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Another

blow for

Cheviot

Bearing up in

difficult times

By ROBYN BRISTOW

Cheviot’s resilienceisbeing

put to the test again.

It has justdusted itselfoff

from the impactofthree years

of drought and a

7.8­earthquake. Now, the

Covid­19 lockdownhas

arrived.

Many businesseshave had

to put up the shutters,with the

village’s Four Square, PGG

Wrightson and the local vets

the only ones remaining open

to provide residents with

essential services.

The November 2016quake

silenced the mainhighway for

months,leaving businesses

along the route withfew

customers, except thosewho

went on roadtripsnorth to

supportthem, particularly at

weekends.

Today, the highway is silent

again, apart from the

entourage of trucksrattling

throughthe town, providing

essential services to

Canterbury and beyond.

CheviotPromotions Inc

secretary Gary Mitchell says it

is tough, particularly when

things startedtoimprove for

everyone in the districtafter

the earthquake and the recent

threatofanother drought.

‘‘Mostretailers along the

frontage of the main highway

had areasonablesummer. But

they havenosooner got out of

the earthquake situationwith

the road closures, and up and

running again, and, wham,

something else comes along.

‘‘It feels like we have been

hit withthe uglystick several

times,’’ he says.

The farming community had

struggled through three years

of drought, plusthe threat of

another in recent months, and

many were struggling.

Rain had arrived to help,

but farmers were still out

there every day making sure

their stock are fed,and

carrying out other farm duties.

At the RibbonwoodCountry

House,just northofCheviot,

which Garyruns withhis

partner Robert Day, things

had not been fantastic due to

not having any Chineseguests

for the Chinese New Year.

‘‘It is going to take awhile to

bounceback. But everyone is

in the same boat,’’ says Gary,

who is keentosee domestic

traveland tourismpromoted

when the lockdownends.

Continued Page 2

By DAVID HILL

Waimakariri residentshave been

going out on a“bear hunt”.

Whilewalking to get freshair

during the Covid­19 lockdown,

residents have been enjoying the

sight of soft toys in windows.

Pegasus residentJean

Williamshas been capturing

some of the cuddly sightswhile

walking aroundher hometown.

“The silence from the school is

deafening. The community feel,

for the most part, is supportive

and when Iamout and about,

people are saying aquick‘hello’

as they bike or walk past,while

maintainingthe two­metre

distancerule.

“There is the playing of abugle

in the evenings, some have put

Hello there ... A

pair of bears wave

to the world in

Pegasus.

PHOTO: JEAN WILLIAMS

Christmas lights back up, and, of

course, ateddy bear hunt.

“It was startedbyChristine

Johnston,with the idea to help

the oneswith youngfamilieshunt

for bears to be found in

windows.”

Of course, it is not only

youngsters joining the fun, with

all ages stopping for agiggle.

Morebear pictures, page 7

MattDoocey MP forWaimakariri

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By DAVID HILL

Woodend’sfresh produce

retailer is hoping for some

better news this week.

Vege’n Out was forced to

closeonMarch 25 for the

Covid­19 lockdown, even

though it is the onlyfresh fruit

and vegetables retailer in a

town withnosupermarket,

leaving owner Nick McLachlan

‘‘absolutely baffled by the

wholeprocess’’.

But he has received word

that the Ministry of Business,

Innovation and Employment

(MBIE) may be relaxing its

rulesthis week,whichcould

allowhim to offer a‘‘contactless’’

delivery service to

customers.

‘‘It’s all very well telling us

aftertwo weeks that we cando

deliveries, because we are a

Tough times again for Cheviot residents

From Page

He accepts therewill be another

downturn, but Cheviot is

surrounded by adedicated

farming community and together

theyhad all pulled through

adverse times before.

‘‘Farmers are continuingto

farm, spending moneyonanimal

health and crops, and after the

lockdownthey will have product

to sell and crops to harvest.

‘‘I think it is great the farming

community is ticking over. They

willbeappreciated abit more at

the end of this.’’

The localFour Squarewas a

Godsend and the community was

‘‘resilient’’. ‘‘It is amazing what

the community can do together.

Open-air fires across region require permits

By ROBYN BRISTOW

Fires can be lit only withapermit in the

Waimakariri and Hurunuidistricts.

Principal RuralFireOfficer Bruce

Janes is appealing to people to resistthe

urgetoput amatchtotheirburn pilesof

gardenand householdrubbish.

“Fires arebypermit only, and we are

generallyonlyissuingpermitstopriority

burns suchascrop stubble andland

managementburns.

‘‘Tostop falsecalls, we are requiring

nearlyall permit­holderstoringthe fire

communicationcentretoadviseof

fresh food business, so we will

havetorestockentirely.’’

Nicksaid there was alack of

clarity around whatdefined an

essentialserviceinthe days

leading up to the lockdown.

He emailed MBIE at 8am on

Tuesday,March24, but had

received no replyby11am so

he phonedthe hotline and was

told‘‘we were finetotrade’’.

He wanted confirmation in

writing,sofollowed up with

another email, but with no

response. He phonedMBIE

again to be told‘‘we were OK’’.

Not convinced,hecontacted

Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey

who agreed to takeuphis case.

Fiveminutesbefore closing

at 6pm the following day,he

received confirmation his

fresh producebusinesswas not

consideredanessential

service. He was forced to close.

We have been herebefore and

while this is slightly different

fromthe earthquake, we will

recoverquicker because we are

usedtoit,’’ he says.

Meanwhile, at the guesthouse,

where they havethree stranded

international guests, everyone

was justknuckling downand

giving each otherspace.

‘‘They triedtoleaveearly, had

flights booked, thenDubai closed

its borders, so they are here for

the duration.’’

Hurunui Deputy Mayor Vince

Daly, who farmsnear Cheviot,

saysitisnot aflash situation for

towns like Cheviot. ‘‘Itwill be

pretty hard to comeback from,

and tourism is not going to crank

up againinahurry.’’

Nick said it costhim around

$2000 worth of producewhich

he had to disposeof, andhe

spent $1500 to makehis shop

safe with splatter screens.

Ironically, Vege’n Out is still

required to offer its postal

service as an NZ Post agent.

‘‘The feedback we had from

the public is that they didn’t

want to be driving into

Rangiora or Kaiapoi to go to

the supermarket. They wanted

alocal placewhere they could

buy their produceand they

didn’tmind the one­in, one­out

situation because it was safer.’’

But Nick says being able to

offer acontactlessdelivery

service, whichcan be ordered

onlineorover thephone,

would be agood outcome.

Matt Doocey says he has

written to Economic

Development Minister Phil

lightingtheir burn. We appreciate

peopleare at home,and what better time

to ‘get thatburndone’, but we ask they

hold offuntil after thelockdown so we

don’thaveawhole lot of unnecessary

exposure –which is the whole point.

‘‘We urgepeople to consider the

appropriatenessofany burning at this

time.’’

Mr Janessays any fireislikelytoresult

in asmoke report,with more people

beingathome.This thenresultsinfire

crews —most of which arevolunteers—

leaving theirfamily bubble to

investigate.

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outcome.

‘‘The issue of businesses that

havebeen deemednonessential

having to close is

something I’m hearing alot

from people, but if it canbe

done contactless,why can’tit

still continuetooperate?’’

He is also concerned about

foodproducers in the district

who sellatfarmer’s markets,

which havebeen closedduring

the lockdown.

‘‘There appears to be areal

inequity because food

producers which havecontacts

withsupermarkets can

continue to sell their goods, but

if they only sellatfarmers’

markets they no longerhave

the ability to selltheirgoods.’’

Toughtimes ... Cheviot was resurgent after State Highway 1

reopened afterthe 2016 earthquake, but now must endurethe

Covid­19lockdown.

PHOTO: FILE

‘‘This in turnhas thepotential to

jeopardise the health andsafety of the

widercommunity,’’ Mr Janes says.

He says volunteersdon’t have a

bottomlesssupply of personal protective

equipment,suchasmasks andsanitiser,

giventhatthe country’sotheressential

services require thesame products.

The restricted seasoncameinat

midnight on March 12 in theWaimakariri

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Another farm adventure

By DAVID HILL

The 2016 earthquake was just

another challenge in the

100­year history of

Woodchester Station, near

Waiau.

Recent droughts, the 2016

earthquake and now the

Covid­19 lockdown are yet

more chapters in the farm’s

colourful history, Rebekah

Kelly says.

Her family has been

farming at Woodchester

Station, off Leader Rd and

nestled between Waiau and

Parnassus, since her greatgrandfather

Linton Gardiner

bought the farm more than

100 years ago.

‘‘On the property there’s a

bit of heritage. They went

through snows, droughts and

financial crises and survived,

and we can do it too.

‘‘Each generation uses the

knowledge of the previous

generations and what’s new,

so they can pass the farm on

to the next generation in as

good acondition as we can.

And we produce some food

and fibre while we’re at it.’’

Rebekah and her husband

David run the 2000­hectare

property, running 3500

breeding ewes, with halfbreed

Merino/Romney sheep

running on the steeper

country and Romney­Texelcross

ewes on the rolling

hills.

They also run 500 Angus­

Hereford­cross cows.

About 250 beehives are on

the farm to produce manuka

honey, in partnership with a

local beekeeper.

There are two QE2

covenants on the farm,

including a37­hectare

triangle of beech forest and a

two­hectare block of manuka,

bordering aneighbour’s QE2

covenant.

The couple have four

children, James, aged 15,

Lucas, 13, Isaac, 10, and

Victoria, 8.

As with previous

generations, the children are

home­schooled until they are

old enough to go to boarding

school, due to the farm’s

isolation.

‘‘It’s agreat lifestyle,

whether it’s doing stock work,

out on the tractor, mustering

with ponies or going for a

hunt, there’s lots to do.’’

And then there’s the lake

that formed after the

earthquakes, when alandslip

Taking adip ... The Kelly children, James, aged 15, Isaac, 10, Victoria, 8, and Lucas, 13, enjoy

swimming in their earthquake lake.

PHOTO:REBEKAH KELLY

dammed the river, creating a

lake wide enough and long

enough for awater­ski lane.

‘‘It warms up enough in the

summer to go for adip and it’s

flat enough on the lake’s edge

to pitch atent.’’

Rebekah says the

earthquake created ‘‘a whole

bunch of chaos and work,’’

but they are coming out the

other end, having dealt with

lots of land movement,

fencing damage and water

tanks destroyed.

The so­called ‘‘great wall of

Waiau’’, which caught the

attention of University of

Canterbury geologists, runs

through Woodchester from

Leader Rd to the new lake.

‘‘Our water system tanks —

30,000 litre tanks —split in

half like an apple and

pipelines snapped in half.’’

It took several months until

new tanks and piping were

installed, pumping water

from anew source.

She says 90 percent of farm

fences were damaged, but the

farm is gradually being refenced

and they hope to

complete the work next

autumn.

The Covid­19 lockdown has

meant quake repairs to the

house of her uncle, Linton

Gardiner, have been put on

hold.

Next autumn they hope to

begin work to repair the wool

shed and then their own

house.

‘‘And then we will go, ‘at

last the earthquake is over’,’’

Rebekah says, optimistically,

until the next challenge.

The Kellys have taken over

the running of the farm from

Rebekah’s parents, Jonathan

and Sarah Gardiner, who

have retired to Hanmer

Springs, and Linton

Gardiner.

Rebekah holds arecreation

management degree from

Lincoln University and

worked in events

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Emergency centre

activated by council

By DAVID HILL

The Waimakariri District Council has

activated an emergency operations centre

in response to the state of national

emergency beingextended.

Waimakariri district civildefence

controller Nick Harrison says

preparations to activate the centrebegan

when the state of nationalemergencywas

initially declared two weeksago.

‘‘While the council is focused on

maintaining essential services, we will

also now be further supporting the

nationwide civil defence movement

against Covid­19 and activating local civil

defence measures where needed.’’

He says the centre provides acentral

placefor individuals, agencies and others

in need to contact for support.

‘‘This is an unprecedented situation and

quitedifferent from other civil defence

activations as it’s one where we need to

keep people safe in theirbubbles while

trying to connect with them and offer

support. In saying that, there are alot of

avenues of help available to our residents

and we are looking for those who need

help to connectthem with these services.

‘‘Oneway civildefenceishelping

already is by providingtemporary

assistanceatthe request of local

supermarkets.’’

The emergency operations centre is also

providingsupport to local food banks and

anticipates this will continue in coming

weeks, Mr Harrison says.

Waimakariri residentswho needhelp

can callthe council on 0800 965 468 to talk

to the welfare support team,orcall the

helpline on 0800 242 411.

Rates reliefisbeingoffered to

Waimakariri ratepayers facing financial

hardship because of Covid­19.

Mayor Dan Gordon says he is awarethe

next rates instalment,due at the end of

June, is worrying some ratepayers.

‘‘There are waysthat we can help

immediately that willprovide peoplewith

reliefand breathingspace. We are also

reviewing budgetsand looking to make

changes and defer projects whichwill

make any increasesfor thecomingyear as

low as possible.’’

Options could include deferring

payment of the nextinstalment, arates

rebatefor gross household incomes below

$35,000, spreading payments over the

instalment period, reducing the frequency

or amount of direct debit payments, or

investigatingother forms of financial

assistance suchastalking to your bank.

Residentsconcerned about their ability

to pay their nextrates bill are encouraged

to discuss it with the council on 0800

965 468.

Kairaki Beachvehicleaccesswas closed

last week to complywith government

guidelineswhich discourage any activity

that may trigger an emergency callout.

Vehicles spottedonthe beach are

causing concern, indicatingsome people

are not following alertlevel4guidelines.

To preventthis activity, the entrance has

been temporarily fenced off.

Peoplewho livelocally may stillwalk to

their local beach, whilefollowing physical

distancing rules, but driving on the

beaches is not allowed.

The government saysswimming, fishing,

surfing, boating, tramping,hunting and

hikingare prohibited activitiesunder alert

level 4. Visitthe government’sofficial

Covid­19 website to learn more.

Street theatre ... SportSuziewows the crowd in the Good StreetWalkway Busker Zone

during the 2018 Waimakariri WinterFestivalExtravaganzaDay. The councilislooking for

ideasabout how to use Good Streetmore as acommunity space.

PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP

Ideas for Good St sought

By SHELLEY TOPP

Waimakariri peopleare being askedto

contribute ideas for the new community

spaceplannedfor Rangiora’sGood

Street walkway.

‘‘We really want the community to

help us decide,’’ Waimakariri District

Council business and centresadviser

Vanessa Thompson says.‘‘Allideas are

on the table as long as they can be selffunded.’’

Funding channels which may be

available to assistinthe development of

ideasfor the area include the Creative

Communities FundingScheme,

Enterprise NorthCanterbury

Contestable EventsFunding and the

Rata Foundation.

Some ‘‘general ideas’’ already put

forward include adisplay area for

outdoor photographicand art

exhibitions, asmall scented­garden,

space for street performers, asmall

puppet theatre, and aplace to screen

films outdoors.

Other requests have included more

seatingareas, greenery,water features

and upgrades to the paving.

The finaldesign is likelytobeformed

fromamix of community feedback and

whatispractical and safe to implement.

‘‘Councilwouldwelcome more

regularuse of the spacebythe

community,but, of course, any proposed

use would needtowork aroundexisting

businesses operating in that area.

‘‘Westill have to go throughabudget

approvalprocess with council to secure

budgettoupgradethe closed­inpart of

GoodStreet. All going well, we would

hopetostart physicalworks in the latter

halfof2021.’’

At thisstage it is uncertain whether

Covid­19 will have an impact on the

budget­request timelines.

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MAYOR CRAIG MACKLE

Each of us has to do our

bit to stop this disease

Covid­19 haschangedeverything in avery

shortspaceoftime, and things continue to

change overnight.

I’ve beenworking closely with council

chiefexecutive AngelaOosthuizen to

ensure thatservicesare maintained, and

the community is supported in these

challenging times.

In somerespects, it is still business as

usual, but on the other handthis crisis has

created awhole new way of working.

Covid­19 is anew illness that can affect

your lungs and airways. It has proved

devastating in other parts of the world and

it is critical we do our bit to combatthis

deadly disease.

The most important thing we can do to

help breakthe transmissionprocessis

this: Stay home.

For our community members, who like

to be on the ground and in action, thisis

hard at times, buteveryonethat Ihave

been speaking to on the phone has

expressedthe same commitment to halting

the spread of Covid­19.

It is not goingtobeeasy. This crisis is not

goingtodisappear in amonth, but every

chance we havetoslow the transmission

saveslivesand ensures our national health

system will be available for those who

need it most.

The Kaikoura District Council has been

working closely with KaikouraHealth to

ensure thatthe health centre is readyto

deal with any cases as they eventuate. Staff

from both organisationshave been

working in conjunction with other local

agencies and groups to support vulnerable

people in the community.

Volunteers have been delivering

groceries, pickingupmedication and

providingsupport to those in our

community who need it most.

We needtobeawareofwhat we are

doing rightnow. Sure, takeawalk but stay

away from other people and try not to

touch handrails, playgrounds and seats.

Ifind it goodtolook at the news once a

day, so Iremain informed but not

overwhelmed.

Every day at 1pm Iwatch the latest

presentation from the government and

alwaysrefertothe Covid­19 website if I

have any questions.

Ihave beenspending alot of time on the

phone checking in with friendsand family

—somuch so that the floor of my kitchen

has quiteasheen frompacing whileItalk.

My shed has alsonever lookedsoclean,

and DIY chores around the house have

finally beengiven attention more than

three years after the earthquakes.

Staying home definitely has itsbenefits!

My last thought is,let’s get through this

together. We’ve had sometough times over

the lastfew years, but we can do this.Be

kind, be thoughtful,and look out forone

another. Enjoy each day. Everyday above

groundisagood day, even if you are in a

bubble.

The KaikouraDistrict Council,

Neighbourhood Support and Kaikoura

Healthhave been workingtogetherto

ensureresidents across the districthave

accesstohelp and welfare needstoget

them through the lockdown. Volunteers

and anyone requiring assistanceare urged

to contactJoanna.York@kaikoura.govt.nz.

Jo is providingco­ordinationfor those

who want to help, ensuring that the

movement of people throughoutthe

districtremainlow.

Thank you for publishing

Dear Editor,

Congratulations on getting out your

North Canterbury News for Thursday,

April 2.

Keeping us informed of local news is

much appreciated.

As your Rangiora office is within my

community walk, Itook some extra

copies from the stand for my

neighbours’ letter boxes. Iamtold they

enjoyed the paper while in lockdown.

Yours,

IThompson,

Rangiora

Challenges

mount for

recycling

By ROBYN BRISTOW

The Hurunui District Council is storing

as muchrecycling as possible afterits

Material RecoveryFacility suspendedits

recyclingsorting operations.

Kerbsidecollections are continuing,

but recycling bags willnot go to Eco

Central to be processed.All greater

Christchurch councilsare affected.

The announcement comes as the result

of a‘‘perfect storm’’ of challenges,

including the riskofexposing staff who

manuallysort rubbishfrom recycling to

the Covid­19virus,tighteracceptance

criteria fromoverseasrecycling

facilities, lowerprices and limited

access to overseas ports.

Despite the setback, it is business as

usualinthe district, with the council

sortingand storing as much recycling as

possible to avoid it going to landfill.

Residents are asked to help by storing

as muchrecycling as they can at home.

However, when they run out of space,it

will be collected at kerbside as normal.

Council chief operations officerDan

Harris says the council continues to

battle recycling challenges in relationto

Covid­19, but can, with help from

residents, continue storing recycling

untilEco Central reopens.

“We want to keep our services as

normal as possible, but we do ask that

residents temporarilyhold on to

whatever they can at the moment.

“We have kept our transfer stations

open,but we are having problems with

residents not sticking to essentialwaste.

We understand it feels likethe perfect

time for agarage clean­out or abig

garden tidy­up,but the transfer stations

can’tservicethese at the moment as we

are open for essential waste only.

“The district’s recycling is beingstored

in largecontainersatour Amberley

Transfer Station until Eco Central can

take it again.

“Now,more thanever, it is critical that

any recycling kept at home or put out for

collection is clean and contains no

residual foodwaste. We needtosend

contaminated recycling to landfill.”

Mr Harris says continuationofservices

is atop priority, which was whythe

council will keepkerbsidecollection

going. It is also investigating alternative

homesfor some recycling materials,

specifically food and drink cans.

“It is possible in the interim for the

council to sendclean food and drink cans

to our metal merchant. If residents put

food and drink cans in aseparate

recyclingbag,this will helpussave space

in storage andensure some material gets

recycled sooner ratherthan later.”

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NEWS

6 North Canterbury News, April 9, 2020

Lockdown brings a ‘new normal’

All quiet ... The

eerie sight of a

deserted High

Street in Rangiora

during lockdown.

PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP

Waiting patiently ... Shoppers line up outside PAK’nSAVE in

Rangiora durng lockdown.

PHOTO: CLAIREOXNAM

Kaikoura sunrise ... The perfect picture to capture during an early­morning stroll: The sight

of the Old Wharf at Kaikoura justbefore sunrise.

PHOTO:ANDREWSPENCER PHOTOGRAPHY

Showing appreciation ... Abig thank­you to all essentialservice workers on aRangiora garden

fenceonthe corner of West Belt and HarrodPlace.

PHOTO: SHELLEYTOPP

Lockdown engineering ... The Taylor girls, Florence, left, and Greta, from Ohoka, show

the hefty weight­bearing capacity of their Lego bridge.

PHOTO:CLAIRE OXNAM

Tapedoff

...

Playground

equipment

is off­limits

during the

lockdown.

PHOTO:SUPPLIED

Lockdown special ... Making grandpa's lemon curd has helped pass the time for one

Ashley Downs grandfather.

PHOTO: CLAIRE OXNAM


NEWS

North Canterbury News, April 9, 2020

7

Abeary friendly welcome to all

Camp chair ... A

pair of bears have a

front row seat in

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Cute bear... Seven­month­old Blake Ealam makes atimely

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Bear family ... Afamily of bears surveys the world.

Solitary pursuit ... Alone bear watches the world pass by in Pegasus.

Here to serve ... Atoy at the

Rangiora Police Station.

Australian style... Abear and koala greet passers­by.

Friends ... Luke the tiger, left, was lookingfor friends and they graduallygatheredbesidehim

at North Canterbury News journalist DavidHill’shouse lastweek.

PHOTO:DAVIDHILL

Friendly fellow ... Acolourful rabbit takes in the views.


COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD APRIL 92020

Waimakariri District Council

Turns Focus to Community Need

There have been significant changes and

adjustments made by all of us in the united fight

against COVID-19.

We understand that many residents are

concerned about paying bills and we want to

provide some relief and options when it comes

to rates.

There are anumber of ways we can help -

including deferring payment. Give our team a

call on 0800 965 468 or email rates@wmk.govt.

nz to talk through the options available.

Council staff are looking closely at our Dra

Annual Plan 2020/21 (the document which sets

budgets and in turn rates for the coming year)

to see if there are any changes wecan make to

defer projects or reduce spending to bring any

increases to as low alevel as possible.

Our Dra Annual Plan 2020-2021 is currently

out for consultation and we want to hear from

you. We’ve extended this until Tuesday 14April

to give residents additional time toprovide

their feedback.

If you have any concerns, feedback orthoughts

you can share these at waimakariri.govt.nz/

letstalk. The Council will review the revised

budgets and your feedback before setting rates

for the coming year 2020/21.

We now have anEmergency Operations Centre

(EOC) up and running inthe District. This is

focussing on connecting people who need help

and support to the right service.

We are working with local support agencies,

staff, volunteers and businesses to make sure

that vulnerable people have what they need to

get through the Level 4lockdown. We can help

with things like delivering groceries, picking up

medicines, arranging abuddy tocheck inwith

you byphone, connecting you to aspecialist help

service orhelp with financial advice.

So if you are, or know anyone who is, vulnerable,

isolated or struggling during the lockdown

please call the helpline on 0800 24 24 11 or our

Customer Services Team on 0800 965 468.

Just areminder too that even though the roads

are quieter, treat them asyou normally would.

Stay focused onthe task at hand and follow the

road rules.

Please stay home, follow the rules, be kind

and take care of each other.

SUPPORT SERVICES

Support for families

Locally there are people who can help:

• Presbyterian Support 03 313 8588

• Age Concern Canterbury 0800 80 33 44.

Local food banks

Kaiapoi:

• Kaiapoi Community Support 03 327 8945

or kcs.coord@wellbeingnc.org.nz

• StVincent de Paul Society 03 327 5124,

03 327 2177 or frankbrown@snap.net.nz

Rangiora:

• Hope Trust 03 313 4997, 022 639 9844

or gail@hctcounselling.co.nz

• StVincent de Paul Society 03 312 8342,

027 229 8198, mpblake@clear.net.nz or

kellycolleen@xtra.co.nz

• Salvation Army Rangiora 03 313 6947,

june.lang@salvationarmy.org.nz or

christine.demaine@salvationarmy.org.nz

Oxford:

• Oxford Community Trust 03 312 3006,

021 995 972 or jo@oxfordtrust.co.nz

Business support

• ENC Business Support team at:

office@enterprisenc.co.nz

• For alist of useful and regularly updated

links specific to businesses dealing with

COVID-19 visit the ENC COVID-19 page.

We can all

slow the

spread

Weall need to worktogether ifwe want to slowthe spread

of COVID-19. Unite againstthe virusnow.

Be kind. Check-in

on theelderly

or vulnerable

Find outmoreat

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Washing and

drying your hands

killsthe virus

Coughorsneeze

into your elbow

Stay home

if youare sick

We are here to help. You can contact us

in anumber of ways:

• Rangiora Service Centre

office@wmk.govt.nz, 0800 965 468

• Orsearch for us on facebook

@WaimakaririDistrictCouncil

• Try our online options waimakariri.govt.

nz/services/online-services

• Snap Send Solve App.

Temporary accommodation

• For help to self-isolate if you can’t in

your own homes or are travellers visiting

New Zealand and do not already have

suitable self-isolation accommodation

arranged. You can find out more at

temporaryaccommodation.mbie.govt.nz/

covid-19/

National helplines

• There is adedicated Healthline 0800

number for COVID-19 health advice and

information -0800 358 5453. This is

supported by online at covid19.govt.nz.

For other health related issues call

0800 611 116

• ‘Need to talk?’ service on 1737 to talk with

atrained counsellor

• Mental Health Crisis Line phone or text

7174 available 24 hours

• Youthline 0800 376 633 or free text 234.

Their website also has aweb chat facility

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RURAL LIFE

North Canterbury News, April 9, 2020

Contest canned for first time in 52 years

By DAVID HILL

The 2020 FMG YoungFarmer

of the Yearcontest has become

acasualty of the global

coronavirus pandemic.

New Zealand Young

Farmers(NZYF) has made the

difficult decision to cancel the

prestigious event for the first

time in the competition’s

52­yearhistory, chiefexecutive

Lynda Coppersmith says.

The decision means the

three SouthIsland regional

finals —Tasman, Aorangi and

Otago/Southland —will not be

held.

The four North Island

regional finals were held prior

to largegatherings being

cancelled.

The grandfinal was due to be

held in Christchurch in July,

with the city now announcedas

the host for the 2021 contest.

‘‘I appreciate this decision

will be disappointing for

everyone involved with the

contest, but for the safetyof

competitors, volunteers,

spectators and sponsors it’s

the right thing to do,’’ Lynda

says.

‘‘I’d like to acknowledge all

of our competitors this year

and in particularhighlight the

effortsofour four grand

finalists for 2020, who support

the decision and appreciate

the uniquesituation we’reall

in.

‘‘We also want to thank our

South Islandregional finalists

for their patience as we

worked through the

Local contender ... Dean

Gardiner was North Canterbury’s

finalist in the Tasman region

Young Farmer of the Year final.

The Covid­19 outbreak has seen

the 2020 competition canned ,

including all three South Island

regional finals.

PHOTO: FILE

postponement of their regional

finals.’’

The cancellation means the

contest will startagain, leading

up to the 2021 grandfinal,with

those who qualified from

regional finalsand the grand

final needing to re­qualify.

But the NZYF board has

agreedtosome flexibility

aroundage and qualification

restrictionsfor next year’s

contest, Lynda says.

‘‘Giventhis is an

unprecedented situation, the

board has agreedtoshow

flexibility with aone­year age

extension and also to revoke

the number of grand final and

regional finalqualifications

for the 28 competitors affected.

‘‘Thisflexibility willapply to

2020 grandfinalists and those

who have qualified for the

cancelled regional finals.

‘‘These are trying timesfor

so many of us right now, and we

could not run the contest, nor

begin planning to rearrange it,

without the supportofour

sponsors and I’d liketothank

them for that support.’’

Youngsters online

The agrikids and junior

young farmer of the year

contests will continueas

onlinecompetitions.

Followingthe cancellationof

large gatherings, the Tasman,

Aorangi and Otago/Southland

contests were movedonline,

with schoolteams still ableto

compete and winners for each

regionselected.

Lynda says the competitions

in this format have been

successful and she thankedthe

teachers,supervisorsand

pupilsinvolvedfor takingpart.

This has set apathway to

allow the grand finals to be

hostedonline, which NZYF

and the sponsors are working

together to organise.

OxfordArea School’s future

farmers team has been named

the winner in the Tasman

regionagrikidscompetition,

which was held online

recently.

Demand in the NZ and Chinese log markets is strong

9

Welding ... Matt Redmond, of theAmuriBasinYoung Farmers Club, does

some welding as he assembles asprinklerinearlierrounds of lastyear’s

YoungFarmer of the Year competition. He wentontocompete in the

Tasman regional final.

PHOTO:FILE

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The domestic log market will be boosted with post covid-19

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will have been used. This points toward strong prices.

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Will Council's Plan Review stop 4.0ha lots?

Are lifestyle blocks athing of

the past?

There isanew District Plan coming, and we expect

major changes to the minimum lot size for rural

subdivisions, in some or most parts of the District.

It is intended for release mid 2020 (around June)

however this may be delayed due to the national

Covid-19 lockdown.

So, if you own 8.0 or more hectares (20 acres) of

rural land in Waimakariri District and you’ve been

considering subdividing, now is the time to have a

chat to your local surveyors, Survus Consultants

about your options.

What is theWaimakariri District

Plan?

The District Plan is the Council’s planning rulebook

and governs how people can build on or develop

land in North Canterbury.

As well as making sure that future development is

sustainable and protects our natural resources for

generations to come, the Plan ensures that new

development meets regulatory requirements like

our National Planning Standards and the Resource

Management Act. It also supports growth in the

region - the Waimakariri District is booming and

needs arobust set of rules to make sure it can

continue to grow well into the future.

The District Plan is reviewed every 10 years to

make sure it’s up to date with the needs of the

community, and current regulations. It’s under

review at the moment, with the updated plan

scheduled for release in mid-2020.

We’ve had a thorough read of the Waimakariri

2048 District Development Strategy -which is the

Council document that underpins the District Plan -

and we expect the new plan to include changes to

the rules and requirements around subdivisions.

What are the currentrules for

rural subdivisions?

The current Waimakariri District Plan allows for

rural subdivision and building, with a lot and

dwelling density of 4.0ha being required (and

certain other criteria).

What are the proposed

changes?

Until the updated Plan isreleased, we won’t know

the full details -but there are strong indications

that the minimum lot size for subdivisions will

increase.

Simply put: it’s likely that if you want to

subdivide, 8.0 hectares (2 x4ha lots) will no

longer be enough -you’ll need alarger piece of

land.

The Waimakariri 2048 District Development

Strategy says;“While lifestyle lots are afeature of

the District and many enjoy the open spaces, the

most frequent comment made during early

community consultation was adesire to restrict

Dan and Craig from Survus Consultants on site discussing aproject.

further subdivision of rural land into lifestyle lots [...]

Based on the feedback received the Council will

explore increasing the minimum rural lot sizes in

parts of the District.”

Council also noted that over the last decade, 73% of

all new rural houses were on lots between 4-4.99

hectares in size and that if this trend continues

more than 3600 new lifestyle lots would be

created by 2048.

What does this mean for you?

If you own 8.0ha or more of rural zoned land, &

have been considering subdivision, don’t waste

time. Mid 2020 is not far away, and the Council

require a fair amount of information to go to

Council in support of asubdivision application.

If you secure your subdivision consent now, it’ll be

valid for five years -sowhile you don’t have to

subdivide straight away you can lock in your

consent before the rules change, and preserve your

slice of rural paradise!

Give our friendly team acall or an email and we

can talk you through the application and consent

process. 0508 SURVUS or hello@survus.co.nz


Strong performance ... Culverden couple Tim Murdoch and Tania Riddington were

runners­up in the share farmers category in the 2020 Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Industry

Awards.

PHOTO:FILE

Couple’sstrengths

shine through

By DAVID HILL

ACulverden couple has beennamed

runners­up in the sharefarmers

category in the2020Canterbury/North

OtagoDairyIndustry Awards,

announcedlast month.

TaniaRiddington, afinalist in 2017,

andher partnerTim Murdoch won$4250

in prizeswhen thefinal results were

announcedoverthe interneton

Thursday,March26. Theofficial awards

dinner,scheduled for theprevious

week, wascancelled because of the

coronavirus outbreak.

Thecoupleare 50/50sharemilkers for

Tania’s father Ken Riddington on his

140­hectare propertyatCulverden,

milking 480cows.

Thecouplesee their combined

qualifications, backgrounds and

experiencesasastrengthfor their

business.

‘‘Weare bothdrivenand work well

together. We bothworkinthe business

andbring differentstrengths, making for

astrongpartnership.’’

Thecoupleaim to owntheirownfarm

within the next five years.

‘‘Welove workingoutdoorsand have a

love for animals.Farming is in our

blood.’’

Taniaand Tim also won theLIC

recording andproductivity award and

theRavensdown pasture performance

award.

Rangiora’sPrabhdeep Singhwas

named runner­up in the dairy trainee

❛We love working outdoors

and have alove for animals.

Farming is in our blood.❜

category,winning$1625 in prizes.

Prabhdeep was born and raised on a

small­scale cropand dairyfarmin

Punjab, in northernIndia,andhas

worked in theNew Zealand dairy

industry since 2016.

Heworks for Pamu FarmsofNew

Zealand, formerly Landcorp, on a

567­hectare1010­cow farm,whereheis

second­in­charge.

Heentered the awardstonetworkwith

other people in the industry.

‘‘I got theopportunity to competewith

other trainees,meetnew peopleand

broaden myknowledge. It hasgiven me

the confidenceto further my studiesand

career.

‘‘Itmakes me happy lookingathow far

Ihavepushed myself and succeeded in a

short spanoftime.Itisgoodtosee the

results of your hard work.’’

Prabhdeepsaysitischallengingto

adapt to alarge­scalefarmingoperation

in NewZealand.

‘‘The technologiesand NewZealand

systemshavebeen incredible to learn.

‘‘Itis goodtosee the rulesand

regulations thatthedairyindustry has in

place to make sure thereis good useof

natural resources.’’

RURAL LIFE

North Canterbury News, April 9, 2020 11

Help available for rural GPs

The New Zealand RuralGeneral Practice

Network is concerned Covid­19 will have a

serious impactonthe abilityofrural New

Zealanders to get the medical care they

need compared to those in urbancentres.

The network is working closelywith

ruralhealthcarepractices to ensure they

have the staff and resources to care for

theirpatients.

Chiefexecutive DaltonKelly says the

network already has afabulous poolof

medical staff ready to helpacross rural

areasifthings getworse.

The network is also receiving offers of

help from urbanhealthcareprofessionals

whosemain jobs have sloweddown as

surgical procedures are cancelled and

patient consultationsinpractices have

significantly reduced.

“It’saperverse outcomethat in the

middle of apandemic outbreak we have a

surplus of primary healthcare

professionalsinour cities.Wehave areal

opportunity to use their skills and good

will to lookafter our ruralcommunities

whereCovid­19islikely to cause real

challenges to the smallermedical teams.

“ManyofNew Zealand’s rural practices

rely on avery small numberofhealthcare

professionalsand thatnumber is

droppingevery year.

‘‘Helping rural practices accessthe

skills and expertiseofurban doctors,

nurses and practice managers willhelp

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RURAL LIFE

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Lockdown forces arethink

around communication

By DAVID HILL

ThePostQuakeFarming Project

is looking at new ways to

communicate withfarmers as the

projectbeginstowinddown.

Like so many other work

environments, project manager

Michael Bennett says theCovid­

19 lockdown has forced arethink,

as theproject looks to bring its

initiatives to fruitioninits final

12 months.

“The project will be wrapped

up next autumn. But we are

having to rethink how we do it,

because it’s highly unlikely that

we will be able to hold extension

eventsthis winter.

“We don’t know when the

governmentwill lift its

restrictions andevenwhenthey

do,therewill bechallenges in

holding large gatherings as

peoplewillunderstandably be

cautious.”

When the lockdown was

announced, Michael says he

spent adaytrying to organise

videoto communicate with

farmers via social media.

But it soon became apparent

that it was not goingtowork.

NorthCantebury radio station

Compass FM came to rescue and

broadcast the firstofaseries of

❛I’m really worried

about Hanmer Springs

and Kaikoura and all

those sort of people in

accommodation and

tourism operations.❜

—MichaelBennett

podcasts last Saturday between

7am at 8am.

The second podcast, this

Saturday from 7am, will focuson

farm succession,while overthe

next two weeks native

biodiversityand biodiversity

managementplansand, finally,

horticulture suitability

assessments willbe discussed.

Michael says thereare plansto

have these topicsonvideo tobe

shared on Facebook in the

coming weeks.

The project groupis planning

to produce some publications,

video and more podcasts instead

of holding large gatherings as it

looks to communicate its work to

farmers before it wrapsup.

Butthere aresomeon­farm

projects whichMichael hopes

will proceed once the lockdown

is lifted, including biodiversity

management plans, where a

farmer worksone­on­onewithan

ecologist. “Itwould begood to

haveit discussed at aworkshop,

but thatmay notbe possible.”

Thebulk of theongoing

horticulture suitability

assessment work and tourism

projects can be completed on a

one­on­one basis, oncethe

lockdownis over, while the

carbon forestry project work can

be completed without large

gatherings, he says.

Overall,Michaelbelieves the

rural sectorisin agoodspace,

but he is concerned for the

immediate future of the tourism

sector in the region.

“The farmers in our project

were concerned by the drought,

but they’ve had the raininthe

last coupleofweekssothey’re in

amuchbetter place.

‘‘ButI’m really worriedabout

HanmerSprings and Kaikoura

and allthose sort of peoplein

accommodation and tourism

operations.”

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14 North Canterbury News, April 9, 2020

Expo, festival cancelled

By SHELLEY TOPP

This year’s Kaiapoi Art Expo and the

Waimakariri Winter Festival have been

cancelled because of the Covid­19

outbreak.

The art expo decision was made at a

recent meeting of the Waimakariri Arts

Trust, which manages the event.

‘‘We get alot of support from sponsors

and at our recent meeting to decide the

fate of the 2020 expo we decided that it

would no doubt be more difficult this

year,’’ deputy chairwoman Jackie

Watson said.

‘‘Added to that is the uncertainty of the

future, restrictions on public movement

etc.’’

Although postponing the event to later

in the year was discussed, it was decided

this would be too difficult as so much has

to be organised months ahead.

Artists who had already entered and

paid for this year’s event, which was to

have been held in mid­July, have been

reimbursed.

However, next year’s expo dates of

July 17 and 18 have already been

Agencies work together

The Kaikoura District Council and other

agencies are working to ensure

vulnerable residents across the district

have access to help and welfare services

to get themthrough the lockdown.

Together with the council,

Neighbourhood Support/Gets Ready

and Kaikoura Healthhave been working

closely with Te Ha oMatauranga,Te

WharePutea, Maoriwardens, RedCross

and Regional CanterburyCivil Defence

to help residents.

KaikouraDistrict Council chief

executive AngelaOosthuizen says the

focusisonkey communities, including

the elderly, those with healthissues,

social vulnerabilities, those with a

disabilityand peopleunable to access

adequate transport support.

‘‘Help and welfare needs can include

food,water,clothing, medication or

othermedicalneeds,baby or infant

needs, or pet food, veterinary care,or

shelter. So, if you need something, get in

touch,’’ Ms Oosthuizen says.

Volunteers and anyone requiring

assistanceare urgedtocontact

joanna.york@kaikoura.govt.nz.

She saysalthoughthe council office

Emergency centre operating

No insurmountable problems have been

brought to the attention of the Hurunui

District Council’sEmergency Operation

Centre.

Council chief executive Hamish

Dobbie, who is the actingcentre

controller, says it is dealing with afew

casesaround food,heating, and clothing.

Some people are running outofmoney.

‘‘This is to be expected if people are

locked out of work. It is difficult,’’ he says.

Some people werealso becoming

concerned abouttheir mentalhealth

whileinlockdown.

However, on the whole peopleare

proving to be resilient in the Hurunui

district, withmany people having coped

before through the earthquakes and

droughts.

‘‘We’re not seeing huge problems up

here.Just occasional oneswhere people

are struggling abit, not healthwise, but in

the welfare area.’’

Mr Dobbie says if anyone needs help

they shouldcall 0800 242 411, and theywill

be put in touchwith the Hurunui centre

for any welfare issues.

Some workwas also being donewith

accommodation providers, to ensure

confirmed by organisers.

It is the first time the art expo has been

cancelled in 16 years.

‘‘We are very disappointed but we

couldn’t see an alternative,’’ Jackie said.

Waimakariri Winter Festival

organiser Karl Horwarth said

uncertainty about the Covid­19 crisis

was behind cancelling the Rangiora

event, traditionally held around the

same time as the Kaiapoi Art Expo.

‘‘We didn’t think it was wise to start

the planning now, recruit all the

volunteers, committee members, and do

hundreds of hours of work when there

was so much uncertainty.

‘‘We also think we would have alot of

difficulty raising the sponsorship we

needed for the event. So, it was a

horrible decision to have to make, but

we didn’t see any other way.’’

However, the possibility of aspring/

summer event in its place, maybe

combining it with the postponed

Waimakariri Festival of Colour, is being

considered.

‘‘But this would be very dependent on

funding,’’ Karl said.

doorsare locked, essentialwork was

continuing behind the scenes.

‘‘I am pleased with the effortsof

council staff to ensure ourservices are

maintained and the community is

supported.

‘‘We arealso focusing on what we

need to do now to support the

community and stimulate the recovery

of the local economy in the future.’’

Senior manager of operationsDave

Clibbery says council staff have

continued to operate water and

wastewaterservices largelyas

normal.

To help stop the spread of Covid­19

and protect staffatInnovative Waste

Kaikoura, the landfill site has been

temporaryclosed, Mr Clibbery says.

Thereisalimited weekly kerbside

collection of refuseinareasthat

previously received akerbside

collection of recycling.

Arefuse skip collection is being

supplied for fourrural recycling

facilities, including Suburban School

Recycling point, LyntonDowns,

Clarence and Kekerengu.

Find out more online at iwk.org.nz.

there were safe measures in placefor

peopleduring the lockdown.

‘‘Thisisatthe likes of camping grounds.

We are just makingsure people

understandand realise their obligations

duringthe lockdown.’’

Meanwhile, Mr Dobbiesays the council

will be discussingaCovid­19 rates

remission policy when it meets remotely

today via Zoom.

He saysthe council is concerned about

the impact of the lockdownonratepayers,

who will soon get another rate demand.

Anyonestruggling to pay should get in

touch withthe council. ‘‘Let us work

through thosedifficultieswith you,’’ he

says.

The impact of the Covid­19 lockdown

will probably be uneven acrossthe

district,MrDobbie says.

‘‘Tourismwill be hard hit, but other

sectors maynot be so much.

‘‘There are alot of avenuesofhelp

available to our residents.

“We arealso reminding our residents to

stay hometosave lives.

‘‘Thisdistrict has beenthrough hard

times beforeand together we can do it

again.”

Quake plan

ablueprint?

By DAVIDHILL

Canterbury’s mayorshavestarted

discussinghow they can work togetherto

support the region’s recoveryafter the

Covid­19 lockdownislifted,Waimakariri

MayorDan Gordonsays.

He says the three Greater Christchurch

mayorshavestarted discussions

on ajoint approachtosupport the wider

Canterbury region,using their

earthquake experiences as aguide.

‘‘We havediscusseditbetweenusas

mayors and we’vebeen talkingwith our

chiefexecutives andlookingatwhere

that might lead to, andsome thinking

around that.

‘‘It’s tooearly to tell for sure what that

mightlook like, but there’s alot of

similarities to the earthquakes and that

structure worked really well in our

district in supporting the community,

and the wider business community as

well.The blueprint is certainly there and

it’s aboutmakingsure it’s relevant to the

situation we are facing now.’’

Mr Gordon saysthe Canterbury

Mayoral Forumplanstomeet by

conference call on Friday, working

through the Good Friday holidaytokeep

the momentumgoing.

Waimakariri District Councilstaff

have been workingwith health

authorities to establishaCovid­19 testing

centre in the Coldstream Rd hockey

pavilioninRangiora.

Council staff are continuingtowork on

the draft 2020/21 annual plan and have

extendedpublic consultation by aweek

to April 14. Mr Gordon says staff have

been looking to see if there are changes

that can made to defer projects or reduce

spending to keepratesincreases down.

‘‘It’s still verymuch awork in

progress.’’

He says therehas been sometalk in

‘‘local government circles’’ about

extending time­frames beyond the June

30 deadline, for signing off annual plans

due to the Covid­19 lockdown.

‘‘My preference is to keep to the

existing timeframe because it givessome

certaintyand we have work to do, getting

on withthe (2021/31) Long Term Plan as

well.’’

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2271472

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All shooting at the club

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national body cancelling

all registered shooting

throughout New Zealand.

Please keep safe and well.

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