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AT JUST 14-years-old Taylors

Mistake’s Ava Henderson became

the second youngest surfer to win

the national women’s open surfing

title at St Clair Beach in Dunedin

on Saturday.

Henderson not only became

one of the youngest ever winners

of the title, but also added to her

under-18 title earlier in the day.

It was an emphatic event for

the Henderson family with

Ava’s mother Donna winning

the women’s over 40s title and

finishing runner-up in the

women’s longboard.

•Turn to page 5

SUCCESS: 14-year-old Ava Henderson

is carried off the beach by fellow finalists

Gabrielle Paul and Aimee Brown following

her win in the open women’s division.

PHOTO: CORY/NZ SURFING MAGAZINE ​

Plan for

Sumner bus

to take home

Saturday

night

revellers

• By Jess Gibson

A NEW BUS service is being

planned to get party-goers home

from the central city to Sumner.

Bentley Transport and

Christchurch Shuttles and Tours

are looking to start a six-month

trial, running a service which

will be called the Midnight

Express.

It would leave from Victoria

St, near Carlton Bar and Eatery,

at 1.15am, 2.15am and 3.15am

on Sundays, stopping at popular

nightspots such as Hereford St

before heading to Sumner.

The fare, which will cost up to

$10, would follow the same route

as Metro’s Purple Line and drop

people along the way.

Midnight Express Sumner

service co-ordinator Roe van der

Merwe said the bus would go off

route, within reason, once it gets

to the area to drop people closer

to their door.

Mr van der Merwe said the

companies are hoping to get

approval to run the trial from

Environment Canterbury and the

city council in the next few weeks.

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Wednesday January 15 2020

YOUNG AVA Henderson took another

giant step forward in her very promising

surfing career at the weekend (see page 1).

The 14-year-old won the national

women’s open title at St Clair, an amazing

feat given her age.

Ava was in red-hot form on Saturday, which was finals day,

also winning the under-18s just hours before taking out the open

title.

In fact it was a great day all round for surfers from the Bay

Harbour News area.

Ava’s mother, Donna, won the women’s over-40s title and was

runner-up in the women’s longboard; Amelie Wink, also 14, won

the women’s stand-up paddleboard, beating Lucy Te Moananui,

and Ambrose McNeill won the men’s longboard.

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Wednesday January 15 2020

News

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Crafted goods to help animals

affected by Australian wildfires

• By Jess Gibson

ANIMAL LOVER Georgia

Greening was done feeling

helpless over Australia’s

bushfires.

Desperately searching for a

way to provide support, she came

across the idea to make flannelette

pouches to nurse burnt or

orphaned animals.

“I saw that Australia has none

of these supplies. The medical

supplies that they can use are so

costly and that’s not what they

need - they need quality, not

quantity.”

Now, Miss Greening, who

lives in Sumner, has set herself

the task of creating 250 of them

before January 20, so they can be

taken over with people travelling

to Sydney.

It is estimated more than a billion

animals have now died in the

fires, with some species at risk of

becoming locally extinct.

“Animals don’t have a voice

and don’t know what’s going on,

they are just trying to fight and

survive for their species.”

As of yesterday, Miss Greening

had sewn about 170 using old

sheets donated by people in her

community.

One type of pouch is designed

specifically for bats and has a

SECURE: Koalas, bats, joeys

and geckos will benefit from

Georgia Greening’s pouches

and wraps. IMAGE: GETTY

padded cushion at the end.

“A lot of the bats affected by

the fires are very [small], so the

cushion acts as mother support.

These get wrapped around them

which keeps it dark and it keeps

their wings nice and secure.”

The other item is a more “universal”

flat wrap, which can be

used to make pouches for other

animals including koalas, joeys

and geckos.

• If you want to help create

goods for affected animals,

visit www.facebook.com/

groups/arfsncrafts/

HELPING OUT: Georgia Greening has made about 170 wraps to

help nurse animals injured or orphaned in Australia’s wildfires.

Her target is 250. ​

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In Brief

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Residents hoping to enter in the

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Awards have until Monday to

make an entry. The competition

recognises and supports

individuals, groups, schools,

communities and businesses

that grow their own food. There

are residential, school, and

community/business categories

and special awards including

best sustainability features and

best first-time garden. To enter,

go to: https://ccc.govt.nz/cultureand-community/communityawards/edible-garden-awards/

linwood-edible-garden-awards/

FIRST COMMUNITY BOARD

MEETING

The first Banks Peninsula

Community Board meeting for

the year will be held on February

3 in the boardroom at Lyttelton

Library. Meetings have been in

recess since December 16.

SHEEP STUCK IN DRAIN

Sumner Volunteer Fire Brigade

attended a callout to a sheep stuck

in a drain near a walking track

on Scarborough Hill, on Sunday.

A family that found the sheep

attempted to rescue it but it was

too big. The brigade was called

out at 8.46am and SPCA arrived

about 10.23am. The brigade was

able to free the sheep, but due to

injuries it was euthanised.


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Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz

Wednesday January 15 2020

News

Bid to eradicate possums

RESIDENTS CAN have their

say over plans to ramp up the

eradication of possums in Banks

Peninsula.

A new control programme by

Pest Free Banks Peninsula aims

to protect native wildlife and

vegetation across a 115,000ha

area.

Spokesperson Dr David Miller

said it is part of a 30-year initiative

to protect biodiversity and

support sustainable agriculture

and tourism.

“Possums are causing havoc

to our native vegetation and

wildlife, so we’re looking to start

a new programme with the aim

of eradicating possums from

south-eastern Banks Peninsula

over the next five years. From

there we will progressively work

outwards across the peninsula.

“This is an ambitious project

and we will need the support

and involvement landowners

and residents to achieve the

long-term vision.”

The new programme replaces

the previous possum control

programme run by Environment

Canterbury.

“We understand some landowners

would like to see possums

controlled over the entire

peninsula. It is, however, widely

accepted that the previous possum

programme was no longer

CONTROL: Pest Free

Peninsula plans to trial new

methods of eradicating

possums across Banks

Peninsula over the next six

months to figure out the most

effective and affordable way

of keeping numbers down.

achieving its desired impact.

We need to look at new ways of

doing things.

“Over the next six months

we will trial new methods of

controlling possums to see if

we can provide effective and affordable

suppression beyond the

eradication area to keep possum

numbers down,” said Dr Miller.

Residents can learn more

about the proposed programme

and meet project representatives

during Banks Peninsula’s Conservation

Trust’s display at Little

River Show on Saturday.

Public meetings will also be

held at the Akaroa Sport Pavilion

on January 24, and at the

Little River Rugby Club Rooms

on the January 29. Both meetings

start at 6pm.

Pest Free Banks Peninsula

is a partnership of 14 parties,

including central and local

Government, five Ngāi Tahu

Rūnanga, and commercial and

not for profit organisations.

The new possum control

programme complements other

initiatives that are also under

way.

This includes a programme

to eradicate feral goats from the

Peninsula within five years and

urban trapping programmes in

many areas, including the Port

Hills.

The new possum programme

will be integrated with a

Department of Conservation

and Orion initiative launched

late last year which focuses on

controlling possums on public

conservation land within the

Peninsula.

•Groups, businesses or

individuals wanting to

get involved can find

further information on

the Pest Free Banks

Peninsula website www.

pestfreebanksPeninsula.org.

nz/

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Midnight bus to Sumner

•From page 1

“There is potentially the need

for a cheaper service. If people are

travelling in a group, it’s easier

than having to get two taxis as

the cost would double. It’s also

not something you have to book,

it’s a scheduled service.”

Bentley Transport has two

other Midnight Express lines

running from the

central city to Rolleston

and Rangiora which

Mr van der Merwe said

have seen a “really good

response.”

He said the decision

to run the bus out to

Sumner was based

on the population of

the area and because

a similar service was

provided to the area prior to the

earthquakes.

Sumner resident Jess Wright,

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the bus if it became an option.

Miss Wright would usually pay

between $40 and $50 for

an Uber or up to $80 for

a taxi to get home after a

Saturday night out.

“I think the bus is such a

good idea,” she said.

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Standout performance of the event

•From page 1

There were also national titles

for Sumner surfers Amelie Wink

and Ambrose McNeill.

In the women’s open final

Henderson posted a 14.03 total

to beat Piha’s Gabrielle Paul by

nearly three points in a dominant

display.

“I started to believe I could

win when I got a five and I only

needed another five to lead, and

I had already got that score and

I hadn’t actually surfed to my

potential,” Henderson said.

“I knew if I got a few good

turns in, I could get a six or

higher, you know.

“Then when I was leading

toward the end, all I wanted was

for the time to speed up because

I had priority and I knew I could

control the final.”

Henderson also claimed the

overall standout performance of

the event.

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“I mean my goal was to win

the 16s at this event and do well

in the 18s — I wasn’t actually

going to do the opens, but I convinced

mum to let me, and now I

have won.”

Henderson finished third in

the under-16 division.

Meanwhile, 14-year-old Amelie

Wink claimed her maiden

national title in the women’s

stand-up paddleboard division.

Wink scored 8.97 to pip former

champion Lucy Te Moananui, of

Sumner, who scored 8.13. Te Moananui’s

husband Alan finished

second in the men’s stand-up

paddleboard. It was won by

Jamie Andrews from Taranaki.

There was a national title in

the men’s longboard division for

Ambrose McNeill with a convincing

victory and 12.6-point

heat total, surfing in the national

championships for the first time

in several years.

McNeill defeated two-time

champion Zen Wallis (Piha),

who finished runner-up ahead of

early standout Cameron Haylock

(Christchurch) and Billy Whelan

(Mangawhai).

In the men’s open grade Piha’s

Paerata-Reid overcame seventime

winner Billy Stairmand

from Raglan in a tight battle. He

scored 15.17 to edge Stairmand’s

13.80.

In the women’s longboard

division, Gabi Paul (Piha) defended

her title with a 10.0-point

heat total, with Jo Moore

(Taranaki) finishing in second,

Donna Henderson in third and

Tegen Bishop (Christchurch) in

fourth.

Henderson had more luck in

the women’s over 40s division,

claiming the national title.

Other senior titles went to

Taranaki’s Jarred Hancox (over

35s), Dunedin’s Simon Brennan

(over 45s) and Raglan’s Geoff

Hutchison (over 55s).

Women’s titles went to Dunedin’s

Hayley Pascoe (over 30s),

Dunedin’s Tash Civil (over 35s),

Dunedin’s Ange Reardon (over

45s) and Hawkes Bay’s Marguerite

Vujcich (over 60s).

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Tram shelter repairs

delayed again

• By Jess Gibson

REDCLIFFS Residents’

Association secretary Pat

McIntosh says a house

could have been built in the

time it has taken to repair

the Moncks Bay tram

shelter.

City council transport

operations manager Steffan

Thomas has confirmed it

will take until the end of

this month to finish work

on the 85-year-old structure

on Main Rd.

Design work started

in January last year and

repairs were set to be

completed before the end of

September.

However, the completion

date was pushed out until

the end of December as

further design work on the

maintenance and strengthening

of the shelter was

required.

Now, that date has been

further revised due to a

delay with the supply of

specific structural timber

required for the earthquake

bracing upgrade.

Dr McIntosh said she is

“disappointed” there have

been further delays.

PUSHED BACK: Residents must wait until the end

of this month for the Moncks Bay tram shelter

to open, as the city council has confirmed more

delays.

The association has been

critical of the progress

made on the shelter since

the city council closed it

in December 2018 due to

earthquake vulnerability.

“To be unable to repair

such a small structure

suggests that they have

some systemic problems.

Why is the process so

inefficient and slow?”

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Wednesday January 15 2020

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Mental health initiative launches in Sumner

FARMERS CAN ride the wave

of a mental health initiative

which has launched in Sumner.

After a successful test run in

Gisborne last summer, “Surfing

for Farmers” has made its way

down to Canterbury.

It will run every Tuesday night

over summer from 5.45pm,

meeting at Stoke St.

Fifteen farmers working in

rural areas made their way to

Sumner Beach for its first session

on January 7.

Canterbury co-ordinator Sandra

Taylor said they all managed

to stand up and left the water

with “a big smile on their faces.”

Afterwards, the group were

able to wind down and get to

know each other over a few beers

and refreshments.

Stephen Thomson, a surfer,

farmer and rural real estate agent

at Bayleys, was inspired to set up

the programme after watching

the Netflix documentary “Resurface”.

The documentary showed how

surfing helped heal American

war veterans suffering from

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

(PTSD).

Mr Thomson said when the

war vet described how he used

to wake up every day wanting to

shoot himself – now he wakes up

wanting to go surfing.

Knowing how much better

he always felt after being in the

saltwater, Mr Thomson was

determined to give farmers the

opportunity to get off-site once a

week and experience that same

feeling of well-being.

“While there is a lot of conversation

about mental health

in the rural sector, this is not

being matched by action orprogrammes

that actually take

farmers away from the farm and

put them in a completely different

yet supportive environment.”

He said at farm discussion

groups or community events the

conversation invariably turns

to farming, but after surfing the

conversation is about catching,

or not catching waves and rides

are re-lived.

Sponsorships mean farmers do

not have to pay anything and all

gear and tuition will be provided

by the Sumner Surf School.

STRESS RELIEF: Fifteen

farmers headed to Sumner

Beach on January 7 to

give surfing a go as part of

an initiative encouraging

wellbeing.

Mr Thomson is hoping other

Canterbury rural businesses

and organisations will get on

board and support the initiative,

particularly in light of the many

pressures facing farmers.

For more information, phone

Sandra Taylor on 021 151 8685

or follow the Facebook page –

Surfing for Farmers.

Holding it together in week one his

VITTORIA

& Matt

SO VITTORIA is in the midst of

her first week of preschool now

and I’m coping. Mostly.

Her orientation day last month

got me kind of ready for the

whole concept of leaving her with

strangers for an hour, but dropping

her off with them for her

four hour first day on my own

was a whole new ball game.

I managed to start the week in

classic fashion, forgetting to actually

get her bag or lunch ready

until about midnight on Sunday.

I had set an alarm nice and

early so that I could get Vittoria

ready for her 8am start time easily

enough, but I forgot to pass

the memo on to her and she went

right ahead and woke up more

than an hour beforehand.

With all that extra preparation

time, I easily got her fed, dressed,

washed and ready in time for us

to have a nice walk to get there.

When she realised where we were

headed, she turned around and

gave me a massive smile. Good

confidence boost there.

It only lasted until I went out

of her eyesight for five seconds

to put her bag with those of her

classmates. I’d popped inside

to what I assume is a fairly well

sound-proofed building to do so

and I could hear her siren going

off from in there.

She met me at the door and

her sad wee face broke my heart.

From there she clung on tight

and started tearing up if I so

much as thought about putting

her down. I had to hand her off

to a teacher and grimace my way

through her crying as I left.

When pickup time finally

rolled around, she barely noticed

as I arrived. She was way too

engrossed in the sandpit.

Her teacher said she’d been

happy and well-behaved the

whole time and had only cried

•Former Star Media journalist

Matt Salmons has become a

stay-at-home dad. We follow

journey weekly.

for a minute or two after

I’d left.

She almost had me

thinking she was over

hanging with her dad,

until she turned around,

smiled and ran over to

me to have a wee cry to

let me know how she

missed me.

Hopefully she’ll enjoy

each day just as much

and hopefully I’ll get better

at holding it together

while she does.

EXCITED: Vittoria

with her obligatory

backpack pose.

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5pm each Wednesday

Paper Crafts – Ice Blocks and

Ice Creams

Thursday, 3-4.30pm

Make and decorate a sweet

summer treat using colourful

paper and crafts. This free event

is suitable for all ages.

Matuku Takotako: Sumner

Centre

JP Clinic

Thursday, 11am-12.30pm and

Saturday, 10am-noon

A justice of the peace will

be available to members of the

community. They can witness

signatures and documents,

certify document copies, hear

oaths, declarations, affidavits

or affirmations as well as sign

citizenship, sponsorship or rates

rebates applications. There is no

charge for this service.

Thursday at Little River

Library and Saturday at Matuku

Takotako: Sumner Centre

Sumner Sunday Market

Sunday, 11am-3pm

Go and check out a great range

of stalls, from fresh

veges, amazing food from all

over the world and beautiful

crafts. You’ll find them right

next to the beach as you come

into the village.

Cnr Marriner St and The

Esplanade

Tai Chi

Friday, 7-8.30pm

This is a gentle exercise for

people of all ages and fitness

levels, bringing many health

and other benefits. All are

welcome to attend this weekly

class. Phone Frances for more

information on 027 698 0057.

105 Bridle Path Rd

Mt Pleasant Walking Group

Tuesday and Thursday, 9.30am

A mix of flat and hill walks for

people with a medium level of

fitness. Walks are in nearby areas

and further afield. There will be

car pooling with shared costs.

Phone Judy on 384 1269.

Various locations

Technology Help Sessions

Monday, 2-3pm

If you need help using your

computer, smartphone, iPad,

or tablet, go along to a drop-in

session. Take your laptop, tablet,

or smartphone, or use one of the

centre’s computers. No bookings

required at this free event.

Matuku Takotako: Sumner

Centre

Redcliffs Lawn Bowls

Coaching

Tuesday 10.30-11.30am, Friday,

5-6.30pm​, Sunday 9.30-10.30am

Free lawn bowls coaching

Get creative while being environmentally-conscious by making butterflies out of recycled

paper at Lyttelton Library on Tuesday from 11am-noon. This free session is suitable for all

ages.

has started and is open to

anyone over the age of 10.

Bowls equipment is provided

and soled shoes are required.

For more information email

redcliffsbowls@xtra.co.nz or visit

www.redcliffsbowls.co.nz.

Redcliffs Bowling Club,

9 James St

Indoor Bowls at Tui Club

Monday, 12.45-3.45pm

Go along for a fun and

inclusive environment at indoor

bowls. The first day is free and is

$3 thereafter. All equipment is

supplied. No previous experience

necessary as coaching is given.

Soft-soled shoes should be worn.

Phone Sue on 389 1849.

Woolston Club, 43 Hargood St

Mt Pleasant Farmers’ Market

Saturday, 9.30am-12.30pm

A community-owned market

brings you wonderful, locally

grown food. Phone the farmers’

market coordinator, Jules, on 027

739 1832 with any queries.

3 McCormacks Bay Rd, Mount

Pleasant

Shoreline Toastmasters

Monday, 7.30-9pm

Nervous about speaking? Go

along to the first toastmasters of

the year to gain confidence by

practising speaking, listening,

learning and laughing – in a

warm, friendly non-threatening

environment. For information

shoreline@toastmasters.org.nz

Mt Pleasant Yacht Club,

21 Main Rd

Colourful Corners, Harbour

and Peninsula

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

10am-4pm

Paintings of Banks Peninsula

places by Don McAra will be on

show throughout January. The

exhibition includes a series of

richly-coloured representational

paintings of familiar scenes.

The highlight is a vibrant

image perfectly capturing the

atmosphere at the busy Diamond

Harbour wharf on a hot summer

day. For more on the artist see

www.donmcara.net

Stoddart Cottage Gallery, 2a

Waipapa Ave, Diamond Harbour

Live at the Point

Sunday, 1pm

Family-friendly live music

festival held in the lush

surrounds of the Godley House

gardens. Featuring several bands

every Sunday until February 16.

Godley House Grounds

BIRDS OF THE ESTUARY

Tanya Jenkins is the manager of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust,

a non-profit organisation formed in 2002 to protect one of New Zealand’s

most important coastal wetlands. Each week she introduces a new bird

found in the estuary. Her column aims to raise the understanding of the

values and uniqueness of the area.

THE COLOURFUL little kingfisher

are found at several sites around our

estuary.

They prefer to perch rather

than walk on the ground on mudflats.

You will see them on rocks,

logs, jetties and even washing

lines.

They eat insects, lizards and mice

but mainly crabs which they return

to their perch where they batter the

legs off before swallowing the main

body.

Pellets of indigestible remains are

regurgitated and you will see these,

together with piles of crab legs on

and near rocks when you walk along

the South New Brighton jetty, which

is a favourite dinner table for these

birds.

They may be a small bird but are

absolutely fearlessly aggressive when

protecting chicks and will attack

other birds coming too close and

even dive-bomb mammals such as

cats and dogs.

They nest inside trees and sand

cliffs where they repeatedly fly at the

site and slowly chisel out materials

till they have created a safe hole for

laying eggs.

How can we help these, and all

other birds? Keep dogs on the lead

when walking near the estuary and

pick up litter!

COLOURFUL: The kingfisher is often seen perching

around South New Brighton looking for its favourite

food - crabs.

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New fitness stations to

be installed at Little River

FIVE NEW outdoor

fitness stations will be

installed in Little River’s

Awa-iti Domain by next

month.

Banks Peninsula

Community Board approved

the installation

last month, amending

the master plan for the

domain.

The installation follows

requests from residents

seeking additional fitness

activities.

Community board

chairwoman Tori Peden

said the new “outdoor

The

Redcliffs

Residents

Association

has

launched

an “ecovillage”

initiative

in response to our

climate and ecological

emergency. This

month member Dave

Bryce focuses on

weeds

OUR COUNTRY has

about 2500 types of native

flowering plants. However,

in addition, we also have

more than 2500 (and

increasing) types of exotic

“wild” plants or weeds and

more than 20,000 types

of cultivated and garden

plants.

Many exotic plants are

“invasive,” including some

exotic forest species, and

spread and take over habitats

of native plants.

Many of our native plants

have evolved here over

millions of years and are

unique to New Zealand,

which makes them globally

important for protection.

In addition, they have

evolved with our native

animals, insects and soil

biota and have symbiotic

relationships with them,

unlike most exotic plants.

Weeds have no natural

checks on their spread and

need to be controlled or

eliminated to protect our

native plants and habitats

and also to protect our agriculture

and horticulture.

Many of these weeds

come from our home

gardens via neighbours

or plants or soil imported

from other parts of the

country or even overseas.

gym” in Awa-iti Domain

will help meet the growing

demand for improved

health and well-being

options in the district.

“Having such diverse

fitness stations in place

will hopefully also motivate

people with a range of

fitness goals to regularly

use the equipment,” Ms

Peden said.

The wooden apparatus

includes a stepper,

hurdles, a balance beam,

stepping logs and a

straddle jump sited in a

corner of the domain near

Weeding lets native

plants flourish

CONTROL: Removing weeds from your garden

will help to protect native plants

While it is tempting to

buy off-the-shelf herbicides

for problem weeds, the jury

is still out on the safety of

such products for other

plants, micro-organisms,

insects like honey bees and

even humans. In any event,

the scale of problem weeds

on a residential property is

usually manageable without

such products.

In Redcliffs, some weeds

have seeds which are

dispersed by wind, water,

birds or other animals.

These can be pulled out,

hoed or cut, or you can cut

off flower heads to prevent

seeding. These plants

include nightshade, lupins,

veldt grass, boneseed or

saltbush, cleavers, dandelion,

fathen, fumitory, gallant

soldiers and oxtongue.

Other weeds have big

roots which you either

need to dig out, or regularly

remove foliage, which

feeds the root, until the

root withers and dies.

Many have flowers and

seed as well and these need

to be cut off. These plants

the fire station.

The different apparatus

caters to multiple fitness

levels.

The domain, which sits

next to Little River School,

already includes several

sports fields, a community

centre and rugby clubrooms.

Work is also under

way to restore the

damaged tennis courts

in the domain in tandem

with the fitness stations

installation. The domain

will remain open during

the installation work.

include pig’s ear, fennel,

wild parsnip, hemlock,

twitch, convolvulus,

blackberry, spur valerian,

thistle, gorse, male fern

(spores, not flowers), and

polypodium fern (also

spores, not flowers).

Still, other weeds have

bulbs and corms, all of

which you will need to dig

out. These include agapanthus

and oxalis.

Others are creepers

which drop roots at regular

intervals, which you will

need to carefully pull out.

These include nasturtium,

periwinkle, purple loosestrife

and tradescantia

(wandering willie). Some

creepers invade trees and

can be pulled out when

you find the rooted stem.

These include banana passion

fruit.

Remember the old saying…one

year’s seeding

gives seven years weeding…so

stop them seeding!

You can Google plant

names or search “weed

busters” for pictures to

identify these weeds.

From computer

novice to digital

whizz

A simple desire to become more

confident using computers has opened up

a world of possibilities for Thomas King, a

co-director of a logistics business.

“The world is rapidly changing and to

keep pace with it, having some confidence

and competence in computing is crucial,”

he says. “I realised that I’d have to embrace

this scary but exciting new tech-driven

world sooner or later, and now here I am

today, loving what I once feared.”

Thomas got the skills he was looking

for at Ara Connect, a network of

community hubs operated by Ara Institute

of Canterbury which

offer free, non-assessed

computing courses for

anyone wanting to gain

skills and confidence

using digital technology.

Thomas says the tutors

at Ara Connect made

learning an enjoyable

experience and were

very supportive. “I felt

so inspired during my

journey. The tutors were

very attentive and always

eager to assist. They want

you to succeed and they

encourage you to push

your boundaries without ever throwing

you in the deep end.”

His advice for anyone else considering

the computing courses at Ara Connect

is to just go for it. “Knowing how to use

computers in a way that delivers results can

make life so much easier, especially in the

world of business. I certainly wish I’d taken

courses like these two decades ago. My

advice is to pluck up the courage and just

go for it.”

Information about Ara Connect

courses is available at ara.ac.nz or by

calling 0800 24 24 76.


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Wine

2017 a vintage year for pinot noir

• By Mark Henderson

THESE PINOT noir wines

were assembled over a number

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compiled together for clarity,

and reinforce my belief that 2017

will be ranked as one of the great

vintages.

A constant thread through

the Otago 2017 pinots has been

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intent for future development,

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2017 Valli Waitaki

Vineyard Pinot Noir

Price: $69.99

Rating: Excellent to

outstanding

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and savoury notes wrapped in a

bed of brambles. Not at all flashy

or showy, this creeps up on you

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poise, the fresh acidity keeping

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An attractive herbaceous note

hangs on the long close.

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2017 Mt Difficulty Single

Vineyard Long Gully

Bannockburn Pinot Noir

Price: $110

Rating: Very good to excellent

Powerful nose of smoke, dark

fruits, wild herbs, dustiness with

a sweet fruit lift akin to dried

strawberry. Powerful and chewy

palate, a little more primal with

some confectionery/ dried fruits

at first before this builds and

fleshes out. Nice flow through

the mouth becoming more

savoury, with a hint of blueberry

on the close.

Just a little shorter on the

finish.

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2017 Mt Difficulty Single

Vineyard Target Gully

Bannockburn Pinot Noir

Price: $110

Rating: Excellent to

outstanding

A little wildness, wild herbs,

dustiness, rich fruit. Tightly

bound and youthfully brash

palate wrapped round a deep

core of darker fruits and

powerful tannins. While firm,

this teases you with glimpses of

its charms, slowly developing

sumptuousness as the fruit

builds, adding savoury and lead

pencil nuances.

Desperately crying out for

bottle age, but the elements are

there.

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2017 Chard Farm River

Run Central Otago Pinot

Noir

Price: $35

Rating: Very good to excellent

Subtle but attractive nose that

grows in the glass, becoming

perfumed and floral with

hints of lavender. A touch of

confectionery is tempered

by bright acidity and a juicy,

cranberry-like crunchiness.

A savoury edge builds as do

pencil shavings, adding to the

flavour nuances, with the wine

retaining that brightness and

vibrancy to the last drop.

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2017 Kuru Kuru Central

Otago Pinot Noir

Price: $40

Rating: Excellent

A whisper of wildness and

funk at first, hard candy, moving

to darker raspberry notes and

wild herbs; tilled earth and oak

scents following. Noticeable

tannic grip, bigger boned, chewy

and intense with plum, dark

cherry and a tangy, zestiness.

This becomes more sumptuous

as it evolves and opens up,

adding hints of blueberry and

spice.

Potential here.

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2017 Domain Road

Bannockburn Pinot Noir

Price: $40

Rating: Very good

Bright and fragrant nose with

dark cherry, raspberry, smoke,

bacon and oak char. The palate is

tighter and less expressive than

the nose suggests adding lead

pencil and cool, cranberry notes

with mouth puckering tannins.

Aeration allows this to build

and open up, but for now it is

showing its grippy, structured

side.

Time should build on the

promise shown by the nose.

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Otago Pinot Noir

Price: $70

Rating: Outstanding

Wonderfully floral nose draws

you in: a mix of dark fruits,

some red fruits, wild herbs and

savoury nuances, becoming

violetty with time. Silky, textural,

the palate follows the nose

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Tasty Bites

Say hello to haloumi this summer

On the table in under 20min,

this easy vegetarian haloumi

salad is perfect when time

is short

Super Easy Haloumi Salad

Ingredients

250g pearl couscous

500g haloumi sliced

1 Tbsp Moroccan spice mix

2 zucchini, sliced

250g cherry tomato medley,

halved

½ cup fresh parsley leaves

½ cup fresh mint leaves, torn

1 Tbsp tahini

2 Tbsp Greek yoghurt

1 small garlic clove, crushed

1 lemon, rind finely grated, juiced

2 Tbsp pomegranate arils or

1 pomegranate, arils removed

2 pita breads, toasted, torn

Directions

Cook couscous in a saucepan

of boiling water following packet

directions. Drain.

Meanwhile, pat haloumi dry

with paper towel. Sprinkle with

spice mix. Spray a non-stick

frying pan with oil. Heat pan over

medium heat. Cook haloumi

1-2min each side or until golden.

Set aside. Spray pan with oil

again. Cook zucchini 1-2min

until just coloured.

Combine couscous, zucchini,

tomatoes, parsley and mint in a

large bowl. Season well. Combine

tahini, yoghurt, garlic and lemon

rind in a small bowl. Season. Add

lemon juice to taste.

Divide salad among serving

bowls or arrange on a platter. Top

with haloumi and pomegranate.

Drizzle with dressing. Serve with

pita.

Piña Colada Slushy

Ingredients

½ fresh pineapple, peeled, cut into

3cm pieces

180ml sweetened coconut cream

60ml unsweetened coconut milk

240ml white rum

2 Tbsp fresh lime juice

60ml dark rum (optional)

Cherries and lime wedges (for

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Directions

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hours.

Shake coconut cream and

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coconut cream, coconut milk,

white rum, lime juice, and

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Clever technology for big Lexus SUV

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the company has a big focus

on product development and

evolution.

Bang on cue the RX series

luxury sport utility vehicle has

had a refresh. It gets a raft of new

electronic technologies for safety

and convenience and it has had a

fairly hefty facelift.

The cosmetic changes are bold

and fit with the striking look

Lexus has developed over the past

few years, the enhancements also

create even more of a luxurious

feel, along with boosting driver

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One of the new features I

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towards the side of the road.

Elsewhere, the concept of the

big RX hasn’t been changed,

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options and the choice of a hybrid

drivetrain, bearing in mind that

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power under the bonnet and all

are four-wheel-drive.

I’m due to drive a hybrid

model soon, but this evaluation

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as its nomenclature suggests,

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engine. It is a powerful unit at

221kW and 370Nm and it drives

through an eight-speed automatic

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Lexus) product, it stands out

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and performance, along with

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average. I found that easy to

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I used normal mode mostly, but

did try the sport setting, which

is great for when overtaking

opportunities arrive. The RX will

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in around 4.5sec, along with a

standstill to 100km/h time of

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All of the time the engine

works without sound intrusion,

even when it is hauling in

towards the red line. I guess you’d

expect that in a prestige/luxury

car and it doesn’t disappoint.

Refinement within the driveline

doesn’t stop there, the fully

independent suspension is supple

offering a high degree of comfort

while the steering is perfectly

weighted with strong feedback.

Even though it has a generous

200mm of ground clearance, the

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– put simply, luxury SUVs

aren’t aimed for those conditions

– the four-wheel-drive system is

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I never ventured off the

sealed surface, but the driveline

certainly enhances feel on the seal

promoting secure handling when

pushed into a corner.

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sector, its primary role is to

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Lexus style of sophistication

and grace. It is a full five-seater

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navigation, heated and cooled

seats, paddle gearshifters, and all

of the functions you would need

every day as a premium car buyer.

The evaluation car was an

F-Sport model which, as its

branding would suggest, has

a few sporty type ingredients

– aluminium pedals, F-Sport

badging and 20in wheels.

Any RX buyer won’t be

• Price – Lexus RX350,

$109,600

• Dimensions – Length,

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1895mm; height,

1690mm

• Configuration – V6,

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221kW, 370Nm, eightspeed

automatic.

• Performance –

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• Fuel usage – 9.6l/100km

disappointed with the amount of

onboard kit, and the specification

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tag. A base spec V6 starts the

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while the seven-seat V6 lists at

$109,500. Incidentally, hybrid

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As part of a process to

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our dwelling, we purchased a

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other paraphernalia. I used the

RX to transport the piece of

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highlighted the practicality big

SUVs offer, the rear seats fold

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the F-Sport model has just two

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to fruit tree pruning and

hedge trimming by an

experienced arborist.

Special Branch Tree Care,

phone 021 062 4463.

Trades & Services

Your local professional

FOR ALL YOUR

PLUMBING,

GAS &

DRAINAGE

• Bathroom repairs

• Renovations

• Leaks

• Blocked drains

• Gas and drainage

Carol and Chris

Phone 376 5322 or email

chcheast@laserplumbing.co.nz

DIRTY

TILES &

GROUT?

Our unique restoration processes will make your

tiled areas look BRAND NEW again!

We provide cost effective makeovers for showers,

bathrooms, kitchens or any other tiled areas.

Tiled Shower Makeovers

Professional Tile & Grout Cleaning

Re-Colouring of existing Grout

Tile/Grout Sealing

Tile/Grout Repairs

Silicone Replacement

Garage Carpet Installation

For your FREE no obligation quote contact

DARRYL

0800 882 772

darryl.p@groutpro.co.nz

Trades & Services

BRICKLAYER

George Lockyer. Over

40 years bricklaying

experience.Uk trained.

Insurance work, EQC

repairs. Heritage

brickwork & stonework

a speciality. No job too

small. Governers Bay.

Home 329 9344. Cell

027 684 4046. E mail

georgelockyer@xtra.co.nz

BUILDER

Qualified, licensed, and

insured. jmhbuilders.co.nz

Ph 020 400 96143

CARPET LAYING

Exp. Repairs, uplifting,

relaying, restretching.

Phone John on 0800

003181, 027 240 7416

jflattery@xtra.co.nz

Trades & Services

CONCRETE CUTTING

Affordable Concrete

Cutting with Quality, and

removal work. Free quote.

No job to small. Phone 027

442-2219, Fax 359-6052

a/h 359- 4605

ELECTRICIAN

Andrew Martin Electrical.

25 years experience.

Specialize in home

renovations, repairs and

maintenance. Call Andrew

0274 331 183

ELECTRICIAN

JMP Electrical.

Experienced & registered..

Expert in all home

electrical repairs &

maintenance.Call

027 4401715

James

LAWNMOWING

You Grow I Mow. Free

quotes. Ph / text Chris 021

252 1801

PAINTING

DECORATING

All types of int/ext

painting undertaken. 30 +

yrs exp. Ph Michael 027

665 4654

PAINTING

30 years experience,

workmanship

guaranteed, pensioners

discounts, free quotes, ph

Robert 021 026-30757

Situations Vacant

electrician

Who we are

Allied Press Limited employs over 450 people on a permanent

basis across its 15 sites in the South Island. We operate across

multiple media platforms (print, online, digital) delivering news,

information and entertainment through our various regional

and city publications, including printing and publishing of

newspapers from our print centre in Dunedin and a commercial

print facility in Alexandra.

The role

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the main purpose of

the position is to ensure smooth running of our newspaper,

commercial publication and facility maintenance.

Some of the key accountabilities include:

• Production remains uninterrupted.

• Production equipment availability is maximised.

• Preventative maintenance is prioritised to ensure minimal

downtime.

The business has just invested in a major upgrade to the

electrical/electronic systems on the printing press, scheduled to

commence in the New Year. This presents the ideal opportunity

to learn from the installation and commissioning engineers to

enable the successful candidate to hit the ground running.

Your skills and experience

We are looking for a registered Electrician ideally from an

Industrial background holding a current practising licence. The

ideal candidate would be competent and confident in using

computers and experienced in PLC’s, Analogue/Digital control

and AC/DC motor drive systems. Although not essential,

knowledge of Goss Press and Ferag mailroom will be a bonus.

Further details

This is a full-time permanent position working the day shift from

Monday to Friday, with rostered ‘On call’.

As well as a competitive salary, we offer you a great team

environment, minimal commute time, being based within

Dunedin city, professional development opportunities, job

security and opportunity to grow. Training and support will be

provided for the successful applicant.

If you think this role is for you, please apply by way of CV and

a covering letter. Informal inquiries about the role are welcome

and should be directed to raja.chakrabarti@alliedpress.co.nz

A copy of the position description can be requested from HR

at recruitment@alliedpress.co.nz

Applications will close on Thursday 13 February 2020.

All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Please note that you must have the right to work in

New Zealand to apply for this role.

Disclaimer: Allied Press does not accept unsolicited agency

résumés. Allied Press is not responsible for any fees related to

unsolicited résumés.

Trades & Services

PLASTERING

INTERIOR

no job too big or too

small, specialise in repair

work & new houses, free

quotes given, over 20 yrs

plastering experience, ph

Peter 027 221-4066 or

384-2574

PLASTERING

Interior / extrior, all

aspects done, 30 yrs exp,

free quotes, ph Ian 021

274 8006

2245370

We’re for

local

voices

From Kaikoura,

to Christchurch,

to Ashburton,

we have it covered


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