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Vaccine rollout<br />

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GilbertDonaldson prepares to addstain to thecoffin he hasbeen made from the wood<br />

of trees he planted in 1950.<br />

GilbertDonaldsonis preparing for the<br />

future and using wood from trees he<br />

plantedmore than 70 years ago, for his<br />

own coffin.<br />

Back in 1950 the fresh­faced 15­year­old<br />

planted30poplars on the family farm at<br />

Lynnford.<br />

With the trees now matureand some in<br />

bad shape, the wood has beenmilled and<br />

two coffins made.<br />

One coffin is for Gilbert and the other<br />

has been crafted for his mate Bill Bird,<br />

who is 94 and lives on the farm where the<br />

trees have been growing.<br />

‘‘Bill suggested it mightbetime to do<br />

something with the trees some12months<br />

ago and we agreed on the coffins,’’ Gilbert<br />

said.<br />

‘‘It’sgood timber and Ican’t think of a<br />

better use.’’<br />

He said he had just started <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

Technical School whenlocal catchment<br />

board foreman Dave Mitchell approached<br />

him and offered him 30 poplar trees to be<br />

planted on the farm boundary.<br />

‘‘The trees came from the nursery near<br />

Maronan bridge and there were15<br />

lombardiesand 15 mongolians.<br />

‘‘I still remember planting them during<br />

the May holidays.’’<br />

The lombardies had done better the<br />

mongolians, whichhad bigger leaves and<br />

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Tinwald traffic plan unveiled<br />

Mayor Neil Brown is urging Tinwald<br />

people and regular usersofState<br />

Highway1tohavetheir sayonplans<br />

for traffic lights andother road safety<br />

improvements on themain road.<br />

Waka Kotahi NZ TransportAgency<br />

is planning traffic lights at the<br />

intersectionofLagmhor Road, Agnes<br />

Street andthe highway andhas its<br />

plan out for feedbackuntil April 16.<br />

Adrop­in session at the Tinwald<br />

School hall on <strong>March</strong> 23 will feature<br />

more detailsofthe work andthe<br />

transport agency wants to talk to<br />

people and gather feedback that day<br />

from 3pmuntil 6.30pm.<br />

Mr Brown said <strong>Ashburton</strong>District<br />

Councillors had seen theplan and<br />

thought it was agood one.Councillors<br />

would be hearing more detailsabout<br />

theconsultation stagefrom the<br />

transport agency this week.<br />

He saidthe proposed<br />

improvements would complement<br />

plansfor thesecond urban bridge,<br />

which wasconsideredalonger term<br />

solution easing Tinwald’straffic<br />

woes.<br />

People can also offer other ideas at<br />

thedrop­insession next Tuesday and<br />

comment on whether theproposals<br />

are agood fit or not.<br />

People have beencomplaining<br />

aboutthe high volume of traffic using<br />

SH1throughTinwald andthe<br />

difficulty accessingitfromside roads<br />

for years. Government lastyear<br />

identified and promised funds for<br />

Tinwald corridor road safety<br />

improvements.<br />

The transport agencysays as well<br />

as traffic lights, other possible<br />

solutionsinclude encouraging traffic<br />

away from Grahams Road andonto<br />

McMurdoand Agnes Streetswith a<br />

rightturn bay on to Grahams Road<br />

Traffic lights are proposed for the corner of Lagmhor Road, Agnes Street and<br />

State Highway 1.<br />

from SH1 and encouraging cyclists on<br />

to Melcombe Street, rather thanSH1,<br />

for accessbetween Lagmhor Road<br />

andCartersTerrace.<br />

Traffic lights at Agnes Streetwould<br />

meansomechanges to access points<br />

for ZEnergy and the Tinwald Tavern.<br />

Threeparkingspaces on the east side<br />

of SH1 (three north of Agnes Street<br />

andfive south) and10spaces on<br />

Agnes Street would need to be<br />

removed to create newapproach<br />

lanes to the traffic lights.<br />

The second urban bridge is seen as<br />

acomplementary andlonger­term<br />

project to provide alternative access<br />

to <strong>Ashburton</strong>.<br />

Agency director of regional<br />

relationships Jim Harland said<br />

access from Lagmhor Roadand<br />

Grahams Road could be aproblem at<br />

peak times.“We want to address<br />

theseproblemsaround safe access to<br />

the Tinwald business area, the<br />

primaryschool, medical facilities<br />

and the Tinwald Domain for drivers,<br />

cyclists and pedestrians. It needs to<br />

be easy for local people to make short<br />

trips aroundTinwald and feel safe if<br />

they’re cycling or walking.”<br />

Thedrop­insession will be at the<br />

Tinwald School hall, 131Thomson<br />

Street, TinwaldonTuesday,23<br />

<strong>March</strong>,from 3pmto6.30pm.<br />

Tohave your say on the proposed<br />

plansgotowww.nzta.govt.nz/<br />

projects/sh1­tinwald<br />

You can make comments on the<br />

online map and tell us whatyou<br />

think. Submissionsneed to be in by 5<br />

pm, Friday, April 16.<br />

People who can’t attendbut would<br />

like to know more should email:<br />

tinwald@nzta.govt.nz<br />

Gilbert grows his own coffin<br />

Gilbert Donaldsonhas tested his<br />

coffin for size.<br />

From Page 1<br />

Four big logs from the plantation<br />

were dried for six months and then<br />

milled and shaped into coffins by<br />

local <strong>Ashburton</strong> business Adams<br />

Sawmill.<br />

The coffins have lids and wooden<br />

rail handles and Gilbert is currently<br />

staining them both.<br />

‘‘I don’t intend using mine for a<br />

while ­and I’m not quite sure when ­<br />

so for now I’m going to add four<br />

shelves and stand it upright to use as<br />

abookcase in my library.’’<br />

Gilbert said his family thought him<br />

abit ‘‘nutty’’ to be making his own<br />

coffin.<br />

‘‘It is abit different, Iadmit, but<br />

why not.<br />

‘‘I think I’ll be comfortable in there<br />

with arug and acushion,’’ he joked.<br />

Gilbert has aburial plot booked at<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> Cemetery and will be laid<br />

to rest next to his late wife Evelyn.<br />

He is afourth generation Mid<br />

Cantabrian and ran the family crop<br />

and sheep farm until retirement in<br />

the 1990s.<br />

He is an active octogenarian and<br />

plays tennis three times aweek with<br />

doubles partner Bob Riseley, who is<br />

94.<br />

Gilbert has written seven booklets<br />

on local history and is akeen<br />

collector of alot of things.<br />

His collections feature musical<br />

instruments, Hornby trains, Tonka<br />

toys, clocks and countless other<br />

items.<br />

28-32 MooreSt, <strong>Ashburton</strong> l Phone 03 550 7000<br />

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GPs prepare for vaccine rollout<br />

LINDA.CLARKE<br />

@ashburtoncourier.co.nz<br />

Workhas begun behind thescenes on the<br />

covid vaccinationrollout in Mid<br />

Canterbury.<br />

GPs’ spokesman Anibal Martinez said<br />

medical staff were being trained or<br />

recruited to deliver the vaccine, which<br />

would likely be distributedtogeneral<br />

practices around the district. The logistics<br />

werestill beingworkedthrough.<br />

Thegeneral practices would then call up<br />

patients to be vaccinated, according to the<br />

Government’s priority list.<br />

Those at high riskofcovid in South<br />

Auckland will be prioritiesfor the vaccine<br />

after border and frontline healthcare<br />

workers. Following this group will be over­<br />

65swith underlying health conditions; the<br />

vaccine will then be distributedtothe<br />

remainder of the population.<br />

Dr Martinez saidvaccination would start<br />

around July forthe bulkofpeople living in<br />

the<strong>Ashburton</strong> district. Details of when and<br />

wherewere being workedout and drivethru<br />

vaccinations wereapossibility,<br />

similar to how general practices<br />

administered the winter flu vaccine last<br />

year.<br />

He hopedthe covid vaccinewould be<br />

available before thisyear’s winter flu jab.<br />

They willnot be givenatthe same time.<br />

He said somenurses at the Three Rivers<br />

practice had begun the next level of<br />

training for administering the covid<br />

vaccine. Extra personnelmight need to be<br />

hired for the operation,which involves<br />

calling up patients, by email or the<br />

telephone, andbooking avaccinationtime.<br />

Aged care facilities will have their own<br />

vaccinationprogrammes.<br />

Dr Martinez was notaware of anyone<br />

locally who had alreadyreceivedthe covid<br />

Dr Anibal Martinez will be among Mid Canterbury doctors involved in the covid<br />

immunisation campaign.<br />

vaccination and said frontline health<br />

workers, including doctors, nurses and<br />

staff at generalpractices and <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

Hospital, were likely to be first. ‘‘We expect<br />

to be in the nextlevel starting in May.’’<br />

Covid testingcontinues in the district, by<br />

GPs or at the drive­thrutesting station at<br />

the hospital.<br />

‘‘I encourage people to get tested if they<br />

have the symptoms and we recommend the<br />

vaccine obviously.’’<br />

He said doctors wereconfident thePfizer<br />

vaccine would help prepare people’s<br />

immune systemstodeal with Covid­19. ‘‘It<br />

is anewly­designed vaccine and agreat<br />

step in technology. It is theFerrari of<br />

vaccines.’’<br />

He said there were no heavy metals in<br />

thenew vaccineand it would notalter<br />

people’s DNA. ‘‘Weare notinjecting alive<br />

virus, just messagingthe DNA system to<br />

produce specific proteins to getthe<br />

immune system prepared.’’<br />

Dr Martinez said awidespread<br />

vaccination campaign was the best way to<br />

protect vulnerable communities and<br />

people from ahighly contagious<br />

respiratory disease.<br />

Thevaccine is being givenasaninjection<br />

into themuscle of your upper armand<br />

people need two doses, at least 21 days<br />

apart.Itisfor peopleaged 16 years and<br />

older.<br />

TheGovernment has secured 10 million<br />

doses of the Pfizervaccineand it will be<br />

available free.<br />

NEWS<br />

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She is also asking all New<br />

Zealanders to get<br />

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across the country thisyear.<br />

‘‘Getting vaccinated is the<br />

bestwaytoprotect your<br />

whanau,their lives and<br />

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Mrs Luxton said<br />

government’s vaccination<br />

approachwas abalanced<br />

planthat prioritised<br />

reducing the chance of<br />

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Rakaia history set in brick<br />

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Thegood Catholic womenofRakaia<br />

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church and school is notlost by<br />

creatingapublic memory walk using<br />

red bricks.<br />

Anyonewho has had any<br />

connection withStIta’s church or<br />

wenttoits primary school,until it<br />

closedin1985, is being encouraged to<br />

buyabrick and personalisea<br />

message on it. It’s afundraiser that’s<br />

more about making connections than<br />

money.<br />

The buy abrick campaign is the<br />

idea of Denise Ferris,who moved to<br />

Rakaiaabout eight years ago and is<br />

‘‘stillanewcomer’’.<br />

She hasenjoyed listening to stories<br />

told at Catholic Women’s League<br />

meetingsand connecting the dots<br />

between families in the town.<br />

On avisit to Dunedin’shistoric<br />

railway stationshe sawbricks used to<br />

tell the station’s story and could see<br />

something similaratStIta’s.<br />

The women’s league is now looking<br />

for people with current or past<br />

connections to the church or school<br />

to get in touch.For $50, they can buy<br />

abrick thatwillbefixed in concrete<br />

aroundagarden at the church’s front<br />

door.<br />

Insidethe churchisaregister<br />

containingamore detailed history of<br />

thebrick­buyer and anyonecan drop<br />

in to readit.<br />

St Ita’s Catholic school in Rakaia<br />

operatedfrom 1912 until 1985 and<br />

pastpupils include <strong>Ashburton</strong>mayor<br />

Neil Brownand his siblings.<br />

SylviaMellishwas thefirst teacher<br />

at theschoolwho was not anun or<br />

priest and is in charge of writing up<br />

thehistories of those buyingthe<br />

bricks.<br />

She said people could choose to<br />

have their names or shortmessages<br />

on the red bricks. Someofthe bricks<br />

alreadylaid featurefamilies withup<br />

to sixgenerations connectedto<br />

Rakaia.<br />

Kathleen andJohn Lawlerhave<br />

The women ensuring St Ita’s history will not be lost include (from left) Monica<br />

Hanrahan, Kathleen Lawler, Joan Wells, Sylvia Mellish, Pam Dolan, Carmel<br />

Tyson, Helene Dolan and son Mathew, and Denise Ferris.<br />

their names on one brick,while<br />

another bearsthe name of the Butler<br />

family from Cork in Ireland; this is<br />

Kathleen’s family who came to visit<br />

over the years and worshipped at St<br />

Ita’s.<br />

Sylvia said thousands of students<br />

had passed throughthe Catholic<br />

schooland were making their way in<br />

the world.She is hoping some of them<br />

will get in touch to become part of the<br />

brick history.<br />

One of the histories already written<br />

up is that of Maurice and Margaret<br />

O’Reilly, who marriedin1905 and<br />

had 16 children, 13 of which went to<br />

the school.<br />

Anyone with aconnectiontothe<br />

churchorschoolcan buy abrick, and<br />

that includesthose who were<br />

married or baptised in the church or<br />

whoworshipped there regularly, or<br />

not so regularly.<br />

Otherfamilies who have bought<br />

brickssofar includethe Dolans, the<br />

Hanrahansand the Wells.<br />

Mrs Ferrissaid members of the<br />

women’sleagueshared interesting<br />

stories over cups of tea about their<br />

lives andgrowing up in Rakaia.<br />

‘‘I love listening to these stories<br />

andmaking connections. It is like<br />

joiningthe dots ... they are all<br />

connected to some thing or<br />

someone.’’<br />

People wantingtobuy abrickand<br />

be part of St Ita’s history can contact<br />

Joan Wells at jbw.rakaia@xtra.co.nz<br />

Raya and the Last Dragon<br />

ReviewedbyRowenaHart<br />

This is the first Disney movie to come to the Regent<br />

in the last year.<br />

Anditisabeauty, we get to see agreat new Disney<br />

Warrior Princess to join the likes of Moana, Merida<br />

and Mulan.<br />

TheStory<br />

Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra,<br />

humans and dragons lived together in harmony.<br />

However, when sinister monsters known as the<br />

Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed<br />

themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later,<br />

those same monsters have returned,and it’s up to a<br />

lone warrior to trackdownthe last dragon and stop<br />

the Druun forgood.<br />

Thegraphics were gorgeous,awhole new colourful<br />

worldopened up to us.<br />

Princess Raya was fearless and as she rid the world<br />

of the sinister monsters the adventures she had<br />

were funand not tooscaryfor theyounger children.<br />

Disney’s latest production is a compelling and<br />

action packed adventurefor sure!<br />

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Lions granted $25k<br />

for Methven walkway<br />

MICK.JENSEN<br />

@ashburtoncourier.co.nz<br />

MethvenCommunity Board has<br />

approved $25,000 to assist the<br />

MethvenLions with itsplans to<br />

improveand expandawalkway<br />

around the township.<br />

Thefirst loop of the three­stage<br />

project takes in the Methven<br />

racecourse and RDRand is nearly<br />

complete. Thesecond loop willrun<br />

through the town cemetery and<br />

showgrounds andathirdwilltake in<br />

PuddingHillRoadand thegolfclub,<br />

but could still be afew years away.<br />

The$25,000 donation comesout of<br />

the board’s discretionary fundsand<br />

will help the Lions finish loop one<br />

and begin work on the cemetery loop.<br />

It will supportthe purchase of posts,<br />

wood and general materials.<br />

Loop oneisexpectedtocost<br />

$45,000, looptwo around $42,500 and<br />

loop three $68,000.<br />

TheLions have acontingency of<br />

$25,000 for theentire project and all<br />

up it is expectedtocomeinataround<br />

$<strong>18</strong>0,500, with the labour supplied for<br />

free by the Lions.<br />

Speaking at theboard meeting on<br />

Monday, <strong>Ashburton</strong>District<br />

councillorand MethvenresidentLiz<br />

McMillan said the walkway project<br />

wasgreat for the township and<br />

worthy of financial support.<br />

Methven Lions asked the<br />

Lions club member Peter Garde on<br />

the Mt Harding Road section of the<br />

Methven walkway.<br />

community boardfor $30,000, but<br />

board memberSonia McAlpine<br />

movedthat $25,000 be given, which<br />

was supported.<br />

Two board members, Kelvin<br />

Holmes andRon Smith, madeitclear<br />

that they had aconflict of interest<br />

because they were both Methven<br />

Lions and did not participate in<br />

discussions.<br />

Methven Lions has put in funding<br />

applications for anumber of<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>DistrictCouncilgrants,<br />

including thebiodiversity grant<br />

($7500), community project grant<br />

($5000)and community<br />

infrastructure grant ($10,000). Those<br />

grants will be considered in June.<br />

Boost for<br />

Burnett St<br />

work<br />

Streetscaping on BurnettStreet<br />

has begun early because of an<br />

injectionofcontractingstaff.<br />

The work is part of the<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> District Council’s twoyear$15mCBD<br />

revitalisation<br />

project,due to finish in November.<br />

On Monday, contractorTru­Line<br />

Civil beganexcavating theroad<br />

and kerb along Burnett Streetin<br />

preparationfor the new road<br />

surface to be applied.<br />

Work started at the East Street<br />

end on the northern sideofthe<br />

road, working towards Cass Street.<br />

Thisside of the road is expected to<br />

take aweektocomplete, weather<br />

permitting.<br />

Once thenorthern side is<br />

finished,the contractor will switch<br />

to the other sideofthe road.<br />

Parking will be affected but<br />

footpaths will remain open at all<br />

times.<br />

Traffic will have continued<br />

access to Burnett Street<br />

throughout the work via Cass<br />

Streetand exiting via East Street.<br />

Council saysthat delivery<br />

vehicles dropping goods should<br />

still have access and Tru­Line Civil<br />

staffwill liaise directlywith<br />

businesses affected.<br />

BurnettStreet's final road<br />

surface will be applied at alater<br />

date.


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NEWS<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> <strong>Courier</strong>, <strong>March</strong> <strong>18</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

5<br />

Pakeke Lions bring bargains, raise $10k<br />

At least $10,000 has beenraised for charitable<br />

causes, thanks to the good work of the<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>PakekeLionsClub.Their annual<br />

charity market, delayed aweek because of<br />

covid restrictions,offeredupavastrangeof<br />

items ­fromsherry glasses to George Foreman<br />

grills andfurniture. Amember of the royal<br />

family also made an appearance.<br />

Spokesperson Joe Butchard said at at least<br />

$10,000 had been taken overthe Saturday and<br />

Sunday and the club would decide later in the<br />

year whichcommunity projects and<br />

organisationswould benefit.<br />

The organisers had held their breaththatno<br />

unexpected covid cases would emerge, having<br />

postponed themarket from <strong>March</strong> 6.<br />

People in the community donated items,<br />

which Pakeke Lions members pickedup, tested<br />

and took to the <strong>Ashburton</strong>racecourse.<br />

Mr Butchard said there were fewer bikes and<br />

exercisemachinesfor sale this year: ‘‘That<br />

might have something to do with covid.’’<br />

But there were somenice pieces of furniture<br />

that were snapped up, as well as ahost of other<br />

goods.<br />

Mr Butchard said he bought aset of metal<br />

shelves that wouldberepurposedfor another<br />

project. ‘‘Therewerelots of people looking for<br />

abargain.’’<br />

Asteady stream of customerscame and went<br />

on both Saturday andSunday,and anything<br />

leftover was disposed of by the club or taken to<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>’s recycling centre.<br />

‘‘All up, we’repretty pleased,consideringwe<br />

were disrupted by the lockdown.’’<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> Pakeke Lions member Brian Woolley with aframed print of Prince Philip that was among items for sale at<br />

the charity market.<br />

PHOTO LINDA CLARKE<br />

Have your say at<br />

council meetings<br />

The <strong>Ashburton</strong> District Council<br />

is planning ahost of community<br />

meetings to gather feedbackon<br />

its long­term plan.<br />

Thefirstofthe meetings is in<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>on<strong>March</strong> 22.<br />

Council has allowedamonth<br />

for feedback.<br />

Areport on the consultation<br />

document saysthere are two<br />

significantissues for the<br />

communitytoconsider:the<br />

installation of water meters on<br />

all properties on its drinking<br />

water schemes, and rent<br />

increases for elderly persons<br />

housing to make the units selffunding.<br />

Thelong­term plansets out a<br />

10­yearprogramme,with details<br />

for an average 6.28 per centrate<br />

increase for <strong>2021</strong>­22. Overall<br />

rates for the followingyears are<br />

also projectedtorise by 4.49 per<br />

centand 7.10 per cent.<br />

Councillorshave spent many<br />

daysdebating capitalwork<br />

programmesinthe planand how<br />

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Water purifiers<br />

Home &Office–Underbench and Benchtop<br />

Reduction of nitrates and<br />

heavy metals •Giardia safe<br />

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ratepayer money will be spent.<br />

Theyplan to dipinto financial<br />

reservestokeep rate rises<br />

reasonable.<br />

Community members and<br />

groups cannow havetheir say.<br />

The firstmeeting is in<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>on<strong>March</strong> 22, in<br />

council chambers on Havelock<br />

Street.<br />

Othermeetings are at the<br />

Mayfield hall on <strong>March</strong> 23, the<br />

Rakaiarugbyclubroomson<br />

<strong>March</strong> 24, the Mt HuttMemorial<br />

Hall on <strong>March</strong> 25, the Hinds<br />

community centre on <strong>March</strong> 29,<br />

the Mt SomersSpringburn<br />

School on <strong>March</strong> 30 andthe<br />

Hakatere hall on <strong>March</strong>31. All<br />

the meetingsstart at 7pm.<br />

Awebinartoanswer questions<br />

and gather feedback will also<br />

takeplace on April 6.<br />

It is expectedconsultation will<br />

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6 <strong>Ashburton</strong> <strong>Courier</strong>, <strong>March</strong> <strong>18</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

www.ashburtoncourier.co.nz<br />

Mates have interest in traction engines<br />

Mates Innes McKay, 12,and<br />

Kyro Brook,14, have a<br />

fascination withtraction<br />

engines.<br />

They like the smell, the look<br />

and thenoise.<br />

Andthey are bothlearning<br />

the ins and outs of howtoget<br />

the enginesworking at best<br />

performance.<br />

Innes has hisown model,<br />

bought on afamily trip to<br />

Englandthree years ago.<br />

He doesall the work on it<br />

himself.<br />

It’s afour andahalfinch<br />

scale Burrell traction engine,<br />

which is alive steam modeland<br />

is oftenseen, with himinthe<br />

driversseat pulling awagon,at<br />

showsaround the district. It’sa<br />

third scale of full size traction<br />

engine.<br />

AndKyro is keen to help out.<br />

He volunteers at the Pleasant<br />

Point Railway and Historical<br />

Society.<br />

The boyshad themini Burrell<br />

in astatic displayatthe<br />

Mayfield A&PShow last<br />

weekend alongside other fullsized<br />

traction engines but also<br />

gave rides to children whoare<br />

interested.<br />

The tractionenginesare a<br />

McKay familytradition<br />

spanning back to Innes’late<br />

grandfather Donald,who<br />

owned a1914 Robey traction<br />

engine. It was in the<br />

experienced hands of dad,<br />

Andrew, at the show.<br />

TheRobey, fired by Cascade<br />

coal, has been in the family for<br />

just over 60 years. It was bought<br />

in 1960 for£200, and then<br />

restored.<br />

Betweenthe engine’swater<br />

tanks ­the belly tank,the boiler<br />

and the tender ­the machine<br />

stores about1500 litres of<br />

water, which need to be topped<br />

up every twoand ahalf hours.<br />

Reserve coal and water is<br />

towed behind.<br />

TheMcKay family and<br />

friends have atradition to take<br />

the Robey to the MethvenA&P<br />

Show each yearasatribute to<br />

Donald,who died just 10 days<br />

after attending theshow in<br />

2008. They willbethere this<br />

weekend.<br />

Innes and Kyro plan on<br />

sitting their steam tickets in the<br />

near future, which is the<br />

equivalentofgetting adrivers<br />

licencetouse steam engines,<br />

and want to own their own full<br />

sized tractionenginestowork<br />

on and display atshows.<br />

More Mayfield A&PShow<br />

photos on pages <strong>18</strong> and19.<br />

Mates Innes McKay, 12, (left) and Kyro Brook, 14, with Innes’ four and ahalf inch scale Burrell traction<br />

engine at the Mayfield A&P Show.<br />

PHOTO TONI WILLIAMS<br />

Cool dipinHinds pool for canine Akuma<br />

Akuma the one­year­old<br />

German Shepherd (pictured)<br />

needed little encouragement to<br />

dip his paws in the cool water of<br />

the Hinds community<br />

swimming pool at the weekend.<br />

The pool, which is closed to<br />

human swimmers for the<br />

summer, has scheduled two<br />

special swimming sessions for<br />

dogs.<br />

One was last Saturday and<br />

the next will be this Sunday,<br />

from 12pm until 2pm.<br />

Akuma had the pool to<br />

himself on Saturday, though<br />

Dottie the bulldog was also<br />

keen ... but not that<br />

adventurous in deep water.<br />

Pool secretary Sarah Wakelin<br />

said the volunteer committee<br />

thought the two dog day<br />

afternoons, costing $2 per dog,<br />

would be afun end to the<br />

season. Chlorination stopped<br />

about 10 days ago and water<br />

will stay in the pool over winter,<br />

before it is drained, cleaned<br />

and filled in spring for anew<br />

swimming season.<br />

Users buy keys for the season<br />

and the volunteers test the pool<br />

water daily and chlorinate as<br />

required.<br />

The pool opened this summer<br />

in early December and is used<br />

regularly by Hinds School and<br />

others who live in the district.<br />

The 33­yard pool still has a<br />

‘‘deep end’’ and diving board,<br />

as well as apaddling pool and<br />

sunshade areas.<br />

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Garrett aiming for new record<br />

MICK.JENSEN<br />

@ashburtoncourier.co.nz<br />

PhilGarrett’s planstobreak<br />

the nationalmotorcycle land<br />

speed recordonaroad in Mid<br />

Canterburyare backontrack.<br />

This time lastyear he was all<br />

ready for the attempt,but<br />

covid abruptly halted his<br />

plans.<br />

Nextmonth he will burn<br />

rubberonastretchof<br />

McCrorys RoadatPendarves<br />

as he aims to clock 320kmh.<br />

If successful, he will break<br />

the record of 307kmhset more<br />

than 20 yearsago.<br />

Garretsaidhewas excited,<br />

raring to go and keen ‘‘to get<br />

this monkey off his back’’.<br />

‘‘It’s taketwo of this project,<br />

adream and ambitionI’vehad<br />

for 20 years, and Ican’t wait to<br />

give it ago.’’<br />

Two turbobikes, one ridden<br />

by Garrett, andanother by<br />

former <strong>Ashburton</strong> man Rob<br />

Smallwillattempttobreak the<br />

land speed record.<br />

The highly modified bikes<br />

have been pretty much built<br />

from scratch andfeature<br />

planetary gears fittedinside<br />

the rear wheel.<br />

Garrett hopes the rear wheel<br />

gearbox will be thesolution<br />

that givesthe bikesthe speed<br />

they need.<br />

He said he had chosenthe<br />

samelong, straightMid<br />

Canterbury back road for his<br />

attemptand had now received<br />

all the necessary permits and<br />

Phil Garrett with the two bikes that will be used for the land speed record attempt.<br />

PHOTO EUAN CAMERON PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

approvalsfor the landspeed<br />

attempt.<br />

He was gratefulagain for the<br />

support of the local community<br />

and landowners, who he had<br />

spokentoatameeting in the<br />

Chertsey Halllastyear.<br />

As well as the land speed<br />

record, Garrett and the Flying<br />

Kiwi Motorcyclesteamwill set<br />

up and attemptother records<br />

betweenApril 9and April 11.<br />

He aimstotake ahomebuilt<br />

electric motorbike to over<br />

160kmhand into the record<br />

booksand another rider will<br />

ride aone­wheel motorcycle.<br />

Garrett said the team of <strong>18</strong><br />

had been busy since October<br />

preparingfor the attempt.<br />

Health andsafety was<br />

paramountand there would be<br />

strict protocol and detailed<br />

briefing sessions each day.<br />

The attempt would not go<br />

ahead if it was wet, or if there<br />

was wind, he said.<br />

NEWS<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> <strong>Courier</strong>, <strong>March</strong> <strong>18</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

7<br />

Warning<br />

on drugs<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>police are repeating<br />

official caution overa<br />

potentiallylethalbatch of<br />

synthetic cannabis thathas<br />

foundits waytoCanterbury.<br />

Awarning on HighAlert, a<br />

informationwebsitesupported<br />

by health, police andthe New<br />

ZealandDrugFoundation, says<br />

the current dangerous batchof<br />

synthetic cannabinoids are<br />

4F­MDMB­BINACA and<br />

MDMB­4en­PINACA.<br />

It has beenlinked to at least<br />

one deathinChristchurch and<br />

others arebeinginvestigated.<br />

MDMB­4en­PINACAhas<br />

beenresponsible for anumber<br />

of deathsoverseas and<br />

considered one of themost<br />

dangerous synthetic<br />

cannabinoids currently in<br />

circulation.<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>senior sergeant<br />

LeighJenkinssaidpolice<br />

wanted to knowaboutanyone<br />

who wasselling or supplying<br />

thedrug inMid Canterbury.<br />

‘‘Andifyou know someone who<br />

consumesit, pleaseinform<br />

them of the danger they are<br />

exposing themselvesto.’’<br />

He said police regularlydeal<br />

with cannabis offenders and<br />

believed synthetics werealso<br />

beingused.<br />

It is an offence underthe<br />

PsychoactiveSubstances Actto<br />

have possessionofsynthetic<br />

cannabis or sell or supplyit.<br />

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IN BRIEF<br />

ROADREHAB<br />

Rehabilitation of a2.1km stretch of<br />

Pudding HillRoad is expected to be<br />

completedbymid-April.Works<br />

includesthe shoulder preparation<br />

and earthworks, undercutting of<br />

failedpavement,metalcourse<br />

construction,sealing, roadmarking<br />

and drainage work.<br />

Theworkstartedatthe beginning<br />

of February and is on schedule.<br />

FOOTPATH CLEAN<br />

New road maintenance contractor<br />

HEB will waterblastand clean tiled<br />

footpaths in the MethvenCBD. The<br />

cleaningisoverdue andwas not<br />

completedbyprevious contractor<br />

Fulton HoganinDecember. The<br />

new contract will see cleaningsplit<br />

into two halves and carried out twice<br />

ayear. Thework willbeundertaken<br />

this monthand again in June and<br />

thereafterinJune andDecember<br />

eachyear. MethvenCommunity<br />

Board (MCB)chairmanDan<br />

McLaughlin said the waterblasting<br />

workhad beenabug bear for the<br />

board for 10 years and an issuein<br />

the township for thelast 16 years.<br />

He hopedthe workofthe new<br />

contractor would be up to scratch<br />

and looked forward to checking it<br />

out.<br />

BRIDGE RENEWAL<br />

Renewal workonthe Mt Harding<br />

Bridgeonthe edge of Methven is<br />

programmedtotake placeinApril.<br />

Supplies andmaterials have been<br />

ordered,but there is ashortage of<br />

timber for the projectthat could<br />

delaywork.<br />

Theworkwill renewold rotten<br />

timbers and see netting attached.<br />

CONFERENCE<br />

MCBchairmanDan McLaughlinwill<br />

represent the board at the <strong>2021</strong> NZ<br />

Community Boards conference in<br />

Gore.The conference runsfrom<br />

April 22-24.<br />

Mr McLaughlin will report back on<br />

the conferenceatthe May 3board<br />

meeting.<br />

SCARECROW FUNDS<br />

MCBhas agreed to use$2000 from<br />

its discretionary fundstosupport the<br />

popularMethvenScarecrow Trail.<br />

Trail organisers will usethe money<br />

for marketing and to promote the<br />

trail to awider audience.The event<br />

will be held during thenext school<br />

holidays, from April 19 throughto<br />

April 30.<br />

Over $3500 wasraised fromthe<br />

last trail andthe money went to<br />

Methven PrimarySchool.<br />

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Mountain Bike <strong>Ashburton</strong> is<br />

progressing well with anew<br />

section of trail at the<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> River track that has<br />

been named Bendibus.<br />

Volunteers were out on<br />

Saturday packing down more<br />

clay alongasection of the cut<br />

700m trail.<br />

TheAllenton track extension<br />

has been open forafew weeks<br />

andwork is ongoing to shape it<br />

for asmooth, fast ride.<br />

MountainBike <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

president James Reid said the<br />

newtrack ran through the<br />

treesand down to the skills<br />

park.<br />

Theprojecthad startedfour<br />

monthsago and the objective<br />

was to carveout adedicated<br />

bike track.<br />

Previously thetrack ran<br />

down from the high point of Mt<br />

Ash and through the trees<br />

before joining up with the<br />

vehicle track used by<br />

Environment Canterbury.<br />

That section of trackran for<br />

around500mtothe skills park<br />

andhad proven popular with<br />

runners and walkers since<br />

covid.<br />

It was thoughtprudent to<br />

createaseparate track for<br />

bikersbecauseitwould<br />

separate users andimprove<br />

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$10,000 from the Mid &South<br />

Canterbury Trust and<br />

volunteerbikeclub labour.<br />

ACL had given the club a<br />

gooddeal on the claybeing put<br />

down.<br />

Mr Reid said asecond new<br />

sectionofbiketrack would<br />

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for volunteers<br />

Volunteering Midand South Canterbury is collaborating<br />

with CommunityLaw Canterbury to host free workshops<br />

for volunteers andmanagers of volunteers inMid<br />

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The three workshops willcover the new Privacy Act 2020<br />

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follow in thefuture.<br />

It wouldbecut throughthe<br />

trees and run from theskills<br />

park to the State Highway 1<br />

bridge.<br />

Theexisting biketrack to the<br />

bridge would be widened and<br />

would give betteraccess for<br />

walkersand runners.<br />

‘‘One day we would love to<br />

extend furtheragain and from<br />

theother side of thebridgeto<br />

Trevors Road,’’said Mr Reid.<br />

Since covid there had been a<br />

bigspike of multiple usersof<br />

the<strong>Ashburton</strong>River track.<br />

Water project<br />

calls for support<br />

Peter Lowe has issued an open<br />

invitation to Mid Canterbury<br />

people to learnabout awater<br />

projectthatwill paylong­term<br />

dividendsfor thecommunity.<br />

Thefarmer is part of a<br />

committedgroup that has<br />

developed managedaquifer<br />

recharge (MAR) in the districtto<br />

improvegroundwater quantity<br />

and reduce nitratelevels.<br />

Results have shown success<br />

sincethe firstMAR site was<br />

commissionedfive years ago.<br />

Mr Lowe is chairman of the<br />

Hinds HekeaoWater<br />

EnhancementTrust which is<br />

holdingmeetings on <strong>March</strong> 30 at<br />

the MayfieldMemorial Hall at<br />

10.30am and the Hinds<br />

Community Hall at 2pm to share<br />

moreinformation.<br />

He saiddoing nothing is not an<br />

option forthe catchment, where<br />

historicalfarmingpractices had<br />

degraded underground and<br />

coastalwater resources.<br />

‘‘Itisnow ourresponsibility to<br />

take action to addressthese<br />

historicalissues. These actions<br />

include improved land use<br />

practises,irrigated area<br />

constraints and MAR. This<br />

situation isn’t uniquetoour<br />

catchment, but our response is<br />

very much leadingedge.<br />

‘‘Thisreally is about our<br />

community’s long­term future<br />

and successand Iencouragethe<br />

community to support the<br />

projectoptions. We already have<br />

significantsupport frommany in<br />

the community who realise that<br />

this is an essentialprojectto<br />

help ensure apositive outcome<br />

for future generations.”<br />

Under Plan Change 2to<br />

Canterbury’s Landand Water<br />

Peter Lowe<br />

Regional Planand the<br />

Government’s Essential<br />

Freshwater package,the<br />

catchmentmust take action if<br />

they are to continue to farmin<br />

the region.<br />

“This isn’t just about farming,<br />

which is the economic backbone<br />

of our community, it’salso about<br />

ensuring future generations can<br />

swim and fish in rivers and enjoy<br />

other recreational benefits.”<br />

From theinitial site in<br />

Lagmhor in 2016, there are now<br />

16 furthersites in operation.<br />

MAR involves puttingclean<br />

river water into leakyponds or<br />

basins, where water filters down<br />

into aquifers.<br />

Environment Canterburyis<br />

proposingatargeted rate in its<br />

long­term plantoassist meeting<br />

ongoingoperationalcosts andis<br />

currently consulting with the<br />

community.<br />

Mr Lowe said he encouraged<br />

the communitytoshowits<br />

support as the water programme<br />

affectedactivity that supported<br />

jobs in the local and wider<br />

community.


NEWS<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> <strong>Courier</strong>, <strong>March</strong> <strong>18</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

9<br />

Protect the team<br />

with covid jab<br />

Over the past year, we’ve pulled<br />

together as acountry to keep each<br />

other safe and keep Covid­19<br />

under control. We’ve all put in the<br />

hard yards over the past 12<br />

months, and our collective effort<br />

has saved countless lives and<br />

protected thousands of jobs and<br />

businesses.<br />

Thanks to this hard work, we’re<br />

in amuch better position than<br />

many other countries. Our<br />

schools, swimming pools and<br />

cafes are back in business, we’re<br />

able to attend concerts, sports<br />

games, and A&PShows (see you<br />

in Methven this weekend!) and<br />

our economy is doing better than<br />

experts predicted.<br />

Now, we’re moving into the next<br />

phase of our plan: protecting New<br />

Zealand with free, safe vaccines.<br />

This will ensure we can keep<br />

moving forward with our<br />

economic recovery, while we<br />

continue to keep people safe.<br />

The good news is we have<br />

secured enough Pfizer/BioNTech<br />

vaccine for everyone in the<br />

country, and we have abalanced<br />

plan to make sure everyone can<br />

get their vaccine at the right time.<br />

Our plan, which is already under<br />

way, ensures the people who are<br />

most at risk of catching the virus<br />

and those who are at higher risk<br />

of getting seriously sick are<br />

protected first.<br />

Our first line of defence against<br />

covid ­the people who are most at<br />

risk are coming into contact with<br />

the virus in New Zealand ­are our<br />

border and quarantine workers.<br />

That’s why they’re first in line to<br />

receive the vaccine, along with<br />

people they live with. The vast<br />

majority of our border workforce<br />

has now been vaccinated.<br />

The next group in line for the<br />

vaccine are our frontline health<br />

workers, along with people living<br />

in high­risk settings.<br />

If there were to be acommunity<br />

outbreak, these groups would be<br />

at higher risk of catching the<br />

virus, so it’s important they’re<br />

protected. We’ve already started<br />

with frontline health workers,<br />

and will move to people living in<br />

high­risk settings in the coming<br />

weeks.<br />

People aged 65 and older, those<br />

with underlying health conditions<br />

like diabetes and cancer, and<br />

people with disabilities are more<br />

likely to get seriously ill if they get<br />

the virus. That’s why, with our<br />

plan, we’re making sure these<br />

people also have the opportunity<br />

to get vaccinated early. This<br />

group will begin receiving<br />

vaccinations in May.<br />

Thanks to our targeted roll­out<br />

plan, more than two million<br />

people can expect to get<br />

vaccinated over the next four<br />

months. We’ll then begin to rollout<br />

the vaccine more widely to the<br />

rest of New Zealand, beginning in<br />

July.<br />

Getting vaccinated is the best<br />

way to protect you and your<br />

family, so I’d really encourage<br />

you to get the vaccine when it’s<br />

your turn. You can find out more<br />

about the vaccine and our<br />

targeted roll­out plan at covid19.<br />

govt.nz<br />

This will be the largest<br />

immunisation programme in our<br />

history, and it’s exciting that it’s<br />

now under way. However, the<br />

vaccine is only one part of our<br />

plan to protect New Zealanders.<br />

To keep everyone safe, we all<br />

need to keep on doing our bit:<br />

washing our hands, staying home<br />

if we’re sick and scanning in with<br />

the Covid Tracer app. So,<br />

Rangitata keep up the good work,<br />

and together, we can continue to<br />

keep covid at bay.<br />

My <strong>Ashburton</strong> office is now<br />

open, we are located at 75<br />

Harrison Street. Office hours are<br />

Tuesday–Thursday, 9am–2pm. We<br />

are open by appointment Monday<br />

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work of Hospice Mid Canterbury. Plains Rotary Club president Steve<br />

Allen (pictured) handed over acheque for $1000 to hospice volunteer<br />

services manager Belinda Brand. Rotary were able to use South Island<br />

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Family<br />

Notices<br />

Enquiries phone<br />

Mary,JannorKaren<br />

on<br />

308 7664<br />

or call into<br />

199Burnett Street.<br />

Family Notices<br />

Deaths Deaths Deaths<br />

HALL, Edna (nee Foster),<br />

on <strong>March</strong> 10, <strong>2021</strong>,<br />

surrounded by her loving<br />

family, aged 93 years.<br />

Dearly lovedwifeofthe late<br />

Arthur. Much loved Mum<br />

and mother-in-law of Bev<br />

andGarfield (Andy) Andrew<br />

(Timaru), Sandra and<br />

partner Paul Woodhouse,<br />

Robin and Sandra, Lynette<br />

and Gary King,and friend of<br />

Fonz Cigobia. Loved Nana<br />

of her 13 grandchildren and<br />

great Nana of her <strong>18</strong> great<br />

grandchildren. Messages to<br />

the Hall family c/-8 Walshs<br />

Road, <strong>Ashburton</strong> 7700. In<br />

lieu of flowers donations to<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> St John would<br />

be appreciated and may<br />

be left at the service.<br />

HIGGINS, Jeanette<br />

Mary: On <strong>March</strong> 11, <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Peacefully at Terrace<br />

View Retirement Village,<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>, in her 99th<br />

year. Dearly loved wife of<br />

the late Jack. Much loved<br />

mother and mother-inlaw<br />

of Judith and Kevin<br />

McCormack (Wellington),<br />

John and the late Catherine<br />

(Brisbane), Pauline and<br />

Alistair Price (Christchurch),<br />

Ross and Som (Bangkok)<br />

and Anne and Ian Porter.<br />

Loving and adored nana of<br />

her 21 grandchildren, 35<br />

great- grandchildren and 2<br />

great- greatgrandchildren,<br />

‘Rest in Peace’ Messages<br />

to 73 Racecourse Road,<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> 7700. A<br />

Requiem Mass to celebrate<br />

Jeanette’s life has been<br />

held.<br />

Paterson’s<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

FDANZ<br />

03 3077433<br />

A<br />

celebration of Edna’s lifehas<br />

been held.<br />

Paterson’s<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

FDANZ<br />

03 3077433<br />

HOBSON, George<br />

Thomas, on <strong>March</strong> 13,<br />

<strong>2021</strong> peacefully at home,<br />

aged 93 years. Dearly loved<br />

and devoted husband of<br />

Elspeth (Elma) for 68years.<br />

Much loved and respected<br />

father and father-in-law of<br />

Heather and Noel Kirkwood<br />

(Auckland), Robert and<br />

Jenny Hobson (Hawkes<br />

Bay), Elspeth Hobson<br />

and Jonathan Macleod<br />

(Sydney), and Trevor and<br />

Andrea Hobson (Te Pirita).<br />

Special ‘Grandad George’<br />

of Henry, Lucy, and Angus<br />

Kirkwood; Sarah, Ben, and<br />

William Hobson; Fergus,and<br />

Roderick Macleod; Thomas,<br />

Edward, Samuel, and Albert<br />

Hobson, and great grandad<br />

of Indi, Freya, Allie,and Jack<br />

Hobson, Isabel Hobson,<br />

and Eden Hobson. Loved<br />

brother of Olive Philpott,<br />

(<strong>Ashburton</strong>). Messages to<br />

the Hobson family c/- PO<br />

Box 472, <strong>Ashburton</strong> 7740.<br />

Special thanks to the St<br />

John team and Rakaia 1st<br />

Response. Acelebration of<br />

George’s life will be held<br />

at the Rakaia Community<br />

Centre, Elizabeth Avenue,<br />

Rakaia on Thursday<br />

<strong>March</strong> <strong>18</strong>, commencing at<br />

11.00am. To be followed<br />

by interment atthe Rakaia<br />

cemetery.<br />

Supporting thecommunity<br />

96 Tancred Street, <strong>Ashburton</strong>.<br />

Phone 307 8317<br />

Paterson’s<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

FDANZ<br />

03 307 7433<br />

MARRIOTT, Paul William:<br />

Peacefully at his home<br />

surrounded by his loving<br />

family on <strong>March</strong> 11th <strong>2021</strong><br />

aged 65year.<br />

Dearly loved husband of<br />

Chris, and loved Dad and<br />

pop of Scott and Nicky, Erin<br />

and Macy; Nick and Kylie,<br />

Maddi, Charlotte, Jack, and<br />

Danielle<br />

Special thanks to Dr Penny<br />

Holdaway, Debra, and Lee<br />

from the DistrictNurse team<br />

for the wonderful care and<br />

support. Messages to 814<br />

East Street <strong>Ashburton</strong>7700.<br />

At Paul’s request aprivate<br />

family service has been<br />

held.<br />

Paterson’s<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

FDANZ<br />

03 3077433<br />

MOSES, Margaret Jessie<br />

(Peggy) – On <strong>March</strong> 8,<br />

<strong>2021</strong>. Peacefully at Terrace<br />

View Retirement Village,<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>. Aged 90 Years.<br />

Dearly lovedwifeofthe late<br />

Keith. Loving and adored<br />

mother and mother-in-law<br />

of Merryn and Mike, Bryan<br />

and Becca, and Janine.<br />

Much loved grandma of<br />

Gareth and Courtney, Peter<br />

and Courtney, Sam and<br />

John, Emma and Abby,<br />

and Alex. Loving greatgrandma<br />

of Paxton, and<br />

Violet. Messages to the<br />

Moses family, c/- PO Box<br />

472, <strong>Ashburton</strong> 7740.<br />

Special thanks to the staff<br />

of Terrace View for their<br />

love and care ofboth Mum<br />

and Dad.AtPeggy’s request<br />

aprivate family service has<br />

beenheld.<br />

Paterson’s<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

FDANZ<br />

03 3077433<br />

WEILY, Peter Morris –On<br />

<strong>March</strong> 15, <strong>2021</strong>. Peacefully<br />

at Christchurch Hospital.<br />

Aged 84 years. Dearly loved<br />

husband of Jenefer. Much<br />

loved father and father-inlaw<br />

ofStephen and Therle,<br />

Maree and Bill den Baars,<br />

and Lynley and Neil Pluck.<br />

Loving grandad of Mark<br />

and Simone (Brisbane),<br />

Vanessa and Tim, Tonya and<br />

Svend, Anita and Robbie,<br />

Vicki, and Lauren. Greatgrandad<br />

of Joshua, Samuel,<br />

Isobelle, Harry, Ole, Paddy,<br />

and Darcy. Messages to<br />

the Weily Family, c/- PO<br />

Box 472, <strong>Ashburton</strong> 7740.<br />

Aservice for Peter will be<br />

held at All Saints Anglican<br />

Church, Chapman Street<br />

Methven on Friday <strong>March</strong><br />

19 commencing at 1.30pm<br />

followed by a private<br />

cremation at the <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

Crematorium.<br />

Paterson’s<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

FDANZ<br />

03 3077433<br />

Acknowledgement<br />

HODGKINSON, Marie June<br />

(June): Michelle and Peter,<br />

Cherie and Carl, Marie and<br />

Bob and their families,<br />

along with June’s siblings,<br />

Ann, Jimmy and Dorothy,<br />

wish to sincerely thank all<br />

those who cared for her,<br />

sent cards, flowers or food<br />

or attended her funeral.<br />

To those who visited us and<br />

shared precious memories<br />

of our dear mum, nana,<br />

great-nana, sister, aunt and<br />

friend – a special thank<br />

you. Your care and support<br />

means alot to us.<br />

We gratefully acknowledge<br />

the kindness and help of Fr<br />

Huynh Tran, Fr Denis Nolan,<br />

Dr Malcolm Wootton, the<br />

staff of Radius Millstream<br />

and Jo Metcalf of Memory<br />

Funerals.<br />

June loved and was loved<br />

by so many. The memory<br />

of her selfless dedication to<br />

family and friends will long<br />

remain in our hearts. Now<br />

re-united with her beloved<br />

husband Peter - Rest in<br />

Peacemum.<br />

MARSDEN, John<br />

Anderson: Pauline, David<br />

and Tom would like to<br />

sincerely thank all of their<br />

friends and family for their<br />

love and support following<br />

the death of our beloved<br />

husband and father.<br />

Special thanks to Father’s<br />

Denis Nolan and Huynh<br />

Tran and Jo from Memory<br />

Funerals for their sensitivity<br />

and empathy.<br />

Thank you to everyone<br />

who visited, sent flowers,<br />

food and messages. Your<br />

support was a great comfort<br />

to us.<br />

Please accept this<br />

acknowledgement as a<br />

personal thank you toyou<br />

all.<br />

Memorial Service<br />

MARSHALL, Lochie:<br />

Laraine, Glenn, Leanne and<br />

Trina wish to invite family<br />

and friends to aMemorial<br />

Service for Lochie on the<br />

anniversaryofhis passing.<br />

To be held at Orari<br />

Racecourse on Monday<br />

<strong>March</strong>22ndat2pm<br />

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10 <strong>Ashburton</strong> <strong>Courier</strong>, <strong>March</strong> <strong>18</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Share Farmer of the Year Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Industry<br />

Award winners Dinuka and Nadeeka Gamage, of <strong>Ashburton</strong>.<br />

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Locals win at<br />

dairy awards<br />

Dairy farmers Dinuka and<br />

Nadeeka Gamage werenamed<br />

winners of theregion’s Share<br />

Farmer of the Year category in<br />

the Canterbury/North Otago<br />

Dairy IndustryAwards held at<br />

the Airforce Museum of New<br />

Zealand in Wigram on Tuesday<br />

night.<br />

The couplewereupagainst<br />

fellow Mid Cantabrians Laura<br />

andDaniel Joho (of Cren Lea<br />

Ltd)who got runner­up in the<br />

awards, andCindyand Nathan<br />

White (ofDairy Holdings).<br />

They are contract milkers on a<br />

245ha dairy farm, in <strong>Ashburton</strong>,<br />

milking 980 cows, alsofor Dairy<br />

Holdings Ltd.<br />

The Gamages say the<br />

networking, strength and<br />

weakness identification and<br />

recognitiontheygained through<br />

the awards processwereall<br />

motivating factors to enter again<br />

after Dinukaplaced third in the<br />

2016Canterbury/North Otago<br />

Dairy Manager category.<br />

He holds diplomas in<br />

agribusiness management, and<br />

alsotechnology from New<br />

Zealand, as well asagriculture<br />

engineering, and apostgraduate<br />

diplomainmarketing<br />

from Sri Lanka.<br />

He has also achieved<br />

PrimaryITO Level 5Production<br />

Managementand Level 4Dairy<br />

Farming and Biz Start from<br />

DairyNZ.<br />

Nadeeka holdsthe NZ<br />

Certificate in ECCE.<br />

Family owned,<br />

locally owned<br />

22 MooreStreet,<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

0800 263 6679<br />

“Agriculturehas alwaysbeen<br />

our career of choice.Welove<br />

working outside with animals<br />

and nature,” theysay.<br />

“It waschallenging at first to<br />

learn theskills requiredtobea<br />

NewZealanddairyfarmer but<br />

we have overcome that through<br />

continuous education and<br />

experience.”<br />

The coupleare proud of their<br />

progressionthroughthe<br />

industry, past dairy awards won<br />

and of the agribusiness<br />

qualifications.<br />

“During harder times we like<br />

to have aclear mind andtry to<br />

begin eachday that way,”<br />

Nadeeka says. “Wetry to accept<br />

that sometimes things happen or<br />

change, andworrying won’t<br />

changeit.”<br />

Dinukaand Nadeeka identify<br />

the strong,ongoing support from<br />

their farm owners as astrength<br />

of their business.<br />

Futurefarming goals include<br />

continuing to farm sustainably,<br />

aiming for 50/50 sharemilking or<br />

an equity partnership.<br />

“Long term, we wouldloveto<br />

own afarm.”<br />

Other major winners were:<br />

Maria Alvarez, farmmanager on<br />

Dairy Holdings Ltd<strong>18</strong>0ha,<br />

660­cow property at <strong>Ashburton</strong>,<br />

who wasnamed the<strong>2021</strong><br />

Canterbury/North Otago Dairy<br />

Manager of the Year, and Mattes<br />

Groenendijk, of Rangiora, the<br />

<strong>2021</strong> Canterbury/North Otago<br />

Dairy Trainee of the Year.<br />

2343604<br />

Profit up<br />

Fonterra’s Greater<br />

China business has<br />

helped drive its<br />

normalised<br />

operating profit for<br />

the six months to<br />

January up by 17 per<br />

cent to $684m.<br />

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Try harder, says rubbish crew<br />

Volunteer collectors have seen<br />

areductioninthe amountof<br />

rubbish left in and around<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>, butsay some<br />

people are still dumping litter<br />

illegally.<br />

Community groupLitter<br />

Free <strong>Ashburton</strong>had 10<br />

volunteers pickinguprubbish<br />

from theNorth Park reserve<br />

area on the northern end of<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>last week and<br />

among the items bagged were<br />

dozens of beer andother<br />

bottles, domestic waste, an old<br />

art canvas and discarded<br />

venetian blinds.<br />

Some12bags of rubbish<br />

were collected at the litter<br />

blitz, said group spokesperson<br />

Shirley Falloon.<br />

The group had not collected<br />

in the area at last month’s first<br />

outing of theyear as it usually<br />

did, butinstead had split into<br />

four groups and focused on<br />

areas in Allenton and along<br />

River Terrace.<br />

‘‘Wewere told aboutthe<br />

rubbish accumulationbyother<br />

litter collectorsand tackled<br />

the reserve thismonth,’’ Mrs<br />

Falloon said.<br />

Shesaid theamount of<br />

discarded litter had reduced<br />

in general terms in town in<br />

recent months, but there was<br />

still room for further<br />

improvement.<br />

Mrs Falloon said limbcutting<br />

by <strong>Ashburton</strong>District<br />

Council had openedupthe<br />

Lending ahand at the latest rubbish collection session are (from left) Marion Guise, Lorraine<br />

Robinson, Shirley Falloon, Graeme Neale and Bev Skates.<br />

PHOTO MICK JENSEN<br />

North Park reserve area and<br />

meantillegal tippers werenow<br />

more visible.She believed<br />

more limb cutting was planned<br />

in the future, which she<br />

welcomed as it would open<br />

things up even more.<br />

The area had been ahot spot<br />

for dumpers over the years,<br />

she said.<br />

Newsignsand posters have<br />

beenplaced up in and around<br />

town by Litter Free <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

to encourage people to think<br />

aboutwhat they do withtheir<br />

rubbish.<br />

Thelitter free advocates<br />

meet on the second Thursday<br />

of the monthat1.30pmatthe<br />

kiosk and picnic area off State<br />

Highway 1near the<br />

Racecourse Road corner.<br />

Volunteersbag rubbish and<br />

recyclablesfor an hour or two<br />

and then Enviro Waste takesit<br />

away the following day.<br />

Anyone keen to lendahand<br />

is welcometoturn up on a<br />

collection day andhelp keep<br />

the districttidy.<br />

Autumn hues for open day<br />

Terrace Station Charitable Trust at<br />

Hororata is openingits gardenson<br />

Sunday <strong>March</strong> 28 and SundayMay 2so<br />

peoplecan enjoyits autumn colours.<br />

The gardens will be open from 11am<br />

until 3pmonboth days.<br />

The dry summer has not affected the<br />

trees, which are magnificent as usual.<br />

The 150­year­old oaks andsequoias<br />

providevital shade among maples,<br />

linden limes,holmoaksand cedars.<br />

The garden is apeaceful haven for<br />

birds, butterflies, beesand other insects<br />

where so often modernfarming methods<br />

do notallowasuitable environment.<br />

Roses willstill provide some late<br />

colourand late flowering plants such as<br />

liriope and sternbergia may still be<br />

lingering into April and May.<br />

Visitors are encouraged to bring a<br />

picnic to enjoy onthelawns and there<br />

will be asmall plant stall. The houseis<br />

still the private home of Kate and<br />

Richard Foster andisnot open for<br />

garden days.<br />

The$10 entry fee goestothe Terrace<br />

Station Charitable Trust, childrenare<br />

free; cash only andnodogs.<br />

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Glow<br />

festival<br />

returns<br />

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The Hororata community is<br />

inviting people to glow with<br />

them again this May when the<br />

Hororata Glow Festival<br />

returns.<br />

“This festival is all about<br />

giving people apositive<br />

experience, that boost we all<br />

need going into winter. We<br />

want everyone to glow,” said<br />

Hororata Community Trust<br />

executive officer Cindy<br />

Driscoll.<br />

The Hororata Glow Festival<br />

will be held at the Hororata<br />

Domain Saturday, May 8.<br />

“Ballooning Canterbury has<br />

partnered with the trust again<br />

and they have invited hot air<br />

balloon crews from all over<br />

New Zealand to take part in the<br />

Night Glow, which will again be<br />

the main feature of the<br />

festival.”<br />

This the only event in the<br />

South Island where people can<br />

experience hot air balloons<br />

glowing in unison to music.<br />

New for <strong>2021</strong> following the<br />

Night Glow will be adramatic<br />

laser light show.<br />

“One of the standout<br />

activities is the chance to walk<br />

inside agiant hot air balloon<br />

and chat to the pilots, this was<br />

really popular last event so<br />

people need to arrive early to<br />

experience this.”<br />

The University of Canterbury<br />

will be running interactive<br />

science demonstrations and<br />

people will be able to buy food,<br />

produce and crafts.<br />

Autumn hues at Terrace Station, which will<br />

be open to the public on <strong>March</strong> 28 and May 2.<br />

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Delay for<br />

grazing rules<br />

FederatedFarmers is pleased that the<br />

Governmenthas taken the timetolisten to and<br />

understand the practical difficultiesthat<br />

accompanied the EssentialFreshwaterrules<br />

on winter grazing. Environment Minister<br />

David Parkerhas announced atemporary<br />

delayuntil May2022 for intensive winter<br />

grazing rules to take effect.<br />

Feds water spokesperson Chris Allen said<br />

government had recognised workability issues<br />

needed to be sorted,and that extra timewas<br />

vitaltofind the right solution.<br />

‘‘This is not kicking for touch. The minister<br />

has accepted acommitment from regional<br />

councils and the farmingsector to use this<br />

timetodevelop, testand deploy an IWG<br />

(intensive winter grazing) module and<br />

practices that willultimatelybeapartofa<br />

certified freshwaterfarmplan.’’<br />

There is universalrecognition the Essential<br />

Freshwaternational rulespassed lastAugust<br />

haveanumber of unworkable parts.<br />

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At the handover of acheque of $500 to the <strong>Ashburton</strong>Collegegirlssoftball team are (from left) Briar Clark, teamcoach<br />

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Agroup of mateswho go by the<br />

unofficial name of the AshVegas<br />

Country Club have been swinging the<br />

golf clubs, sharing abeer and having<br />

alaugh for morethan 20 years.<br />

Overthe years the lads havealso<br />

been generousintheir supportof<br />

local sports performers and clubs.<br />

An annualdonationis usually given<br />

out and at the weekend$500 was<br />

given to the <strong>Ashburton</strong> College girls’<br />

softball team to help with expenses at<br />

atournament in Alexandra next<br />

week.<br />

Country club spokesman Mark<br />

Argyle said donationsinrecent years<br />

had been given to cyclist Jenna<br />

Borthwick, golfers Olivia Crispin and<br />

BrentKirdy and hockeyplayer,<br />

athlete AngelSpooner and others.<br />

The club went under the radar a<br />

bit, but did receiveand review<br />

funding applications every year from<br />

thoseinthe know.<br />

He said club members numbered<br />

around 50 and 20 regulars, most in<br />

the their mid­50s,played <strong>18</strong>­hole golf<br />

everySunday.<br />

The golfers weremostly affiliated<br />

with the Tinwald Golf Club and also<br />

had aclose association with the<br />

Devon Tavern,where they ran raffles<br />

to raise funds.<br />

The love of the game and the<br />

camaraderie kept the clubgoing and<br />

once amonth they headed outsideof<br />

the districttoplay.<br />

‘‘We make an annualtrip to Kurow<br />

and enjoythe golf, play somebowls<br />

and also go to the races.’’<br />

Mr Argyle said it was at post­game<br />

sessionsatthe 19th hole that club<br />

members ‘‘held court’’and wereable<br />

to raise funds by issuing fines.<br />

The club also sponsored aprize at<br />

the annualgolf shootout at Tinwald,<br />

which funded afull annual<br />

membership.<br />

Nitrate testing draws interest<br />

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Nearly200 peoplehad their drinking<br />

water tested for nitrates by MHV<br />

Water at the Mayfield A&P Showon<br />

Saturday.<br />

Asteady flow of people to the MHV<br />

Water site kept staff andsenior<br />

hydrogeologistJustin Legg busy as<br />

they talked aboutwater quality,<br />

passed on information and tested<br />

water using areal time portable<br />

nitrate sensor.<br />

The water co­operative, with 206<br />

shareholders across theHinds<br />

Plains, deliverswater for irrigation.<br />

Thesensor was purchased by the<br />

company fromLincoln Agritech to<br />

help it deliveritsgroundwater<br />

programme.<br />

MHVWater Ltd chief executive<br />

Melanie Brooks said the offer to test<br />

drinking water for freewas chanceto<br />

provideawarenessaround nitrates.<br />

“We completedabout 190 samples<br />

which ranged frompeople wantingto<br />

test their townsupplied water,<br />

through to people in thefarming<br />

community right across Canterbury.”<br />

She said because of the knowledge<br />

gained from MHVWater’s<br />

groundwater programme across the<br />

HekeaoHinds catchment, there were<br />

not anyreal surprises in the results.<br />

“Thereare many factors thatcan<br />

contribute to nitrate­nitrogen levels<br />

in groundwaterover time.<br />

‘‘As acommunitywerecognise the<br />

problem and are working hard to<br />

reduce anyhigh levels,<br />

acknowledging that it may take some<br />

time,sointhe interim people should<br />

be aware of any risk.”<br />

The Hekeao Hindscatchmenthas<br />

legacy issues with elevated nitrate<br />

levels and farmers were making<br />

changes to reduce their nutrient<br />

MHV Water Ltd chief executive Melanie Brooks helping to get people schooled<br />

up on nitrates at last weekend’s Mayfield A&P Show.<br />

PHOTO TONI WILLIAMS<br />

footprint, she said.<br />

However legacy nitrate levels<br />

wouldnot be fixed overnight.<br />

“We hadafew peoplewho already<br />

have ReverseOsmosis(RO) filters<br />

installed at their drinking water taps<br />

who tested their water pre andpost<br />

the RO filter,” Mrs Brooks said.<br />

The drinking­water Standards for<br />

NewZealand2005(revised20<strong>18</strong>)<br />

defined the maximum acceptable<br />

level (MAV) for N­NO3inpotable<br />

drinking water as 11.3 mg/L.<br />

“For acoupleofthose with RO<br />

filters their pre filter readings were<br />

high and someinthe high teens.”<br />

No recordofwheresamples were<br />

from were kept as water collection<br />

methods could not be guaranteed.<br />

“Asweknow from our programme<br />

and we sawonthe day, there canbe<br />

considerable variationofreadings<br />

within ashort distance.”<br />

Mrs Brooks said it was agreat<br />

chance to educate peopleabout<br />

nitrate and how it is tested and those<br />

who had water samples were<br />

surprisedhow easy the testing was<br />

and how quickly they gottheir<br />

results.<br />

“The topic is frequently discussed<br />

throughout thecommunitytherefore<br />

it’s importanttocreate more<br />

knowledge aboutit. We were grateful<br />

so many peopletook the opportunity<br />

to get involved,” she said.


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Collie club marks 100th trial<br />

The Mayfield Collie Club will<br />

celebrate its centennial trial next<br />

week with abarbecue catch up for<br />

current and past members and<br />

increased prize pool up for grabs for<br />

competitors.<br />

The club’s 100th trial was due to<br />

happen last year but was stopped by<br />

covid.<br />

So this event ­its 100th ­will be<br />

held at Hakatere Station, on Potts<br />

Road, in the <strong>Ashburton</strong> Gorge, on<br />

<strong>March</strong> 26 and 27.<br />

Club president Ryan Hussey, who<br />

is manager at Hakatere Station, said<br />

the first trial was held on Surrey Hills<br />

Station in 1920.<br />

The club remained at the site until<br />

1995 when it moved to the current<br />

grounds at Hakatere Station.<br />

Mr Hussey said all current and past<br />

members, or anyone associated with<br />

the club in its 100­year history, was<br />

invited to attend the trial on Saturday<br />

afternoon and stay for abarbecue<br />

and acatchup session.<br />

The club has alarge number of<br />

young up and coming members who<br />

were working with more experienced<br />

members to cultivate their interest<br />

and competitiveness, Mr Hussey said.<br />

The Mayfield club did not have<br />

many ‘gun competitors’ but had a<br />

solid enthusiastic membership base.<br />

The centennial trial will see prize<br />

money increase for winners of the<br />

open of each course ($250), and for<br />

maiden winners ($100).<br />

The judges during for<br />

each of the classes<br />

were all former<br />

club members.<br />

Heading dogs in<br />

class one, will<br />

have two<br />

courses; the long<br />

pull and hold<br />

(judged by Mark<br />

Wear) and class<br />

two will have the<br />

short pull, drive<br />

and yard (judged by<br />

David Morrow).<br />

Huntaways will<br />

also have two<br />

classes with the<br />

zig zag hunt<br />

(judged by Steve<br />

Blanchard) and<br />

straight hunt<br />

(judged by Andy Dennis).<br />

Engraved trophies will also to be<br />

presented to class winners.<br />

Mr Hussey planned on running a<br />

couple of maiden dogs which were<br />

‘‘quite green so will need abit of luck<br />

to be in the open money’’.<br />

He said club members were<br />

thankful to station<br />

owners Donald<br />

and Leigh Whyte<br />

for the use of the<br />

property and<br />

sheep for their<br />

annual trials, and<br />

to sponsors Okawa<br />

Poll Hereford's,<br />

Carrfields grain<br />

and seed, Waller<br />

Precision Spraying<br />

and Direct<br />

Drilling and<br />

Hazlett.<br />

Aprize giving<br />

celebration<br />

dinner will be<br />

held later in the<br />

year for<br />

presentations.<br />

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timeinNew Zealand.<br />

Thesaliva test, commonly used<br />

overseas, is an alternativetourine<br />

sampletesting andavailablethrough<br />

Canterbury HealthLaboratories.<br />

Canterbury Health Laboratories<br />

headoftoxicologyGrantMoore said<br />

the test offered benefits for<br />

employersand wasmore convenient<br />

for those being tested.<br />

“Employers can havetheir own<br />

swabkits and do it themselves on site<br />

rather than usinganexternal testing<br />

agency.<br />

“Forthose beingtested it means<br />

theyaren’thaving to travel for their<br />

testand it is lessinvasive to collect a<br />

mouth swab thanaurine sample,” he<br />

said.<br />

Many workplaces used urine tests<br />

to detectdruguse as part of their<br />

health and safety efforts. Typically,<br />

thesewere doneatspecifictesting<br />

locations to makesure the sample<br />

wasdone right and nottampered<br />

with.<br />

“Theadvantage of testing salivais<br />

thaturinetesting picks up drugs that<br />

havepassed throughthe body<br />

whereas saliva registersdrugs that<br />

mayhave just beentaken but have<br />

not yet been fully processed<br />

internally.<br />

It was especially beneficial if<br />

impairment was suspected or in the<br />

resultofaworkplace accident. The<br />

screening testwill indicate if a<br />

substance is detected. Just as with<br />

urine testing,ifascreeningtest<br />

resultdoesn’tcomebackasnegative,<br />

it needstobeconfirmedbyan<br />

accreditedlaboratory,which took<br />

four to five days.<br />

“People wanttheir lovedones<br />

coming home safely fromwork.<br />

“By making drug screeningeasier<br />

and more convenient we hope we can<br />

help make workplacessaferfor more<br />

Kiwis,” Mr Moore said.<br />

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<strong>Ashburton</strong>firefighters were called to the fire<br />

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just before 8pm.<br />

They brought the fire under control and had<br />

left the sceneby9.20pm; no cause of the fire<br />

was apparent on the night.<br />

Fire chiefAlan Burgesssaid heat from the<br />

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<strong>Ashburton</strong>U3A has confirmed<br />

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From August 24 there will be<br />

afocus on geology and three<br />

consecutiveweekly<br />

presentations are lined up.<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>U3A president<br />

Edith Smith said the group<br />

aimed to provide abroad<br />

spectrum of themes for<br />

meetings and speakerswho<br />

were leaders in their field.<br />

The groupheld 12 meetings between<br />

February and Novemberand broughta<br />

speaker to towneach month.<br />

‘‘The speakers we getare always<br />

informative, stimulating andoffer insight,<br />

and also give membersthe opportunity to<br />

discussand learn about awiderange of<br />

areas.’’<br />

Numbers at meetingsare generallyaround<br />

the 70 mark, butare over 100 for better known<br />

speakers,says MrsSmith.<br />

On <strong>March</strong> 21 structural engineerDrAndy<br />

Buchananwill speak to U3A members about<br />

the resurgence of timber buildings around<br />

the world.<br />

He will speak on the attractionsoftimber<br />

as abuildingmaterialand on the use of<br />

Dr Andy Buchanan will<br />

speak at the <strong>March</strong> 23<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> U3A meeting.<br />

technology anddesignoptions.<br />

School principal Dr Owen<br />

Arnst will address the topic of<br />

spirituality in New Zealand<br />

children on April 27 and<br />

Professor Haxby Abbott from<br />

the University of Otagowill<br />

presentonmusculoskeletal<br />

research on May 25.<br />

On June 22 Lincoln<br />

University economics<br />

professor Paul Dalzielwill<br />

address the subject of<br />

wellbeing economics and on<br />

July 27 Natalie Bird will speak<br />

on refugees and New Zealand<br />

law.<br />

Thethree lecturegeology<br />

seriesstarts with atalk from GNSscientist<br />

Hamish Campbell.<br />

David Barrell, alsofrom GNSScience, will<br />

talk about the formationofMid Canterbury’s<br />

mountains and the impactofglaciation at a<br />

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with atalk by DaphneLee from Otago<br />

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<strong>Ashburton</strong> U3A hasamembershipof170<br />

and was formed in 2014.<br />

Members pay an annual subscription of $50<br />

(if paid early)and non­members can attend<br />

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Individual Excellence in aSupportive Learning Environment<br />

News<br />

Issue 6<br />

<strong>18</strong> <strong>March</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

DeputyPrincipal Message<br />

One-FifthofSenior Students’<br />

Year has Passed<br />

The middle ofthe first term indicates that onefifth<br />

of the Year 11, 12 and 13students’College<br />

academic year has passed. Towards the end of<br />

this term the seniorswill have theirfirst round of<br />

assessmentsdue.<br />

They need to be organised to have the work<br />

completed and handed in on time. There are<br />

deadlines and, for some students in Year 11, this<br />

will be the first time they have encounteredadeadline with no flexibility<br />

-thatisthe date!<br />

NZQA ‘Resubmission’Guidelines<br />

This year, NZQA has revised the ‘resubmission’ guidelines which means<br />

thatonly students who have a ‘Not Achieved’ mayhave the opportunity<br />

to resubmit work thatmay need aslightadjustment in order to gain an<br />

‘Achieved’ Grade.<br />

Previously, students could resubmit work if they gained ‘Achieved’ or<br />

‘Merit’, to attempt to improvetheir grade to a ‘Merit’ or ‘Excellence’.<br />

Parent/Caregiver/Student/Teacher Interviews<br />

Next term there is agreat opportunity tofollow uponthe progress of<br />

your child with their subject teachers atthe interviews for all students,<br />

on Thursday 20 May and Tuesday 25May, tobeheld at the Hotel<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> from 2:30pm-8.00pm.<br />

College will closeat1:20pmonthose days and students areencouraged<br />

to attend and be part ofthe three-way conversation with parents/<br />

caregivers,teachers and themselves.<br />

There is strong evidence to suggest that where the student and<br />

parents/caregivers work together, the academic performance isgreatly<br />

enhanced. More information on booking interview times willbeemailed<br />

outatthe beginning of Term Two.<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>College Portal<br />

Iwouldencourage all parents and caregivers to log on to the <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

College Portal and check the information available specific to your child<br />

–Attendance,NCEA Credits,AshColl Wayreports and Pastoral Notes.<br />

Please ring the College Office if you have lost, ordonot have, your<br />

passwordtoaccess the Portal.<br />

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under the headings of:<br />

Quality,Pride and Respect.<br />

Later this term we celebrate the ‘QUALITY’ achievements of the<br />

Year 12 and 13 students by acknowledging their Level 1and 2, 2020<br />

NCEA results.<br />

In this Academic Blues Assembly, students who have achieved 50or<br />

more Excellence Credits will receive anAcademic Blue, and students<br />

whohaveachieved atotal of 50 or morecombined Excellence and Merit<br />

Credits will receiveanAcademicPerformanceAward.<br />

‘AshDance’ is anightofdemonstrating ‘PRIDE’ in performance,and this<br />

has been rescheduled forThursday 08April. Come and watch students<br />

in action in the Auditorium. Entry to the event is by way ofagold coin<br />

donation.<br />

‘RESPECT’ is about using polite and appropriate language and, whilst<br />

most students follow this, some students are still refining their skills in<br />

this area.<br />

While <strong>Ashburton</strong> College is aplace oflearning, which covers academic<br />

knowledge and learning,the above Values arethe skills needed to be a<br />

supportive and caring member of our society.<br />

Challenges,failures, defeats and ultimately progress,<br />

arewhat makeyour life worthwhile.<br />

MaximeLagacé<br />

(Canadian professional icehockey goaltender)<br />

HelenShore-Taylor<br />

Deputy Principal •Tumuaki Tuarua<br />

Information<br />

Teacher Only Day–New date:Friday26<strong>March</strong><br />

Please notethatthe College will be closed fornormal instruction on<br />

this day, in order to undertakeaTeacher Only Day.<br />

The day-long programme is fully committed to Restorative Practises<br />

trainingfor staff,byoutside facilitators.<br />

This process is an importantlink to our AshColl Way, our Values of Pride,<br />

Quality and Respect, and our preference toresolve matters firstly by<br />

negotiation, wherethis is possible.<br />

This is aBoardofTrusteesapproved dayand<br />

we do ask thatyou makealternativearrangements foryour<br />

sons/daughters on this day. Thank youfor your support.<br />

Information<br />

PasifikaHomeworkClub Returns<br />

Forall Pasifikastudents and parents.<br />

Mondaynights 5:30-6:30pm,term-time.<br />

College Library.<br />

College staff will be on hand to offer<br />

homework-based support,<br />

and English learning opportunities forPasifika parents.<br />

This is due to start on next Monday,22<strong>March</strong>,<br />

and will continue throughuntil Monday 27 September,<br />

term timeonly and not on aMonday publicholiday.<br />

Please feel freetojoin thegroupatany stage.<br />

The<br />

AshColl<br />

Way<br />

AshDance<strong>2021</strong><br />

Newdate: Thursday08April<br />

AshColl’s DanceShowcase<br />

•All styles of Dance–fromBallet to HipHop<br />

•Class groups, Cultural groups, Solo performances<br />

Performancenight: Thursday08April,7:00pm,<br />

College Auditorium.<br />

Entry/tickets –bydonation at the door.<br />

Come andenjoyanevening of wonderful talent.<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>College BoardofTrustees<br />

Casual Vacancyfor an ElectedTrustee<br />

ACasual Vacancyhas occurredonthe BoardofTrustees foran<br />

ElectedParentRepresentative.<br />

TheBoardhas resolved,<br />

under Section 105 of the Education Act1989,<br />

to fill the VacancybySelection.<br />

If tenpercent or moreofeligible voters on the College Roll ask the Board,<br />

within 28 days of this noticebeing published,<br />

to hold aBy-Election to fill the vacancy, then aBy-Election will be held.<br />

Anyeligible voterwho wishes to ask the Boardtohold aBy-Election<br />

should writeto:<br />

TheChairperson, <strong>Ashburton</strong>College BoardofTrustees,<br />

POBox204, <strong>Ashburton</strong> 7740<br />

On or by:Thursday01April <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Congratulations<br />

BronzeMedal forKayne Johnston at Torpedo 7<br />

Mountain BikeNationalChampionships<br />

This eventwas held on 27 and 28 February, hosted by the Christchurch<br />

Adventure Park indry and dusty conditions that challenged even the<br />

most experienced riders.<br />

On Sunday28Februarythree <strong>Ashburton</strong>College students -Year 10 students<br />

Kayne Johnston and Oli Nicholls; and Year 11 student Riley Blundell -<br />

took partinthe Downhill eventsection of the Championships.<br />

Parent Jocelyn Johnston said thatthe boys lovedracing on the exciting new<br />

‘community transmission’track which elite riders indicated compared with<br />

the World Cup tracks in Europe. Jocelyn said all riders rode very well on<br />

whatwas averytough track.<br />

Downhill Event Results<br />

Kayne (pictured right on the<br />

podium) finished very well by<br />

placing 3rdinthe Under15men,<br />

from the fieldoftwelveriders.<br />

In the Under 17 men, afieldof<br />

thirty tworiders competed,with<br />

both Oliand Rileyplacing well,at<br />

12th and 15th respectively.<br />

(Pictured below, clockwise left to<br />

right): In action – Oli Nicholls,<br />

RileyBlundell and Kayne Johnston<br />

airborne.<br />

TimaruBoys’ High School Stymie College<br />

GilletteCup Progress<br />

The <strong>Ashburton</strong> College Boys’ 1st XICricket Team was drawn against<br />

TimaruBoys’ High School,on26 February,inRound Twoofthe Cricket<br />

GilletteCup nation-wide knockout competition.<br />

College had agood win against Mt Hutt College in Round One, mid-<br />

February,fromwhich theyprogressed to playthe South Canterburywinning<br />

team, with the winner of that match then scheduled to play the winner of<br />

the Christchurch competition.<br />

On this occasion the outcome went the way ofTimaru Boys’. AshColl lost<br />

the toss andwereput into batfirst by Timaru Boys’, afteranhour’srain delay.<br />

Manager Rachel Jemmett said it wasn’t the greatest start when, after an<br />

over,Collegelost their firstwicket. This put WilJemmett out of the equation<br />

and leftAngus Jemmettatthe crease.Lachie Jemmett then cameinand he<br />

and Angus settled in foragoodpartofthe game,both gettingover50runs<br />

with someexcellentbattinggoingon.<br />

AshColl was all-outfor 214from47 overs,withcreditable topscorers being<br />

Angus Jemmett (79), DevonFlannery(55) and Lachie Jemmett (50).<br />

Timaru Boys’ High School claimed the win with 215 runs for 7wickets off<br />

48.2 overs. AshColl bowlers DevonFlannery took twowicketsfor 29 runs,<br />

off 6.2 overs; Jack Middleton –three wickets for 35runs, off 9overs; and<br />

Angus Jemmett one wicket for14runs,off10overs.<br />

College team members were: Angus Jemmett (Captain), Devon<br />

Flannery (Vice-Captain), Liam Fuller, Lachie Jemmett, Wil Jemmett,<br />

Seb McMillan, Jack Middleton, Millar Newlands, Hamish O’Reilly,<br />

TomRosevear, Nicholas Stringer.The team is coached by Ash Flannery and<br />

GarthJemmett and,for this match, RachelJemmett wasManager.


<strong>Ashburton</strong> College<br />

Individual Excellence in aSupportive Learning Environment<br />

News<br />

Issue 6<br />

<strong>18</strong> <strong>March</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

Congratulations<br />

Whole-College Assembly:Inaugural Speeches<br />

After weather and COVID level postponements it was areal pleasure<br />

to hold this assembly on Monday15<strong>March</strong>. This eventisacelebration<br />

and acknowledgement ofstudent leadership, student involvement<br />

and focus forthe year.<br />

Our Head Students gave their first speeches tothe whole College and<br />

student leadership badges were presented toHead Students Milli Sullivan<br />

and Thomas Patterson, and DeputyHead Students Easterlin Faamausili and<br />

Alex Rielly,the Studentand House Executivemembers.<br />

Student leaders are recognisable by braids on their blazers –red for Head<br />

Students; red and blue sleeve strip for Student Executive members; while<br />

House Captains have one sleevebraid,intheir House colour.<br />

Deputy Principal Helen Shore-Taylor welcomed all to the assembly, before<br />

introducing the Principal, Ross Preece. Ross, inturn, welcomed all plus<br />

parents/caregivers attending, noting this assembly as always one to enjoy,<br />

saying it wasapleasuretobeable to be gathered in one place.<br />

The Head Students for <strong>2021</strong> then made their inaugural speeches to<br />

students and staff.<br />

Head Students <strong>2021</strong>:<br />

Milli Sullivan, Head Girl<br />

Milli extended avery warm welcome to all new<br />

students and staff and advised that, at the end of<br />

2020, she promised to be students’ cheerleader.<br />

Someone theretoencourage,listen, work alongside<br />

and,most importantly,helppush through this year.<br />

She noted it is Week 7ofTerm One and, already,<br />

<strong>2021</strong> has proven itself to be unpredictable. Her<br />

advice was that, in order to get through this year<br />

together,game faces aregoing to need to be on.<br />

In true cheerleading fashion Milli shared a<br />

Strategic Plan, using the AshColl acronym:<br />

A being forAttitude,sayingexcellenceisnot askill,it’sanattitude,and that<br />

this is up to each individual to decide whether they want to do well here,<br />

with the first steps beginning by applying themselves.<br />

S stands for Support, saying everything at College is designed to support<br />

students through their years at College and encourage all to take advantage<br />

of that.<br />

H stands for having the AshColl Heart, and for students to always strive to<br />

find away to become passionate about whatthey aredoing here.<br />

C stands for the word Celebrate, bylearning to acknowledge the good<br />

moments along the way, allowing the ability tofind anew appreciation –<br />

not only forschool,but forworkand wider communityactivities.<br />

O is for Open-mindedness, saying talent iseverywhere but opportunities<br />

arenot. Milli encouraged students to trynew things forthemselves.<br />

LL stands for Lessons Learned, appreciating the knowledge gained after a<br />

lesson or afail. She noted students are, afterall,atschool to be taught.<br />

In conclusion, Milli recommended all students, staff and workers of<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> College unite together to lift each other up, concluding with the<br />

College’s whakatauki:<br />

Eharatakutoa itetoa takitahi,engarihetoa takitini(tukiteni)<br />

Formystrength is not as an individual,but as acollective.<br />

Thomas Patterson, Head Boy<br />

Thomas recommended students make memories,<br />

build friendships,seizeopportunities and enjoythe<br />

high school experience, recommending they ask<br />

themselves ‘whatdoIwant to get out of this’.<br />

Thomas’first pieceofadvice was‘just get involved’,<br />

reminding students thatthey missed out on alot of<br />

involvement last year but that, hopefully, this year<br />

mightbedifferent.<br />

He encouraged students that, when opportunities<br />

appear,take them; step out of the comfortzone and<br />

‘giveitago’,challenging with ‘what’sthe worst that<br />

can happen?’<br />

Thesecond tip wasthatbalanceiskey,evenmoresoatNCEA levels,noting<br />

it is easy to get overwhelmed. Therefore, remember also, tohave fun –<br />

whether hanging out with friends, ortrying something new in free time.<br />

Thomas suggested it is hardtostayfocusedwhen not enjoying things.<br />

The final piece ofadvice suggested it’s not what you know, it’s who you<br />

know –unless in an exam or test,inwhich case it is very much about what<br />

youknow!<br />

Theimportantpartofthis statementwas the value of positiverelationships,<br />

often the deciding factor influencing many things. Thomas reiterated the<br />

importance ofagood group of friends, but thinking about what isa‘good’<br />

friend, which can change depending on what you value. This may mean<br />

losing friends and gaining new ones,but ‘that’sall partofthe process’.<br />

Students were encouraged to remember that one of the most important<br />

relationships they will form at College is with teachers. Ifthey can’t help,<br />

they will usually know someone who can. This advice was given also with<br />

anote ofcaution, saying ‘if you want to be the kid who disrupts the class<br />

constantly then youcan’t expectteachers to go out of their waytohelp you<br />

when youwon’t help yourself’.<br />

Na lequ kaikai tam lequ talia io na ledu kece<br />

My strength is not as an individual,but as acollective.<br />

Easterlin Faamausili, DeputyHead Girl<br />

Easterlin extended awarm welcome to our new<br />

superstar students and staff, and shared some tips<br />

on how tomake this academic year the best one<br />

ever.<br />

She asked students to think about privilege,<br />

being in a learning environment that supports<br />

students to ‘get where they want in the future’,<br />

and noting the importance ofbeing grateful for<br />

opportunity, parents, families, and teachers who<br />

nurture and encourage when facing challenges<br />

which arethrowntheir way.<br />

Hersecond challenge was‘don’t be afraid to dream big’, but said thataclear<br />

plan is needed to make dreams areality. Easterlin suggested, sitting at the<br />

assembly, were future doctors, engineers, lawyers or, maybe, even afuture<br />

Prime Minister. She encouraged students to be awareoftheir capabilityand<br />

their greatpotential to achieve.<br />

Also outlined wasthe factthatweall make mistakes but thatlearning from<br />

them and keeping moving forwardwouldallowfor embracing struggles in<br />

order to value success.<br />

Senior students were challenged as all being leaders, and encouraged to<br />

step up and look after junior students, reminding them that they were all<br />

juniors once. Her challenge was to‘empower one another to be the best<br />

we can be’.<br />

Afinal word was to‘have fun through it all’. She encouraged all to make<br />

the journey through <strong>2021</strong> amemorable one, concluding with ‘so toall of<br />

you -our amazing students, together with our teachers, and us your Head<br />

Students for<strong>2021</strong>, WE GOTTHIS!’<br />

‘Oku‘ikaikohokumalohinga, ‘oku‘ikaikohatokotaha fakafo’ituitui,<br />

ka ko ha kulupu.(Tongan)<br />

Olo’umalosi,elēna’oa’u,aemai ileAtua, ma itatouuma. (Samoan)<br />

Fa’afetai, fa’afetai lava.<br />

‘Mystrength is not as an individual,but as acollective’.<br />

Alex Rielly,Deputy Head Boy<br />

Alex started by attributing his leadership role as<br />

arriving from inspiration from a character in our<br />

College, whom he referenced in his end-of-2020 year<br />

speech.<br />

After the recent disheartening event, when Beau<br />

the cat was killed on the road, Alex though it was<br />

appropriate to onceagain express Beau’s qualities,but<br />

this time for the purpose of giving advice, based on<br />

characteristics this amazing creature had contributed<br />

to the College community.<br />

Dr Seuss once said ‘Be who you are and say what you feel, because those<br />

who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind’.<br />

Putting that quote into context for ‘survival’atAshColl was saying that it<br />

means the importanceoffindingawaytolearn thatstudents enjoy, in order<br />

to make the most of the last years of school and childhood.<br />

Alex continued by reminding students they arenot students foreverand that<br />

they won’talwaysbesurrounded by the amazingopportunities available at<br />

school.Heencouraged students to get amongst anyopportunities they see,<br />

try something new, put your best quality work into that opportunity and<br />

respectthe chances given.<br />

Further suggested was, on leaving school each day, leave feeling proud<br />

about how the day was spent and what was achieved. Leave feeling<br />

satisfied with the outcomes of social interactions,and able to celebrate the<br />

work you have done. Whether in groups or on your own, be happy with<br />

whatyou aredoing which, at times,can be hard, especially when NCEA rolls<br />

around and the pressureismoreintense.<br />

Alex concluded that, as long as students know how tostudy and work in a<br />

waythey enjoy, school ‘should be apieceofcake’, wishing all good luck for<br />

<strong>2021</strong> and saying also:<br />

‘Mas Malakas kung sama sama’.<br />

‘Mystrength is not as an individual,but as acollective’.<br />

Meet this year’s <strong>Ashburton</strong>College StudentExecutive<br />

(Back row, left to right): Sam Holland, Drew Porter, Lauren Taylor,<br />

Taylah Burrowes, GemmaTaylor, MaddyWilson,EmilyWilson, John Magyaya.<br />

(Front row, lefttoright): Ellie Lawn, Shrina Afu,AlexRielly,Thomas Patterson,<br />

Milli Sullivan, Easterlin Faamausili, TiaMcCallum.<br />

StudentExecutiveCommittees and House Committees<br />

We will introduceyou to these student leaders in our next newsletter.<br />

Sound Results at the CanterburySecondary<br />

Schools’ Golf Championships<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>College’s team at this event, held onMonday 08 <strong>March</strong> atthe<br />

Bottle Lake Golf Course Christchurch, wasmadeupof(pictured below, leftto<br />

right): Olly Prince, SebMcMillan, Mitchell Leath and Mitchell Lye.<br />

Team Coach/Manager teacher Liz Cabout advised that the Bottle Lake<br />

Course wastightand challenging with an abundanceoftrees,water, raised<br />

tees and greens.<br />

With Mitchell Leath and Seb asYear 11 students, and Mitchell Lye and Olly<br />

new to College this year as Year 9students,their outcomes were very sound,<br />

against the sixty students who took part inthe<br />

day’scompetition.<br />

Results<br />

With the day’s competition being for the best<br />

Gross Score –<br />

•Seb (pictured right) placed 12th out of the 60<br />

individuals entered, foranexcellentresult.<br />

•Both Seb and Mitchell (pictured below) played<br />

under their handicap and achieved personal<br />

bests.<br />

Liz summarised by saying thatall team members<br />

playedverywell.<br />

Coming Events<br />

Please note: Any variation to dates impacted onbyCovid levels will be<br />

advisedtoparticipants as soon as theyare known.<br />

<strong>March</strong><br />

19 Year 12 Geographytrip, Aoraki Mt Cook<br />

(PostponementDay)AorakiSecondarySchools’Athletics<br />

22-26 Summer Tournament Week:<br />

22-27 New Zealand SecondarySchools’Rowing AonMaadi Cup,<br />

Lake Karapiro<br />

23-26 New Zealand SecondarySchools’Softball Championships,<br />

Alexandra<br />

23 Year 11 ACAD Group 2Farmbikes Day1,<strong>Ashburton</strong>Showgrounds<br />

24 Year 11 ACAD Group 1FencingDay 1–venue to be advised<br />

Mountain Bike Singletracks series,Round 5, Halswell Quarry Park,<br />

Christchurch<br />

Aoraki SecondarySchools’3x3 Basketballtournament, <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

Aoraki SecondarySchools’Futsal tournament, Timaru<br />

Aoraki SecondarySchools’Golftournament, Highfield,Timaru<br />

Mountain Bike Singletracks series,Round 5, Halswell Quarry Park,<br />

Christchurch<br />

Year 12 Matesand Dates(Akoclasses)<br />

25 Aoraki SecondarySchools’ Golf Croquet tournament, West End,<br />

Timaru<br />

No UniformDay –Level4Looks<br />

26 South Island SecondarySchools’Motocross,venue to be confirmed<br />

Trades Course –Welding,Ara Polytechnic<br />

29 Information Evening forprospective 2022 Year 9families<br />

29-30 Year 11 Outdoor Education Hike 1, Little Mt Peel<br />

30 Year 12 Animal Handling course,Mayfield<br />

31 Year 12 Matesand Dates(Akoclass)<br />

31-01 Apr<br />

Year Outdoor Education Hike No 2, Little Mt Peel<br />

Year 11 HistorytripHokitika/Greymouth, West Coast<br />

Forthcoming Public HolidayDates<br />

Easter<br />

Friday02April –Tuesday06April<br />

(returntoCollege Wednesday07April)<br />

Anzac Day<br />

Saturday25April,observedMonday26April<br />

(in Aprilholidays)<br />

Queen’s Birthday<br />

Monday07June


NEWS<br />

16 <strong>Ashburton</strong> <strong>Courier</strong>, <strong>March</strong> <strong>18</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

www.ashburtoncourier.co.nz<br />

IN BRIEF<br />

SKATE JAM<br />

The <strong>Ashburton</strong> Skate Park will host<br />

askate jam from noon to 3pm on<br />

May 9. The crewfrom<br />

Christchurch’s CheapskatesSkate<br />

Skool willbeon site to offer advice<br />

and tips.<br />

Therewill alsobefreegear hire.<br />

Skate Jam <strong>2021</strong> is an <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

Youth Councileventand supported<br />

by <strong>Ashburton</strong> Trust, BASEYouth<br />

Centre and Sport Mid Canterbury.<br />

HOCKEY CAMP<br />

Mid CanterburyHockey is running a<br />

Quick Starthockey camp on <strong>March</strong><br />

21 and <strong>March</strong> 28 atthe NBS turf.<br />

The camp is open to everyone to<br />

attend andhas beensubsidised by<br />

MidCanterburyHockey.Year1-4<br />

players will be on the turf from9am<br />

until10.30am,Year 5-8 from<br />

10.30am until 12.30pm andthen<br />

goalkeepersfrom 12.30pm until<br />

1.30pm.Year 9-13 players are up<br />

from 1.30pmuntil 3.30pm. Coaches<br />

are invited to the age group<br />

sessions andnew and beginner<br />

players arealsowelcome.<br />

TREELIGHTS<br />

There will be tree lighting on two big<br />

oak in centralMethven from this<br />

winter. Oaksoutside the BluePub<br />

and Methven MedicalCentrewill<br />

havecolour changing lights put up<br />

in them. The colourofthe lights can<br />

be changedtoreflect seasonal,<br />

celebrationaland commemorative<br />

themes. <strong>Ashburton</strong>DistrictCouncil<br />

estimates the purchase and<br />

installationofthe lights willbe<br />

$7000. MethvenCommunity Board<br />

will use $3500 fromits discretionary<br />

fundstopart fundthem and<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> council will fund the<br />

balance.<br />

Mt Hutt bike event gets tick<br />

There was local talent on the<br />

podium andpraise forthe<br />

biketrack afterthe busy<br />

three­day South Island School<br />

MTB Championshipsatthe Mt<br />

HuttForestBike Parkatthe<br />

weekend.<br />

The championships saw big<br />

numbersof300 in theenduro<br />

event,220 inthe downhill and<br />

250 in thecrosscountry.<br />

Some 400riders from<br />

Blenheim to Invercargill<br />

competedinraces for riders<br />

from Under 13 to Under20.<br />

Christchurch BoysHigh<br />

School fielded the largest<br />

teamwith38ridersand there<br />

weregoodnumbers entered<br />

by <strong>Ashburton</strong>College,Mount<br />

HuttCollege (MHC) and<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>Intermediate.<br />

Localriders on the podium<br />

included Patrick Duff from<br />

MHC,who wonboththe U17<br />

downhill andenduroevents,<br />

Oli Nichollsfrom <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

Collegewho won the U16<br />

downhill andCharlieLeitis<br />

from MHCwho won the U13<br />

enduro andwas second inthe<br />

downhill.<br />

Issy Marr from MHCwon the<br />

U14 enduro andwas second in<br />

the downhill.<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>Collegestudent<br />

Kayne Johnston was thirdin<br />

the U15 downhill,aswas MHC<br />

student FlynnHardenthird in<br />

the U13 race.<br />

BikeMethven spokesperson<br />

Clare Harden said the bike<br />

championships event had<br />

generally run verysmoothly<br />

with no logistical problems.<br />

There had been perfect<br />

Friso Warmerdam from Mount Hutt College in action during the U20 enduro race.<br />

conditionsonFriday for the<br />

cross country, while Saturday<br />

saw abit of earlydampnesson<br />

the track clear after the<br />

practice runs for the<br />

afternoon’s downhill racing.<br />

Sunday hadbeen another<br />

goodday,albeit hot, forthe<br />

four stageenduro.<br />

Theevent had showcased<br />

thefantasticbikepark and<br />

helped boost the Methven<br />

PHOTO BIKE METHVEN<br />

economy,she said.<br />

Local businesses had been<br />

supportive andthe event<br />

could nothave happened<br />

withoutthe armyof<br />

volunteers.<br />

With plants and produce at Community House Mid Canterbury are<br />

Neighbour’s Day supporters Nicolee Ayton (Newcomers Network),<br />

Ramandeep Kaur (Mid Canterbury TimeBank) and Dellwyn Moylan<br />

(Volunteering Mid &South Canterbury).<br />

PHOTO MICK JENSEN<br />

Connect with<br />

plants, produce<br />

Organisersofthisyear’s<br />

Neighbours Day in <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

are encouraging peopleto<br />

reach out andconnect with<br />

others throughThe Great Plant<br />

andProduce Swap.<br />

The swap runs from <strong>March</strong> 20<br />

to 30 and invites anyoneto<br />

share excessgarden produce or<br />

plants, seeds,flowers and<br />

cuttings with others.<br />

Items can be donated and put<br />

on the shelves of the food<br />

pantry outside of Community<br />

House MidCanterbury (44 Cass<br />

Street) and people are<br />

encouraged to help themselves.<br />

On <strong>March</strong> 27 the swap will be at<br />

Trott’s GardenonRacecourse<br />

Road, from 10am until 2pm.


www.ashburtoncourier.co.nz<br />

Cup miniatures sail Lake Hood<br />

TONI.WILLIAMS<br />

@ashburtoncourier.co.nz<br />

Members of the publiccould<br />

have been forgiven for<br />

thinking aminiature<br />

America’s Cup event was<br />

happening at LakeHood last<br />

Sunday.<br />

But it was just aflotilla of<br />

classicand traditional boats<br />

from the Canterbury Classic<br />

and Traditional Boats Club<br />

who were visiting for their<br />

annualrally.<br />

Among them amini­flotilla<br />

of model boat craft including a<br />

few owned by <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

SailingClub member Dave<br />

Walsh.<br />

The rally is hostedby<br />

members of the <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

SailingClub.<br />

Mr Walsh, and others,had J<br />

Class model yachts at the lake.<br />

The JClass was the model<br />

used in the 1930 America’s Cup<br />

challenge against challenger<br />

Britain, in America.<br />

Afull size yacht was 130 feet<br />

long (30 metres), 200 feet high<br />

(61 metres) and had a112 tonne<br />

of lead in the hull.<br />

The models,with<br />

individually registeredfibre<br />

glass hulls, are just 1200mm<br />

long, 1500mm high and have<br />

four kilograms of lead.<br />

Otherparts of the yachtuse<br />

1.5mm thick marine plywood.<br />

Easy to sail, the models,<br />

worth anywhere from $500 to<br />

$2000, run on a6Vbattery pack<br />

and have aradiocontrolled<br />

winch to move the sail.<br />

Theywere unlikely to<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>Sailing Clubmember DaveWalshwith hisJClass model yacht which took 50 to 60 hours<br />

to craft.<br />

PHOTO TONI WILLIAMS<br />

capsize, could sail at around15<br />

kilometresper hourand aside<br />

from the number on the sail –<br />

dictated by the fibre glass hull<br />

registration number ­each<br />

modelwas individually crafted<br />

by its owner.<br />

Canterbury club members,<br />

who have some of the finest<br />

classic boats around, have<br />

been includingLake Hoodon<br />

their annual calendar for many<br />

yearsnow as lake sailing<br />

offered its members adifferent<br />

sailing experience.<br />

Wellbeing Opuke gathersmomentum<br />

An application by Wellbeing Opuke for<br />

incorporation as acharitabletrust has<br />

been grantedand trusteeshavebeen<br />

announced.<br />

Thevolunteergroup covers therural<br />

area from Dorie to Methvenandthe<br />

foothillstoMtSomers andwas startedby<br />

agroup ofindividuals with connections<br />

to different organisations, schools,<br />

medical practices and agencies in the<br />

area.<br />

The newtrustees are Rakaia School<br />

principal Mark Ellis, Methven­based<br />

wellnessadvocateConnieQuigley, rural<br />

advocate Megan Fitzgerald, Mayfield’s<br />

MichelleBrettand Adam Williams from<br />

Rakaia.<br />

Speaking at Monday’s Methven<br />

Community Board meeting, Wellbeing<br />

Opuke co­ordinator JessWilsonsaidthe<br />

aimwasalsotoget someone else on<br />

board withmigrantexperience.<br />

Wellbeing Opuke was supporting the<br />

upcoming Neighbour’s Day andwouldbe<br />

involved in aplant swap initiative in<br />

front of the medical centre in Methven<br />

on <strong>March</strong> 25 (3pm until 5pm).<br />

Ms Wilson said she intended speaking<br />

to the Rakaia Community Association<br />

soon to explain more aboutwhat<br />

WellbeingOpukewas about.<br />

Another project on her radar was the<br />

possible establishment of rural<br />

community hub in the district.<br />

There weretwo hubsestablished<br />

already in the upper South Island and<br />

twointhe NorthIsland, all to support<br />

rural areas.<br />

They had been set upwith funding<br />

support from Ministry for Primary<br />

Industries and she had been made aware<br />

of them by the Rural Support Trust.<br />

Ms Wilson said it was still very early<br />

days and more discussions were needed<br />

before an expression of interest<br />

documentcould becompiled.<br />

She said the wellbeing hub had<br />

accumulated $40,000 of fundingsupport<br />

and her next project was to organise<br />

cultural competency andawareness<br />

workshops with Hakatere Marae.<br />

NEWS<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> <strong>Courier</strong>, <strong>March</strong> <strong>18</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Singers<br />

set for<br />

Messiah<br />

17<br />

Singers are well into rehearsals<br />

ahead of the presentation of<br />

Handel’s masterpieceMessiah<br />

in <strong>Ashburton</strong>on<strong>March</strong>28.<br />

Acombinationofmembers of<br />

the Mid Canterbury Choir and<br />

othersfromChristchurch,<br />

Geraldine,Timaruand<br />

Oamaru, the 56 singers willbe<br />

joined by high calibre soloists,<br />

soprano Sarah­Jane Rennie,<br />

mezzo Claire Bartontenor<br />

OliverSewell and bass Malcolm<br />

Leitch.<br />

The organist for the<br />

traditionalEastertime concert<br />

is John Wells and the musical<br />

director is MartinSetchell.<br />

The MidCanterbury Choir<br />

was thrilled to be presenting<br />

Messiah,said choir manager<br />

Carol Gunn.<br />

Last year’sconcert had been<br />

cancelled because of covid and<br />

choir members were looking<br />

forward to it.<br />

‘‘There is something about<br />

Messiahwhich brings music<br />

loversback time andtime again<br />

toenjoy this stirring choral<br />

masterpiece.<br />

‘‘As is the custom, the<br />

audiencewill be invited to join<br />

in withthe Hallelujah chorus.’’<br />

Mrs Gunn said the soloists<br />

would not arrive in <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

until theday beforethe concert<br />

and will thenhave individual<br />

performanceswiththe musical<br />

director and organist before<br />

joining the choir for final<br />

rehearsals.<br />

‘‘The first timetheconcert<br />

runs from beginning to endis<br />

the actual performance, but it<br />

works well, as these folksare<br />

trueprofessionals.’’<br />

She said the choir was<br />

gratefulfor local sponsorship<br />

fromthe Mid&South<br />

CanterburyTrust, ArgyleWelsh<br />

Finnigan, NBS,Paterson’s<br />

Funeral Services and Plains<br />

Rotary.<br />

The MidCanterbury Choir is<br />

directed by its musical director<br />

Kath Woodley, whois<br />

accompaniedbyStephen<br />

Diedricks.<br />

The Messiah will be<br />

performed at 2pmatSt<br />

Stephen’s Church, Park Street.<br />

Ticketscosting $30 for adults<br />

and $25 for seniorsand<br />

students are available from<br />

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NEWS<br />

<strong>18</strong> <strong>Ashburton</strong> <strong>Courier</strong>, <strong>March</strong> <strong>18</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

www.ashburtoncourier.co.nz<br />

Fish screen<br />

catches eye<br />

Asteadystream of peoplefrom<br />

farmers to anglers ­were<br />

keen to viewan8.5 metre<br />

section of agiant fish screen<br />

to be installednear the<br />

Rangitata River, whichwas<br />

on show at theMayfield A&P<br />

show on Saturday.<br />

The giantfishscreen, part<br />

of a$17.2 million investment<br />

commissionedbywater<br />

supplycompany Rangitata<br />

DiversionRace (RDR)<br />

ManagementLtd, was oneof<br />

seven sections in total to be<br />

installed at the Klondyke<br />

intake of the RDR forthe<br />

project.<br />

The fishscreen is designed<br />

to keepsalmon, trout and<br />

native fish out of theRDR’s<br />

canal andkeep them in the<br />

river.<br />

RDRManagement Ltd chief<br />

executive Tony McCormick<br />

was visited by asteady flow of<br />

people at the show. Many had<br />

questions on how it worked,<br />

but otherswere just keen to<br />

see the fishscreen up close<br />

and read informationboards<br />

set up alongsideit, he said.<br />

The company supplies<br />

water for irrigation,<br />

stockwater and<br />

hydrogeneration across Mid<br />

Canterbury.<br />

The seven8.5m long<br />

cylindrical screens, each 2.1m<br />

in diameter, make up the<br />

mechanicalscreen and were<br />

arriving from Australia. The<br />

fishscreen on displaywas<br />

pickedupinChristchurchby<br />

Grant Hood Contracting, the<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>company<br />

constructing the screenon<br />

site, andtaken to the show.<br />

Right: Rangitata Diversion<br />

Race Management Ltd chief<br />

executive Tony McCormick<br />

with the fishscreen.<br />

Read the ECan plan, make asubmission<br />

Environment Canterbury have<br />

their 10 yearplan out for<br />

publicconsultation and it is<br />

somethingyou need to pay<br />

attention too because it<br />

represents an invoice heading<br />

your way soon.<br />

Any business, retail or<br />

service, that relies on the<br />

support of customers would<br />

severely test thatsupportwith<br />

a24.5 percentprice increase.<br />

In the case of aregional<br />

council, it doesn’t have<br />

customers, and can levy<br />

property owners as it sees fit.<br />

A24.5 percent rate riseis<br />

unjustifiable regardless of<br />

cause.<br />

But in the case of ECan, we<br />

are in asituation where the<br />

folk who vote in the councillors<br />

who are in favour of this rise,<br />

are in the most part, not the<br />

same set of peoplewho will be<br />

significantly impactedbythis<br />

rate rise.<br />

So the rise in council<br />

expenditure has two<br />

contributing factors, firstlyis<br />

the obligation to start anew<br />

planning process to give effect<br />

to the new National Policy<br />

Statement (NPS) and National<br />

EnvironmentalStandards<br />

associatedwith Freshwater.<br />

Thatmight be all well and<br />

good, however Canterbury has<br />

already been through an<br />

exhaustive process costing<br />

manytens of millions of dollars<br />

setting environmental limits<br />

and catchmentreduction<br />

targets.<br />

Thatprocessisall goingto<br />

get biffed into the bin and we<br />

willstart from scratch, at our<br />

expense.<br />

And before any of you have<br />

any doubts,this planning<br />

regime is intended to<br />

implement regional rules that<br />

will require you to make<br />

changestoyour farmingsystem<br />

to achieve the bottomlines set<br />

by the NPS and that, as we have<br />

previously discussed would<br />

make it nearly impossibleto<br />

milk cowsorrun an irrigated<br />

arable farmsystemin<br />

Canterbury by requiring a<br />

Nitrogen loss of somewhere<br />

around 10kg/ha or less.<br />

The second contributor to<br />

this 24.5percentproposed rise<br />

is alack of fiscaldiscipline on<br />

what other projects and<br />

initiatives can be funded at<br />

this time, or hard nosed<br />

critique as to the quality of<br />

some of the ECan expenditure.<br />

If the Canterbury Land and<br />

Water Planhas been fed<br />

throughthe papershredder by<br />

government and ECan need to<br />

start again,then some of the<br />

“nice to haves” need to be<br />

parked up for awhile.Ifthe pet<br />

projects are vital,then maybe<br />

now is not the time to waste<br />

another$40­50 millionona<br />

new plan given the ink is<br />

hardly dry on the last one.<br />

Whatever the priorities,<br />

councillors need to apply<br />

sound financial judgement and<br />

view theirratepayers are<br />

customers, not just acaptive,<br />

bottomless pit of money.<br />

The consultation period runs<br />

until April 11.<br />

Istrongly encourage each of<br />

you to read the proposal and<br />

make asubmission.<br />

Register your interest with ShirleyFalloon<br />

shirleyfalloon@xtra.co.nz 0274 058 220


www.ashburtoncourier.co.nz<br />

NEWS<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> <strong>Courier</strong>, <strong>March</strong> <strong>18</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

19<br />

Mayfield serves up magnificent show<br />

People young and old, from Mid<br />

Canterbury and beyond, came together<br />

to enjoy asun filled, action packed, day<br />

out at the Mayfield A&P Show last<br />

Saturday.<br />

The family friendly event, celebrating<br />

its 96th, saw the who’s who of the local<br />

rural community mingling with people<br />

from all corners of Mid Canterbury.<br />

There was action packed<br />

entertainment aplenty from pig racing<br />

with highly entertaining guest<br />

commentator ‘Ken’ aka Dame Lynda<br />

Topp, tractor pull competitions, novelty<br />

rides, shearing and equestrian events to<br />

the home produce, baking art and craft<br />

competitions.<br />

With musical entertainment, food and<br />

trade stalls, inflatable fun and awide<br />

range of pets to pat there really was<br />

something for everyone. Reporter Toni<br />

Williams checked out the action.<br />

Above: Any farmers here today?...Ken, aka Dame Lynda Topp, entertains the crowd ahead of the popular pig racing.<br />

Left: Sebastian Williams, of Charing Cross, near Darfield, tries his luck on Bucky the un­ride­a­bull.<br />

PHOTOS TONI WILLIAMS<br />

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Rider Sophie Pickens, of Lincoln, won the Open Paced and Mannered Saddle Hunter<br />

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COUNCILBRIEF<br />

5Baring SquareWest,<strong>Ashburton</strong> |POBox 94, <strong>Ashburton</strong>, NewZealand 7740 | Telephone (03) 307 7700 | Website ashburtondc.govt.nz<br />

Councillor Comment<br />

LynetteLovett,Eastern Ward<br />

There is quite alot going oninthe<br />

biodiversity space at the moment<br />

that gives me some hope that<br />

movingforward,wecan makeareal<br />

difference toprotect and enhance<br />

our remaininglocal ecosystems.<br />

Last year, the Government released<br />

‘Te Mana oteTaiao -Aotearoa New<br />

Zealand BiodiversityStrategy2020’.<br />

Applynow forupto<br />

$10,000for your Mid<br />

Canterburyevent<br />

If you are thinking of holding anevent<br />

thatwould attract visitors from outside<br />

of Mid Canterbury tothe district, make<br />

sure toapply now for Regional Event<br />

Funding,asyou could be eligible forup<br />

to $10,000.<br />

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and<br />

Education's (MBIE) new Regional Event<br />

Funding is designed to help the regions<br />

bring domestic tourists to their door as<br />

international bordersremain closed.<br />

ChristchurchNZ, Mid Canterbury'stourism<br />

promotion provider has secured more<br />

than $230,000 of the funding to distribute<br />

in the district overthe next four years, and<br />

applications for the first year are closing<br />

after 1April.<br />

"We'reputtingthe call out to anyone who<br />

has agreat event ideaand aplan to make<br />

it happen toput it forward for funding,"<br />

This strategy is soon going to be<br />

followed bythe proposed ‘National<br />

Policy Statement for Indigenous<br />

Biodiversity’ which is due for release<br />

July this year. With these two pieces<br />

of work, there will be a strategic<br />

national direction for how councils<br />

must manage indigenous biodiversity<br />

under the ResourceManagement Act.<br />

The focus is on the maintenance,<br />

restoration,protectionandmonitoring<br />

of our indigenous biodiversity,and for<br />

us hereinMidCanterbury, ourdistrict<br />

willneed to undertakeadistrict-wide<br />

identification ofareas of significant<br />

vegetation and habitats of indigenous<br />

fauna.<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> District Mayor Neil Brown says.<br />

"This is areally exciting opportunity for<br />

our community to put our district on<br />

the map and deliver events that will be<br />

areal drawcard for visitors. This is your<br />

chancetodosomething amazingfor Mid<br />

Canterbury and help drivespending in our<br />

local economy."<br />

To be eligible forfunding, events need to<br />

haveadurationofbetween two and four<br />

yearsand must demonstratehow theywill<br />

attract out-of-region visitation.<br />

Mid Canterbury is defined as the area<br />

bordered by the Rakaia River in the north<br />

and RangitataRiver in the south.<br />

The grant is available over four years<br />

withthe first round to be awarded in May<br />

<strong>2021</strong> for events that will betaking place<br />

between 1July <strong>2021</strong>and 30 June 2022.<br />

The total amount of funding available is<br />

$10,000 per event.<br />

To apply forfunding,<br />

visit ashburtondc.govt.nz/<br />

do-it-online/mid-canterburyregional-event-fund<br />

Applications arewelcome until<br />

Thursday 1April, <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

In our draft Long-Term Plan, which<br />

begins public consultation on 19<br />

<strong>March</strong>, Council hasallowed forafulltime<br />

Biodiversity Officerposition.<br />

Our <strong>Ashburton</strong> District Biodiversity<br />

Advisory Group, which is an enabler<br />

and information sharing forum, is<br />

lucky to have16organisations around<br />

the table and many hard working<br />

people in this space. This will allow<br />

us to have agood head start on this<br />

journey.<br />

I,aschairof thisgroup,alsoattendthe<br />

newly formed Canterbury Councils<br />

Regional Biodiversity Group.<br />

With these structures put intoplace, I<br />

hope thatgoing forwardwecan make<br />

adifference and be able to save our<br />

last remainingecosystems and plants<br />

from extinction.<br />

Week of 15 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2021</strong> | ISSUE 20<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> CBD: Burnett<br />

streetexcavations start<br />

this week<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>'s new-look town centre is<br />

continuing to take shape, and this week<br />

excavations have begunonBurnett Street.<br />

On Monday 15 <strong>March</strong>, the Council's<br />

contractor, Tru-Line Civil began digging<br />

up the old road surface and kerb along<br />

Burnett Streetinpreparation forthe new<br />

surfacetobeapplied.<br />

Work started at the East Streetend on the<br />

northern side of the road and has been<br />

heading towardsCass Streetwhereitwill<br />

then switch to the other side of theroad.<br />

The Council is advising that on-street<br />

parkingisimpacted, but thatTru-Line Civil<br />

is working to keep parks open wherever<br />

possible.<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>'s<br />

West Street<br />

carpark<br />

Aspecial thanks to those who use the<br />

WestStreetcarpark…<br />

Occasionally, Council’s Open Spaces<br />

team need to access <strong>Ashburton</strong>'s West<br />

Streetcarpark to complete work,but that<br />

sometimes means ahandful ofall-day<br />

carparks have tobebriefly blocked off.<br />

While the team do their verybest to reduce<br />

disruption by doing the work early in the<br />

morning, Council understands it can still<br />

be an inconvenience.<br />

Thank you to those people who use<br />

these parks for your cooperation and<br />

understanding while Council gets this<br />

work done. Thehedge is lookingniceand<br />

tidyagain!<br />

The footpath remains open at all times<br />

and pedestrians have continued access<br />

along the street.<br />

Burnett Street has become aone-way<br />

road with entryvia Cass Street, and traffic<br />

can still travel down the street while the<br />

digouts areunderway.<br />

The excavations and road preparation is<br />

expected to take two weeks tocomplete<br />

ready for the final road surface will be<br />

appliedatalater date.<br />

Learn more about the CBD Streetscape<br />

Revitalisation project at ashburtondc.<br />

govt.nz.<br />

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Week of 15 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2021</strong> |ISSUE 20


Draft policies opening<br />

forconsultation<br />

Residents are being invited to submit<br />

feedback on three <strong>Ashburton</strong> District<br />

Council policies opening for feedback<br />

on Friday 19 <strong>March</strong>.<br />

The draft Community Engagement;<br />

Rates Remissions; and Development<br />

&Financial Contributions Policies are<br />

open forfeedback until 19 April.<br />

The draft Community Engagement Policy<br />

(formally the Significance &Engagement<br />

Policy) aims to ensure that the Council<br />

makes well-informed decisions by having<br />

the right conversations, with the right<br />

people, at the right time. The policy<br />

outlines how Council assesses the level<br />

of significance for decisions and how<br />

an appropriate engagement method is<br />

selected.<br />

The Council is also proposing to amend<br />

its Rates Remission Policy. Some of the<br />

changes include ensuring all community<br />

andreserve halls aretreated as if they are<br />

non-rateable; that remissions areenabled<br />

for water-by-meter excess charges inthe<br />

cases of leaks, whether consumers are<br />

billed quarterlyorannually;and returning<br />

the policy to pre-COVID-19 conditions<br />

where rates penalty remissions are only<br />

permitted once per ratepayer every two<br />

years.<br />

The Council's draft Development &<br />

Financial Contributions policy outlines<br />

how the Council plans for and funds<br />

infrastructure/facility provision that meets<br />

the district'santicipated growth; andhow<br />

it fairly shares the costs of providing that<br />

infrastructure tocater for growth with<br />

developers.<br />

Full details on the draft policies are<br />

available on the Council website from<br />

19 <strong>March</strong> at ashburtondc.govt.nz/<br />

haveyoursay.<br />

Feedback canbesubmitted<br />

online, in writing or via email<br />

to submissions@adc.govt.nz<br />

See you at our LTPcommunity meetings (7–9pm)<br />

Town Date Location<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> Monday 22 <strong>March</strong> 131 Havelock St,CouncilChambers<br />

Mayfield Tuesday 23 <strong>March</strong> Mayfield Hall<br />

Rakaia Wednesday 24 <strong>March</strong> Rakaia Rugby Clubrooms<br />

Methven Thursday 25 <strong>March</strong> Mt Hutt MemorialHall, Function room<br />

Hinds Monday 29 <strong>March</strong> Hinds Community Centre<br />

Mt Somers Tuesday 30 <strong>March</strong> Mt SomersSpringburn School,<br />

Multipurpose Room<br />

Hakatere Wednesday31<strong>March</strong> HakatereHall<br />

Webinar Tuesday 6April Details to follow<br />

Consultation is expected to be open from<br />

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AF8 Roadshowcoming<br />

to Methven<br />

Apublic meeting to discuss the Alpine<br />

Fault andits projectedimpactonSouth<br />

Island communities in a magnitude<br />

eight earthquake iscoming to Methven<br />

on 29 <strong>March</strong>.<br />

All residents areinvitedtoattendthe free<br />

AF8Roadshow whereinformation will be<br />

shared on what scientific investigations<br />

have discovered about thefault and what<br />

hazards alarge earthquake would likely<br />

have forcommunities close by.<br />

While it is impossible topredict exactly<br />

when an earthquake will strike, research<br />

on the Alpine Fault suggests a large<br />

earthquake is likely to happen in the<br />

lifetime of many people alive today.<br />

Attendees will get to hear from Professor<br />

Tom Wilson from the University of<br />

Canterbury, who will explain that the fault<br />

has ahistory of generating regular, large<br />

earthquakes.<br />

Tom is a Professor of Disaster Risk &<br />

Resilience in the School of Earth &<br />

Environment, and Co-Lead ofthe Rural<br />

Disaster Resilience programme of<br />

ResiliencetoNatures Challenge.<br />

He is one of the science leads of AF8.<br />

The AF8 Roadshow is visiting communities<br />

all across the South Island including<br />

Invercargill, Dunedin, Waimate, Timaru,<br />

Hanmer and Blenheim.<br />

Methven will be the only community in<br />

Mid Canterburytobevisitedand will get to<br />

hear hazard impact information relevant<br />

to them andthe region.<br />

When: Monday 29 <strong>March</strong><br />

Where: Mt Hutt Memorial Hall, Methven<br />

Time: 7pm (scheduled to run forthree<br />

hours)<br />

Please note: the AF8 Roadshow Public<br />

Science Talks will only go ahead atAlert<br />

Level 1. At Alert Level 2-4, presentations<br />

will be moved online and links will be<br />

available via the AF8 website af8.org.nz<br />

and shared to theFacebook eventpage.<br />

The roadshow is made possible thanks<br />

to the six South Island Civil Defence<br />

Emergency Management Groups, EQC –<br />

Earthquake Commission, Resilience to<br />

Nature’sChallenges, QuakeCoRE and GNS<br />

Science,anduniversitypartners:University<br />

of Otago, University of Canterburyand the<br />

UniversityofAuckland.<br />

PUBLIC NOTICE<br />

Proposal<br />

road Closure<br />

Pursuant to the Transport<br />

(Vehicular Traffic Road Closure)<br />

Regulations1965, noticeis<br />

hereby given that the <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

DistrictCouncil, forthe purpose<br />

of allowing<strong>Ashburton</strong> Returned<br />

and Services’Association to hold<br />

ANZACDay services,proposes<br />

to close the following roads to<br />

ordinaryvehicular traffic forthe<br />

period indicated hereunder.<br />

Road proposedtobeclosed:<br />

• HAVELOCK STREET, from Park<br />

StreettoEast Street<br />

• BARING SQUARE WEST, from<br />

HavelockStreettoCameron<br />

Street<br />

• SH1 (WESTSTREET), from<br />

HavelockStreettoCameron<br />

Street<br />

• CAMERON STREET, from West<br />

StreettoPark Street<br />

Period of Closure: From 6.00am<br />

to 8:30am and 10.00am to<br />

12.30pm on Sunday,25April<br />

<strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Any person objecting tothe<br />

proposal is called upon to lodge<br />

noticeoftheir objection and<br />

grounds thereof in writingor<br />

email to Council by 4.00 pm,<br />

Monday 29 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Neil McCann<br />

Group Manager Infrastructure<br />

Services<br />

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NEWS<br />

22 <strong>Ashburton</strong> <strong>Courier</strong>, <strong>March</strong> <strong>18</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

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TheRoyalNew ZealandAir<br />

Force is likely to be seen in the<br />

skies above<strong>Ashburton</strong> as part of<br />

atwo­week exercise in the<br />

South Island.<br />

The RNZAF is basing<br />

Exercise Skytrain in Wanaka<br />

but operations could bring the<br />

C­130 Hercules used for training<br />

to Mid Canterbury skies,<br />

weatherwilling.<br />

The exercise will run until<br />

<strong>March</strong> 26 andprovides crews<br />

fromthe No 40 Squadron witha<br />

range of flying training,<br />

including over unfamiliar and<br />

challenging terrain, coordinatingpallet<br />

dropsinto<br />

dropzonesand landing the<br />

aircraft on differentrunways.<br />

The Hercules will be<br />

conducting landings at Timaru<br />

airfield and doing low­level<br />

tactical flying, which is acore<br />

skill aircrews need to maintain.<br />

Members of the public may see<br />

the aircraft flyinglower than<br />

normal.<br />

Detachment Commander<br />

Squadron Leader Rob Attrill<br />

said one C­130 Hercules and<br />

personnel from Auckland,<br />

Ohakea and Woodbourne were<br />

deployed to Wanaka forthe<br />

exercise.<br />

“An importantpart of our<br />

training is being able to operate<br />

effectively and successfully<br />

away from our home base so<br />

every year we run aSkytrain<br />

exercise in New Zealandto<br />

further hone these skills.<br />

‘‘Skytrain exercises our support<br />

elements in supporting<br />

airborne operations and further<br />

prepares us for overseas­based<br />

exerciseswith our partners, and<br />

ultimately operationsin<br />

support of NewZealand<br />

interests.”<br />

He said the air force had used<br />

these skills in real­life<br />

scenarios.<br />

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2019 we deployed on US Air<br />

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NEWS<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> <strong>Courier</strong>, <strong>March</strong> <strong>18</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

23<br />

Donated seeds available for all<br />

Donatedvegetable andflower seeds<br />

will be givenout as part of the<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>’s NeighboursDay Great<br />

Plant &ProduceSwap.<br />

The seeds have beendonated by<br />

MarieSwindley,her fellow<br />

TimeBank membersand members<br />

of Mid Canterbury Newcomers<br />

Network.<br />

Specialcustommadeenvelopes<br />

were made lastweek from old<br />

wallpaper at Eco Educate’s rooms<br />

atthe <strong>Ashburton</strong> Resource<br />

Recovery Park.<br />

Theseeds parcelswillbe<br />

availablefor free fromCommunity<br />

House Mid Canterbury between<br />

<strong>March</strong>20­30 andatthe GreatPlant<br />

&ProduceSwapopen day atTrott’s<br />

Gardenon<strong>March</strong>27.<br />

The selection includes broccoli,<br />

sweetpea,pumpkin, sunflowerand<br />

cucumberseeds.<br />

EcoEducate wasteeducator<br />

Anthea Moore saidthe idea wasthat<br />

people take the seeds theyneed and<br />

then pass the envelope on to their<br />

neighbourtoplant.<br />

Giving people something tangible<br />

madeiteasier to start a<br />

conversation withaneighbouror<br />

someoneyou didn’t know, said Mrs<br />

Moore.<br />

Working on making envelopes for the donated seeds are (from left) Anthea Moore, Marie<br />

Swindley, both Eco Educate, and Dellwyn Moylan from Volunteering Mid &South Canterbury.<br />

Bike support for Hampstead School<br />

Stoked Cycles’ Monique and Paul Brake with Hampstead School pupils (from left) Brooklyn<br />

Aberhart, Lanuola Perenise and Tyler Maley.<br />

PHOTO SUPPLIED<br />

Twolocal businesses have<br />

supported cyclingat<br />

Hampstead Schoolwith<br />

recentdonations.<br />

Perkins Engineering<br />

nominated the school for a<br />

$1000 PrezzyCard, since<br />

used to purchase bikes, and<br />

Stoked Cycles have chipped<br />

in with more cycling<br />

helmets.<br />

HampsteadSchool<br />

principalPeter Melrose said<br />

theschool was blownaway<br />

by the generosity of the two<br />

businesses.<br />

‘‘We had atalk with the<br />

students asking them for<br />

ideas of what we could spend<br />

themoney on.<br />

‘‘The idea of bikes for our<br />

scooter track was primein<br />

their thinking,’’ he said.<br />

Thechildren made huge<br />

use of the scooter and<br />

separate cycle tracks.<br />

Pupils were developing<br />

their skill levels, enjoying<br />

theexperience and<br />

increasingindependence,<br />

said Mr Melrose.<br />

OUT AND ABOUT<br />

MARCH 20<br />

Methven A&P Show at theMethven<br />

A&P showgrounds on Barker Street<br />

in Methven, from8am-5pm. Tickets<br />

available at the gate.Adult entryis<br />

$15 and school age childrenare<br />

free.<br />

MARCH 21<br />

The Plains Railway museum<br />

precinct will be openfrom 11am-<br />

4pm withrailcar, fire engine and<br />

miniature train ridesoperating, plus<br />

vintage carsand the museum<br />

village open.<br />

Apop-upplayground will also be<br />

there.<br />

MARCH 24­26<br />

South IslandAgricultural Field Days<br />

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demonstrations with farm<br />

machinery andequipment in action<br />

and is achance for farmers,<br />

contractors to get off farm and enjoy<br />

time with their mates.<br />

MARCH 27<br />

Trott’s Gardens neighbours day,<br />

featuringthe great plant and<br />

produceswap at Trott’s Garden. It<br />

will feature an openday withstalls,<br />

workshops, entertainment and<br />

beautifulgardenstoenjoy. The<br />

event runs from10amuntil 2pm,<br />

gold coin donation on entry.<br />

MARCH 27<br />

Master hypnotist BrianGee will<br />

perform afundraising showfor the<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> AviationMuseum at the<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> TrustEventCentre at<br />

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MARCH 29<br />

Public talk in Methvenabout the<br />

likelyeffectsofanalpinefault 8.0<br />

earthquake andhow to prepare.<br />

To be heldatthe Mt Hutt<br />

MemorialHall, starting7pm.<br />

MARCH 31<br />

Public meetingregarding the<br />

location of the second bridge, at the<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> IntermediateSchool hall,<br />

starting 7pm.<br />

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Mazdahas always been acompany bold<br />

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CX­30 urbanSUV in premium Takami form<br />

and $51,995 flagshipMazda3 Takami hatch,<br />

which was supplied for this road test.<br />

Abit of barrier to acceptance in our market<br />

for this high tech motoristhe $3000 price<br />

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comfortably seeoff longenergy sapping<br />

inclines.<br />

Detracting from the test vehicle’s<br />

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The new Skyactiv­Drive 6­speed auto is one<br />

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It has afun side with the capacity to kick its<br />

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Head leg and should room are on the snug<br />

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along with headroom.<br />

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boot with excellent bumperlevel access<br />

should meetthe load hauling requirements of<br />

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The 8.8­inch wide centre display is operated<br />

via an intuitive commander dial.<br />

An improved voice recognition system<br />

allows the user to interrupt voice guidance<br />

and skip individualstepsrespectively. Apple<br />

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There’s afull arsenalofactiveand passive<br />

safety technology, including BlindSpot<br />

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the one in front, reducing the risk of arear end<br />

impact.<br />

Animble chassis anddeftly tuned<br />

independent suspension are cleverly blended<br />

with nicely weighted and responsive steering.<br />

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FEATURE<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> <strong>Courier</strong>, <strong>March</strong> <strong>18</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

25<br />

Street sprints are back<br />

The <strong>Ashburton</strong> DistrictCouncil<br />

was expected to givepermission<br />

this week for the <strong>Ashburton</strong> Car<br />

Club’s annual streetsprints, to be<br />

held in the Riverside Industrial<br />

Estate in May.<br />

The 2020event was cancelled<br />

becauseofcovid; it would have<br />

beenthe club’s 31st annual<br />

sprints.<br />

The clubasked forpartialroad<br />

closures of Smallbone Drive,<br />

Robinson Street, Watson Street,<br />

McNally Street and Range Street<br />

from 7.30pmonFriday May 7until<br />

8pm on Sunday May 9. People can<br />

still access the <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

Resource Recovery Park.<br />

The event has been advertised<br />

with aperiod for objections and<br />

none have been received.<br />

Themotorsport eventispartof<br />

Wheels Week and brings an<br />

exciting two days of racing to<br />

town,with plenty of room for<br />

spectators.<br />

Spectacular rally driving conditions in one of the district’s most picturesque setting along<br />

Upper Downs Road, at Surrey Hills.<br />

PHOTO CINDY LOVETT PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Thrills on SurreyHills<br />

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Anew sprintrally, hostedby<strong>Ashburton</strong> Car<br />

Club this month along Upper Downs Road, at<br />

Surrey Hills,has received high praise from<br />

competitors and spectators alike.<br />

The7km shingle road rally was the<br />

brainchild of club member Wayne Muckle<br />

who garnered the support of his fellow club<br />

members, thenresidentsand landowners<br />

alongthe highcountry stretch of road.<br />

Club vice­president DanielTew, who was<br />

clerk of the course for theday,saiditwas fast<br />

shingle course, goodfor people wantingto<br />

test their cars ahead of sprint season.<br />

It was anice length fordriversto test<br />

themselves and their carsinarally setting, he<br />

said.<br />

Covid restrictionsatthe timelimited the<br />

number of entriesand spectators alongthe<br />

course to 100 but those there were full of<br />

praise. One even calledita“magic piece of<br />

road”.<br />

TheUpperDowns Road section usedwas<br />

fulloftightbends, undulating twists and<br />

turns and plenty of straight sectionswhere<br />

competitors could get someimpressive<br />

speeds, Mr Tew said.<br />

All cars competing in the full length sprint<br />

rally werefittedwith driver cageand did<br />

three runs along thecourse.The best timed<br />

runwon.<br />

Ashortercourse of 3.5km was made<br />

available for drivers with non­caged cars;<br />

driver Jordan Nieste­Currie was the only one<br />

who took up the chancetotest himself and, as<br />

aresult, was reportedly planning further<br />

rally drivinginthe future.<br />

The right stuff...Robbie Stokes takes to the<br />

7km rally course of Upper Downs Road during<br />

anew event hosted by <strong>Ashburton</strong> Car Club.<br />

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Mr Tew saidthe majority of competitors<br />

were from Christchurch, which was reflected<br />

in the finalresults, althoughone driver was<br />

from asfar away as Blenheim.<br />

The overall winner wasMichaelTall, of<br />

Christchurch, who had run timesof<br />

3min:13sec, 2m:58s, and 2m:48s. Sean<br />

Haggarty placedsecond (best run of 2m:52s)<br />

and JasonClark third(2m.53s).<br />

Club members were now gearing up for<br />

their motorkhana event at the clubrooms on<br />

<strong>March</strong> 28 butwere also hoping to stagea<br />

quarter mile event prior ahead of the annual<br />

streetsprints in May, Mr Tewsaid.<br />

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26 <strong>Ashburton</strong> <strong>Courier</strong>, <strong>March</strong> <strong>18</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

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Vege grower feeds the world<br />

TONI.WILLIAMS<br />

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It’s been ahive of activity at<br />

LovettFamily Farms with<br />

carrots, potatoes, beetroot and<br />

onionsbeing harvested and<br />

sent to markets.<br />

The company, owned by<br />

Daniel, Emilyand his parents<br />

Joanneand Greg, has afulltime<br />

staff of 15 workinginthe<br />

field, the office and the<br />

packhouse, which is basedat<br />

Wakanui, near <strong>Ashburton</strong>.<br />

At peakseasonthey can have<br />

up to 50 additional staff<br />

helpinginthe process to get<br />

products to varied markets.<br />

Their diverse range of crops<br />

is spread around 1000 hectares<br />

of farmland paddocks<br />

throughout Mid Canterbury.<br />

They grow in coastal climatic<br />

soils to inlandpaddocks 300m<br />

above sea level.<br />

Daniel, who with wife Emily<br />

has three young children,is<br />

the third generation of Lovetts<br />

who have farmed in Mid<br />

Canterbury.<br />

His grandparents Stuartand<br />

Nola were sheep and crop<br />

farmers in the Newlandsarea,<br />

near Fairton.<br />

Dad Gregbought the family<br />

farm at Wakanui, which is<br />

where the main Lovett Family<br />

Farmsoperation is based.<br />

The Lovetts’ business plan is<br />

simple: produce high quality<br />

produce for their buyers with<br />

outstanding delivery. And it<br />

works.They have domestic and<br />

exportmarkets for all of their<br />

products.<br />

But stricterrulesand<br />

regulations, mostly around<br />

non­science based<br />

environmental issues, were<br />

makingitharder to farm,<br />

Danielsaid.Aswell as the cost<br />

of compliance.<br />

They, like manyfarmers,<br />

were environmentally<br />

conscious and acutely aware of<br />

nutrient loading,crop rotation<br />

and water use.<br />

But future opportunities,<br />

such as achance to lease a<br />

drylandfarm, whichcould be<br />

watered for crop use, may<br />

remainunused, Danielsaid.<br />

The site in questionhad no<br />

cropping history and would be<br />

better planted to take up<br />

nutrients withcontrolled<br />

water input, but there were no<br />

provisions for that in nutrient<br />

loadingrules, he said.<br />

Lovetts already do annual<br />

Daniel Lovettwith potatoes growing at Lovett Family Farms’ Garlefan Farm block. The cropis being<br />

monitored by aPotatoes New Zealand weather station testing soil,leaf and nitrogen levels and is<br />

one of only afew sites nationwide.<br />

PHOTO TONI WILLIAMS<br />

nutrient budgets and Farm<br />

Environment Plans, which will<br />

becomemandatory across the<br />

countrysoon, and are Global<br />

GAP (good agricultural<br />

practices) certified.<br />

Their main crops are<br />

potatoes and onions, Daniel<br />

said, which are headingto<br />

McCains and to domestic and<br />

exportmarkets, respectively.<br />

The potatoes were planted at<br />

Wakanui, Pendarves and<br />

Lauriston and once harvested,<br />

if not used fresh, are stored in<br />

humidity controlled storage.<br />

Of late the biggest issue had<br />

been tomato potato pysllid, an<br />

insect which infects potatoes<br />

causingthem to turn black<br />

when cooked.<br />

The insects,originallyfrom<br />

Centraland North America,<br />

were foundinNew Zealand in<br />

2006 and now were widespread<br />

throughout the country.<br />

The border control issue had<br />

now cost growers in<br />

preventativemeasuresorface<br />

penalties from processors if<br />

potatoes werefound infected<br />

by the pest.<br />

Lovetts spend more than<br />

$2000 ahectare per potato<br />

growingseason spraying<br />

specifically for tomato potato<br />

pysllid,Daniel said.<br />

Onions, harvestedfrom<br />

December through until April,<br />

were sortedatthe packhouse<br />

and ranged in bulb size<br />

depending on customerneed,<br />

from 35mm to over 90mm.<br />

They were automatically<br />

bagged and packed in bags<br />

sized from 5kg through to 1.4<br />

tonnes.<br />

Othercrops include peas,<br />

specialty seedsand wheat and<br />

barley.used for break crops.<br />

They also have 100 hinds<br />

which eat waste product from<br />

their operations.<br />

The carrots were destined<br />

for juice and pureeprocessor<br />

Juice Products New Zealand in<br />

Timaruand then to Japanese<br />

markets.<br />

Lovetts grow four different<br />

coloured carrots –orange,<br />

yellow,purple and white ­<br />

which all havedifferent<br />

properties.<br />

In Japanese markets tropical<br />

fruit drinks are madeupof50<br />

per cent carrot juice, unlike<br />

elsewhere in the world which<br />

has 50 per cent of applejuice,<br />

Daniel said.<br />

Carrots fit in with the family<br />

operation, he said, with<br />

machinery, staff and facilities<br />

used throughout the season.<br />

Land preparation started in<br />

drier conditions post­winter<br />

with the main planting in<br />

September.<br />

Harvest ran from February<br />

and spanned throughout<br />

winter and into September.<br />

They were dug fresh each<br />

day and washed in the plant<br />

capableofwashing 40­tonne of<br />

carrots per hour to be<br />

delivered washedand forage<br />

material free.<br />

They also grow six different<br />

varieties of blackcurrants,<br />

harvested in January and<br />

grown for the New Zealand<br />

Blackcurrant Co­operative and<br />

used for their health<br />

properties in arange of<br />

products, including powder<br />

form. It is the only fruit they<br />

grow.<br />

Blackcurrantispopular with<br />

many athletes,including high<br />

profile sportsteams, to help<br />

improveexercise performance<br />

and recovery.<br />

Daniel uses it himself during<br />

his ownsporting endeavours.<br />

He recently completed the<br />

swim leg of the Wanaka<br />

Ironmanteam challenge for<br />

the secondtime.<br />

Lovetts havegrown the fruit<br />

for nearly two decadesand<br />

originally grew fruit for market<br />

with Ribena.<br />

IN BRIEF<br />

NEW BOVIS CASE<br />

There has beenone new active<br />

confirmed mycoplasmabovis<br />

propertyidentified in Canterbury<br />

this past week; thetotalisnow 11.<br />

It is agrazing block connected to the<br />

existingCanterbury cluster through<br />

animal movements. Officials<br />

expected to findfurther infected<br />

properties when tracing movements<br />

of cattle. They are confident of being<br />

on track towards eradication,with<br />

the number of infected propertiesin<br />

decline overall. At this same time<br />

last year, there were 31 active<br />

confirmed properties.<br />

DAIRY AWARD<br />

Mid Canterburydairy farmer<br />

RebeccaMillerhas been named<br />

one of the three FonterraDairy<br />

Woman of theYearfinalists. Mrs<br />

Millerjoins BelindaPrice,a<br />

sharemilker based in Whanganui,<br />

and Chevon Horsford, acontract<br />

milker,farmconsultantand Maori<br />

farm adviserinWhangarei, in the<br />

running for therespected industry<br />

award managed by Dairy Women’s<br />

Network. The womenwere<br />

recognised as representingawide<br />

rangeofdiversity in leadership<br />

within the industry, and for their<br />

commitmenttosupporting people<br />

as well as dairyingasawhole.<br />

The winnerwillbeannounced at a<br />

gala dinnerinTaupo in April.<br />

ACLAND ON BOARD<br />

Mt Somers farmer Kate Aclandhas<br />

beenvotedtothe farmer-led Beef<br />

+LambNZ board in alandslide<br />

victory.<br />

She beatsitting boardmember<br />

Phil Smith, of Culverden,for the<br />

Northern South Island district, witha<br />

winning margin of 2792 votes. Mrs<br />

Acland got5303 votes; Mr Smith<br />

2511 votes.<br />

Mrs Aclandpreviouslyserved as<br />

the associate director on B+LNZ’s<br />

Board in 20<strong>18</strong>.<br />

GOODEMPLOYERS<br />

Mid Canterbury dairyfarming<br />

couples Rhys and Kiri Roberts, and<br />

Rebecca and BrentMillerhave<br />

beennamed as finalists in different<br />

categories of the primary industries<br />

GoodEmployer Awards.<br />

In both categories the Mid<br />

Canterbury couples are the only<br />

finalists from the South Island.<br />

The Roberts have been named<br />

finalists in thesupreme category<br />

and the Millersinthe employee<br />

development category.<br />

The winners will be announced at<br />

Parliament, in Wellington onApril<br />

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<strong>Ashburton</strong> Golf Club<br />

Saturday 20 <strong>March</strong><br />

An Ambrose teams match will be played.<br />

Starting Times: Morning 8.00am and afternoon<br />

report at 12.00am for a12.30pm start. Nine<br />

hole golfers from 1.30pm<br />

Mid Canterbury Junior Tennis<br />

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Saturday 20 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

All games to start at 9am sharp<br />

Duty Team –Allenton Fantails<br />

Allenton Moas vDorie AatATTC; Methven<br />

Silver v Methven Gold; Southern Shakers v<br />

Southern Stars at ATTC; Allenton Kiwis v<br />

Hampstead Yellow at ATTC; Dorie Hampstead -<br />

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Junior BGrade<br />

Allenton Wekas vAllenton Kokakos atAllenton;<br />

Allenton Fantails vMethven Black at ATTC;<br />

Southern Stormers vMethven White at ATTC.<br />

Junior CGrade<br />

Allenton Rurus v Methven Red at ATTC;<br />

Allenton Keas v Methven Blue at Methven<br />

Domain; Southern Skyrockets vSouthern Strikers<br />

at Hinds.<br />

Pictured after Sunday’s training session at Lake Hood are (back row from left) Laura Jensen,<br />

Mia Chambers, Ruby Leverton, Jade Jung, Jed Amos, Matthew Pearce, Mitchell Taylor,<br />

Henry Wallis, Ged Wall, (middle row from left) Chloe Braas, Coty Cuadrado, Charles Savage,<br />

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Lake Karapiro next week.<br />

Some25rowerswill flyto<br />

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Saturday for the season<br />

endingevent.<br />

Colloquially knownas<br />

Maadi Cup, the regatta is the<br />

largest school sports event<br />

in the southern hemisphere<br />

and attractsmore than 2000<br />

rowers from around120<br />

secondaryschools.<br />

It is held in alternate<br />

years at LakeRuataniwha<br />

andLake Karapiro.<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>rowers,<br />

supported by parents, will<br />

stay at Matamata and will<br />

travel to the lake each day to<br />

race.<br />

The regatta runs from<br />

<strong>March</strong> 22 to 27.<br />

Lastyear’s MaadiatLake<br />

Ruataniwha wasacasualty<br />

of covid andcancelled, as<br />

was therecent South Island<br />

Secondary Schools regatta<br />

at the samevenue.<br />

Back markersmake statement<br />

Thepenultimate race of the Tinwald<br />

Cycling Club’sseason sawthebackmarkers<br />

make astatement for thesecond week<br />

running; they took the front of the race in<br />

theconcludingstages to secure the major<br />

spoils.<br />

TheTempletonMotors/KellysBar and<br />

Café ,65km handicap event wasraced<br />

around the testing Wakanui 7Rises course<br />

on Sunday.<br />

TonyWardhad thefinal say in thecharge<br />

to the linetoclaimvictory andindoingso<br />

alsorecordedthe fastest time,riding the<br />

course in 97.49 minutes.<br />

Kyle Grayproduced another stand­out<br />

ride to take second place andtime.<br />

Larry Neal,another who is in hisbest<br />

form, claimed thefinal podium position<br />

andrecorded third time.<br />

MikeGallaghercharged intofourthplace<br />

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Kristine Marriott and Rob Hooper.<br />

The juniors and division 2contestedan<br />

<strong>18</strong>kmhandicap event.<br />

Christchurch visitorRileyCramptonhad<br />

agreatride,taking thewin afterahard<br />

foughtsprinttothe line with second place<br />

getterJack Templeton.<br />

FlynnTurnbull continues to impress,<br />

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Ryan Gallagher dug deep to take the<br />

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Sarah Gould andTom Reid roundedout<br />

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Kenny Johnston rode hard from the back<br />

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Team Skinner, Debbie and Andy filled<br />

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CLUB NEWS<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> <strong>Courier</strong>, <strong>March</strong> <strong>18</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

31<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> Golf Club<br />

Abig weekend just gone at the Brandon.<br />

On Saturday we rememberedone of ourclub<br />

legends, withthe Don HoughtonMemorial<br />

trophy, it was lovelyagain to greet Don’s<br />

family and show that his memory is well and<br />

truly aliveatthe club.<br />

Winners of theday were the Stoddart<br />

family again. Dad Lindsay led the way, boys<br />

Dylan andMitchell gavegood support and<br />

weird step uncleonce removed PaulGreer<br />

filled in the gaps. Runninginsecond place<br />

Bruce and Gabywill have beenwearing<br />

earmuffsplaying alongside Perry and<br />

Richard Mc, but the group must have gelled<br />

well. Well done to all prize winners.<br />

Midlands Seeds TeamsSocial golf<br />

wrapped up last Friday top team were the<br />

Hole in Nones,top mixed team were Macas<br />

andLadies winners were the Golden Girls.<br />

This event is wonderful for theclub, great<br />

forintroducingnew people to thegame, very<br />

well run by agreat groupofmembers and<br />

always well supported. Congrats to<br />

everyone.<br />

This week the course is closed for<br />

maintenance, Ihopeall our membershave<br />

visited our local friends andsampled the<br />

district’s other courses.<br />

We’re openonSaturday with an Ambrose<br />

game andnext Tuesday evening we willbe<br />

holdingour Twoclub challenge.<br />

Come on down pick your club of choice and<br />

your putter andget yourself around 9holes<br />

then back in the club for abeer and a<br />

barbecue. Check the website for details.<br />

LastSunday the Patterson pennants<br />

kicked off and both<strong>Ashburton</strong> teams<br />

managed to snaffle wins. Tommy’s binraking<br />

proved fruitfulasthe young pups tookdown<br />

averystrong PleasantPoint team and must<br />

nowbeoverwhelming favouritestopick up<br />

thepennants trophy.<br />

Theold boys werejust steadyawayand<br />

managed to pip aspiritedTinwald team.<br />

Highlight of theday wasasuperbholeinone<br />

on the <strong>18</strong>5metre 10thholeatFairlie by the<br />

flying Dutchman Gaby Jansen. It didmake<br />

for alonger trip home, but well worth it.<br />

Talking of holeinones. Ihear a4ball<br />

feared that theweather was coming in last<br />

Wednesdaysopoppedout for ahit beforethe<br />

game of the day started. Club legendRobbie<br />

Bell managed to grab himself an ace on the<br />

8th, but it wasunable to go on the boardas<br />

notin aclubtournament.<br />

When he was asked howmany aces he has<br />

hadinhis career, he said he wasn’t sure if it<br />

was11or12. From someonewho has been<br />

playing for over 30 yearsand is just happy to<br />

hitagreen in one, Ifinditdisgusting that it<br />

is notsharedround.<br />

Seearound the course, till next time good<br />

golfing.<br />

Creative Fibre<br />

What ameeting we had!Avery good<br />

attendance of membersand avery<br />

informative panel of facilitators to answer<br />

ourquestionsled by Brenna Russell from<br />

Waitahi PrimaryHealth.<br />

All areas of elderlycare were covered,<br />

fromaccess to medical and mental help,<br />

access to assistance accessories, benefits,<br />

homecare, Kiwi Saver,glasses/hearing aids,<br />

legalinformation–enduringpower of<br />

attorney(averyimportant line that needs<br />

attention yesterday), even covid andflu<br />

immunisation were touched on.<br />

Do you know what alife tube is? Have you<br />

gotacouple –one for in thefridge and<br />

another in the car. They are availablefrom<br />

AgeConcern for asmall fee and very<br />

importantfor an emergency to allow the<br />

right assistance to be provided by the first<br />

responders,assistance for newcomers, and<br />

refugees (when they arrive here) and what<br />

help is available to them.<br />

Community House has information and<br />

flyers available and Citizens Advice Bureau<br />

canalso help. Driverlicensingand other<br />

mobility issues were also covered.<br />

Just as well we hadcovered our general<br />

business beforethe speakers arrived. The<br />

report on Staveley Camp, the trip to Fairlie<br />

andJenny Hart’s workshop forbeginner<br />

spinners at the artgallery was successful<br />

andevenexperienced spinners picked up a<br />

few tips and techniques.<br />

Amemberwho is leavingthe area has<br />

donated an 8­shaftloomand stand and<br />

another member donated some books for the<br />

library.<br />

South Canterbury Area are holdingSpin­<br />

Insonthe first Saturday of each month9am–<br />

3pminTimaru. Everyonewelcome.<br />

The mid­winterdinner come birthday/<br />

Christmas is to be held at theHotel<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> on July 12.<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> Golf Club’s Gaby Jansen scored<br />

an ace at the Patterson pennants match.<br />

The June meeting is makingChristmas<br />

Crackers while thefirst Monday of each<br />

monthwill be our Spin­In at the Plains if<br />

available usual time andopento the public.<br />

It willberun for atrial period, andsmall<br />

chargetocover costswill becollected. If you<br />

would like to have ago at any craft practised<br />

by our members this is yourchance.<br />

Show andTell: Anndisplayedthe yarns<br />

dyed and spun at Staveley, Alpacaspun<br />

skeins, averyfine spun andknittedtriangle<br />

shawl from aGotland fleece, aCampbell<br />

tartan woventhrow, babyknittingthat has<br />

been waiting to be finished for yearsthat is<br />

to be donated, bonnet and bootees, a<br />

pineappledoily made by alearner, hats and<br />

scarveswoven at Staveley andmore scarves<br />

made with ablackwarp .<br />

Next meeting April 19.<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> Bowling Club<br />

It’s frighteninghow quicklythe seasonend<br />

is approaching, but, happily, not as abruptly<br />

as it did 12 months ago!And so we have gone<br />

from daily 1pm pandemic updates to daily<br />

4pm sailing lessons!<br />

In the comingtwo weeks, some rescheduling<br />

has been made which will impact<br />

on <strong>Ashburton</strong>’s end of season functions.<br />

On Saturday 27th<strong>March</strong>, our End of<br />

Season Day (including the Bird Cup), will<br />

now becomethe EndofSeasonEveningonly,<br />

5pm Social Hour, 6pm Presentations,<br />

afterwardsDinner.<br />

On Saturday 20th <strong>March</strong>the Bird Cup will<br />

be played starting at 1pm, mufti,3games of<br />

6ends, afternoon tea courtesyofour<br />

President!<br />

These changes have beenmade to enable<br />

memberstowatch or play in theChampionof<br />

Champions Triples. These will nowbe<br />

playedonSaturday 27th <strong>March</strong> at Hinds.<br />

The Champion of Champions Singles were<br />

contested on Saturday 6th <strong>March</strong> at<br />

Hampstead. It is so good to report that the<br />

Senior Men’s was won by <strong>Ashburton</strong>’s<br />

BrenttonDonaldson,winning 21­11 in his<br />

Final.<br />

And the Junior Women’sFinal was won by<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>’s LaraineMills, winning21­13.<br />

Warm congratulationstobothour Singles<br />

Champions!<br />

The <strong>Ashburton</strong>LadiesTriples on Monday<br />

the 8th, was playedonagloriousday and was<br />

contested by clubs from all over Canterbury,<br />

mid, north andsouth! It was awonderful<br />

turnout, hosted by our President andladies<br />

in our inimitable style, and<strong>Ashburton</strong>’s<br />

team of Heather Goodall,Judie Ryk, Shirley<br />

Maw came 4th! Theotherplacings wentto<br />

Allenton, Burnside, Lincoln and Rangiora.<br />

The re­arranged Glassey Mixed Pairs inhouseon10th<strong>March</strong><br />

was won by Rand R<br />

Ryk with3wins,2nd were Jand KMills with<br />

2wins, 3rd were Tand ABlain.<br />

On 12th<strong>March</strong> <strong>Ashburton</strong>’s teamofT<br />

Watson, RLowe, CCross,DTaylor, with 4<br />

wins, won the West MeltonFarmersBowling<br />

Tournament. Well done, gentlemen!<br />

AndonSaturday 12th, our final Rollover<br />

Triples of theseason, was won by TWatson/<br />

MKnudsen with2wins,11ends; 2nd wasA<br />

Gibbs/B Wilson with2wins 10 ends; 3rd was<br />

DMurcott/M Campbellwith 2wins, 9ends.<br />

Coming up thisweekisthe2­4­2Open<br />

Pairs on Wednesday the 17th at 12.30 pm,<br />

and the aforementioned BirdCup on<br />

Saturday. Good bowling everyone! Take care<br />

and stay safe!<br />

Mid Canterbury Ladies<br />

Friendship Club<br />

Val Johnstone presided over<br />

the <strong>March</strong> meeting of the club<br />

and especially welcomed Joy<br />

back to the meeting.<br />

Birthdays and anniversaries<br />

were celebrated after singing the<br />

national anthem. Members were<br />

advised of the bus trip to<br />

Brighton, Sumner and Lyttelton<br />

on <strong>March</strong> 23.<br />

As it was the annual general<br />

meeting the minutes and reports<br />

were read and confirmed.<br />

Julie Begg is the new president<br />

for the coming year, and there<br />

are two new members on the<br />

committee.<br />

After morning tea Julie<br />

introduced Samantha Rose who<br />

told of her life as aflorist and<br />

then gave ademonstration on the<br />

making of ahand tied bouquet.<br />

The flowers used arrived from<br />

the market that morning so were<br />

fresh. Magnolia is used for the<br />

foliage base, also leather fern.<br />

The auctions are in Christchurch<br />

three times aweek for up to two<br />

LOCAL LISTENING<br />

Spend a couple of hours every<br />

Thursday delivering the <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

<strong>Courier</strong> and Realty in the<br />

Hampstead area.<br />

Enjoy the fresh air, stay fit and reap<br />

the health benefits!<br />

Relief casual staff are also needed.<br />

Phone Mary todayon308 7664<br />

to get startedoremail<br />

mary.summerfield@ashburtoncourier.co.nz<br />

2366378<br />

hours, but Samantha buys online<br />

or sometimes direct from the<br />

growers.<br />

Samantha had attended aone<br />

year course at the Academy in<br />

Christchurch, then worked in<br />

Australia for two years before<br />

returning home. She has now<br />

been in business for four years.<br />

Interflora is available, meaning<br />

flowers can be delivered around<br />

New Zealand or around the<br />

world.<br />

Her advice is to change the<br />

water regularly on cut flowers,<br />

use crystals or small amount of<br />

bleach and to keep them in acool<br />

area. On their arrival to cut the<br />

stems. Barbara thanked<br />

Samantha for her talk.<br />

The thought for the month is<br />

“Life is atrain that stops at no<br />

stations –you either jump<br />

aboard or stand on the platform<br />

and watch as it passes”.<br />

The next meeting is 14 April at<br />

9.45am at Hotel <strong>Ashburton</strong>.<br />

To make new friends and to<br />

have some fun phone Avis 308<br />

6539 or Rae 308 8927.<br />

Peter Mac l 1pm to 6pm<br />

Stay fit &earn $$$<br />

at the same time<br />

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SATURDAY 20TH MARCH<br />

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103 Park Street,<strong>Ashburton</strong> 10:00-10:30am 3 1 2 AHB23033<br />

9Nelson Street,<strong>Ashburton</strong> 10:30-11:00am 3 1 2 AHB23024<br />

317 Havelock Street,<strong>Ashburton</strong> 10:45-11:15am 2 1 1 AHB22041<br />

38 Jordan Avenue, Tinwald 11:00-11:30am 3 2 2 AHB23040<br />

19 Agnes Street,Tinwald 11:45-12:15pm 3 1 2 AHB23014<br />

195 Middle Road, <strong>Ashburton</strong> 12:45-1:15pm 4 2 3 AHB23010<br />

6PratleyCrescent, <strong>Ashburton</strong> 2:00-2:30pm 3 1 1 AHB23027<br />

SUNDAY21STMARCH<br />

NO OPEN HOMES TODAY<br />

Open Home<br />

38 Jordan Avenue, Tinwald<br />

3 2 2<br />

*Open plan kitchen, living, dining, separate lounge, office<br />

nook<br />

*Designer kitchen with Butler’s Pantry<br />

*3 double bedrooms, Master with ensuite &WIR<br />

*Mono-pitch roof -Plaster over brick, double glazed<br />

*Beautifully landscaped garden on 655m2 section<br />

*Quality soft furnishings, blinds &shutter<br />

*Large family bathroom with separate toilet &separate<br />

laundry<br />

*Quiet setting in sought-after street opposite park<br />

*Fabulous design inside &out with large stacker doors<br />

SetDateofSale<br />

closing 24 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2021</strong>, at<br />

3:00pm(unless sold prior)<br />

View<br />

Saturday11:00 -11:30am<br />

Cheryl Fowler<br />

0274 612 614<br />

rwashburton.co.nz/AHB23040<br />

Real Estate Mid Canterbury Property Limited Licensed (REAA 2008)<br />

Open Home<br />

317 Havelock Street, <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

Living in asmall group of 5independent townhouses,<br />

this home is nice, safe and ideal forretirement living<br />

or foraperson wanting lowmaintenance living. Good<br />

sized bedrooms are complimentedwith large wardrobes,<br />

and all chattels are innew condition.<br />

ForSale<br />

Offers over$325,000<br />

View<br />

Saturday10:45 -11:00am<br />

2 1 1<br />

Lynne Bridge<br />

027 410 6216<br />

rwashburton.co.nz/AHB23041<br />

Real Estate Mid Canterbury Property Limited Licensed (REAA 2008)<br />

Open Home<br />

5Eton Street, <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

*Well maintained bungelowwith large extension<br />

*Large open plan modern kitchen, dining, lounge<br />

*4 generous bedrooms or 2nd lounge/office<br />

*Modernised bathroom, sep toilet, sep laundry<br />

*Logburner, heatpump, heat transfer, double glazed<br />

*Large Inground swimming pool<br />

rwashburton.co.nz/AHB23030<br />

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SetDate of Sale<br />

closing 30 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2021</strong>, at<br />

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View<br />

Saturday10:00 -10:30am<br />

4 1 2<br />

Cheryl Fowler<br />

0274 612 614<br />

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9Nelson Street, <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

This is such aWell presented 3Bedroom home ideal for a<br />

first home buyer or rental investor and has the BONUS of<br />

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*Open plan kitchen /dining /living.<br />

*Modern cladding and extensive insulation.<br />

*Aluminium Double Glazed Joinery mostlythroughout<br />

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closing 19 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2021</strong>, at<br />

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Saturday10:30 -11:00am<br />

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Margaret Feiss<br />

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021 751 009<br />

ShirleyFitzgerald<br />

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027 220 1528<br />

Denise McPherson<br />

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027 242 7677<br />

Janene McDowell<br />

PropertyManager<br />

027 287 3388<br />

Armand vander Eik<br />

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Lynne Bridge<br />

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Mark Totty<br />

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027 438 4250<br />

Justin Waddell<br />

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Master Hypnotist Brian Gee<br />

Saturday 27th <strong>March</strong> 7-30pm<br />

Tickets $25*<br />

Watch Master Hypnotist Brain Gee perform<br />

his hilarious show live and help support the<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> Aviation Museum. This brilliant<br />

show is design to entertain all ages and would<br />

be perfect for awork function, bring your<br />

tissues as you won’t stop laughing.<br />

Anzac –Stories and Songs from the FrontLine<br />

Saturday, 24th April, 2-30pm<br />

Adults $25* /Senior $20*<br />

This afternoon performance will bring back<br />

both the happy and sad memories of the war<br />

time era. Featuring stories and letters of those<br />

brave souls who left their homes and families<br />

to fight for our future. Performed by astunning<br />

cast of local performers.<br />

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Saturday, 17th April,7-30pm<br />

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TheNew Zealand String Quartet,<br />

4Suits and aSoprano<br />

This concert will be anight of operatic classics<br />

from Nessun Dorma through to Pop classics,<br />

so whether you’re afan of the classics or a<br />

lover of pop’s high notes there’s something for<br />

everyone in this one night of Magic.<br />

HotelCalifornia–TheEaglesExperience<br />

Friday 22nd October 8pm<br />

Adult $61* /Group 6$56 each* /Child 13 &under $32*<br />

It’s time to check into the Hotel California -<br />

The Eagles Experience with this captivating<br />

live concert and stage show saluting the<br />

extraordinary talent and timeless catalogue of<br />

The Eagles. With astage full of show stopping<br />

voices and musicians this is atribute you will<br />

truly appreciate.<br />

03 3072010 211A Wills Street, <strong>Ashburton</strong> 7700 admin@ateventcentre.co.nz *Service fees apply<br />

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GDC are hiring NOW!!<br />

Werequire 4people to joinour innovativeand friendly team.<br />

These positions are <strong>Ashburton</strong> based and usual workdays<br />

are MondaytoFriday.<br />

If youwishtoapply forany of the positions outlinedbelow,<br />

please email your CV to office@gdcgroup.nz<br />

PositionsAvailable<br />

• Qualified Drainlayer<br />

Experienceisamust,asyou would be required to sign<br />

off work.<br />

• STMS–Experienced Traffic ManagementOperator<br />

Minimum requirement STMS Level1and Class 2Drivers<br />

Licence.<br />

• Civil WorksTeamSupervisor<br />

This is afield-based position forour underground<br />

electrical conversion team. Youmust be able to interpret<br />

plans,operateanipad /tabletand manage staff.<br />

•Workshop Fleet Manager(Office Based)<br />

Heavydieselmechanicalknowledge required as youwill<br />

also be responsible forordering and stock taking parts.<br />

Computer and managementskillsare essential.<br />

Free Phone 0800 432 532<br />

Email office@gdcgroup.nz<br />

Office 03 308 8479<br />

Web www.gdc.net.nz<br />

2FordsRoad, <strong>Ashburton</strong> |106 HiltonHighway, Timaru<br />

Saturday<br />

20 <strong>March</strong>,<br />

8pm<br />

KARAOKE<br />

THE JACKSON’SBISTROOPEN THUR &SAT EVENINGS<br />

Courtesy van<br />

runs every<br />

Thursday, Friday<br />

and Saturday<br />

from 4pm<br />

Join the RSA (the friendly club)<br />

12-14 Cox Street, <strong>Ashburton</strong>. Phone 308 7175<br />

Members, guests and affiliates all welcome<br />

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ENTERTAINMENT<br />

CLUB DAY<br />

Sunday 21 st<br />

<strong>March</strong> <strong>2021</strong>, 1pm<br />

@The Green Manat<br />

Peel Forest<br />

All welcome -Nocovercharge<br />

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SITUATIONS WANTED<br />

LABOUR<br />

FOR HIRE<br />

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36 <strong>Ashburton</strong> <strong>Courier</strong>, <strong>March</strong> <strong>18</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

SITUATIONS VACANT<br />

SITUATIONS VACANT<br />

SITUATIONS VACANT<br />

EXPERIENCED GRADER OPERATOR<br />

It all started back in 1990 with Stuart Tarbotton and one digger. Inthe years<br />

since, Tarbotton Land &Civil has grown toinclude the whole family, plus 40or<br />

so dedicatedstaff.But one thing hasn’t changed -our commitmenttoputting in<br />

the hard yardsfor our clients,whateverthe job maybe. We’ll never compromise<br />

on our high level of service, qualityand accuracy, and we alwaysdeliver on our<br />

promises.<br />

Aboutthe job<br />

Tarbotton Land &Civil are subcontracted toamajor roading contractor for<br />

7years, maintenance grading half of the roading network for the <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

District Council.<br />

Tarbotton Land &Civil are actively seeking an experienced grader operator to<br />

startimmediately.<br />

As an experienced grader operator, you will play akey role in our ‘Done Right’<br />

approach to maintenance grading. You will be responsible for preparing<br />

and operating machinery toahigh standard while completing the required<br />

maintenance ontime.You will be fit, healthy and commit to being apunctual<br />

and honest team player who will help deliver the right outcome the first time<br />

round using modernfitfor purpose machinerytoget the gradingDoneRight.<br />

Skills youwill need<br />

• Preferably 5ormore years experienceoperating graders<br />

• Thenecessarylicences to operatemachinery on the road<br />

• Self-motivation, able to work unsupervised and willing to learnnew skills<br />

• To be ateam playerand have good communication skills<br />

• Theabilitytocomplete ajob to ahighstandard<br />

• Agood attitude towardshealthand safety<br />

• Abilitytocompleteneatand tidy book work on time<br />

• Experienceoperating excavators,rollers,loaders,tip truck etc.,may be<br />

advantageous in securing this position<br />

What’s in it foryou?<br />

As ateam player ofTarbotton Land &Civil, you can expect acompetitive<br />

employment package, a positive and safe working environment, ongoing<br />

training and development, along with access to modern fleet and facilities. A<br />

companyvehicleand phone will be provided forworkpurposes.Above all else,<br />

youwill experiencefirsthand working with ateam of 40+ people who love what<br />

they do and come together to deliver successfuloutcomes.<br />

Applicants forthis position should have aNew Zealand residencyor avalid New<br />

Zealand work visa.<br />

Are you interested in working for Tarbotton Land & Civil? Please give<br />

Stuart acall on 0274 350 963 or send your CV to info@tarbotton.co.nz<br />

Applications close 31st <strong>March</strong><strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Plains Museum<br />

Trust<br />

Seeking aCommunity Representative<br />

Council is seeking to appoint acommunity representative to the Plains<br />

Museum Trust. This vacancy has arisen due to aretirement and expressions<br />

of interestare now beingsought from peoplewith the necessary skills to join<br />

thetrust.<br />

The Plains Museum Trust is responsible for developing the Plains Museum<br />

precinct as avenue for <strong>Ashburton</strong> Districts heritage and craft organisations;<br />

avisitor attraction where acollaborative approach is used to promote the<br />

preservation of heritageitems and craft skills.<br />

Formoreinformationonwhatittakes to be amemberofthe trust,and to<br />

receiveaninformationpack,and trust deed, please emailhr@adc.govt.nz<br />

To apply please submit your<br />

letter of interest to Steve Fabish,<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong> District Council, PO Box<br />

94, <strong>Ashburton</strong> 7740 or apply online at<br />

ashburtondc.govt.nz<br />

Applications close at 5pmonMonday,<br />

22 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

www.ashburtondc.govt.nz/careers<br />

2366731<br />

SITUATIONS VACANT SITUATIONS VACANT SITUATIONS VACANT<br />

Senior Administrator Superstar<br />

Full time –32 -40hours<br />

We are offering the opportunitytojoin ahighly successful organisationwith<br />

areputation for excellence in customer service. Workplace safety is our<br />

priority and we strive for 100% compliance inall work we do.<br />

Our office is a small and friendly team who support 20 trade, plus 6<br />

apprenticeelectricians.Weall answer phones,talk to clients,file documents,<br />

make cups of coffee for each other and sweep floors when required, to<br />

keep our office running smoothly and professionally.<br />

Our ideal new team member will:<br />

• have strong administrative and organisational skills, aconfident can-do<br />

attitude and excellent interpersonal/customer service skills<br />

• possess the ability to keep calm under pressure when its busy and be<br />

self-directed when it’s not<br />

• beproficient in MS Office, particularly Outlook, Excel +Word<br />

• have 3+ years’ experience in asimilar position or completed atertiary<br />

qualification inthe desired skills<br />

• personally be self-motivated, enthusiastic, organised, kind and honest.<br />

Other skills that would be an advantage:<br />

• Strong Customer Service and written communication skills<br />

• Digital marketingskills,including website management skills, Instagram,<br />

Facebook marketing and CANVA<br />

• Previous experience/training to support our Health &Safety Manager<br />

This is asenior level administration role so yourattention to detail,accurate<br />

data entry skills,problem solving ability and initiative will beevident from<br />

your previous employment/referees (a minimum of two please)<br />

The position will be approx. 32-40 hrs perweek –will be discussed with the<br />

successful applicant.<br />

We areseekingyourgenuine,friendly personality and professionalism, so if<br />

this role sounds likeyou, apply by email with acurrentCVand acover letter<br />

outlining why you should be considered for this position byTHURSDAY<br />

25th <strong>March</strong> <strong>2021</strong> toHR@electraserve.co.nz<br />

Workers<br />

Required<br />

We are seeking<br />

staff with the<br />

right attitude for<br />

work throughout<br />

Canterbury<br />

Agricultural<br />

Labourers<br />

Warehousing<br />

Positions<br />

Factory Staff<br />

Agstaffhas over 20<br />

years in agricultural<br />

recruitment, we can<br />

see the lieofthe<br />

land.<br />

Apply now<br />

agstaff.co.nz<br />

0800 247 8233<br />

MOTORCYCLES<br />

ORNSBY Motorcycle Training.<br />

CBTA licensing and<br />

training (<strong>Ashburton</strong>). Ride<br />

Forever courses in <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

and Geraldine. Call<br />

0508ORNSBY(0508 676<br />

729) for more info or visit<br />

motorcycletraining.co.nz<br />

2353226<br />

LIVESTOCK<br />

www.ashburtoncourier.co.nz<br />

LIVESTOCK<br />

METHVEN A&P SHOW<br />

LAMB &CALF AUCTION<br />

Saturday 20th <strong>March</strong> <strong>2021</strong>, 2.15pm<br />

at the Methven Showgrounds<br />

55 PRIME LAMBS<br />

40 GIFT CALVES<br />

To be auctioned by:<br />

Carrfields, Hazlett Rural Ltd<br />

Peter Walsh &Associates<br />

PGG Wrighton, Rural Lifestock<br />

Enquiries to<br />

Lambs –Ben Streeter 0276143374<br />

Calves –Ben Lilley 0276200290<br />

GRAZING<br />

GRAZING<br />

Grazing required for<br />

lambs and cattle.<br />

MidCanterburyarea<br />

preferred, but all areas<br />

considered. Perweek<br />

pricewith weight<br />

gain incentives.<br />

Numbers to suit.<br />

Phone 027 632 6168<br />

2365649<br />

FOR LEASE<br />

2367007<br />

2364722<br />

STORAGE:Secure self storage<br />

units available, long or<br />

short term. <strong>Ashburton</strong> Storage<br />

Facilities. Contact us<br />

on 0274 362 636 or www.<br />

ashburtonstoragefacilities.<br />

co.nz<br />

AWESOME office space for<br />

lease, rent or hire. Park like<br />

setting. Indoor and outdoor<br />

areas. North West town<br />

boundary. Must view.<br />

Phone 0274 754 241<br />

STORAGE available, <strong>Ashburton</strong>.<br />

Self storage, variety<br />

of sizes. Phone Rainbow<br />

Storage 03 307 0401<br />

SELL<br />

LPG REFILLS<br />

9kg cylinders<br />

$27.50<br />

Askaboutour<br />

deliveryservice<br />

Anysizecylinder filled<br />

17 Grey St,<strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

Phone 307 2707<br />

LPG<br />

REFILLS<br />

Small LPG cylinders<br />

Off Street Parking<br />

Available<br />

Arthur Cates Ltd<br />

26 McNally Street<br />

Ph 308 5397<br />

Riverside Industrial Estate<br />

2343594<br />

2343597<br />

1 kitchen rangehood, 1 kitchen<br />

waste disposal unit, 1<br />

large sewing table with folddown<br />

leaves plus 2built-in<br />

drawers and cupboards, 1<br />

Simpson dishwasher,<br />

sheets of melteca blue or<br />

white. Ph 03 303 5490<br />

FIREWOOD<br />

SPECIAL<br />

OFFCUTS<br />

$140 PER CORD<br />

FIREWOOD<br />

SLABWOOD<br />

3cordgreen<br />

$330<br />

1cordgreen<br />

$110<br />

C.O.D. in town<br />

Adams Sawmill<br />

Malcolm McDowell Rd<br />

Phone<br />

308-3595<br />

2366834<br />

FOR LEASE<br />

RENT ME!<br />

Ideal as an extra<br />

bedroomoroffice.<br />

Fully insulatedand<br />

double glazed forwarmth.<br />

Threeconvenientsizes:<br />

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Large 4.2m x2.4m<br />

Xtra-large 4.8m x2.4m.<br />

Visit our displaycabin<br />

4<strong>18</strong>WestStreet or callfor a<br />

freebrochure.<br />

www.justcabins.co.nz<br />

2343596<br />

FIREWOOD<br />

0800 58 78 22


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SITUATIONS VACANT<br />

SITUATIONS VACANT<br />

PRACTICE NURSE<br />

THREE RIVERS HEALTH<br />

We invite expressions ofinterest to join the team<br />

at Three Rivers Health. We work from modern<br />

purpose-built premises inAllenton and provide<br />

a supportive and collegial team environment.<br />

We encourage personal developmentand liketo<br />

have alaugh along the way. Our focus is patient<br />

centric, and we are working towards aHealth<br />

Care Home model of care.<br />

This position is for a full or part-time nurse<br />

looking for anew challenge or areturntopractice<br />

nursing.<br />

As mentioned above, weprovide asupportive<br />

environment for our team members to pursue<br />

further education (if desired) and personal<br />

development that fits with your individual needs<br />

and lifestyle. This may be a particular area<br />

of interest or adesire to work towards nurse<br />

prescriber ornurse practitioner qualifications.<br />

If you are interested in discussing this<br />

opportunity, please email Annette Norton at<br />

annette.norton@threerivershealth.co.nz or our<br />

Business Manager Chris McAuslin at<br />

chris.mcauslin@threerivershealth.co.nz<br />

Either Annette or Chris will be happy to answer<br />

any questions orarrange atime todiscuss<br />

further (either byphone or face toface).<br />

FRUIT &PRODUCE<br />

POTATOES Ilam Hardys,<br />

$2/kg. Minimum order<br />

2 1 ⁄2kg. Large size $1.50/kg.<br />

Extra large $1./kg Delivered<br />

in <strong>Ashburton</strong> and Tinwald<br />

Friday afternoon. Ph<br />

302 7272.<br />

NADINE Potatoes $2.00kg.<br />

Standard peastraw bales,<br />

$5 pick up or $6 delivered.<br />

Phone 03 308 3195 or 027<br />

531 9103. 81 Elizabeth<br />

Street, <strong>Ashburton</strong>.<br />

GARDEN SUPPLIES<br />

PEASTRAW FOR<br />

SALE<br />

Fundraising for <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

College cricket club selling<br />

small bales of clean<br />

peastraw recently bailed. $5<br />

per bale delivered for orders<br />

over 10 bales and $6/bale for<br />

orders under 10. Delivery in<br />

town boundary or pick up is<br />

$5/bale. Contact Rach<br />

0212565525<br />

GARDENERS Special.<br />

Sheep Manure $8 per bag.<br />

Phone Alan 027 496 7136<br />

or Ian 027 286 3697 with<br />

your order. AHinds Lion’s<br />

Project.<br />

THREERIVERS<br />

HEALTH<br />

HOME SERVICES<br />

Having problems with your internal gutter systems?<br />

ALPS<br />

2364532<br />

ROOF COATINGS: All roof<br />

types, specializing in<br />

Decramastic and Long Run<br />

Iron, Coloursteel etc, steep<br />

roofs not a problem. —<br />

Spraymaster 027-433-7780.<br />

PERSONAL<br />

AN alternative social network<br />

for women 50-plus. —<br />

privatearrangements.co.nz<br />

TRADE &SERVICES<br />

ALTERATIONS.<br />

mending and trouser hemming,<br />

curtain alterations<br />

and curtain making. Call<br />

Michelle on 027 352 7248.<br />

BUILD work to do? Contact<br />

Kiwi Building and Maintenance<br />

Ltd. Alterations,<br />

Renovations, New builds.<br />

Qualified Tradesmen.<br />

Phone Cawte 027 4<strong>18</strong><br />

7955 or Gary 027 207<br />

1478, 03 308 4798<br />

BUILDER - specialising in<br />

home renovations and<br />

repair work. We also do<br />

decks, fences and retaining,<br />

plastering and painting,<br />

gardening, landscaping<br />

and tree removal. Call<br />

Gavin 021 267 1979<br />

CARPET cleaning. Powerful<br />

equipment and fast drying.<br />

Upholstery, mats and rugs.<br />

Experienced owner/operator.<br />

Phone John Cameron<br />

at Supersucker. 027 435<br />

1042 or 308 1677.<br />

CARR’S Chimney Cleaning,<br />

servicing <strong>Ashburton</strong> and<br />

surrounding districts, $60<br />

per chimney. Phone<br />

Rodney on 03 324 2999<br />

and leave amessage.<br />

CHARLIES Blind Cleaning<br />

Service -same day service<br />

and repairs. Charlie can<br />

supply new blinds and<br />

tracks and will hang<br />

drapes. Ph 03 307 1936 or<br />

020 4169 0342<br />

CHIMNEY Sweep - for a<br />

professional service call<br />

Dan McKerrow Chimney<br />

Sweep and Repairs on 021<br />

1<strong>18</strong> 7580<br />

COMPUTER Problems? For<br />

prompt reliable computer<br />

servicing and laser engraving,<br />

contact Kelvin, KJB<br />

Systems Ltd, 4 Ascot<br />

Place, <strong>Ashburton</strong>. Phone<br />

308 8989. SuperGold discount<br />

card accepted.<br />

Do your drains keep blocking,causing leakage into the soffits and even your house?<br />

Areyour soffits falling out due to water rot?<br />

We canconvert your internal gutters to standard external gutters.<br />

CONTINUOUS SPOUTING<br />

TRADE &SERVICES<br />

Sewing, COMPUTER repairs, sales,<br />

training, setup wirelessnetworks,<br />

spyware<br />

cleanup. On-site day or<br />

evening. Low fees. Call<br />

Robin Johnstone, Networks<br />

Firewalls and PC’s Ltd, 308<br />

1440 or 027 768 4058<br />

DENTURES; Dr Peter<br />

Rumping repairs existing<br />

dentures and also provides<br />

new dentures. Phone 027<br />

220 9997<br />

DRIVEWAYS, Patios and<br />

Paths, Plain Concrete, Coloured<br />

Concrete or Exposed<br />

Agregate<br />

Paveco, 13 Robinson<br />

Street. 100% local. Phone<br />

307 6466 for aquote.<br />

ENGINEERING repairs, fabrication,<br />

farm equipment<br />

service and maintenance,<br />

WOF repairs, machining<br />

and welding. Odd jobs a<br />

speciality. Mobile workshop.<br />

Can collect. Phone<br />

Malcolm 0274 754 241.<br />

FLY control and spider<br />

proofing. For all your<br />

domestic and industrial<br />

pest control needs phone<br />

AJ Kerr at <strong>Ashburton</strong> Pest<br />

Control on 03 308 8147 or<br />

027 432 5447<br />

FURNITURE Removals. For<br />

all your household removal<br />

needs - urban, rural lifestyle,<br />

office relocations -<br />

call Nudges Furniture<br />

Removals, phone 027 224<br />

0609<br />

GARDENING, mowing,<br />

pruning, fertilising, projects<br />

or general spruce ups? Call<br />

Andrew at Spruce Gardens<br />

to get the job done right.<br />

027 765 2899 or 03 307<br />

1693.<br />

sprucegardens@xtra.co.nz<br />

GUTTER and downpipe<br />

cleaning and repairs.<br />

Spider and fly treatment.<br />

Phone 03 394 6166 or 027<br />

209 5026, ask for Allan. AA<br />

Performance Services.<br />

ashburtoncranes2015@gmail.com<br />

ASHBURTON SANDBLASTING<br />

LIMITED<br />

FOR: Mobile Sandblasting<br />

Painting<br />

OF: Structural Steel<br />

Trailers<br />

Farm Machinery<br />

Car Parts<br />

Shipping Containers<br />

Concrete, Brick Rendering<br />

Free quotes -Competitive rates<br />

Phone Kurt 027 332 4549 or Neil 0274 362 900<br />

TRADE &SERVICES<br />

INTERIOR<br />

PLASTERING<br />

New orexisting,<br />

level 4finish, full skim<br />

plaster or repairs<br />

The Finishing Company<br />

03 307 8870 2343602<br />

LAWN Mowing. No job too<br />

small. Call Les Smith, From<br />

The Ground Up, for a<br />

competitve quote. Ph 027<br />

840 0201 or 03 308 1500<br />

Concrete.<br />

LOCKSMITH/Door repairs.<br />

Keys/locks, sliding and bifold<br />

door roller repairs.<br />

Mobile service. Call Nigel at<br />

Doors and More. Ph 027<br />

516 7104<br />

2353257<br />

2355110<br />

PAINTER for all your painting<br />

needs. No job too small,<br />

inside or outside. Professional<br />

friendly service.<br />

Phone Pete 03 308 1672 or<br />

027 200 1619.<br />

SUN Control Window Tinting:<br />

Privacy, UV, glare, heat<br />

control for homes, offices<br />

and cars. Phone Craig<br />

Rogers 307 6347, member<br />

Master Tinters NZ. www.<br />

windowtinter.co.nz<br />

TINT-A-WINDOW, fade, UV<br />

block, glare, heat control,<br />

safety, security, privacy,<br />

frosting films, solar protective<br />

window films. Free<br />

quotes, 20 years local service.<br />

Phone 0800 368 468<br />

now, Bill Breukelaar, www.<br />

tintawindow.co.nz<br />

GEEKS ON<br />

WHEELS.<br />

WECOME<br />

TO YOU.<br />

BOOK NOWAND GET<br />

$50 OFF YOUR FIRST<br />

APPOINTMENT.<br />

We’reproud to be<br />

everyday Geeks,helping<br />

everyday Kiwis with<br />

“Every dayIT”.<br />

We deal with awide<br />

rangeoftechnical<br />

issues including:<br />

•PC&Laptop Repairs<br />

•Email<br />

•Internet &WiFi<br />

•Computer Upgrades<br />

•File Recovery<br />

•VirusRemoval<br />

•Setup &Installation<br />

•Geek Hotline<br />

0800424 335<br />

Allworkmanship guaranteed<br />

Ben Kruger 021 808 739 or 308 4380<br />

232 BoundaryRoad,<strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

www.alpscontinuousspouting.co.nz<br />

E; benkruger@xtra.co.nz<br />

236<strong>18</strong>06<br />

2363963<br />

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<strong>Ashburton</strong> <strong>Courier</strong>, <strong>March</strong> <strong>18</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

HEALTH &BEAUTY<br />

37<br />

HEALTH &BEAUTY<br />

URGENT CARE CLINIC<br />

WEEKEND DUTYDOCTORS<br />

IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCYPHONE 111<br />

Forall othermedicalassistance outside of normal<br />

hoursplease phone your generalpracticeteam,24/7,<br />

to speak withahealth professional whowill giveyou<br />

free health advice on what to do or wheretogoifyou<br />

need urgentcare.<br />

If youdon’t have aregular generalpractice, call any<br />

GP team 24/7 forfreetelephone health advice.<br />

All non-residents and visa holders please bring your<br />

passporttoyour surgeryappointment.<br />

New Zealanders’tobringsome form of ID.<br />

The<strong>Ashburton</strong>DutyPractice for ...<br />

Saturday20th <strong>March</strong> is<br />

MooreStreet Medical Centre, MooreStreet<br />

Consultations will be by appointmentonly.<br />

To make an appointmentcall your regular GP 24/7.<br />

Sunday21st <strong>March</strong> is<br />

Eastfield Health, 135 Tancred Street<br />

Consultations will be by appointmentonly.<br />

To make an appointmentcall your regular GP 24/7.<br />

Methven and Rakaia: Formedical attention on the<br />

weekend and public holidays please telephone<br />

MethvenMedical Centre on 03 302 8105<br />

or Rakaia Medical Centre on 03 303 5002.<br />

Details foraccessing the afterhours services will be<br />

on the answer phone.<br />

PHARMACIES<br />

Wises Pharmacy,CountdownComplex,<br />

East Street will be open on ...<br />

Saturday from 9.00am until 1.00pm<br />

Sunday from 10.00am until 1.00pm<br />

At Geraldine: TheGeraldine Pharmacywill be open<br />

normal trading hours during the week,and on<br />

Saturdaymorning from 9.30am to 12.30pm.<br />

Closed Sundays and Public Holidays<br />

Forfree24hour Telephone Health Advice<br />

Phone the healthline on 0800 611 116<br />

Brought<br />

toyouby<br />

CountdownComplex, East Street, <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

Phone: 03 308 6733 Fax: 03 308 6755<br />

Professional Dental<br />

SERVICES<br />

Affordable Dental Care<br />

Dr Osvaldo Gonzalez<br />

BSc Hnrs (Tas),<br />

BDS, (Adel), MBA (Syd),<br />

PGDipl (Otago),<br />

MDS (Otago).<br />

Opening hours:<br />

Monday to Friday 9-5pm<br />

Saturday and after hours<br />

by appointment<br />

57 Oak Grove, <strong>Ashburton</strong><br />

03 550 7561<br />

57oakgrovedental@gmail.com<br />

TRAVEL<br />

APRIL: Cruise Milford,<br />

Doubtful Sounds, Earnslaw<br />

Cruise, Queenstown,<br />

Arrowtown. May: short<br />

break, three days, West<br />

Coast. For details, bookings,<br />

John and Kathleen<br />

Lawler, Rakaia, 03 302<br />

7328.<br />

EDUCATIONAL<br />

CJ’S Driving School -<br />

Classes 1, 2 & 4,<br />

Endorsements F&D,<br />

Forklift F&OSH, Dangerous<br />

Goods. NZTA<br />

approved course provider.<br />

MITO and Competenz<br />

Assessor. Locally owned.<br />

Phone Christine 027 245<br />

2563<br />

MEETINGS<br />

ACC and<br />

WINZ<br />

quotes<br />

FORLIFELONG LEARNING<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>Trust<br />

EventCentre.<br />

Tues 23rd<strong>March</strong>, 10am<br />

Speaker:<br />

Dr Andy Buchanan<br />

Structural Engineer<br />

Thecurrent resurgence<br />

of timber buildings<br />

around the world<br />

Visitors welcome -$10<br />

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www.ashburtoncourier.co.nz<br />

PUBLIC NOTICE<br />

PUBLIC NOTICE<br />

PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE<br />

PUBLIC NOTICE<br />

Call in atalk to the people who know . ..<br />

Hekeao Hinds WaterEnhancementTrust (HHWET)<br />

Public meetings<br />

To discuss ECan LTPand Managed Aquifer Recharge<br />

10:30am<br />

Mayfield War<br />

Memorial Hall<br />

MAYFIELD<br />

Tuesday30th <strong>March</strong><strong>2021</strong><br />

2:00pm<br />

Hinds CommunityCentre<br />

20 Rogers Street,<br />

HINDS<br />

Formoreinformation visit website: www.hhwet.org.nz<br />

Inquiries please call<br />

HHWETChairman PeterLowe027 223 3784<br />

At the Cancer Societyweknowhow acancerdiagnosis can<br />

affectevery aspectofyourlifeand we areheretohelp.<br />

Ourservices arefreeand confidential.<br />

If youorsomeone youcareabout hascancer<br />

please contactusfor supportand information.<br />

Nau MaiKiTeKorero Wewelcomeyour call<br />

2364011<br />

MidCanterburyCentre<br />

Phone: 307 7691<br />

Facebook:@CancerSocietyMC<br />

www.cancernz.org.nz<br />

Second<br />

Bridge<br />

Location<br />

PUBLIC MEETING<br />

Have your sayonthe location of the<br />

second bridge over the <strong>Ashburton</strong>River<br />

Wednesday31<strong>March</strong><br />

7pm-9pm<br />

<strong>Ashburton</strong>Intermediate School Hall<br />

2367010<br />

Peter Blacklow<br />

PETE’S<br />

PICK<br />

Full range of engineering supplies and accessories forall your repairs<br />

&maintenance. Kerrick hot &cold waterblasters &industrial vacuumcleaners.<br />

Esseti welders &accessories. Stockists and distributors of Trailer Equipment.<br />

Locally owned &operated family business for 68 years<br />

ASHBURTON<br />

South Street, <strong>Ashburton</strong> PHONE (03) 308-3147<br />

Email office@blacklows.co.nz FREEPHONE 0800 452 522<br />

WILSONS<br />

WilsonWindscreens 20<strong>18</strong> Ltd<br />

HOUSE GLASS<br />

WILSONS<br />

“Your one stop glass shop -<br />

AUTO or HOUSE”<br />

BONUS<br />

SURFACE<br />

CLEANER<br />

HONDAPOWERED<br />

WATERBLASTER<br />

2700psi. i 11.3 litre.<br />

6.5HpHonda engine.<br />

BAR2565C-H<br />

Thinking retrofit<br />

double glazing for<br />

your house?<br />

$1585.73+GST<br />

During Februaryand <strong>March</strong><br />

have your retrofit double<br />

glazing quoted forinstallation,<br />

and receiveaFREE upgrade to<br />

Low EMax or Tinted glass.<br />

Retrofit aluminium or<br />

wooden frames.<br />

*Conditions apply.<br />

Quotes for this servicemust be<br />

accepted by 31st <strong>March</strong> <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

152 Wills Street,<strong>Ashburton</strong> • Ph.308 8485<br />

2353193<br />

Mr Kool icecreams is<br />

back in town, available<br />

forbirthdayand<br />

Christmasparties,<br />

school fairs,corporate<br />

and social events.<br />

Will also be carrying out<br />

street sales,solisten<br />

out forthe bells!<br />

Please text me on<br />

0210 467 467.<br />

2362358<br />

ASHBURTON Society of<br />

Arts Summer Show, Short<br />

Street Studio. Guest -Anna<br />

Hawkins and a selection<br />

from local members. Final<br />

weekend, Saturday and<br />

Sunday 11am-4pm.<br />

Enquiries to 03 308 4533<br />

HOSPICE Mid-Canterbury -<br />

Here when you need us. If<br />

you or someone you care<br />

about has a life limiting<br />

illness, phone 307 8387 or<br />

027 227 8387<br />

Thurs <strong>18</strong>th &Fri 19th<br />

10.00 Nomadland<br />

10.00 Wild Mountain Thyme<br />

11.50 Cousins<br />

12.00 Summerland<br />

1.40 Supernova<br />

1.50 Crisis<br />

3.30 TheLittleThings<br />

4.00 Cousins<br />

5.45 Raya andthe Last Dragon<br />

5.50 Chaos Walking<br />

7.50 Crisis<br />

8.00 Nomadland<br />

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10.00 Nomadland<br />

10.00 Wild Mountain Thyme<br />

11.50 Cousins<br />

12.00 Summerland<br />

1.40 Supernova<br />

1.50 Crisis<br />

3.30 TheLittle Things<br />

4.00 Raya and the Last Dragon<br />

5.50 Nomadland<br />

6.10 Cousins<br />

7.45 Crisis<br />

7.50 Chaos Walking<br />

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TheRegentCinema<br />

would liketoapologise<br />

forthe misspelling of<br />

Merata Mita’s name<br />

in last week’s review.<br />

Merata Mita wasa<br />

renowned filmmaker who<br />

wasinvolved in initial<br />

adaptation of the Patricia<br />

Grace book,Cousins,for<br />

thebig screen.<br />

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May7th -15th <strong>2021</strong><br />

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6local people toparticipate inthis proven course<br />

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If youare aged <strong>18</strong> years and over with areasonable<br />

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2366076<br />

2360<strong>18</strong>6<br />

2349462<br />

Open Home: Saturday 20th <strong>March</strong>, 12:30pm -1:15pm<br />

55 Rhodes Street, Hinds Deadline sale:<br />

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With winter just around the corner,<br />

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Apre-season tyre check-up from Neumann’s will ensureyour caris<br />

ready forall road conditions ...and save youmoneyinthe long run!<br />

Servicing MidCanterburyfor 75 years.<br />

197 Wills Street,<strong>Ashburton</strong> l www.neumannstyres.co.nz l Phone 03 308 6737 (24 hrs –after hours call out applies)<br />

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<br />

WARRANTIES AA APPRAISED FINANCE BIGGEST YARD BEST SELECTION TRADE-INS<br />

Fuel rating<br />

Fuel rating<br />

HONDA<br />

2006 HONDAINSPIREAVANZARE, 3000 cc,4door,abs,air con,<br />

cruise control, climate control57,500kms.................................... $9,995<br />

2013 TOYOTA SPADE F,<br />

1500 cc,ABS, cam chain,<br />

air con, easy close doors,<br />

53,100 kms<br />

Fuel rating<br />

$10,995<br />

2015 NISSAN NOTE X<br />

1200cc, ABS, air con, climate<br />

control, cam chain,<br />

56,300 kms<br />

Fuel rating<br />

$10,995<br />

MAZDA<br />

2011 MAZDADEMIO 13-SKYACTIVE, 1300 cc,ABS, air con,<br />

body kit, 38,000 kms............................................................................$10,995<br />

2010 MAZDACX-7, 2300 cc,ABS, air con, cruise control, body kit,<br />

59,000 kms .............................................................................................$17,995<br />

2013 MAZDADEMIO13-SKYACTIVE,1300cc, air con, ABS,<br />

cam chain, 96,600 kms.......................................................................... $9,995<br />

SUZUKI<br />

2013 SUZUKI SWIFT XG-DJE,1200 cc,twinair bags,auto, ABS,<br />

85,000 kms ............................................................................................$10,995<br />

2013 NISSAN SYLPHYG,<br />

<strong>18</strong>00cc, sedan, ABS, cam<br />

chain, twin bags,<br />

67,000 kms<br />

Fuel rating<br />

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2011 NISSAN SERENA<br />

2000cc, auto, twin air bags,<br />

reverse camera, ABS, 116,000kms,cam<br />

chain, air con,<br />

AA appraised<br />

Fuel rating<br />

2008 SUZUKISWIFTSPORT,<br />

1600cc,ABS,air con,<br />

alloys,bodykit,auto,<br />

105,000kms<br />

-about our range of rental vehicles<br />

We have 8, 10 &12seaterminivans available.Cars and 3trucks forsmall or big loads also available.<br />

AUTOSLTD<br />

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$10,995<br />

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visit AtoB<br />

2008 SUZUKI SWIFT SPORT,1600cc, ABS, air con, alloys,auto,<br />

body kit, 105,000 kms........................................................................$10,995<br />

NISSAN<br />

2011 NISSAN SERENA,2000 cc,8seater, ABS, twin air bags,<br />

reversecamera.....................................................................................$10,995<br />

2014 NISSAN LATIOB,auto, idling stop,twin air bags,ABS,<br />

4door,petrol,air con, 31,100kms.................................................... $9,995<br />

2012 NISSAN NOTE, 1200 cc,auto, skyblue,ABS,<br />

60,000kms ................................................................................................ $9,995<br />

2015 NISSAN NOTE X, 1200cc, ABS, air con, cam chain,<br />

56,300kms ..............................................................................................$10,995<br />

2013 NISSAN SYLPHY G,<strong>18</strong>00cc, twin air bags,ABS, sedan, cam chain,<br />

67,000 kms.............................................................................................$11,995<br />

TOYOTA<br />

2013 TOYOTA PRIUS L, 5door, ABS, air con, petrol,parking sensors,<br />

rear spoiler,auto, 71,810 kms, <strong>18</strong>00cc...........................................$16,995<br />

2008 TOYOTA WISH XLIMITED, 5door, petrol,ABS, air con, auto,<br />

climate control, 72,500 kms, <strong>18</strong>00cc................................................... SOLD<br />

2013 TOYOTA SPADE X, 1500 cc,auto, air con, easy access,<br />

24,000 kms..............................................................................................$10,995<br />

2012 TOYOTA AQUA, 1500cc, auto, ABS, cam chain, 75,000 kms.... SOLD<br />

2013 TOYOTA SPADE, 1500cc, ABS,air con, cam chain,<br />

24,400 kms..............................................................................................$10,995<br />

2007 TOYOTA BLADE, 2400cc, ABS, 5door, air con, body kit.........$10,995<br />

1999 TOYOTA RAV4,<strong>18</strong>00cc, SUV,3door, air con............................... $7,995<br />

2015 TOYOTA RACTIS X, 1300cc, twin air bags,ABS, cam chain, new<br />

shape,72,000 kms................................................................................$11,995<br />

2004 TOYOTA PRIUSG,1500cc, hybrid,twin air bags,ABS,<br />

cruise control, 32,000 kms.................................................................$10,995<br />

DUE<br />

2012 TOYOTA AQUA,76,000kms<br />

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