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Plane crash fails to deter Alan

By ROBYN BRISTOW

Nose­diving into apaddock in a

light aircraft has not put 73­yearold

Alan Macdonald off flying.

The Rangiora retiree had just

started taking lessons in abid to

tick off one of the items on his

bucket list —learning to fly.

He smashed his wrist, suffered

cuts, bruising, acouple of black

toenails, and whiplash.

Both he and the Canterbury

Recreational Aircraft Club’s chief

instructor, Stewart Bufton, were

taken to Christchurch Hospital,

but have since been released.

‘‘I was really lucky. Iwon’t be

playing golf anytime soon,’’ Alan

says.

But he has every intention of

carrying on with his lessons as

soon as his body is willing.

‘‘You have to get back on the

horse again. Iamnot going to let it

beat me.

‘‘It is alovely view up there. On a

fine day, it is serene. You get a

view of the countryside from

another perspective.

‘‘I also want to see my farm in

Sheffield, which my son has now,

every now and then from the air.’’

Alan and Mr Bufton were

practising engine failure protocols

when the plane clipped power

wires and nose­dived, at low speed,

into apaddock on afarm near

Glentui on Wednesday last week.

‘‘I was under instruction when

we caught some wires on the

opposite side of the hedge we were

climbing over,’’ Alan says.

‘‘ It was aslow speed, lowaltitude

accident.

‘‘ It happened in micro­seconds,

so Ididn’t get time to have any

thoughts as we nose­dived into the

paddock,’’ Alan says.

He did not want to comment

further about the crash until the

Civil Aviation inquiry was held to

establish what went wrong.

Continued Page 2

Spirit not dented ... Alan Macdonald visited Rangiora Airfield yesterday to find his

missing shoe. It was wedged under the rudder pedal.

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Quarry

panel

down

to two

By DAVID HILL

After months of high­profile publicity, the

proposed Rangiora Racecourse quarry

consent hearing got under way with little

fanfare on Tuesday morning.

The small public gallery, packed with staff

from Environment Canterbury (ECan) and

the Waimakariri District Council, had

barely taken their seats when the councilappointed

commissioners momentarily

adjourned proceedings at the Rangiora

Showgrounds Function Centre.

Commissioner Reginald Proffit, of

Gisborne, realised he had aprior working

relationship with one of the submitters and

duly resigned from the panel.

The remaining commissioners, chairman

Paul Rogers and John Iseli, both of

Christchurch, decided to press on, with the

agreement of the applicants and council

staff.

The morning session took in the opening

legal submissions from the applicant,

Taggart Earthmoving Ltd, presented by its

solicitor, Monique Thomas, before she

answered questions from the

commissioners.

The commissioners were due to pay avisit

to the proposed quarry site after Tuesday’s

opening session.

Taggart Earthmoving Ltd is proposing a

quarry covering 14.5 hectares, with only two

hectares disturbed at atime.

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Upended ... The plane ended up

standing on its nose in aGlentui

paddock.

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‘They were incredibly lucky’

From Page 1

On Tuesday, Alan went to

the Rangiora Airfield to

have alook at the plane, and

search for his log book and

one of his shoes, which had

got stuck under the rudder

pedal.

His family had been

Lucky escape ...

scare.

belatedly told that Alan was

intending to take flying

lessons.

Alan’s daughter, Bridget,

told him he was mad.

‘‘I said Ihoped he didn’t

fly away too soon. He nearly

did,’’ Bridget says.

‘‘They were incredibly

lucky.’’

Alan Macdonald is determined to return to the air, following his recent

Alan’s wife, Christine,

said it was traumatising to

get acall from apoliceman

to tell her about her husband

being in aplane crash.

She continues to have

nightmares about what

might have been.

‘‘That’s what has been

waking me in the night. The

PHOTO: SUPPLIED

thought of them burning to

death,’’ she says.

‘‘But we will be all right. It

could have been worse.’’

She reminded her

husband yesterday of their

wedding vows —insickness

and in health —asshe

helped to shower and dress

him.

Groundwater risks `acceptably low'

From Page 1

It is seeking three consents from ECan

and aland­use consent from the

Waimakariri District Council, which

would be active for 15 years.

The quarry would assist Taggart

Earthmoving Ltd in meeting the

demand for aggregate in the

Waimakariri district without the need

for any crushing or screening on site.

It would supply Taggart’s Cones Road

site, which employs 12 full­time staff,

with up to another 20 staff employed

when supporting large­scale

construction projects in the area.

In her submission, Ms Thomas said if

the consent was not granted, it would

not be viable for Taggart to continue

operating in Rangiora, leading to

closure and redundancies.

‘‘This proposal is asustainable and

efficient use of resources and existing

processing facilities.

‘‘Its adverse effects can be suitably

avoided, remedied or mitigated by the

imposition of consent conditions,’’ she

said.

Risks to groundwater were

‘‘acceptably low’’, she submitted, and

will be minimised through the backfill

acceptance and screening processes

proposed.

‘‘Given the clear overall benefits and

demand for aggregate in this area, the

purpose of the (Resource Management)

Act is best served by granting these

consents,’’ Ms Thomas concluded.

The proposed quarry has attracted

widespread concern from the

community, with apetition opposing

the proposal attracting nearly 5000

signatures.

Senior resource management

consultant Adele Dawson, appointed by

the two councils, has recommended the

resource consents be declined, citing

concerns about the proposal’s effects

on groundwater and the ability to

enforce consent conditions.

More than 400 submissions were

received on the quarry proposal, with

390 opposed to the proposed quarry

and 62 submitters wishing to be

heard.

The hearing is scheduled to continue

into next week to hear from the various

submitters and experts, before the

commissioners adjourn to consider the

evidence.

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Theaward­winningCheviot Rest Home

will closeonMay 26.

Funding woes haveleft owners Sueand

Steve Coleman, the owner­operators for

more than20years, with no optionbut to

closethe home.

Five permanentresidents willneed to

be rehomed. They will losetheirexisting

home, and move awayfromfriends, family

andthe community in which theyhave

lived all their lives.

‘‘It is withheavy hearts we willclosethe

doors. Iamdevastatedthat thissmall

community is in this position,’’Sue says.

‘‘It is goingtobearealshocktoour

community and thewidercommunity of

Hurunui because they believe abusiness

like this will always be therewhenthey

need it.’’

Suesays the home, whichhas taken out

the Best Small Rest Home in the South

Island forthe pastfiveyears, has four

empty bedswhichtheyhave notbeen able

to fill, putting hugefinancial pressure on

thehome.

Sheplaces theblame squarely on the

‘‘unsustainablestructure’’offunding to

independent, rural aged­carefacilities.

Thefunding model foraged care is

cappedbythe Ministry of Health, and

dependsupon where peoplelive.Hurunui

aged care facilities receive lessfunding

than someother areas.

Allavenuestosecure further funding

have been explored through meetings

with theCanterbury DistrictHealth Board

(CDHB), theNew ZealandAged Care

Association, theMinistryofHealth and the

Canterbury ClinicalNetwork.

Politicians locallyand nationallyhave

been lobbied, but to no avail.

Sueand Steve, who have lived in

Cheviot for 37 years,say the closure will

have asignificantimpact on residents and

staff, local doctorsand district nurses,the

Cheviot community,and beyond intothe

Kaikouraregion.

Localdoctors usebeds at the

home to refer patientsfor

respite care, and end­of­life

care.

‘‘Ourmedicalstaff and

district nurses willbebeside

themselvesover theloss,’’ Sue

says.

ThehomealsodeliversMeals

on Wheels, haspeople in for

daycare, with community

members oftenjoining

residents to takepart in exercise classes.

‘‘Thehome is not justfor long­term care.

It is all the other things andother services

we offer to thecommunity.’’

Suebelieves the healthboardthinksit

cansave funding by keeping peoplein

theirhomes.

‘‘Butthey(theelderly)become socially

isolated, don’t taketheirmedication

properly, and don’t eatproperly.Then

hospitalcareisneeded,’’ Sue says.

Healthier folk were alsotaking up the

optionofretirement villages,whichwere

abig ‘‘drawcard’’, butsometimes fellshort

of expectationswhenresidents became ill,

Suesays.

HurunuiMayorMarieBlack haslobbied

thehealth board for more equitable

funding forthe home.

She says allthe services thehome

offers align strategically with better

health outcomes,asservices are

delivered closer to home.

‘‘I am mostconcerned that the

residentsofthisfacility will haveno

alternative but to movetoalarge facility

whichislikely to incur much

greater overheads andcosts

and take themfurther away

fromtheircommunity of

interest and families,’’ she

saidinaletter of support to

the board.

The board’s funding model

was better suited to larger

urban facilities, andhad

littleregard to supporting

and enabling asmallerresthome

of the calibre of

Cheviot to continuetoprovide quality

careinaruralsetting, shesaid.

The home offered an integrated

service, working with the general

practitionerand thedistrict health

nurse to enableappropriate, timely and

equitable carecloser to home.

‘‘The decision on funding had littleor

no regardtoservices that havebeen

provided to achieve the CDHB’s own

goals of health deliveredcloser to home.

‘‘Community health and well­being

willbeimpactedbythis decision, which

is concerningfor the Cheviot

community,but alsothe entiredistrict,

particularlywhen we have an ageing

population.’’

Marie Black

Bush set alight on Rangiora church grounds

By DAVID HILL

Rangiora’s Anglican Parish is relieved a

fire on Sunday night was not more

serious.

VicarRevTobyBehan says he was

awokenat12.15amand told afirehad

beenlit in abushbehind theflower

vestry door atRangiora’s St Johnthe

Baptist AnglicanChurch.

By then, the Rangiora Volunteer Fire

Brigade was already at the scene.

‘‘Someone must have called it in and

the firstthing that occurredtomewas,

‘thank­you’. Butwedon’t knowwhoit

was. ‘‘It is abig bush,soitcould have

been alot worse.’’

Damage has been done to the exterior

of thebuildingand there is smoke

damageinside,which will needtobe

addressed through an insurance claim.

‘‘The firenearly gotupintothe

❛We can’t assume that these incidents are connected, but these

were unprovoked and are happening at acertain time of night. And

they are very malicious.❜

woodenpart of the church and, if it had,

it could have been adisaster, but thefire

departmentwasverythorough in getting

upintothe eavesandmakingsurethe

firedidn’t spread,’’ Mr Behan says.

The policeare investigatingthe

matter.

MrBehan says it is thethirdsuspicious

incident at the church in recent months,

withthe letterbox beingvandalisedand

taken100metres up theroad, and

someone has also attemptedtounhook

thechurchbell.

‘‘We can’tuse thebell at themoment

—VicarRev Toby Behan

because of that incident. It was definitely

deliberate because you have to climb up

to get to it.’’

While aparish membersaw agroupof

youngpeople leavethe siteafter

interferingwiththechurch bell, Mr

Behan says little is known about the

otherincidents, and thepolice arekeen

to hear from anyone with information.

‘‘Wecan’tassume that these incidents

are connected, but these were

unprovoked and are happening at a

certain time of night. And they are very

malicious.’’

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New faces join youth council

By DAVID HILL

The WaimakaririYouth Council

has welcomed six new recruits

as it gears up for abusy year.

WaimakaririDistrict Council

youth developmentfacilitator

Sam Redman says the

recruitment process was

conducted entirely by the youth,

with apanel of youth council

members conductingthe

interviews and filling the six

vacancies from 13 applicants.

The applicants who missed

out have the opportunity of

joining the WaiYouth events

group,hesays.

‘‘We’ve had two of the new

recruits who have come over

from WaiYouth. It’s amazing to

have thesedevelopment

opportunities for our young

peopleand to see how it

improves their confidence.’’

While in recent years, there

has beenaRangioradominance

on the council, three of the new

recruits are from Kaiapoi and

one from Woodend.

Sam says both the youth

council and WaiYouth were

representedatthe South Island

Activate Conferencelast month,

where he learned that other

youth council recruitments are

subject to approvalfrom the

adult councils, making

Waimakariri’s recruitment

process unique.

Next up for localyouthis

Youth Week,which runs from

this Saturday to May 16.

WaiYouth is running asocial

media campaign by makinga

video and asking community

figures: In what ways are youth

important to our local

communities?

‘‘Youth Week is about

encouragingand celebrating

youth,and thisyear it’s about

recognising thatcollaborative

approach,’’ Sam says.

WaiYouth members also plan

to joinwith local youth workers

in holding sausagesizzles at

local high schoolsduring Youth

Week.

Youth council members will

also be on duty as navigatorsat

the NorthCanterbury Youth

Futures careersexpo at Rangiora

High School on May 19.

Ateam­building workshop for

both groups is being planned for

June and will be the firstone

held since2019 because of

Covid­19.

Looking ahead, WaiYouth is

planning its popularAll Night

Party in Augustand CentreStage

in October. It hopes to do

something for Mental Health

Awareness Week, whichruns

from September27toOctober 3.

The youth council plans to

have more of an environmental

focus this year, with several

members looking to support

local planting initiatives over

the next few weeks.

New recruits ... The Waimakariri

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Forest idea

given nod

Apocket forest could be

popping up in Kaiapoi soon.

The Kaiapoi­Tuahiwi

CommunityBoard has

approved aproposal from the

Kaiapoi East Residents’

Association to plant astrip of

treesand shrubs in the

Kaiapoi East Regeneration

Area to formabuffer between

existing homes and anyfuture

development.

The land in question is the

subject of atemporary lease to

the WHOW CharitableTrust,

whichproposes to build an

aqua sportspark.

The trust does not intend to

buildwithin 50 metresof

existing homes.

The residents’ association

hopestoplant the area with

natives and create apocket

forest to form a20­metre

ecological corridor.

Thegroup would be

responsible for the costs and

labour associated with the

project, and has already

received support fromlocal

residents, Rymans and the

Kaiapoi Food Forest.

‘‘It’s heartening to see

people so passionate about

making our communities

greener and more inviting,’’

boardchairwoman Chris

Greengrass says.

‘‘We think the conceptof

pocket forestsfits perfectly

into what the community

wishes to see as part of

Kaiapoi’s ongoing

regeneration.’’

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Two fire trucks attended acallout in

Fernside earlyonSunday evening aftera

quad bike caught fire.

OwnerRon Williams was usingitto

tow harrows on his lifestyle blockwhen

the bikeburst intoflames. He tried to put

out the fire,but quickly realiseditwould

not be possible and called firefighters.

Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade

member Hayden Ealam said too much

damage had been donetothe bike to

determine how the firestarted.

Farm bike fire ... Rangiora firefighters at the scene of afire involving aquad bikeonaFernside lifestyle blocklast Sunday.

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Rural group backs the stance of Groundswell NZ

By ROBYN BRISTOW

The Hurunui­based Rural Advocacy

Network (RAN) group has formed an

alliance with Groundswell NZ, anew

farmers lobby group which began in

Southland and Otago.

Groundswell aims to provide astrong

voice on behalf of farmers against

freshwater legislation across New

Zealand.

Rural Advocacy Network chairman

Jamie McFadden says his group is fully

in support of helping Groundswell to

grow its campaign nationally.

He says it has gained traction on the

West Coast after asuccessful speaking

tour, during which he spoke about how

the government is implementing a

‘‘straightjacket, one­size­fits­all state

control’’ regime, taking away the

decision­making abilities of council

and communities.

Mr McFadden also offered some

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misled them, and about the state of our

national farming voice, and why it

needs to change.’’

Groundswell NZ is planning to call

for all farmers not to allow anyone from

apublic agency on to their land to do

surveys.

This includes for work around

significant natural areas and wetlands.

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6 The North Canterbury News, May 6, 2021

Around the electorate with

STUART SMITH MP FOR KAIKOURA

Power to the people

This week, the Ministry of Business,

Innovation and Employment revealed

its appointments to the Technical

Reference Group, for the New Zealand

Battery Project.

The project is agovernment initiative

to address dry year problems —that is,

when our hydro­power catchments don’t

receive enough rainfall or snow melt,

and the level of the storage lakes run

low.

We are in the midst of adry year right

now, with soaring wholesale electricity

prices that go with it, which will

inevitably flow through to our domestic

electricity bills.

The manufacturing sector has already

suffered as aresult, with Norske Skog

being forced to temporarily close its

Kawerau paper mill and New Zealand

Steel being forced to scale back its

operations at Glenbrook.

Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter has

also agreed to reduce production and

power consumption, as the hydro lakes

reach their lowest levels in 25 years.

These reductions are only the

beginning. If we do not see significant

rainfall in the next few weeks, it will

have an impact on our economy.

Like it or not, our standard of living is

dependent on access to affordable

energy.

There is no doubt that we need to

address this issue, which will be

exacerbated as we electrify our economy

further with the likes of electric

vehicles.

However Iwas astounded to learn that

the Technical Reference Group includes

aGreenpeace climate campaigner and a

School Strike 4Climate founder.

How these two will assist in meeting

the project’s stated objectives of

providing ‘‘comprehensive advice on the

technical, environmental and

commercial feasibility of pumped hydro

and other potential storage projects” is

hard to fathom.

The group is not to advise on, or

advocate for, climate change policies. It

is being asked to provide advice on the

viability of various battery options, the

one on the table at the moment being a

pumped­hydro scheme for Lake Onslow.

This proposal is estimated to cost

around $4 billion, but industry experts

expect it will end up being more like $10

billion, and many question its viability

on technical grounds.

Surely we need the best people with

the relevant qualifications that will be

courageous and recommend the best

battery option for New Zealand (or not),

rather than try to promote apolitical

agenda.

We cannot afford afinancial flop, to

merely signal our virtue.

Pondering the future

The time has arrived when the Hurunui

District Council will present its Long­

Term Plan to the community.

The Hanmer Springs Community

Board, the South Ward and the

community committees in Amuri,

Cheviot, Glenmark and Hurunui have

all had the chance to insert capital

expenditure items into the plan for

consideration.

All these capital expenditure items

are an influential part of improving the

communities represented.

In the Hurunui District, we are

fortunate that local people involve

themselves in looking to the future of

their communities, and this is

something for which I, and your elected

members, are grateful. We feel that the

voices of these people reflect the

community vision.

Internally, we have had the Office of

the Auditor General scrutinise all

aspects of the Long­Term Plan and this

is about to be adopted by council.

The audit provides an independent

review of council processes, to ensure

that ratepayers are receiving

appropriate and timely outcomes from

the rates they pay.

This process occurs across all

councils, and sign off for this council is

expected on Thursday, May 6.

The next step is to actively engage

with you, and this will take place

throughout our community with a

session in each of the three wards,

along with aplanned series of “dropin”

sessions across the district.

Dates and locations will be

extensively advertised shortly. People

are welcome to attend at any of the

locations.

The consultation document is titled

Finding the Fairway.

We urge you to submit your thoughts

to this plan. We want to understand if

you support our strategy and our focus

on core business, managing the debt

that has accumulated, particularly in

roading, and our focus on reducing the

debt by year three.

Thank­you to everyone who took time

to reflect and remember the

importance of Anzac Day. The dawn

services were well attended.

Iamgrateful to the people who coordinate

these services —your work is

appreciated.

This Sunday is Mother’s Day —a

wonderful opportunity to take time to

give thanks for all mothers for the love

they give out every day, and in the

words of our grandchildren: “They look

after you when you are sick, and always

know where my missing things are’’.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Show atriumph

Dear Editor,

Iattended the ‘‘Anzac Show’’,

presented by the Rangiora Brass Band

on April 17.

Iwish to congratulate all concerned

on afantastic performance of great

music and entertainment.

The Anzacfeel was beautifully

portrayed with reference to

Passchendaele and the Maori 28th

Battalion.

The presence of the Air Force88

squadron was agreat addition.

Thank you for agreat time at a

wonderful venue.

Yours,

PeterGallagher,

Kaiapoi.

Concerns over possible bank closure

By DAVID HILL

Waimakariri Mayor Dan Gordon has

gone into bat for Kaiapoi residents

who face apossible bank closure.

Upon hearing that Westpac had

started discussions with staff at the

Kaiapoi branch about apotential

closure, Mr Gordon arranged a

meeting with Kaiapoi ward

councillors, Kaiapoi­Tuahiwi

Community Board chairwoman Chris

Greengrass and Westpac representatives,

asking the bank to reconsider.

‘‘We pointed out the district’s strong

growth, the tight community in

Kaiapoi, and council plans to

continue to build on the ongoing

development and success of the

Kaiapoi town centre.’’

Mr Gordon is now seeking ameeting

with the bank’s chief executive to

build on this discussion before any

final decision is made.

‘‘While this is aprivate business

decision, the loss of in­person banking

services will have asignificant effect

on members of the Kaiapoi

community.

‘‘I will always advocate strongly for

the continued presence of services in

our community and protecting local

jobs.’’

AWestpac New Zealand

spokesperson confirmed the company

has started consultation with

employees about closing its Kaiapoi

branch.

The spokesperson says over­thecounter

transactions have fallen by 38

percent in the Kaiapoi branch in the

past year, and have fallen 65%

nationally in the past four years.

‘‘There are now 100 log­ins to online

banking for each transaction in a

branch, and Covid­19 has only

accelerated these trends.

‘‘Most households in New Zealand

have access to either alandline,

mobile phone or computer which

gives them 24­hour access to banking.

‘‘We encourage customers to talk to

us about their banking options,’’ the

spokesperson said.

Should the closure go ahead as

proposed, Westpac says customers

can ‘‘continue to use other banks’

ATMs in Kaiapoi for free’’, while the

Rangiora branch is less than 15

minutes away by car.

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The latestlocal news, views and announcements from the council

6th Extraordinary Council Meeting

(Long Term Plan Consultation

Document) 1.00pm (Venue: Council

Chambers, Amberley).

12th South Ward Committee 7.00pm

(Venue: Council Chambers, Amberley).

13th Audit &Risk Committee 9.30am

(Venue: Council Chambers, Amberley).

19th Amuri Community Committee

7.00pm (Venue: Hillcrest Chambers, -

formerly the Culverden Council

Chambers).

During the school holidays Hurunui Youth Programme

provided some youthful fun. ARiccarton Mall visit and atrip to

Hoyts Cinema were some of the highlights. Aday hike up to

Packhorse hut in the Port Hills caused some puffing, but the

views from the top was well worth it - looking out over to

Lyttelton and over the Canterbury plains with not acloud in the

sky. There was also a planning day in Hanmer for some

finishing touches on the upcoming Youth week.

MTFJ

To date...

$230,000

The Mayor's Taskforce For Jobs

programme (MTFJ) supports

young people into sustainable

employment. The programme is

targetted atyouth aged 25 and

under who have been displaced by

Covid-19 and uses funding to

assist them with employment

opportunities.

38

15+

Email:

MTFJ@hurunui.govt.nz

Call:

Chris King 0278087006 or

Joni Howe 0278089170

20th Operations Committee 9.30am

(Venue: Council Chambers, Amberley)

24th Hanmer Springs Community Board

1.00pm (Venue: The Gallery, Hanmer

Springs Library).

25th Road Safety Co-ordinating

Committee 10.00am (Venue: Council

Chambers, Amberley).

25th Cheviot Community Committee

6.00pm (Venue: Cheviot

Library/Service Centre).

27th Council Meeting 9.30am (Venue:

Council Chambers, Amberley)

6th May

Adoption of Consultation Document and

supporting information.

7th May -7th June

Public Consultation/Submissions open:

Tuesday 25th May 7.00pm (Culverden

Golf Club).

Wednesday 26th May 6.30pm (Cheviot

Golf Club).

Thursday May 27th 6.30pm (Amberley

Domain).

** Keep an eye on your community social

media and print news for dates for local

drop in sessions

6th June

Close of submissions

14th -16th June

LTP hearings

30th June

Adoption of LTP

The Amuri Chambers has new owners. The Croft family in

Culverden has recently purchased the historic building, They

are looking forward tocreating agreat community facility, and

have many exciting plans in the mix.

The Three Waters team has been enjoying some of the best

Autumn views recently, while out and about checking Hurunui

district’s water reservoirs. Hurunui District Council continually

strives to deliver the best quality drinking water, which means

making sure water reservoirs are safe and secure.

Remember to let your ashes cool for seven days in abucket of

cool water before you put them in your rubbish bag. This

significantly lessens the risk of hot ashes causing fires in rubbish

bags. Please inform transfer station staff if you have ashes.

"Needless to say, a major

priority for our district is

‘look after yourself’ and

your community. This

means supporting local as

much as you can, looking

out for each other....."

As we drive through the Hurunui district we can’t help but notice

stock in great health, despite the dry conditions. This is thanks to a

good supply of hay and baleage farmers have on hand at the

moment. The pending winter drought is becoming areality though

as these warm autumn days are not complemented with any rain,

and the frosty nights are beginning to creep in. Little to no green

feed bears asignificant burden, especially on ewes and cows who

will be lambing and calving come spring.

Needless to say, a major priority for our district is ‘look after

yourself’ and your community. This means supporting local as

much as you can, looking out for each other, and remembering

there is arange of health and wellbeing providers available -North

Canterbury Rural Support Trust or your local medical centres

being good places to start.

Currently the Waipara Water Scheme and Ashley Southern Water

Schemes are on restrictions. Be mindful of water usage at all

times, and use this time to have aclose look at your gutters and

get rid of all the leaves and debris, to avoid unnecessary overflows

once the winter rain does arrive.

LTP engagement is just around the corner. We welcome your

considered thoughts on the proposed rate increase of 8.49%. Last

year our Council, like many others, considered the impacts of

Covid-19 and a hiatus was placed on many cost centres for

example awards and grants. The impact of this is part of the

reason for the higher than normal rate increase for year one.

In 1893 the Government bought Cheviot Hills, a33,600 hectare run owned byWilliam ‘Money Ready’ Robinson, which

stretched from the Hurunui River to Waiau River, out to the Pacific Coast and to the Lowry Hills in the West. After the

purchase it was divided into smaller ballot farms. Robinson’s house burned down in 1936, its foundations and magnificent

grounds now part of the Cheviot Hills Domain, the house’s original front steps now supporting asmall cricket pavilion.

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Focus on youth employment ... Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey chats to Ellie Tizzard about

her report into youth employment in the Waimakariri District.

PHOTO:DAVID HILL

Report identifies job

barriers for the young

By DAVID HILL

AWaimakaririyouth leader is hopingto

break downbarrierstoyouth

employment.

Ellie Tizzardhas beenengaged by

WaimakaririMPMatt Doocey to develop

aprogramme to improve ‘‘workplace

literacy’’ among youngpeople and to

support them into employment.

The initiative follows areport Ellie

compiled after Mr Doocey’s office

reached out to 74 localbusinesses

following the WaimakaririJob Summit

held in Rangiora after the Covid­19

lockdown.

‘‘I’vebeen talkingtoemployers and

seeking to understand theirconcerns

aroundemploying ayoung person, and

looking at how we can break downthose

barriers,’’Ellie says.

While the official unemployment rate

in the districtremains low, official

statistics hide the true impact of youth

unemployment because those under18,

in training, or who haveapartner

working, are not included.

The reportidentifies several barriers

for employers in taking on youngpeople,

including alack of experience,ongoing

uncertainty, the costsoftraining young

people, and the fact that many youth are

not adequately prepared for the

workplace.

‘‘If we can develop aprogramme where

we can better support young peoplewith

building up their workplace literacy, it

will be awin­winfor our young people

and for employers,’’ Mr Doocey says.

‘‘There’salot of talented young people

out thereand we need to be promoting

that —and that was akey thing that came

out in the report.’’

Ellie, who is also the Waimakariri

YouthCouncil chair and aformer Oxford

Area School student, first got the idea of

developingaworkplace literacy

programme while serving as Mr Doocey’s

YouthMPtwo years ago.

At the time,she completed asurvey of

localyouthaboutthe challenges of

finding employment.

She chose the project becauseshe

came across astatistic while working on

the WaimakaririYouth Development

Strategy with the youth council showing

that 8in10young peoplefoundithard to

find work,

‘‘What Ifound is thatyoungpeople said

they found it hard to get ajob and alot of

the time when they did get ajob, it was

through family and friends.’’

Whilegateway programmesinschools

offered supportinpreparing CVs,

interview skills and preparing for

apprenticeships, thiswas not available to

all studentsbecause of the constraints of

theirschool timetables.

‘‘I firstwrote my CV when Iapplied to

be the Youth MP and that was my first

interview.

‘‘It’s throughthat and the youthcouncil

that Ihave found the confidencetoapply

for otherjobs.’’

Ellieplans to engagewith employers

and young peopleduring the North

Canterbury Youth Futures careers expo

at Rangiora High School on May 19 as she

begins work on developing the work

literacy programme.

Quay closed to the public

Kaikoura’s WakatuQuaywillbeclosed

to thepublicfromMondayascouncil

staff worktofullyclearthe site.

TheKaikoura District Council chose to

wait until after theschool holidays

before closing public access.

Closingthe site willallow forthe

removal of contaminants discoveredlate

last year.

At that time,the permittedconsentdid

notallow for theremoval of this

additionalmaterial,soareas were

covered overand furtherinvestigations

were undertaken.

Consent applicationswerethenmade,

whichhavenow beenapproved,

allowing work to continue to clearout

the remainderofthe site.

Theproject teamremains on target

and willbeevaluating concept designs

overthe next few weeks, withafurther

update due next month.

Thecouncilreceived$9.88million last

yearfromthe government’sProvincial

Growth Fundtoredevelop the quay and

afurther$1m forafeasibility study for

developmentofSouth Bay’sharbour.

Ideasweresought for developingthe

siteearlierthis year.

Thereisnot expected to be any

construction onthe siteuntil towards the

end of this year, or earlyin2022.


NEWS

The North Canterbury News, May 6, 2021

Omihi School sets off on London mission

9

By SHELLEY TOPP

Pupils and staff fromOmihi

PrimarySchool are taking a

virtualwalk to London to raise

funds for their school.

The walktoChrist Church

School in London beganlast

Monday,and will finish on July

26.

All of the childrenand

teachers at Omihi Schoolwill be

taking part in the walkand they

are hoping that their Omihi,

Hurunuiand wider North

Canterburycommunitieswill

join them.

The walkwill take placebyway

of an app,called My Virtual

Mission, that has beenset up for

the virtual journey from Omihi

School to Christ Church School.

People pay adonationto

register —children are $20,

adults $30 and families $50,

explains Omihi principalMaree

Lucas.

‘‘Then,once they are

registered, every time they do

some form of exercise theycan

either upload it manuallytothe

app or it is linked to an

exercise app such as Strava

and it will upload automatically,’’

she says.

‘‘Then everyone’sdistances are

added togetherand we can track

it acrossamap of the world on

the app and see where we have

made it to.’’

Maree usedtoteach at Christ

Church School and the idea to do

avirtual journeyback to her old

school arose after staff contacted

her about their mission to

virtually walk26,724km from

❛Everyone’s distances

are added together and

we can track it across

the map of the world.❜

—Maree Lucas

London, to Christchurch, New

Zealand. ‘‘They sentusavideo

and we sent one back, learning

about each other’s schools.

‘‘So we thought it would be

great if we could virtuallyget

back to thembyrunning, walking,

biking, swimming or any form of

exercise, and we want our

community to comewith us.

‘‘It is agreat opportunity for us

to all be active, and involved in

somethingthat isn’taffected by

Covid alert levels.’’

There is aleaderboardonthe

My Virtual Mission app, so

everyone’s distances will be

added together and mapped

acrossthe world.

‘‘You will also be able to see

who is leading the way withthe

distances,’’ Maree said.

‘‘Plus, it is away for us to

fundraisewithout worrying

about our eventbeing cancelled.’’

Last year, the Omihi School

Farm Race was cancelled twice.

‘‘Thisyear we decided we still

wantedtoparticipate in some

form of exercise, but ensure it

was somethingwecould still do if

we changed alert levels.’’

Formore information about

the fundraiser,gotothe school’s

website, omihi.school.nz/

virtual­mission

Fundraising mission ... Omihi Primary School pupils Zac McBreen, left, aged 8, and Fergus Tomlinson, aged

6, are keen to add all the kilometres they do on their scooters to the My Virtual Mission app, which is tracking

the school’s virtual journey to Christ Church School in London.

PHOTO: MAREE LUCAS

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11

Awards achance for businesses to shine

By ROBYN BRISTOW

The2021North Canterbury

Business Awards were

launchedinPegasuslast

Wednesday evening.

The FlatWhite Cafe Barin

Pegasushostedthe launch in

associationwith Enterprise

North Canterbury(ENC),the

economic development armof

the Waimakariri and Hurunui

districtcouncils.

ENCbusiness growth adviser

GuyGraham,who organises the

awards,saidthey werea

celebration of businesses in

North Canterbury.

It gavethose whoentered the

opportunity for ‘‘shameless’’

self­promotion.

Mr Grahamsaysthere has

been keen interestsincethe

launch.

‘‘Businesss are enteringdaily

andexcitement is growing.’’

The awards are open to all

North Canterbury businesses,

andofferthem achance to

become betterknown andgrow

their presenceinNorth

Canterbury, he says.

Thisevent is held every two

years, butwas interruptedlast

yearbecauseofCovid­19.

Mr Grahamsaidwhenpeople

began fillingout applications to

entertheir businessinone of

the nine categories, it made

themreflect on their

achievements and goals.

Plus, there was alsothe

People’s ChoiceAward, which

onceagain gave North

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excitement is

growing.❜

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by whatever means,intheir

endeavourstotakeoutthe

North Canterbury Newssponsored

award.

MainPower continues to be

themajor sponsor, andisonce

again backingthe Supreme

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from all sections.

The2018 Supremewinner

was Totalspan North

Canterbury, withfranchise

ownersJamie andEllen

Petersen at thehelm.

Ellen told Wednesday

evening’s gatheringthat,while

enteringand filling outthe

application wasalittle

daunting,itwas good to ‘‘drill

down’’and lookatthe business

as awhole —the goodand the

not so goodbits.

It helped themto reflect on

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things could be donedifferently

or better.

Entering wasalsogoodfor

staffmorale and provided a

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into thoughts around what

madethe business great.

Thesponsorsare:BDO

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Percival StreetBakery

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SpringsThermalPools andSpa

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MiscoJoinery(Manufacturing

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Canterbury, supportedby

Harris Meats andPatoa Farms

(Foodand Beverage), Hellers

(Emerging Business), Spark

BusinessCanterbury

(Innovation),PAK’nSAVE

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Business boost ... Ellen and

Jamie Petersen, owners of

Totalspan North Canterbury, were

the Supreme winners in the North

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12 The North Canterbury News, May 6, 2021

Tony’scommunity efforts honoured

Tony Hall, who played apivotal

role in the establishment of

community colleges, the first of

which opened in Rangiora nearly

40 years ago,will receive an

honorary doctorate.

Mr Hall admitsheused to

wonder what an honorary

doctorate was all about.

The one he is abouttoreceive

from LincolnUniversity will

recognise his contributions over

severaldecadesinthe wider

community to sport, business and

education.

He willreceivethe degree on

May 13 at the university’s

rescheduled2020 graduation

ceremony.

Last year’s eventwas

postponed because of Covid­19.

Mr Hall began his association

with Lincoln Universityin2004

after he was invited to become a

member of the council by the

chancellor at thattime, Margaret

Austin.

He served on the council until

2017, serving as pro­chancellor

from 2011­16and chancellor in

2016 and 2017. He is now

chairman of thePartnershipof

Excellence LifeSciences,

Massey­Lincoln and Agricultural

Trust.

Mr Hall was motivatedto

become involved with the

universitybecause of the

innovative work being done

there by ‘‘a wonderful group of

people,scientists,researchers

and tutors’’.

He received aCompanion of

the New Zealand Order of Merit

(CNZM) for servicestosport and

educationin2017,and was made

aMember of the New Zealand

Order of Merit (MNZM) in 2007

for servicestothe community

and sport.

He describescommunity work

as apleasure.

‘‘If you are in apositionwhere

you can addvaluetoother

people’s lives,that is aprivilege.

It gives meaningtowhat you are

doing.’’

Mr Hall says he is lucky to have

had many inspirational mentors

who recognised qualities in him

he did not realise he had.

‘‘My latewife Gilly was a

wonderful inspiration.’’

He rates his role in

establishing Community Colleges

New Zealand (CCNZ), for

foundation levelstudents who

have no academic qualifications,

as his most significant

achievement.

He has been CCNZ governing

director since 1986 and says it is

an incrediblyrewardingrole.

‘‘I am pretty proud of the work

we have done in that sector.’’

Nearly40years after the first

community college was

establishedinRangiora, the

South Island has seven colleges

that providementoring and

education for more than 1500

young studentsannually.

Although his life has been

crowded with community

service, he has stillfoundtime to

compete in the Coast­To­Coast

six times and the Avalanche

Peak, Coastal Classic and

Routeburnmountain runs, plus

marathons in London, Rotorua,

New Yorkand along the Great

Wall of China.

Family time... Tony Hall with his youngest granddaughter, Celeste.

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jobs.

The initiative was

established last yearto

support young people in the

wake of Covid­19, and with

earthquake recovery work

winding down.

MayorCraig Mackle

hailed the programme’s

success. He said

registrations reached 190 in

sevenmonths.

‘‘It is hugely satisfyingto

know that we haveassisted

50 people into work so far.

‘‘We havehad no trouble

engaging withpeople

seeking employment or

trainingopportunities, but

we do needmanymore

businesses and organisations

to register as

potential employers.

‘‘Even if there are no

rolesavailable, Iencourage

businesses to get in touch,

find out about the benefits

and register in case

opportunities arise.’’

Support is available

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Delighted school pupils walking on air

By DAVID HILL

Inflatables haveprovideda

fun challengefor local

school pupils.

FourWaimakariri

schools went head­to­head

at the Kaiapoi Promotion

Association’s first

interschool challenge

recently.

Schools competedat

Murphy Park foratrophy

donated by the Lions Club

of Pegasus Town.

All 350 Year 5to8

studentsfromOhoka,

Pegasus Bay,Kaiapoi

Boroughand St Patricks

schools were buzzing with

excitementasthey linedup

for the big looptrackand

relay race made up of 12

inflatable obstacles

provided by Inflatarun.

Inflatarun director

GrahamMoss said that,

during lockdown, he

decided to create

somethingfun for rural

schools to enjoy without

travelling intothe city.

He designed 15 inflatables,

shipping them from

China and bringing 12 of

themtoMurphy Park for

the competition.

Kaiapoi Borough School

pupils SummerBartlett

and Makayla Krahagen

wereeager to compete

againsteach other, saying it

looked ‘‘really fun’’.

Their teacher,Bron

Rankin, said it wasgreat to

see the local parkbeing

used for the event and the

schools interminglingand

cheering one another on.

Waimakariri MayorDan

Gordon saw first­hand how

much thestudents enjoyed

participating.

‘‘I’mreallythrilled it’s

beingoffered to so many

students throughoutthe

Waimakariri District.’’

Eventmanager Tracy

Inwood saidshe hoped it

couldcontinue to be afree

annual event.

KaiapoiPromotions

Association chairman

Martin Pinkhamsays

funding left over fromthe

KaiapoiChristmas

Carnival allowedthis first

eventtobefree and

accessible for the schools.

‘‘It’s fantastic to see all

the schoolstogether like

this.Wewant peopleto

know that Murphy Park is a

greatvenueand Kaiapoi is

afun place for people to do

things.’’

Results

Individual Awards:

1st Year 5­Beau Liggins.

1st equal Year6­Connor

McKenzie and Zyon

Faimalo.

1st Year 7­Tom Waghorn.

1st Year 8­Dan Keating.

Most Sportsmanship­

Charlotte Donovan.

Most Motivated­Ryan

MacLean.

School awards:

Pegasus Bay School 1,

KaiapoiBoroughSchool 2,

St Patrick’sSchool 3.

Big kids ... The big kids got

to have some fun in a

parents versus teachers race

during the inaugural

inflatarun in Kaiapoi last

month.

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Hustle and bustle ... Local

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bounce during the inaugural

Inflatarun in Kaiapoi last

month.

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Help is at hand for people feeling

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to make the best use of modern

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The phasing out of cheques has been

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first time.

The local SeniorNet group has been

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it. It is all thanks to local community

board grants, chairman Bob Gumbrell

says.

‘‘It’s open to anyone, but most of the

attendees are over­60s. We have

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‘‘It gives them afeel for how it works

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SeniorNet North Canterbury has a

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Festival to include 22 gardens

By ROBYN BRISTOW

Planning is well under way for

this year’s Hurunui Garden

Festival.

There will be 22 gardens in

six clusters to visit during the

festival, which runs from

Thursday, October 28, to

Sunday, October 31.

Some favourite gardens

return, along with seven new

ones, with the addition of some

artists and historic homesteads.

There will be no tours

organised by the committee this

year, but tour company EW

planning to organise some,

festival president Gary Mitchell

says.

Lynda Hallinan, agardener,

author, broadcaster, journalist,

part­time farmer, parent and

plantaholic, will join the

festival for two chats —one

during an afternoon tea and the

other will be adinner talk.

For half her life, the former

editor of New Zealand Gardener

magazine has been digging up

ideas and inspiration for

growing food and flowers in

Kiwi gardens.

She lives with her family in

the foothills of the Hunua

Ranges, south­east of Auckland,

and is currently splitting her

time between her large country

garden and asmall colonial

cottage renovation project.

She is also launching anew

book, The Joy of Gardening,this

year.

Julia Atkinson­Dunn, from

the home and garden website

Studiohome.co.nz and author of

the beginner’s gardening book,

Petal Power,will speak at three

gardens on different days.

With abackground in writing,

design and art, Julia fell firmly

in love with gardening while

transforming her small

Christchurch patch just 4 1 ⁄2

years ago.

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printed and the website fully

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information about all the

gardens, homesteads and

artists.

There will be maps of each

garden to download and print,

and the website shop will be

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garden entry tickets —buy

10 and get one free.

He says there will also be a

2022 Hurunui Garden Festival

calendar for sale.

Mr Mitchell says the Hurunui

Garden Festival Inc is

committed to investing back

into its community.

If it makes areasonable

profit, it will give one student

graduating from aHurunui

secondary school ascholarship

to the value of $2000 towards

study in horticulture,

agriculture, landscape design

or arelated field, at their

choice of university or institute

of technology.

The garden festival was

launched early in 2018 by

local garden owners who

wanted to assist with the

Hurunui District’s recovery

from the November 2016

earthquake.

Special guest ... Lynda Hallinan, agardener, author, broadcaster,

journalist, part­time farmer, parent and plantaholic, will be giving two

talks during the Hurunui Garden Festival.

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By DAVIDHILL

The cause of areeking smell

in Southbrook has left

Waimakariri District Council

staff scratching their heads.

Residents have reported a

smell in the vicinity of

Southbrook Park, which was

so strong last week that

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care, and she and her staff get to know them well, andtheirfamilies.

“We are acool little home, our residents are great, and it is an honour and

areal privilege to be part

of their journey.”

Tracey has owned the facility since 2013. The 21-bed home has 12 studio

units which people canpurchase, and nine rest-home beds.

There is astaff

of 20, including a registered nurse, an enrolled nurse, a

qualified diversional therapist, and several other wonderf

ul staff

, Tracey

says.

“We try

to build up the residents confidence in their own abilities, and give

them the tools toremainstrong, healthy and be mobile,” she says.

Staff focus is on the residents’ wellbeing and balance in their lives, with

activities, exercise programmes and visits organised for residents to take

part inand enjoy.

We also have regular take away days and cafe visits across North

Canterbury.

Residents recently went to Orana Park in the home’s van, and next month

they are heading to Hanmer Springs for the day.

Once aweek they travel toRangiora for Table Bowls, and musicians often

visit the rest-home where there isalso fun themed days tocoincide with

important events such as for St Patricks Day and Easter.

“Life isvery full for our residents,” says Tracey.

Residents alsoget the opportunity to get into the kitchen acook up abatch

of biscuits.

The rest-home offers daycare for people to come along and enjoy some

company, get out of the house, or give their carers abreak. Respite care

is also available for carers to enjoy some free time. Funding is available.

ARTHURBURKELTD Amberley&Waikari

Hammer Hardware

Mazda Sales: Tim 03 3140135

Parts Department: Alan and Dave03314 0136

Suzuki Sales: John 03 3140132

Motorcycles Service: Anton 03 3140134

Authorised Holden ServiceAgents:

Michael 03 3140131(Amberley),

Brian 03 3144477(Waikari)

From Sales to ServicetoGenuine Parts

Bridgestone TyresSales: Ash and Paddy 03 3140137

And foryour Home and Garden

Lindsay,Ann and Julie 03 3140130

www.arthurburke.co.nz

Markham Street,Amberley

Trusted in NorthCanterbury

Karaka Road, Waikari

ARTHUR BURKE LTD

Established 1935

ArthurBurke Ltd is an Amberley-based

businesswhich has given dedicated

service to North Canterbury, and beyond,

since 1935.

The businessatthe corner of Markham

Streetand CartersRoad (main highway),

is aone-stopshop for all yourmotoring,

motorcycle, parts and hardware needs.

It is constantly reassessing its stockto

ensure it can meetthe needs of North

Canterbury’sgrowing and changing

population, andtoensureithas afull

complement of experienced and trained

stafftolook aftercustomers needs.

Arthur Burke is beginning anew chapter

in its history. As of March1this year it

becameaMazda Franchise, complete

with agreat range of vehicles,backedup

with Mazdaserviceand parts, along with

agood range of used cars.

It willcontinue to offer Holden vehicle

servicingasaHolden CertifiedService

Agent in bothits Amberley and

Waikari branches for at least the next

10 years, and willcontinue to carry a

comprehensive range of Holden partsin

stock.

Arthur Burke alsohas the Suzuki

motorcyclefranchise for North

Canterburyand will continuetooffer

new andused motorcycles for sale.

Bridgestonetyres are all still available

on site in its extensivebusiness premise.

General manager Craig Schroder says

Amberleyisadestination forNorth

Canterburyshoppers and offers avaried

retail experiencewith products that are

the equal of any offered in the city.

Sales are backedupwith experienced

and highly qualified staff at both

Amberley and Waikari.

Amberley and Waikarihave automotive

technicianswho are fully up-to-datewith

the computerised systems in modern

cars and who are also familiar with the

workings of quadand other motor bikes

that manyfarmers and recreational

ridersuse in the district.

It specialisesinrepairs and maintenance

and tackles any problems be it avehicle,

lawnmowerorweed trimmer.

ArthurBurke has beenissuing warrant

of fitnesses since1937and the workshop

team is always on hand with courteous

service to ensure your vehicle is in tip

top condition.

Its Waikari branch also has afully

stocked parts department which is

also open to the general public to buy

everythingfrom tyres to batteriesand

oil.

As part of the Hammer Hardware

group,the well-stocked hardware shop

is alsoanAladdins Cavefor gifts. There

are housewares, giftware,electrical

goods, key cuttingservices and security

products, including ride-on lawnmowers

and camping equipment. Agents for

Victa and Echo.

Customers can also phone in and order a

product which can be thensent to them

by courierorpost, withvarious payment

options available.

And the whole business is backed up by

the hardworkingteam in the office.


CelebratingBusinessinNorth Canterbury

Destination dining experience

Better Half Kitchen &Bar

locatedonthe corner of SH1

and Ashworths Beach Roadat

Leithfield,opened justover 12

monthsago andhas weathereda

challenging first year in business

to firmly cementitself as adining

destination.

Afamily owned business,the

Better Half Kitchen&Barsupplies

fabulous local Waiparawines and

includes localbeersontap to go

alongside theirdiverse menu which

offers everything from pizzas and

burgers to theirspecialty low,and

slow BBQ style cooking.

The restaurant isfamily friendly,

with akidsmenu andcan cater for

larger groups and special events.

It runsaclassiccar gathering on

the last Sunday of everymonth

from9am.Itoffers lunchand

dinner,Wednesday to Sundayand

alsoopens at 9amfor breakfast on

the weekends.

Thereisplentyofparkingavailable

to accommodate carand bike

enthusiasts,and is the perfect final

destination to relax andre-fuel after

atour or foraspecialcelebration.

2377083

Wed-Fri 11.30am -Late

Sat-Sun 9.00am -Late

14 AshworthBeach Road, Leithfield

Ph 03 312 9083 | info@betterhalf.co.nz

www.betterhalf.co.nz

• KITCHENS

• LAUNDRYS

• WARDROBES

• JOINERY

Quality workmanshipatits finest

Gavin’s Joinery in Amberley offers quality

workmanship and design of kitchens,

laundries, and wardrobes.

Owner Gavin Cattermole, who has 35

years experience as a joiner, can also

help out with joinery in bathrooms, and

design and build doors and stairways.

Much of Gavin’s Joinery work is in new

homes in the Hurunui district building

and installing kitchens.

Gavin is happy to work to acustomers

specifications, designing, building and

installing a kitchen of their choice, or

designing one for their new home.

He also fits out laundries and does

shelving and fitouts for walk-in

wardrobes.

Gavin is happy to help out with joinery

during renovations, and can also assist

with repairs where necessary. His

workmanship and attention to detail is

well known,

Gavin’s Joinery, asmall business which

employs one worker, has been in its

present site at Grays Road on the

southern outskirts of Amberley, just off

Carters Road, for 15 years.

240 Carters Road (Cnr Grays Rd), Amberley, NorthCanterbury MOBILE 0274 593832 • EMAIL gavinsjoinery@xtra.co.nz

Revamped and well stocked

Thenew-lookFourSquareCheviot is

your local storewhereyou’realways

welcome.

Owners Steveand GinnyAllison wish

to welcome localsand visitors to their

revamped store, whichhas recently

been paintedinternally,with newLED

lights installed and new check-outs

and self-scan check-outs.

Thenew-lookstore has morespace

with an additionalgrocery area which

allows foranincreased range of

products to be on display.

‘‘If youcan imagine shoppingata

nice, new supermarket in town -it’s

likethat, but smaller,’’Steve says.

Thestore is locally owned and

operated and employs loyalpeople

who arelong-standingCheviot

residents.

Four SquareCheviotstocks avast

rangeoffresh meats,fruit, vegetables

and deli products,and stocks a

numberofthe major grocerybrands.

‘‘Whether youjust need afew bits

and pieces,orifyou need to do a

fullgrocery shop –wehavegot you

covered,’’ Stevesays.

‘‘We look forwardtoseeing youinstoresoon.’’

Alpine Horse Safaris offerahighcountry

experience, deep in the heart of the

South Island.

Jenny and Lawrie O’Carroll have been

offering treks from two hours to 12

days from their 1012 hectare property,

Waitohi Downs property, in North

Canterburyfor nearly 30 years.

Their unequalled knowledge of the

area and understanding of the horses

they have bred, are great assets in

guaranteeing guests the ‘Ultimate Ride’

on asafeand suitable mount.

Lawrie cares for and trains the horses to

makethemapleasure forpeopletoride,

while Jennyconcentrates on keeping the

business side going, and cooking and

baking to feed hungry mouths once the

day’s ridingisfinished.

Waitohi Downs

Hawarden

North Canterbury

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The12-dayTekapoMainDivideExpedition

is the most adventurous alpine horse trip

available in NewZealand.

It takes riders through famous high

countrystations, and crosses some of the

largest riversinthe South Island, while at

the other end of the scale there are two

and one day treks, and the popular half

day and two hour safaris, all of which

give expansive and breath taking views

of lush native bush, snow-fed rivers, and

rugged mountainous countryside.

Alpine Horse Safaris is just 1¼ hours

north of Christchurch.

To book,ormakeanenquiry,

go to alpinehorse.co.nz

or email alpinehorse@amuri.net.

TRADING HOURS

8.00am -6.30pm

7Days

NEWLYRENOVATED STORE

2Rolleston Street, Cheviot |Ph319 8849

Lawrie and Jenny O’Carroll p: 03 314 4293

0800 4 Alpine e: alpinehorse@amuri.net www.alpinehorse.co.nz


CelebratingBusinessinNorth Canterbury

Original McAlpines Mitre10.

RANGIORA

Allyour garden supplies in oneplace

under ourcovered roof.


A100% owned and operatedHome Improvementand DIYstore,Rangiora’s

McAlpines Mitre10MEGA, startedasasmall business,and has grown into a

store that caters for everyone fromprofessional tradies to the home handyman.

Newly stockeditems areonthe wayto

fillinour retailextension.






Thebusiness stocks an extensiverange of building

supplies,hardware, and homewarealong with a

well stocked garden centre.Itissteeped in history,

having traded in North Canterburyfor 46 years.

It wasthe first South Island companytobecome a

Mitre10franchisee,opening its doors as ahome

and trade storein1975.

It laterjoined the MEGA programme and expanded

the store, opening as McAlpines Mitre10MEGA

Rangiorain2007.

Arecentexpansion of the premises,which will

provide 35 per cent moreretail spaceand 35 per

cent morespacefor the drive-through trade outlet,

is aimed at future-proofing the Southbrook-based

business forthe anticipatedpopulation growth in

North Canterbury.

Plans forthe extension began in 2017, chief

executivePeter Crightonsays.

‘‘It wasapparentthattherewould be asignificant

population increase in the districtoverthe next

20 years,and it wasconsidered thatthe current

storesize, with subsequentlimitations on the

range thatcould be offered,had little capacityto

accommodate forthis futuregrowth.

‘‘Thenew spacewill give us the opportunityto

better showcase our products,provide awider

range of goods forour customers,and an improved

shopping experiencefor them,’’ Mr Crightonsays.









McAlpines Mitre10MEGA is one of North

Canterbury’slargest employers and has a

tremendously loyalcustomer base.

Thebusiness is apopular retailer and abig

supporterofthe community, sponsoring many

causes.Itisthe major sponsor of the McAlpines

North CanterburyPipe Band and assists many

schools,sports clubs and other groups.

McAlpines Mitre10Mega wasalso recently

announced as naming-rights sponsor of the new

$28 million WaimakaririMainPower stadium’s

fitness facilityand its four sports courts,extending

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CelebratingBusinessinNorth Canterbury

WANT IT NOW?


its commitmenttothe North CanterburySportand

Recreation Trust’s fitness centresinRangiora, Kaiapoi,

Amberley and Oxford.

Thenew fitness centre will be knownasthe

McAlpines’s Mitre10 Mega Fitness Centre. Thecourts

will be named in recognition of the McAlpine family,

which established its first business in Rangioranearly

100 years ago.

McAlpines managing directorAndrew Davidson

says the sponsorship is avital step in affirming its

continuing commitmenttothe North Canterbury

community.







Pay for it using your

Airpoints Dollars

1Airpoints Dollar =

$1New Zealand Dollar

When youspend $75 or more.

Seein-storefor terms &conditions.

‘‘McAlpines has supportedcommunityinterests,

especially in sport, forcoming up to four decades.

We see this investmentasnot only deepening our

partnership with the North CanterburySportand

Recreation Trust,but also supporting grassroots

activities through the provision of exceptional

facilities forall ages,’’hesays.

McAlpines’historydatesback to 1925, transitioning

from abusy timber yard and coal business in

Rangiora’smain street,toanewhardwareand

builders supply store.

TheSouthbrook storebegan trading in 1971 after

atriptothe United StatesofAmerica by Doug

McAlpines wherehesaw the concept of one stop DIY

and builders supply stores just outside towncentres.

He boughtadditional land at Southbrook when he

returned and the foundations fortoday’ssuccessful

business were laid.

This signalled the end of the High Street business,

and effectively meantagreater range of products at

competitivepriceswerenow available forcustomers.

AwareofMitre10inAustralia, through its export

business,Doug McAlpine and TedTimings who were

then majorityshareholders of McAlpines,decided to

join Mitre10in1975.

Thestore changedcolour,signs went up and Mitre

10 became arealityinthe district.

An outdoor garden centre wasestablished in 1988,

and adrive through facilitywas added in 1993.

During 2007-08, the Southbrook Mitre10Mega was

developed to replacethe Mitre10Home and Trade

store(as it wasthen known) and the new facility

opened in September 2008. Abig investmentwas

made in recent times to roof partofthe garden

centre to provide shelter and shade forboth plants

and costumers.

McAlpines has an enthusiastic team, manyofwhom

arelong serving,with strong productknowledge

and who arereadily able to assist with all youhome

improvementproducts.

FINANCE OPTIONS

AVAILABLE

MONTHS

INTEREST FREE

12on purchases $299 -$798

or 24 MONTHS

INTEREST FREE

on purchases $799 &over

•20% deposit

•Pay cash price only

•Nobooking or insurance charge

Terms, Conditions &Credit Criteria apply

100% LOCALLYOWNED &OPERATED.

Spend them &

Earn them here

RANGIORA

If youfind alower priceonanidentical stocked productlocally,wewill beatitby15%

If youfind the same productfromanother Mitre10store or Mitre10website, we’ll match that price.

Excludestrade and special quotes,stock liquidations and commercial quantities.The in-storepricemay be lowerthan thatadvertised.


2373920

CelebratingBusinessinNorth Canterbury

Comfort, Style &Indulgence

in the heart of Hanmer

at unbelievably good rates

Boutique boardroom for intimate &corporate functions, Family Gatherings

–Celebrations -Management &Training Retreats

Catering as required

1&2Bedroom

Apartments -Spa

E: info@clearridge.co.nz |W:www.clearridge.co.nz

T: +64 (3) 3155144 |Reservations NZ: 0800 555 596.

A: 28 Jacks Pass Road | Hanmer Springs 7334 | NZ.

Luxury‘home-away-from-home’

Avery warmwelcomeawaitsyou at Clear Ridge Apartments in Hanmer

Springs.

Relax in style in your own fully equipped,5star luxury ‘home-away-fromhome’

apartment that’s perfectly situated near the alpine hot pools of

Hanmer.

Each apartment is self contained and appointed to high standards. If

you are coming asacouple, afamily, abusiness group, or travelling

solo, Clear Ridge will not disappoint. If you prefer to eat out, restaurants

and cafes are nearby.

If you are planning awork retreat Clear Ridge has aboardroom and

will arrange catering and meeting support. If you just want to get on

the golf course, you just have to walk across the road.

Hanmer Springs is the place to holiday, play golf, ski, soak in the hot

pools, have your business retreat or just quietly relax.

The St James in Hamner Springs

Located in theheart of Hanmer

Springs The St James is the perfect

place forcouples to completely relax

and recharge.

Offering award-winning,premium

accommodaon, The St James has

consistently beenrated numberone

in Hanmer Springs on Trip Advisor

over the years. Thisyear it gained

the presgious ‘Bestofthe Best’

award, thatputs it in the topone

percentofall Trip Advisor lisngs

aroundthe world.

“Weare very proud to be one of the

less than 5,000 hotels, restaurants

and airlines worldwide to receive

this award,” says Paul Baigent, who

has co-owned TheStJames with his

wife Rae since2010. The St James

was also named ‘New Zealand’s

Best Motel’ at the New Zealand

Hospitality Awardsinboth 2018

and 2019. The Qualmark 5-star

gold-rated property has amix of

luxury suites and studios, which all

have balconies or paos, mostwith

stunning views to the mountain

ranges.

It’s surrounded by cafesand shops

and the thermal pools arejusta

short walk away.

Luxury accommodation and Hanmer Springs’ ultimate

wedding, conference and events venue, overlooking the

beautiful high alpine basin of the Southern Alps.

128 Medway Road, Hanmer Springs |027 554 4056

amuriestate@gmail.com |www.amuriestate.co.nz

2373922

pure relaxation

LUXURYAND STYLE IN THE HEART

OF THEVILLAGE

“Best of the Best”

Tripadvisor2020

“BestMotel”

HospitalityNZ2018 &2019

Amuri Estate offers acountry escape, aplace to unwind, and the perfect

venue for weddings, business conferences and events.

We pride ourselves on quality, personal service and eminent customer

satisfaction, says Vanessa Orr.

Just 10 minutes from Hanmer Springs, new owners Richard and Debra

Orr, and daughter Vanessa, have created aunique venue catering for

weddings and avariety of events which sits comfortably alongside the

lodge accommodation.

The events centre has abarn-style reception hall, bathroom facilities, a

kitchen, bar and multiple outside areas, with breathtaking views of farm

land and mountains.

The hall can seat 200, while asmall meeting room within the complex can

seat up to 60 people.

Amuri Estate’s luxury lodge accommodation features three king size rooms

suitable for up to six people, with ajoint kitchen-living area.

The one-bedroom Wallace Peak Cottage is ideal for acouple’s retreat.

The facilities provide the perfect place for even just aone-night getaway,

providing guests with the opportunity to enjoy panoramic views, and the

chance to explore Hanmer Springs.

For those attending awedding at Amuri Estate, off-site accommodation is

also available in the alpine village, with transport available to and from

the venue.

Amuri Estate has an event manager on site who can help with planning

your special day or event, to ensure everything runs smoothly on the day.

Wedding and conference equipment packages are available for hire.

There is wi-fi access, tables, and chairs, allowing you to concentrate on

the event, without the clutter of having alist of things to bring.

The new event centre is the largest in the Hanmer Springs area, and just

90 minutes from Christchurch.

Vanessa says they endeavour to make the experience at Amuri Estate just

the way guests envisaged it.

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CelebratingBusinessinNorth Canterbury

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Specsavers Rangiora, professionals

providing quality care

COMMON EYE

QUESTIONS:

Through their combined 30 years of

experience inboth optometry and

audiology and vast knowledge, health

professionals May, Dan and Claire, along with

their team members, provide superior eye

and ear care for patients inthe community.

The team is professionally trained and fully

qualified, with ashared passion for eye

health, ear health and the local community.

They pride themselves onoffering expert

advice and supporting their customers on

their health journeys, both pre and post

examination. The team works together

to ensure the best health outcomes

for all patients who come into the store.

“Our experienced team consists of

two Optometrists and an Audiologist

professional, who are all equally concerned

with diagnosing, treating and the aftercare

experience ofour customers, making it

atrue health partnership. Wedon’t want

people in Rangiora tomiss out on hearing

and seeing all the best parts of life!” says

Optometrist partner May Young.

“For every comprehensive eye exam, we

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The team is passionate about eyes and

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they hope to see you there!

The Specsavers Rangiora team are

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To book an appointment, visit the team

the Farmers Rangiora Building, 151 -183

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by calling 03 313 1590 orbooking online at

specsavers.co.nz/rangiora.

Specsavers Rangiora is open 7days.

How doIknow ifIneed an

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Whether you have digital eye

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Phone: 03 312 8947

Mobile: 027 471 7479 –Warwick

or 021 149 4266 –Sue

Email: info@warwickkirwanplumbing.co.nz

Supporting local

Warwick Kirwan Plumbing has

been serving the North Canterbury

community for more than 20 years.

Based in Rangiora, Warwick and

Sue established the business in

February 2000 and employs five

staff, ranging from anew apprentice

to qualified and experienced

plumbers.

Supporting local isimportant and

the local team is dedicated to

meeting all your plumbing needs

and can provide quality installation,

maintenance and repair services.

Clients can beassisted with

bathroom alterations, log fire installs

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wet backs.

Warwick and his team can visit

clients toassess their needs, what

alterations they require orwhat log

fire might besuitable and provide a

quote.

The team can even help with permit

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check that the log fire fits the space.

Regular maintenance and

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needed, which ensures the safety

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Warwick and his team have

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properties.

The team can look atany water

pump job from small residential

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offers repair and maintenance

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The plumbers can travel anywhere

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completed jobs asfar afield as

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For insurance jobs, clients are

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complete any repairs.

For any plumbing issues

contact

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or email

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CelebratingBusinessinNorth Canterbury

No job is too big or too small for RGrant Electrical

Every job is important, regardless of

size.

The trusted and popular Rangiorabased

business can turn its hand

to large commercial and domestic

housing jobs, to general wiring

and helping elderly folk change

lightbulbs out of their reach.

Allan Pethig brought the business

from Robert Grant in August 2014

after working for him for 18 years,

and retained all the key trading

principals that makes the company

atrusted and popular local business.

It is a small company with a friendly

team, offering efficient, quality

service, using quality materials.

Along with residential and

commercial work, it does general

wiring, security cameras, burglar

alarms and data cabling throughout

North Canterbury and parts of

Christchurch.

RGrant Electrical can installyour new

oven, wire your new home, change

lights and switches, maintain your

electrical services, or do complete

electrical fitouts of your business.

RGrant Electrical from left Allan, Joel, Chris &Chris

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NorthCanterbury Collision Repairs

Rangiora is your one-stop local panel and

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the workshop based in Lineside Rd,

Southbrook.

Theteam can handle all kindsofvehicle

repairs andinsuranceclaims,from

everydaybumps and scrapestomajor

smash work,rust removaland restoration.

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Totalspan North Canterbury’s foundationisbuilt on

strong values, ateamcultureand health and safety.

It is arecipe thatsees the Woodend-based business steeped in success and its building

range of hardwearing,affordable and versatile structures characterised by functionality

thatfranchise owners Jamie and Ellen Petersen have worked hard to reflect in their

services.

The award-winning business offers everything from afarm shed, garage or commercial

building, all are built with high-grade New Zealand-made parts and finished in Coloursteel

in avariety of attractive colours.

The companystill producesall its materials at afactoryinChristchurch so aclose eye can

be kept on quality,with buildings highly customisable,making them easy to add to if an

expansion is required.

Jamie and Ellen have owned the North Canterburyfranchise since January 2014 and have

more than 14 years experience in building Totalspan steel buildings in North Canterbury,

the South Island and Queensland.

Jamie is aqualified carpenter and aLicencedBuilding Practitioner.

He has experience in all roles at TotalspanNorth Canterbury, which has its display site on

State Highway 1.

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22 The North Canterbury News, May 6, 2021

Well owners urged

to carry out testing

By DAVID HILL

Private well owners are being

encouraged to do regular tests to ensure

their water is safe to drink.

The Waimakariri District Council has

released an information booklet for

owners of private wells, which provides

guidance on how to drill anew well, test

water regularly, and what to look for

when buying aproperty with aprivate

well.

Maps of well­testing results give an

indication of where there are specific

contaminants in the district to watch out

for.

The booklet’s release is timed with a

report on the second year of acouncilled

study of 19 private wells in the Cust

and Eyreton areas.

Nitrate and other chemical

parameters were analysed in private

wells, in response to arecommendation

from the Waimakariri Zone Committee.

Cust and Eyreton have been selected

for annual sampling because of reports

of elevated nitrate levels.

The study results highlight the

importance of private well owners

understanding that they are responsible

for undertaking their own monitoring

and at what frequency to test their water.

The study found one of 19 private wells

with nitrate levels above the maximum

acceptable value of 11.3 milligrams per

litre nitrate­nitrogen (equivalent to

50mg/L nitrate), as set out in the

drinking­water standards for New

Zealand.

Consumption of nitrate over 11.3 mg/L

can cause adverse health effects for

unborn babies, young infants and those

with rare metabolic disorders.

Waimakariri District Council water

environment adviser Sophie Allen

recommends regular testing, at least

annually, to check that water is safe to

drink, as nitrate levels can change

seasonally.

‘‘The test for nitrate is particularly

important in the inland plains areas of

our district, stretching roughly

westwards of Rangiora towards the

hills,’’ she says.

‘‘Nitrate is just one contaminant that

all well owners should look for, with

testing also recommended for other

potential contaminants such as arsenic,

and bacteria such as E. coli.’’

Elevated levels of nitrate over the

accepted limit had been found in an

Environment Canterbury monitoring

well in the Cust area and in private wells

in Eyreton before the council study,

utilities and roading manager Gerard

Cleary said.

‘‘Private well owners should have

their water checked by an accredited

laboratory to ensure water is safe to

drink.’’

Affordable treatment options exist for

nitrate removal, but many standard

filters are not adequate for the removal

of nitrate, and advice should be sought

from awater treatment specialist on the

appropriate filtration system for

removal.

‘‘There is no need for landowners

supplied by acouncil reticulated water

scheme to test their water. The council

supplies have regular testing, with no

water supply in the district affected by

high levels of nitrate or other

contaminants,’’ Mr Cleary said.

Work recognised ... Jason Clements has had his haiku, Shengze Haiku,chosen for Best

New ZealandPoems2020.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Poet'swork recognised

By SHELLEY TOPP

Ahaiku written by Oxford poet Jason

Clements duringthe Shengze Silk and

Poetry Festival in China in 2018 has

been selected for BestNew Zealand

Poems2020.

Jason, who writes under the pen name

Doc Drumheller, was bornin

Charleston, South Carolina,but has

livedmost of his adult life in New

Zealand.

It is the second time one of his poems

has been chosenasone of the country’s

Zealand’sbest.His poem, Guangzhou

City Haiku,was selected for BestNew

Zealand Poems2018.

His latest winner, ShengzeHaiku,was

firstpublished last yearinLandfall239,

New Zealand's longest­running arts and

literary journal.

‘‘Itisahuge honourtohave your

poems selectedfor Best New Zealand

Poems,asthere are only 25 selected

fromthe thousandsofpoemsthat get

published each year,’’ Jason says.

‘‘This year’sselection was extra

special, as the editorfor the collection is

David Eggleton, and he is one of my

favouritepoets. He has done so much for

literatureinNew Zealand, as apoet,

editor, performer, andreviewer.’’

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23

Organisation looks to the big picture

By DAVID HILL

Community generosity has helpedNorth

Canterbury’s bigsisters and big brothers

getthrough achallengingyear.

BigBrothers BigSisters of North

Canterbury manager EllieLeGrossays

herorganisation is proud to be part of a

supportive community,after last year’s

annualfundraisingbreakfastwas a

casualty of Covid­19.

‘‘Wehavejust skimmedright back.We

haven’t been abletodoany marketing,

which is showingwith notgetting many

newmentors,’’she says.

‘‘Wewereable to keepgoingwith the

governmentwagesubsidyand peopleare

just so generous.

‘‘Things havebeenreally tough, but

peopleare still goingout of their wayto

helpusand I’mreally in aweofhow

peoplegoout of theirway to support

children.’’

Three new mentors were recruited

towardsthe end of last yearafteran

article raninthe North Canterbury News,

Ellie says.

NextWednesday (May12), the

organisation is holdingits first

fundraising breakfast in Rangiorasince

2019, withBilly Graham,aformer boxer

and motivational speaker,asthe special

guest.

‘‘BillyGraham hadarough upbringing

and apolice officerpulled himasideand

said‘youneedtochange yourways’, so he

tookupboxing,’’ Ellie says.

He wentontobecome aNew Zealand

and Australasianlight­welterweight

champion.

Since retiring fromthe ring, Billyhas

become aboxing trainer, workingwith atriskyouth.

‘‘He’s pulling them, boysand girls, off

the streetsand gettingthem intoboxing.

It’sabout reaching them before they do

any of thebig stuff,sohis story fitswell

withBig Brothers,’’Elliesays.

She says that,onceagain, Nelson Ching,

from Who’s theCaterer,has been

‘‘generouswith histime’’incatering the

event, while PAK’nSAVERangiora has

donatedthe food.

Several local businesses and

individuals havedonateditemsfor the

auction and araffle,while other items

havebeen passedontochildreninneed.

‘‘One man in his 80shas donatedfour

scooters so children can havefun,after

Big sister ... Jo

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breakfast.

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watchingthemplayatthe DudleyPark

skate park,’’ Elliesays.

‘‘We’vehad people drop off bikes,bags

of sportsgear, clothingand shoes. It really

is about the communitywrapping around

us and it’s areal privilege to feelsuch

human kindness.

‘‘Thingscan be prettynegative,but I’m

constantlyreminded of howkind people

are.’’

BigBrothers is on thelook­outfor new

mentors, particularlyinthe Hurunui

district. People can helpinthe schoolbased

programmeorthe community

programme.

Prospectivementorsare subjecttoan

interview andpolice check, and areasked

to commit to at leastone houraweekfor

12 months.

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24 The North Canterbury News, May 6, 2021

Awatchful eye ... From left, Kaiapoi Community Patrol co­ordinator Bill Diggons and the group’s trainer, Owen Cassidy, North Canterbury Neighbourhood Support manager

Sarah Saunders, Constable Tony Maw, Rangiora Community Patrol member Chris Barker, and Gordon Kneale, who is the vetting officer for the Rangiora patrol.

PHOTO: ROBYN BRISTOW

Crime control to be discussed at meeting

By ROBYN BRISTOW

Crime prevention will come

under the microscope at a

public meeting in Rangiora on

May 13.

Senior Constable Tony Maw,

Kaiapoi and Rangiora

Community Patrol personnel,

and Neighbourhood Support

are hosting ameeting at the

Rangiora Borough School Hall

at 7.30pm.

The meeting will discuss

ways crime can be prevented

in communities.

Constable Maw says while

the meeting will talk about

crime prevention tools, it will

also be aimed at recruiting

more volunteers to the

community patrols, and

getting more people to sign up

to Neighbourhood Support.

‘‘Both the community patrols

and Neighbourhood Support

are valued partners of the

police and we would love to

increase their numbers to

keep our communities safe,’’

he says.

Rangiora Community Patrol

vetting officer Gordon Kneale

says Kaiapoi and Rangiora

each have about 20 volunteers.

‘‘Ideally we would like to

double that number. The aim

is to get our car out more often

and show value to our

community and our sponsors,’’

he says.

‘‘We want to be visible, and

be the eyes and ears for the

police.’’

Neighbourhood Support

North Canterbury manager

The Widest Music Variety

Sarah Saunders says 3000

people are signed up to its Get

Ready programme. The

programme promotes

preparedness of people in

case of disasters, so they can

be self reliant until help

arrives.

It also provides agood

database for Civil Defence and

others about where resources

are in communities.

‘‘We are really wanting to

grow that number,’’ she says.

She says Neighbourhood

Support also acts to help

people to get to know their

neighbours, and to find street

leaders in both urban and

rural communities to help

form relationships to keep an

eye out for each other.

‘‘Our goal is strengthening

communities with acrime

prevention slant,’’ she says.

Constable Maw says the

three­pronged approach to the

evening is to provide

communities with information

and ways they can help each

other and keep crime down.

However, he is also happy to

speak about crime prevention

strategies with groups,

organisations or clusters of

residents.

The direct link between the

police and the community

patrols meant efforts could be

focused on aparticular

problem area.

‘‘High visibility of patrols is

adeterrent.’’

Patrols are 24/7, but if more

people volunteer it meant the

patrols could be seen in

communities more regularly

across a24­hour period.

Police and community

patrols often went unseen

because they could be in the

early hours of the morning, so

the police are also reliant on

people reporting anything

suspicious, Constable Maw

says.

He urges people to ring the

police immediately when they

see something happening, not

several days later.

Dial 111 if something is

happening ‘‘now’’, and 105 if it

has already happened. People

can also file reports online at:

police.govt.nz/105support.

‘‘That includes anything

down to minor property

damage or aperson acting

suspiciously,’’ he says.

The important role of pines highlighted during walk

By SHELLEY TOPP

VisitorstoTuhaitara Coastal Park have

been shown howfast­growing pine

treesare providing shelter for the

regeneration of native forest in the

575­hectare reserve.

The visitors were on arecent guided

walk hostedbyGreg Byrnes, general

manager of Te Kohaka oTuhaitara Trust,

whichmanages the park, and parkranger

Adele Jackson.The two­hour walk began

at the trust’s WoodendBeach office.

The visitorswere shown the effects of

forestfires and how forest lifeisreborn

from the charred remains, with cabbage

trees playinganimportant role because of

their fire­resistant trunks.

Participants were also shown howto

attract fantails in the forest, by making

kissing noises, and how 50 biotanodesare

breathingnew life into the park by

increasing biodiversity, but more would

do an even better job.

‘‘We couldhave 1500 and just let nature

do the work,’’Greg said.

He alsostressed how important it is to

get rid of animal and weed pestsinthe

park. ‘‘If we get rid of these,nature willdo

the rest.’’

Late in the walk, participants were

taken into PegasusBay to see the park’s

dune restoration trial, where parkstaff

and volunteers are plantingafenced­off

areawith sand­binding nativegrasses to

start the restoration of the dunesystemin

northern Pegasus Bay. Dunes restore

sandtoeroded beaches, provide vital

ecological habitat and provideprotection

for the forest beyond from stormsand

highwaves.

The next guided tours will be to view

the night sky during Matariki celebrations

in July, with dates still to be confirmed.

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Rowers out on the water for the long haul

Alate entry for the SeaThruBridge 2

Bridge Cure Long Distance Rowing Race

stole theshow by winning the historic

head race.

The AvonRowing Club’s Dusty Lads

were tardywith their entry, but madeup

for it on thewater by winningthe event

and taking time honours, finishingthe

10km race in 36 minutes.

The racewas staged by the CureBoating

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and finish on the Kaiapoi Riveralongside

the club’s headquarters in Raven Quay.

Competitors rowedupthe Kaiapoi

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Stewarts Gully,back down to the

Waimakariri Yacht Club and then

returned to the club for the finish.

Club healthand safety officerand raceday

umpirePeterMidgleysaid it was

unusualfor the winner of ahead race

(with boatsstarting at set intervals) to also

take time honours.

Thirty coxed rowing crews and 160

rowers took part. Many inspected the

club’s almost­complete new clubrooms.

Memberswill be abletomove in soon,but

more funds are neededfor the fitout.

The old way ... The Cure

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Late entry takes all ... The Avon Rowing Club’s Dusty Lads crew won time honours and

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North Canterbury’s drought

classificationhas been

extended until November 30.

Agriculture Minister

DamienO’Connor made the

announcement last week, as

time runs out for adecent

downpour before winter sets

in.

The drought classification

has been extended to include

the entire east coast of both

main islands.

Additionalfunding of

$900,000has been made

available to support farmers

around the country.

‘‘Autumn has got off to an

extremely dry start in

multiple regions alongthe

east coast of thecountry,’’ Mr

O’Connor said.

‘‘Forecast rainfallisnot

expected to be enoughto

allow parched soils and

pasturestime to recover

before winter.

‘‘Thisisthe second

consecutive year of drought

for parts of the country, and

low groundwaterlevels have

not beenable to recharge.’’

The Ministryfor Primary

Industries has beenworking

with industry organisations,

councils and rural support

truststomonitorthe impacts

of the dry conditions and

assess the need foradditional

support.

The new funding will allow

feed support services to

continueand make wellbeing

assistance available to more

farmersaffected by drought.

‘‘Recovery and resilience

co­ordinators will be

employed to help co­ordinate

supportbetween rural

supporttrustsand industry

groups,enabling affected

communitiestobounce back

more quickly,’’MrO’Connor

said.

‘‘I encourage farmers who

need help to do afeed budget

to get them through winter,to

contact the national feed

planningservice.

‘‘Alternatively, the feedcoordinationservice

can help

farmerswho need

supplementaryfeed

immediately.”

Drought was firstdeclared

in March 2020 for the entire

North Island, Tasman,

Nelson,Marlborough and

North Canterbury.

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Local farmers to gather for AGM in Rangiora

Federated Farmers North Canterbury

members will reflectonanunusual 12

months at nextweek’s annual meeting.

When members gatheratthe Rangiora

RSA on Friday, May 14, from5.30pm, it

will be with some relief thatthey can

meet in person.

Last year’s75th AGM was postponed

because of restrictions during the Covid­

19 lockdown.

One thing that will be familiar to

farmers is the knowledgethat, once again,

the region is affected by drought, with the

governmentextending the adverse event

classification to November 30.

‘‘I think we were in drought at the last

AGM as welland probably when Iwas

first elected, too,’’ says Cam Henderson,

who will step down after four yearsas

provincial president.

Fish and Game North Canterbury chief

executive Rasmus Gabrielsson will be the

guest speaker, while Federated Farmers

national boardmember ChrisAllen will

give an update on biodiversity legislation,

andEnvironment Canterbury councillor

Claire McKay will be available to answer

anyquestions.

Nominations are open for all positions,

including president, and senior and

junior vice­president.

TheNorth Canterbury dairy,arable

andmeat and wool AGMswill alsobeheld

this week, and Mr Henderson says the

board is especially keentofind anew

arable chairman.

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Droughts may prompt rethink

By DAVID HILL

Ongoing drought could cause arethink

in the way North Canterbury farms.

Agriculture Minister Damien

O’Connor last week extended the

region’s drought classification to

November 30.

Farmers had just two years of respite

from athree­year drought, before the

latest round of dry conditions struck last

year, prompting outgoing Federated

Farmers North Canterbury president

Cam Henderson to wonder if arethink is

needed.

‘‘ECan is looking at it, as this is

becoming avery regular event, so we

need to consider, ‘do we need alongerterm

strategy?’

‘‘It’s no longer the exception to the

norm. Potentially, it’s too early to look to

asolution, but we need to be looking at

how often these things can happen.’’

Different areas had different

experiences, with Banks Peninsula

unusually dry this season, whereas dry

seasons are more common in the

Hurunui district, Mr Henderson says.

‘‘Responding to droughts every year is

putting aband­aid on the issue, so

maybe we need to be looking at whether

there are opportunities for more

sustainable land use.

‘‘But it’s also important that we don’t

get too swept up in what is the latest

phase.’’

Finding solutions to making farms

more sustainable in the face of ongoing

drought is not simply about using the

best science and agronomy, Mr

Henderson says.

‘‘If we swamp the market with anew

product which we can’t sell then we just

create more problems for farmers.’’

Growing hemp and other plant­based

food and fibre is an option, but farmers

need more support, and Mr Henderson

wonders if the existing levy­funded

organisations, such as DairyNZ, Beef

and Lamb New Zealand and the

Foundation for Arable Research,

provide the best coverage.

‘‘Our levy groups are good at doing

research for their own sectors, but

arguably those farmers could benefit

Greener times ... Oxford dairy farmer Cam Henderson wonders whether arethink may

be necessary in Canterbury as more droughts unfold.

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from research into other areas.

‘‘It takes alot of learning to become a

dairy farmer, so if you add in other

aspects to your operation it becomes a

challenge.’’

But there are benefits for farms

having more diversity in their operation,

providing avariety of income sources,

he says.

The Oxford dairy farmer believes

several of his colleagues are open to the

idea of converting to producing plantbased

protein.

‘‘I’m afarmer, but Idon’t have to be

milking cows. If you can find me abetter

option which has less impact on the

environment, Iwill look at it.

‘‘But the success of things like

kiwifruit and sheep milk has come from

it being aselect market, so if you swamp

the market, are you going to be able to

make the same returns?

‘‘So Ithink we will have animal

farming in this country for awhile yet.’’

While he is stepping back from

Federated Farmers, Mr Henderson’s

focus will now be on the work of the

Waimakariri Landcare Group, which is

investigating ways of farming more

sustainably.

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back by holding its first winter feed

competitions since 2019,eventorganiser

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‘‘These competitions were canned last

year,but the A&P committeesaround the

region have been gettingback into it with

the autumn shows this year,sowe’rejust

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Entries for the winterfeed contest

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SPORT RESULTS

By LINDSAY KERR

and PETER WILLIAMS

Saracens continued its recent

barnstorming performances in

North Canterbury premier

rugby,with amauling of

Woodend last Saturday, while

Kaiapoi bounced back from its

defeatbySaracens the week

before, with acomfortable win

over an improving Ashley XV.

Meanwhile, Glenmark­

Cheviot continued its unbeaten

record, heading off Ohoka 39­10,

and Oxford comfortablybeat

Hurunui 45­12, in its preduckshootingmid­week

clash.

Much was expected of

Woodend after its draw with

Oxford, but the seasiders never

reallyturned up to face a

confident Saracens unit.

Saracens was quicklyout of

party mode afterits shockloss to

Kaiapoi the week before,

scoring firstearly in the half. It

then went on to rack up another

eight tries, winning 64­11.

Woodend was the first to

admit it didn’t turn up to this

match.Itwas the reliable boot of

JordieSwaine and alast­minute

try to Nick Van de Weil that

helpedsave face.

Saracens benefited from its

own confidence, and built on

this with asuperb displayof

support play to scoreits tries.

Prop Jordie Smith was in the

thick of things and earnedhis

team’splayer­of­the­day award.

Scoreboard: Saracens 64

(BrettHancox 2, Oscar Burney 2,

Harry Murray 2, Nathan

Goodwin, AdrianJackson,

KieranJenkins tries. Archie

McBride 3conversions, Ricky

Allin 5conversions, 1penalty

beat Woodend 11 (Jordie

Swaine2penalties, NickVan de

Weil atry).

Injurieshit Ohoka

Sadly,Ohoka’s match against

Glenmark­Cheviot will be

remembered as the game which

had to change fields not once,

but twice, as the resultoftwo

potentially season­ending

injuries to Ohokaplayers.There

was an ankle injurytohalfback

Sam Englandand aconcussion

to lockZane Paterson.

With these two playersjoining

several other squad members in

agrowing casualtyward,

Ohoka’splaying depth was

sorely tested.

It was aday when things

tended to happened in pairs.

Glenmark­Cheviot’s two best

forwards, the hard­working

prop HaydenO’Donnell and the

ruthlessly effective flanker

Heath Cruickshank, were both

rewarded by abrace of tries.

The match also saw the

emergenceoftwo promising

young halfbacks. Max Murray

made agood fistofhis firstrunon

start for Glenmark­Cheviot,

while,for Ohoka,18­year­old

Caleb Parsons softenedthe blow

of losing England.

It was atypically efficient

team performance from

Glenmark­Cheviot.

Mike Keanewas the only

Glenmark­Cheviotback to score

atry, and he combined with

Matt Jensen to form atigerish

defensive line in mid­fieldthat

snuffed out mostattacking

attempts.

Right wing GeorgeWiggins

scoredOhoka’s solitary try,with

five­eighth ScottAllin kickinga

penalty and aconversion, while,

for the visitors,the ever­reliable

boot of BrookRetallick added

four conversions, apenalty goal

and adropped goal.

The resultsofGlenmark­

Cheviot’s matches in the next

two weeks against Kaiapoi and

Saracens will determine which

of thesethreeteams will

progress to the championship

section of the Luisetti Seeds

combined competition.

Scoreboard: Glenmark­

Cheviot 39 (HaydenO’Donnell 2

tries,Heath Cruickshank 2,

Nike Kean1;Brook Retallick 4

conversions, one penalty, and a

dropped goal) beat Ohoka 11

(George Wiggins 1try, Scott

Allin apenalty,and conversion).

Oxforddominates

Oxfordprovedtoo strong for a

youthful Hurunui side on

Thursday evening, recordinga

convincing 45­12 win.

The early exchanges were

even enough. It took nearly half

an hour before Oxford put any

pointsonthe board.

Awatershed moment

occurred immediately after this,

when Hurunui swept on to

Going high ... Ohoka captain Ryan McCallum secures lineout

possession against Glenmark­Cheviot.

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attack and had the throwinto a

lineoutjust 5metres fromthe

Oxford line, but Hurunui’s

inexperience showed through

when the side allowed Oxford to

snare possession by throwing up

Nick Inchatthe front of the

lineout, and aglorious

opportunity to hit back

immediately was lost by

Hurunui.

Oxford tooka12­5 lead into

half time, but the floodgates

opened in the second half.

Oxford ran in atotal of seven

tries to Hurunui’stwo. No. 8

Jesse Houston was apowerful

force for Oxford, and the

effervescent halfback Matt

Robertswas aconstant threat

with his darting runs.

As always, WillieJamison

never flinchedinhis efforts for

Hurunuiinthe forwards, being

ably supported by Tomas

Willamsand Ben Johnson,

while HunterJohnson and

Digby Heard were the pick of

the backs.

Scoreboard:Oxford45(Luke

Nabulagi 2, Liam Stevenson,

Dayne Paton, JesseBowring,

Matt Roberts and Angus

Mitchell tries. Mitchell 2

penalties and two conversions)

beat Hurunui12(Hunter

Johnson, Sam Grigg tries,Digby

Heard 1conversion).

Kaiapoiontop

Kaiapoirecovered from its

loss to Saracenstocomfortably

head off Ashley36­18.

Its win kept the sidein

quarter­final contention in the

combined country competition,

but perhaps more importantly,

fired doubt in the minds of

its North Canterbury rivalsfor

the later games in the

competition.

Ashley landed apenalty in the

opening moments, only for

Kaiapoi to immediately strike

backwith atry. Kaiapoi then

scored two more tries, but in

between Ashley showed its

competitive spirit with atry.

Kaiapoi kept attacking and,

after blowing two possible tries,

scored againbefore half time.

The lossofcaptain Ashley

Tavendale with injury fromthe

Ashley midfield helped the

Kaiapoi causeinthe second

half, and, with its scrum taking

control, the side scoredtwo

moretries.

Dante Love was responsible

for the solid and well coordinated

play in the Kaiapoi

mid­field.

Scoreboard: Kaiapoi36

(Ruebin Tiweka, Nacaniela

Namata, Robert Dods­Samson,

Codey Grimes, LanceTaylor,

Peniamina Tootoo tries. Taine

Jacobs­Lawson 3conversions)

beatAshley 18 (Andrew

Olorenshaw, Blake Walesby

tries. Korbyn Gray 1conversion,

2penalties).

Points after four rounds:

Saracens17, Glenmark­Cheviot

17, Kaiapoi 15, Ashley 7, Oxford

7, Ohoka5,Hurunui 5, Woodend

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Moving forward ... JasiahWoods, of the Rangiora RenegadesKwik Sticks team,clears the ball out of defencetoTenzinWoods.

Knock-out wins for club teams

The Rangiora Hurunui Hares

have continued their strong

earlyseason form, taking out

the Knock Out Cup in the Mid

Week Women’s Division 1

competition.

The team faced Malvern in

the final at Nga Puna Wai,

coming away witha3­0win

and givingthe side

confidence as it heads into the

winter season proper. The

otherMid Week Women’s

team,the Rangiora Hurunui

Hawks, finished its Knock Out

Cup Division 3competition

with abig 5­0 win over

SouthernUnited in the 7/8

playoff.

Meanwhile, the Rangiora

CBK Men’s Hockey team find

themselves in aform slump

following another highscoring

losstothe UC

Spartans. Things won’t get

easier for the sidethis

weekend when it takes on topof­the­table

Carlton Redcliffs.

In the Division 1women’s

championship,Rangiora CBK

founditself 3­0 downathalf

time against the Universityof

Canterbury Huns. However,

the squad regrouped to

dominatethe second half,

scoring two great goalsearly

in the fourth quarter,then

pushed hard for an equaliser

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table afterthe Colts loggeda

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over Hinemoa­Kaiapoi.

The Rangiora Allsorts were

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Petrels, despite dominating

the first quarter, but rallied to

score five goals to put the

gamebeyond doubt.

It was the first weekend of

Platinum (under18) and Kwik

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week, with the Kwik Sticks

competitionsdivided into

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RUGBYSUB UNION DRAW

8 th May 2021

Luisetti SeedsCombinedDiv 1(Pool C)

Ashley VOxford, 02:45pm, Lob Lr1.Hurunui VSaracens,

02:45pm, Cul 1. Woodend VOhoka, 02:45pm, Wood 1.

Kaiapoi VGlenmark Cheviot, 02:45pm,Kai Ov.

Ellesmere &North Canterbury Div 2(SectionA)

Woodend VAmberley Seniors, 01:00pm, Wood 1. Hurunui

VAshley 01:00pm, Cul 1. Saracens VGlenmark Cheviot,

01:00pm, Sbk 1. Kaiapoi GOLDS VOhoka, 01:00pm, Kai Ov.

Kaikoura VOxford, 02:45pm, (defaulted).

Combined Colts (Section A)

Ashley SOL Colts VBDI Colts, 01:00pm, Lob Lr 1. Glenmark

CheviotColts VWaihora Colts, 01:00pm, Omi 1.

1st XV Round Robin

RHS1st XV VTimaruBoys’ HS 1st XV,01:00pm, RHS1.

Under 17 Girls

Kaiapoi vPrebbleton, 1:00pm, Kai 2

Under 18

Kaiapoi VWaihora, 01:00pm, Kai 1. Hurunui VMCRU Alps,

01:00pm, Cul 2. RHS 2nd XV VTimaru Boys’ HS 2nd XV,

01:00pm, RHS2.Oxford BYE.

Under 16

RHS Green VWaihora, 11:20am,RHS 1.

RHSGold VWest Melton, 11:30am, RHS 2.

Under 15

RHS Gold VRHS Green, 10:00am, RHS2.Woodend Pegasus

Bay VOxford,11:10am, Wood 1. Hurunui U15BYE.

U12 -U13 -North Canterbury Only

Section A

Glenmark Cheviot U12/13 VOxford Red, 12.00pm, Omi 2.

Amberley Black VHurunui Blue, 11:30am, Amb 1. Woodend

Black VSaracens 13, 10.00am, Wood 1. Kaiapoi Gold V

Ashley 13,11:30am, KaiOv. Ohoka Bye.

Section B

Woodend Green VAshley 12, 11:05am, Wood 2. Kaiapoi

Blue VSaracens 12,11:45am, Kai 1. KaikouraBlue VHurunui

Black, 11:25am, Kaik 1. Oxford U12 Bye.

Under 11

Kaiapoi V Oxford, 11:00am, Kai 3. Glenmark Cheviot V

Saracens Blue, 11:00am, Omi 2a. Ashley Blue VAmberley

Black, 11:00am, Lob Lr 2a. Woodend V Ashley Green,

11:00am, Wood 3b. OhokaBlack VKaikoura, 11:05am,Mand

2a. Saracens Red VHurunui Black, 11:05am, Sbk 4b. Ohoka

RedBYE.

Under 10

Glenmark Cheviot V Amberley Black, 10:00am, Omi 1a.

Saracens Red VOhoka Red, 10:50am, Sbk 4a. Ohoka Black

VOxford, 11:05am, Mand 3a. Kaiapoi VSaracens 10Blue,

12:05pm, Kai 3. Woodend VHurunui Black, 11.00am, Wood

3a. Ashley U10 BYE.

Under 9

HurunuiBlack VSaracensBlue,10:00am,Cul 1a. Woodend V

Glenmark Cheviot, 10:00am, Wood 2a.Kaiapoi BLUE VOxford

9, 10:00am, Kai 2c. Kaiapoi GOLD VOhoka Black, 10:00am,

Kai 2b. Ohoka Red VKaikoura, 10:00am, Mand 3b. Ashley

Green VAmberley Black,10:00am,Lob Lr 6. AshleyBlueBYE.

Under 8

Kaikoura VAmberley Black, 10.00am, Kaik 1a. Kaiapoi V

Woodend, 10.50am, Kai 1b. Ohoka Black VOhoka Red,

11:05am, MandJ4a.Saracens Blue VAshley Green, 11:05am,

Sbk 5a. Oxford VHurunuiBlack, 11:05am, Ox jn 5a.Saracens

RedVGlenmark Cheviot, 11:05am, Sbk 5b. Ashley Blue BYE.

Under 7

Kaiapoi VOxford 7, 10:00am, Kai 1b. Ohoka Black VOhoka

Red, 10:05am, Mand j4a. Saracens Orange V Glenmark

Cheviot Blue, 10:10am, Sbk 5b. Saracens Blue VHurunui

Black, 10:10am, Sbk 5a. Ashley Blue VAmberley Black,

11:00am, Lob Lr 1a. Glenmark CheviotBlack VSaracens Red,

11:05am, Omi1a. Woodend Black VAshley Green,11:10am,

Wood J4a.

Under 6

Section A

Woodend Green V Hurunui Black, 10:00am, Wood 3b,

Woodend Black VGlenmark Cheviot 6, Blue 10:00am, Wood

2b, Woodend White VGlenmark Cheviot 6, Black 10:00am,

Wood 3a, Kaiapoi GOLD VKaiapoi WHITE, 10:00am, Kai Ov

a. KaiapoiBLUEVHurunui Blue, 10:00am, KaiOvb.Amberley

Black BYE.

Section B

Ashley Blue vOhoka Green, 10.00am, Lob 5a. Ohoka Black

vAshley Green, 10.00am, Mand J5a. Ashley White vOhoka

Red, 10.00am, LobJr2.Saracens Orange vOxford, 10.05am,

SB Jr 7. Saracens Blue vSaracens Red, 10.00am, SB Jr 7.

AshleyGoldBye.

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NEWS

The North Canterbury News, May 6, 2021

35

SCHOOLS, SPORTS

CLUBS, CULTURAL EVENTS

OUTSTANDING

Fundraising Opportunity

When you are looking to raise funds

to attend tournaments or events, expenses

are often large and at times problematic...

Fun times ... Snuggle Inn’s Eiryn Pollock gets up close and personal with one of her

mature charges, Rosie, and cocker spaniel puppy Arwen.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Dogged determination

behind business rebirth

By ROBYN BRISTOW

Doggie daycare has been the silver

lining for aNorth Canterbury business

that lost alot of its custom because of

Covid­19.

When the lockdown occurred,

partners in life and business Michael

Stossel (Snuggle Inn Kennels) and

Noeline King (Snuggle Inn Cattery)

faced the overnight decimation of

their business.

But adecision to open daycare

facilities has breathed new life into it.

Michael says the Doggie Daycare

business has doubled in the last 12

months. While it hadn’t completely

covered the drop in boarding, it had

allowed them to continue to trade

strongly, and to retain their two staff

members.

“Things did look pretty bleak for a

bit,” Michael said.

Their bookings took a75to80

percent hit as travel dried up, costing

the couple upwards of $100,000 in lost

business.

“When you consider all of our

clients that used to go overseas for

four weeks —there were 40 to 50 of

those. Some of them would go

overseas for three months. All that has

gone.

‘‘Some do tour locally, but not alot.”

The couple run two of the larger

boarding facilities in the South Island

for their customers’ four­legged

friends.

Michael had contemplated aDoggie

Daycare service before the lockdown,

so people could drop their dogs off on

their way to work.

When the boarding business took a

hit from Covid­19, he revisted the idea.

“It took me 10 years to work out how

simple it was,” he laughs.

They decided to use asemidetached

part of their office building.

It offers external access for their

clients to drop off and pick up their

dogs at their discretion, using a

security lock and passcode that offers

access to individualised pens. Dropoff

times start from 6am, with evening

pick­ups available until 8pm.

“I come in here in the morning when

all the dogs are first in, and Ican’t

hear myself think, because they are

that excited to get out and play,”

Michael said.

“They know they’re about to have

some fun.”

For two hours from 9am, all the dogs

spend time playing outdoors with

Snuggle Inn’s Eiryn Pollock and the

other dogs they have been matched

with on temperament and/or size.

They then retire for arest, before

having more playtime between 2.30

and 4.30pm.

From 4.30pm they are back inside

and ready for their owners to pick

them up.

“I went in there at 5pm the other

night before everyone got picked up,

and there wasn’t asound even though

there were 15 dogs in there,” Michael

said.

“They were all just tired and

happy.”

It costs from $15 aday for Doggie

Daycare. For more information,

contact Snuggle Inn on (03) 313 1774 or

email info@snuggleinn.co.nz.

Field work to protect parakeets

Jobs funding will help protect the

critically endangered kakariki karaka/

orange­fronted parakeet in the Lake

Sumner Forest Park and Arthur’s Pass

National Park.

The funding will support staffat Hiking

New Zealand under the Jobs for Nature

programme.Aside from aidingthe birds,

the initiative will also help retain the

Covid­affected nature­based tourism

business, keeping its out­of­work hiking

guidesemployed in conservation.

Hiking New Zealand will work on an

18­month project with the Department of

Conservation protecting the parakeet,

with training that could lead to ongoing

work in conservation. Part of the work

centres on predator control.

Hiking NewZealand co­director Dan

Murphy saysit is huge getting the

contract.

‘‘As abusinessyou suddenly feel useful

again. You’re employing peopleand

getting work done that is critically

important for our biodiversity.

‘‘Jobsfor Nature funding, and the

ability of the guides to turn their outdoor

skills to valuableconservation work has

provenalifelinefor the business with

several positive spinoffs,’’ he says.

The North Canterbury News is pleased to

be able to give you the opportunity to generate

funds, while at the same time, helping to promote

some of the great work being done in our

community.

For full information on how your school, club

or organisation can fundrais

se while also off

ering

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promoting yourselves,

contact us today on info@ncnews.co.nz

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and the Ashley River Ramble

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ential &Lifestyle Sales Consultant

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“It’s an indescribable feeling to know that your child can hear you”

When Renee Cain learned her son

was born profoundly deaf she was in

shock. It was 2016, and little Jackson

was only days old when he was given

a hearing test that all new babies

receive, but his results weren’t what

they’d hoped for.

Renee says it took quite a while for

the news to sink in, and it was heartwrenching

when it did.

“We tried hearing aids and we

thought he could hear things, like

doors banging, but they weren’t

working at all,” says Renee, who lives

in Rangiora.

With a lot of support and information,

Renee decided that cochlear implants

were the right option for Jackson and

their family. A cochlear implant is a

surgically-implanted electronic device

that restores hearing for those with

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profound hearing loss.

At six-months-old

Jackson underwent

surgery to have the

implants fitted.

The surgery was

arranged by

the Southern

Cochlear

Implant

Programme

(SCIP) in

Christchurch.

Renee

remembers when

her little boy could

finally hear her voice.

“His face lit up and

he had a big smile when I

spoke. It brought tears to my eyes,”

she says.

Registration from 8am

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“It’s an indescribable

feeling to know that

your child can hear

you. When he heard

sounds for the first

time he had a look

of amazement on

his face.”

Jackson, now

four, will start

at Southbrook

School in

Rangiora later this

year.

“I never knew about

cochlear implants

until I was in this

situation,” says Renee.

Following a speaker from SCIP coming

to talk to members the Rangiora Lions

Club decided to nominate SCIP as the

cause for the Ashley River Ramble

2021.

This is the 5th year of the Ramble,

with previous recipients including Koru

Care, Diabetes NZ and the Ashley-

Rakahuri Rivercare group. The event

evolved out of the Lions Club Rangiora

- Kaiapoi Fun Run, and provides a

relaxed family friendly event with great

scenery of the river which is home to

“It’s amazing what technology can do.”

Established in 2003, SCIP is one of

two cochlear implant providers in

New Zealand.

The not-for-profit organisation

currently provides care to more than

950 adults and children throughout

the South Island and as far north as

Taupo. Its offices in Christchurch

and Wellington are complimented by

regular visiting clinics throughout the

catchment area.

SCIP performs all cochlear implant

assessments, arranges surgery,

activates the cochlear implant,

administers adjustments and provides

post-implant rehabilitation services.

Rangiora Lions Club Chooses SCIP for Ramble

Sunday 28 February 2021

some of NZ’s rarest birds.

ARR coordinator Kirstyn Barnett

says the event is all about enjoying the

outdoors with family and friends.

“Every time I go to the Ashley-

Rakahuri river I see something new.

We are so lucky to have this national

treasure in our backyard, so easily

accessible for cyclists and walkers.”

She is delighted that the funds raised

from the event will go towards helping

local people enjoy a better quality of

life.

Waikuku Beach North Oval (near river mouth)

Registration: from 8am

Event starts 9am - Cyclists, 9.10am - Runners/Walkers

Tickets can be purchased on the day, CASH ONLY

$20 Adults, $10 Child (18 years and under)

On rain or shine – prepare for all weather

Two water stops on route

Bus for runners/walkers returning to Waikuku

leaves approx. 12pm - $2 – thanks to Torlesse Travel

For more information see our website ashleyriverramble.nz

or phone 021 312 230

Thankstoall our sponsors to date

EVENT

INFORMATION

12km (approximately)

–Hortons Signs, Wilson Print, Artisan Bakery, Mitre 10 Rangiora, Compass FM,

Aaron Clark Property Brokers, Vera Setz Audiology, Peter Lawry Business Success

Partners, TheMark, Hagley Kitchens, TheWarehouse Rangiora, River to Ranges

Rangiora, Stan’s 7Day Pharmacy, Port and Eagle Kaiapoi, New World Rangiora,

Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve and our major sponsor Anytime Fitness Rangiora

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-Head Teacher

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03 349 8228

www.morgan-pollard.co.nz

Billie Bradley

A.A. Drainage

021 533 201

Dylan Hamblyn

bhworks@xtra.co.nz

027 432 7698

Mason Robson

andy@ajrobsonbuilders.co.nz

021 335 051

quickly realised the school doesn’t have

alot and in the last few years they had a

fire burn down some of their classrooms

and to date, nothing has been rebuilt

due to alack offunding.”

The St Patrick’s contingent plans to

take some resources for the school and

is seeking support from the local North

Canterbury community.

Anumber oflocal sports organisations

have agreed to donate sports equipment

and local businesses have given some

stationery.

Pax says the group is also liaising with

community groups in Rarotonga to do

some volunteering, planting and clean

up work.

The group will be staying at the

Rakahanga hostel, which is named after

one of the islands, and is like amarae,

Pax says.

“It’s very basic, but community focused

and everybody pitches in with cooking

and cleaning.

“They are wonderful hosts and are quite

proud of their country and are really

happy, humble people.”

The pupils said they were looking

forward to visiting Rarotonga and

meeting their new penpals atNukutere

College, who they have been

corresponding with in the lead up to the

trip.

Pupil Mason Robson says his penpal

‘likes taro’, apopular vegetable inthe

Pacific Islands.

His classmate Caleb Spence says he

has been to Rarotonga before and is

looking forward to returning.

“I’m exciting to see the beach. It’s pretty

hot at 30 degrees most of the time and it

rains alot.”

Their classmates are looking forward to

learning about Cook Islands culture and

meeting their penpals.

They have been busy fundraising and

collecting stationery supplies and books

to take to Nukutere College and packing

their bags.

The Cook Islands is acollection of

Caleb Spence

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03 327 2626

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15 tropical islands totalling 240 square

kilometres and has apopulation similar

to Rangiora.

Far more Cook Island nationals live

in New Zealand, with the 2013 census

identifying more than 60,000 as

resident in this country, about the same

population as the Waimakariri district.

The culture and language are similar

to Maori and the indigenous people are

known as Cook Island Maori.

Nukutere is also believed to be the

name of one of the waka on which Maori

tipuna (ancestors) travelled to Aotearoa

New Zealand.

Angela Lamont

-Student support

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03 365 2150

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021 259 7293

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021 108 9899

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03 349 8237

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AMPLIFY YOUR BUSINESS

AND BE THE NAME THEY

REMEMBER FIRST

Advertise your trade or service

in our Trusted Trades &

Professional Services

Phone Amanda today and see

how we can help get your

business noticed

03 313 2840 or email

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What’s happening in your

community…

Council Encourages Private Well Testing

The Waimakariri District Council has released an

information booklet for owners of, or those looking

to buy property with, aprivate well. The booklet

provides guidance on how todrill anew well, test

water regularly, and what to look for when buying

aproperty with aprivate well.

Maps of well testing results give anindication of

where there are particular contaminants in the

District towatch out for.

The release is timed with areport on the second

year of astudy of 19 private wells in the Cust and

Eyreton areas. Nitrate and other chemicals were

analysed inresponse to arecommendation from

the Waimakariri Water Zone Committee. Cust and

Eyreton have been selected for annual sampling

because ofreports of elevated nitrate levels.

The results highlight the importance ofprivate

well owners understanding they are responsible for

their own monitoring and how frequently to test

their water.

Utilities and Roading Manager Gerard Cleary

says “Private well owners should have their water

checked regularly by an accredited laboratory to

ensure water is safe todrink.”

Affordable treatmentoptions exist fornitrate removal.

However, common filters areoften not adequate

and advice should be sought from awater treatment

specialist on anappropriate filtration system.

Gerard advises “There is no need for landowners

supplied byaCouncil reticulated water scheme to

test their water. The Council supplies have regular

testing, with no water supply in the District affected

by high levels of nitrate orother contaminants.”

Find out more about testing:

The Waimakariri District Council booklet ‘Managing

aPrivate Water Supply Well’ can be found on the

Council website.

Pocket Forest and EV Chargers Approved

for Kaiapoi

Apocket forest and new EV charging stations

could be on the way for Kaiapoi following the

Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board’s April meeting.

Meridian Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations

were installed in Rangiora earlier this year. An

identical charger is planned for Kaiapoi.

TheKaiapoi East Residents Association (KERA)

gainedtheBoard’s approval to plantastripoftrees

andshrubs in the Kaiapoi EastRegenerationAreato

form abuffer between existinghomes and anyfuture

development.Thelandinquestioniscurrently leased

to theWHoWCharitable Trustwho have proposed

building an AquaPark on theland,howevertheydo

notintendtobuild within50m of existingresidents.

KERA are hoping to plant this area with natives

and create apocket forest that would form a

20 metre ecological corridor. The group would

be responsible for all the costs and labour

associated with establishing the pocket forest and

have already received strong support from local

residents, Rymans and the Kaiapoi Food Forest.

“It’s heartening to see people so passionate

about making our communities greener and more

inviting,” said Board Chair, Chris Greengrass. “We

think the concept of pocket forests fits perfectly

into what the community wishes to see as part of

Kaiapoi’s ongoing regeneration.”

EV chargers will be installed in the public car

park behind the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre

as part of an ongoing agreement between the

Waimakariri District Council and Meridian.

They will be fully owned and operated by Meridian

who will cover the full cost of the equipment and

installation. In return the Council will license access

to the land and adjust anearby pedestrian walkway

to make the area suitable for the stations.

Good Street Improvements

There’s still time to let us know what you think

about the draft concept plan for Good Street,

Rangiora to make improvements to the laneway

between High Street and the service lane to New

World. Let us know your thoughts by Sunday 9May

waimakariri.govt.nz/letstalk

Free Computer Classes

at Waimakariri Libraries

Term Two2021

Introduction to Digital Banking

Rangiora Monday10May 2.30pm-4.30pm

Kaiapoi Thursday13May 10 am-12 pm

Introduction to Email

RangioraWednesday19May 10 am–12 pm

Kaiapoi Thursday20May 10 am–12pm

Introduction to Smart phones

RangioraMonday24May 10 am–12 pm

Kaiapoi Thursday27May 10 am-12 pm

Bookingsessential

Phone03311 8901

or at anyWaimakaririLibrary

libraries.waimakariri.govt.nz

2021 Mystery in the Library

Series -RangioraWrongdoings

Join four Canterbury authors foracriminally

goodevening.

Past Ngaio Marsh Awards longlistee Mark McGinn

will chair adiscussion on crafting page-turning

stories with pastNgaios longlisteeKatherine

Hayton,and 2021Ngaios entrants Kevin Berry,

and Justin Warren.

Friday14May,7pm, RangioraLibrary.

Register at anyWaimakaririlibrary,

or phone 03 311 8901

libraries.waimakariri.govt.nz

KNOW YOUR ZONE

TSUNAMI INFORMATION EVENINGS

Hear about the science behind the new tsunami

evacuation zones and learn practical thingsyou can

do at home to be better prepared in this series of free

public meetings.

TOPICS INCLUDE:

The Science Behind the Tsunami Zones |How Likelyisa

Tsunami |Overview of the New Zones |Responding to a

Tsunami Event |Having aPlan at Home |Q&A Time

INFORMATION EVENING DATES:

Pegasus

Wednesday12May,7pm

Pegasus School Gymnasium

WaikukuBeach

Thursday 13 May, 7pm

WaikukuBeach Hall

Kaiapoi

Wednesday19May,7pm -Kaiapoi Riverside Church

Wednesday2June, 7pm -Kaiapoi High School Auditorium

Pines Beach/Kairaki

Thursday3June, 7pm

The Pines Beach/Kairaki

Community Hall

Woodend

Wednesday9June, 7.30pm

Woodend Community

Centre

Online

Wednesday16June,7pm -Watch on Facebook &Youtube

facebook.com/WaimakaririDistrictCouncil

youtube.com/waimakaririDC


NEWS

The North Canterbury News, May 6, 2021

37

Wrestlers

put up a

good fight

Overall winner ... Stuart Allan’s champion image, Islands of Mohua.

Island image wins landscape contest

Stuart Allan won the champion

overall image at the Rangiora

Photographic Society’s

landscape competition.

His image, Islands of Mohua,

also won the A­grade section

and gained honours.

Daniel Wong was the judge.

Runners pour into

Hanmer for races

More than1140 competitors

took part in Saturday’s three

racesstaged as part of the

Hanmer 4Square Half

Marathon.

Competitors were mainly

from Christchurch, with20

percent from the North

Canterbury area,and similar

numbers fromthe North

Island, including Auckland,

Rotorua and Wellington.

The events, which

comprised the half­marathon

plus a10km race and a5km

race,were heldbyHanmer

Events as partofthe Hanmer

Springs CommunityTrust to

raisefunds for the Hanmer

community.

Eventdirector Jessica

Hildage was pleased with the

support the event received.

‘‘We had afantastic turnout

and it was greattosee so many

people in Hanmersupporting

Results

Champion image overall:

Islands of Mohua,byStuart

Allan.

Best in grades:

AGrade: Islands of Mohua.

BGrade: West Coast Evening,

by Alan Dunscombe.

the event and the village,’’ she

said.

It was adelayed 40th

anniversaryevent, withlast

year’s half­marathoncancelled

because of Covid­19.

Hanmer Springs turned on a

clear and crisp day for the

racing.Jessica said every

participant completed their

race.

Results

Half­marathon, men:Blair

McWhirter–1hr 17min.

Half­marathon, women:

Hannah Oldroyd –1hr 24min.

10km, men:Dave Cox –

41min 32 sec.

10km, women: Katherine

Camp, 39min 18sec.

5km,men: Scott Ferguson,

19min 06sec

5km,women:EllenBurch,

23min 26sec.

CGrade: Kaikoura Ranges

Mirrored in Miniature,byStuart

Taylor.

Honours: Grade, Fiordland

Waterfall, by Cathy Price;

Pegasus Sunrise,bySarah

Perrins; Stoney Face,byLisa

Carter; Light Breaks Through by

Rosie Coster; Islands of Mohua,

by Stuart Allan.

BGrade: West Coast Evening,

by Alan Dunscombe.

CGrade: New Brighton Pier,

by Nathan Green; Kaikoura

Ranges Mirrored in Miniature,

by Stuart Taylor.

Job well done ... Lisa Jones, from Christchurch, finishes the 10km race in

Hanmer Springs last Saturday.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Unified Championship

Wrestling’s Rise To The

Top fight night was held at

the Kaiapoi Club recently.

Rhys Gibson and Kai

Solomon defeated Nick

Silver and Tripp Hazard.

John Reginald (senior

referee) defeated Damian

Knight, ‘‘to retain his

referee contract’’.

Grace Lightning

defeated Shay in the first

Unified women’s fight.

Stuart the Druid

defeated Jitters­

C.O.T. to qualify for the

light heavyweight ladder

match.

Luka The Tootoo Train

defeated Robbo ‘‘The

Aussie Dreamboat’’, while

Southern Wrecking Crew

defeated In The Zone.

Jay Marshal defeated

Lance Havoc to become

Aftershock champion.

Kawa Kupa defeated

Bryant and William

Cutting to become twotime

Unified heavyweight

champion.

John Henry defeated

Hu$tla, James Shaw the

Divine Saviour and Stuart

the Druid to become the

new Unified light

heavyweight champion.

The next Unified event,

Livin’ The Dream,will take

place on June 19.

LOST AND FOUND

The followingproperty has

beenreported to the police

as lost in North Canterbury:

AblackSamsung

cellphone, apear­shaped

pearl with asingle diamond

on awhitegold chain, a

Huawei phonewitha

cracked screen, abrown

leatherwallet withteal

edges, aMazda keywith a

green Vbottle opener,two

keyswith black on them/

securitysystem fob/red tag,

agold Seiko men’s watch.

The followingproperty is

waitingtobeclaimed:A

red andblack wetsuit

(Kaiapoi).

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