Selwyn Times: April 29, 2020

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Current projects

will boost

recovery plan

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Empowering

women to help

the community

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Raw speed to raw food for Rosa

NEW PASSION: Sisters Margo (left) and Rosa Flanagan

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• By Jacob Page

FORMER national

athletics star Rosa Flangan

thought her 2020 would involve

raw speed rather than raw

food.

The 24-year-old has moved

back to her family home in

Prebbleton with sister and

business partner Margo to

continue their Two Raw Sisters

plant-based food business

online during the coronavirus

pandemic.

It’s a far cry from the Tokyo

Olympic dream she once held

for this year.

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• By Devon Bolger

PICKING UP items bought

through Facebook and aimlessly

driving for fun are just some of

the excuses police have heard for

breaching lockdown rules.

Selwyn area response manager

Senior Sergeant Dean Harker

said they have found a number of

people driving for non-essential

reasons in the district.

Two men from Rolleston have

been charged after breaching the

lockdown restrictions and will

appear in court.

There were six warnings

handed out on just one night last

week.

“Another excuse we have been

told is that people are going to the

supermarket when we know there

are supermarkets closer to where

they live. It is pretty frustrating

for us,” he said.

Senior Sergeant Harker said

police are operating daily checkpoints

across the district.

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• By Louis Day

IT COULD be a while until

the eastern suburbs start to

see Lianne Dalziel’s campaign

aspirations for the area come to

fruition.

During October’s local body

elections, Ms Dalziel identified

repairs to the eastern part of the

city’s footpaths, pipes and roads

as one of her main priorities for

this term.

“We need a fully integrated

programme of works for the

east, I have loosely called this

the eastern alliance, which

would essentially be an alliance

of contractors who can take

the whole area bit by bit and

systematically get the work

done,” she said during the

campaign.

But chief executive Dawn

Baxendale said any request to

pursue a specific project in the

east would have to be agreed

upon by council.

City councillors are yet to pass

on any guidance to staff around

this, she said.

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until the Covid-19 outbreak is

Pleasant resident, who is also award for Best Sustainability Centre earlier this month.

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• By Bea Gooding

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technology, engineering

FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Julia in how things worked, often country to participate in the

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next month, designed She was shocked to hear the

and maths.

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RESIDENTS MOST affected by

the new Northern Motorway are

relieved to hear the Christchurch

Northern Corridor opening has

been delayed by six months.

The CNC was due to open in

the middle of this year, but last

week the New

Zealand Transport

Agency

announced more

time was needed

to complete the

$290m motorway.

The original

scope of the

project has been Mark Wilson

extended to include

a third southbound lane on

the Waimakariri River bridge and

a clip-on cycleway.

St Albans resident Mark Wilson

said the community are “somewhat

thankful” for the delay.

“The community will be somewhat

thankful for a reprieve of the

effects of this motorway for six

months, but it’s still there. Until

decisions are made to put our

community first, then there is no

relief,” he said.

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• By Bea Gooding

for biology, and from a young Julia is one of 25 young were often male-dominated,

age has always been interested women chosen around the with particular focus on science,

technology, engineering

FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Julia in how things worked, often country to participate in the

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next month, designed She was shocked to hear the

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• By Matt Slaughter

SPREYDON residents are

• By Devon Bolger

preparing to help members of

their community if they are

ANY DECISION on helping people

forced to self-isolate because of

who may struggle to pay their rates

Covid-19.

will come from the Government,

Expressions of interest sought Spreydon to Neighbourhood

the district council says.

rent covered and open space

Network

in

Facebook group admin

Said district

Sonya Hodder got behind the

council the above chief proposed centre based

idea after one of its members

executive in I Zone David Park Rolleston.

posted asking if residents are

Ward: “(We) will

willing to support people who

be guided On site by facilities will include

are self-isolating

the following:

by dropping off

government

D Security Fence, Swipe food card, and Gate other supplies. D Dump Station On Site

policy and

Entrance

Said Mrs Hodder: D Trickle “One of Feed the

guidelines in

Power

D CCTV Camera ladies who is in Dthe Office group works

relation to fifnancial

assistance

Rental Charges

And Toilet Complex

D Wash Down Facility for the Red Cross Dand Affordable she’s like

David Ward

an emergency person, you know,

for ratepayers.

she goes out with the four-wheeldrive

and that, and she came up

It is likely to be a national

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decision.”

with the idea and so I agreed that

Mr Ward said it is still too early

we should use our Facebook page

to tell exactly what assistance the

as an avenue if anybody does

community will need.

need help.

“It’s very early days and I

“I’m not sure how needed that

think that we are just looking

it will be because most of the supermarkets

are providing online

at how we respond to the virus.

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

help,” she said.

stop rates increases in response

Mrs Hodder said there is no

to the Covid-19 crisis.

need to panic but it is important

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• By Georgia O’Connor-Harding

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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the Spreydon

Neighbourhood

Network will help

residents if they

have to selfisolate

because

of Covid-19.

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tricky if the supermarkets stop aged not to actually go there if

working and things like that, and they’re sick, but to phone in and

the doctors, it’s hard for them as things like that,” she said.

well. People need to be encour-

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Trials and tribulations of being

the designated shopper

WELL, WE’RE out of lockdown

and alert level 4, but the cage

door is still not open enough yet.

The weeks have flashed by.

Hopefully soon the supermarket

will no longer be the place to

have a social outing.

I’ve been our bubble’s designated

shopper, a task I don’t

mind too much.

I am one of those masked and

gloved shoppers. I will be until

the Covid threat disappears.

I’ve stuck to the rules – take a

list, find the item, make a visual

decision, pick it up and put it in

the trolley. No persisting about

and putting it back on the shelf

and going for the one next to it.

But being the designated

shopper does bring with it some

frustration – like finding things

you are not used to having to

look for. I’m talking about baking

ingredients.

The better half is the one who

usually grabs this stuff but she

has stayed in the bubble while

I’ve gone to the supermarket.

So over the past weeks I’ve

regularly had to make the phone

call: “They haven’t got any yeast

you want. Will this brand do?”

. . . “What kind of chocolate

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chips do you want?”. . . “I can’t

find any curry powder, looks like

it’s sold out”. . . and so on.

The better half has been very

understanding: “Just do your

best.”

But I can’t say the

understanding word applies to

some supermarket staff when it

comes to a designated shopper

like myself.

“Where would I find brown

sugar and castor sugar?” I once

politely asked. “Down that end,”

came the hostile reply.

“Wow, she’s not happy,” I

thought.

I then asked: “I’m also looking

for chocolate chips.”

“Right in front of you,” she

bounced back at me.

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Other inquiries led to: “I’m not

sure, someone else might know.”

No sorry, politeness, etc.

The trickiest item I’ve had to

find was chia seeds. I initially

asked three staff, one tried without

success, the other two weren’t

interested.

But I was on a mission and I

wasn’t going to give up. I tried a

fourth time and this person was

a delight. Helpful and talkative

and she led to me to racks of

them.

“Busy?” I asked.

“We sure are, we spending

most of our time filling orders

for online shoppers.”

Traditional shoppers like myself

have no chance of getting the

in-store help we need.

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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

an average rates increase of 4.65

per cent across all ratepayers in

this year’s Draft Annual Plan

which is currently under public

consultation until April 5 and

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

the city council needed was for

someone to hi the panic button.

“Calm heads must and will

prevail,” she said.

“Our residents and businesses

will be depending on us to

make adjustments, and we will,

however, we will need advice

on the impacts on all aspects of

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the council’s budget, which is

not entirely funded by rates, and

the consequences that will flow

from decisions we make.

“The Annual Plan is not

signed off for three months so

we have time to ge this advice.

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

for affected businesses in all

sectors and regions.

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•Mayor’s column, p9

•From the editor’s desk, p10

Parent’s

frightening

journey

Covid-19 prompts call for

zero per cent rates increase

Councillor takes

Davids heads

matters into

community board

his own hands

advocating body

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ACTION: Six city councillors including

Catherine Chu, Sam MacDonald (top right),

James Daniels (above left) and Aaron

Keown have called on Mayor Lianne Dalziel

to lead a conversation on how to achieve a

zero per cent rates increase this year.

Ph 377 0034

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Gerry Brownlee

MP for Ilam

Motorway

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relief

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Council prepares recovery plan

THE DISTRICT council is

aiming to include $223 million

of building works across the

district as part of its economic

recovery plan from the impacts

of Covid-19.

A district-wide roading package

of reconstruction, rehabilitation

and reseal repairs, costing

$13.5 million, has been submitted

in response to the Government’s

request for ‘shovel-ready’

projects.

The roading plan would be on

top of a capital programme of

$209.5 million of work already

planned for the 2019/20 and

2020/21 financial years.

Last week Selwyn Times

reported the district council

is suggesting the retail sector

planned for Rolleston be

deferred for at least a year due to

the impacts of the pandemic.

Said Mayor Sam Broughton:

“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 decision will be

made from feedback received

through the Annual Plan process.

An economic recovery plan

is being prepared by the district

council, working together with

iwi, businesses, non-Government

organisations and members

of the community.

The plan aims to help restore

the district’s economy and

contribute to welfare support

for businesses and households

that have been affected by the

pandemic.

Meetings with key members of

different communities across the

district will begin this week as

part of the planning.

The district council is well

placed to provide some momentum

to the district’s economy,

having already signed off on a

series of large construction projects

over the past 18 months, Mr

Broughton said.

“The district council will

have an important part to play

in Selwyn’s recovery and it is

important that we continue with

planned infrastructure, water,

roading and facilities projects

that our growing district needs.

They will provide vital jobs and

boost economic activity over the

RESURGENCE:

$233 million of

building works

are expected

to be included

in the district’s

economic

recovery plan

including

the planned

extension of the

Selwyn Aquatic

Centre.

coming months,” he said.

Construction is under way on

four major projects to the value

of $62 million with work expecting

to be restarted when it is safe

to do so.

The projects are the Selwyn

Aquatic Centre, Foster Park

indoor courts, health hub and

Rolleston’s new community centre

and library (Te Ara Atea.)

Other work is planned on

the district’s water and waste

systems as well as roading.

Ransley at the

sharp end of

virtual series

• By Jacob Page

PREBBLETON’S Jaden Ransley

is in the hunt heading into round

five of the eSport Cup virtual car

racing event tomorrow night.

In spite of

a crash and a

fourth at Italy’s

Monza last week,

Ransley is fifth

overall and will

compete on

Spain’s Barcelona

circuit next.

The 19-year-old

Jaden

Ransley

spun out in race one last week

while in third spot at the famed

Monza circuit but rebounded to

take fourth in the final race of the

night.

“We had a great qualifying but

we got hit from behind going into

turn one and put me in a bad spot

for turn two and that was that,”

he said.

Just six points separate fifth

from second.

“It’s tight and it’s important to

keep your nose clean so you keep

accumulating points.”

It was the first event where all

drivers from around the world

competed in a formula three car.

“First time for me being behind

the wheel, and it was fun,” he said.

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SELWYN TIMES

News

TRIBUTE:

(Left to right)

– O’Shea and

Knea Wati, with

grandparents

Lyndal

Hayward and

David Gage

with the display

they made to

mark Anzac

Day.

Lest we

forget

Residents in Lincoln like many

others in the district did not

forget the Anzacs.

PHOTOS: BARRY CLARKE

Rakaia Huts family

gets creative to

mark Anzac Day

• By Devon Bolger

SHALAMAR WATI and her

family took to decorating their

Rakaia Huts property as a way to

pay tribute on Anzac Day.

Mrs Wati said Anzac Day has

always been important to her

and husband Robert as they both

served in the army.

“I did nine years in the army

and my husband did eight. We’ve

always celebrated the day and

because we couldn’t go to a dawn

service I thought well let’s just

decorate the driveway,” she said.

The couple’s two sons, O’Shea,

4, and Knea, 7, and Knea Wati

helped with the tribute as did

the boy’s grandparents, Lyndal

Hayward and David Gage, who

live on the same section.

“We spent two full days just

painting and cutting it up and

nailing in the crosses. Our neighbour

came in really handy too we

had to ask them to leave some red

paint at the end of their driveway

for the poppies.”

Mrs Wati said it was a great

experience and she was proud to

pay tribute.

Thieves continue

to target vehicles

•From page 1

The arrested men, aged 42

and 60, have been charged

with obstructing or hindering

a medical officer of health or

person assisting a medical officer

of health.

Both men had

previously been spoken

to by police in regard

to the alert level 4

restrictions.

They have been

remanded on bail and

are due to appear in

the Christchurch

District Court court on

June 10.

Senior Sergeant

Dean Harker said the

number of reports from the

public of others breaching the

rules declined near the end of

the lockdown.

“Initially there were a few

but this dropped off. We found

the general public took it upon

themselves to question people

who appeared to be breaking the

lockdown,” he said.

Thieves also continue to target

cars in the district, this time in

Prebbleton.

Six vehicles were broken into

a fortnight ago and all had been

left unlocked – a situation which

has been happening for the past

few months.

Police are currently

following leads

to apprehend the

offenders.

Senior Sergeant

Harker said residents

need to be aware and

vigilant to prevent

opportunist thieves

and burglars.

The key advice is

Dean Harker to always lock your

vehicle, remove

valuables, park in well-lit

areas when possible and take

documents containing personal

information with you.

The public is encouraged to

report suspicious behaviour to

police.

Senior Sergeant Harker said

police saw an increase in family

harm events in the district

during the lockdown.

Sharing story with young athletes

• From page 1

“We’ve moved everything from

our kitchen in town to mum and

dad’s place and we’ve just taken

over in a way,” she said.

“It’s like going right back to the

start.”

For many of her teenage years,

Rosa thought she would be representing

New Zealand this year at

the 2020 Olympics on the track

as a steeplechase runner.

She represented New Zealand

at the 3000m steeplechase at the

2015 World Championships in

Beijing.

However, after mental health

battles which culminated in an

eating disorder and an exercise

addiction in her early 20s, Rosa

decided to stop running competitively

late last year and pour

her competitive energy into the

business instead.

“I was damaging my body but

was oblivious to it,” she said.

“There were negative things

happening where I wasn’t making

time to catch up with family

and friends and I was low on

energy because I wasn’t eating

enough.

“I was solely focused around

what times I was doing and what

competition I was doing, nothing

STEP AWAY: Prebbleton’s

Rosa Flanagan has put her

middle-distance running

aspirations aside.

else mattered.”

Even after overcoming the

issues, she came to the conclusion

her competitive running

aspirations had to end for the

foreseeable future.

“Training and running a

business was a lot. I then hit

a personal rock-bottom and

realised that I had to make a

decision and prioritise one over

the other,” she said.

“My competitive side just goes

towards the business now – I’m

at peace with the decision not to

run competitively.

“Running will still be part of

my exercise regime but I remember

doing the Run to Remember

earlier this year and it was the

first time I could run for myself

without trying to win a medal or

beat a time, it was strange.”

Rosa said it was a four-year

journey that she has only just

finished.

She now shares her story

openly to other young athletes

who may be going through the

same issues.

“Everyone’s body is different

and what I’m learning is to be

happy with what I’ve got and

it’s allowed me to focus on my

business and exercise in a healthy

way.’’

She said her bond with Margo

had been a great help.

“We’re both strong-minded

people and when we have an idea

or a vision, we both try our best

to make it a reality.”

Rosa said the door was

not closed on a return to the

track one day but it was not a

short-term goal.


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Wednesday April 29 2020 5

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Canterbury’s fastest selling

new subdivision

for fight against waste plant

• By Devon Bolger

PREBBLETON residents

fighting against a proposed

expansion of a waste plant

nearby say they are grateful for

donations from the community.

THe group decided to start

a givealittle page for people

to donate to the cause about a

month ago.

On Friday,

up to 73

donations had

been made

totalling

$6610.

Group

member Judy

Judy

Sachdeva

Sachdeva said

they are very

pleased and

grateful for the

• By Devon Bolger

RESIDENTS AND businesses

impacted by Covid-19 will

be able to extend their rates

payments over one year.

District councillors have

unanimously voted to approve

an economic

recovery package

to further

help struggling

ratepayers.

Rate payments

for

the 2019/20

financial

year can be

extended until

June 31, 2021,

for ratepayers who enter into a

direct debit payment plan.

It will work by ratepayers

agreeing to a minimum weekly

payment amount such as $10 until

November this year and then

increased payments to bring the

account up do date by June 2021.

In November, the district

council will consider extending

the policy further.

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 two-year deferral on payments.

The district council also

agreed it intends to reduce the

penalty for late payment of rates

COMMUNITY: The Prebbleton group fighting against a

proposed hazardous waste facility say they are grateful for

the donations they have received. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN ​

support.

“Especially because of everything

that is happening right

now with Covid-19. The message

we are getting from all of the

people who live here in Prebbleton

is that they are completely

against it,” she said.

The money will be spent on

opposing the applications for

air discharge consents that have

been made to Environment Canterbury,

and for public awareness

and education campaigns.

The Prebbleton Clean Air

Trust was set up to manage

fundraised money along with a

website containing information

for supporters.

Said Ms Sachdeva: “As we understand

it, the hearing process

from 10 per cent to three per

cent.

The decision will be made

as part of the rates resolution

for the year that happens in

June.

The district council will also

prepare a rates postponement

policy for consultation as part

of the Long Term Plan 2021-31

process.

It would mean ratepayers can

postpone their rates and any

accrued costs would be settled

when their property is sold.

has been paused at the moment.

We are just waiting to hear what

will happen next.

“I have spoken to one of the

people who have been through

the process with Roydon Quarry

so I know what they went

through. I am expecting this to

be a long fight.”

The package is a recognition of

the struggles people are facing,

and one part of the council’s

work to help the district through

the effects of the pandemic and

boost recovery, Mayor Sam

Broughton says.

• To donate to the cause

visit givealittle.co.nz/org/

prebbleton-communityclean-air-trust

or visit

the website at: www.

wastemismanagement.co.nz

Waste Management Ltd has

applied to expand its current

site and operate the toxic waste

treatment plant at 305 Marshs

Rd in South Hornby.

In its resource consent application,

it said the plant will

treat and manage items, such as

pesticides, acid, used tyres and

other types of rubbish.

Resource consent was granted

for the proposed plant by the city

council in December 2018.

Environment Canterbury also

granted three consents for its

construction and discharge of

stormwater in March 2019.

The consent application currently

with ECan is only for

activities resulting in discharge

to air.

It ran a limited notified

consent process, which meant

only people within 500m of the

proposed facility had a chance to

have their say.

Relief for ratepayers confirmed

Sam

Broughton

•HAVE YOUR SAY: Are you

happy with the support

package for struggling

ratepayers? Email your views

to devon.bolger@starmedia.

kiwi

HELPING

HAND: A

support

package for

struggling

ratepayers

has been

approved,

it includes

extending

rate

payments,

which fund

things

like road

maintenance,

over a year.

“As people are struggling it’s

important for us to do what

we can to help. We need rates

income to be able to keep

providing services such as water

and rubbish collection, but we

also need to be compassionate

and realistic about people’s

circumstances and that’s what

we’re aiming to do with this

package.”

• To find out more details

and apply for a rates payment

extension go to www.selwyn.

govt.nz/services/rates

PROWL: Duncan has been

stealing in Rolleston again. ​

Lockdown

hasn’t stopped

Duncan from

stealing

• By Devon Bolger

DUNCAN THE cat, notorious

for stealing soft toys and socks

around Rolleston, has not been

sticking to his bubble during the

lockdown.

Owner Diane Guthrie says

Duncan has taken to straying

even further when on the prowl

for goods to bring home.

“Previously he was just going

across the road and two doors

mainly stealing toys from the dog

there but now he has progressed

and has found a new household

a bit further away to steal things

from,” she said.

Last week Duncan came home

some socks, a pair of track pants

and a velvet cushion.

“I went around to all of the

neighbours and asked if it was

their things and they all said no

they didn’t know anything about

it so I put a post on the Rolleston

Community Page on Facebook.

“It took a few days but someone

came forward. He had gone down

the road and around the corner to

a house in a cul-de-sac. I was able

to return everything to the rightful

owner.”

Mrs Guthrie said she thinks

Duncan is stealing because of

what they feed him.

“He goes in phases. Sometimes

he gets quite busy and other times

he won’t bring things back for a

week.

“We have found if he doesn’t

like what I feed him he tends to

bring things home. We think it’s

him saying I’ve brought you a

treat please bring me something

I like.”

TREAT: Some of Duncan’s loot.


6 Wednesday April 29 2020

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Our People

SELWYN TIMES

Brenda Dunlop

Empowering women to help the community

Brenda Dunlop has

been working to bring

the community together

since 1997. The Rolleston

resident speaks to Devon

Bolger about starting the

Selwyn Women’s Issues

Group and her love of

gardening

How did the Selwyn Women’s

Issues Group begin?

It all started in the year 1997.

We were going to have a jubilee

this year to celebrate but we have

decided to hold off until we hit

25 years. Things really started

off with Dorothy Oakley and I.

We had been to see a women’s

issues group and felt like there

was a real need in the district

for something for women to

go along to. It was really good

to get together once a month

and invite speakers because

you are quite isolated out in the

country. We have made a lot of

friendships and it’s been really

very supportive.

What does the group do?

One of our ladies’ grandson

was killed in a car accident

getting off a bus in Greenpark.

My husband and I had a trip

overseas at the time and saw an

idea in Scotland. A bus stopped

and out of it came all these

children in high-vis vests. When

I came back after being away for

two months, the member who

lost her grandchild asked if there

was anything our group could

do to help. We decided to make

safety vests using the money

we had and it really took off

from there. The district council

helped at first and then we took

it on ourselves and we went to

individual businesses and ask

them to buy the vests and put

their logo on them to donate to

schools. We have supplied all of

the schools in Selwyn, a third of

them now stand on their own.

I still try to raise about $6000

each year and go around to all

of the businesses to ask if they

will buy some or renew the vests

in the schools. That’s one of the

main things our group does. We

also support Ronald McDonald

House with a grocery collection

and we donate about five or six

CONNECTED: Brenda Dunlop helped form the Selwyn Women’s Issues Group about 23 years

ago, The group still continues to meet to this day.

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

boxes of groceries each year.

We also do a ‘spring clean’ each

year and we donate clothing to

women’s suffrage. About half a

dozen of our ladies make hats for

the children at Cholmondeley

Home. If there is a need we

fill in that space. We have 80

women on our group call list and

about 60 generally show up to

meetings.

Why do you think it is

important to have a women’s

issues group in Selwyn?

I just think it’s lovely to have

those friendships and to share

with one another. It is also about

what we can learn from each

other. Women didn’t talk freely

like they do nowadays and I’ve

learned a lot from my ladies, it

has been quite amazing really.

Things have absolutely changed

for women now since we started

in 1997. We are much more open

with each other now.

Can you tell me about the

Rolleston Residents’ Garden

Competition?

I think it has been going for

a while but it had come to a

halt a few years ago. I quite like

gardening so I was asked if I

would take over as president of

the competition. Since I have

taken over we have decided to

hold it every two years. That

means it is coming up this

year. We have volunteer ladies

that support us and offer their

time. We also go to different

businesses to get support to pay

for the judges and a few other

things. We are very grateful for

those who contribute and help

to make it so successful. Last

time we had 36 entries and that

went really well and surprisingly

we had a lot of young people

enter. We have decided to make

it every two years because it is a

lot of work for us who give our

time freely. We need to have

nearly $1000 every year for it to

be able to run. Now that we have

had trophies donated for each

of our 10 categories this year

•To find out more or

express your interest in the

Rolleston Residents’ Garden

Competition phone Brenda

Dunlop on 347 3073.

it has made it so much easier.

The categories this year include

industrial and commercial as

well as one for schools in the

district. We plan on holding

the judging over two days on

October 6 and 7. It all depends

on how many people enter. Then

later in October we have an

awards evening at the Rolleston

Community Centre.

How long have you lived in

Selwyn?

Quite a long time now. We had

a pig farm in Burnham for about

40 years and then we moved into

Rolleston and have been here

since the first earthquake.

What do you like about living

here?

It’s a lovely community, people

are very friendly. It is really

growing. Where our house is

was farmland when we got here.

It is truly amazing how the

whole township has grown. I

think there is a lot of things that

you can join now, it is good for

children. There are a lot of sports

grounds and things like that

out here so you no longer have

to go into town. I don’t think I

will ever be travelling into town

again. I think we have enough

amenities out here.

Can you tell me a little bit

about your family?

I have my husband Norman

who was a farmer when I met

him, I was a city girl. He is now

a property developer out here in

Rolleston. We have four children

and six grandchildren. I get quite

involved, I love my gardening.

I have an acre and a half of

gardening on the farm so that

has just carried on.

Do you have any hobbies

or interests outside of your

community work?

My husband and I enjoy

bowls. We play outdoor bowls

at West Melton. There is a club

out there. We like being outside

and keeping active. It is very

important.

Retiring after 20 years with Rolleston police

• By Devon Bolger

FAY SIMPSON has worked her

last day at the Rolleston Police

Station after 20 years.

She started as station support

officer in 2000 and her time has

been spent mainly behind the

front desk working on data entry

and administration.

Her career as a civilian staff

member with the police began

in 1991.

She has enjoyed her time and is

looking forward to what is next.

“The staff here have been

amazing, absolutely top-notch.

I couldn’t rate them highly

enough,” she said.

Mrs Simpson and her husband

now plan on moving south in

about a month.

“We aren’t quite at retirement

age just yet but we bought a

property just outside of Winton.”

Her career began in 1991 at

Timaru central station where she

worked at the front desk.

“I then relocated to Christchurch

and worked in the old

Christchurch central station. I

worked in the accounts section

and as a speed camera operator.

I then worked in the Hornby

and Sydenham stations also

doing administration work,” she

said.

After about 29 years with the

police, there is still one case that

stands out the most, Mrs Simpson

said.

“There was a homicide in

Caroline Bay, the boy’s name

was Leif Wulff, and he was killed

while I was working at the Timaru

station. It was during my first

year working there.

“That was something that

stuck with me because my oldest

son was the same age, and

the perpetrator wasn’t much

older, so that really stuck.”

Robin James Pitney was

sentenced to life imprisonment

after murdering Leif in 1991

when he was 15.

After the Christchurch earthquake

on February 22, 2011,

Mrs Simpson worked with the

disaster victim identification

unit that was set-up at Burnham

Military Camp

“That was a really, really interesting

experience. It’s such a

well-oiled team and it was quite

a privilege working with them

and doing what I could to help.”

Mrs Simpson had her last

day at the Rolleston station on

Thursday.


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Wednesday April 29 2020 7

Environment Canterbury – we’re here to help

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all having to

adapt to new ways of working. Our main focus, as for all

New Zealanders, is taking every possible step to keep

family, staff and colleagues safe and healthy at home.

There have been several legislative changes and

decisions that impact Environment Canterbury’s

daily operations – ‘essential’ and otherwise. We’ve

highlighted the key changes below, and where to

find the most up-to-date information. Referring to

our website – www.ecan.govt.nz – will be key as we

navigate the different alert levels. You can also call

our customer services team on 0800 324 636 with any

questions you may have.

We are also looking at COVID-19 recovery projects and

what contribution can be made through those projects to

the wider regional and national recovery post-lockdown.

Kia atawhai, kia haumaru | Be kind, be safe

COVID-19 information

The first place for information regarding what can and cannot

be done at the different alert levels under COVID-19 is the

Government website: www.covid19.govt.nz. This is the central

source of information.

Several activities Environment Canterbury has oversight of

contribute to the health of your families and the community,

particularly under alert level restrictions and as we head into

winter. As well as the information provided below, rolling updates

with more detail are available on the Environment Canterbury

website www.ecan.govt.nz:

• Home heating: While we know that smoke from wood burners is a

contributor to urban air pollution, it is essential for people to stay

warm in their homes. If you are using a wood burner, regardless

of its age, we advise you to use good burning technique and good

quality wood. Wood burner upgrades, where applicable, should

continue once alert level restrictions allow.

• Outdoor burning: Fire and Emergency NZ is asking people to

refrain from any outdoor burning while we are at Alert Levels 3

and 4. This is to help limit the exposure and risk to their crews

responding to calls.

• Essential services: These include (but are not limited to):

natural hazard event monitoring; flood response; remote air

quality monitoring; and public transport.

• Compliance monitoring and enforcement: Many of our normal

processes relating to CME will continue, but with some changes

related to alert level restrictions.

We’re mindful that the COVID-19 restrictions have placed

unexpected financial strain on many businesses and individuals

that we deal with regularly, and that consent holders in particular

may still be required to pay for services that continue during this

period. Please know that staff are available to discuss options for

those of you experiencing financial hardship.

Get in touch with us

• Facebook: @EnvironmentCanterbury

• Customer services: 0800 324 636

• Public transport: metro@ecan.govt.nz

• Snap Send Solve app

Public Transport

Some of you going back to work or school during Level 3 will need

public transport as an important part of your day. Our greater

Christchurch network is now operating a Saturday timetable

running Monday – Saturday, and a Sunday timetable running on

Sundays, for most services. No fares are being charged. In Timaru

the MyWay on-demand service is operating alongside the Timaru

Link. Visit metroinfo.co.nz for more detail and updates as alert

levels change or email metro@ecan.govt.nz

Civil Defence

Many of our staff are involved with the Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency

Management response to COVID-19, responsible for supporting the

nationally-led response at a regional level. Civil Defence staff play a vital

role in responding to both local, regional, and national emergencies. They

fill a variety of roles across planning, intelligence, operations, logistics,

welfare and public information functions to help ensure the community is

safe. Keep up-to-date on Facebook: @CanterburyEM

Key contacts for COVID-19

Government website: www.covid19.govt.nz and helpline 0800 779 997

Canterbury helpline: 0800 24 24 11

Healthline: 0800 358 5453

Need to talk? Call or text 1737 or

www.allright.org.nz/campaigns/getting-through-together

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

Financial support: 0800 559 009 or www.workandincome.govt.nz

Reporting breaches of Alert Level restrictions: 105.police.govt.nz

Queries about transport: essentialtravel@transport.govt.nz

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SELWYN TIMES

PETS & PAWS

Our constant companions

The healing

power of pets

Animals have a way of working

their way into our lives and our

hearts. They not only provide

us with unconditional love and

companionship but they also help

us through tough times and remind

us about the things that matter in

life. Animals keep us grounded.

It is well documented that

animals can help humans during

times of stress. Companion animals are

perfect for this. While cats and dogs

are the most popular of companion

animals, many other animals and birds

including budgies, hens, geese, guinea

pigs, rabbits, birds, horses, donkeys, sheep,

goats and so many more can provide the

companionship humans crave.

Animals bring respect and affection to

our lives. They ask for little more than

a warm home and to be well-fed, and

in return, they offer so much more -

friendship, love and companionship.

Surveys reveal animals help improve

physical and mental health

The pet effect, that is the bond between

animals and people, can help reduce

depression, anxiety, stress, blood pressure

and loneliness. Having a cat, dog or other

pet in our lives can improve our sense

of well-being, support healthy ageing,

improve heart health and help with

conditions such as autism and Alzheimer’s

disease.

Scientific data studies report that the

activation of the oxytocin system plays

a key role in the psychological and

psychophysiological effects of humananimal

interactions. This is the area known

as the ‘love hormone’, released by the

pituitary gland and responsible for human

behaviours associated with relationships

and bonding. However, it is good to know

that pets also benefit from the humananimal-bond

just as much as people.

Ways pets can improve your life

Social life

Pets help us connect with other people,

whether it’s out walking the dog or

chatting online with other people who

have similar pets.

Fitness

Long walks with the dog, playing in the

garden with the rabbit, riding a horse in

the paddock or being with other outdoor

animals can help us enjoy the fresh air

and contribute to our overall fitness and

wellbeing.

Lift mood

The love from pets and their fun

antics help improve our feelings

of happiness; giving and receiving

that love and companionship can

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of being needed.

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to care for another living being.

Increase life expectancy

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Limited services to

resume under Level 3

Some Council services are now operating under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 restrictions.

This means facilities will remain closed to the public, including the Rolleston Council offices,

swimming pools, libraries and service centres, community and recreation centres and

community halls.

However, some building inspections will resume and the Pines Resource Recovery Park will move

to reopen under restricted operations.

Activity will also resume on a number of Council’s construction projects, including roading works

and facilities construction, with the benefit of helping the local economy get moving again.

Mayor Sam Broughton says the Council remains focused on maintaining the essential services

and infrastructure the district’s communities rely on every day.

“We continue to have the welfare and safety of our community at the heart of everything we do.

Our staff have been working diligently under challenging circumstances to keep our core services

and infrastructure running smoothly.

“I know our communities will be pleased to see some easing of restrictions, but we’re still a long

way from being back to normal.

“Under Level 3 many of our services and facilities will remain closed or restricted – that’s part of

our shared nationwide effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Summary of key changes for the Council under Alert Level 3 include:

· Some building inspections will resume.

· Staff are working towards reopening the Pines Resource Recovery Park, with a booking

system and requirements in place for safe operation and contact tracing.

· Small gatherings at cemeteries will be permitted to allow people to farewell loved ones.

· Some infrastructure construction work, including roading, will be brought back on stream.

· Some Council staff may be able to work at Council-operated facilities, subject to stringent

health and safety plans.

Most other services remain unchanged from Level 4 restrictions. Parks and reserves are open,

but people are warned to maintain safe distancing and all playgrounds remain closed. Dog

parks are also open, but for safe distancing owners are asked to keep their dogs’ on-leash at

all times.

Full details of services under Level 3 will be available on selwyn.govt.nz.

Help available for people facing hard times

Lockdown has been a stressful time for many people, especially for those whose work has been

affected or who are facing tough times financially.

Our Civil Defence team is working with The Salvation Army to help support families in our communities.

This includes providing food parcels for people who are finding it difficult to get food on the table.

Lieutenant Stu Duxfield from The Salvation Army’s Rolleston centre at Generation House says it has

been good to see people reaching out for help already, and he urges anyone who is find things hard to

get in touch.

“These are quite stressful times and if you are struggling but aren't sure what to do please get in touch

with us - there is no shame in needing support for your whānau in these tough times. If you’re finding

you’re using up your savings or having to put groceries on the credit card it’s easier for you and us if

you call us early and we can work with you on what support would be the most helpful.”

Helene Faass, Welfare manager for the Selwyn Emergency Operations Centre reiterated the same message:

“Please ring and talk to us before it reaches crisispoint,” Helene says. “We are here are here to help and can

connect you with the right service. Just call 0800 SELWYN (735 996) to get put through to us.”

For more information on The Salvation Army Rolleston foodbank, including how to donate, go to

generationhouseproject.com. You can also donate food in the donation bin at Countdown.

Rates support package adopted

A longer period to pay rates and lower penalty fees are part of a

rates support package adopted by the Council.

The Council has approved a rates payment plan to help people

affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic, including an extended

payment period. Ratepayers will now have until 30 June 2021 to pay

their rates, provided they agree a payment plan with the Council.

It also signalled it intends to lower the late payment penalty fee from

10% to 3% for the 2020/21 financial year.

The Council agreed it would consider a further payment extension

option before November this year that, if adopted, would allow

people to extend their payment period to 30 June 2022, provided

they agree a payment plan with the Council.

The Council also supported the preparation of a rates

postponement policy to be considered as part of the 2021–2031

Long-Term Plan.

The package is a recognition of the struggles people are facing, and

one part of the Council’s work to help the district through the effects

of the pandemic and boost recovery, Mayor Sam Broughton says.

“As people are struggling it’s

important for us to do what

we can to help. We need rates

income to keep providing services

such as water and rubbish

collection, but we also need to

be compassionate and realistic

about people’s circumstances.”

People can find out more details

and apply for a rates payment

extension at selwyn.govt.nz/

services/rates.

Multi-million dollar programme

part of Selwyn recovery plans

The Council is aiming to include $223 million of building works

across the district in planning for economic recovery from the

COVID-19 pandemic.

The Council has submitted a $13.5 million bid for a district-wide

roading package of reconstruction, rehabilitation and re-seal repairs,

in response to the Government’s request for ‘shovel-ready’ projects.

This work would be brought forward from the Council’s transport

programme, providing additional jobs and improved transport links.

The Council is preparing a recovery plan, together with iwi, businesses,

community organisations and members of the community, to ensure a

community-led approach, says Mayor Sam Broughton.

The plan aims to help restore the district’s economic strength and

contribute to welfare support for affected businesses and households.

Meetings with key community members across Selwyn will begin

this week, he says.

The Council is also keeping in close contact with other councils

and the Mayor has been invited to sit on a national advisory panel

as a local government representative in discussions about the

government’s national recovery plans.

The Council is well placed to provide some momentum to the

district’s economy, as the roading plan would be on top of a capital

programme of $209.5 million of work planned for the 2019/20 and

2020/21 financial years.

“The Council will have an important part to play in Selwyn’s

recovery and it is important we continue with planned infrastructure,

water, roading and facilities projects that our growing district needs.

These will provide vital jobs and boost economic activity over the

coming months,” Mayor Broughton says.

Construction will restart soon on four major projects worth $62

million – stimulating the economy – while work is planned on the

district’s water and waste systems, roading and other building.

Council Call

Selwyn District Council

Norman Kirk Drive, Rolleston

Ph 0800 SELWYN (735 996)

Rolleston Library

Rolleston Drive, Rolleston

Ph 347 2880

Darfield Library & Service Centre

1 South Terrace, Darfield

Ph 318 8338 or 347 2780

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Notices

MALVERN WATER RACE

DISRUPTIONS

Council contractors will be doing

repairs to the Waimakariri Water

Race Intake Tunnel from 1 April

2020. This work will require

shutting flows from this intake

for a period of up to 20 days.

While the other scheme intakes

will still be operational, it is

expected that there will be

widespread disruptions to the

Malvern water race scheme for

the month of April.

This work is necessary to

ensure the intake is safe and

to keep the water race scheme

operating.

Please be prepared that there

may be no supply of stock

water via the water race to your

property for this works period.

ALCOHOL NOTICES

The Picnic Company Limited

has applied for the renewal of

an off licence. Objections are

open until 13 May. For more

information go to selwyn.govt.

nz/alcoholnotices.

COUNCIL MEETING

The Council meetings on 29

April is cancelled.

Recycling process restarts – with some changes

Selwyn residents are encouraged to be extra vigilant with their kerbside recycling separation, as the

sorting of recyclables restarts under Alert Level 3 conditions.

The processing of Council’s kerbside recycling was paused under the Level 4 lockdown, because

of the high risk of COVID-19 contamination for recycling centre staff, and the closure of overseas

recycling facilities.

Council Solid Waste Manager Andrew Boyd says recycling processing will return under Alert Level 3,

but with some changes to the grades of plastic accepted.

“Because of changes in markets and upcoming changes in international regulations, we can now

only accept plastic grades 1, 2 and 5. We are no longer able to accept mixed plastics 3, 4, 6 and 7 in

kerbside recycling and we are asking people to put these into their rubbish. Fortunately, these make up

only a tiny fraction of our kerbside recycling stream. These are typically small yogurt containers, sushi

and biscuit trays.”

Grade 1 plastics are typically soft drink, water and juice bottles. Grade 2 plastics are mostly milk

bottles, and sometimes household cleaners, Grade 5 plastics are often used for margarine, spreads like

honey and jam, and large yogurt containers.

“We can’t stress enough the importance of people

continuing to sort their recycling correctly to make

sure there is no contamination in the bins when

recycling processing restarts”, Mr Boyd says.

There are a number of practical actions people can

take to help make recycling successful, he says.

These include:

· Checking the plastic grades on containers and

cleaning them before they go in the bin

· Make sure there are no plastic bags or soft plastic

wrappers in the your recycling

· Try to buy products in 1, 2 and 5 plastics and ask

companies to consider alternative packaging.

· Consider a no circulars/no junk mail sticker on

your letterbox. Junk mail makes up 50% of the

mixed paper in kerbside recycling.

· Keep an eye on Council communications around

recycling. We will advise you as soon as possible

on any changes.

Selwyn family’s living room concert goes global

A Rolleston family is gaining international attention for their efforts to lift spirits during the lockdown.

The Fleener family have entertained more than 15,000 people around the world after dad Joe, had a

spontaneous idea to film and broadcast his family live on Facebook, performing from their living room.

“Lockdown has been hard on everybody, it’s been a strange experience and this was something to do

to participate in lockdown,” Joe said.

The line-up included a variety of songs and classical pieces performed by mum Mandy on piano, and

children Gavin and Mekaela, violin, and Tabitha, clarinet and singing. Mekaela’s violin was bought

through the Council’s tertiary education scholarship.

The 50 minute concert, later uploaded to YouTube, was the family’s way of acknowledging essential

workers, not only health workers, but supermarket employees, postal deliveries and petrol station

workers.

“A way for us from home to say thank you to those essential workers who are working very hard during

this time,” Mekaela said.

The amount of positive feedback and views

came as a shock to the Fleeners, Mandy

says. “We thought there would only be a

handful of people from Rolleston and some

family from America and friends watching.

We weren’t expecting so many!”

The family admitted it was different not

having an audience in front of them, but

they enjoyed the performance nonetheless.

Gavin said it felt more like ‘jamming’, which

meant they had more control and could

have some fun.

To view the concert search Fleener family

concert on YouTube.com.

Here’s the plan

...have your say

Consultation on our Draft Annual Plan

for 2020/21 is now open. We’re seeking

your feedback on six key issues for the

coming year:

Review options to reduce the

1

level of rates increase

The draft plan was developed before

the COVID-19 pandemic, and

originally proposed an average 3.5%

rate increase, in line with the 2018-

2028 Long Term Plan. In light of the

changing circumstances, we’re seeking

feedback on options to reduce this. Options are:

· Maintain the proposed 3.5% average increase. This would

provide full funding for the Council’s plans, without the need

to adjust budgets and spending plans.

· A rates freeze – with rates held at the same level as the

current year. The Council’s income would fall by about $2.8

million and it’s likely higher increases would be needed in

future years to make up the shortfall.

· An increase somewhere between 0% and 3.5%, depending

on savings that can be identified. This would result in a lower

rates increase than initially planned and would not require

catch-up rates increases in the future.

Deferring the Prebbleton Community Centre project to

2

allow for more detailed consideration.

There’s uncertainty around the best location and type of

facility. Taking more time to work with the community on

planning would help us find the best long-term outcome.

Reviewing wider community needs for community

3

facilities in Leeston.

In 2019, an assessment of the Leeston Library building

showed it was earthquake- prone. We now want to review the

original community centre proposals to take account of local

needs for library, medical and other facilities.

Increasing water supply charges to provide for quality

4

improvements and demand management.

We need to review charges, so that we are making adequate

provision for future growth and security in our water supply

infrastructure network, to encourage water conservation,

and to provide for any impact from the Government’s Three

Waters review.

5

Planning and building a new wastewater system for

central Darfield and new developments.

We’re keen to find out more about community views on the

proposal to develop a reticulated wastewater scheme for

central Darfield, and in particular the preferred method to pay

for the scheme, for those who connect.

6 Changes to our Development Contributions Policy.

We’re proposing to make three technical changes to our

Development Contributions Policy. Development contributions

help fund the cost of providing additional community facilities

due to growth.

We want your feedback and ideas on these

Your Say proposals and our other projects and priorities.

Find out more at www.selwyn.govt.nz/

annualplan20. Consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 22 May.

Also check out next week’s Selwyn Times for more detailed

information and examples.

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Restoring a Liteweight

BEFORE

BEFORE

BEFORE

A desire for a few more comforts led to Fi

and Max renovating their 1976 Liteweight

5 Star 1500 caravan, the second such

restoration project they had undertaken.

“Our first caravan was a 1977 Alpha.

The Liteweight is a year older yet has an

aluminium rather than wooden frame,” says

Max.

An advantage of Liteweight caravans is

their metal framework where there is less

likelihood of deterioration to the inside

frame or structure.

Purchased sight unseen from the North

Island, the caravan turned out to be in poorer

condition than originally thought. While

the aluminium metal frame was in fairly

good condition, the wall linings were in

poor repair and some repairs were needed

to the chassis. A replacement jockey wheel

and repairs to a broken wind-down leg were

also needed. Max says the latter, along with

stabilisers, window catches and central roof

skylights are all still available new.

Max stripped out the existing joinery,

carpet and vinyl then repaired the walls.

The interior’s top veneer layer was removed

then the surface of the walls filled to a depth

of 1-3mm. A sealant then acrylic paint was

applied to the walls. Fi assisted with the

filling and painting, along with furnishing

the caravan and making the drapes. The floor

had bumps and grooves so Max overlaid

9mm plywood, then click-together vinyl

flooring.

All the wiring, power sockets and units

were checked with some readjustments

made and new lights and sockets installed

where needed. This work was carried

out by a registered

electrician, ensuring

the caravan would gain

an Electrical WOF.

The lights can now be

powered through a 12

volt battery system with

a small back-up solar

panel.

The caravan had a

traditional layout with

two side beds and table,

where a double bed

could be made up. At the rear, there was a

toilet, wardrobe and side cabinet. The layout

and dark joinery made the caravan feel

closed in.

“We wanted to reconfigure the inside to

create a permanent double bed and lighter

and brighter interior,” says Fi.

Max rebuilt a smaller kitchen unit, a new

double bed frame with storage underneath

and new side seating. He used wooden

strips over a lightweight frame to create

expandable seating, which could be opened

out as a settee or child’s bed. The original

kitchen’s cupboard fronts were fitted onto a

new carcase and the metal framed drawers

reused.

The caravan is self-contained with a

chemical toilet and its existing tanks though

not yet certified.

Max says he enjoyed renovating their first

caravan. This latest project was more timeconsuming

due to them underestimating

the work involved. While the caravan and

repairs cost around $3,500, its renovated

value is nearer $12,000 to $15,000.

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Selling your property?

First impressions count,

get rid of the clutter.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know that getting rid of clutter is one of the keys to selling property

fast and at a good price. Good storage systems can look cool in their own right, and help organise your clutter.

Good storage ideas are abundant and

all manner of products are available

to make homes more minimalistic.

While it’s nice to buy your storage from

designer homewares stores, the likes

of The Warehouse and Kmart sell many

simple products for masking clutter.

Fabric storage cubes are a great start

for disguising the clutter. They fit neatly

into shelves and wardrobes and thanks

to competition from the big department

stores, can cost $10 or less each. You’ll

also find wicker, felt, cotton, woven and

metal baskets for a song.

Another clever idea, is to

buy a cheap set of melamine

shelves for use in your

wardrobe. A set of shelves

does much the same job as

an expensive wardrobe fit

out. You can move the shelf

heights to accommodate

shoes and boots. It looks

good, but costs little.

Another wardrobe

organisation is a Wardrobe

Starter Kit from Hardware

stores. While you’re there,

check out bicycle storage hooks as well.

As well as being practical, storage

products can make a design statement.

The important thing is to be consistent.

don’t, for example, buy storage cubes

in different colours. If you’re looking for

really clever home storage ideas take

a tip from the tiny home movement.

Catherine Foster who wrote Small House

Living, downsized her life to under 90sqm

and has interviewed Kiwis who live in

architecturally designed homes of that

size or smaller.

Each and every house in

Foster’s book uses storage

effectively to tame their

belongings. Some have done

it on the smell of an oily rag,

sometimes buying pre-cut heavy

duty plywood that only has to be screwed

together, she says.

Garages and lofts are house vendors’

friends. The garage is one of the few

places in the house that buyers won’t

be put off by a little extra stuff, but the

more that can be hidden away in stacked

crates the better. Consider using flat pack

cupboards that can be taken with you.

“The most effective way of using these is

to find a wall where the whole area can be

covered floor to ceiling,”

“Simple carpentry like this is dIY level

if you’re handy, or get a handyman in for

a few hours, but make sure it is excluded

from the list of chattels on the sale

agreement.”

Loft spaces are often wasted space

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You will be amazed at what people use

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they’ve installed it.

Cheap clever storage ideas aren’t just

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and loft. The Warehouse, Mitre 10 & other

hardware stores sell garden storage to

hide away things usually left outside.

Foldable garden storage boxes that cost

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garden tools, outdoor cushions and pool

paraphernalia. The next step up is a cheap

garden shed for around $200 upwards

from Mitre 10, Bunnings Warehouse and

other stores.

Finally, if you’re looking for more

inspiration Google “storage ideas”, search

the same on Pinterest, or check out books

on the subject from your local library. You’ll

be amazed at how many everyday items

can be repurposed for storage at the same

time as adding design excellence to your

home.

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THERE’S NO doubt sport utility

vehicles are beneficial to families.

Their practicality and often the

option of seven seats make them

particularly appealing for those

with children in tow.

However, as is often the case,

those who would benefit most

from an SUV aren’t in a position

financially to own one, especially

those that are new off the

showroom floor.

Enter, Kia’s completely new

compact, five-seat SUV, the

Seltos. It has just launched here

and in entry-level LX form

lists with a very special price –

$27,990. To my way of thinking,

that is amazing value for a

quality, state-of-the-art vehicle

that will suit a young family.

Of course the Seltos is available

in four other specifications,

there’s even a four-wheel-drive

model which tops the range at

$46,990. In-between, the other

variants list at $35,990, $37,990

and $42,990.

Before you think the base

model car lacks on kit, it doesn’t.

Sure there aren’t all the high-tech

features of its stablemates, but

there is enough specification

to provide years of fulfilling

motoring.

Even though Kia calls the

Seltos compact, it’s not really.

Sure at 4.4m it isn’t large, but

it does make good use of its

proportions with high comfort

levels, it has plenty of leg and

head room in the rear passenger

compartment. That area is not

compromised by a healthy load

space – 468-litres, expanding to

1428-litres with the rear seats

folded flat. I rate the load space

on any vehicle as to how well it

houses the rather large cricket

gear bag I use to coach a year 8

Sydenham team. In the case of

the Seltos there was ample room

to spare, and it has an easy load

height.

The LX variant gets cloth

trim and that would far be

my preference, there are no

design surprises, the trim is

fairly conservative but you get

just enough goodies that go

with the pleasure of buying a

new car, some of the functions

are operable through a central

screen display. Even though the

Seltos has yet to be crash tested,

it would be expected to meet

the five-star Australasian New

Car Assessment Program safety

rating.

In LX form the Seltos is

powered by a 2-litre, naturallyaspirated

four-cylinder petrol

engine, that’s opposed to a

1.6-litre turbocharged unit fitted

to the range-topping four-wheeldrive

Limited.

I’d also opt for the base

engine, it is a very sweet unit,

quiet and smooth. Drive is

channelled through the latest

generation continuously

variable transmission which is

described by Kia as behaving

like a traditional automatic

transmission, acting as if it has

regular gear changes.

I’m quite excited about this

driveline, you would hardly

pick a CVT is transmitting

power, while the seamless way

it operates enhances driveline

smoothness.

Power is channelled through

the front wheels only, yet the

entire drive and chassis setup

has benefited from a lot of

development catering for the

special needs of Australasian

motorists. The suspension is a

good compromise of what is

needed for occupant comfort,

but there is balance and control

when high-country corners are

presented.

Interestingly, the LX grade

model gets just 16in wheels

against 17in and 18in rims of

higher grade variants. However,

the benefit in LX grade is super

quiet motion and a hugely

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• Price – Kia Seltos LX,

$27,990

• Dimensions – Length,

4370mm; width,

1800mm; height,

1615mm

• Configuration – Fourcylinder,

front-wheeldrive,

1999cc, 110kW,

180Nm, continuously

variable automatic.

• Performance –

0-100km/h, 9.3sec

• Fuel usage – 6.8l/100km

smooth ride. The high-profile

Kumho tyres (205/60) have a lot

of sidewall flex, consequently,

they just soak up the big bumps

that are still a problem on

Canterbury roads.

I took the test car up and down

the twists and turns on the road

in and out of the Waimakariri

River gorge. Steerage is relatively

precise, and even at 1.6m tall,

gravitational movement is

minimised.

Kia rates the engine with

110kW and 180Nm, if these

figures look familiar that’s

because it is much the same

engine that powers Cerato and

Sportage from the Kia stable.

Maximum torque is available

from 4500rpm and peak power

is reached at 6200rpm. They

are quite high in the rev band

and you could be forgiven

for thinking it’s an engine

which likes to have the revs

up. However, one of the other

benefits of CVT is that there are

no gaps to fill between gearing.

That being the case, the engine

works the mid-range, it isn’t

flighty and feels strong beneath

the throttle pedal.

Of course, there is a sport

mode if you wish to have the

engine working harder but I used

normal mode most of the time I

was in the evaluation car and it

is most suitable in all situations.

There is also an eco mode if you

want to make maximum use of

your tank of fuel. To me it’s a bit

numbing but if you drive casually

then eco will earn you fuelsaving

benefits.

On that subject, Kia claims

a 6.8l/100km combined cycle

fuel usage average. I couldn’t

replicate Kia’s figures, however,

when I took the test car back to

the dealership it was showing a

respectable 8.8l/100km average,

helped by a 5l/100km figure

showing at a steady 100km/h, the

engine turning over at 1800rpm

in the tallest part of the gearing.

I always like it when new cars

land. Kia is capitalising on the

worldwide demand for SUVs, its

range is extensive and my only

concern would be if the Seltos

cannibalises sales from Kia’s own

Niro and Sportage.

At its price the Seltos is a very

desirable proposition, I just hope

that those who would benefit

from owning an SUV recognise

its value.

If that is not tempting in itself,

bear in mind the Seltos is sold

with a five-year/100,000km

warranty. Peace of mind really.

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During the lockdown I

thought I would try this

collecting technique, and to

my surprise I collected a very

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THe species I found was

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How to keep

your bubble safe

at Alert Level 3

Keeping your bubble small is the best way to keep the people in

your household protected. It helps keep other people safe too.

Because the more contact you have with other people, the more

opportunity the virus has to spread.

Keeping it small means restricting your bubble to your

immediate household, and maybe extending it a small amount

if you need to – perhaps by one or two people maximum.

This could mean reconnecting with close family, bringing in

a caregiver, or supporting an isolated person.

Information about keeping your

bubble small:

Are neighbours allowed to merge bubbles?

Not for social reasons. Unfortunately, we all need to say ‘no’ to a

beer with the neighbour until COVID-19 is under control. You can,

however, support someone who is isolated and needs help.

Can I visit my family if they are spread out

across more than one other bubble?

You can’t join multiple family bubbles together. The way to stay

safe is to limit your exposure to other people as much as possible,

including family members. As mentioned, you can visit someone

who is isolated or needs help. However, you should make sure

you’re the only one joining their bubble.

Can our flat extend our bubble to another flat?

At Alert Level 3 this is not allowed. It would open up the potential

for the virus to spread. Remember, the more people in your bubble,

the greater the risk.

I moved into my parent’s house for the

lockdown. Can I now return to my flat?

You can return to your flat, but you must only move once,

and in one direction (i.e. you can’t live across two properties

or return to your parent’s place multiple times).

Can I visit my girlfriend, boyfriend or partner

at Alert Level 3?

It is okay to re-unite with your partner if you were separated during

Alert Level 4, as long as they are living in the same region as you.

Can I extend my bubble to include a person

that’s in a different suburb or region?

Extending your bubble to someone in another suburb is okay.

However, you cannot if they are in another region.

Am I allowed to extend my bubble to someone

I met on Tinder?

At Alert Level 3, you cannot extend your bubble for purely

social reasons.

How big can our bubbles be to still stay safe?

Keeping your bubble exclusive is the best way to keep those in

your household protected. This is especially important if anyone

in your household is elderly or has a medical condition.

How do bubbles work with shared custody

arrangements?

Children can move between bubbles to spend time with

both parents. But only travel where you need to and keep travel

to a minimum.

Can I leave a bubble if I’m unsafe?

If the situation in your bubble is unsafe you can leave your bubble

immediately, and seek help. If possible, ask a trusted neighbour

or friend for help, then call Police on 111 or Women’s Refuge.

Thank you delivery drivers

We really appreciate you working so hard over the last few weeks to provide the essentials.

And thanks for staying vigilant and keeping a 2-metre distance when you leave us our

packages and deliveries now that we’re in Alert Level 3. Your actions are protecting us all!

Got questions?

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