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Personal touches for Anzac Day

By ROBYN BRISTOW and SHELLEY TOPP

Covid­19 protocols will not stop

Amberley RSA president James

Drewery and his extended family from

marking Anzac Day.

Mr Drewery and his family will gather

in their garden for a6am Dawn Service

this Saturday.

Taking centre­stage will be aflag pole,

with aplaque at its foot etched with: ‘‘In

remembrance of those who gave their

tomorrows, so we have our todays. The

debt is timeless.’’

He will be joined by his daughter

Juliet van den Heuval, his son­in­law

John, and grandchildren Noah, aged 11,

and Mila, 6.

John, who is an ex regular soldier and

amember of the RSA, will be flag

marshal, and the children will lay

wreaths they have made at the foot of the

flag pole, while acandle burns in the

shelter of abottle.

Recordings of the Last Post and

Reveille will ring out as dawn breaks

across North Canterbury.

‘‘We decided to have our own thing in

our bubble, and it may perhaps trigger

other smaller gatherings,’’ Mr Drewery

says.

He says Broomfield School children

are making their own wreaths also, with

many of them planning to lay them in

remembrance of the fallen at their

homes.

Okuku plans

Further inland, aNorth Canterbury

essential services worker is also

planning an alternative

commemoration.

Okuku’s Theresa Rosanowski, a

Rangiora Health Hub midwife, plans to

erect life­sized, black wooden

silhouettes of World War 1soldiers on

Birch Hill Rd near the Okuku River

bridge this week.

The silhouettes were made for free

last year by Rangiora’s Brent Johnson

Joinery for the Rangiora Pony Club’s

Anzac Day jump at the club’s one­day

event in June.

Family commemoration ... John and Juliet

den Heuval work with their children, Noah and

Mila,onwreathsthey will lay at dawnattheir

home family service.

PHOTO:SUPPLIED

Theresa has also obtained colouringin

templates from New Zealand’s

National Army Museum which can be

downloaded from the Rangiora Pony

Club’s Facebook page, or the North

Canterbury News website.

Theresa hopes children and adults

will mark Anzac Day by using the

templates to create colourful images for

display in the windows of their homes

this Saturday.

More Anzac Day stories, page 2and 3.

Remembering

animals’ war service

... Theresa

Rosanowski’s Shetland

pony Winston with

purple poppies worn to

remember the gallantry

of animals that served

during World War 1,

and other memorabilia

that will be part of a

personal Anzac Day

commemoration in

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Honouring our freedom fighters

By DAVID HILL

Anzac Day is this Saturday,

but with mass gatherings

banned in the fight against

Covid­19, public services

have been cancelled.

Rangiora New Life School

deputy head student Ethan

Dawson was due to give this

year's address at Rangiora's

Anzac Day service.

This what he has to say:

Anzac Day is more than

just acommemoration of

those brave soldiers who

landed at Anzac Cove at

Gallipoli in 1915.

Anzac Day is a

commemoration of the

Australian and New

Zealand armed forces who

have fallen throughout all

wars.

Anzac Day serves as an

eternal reminder that

freedom has aprice. Aprice

paid in bloodshed. The

bloodshed by the men and

women who served and

sacrificed themselves over

100 years ago, and in the

battles and wars since.

The First World War

caused total devastation to

the New Zealand

population, with over 18,000

New Zealanders paying the

ultimate price for our

freedom. No family was left

untouched by the brutal

reality of war then and

since.

Iwould like to focus on the

sacrifice those soldiers

made over 100 years ago.

At the beginning of the

First World War, New

Zealand was little­known.

But from the countless

stories of our courage and

resilience on the battlefield

we became world famous

and known even to this day

for that famous can­do

mentality.

Those soldiers who gave

their lives gained New

Zealand the worldwide

respect we have today.

This courage is what

forged our freedom and

happiness. Had the British

Empire not triumphed, our

world today would be vastly

changed.

As Thucydides, an

Athenian historian and

general, said: “The secret of

happiness is freedom and

the secret of freedom is

courage.’’

There is no secret to

courage. It is the act of

acting without fear, to stand

against fear and triumph,

Speech writer ... Rangiora

New Life School deputyhead

student Ethan Dawson was due

to deliver the addressatthis

year's Anzac Day serviceatthe

Rangiora Cenotaph

which is exactly what the

troops at Anzac Cove did.

Today, we can learn

something from the

resilience of the soldiers

who were in the trenches at

Gallipoli. With disease,

cramped trenches, stenches,

constant noise from artillery

fire. Not to mention seeing

comrades and friends die

every day.

The constant mental and

physical stresses are

unimaginable. The sheer

resilience of the soldiers

back then is something I

admire greatly.

In the wake of the Covid­

19 pandemic we all need to

be resilient. By accepting

the rules of the lockdown,

we have significantly

decreased the rate of

infection and saved many

lives.

Yes, we have to stay in our

homes and not see friends

and family, but it is for the

greater good of not just our

country but humanity.

Just as those soldiers

sacrificed themselves in war

for the greater good, we

must also do our part today

for the greater good in

peace.

Lest we forget the

sacrifice made by those

soldiers over 100 years ago.

We will remember them.

We will remember them at

home this year, not at the

cenotaph. This year we will

remember them while

safeguarding the lives of our

friends and family from this

devastating virus.

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Anew way of marking Anzac Day

By DAVID HILL

Ian Thompson expects Anzac Day to be justas

“full­on” as normal,even though there are no

officialevents.

The Rangiora RSA president was due to lead

his 9th annual Anzac Day service at the

Rangiora Cenotaph and says he hasbeen busy

fieldingcalls about Covid­19 restrictions.

“There willbespontaneous things

happening andinRangiora it will be alittle bit

differenttowhat we'vedone before.

“People have been asking whatthey should

do to remember and I'vebeen suggesting that

they can standatthe end of the driveway at

dawn for two minutes’ silence. Iunderstand

there's afew streets alreadyplanning to do that

in unison.”

Mr Thompsonsays local RSA presidentsare

understrict instructionsnot to do anything

whichcould create agathering.

Rangiora New LifeSchool's head students

have prepared aspeech ahead of Anzac Day,

whileRangiora High School'shead students

are makingaspecialAnzac Day video.

Mr Thompsonwas born in Australia in 1939,

the yearWorld War 2broke out. His father

served in the Australian7th Division in the

Middle Eastand theninNew Guinea.

He moved to Auckland in 1960 and later

settled in Rangiora in the late1970s with his

wife,Sharon, originallyfrom Christchurch.

He established I.R. Thompson&Associates,

whichisbasedinChristchurch and specialises

in employment law.

In 1981hejoined the Christchurch RSA in

memory of his father's war service, later

transferring to the Rangiora RSA.

Afterretiring,MrThompson joinedthe

Rangiora RSA executive 16 years ago. He was

electedvice­president in 2012 and was thrust

into leadingthat year'sAnzac Day service due

to theill­health of then president Dennis

Coates.

He is normally involvedinsix Anzac services,

at Ohoka, Sefton, Woodend, the Rangiora High

School “wall of remembrance” service, ashort

gathering at the Rangiora Veterans' Cemetery

and then the maineventatthe Rangiora

Cenotaph.

The Rangiora RSA alsosupports the Oxford

and Amberley sub­branches.

Page to help

war veterans

Concerned for thewelfare of

local veterans, widows and

widowers,AmberleyRSA

president James Drewery has

launched aGiveaLittle Page to

raisefunds to helpthem.

MrDrewerysays funds to

help thoseinneedwill be

limited as Poppy Dayhas been

postponed because of the

Covid­19 outbreak.

While it may be heldbefore

November 11, when Armistice

Day remembrance services are

held, the page willhopefully

provideinterimfundingto

ensure peoplereceivecare.

‘‘Poppy Daybrings in an

incredible amount of revenue

for the welfare of members,’’

Mr Drewerysays.

Funds raised through the

pagewillstay local.Itcanbe

foundatgivealittle.co.nz/cause/

amberley­rsa­poppy­day­2020.

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Five projects promoted by council

By DAVID HILL

The Waimakariri District Council is

promotingfive projects, including the

Woodend Bypass, as the government seeks

infrastructure projects to kickstart the

economy afterthe Covid­19 lockdown.

The projects, which includethe

Skewbridge Rd bridgeupgrade, Kaiapoi

stormwater and flood protection, drinking

waterinfrastructure and the Wheels to

Waipara cycleway, have the full backing of

the Greater Christchurch Partnershipand

the Canterbury MayoralForum, Mayor

Dan Gordon says.

‘‘TheWaimakariri DistrictCouncil is

working with neighbouring councils on an

overall recoveryplan that takes both an

economic and social recovery point of

view.Ultimately, thatplan will aimtosee

the wider Canterburyregion thriving and

prosperous.’’

The government has set aside $12 billion

for infrastructure projects aroundthe

country, with afurther $800 million from

the ProvincialGrowthFund. It has invited

local councils to put forward proposals.

‘‘As local councils we are the perfect

body to partner with because we knowour

communities and the projects that can

supportgrowth in our local areas,'' Mr

Gordon says. ‘‘For us, the WoodendBypass

is apriority forthe known safetyconcerns

and it has been on our books for along

time, and the Skew bridgeishigh on the

list too.’’

While tourism is likely to be on the

backburner, withthe border likely to

remain closedtointernationalvisitors for

some time, Mr Gordon saysnow is the

ideal timetoadvance the Wheelsto

Waiparacycle and walkwayproject.

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‘‘Enterprise NorthCanterbury has done

the homework and has identified

that the projectgives clearbenefits for

the local communityand for the tourism

market.’’

The project crosses the Christchurch,

Waimakariri and Hurunui districts,

offering wide regional benefits, he says.

Mr Gordon saysthe council has been

fieldingcalls askingfor no rates increase,

whileothers are askingthe council ‘‘to

invest to assist economic recovery’’..

‘‘In my view we need to play arole in

helping to get our local economyrunning

again, whichultimately results in more

localpeople in local jobs.

‘‘Equally,essential service

infrastructurethat neededtobereplaced

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Nick Hampson’s image Sky TowerFlight

Path was awarded Overall Champion at

the Rangiora Photographic Society’s

first 2020 competition.

The image was named best image in

the Bgrade,and Honours.

Graham Dean, with Maruia Falls,was

named bestimage in the Agrade, while

Martin Kircher’s Symmetricity took out C

gradehonours.

Results: Championimage: Nick Hampson.

Best in grades:Agrade: Graham Dean, Bgrade:

NickHampson;Cgrade: Martin Kircher.

Honours: AGrade: Sunkissed,Keith Sycamore;

RuralTextures at Twilight,TrevorWhite; Daily

Commute,JeanWilliams; Facial Landscape,

SandraFleet; Maruia Falls, GrahamDean.

BGrade: Alpine Tarn,Alan Dunscombe; Sky

Tower FlightPath,Nick Hampson; Ship

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Atraditional Anzac Day

competition for threelocal

NorthCanterbury schools will

continueinanew formthis

year because of the Covid­19

lockdown.

The Amberley Lions Club is

inviting pupilsfrom Amberley,

Leithfieldand Broomfield

schools to use their online

learningsystemstocreatea

shortdigital presentation

insteadofthe poetry

competition that it has runfor

several years.

Club president­elect Pam

Harveysays the presentation

can be about the wartime

experiencesofalocal person,

or even an extended family

member.

‘‘Their experiencedoesn’t

need to be just in acombat

role. It couldbeinawar

support role, or even

experiencesofbeing at home

duringwartime,’’ Pam says.

She says there are plentyof

online resources to draw from,

and children’s families may

have warstories to tell.

The presentation can be

written, with illustrations, or

includeaslide show of photos,

an audio or video clip, or

‘‘whatever mediumyou

choose’’.

Pam says the onlyrules are

to be creative and havefun.

She says teachersmay wantto

use the contest as aproject.

Principals of all three

schoolsare keen for pupils to

become involved.

Entriesare open now,and

close on April 24. However,

thisisnot binding, as there

willnot be aprize giving

ceremony because the annual

Anzac Dayservice in

Amberley has been cancelled

due to the lockdown.

Email entries to

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Empowering whanau during lockdown

Don't worry,your children are going to be

OK. That’s the messagefrom Karanga

Mai Early Education Centreteam

leaders Jacinta McInerney and Marlena

Bunnage.

This is the message they senttheir

whanauhome with when, some 48 hours

ahead of the rest of the community,

Karanga Mai were sentinto lockdown,

while Covid­19 testing was carried out on

astudentatneighbouring Kaiapoi High

School, which fortunatelyturned out to

be negative.

‘‘We had onlythree hour’s notice to

have our whole community going into

emergency self­isolation,’’ Jacinta says.

‘‘A top priority was makingsure that

our whanau had enoughintheir

cupboardstobe in self­isolation.For

peoplewho live week to week, that is

reallydifficult.’’

Through the CommunityPantry at

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Jacintaput Karanga Mai’s lockdown plan

into action.

‘‘The key thingfor us is upholdingthe

mana of all our whanauduring this time,

being available to help problem­solve, to

talk and be therefor them,tooffer

practical ideas,and to love and support

them in that really vital job that they're

doing, caring for theirchildrenathome,’’

she says.

The first thing the teamdid was set up

aclosedFacebookgrouptoenable them

to connect with families.

Every day begins with alive karakia

(prayers) and awaiata (song).

‘‘It’s aritualthat really framesthe day

for our whanau,’’ Marlenasays.

KarangaMai parent Caite Hutsonsays

they have enjoyed this more now than

ever, ‘‘becauseithas givenussomething

to look forward to each and every day

with everything that’s going on.’’

‘‘Twiceaday we can tune in and feel

like we have asense of normality back in

our life, and the support from everyone

at Karanga Mai through this awfultime

has meant so much;the support is

incredible.

‘‘I'm proud to be apart of Karanga Mai.

It’s more than just aschool, it’s afamily,’’

she says.

Throughthe day, KarangaMai

teachers tellstories to the children, do

activities togetherand Marlena, who has

just completed afull immersion te reo

Maori languagecourse throughastudy

award offered by the Ministry of

Education in conjunction with

Matauraka Mahaanui, takes mini­te reo

Maori lessons that are contextualand

relevant to what is aNew Normal.

They learn anew word of the week, a

kwaha, or idiom, and awhakatauaki/

whakatauki, aquoteorproverb, to guide

them for the week, Marlena says.

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anything(Princess Te Puea Herangi, iwi:

Tainui). Another whakatauki is from the

firstever chief of Tuahiwi, Pita Te Hori,

Ngi Thuriri; Kia atawhai ki te iwi which

translates as ‘‘care for the people’’,

whichcouldn’t be more appropriate

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‘‘It’s likewe’ve flipped normal

KarangaMai life,’’ Jacintasays.

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at the moment, but we’re now coming

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Rates help

at hand

The Hurunui District

Council is developing a

policy for delaying rates

payments.

It will be for those

experiencing financial

hardship related to

Covid­19, and who will

struggle to pay rates.

Adraft policy went to

the council’s April

meeting and is being

further refined.

The council says it is

working to help those in

extreme hardship and

struggling with rates.

They are asked to reach

out to council.

Residents who have

communicated their

hardship and come to an

arrangement with the

council will be offered

relief where possible.

To talk to the council

about the issue, email

rates@hurunui.govt.nz.

Mayor Marie Black says

the council is there to

help, but relies on

residents communicating.

“As acouncil it is really

important that our

community know our door

is always open and feel

encouraged to contact us,

so that we can, in turn,

offer help and support.

“We would like

residents to feel

confident that they can

ring us for support and

guidance whenever they

may need us.”

Vege'n Out back in business

By DAVID HILL

Woodend’sfresh produce retailer is backtrading.

Vege’n Out owner Nick McLachlan is finally

taking orders for contactless deliveryoffresh fruit

and vegetables afterafrustrating few weeks.

His new website vegenout.co.nz wentonline this

week and he has beenbusyrestocking, ready to

beginmaking deliveries from today.

Vege’n Out was forced to close when the

lockdown took effect on March 26, as it was not

deemed an essential service, even though thereis

no supermarket in the town.

But Nick got word lastweek that he could

resume trading,aslong as it was ‘‘contactless’’.

Sincethen he has beenworking hard to get his

website running, which he began work on last

November.

Nick saysthe government subsidy is helpingto

pay staff wages, but there was areal urgencyto

return to trading for the survival of his business

and to support the community.

‘‘Woodendbeing Woodend,the wordwill get out

very quickly thatweare available. We’ve had very

good support from Woodend. Our community and

clienteleare still theretosupport us and without

that we might have been in adarker place.’’

Localresidents can make ordersbyphone, text,

emailand on thewebsite.

Trading ... Nick McLachlan is ready to take online

orders for fresh fruit and vegetables at Woodend’s

Vege’n Out.

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Councillors go online to hold meeting

Waimakariri's district councillors

met this Tuesday for the first full

council meeting since the

lockdown.

The council meetingwas held

two weeks later thanthe usual

firstTuesday of the monthand

was held online.

But Mayor Dan Gordon said

aheadofthe meeting that it would

be apublic affair.

He said he was not sure

whether the publicwould be able

to viewitlive or whether it would

be available later. ‘‘We’re still

tryingtowork thatout, but it will

be publicly available.

“We have been meeting weekly

as acouncilvia Zoom and

community boardshave been

catching up viaZoom, so they

have the ability to keep

connecting as well.”

Council staff are also meeting

daily on Zoomcalls and Mr

Gordonhas been participating in

onlinemanagement meetings.

The Waimakariri Youth

Council also met last weekvia

Zoom to discuss how to support

local youth during the remainder

of the lockdown and in the weeks

and months ahead.

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Landslips

aproblem

By DAVIDHILL

Natural hazards, earthquake

recoveryand the Covid­19 lockdown

were discussed at therecent

KaikouraDistrict Council meeting,

held using video technology.

MayorCraig Mackle says natural

hazards are continuing to create

headaches as the recoveryfrom

the 2016 earthquake proceeds.

The quake created landslips in

the hills, whichremainvulnerable

to weather events, and created

new floodzones.

“The big unknown is whenthe

stuffactually comes out off the

hills. While the work is continuing

on the roads,the equipment is

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when that work stops the challengewill

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“Whenever there's aweather

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to go somewhere,whether that'son

to the roadsorputtingthe

riverbeds up.” There arealso new

questions aroundwhereitis

appropriate to build, the levelof

risk and whatsteps are practical to

reduce the risk.

Work has been suspended on

the North Canterbury Transport

Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR)

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The lockdown could lead to the

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beyond the planned December

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6 North Canterbury News, April 23, 2020

Around the electorate with

STUART SMITH MP FOR KAIKOURA

Keep to your bubble

The teamat theHurunui District

council Emergency Operations Centre

has been relativelyquiet,which is

heartening.

Butwhatthistypically means to me

is thatour community is doingwhat it

doesbest —takingcareofeach other.

To furtherextendthe support

available, Ihaveencouraged several

communitygroups to applyfor

Ministry of SocialDevelopment

funding.

Thesegrants may be usedto support

members of our community who may

needassistanceasaresult of Covid­19.

With the eventual move fromlevel4,

this maymeanweare permittedto

extend ourcontactsand to include

other family members,along with the

resumptionofwork in some areas.

Schoolsmay be open with limited

attendance, althoughthis is likelyto

be offeredasamixed model of

classroom and online.

Iamgratefulfor the principals and

teachers who continue to inspire

learning. Thankyou for your

innovationand willingnesstosupport

the younger membersofour district

and their learning forthe future.

Anothergroupof “unsung heroes”

thathaveemergedduring this

lockdown periodisthe local“posties”

delivering mail, medication and

groceriesto those in need.

Yourservices have always been

there forus, butsomewhat takenfor

granted—but not now norintothe

future.Thanks to youall.

❛The lockdown has highlighted

the need for us all to shop

locally and ensure our

businessescontinue to thrive ❜

Oneofthe mostsignificant

observations throughthis “stayhome”

phaseisthe importance of local

business to keepour communities

functioningthrough aperiod when

travel is affected.

Thelockdownhas highlightedthe

need for us all to shoplocally and

ensureourbusinesses continue to

thrive and be there forus.

With Anzac Dayfastapproaching,

weknowthatmany NewZealanders

have beenaffectedby war or know

somebody whohas.

This year, anew threat facesall

nationsasthe impactofthe

coronavirus deepensworldwide.

As we allfacethosechallenges, we

rememberwith appreciation those

who have served in thenameofpeace

andjustice.

We all havearesponsibility to

maintain the valuesofinclusiveness,

kindness andcompassion.

However wechoose to engagewith

AnzacDay in 2020, let us honour the

legacyofthosewho haveservedour

nation and continueto be unitedasa

HurunuiDistrict.

We willremember them.

Jobs must be saved

Covid­19 restrictionshave been extended

for another week. Despite the huge

sacrifices we have all made, the

Government simply hasn’tdone the

groundwork required to have us readyto

ease the restrictions.

We should have been in that position

from Thursday.

All businesses, who coulddososafely,

should have been abletoreopen and get

people back into work. The economic

consequences of further damage to

businessesand widespread

unemploymentwill be harmful.

We are now beingheld back becausethe

Governmenthas not been testing,contact

tracing and providingpersonal protective

equipment to the required standard.

The rate of testing for the first half of

lockdown was low, and work has only just

begunonsurveillance testing to confirm

whether communitytransmission is

occurring. Experts have identified major

shortcomings in themethodsbeing used.

When lockdown ends on Monday, kickstartingthe

localeconomiesaround New

Zealand shouldbeone of our highest

priorities. Many regions have been starved

of valuable tourist dollarsand we need to

find away to stimulate the economies of

theseregionsuntilthe viruscan be

controlled and we can begin bringing in

tourists once again.

Ihavebeen advocating for Immigration

New Zealand to relaxrules around visas.

Visa holderswilling to work,but unable

to do so because of their visaconditions,

should be used to filllabourshortages for

businesses where Kiwis are currently

unavailableand if it is safe to do so. We

cannot let firms miss out on revenue due to

not being able to find workers.There has

been some easingofthese conditions but

they need to go further.

The Government must worktoensure

that regional businesses,too importantto

fail,get the support they need. Sounds Air

has been asuccessful business in recent

years, offering essential transport links

around New Zealand. It is concerningto

hear it may go intoreceivership dueto

beingunabletoaccess state support.

If businesseslike thesegounder,itwill

have devastating long­term impacts on the

economy. I’ve started apetition to get the

Government to supportthis business. It

has more than5000 signatures already,

highlighting the importanceof

Marlboroughhavingits ownairline.

Avaluable way people can contribute to

their communityrightnow is to buy local

products and support local businesses.

While Iknowmanyhouseholds may be

tighter on theirspending, Iurge themto

buy locally even if asimilar product can be

foundcheaper online. Doing so will go a

long way to preventing localbusinesses

from shutting and friends, families and

neighbours from losing theirjobs.

Toughtimes lie ahead, but we are no

stranger to these. Kiwis know how to get on

with it. Businesses should make the most

of the support packages available.

National is working to ensure more

supportisput in place for small to

medium­sized businessessothat they in

turn can keep more people in work.

When the outbreak ends, we willall

need to support each other to keep

businesses going and people in jobs.

Supporting local businesseswill go along

way to getting things started.

Local sport will remain the glue that binds our community

Sports enthusiasts across the region are hankering for areturn to what now seem like the ‘good old days’. Lindsay Kerr says local sport,

which has yet to emerge from the lockdown, is crucial to North Canterbury’s social fabric.

Lockdown frustrations for

sports enthusiasts,participants

and administrators show no

signs of easing,aswemove

toward Covid­19 alert level 3.

LifeasweknowitinNew

Zealandhas never beenso

disrupted at such alevelsince

World War 2and few of those

involved nowwouldhave been

alive duringthose years.

Professional sport grabs

headlines in the current

situationwith itsfinancial

woes,and we spend hours

watching countlessreplays of

ourparticularfavourites.

However, there is much more

to thesporting picture,

particularly in therural areas

whereclubsportisoftenthe

glue of thelocal community.

This youwill neverread

aboutinadaily paper,oron

your device,orhearabouton

television or radio.

Thewide extremes of

NorthCanterburyprovide

someclassic examples.

Eveninthe larger centres of

Rangiora andKaiapoi, sports

clubs continue to provide a

special role in thecommunity.

Often, playing thegame can

be secondary. Thisisespecially

the casefor rugby,whichisnot

onlythe highestprofile sportin

the nation, butalsoinNorth

Canterbury.Here, aSaturday

willstartwiththe junior grades

and flow throughthe adult

gradeslater in the day.

Playing is onething,but then

thereare the after­match

functions whichinvariably

involve preparing and serving

food for thevisiting playersand

supporters,along withthe

usualsocial activity at the day’s

end.

Many of therugby fixtures,

andindeed cricket, can involve

bustravel.

This,alongwith social

activitiesatthe clubs, alladd to

thewonderful community

experience that localsport

provides.

Its activity is considerably

morethanwhat youexperience

in anymetropolitan area where

any socialising between teams

and supporters has largely

disappeared.

May Ioffer three cheers to

Director­General of Health

Dr Ashley Bloomfield, but

please canget you get us

backtoour normalsporting

activity soon?

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Laura takes exercise online

Laura Organ has taken

her fitnessclasses online.

Her business is among

many inNorth Canterbury

thinking outside thebox in

aworld turned upside

down by Covid-19. Gina

McKenzie reports.

Adesiretoboost physicaland

mental wellbeing, while

helpingclientsmaintain an

exercise routine, prompted

Laura Organ, of PT on

Panckhurst, to move her

classesonline the day before

the lockdown began.

Before lockdown, Laura ran

box fitclasses forgeneral

fitness, and balance and

strength sessionsfor seniors at

the Woodend Community

Centre,along withpersonal

training sessions from her

home gym.

She has kept onlinesessions

runningtoprovide asense of

routine. Thisalso allows her to

work from home in her roleas

acommunity strength and

balanceadviserwith Sport

Canterbury.

Laura offeredthe first week

of classes free so she couldtest

the new system. She is

providing access to all classes

for $10 aweek during the

lockdown.

“It’s important to exercise

regularly to keep our bodies

and minds healthy during this

stressful time. Inormally

charge $8 to $12 per class but

decidedtoreduce this to make

Readytogo... LauraOrgan,ofPTonPanckhurst, prepares for her next online fitness class.

it accessible for everyone.”

Lauraisusing Zoom to host

her classes. It allows her to see

participants performing the

workoutsand she can offer

advice. She has upgradedto

the paidversion to live stream

classes beyond the 40­minute

limitfor the free version.

Another benefit is the live

interactionbetween class

members andLauraduring

sessions. “Havingaquick chat

about everyday things like

whatwe’re havingfor dinner

before or after the classhelps

everyone feelconnected. Also,

if peopleneed to check something

duringthe class, they can

ask me questionsanytime.”

With peoplehavingless

space to exercise at home,

Laura hasadapted her

workouts to fit into a1metre by

1metrespace, and uses

household items, suchascans

insteadofweights.

Laura is pleased to see how

clients, particularly olderones,

have adapted quickly to Zoom.

“Everyone’s said it’s simple

to use. You just click an email

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link to join which makes it

easier thansome other

platforms.”

Laura’s advicefor other

businesseswanting to try

something new is to embrace

stepping outside your comfort

zone. “I had thought about

onlinesessions before but

hadn’t got around to it, so it’s a

greatopportunity to learn

something new. It’s all about

getting creative and adapting

to exercising in anew way.”

To learn more,email

laura@pt­on­panckhurst.co.nz

NEWS

North Canterbury News, April 23, 2020

Still tough

for retailers

By DAVIDHILL

7

Moving to alertlevel3will make little

difference to Waimakariri’s retailers,

localbusiness leaders say.

ShopsonRangiora's High St and

Williams St in Kaiapoi will remain

closed as the country’s lockdownmoves

to alert level 3next week.

Rangiora PromotionspresidentRoss

Ditmer saysmost membersare likelyto

remain shutfor now, but somefood

outlets are gearing up for takeaways.

“We realise the best thing is to take the

pain now.Wedon’t want to go back to

levelfour.’’

He says therewill need to be some

conversations around leases and

discussions with banks.

Mr Ditmer, whoisalso Rangiora RSA

Club president, says the RSA plansto

offertakeawaydinners so members can

enjoyaroast.

Real estate is continuing to trade

online through the lockdown, with plenty

of interest from overseas.

“The Bayleys website normally gets 15

percent of views from overseas, but in

the last few weeks it has been 45%,” says

Mr Ditmer, theBayleysRangiora

manager.

“We've had people from the United

Kingdomlooking to buy sightunseen.”

One agent set up aZoom meeting last

week to show aprospective buyer

around ahouse.

Kaiapoi PromotionsAssociation (KPA)

business manager MartynCook says

whilesomemembers are trading online,

he believes most will remainunderlevel

three. He says KPA is looking at ways to

promote the townonce the country

movestoalert level 2.

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Maintaining Alert Level 4

It’s time to digdeep, andkeeplocking-inthe gainswehavealready

made at AlertLevel 4. Thank youall forcontinuing to do your bit.

CanbusinessesopenatAlert Levels 4or3?

Only essential businessescanoperate at AlertLevel 4. At Alert

Level3,businessescan starttrading,aslong as they cando

so safely.Atbothalert levels,peoplemust continue to work

from home wherethis is possible.

At Alert Level 3workplacesmust:

• meetappropriate public healthrequirements

• maintainphysicaldistancing betweenworkers at alltimes

• tradewithout physicalcontactwithcustomers(e.g. viaphone

or online orders,and by ensuring allpick-ups, drive-throughs

anddeliveriesare contactless)

• ensure customers arenot allowedonpremises.

CanIsend children to school or EarlyChildhood

Centres?

UnderAlert Level3mostchildren andyoungpeoplewill continue

distancelearning. Early Childhood Centres and schools willopen

on Wednesday29April forstudentsuptoYear 10.However,

children that canstayand learn at homeshoulddoso. Children

whoaresick or vulnerable should alsostayhome andtheywill be

supported to do so.

In themeantime, whileweare still at AlertLevel 4, schools will be

cleaned, andgrounds tidied up.Ifyou have anyquestions about

distancelearning or returning to school,contact your school.

CanIexpand my bubble at AlertLevel 3?

Always keepyourbubbleasmall as possible.

If youdoneed to expandyourbubble, youcan do so to bringin

aclose family member,isolatedpeople or caregivers.

CanIleave my bubbleifI’m feelingunsafe?

If you’re notsafeathome,it’sokaytoleave your bubbletoaskfor

help immediately.Ifyou have to leave, youcan contactafriend or

trustedneighbour.Call 111 as soon as youcan,or Women’sRefuge.

If youhave concerns aboutayoungperson, call 0508 FAMILY

(0508 326459).

ShouldIget tested forCOVID-19?

It is importantthatevery sniffle and sneeze is takenseriously.

If youhavesymptoms, seek advice from your GP or Healthline

aboutgetting atest, as quicklyas possible.

Remember –thereisnostigma to COVID-19. Anyone cangetit,

throughnofault of theirown. We will only be successful if

everyone is willing to play theirpartinfinding it,whereveritis.

CanIsee my doctor forthings that arenot

relatedtoCOVID-19?

It’s importantthatyou do notneglect other healthissuesjust

becausetheyare notrelatedtoCOVID-19.

Don’t hold off or wait until youfeelworse. Ourhealthsystem

is open and running andready to help.Healthlineisfreeand

available24hours aday,7days aweekon0800 3585453.

Howcan Imakesuremyfriends andrelatives

aged 70+are feelingsupported?

We knowtherearepeopleinourcommunity feeling isolated

and lonely during this time. Some maynot be reaching outasthey

feel ‘likeaburden’.Now is thetimetopickupthe phone,orstart

avideo-chat, andremindthem that we’reall in this together.

Even somethingas simpleas offering afriendly wave throughthe

windowwhenyou’reoutonyourdaily walk,can go along wayto

making them feel included.Alittlekindnessandrecognitiongoes

alongway.

When can Iuse my car or public transportin

AlertLevel 3?

Youcan use your car to travel forrecreation at Alert Level 3–

just keep it local. Youcan alsouse yourcartotravel if you are:

• gettingessentialsupplies

• using essential services

• attending your workplace, or working

• going to or from school (ifyou need to).

Youshouldlimit theuse of public transport to theabove only,

as therewillbelimited capacity.

If in doubt: Stay local. Stay safe.

Thank yousmallbusinessowners

Your patience and strength, despite the many hardships the virus

is causing,has been exceptional. Youare playing acrucial role in

breaking the chain of transmission.

Gotquestions?

Find the answersfaster at Covid19.govt.nz


NORTH CANTERBURY HOME SCHOOLING

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Students home in on new knowledge

Studying ... Year

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Canine support ... Hannah Leslie, aged 13, and Baxter take part

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Home outlook... Jessica Radka, aged10,

says she is alwayshome­schooled. She says

she missesher friends, playing golfand

Highlanddancing.

On the job ... Rangiora High School Year

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short to mediumterm.

The group’s chief operatingofficer, Les

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The build has beenstalled duetothe

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“Thetourism picture for the next

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‘‘The success of thedevelopmentcan

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‘‘However, we remaindeterminedand

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Mr Morgansays he hasaccepted the

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Kaikoura Mayor Craig Macklesays it is

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Are lifestyle blocks athing of the past?

Will Council's Plan Review stop

4.0ha lots?

There isanew District Plan coming, and we expect

major changes to the minimum lot size for rural

subdivisions, in some or most parts of the District.

It is intended for release mid 2020 (around June)

however this may be delayed due to the national

Covid-19 lockdown.

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

rural land in Waimakariri District and you’ve been

considering subdividing, now is the time to have a

chat to your local surveyors, Survus Consultants

about your options.

What is theWaimakariri District

Plan?

The District Plan is the Council’s planning rulebook

and governs how people can build on or develop

land in North Canterbury.

As well as making sure that future development is

sustainable and protects our natural resources for

generations to come, the Plan ensures that new

development meets regulatory requirements like

our National Planning Standards and the Resource

Management Act. It also supports growth in the

region - the Waimakariri District is booming and

needs arobust set of rules to make sure itcan

continue to grow well into the future.

The District Plan is reviewed every 10 years to

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

community, and current regulations. It’s under

review at the moment, with the updated plan

scheduled for release in mid-2020.

We’ve had a thorough read of the Waimakariri

2048 District Development Strategy -which is the

Council document that underpins the District Plan -

and we expect the new plan to include changes to

the rulesand requirements around subdivisions.

What are the currentrules for

rural subdivisions?

The current Waimakariri District Plan allows for

rural subdivision and building, with a lot and

dwelling density of 4.0ha being required (and

certain other criteria).

What are the proposed

changes?

Until the updated Plan is released, we won’t know

the full details -but there are strong indications

that the minimum lot size for subdivisions will

increase.

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

subdivide, 8.0 hectares (2x4halots) will no

longer beenough -you’ll need alarger piece of

land.

The Waimakariri 2048 District Development

Strategy says; “While lifestyle lots are afeature of

the District and many enjoy the open spaces, the

most frequent comment made during early

communityconsultation was adesire to restrict

Dan and Craig from Survus Consultants on site discussingaproject.

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

Based on the feedback received the Council will

explore increasing the minimum rural lot sizes in

parts ofthe District.”

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

all new rural houses were on lots between 4-4.99

hectares in size and that if this trend continues

more than 3600 new lifestyle lots would be

created by 2048.

What does this mean for you?

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

have been considering subdividing, don’t waste

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

require a fair amount of information to go to

Council in support of asubdivision application.

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

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

subdivide straight away you can lock in your

consent before the rules change, and preserve your

slice of rural paradise!

Give our friendly team acall or an email and we

can talk you through the application and consent

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


Shearing gangs under pressure

By DAVID HILL

Shearing remains an

essential service, but

restrictions are creating

headaches for North

Canterbury shearers as

winter looms.

Shearing contractors

spoken to by the North

Canterbury News say while

they support the lockdown

restrictions, there could be

animal welfare issues ahead

if they get too far behind in

their shearing workload.

Rangiora shearing

contractor Rowan Nesbit

says the level 4lockdown

restrictions mean his

shearers are working in

smaller teams and having to

travel to jobs in separate

vehicles, slowing the work

and adding to the costs.

“To keep the two­metre

distances, we can only have

two shearers and two shed

hands on ajob and we have to

ask the farmer to stay away.

“In smaller sheds that

becomes alogistical

challenge.”

Last week, he had ateam

shearing in Lees Valley,

where they shore just 350

sheep aday between two

shearers, instead of the usual

900 sheep aday.

He is looking forward to the

lockdown moving to level

three, which will allow

shearing teams to form a

bubble, share cars, and have

one metre spacings, which

will improve efficiency.

Golden Shears ... Rangiora shearer Hugh de Lacy, left, who works for Rowan Nesbit Shearing. He

placed second in the open speed shear at the Golden Shears last month.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED

“We are doing the jobs that

are urgent and farmers are

trying to hold off until things

settle down, but if we get too

far behind it will become a

nightmare, especially if we

get bad weather.”

Shearing contractor Mike

Morgan operates between

Amberley, Kaikoura and

Hanmer Springs. He says

there is an urgency to get

work completed with winter

and early­season lambing

approaching, but there could

be ashortage of shearers if

travel restrictions are not

relaxed.

“From now on it's abusy

time of year for the next three

to four months. In Waiau, we

need to get things done

before it gets cold and the

snow gets to them.

“We usually get shearers

and shed hands from the

North Island, but they can't

come at the moment, so we've

got to work with what we've

got.

“We will get through May,

but in June it will become a

problem.”

Mr Morgan says fly­strike is

an issue, meaning there is an

urgency to get sheep shorn,

and many Corriedale ewes

are shorn annually in May.

“They've got 12 months of

wool on them, so you can't

really leave them any

longer.”

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Joys of agood vegetable patch

By SHELLEY TOPP

Interestingrowing vegetables has

increasedduringthe Covid­19 pandemic

lockdown, with seed companies

stretched to fillorders.

‘‘Theaverage size of most orders is

markedly higher than they would

normally be at this time of year,’’ Kings

SeedsNew Zealand co­owner Gerard

Martin says.

‘‘Thedemand has beenabout 10 times

more thanover the same period in

previous years.’’

The most popularseeds are the winter

vegetables, broccoli,cauliflower, carrots,

cabbages,turnips, leeks, Florence

fennel, parsnips, beetroot, broad beans

and swedes. Orders have been delivered

by couriers.

One of Waimakariri’s most prominent

gardeners, Helen Roberts,saysthere are

many creative ways to grow vegetables in

the home garden. Choosing asuitable

site is the firstimportant step.

‘‘Veges need all the light they can get,

at least six hours aday in summer, so

don’tlocate your patchinthe shade.’’

Also,prevailingwinds cause damage, so

considerwhat shelter is available.Close

access to water is equallyimportant.

Home gardeners can start avegetable

plot by simply diggingarectangle on top

of the lawn of about one metre across so

it can be reached from both sides.

She doesnot favour high­sided raised

garden bedsasthey require more water.

‘‘Sides of around30cm high are most

efficientunless the gardener is unableto

bend,’’she says. However,the exception

is carrots, which do betterinelevated

planter boxes to deter rust fly,which

tendstofly close to ground level.

‘‘Foraraisedbed you will need to buy

abalanced garden mix (a blend of

compost,bark, pumice and fertiliser).

Happyplace ... Helen Robertsinher Woodend garden.

Don’t use potting mix, because it dries

out and is hard to re­wet, or straight

compost, whichistoo rich.’’

She also recommends using plenty of

mulch and soakerhoses with atimer as

the best waytowater efficiently.

Helen is amongthe group of women

who establishedthe popular Kaiapoi

CommunityGarden10years ago.She is

still aregularvolunteer there andalso

has alarge fruit and vegetable garden at

PHOTO: SHELLEYTOPP

her homeinWoodend.

Helen and her husband, Gary, an

arborist,wanted to ‘‘grow justabout

everythingweeat’’ and they have

achieved that with their bountiful,sprayfreegarden.

‘‘I love the lushness of afull

vegetable gardenand just walking

arounditand workinginitiswhat Ilike

most,’’ Helensays.

‘‘Havingflowersinthe mix makes it

morecolourful and enjoyable,’’ she adds.

Ultrasound

gear bought

Kaikoura residents now have access to

crucial acute ultrasoundscanning and

more rapid diagnostic assessments,

thankstodonations that helped secure a

$45,000 ultrasound machine.

Mia Health Foundationbought the

machinefor Kaikoura Health, thanks to

donations of $22,000 each from Pegasus

Health and North Canterbury’s

electricity distribution company

MainPower.

Mia chief executive Michael Flatman

says the machinewill enable ahigher

level of care for local residents and stop

unnecessaryreferrals to Christchurch.

Kaikoura Health’s previous

ultrasound machinewas abasic portable

machine, not fit for purpose. It had

limited uses. Many patients had to be

referred to Christchurch for the quality

ultrasound examinations they needed.

With more than 20 referrals being

made each month by Kaikoura Health to

Christchurch’s Radiology services,

patients often joined waiting lists.

Mr Flatmansays having atop­of­therange

ultrasound machineinKaikoura

will make areal difference.

MainPower chief executive Andy

Lester says backingthe cause was anobrainer.‘‘It

was easy for us to understand

the benefit it would provide.’’

Kaikoura Health’s Dr Andrea Judd

says the machine will assist with better

diagnoses and more definitive treatment.

‘‘We’re also hoping that the purchase of

this machine will help towards our longterm

goal of attracting aspecialist

sonography servicetoKaikoura.’’

Move welcomed

Flour is the hot-ticket item

By SHELLEY TOPP

The Covid­19 outbreak has sparked

unprecedented demandfor flour in

supermarkets,with panic buyers creating

ashortage.

Rangiora New World supermarket

owner­operator Robin Brownsays

queues of shoppershave been waiting for

the store to open every morningsincethe

level4lockdown began, and flour has

been in bigdemand.

‘‘Flour sales have increased markedly

as customers areathome isolating with

theirfamily and have taken to baking

again.’’

He says he has never seen anythinglike

this kind of demandfor flour before.

‘‘Flourdemand increased after the

earthquakes but not anything near how it

is now.Myunderstanding is that there is

plenty of flour but oursuppliers are

struggling to get it packaged and to our

stores in the volumeswerequire.’’

ChampionFlourMillingNew

Zealand’s chiefexecutive Bruce Peden

says the pandemic has created‘‘a new

demand for flour’’, which began before

the lockdown started.

‘‘Therewas obviously panic buying for

bread and other bakery­typeproducts as

well as retailflour.’’

Theshortage is not causedbyaflour

shortage but ratherthe ‘‘abilityofthe

retailpacking equipment that is available

to keep up with the surge in demand’’.

Mayor packs

groceries

Waimakariri Mayor Dan Gordon took time

out from Zoomcalls on Friday to pack

groceries.

He joinedwith Civil Defence volunteers

and council staff to shop at Rangiora New

World for residents unable to do their own

shopping during the lockdown.

‘‘It was great to be able to support those

whoare vulnerable in our community.

‘‘Hats off to the supermarkets in our

districts for making sure we have got plenty

of food and adequate provisions to support

us through this time.’’

Mr Gordon says his role involved calling

residents, takinggrocery orders and then

fillingthem. The groceries were then

delivered to residents' doorsteps.

Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey is

welcoming the Government's decision

to move to alert level 3nextweek.

It will allow more local firmsto

operate in acontactless and safe

manner.

Mr Doocey saysitwill comeasa

huge relief to both local businesses

and residents. ‘‘I think it gives

businesses somecertainty that they

can enter theirpremisesthis week to

ensure theyare ready give a

contactless service and also keeptheir

staffsafe.

‘‘We needtoacknowledge how well

we haverespondedasacommunity in

NorthCanterbury.’’

It is now time to get businessesback

up and tradingsafely,and to support

thosewho have lost their jobs or

income,hesays.

Mr Doocey says it is important that

residents heedthe restrictions.

Are youan

essential service?

Canyou deliver goods to

your customers?

Please contactuson

info@ncnews.co.nz to seehow howwecanhelpwe help


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• WOF Cars &Trailers

• Vehicle Servicing &

Repairs

• Tyres &Punctures

• Jump Starts


Towing &Salvage

• Courtesy Car Available

Ph Aaron Rowlands

0272 588 366

13 Stone Eyre Place,

Swannanoa

Eftpos available Mon –Fri 8am –5pm, Sat 9am –1pm

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on

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Public Notices

ANZAC Day

Refuse and Recycling Arrangements

On week commencing April 27, some rubbish and recycling collection days will

change for one week only. As pick-up times may vary from normal, please place

securely tied Hurunui Council refuse and recycling bags at the kerbsideby8am.

Monday 27 April

Tuesday 28 April

Wednesday 29 April

Thursday 30 April

Public holiday –ANZAC Day

No Collections

Hanmer Springs andGoreBay

Amberley,Amberley Beach, Leithfield, Leithfield Beach,

Waipara, Greta Valley,Omihi, Scargill, Motunau Beach and

Cheviot

Culverden, Rotherham, Waiau, Hawarden and Waikari

Council is storing recycling until the processing plant in Christchurch reopens, It

is more important than ever that recycling is not contaminated, Please help by

remembering the following:

✓ Always wash and dry recycling thoroughly to protect your household

and our frontline staff.

✓ Throughthe recycling bags, it is possible to recycle paper,cardboard, plastic

bottles (no lids) and food and drink cans only.

✓ Place clean food and drink cans in aseparate Hurunui Council recycling bag

for collection.

✓ Soft plastics and shopping bags are not accepted for recycling in Hurunui;

please place these in your refuse bag.

✓ Food, clothing, garden waste, plastic strapping and polystyrene are not

recyclable. Recycling bags will be stickered and left in they contain these

items.

✓ If in doubt –place it in the refuse.

Bundles of cardboard will not be collected, but can be recycled via the transfer

stations during opening hours for free.

Transfer Station Arrangements

All transfer stations are closed on both Saturday 25, Anzac Day and Monday 27 April.

For further information on the amended transfer stations hours, during the Covid-19

shutdown in Hurunui, phone 03 314 8816 or visit www.hurunui.govt.nz

2272324

Cars Wanted

CASH 4CARS

and 4WD'S

Phone

Automotive

Parts

03 313 7216

Firewood

FIREWOOD dry split pine

2cum $180 plus cones and

delivery, ph 027 739 1218.

GUM 3m3 $340, 6m3

$640 dry. Free Delivery

Rangiora/Amberley.

Special small cut gum 3m3

$280, 6m3 $530 (limited

supply). Ph: 03 312 9394,

027 919 8074 or email:

lifestyleworx@amuri.net.

Plumbing

For all

general

aspects of

plumbing

Discounts for over

65 years old

Fast friendly service

All work guaranteed

Aaron McCartney

Certifying Plumber

Cell 027 366 9091

A/H 03 310 2137

Free Call:

0508 44EVER

EMAIL:

plumber_27@yahoo.com

2172994

CLASSIFIEDS, TRUSTED TRADES &PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

North Canterbury News, April 23, 2020

Livestock

TEXEL ROMNEY cross

ewe hoggets suitable for

breeding /lifestyle blocks

phone 021 626 449 or 03

385 4966.

TEXEL ROMNEY cross

ram hoggets suitable for

breeding. Phone 021 626

449 or 03 385 4966.

DENTURE CLINIC

RANGIORA

DENTURE CLINIC

Garry WMechen

Registered Clinical DentalTechncian

Phone (03) 313-9192

38a Ashley Street, Rangiora

NEW N W DENTURES D ES

*RELINE * *REPAIRS

* I S

HOURS

8.30am -12noon

- Monday to Friday

FREE E CONSULTATION O

AND ADVICE

A V C

For a/h repairs

phone (03) 310-3044

Scrap Metal

CASH PAID FOR SCRAP

•Car Bodies •Scrap Steel•Specialists in Farm

Machinery•All non Ferrous

MAINLAND

METALS LTD

Ph (03)338 7000

Mike0274 818544 •Robbie0274818 027

Locally owned and operated

Religious Notices

Key to the bible

We nearthe end of Gentile mis-ruleoverthe

World’saffairs; Jesus’ return, Armageddon,

and hisre-establishmentofthe Kingdom of

Godonthis earth, afteraglobal upheaval.

He tells us the signs thathistory willbe

repeated.

Read Luke’sgospel,chapter17verses26to32.

Noah’sera wasinfamous forcorruption and

violence (Genesis 6vs11to13).

Lot’s agefor gross immorality,(Genesis 19).

Passions inflamed appropriately,

God incinerated them.

Note:

Shameless NZ is on the Pacific RimofFire.

Be warned.

Find out more: www.keytothebible.org

The Christadelphians

0508 Gospel

0800 Bible Truth

Email: info@keytothebible.org

Gardening

GARDEN heges cut to

perfection. Tree & arbor

work. Also spraying. Free

quotes. Ph 03 312 0668 or

021 111 4322.

Stock Feed

HAY, HAY, HAY. 50

round bales at $50 +gst ea

(near Cust ­ buyer to

arrange own loading). Text

or call 027 323 2878 or 03

312 5863.

Wanted To Buy

FORESTRY plantations

and shelter belts wanted for

export and local market.

Please ph 029 773 1001.

For Sale

HONEY 4kg bucket

cooking honey, $30 special.

Available at Gracebrook,

Amberley. Telephone 03

314 7076.

1902273

CARPENTER / Painter

specialising in alterations &

renovations, repairs &

maintenance, 35 plus years,

DRESSMAKING Bev’s

Sew Good Services. For all

your alterations, repairs,

dressmaking, curtains.

Phone 327 5535.

2089195v2-4/4-S

Pets

BICHON HOMESTAY

for smaller dogs. We look

after your dog in our home.

"No kennels". Phone today

03 314 6110.

Trade&Services

AFFORDABLE concrete

cutting with quality and

removal work. Free quotes.

No job too small. Ph 027

442 2219, Fax 03 359 6052

or A/H 03 359 4605.

BRIAN’S Tree Services.

Tree felling, topping,

shaping, firewood cut, rubbish

removed, stump grinding,

branch chipping.

Affordable rates. Phone 03

327 5505 or 021 124 4894.

experienced

builder. Telephone Trevor

313 5013 or 027 431 1864.

RANGIORA Rubbish

Removal and RRR skips.

Wheelie bins any frequency

and skips from 1.5 cube to

9cube. Skips and wheelie

bins for any use, rubbish,

greenwaste, building sites

or just cleanups. Give us a

phone call 313 6957 or for

skips 021 313 255.

Builder

Trade&Services

PAINTER, qualified local

professional, Int / Ext,

roofs, wallpaper. Call or txt

Corban 027 846 5035.

DECORATORS

Lilybrook Decorators. Now

semi­retired looking for

those odd jobs. Phone

Gordon 027 430 2938.

PAINT & wallpaper

services. Wayne Bryant.

Exterior, interior. Qualified

tradesman. Free quotes. Ph

313 5337 or 027 654 4568

CHIMNEY SWEEP ­

Winter’s coming!!! Time to

service your fire. From $80

+ gst single storey. 0800

SWEEP ME or 021 0277

1927.

METAL WORX. Flashing,

Sheetmetal Fabrication,

Wrought Iron,

Welding, Custom Trailers,

General Metalwork. No job

too big or too small. Ph 021

265 5428 or 03 314 6908.

Find us on facebook/

Glenmark Metal Worx.

glenmarkmetalworx.ltd@gmail.com.

PAINTER & Decorator.

Semi retired painter. Small

jobs. Ph Peter 03 312 7945

or 027 693 8360.

POWER TOOLS repairs,

parts &sales for over 30

years. All main brands serviced.

Grossman Trade

Tools, 31A Watts Road,

Christchurch. Ph 389 9230.

SCREEN PRINTING.

For all your printing

requirements. T­shirts,

Hoodies, Hi­Vis vests and

polos, Overalls, Caps etc.

Please phone Heather 03

licenced 313 0261 or email

heather.norstar@gmail.com.

VALUATION ­

Specialising in North Canterbury.

Contact Geoff at

Maxwell Valuation. Phone

03 310 8541 or email

geoff@maxval.co.nz.

Trade&Services

PAINTERS

Reg Tradesman

Interior,exterior.

North Canterbury Painters

specialising in decorating for

over 65 at adiscount rate.

Free quotes.

Covering Nth Canty,Oxford,

Kaiapoi, Rangiora, Amberley.

Robin Driver 03 327 7899

or 027 432 3520 1859949

SUMMERFIELD

FENCING

IN YOUR AREA NOW.

Lifestyle or farm, sheep, cattle,

horse, all types of animals.

Fences, yards, sheds, arenas,

shelters, runs.

30+ years contract fencing.

Steve is available to help with

your design &planning.

Ph office03312 4747

2091848

ANTHONY SYMONDS

Forall your painting &

plastering requirements

Local with 30 years

experience

All workmanship

Guaranteed.

Phone 021 344 023

2220615

SHEARER. Hap’s Farm &

Lifestyle Services. Shearing,

crutching, drenching,

tailing, feet trimming &

health check. Trailer, generator

&mobile handpiece

available. Experienced,

reliable and honest. Ph 03

312 1214 or 021 267 4025.

Phone 03 313 7144

027 432 1534

Fax 03 313 2144

rgrantelectrical@gmail.com

PO Box 69, Rangiora

Butchery

OxfordButchery

Shane and Leanne Frahm

We cankill&process yourstock

FourGenerations of Frahms

since 1957

Ph 312 4205

Oxford

Electrician

Windows &Doors

15

Trade&Services

Log Fires

Pellet Fires

Heat Pumps

Sales

Service

Installations

Free Quotes

03 343 1651

472 Blenheim Rd

www.heatstore.co.nz

SEPTIC TANK

CLEANING

Bill’s Liquid

Waste

You dump it...

Blair pumps it...

Blair Tavendale

Ph 03 314 9371

0275 379-694

Number one

old-fashioned bacon

&ham curing.

A/H 312 4709

Allan Pethig

For all your electrical needs. Residential &Commercial

WINDOW MARKETPLACE

•New &Used

•Timber&Aluminium

•Windows &Doors

8am-5pmWeekdays

8am-2pm Saturday

215 Waltham Rd,Sydenham

Ph (03) 3796159 info@windowmarket.co.nz

Fax(03) 962 1012 www.windowmarket.co.nz

2225862

Pride &Quality Painting

&Decorating Services

20 yrs exp, fast and friendly

service. For all your painting

needs, phone: Martin 310

6187 or 021 128 9867

1680439

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COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD APRIL 23 2020

Waimakariri District Council

Moving to Alert Level 3

With the transition to Alert Level 3coming next

week the Council have been considering new

guidance and how this impacts the services we

provide to the community.

We will provide an update here on planning

to date and, as this develops, you can find

out more at waimakariri.govt.nz/covid19

In the short term our focus is on making sure

any immediate rate increases are as low as

possible, while looking at what role we have to

play in investing locally in infrastructure projects

that have positive flow on effects to contractors,

suppliers and in turn stimulate the economy and

result in jobs.

Right now what does this mean

for residents?

Waimakariri ratepayers facing financial hardship

because of COVID-19 have arange of options

available to provide relief from rates -including

deferral. All options can beaccessed by

contacting our team on rates@wmk.govt.nz or

0800 965 468.

Re-budgeting for the coming year will be done

as part of the Annual Plan process. Council will

meet on Tuesday 21 April to hear what budget

options are available and will instruct staff to

amend the Dra Annual Plan accordingly. Public

hearings will live-streamed on Wednesday 6May

with aCouncil meeting in late May toagree

to changes.

Service changes when we move to Alert

Level 3from 28 April:

Kerbside collections and recycling

The Southbrook Resource Recovery Park

will open for rubbish and green waste, with

appropriate distancing and no cash payments

allowed. One person per vehicle only. The Oxford

Transfer Station remains open for official

Council branded rubbish bag drop-off only.

We can’t accept recycling at the Southbrook

Recovery Park. It is our hope that we will be in a

position to take limited quantities of separated

cardboard and glass bottles and jars at some

point in the coming weeks, although this will not

be available when we first transition to Alert

Level 3. We’ll you informed about any changes

to our levels of service.

Kerbside collection continues as normal.

Customer Services

All of our Council facilities remain closed and the

majority of our staff will work from home until

Alert Level 2. We are still providing awide range

of essential services and you can access our

Customer Service staff by calling 0800 965 468,

emailing office@wmk.govt.nz or via our website

waimakariri.govt.nz

Aquatics Centres

Aquatic centres remain closed. Our staff are

preparing for opening when we move to Alert

Level 2with physical distancing measures put in

place and are looking at ways to appropriately

limit numbers of users.

Libraries

All ofour libraries continue to be closed, and we

are not able to accept book returns. Overdue

charges will be waived. We can continue to

provide guided support of all our online resources

and encourage the public to contact us online

library@wmk.govt.nz ,checkout the latestnewson

our website libraries.waimakariri.govt.nz/home and

to view the range of virtual story times, activities

and helpful videos via our Facebook page.

Parks, Reserves and Community Facilities

All dog parks and playgrounds (including

skate parks) remain closed due tothe risk of

transmission of the virus from surfaces –please

keep away and tell your kids to keep away too.

You may see contractors around community

facilities and reserves as maintenance work

resumes under strict Health and Safety guidance.

Please stay home, follow the rules, be kind

and take care of each other.

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.

Upcoming Meetings

The following meetings will take place

via video conference (Zoom) and will

be live streamed through our website.

• Council

Tuesday 5May at 1pm

• Annual Plan Deliberations

Wednesday 6May at 1pm.

Sarah Nichols

Governance Manager

SUPPORT SERVICES

Support for families:

Locally there are people who can help:

• Presbyterian Support 03313 8588

• Age Concern Canterbury 0800 80 33 44.

Local food banks:

Kaiapoi:

• Kaiapoi Community Support 03 327 8945

or kcs.coord@wellbeingnc.org.nz

• StVincent de Paul Society 03 327 5124,

03 327 2177 or frankbrown@snap.net.nz

Rangiora:

• Hope Trust 03 313 4997, 022 639 9844

or gail@hctcounselling.co.nz

• StVincent de Paul Society 03 312 8342,

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

kellycolleen@xtra.co.nz

• Salvation Army Rangiora 03 313 6947,

june.lang@salvationarmy.org.nz or

christine.demaine@salvationarmy.org.nz

Oxford:

• Oxford Community Trust 03 312 3006,

021 995 972 or jo@oxfordtrust.co.nz

National helplines:

• There isadedicated Healthline 0800

number for COVID-19 health advice and

information -0800 358 5453. This is

supported by online at covid19.govt.nz.

For other health related issues call

0800 611 116

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

with atrained counsellor

• Youthline 0800 376 633 or free text 234.

Their website also has aweb chat facility

youthline.co.nz

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