North Canterbury News: March 26, 2020

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Region

grinds

to ahalt

By ROBYN BRISTOW

NorthCanterbury is lockeddown.

Businesses, pubs,cafes, liquor storesand

gyms have closed.

The HanmerSprings ThermalPools

and Spa has shut,and communityevents

have been cancelled as the region

complieswith the government’s

requirement to stayhome and hunker

down for at least four weeks in abid to

stop the spreadofthe Covid­19 virus.

Community events have been

cancelledand clubs,such as the

Rangiora BridgeClub, picture theatres,

and farmer’s markets have closed.

All Waimakariri,Hurunui and

KaikouraDistrict Council facilitiesand

buildingsare closed,including service

centres, libraries,aquaticcentres and

halls. Essential services remain in

operation, which include services such

as roading, water,sewerage and

stormwater, as well as refuse and

recyclingparks and refuse collection.

Pandemic planning teams are

operatingtorespond whereneeded,and

an eye is beingkept on residentsto

improve their self­isolation experience.

Many council services are available

online, including libraryservices.Fines

will not be issued foroverdue books, and

events booked at hallsand council

reserves will be refunded.

Whilecouncilbuildings are closed,

staffare still availabletohelp, with many

working from home.

Councils will be using their websites

and socialmedia channels to keep

people up­to­date aboutservices.

The Kaikoura council willcontinue to

support KaikouraHealthcare.

The North CanterburyBusiness

Awards have also beencancelled.

Enterprise North Canterbury which

hoststhe awards, says it willfocuson

supporting businesses.

Harry’sbrilliant track record

By ROBYN BRISTOW

Waipara identity Harry

Henderson, arailway man

through and through, has died,

aged96.

Mr Henderson arrivedin

Waipara in 1942 for athreemonth

placementonthe local

railway. He neverleft.

Eventoday, his nameoften

popsupwhen talk turns to the

WekaPass or theWaiaubranch

line. He alsosupported many

Waipara volunteer groups.

Coming from aSouth

Canterbury farming

background, Mr Henderson

joined the Railways in 1940,

beginning an eight­year

apprenticeship to become a

locomotive driver.

HissecondmenttoWaipara

was as afireman, mainly on the

Waiau branch line.

About that time, he gained his

engine driver’s ticket.

Harry met his wife­to­be, Mary

(neeBlack), at adance in

Waikari.By1952 they had

bought ahalf­acresectionand

built ahouse for £2500.

It was Mr Henderson’shome

until August lastyear, whenhe

moved to Ryman’s Charles

Upham Home Retirement

VillageinRangiora.

Thecouple had two

daughters, two sons, and,of

course,his railway family.

When spokentobythe North

Canterbury News in October

2013, Mr Hendersonfondly

recalled Waipara in its railways

heyday,when at its peak there

were 40­odd permanent

railways staff, five steamcrews,

acleaner boy, station master,

three clerks, refreshmentroom

staff, acarpentry gang, bridge

gang, surface men and an auto

electrician.

‘‘The placereally hummed.

‘‘They weremarvellousdays,

wonderful people.

Continued Page 2

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Keep healthy

while isolated

By DAVID HILL

Mental and physical wellbeing

are essential in uncertain

times.

Communityleadersare

encouraging peopletotake

care of themselves in the wake

of the government’s lockdown

in response to the global

coronavirus pandemic.

Waimakariri MP Matt

Doocey encourages peopleto

stay active and ‘‘to connectin

otherways’’.

‘‘Lookingafter ourselvesin

response to Covid­19 means

not onlyphysically but

mentally.It’s normaltofeel

anxious or worriedintimes of

uncertainty. That’s why in a

time of not being able to meet

in person, it’s important for our

mental health that we stay

connectedtofamilyand

friends in other ways.

‘‘It’s also important to

maintain aroutineand to keep

active, like going for awalk.’’

Age­FriendlyWaimakariri

chairwomanJoanne Gumbrell

encourages peopletocheckon

theirneighbours.

“Social isolation is abig

issue, so Ithink people need to

be contactingtheir neighbours.

Ringingthem up or talking to

themover the fence and

checking on them.

“Keep safe and keepin

contact. Email or contact a

friend every day and a

different friend each day.

That’s what I’m going to do.”

She says communication and

keepingfit are essential to give

people the best chance of

getting through thesetimes.

Rangiora’s Hope Community

Trust is keepingits phoneline

openon(03) 928 3066, with its

counselling centre team

working fromhome andthe

foodbank open by

appointment only.

The community garden and

fruit and vegetableco­op will

be closed. If anyone needsto

talktoatrained counsellor,

freetext or call 1737.This

serviceisavailable 24 hours a

day,seven daysaweek.

For advice on keeping

mentallywell duringthese

uncertaintimesgoonline to

mentalhealth.org.nz. For

information about Covid­19 go

to health.govt.nz.

Stay healthy ... Gyms might be closed, but people should still

make apoint of exercising.

Virus bowls cricket

Covid­19 halted the muchanticipated

Premier One

Day cricket finalbetween

Cheviot and Leeston­

Southbridge last Saturday.

This handed the honours

to the CRV Ambreed Country

Premier competition to

Cheviot by virtueofitbeing

the top qualifier.

Unfortunately, anypublic

recognition and celebration

of the title has been

curtailed also, with the

Cheviot club cancelling its

senior prize­giving this

Friday due to restrictions on

mass gatherings triggered by

the coronavirus.

Beloware the season’s

winners of all competitions,

based around rules for each

grade, due to all club cricket

also being cancelled.

CRV Ambreed Country

Premier One Day: Cheviot.

CRV Ambreed Country

Premier One Day (bottom 4

plate): Weedons.

CRV Ambreed Country

Senior One Day: Ohoka and

Technical (joint winners).

NorthCanterbury 2nd

Grade: Southbrook Red.

North Canterbury 3rd

Grade: Woodend.

Harry'strain-driving spanned 61 years

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From Page 1

‘‘Steam crews drove picnic

trains to the likes of Spotswood

andOaro and it seemed

the whole town wentalong.’’

This was the era whenfour

passenger trainspassed

through Waipara each day,

and it was common for drivers,

and otherstodo13 to 14­hour

shifts, and work 13 days on,

one day off.

Without giving specifics,

Harryadmittedto‘‘a few

adventures and coupleof

blisters (official warnings)

over the years’’.

Therewere occasions when

farm machinery, stuck in

creeks, was towed free by a

locomotive.

Therewas an incident when

Harrywas undertaking

running repairs to acylinder

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said, not justpicking fruit.

Amore serious incident

occurred on August 23, 1955,

when Harry drove atrainonto

the Hurunui bridge, not

realising flooding had washed

out awooden pieratthe

southern end,leaving piles

swinging clear of foundations.

As thelocomotive crossedthe

damaged sectionitdropped

about 35cm, butmomentum

kept it on the track.

Harry and his firemanleft

their locomotive at Culverden

and caught the Road Services

bus home.

Among his memories back

in 2013 was driving the last

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‘‘I was the highest paid

‘bridgey’ in the country,’’ he

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In 40 yearsofservice,hehad

only one day off sick.

Retirement soon saw him

turn his attention to the Weka

Pass Railway, driving steam

locomotive A428 on the

openingofthe linein

September1999, and again on

its100th birthday on

November 7, 2009.

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He helped buildthe local

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He was greenkeeper at the

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Life in ahousing nightmare

By RACHEL MACDONALD

Trapped, constantly

threatened and verbally

abused, an elderly North

Canterbury woman is unable

to see away ahead for

herself.

That is how she views life at

the moment. And it has been

like that for adecade.

She has repeatedly

consulted her lawyer, talked

to the police, and has a

‘‘wonderful’’ case manager at

Age Concern Canterbury, but

she is stuck in asituation not

of her choosing, with little

chance of escape.

She is what Age Concern

describes as a‘‘victim of

complex elder abuse’’.

It started 10 years ago,

when her daughter found a

house for sale, with lovely

gardens and astorage unit

that had the potential to

become agranny flat.

The elderly woman

volunteered the money for a

deposit on the property, and

the documentation of joint

ownership and financial

arrangement was duly filed

with the lawyers.

‘‘When Ifirst saw the place,

Iloved it. Ihad an agreement

drawn up and gave my

daughter everything Ihad for

adeposit,’’ she says.

‘‘The flat was awful —it

had been partially converted

by the previous owners while

they built the main house, but

it was going to be done up so

that Ihad ahome like the one

Ihad sold in town.

‘‘Then my daughter’s new

marriage failed after 17

months, and she put the

property on the market.’’

It did not sell. It turned out

the house has structural

issues and the flat was never

consented, the woman said.

Then her daughter met a

new man and things started to

go sour.

‘‘My legal agreement stated

that all maintenance would

be taken care of in exchange

for my financial contribution.

All Iwould have to cover was

expenses like power.

‘‘I later had issues with a

failing water pump. At one

stage they even briefly locked

the pump house, so Icouldn’t

turn my water back on if I

wanted ashower.

‘‘Things got so aggressive

with my daughter and her

new husband, whenever I

tried to talk about them, to

the point where Ikept my

door constantly locked.’’

Amonth ago, her hot water

cylinder sprang aleak and

she had to go to Work and

Income New Zealand to get a

loan for areplacement.

Her daughter’s response

was anote telling her any

arrangement entered into

under the previous marriage

was no longer valid.

‘‘My daughter isn’t even

living in New Zealand at the

moment. Why not sell the

place?

‘‘Instead, the house has

been leased to new tenants

without telling me, and they

also tried to rent out my flat.

Where would Igo?

‘‘Two years ago, my

daughter promised me I

could have my money out and

move on.

‘‘It’s one thing strangers

taking advantage of people,

but family? When you’ve just

Housing difficulties ... ‘‘I never thought in 100 years I’d be treated

like this.’’

tried to help them?

‘‘I never thought in 100

years I’d be treated like this.’’

For her, the biggest

problem now is that, with the

property so run down after 10

years, and the house

structurally compromised

and the flat unconsented, if

the place did sell, it would

probably be at aloss.

‘‘This place is owned by me

and the bank. And the bank

would come first,’’ she says.

‘‘My daughter tells me it’s

not her problem that Ididn’t

plan for my retirement. Idid.

‘‘But Idon’t think I’m

going to see acent of it back

again.’’

Lockdown provides alearning opportunity

By DAVID HILL

Keeping childrentoaroutine is essential

to surviving the nextfour weeks,Big

BrothersBig Sisters of NorthCanterbury

manager Ellie Le Gros says.

Elliesuggestspeople follow normal

routines as much as possible whilecomplying

with the government lockdown.

‘‘We are not having to rush to be

anywhere,’’ she says.‘‘What we are

advising our mentormatches is ‘just do

what you normally do’. Go down to the

river, walkthe dog,that sortofthing.

‘‘You need to remember to keepdoing

the physical distancing,but there’s quite

afew websiteswithactivities to keep

children entertained.’’

Ellie says the nextfourweeks will be a

good opportunity to teachchildren life

skills,such as howtomake acup of tea or

coffee,dosome baking, teach them

household chores or talk abouttaxes.

‘‘All the life skills we pass on in acasual

way, we can do it in apractical way. Does

your teenager know how to boil an egg?

Or do they know how to use the washing

machine?’’

She advises turning off the TV and

radio and setting limitsfor time online.

‘‘Wewant children to be informedand

to understand what’s happening, but we

don’t wanttoscare them unnecessarily.

Our children havebeen through heaps

and this is an addedthing that’s going to

cause anxiety.’’

Activities can include going for awalk,

collecting pine cones, makingakite,

playing with marbles, going forapicnic,

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Looking sharp ... The Air Training Corps' 88 Rangiora Air Training Squadron team with guests, Waimakariri District Council Mayor

Dan Gordon, fifth from front left, Waimakariri District councillor Joan Ward, fourth from front left, cadet unit commander Squadron

Leader Tania Mackinnon, 7th from right front, Waimakariri District MP Matt Doocey, fourth from front right, Rangiora RSA President

Ian Thompson, second from right front, and the squadron patron and unit support committee chairman Buzz Harvey, far right, front.

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Time runningout to buy base

By SHELLEY TOPP

The 88 Rangiora Squadron Air

Training Corps is on adeadline in its

fundraising efforts to buy abuilding at

Rangiora Airfield for permanent

headquarters.

The squadron has been based at the

airfield since 2016, using space

borrowed from the Canterbury Aero

Club and another rented area.

While being based at aworking

airfield is ideal for the squadron, it has

outgrown its rooms and wants to buy a

bigger building more suited to its

requirements.

They have until May 29 to raise the

money.

‘‘We have made funding applications

to avariety of organisations to fund our

new premises but if there is agenerous

benefactor out there who could help

we would love to hear from them,’’

squadron patron and unit support

committee chairman Buzz Henry says.

‘‘We have amotto regarding our

fundraising: ‘We are looking for ahand

up, not ahandout’.’’

The Air Training Corps (ATC) is one

of three corps in the New Zealand

Cadet Forces (NZCF), the other two

being the New Zealand Cadet Corps

(NZCC) and Sea Cadet Corps (SCC).

It is funded in partnership between

the New Zealand Defence Force

(NZDF) and local communities, and its

members are civilians.

Some members go on to join the New

Zealand Defence Force, although

there is no obligation to do so.

The New Zealand Cadet Forces is a

voluntary, disciplined and uniformed

training organisation for youth in New

Zealand. Its mission is to develop and

enable self­disciplined, confident and

responsible young New Zealanders,

with the core values of courage,

commitment, comradeship and

integrity instilled in the cadets and

officers during training.

‘‘Another motto is ‘producing

tomorrow’s leaders’,’’ Buzz says.

‘‘We are adisciplined youth

organisation, with an emphasis on

leadership and flying.

‘‘The cadets here make life­long

friends and the camaraderie is great to

watch. We don’t have any barriers.

‘‘We are open to anybody (male or

female) of the right age, starting from

13, 14 or 15.

‘‘We have mechanisms in place to

help all kids.’’

Deputy

mayor

resigns

Hurunui’s deputy mayor, Jason

Fletcher,has resigned.

Hehasalso resignedasacouncillor

forthe West Ward,and fromhisseaton

theHanmerSprings Community Board.

MrFletcher’sresignationcomes amid

growingconcerns about his involvement

in an incident in July last year which

wasinvestigated byFireand Emergency

NewZealand (FENZ).

Hurunui MayorMarie Black saidina

statement that shehad askedMr

Fletcher to stand down as deputy mayor

because the issue wasbecominga

distraction from council business.

‘‘This caused meand other

councillorstoquestionthe deputy

mayor’ssuitability for that leadership

role,’’ MrsBlack said.

Shewas disappointed, however,he

hadmadethe decision toresign from all

councilpositions.

“Wehave somemajorissues to focus

on at present—most notably Covid­19

andits impact onour district.That’s

where ourattention needstoberather

thananswering questionsover the

deputy mayor’s conduct.”

Shesaysanewdeputy mayor will

likely be elected during ameetingon

March 26, while aby­electionwillbe

held to fillthe WestWardposition.

‘‘TheWest Ward includes Hanmer

Springs which is being hit hard by

Covid­19’s impactontourism.

‘‘Weneed to workswiftlytoensure

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supportduring this time and Iwantto

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The North Canterbury News, March 26, 2020

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Smooth sailing for Pegasus regatta

Camaraderie was to the fore at

the South Island Regattafor

International One Metre Yachts,

hosted by the Pegasus Radio

Sailing Club at LakePegasus last

weekend.

Friendshipsrose to the fore

when one of the yachtssank,

minusits vital hatch —still in the

sailor’s pocket.

Skippersand volunteers did

everything they couldtolocate

the yacht.

Localskipper Laurie

McArthur proved to be the

lifesaver,hooking it with a

30­metreline towed from his

kayak.

The skipper and friends spent

the eveningpreparing the yacht

for racing the next day.

The club brought28radio

sailors and 30 volunteers

together from withinthe club,

around the districtand from

Christchurch, Wellington and

Aucklandfor the regatta. It also

created spectator interest, with

more than30people turningout

on bothdays to watch.

Friday was used for

registration, to check

measurements andpractice

sessions.

The weather was perfect for

sailing, and Saturday dawned

with light airs for the briefing led

by the principal race officer.

Racing finally began around

11am.

The 28 entries were splitinto

two heats for each race and a

system of mixingyachtsby

placings meant that different

groups of skippers met from one

race to the next.

By 5.30pm, 26 heats had been

run withoutahitch.

Abunch of 32 tired skippers,

volunteersand partners met at

the Flat White Cafe and Bar for a

relaxed eveningbuffetmeal.

ClubCommodore Paul

Johnson welcomedeveryone and

admitted they wereluckytobe

abletohold the regatta, with the

Covid­19 restrictions just around

the corner.

Results from Saturday were

processedtocreate aGold Fleet

and aSilver fleet for Sunday.

Eachfleet raced nine times.

Overallprize winners, after the

total of 22 racesfor each skipper

overthe two days,were:

Gold Fleet –South Island

Champion and highest­placed

hostclub ‘‘Local Hero’’Trophy:

PaulJohnson (NZL 104 PRSC) 1,

AlexBruce (NZL 31 OtagoRYC)

2, Graham Parratt(NZL 77 PRSC)

3.

Silver Fleet: Phil Wynands

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6 The North Canterbury News, March 26, 2020

Meeting challenges in

unprecedented times

Theseare unprecedented times and

many in our community will be

experiencing arangeofemotions as we

work throughthe impact of the

coronavirus outbreak, bothatapersonal

and acommunity level.

As local MP, I’m heretodowhatever I

can to support our communityatthis

time.

That is why Ihave been connecting

with our residents, community

organisationsand business operators

impactedbyCovid­19.

As we can no longer get together in a

physicalmeeting, my staff are setting up

conference callssothatIamaccessibleto

advocate for you and link you with the

help you need.

Ihave met with Enterprise North

Canterbury for an update on the impactof

Covid­19 on local businesses.

Ihave also been connecting with

business operatorstocheck in with them

and see if they needhelp in navigating

avenues of assistance.

We needtosupport our businesses to

keep on staff and Isupport thepackageof

assistanceannounced by the government,

whichincludes wage subsidies.

In the Electoratewith

MattDoocey

MP forWaimakariri

Authorised by MattDoocey,Level1ConwayLane,188 High Street,Rangiora.

Ihave also been connectingwith socialservices

organisations that havereached

outtometodiscuss howthey could

access further support and Ihave been

able to link them in to the appropriate

avenues.

Iamalso connecting with some of our

doctors and pastoralcare providers.

Oneofthe challenges forcommunities

will be theeffectofself­isolation on

pastoral care.

These concernswere raised at the New

Zealand Mental Healthconference in

Christchurch recently, at whichIspoke as

amember of Parliament’s CrossParty

Mental HealthGroup.

Ihad advocated for across­party

approach to mental health and it is

encouraging to be able to worktogether

across partylines on the challenges, like

Covid­19, that face us as anation.More

than anything, thisisatime to work

together.

Remembertoconnect withthe website

covid19.govt.nz, whichhas everythingyou

need to knowabout Covid­19 in one place.

If you’re stillunsure, call the

free government helpline on

0800 779 997.

Waimakariri

Focus from Dan Gordon, Mayor

Let’sstand together

Kia ora kotou. Warm greetings to everyone

in our community.

Firstly, Iwant to acknowledge that for

many of you,ithas beenadifficultweek.

Iknow thereisahigh level of

uncertainty and things are changing

almost on adaily basis.

Ineed to reassure you that the council is

working hard to support our community

and ensureall our essential services —

water, roading, recycling and rubbish —

will continue to operate smoothly through

this difficult time.

We haveshutall council buildings and

facilitiesinorder to followMinistry of

Health guidelines in order to protect our

residents. We are closely following the

situation, and as soonasit’s safetoreopen

facilities, we will do so.

In the meantime, we’re adapting and

finding ways for peopletoaccess council

services remotely.

Stafffrom departments suchasthe

aquatic facilities are beingredeployed to

assist our community in other areas. Our

libraries already offer arange of digital

services people can access now,and will

be offeringbook deliveryoptions for those

isolatedathome.

Residents can contact customer services

by email, phone, Facebookorvia the Snap,

Send Solve app.

As far as possible, we will still be

carrying outour normal activities, suchas

dog registrations,building inspections and

LIMS. We do ask for your patience, as we

get to finish updatingthese processes to

accommodate the issues.

The council agreed to establish an

Emergency Covid­19 Response Committee

which will streamline the council's

decision­making.

The committee, made up of councillors,

is focused on providingafast response

duringthis time.

Our councillors are at this moment

takinganother lookthroughour budgets

and at the projects we had planned for the

comingyear. It is important thatour

infrastructure is maintained, that we

support local contractorsand we keep

planning for future growth. However,

theremay be spending that can be

deferreduntil thissituation is behindus.

Iencourage residents to listen and

follow Government advice. Remain calm,

look after one another and, when

restrictions ease,support our local

businesses as muchasyou can.

Our community is strong and resilient.

Our pandemicplansare up to date and

CivilDefenceisready if needed. We have

been throughhard times before, and

together, united, we will beat Covid­19.

Funding for businesses

Researcher seeks contact

Dear Editor,

Afew yearsago the North

Canterbury News kindly published a

letter to the editor for me whenIwas

researching the men and women

who had worked on St Helens

Station, Hanmer Springs,North

Canterbury.

The letter drew many interesting

replies fromreaders and others out

of the district whom readers had

contacted.

One of these was aman whose

details Ihave unfortunatelylost and

Iwanted to make contact again. I

thinkhis name might just possibly

have beenPaul. He may havelived

near Leithfield and Ithink he

worked in the transport industry.

His grandfather had worked in the

Department of Lands and Survey

and had drawn up the plans for the

subdivision of the flatland on the

HanmerPlain into farms in the late

1940s.

Iwould really like to contact him

again, and hope that someone might

kindly put me in touch.

Yours,

PeterGrant,

St Helens Homestead,

Hanmer Springs

pfwgrant@gmail.com or (027)

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EligibleNorth Canterbury businesses

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(RBP)Covid­19 Advisory Funding.

The fund will be administeredlocally

by Enterprise NorthCanterbury (ENC),

the local regional business partner.

ENC business support manager Miles

Dalton says the fund will be areal boost

for small businesses.

“Right now, businessesneed all the

help and support they can get. We’re

thrilled with the Government’sbusiness

support package to date, and to be able to

offerthis additionalfundingtohelp

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ENC) and have registered on theRBP

platform.

Fundingwill be at the discretion of the

growth advisers, with the aim to provide

funds to as many eligible businesses as

possible.

In addition to meetingwith an ENC

growth adviser, businesseswill need to

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Havefewer than50full­time

equivalent employees;

Be registered forGST in New Zealand;

Be operating in acommercial

environment;

Be privately owned, or aMaori Trust or

incorporation under the Te TureWhenua

Maori Act 1993 or similar body managing

Maori assetsundermultiple ownership.

Businessesthat meetthe criteria and

wish to applyshouldarrange an

assessment with MilesDaltonorGuy

Graham at ENC. Email

miles@enterprisenc.co.nz or

guy@enterprisenc.co.nz.

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If you’re over 70 yearsofage, you shouldstay at home

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It’s really important thatweall support people aged 70+inour

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3. Keep visits short(under 15 minutes).

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By SHELLEY TOPP

The opening of the

$290 million Christchurch

northern corridor motorway

between Christchurch’s

Cranford St and the

Waimakariri River bridge

has been delayed.

The new motorway was

scheduled to open in the

middle of this year but a

series of additions and

ground settlement issues

have pushed the opening

back to December.

“We need to allow more

time for completion,” the

portfolio manager for the

New Zealand Transport

Agency (NZTA), Colin

MacKay, says.

NZTA is part of the CNC

Alliance, which also includes

the Christchurch City

Council, construction

company Fulton Hogan, and

the engineering companies

Aurecon, and Jacobs, which

are involved in the project.

‘‘Changing the opening

date requires no extra budget

for the materials and

construction, and asmaller

project team will stay in the

office at Winters Road to

complete the work,” he says.

The additional items not

included in the original

scope include the third

southbound (carpool) lane

over the Waimakariri River

bridge and the clip­on

cycleway alongside the

bridge.

Longer settlement periods

were also needed on the

motorway alignment across

Progressing ...

the greenfields areas through

northern St Albans, Redwood

and Belfast.

“The CNC Alliance expects

to open the motorway from

the Waimakariri River

Bridge to Cranford Street,

including the Tram Road and

CNC carpool lanes, just

before Christmas this year,”

he says.

The local road upgrades on

QEII Drive and Cranford St

(north of Innes Rd, including

an upgrade to the Innes Rd/

Cranford St intersection are

Work on the northern corridor through the Cranford basin in Christchurch.

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currently underway, he says,

plus new bridges at Belfast,

Radcliffe and Prestons roads

are progressing well.

“These local street

upgrades will be completed

well ahead of the motorway

opening, which will also be

helpful for the communities

which have been most

affected by the motorway

construction.”

Motorway sealing will now

occur during this spring and

early summer, not during

autumn, because of ground

settlement issues.

The additional work for the

carpool lanes and northern

cycleway connections will be

completed in parallel with

the final sealing work for the

motorway, so they will all be

ready to open at the same

time, he says.

“We thank everyone who is

affected by this project for

their patience as we ensure

that we build aquality, longlasting,

resilient road which

will benefit greater Christchurch

for many years.”

Mackle eyes opportunities to co-operate

By DAVIDHILL

Councils working together is seenasthe

way to achieve financial sustainability for

the Kaikoura DistrictCouncil.

As the council looks aheadtonext

year’s Long TermPlanprocess, Mayor

CraigMacklehas beenmeetingwith

neighbouring councils to exploreways of

co­operatinginabid to make the council

more financially sustainable.

Council staff have been working on a

financial and corporate sustainability

project sincelast year as the councillooks

to the future following the earthquake

recoveryand the risingcosts faced by a

smallcouncil.

‘‘There’s options out there,but what’s

going to work best? We are still filtering

throughthem. We are talking to other

councils and LGNZ (Local Government

New Zealand),’’ Mr Mackle says.

‘‘It’s like doingthe ironing and we’ve

just picked up the iron.’’

He sayshehas held meetings withthe

Christchurch,Hurunui, Waimakariri and

Marlborough councils, and Environment

Canterbury, in recent weeks.

‘‘We are trying to leave no stone

unturned. But it’s way too early to say

what it mightlook likeatthe end of it.

‘‘We’retrying to get something in place

in the next few months with some sort of

direction or potential direction.

‘‘Theconversations with the other

councils have been going very well. You

just come away with your mind swimming

with lots of ideas, but it’s about getting it

into one clear vision.’’

Kaikoura received some positive news

earlierthis year, with the latest statistics

from Informetrics showing that while

economicactivity driven by the rebuild is

easing, the overall trends remain positive,

with 2.5 percent growthlast year.

The highest contributingsectors were

the accommodation and foodsectors,

dairying, then rail, waterand other

transport.

Employmentgrew by 1.8%, primarily

driven by construction.

NEWS

The North Canterbury News, March 26, 2020

Residents

call for

speed cuts

By SHELLEY TOPP

9

APegasus couple say it is onlyamatter

of time beforesomeone is killed at the

roundabout entry to their town.

Martin and Jill Brooks say the

70kmhspeedlimit leading up to and

through thePegasus roundabout on

StateHighway 1is‘‘absolutely stupid’’

and shouldbelowered to 50kmh.

Another Pegasus resident,Ronel

Stephens,who is also the community

connectorfor the Pegasus Residents’

Group, agreesthe roundabout is

dangerous.

‘‘Almost every time Ienterorleave

that roundabout Ihave some kindof

traffic incident that makes me feel

unsafe,’’ she says. ‘‘The speed the

traffic enters the roundabout from the

northisway too fast.

‘‘It is as if the driversofthe incoming

traffic are surprisedbytheirown

speedwhen they are in the

roundabout and this often results in

the driver veeringoff on atangent.’’

This has caused many accidentsatthe

roundabout,making it dangerous not

only for motorists but also pedestrians,

she says.

Trucks are especially dangerous, at

timescutting off other drivers.

Like Martin and Jill, Ronel would

also like to see the speed limit cut to

50kmh.

‘‘There are three speed limits

between Waikuku and the Pegasus

roundabout and they are all very badly

signposted,’’ shesays.

However, duringaSeptember 2019

New Zealand TransportAgency

(NZTA) consultationonspeedchanges

for that sectionofhighway,the agency

proposed to ‘‘retain the speed limit at

the Pegasus roundaboutatthe current

speedof70kmh, but to reduce the

speedfrom 100kmh to 80kmh on the

stretch of road from Waikuku to where

the speed limit currently changes from

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NZTA director of regional

relationships Jim Harlandsays afinal

decision has yet to be made as the

agency is stillfinalising its analysisof

technical dataand submissions.

‘‘Changing speed limits is alegal

process and so it is important thatwe

are following due process for

implementing speedlimit changes,’’

he says.

‘‘We understand the frustrations in

the time it is taking to provide a

decision on thisspeedreview but we

are working as efficientlyaspossible

to be able to complete it.’’

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The first Oxfordshearing

Shear memories ... Roddy Kidd had prepared this commemorative board to mark 50 years of

shearing at the now­cancelled Oxford A&P Show.

PHOTO: DAVID HILL

competition in 1971 attracted

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Back in the day ... Roddy Kidd competes in the first Oxford A&P Show shearing competition in 1971.

PHOTO SUPPLIED BY RODDYKIDD

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The North Canterbury News, March 26, 2020

15

Show planning already under way

By DAVID HILL

Planning is already under way

for the 2021 Oxford A&P Show.

While this year’s show, due to

be held on April 4, has been

cancelled in the wake of the

global coronavirus pandemic,

Oxford A&P Association

executive officer Christine

Roberts says the show

committee is turning its

attention to making the 2021

event asuccess.

She says the planning for this

year’s show will provide the

groundwork for the 2021 show,

due to be held on Easter

Saturday, April 3.

Next year’s show will have

Royal Event status in the

equestrian section, giving even

more reason for show

competitors and organisers to

anticipate the event.

While this year’s main event

has been cancelled, the on­farm

dairy heifer competition had

already been judged prior to

the cancellation

announcement.

As the prizes were due to be

presented at the show, new

arrangements will be advised

soon.

Aschools’ art competition

will now be judged at Oxford

Area School (OAS), with the

entrants from OAS and View

Hill School to receive prizewinner

certificates and prize

money in school time.

‘‘The children had already

been working on their artwork

in school and we thought it

❛The children had

already been working

on their artwork in

school and we thought

it would be ashame

not to judge it.❜

—Christine Roberts

would be ashame not to judge

it,’’ Christine says

She says the children have

prepared 96 painted rock­art

pieces, which should keep the

judges busy.

Food vendors, trade, and art

and craft stallholders are being

given the opportunity to carry

over their site bookings for next

year.

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Christine says refunds will

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‘‘Most people have offered to

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is lovely. We have tried to

contact all our exhibitors and

competitors. Ijust hope nobody

will turn up on the day.’’

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1962004-2.11-K

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Young blood seems to be a

rare commodity on rural

show committees, but the

Oxford A&P Association

seems to have found the

recipe for success.

While this year’s Oxford

A&P Show has been

cancelled in the wake of the

global coronavirus

pandemic, the presidential

team is expected to stay on

for next year’s show.

All are aged under 40.

President Letitia

Schroeder, aged 33, believes

the team is one of the

youngest in the country,

with senior vice­president

Marie Fitzpatrick (nee

Timperley) in her 20s and

junior vice­president Steve

Macaulay in his 30s.

‘‘We would be pretty close

to being the youngest and we

all work well together,’’

Letitia says. ‘‘I would have

to be the youngest president

at Oxford for afew decades

at least, if not the youngest.

But Iwould say Marie will

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‘‘A lot of shows are

struggling to get young ones

coming through, so it’s good

to see young people getting

involved and there’s quite a

few on the committee, which

is great.’’

Letitia says the three

make ‘‘a good wee team’’,

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She says the youthful

presidential team is backed

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Christine Roberts and an

active committee which gets

on with the job.

Enthusiastic ... Letitia

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daughter Alannah, believes

she is the youngest president

of the Oxford A&P Association

in decades.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Virus thwarts stargazers

It was due to be abig year for astronomy,

but local space enthusiasts will have have

to do their stargazing at home and online.

The Oxford Area School Observatory is

suspending night classesand open nights

because of the coronavirusoutbreak.

Volunteer James Moffat hopes an event

can be heldinOctober to markthe Mars

Opposition, whenthe red planet is in

closest alignment to Earth.

The observatory marked the lastMars

Oppositionin2018 with aMars Night,

followed by Mars Week, with Nasa

scientistsvisiting theschool.

James says 2020 is abig year for space

enthusiasts, with Nasa to launch its

Perseverance Marsrover in July for a

seven­monthflighttoMars, with its

mission to seekevidenceofpastlife.

The EuropeanSpace Agencywas also

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Opposition.

Resourcesfor theOxford Observatory

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Hands­on ... Erik Vermaat conducted

simple hands­on experiments on magnetic

fields, light waves and spectroscopy

during this term’s night class at Oxford

Observatory.

PHOTO: DAVID HILL

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17

School’sdisplay garden astunner

By RACHEL MACDONALD

‘‘What are those?’’ asks West

Eyreton School’s deputy

principalLisa Duff,asshe points

to the muralbehindastunning

display garden in theschool’s

playground.

‘‘Mountains,’’ chorus alarge

groupofenthusiastic pupils.

‘‘Whose mountains?’’

‘‘Ourmountains,the Southern

Alps!’’

‘‘Andthe river?’’ asks Lisa,

pointingtoabraidedcascade of

resinand riverpebbles,starting

at the painting and runningdown

through thegarden, and flowing

with real water.

‘‘It’s our river,the Waimak, and

it waters the farms that give us

food!’’

The gardenisawork of art.It

was created by the schoolasits

competition entry in the

inaugural Grow Otautahi

Christchurch GardenFestival.

The event was to havebeen held

last week, butwas cancelleddue

to Covid­19 restrictions.

The plants, framingand

artworkswere insteadbrought

home and assembled onsitefor

the community to admire.

At the end of last week, an

amended version was moved

permanently to aspace cleared

by volunteers beside the school

hall.

Everyone of West Eyreton’s

186 pupilsgot involved, says Lisa,

from developing the overall

design to the paper butterflies

created by the new entrants.

Labour of love ...Proud West Eyreton School pupils with their eye­catching creation.

Many localbusinesses also

came on board to support the

project, offering funding, advice,

building materialsand plants.

In theoriginal garden, one side

of the miniature river featured a

mass planting of herbs and

vegetables —kitchenfodder for

Canterbury’s communities.

On the other,and still akey

element, is amass planting of

native shrubs and grasses.

Both sides are peppered with

marigolds, carefully painted

native birds,skink sculptures,

and hedgehogs madeofpinecones,

among other localfauna.

Eight schools entered the

competition, with West Eyreton,

which alsocreatedanexhibit for

the 2014 EllerslieFlower Show,

being the onlyNorth Canterbury

representative.

And it would have been a

medal candidate, saysGrow

Otautahi manager and judge

Rachel Vogan.

‘‘The attention to detail and

finish of this garden is literally

world class,’’ she says.‘‘It would

alsohave scoredhighly in the

design and story­telling

categories.’’

However, most importantly,

saysLisa, are the core

competencyskills learned and

Donation to help beautify reserve

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The wetlandstormwater

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entry point to Rangiorawill be

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donationfromaRangiora

benefactorwho does notwant

to be named.

The WaimakaririDistrict

Council­owned land,which

includes alarge pond

surrounded by native flaxeson

the corner of Flaxton and

Fernside Roads,ismanaged by

the council’sstormwater team.

Community group Keep

Rangiora Beautiful, which

celebratedits 30th anniversary

lastyear,has beenworking

withcouncilstaff for twoyears

to enhancethe site, planting to

adesignbyFernsidelandscape

architectGrantEdge,who is a

KeepRangiora Beautiful

member.

‘‘Withthe generosityofa

local benefactorwho is helping

to fundthisstage­oneplanting,

the group will continue to work

withcouncilstaff to secure

improvementsfor access and

possibly someseatingareas,’’

Grant says.

‘‘Itisasimpleplanwithjust

afew tree species thataim to

provide somevertical scale to

the existing low­level riparian

planting around thepond.’’

Planting will begin later this

year in latewinter or early

spring.

Community space planned ... The wetland stormwater drainage reserve, on the corner of Flaxton and

Fernside Roads in Rangiora, is to be developed into acommunity space after agenerous benefactor

donated funds for the work.

PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP

Seventy nine nativetrees,

includingtotara, kahikatea,

ribbonwood and lacebarks, will

be plantedinthe reserve, with

21 pin oaks proposed for the

edgesnexttoFernside and

Flaxton roads.

Thegroup’svision is to

eventually provide for drifts of

pinoaksfrom Threlkelds Rd

alongFlaxtonRdtoLineside

Rd.

‘‘This willprovide adramatic

treed entryintoRangiora,’’

Grant says.

‘‘Thegroupishoping that

council willlookfavourably on

introducingmore trees and

riparian plantinginassociation

with theFlaxtonRdupgrade.

‘‘It has alsorequested that

council extend thepedestrian/

cyclewaytreatmentsplanned

forthat project, to extenddown

to thepond to improvesafety

andaccess.

‘‘This willprovide another

unique recreational

opportunity for thepublic and

especially forpeople working

nearby,’’ he says.

It is also hoped that the new

community space will

eventually include awalkway/

cyclewayaround thepond, with

drawingsofthe plants and

animallife in the reserve

encased in purpose­built

display stands aroundthe

pathway.

Thepublic entrancetothe

newcommunity space will be

from KingsfordSmithDrive.

Thereserve is acrossthe

road fromthe new retailand

hospitality development on the

opposite corner of Flaxton and

Fernsideroads,which will

include aclassic car museum,

conferencecentre, cafe and

hotelaccommodation.

PHOTO: RACHEL MACDONALD

demonstratedbythe children in

the courseofthe project.

‘‘They learned about teamwork

and problem­solving. They were

shown whatittakes to paint a

mural, and then they haditdone

in justsix hours,’’ she says.

‘‘Most of all, they have learned

where and how they fit into their

wider community,and the

landscapeand environment that

supportsit."

Isolation

can take toll

By ROBYN BRISTOW

Winton Dalley has Hurunui’s droughtaffected

farmers firmly in hissights.

The chairman of the Hurunui Adverse

Events committee saysthe Covid­19 lockdown

means there can be no visits to

farmers toughingitout of their farms.

‘‘We simply can’t meet them or do any

of the things we did last time to boost

morale.’’Heisrelieved however, that

farmers are deemedanessential service

and can continue to operate during the

Covid­19 lockdown. However they have

to register with MPI by 5pm Friday,

March27. Services associated with the

primary sector, such as farm services,

can alsogoabout their business while

limitingpeoplecontact.

‘‘Covid­19isabig thing.But it is not

farmer’s highestpriority at the moment,’’

says Mr Dalley.

During the drought that endured for

threeyears in the district, regular social

events, technicalfielddays and other

activitieswereorganised.

‘‘Butweare not able to proceed as last

time.The virus has complicated things

and farmers can’tgoanywhere or meet

anyone. Iwould like to thinkpeople can

stillbenefitfrom things theylearnt back

then,however, and implement them,asI

know many already have.’’

Mr Dalley urgesfarmerstokeep in

touchwith one anothervia phone or

email, and calloremail him or the Rural

Support Trustfor achat at any time.

It was importantfor farmers to have

someone to talk to.

Mr Dalley can be contacted on (029)

770 2866.

To register go to www.mpi.govt.nz/

covid­19­essential­primary­sectorservice­registration/.

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18 The North Canterbury News, March 26, 2020

Jared at the helm in trying times

By DAVID HILL

JaredKelly is hoping for the best

and preparing for the worst.

When he was appointed

Pegasus Bay School principal

towards the end of lastyear,

Jarednever imagined he would

be leading the school community

through the unfoldingCovid­19

crisis.

‘‘When you’re getting daily

updates fromthe Ministry(of

Education) you can’t help but be

involved in its evolution.

‘‘It’s about taking the timetobe

considered in your decisionmaking

and taking into

considerationyour own

community, and working out the

best fit.’’

Jaredsays his staffhave plans

in place to providehome

learningtools with the school

now closed for amonth.

‘‘Butweare alsomindful that

we don’t wanttooverwhelm a

situation which is already quite

stressful.’’

Asidefromthe evolving Covid­

19 crisis, Jaredsays it has been

largely astress­free transition

sincesteppingupfrom deputy

principaltothe top job.

‘‘I’mreally invested in whatthe

staffare doing. Icame here

originallyfor asyndicate leader

role and moved up quickly.’’

Jaredhas lived all over New

Zealand and spent much of his

childhood in Northland, where

his fatherwas principalofa

smallschool.

‘‘My father’s family is from

Canterbury, so I’ve always had a

special connection to this

region.’’

His wife, Rachel Kelly, was

Out and about ... Pegasus Bay School principal Jared Kelly chats to pupils during morning break.

born in Kaiapoi and thefamily is

now fullysettled in Pegasus.

Rachel is asyndicateleader

and son Jacob, aged 5, has just

started school, ‘‘so the the whole

family is now at Pegasus Bay

School’’, Jaredsays.

‘‘I love it here. We’re just two

minutes from the beach, so you

can crack the surf in the morning

and then go for awalk in the

mountains in the afternoon.‘‘It’s

apretty special place to be.’’

His mother, Barbara Kelly, is a

junior syndicate leader at Oxford

Area School.

He says the syndicateleaders

have been takingturnstofill the

deputy principal role, with Di

Murphy,from Bamford Primary

School, in Christchurch, having

just been appointedtothe role.

‘‘It’s agood opportunity for

them to see whatit’s like from the

other side,soit’s reallygood for

their professionaldevelopment.

‘‘It’s all about vision. If you

believeinsomethingand you can

see apathway, you’ve got to

follow it,’’says Jared, who

jokingly admits Rachelmay now

haveher eye on the top job.

Abig part of his previous role

as deputyprincipalwas

overseeingPegasus Bay School’s

teacher­led innovation project,

PHOTO: DAVID HILL

which received Ministryof

Education funding in 2016.

‘‘It’s been really pivotal in

setting our direction. It’s

redefined our teaching and the

typeofpeople we want to employ

and has allowed us to develop a

really clear vision of who we

are.’’

Now the focus is on firmly

embeddingthe visioninto the

school’s curriculum.

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The decision to install traffic signals on

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road patrol students say.

The New Zealand Transport Agency

(NZTA) will install lights on the crossing

later this year.

The move comes after lobbying from

Woodend’s community for aroad bypass

through the town and safety

improvements for pupils and other

people when crossing the busy section of

State Highway 1.

‘‘Installing the traffic lights is areally

good idea,’’ the students say.

‘‘It will give protection for people all

the time, not just school times. There is

not much happening about the bypass so

it will be good to have something for

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‘‘The red lights will make the cars stop.

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The children also believe that the

traffic lights will be much better in wet

weather, because the motorists will see

the lights further out.

School principal Adrienne Simpson is

also pleased with the decision.

‘‘Everyone will be able to use the

crossing independently,’’ Adrienne says.

‘‘However, we will still be out on patrol

before and after school. The job may just

look alittle different.

‘‘We will work with the police

education officer about how best to

monitor the patrol once the lights are

installed,’’ she says.

‘‘As aschool, we have obviously

advocated for the signalised crossing to

be fast­tracked when discussing the

proposed safety improvements, as this

would make asignificant difference to

the safety of our students coming to and

from school each day.

‘‘With the huge increase in traffic flow

through Woodend over recent times, this

decision will benefit not only the school

families but the whole community.

‘‘It will be agreat assistance in the

short term, but ultimately longer­term

safety measures, as well as the bypass,

are also needed for Woodend.’’

Waimakariri District Council Mayor

Dan Gordon says the signals are agreat

start in making Woodend, Ravenswood

and Pegasus communities safer.

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20 The North Canterbury News, March 26, 2020

Changes planned to crossings

By SHELLEY TOPP

Changes are planned for the

courtesy crossings near the

roundabout at Rangiora’s

East Belt/High St/

Kippenberger Ave

intersection because of safety

concerns.

North Canterbury Seafood

Market co­owner Shayne

Garbes, whose business is on

the corner of East Belt and

High St, says the intersection

is an ‘‘accident waiting to

happen’’, with ‘‘daily close

calls’’ between vehicles

travelling through the

roundabout and Rangiora

High School students using

the High St courtesy road

crossing.

‘‘Some students are

treating the courtesy crossing

as if they have aright of way,’’

he says.

Motorists often have to

brake sharply to avoid hitting

astudent or students on the

crossing, with the potential

for serious injuries and

multiple vehicle pile­ups at

the roundabout during peakhour

traffic.

‘‘In Hanmer Springs the

courtesy crossings are clearly

marked: ‘pedestrians give

way’,’’ he says.

Waimakariri District

Council roading and

transport manager Joanne

McBride says acourtesy

crossing is not an official

pedestrian crossing.

‘‘But they do provide a

place where drivers can stop

to allow pedestrians to

cross.’’

‘‘The change in the road

surface and colour makes

drivers aware that this is a

place that pedestrians might

use to cross the road,’’ she

says.

However, after concerns

were raised around the safety

of the East Belt/High St/

Kippenberger Ave courtesy

crossings, the council has

decided to implement

changes to make them

safer.

The changes include

investigating and

implementing signs to

remind pedestrians these are

courtesy crossings, not

pedestrian crossings where

motorists must stop for

pedestrians.

The council will also

undertake an education

campaign about the use of

courtesy crossings and raise

this issue with Rangiora High

School staff.

Rangiora High School

principal Karen Stewart says

students are reminded

regularly of their

responsibilities in terms of

road safety, particularly how

to cross the road correctly

and in the correct place.

Congested ... New signage is

planned for Rangiora’s busy

East Belt/High Street/

Kippenberger Avenue

intersection to make it safer for

pedestrians and motorists.

PHOTO: SHELLEYTOPP

Crossing a

‘first step’

By DAVID HILL

Woodend­Sefton Community Board

chairwoman Shona Powell has

welcomed news traffic signals will be

installed at Woodend School.

The New Zealand TransportAgency

(NZTA) says they willbeinstalled

outside the school on MainRdlater this

year in abid to improve safetyatthe

school crossing.

‘‘Absolutely fantastic news. However, I

want to stressthat thisisonly the first

step in what is needed in terms of safety

improvements.

‘‘There is still nothing in place that will

really create regular gaps in the traffic

throughoutWoodend for peopletobe

able to movearound safely and we're still

waiting on the speed reviewtobe

implemented.

‘‘I’mhoping the funding announcement

for the Woodend Bypasswill come

soon as this is the longer­term solution

that will meanWoodendcan be returned

to the community insteadofitbeing

divided in two by hightrafficvolumes

and alarge number of heavyvehicles.’’

Shonasays it is six monthssincethe

NZTA’s road safety consultation closed

in Septemberlast year,when its

representativesadvised the community

that ‘‘it was hopedtohave speed

reductionsimplemented by Christmas’’.

‘‘No speed reductionshave been

notified to the communityand no safety

improvements havebeen confirmed

[until now].’’

Shonaisalso keenfor an underpass at

the Pegasus roundabouttosafelylink

Ravenswoodand Pegasus, as there have

been accidentswhen cars travelling

southfail to take the roundabout.

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Simon Lee is watching the heavens for

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The farm manager at Mendip Hills

Station, north of Cheviot, is no stranger

to drought, having survived three years

of dry conditions from 2015 to 2017.

‘‘With adrought you don’t know when

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‘‘As afarming community everyone is

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Two weeks ago, Agriculture Minister

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After two years of favourable

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early on’’ with feeding out and grazing

young stock off the farm.

Mendip Hills Station is located near

Parnassus, which is getting particularly

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But Mr Lee says there is still time to

recover before winter sets in, but any

rain will need follow­up falls to get back

on track.

‘‘If we get two inches (of rain) in a

couple of weeks, then we probably

wouldn’t be having this conversation.’’

Mr Lee’s local Cheviot A&P Show went

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was agood opportunity to catch up with

local farmers.

‘‘There’s different pockets. When I

talk to other farmers, Kaikoura was

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some rain, and Hawarden has been dry

too.’’

Mendip Hills Station is a6200 hectare

high country property running sheep,

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being managed on farm for now, sheep

numbers have been reduced from 16,000

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off farm.

Federated Farmers North Canterbury

meat and wool chairman Daniel

Maxwell says his key message is for

farmers to continue to be proactive in

making decisions early. Animal welfare

is apriority, he says.

‘‘While it’s very, very dry, we do have

some time to grow some feed by the

winter.

‘‘Federated Farmers’ adverse events

committee is still in discussions with

MPI (the Ministry for Primary

Industries) to know what resources will

be available to us and where we can

place those resources.’’

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The home is athree bedroom wooden bungalow of

approximately 186sqm with aseparate two car garage,

with power. There are alarge number of support

buildings including a9mx13.5m three bay shed.

DEADLINE SALE

View By Appointment

DEADLINE SALE closes Wednesday 8th April, 2020 at

4.00pm, (unless sold prior)

Hamish Anderson

Mobile 027 678 8888

Office 03 310 6471

hamisha@pb.co.nz

Maurice Newell

Mobile 027 240 1718

Office 03 310 6471

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Make amove FROM $440,000

WEB ID RU74225

OXFORD

13 Baxter Place

Inside this North facing home, the well-appointed

kitchen is super functional, complemented by versatile

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separation), with aheat pump, wet-back wood burner

and heat transfer. All bedrooms have built-in robes with

CAT 6Ethernet cable ports for hassle free connection.

The 638m2 section is alow-maintenance area,

beautifully landscaped and provides double, internal

access garaging with off street parking, fully irrigated

gardens on timer and awoodshed.

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Mobile 027 848 8020

Office 03 313 8022

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DEADLINE SALE

WEB ID RU75208

OXFORD

93 Main Street

This lovingly maintained home features three

bedrooms, awell-appointed kitchen, and spacious

open-plan living areas. There's plenty of storage and

the added convenience ofaseparate laundry, while a

central wood burner and heat transfer system to all

bedrooms create awarm and inviting atmosphere.

Outside, the fully-fenced section isasafe haven for

families, while adouble garage with athird bay for a

workshop orextra storage, and plenty of extra

off-street parking complete the picture.

VIEW By Appointment

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OXFORD

587a Domain Road

View By Appointment

Five, quality four hectare blocks, situated on aquiet tar

sealed road, just minutes from Oxford. They have

exceptional views ofthe hills, good quality pastures,

with agood fertiliser history. Good free draining soil,

Maurice Newell

without being too stony. Most have shelter belts atthe

Mobile 027 240 1718

eastern and western ends and some have additional

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trees and shelter. Most fence lines deer fenced, with all mauricen@pb.co.nz

blocks to have asealed entrance off Burnt Hill Road.

Two units of Council water and power to aboundary

Hamish Anderson

box, will be provided by settlement. Close to the

Mobile 027 678 8888

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Office 03 310 6471

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CLASSIFIED AND NEWS

26 The North Canterbury News, March 26, 2020

Educational

TUITION available primary

and secondary including

NCEA level 3. Math,

Literacy and Science

(NCEA). Each student on

an individually­tailored

programme. Kip McGrath

Rangiora has been serving

the local community for 30

years. Kip McGrath Education

Centres. Give us acall

or book your free assessment

online 03 313 3638

www.kipmcgrath.co.nz/rangiora.

Cars Wanted

CASH 4CARS

and 4WD'S

Phone

Automotive

Parts

03 313 7216

CASH / CASH for any

unwanted vehicles. Ph 03

347 9354 or 027 476 2404.

Property Wanted

CASH buyer wanting section

in Ashley, Rangiora

area. Ph Rob 027 297 7563.

Wanted To Rent

WANTED warm home to

rent in Rangiora. Your

home will be looked after

and rent always paid. Love

gardening, excellent references.

Ph 020 4051 2580.

Pets

BICHON HOMESTAY

for smaller dogs. We look

after your dog in our home.

"No kennels". Phone today

03 314 6110.

Livestock

TEXEL Romney Cross

young ram hoggets, suitable

for breeding. Telephone

021 626 449 or 03

385 4966.

TEXEL Romney Cross

Ewe Hoggets suitable for

breeding. Ph 021 626 449

or 03 385 4966.

TEXEL Romney Cross

Ewe lambs. Suitable for

lifestyle blocks. Phone 021

626 449 or 03 385 4966.

Situations Vacant

sports reporter

Christchurch

Who we are

Allied Press Limitedemploys over450 people on apermanent basis

across its15sites in the South Island. Weoperateacross multiple

media platforms (print, on-line,digital) delivering news, informationand

entertainment through our various regionaland city publications, including

Star Media in Christchurch.

The role:

Reportingtothe editor,the mainpurpose of the position is to write sports

articles for our stable of newspapers and our website.

Some of the key accountabilitiesinclude:

•Providingaccurate, lively and fairarticles.

•Write articles covering avariety of sportfromjuniortomen’s and

women’ssport.

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•Being ateam player.

Your skillsand experience:

We arelookingfor ajournalist who is currently workingasasports reporter,

or has had sports reportingexperience, or is currentlyageneralreporter

who has apassion for sport.

In additiontoyour interest in sport you will demonstrate:

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•Anabilitytotellthe storybehindthe story

•Good storytelling ability

•Awriting stylethat can be adapted to sports newsstories,

features andthe quirky

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We can offer you agreat teamenvironmentand the opportunitytogrow.

If youthinkthis role is for you, apply by way of CV andacovering letter to

recruitment@alliedpress.co.nz

Informalinquiriesaboutthe role arewelcome andshouldbedirected to

editor-in-chief Barry Clarke: 021-359-426.

Acopy of the positiondescriptioncan be requested from HR

at recruitment@alliedpress.co.nz

Applications closeonFriday 27 March2020 but will be processed on a

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All applicationswill be treatedinthe strictestconfidence.

Pleasenote that you must havethe right to work in New Zealand to

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FACTORY work, based

near CHCH airport, all

shifts and weekend work

for physically fit people.

Start asap. Phone Daphne

at Superior Personnel 03

313 6180.

2267473-19/3-b

SAWMILL workers

required. Ongoing

labouring roles , temp to

perm for the right people.

Precast and Construction.

Traffic control work and

general labourers. Telephone

Superior Personnel

03 313 6180, 6Cone Street,

Rangiora.

No opposition to road plan

By SHELLEY TOPP

Theupgrade of Rangiora’s Good

Streetisprogressing as quickly as

circumstances permit, the

Waimakariri District Council’s

business and centresmanager,

SimonHart, says.

‘‘Wehave beenthroughthe 40­day

road­stoppingpublic notice period

(forthe pedestrianisedarea of Good

Street) with no opposition to this

proposal,’’ he says.

‘‘Weare nowclose to formally

stoppingthe road and updating this

area of GoodStreet from‘road

reserve’, to ‘local purpose reserve

(access)’.

‘‘This processisimportantto

ensure we can significantly limit

vehicle movements and enable and

protect future laneway and

landscaping improvements.’’

Sufficientbudgetfunding has

been allocated in the coming

financialyear to progressthe design

andpublic/stakeholder engagement

work involvedinthecoming

upgrades.

‘‘In the followingfinancialyear

❛We are genuinely looking

forward to creating areally

great design for this space.❜

—SimonHart

(beginning July 2021), budget

provisionfor those upgrades has

been included,’’ he says.

‘‘Whilst it would have beengreat

to see the whole projectcompleted

over the next 12 months, council has

areasonably significantcapital

works programmecommitmentover

the next few years, andneeds to

programme and budget for thatwork

responsiblyonbehalfofthe

community and ratepayers.

‘‘However, we are genuinely

looking forwardtocreatingareally

greatdesign for this space in

partnership with key stakeholders

over the coming months, anditwill

be exciting to see the physical works

begin in the secondhalf of next

year.’’

Public Notices

DOGGY DAY CARE

2203789

$15 per day

6am to 8pm -Special conditions apply

Snuggle Inn Boarding Kennels

459 Fernside Road, Ph 03 313 1774

Grey Power North Canterbury

Association

NOTICE TO ALL GREY P0WER NORTH

CANTERBURY MEMBERS

Due to the Covid-19 situation; and being acutely

aware of the need to protect our vulnerable

members, as well as taking note of the Prime

Minister’s request that all over 70-year-old people

stay at home, the Grey Power North Canterbury

Association committee has decided to postpone its

monthly member meetings.

When we receive the go- ahead from the government

we will resume our meetings so please watch the

local papers for any up-dates.

Please take care and if you need assistance feel free

to contact North CanterburyGrey Power by

emailing jan.pentecost@gmail.com

or phoning 03 312 9331,

On behalf of the committee members

Jan Pentecost (President)

RESPITE CARE available.

Experienced caregiver,

20 years plus working

with disabilities.

Manawanui registered.

Children on individual

funding. In my own home.

Ph Kerry on 027 530 8475.

2270312

KAIAPOI /

RANGIORA TAXI

SERVICE

Bookings advisable

2268203

Situations Vacant

Forprices

Ph 0800 453873

Cheviot Area School is looking for

aself-motivated person to join our staff as

Caretaker.

This position will suit someone who has akeen eye for

detail, excellent practical and problem-solving skills.

Asolid knowledge of maintenance, groundskeeping

and Health &Safety would be an advantage. The

ability to work independently will be essential for this

position. The successful candidate will be required

to work within abudget, manage cleaning staff and

liaise with contractors. Conditions and remuneration

are according to the School Caretakers’ and Cleaners’

Collective Agreement. School housing may be

available.

Cheviot Area School is looking for someone

with excellent people skills to join our staff as

Assistant Office Administrator.

The successful candidate will be required to work

in the office reception and attend to children in the

sick bay. Confidentiality and good communication

skills will be vital to this role. Acurrent first aid

certificate could be an advantage but not essential.

The ability to multi-task will be essential. This is a

fixed termposition to cover staff training for termtwo

2020, on aThursday each week, 8:30am -3:30pm.

Some extra hours/days to provide support toour

administration team will be required. Conditions and

remuneration are according to the Support Staff in

Schools Collective Agreement.

Applications close on Friday 27 th March at 2020.

Please contact the school office

office@cheviot.school.nz for acopy of a

Job Description and Application form.

MOBIL AMBERLEY

Aposition foramotivated&well

presented person.

Includes cashier duties, sales&

assistingcustomers.

Computer &communication skills

would be an advantage.

Phone Andrew 021 355 890

2267898

2090492

Trade&Services

ABEL &Prestige Chimney

Cleaning. Nth Cant owned

& operated. Covering all

areas from Waimak to Hanmer.

Professional, guaranteed,

service. Firebox

repairs, carry most parts. Ph

0800 661 244.

AFFORDABLE concrete

cutting with quality and

removal work. Free quotes.

No job too small. Ph 027

442 2219, Fax 03 359 6052

or A/H 03 359 4605.

BRIAN’S Tree Services.

Tree felling, topping,

shaping, firewood cut, rubbish

removed,stump grinding,

branch chipping.

Affordable rates. Phone 03

327 5505 or 021 124 4894.

BRICK &Blocklayer. All

types of work undertaken.

New, EQC, repairs, LBP.

Phone Hamish 313 5678 or

027 238 6003.

DRESSMAKING Bev’s

Sew Good Services. For all

your alterations, repairs,

dressmaking, curtains.

Phone 327 5535.

HOUSE

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moving house

or trying to

downsize?

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with you to recycle,

sell and dispose of

unwanteditems.

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or 021 078 4553

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Builder/Carpenter,

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Licensed with over

20 years’ experience.

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New Kitchens &

Bathrooms.

James

021-234 4329

for aquote now!

2267275

Gardening

GARDEN hedges cut to

perfection. Tree & arbor

work. Also spraying. Free

quotes. Ph 03 312 0668 or

021 111 4322.

TIDY TREES and gardens.

All tree pruning,

felling, hedge trimming and

general gardening. Telephone

Daniel 027 373 7001

tidytreesandgarden@gmail.com.

Stock Feed

HAY for sale, Waikuku,

barn stored $7. Phone Deb

021 289 9256

Firewood

AN opportunity. Could be a

fundraiser for a group or

small business venture.

We’ll supply the trees ­you

cut and split them. Then we

go halves in the wood.

Waiau area. Old Man Pine

and Eucalyptus ­ selling

$400 acord this season. Or

we can negotiate the deal to

suit. If you’re interested

please phone 315 6686 or

021 187 4141.

DRY pinecones, no

needles. Pickup 3 mins

from Rangiora, $5 per sack,

purchase 10, receive 11.

Phone 027 649 3451.

Wanted To Buy

CASH PAID for all types

of scrap, farm machinery,

old vehicles etc. Phone

Wayne 027 749 9736, 03

323 6610, Licenced Dealer.

TOOLS, garden, garage,

saw benches, lathes. Cash

buyer ­phone 03 355 2045.

Trade&Services

PAINT & wallpaper

services. Wayne Bryant.

Exterior, interior. Qualified

tradesman. Free quotes. Ph

313 5337 or 027 654 4568

PLASTIC WELDING

North Canterbury specialist.

All plastic &fibreglass

repairs. Telephone James

021 180 5103.

CHIMNEY SWEEP ­

Winter’s coming!!! Time to

service your fire. From $80

+ gst single storey. 0800

SWEEP ME or 021 0277

1927.

CLEANER affordable,has

a few spots available for

house cleans. Excellentreferences

available and ialso

have police and security

checks. Iamavailable also

for one off cleans and move

out cleans. Iamalso offering

very competitive rates.

For anoobligation quote

please telephone or txt me

027 557 6654.

AFFORDABLE house

painting, exterior /interior.

Free quotes. Phone Mike

027 444 8577.

METAL WORX. Flashing,

Sheetmetal Fabrication,

Wrought Iron,

Welding, Custom Trailers,

General Metalwork. No job

too big or too small. Ph 021

265 5428 or 03 314 6908.

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Glenmark Metal Worx.

glenmarkmetalworx.ltd@gmail.com.

NORTH CANTERBURY

Tree Care. Qualified

Arborist specialising in big

trees in small places, long

term tree plans, Riparian &

shelter planting, land clearing,

stump grinding, branch

chipping, fully insured, free

quotes. Ph 0800 873 336.

PAINTER & Decorator.

Semi retired painter. Small

jobs. Ph Peter 03 312 7945

or 027 693 8360.

POWER TOOLS repairs,

parts &sales for over 30

years. All main brands serviced.

Grossman Trade

Tools, 31A Watts Road,

Christchurch. Ph 389 9230.

SCREEN PRINTING.

For all your printing

requirements. T­shirts,

Hoodies, Hi­Vis vests and

polos, Overalls, Caps etc.

Please phone Heather 03

313 0261 or email

heather.norstar@gmail.com.

SHOE REPAIRS, key cutting,

engraving, giftware.

10 years experience.

BESK, 683 Main North

Road, Belfast. Telephone

027 311 3423.

PAINTER & Decorator.

25 + years experience.

Interior /exterior, roofs &

waterblasting. For a free

quote, please ph Steve 03

314 4620 or 027 477 1930.

For Sale

HONEY 4kg bucket

cooking honey, $30 special.

Available at Gracebrook,

Amberley. Telephone 03

314 7076.

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Trade&Services

RANGIORA Rubbish

Removal and RRR skips.

Wheeliebins any frequency

and skips from 1.5 cube to

9cube. Skips and wheelie

bins for any use, rubbish,

greenwaste, building sites

or just cleanups. Give us a

phone call 313 6957 or for

skips 021 313 255.

SHEARER. Hap’sFarm &

Lifestyle Services. Shearing,

crutching, drenching,

tailing, feet trimming &

health check. Trailer, generator

&mobile handpiece

available. Experienced,

reliable and honest. Ph 03

312 1214 or 021 267 4025.

SHEARER Mobile sheep

shearer available for lifestyle

blocks. Over 30 years

experience. Phone Stuart

027 315 6916.

House &Garden

Property services Ltd

Tree and hedge trimming

Stump grinding

Tree removal

Gardening

Landscaping

CALL us021 405 277

2070788

Computer Repairs

CompuCare

Bruce Evans

131 OhokaRoad

Kaiapoi

p. 03 3273111

m. 021293 6331

Allan Pethig

For all your electrical needs. Residential &Commercial

Phone 03 313 7144

027 432 1534

Fax 03 313 2144

rgrantelectrical@gmail.com

PO Box 69, Rangiora

Electrician

Scaffolding

•Edge protection

•Working platform

Phone

0274 366 901

Plans for pricing

COMPUTER

REPAIRS

Repairs &Upgrades

Virus &Malware Removal

Checkup to IncreaseSpeed

Home&Business Onsite Visits

Prompt Professional Service

“If it’sbroke, let’s fixit”

Trade&Services

VALUATION ­

Specialising in North Canterbury.

Contact Geoff at

Maxwell Valuation. Phone

03 310 8541 or email

geoff@maxval.co.nz.

BUILDERS Father &Son

team. Amac Builders are

available to help you with

your building needs. High

standards, low overheads.

No job too small. Check us

out on fb. Amac Builders

Ltd. Phone 027 318 4400.

DIRTY TILES &Grout?

Professional tile cleaning,

tiled shower restorations,

mouldy silicone, shower

glass & we can even

recolour your old grout!.

For all your tile and grout

issues call Grout Pro for a

free no obligation quote. Ph

Darryl 0800 882 772.

ROOFER All roof repairs,

roof painting, water blasting,

moss treatment,

repointing, gutter cleans &

snow straps. And More.

Free quotes. Phone Nathan

027 516 6609.

PAINTER, qualified local

professional, Int / Ext,

roofs, wallpaper. Call or txt

Corban 027 846 5035.

Automotive &Recovery

• WOF Cars &Trailers

• Vehicle Servicing &

Repairs

• Tyres &Punctures

• Jump Starts


Towing &Salvage

• Courtesy Car Available

Ph Aaron Rowlands

0272 588 366

13 Stone Eyre Place,

Swannanoa

Eftpos available Mon –Fri 8am –5pm, Sat 9am –1pm

ncn1233407aa

jas.rangiorascaffolding@xtra.co.nz

North Canterbury wide

1783878

Trade&Services

PAINTERS

Reg Tradesman

Interior,exterior.

North Canterbury Painters

specialising in decorating for

over 65 at adiscount rate.

Free quotes.

Covering Nth Canty,Oxford,

Kaiapoi, Rangiora, Amberley.

Robin Driver 03 327 7899

or 027 432 3520 1859949

ALL CONCRETE AND CONSTRUCTION WORK

•Driveways, patios &paths •Bridges and Culverts

•Retaining walls &landscaping

•Silage pits, effluent ponds •Swimming pools &ponds

•Excavation and cartage

Daryl Power 027 230 9401

email concretepower@scorch.co.nz

Handyman

BILL’S ODD JOBS

• Renovations • Repairs

• Replacement • New

DIY projects getting the better of you?

Problem solved, give us acall!

2252169

LANDSCAPES

Paving

Patio &Pathways

-New or Existing

Free Quotes

–Competitive Pricing

Blair Gibson

027 699 5815 03 313 7933

DECORATORS

Lilybrook Decorators. Now

semi­retired looking for

those odd jobs. Phone

Gordon 027 430 2938.

2253902

Builder

Concrete

Electrician

AARON HARRIS

ELECTRICAL LTD

NEW HOUSES • ALTERATIONS

ELECTRICAL INSPECTIONS • SMART WIRING

SYSTEMS AND MORE...

M: 0275 543 958 E: aaron@ahel.co.nz

Bill Howard 021 064 7808 |billhowardnz@gmail.com

30 years experience putting things right

Scrap Metal

CASH PAID FOR SCRAP

•Car Bodies •Scrap Steel•Specialists in Farm

Machinery•All non Ferrous

TRUSTED TRADES &PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

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Trade&Services

Log Fires

Pellet Fires

Heat Pumps

Sales

Service

Installations

Free Quotes

03 343 1651

472 Blenheim Rd

www.heatstore.co.nz

SHEEP SHEARING

mobile. Fast, friendly, professional

service. 25 years

exp. Shearing, drenching,

hoof trimming etc. Call

Shaun 021 204 1274.

MAINLAND

METALS LTD

Ph (03)338 7000

Mike0274 818544 •Robbie 0274818 027

Locally owned and operated

1902273

2047298

2020478

RANGIORA

DENTURE CLINIC

2269511

Trade&Services

SUMMERFIELD

FENCING

IN YOUR AREA NOW.

Lifestyle or farm, sheep, cattle,

horse, all types of animals.

Fences, yards, sheds, arenas,

shelters, runs.

30+ years contract fencing.

Steve is available to help with

your design &planning.

Ph office03312 4747

2091848

ANTHONY SYMONDS

Forall your painting &

plastering requirements

Local with 30 years

experience

All workmanship

Guaranteed.

Phone 021 344 023

2220615

Pride &Quality Painting

&Decorating Services

20 yrs exp, fast and friendly

service. For all your painting

needs, phone: Martin 310

6187 or 021 128 9867

Garry WMechen

Registered Clinical DentalTechncian

2269236

DENTURE CLINIC

Phone (03) 313-9192

38a Ashley Street, Rangiora

NEW N W DENTURES D N ES

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8.30am -12noon

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For a/h repairs

phone (03) 310-3044

Engineering

For your Engineering needs

187d Ohoka Road, Kaiapoi

Phone 03 327 5246 |027 495 2821

toppeng@xtra.co.nz

Plastering

Trade&Services

SEPTIC TANK

CLEANING

Bill’s Liquid

Waste

You dump it...

Blair pumps it...

Blair Tavendale

Ph 03 314 9371

0275 379-694

“Specialists in all aspects of plastering

from traditional to modern”

• Stucco finishes

• Exterior and interior • Foundations

• Landscape walls • Insurance work

No job too small,

free quotes.

Ph 021 193 2073

2225862

REMOVALISTS

2Men &agood

sized truck.

From $157 per hour

(incl gst).Kaiapoibased.

Call Gerard

027 668 3636

2225244

CARPENTER / Painter

specialising in alterations &

renovations, repairs &

maintenance, 35 plus years,

experienced licenced

builder. Telephone Trevor

313 5013 or 027 431 1864.

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In the month of Marchall existing Certified

Toyotas come withanadditional year warranty!

2010 Toyota Prius S

•1.8LHybridPetrolAuto

•Keyless, Climate Control

•Only78,100km

WAS$17,995

NOW $

14,995

2006 Toyota MarkX

•2.5LPetrolAuto, Alloys

•Keyless

•Black interior

$

11,995

2010 Toyota Wish

•1.8LPetrol, 7-seater

•Alloys

$

11,995

•Climateair

2010 Toyota Ractis

•1.5LPetrolAuto

•5-Door

•Air Conditioning

$

10,995

Signature

CLASS

S

2008 Toyota Vitz

•1.3LPetrolAuto

•Keyless, 5-Door

•Only41,850kms

$

9,995

2013Toyota Prius S

•1.8LHybridPetrolAuto

•Keyless

•5-doorHatch

$

17,995

2017 HighlanderGXL

•3.5LPetrolAuto, 7Seater

•Satnav,Leather

•Only 28,200kms

$

47,995

2007 Toyota CamryGL

•2.4LPetrolAuto

•FM/AM &CDPlayer

•NZnew

$

6,995

2013Toyota Aqua

•1.5LHybrid PetrolAuto

•ParkingSensors

•Bluetooth

WAS$15,995

NOW $

14,995

2012Toyota GT86

•2.0L PetrolAuto

•ClimateAir,Sport Mode

•Only 19,650kms

$

26,995

2011 Corolla GX

•1.8LPetrolAuto

•FM/AM &CDPlayer

•NZNew

$

11,995

2006 Toyota Vitz

•1.3LPetrolAuto

•5-Door,Radio

•Air-Con

$

6,995

Signature

CLASS

S

2017 Rav4 GXL 2WD

•2.0L PetrolAuto

•Satnav

•ReverseCamera

$

27,995

2017 RAV4 GLX2WD

•2.0L petrol,auto, Satnav

•ReverseCamera

•Only42,200km

$

26,995

2017 RAV4 GXL2WD

•2.0LPetrolAuto, SafetySense

•ReverseCamera

•Only 47,350km

$

27,995

2017 RAV4 GLX2WD

•2.0Lpetrol,Bluetooth

•ReverseCamera

•Only46,960km

$

27,995

2018 RAV4 GX

•2.5LPetrolAuto, AWD

•ReverseCamera

•Only34,250km

$

29,995

2017 CamryAtara SL

•2.5LHybrid Petrol

•Satnav,Leather

•Only16,500kms

$

31,995

2014 Highlander GXLAWD

•3.5LPetrolAuto

•7-seater, Leather

•ClimateAir

$

29,995

2017 RAV4GXL2WD

•2.0L PetrolAuto

•SafetySense,Sat Nav

•ReverseCamera

$

27,995

2018 Highlander Limited

•3.5LPetrol8-speedAuto

•Leather,Rear Entertainment

•Sunroof

$

57,995

2016 PradoVX

•2.8L Turbo Diesel Auto

•7-seater, SatNav

•Leather,Only 28,300km

$

61,995

2005 Hilux2WD

•3.0L TurboDiesel Manual

•Single Cab

•3-Seater

$

13,995

2015LandCruiser PradoVX

•3.0L TurboDiesel Auto

•7-Seater,Leather, Bluetooth

•ReverseCamera

$

45,995

2016 HiluxSR5 4X4

•2.8L Turbo Diesel Auto

•Satnav,Bluetooth

•ReverseCamera

$

34,995

2019 Ex-Demo Toyota HiaceZX

•2.8L Turbo Diesel Auto

•4-door,Satnav

•ToyotaSafetySense

$

46,995

2018 LandCruiserPrado VX

•2.8L Turbo Diesel Auto

•Facelift Model

•Only13,600km

$

69,995

2018 HiluxSR5Cruiser4WD

•2.8L Turbo Diesel, auto

•18” alloys, leather

•Satnav,ReverseCamera

•2.8L Turbo Diesel Auto

$ $ •Sat-nav,Bluetooth

49,995

$

72,995

51,995 •2WD Satnav, ReverseCamera $ NOW $

•Done 49,600kms

29,995 •5-door,Only150km 45,995

Percival Street,Rangiora • Ph (03) 313-8186any time • www.rangiora.toyota.co.nz

Signature

CLASS

2012LandCruiser Limited200

•4.5LTwin TurboDiesel

•V8, Sunroof,Leather

•Alloys

2009 LandCruiser200 Series

•4.5LTurbo-Diesel, V8

•8-seater,Satnav

•ClimateAir

2016 Hilux SR5 Pre-Runner

2019 Ex-Demo ZXHiace

•2.8L Turbo Diesel Auto, Full TSS

WAS$50,995

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