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WEDNESDAY, APRIL <strong>29</strong>, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Connecting Your Community<br />

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Current projects<br />

will boost<br />

recovery plan<br />

Page 3<br />

Empowering<br />

women to help<br />

the community<br />

Page 6<br />

Raw speed to raw food for Rosa<br />

NEW PASSION: Sisters Margo (left) and Rosa Flanagan<br />

have turned their focus and passion to raw food.<br />


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Residents<br />

flout<br />

lockdown<br />

restrictions<br />

across<br />

district<br />

• By Jacob Page<br />

FORMER national<br />

athletics star Rosa Flangan<br />

thought her <strong>2020</strong> would involve<br />

raw speed rather than raw<br />

food.<br />

The 24-year-old has moved<br />

back to her family home in<br />

Prebbleton with sister and<br />

business partner Margo to<br />

continue their Two Raw Sisters<br />

plant-based food business<br />

online during the coronavirus<br />

pandemic.<br />

It’s a far cry from the Tokyo<br />

Olympic dream she once held<br />

for this year.<br />

• Turn to page 4<br />

• By Devon Bolger<br />

PICKING UP items bought<br />

through Facebook and aimlessly<br />

driving for fun are just some of<br />

the excuses police have heard for<br />

breaching lockdown rules.<br />

<strong>Selwyn</strong> area response manager<br />

Senior Sergeant Dean Harker<br />

said they have found a number of<br />

people driving for non-essential<br />

reasons in the district.<br />

Two men from Rolleston have<br />

been charged after breaching the<br />

lockdown restrictions and will<br />

appear in court.<br />

There were six warnings<br />

handed out on just one night last<br />

week.<br />

“Another excuse we have been<br />

told is that people are going to the<br />

supermarket when we know there<br />

are supermarkets closer to where<br />

they live. It is pretty frustrating<br />

for us,” he said.<br />

Senior Sergeant Harker said<br />

police are operating daily checkpoints<br />

across the district.<br />

•Turn to page 4<br />

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• By Louis Day<br />

IT COULD be a while until<br />

the eastern suburbs start to<br />

see Lianne Dalziel’s campaign<br />

aspirations for the area come to<br />

fruition.<br />

During October’s local body<br />

elections, Ms Dalziel identified<br />

repairs to the eastern part of the<br />

city’s footpaths, pipes and roads<br />

as one of her main priorities for<br />

this term.<br />

“We need a fully integrated<br />

programme of works for the<br />

east, I have loosely called this<br />

the eastern alliance, which<br />

would essentially be an alliance<br />

of contractors who can take<br />

the whole area bit by bit and<br />

systematically get the work<br />

done,” she said during the<br />

campaign.<br />

But chief executive Dawn<br />

Baxendale said any request to<br />

pursue a specific project in the<br />

east would have to be agreed<br />

upon by council.<br />

City councillors are yet to pass<br />

on any guidance to staff around<br />

this, she said.<br />

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$800,000 and $1.4 million in its<br />

second round of crowdfunding,<br />

which is planned to start on<br />

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN <strong>April</strong> 2.<br />

The public will decide whether<br />

DEDICATED: Dave Bryce is passionate about gardening as it is sustainable and promotes healthy eating.<br />

or not the second crowdfunding<br />

bid will go ahead on that date.<br />

• By Jess Gibson<br />

the chairman of Redcliffs/Te Features and was one of seven At the moment, edible<br />

In a survey by Ohu<br />

WITH MORE than 100 edible<br />

Rae Kura Eco Village Group, recognised in the Residential items in Mr Bryce’s garden<br />

Development, people can<br />

species in his garden, Dave<br />

was successful at the Linwood- House Category.<br />

include pumpkins, courgettes,<br />

choose whether they think the<br />

Bryce would give any vegetable<br />

Central-Heathcote Edible<br />

The awards were presented to beans, lettuce, rhubarb, celery,<br />

crowdfunding campaign should<br />

shop a run for its money. Garden Awards.<br />

Mr Bryce at a ceremony held at tomatoes, berries, nuts and continue, or should be paused<br />

Which is why the Mt<br />

He received a special<br />

the Matuku Takotako: Sumner herbs among others.<br />

until the Covid-19 outbreak is<br />

Pleasant resident, who is also award for Best Sustainability Centre earlier this month.<br />

• Turn to page 6<br />

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, <strong>2020</strong><br />

GIRL BOSS: Julia Holmes wants to be a geneticist after high school, and feels the GirlBoss Advantage programme will help<br />

her achieve her dreams.<br />


• By Bea Gooding<br />

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

age has always been interested women chosen around the with particular focus on science,<br />

technology, engineering<br />

FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Julia in how things worked, often country to participate in the<br />

Holmes is on a mission to taking things apart just to put GirlBoss Advantage programme<br />

next month, designed She was shocked to hear the<br />

and maths.<br />

make a difference in the world. them back together.<br />

The year 11 St Margaret’s That passion has landed her to mentor the female leaders news from her mother.<br />

College student has a passion the opportunity of her dreams. of tomorrow in industries that • Turn to page 6<br />

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We clean and repair all types of blinds –<br />

Venetians, Cedar, Verticals, Roller, Hollands,<br />

Romans and Pleated – with environmentally<br />

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Temperature Controlled Drying<br />

Re-oiling & Rejuvenating<br />

Fabric Blinds - such as Austrian and<br />

Roman<br />

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We offer a same-day, pick up and drop<br />

off service for most types of blinds.<br />

Bookings are required.<br />

Convenient Location<br />

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Riccarton (next to Window Treatments<br />

NZ Ltd), parking available onsite<br />

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RESIDENTS MOST affected by<br />

the new Northern Motorway are<br />

relieved to hear the Christchurch<br />

Northern Corridor opening has<br />

been delayed by six months.<br />

The CNC was due to open in<br />

the middle of this year, but last<br />

week the New<br />

Zealand Transport<br />

Agency<br />

announced more<br />

time was needed<br />

to complete the<br />

$<strong>29</strong>0m motorway.<br />

The original<br />

scope of the<br />

project has been Mark Wilson<br />

extended to include<br />

a third southbound lane on<br />

the Waimakariri River bridge and<br />

a clip-on cycleway.<br />

St Albans resident Mark Wilson<br />

said the community are “somewhat<br />

thankful” for the delay.<br />

“The community will be somewhat<br />

thankful for a reprieve of the<br />

effects of this motorway for six<br />

months, but it’s still there. Until<br />

decisions are made to put our<br />

community first, then there is no<br />

relief,” he said.<br />

•Turn to page 6<br />

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WEST MELTON’S Julia worked, oten taking things country to participate in focus on science, technology,<br />

Holmes is on a mission to apart just to put them back the GirlBoss Advantage engineering and maths.<br />

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The fifteen-year-old has That passion has landed her designed to mentor the<br />

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GIRL BOSS: Julia Holmes wants to be a geneticist after high school, and feels the GirlBoss Advantage programme will help<br />

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• By Bea Gooding<br />

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

age has always been interested women chosen around the with particular focus on science,<br />

technology, engineering<br />

FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Julia in how things worked, often country to participate in the<br />

Holmes is on a mission to taking things apart just to put GirlBoss Advantage programme<br />

next month, designed She was shocked to hear the<br />

and maths.<br />

make a difference in the world. them back together.<br />

The year 11 St Margaret’s That passion has landed her to mentor the female leaders news from her mother.<br />

College student has a passion the opportunity of her dreams. of tomorrow in industries that • Turn to page 7<br />

• By Matt Slaughter<br />

SPREYDON residents are<br />

• By Devon Bolger<br />

preparing to help members of<br />

their community if they are<br />

ANY DECISION on helping people<br />

forced to self-isolate because of<br />

who may struggle to pay their rates<br />

Covid-19.<br />

will come from the Government,<br />

Expressions of interest sought Spreydon to Neighbourhood<br />

the district council says.<br />

rent covered and open space<br />

Network<br />

in<br />

Facebook group admin<br />

Said district<br />

Sonya Hodder got behind the<br />

council the above chief proposed centre based<br />

idea after one of its members<br />

executive in I Zone David Park Rolleston.<br />

posted asking if residents are<br />

Ward: “(We) will<br />

willing to support people who<br />

be guided On site by facilities will include<br />

are self-isolating<br />

the following:<br />

by dropping off<br />

government<br />

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

policy and<br />

Entrance<br />

Said Mrs Hodder: D Trickle “One of Feed the<br />

guidelines in<br />

Power<br />

D CCTV Camera ladies who is in Dthe Office group works<br />

relation to fifnancial<br />

assistance<br />

Rental Charges<br />

And Toilet Complex<br />

D Wash Down Facility for the Red Cross Dand Affordable she’s like<br />

David Ward<br />

an emergency person, you know,<br />

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she goes out with the four-wheeldrive<br />

and that, and she came up<br />

It is likely to be a national<br />

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decision.”<br />

with the idea and so I agreed that<br />

Mr Ward said it is still too early<br />

we should use our Facebook page<br />

to tell exactly what assistance the<br />

as an avenue if anybody does<br />

community will need.<br />

need help.<br />

“It’s very early days and I<br />

“I’m not sure how needed that<br />

think that we are just looking<br />

it will be because most of the supermarkets<br />

are providing online<br />

at how we respond to the virus.<br />

For us, it’s about responsiveness<br />

delivery and things like that but<br />

to the central government<br />

it’s just hard to know how it’s going<br />

to pan out.<br />

guidelines, the safety of staff<br />

and the safety of our communities.”<br />

“I just think they [people] just<br />

need to let us know what they<br />

It follows calls from<br />

need and we’ll do our best to<br />

Christchurch city councillors to<br />

help,” she said.<br />

stop rates increases in response<br />

Mrs Hodder said there is no<br />

to the Covid-19 crisis.<br />

need to panic but it is important<br />

• Turn to page 3<br />

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“I just think anything to help<br />

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• By Georgia O’Connor-Harding<br />

THE earthquake-damaged<br />

former Sockburn Service Centre<br />

could finally be demolished in<br />

July – if the funding needed is<br />

obtained.<br />

It comes as the<br />

Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton<br />

Community<br />

Board has written<br />

in its draft<br />

submission to<br />

the city council’s<br />

Annual Plan<br />

Mike Mora<br />

2019-<strong>2020</strong>,<br />

requesting the city council addresses<br />

the budget gap so the<br />

buildings can be removed as soon<br />

as possible.<br />

Board chairman Mike Mora<br />

said the final submission is yet to<br />

be completed but it was likely the<br />

demolition of the site would be<br />

requested.<br />

The former service centre, on<br />

Main South Rd, has been a source<br />

of tension for years with residents<br />

unhappy with the state of the site.<br />

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Fabric Blinds - such as Austrian and<br />

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Fabric Blinds - such as Austrian and<br />

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WELL, WE’RE out of lockdown<br />

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The weeks have flashed by.<br />

Hopefully soon the supermarket<br />

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look for. I’m talking about baking<br />

ingredients.<br />

The better half is the one who<br />

usually grabs this stuff but she<br />

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I’ve gone to the supermarket.<br />

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find any curry powder, looks like<br />

it’s sold out”. . . and so on.<br />

The better half has been very<br />

understanding: “Just do your<br />

best.”<br />

But I can’t say the<br />

understanding word applies to<br />

some supermarket staff when it<br />

comes to a designated shopper<br />

like myself.<br />

“Where would I find brown<br />

sugar and castor sugar?” I once<br />

politely asked. “Down that end,”<br />

came the hostile reply.<br />

“Wow, she’s not happy,” I<br />

thought.<br />

I then asked: “I’m also looking<br />

for chocolate chips.”<br />

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sure, someone else might know.”<br />

No sorry, politeness, etc.<br />

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find was chia seeds. I initially<br />

asked three staff, one tried without<br />

success, the other two weren’t<br />

interested.<br />

But I was on a mission and I<br />

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fourth time and this person was<br />

a delight. Helpful and talkative<br />

and she led to me to racks of<br />

them.<br />

“Busy?” I asked.<br />

“We sure are, we spending<br />

most of our time filling orders<br />

for online shoppers.”<br />

Traditional shoppers like myself<br />

have no chance of getting the<br />

in-store help we need.<br />

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CALLS HAVE been made to<br />

stop rates increases in response<br />

to the Covid-19 crisis.<br />

City councillors James Gough,<br />

Sam MacDonald, Catherine<br />

Chu, Phil Mauger, Aaron Keown<br />

and James Daniels have sent a<br />

letter to Mayor Lianne Dalziel<br />

asking her to lead a conversation<br />

as to how a zero per cent rates<br />

increase could be achieved this<br />

year.<br />

The city council is proposing<br />

an average rates increase of 4.65<br />

per cent across all ratepayers in<br />

this year’s Draft Annual Plan<br />

which is currently under public<br />

consultation until <strong>April</strong> 5 and<br />

will be finalised before July 1.<br />

The 2018-2028 Long Term<br />

Plan also predicts a 50 per cent<br />

rates increase over 10 years.<br />

Said Cr MacDonald: “In<br />

the current environment it’s<br />

clear business as usual is not<br />

appropriate and the council<br />

needs to look at how we enable<br />

this 12-month rates increase<br />

freeze to occur, it’s crucial for<br />

the economic confidence of our<br />

city.”<br />

Ms Dalziel said the las thing<br />

the city council needed was for<br />

someone to hi the panic button.<br />

“Calm heads must and will<br />

prevail,” she said.<br />

“Our residents and businesses<br />

will be depending on us to<br />

make adjustments, and we will,<br />

however, we will need advice<br />

on the impacts on all aspects of<br />

Vaping rules<br />

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the council’s budget, which is<br />

not entirely funded by rates, and<br />

the consequences that will flow<br />

from decisions we make.<br />

“The Annual Plan is not<br />

signed off for three months so<br />

we have time to ge this advice.<br />

A the same time, the council<br />

is meeting with our economic<br />

development agency, ChristchurchNZ,<br />

the Canterbury Employers’<br />

Chamber of Commerce<br />

and other key players so we are<br />

best prepared for the economic<br />

challenges that lie ahead.”<br />

City council chief executive<br />

Dawn Baxendale did not rule a<br />

zero rates rise out.<br />

“We’re considering a series of<br />

options in light of the extraor-<br />

– page 4<br />

dinary circumstances related to<br />

Covid-19. We will discuss these<br />

options with elected members<br />

as we develop the Annual Plan,”<br />

she said.<br />

The push from city councillors<br />

for a freeze on rates rises comes<br />

shortly after Minister of Finance<br />

Grant Robertson announced<br />

a $12.1 billion package to aid<br />

the economy in response to the<br />

Covid-19 pandemic.<br />

The biggest boost is $5.1<br />

billion towards wage subsidies<br />

for affected businesses in all<br />

sectors and regions.<br />

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Council prepares recovery plan<br />

THE DISTRICT council is<br />

aiming to include $223 million<br />

of building works across the<br />

district as part of its economic<br />

recovery plan from the impacts<br />

of Covid-19.<br />

A district-wide roading package<br />

of reconstruction, rehabilitation<br />

and reseal repairs, costing<br />

$13.5 million, has been submitted<br />

in response to the Government’s<br />

request for ‘shovel-ready’<br />

projects.<br />

The roading plan would be on<br />

top of a capital programme of<br />

$209.5 million of work already<br />

planned for the 2019/20 and<br />

<strong>2020</strong>/21 financial years.<br />

Last week <strong>Selwyn</strong> <strong>Times</strong><br />

reported the district council<br />

is suggesting the retail sector<br />

planned for Rolleston be<br />

deferred for at least a year due to<br />

the impacts of the pandemic.<br />

Said Mayor Sam Broughton:<br />

“The key project that we suggest<br />

take a back seat for at least 12<br />

months is the retail side of the<br />

Rolleston Town Centre.”<br />

The decision will be<br />

made from feedback received<br />

through the Annual Plan process.<br />

An economic recovery plan<br />

is being prepared by the district<br />

council, working together with<br />

iwi, businesses, non-Government<br />

organisations and members<br />

of the community.<br />

The plan aims to help restore<br />

the district’s economy and<br />

contribute to welfare support<br />

for businesses and households<br />

that have been affected by the<br />

pandemic.<br />

Meetings with key members of<br />

different communities across the<br />

district will begin this week as<br />

part of the planning.<br />

The district council is well<br />

placed to provide some momentum<br />

to the district’s economy,<br />

having already signed off on a<br />

series of large construction projects<br />

over the past 18 months, Mr<br />

Broughton said.<br />

“The district council will<br />

have an important part to play<br />

in <strong>Selwyn</strong>’s recovery and it is<br />

important that we continue with<br />

planned infrastructure, water,<br />

roading and facilities projects<br />

that our growing district needs.<br />

They will provide vital jobs and<br />

boost economic activity over the<br />


$233 million of<br />

building works<br />

are expected<br />

to be included<br />

in the district’s<br />

economic<br />

recovery plan<br />

including<br />

the planned<br />

extension of the<br />

<strong>Selwyn</strong> Aquatic<br />

Centre.<br />

coming months,” he said.<br />

Construction is under way on<br />

four major projects to the value<br />

of $62 million with work expecting<br />

to be restarted when it is safe<br />

to do so.<br />

The projects are the <strong>Selwyn</strong><br />

Aquatic Centre, Foster Park<br />

indoor courts, health hub and<br />

Rolleston’s new community centre<br />

and library (Te Ara Atea.)<br />

Other work is planned on<br />

the district’s water and waste<br />

systems as well as roading.<br />

Ransley at the<br />

sharp end of<br />

virtual series<br />

• By Jacob Page<br />

PREBBLETON’S Jaden Ransley<br />

is in the hunt heading into round<br />

five of the eSport Cup virtual car<br />

racing event tomorrow night.<br />

In spite of<br />

a crash and a<br />

fourth at Italy’s<br />

Monza last week,<br />

Ransley is fifth<br />

overall and will<br />

compete on<br />

Spain’s Barcelona<br />

circuit next.<br />

The 19-year-old<br />

Jaden<br />

Ransley<br />

spun out in race one last week<br />

while in third spot at the famed<br />

Monza circuit but rebounded to<br />

take fourth in the final race of the<br />

night.<br />

“We had a great qualifying but<br />

we got hit from behind going into<br />

turn one and put me in a bad spot<br />

for turn two and that was that,”<br />

he said.<br />

Just six points separate fifth<br />

from second.<br />

“It’s tight and it’s important to<br />

keep your nose clean so you keep<br />

accumulating points.”<br />

It was the first event where all<br />

drivers from around the world<br />

competed in a formula three car.<br />

“First time for me being behind<br />

the wheel, and it was fun,” he said.<br />

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TRIBUTE:<br />

(Left to right)<br />

– O’Shea and<br />

Knea Wati, with<br />

grandparents<br />

Lyndal<br />

Hayward and<br />

David Gage<br />

with the display<br />

they made to<br />

mark Anzac<br />

Day.<br />

Lest we<br />

forget<br />

Residents in Lincoln like many<br />

others in the district did not<br />

forget the Anzacs.<br />


Rakaia Huts family<br />

gets creative to<br />

mark Anzac Day<br />

• By Devon Bolger<br />

SHALAMAR WATI and her<br />

family took to decorating their<br />

Rakaia Huts property as a way to<br />

pay tribute on Anzac Day.<br />

Mrs Wati said Anzac Day has<br />

always been important to her<br />

and husband Robert as they both<br />

served in the army.<br />

“I did nine years in the army<br />

and my husband did eight. We’ve<br />

always celebrated the day and<br />

because we couldn’t go to a dawn<br />

service I thought well let’s just<br />

decorate the driveway,” she said.<br />

The couple’s two sons, O’Shea,<br />

4, and Knea, 7, and Knea Wati<br />

helped with the tribute as did<br />

the boy’s grandparents, Lyndal<br />

Hayward and David Gage, who<br />

live on the same section.<br />

“We spent two full days just<br />

painting and cutting it up and<br />

nailing in the crosses. Our neighbour<br />

came in really handy too we<br />

had to ask them to leave some red<br />

paint at the end of their driveway<br />

for the poppies.”<br />

Mrs Wati said it was a great<br />

experience and she was proud to<br />

pay tribute.<br />

Thieves continue<br />

to target vehicles<br />

•From page 1<br />

The arrested men, aged 42<br />

and 60, have been charged<br />

with obstructing or hindering<br />

a medical officer of health or<br />

person assisting a medical officer<br />

of health.<br />

Both men had<br />

previously been spoken<br />

to by police in regard<br />

to the alert level 4<br />

restrictions.<br />

They have been<br />

remanded on bail and<br />

are due to appear in<br />

the Christchurch<br />

District Court court on<br />

June 10.<br />

Senior Sergeant<br />

Dean Harker said the<br />

number of reports from the<br />

public of others breaching the<br />

rules declined near the end of<br />

the lockdown.<br />

“Initially there were a few<br />

but this dropped off. We found<br />

the general public took it upon<br />

themselves to question people<br />

who appeared to be breaking the<br />

lockdown,” he said.<br />

Thieves also continue to target<br />

cars in the district, this time in<br />

Prebbleton.<br />

Six vehicles were broken into<br />

a fortnight ago and all had been<br />

left unlocked – a situation which<br />

has been happening for the past<br />

few months.<br />

Police are currently<br />

following leads<br />

to apprehend the<br />

offenders.<br />

Senior Sergeant<br />

Harker said residents<br />

need to be aware and<br />

vigilant to prevent<br />

opportunist thieves<br />

and burglars.<br />

The key advice is<br />

Dean Harker to always lock your<br />

vehicle, remove<br />

valuables, park in well-lit<br />

areas when possible and take<br />

documents containing personal<br />

information with you.<br />

The public is encouraged to<br />

report suspicious behaviour to<br />

police.<br />

Senior Sergeant Harker said<br />

police saw an increase in family<br />

harm events in the district<br />

during the lockdown.<br />

Sharing story with young athletes<br />

• From page 1<br />

“We’ve moved everything from<br />

our kitchen in town to mum and<br />

dad’s place and we’ve just taken<br />

over in a way,” she said.<br />

“It’s like going right back to the<br />

start.”<br />

For many of her teenage years,<br />

Rosa thought she would be representing<br />

New Zealand this year at<br />

the <strong>2020</strong> Olympics on the track<br />

as a steeplechase runner.<br />

She represented New Zealand<br />

at the 3000m steeplechase at the<br />

2015 World Championships in<br />

Beijing.<br />

However, after mental health<br />

battles which culminated in an<br />

eating disorder and an exercise<br />

addiction in her early 20s, Rosa<br />

decided to stop running competitively<br />

late last year and pour<br />

her competitive energy into the<br />

business instead.<br />

“I was damaging my body but<br />

was oblivious to it,” she said.<br />

“There were negative things<br />

happening where I wasn’t making<br />

time to catch up with family<br />

and friends and I was low on<br />

energy because I wasn’t eating<br />

enough.<br />

“I was solely focused around<br />

what times I was doing and what<br />

competition I was doing, nothing<br />

STEP AWAY: Prebbleton’s<br />

Rosa Flanagan has put her<br />

middle-distance running<br />

aspirations aside.<br />

else mattered.”<br />

Even after overcoming the<br />

issues, she came to the conclusion<br />

her competitive running<br />

aspirations had to end for the<br />

foreseeable future.<br />

“Training and running a<br />

business was a lot. I then hit<br />

a personal rock-bottom and<br />

realised that I had to make a<br />

decision and prioritise one over<br />

the other,” she said.<br />

“My competitive side just goes<br />

towards the business now – I’m<br />

at peace with the decision not to<br />

run competitively.<br />

“Running will still be part of<br />

my exercise regime but I remember<br />

doing the Run to Remember<br />

earlier this year and it was the<br />

first time I could run for myself<br />

without trying to win a medal or<br />

beat a time, it was strange.”<br />

Rosa said it was a four-year<br />

journey that she has only just<br />

finished.<br />

She now shares her story<br />

openly to other young athletes<br />

who may be going through the<br />

same issues.<br />

“Everyone’s body is different<br />

and what I’m learning is to be<br />

happy with what I’ve got and<br />

it’s allowed me to focus on my<br />

business and exercise in a healthy<br />

way.’’<br />

She said her bond with Margo<br />

had been a great help.<br />

“We’re both strong-minded<br />

people and when we have an idea<br />

or a vision, we both try our best<br />

to make it a reality.”<br />

Rosa said the door was<br />

not closed on a return to the<br />

track one day but it was not a<br />

short-term goal.

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PREBBLETON residents<br />

fighting against a proposed<br />

expansion of a waste plant<br />

nearby say they are grateful for<br />

donations from the community.<br />

THe group decided to start<br />

a givealittle page for people<br />

to donate to the cause about a<br />

month ago.<br />

On Friday,<br />

up to 73<br />

donations had<br />

been made<br />

totalling<br />

$6610.<br />

Group<br />

member Judy<br />

Judy<br />

Sachdeva<br />

Sachdeva said<br />

they are very<br />

pleased and<br />

grateful for the<br />

• By Devon Bolger<br />

RESIDENTS AND businesses<br />

impacted by Covid-19 will<br />

be able to extend their rates<br />

payments over one year.<br />

District councillors have<br />

unanimously voted to approve<br />

an economic<br />

recovery package<br />

to further<br />

help struggling<br />

ratepayers.<br />

Rate payments<br />

for<br />

the 2019/20<br />

financial<br />

year can be<br />

extended until<br />

June 31, 2021,<br />

for ratepayers who enter into a<br />

direct debit payment plan.<br />

It will work by ratepayers<br />

agreeing to a minimum weekly<br />

payment amount such as $10 until<br />

November this year and then<br />

increased payments to bring the<br />

account up do date by June 2021.<br />

In November, the district<br />

council will consider extending<br />

the policy further.<br />

Businesses that have received<br />

the wage subsidy and ratepayers<br />

who have lost their jobs or lost 20<br />

per cent or more of their income<br />

from all sources could be eligible<br />

for a two-year deferral on payments.<br />

The district council also<br />

agreed it intends to reduce the<br />

penalty for late payment of rates<br />

COMMUNITY: The Prebbleton group fighting against a<br />

proposed hazardous waste facility say they are grateful for<br />

the donations they have received. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN ​<br />

support.<br />

“Especially because of everything<br />

that is happening right<br />

now with Covid-19. The message<br />

we are getting from all of the<br />

people who live here in Prebbleton<br />

is that they are completely<br />

against it,” she said.<br />

The money will be spent on<br />

opposing the applications for<br />

air discharge consents that have<br />

been made to Environment Canterbury,<br />

and for public awareness<br />

and education campaigns.<br />

The Prebbleton Clean Air<br />

Trust was set up to manage<br />

fundraised money along with a<br />

website containing information<br />

for supporters.<br />

Said Ms Sachdeva: “As we understand<br />

it, the hearing process<br />

from 10 per cent to three per<br />

cent.<br />

The decision will be made<br />

as part of the rates resolution<br />

for the year that happens in<br />

June.<br />

The district council will also<br />

prepare a rates postponement<br />

policy for consultation as part<br />

of the Long Term Plan 2021-31<br />

process.<br />

It would mean ratepayers can<br />

postpone their rates and any<br />

accrued costs would be settled<br />

when their property is sold.<br />

has been paused at the moment.<br />

We are just waiting to hear what<br />

will happen next.<br />

“I have spoken to one of the<br />

people who have been through<br />

the process with Roydon Quarry<br />

so I know what they went<br />

through. I am expecting this to<br />

be a long fight.”<br />

The package is a recognition of<br />

the struggles people are facing,<br />

and one part of the council’s<br />

work to help the district through<br />

the effects of the pandemic and<br />

boost recovery, Mayor Sam<br />

Broughton says.<br />

• To donate to the cause<br />

visit givealittle.co.nz/org/<br />

prebbleton-communityclean-air-trust<br />

or visit<br />

the website at: www.<br />

wastemismanagement.co.nz<br />

Waste Management Ltd has<br />

applied to expand its current<br />

site and operate the toxic waste<br />

treatment plant at 305 Marshs<br />

Rd in South Hornby.<br />

In its resource consent application,<br />

it said the plant will<br />

treat and manage items, such as<br />

pesticides, acid, used tyres and<br />

other types of rubbish.<br />

Resource consent was granted<br />

for the proposed plant by the city<br />

council in December 2018.<br />

Environment Canterbury also<br />

granted three consents for its<br />

construction and discharge of<br />

stormwater in March 2019.<br />

The consent application currently<br />

with ECan is only for<br />

activities resulting in discharge<br />

to air.<br />

It ran a limited notified<br />

consent process, which meant<br />

only people within 500m of the<br />

proposed facility had a chance to<br />

have their say.<br />

Relief for ratepayers confirmed<br />

Sam<br />

Broughton<br />

•HAVE YOUR SAY: Are you<br />

happy with the support<br />

package for struggling<br />

ratepayers? Email your views<br />

to devon.bolger@starmedia.<br />

kiwi<br />


HAND: A<br />

support<br />

package for<br />

struggling<br />

ratepayers<br />

has been<br />

approved,<br />

it includes<br />

extending<br />

rate<br />

payments,<br />

which fund<br />

things<br />

like road<br />

maintenance,<br />

over a year.<br />

“As people are struggling it’s<br />

important for us to do what<br />

we can to help. We need rates<br />

income to be able to keep<br />

providing services such as water<br />

and rubbish collection, but we<br />

also need to be compassionate<br />

and realistic about people’s<br />

circumstances and that’s what<br />

we’re aiming to do with this<br />

package.”<br />

• To find out more details<br />

and apply for a rates payment<br />

extension go to www.selwyn.<br />

govt.nz/services/rates<br />

PROWL: Duncan has been<br />

stealing in Rolleston again. ​<br />

Lockdown<br />

hasn’t stopped<br />

Duncan from<br />

stealing<br />

• By Devon Bolger<br />

DUNCAN THE cat, notorious<br />

for stealing soft toys and socks<br />

around Rolleston, has not been<br />

sticking to his bubble during the<br />

lockdown.<br />

Owner Diane Guthrie says<br />

Duncan has taken to straying<br />

even further when on the prowl<br />

for goods to bring home.<br />

“Previously he was just going<br />

across the road and two doors<br />

mainly stealing toys from the dog<br />

there but now he has progressed<br />

and has found a new household<br />

a bit further away to steal things<br />

from,” she said.<br />

Last week Duncan came home<br />

some socks, a pair of track pants<br />

and a velvet cushion.<br />

“I went around to all of the<br />

neighbours and asked if it was<br />

their things and they all said no<br />

they didn’t know anything about<br />

it so I put a post on the Rolleston<br />

Community Page on Facebook.<br />

“It took a few days but someone<br />

came forward. He had gone down<br />

the road and around the corner to<br />

a house in a cul-de-sac. I was able<br />

to return everything to the rightful<br />

owner.”<br />

Mrs Guthrie said she thinks<br />

Duncan is stealing because of<br />

what they feed him.<br />

“He goes in phases. Sometimes<br />

he gets quite busy and other times<br />

he won’t bring things back for a<br />

week.<br />

“We have found if he doesn’t<br />

like what I feed him he tends to<br />

bring things home. We think it’s<br />

him saying I’ve brought you a<br />

treat please bring me something<br />

I like.”<br />

TREAT: Some of Duncan’s loot.

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Our People<br />


Brenda Dunlop<br />

Empowering women to help the community<br />

Brenda Dunlop has<br />

been working to bring<br />

the community together<br />

since 1997. The Rolleston<br />

resident speaks to Devon<br />

Bolger about starting the<br />

<strong>Selwyn</strong> Women’s Issues<br />

Group and her love of<br />

gardening<br />

How did the <strong>Selwyn</strong> Women’s<br />

Issues Group begin?<br />

It all started in the year 1997.<br />

We were going to have a jubilee<br />

this year to celebrate but we have<br />

decided to hold off until we hit<br />

25 years. Things really started<br />

off with Dorothy Oakley and I.<br />

We had been to see a women’s<br />

issues group and felt like there<br />

was a real need in the district<br />

for something for women to<br />

go along to. It was really good<br />

to get together once a month<br />

and invite speakers because<br />

you are quite isolated out in the<br />

country. We have made a lot of<br />

friendships and it’s been really<br />

very supportive.<br />

What does the group do?<br />

One of our ladies’ grandson<br />

was killed in a car accident<br />

getting off a bus in Greenpark.<br />

My husband and I had a trip<br />

overseas at the time and saw an<br />

idea in Scotland. A bus stopped<br />

and out of it came all these<br />

children in high-vis vests. When<br />

I came back after being away for<br />

two months, the member who<br />

lost her grandchild asked if there<br />

was anything our group could<br />

do to help. We decided to make<br />

safety vests using the money<br />

we had and it really took off<br />

from there. The district council<br />

helped at first and then we took<br />

it on ourselves and we went to<br />

individual businesses and ask<br />

them to buy the vests and put<br />

their logo on them to donate to<br />

schools. We have supplied all of<br />

the schools in <strong>Selwyn</strong>, a third of<br />

them now stand on their own.<br />

I still try to raise about $6000<br />

each year and go around to all<br />

of the businesses to ask if they<br />

will buy some or renew the vests<br />

in the schools. That’s one of the<br />

main things our group does. We<br />

also support Ronald McDonald<br />

House with a grocery collection<br />

and we donate about five or six<br />

CONNECTED: Brenda Dunlop helped form the <strong>Selwyn</strong> Women’s Issues Group about 23 years<br />

ago, The group still continues to meet to this day.<br />


boxes of groceries each year.<br />

We also do a ‘spring clean’ each<br />

year and we donate clothing to<br />

women’s suffrage. About half a<br />

dozen of our ladies make hats for<br />

the children at Cholmondeley<br />

Home. If there is a need we<br />

fill in that space. We have 80<br />

women on our group call list and<br />

about 60 generally show up to<br />

meetings.<br />

Why do you think it is<br />

important to have a women’s<br />

issues group in <strong>Selwyn</strong>?<br />

I just think it’s lovely to have<br />

those friendships and to share<br />

with one another. It is also about<br />

what we can learn from each<br />

other. Women didn’t talk freely<br />

like they do nowadays and I’ve<br />

learned a lot from my ladies, it<br />

has been quite amazing really.<br />

Things have absolutely changed<br />

for women now since we started<br />

in 1997. We are much more open<br />

with each other now.<br />

Can you tell me about the<br />

Rolleston Residents’ Garden<br />

Competition?<br />

I think it has been going for<br />

a while but it had come to a<br />

halt a few years ago. I quite like<br />

gardening so I was asked if I<br />

would take over as president of<br />

the competition. Since I have<br />

taken over we have decided to<br />

hold it every two years. That<br />

means it is coming up this<br />

year. We have volunteer ladies<br />

that support us and offer their<br />

time. We also go to different<br />

businesses to get support to pay<br />

for the judges and a few other<br />

things. We are very grateful for<br />

those who contribute and help<br />

to make it so successful. Last<br />

time we had 36 entries and that<br />

went really well and surprisingly<br />

we had a lot of young people<br />

enter. We have decided to make<br />

it every two years because it is a<br />

lot of work for us who give our<br />

time freely. We need to have<br />

nearly $1000 every year for it to<br />

be able to run. Now that we have<br />

had trophies donated for each<br />

of our 10 categories this year<br />

•To find out more or<br />

express your interest in the<br />

Rolleston Residents’ Garden<br />

Competition phone Brenda<br />

Dunlop on 347 3073.<br />

it has made it so much easier.<br />

The categories this year include<br />

industrial and commercial as<br />

well as one for schools in the<br />

district. We plan on holding<br />

the judging over two days on<br />

October 6 and 7. It all depends<br />

on how many people enter. Then<br />

later in October we have an<br />

awards evening at the Rolleston<br />

Community Centre.<br />

How long have you lived in<br />

<strong>Selwyn</strong>?<br />

Quite a long time now. We had<br />

a pig farm in Burnham for about<br />

40 years and then we moved into<br />

Rolleston and have been here<br />

since the first earthquake.<br />

What do you like about living<br />

here?<br />

It’s a lovely community, people<br />

are very friendly. It is really<br />

growing. Where our house is<br />

was farmland when we got here.<br />

It is truly amazing how the<br />

whole township has grown. I<br />

think there is a lot of things that<br />

you can join now, it is good for<br />

children. There are a lot of sports<br />

grounds and things like that<br />

out here so you no longer have<br />

to go into town. I don’t think I<br />

will ever be travelling into town<br />

again. I think we have enough<br />

amenities out here.<br />

Can you tell me a little bit<br />

about your family?<br />

I have my husband Norman<br />

who was a farmer when I met<br />

him, I was a city girl. He is now<br />

a property developer out here in<br />

Rolleston. We have four children<br />

and six grandchildren. I get quite<br />

involved, I love my gardening.<br />

I have an acre and a half of<br />

gardening on the farm so that<br />

has just carried on.<br />

Do you have any hobbies<br />

or interests outside of your<br />

community work?<br />

My husband and I enjoy<br />

bowls. We play outdoor bowls<br />

at West Melton. There is a club<br />

out there. We like being outside<br />

and keeping active. It is very<br />

important.<br />

Retiring after 20 years with Rolleston police<br />

• By Devon Bolger<br />

FAY SIMPSON has worked her<br />

last day at the Rolleston Police<br />

Station after 20 years.<br />

She started as station support<br />

officer in 2000 and her time has<br />

been spent mainly behind the<br />

front desk working on data entry<br />

and administration.<br />

Her career as a civilian staff<br />

member with the police began<br />

in 1991.<br />

She has enjoyed her time and is<br />

looking forward to what is next.<br />

“The staff here have been<br />

amazing, absolutely top-notch.<br />

I couldn’t rate them highly<br />

enough,” she said.<br />

Mrs Simpson and her husband<br />

now plan on moving south in<br />

about a month.<br />

“We aren’t quite at retirement<br />

age just yet but we bought a<br />

property just outside of Winton.”<br />

Her career began in 1991 at<br />

Timaru central station where she<br />

worked at the front desk.<br />

“I then relocated to Christchurch<br />

and worked in the old<br />

Christchurch central station. I<br />

worked in the accounts section<br />

and as a speed camera operator.<br />

I then worked in the Hornby<br />

and Sydenham stations also<br />

doing administration work,” she<br />

said.<br />

After about <strong>29</strong> years with the<br />

police, there is still one case that<br />

stands out the most, Mrs Simpson<br />

said.<br />

“There was a homicide in<br />

Caroline Bay, the boy’s name<br />

was Leif Wulff, and he was killed<br />

while I was working at the Timaru<br />

station. It was during my first<br />

year working there.<br />

“That was something that<br />

stuck with me because my oldest<br />

son was the same age, and<br />

the perpetrator wasn’t much<br />

older, so that really stuck.”<br />

Robin James Pitney was<br />

sentenced to life imprisonment<br />

after murdering Leif in 1991<br />

when he was 15.<br />

After the Christchurch earthquake<br />

on February 22, 2011,<br />

Mrs Simpson worked with the<br />

disaster victim identification<br />

unit that was set-up at Burnham<br />

Military Camp<br />

“That was a really, really interesting<br />

experience. It’s such a<br />

well-oiled team and it was quite<br />

a privilege working with them<br />

and doing what I could to help.”<br />

Mrs Simpson had her last<br />

day at the Rolleston station on<br />


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Environment Canterbury – we’re here to help<br />

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all having to<br />

adapt to new ways of working. Our main focus, as for all<br />

New Zealanders, is taking every possible step to keep<br />

family, staff and colleagues safe and healthy at home.<br />

There have been several legislative changes and<br />

decisions that impact Environment Canterbury’s<br />

daily operations – ‘essential’ and otherwise. We’ve<br />

highlighted the key changes below, and where to<br />

find the most up-to-date information. Referring to<br />

our website – www.ecan.govt.nz – will be key as we<br />

navigate the different alert levels. You can also call<br />

our customer services team on 0800 324 636 with any<br />

questions you may have.<br />

We are also looking at COVID-19 recovery projects and<br />

what contribution can be made through those projects to<br />

the wider regional and national recovery post-lockdown.<br />

Kia atawhai, kia haumaru | Be kind, be safe<br />

COVID-19 information<br />

The first place for information regarding what can and cannot<br />

be done at the different alert levels under COVID-19 is the<br />

Government website: www.covid19.govt.nz. This is the central<br />

source of information.<br />

Several activities Environment Canterbury has oversight of<br />

contribute to the health of your families and the community,<br />

particularly under alert level restrictions and as we head into<br />

winter. As well as the information provided below, rolling updates<br />

with more detail are available on the Environment Canterbury<br />

website www.ecan.govt.nz:<br />

• Home heating: While we know that smoke from wood burners is a<br />

contributor to urban air pollution, it is essential for people to stay<br />

warm in their homes. If you are using a wood burner, regardless<br />

of its age, we advise you to use good burning technique and good<br />

quality wood. Wood burner upgrades, where applicable, should<br />

continue once alert level restrictions allow.<br />

• Outdoor burning: Fire and Emergency NZ is asking people to<br />

refrain from any outdoor burning while we are at Alert Levels 3<br />

and 4. This is to help limit the exposure and risk to their crews<br />

responding to calls.<br />

• Essential services: These include (but are not limited to):<br />

natural hazard event monitoring; flood response; remote air<br />

quality monitoring; and public transport.<br />

• Compliance monitoring and enforcement: Many of our normal<br />

processes relating to CME will continue, but with some changes<br />

related to alert level restrictions.<br />

We’re mindful that the COVID-19 restrictions have placed<br />

unexpected financial strain on many businesses and individuals<br />

that we deal with regularly, and that consent holders in particular<br />

may still be required to pay for services that continue during this<br />

period. Please know that staff are available to discuss options for<br />

those of you experiencing financial hardship.<br />

Get in touch with us<br />

• Facebook: @EnvironmentCanterbury<br />

• Customer services: 0800 324 636<br />

• Public transport: metro@ecan.govt.nz<br />

• Snap Send Solve app<br />

Public Transport<br />

Some of you going back to work or school during Level 3 will need<br />

public transport as an important part of your day. Our greater<br />

Christchurch network is now operating a Saturday timetable<br />

running Monday – Saturday, and a Sunday timetable running on<br />

Sundays, for most services. No fares are being charged. In Timaru<br />

the MyWay on-demand service is operating alongside the Timaru<br />

Link. Visit metroinfo.co.nz for more detail and updates as alert<br />

levels change or email metro@ecan.govt.nz<br />

Civil Defence<br />

Many of our staff are involved with the Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency<br />

Management response to COVID-19, responsible for supporting the<br />

nationally-led response at a regional level. Civil Defence staff play a vital<br />

role in responding to both local, regional, and national emergencies. They<br />

fill a variety of roles across planning, intelligence, operations, logistics,<br />

welfare and public information functions to help ensure the community is<br />

safe. Keep up-to-date on Facebook: @CanterburyEM<br />

Key contacts for COVID-19<br />

Government website: www.covid19.govt.nz and helpline 0800 779 997<br />

Canterbury helpline: 0800 24 24 11<br />

Healthline: 0800 358 5453<br />

Need to talk? Call or text 1737 or<br />

www.allright.org.nz/campaigns/getting-through-together<br />

Essential business enquiries: 0800 22 66 57 or essential@mbie.govt.nz<br />

Financial support: 0800 559 009 or www.workandincome.govt.nz<br />

Reporting breaches of Alert Level restrictions: 105.police.govt.nz<br />

Queries about transport: essentialtravel@transport.govt.nz<br />

E20/7918<br />

Facilitating sustainable development in the Canterbury region<br />


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PETS & PAWS<br />

Our constant companions<br />

The healing<br />

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Animals have a way of working<br />

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us through tough times and remind<br />

us about the things that matter in<br />

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It is well documented that<br />

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Animals bring respect and affection to<br />

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The pet effect, that is the bond between<br />

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10 Wednesday <strong>April</strong> <strong>29</strong> <strong>2020</strong><br />

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<strong>Selwyn</strong> <strong>Times</strong><br />

Limited services to<br />

resume under Level 3<br />

Some Council services are now operating under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 restrictions.<br />

This means facilities will remain closed to the public, including the Rolleston Council offices,<br />

swimming pools, libraries and service centres, community and recreation centres and<br />

community halls.<br />

However, some building inspections will resume and the Pines Resource Recovery Park will move<br />

to reopen under restricted operations.<br />

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

and facilities construction, with the benefit of helping the local economy get moving again.<br />

Mayor Sam Broughton says the Council remains focused on maintaining the essential services<br />

and infrastructure the district’s communities rely on every day.<br />

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

Our staff have been working diligently under challenging circumstances to keep our core services<br />

and infrastructure running smoothly.<br />

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

way from being back to normal.<br />

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

our shared nationwide effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19.”<br />

Summary of key changes for the Council under Alert Level 3 include:<br />

· Some building inspections will resume.<br />

· Staff are working towards reopening the Pines Resource Recovery Park, with a booking<br />

system and requirements in place for safe operation and contact tracing.<br />

· Small gatherings at cemeteries will be permitted to allow people to farewell loved ones.<br />

· Some infrastructure construction work, including roading, will be brought back on stream.<br />

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

health and safety plans.<br />

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

but people are warned to maintain safe distancing and all playgrounds remain closed. Dog<br />

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

all times.<br />

Full details of services under Level 3 will be available on selwyn.govt.nz.<br />

Help available for people facing hard times<br />

Lockdown has been a stressful time for many people, especially for those whose work has been<br />

affected or who are facing tough times financially.<br />

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

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

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

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

get in touch.<br />

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

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

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

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

Helene Faass, Welfare manager for the <strong>Selwyn</strong> Emergency Operations Centre reiterated the same message:<br />

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

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

For more information on The Salvation Army Rolleston foodbank, including how to donate, go to<br />

generationhouseproject.com. You can also donate food in the donation bin at Countdown.<br />

Rates support package adopted<br />

A longer period to pay rates and lower penalty fees are part of a<br />

rates support package adopted by the Council.<br />

The Council has approved a rates payment plan to help people<br />

affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic, including an extended<br />

payment period. Ratepayers will now have until 30 June 2021 to pay<br />

their rates, provided they agree a payment plan with the Council.<br />

It also signalled it intends to lower the late payment penalty fee from<br />

10% to 3% for the <strong>2020</strong>/21 financial year.<br />

The Council agreed it would consider a further payment extension<br />

option before November this year that, if adopted, would allow<br />

people to extend their payment period to 30 June 2022, provided<br />

they agree a payment plan with the Council.<br />

The Council also supported the preparation of a rates<br />

postponement policy to be considered as part of the 2021–2031<br />

Long-Term Plan.<br />

The package is a recognition of the struggles people are facing, and<br />

one part of the Council’s work to help the district through the effects<br />

of the pandemic and boost recovery, Mayor Sam Broughton says.<br />

“As people are struggling it’s<br />

important for us to do what<br />

we can to help. We need rates<br />

income to keep providing services<br />

such as water and rubbish<br />

collection, but we also need to<br />

be compassionate and realistic<br />

about people’s circumstances.”<br />

People can find out more details<br />

and apply for a rates payment<br />

extension at selwyn.govt.nz/<br />

services/rates.<br />

Multi-million dollar programme<br />

part of <strong>Selwyn</strong> recovery plans<br />

The Council is aiming to include $223 million of building works<br />

across the district in planning for economic recovery from the<br />

COVID-19 pandemic.<br />

The Council has submitted a $13.5 million bid for a district-wide<br />

roading package of reconstruction, rehabilitation and re-seal repairs,<br />

in response to the Government’s request for ‘shovel-ready’ projects.<br />

This work would be brought forward from the Council’s transport<br />

programme, providing additional jobs and improved transport links.<br />

The Council is preparing a recovery plan, together with iwi, businesses,<br />

community organisations and members of the community, to ensure a<br />

community-led approach, says Mayor Sam Broughton.<br />

The plan aims to help restore the district’s economic strength and<br />

contribute to welfare support for affected businesses and households.<br />

Meetings with key community members across <strong>Selwyn</strong> will begin<br />

this week, he says.<br />

The Council is also keeping in close contact with other councils<br />

and the Mayor has been invited to sit on a national advisory panel<br />

as a local government representative in discussions about the<br />

government’s national recovery plans.<br />

The Council is well placed to provide some momentum to the<br />

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

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

<strong>2020</strong>/21 financial years.<br />

“The Council will have an important part to play in <strong>Selwyn</strong>’s<br />

recovery and it is important we continue with planned infrastructure,<br />

water, roading and facilities projects that our growing district needs.<br />

These will provide vital jobs and boost economic activity over the<br />

coming months,” Mayor Broughton says.<br />

Construction will restart soon on four major projects worth $62<br />

million – stimulating the economy – while work is planned on the<br />

district’s water and waste systems, roading and other building.<br />

Council Call<br />

<strong>Selwyn</strong> District Council<br />

Norman Kirk Drive, Rolleston<br />

Ph 0800 SELWYN (735 996)<br />

Rolleston Library<br />

Rolleston Drive, Rolleston<br />

Ph 347 2880<br />

Darfield Library & Service Centre<br />

1 South Terrace, Darfield<br />

Ph 318 8338 or 347 2780<br />


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Notices<br />



Council contractors will be doing<br />

repairs to the Waimakariri Water<br />

Race Intake Tunnel from 1 <strong>April</strong><br />

<strong>2020</strong>. This work will require<br />

shutting flows from this intake<br />

for a period of up to 20 days.<br />

While the other scheme intakes<br />

will still be operational, it is<br />

expected that there will be<br />

widespread disruptions to the<br />

Malvern water race scheme for<br />

the month of <strong>April</strong>.<br />

This work is necessary to<br />

ensure the intake is safe and<br />

to keep the water race scheme<br />

operating.<br />

Please be prepared that there<br />

may be no supply of stock<br />

water via the water race to your<br />

property for this works period.<br />


The Picnic Company Limited<br />

has applied for the renewal of<br />

an off licence. Objections are<br />

open until 13 May. For more<br />

information go to selwyn.govt.<br />

nz/alcoholnotices.<br />


The Council meetings on <strong>29</strong><br />

<strong>April</strong> is cancelled.<br />

Recycling process restarts – with some changes<br />

<strong>Selwyn</strong> residents are encouraged to be extra vigilant with their kerbside recycling separation, as the<br />

sorting of recyclables restarts under Alert Level 3 conditions.<br />

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

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

recycling facilities.<br />

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

but with some changes to the grades of plastic accepted.<br />

“Because of changes in markets and upcoming changes in international regulations, we can now<br />

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

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

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

and biscuit trays.”<br />

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

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

honey and jam, and large yogurt containers.<br />

“We can’t stress enough the importance of people<br />

continuing to sort their recycling correctly to make<br />

sure there is no contamination in the bins when<br />

recycling processing restarts”, Mr Boyd says.<br />

There are a number of practical actions people can<br />

take to help make recycling successful, he says.<br />

These include:<br />

· Checking the plastic grades on containers and<br />

cleaning them before they go in the bin<br />

· Make sure there are no plastic bags or soft plastic<br />

wrappers in the your recycling<br />

· Try to buy products in 1, 2 and 5 plastics and ask<br />

companies to consider alternative packaging.<br />

· Consider a no circulars/no junk mail sticker on<br />

your letterbox. Junk mail makes up 50% of the<br />

mixed paper in kerbside recycling.<br />

· Keep an eye on Council communications around<br />

recycling. We will advise you as soon as possible<br />

on any changes.<br />

<strong>Selwyn</strong> family’s living room concert goes global<br />

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

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

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

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

to participate in lockdown,” Joe said.<br />

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

children Gavin and Mekaela, violin, and Tabitha, clarinet and singing. Mekaela’s violin was bought<br />

through the Council’s tertiary education scholarship.<br />

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

workers, not only health workers, but supermarket employees, postal deliveries and petrol station<br />

workers.<br />

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

this time,” Mekaela said.<br />

The amount of positive feedback and views<br />

came as a shock to the Fleeners, Mandy<br />

says. “We thought there would only be a<br />

handful of people from Rolleston and some<br />

family from America and friends watching.<br />

We weren’t expecting so many!”<br />

The family admitted it was different not<br />

having an audience in front of them, but<br />

they enjoyed the performance nonetheless.<br />

Gavin said it felt more like ‘jamming’, which<br />

meant they had more control and could<br />

have some fun.<br />

To view the concert search Fleener family<br />

concert on YouTube.com.<br />

Here’s the plan<br />

...have your say<br />

Consultation on our Draft Annual Plan<br />

for <strong>2020</strong>/21 is now open. We’re seeking<br />

your feedback on six key issues for the<br />

coming year:<br />

Review options to reduce the<br />

1<br />

level of rates increase<br />

The draft plan was developed before<br />

the COVID-19 pandemic, and<br />

originally proposed an average 3.5%<br />

rate increase, in line with the 2018-<br />

2028 Long Term Plan. In light of the<br />

changing circumstances, we’re seeking<br />

feedback on options to reduce this. Options are:<br />

· Maintain the proposed 3.5% average increase. This would<br />

provide full funding for the Council’s plans, without the need<br />

to adjust budgets and spending plans.<br />

· A rates freeze – with rates held at the same level as the<br />

current year. The Council’s income would fall by about $2.8<br />

million and it’s likely higher increases would be needed in<br />

future years to make up the shortfall.<br />

· An increase somewhere between 0% and 3.5%, depending<br />

on savings that can be identified. This would result in a lower<br />

rates increase than initially planned and would not require<br />

catch-up rates increases in the future.<br />

Deferring the Prebbleton Community Centre project to<br />

2<br />

allow for more detailed consideration.<br />

There’s uncertainty around the best location and type of<br />

facility. Taking more time to work with the community on<br />

planning would help us find the best long-term outcome.<br />

Reviewing wider community needs for community<br />

3<br />

facilities in Leeston.<br />

In 2019, an assessment of the Leeston Library building<br />

showed it was earthquake- prone. We now want to review the<br />

original community centre proposals to take account of local<br />

needs for library, medical and other facilities.<br />

Increasing water supply charges to provide for quality<br />

4<br />

improvements and demand management.<br />

We need to review charges, so that we are making adequate<br />

provision for future growth and security in our water supply<br />

infrastructure network, to encourage water conservation,<br />

and to provide for any impact from the Government’s Three<br />

Waters review.<br />

5<br />

Planning and building a new wastewater system for<br />

central Darfield and new developments.<br />

We’re keen to find out more about community views on the<br />

proposal to develop a reticulated wastewater scheme for<br />

central Darfield, and in particular the preferred method to pay<br />

for the scheme, for those who connect.<br />

6 Changes to our Development Contributions Policy.<br />

We’re proposing to make three technical changes to our<br />

Development Contributions Policy. Development contributions<br />

help fund the cost of providing additional community facilities<br />

due to growth.<br />

We want your feedback and ideas on these<br />

Your Say proposals and our other projects and priorities.<br />

Find out more at www.selwyn.govt.nz/<br />

annualplan20. Consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 22 May.<br />

Also check out next week’s <strong>Selwyn</strong> <strong>Times</strong> for more detailed<br />

information and examples.<br />


Here’s the plan<br />

...have your say<br />

Annual Plan <strong>2020</strong>/21<br />

Consultation Document<br />

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Restoring a Liteweight<br />

BEFORE<br />

BEFORE<br />

BEFORE<br />

A desire for a few more comforts led to Fi<br />

and Max renovating their 1976 Liteweight<br />

5 Star 1500 caravan, the second such<br />

restoration project they had undertaken.<br />

“Our first caravan was a 1977 Alpha.<br />

The Liteweight is a year older yet has an<br />

aluminium rather than wooden frame,” says<br />

Max.<br />

An advantage of Liteweight caravans is<br />

their metal framework where there is less<br />

likelihood of deterioration to the inside<br />

frame or structure.<br />

Purchased sight unseen from the North<br />

Island, the caravan turned out to be in poorer<br />

condition than originally thought. While<br />

the aluminium metal frame was in fairly<br />

good condition, the wall linings were in<br />

poor repair and some repairs were needed<br />

to the chassis. A replacement jockey wheel<br />

and repairs to a broken wind-down leg were<br />

also needed. Max says the latter, along with<br />

stabilisers, window catches and central roof<br />

skylights are all still available new.<br />

Max stripped out the existing joinery,<br />

carpet and vinyl then repaired the walls.<br />

The interior’s top veneer layer was removed<br />

then the surface of the walls filled to a depth<br />

of 1-3mm. A sealant then acrylic paint was<br />

applied to the walls. Fi assisted with the<br />

filling and painting, along with furnishing<br />

the caravan and making the drapes. The floor<br />

had bumps and grooves so Max overlaid<br />

9mm plywood, then click-together vinyl<br />

flooring.<br />

All the wiring, power sockets and units<br />

were checked with some readjustments<br />

made and new lights and sockets installed<br />

where needed. This work was carried<br />

out by a registered<br />

electrician, ensuring<br />

the caravan would gain<br />

an Electrical WOF.<br />

The lights can now be<br />

powered through a 12<br />

volt battery system with<br />

a small back-up solar<br />

panel.<br />

The caravan had a<br />

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could be made up. At the rear, there was a<br />

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and dark joinery made the caravan feel<br />

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“We wanted to reconfigure the inside to<br />

create a permanent double bed and lighter<br />

and brighter interior,” says Fi.<br />

Max rebuilt a smaller kitchen unit, a new<br />

double bed frame with storage underneath<br />

and new side seating. He used wooden<br />

strips over a lightweight frame to create<br />

expandable seating, which could be opened<br />

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kitchen’s cupboard fronts were fitted onto a<br />

new carcase and the metal framed drawers<br />

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The caravan is self-contained with a<br />

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Max says he enjoyed renovating their first<br />

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<strong>Selwyn</strong> Property SEPTEMBER 20<br />


Selling your property?<br />

First impressions count,<br />

get rid of the clutter.<br />

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

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

Good storage ideas are abundant and<br />

all manner of products are available<br />

to make homes more minimalistic.<br />

While it’s nice to buy your storage from<br />

designer homewares stores, the likes<br />

of The Warehouse and Kmart sell many<br />

simple products for masking clutter.<br />

Fabric storage cubes are a great start<br />

for disguising the clutter. They fit neatly<br />

into shelves and wardrobes and thanks<br />

to competition from the big department<br />

stores, can cost $10 or less each. You’ll<br />

also find wicker, felt, cotton, woven and<br />

metal baskets for a song.<br />

Another clever idea, is to<br />

buy a cheap set of melamine<br />

shelves for use in your<br />

wardrobe. A set of shelves<br />

does much the same job as<br />

an expensive wardrobe fit<br />

out. You can move the shelf<br />

heights to accommodate<br />

shoes and boots. It looks<br />

good, but costs little.<br />

Another wardrobe<br />

organisation is a Wardrobe<br />

Starter Kit from Hardware<br />

stores. While you’re there,<br />

check out bicycle storage hooks as well.<br />

As well as being practical, storage<br />

products can make a design statement.<br />

The important thing is to be consistent.<br />

don’t, for example, buy storage cubes<br />

in different colours. If you’re looking for<br />

really clever home storage ideas take<br />

a tip from the tiny home movement.<br />

Catherine Foster who wrote Small House<br />

Living, downsized her life to under 90sqm<br />

and has interviewed Kiwis who live in<br />

architecturally designed homes of that<br />

size or smaller.<br />

Each and every house in<br />

Foster’s book uses storage<br />

effectively to tame their<br />

belongings. Some have done<br />

it on the smell of an oily rag,<br />

sometimes buying pre-cut heavy<br />

duty plywood that only has to be screwed<br />

together, she says.<br />

Garages and lofts are house vendors’<br />

friends. The garage is one of the few<br />

places in the house that buyers won’t<br />

be put off by a little extra stuff, but the<br />

more that can be hidden away in stacked<br />

crates the better. Consider using flat pack<br />

cupboards that can be taken with you.<br />

“The most effective way of using these is<br />

to find a wall where the whole area can be<br />

covered floor to ceiling,”<br />

“Simple carpentry like this is dIY level<br />

if you’re handy, or get a handyman in for<br />

a few hours, but make sure it is excluded<br />

from the list of chattels on the sale<br />

agreement.”<br />

Loft spaces are often wasted space<br />

in Kiwi homes. A relatively cheap way to<br />

open up the space is to install a loft ladder.<br />

You will be amazed at what people use<br />

the additional storage space for, once<br />

they’ve installed it.<br />

Cheap clever storage ideas aren’t just<br />

limited to the interior of the house, garage<br />

and loft. The Warehouse, Mitre 10 & other<br />

hardware stores sell garden storage to<br />

hide away things usually left outside.<br />

Foldable garden storage boxes that cost<br />

from around $99 can be used to store<br />

garden tools, outdoor cushions and pool<br />

paraphernalia. The next step up is a cheap<br />

garden shed for around $200 upwards<br />

from Mitre 10, Bunnings Warehouse and<br />

other stores.<br />

Finally, if you’re looking for more<br />

inspiration Google “storage ideas”, search<br />

the same on Pinterest, or check out books<br />

on the subject from your local library. You’ll<br />

be amazed at how many everyday items<br />

can be repurposed for storage at the same<br />

time as adding design excellence to your<br />

home.<br />



Rolleston, Canterbury<br />

LEASE<br />

Area A 230m 2 * $36,000pa + GST + outgoings<br />

Area B 274m 2 * $48,000pa + GST + outgoings<br />

Total Areas A & B combined 504m 2 * By Negotiation + GST + outgoings<br />

Last space remaining in this brand new purpose built automotive hub, which is due<br />

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and amenities or can be split into smaller areas of 230m 2 * and 274m 2 *. Neighbouring<br />

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THERE’S NO doubt sport utility<br />

vehicles are beneficial to families.<br />

Their practicality and often the<br />

option of seven seats make them<br />

particularly appealing for those<br />

with children in tow.<br />

However, as is often the case,<br />

those who would benefit most<br />

from an SUV aren’t in a position<br />

financially to own one, especially<br />

those that are new off the<br />

showroom floor.<br />

Enter, Kia’s completely new<br />

compact, five-seat SUV, the<br />

Seltos. It has just launched here<br />

and in entry-level LX form<br />

lists with a very special price –<br />

$27,990. To my way of thinking,<br />

that is amazing value for a<br />

quality, state-of-the-art vehicle<br />

that will suit a young family.<br />

Of course the Seltos is available<br />

in four other specifications,<br />

there’s even a four-wheel-drive<br />

model which tops the range at<br />

$46,990. In-between, the other<br />

variants list at $35,990, $37,990<br />

and $42,990.<br />

Before you think the base<br />

model car lacks on kit, it doesn’t.<br />

Sure there aren’t all the high-tech<br />

features of its stablemates, but<br />

there is enough specification<br />

to provide years of fulfilling<br />

motoring.<br />

Even though Kia calls the<br />

Seltos compact, it’s not really.<br />

Sure at 4.4m it isn’t large, but<br />

it does make good use of its<br />

proportions with high comfort<br />

levels, it has plenty of leg and<br />

head room in the rear passenger<br />

compartment. That area is not<br />

compromised by a healthy load<br />

space – 468-litres, expanding to<br />

1428-litres with the rear seats<br />

folded flat. I rate the load space<br />

on any vehicle as to how well it<br />

houses the rather large cricket<br />

gear bag I use to coach a year 8<br />

Sydenham team. In the case of<br />

the Seltos there was ample room<br />

to spare, and it has an easy load<br />

height.<br />

The LX variant gets cloth<br />

trim and that would far be<br />

my preference, there are no<br />

design surprises, the trim is<br />

fairly conservative but you get<br />

just enough goodies that go<br />

with the pleasure of buying a<br />

new car, some of the functions<br />

are operable through a central<br />

screen display. Even though the<br />

Seltos has yet to be crash tested,<br />

it would be expected to meet<br />

the five-star Australasian New<br />

Car Assessment Program safety<br />

rating.<br />

In LX form the Seltos is<br />

powered by a 2-litre, naturallyaspirated<br />

four-cylinder petrol<br />

engine, that’s opposed to a<br />

1.6-litre turbocharged unit fitted<br />

to the range-topping four-wheeldrive<br />

Limited.<br />

I’d also opt for the base<br />

engine, it is a very sweet unit,<br />

quiet and smooth. Drive is<br />

channelled through the latest<br />

generation continuously<br />

variable transmission which is<br />

described by Kia as behaving<br />

like a traditional automatic<br />

transmission, acting as if it has<br />

regular gear changes.<br />

I’m quite excited about this<br />

driveline, you would hardly<br />

pick a CVT is transmitting<br />

power, while the seamless way<br />

it operates enhances driveline<br />

smoothness.<br />

Power is channelled through<br />

the front wheels only, yet the<br />

entire drive and chassis setup<br />

has benefited from a lot of<br />

development catering for the<br />

special needs of Australasian<br />

motorists. The suspension is a<br />

good compromise of what is<br />

needed for occupant comfort,<br />

but there is balance and control<br />

when high-country corners are<br />

presented.<br />

Interestingly, the LX grade<br />

model gets just 16in wheels<br />

against 17in and 18in rims of<br />

higher grade variants. However,<br />

the benefit in LX grade is super<br />

quiet motion and a hugely<br />

KIA SELTOS: Base model kick-starts an extensive range.<br />

• Price – Kia Seltos LX,<br />

$27,990<br />

• Dimensions – Length,<br />

4370mm; width,<br />

1800mm; height,<br />

1615mm<br />

• Configuration – Fourcylinder,<br />

front-wheeldrive,<br />

1999cc, 110kW,<br />

180Nm, continuously<br />

variable automatic.<br />

• Performance –<br />

0-100km/h, 9.3sec<br />

• Fuel usage – 6.8l/100km<br />

smooth ride. The high-profile<br />

Kumho tyres (205/60) have a lot<br />

of sidewall flex, consequently,<br />

they just soak up the big bumps<br />

that are still a problem on<br />

Canterbury roads.<br />

I took the test car up and down<br />

the twists and turns on the road<br />

in and out of the Waimakariri<br />

River gorge. Steerage is relatively<br />

precise, and even at 1.6m tall,<br />

gravitational movement is<br />

minimised.<br />

Kia rates the engine with<br />

110kW and 180Nm, if these<br />

figures look familiar that’s<br />

because it is much the same<br />

engine that powers Cerato and<br />

Sportage from the Kia stable.<br />

Maximum torque is available<br />

from 4500rpm and peak power<br />

is reached at 6200rpm. They<br />

are quite high in the rev band<br />

and you could be forgiven<br />

for thinking it’s an engine<br />

which likes to have the revs<br />

up. However, one of the other<br />

benefits of CVT is that there are<br />

no gaps to fill between gearing.<br />

That being the case, the engine<br />

works the mid-range, it isn’t<br />

flighty and feels strong beneath<br />

the throttle pedal.<br />

Of course, there is a sport<br />

mode if you wish to have the<br />

engine working harder but I used<br />

normal mode most of the time I<br />

was in the evaluation car and it<br />

is most suitable in all situations.<br />

There is also an eco mode if you<br />

want to make maximum use of<br />

your tank of fuel. To me it’s a bit<br />

numbing but if you drive casually<br />

then eco will earn you fuelsaving<br />

benefits.<br />

On that subject, Kia claims<br />

a 6.8l/100km combined cycle<br />

fuel usage average. I couldn’t<br />

replicate Kia’s figures, however,<br />

when I took the test car back to<br />

the dealership it was showing a<br />

respectable 8.8l/100km average,<br />

helped by a 5l/100km figure<br />

showing at a steady 100km/h, the<br />

engine turning over at 1800rpm<br />

in the tallest part of the gearing.<br />

I always like it when new cars<br />

land. Kia is capitalising on the<br />

worldwide demand for SUVs, its<br />

range is extensive and my only<br />

concern would be if the Seltos<br />

cannibalises sales from Kia’s own<br />

Niro and Sportage.<br />

At its price the Seltos is a very<br />

desirable proposition, I just hope<br />

that those who would benefit<br />

from owning an SUV recognise<br />

its value.<br />

If that is not tempting in itself,<br />

bear in mind the Seltos is sold<br />

with a five-year/100,000km<br />

warranty. Peace of mind really.<br />

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How to keep<br />

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Keeping your bubble small is the best way to keep the people in<br />

your household protected. It helps keep other people safe too.<br />

Because the more contact you have with other people, the more<br />

opportunity the virus has to spread.<br />

Keeping it small means restricting your bubble to your<br />

immediate household, and maybe extending it a small amount<br />

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a caregiver, or supporting an isolated person.<br />

Information about keeping your<br />

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Are neighbours allowed to merge bubbles?<br />

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

beer with the neighbour until COVID-19 is under control. You can,<br />

however, support someone who is isolated and needs help.<br />

Can I visit my family if they are spread out<br />

across more than one other bubble?<br />

You can’t join multiple family bubbles together. The way to stay<br />

safe is to limit your exposure to other people as much as possible,<br />

including family members. As mentioned, you can visit someone<br />

who is isolated or needs help. However, you should make sure<br />

you’re the only one joining their bubble.<br />

Can our flat extend our bubble to another flat?<br />

At Alert Level 3 this is not allowed. It would open up the potential<br />

for the virus to spread. Remember, the more people in your bubble,<br />

the greater the risk.<br />

I moved into my parent’s house for the<br />

lockdown. Can I now return to my flat?<br />

You can return to your flat, but you must only move once,<br />

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

or return to your parent’s place multiple times).<br />

Can I visit my girlfriend, boyfriend or partner<br />

at Alert Level 3?<br />

It is okay to re-unite with your partner if you were separated during<br />

Alert Level 4, as long as they are living in the same region as you.<br />

Can I extend my bubble to include a person<br />

that’s in a different suburb or region?<br />

Extending your bubble to someone in another suburb is okay.<br />

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Am I allowed to extend my bubble to someone<br />

I met on Tinder?<br />

At Alert Level 3, you cannot extend your bubble for purely<br />

social reasons.<br />

How big can our bubbles be to still stay safe?<br />

Keeping your bubble exclusive is the best way to keep those in<br />

your household protected. This is especially important if anyone<br />

in your household is elderly or has a medical condition.<br />

How do bubbles work with shared custody<br />

arrangements?<br />

Children can move between bubbles to spend time with<br />

both parents. But only travel where you need to and keep travel<br />

to a minimum.<br />

Can I leave a bubble if I’m unsafe?<br />

If the situation in your bubble is unsafe you can leave your bubble<br />

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