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Retailer moves on after 40 years

By ToniWilliams

After 40 years in retail Tots To

Teens owner Annette Fyfe has sold

her business.

It’s abittersweet moment.

It’s the right time for Annette to

leave, but for awoman who lovesher

job, considers her staff (Philippa

(Phil) McGregor, Maree Allan and

Belinda Cawte) as great friends and

enjoys being a member of the

Ashburton Arcade business community,

it also brings a certain


‘‘I still love the shop, the lovely

customers and the staff. They are

more like friends, than staff, Ilook

forward to continuing our friendships,’’

she said.

Annette bought the business in

February1980 aftervisiting the shop,

which was originally called Tiny Tots

and sat on the corner of East and

Burnett streets.

It was a small shop which sold

clothing for children aged up to five

year olds.

Annette, astay­at­home­mum at

the time, loved it so much on visiting

she mentioned to owner, Belle

Lowe, if she ever wanted to sell to let

her know. And she did, straight


It was perfect timing for Annette

as her children, aged five and six,

were at school.

She had time onher hands and

energy to grow the business.

By the time building owner Bede

Annette Fyfe is bowing out after 40 years in retail.

O’Malley was looking toexpand his

pharmacy into the Tiny Tots site,

Annette, with agrowing business on

her hands, was also keen for bigger


‘‘It was perfect, Iwanted abigger


She moved into the arcade premises

and in later years extended the

shop removing the wall of the

neighbouring premises.

Over time there have been other

changes; from extending the clothing

age from tots to teenagers, increased

footwear range and access to some

exclusivelabels such as NatureBaby,

Merino Kids, and Little Flock of

Horrors (LFOH), Hello Stranger

and Eve’s Sister, Bobux and other

quality labels.

Then around 10 years ago, the

introduction of the school uniform


Annette says with the school

uniforms and footwear she wanted

to make sure parentsgot agood deal

on quality products that would last.

When it comes to the fashion

clothing and footwear, selecting the

fashions six months in advance and

seeing the samples is one of

Annette’s favourite tasks, which she

does with manager Phil.

Annette says all three staff will

continue in their roles post­sale

which she was very happy about as

their experience has allowed her to

work part­time at the shop for the

past few years.

Time has sped by and Annette

feels ‘‘very luckytohave enjoyed that

time somuch’’and is seeing the next

generation ofcustomers coming in

to buy clothing.

‘‘The children who were clothedin

the early days, are now coming back

into the shop as adults to dress their

own children.’’

As well as the parents who are

now grandparents, which she loves


While she has been reluctant to

sell, Annette, 68, says it was time for

her to pull back.

The business was on the market

for just two weeks before it was

snapped up.

It’s been surreal how fast it has

happened but Annette is excited for

her future and that of the company.

She feels very proud to be handing

over asuccessful business which, in

new hands, will have a chance to

expand and grow further with an

online presence.

She also gets to spend more time

with husband Ian, family and friends

and, continue with another passion,

as a line­dancing teacher teaching

two evening classes aweek.



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Married for 60 years

By Mick Jensen

John French reckons couples struggle to

reach six years of marriage these days, so

he’s rather proudofthe fact that he and wife

Bev havenotched up an impressive 60 years.

The Tinwald couple celebrated their

diamond wedding anniversary onFebruary


John, who is 82, and Bev (nee Rogers),

who is ayear younger, were married atSt

Peter’s, Timaru onaSaturday.

After the weddingceremonythey went on

aroad tripnorth,borrowing the Austin A40

of John’s brother Jim.

Arriving on the coast south ofKaikoura,

the newlyweds jumped out of the car to

enjoy the view and felt aviolent shaking of

the car. It was asizeable earthquake and

further along the route abig boulder had

come to rest on the road.

‘‘If we hadn’t have stopped,wecould have

been under the boulder, and it would have

been the end of the marriage before ithad

even begun,’’ said John.

The Frenchs returned to start life as a

married couple in Ashburton.

A family quickly followed, with four

children, three girls and boy, born to the

couplebeforeeither had reachedthe age of


Today the couple have 11grandchildren

and six great grandchildren aswell.

John was amechanic by trade and worked

with trucks and cars. He drove his first

Bev and John French have been

married for 60 years.

traction engine at the age of 12 and has

alwayshad alove of machinery. He enjoyed

stints atBurnetts, CE Bailey Ltd, Gluyas

and Mid Canterbury Transport.

An accident in the pit at Mead Motors

during awarrant of fitness check left him

with abroken pelvis and other injuries.

He also lost his sense of smell and was

forced togive up his profession.

Along association with the Ashburton

Railway Preservation Society and Tinwald

Domain Board earned John acommunity

service award in2005.

He is still the farming convener for the

Plains Museum and helps co­ordinate

annual pea and potato selling fundraisers.

The Frenchs on their wedding day.


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Bev was born and brought upinTimaru

and was abagpipe player inTimaru Ladies

Pipe Band in her teens. She was ahead

sewer and overlocker at Tekau in her home


For over 20 years she has volunteeredher

time to play the piano at local rest homes.

‘‘We’ve had our ups and downs over the

years, and a few arguments. But, there’s

been no fighting and we’ve stuck together

through it all,’’ said Bev.

The Frenchs celebrated their 60 years of

marriage with family atafunction atthe

Devon Tavern.

Two days laterthey enjoyedafternoontea

with friends and family at the Ashburton

Club and MSA.

Council signals 4.88% rate rise

By Linda Clarke

The rising price ofrubbish disposal,

declining numbers of adult

swimmers and the quest to find

an alternative water supply for

Methven generated plenty of

discussion among AshburtonDistrict

Councillors as they ploughed

through budget documents for

their 2020­2021 annual plan this


Ratepayers are facing an

increase of 4.88 per cent on last

year, which is just less than the 5

per cent forecast in the long term

plan. The plan isindraft form at

the moment and councillors signalled

their support or otherwise

for proposed spending at aworkshop


The cost ofoperating Ashburton’s

solid waste collection will

rise by about $250,000 for the

year beginning in July but is the

result of a2.5 per cent increase in

the volume ofrubbish going to

landfill and a 2.3 per cent

increase in the cost of taking that

rubbish there.

EA Networks Centre staff say

adult swim numbers are down by

3000 and they are losing gym

members; they wanted their

charges tostay the same.

New charges for the coming

year will see the price of aswim

rise from$6.70 to $7 for an adult;

learn to swim lessons will notrise.

Casualgym users will still pay $16

atime, but gym concession cards

rise from $144 to $147. Casual

stadium uers will pay $5, upfrom


Centre managerSteve Prescott

said predicted that user numbers

would drop again if charges rose

and itwas already unaffordable

for some. The centre’s honeymoon

period was clearly over.

Mayor Neil Brown said the

sports centre was abusiness and

neededtoadjust the othersideof

its ledger and staff said energy

savings might be possible.

Cr Angus McKay said adult

swim pricescouldstay thesameif

savings were found elsewhere.

Keeping charges the same would

trim $75,000 off the centre’s

income, though raising charges

couldput peopleoff usingitatall.

Cr McKay was against spending

money to drill for groundwater

at Methven, an exercise

that could cost up to $240,000

and not find any water.

Assets manager Andrew Guthrie

said an alternative water

supply for Methven was needed

because in high rainfall events its

water source became turbid and

did not meet new drinking water

standards imposed after the 2016

Havelock North water contamination

incident. Seven boil water

notices had been issued onthe

supply in the past three years.

Groundwatercould be abridging

or emergency source in those

rainfall events.

He said an alternative was to

spend$4.5 milliononanewwater

treatment plant for the scheme.

Councillors said spending

money drilling for groundwater

was a gamble they would take,

especially with a new national

water regulator looking at local

body compliance.

They were united on an

increase in money for rural libraries

at Rakaia, Methven and Mt

Somers, and suggested $15,000

for the facilities, rather than the

$8500 set down.

Councillors supported a

request to fund an extension to

the Rakaia Medical Centre. The

medical centre runs out of a

council­owned building that is

too small and the trust that runs

it has asked for a $950,000

extension that would double its


The trust pays rent, which

would cover interest payments

and some principal repayments if

council borrowed$1million to do

the work.

Some councillors were

unhappy about the economic

return, but Cr Rodger Letham

said there was an element of

public good about the project.

The town had built up the

medical centre after losing its

only doctor years ago.

The annual plan will be adopted

by council in April.


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Museum boss leaving

By Mick Jensen

Ashburton Museum director Dr

Tanya Robinson is departing

after four years in the role.

The former Hawkes Bay native

is moving to Australia to join her

husband, who has an increasing

workload in the country.

She finishes tomorrow.

Dr Robinson started at the

museum ayear after the new art

gallery and heritage centre building

on West Street opened.

She said she had enjoyed the

challenges of her job and would

miss her ‘‘amazing’’ staff and

dedicated team of volunteers.

With her team, she had been

able to achieve anumber of key

goals that included raising the

profile of the museum both

locally and nationally, and the

presentation of innovative programmes

and exhibitions.

Dr Robinson said the attendance

at the museum had grown

hugely over the last four years,

exceeding key performance

indicators for visitor numbers and

quadrupling the number of programmes

it ran.

The museum had one of the

biggest collections of photographs

in the South Island, with

over six million, and some 20,000


She said there was a big

responsibility to manage the collection

on behalf of owners and

the ratepayers and although there

was still work to be done on

inventory, good progress had

been made.

Departing Ashburton Museum director Dr Tanya Robinson.

There were around 1000

research requests a year, which

also kept staff busy.

Dr Robinson said there had

been many exhibition highlights

for her in the past 48months.

The New Faces, News Lives

exhibition had been one of her

first big projects and had been a

great way to engage with the


Other favourites included the

recent Topp Twins display and

Sounds Like Us, which featured a

snapshot of New Zealand radio

history and saw the public create

hundreds of their own craftradios.

Ashburton Feels Like Home,

and Snap, a glass plate photo

negative exhibition featuring historic

localfaces, had both received

very positive feedback.

Dr Robinson said adding the

Murney Family Room to the

museum’s exhibition space had

been avery positive step forward,

and that space continued tobea

real asset.

The museum’s Adventurers

Club was very popular with families

and children and was agreat

way to connect with the community.

Dr Robinson said she was

passionate about how museums

connected with the community

and was sad to be leaving her

thriving and strong team.

‘‘I do intend to keep akeen eye

on the progress of the museum

and its exhibitions from Australia.’’

Huts very busy since

new booking system

There’s been a big increase in the

number of trampers staying at popular

Woolshed Creek and Pinnacles huts

since the two huts were added tothe

Department of Conservation’s (DOC)

online booking system last October.

The huts are located on the Mt

Somers Track, a26km long walk aimed

at intermediate to advancedwalkersand


Both serviced huts, the 26­bed Woolshed

Creek Hut and the 19­bed Pinnacles

Hut, are manned by hut wardens

over the summer months.

The walkway is popular with families

and offers options for day trips, single

overnight trips, and two­night experiences.

The online booking system has led to

more people enjoying this unique location

as they have the certainty abed will

be waiting for them at the end of their

hike, said DOC senior ranger Murray


Walkerswereable to pace themselves

and did not need to rush to be the first

to the hut.

Trails were also becoming less

overcrowded as people forward­plan

The Woolshed Creek Hut on the Mt

Somers Track.

their trips based onbed availability.

‘‘The huts received an astonishing

173% increase in bookings for November,

when compared to visitor numbers

for November 2018.

‘‘Woolshed Creek Hutwas nearly fully

booked for every Saturday until Christmas

and Pinnacles Hut was also busy,’’

he said.

Some 729 people stayed inboth huts

in January, compared to 420 people for

the same month in2019. More than 670

of the January visitors were New

Zealanders, and 474 were adults.

Controlled fire exercise

Controlled fire experiments will be

conducted by Scion fire scientists and

Fire and Emergency New Zealand in the

first half of March.

They will take place in the Double

Hill Run Road area of the Rakaia

Gorge and are being carried out to

provide data on fire behaviour and

smoke dispersion for the purpose of

developing fire behaviour tools for


Fire crews will be on site atall times

and there will be ahelicopter on standby.

The testing will be done over four or

five days between March 1­15 and is

dependent onweather conditions.








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ECan proposes

9.8% rate rise

Mid Canterbury ratepayers

are being encouraged

to have their say on

an Environment Canterbury

annual plan that

shows an increase of 9.8

per cent in total rates

revenue, though not

everyone’s rates will rise

as it is made up of targeted

and general rates.

A$5million rural property

in the Ashburton

district faces a $121

annual increase while a

$330,000 urban property

is about the same.

The bulk of the proposed

rates increase is for

freshwater management,

reserves to maintain and

build flood protection and

improved public transport


Councillors adopted

the draft annual plan last

week and it is now available

for community feedback.

Chairwoman Jenny

Hughey said “We welcome

all feedback on that

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plan. But what is really

exciting the new council is

(what comes) next.

“We are asking ourselves,

and the community,

where can wereally

build on what the previous

council has done,

and accelerate the activity.

“At our first strategy

session key themes, such

as climate change and

how Canterbury responds

to it –like being

resilient to increased

frequency of natural

hazard events; pushing a

bolder, faster planting

and regeneration programme

across the

region; investing in a

sustainable public transport

system; and

increasing the visibility

of our work to the community,

all came


The draft annual plan

will be available for

community feedback

until March 25.


Hard­working JP sworn in

Ashburton’s Alison Driscoll

was sworn in as aJustice of the

Peace (JP) at aspecial sitting of

the Ashburton District Court

this week.

Mrs Driscoll was required to

take an oath of allegiance and

office before Judge Joanna

Maze welcomed her to the

ranks of judicial officers.

Ashburton JPs president Ian

Moore then handed over her

badge of office.

Judge Maze said the work of

JPs often went under the radar.

‘‘It is my pleasure to be able

to be the first to congratulate

you and thank you on behalf of

the community for giving even

more of your time to serve the

community. And service it is ...

we do tend to take the work

that our justices do for


JPs in the community are

called on to witness signatures

and administer official documents.

Mrs Driscoll grew up in the

Ashburton district and was a

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Ashburton Justice of the Peace (JP) president Ian Moore with Ashburton District Court

Judge Joanna Maze and new JP Alison Driscoll.

She married John about 40

years ago and they worked

together farming and ran the

Bernina Sewing Centre in Ashburton.

The couple have four

children and eight grandchildren.

At the beginning of 2009,

Mrs Driscoll began her current

role as electorate agent to

former Rangitata MP Jo

Goodhew and now Andrew

Falloon. She meets and assists a

wide range of people in the


She sees her role as aJPas

an extension of the community

service she has enjoyed as a

member of the Rotary Club of

Ashburton and as chair for two

Cancer Society Relays for Life.

Tinwald Garden Club rounds up

members for 60th birthday event

Tinwald Garden Clubis

celebrating60years and is

inviting all current and past

members to come together to

mark the milestone.


Ashburton on March 26 and it

will include speeches,toasts and

the cutting of abirthday cake.

The gardenclub held its first

meeting on March 24, 1960.

Current clubtreasurer Alison

Scammell said seven club

members, including herself and

president Pam Tait,had followed

their mothersormothers­in­laws

in joiningthe club.

The club was big on

camaraderie and and brought

like­mindedwomen together

monthly to focus on gardens and


Members heard from guest

speakers, wentontwo annualbus

trips and also enjoyedregular

plant sales.

The focus was less on

decorativefloralart and more on

house plants and cut flowers

these days, she said.

Tinwald Garden Club

president Pam Tait said club

membership currently stoodat46

and had remained steadyover


Members were mainly older

women and monthlymeetings

tookplaceonthe fourth

Thursday of the monthat2pm in

the Hakatere Presbyterian

Church in Tinwald.

Mrs Tait saiditwas hoped that

the club’s longest serving member

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Local news at www.starnews.co.nz Ashburton's The Courier, Thursday February 27, 2020, Page 5

Kittens find happy foster home

Lisa Bird, the Volunteering Mid &

South Canterbury and Hotel Ashburton

Volunteer of the Month,

describes her volunteering as the

coolest job ever.

She is akitten foster parent and

encourages others to do it too.

Lisa says she couldn’t do it without

the support of her husband because

the kittens take over the house.

Fostering doesn’t mean Lisa has to

be with them constantly, they are at

home while she is at work.

But as akitten foster parent Lisa

feeds, loves, socialises, cuddles and

cleans up after them and describes it

as aabsolute pleasure and so much


For 18 months now Lisa has

fostered kittens for the SPCA and

during that time she has had about 55

balls of energetic and mischievous

fun come and live in her house. The

most she has had at one time is six

kittens from two different litters.

She loves cats and responded

when the SPCA put out acall for

foster parents.

She had two cats getting older and

adog at the time, but says having

another animal is not a barrier to

being afoster parent in fact, it can be

helpful in socialising the kitten you

are fostering.

It’s hard for Lisa to send the

kittens to the adoption unit at the

local SPCA and she might shed a

tear, but knowing happy and healthy

kittens are off to be loved by anew

family makes it alittle easier.

Lisa knows the kittens don’t mind

who they are with if they are being

looked after and loved, as unlike

dogs, cats and kittens show no


She and her husband are about to

break the rule they agreed on of not

keeping one of the kittens, as Polly is

going to have a permanent home

with them.

Foster parents are called on when

needed, sometimes the stream of

foster kittens is constant but as a

volunteer foster parent you can have

holidays when you need them.

Lisa does sometimes take her

foster kittens on vacation. This is

good for the kittens as they get to

socialise with more people and

sometimes dogs, making rehoming


Depending on the needs the kittens

are with her up to five weeks.

As afoster parent Lisa says she is

so well supported by the amazing

team of volunteers and staff at the

SPCA in Ashburton.

The SPCA provide the food, kitty

litter and pay for vet visits. Foster

parents do take the kittens to the vet.

The SPCA relies on donations and

volunteers. They have their street

appeal coming up on March 6and

need volunteers for that.

They need donations to keep the

services operating and they need

more great volunteers like Lisa to be

foster parents.

Volunteering Mid & South

Canterbury appreciates all the wonderful

volunteers in our community.

We are always on the lookout for

nominations. Nomination forms are

available by contacting Volunteering

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Behind the scenes team keep

things running at the hospital

By Mick Jensen

An in­house maintenance teammonitors,

repairsand maintains ahidden world of

plant rooms, pipesand wiringtoensure

thingsrun smoothly behind thescenes at

Ashburton Hospital.

Hiddentunnels, workshopsand seven

plant rooms arehome to thesmall team

thatincludes afitter, electrician,

carpenter and tradeassistant.

The team, ledbyMethven­raised site

maintenancemanagerDan Wilson,also

includes agardener, administratorand

otherswho are broughtonboard to work


Mr Wilson,who started at thehospital

as an apprenticefitter 16 years ago,says a

typicalworking weekcouldfeature

anything between 50 and100 jobs, both

above and below ground.

‘‘It’sour role to fix and maintain things,

and we tackle the workload basedon

priorities and level of importance.

‘‘There can be challenges,but at the end

of the day,the hospital is relianton

systemsand equipmentbeingupand

running, so thatitcan function.’’

Mr Wilson said computer software

helped scheduletesting and checks, and

alsotomonitor things.

Staff in Ashburton, and also in

Christchurch, received automatic alerts

for more seriousplantand equipment

failures,and staff here were on call 24/7.

Overthe coming monthsthe hospital


new project thatwill replace the current

coalfired boiler with anew groundsource


The current bigboiler was

manufacturedin1960 andthe smaller one

in 1985.

Togetherthey producearound2400

tonnesofcarbon dioxide ayear.

The heatingupgradewillreplace steam

Ashburton Hospital site maintenance manager Dan Wilson and Ashburton Health

Services manager Bernice Marra take awalk along one of the maintenance tunnels

below the hospital.

withahot water system and will reduce the



‘‘The heatingupgrade will takeheat out

of thegroundwater and useittoheat

water circulating aroundthe hospital


‘‘Itwillwork in asimilar waytoa

domestic heat pumpthattransfers heat

energy fromthe outside airtoinside your

house,whereas ournew systemwill

transfer heat energy fromgroundsource

water,’’said Mr Wilson.

The new heat pumpsystemwould be

located in anew building behind the

currentlaboratories anditwas hoped to

haveitupand runningbythe endof2021.

Water flow testing on a30m bore was

recently ticked off and further testing

would follow, said Mr Wilson.

Currently the hospital’ssteel pipes

carry steam at approximately 170 degrees

around the hospital. Thesteam then

heats the water to about80degrees for

heatingand domestic hot waterfor all


The new heat pumps will be ableto

producewater to 80 degrees and mostof

the existingsteam pipeswill be usedto

disperse it around the hospital.

The upgrade will be more efficient and

less heatwill be lost to the atmosphere.

As aby­product of heating, the heat

pump can alsoproduce chilled waterand

the Canterbury District Health Board is

keen to tap into it for summer cooling.

Tinwald pool to close for another season

The Tinwald public swimming pool will close

on March 1,following another summer that

included closed days because of alack of


The outdoor pool comes under recreation

facilities controlled by the Ashburton District

Council’s EA Networks Centre and it

has been a struggle to find and train

lifeguards to the required standard.

Council service delivery group manager

Neil McCann saidthe lifeguard shortage was

also a problem in late summer when

university students employed over the holiday

break went back to school.

He said council’s priority was to staff the

EA Networks Centre pool first, so that

meant the Tinwald pool was closed. Notices

were put on social media to avoid people

heading to Tinwald only to find the gate


‘‘We try every year to be in a better

position, but we find ourselves here again,’’

Mr McCann told councillors recently.

Cr Lynette Lovett said she was among

those who had made atrip to the pool with

grandchildren, only to be disappointed when

they found it closed.

EA Networks Centre assistant manager

Richard Wood said the outdoor pool was

usually closed uptosix days every February

because of the lifeguard shortage.

He said the centre had been a hive of

activity over the past six weeks with holiday

programmes and learn to swim classes.

Few spaces remained in learn to swim

classes that started in late January, while the

holiday programme catered for up to 60

children aday.

Mr McCann said the latest figures for

learn to swim classes were being gathered for

a future report to councillors, when they

would consider extending the learners’ pool.

‘‘Figures had dropped slightly last year and

we need the last few months to get the whole


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it ourselves by environmental degradation.

“Asteroids are athreat over centuries

to millennia. We know from craters on

the Earth that the Earth gets hit about

three times per million years by a1km

sized asteroid.”

Such an impact would cause global

effects by throwing up dust into the

atmosphere and dimming the sun for

several years, causing crop failures and

food shortages, as well as devastation at

the point of impact.

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objects, or space rocks and minor

planets inside the orbit of Mars, were

known to researchers.

Mr Gilmore and Ms Kilmartin followed

up on objects discovered by

research programmes in Arizona and

Hawaii so distances and future orbits

could be estimated more accurately.

Just one “potentially hazardous asteroid”,

more than 140 metres across, was

likely to pass within twenty times the

moon's distance from Earth over the

next decade.

Asteroid 99942, otherwise known as

Apophis, is 370 metres across and is

expected to pass within 28,000km of

Earth on April 14, 2029, New Zealand


“The people who do all the very

detailed calculations know that it won't

be aproblem for at least 200 years,” Mr

Gilmore said.

A number of solutions were being

explored by researchers to combat

future risks, but anuclear strike, used in

science fiction such as in the 1998 movie

Armageddon, was not considered a

viable option, he said.

Options included gravity trackers,

space mirrors to focus the sun's rays on

the asteroid, firing aweighty object into

an asteroid to see if it changed its path

slightly and painting the asteroid black.

“With these larger objects you

wouldn't just get several days notice, but

years or even decades.

“None of these ideas are ready to go,

but they're all being discussed and


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The Ashburton District Council is working

with new consultants on abusiness casefor

asecond bridge over the AshburtonRiver.

Council had been working withHolmes

Consulting for at least six months on the

business case,but has now engaged

Stantec,acompany that says it designs with

communities in mind.

Council officers and Stantec staff willbe

meeting withthe NZ TransportAgency

this month for aworkshop to progressthe

business case for the bridge.

The second urban bridge, at Chalmers

Avenue, is estimated to cost $30 million

and could reduce State HighwayOne peak

time traffic by 40 percent.

Roading manager Brian Fauthtold

district councillorsrecently that Stantec

was more experienced preparing business

casesfor the transport agencyundernew

social wellbeingpolicy.

He said adetailed business casewas

needed so council could jump relevant

hurdlestomeet funding criteria.

Government gave $94,000 from its

Provincial Growth Fund to supportthe

business case.

Council will pay20per cent of the cost

of the bridge, but the balanceofthe

fundingisnot clear.

Service delivery group manager Neil

McCann said councilwas aguinea pig in a

new process, but NZTAwas acommitted

partner,which was good news.

Cr John Falloon was not optimistic

aboutthe speed of progress. ‘‘I don’t think

Iwill see asecond bridgeinmylifetime.’’

Council chief executive Hamish Riach

said NZTA was keen on the project as it

wouldrelievecongestion on the highway.

Subject to apositive business case, the

agency wouldsubsidise 51 per cent of the

bridge cost; council could applytothe PGF

for the balance.

‘‘Andtherefore abusiness case is

essential to ascertain whether the needis

thereand whether we can raise the balance

of the funding.

‘‘We are doing this workonbehalfofthe


Council is still waiting to hear from

NZTA about when and where

Government­funded traffic lights will be

installed on the Tinwald highway.


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RDR backs outdoor centre

The companythat managesmostofthe

Ashburton district’sirrigation water has

given $10,000 thisyear to thePeelForest

Outdoor Centre to fund life­changing

outdoor educationprogrammes.

NineAshburton Collegestudents have

justreturnedfromthe firstofthe sevenday

programmes sponsored by the

Rangitata Diversion Race (RDR)


RDR chief executiveTony McCormick

saidthe company had agreed to give

$10,000 ayearfor threeyears to help fund

the transformational work. He said the

programmes were mini versionsofthe

well­knownOutwardBound courses.

The PeelForest Outdoor Centre is

callingits courseThe Journey, andit

included two days of preparation at Peel

Forest, followed by three daystramping in

Arthur’s Passand two days rafting on the

Waimakariri River.

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and13, were selectedbythe school.

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andquietnaturesand all reportedbeing

outside their comfortzonesand abit

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‘‘They all came back totallyelated,

totallychallenged and everysingle one

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new skillsand shared experiencesonthe


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Mr Cresswellsaid the schoolwas

gratefultothe RDRcompany for funding

the learning adventureand would jump at

the chance to send morestudents next


Maternity home exhibition

Methven museum has seen

asurge inpeople through

the door tosee the Methven

Historical Society’s latest

exhibit, Methven

Maternity Home 1922 to


It runs until the end of


Many people have fond

memories of the home

where woman went to give

birth and got time to

recuperate and bond with

their newborn.

Museum volunteer

Andrew Oram was born at

the hospital on July 15,


He was the fourth child

born to his parents the late­

Edith and John Oram who

were sheep and cropping

farmers. Only three of the

four children were born at

the maternity home.

Mr Oram said his mum,

amidwife prior to getting

married, got two weeks rest

and recuperation after the


Women were often confined

to bed after birth for

14 days.

Among the exhibit

piecesisequipment used by

the medical staff, a bed,

clothing, bassinets as well

as photographs and

information boards which

tell the story of the Methven

community’s rally to

get their town a medical

facility to prevent having to

travel to Ashburton on

unformed roads.

Before the facility

opened Methven had a

doctor and two private

nursing homes.

Andrew Oram at the maternity home exhibition.

But in 1920 theyhad one

nursing home stalwart

leave the area to get married.

Methven residents

formed acommittee,led by

Mr JCarr, and spent the

next three years arguing

their case to get ahospital

facility for the town.

The Ashburton Hospital

Board purchased land and

built amaternity home on

an acre of land.

It included nurses quarters,

dining room, one

double room and two single

wards, a13foot by 16

foot labour room(for deliveries),

a sterilizing room

fully­equipped for the time

with sterilizing equipment

costing 261 pounds 10 shillings,

patients’ bedroom

and offices, kitchen, scullery,

maid’s room and fuel


It was designed to

accommodate about 50

patients a year. In its

opening year, between its

opening onJuly 22, 1922

and the end of July 1923

there were 87cases admitted;73maternity

cases and

14 surgical and medical.

While each ward had its

own fireplace,the building

was lit by electric light,

generated by a Petter

engine which had storage

capacity for 48 hours of


The brick building, built

by Mr CMaynard, had hot

and cold water.

It cost 3,333 pounds to


Husbands only were

permitted Monday toSaturday

inclusive from 7pm

to 8pm.

By 1927 Methven residents


make the maternity hospital

ageneral hospital.

It was unsuccessful as it

was deemed it wouldbean

unfair burden onthe ratepayers

of the district.

Staffing issues and a

falling number of

maternity cases caused the

temporary closure of the

maternity hospital over

several decades until it

finally closed in1968.


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Family Notices




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Defib given to Ealing Hall

By Toni Williams


CLINTON: Gordon and

Annette(nee Hitchins) married

20th February 1960 at St

Andrew’s Church, Ashburton.


BLAIR,William Lewis (Bill) on

February 20, 2020 at Terrace

View Retirement Village,

Ashburton. Passed away

peacefully with his family by

his side,aged 87 years. Dearly

loved husband of the late

Mabel Estelle. Dearly loved

father and father in law of

Lewis and Sue, Averial and

Ray, the late Brenda, Bruce

and Oyuna, Philip and Sherril,

Owen and Cheryl and the

late Kevin. Very special dad

of Rhonda, and Tina. Much

loved grandfather and pop of

all his grandchildren and great

grandchildren. Messages to

the Blair family c/- POBox

472, Ashburton 7740. Special

thanks to Terrace View Rest

Home and all the staff, and

Dr Penny Holdaway. Your

support has been greatly

appreciated. In lieu of flowers

donations to the Ashburton

St John would be appreciated

and maybeleftattheservice.

A Service to celebrate Bill’s

life will be held at Our

Chapel, cnr East and Cox

Streets, Ashburton on Friday

February 28, commencing at

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MOLLOY, Barrie John: Much

loved son of Barry and Judy,

big brother to Anna and

Bridgitte. Taken too soon at

Warnambool Hospital,Victoria

on 12 February. Afuneral has

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medical emergency.

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dairy farms and adairy support farm

all purchased and developed by

founding partners John Buchanan

and Rob Cameron.

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In total the farms cover 1500

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employing around 27 full­time team


The farms are lessthan akilometre

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Mr Roberts said an near deathonfarm

accident around two years ago

brought home just how vulnerable

rural living could be especially when

an accident, or event, happened.

‘‘We had to have agood hardlook

at ourselves. One of the learnings we

took was how vulnerable we are when

that happens.

‘‘Most people go into panic mode

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The group took thoselearnings on

board and put systems in place ‘‘to

keep our people as safeaswecan and

not just taking a chance like we

were,’’ Mr Roberts said.

He said staffdoanannual first aid

training session but would look to

make the next one ­inMarch ­a

community defibrillator training day

so people knew how to use the


The St Johndefibrillator, which sits

in alock box at Ealing Hall, can be

used by anyone for amedical emergency.

A phone call to emergency

services through the 111 number will

give the lock box access code.

Poppy makers needed

People who can knit or

crochet are being sought

to help make poppies and

stars for anationalfundraiser,

The Poppy Flight.

The project will see a

mural in two designs

created out of the knitted

and crocheted items; a

giant poppy will be made

in red and black and a

giant star made out of

pink and white knitted


Some ofthe individual

poppies and stars will be

sold to raise funds for

three national causes ­the

Returned Service

Association (RSA), The

Starship Foundation and

the New Zealand Warbirds

Association, who are

organising the flights.

Ashburton’s Dellwyn

Dellwyn Moylan

Moylan was keen tosupport

the cause which runs

until April 25.

Miss Moylan said she

needed people who could

knit or crochet poppies

and stars.

She has aroundadozen

peoplewho had offered to

help, but was keen for

World Day of

Prayer service

Aservice to recognise the

World Day of Prayer will

be heldatAshburton Baptist

Church (cornerofCass

and Havelock streets) on

Friday March 6at10am.

The service, called

‘‘Rise! Take Your Mat

And Walk’’, has been preparedbythe

World Dayof

Prayer Committee, Zimbabwe.

Offerings will be used to

support Dabane Trust,

Bulawayo, Matabeleland,

Zimbabwe, Bible Society

of Zimbabwe, and the

Interchurch Council for

Hospital Chaplaincy in

New Zealand.

New art show

Ashburton Society of Arts

Early Spring Show

opened on Sunday and

features a selection of

works by local artists.

The guest artist is Christine



The patterns are supplied

and there is acrochet


Donations of wool

would also be appreciated.

Anyone able to help can

contact Miss Moylan at

Community House Mid


The exhibition can be

viewed on Mondays and

Wednesdays when the

signs are out and on

weekends from 11amuntil

4pm. The Summer Show

runs until March 22.

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Busy months ahead for

Safe Communities groups

Ashburton’s umbrella of Safe Communities groups has

a busy six months ahead, with plans for a crime

awareness campaign and the promotion of more falls

prevention messages.

Co­ordinator Lesley Symington said the development

of mini safety community plans for Methven and

Rakaia was also on the cards, along with research into

the need for increased services for family harm in the


Safe Communities Ashburton is acollaboration of

27 government and community groups sharing skills,

knowledge, resources, ideas and information to make

Mid Canterbury asafer place in which to live.

‘‘You would think we are safe in this lovely little

community but we have some data that tells us there

are some issues where we are above the national trend.

‘‘We have quite ahigh rate of falls in elderly people,

leading to people going to hospital and dying. There

are road crashes...and theft and burglary doubled in

the last year for the district.

Safe Communities Ashburton is also researching the

need for acommunity van to run atransport service

into rural areas.

The group works closely with Safer Mid Canterbury,

which has 23 other programmes under its umbrella.

Both organisations reported their activities to the

Ashburton District Council recently as part of their

funding obligations.

Safer Mid Canterbury’s two major projects for the

short­term future are Lives Worth Living suicide

prevention programme and the Refugee Resettlement


Council provided $210,000 last year and will be

asked to up that slightly for the coming year. The

organisation employs 20 staff across its programmes

and its balance sheet shows it just breaks even.

Safer Mid Canterbury has been operating in the

district for 25 years.

Other programmes for the future involve farm bike

safety and a‘‘fix it’’ service for home issues.

Hip­hop crew dances for residents

Ages Alive Ashvegas hiphop

crew have started a

new initiative visiting

retirement villages and

care facilities around the

district and hosting workshop

type classes in front

of the residents.

It’s social, energetic


They started their first

session visiting Rosebank

Village and Retirement

residents last week.

And plan to visit one

retirement facility a

month with bookings for

the next three months

already in place.

The hip­hop group,

which has around a

dozen female members,

is led by choreographer

Jessie Thomson.

They have been

together for at least

three years meeting

every week at Balmoral

Hall in Ashburton for

hip­hop sessions.

They also perform at

Ages Alive Ashvegas members, under the guidance of choreographer

Jessie Thomson, show age is no barrier to having fun, and keeping the body

moving is good for the soul.

various events and occasions

when asked.

However this year they

have decided to show

people, many their age

and older, that age is no

barrier to having fun, and

keeping the body moving

is good for the soul.

Most of their movements

can be done by

anyone, ofany age, and

upper body movements

can be done sitting down,

if needed.

The group started off

with a warm­up stretch

session and then got into

their hip­hop routine

showing each move in

stages, before adding

music for a complete

body workout ­ with


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New water meters at Mt Somers

Water meters are being installed on the Mt Somers

community drinking water scheme.

The scheme was under emergency management

earlier this summer and water was tankered into the


An alternative bore nearthe scheme’s gallery source

was then used until water levels returned at the intake.

Ashburton District Council assets manager Andrew

Guthrie said the water issues at Mt Somers this

summer were caused by a combination of the

prevailing weather, aspike in demand on the scheme

and some competition with the stockwater intake at

Stony Creek. ‘‘It all influences the water take.’’

Alevel five water conservation notice was issued for

ashort time on the scheme; it has been eased to alevel

four hosing ban since the supply intake has recovered.

As aresult of the supply issues, aproject to install

smart water meters on all connections in Mt Somers

has started.

Meters are also planned for Hinds and Dromore

community water supplies.

Water restrictions remain in place for Methven and

Chertsey which is on alevel three restriction, while

Ashburton, Lake Hood, Fairton, Hakatere, Hinds,

Mayfield, and Rakaia are on alevel one restriction.

Information about protozoal compliance (the cause

of boil water notices) on Methven, Mt Somers,

Methven Springfield and Montalto water supplies will

be presented to councillors at aworkshop on March


Enforcement action soon

over unregistered dogs

Enforcementaction over unregistered

dogs in the Ashburton district is about to


Council staffhave spent six months

updatingadatabasewhich contains 6301

registered dogs, about 91 per cent of the

number of dogs it believes are in the


Twelve dogs were impounded in

January,one dog rehomed and seven

letterssent to the owners of barking dogs.

Two property inspections were made.

There were also threereports of

wandering stock in January,

environmentalmonitoringmanager Rick

Catchpowle told councillors in an activity


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Positive Ageing Expo

5March 2020 Hotel Ashburton 10am -3pm

Balance overlooked

Balance is an aspect of fitness that is often

overlooked, even by many active and motivated

adults. The New Zealand Ministry of Health,

however, recommends that older adults undertake

balance exercises three times each week.

According to Sport Canterbury Strength and

Balance Lead Rebecca Logan, “Improving balance

helps us keep independent and living stronger for


Falling, Logan adds, is not part of the aging

process and can be avoided. One of the best ways

to help prevent falls is to add exercises into your

physical activity regime that include balance as

well as core and leg strengthening routines.

Including these types of activities will help improve

your reaction, so if you do become off balance,

your increased ability to react swiftly and correct

yourself will reduce the chance of afall occurring.

Having increased muscle mass will also help

support your bones and joints so that if afall does

occur, you are more likely to walk away without a

significant injury.

Sport Canterbury’s Live Stronger for Longer

project is part of anationwide initiative supporting

older adults to live independently and injury-free,

in their own homes, by reducing their risk of falling.

This is acollective, whole system approach, to

falls prevention, encompassing in home support,

pharmacy, and community strength and balance


Kate Conner is aregular attendee at Evolve, an

approved strength and balance class in Ashburton.

“The EVOLVE class has definitely improved my

strength and balance. The way Matt explains each

exercise and the purpose of the exercise, itfeels

like it’s our own personal training session. If Ididn’t

attend the classes, Iwould certainly feel very stiff

in ashort period of time.”

One of the goals of the Live Stronger for Longer

project is to ensure that every person in New

Zealand, aged 65 years and over, can attend a

strength and balance class within their community.

There are currently 15 approved strength and

balance classes running weekly within the Mid-

Canterbury region. Each of these classes has met

nine clinical criteria, established by atechnical

advisory group, toensure they are effective in

reducing falls risk.

Classes for



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Visit the Sport Mid Canterbury stand for information on keeping active

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Be safe in your home

Photo courtesy of ACCLive Stronger for Longer

Youdon’t have to wrap yourself in cotton

wool to reduce your risk of afall, but you

can make your home safer with afew


The Live Stronger for Longer website (www.

livestronger.org.nz) has aHome Safety

Checklist available both online and as a

paper copy, which you can use to check

areas in your home such as rugs, lighting,

the bathroom, bedrooms, the kitchen, living

room, stairs, outside and your personal


The Home Safety Checklist gives ideas on

how to fix identified issues/hazards and

includes aTo-do list, so you can make anote

of what needs attending to.

Copies of the Home Safety Checklist will

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Cenotaph move floated

Ashburton District Councillor Rodger Letham has

floated the ideaofmoving the cenotaphwar

memorial from Baring Square West to Baring Square


The cenotaph, unveiled in 1928 andbearingthe

namesof432 MidCanterbury people who lost their

lives in defenceofthe country, is under wraps at the

moment while specialist workers remove lichen, moss

and other bugsfrom the 14m sandstone monument.

The first phase of the work is expected to be complete

in time for Anzac Daycelebrations.

More work will be doneonthe bluestoneand

marble in the future, Ashburton District councillors

were informedinanactivity briefing recently.

‘‘Can Ifloat the idea that when we get our newcivic

centre and library, is there any possibility of shifting

the cenotaph over there? It would be abeautiful

environment for an Anzac service without State


Council’s service delivery groupmanager Neil

McCann said relocating the cenotaph could be a

possibility, but the cost might be prohibitive.

Council will soon build anew administration

building and library next to BaringSquare East.

Christchurch specialists Stoneface Ltd are doing

the restoration workand the monument is being deep

cleaned and sprayed so it won’t further degrade.

Up to six staffare working on the monument,

which is shrouded in aprotective white barrierwhile

the job is underway.

Gates up to combat thieves

New security gateshave been

fitted at the backdoor of the

Ashburton Salvation Army

Family Store to stopthieves.

The solid gates were fitted last

weekand were funded by the


Overthe years opportunists

havestolendonateditems on a

number of occasions from the

backdoor lobby area.

The investmentinthe new

gates would now putastop to

that, saidfamily store manager

Maria McDonald.

She said despite signs stating

thatCCTV cameras were in

operation, thieveshad hot footed

it with armfuls of donated items

overthe years.

Thefts wereusuallycarriedout

under the cover of darknessand


Mrs McDonald saidanyone

withdonationsshould dropthem

off in­storeduring the opening

hours of 9.30am until 4.30pm

Ashburton Salvation Army Family Store manager Maria McDonald

and the new gates.

Monday to Friday and on

Saturday from 9am until 1pm.

Four largeclothingbins were

stilllocated at the back door, but

the in­storedrop off option was


She said security company

TalbotSecuritywould lock the

new gates between 6pm and 7pm

on weekdays and security

cameras wouldcontinueto


Young athletes tackle triathlon

Some 180 primary aged

athletes from around the

district enjoyed the challenge of

the Mid Canterbury Primary

Schools Sports Association

Triathlon at Hampstead School

last week.

Now in its 11th year, the

triathlon is aimed at students in

Years 5­8 and offers ataste of


Children swam 50m of the

school pool, biked two laps

(around 3km) of amarked road

course, and finished with a

final 1.5km run around the

school grounds.

Seniors raced first and were

followed by juniors.

Race director Claudine

Campbell, who is an assistant

principal at Hampstead

School, said the turnout had

been very good this year, with

numbers up on previous years.

The triathlon had been held

in good conditions, although

the water in the Hampstead

School pool was arefreshing

start to races for athletes.

Pupils taking part this year

came from 14 schools, with

each school supplying


Photos: top, St Joseph’s

School pupil Jake Parsons

digs deep on the bike leg,

middle, Ashburton

Intermediate School pupil

Travis Amos goes through the

bike transition, before heading

off on the final run leg, bottom,

swimmers test the cool waters

of the Hampstead School pool

ahead of the Year 7/8 triathlon


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Fire volunteers host heart kids

Ten families associated with Heart

Kids Canterbury were treated to a

day at the Plains Museum and VIP

treatment in the Ashburton Fire

Museum on Sunday.

It was a first time visit to the

complex for most of the families

and provided them with the opportunity

to enjoy train and fire engine

rides and to wander around the


Everything was laid on for free

and facilitated by Ashburton Fire

Museum volunteer Carl Petersen,

who is part of the Heart Angel


Among those enjoying the day

was the Lyons family from Christchurch,

including two­year­old

James Lyons who had surgery for a

heart condition at six months.

Geraldine student Max Roger

will race in the 18km event.


James, other Heart Kids, and

their siblings had fun trying on

firemen uniforms and helmets in

the impressive, expanded Ashburton

Fire Museum.

James receives regular check­ups

to monitor his heart condition.

His mother, Sam Lyons, said

James was lined up to have avalve

replacement between the age of 10

and 14 and had annual ultrasounds.

Aspecialist from Starship Hospital

flew down annually to Christchurch

to assess James and other

Heart Kids.

Her son’s heart had adefect that

affected normal blood flow through

it, she said.

Heart Kids Canterbury supports

550 families between Ashburton

and Kaikoura.

New timing system for ride

The tracks are looking good and

running fast for the annual

Geraldine Multi Challenge event

on March 15.

The challenge event offers

mountain bike, run and walk

options to people of all abilities.

Event options include mountain

bike races over 52km, 32km and

18km distances, and run and walk

events over 21km, 13.8km and

5.8km. Ebikes are welcome in

18km and 32km races.

Race director Kevin Johnston

says all tracks are being constantly

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Ashburton Fire Museum volunteer Carl Petersen with the Lyons

family from Christchurch, Carmen, 9, mother Sam and James, 2.

monitored to keep them in tip top

order. New competitor race

numbers this year will make timing

and results more professional and


‘‘Each number will have a

computerised number strip

attached to the reverse side and this

will be scanned as competitors

cross the finish line. With the help

of the South Canterbury Mountain

Bike Club, who have the scanner

and results programme, we should

be able to supply results as

competitors finish the race.’’

He said arace practice ride at

9.30am on March 8was an

opportunity for anyone to test the

course and could help athletes

decide the category they wanted to

enter. The test ride opportunity was


Event organisers are hoping for

race entries of more than 400 and

have prize money on offer.

South Canterbury businesses are

supporting the event and proceeds

go to local charities and causes.

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New booze store

signage agreed

Agreement hasbeen

reached on promotional

signs forRakaia’s

controversial new liquor


Community groups last

yearopposed the

establishment of anew

Thirsty Liquor bottle store

for the township but

approval was givenaftera

hearing beforethe

Ashburton District

Licensing Committee.


conditions around

promotional signs, including

thatthe street windows have

one­way film so that no­one

can see intothe premises

and thatmonthly specials

are advertised on an

outward facing A4 sized

sheetofpaper.Anopen sign

on the footpathisallowed.

Further discussion was to

take place on exterior signs

and the overalloutside

appearance of the store.

Ashburton District

Council environmental

monitoringmanager Rick

Catchpowle said agreement

had beenreached on the

conditions setdowninthe


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Leaky library

Aleak in the roofofthe Ashburton Public

Library resulted in 150 books being

thrown outbecause of water damage.

Heavy rain on the evening of February 4

led to abuild­up in internal guttering and

aleakinone of the flat roof areas in the

adult library; luckily staff were on hand

and wereable to movemost of the

affected books to safety.

Sir Graeme to speak

ANZCO founder and Methven

residentSir Graeme Harrison will be the

keynote speaker on day one of the Sister

Citiesconference beinghosted in

Ashburton at the end of April.Sir

Graeme will speakabout success through

internationalrelationships. The

conference is beingheld at the Ashburton

Trust Event CentreonApril 30, May 1

and 2. The last daywill include tours and

activities around the Ashburton district.

Speedy consent

Ashburton District Council staffare

taking an average of 10 daystoprocess

building consents, half the target

processing time. Staff issued 34 consents

in January and carried out 113 inspections

for the month; the 34 consents related to

workworth $8.2 million. The value of

building consentwork for the seven

months to January is $72.6m (compared

to $66.1m for the same period the

previous year).

New donga plan

Work on athird option to protect the

Ashton Beach donga and improve the

safety of motorcyclists whouse the area is

under way. The Ashburton District

Councilconsulted on twooptions earlier

this month, both included fencingoff

partsofthe donga. Forty­one people

respondedtothe initial consultation and

12 people met with council staff to look

overthe site. Athird optioncame out of

the feedback and areport willgoto

councillors on arecommended option.

Portaloos for tourists

Tourists stopping for atoilet break at

Rakaia will have to use portaloos while

the public toilet block is replaced later

this year. Contractorswill deconstruct the

existing toilet block in March and then

rebuild a10­panfacility as partofwork to

enhance the areaaround the town’s

iconic giant salmon. Government’s

tourism infrastructure fund has provided

almost $740,000 to install the new toilets

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Vintage plough donated

Methven A&P working bee

Ninety two year old Murray Ford

learned to use a horse plough,

pulled by three or four horses, on

his parents farm at Brookside back

in 1945.

He left school in 1944, found the

plough and was keen to use it.

Initially he walked behind it, but

after he got ‘‘sick of walking’’ he

put aseat on it.

The plough was so aged, there

was no noticeable colour on it at

the time.

It was on his parents property

but hardly used until Murray took

up the mantle.

He didn’t know how old it was

but it had been on his family farm

for many years and said 75 years

ago it was rusty then.

‘‘I didn’t want it going to the

scrap heap,’’ he said.

So now, many years later, he has

given it to the Mid Canterbury

Vintage Machinery Club who were

‘‘glad to get it’’.

They in turn entrusted it to

Ashburton Powder Coating’s Max

Cawte for restoration.

‘‘I’m happy it’s been preserved.

There’s not many of these things

left,’’ Mr Ford said.

‘‘I’m happy that it’s here, the

scrap heap was the other option.’’

Mr Cawte, who volunteered his

time to restore the piece, took a

week to get it back up to scratch.

He said it was in pretty bad

condition to start and needed two

lots of sandblasting, grease

removed, then oiled up and powder

coated in blue and red colours.

‘‘I’m pleased to be doing it for

them,’’ he said, referring to club


He joked the biggest issue was

which colours to use on the vintage


The red colour was actually

found on the wheels once the

grease build up had been removed.

Club president John Stewart said

it was agenerous donation to the


‘‘It’s too easy for people to sent

these things to the scrap yard now.’’

It was due to be mounted on a

concrete pad at the front of the

building at the Ashburton A&P

Showgrounds, facing Seafield


He said having it sit out the front

of the club rooms distinguishes

Pictured from left Ashburton Powder Coating's Max Cawte, Murray

Ford and Mid Canterbury Vintage Machinery Club president John

Stewart with the vintage horse plough donation.

what the club was about and where

it was to people passing­by.

Members agreed it was pretty

good to have such an old plough,

but to also know the man who

owned it was even better.

Mr Ford, who lives at Dromore,

is aregular at the club’s Tuesday

morning gatherings and has not

missed aploughing competition in

the district since the club started

more than 35 years ago.

He did enter aploughing competition

once, but as he was only a

starter he never did it again.

The plough was one of two Mr

Ford had in his possession.

The other he has given to

Clydesdale plougher John Booth.

It’s not the only thing in Mr

Ford’s possession that he has donated

for prosperity.

He has also given ahorse gig to

Leeston Museum.

Mental wellbeing is part of health and safety

Rural womenElle Perriam and Harriet

Bremner are on amission to change the

thinking of rural communitiesaround farm

healthand safety, and mental health and


They will appeartogethernext month, at

RollestonCollegeonMarch 2.

Elle, founder of Will To Live Foundation,

and Harriet,achildren’s author and safety

campaigner, have bothlivedthrough grief at

the loss of theirpartners; Elle’s to suicide

and Harriet’s to afarm accident.

The Two Rural Heroinesevent is being

presented by the RollestonLions Club and

will raise moneyfor the Will To Live

Foundationand Use Your Voice.

Elle, 22, has been travelling the country

on the Speak Up Tour.

Speaking to rural communitiesintheir

local pubs, she has started aripple effect,

encouraging people to speak up about their


“Ruralmen are notorious for being

staunch about their feelings. We have had

Rural advocates Elle Perriam and

Harriet Bremner will speak at a

fundraiser in Rolleston next month.

shepherdscome up to us to thankusfor

starting the conversation. Thatjust makes

the wholethingworth it,” she said.

Members of the Methven A&P show

committee were out in force last week

sorting out the showgrounds in preparation

for their upcoming A&P show.

The show on March 21, is abig day

on the Methven calendar and the

working bee was one of many organised

by the committee in readiness for

the show.

Among those to help out were

(pictured from left) Ben McIntosh,

Harriet, 31, is now fulfilling her lifelong

dream of writingchildren’s books using her

belovedsausage dog,Poppy.

“It concernsmethat we havethis ‘she’ll

be right’ and ‘it’llnever happen to me’

attitude in rural NZ. The thing is that it can

happen to anyone,even the most

experienced operators,” she said.

Harrietand Elle believe that it’stime to

start opendiscussions addressing mental

health and on farmhealth and safety.

They have seenfirst­hand how attitudes

towardsthese importantaspectsoflife are

often put aside and conversations are

avoidedparticularly by those in the rural


Hoping to influencefarmers to put

themselves and their peoplefirst, to have

open conversationsand to think safely, the

duo believe it will save lives.

The event,with auction, runs from

7.30pm to 9.30pm and tickets,which cost

$16, can be purchased througheventbrite.




John Dargue, Mark Lock, show president

Adam Glass (rear) and Hamish

Monk. The men, and others available

to help, were sorting out sheep gates

and moving them from the home

industries pavilion out on to the


The pavilion has also had afacelift

with awall inside removed to open up

the space, allowing for additional

tables and amore open flow.

Pea weevil flushed out

Commercial and home

gardeners in the Wairarapa

can again grow pea

plants and use pea straw as

garden bedding material

following the successful

eradication of noxious

pest, pea weevil.

The Government programme

to wipe out pea

weevil from Wairarapa

was a world first and its

successful eradication was

announced by Biosecurity

Minister Damien O’Connor.

It means the nearly fouryear

ban on pea plants and

pea straw has been lifted.

Mr O’Connor said after

two complete seasons of

no new finds, Biosecurity

New Zealand is confident

that there are no pea

weevils remaining in

Wairarapa, and so New


“To our knowledge, this

is the first time a pea

weevil population has been

successfully eradicated

anywhere in the world.

This just goes to show what

can be achieved when

Government, industry and

communities work


“It also shows that

eradications can be

achieved. This Government

is committed to

attempting eradications

wherever possible. In this

situation we had a good

shot at it because the

destructive little insectwas

detected early and in a

region with mountain ranges

providing some natural


“But more importantly –

we had an outstanding

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level of awareness and

support within the community

for our approach to

ban the growing of pea

plants and pea straw. In

doing this we removed the

pea weevil’s only food

source, which caused the

population to die out. It

was straightforward and

effective,” Mr O’Connor


Biosecurity New Zealand

has been working with

Wairarapa farmers since

March 2016 to contain pea

weevil that threatened to put

amajor dent in the country’s

$130 million pea industry.

Anetwork of trap crops

was set up to flush out the

pest so it could be destroyed

before it completed its life


Its last detection was in

late 2017.

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Farmers, contractors urged

to use Spreadmark standard

New Zealand Groundspread

Fertilisers Association

president John Schultz.

Farmers and contractors are urged

to look to Spreadmark to help

mitigate environmental risk when

spreading fertiliser and other


The call, from the New Zealand

Groundspread Fertilisers Association

(NZGFA), comes as members

from across the organisation’sseven

regional branches reported a

downturn in farmer confidence was

causing some farmers tohold off

buying fertiliser ­until they figure

out how best to tackletheir environmental


NZGFA president John Schultz

says groundspreaders accredited to

the Spreadmark scheme can help

farmers navigate those environmental

regulations when it comes

to applying fertiliser and other


‘‘Farmers are not alone in this.

Spreadmark spreaders have been

mitigating environmental risk for

nearly 25 years, since the standard

was developed,’’ he said.

Spreadmark, New Zealand’s fertiliser

and nutrient spreading standard,

is internationally recognised by

JAS­ANZ (the Joint Accreditation

System of Australia and New


Its purpose is to ensure that

Business owners

fertiliser is accurately placed in

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Chief scientist appointed

Overseer has appointed Dr Jacquie

Harper as its first chief scientist as it

invests in improving OverseerFM software

for farmers and growers.

Overseer chief executive Dr Caroline

Read said the appointment of achief

scientist reflects Overseer’s commitment

to transparent and scientifically

robust development ofthe tool.

“We want to work across the science

sector to ensure credibility of the

science behind OverseerFM and to

support ongoing capture of new science

innovation into the software.

“It is important that we strike the

right balance between ensuring scientific

rigour and incorporating new innovation

to support New Zealand farmers

to achieve the environmental outcomes

asked ofthem.”

Dr Harper is leading Overseer’s

science strategy and will be focused on

embedding a robust, evidence­based

science framework that integrates agricultural

and environment science and

innovation into OverseerFM’s model

development pipeline.

She will also strengthen engagement

with science and industry so Overseer

can ensure itremains the best modelling

tool for New Zealand’s primary


Dr Harper brings extensive expertise

in science strategy, evaluation and

translation to the role. She has led

Dr Jacquie Harper

science and science evaluation across a

range of disciplines, including biomedicine,

chemistry and engineering and

is a current member of the National

Animal Ethics Advisory Committee.

“The science in this area is rapidly

evolving and we need to ensure the

continuous improvement of the OverseerFM

tool is supported by atransparent

and scientifically rigorous process

for translating science into practice,”

says Dr Harper.

Water storage vital

The New Zealand government

needs to focus on

water infrastructure to

protect it from climate

change headwinds and

vulnerability, says Irrigation

New Zealand chief

executive officer Elizabeth


“If New Zealand wants

to continue to prosper,

and if we want tofortify

ourselves against climate

change headwinds ­ it is

imperative we invest in

water infrastructure,’’ Ms

Soal said.

“We need a sensible,

bipartisan water strategy,

guided byaWater Commission

­and we need it


Her comment came late

last year after the Government

finance minister

Grant Robertson announced

$12 billion oninfrastructure

projects; $8billion

for specific capital

projects and $4 billion to

be added to the multi­year

capital allowance.

Among the projects was

$6.8 billion for new transport

projects, with asignificant

portion for roads

and rail, $400 million oneoff

increase to schools’

capital funding, $300 million

for regional investment

opportunities, $300

million for District Health

Board asset renewal and

$200 million for public

estate decarbonisation.

“The new investment is

forecast to increase the

size of the economy by a

further $10 billion over

five years, with further

positive impacts onGDP

beyond that period,” Mr

Elizabeth Soal

Robertson said, at the

time of the announcement.

With debt low and borrowing

costs at record

lows, the conditions are

right for the Government

to invest to future­proof

New Zealand.

While the irrigation

body supported the investment

to ensure New Zealand

was future­ready,

they were concerned there

was not asufficient focus

on water infrastructure.

“There is acritical type

of infrastructure left off

the spending priority list,’’

Ms Soal said.

“We only need to look

at our neighbours in Australia

to see how vulnerable

acountry can become

without aplan for water.

“More and more frequently,

we are seeing the

effects of major weather

events and climate variations

on river flows inour

own backyard, which

affect water availability,

groundwater recharge,

and soil moisture patterns.

The impacts of these are

felt in both rural and

urban communities. We

are already seeing this

now with extreme rainfall

in some parts of the country,while

other areas,such

as Northland are close to

major drought conditions.

“The significant flood

of the Rangitata River in

South Canterbury...has

demonstrated this clearly.

‘‘The Mayor of the Timaru

District has said that

the event shows just how

‘resilient we aren’t.’

“To be truly resilient,

we need tothink not only

about how our current

infrastructure responds to

these major events, but we

need to think about how

we can manage water better

in the first place to

minimise and prevent

negative effects on lives,

property, and the environment.

“There is currently an

increased public focus on

water quality, protecting

highly productive land

(including land that has

access to water for productive


improving ecosystems and

indigenous biodiversity,

and supporting the cultural

health of our waterways.

‘‘This can be supported

by preparing for, and

managing, flood and

drought events through

investment in strategic

water infrastructure.

‘‘Let’s talk about water

infrastructure now, before

the scars of climate

change get too deep.’’

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Farmer confidence up

Farmers are feeling slightly more positive than they

were six months ago but very few believe general

economic conditions will improve in the year ahead,

according to the Federated Farmers Mid­Season Farm

Confidence Survey.

It was completed last month by nearly 1,500 farmers.

Federated Farmers economics and commerce

spokesperson Andrew Hoggard said higher commodity

prices were boosting farm incomes and there was a

slight rise in profitability expectations over the next 12

months. However, concern about regulation and

compliance costs is unabated since our July survey.

Of the farmers who responded to the survey,

conducted by Research First, just on 46 percent of

them expected economic conditions to worsen over the

next 12 months.

That’s afive percentage point decrease on the July

survey finding and the first positive change in forwardlooking

expectations since that benchmark peaked in

July 2017.

However, there was no change in the very small

proportion of farmers who expected conditions to

improve (4 percent).

Just over 46 percent expected no change in

economic conditions (up five percentage points).

‘‘That negative sentiment, albeit slightly improved, is

consistent with the findings of other recent business

confidence surveys,’’ Mr Hoggard said.

Dairy farmers are the least pessimistic about

economic conditions ahead but are still in negative

territory, while arable farmers are the most pessimistic.

Compared to July last year, the proportion of

farmers expecting their profitability to improve is up

three points to 24 percent, and those expecting it to

worsen is down four points to 21 percent.

‘‘There’s abit of buoyancy over sustained strong

commodity prices generally and there’s anoticeable

9­point increase in the number of farmers who expect

to reduce their debt over the next 12 months ­nodoubt

in part due to the squeeze coming from banks,’’

The survey showed arable farmers had the highest

proportion making aloss and the lowest proportion

making aprofit.

These cropping farmers were by far the most

pessimistic about profitability for the rest of 2020.

Arable farmers are most optimistic about

increasing production in 2020.

Somewhat perversely, arable farmers were the most

optimistic about increasing production in 2020 (34

percent expect to increase production and 56 percent

to maintain it ­a2.4­point net rise) while dairy farmers

were more pessimistic (19.5 percent anticipate increasing

production, 65.5 percent expect to maintain it ­a

15.6 point drop on the July 2019 net score).

The January survey showed regulation and compliance

costs, especially in the environmental space

which will likely impact farm production and the cost

of doing business, remains the single greatest concern

for farmers. Just over 20 percent of respondents

selected it as their No.1 concern.

Climate change policy and the ETS came in as the

second greatest concern (17 percent) and in third place

was anew worry ­freshwater policy (11 percent).

‘‘Everyone in the agricultural sector is wondering

where the government is going to go with its final

decisions on standards for protecting waterways.

‘‘We’ve voiced our concerns loud and strong that if

the initial impractical proposals floated last year are

not tempered with a more targeted and practical

approach, pastoral farming will become uneconomic in

some area,’’ Mr Hoggard said.

Awards open for groundspreaders

Nominations are open for the

second annual 2020 New Zealand

Groundspread Fertilisers Association

(NZGFA) Awards.

It is the only awards scheme

specifically for the ground spreading

industry and aims to celebrate

excellence in the industry as well as

raise the profile and understanding

of what is involved in the ground

spreading profession.

The awards, with nominations

closing on April 17, fall into four

categories ­the President’s Award,

the Innovation Award, the Health

and Safety Award, and the Young

Achievers Award.

NZGFA president John Schultz

said ‘‘agriculture and food production

starts with pasture and

crop growth, and it’s our job to

ensure that growth­enhancing

nutrients are applied accurately

and evenly to intended areas only.

‘‘This is askilled task for which

ground spread operators undergo

significant training.’’

The standard means customers

can gain peace of mind their

environmental responsibilities

around nutrient spreading will continued.

Nomination forms, award

criteria and terms and conditions

are available at www.nzgfa.co.nz/

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be invited to attend the NZGFAs

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Ashburton College

Individual Excellence in aSupportive Learning Environment


Issue 4

27 February 2020

DeputyPrincipal’s Message


Welcome to the beginning of the 2020 new year

and especially to all staff, students and families

who have joined Ashburton College at the start

of this year.

Nineteen new teaching staff, one Learning

Support Assistant, one Cleaning staff member, a

new Canteen Manager and Careers Co-ordinator

joined us, along with 301 new students enrolled

–265 of theseintoYear 9.

The beginning of the new school year is always eventful and can

sometimes appear alittle chaotic. However, many staff and students

have willingly given their time over the last five weeks toensure the

year getsawaytoasmooth and organised start. Iwould like to thank all

those whoassistedinany way.

College Uniform

Thank you also to parents and caregivers for ensuring that, on arrival

for Term One, your sons and daughters met the College’s uniform

and appearance expectations. It is great tosee the students back

reconnecting with friends and staff, with energy and enthusiasm after

the holidaybreak.

Leadership Roles

Congratulations to all students who have been appointed tothe wide

range of leadership roles for 2020. Tomake them more visible and

acknowledge their role, coloured braids around the blazer are part of

their recognition. Head and Deputy students have red braid around

their blazers.Acombination of redand bluestripes on theblazer sleeve

indicatesamemberofthe StudentExecutive team; andplain red, blue,

green or orange represent the respective Co-captains ofthe College


Reporting on Progress

An importantpartofthe new school year is also to reflect on last year’s

achievements and see howweasaCollege did andhow we can improve

this year.Towork asateam with parents and caregivers, parents need

information from school so they can supporttheir child at home.

We will continue this year with one fullwritten report to all students

– Years 11,12and 13 at thebeginning of Term Three; and Years 9and 10

at the end ofTerm Four. Tocomplement this report, staff will continue

with aslightly different variation onthe fortnightly report now called

‘Progress Reports’. They will stillreflecthow well students areworking

towards our College Values of‘Achieve Quality’and‘Have Respect’. These

willbepublishedtwo to threetimesaterm via the Parent Portal.


An issue that can slow and sometimes stop success is ATTENDANCE.

Evidence indicates that astudent isatrisk of not achieving if their

attendance inthe classroom is less than 85%. There are thirty school

days left this term, forty seven inTerm Two, forty eight inTerm Three,

and thirteen to sixteen days in Term Four. That isatotal of138 days

left for senior students to be in the classroom learning before NCEA

examinations start!

Maximising Time

The message for students is to maximise their time in the classroom

from Day 1,Term One –as06November 2020, the first day ofNCEA

examinations will be here formany, sooner than they want.

Helen Shore-Taylor

DeputyPrincipal •Tumuaki Tuarua



AshColl’s DanceShowcase

•All styles of Dance –fromBallet to Hip Hop

•Class groups,Culturalgroups, Solo performances

Performancenight: Thursday 19 March, 7:00pm,


Tickets: $3.00

Availablefromthe College Office,fromMonday02March2020.



Sarahhas been avalued teacher of Social Sciences sinceJanuary2017, and

will be missed by her students and the staff but is,however,wished well as

she upliftedher maternityleave entitlement, effectivefromyesterday.


Transition DepartmentNews

Liaison Visits

Various tertiary institutions and community groups visit the College

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

information with students about courses and programmestheyoffer.

Year 12 students are welcome to attend also, but need to register 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 Canterbury University

29 April (Term2) Lincoln University

06 May Victoria University

Advance Notice ofUpcoming Events (further information available

closer to thetime)

Dunedin TertiaryOpenDay –Monday04May

This is an opportunity for Year 13 students who are thinking ofattending

Otago University or Otago Polytechnic next year, tohave alook at the

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

returningat9:00pm.The bus cost is $40.

NZ Careers Expo:07-09May,Christchurch

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

awide varietyoftertiaryand career providers all togetherinthe oneplace.

Phoenix Magazine 2019


An update forthose who

have ordered and paid forthe

Phoenix Magazine.

This time, the magazine covers

Term Four of 2018 and all of 2019.

From here forwarditwillcoverthe

full year and be delivered/available

for collection byfamilies inTerm

One of the followingyear.

The current magazine will be

available bythe end of this term,

Term One, and families advised

accordingly re collection or


Further orders could be takencurrently-$25 percopy

To order: Please contactthe CollegeOffice-308 4193,

or info@ashcoll.school.nz

AshburtonCollege Mathematics and

English ScholarshipsAwarded

These are scholarships which students apply for towards the end of their

Year 13 year, with recipients confirmed by their respective Faculties once

NCEA results are known. In both cases the award isnot required to be

made annually should an applicant not reach the high standard required


MathematicsScholarship Recipient:

Leanne Walsh

This too is awarded to a 2019 student

of Ashburton College continuing into

tertiaryinstitution and,for this scholarship,

pursuing a course of study with a

significant Mathematics component.

It is awarded to the strongest eligible

mathematician, based on Year 13 work and

NCEA examination results,

Leanne,thisyear,isstudying aBachelor of

Engineering (Hons) degreeatUniversityof


English Scholarship Recipient:

Jemma Donnelly

This is awarded to a2019studentofAshburton

College continuing into atertiary institution

andpursuing acourse of study which includes

at least one English paper. Itisawarded to the

strongest eligible studentofEnglish, based on

Year 13 work and examination results.

The applicant must have had a good

attendance record in their English classes, a

strong work ethic, and have demonstrated a

passion forthe subject.

Jemma, this year,isstudying aBachelor of Arts

degreeatOtago University.


Orientation Morning: Displays offer

Exciting Opportunities forStudents

Held on Wednesday 19 February animpressive forty-eight displays

were showcased onthe Chessboard, where students (pictured below)

were able to view, talk withthe organisers and sign-up to be involved

in areasofinterest to them.

Activities cover sporting, cultural and recreational activities across, to

name some - Badminton, Student Librarians, eSports, Golf Croquet,

Ashburton District Youth Council, Phoenix Rising and Phoenix

Chorus, Science Club, TeenAg, Cadets, Mountain Biking, Astronomy,

Production-Showquest, Air Pistol Shooting, Smallbore Rifle Shooting,

Astronomy, Science Club, Futsal andanother thirty options.

Thereare literally activitiesavailable forall at Collegeand all interests,and

we encourage students to become involved.

(Pictured left):

Students viewing the

Cadet Unitdisplay.

(Pictured below):

Connor Mackenzie


advertisingthe Science

Cluband showing

someofwhatcan be


Providing these opportunitiesfor Collegestudents arecountless volunteers

and College staff. Sports Co-ordinator Darion Gray istobe thanked for the

work which she puts in to ensuring the morning happens and thatthere is

such awide varietyofoptions available.

College’s ThreePillars of Excellence

These are Exceptional Learning, Exemplary Citizenship, and Exciting

Opportunities. Becoming involved invarious activities is part of students

growing ineach of these areas.

TheAshColl Way

Started in2018 and fully promoted in 2019 the College’s ‘Expected

Behaviours Matrix’ and AshColl Waylogo waslaunched.

Thelogosymbolicallyrepresents the threeCollege Values of:

• Pride -Manawa Whakahi

• Quality - AkoPai

• Respect - Whakaute

• Aswell as the College Resurgamus graphic.

One of the key goals for the AshColl Way isto

acknowledge the good work that the majority

of our students commit to everyday.


that acknowledge consistent effort, not just

academically but across arange of areas; and

behaviours thatcontributetowards the growth

and development of our students and staff

around social skills and expectations,and doing

whatisbest forall members of the College and

the wider community.

Mihi Pai

Continued acknowledgement and embedding College’s expected

positive behaviours is measured by the acknowledgement system of

Mihi Pai.

Prize draws in assemblies happen throughout the year, concluding

with awards in the prize-givings for the student with the most Mihi Pai

collectedfor the year.

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Ashburton College

Individual Excellence in aSupportive Learning Environment


Issue 4

27 February 2020


Meet OurStudentExecutiveCommitteeMembers

Introduced in a previous newsletter was our fifteen member Student

Executive Committee. Aside from our four Head Students, the Board of

Trustees Student Representative and the Secretary and Treasurer the

remaining members areeachaHead of aStudent Committee.

We nowintroducethesepeople and theirCommittee Members below.

Their various responsibilities and events will beoutlined throughout

the forthcomingyear.

Ambassador Committee

(Pictured above, back row, left to right): Tia McCallum, Ellie Lawn,

Easterlin Faamausili.

(Front row, left to right): Gemma Taylor, Jonty Small (Convenor),

Matthew Hopkins,Hannah Kuipers.

Ball Committee

Cultural Committee

(Pictured above, left to right): Shrina Afu, Annana Rai, Ila Cabalse,

Ocean Waitokia (Convenor).Zoila Suyat, ManaroTahapehi, Mahina Pongia.

Sports/Recreation Committee

Cricket: Year 10 Boys’Team Successful Run

Ended by St Bede’s College

Advancing further through the New Zealand Cricket Junior Boy’s

Knockout competition than anyprevious College team, Ashburtonwas

well-beatenbyStBede’s on Wednesday, lastweek, in Christchurch. The

regional semi-finals exposed the team to adegree of competition that

fewyoung cricketers experience.

Team Members:

Lachie Jemmett (Captain), Nicolas Stringer, Seb McMillan, Tom Rosevear,

Sam Orr, Hamish O’Reilly, Mitchell Leath, Jack Middleton, Oliver Hobbs,

Fletcher Hobbs and Logan Johnson travelled to Redwood Park on afoggy

morning to faceoffagainst ateamthathad,inthe previous round,bowled

out St Andrew’s College for93runs.

Knowing that they faced an uphill battle, Lachie elected totake tothe

field afterwinning the toss.The foggy morning had leftthe outfield damp,

although drying quickly,meaning thatthe St Bede’s toporder wouldhavea

harder time scoring runs.

St Bede’s openers built asteady partnership, scoring 65 runs off the first

fifteen overs before TomRosevear made the breakthrough thatAshburton

had been waiting for, throwing down the wickets from cover torun out

St Bede’s Harry Cory for27.

St Bede’s would fall three overs laterfor 44, leaving them on 77 for2after 18

overs,and twofresh batsmen at the crease. SebMcMillan secured awicket

off St Bede’s fortwo runs,caughtinthe slips.Thisbroughtout Charlie Croy

to bat, who scored astunning 52 off 60 balls during his 70 minutes at the

crease. Supported byFlynn Bainbridge (28), Fraser Brown (15) and Hunter

Stewart(17n.o.), Charlie would see out the remainder of the innings and set

Ashburtonadaunting target of 204.

(Pictured above, back row, left toright): Shasha Watagedara, Emily King,

Emily Wilson, Blake Farr.

(Front row, left to right): Buddhika Ekanayake, Annabel Dolan,

Jacob Gray (Co-convenor), Lucy Moore(Co-convenor), Megan Harrison.

(Absent): Victoria Binnie.


(Pictured left, back row,lefttoright): Ian Jerao,Logan Moore,

Matt De Ocampo. (Front row): Ian Teves(Convenor). (Absent): Crystal Brown.

CommunityServices Committee

(Pictured above,back row,leftand right): Cloe Stowell,Maddie Whyte.

(Middle row,leftand right): Beatrice Bernarte,Hayley Dickson.

Front row,lefttoright): IrishBernarte, Seluvaia Ratoul (Convenor),

Mahina Edwards.

(Pictured above, back row, left toright): Sophie Watson, Cat Anderson,

Taylah Burrowes.

(Front row, left to right): Ben Middleton, Samantha Jerao, Jack Soal,

Kotiti Patea(Convenor).


(Pictured above,back row,lefttoright): Samuel Reilly-Sigel,

Ngakau Howell (Convenor), Lauren Taylor,Emma-Paige Dickson.

(Front row,lefttoright): TamakiNishioka, Chloe Blake,DrewPorter.

Coming Events


29 SISS Tennis Championships,Timaru


01 NZSS TSNZ Shooting Challenge –home range

CanterburyJapan Day, Christchurch

02 SISS Duathlon/Triathlon, Oamaru

03 WorldVision Youth Conference, Christchurch

03-04 Year 12 Outdoor Education trip,Peel Forest

04 Mountain Biking – Singletrack series, Halswell Quarry Park,


Year 13 Registrar of Electors,Auditorium

05 Year 11 AHA, Midland Seeds Ltd

08 Aoraki Touch Tournament, Fairlie

ASG1 Animal Handling 1, Chertsey Farm

09 Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Golf Teams event, Waitikiri Golf


11 AshColl Swimming Sports,EANetworksCentre

Mountain Biking, Singletrack series, Halswell Quarry Park,


13 Aoraki SecondarySchoolBowls Championships,Oamaru

13-15 SISS Rowing Championships,Lake Ruataniwha

14-27 Nichidai Buzan Girls’School visit

15 Aoraki SecondarySchools’ Futsal,Timaru

(Pictured above): SebMcMillan (bowler) and Hamish O’Reilly (wicket keeper)

in action.

With the ball, Ashburton’s Jack Middleton continued his form from the

first half of the season, bowling seven overs for 29runs. Logan Johnson

also stood out with the ball, taking one wicket for 8runs off his two overs.

SebMcMillan battled through his eightovers,givingup45runs but being

rewarded with alate wicket. Fletcher Hobbs also had achallenging time

with the ball, fighting for five overs, giving up 28 runs but preventing

St Bede’s from scoring acoveted 50.

Setanimposing required run rateof5.1, Nicholas Stringer (pictured below)

and Hamish O’Reilly set about building Ashburton’s innings. Nicholas set

ablistering pace inthe first two overs, matching the required run rate.Yet,

as the overs passed the pace slipped and the pressure mounted. Nicholas

lost his wicket,caughtbyStBede’s for10. Soon after, Hamish also returned

to the pavilion, caughtand bowled; SamOrr wasquickly run out forone and

Lachie Jemmett stumped on

13 (top-scoring, shared with

Mitchell Leath). Ashburton

would fight for 32.3 overs but

eventually succumbed to the

relentlessly accurate bowling.

St Bede’s made Ashburton

earn every run that they


While Ashburton’s tournament came to an end in adisappointing fashion,

the team achieved the best result in AshburtonCollege’s history,afactthat

should not soon be forgotten, said Teacher-Coach Kyle Henderson. The

players have hadachancetoexperiencecompetition at ahigher level,and

nowlook forwardtoparticipating in the topNew Zealand SecondarySchool

competition, TheGilletteCup,inthe coming years.

18 Year 13 Otago Polytech liaison visit,Auditorium

Mountain Biking –Singletrack series week 3, Halswell Quarry Park,


Aoraki SecondarySchools’Athletics,Timaru

WorldVision Conference, Christchurch

Term Dates2020

Term One - Thursday09April

Term Two Tuesday28April - Friday03July

Term Three Monday 20 July - Friday25September

Term Four Monday12October - Thursday29October(Year 13)

- Tuesday03November

(Years 11 and 12)

- Thursday 03 December (Year 10)

- Friday04December (Year 9)

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Foodbanks battle hunger

By Mick Jensen

Ashburton foodbanks run by the

Salvation Army and St Vincent de

Paul will share in funding of more

than $300,000 over the next three


The Community Trust of Mid &

South Canterbury has confirmed it

will strengthen its support for the

regions most vulnerable people

through an increase in grants to


Thetwo Ashburtonfoodbankswill

each receive $10,000 per year for

three years. Three foodbanks in

Timaru will receive the same support,

while the StAndrew’s Foodbank

in Geraldine receives $21,500

over three years and Waimate foodbank

$21,200 over the same period.

The biggest share of the annual

foodbank funding goes toTimarubased

food rescue organisation

Foodbank Canterbury, which gets

$120,000 over three years.

CommunityTrust of Mid &South

Canterbury chief executive Liz Shea

said she was thrilled to announcethe

increase in the grants provided to


Trustees agreed the initiative was

one ofthe most exciting and positive

causes the trust has ever funded.

She said hunger has been identified

as ahidden crisis inthe region

and it was a sad reality that the

number of people accessing food

relief and agencies continued to


It was also acommon misconception

that only homeless people

required food relief.

Ashburton Salvation Army foodbank volunteer (from left) Denice

Galvin with foodbank co-ordinator Judith Lilley in the store room.

The main recipients were also

individualsand families who hadlow

incomes, or were unemployed.

Ashburton Salvation Army community

ministries co­ordinator Judith

Lilley said thefundingnews was very

positive for foodbanks and would

help tokeep them better stocked.

Stocks in Ashburton were not too

bad at the moment, but the shelves

were low on noodles and basic


Mrs Lilley said food was generously

donated throughout the year,

and boosted by community food

drive Toot ForTucker in November,

but more was always needed to help

needy people.

Local news at www.starnews.co.nz

Ashburton District Council chief executive Hamish Riach

Work behind the scenes

on our new civic centre

Ashburton'snew library

andciviccentre is oneof

ourdistrict's most


projects to be

completed overthe next

twoyearsand I'm

pleased to reportthat

progress is tracking

along on schedule.

Visibly, theproject

mightlook to have

sloweddown after the

site of the former

County Council

building andsurroundingbuildings

wasclearedlastyearand although

residents might notbeseeing much

actiononsite, alot of work has been

happening on desktop.

We are nowinthe developed

designstageofthe project,which

involves crafting theplansand

solutions thatwill supportthe kind of

building that was signedoff in the

concept design stage.

Thesedevelopeddesigns are all

about how we make each component

of theconcept designs happen.This

means coming up with plansand

solutions thatwill supportathree

story building, constructed using

timber andincorporating anumber of

otherenvironmentally sustainable

andarchitecturalfeatures, suchasthe

Pioneer Hall heritage building andan

artesian wellcooling and heating


Council approved theconcept

designs in August lastyear following a

Hamish Riach


withthe community

about the size and

budgetofthe facility.

Shortly after, the

buildingsonthe site of

the new build were

demolished, andour

focus is now on turning

those concept designs


makethe new facilitya

reality. We're currently

on track forthose


completed in April.

Oncetheyare finished,the detailed

designswill be drawn up andthe

tender for construction workwillthen

go out,ready for construction to begin

in December.

In themeantime, thesiteonthe

corner of Havelock Street andBaring

Square East is beingusedtostore

equipmentfor theAshburton CBD

redevelopment, butthis willbeshifted

oncemorephysicalworkneeds to

start on thelibraryand civic centre.

The timelinefor the library and

civic centre was developedatthe very

start of the project and this is guiding

our progress as we movefromone

milestone to the next.

Witheverything going to plan,the

AshburtonDistrictshouldexpect to

haveits newlibraryand civic centreby

the endof2022.

We'll continue to provideyou with

ongoingupdates, especially around

these keydates.

Our progress tells astory, keep watching for the next chapter

By Labour list MP Jo Luxton

You may have seen that Parliament

has resumed for the year. But for all

the words spoken in the House,

much more important are actions the

Government is taking to help

improve people’s lives.

I’m proud of what we’ve achieved

together so far.

Just recently, we’ve taken action to

build and rebuild the facilities our

communities rely on to grow and

thrive. We’ve invested in roads and

railways around New Zealand, in

almost every school inthe country,

and in hospitals and other healthcare

facilities, too.

Right here in Mid Canterbury that

means we can look forward to major

upgrades to our local schools,

totalling over $3 million, as well as

much needed traffic lights in Tinwald

and WalnutAvenueand upgrades to

the boilers at Ashburton Hospital.

When we were elected, too many

people were missing out –either

without work at all, or with incomes

that weren’tkeeping pace. Since

then, we’ve increased the minimum

wage, given new parents more Paid

Parental Leave, and invested in

apprenticeships to get people better

skills, and get firms better workers.

We raised people’s incomes with

Best Start payments for when baby

comes, and the Winter Energy

Payment for people on modest

incomes. Whenfully rolledout, our

Families Package will provide

around $75 aweek to around 384,000

Kiwi families.

Now unemployment is down to

one of its lowestlevels in adecade,

and wages are rising strongly at 2.6

per cent ayear.

We’ve invested in health. This

Government has startedtofix our

neglected.Wemade going tothe

doctor cheaper for almost 600,000

New Zealanders, and we made the

biggest investment ever into New

Zealand’s mental health.

I’m especially proud of that

investment.Our newmental health

workforce will help people to meet

those challenges before they get out

of control.

Let’s see what the next chapter of

this story brings.

Delivering your vision for abetter future

We need to hear from the peopleofCanterbury aboutwhatisimportanttoyou andyour children in this beautiful region.

Our role includesfreshwater management,air quality,biodiversity and biosecurity,natural hazardresponse andresilience,

public transport,the regional parks... essentially, the environment thatweall livein. We want to know your viewsonwhere

we arespending your ratesinthe coming year,and well into the future.

To givefeedback on the draft2020/21 Annual Plan and our futuredirection go to:haveyoursay.ecan.govt.nz/betterfuture

before5pm 25 March 2020 #betterfuture

Facilitating sustainable

development in the

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Mayfield A&P Show

SaturdayMarch 14, 2020

Busy Mayfield show lined up




The Mayfield A&P Show is a

‘‘community day out’’ promising

to be bigger and better as it

celebrates its 95th annual event.

It offers afamily­friendly day out

with something for everyone.

There will be tractor pulling,

the popular pig races in a

revamped format, the Clydesdale

versus people tug of war

and an extra large pet tent where

kids can get up close to, and

touch, animals.

Special guests will include

Lynda Topp commentating apig

race and gardening writer Charlie


It’s a family day out with

something for everyone. And

everyone is invited.

This year the show is under

the leadership of Mayfield A&P

show president Rebecca Taylor

as it continues its tradition of

being a great day that has

variety and lots of different

attractions for people of any


The ‘world famous’ pig racing

will see anew format this year

with guest commentators for

each race.

There will be live entertainment

throughout the show with

Phillip Chapman returning to

perform, along with other local

talent keen to be involved and

showcase their skills.

There will also be an additional

band to play from 4pm in

the bar area once the Mayfield

Tractor Pull competition has


This year, the tractor pull,

which is run by Tractor Pull

New Zealand (TPNZ) and with

major sponsor Diesel Performance

System, has been integrated

into the main show and

there is a new site layout to

incorporate it on to the one

show site.

The tractor pull is part of a

nationwide circuit and it is the

third year the competition has

run in Mayfield. It runsover two

days starting on March 13 and

will finish during the Mayfield

A&P Show onMarch 14.

Up to 50 competitors will

compete in up to three classes in

the tractor pull: pre­1985, standard

and the ever popular modified

class, where the grunty

customised tractors are a real

crowd favourite.

Up for grabs during the tractor

pull event is a special

The Mayfield A&P show has all the trappings of atraditional A&P show and is agreat

community day out.

contractors cup, so competing

contractors can win bragging

rights over their peers.

At the show, the popular

Clydesdale versus people tug of

war will be back for asecond

year but there will also be the

popular shearing competitions

and dog trials, run by the

Mayfield Collie Club, happening

on the grounds.

As well as animal judging

(sheep and dairy goats, poultry)

with wool displays and showjumping,

to name a few, the

show features all the staplesofa

traditional A&P show, such as

the art and home industries

competitions, machinery, carnival

entertainment, craft sites

and trade tents.

There will also be arange of

family­friendly competitions

throughout the day including a

kids scavenger hunt with awesome

spot prizes.

The well­supported produce

shed will also take centre stage,

and the district’s best baker will

be crowned.

There is also craft and sewing,

photography, art, floral arrangements

and producefrom competitors’

own homes and gardens.

The younger generation will

also beinvolved, with displays

from the local schools and


And children ofall ages will

be kept busy with an inflatable

playground and bouncy castle.

Tickets for the show, on at the

Mayfield A&P Showgrounds

The world famous pig racing will again be on at the show, with

racing set to take place throughout the day in arevamped


and public domain,are available

on the day at the gate. Adult

entry is $15 and school­age

children enter for free.

Gates open from 8am with

the dog trials and horse events;

the show runs until around 5pm.

More details on the Mayfield

A&P Association Facebook


Gardening writer Charlie

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Photos supplied by Graham Shaw

AllentonRugbyclub has been afamily based club

for96years,locatedonMelrose Road.

Allentonhas excellentgroundsand facilities

available to club members.

We inviteall past, present, newmembers and families to

come along andmakethe most of our

friendly club environment.

Challenge yourself

physically and


We arelooking for anyone interested in coaching or refereeing in the 2020 season.

Under 6ripper to senior Blevel

ForJuniorgrades (6-14.5) please contactRobert Glenie 0275348788

Open grades (U16-Senior B) please contactPhillip Sutherland on 0274160587

Muster dayfor all grades will be held at the

clubrooms on SundayMarch 22nd,1pm –3:00 pm

Open grades trainings Tuesdayand Thursday6:30pm

Online registration is nowopen



JAB Registration Day –Sunday29March at Hinds Domain

Allgrades (U6 –U18)registrations from 9.30am onwards

Murray Roulston back formoregreat skill training


Coaching sessions: 10am –Under 6-7; 10.45am –Under 8-9;

11.30am –Under 10-11.5; 12.30pm –Under 13 and above.

Pre-season matches: Saturday29Februaryat1pm –Southern Colts vs Springston at Hinds

Friday13March early evening –SouthernSeniorand Senior B’svsSaracens at Hinds

Friday20March early evening –SouthernSeniorand Senior B’svPleasantPoint

at PleasantPoint

Saturday28March at 1pm –SouthernColts vs MethvenatHinds

Combined senior competition: Starts 28 March: StuartTarbottonSeniors vMethvenatHinds

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Senior B – James George 0276 433 422. Colts –RhysJohansen 0275 282 663

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Sporting clubs around MidCanterbury

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Rakaia Rugby Club

JAB Registrations will be held on

Saturday, 21st March – 1pm - 3pm

at the Rakaia Domain

Under 6 and 7 (rippa) under 8, 9, 10, 11.5, 13.5 and 14.5.

Come along, pay your sub and receive a free

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Collegiate RugbyFootball Club

Collegiate RFC would like to welcome all

previous and new players to another rugby

season and is looking forwardtothe 2020

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Marchfrom5pm at Collegiate North 11

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Online registrations forlast season players

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Muster Day



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Allnew and returning players arerequired to attend to

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Anyone interested in coaching,managing or volunteering,

please come along and speak to our committee representatives.

New members welcome!

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JAB Registration Night

“Muster Night”

Friday20th March

5pm at the Clubrooms,Keenans Rd

Open: Monday-Friday9am-5.30pm, Saturday9am-3pm

Mitre10Complex 28 MooreStreet 03 308 7086


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Residents to spoil caregivers

By Mick Jensen


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Caregivers at Coldstream Lifecare &

Village in Ashburton will have the tables

turned on them on March 3when residents

will spoil them with donuts, singing and

their own home made hand sanitisers.

The treat istorecognise the hard work

and caring nature ofthe caregivers and

also to mark International Caregivers


Some Coldstream residents have

already made up 32 bottles of hand

sanitiser, one for each caregiver.

The bottles come with hand cut outs and

personal ‘‘thank you’’ messages written by


The initiative was directed by diversional

therapist Angelica Paradero, aformer

registered nurse inthe Philippines.

She used her nursing history knowledge

and some online fact finding to come up

with the ingredients for the hand sanitisers,

which like other hygiene products

and medical supplies are in hot demand

globally at the moment because of the

coronavirus outbreak and the concerns

around it.

Mrs Paradero said the key ingredients

for the sanitisers were vodka, distilled

water and essential oils like lemon and


Vodka constituted around three quarters

of the 50ml bottles and oils could be

substituted with aloe vera, if required.

Vodka was an acknowledged natural

disinfectant and antiseptic, she said.

Mrs Paradero said two residents had

Coldstream Lifecare &Village diversional therapist Angelica Paradero (centre)

with residents Ngaire Gibbs and Mark Argyle who helped make the hand


helped her prepare the sanitisers and

another 20 would lend a hand with

doughnut making on March 3.

A further 30 residents would be

involved with singing to the caregivers,

including two soloists.

Sensory toys added to library inventory

Sensory toys havebeen added to Ashburton

Toy Library’s vast collection of play things.

Agrant fromAdvance Ashburton has

enabled the toy library to purchase 11 sensory

toys for children with developmentalneedsand

for others to enjoy.

Sensory toys are specially designed to engage

achild's attention both cognitivelyand

physically by stimulating one or more of the five


The community funding granthas also

enabled the toy library to upgradeits library

softwaresystemtoMibase NZ, which means

that over timeall 900 toys in the collection will

be photographedand posted onlinefor

members to see.

Toy library membersusually hire toysfor a

two week periodand toys comeinall shapes and

sizes. Other itemsare categorised for roleplay,

dressup, games and puzzles and themepacks.

AshburtonToy Library recently celebrated

its 25th birthday. Its rooms are at 106 Victoria

Street and it is openonThursdays and

Saturdays from 9.30am until 12.30pm.

Trying out some of the new sensory toys

are (from left) Jin Perry, 21/2, Franco

Senekal, 2, and Leon Perry, 11 months.

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Annette gets her show entries in

Annette Maw is known in Methven A&P

Show circles for, among other things, her


And this year she has entered more than a

dozen of them into the Methven A&P

Show’s home industries pavilion competition

and is hopeful for victory.

“We all want to do well,” she says, of those

who enter the annual show’s competitions.

She also has two entries in the sewing

section; all entered in the final hours for

competition entries.

Mrs Maw, who coincidentally lives on the

same rural road as another Annette Maw, is

not only known for her preserves.

She has also been one of the organisers

behind the show’s Spud in aBucket competition,

which draws more than 200 entries from

enthusiastic children.

It’s a school holiday competition for

primary school children who attend either

Methven Primary, Our Lady of the Snow or

Lauriston schools.

The children get given aGorman’s family

potato to grow and abucket prior to the

Christmas school holiday break.

The growing, nurturing and feeding is up

to them. And just to mix it up, it’s adifferent

potato variety every year.

Come show time, the buckets are returned

and up to five judges weigh them, evaluate

them and rank them.

There are prizes for best over­all potato,

heaviest, most potatoes and heaviest crop.

There are some good prizes and plenty of


Mrs Maw says there are some surprises,

and some disappointments, on the day of the

show when the results are announced.

But overall the children enjoy it.

Annette Maw (right) completes her home

industries pavilion entries for the

Methven A&P show with show secretary

Amy Russell.

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Musicians to perform

Amusical couple

walking the Te Araroa

trail will venture into

Methven on February

29 for aconcert that will

raise funds for

osteoporosis research.

Australian violinist

and singer Mickey

O’Donnell and his New

Zealand wife and

harpist Michelle Doyle

are walking the 3000km

trail and performing 20

concerts along the way.

They will perform at

the Methven Memorial

Hall next month; the

evening starts at 7pm

and tickets are $20 each.

The couple are not

carrying their

instruments, which are

being couriered

between gigs, and they

expect their adventure

to take six months. They

are supporting

osteoporosis because

Michelle was diagnosed

with the condition when

she was 24; they are also

promoting their debut

album AWalking Pace.

The couple are giving

Musicians Mickey O’Donnell and Michelle Doyle are walking the Te

Araroa trail and venturing into Methven for aconcert on February 29.

20 per cent of the tour’s

merchandise sales to

osteoporosis research.

Michelle has been


professionally on the

harp from the age of 11.

At 24, after her

diagnosis, she found

information and

support for young

people with the

condition was scarce.

She didn’t know how

fragile she was and

whether her active

lifestyle would be

compromised because

of her condition. After a

lot of research, doctors,

diet and exercise she has

increased her bonedensity

level to


However, OP still

remains on the rise, she

said. The duo are

running an awareness

campaign to shed some

light on this largely

preventable disease and

20 per cent of

merchandise sales from

the tour will go to Dr

Peter Ebeling’s

research. Dr. Ebeling,

Head of Medicine at

Monash University,

encourages people to

know their bones and

stresses the importance

of bone care in younger

people (sufficient

calcium intake, avoid

smoking etc).

Canterbury netball team here

Ashburton coachAndrea

Cousins is bringing her

Canterbury netball side to town

thisweekend to train and teach.

The Mainland Beko side will

spend time on Saturday refining

skills and then passing on some

of thoseskillstoMid Canterbury

players and coaches.

The Beko squad’s training

session willrun from10am until

11am, with the coaches’

workshop andplayers skills

session to followfrom 11.15am

until 12.30pm.

The coaching workshop will

cost$20 per person, and the

players’ skillsessionwillcost$15

per personand cater forkids

agedyear 6­8,and Year 9

through to seniors.

Lions preparing for

motorhome show

ColinMorgan, pictured, of theLions Club

of Ashburton, marks out the grass for

trade sites expected at this weekend’s

South Island Motorhome Show at the

Ashburton Showgrounds.

Around adozen club members were on

site prepping the grounds for the show,

which isexpected to draw hundreds of

people from around the country on the

search for motorhomes and caravans.

Among themobilehomes and caravans

for sale, there willalso be around 60 large

and small trade sites including those

offering accessories suitable for mobile

living and in the home.

There will alsobefood outlets, aclassic

cars and retro caravans display and Fire

and Emergency New Zealand willrun fire

safety demonstrations specifically for

motorhomes and caravans.

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Weight journey shared with others

Clare Keane and her husband

moved half way around the world

for abetter lifestyle.

They uprooted from Oxfordshire,

England to settle in Methven, Mid


It was achange which brought its

own challenges and saw Clare turn

to food for comfort and balloon in

size to 135kg.

However it was only after being

denied life insurance did she realise

how bad her health had become.

“My confidence was low, Ihad

medical issues and was refused life


“I was not really living life,” she


She turned to the new Weight

Watchers in November 2018.

And despite having tried the

Weight Watchers of old in the past,

this time got enviable success.

She lost 30kg in just 30 weeks.

Clare says she just followed the

programme and increased her exercise.

“It’s about getting back to the

basics, I’d tried everything before,

including Weight Watchers but it’s

changed so much.

“I went back on awhim.”

This time Clare also had the

motivation and was more determined

to succeed.

As amum of two, she is still 5kg

off her goal weight which is proving

harder to lose.

But given “it’s for the rest of my

life” she says the best course of

action is to not give in.

Know your triggers, if you have a

bad day pick yourself back up for

the next “reset” and carry on.

Now still amember in Ashburton

but a Weight Watchers coach in

Methven, Clare wants to help others

Clare Keane has lost more than 30kg focusing on mini goals and

remembering the reason she sought to lose weight.

reach and maintain their healthy

weight goals.

She has around 25 people in the

township who are at varying stages

of their weight loss journeys and

wants to encourage others.

People are there for different

reasons, she says.

Whether it’s to learn better eating

habits, to improve health problems,

to gain confidence or to lose 5kg or


Two of the members are at goal,

two have lost 20kg and one has lost


It’s had a “massive impact” on

them, she says.

Clare says keeping your body’s

weight at acomfortable level and

increasing exercise is good for

mental wellbeing too.

She says just because someone is

slim, does not mean they are


The programme helped her realise

food choices needed to be an

ongoing part of her lifestyle as the

mental journey was often far longer

than what was happening with a

physical appearance.

She often still thinks of herself as

being 120+kg.

But to keep on track she has set

herself goals with rewards along the

way; the latest is to get motorbike


Once she reaches her ultimate

goal, just 5kg away, she is planning

a skydive, something she never

would have done beforehand.

Clare shares these Weight

Watchers tips, which if repeated

over time can develop into healthy

habits for wellness success.

1. Set mini goals; We’re only

human. For most of us, it’s daunting

to think about losing 20kg or

running 10km. So take small steps

first. Whether it’s starting an exercise

routine with afive­minute walk

or bringing ahomemade lunch to

work acouple of days aweek, you’re

more likely to reach your goal when

you break it down into small steps

(or mini­goals). And you’ll be pleasantly

surprised at how quickly those

steps add up!

2. Remember your “why”; A

powerful, personal ‘‘why’’ can keep

you going even when things get

tough. Your ‘‘why’’ isn't necessarily

the same as your goal; you might

have aspecific ‘‘weight­I'd­like­tobe’’

(goal) but your reasons for

wanting to be at acertain weight are

your ‘‘why’’ ­the motor that gets you

to your destination. Whether it’s to

feel the best on your wedding day,

or to be apositive role model for

your children, write it down, and

keep reminding yourself of it

throughout your journey.

3. Don’t deprive or restrict yourself;

Sustainable weight loss is all

about making small changes to your

eating pattern that still fit in with

your lifestyle. So rather than saying

‘no’ to everything you enjoy eating,

try eating more of the good stuff ­

foods that are rich in nutrients. Why

not try adding an extra serving of

vegetables to your main meals or

more protein to your snacks?

Sustainable weight loss is found

through balance rather than restriction.

4. Drink more water; It's so easy

and so beneficial ­especially at this

sweltering time of year. Aim for

eight glasses of fluid aday, preferably

water. Tea counts too! Another

benefit of staying well hydrated is

that you won't mistake thirst for

hunger, which lots of people do.

5. Move for fun, not because you

have to; Whether it’s walking the

dog, swimming or playing with the

kids, there are amillion ways to get

moving. Find what you enjoy doing

and you’re more likely to stick at it.

Exercise gives you anatural high –

your day will be easier, you'll have

more energy and get abetter night’s


6. Create anetwork of support;

Studies show people with social

support are more likely to engage in

healthy eating and physical activity

behaviours. They’re also better able

to cope with stressful events which

can derail some people when trying

to lose weight. Surround yourself

with people who offer words of

encouragement and motivate you to

keep going through tough times.

28 new citizens sworn in at ceremony

Twenty eight new citizens

have been sworn in at a

ceremony held at Ashburton

Trust Event


They include seven

Filipinos, 11 from

Britain, eight Samoans,

three Brazilians and four

from South Africa.

The majority swore

allegiance by oath before

Ashburton mayor Neil

Brown to complete the

final step of the citizenship


The new citizens were

welcomed by Ashburton

mayor Neil Brown and

enjoyed a morning tea

with family, friends and

some Ashburton councillors

after the ceremony.

The 28 new citizens lined up at the end of the official ceremony.

Long time New Zealand resident and St John

stalwart Paul Thomas reads the oath. Mr Thomas

was born in the UK.

Philippines born Fernando Taojo reads the oath in front of mayor Neil

Brown and his parents Ferdinand and Karen Taojo and his new sibling.

Brazilian born Michelle Grossl reads the oath in

front of her husband Cleber and son Luigi at the

citizenship ceremony.

British born Anne Tarver with Mayor Brown at the

citizenship ceremony.

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Club news

AshburtonDahlia Circle

Thedahlia season is at its bestnow with

brilliantblooms being grown around the


This is evidentfromthe seven members

whotook blooms to the national showin


Congratulationstothose memberswho

exhibited. Alison,Jackie,Graham and Jan

all had entries in the floralsection. Floating

bowls,dahliainapictureframe, and floral

arrangements. Johninthe Intermediate

section, andAlistair andJoyce in theopen

classes.Flowersfromall overthe South

Island wereondisplay, from Invercargill to


Followingcloseafter,was ourown club

meeting and tableshow on February 18.

Brian Glasseywelcomed 13 members

and twonew visitors,withfive apologies

received.Jan Chambersand Graham Gunn

werethe judges,withHeatherand Russell

as stewards.

Places as follows: Pat andRex

Tarbotton, Champion bloom; novice,


Brian Glassey, Intermediate class;

Champion vase, Jomanda.

Alison Donald,Intermediate class;

Champion vase, Highwarden Cliff.

Alistair Davey,Open Class;Best vase,


Alistair Davey,Open Class;Best bloom,

Rural Lewie.

ChampionofChampions,Alistair Davey

–Rycroft Helen.

Alistair Davey presentedJoyce with

Trophies and Certificates awarded at the

National Show.

Pleasemake Sunday March 8adayto

visit the display at theTinwaldHall,

President’s Room.

Hall opentothe public 1pm–4pm, no

charge. Raffle tickets available.

This is theannualcombined show with

Canterbury andshould haveabrilliant

display, as the season has been so kindto

theblooms.Memberswillbeon hand to

discuss growingand careofthe much

prizedflowers. New members arealways


Fish and Game want salmon

heads caught in Rakaia River

Fish and Game are seeking fresh or frozen

salmon heads, caught in the Rakaia River

late last year, to work out where they were

born and determine if sub­populations are

at risk of being over­fished.

The heads are tested through chemical

analysis of water samples and through the

salmon otoliths (ear bones).

North Canterbury Fish and Game

(NCF&G) officer Steve Terry said finding

out where salmon hail from will help

determine if sub­populations, like those

from Mellish Stream, above Lake Heron,

are currently at risk of being overharvested.

NCF&G want heads caught during

November and December.

‘‘In many salmon populations, larger and

older salmon often enter rivers earlier in

the season, as do salmon originating from

extrema headwater sub­populations and

spawning areas. There can also be astrong

sex bias where older females are more

abundant than males (or vice versa) in the

earlier parts of the run,’’ he said.

‘‘NCF&G is currently promoting that

anglers keep any salmon heads they catch

in the Rakaia River in November

/December, record the date and location

caught, weight, length and sex of the


‘‘Staff will then collect the otoliths from

these heads from anglers, along with the

catch information.’’

He said analysis of the otoliths should

determine natal origin, what size they

entered the ocean (life history type), and

determine if their length and/or weight and

sex differs significantly from later run fish.

‘The start of the annual salmon run is a

highly anticipated event, and the early run

is often heavily targeted by recreational

anglers,’’ he said.

‘‘As aresult salmon that enter the river

early in the angling season (over November

The Rakaia River

and December) may be exposed to angling

pressure for amuch longer time period

than later run fish.

‘‘If left unchecked this may impose large

mortality on early entering salmon, leading

to depletion of sub­populations or specific

life history types.’’

Mr Terry said salmon in the Rakaia

River may potentially be from Mellish

Stream, which is above Lake Heron, which

is further complicated being managed by

two Fish and Game regions.

‘‘North Canterbury Fish and Game

manage the regulations in respect to

salmon up to afew kilometres downstream

of Lake Heron, whereby the Central South

Island Fish &Game region manage them

above this point.’’

The information gained will help us to

work with CSIF&G to sustainably manage

this much anticipated early run of salmon.

‘The start of the annual salmon run is a

highly anticipated event, and the early run

is often heavily targeted by recreational


He said thriving salmon populations

often express ahigh degree of life history

variability between spawning areas and

sub­populations. The life history variability

was an effective form of ‘‘bet­hedging’’ and

increased the resilience of local and

regional salmon populations.

Wellbeing awareness walk raises over $1200

An inaugural wellbeing

awareness walk at Woolshed

Creek, near Mt Somers, raised

more than $1200 for Safer Mid

Canterbury’s Lives Worth Living


Organised by Ashburton

woman, Amanda Walker, the

event saw around 40 people,

aged from six years old to those

in their 80s, dust off their

walking shoes and connect with

others during the walk who had

been directly, or indirectly

bereaved by suicide, or just

wanted to support the event and

help raise money.

There were also many

donations made through online


Safer Mid Canterbury’s Lives

Worth Living Programme coordinator

Connie Quigley, who

has aclinical background in

Some of the people who got to dust off their walking shoes and

connect with others during the wellbeing awareness walk at

Woolshed Creek, near Mt Somers. (Photo supplied)

mental health and took time

away from her child’s birthday to

attend, addressed the group

speaking about the eight week

Waves programme to support

adults (aged 18 plus) bereaved

by suicide.

It has been successfully run in

Christchurch and Timaru.

Also to speak was Running for

Suicide Postvention Facebook

page founder, Ali, who along

with her sister ran up the track.

Mrs Walker said the event was

an opportunity for people to talk

and connect with others.

It was ‘‘a wee bit windy but

there was perfect viewing’’ from

the top and the warmer weather

gave the children achance to

have aswim afterwards.

The uphill walk saw agood

achievement by everyone who

participated and she was

thankful to people for their

support and buoyed by

encouragement to make it an

annual event.

‘‘I certainly was proud of

everyone,’’ she said.

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hours please phone your generalpracticeteam, 24/7,

to speak with ahealth professionalwho will giveyou

free healthadviceonwhattodoorwheretogoifyou

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.

TheAshburtonDutyPracticefor ...

Saturday29th February 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.

Sunday1st March is

MooreStreet Medical Centre,MooreStreet.

Consultations will be by appointmentonly.

To make an appointmentplease phone 308 3066.

Methven and Rakaia: Formedical attention on the

weekend and public holidays please telephone

MethvenMedical Centre on 03 302 8105

or Rakaia Medical Centre on 03 303 5002.

Details foraccessing the afterhours services will be on the

answer phone.


Wises Pharmacy,CountdownComplex,

East Street will be open on ...

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


CountdownComplex, East Street, Ashburton

Phone: 03 308 6733 Fax: 03 308 6755



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Fri8am -2pm;Sat appt only

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Decramastic and Long Run

Iron, Coloursteel etc, steep

roofs not a problem. —

Spraymaster 027-433-7780.


THE A.G.M. of the Ashburton

Pottery Society Inc. will be

held at 26 Nixon Street,

Tinwald, Ashburton on

Wednesday 11th March

2020 at 12.15pm.




Thursday 12th March 2020

Braided Rivers Restaurant and Bar

at 7.30pm

We are looking for more people

to join our committee

All current AGC members are

encouraged to attend.


FIND money in your bank

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$7 per bale. Phone 027 247



WE value the service we

provide - The Courier for

advice on how you can

reach potential customers.

Call us today on 308 7664.


CASH BUYER: For Gold and

Silver. Pay up to the following

prices: $2,600 for Gold

Nuggets per oz, $2,000 for

Gold Pocket Watch and

Chains, $600 for Sovereigns,

$2,000 for Crowns, also

wanting Gold, Silver Rings,

Bracelets, Bangles, Chains,

Brooches, Cameos, War

ANDLodge Medals, Old

Jewellery Boxes, Custom

and Damaged Jewellery. —

Phone 021-051-7307.

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.

MAKE money selling your

unwanted items. Up to 24

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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



MODERN town house

wanted in good condition in

Ashburton, separate

ensuite and garage. Phone

021 368 781.

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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.


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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.


TALK to us today about ways

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PEA STRAW Conventional

Bales $6 per bale Medium

Square Pea Straw bales for

Sale $40 a bale delivery

$10 per bale. Ph


FREE - Mixed lengths of

treated timber, 50mm x

50mm and 50mm x20mm,

ideal for asmaller outdoor

project. Phone 308 1107

after 6pm.

FREEZER room 2.4m x

2.4m, single phase, shelving,

1m wide door, $3,750 +

GST. Phone 027 434 0442.



Small LPG cylinders

Off Street Parking


Arthur Cates Ltd

26 McNally Street

Ph 308 5397

Riverside Industrial Estate


9kg cylinders


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Having problems with your internal gutter systems?

Do your drains keep blocking,causing leakage into the soffits and even your house?

Areyour soffits falling out due to water rot?

We canconvert your internal gutters to standard external gutters.

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Phone Leonie on

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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

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To apply online or for more

information about this role, visit our


Applications close Sunday, 1March



General Manager

We arelooking foranexperienced General Manager

with compassion and entrepreneurial spirit who is

eager tojoin avery special organisation. Hospice

Mid Canterbury supports individuals and families

throughout the Ashburton district who are dealing

with alife-limiting illness. We are dedicated to

making adifference inthe lives of our clients and

their families, ensuring that those we support are

beinggiven theopportunityto‘live everymoment’.

The General Manager oversees volunteer services,

contracted service provision, Hospice Mid

Canterbury shop, funding and events, promotion,

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

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Please contact Jane, admin@hospicemc.nz for

furtherinformation or to request aJob Description.

Applicationsclose Sunday1March 2020.





Doubtful Sounds, April

19-24; Earnslaw cruise,

Queenstown, D.B.B. hotels

Balclutha, Te Anau, Twizel.

Seats still available, call

now. John & Kathleen

Lawler, 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



FORD Fairmont 1993, shed

stored. Reg. on hold,

384,000kms, small motor

repair needed. As is, where

is. Phone 027 434 0442.



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.








We areyour one stop glass shop for



REPAIR or REPLACE 152 Wills Street,

“Your placeorours” Ashburton

Ph.308 8485

Need help with BOOKKEEPINGor


Youdidn’tgointobusiness to do the

books, butwedid!

Let’shaveachatovercoffeeand seehow Ican help

Silvia Haddock 027 2169478

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and trouser hemming, curtain

alterations and curtain

making. Call Michelle on

027 352 7248.

BUILDING and property

solutions. For your complete

alteration or renovation.

We project manage

the whole process. Home

and small commercial.

Qualified tradesmen.

Phone Kiwi Building &

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.

CHIMNEY sweep. It’s time to

start thinking about it.

Camera inspection carried

out and full inspection

checklist is left for you. Call

Allan 027 209 5026.a



COMPUTER problems? For

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

Johnstone, Networks

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.

FURNITURE removals -For

all your household removal

needs call Nudges Furniture

Removals, phone 027

224 0609.

Allworkmanship guaranteed

Ben Kruger 021 808 739 or 308 4380




•Garden Maintenance

•Gutter Cleaning

•Rubbish Removal

Call us TODAY

foraFREE quote



Rockcote. Waterproofing.



The Finishing Company

03 307 8870 2238798

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


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.



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.

PLUMBING, drainlaying,

blocked drains. Phone

Lindsay at Doaky’s Plumbing

on 027 555 5575 or 308

1248 (Master Plumbers &


232 BoundaryRoad,Ashburton


E; benkruger@xtra.co.nz


Ph 0800 4546 546

(0800 4jimjim)





ShortStreet Studio

Opened Sunday23February


Guest: Christine Lang plus agreat selection

of work from local artists.

Open Sat&Sun 11am -4pm


until Sunday 22 March

Enquiries Ngaio 308 4533

Lynda 0273135 178



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.

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

glass, give us acall.

Your place or ours. Wilson

Windscreens, 152 Wills

Street, Ashburton. Phone

03 308 8485.


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.

Local news at www.starnews.co.nz Ashburton's The Courier, Thursday February 27, 2020, Page 35

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



9MARCH 2020



Scholarship is nowopen

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


Methven recycling yard closure



Sue Cahill

Call in atalk to the people who know ...



Blacklows TradeZoneAshburton 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 office@blacklows.co.nz FREEPHONE 0800 452 522

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The Methven Recycling Yard will be restricted and/or closed for


The drop-off surfacewillbereshaped to allowfor improved

surfacewater run off,which will help prevent potholing in


The Line Road entrancewillbeclosed Tuesday 3March and

Wednesday 4March. The Methven ChertseyRoadentrancewill

be closed Thursday 5March and Friday 6March.

The entirefacility willbeclosedMonday 9March and Tuesday

10 March. The sitewillbefullyoperationalfromWednesday11



ServiceDeliveryGroup Manager

Ashburton District Council




Meetings forratepayersofthe followingdrainageand river

rating districts are beingheldasoutlined below:

• Upper Hinds River/Hekeao: Tuesday3March,

10am,MayfieldHall, State Highway 79,Mayfield

• LowerHinds River/Hekeao: Wednesday4March,

10am,Hinds Community Centre, 20 Rogers Street,Hinds

Ashburton Hinds Drainage: Thursday 5March,

9.30am,EiffeltonHall, 979Longbeach Road,Eiffelton

Ashburton River/Hakatere: Thursday 5March,

6.30pm,Ashburton Community House,

44 Cass Street, Ashburton

Thepurpose of themeetingsistoelect aliaisoncommittee

foreachofthese rating districts, and to discuss works and

finances.All ratepayers are welcome; your ratesnotice will

tell youifyou are aratepayerofany of theabove districts.

To findout more go to: ecan.govt.nz/riverdistrict

Bill Bayfield




Canterbury with


0800 324636

TheCancer Societyoffering

supportfor people

with acancer diagnosis

and their families


TheMackenzie Centre,

122 Kermode Street,Ashburton

ContactAnnie on 03 307 7691








Season begins

Wednesday, March4


Buffalo LodgeHall

20 CoxStreet

Newand returning

dancers welcome


Elizabeth Temple

03 308 5437


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HOSPICE Mid Canterbury.

Dealing with alife limiting

illness? Contact us to see

how we can support you.

Phone 307 8387 or 027 227


My Pick This Week

Open Home: Saturday 29th, 11:30am -12:00pm

38 Charlesworth Drive Price $655,000

•Top west side location

•Modern decor

•Two living areas

•Four double bedrooms

•Double garage

Helena Ratten Mobile 027 457 7998

We put you first


Licensed AgentREAA 2008



Expressions of interest -building removal

The Ashburton District Council invites expressions of interest from

interested parties forthe purchase and removalofthe former

Ashburton Information Centrebuilding.

The building is situated on the East Street greenimmediately

north of the chessboard in the town centre.

All queriesare to be directedto: info@adc.govt.nz

Expressions of interestcloseat4pm, Monday9March 2020.

Hamish Riach

Chief ExecutiveOfficer

Ashburton District Council


Youare invited

to celebrate



FridayMarch 6, 2020

at Ashburton

Baptist Church,

cnr Cass &Havelock



Aserviceprepared by World



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CJ’S Driving School -

Classes 2 & 5,

endorsements F & D,

forklift F&OSH, dangerous

goods. NZTA approved

course provider. MITO &

Competenz assessor.

Locally owned. Phone

Christine 027 245 2563.


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