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Rates review

back on table

By Linda Clarke

Ashburton District Councillors may

prune some items from their budget

to reduce rates for peoplestruggling

financially with the impact of Covid­

19.

Mayor Neil Brown said aspecial

council meeting on April 9had been

convened to discuss financial relief.

The council had planned a4.9 per

cent rate increase but some items

previously approved would be reexamined,

he said.

On the chopping block could be

funding for an extra staff member in

the information systems department

and new customer software for the

EA Networks Centre.

Some$120,000 had been set aside

in the budget to replace thesports

centre’s ageing softwaresystemwith

amodern systemthat would allow

for growth, better track performance

and even allow self­service for some

users. The centre is closed during the

lockdown.

Around $80,000had beentagged

for an additional geographical

information systemofficer.

Mr Brown said both items could

be in the mix as councillors talked

about rejigging the budget in what

would be tighteconomic times as the

district recovered from Covid­19.

Councillors needed to look at what

they could do to relieve the financial

burden on some,hesaid.

‘‘Wewill have alook at everything.

‘‘We might consider reducing rates

overall by going back into the budget

and taking some stuff out, stuff that

is absolutely not necessary.’’

Mr Brown said council was also

keeping an eye out for people

needing social welfare help, through

its civil defence team. ‘‘I understand

there is not alot of need at the

moment, but it could rampup.’’

He advised business owners to

explore financialhelp available

through the Government’s Covid­19

finance package.

The mayor has spentthe past week

on his rural block just outside

Ashburton, with his wife Judy and

daughter Mikayla, who is home from

the University of Canterbury.

He has been shifting the fences for

amob of dairy heifers grazing on the

property and bakingthe odd beer

loaf.

‘‘One good thing is that farmers

are fairly resilient, it’s normally

snow, winds and floods that stop

them working. We have all the

facilities like power, water and

internet, so we can farm in our

bubble.’’

Mr Brown has also been keeping

in touch with localpolice about

arising issues, and other mayors in

Canterbury about the uncertainties

faced.

Netherby Four Square owner Shaun McFadden says customers are respectful of the health and safety

measures taking place in store.

Shoppers engaged in new normal

Essential service providers have

been flat out attending to the needs

of the community during lockdown.

Medical personnel, emergency

services, pharmacies and essential

food suppliers and services

supporting the farming sector

continue to operate.

Among them is Netherby Four

Square supermarket, which has

changed its business hours to meet

ongoing demand but to also keep

staff protected.

Owner Shaun McFadden said

the new hours gave staff time to

restock the shelves without people

in store.

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From Page 1

Mr McFadden said it had been

very busy but as the country went

into lockdown it had settled

down ‘‘a bit’’.

The new hours(from 7am to

7pm on weekdays and 8am to

7pm at weekends) will be

monitoredtosee how trade goes.

‘‘Ifpeople are out and about,

we will fit people’s needs.”

The supermarket has been able

to function with its existing staff

and supply of productwas good.

Governmenthas reinforced

messages that supply chains to

supermarkets are intact.

Mr McFadden said customers

havebeen respectful instore of

the new process; hand sanitiser at

the door, arrows on the floor to

direct inwardcustomers and

people maintaining adistance

fromothers instore.

The company has installed

Perspex screens as away to keep

aphysical distance between

counter staff and customers, and

wereencouraging cashless

payment with eftpos or payWave

optionsasaway to prevent

Shoppers wait to enter their supermarket in Ashburton.

spreading the virus through

money transactions.

They were also continuing

their delivery option with people

able to email taryn.

mcfadden@foursquare­si.co.nz

Peoplewere obviously

concerned about Covid­19 and

being out,but mostly everyone

had shown agood attitudetothe

lockdown and compliance, he

said.

In other shops dairies are

Nellie Clay, with Sparkles, checks her bear Snowflake is

visible for passing children.

Methven helpers

The Methven Emergency Response

Team has been activated and is doing

daily deliveries to vulnerable

community members.

The team, set up in 2016, will help

Methven community members to

cope with Covid­19 and the

lockdown.

The team has been in actionthis

week, delivering urgentprescription

medicines from Methven Pharmacy.

It becameapparent that some of the

older and more isolated community

members weren’t able to meet the

lockdown requirements as well as

collecting essential prescription

medicines.

So the response team will now do

daily deliveries to those community

members who are dependent on

prescription medicines and unableto

meetlockdown requirements.

Methven Pharmacy’s Peter Wadea

said that this service helps him and his

staff to focus on dispensing rather

than delivery.

“It’s agreat splitofcapabilities,” he

said. “We are able to focus 100 per

cent on whatwedo best. If anyone in

the communityfeels they should be

addedtothe list for special deliveries,

they should call me on (03) 302 8103.”

adopting aone­in, one­out policy

and larger supermarketsare also

limiting numbers so shopperscan

keep at least 2m away from each

other.

Canterbury DistrictHealth

Board chief executive David

Meates is advising shoppers to

practice low­touch shopping.

‘‘Do not handle things you are

not buying, keep your distance,

be aware of how you are touching

things like bankcards,money,

SUPPLIERS AND INSTALLERS OF LEADING BRANDS

ATMs and eftposmachines.

Wash your hands after touching

things like this as soon as you

can.’’

He saidpeopleinbusiness or

providingaserviceshould have

increased theircleaning routine

in between customers.

People neededtotry to put a

physical distance of at least two

metres between themselves and

otherpeople in public spaces,

such as supermarkets, he said.

‘‘Be kind to others.Make it

easy for them to keep 2m from

you –keep a2mspace in front of

you in asupermarket queue, and

stay 2m back fromcountersand

receptiondesks.’’

People who are unwell should

not go to public places.

Call Healthlineon0800 358

5453 if you have any symptoms

and have undertaken any

overseas travel in the past 14

days,orhave been in close

contact with someoneconfirmed

with COVID­19. Please do not go

directly to apharmacy, GP clinic,

urgent care centre or emergency

department.

It’s abear hunt!

Big bears, little bears and stuffed

animals of all shapes and

sizes have been popping up in

front windows of Mid Canterbury

households as they take

part in a global movement to

brighten children's days during

the Covid­19 lockdown.

The We're Going On aBear

Hunt­inspired event originated

in London, and thousands of

New Zealanders have already

taken part including many in

Mid Canterbury.

While families take walks in

their neighbourhoods, children

are able to spot the teddy bears

on windowsills from afar; as

long as people maintain physical

distancing rules.

Founders of the We're Not

Scared ­NZBear Hunt Facebook

page say the hunt ‘‘is for

your local streets, we are not

encouraging travel across town

to view other streets.

‘‘We are permitted and

encouraged to get out and enjoy

the sunshine and fresh air (during

lockdown) but must keep a

two­metre distance from others.

‘‘Please don't go driving

around for your hunt, but if you

are on your way to essential

services ­make sure you keep an

eye out for new bears!’’

Amap of teddy bear locations

in on the Facebook page.

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Boat­maker tinkers for speedy sailing

By ToniWilliams

Ron Watts has designed and built

his own powerboat model.

It’s called aZedron Challenger ­

aminiature boat, 900mm long and

200mm wide.

The latest is version 10.

Amember of the Ashburton

Sailing Club’s model boats section,

Ron has been tinkering away with

each version of the powerboat and

perfecting it for his own enjoyment.

The boat is electric, run off a

6­cell battery, and has abrushless

motor, which is water­cooled, and

has afibreglass moulded hull.

It has arange of 300 metres, if

not longer, and is capable of

reaching speeds up to 55km per

hour.

He would like to see more people

get into model racing and would

love to hear from interested people.

During the summer season, club

Police secure

alternative sites

Ashburton Police have

taken over the Balmoral

Hall and will use it as a

shared resource space during

the Covid­19 lockdown.

Police would ‘‘scrub in

and scrub out’’ and use the

council owned building for

interviewing and summoning

people to future court

appearances, said Ashburton

Police senior sergeant

Leigh Jenkins.

He said using the space

enabled him to create

‘‘bubbles’’across his workforce.

There was no space to

do that in the station and

he had spoken to the

mayor and been given the

use of the hall.

Mr Jenkins said the station

was not being used to

hold people and anyone

involved with more serious

matters was immediately

members met at Lake Hood every

Sunday afternoon.

Ron has always been into radio

control models and the powerboats

are his retirement plan, which is

still afew years away, he says.

He likes creating, especially

when combining electronics and

assembly with remote controlled

speed.

Apainter and assembler by day,

Ron used to work in electronics and

computer security so knows his way

around the finer details of

electronics.

He often builds aboat, uses it for

around six months, sells it secondhand

and uses those funds to build

another, often with modifications.

‘‘They get better and better each

time.’’

Right: Ron Watts and his

speedy, home-built Zedron

Challenger powerboat.

sent to Christchurch.

He said extra space was

also being sought in both

Methven and Rakaia

because both stations were

too small for the number

of personnel now coming

through.

Compliance with directions

to stay at home had

been good, so far, and

teams were focusing on

reassurance patrols and

regular visits to in­demand

sites like supermarkets,

pharmacies, Ashburton

Hospital and service stations.

A35­year­old man was

arrested onSaturday and

is facing charges related to

motor vehicle thefts. He

had also been breaching

his bail. Mr Jenkins said

police would be taking a

strong interest in people

who were flouting their

bail conditions.

Fatberg alert

Mid Canterbury

residentsare on fatberg

warning and being

remindednot to put the

wrongitemsdown their

wastewater pipes.

Thisthis hasbeen

leading to expensive

blockages and

unnecessary risksfor

maintenance teams

duringthe Covid­19

lockdown.

Cookingoils and

kitchen grease,which

should neverbepoured

down drains, are

increasingly likely to

solidify in the pipes as

conditions continue to

cool around the district.

Combined with other

non­flushable products

likewet wipes,paper

towels, sanitaryproducts

and foodscraps, the

resulting fatbergs form

giant blocks in the pipes,

both on private property

and in the Ashburton

District Council's sewer

infrastructure.

‘‘Wastewater systems

are only designed for a

handful of things:

household greywater like

from your washing

machine, toiletpaperand

human waste. Nothingelse

will disintegrate properly

inthe pipesand those

itemsshould always be put

in the bin,’’ said council

infrastructure services

groupmanagerNeil

McCann.

‘‘Essential council

workers and contractors

have hadtoattend a

number of blockagesand

overflowsrecently. Aside

from being acostly job,in

present conditions, it's also

an unnecessary risk to staff

who are tryingtofollow

the Government's rules to

self­isolate where

possible.’’

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Farming in abubble

It’s business as ‘‘unusual’’ for

farmers, contractors, animal

welfare and food supply chains

during the Covid­19 lockdown.

Federated Farmers Mid

Canterbury provincial

president David Clark said the

growing number of deaths

offshore in China, Italy and

now Spain as aresult of Covid­

19 was not wanted in New

Zealand.

‘‘None of us want that to

occur in New Zealand, so we

understand why we have to do

this,’’ he said.

Farmers have been given an

exemption as essential food

suppliers, which means they

can continue essential farm

work including managing

livestock, harvesting, planting

crops and preparing the soil.

He said for the tourism

industry there had been no

exceptions.

He warned farmers to take

their obligations seriously.

“We must not flout

restrictions put in place.’’

Avariety of services to

support farm operations were

still deemed essential to

support food suppliers, such as

milk processing, feed stores,

meat works and services selling

farm supplies.

Mr Clark said no farmer

could operate afarm without

those services and farmers were

“only as good as those that

supply us”.

The longer the lockdown

continued the more Mr Clark

could see issues arising such as

the supply lines behind the

David Clark finishes harvesting Hemp under moody skies on the first day lockdown.

suppliers being affected.

The farm’s non­essential

farm work like fencing

maintenance or hedge

trimming had been parked.

But even on farm, where he

has four families in the work

bubble, they had to enforce

social distancing with

controlled access to the

property and good on farm

practices to look after each

other.

“Farmers are not immune to

this disease.

“Everything has to be

considered, it’s alot slower and

more difficult,” he said.

“But everyone is respectful.”

The nation’s farmers could

still harvest their crops, deliver

them to seed stores or buy store

lambs, send stock to the works,

and they could keep milking

their cows for milk processing.

However, it was the

upcoming winter grazing and

the traditional June 1(moving

day) movements ­big events on

the dairy calendar ­that were of

huge concern.

Mr Clark was hopeful the

alert level had reduced by then.

Nationwide there was a

likelihood of “economic

carnage on the other side” but

he urged people to look out for

one another as they were

dealing with high levels of

stress.

“It’s not like anormal issue,

we need to pull together.”

The longer it goes on, both

rural and urban people will find

it hard, he said.

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Hospice support

Hospice Mid Canterbury

has stopped all face­toface

support for clients

and families because of

Covid­19.

Spokesman Jane

Wright said the changes

were temporary and

clients and their families

were continuing to be

offered support via phone

and internet, including

counselling, recording

biographies and companionship.

The hospice organisation

had closed its base

and shop, and service

managers are working

from home.

Some volunteers were

continuing to assist with

the collection of groceries.

Hospice Mid Canterbury

is currently supporting

53 clients and their

families and will continue

to accept referrals.

Thirsty Thursday update

The lockdowndid not stop most of

Ashburton Courier reporter Toni

Williams family gettingonline together

for their regular Thirsty Thursday

session.

She says if she can co­ordinate a

session, then others can too and

encourages others to use technology to

stay in touch.

‘‘It just looked different; it was done

online, from the comfort of our own

homes, using the app Zoom.

It allowed us to get avisual of each

other and talk.

Once the children, and younger male

adults, stopped pullingfaces at each

other and themselves, we were able to

find out how lockdown was in each of

our bubbles.

And there were some interesting

reports. As well as entertaining,

supporting and teaching our respective

children, we have people still working in

essential services (health and electrical

supply), one volunteering his time in an

online community,one in contact with

medical personnel and one in education,

whichdoesn’t stop just ‘cos the children

were sent home from school.

Everyone was keen to talk and there

was humour.

It was good to see everyone so tonight

we are adding in the Aunty and Uncles

who are usually part of the get together.

It may not be the most ideal way to

continue our socialising, but it’s the bestway

right now and it's so good to connect

with others.’’

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Rakaiamechanic is bareback champ

By Mick Jensen

Rakaia’s Adam Williams has been

crowned the national open bareback

rodeo champion.

Williams finished top of the

standings at the end of the regular

season.

He was due to fight it out against

eight other top contenders for

national honours at the grand finale

at Millers Flat on March 28, before

Covid­19 restrictions forced the

cancellation of the event.

The 28­year­old mechanic said he

was “chuffed’’ to be crowned a

national champion.

He had enjoyed avery consistent

season on the circuit and had

competed at 16 events around the

country.

He had missed the last two rodeos

of the regular season because of an

injury, but had won six events,

finished second at eight and took a

“hefty’’ lead into the grand finale.

“I started doing rodeo nine years

ago, but Istepped up training this

season and it’s been my best ever.’’

Williams said he enjoyed the

bareback discipline because it was

the “roughest’’ rodeo test and a“fist

fight’’ that relied on brute strength.

He worked out in the gym, used

weights and also swam and biked to

keep himself fit.

He had attended his first rodeo as

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nine years ago.

Williams, who has worked at

Rakaia Automotive for the last 10

years, said he was grateful for the

support of his employer.

He had been due to fly out to

Western Australia to drive tractors

last week, and then on to Washington

State, USA for six months to

compete on the rodeo circuit there.

“The plans are off for now,

unfortunately, but we’ll see what

happens in the future.’’

Other season ending leaders in the

seven other open rodeo disciplines

Firewood gift from rural firms

More than 10 tonnes of firewood,

three trucks and some heavy lifting

machinery have combined for a

good cause.

The wood and the vehicles and

manpowerneeded to get it to

Ashburtonhave beenprovided

freeofcharge; the wood is

currently sittinginaheapatLake

Hood and will be split and

delivered free by members of the

AshburtonRotary Clubtoelderly

people in the community.

The goodwill project is a

combinedeffort of Harmer

Logging, Methven Truckingand

Stuart TarbottonContracting.

Spokesman Ryan Dynessaid

the companies knew some elderly

people would be worrying about

firewood supplies later in the year

andwantedtomake agoodwill

gestureatatime manywould be

worried about the ongoing impact

of Covid­19.

Photo: NickUsmar from Stuart

TarbottonContracting(left)

and Lex Monkfrom Harmer

Logging check over wood

beingdonatedfor firewood.

(rope &tie, saddle bronc, barrel

race, steer wrestling, team ropingheader,

team toping­heeler and the

bull ride) were also declared national

champions.

They include cowgirl Rhondine

Long from Oxford, who was crowned

open barrel race national champion.

Stockwater

intake out

The Cracroft stockwater intakedamaged

by flooding on the Rangitata River last

December may not be reinstated.

Ashburton District Council runs the

intake and arranged temporary supply

from the RDR and MHV Water via a

temporary supply from MHV’s main

race.

In an activity report to council

recently, it was proposed to make the

temporary supply arrangements

permanent.

This would require the construction of

anew intake on the MHV main race,

costing about $40,000. Ongoing supply

costs would also need to be negotiated.

The cost of rebuilding the Cracroft

intake was said to be significant. ‘‘The

highest expenditure incurred to reinstate

this intake in its history was in the order

of $120,000. Advice suggests the current

works required could exceed that scale.

Considering the potentialcosts to

reinstate, and the fish screenliability that

remains with this intake, officers are

taking steps to make the temporary

supply arrangements permanent,’’ the

report said.

The change in take location was

initially approved by ECan as an

emergency change.

Flu vaccine

Ashburtondoctorssay their

phone linesare being

overwhelmed by people calling

about the flu vaccine. Medical

centres around the district are

organising their vaccination

schedules, with priorityfor elderly

and vulnerable people. As vaccine

stocks are replenished, theywill

be contactingpeople on their

vulnerable listfirst and will

advertise when flu vaccines are

available for everybodyelse.

Water levels

All levelone and two water

restrictions that hadbeen in place

across the AshburtonDistrict

have been lifted,effective

immediately, however schemes

on apermanent hosing ban

remain on their restriction.

Restrictionsare removed for for

Ashburton, Chertsey, Fairton,

Hakatere, Hinds, Lake Hood,

Mayfield,Methven, Mt Somers

and Rakaia. Cooler temperatures

around the districtaswellas

recent wet weather hasseen water

consumptionlevels ease and the

AshburtonDistrictCouncil is

satisfied the summer restrictions

are no longer required. Residents

are still encouragedtoobserve

water­wise practices to reduce

wastesuch as watering in the

evening or earlyinthe morning

and ensuring sprinklers are not

watering footpaths or roads.

Harold helps

Life EducationMid and South

Canterbury is workingto

maintain engagementwith

primary agedchildren through its

Facebookpage. Although the

mobileclassroomisparked up for

now, the Facebook pageLife

Education­Mid and South

Canterburyisbeing regularly

updated.Mascot Harold and the

Harold Clubare sharing jokes,

putting up video clips of Harold’s

daily doings andadvisingparents

and childrenofmanyavailable

links thatcan be used during the

lockdown. The mobileclassroom

travels to 67 schools in the region

and educatorssee over8000

primary school agedchildren

each year.

Alert breaches

If you have concerns about a

gathering of people,anonessential

shop or service that is

open, anyone who is not selfisolating

as required, or an event

that breaches the criteria,you can

report it to Police online at

www.105.police.govt.nz. Do not

ring 105.Reportswill be prioritised

based on risk. Pricegouging can

also be reported to aspecial email:

pricewatch@mbie.govt.nz.

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Well-known Methven

sculptor Hannah Kidd.

The community is being

asked to come up with

creative ideas for a new

sign that will clearly state

what Bike Methven is all

about.

The sign will be be

positioned at the new car

park at the Mt Hutt Bike

Park and will catch the

eye of visitors and promote

the outstanding biking

area maintained by

the volunteer group.

Bike Methven maintains

over 30km ofcrosscountry,

downhill and single

track trails and is in

the process of extending

the intermediate level

tracks around the lower

part of the bike park and

also a UCI spec BMX

track in central Methven.

Well­known Methven

sculptor Hannah Kidd is

lending ahand to facilitate

the design process of

the new bike park sign

and willapply on behalf of

Bike Methvenfor funding

from the Creative Communities

Grant administered

by Ashburton District

Council.

Ms Kidd said designers

should think big, ‘‘but not

so big we can’t afford to

make it’’.

‘‘Anything goes, but

obviously think a little

about materials, the

environment this willsit in

and how it willbeeffected

by the elements like the

wind and snow.’’

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‘‘Because the design

brief does not specify

materials, anything can

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be beyond my area of

expertise.’’

There was no time line

for the design production,

but the competition had

been brought forward

because of the current

lockdown situation.

The project would go

ahead with or without the

community grant because

the Bike Methven community

was determined to

make it happen and was

generous when it came to

donating time, skills, gear

and materials, said Ms

Kidd.

Design entries will be

judged by the Bike Methven

committee and close

on April 10.

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Challenging times, but

respect lockdown rules

Everybody has got to do their bit and be realistic

about the risks of Covid­19, says Justice of the Peace

and celebrant Carol Gunn.

Mrs Gunn said weddings should be one of the

happiest days of acouples life, and funerals achance

to grieve, but in the Covid­19 pandemic environment

there was alot of confusion and uncertainty.

Prior to the lockdown more and more weddings

Canterbury­wide were cancelled and funeral

directors widening gaps between chairs for

mourners.

Since the lockdown even morerestrictions are in

place.

Mrs Gunn said all funerals, weddingsand JP

functions were required to stop until the lockdown

period was lifted.

It’sbeingdone to protect people's healthand

ensure the health systemcan look after New

Zealanders who become sick but bereaved families

and whanaufrom all cultures and backgrounds will

findthis timechallenging.

The FuneralDirectors Association of New

Zealand (FDANZ) has just thisweek offered a

Covid­19Grief Resource information sheetto

supportbereavedfamilies, whanau and friends who

are extremely distressed that during the lockdown

no funerals, tangi or farewell gatheringscan be held

for theirloved one.

The new process applies to all deceased persons,

regardless of whenand wherethey died, or the

cause of death. And includespublic gatheringsat

burials, cremations, memorial services,funeral

wakes, processions or receptions and social

gatherings, both indoors and outdoors.

The information says while funeral directorsare

encouragedtocarry out burialsand cremations as

quickly as possible theremay be other options

available to family such as holdingthe funeralor

tangihanga until after the after the Alert Level 4

restrictions ease,live streaming or providing photos

of the service and/or burial,cremating the deceased

and burying the ashesatalaterdate or holding a

memorialservicelater, when restrictions on

gatheringsare lifted and it is safetodoso.

Evenunder AlertLevel 2­amere week and a

halfago ­Mrs Gunn said those thathad continued

Everyone has to do their bit and be realistic,

says Justice of the Peace and celebrant Carol

Gunn.

with their services did so under abit of acloud with

less guests able to attend and limitsaround

numbers.

Even wantingaregistry office wedding was not

an option in Ashburton; the closestofficesare in

Christchurch or Timaru. Some couples had

considered getting married and having apartywith

friends and family at alater date.

It also meant Mrs Gunn was offering her services

differently,either meeting people in the driveway

for document signings, wearing gloves to handle

documents, spending lesstime at ceremonies and

keeping asocial distance from other people.

She said, of late, there had been atrend for older

people to ‘‘notwant afuss’’ withfuneral services

and suggesttoloved onestohave afamilyonly

ceremony as away to keepnumbersdown.

However until the lockdown periodislifted

people will be looking at other ways to connect as

part of theirgrieving process for loved ones.

Award for musical theatre stalwart

Alice Sollis has been awarded a

Merit of Achievement Award by

Musical Theatre New Zealand.

The Timaru based musical

theatre enthusiast has directed and

performed in more than 50

musicals and plays spanning well

over 25 years.

She is well known in Canterbury

musical theatre circles and is

involved with the long­running Mid

Canterbury Summer Singing

School alongside Jo Castelow.

Last year she directed the Mid

Canterbury Children’s Theatre

show Chitty Chitty Bang Bang JR

and has also directed Ashburton

Operatic’s productions including

Oliver (2016), Grease (2015) and

Steel Magnolias (2005).

Her career on stage began as a

dancer in South Canterbury Drama

League revues, before developing

her craft to become ahighly

respected and sought­after director

across the central South Island.

Her more than 50 stage

productions include The Soundof

Music,Grease, The Addams

Family, Chicago, All Shook Up,

WizardofOz, Calendar Girls,

Steel Magnoliasand Legally

Blonde.

Mrs Sollis has also assisted and

mentored many up and coming

directorsand choreographers.

She writes compilation shows,

has worked in radio,creates sound

effects for plays, performs as a

soloist and sings in the band The

Drama Queensatprivate

functions and leadsschool holiday

drama programmes across

Canterbury.

Alice Sollis


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Ashburton College

Individual Excellence in aSupportive Learning Environment

News

Issue 9

2April 2020

Message From ThePrincipal

COVID-19

These are certainly not ordinary times, and the

onset ofCOVID-19 has seen our Government act

decisively and I’msurethatall schools applauded

their decision totake the necessary steps before

the pandemic really takes hold within New

Zealand.

The pace ofthe spread and the changing picture

faced by schools has been stunning.

Canterbury-West Coast Principals’Association

On Friday 20March all of the Secondary Principals from Canterbury and

the West Coast assembled in Christchurch for abriefing from Health

and Education faculties and, yes, we adhered to the social distancing

guidelines (pictured below).

The Canterbury Secondary Principals also agreed, atthat stage, asa

collective tolimit asmany face-to-face meetings as possible, and that

staff meetings and student assemblies wouldn’t be happening. This was

quicklyovertakenbythe Government’snation-wide requirements!

Other events such as Open Evenings,cultural and sporting events,School

Balls,Parent-Teacher interviews, areall postponed foratleast the duration

of Term Two. We will look at the viability of an alternativedatelaterinthe

year,for ourCollegeBall.

Rapidly Changing Scene

Icame into CollegeonSundaymorning 22 Marchtoworkonsome plans

that were aimed at getting us through until the scheduled end of term

(then Thursday 09April). Iremember thinking that was ambitious but,

giventhe information we had it mightbemanageable.

By Sunday evening it became apparent that seven buses would not be

running the next day(drivers over 70) and by Mondayafternoon we were

advising students not to attend College until at leastTuesday 28 April.

MinistryofEducation Support

Iwish to acknowledge our Ministry ofEducation who have provided

regulardaily updatestoall New Zealand schools.

AcknowledgementtoCollege Staff –DistanceLearning

Iwouldlike to acknowledge ourCollege’s staffwho have worked hardto

prepare for distance learning, after the revised holidays end on Tuesday

14 April, and the new ‘distance learning’ term starts on Wednesday

15 April.

An advantage is that many of our courses are already available via google

communities or other electronic means. Staff have also made hard copy

work available where possible. There are, of course, a number of courses

with huge practical components, and learning is being modified and

accommodatedasisviable.

KeyMessage

My key message to parents is to look after the mental health of yourself

and your children. This may beatime to teach your children to do new

things such as cooking, baking, gardening, fence painting or other

renovation projects.All of theseare real-worldlearning opportunities that

could be fun.

The importance offun and keeping things low-key will be essential over

the next four weeks.

Distance learning will also offer your student anopportunity to keep

learning progressing, to have activity to fillthe days and contactwith their

teachers. Additionally, students will be supported tocomplete asmuch

work as they can, in the timethey have available and through whichever

medium or devicethey have available.

Remember, staff will be available tohelp and can be contacted byemail

forquestions, from Wednesday15April,nextterm.

NZQA has just put out information to schools re managing assessment

and qualificationsand this will be shared with families at afuture time.

Good Wishes

Finally, onapersonal note can Iwish you and your ‘family bubble’well.

These areinterestingtimes forall of us.Inmyhouse there will be six adults

and my twograndchildren.

In the meantime,Ilook forwardtocatching upwithour communityinfour

weeks’time,ifthatremains as ourrestarttime.

Best of luck.

Ross Preece

Principal •Tumuaki

Events

Year 12 and 13 HistoryTrip to

Banks Peninsula

On Thursday 19 March College’s Year 12 and 13 History students were

treated toanadventure toBanks Peninsula to investigate the local history

of the area. Teacher Greta Hampton said it was anearly start and along,

but worthwhile, day for students and staff as they visited many places of

historical significanceonthe Peninsula.

Students enjoyed awalk up Ōnawe Peninsula (pictured below) to see the

siteofthe battle between Ngāti ToachiefTeRauparaha and local NgāiTahu

chiefTeMaiharanui.

Changed DatestoSchool Holidays due to

COVID-19 Shut-down

Please note:

Theschool holiday dateshavebeen changed

and arenow scheduled from

last Monday, 30 March, to Tuesday14April.

This means thatdistance learning will startfrom

Wednesday 15 April

whichwill be the beginning of Term Two.

Events

Innovation Trip forYear 9Y Group

Choosing Innovation Class placement has been an option

available at College, since the start of2019 for Year 9students

and, this year, extending to students transitioning into Year 10

this year.Thereisstill an option forfamiliestochooseenrolment

in the traditional subjectmodel.

9Y’s trip to Lake Hood wasaperfect example of cross-curricular

learningin action

Mary-Anne Evers, teacher ofEnglish, Year 9Dean and English

Head ofFaculty support, describes that, at Ashburton College,

Innovation Class teachers work to create authentic learning

opportunitiesthatincorporateskills and knowledge from each of

theirlearningareas.

Off-site activities can often occur with minimal disruption to

learning in other subjects, asthey happen during the class-time

usually scheduled forthese subjects.

9Y is an Innovation Class featuring the subjects of Health/Physical

Education, Social Studies and English. The combined topic for

thesesubjects is ‘Identity’.

At the recent Lake Hood trip (pictured right), onTuesday 17March, Health

and Phys Ed featured in the physical activity of walking the lake and

exploring its sporting connectionstoour communityand wider.

Social Studies featured in study of the role Lake Hood plays in the Mid

Canterburyidentityasarecreational and sports area, as well as the planning

andadministration aroundthe creation of suchanarea.

Final College Newsletter forthe Forseeable Future

As youcan appreciate,this will be our final newsletter

forthe next fewweeks,given the current lockdown situation

and no activitiestoreport on!

We do,however, look forward to sharing our newsinthe future

whenwewill value being outand about again

and enjoying the freedoms we previouslytookfor granted.

In the meantime,weacknowledge also thatthese aretoughtimes

formanyinthe community-across the rangeofhealthconcerns,

employment and financialinsecurities.

These pressures arerecognised.

English skills were puttouse in areflectiveblog postwherestudentswrote

abouttheir experienceand includedvisual representations(photos) of their

experiences.

As an extra, anumber of keen students ran the whole lake, but most took

the option to enjoyabrisk walk,followed by lunchlake-side.

Students thoroughly enjoyed their time and are already thinking of other

opportunitiestoapply their Innovation class learning in real life.

Other highlights included visits to the French cemetery, local museum and

Britomart, the site where Britain raised their flag and claimed sovereignty

over the French in the area (pictured below).

Therewerealso lots of laughs,diet coke and lollies during the day!

Students will use the research they did at the site tocomplete internal

assessments towards NCEA.

Teaching staff accompanying the group were Greta Hampton,

Amanda Grigg and Patrick Sandrey.


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important to think about resale or rental

potential.

Arental property is considered ahigher

risk by the banksand they may not lend as

much as they would for aproperty you are

going to livein. Consider things like: ­Isthe

house close to public transport routes? ­Are

there shops and schools within walking

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Fees vary so shop around.

Abuilder’s report can identify any

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looking at buying.

An experienced builderwill find things

that the untrained eye will miss, and may

save you thousands.

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It will identify issueslike drainage and

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You can order aLIM through your local

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need to keep moneyaside for thingslike: ­

Moving services, or truckhire if you’re

doingityourself. ­Connectionfees for

phone, power and internet. ­Any

renovations or decorating you needtodo

straight away.­Advertising for flatmatesor

tenants. ­Legal expenses and builder’s

reports.

Make sure you factor into yourbudget

insurance,ratesand other ongoing costs

into yourcalculations.

Your home will be your biggestasset so

you will need to protect it from the

unexpected.

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Renovate home or build?

It’s the great Kiwi dilemma: to renovate your existing

home or build abrandnew one to meet yourevery need?

There’s no clear answerbecause whatchoice you make

depends entirely on your circumstances and your

circumstances will be verydifferent from your neighbour’s.

Buildingcan be afun experience, especiallyifyou have

agood builder and thereare plentyinthe Mid and South

Canterbury district’s.

Plus if you plan well, it should be plain sailing.

If you are going to build, you have tohave somewhere

to build.

It might be that you are interested in aland and home

package, in which case the ‘‘where’’ will be taken care of

with builders or building firms sometimes buy blocks of

land for development.

One of the benefits of this is that not only do you get

anew home, but you know your neighbours will have a

new home.

Many companies, these days, offer turn­key house and

land packages, and the prices are very competitive.

If theseinterestyou, the companies almost always have

ashow home or homes.

So take thetime to explore and see what worksfor you.

Get alist of addresses, and spend aday, or two, sussing

out the options.

The more homes you see, the clearer the idea you will

get of what is available for what price.

Some designs will fascinate you, others will not.

In any event and even ifyou see nothing you like you

will bemuch better informed.

Suchcompanieshave many designoptions, so take your

time.

It might be that you want to designyour own home, or

at least pass on some firm ideas to abuilder, and that’s

fine.

You are going to live there and pay the bills.

Mostcompanies willallow flexibility, but rememberthat

changing from the standard design of aproperty might

Renovating what you have already could be the

way to go.

add extra cost, so always ask.

If you have firmideas, or none at all, youmay consider

employinganarchitect ­they may save you moneythrough

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An architect will be especially useful if you have a

special site, oreven adifficult site.

They are trained to design buildings for all situations.

And if you have only abasic idea ofthe style of home

you want, anarchitect can bring your idea to life.

Perhaps you have seen ahome, or visited one, that

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It might bethat it was designed by an architect, and

highly likely that the owners will behappy topass on the

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The work of such professionalsisoften passed by word

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The new home dream

If you are planning to build, buy or

renovate, there are lots of options,

lots of choices, but it all comesdown

to your preference and your budget.

Common sense also plays abig

role.

For many peoplebuildinganew

home is the dream.

The cost can be modest or as much

as you care to pay. The joy of anew

home, in many ways, is in the

planning; deciding if you want (or can

afford) two bedrooms, three, four or

more. Whether your home will have a

slew of state of the art appliancesor

whether you want the basics.

There are many,many variables. If

you are new to building ahome seek

advice. Talk to friends who have built

ahome. They will know the pitfalls

and the pleasures.

Package homes offer aselection of

plans (and prices) and in many

instances they also provide the

section.

The advantage of these

arrangements is the company does

the organising. You discuss your

needs and requirements, consider the

plans and prices, and sign up. And

with such arrangements you know the

cost up front. There should be no

unpleasant surprises.

It may be that you have your own

plans for anew home, ideas brewed

up with family and friends.

Agood buildercan help turn those

plans to reality.

It may be you need an architect to

turn your ideas into aworkable

design. It might be money well spent.

In any event, seek advice. Your

friends will know of agood builder, a

good building firm or agood

designer.

Experienced buyers know the drill,

but first home buyers can fall into

traps. Don’t forget to checkinwith

parents, or family, for their advice on

occasion.

First, know how much you can

afford. If you have savings you will

know how muchyou can spend. If

you are relying on borrowed money

you need to talk to your lender. It is

vital you know how muchyou can

borrow, at what rate and what it will

cost you.

Some people suggestborrowers

should factor in rates much higher

than thoseoffered now.

Assuming you havesorted out the

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Where will be determined by your

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Once you have decidedwhere you

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Driver mentors sign on

By Mick Jensen

Ashburton’s Community Driver

Mentor Programme (CDMP) has

been officially launched.

Run through the Salvation

Army’s South Island Regional

Driver Hub, the programme is

intended to help young adult drivers

and others get their restricted and

full licences.

The CDMP aims to help drivers

move from learners to restricted

licences and then from restricted to

full licences.

Ashburton driver programme coordinator

Heather Daly said eight

mentors had already put up their

hands to help deliver the supervised

driving experience.

They included alocal police

officer, truck driver and farmer.

Most were in the 30­50 age bracket

and one was retired.

Mrs Daly said learners needed

basic driving skills and should know

the road code, and 11 had already

signed up.

Some had been referred by

support agencies like the MSD, He

Waka Tapu and the Salvation Army.

‘‘Ideally we would like to match

20 drivers with 20 mentors with each

new programme.’’

Mrs Daly said learners and

mentors would attend separate

workshops at the beginning of each

programme.

Mentors would be upskilled and

learners would have the programme

Ashburton Police senior sergeant Leigh Jenkins hands over the

keys of the Community Driver Mentor Programme car to Heather

Daly at the recent launch ceremony.

and its expectations explained to

them.

Mrs Daly will liaise with the

Ministry of Social Development,

employment agencies and

businesses to look for possible

employment opportunities for

graduating drivers.

‘‘This programme is about filling

the gaps for disadvantaged people

and not taking business away from

other providers.’’

Funding for the programme is

provided through the Provincial

Growth Fund and is for three years.

For more information about the

programme, contact Heather Daly

on 021 927 370 or by email at

heather.daly@salvationarmy.org.

nz.

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Firefighters split into

response bubbles

It has been business almost as usual

for Ashburton volunteer firefighters

responding to fire, medical and

vehicle incidents in the past week

under lockdown. The brigade has

split into three watches, working one

full week at atime, in rotation,

during the lockdown.

Red Watch completed the first

week under the senior station officer

Charlie Kelland and now it is the

turn of Green Watch, followed by

Blue Watch in aweek’s time.

Mr Kelland said splitting the

volunteer group into three bubbles

reduced chances of contracting or

spreading Covid­19 and allowed

firefighters to respond to incidents.

They have personal protection

equipment that they will wear as

required.

‘‘We have tried to minimise

contact between members of the

brigade,’’ he said.

The change to cold weather also

brought awarning about fire safety in

the home, especially around heaters

and logburners.

People needed to remember not to

place combustible objects close to

heaters and logburners. Electric

blankets still needed to be checked

before use if they had been in

storage. Hot ashes should be put

outside in amental container for

several days until cold, not in

wastebins.

Ashburton Volunteer Fire

Brigade’s Red Watch heads out

on acall during the first week

under lockdown.

Mr Kelland said fire risks in the

home were amplified because more

people were at home and cooking in

the lockdown, as restaurants and

takeaways were closed.

Commonsense was needed.

‘‘Building atent with blankets is in

your house is fine, just don’t have

candles.’’

Rural fire units are also

responding to callouts, taking Covid­

19 precautions. Rakaia firefighters

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town at the weekend.

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Rangitata MP Andrew Falloon

Blessed essential workers

When guidelines were first

published last week as to who

would be classified as an

essential service, some surprise

was expressed at who could and

who could not remain open.

It’s an incredibly difficult thing

for any Government to

determine, particularly in ashort

space of time.

It’s ahard balancing act

between the absolute

importance of maintaining

public health on one hand, while

ensuring people can still access

the services we’ll need in our

homes for at least the next few

weeks.

To the Government’s credit

they’ve been updating the

essential services list daily as new

questions arise, including in

relation to some animal welfare

issues which had been raised

with me by farmers locally.

There’s still acouple of areas

that Ihope are tidied up by the

time this newspaper goes to

press, which includes the ability

for it to do so.

The Government’s initial list

deemed media to be an essential

service, but this was

MP for Rangitata Andrew

Falloon

subsequently changed to include

only daily newspapers. For some

communities that’s areal

problem. Some towns and

regions don’t have alocal daily,

instead relying on aweekly or

twice weekly publication.

Even in areas like ours many

don’t have apaid newspaper

subscription. At atime when

news and broadcasting of

important and factual health

information is so critical, cutting

off access some communities

have to news makes no sense.

The other is butchers. For

some people in major urban

areas like Auckland or

Wellington the local butcher

might feel like aluxury, anice to

have rather than anecessity.

But for some communities

they’re vital.

Small towns where there may

not be amajor supermarket,

meaning the alternative is to

travel 30 kilometres. Others, like

here in Ashburton, supply small

supermarkets that remain open.

They’re an essential part of

the supply chain. I’m continuing

to work with the Government, to

at least get an exemption for the

small number of butchers who fit

those criteria.

It was the 1979 Monty Python

film Life of Brian that made

famous the line “blessed are the

cheesemakers.” Turophiles

(those who love cheese) will be

pleased to know that

cheesemaking does indeed

qualify as an essential service.

And they, like all other

essential service workers, do

deserve our praise. While Idon’t

underestimate how

extraordinarily difficult it is for

many of those unable to work

(please call my office number if

you require assistance), the

people going to work at the

moment are carrying our very

survival on their shoulders.

Doctors, nurses, cleaners,

administrators, lab workers,

those working in our medical

system are going above and

beyond what could be expected

of them, putting themselves at

risk to help all of us.

But afinal word for the

supermarket workers.

For at least the last couple of

weeks they’ve under enormous

pressure, but have turned up to

do their job despite those

challenges.

In the last few days afriend,

having done her normal weekly

shop at the supermarket, arrived

at the checkout only to realise

she’d forgotten her wallet. In

between her tears akind

checkout operator pulled out

their own eftpos card and paid

for her groceries.

Blessed are the shelf stackers,

the trolley collectors, and our

very kind checkout operators.

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Top grade umpires

Netball umpires and sisters

Zoe and Willow

Diedricks have alonger

time toprepare for the

upcoming netball season

because ofCovid­19.

The top gradeumpires

are busy young women

but look forward topicking

up the whistle each

season as well astaking

to the court asplayers.

Containing the community

spread ofCovid­

19 has meant the start of

the netball season has

been suspended. It will

givethe sistersmoretime

to polish their skills.

Zoe, 18, left Ashburton

College last year and

is working until September,

when she had

plan to head to the

UnitedStatestoworkfor

Camp America. She was

first to umpire and inspired

younger sister Willow,16,

to take up umpiring

too.

Both have been identified

as top talent and

umpires to be nurtured

for the future.

Sisters and top-level netball umpires Willow

(left) and Zoe Diedricks.

Zoe started playing

netball in Year8and put

herhandupfor umpiring

duties in her team.

‘‘I did one game and I

liked it and I put my

name forward for

another game.’’

She became a lower

grade umpire and has

worked her way up over

the years to umpiring

premier one. Ahighlight

has been umpiring at

South Island secondary

schools tournaments and

being part of the Mid

Canterbury Netball

umpires team attending

it; the camaraderie and

court experiencewas fun.

She was recognised as

being in the top five

umpires in 2017.

Willow has also

umpired at the tournament

and last year

received the same recognition.

The pair say they are

competitive but not

rivals, as players or

umpires.

They brush off negative

comments from

spectators and say they

are much more likely to

have positive comments

from players as they

shake hands and leave

the court.

‘‘A call isacall and it

stays on court.’’

The sisters both keep

fit at the gym andexcelat

music, Zoe withthe cello

and Willow with the

violin. They schedule

sport, academic and

music life carefully.

Willow said she was

planning to study health

sciences at Otago University

nextyearand hoping

to umpire netball for

university teams.

Huxley Neal (foreground) opts for balloon play, while (from left) Radius

Millstream residents Joyce Cochrane, Val Srhoy, Agnes Lister, Nola Wallace

and Graham Tappin (with grandson Cal) get creative with playdough.

Get togethers on hold

It may beawhile before young and old

come together for more fun and games

at aged care facility Radius Millstream.

At the last session, held acouple of

weeks ago, and before coronavirus

isolation rules kicked in, residents tried

their hand at play­dough and enjoyed

balloons and bubbles with preschoolers

and babies.

Mid Canterbury Plunket community

support co­ordinator Sue­ann Carr said

the inter­generational get togethers had

been enjoyed by everyone for anumber

of months.

With no Children’s Day in Ashburton

this year, the last session had featured a

few more toys than usual, she said.

Fortnightly visits and play sessions at

Radius Millstream are, for now, firmly

on hold.

Ashburton chiropractor Debra

Curtin says achesand pain drive

clients to seek out her services.

‘‘Pain is the body’s basic

alarm system and tells usthat

something is not working as

well as it could,’’she says.

Emerging chiropractic research

has begun to unravel the

mysteries of joint dysfunction

and howthe relaysystemofthe

centralnervous system and the

brain control muscle and joint

interaction.

‘‘When things go wrong and we

experience pain, this suggests

thatthe brain is not controlling

the

moving segment while in motion, causing

problems with the brain’s awareness of what is

going on in the bodyand the worldaround it.’’

Debra says growing evidence suggests

chiropractic care helps re-establish

communicationbetweenthebrain,thebodyand

the environment. She says it is also suggested

that chiropractic improves communication

between the spine andthe brain and this affects

how well the brain can perceive what isgoing

on inside and outside of the body.

&

Health

Wellbeing

Pain is the body’salarm system

‘‘It is abit like an electrical shortcircuit.Whenthe

nerve transmissions do not perform correctly,

this can lead to changes inmuscle behaviour,

posture, and ultimately a person’s ability to

move with ease.’’

Debra has taken her interest in health astep

further and recently graduatedfromIntegrative

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who want to improvetheir lifestyle,eating habits

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In theFar Northfor agoodcause

Mandy Hurst (left) walking with

Jude O’Connor.

Just a few weeks ago Rakaia

resident Mandy Hurst and three

friends had the freedom of Northland

at their feet and were tackling

an epic charity walk.

Today the walking boots have

been put away, and like most of the

country, Mrs Hurst is in lockdown

at home for the next few weeks at

least.

The lockdown means she has

time to reflect on her walking

experience and the contrast with

the current strict outdoor restrictions

in place.

The trip had revealed the beauty

of Northland in its raw, untouched

form, but had been ahard slog, said

Mrs Hurst.

From the outset, the walking

challenge had demonstrated the

difference between tramping and

trekking.

‘‘Our training ground of Mt

Somers, Little Mt Peel and other

walks were replaced with kilometres

of sand, huge sand dunes,

logging truck tracks, rolling farmland

and pine forests.

‘‘When the tide was in, we were

forced on to the soft deep sand and

competed with the horses for

untrodden space to make the

walking easier.’’

Mrs Hurst walked with Jude

O’Connor, Julie Livesey and Denise

Davidson, all former Mid Canterbury

residents and all with farming

roots.

All in their 60’s, the quartet were

joined by other walkers, mountain

bikers and horse riders and followed

awell marked route on the

six­day, 191km walk.

The logistics of the event were

remarkable, with volunteers setting

up and decamping every day, and

with 46 walkers, 150 riders and 14

bikers, it was ahuge task, said Mrs

Hurst.

With the horses came the extra

challenge of getting floats from one

camp to the next and setting up and

taking down temporary paddocks.

‘‘Wesocialisedinahuge marquee

with anextensive bar one end and a

kitchen that fed 250 people each

day.’’

Each day had its challenges, she

said.

Day two was the longest day, but

was shortened from 44km to38km

through awelcome short cut.

‘‘The only catch was wehad to

walk through asmelly bog uptoour

thighs.’’

Mrs Hurst said the four friends

walked at their own pace and met

some wonderful people along the

way.

An auction held on day three for

items gifted to the event had raised

over $16,000.

The outdoor adventure was

organised by charitable trust Trek

For Life Aotearoa/NZ and funds

raisedgotofirst response and rescue

services operating in the small communitiespassedthroughonthe

trek.

‘‘Only four out of the 46 walkers

walked every kilometre.

‘‘Jude and Iestimated we walked

around 170km, Julie had an

enforced day off due toblisters and

Denise walked every day and opted

for apart ride some days,’’ said Mrs

Hurst.

Many walkers were picked up

even before they walkedtothe lunch

stop break andotherswere boughtin

as they tired orthe time allocated

was up.

Mrs Hurst said she was carrying

two injuries going into the trek, but

discovered the painful, but spiritual

traditional Maori massage known as

romiromi.

Due todaily sessions available at

the camp, her body felt better after

the trek than before it.

‘‘This trek to me is the best way

anyone can experience the Far

North. Iwillremember experiencing

the small communities pulling

together to make the fundraiser

work,their laidback,can­doattitude

and genuine friendliness.’’

MrsHurstintends getting out into

the Mid Canterbury outdoors again

when allowed to do so and looking

forward to more walking challenges.

Growing natives

Nature Matters by Mary Ralston

Suddenly alot of people have time on

their hands and children are home

from school.

Luckily it’s aperfect time of year to

sow seeds or pot up seedlings of native

plants.

This is afun and interesting project

to do and planting the young trees or

shrubs out in the spring or summer is

rewarding too.

Kowhai seeds are encased in pods

that hang down from the trees.

Collect them on adry day and then

remove the seeds from the pods.

The yellow seeds have ahard coat,

which works well to protect the seed

from moisture and insect attack, but it

can make germination slow.

To speed up the process, soak the

seeds overnight in warm water.

Next day, fill atray or some pots with

potting mix and carefully put the seeds

on top of the mix, about 5cm apart, and

then cover with another 1cm of mix.

Water gently so the mix is moist but

not too wet and put in ashady spot so

that the mix stays damp.

Germination will be slow compared

to vegetable seeds –don’t expect much

to happen for months!

Leave them outside to do their thing,

don’t be tempted to bring inside in the

warmth.

When the seedlings are about 10 cm

high, they can be potted up into

individual pots.

Handle them carefully, as their root

system will be small and delicate.

Pot up and water well, and keep

moist.

Native shrubs with fleshy seeds like

coprosmas and corokias will germinate

best if the fleshy covering around the

seed is removed.

This is easy to do: put the berries in

a container of water and soak overnight,

then squash the soft berries.

Leave for another day or night, then

hopefully the seed will come away from

the covering and fall to the bottom of

the container.

Drain off the water with the flesh

and gather the seeds from the bottom.

The seeds can then be planted out

with potting mix, as outlined above for

kowhai seeds.

Photo: Kowhai pods and seeds

Rural&Lifestyle

Winners enjoying dairy industries growth opportunities

Ashburton farmers Ralph and

Fleur Tompsett have been named

Share Farmer of the Year in the

Canterbury/North Otago Dairy

Industry Awards.

The winners alsoinclude Stephen

Overend, who was named the 2020

Canterbury/North Otago Dairy

Manager of the Year, and Lucy

Morgan, the 2020 Canterbury/

North Otago Dairy Trainee of the

Year.

The Tompsetts, who won more

than $10,000 in prizes plus amerit

award, are equity partners and 50

percent sharemilking 1130 cows for

Craig and Susan, Karyn and Grant

Fleming ontheir 297 hectare farm.

Ralph (34) holds Primary ITO

Level 4 Dairy Farming and Fleur

(37) holds Bachelor of Law and a

BachelorofArts and has completed

the Governance Essentials Course

through Institute of Directors.

“Dairy farming has provided fantastic

opportunities for us to grow,”

says Ralph.

“I love the technical side ofthe

farm and the variety ofskills Ican

apply tomy role.”

“Farming allows us to live rurally

with plenty of space and a great

community.”

“It’s agoal of ours tobring great

people along with us to share and

enjoy the growth opportunities

which our dairy industry provides.”

The first­time entrants were

encouraged to enter the awards by

one oftheir rural professionals and

saw the process as an opportunityto

better understand their business

and benchmark against the wider

industry.

They have learned to wear many

different hats and to develop competence

inawide range of subjects.

“Beginning our sharemilking

journey inalow pay­out season was

achallenge however it taught us to

focus onwhat we could influence

rather than what we couldn’t.”

Fleur and Ralph Tompsett

They have proudly achieved alow

staff turnover and have had core

staff members with them for an

average ofthree years.

“This has enabled ustodevelop a

family culture onthe farm, which in

turn has helped us to drive productivity

and herd performance.”

Future farming goals include

farm ownership and developing

their current skills within the

industry.

“We both enjoy understanding

and using data to drive decision

making. This enables us to identify

areas of improvement and track

progress.”

Runners­up were Tania Riddington

and Tim Murdoch, of Culverden,

and third place went toJason

and Miranda Armstrong, of Darfield.

Other categories saw Hororata

farmer Stephen Overend win the

2020 Canterbury/North Otago

Dairy Manager of the Year category,

second Hilton farm manager

Salem Christian and Hororata farm

manager Tess Goes, third.

Oamaru’s Lucy Morgan was

named the winner of the 2020

Canterbury/North Otago Dairy

Trainee of the Year category,

second was Rangiora’s Prabhdeep

Singh and third Westerfield’s Cameron

Bennison.

The New Zealand Dairy Industry

Awards are supported bynational

sponsors DeLaval, Ecolab,

Federated Farmers, Fonterra,

Honda, LIC, Meridian, Ravensdown,

and Westpac along with

industry partners DairyNZ and

Primary ITO.

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Online saleyards an essential tool

The closure ofsaleyards nationwide as part of the

Covid­19 response has seen New Zealand’s virtual

saleyard, bidr®, awholly owned subsidiary of PGG

Wrightson Ltd, become an essential tool for the

trading of livestock.

The site, as an online platform for the trading of

livestock, has been acknowledged by Ministry for

Primary Industries and the Ministry of Business,

Innovation and Employment.

PGG Wrightson Ltd, also offering an essential

service, have agreed with the governing agencies to

continue to support the accreditation of other

livestock agencies during the Covid­19 lockdown

period to allow the essential trading of livestock.

“bidr® is pleased to announce that Carrfields

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platform” and stock agents who have been unable to

complete bidr®’s assessor accreditation process due

to lockdown restrictions will be able to list livestock

on bidr® with the acknowledgement that “the lot has

not been assessed by abidr® accredited assessor.”

“Agents will continue to stand behind their listings

and represent their vendor in the transaction. When

normal livestock trading conditions resume, agents

will be required toparticipate in bidr®’s assessor

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sun (5). 21. Beef and jellied meat (5). 22. Out without

havinghad to buy oneself out? (4).

SUDOKU

HARD No. 5214

5

9 7 2 8

6 2 4

6 4 1

9 3

8 6 7

9 2 8

3 9 7 6

1

Solution to previous Sudoku

Howto

solve

Sudoku!

Fill the grid

so thatevery

rowand every

3x3 square

contains the

digitals 1to9

4 2 6 3 9 7 8 5 1

5 7 9 8 2 1 6 3 4

1 3 8 6 4 5 2 7 9

2 5 1 7 6 9 3 4 8

8 9 4 2 5 3 1 6 7

7 6 3 4 1 8 9 2 5

3 8 5 9 7 6 4 1 2

6 1 2 5 8 4 7 9 3

9 4 7 1 3 2 5 8 6

Solution to previous crossword

QUICK PUZZLE NO. 8560 -SOLUTIONS

Across -1,Vacuum cleaner. 8,Least. 9, Elastic. 10, Ensign.

11,Regret. 12, Testy.14, Smile. 18, Loving. 20, Infect.

23, Allegro. 24, Rinse. 25, Appropriation.

Down -1,Velvet. 2, Class. 3, Uptight. 4, Chew.5,Erase.

6, Natural. 7, Recite. 13, Envelop. 15, Minorca. 16, Alpaca.

17, Strewn. 19, Negro. 21, Ennui. 22, Moor.

CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8560 -SOLUTIONS

Across -1,Passed thebuck. 8, Cree-p. 9, LebA-non (rev.).

10, E-L-dest. 11,Writ-he. 12, S-C-old. 14, AsI-dE (rev.).

18, Care-SS. 20, Gam-bit. 23, Tumbler. 24, L-earn. 25,

Heavy sentence.

Down -1,Packet. 2, Spend. 3, E-x-p-osal. 4, Told (tolled).

5, (th)Em-ber(ries). 6, Un-noted. 7, Ken-neL. 13,Ca-ramb-a.

15, Shall-ot .16, Scotch. 17, Stan-C-E. 19, S-ally.21,

Brawn. 22, Free.

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