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Methven hospitality

business owners have met

with local MPstodiscuss

difficulties getting migrant


Rangitata MP Andrew


Luxton metwith 15

business owners and


Board chairmanDan

McLaughlin last week.


business owners were

frustratedabout delays

tryingtoget temporary visas

forforeignstaff andsome

were operating on limited

days becauseofthe lack of


Hesaidfindingstaff in

thewinter wasgenerally not

difficult becausepeople

wanted to skiandwork,but

summer jobsinbars and

cafeswereharder to fill.

‘‘We wantpeople to come

here in the summer,but we

can’tprovide aservice.’’

Summerwas becoming

busier asmore visitors used

thelocalmountain bike

park andtracksinthe area.

Businessowners are

frustratedabout delays

usingthe newstreamlined

process of applyingfor

temporary work visas for


‘‘You only haveto get

onethingwrongand you

couldhave adelay of six

months,’’ Mr McLaughlin


Mrs Luxtonsaid

concerns aboutstaff

shortages were raiseddaily

withher andshe was talking


Immigration, IainLees­


‘‘The reality is,we’re

facinglow unemployment

in our neckofthe woods,



ourreliance for migrant

staff. Iabsolutely hear the

concerns thatarebeing

raisedwith me.’’


shortages threatenedthe


in Methvenand wider Mid

Canterbury. Therehad also

been asharp dropin

residency visaapprovalsin

thepasttwo years, makingit

harder for localemployers

to retainthe employees they

already had,inmany cases

foranumber of years.



encouraged people to settle

outsideAuckland, butthe

current Governmentwas


Child profiles that are part of the Children’s Holocaust Memorial at the Ashburton Museum.

Holocaust children honoured

By Mick Jensen

Aunique,moving memorial

honouring the 1.5 million

children killedduring the

Holocaust, and serving as a

reminder to standupto

discrimination, opens today at

the Ashburton Museum.

The Children’sHolocaust

Memorial began as aschool

project at Moriah Schoolin

Wellington, as away for

students to understand the scale

of the atrocity.

Over anumber of years the

school collected1.5 million

buttons, each button

representing achild killed by the

Nazis between1939 and 1945.

The memorial has been

developed by the National

Library in partnership with the

Holocaust Centre of New

Zealand and has astrong

education focus.

Matthijs Siljee,asenior

lecturer in the School of Design

at Massey University,worked

with the holocaust centre to

design the memorial.

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By Linda Clarke

Life as abeekeeper is not for the


It’s hard physical work and

there are bee stings, says Midlands

Bees operational manager

Matt McCully.

The Ashburton agri­business

runs 6500 hives, each with about

70,000 bees that pollinate crops

like carrots and clover. The bees

also make honey and Midlands

staff are busy extracting the

liquid gold, most of which will be

exported to honey­lovers around

the world.

Most of Midlands hives are

between the Rangitata and

Rakaia Rivers, with a small

number in Selwyn. The hives are

managed by 12 beekeepers,

including young people who

have just joined the industry.

‘‘It is avery physical job, where

you are working outdoors in the

elements and you do have to be

able to handle a lot of bee

stings,’’ Matt said.

Around 3500 hives are

positioned to pollinate hybrid

carrot crops, with the rest going

to canola, brassica, radish, chicory,

red and traditional white

The Children’s Holocaust Memorial exhibit

designer Matthijs Siljee.

Midlands beekeeper Jake Sherratt is part of the busy team extracting honey at the company’s

Ashburton plant.

clover crops.

The process of extracting

honey begins in December with

brassica, canola and radish hives,

and finishes as late as April,

when the late season honey dew

starts to come in off the Black

Beech forest.

Life as aCasketeer

Whatthe business of death canteach the living

by Francis&KaioraTipene

Francis and KaioraTipene aren’t your typical funeral directors.

With their famous humour and big-heartedpersonalities,the

TVNZ and Netflix realityTVstars arechanging the waywe

think about death and grief.

LifeasaCasketeer reveals howFrancis and Kaioragrew

up in families thathad fewpossessions but were rich with

love and tikanga, and howthey came to work in their often

misunderstood profession. It’s also abook about the Maori

worldview and traditional funeral customs.The Tipenes make

death feel less mysterious and lifemoreprecious.

Inspirational,hilarious and wise: this is abook to make yousee

dying,grief and remembranceinatotally new light.

Children of the Holocaust

From Page 1

Mr Siljee said the

memorial helped to tell

the ‘‘uneasy story’’of the

children of the Holocaust.

It was adifferent story

from the combatantswho

foughtand losttheir lives

fighting in World War2

and the undertonesofthe

holocaust were still very

much alive today.

The Children’s

Holocaust Memorialis

split into two halves at the

museum. The Murney

FamilyRoom featuresan

evocative display that

includes the 1.5 million

buttons, as well as profiles

of some of the children

who losttheir lives.

Mr Siljee said the

buttondisplay moved in

tiers from one buttonin

its smallcabinet, to the

largest unit, which was


The combined weight

of the button displaywas

one metric tonne and

each button represented

It is abig job and starts with

the beekeepers bringing the bee

boxes of frames filled with honey

into the processing shed in the

Ashburton Business Estate.

The honey is warmed slightly,

the frames are taken out of the

boxes and the wax capping cut

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the life of achildkilled in

the holocaust.

The buttons are

displayed in industrial

metal cabinets,typical of

those used by the Nazi



benches, evocative of

basic furniture in the

concentration camps,

allow the viewer to sit and

contemplate the display.

The secondpart of the

exhibition is displayed at

the back of the main

museumarea and

features more facts on the

holocaust and more


One tells the story of

Vera Egermayer, achild

survivor of the Holocaust,

who immigratedto

Wellington in 1949and

was the New Zealand

consulinPrague for 18

years.The display also

includes content about

bullying and being ‘‘an

upstander not a


off. The frame is spun in an

extractor to remove the honey,

which is then run through a

machine that separates the

honey from the wax.

The honey is stored for packaging

and the wax refined into

blocks for sale.

It encouragesthe

acceptance of othersand

the positive recognition of


Mr Siljee said the

memorial helped to tell

the ‘‘unpleasant and

unspeakable’’story of the

Holocaust, but it was far

from drab.

Feedback from those

viewing it had often

described it as inspiring,

he said. Acomments book

that accompanied the

memorial invites the

publictogive their honest

opinion of it.

Anumber of Mid

Canterbury schoolsare

expected to view the

memorial exhibition over

the next couple of


The Children’s

Holocaust Memorial is

displayed here untilApril

26 and Ashburtonisjust

the fourthvenue

nationally to host it since

it was unveiled in

November 2018.


Local news at Ashburton's The Courier, Thursday February 20, 2020, Page 3

Holdaways sharing ministry duties

By Mick Jensen

Anew journey has begun for

Michaeland Mary­Jo Holdaway,

with the couple now sharing

ministry duties in the Anglican

parishes in Rakaia and Methven.

Michael, who ran his own

dental practice in Ashburton for

many years until he solditlast

year, was ordained as alocal

priest at St Stephen’s 19 years


Mary­Jowas ordained as a

deacon at aceremonyin

November, and after thecouple

had completed 18 months of

studiesatthe St John's

Theological College in Auckland.

Both havealready run church

services in Methven and Rakaia

and will move into thevicarage at

Methveninafew weekstime with

Breakfast speaker

once at Gloriavale

Lilia Tarawa.

Michael and Mary-Jo Holdaway.

theirdog .

The Rakaia parish also takes in

Zonta Club of Ashburton

is hosting former

Gloriavale member Lilia

Tarawa at its annual

women’s day breakfast on

March 14 and the event is

already asell­out.

Some 300 tickets for

the breakfast have sold

like hotcakes, without any


Organiser Ann Wise

said there was huge interest

in Gloriavale and Lilia

would be speaking about

her journey from leaving

the West Coast religious

community as ateenager

with her family, to becoming

the resilient and

inspirational woman she

is today.

Lilia is the granddaughter

of Gloriavale’s

former leader Hopeful

Christian and she escaped

with her mother Miracle,

father Perry and eight

siblings in 2008. Lilia was

18 at the time and says she

was used to wearing afull

length dress and headscarf,

and forbidden to cut

her hair, speak back or

wear jewellery and


Her destiny was alife of

domestic servitude, food

rations and childbearing.

Ten years on, Lilia lives

alife she never dreamed

possible. She flies around

the country teaching audiences

about leadership,

self­respect and confidence.

She wrote abook about

her childhood called

Daughter of Gloriavale:

My Life in a Religious


Zonta Ashburton is

delighted to have her as

their guest speaker and

Ann said her transformation

made for acompelling

story that fitted perfectly

with Zonta’s

mission of empowering


‘‘She has come from a

completely other world

and is using her experience

in a new world to

advocate for women.’’

The women’s breakfast

will be the 24th for the

Ashburton club.

Submissions in

on speed limits

Nearly 100 people have

made submissions on the

Ashburton District Council’s

proposal to change

some speed limits around

the district.

Over 40 people attended

an open day at council on

Monday and eight made

submissions on the spot.

Many of the changes and

reduced speed limits are in

residential areas on the

outskirts of Ashburton

town and other urban

areas, reflecting growth.

‘‘People are largely supportive

of the proposals but

were wanting clarification

on the background behind

why council has proposed

what they did,’’ service

delivery group manager

Neil McCann said. ‘‘Speed

limits around schools is

relatively topical too.’’

Mr McCann said the

number of people who had

provided feedback to date

was pleasing.

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previous interim ministers.

Michael said the idea of taking

more formal theological studies

had been suggested to him.

‘‘I was feeling a‘bit stuck’ and

and Mary­Jo and Italked it

through. It was something we

decided we really wantedtodo,

and instead of thinking ‘whatif’,

we went for it.’’

Michael said he would continue

to work part­time as adentist,but

was excited by the new direction

and the co­responsibilities.

The Holdaways worked

together for ashort periodinthe

dental practice andwillrun joint

and solo services.

Mary­Jo said there would be

challenges ahead and there was a

huge learning curve.

‘‘I’m60and Michael is 58, but

we’ve still got agood few years left











in us and we’ll work things out


She saidthe couple had been

warmly welcomed by their new

congregations and werelooking

forward to the move to Methven.

Michael saidhis role as an

ordained priestwas to ‘‘make

room’’ for thosealreadyinthe

church andalso to welcome


His work was aboutpromoting

goodnews and good messages,

supporting the community and

gathering people together.

Afavourite saying of Mary­Jo is

that‘‘you can havecomfortand

courage,but you can’t have both.’’

The couple are stepping outside

of theircomfort zone,but are

excited aboutthe change of

direction and the challenges they


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Page 4, Ashburton's The Courier, Thursday February 20, 2020

Owen wins

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Richard Owen has won

the MethvenCommunity

Board by election by

asizeable margin.

Mr Owen polled 354

votes, ahead ofTammy

Dickson on 158 and

Leonie Campbell on


He will take up the

fifth and final place on

the board.

The voter return was

48.84 per cent and 567

were cast.

The by election was

necessary because just

four candidates stood

at October’s Local

Body Elections.

Methven Community

Board chairman

Dan McLaughlin said

he was looking forward

to having Mr Owen's

youthful face at the


‘‘He has young children,

so he brings different



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Firearm law changes opposed

By Linda Clarke

Mid Canterbury hunters are

standing alongside farmers and

sport shooters to oppose a

second wave of gun law changes.

Government prohibited

military­style semi­automatic

weapons in the wake of the

mosque shooting in Christchurch

last year and now a

second tranche of reforms has

been before aselect committee.

Organisers of a gun­owners

rally in Ashburton at the weekend

believe many law­abiding

Kiwis with gun licences do not

realise how they will be impacted

by the continuing reforms.

The changes will introduce an

arms register, reduce the licence

period from 10 years to five and

impose onerous requirements

on gun clubs and shooting

ranges that could force some to


Mid Canterbury firearms

licence holders want to keep the

firearms they use to go deerstalking,

deal with pests or shoot

competitively at arange.

Several hundred people

joined the weekend’s rally:

Accompanied by military tank

and jeep, they walked along

East Street and West Street with

placards protesting the reach of

Several hundred people marched along East Street on

Saturday, protesting at the next wave of proposed gun laws.

the reforms.

‘‘Not everybody gets firearms,

but we get firearms,’’ said

organiser and hunter Stewart


‘‘We are regular grassroots

law­abiding guys and protesting

against the unfairness, the

unreasonableness of firearms

law reforms. We are innocent

but made to feel guilty.’’

Mr Hydes said the reforms

would not make New Zealand a

safer place and targeted the

wrong people.

He said police were to blame

for issuing the alleged mosque

gunman afirearms licence in the

first place.

‘‘Our police failed to properly

vet someone.’’

Mr Hydes said the select

committee had reported back to

Parliament that 90 per cent of

the submitters on the second

tranche of reforms opposed the

proposed changes.

National’s police spokesman

Brett Hudson met the protesters

after the march and said

National’s police spokesman

Brett Hudson addresses the


National would vote against the

second tranche. ‘‘A more sensible

regime is needed, with

exemptions for firearms, pest

control and sport shooting.’’

He said Government should

be more concerned about the

rise of gangs and their use of

semi­automatics and pistols.

‘‘This bill does absolutely

nothing about that. It puts the

cost and responsibility on lawabiding

firearms owners but will

do nothing about the criminals.’’

Prime views from Tony’s home on wheels

By Linda Clarke

Tony Adams once shared lunch

with 24 dolphins at Kaikoura. He

and wife Diane pulled up at the

beach, slid back the door of their

camper van and marvelled at the

sight while they ate.

It’s one of ahundred stories

Tony can tell about the pleasures

of holidaying in their


Their camper van is aTransit

van, converted for tourists and

once part of the Horizon fleet.

He and Diane bought it in

2015 and have notched up about

15,000km in the South Island,

exploring idyllic spots when time,

the weather and inclination


He says it is the life and their

compact home­away­from­home

has all the mod cons, plus shower

and toilet and solar panels if they

really want to stay off the grid.

Tony said Central Otago held

some beautiful spots and they

Tony Adams checks through the log book that contains his

and Diane’s camper van adventures.

simply parked up, opened the

door and enjoyed the scenery.

Sometimes with aglass of wine

and abook.

When they are not using the

camper van, it parks up at their

Tinwald home where it can

double as aspare room when the

grandkids come.

Tony is also on the Ashburton

Lions Club committee

organising the South Island

Motorhome Show at the

Ashburton Showgrounds on

February 29 and March 1.

He says the show is all about

sharing that motorhome


The show is also an

opportunity for motorhome

owners to sell privately, and for

dealers to sell or showcase their

vehicles. Companies that make

goods for motorhomes also set

up shop.

Tony said about 200

motorhomes were expected at

the showgrounds for the event,

which was timed to capture those

heading to the New Zealand

Motorhome Association

conference in Oamaru the

following weekend.

The club has organised food

outlets and invited Fire and

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fire safety in mobile homes

education sessions on the

Saturday between 10am and


Tony said the club was also

arranging to have some retro

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Meet the crew revamping our town’s CBD

By Linda Clarke

Contractors undertaking the

revamp of Ashburton’s central

business district say they are

working hard to keep

disruption to businesses and

workplaces to aminimum.

Night work was also being

considered, Tru­Line Civil

owner manager Daniel Powell

told Ashburton District

Councillors in an update on

the two­year project recently.

The work is being

conducted in phases, with

Cass Street first. Anew

watermain and sewer is being

laid first, followed by

stormwater services and

kerbing, then finally road and

footpath works.

Cass Street should be

finished by August, according

to the project’s timeline.

Mr Powell said contractors

met with Cass Street affected

parties before the work began

and talked through the details.

He said there was support

for the revitalisation project,

which made the contractor’s

job easier.

They are keeping people up

to date with information and

mail drops.

‘‘It is amajor project and we

are trying to take the town

from where it is at the moment

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to apretty modern, excitinglooking

place to do business in

and shop.’’

Mr Powell said some onthe­spot

changes had been

made to the plan, like moving

the location of atree that

would be in abusiness

Mt Hutt bares all

Mt Hutt skifield staff are opening the

mountain for summer thrills on February

29 to help raise funds for charity.

The Discover Mt Hutt Open Day is

being held with the help of Lions

Methven and will raise funds for local

charities,including the Ashburton Cancer


Visitors on the day will be able to

mountainbike,hike, take helicopter rides

and generally explore the mountain,

which iscovered insnow during winter.

Mt Hutt ski area manager James

McKenzie said $40,000 was raised last

year and theywere hopingtohit asimilar

figure. “All our staff volunteer their time

for this day and love getting involved in

showing off their workplace to visitors in

summer while raising funds for agood


The Summit Six chairlift will take

walkers, bikes and bikers tothe summit

where they can take in the 360 degree

views then bike, walk or catch aride on

the chairlift down.

Mt Hutt staff will beonhand toguide

guests round the mountain in a4WD


He said it had been

important to be upfront about

the disruption and make sure

people could contact him or

project manager Conor


‘‘We are trying to work on

experience. Bikeenthusiasts can take part

in an enduro event run by Bike Methven

and Gravity Canterbury.

Christchurch Helicopters will be onsiterunning

scenic flights and the massive

slipand slide is back offering thrills, spills

and aplace to cool off.

Entry on the day is $20 for walkers/

hikers and $30 for bikers. Kids aged 10

and under are free.

Methven Travel will be running abus

service from the Methven i­site from

9.30am onwards. Bookings are essential

by calling 0800 684 888.

The open day runs from 10am until


the principle that if we are

working on the road, then the

footpath is open so people

have access to the shop and

not the whole block is closed

off. We know people are

trying to run their business.’’

While working at night was

aconsideration in some parts

of the project, it had

challenges for the work crews.

‘‘Mainly you can’t see what is

going on and the lack of

support services if you need


Tru­Line completed a

similar CBD revitalisation

project in Blenheim and Mr

Powell said it had set the town

up for further growth. ‘‘I guess

you guys are hoping the same

will happen here and from the

design Ihave seen, it looks


Chair of council’s town

centre subcommittee Carolyn

Cameron said she had walked

Cass Street and spoken to

retailers about the

redevelopment. ‘‘Some were

not happy about access but I

think it can be worked


The most common

complaint was gravel on

footpaths, and the contractors

have committed to sweeping

those daily.

Work crews will move to

Tancred, Burnett and Moore

Streets later this year, then

finish on East and Havelock


Council is also investigating

ways to tell the district’s

history in the CBD, though

historic plaques or other

information spots. They have

looked for inspiration at

Motueka, which has its history

spelled out at the side of a

special historic walk.

That treatment might be

included in the revamp of

Baring Square east.

Dementia support planned

Princes Courtrest homemanager


start up asupportgroup for

family and carers of people with


The group would meet monthly

and provide supportasthey

worked through the fear of the

unknown that oftenaccompanies

the disease.

Lorraine said she would be

gauging interest for the support

groupatnext month’s Positive

Ageing Expo and was looking for

asuitable venue.

She said fear of the unknown

was what stopped manyfamilies

affected by dementia from

seeking help.

PrincesCourt has 35 dementia

beds,the largest provider in

Ashburton, but the numberof

people with dementia is


Mrs Bryan said it would be a

challenge providing assistance in

the future, both inthe community


Almost 70,000 Kiwis have

dementia and that number is

expected to almost triple by 2050.

Ashortage of dementia beds in

SouthCanterburymeans Princes

Court provides beds to pick up

the overflow.

She said people waited too

long beforeasking for help.

‘‘We knowthat dementia also

has asignificant impact on the

family and friends of people with

the condition.

‘‘Yet so many people avoid

asking for help, through areal

fear they willlose their homes

and all their savings.’’

Lorraine has workedin

dementiacare for yearsand

experienced some of the same


for her father.

“Fear thatIwas doing the right

thing, fearthathewas in good

hands and fearthatwecould

afford the care he needed.”

Lorraine empathiseswith

families who wait until they’ve hit

the wall before theyreachout for


‘‘There is help available,

whetherit’s day care, respite or

full­time care and the sooner you

ask for help the better.’’

The first move was talking to

yourGP, she said. “Fromthere,

theycan set out aplan thatwill

involve putting you in touch with

the Needs Assessment teamto

workout eligibility for funding

and support.”





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Plug and go refit for event centre

By Linda Clarke

Atechnology upgrade of almost

$100,000 will bring the Ashburton

Trust Event Centre into modern

digital times ... despite the facility

being only 12 years old.

Manager Roger Farr says there

has been abig shift away from

analogue based­sound and lighting

equipment to digital.

‘‘And as soon as you start talking

digital, everything needs to be bigger

and better.’’

The upgrade will replace Category

5cabling with Category 6cabling,

capable of carrying much more

information between lights and

sound equipment, and control

boards. Lighting is also moving to

more sustainable LEDs.

The event centre is applying for

community grants to cover the cost of

the upgrade and hopes donations

from its supporters in the community

might cover any shortfall.

The work, once funds are secured,

could be completed by the end of this


It would mean users of the facility

to deliver the Ashburton Courier

and Realty every Thursday in the

West Street, Racecourse Road,

Belt Road area.

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Ashburton Trust Event Centre manager Roger Farr (right) and

technician Travis Stringer talk cabling in the centre’s electrical brain


can ‘‘plug and go’’, rather than

needing to drag multiple cables

running from select outlets.

Mr Farr said it was vital the event

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at the same time

centre kept up with technology as

touring groups expected it, as did

community users who might want to

live­stream events like conference



19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26

speakers and funerals.

The upgrade would reduce the

labour and expertise needed to get

old technology to speak to new

technology, he said.

When the building first opened,

the lights operated under one

universe. ‘‘Now we have three and

each one has 512 different

operations. We have grown

considerably over 12 years and what

is needed to make lighting work.

‘‘The big thing is we do not get so

far behind it is along way to catch

up again. We are at the point we

have managed to stay on top of it

through adapting. We need to

solidify that and have the ability to

plug and go.’’

The technology upgrade is one of

the main projects ahead this year for

the event centre, which is on target

for expected use.

The centre is asking council for

$298,000 again this year to put

towards operating costs of around


The annual request will be discuss

as part of council’s budget

deliberations later this month.

Gallery itching to show restored work

By Linda Clarke

The Ashburton Art Gallery is still

punching above its weight in the art

world, with international, national

and local exhibitions seen in galleries

with much bigger budgets.

It is staffed by paid and volunteer

workers who are passionate about

bringing art to Ashburton, as well as

protecting special collections held on

behalf of the community.

Curator manager Shirin

Khosraviani, who has been busy

raising the gallery’s profile over the

past eight years, says two exhibitions

by renowned international artists

who grew up in Ashburton helped

draw more than 13,000 visitors to the

gallery between July and December

last year.

David Richard’s Echoes from the

Sound Barrier (on until March 20)

and Marjan Verstappen’s Atlas of

Nowhere (last July and August) also

helped boost the little gallery’s


‘‘Both were born and raised in

Ashburton and had their education

in Ashburton, then went overseas.

‘‘Due to the popularity of the

gallery and its reputation, they

approached us for shows, which was

quite aunique experience. Both

shows have had great feedback due

to the local connection,’’ she said.

The two exhibitions were among

11 for the six­month reporting

period, the curator told Ashburton

District Councillors, adding the

gallery was seeking an extra $9400 on

its annual operating grant of

$385,000. The money would be spent

on professional development for

staff, all of which were underpaid for

their qualifications, she said. Some

had only just moved up to the living


The gallery’s income is

constrained by conditions of its

resource consent, which allows

limited gatherings and commercial

activities. The conditions can be

reviewed in five years’ time but the

gallery has not let that hamper its


Care and documentation of the

gallery’s permanent collection is also

an important task and last year they

had two works returned to the

gallery after specialist conservation.

Ms Khosraviani said staff were

also tracking down and documenting

council’s collection of paintings and

other works, though some pieces had

not been able to be tracked down. It

was possible they were tucked away

in acupboard of adistrict hall or

under abed; these are not valuable


Councillors will consider the

gallery’s request for an extra $9400 at

its budget deliberations later this


A1965 Rudolf Gopas painting, the Trawlers, is one of two

restored artworks that Ashburton Art Gallery Shirin Khosraviani

wants to have on public display. It was gifted to the gallery by

the Department of Internal Affairs, who recalled the painting

from New Zealand’s consulate in Tokyo in 1991.

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I’m available to meet with

constituents onMondays and

Fridays, and anyday that Parliament

isn’t sitting. Contact my office in

Timaru or Ashburton tomake an

appointment to meet orspeak with

me. Ialso hold constituency clinics in

other towns across the region.

Andrew Falloon

MP for Rangitata

Charity garage sale

Ashburton Pakeke Lions is after

good quality donateditemsfor its

annual charity garage sale. People

with surplus items, including

furniture, gardenequipment,toys,

sports equipment andother items

are asked to drop them off at

Ashburton Racecourse from

February 26 to February 28 (9am

until4pm), or to call for collection

from February 26. Donated items

should not include old televisions,

heaters or computers.The garage

sale is set from 9am on February29

at the racecourse and willinclude a

wide range of sales items,aswell as

cake,produceand craft stalls. For

moreinformation and collection

contact Trevor(3072629),Dave

(307 4349) or George (307 2243).

Ecan boss resigns

Environment Canterbury chief

executive Bill Bayfield has

resigned to take up arole withthe

new Taumata Arowai (Crown

entitydrinking water regulator).

Mr Bayfield will leaveEcan after

nine years on May 6. He started

just weeks after the February 2011

earthquakes.Hisexperience at

central and local government, and

his knowledge of drinking water

and environmental regulation will

be valuable in his new job.

Eagle in the sky

The police helicopter Eagle will

be available in MidCanterbury if

required during afive­week trial of

the aircraftinChristchurch. The

Bell 429 usually works out of

Auckland but is being trialledin

Christchurch until March 20.

Commissioner Mike Bush said

policewere investigating whether

therewas demand to expand the

service to otherparts of the

country after seeing the benefits in

Auckland. Eagle attends more

than 6000 incidents ayear with

over half of these involving road

policing and roadsafety, including

fleeing driver events.

Road repairs funded

Timaru District Council has

been given$2million fromWaka

Kotahi NZ Transport Agency for

road network repairs following

Rangitata Riverflooding in

December. It will cover around 57

per cent of the totalcost associated

with the flooding event, and the

rest willbefundedfrom the

Timaru council’s Disaster Relief

Fund. There was extensive damage

to roadsand bridge abutments.

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Request for advice bureau funds

By Linda Clarke

The Ashburton District Council has been

asked for $43,394 to help set up aCitizens

Advice Bureau (CAB) in the town.

The CAB would eventually become a

standalone entity, needing just $15,000

annually from council, and could double

for a time as an information centre for


Council will consider the request for

funds when it deliberates on its budget

later this month.

The CAB would be based from Community

House and run under national

guidelines. It needs 16 trained volunteers

to get under way.

Community House Mid Canterbury

manager John Driscoll took the funding

request to council last week and said the

community needed acentral point where

people could seek services and information,

related to their health, wealth, and


Its volunteers would point people to the

right services, which could include lawyers

if they wanted legal advice or counselling if

their marriage had just broken up.

CABs operate in 80 locations around the

country, though the closest to Ashburton

are in Timaru or Hornby. They are staffed

John Driscoll

by connectors who can provide up­to­date

advice; CAB runs anationwide database of

80,000 services.

Mr Driscoll said seeding money of

$48,394 would help pay for apart­time coordinator,

who would recruit volunteers

and ensure they were trained to arequired

standard. Four people had already

expressed interest in being volunteers.

Funding from council now would ensure

the Ashburton CAB could move ahead

quickly and be open in six months.

Mayor Neil Brown said council had

closed its iSITE and asked if tourist

brochures could be at the CAB, at least

until the new civic building was complete.

Mr Driscoll said the CAB was open to

that as Community House statistics showed

inquiries had grown there since the

information centre closed. Inquiries had

jumped from 1800 to 4200 in the past year.

The CAB would operate Monday to

Friday, though there was scope to open at

the weekend. National guidelines meant it

needed two rooms, one for confidential


Cr Stuart Wilson said he was worried

ratepayers would be picking up the tab.

But Community House treasurer Dave

Mathieson said the numbers stacked up.

He said the CAB directory nationally

fielded two million hits over 80 locations.

“You are looking at 25,000 hits per

location. If we are successful with funding

from council at $15,000 ayear that is 60

cents per inquiry.”

That was an economical way to help

serve the community, he said.

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Fun, colour at

college prelims

Monday’s prelims day at

Ashburton College was

mostly about dressing up,

having fun and supporting

house colours.

The annual sporty gathering

sees students compete

for honours in the

fashion and fundraising


While some opted for

competitive running,

jumping and throwing

events, others participated

for fun and for red,

orange, blue or green

house points.

Most events were held

in the college grounds,

with throwing events held

over the road in Ashburton


Biomass plant expansion eyed

By Mick Jensen

Businessman Greg Donaldson wants your

green waste, trimmings, clippings, untreated

demo timber and cardboard, and if he gets

enough ofit, he plans to invest big money

into expandingthe biomass plant he operates

on the edge ofAshburton.

For the pastcouple of years the Ashburton

Eco Park siteonthe corner of Cochrane and

Seafield roads has processed tonnes ofbyproducts

from the contracting businesses Mr

Donaldson runs.

Items like cleared trees, power reels and

stumps are burnt in agiant incinerator.

The current incinerator, or ‘‘curtain

burner’’ as Mr Donaldson calls it, is mobile

and can process 10 tonnes ofmaterial an


The incinerator’s resource consent for

particle discharge states that it is a99per

cent clean operation.

The first stage of expansion could involve

the purchase of aelectricitygenerating plant,

which will connect to the incinerator and

return electricity tothe grid.

If volume really takes off and expansion

becomes viable, Mr Donaldson says he is

prepared to invest millions into a more

powerful and permanently located processor.

Mr Donaldson said he was excited about

the future prospects of the 8ha eco park site

and believed it could work onabig scale.

‘‘It will provideagood end use for rubbish.

‘‘Instead of rubbish going off to Kate

Valley, or being burnt illegally, it can be

processed here in a much more environmentally

friendly way.’’

Mr Donaldson said the biomass concept

had come about out of necessity for his

business and because of the by­products

generated from demolition, roading, site

works, earthmoving, directional drilling and

Greg Donaldson alongside his current biomass incinerator at the Ashburton Eco



He said word of the eco park site had

spread among the commercial sector over a

number of months and he was now opening

it up and inviting the general public to come

on board.

There would be flat rate charges for boot

loads, trailer loads and truck loads of waste

dropped off.

The waste strictly did not include plastics,

treated timbers, food waste, PVC, soil, pink

batts, paints or rubber.

The charges would be competitive, and

would be reduced if there was enough

material being processed and if electricity

was generated.

Mr Donaldson said he would assess

volumes and progress over the next 12


If abig biomass plant did eventuate, and

ran flat out five days aweek, heanticipated

employing four orfive more staff, and more

if it was aseven day aweek operation.

Mr Donaldson saidhedid not knowofany

other large scale biomass plants operating in

New Zealand, but had heard about successful

operations in the USA and Europe.

The Ashburton Eco Park will beopen to

the general public from 8.30am on February

24. It will open weekdays from 8.30am until

5.30pm and on Saturdays from 9am until


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Phoenix Preschool pre-schooler Henry Bennett, 4, spreads some cheer to

Rosebank resident Shirley McCrae.

Pre­schoolers share cards,

shortbread withresidents

Pre­schoolers from Phoenix Preschool

took amessage of love to residents at

Rosebank Resthome and Retirement

village, celebrating Valentine’s Day and

showing their support for charity organisation,

Heart Kids New Zealand.

The children, and teachers, had ared

themed mufti­day on ‘the day of love’ to

raise money for Heart Kids.

They also learned about heart health

and how some people have hearts that

do not work as they should.

It was achance for the children to

learn about having social empathy with


In preparation for avisit to Rosebank,

which is just down the road, they made

Valentine’s Day cards and shortbread

heart­shaped biscuits ­some with hundreds

and thousands sprinkles ­for the


The children and residents have

regular reciprocating visits.

Four year old Henry Bennett gave his

card and biscuits to resident Shirley

McCrea. The card had the inscription “I

love you to pieces” and brought asmile

to the faces of both the giver and the


After acouple of songs, with actions,

from the children including Twinkle,

Twinkle Little Star, Head Shoulders

Knees and Toes and Wheels on the Bus,

the children were given their own heartshaped

chocolate chip biscuits, made by

the residents, to take back to preschool.

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Ashburton branch members of Save the Children NZ Joyce McFaull (left)

and Fay Hunt, reminisce over the branch’s 60 years in Ashburton ahead of

afarewell luncheon prior to the winding up of the branch. The luncheon will

be held on Thursday, February 27, at 11.30am at the Hotel Ashburton. Any

former volunteers not on the mailing list who would like to attend should

phone Liz on 308-0392 before Monday, February 24.

Strong property growth


Strong growth in the Ashburton real

estate market over the last 12 months is

expected to continue this year, alocal

real estate company is predicting.

An increase in first­time home

buyers and low interest rates has driven

a strong residential market in Mid

Canterbury, which shows no sign of

slowing down.

Property Brokers Ashburton branch

manager Murray Young said the

region had always been astrong area,

but low interest rates were now giving

investors the confidence to return to

the marketplace.

“KiwiSaver has also helped give firsttime

home buyers adeposit that some

may not have been able to save for

otherwise. That has certainly helped

drive this part of the market.”

Property Brokers Canterbury general

manager Chris Moore said provincial

New Zealand was proving to be

more and more popular with buyers.

“We are seeing urban drift from the

main centres to provincial New Zealand

and Ashburton is benefiting from


‘‘From areal estate perspective, we

had avery big year last year and 2020

has kicked off in asimilar vein.’’

He said Property Brokers Ashburton

was seeing good demand for properties,

both residential and commercial.

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Bevand John French (nee

Rogers) were married at

St Peter’s Church, Timaru,

February20, 1960.

Lots of love from all your

family and friends.


NEWTON, Florence June:

(June): On February 11,

2020 peacefully at Radius

Millstream, Ashburton.

Surrounded by her loving

family.Aged 95 years.Dearly

loved wife ofthe late Roy.

Cherished mother and

mother in law of Dianne

Newton and Angela and

Maurice Soal and adored

nana of Mark, Emily and

Peter, the late Samuel,

and Laura and Brett; Kate

and Steve, and Emma and

Ken. Treasured great nana

of Savana, and Ruby; and


“In God’sCare”

Messages to the Newton

family, P O Box 472,

Ashburton 7740. Special

thanks to the staff at Radius

Millstream and Dr Wootton

for their loving care ofJune.

Aservice celebrating June’s

lifehas been held.




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parents will continue

to be free in the Family

Notices column.

The initial death notice

lodged by a funeral

director will be listed

without charge. There

will be a small charge

of $15 for subsequent

notices related to the

same death, up to a

maximum of 35 words

and on aper-line basis

after that.

The same low

charges apply to

other family notices,

such as engagements,

acknowledgments, in

memoriam notices and


Family Notices


PROCTOR, Laken Mark

Christopher: Unexpectedly

at Christchurch Hospital,

on February 14, 2020

surrounded by family and

friends. Aged 25 years.

Deeply loved fiancé of

Jessica Ryan. Loving Dad to

Liam and Charlotte. Much

loved son of Mark Boswell

and Jo Proctor. Dearly loved

grandson of Dan and Joy

Cavill and Caroline and the

late Robert Boswell. Loved

and adored big brother

of Taylah and Maddie.

Cherished nephew and

uncle to Sophia, Hunterand

Ivyand afriend to many.

“You will be missed

so dearly our fighter,

always in our hearts

forever 25”

Messages to Jess and

Family, P O Box 472,

Ashburton7740. No flowers

by request. Donations

to the North Canterbury

Dirt Riders Club would be

appreciated and may be

left atthe service. Aservice

to celebrate Laken’s life

will be held at our Chapel,

Cnr East and Cox Streets,

Ashburton, on Thursday

February 20, commencing

at 2.00pm. Followed by

private cremation at the





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TITHERIDGE, Elva Janette:

On 17 February 2020 at

Ashburton, aged 92 years.

Thedearly lovedwifeofthe

late Albert Noel Titheridge.

Cherished mother and

mother-in-law ofDavid and

Jae-Eun, John and Odette,

Jane and Brian Franks, and

Paul and Kara. Much Loved

nana of Fiona and Sarah,

Troy, Courtney, Tara-Mae

and Tane. Arohanui. Loved

sister and sister in lawofthe

late Fay Dellow and Noel,

and Doris and the late Ross


“A dear soul whose heartand

humanitywill remain with us,

long afterher passing.”

Her family acknowledge

Elva was blessed to have

the care and compassion of

the lovely staff of Tuarangi

Home in her final years.

Messages to the Titheridge

Family c/- PO Box 472,

Ashburton 7740. Aservice

to celebrate Elva’s life will

be held at Our Chapel,

Cnr East and Cox Streets,

Ashburton, on Saturday

February 22, commencing

at 2.00pm. Followed by





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WALLS, Alma Mae: (nee

Todd): Died peacefully

on February 11, 2020 at

Cashmere View Home,

Christchurch. Aged 96 years.

Belovedwifeofthe late Joe,

dearly lovedmother of Julie

(Te Anau), Trudy Eaden

(Christchurch), and Gregory.

Loved grandmother

of Emma Paulin and

fiancée Chris Thomson

(Christchurch), Chris Eaden

and fiancée Melissa Beach

(Christchurch) and loved

greatgrandmother of Laura

Thomson (Christchurch).

Lovedsister of the late Jack,

Archie, Raymond, and Les


“You’llbeforever in our


Heartfelt thanks to the

staff at Barrington Wing,

Cashmere View Home for

their careofAlma. Messages

to theWalls family, POBox

472, Ashburton 7740. A

service celebrating Alma’s

lifehas been held.

“A long life well lived”




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Maurice and Diana’s family

take this opportunity to

thank their many friends

and family members for

their support over the last

few months. Thank you

to all who sent cards and

messages,toBarry Hayman

of ‘Paterson’s’ and David

Brown ‘Celebrant’ for their

help to carry out Diana’s

wishes, also to Rosebank

staff for their care of

Diana over her last few

weeks. Asmany addresses

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Always plenty of litter to pick up

Volunteers from Litter

Free Ashburton never fail

to find plenty of discarded

litter when they carry out

regular clean ups around


Volunteersmeet on the

second Thursday of the

month at 1.30pm at the

Chess Board on East

Street and head off in

groups to pick uprubbish.

Last week’s collection

took inpart of the CBD,

the area around both ends

of the Tinwald Bridge,

and Dobson Street West

down tothe bike park.

Lending a hand were

regular collectors and a

couple of newcomers.

Dressed in highvis vests

and with gloves on, the

collectors trawl their

Volunteers from Litter Free Ashburton with rubbish collected last Thursday.

designated patch for an

hour orso, before returning

with rubbish to a

central point.

Bagged rubbish is collected

later in the day by

Ashburton council, which

disposes of it, or recycles

where possible.

Baby group friends Sienna Hoets, 8months, Frankie McKee, 9months, and

Tom Tyson, 9months, were among the babies and toddlers enjoying the

Wriggle and Read session for infants to three year olds at the Ashburton

Public Library. The session is held in the children’s section of the library

every Tuesday and continues to be ababy and toddler favourite with

impressive numbers attending for the 30-minute programme. It focuses on

fine, gross motor and balance skills using singing, dancing, musical

instruments and eye-catching displays such as bubbles.

Rangitata River

work on hold

Work has now largely

paused for atime on the

Rangitata River while

agencies agree on future

plans and on what needs

to happen to get the

scheme back up to the

pre­flooding standard.

Future works, which

may take 12­24 months,

will likely focus on reinstating

banks and vegetated

berms which are

crucial in erosion

reduction and provide

some limited protection

against overflows, says

Environment Canterbury


How to fund the work

is still being worked

through and it may cost

in the order of $1 million.

There will also be

conversationswith awide

range of partners and

stakeholders on what the

future of the river and

any changestothe standard

of protection may

look like.

The long term conversation

will require wide

consultation and investigation,

says ECan.

The flooding of the

Rangitata River in early

December got the

nation’s attention whenit

disconnected State Highway

One for three days.


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Longbeach triathlon tests pupils

Pupils from Longbeach

School put all their

energy intocompeting

at the school’s annual

triathlon competition.

It was aprelude to the

Mid Canterbury

Primary SchoolsSports


event, which is on today

at Hampstead School.

More than 130 pupils,

aged from new entrant

to Year 8, competedin

year­groups swimming

lengths ­orwidths­of

the school pool, biking

and running along


fronting the school, or

around the school

grounds. It was followed

by aprizegiving and

barbecue lunch.

The senior triathlon

saw pupils compete as

individuals or teams.

Buoyed by the


pupils and family

members, the Year 7

and 8pupils ran 2km,

swam twolengths (44

metres) and biked 4km;

and Year 5and 6ran

1.5km, swam two

lengths (44 metres) and


The junior triathlon

was as individuals and

saw Year 3and 4pupils

run 1km, swim apool

widthand bike 2km;

Year 8pupil Michael Griffiths won the boys Yr7/8


Senior girls on the run leg of the triathlon.

before the Year 2pupils

did one run lap of the

field, bikedtwo laps and

crossed the small pool.

Year 8pupil Tabitha White was the third girl

home in the Yr7/8 race.

Year 8Taylor Lamont heads into the bike

leg of the Yr7/8 girls triathlon, which she

went on to win.

It was similar for the

Year1 pupils, although

they only biked one lap

of the field.

Carriage drivers tackle Tinwald course

Horses and drivers

enjoyed tearing around

amarked garden course

in Tinwald on Sunday at

agathering of the

Canterbury Harness,

Horse &Pony Society.

Carriage driving skills

were given agood

workout on the twisting,

turning and cone

numbered course, which

is usually the sizeable

garden of Lianne and

Leen Braam.

Mrs Braam is a

former horse rider and

was introduced to

carriage racing by a

neighbour around 15

years ago.

She said the society

was very sociable, with

members sharing

morning tea and achat

before getting down to


Competitions were

held from September to

April and all club days

Carriage drivers line up to race around the course at Sunday’s gathering.

included aDerby

Challenge round.

Sunday’s event was

round 4ofthe challenge

and it had tested eight

drivers and horses to go

as fast as they could over

a806m course.

The course was also

raced in reverse.

Mrs Braam said

gatherings on the third

Sunday of the month

usually featured around

18 drivers.

Horses ranged in

height from eight hands

to full size.

Anyone keen to find

out more about the

Canterbury Harness,

Horse &Pony Society

can check out the chhps. website.

Phone policy

enforced at

Dorie School

By Toni Williams

DorieSchool has joineda

growing list of schools

nationwide making

mobile phones off limits

for pupils during school

time in an effort to keep

pupils safe.

Phones cause adistraction,

limit face to face

communication and can

lead to social media

addiction and cyberbullying.

Dorie School principal

Anthony Dorreen said

since the start ofthe year

staff had noticed more

pupils, mostly in Year5to

8, bringing mobile phones

to school for whatever


While the school did

not have an issue with the

children having phones at

school, it was the texting,

taking photographs and

making calls that was

causing concern.

The phones, as of last

week, are now handed in

at the beginning of the

day and locked away until

after school.

Mr Dorreen said the

new policy had drawn

positive response from

parents and the school


Ashburton Intermediate

School have had a

similar policy for at least

seven oreight years.

Students at school

hand their phones in at

the beginning of day, and

collect at the end.

Principal Brent Grey

understood it initially

started to prevent phone

theft, but now it was

about students accessing

social media.

‘‘They’ve got access to

technology within the

classroom, they don’t

need them. Interesting

enough there havebeen a

few secondary schools in

Christchurch ban them.’’

He said students

caught using phones during

school time have letter’s

sent home, and the

phones have to be collected

by parents.

And, with the onus on

the studentstohand them

in, if they get stolen, the

consequence of their

inaction falls on them.

Mid CanterburyPrincipals

Association president

Tim Kuipers, of

Ashburton Christian

School, said the Ministry

of Education gave general

advice to schools on

how to manage digital

devices, but each school

had to develop their own

policies based on their

own situation.

‘‘Technology is often

distracting and can hinder

deeper thinking, which is

essential to good learning.’’

‘‘(At Ashburton Christian

School) we also have

phones handed in and

have done so for some


‘‘Our secondary pupils

may now use theirs as

long as they install a

Family Zone app.

‘‘This app has the

power, for example, to

block social media

between 9:00am and

3:00pm or make everything

work except the


He said as students

showed more personal

responsibility those

limitations were reduced.

Craighead Diocesan

School, in South Canterbury,

made news headlines

last week after they

introduced the policy and

reported almost instant

results. Principal Lindy

Graham, speaking to The

Courier, said there was a

noticeable increase in

face­to­face communication.

“A teacher walked into

the drama room last week

and the students were

talking to each other

instead of looking into

their phones,” she said.

The school had

decided it was time to

take a firmer line on

cellphone use with ‘‘a lot

of research emerging

about the impact of cellphones

on young people

– lack of sleep, social

isolation, addiction to

social media, fear of missing

out, cyberbullying to

name afew.’’

Cellphone use was also

banned at school events

outside the usual school

hours such as chapel

services and prizegivings.



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Ashburton College

Individual Excellence in aSupportive Learning Environment


Issue 3

20 February 2020

Message From ThePrincipal

Teacher Registration Fees

As many of you will remember, there was

considerable industrial action last year to try and

resolve the Teachers’Collective Agreements. We

were delighted that this could be settled and we

were duefor three years without industrial action.

Unfortunately, itappears there are some storm

clouds on the horizon. Currently, teachers pay

$220.80 forthree years’registration to the Education Council,which is the

group charged with administering teachers’registration and discipline

matters. With the end of Governmenttransitionfunding to the Teaching

Council, on 30 June 2020, early this year there was aproposal made to

increase this fee to$470 for the three year period. Obviously, this has

createdconsiderable unhappiness.This afternoon thereisaPaid Union

Meeting to discussthis matter and also to consider whatthe response to

this proposal might looklike.

Lessons will be stopped atlunchtime (1:20pm) today, asper advice

further through this newsletter, and already circulated to families.

Available staff will supervise anybus students who remain on campus. I

am sorry forthe disruption so early in the year.

AkoThree-Way Interviews

Next week, onTuesday 25 February, there will be Ako interviews, for

the second year. These are designed to foster arelationship between

the Akoteacher,studentand the learner’s family. These were very wellattended

lastyear and allthose involved reportedapositiveexperience.

Thepurpose of this timeistoset academic and vocationalgoals forthe

year, toreconnect with previous career ambitions and to reaffirm the

relationship between the parents and the Akoteacher.

We expectthe Akoteacher to be the first portofcall between the parents

and the Collegeonmost issues. Therewill be afollow-up interview time

in Term Threebut this first meetingisabout settingsome clearly defined

goalsfor 2020. These interviewstake placeatCollege and arescheduled

throughout the dayand early evening. Bookingsare doneonline, details

of whichhavebeen advisedtocaregivers.


OurBoardofTrustees has their firstmeeting nextweek.Atthis meeting

they willrevisit the achievements against our 2019Annual Plan, examine

our NCEA results,and finalise our 2020 Annual Plan and Budget.

College Build Project

Last week the architects of our new build - Baldasso Cortese

Noordanus (BCN) -were on site and interviewed Heads of Faculty

and their key staff about matters important totheir particular subject

areas. Asyou can appreciate,specialist teaching subjects oftenrequire

more specialised spaces. These considerations are all adding to the

construction of the Master Plan which is due for completion in about

July of this year.

Athletics Prelims Day

Our first major House event was the Athletics Prelims day. This is a

curious mix of House spirit and colour,but also of someseriousathletic

endeavour. For the bulk of our students this dayisabout having fun and

participation,asmaller proportion areconcerned withqualifying forthe

Finals Day, scheduled forThursday 27February, which also determines

qualifiersfor the Aoraki Athletics Championshipson18March.

Many thanks.

Ross Preece

Principal •Tumuaki

NewStaff -Welcome


AkoInterviews/College Closure–


Pleasenotethatthe Collegewill be closed fornormalinstruction on

thisday,inorder to holdAko interviews forall year levels.

These interviews provide opportunity for students toshare information,

planand set goals with their Akoteacher andparent/caregiver.

The20minute interviews will be held at AshburtonCollege,

from 10:00am-8:00pm.

Families aretobooktheirinterviewtimesonline,

and this information hasbeenprovided.

Allstudents/familiesare expected to attend.

College Uniform Clothing Shop

This is operatedthroughthe CollegeOfficebetween 8:30am-3:30pm, or

by request.

Families and students are welcome to view items of clothing (secondhand,

goodquality). We also welcome good quality, cleansecond-hand

clothing to sellonyour behalf.

Transition DepartmentNews

Liaison Visits

Varioustertiaryinstitutions and communitygroups visit the College during

our Year 13 Ako time (Wednesdays, Period 4) to share information with

studentsaboutcoursesand programmes theyoffer.

Year 12 students are welcome to attend also, but need toregister their

names at theTransitionOfficebeforethe visit.

The following visitsare scheduled for Term One:

04 March Registrar of Electors

18 March Otago Polytech

25 March AraInstitute

01 April OtagoUniversity

08 April CanterburyUniversity

06 May (Term2) VictoriaUniversity

AdvanceNoticeofUpcomingEvents (further information availablecloser

to the time)

Dunedin TertiaryOpenDay –Monday 04 May

This is an opportunity for Year 13 students who are thinking of attending

Otago University or Otago Polytechnic next year, tohave alook atthe

campuses. College takes abus down to Dunedin, leaving at5:00am and

returning at 9:00pm.The bus cost is $40.

NZ Careers Expo: 07-09May,Christchurch

This is agreat opportunity for students to visit and gain information from

awide varietyoftertiary and careerproviders all together in the oneplace.


Funand Achievements at Athletics Prelims Day

Following postponement onFriday 14February due to rain, the event ran

very successfully on Monday 17February instead, inincreasingly warmer

temperatures as the day wore on. This major annual festival-style event

is strongly about participation; dressing in House colours; gaining House

points; festivity; but also qualifying for the College Athletics Finals Day for

the moreserious athletes.

On this dayall students arescheduled to competeinall events,inorder to

gain House points and for every event they compete and make agenuine

effortin, they earnaHouse point.


Outstanding Scholarship Results for

BenHolland andNew Zealand TopScholar

Ashburton College's2019Dux, BenHolland,recently learnedofhis success

in the three scholarship exams he sat atthe end of last year. Inaddition to

achieving aLevel 3Excellence endorsement in his five NCEA subjects, Ben

satscholarship exams in Accounting,Economics and Physics.

NZQA Deputy Chief Executive Assessment, Kristine Kilkelly, says that the

‘New Zealand Scholarship is regarded as the most prestigious secondary

school awardinthe country‘.

It is designed to challenge the very best students and offers financial

rewardsfor those going on tofull time tertiarystudyinNew Zealand.

Scholarship,OutstandingScholarshipsand TopScholar

Ben passed his Physics scholarship exam, and has been named as

a 2019 Outstanding Scholar

Award winner for Accounting


Most notably, heachieved the

TopSubject Scholarship Award


These results place him in

approximately the top 3%ofYear

13 students in the country who

studied these subjects, and will

see him attend the TopScholar

Award Ceremony which will be

hosted at ParliamentinMay.

For his efforts, Ben will receive

a scholarship of $5,000 each

year for uptothree years of his

tertiary study. He is enrolled at

Canterbury University tostudy a

Bachelor of Commerce, majoring

in Accounting and Finance, and

hascommenced his studies.

In achieving this success, Ben

would like to acknowledge the

assistance he received from

Ashburton College teachers

BryanBell (Physics), Clair Bedward

(Accounting), and Ange Mitchell


In turn, Ashburton College acknowledges Ben’s stellar academic career at

College and the input of the teaching staff which enabled extension to

this exceptionally high level.Atop result in New Zealand exceeds the word

‘impressive!’ Ben iswished well for the presentation ceremony and for his


Events on-site were the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and 3000m

events; Long Jump, Triple Jump and High Jump; and the 8x100m Relay


Avery big thank you isgiven to Head ofSport and Sports Co-ordinator

RonCarlson and Darion Gray fortheir significantorganisation put into this

day, alongside of teaching staff assistance.

Picturedbeloware some further action shots from the day:

Victor Ji

Teacher of Mathematics


College Early Closurefor Paid Union Meeting

Thursday20February, from 1:20pm

Please note thatAshburton College will be closedfor instruction,

from 1:20pm (the end of Period 4) on Thursday 20 February.

This is forthe purpose of aPaid UnionMeeting,for all teachers whoare

partofthe Post PrimaryTeachers’Association(PPTA).

ThePPTAexecutivehas authorised everyPPTAbranchthroughout New

Zealandtohold aPaid Union Meeting, in order to give feedback to the

TeachingCouncil of Aotearoa New Zealand

on proposed TeacherRegistration feeincreases.

Themeetingis held underthe provisions of Section 26

of the EmploymentRelations Act2000.

Supervisionwill be availableatCollege until 3:05pm

for students unable to makealternativearrangements.

School buses will run at the normal afternoon time.

(Pictured above):

‘GoOrange House!’

(Pictured above): Defending Red

House Champions with mascot,

Joseph Collins (House Co-Captain)

and Arnold Pantoja contemplating

the possibilityofaquick getaway.

TheHouses all competed on the College site, with only the throwing events

being held directly across the road in the Walnut Avenue Domain area.

(Pictured above,leftand right): Green House ready forfield eventaction; and

the relays areunderway.

(Pictured below): Blue House competitors competing moving well in the


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Issue 3

20 February 2020


House ExecutiveCommittees

Underway also are the newly formed House Executives, who have

already been in full action preparing for the Athletics Prelims Day,

where the first allocations ofthe year’s House points are up for the


Below, we put names to faces-

Blue House Executive

(Front row, left toright): Oliver Davidson, Malachi Drye, Thomas Patterson,

Coty Cuadrado,Bailey Gray.

(Back row, left toright): Milli Sullivan, Emma Rollinson, Harriet Leverton

(House Co-captain), Liam Sullivan (House Co-captain), Ethan Walsh.

GreenHouse Executive

(Front row, left to right): Brie Rudolph, Klara Harrison, Isaac Bazley

(House Captain), SapphireKururangi(HouseCaptain), Roan Redpath.

(Back row, left to right): Mac Burdett, Grace Quinn, Chloe Johnson,

Michael Lin-Nguyen, George Rosevear.

Orange House Executive

(Front row, left toright): Hope Bridger, Riley Vessey (House Co-captain),

Jane Cribb (House Co-captain), Aidan Bennett.

(Middle Row, lefttoright): Anna Bennett,Sophie Adams,Zac Woolf.

(Back row,lefttoright): James Brady,Sam Brown.

(Absent): Marlese Schoonderbeek.

Red House Executive

(Front row,lefttoright): Hannah O’Reilly,Joseph Collins (House Co-captain),

Teresa Herewini (House Co-captain), Olivia Lill.

(Back row,lefttoright): Christian Juntilla, Hayley Tallentire, Brendan Fleming.

(Absent): Brooke Miller,Arnold Pantoja, Caleb Ward.

End-of-2019 Junior SpeechCompetition

Very close to the end of last year the annual Junior Speech Competition

saw five Year 9and five Year 10 contestants take to the Auditorium stage

to deliver powerful and thought-provoking speeches on awide range of


This missed the cut-off time for the final newsletter of 2019, but it seems

relevant togive these nowYear 10 andYear 11students the publicity they

have earned!

Year 9Competition

Taylor Shaw challenged us to consider what success really is and how it

can be measured individually. Molly Elvy posed aplastic-free world, while

Amelia Harris also asked us to consider what success is and how itplays

differently at different stages of our life. Shimee Araguas challenged the

audience toconsider how drastically plastic waste has harmed the planet

in such ashorttime.Completing the line-up was Lily Davidson who spoke

about the changes today’s youth have faced over time and the challenges

to be faced up to in their future.

LilyDavidson took out first placewith ShimeeAraguas placing second.

Year 10 Competition

Things were no less competitive atthis level. Topics varied greatly with

Ngahuia Maeva debunking some myths surrounding Aspergers and

Autism. Lauryn Aiolupotea spoke about animated film remakes as

being a‘cash cow’ for studios that do little toimprove onthe original.

Sefilinga Maamaloa talked about how success is being your best in

whateveryou undertake.

Anna Gray enlightened the audience about taking things for granted and

took out second place for her efforts while the winner, Amy Stilgoe,

spoke about schooling and students’mentalhealth.

Thecompetition wasjudged by former Associate Principal, Don McLeod,

and Denise O’Halloran, aformer teacher of English at AshburtonCollege.

(Pictured above,lefttoright): Year 10 speech judges and speech contestants.

Don McLeod, Anna Gray, Amy Stilgoe, Ngahuia Maeva, Lauryn Aiolupotea,

Sefilinga Maamaloa, and Denise O’Halloran.

Aoraki SecondarySchools’

Senior Tennis Championships

AshburtonCollege wasrepresentedbyten players at these championships,

held in Timaru on Thursday 13February. Teams were made up of two

players,each of which playedadoubles tie and asingles game respectively.

The tournament was well represented byteams from throughout the

Aoraki region, with both the boys’and thegirls’drawhaving twopools,with

the winners and runners-up of each pool then battling it out for the final

placings. Ashburtonenteredthree boys’teams andtwo girls’ teams.


First Overall

The Boys’ Ateam of Tyler Leonard and Ollie Bubb placed first overall in

the Boys’ Competition, taking the final against Timaru Boys’ High School

A. To get to the final, Ashburton had to see off some stiff competition,

particularly against WaitakiBoys’HighSchool A.

3rd v4th Play-Off

Pleasingly, Ashburton has some new talent coming through the ranks

and the Girls’ Ateam consisted oftwo Year 9students, Holly-Jane Feutz

and Angel Spooner. The Girls’Bteam was comprised of Ruby Gray and


The twoteams mettoplay-off for3rd and4th with the Ateam taking the

honours. The players are looking forward tothe South Island Secondary

Schools’ Championships at the end of February, also to be held in Timaru.

(Pictured above, back row, left toright): Matt Hopkins, Henrik Tawatao,

Holly-Jane Feutz, Angel Spooner,Tyler Leonard, Ollie Bubb.

(Front row, lefttoright):TomPatterson, Eddie Galbraith, RubyGray, IlaCabalse.

College Students at Under 18 National Fastpitch

Softball Tournament, and Non-Travelling

Reserve forUnder 18 Junior Black Sox

Three College students represented three different provinces at the Under

18 National Fastpitch Softball

Tournament held in Palmerston

North during the January student

break period.

Two players were selected as ‘pickup’

players for other teams, while

Kotiti Patea was already part ofthe


(Pictured left, left to right):

Nathan Johnstone –‘pick up’player

for South Canterbury; Kotiti Patea

– Canterbury team player; and

JacobGray–firstly as non-travelling

reserve for Canterbury but who

ended up as a‘pick-up’ player for


Jacob plays softball forthe Papanui Club at Under 18, Under 23 and Premier

Reserve levels inthe Canterbury Softball Association competitions. Having

proceeded through three trials for the Canterbury Under 18 team, he was

namedasanon-travelling reserve,which allowedhim to train with the team

and gain time in an environment where hecould hone his skills and get


Jacob wasthen chosenasa‘pick-up’playerfor the National Tournamentby

Manawatu where heplayed atCatcher and Outfielder for the team. Jacob

said he enjoyedthe experienceand the opportunitytoplayatthe National

TournamentwhereManawatufinished9th from the thirteen teams.

Palmerston North’s Blue SoxPremier Men’s Team Invitation

At the completion of the tournament, Jacob was invited to travel to

Palmerston North again, where hewould play for Palmerston North’s Blue

SoxPremier Men’steam in an invitational tournamentagainst international

teams here toplay inthe Under 18 World Championship. This gave Jacob

the opportunity beinan environment with the Canadian and Japanese

teams and to playagainst Argentina and Australia as they prepared forthe

WorldTournament. This wasagain an amazing opportunitytoplaysoftball

to ahigh level and experience playing against some of the world’s best

junior players.

Nathan plays for Fairfield in the Mid Canterbury competition, usually as

ShortStoporCatcher. Last year MidCanterburywas able to fieldanUnder

18 team but this wasn’t the case this year. However, hewas fortunate

enough to be offered a‘pick-up’ player place with the South Canterbury

team. Nathan has previously attended six age group tournaments and

loved repeating this experience with the South Canterbury team, which

finished in 12th position.

Kotiti also plays softball for the Papanui Club, atfour levels -Under 18,

Under 23, Premier Reserve and Premier Men’steam levels in the Canterbury

Softball Association competitions. The road to Christchurch and return is

well-travelled with Kotiti in Christchurch three-four times aweek.

Beingapartofthe CanterburyUnder 18 team it wasagiventhatKotiti would

be competing atthe Under 18 national tournament, where Canterbury

placed 4th behind the three big softball regions of Auckland, Hutt Valley

and Wellington.

Kotiti has astrong pedigree behind him, including having played for Mid

Canterburyatfour national Under 15 tournaments between 2014-2017 and

travelling with the New Zealand Under 15 Softball team to Australia in 2017.

2018 wasayear off the sportwhile some injuries healed. In2019 Kotiti was

a‘pick-up’ player for South Canterbury toattend the National Under 18

tournamentwhile this year,inhis first year with Canterbury, Kotiti wasthere

as amember of that team, at what will be his last Under 18 tournament as

he turnseighteen during this year.

He credits his father as having abig impact on him getting seriously into

softball, while his mother was less concerned about which sport but

encouraged him to stayinasport.

Non-travelling reserve for Temperzone Junior Black Sox

Under 18 World Series Team

Playing mainly at second base and short stop, Kotiti obviously caught the

eye of selectors, and said this selection was a‘big surprise, asthere was

already athirty two-man squad training and travelling to tournaments in

Australia’. As this may have been, Kotiti obviously played well enough to

forgehis wayintothe list,which is agreat recognitionofhis hardworkand


Currently, since the Under 18 tournament, he has continued to train hard,

usually having three days aweek in Christchurch and one in Ashburton.

While his immediate focus is being ready should he get acall-up to the

Under 18 Black Sox, hislonger-termgoal is inclusion at Under 23 Black Sox

level. Inthe meantime,this year hasbeen averygood season to date.

Coming Events


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27 Athletics Finals day

28 Postponementday -Athletics Finals

29 SISS Tennis Championships, Timaru

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Festival of colour draws crowd

Ashburton’s second Holi festival

was acolourful celebration

on Saturday.

Held in the Ashburton

Domain, the family­focused

event celebrated Holi, the

Hindu Festival of Colour.

The cultural event drew a

decent crowd and featured the

fun ritual of throwing coloured

powders over each other.

As well as colour, the celebration

featured Indian curries

and snacks, music and henna


Holi has various legends

associated with it and celebrates

the victory of good over

evil. The Ashburton event was

co­ordinated bythe Ashburton

IndianMulticultural Charitable


Right: Enjoying the Holi

celebration on Saturday

were (from left) Thelma Bell,

event co-ordinator Rohini

Sukul and Elena Comaglen

from Turangi.

Old information centre needs taking away

The Ashburton District Council

is looking for someone to

pick up its old information

centre building and take it

away for anew life.

Expressions of interest are

being sought for the building,

which is about 15 years old and

previously used by the iSITE

and Experience Mid Canterbury.

The council hopes aperson,

group or business would buy

the building and relocate it.

The building, nestled in

trees on the East Street green

by the chessboard, sits on a

concrete slab. The new owners

would have to cut internal

walls to lift it off and move it.

Expressions of interest are

being accepted until March 9.

Interested people don't have to

have afull plan for what they

want to do with the building,

but they do need to register.

Council would weigh the

tender options and the building

moved before contractors

working on the revitalisation of

the CBD reached East Street

next year.

Newand pre-lovedCars,

Utes &SUV’s arriving daily

Style guru Bibi

on mission here

AChristchurch stylist with

abig fan club in

Ashburton is coming to

town for aone­day


Bibi Maber says so

many women don’t

understand what ahuge

role colours and shapes

play in how they look and

feel every day.

‘‘Every day we make the

decision to get dressed.

When we put something

on that makes us feel

good, confident and

comfortable in our own

skin, it improves our

mindset and helps us

approach the day with a

positive outlook.’’

Bibi has been winning

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since starring as aguest

speaker at Ruralco’s

ladies night last October.

She is aregular

contributor to the

wellbeing section of their

Real Farmer magazine.

She says acommon

challenge is people not

wanting to buy new

clothes or focus on their

style until they lose five

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emotional investment.

Bibi has been through a

style transformation

herself. She spent most of

her adult life working in

administrative roles in the

corporate world but the

work wasn’t satisfying.

In 2006, in Canada, she

signed up for an image

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52kgs and made some

significant life changes.

Later she moved to New

Zealand and 18 months

ago decided to start her

own style business.

Her goal is to help men

and women create their

own unique style.

Bibi’s workshop in

Ashburton is on March

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Rugbynames needed

Attendees at the inaugural Kaumatua Club held at at Hakatere Marae on Monday.

Kaumatua Club


Anew initiative at Hakatere

Marae aims to bring the

community together for

social contact and will also

offer budgeting advice and

the services of a social


The Kaumatua Club was

launched on Monday and

those attending enjoyed

card games, singing, conversation

and morning tea.

The initiative is being

driven by marae vice chairman

and maori warden Ray


Mr Solomon said the

Kaumatua Club was about

meeting in asocial setting,

having fun and also using

the excellent facilities at the

marae more.

It was about connecting

the marae to Presbyterian

Support and to the community.

Mr Solomon said maori

wardens were able to provide

transport to and from

the marae for club gatherings.

Presbyterian Support

Upper South Island manager

Suz Hutchinson said she

envisioned along term partnership

with the marae that

would, over time, develop

based on need.

The Kaumatua Club will

run every Monday between

10am and 1pm and everyone

is welcome.

Ashburton resident Shirley Falloon is keen to put names to this old rugby photo

featuring her father Ron Melrose. Taken in the early 1930s, Mr Melrose is pictured

second left in the middle row. He played rugby for Allenton School and the banner

behind the team photo indicates the team was playing in the Ashburton County Rugby

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Rangitata MP Andrew Falloon

Mike Moore: Alifetime of service

One of the tragedies of the recent

death of formerPrime Minister Mike

Moore is how little recognition he

received in thecountry he served so

well. In the tributes paid to him in

Parliament last week he was

described as the opposite of the soft

drink L&P: world famous

everywhere but New Zealand.

Much of that overseasrecognition

came from his role as Director­

General of the World Trade

Organisation, and later takingonthe

position of New Zealand’s

Ambassador to the United States

when nominated by thelast National


Kiwis are more likely to remember

him for his brief stint as Prime

Minister, and subsequently as Leader

of the Opposition from 1990 to 1993.

What’s often forgotten in the fog of

history is the impact Moore had on

the 1990 election result.

He becamePrime Minister just 35

days before the election. Labour

were polling at 28 per cent and on

course for an absolutedrubbing.

Moore’s ascension turnedthe

plummeting polls around, recording

35 per cent on the night, not enough

to win the election, but enough to

save many of his colleagues from

losing their seats.

But 1993 was even more

remarkable. Afterjust threeyears in

office, the Jim Bolger­led National

Government recorded a13per cent

loss of support, with Mike Moore

coming within one seat of being able

to form aGovernment.

It was Bolger who famously

declared“bugger the pollsters” and

history has shown him to be correct.

Criticismofpolling by politicians

dates back to when they first began.

Arguments over methodology and

accuracy abound, butwhat’s often

left out of the conversation is what

they are, merely asnapshot in time.

They predict nothing about future

decision­making, or more specifically

how someone might vote in months

or years from now. It’s what makes

the interest from political journalists

so bizarre, admittedly mainly those in

Wellington, who are so quicktocall

or emailwanting comment whena

poll is released.

My response is alwaysavariation

The Dubliner Pub owner Gary Manning with the decal of Donald Trump. (Photo Bill Irwin)

Trump makesDubliner return

Agiant decal image of US President

Donald Trump is going back up in

the toilets at Methven hospitality

venue The Dubliner ahead of

elections later in the year.

Trump is getting asplash for a

second term in the pub after a

previous decal was unceremoniously

ripped from the men’s urinal 12

months ago.

Running for asecond term in the

Oval Office, the Trump image will

this time appear in both the gents

and ladies at The Dubliner.

‘‘The Dubliner has had so many

requests from customers, we’ve

decided to give Donald asecond


‘‘We’d like to invite anybody to

come along and spend apenny,’’

said pub owners Gary and Karen


The Dubliner Pub gained national

news coverage in September 2016

during Mr Trump’s candidacy with

the addition of the decal in the


The culprits of the decal ripped

from the urinal in February 2019

were never apprehended, but were

suspected to be two disgruntled

elderly American men who were

walking the Te Araroa track.

of the same, and probablyfrom their

perspective pretty underwhelming: I

neverread too much into individual

polls,Itake nothing for granted and

I’ll continue to do the job that people

expect of their local MP.

There’s good reason for not taking

polls too seriously.

Depending on the questions asked

or the sampling method, polls are

oftenatodds with one another. All

they really tell us at the moment is

that the election for who will form

Government this year is likely to be


Locally it’s positive to see new

candidates emerge.Robust

accountability is important in any

democracy, and that’s as true for

localMPs like myselfasitisfor

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Governments. The role of an MP

centres around service to the

community, and it’s the community

who will ultimately judge that


In his last speech to Parliament in

1999 Mike Moore paid afinal tribute

to the peopleheservedasalocal

MP, which any candidate for elected

office would be wise to take to heart:

“Anything Ihave managed to do I

have been able to do because of

them.Iwish Icould have done more

for them. They are the real battlers.

“The highest honour ademocracy

can afford acitizen in afree nation is

to be an elected Member of

Parliament. Every day it has been an

honour, and every hour it has been a


New grade caters

for more netballers

Mid CanterburyNetballis

introducinganew premier three

gradethis yeartotakepressure off

its busyWednesday night social


The social competitionwas at

capacity last year andnetball

organisers are hoping someofthe

stronger teams will opt to play in the

new grade on aThursday night.

Netball centremanager Erin

Tasker said one of the main things

holding some people back from

playing on aThursday night in the

past had beenthe threatof

relegation to Saturdays.

Up until now, Thursday night’s

competitionhas been made up of the

top ACL premier one grade, and

premier two. Both gradesconsist of

six teamsand they play three rounds

duringthe season, withautomatic

promotion and relegationfor the top

and bottom teams at the end of

roundone, and apromotion/

relegation gameplayed at the end of

roundtwo to decide which teams

play were in the third and final


For the bottom­placedteam in

premier two, relegation traditionally

meant having to move to the

Saturdaycompetition ­but thatwill

no longer happen.

“If you’reamum who has got kids

playing sport on aSaturday

afternoon, suddenly finding your

ownThursdaynight netball is now

Saturdayafternoonnetball, isn’t

ideal,” Mrs Taskersaid.

Promotion andrelegation will

remain the same for other grades,

with the removal of promotion and

relegation between Thursdaysand

Saturdays the only change.

“We’ve had some reallystrong

teams playing on Wednesdaynights,

and some of themwould have been

more than at homeplaying on a

Thursday night, so now that the

threat of movingtoaSaturday is

gone we’re hoping they might make

that move,” Mrs Tasker said.

MostMid Canterburyclubsare

holdingtrials over the nextcouple of


Clubshave untilMarch 25 to enter

teams for the winter, with the social

competition set to get under way on

April 29, followed by the premier

grades on April 30, and Saturday

grades on May 2.

In the meantime, to help give

playersaboost heading intothe

season Mid CanterburyNetball is


Programme (PDP) starting on

February 27, and will also run aFast

Five competition startingonMarch

4and running over fourweeks, to

give players the opportunity to get

some courttime in their teams preseason.

For juniors, Mid Canterbury

Netball will host ahave agoday for

kids aged Year 3to7on March 21,

and afun tournamentfor Year 5to

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Sport is value for money

By Ross Kiddie

Car makers have become increasingly

aware of the need for safety.

Iapplaud that, and most of the

cars now sold new are high on

safety kit. Mitsubishi, in particular,

build with state­of­the­art passive

and active elements.

However, there are some drivers

who don’t want or need all of the

trick warning features, and in most

cases manufacturers have offered

the function to switch many of

them off –lane departure warning,

blind spot monitoring, rear cross

traffic alert, to name afew.

Mitsubishi has gone one step

further, it has completely deleted

some of those electronic safety

elements from the Outlander, not

all variants, but alimited edition

Outlander Sport has arrived and it

sits avalue­packed $39,990.

For the alarmists, that hasn’t

affected the Outlander’s excellent

five­star Australasian New Car

Assessment Program safety rating,

it is still intact, and if you have just

$40k to spend on an Outlander and

want those passive features, the

XLS has them, along with VRX


To my way of thinking, the

Outlander Sport is great buying,

and it would be the sport utility

vehicle for me, it is one which

allows the driver to trust his own

judgement around spatial awareness.

The Outlander has been with us

since the early 2000s and, while it

has had several model lifecycles

along the way, the concept hasn’t

changed, it is the quintessential

SUV that has blitzed the New

Zealand new car market over the

years, and has been apopular used

Japanese import. It stands out for

its ease of use, practicality, functionality

and, what’s more, it’s just

adarn nice vehicle to drive, it feels

so right in all areas.

The new Sport is available

only as alimited edition model,

the first batch has aproduction run

of just 300 units, although another

shipment is likely to follow.

The Sport is afour­wheel­drive

model and comes with seven seats

(fronts heated and electrically

adjustable), full leather trim, electric

sunroof, electric tailgate, keyless

entry and ignition, and 8in

multi­media dashboard display. It

also gets extra cosmetic treatment –

big spoiler, 18in black wheels, and a

host of piano black cosmetic trim


Elsewhere, the Outlander Sport

is the desirable SUV which I

mentioned in my introduction. It

has acomfortable interior environment,

and is spacious. The cargo

area measures up to 1608­litres,

which is enough capacity to carry

those tricky items we tend to move

from time to time such as the

cardboard box the Kiddiehousehold’s

new television came in.

While it carries aSport badge,

mechanically the Outlander retains

the tried and true powerplant

which has essentially served it since

its introduction. It’s a2.4­litre fourcylinder

petrol engine (diesel available

in other variants), and is

hooked to acontinuously variable


Mitsubishi claims 126kW and

224Nm of torque from the engine,

these are par figures and contribute

to good performance under all

conditions –bearing in mind that

many SUVS are used for towing,

and the Outlander in this form is

rated with a1600kg tow rating. In

terms of acceleration, there’s

enough strength from under the

bonnet to record a9sec standstill to

100km/h time.

It is also an engine that has been

continually developed so that fuel

usage is minimised. Mitsubishi also

claims acombined cycle average of

7.2­litres per 100km. That is consistent

with the fuel usage readout

in the evaluation car, it was constantly

sitting around 9l/100km

during both inner city driving and

on ahighway loop.

Power is channelled to the front

wheels –spreading to all four when

slippage up front is detected. A

centre console switch can be pressed

to dial in fully­engaged fourwheel­drive

and centre diff lock.

Ionly left the seal for ashort

excursion into loose shingle. SUVs

aren’t really off­roaders as such,

but with 190mm of ground clearance

the Outlander does have

genuine cross­country ability, it can

be presented with undulating terrain

with confidence. It steers

directly in deep shingle and it has

suspension which absorbs well ruts

and corrugations.

Power is put to ground through

large 225/55 Toyo rubber. Such is

the level of grip and suspension

sophistication, the Outlander can

be driven enthusiastically on the


The Mitsubishi Motor Corporation

likes to have long life­cycles for

its models. I’m a big believer in

that. Too often good cars aren’t

with us long enough, yet it’s fair to

say the Outlander has been kept

fresh and modern along the way, it

is an example of how well avehicle

can do with solid engineering

practices and clever marketing.

Ican’t help but think how valuebased

the Sport model is, at $40k it

is abargain. Those who do get one

of the 300 should be very happy

with it.

Price –Mitsubishi Outlander

Sport, $39,990

Dimensions –Length, 4695mm;

width, 1810mm; height, 1710mm

Configuration –Four­cylinder,

four­wheel­drive, 2360cc, 126kW,

224Nm, continuously variable


Performance –0­100km/h, 9sec

Fuel usage –7.2l/100km

End of an era for Holden

The Holden brand will disappearatthe end of the year

after its owner General Motors announced it will no

longer make cars suitable for New Zealand roads.

GM InternationalOperations Senior Vice President

Julian Blissett revealed that the American brand has

made the difficult decision tofinally close the doors at

struggling Holden.

"Through its proud 160­yearhistory,Holden has not

only made cars, it has been apowerful driver of the

industrialisation and advancement of Australia and

New Zealand," said Blissett.

General Motors announced on Monday it would

stop producing right­hand drive vehicles.

"After comprehensive assessment, we regret that we

could not prioritise the investment required for

Holden to be successful for the long term in Australia

and New Zealand, over all other considerations we

have globally," said Blissett.

"This decision is based on global priorities and does

not reflect the hard work,talent and professionalism of

the Holden team."

Holden customers' warranties and servicing offers

made attime of sale will still be honoured.

Holden will also provide servicing and spare parts

for at least 10 years, through national aftersales

networks in Australia and New Zealand.

As required, Holden and its aftersales network will

also continue to handle any recalls or safety­related

issues if they arise, working with the appropriate

governmental agencies.

Late last year the company also announced it would

stop selling its most iconic car, the Commodore.

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Honda Civic back with five options

By Bob Nettleton

Back in the 1980s and ‘90s the Honda

Civic along with Toyota Corolla ruled

our new small car market. The Corolla

still does, however the helicon days of

the Civic are gone, although it’s on the

comeback trail with avastly improved

model launched in 2016.

It’s popularity should get another

boost with the recent addition of

Honda’s clever Sensing Advanced

Active Safety and DriverAssist technologies

being added to the mid­range

Civic RSsedan and hatch. This move

spreads Honda’s Advanced Active

Safety Technologies across abroader

range ofmodels and into for the first

time, asmall sedan and hatch.

This is unquestionably the safest

Civic ever with Collision Mitigation

Braking System, Lane Keep Assist

System, Forward Collision Warning,

Road Departure Mitigation, Lane

Departure Warning and Adaptive

Cruise Control.

A game­changing 1.5L DOHC

VTEC Turbo Engine has propelled the

Civic, much to the relief of Honda, on

to the shopping lists of many small car

buyers, and attracting back those

who’ve drifted away from the brand in

recent years.

From end­to­end the range topping

Civic Hatch Sport Sensing looks the

partwith its the angular exterior design,

flowing and slightly tapered aerodynamic

roofline and integrated spoiler.

These looks haven’t enamoured motoring

critics with some feeling the styling

is overly intricate and fussy. The Sport

as you would expect with its premium

models status, has all the kit to

successfully fill this role including

leather interior and sunroof.

Five versions of the Civic are

available starting at $32,990 for the SX

in either five­door hatch or four­door

sedan body styles, and powered by

Honda’s stalwart 1.8 litre 103kw naturally

aspirated engine.

On the surface its look pretty good

value for money, but isn’t soalluring

whencompared with the $29,995 entrylevel

2.0­litre 127kw Toyota Corolla

hatch. However,it’s the well­appointed

$39,995 RSineither hatch or sedan

forms that’s the sales hero model.

Rolled up for this road test was fivedoor

hatch the most popular Civic

derivative. The Sport for an extra $2k is

tempting if you like your small hatches

served with lashings of luxury.

For me, the lower priced RShas

everything you need and abit more,

including anintegrated body kit, Rear

Sports Spoiler, unique 17” RS Alloy

Wheels, LED Headlights and LED

Fog Lights.

The 1.5 turbo engine adds some

much needed performance respectability

to the Civic that has been

lacking. There’s 127kW of power at

5500 rpm and 220Nm of torque that’s

good to go from just 1700rpm, and go

is something this engine isn’t lacking.In

real world driving it doesn’t disappoint

with its smoothness and tractability in

the low to mid rev range.

Acceleration is brisk, rather than

exhilarating. Under full throttle the

engine sounded unexpectedly edgyand

harsh, at times when working in the

higher revrange, surprising for amotor

that is otherwisecivilised and refined in

every other respect. This flaw aside,we

finally have aCivic with the modern,

and zesty motor itdeserves.

The ConstantVariableTransmission

(CVT) and engineboth thankfullysing

most of the time from the same song

sheet, to maintain aharmonious working

relationship. Apoint ofdifference

between this CVT and some others of

this ilk,isthat this one allows the engine

to operate within its most efficient

range for longer, by continuously

varying the gear ratios instead of

adjusting the engine throttle opening.

This means the annoying flaring in

enginerevs that plagues many CVT’s is

reduced, although not totally eliminated.

Inside, the new Civic impresses by

comfortably seating five adults, with

generous amounts ofleg and shoulder

room for ahatchback of this size. Not

such aglowing report for rear headroom.


rooflinethat steals valuable millimetres

of headroom for taller back seat


Standard equipment on the RS

includes Smart Proximity Key with

Push Button Start, Hill Start Assist,

Emergency Brake Assist, Electric Parking

Brake with Electronic Brake Hold,

Tyre Deflation Warning, Agile Handling

Assist and 17­inch Alloy wheels.

Rating out of 10: Performance 7,

handling 7, build quality 7,comfort 6,

passenger and load space 7, Fuel

Economy; Rightcar website rating

6.0L/100km, On road test average consumption

7.2L/100km, Value for money

6, Safety, FiveStar ANCAP crash rating.

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Making way for the next generation

By Toni Williams

Stud breeder Stuart Sinclair, of

Wakanui in Mid Canterbury, is clearing

the way on farm for the next


After nearly50yearsbuilding up an

enviable sheep stud, the 64 year old

has sold off the majority of ewes atan

off­farm dispersal sale.

It was held at the Ashburton A&P

Showgrounds on February 7.

Among the 350 South Suffolk,

Suffolk and Cheviot stud ewes upfor

auction, only 10did not sell.

Those that did went to breeders

from around the country, which was

pleasing, says Stuart.

He says there was good support

from breeders nationwide forthe sale.

Around 65people had registered as

buyers for the sale.

Stuart says after a few personal

health issues, not helped bydealing

with animals weighing upwards of

120kg, it was time for him tobow out

and handover to the next generation.

“It was enough ofascare toget me

to ease back,” he says.

South Suffolk, whichonaverage can

weigh between 120kg to 150kg, are a

good meat breed while the smaller

Hoggets sought

for competition

Farmers are being urged

to enter the New Zealand

Ewe Hogget competition.

The event, which is in

its 24th year, gives farmers

the chance to

benchmark their flocks

against others at both

local and national level.

It also gives them a

chance to compare different

farming systems

and learn from other

competitors as well as

the judging panel.

Competition national

convener Stephen Rabbidge

said the achievements

of New Zealand

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Stock excl. Store Cattle

Thursday, February 27

• Temuka Store Cattle

Monday, March 2

• Temuka

Tuesday, March 3

• Canterbury Park All


• Four Peaks On Farm

Lamb and Cattle,


Thursday, March 6

• Temuka Store Cattle

Stud breeder Stuart Sinclair

Cheviot breed has a dual purpose

(meat, wool) aswell as being aneasy

care sheep and good for hogget


While he, and wife Teresa,willhave

more timefor golf or travel;daughter,

Katherine, 30, is alawyer inLondon,

their sons, Nicholas, 32, and Hayden,

28, are keen to take over the farm.

It’s takenabit of planning to getthe

handover sorted.

recognition and acknowledgement.

‘‘It is now more

important than ever for

sheep farmers tohave an

efficient and profitable


This competition

providesthe idealopportunity

for entrants to

compete and compare to

ensure future success.’’

National judges

include Charlie Seymour

and Dave McKelvie.

All farmers are invited

to ‘give it ago’.

South Island entries

close on March 25with

the North Island entries

on March 15.


Stuart and son, Hayden (far

right), load stock for the

dispersal sale. Photo supplied.

Stuart, who is the fourth generation

on farm, says the boys were not as

driven about the sheep stud and

planned to focus onstore lambs and,

with pivot irrigation being introduced

in the coming days, increase the crop


“(The sheep stud) is my passion not

theirs,” Stuart says. But to keep some

Rotaryboomirrigatorrepairs and service,

including wirerope&splicing

Dairyshedyardworkincluding topand backing gates

Mainline installation and repairs

Anyother general engineering/fabrication requirements

Bale feeder –calffeeders Standardorcustom-made

Hayden, Stuart, Teresa and

Nicholas Sinclair at the stud

dispersal sale. Photo supplied.

interest he still has the 10 top rams of

eachofthe threebreed’s,which he will

retain until next year.

He will also stay involved incompetition

judging, which will keep him

in contact with breeders hehas met

over the years.

The farm, which is bordered by a

dairy farm and two crop farms and is

Phone 308 5903 weekdays l Email:

On call 7days:Doug: 027 282 2245, Matt (Tomo): 021 518 538

15 Malcolm McDowell Avenue, Ashburton


just five minutes’ drive from Wakanui

Beach, gets its water from an underground

bore, not through an irrigation


The automated pivot system will

help them be more sustainable and

efficient users of water.

Getting the pivot installed also

means Nicholas and Hayden can

continue to workoff­farm; Nicholasas

afarmadviser andHayden an apprentice


Stuartsays he will stand back and let

themfarmtheirway but will be around

to offer advice and help out where

needed like “a general gofer around

the place”.

“The boys will take on more

responsibility and (there will be) less

for me. It’s one less thing toworry

about,” he says.

Stuart, the fourth generation on

farmand an onlychild, tookoverfrom

his parents, James ‘Jim’ and Ruth


They ran the 174 hectare property

as a sheep and mixed cropping

operation, which Stuart continued.

He introduced the first South Suffolk

breed in1972, and at peak of his

stud had around 150 South Suffolk,

120 Suffolk and 120 Cheviot.

Open Farm Day events on nationwide

Mid Canterbury farmers,

some of the best in

the world, have not

signed up to open their

farm gates during the

Open Farm Day nationwide


The event is promoted

as a free­family

day­out on the farm, to

enjoy the land, animals

and people that make

New Zealand special.

And the omission of

farms from the district is

anoticeable gap on the

Open Farm Day register.

Although many of the

district’s farms do regularly

open their gates to

visiting groups and

tours, in this instance

the dry weather could be

the cause.

According to an Open

Farm Day spokesman

some of the district’s

farmers did consider

opening their gates but

dry conditions had seen a

reduction in host numbers.

The Open Farm

series, which happens on

March 1, and encourages

people to ‘‘visit farms to

see where their families

food comes from’ will see

various types of farm

operations nationwide

open their gates to the

public and see ‘‘Kiwis

reconnecting with the

people and places that

grow our food’’.

Around 10 farm operations

have signed up to

host in Canterbury, with

the closest being fresh

produce operation,

Spring Collective on

Brookside­Irwell Road,

at Leeston.

Their open farm runs

from 1pm to 4.30pm.

Bookings can be made

via OpenFarm Day website.

Photo: Open Farm

Day events will connect

Kiwis to food production.

Support for farmers pleasing

Federated Farmers vicepresident

Andrew Hoggard

was pleased the Government,and

commercial operators

like ANZ bank, were

awareofthe struggles facing

farmers during extreme

weather events around the

country. The declaration

of an adverse event in

Northlandwill mean more

help to support farmers.

Be aware of

rural fire risks

More precautions are

neededtotry to ensure

rural work activities

don’tspark avegetation

blaze. And that includes

clearingvehicle exhaust

pipes of dung and other


which can be afire


Federated Farmers

Hawke’sBay president

Jim Galloway said

clumps of cowpats and

other similarmaterial,

stickingtoquad bikes

and other vehiclesis

one of the risksthatcan

be overlooked.

‘‘It sticks on there,

dries, heatsand starts

smoldering. If that falls

intodry grass it canset

off flames.’’

His region has

alreadyexperienced a

few rural firesthought

to be caused by the

blades of amower

striking stone, wire or

something else hard and


In the current

conditions people

shouldthink very

carefully about whether

it’s safetodoany

activity that could cause

sparks, Mr Galloway


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Progressive vision ahit

Former Federated Farmers

Mid Canterbury provincial

president Michael Salvesen and

wife, Nicky, are finalists in the

2020 Canterbury Ballance

Farm Environment Awards.

It’s an annual event to celebrate

good farm practices that

promote sustainable land management.

It is run in 11 regions

throughout New Zealand.

The couple, who farm at

Wakare ­abreeding and finishing

deer and beef cattle property

at Mount Somers, are up

against fellow Mount Somers

beef/dairy/cropping farmers

Richard and Chrissie Wright,

of Tamar Farm; Ashburton

dairy support farmers John

Taylor, Brendon Stent and

Aafke Huisman, of Rosebank ­

Landcorp Farming Pamu­

Carew; Selwyn dairy farmers

Tony Coltman and Dana

Carver, of Canlac Holdings at

Dunsandel; and Southbridge

horticulturist Robin Oakley, of

Oakley’s Premium Fresh

Vegetables­ Southbridge.

The Salvesen’s 1380ha effective

property is made up of two

blocks. The main block runs

calving cows and breeding bulls

for dairy herds, deer for venison

production and around

1,000 lambs, which are finished


The animals’ genetic

measurements are tracked as

the business strives to continually

improve the stock quality.

The second block supports

the main property, running

dairy grazers and Wagyu beef.

It also gives capital protection

and forms part of the

farm’s succession planning.

Over the past 12 years, the

Salvesen’s have made numerous

improvements on farm,

including many around production

and the environment.

Among them the introduction

of anative trees planting programme

with 1,500 new trees

being planted annually for the

next 10 years.

New Zealand Farm Environment

Trust general manager

James Ryan said the awards

programme, with the winners

announced March 11, was a

stimulating and informative

Mt Somers farmers Michael and Nicky Salvesen finalists in

the 2020 Canterbury Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

opportunity to benchmark

against other food and fibre

producers in the region.

“The events celebrate everyone

who entered – not just

those who are eligible for

awards –because all are worthy

of being recognised for the

great work being done on their

farms and orchards,” he said.

All entrants go through a

judging process to consider the

entire environment farms operated

within, particularly around

sustainable profitability,

environmental awareness, good

business practices, and social

and community responsibility.

In getting a place in the

finals, the Salvesen’s showed

they had a progressive vision

for the future guiding their

Canterbury beef and deer farm,

enabling it to adapt to changing

conditions and reducing its

environmental footprint.

Water needs only

set to increase

Nationwide temperature

increases have seen areas

of New Zealand face water

tight restrictions, And Irrigation

New Zealand says

the need for more water

infrastructure is only going

to increase.

It’s acall which comes

after the Government’s

decision to inject $12.7m

into improving Northland’s

water resilience, as

announced by deputy

prime minister Winston

Peters and minister of

regional economic

development Shane Jones.

The district has faced

some of the driest conditions

this summer.

Irrigation New Zealand

chief executive officer

Elizabeth Soal said it was

promising to see the Government

recognise the

need for water infrastructure

as demand for it

was only going to increase

in the future.

“Weather experts

declared a ‘‘severe

meteorological’’ drought

in northern Auckland,

Great Barrier Island and

the Far North as New

Zealand experiences its

fourth­warmest year on


“The dry summers New

Zealand now repeatedly

experiences are why supporting

more resilient

water infrastructure is


She said water was critical

for so many reasons

and for more than just


‘‘New Zealanders cannot

live without it and it is

our most vulnerable

regional communities that

suffer the most due to

increasingly common

extreme weather events

which put pressure onthis

essential resource,” Ms

Soal says.

“New Zealanders need

year­round reliable access

to water for multiple outcomes

­ to satisfy basic

community needs as well as

cultural, environmental and

economic requirements.”




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Photo:Nicola McDougall(L) and AmyMcIlraith(R) willbehelpingconsent holders in the Ashburton district to meettheirconsent conditions.

Ashburton WaterZoneCommittee

New staff bring amixtureofenthusiasm

and experience to Ashburton zone team

Environment Canterbury’s Ashburton zone delivery

team has been boosted with the arrival of two new

Resource Management Officers.

AmyMcIlraith and Nicola McDougall both joined the

zone team at the end of 2019, and areeager to use

their knowledgeand skills to help provide advice and

education to consent holdersinthe Ashburton region.

AmyisaNorth Canterbury girl and arecent university

graduate. She studied chemistry at University of

Canterbury beforefinishing her science degree by

majoring in soil science at Lincoln University.

“With soil science youget to look at the big picture,”

Amysays. “I lovedthat,aswell as the environmental

focus that Lincoln had, which prompted me to apply

for this role.

Nicola is along-term Ashburton resident who is making

achangeofcareer after morethan 20 yearsworkingin

the insurance industry.

“I want to continue to be abletosupport people

through this role,and to buildnew connections in my

community through adifferent customer base than I’m

used to,” she says.

Abig part of the role involves monitoring consents and

making surepeopleare following them. In the July2018

to June 2019 period, morethan 1400 consents were

monitored in the Ashburton zone.

Ashburton Zone Delivery Lead Janine Holland says that

having Amyand Nicola on her team will boost the local

capacity to help consent holderswith compliance issues.

“Our zone delivery model means that we arecloser to

the peopleinour zone,”Janine says.“We liveand work

in the Ashburton region and can provide advice on best

practice and how to meet consent conditions.”

And for Amyand Nicola,being part of asmall team

on the ground is part of what makes the role special.

“I wouldliketofeel likeI’m making apositiveimpact on

the community,not just the environment,Amy says.

“This role involves alot of relationship building,soIhope

to makeanimpact on the community through education.”

ForNicola,it’sabout helping peoplefind solutions.

“This role is quitesimilar to my previous one in the

fact that there’salot of customer interaction, which

I’mused to,” she says.“Youmight notalways be

approaching peoplefor agreat reason,but you’re here

to be aproblem solver.”

Amyand Nicola have replaced Nick Vernon and

Stephen Howardwho previously worked in the zone.

Formoreinformation on our zone team,see the

Ashburton Water Zone page at

Meet theteam

Ashburton water zone delivery team


Janine Holland

Zone Lead

Phone:027 205 7128

Terry Hewitt


Compliance &Monitoring

Phone: 027 4067429

Ryan Dynes

Area Supervisor -Central

Phone:027 435 1476

Sarah Heddell

LandManagement&Biodiversity Advisor

Phone:027 4063858



Compliance &Monitoring

Phone: 027 254 3725

Blair Jones

River WorksSupervisor -Central

Phone:027 582 1866

Donna Field

LandManagement&Biodiversity Advisor

Phone:021 914 828

Nicola McDougall

Resource Management Officer

Compliance &Monitoring

Phone:027 2755430


Lachie Ashton

LandManagement Advisor


Phone: 027248 1339

Facilitatingsustainable development

in the Canterbury region

Local news at Ashburton's The Courier, Thursday February 20, 2020, Page 31

Club news from the district

Lions Club of Ashburton

Welcome from our President

Roger Paterson and all club

members to our community news,

the first for 2020.

Our first meeting was held at

the Hotel Ashburton on February

5. It featured a most insightful

talk from Pup Chamberlain about

mental health in the rural community

with particular emphasis

on suicide prevention. Unfortunately

his co­co­ordinator Connie

Quigley was unable to attend.

Pup spoke highly of her knowledge

and work. It was interesting

to note that Mid Canterbury is

undertaking a pilot programme

with the main focus being wellbeing

and prevention of suicide in

our community. Pup stressed that

by texting or phoning 1737,

immediate support could be

obtained from atrained counsellor.

Males are the most vulnerable,

making up 70 per cent of suicides

in New Zealand.

Newly­inducted member Craig

Hadley gave a very interesting

3­minute talk on his lifetime

experiences to date. We welcome

Craig to our club.

Motorhome Show – the

increasingly popular South Island

Motorhome Show is to be held at

the Ashburton Showgrounds on

Saturday 29 February and Sunday

1 March. Tony Adams

(0211267992), is seeking retro

caravans for display over the


If you have revitalised an older

model and are interested in

displaying it for free passes,

please contact him. Fire and

Emergency New Zealand will

man a site over the weekend.

Three short presentations regarding

advice in respect of fire safety

for mobile homes will occur on

Saturday 29 February.

Please note we have no Eftpos

or Credit Card facilities on site so

the $5 public entrance fee and the

social camper pass will mean

people need to come prepared

with cash.

Our March meeting on Wednesday,

March 4, is a members

and partners night. Full details

will be confirmed soon.

Club members Brent Read and

Barney Parsons are organising

another cycling trip, this time

featuring the Alps to Ocean cycle

trail. Possible dates are in early

April. Also circulated were the

Meals on Wheels roster and

Methven Show gate helpers for

Saturday, March 21.

Ashburton MSA Petanque


Turn­outs on club days are still

very good.

We had our first club event on

Sunday with 18 players taking

part. This was won by Rewa Kyle,

Shelagh Field and Mick Little.

Runners up were Jan Guilford,

Nicky Foden, and Peter Marriott.

Third place getters were Bev

Attewell, Shirley Cant and Colin

Jones. All players played very well

which made it a good competition.

Neville Bensdorp and Richard

Browne took part in a training

camp in Christchurch and were

among six selected to play against

six invited players from around

New Zealand. They had one day

of tournament and one day of

training, all performing very well.

This training camp was for the

Open Men Trans Tasman squad.

We wish them well.

Next month we host the Ashburton

Doubles and already

entries are coming in very nicely.

We had six players take part in

the Boulez Vite in Christchurch

on Waitangi Day with five finishing

in the top eight. Jonathan

Crum came third followed by

Neville Bensdorp, Karen Bensdorp,

Marion Harrison and

Rewa Kyle.

Altrusa of Ashburton

Our 2020 health bursary recipient

Lauren Rattray has been

presented with acertificate and

the first payment of $500. Lauren

is entering her fourth year studying

towards aBachelor of Pharmacy

at Otago University. She

will use the bursary to help with

costs associated with her placements,

which are in various centres

throughout New Zealand.

Each year Altrusa has aTree of

Remembrance where members

sell stars for $2 each as a

fundraiser for Palliative Care –

this year we have donated $1500

to the Ashburton Palliative Care


Our first foot clinic for 2020

was held on January 23, with 30

people attending.

We have a team of trained

nurses who do the actual cutting,

while Altrusa members assist with

the preliminary foot soaking, and

apply alittle massage to the feet.

At the completion of their cutting

and massage, each client can then

enjoy a social time while being

served with acuppa.

We are planning another Magic

Mums day on Saturday, March 28

–this is aday of pampering for

mothers of children with special

needs. The mums will spend time

in the morning being pampered

by the staff of Bellissimo, followed

by aflight from Ashburton

Airport with Robin. An icing

demonstration in the afternoon

will precede dinner, with amost

interesting and entertaining guest

speaker already arranged.

Nature Matters by Mary Ralston


Irecently walked up the

Mt Somers Walkway to

the Pinnacles Hut. The

day was hot but the forest

was cool and fresh. The

pools of Bowyers Stream

beckoned for aquick dip.

The track follows the

river for part of the way

before it heads uphill.

The hut sits just above the

bushline, so there’s good

views of the stunning

rhyolite columns on the

flanks of Mt Somers.

Originally avolcano, Mt

Somers, or Te Kiekie, is

made up of igneous rocks

and as the lava cooled it

made amazing columns.

Rock­climbers think it’s a

great place.

It’s one of my favourite

places as well. Just afew

hours walk up from the

carpark and you’re in a

different world –native

bush, native birds, cool air

and fresh water. There’s a

few wasps but not enough

to be put off from going


From the Pinnacles

Hut, the Mt Somers

Walkway continues

through sub­alpine

vegetation to asaddle

before dropping down to

Morgan Stream and the

water caves: boulders and

pools ideal for cooling off

on ahot day. Abit further

on is the Woolshed Creek

Hut, aroomy and fairly

new hut by the side of

Woolshed Creek.

The beautiful Bowyers Stream.

From this hut, the track

heads out to the

Woolshed Creek carpark.

It takes about two hours

and there’s an easier

alternative route along an

old road; agood option

for families with

youngsters, or those with

sore knees!

The Rhyolite Ridge

Track is another

alternative from the

Woolshed Creek Hut that

goes up and over aflank

of Mt Somers to the

Woolshed Creek carpark.

It’s aharder track than

going straight out, but the

stunning stream, waterfall

and wide expanse of red

tussock make it

worthwhile if you have

the energy.

Aday trip to either of

the huts is amemorable

outing. Staying overnight

can be the highlight of a

tramper’s summer.

Ashort stroll along

Bowyers Stream is

achievable for most and a

lovely thing to do on ahot

summer’s day.


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Does your garden need monthly

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ContactCAROLYN Phone: 027 2675403 or 3082333


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Cars,Trucks,Buses,Horse Floats &Motorhomes,

Caravans,Trailers,Farm Machinery, Jet Boats,

LightEngineering and Aluminium Welding

17 Range Street (IndustrialEstate)


Phone 307 0378 l 0274 274 007





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and trouser hemming, curtain

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making. Call Michelle on

027 352 7248.

BUILDING and property

solutions. For your complete

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We project manage

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and small commercial.

Qualified tradesmen.

Phone Kiwi Building &

Maintenance Ltd. Gary 308

4798, 027 207 1478 or

Cawte 027 418 7955.

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 - For a

professional service call

Dan McKerrow Chimney

Sweep and Repairs on 021

118 7580.

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, fertilising, projects

or general spruce ups? Call

Andrew at Spruce Gardens


to get the job done right.

027 765 2899 or 03 307 1693.



New or existing,

level 4finish, full skim

plaster or repairs

The Finishing Company

03 307 8870 2238792

Specialising in

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prompt reliable computer

servicing and laser engraving

contact Kelvin, KJB

Systems Ltd, 4 Ascot

Place, Ashburton. Phone

308 8989. SuperGold discount

card accepted.

COMPUTER repairs, sales,

training, setup -wireless -

networks, spyware cleanup.

On-site day or evening.

LOW FEES. Call Robin


Firewalls & PC’s Ltd, 308

1440 or 027 768 4058.

CONCRETE pavers direct to

you - Best prices, many

sizes, textures and colours

- Paveco, 13 Robinson

Street, Industrial Estate.

CONCRETE Services -

Driveways, paths, patios,

mowing edging. Decorative

Concrete specialist 30

years servicing Canterbury.

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.

ENGINEERING repairs, fabrication,

farm equipment

service and maintenance,

W.O.F. repairs, machining

and welding. Odd jobs a

speciality. Mobile workshop.

Can collect. Phone

Malcolm 027 475 4241.

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on (03) 3087664


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.

PLUMBING, drainlaying,

blocked drains. Phone

Lindsay at Doaky’s Plumbing

on 027 555 5575 or 308

1248 (Master Plumbers &


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

SUN Control Window Tinting:

Privacy, UV, glare, heat

control for homes -offices -

and cars. Phone Craig

Rogers 307 6347, member

of Master Tinters NZ.

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, www.

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



glass. Qualified flat glass

glazier now in-house. Anything

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Your place or ours. Wilson

Windscreens, 152 Wills

Street, Ashburton. Phone

03 308 8485.

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Fill the grid

so thatevery

rowand every

3x3 square

contains the

digitals 1to9

1 3 8 2 6 9 4 5 7

9 2 5 1 7 4 3 8 6

6 7 4 3 8 5 9 1 2

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5 6 3 9 1 2 7 4 8

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Across -1,Thorough-going. 8, Adieu. 9, Amateur. 10,

Clever. 11, Nestle. 12, Sloth. 14, Scrap. 18, Almost. 20,

Bangle. 23, Imagine. 24, Leave. 25, Go offone’shead.

Down -1,Thatch. 2, Olive. 3, Opulent. 4, Gnaw.5,Grave.

6, Inertia. 7, Garnet. 13, Lumbago. 15, Chablis. 16, Daring.17,

Behead. 19, Stiff. 21, Grade. 22, Lean.


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Open Hat


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Wednesday 15th April 7:30pm

The TenTenors are touring New Zealand to celebrate

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albums sold and having shared the stage with Lionel

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Thursday 19th March 7:30pm

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Adult $45* /Senior $39* /Child $25*

15th to 23rd May :Fri/Sat 7:30pm,

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Bridge Street Nursery


Gate opens 8am

Itemsinclude: 2.5 x3metreglasshouse,garden

nurseryequipment, rotaryhoe,lawnmower,

powerand hand tools,saw bench,bandsaw,tiling

equipmentand manymoreD.I.Y. accessories,

household furnitureand more bric-a-brac.




Small LPG cylinders

Off Street Parking


Arthur Cates Ltd

26 McNally Street

Ph 308 5397

Riverside Industrial Estate


9kg cylinders


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F&P washing machine 5.5kg,

good going order, offers.

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items. Garden plants.

Phone 307 0236 evenings.



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Forall other medicalassistance outside of normal

hours please phone your general practiceteam, 24/7,

to speak withahealth professional who will giveyou

free healthadvice on whattodoorwhere to go if you

need urgentcare.

If youdon’t have aregular general 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.

TheAshburton Duty Practicefor ...

Saturday22nd February is

Sealy Street Medical Practice.

Consultations will be by appointmentonly.

To make an appointmentplease phone 308 1212.

Sunday23rdFebruary is

Tinwald Medical Centre, 33 Archibald Street.

They will hold surgeries from 10.00am until 12.00pm.

and from 6.00pm until 7.00pm.

No appointmentnecessary, Surgeryphone 308 6565.

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 ...

Saturday from 9.00am until 1.00pm

Sunday from 10.00am until 1.00pm

At Geraldine: TheGeraldine Pharmacywill be open

normal trading hours during the week,and on

Saturdaymorning from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Closed Sundays and Public Holidays

Forfree24hour Telephone Health Advice

Phone the healthline on 0800 611 116



CASH BUYER: for Gold and

Silver. Pay up to the following

prices: $2,600 for Gold

Nuggets, $2,000 for Gold

Pocket Watch and Chains,

$550 for Sovereigns,

$2,000 for Crowns, also

wanting Gold, Silver Rings,

Bracelets, Bangles, Chains,

Brooches, Cameos, War

and Lodge Medals, old

Jewellery Boxes, custom

and damaged Jewellery. —

Phone Murray, 021-441-400.

METAL, heavy etc. Free

light-grade metal in-yard

dumping 9am-5pm weekdays

&9.30-11.30am Saturdays.

Ashburton Scrap

Metal Recyclers, 117 Alford

Forest Road (behind

Placemakers). Phone 03

308 8033 or 027 249 6625.


FRIDAY 21st (3pm -7pm) &

Saturday 22nd (7.30am -

12.00pm). Clothes, household

items, tools,

collectables, 1996 Holden

Rodeo ute. All must go. 85A

McMurdo Street, Tinwald.

GARAGE sale in carpark,

corner Park & Havelock

Streets. 9am -12noon, Saturday

22nd February. Furniture

& some whiteware.

Come make an offer and

take away. Free delivery in


THIS Saturday, February

20th, Carters Terrace, 9am

to 12noon. No early callers!

CountdownComplex, East Street, Ashburton

Phone: 03 308 6733 Fax: 03 308 6755



Tues 9am-5pm

03 308 9516



NEW season potatoes.

Nadine &Agria $2 per kilo.

Phone 308 3195 or 027 531

9103. 81 Elizabeth Street.

POTATOES - Ilam Hardys

freshly dug, $2 per kilo.

Minimum order 3kg. Large

$1.50 per kilo. Delivered

Friday afternoon Ashburton

and Tinwald. Phone 302


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General Manager

We arelooking foranexperienced General Manager

with compassion and entrepreneurial spirit who is

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beinggiven theopportunityto‘live everymoment’.

The General Manager oversees volunteer services,

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and education. The person we are seeking will

have proven leadership and financial skills, strong

communication skills andthe abilitytofind solutions

throughlateral thinking.

This is awonderful opportunity tomake apositive

differenceinour community.

15 –20hours per week.



4WD and slab lifts available

for daily or weekly hire.

Pickup or delivery. Phone

North End Engineering 308

8155 for abooking.


HAY for sale. New seasons

hay, no rain, shed stored,

$7 per bale. Phone 027 247


Please contact Jane, for

furtherinformation or to requestaJob Description.

Applicationsclose Sunday1March 2020.



We arelookingfor aserviceperson forour busy

workshop.Weofferawide range of work,dealing with

implementassembly and repair,silage wagons and

manyother fabrication projects.

Ideally the person we arelookingfor must have the


- Training or qualified as diesel/motor mechanic.

- AbilitytoMIG and stick weld would be helpful

- Beable to work alone but also in ateam environment

- Goodcommunication skills

- Goodworkethic

- Class 1driver’slicence

- Interestinoutdoors

- Must be aNZresident or havecurrent work visa

Engineering skills will be an advantage,however with

the rightattitude and willingness to learn,

we areable to provide necessarytraining

Forfurther information phone 03 308 5903.

Please send CV to 15 Malcolm McDowell Drive

or email

Applications close Friday6March

Mid Canterbury Hockey Association is seeking

applications for a Hockey Participation Officer

to deliver our Small Sticks Hockey in schools

programme and Fun Sticks Hockey [Saturday

mornings –Term2]. Theabilitytointeract and relate

to children of all ages is essential.

This position will be on contract for upto10hours

perweek from Feb/March to 30th September 2020.

Flexibilityofhours is required.

For a copy of the job description, please email

Katherine McDonnell, Mid Canterbury Hockey

Please email applications, including your CV to the

above address.

Applications close 4pmon




Participation Officer


Page 38, Ashburton's The Courier, Thursday February 20, 2020

Learn to Swim



Working in our purpose built facility, you will help us deliver quality swim

instruction to awiderange of customersfrombabies throughtoadults.

We have apart-time, permanent role working Saturday mornings 8.30am to

12.15pm,with the possibility of picking up additional classesworking school

andafterschool hoursthroughout the week as per the Swim School roster.

To apply online or for more

information about this role, visit our


Applications close Sunday, 1March




to deliver the AshburtonCourier and

Realtyevery Thursdayinthe West Street,

Racecourse Road,BeltRoadarea.

May suit aretiredperson.

Phone Leonie on

308 7664 or email

Cleaner -EA

Network Centre

We are looking for areliable and motivated cleaner to join our EANetworks

Centreteam. In thisroleyou will join our established team thatare responsible

forensuring the facilityisclean,tidyandlooking greatfor our users. Hours of


To find out more about this vacancy

and what the Ashburton District

Council has to offer you -visit our


Applications close Sunday, 1March




media sales




Allied Press Limitedemploysover450 people on apermanent basis

acrossour 15 sites in theSouthIsland.Weoperate across multiple

media platforms (print, on-line,digital) deliveringnews, information and

entertainment throughour variousregional and city publications, including

ourrural publications Southern Rural Life and CentralRuralLife, andour

rural website:

The role

Reporting to the Timaru manager,the successful applicant will work with

rural clients to give them thebestpossible options fortheir advertising


Someofthe keyaccountabilitiesinclude:

•deliver exceptionalcustomer service

•understand rural clients’ business needs

•work inthe MidCanterbury/Selwyn andChristchurch areas

Your skills andexperience

We arelookingfor asales consultant with experience, preferably in the

rural sector.

In addition to yourinterest in rural mattersyou will demonstrate:

•strong time-managementskills

•ability to worktodeadlines

•great spoken and writtencommunication skills

•ability to workindependently

Further details

Thisisafull-time permanent position.

As wellasagood salary,wecan offer an attractive commissionstructure

thatrewardshardworkand providesanincentive to grow yourclient base.

WithofficesinChristchurch,Ashburtonand Timaru, youcan choose

where to base yourself.The jobrequires someflexible workhours to fit

withclients’needs, but this also gives youthe opportunitytotailorhours

to suit yourlifestyle. Full backup, trainingand supportare given by a

dedicatedand friendly team. Allied Pressisacompanythatbelieves in

equityand diversity.

If you think thisroleisfor you,please applybyway of CV and acover

letter to

Informal inquiriesabout therole arewelcome and shouldbeemailedto or phone 027 524 6968.

Acopy of the positiondescription canberequestedfromHR


Applications will close on Friday 21 February 2020.

All applicationswillbetreated in the strictest confidence.

Please notethatyou must have the right to workin

New Zealand to apply for thisrole.

Disclaimer: AlliedPress does not acceptunsolicited

agency résumés. AlliedPress is not responsible

for any feesrelated to unsolicited résumés.

Qualified Stylist

We are looking toadd to our friendly professional

team. We requireaqualified experienced hairdresser

to work on afull or part me basis.


• Areliable and friendly team player.

• Aprofessionalwho takespride in producing quality


• A good communicator with excellent customer


In the role you will be working in a posive

environment with professional staff who have

expansive knowledge inthe industry. In return you

willreceivecompevewages and great


If this sounds likeyou please email or



PART-TIME Sales Assistant

- We are looking for a

motivated person to join our

team at Ashburton Discounter

Dairy, 96 Alford Forest Road,

Allenton. Send your C.V. to

Contact manager 03 308 8684.

ANIMALS to good homes

every week in The Courier.




types, specializing in

Decramastic and Long Run

Iron, Coloursteel etc, steep

roofs not a problem. —

Spraymaster 027-433-7780.

LOOKING for the best way to

spend your advertising dollar?

Think The Courier.


WANTED Mercedes -1960’s

230, 250 or 280 SL’s. Any

condition. Private buyer.

Phone 027 585 8164.



painting of cars, trucks,

buses, horse floats &

motorhomes, caravans,

trailers, farm machinery, jet

boats. Light engineering

and aluminium welding.

Bus &Truck Bodyworks, 17

Range Street, Ashburton.

Phone 307 0378.



Hampstead Rugby&

AllSports Club


AnnualGeneral Meeting

Local news at


WANTED: Caravan; family

use size, anything considered.

Sell: 7x5 trailer; lockable

canopy, new tyres.

Wanted: drumset, snare

drum. pls phone 027 204


Wednesday18th Marchat7.00pm

Hampstead clubrooms, Bridge St, Ashburton



AWESOME office space for

lease, rent or hire. Park like

setting. Indoor and outdoor

areas. North-west town

boundary. Must view.

Phone 027 475 4241.


Ideal as an extra


Fully insulatedand

double glazed forwarmth.


Standard3.6m x2.4m,

Large 4.2m x2.4m

Xtra-large 4.8m x2.4m.

Visit our displaycabin

418WestStreet or callfor a


0800 58 78 22





To be held on

Monday9th March


in the Staffroom

All welcome

ASHBURTON Society of

Performing Arts A.G.M.

Tuesday 25th February,

6pm at the Sinclair Centre.

All welcome.


25th February, 9.30am @

St David’s Church, Allens

Road. Speaker 10.00am

Prof. Dave Craw, Otago

Uni "Gold origins, history &

mining". Visitors welcome,



Riding for Disabled -

Annual General Meeting,

Tuesday 25th February,

8.00pm at the Leeston

Street pavilion. Visitors welcome.

Forenquiriesorapologies please contactDebbieon

027634 1480

or email


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 027 436 2636 or www.


MODERN town house

wanted in good condition in

Ashburton, separate

ensuite and garage. Phone

021 368 781.


AUGER; 10 x50feet Buhler

Farm King with sweep hopper.

Phone 027 286 3697.



Local news at Ashburton's The Courier, Thursday February 20, 2020, Page 39



Forkliftand Dangerous GoodsCourses

NZTAApproved Course Provider,MITO&Competenz Assessor

Classes 2&4,Endorsements F&D

ForkliftF&OSH, Saturdays and other days as requested

Dangerous Goods Course,½day Mondaymornings

CommunityHouse,Ashburtonoryour work place

Forfurther information

Phone Christine 027 245 2563


HOPING to meet 48-60yr old

female for friendship,

outings, possible relationship,

that looks great in a

swimsuit and would like to

travel. Phone or text 028

418 0403.



Doubtful Sounds, April

19-24; Earnslaw cruise,

Queenstown, D.B.B. hotels

Balclutha, Te Anau, Twizel.

Seats still available, call

now. John & Kathleen

the service we



Rakaia 03 302

NORFOLK Island; June

19-26. Historic, relaxing;

transfers, flights, D.B.B.

hotel, local tours, entertainment.

Early bookings

essential. Call for information.

John & Kathleen

Lawler, Rakaia. 03 302


WE value

provide - The Courier for

advice on how you can

reach potential customers.

Call us today on 308 7664.

MAKE money selling your

unwanted items. Up to 24

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Mid Canterbury Rural Women NZ is calling

for applications for their 2020 Scholarship. The

scholarship is open to both male andfemaleapplicants

whohaveahome base in MidCanterbury.

The $2,500 scholarship will beallocated through two

grants to thevalue of $1,000 andaResearch Grantof


Applicants forthe scholarship closeon1st April 2020

with previous applicants welcome toapply again. A

committee will consider the applications with the

recipients beingannounced in April.

Scholarship applicationforms andfurther details may

be obtained bycontacting RuralWomen branches, or

Scholarship Co-ordinator


Phone03303 6397


Growing Dynamic Communities



Peter Blacklow

Call in atalk to the people who know ...



Blacklows TradeZone Ashburton your locally

owned &operated family business for 67 years

Full range of engineering supplies and accessories forall your repairs

&maintenance. Kerrick hot &cold waterblasters &industrial vacuum cleaners.

Esseti welders &accessories. Stockists and distributors of Trailer Equipment.


South Street, Ashburton PHONE (03) 308-3147

Email FREEPHONE 0800 452 522

Community Clinic

with Jo Luxton’s office

Monday 24 February



Please feel free to contactmyoffice for

an appointment, or just pop in on theday

Jo Luxton

LabourParty List MP basedinRangitata

03 6889588 |



Includes 9drawertop chest.

Designed forthe NZ market.





is offering alimestone carving

workshop with



4th &5th April

at alovely localgarden.

$85 plus limestone charge.

Phone 027 443 9806

To make further enquires and make abooking

at email

Don’tmiss this rare opportunity!


Thur 20th &Fri 21st

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10.30 Call of the Wild

12.00 Little Women

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6.10 ThePeanut Butter Falcon M







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10.00 Call of the Wild PG

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1.45 Call of the Wild PG

3.30 Emma


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5.50 Jumanji 2


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8.00 Birds of Prey R16

8.10 Sonic


Mon24th, Tues 25th

&Wed 26th

10.00 Call of the Wild

10.00 Midway

11.45 Emma

12.20 ThePeanut Butter Falcon

2.00 1917

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Authorised by Jo Luxton,Parliament Buildings,Wellington


PosiveAgeing Expo

Thursday, 5March 2020

10:00am -3:00pm

Hotel Ashburton, Racecourse Road, Ashburton

Exhibits and displays. Social connecons.

Raffles. Light refreshments available on site.

Enterour surprise draw.

Bringafriendand makeadayofit.

Gold coin entry.

AgeConcern Ashburton308 6817

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Enhances your

body’s own natural


Pain relief/Speeds recovery

from illness, injury and surgery.

•Noneedles/safe for all ages

•Good-Health Maintenance

•Affordable/flexible hours

•Home visits on request

Janet Hayes

Ph 308 6951

registered practitioner



We can help with:

•Sittingand companionship

•Counselling and bereavement



•Massage,reiki and reflexology

Phone 307 8387 or 027 227 8387




LOOKING to earn extra

money, even while you’re

out walking? Delivery

people required. Phone

The Courier 308 7664.

ARE you struggling to make

ends meet? Need extra

money? Why not sell your

unwanted items in The

Courier! Everything helps.

FOR advice on advertising

call The Courier 308 7664.

Kittens ready fortheir forever

homes in 2weeks –

Barn cats available now

Food donationswould

be greatly appreciated

Please note: We will not accept

animals droppedatdoor.

Please phone 308 4432

Tues -Sat 9:30-noonor027 332 9286

Kindly sponsored by

Ph 3084432




9MARCH 2020




Areyou committed to continuing

your leadership growth?

Do youcareabout our districtand want to

make adifference?

Apply forthe $10,000 Leader’s Scholarship.

Forapplication and eligibilitycriteria go to



Expressions of interest -building removal

The Ashburton District Council invites expressions of interest from

interested parties forthe purchase and removaloftheformer

Ashburton Information Centrebuilding.

The building is situated on the East Streetgreen immediately

north of the chess boardinthe town centre.

All queriesare to be directedto:

Expressionsofinterestclose at 4pm, Monday9March 2020.

Hamish Riach

Chief Executive Officer

AshburtonDistrict Council

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