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Covid-19 dashes more plans, P2-4
Medical practices and health
professionals in Mid Canterbury
have joined forces in the fight to
prevent the community spread of
Since the outbreak began, they
have swabbed at least 10 people for
the coronavirus, none were positive,
and consulted many more concerned
they might have the disease.
People needed to practise social
distancing and remain vigilant, said
Three RiversGPSarah Clarke. ‘‘No
positives does not meanwehave no
She said people neededto be kind,
watch out for the vulnerable and
elderly, and follow trusted
information sources, like the
Ministry of Health.
Medical centre staff were wearing
personal protective equipment and
conducting assessments in carparks if
people were showing Covid19
symptoms, which includefever, adry
cough and shortness of breath.
Ajoint press releasefrom the
Ashburton Covid19 team advises
people to stayuptodate with local
information, and phone ahead
before going to any medical centre.
‘‘If you arrive without an
appointment thenyou will likely be
asked to go to your carand to phone
in, as we needtotriageevery person
so we can offer the best treatment
without exposing people
unnecessarily to one another in our
clinics and waiting rooms.
‘‘You will speakwith ahealthcare
worker who can discuss your concern
and arrange the best management.’’
People with Covid19 questions
needed to ring the dedicatedhealth
line 0800 358 5453 and be prepared
to wait. Those feeling very ill could
ring their usual GP. The campaign
against Covid19 emphasises social
distancing and keeping yourself safe.
Prescriptions can be faxed to
pharmacies and and in some
circumstances may be delivered,
people feelingunwell should stay at
home and physical contact with nonhousehold
minimised. ‘‘Don’t shake hands and
wash your hands for at least20
seconds or use sterilising hand gel as
often as you can and then definitely
if you touch something you are
Flu vaccinations will be earlythis
year for vulnerable people and GPs
will contact those eligible directly.
Others will be vaccinated after the
vulnerable. Don’t phone in to ask
about the flu vaccine, lines are busy
dealing with Covid19 inquiries.
Dr Clarke said frontline staff were
meeting regularly, collaborating and
behaving like abig healthcare family.
Panic buying was notnecessary.
‘‘Supply lines are intact and you only
need what you would for two weeks
in case you have to isolate. Groceries
can be delivered.’’
Hinds School pupils Kezia Fox (holding Scottish Thistle), Matisse Eccelstone (kale) and Fabian Tipacti
(fodderbeet) with school parent and dairy farmer Todd Halliday (ryegrass) talk pasture and grass
types for the AgriKids competition, which was moved from the cancelled Methven A&P Show to an
A&P show feeling the love
The Methven A&P Show may
suffer a financial blow with the
cancellation of this weekend’s show
but community support has been
humbling, says president Adam
Organisers pulled the pin on the
show, just days out from their 106th
“Obviously we are gutted.”
There had been alot of work and
effort by alot of people to get ready
for the show, he said.
But he was particularly thankful
to the trades and sponsors who had
opted to leave entry money in, as a
way to support the association and
keep it afloat.
‘‘It’s really quite humbling,” he
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Motor racingfan in isolation
Murray Thompson will spend the
nexttwo weeks in selfisolation
after travelling to Melbourne for
the abandoned Grand Prix motor
His familyisstaying at least2m
awayand his workmates are now
managing his unexpected
It’sascene that willhave
played out in thousands of family
homes and workplacesafterNew
Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda
Ardern announcedall people
entering the country will have to
prevent the spread of the
Murray planstofollow the
rules set out by the Ministry of
Health and says others who find
themselvesinthe same situation
needtodothe same. He is
disappointed the holiday he
planned ayear ago with his son
Daniel did not pan out as
expected, but says preventing
community spread of the disease
Murray,abig motor racing fan,
had been lookingforwardtothe
trip. He woke up Friday morning
in Melbourne to the news one of
the McLaren team membershad
tested positive for the virus; the
event was cannedlater that day.
He was amonghundreds of
thousands of motor racing fans
Murray Thompson’s empty plane returns to Christchurch.
that had headed to Melbourne
for the opening eventofthe
Grand Prix. The border controls
for selfisolation came as ashock.
He headed onlinetofind out
more information and
investigated changing his flightto
make it back before the new
restrictions kickedin. He and
Danieldecided eventually to
returnontheir booked flightson
The pair took ariver cruise on
the Yarraand visited the
Melbourne Museum; other
motor racing fans stayed in the
city and alsotried to fill in their
But by Monday, tourist
Victoria declared astate of
emergency later that day.
Murray saidmany people wore
masks as theymoved around the
He carried handsanitiser and
used it after touching door
handlesand other public
surfaces. ‘‘I was touching the
escalator buttons with my jacket
and being abit paranoid, but life
had to carryon.’’
He was pleased to be home.
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selfisolation. He is well and has
no symptoms of the virus.
of healthDrAshley Bloomfield
said selfisolation was a‘‘high
trustarrangement’’ but he had
greatconfidence Kiwiswould act
collectively for the public good.
Selfisolation was aprovenand
effectiveway to keep
and stop the spread of COVID
19, he said.
‘‘It means taking simple,
commonsense steps to avoid
closecontact with other people as
much as possible. You can go
outside, but you need to limit
your contact withothers.’’
facetoface contact closer than
two metresfor more than 15
He saidpeoplecould go for a
bike,orawalk or arun, but on
theirown, and avoid close contact
‘‘Youcan livewith others
during your 14 days, but you need
to avoid close contact with them.’’
People who developed
symptoms, including fever,a
should contacttheir GP and
number is 0800 358 5453.
Boost lost as bike champs canned
By Mick Jensen
There will be no South Island
Schools’ MTB Championships at
the Mt Hutt Bike Park next week
and no big financial boost for the
Methven economy after the cancellation
of the event due to the
threat of coronavirus.
The 2020 championships was
set to be the biggest New Zealand
schools’ mountain bike
event to date, with record numbers
entered into enduro, downhill
and cross country competitions
Last year’s very successful
event at Mt Hutt brought inan
estimated $500,000 into the
Methven economy and more
was anticipated this year.
Bike Methven has been
working onthe event management
side of the championships
for a number of months and
spokesperson Clare Harden
said the need to cancel had
been confirmed earlier this
‘‘Sadly it’s has been out of
‘‘We’ve been following the
Government health advice and
the event is ultimately
‘‘We are definitely disappointed.
Our aim for this event
was to bring economic benefit
to Methven, it now looks like it
willbeaveryhardtime over the
next few months for this town.’’
Mrs Harden said Bike Methven
was still working through
the logistics with suppliers, but
it looked like there would be a
She said it was hoped to
reschedule the event, but the
ability todothat was restricted
by the upcoming ski season on
March next year was earmarked
as apossibility, she said.
This year’s event had maximum
confirmed entries of 320
in the enduro, 275 in the
downhill and 300 in the cross
Some 30 volunteers were
lined up to carry out driving,
marshalling, registration, timing
and parking duties, and
more were being asked to lend
Therewas to be free entryfor
spectators, food and music on
offer and some big jumps
expected from talent young
Hours of work had also gone
into track preparation and
Bike Methven used last
year’s event profits for a new
shuttle trailer and track maintenance.
This year’s profits
were earmarked for more track
development and maintenance.
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1200 students and 150
assemblies and events in
new rules aboutmass
gatherings in the fight
against community spread
of the coronavirus, Covid
also been told theywill
not be going to national
secondary school sports
Maadi Cup at Lake
tournament at Nelson and
Principal Ross Preece
said it wasdisappointing
for the students after
months of trainingbut the
sporting competitions had
been suspended following
that would bringmore
than 500 people together.
Zealand will review the
situation on April 6.
Mr Preece said the
college would not be
holding campus events
that involved large
numbers of students and
staff in an enclosed space.
That meant the
cancellation of AshDance
in the auditorium,
involving 250 students,
and house assemblies,
which involved around
The move was good
practiceand in line with
outbreak of Covid19, he
Staff havealso been
gauging the ability of
students to work
do not have the internet.’’
Mr Preece and other
school principals will
dealingwith the disease.
Theywould be guided by
He said the school was
who wereill were being
askedtostay at home.
It wasimportant to
keep the virus in
perspective and notpanic,
‘‘Wehave made sure
soap is available in our
toilets and put up signsto
It wastoo early to make
decisions on other
international trips by
studentslater in the year,
Science students were
due to headtoIndonesia
in July and the school’s
FirstXIcricket team was
tour to Australia aheadof
Museum members have
postponed their popular
school science programme
due to Covid19
They are among some
of the many district’s
older community members
who are taking
notice of the Government’s
and limiting potential
exposure around Covid
The programme offers
pupils a chance to visit
museum and learn how
science and flight combine
learning about the
mysteries of flight including
cold fronts, air flow,
drag, navigation and
The Mid Canterbury
Choir’s performance of
the Messiah on April 5is
also postponed. Choir
manager Carol Gunn said
it would be rescheduled
to November, orinApril
Rowers disappointed over Maadi
Rowing's Maadi Cup has been
cancelled as aresult of the
One of the biggest school
events in the southern
hemisphere and due to be held
on Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel,
later this month, the huge
regatta attracts over 2000
secondary school rowers and
many more supporters.
Sixteen rowers from
Ashburton College have been
training and racing for the past
six months in preparation for
the seasonending premier
At last week’s South Island
Championships at Twizel
rowers were told that Maadi was
at risk of being cancelled
because of Covid19.
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Ag show online for kids
Hinds School pupils wereamong
the hundreds of childrenregionwide
to be affected by the
cancellation of the Methven
The showwas due to hostthe
Aorangi regionalfinal for the
Young Farmer of the Year,
which also includes the AgriKids
and Junior Young Farmers
competitionsfrom around the
Adozen schools fromthe
Aorangi region, including eight
from Mid Canterbury and
Geraldine,each had multiple
teams participating in the
AgriKids event. Therewere
multiple teams in the Junior
They were notifiedmid
Tuesday morning of achangein
some were scrambling to
complete theirentries by the cutoff
Hinds School had an
impressive 30 children entered
Watched by teacher Sonya
Hurst,the Hinds pupils –in
teams of three –completedthe
quiz under timepressure. They
Hinds School pupils (from left) Kate Sheppard, Alison Harbutt
and Morgan Harbutt take the AgriKids online quiz hoping to
make it to the Face-Off regional final online.
had eight minutesbefore
incurring pointpenalites. The
pupilshave had training time
with parents giving up their time
to help them get up to speed with
aspects of farming coveredin
past events.They included
drenching knowledge, animal
husbandry, crops and pasture
At least half the pupils were
involved in AgriKids last year so
were building on their
The bestteam from each
school, with an additional two
teams region wide with best
overall rankings, will go on to
take part in an online FaceOff
event,anonline live quiz
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Support for show
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The Methven A&P Association runs
other events during the year to help pay
some bills but also to raise the profile of
farming, or to raise money for community
groups and individuals. They include
an onfarm heifer competition, the
annual wheat growing competition and a
gift lamb auction, with lambs donated
from farmer’s around the district.
Money from the auction,which will go
ahead albeit in another form, also
supports local services, organisations
and tertiary education scholarships.
Mr Glass said the popular primary
school Spud in aBucket competitionwill
also go ahead as usual, which was good
news for the hundreds of pupils at local
The undisturbed buckets were due to
be collected as usual and judged Friday
morning. The results will be up at the
A&P association pavilion at the showgrounds
on Friday afternoon.
As in past years any unclaimed
potatoes would be donated to agedcare
facility Methven House.
Mr Glasssaid people who had entered
the home industries competitions can
also collect their submitted entries, such
as art, photographs or paintings as well
as any entry cost refunds, from organisers
at the pavilion tomorrow. It will be
open between 2pm and 5pm.
The Aorangi and Tasman FMG
Young Farmer of the Year regional
finals, also to have been held at the
Methven show, have been postponed
until further notice.
NZ Young Farmers chief executive
officer Lynda Coppersmith said the new
date would be confirmed later.
“It is for the safety of our competitors,
staff and spectators and imperative that
we don’t put anyone at risk and help
prevent the spread ofCovid19.
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Apumpkin pie baked by local celebrity
Bernard Egan fetched top price at the St
Andrew’s church fair at the weekend.
Bernard’s dessert pie sold for $31 at
an auction that followed abakeoff that
also included Ashburton mayor Neil
Brown, health promoter Pup
Chamberlain and performer Susan
The four shared asmall kitchen at the
Sinclair Centre, where the church fair
was held, rolling out pastry and filling
pie dishes with favourite fillings before
popping them into the oven.
The mayor created abacon and egg
pie, as did Susan and Pup, though in the
end there were six pies for auctioneer
Jarrod Ross to sell. Bernard had enough
ingredients to make two pies, while Pup
bought apie on the way to the fair in
case his was aflop.
Fair organiser Maureen Maginness
said the banter between chefs in the
kitchen was hilarious and helped make
the event ahuge success. Several
thousand dollars was raised for the
She said members of the parish and
local businesses had donated items for
raffle prizes, which were popular among
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Truckdriving Trevor parks up
By Linda Clarke
Trevor Begg reckons he’s driven
about 4.5 million kilometres in the
course of his truck driving life.
The Ashburton man retired from
the big rigs this month after 48 years
with Rural Transport (previously
Trevor has carted hay, stock,
buildings, machinery and once a
large concrete elephant, destined for
life in aMid Canterbury garden. The
elephant generated afew odd looks
on the highway.
The 68yearold has been
reflecting this week on aworking
lifetime spent largely on the roads of
the South Island. He was encouraged
to join Burnetts by his fatherinlaw
and spent 18 months working as an
offsider to Bruce Scott, who was a
His first truck was alittle twoaxle
Commer truck, painted green in
Burnetts colours, and equipped with
ahiab for lifting heavy things.
He treated it well and it was the
first 10 trucks (three brand new) he
would go on to drive, hiab on the
Trevor has huge respect for the
trucks he has driven, in the early days
the maximum weights were around
30 tonne but some units now weigh
60 tonne. It is ahuge responsibility
sharing the road with other users and
he says the secret is keeping acool
Trevor Begg has parked up his big truck and hiab for the last time.
head when others on the road
around him are making risky
He favours afourlane highway
between Ashburton and
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especially those who pass at the end
of the passing lanes.
Trevor has been in acouple of
crashes, neither his fault, and has
been first on the scene of some
serious accidents, two involving
trains. He helps and tries to forget
what he has seen.
An unusual incident on the
Killmog hills north of Dunedin sticks
in his mind. He was driving atruck
laden with heavy containers of meat
back to Ashburton and going slowly
down one of the final hills when he
was passed by an elderly man on a
bicycle the cyclist was trying to
brake and had broken the chain of
Trevor eventually found him intact
on the side of the road, white as a
sheet, after the road flattened out.
He put the bike on the back of his
truck and gave him aride to Cherry
Trevor’s love of trucks and
vehicles is seen in his private life too.
He is the president of the
Ashburton Vintage Car Club and
also amember of the Mid
Canterbury Vintage Machinery
He drives amodern red Holden
Commodore, but he also has a1937
Chev and a1958 Morris Minor that
he also drives as often as possible.
The Chev once belonged to his
grandmother and was sold out of the
family to be afarm hack. Trevor
bought it back, loved it and made it
The Morris Minor is still going
strong too, thanks to regular
servicing and grease and oil changes.
Keeping up the maintenance is key
for along, happy, motoring life.
Tiger Moths gather at Ashburton Airport
Eight Tiger Moths, aGypsy Moth,
three Chipmunks and one Auster
were among some of the classic
aircraft to touch down at the Ashburton
Airport last weekend.
The planes were flown by members
of the Tiger Moth Club of New
Zealand and among them was Jan
Chisum, of Hawkes Bay, who owns a
1929 Gypsy Moth.
The Gypsy was predecessor to the
Tiger Moth aircraft.
Jan was in the Gypsy’s pilot seat,
while husband Jerry was flying one
of the Tiger Moths, owned by friend,
Des Strong, of Palmerston.
The couple have owned the
rebuilt Gypsy for eight years, but
more than 85 years ago it was owned
by Jan’s father, Stan White.
Jan took up flying after her father.
He was apilot prior to enlisting in
the Royal Air Force and owned the
Gypsy back in the early 1930s.
The Gypsy has a120 horsepower
engine and flies up to 85 miles per
hour; it was flown from London to
Sydney by Jan’s father in 1934. It was
then shipped across to New Zealand.
While her dad eventually sold it,
Jan kept an eye on it and finally
convinced the owner to sell.
She says flying gives a huge
amount of pleasure and has become
She took it up at age 23, back in
1987, because it seemed like fun,
and was achange from horses she
was used to being around. One of
Jan’s favourite competition events is
the noninstrument circuit flying;
she often competes against her
She concedes to being a bit
bonkers when it comes to owning an
“We are all nutters to be involved
with old aeroplanes,” she said.
Although they can do some basic
maintenance, specialist maintenance
is also needed on the aircraft.
Jan was due to leave her Gypsy in
storage at the Ashburton Airport for
Pilot Jan Chisum and her 1929 Gypsy Moth in Ashburton.
next month’s Warbirds over Wanaka,
but with the event cancelled
due to COVID19, she has flown it
The Tiger Moth Club members
get together twice ayear, including
for their annual general meeting.
They like to hold their AGMs in a
different location each year and had
the added bonus of the Ashburton
Aviation Museum members catering
their Saturday evening meal.
During the weekend they also
took part in air races, flying challenges
and events to showcase their
Letters have been sent to 200
people inviting them to take
part in the Ashburton District
survey; council is canvassing
800 people this year, in four
waves of 200.
Spreading the survey gives a
more accurate description of
people’s feelings about council
services and facilities, instead
of one issue topical at the time
of survey dominating the
The number of residents to
be surveyed in the new wave
system has risen from 400, with
the second wave of 200 letters
sent at the start of March.
Residents are given asurvey
identification numberand told
they have been randomly
selected to take part in the
resident survey. Everyone who
completes the survey goes into
adraw to win one of two $50
The online survey takes
1520 minutes to complete and
people needtodothat by
The survey invitation letter
says council wants to hear if it is
ratepayer money in the right
places and on the right things.
‘‘By sharing your thoughts
about council’s services and
facilities, you can help shape
our community and make
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Council CEO Hamish Riach
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better reflected how residents
felt about council services
throughout the year. Eachwave
was selected to represent ‘‘a
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Vallenders active in the community
Badge for 50 years of service
Elaine Vallender was just 16years
old when she became aGirlGuiding
Brownie leader with Shirley
Brownies, in Christchurch. It was
Since then she’s had alifelong
association with the youth organisation,
aiming to empower girls as
they explore their world.
It’s seen her make some great
friends and travel the world.
And it’s now earned her a
GirlGuiding 50 Years Service
‘‘Through GirlGuiding I have
had opportunities I would never
have had and I’ve made some
amazingly good friends…people
you keep in contact with who have
similar values, such as being loyal,
supporting each otherand respect.”
They are the same values she
tries to install in her charges.
‘‘You see it coming out with the
And she has been fortunate to
‘‘watch girls develop into leaders of
But it’s been a twoway street
Elaine Vallender has earned a50
years service badge.
with GirlGuiding giving her personal
development and a raft of
She has taken on roles such as
national board member, national
membership committee chair, been
anational youth adviser, regional
coordinator and trainer, and been
on two national Rangers event
She has also represented New
Zealand at an Asia Pacific
Regional Conference and travelled
to India, Fiji and Hong Kong.
Elaine came from aGirlGuiding
family. Her older sister was a
Brownie so it was no surprise when
Elaine and her twin sister joined at
Elaine worked her way up
through the ranks and was in
Rangers while studying atuniversity.
She moved to Ashburton in 1975
to take up her first teaching role at
Ashburton College; as music
teacher. She eventually went on to
be head of music department, then
arts coordinator. She started work
at St John Ashburton around six
But the move toMid Canterbury
saw her continue asaGirlGuiding
leader, learning the ropes working
alongside Muriel Lay and the late
Helen Bell at Allenton Brownies.
She then became Rangers leader
at Ashburton Rangers, with girls
aged 12 to 17 years old.
It’s where she has stayed. She has
been their long enough to see the
secondgeneration of Rangerscoming
through the organisation.
GirlGuiding may have changed
in the past few years and become
more corporate, but Elaine puts
that down to more competition for
youth attention now than ever
before. There are also morewomen
working, with lesstime to volunteer
Elaine does plan to retire this
year –her and husband, Glenn are
planning amove closer to Christchurch
–but she will not step down
until the end of the year. And it’s a
good time, the Ashburton Ranger’s
have new leaders being nurtured to
pave the way for the future.
She will also finish in her paid
role at St John, but continue
volunteering with St John, as a
health shuttle team leader and
promoting the St John of Jerusalem
Glenn sharing passion for geology
By Mick Jensen
Glenn Vallender taught science and
biology to teenagers at Ashburton
College for 38 years, but for the last
five years he’s been sharing his
knowledge and passion for the
subject of geology with amuch older
He is amember of the Ashburton
University of Third Age (U3A)
group and regularly hosts talks for
U3A is a learning community
organised by and for the people in
retirement or semi retirement.
Mr Vallender has been educating
seniors locally on all aspects of
geology through a special interest
group he set up in 2015.
His knowledge has also been
shared with Geraldine and Ellesmere
U3A groups and he will soon
speak to members of anew Temuka
Mr Vallender said U3A was set
up to ‘‘expand the horizons’’ of
His subject of geology was about
‘‘digging deep beneath your feet’’
Passionate about geology: Glenn Vallender logs on to access up to
the minute seismology data from the seismograph held at
and often appealed to people who
enjoyed the outdoors or ‘‘had a
curiosity about the natural world’’.
Mr Vallender talks focus on areas
such as urban geology, New Zealand
seismology, fossils and geo heritage
His series concludes with afield
trip that could take in avisit to a
riverbed, the beach or afavourite
spot like Mt Somers.
‘‘I present the material, but there
is a‘show and tell’ element to things
as well,’’ said Mr Vallender.
Seismology has been one area of
growing interest for people in recent
Mr Vallender, who has adoctorate
in geo science education, is able
to show people the seismograph that
belongs to Auckland University and
kept at Ashburton Museum.
He can access data from it
remotely and then drill down to
demonstrate what is happening
around the country.
He likes to put alocal angle on his
material whenever possible and is
keen to see new members join
Ashburton U3A and his interest
Anew geology series starting on
April 22 will focus on urban geology.
Other talks will be held in June,
September and November and a
field trip to either Onawe peninsula,
Kaitorete Spit or the Geosciences
Department at University of Canterbury
will run in December.
For more information on the
geology special interest group contact
Glenn Vallender on 308 8373.
Local news at www.starnews.co.nz
The southern exteriorwallofthe
HeritageCentrewill be painted
and sealed first as the Ashburton
District Council begins remedial
work on the facility.
Council discovered intermittent
waterleaks in the building during
extreme weather afterthe building
became fully occupied.Council
alsofound the air conditioning
system was notworking to its
Internaland externalworks over
coming weeksand months will
occur, as council beginsa
programme to address the issues
Thefirstwork to be undertaken
will be painting and sealing the
building as this wasidentified as in
most need for treatment, with
other walls being painted and
sealed wherenecessary. The three
upstairsbay windows facing State
Highway1will also be
weatherproofed (and ventilatedif
Other works includeinspecting
and repairing the roof membrane,
installingnew heating and
the installationofbuffer tanks.
sayscouncil is pleased to beginthe
work,which hasbeenbudgeted for
in the 2019/20 Annual Plan.
‘‘Our first priority is completing
the paintingand roof membrane
work beforewinter,then moving
on to the work needed inside the
‘‘It's importantthat we get this
required workunder way sooner
ratherthan later, as we know the
Art Gallery andHeritageCentre is
an important facility to our
Council has takenadditional
steps to ensure the protectionof
the art gallery and museum assets
whilework has been waiting to
begin. This has included regular
monitoring of temperatures and
moisturelevels and installing a
appropriate levels of climate
Thework is not expected to
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Charlie returns to gardening roots
Gardening influencer Charlie
McCormick likes to plan trips down
under to coincide with the Mayfield
It’s his old stomping ground and
where he grew up.
And last weekend, nearing the end
of atwoweek holiday, he got to be
guest judge in the children’s cut
flower section at the annual event.
Charlie, who lives in Dorset,
England, was once listed in the top
30 gardening influencers and had his
garden mentioned in last year's top
10 of most popular United
Kingdom's gardens. He has 98,200
followers on Instagram; the Mayfield
A&P Show home industries entries
and the Ashburton Dahlia Show
made it to his page.
He has shown at the Dorset
Country Show and enters around 17
shows aseason, showing cut flowers
and vegetables, with some baking.
He moved to England on an
overseas adventure, found his future
love, got married and now lives there.
As agardening author he writes
for the Times, The Sunday Times,
House and Garden, and Pleasure
Garden Magazine. He has also
appeared on BBC Gardeners’
The 30yearold got to see many
familiar faces at the show, including
those of his gardening mentor Jackie
Ryan, his aunty Catherine from
Ashburton, and sister Annabel who
was visiting from Christchurch.
And he got to see all the floral
entries in the home industries
Charlie McCormick checks out the cut flowers at the Mayfield A&P Show. Photo Toni Williams
“They are very well judged,” he
He still tries to be aregular to the
Mayfield show, which most of his
family have adeeprooted
association with, including Mayfield
stalwart, and one of the gardening
influences in his life, his grandfather
Charlie was encouraged to have
entries in the A&P show from an
early age and was keen to encourage
the next generation to pick up the
tradition of entering shows and
keeping shows alive.
At this year’s show, the
McCormick clan had awide range of
entries from those of 96yearold
Hamish in the cut flower section, to
those of youngest family member
Charlotte McCormick, aged 18
months, with an entry in the painting
section and afirst place in the
floating flower section.
Surprise service badge brings Jude to tears
Women’s Institute stalwart Jude
Vaughan was the unsuspecting
recipient of aWIGood Service
Mrs Vaughan was surprised when
the award was presented at the Mid
Canterbury Federation of WI’s
annual general meeting after asecret
nomination by her peers at Lowcliffe
“It just blows you away, it’s not for
me, it’s for the organisation. The
acknowledgement from your peers,
that means so much,” she said.
Lowcliffe members say she is a
proactive and inspirational colleague
that they are lucky to have.
Mrs Vaughan has been amember
of Lowcliffe WI for 10 years but
before immigrating to New Zealand
she had been amember of the
United Kingdom WI for 32 years.
In New Zealand, she has served on
the National Executive Committee
and, in the past two years, has been
New Zealand Federation of WI’s national executive committee
member Kathryn Hopkinson (left), badge recipient Jude Vaughan and
Mid Canterbury president Mavis Wilkins. Photo Supplied
vicepresident, remits convener and
handcraft and communications
And for the past seven years has
been on the Mid Canterbury
Federation holding positions of
president, minute secretary and
She was also on the Canterbury
Belles organising committee for the
2017 National AGM.
As the final speaker at that AGM,
her insights and aspirations for the
organisation touched so many WI
members attending, she got a
Her badge was presented by friend
and fellow national executive
committee member Kathryn
Hopkinson, of North Canterbury
WI; it brought afew tears.
“The recognition by your peers is
the biggest honour,” she said.
Awoman with many interests,
including arts and crafts, quilting and
textiles, Mrs Vaughan’s handcraft is
described as outstanding and earned
her national recognition.
Mrs Vaughan is on the Lowcliffe
WI committee and helps with Meals
on Wheels, catering, organising
annual Bay and Tray competition
entries and enters federation
She has also represented WI at
Civil Defence and Rural Support
Popular Christchurch band
Assembly Required will playatthe
Pendarves Young Farmers after
event, at the Ashburton
Racecourse, has aBlack Tie
Opshop theme and is R18 to
celebrate the annual harvest
season. More than 350 people
turned out last year andorganisers
are hoping that asimilar number
will turnuptoenjoy the event
again. Tickets are available
through the Pendarves Young
Ashburton District Council staff
are workingtheirway through
thousands of old consents for
building work thatstill has no code
of compliance certificate. The
issue came to lightin2017, when
changes to the Building Act
imposed atwoyear limit. The
backlog has gone from around
5000 to 3389, with council staff
contacting owners as they worked
through old files when they had
Bovis boss off
Mycoplasma bovis programme
director Geoff Gwyn has
announced he is leaving the
programme. Mr Gwyn has spent
almost three years leading the
response and effort to eradicate
Mycoplasma bovis from New
Zealand. It is understood Mr
Gwynhas beenseconded to
another position with no plans to
return at the end of the
secondment. There is atransition
plan in placefor Mr Gwyn’s
replacement (yet to be
announced), whowill be on board
before his departure on April 3.
Cultural diversity will be
celebrated at Mount HuttCollege
next weekasthe school hosts its
annual diversityevening. It is open
to the community and supported
by Mid Canterburygroups,
families and organisations also
invited to be part of the event.
There will be arange of stalls
showcasing adiverse rangeof
cultures through food (available to
displays and performancesto
appeal to youngand old. Money
raised will be used to welcome
refugees to the district. Diversity
Day will be heldinthe college hall
and school grounds on March 26
from 5pm to 7pm.
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Mayor suggests red paint
warnings at intersections
Ashburton mayor Neil Brown has suggested
painting red warnings on the road
at problem intersections in the district.
He said large red warnings squares
had been painted on State Highway 1on
either side of the Chertsey rail crossing
and they did a good job alerting
motorists a change in the road was
The same warnings could be painted
on roads at intersections what are
known crash spots.
According to crash analysis data, 39
per cent of intersection crashes on local
roads in the past five years were caused
by drivers failing to give way or stop.
Sixtythree per cent of drivers who
caused crashes were male and almost
half of those 34 years or younger. Thirtyone
per cent of women who crashed
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Mr Brown said council had been
looking at ways ofreducing intersection
crashes using rumble strips and stop
signs, but red warnings painted on the
road could also help attract adriver’s
‘‘It’s avery effective way of lettingyou
know there is apotential hazard coming
Mr Brown’s suggestion came at council’s
infrastructure committee meeting
last week, where minutes of a recent
road safety meeting were discussed.
Cr LynetteLovett said the road safety
committeewas awaiting areport on how
effective that, and other measures, had
been on changing driver behaviour.
‘‘If it works, we should be looking at
it,’’ Mr Brown said.
Kids duathlon lined up
Argyle Park will host the third Figure
Fitness Ashburton kids duathlon on
The event will be run in three age
group sections, each starting at a
different time, and the first beginning at
Three to eight year olds will tackle a
800m bike ride and 600m run, those
aged eight to 10 years have a1.7km bike
ride followed by 800m run, and a3.4km
pedal and 1.7km run is lined up for those
The laid back event is held to
encourage participation and fun.
Entry costs $10 and proceeds will be
donated to the Australian Bush Fires
More information on the Figures
Fitness Ashburton Facebook page.
Local news at www.starnews.co.nz
Rakaia Gorge trust set up
By Mick Jensen
The Fantail Trust has been set up
with the aim of making an area of
the Rakaia Gorge predatorfree
The trust has been set up by
local residents Christine and
Robert Koller who are keen to
establish anative bird and plant
sanctuary on the true left side of
the Rakaia River in order to
encourage repopulation and the
protection of native birds, animals
The couple, who run
Quickenberry Guesthouse at
Terrace Downs, have already laid
four traps on private farm land
near the popular Rakaia Gorge
Arecent email drop to friends
and guests has also received a
positive response and yielded five
Mr Koller said the traps were
welldesigned and efficient, and
targeted possums, stoats and rats.
‘‘We use GoodNature traps,
Timm’s traps and the DOC traps
for stoats and rats.
‘‘We try not to use poison such
as cyanide, fluoroacetate or
He said the project would take a
number of years, and would keep
The Fantail Trust has been established to help make the area
alongside the Rakaia Gorge Walkway predator-free by 2050.
the couple busy in retirement, but
it needed community input and
support as well.
‘‘It is an exciting project and
hopefully some day in the future
we have birds like the bellbird, tui
and kereru thriving again in the
‘‘The walkway area is an
amazing place with ahuge variety
of native plants still growing, but it
needs our help to become alittle
paradise on our doorstep.’’
With more bird life, more
planting was also needed to feed
the birds, he said.
‘‘Neighbours at Washpen Falls
have run asimilar conservation
project for anumber of years, and
the sound of bird song there can
be heard as soon as you get out of
The public can become
members of the Fantail Trust by
giving asmall donation of $10, or
can sponsor aGoodNature trap
The first 200 donations will go
into adraw with aprize of dinner,
bed and breakfast at
The Fantail Trust bank account
is 02 0868 0110730 025 and more
information can be obtained by
emailing to quickenberry@xtra.
Book pays homage to wool
By Mick Jensen
Ruapuna author Val Taylor’s latest
book is ahomage to the natural
fibre of wool and abook to
encourage more people to knit.
Called Perfect Companions, the
book is dedicated to sheep farmers
around the world, and also to past,
present and future knitters.
The front cover shows apicture
of wool, aspinning wheel and
knitting wool and needles,
Mrs Taylor, who grew up on a
sheep and crop farm, is akeen
knitter and her book features
patterns and advice, short stories,
and also baking recipes and
Square knits are aparticular
favourite for the author who has
been aknitter for seven decades.
‘‘I’m tired of seeing all the
synthetic clothing out there.
‘‘We need to promote wool and
wool products more as far as I’m
The 80yearold said the variety
Ruapuna author Val Taylor with
her latest book Perfect
and snippets in Perfect
Companions was based on the girls’
annuals she used to read when
She said the book was an easy
read and the ‘‘perfect book to
browse and relax with’’.
The book offers abrief history of
the Early’s of Witney, England, a
business that started making fine
wool blankets in 1669 and later saw
family members move across the
world to New Zealand.
Another chapter outlines local
success story, Ashford Handicrafts,
and its spinning wheel.
The 123 page book is Mrs
Previous books have focused on
selfhelp stories, Christian
testimonies, abook penned with
local rugby legend John ‘‘Bigsy’’
McLay, and homecraft.
Mrs Taylor was diagnosed with
Parkinson’s late last year, but is
already part way through another
She intends presenting Perfect
Companions to anumber of
resthomes for seniors to enjoy and
also to use for square knit patterns.
More focus on biodiversity
There will be abigger focus on indigenous
biodiversity in the Ashburton District,
from both local and central government.
New national policy coming from
Government will mean the Ashburton
District Council must protect areas of
significant indigenous vegetation. The
Ashburton Biodiversity Advisory Group
also wants council to consider abusiness
case for abiodiversity officer.
The advisory group includes farmers,
conservationists and landcare groups, all
concerned about the loss of native plants
and animals in the district, which has
been highly modified over the past
century. Little original vegetation
The group has recommended to
council that a business case for a
biodiversity officer be prepared and
considered for council’s longterm plan
Council currently does not have afulltime
person in the role.
Abiodiversity officer with specialised
knowledge to look after indigenous
plants was going to become imperative,
the advisory group said.
Cr Lynette Lovett, who chairs the
Ashburton Biodiversity Advisory
Group chair Caption Lynette Lovett.
group, said the business case should
include areport about other groups and
agencies working in the same space in
The request is likely to be overtaken
by new national policy around biodiversity
Council chief executive Hamish Riach
said council would be legally obliged
under the new policy to devote resources
Bev clocks up 50 years
Bev Jackson has been a
member of the Netherby
(WI) for just on 50
She joined in 1969
after being encouraged
by her neighbour Iris
Taylor, who was also a
member at the time.
It was an intimate
group with less than 30
At the time Bev was
mother to three young
children, a daughter
aged seven, and twin
boys aged three, so it
was agreat way to learn
skills. They held
learned about floral
The meetings were
originally held in agiant
shed, with a big fireplace,
Street, near Mill Creek,
and Bev vividly remembers
being surprised by
acow which lived in the
paddock next door.
Even now decades
later it still makes her
The WI then moved
to the Savage Hall
before meetings moved
Bev Jackson has been with the Netherby
Women's Institute (WI) for 50 years.
to the Senior Centre.
Bev, 83, says joining
the WI was one of the
best things she ever did,
that and marrying husband,
The couple celebrated
wedding anniversary on
‘‘It did me good to
(join), Iwas aquiet wee
thing,’’ she said.
The branch this
month has been around
for 56 years and 21 of
the Netherby WI got
together to celebrate
over lunch at the
Speight’s Ale House
before holding their
regular meeting at the
rear of the premises.
Some of them added
atouch of green to their
clothing orhair asa
tribute to the upcoming
St Paddy’s Day.
Hodson said the Netherby
WI hosted interesting
music, housie, craft and
floral competitions but
was looking to include
more trips on their itinerary
to pique members
Helicopter trial ending
The trial ofthe police helicopter Eagle
in Canterbury endsonFridayand police
say it has been a valuable asset in
response toorganised crime.
Nine gang members were arrested
and charged following abusy fortnight
for Eagle; firearms, drugs and ammunition
The helicopter has been based in
Christchurch but available to assist
police inAshburton if needed.
Superintendent John Price said technology
on board the helicopter could
provide police with intelligence on gang
movements and activities.
In the most recent incident, Eagle
observed amember of alocal gang exit
a vehicle holding what looked like a
Eagle provided information on the
person and his movements to ground
staff who then coordinated aresponse.
When the offender fled in his vehicle,
Eagle tracked it from the air, providing
real time location information until
police stopped the vehicle and arrested
Eagle was earlier used at Lincoln
when eight patched gang members were
seen surrounding aresidential property;
theywere stopped. Cannabis andmoney
was also recovered from cars, linked to
gang, reported for bad driving.
Superintendent Price said Eagle had
ensured the safety of police staff and
enabled them to be more effective and
efficient and remain safe, without the
requirement to use other tactical
‘‘I cannot stressenough howgood it is
to see these gang members dealt with
safely and swiftly.’’
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Page 10, Ashburton's The Courier, Thursday March 19, 2020
On March 17, 2020 passed
away peacefully, atTerrace
View Retirement Village,
Ashburton. Aged 93 years.
Dearly loved wife of Ian.
Loved mother of Ross, Keith
and Inna, and Andrew.
Adored grandma of Lisa
and Natasha. Messages to
P O Box 361, Ashburton
7740. Special thanks to the
wonderful staff at Terrace
View for their loving care of
Jean. Aservice to celebrate
Jean’s life will be held at our
Chapel, Cnr East and Cox
March 20, commencing at
cremation at the Ashburton
MacPherson, Doreen Ann
at Ashburton Hospital on
March 17, 2020. Aged 78
Loved wife of the late
John W R MacPherson,
third youngest child of
the late Dora and Claude
Gluyas, loved sister of Bill,
the late Mary, the late
Pat, Judy, Anne, and Pam.
Doreen leaves behind
her children John, Nicky,
Stuart, and Teresa and her
grandchildren and great
Messages to: c/- The
MacPherson family, POBox
A service for Doreen will
be held at the Holy Name
Catholic Church, 58 Sealy
Street, Ashburton on Friday,
March 20at11am followed
by interment at the
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Jann or Leonie
on 308 7664
or call into
199 Burnett Street.
9July 1945 –6March 2020
At Wellington Hospital. As
aresult of an accident near
his home townofPicton.
Loved husband of Valerie
(nee Vincent) and father of
Deborah, Rachel, the late
David and Adelle and loved
brother in law and friend
of the Vincent family; Leslie
and Elizabeth, Daphne and
John Syme, Pauline and Lex
Douglas, Shirley and Colin
Kelson, Carol, and Martyn
Seay and Peterand Jill.
Gary was honoured and
farwelled at a funeral
service inPicton onFriday
’Home is the sailor, home
from the sea,
And the hunter home from
Rosy and Peter, Shirley
and the late Tim and Don,
Carolyn and Richard, Lenny
and Trina, Robert and
Merran, Emelia, Michael,
Issy and Wayne would like
to warmly thank the many
friends, family members,
neighbours and health
professionals who have
offered support toour Dad,
father in law and Grandad,
and us as a family, over
his long, happy and full
Special thanks to the
DistrictNursing team, Meals
on Wheels volunteers,
Cathy Wright and Jane
Hurley, DrPenny Holdaway,
Dr Charlotte Cox, Alan Dick,
Karen Shurroch, and all the
wonderful Cancer Society
visitors and drivers who
supported Keith in his later
Thank you all for the
flowers, cards, letters and
emails. Your thoughts and
kindness are very much
A very special thanks
to Bernard Egan and Jo
Metcalf and her team from
Memory Funerals for their
compassion, support and
Sadly missed but will be in
our hearts forever. Alife well
96 Tancred Street,Ashburton.
Phone 307 8317
A flotilla of classic and
traditional boats, big and
small, took to the waters in
cooler weather conditions
at Lake Hood on Sunday.
It was the Canterbury
Classic and Traditional
Boat Club’s annual rally
and included boating enthusiasts
from around Mid
The rally is hosted by
members of the Ashburton
Sailing Club and saw a
good turnout of model
boat crafts also grace the
Knitted or crocheted poppies
and stars for The
Poppy Flight project, due
in Ashburton next month
but now postponed, are
still being collected by
local contact Dellwyn
The nationwide project
was organised to support
the work of the Returned
and Services Association
(RSA), Starship Foundation
and New Zealand
The official tour will
now take place at alater
On display as part of the
tour will be alarge knitted
star and poppy artworks
and being added to by
community knitters keen
to support the event.
Aperfect venue for
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Beary nice work by WI
It’s teddyous work, with aneed
to be unbearably particular, but
the end result is worth it.
It’s perfecting the art of teddy
And six members of the Mid
Canterbury Federation of
Women’s Institute’s (WI) have
taken on the challenge to make a
dressed teddy bear in two piece
winter pyjamas, with no
accessories, under 40cm tall for
the WI’s Robert Young/May
Martin Trophy in the national
competition in Stoke, Nelson at
the end of May.
The ladies have attended
sessions on the art of teddy bear
making during the past two
weeks, guided by AshBearton
Teddy Bear Club’s Judy
The bears, all different shades
of brown, are being crafted using
sewing machines and hand
Mid Canterbury Federation of Women’s Institute’s Dianne Carter (of Wakanui WI) and Joan
Henderson (of Netherby WI) are taught the bear-necessities by tutor Judy Skevington (right).
Photo Toni Williams
Netball called off
Mid Canterbury Netball
has called off the last two
rounds of its Fast 5competition
Have A Go day on
March 21 is also off, along
It’s detailed work and, at
stages, appears quite macabre
with decapitated, or pinstruck
Once finished, the best teddy
bear of the six ladies will go
forward as part of acombined
Mid Canterbury entry into the
competition alongside apeg halfapron
and acrossstitched hand
towel and facecloth set decorated
with 5cm Aida cloth trim also
made by members.
with ajunior tournament
scheduled for March 28.
There will be no walking
netball until at least May
2. Holiday programmes
will also not be going
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Upgrades at salmon site
Upgrades to the Rakaia Salmon site began thisweek, with
the old toilets to be removed and the caravan effluent
dump station closed until anew location can be secured.
Council is removing the old public toilets at the park
and will replace them with anew 10pan facility, which is
intended to help meet demand on the facilities,
particularly from visitors to the district.
Council infrastructure services group manager Neil
McCann said council was keen tobegin delivering the
upgrades, which have been made possible through
combined funding from the Government's Tourism
Infrastructure Fund (TIF), Rakaia Lions and council.
"These new public toilets will make abig difference to
the salmon site. With many people, particularly tourist
buses stopping to use the toilets each day, we want to
ensure there are ample facilities available.
‘‘A lot of work has beengoing on behind the scenesto
secure asupplier for the toilets and with this and other
planning work now complete, we're ready to start
Permaloohave been awarded the tendertodeliver and
install the new toilets, which will begin on April 1.
Portable toilets will be available atthe site until the new
facilities are ready. The old toilets are having to be
removed first due to parking spaceneedsand to allow for
the new toilets to be built where the current ones are
As part of the upgrades, the caravan effluent dump
station is being relocated to another site, yet to be
determined. In the meantime, the Rakaia dump station
will be closed from Monday, but caravans and campervans
will still be able to access the Ashburton and Methven
The historic jail will also be relocated tothe other side
of the Bridgeman's hut and piling for this will be carried
out as the old toilets are removed.
Council is investing $198,000 from existing budgets to
install new toilets and carry out arange of landscaping
upgrades, including providing solarpowered rubbish bins,
additional seating, concrete footpaths, Rakaia history
signage and additional playground equipment.
A$740,000 grantfrom the TIF and $20,000 generously
donated by the Rakaia Lions is alsohelping to deliver the
More information about the location ofthe Rakaia
caravan effluent dump station will be provided when a
new site issecured.
Art exhibition in Geraldine
The rolling hills and valleys of the
Geraldine district, the softness of the
evening skies and the ties that bind us
provided the combined inspiration for
Philippa Wilson's upcoming exhibition
Into The Great Wide Open.
Opening in Geraldine's McAtamney
Gallery this Saturday, the exhibition
features 12 painted works and one
sculpture reflecting the artist's interest
in connectivity, the human condition
and our transitioning.
The cyclical nature of life and nature
is explored, putting down roots,
spreading our branches and the germination
of new ideas and beginnings,
before they burst forth.
Philippa Wilson is also asculptor. In
2006 she made a piece called Bud
which features the poem Time Out by
Included in this exhibition is a
marquette, amodel of alarge sculpture
the Tree of Life she has made.
“The seed that spreads throughout
the land,” says Philippa.
“We don't stand alone, we are
interconnected, and the most important
thing is people, and we all have a
story to tell.”
Her story and association with the
South Canterbury skyscapes that feature
in these works, began when her
(now) husband, fellow sculptor Bryn
Jones and she would visit his family in
Philippa was struck by the huge soft
The Tree of Life is one of the
sculptures in this weekend’s
exhibition by Philippa Wilson.
skies, the “great wide open” and the
Into the Great Wide Open opens at
10.30am on March 21 at the McAtamney
Gallery in Geraldine, with artist
Philippa Wilson, giving afloor talk at
Resilience speaker offers advice
Everyone feels fearful, overwhelmed
or anxious at times, says
resilience speaker and crisis negotiator
But with a default setting of
anger, hesaid people need to“just
breathe” giant slow breaths, in
through the nose out through the
mouth and again.
It calms the body and slows the
brain which, given the pace of life
today, isdefinitely needed.
Mr Burdett, the founder of
WARN International, was guest
speaker of Rural Support Trust
Mid Canterbury speaking to 180
peopleatanopen community event
at the Hotel Ashburton.
It is the second time the trust
have brought Mr Burdett to Mid
Canterbury, hoping togive people
insight into how their brain works
and the skills toswitch off and stop
He also spoke at multiple events
to students at Ashburton and
Mount Hutt colleges.
“Our brain is working five to
eight times faster than before, it’s
in continual fight or flight mode.
“It’s way too much information
going in, way too fast. Urban or
rural it doesn’t matter everything
we do today has become so complicated.”
“Life has got too busy … our
default setting isanger, that’s how
It has led to overthinking with
increased negative thoughts, sleep
problems and much worse.
There are 2.8million apps and
counting, he says waving his phone.
He said as aresult of life’s fast
pace, there was more internal
narrative going on in our own
It needed to stop, or be directed
into more positive thought.
“Sleep’s not important, it’s critical,”
he said, as away to combat
In explaining ‘‘the science
behind our brains” he offered tips
to handle different situations and
also encouraged people to deep
sigh, so as to release pressure in the
body and create oxygen flow.
Mr Burdett said times had
changed since the days of our
prehistoric brains; we did not talk
to others like we used to, there was
too much information being processed
by our brains, and we had
higher expectations on ourselves,
wantingmore for less while looking
after the environment.
He encouragedpeople to “run to
the fire. Do something about whatever
you’re worrying about,’’ rather
than letting the small things fester.
His suggested writing down a
problem or issue,then listing‘‘what
could happen’’, followed by ‘‘what’s
likely to happen’’, with a list of
‘‘what can be done’’ about it.
He also said speaking to others
used to be the first thing we did
when we needed aproblem sorted,
but now we internalised them.
“We are just not talking with
each other the way we did before.”
With our brains overloaded with
everyday life choices, it was on
heightened alert and on the lookout
for signs of danger another
hark back toour prehistoric brain.
‘‘We have relaxed. We don’t
have to think anymore. We have
technology. We’ve lost control.’’
He said itwas natural for people
to talk to themselves but ‘‘we all
have anegative bias’’ and most of
that talk is going to become negative
Any negative emotion caused a
state of alertness with the default
position being anger but positive
emotion was calming.
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Individual Excellence in aSupportive Learning Environment
19 March 2020
Message From ThePrincipal
This week we have started a campaign to
reinforce our expectations around correct
Our community and staff have made it clear that
students wearing acorrect and tidy uniformisan
importantpartofour Ashburton Collegeidentity,
and it also acts as asocial leveler.
Thereare four aspects thatare receiving particular attention.
•having correctouter garments(i.e.school jersey or plain navy blue or
•hoodies (not allowedatall);
•correct footwear (totally blackorbrown, and abletobepolished);
•only aplain navy blue or whitet-shirtunderthe Collegeshirt.
While these are areas to be smartened first, all items of uniform will be
checked. Additionally -
•facialpiercingsare not allowed,and will needtoberemovedor
replacedwith aclear,discreet retainer.
Thereissupport available forfamilies regarding uniformitems,
We appreciateand value parental supportwith this campaign.
At the time ofwriting this report, our Student Executive Committee
members were scheduled to attend the World Vision Conference in
Christchurch. Our Student Executive has along history insupporting
various good causes,with WorldVision and the40HourFamineamongst
them. We arealways inundatedwith good causes thatour students are
asked tosupport, and they choose at least one charity per term.These
choices are made by the Student Exec themselves and, unfortunately,
we arenot abletosupport everycharitythatapproachesus.
Regretfully, this popular cultural event, scheduled for tonight, was
cancelled due to Covid-19 precautions and avoiding 200-300 people
together in acombined space, at the Auditorium.
Rebuild Master Plan
The Architects appointed toconstruct our Master Plan for our new
build have had aseries of huis with key stakeholders to ensure that
they understand the needs ofour College staff and students. Part of
this planning is to ensure that our campus is future-proofed. Weare
delighted with the level of community support and interest in our new
AshburtonCollege as aHub School
We were approached recently to ascertain our willingness to be
involved as a‘Hub’school to prepare for the future NCEA changes that
will begin next year. Ten schools have been chosen from throughout
New Zealand and theyrepresentavarietyofdeciles and locations. The
Ministry ofEducation is keen to explore possible changes before they
areimplemented, by actually talking with the staffinvolved.
As aHub Schoolwewill be asounding-boardfor possible changes. The
MinistryofEducation would also like to talk to aselectionofparents or
whānau about some of the proposed changes. Ifyou are approached,
please consider making yourselfavailable.
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 programmes theyoffer.
Year 12 students are welcome to attend also, but need to register their
names at the Transition Office beforethe visit.
BoardofTrustees News ...
The Ashburton College Board ofTrustees has
endorsed AshburtonCollege’s Annual Plan for
the 2020 academic year.
Some of the key headlines that our College
Senior Leadership Team, Teaching and
Rebuild focus –and working with the Ministry
of Education and Architects to complete the
design ofthe new school to meet the needs
and expectations of the next generations of learners.
Maintenance ofour school -wehave a$400,000 budget available to
tidy-up the College to ensure the best possible spaces are available
to teach and learn inover the next five years, preceding use of new
Recognition, and meeting the challenges and opportunities of a
culturally diverse college and community. We anticipate welcoming
anumber of new students in July as part ofNew Zealand’s and Mid
Canterbury’srole in accepting refugees.
Continuing to build on the success to date for innovative learning for
Year 9and 10 students, extensions of this, and catering for different
learning styles and suiting the individual needs of all our students.
Continuedfocus on the 'AshColl Way', encompassing Pride,Qualityand
Respect, and ensuring AshburtonCollege is aschool our communityis
Ongoing support ofstudents in arapidly evolving space, including
resourcing, and engagement with key providers and supporters in our
Student achievement –ongoing academic tracking and support of
students, including communication with parents and caregivers on
their child’s progress.
Aspecial mention is giventoour Pasifikacommunity. In 2019 the NCEA
Pasifika student Level One pass rate sat atavery good 92.3%, above
average forour College.Team-work between the community, teachers,
parents providing homework study nights, ESOL (English for Speakers
of Other Languages), and hardworkfromthe students has all combined
COVID-19: IMPACTS ON ACTIVITIES
As at Tuesday 17 March the following
School Sport NewZealand has suspended all events on its
national calendar,includingrowing’sMaadi Cup.
This decision cameafter the Government advised against holding events
thatwould bring more than 500 peopletogether.
School Sport NZ’sdecision will be reviewedon06April.
This willnaturally have an impact on many sporting events
College studentswerescheduled to be involved in.
Theholdingofcultural events will also be reviewed on adaily basis.
Anumber of Regional Events arelikely to followthis process.
Continuing Events: On aCase-by-Case Basis
At College weare committed to continuing toprovide as rich and varied
Thereare somescheduledeventswhich cancontinue.
Wherenon-continuation is decided on, this is relatedtothe ‘how’students
will be transported, the nature of the event and the ability tomaintain
logical personal distances, the number of peopleinvolved.
For instance Senior Management has decided to stop the use of the
Auditorium for large groups –this meant the regretful cancellation of
AshDance, andcurrently we arenot holdingYear LevelorHouse Assemblies,
because they involve large numbers of students and staff in one enclosed
Obviously this situation is evolving daily. The College will continue to
adheretothe MinistryofHealth and MinistryofEducation information and
advice, and advise families and students accordingly.
Currently the Ministry ofEducation is instructing schools to explore the
feasibilityofproviding distancelearning should this be required.
The following visits remain scheduledfor Term Oneand into Term Two:
25 March Ara Institute
01 April Otago University
08 April CanterburyUniversity
24 April(Term 2) Lincoln University
06 May VictoriaUniversity
13 May Auckland University
StudentExecutiveMembers Help at County
College StudentExecutivemembers (pictured above,lefttoright):
Lucy Moore, Jonty Small and PoppyKilworthassisted as timekeepers at this
year’s Mid Canterbury Primary Schools’County Swimming Sports held on
Tuesday03March,atthe EA NetworksCentre. Competitors came from the
Jonty said they all thoroughly enjoyedsupporting the best swimmers from
around the district, and helping out with the 2½ hour programme.
(Pictured below): Theteam recording afinisher.
Lucy and Poppy
Year 13 GeographyClass to HakatereRiver
On Tuesday03March College's Year 13 Geographyclass took atripdownto
the mouth of the Hakatere River. Teacher Annie Lees said that, currently in
Geography, students arestudying Coastal Processes and looking at coastal
features like spits,and also the process of Long ShoreDrift (LSD).
(Pictured right, back
(Front row, lefttoright):
shows well how
and the Hakatere
This visit wascompared against photos taken on 21 July last year when the
riverwas in full flood,and theriverbed looked very different.
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19 March 2020
Fundraising for Laptops
Currently at College,with the supportofLiz Carrick,AssistantHead of Senior
School, wehave anumber of students undertaking supervised baking onsiteafter
school as aprojecttoraisemoney to purchase their owndevice.
The baking is then available to stafffor purchasing,with supplies replenished
asaprevious batchissold. This is proving to be averysuccessful venturefor
all,although staff waistlines maytell adifferentstory of course!
Given Ashburton College encourages
students to ‘Bring Their Own Device’
it is heartening to see this group of
students showing such initiative and
giving their own time to achieve an
outcome. Additionally, the students
will ‘bake to order’.
(Pictured above,leftand right): With an
appetising caramel sliceready forthe
oven, areMariz Bravoand
(Pictured right, leftand right):
TiffanyAgacer and Julianna Apoldo
LanceBurdett –Safety, Wellness and
Ashburton College was very fortunate to be able to have Lance Burdett
(pictured right) speak to both Year 12 and Year 13 students on Monday 09
Marchand to all staff afterschool on the same day.
This opportunity was made available to College through the generosity
of the Mid CanterburyRural SupportTrust who had brought LancetoMid
Canterburytospeak at acommunityevening.
Across the sessions Lance talked about his employment and health
background, and his current neurological studies of the brain and
how itinfluences our human responses to situations, particularly to a
negative bias. Included in the ‘how to manage’toolkit were anumber of
mindfulness and relaxation strategies, plus reminders of the benefits
of talking and socialising with others and seeking support. High on
the importance list were sleep challenges, tips on how to ensure a
good night’s sleep and how toavoid the ‘wake-up/worry time’ around
3:00am! Managing the ‘internal voice narrative’ and recognising the
signs of people under stress added to the value of the presentation.
He advised thatour primitivebrains arebeing asked to operate eighttimes
more quickly than previously, highlighting the challenges of information
AshColl Swimming Sports
This annual event, inclusiveofthe fine traditionofHouseCompetition,
was held on Wednesday 11March at the EANetworks Centre, with
eighty swimmers competing. There was great encouragement and
House spirit, alongwith somefine performances across the age groups.
Agood number of entries in the Year 9age groups led to some great
competition. Hannah Joyce was dominant inthe Year 9Girls’ events,
winning allfive of her races and claimingthree newrecords in the process.
Izacc Carr had agreat battle with Thomas Robertson to take the Year 9
Boys’Championship out with Thomas as the runner-up.
Year 10 student, Hannah King, repeated her strong performance from last
year and again wonfive events to take outthe Year 10 Girls’Championship
claiming five new records along the way. Meagan Binnie also claimed
new records in the 50m and 100m backstroke to finish as the runnerup.
For the Year 10 Boys, Logan Scammell won five events to win the
championship,followedbyDanielThompson as runner-up.
Low numbers of swimmers in the Year 11 age group meant that many
events were not contested. Cody Robin emerged as the Boys’Champion
and Caendal Harris won five events to convincingly win the Girls’
Blake Farr was dominant inthe Year 12 and 13 Boys’events to win the
overall championship. However, the Senior Girls’ Championship was
hotly contested with PoppyKilworth and Victoria Binnie finishingtied on
Perhaps the most hotly contested races ofthe day were found in the races
forswimmers with disabilities.Itwas greattosee our students from the SLSU
(StudentLearning SupportUnit) fully involved in this fine House competition
alongside their peers,and producing some excellentperformances.
Raglan Patrick set a new record in the 25m Freestyle event after a tight
tussle with Cody Robin. Not to be outdone, Cody Robin then broke the
records in both the 25m backstroke and 25m breaststroke, edging out
Raglan in both races. Every record available was broken in the events for
swimmers with disabilities (SWD).
Overall bragging rights on the
daybelonged to Blue House who
were the 2020 Swimming Sports
winners by just 11 points from
Green House,with Orange House
in third place, and Red House in
(Pictured left): Cody Robin on the
starting block,prior to an event.
(Far left) Is organiser Carolyn Clough.
Raglan Patrick in the 25m Freestyle.
Abig thank youisgiven to staff members Darion Gray (SportsCo-ordinator),
Sue Johnstone, Ron Carlson (Head of Sport); Staff House Leaders Sarah
Lassen, Pete Lee, James List and StaceyMonk, and all of the other helpers.
Overall Results and NewRecords were –
Year 9Girls Champion: Hannah Joyce Runner-up: Leah Reid
Newrecordsset by Hannah Joyce were: 50m Freestyle (32.63);
50m Backstroke (38.24); 50m Butterfly (37.94).
Year 9Boys Champion: IzaccCarr Runner-up: Thomas Robertson
Year 10 Girls Champion: Hannah King Runner-up: Meagan Binnie
Newrecords set by Hannah King were: 100m Freestyle (1:07.41);
50m Backstroke (38.16); 100m Backstroke (1:21.21);
50m Breaststroke (40.46); 100m Breaststroke (1:27.38);
50m Butterfly (34.65); 100m Individual Medley (1:15.64).
Year 10 Boys Champion: Logan Scammell Runner-up: Daniel Thompson
Year 11 Girls Champion: Caendal Harris Runner-up: Chinatsu Hunt
Year 11 Boys Champion: Cody Robin Runner-up: Chris Angus
Newrecords set by Cody Robin were: 25m Freestyle (19.44);
25m Backstroke (24.72); 25m Breaststroke (29.01).
Year 12/13 Girls JointChampions: PoppyKilworth, Victoria Binnie
Runner-up: Marlese Schoonderbeek
Year 12/13 Boys Champion: Blake Farr Runner-up: Kalen Tait
Relay Events /ResultsSummary
No new records were set in the relay events this year, and the House
Championship 8x25m Freestyle Relaywas wonbyGreen House.
Relayeventswere100m Medley and 100m Freestyle distances with winning
results interestingly going to the same House at each level in each event.
Junior Girls-Green House; Junior Boys - Blue House;
Senior Girls-Orange House; Senior Boys - Green House.
Championship 8x25m Freestyle -Green House (as above)
From these competitors,asmall team will nowcontest the Aoraki Secondary
Schools’Swimming Championships on Wednesday25March.
(Pictured aboveleft): Year 11 Girls’Champion Caendal Harrisinaction.
(Pictured aboveright): Blue House Co-captain, LiamSullivan.
Played at the Waitikiri Golf Course in Christchurch on Monday 09March,
forty five golfers contested the individual competition, of which
Josh Ackerley and Hiromune Kakada were from Ashburton College,along
with teacher Liz CaboutasCoach/Manager.
Liz said thatboth students playedwell, with Hiromune shootingone under
his handicap. However the winning gross score was 68 by aplayer from
St Andrew’sCollege.Both Josh’s and Hiromune’sgross and nett results were
in the middle of the field, with Joshua (pictured belowleft) scoring 83 for a
nett of 76; and Hiromune (pictured below right) 79 for anett of71togain
College’s best gross and nett individual.
SpecialOlympics Athletics Day
This eventwas held in Timaru with schools from Oamaru,Timaru,Geraldine
and Ashburton participating. Teacher-in-Charge Cheryl Hardy said that,
once again, it was apleasure totake the SLSU (Student Learning Support
Unit) students to the event and that all staff who attended were extremely
proud of the students’behaviour,attitude and achievements. Theycertainly
personified all that’s good about an all-encompassing, inclusive sports
Each student excelled in the way that they did their very best and supported
each other. Itwas adayfull of fun and sporting ‘highs’.
Theevent is completedinheats only andresults for Ashburton
College were as follows:
Chelssea Cheesman 2 nd 50m Walk,4 th Girls’Standing Long Jump,
4 th 100m Walk.
Stacey Cooper 3 rd Girls’Standing Long Jump,
4 th Girls’Softball Throw, 4 th 50m Walk.
DannyGlanville 2 nd 100m Run, 3 rd Boys’Long Jump,5 th Boys’Shot Put.
Jonathan Hardy 6 th 50m Walk,6 th Boys’Shot Put.
Hayden Miller 1 st 50m Wheelchair Race,3 rd Boys’Softball Throw.
JacobOlsen 1 st 50m Walk,4 th 50m Run, 5 th Boys’Softball Throw.
Raglan Patrick 1 st 100m Run, 1 st 200m Run, 2 nd Boys’Shot Put.
TomRoberts Forbes 2 nd 50m Wheelchair Race,4 th Boys’Softball Throw.
Cody Robin 1 st Boys’Softball Throw, 1 st Boys’Standing Long Jump.
Delta Taeauga 1 st Boys’Shot Put, 2 nd Boys’Long Jump,2 nd 100m Run.
Harrison Thorpe 3 rd 50m walk,5 th 100m walk,6 th Boys’Softball Throw.
Dominic Wayman 2 nd 50m Walk,2 nd 100m Walk,3 rd Boys’Softball Throw.
Rebecca Wilson 2 nd 50m Walk,3 rd 100m Walk,5 th Girls’Softball Throw.
4x100m AshColl Avengers RelayWinners –Sixth ConsecutiveYear
Forthe sixth year in arow,the 4x100m Relayteam, AshColl Avengers,won
This year therewerenew members in the
team, made up of - Delta Taeauga,
Cody Robin, DannyGlanville and
Raglan Patrick. Well done boys,you did
us all proud!
(Pictured right): Delta Taeauga poised
as first runner in the relay.
in the Softball
front and back):
at the Standing
19-20 Year 11 Outdoor Education, Woolshed Creek
20 CanterburySecondary Schools’Triathlon, Sumner
24-25 ForwardFoundation Girls’Cricket,Christchurch
Year 12 Outdoor Education trip
25 Aoraki SecondarySchools’Swimming Championships,Timaru
CanterburySecondary Schools’ Dressage competition, Christchurch
Year 13 Ara Instituteliaison visit,Auditorium
Mountain biking –Singletrack series week 4, Halswell Quarry Park,
26 Aoraki Volleyball Championships,Timaru
Year 11AGS Group 1Animal Handling,Lake Heron Station
Year 11AHA visit to Salmon Smolt NZ, Kaiapoi
Postponementday:Year 11 Geographytrip, Mt Hutt
27 Year 13 ChemistrytripRavensdown, Christchurch and Lincoln
27-29 SISS Mountain Bike Championships,MtHutt
28-30 SISS Touch Championships,Christchurch
Please note: at the time of publication, these events were taking place.
Term One - Thursday09April
Term Two Tuesday 28 April - Friday03July
Term Three Monday20July - Friday25September
Term Four Monday12October - Thursday29October (Year 13)
- Thursday03December (Year 10)
- Friday04December (Year 9)
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Fun day out at the Mayfield show
The Mayfield A&P Show drew a
large crowd who enjoyedagreat
community day out with events and
The sun was shining and people
fromthe community and beyond
event last Saturday, which
organisers are hailing as a‘‘huge
The show continuedwith their
point of difference fromother
shows with noveltyevents such as
wobbly bike riding, pig racing,
tractor tyreflipping, tug of war
competitionand people againsta
But it also had all the core
aspectsofanA&P show, with
floral,art, vegetables among some
of the competition entriesand
Other crowd pleasers included
popular equestrianevents, dog
trials run by the Mayfield Collie
Clubaswell as atwo day tractor
Maisey Dunlea, 2, Tilly Taylor, 8, and Maggie Taylor, 4, watch the
action in the main ring.
There was plenty to keep the kids busy at the show.
The Mackenzie Highland Pipe Band in action.
There were attractions for young and old on the day.
Darryl Sutton puts his all into afun tractor tyre flipping event at the show.
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Rowers in the medals
Mid Canterbury's Sarah Wilson shows her form during the Mid Canterbury
versus South Canterbury cricket match at Ashburton Domain on Sunday.
Girls win on domain wicket
The Mid Canterbury girls cricket team
convincingly won their match against
South Canterbury at the Flying Fox
pitch at the Ashburton Domain on
Under the guidance of coach Kathryn
Clark, the players, with arange of
experience from Year 7toYear 12,
worked well together during the 30over
Mid Canterbury took to the crease
first and scored 134 runs for 8out;
Emma Begg top scored with 41 not out.
South Canterbury were all out
without making 100.
It is the second time the young side
has effortlessly beaten their South
Canterbury opposition. They played in
Timaru on February 23 and kept South
Canterbury limited to just 55 runs.
Mid Canterbury won the game
without the loss of awicket. Top scorer
for that match was Sasha Arnold with 41
won silver and bronze at the
Senior rower Ged Wall won
silver in the boys U17single
sculls event on Saturday,
finishing less thanthree
seconds behind Otago Boys
High School rower Reuben
Cook who recorded atime of
Wall was also fourth in the
U18 single sculls finalraced on
Also in the medals was the
boys U18 novice coxed quad
sculls boat of Matthew Pearce,
Mitchell Taylor, Henry Wallis,
RileyHarris and cox Jed Amos.
finished in afast timeof
7m:12.33s, coming in behind
Timaru Boys and John
The Ashburton College boys
U18 novice coxedfour made
Sunday’s Afinal, finishing fifth
in atime of 7m:30.14.Inthe
boat were Zane Cameron,
Parker Bradford, Henry Wallis,
Charles Savage and cox Jed
Ashburton College rower Ged
Wall (right) with his silver
medal from the boys U17
single sculls event and
(below) on the podium, and all
smiles are Ashburton College
rowers bronze medal winners
Matthew Pearce, Jed Amos
(cox) Mitchell Taylor, Henry
Wallis and Riley Harris with
assistant coach Fran
Rangitata MP Andrew Falloon
Cost of Covid19will be felt bycommunities for years
So much can change in so shorta
time. In recentweeks our district has
beengearing up for big eventslike
the MethvenA&P Show, aterrific
showcase of our ruraland
internationally of Covid19, and the
risks that presents to people in New
Zealand,particularly the elderly and
those especially vulnerableto
viruses, the decision was made by
the Governmenttocancel all events
involving more than500 people.
The effectsofthe virus, and the
response to it, go further. With the
decision to enforce 14 days selfisolation
on all peopleenteringNew
Zealand fromSundaynight, our
tourism industry has understandably
been hit hard. I’ve spokentoa
number of tourism operatorsand
accommodation providers who’ve
seen their forward bookings by
international tourists shrink nearly
For some the recovery will be
hard. Placeslike Methvenrely
heavily on the ski season to survive.
One local business owner I’ve heard
from in recent days stands to lose
$317,000. Another earns 80 per cent
of their revenue during the winter
months. They’re now staring down
the barrelofthe equivalent of three
consecutive summers, enough to
drive themout of business without
To their credit, the Government
have stepped in to offer some
support. On Tuesday they
announced a$12 billion package,
capped at $150,000per business.
Akey part of the package is a
wage subsidy,akin to someofthe
work the previous Governmentdid
after the Canterbury earthquakes
and thenthe Kaikouraearthquake.
Employed by Government at the
time, Iworked with businesses cut
off by road closures in Kaikoura,
and others affected in Hanmer and
Canterbury and Marlborough. The
aim of the subsidy was simple: to
It’s achallenge for any
Government, and naturally acostly
But the alternative is aknockon
lengthening adownturn and tipping
us into recession.
The reality is arecession may
happenanyway. Evenbefore anyone
had heard of Covid19 economic
projecting that the Government
would fall back into deficit this year.
Increased spending on programmes
like feesfreefor universitystudents
and Shane Jones’ Provincial Growth
Fund had put pressureonthe
Employment growth had already
stalled, from 10,000 additional jobs
everymonthin2017, to afractionof
that in the latterhalf of last year.
Necessary spending on Covid19,
and an inevitableimpact on
employment, will heighten those
We all hopethat the viruswon’t
become establishedhere, but even if
it doesn’t, we’re not immune to the
The response to that is likely to
take years,rather than months, and
requires aclear and comprehensive
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 intothe future.
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ACL staff behind WorkWell
ACL human resources and compliance manager Jane Jolly, ACL WorkWell leader,
Health and Safety administrator Emma Prichard, and WorkWell adviser, Community
Public Health health promoter Carly McDowell progressing through the
accreditation process in the WorkWell programme.
Weight loss, healthy eating and a few wellplaced
‘carrots’ were among the benefits for
Ashburton Contracting Ltd (ACL) staff getting
behind the company’s continual involvement in
the national WorkWell programme.
The company has just passed its silver
accreditation, the second step in the four level
programme. The gold level isfollowed bya
Working toward their silver accreditation
staff chose to focus on a healthy eating
challenge, to continue with mental health and
wellbeing, and physical activities. It tied in with
employee assistance programmes already in
place such asinjury focus and better manual
handling, discounted gym memberships and
physio prevention rehabilitation, which has
been in place for quite some time.
Fifteen people took part in the company’s
Lose to Win Challenge losing an impressive
total combined weight of93.6kg.
But it was ACL’s RussellWarlowwho lost an
impressive18.4kg on the individual challenge
and it earned him, and his wife, afully paid
Hanmer Springs getaway weekend.
The incentivewas one of many the company
offeredtostaffaspart of theirinvolvement, but
WorkWell adviser, Community Public Health
health promoter Carly McDowell says incentives
do not have to cost anything.
They are generally setbythe companyand its
Benefits have also included a change in
eatingculture among staffand, around the type
of foodprovided for morningtea shouts. In the
past there may have been just savouries and
sandwiches but now offerings will ahealthier
option such as fruit, cheese and crackers or
ACL, which was the first Ashburtonbusiness
to sign up for the free WorkWell workplace
wellbeing programme, wanted to create a
happier, healthier and more productive workplace.
Theprogramme’s needs fit in around the
existing health and safety committee.
Other companies have since followed.
The newly gained silver level will see staff at
the contracting company complete anew staff
survey in the coming months tofind priority
areas, but they will work toward adrug and
ACL WorkWell leader, Health and Safety
administrator Emma Prichard said the understanding
of the programme had become easier
as staffwere more aware of the process. But the
accreditations were definitely earned because as
the levels advanced there was more work tobe
She said the support offered though the
programme had been vital, as was the backing
It was the staff who gave direction on the
accreditation level focus through aconfidential
survey,which allowed them to voice opinions on
priority wellbeing areas they felt needed to be
ACL has around 135 employeesand it’s up to
them whether they take the information on
board or not, but working through the
programme has helped make workplace discussion
‘‘WorkWell’’ is afree, workplace wellbeing
initiative with step by step support and
mentoring, easy to use resources, workshops
and networking opportunities.
Airport has new
More aircraft could be
filling up at the Ashburton
the Ashburton District
resource consent for
RD Petroleum to
install a refuelling
BP currently have
which supply one type
of fuel, but the tanks
have reached the end
of their uesful life and
the company wants to
remove them, relinquish
their lease and
RD Petroleum have
agreed to supply and
install a 20,000litre
AV gas tank (current
fuel) and a20,000litre
Jet A1 tank.
The airport is owned
by council,whose planning
consider the resource
The company plans
to lease land near an
playground atthe airport,
though rent will
be minimal to recognise
the cost of the
manager Colin Windleborn,
in areport to
the Ashburton Airport
said the installation
of both fuels
would mean an
increase in refuelling
activity at the airport.
Existing users, plus
helicopters and gas
turbine aircraft, would
be able to fill up due to
the availability of both
its only cost would be
to install asmall concrete
apron in front of
the refuelling depot
for a hard stand for
He said the proposed
location was the best
spot for users and for
the tankers that would
refill the aboveground
storage tanks. The
tanks will be bunded
Mr Windleborn said
a new playground
could be installed as
the airport was further
Help protect yourself andyour
whānau with simple tips like
washingand drying your hands
Your health is in your hands.
Formoreinfoand tips on staying
well visit health.govt.nz/COVID-19
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Burn research work ateam effort
Controlled burn research up the
Rakaia Gorge is aproject that has
taken scientists and fire and emergency
crews working alongside staff
from Department of Conservation
and Environment Canterbury more
than ayear to prepare.
And once the wind conditions
were just right and each of the fires
were set the tinderdry metrehigh
gorseland along Double Hill Run
Road went up in flames in minutes.
It’s an impressive sight, marred
only by thick black and grey smoke
billowing off into the atmosphere.
The project, led by Crown research
institute Scion, who specialize in
research, science and technology
development for the forestry, wood
product, wooddrived materials and
other biomaterial sectors, has
included agroup of researchers from
the US Forest Services, Missoula
Fire Sciences Laboratory, San Jose
State University and University of
Canterbury geography department.
There have also been Fire and
Emergency New Zealand (FENZ)
crews from Mid Canterbury, Canterbury,
West Coast and Otago getting
invaluable ontheground operational
training experience, and a
chance to network with other fire
crews during a coordinated
But the hundreds of man hours to
get permits and approvals, to prepare
the 80 hectare site with burnoff grids
across six burn plots, complete with
10metre wide firebreaks and buffer
zone, as well as the ground work
done on burn days by fire crews were
There was valuable insight in to
how “freerunning fires” behave in
gorse scrub fuels to add to existing
knowledge from other experimental
burns done around New Zealand.
Scion Rural Fire Research Group
fire scientist Grant Pearce said the
focus was on the ‘fine scale dynamics
happening right in the flame zone”
and, among other things, to investigate
a US Forest Service theory
about how heat was transferred from
flames to unburned fuels ahead.
He said it meant the movement of
heated air (convection) was “much
more important than previously
thought” and it was hoped the burns
would prove it.
Using a series of instruments
within the burn sites, including
30metre towers, video recordings
and drones to capture the fire
spread, measurements were being
taken on everything from flame
temperatures, to the turbulence happening
within the flame zone, right
out to the turbulence above the fires
and in the atmosphere.
Lidar was also being used to track
particles in the smoke produced.
The information will help improve
models for predicting how fires will
spread and how hot they will burn.
Information that can be used by
“The research collaboration with
these international and local partners
allows us to tap in to all that
expertise and really add to the
experiments in New Zealand,” he
The fires only took place under
specified weather conditions, had a
helicopter on standby, and with the
final approval of Fire and Emergency
New Zealand. Water was collected
for fire trucks and water storage
tanks from an onsite stream. Prior to
the burns it was used to douse the dry
spots neighbouring the fire zone to
prevent fire spread.
It was also used to mop up the fire,
and prevent flare ups, once the burnoff
had burnt through.
On the morning of burn days, fire
crews signed in at the operations site
and gathered for meetings which
All personnel at the site sign in as part of the co-ordinated incident management system.
included burn plot information,
weather updates and on site conditions.
They were supplied apacked
lunch and bottles of water, which
along with the portable toilets on
site, were able to sustain them for the
The location of everyone on site
was identified using acoordinated
incident management system and
placed on card on acentral management
board. The cards were removed
as each person cleared the site.
The effects of wild fires and bush
fires can be devastating and every
year New Zealand has around 3000
wildfires which burn around 6000
hectares of rural lands. It’s an annual
cost to New Zealand of $100m, which
includes firefighting response and
readiness costs, and immediate
damages to property. It does not
include indirect losses such as damage
to rural lands or conservation
resources, personal property or lives.
“As our climate changes and
extreme fire conditions become
more common, our research findings
will hopefully help prevent loss of
life, property and our native vegetation
The fire burns will help fire
managers predict where fires are
likely to occur, how severe they will
be, how they are likely to behave
based on vegetation type and other
conditions, and what resources are
needed to control them and put them
Information such as fuel loadings,
fire spread rates and smoke behaviour
for gorse vegetation, a highly
fireprone fueltype common across
the country, will aid understanding
of fire behaviour to improve training
information and prediction tools for
firefighters and rural land managers.
The Rakaia Gorge burn follows
earlier experimental burns done in
crop stubble fields and would look at
standing wild pine fires in the future.
Mature gorse was considered particularly
interesting as it can contribute
aheavy fuel load to fire and
“The economic, social and
environmental costs of wildfire are
growing, and will continue to grow as
communities increasingly spread into
rural and forested areas, and as the
changing climate results in hotter,
drier conditions and an increasing
number of extreme firerisk days.”
Scion’s rural fire research is done
Instruments in the burn site measure fire activity (above), using drip line ignition (below).
to provide FENZ and other rural fire
and emergency response agencies
with the knowledge and tools to
prevent fires from occurring and to
put wildfires that do occur, out more
quickly and safely. The team as
completed over 140 similar burn
experiments in different vegetation
BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE
Expansion will lift care levels
HealthCarewill increase bed
numbers at the Geraldine facility
Buildingofthe extension began
in December2018,and it is
expectedtoofficially open next
It includes24new beds,
including twoextra-large palliative
withakitchen to enablefamily
administrationarea, asmall cafe
thatwill be opentovisitors, staff
room, newdining andlounge area.
General managerKim Entwistle
addition,allowing an opportunityto
The currentaged care facility
has 49 beds, including six
dedicated D3 levelrest-home
dementiabeds and dual-purpose
hospitalorrest-home beds,and a
dedicated respite carebed.
Every newroom has aprivate
ensuite,and is largerthana
standardroom, at 19sq m,
Rooms comefullyfurnished, but
residents areencouraged to bring
their own furniture if theywish, and
all haveasmarttelevision and
Seventeen of therooms have
makingiteasier forthe resident
Withalight, bright colour
rooms have atranquil feel,and will
allow each resident to puttheir
own markontheirroom and make
The extension also provides for
and safe internalcourtyard areas
HealthCare have the first option of
rooms in the new wing, and several
are looking forward to moving in.
The extension has beenaboost
Nearing completion ... The new 24bed extension at McKenzie
HealthCare in Geraldine is nearly completed, and will increase bed
numbers by 50% at the facility.
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for local tradespeople, and
McKenzie HealthCarehas been
supporting localoperators as much
as possibleduring the build.
Community support is afeature
of the facility,from residents’
families, to volunteers who come to
help with various activities and
Staff numbers will increase with
McKenzie HealthCare’s positionas
amajoremployer in the town.
At present, thereare 65 to 70
staff,amix of full-time, part-time
and casual, and including nursing
staff,healthcare assistants and
support staff. They work underthe
direction of general managerKim
Entwistle, clinical co-ordinator
Cathie Orange,and asenior
As wellascaringfor residentsat
McKenzie HealthCare, staff are
also looking to providecare for
residentsinthe 10 assisted care
unitsinthe McKenzie Lifestyle
High tech ... McKenzie Health
Care general manager Kim
Entwistle and senior registered
nurse Jenny Hall, in one of the new
rooms with the overhead hoist
Horrell Construction are proud to
have worked with HPA tobuild The
MHC Hospital for our community
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facility, the new extension, and the McKenzie
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19 March2020 | ISSUE 144
Demolition well underway
Rakaia Salmon site upgrades
Upgrades to the Rakaia Salmon
sitehavestarted this week,with
the old toilets being removed
from Monday 16 March and the
caravan effluent dump station
closing until anew location can
TheCouncil is removing the oldpublic
toilets at the park and is replacing them
with anew 10-pan facility, which is
intendedtohelp meetdemand on the
facilities,particularly from visitors to the
Council Infrastructure Services Group
Manager, Neil McCann says the
Council iskeen to deliver the upgrades,
which have been made possible
through combined funding from the
Government's Tourism Infrastructure
Fund (TIF), Rakaia Lions and the
"These new public toilets will make a
big difference tothe salmon site. With
many people, particularly tourist buses
stopping to use the toilets, we want
to ensure there are ample facilities
"A lot of work hasbeengoing on behind
the scenes to secure asupplier for the
toilets and with thisand otherplanning
work now complete, we're ready to
Permaloo hasbeen awarded the tender
to deliver and install the new toilets,
which will begin on 1April. Portable
toilets will be available at the site until
the new facilities are ready. The old
toilets are having toberemoved first
dueto parkingspace needsandto allow
forthe newtoilets to be built wherethe
current onesare located.
As part of the upgrades, the caravan
effluent dumpstation is being relocated
to another site, yettobedetermined.In
the meantime, the Rakaia dump station
is closed from 16 March, but caravans
and campervans are still be able to
2 Capsules in Ashburtoncenotaph 4 Rural roads
access the Ashburton and Methven
The historic jail is also being relocated
to the other side of the Bridgeman's
hut,and piling forthis will be carried out
as the oldtoilets areremoved.
The Council is investing$198,000 from
existing budgets toinstall new toilets
and carry out arange of landscaping
upgrades, including providing solarpowered
rubbish bins, additional
seating, concrete footpaths, Rakaia
history signage and additional
A $740,000 grant from the TIF and
$20,000 generously donated by the
Rakaia Lions is also helping to deliver
More information about the location
of the Rakaia caravan effluent dump
stationwillbeprovidedwhen anew site
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FROMTHE MAYOR: HAVE YOUR SAYONPLANS FORTHE ASHBURTONDOMAIN /COUNCILLOR COMMENT -CAROLYN CAMERON
From the Mayor: Have your sayonplansfor
the Ashburton Domain
The Ashburton Domain is
undoubtedly one of our most
important local facilities.
Looking back over the years, it's
provided many great memories
like Christmas events, sporting
now weare turning our eyes to
the future and looking ahead to
what the Domain could be over
the next 30 years.
The Council has adopted a draft
Ashburton Domain Development Plan
that seeks to future-proof the Domain
for our community for many years to
come, and we need your help to ensure
we'reonthe right track.
Thechanges proposed addressalmost
every activity, facility and attraction
at the Domain. There are proposals
for sports clubs, the playground
and paddling pool, gardens, lawns,
waterwaysand even theway people get
in and out of theDomain.
For instance, there are proposals to
move the paddling pool closer to
the playground; build heritage and
café and outdoordining area;construct
an entranceway from Walnut Avenue;
andimprove connectivity to Ashburton
town with better access across State
With these various proposals in mind,
I'm sure there are ideas that would
be of interest to every person inour
district,whetheryou take thekids to the
Domain on weekends,enjoy abarbecue
or picniconthe lawns,gotoevents,or
playsportatone of thefields or facilities
throughout the year.
It's crucial that residents take alook at
the draft proposalsand tell us whatthey
think beforeafinal DevelopmentPlanis
We need to know ifwe're making the
when the work for each individual
project would begin and which items
should be prioritised.
Youcan have your say bycompleting
a feedback form on the Council
to speaktoyour submissionatahearing
that will take place after consultation
closes. This is agreat chance tovoice
your opinion directlytoCouncillorsand
forthemtoask youquestionsfor more
This is your Domain, so please playyour
part and have asay on its future.
We aredeveloping a30-yearplan forour Domain to
ensureitisfuture-proofedfor theyears to come.We
want to knowwhat youthink of our ideas -thisis
your chance to shapewhatthe Domainwill look like.
Full maps andinformation on theproposed
plans, alongwithaform to provideyour
feedback canbe foundat
We areaccepting feedback until 5pm, Sunday 5April 2020.
Councillor Comment-Carolyn Cameron
Over the past few months,
of the Ashburton District from
aby-gone era. Ihave been
visitingsome of the hallsand
reserve boards in ourdistrict,
of which there are 19under
I’ve experienced awonderful sense
carefully maintained buildings offer
aview ofwhat our world was like
over acentury ago: one hall, which
was formally Greenstreet School
was opened in 1876 and isnow a
sizeable combined districthall.
Avisit reminds us of the sacrifices
many people made in the Great
War and the Second World War as
we take in the names listed on old
boards hanginginsolemn reminder
of past sacrifices.
The halls ofour district are often
generally adorned with well-used
stages and beautiful wooden
floors, lovingly maintained and
restored by volunteers putting
hours into cleaning, painting
and tending these remnants of a
previous era. These are the people
our district depends on to preserve
an important part of our heritage.
To paraphrase Isaac Newton,
we progress by “standing onthe
shoulders of giants”.
Iurge everyone to visit our Museum
and look at the photographs and
exhibits of an earlier Ashburton
and imagine the lives our great
grandparents enjoyed. Follow this
experience upwith adrive around
the district and view these old
halls, reserves, playgrounds and
tennis courts and appreciate an
earlier time in our districts history.
Appreciating and understanding
the past is important and we need
to constantly remindourselvesthat
what we enjoyisherebecauseofthe
efforts of thosewho went beforeus.
Our new Civic Centre, housing the
Council and Library, will be agreat
monument forthe future butlet us
ensure we retain aportion of the
past andacknowledgethese earlier
achievements.Ibelieve it would be
appropriate to incorporate some
sort offormal recognition of those
thathavehelped to makeAshburton
and its surrounding areas the
thriving region that we enjoytoday.
This could, for example, involve
installation of significant pictures
of our past into the pavements
or gardens of this new building. I
would welcome ideas from others
interested in this issue.
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MEETASHBURTON'SNEW YOUTH COUNCIL /ABOVE GROUND UPGRADES STARTING IN ASHBURTONCBD /COUNCIL TO BEGINMAINTENANCE ON ARTGALLERY&HERITAGECENTRE
Above ground upgrades
Year 13 at
travel, volunteer work with children
andspending time with friendsand
family.Ialso haveapart time job as
alifeguardand swim tutoratthe EA
Networks Centre. 2020 is going to be a
big year forme, having been selected
formyschool’sGreen House Executive,
and being offeredaposition on the
Ashburton Youth Council.
As this is most likely my lastyearliving
in thedistrict beforeIgo to university to
pursue acareerinmedicine, this is my
year to makeachangeinAshburton.
Ibelieve Ihavemany things to offer
theAshburton Community this year,
especially astrong advocate voicefor
mental health,and whatbetterway
to do that thantobethe youth voice
communicating ideas straighttothe
aYear8student at Ashburton Borough
School. Ilove readingand creative
writing, Ialso enjoyplaying Hockey. I
really care aboutthe environment.I
am very excitedtobeonthe Ashburton
YouthCouncil becauseitshows me that
Ihaveavoiceand it showsother young
people in the districtthattheir voice
Progress on the Ashburton CBD
streetscape revitalisation is
moving ahead on track, with
above ground upgrades on Cass
The new underground infrastructure,
including water pipes are almost
of Cass Street (between Havelock and
MooreStreets) and atemporary coat of
chip seal has been applied to the road.
The contractors, TruLine Civil began
constructing rain gardensand newkerb
this week (16March)and onceall above
ground upgrades are completed, the
permanent road surfacewill be applied.
The roundabout at the Cass Street/
Havelock Street intersection has been
removed. Atemporary roundabout has
been installed, but this will become a
give-wayintersection in comingweeks,
with priority given to Havelock Street
Some driver confusion continues in
the area, particularly at the Burnett
Street intersection. It's understood
that the traffic flow issues are being
compounded by the rebuild working
happening at the Ashburton Club &
MSA. Due tothe ongoing work inthis
area,residents arebeing remindedthat
stop/go regulations will be in place at
times and to be mindful of the roadwork
Learn more about the Ashburton
CBD Streetscape Revewal project at
Council to begin maintenance on Art Gallery
The Ashburton Art Gallery &
Heritage Centre will be the
focus of internal and external
repairs over coming weeks and
months, as the Council begins a
programme to remedy building
defects identified through an
The Council discovered intermittent
waterleakissues in the building during
extreme weather conditions after the
building became fully occupied. The
Councilalso foundthe air conditioning
system was not working to its
The first work tobeundertaken will
be painting and sealing the southern
exterior wall of the building as this was
with other walls being painted and
sealed where necessary. The three
upstairs bay windows facing State
Highway1will also be waterproofed.
Other repairs include inspecting
and repairing the roof membrane,
installing new heating and ventilation
Chief Executive Hamish Riach said the
Council ispleased to begin the repair
work, which has been budgeted for in
the2019/20 Annual Plan.
"Our first priority is completing the
painting and roof membrane repairs
before winter, then moving onto the
work needed insidethe building.
"It'simportant that we getthisrequired
work underway sooner rather than
later, asweknow the Art Gallery &
The Council has taken additional
steps to ensure the protection ofthe
Art Gallery and Museum assets while
work has been waiting tobegin. This
has included regular monitoring of
temperatures and moisture levels and
installing a temporary dehumidifier
system where needed to maintain
appropriatelevels of climate control.
Themaintenance work is not expected
to affect the centre'sopening hours.
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uncovers timecapsules in
A thorough deep-clean of
the Ashburton war memorial
in Baring Square West has
uncovered two time capsules,
in the cenotaph for almost 100
Behind one of the tiles that have been
carefully removed and cleaned by
hand, the team from Stoneface Ltd
came across twoairtightcopperboxes
The first time capsulewas laid whenthe
memorial wasunveiled in June 1928.It
is reportedtoinclude the namesofthe
97,335 members ofthe New Zealand
Expeditionary Force who served
overseasduring World WarI.
It is also said toinclude acopy ofthe
proclamation of peace issued byKing
George V and several local books,
newspapers and items from the time.
Jubilee booklets and catalogues from
the Ashburton A&P Association and
Ashburton County are inside, asisa
history ofAshburton compiled by the
Ashburton AAand aMāori souvenir of
Schools and churches contributed
with magazinesand souvenir booklets.
produced in the district arealsoinside.
Thesecondtime capsule is understood
Zealand soldierswho fought overseasin
Both copper boxes have remnants of
pitch coating them.
The capsules were entrusted to the
care of the Ashburton Museum who
have been looking after them until
they are reinstated after cleaning
and maintenance on the cenotaph is
finished. Neither of the capsules have
ANZACDay services 2020
Please note, these services may
arrangedfor the AshburtonDistrict,and
allresidents arewelcome to attend.
Where: Ashburton cenotaph, Baring
Speaker: MP Andrew Falloon
Service conducted by Brigadier Mike
Allwright of the Salvation Army
Where: Services Plot, Ashburton
Speaker: MP Jo Luxton
R.S.Amembers assembleatnorth end
of ServicePersonnel plot at 8.45am
CIVIC SERVICE &WREATH LAYING
Where: Ashburtoncenotaph, Baring
Speaker: Ashburton DistrictMayor Neil
citizens. 150seats reserved forreturned
personnel andother groups(Scouts,
Guides etc.) assembleatthe cornerof
Havelock and Park Streetsby10.45am.
When: 9.30am, assemble at Panther
Rock Cafécar park.
When:9.45am, parade leaves
When: 10.00am, service
Where: Mayfield Memorial Hall
Collection foracharity and morning
Teatofollow, aplate appreciated.
12.00 noon. Golf match at Mayfield
When:9.15am, assemble at the
Memorial Arch on McDonaldStreet
When: 9.30am, march
When: 10.00am, service
Where: Mt HuttMemorial Hall, 160Main
Morning Teainthe supperroom of the
Where: Hinds Hall
Ex servicepersonnel andScout &
Guides assemble at Scout Den at
Where: Rakaia Community Centre,
Mackie Street, Rakaia.
From the CEO: Heeding advice, bestprotection
As the impacts ofcoronavirus
CONVID-19 continue to unfold
each day, we are all assessing
our ownsituationsand thinking
about what we need to do to best
prepare and protect ourselves
andthe wider community.
You'll have seen that there are now
bright postersatthe entrances of the EA
Networks Centre,Museum, Libraryand
Council buildingaskinganyone who is
feeling unwell to please return home
and to contact their GP or Healthline for
We have introduced these and other
sensible precautions based on the
advicecoming from NewZealand'slead
agency onthe COVID-19 response, the
Ministry of Health (MoH). As notonlya
public serviceand facility provider,but
also alocal employer, the Councilhas a
responsibility to do allwecan to protect
the welfare ofour residents and staff.
It is aresponsibly other organisations
and businesses are actively assessing
We havereinforced sanitiser messages
to our staff to regularly wash or clean
their hands, are advising our teams
to reduce hand-to-hand contact with
others and to stay at home ifthey are
our cleaningand sanitisingactivities at
all our facilities.
Advice from the MoH experts is that
washing our hands thoroughly,
avoiding touching our faces, sneezing
and coughing into tissues or our
elbow, and staying athome ifweare
practicaland effective measures to help
protect ourselves and our community.
These are measures we should all
adopt in our efforts toberesponsible
and reduce thespreadofthe virus.
From a Council perspective, we are
refreshing our Business Continuity
Plans toensure wecan keep critical
Councilservicesopen and cansupport
and have set up an internal Pandemic
PlanningGroup whichismeeting daily
to keep abreast of developments and
respond accordingly. Additionally,
we are working with industry leaders
whoare working on behalf of allLocal
Authorities to coordinate advice ona
and their services forcommunities.
The MoH remains the single source of
truth on coronavirus COVID-19, and
I urge everyone in our community
to check their website (health.govt.
nz/COVID-19) for information. The
MoH stresses anyone who has been
overseaswithinthe last14days andhas
developed afever, cough or shortness
of breath should phone Healthline’s
dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358
5453 or contacttheirGP.
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ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES FORWORKING BEE ACTIVITIESTHIS NEIGHBOURS DAY /COUNCIL RECEIVES AA+ CREDIT RATING
Roll up your sleevesfor working bee activities
"WorkingBee in Your Neighbourhoodis
awonderful opportunity tomake new
friends and beinvolved in something
that will benefit our local facilities,"
Ashburton District Mayor Neil Brown
"Sign uptoday to play your part and
and Hakatere Multicultural Council's
Working bee locations will nominate
someone from their group or
organisation that will coordinate
the event, incollaboration with the
Neighbours Day Committee. Some
clubs may incorporate a‘have ago’
elementtotheir event as well.
Neighbours Day 2020 is set to
spark the district's community
on Saturday 28 March thanks
to anew Working Bee in Your
The Mid Canterbury Neighbours
Day Committee, comprised of the
AshburtonDistrict Council's Welcoming
Communities Programme, Hakatere
Multicultural Council, Neighbourhood
Support and Mid Canterbury TimeBank
are promoting Working Bee in Your
Neighbourhood to foster connections,
build community morale and raise
awarenessoflocal community groups.
Schools, groups and clubs who
participateinthe district-wide initiative
will not only be giving back totheir
community but willgointothe draw to
win aDominos Pizza delivery for their
event. Photosoftheir eventwill also get
Five working bee projects are already
proposed at Community House,
Hinds School, Our Lady of the Snows
Methven, Netherby School andAllenton
School. Projects are set to include
gardenplantings, sandingand painting,
weeding and general tidying and repair
The NeighboursDay Committee willbe
encouraging their members, staff and
stakeholders to roll up their sleeves
and take part in theworking bees. This
includesbusinesses who featured in the
Workplaces' video series; ACL, Subway
Ashburton, ANZCO,Talley'sand Rakaia
Island Dairies; as well as Council staff,
To learn more about the working bees
in various neighbourhoods, people
areencouraged to visitthe Welcoming
Communities - Ashburton District
Facebook page overthe comingweeks.
Lists of registered organisations will be
promoted on the Facebook page.
To register a school, club or group
with the Mid Canterbury Neighbours
Day Committee, contact any of the
coordinators, e-mail Janice.McKay@
adc.govt.nz or visit tinyurl.com/
Neighbours Day 2020 will take place
on Saturday 28 March. Learn more
about Neighbours Day at www.
Council receives AA+
The Ashburton District could
save hundreds of thousands of
dollars in interest repayments
over the coming years after it
wasrevealed this month that the
Ashburton District Council has
received an AA+ credit rating.
Independent credit rating company,
Council's ability to service debt against
arange of criteria anddeterminedthat
the Council and district are inastrong
financial position that should provide
The rating will assist the Council to
secure lower interest rates when
borrowing from lenders, which will
help offset the financial burden on
Council Chief Executive, Hamish Riach
says the AA+ credit rating means the
Council can now access lower interest
rates from the Local Government
"Fitch Ratings'assessment is apositive
and the effortsofcurrentand previous
elected Councils to operateresponsibly
and efficiently forour community.
"We are very pleased to receive this
rating. It will certainly have good
outcomes forratepayers, and residents
should be proud of theirdistrict'sgood
In the last financial year, the Council
achieved its Financial Strategy targets
to not exceed rate and external debt
Its goals for the next 10 years are to
ensure the Council remains financially
stable; spend money prudently to
deliver services, cater for growth and
manage assets soundly; ensure rates
and fees arekept to areasonable level;
and provide clear financial parameters
Information on the Council's financial
performance inthe last financial year
are available in the 2018/19 Annual
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FIVECOUNCILSSEEK FUNDING TO INVESTIGATEFUTURE WATERSERVICES /ROMANIAN GIFT FINDS HOMEINASHBURTON
Local news at www.starnews.co.nz
Councils seek funding to investigatefuture
Five CentralSouth Island district
councils haveapplied forfunding
to investigate changes to water
services as part of a major
TheCentral South WaterCollaboration
(CSW), which comprises of staff
from Ashburton, Mackenzie, Timaru,
Waimate and Waitaki district councils,
is investigating whether acollaborative
approach to three waters services
delivery could benefit their councils
and communities, leading to improved
public health and environmental
Three waters encompasses drinking
sewage transport, treatment disposal
and stormwater management.
Review team in parallel with the inquiry
into the drinking water contamination
incidentinHavelock North. It has been
considering solutions to the wider
affordability and capability challenges
facing local councils, and has mooted
that there islikely to be significant
change to how these services are
CSW has applied for $120,000 from
aGovernment fund set aside tohelp
investigate regional, multi-regional or
sub-regional service delivery models.
The five councils will split the other
$120,000 cost of the work on aper
The five councils collectively serve
around 115,000 people. The districts
are like-minded and share similar
sector and populationprofiles, as well
as common issues and opportunities
regarding three waters.
Ashburton District Council
Infrastructure Services Group Manager,
Neil McCann said, "The Government
has made itclear that the delivery of
three waters across the country will
change, and wethink it’s important
to collectively take the opportunity to
investigate and propose options using
our local knowledge and experience,
“This project will build on work
already begun byCSW to understand
key principles and objectives for
collaborative water services, identify
options for collaborative service
delivery, and understand costs and
widerimpacts to ensureservices across
the sub-region are delivered to ahigh
quality and in an affordable manner.”
Councils in the Mid and South
Canterbury area havealonghistory of
collaboration on major cross boundary
infrastructure, most recently the Aoraki
Roading Collaboration which helped
standardiseand bringbenefits of scale
to roading serviceprocurement.
Details of whichprojects will be granted
the funding from the Department of
Internal Affairs are predicted to be
announced in early April.
home in Ashburton
A family trip to Romania in
June last year has established
an unexpected relationship
between Ashburton and the
ancientcity of Constanta,thanks
to local school girl, Alexandra
Alexandra (10) who attends Hampstead
School, and her father Leonard visited
the family's home country in June
and July last year, and whilst visiting
relatives was introduced to the Deputy
Mayor of Constanta. Upon hearing of
the vast distancethe family'snew home
wasonthe othersideofthe world, the
Deputy Mayor asked if Alexandrawould
deliver aletterand bookabout the city
to the mayor of herhome in Ashburton
Last month, Alexandra presented the
gifts to Mayor Neil Brown, who was
delighted at the show ofinternational
friendship and diplomacy.
"It was Children's Day in the city, and
her grandfather knew some local
politicians," Leonard said. "When they
heardshe wasaKiwi, shewas asked if
she would meetthe Deputy Mayor."
Constanta is the oldest continually
inhabited city in Romania, and was
to one of the greatest poets in Roman
The Romanian book now resides
proudly at the Ashburton District
to Ashburton Mayor Neil Brown.
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RURALROADS GET FINAL PROTECTIVELAYER /ASHBURTONLIBRARY&CIVIC CENTRE PROJECTPROGRESSING ON TRACK
Rural roads getfinal
Several rural intersections in the
Ashburton District are receiving
afinal layer of protectiontokeep
theroadsurfaceingood order for
the roads, makingthe surface resistant
to flushing, the name giventodescribe
bitumen rising to the road surface and
resulting in asmooth pavement. This
smoothness can beslippery inwinter
and soft inextreme heat.
The finallayer of asphalt is applied after
a'milling' treatment, where the road
surfaceisdug back to allowfor the new
and old asphalt layers to seamlessly
blend with no overlap.
The intersectionsofMaronan, Cracroft,
Lismore Mayfield and McDougalls
Roads, as well as Melcombe, Moranan
and Hendersons Road, and asection
along Melcombe Street have been the
Milling depth starts at 50 millimetres
The final layer of asphaltisthenapplied
andprovides extrastrengthtothe road
Some of the programmed works
were completed in February, with the
reminderto takeplaceover thenext two
progressing on track
Progress on Ashburton's
new Library & Civic Centre is
developing on track, with the
to beginatthe endofthe year.
The Council and its project manager,
Logic Group are now inthe developed
stage ofthe design process, which is
expected to wrap up in April before
detailed designs arecraftedand putout
Council Chief Executive, Hamish Riach
says whileresidents will not have seen
much happening since the site for the
newcentrewas clearedlastyear, there
has been alot of work goingonbehind
"The design process and timeline
was established atthe very start of
this project in 2018, and we are still
operating on track.The work completed
to-date, including the site preparation,
has allowed for further technical
investigation to inform the detailed
design phase. This comprised of geotechnical
The Council approved concept
designs for the building in August
2019, which included progressing with
environmentally sustainable features,
such asanartesian well and chilled
beam cooling/heating system, and
Pioneer Hall, aheritagebuilding on the
site will also be incorporated into the
Mr Riach continued that with concept
plans established, the work is now
"It's all about how we make each
of the components work to deliver
Ashburton's new Library and Civic
Ashburton District Mayor, Neil Brown
is encouraging residents to stay up-todate
with the project by signing up to
theCouncil's free e-newsletter.
"This is an exciting project for our
community, and the end result will
be quite anupgrade from what we
currently have. Make sure you're
hearing the latest about this project
and other Council news with the
help of our e-newsletter by visiting
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SUBJECTTOCHANGE DUETOPOSSIBLEEVENT CHANGES
Pursuant to the Transport (Vehicular Traffic RoadClosure) Regulations
1965, noticeisherebygiven that the following roads will be closed to
ordinaryvehicular traffic to allowthe following:
Flying Kiwi Motorcycles Ltd, forthe purpose of attempting the Land
Speed Record Attempt event,proposestoclosethe followingroadto
ordinaryvehicular traffic forthe period indicated hereunder.
Roadproposed to be closed:
• McCRORYS ROAD betweenAwaroaSchool Road &Kyle Road
Period of Closure:
• 8.00am and 4.30pm on Friday, 03 April 2020
• 8.00am and 4.30pm on Saturday, 04 April 2020
• 8.00am and 4.30pm on Sunday, 05 April 2020 (Extraday in case
of rain on either day above)
Any person objecting to the proposal is called upon to lodgenoticeof
their objection and grounds thereofinwriting or email to Council by
4.00pm on 20 March 2020.
Pursuant to the Transport (Vehicular Traffic RoadClosure) Regulations
1965, noticeisherebygiven that the following roads will be closed to
ordinaryvehicular traffic to allowthe following:
AshburtonReturnedand Services’Association to hold ANZACDay
services,proposes to close the followingroads to ordinaryvehicular
traffic forthe period indicated hereunder.
Road to be closed
• HAVELOCK STREET,fromPark StreettoEast Street
• BARING SQUARE WEST,fromHavelock StreettoCameron Street
• SH 1(WESTSTREET),fromHavelock StreettoCameron Street
• CAMERON STREET, from West StreettoParkStreet
Period of Closure:
• From 6.00am to 8.30pm and 10.00am to 12.30pm on Saturday,
25 April 2020
Any person objecting to the proposal is called upon to lodgenoticeof
their objection and grounds thereof in writing or email to Council by
4.00 pm, Friday 27 March 2020.
Group Manager ServiceDelivery
Manager –System Management
Meetings arenow held in the new
CouncilChambers, 137Havelock Street,
Ashburton unless stated otherwise.
Thursday 9April, 10.30am
Environmental Services Committee,
Thursday 23 April, 10.30am
Thursday 23 April, (tofollow
Thursday 23 April, (tofollow
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Audit,Riskand Finance Committee,
Thursday 30 April, 9.30am
Bylaw and PolicyCommittee,
Methven Community Boardmeeting
Monday 6April, 10.30am
Mt Hutt MemorialHall,Methven
All meetings areopen to thepublicunless
otherwise stated. Meeting start times
may be subject to changeand will be
notifiedonCouncil’swebsite. Council and
Committeemeetings, and Hearings now
livestreamedonYouTube and Facebook.
Carol Johns of behalf of the Ashburton Wheels Week Committee to
hold the Wheels Week StreetParade,proposes to close the following
roads to ordinaryvehicular traffic forthe period indicated hereunder.
• KERMODESTREET from East StreettoMona Square, including all
of Mona Square
• EASTSTREET from SH1 at the southern end to Cameron Street
• MOORE STREET from SH1 to East Street
• CAMERON STREET from East StreettoVictoria Street
• BARING SQUARE EAST from Cameron StreettoHavelock Street
• HAVELOCK STREET from Baring SquareEASTtoSH1
Period of closure: From 9.30 am until 12.00 noon on Sunday,
17 May 2020.
Any person objecting to the proposal is called upon to lodgenoticeof
their objection and grounds thereof to Council by 4.00 pm on Thursday,
30 April 2020.
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assisted careunits in theadjacent
Registered nurses are on duty at
all timestoensure allmedical and
Familyand welfare guardians are
actively encouraged to be part of
Familyretain an importantrole by
being the carer advocate,actively
working with the McKenzie
HealthCare team, teaching staff
about the individual likes and
helps to ensure deliveryofthe
bestcare practicablefor them.
Staff willdiscuss medication
and keepittoaminimum, notify
family of health events and aim
for quality of life decisions to
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encourages feedback, whether it
areproperly addressed, andclient
strengthsand weaknesses and to
Family feedback also helps
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dementia level careservices,
includingpalliative, short stay,
convalescent andrespite care.
McKenzie Healthcarehas a
andregular internaland external
audits ensure it meetshigh
For 60 years, staff at 2McKenzie St in
Geraldine havebeen caring for the
community—from babies to the
district’s elderly residents.
Now the aged-care facility
McKenzie Healthcare, with a
neighbouring retirement village, the
facility had its beginnings as a
maternity hospital for the South
The site, originally knownasThe
Pines, was purchased in 1946 for a
planned 20-bed general hospital, at a
cost of £2575.
In 1955, plans for ageneral hospital
werewithdrawn and substituted with
plansfor an eight-bed maternity
hospital on the site, to replace the
16-bed Rawhiti House in the township.
At acost of £57,000, the Geraldine
MaternityHospital was completed in
1960, andRawhiti House ceased
operating as amaternity hospital and
became ageriatric home.
For 26 years, this was the Geraldine
MaternityHospital, run under the
leadership of Sister MaryOram. Sister
Oramretired in 1986 and was
succeededbySister Shirley Garnett.
But Geraldine’s reputationgrewas
that of aretirement town, and in March
1988, those at apublic meeting asked
the hospitalboard to investigate the
provision of beds for the terminally ill,
and holiday relief for the elderly.
The hospital board agreed it made
economic senseand in July 1988, the
maternityhospital ceased as abirthing
unit.The hospital and redundant
nurses’ accommodationwere turned
into a24-bed geriatric hospitalknown
as The Pines.
In the late1980s, Anne Whittaker
boughtthe Pines from the South
CanterburyDistrict Health Board, and
under herownership,McKenzie Lodge
—as it became known —grew.
In 2007, ashareholder group,
has drivendevelopment of the facility,
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Freshwater find off Canty coast
Scientists have discovered an extensive
body of freshwater off the
Canterbury coast between Timaru
NIWA marine geologist Dr Joshu
Mountjoy says the discovery is one
of the few times a significant
offshore aquifer has been located
around the world and may lead to a
new freshwater resource for the
The aquifer lies just 20 metres
below the seafloor, making the find
one of the shallowest in the world. It
extends up to 60 kilometres from
the coastline and may contain as
much as 2000 cubic kilometres of
water which is equivalent to half the
volume of groundwater across Canterbury.
Derived from rainfall, the aquifer
is partly being replenished by
groundwater flow from the coastline
between Timaru and Ashburton.
However, most of the freshwater
became trapped offshore during the
last three Ice Ages, when sea level
was more than 100 metres lower
than it is today.
First indications that the offshore
groundwater was there was achance
find that arose when a scientific
drilling project in 2012 found brackish
water –orsalt and freshwater
mixed together –50km off the coast
and about 50m below the seafloor.
Dr Mountjoy says that discovery
led to a2017 voyage aboard NIWA
research vessel Tangaroa to carry
out further investigation in which
scientists collected electromagnetic
data. An electrical source was towed
behind the ship and behind that was
a line of receivers which record
different signals depending on the
electrical resistivity of the ground.
Resistivity is strongly influenced by
the amount of salt in the water
locked up in sediments beneath the
seafloor. This was then integrated
with seismic reflection profiling and
numerical modelling to determine
Massey Uni to do Mbovis research
The Mycoplasma bovis Programme has
appointed Massey University to do research
into the direct impacts of the cattle disease as
part of efforts to help accelerate its eradication.
The Programme is a collective of the
Ministry for Primary Industries, DairyNZ and
Beef +Lamb New Zealand.
MPI chief science adviser and chair of the
M.bovis Strategic Science Advisory Group
(SSAG) Dr John Roche said the university
researchers will investigate the impact of
Mbovis on individual animals and herds
within farms know to be infected with the
They will measure how M.bovis affects
infected animals and herds, including any
physical signs, effects on milk yield and
composition, and the duration of these
Dr Roche said this will help accelerate
eradication of the disease from New Zealand
farms and minimise the negative impacts.
‘‘The results of this project will contribute
evidence to help in the detection of M.bovis,
improve our surveillance tools, and increase
our understanding of how the disease spreads
under different New Zealand farming systems,
which is key in terms of eradication. It
will also help us to quantify the impacts, which
supports some of the recommendationsmade
in a recent Technical Advisory Group
The study is expected to take one to two
Only properties already known to be
Dairyshed yard work including topand backing gates
Rotaryboom irrigatorrepairs and service, including
Mainline installation and repairs
Anyother general engineering/fabrication requirements
Bale feeder –calf feeders Standardorcustom-made
the amount of freshwater beneath
The findings have been published
this week in leading scientific journal
“One of the most important
aspects of this study is the improved
understanding it offers to water
management,” Dr Mountjoy says.
“If you’re going to manage the
groundwater on shore and near the
positive for M.bovis will be used.
No cattle will be intentionally infected, and
properties will only be studied up until agreed
dates for depopulation.
New Zealand is the first country in the
world to attempt to eradicate M.bovis, a
bacterial disease that can cause animal
welfareand productivityissues, particularly in
dairy cattle, including mastitis that doesn’t
respond totreatment, severe lameness, and
Dr Rochesaid the direct impacts study was
identified as apriority in the M.bovis science
plan, developed by the SSAG to help
accelerate eradication of the disease in New
Zealand. The M.bovis Programme has allocated
up to $30 million for M. bovis research
projects, guided by the science plan.
Synlait expanding Dunsandel facility
Synlait Milk Limited (Synlait) is expanding
its process to acquire farmland adjacent
to its Dunsandel facility for $25.7
Collectively, the farmland forms a
The land enables Synlait to pursue
several strategic supply chain and sustainability
initiatives that support.
These include greater control over
experts have been
appointed tolead atechnical
review of the Overseer
It’s an effort, announced
by the Ministries for
the Environment and
Primary Industries, to
tools for use onfarm.
The panel members,
led by chairman Dr Ian
Johnson, were selected
based on their depth of
knowledge and their collective
range of skills and
MOE deputy secretary
water and climate change
Cheryl Barnes said the
eight independent and
specialists will look
‘under the bonnet’ of
Overseer to critically
assess its modelling capability
and explore potential
improvements for its
water rights, developing a rail sliding
adjoining Dry Store 4and opportunities to
evaluate and trial sustainable farming
practices and carry out onfarm research.
This supports Synlait’s 10year sustainability
targets, which include a commitment
to evolve best practice farming in
New Zealand through the company’s Lead
With Pride programme.
Synlait CEO Leon Clement said “the
land provides a unique opportunity to
pursue onfarm sustainability initiatives
and reduce our environmental footprint
whilst creating further supply chain efficiencies
in our business.
He said it fit with the company purpose
of doing milk differently for a healthier
Synlait required Overseas Investment
Office consent for the acquisition.
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coast, you need to understand what
the downstream limits are.”
The structure of the aquifer has
been mapped in 3D and reveals
complex variations in shape and
salinity, according to paper leadauthor
Aaron Micallef of the University
of Malta who also says the
approach to characterising this
aquifer could potentially be used to
revise estimations of their number
and volume globally.
Dr Mountjoy says while there are
other places where offshore groundwater
is known about, this is only
the second time such intensive
surveying has been carried out to
define the extent of the water body.
Dr Mountjoy says there are
several places around New Zealand
facing significant issues with their
groundwater, such as Christchurch
and Hawke’s Bay which are feeling
the pressure of increasing populations
and regular prolonged dry
“We need to set the groundwork
in place for the future. Our primary
goal is to help people manage their
More than 20 people have
signed up for aBalancing
Biodiversity workshop at
Dorie tomorrow but more
are welcome. The free
workshop, organised by
Kanuka Trust and open to
anyone with abiodiversity
interest or looking to
understand more about
biodiversity, will focus on
native plants and beneficial
Kanuka Trust connector
said the Mid Canterbury
rural community, and
businesses with a vested
interest in protecting ecosystems
for their industry,
were already aware ofthe
benefits of planting for
purpose and were well
ahead of most of the
This workshop would
give them information to
extend their knowledge.
Arable farmers Kai
Tegel and John Evans, of
Tregynon Farm, will
share their experiences
and show the benefits of
balanced biodiversity in
action on their farm during
avisit to the property.
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follow after speakers who
include native planting
specialist Stephen Brailsford,
Plant and Food
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Arable Research’s Abie
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is in the Dorie Hall.
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Tuesday, March 24
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Thursday, March 26
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Monday, March 30
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Tuesday, March 31
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By Ross Kiddie
An acquaintance asked
me recently did I like
Toyota’s CHR, she was
thinking of buying one.
I said it is a funky,
trendy car that will never
let her down, I also
presented her with a
couple ofother options,
but the Toyota won out
and she is now ahappy
The CHR (coupe
highrider) landed here
around three years ago
and it immediately stood
out for its edgy styling
and bold presence, it is a
small sport utility vehicle
that punches above its
weight interms of looks,
it appeals to those who
want fashion in theirnew
car purchase and want to
The CHRhas just had
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some new kit, while
gives it more of an
Importantly, it has
also had a major
the CHR is now
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Thereare five variants
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encompass the hybrid,
I’m due to drive that
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That price is competitive,
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Performance is satisfactory.
The power and
torque figures are delivered
low in the rev band
engine has no hesitation
of hauling quickly
through tothe red line if
needed. Against the
clock the nonhybrid
model will reach 100kmh
from astandstill in 9.8sec
and will make 120km/h
from 80km/h in6.4sec.
On the subject of
figures, you’d also expect
the CHR to be economical
and you’d be quite
right. Toyota claims a
6.4litre per 100km
combined cycle fuel
usage average. The
evaluation car’s trip
computer was constantly
7.6l/100km during my
time with it, that helped
by an economical
4.8l/100km figure sitting
at 100km/h on the open
road, the engine turning
over at a leisurely
Even though Icarried
out my normal highway
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was mostly used in an
a busy new year
period necessitated alot
of short runs which are
never good for fuel
economy soIwas pleasantly
surprised by the
The CHR is also
pretty sharp when presented
with afew quick
corners. It rides and
handles with much dignity,
the ride isn’t severe,
bumps and ruts are well
thanks to the engineering
that is needed for its
That is something I
pay alot of attention to,
the chassis dynamics are
Providing the grip isa
substantial amount of
Michelin rubber. At
225/50 x18in, there is a
good surface cover, and
that helps promote a
strong steering feel and
positive corner turn in.
is well contained,
at 1440kg in total there
isn’t alot of stress over
the suspension, the
CHR feels like asports
car, it’s not of course,but
that’s something Toyota
does well, there is a
dynamic within the setup
that the driver feels
comfortable and at ease
With the changes for
the new decade, the
CHR could well be
described as wellspecced.
There are afew
extras such as a multimedia
8in touch screen
system, full smartphone
integration that incorporates
and Android Auto,
which are new inclusions.
They sit on top of
the normal features
you’d want inacar such
In keeping with the
extreme look of CHR,
Toyota also offers it in
bright colours, the combination
is very alluring
and the entire package
reeks of desire.
That had a lot to do
with the choice my
acquaintance made. The
CHR isn’t big, but it is
big on value and presence.
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Plan well for big day
Rings symbols of love
Planning awedding can be fun, it may
involve abit of work and organizing, but
if it’s planned well the day will always be
It’s also important to note that even
the best weddings have the odd hiccup
along the way just like the marriage you
are entering but deal with it as best you
Remember the people you invite are
there to support your future happiness
as amarried couple.
They don’t mind if the bridesmaid’s
have different shoes under their long
dresses! Or if there are more
bridesmaids than groomsmen!
Or if the wedding breakfast is afancy
barbecue and the wedding reception is in
the backyard of Aunty Barb’s she has a
There are alot of tasks both big and
small that can sometimes be overlooked.
Start with the big things that are the
most important to you, then move on to
the next important.
If it all seems too daunting, consider a
wedding coordinator, or aclose friend,
to ease the workload.
If you do decide to plan your own
wedding, here’s ahelpful checklist to
Six months prior: Discuss your budget
and type of wedding. Choose venues for
ceremony and reception. Set time and
date and then book time off work!
Compile the guest list, including those in
the wedding party. Book or plan your
catering, florists, entertainment,
photographers, transport etc
Three months prior: Decide on the
choice of wedding dress. Choose attire
for the rest of the wedding party. Choose
wedding theme and colours. Select
stationary: Invitations, envelopes, place
names etc. Send out save the date cards.
Decide on and order wedding cake. Plan
honeymoon and make reservations.
Book accommodation for wedding night
and work out whether guests will need
accommodation. Choose and purchase
Two months prior: Decide on order of
service and assign responsibilities for
speech making, reading etc. Write the
vows. Send out invitations. Confirm
flowers with florist, menu with caterer or
venue, and accommodation for yourself
One month prior: Apply for marriage
licence. Discuss ceremony with minister
or celebrant and plan rehearsal date.
Confirm and finalise guest numbers.
Organise seating arrangements.
Purchase wedding favours and assemble.
Final dress fittings. Trial run of bridal
hair and makeup.
Two weeks prior: Confirm bookings
and numbers for caterers, florists,
entertainment, photographers, transport
One week prior: Final dress fitting.
Wedding rehearsal. Pick up hire items
such as groom’s suit. Final check on
arrangements and plan for the day itself.
On the day: Relax, enjoy the day as it
comes. The day will be over all too soon,
but you will continue to be apart of
something new amarried couple.
As wedding and engagement rings are asymbolof
everlasting love, it is important to dedicateabit of
time to finding the perfect ones.
There is alot to consider colour,stones, cuts
and don’t forgettaking careofitonce it is on your
Diamonds come in avariety of colours, although
white are the mostpopular and common. Aperfect
white diamondshouldbecrystal clear. The clearer
it is the more valuable. Atotally colourless
diamond allows light to pass throughiteasily,
resultinginthe light being dispersed as the colour
of the rainbow.
The clarity of adiamond is determined by the
amountand location of flaws, or blemishes in the
Nearlyall diamonds containflaws which
diminish their brillianceand value. They are rated
from flawless to imperfect.
Adiamond’s weight and massismeasured in
carats. As the caratweight of adiamond increases,
so does its rarity and therefore its price. A
diamond’s cut is its most importantfeature. Every
diamond gets its brilliance by cutting and polishing
the diamond facets to allow the maximumamount
of lighttobereflected and dispersed.Apoorly cut
diamond will allow light to escapeout of the back.
Insureyour rings againsttheft, loss or damage
and take careofthem.
Never wear your rings when doing rough work or
going to the gym. Even thoughadiamond is
durable, it can be chippedbyahard blow.
Don’t store your diamond jewellery next to other
jewellery pieces as this can causescratches. A
fabriclined jewel casewith separate compartments
Regularly inspect your diamondjewelleryto
make sure the setting is secure.Dosee your
jewelleratleast once ayear and have him check
yourring and otherprecious piecesfor loose
prongs and wear of mountings. He’ll usually give
Every day exposure to creams, skin oils,
hairspray,household chemicals and other
substances can causebuildup that willdull your
diamond’s brillianceand sparkle.
Use asolution of warm water mixed with afew
drops of ammonia in which to soakyour diamond
jeweller. Gentle scrubbing with an old,softbristled
toothbrush is usefulfor more extensivecleaning.
Rinse and dry with aclean soft cloth.
Don’t let your diamond come in contact with a
chlorine bleach when you’re doing household
chores. It can damage and discolour the mounting.
Don’t leave your ring on the rim of asink when
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Pass on the good news
Everyone loves it when couples decide
to get engaged and these days news
Apriority for couples when announcing
the news is to tell the parents. Visit
them if they are close, or phone or Skype
them if they live at adistance.
Children from previous marriages
should also be one of the very first to
know, having been prepared for this
In following an ageold tradition,
some men still enjoy asking the prospective
fatherinlaw for his daughter’s hand
in marriage before proposing; the dad
gets akick out of it too.
It’s important the couple is there to
share the news with both sets of parents.
Then come the siblings, the grandparents
and other close relatives.
Phone calls to close friends generate
equal excitement and emotion.
Today the good news can be transmitted
across the world in seconds, by
email, text message and social media
contacts. Couples can also set up their
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announce the engagement, after letting
friends and family know the address, and
to keep the wedding guests updated on
An engagement announcement in the
local newspaper also remains as effective
and popular as it did acentury ago.
And then plans for the wedding begin,
starting with the engagement party.
Often couples, parents or both
arrange aparty to either announce or
celebrate the engagement with friends
In turn, the engaged couple may
throw aparty to introduce their various
Remember, this is ahappy time and
many people like toshare in the joy.
Even though less emphasis isput on
the concept ofengagement gifts today,
many people still enjoy sending acard
and athoughtful gift.
They will always be appreciated.
Even ifthe big day is ayear ormore
away, there aredetails thatneed addressing
almost immediately especially if the
wedding istobeheld in peak wedding
season between January and April.
Finding the right celebrant
If you want to be married by amarriage
celebrant, finding the right person is a
crucial part of planning a wedding,
whether you’re exchanging vows in a
simple garden setting or having agrand
traditional ceremony in achurch.
But demand for wedding celebrants is
high so avoid disappointment and book
early. As with most things, the good ones
can be booked out ayear in advance due
to limited weekends during ‘‘wedding
To perform weddings and civil unions,
a celebrant must apply to and be
registered with the Department of
Internal Affairs, Births Deaths and
Celebrants are appointed by the
registrargeneral and need to be aNew
Zealand citizen or show that there are
exceptional reasons why they should be
Celebrants officiate at about half the
20,000 marriages and civil unions held in
New Zealand each year. About another
quarter of marriage ceremonies are held
at registry offices and the rest are held in
churches or conducted by celebrants of
approved organisations.There are two
ways to get married or have acivil union
in New Zealand.
If you chose a registered marriage
celebrant, which includes ministers, rabbis,
pastors, priests and independent
marriage celebrants, you can choose
when and where you’ll get married and
to write your own vows. Registry office
wedding and civil union ceremonies are
only held during normal office hours,
usually Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm,
take about 10 minutes and use standard
You can’t customise the ceremony.
Some registry offices in New Zealand,
such as in Ashburton, are in the same
building as the local court. How many
guests you can invite to the ceremony
depends on the office you’re getting
married in, but you need to bring at least
You need amarriage licence to get
married or have acivil union in New
Zealand. It must be arranged at least
three working days before you want to
get married. It costs $150 if using a
celebrant and $240 if getting married at
If you are being married by a
celebrant, you will need their name and
the location and approximate date of the
wedding when you apply.
You can only get married inthe place
you have put on the marriage licence
form, so includeabackup venue in case
of wet weather or if something else goes
Amarriage licence will take at least
three days to be issued.
Venue to hold your event?
Book your venue early
Once you’ve decided on
that all important date,
choosing and booking a
venue is one of the first
steps to organising awedding.
While there are plenty
of venues to choose from,
the more popular will
need to be bookedwell in
advance, especially if
you’re planning to marry
on aSaturday during the
popular wedding season.
Of course, the type of
wedding planned will
usually dictate the styleof
Ask yourself, will the
wedding be a lavish,
seated affair with set
courses and traditional
seating arrangements, or
will it be amix and mingle
While a small, classy
restaurant or boutique
hotel is perfect for an
intimate soiree with close
friends and family, larger
weddings are easy when
held in a venue, which
specialises in wedding
They can provide
everything from achoice
of menus and drinks to
tableware and staff.
As many of these
venues are set in beautiful
couples may also decide
to hold the ceremony
close by, while enjoying
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couples could always hire
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or garden. These options
will mean organising a
catering firm totake care
of food and drink.
There are catering
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If it’s alittle way out,
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Watch for road changes
Motorists are being urged to be
alert for single lane restrictions and
stop/go measures as work
continues on the Ashburton CBD
streetscape renewal project.
Work is progressing to schedule
on Cass Street and traffic is moving
around atemporary roundabout at
the intersection of Havelock and
Cass streets. In coming weeks, the
intersection will become agive way
intersection, with priority to
Havelock Street traffic.
Council and the contractors say
they are aware that there is some
traffic confusion and congestion at
times in the Cass Street area,
particularly around Burnett Street,
compounded by the Ashburton
Club and MSA rebuild.
Spraymarks are responsible for
the traffic management for both
the MSA and CBD projects, and
are working hard to ensure that
there is as little disruption to local
businesses as possible. There will
be times where single lanes with
stop/go regulations will be in place,
as well as roads being closed for the
installation of the new MSA
The initial CBD work started
with the installation of new
including new water pipes along
both sides of Cass Street. The water
pipeline was also extended down
Burnett Street to William Street.
Cass Street has received a
temporary coat of chip seal to
protect the road surface until the
permanent surface is laid. This will
be done once all of the kerb and
channel, footpath and garden bed
work has been completed.
Contractors will soon begin
constructing rain gardens and
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Methven reservoir funds
Ashburton council has
funds of $221,700 forthe
upgrade ofthe Methven
an essential buffer for
Methven’s treated water,
and without it, the
scheme would not be
able tosupply water at
times of peak demand.
Supplywouldalso be lost
if the treatment process
needed to shut down for
by council staff,
the additional funds will
ensure the upgrade project
can be completed
and objectives such as
the provision of an adequate
of water met.
The 810m3 concrete
reservoir is the only
Locals win environment awards
Mt Somers farmers Mike and Nicky Salvesen, of
Wakare, and Richard and Chrissie Wright, of
Tamara Farm have won awards at the Canterbury
Ballance Farm Environment Awards.
Mike and Nicky Salvensen won the Environment
Canterbury Water Quality Award and the
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Livestock Farm
And Richard and Chrissie Wright won the
Norwood AgriBusiness Management Award.
The Ballance Farm Environment Awards
champion sustainable farming and growing
through their awards programme which sees one
Regional Supreme Winner selected from each of
the 11 regions involved. That title went to Tony
Coltman and Dana Carver of Canlac Holdings at
They also won the Bayleys People in Primary
Sector Award, DairyNZ Sustainability and
Stewardship Award, Synlait Climate Stewardship
Award and the WaterForce Wise with
The couple and their farm will be profiled at
the Awards’ National Sustainability Showcase in
Wellington on June 4, and go up against other
regional finalists for the Gordon Stephenson
In deciding the competition, judges said the
Salvensen’s progressive vision for the future was
guiding their Canterbury beef and deer farm,
allowing it to adapt to changing conditions and
reduce its environmental footprint.
Their main block runs calving cows and
Mike and Nicky Salvesen.
breeding bulls for dairy herds, deer for venison
production and around 1,000 lambs. Genetic
measurements are tracked as the business strives
to continually improve the quality of the animals.
Asecond block runs dairy grazers and Wagyu
beef, providing capital protection and forming
part of the succession planning.
Numerous improvements have been made to
the property in terms of both production and
protecting the environment including a significant
All activities were guided by an acute
awareness of how it could affect the local and
On the Wright’s farm, judges said scale was no
barrier and attention to detail paramount in a
property which had grown considerably since
Richard and Chrissie Wright.
purchased in 2002.
The farm was selfcontained in terms of stock
replacements and grazing, ensuring aprofitable
and productive business with very healthy
animals. The handson managers passionate
about farming and proud of their team members
actively advancing them into farming.
A significant number of trees had been
planted on the property, including shelter belts,
ornamental and native plantings. The farm has
responsible grazing practices and crop rotation,
afocus on energy efficiency and technology, and
excellent management of nutrients.
The business is an inspiring example of a
family committed to advancing good people into
farming and providing options for family succession.
water storage for the
Methven supply and has
been assessed as aseismic
risk. The top water
level has now been
reduced to around
700m3 because of that
There are also anumberofsignificantleaksin
the reservoir and the
state of its interior is
To do a thorough
investigation it is necessary
to drain the reservoir,
which is not a
practical option without
Ashburton council has
decided toinstall and a
commission a new
500m3 seismically resilient
Work will then be
carried out on condition
assessments and repairs
to the existing main concrete
The additional tank
will bring the total water
storage volume up to
So far around $8,000
had been spent on the
options study and related
work, before the request
for additional funds, said
Council group manager
service delivery Neil
The estimate toconstruct
the new reservoir
$720,000 and the repair
of the existing tank was
The total of $990,000
was $220,000 more than
the original budget,
hence the request for
Plans are on schedule for motorcyclist
Phil Garret and his team in an attempt
on the national land speed record in
Mid Canterbury next month.
Two turbo bikes, one ridden by
Garrett, and another by former Ashburton
man Rob Small will attempt to
clock 320kmh on a rural road near
Pendarves in two weeks time.
Other teams will also aim to break
class records and Garrett himself will
ride ahomebuilt electric motorbike that
he hopes to take to over 160kmh.
Arecent meeting at the Pendarves
Hall with local landowners and afew
others to explain the record attempt
had gone well, said Mr Garrett.
‘‘We’re 100 per cent on schedule and
we’ve got all the people we need.
‘‘We’ll set up and test on the Friday
and plan to go for it on Saturday and
In 2005 Garrett and Flying Kiwi team
mate Glenn Hayward broke the world
and New Zealand land speed record for
1000cc sidecars over aflying kilometre.
Aspeed of 272 kmh was recorded on
another section of road near Pendarves.
Ashburton Combined Friendship
The March 17bus trip toKaiapoi
to cruise on the River Queen
already has 42 people paid up.
The AGM was held where President
Alister reported onthe activities
of the 2019–2020 year. The
financialreport showedthe club was
in ahealthy financial position.
The new officers are: President:
Andrew Brown. vicepresident: Joe
Butchard. Secretary: Alister Brown.
Treasurer: Linda Osborne. Life
Member Ron Wootton nominated
the current Secretary Joe Butchard
for Life Membership of the Club.
Our guest speaker was Mayor
Neil Brown who was asked to tell us
how he got to where he is today
before touching on council business.
Neil was one of the younger
children in alarge family who grew
up on a small farm near Rakaia.
Primary schooling was in Rakaia
then Ashburton College to the sixth
He worked onasheep farm then
on one of the earliest Mid Canterbury
dairy conversions before attending
Lincoln. He was keen to go
farming but knew he had to do it by
his own efforts.
Lincoln farm budgets showed
dairy offered the best prospects. He
sharemilked for several years
before buying aDorie crop farm to
convert. This was successful and as
time progressed, he was able tobuy
more neighbouring land.
Sharemilking helped Neil get
started so these days he employs
sharemilkers to give anew generation
He was asked to stand for the
council in 2004 when one of the
ward representatives retired. The
moreexperienced councillorswere a
big help in his first term. He served
for five terms and considered retiring
at the 2019 election.
When other challengers to the
mayor emerged, he agreed to accept
nomination for the mayoralty. He
prefers to delegate where possible
and the smaller council makes decisions
more quickly and with more
Most of the cost of the CBD
development is undergroundreplacing
old pipes and services while the
new sewage pipe under the river is
another major project which will
serve the town for the next 100
The new library and administration
building are necessary because
seismic strengthening the library is
too expensive and the administration
building, while sound, is too
small for today’s needs.
Meetings second Tuesday of
month, Senior’s Centre 206 Cameron
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Ashburton Golf Club
It was acloudy start to last week’s
ninehole competition, but the
weather soon warmed upand it was
alovely day to be out on the course.
Thirtytwo players enjoyed the
conditions with several good scores
for stroke and putting.
The winner of Round 2,Marion
Marshall Trophy (Stroke) is Dorothy
Knight with a score of 31.
Runner upisColin Fleming with a
score of 33. Well done, Dorothy,
who has just returned after many
The winner of Round 2, Jean
Drummond Trophy (Putting) isVal
Ferrier with a score of 14. Three
players had scores of 15 putts,
necessitating acountback, resulting
in Kevin Walker being the runner
Dorothy and Val won Sega Golf
voucherssponsored by Accountannz
Ltd and Runners Up won Club
On Thursday 19th March the
Ashburton Golf Course will be
closed for maintenance, so we will
play at Lake Hood. Arrive by 9:15
for 9:30 teeoff. Therewill be aBBQ
Ashburton MSA Petanque Club
Saturday we hosted the Ashburton
Doubles and included visiting
players from Alexandra, Dunedin,
Christchurch, and Papanui. What
was really pleasing was that half the
players were fromAshburton.Great
to see. The event was won by two
Christchurch players and Neville
Bensdorp was in the partnership
that were runners up.
Richard Browne, Johnny Wright,
Peter Marriott, Nicky Foden and
Jonathan Crum all finished inthe
The previous weekend wehas 4
players take part in the National
Triples at Herne Bay. Jan Guilford
was in the team that came third in
the Women’s Triples consolation,
and Karen Bensdorp in the team
that came third in the Plate in the
The National Triples was atwoday
event and Neville Bensdorp was
in the team that finished in the top
8. Karen Bensdorp's team and also
Richard Browne's team finished in
the top 16.
Richard Browne finished second
in the National Shooting competition.
We will be holding our Club
Men’s and Club Women’s doubles at
the end of the month. An event that
is always popular.
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Methven golfers enjoy good form
enjoyed some good
including winning the
ColeridgeCup for the
first time in 10 years.
The cup is played
Waimak and Greendale
and is a20players
was second with 631pts
and Waimak third with
highlights for Methven
include Steve Schwass
and Greg Overall
tournament at Tinwald
lastmonth, Schwass and
Members of Methven Golf Club’s winning Coleridge Cup team. (Photo
first and runner up
respectively at the fourday
Challenge, and afifth
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14 club Bristol Cup
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13 clubs at Rakaia tourney
Astrong field with 58 players from 13
different clubs (Canterbury and Aorangi
golf) enjoyed asunny day at the Rakaia
Golf course recently and handed in
some sharp scores.
Men Gross Mike Markillie (Methven)
46, best nett Gordon Clinton
(Ashburton) 31, r/u nett Donald Neutze
(Charteris Bay) 33, putting Alister
Goodwin (Methven) 15, r/u putting John
Barwell (Methven) 16 by lot from Paul
Baird (Ashburton), closest to the pin #8
Ladies grade 1Gross Tonee Hurley
(Ashburton) 49, best nett Barbara May
(Greendale) 35, r/u nett Gill Taylor
(Ellesmere) 38 by lot from Jill Ludemann
(Mayfield), putting Sue Lamb
(Ashburton) 15 r/u putting Jill Ludemann
16, closest to the pin #8 Maaike
Ladies grade 2 Gross Val Bell
(Rakaia) 52, best nett Adrienne
Goodwin (Methven) 32, r/u nett Lillian
O’Hanlon (Rakaia) 36, 3rd nett Angela
Williams (Tai Tapu) 37 by lot from Ann
Fleming (Ashburton), putting Sharon
Golfers on the Rakaia Golf Course.
Smith (Timaru) 14, r/u putting Alycen
Cournane (Pleasant Point) by lot from
Jan Chisholm (Geraldine) and Avis
Sutherland (Greendale), 2nd shot to the
pin #6 Adrienne Goodwin.
Ladies grade 3 Gross Judith
McDonald (Tai Tapu) 56, best nett
Susan Johnstone (Tai Tapu) 35, r/u nett
Beverley McHugh (Tai Tapu) 35, putting
Nancy Costin (Tinwald) 14, 2nd
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Zonta art winners chosen
A brightly coloured, glazed porcelain
piece called Totter has been
chosen as the winning artwork of
the 2020 Zonta Ashburton Female
The piece was created by
Christchurchbased Janna van Hasselt.
Judges Sarah McClintock,
Cheryl Lucas and Lydia Baxendell
noted the “honesty, energy, tension,
joy and the immense skill”
that the artwork displayed, saying
“it was incredibly memorable” for
each of them.
Along with a cash prize of
$3,500, van Hasselt has also won
the invaluable opportunity to create
asolo exhibition at Ashburton
Art Gallery in 2021.
Her winning work was one of 41
created by artists for the annual
The Young Generation Award
this year went to Catherine Anderson
for her photographic entry
Power over Forest.
The Zonta Ashburton Female
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choose their favourite artwork for
the People’s Choice award.
Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award winner (from left) Janna van
Hasselt, Zonta Ashburton president Judith Early and Young
Generation Award winner Catherine Anderson. (Photo: Emmily
Harmer/Ashburton Art Gallery)
Students try out the new school playground at Longbeach School.
An impressive new playground has
been added atLongbeach School, but
it’s been three years in the funding.
The new playground islocated near
the school tennis courts and has been
funded through proceeds from the
Longbeach Challenge, which the
schoolhelps run,and from aLotteries
Commission grant of $24,000.
School principal Neil Simons said
the new playground had cost around
Part of the school’s proceeds from
the LongbeachChallenge over the last
three years had been put aside and
used topart fund the project.
Installation had been relatively
quick and some 75m3 of bark chip had
been put down.
Over the years, proceeds from the
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Swimmers at Sunday’s open water swim event.
Open water swimmers mix
Ashburton Master Swimmers group has hosted
another successful open water swim event.
Held in apond on Coldstream Road, Hinds, the
gathering featured 18 swimmers, with locals joined
by a good contingent from the Christchurch QE
Ashburton Master Swimmers group secretary
Helen Argyle said the water was flat and not too
Swimmers had enjoyed the eventand the area and
were keen to return.
Swim distances ranged from 1km to 3km and
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027 333 3626.
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Refugee SettlementSupport Team:
Safer Mid Canterbury
Together we’re safer
As part of the Government’s decision to increase the annual refugee quota itidentified
Ashburton as one of five new settlement locations. Contract funding was made available
for the development of anew Refugee Settlement Service for Ashburton. Safer Mid
Canterburywas successfulinits bidtodevelopand run this service for Ashburton.
This is an exciting opportunity tobepart ofthe new Refugee Settlement Support Team,
workingdirectlywith refugees as they embark on their new life settling intoanewcountry
andcommunity.All positions are parttime and will require family engagement, casework,
direct supportfor the refugee familiesand collaboration with othersupportagencies.
Theideal candidates will have the following keyattributes:
•Willingnesstoembrace,seek and understand specificcultural knowledge
•Enthusiasm and commitment to work as ateam member
•Excellent oral, listening andwritten communication skills
•Pastexperienceworkingwith refugees and/or minority or diverse populations would be
We are now seeking to fill the following four settlement team job vacancies:
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Caseworker/Housing: Must have experience and knowledge of Housing and Tenancy
Caseworker/Volunteer Coordinator: Experience in coordinatingand managing volunteer
Caseworker/Cultural Navigator: Seeking aperson who is fluent in Dari or asimilar
language (i.e. Farsi).
These positions are allpart time (24 hours per week) with some flexibilityrequiredaround
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PROPERTIES FOR SALE
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Sat21&Sun 22 –11.00am-11.45am
and LINSEED STRAW
Phone or txt Alisdair 027 410 6882
Ian 027 432 0438; Murray 307 0353
SELL - Nine black faced
lambs, ideal for alifestyle
block. Phone 027 642 1595
POTATOES, Nadine &Agria
$2 per kilo. Phone 308
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ROOF COATINGS: All roof
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Decramastic and Long Run
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LOST: Hearing aid on Moore
Street, between Cass and
William Streets, on 16th
March. Phone 308 8795.
17 Grey St,Ashburton
Phone 307 2707
Small LPG cylinders
Off Street Parking
Arthur Cates Ltd
26 McNally Street
Ph 308 5397
Riverside Industrial Estate
pamper foryour pooch
Ph 0800454 654
PEA STRAW Conventional
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Sale $40 a bale delivery
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From the Wellington St, CambridgeSt,
Hugh St area since Tuesday10thMarch.
Half grown silver/grey tabbywith white
feet, wearing areflective collar with a
teal bell attached.
Please checkyour properties inside
and out, sheds,garages etc. andask
Anysightings with good news or bad, please phoneortext:
022 026 1211 or if youcan pickhim up and take him indoors,
please contact me and Iwill collect him.
Ijust want this boyhome.Iappreciate allyour help,thank you.
TREES wanted suitable for
logging/firewood. 20 ton
digger for clean-up. Phone
Shane James 027 611
ANIMALS to good homes
every week in The Courier.
URGENT CARE CLINIC
IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCYPHONE 111
Forall other medicalassistance outsideofnormal
hours please phone your generalpracticeteam, 24/7,
to speak with ahealth professionalwho will giveyou
free healthadviceonwhattodoorwhere to go if you
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
New Zealanders’tobring some form of ID.
Saturday21st March is
MooreStreet Medical Centre,MooreStreet.
Consultations will be by appointmentonly.
To make an appointmentcall your regular GP 24/7.
Sunday22nd March is
AshburtonHealth First,308 Havelock Street.
Consultations will be by appointmentonly.
To make an appointmentcall your regular GP 24/7.
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
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
03 308 9516
SUPERIOR 2bedroom flat.
Close in westside, available
from Easter. Underfloor
heating, log burner, heat
pump. Small garden
maintained by landlord.
$300. Phone 308 7493.
Forkliftand Dangerous GoodsCourses
NZTAApproved Course Provider,MITO&Competenz Assessor
Classes 2&4,Endorsements F&D
ForkliftF&OSH, Saturdays and other days as requested
Dangerous Goods Course,½day Mondaymornings
CommunityHouse,Ashburtonoryour work place
Phone Christine 027 245 2563
Cars,Trucks,Buses,Horse Floats &Motorhomes,
Caravans,Trailers,Farm Machinery, Jet Boats,
LightEngineering and Aluminium Welding
17 Range Street (IndustrialEstate)
Phone 307 0378 l 0274 274 007
and trouser hemming, curtain
alterations and curtain
making. Call Michelle on
027 352 7248.
WINDSCREENS and house
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.
CARPET cleaning -Powerful
equipment & fast drying.
Upholstery, mats and rugs.
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
CHIMNEY sweep - For a
professional service call
Dan McKerrow Chimney
Sweep and Repairs on 021
COMPUTER problems? For
prompt reliable computer
servicing and laser engraving
contact Kelvin, KJB
Systems Ltd, 4 Ascot
Place, Ashburton. Phone
308 8989. SuperGold discount
COMPUTER repairs, sales,
training, setup -wireless -
networks, spyware cleanup.
On-site day or evening.
LOW FEES. Call Robin
Firewalls & PC’s Ltd, 308
1440 or 027 768 4058.
CONCRETE pavers direct to
you - Best prices, many
sizes, textures and colours
- Paveco, 13 Robinson
Street, Industrial Estate.
CONCRETE Services -
Driveways, paths, patios,
mowing edging. Decorative
Concrete specialist 30
years servicing Canterbury.
Free quotes. No job too big
or small. Phone Paul 021
DENTURES; Dr Peter
Rumping repairs existing
dentures and also provides
new dentures. Phone 027
FLY control and spider
proofing. For all domestic
and industrial pest control
needs phone AJ Kerr at
Ashburton Pest Control on
03 308 8147 or 027 432
FURNITURE removals -For
all your household removal
needs call Nudges Furniture
Removals, phone 027
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.
GUTTER cleaning. Book in a
clean now and tell me when
you want the job done. You
may have trees around.
Call Allan 027 209 5026.
Bennett -Onsite hydraulic
hose repair service 24/7.
Stockists of Aero Quip
hoses &fittings, Commercial
Spool valves etc., MP Filtri,
Walvoil. Call Justin on 308
FOR ALL YOUR
Call us TODAY
Ph 0800 4546 546
The Finishing Company
03 307 8870 2238800
ENGINEERING repairs, fabrication,
service and maintenance,
W.O.F. repairs, machining
and welding. Odd jobs a
speciality. Mobile workshop.
Can collect. Phone
Malcolm 027 475 4241.
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
Phone Pete 03 308 1672 or
027 200 1619.
plastering - No job too
small. Interior, exterior.
Professional, prompt, competitive
Tony Sivier at Paint It Ashburton
on 021 878 794 or
blocked drains. Phone
Lindsay at Doaky’s Plumbing
on 027 555 5575 or 308
1248 (Master Plumbers &
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.
TINT-A-WINDOW, fade, UV
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
BUILDING and property
solutions. For your complete
alteration or renovation.
We project manage
the whole process. Home
and small commercial.
Phone Kiwi Building &
Maintenance Ltd. Gary 308
4798, 027 207 1478 or
Cawte 027 418 7955.
Local news at www.starnews.co.nz Ashburton's The Courier, Thursday March 19, 2020, Page 47
Noticeisgiven that Fire and Emergency
NewZealand has revokedthe
previously declared RestrictedFire
Season from midnightTHURSDAY 19
MARCH2020inthe following areas
which arenow in an OpenFireSeason:
• OPEN FIRE SEASON for the High
This nowmeans the whole area of the
Mid-South Canterbury districtfromthe
Rakaia Rivertothe WaitakiRiver,sea to
the Alps is in an open fireseason.
No permits arerequired forburning,
howeverthere is still an expectation that
all outdoor burning is conductedinasafe
• RESTRICTED FIRE SEASON (PERMIT
• Geraldine and Waimate Forest
Apermit is required to lightafire in
open air in these areas.
See www.checkitsalright.nz to apply for
apermit online or call 0800 658 628. You
can also check fortypes of firewhich have
been authorised as not being fires in open
air and do not need apermit.
Youcommit an offenceifyouknowingly
or recklessly light, or allowanother
person to light, afire in open air in an area
PRINCIPAL RURALFIRE OFFICER
To apply forapermit online or check the
season status in an area please visit
or call 0800 658 628.
Call in atalk to the people who know
. . .
O F T H E W E E K
Blacklows TradeZone Ashburton your locally
owned &operated family business for 67 years
Full range of engineering supplies and accessories forall your repairs
&maintenance. Kerrick hot &cold waterblasters &industrial vacuum cleaners.
Esseti welders &accessories. Stockists and distributors of Trailer Equipment.
South Street, Ashburton PHONE (03) 308-3147
Email firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPHONE 0800 452 522
Take up the challenge!
FREE 8Day Adventure, Outdoor&
Physical Pursuits Course
May8th -16th 2020
The Lions Club of Ashburton isagain sponsoring
6local people toparticipate inthis proven course
designed to teach self-reliance, motivation and
If youare aged 18 years and over with areasonable
the boundaries, test limits and achieve personal
But be quick ...applications close 27 March 2020
To find out moreabout this free course,check out
www.berwickoutdoorexperience.co.nz or contact
BarryVesseyon027 353 7185or308 6247
Alternatively,pickupyour application form from
Neil at Riverside Food Bar, Robinson Street.
106th Methven A&P
Show that was to be
held this Saturday
We can help with:
•Counselling and bereavement
•Massage,reiki and reflexology
Phone 307 8387 or 027 227 8387
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Plenty of tabby
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POST OFFICE BOXCLOSURE
Please note: As at 31stMarch 2020,
our PO Boxwill be closed.
Futureposted creditor invoices should be
mailed c/- Allied Press,POBox 517,
Allother mail can be posted to
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SCVCC Annual Swap Meet
Winchester Domain SH1, April 4th,
gates open 7.30am
All makes car display
Something for everyone
Sites –Michelle Munro Ph 03 6864824
Or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
No dogs allowed
Bookings areopen forthe next
School Holiday Programme
14th to 24th April
Forthe plan and bookingsgoto:
Thur 19th &Fri 20th
11.50 Call of the Wild PG
11.50 ThePeanut Butter Falcon M
1.40 LesMiserablestheStagedConcert PG
3.40 Chal Mera Putt 2 G
4.35 Guns Akimbo R16
6.00 TheInvisibleMan R16
8.15 DarkWaters M
11.50 Call of the Wild PG
1.40 Chal Mera Putt 2 G
4.00 TheInvisible Man R16
4.00 Dark Waters M
6.15 Guns Akimbo R16
6.30 LesMiserablestheStagedConcert PG
ThePeanut Butter Falcon
Call of the Wild
ThePeanut Butter Falcon
Call of the Wild
10.00 ThePeanut Butter Falcon
11.45 Call of the Wild
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Pain relief/Speeds recovery
from illness, injury and surgery.
•Noneedles/safe for all ages
•Home visits on request
Ph 308 6951
ASHBURTON Society of
Arts ’Summer show’, Short
Street Studio. Opening
Sunday 23rd February
11am - 4pm. Guest:
Christine Lang, plus 15
local members. Saturdays
& Sundays, Monday &
Wednesday when sign out,
until 22nd March. Enquiries
308 4533 or 027 313 5178.
PANELBEATING and spray
painting of cars, trucks,
buses, horse floats &
trailers, farm machinery, jet
boats. Light engineering
and aluminium welding.
Bus &Truck Bodyworks, 17
Range Street, Ashburton.
Phone 307 0378.
SCISSORLIFTS for hire.
4WD and slab lifts available
for daily or weekly hire.
Pickup or delivery. Phone
North End Engineering 308
8155 for abooking.
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Local news at www.starnews.co.nz
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1999 DAIHATSUTERIOS SUV, manual,petrol,4x4, 5door,central locking,
rear spoiler,1300cc, 159,788 kms........................................................ $3,995
2001 FORDFALCONXR6,4100 cc,Auto, rear spoiler,tidy,high kms$3,995
2009 HONDA CR-V X, auto, 5door,air con, ABS, alloys,twin air bags,
86,000 kms, 2400cc.....................................................................................SOLD
2013 HONDA CR-V 24G, auto5door,ABS, cruise control, alloys,tow bar,
66,000 kms, 2400cc................................................................................$22,995
2004 HONDA CR-V ZX, auto, petrol,5door,SUV,ABS, rear spoiler,78,100
kms, 2400cc................................................................................................. $9,995
2007 HONDA ELYSION PRESTAGESZ, auto, petrol,8seater, 5door,ABS,
foglights,105,000 kms, 3500cc................... ARRIVING SOON $11,995
2007 HONDA STEPWAGONG,5door,8seater, ABS, air con, rear spoiler,
95,000 kms, 2000cc..............................................ARRIVING SOON $7,995
2008 MAZDAAXELA 15C, ABS, body kit, spoiler,air con, 34,600 kmx,
1500cc.......................................................................ARRIVING SOON $8,995
2008 MAZDAAXELA 20C, 5door,air con, ABS, rear spoiler,48,500 kms,
2008 MAZDADEMIO SPORT, 5door,ABS, climate control, air con, body
kit, 19,800 kms, 1500cc.................................. . ARRIVING SOON $11,495
2010 MITSUBISHIGALLANTFORTIS SPORT,5door,ABS, air con, CD
changer,climate control,97,400 kms, 1800cc................................ $9,995
2006 NISSANBLUEBIRDSYLPHY20S, 4door,ABS, air con, climate
control, 11,800 kms, 2000cc.................................................................. $9,995
2006 NISSANCUBE 15M, 5door,petrol,air con, ABS, CD changer,42,300
kms, 1500cc................................................................................................. $7,495
2008 NISSANNOTE15X, auto, 5door,air con, climate control, petrol,
14,800 kms, 1500cc, ready to go.......................................................... $8,995
2012 NISSANSYLPHY, 4door,auto, petrol,ABS, air con, 29,200 kms,
1800cc.................................................................... ARRIVING SOON $11,995
2005 NISSANTIIDA18G, 5door,petrol,ABS, air con, rear spoiler,60,500
kms, 1800cc.............................................................ARRIVING SOON $8,995
2014 NISSANLATIO B, auto, idling stop,twin air bags,ABS, 4door,petrol,
air con, 31,100kms.................................................................................... $9,995
2006 NISSAN BLUEBIRD, 2L, sedan, wine red, twin air bags,
ABS ............................................................................ARRIVING SOON $9,995
2005 SUBARUFORESTER 2.0X, 5door,4x4, ABS, air con, petrol,82,500
kms, 2000cc.............................................................ARRIVING SOON $8,995
2001 NISSANCUBE, 1300 cc,5door,auto, 136,000 kms..................... $3,495
2007 NISSANSKYLINE350 GT,3500 cc,auto, paddle shift, 18in alloys,
2008 SUBARUIMPREZA15S, 5door,petrol,ABS, air con, rear spoiler, ......
78,200 kms, 1500cc.................................................................................. $8,995
2005 SUBARULEGACY OUTBACK, petrol,6air bags,ABS, air con, cruise
control, foglights,rear spoiler,3000 cc............................................. $6,995
2007 SUZUKI SWIFT 1.5 XS, 5door,6air bags,ABS, air con, body kit, rear
spoiler,49,500 kms, 1500cc................................................................... $9,995
2007 SUZUKI SX4XG, 5door,petrol,ABS, air con, climate control, rear
spoiler,roof rails,alloys,97,200 kms, 1500 cc ................................. $8,495
2007 SUZUKI SWIFT 1.5XS,1500 cc,white,auto, body kit, air con, 68,000
kms.............................................................................ARRIVING SOON $9,995
2007 TOYOTA BLADEG,5door,ABS, air con, body kit, rear spoiler,push
button start, 70,500 kms, 2400cc................. ARRIVING SOON $10,995
2006 TOYOTA COROLLARUNX S, 5door,petrol,ABS, air con, body kit,
rear spoiler,43,850 kms, 1800cc.............................................................SOLD
2009 TOYOTA ESTIMAHYBRID X4WD, 5door,8seater, Abs, air con, auto,
rear spoiler,cruise control, 133,450 kms,
2400cc.................................................................... ARRIVING SOON $14,995
2013 TOYOTA PRIUSL,5door,ABS, air con, petrol,parking sensors,rear
spoiler,auto, 71,810 kms, 1800cc......................................................$16,995
2012 TOYOTA RACTIS G, 5door,petrol,ABS, air con, rear spoiler,cruise
control, 45,400 kms, 1500cc................................................................$11,995
1999 TOYOTA RAV4,3door,petrol,ABS, air con, rear spoiler,
2006 TOYOTA RUSH G, 5door,petrol,ABS, air con, climate control, rear
spoiler,59,500 kms, 1500cc.................................................................$11,995
2008 TOYOTA WISH XLIMITED, 5door,petrol,ABS, air con, auto, climate
control, 72,500 kms, 1800cc.................................................................. $9,995
2004 TOYOTA FUNCARGO,1300cc, auto, air con, rear spoiler,
148,000 kms................................................................................................ $4,495
1994 TOYOTA HILUX, petrol,alloydeck,ute,2000cc..............................SOLD
2006 TOYOTA RACTIS, twin air bags,ABS, cruise control, air con,
2007 SUZUKI SX4
2008 NISSAN NOTE
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