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Thursday,<strong>May</strong> <strong>25</strong>,<strong>2023</strong> | Issue1047 | www.starnews.co.nz<br />

Iconic HS Soldiers block to be restored<br />

By ROBYN BRISTOW<br />

The Soldier’s Blockinthe Queen Mary<br />

Historic Reserve is to be restored.<br />

Fundingof$3.1 million to upgrade<br />

the Hanmer Springs icon has been<br />

announced by the Hurunui District<br />

Council.<br />

The long­awaited project was<br />

revealed at apublic meeting in Hanmer<br />

Springslast week,along with aconcept<br />

plan for apotential ‘‘immersive<br />

experience’’created by Weta<br />

Workshop.<br />

The three­stage, multi­useproject,<br />

was unveiled by the council’s Chief<br />

Strategy and Community Officer Judith<br />

Batchelor and Graeme Abbot, General<br />

Managerfor ProductDevelopment at<br />

HurunuiTourism.<br />

Ms Batchelorsays it has been in the<br />

pipeline eightyears while funding was<br />

secured.<br />

The $3.1 millionismade up of Lottery<br />

Grants Boardfunding of $350,000, $1<br />

millionfrom an existing budget from<br />

the QueenMary development<br />

contributions account,anallocation of<br />

$<strong>25</strong>0,000 from councils’earthquake<br />

strengtheningfund,and $1.5 million<br />

from the government’s Better Off<br />

funding.<br />

This will allow the firststagestoget<br />

under way.<br />

Stage One —earthquake<br />

strengtheningand restoration of the<br />

Soldiers’ Block building —isexpected<br />

to be completed by the end of next year.<br />

The restoration work includes the<br />

original hospitalwards—inthe east<br />

and west octagons —and the rooms<br />

linkingthem, and the restoration and<br />

fit­outofthe central hallasamulti­use<br />

community space, says Ms Batchelor.<br />

The ‘‘immersive experience’’ will<br />

guide visitors through historybrought<br />

to life as soldiers, nurses and patients<br />

share their experiences from the past.<br />

Visitors will movethroughaseries of<br />

rooms that follow the journey from the<br />

horrorsofthe war,tothe healing that<br />

was delivered at Queen Mary Hospital.<br />

It brings attention to special features<br />

such as the octagondesign of the<br />

building thatlet in light and air to<br />

patients as part of the healing process.<br />

The experience will acknowledge the<br />

importance of the building’s full history<br />

as aconvalescent home for soldiers, a<br />

nationalcentre for the treatment of<br />

functional nervous disordersand<br />

neurasthenia, acommunity centre for<br />

dances and events, the Taha Maori<br />

programme and aclinicfor drugand<br />

alcohol addiction.<br />

Mr Abbot said 21st century technology<br />

had made the telling of thesestories<br />

fromthe pastpossible, in away that was<br />

‘‘immersive and interactive’’.<br />

‘‘There has been someincredible<br />

stories come to light and incredible<br />

opportunities for tellingthese stories,’’<br />

he says.<br />

‘‘This is not about putting up some<br />

hospital beds and signs–this is about<br />

creatinganexperience.’’<br />

Mr Abbot says the nextstep will be to<br />

seekexternal capitalfundingand/ora<br />

commercial partnerfor bringthe<br />

immersive experience to reality.<br />

Ms Batchelor saysthe projectwill be<br />

presented to communityorganisations<br />

across Hurunui.<br />

‘‘Weneed to work with the<br />

community all the way through this<br />

journey, as this building sitsatthe<br />

heart of our community and its<br />

restorationneeds to be community<br />

led.’’<br />

The Soldiers’ Block,along with the<br />

other buildings on the Queen Mary<br />

Historic Reserve,were vestedinthe<br />

Hurunui District Council in 2010, and<br />

managed under the Queen Mary<br />

Historic Reserve Management Plan.<br />

Discussion time ... Graeme Abbot, general<br />

manager for product development at<br />

Hurunui Tourism, Rosie Marchant,<br />

marketing assistant Hanmer Springs<br />

Thermal Pools &Spa, Shane Adcock<br />

(obscured),manager, sales and marketing<br />

for Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools &Spa,<br />

and local historian Rosemary Ensor view the<br />

proposal document for the immersive<br />

experience.<br />

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The experiences of growing up<br />

By JOHN COSGROVE<br />

Self­publishing yourfirst novelisanervewrackingexperience.<br />

But whenRangiora primary school<br />

teacher Shelagh Taylor talksabout it, she<br />

also saysbeing very apprehensiveabout<br />

how her readers would react to the levels<br />

of violencedescribedinher novels was<br />

just as worrying.<br />

‘‘I writeabout my own life experiences<br />

growing up in Huddersfield, England in<br />

the 60s and 70s.<br />

‘‘There domestic violencewas sadly a<br />

part of life.<br />

‘‘I was initiallyworried how my 89­yearold<br />

mum and family still there would<br />

respond to the tough and oftenviolent<br />

themescontainedinmybooks, but they<br />

just loved them,’’ she says.<br />

‘‘Theyand many otherreaderstell me<br />

they identify withthe tough times we had<br />

on those streets at that time.’’<br />

Shelagh says her first and secondnovels,<br />

published thisyear by Amazon, are part of<br />

atrilogy covering the highs and lows of<br />

growing up in England during atime of<br />

great socialchange.<br />

She writes about the Ryan family<br />

(loosely based on her own family) and the<br />

peoplearound them, living in the lowincometerrace<br />

housesinthis West<br />

Yorkshire markettown.<br />

Her firstbook My SisterMaggie (The<br />

Simplicity Chronicles Book 1) dealswith<br />

the impact on the wholefamily of the<br />

growing, but taboo, love between awoman<br />

and her priest,and the guiltthatconsumes<br />

them.<br />

It’s set in the1960sYorkshire withlinks<br />

to asmall<strong>North</strong>ern Irishtownloosely<br />

based on where Shelagh grew up and still<br />

has relatives.<br />

The story continues ... Rangiora primary<br />

school teacher Shelagh Taylor with her two<br />

novels.<br />

PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE<br />

She says the familymust confrontthe<br />

death of their childand its rippleeffects<br />

on their lives, including maritalturmoil,<br />

depression, and health problems for all<br />

involved.<br />

‘‘I cried as Iproofeditand cry again<br />

wheneverIthink about it.’’<br />

Her secondnovel Simplicity and<br />

Complexity (The Simplicity Chronicles<br />

Book2)continues the captivating and<br />

emotional storyofMaggie Ryan and her<br />

family, including the priest,now<br />

incarceratedinaSpanish prison.<br />

It deals with the effectsofmale rape and<br />

domesticviolence.<br />

Shelagh says she is already halfway<br />

through writing the finalbook of the Ryan<br />

trilogy.<br />

‘‘Thefirst book had alot of personal<br />

experiences in it, wrappedupwith awee<br />

bit of fiction.<br />

‘‘Thesecond has abit more fiction<br />

incorporated into it, the third is mainly<br />

fiction but still contains things from my<br />

past in it.’’<br />

She saysshe tends to startwritingthe<br />

next book about halfwaythrough writing<br />

the previous edition.<br />

‘‘I lovehow Iwork. The ideas just start to<br />

flow and Ican’t keep up with them<br />

sometimes, so Ijust write them all down<br />

and store them up for uselater.’’<br />

She saysshe startedwriting her first<br />

novelatthe start of the Christmas holidays<br />

six months ago and wroteevery day.<br />

When school started again, she carried<br />

on writing in her spare time.<br />

She saysher elderlymum even helped<br />

by recounting events for her.<br />

Once completed, she used various<br />

online apps to edit and lay out her novel<br />

before offeringittoAmazon as aselfpublished<br />

novel.<br />

‘‘They now publish it on demand in<br />

threeformats.’’<br />

Shelagh says she initially didn’t feel<br />

confident writing suchanemotive story<br />

becauseitwas avery personal experience.<br />

But the reactionsoffamily and readers<br />

spurred her on to writing the rest of the<br />

trilogy.<br />

She is alreadyplanning for awhole new<br />

series of fact­basedfiction to writeabout<br />

laterthis year.<br />

Sea delivers mysterious carving<br />

By ROBYN BRISTOW<br />

Sue Banks often walksthe expanse of<br />

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It provides an opportunity to stretch<br />

her legs and enjoy acoffee at Waikuku,<br />

and in Covid lockdown, it wasa<br />

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seascapefrom adeck chair and read.<br />

LastSunday,asSue started her<br />

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the root structure.<br />

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abeetle or amartian, but either way it<br />

was distinctive, deliberately done,<br />

and quite artistic.<br />

Sue doubtsithad come downfrom<br />

the north following Cyclone Gabrielle,<br />

because of thecurrents.<br />

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has comefrom.<br />

‘‘It is more than what child could<br />

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Sue filled the carving in with sand to<br />

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Council buys land for $2.6 million<br />

By ROBYN BRISTOW<br />

TheWaimakaririDistrict Council has<br />

bought 85 hectaresnearRangiora for$2.6<br />

million(GST inclusive), withaneye to<br />

establishing afuturewetlandand<br />

recreation reserve.<br />

Theland, betweenLinesideRoadand<br />

Revells Road, is on abusyarterial route<br />

into Rangiora, and is oftenreferred to<br />

colloquially,asLake Lineside following<br />

heavyrain whenwateristrappedinthe<br />

basin­like land.<br />

Council ecologistDrBex Dollery,says<br />

buyingthe 85haprovidesanopportunity<br />

forthe land to be anatural reserve in a<br />

highly visible location,and be<br />

significantly beneficial to vegetation and<br />

fauna in the area.<br />

‘‘We hope this could provide a<br />

recreational area, and wetland,<br />

comparable to TravisWetland in<br />

Christchurch.”<br />

It is hoped aproportion of theproperty<br />

canberetiredfrom commercial<br />

operation andrevertedtoephemeral<br />

wetland —anarea that is periodically a<br />

wetland,and dry othertimes—inthe<br />

future.<br />

It hasbeen usedasabeef finishing unit.<br />

About 500­650cattle were finished<br />

annually in recentyears, with around120<br />

head wintered on the property,according<br />

to PGGWrightsonwho marketedthe<br />

property.<br />

Over thenextyearortwo, while<br />

investigationsare under way to<br />

determinethe best useofthe site, council<br />

intends to offsetthe runningcosts of the<br />

property by generating revenue fromthe<br />

land throughaleaseorlicence.<br />

<strong>May</strong>or Dan Gordon says this means the<br />

purchasewill have little, to no cost, to<br />

ratepayers.<br />

He says theuniqueopportunity the<br />

land provided wastoo good to passup.<br />

‘‘Blocks of landlike this do not come up<br />

very often, so whenitdid, council seized<br />

theopportunitytopurchaseit.’’<br />

Mr Gordonsays revertingthe site from<br />

operational farm land, to wetlandinthe<br />

future, will alsohelpreduce thesediment<br />

getting intothe KaiapoiRiver and<br />

improve itswaterquality.<br />

‘‘As our district grows, it couldalso<br />

createawonderful, natural recreational<br />

area in the district.’’<br />

In lastyear’s CouncilCustomer<br />

Satisfaction Survey more than 70 percent<br />

of respondentssaiditwas important for<br />

thecouncil to be activeinresponding to<br />

climate change.<br />

Council alsoreceived feedback in the<br />

survey calling formoregreenareas,<br />

larger parks, and recreationalareas, and<br />

residentscalled for the council to show<br />

leadershipbyprioritisingclimatechange,<br />

sustainability, andenvironmental<br />

protection, Mr Gordon says.<br />

Thepurchasecameafterapleafroma<br />

passionate memberofthe Waimakariri<br />

Zone Committee andformerchair<br />

Eye to the future ... The Waimakariri District Council has bought the land bordered by the<br />

red lines (the boundary lines are indicative only).<br />

IMAGE:COURTESY OF PGG WRIGHTSON REAL ESTATE<br />

MichaelBlackwell.<br />

‘‘Hewas unwelland in hospital, and<br />

phonedmeand other elected members, to<br />

ask that we seriously look at obtaining<br />

thisland.<br />

The council investigated and Mr<br />

Blackwell was delighted when council<br />

bought the land.<br />

‘‘Sadly Michaelpassed away afew days<br />

ago.’’<br />

Mr Gordonsaysitisafitting tribute to<br />

someonewho gave so much to his<br />

community,and was so passionate about<br />

the environment.<br />

Mapping information provided by<br />

Environment<strong>Canterbury</strong>shows there are<br />

remnant wetlands already on site.<br />

Dr Dollery says undercouncil<br />

ownership, therewouldbeanopportunity<br />

to further enhancethese. Thisparcel of<br />

landisaglimmerofhopefor something<br />

thatcouldbequite amazing forthe<br />

WaimakaririDistrictinthe future,’’she<br />

says.<br />

‘‘Wehave the opportunity to increase<br />

biodiversity,mitigate the impacts of<br />

climate change and providebetter<br />

recreation forour residents.’’<br />

Environment<strong>Canterbury</strong>Councillor<br />

Grant Edgecongratulated the<br />

WaimakaririDistrictCouncilfor its<br />

forward­thinking.<br />

‘‘Itwill now allow forstrategic<br />

management thatsupports the<br />

regeneration of anaturalwetlandand<br />

enhance biodiversity, while securing<br />

stormwater retention capacityand<br />

addressing sediment discharge to the<br />

Kaiapoi River.Thisisasignificant step<br />

that supports multipleactions to address<br />

climatechange resiliencefor peopleand<br />

theenvironment.<br />

‘‘Ilookforwardtopreparation of a<br />

management plan in the nextphase,’’<br />

CouncillorEdgesays.<br />

GeneralManagerfor Communityand<br />

Recreation ChrisBrown says thecouncil<br />

will consult, andworkwith thewider<br />

community, as well as partners Ngāi<br />

Tūāhuriri andEnvironment <strong>Canterbury</strong>,<br />

to work out the best possible usefor this<br />

land.<br />

‘‘This projectwillrequire integrated<br />

planning andengagementwithour<br />

partnersand stakeholders as well as the<br />

community. We’ll lookatall possible<br />

options,issues,constraintsand<br />

opportunities beforeany final decisions<br />

aremade.’’<br />

Mr Brown saysthe purchase will help<br />

council to reach its stated level of service<br />

to provide enoughnaturalparklandfor<br />

district’s growingpopulation.<br />

‘‘Thepurchaseofthis property will<br />

enable the deliveryofconservation and<br />

environmental outcomes outlined in the<br />

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be suretocheck your eligibility prior.<br />

When:<br />

Saturday 27th and Sunday28th <strong>May</strong><br />

10am–4pm<br />

Where:<br />

Kaiapoi Park and Ride<br />

(next to NewWorld)<br />

‘‘Know me, guide me’’ ... Rangiora High School deputy principals Paula McDonald (left)<br />

and Haidee Tiffen have been aoverseeing acomprehensive review of the school’s<br />

curriculum.<br />

PHOTO: DAVID HILL<br />

Curriculum changes<br />

By DAVID HILL,<br />

Local Democracy Reporter<br />

‘‘It’s back to 1986’’ at Rangiora High<br />

School, but anew enhanced version.<br />

That’s the assessment of principal<br />

Bruce Kearney following a<br />

comprehensive curriculum review,<br />

which will lead to sweeping changes to<br />

the school’s teaching and learning,<br />

pastoral care, and arevamp of the<br />

Rakahuri building.<br />

Mr Kearney tasked deputy principals<br />

Paula McDonald and Haidee Tiffen with<br />

the task of conducting the review in term<br />

one.<br />

The pair worked with education<br />

consultants ImpactED to conduct an<br />

online survey and interviews with<br />

students, staff and whanau, with more<br />

than 1000 students responding from a<br />

school roll of 1700.<br />

‘‘It’s not astep back in time to 1986, but<br />

it is something parents can understand,’’<br />

Ms Tiffen said.<br />

‘‘We are trying to simplify it, but we’re<br />

not letting go of all the good stuff,’’ Ms<br />

McDonald added.<br />

She said the students would be ‘‘at the<br />

heart of everything’’, with anew<br />

philosophy of ‘‘know me, guide me’’<br />

under­pinning the new curriculum.<br />

‘‘It is about getting to know our<br />

learners and guiding our learners.<br />

‘‘The number one thing parents said<br />

was they wanted the students to be going<br />

to school happy and having lots of choice<br />

(in their subjects).’’<br />

Ms Tiffen said having strong<br />

connections between students and<br />

teachers also came through strongly.<br />

Once the survey was completed, staff<br />

were invited to test the review findings,<br />

with 23 staff volunteering to explore<br />

what changes were possible.<br />

The biggest change will be installing<br />

internal walls in the open plan Rakahuri<br />

building, which is thought to be the<br />

largest classroom in the South Island.<br />

The proposed layout will be<br />

essentially the same, but with learning<br />

spaces turned into single cell classrooms<br />

and the potential for the library to be<br />

incorporated.<br />

The project is out for tender and the<br />

school will be seeking funding from the<br />

Ministry of Education to make it happen.<br />

Ms Tiffen said students had found it<br />

distracting being in an environment<br />

where multiple classes were operating<br />

in one big space.<br />

‘‘Our neuro­diverse learners were<br />

finding it particularly challenging.<br />

‘‘They still want those spaces, but with<br />

more closed off spaces to improve their<br />

learning.’’<br />

From next year junior students will<br />

return to spending more time with<br />

specialist subjects teachers, instead of<br />

the co­operative teaching across<br />

subjects employed in recent years.<br />

Senior school courses will return to<br />

full year, rather than semester (halfyear)<br />

courses.<br />

‘‘It is all about those relationships with<br />

learners,’’ Ms Tiffen said.<br />

‘‘You can’t get to know our learners<br />

well enough in half ayear.’’<br />

She said the focus would be on the<br />

teaching and learning rather than<br />

assessment, with the assessment built in.<br />

The Wānanga (form class) structure<br />

will change, with students spending less<br />

time ‘‘with atrusted adult for<br />

whanaungatanga (building<br />

relationships)’’ from next year.<br />

Literacy and numeracy would also be<br />

abig focus.<br />

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Purpose-built for men at work<br />

By JOHN COSGROVE<br />

NEWS<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>May</strong> <strong>25</strong>, <strong>2023</strong><br />

MASTER BUILDER<br />

5<br />

2021055<br />

Apurpose­built, MenzShedwas opened<br />

at the <strong>North</strong>ern A&P Showgrounds in<br />

Rangiora last Saturday.<br />

‘‘It's great to finally get intoour new<br />

purpose­builtshed,’’ says Rangiora<br />

MenzShedchairman Steve Mackay.<br />

The new multi­use 20m x20m shed is<br />

behind the showground’s main stand,<br />

replacing the previoussmallerbuilding,<br />

which Steve sayswas not fit for purpose<br />

any more.<br />

‘‘It’s going to be good to have aspace to<br />

allow our members to workthat’sclean,<br />

dry,doesn’t have aleaky roof and is bird<br />

proof,’’ he says.<br />

Rangiora MenzShed started in<br />

September2010 and two of the original<br />

members fromthe first shed,Eddie<br />

Stancombeand John Breitmeyer, were<br />

on hand at the opening ceremony on<br />

Saturday.<br />

Theyand manymembers from the shed<br />

watched as Waimakariri District Council<br />

<strong>May</strong>or Dan Gordon and Mr Mackay cut<br />

the ribbon to declare the new facility<br />

open.<br />

‘‘Westarted fundraising for the new<br />

shedback in 2021, and thankstoa<br />

wonderful group of supporters and<br />

sponsors, the work was finally completed<br />

justacouple of weeks ago,’’says Steve.<br />

The MenzShedisthankful for the help<br />

and assistance from many pastand<br />

present members, the Lottery<br />

Commissionand Rata Foundation<br />

funding grants, Wide SpanSheds,<br />

WaimakaririDistrictCouncil, Small<br />

Contracting, Boulton Piling, Norton<br />

Drainage,Taggarts Earthmoving,Mico<br />

Plumbing,IplexPipeline, <strong>North</strong>ern A&P<br />

Association, PrimaryLink,Vynco,<br />

New workspace ... The new Rangiora MenzShed multi­use facility at the Rangiora<br />

Showgrounds.<br />

PHOTO:SUPPLIED<br />

LoburnFurniture, LoburnSawmills,<br />

Macalpines Mitre10Mega, Aktron/Oil<br />

Distributors, StreetLegaland the RSA.<br />

Steve says the MenzShed was<br />

established for the welfareofmen.<br />

‘‘Mental health and companionship are<br />

important to all our members.<br />

‘‘Most are semi or fully retired plus we<br />

have anumber in their 90s.’’<br />

Steve says all manner of woodworking<br />

and light engineering projects is done in<br />

the shed.<br />

‘‘This new facility will allowusto<br />

continue to help many different<br />

communityorganisations and the public<br />

who ask us fix up or mend things that are<br />

of importance to them.’’<br />

Stevesays their top­selling items are<br />

Oregan barbecue tables and solid pine<br />

coffins,which they are strugglingtokeep<br />

up with demand for.<br />

The RangioraMenzShed welcomes<br />

new members. Steve says to come along<br />

on any of the three mornings (Tuesday,<br />

Wednesday and Thursday)from 9am to<br />

12noon and introduceyourselves.<br />

Attendance targets unrealistic -principals<br />

By DAVID HILL,<br />

Local Democracy Reporter<br />

A<strong>North</strong><strong>Canterbury</strong> principal says school<br />

attendance targets are unrealistic in the<br />

present environment.<br />

With ageneralelection looming,<br />

politicians have beenpromising to fix<br />

declining school attendancerates.<br />

But Rangiora HighSchool principal<br />

BruceKearney says the biggest barriers to<br />

school attendancetargetsare the Ministry<br />

of Education’s ‘‘inability’’ to negotiate a<br />

pay settlementwith teachers and the<br />

mandatoryseven­day Covid­19 stand<br />

down.<br />

The Ministry of Education’s target is for<br />

all students to achieve90percentregular<br />

attendance at school.<br />

That equates to just one day afortnight,<br />

or six or seven days in aschool term.<br />

‘‘Yes, non­attendance is aproblem, but it<br />

is not because students aren’t attending<br />

school, it is because we arecoming out of<br />

Covidwhere hardly anybody in any<br />

industry is hitting 90 percent attendance,’’<br />

he said.<br />

‘‘It is alittle richfor the Minister of<br />

Education to write letters to school<br />

principals asking them to get on board<br />

with attendance whenthe biggest factor<br />

impacting attendance at the momentisthe<br />

government’sinability to sign acontract<br />

with teachers.’’<br />

While therewas alot of talkabout nonattendance,<br />

Mr Kearneysays thereisa<br />

lack of funding to enable schools to tackle<br />

the issue. Rangiora High School recently<br />

employed an attendance officer from<br />

school funds to reach out to students in the<br />

70­80% attendance category.<br />

Rangiora New Life School principal<br />

StephenWalters says the Ministry of<br />

Education should be putting more<br />

emphasis on student achievementrather<br />

than looking at attendance on its own.<br />

‘‘We lookedatour data and attendance<br />

in termone was higher than last year,but<br />

it is still behind2019. But the interesting<br />

thing is even though attendance is lagging,<br />

academicperformancehas been<br />

sustainedand evenimprovedslightly in<br />

some areas.’’<br />

He says the Covid experiencehad led to<br />

change in attitude towards wellbeing.<br />

‘‘I think Covidhas taught us, if you are<br />

unwell stay home home untilyou are<br />

well.’’<br />

Mr Walters sayshis school movedto‘‘a<br />

hybrid learning style’’ 10 years ago<br />

embracingonlinelearning alongside<br />

learning in the classroom.Itallows<br />

studentstocontinue learning and engage<br />

withteacherswhen absent fromschool.<br />

The results indicate it’s working,hesays.<br />

Oxford Area School principal MikeHart<br />

said attendanceimproved significantly in<br />

term one this year at 61.9%, compared to<br />

43.7%for term one lastyear.<br />

‘‘PreCovid­19attendanceinterm one<br />

2019was 71.7% regular attendance, so we<br />

stillhaveimprovementstomake.’’Data so<br />

far is trendinginthe right direction.’’<br />

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6 The <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>May</strong> <strong>25</strong>, <strong>2023</strong><br />

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CCTV in spotlight<br />

With the frosty mornings and darker<br />

evenings signalling adefinitechange of<br />

season, likemany parents across<br />

WaimakaririIamfinding myself spending<br />

most of mySaturday mornings on the<br />

sidelines of wintersports —the netball<br />

court andrugbyfield.<br />

While it’s sometimes hard for us<br />

parents to motivatethetroops to getout of<br />

thehouse early nowit’sgetting colder,it’s<br />

nice to jointhe othermums and dads<br />

cheering on our youngones.<br />

It alsobrings back some goodmemories<br />

of myown childhood whenweused to<br />

headoff to ourvarious sportingevents on<br />

amisty Saturday morning.<br />

Earlier thisweekIhostedapublic<br />

meeting to discuss community­ledCCTV<br />

forthe Sovereign Palmssubdivision in<br />

Kaiapoi.<br />

Aresident approached meafterher<br />

motorhomewas stolenfrom herfront<br />

garden, nevertobeseen again.<br />

Shethoughtifcameras wereinstalled at<br />

theexitsofthe subdivision it would not<br />

only deter would­be thieves, but also<br />

allow stolen vehicles to be tracked more<br />

easily.<br />

Havingwitnessedthe successofa<br />

similar project in the Hurunui district,I<br />

wasonly too happy to get involvedand<br />

bring therelevantstakeholders together,<br />

includingthecouncil, police,community<br />

patrol,neighbourhood support and<br />

residents forapublic meeting.<br />

It was standing room only atthe Kaiapoi<br />

Golf Clubfor theover120 residents who<br />

attended with overwhelmingsupport for<br />

thebacking of my call torollout<br />

community­led CCTV in thearea.<br />

The results inHurunui speak for<br />

themselves,soIam excited to seethe<br />

backingbythe communityfor thistobe<br />

rolledout heretoo.<br />

The moreour communitiestake<br />

ownershipofprojects likethese, the more<br />

chance we have of preventingcrime in<br />

ourneighbourhoods.<br />

It washeartening to seeresidents<br />

takingbackcontroloftheir<br />

neighbourhood.<br />

In Parliament Irecentlyhosted the<br />

official launch ofthe BERL Rare<br />

Disorders InsightsReporttoraise<br />

awarenessofthe more than300,000Kiwis<br />

livingwitharareconditioninNew<br />

Zealand.<br />

The report found thatthe issue of<br />

mental healthforthose witharare<br />

conditioncan bedistressing.<br />

In Canada 80 percent of those witha<br />

rare conditionsufferfrommental<br />

distress.<br />

In theUKthose with rareconditions —<br />

andtheir carers —incur hidden costsdue<br />

to mental distress.<br />

In NewZealand thosewith arare<br />

disorder facesimilar challenges,but as<br />

thereport states we just don’thave the<br />

ability to measure andrespond to mental<br />

distress in Kiwis with ararecondition. We<br />

need to do better.<br />

Finally,itwasexciting tosee so many<br />

people at my Inspiring Women event in<br />

Silverstream,where National’sdeputy<br />

leader, Nicola Willis, andlocalfashion<br />

andbusinessguruBridgetHope, shared<br />

theirjourneys tothe top. Both Nicola and<br />

Bridget have successfully navigated<br />

raising ayoung familywhile beingleaders<br />

in their respectiveareas, anditwas<br />

inspiringtohear themshare their stories.<br />

The event wasvery well attendedand it<br />

wasalovely opportunity to celebrate all<br />

ourinspiringwomenhere in<br />

Waimakariri. Ialways enjoyhosting my<br />

colleagues in Waimakariri, so thanks to<br />

all of youwho made herfeelwelcome.<br />

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Waimakariri<br />

with <strong>May</strong>or Dan Gordon<br />

Anew Menzshed<br />

and asea of pink<br />

It was fantastic to cut the ribbon and<br />

open the new Rangiora MenzShed<br />

premises this past weekend.<br />

Steve Mackay and the team at the<br />

MenzShed have been fundraising for a<br />

long time to complete their new<br />

building and Ihave strongly<br />

supported their project and funding<br />

applications.<br />

MenzShed fosters camaraderie,<br />

enables members to share the skills<br />

they have acquired over their lifetime<br />

as well as learn new skills from fellow<br />

members.<br />

This ongoing learning, and resulting<br />

contribution to the community, has<br />

benefits for all.<br />

It was greattosee members, both<br />

new and established, on site for the<br />

opening, andtohear aboutwhat the<br />

MenzShed means to each of them.<br />

If you are curious about the<br />

organisation I’d recommend you drop<br />

in and talk to members.<br />

Ialso had the opportunity to speak<br />

with visitingfirst year politics<br />

students from the University of<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> over the weekend.<br />

This is the second year in arow I<br />

have met with them in Kaiapoi, and it<br />

was agreat opportunitytodiscuss our<br />

district, our values andhow we<br />

approach the big topics such as<br />

climate change, Three Waters and<br />

Civil Defence.<br />

I’m always impressed by the interest<br />

and insight of the students whoattend<br />

these forums.<br />

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It was great to seeaseaofpink in<br />

the district for Pink Shirt Day last<br />

Friday.<br />

Pink ShirtDay is an annual antibullying<br />

campaign with proceeds from<br />

the day going to TheMentalHealth<br />

Foundation.<br />

The council supported the initiative<br />

and its always great to see so many<br />

other businesses and schools in the<br />

district get involved each year.<br />

Taking partinthe day helps to<br />

stamp out bullying by celebrating<br />

diversity, and promoting kindness and<br />

inclusion —areally great campaign.<br />

As I’m sure many of you will have<br />

seen, Waimakariri District Council<br />

has appointed Jeff Millward as our<br />

new Chief Executive.<br />

Jeff has just shy of four decades of<br />

experienceinthe local government<br />

sector, and most recently has been<br />

Acting Chief Executive at the Council.<br />

We had some great candidates apply<br />

for the role, but Jeff stoodout as<br />

someone who is diligent, strategic,<br />

focused and has astrong andgenuine<br />

connection to thedistrict, its people,<br />

and our council. He was the<br />

unanimous choice.<br />

The council and Iare excited to<br />

have selected Jeff, and we look<br />

forward to working with him in his<br />

new role. As always, Iwelcome contact<br />

from anyone whoneeds assistance or<br />

has an issue they may wanttodiscuss.<br />

Email me at dan.gordon@wmk.govt.nz<br />

or phone 021906437. I’m here to help.<br />

Aslice of Kaiapoi’shistory stolen in brazen theft<br />

The brazen theft of awoollen blanket<br />

fromthe Kaiapoi Museum has left Sally<br />

Howell, heartbroken.<br />

Theblanket,asymbol of Kaiapoi’s<br />

early history, hasbeen snatched from a<br />

display along with asmall sample<br />

blanket.<br />

Sally, president of the Kaiapoi District<br />

Historical Society which administersthe<br />

museum, saysthe whoever tookthe<br />

blankets was‘‘not taking from us.Itisthe<br />

community they are stealing from’’.<br />

‘‘Those blankets arevery special, and<br />

its very sad someone camealong and<br />

tookthem.<br />

‘‘We want them back,’’ she says.<br />

Theitems were woven at atime when<br />

the Kaiapoi Woollen Mill was<br />

operational.<br />

Sally says the smaller item,was<br />

donated by alady who has sincepassed<br />

away.<br />

Her father had worked at the woollen<br />

mill, and hadgiven it to her for her dolls<br />

pram.<br />

‘‘Itwas beautifully woven, and had<br />

blanket stitching around its edge.<br />

‘‘Ithas got to be over 50­years­old,’’<br />

saysSally.<br />

Thetheft tookplacelast Thursday<br />

afternoon,at1.30pm.<br />

Themuseumhas CCTV footage, but is<br />

askingpeople to keep an eye outfor<br />

anyone trying to sell theblankets on<br />

various sale sitesonline.<br />

Sally says the museum has been<br />

designed for it to be unmanned, so<br />

people could go andbrowse. Anything<br />

expensive is secured, or high up tomake<br />

it difficult to steal.<br />

The blankets were attached to arail, so<br />

as people browsed the museum they<br />

were able to feeltheir quality.<br />

The larger blanket was teal,mauveand<br />

white checked tartan, withaKaiapoi<br />

Cozy Wool label on it, whilethe smaller<br />

one wasaqua blue and white.<br />

‘‘Bothwere wrenched off the rail. It is<br />

really, reallysad,’’says Sally.<br />

If anyone can help returnthe stolen<br />

goods, contactthe Museum at Williams<br />

Street, Kaiapoi, (03)311 8919.<br />

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Motunau 9:28pm 2.2 3:12pm 0.8 10:14pm 2.2 3:59pm 0.8 10:59pm 2.2 4:47pm 0.8 11:45pm 2.2 5:35pm 0.9 12:14pm 2.1 6:23pm 0.8 12:59pm 2.1 7:10pm 0.8 1:45pm 2.2 7:58pm 0.8<br />

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Gore Bay 9:30pm 2.2 3:14pm 0.8 10:16pm 2.2 4:01pm 0.8 11:01pm 2.2 4:49pm 0.8 11:47pm 2.2 5:37pm 0.9 12:16pm 2.1 6:<strong>25</strong>pm 0.8 1:01pm 2.1 7:12pm 0.8 1:47pm 2.2 8:00pm 0.8<br />

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NEWS<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>May</strong> <strong>25</strong>, <strong>2023</strong><br />

ECE falling off radar in funding rounds<br />

7<br />

By RACHEL MACDONALD<br />

Early Childhood Education (ECE) is<br />

considered by many families to be<br />

important in underpinning ayoung<br />

child’s social and cognitive<br />

development.<br />

It also allows many parents to return<br />

to work in abid to keep up with the<br />

rising costs of living.<br />

However, it is asector that seems to<br />

fall largely off the radar when it comes<br />

to funding for additional teachers, and<br />

efforts to establish full pay parity<br />

between ECE and kindergarten<br />

teachers, says Amy Blatch, owner of Cust<br />

Preschool.<br />

‘‘Last week’s budget, for example, is a<br />

step in the right direction towards<br />

valuing qualified teachers and funding<br />

pay parity with our primary and<br />

secondary colleagues.<br />

‘‘However, the whole sector has<br />

serious concerns about teacher to child<br />

ratios, but there has been no change in<br />

that space for avery long time.<br />

‘‘There’s also been no significant<br />

increase in government funding to<br />

recognise our constant increases in<br />

costs. We just always seem to be trying to<br />

catch up,’’ she says.<br />

Amy says the government’s funding<br />

model of one teacher for every 10<br />

children over two­years­old, and one<br />

teacher for every five children younger<br />

than that, is about offering minimums,<br />

not about offering quality care and<br />

learning.<br />

At the moment she is employing two<br />

additional teachers on the team for her<br />

50 enrolled children to deliver what she<br />

considers ahigh level of quality care.<br />

“This is the only solution.<br />

‘‘The centre itself has to pay<br />

additional teachers and to pass on the<br />

increased costs in our fees.<br />

‘‘That’s hard on families whose wages<br />

haven’t gone up and for whom the rest of<br />

life is also getting more expensive.’’<br />

Amy says it’s important that, in the<br />

interests of the children and their early<br />

development opportunities, the ECE<br />

culture should not be about delivering<br />

“minimums”, but without government<br />

support, that becomes extremely<br />

difficult.<br />

‘‘It is so frustrating for all of us. We<br />

want our children to have great,<br />

personalised teacher support and<br />

access to top resources in abeautiful<br />

environment.<br />

‘‘That’s what our community expects,<br />

but the government keeps missing the<br />

issue.<br />

‘‘We just don’t seem to be able to get<br />

our message through,’’ she says.<br />

‘‘Individual centres need to have the<br />

confidence to speak out and to join one<br />

of the advocacy groups out there<br />

lobbying for our cause.’’<br />

The dream is that every child who<br />

leaves the preschool to move on to Cust<br />

or West Eyreton schools is up to the next<br />

step in their education.<br />

That each one takes with them the<br />

values and skills taught at preschool,<br />

and also understands what it is to be<br />

part of acommunity and to thrive within<br />

that.<br />

“We love what we do, we’re good at<br />

what we do, and we need to have that<br />

valued as much as we need to have our<br />

young people valued. We want our<br />

children to have great, personalised<br />

learning opportunities with<br />

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8 The <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>May</strong> <strong>25</strong>, <strong>2023</strong><br />

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The three councils and their Greater<br />

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endorsed the planthe day before.<br />

It will be out for consultation for six<br />

weeks duringJune and July.<br />

ECan senior strategy manager Jesse<br />

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Christchurch.<br />

‘‘The key through all of this has been<br />

the partnership and how we’ve all<br />

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The plan was looking to shift the focus<br />

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higherdensity housing,inline with<br />

recent government legislation.<br />

Mr Burgess noted therewas ‘‘a fair bit<br />

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Resource Management Act reformand<br />

ECan reviewing its regional policy<br />

statement.<br />

But he said the draft spatial plan<br />

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The draft plan builds on the recent<br />

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7000 responses,and recentreports on<br />

housing and commercial /industrial<br />

capacity in the region.<br />

The Whakawhanake KāingaKomiti<br />

(Greater Christchurch) is apartnership<br />

between the Waimakariri and Selwyn<br />

District Councils, Christchurch City<br />

Council,ECan, NgāiTahu, Waka Kotahi<br />

New ZealandTransport Agency, Te<br />

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(Rāpaki) in developingthe draft plan.<br />

Waimakariri <strong>May</strong>or Dan Gordonsaid<br />

the GreaterChristchurchcouncils<br />

facedsignificant challenges from<br />

ongoing growth.<br />

‘‘Thespatial plan has been informed<br />

by what our residents wish for their<br />

future, and will helpcreate better<br />

connected urban communities,more<br />

efficient and reliable public transport,<br />

alower impact on the environment from<br />

new building, and overall abetter<br />

Forward planning ... The draft Greater<br />

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Environment <strong>Canterbury</strong>’s council meeting<br />

last Wednesday.<br />

PHOTO: DAVID HILL<br />

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530,000, an extra77,000 houseswould<br />

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The growing population was expected<br />

to become more ethnicallydiverse, with<br />

peopleidentifying as Māori, Pacifica<br />

and Asian formingagreater share of<br />

young people and the working­age<br />

population by 2051.<br />

An ageing and morediverse<br />

population would alsorequire arange<br />

of housing types and models of<br />

community living,the draft plan<br />

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9<br />

Residents query plans for Solar Farm<br />

By DAVID HILL,<br />

Local Democracy Reporting<br />

The prospect of asolar farm being<br />

established in <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> has left<br />

local residents up in arms.<br />

Local Democracy Reporting<br />

understands an Australian company,<br />

Energy Bay Ltd, plans to build asolar<br />

farm on an 80 hectare site on the corner<br />

of Beatties and Upper Sefton Roads at<br />

Ashley, north of Rangiora.<br />

Around 40 residents met with<br />

Waimakariri <strong>May</strong>or Dan Gordon and<br />

Waimakariri District Council planning<br />

manager Wendy Harris last Thursday to<br />

vent their concerns.<br />

Ms Harris emphasised there was no<br />

active consent application, but a<br />

resource consent was required for a<br />

solar farm and none had been granted.<br />

‘‘Any application would need to be<br />

lodged with the council and we would<br />

process the application.’’<br />

Ashley resident David Fordyce said<br />

neighbours of the proposed site had<br />

been approached and asked to sign a<br />

document in support of the proposal.<br />

‘‘There seems to have been abit of<br />

skullduggery from Energy Bay in getting<br />

people to sign adocument on the<br />

understanding aconsent had already<br />

been granted.’’<br />

He understood no­one had signed the<br />

document.<br />

He said residents were not opposed to<br />

solar power.<br />

Residents were concerned at the lack<br />

of available information, with some<br />

taking to the internet to do their own<br />

research.<br />

‘‘There is some genuine concern. We<br />

are not experts and Ihave asked people<br />

to go away and do some research, which<br />

is peer reviewed,’’ Mr Fordyce said.<br />

Concerns included solar arrays (solar<br />

panels grouped together) creating ‘‘heat<br />

Vision of panels ... Asolar farm in Winton, Queensland, Australia.<br />

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burn anything within a40metre radius.<br />

Meeting organiser Merv O’Brien, a<br />

neighbour of the proposed site, said he<br />

was concerned the solar panels would<br />

be damaged in ahail storm, exposing<br />

heavy metals which could leach into<br />

groundwater.<br />

Overseas recommendations also<br />

advised not to live within 2.2km of a<br />

solar farm, Mr O’Brien said.<br />

Ms Harris said any decision on<br />

whether an application is publicly<br />

PHOTO: FILE<br />

notified, limited notified or non­notified<br />

was subject to criteria set out in the<br />

Resource Management Act.<br />

Any resource consent application<br />

would need to include an assessment of<br />

the activity’s effects on the environment,<br />

including proposed mitigation<br />

measures, she said.<br />

Energy Bay Ltd is understood to be a<br />

subsidiary of Australian company Solar<br />

Bay Ltd, which is building alarge solar<br />

farm at Massey University.<br />

The arrangement will see Solar Bay<br />

Ltd own and operate the solar arrays for<br />

the next <strong>25</strong> years.<br />

The university will purchase all of the<br />

electricity generated, before taking over<br />

the ownership of the solar arrays after<br />

<strong>25</strong> years.<br />

It will comprise two solar systems,<br />

including asix megawatt peak (MWp)<br />

array on the equestrian grazing area and<br />

a1.87 MWp array over acar park.<br />

Solar farms have been proposed in<br />

other parts of <strong>Canterbury</strong> by other<br />

companies.<br />

The Ashburton District Council<br />

consented asolar farm at Lauriston,<br />

near Methven, last year, which is<br />

expected to produce 50 megawatts of<br />

power into the local electricity grid.<br />

Aresource consent application to the<br />

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submitters and found them ‘‘acceptable<br />

and will be accommodated by the<br />

revised proposed conditions of the<br />

consent’’.<br />

Solar Bay Ltd has been contacted for<br />

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14 The <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>May</strong> <strong>25</strong>, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Piping his way to Glasgow<br />

By JOHN COSGROVE<br />

Ayoung Loburn piperheading to<br />

Scotland to compete in the<br />

World Pipe Band<br />

Championships, says he’ll be<br />

takingitall in his stride.<br />

The prospectoffacing up<br />

against the world's best pipe<br />

bands later this year in Glasgow<br />

is daunting,but for Loburn<br />

student and keenpiperLucas<br />

Paterson he says“It willbean<br />

awesome experience and I<br />

expecttolearnalot there.”<br />

Lucas,aged 16, received the<br />

opportunity to compete in the<br />

World Pipe Band Championship<br />

when his school band,the St.<br />

Andrews College Pipe Band,<br />

won their juvenile grade and<br />

came second in grade two at the<br />

National Pipe Band<br />

competition, held recently in<br />

Christchurch.<br />

‘‘We did really well and our<br />

band director Richard Hawke<br />

then proposed to us that we<br />

shouldall go to Glasgow and<br />

compete in the world champs.”<br />

Lucas began piping at ayoung<br />

age after watching his<br />

grandfatherplay the pipes in<br />

pipe bands.<br />

‘‘It looked like fun, and I<br />

wantedtoget into it to be with<br />

him.”<br />

At age 13, he auditionedfor,<br />

and was accepted into the<br />

National Youth Pipe Band, and<br />

began playingwith his college<br />

band.<br />

Collectively, band members<br />

have to raiseover $200,000 for<br />

Piping to Glasgow ... Loburn student Lucas Paterson (16), is fund raising<br />

to join his college pipe band in Glasgow to compete in the world champs<br />

later this year.<br />

PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE<br />

their trip in August and Lucas<br />

says he has been hard at work in<br />

his spare time tryingtofind ways<br />

to earnthe money.<br />

‘‘I’vebeen piping at funerals,<br />

weddings and busking and I’ll<br />

have to do alot more before we<br />

go.”<br />

Lucas saysthe collegeband is<br />

holding aceilidh at the school<br />

this Saturday evening (<strong>May</strong> 27) to<br />

help the band'sfundraising<br />

efforts.<br />

‘‘It willbealot of funasit’s<br />

Scottish dancingand music,’’ he<br />

says.<br />

In 2022 over 40,000spectators<br />

descended on to Glasgow Green<br />

in the Scottish city of Glasgow, to<br />

watch 146 bands and thousands<br />

of pipers and drummers from<br />

around the world compete in the<br />

first world championshipsheld<br />

since 2019. Lucasislooking<br />

forwardtotravelling with his 32<br />

bandmates to Glasgow. ‘‘It’s an<br />

awesomeopportunity and I’m<br />

hopefulwewill do well there.’’<br />

Support continues<br />

By DAVIDHILL,<br />

Local Democracy Reporter<br />

The WaimakaririDistrict<br />

Council is providing ongoing<br />

supportfollowing the<br />

cyclone in the <strong>North</strong> Island.<br />

<strong>May</strong>or DanGordon says<br />

his council is continuing to<br />

provide support to the<br />

Wairoa District Council as<br />

partofLocal Government<br />

New Zealand’s (LGNZ)<br />

Adopt­a­Community<br />

campaign.<br />

Council staff andcivil<br />

defencevolunteersalso<br />

spent timeinAucklandand<br />

Hawkes Bayinthe<br />

aftermathofthe Cyclone<br />

Gabrielleand theflood<br />

events.<br />

‘‘Wemade aconsiderable<br />

contribution,recognising<br />

thatwetoo weresupported<br />

in our timeofneedafterthe<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> earthquakes.<br />

‘‘Therewill be ongoing<br />

supportfor Wairoa,<br />

includingadonation.’’<br />

In allnineemergency<br />

operations staff spent a<br />

combined 128 days in<br />

Auckland and HawkesBay.<br />

The council also sent<br />

three building inspectors<br />

and seven NZRT12civil<br />

defencevolunteers to<br />

Auckland after thecyclone<br />

and floodevents.<br />

‘‘I acknowledgethe<br />

contribution theymade with<br />

timeout from their families<br />

and theNZRT12 volunteers<br />

who did it in theirown<br />

personaltime,’’ Mr Gordon<br />

said.<br />

Wairoa<strong>May</strong>or Craig Little<br />

saidhis district has been<br />

overwhelmedwith the<br />

generosity and support it<br />

has receivedinthe<br />

aftermath of thecyclone.<br />

He said thesupport<br />

received through theAdopta­Community<br />

campaign has<br />

beenparticularly<br />

‘‘humbling’’.<br />

Six <strong>May</strong>orsand councils<br />

havereached outtoshow<br />

their supportfor Wairoa,<br />

including Mr Gordon.<br />

The other<strong>May</strong>ors<br />

included ToryWhanau<br />

(Wellington), David Moore<br />

(Ōpōtiki), Phil Nixon (South<br />

Taranaki), Craig Rowley<br />

(Waimate) andTaniaGibson<br />

(Grey District).<br />

‘‘The <strong>May</strong>orshavebeen<br />

driving these initiativesand<br />

encouraging donations to<br />

their adoptedcommunity’s<br />

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Littlesaid.<br />

‘‘Itissogreat thatthese<br />

councils have been there for<br />

us, they knowhow difficult<br />

our recovery is and thefact<br />

theyare supporting us is<br />

reallyreassuring.’’<br />

Mr Little said more than<br />

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By JOHN COSGROVE<br />

17<br />

Kaiapoi shook, rattled and<br />

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19<br />

Wine bottle lids<br />

helping patients<br />

Remembering ... Noah Crosby, Amberley School, and Pace Williams, Leithfield, who were<br />

both awarded Junior honours.<br />

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Students remember<br />

By ROBYN BRISTOW<br />

An art competition in the Amberley<br />

district, aimed at heightening awareness<br />

and understanding of Anzac Day,<br />

attracted strong, high quality entries,<br />

making it hard for the judges to single<br />

out winners.<br />

The annual event, run by the Amberley<br />

District Lions Club and Amberley RSA,<br />

attracted entries from the Waipara,<br />

Leithfield and Amberley Schools, which<br />

were judged before Anzac Day<br />

commemorations in the Amberley<br />

Domain.<br />

They were on display at the Amberley<br />

Pavilion to view following the Dawn<br />

Service.<br />

Lions Club president Pam Harvey, and<br />

James Drewery, the Amberley RSA<br />

president, said the effort made by young<br />

students was incredible, and the<br />

presentation of the works of art of avery<br />

high standard.<br />

They said it was gratifying entrants<br />

had done alot of research and learnt a<br />

lot about those who served.<br />

Winning entries<br />

Waipara School: Senior: William<br />

Hoban.<br />

Leithfield School: Senior: Emma<br />

Weaver; Junior: Pace Williams.<br />

Amberley School: Senior: Molly<br />

McGregor; Junior: Noah Crosby.<br />

Overall winners from all three schools<br />

Senior William Hoban (Waipara), and<br />

Molly McGregor (Amberley), equal 1.<br />

Junior: Noah Crosby.<br />

Special class award: Kereru Years 2 to<br />

4, Leithfield School.<br />

Arecord 24 sacks of winebottle lids<br />

from Hurunui recyclers have gone to<br />

assist <strong>Canterbury</strong> kidney­failure<br />

patients and theirfamiliesover the<br />

2022­<strong>2023</strong>year.<br />

Hurunui District Council supports<br />

the Amberley Lions Club by collecting<br />

aluminium wine bottle lids at<br />

Hurunui transfer stations,which are<br />

picked up by the Lions Cluband sold<br />

for metal recycling.<br />

Proceeds are donated to the<br />

Christchurch Kidney Society.<br />

Council’s waste minimisation team<br />

leader Sally Cracknellsaysthe<br />

amount representsasignificant<br />

increase fromthe 2021­2022year,<br />

which netted atotal of 13 sacks.<br />

‘‘It’sonly beatenbythe 2019­2020<br />

year,which had included unused lids<br />

from the district’s wineries, inflating<br />

the amount to 32 sacks,’’ said<br />

Cracknell.<br />

Christchurch Kidney Society<br />

Manager Jo Houghton saysthe<br />

support of rural communities is<br />

invaluable.<br />

‘‘The funds raised from the wine<br />

bottlelids goestosupportour<br />

younger members to do what they<br />

love —whether it’s ahobbyora<br />

passion —and what supports their<br />

mental health. ‘‘This could be ballet<br />

lessons or DriverLicenceeducation.’’<br />

Amberley Lions President Simon<br />

Mather says Amberley Lions are<br />

proudtobepart of the line­up of<br />

organisations making the initiative a<br />

reality, with the revenue raised<br />

flowing back to <strong>Canterbury</strong><br />

communities.<br />

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Black, the issue is personal.<br />

Mrs Black and her family walked a<br />

difficult path when their daughter,<br />

Rachael, wasdiagnosed with<br />

diabetes at age 13 and,despite<br />

keeping good control of her diabetes,<br />

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Rachael and her family.<br />

‘‘Being abletosupport patients and<br />

other families travelling the same<br />

paththrough this initiative is<br />

incredibly rewarding.<br />

‘‘Not only are we supporting our<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> familiesinneed,but<br />

we’re doing what’s right for the<br />

environment, says Mrs Black.<br />

Ms Cracknell says while glass wine<br />

bottlesare recyclable, their<br />

aluminium lids would otherwise go to<br />

landfill.<br />

‘‘Thisisagreat way to recycle<br />

these.<br />

‘‘I’m thrilledathow our local<br />

householdshave supportedthis<br />

project.’’<br />

Ms Cracknell remindedrecyclers<br />

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20 The <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>May</strong> <strong>25</strong>, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Hui aimed at food security<br />

Demand at <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong><br />

Food Banks has risen so much<br />

Food Rescue organisations,<br />

donors and food distribution<br />

community groups are attending a<br />

two­day­long hui to look at ways to<br />

streamline their services and<br />

maximise their community<br />

responses.<br />

Making more food­secure<br />

communities is the goal of the<br />

first two­day South Island<br />

Regional Hui for community aid<br />

organisations as they look at ways<br />

to make their food collection and<br />

delivery systems more efficient<br />

and reach those in need.<br />

On <strong>May</strong> 29 and 30, Satisfy Food<br />

Rescue will host the hui at the<br />

Pines Beach Hall, with Food<br />

Secure <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> as one<br />

of the principal speakers ­<br />

highlighting the collaborative<br />

work the Hurunui and<br />

Waimakariri are doing.<br />

Running from 9.30 am to 3 pm<br />

each day, speakers will discuss<br />

food sovereignty, community<br />

leadership and Mahinga Kai.<br />

Workshops and panel<br />

discussions will tackle the storing<br />

of food and strategies for<br />

overcoming barriers to food<br />

security.<br />

Satisfy Food Rescue<br />

spokesperson Fran Cain says<br />

demand has grown so much in<br />

recent times necessitating the<br />

calling for the hui to help all the<br />

different aid groups working in<br />

the community.<br />

“Recently Iwas talking with one<br />

local food bank and they said they<br />

used to see about five requests for<br />

help aweek, now, while Iwas<br />

there, they had five in just one<br />

hour and they told me it doesn't<br />

stop.<br />

“People are hurting out there.”<br />

She says SFR are working with<br />

40 recipient organisations in the<br />

Waimakariri district, distributing<br />

and delivering food to food banks,<br />

schools and many different<br />

community groups, all helping to<br />

feed those in need.<br />

The hui is modelled on similar<br />

ones held in the <strong>North</strong> Island and<br />

Fran says it’s encouraging the see<br />

the response she has received<br />

from groups and people wanting<br />

to attend the first Te Wai<br />

Pounamu Regional Hui <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Workshops look to Kaikōura’sfuture<br />

By DAVID HILL,<br />

Local Democracy Reporter<br />

Kaikōura residents havecome out<br />

in force to give their viewsonthe<br />

future of the town.<br />

The Kaikōura District Council<br />

hosted aseries of workshops<br />

recently with urbandesigner Boffa<br />

Miskelltoengagewith councillors,<br />

key stakeholders, local iwiand the<br />

widercommunity to begin work on<br />

avision for thefuture.<br />

Senior planner Matt Hoggard<br />

said the councilwas developinga<br />

spatial plan to set ablueprint to<br />

help guidedevelopmentover the<br />

next 30 years.<br />

Aregional spatialplan has been<br />

proposed as arequirementunder<br />

the proposed Resource<br />

Management Act reforms, but the<br />

council wanted to get ahead of the<br />

game by developingits own plan,<br />

he said.<br />

‘‘All the sessionswere well<br />

attended and it was greattosee<br />

everyone who attendedgetting<br />

involved and positively<br />

contributing to thediscussion.’’<br />

Participants considered arange<br />

of questions including what made<br />

Kaikōura unique, key issues and<br />

opportunities for the community<br />

now and into the future, and how<br />

these could be addressed.<br />

The council was interested to<br />

know whatatown of 10,000 might<br />

look like.<br />

The present populationofthe<br />

town was around 3000.<br />

Higherdensity housing,and<br />

what services and infrastructure<br />

would be neededtosupport all<br />

ages in thecommunity were<br />

discussed.<br />

Participants wereasked to<br />

consider whether they wanted to<br />

focus commercialgrowth on the<br />

existing towncentre or develop<br />

small neighbourhoodcentres,<br />

whether there should be more or<br />

less industrial and commercial<br />

areas,and howthe natural<br />

environmentcould be protected.<br />

Mr Hoggard saidthe feedback<br />

would be used to helpdevelop a<br />

draft spatial plan.The draft plan<br />

was expected to be ready for<br />

consultationinJuly, beforebeing<br />

adopted later in the year.<br />

‘‘We look forward to sharing the<br />

draft plan in the nextfew months.’’<br />

Dewhirst chosen<br />

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But getting the propertyready for<br />

PHOTO: FILE<br />

winterisstill the mainconcern for all<br />

farmers.Steve says one area that still<br />

keeps them busy is relaying access<br />

roads and filling in the manydeep<br />

irrigation pivotruts.<br />

‘‘Whenyou think about it, it’s really<br />

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importantly becomeareal hazard<br />

when driving over paddocks.’’<br />

23<br />

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well as beingemployed by Ngai Tahu<br />

to help with landcare and<br />

maintenance.<br />

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dry offtheir cows, and beef farmers<br />

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24 The <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>May</strong> <strong>25</strong>, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Nearly $2m funding boost for<br />

soil conservation in Nth Canty<br />

Environment <strong>Canterbury</strong>’s Soil<br />

Conservation and Revegetation<br />

Programme (SCAR) has received<br />

$1,902,359 in funding, which will support<br />

farmers with erosion­prone land across<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong>.<br />

The boost, announced recently by the<br />

Minister for Forestry, Peeni Henare’s<br />

office, will now mean the SCAR<br />

programme can continue in the Hurunui<br />

and Kaikoura districts until 2027, and be<br />

extended into the Waimakariri District.<br />

The Hill Country Erosion Fund<br />

(HCEF) operates four­yearly<br />

contestable funding rounds, and is open<br />

to proposals from regional councils and<br />

unitary authorities.<br />

Environment <strong>Canterbury</strong> (ECan)<br />

application enabled it to start its SCAR<br />

programme in 2019, which is aimed at<br />

reducing the amount of sediment<br />

washed into waterways through erosion<br />

and provide funding for pole and native<br />

planting, fencing and mapping support<br />

for landowners managing these areas.<br />

The programme has funded 22,000<br />

poles, retired over 500 hectares of highly<br />

erosion­prone land, and taken<br />

significant steps towards developing soil<br />

conservation expertise in <strong>Canterbury</strong>.<br />

SCAR Project Delivery Officer Iana<br />

Stoliarova says the programme achives<br />

retention of productive soils while<br />

delivering benefits to water quality,<br />

biodiversity and mahinga kai, and<br />

building on­farm resilience to climatic<br />

effects.<br />

‘‘Farmers work alongside our land<br />

management advisers to identify areas<br />

of their properties that are erosionprone.<br />

They then work together to find<br />

the best way to mitigate this erosion.<br />

‘‘This might be through planting poles<br />

Funding boost ... Farmers can continue to stabilise highly erosion­prone land thanks to<br />

aSCAR funding boost.<br />

PHOTO:SUPPLIED<br />

or natives, retiring land or sometimes<br />

through land use capability maps which<br />

identify the most effective uses based on<br />

the land type,’’ she says.<br />

Iana says they will continue to apply<br />

the lessons from the past four years and<br />

are forever thankful to the programme<br />

partners ­Ministry for Primary<br />

Industries, local catchment groups,<br />

landowners, rūnanga and Environment<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong>, for their continued support.<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong>/Ōpukepuke<br />

councillors Grant Edge and Claire<br />

McKay welcome the funding boost for<br />

the already effective SCAR programme.<br />

‘‘We're delighted to have received the<br />

central government funding to continue<br />

this work,’’ Cr Edge says.<br />

‘‘The SCAR programme has already<br />

delivered so much great work alongside<br />

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the extension of the programme to<br />

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<strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>May</strong> <strong>25</strong>, <strong>2023</strong><br />

<strong>25</strong><br />

Rut filler revealed after tests<br />

By TIM CRONSHAW<br />

@alliedpress.co.nz<br />

An invention tested ‘‘under cover’’ to<br />

avoid prying eyes is makinglightwork<br />

of removing tyre ruts fromthe path of<br />

centre­pivotirrigators for farmers.<br />

The innovation by <strong>Canterbury</strong><br />

company RutsPlus.com came runnerup<br />

at the inaugural agricultural<br />

innovation awards at the South Island<br />

Agricultural FieldDays in Kirwee.<br />

Omaramadesign engineer Rodger<br />

Smaill set up the family business in<br />

2021, run by him, wifeDonna and<br />

brother­in­law operations manager<br />

Stephen Fielding.<br />

He spent fouryearsworking his way<br />

through earliermodelsbefore he was<br />

satisfied to takeittothe commercial<br />

market.<br />

Mr Smaillsaid the business filled in<br />

500km of pivot rutsinits first season<br />

and was on track to do 2000km thisyear.<br />

‘‘Weknew the demand was thereif we<br />

could perfect amachine to fill the ruts<br />

and do abetterjob than atraditional<br />

method and at acheaper rate. .. without<br />

putting foreign material in their<br />

paddocks.’’<br />

The pivot­rut filler pulls in material<br />

from both sidesofthe wheel rut back<br />

into placeby‘‘punching through’’the<br />

soil and pulling out the root structure<br />

on both sides.<br />

Thisiswindrowedwith the farmer<br />

following in atractor to do the wheelpacking.<br />

The design meant the grass<br />

kept growing with the root structure,<br />

helping to increase the weight­holding<br />

capacity of the soil.<br />

Mr Smaill said filling the ruts was fast<br />

and easy, witheach machine able to do<br />

60km aday.<br />

‘‘Wecan get in and out of afarm super<br />

quick,and alot of times we will take<br />

four machinestoafarm and do over<br />

200km aday. It’s extremely<br />

environmentally­friendly considering<br />

the machine itself is solar powered,<br />

wireless and remotecontrolled.’’<br />

The 11 fillingunits mounted on<br />

trailers and towed by asmall fleet of six<br />

lightweight Suzuki Jimny four­wheel<br />

drives wereworking in <strong>Canterbury</strong> and<br />

Centraland <strong>North</strong> Otago,with plans to<br />

introduce them in Southland next year.<br />

The machinefollows the contours of<br />

the ground without adjustment and a<br />

screen on the dashboard shows the<br />

driver it is linedupwith the pivot path.<br />

Mr Smaill said the ideacame about<br />

after farmer friendstold him about<br />

their problems of dealing with pivot<br />

ruts.<br />

‘‘Thetime and expense of filling in<br />

the pivotruts gets quite overwhelming<br />

and they do damage to the gearbox on<br />

centre­wheel irrigators —sothere<br />

Out of arut ... Design engineer and RutsPlus.com co­owner Rodger Smaill spent many<br />

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sides and using the root structure to increase its weight­holding capacity. PHOTO: TIM CRONSHAW<br />

needs to be abetterway, so I decided<br />

that Iwas going to focusondeveloping<br />

anew machine full­time,and it took me<br />

four years to perfect it.’’<br />

Patents were pending in three<br />

countries.<br />

The quiet township of Omaramawas<br />

ideal for testingand keeping it out of<br />

sight because it could not be patented if<br />

there were photographs of the<br />

invention on social mediaorinthe<br />

public domain.<br />

He saidmany prototypeswere<br />

rejectedbeforethe unit was ready for<br />

the market.<br />

‘‘When I’d finished the whole project<br />

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and steeland it worked out to be about<br />

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‘‘We triedevery possible angle to get<br />

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The company wasnegotiating witha<br />

large irrigating manufacturer in the<br />

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thisyear in afranchise deal.<br />

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26 The <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>May</strong> <strong>25</strong>, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Golden time for top fleeces in Rangiora<br />

By JOHN COSGROVE<br />

Fleeces from Otago and Fielding<br />

topped the sheets at the<strong>2023</strong> NZ Royal<br />

Golden Fleece Exhibition held last<br />

week in Rangiora.<br />

The country’s best fine wool, strong<br />

wool,blackand coloured,Mohair and<br />

Alpaca (Huacaya and Suri) fleeces all<br />

went underthe judges critical eyes<br />

during the threeday event.<br />

The supreme fleece of thefine wool<br />

section went to Allan and Simon<br />

Paterson of the Armidale Merino Stud<br />

in Otago, with an ultraand super fine<br />

merino ewe fleece.<br />

JudgeNicolaPeddie of NZ Merino<br />

says whileshe judged the class very<br />

hard overall, she waspleasedthe<br />

winner was agreat fleece.<br />

The strong woolsection supreme<br />

awardwent to Rachel Humphries of<br />

Fielding, with aRomney shorn hogget<br />

fleece judgedbyRoss McGuckin from<br />

Yaldhurst Wools.<br />

In the blackand coloured section,<br />

judgeDave Burridge fromPGGW,says<br />

it was adifficult classtojudge as<br />

standardwas so high.<br />

‘‘Ultimately we can have only one<br />

champion fleece.’’<br />

The winners of the supreme black<br />

and coloured fleece awardwere<br />

Richard Patterson and the estate of<br />

AC PattersonofTimaru with amature<br />

Perendale fleece.<br />

Richard says his late wife Annewas<br />

akeen breeder and she had entered<br />

the competition many times.<br />

‘‘Shestarted off years ago when she<br />

got threeblack sheep out of the farm<br />

flockand the numbers just grew and<br />

grew.Istillhave about 300 sheep in<br />

the flock.’’<br />

The Mohair champion fleece went to<br />

Johann, Veronica and TarlaRall of Ad<br />

Maiora AngorasinMotukarara with a<br />

Under close inspection ... Judges, volunteers and breeders gather to look at the fleeces at the <strong>2023</strong> NZ Royal Golden Fleece Exhibition,<br />

held at the Rangiora Showgrounds.<br />

PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE<br />

third share buck<br />

The champion Suri Fleece award<br />

went to Blackberry Creek Lea (Sarah<br />

and Dale Henderson) of Havelock,<br />

with ajunior female Suriwhite,while<br />

the champion Huacayafleeceaward<br />

went to Shamarra Galactica of<br />

Shamarra Alpacas (Frankand Anya<br />

Walkington)ofBanks Peninsular with<br />

ajunior maleHuacaya light fawn.<br />

MelissaJebson, Chair of the RAS<br />

Golden Fleece working group,says it<br />

was great to have the competition back<br />

up and runningagain.<br />

‘‘It was brilliant,westartedoff with<br />

aworking grouptorestructure the<br />

goldenfleece competition and held<br />

many long zoom meetingstomake it<br />

happenagainthis year.’’<br />

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Ageneration of farming the land<br />

By JOHN COSGROVE<br />

Ageneration on the land was<br />

recognised as aNew Zealand Century<br />

Farmatagala function held in<br />

Lawrence overthe weekend.<br />

Lew and MargWright of Lauriston<br />

Downs, Hawarden wereone of three<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> families to take<br />

awayanawardcelebrating<br />

generations on theland.<br />

The Wright’s familyfarm, ‘Lauriston<br />

Downs’ at Hawarden,was originally<br />

purchased by William and Minnie<br />

Wright (neeEll), in February of 1919.<br />

The couple movedwith four of their<br />

fivechildren ,Jack, Arthur, Mildred<br />

and George fromHalswell in<br />

Christchurch.<br />

Youngestson Wilfred's arrival in<br />

Hawarden completed their family.<br />

Six years after making theirhome in<br />

Hawarden,another nearby blockwas<br />

purchased,before afurther 200 acres<br />

was addedin1960s, bringing the farm<br />

to 1200 acres in total.<br />

All farmwork was done with horses<br />

until the arrivalofaCaterpillar<br />

crawler and much later wheeled<br />

tractors.<br />

All foursons signed up to go to World<br />

War Two.<br />

William declared the last son to<br />

receive the call up, had to stay at home<br />

to help with the farm.<br />

Thankfully,all threesons returned<br />

home.<br />

After Williamand Minnie's<br />

ownership, the farm was then owned<br />

by Jackand his wife Alice and their<br />

sonsJohn and Lew, in partnership<br />

withJack’s youngest brother Wilfred,<br />

his wife Betty and their children<br />

Philip, Andrew, Ann and Jill.<br />

In the 60s Jack and Alice andtheir<br />

sonstook overfull ownership, it<br />

remainedthat way for 40 years until<br />

Family farm ... Three generations of Wrights at Lauriston Downs, Hawarden —Lew (left),<br />

Dustin and Iain Wright, at the original farm house.<br />

PHOTO: MARGWRIGHT<br />

the beginning of the 2000s.<br />

John Wright retired from farming, so<br />

his son Lew and wife Marg ,with their<br />

adult children Di and Iain took on the<br />

responsibilityfor the guardianship of<br />

the Lauriston Downs land.<br />

At present, Iain Wright and his wife<br />

Jac, children Sophie and Dustin,are<br />

leasing Lauriston Downs.<br />

‘Lauriston Downs’, has survived<br />

farming through droughts, floods,<br />

bountifulseasons, and changing<br />

generations.<br />

Aidedbyembracing each modern<br />

advance in agriculture as it has<br />

evolved, eachgeneration of Wright<br />

family are proudtohave farmed this<br />

land over 100 yearsand feel honoured<br />

to have been involved with Century<br />

Farms.<br />

Marg Wright sayseach generation<br />

has handedonthe landbetter than<br />

they found it, as they embraced the<br />

progressive march of agriculture.<br />

27<br />

Rules clarified<br />

RURAL LIFE<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>May</strong> <strong>25</strong>, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Farmers had the opportunity to better<br />

understand new rules and regulations at<br />

arecent biodiversity and regulations<br />

workshop in Culverden.<br />

About 20 farmers attended the<br />

workshop at Fyffe Downs Farm,<br />

organised by Environment <strong>Canterbury</strong><br />

(ECan).<br />

ECan land management and<br />

biodiversity adviser Andrew Turnbull<br />

says the workshop highlighted permitted<br />

activity rules around vegetation<br />

clearance in and around water bodies —<br />

including wetlands, riverbeds and<br />

riparian margins.<br />

The rules relating to this activity in the<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> Land and Water Regional<br />

Plan, as well as the new regulations in<br />

the National Environmental Standard<br />

for Freshwater relating to inland<br />

wetland restoration works, were also<br />

discussed.<br />

‘‘With this specific activity, it’s all<br />

about minimising sediment entering, and<br />

becoming suspended in the waterway.<br />

‘‘If you can meet the conditions set<br />

within the permitted activity, you will not<br />

need aconsent to clear away the<br />

vegetation around waterbodies, Mr<br />

Turnbull says.<br />

He urged farmers to reach out, and ask<br />

for help to find the best solution for their<br />

property.<br />

Mr Turnbull says ECan is looking<br />

forward to having more workshops in the<br />

future.<br />

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Zak grabs waterski record<br />

Zak Bainbridgeismaking waves<br />

in theworldofwaterskiing.<br />

The 14­year­old RangioraHigh<br />

School studentset aNew Zealand<br />

under14Boysslalom record in<br />

mid April,atthe Central Waterski<br />

Regional ChampionshipsatLake<br />

Wiritoa,Whanganui.<br />

Zak skied three buoys on an 11<br />

metre line, at 55 kph, in settingthe<br />

record.<br />

It wasafairytale finish forthe<br />

<strong>North</strong>brookWaters local,inhis<br />

second to lastevent as an under 14<br />

skier.<br />

In the firstroundofthe<br />

tournamentearlierinthe dayZak,<br />

and Waikatocompetitor, Luke<br />

Runciman, both scored twobuoys<br />

on the 11 metre line, at 55 kph to<br />

equalthe record previously held<br />

since2012byfellow Cantabrian<br />

Henley Wayne.<br />

Settingthe record cappedoff an<br />

already outstanding 2022/<strong>2023</strong><br />

season forZak,who hasbeen<br />

training hardalongside brother<br />

Sam, an under17Boys and Open<br />

Men’s competitor. Zak attended<br />

the under 17 Junior World event<br />

in ChileinJanuaryasawildcard<br />

entry, and then representedNew<br />

Zealand at theOzKiwi Challenge<br />

held at the Gateway Lakes in<br />

AlburyWodonga,Australia, in<br />

March wherehewon theOverall<br />

under 14 Boys title.<br />

Sponsored by Radar, Zak at only<br />

14­years­old is now 16thequal on<br />

New ZealandMen's Slalom<br />

ranking list. He alsofinished the<br />

season secondinthe world for<br />

under 14 Boys Slalom.<br />

Making waves ... Zak Bainbridge<br />

after setting the NZ U14 Boys Slalom<br />

record, Lake Wiritoa. PHOTO: SUPPLIED<br />

Rga netball fan meets idols<br />

Rangiora netballer Asher<br />

Blakely scored the experience of<br />

alifetime when she was named<br />

an ANZ Future Captain.<br />

Asher met her idols of the ANZ<br />

Premiership at the Tactix vs<br />

Magic match at Mainpower<br />

Stadium on Saturday, 13 <strong>May</strong>,<br />

and led them out on to the court.<br />

Nine­year­old Asher, who<br />

attends Cust Primary School, got<br />

up close with the players, and<br />

caught the action from prime<br />

courtside seats.<br />

Asher’s sister Luella was able<br />

to join her.<br />

Asher said walking on to the<br />

court in front of the cheering<br />

crowd was ‘‘amazing’’.<br />

‘‘I got to meet Kimiora Poi,<br />

captain of the Tactix who was<br />

really sweet. We also got the best<br />

seats ever ­Ifelt like Iwas the<br />

Queen.’’<br />

Asher has played for her school<br />

netball team for three years, and<br />

says she gets her skills from her<br />

mum who was a‘‘pretty good<br />

player in her time’’.<br />

‘‘I would love to be aSilver<br />

Fern one day, so being named an<br />

ANZ Future Captain made me<br />

feel like I’m already acaptain. It<br />

was such an awesome<br />

experience.’’<br />

ANZ Bank of New Zealand<br />

Head of Sponsorship Sarah<br />

Rogan says ANZ is committed to<br />

Up close ... Kimiora Poi, captain of the Tactix and Magic captain<br />

Ameliaranne Ekenasio, with Asher (left) and her sister Luella.<br />

its support of netball from<br />

grassroots players in the<br />

community, to the elite players in<br />

the ANZ Premiership and Silver<br />

Ferns.<br />

‘‘That’s why we’re giving 98<br />

young netball fans, like Asher,<br />

the chance to meet their idols of<br />

the ANZ Premiership and<br />

experience the magic of alive<br />

game.<br />

‘‘Sport is incredibly important<br />

to achild’s wellbeing and what<br />

better way to be inspired to get<br />

NC SPORTS RESULTS<br />

PHOTO: SUPPLIED<br />

involved than to watch those at<br />

the top of their game.<br />

‘‘We hope this opportunity<br />

shows these young fans how far<br />

they can go with netball and<br />

inspires them to follow their<br />

dreams into the game.’’<br />

ANZ has supported netball<br />

from grassroots games in the<br />

community, to the elite level for<br />

the past 14 years.<br />

Applications for the ANZ<br />

Future Captains programme are<br />

now open at ANZcourtside.co.nz.<br />

Rangiora Golf Club<br />

Nine­hole golf :Putting: Men: NelsonMoffatt 14, 1; StephenBell 15, 2; Ross McQueen 16, 3; John Gregan 17<br />

c/b, 4; Colin Bowman 17 c/b, 5.<br />

Women: Sarah Rutherford 16,1;Pam Holland17c/b, 2; Jenni Brook 17 c/b, 3; Rita Moore 18, 4; Jan Moffatt 18,<br />

5.<br />

Rangiora Bridge Club<br />

CherryPairs: <strong>North</strong>/South: Liz Partridge/Sue McIlroy 1, Judith Calder/Denise Frater 2, Colleen Adam/Lorraine<br />

Tullett3.East/West: Gaynor Hurford/Dawn Simpson 1, David Rainey/MoodyShokry 2, Craig Shannahan/Sue<br />

Solomons 3.<br />

Rata Pairs: N/S: Lyn Edwards/Shirley Symns 1, RichardLuisetti/Judith Driver 2, Peter Story/Jeff Bergman, Sue<br />

Solomons/Jan Rooseequal 3. E/W: Jan Thayer/Hilary Lakeman 1, Norm Shipley/Lesley Shipley 2, Pat Green/<br />

NoreenThompson 3.<br />

Junior Evening: N/S: HelenRuss/Lynette Tillman 1, Annette Caldwell/Gail Dunlop 2, Carolyn Fifield/Margaret<br />

Cornwall 3. E/W:Gerard McCrea/Denis Milne1,RossMarks/Nevin Topp 2, MurrayDavis/Sharyn Davis 3.<br />

Premier Pairs: N/S: Richard Peter/Nikki Luisetti 1, VeronicaHall/Marion Lomax 2, David Rainey/Steve Noad<br />

3. E/W: Pauline Miller/Bunty Marshall 1, Owen Evans/Tony Biddington2,Jenny Story/Peter Story 3.<br />

Amberley BridgeClub<br />

Monday Evening: Sarah Hughes­Games &Jan Roose 1, Caryl Brown &NellMcKellow 2, IreneCarson &Julie<br />

Elliott 3.<br />

Thursday Afternoon: Judith Driver &Jan Roose 1, Irene Carson&Mary Warren 2, DianaFaulkner & Helen<br />

Phillips 3.<br />

Amberley Smallbore Rifle Club<br />

MBlack 100.7, KBrown99.4, PWisheart 98.3, OMitchell 98.2, RHarper96.5, IFrazer 95.3, WParker 94.3, G<br />

Heaven92.3, MParker 89.1, E Patchett 82.2,TDavey 49.0, MBourne 27.0.<br />

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RUGBY<br />

It was agony for three<strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong><br />

clubs in the latestround of the Luisetti<br />

Combined Countryrugby competition.<br />

Glenmark­Cheviot, Ashley and Hurunui<br />

all squandered half time leads,ending on<br />

the wrong side of the ledger at full time.<br />

Glenmark­Cheviotled group Bleaders<br />

Ashburton Celtic 17­8 onlytolose <strong>25</strong>­27,<br />

Ashley headedgroup Aleaders<br />

Prebbleton 7­6 before going down 12­32,<br />

and Hurunui surrendered ahandy 11­0<br />

advantage overWest Meltonlosing 17­19.<br />

Saracens came from behind over<br />

Darfield winning <strong>25</strong>­24, while Woodend<br />

held considerable hope of posting its first<br />

win of the seasonafter being14­allathalf<br />

time over Springston beforelosing 28­31.<br />

Kaiapoiwas always in command against<br />

Rakaiawinning 32­19, while Oxford did<br />

recoverafter trailing0­19 against<br />

Southern at the break and competed on<br />

even termsinthe second spellbut losing<br />

6­27.<br />

Ohoka, after dictating termsfor much of<br />

its game against Southbridge, almost had a<br />

victory snatched awayininjury time, when<br />

apenalty shot hit an up rightthat allowed<br />

them to hold on to a26­24 lead.<br />

Points afterseven rounds: PoolA:­<br />

Prebbleton 32, Kaiapoi 27, Saracens26,<br />

Ashley 24, Darfield23, Southern 20,<br />

Rakaia and Lincoln­Rolleston 11,Hornby<br />

and Oxford 6. PoolB:­ Ashburton Celtic 34,<br />

Waihora 30, Methven 24, Glenmark­<br />

Cheviot23, West Melton22, Ohoka 19,<br />

Southbridge 15, Hurunui13, Springston 8,<br />

Woodend 5.<br />

SaracensvDarfield<br />

Acool day dawnedatDarfield Recreation<br />

groundfor this important match, with the<br />

second half played in dark,heavy drizzly<br />

conditions.<br />

From the kick off Darfield mounted an<br />

attack into the Saracenshalf, with<br />

Saracens defendingand clearing from<br />

close to its goal line.<br />

From aline out Darfield droppedthe<br />

ball, just inside Saracens half, as it spun it<br />

throughthe backline.<br />

It was scooped up by Nathan Goodwin,<br />

who ran about 60 metres to scorebeside<br />

the posts. Caleb Pomare­Edwards<br />

converted. Darfieldevened the score 10<br />

minutes later with aconverted try.<br />

Saracens took the lead when Ra Karena<br />

scored after awell­planned lineout move<br />

saw play go aroundthe front of the lineout<br />

for him to score near the corner to take the<br />

score to 12­7. Darfield, however, took the<br />

half time lead 17­12, after scoring a<br />

converted try and kickingapenalty.<br />

With the weather deterioratingasthe<br />

second half got under way, Saracens<br />

immediatelywent on to the attack. Under<br />

pressure Darfield infringed and Saracens<br />

was awarded apenalty for Pomare­<br />

Edwards to convert.<br />

From the kick off both teamsbattled for<br />

supremacy, but again under pressure,<br />

Darfield infringed, and Saracens was<br />

awarded apenalty. Pomare­Edwards<br />

converted to put Saracens ahead 18­17.<br />

Both teams made mistakesinthe<br />

conditions. Darfield from ascrum 10<br />

meters into Saracens territory, moved the<br />

ball alongthe backline, but it was knocked<br />

on by the secondfive.<br />

The ball was picked up by aSaracens<br />

player and passedalong the back line to<br />

Harry Murray who outpacedthe Darfield<br />

defenceona50­metrerun alongthe touch<br />

line and ran aroundtoscore under the<br />

posts. Pomare­Edwards converted, and<br />

with 20 minutes left Saracens led <strong>25</strong>­17.<br />

It hung on until four minutesfrom time<br />

when Darfield scored aconvertedtry to<br />

come within one point,but the finalscore<br />

remained <strong>25</strong>­24 to Saracens.<br />

Unfortunately,Saracens wingerNikora<br />

Jarvis was takenfrom the field on a<br />

stretcher with just two minutes left on the<br />

clock with asuspected fractured knee.The<br />

injury turned out not to be afracture, but<br />

he had torn everyligament around the<br />

knee and requiredsurgery.Henow faces<br />

an estimated 8­month recovery.<br />

Saracens <strong>25</strong> (Nathan Goodwin, Rawiri<br />

Karena &Harry Murray tries. Caleb<br />

Pomare­Edwards 2conversions and 2<br />

penalties) beat Darfield 24.<br />

KaiapoivRakaia<br />

It was amiserable day at Rakaia Domain,<br />

but it didn’tdeter players from throwing<br />

the ball around and playing some<br />

impressive rugby. Kaiapoi knew it would<br />

have to startwell if it was going to keep a<br />

confident Rakaia side quiet.<br />

For 39 minutes Kaiapoihad, what felt<br />

like 80­85%ofpossession and territory.<br />

Thekicking gamesofhalfback Leo<br />

McConchie, first­five TaineJacobs­<br />

Lawsonand fullback Lance Taylor, meant<br />

it was always at the rightend of the field,<br />

and from here,Kaiapoi’s forward pack<br />

went to work, constantly rumbling the<br />

Rakaia pack backwards.<br />

The scoring started off the back of a<br />

powerful scrum and captain Jacob<br />

Hurringscored the first of his two tries.<br />

The try was converted and was quickly<br />

followedbyapenalty to Jacobs­Lawson.<br />

Kaiapoi was quickly back on attack and<br />

tighthead prop Zach Andrews scoredthe<br />

first of his two tries.The conversionwas<br />

successful.<br />

Kaiapoi was reaping the rewards of<br />

possession and when arolling maultry to<br />

Hurringwas quickly followed by Andrews<br />

second try, Kaiapoi was runningawaywith<br />

the game leading 27­0.Right on the<br />

halftime break, Rakaia finally got some<br />

possession and scored and converted to<br />

close the gap to 27­7.<br />

This rejuvenatedthe home side who<br />

was firsttoscore in the second half, and<br />

suddenly all the momentum was with<br />

them.<br />

High flyer ... Ohoka’s Ryan McCallum’s<br />

game was highlighted by his performance<br />

at line out time.<br />

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Possession levelled up and consistent<br />

penaltiesmeant Kaiapoi had to do alot of<br />

defending on its own line. Twice Rakaia<br />

went over the line, only to be held up.<br />

It was this defensiveeffort that<br />

ultimately kept Kaiapoi aheadand even<br />

though Rakaiadid scorein73rd minute to<br />

close the gap to 27­19.<br />

Kaiapoi was downto14men for the final<br />

10 minutes, but won the ball from the kickoff<br />

and built multiples phaseswhich<br />

eventually resultedinopenside flanker,<br />

Jarred Gilmorescoringinthe corner.<br />

Final score 32­19 to the visitors.<br />

Manyplayers stood out for Kaiapoi. The<br />

midfield pairing of Dante Love and Zach<br />

Andrewswas kept busy in defence.<br />

But it was upfront where Kaiapoi did its<br />

best work.<br />

Andrews, Hurringand blindside Sid<br />

Coster had impressivegames.<br />

The win propels Kaiapoi to second on<br />

the table, with two roundstogo, and<br />

luckily for them both games are back at<br />

KaiapoiDomain against Southernand<br />

Darfield.<br />

Kaiapoi 27 (Jacob Hurring 2, ZachAndres<br />

2, Jarred Gilmore.Taine Jacob­Lawson 2<br />

conversions,1penalty)beat Rakaia 7.<br />

Ohoka vSouthbridge<br />

Ohoka survivedaninjury time penalty<br />

attempt to headoff Southbridge 26­24at<br />

Mandeville.<br />

This was agame where advantage ebbed<br />

and flowed as time progressed, but Ohoka,<br />

apart from the openingquarter held on to<br />

the lead.<br />

The wet conditionsdid not detract from<br />

both teams trying to swing the ball wide at<br />

every opportunity.<br />

Ohoka held aterritorialadvantage in<br />

theopening exchanges, but against the run<br />

of play, it was Southbridge that did the<br />

scoring with aconvertedtry and apenalty<br />

to start things off.<br />

Rightwinger George Smithstarted the<br />

Ohoka scoring with atry in the corner<br />

after an overlap. With 10 minutes<br />

remaining in the half and Southbridge<br />

down aplayer, front rower Connor<br />

MacKinnon was bullocked overthe line<br />

for atry and BlainO’Loughlinsplit the<br />

defence to score.<br />

Ohoka’s handy 19­10half time lead was<br />

quickly reduced in the openingexchanges<br />

of the secondhalf when Southbridge<br />

scored arelatively straight forwardtry.<br />

Ohokaeventually retaliated when loosie<br />

Ben Gold ran on an angle to scorehis<br />

teams fourthtry.<br />

With RickyAllin adding the conversion<br />

the lead was 26­17 and the advantage<br />

looking more comfortable.<br />

Southbridge almost had the final say.<br />

Ten minutes from timeitscored a<br />

convertedtry and the gap was reduced to<br />

two points.<br />

Ohokaattackedagain butcould not shut<br />

Southbridge out. With timeupapenalty<br />

allowed Southbridge to attack.Ahandy<br />

penalty attempt left the crowdinsuspense<br />

until an up rightwas rattled and the ball<br />

dropped Ohoka’s way.<br />

Ben Gold lead the way in the loose for<br />

Ohoka and locks Ryan McCallum and Zane<br />

Paterson both produceddominant<br />

performances.<br />

Ohoka 26 (George Smith,Connor<br />

MacKinnon, Blain OLoughlin,Ben Gold<br />

tries. Ricky Allin 3conversions) beat<br />

Southbridge 24.<br />

Oxford vSouthern<br />

Good ball carriesbyGeorge Prain and Joe<br />

Lockwood presented Oxford with try<br />

scoring opportunities in the first half, but<br />

it did not convert this into points.<br />

Southern on the other hand started well<br />

in the cold and wet conditionsatthe<br />

Oxford Oval, and was up 19­0 after the first<br />

quarter. The conditionssuited the visitors<br />

big, and wide ranging,forwards.Southern<br />

had astrong scrum on Oxford’s goal line<br />

which resultedinatry, and again when it<br />

found itself with numbers out wide after a<br />

switch in direction. Oxford playedbetter<br />

in the secondhalf with both teams scoring<br />

atry apiece.<br />

Southern scored aconverted try in the<br />

54th minuteand the tenacious number 6,<br />

Jack Classen,kept two would be tackles at<br />

arms length to dot down in the 78th<br />

minute. This was converted by fullback<br />

Jack Muir for afull time scoreof7to 26 in<br />

favour of Southern.Oxford held its own in<br />

the set piece, but did not finish off several<br />

plays that would have kept it in the game<br />

early on.<br />

This made it atough day for Oxford, as<br />

it had to play catch up footy, in muddy<br />

conditions, to match the early points<br />

scored by Southern.<br />

Oxford 7(Jack Classen atry, Jack Muira<br />

conversion) lost to Southern 26.<br />

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Rangiora schools ace Showquest comp<br />

By JOHN COSGROVE<br />

Rangiora Borough School pupils were<br />

‘‘jumping up and down screaming’’<br />

when they discovered they had won the<br />

Showquest Christchurch Junior title at<br />

the Christchurch City Town Hall.<br />

The next day the scene was repeated<br />

when Rangiora High School’s<br />

production team celebrated coming<br />

second in the Showquest Christchurch<br />

Open category.<br />

RBS teacher Mikayla Williams says<br />

they didn't get to see the prize giving.<br />

‘‘We had to wait to find out, luckily I<br />

heard we had won and ran to tell the<br />

students.’’<br />

She says the students were both<br />

surprised and excited to find out they<br />

had won in their first year of competing<br />

in the country’s biggest performing arts<br />

competition.<br />

RBS headed off Cotswold School and<br />

Cobham Intermediate to grab the<br />

overall win in the regional final and also<br />

scooped awards for Lighting and the<br />

Costume and Enhancement.<br />

Their performance ‘What happens<br />

when we are not paying attention to our<br />

own actions,’ focused on the effect<br />

society is having on the planet.<br />

It involved 85 of the school’s year 5 to<br />

8students, with 70 performers on stage<br />

and 15 others helping out backstage.<br />

Mikayla says the school received an<br />

info pack from the Showquest team<br />

towards the end of 2022.<br />

‘‘Fellow teacher Jasmine Treacy and I<br />

decided to enter the <strong>2023</strong> competition.’’<br />

She says competing on the day was an<br />

‘‘incredible experience’’.<br />

‘‘We were at the Christchurch Town<br />

Hall from 11:30 am until 9:30 pm.<br />

‘‘We had just 30 minutes on stage to<br />

practice our routines before our finals<br />

performance.’’<br />

The RBS teachers say they wanted to<br />

give the students an experience on the<br />

stage of doing something creative.<br />

‘‘It was great to see so many of our<br />

students involved in it.<br />

‘‘They knew that it wasn't just about<br />

dancing and there were roles for anyone<br />

who wanted to be involved.<br />

‘‘The win means alot to us and the<br />

students.’’<br />

Ateam from Kaiapoi <strong>North</strong> School<br />

picked up the Best in Lighting award in<br />

the junior championship.<br />

The next day Rangiora High School<br />

competed in the open category.<br />

It has ahistory of competing and<br />

winning in past Showquest NZ<br />

competitions.<br />

Teacher Rebecca McLean says the<br />

school enters every alternative year<br />

because it is alot of hard work planning<br />

the performance, the props, and coordinating<br />

the sound and lighting for the<br />

production.<br />

This year there were 75 students on<br />

stage, with another 10 helping out<br />

backstage.<br />

RHS’s performance told astory about<br />

embracing technology and how young<br />

people's lives change as they adopt a<br />

lifestyle influenced by technology.<br />

Rebecca says she was proud to have<br />

been part of the whole process as it was<br />

quite a‘humbling experience’ at times.<br />

She says they held no auditions.<br />

‘‘Anyone at the school can be involved<br />

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‘‘The students were amazing, they<br />

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after school for two weeks, all for ashort<br />

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judges.’’<br />

Rebecca says with the help of staff and<br />

parents, they were still building the<br />

props and costumes in the days leading<br />

up to the performance.<br />

On the day they too had just one<br />

30­minute rehearsal session to run<br />

Technology galore ... Members of the Rangiora High School performance team act out<br />

one of the scenes from their musical story about embracing technology.<br />

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through their performance.<br />

‘‘It was agreat opportunity to allow<br />

the students to learn what being on abig<br />

stage feels like, to check our lighting and<br />

transitions.’’<br />

They are already planning for their<br />

next production in two years' time.<br />

RHS also won awards for their<br />

choreography, props, costume and<br />

enhancements, plus the overall<br />

Showquest School Spirit award.<br />

RBS and RHS’s performances were<br />

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Waimakariri District Council Appoints<br />

Chief Executive<br />

Waimakariri District Council has appointed<br />

Jeff Millward as its new Chief Executive.<br />

Jeff has just shy of four decades ofexperience in<br />

the local government sector and most recently has<br />

been Acting Chief Executive atthe Council.<br />

Before this he was the General Manager of<br />

Finance and Business Support for 14years.<br />

Waimakariri <strong>May</strong>or Dan Gordon said Mr Millward<br />

stood out amongst arange of exceptional<br />

applicants and the Council are looking forward to<br />

officially welcoming him in his new role.<br />

“Jeff stood out as someone who is diligent,<br />

strategic, focused and has astrong and genuine<br />

connection to the District, its people, and our<br />

Council. He was the unanimous choice.<br />

“He believes in creating astrong team and working<br />

collaboratively on the problems facing the District<br />

and sector. While he has been renowned for his<br />

financial management, more recently, wehave<br />

seen him demonstrate the breadth of his skillset<br />

as aleader.<br />

“There is alot of opportunity in Waimakariri and<br />

local government. Having aleader who knows<br />

the sector inside out is going to be important in<br />

realising this potential.<br />

“The Council and Iare excited to have selected Jeff<br />

and are looking forward toworking with him in his<br />

new role that he starts immediately.”<br />

Millward says he is looking forward to continuing<br />

to build strong partnerships across the community<br />

and playing apivotal role in the ongoing growth of<br />

the District.<br />

“Throughout my career Ihave seen how strong<br />

relationships are vital for anorganisation and<br />

communities to be successful. Iamlooking<br />

forward to building on the relationships we have,<br />

creating new ones, and being aproud advocate<br />

for Waimakariri.<br />

“There are challenges as well as great opportunities<br />

ahead for the District. Iamproud to be leading a<br />

passionate team of people, who truly care about<br />

the community, inhelping Waimakariri continue to<br />

be agreat place to be.”<br />

Waimakariri is one of only two councils nationwide<br />

with an AA rating from Local Government New<br />

Zealand’s excellence programme. Standard and<br />

Poor’s also recently confirmed the councils AA/A-1+<br />

credit rating.<br />

<strong>North</strong>ern Pegasus Bay Bylaw<br />

The Council has adopted the <strong>North</strong>ern Pegasus<br />

Bay Bylaw 2016 (amended <strong>2023</strong>) at its meeting<br />

on 2<strong>May</strong> <strong>2023</strong> and it comes into force on<br />

30 June <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

The bylaw was adopted with minimal<br />

administrative amendments. The amendments<br />

provide minor changes to provide more clarity for<br />

beach users. None of these impact on any current<br />

beach activity or current level of beach access.<br />

Council will undertake afull review of the bylaw<br />

later this year which will involve consultation with<br />

beach users, key stakeholders and members of<br />

the public.<br />

Sign upfor On Track Workshops<br />

Council’s Community Team are holding aseries of<br />

workshops for community groups and not for profit<br />

organisations called On Track.<br />

On Track is six-part programme of training<br />

sessions. These workshops will cover key<br />

information to help your community group or not<br />

for profit organisation ensure it is on track to<br />

success. This training will be ideal for board or<br />

committee members, managers or sole employees<br />

who may have taken on anew role and others who<br />

would simply like to be re-energised and refresh<br />

their knowledge.<br />

The topics of focus will be Governance, Strategic<br />

and Operational Planning, Communications,<br />

Funding and Team dynamics. The sessions are<br />

planned as an overall suite of learning and groups<br />

are encouraged toparticipate in all six.<br />

The fee of$100 includes up to three people per<br />

organisation for all six workshops. Support to<br />

cover the cost may be available, please enquire.<br />

Contact Wendy Howe or 021 432 028 or<br />

email: wendy.howe@wmk.govt.nz<br />

Sign Up for Dog Registration by Email<br />

UPDATE DOG REGISTER<br />

DETAILS NOW<br />

Dog registrations for <strong>2023</strong>/24 are just around<br />

the corner, so it’s agreat time to check your<br />

details are uptodate and to sign up to have<br />

your registration emailed.<br />

• Have your contact or address details changed?<br />

• Have you got anew dog, or has afurry friend<br />

passed away?<br />

• Was your dog desexed or microchipped in the last year?<br />

• Are you new to the district and have aregistration<br />

to transfer?<br />

If youanswered yes to any of thosequestions, you’ll<br />

need to let us know. Visit waimakariri.govt.nz and fill<br />

in aform atDogs Online, phone us on 0800 965 468<br />

or call into any Council Service Centre<br />

Ensuring your dog is microchipped, wearing acurrent<br />

registrationtag andyour contact detailsare up to date<br />

makes it easierfor us to return your dog home whenlost.<br />

We can now send information and reminders by text<br />

message to the mobile number provided on your<br />

registration form.<br />

To receive registration renewal by email, send an<br />

email to office@wmk.govt.nz from the address<br />

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Fourth Rates<br />

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We’d like to remind you that the fourth<br />

instalment of rates is due on 20 <strong>May</strong>.<br />

Please note that a10% penalty will beadded<br />

to any part of the fourth instalment that<br />

remains unpaid aer 27 <strong>May</strong>.<br />

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rates, we encourage you toget in touch<br />

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through payment options.<br />

Online go to...<br />

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(credit card and debit card payments incur a<br />

convenience fee).<br />

Internet banking<br />

Account number: 010877-0129222-00<br />

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Public Notices<br />

KAIAPOI CHRISTADELPHIANS<br />

Upcoming Council<br />

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The following meetings will be<br />

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Chamber, 215High Street,<br />

Rangiora, unless otherwise stated.<br />

Council<br />

Tuesday 6June at1pm.<br />

Oxford-Ohoka Community Board<br />

Wednesday 7June at7pm in the Oxford<br />

Town Hall, 34 Main Street, Oxford.<br />

(The Public Forum section of the agenda<br />

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Woodend-Seon Community Board<br />

Monday 12 June at 5.30pm at the Woodend<br />

Community Centre, School Road, Woodend.<br />

Audit and Risk Committee<br />

Tuesday 13June at9am.<br />

Rangiora-Ashley Community Board<br />

Wednesday 14June at 7pm.<br />

Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board<br />

Monday 19 June at4pm at the<br />

Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre,<br />

176Williams Street, Kaiapoi.<br />

Utilities and Roading Committee<br />

Tuesday 20June at9am.<br />

Council (Adoption of the Annual Plan)<br />

Tuesday 20June at1pm.<br />

Community and Recreation Committee<br />

Tuesday 20June at3.30pm.<br />

Agendas are available two working days<br />

before the meeting. Agendas, Minutes<br />

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willbeanadvantage,otherwisewewillput youthroughone<br />

viaaDiploma in Building Surveying.<br />

Youwillconnect with ourcustomers regularlyand assist with<br />

any enquires regarding theirbuildingproject or process.<br />

About you |Mōu<br />

If youhave an interest in building in New Zealand, adesire<br />

to offer agood customer experience and keen to help<br />

ensure safety and durability of the buildingsconstructed in<br />

the HurunuiDistrict, thenwehavethe job foryou.<br />

For more information, please contactKerryWalsh on<br />

027 528 6974orkerry.walsh@hurunui.govt.nz.<br />

To apply for this job go to:<br />

https://hdcjobs.co.nz/Vacancies & enter ref code:<br />

6338909.<br />

Applicationsclose Friday 9June.<br />

Situations Vacant<br />

<strong>25</strong>83532<br />

Hurunui College Positions<br />

Caretaker/Grounds person<br />

Hurunui College is seeking applications for the position of<br />

caretaker/grounds person.<br />

The role of caretaker is avaried role and has many areas<br />

of responsibility, itcould potentially be full time for the<br />

right person, or parttime/job share for 2ormore people.<br />

We require someone who can prioritise when multiple<br />

requests come in, keep calm on hectic days and is<br />

willing to go the extra mile to help the school always run<br />

as smoothly as possible.<br />

Primary Release/ORS Teaching Position<br />

Part time 0.6 fixed term, primaryrelease/ORS position.<br />

We are seeking amotivated, flexible and dedicated New<br />

Zealand registered teacher to join our team to work<br />

initially inthe primary area of the school and with the<br />

capacity to also support anORS funded student. The<br />

position will be fixed term through to the end of the <strong>2023</strong><br />

school year with possible opportunities to extend some<br />

aspects of the employment into 2024.<br />

Learning Assistant Position<br />

We seek amotivated and passionate Learning Assistant<br />

to join our team to work with and support children and<br />

teachers in the Year 5-8 area of our school.<br />

The position is permanent, for aminimum of 20 hours<br />

per week.Pay rate is dependent onexperience.<br />

Detailed job descriptions and application processes<br />

for all positions is available on the Hurunui College<br />

website, vacancies page.<br />

http://www.hurunuicollege.school.nz/vacancies.html<br />

Trade &Services<br />

ABEL &Prestige Chimney<br />

Cleaning. Nth Cant owned<br />

& operated. Covering all<br />

areas from Waimak to Hanmer.<br />

Professional, guaranteed,<br />

service. Firebox<br />

repairs, carry most parts. Ph<br />

0800 661 244.<br />

ARBORIST qualified.<br />

Copper Beech Tree<br />

Services. Tree removal,<br />

pruning, height reduction,<br />

hedge trimming, shaping,<br />

tree planting, firewood.<br />

Free quotes. Contact Angus<br />

Edwards 027 <strong>25</strong>9 6741<br />

copperbeechtreeservices@gmail.com<br />

<strong>25</strong>84486<br />

BRIAN’S Tree Services.<br />

Tree felling, topping,<br />

shaping, firewood cut, rubbish<br />

removed, stump grinding,<br />

branch chipping.<br />

Affordable rates. Phone 03<br />

327 5505 or 021 124 4894.<br />

BUILDERS Father &<br />

son’s team. Amac Builders<br />

are available to help you<br />

with your building needs.<br />

High standards, low<br />

overheads, no job too<br />

small. Check us out on fb.<br />

Amac Builders Ltd. Phone<br />

027 318 4400.<br />

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tiled shower restoration,<br />

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glass & we can even<br />

recolour your old grout!<br />

For all your tile and grout<br />

issues call Grout Pro for a<br />

free, no obligation quote.<br />

Ph Darryl 0800 882 772.<br />

www.theprogroup.co.nz/dpc9385.<br />

ANTHONY SYMONDS<br />

Plastering &Painting<br />

Services<br />

Locals with 30 years<br />

experience<br />

All workmanship<br />

Guaranteed.<br />

Phone 021 344 023<br />

<strong>25</strong>02479<br />

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forthe <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong><br />

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To findout more,<br />

contact:<br />

Mark Kelly<br />

South Island Distribution Manager<br />

P: 029 983 2293<br />

E: mark.kelly@mainlanddistribution.co.nz<br />

Pride &Quality Painting<br />

&Decorating Services<br />

20 yrs exp, fast and friendly<br />

service. For all your painting<br />

needs, phone: Martin 310<br />

6187 or 021 128 9867<br />

SCREEN PRINTING.<br />

For all your printing<br />

requirements. T-shirts,<br />

Hoodies, Hi-Vis vests and<br />

polos, Overalls, Caps etc.<br />

Please phone Heather 03<br />

313 0261 or email heather.<br />

norstar@gmail.com.<br />

DRESSMAKING Bev’s<br />

Sew Good Services. For all<br />

your alterations, repairs,<br />

dressmaking, curtains.<br />

Phone 327 5535.<br />

WINDOW TINTING<br />

tintawindow<br />

advanced film solutions<br />

99% uv block<br />

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heat control<br />

reduce glare<br />

<strong>25</strong> Years Experience<br />

Trade &Services<br />

CHIMNEY SWEEPS.<br />

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Latest rotary brush technology.<br />

Free moisture check<br />

on wood. Safety inspection.<br />

All work insured and guaranteed.<br />

From $80 single<br />

story. 0800 SWEEPME or<br />

www.sweepnz.co.nz.<br />

privacy films<br />

frosting designs<br />

non-darkening films<br />

Workmanship Guaranteed<br />

Lifetime Warranties on Most Films<br />

UV<br />

block<br />

METAL WORX. Flashing,<br />

Sheetmetal Fabrication,<br />

Wrought Iron,<br />

Welding, Custom Trailers,<br />

General Metalwork. No job<br />

too big or too small. Ph 021<br />

265 5428 or 03 314 6908.<br />

Find us on facebook/<br />

Glenmark Metal Worx.<br />

glenmarkmetalworx.ltd@gmail.com.<br />

PAINT & wallpaper<br />

services. Wayne Bryant,<br />

exterior, interior. Qualified<br />

tradesman. Free quotes. Ph<br />

313 5337 or 027 654 4568.<br />

POWER TOOLS repairs,<br />

parts &sales for over 40<br />

years. All main brands serviced.<br />

Grossman Trade<br />

Tools, 23 Watts Road,<br />

Christchurch. Ph 389 9230.<br />

027 216 0000<br />

SEPTIC TANK<br />

CLEANING<br />

Bill’s Liquid<br />

Waste<br />

You dump it...<br />

Blair pumps it...<br />

Blair Tavendale<br />

Ph 03 314 9371<br />

0275 379-694<br />

CRAIGS Trees<br />

(03) 327-4190<br />

TREE REMOVALS<br />

THINNING &PRUNING<br />

STUMPGRINDING<br />

FELLING &TOPPING<br />

FULLY INSURED<br />

QUALIFIED ARBORIST<br />

Free Quotes<br />

027 2299 454<br />

craigstrees@xtra.co.nz<br />

Free Quotes <strong>Canterbury</strong> and Districts<br />

03 365 3653 0800 368 468<br />

2362002<br />

22<strong>25</strong>862<br />

2434390


Trusted Trades &<br />

Professional Services<br />

Guide<br />

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

Accountant<br />

Air Conditioning<br />

Appliance Repairs<br />

Butchery<br />

TAX RETURNS<br />

New Client Discount 10%<br />

Karla Kilner Tax & Accounting Consultants<br />

Taxreturns, GST returns, rental returns and pay day filing<br />

<strong>25</strong>70627<br />

☎ 03 314 9480<br />

Servicing <strong>North</strong><strong>Canterbury</strong>and Kaikoura<br />

03 313 0531 /03319 7559<br />

(<strong>North</strong><strong>Canterbury</strong>) (Kaikoura)<br />

www.northcanterburyenergy.co.nz<br />

HEAT PUMPS<br />

AIRCONDITIONING<br />

VENTILATION<br />

SERVICE&REPAIRS<br />

INSTALLATION<br />

Call us<br />

for a<br />

FREE<br />

quote<br />

•REGISTERED TECHNICIAN<br />

•AUTHORISED LOCAL SERVICE<br />

F&P,Bosch, Smeg,<br />

Ariston, LG, Classique,Haier,<br />

Samsung andmore....<br />

“Forbestresults be sure to useauthorised service”<br />

NORTHCANTERBURY APPLIANCE SERVICES<br />

Rangiora: 03 313 4420 Kaiapoi: 03 327 3810<br />

2332343v2<br />

OxfordButchery<br />

Shane Frahm<br />

We cankill&process yourstock<br />

FourGenerations of Frahms<br />

since 1957<br />

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Oxford<br />

Number one<br />

old-fashioned bacon<br />

&ham curing.<br />

A/H 021 269 1817<br />

2227889v3<br />

Chiropractic Services<br />

Construction &Concrete<br />

DENTURE CLINIC<br />

Plasterer<br />

Dr Jess Ross<br />

ACC RegisteredDrChiropractic<br />

Monday&Thursday<br />

Injury, accidents and maintenance<br />

Judy McArthur<br />

MctimoneyChiropractic,Applied Kinesiology<br />

and Craniosacral|Fridays<br />

Phone 03 313 0350<br />

Select Health<br />

51 Ashley Street, Rangiora<br />

Electrician<br />

<strong>25</strong>64272<br />

All Construction & Concrete Work<br />

•Driveways, patios &paths<br />

•Bridges and Culverts<br />

•Floors, foundations<br />

•Sheds and buildings<br />

•Dairy Sheds, Herd homes<br />

•Silage pits, effluent ponds<br />

•Excavation and cartage<br />

•Precast concrete<br />

•Insulated panels<br />

Engineering<br />

Daryl Power<br />

027 230 9401<br />

concretepower@scorch.co.nz<br />

www.concretepower.co.nz<br />

2273277<br />

RANGIORA<br />

DENTURE CLINIC<br />

Garry WMechen<br />

Registered Clinical DentalTechncian<br />

Phone (03) 313-9192<br />

38a Ashley Street, Rangiora<br />

Interior<br />

Renovations<br />

Ltd<br />

Plasterboard,<br />

fixing &stopping<br />

Cornice<br />

p 03 313 7144 | e info@rgrantelectrical.com<br />

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<strong>25</strong>70092<br />

2269236<br />

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187d Ohoka Road, Kaiapoi<br />

Phone 03 327 5246 |027 495 2821<br />

toppeng@xtra.co.nz<br />

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AND ADVICE<br />

A V C<br />

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phone (03) 310-3044<br />

Cove and<br />

stippled ceilings<br />

Registered<br />

Tradesman<br />

Call Mark<br />

027 438 0665<br />

Glass Services<br />

Retrofit Double Glazing<br />

ReplacementWindows<br />

Frameless Showers<br />

Splashbacks<br />

Balustrades<br />

Mirrors<br />

SecurityDoors<br />

Window Maintenance<br />

1High Street, Rangiora | 03 313 1733<br />

leah.stewart@hagley.co.nz<br />

<strong>25</strong>33705<br />

<strong>25</strong>82977<br />

Irrigation &Filtration<br />

Painter<br />

2490187<br />

Landscaping<br />

For all your landscaping needs<br />

All Landscaping, Retaining Walls (Engineered and<br />

Non-Engineered), Timber Fences, Landscape Structures<br />

and more...Lifestyle Block, Rural and Residential.<br />

Phone Jeremy 021 169 9394<br />

www.blackhill.co.nz<br />

www.facebook.com/blackhillltd<br />

2372616v2<br />

Scrap Metal<br />

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•Car Bodies •Scrap Steel•Specialists in Farm<br />

Machinery•All non Ferrous<br />

MAINLAND<br />

METALS LTD<br />

Ph (03)338 7000<br />

Mike0274 818544 •Robbie0274818 027<br />

Locally owned and operated<br />

1902273<br />

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CAP 65<br />

CAP 40<br />

Quarry Prices<br />

from $23 per cube<br />

from $<strong>25</strong> per cube<br />

CAP 20 from $30 per cube<br />

DRAINAGE CHIP<br />

from $40 per cube all +gst<br />

Plus all excavation and truck hire<br />

house excavations, driveways, subdivisions<br />

CONTRACTING<br />

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Email: stress@xtra.co.nz<br />

2009594<br />

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THE NAME THEY REMEMBER FIRST<br />

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Windows & Doors<br />

WINDOW MARKET PLACE<br />

• New & Used<br />

• Timber & Aluminium<br />

• Windows & Doors<br />

8am-5pm Weekdays<br />

8am-2pm Saturday<br />

215 Waltham Rd, Sydenham<br />

Ph (03) 379 6159 info@windowmarket.co.nz<br />

Fax (03) 962 1012 www.windowmarket.co.nz<br />

ncn1242200aa<br />

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


2021 Corolla GX<br />

•2.0L PetrolAuto, Alloys<br />

•Satnav,5-StarSafety, Camera<br />

•Bluetooth, Only 17,<strong>25</strong>0kms<br />

$<br />

29,995<br />

2010 Toyota Prius<br />

•1.8L PetrolHybrid, Keyless<br />

•SideAirbags, 4.2L/100km<br />

•Only 47,756kms<br />

$<br />

16,995<br />

2021 Corolla SX Hybrid<br />

•1.8L Hybrid Petrol, 5-Star Safety<br />

•Satnav,Keyless,Bluetooth<br />

•Only 28,300kms.<br />

$<br />

35,995<br />

2017 ToyotaVitz Hybrid<br />

•1.5LPetrolAuto, ClimateAir<br />

•3.8L/100km, Rebate Eligible<br />

•Only 33,700kms<br />

$<br />

19,995<br />

2017 ToyotaVitz Hybrid<br />

•1.5LPetrolHybridAuto<br />

•5-Door,ClimateAir,Rebate Eligible<br />

•Only 48,600kms<br />

$<br />

18,995<br />

2021 Corolla GX Hatchback<br />

•2.0L Petrol Auto, Alloys, Camera<br />

•Satnav,5-StarSafety<br />

•Only10,200kms<br />

$<br />

31,995<br />

2017 Toyota C-HR Hybrid<br />

•1.8L PetrolHybrid,Leather<br />

•5-StarSafety, Camera<br />

•Bluetooth, Only 37,200kms<br />

$<br />

31,995<br />

2019 CorollaGXBlack<br />

Edition<br />

•2.0L PetrolAuto, Alloys, Satnav,<br />

•Apple&AndroidConnect,5-Star Safety<br />

•Only 33,700kms<br />

$<br />

29,995<br />

2019 CamryGXHybrid<br />

•2.5LHybrid Petrol, 5-Star Safety<br />

•AlloysCamera,4.7L/100kms<br />

•Only 43,830kms<br />

$<br />

36,995<br />

2013Toyota PriusC<br />

•1.5LHybrid Petrol, NZ New<br />

•Alloys, Bluetooth, Keyless<br />

•4.3L/100kms<br />

$<br />

11,995<br />

2018 Corolla GX Hatchback<br />

•2.0L PetrolAuto, Satnav<br />

•Climate Air, 5-Star Safety<br />

•Camera, 69,200kms<br />

$<br />

23,995<br />

2017 Toyota C-HR Hybrid<br />

•1.8L PetrolHybrid; Leather<br />

•Camera, 5-Star Safety<br />

•Only 55,600km<br />

$<br />

34,995<br />

2022 Rav4 GX 2WD<br />

•2.0L PetrolAuto, Satnav<br />

•5-star Safety,Camera, Bluetooth<br />

•Only 31,100kms<br />

2019 Rav4 GXL AWD<br />

•2.5LPetrol8-Speed Auto<br />

•5-Star Safety, Satnav, Bluetooth<br />

•Only 48,350kms<br />

2017 Ford FocusS<br />

•1.5LTurboPetrolAuto, Alloys<br />

•Satnav,Keyless,Bluetooth,<br />

•Camera, Only 35,150kms<br />

2019 Toyota Camry GL<br />

•2.5LPetrolAuto, Alloys<br />

•Camera, 5-StarSafety, Bluetooth<br />

•73,200km<br />

$<br />

40,995 $<br />

42,995 $<br />

20,995<br />

$<br />

21,995<br />

2020 Rav4 Hybrid AWD<br />

•2.5LHybrid Petrol, Leather,5-StarSafety<br />

•360 Camera,Bluetooth<br />

•Only 29,300kms<br />

$<br />

51,995<br />

2019 HiluxSR5 4WD<br />

•2.8L Turbo Diesel 6-Speed Manual<br />

•Satnav,ReverseCamera,Bluetooth<br />

•91,550km<br />

$<br />

46,995<br />

2019 Toyota Fortuner GXL<br />

•2.8L Turbo Diesel Auto, 4WD<br />

•7-Seater,Satnav,Camera<br />

•Only 26,100kms<br />

$<br />

52,995<br />

2022 HiluxSR5 2WD<br />

•150kW 2.8L TurboDiesel Auto<br />

•Satnav,5-StarSafety, Camera<br />

•Only 5,200km<br />

$<br />

49,995<br />

2021 Highland GXLV6<br />

•3.5LPetrol, 8-speed Auto,Camera<br />

•Bluetooth, 5-StarSafety, 7-Seater<br />

•Only 13,600kms<br />

2022Ex-DemoHiluxSR54WD<br />

•150Kw 2.8LTurbo Diesel Auto<br />

•360 Camera,5-StarSafety<br />

•Only 5,000kms<br />

2018 Hilux SR5 Cruiser<br />

4WD<br />

•2.8L Turbo Diesel Auto, Leather, Satnav<br />

•Keyless,Camera, 96,350kms<br />

2022 HiluxSR4WD<br />

•150kw 2.8L Turbo Diesel Auto<br />

•ARB Bar,LiftKit,Camera<br />

•Only 16,950km<br />

$<br />

59,995 $<br />

64,995 $<br />

49,995 $<br />

64,995<br />

2016 HiluxSR5 4X4<br />

•2.8L Turbo Diesel, 6-Speed Manual<br />

•SportsLid,Camera,Satnav<br />

•Only 45,700kms<br />

$<br />

45,995<br />

2020 HiluxSR5 Cruiser 2WD<br />

•150Kw 2.8LTurbo Diesel Auto<br />

•Accent Canopy, Satnav,Bluetooth<br />

•Only68,300kms<br />

$<br />

47,995<br />

2022 LandCruiser300 VX<br />

•3.3LTwin TurboVG, leather, 7-Seater<br />

•5-Star Safety, Santav, 360 Camera<br />

•Only 9,<strong>25</strong>0kms<br />

$<br />

149,995<br />

2019 HiluxSR5 4WD<br />

•2.8L Turbo Diesel Auto, Alloys<br />

•Camera, Satnav, Keyless<br />

•Only 54,850kms<br />

$<br />

51,995<br />

2022 Hilux4WD<br />

•2.8L Turbo Diesel, allset to go to work<br />

•VeryLow 6050Kms<br />

$<br />

61,995<br />

2015Ford RangerXLT 2WD<br />

•3.2LTurboDiesel Auto<br />

•Alloys, Tonneau,ParkingSensors<br />

•Bluetooth<br />

$<br />

23,995<br />

2018 Toyota Hiace<br />

•2.8L Turbo Diesel Auto, 6-Seater<br />

•Fold up Second Row<br />

•Only 68,550kms<br />

$<br />

41,995<br />

2017 LandCruiserPrado TX<br />

•2.8L Turbo Diesel, 7-Seater<br />

•Leather,Keyless,Camera<br />

•Only 37,150kms<br />

WAS$63,995<br />

NOW $ 57,995<br />

2021 Daihatsu Hijet<br />

•660cc PetrolManual,4WD,Flatdeck<br />

•DropSides, Parking Sensors<br />

•LikeNew<br />

•Only 60kms<br />

WAS$24,995<br />

$<br />

19,995<br />

2021 SR5Cruiser 4WD<br />

•150kW 2.8L TurboDiesel Auto<br />

•Flatdeck, Leather,Camera, Satnav<br />

•Only 30,000km<br />

$<br />

61,995<br />

<strong>2023</strong> Highlander Limited ZR<br />

•2.5LHybrid Petrol, Leather,360 Camera<br />

•anoramic Roof,6.2L/100km<br />

•Done Only 300kms<br />

$<br />

84,995<br />

2022 LandCruiserLXSingle<br />

Cab<br />

•4.5LTurbo Diesel V8; Bluetooth<br />

•Toyota Deck, Done less than100kms<br />

$<br />

109,995<br />

Percival Street,Rangiora • Ph (03) 313-8186 any time • www.rangiora.toyota.co.nz<br />

Signature<br />

CLASS<br />

FINANCE &INSURANCE AVAILABLE<br />

<strong>25</strong>74842

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