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AThai food fix for lockdown

By SHELLEY TOPP

Thai food has become apopular

dining­out and takeaway option

for Kiwis.

Thai food can be complicated

to create, with complex

flavours.

However, asimple omelette

(khai jiao) is an easy dish to

start with for home cooks

wanting to expand their

repertoire during the

lockdown, says the owner/chef

of Loburn’s Lemongrass

Restaurant, Sriamorn Reavill.

Sriamorn owns Lemongrass

with her English husband,

Paul, who is an architectural

technician.

She learnt to cook at an early

age, growing up with four

siblings and alarge extended

family in Chachoengsao, near

Thailand’s capital, Bangkok.

Her maternal grandmother,

Lom, who still lives in

Thailand, is one of 18 brothers

and sisters and all the children,

bar one who died young,

learned to cook as youngsters.

‘‘With so many people in the

family to provide food for,

everyone had to learn how to

cook,’’ Sriamorn says.

Lom is ‘‘the number one

cook’’ in the family, she says.

‘‘She loves cooking. We all

learnt from her and everyone

was always trying to be better

than everyone else.’’

Lom had asmall restaurant

in her home providing tasty

meals, often made from

vegetables grown in her garden,

for many people in the poor

neighbourhood.

‘‘She loves cooking for alot of

people all the time,’’ Sriamorn

says. ‘‘Everything she cooked

was beautifully home­made

from scratch. It is awonderful

way for children to learn how to

cook.’’

Dream realised in North Canterbury ... Sriamorn and Paul Reavill are owners of Loburn’s Thai restaurant, Lemongrass.

Although Sriamorn worked as

an optician in Thailand before

coming to New Zealand, her

dream was to establish a

restaurant in her home as her

grandmother had done.

‘‘I wanted people to

experience the same kind of

home­cooked Thai food Idid

growing up.’’

So when she came to New

Zealand with Paul to live in

2003 they decided to look for a

suitable place to establish a

restaurant. Lemongrass

opened in 2016 but is now

closed during the coronavirus

lockdown.

The restaurant is in the

couple’s family home,

surrounded by hazelnut and

fruit trees on alifestyle block in

Fletcher’s Rd. It has received

rave reviews on Tripadvisor.

‘‘We were lucky to find this

place,’’ Sriamorn says.

Sriamorn has also always

wanted her own children,

Aaron, aged 13, and Chelsey,

aged 11, to grow up learning to

cook as she has done, so she has

made this apriority. Both

children are now good cooks.

‘‘You start with something

simple, like an omelette, and

when they see that they can

PHOTO: SUPPLIED

cook something as good as mum

their confidence grows,’’ she

says. Sriamorn says she is

always happy to help anyone

wanting advice on how to cook

Thai food and make meals go

further on atight budget.

‘‘We grew up in avery poor

village and learnt to create

something from nothing,’’ she

says.

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By ROBYN BRISTOW

Tourism and rates are high on the

Hurunui District Council’s agenda as it

works toward post­Covid­19.

Mayor Marie Black says work to help

the recovery of tourism is starting with a

revised marketing plan for Hurunui

Tourism, increasing its spend on

advertising, and targeting markets

throughout New Zealand.

She says it is important the work is

done immediately across the whole

district to rebuild the visitor industry.

‘‘If we leave it too long, someone else

will hop in and utilise and market what

we have. We want to be ready when we

get the go ahead,’’ Mrs Black said after a

council meeting held via Zoom.

Tourism marketing manager Shane

Adcock said in areport to council that

every region will be in the same

challenging situation, and will be

targeting the same markets.

It is unclear what appetite Kiwis will

have to travel, Mr Adcock says,

particularly if there is arecession and a

fear the virus may re­emerge.

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‘‘On the other hand, there may well be

pent­up demand from spending months

stuck at home, plus credits and refunds

from cancelled international travel to

spend,’’ he says.

He said there is an opportunity to

target people who would otherwise

travel overseas. ‘‘We’re doing work on

understanding that market further.’’

Meanwhile, Mrs Black says the closure

of the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools

and Spa during the lockdown will affect

rates across the district. Profit from the

pools is used in the reserves area. If the

pools can open soon, this impact may be

lessened, she says.

The council is working on several

budget scenarios, and belt tightening is

promised.

While azero rate increase does not

appear to be an option, the council is

looking at capping any increase at 3.59

percent. A5%rise had been signalled in

council planning documents.

‘‘It is about striking abalance, showing

empathy, and being in astrong enough

position to trigger and boost our

economy post­Covid­19,’’ Mrs Black says.

Chance for aThai food fix

From Page 1

Khai jiao (omelette)

Ingredients:

Three eggs (whisked to combine);

3tablespoons of canola oil*;

2­3 teaspoons of soy sauce or fish

sauce;

Half amedium­sized white onion

sliced.

Method: Breakeggs into amixingbowl

and whisk untilfrothy. Add slicedonion

and soy sauce or fishsauce.**Heat oil in

alargefrying pan until almost at

smoking point. Pour eggs, onions and

sauceinto the pan and watch closely to

prevent burning. Whenthe bottomhalf

begins to brownslightly flip it overto

cook the otherside before serving.

Cooking notes: *Do not use olive oil in

placeofcanola oil as it has alower

heating point and also astronger flavour,

whichwill alter thetaste of the omelette.

**Youcan alsoadd choppedmeat or

vegetables to the omelette (porkmince,

chicken mince, prawns, mushrooms,

spring onions,tomatoes etc) at this time.

Servewith steamed jasminerice and

srirachasauce or any othersauce in the

pantry to your liking. Use the biggest

frying pan available as asmall pan will

turn it into scrambled eggsand does not

offerenoughroom to flip the omelette.

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Covid-19 test

centres set up

By DAVID HILL

North Canterbury residents can be

tested for Covid­19 without having to

drive into Christchurch.

The Canterbury District Health

Board has established communitybased

assessment centres (CBACs) to

test for the virus in Rangiora and

Amberley, with athird planned for

Kaikoura. Testing at these centres will

be carried out based only on areferral

from ageneral practice or Healthline.

The Rangiora facility opened on

April 4atMainPower Oval.

It operates seven days aweek and is

staffed by two general practices,

supported by anurse and an

administrative person.

Covid­19 signs include asore throat,

shortness of breath, ahigh

temperature, arunny nose or sneeze,

or aloss of smell.

Anyone experiencing one or more of

these signs should call Healthline on

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Officials stress that areferral from

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needed before being tested at aCovid­

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Lookout to tell its own story

By ROBYN BRISTOW

Aprojectrestoring the

BalmoralLookout, high above

the Hurunui River, has taken

on anew life.

The lookout, which has sat

atop arocky bluff in the

Hurunui Hillsfor about 75

yearsisbecoming home to

historic information about the

area.For 40 of those years it

played an important part in

forestrymanagementand

protection of the Balmoral

Forest. Formany years,

though, it sat empty,

vandalised and forgotten.

But the HawardenWaikari

Lionsled aprojecttorestore

the building, arare example of

afire lookout in New Zealand,

whichhold aplace in history

alongside lighthouses.

Asmall governance group of

Dave Hislop, Gary McCracken

and Hurunui Mayor Marie

Black, with support from Gavin

Collis and Kingsley Timpson

from the Departmentof

Conservation,have kept the

project ticking along.

LocalbuilderMatthew

Newton has breathed new life

into the lookout. Now aplains

table, identifying the peaks

that can be viewed from it, is

beingestablishedalongside

information panels inside the

building,which will tell the

storyofthe lookout, thepeople

who kept the Balmoral forest

safe,and share stories aboutit

from locals.

The panels have been

developed by JanetBathgate

from Nelson on behalf of the

Department of Conservation,

Mrs Black, who was raised

on the familyfarm that

surroundedthe lookout, says

the project has becomea

Quake book chronicles personal stories

Stories from those affected by the

magnitude­7.8 earthquake which struck

North Canterbury in November 2016

are now available in abook.

Collated by history researcher, writer

and documentary­maker Emily

Anderson, with photographs by

Natasha Shearer, Hurunui Seismic

Stories shares 17 personal experiences

of the quake,covering each part of the

district —Waiau, Rotherham, Cheviot,

Mt Lyford, Hanmer Springs, Culverden

and into Amberley.

Emily previously mounted an

Stunning vista ... The view from the historic Balmoral lookout, with the Seaward Kaikouras in the

distance.

PHOTO: MARIE BLACK

collaborationbetween

communitygroups, withthe

Amberley Lions alsocomingon

board with adonation for seats,

so peoplecan take abreather

during the 40 minute walkfrom

the Bluff Road up to the

Lookout.

‘‘Once finished,this will

become amuseum collection

of historic information that

relates to forestry assets,

production and the protection

of theseassets over along

period of time,’’she says.

An Aprilopening had been

planned for the completed

project, butthis is on hold due

to the nationwide Covid­19

lockdown.

Mrs Black saysthe

governance group is proud of

the project and the protection

of this valuableasset.

‘‘Of course, the viewis

second to noneonarrival.’’

exhibition of stories, interviewing

people in 2017 after the quake, and

sharing them in avisual display taken

to venues throughout the district.

With the backing of the Amuri

Community Arts Council, which

provided the umbrella under which

financial support for the project could

be sought, the quake stories have been

woven into a233­page book. Funds from

book sales will help promote arts in the

region.

Already, 120 books from the print run

of 200 have been sold.

Historic site... From left,Deputy Mayor Marie Black, Gary McCracken

(WaikariHawardenLions),GavinCollis (a DepartmentofConservation

ranger)and DaveHislop (Waikari Hawarden Lions), admire the views

from the lookout.

Emily says the book wasacombination

of ajob, and a‘‘labour of love’’.

‘‘Formeitwas really important for

the future to have the Hurunui stories

recorded, particularly as there had

been so much media coverageabout the

impact on the Kaikoura district.

Emily says, depending on interest,

another print run may be made.

Anyone interested in buying abook

can contact Amuri Community Arts

Council chairwoman Jane van Keulen

by email on jane@janevk.com, or phone

(027) 443 4541. Books cost $40.

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Couple breathe new life into wine barrels

By SHELLEY TOPP

‘‘The Barrelman’’ Darryn Candy has

been busy at his Fernside home during

lockdown completing orders he

received at Wanaka’s A&P show last

month.

Darryn runs his Pure by the

Barrelman family business with his wife

Tania and their daughter Arizona,

creating artwork and wooden products

from old wine barrels.

‘‘Every part of the wine barrels are

upcycled and recycled by us,’’ he says.

‘‘That is why we named our business

Pure by the Barrelman, because there is

zero wastage and each product is unique

and handmade locally in New Zealand.

‘‘You can come to me and we can work

together to create something that is

special to your needs,’’ Darryn says.

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and cheese boards, all finished with

eco­friendly and sustainable oils.

The business began as The Barrelman

in 1999. Back then, the couple sold half

and whole wine and whisky barrels, lazy

susans made from the oak barrels, plus

metal garden art and free­range eggs

from their home in Rangiora and at the

weekly Riccarton market.

The firm has been based in North

Canterbury for more than 20 years and

during that time has had its products

sold in shops all around New Zealand,

including garden centres and

Ballantynes department store in

Christchurch.

Most of the barrels Darryn uses are

from France, with some from other

parts of Europe and the United States.

‘‘They are used in New Zealand

wineries for up to five years before

being made redundant for making wine,

and then their new life starts with me

and my saw and hammer and chisel,’’

Darryn says.

The couple decided to rebrand as

Pure by The Barrelman and refocus

their business to be more eco­friendly

and sustainable, with an emphasis on

their locally made products.

The business is now aregular fixture

Barrel creations ... Darryn Candy, of Fernside, has established afamily business making

wooden products from recycled wine barrels.

PHOTO:SHELLEY TOPP

at A&P shows and won the best art and

craft site at the Oxford, Fairlie and

Amberley A&P shows last year.

It is also apopular attraction at the

Ohoka Farmers’ Market on Fridays and

the new North Canterbury Sunday

Market at Rangiora Racecourse.

The couple also recently developed a

new business called Retro Rita, afood

caravan selling Kiwiana food including

coffee, tea, cheese scones, pikelets, lolly

cake, cheese rolls, pies and club

sandwiches at the North Canterbury

Sunday Market.

However, with all those markets now

closed during the Covid­19 lockdown,

business has slowed.

The couple are looking forward to

returning to the shows and markets

when the lockdown ends, but in the

meantime they have decided to promote

their business by offering people the

chance to go in the draw to win afree

Pure by the Barrelman lazy susan,

worth $200, by liking and sharing their

Facebook page.

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Customers show support

By SHELLEY TOPP

The ownersand staff at apopular

Rangiora cafe are feelingthe lovefrom

customersmissing them duringthe Covid­

19 lockdown.

‘‘Customers havebeen sending

messagesofsupport, buying vouchersand

generallytelling us how they can’twait to

come back in,’’ saysKarlHorwarth, who

owns FoolsofDesireCafe (F.O.D.) in

Conway Lane with fiance Elisa Leach.

‘‘That customer support makesahuge

difference for the team and makes us more

confident aboutour chances of opening

back up.’’

The last few daysbeforelockdown was a

‘‘crazy’’ timefor staffatthe cafe.

‘‘We holdthousands of dollars worthof

stock, and alot of it can’t be stored, frozen

or keptfor any lengthoftime,’’ Karl says.

‘‘So we put out acall to our amazing

customersand they were fantastic. People

were buying milk, trays of sweets, all our

frozen seafood chowder.Wealso had

friends and familyhelp us out by offering

to store and freeze things we didn’thave

room for.’’

Although the cafe is closed during

lockdown, the fridges and freezers have to

be checked daily to ensure everything is

safe.

‘‘It is very strangebeinginanempty

cafe,’’ Karl says. ‘‘Weare really looking

forward to reopeningwhenever that will

be. The wholeteam will tell you that they

really miss each other, the customersand

the buzz we normallyhave everyday at the

cafe.’’

The Government’s Covid­19 wage

subsidy schemehas been a‘‘lifesaver’’ for

the cafe.

‘‘We found it quick and easytoaccess

and received the grant within afew days of

applying,’’ Karlsays.‘‘Without it we would

have had to make staff redundant.’’

The F.O.D.team is keepingbusy during

lockdown doingtraining courses online in

food hygiene, alcohol management and

hospitality, while amentor is due to speak

Lockdown ... Elisa Leach, co­owner of Rangiora’s Fools of Desire Cafe, about to leave the

cafe after closing for the last time before the Covid­19 lockdown.

PHOTO:KARL HORWARTH

with staff during the nextfew weeks.

Head chefMelissa Dealy is working

online withher teamtodevelop new

kitchensystemsand menuitems.

In addition, the managementteam is in

regularcontact to discuss strategy and

ideas, Karlsays.

Customers wanting to purchase agift

vouchertosupport F.O.D., ‘‘or any of their

favourite cafes’’, can do so via the website

soscafe.nz, Karlsays.

F.O.D. giftvouchers can also be

purchased at foolsofdesire.co.nz.

‘‘Buyingagift voucher will allow us to

get ahead start once we open and giveus

some revenuetobuy stock. However, we

are aware that manypeopleare suffering,

so as much as we lovethe support we only

want peopletopurchase vouchersifthey

can afford it.’’

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North Canterbury News, April 16, 2020

Tips lead

to arrest

By ROBYN BRISTOW

5

An off­duty officer in Cheviot has taken a

wanted offender off the streets thanksto

tips from locals.

The officer, who was on his dayoff,

started receiving callsfrom locals who

saw the driver of ablack ute acting

suspiciously in the township.They had

information to suggest theute might have

been involved in recent local burglaries.

The officer found the vehicle, which

had been reported stolen, that evening

near the intersection of Nonoti and

Domett Roads,Cheviot.

The driverfailedtostop.

Apursuitbegan,and the vehiclewas

tracked out towards Gore Bay, where

contact waslost.

The vehicle was found10minutes later

having been abandonedonGore Bay

Road.Adog unit tracked the offender,

who was arrested.

A28­year­old man hasappearedin

Christchurch DistrictCourt on several

charges,including failing to stop, driving

whiledisqualified and dangerous

driving, as wellasdishonesty offences,

including burglary.

He is next due to appear on April20.

Canterbury RuralArea Commander,

Inspector Peter Cooper, commended the

localofficer, saying they had aspecial

relationship withtheir communities.

‘‘They’re usually well­known and

relied on, and we know theyoften go

aboveand beyond even on days off to

make sure their communityissafe and

feelssafe.

‘‘Butthat relationship goes two ways,

and we are truly appreciative of the local

people who saw something they knew

wasn’t right, and made sure they let us

know,’’ Inspector Coopersays.

‘‘Stories like this demonstrate the

powerofusall working together to hold

offenderstoaccount.’’

Help available for Kaikoura businesses

Ahelping hand is available to

businessesinthe Kaikouraarea

to help them through the next

few months.

Enterprise North Canterbury

(ENC) has contracted Mel

Skinner for 12 weeks as an

additional business support

resource in the Kaikoura region.

Her appointment was made

possible through the Regional

BusinessPartner (RBP) Covid­

19 Advisory Funding allocated

by the Government.

She will support Miles Dalton

and Guy Graham, of ENC,

working with Kaikoura

businesses to help identify key

areas wheresupport is needed

to enable an enhanced recovery

from the Covid­19 lockdown.

If Kaikoura businessesmeet

RBP criteria, eligiblefirms will

be able to access arange of

approved supportservicesin

the following areas:

Human resources: Challenges

with Covid­19­related employmentlaw

obligations around

restructuring, redundancyand

change of work hours.

Business continuity planning:

Support creating contingency

plans to help businessesget

through the nextfew months

and build team readiness.

Financeand cashflow

management: Adviceand

support around cashflow,

payrolland accounts.

Health and wellness:

Understanding how to deliver

positive messaging, stay

connected, and access

programmes.

To be considered for funding,

Kaikourabusinesses willneed

to have met with Mel, registered

on the RBP platform, and will

need criteria that include

having fewer than50full time

equivalent employees, be GSTregistered,

and beingprivately

ownedoraqualifyingMaori

trust. To learn more, email:

mel@enterprisenc.co.nz.

Mel Skinner

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Please send ahigh resolution jpg by noon,

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In the Electoratewith

MattDoocey

MP forWaimakariri

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

Efforts of essential

workers ‘humbling’

I’ve been greatly moved by the

individual stories of how our community

is being impacted by Covid­19.

Since the country moved into

lockdown Ihave been workingalongside

anumberofour residents, families,

community groups and businesses to

support them during this challenging

time.

If Ican help you, please do get in touch

on (03) 327 0514 or (03) 310 7468, or email

waimakariri@parliament.govt.nz.

In adifficult time like this it’s

important to me to be as accessible as

possible to help. My teamand Iare

working virtually from home—we’re set

up ready to respond andconnectwith

you by phoneoremail.

Ihave alsobeenhumbled by the

commitment to supporting our

community from our essential workers,

our resthome workers, our farmers, our

supermarket check­out operators, our

medical professionals and our

emergency responders, to nameafew.

Thank you for everything you continue

to do to keep ourcommunity safe and

well.

That’s why when local health

professionals reached out to me in

desperation after staff were being

abused by frustrated patients while their

hands were tied waiting on supplies of

flu vaccines and Covid­19 tests, Iwas

happy to help.

After Ipublished their openletter,

local GP practices have had their

cancelled flu vaccine back­orders

reinstated and, in many cases, delivered,

and alocal Covid­19 Community Based

Directory

set up

Food and beverage

producers in the

Waimakariri, Hurunui

and Kaikoura districts

are being invited to

register theirbusiness on

anew North Canterbury

Food and Beverage

Directory to help connect

the community withlocal

products.

Initially the directory

will be published on the

Enterprise North

Canterbury website, and

will start with promoting

businessesthatare

operational during the

Level4lockdown.

This willbegrowers,

producers and some

manufacturers.

Following the

lockdown, additional

businesseswill be invited

to list, such as cafes and

restaurants.

Laterinthe year, the

information willbe

transferred to anew

NorthCanterbury Food

and Beverage website

that will feature business

profiles, stories, and an

interactivemap.

To register on the Food

and Beverage directory

go to form.jotform.com/

200907167644861.

Assessment Centre (CBAC)has opened

in Waimakariri for testing of residents.

More importantly, local health

professionals have reported thatthe

occurrences of abuse and harassment

that they were experiencing from

patients who were frustrated with not

being able to access either aflu vaccine

or Covid­19 test due to alack of

availability, has greatlyreduced.

Last week, Iwrote to Minister Phil

Twyford to seek an urgent review of the

decision to closesome local food

produce shops in Waimakariri.

Ihave been contacted by several local

residents andbusinesses who are

concerned their local food produce shop

has been forced to close, suchasVege’n

Out in Woodend.

While Iaccept thereneeds to be some

closing of foodproduce shops for public

health and safety, what is not acceptable

is the closing of the only food produce

shop in atown, forcing residents to drive

to another town in search of food.

Since advocating for this review,I

have beeninformed that several of our

local food produce shops have now been

given the green light to openina

contactless and safe environment.

Nextweek is ANZAC Day and with

services across the country cancelled,

I’m backing the RSA’s call to

#StandAtDawn.

Instead of gettinguptoattend

Kaiapoi’s dawn service as we normally

would, we can go downtoour gate and

stand andobserve one minute’s silence

at 6am.

We will remember them.

Waimakariri

Focus from Dan Gordon, Mayor

Lockdown was abold

call, but the right one

We arenow three weeksonfromthe start

of the lockdown. Ihopethat you,your

familyand allinyourbubbleare OK.

It has beenachallenging time as we

haveall learnttoadjust.Wewill all

probablyhave thebest­lookinggardens,

tidiestgarages,and befitter as aresult of

gettingout for exercise.

Imissed seeingfamilymembers with

Easter just gone. Itwasabold decision to

takeourcountryinto lockdown. It has

been theright decision when we see how

other countries have handled the virus

and thenumber of casesand deaths.

The business of the council has

continued,withall staff transitioningto

workingfrom home.

Wehave become accustomed tousing

technologies such as video conferencing

and theuse of Zoom.Ispendalot of time

on Zoom calls.Ihaveadailymeetingwith

councilmanagementwho have held

meetings with theirteamsand fed any

issuestobeaddressed throughtothis.

Ialso have callswithratepayers and

weekly calls withcouncillors, Canterbury

Civil Defence,Canterburymayorsand

WaimakaririMPMattDoocey.

Keeping connected through thisperiod

hasbeen important, as has beenhelping

people with theirissues and connecting

people with the rightservice.

Weare here to help and Iwelcome

contact fromanyone who needs help.

Email me at mayor@wmk.govt.nz.

The useoftechnology has taught us we

can be more efficientwithour use of time

andI’m surethat the useoftechnology

willbecomeevenmorecommon.

We understand that people are feeling

uncertainaboutthe future,and the next

ratesinstalmentisdue out soon.

Wewantyou to knowthat thereare

several ways thatwecan helpyou,

including deferral.

Pleaseget in touch by emailon

office@wmk.govt.nzorphone0800

965468 so we canworkout asolution that

works for you.

We can’t do anything about the current

rates amount asthey areset, butwecan

changenextyear’sand future rates.

As mayor andcouncillors, we have

asked staff to reviewbudgets.

This week we are holding aworkshop

to lookacross the boardwheresavings

canbefound.

Followingthis, we will be in aposition

to let you knowour thinking.

Iunderstand thatthe communitywants

us to keepthe rates as low as possible,

especiallyatthisuncertain time.

The councilhas an Emergency

Operations Centre running. If youknow

anyone needing support please getin

contact onoffice@wmk.govt.nzor0800

965468.

The councilhas supportedthe

Canterbury District Health Board and

local GPs in supplying theHockey

Pavilion at Coldstream Road for aCovid­

19 CommunityBasedAssessment Centre

(CBAC) for the testing of residents.

Iwould like to thankallessential

workers forall that theyhavebeen doing

to supportour community.

It is important thatweallcontinue to

staycalm, stayhome, follow the rules and

be kind and take careofeachother.

Together, united, we willbeatthisvirus.

Find family and friends in museum collection

Cantabrians withaninterest in

family historyare being called on

to help CanterburyMuseum

during thelockdown.

The museum wants to identify

people and placesinthousands of

photographs takenbyNew

Zealand's longest­running

photography studio, Standish and

Preece.

Aproject to digitise and

cataloguethe imageshas been

underway since 2019.

The first batch of about32,000

photos has just been uploaded to

the Collections Onlinearea of the

museum’s website. Here, people

can helpbyaddingtheirown

knowledgeaboutpeople and

places.

FrankStandish and Alfred

Preece founded the studio in

Christchurch in 1885.While their

partnership lasted only five years,

the business operated until 2011,

closing down after the

Canterburyearthquakes.

Its photographers captured a

multitudeoffaces and the social

history of Christchurch for more

than 126 years.Many of the

photographs are individual or

family portraits but they also

include school groups, sports

teams, weddings and corporate

events.

Fashion trends,changing

demographics and eventhe

growth and development of

Christchurch's architectural

heritage can be seen across the

decades.Thereare racy images

(whichmay not makeitonline),

cute images and the downright

weird.

Standish and Preece gave their

photographicnegativesdating up

to the 1960s —about36,000

images —tothe museum in 1992.

Another39,000 photographs

dating from 1960 until the studio’s

closurein2011 weredonated to

the museum in 2017 by John

Hunter,the lastowner of the

business.

Three full­time staffmembers

began scanning and cataloguing

the negativesin2019. The threeyear

projecthas been funded by

the Lottery GrantsBoardand

from abequestbyformer

honorary museum curatorRose

Reynolds. The collection of 75,000

images willbeuploaded to

Collections Online in batches

every fewmonths.

Many images came with a

recordofthe name of the group,

organisationorfamily, but not the

individuals in the image. The

museum hopes the public will be

able to supplymore details.

Special projects curatorDan

Stirland,who is managing the

undertaking,says any extra

information will make the

collection moreusefulinfuture.

‘‘We’d really like people to

browse through the images,

hopefully see some faces they

Canterbury history online ... One of the many thousands of images

awaiting names and details.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED

recognise and supply the

Museum withnamesand stories

via the Collections Online

commentsbox,’’ he says.

In thefuture, thisinformation

couldbeused to help peoplefind

photos of relativesand be useful

to familyand socialhistory

researchers.

Humanhistory curator Dr Jill

Haleysaysthe collection is a

windowinto lifeinCanterbury

through the decades.

There are somequirkyimages,

like portraits of people’spets.

‘‘We’dlove to know more about

any and all of them —even the

names of the pets!’’

The collection is online at:

collection.canterburymuseum.

com/highlights/23/objects?

limit=25.


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may need different types of welfare

services, including the following

(but not limited to):

Please call the Canterbury Welfare

Call Centre 0800 24 24 11

MONEY CONCERNS

Mortgages -people should get in touch with their


MinistryofSocial Development (WINZ)

Visit www.workincome.govt.nz

0800 559 009

and redundancy

Wage Subsidy 0800 40 80 40

LOCAL BUSINESS CONTINUITY

FOOD SHORTAGES

Waikari Foodbank:

Call 03 314 2044 or 027 448 6594

AmberleyFoodbank:

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Their mission: We provide quality services

that respond effectively to existing and emerging

social and community needs.

Theycan assist with counselling services and connections

to other agencies for vulnerable people.

FAMILYVIOLENCE

Enterprise North Canterbury

Visit www.northcanterbury.co.nz/covid-19

Call 03 327 3135

or email

CHILDREN

Worried achild is unsafe?

Oranga Tamariki

Call 0508 326 459 or email contact@ot.govt.nz

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Save the Children Supportand Information

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Home Schooling Advice

MinistryofEducation

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HEALTH ADVICE AND SELFISOLATION

Healthline

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MinistryofHealth

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COVID-19 QUESTIONS

New Zealand Government COVID-19 Team

Visit www.covid19.govt.nz

Visit www.rural-support.org.nz

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ANIMAL WELFARE

Concerns about Welfare

MinistryofPrimaryIndustries

Call 0800 008 333

VetrinaryServices&COVID-19

Service: NZ VetrinaryAssociation

Visit www.nzva.org.nz

ACCOMMODATION

TemporaryAccommodation Service at the Ministry

of Business, Innovation and Employment

Call 0508 754 163

INTERNATIONAL VISITORS

Help with Travel Bookings

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Visa Concerns

Immigration New Zealand

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or visit www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas

Embassy Details

MinistryofForeign Affairs and Trade

Visit www.mfat.govt.nz

Visit www.police.govt.nz

Reportnon urgent issues via 105

In an emergency always call 111

Family violence

www.police.govt.nz/advice-services/family-violence

ANXIETY, DISTRESS OR MENTALWELLBEING

NationalTelehealth Service

Free text or call 1731

PRESBYTERIAN SUPPORT

Visit www.ps.org.nz Call 0800 477 874

Collectively,the Presbyterian Supportorganisations are

one of the largest providers of social and health services

in the country. We work with older people, people with

disabilities, families at risk, children and young people.

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NEWS

8 North Canterbury News, April 16, 2020

Home schooling part of the New Normal

Like many parents around the region, reporterDavid Hill

has found himselfinthe unfamiliar role of “home-school

dad” during the Covid-19 lockdown.

It’s 8am. Instead of jumping in

the car and driving to Rangiora,

Iampreparing home­school

lessonsbeforetackling my day

job.

It’s all part of my new, and

hopefully temporary, career as

astay­at­home reporter and a

“home­school dad”.

But life as ahome­school dad

is no walk in the park, especially

when you have a10­year­old

who is keentolearn, but also

wants to spend most of his time

playingonhis computer. No

pressure.

His teacher assigned him a

few “speedmaths” exercises, a

couple of readingreports and a

whakapapa or family tree

project.

On day one he completed his

whakapapa project, by day two

he had completedtwo reading

reportsand as for speedy maths,

Iamguessing they are referring

to lightning speed.

He wroteinhis onlinediary to

his teacher that evening:“home

school is much more funner

than real school”.

But then the next day he

informed me Iwasn't avery

good home­school dad, as I

didn’t givehim enough

activities. Nothing likeabit of a

challenge.

And so began his virtual field

trips. Over the next few dayshe

visitedthe Smithsonian Natural

HistoryMuseum in Washington

DC, learned aboutancient Egypt

at the Ontario Museum in

Canada,and then popped into

Paris for alook.

Then it was announced the

school holidays had been

broughtforwardtobegin on

Monday,March 30, instead of at

Easter,soIthoughtIhadatwo

week reprieve. No such luck.

‘‘Dad, can Ikeep doing my

lessons?’’

Oh, well, morevirtual field

trips. Icontacted my cousin in

Wales –‘‘yes, he definitely

needs to visit Wales for his

home school!’’

There are lots of little clips

with basic facts about Wales and

Welsh history on youtube and

then Ifound these short “Aday

in the life of a10­year­old”clips

on the BBC website: Aday in the

life of a10­year­old Norman, in

AncientBritain, in Roman

Britain,and A10­year­old World

War 2evacuee.

And then there are some

activitiesfrom the days long

before computers and

electronic devices, Victorian

games and the BBC website.

Thereisplenty more where

that came from,space resources

from Nasa, space videos from

the Hayden Planetarium in New

York,virtual toursofAmerican

national parks,home­schooling

activities from the United

Ready to learn

... Tristan

Crawford, aged

10, gets ready

for his daily

home­school

lesson.

PHOTO: DAVID HILL

Kingdom's NationalArchives,

“the greatindoors” from the UK

Scoutsand that is just the

beginning.

If you are shortofhomeschoolideas,

feel free to email

me at david.hill@ncnews.co.nz.

Marina steps up to boost the skills of Year 13 girls

North Canterbury businesses face big challenges amid the evolving Covid-19 situation. Each week, we’ll profile

alocal business which is thinking outside the box to adapt to anew reality. Gina McKenzie reports.

Whilemany businesses have pressed

pauseonnew projects, Waiau­based

coachMarinaShearer accelerated the

launch of her initiativeThrive13 forward

amonth to help Year 13 girls during

uncertain times.

The coaching programmeaims to boost

the confidenceofYear 13 females during

theirfinal year of highschool,while

equipping them withthe skills to

navigatefuture study and career paths.

Topics are explored with Marina

acting as afacilitatorand mentor, and

participants also discuss the topics

amongthemselves.

Due to the Covid­19 situation,Marinais

providingthe first four monthsofthe

programme for no chargetoreach as

many young peopleaspossible.

“It feltright to launchearlierthan

planned because it’sanunsettlingtime

and Iwant to helpasmany Year 13 girls

as possible while they are making

decisions abouttheir futurelives during

theirfinal year.There’s no chargefrom

now until at least July31tomake the

service available to as many girls

throughoutNew Zealand as possible.”

The idea for Thrive13 has beena

passion of Marina’sfor many years after

apersonalchallenge she experienced

during her own university study.

“I endedupchanging degrees and

universitiesand the experience made me

realise how vulnerableIwas to outside

influences. Looking back,Iwould have

done things differently if Ihad more

personal confidence. I’d like to thinkI’m

helping to send girls offwith moretools

in theirtoolboxtosucceed at whatever

they choosetodo.”

Twenty­four girls from across New

Zealand signed up by the launch date.

“Withthe hugeamount of pressure

facing youngpeople today it’s vital that

they have the skills to succeed in the real

world and Iwouldlove all girlstohave

access to this kind of support.”

Marina is workingonhow the

programme canbeavailable to more

girls, but for now herfocus is supporting

those who havesigned up during their

isolation period andencouraging them

withhabit formation,positive psychology

and afocus on gratitude.

Marina’sadvice to fellow business

owners is to make the mostofthe

lockdownperiodbystrategically

evaluatingtheirbusinessprocesses.

“Don’t miss thisopportunity to dive

deepinto yourbusiness andsee what’s

working and what needs adding or

removingfrom your business model.’’

Marina seeks feedback from women

agedaround25who havecompleted

tertiary study and have some work

experience. This will provide real­life

examplesfor Thrive13 participants. To

learn more, visit thrivethirteen.com.

New programme ... Waiau coach Marina

Shearer aims to empower Year 13 girls.

Send us your Home School photos!

TheNorth CanterburyNewsinvites readers

to send their favouritepic from their home

schooling.

Selected pics will be published in the NC News

and on our websitencnews.co.nz.

Please send ahigh resolution jpg by noon,

Monday, April 20 to robyn.bristow@ncnews.co.nz


Living atAlert Level 4

Thursday16AprilUpdate

Todayisthe first dayofweekfouratAlertLevel4.

We know this is atrying time, so remember to ask forhelp

if youneedit. Be kind and supporteach other.

CanIsee my doctor forthings that arenot

relatedtoCOVID-19?

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 hours aday,

7daysaweek on 0800 358 5453.

Howcan Isee amedical professionaltodiscuss

my health concerns?

Start by calling your familydoctor.They canadvise you on next

steps to take, and if aconsultation can takeplaceover thephone

or if youshould visit them. If youdovisit,they will ensureyour

safety while youare there.

Whyisexerciseallowed?

There areveryfew exceptions to staying home, but exercise is one

of them. Goingfor awalk, runorbikerideisgoodfor yourphysical

and mental health. Justremember to:

• stayclose to home. Enjoy your neighbourhood, butgonofurther

• gobyyourself, or only withthose youlivewith

• keepa2-metre distancefromothers.

What can IdoifIexperience, or know someone

whoisexperiencing,violenceathome?

If you’re notsafeathome, it’s okaytoleave your bubble to ask for

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Call 111 as soon as youcan. If you aresafe, remember thatyou can

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about ayoung person, call 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459).

Wherecan Iseek helpifI’m feeling

overwhelmed?

If you feel you arenot coping,itisimportant to seek help and

professionalsupport.Your family doctor is agood starting point.

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Is theresomewhereIcan access tools to help

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Anew mental health campaign, ‘Getting through together’ishere

to help New Zealanderscarefor their mental healthduring

COVID-19. Formoreinformation go to Covid19.govt.nz.Italso

includes tips forparents or caregiverswho want to discuss mental

health and wellbeing with primary-school aged children.

Howcan Ishowmysupportand kindness

towardsothers?

Be kind. If yousee someone out andabout,try nottojudge them.

RememberthatmostNew Zealandersare doing their bit, and are

probably justgetting exercise or picking up supplies. Justmake

sureyou keep a2-metredistance, smile and wavebut please don’t

stoptochat.

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Youcan tell thePolice by completing the online form at

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free forthose thatneedthem in an emergency.

Thank youparents

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.

Gotquestions?

Find the answersfaster at Covid19.govt.nz


RURAL LIFE

10 North Canterbury News, April 16, 2020

Online orders skyrocket under lockdown

By DAVID HILL

Farmers’ markets have

closed, but business is

boomingfor one popular

stallholder.

Sefton­based Grown’s

homedelivery service has

‘‘gone through theroof’’

since the Covid­19

lockdownwas announced

lastmonth, owner Cam

Booker says.

“Ourbusiness got turned

upside down. We can’t sell

anythingatfarmer’s

markets at themoment

because they’renot

classified as essential, but

we are incredibly fortunate

thatwewere already doing

online deliveries.”

Cam admits there were a

few nervous days after the

lockdownwas announced,

as it was unclear what

tradingwould be allowed.

“We drop and go, so it’s

contactless. We justleave it

on the doorstep and

everythingispaidonline,

so nothing had to change.

Loading up ... The team at Grown, of Sefton, are busy

packing boxes of vegetables for home deliveries.

“We were pretty nervous

for awhile, so we were

pretty relievedwhen the

confirmation from MBIE

(the Ministry of Business,

Innovation and Employment)came

through.”

Before the lockdown,

Grownwas supplying 60

boxesaweek, but that has

grownto350.

Thereare afew

regulations to meet in the

new environment,

includingstaff wearing

face masks andgloves

when handling food and

ensuring the shed is clean

and sanitised.

Cam realises how lucky

he is, withother growers

and producers who sellat

farmer’smarkets, or supply

to independent produce

shops, restaurants, cafes

and takeaway outlets, having

to compost their crop.

Horticulture New

Zealand estimates 30

percent of fresh produce

goes to independents,

includingshops such as

Vege’n Out in Woodend

and farmers’ markets,

which“takesthe pressure

off the supermarkets”, Cam

says.

Whileonline orders

provide more certainty

with income, it creates

more stress and

Fresh produce ... Fruit and vegetables set to go out.

administration than the

farmers'markets.

The Grown teamused to

harvestonWednesday and

pack the boxes on

Thursday morningfor

delivery.Now, harvesting

begins on Monday.

“It'sdefinitely harder.

“Whensellingatfarmers'

markets you takewhat is

readyand if you sellout,

then you sell out.”

To ensureboxes are

filled to order, he calls on

the help of localgrower

mateswhen needed.

Assembly line ... Boxes are systematically packed.

PHOTOS: CAM BOOKER

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Winning

trio eye

big final

By DAVID HILL

Oxford AreaSchool's future farmers have

shownthey have theknowledge to

succeed.

JontyGlassford and twin sisters Ellaand

CharlizeSmith have won the New Zealand

YoungFarmers'Tasman regionagrikids

contest,after it moved to an online

competition, following the cancellation of

mass gatheringslast month.

Teacher Jodi Glassford, who is also

Jonty's mum, saysthe threewere thrilled

to win the contest at their thirdattempt.

“These three havebeen ateam for the

last three years. That'sthe nicething about

it. The teams start young and stay as ateam

and, when they get to Year 8, they havea

real shot at making the nationals.

‘‘They know the ropes and they're just

that littlebit older.”

She saysthe team, known as Future

Farmers, arealittle disappointedthey

Future farmers ... Oxford Area School'sFutureFarmers teamof12­year­olds,Ella Smith, left,

JontyGlassfordand Charlize Smithhave taken out the New Zealand YoungFarmers'Tasman

region agrikids competition, heldonlinerecently.The trioare pictured duringlast year's contest.

will not get to test their practical skills this

year, as thenational final will also be

online.

Allthreeare from dairy farms.

“Itevens the teams out havingboth the

practical and thetheory, but it's justgood

that they are still abletoparticipateina

climatewhere so many thingsare being

cancelled,” Jodi says.

Thecompetitors all loggedin

individually at the same time,at12.30pm

on Friday, March27, to answermultiple

choice questions.

“It was so quick, therewas no time to

Google the answers.

‘‘Butitwas good and there wereafew

that made you think.”

Jodi says all three scored 62 pointsand

gained the top three individual scores.

RURAL LIFE

North Canterbury News, April 16, 2020

11

Dairy event put

on ice for year

The South Island Dairy Event (SIDE)

has been postponed until 2021.

The event was to have been held at

the Lincoln Events Centre from June

23 to 24.

SIDE governance group chairman

Terry Kilday says the organisers are

naturally disappointed.

“While we are disappointed that

SIDE 2020 will not take place, we

support the decisions made by the New

Zealand Government in the interests of

the safety of all New Zealanders,” he

says.

“SIDE wishes to acknowledge the

exceptional work the events

committee, sponsors and speakers

have completed up until this point, and

we will work with each individually to

ensure astronger SIDE 2021.”

Mr Kilday says those who have

already registered will have their fees

refunded, while those who have been

invoiced are asked to hold off payment

until next year.

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COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD APRIL 16 2020

Waimakariri District Council

Plans for Recovery

We hope that you all had arelaxing and peaceful Easter weekend with your

bubble. As we move forward through the lockdown the Council is looking at

how itcan best support the community from response and into recovery.

Enterprise North Canterbury, the economic

development agency for North Canterbury,

have arange of ways they can support local

businesses. From resources that can help

businesses understand their obligations under

different alert levels to one-on-one assessments

to help understand your immediate and short

term needs. Find out more about the range

of business support at northcanterbury.co.nz/

covid-19/ or email office@enterprisenc.co.nz

Ratesletters will be delivered tohomes over the

next week or two. Please get in touch withour

team if you are concerned about this instalment.

There are arange of different options we can

look at to help including deferral of payments

–contactthe Rates Team on 0800 965 468 or

rates@wmk.govt.nz

The Council will meet this week to explore changes

relating to the Dra Annual Plan 2020/21 and

the impact this will have onfuture rates.

This will then be considered formally at the next

Council meeting inlate April which includes

hearing feedback from the community. It’s

important to ensure that we maintain high

quality services across the District while

considering the best interests of our residents

and businesses as we recover.

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.

Our Welfare Team have been relatively quiet

which is heartening to hear and lets us know

that our community are doing what they do

best -taking care of each other. This team will

continue providing support to local agencies and

those in need. If you know ofanyone who may

benefit from some extra support with groceries,

getting medicines, or accessing support services

please call 0800 24 24 11. Remember that

seeking help shows strength.

Finally, wehave been hearing from our Police

colleagues that while most of us are following the

Alert Level 4rules, some peoplehaven’t been. Even

if part of your routine was to drive tothe river or

the beach towalk the dog ormeet upwith friends

-don’t do it. Stay in your neighbourhood.

Please stay home, follow the rules, be kind

and take care of each other.

Council Meeting

Council will meet via video conference

(Zoom) on Tuesday 21April at1pm.

The meeting will be live streamed via our

website. The agenda will be available on

the website two days prior.

Sarah Nichols

Governance Manager

We all need to work together ifwewanttoslow the spread

ofCOVID-19. Unite against the virus now.

Be kind. Check-in

on theelderly

or vulnerable

Find out moreat

Covid19.govt.nz

We can all

slow the spread

Washing and

drying your hands

kills thevirus

Coughorsneeze

into your elbow

Stay home

if youare sick

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 03327 8945

or kcs.coord@wellbeingnc.org.nz

• St Vincent 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 03313 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

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 byonline at covid19.govt.nz.

For other health related issuescall 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

youthline.co.nz


NEWS &CLASSIFIEDS

14 North Canterbury News, April 16, 2020

Committee helps the vulnerable

By ROBYN BRISTOW

Asmall group of NorthCanterbury

residents are reaching out to the elderly

and vulnerable in their community during

the Covid­19lockdown.

Regulartelephone calls, grocery

vouchers and help with payingfor

firewood are some of the comforts being

provided for Waiau,Rotherham and

Culverden’s elderly,people living alone,

solo parents and the vulnerable.

It is thankstothe efforts of asevenmember

CommunityResponse

Committee, and the experience gained

from the recovery of those communities

afterthe November 2016 quake.

Emma Duncan, who heads the

committee, saysher experience as part of

the HurunuiDistrictCouncil’s recovery

team after the 2016 earthquake, prompted

her to gatherupcommittee members in

the Waiau, Rotherham andCulverden

areasbefore thelockdown kickedin. Alist

of people to contact was formulated.

‘‘I hadsome experience aboutwhat a

disaster looked like, and knewwhile there

were many peopleinisolation using

devices, social media and Facebook to stay

in touch, therewere manyelderly people

who had no connection to thesetypes of

devices.

‘‘Theirforum is alandline,’’ she says.

Emma says it is not justthe elderly

feelinganxiousand uncertain. There are

solo parents,people livingalone and

people with health issues.

Before lockdown, she gathered the

group of empathetic, caringand willing

women together,and work began.

The group has also gained funding to

help those caught short withnofirewood,

or who are struggling with the grocery and

fuel bill.

It is alsoexpecting that, whenpower

bills arrive in letterboxes, especially with

everyone home using devices and heaters,

there willbesome who will need help to

pay them.

Emma says the Amuri CommunityTrust

is supporting the committee, and funding

from theMinistry of Society Development

and Te Puni Kokirihas enabled the

committee to ensure those needing help,

can get it.

‘‘Theresponse has beenreally good and

the supportwehave been abletogive has

been reallybeneficial,’’ she says.

‘‘It is all trial and error. Whatisneeded

may increaseand we are now considering

what things might looklike at Level 3, and

what sortofservice that we might try to

provide.

‘‘There are alot of unknowns,but at the

moment we seemtobeeffective,’’ Emma

says.

Aboutsix loads of wood had been

delivered, and grocery vouchers had been

givenout to strugglingfamilies.

‘‘Thesupporthas been really

appreciated and it has helped everyone

remain positive in these trying

circumstances.’’

To registerwith the committee, call

Emma on (027) 510 6353 or email

grantemma1206@gmail.com.She will

ensure people are connectedwithone of

the group members immediately.

Budgeting service works through lockdown

By DAVID HILL

NorthCanterbury's budget

advisory service hopestohave

“a doublecelebration” once

coronavirus is defeated.

Budgeting ServicesNorth

Canterbury Inc (BSNC) was

preparing to celebrate its 40th

birthday thismonth. While

festivitiesare on hold,its

financial mentors are still

working,service manager

Sharon Grant says.

“We are planning agreat

event which will celebrate

knocking the virus on its head,

as well as our 40th. Adouble

celebration!”

Financial mentorand

chairwoman Leone Evanssays

the Rangiora­based Citizen's

AdviceBureau (CAB)

identified aneed for

budgetingservicesinthe

Rangiora areainAugust, 1979.

In Aprilof1980 the Rangiora

Home Budgetingand Advisory

Service was established.

It changed its name to

Budgeting Services North

Canterbury Inc in November,

2014.

Since 1980,the group has

helped more than 3300

familiesand individuals with

their budgeting needs.

“Wenow workwith between

220and 250 families and

individuals per year.”

Over theyears, 105

volunteer budget advisers,

now known as financial

mentors,have worked with the

service. Today, there are three

paidfinancial mentors, five

volunteers and threetrainees.

The service is continuing to

operatethrough the lockdown,

withmentors using phones,

texting, email and Skype.

To contact the service,

phone (03) 313 3503orgoto

bsnc.org.nz.For urgent help,

contactthe MoneyTalks

helplineon0800 345 123.

Public Notices

Cheviot Area School Board of Trustees

Casual Vacancy for an elected trustee

Acasual vacancy has occurred on the board of

trustees for an elected parent representative.

The board has resolved under section 105 ofthe

Education Act 1989 to fill the vacancy by selection.

If ten percent or more of eligible voters on the school

roll ask the board, within28daysofthis notice being

published, to hold aby-election to fill the vacancy,

then aby-election willbeheld.

Any eligible voter who wishes to ask the board to

hold aby-election should writeby7May2020.

To:Chairperson

c/oBoard of Trustees Secretary

botsecretary@cheviot.school.nz

or Post to: Chairperson

c/o Board of Trustees SecretaryCheviot Area School

546DownsRd, RD1

Cheviot 7381

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service?

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how you can help.

Email us at

info@ncnews.co.nz

to find out more

Amberley Gun Club

All shooting at the club

has been suspended

until future notice,

due to Covid-19. This

decision is in line with the

national body cancelling

all registered shooting

throughout New Zealand.

Please keep safe and well.

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Trade&Services

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