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By Mick Jensen
Foodbanks in Ashburton are
supporting people in need during the
lockdown and demand is growing.
The Ashburton Salvation Army
Foodbank hasexperienced a
significant increase in demand for its
Many of the people approaching
the foodbank have been clients of the
Salvation Army previously.
While the demand for food has
increased by 50 per cent, much of the
work of the Salvation Army officers
in Ashburton has been in reassuring
people and, in someinstances,
making sure vulnerable people are
able to receive online or phone order
deliveries from local supermarkets.
Major MichaelAllwright says
there are thosewho ring his office
who are afraid to go out to get
“Weknow of people who are not
wanting to leave their house at all.
Much of our work is reassurance and
helping those who are unable to get
out to get food,” he said.
The Salvation Army is asking all
people in need of food to call Winz
(0800 559 009) in the first instance, to
make sure they are receiving
additional support at this time.
St VincentdePaul Ashburton
president Mick Hanham said afulltime
staff member was making local
food deliveries and the Sallies service
would keep going.
He said 25 meals had been
delivered last week to existing and
some new clients.
‘‘Luckily we were given acattle
beast and so we’vebeen able to pass
on meat to people as well.’’
Mr Hanham said althoughthe
shop was closed, shop manager
Donna Collins was doingasterling
job with deliveries and following the
strict noncontact regulations in
National office was continually
monitoring the situation and needs,
and offering advice to branches
around the country.
Mr Hanham said he felt for all
those people doingittough and
urged people who needed help to call
St Vincent de Paul.
‘‘We are here to help people in
need and we will continue to do that
as long as we can, although the way
we do now is different from how we
used to do it,’’ he said. ‘‘If we can’t
help people, we can put them on to
other agencies who can.’’
People needing assistance can call
Vincent de Paul Ashburton on 027
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and short interview to determine
ACivil Defence helpline 0800
242411 has also been set up to assist
Mid Canterbury people access
essentials like food and medication.
Veronica Wall (left) with two of her Yale rowing team mates.
Wall’s US season cut short
By Mick Jensen
Ashburtonraised rowing ace
Veronica Wall has been forced
home from university in the USA
because of the coronavirus, but is
close to finishing arewarding first
year at Yale University.
Wall, who dominated single
sculls rowing at secondary school
level nationally while at Ashburton
College, was just about to start the
competitive college rowing season
in the eights when she was told the
season was over before it had really
‘‘We were getting on the water in
Tennessee when our coach got the
call to stop everything, and told to
get everyone back to Yale.
‘‘It was disappointing for our
rowing squad of 40 because we did
not really have the opportunity to
test ourselves against any
opposition and to see what we’re
capable of achieving.’’
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Planned rate rise pruned
Ashburton District Councillors
have moved to cut aplanned
rates rise to no more than 2.5 per
cent because of financial
hardship being caused in the
district by the Covid19
Council had planned a4.88
per cent rates increase but last
week councillors spent more
than an hour in robust debate
about whether they should
continue as planned for the
future good of the district, or cut
operating costs and borrow to
keep services up with azero
increase in rates.
Mayor Neil Brown used his
casting vote to vote against
keeping the 4.88 per cent rise
after councillors were locked at
55 voting on amotion by
Rodger Letham to stay the
Deputy mayor Liz McMillan
then moved to have the rate rise
set at no more than 2.5 per cent,
which she reasoned was about
the same as the rate of inflation.
Wall home, US season cut short
From Page 1
Walland the Yalerowers
had beentraining12 timesa
weekand wereall ready to go,
but circumstances intervened.
‘‘Wejust have to livewith it’’.
Wall, 20,said threecrazy
daysfollowed, and it was
obvious thingswere onlygoing
to get worse.
She contacted her parents
and got on aflight home.
She flewbackwith her
boyfriend, also astudent in the
USA,and selfisolated with
him for two weeks in aseparate
sleepout at her parents’ house.
‘‘I did manage to get a
couple of rows in at Lake Hood
after my selfisolation and
before the lockdown started,
but Idomiss not be abletoget
on the water.’’
Wallsaid she was staying fit
Mayor Neil Brown
This was passed seven votes to
three, with Mr Brown and
councillors Carolyn Cameron
and Angus McKay wanting their
against votes noted.
Those three had pressed for
something close to azero rate
rise and said tough times were
Fees and charges will rise
slightly next financial year, as per
Veronica Wall (in sunglasses) in the stroke seat of aYale boat.
by rowing indoors and by going
She was ‘‘loving lifeatYale’’
and had been living on campus
priortoher forced return
Life was fullon, really busy,
but fun and challenging.
budget decisions made for the
202021 financial year prior to
The smaller rate rise agreed
upon will partly come from a
reduction in interest costs
($400,000) and contributions to
Experience Mid Canterbury (the
agency presented to council in
private before the meeting).
Chief executive Hamish Riach
will decide other savings points,
They had received areport
from council’s finance boss Paul
Brake, who said money could
also be pruned from operating
costs by not employing aGIS
officer ($80,000), not giving
council staff pay rises ($735,500),
cutting $50,000 from the
Programme and cutting $45,000
from other council agencies like
the Ashburton Trust Event
Centre, Safer Community,
Ashburton Art Gallery and
Sports Mid Canterbury.
Councillors also voted to
She wasnow studying online
and hoped to complete her
first year papers at the end of
In that first year shehad
studiedabroad range of
subjects and was eyeing up a
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payments of rates instalment
four, due in May.
Areport to councillors said
council was already receiving
comments from ratepayers
stating the difficulty they will
face in being able to meet rate
commitments in the coming
Cr Letham said council’s
earlier budget had been modest
and fair and council already had
the ability to help those
struggling to pay rates. The
planned increase would add
between $3 and $10 amonth for
‘‘I don’t believe that is too
onerous and Ibelieve we can do
more good for our community by
having everything in place and
ready to move rather than
Councillors Leen Braam,
Lynette Lovett, Stuart Wilson
and Diane Rawlinson voted with
him in the first, failed
Final siren call for brigade stalwart Mac
Alan McQuarters receiving
his QSM in 2018.
Alan ‘‘Mac’’ McQuarters,
Queen’s Service Medal recipient
for servicestothe community,
patron of the Ashburton Fire
Museum and Variety Theatre
Ashburton, passedaway last
week at age 90.
Mr McQuartershad served
the Ashburtoncommunity for
morethan 60 years.
He was amember of the
Brigade from1954 to 1979 and
assisted the fire brigadeas
station keeper for 22 years, as
wellashelping to maintainthe
He was awarded the United
Fire Brigades' Association of
New Zealand GoldStar and
made alife member of the
Ashburton Brigade. He was a
member of the Ashburton
Savage Club for over65years
and helped establish the Plains
He played in the Ashburton
Silver Band for 30 yearsand was
Ashburton Operatic Society
Mr McQuarters was a
dedicated member of asmall
building of the AshburtonTrust
VolunteerFire Brigadeand the
Ashburton Fire Museumpaid
tribute to Mr McQuarters in
their own way; the morning
following his death the station
siren sounded to mark Alan’s
final call,and the Ashburton
Fire Museum posted on
Mr McQuarters’ lifewill be
celebrated at amemorial service
in the Ashburton Trust Event
Her second year was due to
start againinSeptember and it
would feature anumberof
science subjects, although she
was stillundecided which area
of science or medicine she
wanted to specifically focus on.
Wallsaid she continuedto
enjoy her rowing.
Eights was the big focusfor
Ivy League universities and a
big change for her.
‘‘I’m sweepingand not
sculling these days,and it’s not
but I’ve adapted well.’’
Wallsaid there werenine
boatsquadof12, including a
The men’s teamalso
featured anumber of
internationals, including four
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Green light for Tinwald
NZTA says the Lagmhor Road/
Agnes Street intersection on
State Highway 1atTinwald is
the best place for traffic lights
and will talk to landowners in
the area soon; work could be
under way next year on the
representatives met with
Ashburton District councillors
last week and gave them more
detail about the project, which
was one of two Mid Canterbury
road safety works tagged for
funds by government earlier
this year. The other project is
traffic lights at Walnut Avenue
and the state highway designs
for this are ready to go.
But traffic solutions at
Tinwald have been complicated
and investigations go back at
least five years. Some people
believe traffic controls at
Grahams Road would be safer.
NZTA’s Michael Blyleven
said both projects centred on
issues motorists, pedestrians
and cyclists had getting on or
across the highway safely.
The agency was completing
establishment reports on both
projects. These would be
followed by detailed project
See your doctor
Kiwis over 60 need to keep
seeing their GP during
lockdown because their
longterm health depends
on it. That’s the message
from health authorities
and doctors, who say older
New Zealanders need to
keep on top of health
Royal New Zealand
College of General
Betty said Healthline had
reported an upswing in
chronic care issues
because people were
waiting too long to ask for
“Delaying making an
The intersection of Lagmhor Road and Agnes Street with State Highway 1atTinwald.
delivery plans. Council would
Cr Stuart Wilson said it
seemed completely wrong to
install lights at Lagmhor Road,
given there was arestaurant
and service station and rail line
appointment with your GP
is not good for anyone and
delaying or ignoring minor
issues can cause them to
escalate and require more
possibly in hospital.
“This is not helpful for
patients or the hospital
during apandemic so it is
paramount that patients
seek advice early and a
phone call to their GP is
Local doctors and the
Ministry of Health say it is
business as usual at
general practices, which
are open and safe but are
working differently during
the lockdown. Call first.
Mr Blyleven said lights there
would still enable breaks in the
highway traffic at peak times to
allow access from side streets.
It may increase traffic on other
local streets, including
McMurdo Street, leading to the
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Amore detailed design will
be shown to councillors in May
for their feedback.
The Walnut AvenueSH1
traffic lights project should also
get under way next year, if
discussions with KiwiRail over
Hopes pinned on domestic tourism
By Mick Jensen
It will be 12 months or more until
international visitor numbers
start to pick up, but tourist
operators can expect more
business to come through the
domestic market over the
coming months, says Mid
Canterbury tourism boss Bruce
Mr Moffat is encouraging
Kiwis to get out and to enjoy
their own backyard and the rest
of the country once movement
restrictions are lifted to allow it.
He said tourism was worth
$192 million annually to the Mid
Canterbury economy, with
domestic spend accounting for
$128m of that.
It made good sense for this
district and others to work more
on attracting domestic visitors,
The Experience Mid
Canterbury general manager
said he expected very strict
borders restrictions to be in force
for the rest of 2020 and possibly
beyond, but hoped the country
could be open to international
visitors by next summer.
The loss of the international
market would be felt heavily
nationwide, but through
domestic tourism would be also
be promoted heavily in the
‘‘Tourism NZ have been given
amandate by the Government to
look actively at opportunities for
the domestic market.
‘‘That has never happened
before and it sends out a
powerful message to operators.’’
marketing approach with
Christchurch NZ, Hurunui
district and other partners,
Experience Mid Canterbury was
aiming for ahigh end strategy to
attract more visitors to this
district. Marketing would start
first at alocal level, which
included Christchurch and
It would expand to aregional
level and into areas like Nelson,
Marlborough and West Coast,
and then finally into the full
There would be challenges
along the way, including for the
likes of Air New Zealand, which
was reducing its capabilities and
would take one to three months
to get its scheduling back in
place once given the goahead.
Mr Moffat said Methven iSite
had its worst summer on record,
partly due to online resources
and also because it did not
supply the retail products people
He hoped revenue would pick
up through the traditionally busy
winter months and ski season on
He said the Covid19 situation
was being handled well here and
the progress being made was
being watched around the world.
‘‘In many ways it tells the rest
of the world that we are dealing
with it and that this will be be a
safe country to visit further down
At arecent council meeting
Ashburton mayor Neil Brown
said although the district may
take ahiding from the impact of
coronavirus, it had agriculture,
milk, meat, arecent good
harvest, seeds and
manufacturing to help get
through tough times.
‘‘Tourism may need ahand
from agriculture for awhile. I
encourage people to support
local businesses and to shop
local, eat local and holiday
This district was in abetter
position to get through the
current situation than many
others, Mr Brown said.
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Association spokesman Tim
Kuipers is praising the
Government’s support for
distance learning in schools,
saying it ‘‘covers alot of
He said the
and in particularthose with
the least resources available
Hipkins hasrevealed a
distance learning package
that will increasethe
number of students who
have internet access and
devices, deliver hard copy
different year levels, fund
two televisionchannels to
online resources for parents
through the Learning from
Home website, andalso fasttrackwaystoconnect
Learning Support coordinators
Whileitmay struggle to
get resources to everyone,
the approach was to be
applauded, and also needed
‘‘to work from bothends’’,
said Mr Kuipers, who is the
principal at Ashburton
Schools alsoneeded to
as bestthey could.
All but twofamilies at his
school had the means to
He was encouraging his
teachers to continue to plan
two weeks ahead.
Mr Kuipers said some
schools in Christchurchhad
scenario and distance
learning for anumberof
weeksafter the Christchurch
earthquakes and had learnt
heardfrom are doing quite
well on the wholeduring
‘‘And Ibelieve thereare a
numberofthings we will be
able to take from these
will benefit education and
teaching in the longterm in
The benefits of online
understood and therewould
be more flexible learning
Technology was atool
that would continue to
teachers already had the
skills to be able to use it well,
Minister Hipkins has also
indicatedthat parents need
to preparetohave their
children at home for longer
than the fourweek
He has indicated while at
levelthree there would be
more flexibility,itwill still
take awhilefor most schools
to reopen, and therewillbe
aprogressive reopening of
the school system.
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The Ashburton District
Council willcall for
tenders in earlyJune for a
maintenance contract for
local roads around Mid
The current contract to
local roads is set to finish
at theend of November.
The new tenderwillbe
months. Early in this
meeting and network
to applyfor thecontract
will be giventhe
their proposals towards
theend of the tender
period. It is expected to
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Safety plan for weigh station
Ashburton District Councillors
are still not sold on aheavy
vehicle weigh station on the
north bank of the Rakaia River,
despite safety assurances by
police and the NZTA.
NZTA is proposing to drop
the speed limit from the
southern end of the Rakaia road
bridge to the northern end of the
overbridge to 80kmh.
Rural intersection active
warning signs, like on SH1 at
Burnham, would further reduce
the speed limit to 70kmh or
60kmh when trucks were
entering and exiting the weigh
station, councillors were told last
The weigh station is planned
on land on the eastern side of the
northern end of the bridge; up to
eight trucks an hour are
Councillors are concerned
that slowmoving trucks entering
and exiting the weigh station will
cause accidents and bottlenecks
on the bridge, an important
NZTA’s Graham Taylor said
the Rakaia station would be one
of 12 and aimed at catching
The proposed weigh station site near the Rakaia River bridge.
overweight vehicles. Being
overweight affected their ability
to brake safely and was aroad
He said about 40 per cent of
loaded trucks were overweight,
though it varied around the
Often offending vehicles
belonged to asmall number of
operators, who were then able to
be visited and asked to improve
Rakaia is considered ideal
because no trucks can escape
detection if they are crossing the
Rakaia River on SH1. On other
parts of the highway, there were
side roads to take to avoid the
“To enhance the safety of the
site, there is apermanent speed
limit reduction proposed,” Mr
Taylor said. The active warning
signs also raised drivers
awareness that something was
He said the site had been
visited by safety auditors and
traffic assessors, who proposed
lowering the speed limit. A
roundabout was also suggested,
but dismissed because of costs
and the possibility of adding
Heavy trucks on the highway
have their number plates
scanned leading up to the site,
the information is matched to
online weight data and select
vehicles are ordered to pull off
into the site for weighing.
Acceleration shoulders would
help them return to the highway
and rejoin traffic safely.
Mr Taylor said the weigh
station would have an operating
plan that would take into
account when highway traffic
was unusually busy. It might not
be practical to signal trucks to
pull over during those times.
Mayor Neil Brown said a
weigh station in Rakaia was a
safer site as councillors and local
police did not like the proposed
site. NZTA has asked to use land
on the southern side of the
bridge for aweigh station sign
alerting drivers if they had to pull
over for weighing.
NZTA will provide council
with the experts’ safety reports.
Speed record attempt on hold
Phil Garrett’splans to break the
record on aroad in Mid
Canterburyare on hold for12
former Ashburton man Rob
Small, were settomake the
record attempt earlierthis
month, before the Covid19
Thepair were ready to race
twohighly modifiedturbo bikes
on astretch of roadatPendarves
andwereaiming to clock
320kmh. The currentrecord
stands at 307kmh andwas set20
Phil Garrettsaidhis 19year
dreamwouldhave to wait and so
would thecovetedRed Hathe
waschasing for ridinga
motorbike at aspeedof200mph
Phil Garrett will reschedule.
He hadfirst learned that his
the Ashburton District Council
cancelledhis road closure permit
on March 23.
Hours later the Government
announced theintroduction of
movement restrictionsand thena
lockdown of thewhole country.
‘‘For thefirst fewmoments
after hearingthe news of the
lockdown Iwas stunned because
there hadbeen so muchwork
there would be nothingtoshow
‘‘I couldhave gotgrumpy and
angry,but quickly realisedthat
all that work hadn’t beenfor
nothing the planning was done,
the relationshipswehad forged
werestill in place, the localswere
still keenfor us to run and the
bikes would wait wehad alot of
thingstobegrateful for andalot
to be proud of.’’
Garrett saidheand the team
weredetermined to tackle the
record this time next year and
were‘‘looking forward to
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Like many of you, I’ve taken agreat
interest in the daily Covid19
broadcasts at 1pm. Usually fronted
by the DirectorGeneral of Health
Dr Ashley Bloomfield, they provide
an update of confirmed and
probable cases, and sadly on some
occasions adeath associated with
But one of the statistics Ifind
most remarkable is the cluster data
released each afternoon. The
Ministry of Health defines a
significant cluster as one that
involves 10 or more cases who are
linked because they have been in
the same place together.
Two of the better known clusters
to us here in Canterbury are of two
rest homes in east Christchurch,
which sadly have been linked to loss
Three other clusters stand out: a
wedding in Bluff, ahigh school in
Auckland, and abar in Matamata.
Incredibly just three clusters, just
three events or locations, account
for almost aquarter of all
nationwide Covid19 cases at the
time of writing.
That’s significant, and should
give us all cause for reflection.
While on the one hand it can be
seen as positive for purposes of
tracing, on the other it shows just
how contagious the virus is. It
shows that even one individual can
spread Covid19 to alarge number
of people in ashort space of time.
Locals here in Mid Canterbury
have done an exceptional job
coping with level 4measures put in
place three weeks ago. The vast
majority have followed advice,
stayed home, and stayed
connected. Food deliveries to the
elderly, phone calls to isolated
friends or neighbours, even a
friendly teddy bear in the window,
we’ve looked after one another as
best we can despite major
disruption to our home and work
As we hopefully now head into
the final stages of needing to stay
home, it’s critical we don’t put that
hard work, those sacrifices at risk.
One person carrying the virus can
spread it to 50, 70, 100 people if
they remain undiagnosed and not
Acough. Ahigh temperature.
Shortness of breath. Asore throat.
Loss of taste or smell. Sneezing or
If you have symptoms, please call
your GP or the Healthline on 0800
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The Courier has been catching up with people in our patch to see how they are spending their time in lockdown.
Music drownsout budgies
Paige Williams, student
Are you able to work from home?
Internet problems are basically
nonexistent, but sometimes my
favourite app, Webtoon, crashes;
other than that, it's mostly fine ...
apart from my family, and the noise
of our two budgies testing me.
What home chores have you been
I've been playing the guitar more
often recently –Igot it this year and
during lockdown have been learning
from YouTube. I’ve actually learnt
how to play ariff of White Stripes
song Seven Nation Army.
Any recommendations for filling
For music I've been tuning into a
particular YouTube channel called
xKito Music (it’s full of electronic
dance music). You should totally
check it out!
Tell us alighthearted or
otherwise memorable moment from
Keeping ourselves entertained in
different ways on avideo call, one of
my friends, without warning, put on a
purple wig, and another friend
showed her new selfstyled shoulder
length hair cut.
For amemorable moment, the
look on my Mum's face when I
showed her the wooden poppy I'd
built with Dad in the garage.
What do you miss most in
The thing Imiss the most would be
talking to my friends. Most of them
I’m able to connect with through
Google Hangouts, but it's not the
Paige Williams thinking of Anzac Day when building agiant wooden
poppy for the garden.
Individual Excellence in aSupportive Learning Environment
16 April 2020
Message From ThePrincipal
This is surely the most unusual time for any
school principal. As Iwrite this piece itappears
that29April maybethe time thatsomeat-school
There are many logistical challenges ahead for
Ashburton College. The first of these will simply
be beingabletotransportour students to College
if the Government lifts Level 4restrictions but
Level2or 3remain. In this instancemanyofour school bus drivers who
areover70may be unable to drivethe buses.
Another challenge is for cleaning staff, with every door handle and
touchable surface needing tobewiped down plus, ofcourse, all the
keyboards of our computers -and thereare over 200 of those on campus.
These are just asample ofthe many challenges faced by staff before
schoolopens again, and this is of course repeatedfor many schools.
Staff Work During the Break
During the break there has been much work by College staff toenable
distance-learning to begin. Most teachers have work available via Google
and other online platforms. Ofcourse this still requires the learner
themselves to access the lessons and the learning material.Weare very
fortunate to have many staff with the knowledge and experience of
distancelearning,and aspecific team leading the output of information
to the community, staff andstudents.
Iwould like to acknowledge the College’s two Heads of School, Abbey
Bruce and Carolyn Clough, plus our Office Manager Julie Hampton who
have been instrumental in compiling alist of students/families who
are not able to access learning devices while at home. Asrequested,
the names and addresses ofthese families have been forwarded to the
On Physical Return to School
When we do return to school, indications are that there will be
restrictions on gatherings and we will certainly beasking students to
retain appropriate distance.
As ever,wewill be guided by the adviceofthe Ministry of Education and
I'm sure that manyofyou will be looking forward togetting out of your
bubble. Ithas been achallenging time for our community and, indeed,
Iwould like to acknowledge the wisdom of theNew ZealandGovernment
in shutting schools early.MaristCollege in Auckland,with nearly seventy
cases associated with the school, isaprime example of what could
happen if the Government had not decided to close the schools before
the pandemic really got started.
Iwould also like to acknowledge the MinistryofEducation fortheirdaily
updates onthe situation and recommendations that have been issued
Last week our BoardofTrustees met via Zoom Conference,working from
the electronicagenda papers.
This will become the‘new normal’for many school meetings, as indeedit
is alreadycommon practicefor the business community.
Acknowledgementofthe Stresses formanyFamilies
Finally,Iwouldlike to acknowledge the stresses that areonmanyofour
families as they struggle to cope with the financial and emotional fall-out
from this pandemic.
Please do not be afraid to reach out to our College for assistance. We
are acommunity school and weknow that asignificant portion of our
community will be struggling. We will dowhat wecan to support your
whanau. Please feel free to contact our Heads of School or any ofour
BoardofTrustees News ...
Appreciation to Staff:Online Learning
Aspecial mention needs tobemade of the
AshburtonCollege staff. Inthe past six weeks,
plenty ofhard work and extra hours have
been invested to develop emergency online
learning infrastructure and methods for their
In theory, the last two weeks have officially
been the school holidays! However, in our
bubble, our AshColl students have been
engaging with theirteachers and class.
Being giventasks has beenagreat distraction forstudents andhas given
themsomethingfor themtofocus on and learn.
There isstill ahigh degree ofuncertainty around how long schools
will beshut down for, but the hard work, frustrations and, hopefully,
triumphs experienced by teachers and students will godown asa
learning experience in adversitythatwillmake all richer forit.
The College Board of Trustees is still operating, utilising video
Last week we had ameeting with BCN Architects appointed toplan
for the College’s building upgrade. Through the current lockdown, it
is pleasing to note that Ministry and Architects have not put their tools
(pencils) down. They are forging ahead with the planning and design
AshColl staff have been continuing tocontribute tothe process and
consultation rounds, and continue to do so remotely. Also last week, a
‘remote’Zoom meeting was held between the architectural firm, Ministry
of Education and the College’sbuilding Propertyteam.
We are anticipating the Master Plan to be finished ontime for June.
Infrastructurebuild projects aregoingto be crucial to the reinvigoration
of our economypost the Covid-19lockdown. Thepositiveengagement
we hadwith theMinistryof Education and Architects,and the momentum
they currently have on this projectemphasisesthis point.
TheFuturefor our FinalYearStudents
Covid-19 will providesomereal soul-searching forour final year students.
TheBoard’sstrategy has agreat deal of focus on preparing astudentwho
is future-ready forany opportunity, or challenge.
Rapidly advancing technology was challenging what the future looked
like,and the lens we were looking through, but the last four weeks have
distortedthis futurelens even more greatly.
Theopportunities,short-term prospectsand careers arelikelytobequite
differenttowhatwas available whenthese students walked through the
school gatesonthe first dayofTermOne,2020.
As the New Zealand economy goes through areset, some careers will
flourish and provide great opportunities, but others will stall while the
balanceofthe worldresets–eg: travel.
This will be achallenging time for our students. However, wehave no
doubt thatthe diversity, resilience and ‘can do’attitudeofour community
will support and growthis generation of students. JeremySavage
Term TwoHas NowStartedfor Schools
As advertised earlier,school holidaydateswerechanged
at the time of lockdown.
The‘holiday’period finished on Tuesday, 14 April.
This means thatdistancelearning forstudents has started
from yesterday, Wednesday15April.
Pleaserefer right forsome details around howdistancelearning
will work forAshburtonCollege students.
We have had the pleasure ofKayla being aCollege staff member on
two occasions. Her first was asScience Technician and Reader-Writer
Co-ordinator from 27July to December 2015, after which she returned
home to the UK.
However, we were very pleased to be able to reappoint her to our staff
mid-March of this year as ateacher of Scienceand Agriculture, and we have
appreciatedher conscientious,no-fuss contributions to students and staff.
The Science Faculty has acknowledged her as awonderful addition to the
team and one who broughtcreativity, positivity and greatlearning-focused
relationship skills,saying they will all miss herand look forwardtohearing
howthings go back home.
Sadly College is farewelling her again as family and Covid-19 wrought a
returntothe UK during the term‘break’time.
Communitymessage from Ashburton College –
regarding emergency remotelearning
In these extraordinarytimes,weare all doing our best to be supportiveand
Teachers, like many in our community, are managing their own whanau
and other commitments while doing their best to continue their work
supporting learning progress forasmanyoftheir students as possible.
Remotelearning at this timeisasolution to an emergency situation and will
be averysimplified versionofwhatusuallyhappens at school.
Most teachers areresponsible for between 100 and 200 students. Students
have five or six teachers to communicate with. We are relying heavily on our
students to demonstrate our AshColl Value of Respect by being responsive,
self-managing and resilient.
We understand that online access to learning may not be easy, oreven
possible forsome learners at some times.
Please contactyour Head of School
if thereare issues thathinder home learning.
Collegehas compiled alist of students without devices
and forwardedthese to theMinistryofEducation.
Howlearning is beingsupported,
as from yesterday, Wednesday15April:
Communication between teachersand students and/or caregivers
will be via College channels; either Kamar or Gmail.
Teachers will do their best to answer emails between 9:00am and
5:00pm, and a48-hour turnaround should be allowedfor.
Where they are able to, teachers will contact students with
subject specific information:
Seniors: (Years 11, 12 and 13)
1. If possible,senior students will have an online opportunityonceaweek
to communicate. face-to-face with their teacher during one of their
normally timetabled lesson times.
2. Learning resourceswill be shared viausual channels suchasGoogle Docs
and Gmail,Google Classrooms or Communities etc.
3. Students will needtocheck and respond to emails from their teachers.
Juniors: (Years 9and 10)
1. Students will be givenweekly learning tasks.
2. Tasks will be subjectbased.
3. Learning resources will be shared via email and/or Google
Communities and/or Classrooms.
4. Students will needtocheck and respond to emails from their teachers.
Be kind,becalm, be safe.
Kiamanaaki, kiamārie,kia marutau.
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Physio misses patients, mum’s 85th birthday
Are you working from home?
Ihave aseparate practice at home
and have worked from “home’’ for
the past 15 years. I’m not seeing
patients facetoface at present
because of the lockdown, but Iam
doing the occasional “telehealth’’
consultation via phone or video
hookup for people who want advice
or exercise plans.
What home chores have you been
My house has never looked so
clean on the inside! Ihad abig clear
out of the pantry the other day and
I’ve also been gardening and doing
some outdoor painting. I’ve taken on
Still room for plenty of banter on Zoom
Kirsty Naish in her home office.
Eveline Jasper, Allenton based physiotherapist
the shopping role in my house and
visit the supermarket every week or
so. Ienter wearing my mask and
gloves and don’t hang around, but
I’m told Istill spend too much.
How are you filling your time?
Iamtrying to exercise every day,
whether it’s going for an afternoon
walk, or jumping on the mini
trampoline. I’m also doing jigsaw
puzzles in my treatment rooms, and
away from my cat Lily who likes to
play with the pieces or take refuge in
the box. We’ve also been playing
games like Uno, Five Crowns and
Kirsty Naish, Ashburton accountant
How’s work going?
We have been working from home
since Level 2was announced. Our
whole business model is cloudbased
so very fortunate it’s times like this
we are able to keep going. Idomiss
my team and the banter, but there's
been plenty of banter on Zoom.
Ihave no pets, no kids (yet) so the
only distraction, and I'm not
complaining, is my partner has set up
awee music studio in the garage so I
get to listen to live music in between
What home chores have you been
Iwrote alist of the chores that
annoy me and I've avoided, and tried
to tackle them: Like cleaning the
Cluedo as afamily. I’ve also been in
the garden working on astone
carving project –it’s an Easter Island
figure that is coming along slowly,
Tell us alighthearted or
otherwise memorable moment from
Amongst afew female mates we
have afriendly competition to see
who gains the most weight over the
lockdown period –actual weights
won’t be revealed at the end.
Ialso posted aphoto of ateddy
bear in my bedroom window online,
spouting, the skirting and cutlery
draw. Got way too excited on
weekend one and did them all so
started restoring some outdoor
furniture which is taking me aday to
do one chair! Fingers crossed Iget
that job done.
Have been thinking about asking
my partner to teach me guitar but the
last time Itried it wasn't so pretty and
Iwas impatient, maybe I'll stick to
baking and restoring furniture.
recommendations for people?
Surely I'm not alone being over
watching the news. Instead Iam
listening to more podcasts and
watching way too much Netflix. Ilove
The Minimalists Podcast and they
but unfortunately it looked like the
bear had hung itself. The bear has
found amore relaxed position to sit
and smile at passersby.
What do you miss?
Idomiss the oneonone contact
with my patients –Iamvery much a
handson physio. Iwas also due to
visit family in Holland in July, but
that has now been postponed. Ido
catch up with my parents, who are
both in the 80s, nearly every day via
WhatsApp, but Iwill not be at my
mum’s 85th birthday unfortunately. I
also miss dinner parties with friends
and just the freedom to do what I
want when Iwant.
have agreat doco on Netflix
currently doing their 30day
The gym team at EA Networks are
posting fun workouts on Facebook
and loving ‘80s and ‘90s throwbacks
Oh, if you're new to podcasts I
recommend Malcolm Gladwell's
Revisionist History (listen to the one
about McD's changing the fries
recipe), and Megan Tan's Millennial
Podcast is entertaining.
Tell us alighthearted moment
from your lockdown?
There's some awesome wins from
lockdown, like catching up with
friends from afar on Zoom.
My best friend and her kids had to
Eveline Jasper in her treatment
go to amedical appointment in
Christchurch yesterday and we live
on the main road so got to wave to
them as they drove past. Think the
most memorable is how friendly
everyone is while you're out walking
Itruly hope that continues post
What do you miss most?
Our lockdown, like many others,
started with cancelled flights; to visit
family and friends in Samoa, so that's
what we are missing the most.
However social media keeps us
connected and we know we will get
over to see them eventually.
Apart from family and friends, I’m
missing hiking, netball, the delicious
chicken sandwiches from Taste and
wandering aimlessly around
Bunnings house plant section.
Canterbury, we are
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Living atAlert Level 4
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We know this is atrying time, so remember to ask forhelp
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CanIsee my doctor forthings that arenot
Yes. It’s importantthatyou do notneglect other health issues just
because they arenot related to COVID-19. Don’t hold off or wait
untilyou feel worse. Our health systemisopen and running and
ready to help. Healthline is free and available 24 hoursaday,
7daysaweek on 0800 358 5453.
Howcan Isee amedical professionaltodiscuss
my health concerns?
Start by calling your familydoctor.They canadvise you on next
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or if youshould visit them. If youdovisit,they will ensureyour
safety while youare there.
There areveryfew exceptions to staying home, but exercise is one
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• keepa2-metre distancefromothers.
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Anew mental health campaign, ‘Getting through together’ishere
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includes tips forparents or caregiverswho want to discuss mental
health and wellbeing with primary-school aged children.
Howcan Ishowmysupportand kindness
Be kind. If yousee someone outand about, trynot to judge them.
RememberthatmostNew Zealanders aredoingtheir bit, and are
probably justgetting exercise or picking up supplies. Justmake
sureyou keep a2-metredistance, smile and wave but please don’t
stop to chat.
Youcan tell thePolice by completing the online form at
105.police.govt.nz.Wherepossible, trytokeep the phones
free forthose thatneedthem in an emergency.
Aspecial thank you to all parents and caregivers. Term 2started yesterday
–led by youathome. We appreciate you working around the clocktocare
forNew Zealand’schildren, keepingthemsafeand healthy.
Find the answersfaster at Covid19.govt.nz
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Abbie (with 18-month old Leo) and Ryan Price (standing) on their giant
Rural kids build big teddy
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Siblings Abbie and Ryan Price, inspired
by the actions of their rural
neighbours, have built agiant teddy
bear. It’s too big to sit on any
windowsill so has been strategically
placed at the farm house gate, along
Coldstream Road, to show support
and bring some cheer to all the
essential workers going past.
Abbie, 11, and Ryan, 6,were helped
by dad, Sheldon, who is farm manager
at Rylib Group’sAkitufarm, and mum,
Hayley. Mrs Price said all those within
the Rylib dairy farming group were
very appreciative of people still working
in essential services during the
Covid19 lockdown and wanted to
bring asmile to theirfaces withabit of
light entertainment on their travels.
The bear, which looks similar to a
Koala, took abit of planning –mostly
from studying the design of the neighbouring
Taylor/Dunlea household –
and was made by using empty detergent
barrels for their upcycled design.
The siblings cut andshaped piecesof
the plasticbarrel before drilling them in
to place. Other features, such as the
nose, were made with old parts found
Improved nutrition Adding valuetoyour business Improved production
MDCP 21% P
Adirect feed product,withanacidic
tastemaking it palatable. Animalswill
self-regulate. Fedalongside fodder beet.
A50g dose provides 10g Phosphorous
Midlands celebrates 30 years
Midlands Holdings is celebrating
three decades ofcontinuing growth
spanning across industries such as
seed production, honey production,
oilseed extraction, agricultural contracting
The Mid Canterburybased company,
established in Ashburton in
1990, is a global leader in the
production of high value seeds and
export of highquality food ingredients.
Midlands Holdings managing
director Chris Green isproud ofthe
company’s success during the past 30
years, and resilience during the
‘‘The success of our dynamic
company can be attributed to our
passionate,devoted teamofboth our
grower suppliers and our dedicated
staffwho work tirelessly to constantly
go above and beyond innovation.
‘‘Lately, it has been aperiod of
challenges amid the Covid19 pandemic,
however it has also been a
time of continued growth for the
‘‘We are incredibly grateful to have
been part of the development of a
worldleading agricultural sector right
Maintain routine during lockdown
Are you abletowork from
home and if so, how is
Yes, Iam able to work
from home although I
would rather be at the
front end! No major
issues, the dog isusually
beside meand my mental
parrot competes vigorously
with phone and
Zoom calls (he may not
last the lockdown period)
Not being able to drive
is frustrating given my
normal daily travels (and
Whathome chores have
you been avoiding but are
All good in this space
but essential to divide
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Bestthing is from home
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Autumn is an important time forcorrect feeding to setcows
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Robert Sharkie, Ruralco chief executive
parrot competes with
his telephone and
Have alist of things I
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for people inlockdown, or
recommendations for TV/
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online yoga etc?
Routine, Routine, Routine
You need to be disciplined
and also appreciate
everyone is in the same
Adecent walk every day
provides a reasonable
break and creates some
normality and perspective
on what weare all dealing
It’s also good to see
Tell us alighthearted
or otherwise memorable
moment from your lockdown?
The greatest thing out
of this is the “neighbourly”
contact that been aresult
of this lockdown and the
concern and caring nature
of family, friends, and
As aserviceprovider to the farming
sector, we areavailable during these
restrictions to ensureour farmers are
able to carryonfarming –
As our showroom is closed during the
lockdown period,all customers will
need to ring or email ahead to order
parts and service.
We will then arrange asafe
non-contactpick up foryou.
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between the hours of
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here in Mid Canterbury,” he said.
In 2018 the company conceived the
idea of Puriti Manuka, their own
branddeveloped from theircompany
Midlands Apiaries, which fosters a
rich history of beekeeping dating
back nearly 100 years.
They wentontocreate the Mount
Somers Manuka honey brand the
following year and both brands went
on to set new standards for New
Zealand’s Manuka honey markets.
“Brands such asPuriti, the world’s
first Manuka honey jar with 11
separate consumer security and anticounterfeit
features, to New Hemisphere,
New Zealandgrown hemp
food free ofchemical residue, and
OmegaNZ, agourmet cooking oils
and health supplement company, are
all under the Midlands Holdings
umbrella. The key focus of Midlands
Holdings is to maximise exceptional
quality, which these brands provide
and pass ontotheir customers,” Mr
“Key sectors are seed production
including plant breeding, pollination
and honeyproduction and marketing,
crop pollination, oilseed extraction,
agricultural contracting and transport;
although far reaching, everythingwedostems
back to maximising
the quality of our products.”
He said many companies faced a
challenging few months ahead of
them during and following the outbreak
of Covid19. But Midlands
Holdings was committed to supporting
customers and brands while
remaining as safe and sanitary as
“We have taken steps toprotect
our staff, customers and wider community,
as well astaking measures to
ensure we continue to operate at the
highest level offood safety,” he said.
Also the kindness from
customers, suppliers, local
businesses, and people
who are partners in our
What do you miss most
in lockdown? How are you
staying connected socially?
For meitisthe people,
as abusiness and myself
personally we usually
interact with many different
individuals on adaily
basis. This is particularly
difficult for me!
Technology is a huge
advantage in staying connected
and we should be
grateful for that. Contact
with family, grandchildren,
friends and colleagues is
easy butitisuptousall to
do it, this simple act of
makingcontact will helpus
all get through.
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Pig farmers planning worstcase scenario
By Toni Williams
Vickiand Hamish Mee are planninga
worstcase scenariofor stock at their
piggery in Mid Canterbury.
The Meesrun Le Mee Farms,a
22hectarefreefarmpiggery on the
Methven Chertsey Road.They also
have acropping operation.
Theirplanning follows lockdown
restrictions thatstop independent
butchers from opening and limit sale of
pork to supermarkets, otherprocessors
or retailerswhichwere open.
However with importedpork still
allowed into NewZealand, the Mees
are preparing themselves for adifferent
market postCovid19 lockdown,
including ahome delivery piginabox
‘‘Pigs do not just stopgrowing
because markets have beenrestricted
from us,’’ theysaid.
‘‘Allfarmers are doing everythingin
theirpower to find markets for all pigs
barriers that havebeen putinfront of
our industry by the Government.’’
pigs to marketonaweeklybasis anddo
not have the facilities to storeextra
During the lockdown the Mees said
supermarkets nationwide had only
managed to take14percentmore pork
Le Mee Farms sell around 190 baconers weighing 70kg each week.
than theirnormalvolumes, which
illustrated how crucial butchers were to
‘‘We can’t stop the pigs coming…
thereisaninemonth period between
inseminationand the pigs going to
However, restrictions on butchers
have damaged the pork industry, they
say, with butchers an extremely
important part of the porkindustry.
‘‘We sell approximately 190 baconers
each week, at 70kg dead weight.
‘‘Most of our pork goes to
supermarkets under their freefarmed
label. However, the porkschedulepriceper
due to the restrictedmarkets we are
Importedporkwas flooding the
‘‘Unfortunately,out of all the pork
consumed in NZ –62per centis
imported annually, with 95 per cent of
imports being illegal to raise in New
Zealand as it doesnot meetour
minimum animalwelfare standards.’’
Whiletodate the Meeshave sold all
theirpigs to markets, they realise this
couldchange quickly. In the past few
weekstherehave already been a
number of changes.
Mr Mee and their wholesaler are
constantly keepinguptodate with the
latestdevelopments and market
movements and trying to ensure that
there are markets for all the pigs.
They doubt any farmerwill be able
to maintainreduced pricesfor any
great length of time.
They do not have excess stock right
now, but are preparing for it.
‘‘We havehad to purchase five new
tunnel houses and of course all the
necessary requirements within themeg,
feeders, drinkers,false roofs, extra
bedding –the list and expensesgoon
–these wouldbeused to accommodate
weaner pigs on atemporary basis.
‘‘Theproblem with holding pigs is
thatthe pigscontinue to grow and
therefore outgrow themarket weight
requirements –creating more issues –a
If there was aneed in the future to
euthanise pigs,the Meesconsiderthis a
job for Ministry for Primary Industries,
not the farmer.
‘‘Our job is to produce New Zealand
‘‘Weare very passionateabouthow
we operateour freefarmed piggery and
animal welfare is the key concern for
lately –and have created an idea of piginabox.
We are currentlyindiscussion
with our butcher regarding options and
‘‘Wewant to promote NZ Porkand
see this as apossible untapped market.
Locally grown free farmedNZpork –
sounds great to us.’’
Possiblebox options include allpork,
porkand bacon or pork,baconand
‘‘The response we are fieldingat
present has been extremely positive
and encouraging –sohopefullywe’ll
havemore concrete details on this
within the next few days. But again –
ever evolving restrictionsand
regulations couldcreate afew problems
underthe current environment.
‘‘It is pretty much business as usual
workload wise forusand our staff –we
mate,farrow, wean and sell weekly.’’
However, the couple have put on
hold all maintenance and farm
developments and, fornow, continue to
operate on abasiclevel and keeping
‘‘We have agreat staff team that
have families that they also want to
keep safe. So all our safetywhen
working together is paramount.’’
On farm each staff memberhas been
allocated their own vehicle, more PPE,
and there are more cleaning and
sanitising productsall overthe farm.
Staffare practising the two metre social
in alarge openshed with seating apart
and staggered smoko and lunchbreaks.
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BIRD, William Edward:
(Ted): On April 10, 2020 at
Ashburton Hospital. Aged
91 years. Dearly loved and
devoted husband of the
late Pamela, for 58 years.
Much loved Dad and father
in law of Dennis, Alan
and Kate, and Philip and
Amanda. Loved grandad of
Kimberley, Jaimee, and
Jayden; Cindy, Joand Jesse.
Messages to the Bird family
P O Box 472, Ashburton
7740. A private burial will
take place followed by a
memorial service atalater
BISSET, Marguerite Mary:
On Monday April 6th 2020,
in Northampton, UK.
Dearly loved wife ofthe late
Morrison (Morris) Bisset,
dearly loved mother and
mother-in-law ofMoyra and
Rex Whiting (Ashburton),
Sheena and Trevor Clarkand
Paul Strachan (Ashburton),
David and Patricia (UK) and
Marjorie and Philip (Andy)
Beloved granny and great
granny. An amazing lady
and wonderful mother.
Murray: (Murray) (Corky):
On April 9,2020. Peacefully
at Ashburton Hospital,
Aged 68 years. Dearly
loved husband of Rita.
Loved father of Dexter and
Edlyn, and Richard, and
loved Grandad ofWebster,
Dexterlyn, and Rixie.
Messages to McCormick
Family P O Box 472,
Ashburton 7740. A private
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Albert “Mac”, QSM. Passed
away peacefully at Radius
Millstream Ashburton on
April 8th, 2020, in his 91st
year. A lifelong passion
for the Fire Service, Music
and the Performing Arts.
Patron of Variety Theatre
Ashburton and The
Ashburton Fire Museum.
Loved husband of the late
Vi, and loved father and
father-in-law of Peter and
Larraine, Tony, and Nicola
and Alan Lowe. Treasured
grandad of Jase and Amy,
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Ted McQuarters and Brody
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the past two weeks, also
Dr Charlotte Cox and the
medical staff of Ashburton
Hospital. Arest well-earned,
will be sadly missed by all
who knew and loved him. A
celebration of Mac’s life will
be held at alaterdate.
SOLE William Joseph, on
April 5,2020, peacefully at
Tuarangi Home, Ashburton.
Aged 80 years. Husband
of the late Joyce. Father
of Steven and Denise,
John and Lesley, Lindsay
and Karen, and Glen and
Mel. Grandad to all his
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There are splashes of colour
around Ashburton Domain and
plenty of admirers to enjoy them
at the moment.
Strolling through the community
green space, walkers can
admire impressive late blooms
and shrubs, and also the brown,
red and orange leaves that
announce the onset of cooler
temperatures in the colourful
season of autumn.
The area between the domain
oval and West/Wills streets isa
particular favourite place.
CDHB works with rest homes
The Canterbury District
Health Boardwill be working
withMid Canterbury’s aged
residential care facilities to
helpkeep Covid19 away.
Rest homes already havea
are ill muststay home.
Dr Ashley Bloomfield said this
weekthe deaths of elderly
peopleconnected to the
Rosewood resthome in
Testing time for event centre
The curtains are down and the
lights off, but Ashburton Trust
Event Centre manager Roger
Farr is tryinghard to stay
positive in testing times.
He says four upcoming shows
have been cancelled (10 Tenors,
Variety Theatre’s It’s Only Rock
n’ Roll Baby, Caitlin Smith and
Aro and 1970s revue show
Yesterday Once More) and a
number of others postponed for
the foreseeable future.
‘‘All shows are up in the air at
the moment and we have to rely
on the Government’s directive
before we have any hope of
If lockdown was lifted and
Christchurch were asobering
reminder of howCovid19
affected those vulnerable
He said health authorities
were working closelywithaged
care facilities, of whichthere
were 650around the country.
Relatively fewfacilities had
been affected by Covid19 to
date, reflecting the care and
The ministry has been
gatherings were allowed of say
100, that would not necessarily
be appealing or economically
viable for touring shows and
Mr Farr said his staff were
taking thingsday by day and
some, like himself, were
catching up on paperwork.
The event centre had applied
for the Government wage
subsidy for its staff and was
hopeful of achieving it as a
He said there was no income
coming in, but the situation was
the same for all other venues
across the country and for a
number of businesses.
could boost economy
Rangitata MP Andrew Falloonsays
afourlane highway between
Rolleston and Ashburtonshouldbe
one of theshovelready projects
Governmentisseeking to provide
economic stimuluspost Covid19,
especially withthe contribution
expected by the farming sector.
Mr Falloon haswritten to
Transport Minister Phil Twyford,
saying thefourlane project should
be progressed. ‘‘With tens of
thousands morepeopleout of work
it’s importantwesee aclear
package of economic recovery once
we moveout of the immediate
public health response.’’
He asked Governmenttoinclude
it in its next fundingpackage.
advisingresthomes about how
to stop the virus.
‘‘We haveaskedthe DHBs
to work withfacilitiesintheir
regiontohave good policies
andprocedures in place, and
good accesstoPPE (personal
they need to help ensure they
keep ahigh levelofcare and
Mr Farr said it was not the
end of the event centre, but
‘‘mothballed’’ for awhile.
Once the venue reopened, he
would target commercial
business and hoped to
encourage morebusinesses to
hold meetings atthe venue.
‘‘It will certainly take time for
performances to start up again,
but we’ll just have to roll with
He said therewas good
support within the industry and
regular pushes to ensure the
Government did not forget the
plight of venues like the event
‘‘Not only will construction
providemuchneeded jobs, there
will be substantial ongoing
economic and safety benefits. In
recent years, the roadhas beenthe
secondmost dangerous stretch of
highwayinNew Zealand for
fatalitiesand serious injuries.
Traffic volumes have doubled since
1997, withmore ships cominginto
Timaruand growth in ourprimary
expected in tourism and other
industries, more than anytimein
our recent history, NewZealand
willbereplying on theeconomic
contribution our farmers and
primary industries make.’’
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Abusiness case for abiodiversity
officer will be preparedfor the
Ashburton District Council’s
longterm plan next year.
Approval forthe work was
granted by councillors at their
Zoommeeting last week; the
decision may be overridden by
planned Government policy in
the biodiversity area. The
recommendation for a
biodiversity officer came from
the local biodiversity advisory
group, which is made up of
The volume of water
ratepayers on aresidential D
connection can use before
incurring extra costs is to be
reviewed. Ashburton District
councillor Stuart Wilson
succeeded in getting areport
actionedand says the current
level of 1000 litresper day for
connections before userpays
watercosts kick in is unfair; he
says most urban households use
1700 litres aday. Council officers
are also preparing areporton
watermetres districtwide during
the nextlongterm planning
Apetition with 30 signatures
calling for ahydroslide at the EA
Networks Centre will be
included in areport by staff to
Ashburton District Councillors
later this year. The petition was
presented by 10yearold Holly
EslertoMayor Neil Brown in
March. He said the petition
would be looked at by staff, and
treated as valuable feedback
from people who livedinthe
Canterbury Civil Defence
Emergency Management is
reminding people to be alert for
scammers while in lockdown.
Controller NevilleReilly said he
was aware of atleast one
public received acall froma
person whoclaimed to be from
CDEMseeking cash or credit
card information. Anylegitimate
phonecalls made on behalf of
CDEMwould never request
bank account, credit cardorPIN
details.The scam caller offered
to help get groceries, saying they
would come to pick up cash or a
credit card. “There are
vulnerable peoplein our region
who genuinely need welfare
support and the last thing we
wantisfor people to be worried
be reported to police. The Civil
Defence welfare helpline is 0800
24 11 11.
Nominations are being sought
for the two spots on the NZ
Young Farmers Board. Young
Farmersisgoverned by an eightmember
board; four elected
members, three independent
directors and acontest
representative.The board is
wellregarded within the food
and fibresector. Nominations,
via the Young Farmerswebsite,
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Funds given to support
driving coordinator role
Members of Celtic’s women’s rugby team after atrainingsession before the lockdown.
Spirits, fitness kept up
By Linda Clarke
Celtic’s women’s rugby team is training upastorm on
social media, to keep spirits and fitnesslevels up ahead
of what coach Nick McKain hopes will be acracker
With two imports from the town of Kendal, in
Cumbria in the United Kingdom,the women’s side was
showing promise and had been training hard ahead of
aplanned season start in April.
Covid19 means the start of their season, like all
sports, is on hold.
Nick says players were training in their own bubbles
and itching toget back to contact and group sessions
once restrictions were eased.
He says the players had been keeping connected
through social media; the posts were fun and fitnessoriented.
The team had managed afew full trainings before
the alert level 4restrictions kicked in.
The English players were flatting separately with
other members of the rugby community, he said. They
Free online classes offered
had been working and adjustingtoKiwi life prior to the
lockdown and planned to stay two years.
Nick says it was still possible to salvage arugby
competition if restrictions were lifted.
The Celtic side will play in aChristchurch league,
with some home games, and local coaches said the side
had agood spread of talent and ability.
While last year was alearning curve, this year the
squad had good numbers and contained athletes who
had played rugby as well as those new to the sport.
The team had created afamily atmosphere, where
players’ children were welcomed and looked after,
removing any barriers to training and gametime.
‘‘I am alittle bit excited this year. The girls are alot
better than people were thinking,’’ he said.
‘‘We have the opportunity to be areally good squad
The women’s team is well supported by the Celtic
club, which had arugby connection with Kendal for a
Nick says the rugby community was hoping Covid19
had created only apause for the sport this season.
Ashburton District Council will use the
balance of a special fund to assist in
funding a youth driver licence coordinator.
The Access Trust special fund has
been sitting with council for anumber of
years and has abalance of $39,376.
The fund relates to the former
Taskforce Green transport project and
council passed aresolution recently to
be able to use it.
Council economic development
manager Bevan Rickerby said the lack of
adriver’s licence had been identified as
aroadblock to local youth employment.
A project coordinator would help
ensure young people did not slip
through gaps, were ‘‘road safe’’ and that
funding to drive ‘‘got to the right
The role was not an immediate
appointment and would run for six to
eight months, before schools and other
organisations took it over, he said.
Mayor Neil Brown said supporting
young drivers locally was ‘‘an opportunity
do something for our children’’ and
for older students at Mount Hutt and
There was no rate payer subsidy
involved and employers wanted school
leavers who had licences.
He said council would facilitate and
support the scheme, which involved
several agencies already helping new
drivers get their licences.
Trust’s virtual meeting
to discuss support options
The Community Trust of Mid &South
Canterbury board met virtually for the
first time in its history onApril 6after a
scheduled meeting on March 30 was
postponed as aresult ofthe Covid19
Trust chairman David Forman said
trustees discussed the best way they could
support the region in response to the
current lockdown because “the pandemic
will bring significant and unprecedented
challenges throughoutour communities.’’
‘‘We want to assure grantees and the
wider community that we are well placed
to meet whatever needs arisethrough this
period of heightened risk and uncertainty.
‘‘First and foremost, the annual funding
available tonotforprofit organisations
will be maintained for the upcoming
2020/21 funding year. The application
rounds advertisedonthe trust website will
also remain the same."
He said although trust investments
have taken ahit due to the significant
drop in investment markets, its portfolio
was structured to weather this type of
‘‘We have agood level of cash reserves
and dividend paying investments to be
able to fully support the Mid &South
Canterbury regions in the coming year
Looking forward the trust will be
assessing where the greatest needs lie and
where to best focus its resources.
Organisations are invited to make
contact to discuss any needs they have.
They can call community relations manager
Lorel Hallinan on 021 819 0606 or
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Mid Canterbury TimeBank is helping
the community to connect and learn
It is offeringfree onlineclasses
that are open to everyone.
Teaching Tuesdayswill run from
7pm until 8pmand will focus on a
range of different subject eachweek,
including learning more about
KiwiSaver,meditation and Te Reo
‘Crafternoons’ willrun on Fridays,
from 2pm until 3pm, and will feature
advice on areas such as sewing,
knitting and scrapbookingathome.
Gardening questions will be
answered by experiencedgardeners
at online sessions on Sundays, from
4pm until 5pm.
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Tips from wellness advocate Lance Burdett
Keep moving forward
Maintaining relationships with friends,
family and neighbours is just as
important as maintaining the oil in your
And in afew weeks we have
experienced more than the usual wearandtear
among our community.
It’s understandable –these are
Wellness advocate Lance Burdett,
from Warn International, who was in
Ashburton just last month, has words of
wisdom for rural folk:
“It is important more than ever that
people stay connected. In times of
challenges, one of the first things to
disappear is connection with others and
there has never been amore important
time to connect than the current
“If you haven’t heard from your
neighbour for afew days, give them a
call on the phone. It might just be that
they are really busy and haven’t had the
time to talk.”
Don’t be afraid to ask them ... twice
“You will be able to gauge from the
conversation as to how well they are
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“Facetoface conversations are the
best because you can see the person
and that’s where real socialisation takes
Look and see how they are doing
“If the person is either fidgety, not
looking at you, or looking pale, those
are signs they may be struggling.
Keep moving forward
“The worst thing we can do in
situations like this is to dwell on the
negative …the best thing we can do is
to keep moving forward knowing that
the country needs farmers more than
“Since the beginning of time people
have been farming and you are still
doing it today. Connecting with other
farmers and talking about successes
and challenges is the way forward.
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