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Trish McLarenisemptying her shelves
The impact of Covid19 will hit home
hard today for Mid Canterbury
people as they stay at home to save
The district’s GPs and aspecial
medical team working from anew
Covid19 assessment centre in
Ashburton are at the frontline of the
response here. Only people referred
by their doctor, Healthline or an
emergency department will be
assessed at the new centre; on the
first day of operation on Tuesday,
three people were swabbed for the
Not everyone referred to the
centre will need to be swabbed.
Doctors are assessing their
symptoms, alongside other factors
including recent overseas travel and
close contact with others who have
travelled or tested positive for the
The swab test is a10second
procedure, with the swab inserted
into the nose.
Treatment will depend on how sick
the person is. It is expected most will
recover at home in isolation, though
some may need to see their GP or be
admitted to hospital.
There is no charge for the swab
and results usually take 48 hours.
The doctor in charge of the
assessment centre, Sarah Clarke of
Three Rivers Health, said people
should follow instructions of security
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and medical staff when they arrive at
the centre at the appointment time
they have been given. People without
referrals will not be allowed in.
The dedicated assessment centre
takes the pressure off GPs in the
district, who continue to see patients
with other health problems.
Diverting suspected Covid19
patients from medical centres will
help reduce spread of the disease.
Medical centres around the district
have alerted patients to their new
ways of operating and people must
ring before going.
Continued Page 3
Tough lady Hilda turns 100
By Mick Jensen
Hilda Murdoch marked her 100th
birthday with alow key celebration
with close family at Coldstream
Lifecare and Village on Monday.
Coronavirus restrictions meant
that she could not enjoy abigger
party planned for the day earlier.
Hilda’s daughter Karen
Bungard, who works at
Coldstream, said her mother was a
‘‘tough lady’’ and had rolled with
whatever life had dealt her.
At 100, she still had alove for life
and was well looked after at
‘‘Mum is an incredibly intelligent
woman and was still reading Greek
mythology and writing poetry in
She had macular degeneration,
was hard of hearing, but was
‘‘doing old age with grace’’.
Hilda was born in Avondale,
Auckland on March 23, 1920.
She grew up in tough times and
in apoor family.
Her father was acoal miner and
the family moved to Blackball on
the West Coast when Hilda was
Hilda became adomestic help at
aged 14 and after astint on the
North Island, returned to
She worked in aTbsanitarium in
Palmerston and met her future
husband James in the town.
After asimple wedding in 1940,
the couple settled in Palmerston
Hilda Murdoch celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday.
and Hilda worked in sales in a
boutique dress shop.
The couple had three children
and moved to Ashburton when
they were both in their mid 80s.
Daughter Karen said her parents
had moved so that she could keep
acloser eye on them.
They had enjoyed two years
together as residents at
Coldstream, before her father died
at aged 95.
‘‘Mum has seven grandchildren
and 13 great grandchildren and
takes akeen interest in them all
family are very important to her.’’
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Tech keeps family united
Ashburton nurse Linda George is using
Skype to keep in touch with her 84yearold
Linda helped him set up the audiovisual
communication last week when she decided
to stop visiting in person, to eliminate the
chance of passing on Covid19 to him or her
mother, who has memory problems.
Her parents live in Dunedin, but even if
they lived around the corner in Ashburton,
she would have done the same.
‘‘Because Iamafrontline health worker,
Idecided not to visit them.’’
The elderly are most at risk of serious
complications if they contract the virus and
Linda says families need to find safe ways of
staying in touch.
She and her dad tested the Skype
arrangement last week and have been using
it ever since.
‘‘They worry about what is coming. They
are very aware and have their own way of
dealing with the effect of the protocols to
Linda said it was difficult sometimes for
her dad, who needed to repeat messages
about handwashing because of her mother’s
But Skype has allowed them to all see
each other’s faces and chat. ‘‘Seeing aface
really adds to the conversation.’’
Linda’s nursing takes her into the
Ashburton community where she works
with older people.
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Linda said it was important to look out for
older people and to see if they needed help.
Amessage from Ashburton Mayor Neil Brown
We will getthroughthis, we must
These past few weeks and
especially in the last 24 hours,
our nation has been coming to
terms with Covid19 and what
needs to be done to protect our
Alevel four alert is in effect
right across the country and
during this unprecedented time,
Iwish to impress upon every
resident the severity of this
situation and the necessity of
following the Government's
This lockdown on nonessential
services and activities
has never before happened in
our lifetimes and Ihope that it
will never need to be revived
again in the future.
But, in this time of immediate
risk to our people and
communities, it is anecessary
measure to save lives, potentially
thousands of lives. Ifully support
the Government's actions to
reduce the spread of Covid19.
Covid19 is aserious disease,
Mayor Neil Brown
which carries severe risks
particularly for the elderly, those
with underlying health issues and
compromised immune systems.
Please take this level four alert
seriously and play your part to
protect not only your own
health but that of our whole
community. As Prime Minister
Jacinda Ardern has said, the
Government is doing everything
in its power to protect us and
now it is up to all of us to do what
we can to protect each other.
Treat yourself as if you were
infected and distance yourself
from everyone you are not in
isolation with. You may not be
worried about the affects of
being infected, but think about
your loved ones who may be at
more risk of the disease's
Let's also ensure we are being
kind and looking out for one
another. We may be restricting
physical contact, but there are
still ways to keep in touch,
whether that be aphone call,
email, text message or Skype.
Keeping in touch with our
families, friends and neighbours
will be hugely important to our
mental health over the coming
The affect on our local
economy will be very tough and
my thoughts are with those who
may be out of work and
businesses who may seriously
struggle. Financial assistance is
available through the
package and you can find details
about this on the covid19.govt.nz
Iwould also stress that
essential services are continuing
to operate through this time, and
this includes supermarkets.
Please do not stockpile items.
There is plenty for everyone if
we continue to shop as we would
usually do. Panic buying only
causes distress for those who are
vulnerable and who are then
unable to buy essential items for
As the Prime Minister has
made clear, we will get through
this together, and we must. Let's
work together every single one
of us, to do right by our country
and our people.
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From Page 1
Flu vaccines have
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been calling up elderly
and other vulnerable
patients to arrange
vaccinations. The Tinwald
Medical Centre is
vaccination clinic and on
Tuesday vaccinated 80
people in two and ahalf
hours. People drove
through acar park at their
time, sleeves rolled up
and ready to be
vaccinated. Dr Emma
Andrew said people
receiving flu vaccinations
would be contacted by
their medical centres and
they should follow
instructions. At Tinwald,
patients could have a
support person in the car,
preferrably someone in
their selfisolating contact
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Anew route to Sharplin Falls is being planned and environmentally assessed.
Sharplin Falls on funding radar
By Linda Clarke
Advance Ashburton has given
the Mt Somers Walkway Society
just over $20,000 to complete an
assessment of aproposed
alternative walking track to
The original and popular
family walking track has been
closed since 2015 because of the
danger of falling rocks after
Society chairman Charles
Ross said the study could take a
couple of months. The engineer
undertaking it would be looking
for any adverse effects that
could result from aproposed
new track that would skirt
around the rockfall area.
The new track should not
disrupt existing bush too much,
he said. Society members, trackbuilders
and engineers will head
into the area soon for a
Mr Ross said the society
would apply for grants from
other funding organisations to
build the new track, if the
environmental report was
He said the walkway society
was very grateful to have
received $21,700 via the
Advance Ashburton Charitable
Foundation, from the trust fund
of the late Ian Glassey.
The environmental affects
study is necessary to progress
the proposed new track.
Mr Ross said the society
believed that reopening the new
track to the falls would return a
opportunity to the district, and
enhance the wellbeing and
health of local people and
visitors to the area.
Following an earlier positive
geotechnical report, and after
much deliberation, the society
had chosen anew route to the
fall, he said. It would include
Society members had been
liaising with excellent preferred
contractors for the engineering
and design of the bridges and
track, and awellrespected
construction company who
would install the bridges.
‘‘The Department of
Conservation (DOC) has not
given final approval but they are
supportive of the walkway
society’s work to reopen the
walk to the falls.
‘‘Although the society has
received some small donations
and the proceeds from arecent
4x4 safari, the Advance
Ashburton contribution is the
first substantial grant for which
an application has been made,
and received. Once the report
from the assessment of
environmental effects is
received it allows the project to
be submitted to DOC for final
approval. After that approval of
substantial funds will need to be
raised to complete the project.’’
The Sharplin Falls track is
part of anetwork of tracks
maintained and developed by
the society and Department of
Since it has been out of
commission, the society has
created asubstitute walk and
picnic area, but members are
keen to have the falls back in
public walking distance.
ADC chief executive Hamish Riach
The events unfolding around the
country, especially in this past
week, have been rapid and
confronting. We are now in
unprecedented times that require
us –more than ever, to be united as
acommunity and country to work
through the challenges of Covid19.
With alevel four alert now in place
for at least the next four weeks, we
must all be doing our part to slow
the spread of this disease.
While this is under way, the
council is doing everything it can to
follow the Government’s new
measures while also ensuring
crucial local services are
maintained for you.
Very shortly after the Prime
Minister announced the country
was moving into alevel three and
then four alert, the council made
the call to close our community
facilities –the EA Networks
Centre, Ashburton Public Library
and Museum as well as the
Ashburton Trust Event Centre.
Reserves, camping grounds (unless
for essential service personnel) and
community halls are likewise,
Our staff from these centres are
now being redeployed to support
not only other essential council
functions, but also communityled
building on Baring Square West is
closed in line with the
Government’s directive to reduce
physical contact with others. We
have many of our staff working
from home so that essential
services can continue.
Our drinking, storm, stock and
waste water services are being
delivered as normal. We will
continue to pick up your red
rubbish bin and yellow recycling bin
from the kerbside as per your
normal collection days. We are
working through the potential to
have limited opening hours for the
Resource Recovery Park and will
give further advice as soon as we
Rural recycling dropoff sites will
Unfortunately, glass recycling is
suspended until further notice. We
ask that you store your empties at
home in the meantime. We will let
you know when this changes.
Our customer service team are
working from home, but are set up
to take calls and emails to assist you
with your inquiries.
Regulatory services such as
building and resource consents
The speed of change to level four
has been understandably very swift,
and the situation may well continue
to change over the coming four
weeks and potentially beyond. We
will continue to adapt and respond
as necessary, and will continue to
stay in touch with the community
We understand these are very
challenging times for everyone.
The council will continue to
communicate with you about any
potential change to our services or
Follow our Facebook page
(@AshburtonDC), sign up to our
free text/SMS alert service (by
texting your postcode to 4196) or
head to our website ashburtondc.
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Trish exits pickle market
Eightytwoyearold Trish McLaren has
made $27,000 for RonaldMcDonald
House through salesofher homemade
jams, pickles, sauces, preserves and
biscuits at Ashburton Farmers’Market
over the pastfour years.
The Ashburton St John health
shuttle also received $1000 from her
last year from product proceeds.
Mrs McLarensold at the market for
the lasttime on Saturdayand is now
keen to clear remainingstocksof
homemade goodies from her
She said she wouldmiss the social
aspectofthe Saturday morning
markets on WestStreet.
Fellowmarkettraders had been abig
support to her, she said.
Product tastings had tempted buyers
over the pastfour years and had
‘‘helped hersell so much more’’.
Mrs McLarensaid she was grateful
for donations of fruit and vegetables
from the community, whichshe had
used in her products, and alsotothe
support of those who had helpedher
‘‘I’vebeen very happy to support
RonaldMcDonald House because it
provides such avaluable service and
I’ve been humbled by the thanks I’ve
received from theorganisation.’’
Mrs McLarenishappytosell her
remaining stocksfrom homeafter the
current lockdown is over and can then
be contactedon308 8105.
‘‘I’m happy to selltopeople if they’re
healthy and I’m healthy.’’
Trish McLaren (left) with Ashburton Farmers’ Market treasurer Bernie Harkness at her last market day.
Our family is bonding in cyberspace
We have aregular Thursday family
catchup at my parents’ house.
It sort of just happened many,
many moons ago.
It's referred to as Thirsty
Thursday and achance to drink in
the wisdoms and entertainment of
the older folk in my family, along
with abeverage or two.
My parents, uncles, aunties,
sister, brother, nieces and nephews
all pop in to at least one or two, if
not more, sessions amonth.
It's best when we are all there
vying for talk time and keen to share
news or family stories, past and
However the Covid19 level four
alert means for safety and because
we are resourceful and resilient, we
need to do something else to stay in
Trying to create an online pub so my family can still connect.
touch and, while the telephone is
good, face to face is best.
And if we can all be there, even
Ithought of creating an online
pub, enjoyed with others in the
same relaxed way as usual, but
different, from the comfort of our
own homes using some form of
technology. Ididn't know what type
I'm an ideas gal.
Roping in techsavvyish children I
tried acouple of options such as
Google meets, Google classroom,
and finally Google hangout a
common site used by the children
However my face frozen midsentence
on the screen when doing
atestrun did nothing to make me
want to socially connect, with
And by the time my Windows 8
computer, with its justfasterthandialup
completely, Iwas over it.
So while the set up might have
been successful wewill test is out
this week Iwill have to borrow a
much faster Chromebook from my
children, to speak to my parents,
who have better technology
knowledge than me. Cheers!
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Wheels Week off
Ashburton’s Wheels Week Plus
has been cancelled because of
situation. Organisers meton
Mondaynight to make the
officialdecision. The annual
wheels showcase was scheduled
to run from May217 and usually
openswith the popular
Ashburton Vintage Car Club
SwapMeet and finishes with the
Wheels Week Street Parade.It
includes anumber of wheelsrelated
for the whole family. ‘‘We would
like to thank our sponsors and
supporters and we willnow be
workingonafull programme of
events for 2021,’’ it saidonthe
Wheels WeekFacebook page.
The decision to cancel the
Ashburton SwapMeet was made
at an earlier date,and included
the cancellation of the
Ashburton District Council
has approved additionalfunding
of $40,000 to complete building
restoration work at the Ng King
Brothers Chinese Market
Garden Settlement on Allens
Road. Thefunds are in addition
to $25,000 recently received
from aPoll Tax grant and are
subject to that funding been
matched with $65,000 from
Heritage New Zealand.
Ashburton council business
support group manager Paul
Brakesaid it was more cost
efficient to do all the identified
building work in one go, rather
than drip feed funds and do bits
of it overanumber of years.The
totalcost of the projectwas
estimated to be $130,000, and by
securing the additional funding,
it would cost council $40,000.
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Page 6, Ashburton's The Courier, Thursday March 26, 2020
Spruceup for military plots
By Toni Williams
Air Training Corp (ATC) cadets of
24 Squadron got some historical
learnings at the Ashburton Cemetery
this week, cleaning the headstones of
deceased military personnel.
It was their final unit outing, with
group activities put on hold until
further notice because of Covid19.
Training moves into an online class
Nine cadets, and their leaders,
with scrubbing brushes and water
buckets in hand, spent five hours at
the cemetery on Sunday respectfully
cleaning down and repainting faded
inscriptions, some of which dated
back to men who served during the
Boer War in at the turn of the
There are others scattered around
the cemetery who took up with the
defence forces including the Royal
Air Force, Imperial Forces and New
Zealand Military Forces, doing roles
such as field artillery, machine gun
squadron, rifle brigade, electrical
and mechanical engineers, drivers or
medical corps, to name afew.
They came from around New
Zealand, but also include
internationals serving with the likes
of Canada and Australian forces.
ATC unit commander Luke
Sutton said the cleanup was part of
the ATC’s 2020 Heritage Project but
was also being done in association
with the New Zealand
Cadets used BioShield product to
remove stubborn lichen and moss,
but mostly water and muscle power,
before applying the paint.
Typically veterans’ headstones
were placed into three types, with
three bodies who looked after them;
the Commonwealth War Graves
Commission (for those who died in
the two World Wars), Veterans
Affairs (for those who died during
service or near to service) and those
in the Returned Services Association
Air Training Corp cadet in training Lochlainn Hall (standing) and
cadet Andy Armour put elbow grease to good use cleaning RSA
service plot headstones at the Ashburton Cemetery.
On average each headstone, with
basic clean and paint, cost $2 to
clean, but the newerstyled bronze
headstones, needing added product
to clean, were $10 each.
Mr Sutton said nationwide the
army, which are all volunteers, were
looking for sponsorship to keep the
cleaning options operating.
He said any family members who
knew of headstones, whether they
were on farm land, or remote plots,
which needed some attention could
contact the RSA who would pass on
While Ashburton’s Army cadets
have in the past focused on war
memorials around the district, the
ATC cadets will focus on RSA
headstones at the Ashburton
Cemetery before looking at Rakaia,
and Methven cemeteries at alater
Right: With aclean and some
paint, just like new.
Tourism operators in scary times
International and domestic travel
restrictions are likely to hurt
operators for monthstocome.
Experience Mid Canterbury
manager BruceMoffat said local
accommodation providers had
reported anumber of cancellations of
forward bookings in recent days.
Those bookings amounted to
between$400,000 and $500,000 and
that lost income would only climb
over the coming weeks.
The loss of revenue impacted the
localeconomy and was mirrored
across the country.
‘‘These lossesare hugefor small
business operators and it is scary
times at the moment for tourism
Mr Moffat said official tourism
spend statistics published by the
Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment would start to reflect
and measure the downturn in tourism
For the year to March 2020, he
expected the local spend tofall
between $3 million and $5 million to
Mr Moffat said the tourism market
would bounce back, but when that
would be, was the big unknown.
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EA Networks is reassuring the
poses no direct threat to their
The business willcontinue to
provide the region with essential
throughout the pandemic
The companyhas no concerns
about thepower andfibre
networks’ resilience as more and
more people beginworking from
‘‘Our networks are
comparatively new androbust,we
don’t foresee any issuesaspeople
change how and when theyaccess
these networks,’’said network
manager Brendon Quinn.
Of critical importance is the
health andwellbeing of staff who
respond to network emergencies
The company is taking
precautionsto guard against
transmission withinits workforce.
‘‘The greatestconcern forusis
the potential impact on our staff
numbers,’’ Mr Quinn said.
‘‘Weneedpeople to be readyto
respond to typical network events
andfaultsday and night.
‘‘This is whyweare taking a
The company hasfollowed
homeand selfisolating. In
addition, asecond operatingsite
has beensetuptoallow greater
Thiswill allowthe company to
splitteams into two operating
reduce spreadofany infections.
‘‘We recognise the seriousness
of thesituation and theimportant
of transmission is reduced.
‘‘We want to assureour
community that we areworking
hardtoimplement new measures
to protect the public andour staff
so we cancontinue to provide
essential power services.’’
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pandemic can be found on thecooperative’s
Smokefree domain plea
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Smokefree Mid Canterbury wants
the entire Ashburton Domain to be
smoke and vape free.
McDowell and Mandy Casey from
the smokefree organisation are
among more than 40 people to
have already made submissions to
the Ashburton DistrictCouncil on
its longterm development plan for
Feedback is open until April 5.
Many of the submissions
received so far supportretaining
the Ashburton Bowling Club in its
current location;council had
proposed moving the 125yearold
club to aless central part of the
domain or offsite altogether.
The bowlingclub would be
replaced by acentral information
hub, one of manynew or redesigned
features on the longterm
domain plan. Anew access of
Walnut Avenue, near the walkway,
is also proposed.
Smokefree Mid Canterbury says
many areas of the domain are
playgrounds and sports field. But
the gardens are not and the
organisation wantsthe whole
domain area fully endorsed as
smokefree and vape free.
‘‘With the new plan’s goal,of
celebrating the waterways, where a
play environment for children and
families is encouraged, it is
especially important we focus on
providing asmokefree location for
all to enjoy.’’
provided positive smokefree rolemodelling,
supported others to quit.The
organisation also wants new and
more smokefree and vape free
Edith Smith,for Ashburton
Forest and Bird,said native
biodiversity should be apriorityin
the development plan because
original vegetation across the wider
plans was disappearing.
‘‘This is an opportunity to
connect Ashburtonians with the
natural heritage of their district.’’
Native species could be used
along the waterways.
She said the aviary should also be
disbanded because it was an
unnatural environment, receiving
negative comments. ‘‘Why not
focus on nativevegetation trees
and shrubs to attract native
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Driver mentor and firefighter
Volunteer of the month -Jill Tomlin
Keepingcool, calm and collected
is the best way for Jill Tomlin to
carry out her volunteering roles.
She is amentor withthe Mid
Licensing Scheme but also a
firefighter with the Rakaia
Volunteer FireBrigade and is
Canterbury and the Hotel
AshburtonVolunteer of the
Month. When Jill heardpeople
wereneeded to mentor migrant
women learning to drivefrom
within rural communities around
the AshburtonDistrict, she was
spurred to actionasitwas
something shecould do. She is
now mentoring her thirdstudent
after the two previous women
gained their licences.
Jill was just as excitedasthe
student’s whentheygot their
licences as it opened up so many
opportunities for them. It not only
gave themfreedom to drive their
attendactivities in the community
or go to townbut also opened
doorstoother opportunities such
as volunteeringinthe community
or looking for employment.
Jill is passionate about the
service and cares for her students.
She provides arelaxed
environment as apassenger sitting
next to the women learning to
The regularsessions, either once
or twice aweek, involvedriving
around Ashburton for around
three quarters of an hour
experiencing traffic lights,
roundabouts or merginginto
Jill says this experience also
sharpensher driving skills.
She makes sure to communicate
clearly, given that sometimesthere
can be alanguage barrierbut says
that’s where hands signals can be
There is no timeframe,but
training usually takes around six
months.It is donein the student’s
vehicle and will includetwo lessons
Teaching someone to drive, and
being taught to drive, can be a
nerve racking experience for both
parties so the ability to remain
calm and be relaxed are greatskills
And the regular contact often
sees the mentorand student, along
with their family, become friends
due to the rapport they build up
between themtodispel any nerves
Jill recommends volunteering to
She saysitisagreat feelingbeing
avolunteer and something
membersofher family know only
too well. Her husband,son and
daughterinlaw are also volunteers
with the Rakaia Volunteer Fire
Jill likes to be busy which is why
Plus there is agreat needfor
volunteerswith Fire and
especially duringthe day in places
The decision to volunteer as a
driving mentor wasmostlybecause
it appealedand she enjoysteaching
and driving.The key to being a
greatdriving mentor is
communication with the student,
Volunteering Mid &South
Canterbury are always on the
lookout for nominations.
Nomination forms are availableby
contacting Volunteering Mid &
House, 44 Cass Street Ashburton,
ph 3081237 ext 240 or email
email@example.com or pick up
acopy at FourSquare in Rakaia.
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Ashburton District Council has established
aCovid19 Response Committee
to ensure local government decision
making continues throughout the Level
Council has delegated powers, duties,
and functions to the new committee,
which includes all elected councillors
and the mayor.
Aquorum of two has been set up for
the committee, meaning two members
have to be physically present at meetings,
while others can attend remotely.
Council has suspended all of its
committees, with the exception of the
Library and Civic Centre Project Control
Group, with immediate affect and
until further notice. The project group
has some external members and also
delegated authorities already in place.
Community board meetings will also
not be held until further notice, and
where possible council will seek board
member feedback on decisions
impacting their areas.
Having effective governance during
this time is important, asisthe need to
streamline council and community
decision making, said council chief
executive Hamish Riach.
He said meetings were anticipated to
be weekly, or less frequently if no
decisions were needed.
Every council was going through the
same process, with some giving delegated
authority to the chief executive.
With the country in lockdown, council
needed to be ‘‘agile’’ with its decision
making and needed to make use of
modern technology, said Mr Riach.
Some functions must be retained by
council, such as adopting the Annual
Plan and setting rates, and further
emergency legislative amendments
would be considered that may relax the
The council closed its community
facilities onMonday and is considering
the way it delivers services for the
A local Government Covid19
response team has been formed to
provide information to councils about
contingency measures in the event of a
community wide outbreak.
One of the issues they are looking at
is to modify the quorum requirements.
Currently members have to be physically
present to meet the quorum and if
modified, quorums could meet via
Ashburton council recently amended
its Standing Orders to enable elected
memberstoattend meetings via audio or
audiovisual means, should that option
The standing order is in place until
October and will then be reviewed.
Asecond motion agreed by councillors
was to reduce the quorum numbers
at committee and sub committee meetings
by one person, with a review
planned again in October.
Ashburton mayor Neil Brown said
council was ‘‘ready’’ for the lockdown
and he praised the chief executive and
his staff for their preparation work in
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While Mid Canterbury Animal Welfare
Centre manager Rallou Keeley is
very grateful for community donations
of old sheets, towels, pillowcases
and blankets, she is saying ‘‘enough is
enough’’ to those people using the
facility to dispose of dirty, unwanted
bedding and pillows.
Anumber of dirty items and old
quilts were dropped off out of hours
on March 16 and ‘‘stunk to high
The vast majority of donations to
the centre were clean items that were
much appreciated, said Mrs Keeley.
‘‘Most people are really good, but
there are a few out there that are
using the centre to dump things that
they should be dumping themselves at
an official drop off point.’’
Mrs Keeley said it cost the centre
money to dispose of dirty, useless
Pillows, cushions and mattresses
were not needed at the centre
because they could be ripped open.
Sheets, towels, pillowcases and
blankets were useful because they
could be cut up and used as cleaning
cloths and for cage bedding.
Hygiene was a priority at the
animal centre, said Mrs Keeley.
The roll out of water metering districtwide
is once again up for consideration.
Ashburton council staff are preparing
a cost benefit analysis to investigate
installing water meters.
The cost benefit analysis will include
details on the estimated costs of water
metering and council will again have the
chance to vote on the matter once the
analysis has been presented.
If meters are installed, council will be
able to collect water use data and better
understand patterns and water leakage,
and if it chooses, mayconsiderintroducing
Currently council provides drinking
water to homes and businesses through
12 potable water supplies, with all
properties charged a fixed rate for
Council schemes service over 70% of
the district’s residents through 10,538
water supply connections.
Each connected property, with the
exception of the Methven/Springfield
and Montalto water supplies, pay the
same targeted fixed rate and for the
2019/20 year connectedordinaryproperties
pay aconnection fee of $450.20 per
In the Long Term Plan 201828 it was
proposed that water meters beinstalled
on smaller schemes for asset management
and leakage detection purposes,
and meters are currently going in in Mt
Somers, with Chertsey and Hinds set to
Currently athird of properties zoned
Residential Dare beingmetered and are
charged for the volume of water they
use. The rest are set to have meters
installed over the next six months after
council approving abudget of $120,000
last week to complete the roll out.
Mayor Neil Brown speaking at last
week’s Audit, Risk &Finance Committee
said 51% of water was lost through
the reticulation systems and that meant
the current systems were not working
‘‘We need water meters fitted to help
stop that loss and to use water more
efficiently,’’ he said.
Cr John Falloon said the option of
metering needed to be looked atclosely
now, and not in five years time.
Financial help packages
Mid Canterbury’s small businesses
should be checking out financial help
offered by the Government to survive
Covid19, says Ashburton retailers’
spokesperson Bob McDonald.
He said workers and business owners
could find information on Covid19.govt.
nz and they should register and apply for
subsidies. Most of Ashburton’s cafes,
restaurants and retail outlets are shut in
the fourweek lockdown.
Mr McDonald said businesses still
had bills including rent to pay in the
lockdown and they should be seeking
help from their accountants and other
All New Zealanders worried about
money are beingurged to seek guidance
through official government services
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Mr Thames and Mrs Jackie
Proudman,together with Mr
Brent and MrsSandraClarke
are delighted toannounce
the engagement of Samuel
Clarke and Olivia Proudman
on the 22nd of March2020.
Audrey: Passed away
at Christchurch Hospital
on Wednesday 18 March
2020, aged 72 years. Dearly
loved wife ofRoger, mother
and mother in law of Tim
(deceased) and Hilary
(Wellington), Georgie and
Marcus Peacock (Hawkes
Bay), Tessa and Jamie
Durham (London), Daniel
and Abby (Wellington),
and grandchildren Aimee
and Ollie, Hana, Jimmy and
Micky, Francesca, Walter and
Rose, Millie, and Ben and
Poppy. Aprivatefamily service
Murray (Trev): On March 19,
2020 passed away peacefully
at his home, Christchurch).
Aged 66 years. Dearly loved
husband of Jackie. Father
and father in law ofAudrey
and Heath Cater, grandad
of Tyla, Xanthe, and Nevaeh.
Loved stepfather of Andrew
and Rosie and Poppa Trev of
Bailee, and Kymzara. Loved
son of the late Beverley
and Murray and brother
and brother in law of Ken
and Polly Darrell, Betsy and
David Tipple, and Jason and
Kimberlee. Aloved uncle of
all his nieces and nephews.
Messages to C/- 2/351
Lincoln Rolleston Road,
Rolleston 7678. At Trev’s
request a private cremation
has been held.
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Supporting the community
96 Tancred Street,Ashburton. Phone 307 8317 LREA2008
DOIG,Neil Joseph (Rowdy)-
Passed away in Christchurch
on Saturday 14March after
a long courageous battle
with leukaemia. Aged 60
years. Dearly loved husband
of Yanin, loved step-father
of Kanta and Hang, adored
and loving grandfather of
Reggie. Much loved brother,
brother-in-law and uncle
of Rosemary (Neils twin)
and Grant Brown, Jessica
and Orin Tapp, Hayley and
Milo Klaus; Laurel and David
Allan, Larissa and Connor;
Sandra and Brent Clarke,
Sam, Georgia, and Rebecca.
A loved son of Stuart and
NancyDoig (both deceased).
Special thanks to the staff
at the Christchurch Hospital
Bone Marrow Transplant
Unit. Messages may be
sent to : 20 Trellech Place,
Ashburton 7700. At Neil’s
request a private family
servicehas been held.
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DEAKER, William Graham:
Shona, Kelvin and Meghan,
Blair and Jo and their families
thank you for the love and
support given to us at the
sad loss of Graham. Your
cards, phone calls, flowers,
baking and visits have been
EDE, Maurice Edgar:
Beverley, Nigel and Sharron,
Shona and John, Deborah
and Craig and their families
wish to thankyou allfor your
and support, for your visits,
flowers, cards, phonecalls
and food. Thanks to the
staff at Ward Two Ashburton
Hospital and special thanks
for the wonderful care and
help thatMauricereceived at
Rosebank Resthome, itwas
much appreciated. Thank
you to Bernard Egan and
Linda at Paterson’s Funerals.
Please accept this as a
of our gratefulthanks to all.
NEWTON, June: Dianne and
Angela, and families,wish to
sincerely thank all those who
in any way acknowledged
the sad loss of their
cherished mother, motherin-law,
nana and great-nana.
We appreciated your love
and support. Thank you to
those who attended the
serviceand the church ladies
for their catering. Special
thanks to Wendy Millichamp
for officiating, and to
Rochelle, Polly and Barry
from Paterson’s fortheir help
Agracious,gentle and patient
So sadly missed.
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Ashburton cubs Sean Williams, Jack Scoon and William Carnell prepare
to set sail in alesson at Lake Hood.
Cubs master sailing skills
Ashburton cubs took to the waters of
Lake Hood last week with some
twilight sailing. Around 15 cubs, each
with different experience levels, took
to yachts, kayaks and arow boat to gain
some new skills.
Under the watchful eye of leaders,
and ManiaORoto water coordinator
Dave Strong, the cubs spent just over
an hour on the water familiarising
themselves with the use of oars and
rigging lines to steer.
By Mick Jensen
The first wave of Afghan families
expected in Ashburton as part of the
refugee resettlement programme are
likely to arrive alittle later than
scheduled, but systems and support
mechanisms are being developed to help
them settle into anew life in New
The refugee resettlement service is
funded for three years by the Ministry of
Business, Innovation and Employment
and involves eight communities across
The firstquota refugees arrived
recently in the country for asixweek
reception programme at the Mangere
Refugee Resettlement Centre.
They will thenmove to settlement
locations that include Blenheim and
The UN refugee agency hasnow
temporarily suspended refugee
resettlement departures in line with
developments in theCovid19 situation.
Two to three families, or around 10
people, were originally expectedin
Ashburton on June 19, but that was now
likely to be delayed, said Ashburton
Refugee Settlement Supportteam
leader Kathy HarringtonWatt.
The former social worker and clinical
art therapist, who holds adoctorate in
anthropology with aspecial focus on
Letter to the Editor
The Ashburton District
stallholders wish to advise
their customers and the
people of Mid
Canterbury that with the
current regulations due to
the Covid19 Pandemic,
we have ceased trading.
We havestarted our
winter break early but
plan to be back late
September, all going
Our twelfth market
season has gone well,
with some new
stallholders joining us
and thishas added to the
at the market. We have
also appreciated the local
buskerswho have given
their time to entertain us.
We thank all our loyal
customers who have
supported us, wet or fine,
migrant communities,said plans were
developingtowelcome and support the
refugees whenthey did arrive.
Mrs HarringtonWatt will build a
workers and is currently advertising for
parttimestaff who will focus on the
areas of youth, housing, cultural
navigationand volunteer coordination.
Onsite training is planned, including
cultural training, before the refugees
arrive and the Red Cross willsupport
the refugees to find employment
throughtheir pathways to employment
The Afghan refugee community in
Christchurchwill also be consulted.
Learning English was apriority for
the refugees, as was getting ajob, said
She said caseworkers would work with
the families to identify complex issues
that may affect them and would provide
appropriatesupport and referrals.
Eachfamily would be supported for
12 months, or longer if necessary.
Mrs HarringtonWatt said anumber
of community volunteers had already
put up their hand to help and their role
would be defined over time and based
‘‘Weneed to find out from the
refugees whattheir needs andwants are
and then offer them choice and
and will be pleased to
welcome themback next
season, would also liketo
encourage morelocals to
come to the market when
we recommence at the
end of September 2020.
interested in joiningasa
stallholder, this is an
excellent time to start
thinking and planning,
site availability is not a
problem, new ideas and
variety would be
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Loving Mt Hutt tracks,trails
By Mick Jensen
The slopes of Mt Hutt are a
year round playground for
Methven brothers Reilly and
The teenagers are among the
country’s best school age
downhill mountain bikers and
also talented skiers.
Both were set to compete at
the South Island Secondary
Schools (SISS) MTB
Championships at the Mt Hutt
Bikepark from tomorrow, but
that event, like countless
others, has been canned
because of Covid19.
Reilly, 16, won the under17
downhill last year and was
second in the enduro, while
brother Patrick, 14, won the
under15 downhill and was
sixth in the enduro.
Reilly went on to win the
downhill and was the fifth
fastest overall rider at the
school nationals last October,
and Patrick claimed second
place in the under15 downhill.
The Mt Hutt College
students have been biking and
skiing from avery young age.
Reilly said he had been
looking forward to competing
at the SISS championships at
He had hoped to win his age
group downhill event again and
wanted to improve his enduro
He said his younger brother
was sometimes faster than him,
and had proven it at arecent
club event when Patrick had set
the atime of 1m:47s for the
The Duff boys have been
racing competitively for four
years and both own trail,
downhill and BMX bikes.
The pair enjoyed ataste of
top competition earlier this
year at the Oceania and
National Downhill MTB
Championships in Dunedin,
Methven brothers, from left, Patrick and Reilly Duff.
where Reilly finished fourth in
the Oceania and fifth in the
Patrick, riding in the U17
events, finished seventh in
Downhill racing was about
speed, control and adrenaline,
‘‘You need to stay relaxed
and have aclear mind on the
Patrick said he and his
brother preferred the thrills of
downhill and enduro than the
flatter, loop trails of cross
Enduro, like downhill, was
timed, but had multiple stages
and bikes needed ‘‘a bit more
suspension and different
Downhill had one track and
needed explosive power, he
Reilly and Patrick Duff
would both love to be
professional mountain bikers
like their idol Anton Cooper,
but for now they are content
with riding and juggling school
with part time jobs.
The boys have Mt Hutt in
their sights over winter, and if
all goes well, they’ll be speeding
down the slopes.
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Uncertainty over skifield opening
A big cloud of uncertainty hangs over
whether the Mt Hutt Skifield will open this
season because of the Covid19 outbreak.
Mt Hutt, which is owned by NZSki, is
scheduled toopen on June 5.
NZSki chief executive Paul Anderson
said the company was planning for everything
from a‘‘reduced demand season’’ all
the way through to ‘‘not beingable to open’’.
He said Mt Hutt had nine permanent
staff, which inwinter grew to around 300.
Last year, half of the staff were on
working visas and 60% were returnees.
‘‘With the current travel restrictions and
advisories, and airlines reducing international
services for the foreseeable future
it means their journey to New Zealand is
likely to be delayed.
‘‘Our team is following this closely and
working on contingencies.’’
Mr Anderson said NZSki was preparing
for arange ofscenarios and had placed a
hold on any further recruitment at the
‘‘Messaging to our permanent and contracted
seasonal staff currently is thatwe are
remaining optimistic and we are still
planning toopen asscheduled, however, we
are reviewing what our season might look
like and will keep everyone updated.’’
With the ski season still nine weeks away,
the skifield is not currently considering
requests for refunds on ski passes and will
continue to review the situation as the
season gets closer.
In the event that Mt Hutt is unable to
openfor the entire season, rollover products
purchasedfor use in the 2021season,orfull
refunds will be provided.
If mountain operations are disrupted or
affected bythe pandemic for aperiod of
time the ‘‘cancellation and refund policies
will be reviewed to be fair and flexible for
our customers’’, it says onthe mthutt.co.nz
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Individual Excellence in aSupportive Learning Environment
26 March 2020
We appreciate that the measures required
to combat the spread are inconvenient and
disruptive compared with our ‘normal’lifestyles.
These disruptions can lead to a range of
emotions –anger, frustration, impatience and
sadness to nameafew.
At these times it is important wesupport each
otherand work hardtodisplayand demonstrate
the values thatmake our Collegeagreat placeto
be.For us,this is the AshColl Way–Quality,Pride and Respect.
To paraphrase Bob Myers,‘it is easy to be agood person when things
are going well. When things are rough, then who are you?’This quote
challengesusall to step up and actinpositive ways at this time.
Information and Technology
We live in a world where information is freely available in huge
quantities,and messages can be spread widely usingtechnology. While
this has manybenefits,ithas also led to widespread misinformation and
the adventofphrases such as ‘alternativefacts’.
As a school, we work hard to develop students’skills as critical appraisers
of information. This includes their ability and tendency to question
content and determine the extent to which it is accurate, factual and
free from bias.
With the varietyofinformation sourcesregarding COVID-19, Iencourage
our studentstoapply theseskills with aviewto basing their actionson
quality information. At home, you can support this by reinforcing the
importanceofchecking facts rather thanspreadingthe latest rumour or
hypothesis in their social media feed.
With Monday’s announcement by Government, at College we are
implementing our plan to supportyour child’s learning from home. We
appreciate this is asudden and significant change and will be heavily
disruptivetomanypeople in our community.
We will be supporting our studentswith their learning,using the online
platforms and resources that have been set up and distributed to the
Collegewill continuetocommunicate with familiesaswereceivefurther
In the meantime,wethank youfor your ongoing supportofour school
staff and school community at this challenging time.
Kia kaha, Kia māia,Kia manawanui.
Be strong,bebrave, be steadfast.
DeputyPrincipal • Tumuaki Tuarua
Changed DatestoSchool Holidays due to
Theschool holidaydates have been changed and
arenow scheduled from
Monday30March to Tuesday14April.
This means thatdistance learning will resumeon
whichwill be the beginning of Term Two.
Year 12 OutdoorEducationCircuit
On 03-04 March the Year 12 Outdoor Education class set out on their first
trip for the year, being acircuit of Little Mt Peel via the South Ridge and
down via Deer Spur.
Outdoor Education teacher Luke Martin said that all students set off with
astrong pace and soon realised, once they hit the bottom of the ridge, it
was going to be abit tough to keep at that pace! He said, though, that it
was great to see students supporting each other and working together as
The weather was forecast for heat but, asany experienced tramper knows,
the weather can always change and this trip was nodifferent. By the time
the group was halfway up the climb, the clouds had rolled in with rain,
and the wind had picked up. This provided agreat learning opportunity
for students to understand how vital it is to be prepared for all weather
conditions.The sudden and considerable drop in temperature surprised a
Due tosome unforeseen circumstances our trip had to be cut short so,
once down the mountain, the group had to head back to school rather
than complete the overnight camp. This aspect will be completed as part
of another trip laterinthe year,although with the current concerns around
COVID-19 all overnighttrips arepostponed until further notice.
First Mufti Dayfor 2020 –
ForMosque Attack First Responders
On Monday16March Collegeheld its firstmufti dayofthe year,toraise
awarenessofand fundingfor the firstresponders(St John Ambulance,
Canterbury) of the 15 March2019 Mosqueattack.
Theme:Colour Your Day
Students wore brightclothing
to recognise the anniversary
of one of New Zealand's
The day was organised bythe
College’s Student Executive
Jonty Small, Ngakau Howell,
Penny Stilgoe, Lucy Moore,
Kotiti Patea, Henry Chapman,
Ian Teves, Ocean Waitokia.
(Middle row, left to right):
WillowDiedricks,Seluvai Ratoul,Jacob Gray,Maria Costas, PoppyKilworth.
(Front row,leftand right): Jestena Raj, Kyle Cabangun.
It was decided to have donations to St John Ambulance asitisrun and
staffed by people who arepassionate about serving theircommunities and
caring forfellowNew Zealanders.
Adding to this decision is the fact that StJohn is acharity, not funded by
Government. It is also an organisation with avolunteer ethos, where paid
and volunteer members work side-by-side.
Abig thankyou is giventoallwho donatedtothis causeand in recognition
of the courage required from the first responders during the horrific events
of 15 March and,after the day, copingwith whatthey experienced.
(Pictured above): Year 13 students,‘in colour’.
Aoraki Lawn Bowls Championships
In preparation for this tournament our students were fortunate enough to
have the continued support ofthe Allenton Lawn Bowls Club, practising
weekly after school under the guidance of Bob Holdem, Tom Sutton,
BobHarrison and BruceHopwood.
TheClub also sentusonour waywith nine sets of newly purchased bowls,
so the team really did look the part onarrival atthe Meadowbank Lawn
Bowls Club in Oamaru,onFriday13March.
College enteredfive pairs teams in theCompetitionGrade (two female and
three male teams).
Manager Darion Gray said that, once again, thesupportfromMeadowbank
and the Oamaru community enhanced the day, as every game had an
experienced person toscore, measure and offer the occasional pearl of
wisdom to assistwith the run of the green.
Results –2nd Placing
Nine rounds were contested, with the standard ofplay quite impressive,
denyingfourofour teams apodiumplace.
Our best result of the day was the team of Emma Rollinson and
Victoria Binnie who were placed 2nd from the three teams.
(Pictured above): Emma Rollinson, and (pictured right): Oliver Davidson in
Darion saidthatitwas athoroughlyenjoyable day, with theplayers coming
away with improved skills for the game and bowls banter for the return
Museum Trip for10Y Innovation Class
Over the last two years readers have had some information regarding
Innovation Class options at,firstly,Year 9level and,this year,toYear 10 level.
Angela Mitchell, Head of Social Sciences Faculty, outlines one of the
activities undertaken with 10Y Innovation learning this year,encompassing
collaborative learning from both the English and Social Studies learning
The learning this term is focused on two of the United Nations Sustainable
Development Goals - Reducing Inequality and Ensuring Peace, Justice and
On Tuesday 17March the class spent the afternoon at the Ashburton
Museum learning about Protest. Protest can be used to bring attention to
situations where inequality may have existed or where peace and justice
were not present.
There are many great historical examples of people and groups who have
used various forms ofprotest to stand up for the right ofothers, with the
students shown historical examples of protests in New Zealand that were
highlighted inthe Topp Twins’ exhibition. These protests included the
Springbok Tour,New Zealand’s Nuclear-free stance, GayRights and Bastion
The students then started todesign their
own protest to campaign onanissue of
importance to them. This was a great
learning opportunity asalead into their
Innovation Project for Term One, which
they will work on over the next three
Many thanks are given to the Ashburton
Museum staff forhosting us.
(Pictured): Students brainstorming issues
that are of importance to the youth of
New Zealand, by creating a person with
(Above): Adam Goudie beginning
his design work, while (right,
left to right): Amelia Harris,
Ruby Thomas, Sarah Bradley and
(Pictured above,back row lefttoright): Team members: Zac Woolf,
Sophie Watson, Maddy Wilson, Emma Rollinson, HenryHobbs,
(Front Row, lefttoright): Oliver Davidson, Liam Sullivan, Victoria Binnie,
Manager wasDarion Gray.
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Individual Excellence in aSupportive Learning Environment
26 March 2020
Medal Winners at South Island Secondary
With information provided by Harriet Leverton,Cox
The Ashburton College rowers had an exciting weekend, inTwizel from
13-15 March, competing at the above regatta. With racing starting at
1:00pm Friday afternoon, the rowers left the Ashburton College bus bay
The water was superbly flat the whole weekend, but on Saturday morning
the fog was thick, resulting in athree hour delay which was maintained
throughout the whole day.
With the recent cancellation of Maadi Cup due to COVID-19, sadly this was
the last regatta forthis season.
The novice rowers this season have come along way, progressing at every
regatta, and this is shown in their results.
Therefore-that’sawraponthe 2019/2020 season and we nowlook forward
to wintertraining and next season, under Team Coach Justin Wall.
The weekend results were as follows:
(Pictured above, left): Ged Wall, winner of the Boys’ Under 17 Single Gold
Medal. (Pictured above right, left toright): Bronze Medal winners in the
Boys’ Under 18 Novice Coxed Quad -Jed Amos (Cox), Matthew Pearce,
Mitchell Taylor,HenryWallis,Riley Harris, Fran Connelly-Whyte (Co-coach).
1st placing Boys’Under 17 Single GedWall.
3rdplacing Boys’Under 18 NoviceCoxedQuad Matthew Pearce,
Mitchell Taylor,HenryWallis,Riley Harris, Jed Amos (Cox).
4th placing Boys’Under 18 NoviceDouble Matthew Pearce,Riley Harris.
Boys’Under 18 Single GedWall.
5th placing Boys’Under 18 NoviceCoxedFour Zane Cameron,
Parker Bradford, HenryWallis,Charles Savage,Jed Amos (Cox).
8th placing Boys’Under 18 NoviceDouble Parker Bradford,
(Pictured left): Gold Medal
(Pictured below, lefttoright):
Boys’Under 18 NoviceCoxed
Jed Amos (Cox),
1st placing Boys’Under 18 NoviceDouble Zane Cameron,
7th placing Girls’Under 15 Double Meagan Binnie,
Boys’Under 15 Double HenryWallis,Mitchell Taylor.
8th placing Girls’Under 15 CoxedQuad IsabelWall,Mia Chambers,
Harriet Leverton (Cox).
Trades Students -2020
Kyle Backhouse-Smith, teacher-in-chargeofAutomotive, Designand Visual
Communication, advises that, to date this year, students have gained a
number of tickets as part of the process of getting ‘workready’.
Students have worked through their First Aid Level 1qualification, Pro
MedHealth and Safety ticket,Site-Safe ticket and their Introduction to Mig
This preparation is designed to ensurestudents arereadytosafely operate
on work-sites,the opportunities from which add to their job applications at
(Pictured above): Ashburton College Trades Coursestudents at Ara Polytech,
Timaru. (Back row, left toright): Aidan Bennett, Timothy Poasa, Matt Giles,
Gabriel Forster Lobato de Faria, Jack Gibbons,AlexChapman.
(Front row,lefttoright): LaurenceVan Zeyl-Hemara, Josh Dunlea, Lily Wills,
BrontsonCudmore, Brad Blundell, Cameron Radford.
Scheduled for when schools re-open is the community component ofthe
course where students gain experience inarange of different trades and
then narrowthese down to specific trade areas of interest andsuitability.
Also planned forthis year arethe experiencesof‘Plumber foraDay’, ‘Builder
foraDay’,‘Mechanical Engineerfor aDay’and ‘Sparky foraDay’.
(Pictured above): Trades Course students in the workshop, with
Gabriel Forster Lobato de Faria (front left) and Lily Wills (light blue overalls)
AutomotiveCourse at College
New this year at Collegeisthe Automotiveclass.Kyle Backhouse-Smith said
therehas been asignificantuptake by students,with twoclassesofsixteen
studentswherethey work in groupsoffour on all aspectsofthe automotive
industry. Students work online in classaccessingresources and undertaking
their assessments, alongside ofpractical work, towards gaining their MITO
(IndustryTrainingOrganisation)Ignition ProgrammeQualification Level2.
To date, student Tod White
holds the record for the fastest
tyre change (1.37 minutes).
Apparently this is equal to teacher
(Pictured right, clockwisefromleft):
Tod White, Sophie Woods and
Blake Farr, working on the CV
TwoWins at Inaugural Selwyn Schools’
TeacherofEnglish PennyBayley said that, on Tuesday17March, College had
aJuniorand Senior Debating Team travelling to Lincoln High Schoolfor the
inaugural Selwyn Schools’ Debating competition which is planned to be
held onceaterm in 2020.
Both College teamswerevery happytohaveawin, andwererewarded with
chocolatesbytheir Lincoln hosts!
The SeniorTeam of Year 12
students(pictured right, leftto
negatedthe moot that ‘This
The Junior Team of (pictured below, left to right): Chloe-Lyn Edwards
(Year 9), Danielle Faichnie (Year 10) and Genevieve Felton (Year 9)
successfully affirmed the moot that ‘This house supports parents having
access to all their kids’online activity’against the Lincoln High School Junior
Staff vStudentExecutiveVolleyball Match
One of the last events to take place before the COVID-19 increased social
distancing and lockdown, wasthe Staff vStudentsVolleyball match, held in
the College gymnasium on Friday20March,tothe entertainmentofstudent
Amidst the customary jovial approach, competitiveness was alive and
well amongst both the staff and the students, with game completion
acknowledged by thenew-normal elbow ‘high five’.
(Pictured left): Staff member
Julia Bell preparing to serve a
(Pictured below): PoppyKilworth at
full stretch as she chases the ball to
assist it to ateam-mate.
As the Student Executive held the trophy last year they considered they
were in the boxseatand challenged the Staff to this year’s fixture.
However, tides canchange and this year resulted in aconvincing win to the
(Pictured left): Samuel Corbett
working on the leftCVJoint.
(Pictured above,front and back): Zane Cameron and Mitchell Taylor on their
waytowinning the Boys’Under 18 NoviceDouble.
5th placing Girls’Under 18 NoviceCoxedQuad Isabel Wall,
Claudia Thomas,Mia Chambers,
LauraJensen, Harriet Leverton (Cox).
6th placing Girls’Under 18 NoviceDouble Claudia Thomas,
7th placing Girls’Under 18 NoviceCoxedFour Claudia Thomas,
Laura Jensen, Harriet Leverton (Cox).
(Pictured above): Both teams, but with afirm grip on the trophy bystaff
members Julia Bell (left), James List (right) and Jason Vannini (behind the
(Back row, left to right): Luke Martin, Ron Carlson, Jayne Cornelius
(partly obscured), Jacob Gray, Patrick Sandrey, Pete Lee, Ngakau Howell,
Vaughan Matheson, TomKitchen,Kotiti Patea, HenryChapman, Jonty Small.
(Front right group,front leftand right): PoppyKilworth, Lucy Moore.
(Middle row,lefttoright): MariaCostas,Seluvaia Ratoul,Kyle Cabangun.
(Back row,leftand right): WillowDiedricks,Jestena Raj.
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Stayingwell and connected
Caring for yourself and others
By Pup Chamberlain
The word pandemic sounds
dramatic, panicky even. Let’s face it
we are in uncertain times where the
unknown is exactly that and while
panic is the last thing we want, we do
need to be AWARE and
Aware: means as adults we need to
be aware of what coronavirus means
to our country. There is only one
accurate source for this and that is
through central government.
Thinking you know more or you
don’t like the person guiding us at
times like this is destructive and will
do nothing to help the situation that
we all find ourselves in.
As acountry it is time to work
together, look after each other and
get through coronavirus with as little
damage as is possible. When we are
Be kind, be patient, be
safe, and keep
connected in anonphysical
She said key messages
from the organisation
were to stick to
and how to keep healthy,
and using hand sanitiser
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directed to do something by central
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looking at abig picture that has been
put in place over years by better
minds than you and me.
Responsible: means looking after
each other, some people have
already been hit badly with job losses
and we know from overseas some
groups are more susceptible to
Covid19 than others. Again this is
about our whole community, don’t
lose that focus.
Stop panic buying, New Zealand is
in agreat position of producing
plenty for all, this is not
Armageddon, put it into perspective.
Protect the elderly, children and
yourselves from anxiety. Don’t
become addicted to watching every
news item and online rubbish about
the virus. Remember there is one
people to join
if they haven’t already
done so. This such an
easy and important thing
Mrs Richards said
people on streets where
there was no active
group could still make
contact if possible to do
so in asafe nonphysical
contact way. ‘‘Exchange
and keep in touch.’’
source that matters central
government with its various
Listening to ateenager in London
or adoomsdayer in the middle of
America is neither helpful or
accurate and will only add to unease.
Keep an eye on your children and
what they are being exposed to
online and through your own
behaviour, it is more important than
ever to remember your job
description as aparent, nurture and
Check on neighbours and friends
aphone call, offer of support and
showing care helps them and yourself
at such times.
The things we have taken for
granted are and will change in the
next few weeks, so let’s focus on
what’s really important: People!
Staying safe: Five ways to wellbeing
The Five Ways to Wellbeing are
agood guide to look at and take
note of over the next few weeks:
GIVE: Think of others, if
people are in need don’t be
scared to reach out, this may be
picking up groceries or other
jobs that they be unable to carry
out. We know we are a good
community at giving so let’s do it
BE ACTIVE: Unless you are at
home keeping warm because you
are ill, remember we have great
outdoors, back yards and even
indoors to keep active (I might
even do some housework,
might?). We can keep a safe
distance from others and still
KEEP LEARNING: We may
well reach astage that schools
and many jobs are based at
home, make sure you are ready
to do your learning and work
online. Might be agood time to
do some online learning about
something you always wanted to
do, but never had time. Imight
even blow some dust off the
CONNECT: Obviously this
may be limited with personal
contact but we have never been
better equipped to connect
through other means such as
Skype, Facebook and several
other tools, even the good old
telephone. Make a point of
connecting with loved ones and
mates more often than usual. If
you are knocking on neighbour’s
doors to see if they are OK
respect safe distances and personal
hygiene, but it is agood
time to keep connected or make
Local media will keep us up to
date community wise and there
will be plenty of wellness updates
TAKE NOTICE: Maybe, just
maybe this will be achance for
society to slow down and focus
on what is really important to us
all. Loved ones, our outdoors,
community, the simple things
that we all too often dismiss or
take for granted in aworld that
has become materialistic and
We will keep in touch over the
next few weeks, be kind and
caring of each other and we will
ride out this storm together as
we have always done with past
Don’t be scared to treat yourselves
to keep the morale up at
home, Ilike that advertisement
on TV at the moment with mum
locking the door for bath time, a
soak in the tub on her own.
Maybe ablock of chocolate or
hokey pokey ice cream, mmm.
Remember, if you feel the
need to talk about your mental
wellbeing phone, txt 1737 any
time. (This is for yourself or to
get advice about others).
You can also contact your
local doctor (GP); phone first to
find out about their procedure
Other helpline numbers:
Crisis Mental Health Care
Covid 19 helpline 0800
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Poppy Day and ANZAC Day services
may have been cancelled but the
national body is looking at alternative
ways for people to honour and
remember those who have served, many
making the ultimate sacrifice.
RNZRSA national president Barry
Clark, posting on Facebook, said: ‘‘We
are looking at ways you can honour and
remember those who have served, many
making the ultimate sacrifice.
‘‘The Government announced the
closure of all schools so our children will
be at home looking for ways to occupy
their time. My suggestion is to get them
to make their own poppies, large and
small, and decorate your front fence or
letter box. Imagine lots of homemade
poppies decorating our streets, it would
so amazing and afitting tribute to those
we owe so much.’’
He was hopeful for agreat response.
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Staying well and connected
Coping with lockdown
Mid Canterbury businesses,
groupsand services are making
an effort to keeptheir people
grew, many groups and
individuals at places like
schools, churches, fitness
centres, playgroups and
businesses were already
thinking how besttokeep in
touch,and keep safe.
Many took to social media
using sites suchasZoom,
Viber or Skype using facetoface
And others are usinglive
feeds or websites alreadyin
place to keep people active.
Rural Support Trust Mid
Canterbury manager Judy
communities to keep an eye
out for eachotherand checkin
on their neighbours.
Support is stillavailable
through the trust, contactable
via its 0800 787 254 number,
which people can phone or text
to make contact. There is also
Mrs Skevington said
wellness advocates Lance
Burdett and Doug Avery had
also, via their Facebook pages,
made themselves available to
peoplelooking for inspiration
The district’steachers, given
mere minutes’notice of school
closure’s are ensuring pupils
and students have learning
learning packs after finding
out in the past week from their
communities just how many
had home access to internet.
Netherby School was
reminding its school
communitytokeep up the
reading, playing games with
family, teaching children how
to bake,arts and crafts can be
set at homeand visit learning
sites on line for your children
to engage in.
Labour List MP Jo Luxton
Let’s alllook out forone another
You can stay connected with family and friends by using face-to-face technology.
parents and caregiversto
expect to be at home for some
time and to keep visiting the
school sites for learning
food producers and providers
had adaptedtheir business
models by offeringdelivery
options, email ordering,or
of the many essential services
in the supply and sale of food,
beverage and other key
consumer goods is still
providing email and collect
orders duringset hours and
days of the week.
As is Mountain ViewEggs,
at Winchmore.The egg
producer usually supplies
district cafes, restaurants and
bakeries but with thatbusiness
slowing to ahalt,their freerangechickens
We are experiencing an
unprecedented global event as
the world deals with Covid19.
Here in New Zealand we have
moved to fight the virus by going
hard and going early.
This is adynamic situation and
the decisive action we take now
can potentially prevent the
worst. We are pulling out all the
stops to protect the health of
New Zealanders, and the health
of our economy.
Now that there is evidence of
community transmission, we
have stepped up our efforts to
control the spread of the virus by
moving New Zealand to the
highest Alert level of 4asof
midnight on Wednesday.
This means we will all need to
go about life very differently to
down but the chooks haven’t
caught up with the news and
are still producing well.”
With 1500 hens already
producing and afurther 600
due in the coming weeks,
Mountain ViewEggs has made
its eggs available to the public
for purchase; adozeneggs cost
$7 and atray of 30 eggs is $17,
People can checkout their
Facebook page for contact
information or email them
directly at murrayfields@xtra.
co.nz for details.
They willstillbeable to
deliver under alertlevel 4, as
an essential service provider,
and will deliveraround
Methven for free.
church groupshave been
join onlineservices via
Facebook or YouTube.
The Ashburton Parent
Centre have startedplaygroup
and music sessions online
using the online forum, Zoom.
help slow down the spread of this
virus. We all have arole to play.
We are all in this together.
This means that if you are not
part of essential services, stay
home and stop interactions with
those outside of your household.
Nonessential business premises
must close. This includes bars,
restaurants, cafes, gyms,
cinemas, pools, museums,
libraries and other places where
people gather together.
All events and gatherings must
be cancelled, schools and ECE
centres are now closed,
workplaces must implement
alternative working with
everyone who can work from
home, there is to be no
discretionary domestic air travel
between regions and public
The group had their first
virtual meetingthis week to
ensure their supportnetwork
And the EA Networks
Centre have joined up with Les
group fitness workouts, open
to anyone, thatcan be done
‘‘Grab yourphone or your
device and stay strongand
challenging time,” they state.
The workoutscan be
accessed,for free, via the
virtual fitness button on the
EA Networks centre website.
And popular Garage Gym
owner,Anna Johnson, in
tryingtokeep her fourmonthold
business viablefor the
future, has created aprivate
Facebook page,atasmall cost,
motivation and general banter
It is called the Covid19Save
the Business Membership and
will featureamix of 30minute
live workoutsand programs.
transport is only for people
undertaking essential services.
These most serious
restrictions will be in place for a
minimum of four weeks to help
defeat the virus. We need to
make sure we continue to do
what New Zealanders do best:
look out for one another, check
in on people who may be at risk,
and unite against Covid19.
There will be considerable
disruption and we will all need to
go about life differently, the
potential cost of not acting now
is just too high. None of us want
to see our loved ones suffer, so
let’s do what we do best Mid
Canterbury, look out for one
another, check in on people who
may be at risk, and unite against
Giving advice and support
to those with hearing
difficulties saw the
seminar touted a
‘‘resounding success’’ by
seminar had hearing
therapist Heather Talbott
speak about the causesof
hearing impairment, how
to cope with hearing loss
and the various aids,
devices and services
available for people
provides arange of
service for its members
especially focused on
Aine said the
association decided to
hold the seminar because
it recognised aneed
within the community for
advice and support; the
question and answer
and the exchange of
which took placeover
afternoon tea, confirmed
Although the seminar
was athe first event, the
association plan to
arrange similar events in
annual general meeting,
scheduled for April 17,
has been postponed and
the premises are closed
however those requiring
hearing aid batteries can
phone 3083999 or phone
/text 0274 853006 for
should stay home
Fish &Game New Zealand
is all anglers and
hunters to do the right
thing and stay at home
while New Zealand is at
Covid19 Alert Level
at Level 4 means that
anglers and hunters aren’t
able to do the pursuits
that they love,’’ said Fish
& Game New Zealand
chief executive Martin
‘‘The advice wehave is
that atAlert Level 4anglers
and hunters should
not undertake activities
that expose them and others
to higher levels of risk.
We are also advised that
Phone: 03 2616907
DOC huts and campsites
are closed as they do not
meet minimum separation
New Zealand Search
and Rescue (NZSAR) is
asking people to stick to
simple outdoor exercise
and avoid areas where
they could get lost or
require search and rescue.
NZSAR want to ensure
that emergency services
are available to help those
in the greatest need.
Fishing and hunting,
even close to home,
inherently carry adegree
of risk and itisimportant
for anglers and hunters
not to further burden the
Phone 03 308 6030
Mon -Fri 8.30am -5.30pm
Upper South Island -Mid Canterbury
We wish to advise that
Enliven will continue
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AgriKids Aorangi region winners
AgriKids Aorangi winners Tabitha White, Tessa
Macdonald and Edward Pottinger, of Longbeach
Hinds School pupils Kate Sheppard, Alison Harbutt and
Morgan Harbutt placed second.
Longbeach School pupils Liam Lash, Aiden Smollett
and Milli Pottinger placed third.
Mid Canterbury school children have taken out the top three
placingsinthe AgriKidsAorangiregionalfinals. The competition,
which was changed to an online competition, was won by
Longbeach School pupils Edward Pottinger, Tabitha White and
Tess Macdonald, second place went to Hinds School pupils Kate
Sheppard, AlisonHarbutt andMorganHarbutt and third placeto
Longbeach Schools Liam Lash, Aiden Smollett and Milli
Fonterra performance good
Fonterra has announced an improved
financial performance but has decided
not to declare an interim dividend,
citing the impact Covid19 could have
on its secondhalf earnings.
The cooperative’s normalised net
profit after tax was $293million for the
six months to January 31, up from
$72million the previous year. Normalised
earnings before interest and tax
were $584million, up from $312million.
In astatement, chief executive Miles
Hurrell said it was ‘‘now a very
different coop to this time last year’’.
He was pleased with the progress
Fonterra had made in the first six
months of the financial year, but said it
was now operating in avery different
global context as aresult of Covid19.
For the second half of the financial
year, Mr Hurrell reaffirmed the forecast
farmgate milk price range of
$7$7.60 per kg ms and forecast
normalised earnings guidance of
15c25c per share.
‘‘Our underlying earnings are tracking
well at the half year but there is no
doubt that we have anumber of risks
that are outside our control in the
second half — in particular, the
potential impact of Covid19 on global
demand, geopolitical risks in key markets
such as Hong Kong and Chile, and
ongoing dry weather conditions here in
New Zealand which could impact
collections and potentially input costs,’’
Fonterra was reporting early signs of
turning its performance around and,
while it was still ‘‘early days’’, the
results announced were an encouraging
start, he said.
Dairy auction prices fell for the
fourth consecutive auction; key whole
milk powder prices dipped 4.2% and
overall prices fell 3.9%.
Farmers offer an essential service
Farmers can carry ondoing what they do best
putting high quality food on people’s tables and
earning export revenue with confirmation they
are an ‘Essential Service’ and can continue
operating under the Covid19 lockdown.
Services associated with the primary sector,
including food processors, diagnostics, farm suppliers,
freight and trucking can also go about their
business, while taking all practical steps to limit
people to people contact. The confirmation is a
relief and reason for pride for many farmers and
workers in those associated industries.
Mid Canterburybased Federated Farmers
arable vicechairman,Grains, Brian Leadley ,said
the South Island grain harvest was largely
complete, withmost growers happy with yields and
‘‘From spring 2019 surveys the expectation was
for a slightly reduced total tonnage due to a
reduced planting, particularly in feed wheat and
barley. The feeling now is the reduction will have
been replaced with a return to good yields
following the last two poor production seasons.
New Zealand Young Farmers chief executive officer Lynda
Coppersmith, inaFacebook post, congratulated the winners on
their victory taking part in the first online competition, organised
at short notice due to Covid19 restrictions.
‘‘It started with anonline quiz which was released on Tuesday,
beforethe topteam fromeach school was chosen.From there they
Currently wheat and barley would be available
from the South Island suitable for manyclasses of
livestock to help bridge feed shortages and support
the North Island feed suppliers and livestock
Care is needed gradually transitioning stock to
grain. They’ll need adequate water while this
‘‘For this reason itis best tostart feeding early
while there is some other feed available to feed
with thegrain. The grain willalso ensurethe other
feeds last longer. Also, following the harvest there
is still supplies of ryegrass straw, as well as limited
supplies of baleageavailable that would be agreat
blend with grain.’’
Farmers interested in thesefeed optionsshould
talk to their trusted supplier. If districts work
together and coordinate, savings on transport
costs could berealised. ‘‘Also rural contractors
have contacts with each other throughout the
country so may be able to help arrange feed
purchases, particularly hay, straw or baleage, and
also help arrange transport.’’
battleditout in anotheronline competition –this time going head
to head live (also online).’’
In theAorangi regional final of the FMG JuniorYoung Farmer
of theYear, GeraldineHighSchool students took out thetop three
spots. First place went to Nicole Wakefield Hart and Hannah
White, second toJames Rowley and Robert Furrer and third to
Zara Glenie and Maddy Smith.
Cautionary measure stops spread
A precautionary measure at the
eleventh hour saw the potential for
further spread of Covid19 into
Mid Canterbury stopped with the
cancellation of aplanned visit to
the area. Members of the World
Hereford Conference were due to
visit Okawa Poll Hereford farm at
Mayfield last week but host organisers
exercised caution after being
notified an Australian attendee had
gone home unwell and since tested
positive for the virus.
Okawa Poll Hereford’s Nick and
Penny France said, via Facebook,
“today we were meant to host the
World Hereford Conference tour
at Okawa and continue up to
Hakatere quarters and Erewhon.
“An Australian person attending
the conference last week tested
positive at home in Australia for
Covid 19. The NZ government
health specialists advised that the
tour group is at zero risk of being
“A number of our local community
involved in making the day
happen were nervous Covid 19 is
not fully understood. There was
also the perception that the
information about the conference
attendant had too many opportunities
“We decided in the interest of
our local community and protecting
them from any real or perceived
risk that we would cancel the
It was deemed to be a good
decision with the resulting news
four people at the conference had
since tested positive for Covid19.
The international conference was
held in Queenstown, from March 9
to 13, before the enormity of the
crisis was apparent.
The four cases, two overseas
visitors, an Auckland man and
another New Zealander not resident
in the South, were confirmed
by the Ministry of Health. About
480 people from 18 countries were
at the conference; several stayed on
for a fiveday South Island tour,
and some are known to have visited
Wanaka and gone to the town’s
A&P show. Prior to the Alert Level
increase, all conference attendees
had been asked to selfisolate.
Mt Somers waterway tests due
Environment Canterbury (ECan) is expecting
test results soon of water taken from a
Mt Somers waterway where hundreds of
dead and dying fish were discovered.
Ashburton zone manager Janine Holland
said what happened inthe stockwater race
was an ongoing investigation and no conclusions
had been reached.
‘‘We are still awaiting the results of water
sampling tests so can’t confirm what has
affected the stockwater race at this stage.
Multiple parties ofinterest are assisting us
with our inquiries at present.’’
ECan encouraged the Mt Somers community
to continue toavoid the stockwater
race and not allow animals to enter the
‘‘We have signs along the race and this
advice remainsinplace until we havefurther
information. AshburtonDistrict Council will
talk directly with stockwater race users
about their access to, and use of, the race.
‘‘We ask residents not to speculate about
Dying fish in aMtSomers waterway.
the causes or parties involved in this
situation, asitismay impede the investigation’s
progress. Environment Canterbury
thanks residents who have willingly shared
information with us in the last fortnight.”
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House information needed
Ablack and white image of the old house being researched by John Carter.
Ashburtonman John Carter is looking
for information about amajestic old
housethat once stood on the corner of
Cass and Peters streets.
John is avolunteer atthe Ashburton
Museum and has already published
abook about the district’s old
Now he has turned his attention to
tracking down information about the
old house, which was pulled down in
the last 1960s.
He remembers the twostorey
building, with ornate balcony: his
grandmother lived down the road on
Cox Street and Doug Robin’s garage
was behind it.
John said the museum had little
information on it and he is hoping
otherswith memories of the house will
come forward. His number is 3081574.
plans on hold
The Mountain Safety Council is
urging Mid Canterbury hunters,
trampers and outdoor recreation
enthusiasts to adhere to the
Covid19 Alert Level 4 criteria
announced by the Government on
MSC chief executive Mike
Daisley reiterates that the eliminate
criteria of Level 4 requires
everyone to stay home and avoid
all nonessential movements.
‘‘Unfortunately, this latest
development is going to have a
significant impact on many peoples
plans to get out into the hills,
but that’s asmall price to pay for
the alternative of not getting on
top of the Covid19 virus.
‘‘Our message to everyone is
simple: stay at home, stay out of
the backcountry, put the trip plans
on ice and save them for another
day. We will all have plenty of
opportunities to enjoy our wonderful
country once this is over, we
all want New Zealanders to stay
safe and healthy.’’
However, this does not mean
people can’t get outside and get
physical activity. Mr Daisley says,
‘‘it’s about choosing the appropriate
level of recreation, maintaining
some sense of physical activity
for health and wellbeing benefits,
but not tackling those longer
challenging day trips and certainly
nothing that requires an overnight
The Ministry of Health has
advised the MSC to ensure everyone
knowsto‘‘stop all interactions
with other people outside of those
in your household’’ and ‘‘we are
asking you only spend time with
those who you are in selfisolation
with, keep your distance (minimum
of 2metres) from all others
at all times’’.
The MSC strongly advise
people who do get out for exercise
to stick to their local area, walk or
run to the local park,gofor ashort
walk in the local bush reserve, take
your mountain bike up your local
bike track, but keep your adventures
close to home and always
maintain the necessary social
It’s also essential that people
don’t meet up with others when
they’re out getting some exercise,
only take part in these activities
with the people in your household.
Be extremely careful of high
touch items like handrails, avoid
touching these or immediately
wash/sanitise your hands afterwards
if you can’t avoid it.
You shouldn’t do any overnight
outdoor recreation of any type
during Alert Level 4. All Department
of Conservation campsites
and backcountry huts are closed.
It is not appropriate to participate
in these activities at the present
time. The MSC suggests you put
your trip plans onhold and select
shorter, local and more suitable
Mid Canterbury Ladies
Ann McKay welcomed
members to the March
meeting of the Mid Canterbury
Club. After the
national anthem was
sung, birthdays and anniversaries
The Annual General
Meeting will be on
April 8, new committee
members are needed. A
luncheon will be held at
the RSA on April 29.
The Mini Speaker was
Ann McKay who told
that she had shifted
homes 16 times, with
many different towns. In
Dunedin she lived on a
steep street and had to
push the pram upwards.
The baby became very ill,
so they were told to
change climate, consequently
moving to Alexandra.
The house was two
miles out of town, but the
health of the baby
Then to Dead Man’s
Gully to ahouse with no
floor coverings and parties
being held next door.
Another move was to
near Invercargill, then to
Ashburton. Lived at Fairton
for 21 years, then
Tinwald, and now is in
The Main Speaker was
Carol Gunn, a person
who wears several hats!
Carol began her working
life as ateacher at Ashburton
College, then on
to Aoraki Polytechnic,
where she wrote courses.
Was there for 18 years as
atutor and course leader.
Being atutor is stressful,
so it was time to move on
and is now afuneral and
wedding celebrant. She
also had a computer
training business but last
year this was sold. Carol
is aJustice of the Peace
and trains new JPs.
Carol is also involved
with the Mid Canterbury
Choir and is in the production
of the Messiah.
She has three children,
and six grandchildren.
Another interest is growing
daffodils and peonies.
She told of some of the
celebrant events, such as
conducting her daughter’s
and the funeral of her
She believes in enjoying
life. A fascinating
address from abusy person.
The meeting was
closed with the Thought
for the Month –Cinderella
is proof that anew
pair of shoes can change
Lions Club of Ashburton
Our club’s meeting,
held at Hotel Ashburton,
featured the induction of
new member Andy
McKee sponsored by
Roger Paterson and
inducted by Garth
Bateup. This was followed
talk by recent new member
and much travelled
Chris Barham. Both were
well received. Lion Colin
Jowers was presented
with his 15 years membership
A number of Community
Help lists were
circulated. However the
feasibility of anumber of
events are in jeopardy
due to the Coronavirus.
President Roger Paterson
has stated the Lions
Club of Ashburton will be
taking every responsible
action to support the
steps being introduced by
all parties. At the time of
writing, both the Swap
Meet and the Methven
A&P Show had been
The success of the
South Island Motorhome
Show was outlined at the
March meeting and the
hardworking team led by
Brendon Quinn, Rex
Whiting, Jeff King and
Garth Bateup et.al was
acknowledged and thanked.
Guest speakers for the
evening were Tony and
Christine Todd who gave
adetailed account of the
formation and subsequent
the iconic retailer Todds,
including changes occurring
and met accordingly.
In line with President
Roger Paterson’s plea
for support of Coronavirus
measures, our April
meeting set down for
Wednesday April 1 has
Ashburton MSA Petanque
Because of the Covid
19 virus the Ashburton
MSA Petanque Club has
postponed all its Tournaments
and Club competitions.
The first one on the
agenda was for the end
of the monthand was the
clubs women's and clubs
popular events and we
already had several
At the beginning of
April was the Stephen
Kyle Memorial mixed
doubles. This event was
held for the first time last
year in memory of a
founder member who
did an amazing amount
of work for the club.
The event that was on
the agenda for the next
day was the Canterbury
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With sadness, we
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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
CHIMNEY sweep. It’s time to
start thinking about it.
Camera inspection carried
out and full inspection
checklist is left for you. Call
Allan 027 209 5026.a
COMPUTER problems? For
prompt reliable computer
servicing and laser engraving
contact Kelvin, KJB
Systems Ltd, 4 Ascot
Place, Ashburton. Phone
308 8989. SuperGold discount
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
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.
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.
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
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 &
ROOF painting and repairs,
we do it all. Decramastic,
iron, concrete. Free quotes.
Phone 027 516 6609.
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.
Ben Kruger 021 808 739 or 308 4380
Need help with BOOKKEEPINGor
Youdidn’tgointobusiness to do the
Let’shaveachatovercoffeeand seehow Ican help
Silvia Haddock 027 2169478
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Citizens AdviceBureau (CAB)
(20 hours perweek)
Local news at www.starnews.co.nz
This excingnew posion will be part of establishing anew Cizens Advice Bureau
(CAB) service forthe people of Mid Canterbury, to be based at Community House Mid
Once the CAB has been established, the Co-ordinatorwillberesponsible forthe day
to daymanagementofthe CABservice in accordance with CAB NZ requirements,
meeng the needs of clients through managing and supporng aneffecvevolunteer
Keyelements of the role include:
• Working with CABNZ and the Community House to establishthe CAB–
volunteer recruitmentand training; set up of physical premises; developmentof
administrave,financial and health and safety processes; promoon of the new
service; reporng to fundersand governancebodies; seekingfunding
• Once established, daytoday operaon of the CAB,includingvolunteer
recruitment, supporng volunteer teams to provide trainingand mentoring;
providing administraon, finance and planning; maintaining service quality;
reporng; seeking funding; promoon of the service
Experienceand skills soughtfor the role are:
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Wakanui School has 2
Teacher Aide positions
Position One 20 hours per
week working with high
needs student and supporting
students in class with
specific learning difficulties.
Position Two is casual
Applications in writing with
• Leadership; role modelling the aims and values of the CAB
• Clientfocussed –ensuring the service provided is welcoming and
• Demonstratesahighlevel of empathy, confidenality,and professionalism
• Experience managing and mentoring volunteersand fostering asense of team
• Administrave and financial experience
• Excellentverbal and wrien skills, including data analysis and report wring
• Able to plan andorganiseown work and use me effecvely
• Experience in promoon
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• Cultural awareness
Afull Posion Profile, applicaon form and further informaon about the role is
available by contacng John Driscoll, Manager, Community House Mid Canterbury,
firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 03 308 1237
To apply, please provide your CV,cover leerand completedapplicaon form via email
Applicaonsclose5pm on Thursdaythe 9thofApril 2020.
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
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.
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Reporting to the editor,the main purpose of theposition is to writesports
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Association. Our A.G.M.
scheduled for 17th April is
postponed indefinitely and
our premises are closed.
Those requiring hearing aid
batteries may phone 308
3999 or phone/text 027 485
THE Courier is the best way
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regularly advertises with us
and they’ll tell you, they get
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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.
CARS FOR SALE
HILLMAN Imp (Sunbeam)
1969, 75,000 miles. WOF &
rego from new, $10,500.
Phone 03 355 6760.
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provide - The Courier for
advice on how you can
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