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Foodbank boost to beat Covid­19

By Toni Williams

Boosting the coffers of the district’s

foodbanks on the cusp of winter will

help fill aneed in the community,

says Salvation Army’s community

foodbank co­ordinator Judith


It’s atime when there is increased

demand on the foodbanks, so an

Unlock ‘n’ Restock campaign being

launched by the team at Property

Brokers Ashburton could not come

at abetter time.

Mrs Beaumont said the Salliesrun

foodbank was already quite

active and that was before the

effects of Covid­19 and any jobs

losses or increased financial

pressures on families became


‘‘We are just keeping ahead of it.

We’re certainly not out of it yet,’’

she said.

Covid­19 has impacted on the

community and organisations such

as the Salvation Army, St Vincent

de Paul and Presbyterian Support

are keen to boost their supplies of

canned goods such as pasta, pasta

sauces, noodles, spaghetti, fish,

tomatoes, soup and fruit as well as

other non­perishable items for

people and families in need of


Mrs Beaumont was thankful for

the community spirit of the realtors

and their continued support of the


‘‘I support their insight, they’re

Property Brokers’ Karen McRae, Rachel Curd and Kirsty Clay with some of the product sought to boost the coffers of the district’s

foodbanks in the Unlock nRestock campaign.

team players,’’ she said.

‘‘We just don’t know what’s

ahead, it’s acase of watch this


Property Brokers are no strangers

to helping replenish the community

foodbanks; they are major

supporters of the annual Toot for

Tucker drive, organised by the

Ashburton County Lions.

This mid­year foodbank boost,

which will run until June 5, is

recognised as acommunity need

and one able to be started quickly to

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Future ABs await whistle

By Toni Williams

Rugby mad mini­All­Blacks­intraining

Jesse, Louie and Flynn

Ross cannot wait for rugby

season to kick off again.

The trio have been playing

club age­group rugby for

Collegiate and are champing at

the bit to get on the field again.

The grassroots rugby players,

along with other budding sports

stars, are hoping organisers get

the go ahead on Monday to start

planning training sessions for

their late­starting seasons.

Rugby would usually be at

least amonth into the season but

has been put on the backburner

due to Covid­19; players can not

resume practise until given

government go ahead around

numbers gathering.

Jesse, 10, who wouldn’t mind

being Beauden Barrett when he

is older, has been playing rugby

since he was five, starting with

rippa rugby and progressing

through to tackle rugby. He is a

forward and will play Under 11

and ahalf this year.

Louie, 8, is able to name at

least half of the latest All Black

XV and was due to start his

second year of tackle in the

Under 9s and Flynn, 7, the most

Ninja­like of the three, will play

his final year of rippa rugby in

Under 7s.

The Ross boys come from a

long line of rugby players; their

grandfather Jock was an All

Black and dad Cam played

provincial rugby and is involved

Cam Ross with rugby-mad sons (from left) Jesse, Flynn and Louie, look forward to the return

of grassroots rugby.

in grassroots rugby as assistant

coach to eldest son Jesse’s team.

Cam said although he and the

boys really enjoyed their rugby,

the past few weeks had been

surprisingly good for the family,

who along with mother Melissa

and sister Marlie, 12, got to

spend more time together.

At this time in any other year,

with the boys playing rugby and

Marlie netball, the family would

be heading in four different ways

on aSaturday.

“It’s been good without the

pressure of being acertain place

at acertain time.”

He said while there was no

rugby to play they were doing

other things as afamily, such as

biking along the bike trail.

However, when grassroots rugby

finally gets the go­ahead the

boys will be ready.

“We’ll just roll with it.”

The Government is expected

to give an update on Alert Level

2restrictions on Monday. Rugby

and other community sport are

preparing to return in stages.

Old heads to mentor local businesses

By Linda Clarke

Wise,old businessheads in the

Ashburton Rotary Club are


mentors for Mid Canterbury

businesses struggling to survive


Clubmember and Ashburton

District Council economic

development officer Bevan

Rickerbysaid there was awide

variety of expertise and

experienceinthe club that could

help others.

‘‘I suggestedtomembers they

may wanttouse theirexperience

for abusinesswithin the district

that needed asympathetic ear.

Mentoringisall about

sometimes just listening and

getting the business owner back

on track,especially in these

current tryingtimes.’’

Mr Rickerby said two

membershad alreadyexpressed

interest in being mentors.

‘‘As yet, we have not heard

from any who requirethis style

of help but would suggest that as

our PrimeMinister has talked

about the team of five million,

well nowisthe time whenour

team of experienced business

people can helpour Mid

Canterbury team.’’

The idea of mentoringwas

also raised at the first meeting of

council’s economic recovery


Mr Rickerby said any help in

the Covid­19 recovery period

would be useful.

‘‘I would suggest that

businesses use their own

advisorsfirst off, however there

are other options if they wish to

use them.The reality is that in

these particularly toughtimesall

or any help Iamsurewill be

appreciated by MidCanterbury


MayorNeil Brown said the

firstmeeting of the Covid­19

recovery response group had

beenpositiveand the sector

representatives all keentoassist

as needs were identified.

The groupwas to meet again

this week.

Last week members heard

thatthere was talk in the local

retail sector of businesses

reducing staff and working

hours. Sometourism operators

wererelyingonmore relief from


Thebuilding industry

reported somejobs had been put

off by customersworriedabout

losingtheir jobs, though overall

the industry did not seem to have

beenhit too hard locally.


reported by one vegetable

processor, though there wasa

question overhow to get

unemployedKiwis to the district

to fill them.

The CanterburyChamberof

Commerce hasalso offered

resourcestolocalbusinesses and

has been contracted by the New

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Local news at www.starnews.co.nz Ashburton's The Courier, Thursday May 21, 2020, Page 3

Sophieset forbig­time

By Toni Williams

Basketballer Sophie Adams has the

world at her feet, but first she wants

to finish Year 13.

The Ashburton College student,

named in the reserves of the Under

19 Junior Tall Ferns basketball team,

is weighing up anursing or police


However she could, depending on

opportunities, further her studies

overseas and play college basketball

in countries like Mexico, Canada or

the United States.

It's not something she has to

decide just yet.

Sophie, who stands 1.82m tall,

plays basketball for Under 19

Waitaha (a combined Canterbury/

North Canterbury representative

team), the Under 19 Junior Tall

Ferns and is part of the Mainland

Eagles Basketball Academy, ahigh

performance programme.

Junior Tall Ferns head coach

Hernando Planells describes her as

an assertive forward who loves to

operate from the top of the key and

can attack the basket and rebound.

She was also in the 2020 Alloyfold

Canterbury Wildcats training squad,

since cancelled by Covid­19, and of

course, plays for the Ashburton

College senior girls’ team.

Atypical week includes school

studies, at least two hours of

basketball training aday and fitness,

not to mention travel to Christchurch

for three different teams and work

commitments at Lushingtons Cafe.

Her training, fitness and wellness

is tracked by Basketball New

Zealand with Zoom calls, Facebook

video posts and apps.

Sophie answers arange of

questions on her training activities as

well as wellness attributes like sleep

patterns, motivation levels and

illness or injury.

There is asupport team inspecting

the data and making sure compliance

is kept above 90 per cent, otherwise

there can be team penalties such as

extra training tasks.

Sophie spent lockdown with her

family; parents Michelle and Lewis

and siblings Hayden, 21, and Grace,

18, and has now returned to work

and school.

But lockdown at home surprisingly

meant no basketball hoop, instead it

was time focusing on ball handling

skills, strength and conditioning and

fitness, with 5km runs and 30km bike


She also has alot of study to

prepare for end­of­year exams in

English, chemistry, biology and


While Covid­19 has stopped most

basketball including the Junior Ferns

Four Nations Tour to China in June,

Sophie says secondary school

basketball had not yet been cancelled

and could still go ahead.

Ashburton College basketballer and Under 19 Junior Tall Ferns

reserve Sophie Adams.

Winter heating


This couple enjoy views of Lake Coleridge in the

Mid Canterbury high country on Sunday.

People flock to


By Mick Jensen

Mid Cantabrians took

advantage of the great

weather and the first

weekend of increased

freedom under new level 2

restrictions to get out into

the outdoors at the


Hikers flocked to

popular walking tracks at

Mt Alford, Mt Somers,

Peak Hill and the Rakaia

Gorge Walkway.

Lake Hood was a

popular spot for waterbased

activities like jetskiing

and water­skiing.

The Mt Hutt Bike Park

drew abike crowd of

mountain bike enthusiasts

and jet boats were out on

the Rakaia River.

Department of

Conservation (DOC)

Geraldine operations

manager Duncan Toogood

said he had received

reports from staff and the

public that local tracks

were busy with visitors

enjoying the beautiful

weather and the

opportunity to reconnect

with nature.

‘‘It’s great to hear

people were still keeping

to their group and

maintaining social

distancing in and around

Woolshed Creek track,

Peel Forest tracks and

various other sites in the


Basin,’’ he said.

Alert Level 2meant

more DOC staff were able

to resume field work and

return to offices to deliver

their valuable

conservation work.

DOC facilities were

reopening around the

country, including visitor

centres, huts,

campgrounds and toilets,

with special guidelines for

use, said Mr Toogood.

In the Geraldine

District, DOC rangers

visited campsites and high

use sites last Friday to

prepare them for visitors.

Noticeboards were

installed at road ends and

car parks to remind visitors

about the level 2

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maintain social distancing,

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Sunshine brings

hint of optimism

Ashburton had aweirdly

public holiday feel at the

weekend, as people took

advantage of winter

sunshine to play, shop

and even ski on Lake


Some hairdressers

opened on Sunday to

clear backlogs of

lockdown bangs, while

other retailers also

chanced their arm on the

main street.

While kids got back to

school this week, adults

are contemplating new

working norms or, sadly,

no work at all.

Our business owners

have not sat still either,

pivoting their businesses

and services ­doing

whatever it takes, as our

district slogan once

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and dying.

The farmers complained but nothing happened.

Then ayoung keen lawyer decided to take theTeflon

factorytotaskand tryand get some compensation

for the farmers. But the company was making

billions and could easily pay out hundreds for the

farmers and then keep on doing what they do.

When it was discovered that the factory workers

were dying ofcancer and any babies born were

oftendeformed in some waythe wider effects were


And todayTeflon particles are inwaters all around

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People have been

genuinely pleased to

expand their territory, to

catch up with friends and

whanau. Many are

cautiously keeping their

reunions to the outdoors

and heading to

playgrounds or trails and

bike parks.

Mid Canterbury

industry leaders also seem

to have ahandle on issues

in our patch and are poised

to meet the challenges

ahead ­the way might not

be clear at the moment,

but one thing is certain.

We will need people to be

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will need to attract

jobseekers who want to

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Students back for riblets

By Mick Jensen

The familiar queues have

returned and favourite foods

like pork riblets and sushi are

back on the menu in the

Ashburton College canteen.

The canteen reopened on

Monday after anear eightweek


It was amore relaxed day

than usual on Monday for

canteen manager Kelven

Hastie and long­term staff

member Jo Keen with just Year

9and Year 13 students back.

The rest of the school

returned on Tuesday, as near

normality returned to the


Kelven said there had been a

lot of cleaning prior to the

restart, but it was all systems go


Morning tea break ran from

11am until 11.20am and lunch

for 45 minutes from 1.20pm.

Both times were busy and

over the course of the day some

300 to 400 orders were taken.

The canteen is popular with

students and some staff, he


Nine students are rostered to

lend ahand in the canteen and

paid each term in alump sum

Preparing to reopen the Ashburton College canteen were (from left) Kelven Hastie, Year 13

student helpers Lachlan Kingan and Ronan Kenny with Jo Keen.

for their time.

Jo said sushi and pork riblets

were among some of the big

favourites and every day there

were arange of affordable

specials on offer for lunch.

Pita pockets, soup and

noodles were all menu staples.

Hot food was more popular

in the winter and all cold drinks

were sugar free, she said.

Friday was pie day and

students typically snapped up

between 200 and 300 on the


Jo said she loved the

interaction with the students.

‘‘The vast majority are polite

and well behaved and if they’re

not, they go to the back of the


New drug funded for tennis coach

By Mick Jensen

Andre Van Rooyen is on cloud

nine after hearing that

pharmaceutical company Pfizer

will fund his cancer treatment


The former Mid Canterbury

tennis coach was diagnosed with

Stage 4lung cancer in May last

year and for the past 11 months

has been using anti­cancer drug


The drug costs $10,000 per

month and is not funded.

Mr Van Rooyen said he and

his family was overjoyed when

his oncologist passed on the

news that Pfizer had decided to

fund the drug on compassionate


He was so grateful because

the drug was working for him.

‘‘My bloods for the last few

months have been coming back

with some great results and near


All smiles: Debbie and Andre Van Rooyen.

‘‘I can breathe more easily

again, quite literally, which is just


Mr Van Rooyen said all his

prayers had been answered with

the news.

He was grateful to the support

of family, friends, the tennis

community and the wider

community, including Rangitata

MP Andrew Falloon.

Community donations

towards treatment had reached

$60,000 and he and his family

had funded $50,000.

‘‘It’s been ajourney of

perseverance over the last 11


‘‘We’ve asked Pfizer on a

number occasions to help fund

the drug and now they’ve agreed

to do it.

‘‘As my oncologist says, if you

don’t ask, you don’t get.’’

He said the news was abig

relief, mentally, physically and

financially, and he was ‘‘on top of

the world.’’

Mr Van Rooyen will take a

newer generation of the drug

that has been helping him beat

his rare form of lung cancer.

Regular updates of his

progress will be passed back to

the drug company.

Court action over building settled

The AshburtonDistrictCouncil

and parties involvedinthe

designand construction of the

Ashburton ArtGallery and

Heritage Centre have reached a

confidential settlement over

remedial work on the building.

Council confirmed ongoing

litigation arising fromthe project

has been resolved and council

couldnow complete the

necessary worksrelatingtothe

building and mechanical


It is working with relevant

experts to resolve the

condensationand circulation

problems that haveplaguedthe

building since it openedin2015.

In February thatyear the

ground­floormuseum opened,

but the art gallery did not open

until May because of air


Climate and temperature

controliskey in preserving

collections in the building.

Issueswith the building

continued and councileventually

tookthe parties involved in the

design and construction to court.

Chief executive Hamish Riach

said council wantedto

acknowledge Bradford Building

Limited, the headcontractoron

the originalconstruction project,

for its response to the litigation.

‘‘The council appreciates that


beeninstrumental in helping

secure aresolution with other

parties involvedinthis


Council and the local

company will seek to maintain

their establishedworking

relationship for the building, and

others they are jointly involved


Mr Riachsaid both hoped that

residents and visitors to the

districtwould continue to enjoy

the facility.

Council outlined remedial

workinMarch. The southern

exteriorwall was to be painted

and sealedfirst.

Intermittentwater leaks had

occurred in the buildingduring

extremeweather and the air

conditioning system was also not

working as expected.

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membrane, installingnew

heatingand ventilation

equipment, includingthe

installation of buffertanks.

The building was several

milliondollars over budgetwhen

completed at the end of 2014,

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Regent Cinema co-owner Donna Favelbehind the counter.

Movies on the comeback

By Mick Jensen

Films are back on the big screen at

Ashburton’s Regent Cinema.

The cinema was closed during

lockdown, but reopened under

Alert Level 2for business last week.

Owner David Favelsaid therewas

ashortened programme of films

being offeredand moretime

between sessions, but people could

once againget their cinema fix.

Maximum numbers of 100 were

allowed in the cinema, although, for

now, he was looking to keep that at


Customers received ashort

briefing when they arrived, but most

had agood understanding of what

needed to happen at the venue.

Mr Favelsaid the cinema had

operated under level2for two days

previously. Customers needed to

sign in, sanitiser was providedand

each screening was effectively in its

own bubble.

He said there had been no cinema

revenue for seven weeks, but he had

been happy with the way the

government had supported


‘‘It’sbeen anecessary hardship

for the last few weeks and now we’re

looking for numbers and revenue to

startpicking up again.’’

Mr Favel said there would be no

blockbusters released until July, but

smaller movieslike IStill Believe

and For Sama wouldhelpfill the


Anticipated films like Peter

Rabbit and the next James Bond

movie would not be on the big

screenuntil November.

‘‘I’m hoping there is still going to

be the usual school holidaysinJuly

because that’s our harvest and a

busy couple of weeks for us.’’

Mr Favel encouragedpeople to

‘‘renewtheir love of movies’’ and to

returntowatch them at the Regent.

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Hairdressers flat out

trimming backlog

The queues were long and the

clippers and scissors were flat out at

Belinda Smith’s Ashburton barber

shop when new Alert Level 2

restrictions kicked in.

On day one last Thursday, there

was aconstant line of men and boys

keen to get ahaircut at B’s Barber

Shop on Havelock Street.

Ms Smith said it had been one of

the busiest days in her hairdressing

career, which spanned 28 years.

The day had flown by, as had the

next day.

‘‘It’s been like the very busy week

before Christmas, but on abigger

scale even than that.

‘‘We went from doing nothing for

seven weeks to being flat out ­but it’s

so good to be back,’’ she said.

Customers had been very chatty

and grateful for their overdue


They had also been respectful of

the rules in place, Ms Smith said.

This week had also started with

queues outside and ‘‘no gaps in the


Other hairdressers around the

district have also been flat out with

customer backlogs.

Marc Auwerda from Mac &

Maggies said he had been flat out

every day since level 2restrictions

had come in.

There was plenty of catch up to be

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One of the really remarkable

things to come out of our

country’s response to Covid­19

that I’ve really admired has been

the way everyone has worked

together to get through. We’ve

often heard the reference about

our team of five million, and for

the vast majority it appears we

are doing everything we can to

protect each other, which is

fantastic to see.

Your council too has been

working to provide acohesive

and encompassing recovery

response, and we continue to

adapt as the situation rapidly

evolves to better support our


When the Alert Level 4was

announced two months ago, our

Civil Defence team jumped into

action to provide urgent welfare

support for our most vulnerable

residents. The team is still

operating, with calls from the

community coming in and being

handled as necessary.

Staff have also been assisting

other community initiatives such

as delivering meals on wheels,

grocery and pharmacy shopping

for vulnerable citizens,

telephoning anumber of over­70s

across Canterbury to check they

were doing okay, and helping to

keep the Covid­19 testing facility

clean at the Ashburton Hospital.

With economic unease

predicted in the months ahead,

councillors voted to decrease the

Ashburton District Council comment

CEO Hamish Riach

proposed rates increase for the

2020/21 year from 4.88 per cent,

to 2.5 per cent to ease that

financial burden. They also

approved anew measure that

allows people experiencing

hardship to avoid alate penalty

fee on their rates bill, even if

they’ve already received this

assistance in the last 24 months.

Importantly, the council has

established aCovid­19 Economic

Recovery Advisory Group with

representatives from the diverse

business sectors across the

district. The group is tasked with

sharing information, ideas and

initiatives to support the district

through the pandemic and

transitioning back to astrong and

functioning local economy.

One initiative I’m sure you’ll

have seen is the Mid Canterbury

Open for Business campaign

MidCanOpenForBiz.nz. We

developed this campaign to

encourage everyone to shop local

wherever possible for the benefit

of our community.

Hundreds of businesses have

already registered on the free

online business directory, helping

you to learn who is open and what

they’re offering. Let’s continue to

aid our own recovery by backing

our local businesses and helping

them to stay open and provide


Key infrastructure projects are

continuing to be progressed that

will future­proof our district and

support growth in the short and

mid­term recovery phase. These

include the Ashburton CBD

Streetscape Revitalisation,

Rakaia Salmon site upgrades and

the Ashburton River Crossing

and Pump Station project.

All of these measures are

designed to address the range of

supports required throughout the

Covid­19 pandemic and further

on into our recovery. As the

Prime Minister points out, we are

alarge team all working towards

acommon goal, and your council

is playing its part too to help us

get there.

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Art gallery manager Shirin Khosraviani and assistant Nicole Bourke prepare to hang this black and white film

print and gold foil work called Identification by Jessica Gavin in the The Creators’ Room exhibition.

Topsecondary school artonshow

By Mick Jensen

Ashburton Art Gallery reopened its

doors on Monday for the community

to be able to enjoy art again.

Three exhibitions are on display,

including anew one called The

Creators’ Room.

The Creators’ Room is an awards

exhibition featuring art from senior

Canterbury high school students.

From over 2000 entries, the

exhibition showcases the work of the

top 15 visual artists and atotal of 20


Prints of the impressive artworks are

being sold at the gallery, with proceeds

going to the young artists themselves.

The exhibition runs until June 14.

The Zonta Ashburton Female Art

Awards exhibition and Melissa

Macleod’s solo exhibition The

Trappings of Ghosts, both of which

opened prior to lockdown, are also on

display until the end of May.

Art gallery manager Shirin

Khosraviani said staff were excited to

be open and very happy to be

welcoming back visitors. Visitors

needed to sign in at the ground floor

entrance and stick to physical

distancing rules, but otherwise they

could enjoy their art fix again.

She said not all galleries were

reopening yet, but Ashburton was a

smaller region and very lucky to have a

spacious facility.

Ms Khosraviani said the gallery had

stayed connected with the community

during lockdown through its website

and Facebook page.

Copies of artworks from the

gallery’s collection were regularly

featured in local papers to remind

people that art was nearby, and that

these pieces and the collection, in

effect, were owned by the community.

She said the young members of the

gallery’s Jub Jub Club had received art

packs to enable them to continue their

love of art and to keep busy during


Two new exhibitions, both opening

on June 11, will feature the work of

Ashburton­raised fine arts graduate

Ben Lysaght and printmaker Anthony


Social recovery

now on agenda

The district’s socialrecovery

from Covid­19 is in goodhands,

underaSafe Communities

umbrella group whose members

already worktogether to share

skills and information to keep us


Safe Communities Ashburton

has 27 member groups,from

ACC and Age Concernto

health, educationand

emergency operators.

Ashburton District

Councillors havedecided they

don’tneed to set up their own

socialrecovery group to mirror

the economic recovery advisory

groupestablished recently.

Council will have deputy

mayorLiz McMillan on the Safe

Communities umbrellagroup, as

well as council’s welcoming

communities advisor and Civil

Defence manager.

Safe Communities,set up

underSafer Mid Canterbury, is

all aboutcommunity safety.The

groupaims to reduce injury and

crimeand buildstrong

communities, by combining its

skills and resources and

responding to specific safety


Council chiefexecutive

Hamish Riach said astaff report

on socialrecovery post­covid

pointed out benefits of alocal

grouptoconsider socialissues in

responsetothe pandemic and

impact of the lockdown.

Safe Communities was

already in that space, he said.

Amore formalcouncil plan

could stillfollow though, if


‘‘We don’tknow the extentof

the needinour districtyet.’’

Mr Riach said the end of the

wage subsidy for some

businessesmight generatemore

welfare needs though

Ashburton’s agricultural­based

economy might shield others.

Ms McMillan said other Safe

Communities co­ordinators

around the country were already

talking about strategic responses

to the impactofCovid­19 on

their communities.Each

community was different.

Safe Communities member

groups are:ACC,Age Concern,

Ara Polytechnic, Ashburton

College,Ashburton Community

Alcohol and Drug Service,

Ashburton DistrictCouncil,

Ashburton Town Watch, CCS

Disability Action, Department

of Corrections, ExperienceMid

Canterbury, Fire and

Emergency,Hakatere Marae,

Mid Canterbury Principals’

Association, Ministers’

Association, Neighbourhood

Support, Oranga Tamariki,

Police, Presbyterian Support,

Rakaia Community Association,

RuralCanterburyPHO, Rural

Support Trust,Rural Women,

Safer Ashburton, Sport

Canterbury, St John,Work and

Income/MSD andYMCA.

Page 8, Ashburton's The Courier, Thursday May 21, 2020

Banter back for golfing buddies

Golfing buddies, separated from

their course and each other for the

past eight weeks, made the most of

sunshine and Alert Level 2

restrictions at the weekend to

return to the Ashburton Golf Club’s

regular Saturday play.

There were happy greetings and

plenty of banter about grey

whiskers and the unhealthy

consumption of scones since their

last rounds together.

Teeing off at 12pm were Paddy

Bradford, Gaby Jansen, Adrian

Hopwood and Perry Hunt. The

latter three have played golf

together for the past 25 years, and

welcomed Paddy to the fold when

he emigrated from the UK 17 years


They have enjoyed many rounds

since, as well as annual golfing

holidays to destinations like Napier,

Auckland and Dunedin. Atrip to

Australia in August may yet be

affected by Covid­19 if atrans­

Tasman bubble is not operational.

They say they missed golf and

each other while the sport was off

the table during Covid­19


Paddy, past club captain at the

Ashburton club, said he had been

looking forward to getting on the

tee on Saturday.

‘‘I had agreat first drive, then

shanked the second out of bounds

to ruin the first hole.

‘‘Then Ihad agreat drive down

number two and shanked the

second. So after 15 minutes of play,

the first ‘for goodness sake, what

am Idoing here’ comes out.

United again at the Ashburton Golf Club were (from left) Adrian Hopwood, Gaby Jansen, Paddy

Bradford and Perry Hunt.

‘‘Then after apar on hole

number four, the universe was in

balance and all was great in the

world again.’’

Paddy said he had missed the up

and down emotions of the game.



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He said the golfing gods had a

way of ensuring everyone had great

days and not­so­great days, and

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‘‘Roll on next week.’’

NZ tracing

app released

by ministry

The Government's new Covid­19 tracing

app was released this week.

Once signed in, users are able to scan

QR codes at businesses, public buildings

and other organisations to track where

they have been for contracttracing


From there, people can see their ‘‘checkin’’


People can also register their contact

information so the National Close Contact

Service can get in touch if it needsto.

Director general of health Ashley

Bloomfield said the app would help

identify, trace and isolate cases and close

contacts to prevent further spread of


As for what happens to people's privacy

and data, the app lets the user control their


‘‘Any information you decidetorecord

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‘‘It's your choice whether you share any

of this information with contact tracers,

and any information you do share will be

used only for public health purposes and

never for enforcement.

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will be updated over time as new features

are developed. In the next release, NZ

Covid Tracer will be able to notify you if

you have been at the same location at the

same time as someonewho has Covid­19

and will allow you to send your digital diary

directly to theNational Close Contact


People would also be able to self­report

any Covid­19 symptoms so they couldbe

tested for the virus if appropriate and

complete adaily healthcheck­in through

the app if in isolation.

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Festival off

Mid Canterbury school choirs will

not perform at the long­running

Heartland Music Festival. The

annual festivalusually features a

dozen or more school choirs as

wellasarepresentative choir and

is held in June.

Recycle right

Hakatere Multi Cultural

Council has been showingpeople

how to recycleand reuse theright

way through webinars onits

Facebook page and YouTube

channel. Thewebinars feature

Lesley Otteyfrom Eco Educate

and offer aclear picture of what

can and can’t be recycled and

reused. As secondwebinar offers

helpful tips on effective

composting and aguidetoworm

farming. Hakatere Multi Cultural

Council has afuture webinar

planned on winterenergy saving

tips and fire safety, andtonight has

aZoommeeting at 6.30pm on

Maori cultural awareness.

School trip

An Ashburton Collegescience

trip due to head to Indonesia in

July has been postponed. The trip

was nearly fullypaid up and the

organisationresponsible for

organising had rolled the booking

overfor 12 months, said college

principal Ross Preece.Seven

studentswere scheduled to travel

to Indonesia on atrip led by


organisationthe Wallacea

Foundation.Volunteers, suchas

the students, join real science

projects and contribute to realworld

research programmes

alongsideacademic researchers.

Frosty starts

Frostywake­ups this week have

beencourtesy of apersistent ridge

of highpressure over New

Zealand. The MetService

recorded aminimumtemperature

of ­3.1 degrees Celcius at the

AshburtonAirport on Monday,

one of several frosts during the

week. Meteorologist Tahlia

Crabtreesaid the ridge was

stopping any significant rain

reaching NewZealand. ‘‘It might

be the time to unearth winter

woolliesfor your morning

commute if you haven't already,’’

she said.

Visitor hours

Ashburton Hospitalhas

updatedits visitor policy under

Alert Level 2. Patientsare allowed

one visitoratatime but morethan

one personisable to visit during

the day.One support person per

outpatient is allowed,and one

support personisalso allowed to

accompany someonetothe

AshburtonAcute Assessment

Unit. Nurse managers canassess

requests on acase­by­case basis

and make exceptions.

Charges laid

Chargesof dangerous driving

causing death,dangerous driving

causing injury and driving without

the appropriate licence have been

laid against a19­year­oldman in

relationtoafatalcrash on Summit

RoadinChristchurch last

Novemberthat claimed the lives of

two Ashburton sisters.The man is

to appear in the Christchurch

District Court on May 28.

Funeral attendance

number rise praised

The Government’s decision to

backtrack on funeral and tangihanga

restrictions has been welcomed by

Ashburtonfuneral directors.

Jo Metcalffrom Memory Funerals

said the decision to allowupto50

peopleataceremony duringAlertLevel

2was the rightdecision for now.

It was good for client families and

would help with the pain and difficulty

they facedduring thesedifficult times.

Havingupto50people at afuneral

would allowfamilies to have amore

meaningful farewell.

Earlier level 2restrictions allowing

only 10 people hadrightlyresulted in

publiccriticismand pressure to

reconsider, Ms Metcalfsaid.

Maximum numbers also includedthe

attendance of the funeral directorand

the likesofcelebrants, videographers

and others working at the funeral.

Ms Metcalf said funeral directors

would have to obtain dispensation from

the Ministry of Health to allowupto50

peopletoattend services and arange of

defined public health measures had to

be met.

Those measures includedphysical

distancing,contacttracing processes, as

well as no food and drink congregations


Those attending funerals usually

filledinamemorialtribute book and

would now also have to complete a

secondregisterfor contact tracing


She expectedthe maximum numbers

allowed at funerals to increasefurther

under level 2.

Ms Metcalf said anumber of her

clients intended holding future

memorial services whenthere was no

Memory Funerals director Jo


restriction on numbers, but those

services could still be monthsaway.

Paterson’s Funeral Services manager

BarryHayman said lockdown had been

hard on clientfamilies, who had had to

restrict numbers at funerals to meet the


Part of thegrieving process was

having afittingfarewell that everyone


Funeral directorshad followed the

guidelines put in place, buthealso

welcomed the recent decision to lift

numbers to 50.

Web streaming had been usedat

some of the funerals he had taken,

which had enabled people to be part of

the service remotely.

Mr Hayman said he expected a

numberofmemorialservices to be held

in the future.




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Signing in to enjoy food and drinks at the Somerset Grocer were friends

Libby Smith and Willa Nicol, both 14.

Cafe rules beingfollowed

New Alert Level 2restrictions are in

place and working at Ashburton eatery

Somerset Grocer.

Like cafes around the country, the

venue is following strict rules around

customer numbers, hygiene and physical


Somerset Grocer owner Mark

Milmine, who runs the popular cafe and

bar with wife Nicky, said systems were in

place and working.

Customers needed to sign in and

returning customers could also scan in

and out by using their mobile phone.

Staff seated customers and tables

were arranged one metre apart, with

orders taken at the tables.

The cabinet food menu was now

displayed on amenu at the tables and all

orders were printed out in the kitchen.

Ascreen had been set up around the

payment till, he said.

‘‘It’s great to have some sort of

normality return to the grocer and we

are grateful for the customer support.

‘‘We’re looking forward now and not


Mr Milmine said he encouraged the

community to support local businesses

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BIRD, Lynley June: Passed

away peacefully on 13th

May 2020 at Ashburton

Hospital, aged 73 years.

Wife of the late Peter.

Loved mother and motherin-law

of Lee and Bryan

Running, Darren and Lisa

Bird. Adored Gram Grams

and grandma of Jordan and

Tayla, Thomas and Amanda,

Zac, Curtis and Alex. Special

LyntoDev and Ashley.

“An extremely brave “Bird”

who fought the fight her way

right till the very end.”

Messages to 14 Aitken

Street Ashburton 7700.

Special thanks to Sonia Frew

for all her tireless help and

loving care of Lyn during

her illness. Acelebration of

Lyn’s life will take place ata





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column. The initial

death notice lodged

by afuneral director

will be listed without

charge. There will

be asmall charge of

$15 for subsequent

notices related to

the same death, up

to a maximum of

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that. The same low

charges apply to

other family notices,

such as engagements,


in memoriam notices

and anniversaries.

Family Notices



(Beagle): Passed away

in Ashburton. Dearly

loved father of Jason

and Andrew (Auckland),

Wikitoria (Papakura) and

Whare (Sydney) and their

families in Ruatoria and

Gisborne. His children

want to sincerely thank

his friends for taking care

of him.

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(Beagle) U759153, RNZIR

LTD: Sadly passed away

at home in Ashburton on

5th May 2020. Cremation

has been held. Wewish

to invite his friends along

to the Ashburton RSA, this

Saturday 1.30pm to pay

their respects. Tom will

be with us. A great mate

to us all. RIP our friend.

Blackie, Grunter, Swampy,

Helen, Gordie Munro,

Hori and Tomes family



BIRD, Ted and Pamela:

The Bird family wish to

thank family and friends

for the many expressions

of sympathy, support and

kindness shown to us with

the sad loss of Mum on

the 6th December and

then Dad on Good Friday,

April 10th. Thank you for

the flowers, baking, cards

and donations to the Blind

Foundation and to all those

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be with us. Special thanks

to Dr Penny Holdaway,

Paterson’s, and the ladies

providing afternoon tea for

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Money rolls in for hospice ride

By Toni Williams

Retired businessman Tony Todd

celebrated his 73rd birthday

yesterday cycling 73km around

Ashburton raising more than

$6800 for Hospice Mid


He was joined by around 25

cycling friends including cycling

stalwarts Paul Wylie and Kenny

Johnston, cycling newcomer

John Catherwood and many

members of Lions Club of


Mr Todd was inspired to

organise the charity ride by UK

war veteran Captain Tom Moore

who did 100 laps of his garden

before his 100th birthday and

raising millions of pounds for the

national health service.

The Covid­19 pandemic has

made fundraising difficult for the

hospice group so Tony chose a

sponsored ride to raise money.

He received lump sum

donations, or sponsorship per

kilometre; with $6823 pledged,

but there were still donations

being received; the Lions Club

announced they would sponsor

their own riders efforts per

kilometre and donate money to

Kenny Johnston, Paul Wylie, Tony Todd and John Catherwood preparing to cycle 73km in

support of Tony's Hospice Mid Canterbury charity ride.

Tony’s ride.

Tony was grateful to the

people supporting the cause;

those with donations and

pledges, tee­shirt sponsorship

from DPI EmbroidMe and to the

cyclists biking alongside him,

including the six or seven riders

doing the full 73km.

Donations in support of

Tony’s 73km ride can still be

made by emailing

manager@hospicemc.nz or

phoning Christine or Lorraine

on 307­8387 or 027­227­8387.

RSA mates ready for catch­up and apint

Members of the Ashburton

RSA are back in their local,

enjoying time socialising over a

pint or two.

It’s been eight weeks of

lockdown but members, with

social distancing and hand

sanitising in place, have


RSA Ashburton president

Merv Brenton had been

looking forward to the return of

members to the RSA and

having achin wag.

He was on site earlier this

week with afew staff and

committee members preparing

for the return today, giving the

bar agood clean and setting up

asign­in table for Covid­19

tracing, ahand sanitiser station,

and spacing tables and chairs,

along with floor signage, to

keep people within one metre

social distancing rules.

RSA member Barry Solway,

aretired carpenter, was also

installing perspex sheeting over

RSA Ashburton president Merv Brenton, barman James Rae and RSA member, and retired

carpenter Barry Solway prepare the bar service area for reopening.

the bar area for added

protection for bar staff.

Mr Brenton said under the

new rules the bar was limited to

100 people, which included

staff, and the courtesy van was

operating but with limited

numbers on board. There was

also just aone­door entry

system so people could sign the

contract tracing book set up at

the entrance to the bar.

RSA sections will not meet

until gathering numbers are

increased by government.

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create jobs, get business moving

and support New Zealanders.

The fund includes atargeted

extension to the wage subsidy to

keep the most affected Kiwis in

work. Right here in Mid

Canterbury this will be especially

welcome as we rebuild and


Our region, with arural

backbone, is in agood spot for

recovery, but this does not mean

that we don’t need support and

investment. Iamhopeful that we

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investment here from Budget

2020’s Shovel­Ready

Infrastructure Programme, and

Labour List MP Jo Luxton

am supporting the proposals that

the Ashburton District Council

has put forward.

The Budget also includes

initiatives to create new jobs,

train people to have the skills

they need for the jobs we have,

and support people to get into

work. This means we’re investing

in major new infrastructure, and

also in projects like boosting the

apprenticeships scheme to

enable people to upskill and

retrain, and partnering with

industry to fill skills gaps in the

workforce. We are backing our

exporters to take full advantage

of New Zealand’s world­leading

brand and reputation, which will

create jobs and lift wages

The Budget is also about

MP Jo Luxton

taking this chance to address

New Zealand’s longterm


If someone’s house gets badly

damaged, they don’t usually

build it back exactly the same.

They rebuild it better.

It’s the same with our

economy. We’re rebuilding it


That’s why we’re building 8000

public houses. This will help the

construction sector get moving

again and get people back into

work, while providing warm, dry

homes for thousands of families.

Now’s the time to create a

New Zealand we’re truly proud

of. Now’s the time to stay safe,

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Sallies shop back open

By Mick Jensen

The Salvation Army Family

Store opensits doors today

after an eight­week closure.

Staff and volunteers have

spent anumber of days

cleaning and preparing for the


Salvation Army Major Mike

Allwright said there would be

fewer items on displaythan

usual,more spacingbetween

clothing racks and some items

in temporary storage.

Visitors would need to sign

in, sticktodistancing rules and

use the sanitiser provided.

He said the family storewas

‘‘a great littlehub’’, not just a

clothing shop, but apoint

where people couldcome

together socially.

People had been missing not

been abletovisit the store, he


‘‘On Monday we had 15

people waiting at the front

door and the phone was

ringing hot.

‘‘We’ve taken our time


to get it right and make it asafe

placefor staff, volunteers and

the public.’’

The Salvation Army

Salvation Army Major Mike Allwright.

continuedtobegrateful for

the donations it received in

store, he said, and also for food

and monetary donations that

were givenbecause peoplesaw

the organisation as doing good

work in the community and as


As acharity, it had taken a

hit throughthe dropinshop

revenue locally, revenue that

helped support the foodbank it


MajorAllwright said the

Salvation Army had run 100

per cent abovenormal levels

for the food parcels it gave out

and continued to support

people referred by Civil

Defence, including migrants,

as well as regularclients.

He said the current tough

situation would likely get

worse for somepeoplebefore

it got better.

Level 2meant more shops

wereopen, morepeoplewere

impulse buyingand would then

have to face the consequences

of thatovershopping later.

Now was stillanervous time

for anumberofbusinessesand

unlike othertough times, such

as the Christchurch

earthquakes, no knight in

shining armour or hero would

emerge from Covid­19.

He said seniors were still


social fear,but overall people

had been sensible and more

generous in theirsocial

interaction overthe past


Art show delayed

The AshburtonSociety

of Arts(ASA)willnot be

holding itsannual

exhibition in July

becauseofthe Covid­19

situation, but its



possibility of hosting it

later in the year.

ASA exhibition coordinatorJen


saidthe society was

checking withsponsors

and lookingatdatesin

Octoberand November

for apossible date.

The annual exhibition

is in its 56thyearand is

the biggest single show at

Ashburton Art Gallery.

Lastyear’s exhibition

attracted morethan 4000

visitors andfeatured

morethan400 art

entries. Theexhibition

usuallyruns for four

weeks in July.




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Mt Hutt opening set for June 12


Mt Hutt skifield will open for the season on

June 12, but will operate for just three days

aweek until July.

From July 1itwill scale up its operation to

five days aweek, including the weekend, if

the weather and conditions allow.

Skifield owner NZSki, which also operates

fields at The Remarkables and Coronet

Peak, has been seeking final clarification on

how it can operate safely under level 2

restrictions and made the announcement

earlier this week.

“At Mt Hutt we tend to get some great

dumps of snow, but that can mean we are

closed because of the weather,’’ said NZSki

chief executive Paul Anderson.

‘‘By planning for the five best weather days

we’ll be able to give our guests more


“We do have the capacity to scale up our

operations across all of our mountains if we

see guest numbers that warrant this as the

season progresses.”

In Queenstown, Coronet Peak will open

for the full season, including night skiing, on

June 26.

The Remarkables will open daily for the

duration of the July school holidays and after

that, at this stage, for weekends only.

The ski industry had been working hard to

demonstrate to the government it can

implement safe operating protocols required

in level 2, Mr Anderson said.

Consider Methven, says board chairman

Methven Community Board chairman Dan

McLaughlin is encouraging anyone wanting

to set up or relocate abusinesstoconsider the

Methven area.

Lockdownhas enabled people to reassess

their lives and their business intentions,he


Methvenhas alot to offer and through the

Ignite Changeproject anumber of

promotional platforms likeFacebook and

Instagram (#methvennz) and the methven.

co.nz websitehad already been set up to help

supportbusinessesand to get the word out

about whatwas happeninginMethven.

Mr McLaughlin said anumber of Kiwis had

also returnedhome during the pandemic and

some might be considering starting new

ventures, or continuing businesses theyhad

been involved with elsewhere.

‘‘I’d love to see people cometoMethven

and doing well here.’’

The Ignite Changeproject wasn’tjust about

tourism,although tourismwas important for

Dan McLaughlin.

the localeconomy, Mr McLaughlin said.

While there was acrossover between

tourism and economic development,

feedback from Methven peoplehad shown

the community wanted the town promoted as

an all­year round destination.

Winter tourism was abig boostfor

accommodationand hospitality providers,

and he welcomed Mt Hutt’s opening next

month, but Methvenhad much more to offer

outside of the skifield season.

There was room for more retailers and new


‘‘The town has been flattish during

lockdown, which hasn’t been too surprising,

but with the kids going back to school and

people having more freedom, things are

picking up again.’’

Mr McLaughlin said community board

meetingswould resume soon.

Board members were happy to chat on or

off the record to people eyeing Methven as a

place to do business.

The township was friendly, hardworking

and supportive and it was not difficult to build


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Eclipse Cross aquiet drive with space

By Bob Nettleton

Launched here in 2017,

the Eclipse Cross

provided some much

needed flair and

excitement to the ageing

Mitsubishi SUV range,

but hasn’t been the high

sales achiever many


Book­ended in the

Mitsubishi SUV range by

acouple of veterans in

the 11­year­old ASX and

Outlander that dates

back to 2018, the Eclipse

is very much the newbie,

and amore modern and

refined vehicle than its

two sidekicks.

However, it faces a

couple of major barriers

in its search for sales

success. One is its

aggressively priced older

sibling the ASX that

continues to defy the


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march of time and the

market pundits, by selling

in big numbers. It still

offers great value for

money and Mitsubishi

have done agood job of

keeping this model fresh

and modern. Another

challenge for the Eclipse

is that it’s more expensive

that many of its rivals.

For instance the entry

level XLS 2WD cost

about $5k more than one

of its closest competitors,

the AWD Subaru XV for


The Eclipse has the

advantage of styling

that’s very much in the

leader not follower camp.

This is avehicle that will

resonate with buyers

seeking an SUV that

looks daringly different.

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Mitsubishi’s Advanced

Dynamic Shield frontal

treatment, while asports

spoiler, 18” alloy wheels,

tasteful chrome accents

and privacy glass all play

their part.

The first step on the

Eclipse Cross model

ladder isn’t cheap with

the $41,690 XLS 2WD

and extra $2k for the

4WD. The latter was the

version provided for this

road test and looks to

offer the best value for

money. At the time of

writing it was an absolute

steal with special pricing

of $34,990. If you prefer a

vehicle with all the luxury

trappings, you will be

instantly drawn to the

VRX costing $45,590 in

2WD form with a$2k

premium for the AWD


All models are

powered with reasonable

gusto by a112kw 1.5Litre

Direct Injection Turbo

engine. This is asolid

rather than spectacular

performer with ample

thrust provided by a

healthy 254Nm of torque.

Small yet highly

energized turbo petrol’s

such as this one are

occupying more engine

bays than ever in the

compact urban SUV

class. They show less is


definitely more,

producing similar power

outputs to some 2.0 litre

naturally aspirated

motors, eclipsing them in

the case of this model, for

fuel economy and


What really impresses

with this new Mitsubishi

engine is its smooth

linear power delivery and

low noise levels even

when pressed hard.

There are some

irritations, such as the

occasional flat spot under

full throttle from

standing starts, and a

tailing off in the engine

beyond the 5000rpm

mark. The motor has an

ideal gear­changing

buddy in the form of an

8­speed CVT (Constant

Variable Transmission)

system with Sports Mode,

and Step Shift Control

for more direct


By compact urban

SUV standards,

passenger space is better

than most, but it could

have been acontender

for best in class atad

more rear headroom.

There’s plenty to like

about the modern look

and feel of the cabin.

The centre console

blends almost seamlessly

with the dash, while the

controls and instruments

are all within easy reach

or view of the driver.

Mitsubishi’s revised

Smartphone link Display

Audio (SDA) interface is

neatly integrated with the

new Touchpad

Commander function.

Unique to the Eclipse

Cross, it makes it ever so

easy to operate the SDA

via an easy­to­use


Iwould like to say the

elevated driving position

provided great all­round

visibility. Generally it

does, except the rear vista

is poor because of asplit

rear glass tail gate that

gives aless than

panoramic view of

following traffic,

especially in poor

weather conditions.

The Eclipse doesn’t

live in the shadow of its

competitors when it

comes to safety. It’s

equipped with some of

the best safety technology

available in its price

range. Afew highlights

from an extensive list of

standard safety

equipment, is Forward

Collision Mitigation with


laser and camera, Lane

Departure Warning and

Auto High Beam. This

system automatically dips

the lights for the driver

when on­coming traffic is

approaching, releasing

them from having to

manually dip them, one

of the most tedious of

night driving tasks.

The AWD system

fitted to the test vehicle

has the flexibility of three

modes: Normal which

delivers the added

security of 4WD traction

in every day driving,

Snow for greater stability

on slippery roads, while

Gravel mode gives

additional traction for

off­roading. Exactly how

far you can wander away

from sealed roads, is

dictated by vehicles

modest ground clearance

not its proven AWD


Fully independent

suspension is capable

enough, but there is more

body lean than Iexpected

during brisker driving

over undulating terrain.

AWD delivers that extra

bit of grip when its

needed compared to the

2WD version. Yet

another reason to pay the

modest $2k premium for

AWD, because you never

know when you will need

it with our changeable

roads and weather.

An area where there is

scope for further

improvement is the

steering. This feels to

light and lacking in road

feel, to deliver atop shelf

driving experience to give

the Eclipse agenuine

point of difference over

its competitors. Abit of a

missed opportunity that

could have helped put

this model on the

compact urban SUV map

in this country.

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6, Handling 6,

Build Quality 7, Comfort

7, Space 6, Fuel Economy;

Rightcar website

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Value for money 6 and

Safety, 5 Star ANCAP

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Crossover Subaru XV sits tall

By Ross Kiddie

There’s no doubt sales in the new

car market will sufferthis year as

the effects of the Covid­19

pandemic, the lockdown, and the

associated financialramifications

hit home.

We will certainlysee some

restructuring by the big distributors

and those that are niche market

operatorswill be working with slim


One company I’m not worried

aboutisSubaru NZ. Its operation

is lean and mean, and those who

work within the brand are smart

operators. Plus, it has awell­proven

product line­upthat is fresh

throughout, and all modelsutilise

the symmetrical four­wheel­drive

system which is effectively Subaru’s


One of the models Iparticularly

have an affinity with is the XV, a

car whichIencouraged one of my

work colleagues to buy ayear or

two back.

The XV isn’t big but it is big on

styleand performance.Itlandsat

$36,490 in base model (Sport)

form,anextra $5k will get you into

the top­gradePremium whichgets

all the cool stuff such as keyless

entryand ignition, leather trim,

heated seats,Apple Car Play and

Android Auto,sat nav and sunroof.

I’d far prefer the entry­level

model, it stacks up as the most

desirable,itisjust as competent as

the Premium and it doesn’t miss

out on much,iteven gets Subaru’s

clever Eyesight computer­guided

safety technologywhich

contributes to an easy Australasian

New Car Assessment Program fivestar


The XV is described by Subaru

as acrossover vehicle. It’snot your

traditionalsportutilityvehicle, but

more of astation wagon on

steroids, simply because it is

Impreza hatchback­based.

It has definite cross­country

potential thankstoground

clearance thatisraised to 220mm;

that being the case, it challenges

the orthodoxSUV, and with

technology such as X­mode

traction systemitisadefiniteoffroad

vehicle. X­mode is acomplex

array of management programs

which enhancecontroland stability

on loosesurfaces, it alsoworks in

conjunction with hilldescent

control. The entire four­wheeldrive

system is there to provide grip

in the trickiest of situations.

That is the essence of the

symmetrical drive system in the

first instance, griponall surfaces is

enhanced, and even in dry

conditions you can feel the benefit

of power to all corners. The

Imprezaasaseries has confident

dry road handling manners, the XV

can be pushed hardinto acorner

and it will respond with much


Even thoughitsits tall(1.6m) to

providethe ground clearanceI

mentioned earlier, alow centreof

gravity and clever suspension

engineering clamps down on body

movement, the XV’s handling is

quite unrealistic, it’s no

exaggeration to say it is athletic and


Under the bonnetsits a

horizontally­opposed engine of

1995cc, it drivesthrough asmooth


transmission that has aseven­step,

paddle­shift function. The engineis

aquad­camshaft unit, and even

though it has been Subaru’s go­to

design for many yearsitisvery

much state­of­the­art thanks to

continual refinement.

The engineisrated with115kW

of power (6000rpm), and 196Nm of

torque available at 4000rpm.The

way the engine works through CVT

is uninhibited, and it is dynamic in

the respect that it pullshappilyno

matter what point the engine

revolutions are operatingat.

Response to throttle request is

decisive, the power comes in freely

withoutstrain nor much soundin

total. If you listen hard you can

detect the harmonicswhich

accompany the boxer engine

design,but it is well isolatedand far

from intrusive.

The engineisfree­revvingand

responsive, but the beauty of the

flat­four engineisits ability to work

low down, and with the inclusionof

CVT it quickly settles into alow

revving pattern.

Against the stopwatch the XV

will launch to 100km/h from a

standstill in 9.6sec, and will make

120km/h from80km/hin5.8sec.

Theseare satisfactory figureswhich

will give peace of mind, especially

for ahighway overtake.

Subaru claims aseven­litreper

100kmcombined cycle fuel usage

average; development work on the

boxerenginetokeep it fuelfriendlyhas

beenongoing,and that

certainly showed during my testing


At 100km/hitsips fuelatthe rate

of just5l/100km with the engine

turning overslowly at just1550rpm.

When Itook the test car backtothe

dealership the averagewas showing

7.7l/100km, which Ithought was

most impressive.

For 2020,the XV certainly hasn’t

lost any of its X­factor,itisa

stunning looker with chunky, bold

and almost aggressive styling. It has

an in­your­face wheel designwhich

promotes acan­do look,and it has

awilful drivingfeel.

One would hope that by the time

the winterski season is in fullforce,

New Zealandwill have beaten

coronavirus. The XV is the perfect

car for the skifield access road,

Subaru as an entire brand is well

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The XV is also the functional,

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Crop walks, cuppas for rep Nicola

By Toni Williams

An arable seed representative

becomes an extended member of an

arable farming family, says PGG

Wrightson’s Nicola Lee.

‘‘You know the kids and the wives,

their kids go to school with your kids

and they end up becoming like


Ms Lee is an arable seed

representative based in Methven.

It’s arole she enjoys as achance to

connect with arable farmers in her

community and walk their fields

offering advice and enjoying acuppa

now and then.

It also offers great work/life

balance ­whether it’s the social

aspect or the flexibility for raising a

child; she is mother to three­year­old


‘‘I am amother, atrader, a

negotiator, acounsellor, abaker, a

friend and then after all that an

agronomist …and that’s all in just a


Ms Lee grew up in Leeston on a

small lifestyle block with horses,

which she admits took up much of

her childhood

‘‘Growing up, we spent most

weekends competing at horse shows

all over New Zealand.’’

At 17, she applied to join the New

Zealand Army, but did not get in due

to asthma so opted to study at

Lincoln University where she did a

Bachelor of Agricultural Science.

‘‘Like many of my friends, Ihad no

idea what Iwanted to do (out of high

school). During my time at Lincoln, I

found apassion for plant science,

and Iwas lucky enough to get ajob

at Kimihia Research Centre which

lead me to where Iamtoday.’’

Through her work at PGW, she

also gets offered alot of in­field job

training, with an industry­leading

support network for when times get


She successfully juggles

motherhood and work but jokes the

most stressful time of the day can be

getting Harper ready for preschool.

Atypical work day involves grower

visits to sort rotations, which could

mean three to 10 farm visits aday,

depending on the time of year and

what needs to be discussed.

‘‘Farm visits often involve acup of

tea and some home baking (but not

at the moment) and then off to the

fields with the farmer.

‘‘I like to go with my farmers to

visit paddocks so we can discuss the

options and make adecision straight


‘‘My favourite thing has to be the

people. Ihave found you become an

extended member of the family; you

know the kids and the wives, their

kids go to school with your kids and

they end up becoming like family.

The team Iwork with is also what

drives me ­Ihave areally great boss

and team around me for support.’’

Meeting arable women on farm is

an inspiration.

‘‘They are the absolute backbone

of the industry but also the quiet


‘‘They work hard whether it be on

the farm, doing the books, organising

their partners/ husbands,

maintaining the household, or caring

for the children ­whatever role they

are doing, they are an absolute

inspiration,’’ she said.

‘‘The hardest part of my role

would be when harvest isn’t going

well ­instead of visiting one farmer

who might be disappointed, you may

end up visiting five farmers who are

all feeling the same and it can be

personally hard for their moods not

to impact me.’’

She said the arable sector faces a

few challenges including Farm

Environmental Plans, government

legislation, managing chemical

resistance and reducing chemical use

and burning, all the while still being

expected to increase yields and feed

the world.

The past few weeks Covid­19 has

seen Ms Lee work from home rather

than at the office and she has had to

walk paddocks alone.

She did have plans to attend the

International Herbage Seed

Conference in Serbia next year, but

due to Covid­19, it is unknown if it

will happen.

Ms Lee has just bought ahouse

and said weekends involve

renovating and entertaining her


She also plays social netball and

goes to the gym.

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‘Stockwater should stay in the Ashburton River’

By Linda Clarke

Ashburton district councillor Angus

McKay wants counciltoclose its

stockwatertakesonthe Ashburton

Rivertohelp improve flows in the

over­allocated river.

He says this would help raise the

minimum flow in the river to its 6

cumec targetand avoidthe need for

council to install expensivefish

screens at the take sites.

Council is slowly closing down

stockwaterraces in the districtand

accessingpiped irrigation networks

and other alternatives to provide

stockwater to those who needit.

Cr McKay saidfish screens were

proposed under council’s longterm

plan at two majorintakesinthe

Ashburton River.

‘‘They are costlytodo. Ithink they

shouldnot be erected.

‘‘I thinkitwould be betterfor the

water to stay in the river.’’

Councillorsdiscussed water issues

with Ashburton WaterZone

Committee chair Bill Thomas


Mr Thomassaid it wouldbenefit

the river if council’s consented

stockwater take stayed in it and did

not end up in an irrigation scheme.

He saiditwas abig targetto

improve mean flowsto6cumecs by


‘‘Every bit will help.’’

The riveriscurrentlyrunning at

about 9cumecsatState Highway1.It

comes under pressure in the warmer

monthswhen farmers use their

consented takes to irrigate cropsand


All water takeconsents on the

river are undercurrently under

review,aspart of amajor job by

Environment Canterbury.

Farmers havebeen encouraged to

swap surface water takesfor

groundwater where appropriate or

access more expensive water from

irrigation schemes.

Ten of the 90 or so consents up for

review were granted last December

and 77 are still underreview. Fiftyseven

consent­holders havebanded

togetheraspart of the Ashburton

River Irrigators Associationtowork

through the complexitiesofthe

review. It is fearedsome will miss out

on wateraltogether.

Ecan has employed afarm advisor

to analyse the economicimpact of

reducing their existing water­takes.

Regional planningmanager

AndrewParrish saidhewas happy

withthe progress beingmade but

somework had not been able to

happen because of Covid­19.

‘‘Covid­19has affected almost

every aspectofpeople’s lives, but

we’re confident thatitwon’taffect

our abilitytoimplement the

minimum flow regimewithinour

expected timeline.

‘‘Abstractors willbelookingata

number of options for accessing

water. We are offeringsupport to all

consent­holders as they decide what

actionsthey will take.’’



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Hospice supports clients

with remote counselling

Hospice Mid Canterbury is

continuing remote counselling

with its clients under Alert Level


No other therapies are

recommencing at this stage,

though some volunteer services

where remote contact is not

possible, like biography writing

and sitting, can happen if physical

distancing and sanitising

requirements are met.

The hospice shop is open


Hospice Awareness Week also

hasn’t quite turned out as

planned, though acouple of

activities are keeping the

organisation in the headlines in

Mid Canterbury. Hospice Mid

Canterbury ambassador Tony

Todd biked 73km on his 73rd

birthday yesterday to raise

donations and sponsorship, and

others have been baking up a

storm in an online cake

decorating contest. It was for

under 15s and adults; the adult

winner Maria Rossetti for her

race­themed birthday cake and

the under 15 winner was Ruby

Bartlett, aged 10, for her Easter


Both winners received $50

New World vouchers, sponsored

by Winsford Family Trust.

Barbara Redmond is one of

the volunteers on the hospice

fundraising sub­committee and

was been instrumental getting the

retail shop up and running. She

has been married to Barry for 46

years and worked in the family

One of the winning cakes in

the online cake decorating

contest, and, right, Barbara


business at The China Shop for

26 years before retiring four years

ago; her experience was put to

good use after being encouraged

to join the fundraising group by

Rodger Bradford.

Her favourite fundraiser was

the Christmas Experience last

December, which raised $20,000.

Seven local homes, dressed

especially for the festive season,

were opened up to ticket­holders

for an exclusive event. She said

the fundraising committee was an

energetic and positive group, and

its members had different


‘‘Most people will be touched

by hospice in some way during

their lives whether it be through

friends or family. Iampleased to

be able to help. I'm always

thinking of new ideas for

fundraising and am probably

more creative than practical

sometimes, but enjoy the

challenge it presents and love

seeing ideas followed through.’’

The organisation has had a

positive impact on her life in


‘‘You're never too old to meet

new people and form friendships

along the way. Being involved has

been one of most satisfying things

Ihave done, lots of hard work

sometimes, lots of fun but most


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Boost for MAR trial

The Provincial Growth Fund is investing

$950,000 towards completing feasibility

and pilot work on amanaged aquifer

recharge to help protect andimprove

groundwater quality and supply in Mid


“Work on the Hekeao Hinds

Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR)

Pilot has been progressing for anumber

of years. Provincial Growth Fund

funding will enable the project to

complete its feasibility investigations

and finalise the business case,” regional

economic development minister Shane

Jones said.

There are plans to develop anetwork

of water points or ponds that allow

surface water to filter down into

groundwater. The system has been

developed to meet the needs of the local


The HekeaoHinds Water

Enhancement Trust that runs the pilot is

pleased with the funding. Trustees also

wanted torecognise the community

support thatinitiated the trial and

enabled the partnership with PGF.

The MARtrial is New Zealand’s

largest groundwater rehabilitation

project. Acommunity­ledproject, it

operates alongside strict planning rules

regarding nutrient leaching from land

use activities. The MAR trialtargets

nutrientsalready in the slow­moving

groundwater system from historical land

use activities, while the planning rules

target improvements in on­farm

practices. Together they provide amultipronged

approach to drive improved

environmental outcomes.

Mr Jonessaid Ashburton was one of

the most productive agricultural regions

in New Zealand, with awide variety of

land uses and alarge number of people

employed inthe agriculture sector.

‘‘A managed aquifer recharge will

protectthis existing economic activity

and complement improvements on

farms to significantly reducenutrient

losses to groundwater,” he said.

“Thepilot is evaluating the use of

MAR to enhance groundwater quality

for ecosystem health and safe drinking

water, improving flows tospring­fed

streams and rivers and replenishing

declining groundwaterlevels.’’

MARhas been proven to be an

effective watermanagement tool.

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Volunteers on litter trail

Volunteer litter collectors are back out

inAshburton and there’s plenty of

rubbish to pick up.

Volunteers from community group

Litter Free Ashburton have been

bagging and recycling other people’s

rubbish fromtthe North Park reserve on

the northern end of Ashburton.

Volunteer Bev Skates said there was a

lot of fast food packaging,which had

clearly beentossed out of car windows,

beer bottles and general household


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public places. All people have to do is

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Dairy farming offers rewarding

career pathways with good wages and

plenty of opportunities nationwide.

And people who are interested in

dairy farming, especially those

affected by job losses due to Covid­

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‘‘I spent alot of time out on the

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waterways in our big backyard.’’


The Burrows’ three daughters

Kerstin, 14, Catriona, 11, and

Lavinia, 7, love the animals, the wide

open spaces and freedom to explore.

‘‘They regularly visit their pet

sheep or calves, or go for bike rides,

build huts, feed the hens and check

the eggs.

“Kerstin has been learning to milk

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Dr Tim Mackle, Dairy NZ

Alooming staff shortage in dairying,

exacerbated by the impacts of Covid­

19, has industry members calling on

government for help.

DairyNZ says by the end of

September around 2500 visas are due

to expire for migrant staff currently

working on dairy farms; many are

based in Canterbury, Waikato,

Southland and Otago. Both farmers

and farm staff are desperately

seeking certainty.

DairyNZ chief executive Tim

Mackle said even if all migrant dairy

workers currently in New Zealand

were retained, there could be a

shortfall of up to 1000 employees for

the coming dairy season.

“This suggests that we are going to

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Dairying In the Heart of Canterbury

Planning help is available to ensure Moving Day in Covid-19 times goes as smoothly as possible.

Planning vital for a

smooth farm move

There are an estimated 5000 dairy

farm households nationwide

preparing to move for the new

dairy season.

But with the extra pressure of

Covid­19 this year, DairyNZ has

made information available to help

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and easier.

DairyNZ people team leader

Jane Muir says the annual move

sees farm owners, sharemilkers,

managers, employees and their

families shift properties for new

jobs as they progress their dairy

careers. For many involved, their

cows and farm equipment move


The move, known as moving day

or moving week, faces additional

challenges this year due to Covid­

19 with additional planning,

hygiene procedures and

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“It looks like New Zealand will

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scenarios and we are providing

support for this. Being prepared

means farmers can proceed with


The guidelines and templates are

available on the DairyNZ website.

The information is designed to help

make the move seamless and help

farmers understand requirements

before and after Covid­19.

“Pulling together this package of

user­friendly resources has been a

fantastic collaborative effort with

input from DairyNZ, Federated

Farmers, Fonterra and FMG,” Ms

Muir said.

“We are all working together to

support farmers who are doing

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Hinds and Selwyn dairy farmers are

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farm to reduce nitrogen losses on


The farmers are involved in a

DairyNZ project to significantly

reduce their nitrogen losses but

continue to be profitable.

It is two years into afive­year levyfunded


Project lead Virginia Serra said

the most common actions farmers

reported taking were changing their

irrigation system or management (94

per cent of farms), improving

effluent systems or management (90

per cent) and reducing nitrogen

fertiliser use (80 per cent).

‘‘They also reported taking other

actions including changing stocking

rates, adopting low nitrogen feeds

like fodder beet or plantain, and

using catch crops after winter crop

grazing to harness available nitrogen

for plant growth.’’

The project works with 50 partner

farms to help improve farmer

practices on both partner farms and

other Hinds and Selwyn dairy farms,

through adopting new practices to

reduce nitrogen loss.

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days and discussion groups to share

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‘‘It’s very exciting to see changes

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Some 69 per cent of farmers

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Farming and an adventurous spirit

has given Mid Canterbury’s

Heather Clucas opportunity to

travel the world.

It started with an insight into

dairying and it’s taken her to the

four corners of the world; the

United Kingdom, Canada, Europe,

the United States and Australia,

where she is currently working in a

third season of seeding.

It’s long hours in hot

temperatures but the experience,

like many of her travels, has been


“My first OE (was) over to UK

where Iwanted to work with horses

…Italked my way into my first job

working for an international

showjumper (as agroom caring for

horses) based in North Yorkshire.”

It was an eight­month stint of

hard work learning to care for

horses, prepare for shows and clean

stalls but it helped with her next

challenge at afox hunter eventing

yard near Doncaster.

The 32­year­old grew up with

parents, Norman and Jan, running

atraditional mixed operation of

sheep, beef cattle and cropping at

Lismore, in Mid Canterbury.

“Some of my fondest memories

are behind Dad on the back of the

four­wheeler looking at the stock.

Nowadays my brother (Craig and

his wife Sarah), manage it and it

has morphed into mainly cropping

with afew sheep and growing

winter crops to lease to

neighbouring dairy farmers.”

Heather’s first job off the family

farm started her love affair with

cows. She would work school

holidays for relatives’ relief


After finishing Year13 at

Ashburton College, Heather took a

Heather Clucas drives 500 horsepower Case IH Steiger pivot steer

tractor with aBourgault seed bin.

gap year working fulltime as a

junior on a1000 cow farm; the

following year she went to Lincoln

University to study diplomas in

Agriculture and Farm


Her travels have included

working for aBritish international

dressage rider, doing “hard yakka”

on acattle station in Kimberley,

Australia and on acropping and

beef cattle property in Alberta,

Canada before being offered ajob

on aneighbouring New Zealand

dairy farm.

She spent two seasons there as

herd manager doing every job on

farm; spraying weeds, treating lame

cows, spreading fertiliser, milking

and shifting irrigation.

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Dairying In the Heart of Canterbury

From Page 24

Adventure called again in the form

of athree­month European holiday

and her first seeding experience near

Wongan Hills in Western Australia.

“I was pretty green working with

machinery when Ifirst came over

(for seeding) in 2015. Ihave learnt a

lot but Iwill be the first to admit

there still heaps Idon’t know.

Although these days when the

mechanics turn up they also have to

be acomputer technician too (with

all the new technology).”

However afire caused by an

electronic fault on the $700,000

tractor Heather was driving was well

past repair by the time the last flames

died down.

“To this day it was the scariest

thing that has ever happened to me

and instinct took over to get the heck


“I have never seen anything go up

so fast (with) fuel, hydraulic oil all

feeding it.”

Heather says the best things about

farming is dealing with animals,

being outdoors every day and

working in great teams. And also

getting to drive big machinery.

While most of her travelling has

been done alone, she says she is

super lucky to have abunch of

wonderful friends all over the world

and in New Zealand.

“I have joined friends for holidays

and it’s great being able to share

memories with those close to you.

‘‘Life is too short to not enjoy it,

I’m not going to sit around twiddling

my thumbs waiting for Prince

Charming and his noble stead to

appear ­ifIbump into him on my

journey, super! Legendary blokes

can apply here,” she jokes.

She took up dairying back in New

Zealand starting as acalf­rearer and

working up to second in charge.

“The challenge of greater

responsibility was relished, 1050 cows

calving, it was abusy time. Ihad

three staff members to oversee and

delegate daily tasks too. Ilearned a

lot about time management and

being as efficient as possible.”

It led to work as adairy runoff

manager which she has been able to

return to after more travel; asecond

taste of seeding in Australia, work on

amountain ranch as ahorseback

guide on amountain ranch in

Wyoming, United States and then a

horse trainer in Texas.

Heather is now back in Western

Australia for her third bout of


“I have been very lucky in my

travels, most jobs I've acquired

through contacts in New Zealand.”

Seeding means working in

temperatures up to 37 degrees

Celsius, but the temperature has

eased to the mid­20s which is more

comfortable to work the 12­hour


“While driving you are constantly

on the ball ­with five or six monitors

(with alarms) and switches that need

constant supervision to make sure

everything is happening as it should.”

“Flies are an issue ­upyour nose

and into your mouth and eyes. Fly

masks are the best thing since sliced

bread,” she says.

They are different from Covid­19


Heather arrived in Australia in

March, after aquick change in flights

ahead of the borders closing. She

quarantined for two weeks with

colleague Dan and saw only their

boss, who provided food.

The local supermarket remained

open and there were messages

around hygiene and social distancing

but hand soap, cleaning products and

toilet paper have only just started

coming back on the shelves.

“Our regions have police

In a12-hour

work day,

Heather and

her colleague

can seed

between 60 to

120 hectares

depending on

paddock run

lengths and

time spent


dodging trees,

power poles,

rocks and


checkpoints on the borders which is

basically preventing us from going

into Perth, but also preventing Perth

coming out here.”

Plans to head to Nashville for the

Country Music Association festival

have been postponed until next year

due to Covid­19 so Heather is

weighing up options on where she

may head when the work finishes in


She does want to plant roots

eventually and have her own little

slice of paradise, in New Zealand

close to family.

But career wise she is looking for

diverse ways to be involved in the

agricultural industry and wants

something offering amental


“I am very proud to be involved in

farming in NZ but also globally. For

me it started as simply as wanting to

be close with my family and be out

around the farm ­particularly if

animals were involved.”

She said good morals, awork ethic

and farming skills were engrained

from ayoung age and the loss of her

father when she was 16 proved a

difficult time.

“As afamily we were dealt a

difficult hand when Dad passed

away. You never expect these things

to happen to you but you also never

know what life has in store.”

She says some days the feeling of

loss is still hard ­even after 16 years

–but is buoyed knowing “he would

be super proud of all three of us and

the journey we have had so far in


Heather says her mother was a

fantastic role model with acan­do


“I want all young girls to grow up

believing anything is possible to

achieve that you set your mind to.

“Farming generations are evolving

and becoming more and more

progressive with their thinking.

Women have anatural motherly,

caring instinct which is great for

animals especially Ithink and (are)

generally very careful with


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making headway, says MPI’s chief science adviser

Dr John Roche.

Dr Roche, reporting to dairy industry body

DairyNZ, said all indicators suggested the

programme was doing very well in the fight against


It was measured in several ways with one of the

benchmarks the Estimated Dissemination Rate

(EDR) which was sitting below one at 0.4; it was

over two at the start of the outbreak.

‘‘The EDR is the number of herds that become

infected in athree­month period divided by the

number of herds that were infected in the three

months before that,’’ he said.

‘‘From this number we get avery strong

indication of whether we’re winning the war or not.

If the EDR is greater than one, then the disease is

growing. If it’s below one, we’re shrinking the


Dr Roche was aware of people’s concern when

the number of confirmed cases increased but said

what was important was the discovery of fewer

infected herds, despite looking harder in areas such

as Bulk Tank Milk surveillance and the national

beef survey.

He said the genetic analysis of Mbovis from

confirmed cases still only identified one strain.

‘‘That tells us we’ve only had one incursion. All

infected properties are linked to the single source of

the outbreak. The measures gives us confidence the

disease is not widespread in New Zealand’s cattle


Dr Roche felt for farmers affected by the trauma

and stress dealing with the disease as more than

153,500 cattle had been culled, but said seeing first

hand what happens in an Mbovis outbreak overseas

with incurable mastitis and seemingly healthy calves

dying overnight was also not pleasant.

‘‘I wouldn't want New Zealand farmers having to

deal with that into the future.’’

He said the 10­year phased programme, started

in 2018, would continue its plan to eradicate Mbovis

from New Zealand, reduce the effects on farmers,

and to leave astronger biosecurity system.

‘‘The current focus is on finding and eliminating

the disease. The delimiting phase is expected to end

in 2021. After that, background surveillance testing

will continue for approximately seven years.’’

He said international epidemiology experts

Dr John Roche, MPI chief science adviser

Ausvet recently analysed the surveillance

programme and found that following delimiting, the

surveillance elements had in place building blocks

to give assurance that Mbovis was absent from our


‘‘The programme’s current ELISA and PCR

testing regime is really good for this stage of the

eradication, but it will be further strengthened by

new diagnostics research that we’ve


Multiple diagnostic research projects were also in

the pipeline.

Overall up to $30 million had been set aside for

priority science to help accelerate eradication of

Mbovis and prevent another incursion.

‘‘We’re investing that money in areas identified as

priorities by experts, including vets, scientists,

industry and government.’’

The research includes projects to better

understand how the disease spreads under different

New Zealand farming systems, and the social and

economic impacts of the eradication on farmers and

rural communities.

‘‘Being first isn’t always easy. However, Iwant to

assure you that we're confronting the challenge of

being the first country in the world to eradicate

Mycoplasma bovis with the best science and people

–and, we are winning.’’

Anderson in as programme director

Stuart Anderson has taken over as director of the

Mycoplasma bovis programme.

Mr Anderson has been with Ministry forPrimary

Industries (MPI), in different roles, for more than

eight years.

He has joined the programme from his role as MPI

director of fisheries management and has taken over

from Geoff Gwyn who has led the initial response and

later eradication programme for the past three years.

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In the Heart of Canterbury

Iwi farm manager wins

top dairy woman award

Ngai Tahu farm manager Ash­Leigh

Campbell from Christchurch is this

year’s Fonterra Dairy Woman of the


Ms Campbell has been the technical

farm manager for the South Island

Maori iwi farming operation for three


She is responsible for assisting with

the management and performance of

eight dairy and dairy support farms that

includes 8000 cows.

After leaving high school the 28­yearold

studied commerce and agriculture

and farm management at Lincoln

University and during this time had her

first taste of the Dairy Women’s

Network(DWN), becoming aDWN

Regional Leader and the driving force

behind the DWN Lincoln group, which

has now merged with Selwyn.

She also assists with audit and

compliance, analytical projects and the

implementation and improvement of

sustainable farming practices.

And is chair of the New Zealand

Young Farmers organisation.

Winning the Fonterra Dairy Woman

of the Year award was amazing

recognition of just how far she had come

in the industry, Ms Campbell said.

“The opportunities Fonterra and

Dairy Women’s Network have provided

have given me the confidence to step out

and grow in the industry in 10 short


“I’ve been bold, I’ve been brave and I

hope this journey I’ve been on can

showcase to other young wahine that

anything is achievable.”

DWN Trustee and head judge Alison

Gibb said Ash­Leigh exuded energy and

passion for the dairy industry and has

actively sought opportunities to both

contribute and grow in an industry she

Ngai Tahu farm manager Ash-Leigh

Campbell, of Christchurch, won the

2020 Fonterra Dairy Woman of the

Year. Photo Shar Devine.


Fonterra chief executive Miles

Hurrell says the co­op was proud to

recognise and help develop women in

dairying who set high standards for

themselves and for the industry.

“I want to congratulateAsh­Leigh

for winningthis awardand also the two


They are all outstanding

ambassadorsfor our industry and are

contributing to the pathways thatwill

enable the next generation of farmers

to succeed.


sustainablefarmingand environmental

protectionisclear to see, and makes a

real and positive difference in her local

community and our industry.”

As Fonterra Dairy Woman of the

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scholarship prize of up to $20,000 to

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Female voice behind new

health, safety campaign

Save alife, listentoyour wife is the

message of anew health and safety

movement for rural women.

Safer Farms, with supportfrom

agricultural organisations including

Rural Women NZ, WorkSafe,Dairy

Women’s Network, the Rural Support

Trust,Farm Source, Pamuand LIC, has

partnered with Australian Alex Thomas

to bring The #PlantASeedForSafety

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Ms Thomas startedthe projectasa

legacy to her parents, the agricultural

industry and the rural way of life.

“As apart­timecarer for my father

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result of his life’s work in agriculture,

The #PlantASeedForSafety Project

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Safer Farms general manager Tony

Watson said farm safety was more than

just the safehandlingofchemicals or

animals, or safety on quad bikes or

tractors, it was also abouthaving

strategies to deal with stress and having

the right conversationstoensure the

safetyofchildren,orother more

vulnerable men and womenonthe farm

and in the community.

“If someonehas found abetter,safer

way of doing something on the farm or

in their community, that’s the story the

project aims to tell.”

Agriculture recordsthe second

highest number of deaths in all

industries in New Zealand,with 23

people killed in work related incidents

from April 2019 to March2020.

Founderofthe project Alex Thomas

said everybodyknew someone who had

been hurtatworkinrural industries,

but the focusonpaperworkand ‘boxticking’

was detracting from talking

aboutthe sorts of things we do on aday

to day basis that stop people from

getting hurt.

“We need to talk much, muchless

aboutpaperwork and much, much

more about the things that could

actually save alife.”

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Dairy playing its part in

improving water quality

Dairy farmers acrossthe

countryhave mademany

on­farm changes to



management,says Mid

Canterbury farmer and

chairofthe Dairy

Environment Leaders

Group, Alister Body.

Thegroup is amultisectorgroupformedtobe



SustainableDairy: Water


Thereare morethan

11,000 dairyfarmersinthe

national accord.

Mr Bodysaid members

pull on their gumboots

andput in ‘‘many


andmade significant

investment to help


‘‘TheWater Accord is

oneofthe factors

contributing to the

measurable improvements

in manywaterways we

have seenoccurrecently.

‘‘As ecosystems take

some timetorespondto

changes on thegroundwe

canexpect to seefurther


quality as aresult of the

changes made on farms

over the past five years.’’

‘‘Whilewehave made


number of areas, we know

that we still havemore

work to do ­particularly in

thearea of effluent


accordtargets were meta

minorityoffarmers are

letting everyone elsedown



companies willcontinueto

work with these farmers to


Alister Body

management practices,’’

he said.

Land,Air, Water

Aotearoa’s (LAWA)


quality trendsfrom2008

to 2017 showedthat for

eightout of the nine water

quality indicatorsreported

on,more monitoredsites

were improvingthan


Mr Body said many

types of activities affected

urban and rural waterways

in New Zealand, anddairy

farmers werecommitted

to playing theirpart in

improvingthe water


‘‘We all use ourrivers,

andweall wanttoprotect

them for ourfuture.

Although we canbeproud

of what has beenachieved

so far, we allacknowledge

that there is moretobe

done to improve

ecosystem health and

water qualityfor allNew


Temuka farmers Andy

Palmerand Sharon Collett

have beenprogressively

developing plantingon

theirfarmover the past

twentyyears. Theyare just

twoofthe thousandsof

farmers who have been

takingaction to improve

water quality.

They haveflourishing

riparian planting stretches

along aboutthree

kilometres of thecreek on

their farm. Nearly4,000

plantshave been

established on the farm,

andthe couple are

continuing to addtothis

every year, with support

from Environment



fenced off all the


property, and worked with

their former sharemilkers

whonow own a

neighbouring dairy farm to

plant native species on a

coastal wetlandbordering

their farms.The wetland is

home to Canterbury’s only

known population of the

nativegiant kokopufish.

Mr Palmer was fully

behindthe WaterAccord

which included



requirements thatwere

very much‘business as

usual’for farmers.

‘‘We haveaFarm

Environment Plan now

which covers planting,

fencing,effluent and


‘‘With theplaninplace

we will continue to take

good care of the


waterwaysonour farm

andweare audited on our


Nitrous oxide emissions overstated

New Zealand’s nitrous oxide

emissions have been

overestimated sincerecords

beganin1990,meaning livestock

causes lessnitrous oxidethan

previously estimated.

The new findingwas discovered

by researchers at AgResearch and

Landcare Research and officials

at Ministry forPrimary Industries

working hard to improve the

accuracy of New Zealand’s

national greenhousegas


Federated Farmers climate

change spokesperson Andrew

Hoggard saidachieving net­zero

nitrousoxide emissions by 2050

willnot be easytodo, but it was a

committed task.

‘‘Thedifficulty in reducing

nitrous oxideisdue to the

emissions beingmainly caused by

theurine oflivestock providing

toomuch nitrogen forthe soilto

absorb. While nitrogenisgoodfor

plant growth, when thereistoo

much nitrogeninone spot, some

willbereleasedinto the airas

nitrous oxide,’’ he said.

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Taking agood hardlook..

Precovid-19 the agricultural industry wasbeing looked at very closelyby the 5major

banks being ANZ, BNZ,Westpac, ASB &Rabobank. Each of these bankshaveinthe past

gone out into the marketplace andhuntedsales looking forabusiness to lend money

to. Theyinmymind wereselling moneyasfast as we wereselling land. It seems to be

each bank decided theyneeded apiece of the action but at differenttimes. Over the past

2years things have changed and because of ReserveBank requirements, banksparent

companies (especially the major Australian banks) looking hardattheir returns both

hereand in Australia, theyhavedecided to close down on whattheyare calling marginal

lending. Interesting given that prior to this perios whenthe market(especially the dairy

market) wasinfull swing and valueswereincreasing by the day it wasfull boreahead. My

howthings canchange.

Under Contract

This season is looking likeacrackerfor Canterbury Farming as whole, arable yields have

neverbeen as good, prices forgrain and small seeds aregood but not spectacular, beef

and lamb have neverinmylifebeen as good, wool still poor if measured by old day

standards. Dairy prices at$7/kgmsplusare looking strong but has dark clouds on the

horizon for2years out.

As wecome outofthe Covid19 thing Icannot help but feel that Rural New Zealand still

feels on edge. With the loss’ that covid has caused in all formsofNew Zealand businesses

it looks to me likeall the above banksare in foraperiod ofbelttightening. The scary

thing about that is, as happenedinthe 80’s downturn, theystart to look wheretheycan

recoup some of their lost ground. Alot of small businesseshavevery little asset backing

apart from thefamily home or some helpfulparents and Idon’t think anybank wants

to be the one that sells up someones family home to regain abusiness loss. Especially

due to Covid19ratherthan poor management. Gettingheadlines in the local paper for

amortgagee sale onafamilyhome really does look bad. So where will the banks go to

try and regain some lost ground. ‘Rural’ is my guess as most farm business’ have at least

40% equity in them of the value of the land and the bank holds the other50% to 60% of

the value. So in rural beforethe bank burns their moneythe farmer has to get through

their 40-50% of the value and if they are doing this and some arenot becauseofpoor

performance but by loss of equity through adropping in the land value.Ibelieve the

banks willnot hesitatetocall in someloans.

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Some will saythis unfair and being too hardonthe banksbut Ibelieve this is what could

happen and of course if forced sales happen land values drop and morethen follow.

Ihope everyone especially thebanks take adeep breath and actineveryone’s best

interests.Who knows where this coming season will take us. But right nowIsay baton

down the hatches and ride it out, homes, lifestyles blocks and farms still have amarket

and the marketisstill active. We have seen severallifestyle and farms go under contract

during the lockdown and expectbusiness to continue afterlockdown and on past the


If youare looking foragood investment that beats bank rates(and what doesn’t) etc

youshould look nofurther then rural land foritwill be the farmersthat drag us out of this

hole we areatpresentin.

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Copper panelling and acoat of arms on the Murney Main building.


Copper panelling and acoat of arms

have been unveiled on Ashburton’s

tallest building.

The Murney Main building on the

high profile corner of East and Burnett

streets is getting closer to completion.

The four­storey building is built from

concrete slab and sits on anarrow site.

Some tenants have been found for the

building, including building society NBS

on the ground floor, anew restaurant on

the first floor, and building owner the

Murney Trust on the top floor.

Bradfords has been the main

contractor on the project and anumber

of local businesses have also been


Building work started at the end of

2018 and is expected to be completed

later this year.

Lake Heron water

quality aconcern

Decliningwater quality in the

Ashburton Lakes, particularly Lake

Heron, is high on aworrylist for the

Ashburton Water Zone Committee.

Iwi, DOC, local and regional

authoritiesare working together to

investigate the issues and working with

landowners to prioritise action.

Resultsofarestoration and

conservation project to the committee a

year ago started alarm bells ringing,

with concerns about water quality tests

that showed anitrogen increase at some


Eutrophication was arisk; water

clarity and increased pest fish could also


Lake health is measured in nitrogen,

phosphorus, aquatic plants, water

quality and other ways.

Work began then with landowners to

reduce the loss of nitrogen and

phosphorus sediment to streams in

vulnerable lakes such as Maori, Heron,

Camp and Clearwater.

Zone committee chair Bill Thomas

said there had beengood buy­in by

landowners in the lakesarea, and the

committee was keeping an eye as

investigations and actions progressed.

Good progress had beenmade to

develop aprogramme of work in

relation to the lakes’ water quality and

it was pleasing to see all the farmers in

that catchmentkeen to participate and

add valuableknowledge to the

programme, he said.

Mr Thomaspresented the zone

committee’s annual report to

Ashburton District councillors recently,

saying the past year had been busy.

Two vacanciesonthe waterzone

committee will be advertised in


The committee approved$65,000in

the year for biodiversity projects in the

region, covering projects from weed and

predator controltoriparian planting.

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FutureU is atargeted responseby

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Those whohave lost their job or

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time, back (5). 23. From outside, heard the soundofbells

(4). 24. Thanks to having the wrong symbolonone vehicle

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3x3 square

contains the

digitals 1to9

Solution to previous crossword


Across -1,Incarceration. 8, Shift. 9, Apricot. 10, Loaded.

11,Glance. 12, Haste. 14, Utter.18, Trench. 20, Little. 23,

Chateau. 24, Onset. 25, Over-sensitive.

Down -1,Insult. 2, China. 3, Retreat. 4, Edam. 5, April.

6, Incense. 7, Nether.13, Average. 15, Tripoli. 16, Stucco.

17, Beetle. 19, Chess. 21, Tosti. 22, Turn.


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books, butwedid!

Let’shaveachatovercoffeeand seehow Ican help

Silvia Haddock 027 2169478

silvia@bradleyrural.co.nz l solutionsbusiness.co.nz


mending and trouser hemming,

curtain alterations

and curtain making. Call

Michelle on 027 352 7248.

BUILDING and property

solutions. For your complete

alteration or renovation.

We project manage

the whole process. Home

and small commercial.

Qualified tradesmen.

Phone Kiwi Building &

Maintenance Ltd. Gary 308

4798, 027 207 1478 or

Cawte 027 418 7955.

CARPET 2You -For all your

flooring needs. Supplier

and installer of carpet and

vinyl, re-stretch & repair

and carpet cleaning. Phone

Mike Gill on 027 491 4210.

CARPET cleaning -Powerful

equipment & fast drying.

Upholstery, mats and rugs.

Experienced owner/operator.

Phone John Cameron

at Supersucker 027 435

1042 or 308 1677.

CHIMNEY sweep - For a

professional service call

Dan McKerrow Chimney

Sweep and Repairs on 021

118 7580.

CHIMNEY sweep. It’s time to

start thinking about it.

Camera inspection carried

out and full inspection

checklist is left for you. Call

Allan 027 209 5026.

COMPUTER problems? For

prompt reliable computer

servicing and laser engraving

contact Kelvin, KJB

Systems Ltd, 4 Ascot

Place, Ashburton. Phone

308 8989. SuperGold discount

card accepted.





COMPUTER repairs, sales,

training, setup -wireless -

networks, spyware cleanup.

On-site day or evening.

LOW FEES. Call Robin

Johnstone, Networks

Firewalls & PC’s Ltd, 308

Private &Peaceful



160 Bremners Road

Enter yourown tranquility.Thiscomfortable 3bedroom home was designed around openplan living. Timeless in its appearance,

withagenerous sizedkitchen and effortless flow tooutdoorliving, almostaMediterraneanfeel.

Space andprivacy is plentiful, both inside andout. 9,867sqmprovides optionsofsubdivision.

Quality garagingand irrigated matureplantings,hiddenaway in your very ownsanctuary.Previously operatedasanursery.

Possibility of second income from Saffron and bulbs.

Local news at www.starnews.co.nz


Property Brokers Ltd Licensed REAA 2008 217 West Street Telephone 03 307 9176




3 2 2 2 811m 2


Sat&Sun –11.00am-11.45am


AWESOME office space for

lease, rent or hire. Park like

setting. Indoor and outdoor

areas. North west town

boundary. Must view.

Phone 0274 754 241


Ideal as an extra


Fully insulatedand

double glazed forwarmth.


Standard3.6m x2.4m,

Large 4.2m x2.4m

Xtra-large 4.8m x2.4m.

Visit our displaycabin

418WestStreet or callfor a




0800 58 78 22

STORAGE and space leasing

for vehicles, motorbikes,

bicycles, boats,

motor-homes, caravans,

tractors, trucks, trailers and

containers. Indoor, outdoor

or under cover. Call Peter

027 333 3626.

STORAGE available, Ashburton.

Self storage, variety

of sizes. Phone Rainbow

Storage 03 307 0401.

STORAGE: Secure self storage

units available long or

short term at Ashburton

Storage Facilities. Contact

us on 027 436 2636 or www.



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Paul Cunneen

Mobile 027 432 3382

Email paulc@pb.co.nz



to deliver the AshburtonCourier

and Realtyevery Thursdayinthe

Ashburtonurban area.


Deadline Sale unless sold prior,closes

3.00pmWednesday 3rdJune 2020





MI &MAJohnston

481 Moorhouse Road

RD 8


Friday 29th May 2020

Commencing 1pm

We have been favoured with instructions from

our vendor to hold aclearing sale of their

surplus farming plant &sundries at the above

time &date.

Outside Entries will be accepted.

Full details will be published Thursday 28th

May 2020. Please visit our website

www.peterwalsh.co.nz to view full list of

items and photos.

For further information:

Don Borlase •027 561 4025




glass. Qualified flat glass

glazier now in-house. Anything

glass, give us acall.


1440 or 027 768 4058. Your place or ours. Wilson

CONCRETE pavers direct to

you - Best prices, many

sizes, textures and colours

- Paveco, 13 Robinson

Street, Industrial Estate.

CONCRETE Services –

Driveways, paths, patios,

mowing edging. Decorative

Concrete specialist 30

years servicing Canterbury.

Free quotes. No job too big

or small. Phone Paul 021

152 1966.


Rumping repairs existing

dentures and also provides

new dentures. Phone 027

220 9997.

ENGINEERING repairs, fabrication,

farm equipment

service and maintenance,

WOF repairs, machining

and welding. Odd jobs a

speciality. Mobile workshop.

Can collect. Phone

Malcolm 027 475 4241

FLY control and spider

proofing. For all domestic

and industrial pest control

needs phone AJ Kerr at

Ashburton Pest Control on

03 308 8147 or 027 432


FURNITURE removals -For

all your household removal

needs, call Nudges Furniture

Removals. Phone 027

224 0609.

GARDENING, mowing,

pruning, fertilising, projects

or general spruce ups? Call

Andrew at Spruce Gardens

to get the job done right.

027 765 2899 or 03 307 1693.


LEGAL work -Phone Peter

Ragg (Ashburton Law) for

house sales, purchases

and refinances. Will call at

home evenings for wills,

enduring powers of

attorney. Phone 308 0327.

PAINTER for all your painting

needs. No job too small,

inside or outside. Professional

friendly service.

Phone Pete 03 308 1672 or

027 200 1619.

PAINTING wallpapering,

plastering - No job too

small. Interior, exterior.

Professional, prompt, competitive

service. Phone

Tony Sivier at Paint It Ashburton

on 021 878 794 or

307 7289.

PICK up the phone, Iclean

your home. Bathrooms, kitchens,

ovens, walls,

ceilings, vacuum carpets,

windows and ironing. Pensioner

rates apply. Phone

027 647 1712.



Rockcote. Waterproofing.



The Finishing Company

03 307 8870 2275822

PLUMBER. Repair or

replace. Taps, shower

mixers, hot water cylinders,

basins, tubs, toilets, vanity

units, leaking pipes. Call

Pete Young, experienced

plumber 027 280 0889/307


SUN Control Window Tinting:

Privacy, UV, glare, heat

control for homes -offices -

and cars. Phone Craig

Rogers 307 6347, member

of Master Tinters NZ.


block, glare, heat control,

safety, security, privacy,

frosting films, solar protective

window films. Free

quotes, 20 years local service.

Phone 0800 368 468

now, Bill Breukelaar, www.


TV Reception Specialists for

all your digital freeview

installations and repairs,

TV wall mounting, Smart

TV set-up, home theatre

installation. Call John at

Ashburton TV &Audio Ltd

03 308 7332 or 027 277


Windscreens, 152 Wills

Street, Ashburton. Phone

03 308 8485.


FIREWOOD. Dry willow,

3.6cm trailer load $180,

2.5cm ute load $130. Delivered

within town boundary.

Phone 03 302 5832 or 021

215 6556.

METAL, heavy etc. Free

light-grade metal in-yard

dumping 9am-5pm weekdays.

Ashburton Scrap

Metal Recyclers, 117 Alford

Forest Road (behind

Placemakers). Phone 03

308 8033 or 027 249 6625.






Specialising in all things

Admin. Support for small

business, farmers and sole

traders. Bookkeeping and

GST (Xero), managing compliance

such as H&S and audit

process and minute taker.


Ph. 027-201-1316.



buyer wanting Woodworking

Tools, Saws, Brass and

Wooden Braces and

Planes, Levels, Metal and

Wooden Vices, Tac

Hammers, Scribes, Hand

Drills, Screw Drivers,

Plumb Bobs, Clamps, Tool

Chests, Oil Tins, also old

Garden Tools, Spades,

Shovels, Pitch Forks,

Wooden Wheel Barrow. —

Ph. 021-441-400.

THE Courier is the best way

to advertise in Mid Canterbury.

Ask anyone who

regularly advertises with us

and they’ll tell you, they get


BUY ahome in Mid Canterbury

and receive The Courier

newspaper every week

to your letterbox. Local

news for local people.

Phone Jann on

308 7664 or email









FamilyWorks Team Leader

&Social Worker in Schools

Permanent full –time role

This role has twocomponents,actinghands-on as a

Social Worker in schools and providing supportand

guidance internally asaTeam Leader to the Family


The Social Worker in Schools role (SWiS) is focused

on supporting children and their family /whanāu

while they are facing complex challenges. The

aim is to enable positive strategies and practical

support for children and parents, who will benefit

from strengths based intervention; to improvetheir

well-being and contribute tolong term positive

outcomes. This role will require collaborative and/

or partnered responses in order to facilitate good

outcomes with our clients.

The Team Leader aspect of the role holds

responsibilitytoworkalongside the Area Manager,

to provide leadership and support to the Mid-

Canterbury Family Works Team. To ensure that

service responses are well coordinated and

integrated. The role will include oversight of group

programmes, student placements, leadership

and administrative supervision of employees and

responsibility for maintaining relevant external


Who we are

Presbyterian Support aims to create abetter life

for everyone. Our social services are focused

on whakawhāngatanga and manākitanga

(relationships and hospitality) to help to build

safer, stronger, more connected families and


To apply, please visit our websiteand download

theapplication form. Your application form,

CV andCoverlettercan then be emailedto


Enquiries about the role canbedirected to

SusanHutchinson on susanh@psusi.org.nz

PSUSI Link - https://psuppersouth.org.nz/


SEEK Link - https://www.seek.co.nz/job/41325697?

Haeremai whānau!

Hurry! Applications close 29th May at 5pm






Forall other medicalassistance outside of normal

hours please phone your general practiceteam, 24/7,

to speak withahealth professional who will giveyou

free healthadvice on whattodoorwhere to go if you

need urgentcare.

If youdon’t have aregular general practice, call any

GP team 24/7 forfreetelephone health advice.

All non-residents and visa holders please bring your

passporttoyour surgeryappointment.

New Zealanders’tobring some form of ID.

TheAshburtonDutyPractice for ...

Saturday23rdMay is

ThreeRivers Health, 7-11 Allens Road.

Consultations will be by appointmentonly.

To make an appointmentcall your regular GP 24/7.

Sunday24th May is

ThreeRivers Health, 7-11 Allens Road.

Consultations will be by appointmentonly.

To make an appointmentcall your regular GP 24/7.

Methven and Rakaia: Formedical attention on the

weekend and public holidays please telephone

MethvenMedical Centre on 03 302 8105

or Rakaia Medical Centre on 03 303 5002.

Details foraccessing the afterhours services will be on the

answer phone.


Wises Pharmacy,CountdownComplex,

East Street will be open on ...

Saturday from 9.00am until 1.00pm

Sunday from 10.00am until 1.00pm

At Geraldine: TheGeraldine Pharmacywill be open

normal trading hours during the week,and on

Saturdaymorning from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Closed Sundays and Public Holidays

Forfree24hour Telephone Health Advice

Phone the healthline on 0800 611 116


CountdownComplex, East Street, Ashburton

Phone: 03 308 6733 Fax: 03 308 6755




The Ashburton RSA are seeking acaterer to take

over the running of the Restaurant and Catering

forthe Club.

The Bistro isopen Wednesday lunch, Thursday,

Fridayand Saturday evenings,weekly catering for

several groups and numerous private functions

throughout the year.

The kitchen iswell equipped and ready togofor

the successful application to takeover.

Applications closeon 5th June 2020.

For further detailscontactthe AshburtonRSA

on 3087175 or email rsaoffice@xtra.co.nz.

TheCancer Societyoffering

supportfor people

with acancer diagnosis

and their families


TheMackenzie Centre,

122 Kermode Street,Ashburton

ContactAnnie on 03 307 7691




(Salmon TalesComplex)

Stockist of localand NewZealand made

•Sheep andpossumproducts

•Knitting •Sewing •Socks &gloves

•Jewellery •Pottery •Glassware

•Woodware •Paintings •Greetingcards

•Wooden toys •Local honey •PLUS giftware

Winter hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-3pm

MAKE money selling your

unwanted items. Up to 24

words for only $8. Can’t get

better than that. The Courier.


LOOKING to earn extra

money, even while you’re

out walking? Delivery

people required. Phone

The Courier 308 7664.

Thur 21st &Fri 22nd











IStill Believe

TheBig Trip

Dark Waters


LesMis the Staged Concert

TheBig Trip

IStill Believe


Sat23rd&Sun 24th

10.00 TheBig Trip

10.15 Call of the Wild

11.45 Sonic

12.30 IStill Believe

2.00 Bombshell

3.00 ForSama

4.30 DarkWaters

5.10 TheBig Trip

7.00 IStill Believe

7.15 Bloodshot

Mon25th, Tues 26th

&Wed 27th

10.00 ForSama

10.00 IStill Believe

12.10 TheBig Trip

12.30 DarkWaters



4.15 TheBig Trip

6.00 IStill Believe

6.15 ForSama


LesMis the Staged Concert



























Sub Centre

Annual General



2020, 7.30pm


Bowling Club

All welcome.


HOSPICE Mid Canterbury.

Dealing with alife limiting

illness? Contact us to see

how we can support you.

Phone 307 8387 or 027 227


Operations Co-ordinator

Our small privately owned trade-basedbuilding

supplies storeislooking foranoperations coordinator.

The successful candidate will be someone

who has the driveand passiontodeliver great

customerservice whilstgetting the job done.

This role will include co-ordinating stock control,

organising ordersfor deliveryand collection, coordinating

our yard and store staff to achieve set

targets, all whilstjumping in to lendahand in a

variety of other roles as needed.

Anyprior experience in arole similar to this

would be an advantage,aswouldacurrentforklift

licence and somebuilding industryknowledge.

Please submit applications, including acurrentCV,

by Friday 5th June to sally@buildlinkselwyn.co.nz


is to be held online on

Thursday4th June at 7pm

Email rst.treasurer.midcanterbury@gmail.com


We will be holding afacetoface

Networking/Information night

lateronin the year.



ARE you looking for a

flatmate, somewhere to

rent or a boarder? What

better place to advertise

than The Courier.





Showhunter Group

Tuesday2nd June





ARE you struggling to make

ends meet? Need extra

money? Why not sell your

unwanted items in The

Courier! Everything helps.

03 308 9516







Use the cooler months to

improve your confidence

and training with regular

lessons so you can get out

and about come spring!

Individual or group lessons

available at your home or

selected venues in Mid and

South Canterbury by qualified

NZEF instructor catering

for beginners, adults

returning to riding or competitive


Phone Rochelle 027-201-1316

for further information.

FIND money in your bank

account each week if you

become adelivery person.

The Courier 308 7664.




Re-openingatLevel 2.

Book your appointmentnow.


Requesting information leading to the recovery of




Reward of $250 offered forinformation leading to

successfulrecoveryofabove vehicle.

ContactDealer Finance(03) 341-5075

or email admin@dfl.co.nz



CJ’S Driving School. Classes

1,2 &4,Endorsements F&

D, Forklift F&OSH, Dangerous

Goods. NZTA

approved course provider.

MITO and Competenz

Assessor. Locally owned.

Phone Christine 027 245




Enhances your

body’s own natural


Pain relief/Speeds recovery

from illness, injury and surgery.

•Noneedles/safe for all ages

•Good-Health Maintenance

•Affordable/flexible hours

•Home visits on request

Janet Hayes

Ph 308 6951

registered practitioner



in Ashburton this weekend!



Hi there. Welcome to the new normal!

Many of youwould have had achancetocleanout the cupboards

during the lockdown and nowisagreattime to sell your old

collectables and preciousmetal items.

No physical contactrequired.Super-careful appraisal.

My name is Matt Powerand Iown the Stamp&Coin Exchange in

Christchurch. Iwill be available forappointments in



Old and New STAMPS, COINS,

and BANKNOTES, Postcards, Militaria and

Collectables, Sovereigns, Scap Gold, Silver,

Platinum, Watches, Old Jewellery and Antiques.

Call meon0800 39 24 26

It’s importantwhen selling thatyou deal with alicensed professional.

Iamalicensed Second Hand Dealer and member of the NZ Stamp Dealers

Association and Numismatic Association. Hear from yousoon!


Page 36, Ashburton's The Courier, Thursday May 21, 2020

Local news at www.starnews.co.nz



• Residential electrical

• Home appliance repairs

• Get wifi in the right spot

• Pivot wiring

• Variable Speed Drive (VSD)

• Professional home wiring

• TV&Audio Installation

• Outdoor and ceiling speakers

• Dairy shed maintenance

• Irrigation harmonic filter

• LED downlight replacement

• Air conditioning &ventilation

• Heatpump servicing

• TVwall mounting &installation

(including brackets)

• Distribute TVthroughout

your home

• Homeautomation

• Motorhome &caravan wiring

• Dairy/Farm electrical

• Waterpumps -stock &house

• Generator change overswitches

• Effluent systems

• Motor &pumpcontrol

• Commercial/industrial electrical

• 24/7 breakdown service

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