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By Mick Jensen
Methven hot air balloon operator
Graeme Church reckons the views of
the Canterbury Plains, foothills and
mountains at 6000 feet (1829m) are
hard to beat on agood day.
Mr Church runsAdventure Balloons
NZ and takesthe public on 60minute
scenic flights that offer abird’s eye view
of the lay of the land below.
Flights usually take place in the early
morning when weather conditions are
calm and stable and that can happen
Mr Church hails fromnorthern
England, but has piloted hotair
balloons in Methvenfor the past 15
years on andoff.
He worked for longtime balloon
operator George Currie for anumber
ofyears and three years ago set up on
He runs four balloons, the latest an
import from Spain whichhebrought
over in February;itcan accommodate
The balloon wastested acouple of
weeks ago and is awaiting its final
Mr Church also has amedium
balloon that can carry five passengers
and asmalltraining balloon thatcan
take the pilot plus two others.
His fourth balloon is aspecial
promotional ballooninthe shapeofa
RAC (Royal AutomobileClub) van,
that comes from the UK.
Mr Church piloted balloons over the
scenic LakeDistrict in England for
many years, but is now considering New
Zealand as his long term base.
‘‘Thegreat thing about ballooning
over Methven and the surrounding area
is that it is protected to alarge extent by
the Southern Alps.
‘‘There can be light windsyear
round, and althoughIdid more balloon
flights this last summer, this area in the
winter and withsnowonthe mountains
is asight to behold.’’
Mr Church saidthreequarters of his
customers wereusually from overseas,
but that would change in the coming
Withthe promotion of domestic
tourism, he hopes moreKiwis will take
flights and will jump in aballoon to
enjoy theexhilaration and thrill of
floating above the land.
Like anumber of Methven
businesses, he is asupporter of a
campaign run by Mt Hutt skifieldthat
promotes a‘‘kids for free’’ package.
Youngsters aged five and upwards
are able to go on aballoon flight with
be found on the Adventure Balloons
Hot air balloon operator Graeme Church uses four possible launch sites near Methven, depending on
the wind, for his scenic balloon trips. (Photo: Dan McLaughlin)
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It’s been awhirlwind few
months for Ashburton bike
shop owners Paul and Monique
Brake, who are currently riding
awave of cycling resurgence.
The couple, who run Stoked
Cycles on Burnett Street, began
operating in midFebruary, but
five weeks later were forced to
shut up shop because of the
The business reopened for
contactless click and collect
bike maintenance under level 3
and since level 2has been flat
out with bike servicing and
Extra staff have been
employed to meet servicing
demand and some long days
have been put in by the Brakes.
Paul Brake said alot of
people had rediscovered alove
of biking during lockdown, or
had enjoyed the time off to get
on their bikes.
Families and people of all
ages had jumped into the
saddle to get exercise and to
keep their sanity.
‘‘We’re flat out right now,
but Idoexpect things to calm
Stoked Cycles owners Paul and Monique Brake.
down abit soon.
‘‘From abusiness point of
view, it’s been great for us, but
it’s gone from having no work
to having more than we can
handle at times.’’
He said up to 40 bikes had
been lined up for servicing and
repair work in recent days.
He and his team were
catching up with the backlog.
Monique Brake said new
bike sales had also been brisk.
Electric bikes and children’s
bikes had been big sellers
Mrs Brake said her husband
had been packing in regular
13hour days and working
weekends to meet demand.
The couple’s three children
had been cared for by willing
grandparents on anumber of
occasions over the past few
diesel, dust, men &machine
by Kevin Freeman
212 East Street,Ashburton. Phone 308 8309
weeks. ‘‘We’re grateful for the
support of family and friends
and we’re also grateful to the
customers who have been
understanding at this very busy
The Brakes are looking
forward to getting out on their
bikes as afamily when things
calm down abit, but for now,
they’re happy with the decision
to buy their own business.
Ashburton show goes on, for now
Ashburton A&P secretary
By Toni Williams
Organisers of the Ashburton
A&P Show will plough ahead,
planning for an annual show but
keeping the budget in mind.
There is plenty of support for
the twoday event to go ahead as
usual on October 30 and 31, but
that will centre on government
restrictions around Covid19.
Members confirmed their
backing at the association’s
annual general meeting this
week and duly elected Peter
Stewart to the president’s role,
with Victor Schikker as senior
Ray Colville continues as
Association secretary Lucille
Brown said those present were
keen for organisers to proceed
but keep costs low so if it was
cancelled there would be little,
or no financial loss.
Aworst case scenario will see
the show cancelled, but sections
could be held as standalone
“Every section of the A&P
association has their own
committee and their own
meetings,” she said, and that
could make events easier to
“They were all very keen.”
The annual show attracts
several thousand visitors.
It’s avery enthusiastic
committee with new members
coming through, she said.
“It was lovely to see.”
There were also presentations
to association stalwarts Lynette
Lovett, Marion Brown and
Mrs Lovett was awarded an
honorary life membership,
following numerous roles on the
committee including as
president and with the home
Mrs Brown has retired after
many decades involvement with
the home industries pavilion.
And Mr Butterick was
presented with an engraved
silver salver for his role as
immediate past president.
Kevin Freeman’s Diesel,Dust,Men &Machine is awell
researched and well written ode to the men and the
machines “thatbuilt the earth dams,canals,lakes
and structures forwhich we areindebted as we go
about our daily lives.” Thebook covers the vehicles
and contractors who made the Hydrodams and
canals of the South Island in the 60s,70s and 80s.
Filled with pictures and information, Freeman captures
an importantpartofour NZ’shistory.
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WI member Dianne Carter, with Ashburton Hospital maternity unit manager Julie Dockrill and WI members
Yvonne Lister and president Mavis Wilkins holding some of the donated woollen goods.
By Toni Williams
Scores of baby blankets, singlets, hats
and booties have been lovingly
knitted by the ladies of the Women’s
Institute for infants in the Ashburton
Hospital maternity unit.
Wool garments for infants are
regularly knitted by the Mid
Canterbury Federation of WI
members, but this was the largest
blanket drop with around 35
It was helped by members who
picked up their knitting needles
Ashburton Hospital maternity unit
manager Julie Dockrill, who received
the donation this week, welcomed
the wool items.
She said the babies and their
families keep each of the donated
items they are given, which if
purchased could be quite costly.
The knitted goods helped bring
the community together and gave the
newborns valuable wool garments
from ladies with life experience.
There are around 140 births at the
unit ayear; this can swell up to 300
babies and mothers annually if they
return to the unit from birthing in
She said natural products were
always better to use than polar fleece
to keep babies warm.
The brightly coloured blankets
were also ideal for cots, pepe pods
and car seats and as it was breathable
helped support safe sleeping.
The WI members are keen to hear
from people who may have excess
wool able to be used for more knitted
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in their journey to
Ms Straker said
becoming smokefree was a
big step, but “one of the
best decisions you will ever
Stopping smoking can
be hard and there is no
magic cure, however there
is plenty of support to help
you, she said.
The annual day is
celebrated globally on May
31 and comes as
government officials, just
this week, passed abill to
make smoking in cars with
children an offence.
Police will be able to
issue people breaching the
law with onthespot fines
It is expected to benefit
thousands of children who
will have healthier lungs as
Associate Minister of
Health Jenny Salesa said
the law makes it an offence
to smoke in amotor
vehicle carrying anyone
‘‘We’re doing this
because children are
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the harmful effects of
secondhand smoke due to
their smaller lungs, higher
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“We know that secondhand
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even with the windows
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unacceptable risk to kids
who never asked to be
exposed to secondsmoke,
and deserve afighting
chance at alife of healthy,
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UK, most Canadian
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The Ashburton Aviation
Museum is looking forward to
welcoming visitors and members
back now gathering numbers
have been lifted to 100.
The museum houses its
collection in two hangars at the
Ashburton Airport and pride of
place is aHarrier jump jet used
in the Falkland’s war.
The museum has been shut
since early March because of
Covid19 and its members have
not met for fear of catching and
spreading the virus.
But from tomorrow, they will
be able to resume their
workshop gatherings on
Wednesdays and Saturdays, and
the museum will be able to open
again daily from 13pm.
President Warren Janett said
up to 25 members at atime
attended the workshops, which
were about maintaining and
improving their collection of
aviation items and socialising.
Members had missed their
regular catchups, he said.
The museum also uses
another hangar for restoration.
It currently houses an English
plane built in 1945 and which
turned up on Kiwi shores three
The Chrislea Super Ace is a
recreational plane, built to
compete against the likes of the
Ashburton Aviation Museum president Warren Janett is keen to see visitors again.
Mr Janett said the museum
collection included 28 planes
and attracted up to 10 people a
day. When bad weather closed
Mt Hutt to skiers, many of them
make their way down the plains
to check out planes and aviation
equipment of bygone eras.
Some pay for the chance to fly
in the museum’s flight simulator,
which provides arealistic flight
experience for wouldbe pilots.
The software includes realistic
flight scenery and the pilot and
copilot see the world from
above just as apilot would.
The operator can adjust the
flying experience to show snow
in the winter. The simulator uses
the controls of an ATR aircraft
used in provincial New Zealand.
Mr Janett said it had been very
The aviation museum is
planning an open day to
celebrate the end of Covid19
Cheers as MSA members return
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Regulars are back enjoying a
beer and ayarn with mates at
the Ashburton Club and MSA.
Bars like the MSA reopened
last week after an eightweek
shutdown due to Covid19.
There was abuzz in the air
and asteady stream of members
heading through the door for
postwork drinks late last Friday
afternoon when the Ashburton
Courier paid avisit.
MSA president Murray
Campbell greeted most by first
name as they signed in and
found atable to sit at.
Unlike previous times, the
bar has to provide table service
for now and numbers are
limited to amaximum of 100.
Enjoying afavourite ale on a
table of four were drinking
mates Guildford Lane, Trevor
McCormick and Tony Inwood.
Collectively they share
around 150 years of MSA
Catching up for ayarn and abeer at the MSA on Friday were (from left) Guildford Lane, Trevor
Robertson, Malcolm McCormick and Tony Inwood.
Guildford Lane said he had
missed his regular trips to the
MSA and the camaraderie he
The beer and atmosphere at
the venue were both good and
he had been amember for
around 45 years.
‘‘It took me eight years to get
balloted in, but Iwouldn’t drink
The MSA has taken on two
extra staff members to manage
the current table service
Avideo running on one of the
screens shows in virtual reality
how the venue will look after the
current big refurbishment
project has been completed.
Mr Campbell said the project
has been delayed but work is
well under way again. He said
the newlook MSA would
feature three ground floor
restaurants and combined
seating for 200 people.
There was also aretractable
roofplanned and billiardsand
conference rooms would be
Mr Campbell said it was
great to see the venue back
operating and goodtosee the
smiles and hearthe banter of
Ecan rate rise disgraceful, says councillor
(ECan) hashalved its proposed
rate rise of 9.8 per cent but Mid
Canterbury councillor Ian
Mackenzie said the regional
authority should have tried
harder to lower rates even more.
Cr Mackenzie was one of five
mainly rural councillors to vote
against anew proposed rate rise
of 4per cent.
He believes this will be
difficult for ratepayers as they
struggle with the economic
fallout of Covid19.
He said ECan staffhad
worked hard on a2.3 per cent
rise option that would have seen
no existingprogrammes cut and
some cash reservesused.
But after along and tense
(supported by one South
Canterbury councillor and one
from Rangiora) pushed for more
spending on climate change
engagement, anew coastal plan
and atree plantingprogramme
and public transport.
Cr Mackenzie said the 4per
cent rise, that will be officially
voted on next month as part of
the annualplan process, would
see small decreases for urban
people in Mid Canterbury and
small increases for rural folk in
But it would mean double
digit increases for ratepayers at
Rangiora, Leeston and Darfield.
He said it was adisgraceful
decision, given the economic
uncertainty caused by the
pandemic and the stressmany
people are under now.
‘‘We argued that it didn’t
make sense at atimeofcrisis and
significant hardship for ECanto
raise any more money than
Cr Mackenzie said council
should have shown more
empathy with their ratepayers.
‘‘There are people who have
lost their business or their job.
They have come out of lockdown
stunned and the last thing they
need is to get the message that
the regional council doesn’t care.
‘‘I would have thought the
prudent decision was to keep
rates as low as possible and
review our options in six months
New World owner/operator Jeremy Rooney and initial donations for the
Unlock ‘n’ Restock foodbank drive.
Food stocks pile
in for community
By Toni Williams
Donations of food items for the district’s
foodbanks are steadily streaming in as
word of the Unlock ‘n’ Restock spreads.
Businesses, individuals and schools
have got behind the foodbank booster
organised by Property Brokers
New World owner/operator Jeremy
Rooney said donations for the Unlock
‘n’ Restock were slow to start but
gradually picking up.
Some items had already been
collected by the realtors, including New
World’s own donation of items.
Mr Rooney said staff at the
supermarket had been worked through
some nerveracking conditions in the
past few months.
The supermarket employs 182 staff, in
fulltime and parttime positions, so no
additional staff were employed over the
They had worked some long days, he
“They have been amazing. I’m super
proud of them.”
And there is light at the end of the
tunnel as alert levels drop and
restrictions eased around gathering
The supermarket’s stock levels were
also back at to anormal level.
Mr Rooney said the supermarket’s
hours would remain 8am to 8pm until
June 8, and then revert to 9pm closing.
He said the entry process at the door,
with astaff member on duty, will remain
for now as areminder for two metre
physical distancing in store.
It would be reviewed as government
gathering restrictions eased even more.
He appreciated times were tough for
some people in the community and was
keen to support the foodbank drive.
“As we’re locally owned it’s awesome
to be able to give back to the community
we live in,” he said.
Asentiment echoed by the Dorie
Senior pupils at the school were also
thinking of their community when they
dropped off asizeable food donation at
the realtors earlier this week in support
of the food drive.
The student council organised a
school mufti day which called for nonperishable
food items as the payment.
Covid19 has impacted on many in the
community and foodbanks, traditionally
busy in winter, are happy for the help.
Food donations can be dropped off at
Property Brokers Ashburton, Tinwald
Supervalue, Netherby Four Square and
New World Ashburton until June 5.
NZ needs strong farmers
Nationwide attention postCovid19
lockdown is now turningtoeconomic
recovery, or at least slowing the freefall,
says Mid Canterbury arable farmer
‘‘We need to understand what we can
do well as anation, what we can do
better and what we can do to extract
more value in order to earn the foreign
exchange that is so desperately needed
for the economic prosperity of this
Mr Clark, whowas unchallenged for
the role as provincial president during
voting at Federated Farmers Mid
Canterbury’s annual general meeting,
said the closing of the borders to tourists
for an extended period is the equivalent
to foot and mouth disease.
‘‘The ensuring (and justified in my
view) lockdown during level 4has dealt
acrushing blow to countless retail,
hospitality and service sector businesses.
‘‘We have heard of 1000 redundancies
at Fletchers and afurther 1300 at Air
New Zealand, this will only increase as
the wage subsidies come to an end and
business owners confront reality that
their market may not returnfor some
time,’’ he said, in his president’s report.
‘‘More than ever, New Zealand needs
astrong, vibrantand economically,
environmentally and socially sustainable
Primary Production Sector.’’
He said borrowing ‘‘seemingly
limitless billions of dollars from offshore
to recyclewithin our economy on some
grandscale socialwelfare experiment is
not apathway to long term sustainable
It would be betterachieved by
producinggoods and services to sell to
the rest of the world.
‘‘As the agricultural sector we were
fortunate to be able to operate our farms
pretty much as usual with only some
He said more draconian restrictions
could have severely limited the ability to
harvest crops, establish new crops and
undertake many time criticalfarm tasks.
He was thankful for how well farmers
were supported by our associated
industries and service firms over the
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will be the spokesperson for
biosecurity in arevamped
National Party lineup
announced this week by new
leader Todd Muller.
Mr Falloon is also the
associate spokesperson for
agriculture and associate
spokesperson for transport.
He said all three areas were
important parts of the postcovid
Mr Muller announced Selwyn
MP Amy Adams had put her
retirement from politics on hold
to be the Covid19 recovery
spokesperson. Nikki Kaye is the
Mr Muller has been aregular
visitor to Mid Canterbury to talk
through agriculture issues with
the district’s farming community.
Mr Falloon, afirstterm
Member of Parliament, said he
was pleased the new leader had
been confident to hand him the
‘‘As we’ve seen in recent
months, New Zealand’s place in
the world affords us anumber of
natural advantages. To maintain
that advantage requires eternal
vigilance to keep out invasive
pests and threats to our
economic and environmental
‘‘In recent years I’ve worked
Rangitata MP Andrew Falloon and new National leader Todd
with local farmers hard hit by
Mycoplasma bovis, an issue that
sits within the biosecurity
Mr Falloon said he would
continue to lobby government
for the best outcomes for
farmers and communities across
He said he would also work
with National’s transport
spokesperson Chris Bishop to
ensure the South Island got afair
share of infrastructure funding,
instead of afocus on Auckland.
‘‘Infrastructure projects are an
important way that government
can stimulate the economy in the
short term, while also removing
handbrakes to our economic
growth in the longer term.
‘‘Chris and Iare yet to work
out my specific delegation, but
naturally Ihave abig interest in
provincial roading and coastal
shipping. The aviation sector is
another big one with huge
challenges ahead of them. Air
New Zealand is avital part of
keeping Kiwis connected with
the world, but that can’t come at
the neglect of serving smaller
Mr Falloon said the new
leader had an excellent business
pedigree and work ethic.
He had known him since
before he was an MP, when he
worked at Fonterra.
‘‘In times of crisis he is cool,
calm and collected, exactly what
we need as we move to alonger
term recovery and look to mend
Mr Muller says New
Zealanders need the experience
and management skills of his
party to come through the worst
economic crisis since the end of
the World War 2.
He will be spokesperson for
small business and national
security, while Ms Kaye will have
the education and sport and
Hamilton East MP David
Bennett is the party’s agriculture
previous held by the new leader.
Mrs Adams has Covid19
recovery, while Judith Collins
has economic development and
regional development. Paul
Goldsmith has finance, Gerry
Brownlee has foreign affairs,
Michael Woodhouse health,
Louise Upston social
development, Scott Simpson
environment, Todd McClay
trade and tourism, and Chris
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levels. Its water quality has been
aproblem for 20 years.
Areport to the Ashburton
Water Zone Committee this
week said poor water quality
could be the result of
contamination by household
septic tanks, the Ashburton
District Council’s sewage
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fenced from the waterway.
The creek has now been
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Expensive faecal source
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At Boundary Road, human
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Ashburton District Council
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Mr Ashton said the
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already captured the attention of
the Hinds Districts Lions Club,
who are able to coordinate and
help improve the waterway with
fencing and riparian planting to
prevent creek banks eroding.
Zone committee member
Chris Allen suggested afiveyear
timeline allowing contamination
sources to be identified and dealt
with, and community groups to
be involved with fencing and
planting the creek.
Staff hit the books
building accreditation staffare
goingback to schooltomeet new
regulations that theymust now have
they have been successfully doing.
The newruleshave been brought
in since councilwas last audited as a
BuildingConsent Authority in 2018
when all threestaff members were
Theymustnow study 25 hours a
week for three years, at acost of
$12,000 each, to achieve the
Building services manager
MichaelWong said it was
disappointingthe staff were no
longer considered compliant,
despite their relevant trades
experience or qualifications.
They now needed adegree or
diploma in construction, surveying
or architecture, he toldcouncillors
whenpresenting the result of the
issuesraised in the audit could result
in council losingits accreditation.
Mr Wong said the three staff were
now enrolled in asuitable course,
whichthe audit bodysaw as meeting
He said the new rules wereabout
making the industry more
professional, but accreditation staff
needed morethan theoretical
Fulton Hoganhas just started
spraying footpaths around the
district for lichen. ‘‘We do not
spraylichen during summer
whenthe pores are closed and
lichengoes into hibernation,’’
said service delivery group
manager Neil McCann. He
said Fulton Hogan would carry
out afull lichenspray
programme in Ashburton,
Tinwald, Hinds, Mayfield,
Rakaiaand Methven. Grey
Power has beencorresponding
with council about footpathsit
thinks are dangerous and
slipperywhen wetbecause of
the lichen. The groupsays
lichenand loose stonechips
are an ongoing issuefor its
elderly members and they
have been complainingfor
several years about the stateof
footpaths in town.
No ACT yet
The ACTparty has
announced the namesof
candidatesstanding in 49 of
the 65 generalelectorates, but
thereis no candidate for
Rangitata yet. Aspokesperson
at ACThead office said there
was no announcementofa
Rangitata candidate, but there
couldbeinthe near future.
Tom Corbett stood for ACTin
Rangitata in 2011, 2014 and
2017,polling280, 429and 262
election. Rangitata National
MP Andrew Falloon polled
19,994 votesin2017, with
Labour’s Jo Luxton second
One persondied following a
serious crash on Maronan
Roadon Tuesday evening.
The twovehicle crash between
Kennels and Lillsroads, was
reported at 6.10pm;diversions
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Atop walk with unbeatable views
By Mick Jensen
Canterburyhas plentyofhiking tracks
and scenic walks,but some of the best
scenery around can be found on the
Peak Hillroute near Lake Coleridge.
The Department of Conservation
(DOC) maintained track offers
sweeping views of the lakeand the
majesty of the high country.
DOC classes the track as expert,
simplybecause the walk is exposedand
But on acalm,clear, balmy day the
walk is agem and theeffort of the climb
versusthe reward of the views make it
Peak Hillisaccessed off Algidus
Road, which can be picked up 5km
beforeLake Coleridge Village, or by
going through the village and up the
gravelroad andturning left to follow
From asignedparkingarea off
Algidus Roadthere is amarked
easement over private land and thena
clearly markedroute to the summit.
It’s prettymuch straight into agrunty
climb,but the views grow witheach
strideand after 3045 minutes walkers
are rewarded with theimpressive sight
of the easternend of LakeColeridge.
From the fenceline the track
continues to climband follows anarrow
The reward of theascent comes with
expansiveviews across the western arm
of Lake Coleridge and out towards the
headwaters of the Rakaia and
The braidedriver system, steep
mountains and splendour of the high
country are laid bare before you.
The top of the climb is marked with
Mid Canterbury hiking friends Murray Thompson, Mandy Hurst and Jude O’Connor climb the steep first section of the Peak Hill track.
astacked stone cairn and the flattish
plateau has plentyofroom to escape
fellow walkersand to take in the peace
I’ve done the walkonanumber of
occasions andInever tire of the natural
Sometimes there havebeen just a
couple of otherwalkersonthe track
and afew morethan that on other
But,onthe first weekend of level2
restrictions, my Sunday hike to the top
withthreehiking buddies was also
shared with an estimated80plus
It was agloriousweather day with
verylittle windand clearblueskies and
everyone wantedataste of freedom
PeakHillisaknown gem and awalk
enjoyedbyyoung and old.
While somewere puffing hard, and
others sweating off aboozy party the
night before, agroupoffit, enthusiastic
teenagerswere running down after a
similarrapidscramble to the top.
The track takesmost people
between two andthree hours to the
top.The descent takesalittleless time,
but can be hard on the knees.
Pick agood day, take acamera and
the rightgear and tick off one of New
Zealand’s best shortwalks from your
We’d love to hear aboutyour favourite
walkorride in our patch.Please getin
Topping up the food
of our native birds
It’s that timeofyear
and native birds’ food
suppliesmay need abit
country gardens have
native birds,which is
the bestway to support
suitable for their
fruitand sugar water;
silver eyes alsolike fat.
Insect feeders such
as fantailsand grey
warblersare harder to
please –the bestway to
plenty of insects to eat
litter that mayharbour
flowering plants that
attract insectsall year
feeder fullofseeds if
Seedsand grain attract
and insecteaters as it is
madefrom grain. Milk
birdsand honey is best
Nature Matters, with Mary Ralston
Fruit and sugar water can help native birds
survive through the winter (Photo: George
bee diseases. Cooked
birds as it can harden
around thebeak and
feeders,stick to fruit or
sugar water andfor
silvereyes,fat in awire
or string holder
branch or porch.Fruit,
orange, can be nailed
to aboardplaced on a
fruit andflowers that
will be home to insects.
Sugar water can be
made by dissolving half
acup of sugar in four
cups of warmwater
(this is asugartowater
ratio of 1:8). Anything
highermay attract bees
andwasps or start to
ferment.And of course,
garden is important.
as rats and stoats also
Ski packages offered to
boost Methven tourism
By Linda Clarke
Long weekend ski packages aimed at
people in Wellington and other New
Zealand cities are being promoted far
and wide to attract domestic tourists to
Experience Mid Canterbury (EMC)
has been among the first tourism
promoters out of the gates postcovid
and is already pushing videos of scenic
Methven and Mid Canterbury on You
Tube and social media.
Afourmonth campaign is under
way to encourage Kiwis to shop, eat,
stay and play in Mid Canterbury.
EMC manager Bruce Moffat said
one video post on Facebook had
reached 8500 people, with 2500 people
clicking the link to watch the video to
He said the domestic tourism market
would be slow to grow as people were
cautious about venturing too far from
home. ‘‘People are still unsure if it is
safe to travel around New Zealand. It
will take time.’’
Even the coming Queen’s Birthday
weekend was not expected to generate
Mt Hutt skifield is due to open on
June 12 and more people were
expected to be travelling around
Canterbury by then.
‘‘As Air New Zealand lifts its
capacity, we will start seeing people
from Wellington in particular coming
down to spend afew days skiing. It is
not all glum and we are looking on the
Mr Moffat said EMC would
continue to be proactive and
pragmatic about promoting the district
and encouraging visitors to spend their
MBIE estimates showed visitor
spend in the district from April 2019 to
the end of March was $188 million,
down $3m in the last month because of
Covid19. About onethird of that was
from international visitors.
EMC is also part of awider regional
campaign encouraging people to travel
to Christchurch and Canterbury.
EMC’s marketing strategy is aligned
to the country’s alert levels with two
scenarios at alert level 0, 1215 months
away. The first is limited international
markets with EMC focusing on
domestic and transTasman markets
and the second is business as usual,
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Pass the popcorn please!
MOORE- THOMAS: Lyndon
and Jo, Murray and Shirley
along with their extended
families are absolutely
delighted toannounce the
engagement of Sarah and
HEWSON, Valerie Marguerite
(nee Ranson), Sadly and
unexpectedly passed away
at Ashburton Hospital on
May 24, 2020, aged 85
years. Dearly loved wife
of the late Alan Hewson,
loved mother and mother
in law ofSharon and Gary,
Gene and Melanie, Wayne,
and the late Phillip. Nana
to Craig, Mitchell and his
wife Ana, Courtenay, and
Ethan, and a very much
beloved sister. Messages
to the Hewson family c/-
P O Box 472, Ashburton
7740. Aspecial thanks to
Coldstream Lifecare who
cared for Val over the past
96 Tancred Street,
Phone 307 8317
Your support has
been greatly appreciated. A
private family service for Val
will be held.
MacPHERSON: Ian Robert
(Bob): After a short
illness Bob passed away
at Ashburton Hospital
on Tuesday 19th May
2020. Loving and loved
husband of Rosalie for
57 years dearly loved
father and father in law of
Margaret Macpherson and
Chris Robertson, Pauline
and Paul Watkin, Andrew
and partner Christine and
Chris and Kate. Adored
Grandfather of Georgia,
Andrew and Ella; Caleb
and Caro, Jacob and
Hannah and Rebekah;
Beth and Shawn Beamish
and Matthew; Rob and
Gus and their Mum,
Emma. Messages to the
Macpherson family c/-
P.O. Box 472, Ashburton.
Bob has been privately
cremated and laid to rest at
WELSH, John: Passed away
peacefully on Sunday 24th
May 2020 at Ashburton
Hospital, aged 78 years.
Dearly loved husband
of Noelene, loved and
respected brother in law of
Gavin and Shona Prebble
and Kevin and Lorraine
Hartnett. Beloved uncle of
all his nephews and nieces
and their families. Messages
to the Welsh family c/- P
O Box 472, Ashburton
7740. Special thanks to the
doctors and nurses of Ward
1 Ashburton Hospital for
their extraordinary care of
John. At Johns request a
private service has been
03 307 7433
Francis (Tony): Marie and
family sincerely thank
everyone for their kindness
and support following the
passing of Tony, a much
loved husband, father
and grandad. We are very
grateful for the phone calls,
visits, cards, and flowers
that were received. Thank
you also to those who
attended Tony’s Requiem
Mass. A special thanks to
Father Denis Nolan for
his love and care for our
family. Special thanks to
the staff of Tuarangi Home,
Ashburton for their care of
Tony and for the way you
also included all our family.
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By Toni Williams
Kevin Stewart and Lynn Arthur
returned to work from
lockdown to astore full of
murder, mayhem and romance.
There was also some actionpacked
fighting, comedy and a
few musical numbers.
It’s no real surprise, they
work at United Video
Ashburton’s last remaining
video rental store.
Kevin, who has owned the
store for 21 years, says
reopening was agreat chance
to reconnect with their
members, many of who missed
coming instore having achat
and selecting amovie.
The duo was keen to see a
return of members who may
have taken to online streaming
sites or television’s on demand
platforms over lockdown.
“We are slowly building up a
return (of people) to dvd hire,”
The store reopened at Alert
Level 3after athorough clean
including shelves, cases and
dvds. It was like an autumn
springclean, Kevin says.
The postlockdown clean
proved agood time to sort
through surplus dvds and
games and there is now an
extensive range available for
United Video’s Lynn Arthur and Kevin Stewart are surrounded by murder, action-packed
adventure and romantic comedy.
Lynn says dvds and cases are
also cleaned down as they
return from hire.
She has worked in the store
for 19 years and says prior to
lockdown some members took
up the store’s offer to hire bulk
movies and games to keep them
It’s now time to return them,
she says with asmile.
Over lockdown Lynn
watched the romantic comedy
movie Last Christmas and
caught up on the ending of
Game of Thrones.
She also took up baking
(along with the rest of the
country), sorted the garden and
cleaned out her house, which
was aprelude to the cleaning of
In stark contrast, Kevin took
home afew new release movies
but did not watch any. In an
effort to stop going stir crazy
inside, he took up walking the
streets for up to an hour and a
half each day.
He also works ANZCO
security, which as an essential
service kept him busy too.
Farmers supply mince
to local foodbanks
By Toni Williams
Meat the Need founders
Siobhan O’Malley and
Wayne Langford have
helped supply four
months’ worth of meat to
37 foodbanks across the
South Island, including
Ashburton, in just six
It’s all thanks to the
generosity of Meat the Need
donors and an idea which was
put into action.
Siobhan, who has previously
farmed in Mid Canterbury with
husband Chris, said Wayne
came up with the concept and
the two of them ironed out the
details before calling on the
rural community to lend ahand.
‘‘He dropped off some meat
to his local foodbank and found
out how long it would last,” she
“He worked out that if you
could scale the supply across the
country, this was aquantity that
might actually be able to be
supplied by farmers. So
together we came up with aplan
to make it happen.”
The duo pitched the idea of a
charitable nationwide supply
chain and Silver Fern Farms got
Siobhan said their
involvement was an enormous
boost, ‘‘as we could accept
cattle, deer and sheep for
donation from anywhere in NZ
from launch, which was huge”.
They have used arural
network of hidden talents,
including adairy farmer from
Northland who did the
branding and afarmer’s
daughter who made the launch
video, with support from
industry bodies like Beef
+LambNZ and DairyNZ, to
spread the word.
“The response has been
support in most cases,” she said.
“We had farmers donating
through our website within the
first 24 hours of launch, which
we were very grateful for.
“In the first month,
approximately 125 animals were
donated, and we are just getting
She said 100 per cent of
farmer donations went to
foodbanks as mince, with
sponsorship and public
donations sought to cover lean
Mince was the preferred
choice of foodbanks as it was
versatile for families, easier to
store and cook, and could feed
multiple people from one pack,
The duo met while on an
industry board for dairy that
gives feedback to Primary ITO.
Living just an hour away from
each other, at Tasman and
Golden Bay respectively,
allowed them to meet and share
ideas on projects.
“We both shared an interest
in NZ farming on social media
(he runs YOLOFarmer and I
run Pukeko Pastures) so we had
some good chats.”
Siobhan would like to see
Meat the Need grow, not only
with ongoing donations from
farmers supplying highly
nutritious export quality protein
to foodbanks for in need
families across New Zealand,
but also to include other
primary sector products using a
similar framework to red meat.
“For instance, I'd love to talk
to Synlait about their farmers
donating milk and them
supplying baby formula, or
Westland Milk Products or
Fonterra supplying UHT milk,”
Donating meat, or money, to
Meat the Need can be done via
the website www.meattheneed.
org or through your Silver Fern
Kevin says Covid19 had
disrupted film production
globally, which would have a
flowon effect with new
releases to the video market.
In March when the country
went to into lockdown new
releases included movies such
as 1917, Jumanji, Star Wars,
The Grudge and Dr Dolittle
which are still in now, two
But it’s agood time to catch
up on some movie viewing with
amix of new releases and real
classics in store.
Adementia support group in
Ashburton will have its first
meeting next month.
The support group is being
organised by Princes Court
manager Lorraine Bryan and is
aimed at helping families
dealing withdementia and
telling them about care options
that are available.
The first meeting will be at
the Grace Presbyterian Church
Hall, opposite Princes Court, on
Princes Street on Thursday
June 11. It will run from 1.30pm
Lorraine said the group
would run on the second
Thursday of each month.
Princes Courthas 35
dementia beds,but the number
of people with dementia is
She said fear of the unknown
stopped many families affected
by dementiafrom seeking help.
People often waited too long.
Some avoided asking for help
because they feared they would
lose their homesand their
savings payingfor dementia
She said lockdown had been
tough for caregivers in the
community, who were unable to
access respite care. Many had
questions that could be
answered at the support group
Those planning to attend
should contact Princes Courton
308 0302, for catering purposes.
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Hot pools work to start
Fullscale groundworks on the
Methven hot pools will begin
soon and the project is expected
to be ready by next winter.
The $15 million Opuke Thermal
Pools and Spa project will be
built on land near the Methven
Trotting Club and will offer three
very separate experiences; affordable
family bathing, adult exclusive
bathing, and high quality spa
The project, which has a$7.5m
loan from the Government’s Provincial
Growth Fund (PGF), will
be the first of its kind in New
Zealand to be heated by solar
power and produce no emissions.
Project steering team member
James McKenzie said a lot of
work had taken place in recent
weeks to lock down pricing and to
make the detailed design features
fit into the budget.
The budget was tight, but the
project retained the vision of the
Opuke hot pools and he was
excited to be involved with it.
Exploratory ground works had
begun in January and the main
contractors were expected on site
next month, when foundation
work would begin.
‘‘The building consent has now
Labour List MP Jo Luxton, Regional Development Minister
Shane Jones and James McKenzie in front of the Blue Pub when
the Provincial Growth Fund loan was announced in February
come through from Ashburton
council, so it’s full steam ahead.’’
Construction was expected to
take around one year, but by
summer the shell of the complex
would be obvious, he said.
Solar panels and heat pumps
would be ordered later and landscaping
Mr McKenzie said project
investors had spoken with PGF
staff recently and araft of conditions
relating to the funding had
been ticked off.
The first tranche of PGF funds,
around $1m, had been spent on
the detailed design work, but the
bulk would go on the build.
An economic benefit study
estimates that the project will
create 120 jobs both directly and
indirectly, and will add an estimated
$162m to the local economy
over 10 years.
Support for migrants
Hakatere Multi Cultural Council has beenproviding
support for struggling migrants duringlockdown.
Around 25 migrants have been given supermarket
vouchersfor local shops,aswell as someheating
Most of the migrants are on temporary work visas,
whichhave strict conditions attached.
Hakatere Multi Cultural Council coordinator Adi
Avnitsaid somemigrantshad faced times of hardship
over the last two months.
Thosewho had lost theirjobs were struggling to pay
their rent, bills and food.
Eightofthe 25 helpedhad cometothe district to
work in Methven, but winter jobshad been delayed.
He said migrants on temporary work visas were not
entitled to claim support from Winz, and theirvisas
were job specific.
If theylost their jobs, they needed to apply for a
new visa to be able to secureadifferent job.
Immigration NZ had beenclosed for aperiod
during lockdown and for some migrants that had
meantdelays in getting new visas,said Mr Avnit.
The migrants receivinghelp hailedfrom adozen
countries, includingthe UK, Czech Republic, Fiji,
Ireland, India, Jordan,the Philippines, Nigeria and
Mr Avnit said those receiving help had been very
Funding for the migrant support has come from the
Covid19 Community Awareness and Preparedness
GrantFund, which has distributed $4.8 million
Dog fees rise
Dog registration feesare
about to be notified by the
Council and poochownerswill
find they have
risen by 2.2 per cent,in
linewith othercouncil fees
charged under the Dog
Control Act must legally
be notified amonthbefore
theyare due to be
Thecost of registering a
arural dog risesfrom $54
to $55 while an unneutered
urban dogwill go
from$83 to $85; desexed
dogsrise from $54 to $55.
dangerous dogscost more
to register and there is a
late feeof$42 for urban
dogs and$28 for rural
Impounded dogs will
incuracost of $84 for the
firstoffence and $208for
the second, plusadaily
The cost of acallout to
will jump from$54 to
$120,bringing the callout
fee in line with other
Dog registration fees
will begin to be collected
on July 1.
Adi Avnit with boxes of donated hygiene
products from Waitaha Primary Health that he will
pass on to migrants being supported.
Mr Avnit said he still had some funds left, and if
there was still aneed when those funds had gone,he
would look at seekingmore support.
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Cantabrians to visit the Breast Cancer
Foundation NZ’s Pink Caravan and
learn about breast cancer and breast
The caravan will be parked in the
Countdown car park, on the corner of
East and Peter Streets, on Friday, June
5, between 10am and 2.30pm.
The caravan, named Pinkie, was due
to arrive prior to lockdown as part of a
South Island wide tour.
Pink Caravan manager Emilie
Petitdemange said the threemonth tour
had to come to ahalt during the Covid
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Individual Excellence in aSupportive Learning Environment
28 May 2020
Message From ThePrincipal
As we emerge from the COVID-19 Level 3and
4 restrictions there are some really important
people Iwish to acknowledgeand thank.
Firstly, toour parents and caregivers. Well done
on your collective wisdom. All ofusworry about
our children’s and grandchilden’s safety, and our
careand awillingness to support our nation-wide
requirements. This included adherencetothe Level3guidelines of not
sending their childrentoschool, unlessitwas unavoidable.
Nowthatweare at Level2the vast majority of our parents have chosen
to send their children back to school and on the first day that all our
students could attend,weweredelighted with ahigh overall attendance
My thanks also go to our parents for doing the best job they could
in supporting their child’s distance learning. All of us have had the
experience of trying to help students with work when wedonot know
the answer. I really appreciated the level of support onoffer toour
Secondly, to our student body. Thank you for doing the best job you
could in trying circumstances. Many of you have been busy getting to
grips with continuous online learning and have missed the ability to ask
questions and get instant feedback. All of us are committed to ensuring
thatwesupportyou on your academic pathwayinto the future.
Iwould also like to acknowledge our Student Executive who did a
brilliant job of providing an online presence tosupport our student
body. Our student leaders, inparticular, need tobeacknowledged
because they epitomised the notion that intough times the tough get
going. If youhave nothad achance to view their ‘Welcome Back Under
Level2’video thencheck it out on our Facebook page, or on the College
website (Latest News).
Thirdly,toour Collegestaff. They have doneanamazing job of keeping
the work flowing, organising our school under the various alert levels,
preparing for our return under Level 2,supporting our students and
theirfamilies,aswell as their own. In manycases our staff were having
to juggle their parental or ‘bubble’challenges whilst, atthe same time,
carrying out their responsibilities forAshburton College.
Going forward, our priority is, firstly, our Year 13 students, particularly
thosewho areaimingfor UniversityEntranceand/or NCEA Level3.Our
focus is on supporting these students asthey have the least amount
of time available to achieve their long-term goals. However, focused
supportwill be available to all students.
Iamsure all of us will remember the last eight weeks in many different
ways, but also now looking to the future, and with anawareness of
the implications of Level 4shutdown for many regarding employment
Teacher of English
Teacher of Science
Porsha Coley –Porsha will be knowntofamilies and students as aLearning
SupportAssistant. In order to take up teacher training Porsha resigned from
this position. However, she has,this year,been appointedtoteacher release
hours in the StudentLearning SupportUnit under her Limited Authorityto
HarmonyHodges –HarmonyisemployedasaLearning SupportAssistant
and, inMarch, transferred tocontinue this work in the Student Learning
SupportUnit,asopposed to working in mainstream classrooms.
Achieve Quality ShowPride HaveRespect
The most important thing we do is growyoung people.
Post-COVID Information and Dates
As the term restarts and adjustments are made to timeframes due
to the COVID-19 Lockdown period we will be able to advise various
arrangements and dates.
This is the information we have to date,
but theremay be morechanges which we will pass on
as we receiveupdatedinformation from various Governmentagencies.
Some currentchanges are:
Year 13 Students –are required to remain on campus for interval,
lunch times and study periods. They are able to study inthe Library
(staff supervised). This process will be reviewed later in the term and,
depending on our nationalstatus and advice, could change.
Progress Reports-TermTwo Dates:
These will beemailed to families by Friday 05June, Friday 19June and
Friday 03July; and families can also access them through the parent
No Teacher Only Day–
The Teacher Only Day scheduled for Friday 29May is not now taking
NZQA has advised that the end-of-year examination dates have been
pushed back bytwelve days, to allow for some additional preparation
Therefore, NCEAExamsnow startonMonday16November
and finish on Wednesday09December.
Theexam timetable will be available to students via College.
Thank You: First Mufti Dayfor 2020 –For
Mosque Attack First Responders,raised $970
On Monday 16March College held its first mufti day ofthe year, toraise
awareness of and funding for the first responders (St John Ambulance,
Canterbury) of the 15 March2019 Mosque attack.
The theme was‘Colour Your Day’, with students wearing bright clothing to
recognise the anniversaryofone of New Zealand’sdarkestdays.
It wasdecided tohave donations go to St John Ambulance as it is run and
staffed by people who arepassionate about serving their communities and
caring for fellow New Zealanders, and Christchurch members were in the
challenging position of beingfirst responders.
Abig thank you goes toall who contributed,
resultinginjust over$970 being raised for donation.
Your supportwas appreciated.
Phoenix Magazine 2019
An update forthose who have ordered and
paid forthe PhoenixMagazine.
This time, the magazine covers Term Four of 2018
and all of 2019. From here forward it will cover the
full year and be delivered/available forcollection by
familiesinTermOne of the followingyear.
Naturally there have been some delays to this
However–all who have paid will receivetheir copy
–this is scheduled forthe firsthalfofTermThree.
Familieswill be advised accordinglyrecollection or
Furtherorders canstill be taken-$25 percopy
To order:Please contactthe CollegeOffice -308 4193,
Storage Units Available forStudentDevices
We remindstudents andparents/caregivers thatthere is device storage
Is your electronic deviceweighingon your mind andyourbag?
Tiredofcarrying aroundyour devicebetween classes?
Worriedabout your devicegetting damaged during breaktimes?
Wanting somewheresecure to store your device?
TheCollege Libraryhas storage lockers available
to put devices in at anytime during the day.
TheLibraryhas padlocks which can be loaned to students,
or students canbring their own.
Access to storage lockers is available from before school
until 3:30pmevery day.
Formoreinformation:goto the Libraryand talk to the staff there.
StudentExecutiveLeadersare Leaders Still
When in Lockdown
Informationprovided by Head Girl PoppyKilworth with Student Executiveinput
hard, which was
to the factthat
this by still
Tuesdaymorning at 8:30am, but on aGoogle-meet virtual meeting.Here
they organised futureevents, discussed current events and talked about
whatcould be done to stayconnectedwith our school.
These discussions ledtothe Exec coming up with
dailycontent to post on the Instagram,including:
Motivational Monday, TLCTuesday, Workout Wednesday,
Tiktok Thursday and FundayFriday.
Instagramisasocial media platformrun by Head Girl PoppyKilworth and
Deputy Head Girl Maria Costas, and followed largely by the Ashburton
By posting daily on instagramthe Executivewas able to spread inspiration,
stay involved and have some fun with students during the quarantine.
Many students took part inthese daily posts/challenges which was super
rewarding forthe Exec.
At Dawn on AnzacDay
On Anzac Daymanyofthe students walked to the end of their driveway,at
6:00am, fortheir momentofsilenceinrespectofthe ANZACs.
International Days of Celebration
Alongside this, also posted were some international days of celebration
that were felt to be appropriate. Ian Teves, Head of the Environment
and Canteen Committee, createdsomestunning visual artworktoshow
appreciation forInternational Nurse Day, Earth Dayand OrangeJuiceDay.
Excitingeventswereplanned ahead: including sendingout baking to local
businesses thathad to work during lockdown, and a24-hour Bike Challenge
to raise funds forthe Salvation Army who areoncall 24/7. This is planned to
take placelaterinthe term.
As hard as these unprecedented times were,the Exec stayed strong
anddid its best to stay focusedonimproving the school.
Nonetheless theysaid: ‘weare happytosee the back of
COVID-19 andbeback at school!’
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Individual Excellence in aSupportive Learning Environment
Operating theatre can also be
used as infection control room
This is Language –NuttyTilez Winners in Oceania TopTen
In German classes,teacher TomKitchen and students use an online learning tool called 'This is
Language' forvocabulary, grammar and various other language learning aspects.
As with last year our College students of German took partinthe annual‘This is Language’Nutty
Tilez competition, wherestudents playagainst other students in real time,recalling vocabulary
they have learned.
Foreach correctanswer,astudentgets apointinasquareintheir colour.Students win by either
knocking out the other players (filling the entiresquarewith their colour), or by having the most
amountofcolour in the squareatthe end of twominutes. Studentsonly have fivelives and lose
Thecompetition ranoverthe weekend of 06-08 Marchwith aqualifying round on Friday, where
students had to reach acertain level aftertwentyfour hours to qualify forthe finalround which
College students placed extremely well with eightfinishing within the TopTen in Oceania, and
gaining all of the topthree placings as well.
The College students were in the Australasian competition, competing against students from
New Zealand,Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The eight College students and their Top Ten placings were – Tamaki Nishioka (1st),
Brendan Fleming (2nd), Riley Campbell (3rd), Mao Nishioka (5th), Angela Ciora (7th),
Olivia Lill (8th), Marlese Schoonderbeek (9th), Aidan Soal (10th).
Blogcomments from the topthreeplace-getters are:
1st placed TamakiNishioka(Year 12) said:
‘I prepared forthe NuttyTilez competition in class.The competition wasverytime-consuming
and Ineeded focus to pass each level in time which was kind of stressful, but overall Ithink it
2nd placed Brendan Fleming (Year 13) said:
‘The toughest thing was how long it took to get to the final level. Istarted when there were
about seven or eighthours leftsoIspentabout six of the following eighthours doing it,which
3rdplaced -Riley Campbell (Year 10) said:
‘I just saw the competition and decided Iwanted totry to win it. So-Itried, but other people
knew moreGerman than me but Iended up getting thirdsoIam still happyabout that’.
Anew operating theatre at
Ashburton Hospital can be
turned into anegativepressure
infectioncontrol room to treat
any Covid19patients in a
The theatre’s recovery room
has also beenrepurposed in the
manage suspected Covid19
patients, keepingthem separate
fromthe restofthe hospital.
The operating theatre and
recovery rooms were built in
2017when the Ashburton
community gave $8.7 million for
hospital improvements and
construction of the new 1040
square metre acuteassessment
unitand day procedure theatre.
Advance Ashburton Community
Foundation gave$1.5m, with
other funds from the Mackenzie
Charitable Trust, the Lion
Foundation, the Ashburton
Licensing Trust and the Trevor
The unit and operating
theatrehave been well used
since then, and now are part of
the hospital’sresponse to Covid
Rural health specialist and
consultant physician at
Ashburton Hospital Steve
Withingtonsaid the operating
useful in an unexpected way
during the hospital’s pandemic
He said while potential for the
virustospread could be
prevented through the use of
some treatments like the use of
ventilators could make the virus
aerosolise. Staff caring for these
patients needed ahigher level of
protection and contaminatedair
team had reversed the normal
positivepressure in the
negative pressure environment,
whichkept Covid19 bugs in.
He said thishad made the
theatre avery suitableplace for
control of infection and
The acute assessment unit, below, Dr Steve Withington,
consultant physician at Ashburton Hospital.
minimising risk of crossinfection,
air was not
allowed to escapetoother parts
of the hospital. The air was
‘‘This then allows
management of sick Covid19
patients, whenand if they
present, to be managed
effectively and safely without
increasing risk to staff and other
The restofthe acute
assessment unit had beenable to
function normally and safely for
people with noncovidproblems.
Dr Withington said
repurposingthe new theatre and
the facility meant patients were
safely navigated to the right care.
Most other rural hospitals do
not have negative pressure
roomsand those communities
were worried about how to
manage if amajor cluster arose
‘‘We are very grateful to the
donations that enable us to
provide the excellent standard of
clinical care locally.’’
This had translated into good
energy as staff plannedfor the
frustration at what was not
‘‘The response to Covid19
boughttogether or hospital and
primary care community,
everyone from the cleaners and
administrationteams through to
the nursing and medical
workforces. Collectively they
with and we are all truly grateful
for this facility, and the training
resources that the community
has supported us with so that we,
the health community,may
(Pictured above,lefttoright): Thetop three place-getters Brendan Fleming,TamakiNishiokaand
While many external events have been cancelled or postponed, there are anumber of
curriculum-relatedactivities still able to takeplace, plus some additional relevant dates.
Anyalterations will be advised as soon as knowntothe relevant groups.
01 Queen’s BirthdayWeekend Public Holiday
03 Year13 Ara Instituteliaison visit (Zoom meeting)
04 PostponementDay,College Duathlon, AshburtonMountain Bike track
05 AgricultureAcademy, Group 1, Farmbike Day, AshburtonShowgrounds
08 AgricultureAcademy, Group 2, Farmbike Day, AshburtonShowgrounds
09 Agriculture1and 2Farmbike Day, AshburtonShowgrounds
17 Year 13 UniversityofOtago Liaison visit (Zoom meeting)
22 Agriculture2,Farmbike Day, AshburtonShowgrounds
30 Agriculture3,Farmbike Day, AshburtonShowgrounds
Term Dates2020 –Terms Two, Threeand startofTerm Four
- Friday 03 July
Term Three - Monday20July -Friday25September
Term Four - Monday12October (final days to be confirmed)
Valuing our volunteers
Rangitata MP Andrew Falloon
I’m toldthis is my secondtolast
columninthis newspaper before
the election,and so beforeIput
pentopaper for the final time
aheadofSeptember 19 Idohave a
big thank you to make.
When Iwas first elected nearly
threeyearsago Imade apoint of
visitingasmany of our local
community and voluntarygroups
Growing up in Ashburton I’d
dealtwith anumberofthem, but it
was only when Isat down to put a
list together that Icould see just
how much we rely on theminthe
From health and welfare groups
to A&P showcommittees,local
sports clubs to seniors, newcomers
groups to budgetadvisory services.
All of which rely in some way on
the goodwillofvolunteers or the
generosity of our community.
Like alot of us many of our
community and voluntary groups
have been impacted by Covid19.
Demand for services has
increased, at the same time that
understandably become less
available,and fundraising has
becomemore challenging with the
cancellation of events.
That’saproblem. We’re so wellservedbythese
that Iwould struggle to imaginea
world without them. It’s no
exaggeration to say that for some
in our community they are the
difference between life and death,
the difference between ahealthy
or painful life,the difference
between ahot meal or noneatall.
The good news is that as a
community we can adapt. We’re
small enough that innovative ideas
by committedpeople can makea
real difference. Last week’s
73kilometre bike ride by Tony
Todd on his 73rdbirthdayisa
great example, raising around
$10,000 that Hospice Mid
Canterbury might otherwise
Others likeour local Rotary
have been continuing to meet by
Zoom, using technologythat I’m
sure just afew years ago would
have presented difficulties.
For all of them the sameistrue.
While some may be larger than
others, better funded, or like so
manyrun on the smell of an oily
rag,attheir very heart they have
people. Any organisation is only as
goodasthose who serve it.
In timesofcrisis it is often our
community groupsand volunteers
at the frontline who bear the
brunt, yet conversely those who
My thanks is to you.For coming
early and staying late. For
volunteering that extra hour, for
going that extramile.
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Todd’stally passes $10,000
At 26, Mathew Jack decided to ‘return
to school’. “I’d been working for 11
years and felt the need for achange
to challenge myself both mentally and
physically,” he says.
Mathew wanted to get into heavy
automotive engineering so enrolled
for an eight-month programme at
Ara Institute of Canterbury’s Timaru
Mathew says it was a big change
‘starting from the start’ again but he
“It was always enjoyable, especially
at the most challenging of times
when you really had to rely on what
you’d learnt to complete atask. Ihad
no prior experience inthis field and
it was sometimes difficult, but very
Tony Todd raisedmore than $10,700 for
Hospice Mid Canterbury last week, by
biking 73km around Ashburton onhis
73rd birthday and donations are still
The mammoth ride included around
25 cycling friends, biking in groups, with
stalwarts Paul Wylie and Kenny Johnston
and cycling newcomer John Catherwood,
and Lions Club of Ashburton
members. Lions members raised $1150
for their own cycling efforts, sponsored
by their organisation at $2 per km each
of them rode.
Mr Todd said a spa and a stretch
following the ride, along with rehydration
followed the ride. He was grateful
for the support by the community.
Diesel mechanic loveshis newcareer
rewarding when Ifound the solutions.”
Mathew’s been in the trade for four
years now. He works at Smallbone
in Ashburton where he’s an Isuzu
master technician (the top level) and
has been promoted to the role of
foreman/manager. His sights are now
set on testing his skills against Isuzu
mechanics from other countries, ata
competition in Japan.
Mathew says the excellent training he
received at Ara prepared him well for
his career.“It set me up to excel inan
exciting and demanding career, and
I’mreally grateful forthat.”
To find out about trades programmes
at Ara, including partial online
and distance delivery options, visit
Local news at www.starnews.co.nz
Noel Lowe Pakeke Lions Club president and Ashburton station manager and paramedic Heather
Keele with the new television. Photo Sharon Duthie, advanced paramedic.
The Pakeke Lions Club has used
some of the profits of its recent
charity market garage sale to buy
a60inch smart television for St
John Ashburton for cadet
Pakeke Lions Club president
Noel Lowe presented the
television recently and it will be
used to screen operations
training videos and podcasts.
‘‘We were pleased to donate to
such aworthy local cause,’’ Mr
Lowe said. ‘‘The club wishes to
acknowledge Smith &Church
Electrical 100% for giving their
generous support in the purchase
St John station manager
Heather Keele said it will make
training alot easier being able to
go online to view training
methods with podcasts and the
Training is essential to keep
trainees and staff up to date on
new equipment and methods.
Podcasts already viewed already
showed how to load an automatic
stretcher into an ambulance.
Now’sthe time to build an awesome career.
If you’dliketoearngood moneyand potentially be your ownboss,
Arahas the tradescourses to makeitareality. Options include
construction, furniture andjoinery, electrical, plumbing,painting
and decorating, automotiveand engineeringtrades. You’ll learn
from inspirational mentors in real-life learning environments
and you’ll graduate work-ready.
Courses start inTimaru this July*.
*Depending on AlertLevel, coursesmay be provided partially
online or by distancelearning.
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Preparing for Winter
Rafting guide and seasonal chimney sweep Dan McKerrow.
Rafting guide Dan is also
your chimney sweep man
By Mick Jensen
Dan McKerrow splits his working year
into halves. He worksasaprofessional
rafting guide during the warmer months
and in autumn and winter he’sachimney
Dan’s rafted on some of the world’s top
white water, includingonrivers in the
USA, Australia, Japan and Chile,but for
the past11years he’s pliedhis trade on the
He’s been afreelance guide for the past
four yearsand loves the thrill and freedom
that rafting brings.
No longerfollowing the raftingseason
around the world, he combines his passion
with the solid and practical job of a
seasonal chimney sweep.
‘‘Therafting usually keepsmebusy
from the end of October through to
March, and thenthe chimney sweeping
kicksinfor afew months after that.
‘‘A rafting mate put me on to chimney
sweeping and I’ve been doingitaround
Mid Canterbury and Geraldine for the last
Christchurch raised, Dan has beena
rafting guide for over 20 years and also
teaches rafting for the Greymouth
Outside of work he’s akeen hunter,
snowboarder, free diverand spear
He lived in Japan for six years and
immersed himself in the culture of that
Whileheexpects his chimney sweeping
business to come through the Covid19
lockdown relativelyunscathed, he knows
the same won’t be the casefor his rafting
With threequarters of his clients
coming from overseas,heknows therewill
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be abig drop off in visitors for awhile
because of the pandemic, but he has
He planstotake his rafting skillstothe
WestCoast and around the South Island
for awhileand will freelance with Eco
Rafting, abusiness that takes people out
intothe New Zealand wildernessfor
multiple day expeditions that offer ataste
of bush craft, camping, pestcontrol and
He will work alongside The Kiwi
Bushman, Josh James, awellknown
huntingand outdoor adventure
personality, who has built up astrong
following through his adventure videos.
He is hoping domestictourism will
flourish and thathecan capture asliceof
‘‘It’s acase of havingtoreinvent myself
withthe rafting for awhile and seeing
where it goes.’’
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Preparing for Winter
Extra funds for insulation, heating
An extra 9000 Kiwi homes will be
eligible for government’sinsulation
and heatingprogramme due to a
$56m funding boost, says Energy
and Resources MinisterMegan
The Covid19 Response and
Recovery Fund was set up to
ensurethe additional New Zealand
houseswill be Warmer Kiwi Homes
through the programme.
“Insulation and heating helps to
prevent respiratory illness,and the
WarmerKiwi Homes programme
protects the most vulnerable
“Over 20,000 insulationand
heating retrofits have alreadybeen
delivered since Warmer Kiwi
Homes was launched in July2018
and (the) announcement will
ensuremore low income people
will get achancetohave awarmer,
“The existing programme
already covers twothirds of the
cost of insulationand/orheating
retrofits, but we knowthat coming
up with the restofthe money to get
retrofits done, is still out of reach
for many lowincomepeople and
“That’s why we are increasing
the grant proportion available for
lowincome households from 67
per cent to 90 per centofthe costs
of an insulationand/or heating
retrofit to deliveranestimated
9,000 additional retrofits.
“We’re alsoproud of the
significant thirdpartyfunding that
has been leveraged through the
programmetodate. With the
Government now meeting90per
centofthe cost,weexpect that topups
organisations will makeretrofits
freeofcharge to many applicants.
The Warmer KiwiHomes
programmeispart of Labour’s
Confidence and Supply Agreement
Greens’ Housing spokesman
Marama Davidson said ensuring
lowincome people are not shut out
of well insulated homes with good,
efficientheating sources is vital.
“By insulating homesand
providingefficient heating systems,
we’re helping to ensure that noone
is forced to live in acold, damp
home, whichweknow leads to poor
“Investing in qualityinsulation
and efficient systems is awin for
Insulating homes and providingefficient heating systemshelps prevent poor health.
people, the planet, and the
economy. This investmenthas long
been advocated for by the Greens.”
The Warmer Kiwi Homes will
also provide jobsand is goodfor
the New Zealand economy with 90
companies, employing more than
1300 contractors acrosstheir
businesses, to deliver Warmer Kiwi
The funding will provide
confidence in the viability of this
from the impact of Covid19.
More than 90 per cent of the
throughWarmer Kiwi Homes are
manufactured in New Zealand.
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Preparing for Winter
Getting through the winter season
There are manythings
householderscan do to help
themselves cope withthe cold of
the winterseason,which officially
starts on Monday.
If you planahead for the
unexpectedly cold, or themost
may be moreendurable when
things are at theirworst;this
includes makingsure you have
adequateinsurance to cover your
Keeping informed on the
weather forecast may be a
nationalpasttime but it does
help, especially if you are
you have the right suppliesinthe
Heading into the colder annual
season consider what you may
needathome to survive the harsh
reality of winter; woodburner/
electrical heating source, layering
clothingtostay warm,food and
But thereare also extra things
to considersuch as ensuring the
gas barbecue bottleisfull before
winter forpeace of mind; it can be
helpful to movethe equipment
into the garage or under a
verandah, whereyou can get
Layering is the best way to keep warm.
access to it should you need to use
the barbecue for cooking the
familymeals. But make surethere
Keepasnow shovel handy if
snowispredicted to low levels;it
may soundvery northern
hemisphere but this simplepiece
of equipmentmightbethe only
means by which you canget to
Keepingagood supply of
batteries to fit portable radios will
enable you to keep in touch
and keepyou informed.
In the eventofasevere
snowstorm or an earthquake, civil
emergency messages willlet you
knowwhat is going on and what
action, if any, you needtotake.
But in apower outagethe
household should haveaready
supply of torches which should
alsohave fresh batteries.
Everyone should know where they
can be found,along with the
candles and matches.
In these events acellphones can
be alifeline but it needs power. So
amobile phone carcharger is
alwaysgood for peaceofmind.
And if you have apay as you go
deal, it would be agood idea to
top up the creditwith abit extra
Something many of us take for
granted is asupply of clean
drinking water. There are no
event of adisaster so make sure
you have at least aweek’s supply
based on three litres of water per
This amount should be the
in bottles with sealed lids or larger
storage tanks. By rationingitout
there should be enough for
drinking purposes even if showers
and baths have to be forfeitedfor
Peoplewho relyonwell water
for the householdwill know that
when the powergoes off, so does
That not only means nothing
comingout of the taps but no
flushing of the toilet either.
Keeping containers of water
storedfor loo flushing and hand
washing is part of the preparation
for the unexpected.
One thing to consider is a
generator which can be a
lifesaver, however, there are
guidelines that need to be
not expectageneratortorun the
household as per normal, however
a5kVA generator willgenerally
supplythe basicneeds of a
household by running different
appliances at differenttimes.
Curtains, blinds help keep the heat in
Having the right curtains and blinds
can keep your home warm and
It’s afinding from Consumer NZ
who say installing wellfitted curtains
and blinds will go along way towards
keeping heat inside your home.
Awellinsulated home can lose
about 45 percent of heat through its
windows. That drops to 30 percent
for an uninsulated home (but that’s
only because more heat disappears
through the roof and walls).
The right window covering will
stop nearly twothirds of that heat
from going out the window.
Honeycomb blinds were the star
performer they retained more than
60 percent of the heat lost through a
bare window. Air is agood insulator,
as long as it’s not moving, and the
honeycomb structure creates alarge,
still air gap between the cold
windowpane and the warm inside air.
If you prefer curtains you are
better to select heavy and long.
Consumer NZ testing showed
heavy lined curtains are better than
the coated thermalbacked types
and, for the best result, you should fit
them down to the floor instead of
stopping them at the sill.
It’s was essential they were fitted
properly close to the window and
within the frame and will minimal
gaps at the top, bottom and at the
Honeycomb blinds topped our
test, but we found roman blinds and
roller blinds were effective as well, as
long as they were fitted correctly.
Even venetians worked but keep
those slats closed.
The findings say regardless of
personal preference or budget, any
curtains and blinds are better than
If you’ve got any uncovered
windows, put up something.
Consumer NZ also investigated a
few cheap ‘hacks’ to improve your
curtains for winter such as hanging a
blanket behind curtains or rolling up
atowel and placing it on top of the
To make the best use of your
curtains and blinds, Consumer NZ
advises people keep them open
during the day over winter to make
the most of the sun. Close them as
soon as the sun sets to trap as much
heat as possible. You should also fix
any draughts in the windows which
can be detected by using alit candle.
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Preparing for Winter
Be energy wise around your home
There are simple ways to avoid
wasting energy in the home,
according to EECA.
EECA spokesperson Dr Marcos
Pelenur says it’s important to stay
warm as the weather coolsbut it’s
also important not to spend more
money on energy billsthan is
It’s about beingpreparedand
knowing where energy costs can be
saved throughout your home.
Dr Pelenur says reducing
unnecessaryuse of hot water will
save you money and free up more
cash for heatingover the winter.
“For exampleuse the cold water
wash cycle when you washclothes,
unless you haveanespecially dirty
load. Modern washing machines
and detergents clean well using cold
water. Ahot water wash can use 10
times more electricity than acold
Cutting down the long showers
will also savemoney, Dr Pelenur
“Reducing yourshower time just
abit couldsave up to $900 ayear for
afamily of four.A15minute
shower costs about$1a5minute
shower costs about33c.”
If you own adishwasher, wait
untilit’s full loaded to run it –and
put it on ‘eco’wash settingif
available, Mr Pelenur says.
“And if you rinsedishes before
loading the dishwater, use cold
water,” Dr Pelenursays.
Othertop saving tips include;
Checking to see if you are still on
the best power dealtosuit the needs
of the peopleinyour home.
Dry clothes outsideorina
clothes dryer that is vented to the
outside –avoid indoor airing racks
or clothes dryers that ventinto your
house. The moisture in the clothes
will end up in your home, makingit
Avoidunflued gas heaters which
release toxic fumes and make your
housedamp. Cheap portable
electricheaters are safer and cost
less to run.
If you have aheated towelrail,
only use it when needed. Aheated
towelrail left on 24/7 can costyou
$170 per year to run. You can buy
timers for towel rails thatcome on
automatically at certain times of the
If you have asecond fridge you
aren’t using, it couldcost you $200
It’s important to stay warm but don’t spend more money on energy than you need.
ayear to run if it’s an old, inefficient
If you are working from home,
you may not have the luxury of
choosing where to siteyour work
space, but if you can, use asmall
space that’seasy to heat on its own.
Moveyour desk to aposition that
gets good naturallight.
Make your home
warmer this winter.
Find out if you are eligible
for a Government grant.
AWarmer Kiwi Homes Government grant could save you 90% off the cost of ceiling and
underfloor insulation –and heaters –and give you awarm and comfortable home this winter.
To be eligible you’ll need to:
•bethe homeowner (owner-occupier)
of ahome built before 2008
•beliving in an area identified
as lower-income, or
•have aCommunity Services Card
Also, tobeeligible for aheater, you must not
have an existing fixed heater inthe main living
areas, such as aheat pump or wood burner.
The heater grant is capped at $3,000 incl GST.
Call 0800 749782 or visit
to use the checklist tosee if you are eligible.
Aservice provider will then be in touch to
provide an assessment and quote.
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Preparing for Winter
Preparing for your winter driving
Many areas nationwide have
alreadyhad ataste of winter, with
driversfacing many challengesin
snow, ice and rain.
If you’renot prepared, driving in
the wintercan be hard.
It doesn’t need to be though and
knowledge and driving techniques
will help make sure you get to
wherever it is you’re going.
Winter is atime of extremes.
It’s atime when any problems or
weaknessesinyour vehicle will
show up, usually at the worst
possible time. Is your vehicle
approaching the time for its next
scheduled service? If so, don’t put
Book yourvehicle in for aprewinter
check with your local MTA
The experts know what to look
for oil and antifreeze levels, wiper
among otherthings. By doing this
you’ll have peace of mind in
knowingthat your vehicleisready
for winter. Your battery can be the
key. If your car isn’t starting as
easily as usual, get your battery
In winter we tend to use
electrically based accessories and
lights.They can all place extra
strain on your car’s electrical
system and if your battery is not in
top condition, it may let you down.
All the control you haveis
delivered throughfour palmsized
patchesofrubber where the tyres
meet the road.
Make sure yourtyres are
properly inflated. Overinflation
Use aproper windscreen scraper or de-icer to remove ice from your
can reduce the gripping action of
tyresbecausethe tread will not
meet the roadsurface as it was
designed to do.
If the tread depth of your tyres is
getting low, it may be worthhaving
them replaced, eventhoughthey
have more than the minimum tread
depthof1.5mm. If possible, tyres
should be replaced before the tread
indicator mark on yourtyres to see
if they need replacing. All tyres
have tread wearindicators,which
are small bars of rubber found
between the tread blocks of the
When the tread is worn flush
with the tread wear indicators, the
tyre has reached its wear limitand
mustbereplaced as it no longer
If you’re going to be driving in
the snow, makesure you have the
correctchains and snowtyres (if
fitted) itisnow law that whenyou
use snow tyres, all four must be
Winter often means reduced
visibility, so you need to allow
additional time for every trip.
Before you hit the road make
sureyou can see out of every
window and mirror.Use aproper
windscreen scraper or deicer to
remove ice from yourvehicle.
Don’t use warm water; it may cause
yourwindscreen to crack.
yourfriend.Many people only
associate it with staying cool during
Environment Canterbury can financially help home
owners replace old log burners with new, cleaner forms
of heating, but have astrict eligibility criteria.
They understand replacing old burners can be costly
and urge anyone struggling to contact them on 0800
There are subsidies in different areas but people
living in Ashburton, Christchurch, Timaru, Kaiapoi
and Rangiora can be eligible if burners needs
replacing, are the owner/occupier of the house and
have acurrent Community Services Care; Health
referrals in conjunction with proof of alow income are
People wanting to check their eligibility can contact
either Community Energy Action Charitable Trust or
EnergySmart (depending on where you live).
They confirm eligibility, book ahome energy check
to assess your needs, then apply for the ECan subsidy
on your behalf, which can be up to $5000 and used for
anew heating appliance (wood burner or aheat pump)
and its installation toreplace your old wood burner.
People with tenanted properties are not eligible but
could look at other options such as Healthier Homes
Canterbury, bank loans or interest free purchasing.
the summer months, but it’s equally
vital for ensuring good visibility
duringthe colder months. Get your
systemchecked, and allow it time
to work properly.
Look out for vulnerable road
users likecyclists and runners, they
may be especially hardtosee along
dimly lit roads.
Make surepeople can see you.
Ensureyour lights are all working
properly and are correctly
adjusted. Get them on early and
turn them off late; you may choose
to keep them on at all times.
Remember to keep them dipped
when travelling in foggyconditions;
blasting them on to full only results
in the lightbeing reflectedstraight
back at you, making visibility even
The sun is low in the sky for most
sunstrike. It’sespecially important
to keep your front and rear screens
Bridgesand overpassesice over
faster than normal roads. The
shadowsfrom large trees, buildings
and mountains can cause isolated
icy spots.Black ice is often very
difficult to detect, so be especially
vigilant after very cold, settled
Don’t expect otherdrivers to be
as well prepared, allowplenty of
room betweenyou and your fellow
motorists. Givethem evenmore
when the weather is poor, double
the two second rule and give
yourself four seconds.
When accelerating, push the
accelerator pedal gently. If you do
sense wheelspin,ease back on the
pedal immediatelyuntil you feel
the tyres grip again. Apply the
same principle when braking.
Brake gentlyatfirstthen increase
the pedal pressure progressively.
You can brakequite hard as long as
the applicationissmooth. If your
vehicle is fittedwith ABS and/or a
stability control system,make sure
you know what this can do for you.
Get experience of your vehicle’s
capabilities and how it reacts,
before you get stuck.
Avoiddriving in heavy snowif
you can, but if you haveto, do it
slowly. Avoid braking suddenly;
brakegently and progressively
rather thanjust stamping on the
Climbing and descending hills in
snow needs alot of care and
attention. Climb hillsinthe highest
possible gear.Reducing your
engine’srevs will maximise the
chances of traction and minimise
the chance of spinning yourwheels.
Similarly, descend hills veryslowly,
putting your vehicle in alow gear
before starting the descent.
It makes sense to have afirstaid
kit and fire extinguisher in the car,
but there are other thingsyou
should consider for the colder
months too, not just toolsfor
changing atyre. Atorch, amat or
covertoprotect you fromthe
ground shouldyou need to change
atyre, adisposableraincoat or
poncho and protective gloves are
all helpful. Amultitool or Swiss
Army type knife can be handytoo.
and ahigh visibility vestcan be the
difference between someone
spotting you stranded on the side of
the road and colliding with you.
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After27years at the helm, long-time owners Brendanand
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Haydon and the team areexcited forthe opportunitytocontinuethe
well-established servicethe trio have grown.
Haydon, wifeKerina and toddler Reed areinthe process of relocating
from Timaru toAshburton.
With abackground in engineering and apassionate Honda rider
himself sincehis preschool years,Haydonmadethe shiftto
Timaru Honda four years ago and learned the ins and outs of the
“Honda is agreat brand to be apartofand we feel privileged to
be able tosupply it toour customers," he says.
TheHonda Countryteam is made up of 11 staff;Michelle,who
will continue in the parts department, Murray in serviceand
Haydon in sales. Thereare twoveryexperienced mechanics
taking careofthe on-farmservicing and ahighly skilled team
carrying out serviceand repairs in the workshop.
Haydon says Brendan, Murray and Michelle have built greatrelationships
and provided an outstanding servicefor all of Honda
Country’scustomers over the years and he is looking forwardto
following on in their footsteps.
He says thereisagreatrange of Honda motorcycles in the modernshowroom
and workshop on East Street.
Thereare farmbikes to suit everyjob,ortackle anyterrain from
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Duck shooters happy
Dave Thomson with dog
Chockie and some of the
ducks shot over the weekend.
Duck shootersaround the district
enjoyed the delayed start of the new
game bird huntingseason at the
Coronavirus meant the season
started three weeks later than usual
and for regularshooterslike
Ashburtonrural realestate agent
Dave Thomson and hisretired
school principal mate John Bockett,
it was achance for acatchupand
the opportunity to getafewbirds
The pairshotataLowcliffe farm
pond and bagged 17 birdson
Saturdayand 13 on Sunday.
Mr Thomson said some of the
birdshave already been eatenand
enjoyed by familyand friends.
The duckshooting weekend was
asocial thingfor himasmuch as it
He said more shootersonthe
opening weekend meant morebirds
were movingaround and were
this year, but it was agrand couple
of days all the same.’’
Fish and Game officers in the
Central South Island region
reported most hunters were
satisfied with bags of 210mallards
and paradise shelduck eachby
Rangers in the Timaru district
said theywere disappointed to
encounter asmall numberof
individuals huntingwithout a
headedout beforedawn on
Saturday to start the season.
Fish and Game chief executive
MartinTaylor said many regions
benefited from ‘‘ducktourism’’ as
hunters travelled to and supported
Sporting codes preparing for start
Local sporting codes can now move forward with
training and new winter competitions after the
government’sdecision to liftthe mass gathering limit to
100 from tomorrow.
Football, hockey, netball, rugby and basketball
competitionsare planning to restart, with some codes
still workingout the finaldetailswith national and
regional governing bodies.
Football will kick off locally on June 13, with
travelling teams back aweek earlier thanthat.
Mid Canterbury Netball is still waiting for final
confirmation from Netball New Zealand as to when
training and playing can begin and will update clubs this
week throughits Facebook page.
The Mid Canterbury Hockey turf is also reopening
this week, withgames starting on June 12.
BasketballMid Canterbury president Wayne
Rodgers said his sportwas still working on the logistics
of anew season.
Therestill needed to be meetings,discussion and
advice from Basketball New Zealand.
Mr Rodgers encouraged players to start practising,
but warned rep competitions might still be someway off.
Some tournaments had alreadybeen cancelled, he
said,and while the basketballcommunity was raring to
go, there were still venue issues to be worked out.
Mid Canterbury Rugby Union chiefexecutive Ian
Patterson said senior rugby was set to kick off on June
20 and junior rugby soon after that.
Clubswould resume training this week, said Mr
Patterson,and any updates wouldbeposted on the
union’s Facebook page.
Competitive squashstarted up again this week
around the district.
Football season set
to kick off in June
By Mick Jensen
season has now been
given the green light to
kick off next monthand
Mid Canterbury United
Football president Neil
Simons could not be
Travelling teams start
their campaign on June
6, while local leagues
start on June 13.
Progress needed to
continue to be made to
eliminate Covid19, said
Mr Simons, but now
players, officials and
dates to work towards.
The return of the
beautiful game was good
news for footballers of
all ages and for everyone
Prior to lockdown
some170 players had
registeredand that was
now expected to rise
with confirmation that
football was goingto
happen this season.
Mr Simons said
would now continue well
into September, while
local leagues would run
for longer because of the
competitions, First Kicks
(46 year olds) and Fun
Kicks (78 year olds),
would run for four weeks
before and then four
weeks after the July
school holidays. The
Super League(910 year
(1112 year olds) and
Premiership (1314 year
for four weeks before the
holidays and for nine
Pitches will be marked
and goal posts and nets
will go up in Ashburton
Mr Simons said there
would be apush in
schoolsthis week to get
There was alink to
registrations on the
nz website and updates
on the Mid Canterbury
United Football Club
Facebook page, which
had kept footballers
informed of the football
your part in keeping
Ashburton Golf Club
Ashburton 9holers wereback in
action last week with 23 playersdusting
off their clubs and playing in groups of
four, following all the rulesunder
Covid19 Alert Level 2.
First overall, with anet score of 32
was Bev Blair. Bev won aNetherby
Runnerup, withascore of 33, was
Topnet scorefor the men was 35 by
PeterGreening, who alsowon aclub
One Smithand Church gobbler
The group plays againtoday (May
28), and the clubrooms willbeopen
with catering for lunch.Wewill play
stableford, Heather Smith Trophy
Round2.The new computerised
scorecard system makes it so easy to
There’sstill alot of challenges ahead of us. Local
businesses need our support to recover. Some in our
community willbeleftfeeling vulnerable or isolated
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O’Malleys return to dairy dream
Meat the Need cofounder Siobhan
O’Malley is a10year convert to dairy
She, along with husband
Christopher, only decided to go dairy
farming after returning from their
Irish OE, back in 2009.
Siobhan may have been green to
living arural lifestyle then but has
been afast learner, working on
multiple farming opportunities
Canterburywide and making some
wonderful rural connections.
“I grew up in Christchurch and had
no connection to farming at all. I
never stepped foot on to afarm until
The couple went sharemilking for
the first time in 201112, and have
worked on farms in Darfield,
Oamaru, Grey Valley and Mid
Canterbury. The past 18 months they
have been running ahop garden and
beef operation in Tasman.
It’s afar cry from the Latin
Language and Classical Studies she
studied at university before teaching
secondary school English.
They have three children, Finnian,
8, Aisling, 6, and Ruairi, 3, and this
weekend will return to a5050
sharemilking operation milking 400
cows, this time near Hokitika, on the
Siobhan says they have moved
eight times on Moving Day since
2009, and afew times in between.
In Mid Canterbury the couple had
a5050 sharemilking job working for
Graham Brooker on Thompsons
Track in Lauriston, from 2015 to
Milking 500 cows for the first two
years, the operation grew when they
leased neighbouring land and by
their final year they were milking
“Our first year as 5050
sharemilkers was (on adifferent
farm) at Thompsons Track and that
was the year the payout went to
“We also worked very hard to
attract and retain good staff
members, as that can be achallenge,”
But the district did give them a
chance to be close to family in
Christchurch and learn from those
“We learned so much just looking
over the fence at arable, potatoes,
drystock and seed operations.
“Our son also enjoyed being at
Lauriston School that took him
skiing every week in the winter!
“A great community of farmers
around us, many of whom are still
She still misses the banking team
from ANZ who gave good advice
during some difficult payout years
and Ashburton’s great facilities, such
as the EA Network Centre pool.
Over the years Siobhan has been
involved with Federated Farmers
and Dairy Women’s Network
“The Mid Canterbury DWN is
very strong and has been offering
some great events recently that Iwish
Icould have attended, but was abit
far away,” she jokes.
She says being amember of the
organisations gives afeeling of being
connected to other people facing
similar challenges in their businesses
“You can share ideas and solutions
and also just have empathy from the
people in the same boat. But abig
aspect to organisations like Feds is
the information that gets passed
along about upcoming policy
changes and the repercussions of
those, as well as being avoice for
farmers with the decisionmakers in
Wellington, and Ithink this is going
to be more and more important,” she
The decision to take abreak from
dairy farming and explore other
options took them to Tasman, where
alot of Siobhan’s extended family
They gave growing hops atry but
have missed dairy farming.
As acouple, Siobhan and
Christopher have along term goal to
buy their own dairy farm and the
West Coast has always been on their
“We started talking about missing
dairying before Christmas (in 2019),
but thought we should do another
year at hops just to really give it a
good go and see two full annual
cycles to harvest through.
“But when we both went to the
West Coast to be judges for New
Zealand Dairy Industry Awards in
February …weboth came home
fizzing, and realised that we love
dairy farming so why wait to go back
to it. The kids are also thrilled to be
headed back to dairy,” she said.
“We decided if we were going back
dairy farming at all we should head to
where we want to be long term and
join the community.
“As it happens, Kokatahi (in
Westland) is where Christopher’s
grandfather got afarm in the ballot
‘‘Christopher grew up visiting the
area alot and his uncle's family still
They are looking forward to
learning how to farm successfully
where the irrigation falls out of the
sky and is measured in metres!
“It will be different from our
farming systems in Mid Canterbury,
so we need to go and learn from the
neighbours and the high performing
farmers in the district.
Siobhan said it was abit like
starting out again.
Pandemic overtakes freshwater concerns
Arable farmer David Clark
Two new faces have been elected to
Federated Farmers Mid Canterbury
Dairy farmers Rebecca Miller
and Nick Giera have taken on the
roles of sharemilkers section chair
and dairy vicechair respectively.
The duo will join existing section
leaders, including David Clark
(provincial president), Chris Ford
(dairy chair), Joanne Burke (arable)
and David Acland (vicepresident
and meat and wool chair)
representing farmers in the district.
The positions were confirmed at
the organisation’s annual general
meeting carried out online via
Zoom last week.
Mr Clark, reelected unopposed,
said in his president’s report that
when he came into the role 12
months ago Mycoplasma Bovis
(Mbovis), freshwater regulations
and climate change were topics of
the day and carried imminent
threats or impositions upon
agriculture. ‘‘As aresult of aglobal
pandemic of coronavirus, it seems
events have overtaken themselves
and the issues of ayear ago appear
He praised the PGF funding of
nearly $1 million for the Hekeao
Hinds Water Enhancement Trust’s
managed aquifer recharge, but had
ongoing concerns around Overseer
and potentially tight levels of feed
reserves that would need careful
planning and feed budgeting.
He also spoke of Federated
Farmers’ continued involvement in
the Ashburton District Mbovis
Advisory Group, keeping up to date
with information from key industry
members on the progress of the
response, and sharing details of
cases where process was thought to
‘‘I acknowledge that while the
overall goal might be beneficial in
the long term for the greater
industry, the stress, disruption and
financial toll on individual families
and businesses is significant.’’
He said submissions on the
Essential Freshwater Regulations
caused alot of concern within
Federated Farmers, among the
farming community and out in the
business sector once the impact of
the proposed regulations became
Five hundred people attended a
public meeting in Ashburton to
show support for Federated
‘‘Such astrong show of
endorsement from our farming
community was immensely
Mr Clark also took part in the
Winter Grazing Strategy Group
which had anational and regional
focus and aimed to help farmers
struggling to formulate grazing
plans in risk catchments.
Covid challenges for coop
Fonterra hasreported asharp lift
in its earningsfor the firstnine
months of its financial year and has
set amilk price for the coming year
of $5.40$6.90per kg of milksolids.
The coop said it will contribute
about$11 billion to the New
Zealand economy through milk
price for the year. Its advancerate
schedule has been set off the midpointof$6.15/kg.
The forecast for the current
season is at the lower end of a
previously advisedrange, at
said thatdespite Covid19
challenges, the cooperative's total
interest andtax (EBIT)for the nine
months to April 30 was
$815million,anincrease of $301m
on this time last year.
The coop's earnings forecast for
the current yeartoJuly has
remained at 1525cents ashareand
Hurrell said he was confidentthe
result would be at the upper end of
However,the impacts of the
Covid19 pandemic would be
keenly felt over thefourthquarter.
Fonterra has been reorganising
its operations sincereporting a
$605mloss in the pastfinancial
‘‘Thework doneover the last
year to strengthen our balance
sheet, and the coop'sability to
respond quickly hashelpedus
manage the Covid19 situation over
the last few months,’’ Mr Hurrell
The coop was drawingonits
global supply chain and diverse
product and customerbase to
minimise disruptions for our
customers and our business.
‘‘Covid19has affected virtually
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Outdoor pantry set up at Community House
An outdoor pantry has been set up at
Community House Mid Canterbury to pass on
surplus fruit and vegetables to people who
Timber donated by Bunnings Ashburton has
been crafted in heavy duty pantry shelving by
volunteers from the MenzShed.
The pantry is already receiving food
Community House Mid Canterbury
manager John Driscoll said people wanting to
drop off surplus items could do so day or night,
and those needing them could take them away
and use them.
The pantry was bolted to the wall and its
operation would be selfregulating, he said.
The pantry is located to the right of the main
entrance to Community House, which is at 44
Photo: At the opening of the outdoor pantry
are Mary Banks from Bunnings Ashburton,
Ashburton MenzShed member Jim
Armstrong, Community House Mid
Canterbury manager John Driscoll and
SEEDS (sharing everyday experiences and
drawing on skills) programme coordinator
Scootertrack proving awinner
An extended scooter track at
Hampstead School is proving
abig hit with students.
The track features rolling
humps and abank.
Ramps can be brought out
to further test scooter and bike
Work on the track was
completed under level 3
restrictions and the project has
been funded the school board
School principal Peter
Melrose said the track was
already awinner with students
of all ages.
Students used their own
scooter and bikes and also
borrowed from asupply store
at school that had been
donated or purchased by the
The new track had been
‘‘flat out’’ since opening and
complimented other outdoors
areas at the school.
It kept students active and
helped with both balance and
coordination, he said.
On the new scooter track extension are (from left) Alex
Cojocaru, Ella Rose Blampied and Emily Hodzelmans.
Youth conference positives
AshburtonChristian School student Gianna
Butler has takenplenty of positives away from
the recentAotearoa Youth Declaration
conference she attended online.
At the twoweekconference the Year10
studenthelped developayouth perspective
‘‘I learned lots about how to correctly
debateand theneedtoback up opinionswith
facts they were the most valuable things that
Iwill takeawayfromthe conference.’’
She hasalsobroadenedher knowledgeon
how areas of government and parliament
function andparticularly enjoyed thedaily
crisisworkshop, whendecisions needed to be
madeand participants hadtothink outsideof
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Country on track to
New Zealand’s worldfirst plan to
eradicate the cattle disease
Mycoplasma bovis is on track
according to latest technical data, says
Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister
“Two years ago the Government,
DairyNZ and Beef+Lamb New
Zealand and industry partners made a
bold decision to go hard and commit
to a10year, $880 million programme
to eradicate Mbovis to protect our
most important sector and the
“Recent events have shown what an
important moment this decision was
for our economy.
Labour MP Jo Luxton praised the
efforts around eradication as the
decision made two years ago to take
the eradication route was not taken
‘‘It is through the combined efforts
of farmers, MPI, the industry and the
Minister that we are getting closer to
eliminating the disease,” Mrs Luxton
“Many Mid Canterbury farmers
were affected greatly by Mbovis and
the mental health of our farmers due
to the culling of animals they had
raised was agreat concern for me.
‘‘I know that groups such as the
Rural Support Trust have played a
huge role in helping our farming
families locally. There are currently
nine active cases of Mbovis in
Canterbury, we know that the fight
against this disease is not yet over.
However we are on the right track,”
Mr O’Connor said had government
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too hard’ and left this disease to run
rampant, he was not sure the dairy
and beef sectors would have been
able to weather the economic storm
of Covid19 and the challenges of
drought conditions as well as they
“Beef and dairy export prices have
held up. In fact, there was record
demand for our meat. In March total
red meat monthly exports topped $1
billion for the first time. This shows
that these sectors are wellplaced to
lead us out of this economic crisis,’’ he
“As we have with our response to
Covid19, this government showed
leadership, made atough decision
and have managed this eradication
effort with discipline and focus,
because we knew we were doing it for
the economic and social good of the
“We’ve also shown, again, that
we’re able to do what others countries
have not in terms of disease
eradication efforts. That’s something
our farming community should be
really proud of. I’m certainly very
proud of them.
“One key measure of success, the
Estimated Dissemination Rate
(EDR), shows strongly that we have
Mbovis firmly in our sights. If the
EDR is greater than one, then the
disease is growing. If it’s below one,
we’re shrinking the disease.
“The EDR is now at 0.4, which is
down from over two at the start of the
outbreak, so we are looking harder to
find fewer infected animals. This tells
us that Mbovis is not endemic in our
“We currently have 17 active
properties and 232 that have been
cleared of the disease. We’ve culled
Mr O’Connor said the priority over
the next 1218 months continues to be
finding and eliminating the disease.
“This ‘delimiting’ phase is expected
to end in 2021. After that,
background surveillance testing will
continue for around seven years.
“We will get another technical
advisory group report in the coming
months, but two years into a10year
effort, I’m pleased by the progress
Lamb shank voted
favourite lamb cut
The humble lamb shank was voted
New Zealand’s favourite lamb cut in
celebration of national lamb day.
Lamb shanks beat out lamb legs in a
special poll to mark the occasion,
which commemorates the day in 1882
when the first shipment of frozen sheep
meat arrived in the UK aboard the
The ship left Port Chalmers with
5000 carcasses on February 15 that
year itwas the start of what is amultibillion
Beef+Lamb New Zealand CEO
Rod Slater, abutcher by trade, said the
lamb shank hasn’t always been held in
such high regard.
“In my day, the shank was given
away as dog tucker but over the years
its popularity has grown so much that it
is now New Zealand’s favourite lamb
cut. It’s quite the turn around.”
The rise in popularity of the shank
can be attributed to chefs and
restaurants who have profiled the cut
on their menus.
Lamb shanks have been voted as
New Zealand’s favourite lamb cut.
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session with NZQA in August. Therewill be an
additional training dayinSeptemberfor managing
digital exams. The position requires youto
completeanumber of administrativetasks to plan
and preparefor theexams. You must be available
to work forthe entireexam period (Monday16
November to Wednesday9December 2020).
Ahigh leveloforganisational skills with great
attention to detail,strength in following processes
precisely, confidenceleading people of all ages
and proficiencyinusing acomputer areessential
qualities forthis role.
Remuneration is set by NZQA.
Applicationsclose noon,Friday12June 2020
Information package enquiries andapplications
Jodee Ross,Principal’s Secretary
Phone (03) 308 4193 ext809
DispensaryTechnician (or currently training)
required in anew Dispensarytobelocated
within the Eastfield Health Building which is
nearing completion on Tancred Street.
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Tancred Street Dispensary
Our small privately owned trade-basedbuilding
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IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCYPHONE 111
Forall other medicalassistanceoutsideofnormal
hours please phone your generalpracticeteam, 24/7,
to speak with ahealth professionalwho will giveyou
If youdon’t have aregular general practice, call any
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TheAshburtonDutyPractice for ...
Saturday30th May is
Sealey Street Medical Practice, Sealy Street.
Consultations will be by appointmentonly.
To make an appointmentcall your regular GP 24/7.
Sunday31st May is
MooreStreet Medical Centre, MooreStreet
Consultations will be by appointmentonly.
To make an appointmentcall your regular GP 24/7.
Monday1st June is
Tinwald Medical Centre,33Archibald Street.
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
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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
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03 308 9516
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