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Flyride hits turbulence

By ROBYN BRISTOW

Agroup of Hanmer Springsresidents

and property owners say aflyride

proposed in the alpine villagewillruin

everything that is specialabout Conical

Hill.

The Friends of ConicalHill claimthe

push to establish the ride showsthe

HurunuiDistrictCouncil, and the

Hanmer Springs ThermalPools and

Spa (HSTPS), which is owned by the

counciland driving the proposal, have

no socialconscienceover the effectthe

flyridewill have on property owners

and residents.

HSTPS has applied for resource

consentfrom Hurunui District Council

to construct and operatethe Flyride.

There has been 55 submissions to the

consentwhich willbeheard beforean

independent commissioner. Ahearing

date has yet to be set.

The proposal consistsofacable track

system on seven poles.

The rideisprovidedintrolleys

suspended from the cable track, and it

changesdirection at each pole.

It is being funded by $2.123mfrom the

government’sinfrastructure funding

scheme and $123,000 from the

Provincial Growth Fund.

The sametype of ride was proposed

for Taupobut was withdrawn over the

same concerns voiced by local

residents,the group says.

Ross Carter, aHanmer Springs

resident and business owner,says,the

council and the HSTPS are driven

purely by ‘‘profit and growth’’ at the

expense of the environment and

wildlife,people’s enjoyment of public

space,and the mental healthand wellbeing

of the public.

‘‘We hasten to add that we are not

againstthe proposal itself. We just don’t

like where they’re putting it. There are

plentyofhills around Hanmer.

‘‘A flyride can go on any one of the

many hills around Hanmer. And it

could be more fun too,’’ he says.

Mr Carter says the proposed flyride

will onlygoatwalking speed.

‘‘Pickany otherhill,and theycould go

faster. They don’t needtospoilConical

Flyride ... Arider superimposed on to aHanmer Springs background.

Hill to createaFlyride.’’

The Friends are critical of the

process where the councilgets to

decide if abusinessitowns and benefits

from can build on public reserve land.

‘‘We (TheFriends) are deeply

concerned aboutthe effects such aride

will have on amenity values, parking

concerns, privacyand the peace and

quietcurrently enjoyed by local

property ownersand residents.

‘‘ConicalHill is an iconicvisitor

experience, enjoyed by generations of

visitors for over100 yearswho walk the

hill for its naturalquiet, views and

birdlife.Rare and endangered species

of birds and geckos are present on the

hill.

‘‘They’ll never survive the

constructionofaFlyride in the middle

of their patch.’’

Mr Carter says the proposed ride

breaches severalrulesinthe Hurunui

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District plan including pole size, noise

limitsand lack of carparking.

Aresource consent was lodged by

HSTPS in April for the flyride on the

westernslopesofConicalHill,but it

stalled in May, beforebeing

resubmitted.

Pools generalmanager Graeme

Abbot said at the time of it stalling that

detailed planning hadshown some

poles wouldhave to be moved because

of the topography.

‘‘That sideofthe hillisundulating.

Some of thepoles needtobeincreased

in height, and more pinesneed to be cut

down thaninitially thought.’’

This, he said,was considered abig

change which came to light after the

consentapplication was lodged.

‘‘The information on the consent was

not as accurate as we wouldlike,sowe

have putitonhold until we have all the

detail,’’ he said.

Two more NC

events affected

Two moreevents have fallen victim to theCovid­19

alert levels.

Boththe North Canterbury Business Awards,

and theMainPowerLightFestival havebeen

postponed.

Covid­19 has forced the NorthCanterbury

Business Awards to be postponed until November.

TheGalaAwards Ceremonyhad been scheduled

to take placeinthe newMainPowerStadium in

Rangiora on September24, hosted by North

Canterbury Enterprise.

Business SupportManager, MilesDalton, on

behalf of the awards teamsaysENC is working

throughpotential dates,aswellasabackup plan

forholding an event, if ‘‘we arestill in level2’’.

‘‘These dates are allinNovemberand we will

confirm theexactdatesonce we haveworked out

thelogistics withall of our suppliers.

‘‘If youhave paid fortickets and areunable to

attend the new datewewillofcourse offer arefund

of the ticketprice,’’ Mr Daltonsays.

Atotal of 84 organisationsentered theawards,

with 62 selected to take partinthe gala event.

Judginghas beencompletedfor thewinners and

runners up in the eightcategories.

Voting in the NorthCanterbury News sponsored,

People'sChoice Award closed on August11.

The winners andrunners­up willbeannounced

at the GalaEvening.

Meanwhilethe MainPowerLight Festivalhas

beenpostponeduntilthe Covid­19AlertLevel

returns to 1.

The lighting extravaganzawas to runfrom

September16to18, at Rangiora’s Victoria Park.

Event spokesman KarlHowarth saysthe trust

behindthe venture has decided Level2does not

workfor theevent.

However, thetrustisconfidentthe show will go

on in the near future when there is certainty

aroundareturn toLevel 1.

Meanwhileitiscontinuingtofinetune the event

which has athemeof‘‘Bigger, Better, Brighter’’.

Twice as many lightswillbeinstalled thanatlast

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Businesses agile and optimistic

By DAVID HILL

Rangiora and Kaiapoi retailers are once

again proving to be resilient in the face

of Covid­19.

Last week's move to Alert Level 3

allowed for areturn ‘‘to alittle bit of

normality’’ ahead of this week’s move to

Level 2, Rangiora Promotions

chairperson Ross Ditmer says.

‘‘I think this time around there's more

optimism. Last time Level 4was for an

initial period of four weeks, but this

time there was always hope it wouldn't

be for as long and it's not as scary

because we've been here before.

‘‘I'm optimistic businesses will survive

and thrive in this environment.’’

Level 3allowed retailers and food

outlets to offer ‘‘click and collect’’ and

delivery services, with the Rangiora

RSA Club offering aservice where lunch

and dinner meals could be delivered

cooked or frozen, says Mr Ditmer, who is

also Rangiora RSA Club president.

The only event Rangiora Promotions

has cancelled so far is the monthly ‘‘Last

Wednesday Club’’ catch­up with

members.

Planning is continuing for Celebration

Night in November and the Santa

Parade and Party in the Park in

December, in anticipation of areturn to

Level 1.

With the Christchurch Santa Parade

already cancelled, Mr Ditmer says the

Santa Parades are expected to provide a

much needed boost to Kaiapoi and

Rangiora retailers.

Deputy Mayor Neville Atkinson says

he is confident Kaiapoi can bounce back

quickly from its latest setback.

‘‘I hope for the sake of our businesses

and people's lives that we can start to

return to some form of normality.

‘‘But I'm not sure what normality is

anymore after the experience of the last

11 years.’’

Local retailers reaped the benefits of

apost­lockdown bounce last year, but Mr

Atkinson warns it may not be as fruitful

this time round.

‘‘This time I'm not sure the same

amount of money will be there, but I

guess it will come down to whether

people have saved any money in two to

three weeks of lockdown.

‘‘I suspect that if you were going to buy

ashirt on the Friday, then you will

probably still buy it when the shops open

up, so Ithink retailers will recover

quickly.

‘‘But certainly for those in hospitality

or tourism you can't really make it up.’’

During lockdown Mr Atkinson says he

has been conducting the affairs of the

district from his spare room, with

regular meetings on Zoom.

‘‘The best message at the moment is to

be kind because people have different

circumstances and we do need to

acknowledge that.’’

NZ Show committee pressing on

By DAVID HILL

Chris Harris has been looking forward to

presiding over the New Zealand

Agricultural Show for longer than most.

The Canterbury A&P Association

president was ready to stepupfor last

year'sshow,until it was cancelled due to

Covid­19 uncertainty.

While the country was throwninto

lockdown againlast month, Mr Harris

says the show committee and

management teamare pressing ahead

with show preparations in the hope the

regionwill return to AlertLevel 1intime

for the November show.

‘‘It'sbeen draggedout, so as long as we

get to do it this year,wewill be happy.

‘‘We are moving ahead in the hopethat

it's going to happen,but we have access to

aloan which we hope we won't haveto

access.

‘‘The biggest worry for ashow

president is normallyawet show.’’

The ChristchurchCity Council, which

owns Canterbury Agricultural Park, has

agreedtomake a$1millionloan

available to the associationinthe event

Covid­19 forces the cancellationofthe

show for the second year running.

‘‘We have regular meetings withthe

council, so theyknow whatweare up to

all the time.

‘‘We had to come up with aplan to

make sure we had abackstop.

‘‘The council recogniseshow

important Cup and Show Weekare to the

regionand they wantustoput on the

show.’’

The last 18 months have been a

challenging time for the association,with

the iconic show beingcancelled last

November, Mr Harris says.

Experienced horseman ... Chris Harris has

represented New Zealand in show jumping

grand prix international events and in tests

against Australia.

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‘‘Weare here now because of the work

of the various committees and the

generoussupporttoour ‘showsaviour'

campaign and from our sponsors.’’

Despite the uncertainty, Mr Harris

saysthe showcommittee and

management team haveopted not to

scale back,meaning the show will have

the usual variety people have come to

expect.

‘‘Inthe woodchopping there probably

won't be as many competitors because

theywon't have the Australiansand

there'sunlikely to be any overseas judges

unlessthey're alreadyinthe country.’’

Based on afour hectare lifestyle block

at Aylesbury, betweenKirwee and West

Melton, Mr Harrisand his wife Maria

have had along association with horses.

‘‘I'vebeen with horsesmywhole life.

‘‘We used to haverace horses,

gallopers,and I've always been involved

in the equestrian section predominantly

in the show jumping.

‘‘Thisshow will be the firstyear since

Iwas 15­years­old, 36 years ago,that I

haven't been competing.

‘‘There'sjust too many jobsas

president,soIwill be watching this

year.’’

Mr Harris has represented New

Zealand in showjumping grand prix

international events and in tests against

Australia.

These days he is aNew Zealand

showjumping selector.

Aformer racehorse breeder, Mr Harris

now doescontractmowing for aliving.

Over the last few yearsthe couple has

cut backonthe horses and now has just

five show jumpers.

As Mrs Harris works for Harness

RacingNew Zealand, she will be

unavailable for most show events this

year, leaving the couple's14­year­old

daughter Kimberly to tag along with dad

at the show.

‘‘She willprobably comealongand tell

me how bad my speeches are,’’MrHarris

jokes.

The New Zealand AgriculturalShow is

due to be held at Canterbury Agricultural

Park from November 10 to 12.

Tickets are now on sale,with children

able to attendthe showfor free thanks to

the support of the KiwiGaming

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Flood protectionattitudesinmany parts of

New Zealand are frustratingaKaiapoi

businessman.

Hydro Response managing director Clay

Griffin says he has gained little traction for

hisflood protection barriers in New

Zealand.

Instead he has sold the technology to

Australia and beyond, and recently had a

spell in Dubaiwhere he usedittohold

back water while afountain was being

fixed.

Mr Griffin says many districts opt to fill

sandbags, or take a‘‘donothing approach’’

as the floodwatersthreaten.

He has 400 metres of the Swedish­made

barriers whichsell for around $1000 a

metre.They are flat­packed, steel­framed

with aluminium panels, can stand up to 2.4

metres, and arelined with tarpaulins.

They can often be seen in waterways,

creating dry zones,and diverting water

while civil projects suchasbridge repairs

arecarried out. These projects are his

‘‘breadand butter’’.

But Mr Griffin wants to see them being

used to protect property,particularly as

more floodsare expected due to Climate

Change.

He says his gear, whichincludes

inflatable bladders, could have encircled

the Westport Hospital in the recent floods,

and saved an important infrastructural

asset fromhaving to be evacuated.

Alternatively it could have protected four

or five houses, reducing the flood’s impact

on alot of people.

But his offerofhelp went unheeded,

despitebeing ready to transport the gear

before the roads closedand the townwas

under seigefrom the floods.

Mr Griffin is also confident the

technologycouldhelp out if astopbank is

about to breach,buying time for those

trying to plugthe breach or get people to

safety.

‘‘But people seem to prefertothrow

their handsinthe air and run to the hills.’’

Mr Griffin heapspraise on the

Waimakariri DistrictCouncil and the local

civil defence teamwho several yearsago

boughta30­metrelengthofinflatable

flood barrier which has been used to

protect roads,houses and variousother

infrastructure.

He has lentthe council his gear,

mentoredNorthCanterbury Civil Defence

personnel on its use,delivered training

sessionstoCivil Defence volunteer teams

andhelped outwith the Civil Defence

cadet programme. His work for the council

is voluntary. Mr Griffin was awarded a

Community Service Awardlast year for his

selfless contributiontoresident’s welfare,

and his generosity.

WaimakaririMayorMrGordon saysMr

Griffin has ‘‘unstintingly demonstrated his

goodwill towards civil defence in the

district and care forhis community’’.

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contribution of his personal time to many

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Agricultural industry voice needs reviewed

By ROBYN BRISTOW

The agricultural industry is beinglet

down in the environmental regulation

space, says Rural Advocacy Network

(RAN)chairJamieMcFadden.

Mr McFadden says whileBeef+Lamb,

DairyNew Zealand and Federated

Farmers all operate efficiently in the

research space, throughon­farm

management, environmental issues,

floods and givegood soundemployment

advice, no­one was looking afterthe

farmers at the grassrootslevel of coping

with the avalancheofenvironmental

regulation.

‘‘Farmers are getting cross.

‘‘Farmers are trying to work with aflood

of regulations, but they arehaving to deal

with way too many unworkable

regulations,’’hesays.

‘‘They are struggling with the sheer

volume of regulations—impractical stuff

that is coming through.’’

Farmers needed to be empowered, not

spendtheir time ticking boxes in an

environmental plan.

‘‘Farmers needed to have buyinfirst

and foremost. That is the golden rule.’’

Mr McFadden says it is timefor awideranging

industry review on how the

industry voice operates.

‘‘It needs to happen becauseitisnot

working,’’ he says.

The RAN has formed an alliance with

Groundswell NZ, afarmers lobbygroup

whichhas its rootsinSouthland and

Otago.

In recent daystherehas been a

reported rift between Federation

Farmers and Groundswell.

Mr McFadden says Groundswell had

strong support in some provinces from

Federated Farmers for its Howl of a

Protest, and from some individual

Federated Farmer’s members. In other

areasFederatedFarmers membershad

been critical.

‘‘Everyoneisentitled to aview.

Groundswell avoided criticising other

organisations.

‘‘We don’t bite back, particularly if

other organisations are having pot shotsat

us.’’

Mr McFadden saysbehindthe scenes

RANand Groundswell are tryingto

advocateonbehalf of grassroots farmers,

many of whom are members of several

industrygroups.

‘‘Isee alot of farmers questioning the

whole advocacy model.There are too

many groups,’’ Mr McFadden says.

There had beenameetingofindustry

groups in Wellington prior to lockdown

where therewas some pretty frank

discussion,hesays.

He strongly believes strongly there

needs to be aposition statement from all

industrygroups.

As he moved aroundNew Zealandprior

to lockdown he discovered groups and

farmers had thesame concernsasRAN

about thestate of an industry voice and

unworkable environmental regulations.

Groups like Groundswell and RAN

would not have needed to begin tackling

these issues if there had alreadybeen a

unified voiceinthe environmental

regulation area.

‘‘Ilovedoing environmental work,’’Mr

McFadden said as he planted natives

along aRangiora stream to help protect it.

‘‘But thereisall this otherstuff

happening and we have got to get it right.

Seeingfarmerssuffering is what

mobilises me to keepworkingontheir

behalf,’’ he says.

‘‘Iappreciate the texts. That is what

keepsmegoing. We have to get it right

becausethere is so much wrongthat is not

helpingand making it worse, such as

Significant Natural Areas (SNAs).’’

‘‘It is adog of apolicy and needstobe

thrown out.’’

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Local group looks to future

By GINA MCKENZIE

Alocal water catchmentgroup is

looking to the future.

Establishing acollectivevoice

and providinganopportunity for

the community to have asay on

freshwater are some of the reasons

behind the formation of the Sefton

Saltwater Creek CatchmentGroup,

whichisdue to celebrateits first

anniversary thismonth.

The group’s visionis: ‘‘healthy

waterways, healthy land,healthy

people, healthy future’’.

Co­ordinatorCarolyne Latham, a

localfarmer, says the catchment

area contains amix of farms,

lifestyle blocks, industry and the

smalltowns of Ashley, Seftonand

Balcairn.

The catchmentarea is bordered

by Te Aka Aka/AshleyEstuary and

the coast on the easternside and

extends into AshleyDowns on the

western side.

The group provides people from

differentbackgrounds with an

opportunity to get involved in

learningabout and improving the

localenvironment.

‘‘We had 31 peopleatour initial

meeting ayear ago, who gave us a

mandate to form the group and

interestisongoingfromnew

members.’’

Ms Latham saysthe first year has

been ‘‘a bit of afact­finding

mission’’,with several meetings

and aseriesoffield trips across the

catchment.

‘‘We’ve had presentations on the

current stateofwaterways

including Te Aka Aka/ Ashley

Estuary and we’velearned how to

take stream water samplesand

assess streamhealth.

Forestry ... Sefton Saltwater Creek Catchment Group members learned

about environmental regulations for plantation forests during arecent

visit to Ashley Forest hosted by Rayonier Matariki Forests. PHOTO: GINA MCKENZIE

‘‘We’ve also visitedretention

areas on hill­fed Stony and Fox’s

creeksand learned howthey

function to capturesediment in

run­off beforeitreaches spring­fed

streams on the flats.

‘‘It’s verymuch alocally­led

initiativewith members setting the

directionand deciding whatthey

need to know in terms of meeting

the group’s vision for ahealthy

catchment.’’

One of the members hosted the

group on their lifestyle blockto

demonstrate how minor

earthworks suchasswales and

bunding could be used to slow

water,soak it into the ground, stop

erosion and settlesedimentout.

In May,the group visited Ashley

Forestwith Rayonier Matariki

Forests.

Ms Latham says thissite visit

covered the entire headwaters of

the catchment and provided an indepth

understanding of the

environmental regulationsthat

plantation forests are required to

operate under, alongwith weed

and pest control and general

forestry management. The group

has discussed expanding water

monitoring networks within the

catchment as there is minimal

monitoring undertaken and

limited knowledge about the state

of Stony and Fox’s creeks,which

are bothhill­fed.

‘‘We’re keentoestablish a

baseline to enablebenchmarking

and identify trends overtime,

which will increaseour knowledge

of local waterways,’’ Ms Latham

says.

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Alarm at online

video scam

By SHELLEY TOPP

An online video showing an

elderly woman who avoided

being robbedbyactivating a

personal alarm is believed to

be ascam.

The video has now been

removed, but the woman in it

was saidtobeinaRangiora

supermarket car park where it

was alleged she used her

personal alarm to scare off a

robbertrying to snatchher

handbag.

The woman recommended

the personal alarm and said

she would have beenrobbed

without it. But, the video did

not seem to have been filmed

in any of Rangiora's

supermarket carparks.

Waimakariripolice are not

aware of arobberyattempt,

and say the ‘‘crime repor’’is

most likely afake news scam.

‘‘I have not heard of this

particularscam but Iamnot

surprised,’’ SeniorConstable

Tony Maw says.

‘‘Thisone differsslightly as

it is more of amarketing scam

as opposedtothe majority we

see.

The latest scam doingthe

roundsiswhere aperson will

call up claiming to be from a

bank advising of fraudulent

actiononyouraccount.,’’ he

says.

‘‘Theythen convince you to

allow them accesstoyour

computer wherebythey empty

your account. Some of these

scammers alsouse unwitting

mules to receive the money

before asking them to wire it

overseas.’’

Grey Power New Zealand's

national president Jan

Pentecost, of Rangiora, says

people shouldprotect

themselves against scams by

becoming more aware of how

scammers work.

She recommends theyread

the Retirement Commission’s

The Little Black Bookof

Scams.

The commission'sfraud

education manager, Bronwyn

Groot, says scamsare

becoming increasingly more

sophisticated, constantly

changing and causing

devastating losses to New

Zealanders.

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people could download to

read and sharewith their

friendsand community groups

to help everyoneraise

awareness aboutthe different

types of fraud. The Little

Black Book of Scams is that

resource tool. It outlines how

scammers target theirvictims

and trick them intoparting

with their money,’’ she says.

It gives tips on how people

can protect themselves, points

out the ‘red flags’ that give

away ascam, what to do if you

have fallen for one,and the

variousagenciestowhichyou

can reportdifferent types of

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OPINION

6 The North Canterbury News, September 9, 2021

Business as usual

despite Alert levels

Last time Iwroteitwas just prior to

lockdown and the unfortunate returnof

community infectionofthe coronavirus.

Eventful Hurunui was about to host a

free workshop for eventplanners within

the district, like many events

postponementwas necessary,however

the board has rebooked this session for

Tuesday, September 21 at 6pm at The

BetterHalf, Leithfield.

Bookings are essential and are

dependent on Covid­19 levelsand the

appropriateprotocols that level brings.

We at the Hurunui District Council

were alsoimpacted by planning

community eventsparticularly in regard

to the engagementfor the 3Waters

Reform.

Nevertheless last weekwehostedfour

zoom sessions to enable interaction with

our community.

Fellowcouncillorsand Iare thankful

to membersofour district who took the

time to contact us via zoom, email or

facebook and shared their concerns on

this matter of significance.

Over the past10years successive

governments have proposed that larger

water entities wouldbemore efficient.

The Department of Internal Affairs on

behalfofcentral government have been

charged at looking at the ‘‘casefor

change’’ and startedfromapolicy

position, stating that internationally

amalgamated water entitieshave been

provenmore effective and efficientthan

smaller private, or council owned

delivery systems.

The CanterburyMayoral Forum has

written to Minister Mahuta seeking a

‘‘pause and reset’’.

If you wish to read through the range

of question’s we haveposedthey are

available on the websitefor you to view

alongside otherrelevant information.

Your informal feedbacktodate is

valuable as it tests our assumptions and

the thinking of councillors.

Here, in the Hurunui we believeitis

importanttokeep our small

communitiesaliveand vibrantasit

supports local employment, education,

health, policing, economic activity and

volunteer servicessothey are kept

relevant and accessible.

Many of thecomments sent to me

Marie Black

indicate concerns that the current

thinking to centralisepower is eroding

localdemocracyand is unacceptable –

localdemocracyallows yourvoice to be

heard.

The current environment for

proposed change in Three waters, the

RMA and health,toname only afew,

reminds me of aquote Irecently read

from Dwight Einsenhower:“Farming

looksmightyeasy when your plough is a

pencil and you are athousand miles

away from the cornfield”.

On adifferent note there havebeen

reports of rubbishbeingdumped in

some of our riverbeds. Thisisnot

acceptable behaviouraswework hard

to promotegood environmental

outcomes.Itdisappoints me whenthis

occurs. We shouldprideourselves on

better outcomes.

Keep up the great work in rolling out

the vaccinations.The health centres

have really steppeduptosupport us.

Many thanks also goestothe teachers

who are supporting our youngpeople

through thisunsettled period for

learning.

And lastbut not least—farmers and

growers.

We havecome through achallenging

winter, but we lookforward to a

favourable response in spring.

Take care

Wage subsidy delays

Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says wage

subsidy delays are putting extra

pressure on local businesses already

fighting to stay afloat.

After posting to social media last week

he was inundated with calls for help,

from sole traders to large business

owners, all experiencing delays with

their applications.

‘‘In one case, an employer paid out

more than 80 staff in good faith, and was

left in adire situation when her subsidy

payment did not arrive.

‘‘People are understandably very

frustrated with these delays, with the

added financial strain compounding

their stress at adifficult and uncertain

time’’

Doocey said given this was not the first

time the wage subsidy had been rolled

out, it was appalling to be hearing of

such awidespread problem.

‘‘Now these struggling businesses are

told to reapply every two weeks for the

wage subsidy, another bureaucratic

burden adding even more stress,’’ he

said.

‘‘Without access to the subsidy in afair

and timely manner, the end result will

be businesses closing and people out of

work.’’

On top of the delays accessing the

subsidy, communication to business

owners had been sorely lacking, Doocey

said.

‘‘We have accommodation providers

and tourism operators here struggling to

even find out whether they can open,

and if so, how they should be doing it.

‘‘There is no clear guidance coming

from the Government, at atime when the

sector is already at rock bottom.’’

Incentive popular

AMainPower initiative to provide staff

withanincentive to get vaccinated

against Covid­19isbeingimplemented

by other Kiwicompanies.

The goal of the North Canterbury

electricity distribution company’s

``Take Two for the Team Challenge''

initiative is to get90per cent of its

workers fullyvaccinated by December

1.

If thatgoal is achieved, the company

willgive every fullyvaccinated

employee an extra dayoff as special

leave.

The initiative is having apositive

effect with 15% of MainPower staff fully

vaccinated,and 80% through their first

vaccination.

Now several othercompanies,

including otherelectricity distributors,

nationwide have also adopted the Take

Two for theTeam initiative.

``It is really positive to see the

initiative takingoff,'' MainPower’s

communications and sponsorship

adviser Emma Hyde says.

MainPower chief executiveAndy

Lester says as an essential provider

service for NorthCanterbury it was

important for MainPowerstafftobe

vaccinated againstthe virus.

It only takes onestaff memberto

contract Covid­19 to potentially infecta

large number of people including

workmates, familyand more than 42,000

MainPowercustomers, Mr Lestersays.

The companywantedtooffer special

leave to vaccinated staff to thankthem

for helping to keeptheir colleagues and

the community safe.

Lost and found property

The followingproperty has been reported as lostinNorth Canterbury­have

you seen it?

Asmall brown leather card holder, ablackSamsung cellphone withametal

ringholderonthe back of the phone,acreamleatherwallet and cream and

black insidethe wallet, brownleather wallet,asmall blackbackpack style

backpack containing agoldcoloured wallet/makeup/personal itemsand $250

cash, asmall black purse withzip,black “Guess” wallet with silver writing,

ablueand yellow Torpedo Seven kayak withblack gumboots/``Seipp”dark

grey Tshirt/silverand black oar/20m brightpinkrope,awhite SamsungS10

plus128G, asilver old cigarette case usedasawallet,alightbrownwallet,

and aS10 Samsung phone in ablack case,

The following propertyiswaiting tobeclaimed:

An Apple iPhone (Cheviot),aniPhone with purple back in clear case with

red andyellowsidebuttons (Kaiapoi), agrey DJI MavicMini Drone (Kaiapoi),

ablack Bryton Rider10GPS bike computer(Kaiapoi),ablueWheeler

mountainbike(Kaiapoi), and ablack contractors wheelbarrow (Rangiora).

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Under consideration ... Protestors call on the government to consider the Woodend

Bypass at arally last year.

PHOTO: FILE

Bypass reconsidered

The Woodend Bypassisback on radar,but

MattDooceywantscertainty for

community.

The Woodend communityshould be

proud of itsachievementsingetting the

Woodend Bypassback on to the radar, the

Waimakariri MP says.

But he is disappointed the community

willhave to wait at least three moreyears,

after the project was missingfromthe

National Land TransportPlan 2021/24,

released thisweek.

‘‘Today’sannouncementisakickinthe

gutsbythe government to Woodend

residents with no referencetothe

Woodend Bypassinthe plan,’’MrDoocey

says.

‘‘I havebeenfighting for this projecton

behalfofthe community foryears.

‘‘I havetaken thevoices of ourresidents

all theway to the TransportMinister and

haveraised theneed for abypass in

Parliament.’’

Mr Doocey sayshehas advocated

consistentlytoWakaKotahiNZTA

includingbringing representatives direct

to the community.

‘‘Residents packedout my rally in

Woodend lastyeartomaketheir feelings

clear that abypass is needednow.

‘‘Weweregutted when it was leftoff the

Canterbury Regional LandTransportPlan

2021/2031, adoptedbyECan in June.’’

Mr Doocey saysheput in asubmissionto

the Canterbury Regional LandTransport

committee,making it clearthe Woodend

community did not feelsafewithastate

highway passingthrough it.

‘‘I thenmet withthe committeechairto

drive home theurgencyofthisproject,

withdaily traffic movementsreaching

20,000aday throughthe town.’’

In spite of allthe efforts,the draft Plan

listedthe WoodendBypassasan‘onthe

horizon’ project only, leaving campaigners

feelinglet down.

On Monday thecommitteeannouncedit

had asked Waka Kotahi NZTAtoconsider

bringing the projectforwardinresponseto

the feedback,and Mr Doocey questioned

why it was not in thethree­year plan.

‘‘I’m calling on WakaKotahitodotheir

bit and committothisproject to give our

residents certainty.Iwill notstop fighting

for themuntil the bypassbecomesa

reality.’’

NEWS

The North Canterbury News, September 9, 2021 7

Waimak will bounce back

By DAVIDHILL

‘‘We will get through this’’, says

Waimakariri Mayor Dan Gordon.

The Waimakariri District Council has

planning in place for all alert levels and

was ready for yesterday’s move to Alert

Level 2, he says.

‘‘Great news that we are now at Alert

Level 2and thanks to everyone for their

efforts and understanding.

‘‘Following the rules will mean we get

to Level 1sooner and remember where

you can, please support local .’’

The council's website has aCovid­19

page which is regularly updated to

explain what each alert level means, Mr

Gordon says.

‘‘We recommend that people go there

as asource for truth about what it means

for our buildings and services and

libraries, or people can ring our

customer service line on 0800 WMK GOV

(0800 965 468.

‘‘We have been here before and we will

get through it again. We are better

practiced at it than we were last year and

talking to people, they were ready for

Level 2.’’

Mr Gordon acknowledged it was a

concern for organisers of large events,

which need to be at Alert Level 1tobe

sustainable.

But he is confident Waimakariri can

bounce back from this latest setback.

“Yes it can. We have aresilient

community and Inoticed how anumber

of businesses instigated ‘Click and

Collect' last week when we moved to

Level 3.’’

Like many people, Mr Gordon made the

most of the move to Level 3last week,

picking up acoffee from Coffee Culture,

before tucking into McDonalds and

enjoying aChinese takeaway over the

weekend.

During lockdown the Mayor has been

working from home with ‘‘back­to­back’’

Dan Gordon

Zoom meetings each day, including daily

meetings with the council’s senior

management team.

He has also had regular catch ups

online and over the phone, including

with local police, business leaders and

Grey Power, while acouncil meeting was

due to held on Zoom on Tuesday.

‘‘The disruption has been huge and I

certainly feel for our businesses and

other people who have been impacted,

but I've been impressed at how people

have adapted and supported each other,

and that's how we will survive this,’’ Mr

Gordon says.

‘‘Let's all hope we get back to Level 1

soon, but we don't know what's around

the corner, so it's important we stay

positive and adapt to the circumstances

we are presented with.’’

Mr Gordon has his first Covid­19 jab

booked in for next week and encourages

others to get vaccinated if they haven't

already.

‘‘I want to thank our essential service

workers, including police, ambulance,

medical people and supermarket

workers for all the work you are doing

during this time.’’

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The North Canterbury News, September 9, 2021

Photographers make the most of lockdown

By SHELLEY TOPP

Rangiora Photographic Society

members are finding plenty to

photograph during lockdown.

For Arthur and Colleen

Linnell, afemale blackbird

nesting in aHeuchera plant at

the backdoor of their Rangiora

home has given them aunique

opportunity to photograph her

nesting and raising her chicks

at close range.

Arthur says it was fascinating

watching the bird build her

nest, but when it was completed

she disappeared for two days

leading him to believe she had

abandoned it.

However, two days later she

returned and laid her first egg.

Blackbirds mate for life and

also often reuse their nests. The

blackbird nesting at Arthur and

Colleen’s back door also nested

there last year and raised three

chicks.

Fellow members Robyn

Young and Robyn Carter, both

of Pegasus, are also finding

photography agreat source of

enjoyment in lockdown.

But early last Friday morning

their trip to the Waikuku

Estuary to photograph birdlife

took an unexpected ‘‘hilarious’’

turn when the friends, who are

nicknamed ‘‘the two Robyns’’ by

fellow members, became stuck

in mud after trying to retrieve a

piece of photographic

equipment.

The women have now given

themselves anew nickname,

‘‘the two Ronnies’’ after the

Home sweet home ... Afemale blackbird has taken up residence

nesting in apotted Heuchera plant under the porch at the back door of

Arthur and Colleen Linnell’s Rangiora home.

PHOTO: ARTHUR LINNELL

British comedians Ronnie

Barker and Ronnie Corbett.

‘‘We had heard that the

wrybills were back and we

wanted to get some photos of

them as they are only there for

ashort time each year,’’ Robyn

Carter says.

With whitebait running in the

river that morning the women

were treated to ‘‘a feeding

frenzy of shags, black­billed

gulls, black­backed gulls and

black­fronted terns, all

squabbling over the feast,’’ and

providing exciting

photographic opportunities.

But that came to ahalt after

Robyn Carter decided to pull

her monopod (stand), out of the

water and move it to better spot.

Part of it had been dislodged

in the muddy water and after

trying to retrieve it, eventually

gave up.

While washing her hands in a

pool nearby, she got stuck in the

surrounding mud.

‘‘Robyn (Young) offered me

her monopod end and slowly

pulled me to safety. But as Igot

to safety, Robyn (Young) went

over on her back into the mud.

‘‘I couldn’t even help her up

because Iwas laughing so

hard,’’ Robyn Carter says.

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10 The North Canterbury News, September 9, 2021

District Plan on agenda

Waimakariri's new draftDistrictPlan is

expectedtobeout for consultation soon.

The draft District Plan was due to be

discussed in aclosedsession at Tuesday's

council meeting, which was held on Zoom,

aheadofits release for public consultation

laterthis month.

‘‘It's abig piece of workwhich the council

has been working on for severalyears,’’

MayorDan Gordonsays.

Whilehewas unabletoelaborate on

what the draft District Plan will look like,

Mr Gordon noted that there has already

been considerable public engagement on

differentsectionsofthe document during

the District Plan Reviewprocess, including

on the Natural Hazards chapter.

Ahearings panel is due to be announced,

comprising two electedmembers, one iwi

representative and three independent

members,including an independent

chairperson.

Mr Gordon sayswhetherthe consultation

is conducted online or at publicmeetings

will dependonCovid­19 restrictions.

‘‘With the Three Waters Reform

engagement, we had alive onlinesession

on Facebookand we found that it worked

really well, so in futurewemay lookat

doingthatinaddition to public meetings.”

Buildings policy reviewed

Public feedback is sought on the

Waimakariri District Council's

dangerous buildings policy.

The council is reviewing it’s

Dangerous, Affected and Insanitary

Buildings Policy, with public feedback

welcome until September 24.

The policy provides guidelines for

managing dangerous buildings, or

those located nearby and buildings

that are contaminated or insanitary, in

away that reduces risk to people and

outlines the steps needed to reduce

danger, building unit manager Warren

Taylor says.

‘‘It’s an important tool we use to help

us make decisions like if abuilding is

safe to enter, or if fences or hoardings

are needed to keep people safe.

‘‘It was used alot following the

earthquakes with many damaged

buildings fenced off to keep people

away from any danger.’’

Dangerous, affected and insanitary

buildings are any where the conditions

mean the building or surrounding

buildings could pose apublic safety

risk.

This could be abuilding severely

damaged by fire which has lost its

structural integrity or it could be one

that causes neighbouring buildings to

be classified as ‘affected’.

Feedback can be made on the

council's website, letstalk.

waimakariri.govt.nz/buildingspolicy,

until Friday, September 24. Public

hearings are planned in October.

Property boom defies Covid

Covid­19 has failed to slow North

Canterbury's booming property market.

Even under lockdown restrictions,

houses have been selling like hot cakes,

while supply continues to be achallenge,

Bayleys Rangiora manager Ross Ditmer

says.

‘‘It's slowed down in terms of listings,

but in terms of houses already on the

market it's areal success story.’’

Under Alert Level 4all activity had to

be conducted online, with 100 percent of

scheduled online sales run by the

Bayleys Rangiora agents selling either at

auction or in the negotiations which

followed.

‘‘We did virtual viewings on Zoom

which was facilitated by the agent, with

the vendor filming at the property on

their phone and the buyer was able to ask

whatever questions they wanted,’’ Mr

Ditmer says.

‘‘We did it during last year's lockdown

and it actually works reasonably well.’’

With last week's move the Level 3, real

estate agents were able to host viewings

with strict guidelines, but no open

homes.

‘‘I know we've got an agent with 20+

people wanting to do aviewing on a

house, but we can only do two viewings a

day under Level 3soitneeds to be well

organised,’’ Mr Ditmer said last week.

Under the guidelines, vendors left the

property and left as many internal doors

open as possible to reduce contact.

Viewings were restricted to amaximum

of two people per viewing plus the agent.

Community funds available

Voting for applicants seeking support

from the MainPower Community Fund

closes tomorrow (Friday, September

10).

Money from the contestable fund is

available to community groups, cultural

organisations or schools operating in or

serving the North Canterbury region.

In each of the two funding rounds held

annually there is ashare of $30,000

available to be split between the

successful applicants.

There is $20,000 allocated for

community organisations and $10,000

distributed for North Canterbury

schools.

North Canterbury community

members are given the opportunity to

have their say about which charitable

organisations and school projects

should be supported by nominating the

applicants and voting for the finalists.

The recipients will be announced on

the MainPower website once all

recipients have been contacted which is

likely to be about two weeks.

The community fund was launched in

2015 and distributed $10,000 to two local

community groups.

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Te Wiki TiakiAoTūroa 4–12 Mahuru 2021

Conservation Week 4–12 September 2021

conservationweek.org.nz

Embrace nature during Conservation Week

People are being encouraged to take a

moment for nature at home, or online,

during the 52nd annual Conservation

Week, ending September 12.

Department of Conservation Director

General Lou Sanson says this year’s

Conservation Week focus has changed to

reflect the changing Covid­19 Alert

Levels.

‘‘Our health and wellbeing are

strengthened when we connect with

nature, which is so important now,’’ says

Mr Samson.

Arecent New Zealanders in the

Outdoors survey showed aclear link

between mental and physical health and

the outdoors.

The survey asked respondents to

describe the key benefits of spending

time outdoors: 41 percent referenced

their mental health as amotivation, 35%

referenced physical health, and 34%

cited adesire for connection with

nature.

Getting away from everyday routine

and reflecting were also considered

important.

‘‘Our team of rangers and fabulous

community and iwi groups around the

country had lots of great events planned,

which we hope we will be able to hold at

some point, but nature is adaptable, and

so are we.

‘‘Instead, we have come up with

innovative ways to make Conversation

Week happen online and at home with

activities to connect people to nature –

there is something for everyone.”

‘‘It’s great to see ahuge range of nontraditional

nature connection activities

for people to get their nature fix at the

moment, and our thousands of walks,

camps, and huts will be ready for you

when it’s safe to return to the outdoors.’’

Snap nature and win

Show us how you have taken a

moment for nature and win some

amazing conservation prizes.

In partnership with North

CanterburyNews, the Department of

Conservation, North Canterbury, is

running aphotocompetition to

celebrate Conservation Week.

Just send us an image of how you

have taken alocal moment for nature

over the next few weeks in the

distribution areacovered by North

CanterburyNews —the Waimakariri,

Hurunui and Kaikouradistricts.

Images can be of:

Celebrating nature –sharing your

favourite nativearea and image

Discovering nature ­native bird,

plant, insectorany other native

species aroundyou

Enjoying being in nature–walking,

mountain biking, hunting, fishing,

swimming or just sitting and thinking

Caring for nature ­planting atree,

pulling some weeds, clearing, or

setting atrap

Firstprize:Goodnature® A24 Rat &

StoatTrap (Worth $199).This gas

canisteroperated resetting trap

automatically kills rats, stoatsand

mice.

Second prize: DOC annualback

country hut pass (Worth$144). Keep it

for yourself to stay in any DOC

backcountrystandardand serviced

DOC huts,orgift it to afriend.

Thirdprize: A$75 gift voucher to

spendatthe Arthur’s PassVisitor

Centre.

Fourth prize: A$50 voucherfrom DOC

Motukarara Nurserywhich

specialises in germinating and

growing locally sourced Canterbury

native plants.

Just emailareasonable sized

imagesuitable for publication

(minimum 1MB, max 2MB) to

info@ncnews.co.nz.

Entriesclose5pm Friday,

Enjoying nature . Loburn School

students on the Kereru Loop Track at the

Mt Thomas Conservation area. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

September 24.

Include your name, address,

contactemail, phone number, and the

locationofthe image.

Imageswill be judged by the North

Canterbury News team. Winning

entries will be published in the North

Canterbury News in the 30 September

2021paper.

The DOC North Canterbury team

willcontactthe winning entries to

supply the prizes.

The North Canterbury News and

DOC reserve the righttouse the

winning imagesfor any furtheruse /

publication, crediting the

photographer.

For all otherimages, we will

contact you for approval if we would

like to use them for publication /

website, ensuring the photographeris

credited.

Protecting nature ... The Ashley Gorge Track and Trapping group. From left Keegan

Brenmer, Emma Warwick, Bailey Baker and John Burton.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Love nature in Covid times

What better time than alockdown to stop

and take notice of the naturearound you?

As well as discovering nature in your

back yard,inAlert Level2,you can visit the

native forests, reserves,parks,rivers and

beaches thatCanterburyhas to offer,so

this is an opportune time to explore.

Both doc.govt.nz and conservationweek.

org.nz websites provide awealth of

information and activitiesonhow you can

take amoment to notice /protect /celebrate/

nurture /remember /discover nature during

Conservation Week.

Suggestions on howtoembrace nature

any time:

Downloadanew nature wallpaper for

your phone lock screenorfor your next

digital meeting;

Go for avirtual walk to find penguins,

kakapo, or simply soak the views on a

GreatWalk;

Join acitizen science project;

Boost your wellbeing withDOCs

immersive digital nature experiencesby

tuning into our sound hub for podcasts,

nature audio and visual soundscapes.

Join the dailyConservation Week quiz at

conservationweek.org.nz;

Findmore inspiration on our

Conservation Blog for easy activities you

can do fromhome includingpot plants,

coffeewith nature, and nature

photography;

Wanttobecome an approved userof

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Takeamoment to refresh in nature on

your next dog walk. The DOCfoothill

forests, and Hanmer ForestPark are all

dog friendly. Readour blog to get some tips

and tricksfor when you are out withyour

dog.

Collect ToyotaKiwi Guardian (TKG)

medals. There are nine TKG adventure

sites in Christchurch and North

Canterbury,along with 16 activities where

you can earn action medals.

Do afive­minute bird countinyour

garden or local park, find out how on:

www.doc.govt.nz/our­work/five­minutebird­counts/.

Take a moment to

Take a moment to

Take a moment to

Take a moment to

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NEWS

14 The North Canterbury News, September 9, 2021

Toyota Kiwi Guardian programme popular

In spite of the untimely major rainfall

event in May wiping out the lastsectionof

the KereruLoop Track, the official

opening of the latest Toyota Kiwi

Guardiansite for North Canterbury still

wentahead.

Toyota NewZealand’s senior

management,the Department of

Conservation (DOC) staff and students

fromLoburn School were welcomed onto

the site at the Mt Thomas Conservation

area, by NgaiTuahuriri Kaumatua to

celebratethe 112th Toyota Kiwi Guardian

(TKG) site in Aotearoa/NewZealand.

Toyota NZ’s new CEO Neera Lala is very

committed and passionateaboutthis

programme run in collaboration with DOC

to encourage families to get outdoors,

explore nature, and take conservation

action.

As part of their National Senior

Management hui,the team and their

partnersmade aspecialtrip to Mt Thomas

Conservation Area nearRangiora, for the

officialopeningand some ‘‘hands on’’

worktoinstallthe Kiwi Guardian post by

the bridgeonthe KereruLoop Track.

Ten students from LoburnSchool’s

environmentalgroup were invited.

After the postwas blessed by the

Kaumatua,the students then presented

eachmember of theToyotateam with

their KereruLoop Track TKG medal.

In return, after lunch backatthe track

entrance, Toyota staff presentedeach

student withaTKG bag, sweatshirt, teeshirt,

and cap as futureambassadors for

thisfantastic initiative. The KereruLoop

Track has been extensively upgraded to

makeitinto an easy pleasantwalk for all

agesand abilities.

Reward ... The Toyota Giwi Guardian

medals.

PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

The 2.5 kilometre track has new culverts

and water tables, alongwith asmooth

gravelsurface.

Aslip and washout five minutes from

the end of thetrack meanspeople now

have to return the way they came.

However, it is expected to have the track

repaired by the end of October.

Ashley LoopTrack

The AshleyGorge Loop track, near

Oxford, was NorthCanterbury’s first TKG

site. Set up in December 2019 by

communityvolunteers,the adventure site

takes Kiwi kidsalongthe track developed

by the volunteers and past their extensive

trapping programmearoundAshley

Gorge.

Wash out .,. Toyota’s Senior Leadership Team digging out the picnic tableat Mt Thomas

which was buried after the May floods.

Sincegoing liveonthe DOC websiteon

19/12/2019,tothe latest lock down on

15/8/2021, atotal of 601 medalshave been

claimed.

Localvolunteer Emma Warwick, who

has been involved with the trackalong

with four other home­schooledstudents in

developing and maintaining tracks and

predator trapping aday aweek, has also

been analysing visitor use of the area.

Sinceatrack counter was installedin

November 2020, there were5827 userson

the track to March4,2021, averaging 52 per

day, an impressive number for a

community developed and managed track.

Working in partnership

The TKG programme was set up in 2016

withfundingsupport from Toyota New

Zealand in partnership withthe DOC.

It has grownfrom 20 sites to 112 today.

The sites,alongwith 16 at­home action

medal experiences, makes it fun and easy

for families to explore New Zealand,

increase their Kiwi kids’ connectionwith

nature, and help them become future

conservationguardians.


Iconic events lift resilience

By DAVID HILL

NEWS

The North Canterbury News, September 9, 2021

15

Kaikoura businessesare

continuing to be resilient in the

face of uncertainty.

DeputyMayorJulie Howden is

confident the towncan bounce

back after its latest setback, Covid­

19 lockdown.

‘‘Our town is pretty resilient and

we showed thatin2016 afterthe

earthquake,’’ she said last week.

‘‘We've got our cafesand

takeaways openunderLevel 3, so

peopleare enjoyinghavingatreat

and hopefully people will

continue to support them.’’

Movinginto spring brings a

renewed optimism in the town,

after the traditionallyquietwinter

season, with iconicevents coming

up suchasthe Kaikoura Cup Race

Day and the Kaikoura Hop.

‘‘Whenthis lockdown comes to

an end, it will be interestingtosee

whether we get the same influx of

people,’’CrHowden says.

‘‘Lastyear our businesses got a

real boost fromthe post­lockdown

bounce, so hopefully the summer

seasonwill be agood one.

‘‘It'sareal shame for Doug and

Fonda (O'Callahan)with the Hop

being postponed, but let'sjust

hope thatthey can get asuccessful

day of it in November.’’

While the Kaikoura Cup could

be held under Level 2, Cr Howden

says it needs to be backatLevel 1

to support the crowd it typically

draws to the South Bay

Racecourse and for the

community to get the full benefit.

‘‘They've got Level 3races at

Addington,but only the drivers

Iconic event ... Kaikoura needs its iconic events like the Kaikoura Cup

to go ahead as planned.

PHOTO: RACE IMAGES

and trainersand officials are

allowedtoattend, so we could run

it at Kaikouraunder Level 2, but it

would be difficult to manage the

crowd and how do you turn people

away?

‘‘It's areal iconic eventand we

get on to Sky (television) and that's

how we get alot of Australians

coming here, althoughwewon't

get them this year unlessthey're

already in the country.’’

Other events,including the

ElementsNZKaikoura Triathlon

in January and the Kaikoura A&P

ShowinFebruaryare set to draw

people intothe town, subject to

Alert Levels.

Cr Howdenwonders whether

the government's support

packages shouldincludean

eventsfund, to help reduce the

anxieties of event organisers.

‘‘We need these events to

happen, but it's hardfor

organisers to keepplanning when

it's so uncertain and they face the

prospect of huge costs if they're

forcedtocancel.’’

Cr Howdenisalso amember of

the Kaikoura Trotting Club

committeeand her brother, Ben

Smith,isthe president.She is also

alocal business owner and serves

on the Destination Kaikoura

board.

Cadets ... The local air cadets are to receive acharter.

Charter postponed

Covid­19 hasforced the

postponement of the localAir

Cadets' charter parade planned

for thismonth.

Due to the large numbers of

people expected to attend, the

No 88 DistrictofWaimakariri

Squadron has decided to move

it's plannedcharter parade with

Road cone beacon

By ROBYN BRISTOW

Anew beaconisshining brightly

in Loburn.

An orangeroad conehas

appeared atop atree at the

intersection of Dunlops and

Barkers Roads.

It is just acoupleofhundred

metres up the roadfrom atree

that was felledindarkness

during lockdown.

It had sported an orange

cone,which appeared following

the 2010 earthquake. The cones

were in abundance in the early

days of earthquakerecovery

work.

Waimakariri MayorDan

Gordon to Sunday, October 31.

Mr Gordon is due to present the

cadets with acharter from the

Waimakariri District Council

confirming the name change

and granting them permission

to paradeinthe district's town

centres on special occasions.

In recenttimes the cone

would disappear,and then

mysteriouslyreappear afew

dayslater.

The fallentree seemingly has

become folklore, judging by the

furore over its felling.

The reappearanceofthe

cone, atop atree not far away

has beenwelcomed by dozens of

folkonthe local Facebookpage.

Police are investigating the

incident duringwhich it is

allegedtwo peoplecut the pine

down.

It fell across the roadatthe

Makerikeri River bridge,

narrowlymissing amotorist.

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North Canterbury News, September 9, 2021

17

Young Farmers entries

Entries are open for the 2022 FMG Young

Farmer of the Year contest.

The 54th annual edition of the iconic

event is due to kick­off on October 9,

subject to alert level status, with district

contests scheduled for Otago /Southland,

Aorangi and Northern.

The Tasman region's contests are

scheduled for October 16 (Tasman South)

and 30 (Tasman North).

Sixteen district contests will be held

throughout the country during October

and November to select eight finalists in

each of the seven regions, for finals

which will be held early next year.

The 2022 grand final is due to be held

in Whangarei in July.

NZYF board chairperson Kent Weir

says he would love to see more member

participation in the district contests to

support their club mates who volunteer

their time and energy to convene the

competition.

‘‘This is the perfect time to enter

yourself, your club mates, your work

mates and even your partners into the

district contests to have abit of fun and

earn acold one at the end of the day.

‘‘It’s agood opportunity to not just test

yourself and benchmark yourself against

your peers, but achance to meet new

people, connect with the community,

potentially learn athing or two and get

off the farm and socialise with others in

the industry.’’

Having been ayoung farmers club

member for nine years, Mr Weir says he

knows all too well the banter that

happens in clubs and says ‘‘the best

challenge comes from your mates’’.

‘‘Get all of your mates involved, have a

laugh and find out who actually brings

what to the table ­especially seeing as

districts are all about practical

challenges,’’ he says.

The iconic contest was first held in

1969 and showcases New Zealand’s

agriculture, food and fibre sector.

The contest is supported by FMG,

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Homebaking is onceagain providing a

welcome distraction formany Kiwis

during the Covid­19 lockdown.

Manysupermarket shelves were

stripped of flour shortly after the

lockdown announcement.

Although Iamakeen baker Iwas

unable to do much bakinglastyear

because Icouldn’tget any flour during

lockdown.

Thistime around Ihad more flour in

stock compared to last year, so Ihave

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variations in different countries since

then.

Europeannuns are believed to have

introduced theirvariation of the cookies

to Mexico, where they are now

traditionally offered at weddings.

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3/4 of acup of sugar

2cups of standard flour

1/2 acup of finely chopped blanched

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1/2 acup of finely chopped pecans

1tablespoonoffinely gratedorange

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rind

1teaspoon of vanillaessence

1egg yolk.Icingsugar for dusting

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By DAVID HILL

NEWS

The North Canterbury News, September 9, 2021

19

Oxford has come through the latest

Covid­19 lockdown unscathed.

The town and surrounding rural

community have once again shown

resilience in the face of adversity, say

Waimakariri district councillor Wendy

Doody and Oxford Community Trust

chairperson Thomas Robson.

Cr Doody was pleased to see locals

out supporting retailers with ‘‘click

and collect’’ under Alert Level 3last

week, while Oxford Fresh Choice, the

butcher, pharmacy and medical centre

staff have supported the community

throughout the lockdown.

Medical staff have been delivering

Covid­19 vaccines to locals at the

Jaycee rooms.

‘‘As councillors we have been busy

on Zoom meetings,’’ Cr Doody says.

‘‘It is agreat source to keep in touch

with what is happening in our district,

with the District Plan in its final

reading before being delivered for

consultation this month and the Three

Waters Strategy consultation also

conducted online.’’

Mr Robson says the lockdown

experience has largely been positive,

considering the circumstances.

‘‘The weather meant that many of us

could catch up on DIY projects and

gardening, and Isaw many people out

walking and enjoying the winter

sunshine.

‘‘Because we are in arural

settlement Iamalso aware of many

people who are essential workers in

the agricultural sector that did not get

to enjoy abreak during lockdown, but

continued to work to ensure animals

were kept well, fed and cared for.’’

The Oxford Community Trust has

been operating throughout the

Thomas Robson

lockdown to support the elderly and

families in need.

The trust received aboost just before

the lockdown, with local business

owner Robyn Paget running afashion

show to support mental health

initiatives in the community, Mr

Robson says.

‘‘The night was asell out and raised

over $3000 to be used for the work the

trust does in the area of mental health

in the community.’’

Anew collaboration with Satisfy

Food Rescue sees food delivered to

residents in the Meyer Place area each

week, he says.

‘‘This outreach is agreat way to

support some of the older residents in

the community, and reduce food waste

in the district.’’

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The seven­year­oldMuscleMass­Gina’s

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‘‘Bright Glow wasour ‘Horseofthe Day’

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set herbest winningmile rate

(2.01.2) when winningover2000metres.’’

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samenumber as herdam, Gina’s Brightest,

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you are gearing herup. Shehas had alot

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Connecting with local youth

By DAVID HILL

North Canterbury youth found

creative ways to connect during

lockdown.

The region's youth councils

connected with young people

online and ran competitions to

raise spirits during an uncertain

time.

Lockdown can be achallenging

time for teenagers, being stuck at

home with their parents and not

being able to hang out with their

friends, while tackling online

lessons.

Hurunui District Council youth

development officer Ward

Shearman says the youth

councillors ran a“Kiwiana”

themed baking competition

during the first week of lockdown,

followed by aphoto competition

last week.

“It's just abit of fun, but it's been

getting agood response. In the

baking competition we thought we

might only get three or four

entries, but we ended up with 18,

and with the ‘Kiwiana' theme it

was areal positive thing to do.

“And the photo competition is

great. We're getting some amazing

photos of things people

appreciate.”

As the lockdown dragged on, Mr

Shearman said there was asense

of ‘‘over it’’ starting to creep in.

‘‘It is quite funny hearing them

say they can't wait to get back to

school.’’

When last year's lockdown hit,

Mr Shearman was just two months

into the role and working on his

own, so he says having ateam of

youth development co­ordinator

Rebecca Pugh and intern Brad

White to bounce ideas off has

made the job easier.

There is plenty of planning

going on behind the scenes with

the Hurunui Youth Council to

begin recruiting next month and a

Halloween themed junior social

planned for the end of October.

The Hurunui youth will also be

supporting WaiYouth' ‘‘All Night

Part’’, planned for October 1.

Waimakariri District Council

youth development facilitator

Emily Belton was barely into her

second week when lockdown

struck, but thanks to modern

technology she is able to connect

online.

WaiYouth and the Waimakariri

Youth Council have connected

with local youth through social

media and the youth council held

its monthly meeting on Teams last

week.

Tickets are still on sale for the

“All Night Party” in the hope it

can still go ahead.

In Kaikoura, Te Ha o

Matauranga continued to engage

with local youth groups during

lockdown and provided resources

to assist with home learning.

Youth leaders Elbie Burnett

and Laila Harnett offered three

online drop in sessions aweek,

Ward Shearman

with avariety of games, charades

and treasure hunts.

The After School Aspiration

Programme moved to an online

programme, with Rosie

Poharama­Hepi and Renee Wood

teaching pepeha (introducing

yourself in Maori) and writing

CVs.

An online baking competition

was also held, following the lead

of the Hurunui youth.

The Kaikoura Youth Council

has continued to meet online and

is working on plans for Te Wiki o

Te Reo Maori and the Kaikoura

Youth Awards, which has been

postponed until October 23.

The Alarmist: Fifty years Measuring

Climate Change, by Dave Lowe

Kiwi scientist Dave Lowe was posted

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on the wind­blasted southern coast of

New Zealand's North Island. On a

shoestring salary he measured

carbon in the atmosphere, collecting

vital data towards what became one

of the most important discoveries in

modern science.

Dyslexia: Wrestling with an Octopus,

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motor control, spatial issues, and the frequently

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The business world was already

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RURAL LIFE ­SPRAYING

The North Canterbury News, September 9, 2021

23

Safe storage of agrichemicals and

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(2017) is to maintain an inventory of

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It means keeping herbicides as far

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Use the oldest products first. Agood

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Store large (20 litre to 60 litre) liquid

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Cartons and paper bags need to be

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exterior walls may sweat) and store all

products so their labels can be seen.

Avoid risks of cross­contamination,

explosion or fire by not storing

fertilisers, fuels or lubricants, pool

chemicals, seeds or feed­stuffs in the

same store as your agrichemicals.

Keep the store tidy and free of rubbish

at all times. Use Agrecovery to get rid of

empty containers.

To be prepared for an emergency, you

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spillage immediately and safely, such as

asupply of dry soil, or zeolite mineral

sponge (or similar absorbent material,

but not sawdust as it is flammable), a

broom and shovel, heavy­duty plastic

bags and adrum into which

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Safe and secure ... Keep agrichemicals

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storage shed.

PHOTO: FILE

something goes wrong and afirst aid kit,

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Reducing leaching ... Lincoln University PhD student Cameron Marshall believes

cows can be part of the solution.

PHOTO: LINCOLNUNIVERSITY

Improving efficiency

New Lincoln UniversityPastoral

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environmental degradation ‘‘and cows

are demonised for it’’.

‘‘This is aresult of excessive urinary

nitrogenleaching into waterways and

nitrous oxide emissionsfrom urination

patches into theatmosphere.

‘‘Dairy cows are demonised for it, but

can be part of the solution too,’’hesaid.

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eating plantain rather than aryegrass

diet,urinate significantlyless nitrogen

excretion per urination event, thus

reducing the potential nitrogen leaching

to waterways.

The secondpaper found thatthe

grazing andruminating behaviour of

cows selectedfor divergent milk urea

nitrogen, masticate, and ruminate the

pasture they eat differently, which

determines theirrumenfunction and the

efficiency of nitrogen digestion and use

in the rumen.This alters the nitrogen

excretion pattern to the environment.

Mr Marshall’s previous research has

alreadyshown thatcows selected for low

milk ureanitrogen had a28% reduction

in the urinary urea nitrogenloading rate

perurine patch than cowswith higher

milk ureanitrogen breedingvalues.

Those ‘bettercows’ also yielded an

increaseinmilk proteinpercentage.

‘‘The results of this new research

indicatetwo promisingtoolsthat

temperate pastoral dairyproduction

systemscan use to reduce nitrogen losses

and amelioratethe negative impacton

theenvironment.’’

Mr Marshall’s research is showing

promising resultsofusingananimalbased

solution in conjunctionwith

dietarymanagement strategies to reduce

theenvironmental impact fromdairy

farms in New Zealand.

Cameron Marshall’s published articles

are:

­Nitrogen Balance of Dairy Cows

Divergent for MilkUrea Nitrogen

Breeding ValuesConsuming Either

Plantain or Perennial Ryegrass ­mdpi.

com/2076­2615/11/8/2464

­Dairy cowswith different milk urea

nitrogenbreeding values display

differentgrazingbehaviours ­

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Long service ... Kaiapoi vet Dr Bruce Welch has been recognised for 21 years service to

the New Zealand pork industry.

PHOTO: NZPORK

Pig vet recognised

By DAVID HILL

AKaiapoi­based veterinarian admitshe

was surprised to receive the New Zealand

pork industry’stop award.

New Zealand pig vet Dr Bruce Welch

recently receivedNZPork’s ‘‘outstanding

achievement award’’inrecognition of his

21 year service to the sector.

‘‘It certainlytook me by surprise, but it

was alsonice thatthe industry decidedto

show that theyappreciate what Idofor

the industry.

‘‘It'sasmall industry and it has its

dramas, but Iconsider myself fortunate to

be able to work in the industry.

‘‘It tends to attractgood, salt of the earth

peopleonfamily farms,soit's good to

work withthose people.’’

The Zimbabwe­born pig vet moved to

New Zealand in 2000 after experiences

working as avet in several countries,

including the country of his birth.

Based at Kaiapoi, Dr Welch is one of

just threespecialistpig vetsinNew

Zealand, serving the close to 100

commercial pig farms spread throughout

country.

He services farms throughout the South

Islandand in the North Island,primarily

as aconsultant vet.

‘‘I do travel quiteabit, but most of it is

back­up and support,’’ he says

NZPorkchief executive DavidBaines

says Dr Welchisdedicated to the welfare

of pigsand supporting farmers.

‘‘Bruce’s knowledge of pigs and pig care

is unparalleled and his inputand

influence is evident in every aspect of pig

farming in New Zealand.

‘‘Thatextendsacross productivity,

animalhealth,welfare, antibiotic use,

biosecurity, nutrition, geneticsand the

industry’s PigCare programme.

‘‘He is also closely involved with the

current review of the welfare code.’’

Completing aNorth Canterbury double

was CourtneyGloistein, of Kilgour’s

Farm, who was named‘‘2021stockperson

of the year’’.

The ‘‘stockperson of the year’’ award

carries a$500 prize and is selected from

trainees who have completed the national

certificate in pork production level3,the

qualification for people involved with the

care of pigs in apork production unit.

‘‘We congratulate Courtney and hope

she continuestohave asuccessful career

in the industry,’’MrBaines says.

‘‘It is great to see talentedyoung

stockpeoplelike Courtneygainingthese

important qualifications.

‘‘The pork sector offers many

opportunities for people seekingtowork

with livestock, at entry levelorthose

seeking acareer change,with a

combination of on­job and off­job training

and strong career paths.’’

‘Don’tsmash

RMA’ -Feds

FederatedFarmers is urging the

Government nottotry to push througha

radical reform of the Resource

ManagementAct (RMA)during the current

pandemic.

Any replacement legislation needs to

keeplocal democracy, community

stewardshipand local identity,atthe heart

of resource management, Federated

Farmers vice­presidentKaren Williams

says.

‘‘The governmentneedstoslowdown

and give people time to consideramore

fully­fleshed out Bill, outside of the

currentpandemic.’’

Ms Williams ledaFederatedFarmers

teampresenting to theEnvironment

Select Committeerecentlysaying all is not

wellwith one the most important pieces of

legislation.

‘‘But before we replace the RMA let’s

makesure thenew legislation willdrive

better outcomes.

‘‘Weshouldkeepwhat isn’tbroken.’’

The Government is proposing an

overhaul of New Zealand’s resource

managementframework with itsNatural

and Built Environments Bill.

‘‘But from what we cansee in the

skeletonofthe Bill availablesofar,things

willbemuchworse, communitieswill be

robbed of theirabilitytohave their say on

matters thataffect them,therewill be

disruption to society andthe economy, and

the environment will be no better off,’’Ms

Williams says.

‘‘A big problemisnot just with what we

have seen to datebut what is yet to come.

‘‘We’ve only seen the barebones of the

proposed Billand nothingofthe othertwo

pivotalActsthat areproposed to replace

theRMA ­the StrategicPlanningAct and

theClimateChange AdaptionAct.

‘‘Weare effectivelyrunningblind at the

moment due to alackofdetail.’’

There is no guaranteethe Billwill

generate more benefitsthan costs, she

says.

Uncertaintyabout what the purpose

statement in theBillactually means will

flow downand impacttiming of plan

decisions, consent reviewsand potentially

theissuing of newconsents, she adds.

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Environmental success recognised

NEWS &CLASSIFIED

The North Canterbury News, September 9, 2021

Public Notices

27

By GINA MCKENZIE

The success of an environmental

project has been recognised adecade

on.

The Hurunui Waiau Zone Committee

recently visited alandmark restoration

project established 10 years ago at

Smothering Gully, 8km northeast of

Waipara, to learn about biodiversity

improvements gained through fencing

and weed control.

The project is apartnership between

landowners Hamilton Glens farm, the

QEII National Trust and Environment

Canterbury’s Immediate Steps

freshwater biodiversity programme.

It has received $24,000 of Immediate

Steps funding over the last decade,

which has been used for fencing to keep

farm livestock out of the protected area

and for the removal of wilding pines

through drilling and poisoning.

The fencing has created abuffer

between the farm and Smothering Gully

Stream, a4km water way flowing to the

Omihi Stream, atributary of the

Waipara River.

Awalking track has been created

through the area which the landowners

enjoy sharing with visitors.

Environment Canterbury biodiversity

officer Zipporah Ploeg says huge

improvements have been made since

the inception of the project with native

pygmy mistletoes (pirita) recovering in

the QEII covenant site due to stock

exclusion.

The site contains locally rare

southern rata and filmy ferns (piripiri).

‘‘Protecting areas with different

ecosystems is vital as it helps to ensure

that biodiversity unique to the Hurunui

can flourish,’’ she says.

‘‘Once the major threats are

Progress ... Members of the Hurunui Waiau Zone Committee view biodiversity gains

made at Smothering Gully adecade after the environmental improvement project began.

managed, in this case woody weeds and

stock grazing, the native vegetation can

quickly regenerate. Controlling the

spread of wilding pines has helped to

protect this important native

ecosystem.

‘‘Drilling and poisoning the pines

means they decay naturally, and this

method creates less interference for

native seedlings.’’

QEII National Trust/Nga Kairauhi

Papa North Canterbury regional

representative Miles Giller says the

area is asite where ‘‘geology is the

kingpin’’.

‘‘There is alot of exposed sandstone

and one of the quirky features is that it

is porous and can slowly release water

in dry areas, which helps plants like

filmy ferns thrive in arelatively dry

environment.

PHOTO: GINA MCKENZIE

‘‘We’re making great progress here in

Canterbury in terms of being able to

work together on protecting large scale

areas such as Smothering Gully, which

provides visible benefits to the

environment and waterways.’’

Ms Zipporah says the ongoing

commitment of zone committee

members, QEII National Trust and the

landowners shows how positive results

can be achieved when all parties work

together on along­term environmental

restoration project.

‘‘This is areal success story due to the

passion and commitment shown by

everyone involved in the project.

‘‘Returning to the site 10 years later

and seeing the progress that has been

made is atribute to the effort that so

many people have put in since this

project first began.’’

Proposed Lease of Reserve Land

at Esplanade, Kaikoura

Public notice is hereby given of aproposal of Kaikoura

District Council to grant a33year lease of an area

of recreation reserve on the Esplanade in Kaikoura

to Joseph and Associates Ltd for the purpose of

constructing and operating acommercial hotpool, health

and wellness facility.

The site is that of the former Kaikoura community

swimming pool, and details ofthe key terms of the

proposed lease are available from Council on request.

In accordance with the requirements of sections 17 and

49 of the Conservation Act 1987 and section 54ofthe

Reserves Act 1977 Council gives public notice of the

proposed granting of alease and invites submissions or

objections in relation to it.

Such submissions or objections must be made in writing

by 8October 2021, addressed to:

The Chief Executive

Kaikōura District Council

PO Box 6, Kaikōura 7340

Submitters will be given the opportunity to be heard by

Council and should indicate in their submission if they

wish to be heard.

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CHILDREN’S craft morning,

pre school -year 8, Sat

25th September 2021,

10am -12noon, Woodend

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WOODEND Spring

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October 2021, 1 - 4pm.

Woodend Community

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art, and lots more. Enjoy a

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What’s happening in your

community…

All info onchanges to Council services and facilities can be found at waimakariri.govt.nz/covid19

Council Services atDifferent Alert Levels

Full information about what Council services are

open and operating at different Covid-19 Alert

Levels is available at waimakariri.govt.nz/covid19.

This webpage has up-to-date and useful

information covering what residents need to know

as we move down Alert Levels.

Let’s Talk About the Government's Three

Waters Reform

Abig thank youtoeveryone who shared their thoughts

on the Government's proposed Three Waters Reform.

Unfortunately in person drop-in sessions had to

be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions but we

hosted agreat digital drop-in which you can watch

on Council’s YouTube channel.

Feedback closed on 5September and the Council

will consider all of the community input, and make a

decision on what response togive the Government

at aspecial meeting on Tuesday 28 September.

We’ll be back in touch when we know the next

steps from the Government.

Community Spring Clean

During SNAPtember

Council is partnering with Snap Send Solve tohost

aSNAPtember promotion, giving app users the

chance to win $500 each week by reporting issues

to the Council.

SnapSend Solveisasmartphone app which makes

reporting issues easy.Itallows residents to instantly

report issues suchaspotholes, vandalism, litteror

damaged footpathsdirectly fromtheirmobile phone.

Residents can automatically enter the prize draw by

reporting the issue ofthe week with the Snap Send

Solve app throughout the month of September.

Week 1: Dumped Rubbish

Week 2: Graffiti

Week 3: Overgrown Vegetation

For more information and to read the terms and

conditions check out the full news article on

Council’s website.

Feedback Sought on Dangerous

Buildings Policy

The Council is reviewing its Dangerous, Affected

and Insanitary Buildings Policy and is asking

residents for feedback on some proposed changes.

The Policy helps the Council ensure dangerous

buildings, or those located near dangerous buildings,

and buildings that are contaminated or insanitary

are managed in away that reduces risk topeople,

and outlines the steps needed to reduce danger.

Visit waimakariri.govt.nz/letstalk to have your say.

Feedback closes on 5pm, Friday 24 September.

Roadside Spraying

Chemical control of

vegetation all areas

Residents are advised that our

vegetation controlcontractor

(Sicon Ltd) will start roadside spraying

in all areas in September 2021. The

chemical used isaglyphosatebase

(LionHerbicideand LI-1000). This will

continue when required andweather

permitting through to April2022.

If any resident has any legitimate

concern about this work, they should

contact the Waimakariri District

Council Customer Services team on

0800 965 468.

Carl Grabowski

Roading Operations Team Leader

Stay home

if you are sick

Wash &dry or

san

anitise your hand

s

Keepep a1-metre

distance from others

Cough or sne

eze

into your elbo

w

Help keep our

community safe

ABOUT DANGEROUS,

AFFECTED AND

INSANITARYBUILDINGS

The Dangerous, Affected and Insanitary

Buildings Policy 2016 is under review.

We’ve draed some changes and want to

hear your thoughts.

We welcome your feedback on the dra Policy to

make surewe’re on the right track before it gets

finalised.

Before adecision ismade, we’d like to know

what you think. Share your feedback before

5pm Friday 24 September.

Have your say waimakariri.govt.nz/letstalk

Public Health Notice

Please Flush Your Taps

Some plumbing fittings may allow

tiny traces of metals to build up in

water that has been standing in the

fittings for several hours.

Although the health risk is small, the Ministry

of Health recommends you flush acouple of

cups of water from your drinking-water tap

each morning before drinking, or aer long

absences from your property.

This simple precaution is recommended for

all public and private water supplies for all

households in New Zealand.

Formore informationcontact the Waimakariri

District Councilon0800 965 468.


CLASSIFIED

North Canterbury News, September 9, 2021

29

Give usyour

feedback

Ablocked drain?

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Waimakariri District Council

North CanterburyPrimarySchools

Enrolment Applications for 2022

Pre-enrolment and Balloting Procedures for students living outside of aschool zone

The Boards of Trustees of Southbrook, Cust, LoburnteKuraAromauka, Tihiraki North Loburn,

Te Matauru, Ashley Rakahuri, Fernside, Sefton, Ashgrove and Rangiora Borough schools invite

applications from parents who wish to enrol their children at the below schools for 2022.

Enrolment at these schools is governed by an enrolment scheme, the details of which are

available from the respective school offices.

Applications for out of zone places are now being invited.

Southbrook School

NE to Year 1- 10 places, Year 2-10places,

Year 3-5places

Cust School

Up to 10 places at the NE level

LoburnSchool te Kura Aromauka Up to 8places from NE to Year 8

Tihiraki North LoburnSchool Up to 6places from NE to Year 4

Te MatauruPrimary

Not currently accepting out of zone enrolments

Ashley Rakahuri School Up to 8places from NE to Year 3

Fernside School

Up to 16 places at NE /Yr1

Sefton School

Up to 2places at the NE level

Ashgrove School Up to 10 places from NE to Year 2

Rangiora Borough School NE to Year 2-10places, Year 3-5places,

Year 4to5-10places

The deadline for receipt of applications for out of zone places is 3pm Tuesday 29 September

2021. If aballot for out of zone places is required, it will be held on Thursday 30 September

2021. Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within three school days of the

ballot being held. If you live in the school zone of one of these schools and have not yet

signalled your intention to enrol your child next year, please contact the school immediately to

assist them to plan appropriately.

Applications from out of zone students will be processed in the following order of priority:

First priority will be given to students who have been accepted for enrolment in an approved

special programme. (This priority categoryisnot applicable at listed schools.)

Second priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of current students.

Thirdpriority willbegiven to applicants who are siblings of former students.

Fourth priority willbegiven to applicants who are children of former students

Fifth priority will be given to applicants who are children of board employees.

Sixth priority will be given to all otherapplicants.

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Public Notices

Public Notices

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the

Annual General Meeting of

TE RŪNANGA OKAIKOURA LIMITED

is to be held at

Takahanga Marae, Kaikoura

On Saturday 25 th September 2021

at 10.30am

Subject to the covidalert levels this may change.

However we will notadvertise again but it will be rolled

over to the third week of the following month.

The business of such meeting shall be as follows;

1. To receive, considerand approve the annual report

of the Company.

2. To receive, considerand approve the annual

financial statementsofthe Company.

3. To appoint an auditor for the ensuing year who

shall audit the financial accounts of the Company.

4. To consider such other businessasmay be

accepted by amajority of the members present

with power to vote at such meetings.

Proxy votes will not be valid

Darran Kerei-Keepa

Director

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Noticeof Annual GeneralMeeting

Notice is hereby given that the

AnnualGeneralMeetingof

TE RŪNANGAOKAIKOURAINCORPORATED

is to be held at

Takahanga Marae

7Takahanga Terrace,Kaikoura

On Saturday25 th September 2021

at 9.30am

Subject to the covid alert levels this may change.

However we will not advertise again but it will be rolled

over to the third week of the following month

The business of such meeting shall be as follows;

1. To receive, consider and approve the annual report

of the Officers.

2. To receive, consider and approve the annual financial

statements from the Treasurer.

3. To appoint an auditor for the ensuing year who shall

audit the financial accounts of the Runanga.

4. To consider such other business as may be accepted

by amajority of the members present with power to

vote at such meetings.

5. There will be aconstitutional change this year on

page 11 section 16, Notices. “Notices of Annual,

Special, Shareholder and Directors Election meetings

called by Rūnanga shall be given (and deemed to

be given) by public notice in those newspapers

circulated within Kaikōura takiwā and no later than

fifteen (15) working days prior to the meeting”.

Proxy votes will not be valid

Hariata Kahu

Chairperson

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice is herebygiven that the

Annual General Meeting of

TAKAHANGAPATRUST

is to be held at

Takahanga Marae

7Takahanga Terrace, Kaikoura

On Saturday 25 th September 2021

at 11.30am

Subject to the covid alert levels this may change.

However we will not advertise again but it willberolled

over to the third week of the followingmonth.

Therewillbeelections for two Pa Trustees

Maani Stirling

Chairperson

2413641

PUBLIC NOTICE OF

APPLICATION FOR

ON-LICENCE

SECTION 101, SALE

AND SUPPLY OF

ALCOHOL ACT 2012

MSC 2017 Limited has

made application to

the District Licensing

committee at Rangiora

for the renewal of an ON

LICENCE in respect of the

premises situated at 431

Mandeville road, known as

The Mandeville Bar and

Bistro.

The general nature of the

business to be conducted

under the licence is Bar

and Restaurant/Function

Centre.

The days on which and

the hours during alcohol is

intended to be sold under

the licence are:

Sunday to Thursday 8am

to 11pm

Friday - Saturday 8am

-12am (midnight)

The application may be

inspected during ordinary

office hours at the office

of the Waimakariri District

Licensing Committee, 215

High Street, Rangiora.

Any person who is entitled

to object and who wishes

to object to the issue of

the licence may, not later

than 15 days working

days after the date of the

publication of this notice,

file anotice in writing of the

objection with the Secretary

of the Waimakariri District

Licensing Committee,

at Private Bag 1005,

Rangiora.

No objection to the renewal

of alicence may be made

in relation to amatter other

than amatter specified in

section 131 of the sale and

supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

This is the first publication

of this notice.

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“GOOD NEWS”

The GOD of the Bible is long-suffering and

patient.

“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to

anger,and plenteous in mercy”. Psalm 103:8.

RANGIORA PHOTO-

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to be held September 14th

will now be held on Thursday

October 12th at 7pm,

MainPower Oval,

Coldstream Road, Rangiora.

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30 The North Canterbury News, September 9, 2021

Cars Wanted

ANY old cars, anything pre

1990, unfinished Hot Rods,

Classic Cars. Please call

027 258 8366.

CASH 4CARS

and 4WD'S

Phone

Automotive

Parts

03 313 7216

CARS, vans, 4WD’s

wanted for dismantling or

repair. Phone 027 258

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FALCONS &

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considering selling your

Hilux Surf we would be

interested in talking with

you. We are looking for a

good reliable Hilux Surf for

our son who is abuilder.

Please call Mike on 021

482 860.

Automotive Services

CARAVANS &MOTOR-

HOMES. Interior &

exterior repairs, maintenance

& upgrades. Solar,

satellite, awning installations.

Sheetmetal, light

engineering & welding

services. Professional

coachbuilder specializing

in the RV industry 25 years.

Call Darryl @ Advanced

Auto Homes 027 220 6566.

Situations Vacant

Situations Vacant

bureau chief

Gore

Motorcycles

SOUTH PACIFIC Motorcycle

Services. Local family

business since 2003. All

types of service and repairs,

all makes and models. Collection

service available.

Please phone 03 312 0066

office@motorbiketours.co.nz

www.motorbiketours.co.nz.

School Bus DriversRequired

Would youliketoearnextra income while still

havingmostofyourday free and at the same

time do your community aservice by helping to

provide asafe,highstandardofschooltransport

forour region’schildren.

TorlesseTravelhas positions available forpart

time busdriversinRangiora.

If youhaveaClass 2license, aPassenger

Endorsementand areinterestedindriving on a

part timebasisthenthiscouldbefor you.

Alternatively,ifyou areinterestedinbecoming

abus driver,wecan provide assistance to help

youachieve thecorrect licencing.

If youare interested in this role or wishformore

information, pleasecontact.

manager@torlessetravel.co.nz

Phone: 021 198 7358

Allied Press Limitedisthe largestindependentlyowned

Media Company in NewZealand. Employing over1,100

staff andcontributors across its15SouthIsland locations.

We operate across multiple mediaplatforms(print, on-line,

digital) deliveringnews, information and entertainment

through our variousregionaland city publications, including

TheEnsignand the Otago DailyTimes.

Reportingtothe EditorsofThe Ensign(Regional Editor)

and ODT (EditorinChief), this role plays akey role in the

growth and strengthening of The Ensign, aweekly local

paperestablished in 1878,representing the localareain

the Otago Daily Timesand supportingthe editorial team

in the Goreoffice. Sub-editingand layoutskills wouldbe

an advantage but arenot essential.Thisisanexcitingtime

to be workingfor thisleading independent NewZealand

media company. TheOtago DailyTimes’ regionalcoverage

andThe Ensign’slocalcoverageare at the heart of its

success.

Some of thekey accountabilitiesinclude:

•Staffsupport andperformancemanagement

•Sourcing andwriting stories

•Copy tasting

•Meeting productiondeadlines

•Point of contact forthe local communityand Allied

Pressstaff

In addition to your interest in supporting your team to

succeed, you will demonstrate:

•Video,photography and websiteskills

•Commitmenttoaccuracy and quality

•Full NZ driver licence

Thisisafull time,permanent position based in Gore, central

to the best of theSouth Island’snatural landscape withall

of itsleisureopportunities, affordablehousingand access

to plenty of local culture andsport. Relocationassistance

would be considered forthe right candidate. As wellas

working alongside professionalcolleagues throughout the

South Island, there aredevelopmentopportunities andan

opportunitytotakeownership of asuccessful andwell

supported localnewspaper.

Acopyofthe fulljob description can be found at

alliedpress.co.nz/employment.

To applyplease email yourcoverletter andCVvia SEEK or

to recruitment@alliedpress.co.nz.

Applicationswillclose on Friday, 17 September 2021.

Please noteyou musthavethe right to work in New

Zealandtoapply for this role. Disclaimer:AlliedPress is

unabletoprovide sponsorshiporvisa support at this time.

2414283

Situations Vacant

reporter

Balclutha – Clutha Leader

Full-time

Areyou areporterwith aclear eyeforthe facts,butcan

also spinacolourfulyarn tellingthe storiesthatmatter

to YOUR community?

TheBalclutha team has anexcitingopportunityfor an

ambitiousandadaptablereporter to join them at theClutha

LeaderandOtago Daily Times office. Asamember of

ourBalclutha newsroom youwillworkonwiderangeof

storiesandfeatures, coveringthe full gamut of hyper-local,

communityandbreakingnews.

AlliedPress Limited is the largest, independently-owned

media companyinNew Zealand. Employing more than

1100 staffandcontributors across its15South Island

locations, the grouphas significantinterestsindigitaland

print media,web,regionaltelevision andcommercial print

operations.The Clutha Leader is publishedonce aweek

anddelivered to 8,000 homes.

Theideal candidate will be aself-starter posessing:

•Excellentwritingability withakeen interest in news and

storytelling,bothinprint andonline.

•Ahigh degree of personal responsibility and initiative.

•The ability to progress multiple paralleltasks andmeet

regular deadlines

•Photography,videoand socialmedia/web skills are

valued.

•Arelevant journalism qualification (orequivalent

experience) wouldbeviewedfavourably.

Aclean, full NZ drivinglicenceisessential.This full-timerole

includesrosteredeveningand weekend work shared within

the team.

Acopyofthe job description canbefound at

alliedpress.co.nz/employment.Informalenquiriesaboutthe

role arewelcomedand should be directed to SouthOtago

BureauChiefRichardDavison, at richard.davison@odt.co.nz.

If youthink thisrole is foryou, please apply with acovering

letterand CV by Friday,10September2021 either viaSEEK

or by emailingrecruitment@alliedpress.co.nz.

Please note youmust havethe right to workinNew

Zealand to applyfor this role. Disclaimer: AlliedPress is

unable to provide sponsorship or visa support at this time.

Situations Wanted

CAREGIVER available,

wider Rangiora area. Thirteen

years’ experience,

specialist in Manual Handling

and working with

Spinal Bifida, Amputees

and Full-care patients from

teenage to age 60. Contact

for details, referees and

qualifications, phone on

021 596 167.

Educational

TUITION available. Primary

and secondary up to

NCEA level 3. In centre

(Rangiora) or interactive

online from your home.

Each student on an individually

tailored programme.

Kip McGrath Rangiora has

been serving the local community

for 30 +years. Give

us acall (03 313 3638) or

book your free assessment

online https://www.kipmcgrath.

co.nz/rangiora

For Sale

MACROCARPA

PERGOLA

4m x4m

2415065

$4300.00

including Gst

Ph. 027 727 9162

Trade &Services

WINDOW TINTING

tintawindow

advanced film solutions

99% uv block

fade protection

heat control

reduce glare

25 Years Experience

privacy films

frosting designs

non-darkening films

Workmanship Guaranteed

Lifetime Warranties on Most Films

UV

block

Free Quotes Canterbury and Districts

03 365 3653 0800 368 468

Wanted To Buy

$$$

Amalgamated Scrap Metal

Ltd. Specialists in farm

machineryand farm clean

ups, old vehicles etc.

100% locally owned.

Ph 0800 030 712 or

027 695 0480.

2312759

Gardening

A+ GARDEN hedges cut

to perfection. Tree &arbor

work. Also spraying. Free

quotes. Ph 03 312 0668 or

021 111 4322.

2413934

Log Fires

Pellet Fires

Heat Pumps

Sales

Service

Installations

Free Quotes

03 343 1651

472 Blenheim Rd

www.heatstore.co.nz

A PAINTER WITH

PASSION! Local painter

with 30 years of quality and

integrity in all aspects of

painting. Phone Mike on

021 0903 8546.

ABEL &Prestige Chimney

Cleaning. Nth Cant owned

& operated. Covering all

areas from Waimak to Hanmer.

Professional, guaranteed,

service. Firebox

repairs, carry most parts. Ph

0800 661 244.

AFFORDABLE concrete

cutting with quality and

removal work. Free quotes.

No job too small. Ph 027

442 2219, Fax 03 359 6052

or A/H 03 359 4605.

ALL TREE SERVICES,

arbour work, pruning, tree

removal. Affordable &

friendly service. Telephone

021 111 4322.

ARBORIST qualified.

Copper Beech Tree

Services. Tree removal,

pruning, height reduction,

hedge trimming, shaping,

tree planting, firewood.

Free quotes. Contact Angus

Edwards 027 259 6741

copperbeechtreeservices@gmail.com

BRIAN’S Tree Services.

Tree felling, topping,

shaping, firewood cut, rubbish

removed, stump grinding,

branch chipping.

Affordable rates. Phone 03

327 5505 or 021 124 4894.

CHIMNEY SWEEPS

Time to service your fire.

Accumulation of soot seriously

affects performance.

Latest rotary brush technology.

Free moisture check

on wood. Safety inspection.

All work insured and guaranteed.

From $70 single

story. 0800 SWEEPME or

021 0277 1927. Visit

www.sweepnz.co.nz.

DIRTY TILES &Grout?

Professional tile cleaning,

tiled shower restoration,

mouldy silcone, shower

glass & we can even

recolour your old grout!

For all your tile and grout

issues call Grout Pro for a

free, no obligation quote.

Ph Darryl 0800 882 772.

KITCHEN bathroom,

renovations, decking,

pergolas, fencing. Honest

reliable licenced builders.

HOMESTAY Ph Don 027 727 9162.

METAL WORX. Flashing,

Sheetmetal Fabrication,

Wrought Iron,

Welding, Custom Trailers,

General Metalwork. No job

too big or too small. Ph 021

265 5428 or 03 314 6908.

Find us on facebook/

Glenmark Metal Worx.

glenmarkmetalworx.ltd@gmail.com.

Pets

BICHON

for smaller dogs. We look

after your dog in our home.

"No kennels". Phone today

03 314 6110.

BIRD FEEDERS

½PRICE -$25 for 10

Plus - DOG BONES

and more

313 0022

2410274MEAT2U.NZ

Livestock

HOMEKILL & Wild

Game meat processing. Ph

313 0022. www.meat2u.nz.

Trade &Services

PAINT & wallpaper

services. Wayne Bryant,

exterior, interior. Qualified

tradesman. Free quotes. Ph

313 5337 or 027 654 4568.

PAINTER & Decorator.

25 + years experience.

Interior /exterior, roofs &

waterblasting. For a free

quote, please ph Steve 03

314 4620 or 027 477 1930.

PAINTER. Qualified local

professional, Int / Ext,

roofs, wallpaper. Call or

text Corban 027 846 5035.

POWER TOOLS repairs,

parts &sales for over 40

years. All main brands serviced.

Grossman Trade

Tools, 23 Watts Road,

Christchurch. Ph 389 9230.

RANGIORA Rubbish

Removal and RRR skips.

Wheelie bins any frequency

and skips from 1.5 cube to

9cube. Skips and wheelie

bins for any use, rubbish,

greenwaste, building sites

or just cleanups. Give us a

phone call 313 6957 or for

skips 021 313 255.

SCREEN PRINTING.

For all your printing

requirements. T-shirts,

Hoodies, Hi-Vis vests and

polos, Overalls, Caps etc.

Please phone Heather 03

313 0261 or email heather.

norstar@gmail.com.

SHEARER. Hap’s Farm &

Lifestyle Services. Shearing,

crutching, drenching,

tailing, feet trimming &

health check. — Ph. 03-

423-3713 or 021-267-4025.

SUMMERFIELD

FENCING

IN YOUR AREA NOW.

Lifestyle or farm, sheep, cattle,

horse, all types of animals.

Fences, yards, sheds, arenas,

shelters, runs.

30+ years contract fencing.

Steve is available to help with

your design &planning.

Ph office03312 4747

2091848

ANTHONY SYMONDS

Forall your painting &

plastering requirements

Local with 30 years

experience

All workmanship

Guaranteed.

Phone 021 344 023

2220615

VALUATION -

Specialising in North Canterbury.

Contact Geoff at

Maxwell Valuation. Phone

03 310 8541 or email

geoff@maxval.co.nz.

SEPTIC TANK

CLEANING

Bill’s Liquid

Waste

Blair Tavendale

Ph 03 314 9371

0275 379-694

Pride &Quality Painting

&Decorating Services

20 yrs exp, fast and friendly

service. For all your painting

needs, phone: Martin 310

6187 or 021 128 9867

2362002

REMOVALISTS

Movemen Ltd

2Men &agood sized truck.

From $150 plus GST per hour.

Kaiapoi based.

Call Gerard

027 668 3636

movemen.co.nz

2401953

You dump it...

Blair pumps it...

027 216 0000

2225862


Trusted Trades &

Professional Services

Guide

To book your spaceinthis guide,phoneAmanda Keys 313 2840 or email amanda.keys@ncnews.co.nz

2070788

Automotive &Recovery

• WOF Cars &Trailers

• Vehicle Servicing &

Repairs

• Tyres &Punctures

• Jump Starts


Towing &Salvage

• Courtesy Car Available

Ph Aaron Rowlands

0272 588 366

13 Stone Eyre Place,

Swannanoa

Eftpos available Mon –Fri 8am –5pm, Sat 9am –1pm

• New Builds &Renovations

• Light Commercial /Re-strengthening

• Project Management

• Bathrooms

• Farm Buildings

• House Lifting Re-piling

• Shop Fit Outs

2408831

Builder Builder Butchery

40+ years experience

027 222 5078

markw.hills@xtra.co.nz

OxfordButchery

Shane and Leanne Frahm

We cankill&process yourstock

FourGenerations of Frahms

since 1957

Ph 312 4205

Oxford

Number one

old-fashioned bacon

&ham curing.

A/H 312 4709

WE ARE OPEN, WEARE AESSENTIAL SERVICE

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Construction &Concrete

DENTURE CLINIC

Ear Health

All Construction & Concrete Work

•Driveways, patios &paths

•Bridges and Culverts

•Floors, foundations

•Sheds and buildings

•Dairy Sheds, Herd homes

•Silage pits, effluent ponds

•Excavation and cartage

•Precast concrete

•Insulated panels

Daryl Power

027 230 9401

concretepower@scorch.co.nz

www.concretepower.co.nz

2273277

RANGIORA

DENTURE CLINIC

Garry WMechen

Registered Clinical DentalTechncian

Phone (03) 313-9192

2089195v2-4/4-S

• Ear Health checks.

• Wax removal using Microsuction

• Removal of foreign bodies

• Basic hearing aid care

• ACC provider

• WarVeteran provider

• No medical referral

required

Clinics in Rangiora, Amberley and Kaiapoi

Rest homes/retirement villages, booking by prior arrangement.

Bookings: Online www.earcare.nz |Phone 020 4124 25 25

Email alison@earcare.nz | Ear Care Canterbury

2324849

Landscaping

STEWART CONTRACTING

Landscaping -Fencing

& Earthworks

ENJOYABLE STRESS FREE LANDSCAPING

03 313 9375 •027 369 3974

www.stewartcontracting.co.nz

contact@stewartcontracting.co.nz

2136148

38a Ashley Street, Rangiora

NEW N W DENTURES D ES

*RELINE * *REPAIRS

* I S

HOURS

8.30am -12noon

- Monday to Friday

FREE E CONSULTATION O

AND ADVICE

A V C

For a/h repairs

phone (03) 310-3044

Landscaping

For all your landscaping needs

All Landscaping, Retaining Walls (Engineered and

Non-Engineered), Timber Fences, Landscape Structures

and more...Lifestyle Block, Rural and Residential.

Phone Jeremy 021 169 9394

www.blackhill.co.nz

www.facebook.com/blackhillltd

2372616v2

Painter /Plasterer

HURUNUI Painting

• Qualified tradesmen, quick,neat and friendly.

• Reasonable rates. • Interior /exterior painting.

• Interior plastering &wallpapering.

• Spray painting &water blasting.

P: Rod Hermes 027 414 0830 or 03 314 2391

E: r.hermes@xtra.co.nz

2394026v2

If it stands still

long enough we

will paint it

•17metre spray

booth

•FullPaint &Panel

Service

•Insurance Work

Panel &Paint

•Fullcoachbuilding service, fabricating

doors, lockers, windows, tanks

•PaintingMotorhomes, Caravans, Boats,

Trucks,Tractors&Cars

Now moved to 8Seven Mile Drive, Belfast

Phone (03) 323 4115

www.autobodyrepairs.co.nz

2404153

Plumbing

For all

general

aspects of

plumbing

Discounts for over

65 years old

Fast friendly service

All work guaranteed

Aaron McCartney

Certifying Plumber

Cell 027 366 9091

A/H 03 310 2137

Free Call:

0508 44EVER

EMAIL:

plumber_27@yahoo.com

2172994

AMPLIFY YOUR

BUSINESS

AND BE THE

NAME THEY

REMEMBER

FIRST

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us and get

noticed

today!

Phone us today on 03 314 8335 or email

sales@ncnews.co.nz to find out how we can help!

Seamless Spouting

Seamless Spouting

Supply and Install

of Seamless Gutters

10 year no leaks

guarantee

• Continuous spouting made on site,

large colour range available

• High grade and thicker material used

• Repair or replace any type of gutter

• Undertake all insurance work

• Independently owned and operated

• Competitive pricing

Servicing North CanterburyDistricts

Call Danie 021 875 462

2359362

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Visit now toview the paper online &more!

Scrap Metal

CASH PAID FOR SCRAP

•Car Bodies •Scrap Steel•Specialists in Farm

Machinery•All non Ferrous

MAINLAND

METALS LTD

Ph (03)338 7000

Mike0274 818544 •Robbie0274818 027

Locally owned and operated

1902273

Windows & Doors

WINDOW MARKET PLACE

• New & Used

• Timber & Aluminium

• Windows & Doors

8am-5pm Weekdays

8am-2pm Saturday

215 Waltham Rd, Sydenham

Ph (03) 379 6159 info@windowmarket.co.nz

Fax (03) 962 1012 www.windowmarket.co.nz

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