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Former cop

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Retail project may be on hold

DEFERRAL: The retail development detailed in this artist impression may be put on hold for more than a year to mitigate the

financial impacts of Covid-19. ​

• By Devon Bolger

THE RETAIL sector planned

for Rolleston may be deferred

for at least a year due to the

impacts of Covid-19.

Mayor Sam Broughton said

the district council will determine

the priority of all projects

from community feedback

received through the Annual

Plan process.

“The key project that we

suggest take a back seat for at

least 12 months is the retail

side of the Rolleston Town

Centre.

“The new library and

community centre (Te Ara

Atea), the town square and

reserve need to continue as well

as the in-ground infrastructure

for future development but

the investment in retail and

entertainment is not as vital in

the current environment,” he

said.

•Turn to page 5

No fines

after fire

started

without

permit

• By Devon Bolger

THE PEOPLE who lit a rubbish

fire that burned through 2ha of

grass near Greenpark Huts have

not been fined.

A Fire and Emergency NZ

spokesman said instead they

decided to take an educational

approach.

“We reminded those involved

that a restricted season means they

need a permit to be able to light

open-air fires,” he

said.

Fire crews

from Lincoln and

Rolleston were

called to the blaze

about 2.45pm on

Sunday.

The fire started

on Department

of Conservation

Jeremy

Greenwood

land which is in an all year round

restricted fire season.

Said Lincoln chief fire officer

Jeremy Greenwood: “It is pretty

disappointing as it puts us at risk

having to go out there.”

•Turn to page 5

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Being cooped up at home

brings out the caveman

These bears were sunning it up on Lincoln-Rolleston Rd at

the weekend.

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That’s the message from the

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I’ve been called a noise polluter

because I apparently talk

too loud, particularly when I am

on the phone. Given I am working

from home I’m on the phone

a lot. A sharp “keep your voice

down” has been fairly regular.

And a caveman?

I suppose in years gone by I’ve

been a bit primitive at times,

nothing unusual in that for a

young fella but those days are

long gone.

I’m a caveman because I’ve

only had the razor out a couple

of times over the past month,

and I’ve got a bit furry.

I thought the furry, prickly

look might not have been an

issue inside the bubble, but I was

wrong.

“When are you going to have

a shave?” “Tomorrow.” The

following day: “When are you

going to have a shave?” “Tomorrow.”

You get the jist.

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But maybe it’s just that kind of

look on me.

So I experimented.

“I hear Chalkie has grown a

couple of big mutton chops during

the lockdown,” I ventured.

“That would look interesting,”

came the reply.

“And I also hear Big Denis is

now sporting a goaty beard,” I

said.

“That might suit him,” she

laughed.

Pushing it, I added: “And

Macca’s gone the ZZ Top way.”

“What’s a ZZ Top?,” she asked.

“Doesn’t matter,” I murmured.

Then the coup de grace.

We were out walking and

approaching us was a figure I

Message

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thought I knew, but there

wasn’t something not quite the

same.

As he got closer, I realised it

was Bevan, who was sporting a

lockdown beard.

“I didn’t recognise ya,” I

laughed as we got closer.

We got talking and I

introduced him to the better

half.

“He seems a nice guy,” my

better half later said.

“Yeah, he’s a really good guy,”

I replied, adding quietly: “He

looks like a bit of a caveman

though.”

No response.

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Council to receive

plan for Prebbleton reserve

• By Devon Bolger

THE PROPOSED masterplan

for a multi-million dollar reserve

development on Birchs Rd in

Prebbleton will be presented to

the district council today.

The plan features a fenced

dog park

with exercise

equipment for

your pet and a

separate area

for small dogs

that will also

be fenced.

A number

John Reid

of large

grassed open

spaces are

also included that will cater for

organised sports and informal

use. Sports field lighting would

be available for the largest space.

Utilities such as change

rooms, public toilets and 400

car parks also feature in the

proposal.

The masterplan will be presented

to district councillors for

approval at a meeting today.

If approved, there will be an

opportunity for the public to

PROGRESS: The proposed masterplan for a reserve

development at this site on Birchs Rd, Prebbleton, features a

dog park, sports fields and bike trails.

make submissions on the plan.

In November last year, public

consultation was undertaken

on a draft masterplan for the

project and a total of 58 submissions

were received.

District council major projects

manager John Reid said the

feedback received was positive

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and supportive of the plan.

“We appreciate the time and

effort that has been put in to

providing many thoughtful and

overwhelmingly supportive

comments.

“They have helped form the

revised proposal and more will

be included over time as we

work on a more detailed layout

of the park. We look forward to

keeping working with the community

to create this exciting

community space,” Mr Reid

said.

Some of the key messages

included in the submissions

regarding what the community

would like in the park were:

•A strong sense of place reflected

in native planting and an

emphasis on the rural character

and Prebbleton history

•Playground features, picnic

areas, shade trees, wide footpaths

and amenities such as

drinking fountains, toilets, seating

and BBQ areas.

•A cycling theme throughout

the park with various bike or

scooter trails linking to the Rail

Trail

The multi-purpose sport and

recreation park will be built on a

22ha site on Birchs Rd, between

Leadleys Rd and Hamptons Rd.

The land was purchased by

the district council in 2016 for

$2.3 million and a further $8.98

million has been set aside for the

project.

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Bid to start work

on final stage

of cycleway

• By Devon Bolger

CONSTRUCTION ON the final

stage of the Leeston to Doyleston

cycleway may begin after the

lockdown.

The district council is negotiating

with the contractor of the

project to start the work when the

country moves down from alert

level four.

In a transportation update report

it said all documentation has been

fully completed for two landowners

to allow access to the site for

construction with a third still to be

finalised.

Work at both the Leeston and

Doyleston ends of the cycleway

was completed earlier this year.

The remaining route of the cycleway

will be constructed off-road

between the two townships.

District council asset delivery

manager Andrew Mazey said the

project is important to both communities.

“It will allow children to have a

safe walking and cycling facility

to and from local schools. It also

provides a more sustainable and

healthy transport link between the

townships that doesn’t rely on the

use of private motor vehicles.”

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DEDICATED: New Zealand Army nursing service sisters on the Western Front in France sometime during 1917-1918. Right – Staff nurse Fanny Abbott of

Southbridge seated in a sand cart in Egypt in 1915.

Sacrifices made in war remembered

THIS TIME of shared national

confinement leading up to Anzac

Day gives us an opportunity

to reflect on the sacrifices New

Zealanders made during World

War 1 between 1914 and 1918.

We can get a greater

appreciation of the personal loss

when we read of the experiences

for individual families and the

price they paid for service to

King and Country.

One such example of this is

the Abbott family of ‘Clifton,’

Southbridge.

The year 1915 proved tragic

for the widowed mother, Isabella

Abbott, who had four of her

adult children serving in the

New Zealand Expeditionary

Force overseas. By the end of that

year, two of her sons serving in

the Canterbury Mounted Rifles

had lost their lives.

Ameral Abbott had died of

enteric fever in Egypt in May

and George Abbott was killed in

action at Gallipoli in August. A

third son, Charles, was serving

in the Auckland Mounted Rifles

at this time but managed to

survive the campaigns in Egypt

and Palestine.

However, that year Mrs Abbott

came very close to suffering

further loss when her daughter,

Fanny, was a passenger on a ship

that was torpedoed and sunk in

the Mediterranean Sea.

Fanny was one of 515 nurses

who volunteered for overseas

service in the New Zealand

Army nursing service during

the war, of which 12 were to lose

their lives. Nurses proved an

integral part of the New Zealand

Expeditionary Force, but their

sacrifice has been overshadowed

and sometimes forgotten due

to the huge loss of lives to our

soldiers, sailors and airmen.

It was with the sinking of the

SS Marquette near Salonika,

Greece, on October 23, 1915,

that led to the greatest loss of life

for the nursing service during

the war. Of the 35 nurses of the

NZ No.1 Stationary Hospital

on board the ship, 10 drowned,

including three from Canterbury

- Nona Hildyard, Lorna Rattray

and Margaret Rogers.

Historian and district council staff member Wayne

Stack continues his monthly look at Selwyn’s past.

Anyone with suggestions for future features can phone

Wayne on 021 119 9107. Leading up to Anzac Day this

month’s article is about the experience of World War 1

nurse Fanny Abbott who narrowly escaped death after

the ship she was in was torpedoed and sunk in the

Mediterranean Sea

This incident was contentious

in that it was argued the staff

should have been travelling

on the clearly marked British

hospital ship, Grantully Castle,

which had left Alexandria empty

for Salonika the same day as

the Marquette. As a result of

this incident the New Zealand

Government requested the War

Office in London to ensure that

the subsequent transfer of New

Zealand medical staff by sea

would be made on designated

hospital ships.

Three days after the tragedy

Fanny wrote home to her mother

letting her know she was safe,

describing her experience during

the sinking. At this stage of the

war it was common for letters

to families to be published in

local papers as a way of providing

communities with a greater

understanding of the ordeals of

overseas service during the war.

In January 1916 extracts from

her letter were published in the

Ellesmere Guardian, and this

showed how close Mrs Abbott

came to losing a third child in

the war:

Well, here I am on board this

hospital ship (HMHS Grantully

Castle), safe and well as can

be expected, except for

scratches and bruises and a

whole bit stiff, but thankful to

be alive. We are only allowed

to say so much.

The ship was torpedoed at

9.05am on October 23. I was

in the bathroom and was only

partly dressed. There was no

mistaking the knock was from

anything but a torpedo. Made

a wild rush for the cabin for a

lifebelt, at which we had had

two practices and lucky for us

we had each been given one.

I did not wait to finish dressing

but put on my dress on the

way to the cabin. I thought of

the ‘Royal Edward’ and the

three minutes it took to go

down and did not wait to save

anything – even my watch

and money belt had to be left

behind.

Most of us were in the water

at 9.15. The boats were lowered

in a sort of way, but the

crews were so panic-stricken

that they were absolutely

useless. One boat got away

safely with Colonel McGavin

and about 50 men. The officers

who were with us called to the

men, “Get out of that boat and

play the man,” and they very

foolishly got out, but it was too

late, the ship went too quickly.

I slid down a rope into a boat,

along with Popplewell and

Rattray, and this boat crashed

Our Great

history

WITH WAYNE STACK

DOOMED:

The SS

Marquette

prior to

being used

as a troop

transport

ship in 1915.

on top of some sisters in the

next boat. I jumped into the

water and called to the other

two to do the same, but they

stuck to it, although one end

was half under water.

I swam out a few yards and

caught a floating lifebelt, but

could not get far owing to the

suction, and I could see the

huge keel of the ship towering

above me and thought I would

never clear it. However, I did

get clear and paddled about

on my own – thought I was

better there than going back.

I was just about done after

an hour when a RAMC (Royal

Army Medical Corps) boy

caught me by the waist and

said: “Here sister, I must save

you.” He held me for about

half-an-hour, then we struck a

raft and to this I held on.

We gradually collected

a few more drifters and

altogether we were about 16.

We kept two poor stewards,

hauled them on to the rafts

and had to let them go about

an hour before help arrived.

They passed away from

exhaustion, poor things. One

had a wife and tried to give us

a message at the last, but we

could not catch it.

We were all under water

up to our armpits, except the

two boys sitting on the raft,

who were supporting two sick

ones, and they were waistdeep

in water, so you can

imagine how far the raft was

under water.

I could not see a sign of any

of the other girls and thought

they could not possibly have

held out, but here we all are, all

but 10 of us. Nine of the nurses

(myself included) were picked

up at 4.40pm by a patrol boat,

H.M.S Lynn, and we shall never

forget the kindness shown to

us.

In all 150 survivors were

picked up. Of course, we all

regret having lost everything,

but we are glad so many lives

were saved. A good many of

the girls had a very bad time

– caught hold of boats which

turned over and over and kept

going under. Three Christchurch

girls were lost.

It was just like pictures of

the Lusitania and Empress of

Ireland disasters. The wireless

operator was with us and sent

out a message, but evidently

no one got it.

Oh, it was a dreadful time.

A feeling came over me that I

must let go, but the help I received

from a boy – brave lad

– and the thought of you gave

me renewed strength.

We don’t know what we are

to do, for we have no hospital

and no money, but, as Major

Acland says, New Zealand will

not see us stuck.

Fanny Abbott showed great

strength in surviving over seven

hours in the water and continued

to serve overseas, mostly on hospital

ships, until early 1919. She

got married in Sydney in 1921.

The Nurses’ Memorial Chapel

at Christchurch Hospital commemorates

the three Christchurch

nurses who lost their

lives during the sinking of the

Marquette.

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Purrfect adventure for Ockhi

• By Devon Bolger

OCKHI THE cat loves to join

his family on their walks around

Rolleston.

Amanda and Matt Mulvena take

the mostly indoor two-year-old

bengal cat walking regularly.

Mrs Mulvena said he attracts

a lot of attention from the community.

“Most people think he is a dog

at first until they look again. He

usually gets lots of pats too which

he loves, not at the moment with

the lockdown though,” she said.

Ockhi is usually taken to

Halswell Quarry or the beach but

has had to settle for closer to home

over the last month.

“He has also come with us on

road trips down to Central Otago

to visit our family.”

ADVENTURE: Ochki the cat regularly accompanies Matt

Mulvena of Rolleston on a walk.

Have your say on Annual Plan

Permits required to light open-air fires

•From page 1

All of Selwyn is currently in a

restricted fire season, meaning a

permit is required to light a fire

in open air.

The FENZ spokesman said

•From page 1

The district council had

proposed allocating funds to

provide for commercial property

investment in the town centre.

The consultation document

for the district’s Annual Plan

has been approved and will be

released today for the public to

have their say.

Said Mayor Sam Broughton:

“In this new environment our

focus will change and some of

the projects we previously saw

as priorities will now be less

important.

“So I encourage people to give

us feedback through the Annual

Plan on how the council can best

contribute to recovery,” he said.

Residents can also have their

say on a rates freeze or lower increase

for the next financial year

to mitigate the financial impacts

of Covid-19.

Options include next

year’s rates being held

at the same level as they

are now or an increase

between zero and 3.5 per

cent.

Residents were expecting

an average 3.5 per

cent increase in rates.

The district council

may also approve an

economic recovery package

to further help struggling

ratepayers at a meeting today.

The options being considered

include:

•Extending rates payment for

the 2019/20 financial year, due in

June and September, until June

they are asking the public not to

seek a permit unless they have to.

“Generally we are only issuing

permits for things like agricultural

burn-offs and biosecurity

burns.

Sam

Broughton

One beer to many?

THIS BEAR was spotted sound

asleep among some unwanted

furniture in a subdivision under

construction in Lincoln on

Wednesday.

Also noted was the empty beer

bottle, maybe a reason the bear was

having a snooze, as hibernation is

traditionally still some weeks away.

Possibly, the bear had been frequenting

this property not far away

from his snoozing place, where the

driveway and adjacent walkway

have become gathering points for

neighbourhood drinks and convivial

conversation during lockdown.

Social distancing rules have been

strictly observed, Selwyn Times has

been told.

2021 for ratepayers that enter

into a direct debit payment

plan.

•Businesses that

have received the wage

subsidy and ratepayers

who have lost their jobs

or lost 20 per cent or

more of their income

from all sources could

be eligible for a twoyear

deferral on payments.

Consultation on the

draft Annual Plan will

close on May 22.

•The consultation

document and submission

process will be available

online from today at selwyn.

govt.nz

“Our advice to people is not

to burn right now unless they

really have to because volunteer

firefighters have to leave their

bubbles if it is an emergency,” the

spokesman said.

ECOSYSTEM: The St Bernard’s wetland near the Cass township

is getting funding from the Selwyn-Waihora Zone committee. ​

Funding to help

high country

wetland project

AN UNTOUCHED piece of land

in the district’s high country is

being protected due to funding

from the Selwyn-Waihora zone

committee.

St Bernard’s wetland

is a 6ha area of mixedecosystem

native wetland

vegetation near the

township of Cass.

Earlier this year,

contractors conducted

spraying to kill invasive

species that were beginning

to encroach on the

wetland.

The weed control project is

funded by an Immediate Steps

grant approved by the zone committee.

The surrounding land is owned

by Canterbury University which

leases it to nearby Cass Station

for farming.

Due to its location and a confusion

over whether it was part of

Ellen

Williamson

the lease, the wetland was never

drained or farmed and is now

one of the few remnants of highcountry

wetland in the area.

Environment Canterbury

biodiversity adviser

for the Selwyn-Waihora

zone Ellen Williamson

says the project has a

biodiversity found in few

parts of Canterbury’s

highland.

“It’s an area with very

important ecological

and cultural values,” she

says. “It also aligns with

the criteria for Immediate Steps

and our zone implementation

programme addendum, and

is a priority area under our zone’s

action plan.”

The funding application was a

joint project between ECan,

the University of Canterbury

and KiwiRail, which owns

some land on the wetland margin.

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Can you tell me about your

time as a police officer?

I did just under 20 years of

front-line policing. I finished

up in Canterbury but my

first posting was Greymouth.

I spent nine months there.

I then spent eight years

in Westport, which is my

home town. Then I came

to Canterbury and I was an

investigator in the criminal

investigation unit which was

based at the Selwyn police

headquarters. It was in the

Burnham Military Camp at

that time. I spent about seven

years in the police in Selwyn.

How did you find policing

in Selwyn compared to

Westport?

The people are very similar,

they’re country people so I

really enjoyed that and relate

well with them because that’s

my background too.

Are there any stand-out

cases you worked on?

A stand-out case for me was

actually my last High Court

trial. It was a domestic-related

incident that happened up the

back of Glentunnel.

What kind of work do you

do for the Selwyn District

Council?

I am the people and safety

adviser. It’s kind of like being

in the police in that you’re

there to help people. I advise

them on anything related to

health and safety really, there

is a team of two of us as the

council’s health, safety and

well-being team. A lot of my

time is taken up working with

community committees, we

have about 90 in the district.

I’ve been in the position for

coming up three years now.

How did you make the

pivot from policing to the

district council?

One of the reasons I left

the police was because my

role changed a bit and there

were no full-time positions

available at that time in the

forensic photography sector in

town. I had been studying for

a diploma in the subject. I was

also getting a lot of call-outs

in the middle of the night

and we had just had our first

baby, and so I decided to do

something different. I’d been

a cop since I was 19. When I

decided to get out of the police

I wanted to do something I

was interested in so I went to

university to study history. I’ve

now got three post-graduate

degrees in history. In 2014 the

HR manager at the council

called me, I used to work with

him in the police, because

they needed someone on a

temporary basis urgently. I

started as a facilities

officer and was

made

permanent after 12 months.

I was later approached to see

if I would take on the health

and safety role. I would say

my years at university doing

history didn’t really prepare

me for the roles I have had in

the council but it has helped

me in my relationships with

the community.

Where did your passion for

history start?

My passion is military

history and New Zealand

social history. They’re my

specialist fields. I’ve had

two books published on the

expeditionary forces for World

War 1 and 2. I’ve got two more

that are due for publication

next year. One in the UK

because my masters thesis

was on the British Army and

Ireland during the Napoleonic

Wars so it probably wouldn’t

sell as well here. Currently, I

am helping one community

committee out at Southbridge,

they are creating a new war

memorial in a park out there

so I am helping them with

that, researching all the people

out there who did go overseas.

We have no official historian at

the council so I suppose I am

like the de-facto one.

When did you start writing

history articles for the Selwyn

Times?

It has been about two and a

half years now. I got involved

during Rolleston’s 150th

celebration. They didn’t have a

historian for the ceremony so

I volunteered. We had a lot of

people saying: ‘Oh we haven’t

got any history in Selwyn,’

and we got a bit annoyed

with that because there is

heaps of history. From there

we, councillor Jeff Bland and

I, decided to try to promote

history in Selwyn. The district

council really supports me in

writing the features as it is a

good way to engage with the

community

Do you have a favourite

historical site in Selwyn?

I like the ones that have

some personal experiences.

My most recent article (page

4), about a nurse who survived

Wayne Stack

Historian and former cop

now advising on safety

Wayne Stack has served the community

for over 25 years. The historian speaks

to Devon Bolger about his time as a

police officer and working for the district

council

SELWYN TIMES

TEAM PLAYER: Historian

Wayne Stack also

co-manages the Marist

Albion colts rugby team.

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN ​

the sinking of a ship during

World War 1, I really enjoyed

writing. Another one that I

did was about the Lakeside

Memorial Hall and why it was

built. A whole community got

together to build a hall and

I think that is quite

special.

What do you like about

Selwyn?

I would have to say the

people. They are down to

earth, they have a rural

perspective and a greater

sense of community than

what you would find in the

city.

I hear you are involved in

rugby?

I am co-manager of the

Marist Albion colts. It is the

under-21 team at the club.

This is my first season

managing, my son plays on

the team. It has been a bit

strange obviously, we have

only played one game so far.

I also coached the juniors for

seven years but I had a break

when my boy went to high

school.

Could you tell me a little bit

about your family?

I have two teenage

children, a boy and a girl.

My wife Susanne is the

assistant principal at Our

Lady of Victories School in

Sockburn.


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Bremner brimming

with confidence

SPORT

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• By Jacob Page

CHELSEA Bremner’s potentially

big year will have to wait a little

longer.

The Lincoln University lock

is a contracted Black Fern for

the first time in 2020 after an

impressive campaign with Canterbury

which saw her named

the best player in the Farah

Palmer Cup.

She looked set to make her

first appearance in a black jersey

later this year until the coronavirus

outbreak occurred.

“I’m trying to think on the

positive side of things,” she said.

“I’m excited to get my first run

in the black jersey. I’m trying

to think of the big picture and

realise there will be a time when

my chance will come.”

The 24-year-old who teaches

an intermediate class at Hornby

High School believes it is all part

of the process.

Having grown up on a farm

near Little River, Bremner only

started playing rugby in 2016

after playing netball during her

formative years.

“That first year I played

premier netball on a Tuesday

night and so I was able to play

rugby on a Saturday and I really

enjoyed the social side of rugby,”

she said.

“Plus in netball I was a goal

shoot and was limited in my

space on the court where in

rugby you can be physical and

my fitness is a strength.”

She credited sister Alana, who

has played lock for Canterbury,

with getting her up to speed

quickly.

“We’re best friends and we

literally do everything together

and we aren’t competitive with

each other at all and whatever

happens we’re both really happy

for each other.

TALENT: Chelsea Bremner is happy to do the hard yards in

preparation for a Black Ferns debut. ​

“This year she’s made the

switch to flanker.’’

She said keeping routine has

been the most important thing

for her during the lockdown.

“I’ve been going to bed at a

normal time and waking up

early,” she said.

“After breakfast I go straight

and do a running block or a gym

block.

“It has felt like an extra long

pre-season.’’

Bremner said on top of earning

a national debut she wants to

push her claims for a World Cup

spot next year.

“That would be the ultimate

dream.”

She said she had worked on

physicality and work rate over

the past 12 months in an effort

to get a national call-up.

“My biggest work-ons were

just being dominant and aggressive

at ruck time and in the line

out, having good aerial skills

and proving my point there.”

Black Ferns assistant coach,

Wesley Clarke said Bremner’s

drive and willingness to learn

had really helped her progression.

“Chelsea is coachable, she asks

for help and she works bloody

hard,” he said.

“She’s a hard working country

girl with a great attitude.”

Ransley a contender

in virtual motorsport

championship

• By Jacob Page

PREBBLETON race car driver

Jaden Ransley remains in

striking distance of the leaders

heading into the fourth round

of the virtual ARG eSports Cup

event tomorrow night in Monza,

Italy.

After a consistent third round

last Thursday, the 19-year-old

maintained fourth position in the

championship standings after a

fifth and seventh in the two races

around New York’s Watkins Glen

track.

“Just to keep out of trouble

and get some points means we

are well in the hunt heading into

round four (tomorrow),” he said.

Ransley will switch from his

Audi RS3 TCR car to a Dallara

formula three car for tomorrow

night’s racing.

MOTIVATED: Prebbleton’s

Jaden Ransley says consistent

finishes are the key in the ARG

eSport Cup event which enters

its fourth round tomorrow at

Monza in Italy.

“It’s another challenge and

something new during this period

so I’m looking forward to it.

“The key is not putting yourself

in a situation where you get taken

out or you take someone else out.

“The first lap is often carnage.

It’s not easy to do it but if you can

get clean air you generally get a

good result.”

Ransley said he was focused on

earning points for the latter part

of the season.

“The championship is the big

goal.

“I’d love to be out on the track

competing like normal but it’s

nice to still be racing and not

have to leave home and be away

so much.

“Considering what others have

to deal with in their sport, I’m

pretty fortunate, I feel.”

BACKYARD CRITTERS

Get the kids out hunting for bugs during lockdown

Running out of ideas to

keep the kids engaged?

Looking for something

educational to keep

them happy in the

confined space of your

lockdown bubble? How

about checking out the

insects, spiders and

other invertebrates in

your backyard? Mike

Bowie, an entomologist/

ecologist from Lincoln

University, has been

recording his Lincoln

backyard bug biodiversity

for a few years now and

has found more 250

species of invertebrates

at his section in Lincoln.

He photographs his

discoveries and records

them on iNaturalistNZ

(https://inaturalist.nz )

I CONTINUALLY find new

species as new pests arrive

in the country and disperse

southwards, finally reaching

our section in Lincoln.

Other native species arrive

in our garden as my native

plantings mature and become

more diverse.

Knowing what lives in your

backyard is both educational

and also useful for managing

pests in your garden.

Only last week I found the

tomato potato psyllids ravaging

my tomatoes.

Although I am an

experienced entomologist

I can’t identify all the

invertebrate species, so I rely

on entomological experts on

iNaturalistNZ to help. For

this reason I believe anyone,

including kids, can record their

backyard bugs to see what they

find in their bubble.

iNaturalistNZ is free and is

available as a cellphone app or

can be used on your laptop.

The app is very powerful and

can identify observations you

load using image recognition

software based on its library of

millions of stored images.

You can setup your own

project on iNaturalistNZ on

birds, fungi, plants, insects, or

just put casual observations if

you want to identify something.

Invertebrates or bug hunting

is a good project for kids as

there are plenty of species living

around us. You could find a

moth called a ruddy streak or a

dusky scuttler on your windows

at night.

Alternatively you can search

on plants, under paving stones

or wood on the ground, on

walls of your house or flowers

in your garden. You can also

shake or beat vegetation while

holding a light-coloured sheet,

large tray or basin directly

under the branch.

Insect pollinators can be

caught by making simple pan

traps using a yellow, white or

blue container such as an ice

cream container half filled

with water and a few drops of

dishwashing liquid.

Another method called a

pitfall trap is essentially a jar or

plastic pot set snugly into a hole

in the ground with some water

and detergent added to the pot.

THe trick then is being able

to get a reasonable image of

your specimen to load on to

iNaturalistNZ. Happy bug

hunting.


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Wednesday April 22 2020 9

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their community if they are

ANY DECISION on helping people

forced to self-isolate because of

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think that we are just looking

it will be because most of the supermarkets

are providing online

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For us, it’s about responsiveness

delivery and things like that but

to the central government

it’s just hard to know how it’s going

to pan out.

guidelines, the safety of staff

and the safety of our communities.”

“I just think they [people] just

need to let us know what they

It follows calls from

need and we’ll do our best to

Christchurch city councillors to

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Mrs Hodder said there is no

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THE earthquake-damaged

former Sockburn Service Centre

could finally be demolished in

July – if the funding needed is

obtained.

It comes as the

Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton

Community

Board has written

in its draft

submission to

the city council’s

Annual Plan

Mike Mora

2019-2020,

requesting the city council addresses

the budget gap so the

buildings can be removed as soon

as possible.

Board chairman Mike Mora

said the final submission is yet to

be completed but it was likely the

demolition of the site would be

requested.

The former service centre, on

Main South Rd, has been a source

of tension for years with residents

unhappy with the state of the site.

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Healthy fish dish for all the family

Fish and red pepper stew

– Serves 4

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil

1 onion

2 cloves garlic

1 red pepper

2 medium carrots

150g button mushrooms

1 tsp ground cumin

¼ tsp chilli powder

1 tbsp oregano

400g chopped tomatoes

600g white fish, cut into 3cm cubes

1 salt and freshly ground pepper

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp parsley

Directions

Heat a large frying pan, then add the

oil, onion, carrots garlic, red pepper

strips and mushrooms. Cook over a

medium-low heat for 10min, stirring

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softened but not browned.

Add the cumin, chilli, oregano and

the canned tomatoes and juice and

bring to the boil. Add the cubed fish,

then turn stove down to a gentle heat

and simmer fish for five to 10min or

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Sprinkle the dish with lemon juice

and season with salt and pepper.

Scatter with chopped parsley and serve.

Tip: Any white-fleshed fish works

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with chicken and lengthen the cooking time.

Roast lamb chops with

cajun spiced pumpkin

Ingredients

½ pumpkin

2cm olive oil

1kg lamb chop

1 lemon

1 tbsp cajun spice

pinch of salt and freshly ground

pepper

1 tbsp to serve sour cream

¼ cup fresh coriander

Directions

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pumpkin and remove seeds. Cut

pumpkin flesh into 2cm cubes

and scatter over the base of an

oiled oven pan.

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pumpkin. Drizzle all over with

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250g chicken, skinned and boned

1 tbsp fresh ginger

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp mirin

1 tsp chilli paste

4 brown mushrooms, sliced

220g Udon noodles, (packet)

cooked

4 cups chinese cabbage, or 5,

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1 cup bean sprouts

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• By Louis Day

CALLS HAVE been made to

stop rates increases in response

to the Covid-19 crisis.

City councillors James Gough,

Sam MacDonald, Catherine

Chu, Phil Mauger, Aaron Keown

and James Daniels have sent a

letter to Mayor Lianne Dalziel

asking her to lead a conversation

as to how a zero per cent rates

increase could be achieved this

year.

The city council is proposing

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per cent across all ratepayers in

this year’s Draft Annual Plan

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will be finalised before July 1.

The 2018-2028 Long Term

Plan also predicts a 50 per cent

rates increase over 10 years.

Said Cr MacDonald: “In

the current environment it’s

clear business as usual is not

appropriate and the council

needs to look at how we enable

this 12-month rates increase

freeze to occur, it’s crucial for

the economic confidence of our

city.”

Ms Dalziel said the las thing

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“Calm heads must and will

prevail,” she said.

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A the same time, the council

is meeting with our economic

development agency, ChristchurchNZ,

the Canterbury Employers’

Chamber of Commerce

and other key players so we are

best prepared for the economic

challenges that lie ahead.”

City council chief executive

Dawn Baxendale did not rule a

zero rates rise out.

“We’re considering a series of

options in light of the extraor-

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dinary circumstances related to

Covid-19. We will discuss these

options with elected members

as we develop the Annual Plan,”

she said.

The push from city councillors

for a freeze on rates rises comes

shortly after Minister of Finance

Grant Robertson announced

a $12.1 billion package to aid

the economy in response to the

Covid-19 pandemic.

The biggest boost is $5.1

billion towards wage subsidies

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Civil Defence Community Response

reaching thousands

The Selwyn Civil Defence team has been working to contact and help thousands of residents during the

Level 4 Alert period.

The Council-led team has been at work since 24 March, when an emergency operations centre was

established providing Selwyn-based support to people through welfare assistance, information and

helping keep people safe.

Staff have been operating an urgent welfare helpline, delivering food parcels, looking after people in

Selwyn campgrounds and coordinating supply to foodbanks. The team has also been supporting the

Ministry of Social Development, calling 1500 Cantabrians who are over 70, living alone and do not have

access to the internet to check on them, Council Civil Defence Manager Al Lawn says.

“Staff have been amazing, they have called people up and helped them know that someone cares.”

The effort on the ground has been led by 33 Community Response Teams. Around 180 volunteers based

across Selwyn who have been organising efforts to keep people connected and safe in their communities.

The team also filled in delivering Meals on Wheels for the Red Cross and delivered leaflets with key

information and contact details to access support to over 2000 to people who are elderly or isolated

across the district.

“They’re locals, who know locals and find local solutions to support each other using the links they

already have and they’ve been fantastic.”

We may be at home, but we're not alone. For tips on getting through together check out the Getting

Through Together campaign at allright.org.nz.

· Urgent welfare – 0800 24 24 11

Assistance for emergency food, household goods/services or other welfare-type requests

· Accommodation – 0508 754 163

· Financial support including WINZ – 0800 779 997

· Essential business enquiries – 0800 22 66 57 or essential@mbie.govt.nz

Chief Executive reappointed for three-year term

Council Chief Executive David Ward has been reappointed to the position for a further three-year term.

The appointment was confirmed by the Council on Wednesday after a three-month recruitment process

managed by independent firm Brannigans, which saw more than 70 candidates apply for the role, from

New Zealand and overseas.

Mayor Sam Broughton says the Council was impressed with the quality of candidates putting

themselves forward for the position and thanks them for applying.

“We are pleased to announce the best person for the next three years of Selwyn District Council has

been appointed. David has successfully guided our organisation through a period of unprecedented

change and growth over the past seven years and we look forward to continuing in that spirit.

“We have confidence in David and like the continuity that this appointment brings – especially as we

move into a period of uncertainty with the district facing a long-term process of community and economic

recovery from the impacts of Covid-19 which will require the council to work and act in new ways.”

Mr Ward has volunteered a 15% pay cut for the next 12 months as the district’s recovery program is

formulated and implemented.

Mr Ward says he was delighted to be reappointed and thanks the Council for showing faith in his

leadership. “I am looking forward to maintaining the strong momentum of the last few years, as we

look ahead to delivering a wide range of projects for the Selwyn community.”

“The Council will have a key role to play in the district’s recovery over the coming months and I’m

pleased we’re in a very sound position to lead and support that process.”

Standing together

for Anzac Day

Traditional Anzac Day commemorations

will not be able to be held this Saturday

(25 April) because of the COVID-19 alert.

This is the first time since services began

in 1916 that New Zealanders are not able

to gather nationwide to mark Anzac Day.

Instead, we’re encouraged to find other

ways to remember and honour those who

served and are serving New Zealand in

conflict and peacekeeping.

At 6am on Saturday the RSA and Defence Force encourage

people to stand for a moment at their letterbox, driveway,

front door, lounge or other appropriate location, but staying

within their bubbles and keeping social distance.

‘Stand at Dawn – apart, but together as one’ is the national

message this year.

RNZ National will broadcast traditional Anzac Service

elements at the same time, including the National Anthem,

Last Post and Reveille. Full details are at www.rsa.org.nz

Find out about other activities and resources to mark Anzac

Day at mch.govt.nz/anzac-day.

Rolleston Residents Association is planning an online service

at 11am. If you have photos that could be shared as part

of the service or would like more information email Michelle

Jones on chair.rolleston.rai@selwyn.govt.nz

Wellbeing challenge hits home

With no recreation centres or facilities open during lockdown, it’s

harder to find motivation for fitness and wellbeing.

To fill this gap, the Council’s sports and recreation team created the

Two-Week Lockdown Wellbeing Challenge.

While it was no replacement for pump, spin or aquafit class, daily

activities all came with their own unique test, whether it was baking

a healthy snack, exercising to the letters of your name, or learning

something new.

Senior District Sports and Recreation co-ordinator Linda Miratana

said the idea came from the five ways of wellbeing: “connect, give,

be active, keep learning and take notice.”

It was a great opportunity to offer people simple ways to boost

wellbeing, resilience and mental health, she says.

The challenge ran on Facebook from 10-23 April and attracted over

100 people, from around Selwyn and as far as Melbourne.

Lincoln resident Becks Mason missed going to the Lincoln Event

Centre for pump and spin classes, but says the challenge turned into

a fun and motivating family time when her whole family got involved.

Her favourite task was exercises

to the letters in your name,

which proved to be a challenge

for her daughter Georgia.

“The longer names had a harder

time. There was quite a bit of

banter and she’s going, it’s not

fair!” Becks laughs.

Fellow participant Jo Weston

says it was a good balance of

activities that anyone could get a

sense of achievement by doing.

She enjoyed the connect

challenge; playing scrabble

with her husband, dusting off

her calligraphy book to learn

something new and baking

healthy snacks.

Senior District Sports and Recreation

co-ordinator Linda Miratana

Council facilities and services

All Council facilities are currently closed under COVID-19 Level 4 restrictions.

For any changes and updates see selwyn.govt.nz/covid19.

Meetings

Council meeting

Wednesday 22 April 2pm

Wednesday 29 April 2pm

Council meetings will be streamed live on

facebook.com/SelwynDistrictCouncil

Council Call

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School work, cards and cooking

in a bubble

Part of our ongoing series on how Selwyn residents are spending

their days in isolation. We hope it will inspire you with some ideas.

For Rolleston College student and Selwyn Youth Council deputy

chairperson Chloe Duff, school’s changed, but the Youth Council is

still active with ideas to support young people.

A ‘normal’ day at school now involves getting up at 9am to eat

breakfast and start work from home. The timetable has changed from

six classes to three, but there’s still plenty that needs to be done.

“There’s always some school work to do so I love being able to get

on with it. I don’t like the situation we are in but it’s keeping people

safe so I am happy we are doing it.”

After lunch she loves being more involved on the farm and with

things she normally wouldn’t have time for, such as cooking up a

storm in the kitchen.

“I love baking it’s a huge passion, so trying new recipes and new

foods are heaps of fun.”

Chloe is a part of the project team for BOOST Bubble, an online

initiative run by Selwyn Youth Council, posting daily content of

positive messages and fun activities and competitions.

She says she loves the initiative and has already made biscuits from

a recipe posted.

“It’s about creating joy and showing young people that we are all in

the same boat.”

If you want to participate in

BOOST Bubble keep an eye out

on Facebook.com/SelwynYouth

and instagram.com/selwyn_youth

and use the hastag #boostbubble

to share what you are doing.

If you or your organisation have

interesting content to share on

social media for Selwyn young

people aged between 12 and 24

years old, please get in touch by

emailing youth.council@selwyn.

govt.nz

Learn to get your driver’s

licence online

Looking at getting your driver’s licence this year – now you can

learn and get ready to be a great driver all online.

The New Zealand Transport Agency and ACC have created an

interactive learning tool for learner and restricted drivers, and learner

driver coaches. Drive.govt.nz is a free website that steps you through

the road code and the essential skills to make you a great driver.

The website helps you work your way through the road code and

skill units such as basics of the road, speed limits and road signs.

You can also track your progress on your customised dashboard

to see what you’ve covered and what you should look at next.

Test questions will check your progress to ensure you are on the

right path and a section on tricky test questions is one to test your

parent’s knowledge out on.

The website is a great way to learn to be safe and independent,

says Council School Road Safety Coordinator Stephanie Hautler,

“In a rural district like Selwyn having a driver’s license is a key

step in having independence. We have a high level of young

drivers compared to more urban areas who have access to public

transport. Drive.govt.nz aims to make our learner and restricted

drivers, great drivers”.

Community capacity building

resource available online

Did you know Sport Canterbury provides online development

opportunities which introduce coaches to a number of valuable

tools no matter their chosen sport or level of coaching? The

SportStart Coach programme covers topics including: getting

started in coaching, creating a safe coaching environment and

thriving under pressure.

It’s one of a group of online capacity building initiatives supporting

community groups, volunteering organisations and sports groups,

available to access through the Council website under the

community section.

Here’s the plan

...have your say

Consultation opens this week on our Draft Annual

Plan for 2020/21.

Our key proposals are set out in the consultation document

– Here’s the plan … have your say – which is now available

online at selwyn.govt.nz/annualplan20.

The document includes six key issues that we are seeking

the community’s feedback on, plus information on the range

of projects and developments planned for the coming 12

months. It also outlines the impact on rates from these

proposals. Here are some key things you should know …

Covid-19 changes things

This plan was mostly developed over the past six months – before the impact of Covid-19

became clear. We know that the world is changing dramatically and we are living in uncertain

times. We’re very aware that the pandemic is having a disruptive effect on the Selwyn community

and economy.

As a result, it’s right for us to take another look at our plans and proposals. Our focus will change

and some of the projects we previously saw as priorities will now be less important. We’d like

feedback on how our priorities might change.

Times will be tough for some

We also know that as the Selwyn economy is affected by the pandemic, many households and

businesses may be facing difficulties. Because of this the Council wants to hear the community’s

views on what level of rates increase is acceptable.

The annual plan originally proposed an average 3.5% rate increase, in line with the 2018–2028

Long Term Plan, but the Council will now seek feedback on options to reduce this. Options

include a rates freeze, with 2020/21 rates held at the same level as the current year, or an increase

somewhere between 0% and 3.5%, depending on savings that can be identified.

We’ll provide help for those facing hardship

As people are struggling it’s important for us to do what we can to help. In addition to reviewing

rates and savings we’re developing a package of rates assistance measures to help people and

businesses facing payment challenges. This may include reduced penalties for late payment,

and an option for extended payments. Other options including rates postponement may also

be explored in the future. More information on the assistance, criteria and how to apply will be

available soon.

We need to plan for recovery

At the same time the Council will have an important part to play in the district’s recovery.

That means we need rates income to continue providing the essential services, facilities and

infrastructure our communities rely on every day. It’s also important that we continue with planned

infrastructure, water, roading and facilities projects that our growing district needs – and which will

provide vital jobs and boost economic activity over the coming months.

We want your feedback and ideas

The consultation process gives you the chance to tell us what you like in our Draft Annual Plan,

things we might do differently – and where our priorities might need to change, especially in these

challenging times. We invite new ideas and new thinking, and ask that you consider how you see

Selwyn developing over the next 30 years, but with immediate focus on 2020/21.

Covid-19 restrictions mean we can’t run the sort of consultation programme we usually do –

information and consultation options are mostly available online. At this stage we also don’t know

what form public hearings will take. We’ll provide updates if things change.

It’s all online

Here’s the plan

...have your say

Annual Plan 2020/21

Consultation Document

You can find out more at our YourSay Selwyn site www.selwyn.govt.nz/annualplan20

· Details on our consultation proposals

· Information on planned projects – district wide and local

· Information on costs and rates impacts

· Online copies of the consultation document

· Online submission form

· Online survey

· Supporting documentation

Key dates

· 22 April Consultation opens

· 22 May Consultation closes, 5pm

· 2–3 June Public hearings (if possible under COVID-19 restrictions)

· 11–12 June Council deliberations

· 24 June Council formally adopts Annual Plan

Also check out next week’s Selwyn Times for more detailed information and examples.

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Subaru XV comfortable on all roads

THERE’S NO doubt sales in the

new car market will suffer this

year as the effects of the Covid-19

pandemic, the lockdown, and the

associated financial ramifications

hit home.

We will certainly see some restructuring

by the big distributors,

and those that are niche market

operators will be working with slim

margins.

One company I’m not worried

about is Subaru NZ. Its operation

is lean and mean, and those who

work within the brand are smart

operators. Plus, it has a wellproven

product line-up that is fresh

throughout, and all models utilise

the symmetrical four-wheel-drive

system which is effectively Subaru’s

trademark.

One of the models I particularly

have an affinity with is the XV, a

car which I encouraged one of my

work colleagues to buy a year or

two back.

The XV isn’t big but it is big on

style and performance. It lands

at $36,490 in base model (Sport)

form, an extra $5k will get you into

the top-grade Premium which gets

all the cool stuff such as keyless

entry and ignition, leather trim,

heated seats, Apple Car Play and

Android Auto, sat nav and sunroof.

I’d far prefer the entry level

model, it stacks up as the most

desirable, it is just as competent as

the Premium and it doesn’t miss

out on much, it even gets Subaru’s

clever Eyesight computer-guided

safety technology which contributes

to an easy Australasian New

Car Assessment Program five-star

safety rating.

The XV is described by Subaru

as a crossover vehicle. It’s not your

traditional sport utility vehicle, but

more of a station wagon on steroids,

simply because it is Impreza

hatchback-based.

It has definite cross-country potential

thanks to ground clearance

that is raised to 220mm; that being

the case, it challenges the orthodox

SUV, and with technology such

as X-mode traction system it is a

definite off-road vehicle. X-mode

is a complex array of management

programs which enhance control

and stability on loose surfaces, it

also works in conjunction with

hill descent control. The entire

four-wheel-drive system is there

to provide grip in the trickiest of

situations.

That is the essence of the symmetrical

drive system in the first

instance, grip on all surfaces is enhanced,

and even in dry conditions

you can feel the benefit of power to

all corners. The Impreza as a series

SUBARU XV: High ground clearance offers substantial

off-road ability.

has confident dry road handling

manners, the XV can be pushed

hard into a corner and it will

respond with much composure. It’s

no exaggeration to say it is athletic

and nimble.

Under the bonnet sits a

horizontally-opposed engine of

1995cc, it drives through a smooth

continuously variable automatic

transmission that has a seven-step,

paddle-shift function. The engine

is a quad-camshaft unit, and even

though it has been Subaru’s go-to

design for many years it is very

much state-of-the-art thanks to

continual refinement.

The engine is rated with 115kW

of power (6000rpm), and 196Nm

of torque available at 4000rpm.

The way the engine works through

CVT is uninhibited, and it is

dynamic in the respect that it pulls

happily no matter what point the

engine revolutions are operating at.

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• Performance –

0-100km/h, 9.6sec

• Fuel usage – 7l/100km

Response to throttle request is

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without strain nor much sound

in total. If you listen hard you can

detect the harmonics which accompany

the boxer engine design,

but it is well isolated and far from

intrusive.

The engine is free-revving and

responsive, but the beauty of the

flat-four engine is its ability to work

low down, and with the inclusion

of CVT it quickly settles into a low

revving pattern.

Against the stopwatch the XV

will launch to 100km/h from a

standstill in 9.6sec, and will make

120km/h from 80km/h in 6sec.

These are satisfactory figures which

will give peace of mind, especially

for a highway overtake.

Subaru claims a seven-litre per

100km combined cycle fuel usage

average; development work on

the boxer engine to keep it fuelfriendly

has been ongoing, and that

certainly showed during my testing

time. At 100km/h it sips fuel at

the rate of just 5l/100km with the

engine turning over slowly at just

1550rpm. When I took the test car

back to the dealership the average

was showing 7.7l/100km, which I

thought was most impressive.

For 2020, the XV certainly hasn’t

lost any of its X-factor, it is a stunning

looker with chunky, bold and

almost aggressive styling. It has an

in-your-face wheel design which

promotes a can-do look, and it has

a wilful driving feel.

One would hope that by the time

the winter ski season is in full force,

New Zealand will have beaten

coronavirus. The XV is the perfect

car for the skifield access road,

Subaru as an entire brand is well

represented in the alpine car parks.

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Hygge your house

It’s at times like this during New Zealand’s nationwide

Covid-19 lockdown, that we can really begin to

understand what’s important in our lives – our family, our

friends, our health, and our ability to live a simple life.

Hygge (pronounced hoo-guh) is part of Danish culture

and is about creating and enjoying the simple pleasures

of life. While it generally means cosiness, it encompasses

more than just a word; it is a feeling or mood, a sense of

well-being and mindfulness, belonging, contentment and

happiness.

Simple ways to add Hygge to your home

this winter

There are several factors to keep in mind: atmosphere,

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Atmosphere: Get in the mood. Create atmosphere with

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candles; bring nature indoors with pot plants or freshly

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Comfort: Create a cosy haven. Bring out the blankets;

plump up the cushions; find those comfy socks or

slippers; play your favourite music; turn your bathroom

into a spa with fragrant bath salts or oils and warm, fluffy

towels.

Togetherness: Share some time with your loved ones.

Watch a movie together; play board games; plan a menu

and cook together; create a fun dance routine; head out

for a family bike ride.

Pleasure: Make happiness a priority. Do the things you

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learn a new hobby; take time to enjoy your coffee or tea;

talk to family and friends regularly; eat meals slowly and

savour the flavours; bake your own bread and enjoy the

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Mindset: Slow down. Spend some time on your own

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get up early to see the sun rise or watch it set over the

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10 WAYS TO HYGGE YOUR GARDEN DURING WINTER

Create an atmosphere of intimacy and warmth

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1. COMFY SEATING Settle back for a

bit of stargazing while seated in the style

and comfort of an outdoor lounger. And

while you’re at it, why not learn the star

constellations.

2. COSY FIRE Sitting around an

outdoor campfire is a favourite pastime

of New Zealanders, however there is

no reason why you can’t do this all year

round with a purpose-built fireplace or

fire pit in your backyard. If your budget

doesn’t reach that far or space is limited,

try a brazier, a Spanish style chimenea, or

a good old-fashioned tin drum.

3. ALFRESCO DINING Eating

outdoors is another summer activity that

can be continued right through the winter

months. Just choose a sheltered, sunny

spot to set up your table and chairs and

remember to leave out blankets for each

guest to help them stay cosy and warm.

4. FAIRY LIGHTS Add some festivity

to your backyard with a string or two

of fairy lights, guaranteed to bring an

element of fun and magic into your

outdoor living.

5. ATTRACT NATIVE BIRDS

There is nothing nicer than waking

up to the sound of birdsong in the

morning. Plant native trees and shrubs

to attract native birds to your garden –

plant species that offer nectar, seeds

and berries all year round. Try offering

fruits such as oranges, apples, and

pears cut in half to attract silvereyes,

bellbird, and tui.

6. CREATE A THEMED

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about planting a tea garden to create

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or plant a luminous white flowering

garden that really pops in the

moonlight.

7. INSTALL A SWING Let nostalgia

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Composting

in a tube

If you don’t have enough space for a

worm farm or a compost bin, a worm tube

compost cafe could be just the right size

for your garden.

The concept is easy and great for

adding nutrient rich compost to small or

container gardens. All you need is some

PVC pipe, a drill, worms, and kitchen

waste.

How it works

Holes are drilled into the lower half of

the pipe. It is then placed into the garden

so the holes are just below the surface of

the ground. Food scraps are dropped into

the tube on a regular basis and as the waste

breaks down, worms munch their way

through it and leave behind rich castings

(worm poop) that will extend beyond the

tube (up to half a metre) as they travel

through the soil.

What to compost

Compost only non-meat/dairy food

scraps such as vegetables, fruit, egg shells

and coffee grounds.

Make a worm tube compost cafe

You’ll need:

- 70cm length of 15cm PVC pipe

- 90cm narrow pipe or a length of pole

- 13mm spade drill bit

- a lid (recycled), plastic plant pot or a pottery

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- kitchen food scraps

1. Measure and cut PVC pipe to 70cm length

2. Drill holes in the lower half of the pipe using a

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3. Dig hole in your designated garden space and

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4. Add some dirt with worms and top with some

food scraps and a small amount of water

5. Use narrow pipe or pole to tamp down the

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5 - 10 acre lifestyle block

Price up to mid $650,000

Contact

Mandie Ashwell 027 552 4478

mandie.ashwell@raywhite.com

Lincoln/Rolleston

2-4 bedrooms

Section 500m2 - 1000m2

Older home

Price $450,000 to $520,000

Contact

Mandie Ashwell 027 552 4478

mandie.ashwell@raywhite.com

Rolleston

2 bedroom townhouse

Small easy care section

Price up to $400,000

Contact

Leisa Webster 027 722 5537

leisa.webster@raywhite.com

Rolleston

4 bedroom well maintained home

Good living space

Section 650m2 plus

Price $580,000 - $610,000

Contact

Leisa Webster 027 722 5537

leisa.webster@raywhite.com

Rolleston

4 bedrooms, 3 car garaging

Space to park a caravan

Section up to 900m2

Price $590,000 - $640,000

Contact

Leisa Webster 027 722 5537

leisa.webster@raywhite.com

Rolleston

4 bedrooms, Butler’s pantry

3 car garaging

Section up to 1000m2

Price $600,000 - $700,000

Contact

Leisa Webster 027 722 5537

leisa.webster@raywhite.com

Lincoln

3 bedrooms

2 bathrooms

2 living areas

Price $550,000 - $580,000

Contact

Trina Rae 027 424 6901

trina.rea@raywhite.com

Rolleston

Investment properties

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

1-2 living areas

Price under $500,000

Contact

Trina Rae 027 424 6901

trina.rea@raywhite.com

Lincoln

3+ bedrooms

Triple car garaging

Section 600m2 plus

Price up to $700,000

Contact

Courtney Hopkins 027 291 8979

courtney.hopkins@raywhite.com

Rolleston

3-4 bedroom well maintained home

Walking distance to shops

Section 700m2 easy care

Price $550,000 - $620,000

Contact

Leisa Webster 027 722 5537

leisa.webster@raywhite.com

Selwyn

3+ bedrooms

Land 700m2 plus

Price $450,000 - $600,000

Contact

‘Big Red’ Shefford 027 224 4733

brendan.shefford@raywhite.com

Rolleston/Lincoln

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

2 living areas, 2 car garaging

Small - medium size section

Price $530,000

Contact

‘Big Red’ Shefford 027 224 4733

brendan.shefford@raywhite.com

Lincoln/Springston/Prebbleton

3 + study or 4 bedrooms

New or older homes considered

O/S caravan parking

Price up to $630,000

Contact

Courtney Hopkins 027 291 8979

courtney.hopkins@raywhite.com

Lincoln

3 bedrooms, separate lounge

1-2 bathrooms

Section 600m2

Price $450,000 to $550,000

Contact

‘Big Red’ Shefford 027 224 4733

brendan.shefford@raywhite.com

Rolleston

4 bedrooms

2 bathrooms

Price $540,000 - $600,000

Contact

Dwayne Bloomfield 021 163 9874

dwayne.bloomfield@raywhite.com

Prebbleton

4+ bedrooms

Land 4000m2 - 2.5 acres

Price $1,400,000 - $2,200,000

Contact

‘Big Red’ Shefford 027 224 4733

brendan.shefford@raywhite.com

Rolleston

3 bedrooms, 2 living areas

High spec, walk-in pantry

Section 500m2 - 650m2

Price up to $580,000

Contact

Amanda Cherry 027 340 6955

amanda.cherry@raywhite.com

Rolleston

3+ bedrooms

2 bathrooms

Nice living

Price up to $500,000

Contact

Leisa Webster 027 722 5537

leisa.webster@raywhite.com

Are you considering selling? Do you have a property that matches one of these descriptions?

Contact us now for a no obligation appraisal

If you want to get SOLD, call us TODAY

Ray White Rolleston 347 9988 | Ray White West Melton 347 9933 | Ray White Lincoln 325 7299

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⅓ cup sugar

⅔ cup finely desiccated coconut

¾ cup rolled oats

50g butter

1 tbsp golden syrup

½ tsp baking soda

2 tbsp boiling water

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C.

Line a baking tray with

baking paper.

2. Mix together flour, sugar,

coconut and rolled oats.

3. Melt butter and golden

syrup. Dissolve baking soda

in the boiling water and add

to butter and golden syrup.

Stir butter mixture into the

dry ingredients.

4. Place level spoonfuls of

mixture onto cold greased

trays and flatten with a fork.

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bake so you can place them

close together.

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