitrate­nitrogen and ammoniacal

nitrogen improving at58 percent and

75 percent of sites, respectively.

In the 2015 report, 60 percent of

monitored sites showed increasing

total nitrogen levels.

‘‘The adoption of good farming

practices in recent years is already

having an impact on water quality

with many water quality indicators

showing improvement in the most

recent Land Air Water Aotearoa

dataset,’’ adds Ms Soal.

Excluding hydro­electric use, the

amount of water consented to be

abstracted is equivalent to two

percent of New Zealand’s total

annual rainfall, and half ofthis total

(equivalent to one percent of total

rainfall) can be used for irrigation.

‘‘Irrigating farmers and growers

understand that they have arange of

environmental responsibilities. In

fact, irrigation schemes are leading

the way on the adoption of Farm

Environmental Plans which require

that farmers identify environmental

risks and take steps to address this.

Schemes also employ environmental

managers to proactively advise farmers

on good environmental practices

and all schemes must adhere to

new regional council plans and consent


Ms Soal said inrecent years ithad

become mandatoryfor regional councils

to set minimum flow levels for

rivers which prevented water from

being taken from rivers below the

level set to support ecosystems.

There had also been investment

made to modernise irrigation systems

and infrastructure to become more

water efficient.

Since 2011, $1.7 billion has been

spent byfarmers and irrigation schemes

on modernising systems.

The 2017 Agricultural Production

Census shows that over 90 percent of

New Zealand’s irrigated land area

uses spray or drip irrigation which was

the most efficient form of irrigation.

The amount of surface irrigation

used in New Zealand fell byover 50

percent from 2012 to 2017.

‘‘Over recent decades the design of

irrigation infrastructure has been

changing to achieve better environmental

outcomes. For example schemes

like the Waimea Community

Dam and anumber of other dams

storewater and release thisintorivers

in times of lowflows, as wellasstoring

water for use by farmers over the

summer,’’ says Ms Soal.

‘‘Around seven percent of New

Zealand’s agricultural land is currently

irrigated and irrigation is estimated

to contribute over $5billion to

our economy.’’

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New Zealanders know

which side their bread

is buttered on; survey

New Zealanders are nearly

five times more likely to

hold a positive view of

sheep and beef farming

than a negative one,

according to latest survey


The survey, of 1000

people done by UMR

Research, found 54

percent of respondents had

apositive view towards the

industry, compared to only

12 percent negative.

The positive view was on

par for dairy farming (51

percent) although those

with a negative view

increased to 20 percent.

Marc Elliott, Executive

Director of UMR

Research, said the research

was at odds with the perception

held bymany farmers.

‘‘The strong theme we

have heard from farmersin

the past is that they do not

feel well­liked by their

urban counterparts. However,

when you poll the

general population, this is

simply not true,’’ hesaid.

‘‘One infive New Zealanders

(20 percent)

declaring anegativeview of

dairyingisnot insignificant,

and it shows that our primary

sector has some work to

Marc Elliott from UMR


do to improve its environmental

performance. However,

anyone who takes the

time to look around our

primary industries will see

a lot of activity towards

becoming more sustainable.’’

‘‘For example, land and

environmental plans, retiring

erosion prone land into

native reserves, fencing off

and planting around rivers

and streams.’’

In the research, the star

of the primary industries

was horticulture with 68

percent of New Zealanders

declaring a positive view

towards this industry compared

to only four percent

who were negative.

The forestry industry

also rated quite well with

56 percent giving them a

positive ratingcompared to

only nine percent negative.

Just under half rated

fisheries positively (47

percent compared to 16

percent negative). However,

even in this instance,

those with apositive view

outweighed the negativeby

almost three to one.

Mr Elliott said from

working in this space over

many years we have

observed that New Zealanders

are concerned, particularly

about impacts on

water quality.

However, almost in the

same breath, they acknowledge

both the many jobs

and the fantastic quality of

food coming out of our

primary industries, that

they directly benefit from.

‘‘If farmers think urbanites

are expecting more

from them, they are, and

farmers doneed to deliver

on this. But primaryindustries

must take heart that

most New Zealanders

know which side their

bread is buttered on,’’ he


Ashburton’s The Courier, Thursday 26 September 2019, Page 35

Fully automated milking

several decades away

Industry body Dairy NZ sees fully

automated milking as a major

opportunity to lift on­farm productivity,

but doesn’t expect it to be

commonplace for several decades.

About 44 percent of the

country’s dairy herd are milked in

more efficient rotary dairy sheds,

despite the style accounting for just

over a quarter of the nation’s

sheds. About 72 percent of the

country’s dairy sheds are the less

efficient herringbone style.

In its submission to the Productivity

Commission’s inquiry into

the impact of technology on the

future of work, Dairy NZ said

rotarydairy sheds have the highest

uptake of automation, with 77

percent using automated technology.

However, out ofNew Zealand’s

12,000 or so dairy farmers, there

arejust25fully robotic dairysheds.

‘‘Fully automated milkingrepresents

alarge opportunity for farmers,


(about 25farms in total) due to

factors such as cost oftechnology

and poor fit with large pasturebased

dairy farming,’’ chief executive

Tim Mackle said in the


Dairy NZ expects automation

will free up farm workers from

early starts and long days, and

while there might be a small

reduction in total labour per farm,

the industry body group said the

European experience tended to

shift that work toother tasks.

‘‘We expect milking will be more

automated in the future, this may

still take several decades to be

commonplace in NZ. The extent to

which fully automated systems will

becomecommonplace will depend

on the adaptability of the technology

to pastoral systems and

economic considerations,’’ Dr

Mackle said.

Dairy NZ said there had been a

significant amount ofpublic and

private research attempting to

adapt automated milking topastoral

farming techniques.

A Frontier Economics report

prepared for government officials

as part oftheir review of the dairy

sector’s legislative framework

found local dairy processors’

investment in research and

development had been modest

relativetointernational peers.The

report noted that farmer shareholders

ofthe dairy co­operatives

were likely constrained in their

ability to encourage investment in

processing, given their own rising

levels ofdebt.

In its submissiontothe futureof

work inquiry, Federated Farmers

said the elevated levels of debt

among farmers ­ especially new

dairy conversions ­meant interest

costs were one of their biggest

expenses and undermined their

appetite toinvest.

‘‘This may be an impediment to

investment in expensive and new

(to New Zealand) technology,

where there is no clear value

proposition for the investment,’’

Federated Farmers policy analyst

Nick Hanson said in the submission.

The Feds said dairy farms

provide the majority of on­farm

employment and greater mechanisation

and use of robotic sheds is

the best short­term answer to

labour shortages.

‘‘A number of barriers to their

uptake in New Zealand could be

speculated on but probably the

major issues at this stage are

currentlyhigh cost andthe factthat

they do not integrate well with

pasture­based farmingthatiscommon

to New Zealand,’’ Hanson


The Feds also said farmers will

be reluctant to shift away from

pasture­based techniques because

of constraints created by the

Resource Management Act consenting

process, and because it

providesamarketing tool in setting

New Zealand farmers apart from

their European and American


Both industry groups also identified

increased use of data asan

opportunity for farmers to better

understandtheir systemsand techniques,

with a view to more

productive and sustainable practices.

FederatedFarmers saidalabour

shortage was asignificant issue for

theprimarysector,withlow unemployment

rates and increased

urbanisation shrinking the pool of

available workers.

Dairy NZ said government support

ofinnovation and technology

will support the dairy sector to

upskill the workforce and raise

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Physical quality of

fertiliser on agenda

The Fertiliser Quality Council of New Zealand

(FQC) is reassuring farmers that discussions

around achieving common ground for the

physical quality of fertiliser are under way.

FQC chairman Anders Crofoot said although

talks about standardising the physical qualities

of fertiliser products have been going on for

some time, the topic isstill firmly on the radar.

‘‘FQC understands that the physical quality

of fertiliser products can vary from batch to

batch. This can pose problems for farmers and

growers (particularly from the arable sector),

who need consistency of fertiliser every time to

ensure accurate and even placement, minimum

environmental impact and maximum plant


Mr Crofoot said finding asolution is no quick

task as fertiliser quality is affected by many

variables, not least the many different types of

fertilisers on the market ­from single nutrients

to blends, compounds and enhanced products

such asslow release varieties.

‘‘However, the issue ofachieving consistency

of physical quality in fertiliser is absolutely on

the agenda and FQC is working behind the

scenes with the industry onthis.’’

Mr Crofoot said otherkey variablesaffecting

the physical characteristics offertiliser include

the way product is stored and handled.

‘‘Particle strength, shape and size all affect

the durability of the product as it moves through

the processes of handling and storage. For

example,small particles cancrumband arealso

more likely to attract moisture duringstorage.It

is hoped that as we progress the idea of

categorising physical quality, the supply chain

can then tailor how best tohandle and store

products according totheir physical components.’’

FQC have issued a set of guidelines for

storing and handling bulk fertiliser.

This includes information and advice on

receiving product in store, bagging off, transporting,

avoiding caking and segregating products.

The guidelines which are available at werecurrently being adapted for

farmers to display on farm.

Petrochemical waste savings

An award­winning University of Canterburydesignedprocesstorecover

rawmaterials could

create aglobal solution to petrochemical waste.

It could also improve efficiency and productivity.

The process, developed by University of

Canterbury chemical and process engineering

lecturer Dr Matthew Cowan, recovers raw

materials tomake producing specialty plastics

and chemicals more efficient and less wasteful.

‘‘Petrochemical companies use alot of energy

in order to produce the products they do. Any

waste saving can have agreat impact onthe

bottom line,’’ Dr Cowan said.

‘‘This technology is a process which will

decrease the cost of separating materials from

waste in order for those products to be

recovered efficiently. The benefit ofthis idea is

that you can get back raw materials in liquid

solutions that have dissolved and have previously

been hard torecover.

‘‘The ability torecover raw materials has also

been demonstrated to be lucrative for the

producer of the materials.’’

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Nature Matters with Mary Ralston

Ashburton’s The Courier, Thursday 26 September 2019, Page 37

New Zealand has

incredible national parks

and other conservation

areas which protect many

species and unique

landscapes, but we also

have aterrible record of

loss of our unique

wildlife and wild places.

Most New Zealanders

think that our native

species are doing well,

but this is not the case.

The natural world is in

crisis throughout New

Zealand and in our own

district. This is despite

the positive work being

done to improve our

environment, such as the

restoration of Wakanui

and initiatives such as

Predator Free 2050.

Nationally we’ve lost

more than half our native

forests and over 90% of

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areas of native vegetation

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areas are small,

fragmented and

compromised by weeds

and predators. Over 50

native species are extinct.

Iconic species such as

kauri, kea and kakapo

are in serious trouble.

The ocean is in

trouble, too. Marine

reserves cover only 0.48

percent of our ocean; the

remainder is fished

(often with fatal

consequences for

seabirds), and explored

and mined for oil and

gas. Everyone has heard

of the toll that plastic

pollution is having on

marine life, and even in

the remote and relatively

clean oceans around New

Zealand, plastic is found

in sea creatures and on

just about all our


Last week was

Conservation Week. It is

agood time to reflect on

our conservation

achievements, such as all

the native plants planted,

weeds removed,

predators trapped and

birds counted. But we

can’t stop ­every week

needs to be Conservation

Week. Keep up the

planting and trapping.

Think about your

consumption and how it

affects climate change.

Ask your council

candidates what they will

do for the environment

and conservation if they

are elected. Write to

politicians and let them

know you care about clean

water and native species.

Photo: The cheeky kea,

one of our native species in

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Fairton water

bottling plan

Water bottling at Fairton

could be back on the

Ashburton District

Council agenda if a

request being processed

by Environment Canterbury

gets the go ahead.

The application by

existing landowners,

The Fairton LP, listed

as aNew Zealand incorporated

and owned

entity, seeks to change

an existing consent for a

water permit to use

water for water bottling


The company owns

60­odd hectares of land

at Fairton, which was

bought in 2011; it was

part of a larger dairy

farm which ran on the

eastern and western side

of State Highway One,

but two years ago the

western side was sold.

The land is leased by

the new owners of the

western side and is bordered

bythe main railway


The Fairton LP seeka

new consent to use

water and in its application,

states: ‘‘Water

bottling and commercial

use will be authorised

under this consent. It is

unknown when any

potential water bottling

facility or commercial

facilities will beconstructed,

however, given the

surrounding land use,

(the Ashburton Business

Estate), these new ‘uses’

will be in­line with surrounding

land use.

It was expected to offer

a ‘‘number of employment

opportunities for

locals in the Ashburton


If granted, ‘‘the applicant

will look into the

most sustainable and

environmentally friendly

ways to ‘package’products


Other commercial uses

were also being considered.

Parents’ Centre celebrates

Cake, balloons, facepainting

and music will feature

during the Ashburton Parents

Centre 30th Birthday

Party next week.

Anyone who has been

associated with the group,

or wanting to know more

about what they do, is

invited tojoin in the celebrations

atthe centre, in

the Netherby Shopping

Centre on Chalmers

Club news

Lions Club of Ashburton

It is avery busy time

for the Lions Club of

Ashburton members.

Our September meeting

speaker was Mrs Annie

Bately, Anglican coordinator

of Care

Services, who spoke on

the challenges in our

district. Her talk was

much appreciated.

Our October meeting

will be held at Hotel

Ashburton on Wednesday

2October. As well as

being ageneral meeting,

Colin Morgan isgoing to

run one of his popular


Our annual Golf

Tournament will be held

on Thursday 17 October.

This tournament creates

a lot of interest in our

community but there are

still a few playing spots

available to the Lions

and/or the public. Contact

Bruce Ferriman or

Terry Molloy.

Friday 18 October,

there is atrip planned to

the Addington Night

Trots. Seats are available

for this fun night from

Graham Boulton or

Manny Sim.

On Saturday 7 September,

clubmembers did

gate duty at The Truck

Show and donated their

services to collecting the

entry fees on behalf of

the Truck Show committee.

This money was donated

to the local Cancer


Boulevard Day saw

Playhouse raffle tickets

being sold and the Food

Trailer was in full swing

Avenue, on Wednesday

from 10am.

Committee member

Katie Sullivan says there is

going to be aparty atmosphere

to celebrate the


Parents Centre is a

national body but locally

the Ashburton committee

organise playgroups, music

and movement sessions,

Baby and You groups for

selling plenty of hot dogs

and the like.

The joint initiative

between the Hinds Lions

Club and the Lions Club

of Ashburton to assist

with the dismantling of

the shade house at Trotts

Gardens proved very successful.

This working bee

involved a major effort

on Friday 13 September

followed by Friday 20

September. We understand

there was abright

spark or two present on

the latter day.

On Sunday 24 November

Social convener

George Brown has

organised aparty of 30 to

go to Dot’s Castle in

North Otago. After a

very successful trip to

Dot’s Castle earlier this

year, this outing should

prove to be just as good.

The South Island

Motorhome Show website

is up and running.

.The show is

to be held on the weekend

of Saturday 29February

and Sunday 1

March 2020. All inquiries

to Brendan Quinn the

convener, whose details

are all available on the


Special mention must

be made of the convenors

and personnel from our

Club, who contribute so

much to organising all

the above activities and


Ashburton MSA Petanque


We are still getting

good turnouts on club

days and the Tuesday

new mums, moving and

munching classes, anti natal

classes, and have guest speakers

to talk about hot topics.

Any past and present

mums, dads and children

from the centre wanting to

come along for the morning

tea birthday celebration can


or via the

Ashburton Parents Centre

Facebook page.

competition isstill popular.

We played the last

round of the Interclub

recently in Ashburton.

We were second highest

scorer, and second overall

just one point behind

Ascot. Agood effort by

all involved. Athank you

must go to all who helped

with the running of this


We had seven players

take part in the Spring

Triples at Ascot with five

of them being placed.

JohnnyWrightwas in the

team that won the championship,

and Ellen

Pithie in the team that

was runner up.

Shelagh Field was in

the team that won the

plate, and Shirley Cant’s

team won the Bowl with

Jan Guilford in the team

thatwas runner up. Aday

enjoyed by all our


We had three players

take part in tournaments

in Dunedin. Richard

Browne and Janet

Goodin (Caversham)

were secondinthe Otago

doubles, and Karen and

Neville Bensdorp came

3rd. Karen and Neville

Bensdorp alsofinished in

the top eight in the Waipounamu


second day. A good

effort by all those taking

part in these tournaments.

The next event we

hostisthe Piste of Origin

on October 6. For the

first time there will be six

clubs taking part so it

promises to be a great


October 4th 7pm, 5th 5pm and 6th


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The Rotary Club of Ashburton brings

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lot longer than you think.

Tickets $39*




1. Greeting (4,9)

8. Correct (5)

9. Military rank (7)

10. Transgressor (6)

11. Stop (6)

12. Annoyed (5)

14. Ponder (5)

18. Dwell (6)

20. Scanty (6)

23. Weapon (7)

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25. Eventually (6,2,5)


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2. Musical instrument


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6. Speech (7)

7. Figure (6)

13. Dish(7)

15. Optimistic (7)

16. Flower (6)

17. Dread (6)

19. Duck (5)

21. Cook(5)

22. Capital city (4)



1. Dear, it’sjust no good (6,7). 8. No beauty and that’sflat

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can turn back (7). 24. Had agoat, which irritated one (5).

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See Jenny outside with the oil (7). 4. Ihad got into the

forefront with the dog (4). 5. Trendy,pet, maybe but silly

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7. Fish, the cockney, isnot doing the right thing (6). 13.

Appeared to have put to shame (5,2). 15. Not aman of

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Classifies Edgar’s incorrectly (6). 19. It’s apub in New

York, you twit! (5). 21. Calls ataxithe Italian has appropriated

(5). 22. Peel, we’re told, the fruit (4).


9 4 2

6 3

5 4 9

1 8 2 6

9 5 2 4

2 3 9 8

3 5 9

7 6

2 5 4

Solution to previous Sudoku




Fill the grid

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digitals 1to9

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23, Wane (Wayne). 24, Bows. 25, Springer.

Down -2,A-bash. 3, Gam-bog-e. 4, To-by. 5,Re-warded.

6, Split. 7, Open air.12, Studio-us. 14, O-ntari-O. 16,

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Nadine seed potatoes

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4WD and slab lifts available

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Pickup or delivery. Phone

North End Engineering 308

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Manufacturers &Installers of:

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BUILDING and property

solutions. For your complete

alteration or renovation.

We project manage

the whole process. Home

and small commercial.

Qualified tradesmen.

Phone Kiwi Building &

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CARPET 2You -For all your

flooring needs. Supplier

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tiles, re-stretch &repair and

carpet cleaning. Phone

Mike Gill on 027 491 4210.

CARPET cleaning -Powerful

equipment & fast drying.

Upholstery, mats and rugs.

Experienced owner/operator.

Phone John Cameron

at Supersucker, 027 435

1042 or 308 1677.

CARR’S Chimney Cleaning,

servicing Ashburton and

surrounding districts, $60

per chimney. Phone

Rodney on 03 324 2999

and leave amessage.

CHARLIE’S Blind Cleaning

Service -same day service

and repairs. Charlie can

supply new blinds and

tracks, will hang drapes.

Phone 03 307 1936 or 020

4169 0342.

CHIMNEY sweep, gutter and

downpipe cleaning and

repairs. Phone 03 394 6166

or 027 209 5026, ask for

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COMPUTER problems? For

prompt reliable computer

servicing and laser engraving

contact Kelvin, KJB

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that lasts!

Existing kitchens, doors,

furniture &appliances

The Finishing Company

03 307 8870 2131557

COMPUTER repairs, sales,

training, setup -wireless -

networks, spyware cleanup.

On-site day or evening.

LOW FEES. Call Robin

Johnstone, Networks

Firewalls & PC’s Ltd, 308

1440 or 027 768 4058.

CONCRETE pavers direct to

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sizes, textures and colours

- Paveco, 13 Robinson

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CONCRETE Services -

Driveways, paths, patios,

mowing edging. Decorative

Concrete specialist 30

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Free quotes. No job too big

or small. Phone Paul 021

152 1966.


Rumping repairs existing

dentures and also provides

new dentures. Phone 027

220 9997.


ENGRAVING; 311 Engravers

for fast, friendly and

professional service. Cups,

trophies, jewellery,

plaques, special awards.

Call/text Trudy on 022 600

7144. Check us out on


FLY control and spider

proofing. For all domestic

and industrial pest control

needs phone AJ Kerr at

Ashburton Pest Control on

03 308 8147 or 027 432


FURNITURE removals -For

all your household removal

needs call Nudges Furniture

Removals, phone 027

224 0609.

GARDENING, mowing,

pruning ... For all your

professional gardening

needs call Andrew at

Spruce Gardens 027 765

2899 or 03 307 1693.

Allworkmanship guaranteed



Bennett -Onsite hydraulic

hose repair service 24/7.

Stockists of Aero Quip

hoses &fittings, Commercial

hydraulics, Dynacool,

Spool valves etc., MP Filtri,

Walvoil. Call Justin on 308


LEGAL work -Phone Peter

Ragg (Ashburton Law) for

house sales, purchases

and refinances. Will call at

home evenings for wills,

enduring powers of

attorney. Phone 308 0327.

PAINTER for all your painting

needs. No job too small,

inside or outside. Professional

friendly service.

Phone Pete 03 308 1672 or

027 200 1619.

PAINTING wallpapering,

plastering - No job too

small. Interior, exterior.

Professional, prompt, competitive

service. Phone

Tony Sivier at Paint It Ashburton

on 021 878 794 or

307 7289.

PLUMBER: Repair or

replace. Taps, shower

mixers, hot water cylinders,

basins, tubs, toilets, vanity

units, leaking pipes. Call

Pete Young, experienced

plumber 027 280 0889 /

307 7582.

PLUMBING, drainlaying,

blocked drains. Phone

Lindsay at Doaky’s Plumbing

on 027 555 5575 or 308

1248 (Master Plumbers &


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SEWING alterations - anything

considered, reasonable

rates. Smoke and pet

free home. Retired wedding

seamstress. Phone Judith

308 3084, Allenton.


types, specialising in

Decramastic and Long Run

Iron, Coloursteel etc, steep

roofs not aproblem. Member

Master Painters &

Roofing Association NZ

Spraymaster 0274337780

TILING - For all your tiling

requirements including kitchen

splash backs, flooring

etc. (full water proofing),

call Kevin on 027 496 8314.


block, glare, heat control,

safety, security, privacy,

frosting films, solar protective

window films. Free

quotes, 20 years local service.

Phone 0800 368 468

now, Bill Breukelaar,

TV Reception Specialists for

all your digital freeview

installations and repairs,

TV wall mounting, Smart

TV set-up, home theatre

installation. Call John at

Ashburton TV &Audio Ltd

03 308 7332 or 027 277


VHS video tapes. Convert

your VHS to digital media.

Preserve and revive your

precious video memories at

The Photo Shop, The

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painting of cars, trucks,

buses, horse floats &

motorhomes, caravans,

trailers, farm machinery, jet

boats. Light engineering

and aluminium welding.

Bus &Truck Bodyworks, 17

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Phone 307 0378.


Glass, any car, anytime,

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service. Phone Wilson’s

Windscreens 03 308

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SUN Control Window Tinting:

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Machine Operator

Norwest Seed Processing Limited


• Full time positionavailable

• General labouring,operatingaseedcleaner,

baggingseed,stacking on pallets

• Forkliftoperation to load/unload trucks,move


• Physically fit

• Shift work willberequired

• Forkliftlicencewould be an advantage,

but not essential

• Supervision and training will be givento

successful applicant

• Startdate ASAP

ContactRobertLove027 6681118

St Joseph’s



Teacher Aide positions

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we are flexible in our approach to this, and would

consider the roles separately.

Position/s would ideally begin 21 October, 2019.

Applications close 3p.m. Friday11thOctober 2019.

Acopyofthe job description is available by emailing

theActing Principal.



Ashburton Kindergartens have afull time

fixed term teaching position available at


If youhave ECE qualifications, Teacher

Registration and would be interested in

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Forfurther information phone033083779

or email

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450 cows

36 aside

herringbone shed


027 3336838




Luisetti Seeds is a significant

provider of grain

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An opportunity has arisen

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Key responsibilities will


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A willingness to work

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would be desirable. Seed

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forklift licence would be an

advantage but is not essential.

On site training will be


Remuneration to reflect the

applicants experience and


Applications should

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Applications will be treated

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Please apply to:

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P.O. Box 77, Rangiora 7440.


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SECURE waterproof storage

available. Capacity from

8m 3 to 65m 3 . Prices from

$25 per week. Inspection

invited. Ashburton Safe

Storage 03 308 3086.

ANIMALS to good homes

every week in The Courier.






Forall othermedical assistanceoutside of normal

hours pleasephoneyourgeneralpracticeteam, 24/7,

to speak withahealthprofessionalwho will giveyou

free healthadviceonwhattodoorwheretogoifyou

need urgentcare.

If youdon’t have aregulargeneral practice, call any

GP team 24/7 forfreetelephone health advice.

All non-residents and visa holders please bring your

passporttoyour surgeryappointment.

New Zealanders’tobring some form of ID.


Saturday28th September

is Sealy Street Medical Practice,SealyStreet.

Consultations will be by appointmentonly.

To make an appointmentplease phone 308 1212.

Sunday29th September is MooreStreetMedical


Consultations will be by appointmentonly.

To make an appointmentplease phone 308 3066.

Methven and Rakaia: Formedical attention on the

weekend and public holidays please telephone

MethvenMedical Centre on 03 302 8105

or Rakaia Medical Centre on 03 303 5002.

Details foraccessing the afterhours services will be on

the answer phone.


Wises Pharmacy, CountdownComplex,

East Street will be open on

Saturdaymorning from 9.00am until 1.00pm

Sundaymorning from 10.00am until1.00pm

and from 5.00pm until 7.00pm evenings.

At Geraldine: TheGeraldine Pharmacywill be open

normal trading hours during the week and on Saturday

morning from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Closed Public Holidays

Forfree24hour Telephone Health Advice

Phone the healthline on 0800 611 116


Countdown Complex, EastStreet, Ashburton

Phone: 03 308 6733 Fax: 03 308 6755


STORAGE available, Ashburton.

Self storage, variety

of sizes. Phone Rainbow

Storage 03 307 0401.

STORAGE: Secure self storage

units available long or

short term at Ashburton

Storage Facilities. Contact

us on 0274 36 26 36 or


WANTED cottage to rent

between Rangitata and

Rakaia rivers, west of Ashburton.

Willing to care for

animals on property, dogs

and chooks etc. Ring 021

224 4434 anytime.

WANTED cottage to rent

between Rangitata and

Rakaia rivers, west of Ashburton.

Willing to care for

animals on property, dogs

and chooks etc. Ring 021

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NELSON, Picton; November

22-26, D.B.B. hotels; Farewell

Spit, catamaran sailing,

Queen Charlotte

Sound mail boat, Omaka

Aviation collection. For

details, John & Kathleen

Lawler, Rakaia, 03 302



ALTRUSA Int. of Ashburton

Inc. Spring raffle results.

1st: Mary Harrison; 2nd:

J.A.C.; 3rd: Gary Lee.

Thank you for your support.


Presbyterian Parish

Fair Raffle results

2191 –Dani Barakat

1431 –RMackenzie

1605 –TonyGibson

1749 –MoanaHenderson

2256 –RMackenzie

1765 –Steve Murray

Allprizewinners notified.

Thank youfor your support.


RESULT Boulevard Day

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TheAnnual General Meetings of

IHC AshburtonAssociation and

CommunityProperties AshburtonInc.

Will be held on Thursday17October 2019

at Idea Services,21Archibald St, Ashburton

commencing at 7.30 p.m.

Presentation of IHC Distinguished ServiceAward

Supper to follow.

All welcome.


2020 Health Studies Bursary

Altrusa International of Ashburton Inc.

invites applications for this bursary

valued $1,000.

For full criteria and an

application form please email

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Ashburton’s The Courier, Thursday 26 September 2019, Page 43

Pukaki AirportWater Supply

Mackenzie DistrictCouncil

Contract No 1250

This contract is for the installation of aDN125 PE

Water Main linking 16 Glen Lyon Road in Twizel to

Pukaki Airport. This Contract includes the supply

and installation of all PE pipes,serviceconnections

and associated fittings, valves and ancillary items,


Tender closing date 4pm Tuesday 5November

2019 at the Tender Box, Mackenzie District


Electronic copies of the tender documentation

will be provided by e-mail on request from




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Old Pupils annual lunch in

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October 2019. For details

phone Margaret 308 1996.

COLLECTING now: Quality

second-hand furniture,

household, garden, workshop.

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Ashburton Pakeke Lions

Charity Market. February

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Golf Croquet

Sunday 29 September2019

1.30 -3.30pm

At the WairekaCroquet Club

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PaulineScott:Phone 308 2338

Gail Benseman:Phone 027 310 3012 or 308 7838


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ContactAnnie on 03 307 7691


Page 44, Ashburton’s The Courier, Thursday 26 September 2019


There are real challenges facingECan in the near future, the first of these is how the new Council comes together

following the departure ofthe appointed members. It is therefore vital that some knowledge is retainedatthe

Council table given the further challenges we face.

The second challenge iswith where Central Governmentwants to takewater management. As Iwrite this, weknow

that there isaNational Policy Statement on fresh waterannouncement comingand withoutknowing the detail as yet

it will be significant. The significance will notjust be the changes to management and planning but also the tight time

framesthat might be attached.

Adaptation and planning for climatechange are the on-going challenging work programmeECanfaces.The planning

requires an audit of our plans and programmes to ensure that we take

account of the effects of the coming change. ECan role is one of adaptation,

of significance to the build environment is sea levelrise and the response to

those who will lose homes tothis and the increasedstorm surges. Coastal

erosion is alreadyhavingadetrimental effect on communitiesalong the


Rurallyaswereceiveless alpine snow packwewill have less access to

run of river waterfor irrigation.The sameamountofprecipitationwill

fall but more as rain meaning there will needtobe more waterstorage

required.Asthe east coast warmsand drieswewill need morewater to

maintain agricultural production in whatever form that maybe.




Elected Councillor forEcanrepresenting Mid Canterbury

Performance, Auditand RiskPortfolio-Chair.

Civil defence nominee from ECan to CanterburyCivic

Defence Group

Hazard and Risk andResilience portfolio

Seconded back intoCWMS

(CanterburyWater Management Strategy)

Air Portfolio

Commander of the Order of St John (qualified paramedic)

Chairman of Ground and Surface WaterExpert

Review Panel

Chairman Selwyn Central St John Area Committee

Chairman of Selwyn Electorateof

New ZealandNational Party.

Authorised by John Sunckell,100 Caldwells Road,Leeston


Asathird-generation dairy farmer from the Leeston area Iamwell aware

of the implications ofwhat we imposeonthe rural community,and work

forall constituents to mitigatethe impacts. Likemany Iamalso aware of

what it is liketoreceive M.Bovis NoD, and the hell of working through that.

IammarriedtoKaren and we have twochildren, one studying nursing,and

the other in the NewZealand Army. Our Family has astrong community focus;

in particular with St John Ambulance, Iamaqualified paramedic, my wife

is an Emergency Medical Technician, and our children are nowoperational


Ibelieve that the combination of my 3yearsatECan, 32 yearsonthe road

as avolunteer ambulance officer,and life time in rural communities has given

me unique insightinto environmental management issues and the process

and impact of these on both the community and individuals. Avotefor me will

ensure an informed and steady hand remains at the council table, representing

and advocating for Mid Canterbury.



ECAN 2019

‘Working together, taking us forward’

Facebook:John4ecan Phone: 027 424 3006


Authorised by John Sunckell,100 Caldwells Road,Leeston


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