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Thursday, <strong>April</strong> <strong>11</strong>,<strong>2024</strong> | Issue1091 | www.starnews.co.nz<br />

Clay Pohio takes his fifth New Zealand title<br />

By ROBYN BRISTOW<br />

Clay Pohio claimed his fifth New<br />

Zealand Grass Kart championship at<br />

Easter weekend.<br />

He won the prestigious 256­510cc,<br />

senior class title.<br />

It was the Kaiapoi 20­year­olds first<br />

attempt in the class, and he credits his<br />

success to great preparation of his karts,<br />

plus the many hours spent behind the<br />

wheel, honing his skills.<br />

Clay recently won the Christchurch<br />

Club championship in anewly<br />

constructed 450 machine, giving him<br />

plenty of confidence going into the<br />

three­day event hosted by the South<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> Grass Kart Club on<br />

Cartwrights Farm, at Washdyke Flat.<br />

His first goal, however, was to try and<br />

retain the 250cc class he won last year<br />

with his Husqvarna FC250 powered<br />

machine, and then tackle the senior<br />

256­510cc (450cc) class with his second<br />

KTM SX­F450cc powered kart.<br />

Things didn’t start so well.<br />

In his first race in the 250cc class, his<br />

efforts were thwarted by aderailed<br />

drive chain, meaning he didn’t finish<br />

(DNF), and came away empty handed<br />

without any points.<br />

Unperturbed, he clawed his way back<br />

with five wins, from the remaining five<br />

races, to get himself onto the second<br />

step of the podium.<br />

It was not the result he was after, but<br />

one he was proud of given the setback<br />

from the first race DNF.<br />

The 256­510cc /450 class was a<br />

different story.<br />

He made lightning starts to win from<br />

the rear of the grid in his first few races,<br />

backed it up with asecond, and athird,<br />

then finished the sixth and final race<br />

with awin to claim the title he had been<br />

dreaming of for the last several years.<br />

An uncharacteristic spin in the fifth<br />

race, while leading, nearly spelt<br />

disaster. Sliding across the track at<br />

around 80kph he was unavoidably<br />

collected hard by fellow racer, and local<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> driver Glen Jenkins,<br />

who was following close behind.<br />

Clay says if it wasn’t for Glen’s quick<br />

reaction time and skill, when he stalled<br />

in the middle of the track, the incident<br />

Champion ... Kaiapoi’s Clay Pohio on his way to taking the senior New Zealand Grass Kart title at Easter weekend.<br />

could have been alot worse.<br />

‘‘It could have been the end of my<br />

championship,’’ he says.<br />

Instead, Clay was able to restart the<br />

engine and climb back from sixth, to<br />

finish in third, aplacing that proved<br />

very valuable once the final points were<br />

added.<br />

Track conditions were difficult all<br />

weekend.<br />

The dirt continually broke up<br />

requiring large amounts of maintenance<br />

by the track crew between races.<br />

While Clay found the conditions<br />

challenging, he also relished the<br />

opportunity to find some fast lines, a<br />

skill he has acquired over the past six<br />

years.<br />

He is keen to return next year to win<br />

back the 250cc championship, and<br />

defend his newly acquired senior<br />

championship.<br />

But Clay is also looking to the future,<br />

and maybe having agoatspeedway, if<br />

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the ‘‘opportunity arises’’.<br />

‘‘But Ilove grass karting. It is alot of<br />

fun and quite competitive,’’ he says.<br />

It’s amotor sport he has been involved<br />

in since 2018, with the joy of speed being<br />

abit of afamily trait.<br />

Clay’s father, Rodney Pohio, was a<br />

world champion jet sprinter.<br />

‘‘I was always interested in motor<br />

sport and watched it alot.<br />

‘‘Then granddad bought me akart,’’ he<br />

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Flood protection ... Kaiapoi is protected by works on the Waimakariri and Kaiapoi Rivers, including at McIntoshs bend.<br />

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Rivers in the spotlight at ECan<br />

ByDAVID HILL,<br />

Local Democracy Reporter<br />

Lessons learned from the May 2021 flood<br />

event are helping shape planning for<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong>’s rivers.<br />

Environment <strong>Canterbury</strong> is proposing<br />

to invest $25 million ayear, over the next<br />

10 years, to boost flood protection as part<br />

of the draft <strong>2024</strong>/34 Long Term Plan.<br />

While flooding caused by Cyclone<br />

Gabrielle in Hawkes Bay last year<br />

attracted headlines, <strong>Canterbury</strong> has had<br />

its own flood events in recent years.<br />

In 2019 the Rangitata River bridge was<br />

closed for several days following aflood,<br />

while the May 2021 flood caused<br />

widespread disruption, prompting a<br />

rethink of how Environment <strong>Canterbury</strong><br />

manages its river systems.<br />

‘‘A Cyclone Gabrielle event hasn’t<br />

happened, as far as we know, in<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong>’s history, but one­in­200 year<br />

events seem to be happening more and<br />

more,’’ says councillor Ian Mackenzie,<br />

who chairs the council’s catchment<br />

resilience committee.<br />

‘‘Nobody is immune to being impacted<br />

by flood events.’’<br />

The 2021 flood event showed the old<br />

river and drainage rating model was no<br />

longer fit for purpose, as rivers need to<br />

be looked at as awhole river system, he<br />

says.<br />

To ensure the financial burden is<br />

spreadacross the region, the council is<br />

seeking to introduce amix of districtwide<br />

and region­wide rating.<br />

Without the council’s flood protection,<br />

land drainage and erosion control<br />

schemes, staff estimated there would be<br />

around ‘‘$9 billion per year of combined<br />

damages and lost earning potential<br />

would be felt’’.<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> has around half of New<br />

Zealand’s river assets, with the regional<br />

council having oversight of 58 river<br />

schemes.<br />

Flood protection work is urgently<br />

needed in the Waimakariri district, the<br />

council’s operations generalmanager<br />

Leigh Griffiths says.<br />

She says changestothe landscape<br />

caused by the growing urban<br />

environment and the 2010 and 20<strong>11</strong><br />

earthquakes meant ‘‘the level of flood<br />

protection is lower than would be<br />

expected’’.<br />

Around $700,000 ayear is spent on<br />

maintenance in the Ashley­Rakahuri<br />

River, with the council proposing to<br />

increase that to $800,000 per year and to<br />

initiate an 8­year, $15 million upgrade<br />

programme as part of the Long Term<br />

Plan.<br />

The work, for which the council will<br />

seek centralGovernment funding, is<br />

likely to be similar to work planned in<br />

the Selwyn district. Christchurch,<br />

Kaiapoi and part of the Selwyn district<br />

are protected by two levels of flood<br />

protection on the Waimakariri River,<br />

which has capacity for aone­in­500 year<br />

event.<br />

It costs around $5 million ayear, with<br />

$1 million coming from atargeted rate of<br />

$12 per ratepayer, per year.<br />

The balance is funded by income from<br />

grazing and forestry on council­owned<br />

land between the stopbanks.<br />

The capacity in some South<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> rivers means they ‘‘are<br />

expected to overtop their stopbanks’’ in a<br />

one­in­50 year flood event, while<br />

Ashburton is protected for aone­in­200<br />

year event.<br />

The proposed Selwyn district flood<br />

prevention work will be funded by a<br />

district­wide targeted rate and will<br />

include clearing out channels and flow<br />

paths, weed control and planting, and<br />

building resilience.<br />

Exotic weeds, including poplars and<br />

willows, and loose shingle poses the<br />

biggest challenges, Cr Mackenzie says.<br />

‘‘Bridges are more likely to survive if<br />

they’re not being treated as abattering<br />

ram [in aflood].<br />

‘‘Exotic weeds are one of the biggest<br />

problems.<br />

‘‘If we stopped doing what we do these<br />

exotic weeds would choke rivers and<br />

push them out to the berms.’’<br />

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NC schools struggle with growth<br />

By DAVIDHILL,<br />

Local Democracy Reporter<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> schools are having<br />

to come up with their own solutions as<br />

rolls begin to bulge, causing<br />

accommodation problems.<br />

It could be lessons on the grass for<br />

some at Woodend School ,while<br />

Swannanoa School’s board of trustees<br />

is converting astoreroom into a<br />

classroom to manage the growth.<br />

Principal Andrew Retallick says<br />

Woodend School will be at ‘‘breaking<br />

point’’ by term three next year, if<br />

something is not done soon.<br />

‘‘In my experience anything with the<br />

MinistryofEducation from planning<br />

to completion takes at least 12 months.<br />

‘‘I have conveyed to the Ministry,<br />

‘what arewesupposed to do? Will I be<br />

teaching my students on the grass or<br />

will we be cramming them into our<br />

classrooms’.’’<br />

The MinistryofEducation has<br />

refurbished two old classrooms, but<br />

the roll is expected to reach the site<br />

capacity of 490 in termfour this year,<br />

and pass 600 over the next five to 10<br />

years, on the back of the booming<br />

nearby Ravenswood sub­division.<br />

Swannanoa School principal Brian<br />

Price says the MinistryofEducation<br />

spent $70,000 last year designing an<br />

extension to an existing classroom<br />

block to cater for roll growth, with the<br />

roll expected to pass 300 for the first<br />

time this year.<br />

The project is now in doubt,<br />

prompting the school’s board of<br />

trustees to turn aboard­owned<br />

storeroom into aclassroom and buy a<br />

shipping container for storage.<br />

‘‘It is not ideal and we will need to<br />

rethink how we run our school, but we<br />

don’t have any spare space.’’<br />

The schools are among five <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong>projects on the Ministry of<br />

Education’s list of 352 building<br />

projects under review.<br />

Education Minister Erica Stanford<br />

announced an inquiry in February,<br />

which immediately put the brakes on<br />

the projects.<br />

Woodend School board of trustees<br />

chairperson Mark Paterson says the<br />

options arelimited by the size of the<br />

site.<br />

‘‘The Ministryhas already said they<br />

wouldn’t go above 650 because of the<br />

site, so we need to be starting to think<br />

about what happens when we get to<br />

650.<br />

‘‘Do we need to take over council<br />

land, or does the Ministry need to look<br />

at building another school?’’<br />

New classrooms have been in the<br />

pipeline at Te Kura oTuahiwi for<br />

several years due to roll growth.<br />

Principal Dot Singh said the build<br />

had been expected to begin in<br />

December, but was delayed and is now<br />

on hold.<br />

Bulging at the seams ... Woodend School’s Te Pou building was opened seven years ago<br />

to support roll growth and is already full.<br />

PHOTO: DAVID HILL<br />

‘‘We are the only kura in <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> to meet the needs of<br />

whānau who want immersion and<br />

bilingual education.’’<br />

Kaiapoi <strong>North</strong> School principal<br />

Jason Miles said his school will need<br />

at least one new classroom next year to<br />

cater for roll growth.<br />

‘‘We don’t want schools being in the<br />

situation of teaching in libraries,<br />

halls, staffrooms or any space they can<br />

find.’’<br />

Amuri Area School principal Matt<br />

Barlow said the school is managing its<br />

roll growth for now, but ‘‘continued<br />

growth will add pressure’’.<br />

‘‘We are continuing to plan based on<br />

our current designs and to look for<br />

ways to save money on the overall<br />

budget.’’<br />

Woodend, Tuahiwi and Kaiapoi<br />

<strong>North</strong> schools are all in the Kaiapoi<br />

High School zone.<br />

The high school was redeveloped in<br />

2018 with acapacity of <strong>11</strong>00 and has a<br />

master plan for future growth to 1800<br />

students.<br />

The roll has passed 1050 pupils this<br />

year, but principal Jason Reid said he<br />

has received no indication when the<br />

next classroom block will be built.<br />

Te Tai Runga (south) Hautū (leader)<br />

Nancy Bell said the Ministry of<br />

Education ‘‘will continue to deliver<br />

roll growth teaching spaces’’ at<br />

Woodend School ‘‘as required’’.<br />

She said there were no building<br />

projects planned at Kaiapoi High<br />

School.<br />

‘‘Roll growth would only be<br />

considered when there are increased<br />

numbers of in­zone students.<br />

‘‘We continue to work directly with<br />

school communities, because<br />

population trends are dynamic and<br />

subject to change over time.’’<br />

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A surge in copper thefts from <strong>North</strong><br />

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communities at risk, MainPower chief<br />

executive Andy Lester says.<br />

He says the thefts of the low value<br />

metal areincredibly dangerous, and<br />

the high­risk criminal activity is<br />

putting people at risk of severe injury<br />

or loss of life.<br />

Copper earthing wires are asafety<br />

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‘‘When earth wires are cut or stolen,<br />

thereisarisk of electric shock, burns<br />

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‘‘When these materials are stolen, it<br />

not only compromises the integrity of<br />

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customers and the community at risk of<br />

electrical hazards.''<br />

The company is working with police<br />

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thefts are continuingand creating a<br />

huge extracost for the companyand<br />

the community it serves.<br />

‘‘We estimate that since 2021 copper<br />

theft has cost MainPower over<br />

$400,000,’’ Mr Lester says.<br />

‘‘That money would be much better<br />

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‘‘As acommunity­trust owned<br />

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In 2021, there were just eight<br />

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MainPower network, but during the<br />

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have been reported.<br />

Police are appealingtothe public for<br />

information about the thefts.<br />

‘‘Imagineifyou were on your way to<br />

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walking the dog, and came into contact<br />

with exposed wires,’’ apolice<br />

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The thieves are also putting<br />

themselves at risk by stealing the<br />

copper, which is only worth about $8 to<br />

$10 per kilogram, to sell for scrap<br />

metal.<br />

‘‘Our message to offenders is to stop<br />

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‘‘Do not touch them and report the<br />

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Genealogical history celebration<br />

By JOHNCOSGROVE<br />

Thirty years of discovering families<br />

histories will be celebrated on Saturday,<br />

<strong>April</strong> 27, in Rangiora.<br />

Secretary Christine Pearson says the<br />

Waimakariri branch of the New Zealand<br />

Society of Genealogists, will be<br />

celebrating its anniversary on Saturday,<br />

<strong>April</strong> 27, at Rossburn Receptions.<br />

Its planned to have speechesfrom past<br />

and present members, the cutting of a<br />

30th anniversary cake, and mix and<br />

mingle time.<br />

There is an opportunity to visit the<br />

<strong>North</strong>brook Museum as well.<br />

All pastand present members are<br />

invited to attend this event.<br />

The Waimakariri branch of the NZ<br />

Society of Genealogists (NZSG), which<br />

encourages an interest in family history<br />

research, was formed after apublic<br />

meeting in Kaiapoi in 1994. The meeting<br />

at the Co­operating Parish Hall in<br />

Kaiapoi was chaired by Alan Hunter<br />

(retired Principal of Burnside High<br />

School).<br />

Those attending agreed to meet on a<br />

regular basis to investigate their family<br />

histories.<br />

The parish hall did not have any<br />

storage, and the group was soon looking<br />

for another more suitable venue.<br />

It eventually found asite upstairs at<br />

the Woodend Community Hall and by the<br />

end of 1995 had 29 members.<br />

As computers were not used then as an<br />

information resource, the group started<br />

to accumulate arange of historical<br />

resources.<br />

Thanks to Jean Wouldes and her<br />

organisationalskills, the group soon had<br />

micro fiche capabilities.<br />

Jenny James wasthe librarian, and<br />

worked with Ms Wouldes, to procure the<br />

best for members.<br />

Unfortunately the steep stairs at the<br />

Woodend Community Hall made it hard<br />

for older members, so once again new<br />

premises were sought.<br />

From 2003, the Rangiora Brass Band<br />

offered space in its hall off <strong>North</strong>brook<br />

Road.<br />

The group met every third month. The<br />

committee removedthe stage, and built a<br />

purpose­made resource room at the back<br />

of the hall to hold the group’s computers,<br />

micro­fiches and CD collection.<br />

Later two cupboards were installed in<br />

the main band hall to accommodate the<br />

growing library collections.<br />

Various librarians put alot of hard<br />

work into providing members with a<br />

collection of suitable resource books.<br />

As rental costs increased the<br />

committee again began searching for<br />

new premises.<br />

Since September 2023, it has met every<br />

second Tuesday in the Rangiora War<br />

Memorial Hall, 2Albert Street.<br />

These rooms, unfortunately, do not<br />

allow the holding of any book or<br />

microfiche collections which are now in<br />

storage.<br />

For further information please contact<br />

Christine Pearson (Secretary)<br />

pearsonchristine8989@gmail.com<br />

The group will hold an Open Day in<br />

conjunction with the Rangiora Library<br />

Culture and Heritage team on Sunday,<br />

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Wool takes centre stage in Rga<br />

By JOHN COSGROVE<br />

Sheep, goat and alpaca fleeces went<br />

under the critical eye of the judges at<br />

the the Royal Agricultural Society’s<br />

National Golden Fleece Exhibition in<br />

Rangiora last week.<br />

Their experienced fingers sampled<br />

the ply and measured the bounce and<br />

body of the wool.<br />

Points wereawarded for colour and<br />

consistency or deducted for dirt or<br />

dullness.<br />

Held in the Rangiora Showgrounds<br />

Function Centre, asmaller number of<br />

fleeces than expected from breeders,<br />

was asign of the times, said strong<br />

wool judge Peter McCusker,ofPGG<br />

Wrightson.<br />

‘‘It is, what it is, at present. Farmers<br />

are doing it tough, but while numbers<br />

were slightly down this year, the<br />

fleeces offered were of high quality<br />

and all deserved to be there.<br />

‘‘What Ilook for in afleece in the<br />

strong wool section is its colour,<br />

weight, is it soft to handle, what the<br />

crimp and staples are like, and does it<br />

have good definition.’’<br />

He said all these factors were<br />

present in the winning strong wool<br />

fleece, which was once again from<br />

Fielding breeder RHumphrey, who<br />

has won it consecutively for the past 10<br />

years<br />

He said it is agreat concept to hold<br />

the competition there with the fibres<br />

all in one place, making it easier to<br />

judge as it takes alot of work by the<br />

RAS team to organise it everyyear.<br />

The fleeces entered in the three<br />

breeds competition areall supreme<br />

champions from A&P shows held<br />

around the country.<br />

Coloured wool judge Sandra<br />

Harnett, of Springbank, said the<br />

fleeces she judged in her sectionwere<br />

Softness and feeling it ... Winner of the black and coloured wools section, Philippa Sander<br />

of Akaroa, with her fleeces, which she had been showing since 2007.<br />

PHOTO:JOHN COSGROVE<br />

‘‘lovely, beautiful fleeces’’.<br />

Winner of the black and coloured<br />

wools section, Philippa Sander of<br />

Akaroa, said wool must be ‘‘creamy’’ to<br />

the touch.<br />

‘‘Judging mature fine coloured wool<br />

is all about closing your eyes, and<br />

sticking your hands into the fleece.<br />

You need to feel the softness, to feel<br />

the crimp while you seek out the<br />

elasticity of it.’’<br />

She said wool must have agood drop<br />

in it, so that garments made hang<br />

correctly, and the wool works well on<br />

the spinning wheel.<br />

Christine Roberts, Operations<br />

Manager for RAS, says one unusual<br />

element of this year’s exhibition was<br />

the numbers of fleeces sold .<br />

‘‘We don’t usually sell any, but this<br />

year we have sold seven fleeces so<br />

far.’’<br />

NEWS<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>April</strong> <strong>11</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

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Pianist Rachel Thomson and cellist<br />

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MPfor Waimakariri<br />

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Authorised by Matt Doocey MP, Parliament Buildings, Wellington.<br />

Neighbourhood safer<br />

As local MP Iamofcourse abig advocate<br />

of the Waimakariri and Ienjoy promoting<br />

the area to visitors.<br />

So Iwas excited to hear that the Oxford<br />

Forest Conservation area has recently<br />

been certified as New Zealand’s newest<br />

Dark Sky Park.<br />

We all know how beautiful our skies<br />

are, especially in rural areas like Oxford,<br />

but we often take this for granted, which<br />

is why Iamproud of the work which has<br />

been undertaken by all those involved in<br />

Oxford’s Dark Sky project.<br />

Visitors Ihave met from places like the<br />

United Kingdom are amazed by our night<br />

skies, and it’s something we should be<br />

harnessing more as adrawcard for<br />

tourists.<br />

This is just one more thing to put<br />

Waimakariri on the map for both<br />

internationaland domestic tourism.<br />

Iwas also pleased to read just last week<br />

that the community­led CCTV project I<br />

helpedget off the ground in Sovereign<br />

Palms, Kaiapoi, is now complete.<br />

This has been asterling effort by<br />

resident Wendy Tait, who came to see me<br />

last year after her motorhome was stolen,<br />

and wanted to do something positive to<br />

prevent others going through the same<br />

experience.<br />

Wendy has tirelessly rallied her<br />

neighbours and local business owners,<br />

and has spent hours liaising with CCTV<br />

expert Ken Eccles, and the local council,<br />

to see this project through. Without her<br />

tenacity we would not have the results,<br />

which are three security cameras now<br />

installed and servicing the Sovereign<br />

Palms and Moorcroft subdivisions.<br />

BecauseofWendy these<br />

neighbourhoods are now feeling much<br />

safer, soahuge thanks to her forall her<br />

enthusiasm.<br />

Iamafrequent visitor to schools<br />

around the electorate and Ifeel sure<br />

those Ihave spoken to recently will be<br />

happywith the Government’srecent<br />

action in the education sphere.<br />

As well as banning cell phones, which<br />

has resulted in alot of positive feedback<br />

from schools, the Minister for Education<br />

Erica Stanford has also announced<br />

changes to the NCEA Change<br />

Programme, which has now been delayed<br />

by two years.<br />

Iamaware that anumber of schools<br />

were not ready for the NCEA Level 1<br />

changes, and as aresult some stopped<br />

offering Level 1NCEA at all.<br />

We need to get the basics right before<br />

we implement changes to assessment,<br />

and sohitting pause on this important<br />

work is the right decision until we have<br />

certainty that the changes we make are<br />

the right fit for our NewZealand schools.<br />

Lastly, Iamlooking forward to paying<br />

my respects laterthis month to all those<br />

who fought for our freedom when Iattend<br />

various Anzac Dayservices across the<br />

electorate.<br />

It’s atime of year to remember all those<br />

who selflessly sacrificed their freedom<br />

and ultimately their lives for future<br />

generations of Kiwis like us.<br />

Iwould encourage you all to take the<br />

time to attend one of the many local<br />

services,and payyour respects to these<br />

brave men and women fromAustralasia.<br />

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Focus on<br />

Waimakariri<br />

with Mayor Dan Gordon<br />

Health, wellbeing<br />

services essential<br />

It is hard to believe we are in <strong>April</strong><br />

already.<br />

The change of season is definitely<br />

upon us and as the weather starts to<br />

cool down its atimely reminder to start<br />

to prepare our properties for the<br />

winter months.<br />

Make sure trees are trimmed, and<br />

gutters are cleared.<br />

Preparation is the best defence to get<br />

through any extreme weather events.<br />

Irecently attendedthe National<br />

Rural Health conference with Mayor<br />

Marie Black from Hurunui.<br />

Ihaveaspecialinterest in this topic<br />

being on the Waitaha Primary Health<br />

Board, and both Marie and Iare<br />

mayors of rural districts where access<br />

to emergency medicalcare is always of<br />

great importance.<br />

Ensuring that residents in all areas<br />

of the Waimakariri District can access<br />

medicalcare remains atop priority for<br />

me.<br />

That is why Ihavebeen such astrong<br />

advocate for the Rangiora Health Hub<br />

and Oxford Hospital.<br />

These services and facilities are<br />

essential to the health and wellbeing of<br />

all our residents.<br />

Ihad alovely Easter spent with<br />

family and friends and also attended<br />

the Oxford A&P Show.<br />

It was wonderful to catch upwith so<br />

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many old friends and meet lots of new<br />

people.<br />

Congratulations to President Jason<br />

Skurr and the show committee on a<br />

very well­runevent.<br />

Ireally do love attending all the A&P<br />

Shows in our District and after a<br />

couple of years of not having shows, it<br />

certainly is wonderful to be able to<br />

enjoy again.<br />

We are well into our consultation on<br />

the Draft Long Term Plan with the last<br />

of our Drop In sessions this week at<br />

Kaiapoi Ruataniwha/Kaiapoi Library,<br />

on Thursday, <strong>April</strong> <strong>11</strong>, 5pm to 7pm, and<br />

Mandeville, at the Ohoka Domain<br />

Pavilion, on Thursday, <strong>April</strong> <strong>11</strong>, 7pm to<br />

9pm.<br />

So far, the drop­in sessions have<br />

been well attended and it has been<br />

great to catch up with so many people<br />

to discuss our key topics.<br />

If you haven’t yet been to asession,<br />

please pop along to either of the<br />

remaining two.<br />

It’s also not too late to make a<br />

submission on the draft Long Term<br />

Plan.<br />

All the information on how to do that<br />

is on the council website and social<br />

media.<br />

Iwelcome contact from anyone who<br />

needs assistance or has an issue that<br />

you might want to discuss.<br />

Ngai Tahu extends hand to help with solutions for water<br />

By DAVID HILL,<br />

Local Democracy Reporter<br />

NgāiTahu wants to work with councils to<br />

find solutions for ageing water<br />

infrastructure —amove that has the<br />

support of <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong>’s mayors.<br />

Te Rūnanga oNgāiTahu<br />

Kaiwhakahaere (chair) Justin Tipa<br />

invited South Island councils to work<br />

with the iwi to address the challenge of<br />

providing sustainable water services.<br />

‘‘We understand the consequences of<br />

historical under investment affecting<br />

many South Island council districts in<br />

the takiwā and have felt the effects,<br />

especially in our own communities,’’<br />

Tipa said during aLocal Government<br />

conferencelast week.<br />

‘‘Around athird of NgāiTahu marae<br />

lack reticulated water supplies and the<br />

statusquo in freshwater management,<br />

including storm and wastewater, has<br />

comprehensively failedour traditional<br />

waterways and lands.’’<br />

The Government scrapped the Three<br />

Waters programme in February and is<br />

now working on replacement legislation<br />

which would allowcouncils to form their<br />

own groupings.<br />

Hurunui Mayor Marie Black said there<br />

was ‘‘a lot of rhetoric about what the<br />

options are’’, but councils need to<br />

carefully consider what was the best<br />

model to serve their communities for the<br />

next 50 years.<br />

She said she was encouraged by Ngāi<br />

Tahu’s ongoing commitment to<br />

addressing water issues.<br />

‘‘<strong>Canterbury</strong> is always looking to build<br />

arelationship with NgāiTahu.<br />

‘‘They have opened adoor and it is<br />

important for our communities to<br />

consider how best to look after our water<br />

infrastructure.<br />

‘‘We are in this phase of new<br />

beginnings and having open<br />

conversations to consider the future of<br />

water infrastructure can only be a<br />

positive, but there is alot of water to go<br />

underthe bridge.’’<br />

Waimakariri Mayor DanGordon said<br />

Mr Tipa’s presentation was ‘‘interesting<br />

and well received’’.<br />

‘‘We look forward to continuing these<br />

discussions when we have greater clarity<br />

around the water infrastructure reform<br />

proposals due later in the year.<br />

‘‘Once we receive this information we<br />

will also be consulting with our<br />

communities.’’<br />

Kaikōura Mayor Craig Mackle said<br />

there was ‘‘nothing new’’ in Mr Tipa’s<br />

address.<br />

He said his council would meet with its<br />

local treaty partner Te Rūnanga o<br />

Kaikōura before proceeding.<br />

Mr Mackle has previously stated his<br />

preference was to work the Hurunui and<br />

Waimakariri councils.<br />

LDR is local body journalism cofunded<br />

by RNZ and NZ On Air.<br />

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Robinson’s majestic mansion. PHOTO: SUPPLIED<br />

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paddocks.<br />

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homestead and 5000 acres being worked<br />

by Robinson’s daughter.<br />

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mansion burned down in 1936 as it<br />

awaited demolition.<br />

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public consultation on March 27.<br />

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consultations to have your say.<br />

NEWS<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>April</strong> <strong>11</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

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Doing more –ornot enough?<br />

What’s the cost?<br />

Environment<br />

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

Peter Scott<br />

Youwould have recentlybeenseeing<br />

andhearingalot about<strong>Canterbury</strong><br />

Regional Council’s(Environment<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong>’s) Long-Term Plan.<br />

Putsimply,thisisour Council’s<br />

budgetingprocess. Thisincludes the<br />

moneyweget from ratepayers andwhat<br />

we do with it.<br />

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interested,consider thefollowing points.<br />

If part of akey road wastaken outbya<br />

flood in northern <strong>Canterbury</strong>, would you<br />

feel theimpact?<br />

Do youeverworry aboutthe effect<br />

climatechange is having on our<br />

landscape?<br />

ADVERTORIAL<br />

Do youthinkmoreshouldbedone to<br />

protectthe habitatsofpreciousspecies?<br />

The work we do affects allCantabrians.<br />

Essentially, we’rehavingtoweigh up<br />

thecostoftakingaction, againstthe cost<br />

of notdoing enough around things like<br />

riverand erosionresilience,biodiversity<br />

outcomes andpestmanagement.<br />

We’vedeveloped some options which<br />

arelaidout in ourLong-Term Plan<br />

consultation document,titled What’s the<br />

cost to Waitaha/<strong>Canterbury</strong>?<br />

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Youcan also talk to your local<br />

councillor,whose details areonthe<br />

‘Yourcouncil’section of ourwebsite.<br />

Remember,this is your money. How<br />

we spenditwillbeuptoyou.<br />

Water<br />

safety<br />

What’sthe cost?<br />

Have youchecked out the optionsfor our draft<br />

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facing significantenvironmental challenges,<br />

and we need your input on how to move ahead.<br />

Tell us whatyou think:<br />

Consultationcloses 14 <strong>April</strong> <strong>2024</strong>


SPORT<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>April</strong> <strong>11</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Five NC teams making winning starts<br />

15<br />

RUGBY<br />

BY PETER WILLIAMS<br />

Five of <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong>’s eight senior<br />

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Kaiapoi, Ohoka and Oxford —all made<br />

winning starts to the <strong>2024</strong> Luisetti Seeds<br />

Combined Club rugby competition.<br />

Ashley vWaihora<br />

It was country rugby at its best when<br />

Ashley visited Waihora’s Rhodes Park.<br />

Waihora scored in the first minute<br />

through its left winger Cameron Tippet<br />

and Harry Kirk’s conversion stamped him<br />

as areal danger with his trusty boot.<br />

It took abit of wind out of Ashley’s sails<br />

and it was some time before its forwards<br />

started to make some telling incursions<br />

into the Waihora half, thanks to scrum<br />

dominance and quick ruck speed. It took<br />

another 18 minutes before Ashley finally<br />

scored awell worked try to Josh<br />

Duckworth.<br />

Blake Tull, who was having arun­on<br />

start from the Colts team, looked for work,<br />

and got time and space on the edge. Up<br />

front, Ashley fielded two sets of brothers in<br />

its forward pack —Josh and Luke<br />

Duckworth, and Jack and Sam Regan. All<br />

had storming games, particularly Sam,<br />

who relished the opportunity to start at 6,<br />

making anumber of hard carries and<br />

tackles. It was the man­of­the­match<br />

performance.<br />

No 8Sam Freeman, continued his<br />

outstanding form from the previous week.<br />

When he left the field with injury midway<br />

through the first half, his replacement<br />

Matt Kippenberger,brought some<br />

experience into the loose trio.<br />

After asecond try to Waihora’s left<br />

winger, Ashley worked for long periods of<br />

time, only to have mistakes snub out<br />

attacks. Eventually awell worked try to<br />

Luke Gold on the half time whistle, closed<br />

the gap to 18­12.<br />

The second half started as amirror of<br />

the first. Waihora scored straight away<br />

from adefensive misread, giving it an <strong>11</strong><br />

point lead. Ashley had various forays into<br />

the Waihora half ,but was met with<br />

outstanding defence. As the game wore on<br />

Braxton Taua at 10 was able to use a<br />

number of wide passes to stretch the<br />

attack line, allowing Ashley to get some<br />

attacking gains based on strong carries<br />

from Matt Couch in the centre, creating<br />

space on the edges. One attack earned a<br />

try to Corbin Mechen ably converted by<br />

Braxton Taua.<br />

At 23­19 it was game on, with anumber<br />

of promising passages of play falling short<br />

inside the Waihora 22, with resolute<br />

defence from the home side .<br />

Eventually Ashley broke through, for<br />

what was hoped to be the winning try to<br />

Louis James again from sustained attack.<br />

This converted by Braxton Taua, giving<br />

Ashley the lead 26­23 for the first time in<br />

the match with just three minutes<br />

remaining.<br />

From the kick off ,claimed by Josh<br />

Duckworth, the ensuing ruck brought a<br />

penalty to the home team. Intent on awin,<br />

and not adraw,Waihora kicked to the<br />

corner. It was Ashley’s turn to show<br />

resolute defence. Numerous phases were<br />

repelled and after adouble team tackle<br />

from Cole Morgan and Nick Sim, Ashley<br />

was awarded apenalty from the ruck, and<br />

counter ruck.<br />

All that was needed was atap and the<br />

ball to be kicked out.<br />

Ashley 26 (Josh Duckworth, Luke Gold,<br />

Corbin Mechen, Louis James tries;<br />

Braxton Taua 3conversions) beat Waihora<br />

23.<br />

Hurunui vGlenmark­Cheviot<br />

The huge crowd that turned out at<br />

Culverden to witness this Great <strong>North</strong>ern<br />

Derby proved that rugby is alive and well<br />

in the northern regions of the sub union.<br />

Glenmark­Cheviot’s scrum and trademark<br />

rolling maul were the difference, coming<br />

back from 12­22down at halftime, to score<br />

26 unanswered points.<br />

Prop Harrison Allan scored an early try<br />

for the visitors but Hurunui had its part to<br />

play in the show. Aslick short lineout<br />

throw fooled the Glenmark­Cheviot<br />

defence and front rower, Cale Dobby<br />

dived over in winger fashion in the corner.<br />

After trading tries, Hurunui hit the front<br />

with apenalty and extended its lead with<br />

atry just before half time to captain Jono<br />

Schwass.<br />

Looking to peg back the 10 point deficit,<br />

Glenmark­Cheviot set the tone early in the<br />

second half with Nick Hyde coming up<br />

trumps from alineout drive 10 metres out,<br />

then Andrew Hull repeated the dose soon<br />

after. It remained afour point game till<br />

two late tries blew the score out.<br />

Hurunui was brilliant at times, showing<br />

huge ambition, but will lament missed<br />

chances, mainly due to handling errors.<br />

Digby Heard was at his best,making<br />

numerous surging breaks and tireless<br />

prop, Tim Righton, toiled all day.<br />

Glenmark­Cheviot’s offload game was<br />

impressive and really made Hurunui’s<br />

defence scramble. Open­side, James<br />

Kellow, was everywhere. He linked well<br />

on attack and was his side’s best on<br />

defence. Captain, Andrew Hull was brutal<br />

in the collision zone and was its leading<br />

ball carrier, while Caleb Beck’s kicking<br />

game was solid.<br />

Hurunui 22 (Cale Dobby (2), Jono Schwass<br />

tries, Matt Hickey 2conversions,) lost to<br />

Glenmark Cheviot 38, (Harrison Allan,<br />

Nick Hyde (2), Jordy Gray, Andrew Hull (2)<br />

tries; Caleb Beck 4conversions).<br />

Kaiapoi vSpringston<br />

Amajor plus for Kaiapoi was the<br />

performance of some of its debutants.<br />

Scottish import, Roddy Thompson had a<br />

strong all­round game at lock. His<br />

presence will bolster an already imposing<br />

forward pack. Another to impress was<br />

19­year­old Izzy Solomom­Ritchie at No<br />

10. He is awell­balanced player who<br />

looked very proficient. His reading of the<br />

game belied his youth, and his timing of<br />

passes created space for his outsides. This<br />

allowed Taine­Jacobs­Lawson, at secondfive<br />

to make anumber of strong bursts<br />

while Matt Joyita at centre also<br />

appreciated some extra space and looked<br />

particularly dangerous whenever he got<br />

the ball. This midfield combination should<br />

be areal force to be reckoned with.<br />

Reuben Tiweka and Lance Taylor —the<br />

latter with aspectacular aerial effort to<br />

dive in at the corner —were both<br />

beneficiaries with first half tries, but the<br />

team as awhole would have been<br />

disappointed to go to the break with only<br />

afour­point lead. Too often, it<br />

surrendered promising attacking<br />

positions by giving away apenalty to the<br />

opposition.<br />

In the third quarter, Solomon­Ritchie,<br />

Joyita and Tiweka all ran in wellconstructed<br />

tries to put the game beyond<br />

doubt. The Kaiapoi forwards were<br />

efficient at set­piece, winning nearly all its<br />

own lineouts and even claiming arare<br />

tight­head, while flanker, Jarred Gilmour,<br />

playing in his 50th match, turned in amanof­the<br />

match performance claiming seven<br />

turnovers.<br />

Kaiapoi did enough in the third quarter<br />

to suggest it could be championship<br />

contenders. But it needs to put together an<br />

80 minute performance of proficient<br />

rugby, regularly. It failed to add asingle<br />

point in the last quarter.<br />

Kaiapoi 31 (Reuben Tiweka (2), Lance<br />

Taylor, Isaiah Solomon­Ritchie, Matt<br />

Joyita, tries Taine Jacobs­Lawson 3<br />

conversions) beat Springston 8.<br />

Ohoka vSouthbridge<br />

It was athrilling encounter between<br />

Ohoka and Southbridge at Mandeville.<br />

Southbridge gained the early advantage<br />

after aloose pass from Ohoka went to<br />

ground, allowing Boston Horn to run clear<br />

and beat the cover defence to score. A<br />

further try to Horn and two further tries to<br />

impressive wing Cowan Estall put the<br />

visitors in overdrive after some clever<br />

kicking behind the Ohoka defensive line.<br />

Ohoka struggled for fluency, however<br />

Scott Allin for Ohoka did his best to<br />

narrow the gap with three penalties to<br />

take the halftime score 9­22.<br />

Two tries to Ohoka after the break, by<br />

brothers Naita and Siaosi Fifita, brought<br />

Ohoka into contention at 23­22.<br />

Southbridge consolidated and wellearned<br />

possession and territory allowed it<br />

to score aconverted try to hard­working<br />

half Logan Crofts, to regain the lead 29­23.<br />

While Southbridge maintained attack<br />

pressure, Ohoka’s defensive effort lifted<br />

and after aseries of penalties against the<br />

visitors, Ohoka was able to work its way up<br />

field and score close to the posts. Allin<br />

converted and put the home side ahead<br />

30­29for awell­earned victory.<br />

Stalwart Southbridge inside back Peni<br />

Manumanuniliwa Snr, and loose forwards<br />

Jale Masi and Vaingalo Fine gave the<br />

Ohoka side plenty to think about on<br />

defence, while Naita and Siaosi Fifita for<br />

Ohoka were momentum turners. Scott<br />

Allin produced another match winning<br />

performance with the boot. Southbridge<br />

goal kickers will be lamenting missed<br />

opportunities.<br />

Ohoka 30 (Siaosi Fifita, Naita Fifita,<br />

Connor McKinnon tries; Scott Allin, 3<br />

penalties 3conversions) beat Southbridge<br />

29 (Cowan Estall (2) Boston Horn x(2),<br />

Logan Crofts tries; Cowan Estall 2<br />

conversions).<br />

Saracens vOxford<br />

Adominant second half scrummage effort<br />

helped Oxford to get up and beat Saracens<br />

28­17.<br />

Coming off losses the previous week in<br />

round one of the <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong><br />

competition, both teams were keen to offer<br />

abetter performance and result.<br />

There was little between the sides in the<br />

first half. Saracens struck the first blow<br />

when front rower Dave Evans was ushered<br />

across the line. Oxford immediately<br />

bounced back with awell constructed try<br />

involving Korbyn Newman and Viliami<br />

Ogotia.<br />

Newman gave Oxford the lead, scoring<br />

after gaps opened in Saracens defence.<br />

Saracens then scored an enterprising try<br />

starting 30 metres out when Caleb Pomare<br />

­Edwards set up Kerran Jenkins to score.<br />

Both sides went to the break with the<br />

scores locked at 14­all.<br />

The second half play never reached any<br />

heights, but the evenness of the<br />

confrontation kept the outcome in the<br />

balance.<br />

Saracens scored after five minutes when<br />

Pomare­Edwards kicked apenalty. Three<br />

minutes later Ogatia scored for Oxford,<br />

and with the try converted it set up a<br />

winning platform.<br />

Saracens had its chances to score again,<br />

but too many errors at vitaltimes cost it.<br />

Oxford’s scrum began to dominate and the<br />

game was put beyond Saracens grasp<br />

when Ogotia was again on hand to score a<br />

converted try out wide.<br />

Oxford 28 (Viliami Ogotia (3), Korbyn<br />

Newman tries. Newman four conversions)<br />

beat Saracens 17 (Dave Evans, Kerran<br />

Jenkins tries; Caleb Pomari­Edwards two<br />

conversions and apenalty).<br />

Woodend vDarfield<br />

Excellent conditions prevailed at<br />

Gladstone Park.<br />

This season Andrew Retallick is<br />

Woodend’s head coach, assisted by Zac<br />

Guilford. Woodend began strongly and<br />

competed well, especially in the first half,<br />

when Woodend scored all its points.<br />

It trailed 13­21atthe break.<br />

Josh Burton put in aparticularly strong<br />

performance at prop, while at first five,<br />

Danyon Nicholas also had asolid game,<br />

linking well with his skilful half­back,<br />

Jayden Stokes.<br />

An accomplished Darfield outfit added<br />

24 unanswered points in the second spell,<br />

to win comfortably 45­13.<br />

Woodend 13 (Zac Guilford, try, Jordie<br />

Swaine 2penalties and 1conversion) lost<br />

to Darfield 45.<br />

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<strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>April</strong> <strong>11</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Black interiors arethe new neutral white<br />

By JOHN COSGROVE<br />

A muted/toned white or neutral interior,<br />

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‘‘I like white and light butIhave a<br />

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match the mink blanket, with atiger<br />

coming out of green monster leaves on a<br />

black background on ourbed, Idecided<br />

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Her aim is to get agold velvet chair,<br />

black dressers/ drawers and apendant<br />

filament light to give off warmamber<br />

glows in the bedroom now entirely<br />

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She says while she has had lots of<br />

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Confusion about building sheds<br />

The rules around consenting pole sheds,<br />

haybarns, and woodsheds, are often<br />

misunderstood.<br />

The Building and Planning managers at<br />

Hurunui and Kaikoura District Councils<br />

say this can cause stress, frustration and<br />

extra cost to people, but is avoidable by<br />

seeking out the information around<br />

consenting before starting the project.<br />

They say people should always check<br />

with their local council to make sure<br />

proposed building work does not have any<br />

district planning implications —taking<br />

maximum site coverage, yard or setback<br />

requirements, daylight access planes or<br />

permitted activities into consideration.<br />

Aresource consent may be required,<br />

and it is important that this is obtained<br />

before starting any building work.<br />

Wind zones<br />

Wind zones can be low, medium, high, very<br />

high, extra high and SED (Specific<br />

Engineering Design).<br />

The Hurunui and Kaikouradistrict’s,<br />

wind zones are generally very high or<br />

above —more than 44m/second —<br />

meaning it is more than likely any pole<br />

shed or haybarn in these districts requires<br />

abuilding consent. People are urged to<br />

ensure their paperwork shows the wind<br />

zone, which the shed supply company and/<br />

or the council can advise on.<br />

An unconsented shed or barn can create<br />

unnecessary stress and cost down the<br />

track due to aCertificate of Acceptance<br />

requirement (COA), especially when it<br />

comes to selling aproperty or claiming<br />

insurance if it were to fail.<br />

Other areas often needing clarification:<br />

Woodsheds<br />

Woodsheds can be built without consent,<br />

and by the homeowner up to 30m2, but<br />

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rural zone, which do not require aconsent,<br />

is they can not be more than one storey —<br />

being afloor level of up to one metre above<br />

the supporting ground, and aheight of up<br />

to four metres above the floor level.<br />

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part of its <strong>2024</strong>/34 Long Term Plan.<br />

Submissions closeonMonday, <strong>April</strong><br />

15, with the work earmarked for the<br />

2027/28 financial year.<br />

Community and recreation manager<br />

Chris Brown saysanewsingle­storey,<br />

1345sqm library buildingwould cost $24<br />

million.<br />

Asecond option is constructing atwostorey<br />

building, with the library on the<br />

ground floor and office space for council<br />

staff upstairs, which would costaround<br />

$40 million.<br />

‘‘We have council staffworking in<br />

leased officespaces in the town, so we<br />

need to ask the community whether they<br />

prefer ustobesupporting local<br />

businesses, or bringingour staffback<br />

into acouncil­ownedbuilding,’’ Mr<br />

Brown says.<br />

The project is just one of many as the<br />

council plans to spendaround $693<br />

million over the next 10 years replacing<br />

assets and planningfor the district’s<br />

rapid growth.<br />

The district’s population is projected<br />

to grow from around 70,000 to 82,075 by<br />

2034, based on Stats NZ’s high growth<br />

scenario.<br />

Mayor Dan Gordon says librariesare<br />

bustling with events,technology to<br />

explore, and spaces to work or relax,<br />

and connect with friends.<br />

‘‘The best thing about the libraries is<br />

how well they cater for residents<br />

regardless of age or background.<br />

‘‘Staff often see grandparents with<br />

their grandchildren, particularly in the<br />

school holidays and there is something<br />

to keep everyone amused and<br />

entertained.<br />

‘‘This is something truly special, and it<br />

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is worth the investment to ensure these<br />

connections continue to flourish.’’<br />

Library staffare alsoreviewing<br />

opening hours,including increasing<br />

Sunday hours, and the Kaiapoi,<br />

Rangiora and Oxford libraries are<br />

investing in new technologies.<br />

Waimakariri District Libraries<br />

manager Paula Eskett says extending<br />

Sunday openinghours was first looked<br />

at pre­Covid.<br />

At present the Rangiora and Kaiapoi<br />

librariesare open from 1pm to 4pm on<br />

Sundays.<br />

‘‘Traditionally Sunday hours were set<br />

around church time, but community<br />

members are saying they want to be in<br />

there on Sunday mornings.’’<br />

Staff were considering extending the<br />

weekday closing time from 5pm to 6pm,<br />

and dropping the weekly late night at<br />

7pm.<br />

The libraries have upgraded their<br />

self­issue kiosks to make issuing books<br />

simpler, with the new kiosks just like<br />

‘‘supermarket self­checkouts’’.<br />

The Rangiora Library is also trialling<br />

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returned.<br />

New technologies are being explored<br />

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The three libraries hosted the<br />

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Building consents for new homes are<br />

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While numbers haven't reached the<br />

heights of the peak period from 2012 to<br />

2014, where over 1000 consents were<br />

issued annually, numbers in the past three<br />

years are slowly moving towards that<br />

milestone in the Waimakariri District.<br />

In January atotal of 55 building consents<br />

were issued, while there were 77 in<br />

February. These numbers are already<br />

higher than last year which, with the<br />

exception of Woodend, most were then in<br />

single digit numbers.<br />

For the first two months of <strong>2024</strong><br />

Woodend has led with 54, with Rangiora<br />

(28) and Kaiapoi (25) close behind.<br />

Waimakariri District Council figures<br />

from 1992 to 20<strong>11</strong> show new dwelling<br />

building consents in the district were on<br />

average around 400 per year, double what<br />

was consented in 1986 (under 200).<br />

Kaikōura District Council issued 132<br />

building consents March 2023 and March<br />

<strong>2024</strong>, while the Hurunui District Council<br />

issued 169 permits over the past six<br />

months, of which 78 were dwellings, for a<br />

total value of $46 million.<br />

Kelvin Davidson, CoreLogic NZ Chief<br />

Property Economist says its research<br />

shows the new­build premium could be<br />

about to shrink.<br />

CoreLogic NZ estimate that new­builds<br />

are currently running about 6% more<br />

expensive than existing properties, which<br />

is in line with past norms.<br />

Given they're theoretically of higher<br />

quality, such as better insulation than<br />

existing dwellings, new­builds will<br />

probably always tend to carry aprice<br />

premium in the future, too.<br />

But the gap may get abit smaller in the<br />

next few years, not least as the tax rules<br />

become less favourable for new properties<br />

relative to existing.<br />

While the sales numbers in <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> are on an upwards climb,<br />

Corelogic heralded asoft start for the NZ<br />

housing market in the March quarter of<br />

<strong>2024</strong>.<br />

The Real Estate Institute of New<br />

Zealand (REINZ), released their February<br />

<strong>2024</strong> data showing asignificant increase in<br />

listings and an expansion in stock levels,<br />

providing options for buyers.<br />

CoreLogic's House Price Index rose 0.5%<br />

in March, similar to January and<br />

February's muted gains, taking values 1.1%<br />

higher over the first quarter of <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

The average property value across New<br />

Zealand now stands at $934,806, up 3.2%<br />

($29,361) from September's trough, but still<br />

10.4% (­$108,455) below the recent peak.<br />

‘‘NZ's housing market can probably be<br />

described as ‘not too hot, not too cold',’’ Mr<br />

Davidson said.<br />

Mr Davidson said high mortgage rates<br />

remain abig challenge at the forefront of<br />

all borrowers’ minds, whether they're<br />

taking out anew loan or repricing an<br />

existing mortgage.<br />

‘‘While the new tax year and 80%<br />

mortgage interest deductions will help<br />

cashflow for property investors, it's<br />

unlikely to be enough to trump high<br />

interest rates.’’<br />

March’s subdued property value data is<br />

atimely reminder that this upturn may<br />

well be inconsistent from month to month,<br />

and across regions.’’<br />

‘‘Certainly, although house sales<br />

volumes are now trending higher, they're<br />

coming off avery low base, and activity<br />

remains well below normal. In that<br />

environment, it’s no surprise that value<br />

patterns are also abit patchy.’’<br />

First home buyers continue to target the<br />

market using KiwiSaver for at least part of<br />

the deposit, and making full use of the low<br />

deposit lending allowances at the banks.<br />

But other buyer groups, such as mortgaged<br />

investors, remain more subdued, he said.<br />

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By ROBYN BRISTOW<br />

Climate Change and Agriculture<br />

Ministers have announced an<br />

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agricultural biogenic methane science,<br />

and targets.<br />

Federated Farmers has welcomed the<br />

announcement, seeing it as amajor win<br />

for farmers, fairness, and the New<br />

Zealand economy.<br />

‘‘This is areally positive step forward,<br />

and will be welcomed by farmers and<br />

rural communities,’’ says Federated<br />

Farmers president Wayne Langford.<br />

‘‘Methane targets have been apoint of<br />

contention since they were first<br />

introduced because the Government of<br />

the day chose to set targets that were<br />

highly political instead of scientifically<br />

robust.<br />

‘‘They go much further and faster than<br />

what is needed to achieve ‘no further<br />

warming’, and will come at ahuge cost to<br />

farmers, rural communities, and the<br />

New Zealand economy,’’ Mr Langford<br />

says<br />

Agriculture Minister Todd McClay<br />

says the coalition Government has been<br />

clear in the commitment to maintain a<br />

split­gas approach to domestic climate<br />

change targets.<br />

‘‘This independent review which will<br />

report back to the Government by the<br />

end of the year, will provide evidencebased<br />

advice on what our domestic 2050<br />

methane target should be, consistent<br />

with the principle of no additional<br />

warming,’’ Mr McClay says.<br />

Climate Change Minister Simon Watts<br />

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review, along with appointees to the<br />

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‘‘The panel will consist of reputable<br />

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The independent advisory panels<br />

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targets this year and will provide an<br />

input into the Government’s response to<br />

the Commissions advice in 2025, Mr<br />

Watts says.<br />

Associate Agriculture Minister<br />

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backbone of our economy, contributing<br />

over 80 per cent of our goods exports to<br />

feed an estimated 40 million people<br />

worldwide.<br />

‘‘We need to ensure its contribution to<br />

the 2050 Climate Change targets are fair<br />

and appropriate compared to other<br />

parts of the economy.<br />

‘‘It’s important that domestic efforts to<br />

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see this production filled by other<br />

countries with higher emissions<br />

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Associate Agriculture Minister Mark<br />

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‘‘We expect ascience­led approach is<br />

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Water testing days in<strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong><br />

Free drop­in water testing days are<br />

being held at Rangiora, Culverden and<br />

Darfield this month, by Greenpeace<br />

Aotearoa.<br />

Greenpeace says following the<br />

launch of its Know Your Nitrate map<br />

late last year, it received hundreds of<br />

requests for free mail­indrinking<br />

water testing.<br />

Of these, many were from<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong>, and many came back with<br />

high nitrate levels.<br />

Greenpeace spokesperson Amanda<br />

Larsson says, everyonehas the right to<br />

access clean safe drinkingwater.<br />

‘‘But what we’ve seen over the past<br />

three years is that for manyrural<br />

communities,access to healthy<br />

drinking water is being taken away.’’<br />

Greenpeace will be offering free<br />

drinking water testing in Darfield on<br />

<strong>April</strong> 19, Culverdenon<strong>April</strong> 20, and<br />

Rangiora on <strong>April</strong> 21.<br />

These follow more than adozen inperson<br />

water testing events that the<br />

organisation has run since 2021.<br />

We provide this free water testing to<br />

give rural communitiesthe<br />

opportunity to know what’sintheir<br />

drinking water, says Ms Larsson.<br />

All you need to bringisasample of<br />

your tap water, and we can test it for<br />

nitrate while you wait.<br />

Run your kitchen tap for one minute<br />

and fill aclean containerwith 200 mls<br />

of water and bring it along.<br />

‘‘Household bore water tends to be<br />

more likely to reach higher levels of<br />

nitrate than town supply, but testing<br />

we’ve done in just the last year has<br />

shown several town supplies in the<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> region testing at more than<br />

5mg/L of nitrate.’’<br />

Ms Larsson says there is agrowing<br />

body of research which shows ‘‘even<br />

small amounts of nitrate<br />

contamination in drinking water can<br />

increase the likelihood of health risks<br />

such as bowel cancer and preterm<br />

birth’’.<br />

Rural communities are most likely to<br />

be impacted by high levels of nitrate<br />

contamination in drinking water,<br />

because they are the ‘‘closest to<br />

intensive dairying, the main source of<br />

nitrate contamination’’, she says.<br />

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sure their pets are up to date with their<br />

flea and tick treatment, after the<br />

parasite Babesia gibsoni was detected in<br />

adog in the <strong>Canterbury</strong> region.<br />

Biosecurity New Zealandsays the<br />

parasite is often transmitted by ticks.<br />

Babesia gibsoni is widespread around<br />

the rest of the world, including<br />

Australia,but this is the first case in a<br />

New Zealand­bred dog.<br />

Mostdogs will only experience mild<br />

symptoms,ifany, but the disease can be<br />

severe in some cases.<br />

Biosecurity New Zealand’s chief<br />

veterinary officer Dr Mary van Andel<br />

says along with ticks, the parasite can<br />

also be spread through dog bites, blood<br />

transfusion and through the placenta<br />

from an infected mother to her pups.<br />

‘‘In countrieswhere Babesia gibsoni is<br />

widespread, the focus is on preventing<br />

infection by treating dogs with tick<br />

treatments or combined with flea<br />

treatments, and limiting fighting<br />

behaviour.’’<br />

Dr van Andelsays dog owners<br />

shouldn’t be alarmed.<br />

‘‘At this stage we are aware of just one<br />

caseofBabesia gibsoni in New Zealand.<br />

We are working hard to determine<br />

whether this is an isolated case and<br />

where it came from.’’<br />

Overseas,the parasite is often found<br />

in aselect group of dog breeds —Pit Bull<br />

Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers<br />

and Greyhounds.<br />

Dogs without symptoms or that have<br />

recoveredfrom infection often reach a<br />

balance where their immune system<br />

suppresses the parasite.However, this<br />

means they may still spread the parasite<br />

and may develop disease if they become<br />

immune compromised.<br />

Biosecurity New Zealandisworking<br />

closely with the owners of the infected<br />

dog to identify other dogs she had been<br />

in contact with so they can be tested. The<br />

Tick alert ... Dog owners are urged to treat<br />

their dogs for ticks as Babesia gibsoni is<br />

detected in adog in <strong>Canterbury</strong>. PHOTO: FILE<br />

affected dog was euthanised at its<br />

owners’ request due to it being<br />

extremely unwell.<br />

‘‘A second dog in the household has<br />

had blood taken for testing and early<br />

results are negative for the disease.<br />

Samples have also been taken from<br />

several dogs known to be close contacts<br />

of the infected dog and another<br />

playmate of the infected dog,’’ says Dr<br />

van Andel.<br />

‘‘We’re asking vets to help our<br />

investigation by contacting us if they<br />

have any suspected cases of Babesia<br />

gibsoni and have been in touch with<br />

registered doggy daycare operators to<br />

alert them to the case so they can keep<br />

an eye out for ticks and remain vigilant<br />

in preventing biting and fighting<br />

between dogs.’’<br />

If dog owners are concerned about<br />

their pets’ health, their first port of call<br />

should be their veterinarian.<br />

Further information about Babesia<br />

gibsoni can be found at the MPI website<br />

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(mpi.govt.nz).<br />

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What’s happening in your<br />

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Huria Mahinga Kai Planting Day -13<strong>April</strong><br />

Help plant some lovely native plants including<br />

harakeke, hoheria, kanuka and the mighty totara<br />

at Huria Mahinga Kai and Heritage Reserve on<br />

Saturday 13 <strong>April</strong>. Supported by Te Kōhaka o<br />

Tūhaitara Trust, Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga, and<br />

Waimakariri District Council.<br />

• Meet at NCF Park, Kaiapoi<br />

• 10am-1pm.<br />

Free Car Seat Checks -20 <strong>April</strong><br />

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No need to book, just turn up. There may be a<br />

wait, depending on demand, but our technicians<br />

will work to make sure they can help you assoon<br />

as possible.<br />

• Saturday 20 <strong>April</strong><br />

• 12-2pm<br />

• Waimakariri District Council Service Centre carpark.<br />

Mini BioBlitz at NCF Park - 26 <strong>April</strong><br />

Join our expert team and be acitizen scientist by<br />

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day ofthe iNaturalist City Nature Challenge.<br />

Join the BioBlitz team of rangers, ecologists, library<br />

staff and local community to discover and explore<br />

the biodiversity of NCF Park in Kaiapoi. Plants, bugs,<br />

birds, beasts, inwater and onland -come and help<br />

us find out how much life wehave nestled in our<br />

local park.<br />

This is suitable for all ages and abilities, and the<br />

first 30 people can take home amagnifying glass<br />

to continue the search at home.<br />

• Saturday 26 <strong>April</strong><br />

• 10am-12pm.<br />

Waimakariri Bike Project are looking<br />

for volunteers<br />

If you like to tinker with bikes ofall shapes and<br />

sizes and can talk about chains, gears, tyres and all<br />

things cycling, then the Waimakariri Bike Project<br />

needs you.<br />

The Waimakariri Bike Project is all about helping<br />

people to get back up and riding again. The Project<br />

recycles old bicycles and donates them to people<br />

in need, as well as helps people to fix their own<br />

bikes so they can keep riding safely.<br />

Prior experience with bikes is useful but notessential–<br />

all youneed is adesire to learn and acan-do attitude.<br />

Check out our Facebook page or drop into aweekly<br />

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• Dudley Park Pavilion<br />

• 6-8pm on Wednesdays during school term.<br />

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TheCouncil is asking forfeedback thesekey topics:<br />

1. How we’ll prioritise the natural environment<br />

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3. Extensionofthe Trevor Inch Memorial Rangiora Library<br />

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Past President Ann Jelfs, awell known Rangiora resident, will give apresentation of her life at apublic<br />

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Waimakariri Branch of the<br />

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Invites past and present members to<br />

celebrate our 30Year Anniversary<br />

Where: Rossburn Receptions<br />

Spark Lane (off <strong>North</strong>brook Road)<br />

Date: Saturday 27th <strong>April</strong><br />

Time: 2.00pm<br />

(Registrations close Monday22<strong>April</strong>)<br />

Members $10<br />

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