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Thursday,<strong>May</strong> <strong>16</strong>,<strong>2024</strong> | Issue1096 | www.starnews.co.nz<br />

Purrfectly matched pair<br />

Making friends ... Neve Sloan, aged 9, of Ashley, enjoying acuddle with Cedri, afour­year­old Persian, in the<br />

Cuddle Corner during the Longhair Cat Breeders Association Autumn Show, at the Rangiora Bowling Club last<br />

Sunday. More photos page 17.<br />

PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP<br />

GST in spotlight as<br />

ways to stem rate<br />

hikes considered<br />

By DAVID HILL,<br />

Local Democracy Reporter<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> council<br />

leaders say retaining GST<br />

collected on rates is one of<br />

several options which could<br />

reduce the burden on<br />

ratepayers.<br />

Local Government New<br />

Zealand has called for a<br />

range of new funding levers,<br />

including allowing GST<br />

collected on rates to be<br />

retained by councils, as a<br />

means of stemming rate<br />

hikes.<br />

Other options include an<br />

accommodation levy, GST<br />

sharing on new builds,<br />

mineral royalties, and<br />

congestion charging.<br />

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

Gordon says addressing the<br />

funding model is the most<br />

pressing issue facing local<br />

government.<br />

‘‘One way of achieving this<br />

is through GST on rates<br />

being returned to councils.<br />

‘‘But there needs to be a<br />

variety of tools available.<br />

‘‘Increasing our funding<br />

would allow the council to<br />

deliver on projects our<br />

community has identified<br />

they want, without rate<br />

increases being the only<br />

method of funding.’’<br />

Kaikōura <strong>May</strong>or Craig<br />

Mackle says retaining GST<br />

on rates would help councils<br />

to ‘‘future proof’’<br />

infrastructure.<br />

Roading and three waters<br />

infrastructure are the biggest<br />

burden on rates, and smaller<br />

councils often struggled to<br />

keep on top of these, he says.<br />

Hurunui District Council<br />

chief executive Hamish<br />

Dobbie says there are other<br />

ways of reducing the burden<br />

on ratepayers and taxpayers.<br />

‘‘If they gave us some of the<br />

money for the services they<br />

are supposed to be<br />

delivering, we could deliver<br />

it for them and do it cheaper.<br />

‘‘Local and central<br />

Government are in the same<br />

system —toprovide the<br />

same services with some<br />

equity —but because we are<br />

in aremote area and it is not<br />

cost effective, we don’t<br />

always see those services.’’<br />

The <strong>May</strong>ors’ Taskforce for<br />

Jobs is an example of local<br />

government delivering<br />

services on behalf of central<br />

Government at areduced<br />

cost, Mr Dobbie says.<br />

New analysis from<br />

Infometrics supports LGNZ’s<br />

position and notes it could<br />

raise $1.1 billion for councils,<br />

based on 2022 figures.<br />

Infometrics chief<br />

executive and principal<br />

economist Brad Olsen says<br />

the analysis provides a<br />

breakdown of the potential<br />

value of GST charged on<br />

rates for each council in the<br />

country.<br />

It also considers how it<br />

would add to levels of<br />

funding and spending, and<br />

the effect on central<br />

government finances.<br />

He said the GST collected<br />

on rates in 2022 ranged from<br />

$317 million in Auckland to<br />

around $100,000 on the<br />

Chatham Islands.<br />

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Back in theday ... Proud members of the Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade with their steam powered pump in the early years.<br />

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ByJOHN COSGROVE<br />

The Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade<br />

will celebrate amilestone at Kings<br />

Birthday weekend, June 1and 2.<br />

It is turning 150, and it is inviting the<br />

public along to help it celebrate.<br />

Rangiora Fire Station Chief Fire<br />

Officer Brook Retallick says it’s agreat<br />

opportunity to showcase how the station<br />

and appliances work, talk about their long<br />

and illustrioushistory, and celebrate the<br />

strong community involvement and family<br />

commitment of members.<br />

‘‘The brigade is everyone’s second<br />

family.<br />

‘‘We come together for acommon<br />

purpose —tohelp our community when<br />

they need it the most —and to be there for<br />

each other when we need amoment to<br />

reflect on what we have just seen and<br />

been apart of.’’<br />

Brook says he was born into afirefighting<br />

family.<br />

‘‘When Ijoined, Iwas joining my father<br />

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He says it’s the family vibe that has kept<br />

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‘‘We all join to help our communities<br />

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someone out on what is oftenthe darkest<br />

day of their lives.’’<br />

The strong family and community vibe<br />

comes from everyone looking out for each<br />

other, families being part of the brigade's<br />

social life and the strong feelings of<br />

camaraderie members feel while serving<br />

their communities.<br />

‘‘We couldn't do the job without the<br />

support of our families.’’<br />

Mr Retallick says the job has changed a<br />

lot from when the brigade was first<br />

formed in 1874,<br />

Then the eight volunteers dealt only<br />

with structure and property fires.<br />

‘‘Today the 38 at Rangiora are usually<br />

the first co­responders, attending more<br />

than 400 call­outs ayear covering natural<br />

disasters, medical emergencies,structure<br />

and property fires, and motor vehicle<br />

accidents.<br />

‘‘We are averaging one medical call­out<br />

aweek at the moment,something we<br />

never did when Ifirst joined.<br />

‘‘It makes our job very interesting at<br />

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times as you never know what you might<br />

experience.’’<br />

He says one of the funniest call­outs<br />

was to ahousefire in Loburn where one<br />

of the team tried to rescue the family cat.<br />

‘‘He couldn’t grab it with his gloves on<br />

so he took them off and the cat bit —hard<br />

—causing the firefighter to spend the<br />

next three days in hospital on an i/v drip.’’<br />

Often though, call­outs can be to help<br />

people they know personally, and that can<br />

be tough at times.<br />

‘‘But it is gratifying to see them up and<br />

mobile six months later, knowing Ihad a<br />

part in saving their lives.’’<br />

Brook says that is when he takes pride<br />

in being there for his family and the<br />

community.<br />

The open day is on Sunday, June 2, from<br />

11am to 3pm at the Rangiora Fire Station,<br />

134 Percival Street, Rangiora.<br />

On show will be awide range of fire<br />

appliances from 1874 to today to look over<br />

and climb into. There will be displays of<br />

fire fighting techniques,and motor<br />

vehicle accident recovery, food and fire<br />

safety advice.<br />

‘‘It will be agreat family fun day out,’’ says<br />

Brook.<br />

GST could help pay for infrastructure costs<br />

From Page 1<br />

The analysis showed GST collected on<br />

rates represented0.9% of total<br />

Government revenue in 2022.<br />

In 2022, the Waimakariri District<br />

Council paid $11.<strong>16</strong> million in GST,<br />

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Bridge replacement, at west Kaiapoi.<br />

Hurunui paid $3.39 million in GST,<br />

Kaikōura $1.22 million, Christchurch<br />

$88.52 million, Selwyn $11.31 million<br />

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Covid-19 silences 42nd Street<br />

By SHELLEY TOPP<br />

The excitement of a‘‘spectacular’’<br />

opening night performance of 42nd Street<br />

was brought to an abrupt halt when Covid­<br />

19 forced the temporary closure of the<br />

show.<br />

The decision was made last Saturday<br />

after anumber of the cast and crew<br />

members became ill with the virus.<br />

It was acrushing blow for the <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> Musicals’team which had<br />

worked tirelessly to produce the highly<br />

anticipated show.<br />

However, the director of the show,<br />

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that the setback was definitely not the<br />

final curtain call for the production.<br />

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The show is set to run until Saturday,<br />

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Waimakaririevent organisers are<br />

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‘‘The intention of the funding is to<br />

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After being missing for 12 days, a<br />

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Butheturned up in Rangiora, about<br />

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Fletcher’s owner Rob Naysmith said<br />

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He says it was unlikely Fletcher<br />

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‘‘We’d spent hours searchingfor him.<br />

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Fletcher is aseal point birman,<br />

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Fletcher was foundusing a<br />

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Rob says while he was microchipped,<br />

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‘‘With Fletcher, we hadn’t updated<br />

the details for his microchip.<br />

‘‘So when he was handed in to the<br />

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Using the power of social media,<br />

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‘‘We got in touch with the vet and<br />

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‘‘He was very smoochy and purred a<br />

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The <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>May</strong> <strong>16</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Fast-Track ApprovalBill going too fast<br />

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By DAVID HILL,<br />

Local Democracy Reporter<br />

Apply the brakes to the Fast­Track<br />

Approvals Bill, says Waimakariri <strong>May</strong>or<br />

Dan Gordon.<br />

While the Waimakariri District<br />

Council supports the intent of the<br />

legislation, it has called on the<br />

Government to ‘‘slow down’’ and<br />

‘‘reconsider its approach’’.<br />

‘‘We agree there is merit in<br />

streamlining the multiple consenting<br />

and permissions processes that would<br />

apply under arange of legislation that<br />

are typically required for large and / or<br />

complex projects,’’ Mr Gordon said.<br />

‘‘We also feel the purpose of the Bill<br />

should be amended and expanded to<br />

include provisions around safeguarding<br />

the environment, and recognising local<br />

knowledge, experience and priorities.<br />

‘‘We certainly don’t want to lose local<br />

decision making.’’<br />

He suggested the Government’s<br />

objectives could be achieved by<br />

amending the existing fast­track process<br />

under the Resource Management Act.<br />

Submissions closed last month on the<br />

Government’s Fast­track Approvals Bill,<br />

which aimed to cut red tape for major<br />

infrastructure projects.<br />

Mr Gordon also called for a<br />

moratorium on private plan changes<br />

while aDistrict Plan was under review<br />

‘‘to ensure the process is not<br />

undermined’’.<br />

In the latest amendment to the<br />

Resource Management Act, developers<br />

of large infrastructure projects will be<br />

able to apply to the Government for a<br />

fast­tracked consent, bypassing the<br />

normal council consenting process.<br />

An expert panel will be appointed to<br />

give recommendations, but ministers<br />

will make the final decision.<br />

Mr Gordon said his council supported<br />

❛Applying local district<br />

knowledge would be<br />

advantageous to the decision<br />

making of ministers, and<br />

reflect local knowledge,<br />

priorities, and aspirations.❜<br />

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

the clause for having alocal<br />

representative on the expert panel to<br />

ensure local views were considered.<br />

‘‘Applying local district knowledge<br />

would be advantageous to the decision<br />

making of ministers, and reflect local<br />

knowledge, priorities, and aspirations.’’<br />

But the council believed the<br />

timeframe of 10 working days for<br />

parties, including councils, to provide<br />

comments was too short as it limited a<br />

council’s ability to consult stakeholders<br />

or seek professional advice.<br />

In asubmission on the Bill,<br />

Environment <strong>Canterbury</strong> said it<br />

supported the intent of the legislation.<br />

But it was concerned about reduced<br />

opportunities for public participation,<br />

reduced protection for mana whenua,<br />

political influence in decision­making<br />

and the impact on councils.<br />

In granting power to Government<br />

Ministers to make the final decision, the<br />

legislation went against afundamental<br />

principal of New Zealand’s democratic<br />

system, the regional council said.<br />

‘‘Separation of powers acts as an<br />

important check and balance on the<br />

system by ensuring power is not<br />

concentrated within any single branch<br />

of Government.<br />

‘‘This blurring of powers poses risks to<br />

the legitimacy of the fast­track process<br />

and abetter approach would be to make<br />

Apply the brakes ... Waimakariri <strong>May</strong>or Dan Gordon says his council is calling on the<br />

Government to ‘‘slow down’’ in its bid to introduce the Fast­Track Approvals Bill. PHOTO: FILE<br />

the expert panels responsible for the<br />

decisions on applications.’’<br />

The Hurunui and Kaikōura District<br />

Councils chose to endorse the<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>May</strong>oral Forum’s<br />

submission, rather than making their<br />

own.<br />

Te Rūnanga oNgāiTahu has<br />

expressed concern the legislation could<br />

give ministers the ability to grant<br />

consents for projects which were<br />

inconsistent with the iwi’s Treaty of<br />

Waitangi settlements.<br />

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<strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>May</strong> <strong>16</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

ECan’sseven wards under the microscope<br />

By DAVID HILL,<br />

Local Democracy Reporter<br />

No change is planned forthe <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> ward, as Environment<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> looks to rejig its ward<br />

structure in response to population<br />

growth.<br />

The <strong>Canterbury</strong> regional council is<br />

seeking feedback on three options for its<br />

ward structure ahead of the 2025 local<br />

government election.<br />

Feedback closes on <strong>May</strong> 26.<br />

The present structure has seven<br />

wards, each with two councillors,<br />

including four wards in Christchurch<br />

city.<br />

Environment <strong>Canterbury</strong>governance<br />

general manager Lisa Goodman said the<br />

existing wards do not meet the criteria<br />

for an even spread of population per<br />

councillor.<br />

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straightforward change we’re proposing<br />

is minor adjustments to our<br />

constituency boundariesinŌtautahi/<br />

Christchurch to align them with<br />

Christchurch City Council ward<br />

boundaries.’’<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong>’s population is 666,300,<br />

but it is not evenly spread across the<br />

seven wards.<br />

Three of the four Christchurch wards<br />

and the Ōpākihi/Mid­<strong>Canterbury</strong> ward<br />

all have more than 100,000 residents,<br />

while the Ōtuhituhi/South <strong>Canterbury</strong><br />

ward has just 65,000.<br />

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

ward has apopulation of 87,000 and<br />

coversthe Waimakariri, Hurunui and<br />

Kaikōura districts.<br />

The Mid­<strong>Canterbury</strong> ward comprises<br />

the Selwyn and Ashburton districts,<br />

while the South <strong>Canterbury</strong> ward<br />

Refill Your Cup<br />

It’s time to Refill Your Cup.<br />

The much­loved Hurunui<br />

women’s event is back in<br />

conjunction with the Hurunui<br />

District Landcare Group on<br />

Wednesday, <strong>May</strong> 29, and promises<br />

to be another great day of<br />

inspirational speakers, reconnecting<br />

with neighbours, and<br />

friends, and enjoying adelicious<br />

catered lunch.<br />

Refill Your Cup has been a<br />

popular event for Hurunui women<br />

since 2015, when the event was first<br />

run in response to the ongoing<br />

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

This year’s Refill Your Cup takes<br />

place at Omihi Hall with four great<br />

speakers who champion health,<br />

wellbeing, creativity and agribusiness.<br />

Kate Ivey, born and bred in<br />

Hurunui, is an on­line health and<br />

fitness business owner who lives<br />

rurally near Aoraki Mount Cook.<br />

Via DediKate, Kate and her team<br />

connect with thousands of women<br />

from around New Zealandand<br />

across the Tasman to inspire them<br />

to reach their fitness goals.<br />

Dedikate has astrong following<br />

among rural women who may not<br />

have access or the time to exercise<br />

at agym.<br />

Closer to home, Cheviot GP,<br />

Anthea Prentice will share the<br />

challenges and triumphs of rural<br />

medicinewhere professional and<br />

personal roles can overlap.<br />

Anthea’s patients are her friends,<br />

her friend’s children andparents,<br />

her neighbours and her community.<br />

Anthea acknowledges that it is<br />

the many small moments that make<br />

alife, and has deep respect for the<br />

people who make our rural<br />

communities thrive.<br />

Being adaptable and seizing<br />

opportunities has seen <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> artist and art teacher,<br />

Corina Hazlett navigate her life's<br />

journey with optimism and<br />

determination.<br />

Corina uses her passion for art as<br />

atool for positive change in<br />

working with children battling<br />

cancer to empowering<br />

marginalised communities and<br />

advocating for mental health<br />

awareness both in New Zealand<br />

andonaninternational stage.<br />

Carla Muller is an award­winning<br />

agricultural andenvironmental<br />

economist who is passionate about<br />

good governance and has held a<br />

range of directorships across the<br />

primary sector, education and highperformance<br />

sport. Carla is also a<br />

rural mother who has been open<br />

about post­natal depression, the<br />

mental burden of motherhoodand<br />

will discuss some of her learnings<br />

in combining motherhood with her<br />

work and how that now looks alittle<br />

different.<br />

It isafree event for Hurunui<br />

women and runs from 9.30am to 2<br />

pm. It allows rural women to enjoy<br />

an inspirational, fun day out and be<br />

back to meet the school bus. Email<br />

admin@hurunuilandcaregroup.co.<br />

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Waimate districts and part of the<br />

Waitaki district.<br />

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

adjusting the Christchurch ward<br />

boundaries, and changing the Mid­<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> and South <strong>Canterbury</strong><br />

wards to address the population<br />

discrepancies.<br />

Options included merging the Mid­<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> and South <strong>Canterbury</strong><br />

wards, or the combining the South<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> ward with the Ashburton<br />

district and creating anew Selwyn ward.<br />

If the option of merging the Mid­<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> and South <strong>Canterbury</strong><br />

wards was adopted, the new ward would<br />

have four councillors.<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> ward is set to<br />

remain the same.<br />

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councillors is not being considered in<br />

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the consultation, as this is subject to<br />

central Government legislation.<br />

Environment <strong>Canterbury</strong> voted not to<br />

establish aseparate Māori ward last<br />

year, after consulting with Te Rūnanga o<br />

NgāiTahu and Papatipu Rūnanga.<br />

Councillors have also decided to stick<br />

with the first­past­the­post voting<br />

system, in preference to STV, for the<br />

2025 and 2028 local elections.<br />

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by RNZ and NZ On Air.<br />

Finding jobs for youth<br />

By DAVID HILL,<br />

Local Democracy Reporter<br />

Local communities can tackle<br />

rising youth unemployment,<br />

provided funding is available,<br />

say <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong>’s three<br />

mayors.<br />

While national unemployment<br />

figures increased from 4percent<br />

to 4.3% in the March quarter,<br />

youth unemployment figures<br />

have skyrocketed.<br />

The Hurunui, Kaikōura and<br />

Waimakariricouncils are all<br />

part of the <strong>May</strong>ors’ Taskforce for<br />

Jobs(MTFJ) programme, which<br />

has been supporting young<br />

people into ‘‘sustainable<br />

employment’’.<br />

Waimakaririjoined the<br />

programme in January last year,<br />

while Hurunuiand Kaikōura<br />

joined in 2020, during Covid.<br />

Stats NZ figures for<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong>show that 11.1% of<br />

young people (aged 15 to 24<br />

years) were not in employment,<br />

education or training —oronein­nine<br />

young people.<br />

Nationally the figure is 15.3%,<br />

the highest level in five years.<br />

Kaikōura <strong>May</strong>or Craig Mackle<br />

called on the Government to<br />

continue funding to MTFJ<br />

programme to tackle youth<br />

unemployment.<br />

‘‘I think it is playing with fire if<br />

we don’t fund this.<br />

‘‘I believe numberswise we<br />

are absolutely smoking this<br />

year.’’<br />

He said the Kaikōura<br />

programme was on track to<br />

place around 40 young people in<br />

sustainable employment in the<br />

year to June 30.<br />

In previous years, Kaikōura<br />

has placed more than 50 young<br />

people in employment.<br />

Getting drivers’ licences is a<br />

barrier to youth, particular in<br />

Kaikōura and Hurunui, due to<br />

the districts’ isolation.<br />

Hurunui District Council<br />

chief executive Hamish Dobbie<br />

said the programme filled gaps<br />

which Government agencies<br />

struggled to meet, and<br />

connected young people with<br />

employers.<br />

‘‘We are never certain about<br />

funding, so it is difficult to retain<br />

staff.<br />

‘‘At this stage we do have<br />

funding for the next 12 months,<br />

but what happens beyond that is<br />

uncertain.<br />

‘‘I’m not expecting it will be<br />

chopped because it has been<br />

extremely successful right<br />

throughout the country.<br />

‘‘So why would you stop that?’’<br />

Hurunui <strong>May</strong>or Marie Black<br />

said 139 young people have been<br />

placed in sustainable<br />

employment since the<br />

programme began, with others<br />

supported into work<br />

opportunities.<br />

‘‘Hurunui MTFJ is on track to<br />

place all of this year’s target of<br />

15 sustainable placements.<br />

‘‘It is also supporting young<br />

people beyond the MTFJ<br />

criteria through training and<br />

work experience opportunities.’’<br />

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

Gordon said local councils were<br />

closer to their communities than<br />

Government agencies.<br />

‘‘This proximity often means<br />

the delivery of services to<br />

improve the lives of the<br />

disadvantaged are best<br />

delivered by local people.’’<br />

Since January last year, 21<br />

young people have been placed<br />

in permanent jobs, while<br />

another 18 have found part­time<br />

or seasonal jobs.<br />

‘‘The personal and social<br />

benefits of this are huge,’’ Mr<br />

Gordon said<br />

Youth Affairs Minister Matt<br />

Doocey, who is also Waimakariri<br />

MP, said the Government will<br />

target resources to help young<br />

people get into work.<br />

‘‘We know the longer ayoung<br />

person remains on the benefit,<br />

the lower their chances of<br />

finding employment and the<br />

more likely they are to suffer<br />

poor social and economic<br />

outcomes later in life.<br />

‘‘That means both higher costs<br />

for taxpayers and fewer<br />

opportunities for these young<br />

people and their families.’’<br />

It was essential to check in<br />

with young people within six<br />

months of going on to a<br />

Jobseeker benefit, to make sure<br />

they are getting the support they<br />

need to find work.<br />

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6:08am 0.7 12:35am 2.2 6:53am 0.7 1:22am 2.2 7:35am 0.7 2:06am 2.2 8:17am 0.7 2:49am 2.2 8:59am 0.7 3:31am 2.2 9:42am 0.7<br />

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6:17am 0.7 12:44am 2.2 7:02am 0.7 1:31am 2.2 7:44am 0.7 2:15am 2.2 8:26am 0.7 2:58am 2.2 9:08am 0.7 3:40am 2.2 9:51am 0.7<br />

Motunau 11:56pm 2.2 5:44pm 0.8 12:27pm 2.1 6:34pm 0.8 1:13pm 2.1 7:23pm 0.8 1:59pm 2.2 8:10pm 0.8 2:44pm 2.2 8:56pm 0.8 3:27pm 2.2 9:41pm 0.8 4:09pm 2.2 10:26pm 0.8<br />

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6:19am 0.7 12:46am 2.2 7:04am 0.7 1:33am 2.2 7:46am 0.7 2:17am 2.2 8:28am 0.7 3:00am 2.2 9:10am 0.7 3:42am 2.2 9:53am 0.7<br />

Gore Bay 11:58pm 2.2 5:46pm 0.8 12:29pm 2.1 6:36pm 0.8 1:15pm 2.1 7:25pm 0.8 2:01pm 2.2 8:12pm 0.8 2:46pm 2.2 8:58pm 0.8 3:29pm 2.2 9:43pm 0.8 4:11pm 2.2 10:28pm 0.8<br />

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6:15am 0.4 12:43am 1.5 6:58am 0.4 1:28am 1.5 7:39am 0.4 2:11am 1.4 8:20am 0.4 2:54am 1.4 9:01am 0.4 3:37am 1.4 9:43am 0.4<br />

Kaikoura 11:57pm 1.5 5:41pm 0.4 12:24pm 1.4 6:30pm 0.4 1:09pm 1.4 7:18pm 0.4 1:54pm 1.4 8:05pm 0.4 2:37pm 1.5 8:51pm 0.4 3:21pm 1.5 9:35pm 0.4 4:04pm 1.5 10:20pm 0.4<br />

*Not for navigational purposes. Wind and swell are based on apoint off Gore Bay. Maori Fishing Guide by Bill Hohepa. www.ofu.co.nz www.tidespy.com Graphic supplied by OceanFun Publishing Ltd.<br />

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Op shop special ... Pauline Ferguson’s outfit cost $31 from aRangiora OpShop.<br />

PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE<br />

Fashion fundraiser<br />

By JOHN COSGROVE<br />

Fashion for all occasions went on display<br />

at the Citizens Advice Bureau <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong>pre­loved fashion show last<br />

week.<br />

Citizens Advice Bureau <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong>(CABNC) volunteers, friends<br />

and family members modelled fashion<br />

ensembles arranged in conjunction with<br />

nine Op Shops from the Kaiapoi, Oxford<br />

and Rangiora areas.<br />

Local businesses were supportive and<br />

gave vouchersand goods to the value of<br />

$1500 for the silent auction and raffle.<br />

More than 170 guests from women’s<br />

service groups, sporting clubs and<br />

friendship societies gathered at the<br />

Rangiora RSA to view the collections.<br />

The event was born from an idea mooted<br />

four years ago by CABNC volunteer Sue<br />

Newick.<br />

‘‘I had just joined the wonderful team at<br />

CABNC and Ithought afashion show<br />

would be agood way to raise funds as I<br />

knew afriend in Picton had previously<br />

done it very successfully .”<br />

Sue says the idea was put on hold due to<br />

Covid, but earlier this year Vivienne<br />

Martini, acolleague at Citizens Advice<br />

Bureau suggested apre­loved fashion<br />

parade as afundraising option and the<br />

parade was resurrected.<br />

‘‘The fundraising team has been<br />

planning this for awhile and it was great to<br />

see it all come together successfully at the<br />

Rangiora RSA,’’ says Sue<br />

‘‘The <strong>16</strong> people who stepped up to model<br />

the clothes for us, visited all the Op Shops<br />

and selected outfits they thought would<br />

look great, and yet be surprisingly<br />

affordable for everyone.’’<br />

Sue curated the show and says it took<br />

her amonth to sort out the combinations<br />

and the details behind each outfit.<br />

‘‘Some of the ladies were dressed in sets<br />

that cost no more than $6 to purchase. It<br />

was amazing learning how cheap it was to<br />

dress in affordable clothes.<br />

‘‘All had awonderful time, it showed on<br />

their faces and upon leaving, many guests<br />

suggested we do this as an annual event.’’<br />

CABNC chairperson Jacquie Wrigley<br />

says the fashion show was agreat way to<br />

help with their fundraising.<br />

‘‘It will keep us going as we start to<br />

expand our presence in Hurunui, Pegasus,<br />

Kaiapoi and Oxford.”<br />

‘‘Today’s wonderful event will surely<br />

help us take our services to awider<br />

audience.’’<br />

She says the Rangiora offices are<br />

fielding between 300 to 350 enquiries a<br />

week, and they cover awide variety of<br />

complaints and questions.<br />

‘‘We are always in need of volunteers to<br />

help, and in June we will be starting a<br />

training course for 13 new members.’’<br />

NEWS<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>May</strong> <strong>16</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Project <strong>May</strong>hem is<br />

coming to town<br />

By ROBYN BRISTOW<br />

Teens will rock in Kaiapoi.<br />

Project <strong>May</strong>hem has come to town,<br />

and event organiser Kev Merriman of<br />

Seiko­Kai Karate, hopes it will get<br />

teens away from their screens and into<br />

amuch more sociable environment.<br />

He says the idea isn’t new, but the<br />

idea of aRock Youth Club delivering<br />

epic live music and rock nights for<br />

youth, is new for Kaiapoi and the<br />

surrounding area.<br />

Project <strong>May</strong>hem will provide a<br />

monthly rock night for teens to get<br />

together an experience the joys, and<br />

benefits of interacting with music<br />

through playing, listening, or rocking.<br />

Kev says he has put the new nonprofit<br />

venture together, and invites<br />

local teenage talent from around<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> to play at the rock nights,<br />

along with aresident rock DJ.<br />

The doors will open for the first<br />

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6.30pm, and it will run until 11pm at<br />

the Pines Kairaki Hall, Dunns Avenue.<br />

Tickets are $10.<br />

‘‘Our first event is headlined by local<br />

teenage rockers ‘Singularity' which is<br />

just brilliant,’’ Kev says.<br />

The evenings are fully supervised by<br />

passionate people, run as sober events,<br />

and ‘‘pick­up’’ protocol will be in place<br />

at the end of the event.<br />

‘‘We have secured aregular spot with<br />

Pines Kairaki Hall, and are currently<br />

in discussions with Waimakariri Youth<br />

Development Council and Rerenga<br />

Awa ­<strong>Canterbury</strong> Youth Workers<br />

Collective, who are like minded<br />

Supplying Growers Since 1981<br />

9<br />

agencies keen to assist.’’<br />

Project <strong>May</strong>hem’s Action Plan spells<br />

out the long­term goals of the project,<br />

and Kev is working to secure<br />

sponsorship from corporate<br />

businesses for musical and staging<br />

equipment. ‘‘Any profit we make will<br />

go into purchasing equipment, and to<br />

help provide kids the instruments to<br />

play music.<br />

‘‘We want our members to get<br />

actively involved,’’ he says.<br />

Project <strong>May</strong>hem will also provide all<br />

who come the opportunity to partake in<br />

musical education workshops along<br />

with collaboration with like minded<br />

groups.<br />

It will seek ‘‘appropriate’’<br />

sponsorships and continually seek<br />

ways to offer affordable and engaging<br />

music to young people in the<br />

community.<br />

‘‘We will actively raise funds to<br />

support and meet our objectives,’’ the<br />

Action Plan says.<br />

‘‘Music has amagical way of<br />

enriching lives, invoking emotions, and<br />

fostering creativity,’’ says Kev. ‘‘Music<br />

can relax the mind, energise the body,<br />

and can improve our health by<br />

relieving us of stress.<br />

‘‘It fosters patience and discipline<br />

while improving mood, and it nurtures<br />

cognitive development, emotional<br />

expression, social skills, discipline,<br />

and cultural awareness.’’<br />

Anyone or groups wanting to become<br />

actively involved in the project, and<br />

presenting their music, can register<br />

through the Project <strong>May</strong>hem Facebook<br />

page.<br />

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12 <strong>North</strong><br />

NEWS<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>May</strong> <strong>16</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR<br />

Appreciation<br />

Dear Editor,<br />

Iwas pleasantly surprisedand<br />

appreciative to see the new movie The<br />

Mountain showing at Rangiora Town<br />

Hall Cinemas.<br />

Itook one of my grandchildren after<br />

viewing the shorts and was looking<br />

forward to agenuine New Zealand<br />

family style movie.<br />

We both really enjoyed it, and endorse<br />

Rachel House as afine director. The<br />

storyline and actors were great too.<br />

But the biggest takeawayfor me was the<br />

complete lack of swearing, so<br />

commonplace in movies today.<br />

The little joke my grandson and Ishare<br />

is ‘‘blinking disrespectful!’’, aline<br />

uttered by one of the actors at an<br />

appropriate moment.<br />

Thanks to Rangiora Town Hall Cinemas<br />

for offering it, and Irecommend it to any<br />

looking for agood movie.<br />

Yours,<br />

Trish Warnes<br />

Floods and zone committee funding<br />

Dear Editor,<br />

Iread with interest the article in your<br />

<strong>May</strong> 9edition on Wetland Purchase. In<br />

this aHDC staffmember talked about<br />

the flood on July 31, 2008 as being aonein­50­yearevent.<br />

This flood was quite<br />

devastating across the district, and Itook<br />

comfort then that asimilar event was not<br />

likely for some time!<br />

Subsequently, however, it was<br />

downgraded to aone in 20­year rainfall<br />

event. (Ecan Report R14/99 Sept 2014).<br />

We now have aprediction of aone­in­<br />

100­year event occurring every one to<br />

five years by 2120, in aworst­case<br />

scenario.<br />

Imagine what an event of that magnitude<br />

would be like and then reflect on our<br />

current level of commitment to reducing<br />

CO2 emissions.<br />

On another note, it was pleasing to see<br />

the distribution of $75,000bythe<br />

Waimakariri District Zone Committee to<br />

nine community groups undertaking<br />

biodiversity work on rivers and wetlands<br />

in its district.<br />

Unfortunately, voluntary groups in the<br />

HDC area doing similar work miss out on<br />

such funding.<br />

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Hurunui zone committee in September<br />

2020, we no longer receive this funding.<br />

About $175,000has been lost over the<br />

last three years, which should have been<br />

distributed by acontestable and<br />

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issue currently in sight.<br />

Yours,<br />

Kevin Roche, Amberley<br />

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Coastguard open day<br />

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NEWS<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>May</strong> <strong>16</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

13<br />

Gracie’slove for cars lands her dream job<br />

By LAURA MELVILLE,<br />

CommunicationsAdvisor,<br />

Hurunui District Council<br />

From the age of 8, Gracie Rogers loved<br />

cars.<br />

When she turned <strong>16</strong>, continuing at<br />

school or working in an office were<br />

never going to be options.<br />

Instead, Gracie emailed the Hurunui<br />

<strong>May</strong>ors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ)<br />

programme, asking if they could help<br />

her realise her dream of getting into a<br />

car workshop.<br />

Hurunui District Council’s MTFJ<br />

Youth Connector Anna Scott credits<br />

Arthur Burke Ltd, General Manager<br />

Craig Schroder, for approaching the<br />

programme with the opportunity of a<br />

four­year mechanic apprenticeship.<br />

Two months into her apprenticeship<br />

Gracie grown in confidence.<br />

‘‘Cars have always been my passion, so<br />

it makes working hard towards an<br />

apprenticeship easier.<br />

‘‘This is my dream job —Ilove it.’’<br />

Gracie is the MTFJ programmes<br />

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Hurunui <strong>May</strong>or Marie Black describes<br />

Gracie’s story as the magic of<br />

community­led solutions to support<br />

young people into employment.<br />

‘‘It’s having that willing young person,<br />

an established employer like Arthur<br />

Burke that is willing to take achance,<br />

and the support of the people in the<br />

young persons life to make it happen.’’<br />

Mr Schroder says Arthur Burke had<br />

been advertising for an apprentice since<br />

November last year.<br />

Meeting Gracie at her interview in<br />

February, he knew it was amatch.<br />

‘‘Gracie was 100 percent focused on<br />

this as ajob.<br />

‘‘We’ve had afemale apprentice<br />

before in our Waikari branch who went<br />

on to qualify, and is continuing to work<br />

Gracie’s work place ... Craig Schroder (General Manager, Arthur Burke, left), Gracie Rogers, (MTFJ apprentice mechanic), Hurunui<br />

District <strong>May</strong>or Marie Black and Anna Scott, (Hurunui Council MTFJ Youth Connector) in front of the Arthur Burke tyre department, where<br />

Gracie has started her training.<br />

PHOTO: SUPPLIED<br />

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‘‘It benefits everyone to have agood<br />

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then partner for the introduction to cars.<br />

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With Gracie only one month away<br />

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<strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>May</strong> <strong>16</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Visitors snatch win in last minute turnover<br />

ByJOHN COSGROVE<br />

Running out on to the pitch at Omihi on<br />

Saturday, the blue and gold Alnwick<br />

RFC veterans team from England,<br />

displayed little of the effects incurred<br />

from the gruelling25hours of<br />

international flying they did to reachthe<br />

small rural <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong><br />

community.<br />

‘‘It was long, long days of travelling,’’<br />

says the Alnwick tour president Paul<br />

Frater.<br />

‘‘We left awet, cold and miserable<br />

Newcastle three daysago, and turned up<br />

here jet lagged and exhaustednearly 30<br />

hours later on Friday morning, where<br />

it’s sunny and clear.<br />

‘‘Despite this, we were looking<br />

forward to meeting our many friends<br />

here at Glenmark­CheviotRFC.’’<br />

The veteran players (their version of<br />

Golden Oldies rugby) didlook<br />

surprisinglyfresh and ready to face<br />

down the Glenmark­CheviotRhinos<br />

golden oldies rugby team as they ran out<br />

on to the field as part of the Glenmark­<br />

Cheviot RFC’s club day.<br />

Despite avery hearty and physical<br />

welcome by their hosts, the Alnwick<br />

veterans sneaked home to win their first<br />

international match with astolen ball<br />

try scored in the last minute,24­21.<br />

Alnwick RFC veterans team’s Kiwi<br />

tourwas areunionfor many of the<br />

Glenmark­Cheviot RFC’s former players<br />

who had, over the past 18 years, spent<br />

severalseasons playing for the <strong>North</strong><br />

England Division One side, while on<br />

workingholidays in the UK.<br />

‘‘Bothareas are rural and based<br />

around farming communities,’’ says Mr<br />

Frater.<br />

The idea for an 11­day, two­match<br />

New Zealand tour was bornduring<br />

Covid restrictions in 2020.<br />

‘‘We picked New Zealand to tour<br />

because of our strong association with<br />

players from this area.<br />

‘‘After four years of hardfundraising,<br />

we arrived with ateam of 32 players and<br />

social members ranging in age from 17 to<br />

53, including three dads and their sons.’’<br />

Glenmark­Cheviot Rhinos Jamie Tapp<br />

had been the first player to join the<br />

Alnwick RFC when he was asked to play<br />

while working in the community in 2006.<br />

Alnwick is amarket town in<br />

<strong>North</strong>umberland,close to the border<br />

with Scotland.<br />

‘‘It started the ball rolling and the<br />

exchanges began soon after Igot back,’’<br />

Jamie says. ‘‘We’ve had afew of our<br />

players go over and spend several<br />

seasons with them, and also some of<br />

theirs come back to play for us. One of<br />

ours even came back married.’’<br />

Aformer Alnwick player who turned<br />

out for the Glenmark­Glenmark Div one<br />

side on Saturday was George Fox, who<br />

marriedanAlnwick girl, with the couple<br />

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

Yours ... Glenmark­Cheviot Rhino Jamie<br />

Gray tries to set up apass during the<br />

opening game of the Alnwick RFC’s elevenday<br />

two­match international tour of New<br />

Zealand.<br />

Their first child, the four­month­old<br />

Indie Fox, was proudly presented to her<br />

uncle, Duncan Smith, the Alnwick<br />

hooker after the match.<br />

Jamie was looking forward to the<br />

game, butwas apprehensive as he<br />

hadn’t put his boots on for quite afew<br />

years.<br />

‘‘When Iwas there, they were avery<br />

physical team, which favouredthe<br />

forwards, so it's good to see how we will<br />

go against them.’’<br />

By the end of the hard­fought match,<br />

Alnwickco­captainBen Courty said he<br />

was shocked at how physical and strong<br />

the Rhinos were.<br />

‘‘They surprisedus. It was ahard<br />

game and only by luck we pulled off a<br />

win,’’ he says.‘‘But everyone here is<br />

super friendly, they have asimilar<br />

mindset to what we have back home, of<br />

enjoying our rugby and socialising after<br />

the match.’’<br />

Several visitingplayers mentioned<br />

that after nearly six months of rain at<br />

home, it was good to finally play on a<br />

hard, dryfield again,although others<br />

commented it was abit warm to be<br />

playing rugby.<br />

The visitors departed Christchurch on<br />

Monday for ascenic trip to Mt Cook,<br />

Queenstown and Dunedin. In<br />

Queenstown, they face the Wakatipu<br />

RFC tomorrow before flying home next<br />

Tuesday.<br />

Away ... Glenmark­Cheviot Rhino Chris Keane off­loads as Alnwick RFC veterans fullback<br />

Rob Cuthbert tackles him.<br />

Sidestepped ... Alnwick RFC veterans fullback Rob Cuthbert jinks his way out of trouble<br />

from Glenmark­Cheviot Rhino Brad Hazeldine.<br />

Leaping ahead ... Glenmark­Cheviot Rhino Chris Wilkinson leaps out of the tackle of<br />

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The <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>May</strong> <strong>16</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

19<br />

Busy summer<br />

By JOHN COSGROVE<br />

Bringing the Woodend School<br />

whanau and community together<br />

for the first time since 2019 was<br />

the goal of organisers hosting the<br />

recent Woodend community day.<br />

Delayed for acouple of weeks<br />

by bad weather, on Friday, <strong>May</strong> 3,<br />

Woodend School/Te Kura<br />

Tuatahi oPakaika in conjunction<br />

with the Woodend Community<br />

Association, successfully hosted<br />

alarge public hangi in the school<br />

grounds.<br />

As part of the process, the<br />

tamariki had the opportunity to<br />

learn the process and traditions<br />

behind ahangi.<br />

For many, the learning<br />

rotations held throughout the<br />

morning encouraged akonga/<br />

students to enjoy and participate<br />

in the preparation of the kai.<br />

The school community of 472<br />

tamariki, joined by their whanau,<br />

teachers, tamariki from Busy<br />

Bees Preschool, the Kaiapoi<br />

High School Kapa Haka team<br />

and members of the Woodend<br />

Community gathered to enjoy<br />

entertainment started by a<br />

korero from Waimakariri <strong>May</strong>or<br />

Dan Gordon.<br />

Then all took part in enjoying<br />

the delicious hangi which fed<br />

between 700 and 800 people.<br />

Board of trustees chairperson<br />

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organisers are incredibly proud<br />

of how the community came<br />

together to make this happen.<br />

‘‘From providing and<br />

preparing the kai, digging the<br />

hangi hole, collecting wood and<br />

river stones, overseeing the<br />

cooking and serving the food – it<br />

Hangi time ... Kaiapoi High School students prepare to serve Hangi<br />

meals to children at Woodend School’s community day.<br />

PHOTO: SUPPLIED<br />

took avillage to bring our village<br />

together.’’<br />

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that supported the learning<br />

rotations, served the kai and<br />

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Mark Paterson.<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> volunteer<br />

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summer putting out anumber<br />

of wildfires across the region.<br />

Fire and Emergency New<br />

Zealand group manager<br />

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big one on the Port Hills.<br />

‘‘Our hard­working<br />

volunteers do an amazing job<br />

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communities, and we rely on<br />

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these events,’’ he says.<br />

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over 11,700 volunteers across<br />

the country and without their<br />

support we could not provide<br />

an essential service to people<br />

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Emergency is always on the<br />

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weather events year­round.<br />

‘‘Volunteering is afantastic<br />

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<strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>May</strong> <strong>16</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

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IMAGE: SUPPLIED BY HURUNUI DISTRICT COUNCIL<br />

Golf Club is anxious<br />

for access resolution<br />

By DAVID HILL,<br />

Local Democracy Reporter<br />

Amberley golfers have vented their<br />

frustrations at the lack of progress<br />

in resolving road access to theirgolf<br />

course.<br />

Representatives of the Amberley<br />

Beach Golf Club made asubmission<br />

during the Hurunui District<br />

Council’s <strong>2024</strong>/34 Long Term Plan<br />

hearing on Tuesday, calling on the<br />

council to take action.<br />

The road proposal aims to provide<br />

future access to the golf course as it<br />

faces the threat of coastal erosion.<br />

The golfers reminded the council<br />

of its commitment in August last<br />

year to investigate extending<br />

Grierson Avenue through the<br />

narrowest part of awetland.<br />

This proposal would secure access<br />

to the club’s course and clubhouse,<br />

as well as mahinga kai areas in the<br />

Waimaiaia Reserve, and the<br />

WaiparaRiver mouth.<br />

Club president Bruce Yates said<br />

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made in the Long TermPlan.<br />

‘‘Taken at face value, it appears<br />

the council plan is to do nothing.<br />

‘‘This inaction is unacceptable to<br />

the club.’’<br />

Mr Yates said the club had made<br />

its own enquiries and had provided<br />

survey plans to council staff.<br />

Affected landowners had<br />

indicated they were willing sell land<br />

and acontractor has provided an<br />

estimate of road construction costs.<br />

Conversations had also been held<br />

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possible to secureaccess at a<br />

reasonable cost and without any<br />

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‘‘There can no longer be any doubt<br />

that the Grierson Avenue extension<br />

option is far and away both the best<br />

and the cheapest option.’’<br />

The council agreed to investigate<br />

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hearing from adelegation of 50<br />

golfers at acouncil meeting in<br />

August last year.<br />

It was against the advice from<br />

council chief executive Hamish<br />

Dobbie, who had proposed linking<br />

Webbs and Hursley Terrace roads<br />

with Golf Links Road from the<br />

northern end.<br />

This option would secure access to<br />

most of the golf course, but not the<br />

clubhouse and would have reduced<br />

the course to <strong>16</strong> holes.<br />

It would also have secured access<br />

to the Waimaiaia Reserve and the<br />

Waipara River mouth.<br />

In March, Environment<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> confirmed pre­consent<br />

application discussions were being<br />

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Council, to consider extending<br />

Grierson Avenue.<br />

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The <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>May</strong> <strong>16</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

25<br />

The 7empty graves of Jed River Cemetery<br />

The final in the series The Spaces<br />

that Shape Us which looks at the<br />

history that connects the people to<br />

Hurunui’s reserves.<br />

By LAURA MELVILLE,<br />

CommunicationsAdvisor.<br />

Hurunui District Council<br />

Atthe end of ashortwalk from Gore<br />

Bay beach lies an old burial ground<br />

said to contain seven unmarked graves<br />

for seven indentured labourers who<br />

drowned in the nearby portin1866.<br />

Credible sources, however,are<br />

raising questions on what mysterythe<br />

graves conceal.<br />

Cheviot Historical Records Society<br />

member Kenneth Sloss says the<br />

popular storyofNi­Vanuatu<br />

(Vanuatuan) boatmen being drowned<br />

at Gore Bay and buried in the Jed<br />

River Cemetery, is false and not<br />

supported by any reliable evidence.<br />

To unravel the legend, we need to go<br />

back in time.<br />

At the close of the 19th century, Port<br />

Robinson had ahistory as atricky port<br />

for sailing ships and awild harbour<br />

for other craft. Lying between the<br />

Hurunui and Waiau rivers, it was<br />

exposed to the northeasterly winds.<br />

With no wharf, ships had to anchor a<br />

mile off­shore.<br />

Aslipway was built in 1879 by<br />

wealthy landowner William Ready<br />

Money Robinson and extended around<br />

200 yards into the sea. Surfboats<br />

would go out to the ships and return<br />

heavily laden, with scarce room for<br />

the workmen, to be pulled up the<br />

slipway by a20horsepower steamdriven<br />

winch.<br />

While not ideal, PortRobinson<br />

provided the only sea access to the<br />

area.<br />

All building and other material had<br />

to come in by ship, and all that was<br />

produced on the surrounding farms<br />

had to go out by ship. Lines of drays<br />

and wagons would wait their turn.<br />

For the workmen working to load<br />

and offload the cargo, the pressure<br />

was intense.<br />

Shipwrecks and death were never<br />

far away. When abreaker capsized a<br />

waiting boat on July 7, 1860, drowning<br />

two men, the dismal need for aburial<br />

ground began to be realised. The first<br />

recorded burial took place in 1864,<br />

with Jed Cemetery gazetted in 1893.<br />

In Hurunui District Councils draft<br />

Reserves Management Plan, the Jed<br />

Cemetery Reserve is listed as having<br />

strong local historical significance as<br />

anumber of people buried there were<br />

Ni­Vanuatu who were forcibly<br />

transported to work in the Queensland<br />

cane fields.<br />

These workers lost their lives<br />

through drowning while loading and<br />

unloading ships from surfboats.<br />

This story says Sloss, is false. The<br />

myth is entirely based on the opinion<br />

of ayoung boy.<br />

Norma Walls­Hazelhurst, the first<br />

archivist at the Cheviot Museum, also<br />

placed doubt on this story in The<br />

History of Jed Cemetery Cheviot,<br />

compiled in the 1960s.<br />

About apopular legend of six<br />

kanakas being drowned taking asurf<br />

boat out to awaiting vessel at Gore<br />

Bay, she wrote, Mr A. Tweedie said he<br />

remembered [as ayoung boy] six pegs<br />

marking the plots at the Jed Cemetery.<br />

There is no doubt that the six<br />

boatmen went into the water. In her<br />

research Walls­Hazelhurst pointed to<br />

an entry from the Cheviot Hills<br />

Diaries 1866, kept for the farm Cheviot<br />

Hills, which reported the movement of<br />

six Kanakas going to the beach. In an<br />

Amemorial of days past ... An anchor<br />

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Graham and the steamer Tainui. PHOTO: SUPPLIED<br />

entry made on October 21, 1866:<br />

The same working at the beach as<br />

yesterday. They began work first thing<br />

in the morning.<br />

As the men came in with the last load<br />

they shipped some water at the outer<br />

breakers. She filled with and went<br />

down. As she was loaded with iron she<br />

sank like astone. The Kanakas swam<br />

tothe shore. As it was high tide at the<br />

time she was not so far out as first<br />

appeared.<br />

We waited for low water before we<br />

attempted to do any thing with it. We<br />

got all of the iron out of her. One side<br />

of the boat is badly broken, Ithink she<br />

can be repaired.<br />

So, wrote Walls­Hazelhurst in<br />

History of the Jed Cemetery Cheviot<br />

County, we have to assume that a<br />

legend built up around the story but in<br />

fact no Kanakas drowned in reality.<br />

Certainly, if there had been sucha<br />

fatality, it would have been recorded<br />

in the district and probably an<br />

inquest.<br />

The pegs seen by Mr Tweedie must<br />

have marked some other feature,<br />

perhaps afence line.<br />

In my opinion, says Sloss, there is no<br />

evidence that six Kanakas were<br />

buried in the Jed River Cemetery.<br />

Sloss also refers to the book Cheviot<br />

Kingdom to County by John Wilson: At<br />

least six Kanakas were employed as<br />

boatman on 21 October 1866, when a<br />

boat went down and the six Kanakas<br />

aboard swam ashore. Sloss also says it<br />

is his belief that the boatmen may have<br />

been Mori, Hawaiians or Melanesians<br />

natives of the Melanesian Islands.<br />

We invite you to visit the Jed River<br />

Cemetery to peer behind the veil of<br />

the past and determine for yourself<br />

the truth about the seven empty graves<br />

of Jed River Cemetery.<br />

You can download acopy of the<br />

Hurunui Councils draft Reserves<br />

Management Plan to give your<br />

feedback from www.hurunui.govt.nz/<br />

have­your­say/consultations<br />

Feedback closes on 23 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

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The <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>May</strong> <strong>16</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

27<br />

Rogaine fundraiser in the hills of Teviotdale<br />

By JOHN COSGROVE<br />

Liv Moir says the views from the tops of<br />

the hills used for the Leithfield School<br />

Rogaine on June 9, are stunning.<br />

‘‘For the runners and teams who reach<br />

the tops as they navigate their way around<br />

the different courses,the views from up<br />

there are spectacular, showcasing back to<br />

Christchurch and over to the Alps.’’<br />

Her sheep and beef property at<br />

Teviotdale, Amberley, is once again being<br />

used for the school’s Wicked Winter sixhour<br />

Rogaine.<br />

‘‘As we are holding it earlier than we<br />

did last year, the forecast is abit better,<br />

meaning we won’t be running on the cold<br />

wet ground as we had to last year.’’<br />

It is the second year Leithfield School<br />

has run the Rogaine, which last year<br />

raised over $8000 to help fund school<br />

activities.<br />

This year the Leithfield School<br />

Fundraising team are hoping it will be<br />

just as successful.<br />

Team member Liv Moir, says the goal of<br />

the fundraising team this year is to<br />

contribute towards making school more<br />

affordable for all families in their<br />

community, by helping to fund stationary,<br />

school camps, leadership training for<br />

senior students and sports tops.<br />

‘‘It’s not easy fundraising. We are a<br />

small community and there are only so<br />

many raffles and sausage sizzles you can<br />

run.<br />

‘‘We are now looking at running fewer<br />

EarlyYears<br />

Earlylearning changes<br />

The Government is making legislative<br />

changes to make it easier for new early<br />

learning services to be established, and for<br />

existing services to operate, Associate<br />

Education Minister David Seymour says.<br />

The changes involve repealing the<br />

network approval provisions that apply<br />

when someone wants to establish anew<br />

early learning service, and stopping the<br />

introduction of new person responsible<br />

requirements that were taking effect in<br />

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‘‘Providers and parents are best placed to<br />

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‘‘Current network approval provisions<br />

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but bigger events to ease the load on<br />

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school year.’’<br />

She says rogaining is not about<br />

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cross­country race.<br />

‘‘It’s astrategy game.<br />

‘‘You and your team members —two to<br />

five members —have aset time to find<br />

and log as many checkpoint markers as<br />

you can in your area.’’<br />

Teams travel at their own pace and<br />

anyone from children to grandparents<br />

can enjoy the satisfaction that comes from<br />

cross­country navigation at an<br />

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comfort. Liv says her farm is agreat place<br />

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‘‘Our farm’s terrain varies from rolling<br />

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and this offers awide variety of courses to<br />

challenge rogainers. Something for<br />

everyone to experience.’’<br />

The first of the four timed races starts<br />

with the six­hour challenge teams<br />

heading off at 9amonSunday, June 9,<br />

from the race base at DoubleCorner<br />

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Liv says the other shorter rogaines and<br />

children’s races will set off after this and<br />

it is hoped all will finish after 2pm.<br />

Ameal will be available for the 4­hour<br />

and 6­hour competitors later at the prize<br />

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More information and entry forms can<br />

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delivering effective, affordable and<br />

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‘‘We have to understand what the<br />

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Mr Seymour is also proposing to revoke<br />

the National Statement on the Network of<br />

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while the legislation is repealed. The<br />

Government also intends to make it easier<br />

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removing the new requirement for ahigher<br />

level of certification. This will mean<br />

persons responsible will not need to obtain<br />

aFull —Category One or Two —Practicing<br />

Certificate.<br />

‘‘Services in rural areas, and lower socioeconomic<br />

areas, were most likely to suffer<br />

due to staffing and funding challenges.’’<br />

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Care needed as winter conditions arrive<br />

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The key to safe winter driving is to<br />

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On afrosty morning, turn your vehicle<br />

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Remember the early morning, and<br />

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You will also be using your headlights<br />

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monthare two long weekends—King’s<br />

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Food forest in urban garden<br />

BySHELLEY TOPP<br />

A young Kaiapoi couple have transformed<br />

their urban section into ahigh­producing<br />

food forest.<br />

Their aim is to achieve as close to urban<br />

self sufficiency as possible, and with the<br />

high yields they are getting from their fruit<br />

trees and vegetable plants they are<br />

already well on the road to achievingthat<br />

goal.<br />

‘‘We know we will never grow enough<br />

potatoes as we love those too much, or<br />

wheat,’’ they say.<br />

However, they harvested more than<br />

$5000 worth of fruit and vegetables from<br />

their food forest lastyear.<br />

This year there will be an even bigger<br />

harvest.<br />

They have now established ablog,<br />

urbanselfsufficiencynz.com. It offers self<br />

sufficiency advice,workshops and garden<br />

tours, to help other peopleachieve the<br />

same success. The blog even includes tips<br />

on how to make wine.<br />

Soniaand Menzo Barrish’shome has a<br />

relatively small, 690 square metre section.<br />

They hope their success at harvesting such<br />

an abundant crop of fruit and vegetables<br />

will encourage others to try growing their<br />

own food too.<br />

Sonia says they could achieve even<br />

better results with more time to spend in<br />

the garden.<br />

It is abusy life for the couple. Soniaalso<br />

runs Back to the Wild, aNatural, Organic,<br />

&Ethical outdoor skincare business from<br />

their home and Menzo runs the Drain<br />

Guru business. They also have three young<br />

children, Bethany, aged seven,Jordan,<br />

aged three, who they are home schooling,<br />

and Ezra, aged three months.<br />

Sonia and Menzo are both<br />

environmentalists who say the many<br />

benefits of growing their own food<br />

includes the convenience of just being<br />

able to step outside and pick their own<br />

Bountiful pumpkin harvest ... Sonia Barrish, of Kaiapoi, with her children, Bethany, aged<br />

seven, Jordan aged three and Ezra, aged three months, with some of the pumpkins grown<br />

in their food forestgarden.<br />

PHOTO: MENZO BARRISH<br />

fresh, seasonally­grown produce.<br />

‘‘The taste of home­grown food is also<br />

way better,’’ says Sonia.<br />

But with the cost of living so high now<br />

they are also enjoying the financial savings<br />

they are making by growing their own food<br />

and not having to pay the high<br />

supermarket prices for their fruit and<br />

vegetables.<br />

Theirfood forest has ahuge range of<br />

fruit trees and vegetable plants which<br />

have been planted strategically to achieve<br />

year­round produce including pears,<br />

apples pomegranates figs, peaches,<br />

grapes, berries, chokos, courgettes,<br />

pumpkins, red cabbages and artichokes,<br />

all grown organically, with flower plants<br />

included in the mix to help with<br />

pollination. Anything not eaten right away<br />

is preserved to cover the slow winter<br />

months, and Menzo also hunts to provide<br />

the majority of the family's meat.<br />

Business park<br />

decision soon<br />

By DAVID HILL,<br />

Local Democracy Reporter<br />

The fate of amuch anticipated business<br />

park development in Kaikōura will be<br />

known in the next few weeks.<br />

Apanel of commissioners considering<br />

aproposal to build alight industrial<br />

business park south of Kaikōura closed<br />

off the hearing process on April 26.<br />

Kaikōura Business Park (2021) Ltd<br />

made aprivate plan change application<br />

last year to develop a21.6 hectare site on<br />

the corner of Inland Kaikōura Road and<br />

State Highway 1.<br />

More than 100 submissions were<br />

received, but no hearing was required.<br />

The panel of Dean Chrystal (chair),<br />

Vicki Gulleford, John Diver, Marea<br />

Clayton and Gina Solomon met in March<br />

and asked the applicant for additional<br />

information before closing the hearing<br />

process.<br />

Adecision is expected later this month.<br />

The proposed development would<br />

bring light industrial businesses together<br />

in one location, taking some pressure off<br />

Beach Road.<br />

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By JOHN COSGROVE<br />

Fundraising for atrip to Australia<br />

was agood chance for agroup of<br />

students at Oxford Area School<br />

(OAS) to show their<br />

determination to get the job done,<br />

even if it meant getting very dirty<br />

in the process.<br />

Agroup of 20 Year 9to13girls<br />

(two teams of 10 netball players<br />

from the school) are heading to<br />

the Gold Coast, Australia, in July.<br />

There, each team will be<br />

playing four games against<br />

Australian school teams.<br />

Oxford Area School deputy<br />

principal Lesley Inch says the<br />

aim was to fundraise half the<br />

funds needed —about $35,000.<br />

‘‘A local farmer came up with a<br />

brilliant idea. Dig out the sheep<br />

manure under woolsheds, bag it<br />

up, and then sell it to local<br />

gardeners.<br />

‘‘We did afew bags and quickly<br />

sold out.<br />

‘‘Four months later, we have<br />

produced over 1566 bags and sold<br />

most of them, with deliveries to<br />

Sumner, Rolleston, all over<br />

Christchurch, Rangiora, Pegasus,<br />

Kaiapoi.’’<br />

She says it was great to see the<br />

girls happily come along and get<br />

stuck in, bringing their shovels<br />

and buckets to dig out the manure<br />

from under the sheds.<br />

‘‘It was only for acouple of<br />

hours over several weekends, but<br />

they soon had agreat production<br />

line going and worked as ateam,<br />

alongside their parents to get the<br />

job done.<br />

‘‘Some of the spaces were very<br />

low and they had to bend over to<br />

Fundraising effort ... Students from Oxford Area School shovel sheep<br />

manure from under alocal sheep shearing building.<br />

PHOTO: LESLEY INCH<br />

shovel it out. At times it was hard<br />

work under those sheds.’’<br />

Lesley says it is agreat story of<br />

country kids working hard to earn<br />

their way to Australia for their<br />

school netball trip.<br />

‘‘They certainly had to get right<br />

in amongst it to shovel it out.’’<br />

She says parents have been<br />

right behind the project.<br />

‘‘They have been helping out<br />

advertising and selling the<br />

manure, we got on to acouple of<br />

garden group sites which helped<br />

sell quite alot of bags in<br />

Christchurch.’’<br />

There are still about 100 left to<br />

sell, and the teams offer free<br />

delivery to most places for the $10<br />

bags of sheep manure.<br />

Anyone wanting abag can<br />

contact Lesley Inch on<br />

0274946070.<br />

School principal Mike Hart<br />

says it has been agreat project,<br />

and he would like the wider<br />

community to know young people<br />

still know how to roll their sleeves<br />

up and get stuck in, rather than<br />

expecting handouts.<br />

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Protection review<br />

By DAVID HILL,<br />

Local Democracy Reporter<br />

Speeding up areview of the<br />

rules protecting<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong>’s coastline could<br />

cost ratepayers up to $3.6<br />

million extra.<br />

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

staff presented three options<br />

for the timing areview of the<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> Regional Coastal<br />

Environment Plan, which<br />

will now be decided as part<br />

of the regional council’s<br />

Long Term Plan<br />

deliberations.<br />

The report followed a<br />

notice of motion put forward<br />

by councillor Genevieve<br />

Robinson in February for<br />

staff to advise what would be<br />

involved in bringing forward<br />

the review of the plan, which<br />

is at present is on track to be<br />

considered in 2028.<br />

The plan was adopted in<br />

2005 and aims to promote the<br />

sustainable management of<br />

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

Staff advised bringing the<br />

date forward would carry<br />

extra costs and the timings<br />

could clash with<br />

consultation on the<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> Regional Policy<br />

Statement and the<br />

Integrated Plan.<br />

In areport to acouncil<br />

meetingonTuesday, <strong>May</strong> 7,<br />

land and water planning<br />

team leader Lisa Jenkins<br />

said the review could be fasttracked<br />

to notify anew plan<br />

in August 2025.<br />

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additional $2.5 million over<br />

3.5 years and the council<br />

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engagement with affected<br />

communities.<br />

Asecond option to notify<br />

the new plan in June 2026<br />

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million over four years.<br />

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council had budgeted $45.2<br />

million in the draft <strong>2024</strong>/34<br />

Long Term Plan to develop<br />

an Integrated Plan for<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong>, which would<br />

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It would be notified in<br />

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important document which<br />

had been neglected for too<br />

long and it did not reflect<br />

Government policy changes<br />

over the last two decades.<br />

‘‘We have manyplans to<br />

work through, but the coast<br />

is the one which always gets<br />

pushed aside.’’<br />

She said there had already<br />

seen 18 dolphin deaths along<br />

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year.<br />

‘‘What will it be in three to<br />

four years? If we keep<br />

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Adding their voice ... Amuri Area School Principal Matt Barlow, Hurunui Council Welcoming Communities<br />

Facilitator Natalie Paterson, and students Catherine Paragas, Hananiah Samera and Ayame Balila at the launch of<br />

the Welcoming Communities Stocktake report at Amuri Area School.<br />

Welcomingcommunities<br />

Amuri Area School students this<br />

week enjoyed adding their<br />

voices to aplan beingdeveloped<br />

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newcomers.<br />

Hurunui District Council<br />

Welcoming Communities<br />

Facilitator NataliePaterson<br />

says the Welcoming<br />

Communities Stocktake report<br />

was launched on Tuesday at<br />

Amuri Area School with the<br />

findings of the survey from last<br />

year.<br />

‘‘Asacommunity, we’re<br />

looking at what we are doing<br />

well and what we could do<br />

better acrosseight outcomes<br />

over the next three to five years.<br />

‘‘These outcomes range from<br />

ensuring our newcomers feel<br />

welcome to participate in the<br />

civic life of our district, to<br />

feeling comfortable in our<br />

public spaces and being<br />

provided with opportunities to<br />

learn about others’ cultures,’’<br />

Ms Paterson says.<br />

‘‘It was rewarding to hold the<br />

launch at the school as so many<br />

newcomers from Amuri gave us<br />

their thoughts and experiences<br />

through the survey, and we<br />

really appreciate that.’’<br />

Hurunui <strong>May</strong>or Marie Black is<br />

excited about the progress the<br />

district is making in the<br />

Welcoming Communities space.<br />

‘‘This is adding to Hurunui’s<br />

rich tapestry of inclusion and<br />

diversity.<br />

‘‘We’re proud to be a<br />

Welcoming Community and to<br />

be working closely with our<br />

community on this important<br />

work.’’<br />

Ms Paterson says the<br />

Welcoming Communities<br />

advisory group will gather the<br />

feedback received from the<br />

students at the launch into the<br />

plan that will serve all of<br />

Hurunui’s newcomers.<br />

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students in specific <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> schools are being<br />

run each term by the Kiwanis<br />

Club of Christchurch.<br />

Kiwanis New Zealand and<br />

South Pacific district, lieutenant<br />

governor, Nicki Leslie says the<br />

clubs are funding the first aid<br />

courses in local schools<br />

‘‘Three years ago we launched<br />

apilot programme to provide<br />

first aid training to Year 8<br />

students in local schools. We<br />

partnered with First Aid and<br />

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kept it going, and now it's<br />

growing. Thanks to additional<br />

funding through agrant from the<br />

Kiwanis International<br />

Children's Fund, we are running<br />

seven courses this year,’’ she<br />

says<br />

Two of the schools benefiting<br />

from these first aid courses are<br />

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

Kaiapoi Borough School.<br />

Mrs Leslie says they have<br />

completed two courses at<br />

Kaiapoi <strong>North</strong> School in Term<br />

One ,and will now be running<br />

two courses in Term Two at<br />

Kaiapoi Borough School.<br />

These will be run at Kaiapoi<br />

Borough School on <strong>May</strong> 15, 22<br />

and 29, from 9­11am and 1­3pm<br />

eachday.<br />

Kiwanis is aglobal<br />

organisation of volunteers<br />

dedicated to improving the<br />

world one child and one<br />

community at atime.<br />

The Kiwanis Club of<br />

Christchurch has been going<br />

since1971 and has supported<br />

many organisations over the<br />

years that help provide abetter<br />

life for children in our<br />

community. These include<br />

Stand, Special Learning Needs<br />

Library, It Takes aVillage<br />

Charity and many others.<br />

Smoke detector pilot programme<br />

Smoke detectors are being<br />

installed in some homes in the<br />

Hurunui District by building<br />

inspectors.<br />

As part of apilot<br />

programme, funded by Fire<br />

and Emergency New Zealand<br />

(FENZ), the inspectors can<br />

install the detectors during<br />

routine building inspection<br />

work, focusing on the<br />

district’s elderly,<br />

disadvantaged or vulnerable.<br />

Council’s manager of<br />

building and property Kerry<br />

Walsh says earlier this month<br />

the building team received<br />

training on how to deliver a<br />

home fire safety visit, which<br />

means they arenow able to<br />

install smoke detectors on<br />

behalf of FENZ.<br />

‘‘Our main aim is to create a<br />

safe living environment for<br />

people in the Hurunui<br />

District, Mr Walsh says.<br />

Installation is accompanied<br />

with some general home fire<br />

safety advice, and FENZ has<br />

provided home firesafety<br />

booklets with the alarms.<br />

The batteries have ageneral<br />

life span of 10 years.<br />

FENZ adviser Community<br />

Readiness and Recovery Kurt<br />

Davison said it’s been<br />

fantastic to be able to partner<br />

up with the council to get<br />

moresmoke detectors into<br />

morehomes.<br />

‘‘You are four times more<br />

likely to survive ahouse fire if<br />

you have working smoke<br />

detectors, so it is essential to<br />

have them in your home.’’<br />

Each smoke detector<br />

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By DAVID HILL<br />

Local Democracy Reporter<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong>’s mayors are hoping<br />

the challenges facing local government<br />

are not lost in Parliamentary debates.<br />

The mayors were responding to<br />

comments made during acommittee<br />

debate at Parliament last week, which<br />

addressed the Future for Local<br />

Government Panel’s report, which was<br />

presented in June last year.<br />

Local Government Minister Simeon<br />

Brown dismissed several of the<br />

recommendations, presented in areport<br />

as ‘‘woke answers’’.<br />

He called on councils to focus on ‘‘musthaves,<br />

not nice­to­haves’’, as more money<br />

would not solve its problems.<br />

The report made 17 recommendations,<br />

including strengthening the relationship<br />

between central and local government,<br />

stronger partnerships with mana whenua,<br />

lowering the voting age and extending<br />

council terms.<br />

But Hurunui <strong>May</strong>or Marie Black said<br />

‘‘fundamental issues’’ like funding and<br />

finance needed to be addressed.<br />

Too often councils were left to<br />

administer ‘‘unfunded mandates’’ from<br />

central government, with the burden<br />

falling on ratepayers.<br />

‘‘I think they (MPs) have probably<br />

skirted around the edges of the issues<br />

which make ameaningful difference.’’<br />

Alcohol licensing was an example<br />

where councils were best placed to make<br />

decisions for their local communities, but<br />

the cost fell on ratepayers, Mrs Black said.<br />

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

the present economic situation has<br />

highlighted the need for ‘‘alternative<br />

funding models outside of rates’’.<br />

‘‘One simple way of achieving this is<br />

through GST on rates being returned to<br />

councils.<br />

‘‘Increasing our funding would allow<br />

the council to deliver on projects our<br />

community has identified they want.’’<br />

Mr Gordon said his council was keen to<br />

partner more often with central<br />

government and he was particularly<br />

interested in the idea of ‘‘city and<br />

regional deals’’, where councils partner<br />

with central Government to achieve<br />

improved outcomes.<br />

‘‘We hope within this there will be<br />

options for funding and infrastructure<br />

investments for councils.<br />

‘‘We are certainly open to discussions<br />

and further opportunities to partner with<br />

central government on these matters.’’<br />

Local Government New Zealand<br />

(LGNZ) president Sam Broughton said<br />

there were areas of reform which needed<br />

addressing.<br />

‘‘A lot of effort has been made by<br />

councils to contribute to constructive<br />

solutions that meet the goals of both local<br />

and central government.’’<br />

LGNZ has picked up five<br />

recommendations to lobby central<br />

government, including sharing the<br />

country’s tax take, finding a‘fit for<br />

purpose’ system of government, authentic<br />

relationships with iwi and hāpu, aligning<br />

central, regional and local government<br />

priorities, and strengthening local<br />

democracy.<br />

Former Waimakariri District Council<br />

chief executive Jim Palmer, who chaired<br />

the Future for Local Government Panel,<br />

said the report addressed funding<br />

challenges and ‘‘unfunded mandates’’,<br />

and presented some funding options.<br />

He noted LGNZ had picked up this<br />

recommendation and was advocating for<br />

new funding options.<br />

These included allowing councils to<br />

retain GST collected on rates, an<br />

accommodation levy, GST sharing on new<br />

build consents, mineral royalties, and<br />

congestion charging.<br />

Mr Palmer said there is usually plenty<br />

of funding available, but it came down to<br />

how it was distributed.<br />

Last night<br />

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‘Gentlyrelentless’ leader<br />

In guiding students to reach their full<br />

potential, Rangiora High School’s associate<br />

principal likes the ‘‘gently relentless’’<br />

approach.<br />

Remihana Emery moved over from<br />

Kaiapoi High School to take on the role of<br />

associate principal at the start of this year,<br />

following the retirement of the school's first<br />

associate principal Paul Donnelly.<br />

He said he is driven by his whakaaro —<br />

mentality and beliefs —inhelping young<br />

people find their potential.<br />

His approach has been influenced by<br />

former Kaiapoi guidance counsellor Rob<br />

Courtney, who has also made the move to<br />

Rangiora.<br />

‘‘Rob uses the phrase ‘gently relentless’,<br />

which means you keep chipping away and<br />

doing it in away that is mana enhancing to<br />

everybody as much as possible.<br />

‘‘Sometimes it is afear of failure holding<br />

them back, and for some adults that anxiety<br />

still exists.<br />

‘‘It saddens me because you know the<br />

potential those kids have. They are our<br />

biggest investment.’’<br />

The role of associate principal was<br />

created in 2018 and is ‘‘very fluid’’, Mr<br />

Emery said.<br />

‘‘It is about doing the work behind the<br />

scenes so [principal] Bruce [Kearney] can<br />

connect with the community and other<br />

schools.’’<br />

Board of Trustees presiding member<br />

Simon Green said the associate principal<br />

role was created when the school looked to<br />

move on after being managed by a<br />

commissioner.<br />

‘‘The board and principal (at the time)<br />

realised just how complex and timeintensive<br />

school leadership had become for<br />

alarge school of <strong>16</strong>00 students.’’<br />

The school roll has since grown to 1750.<br />

Mr Emery said his career has been ‘‘a<br />

roller coaster ride’’.<br />

After leaving school he worked in<br />

construction for 15 years, but his life took a<br />

different direction after joining achurch in<br />

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Mr Emery and his wife Michelle became<br />

youth group leaders and it led to him<br />

attending ameeting at Kaiapoi High School<br />

as asupport person.<br />

Mr Courtney invited him to volunteer at<br />

the school as amentor and later ‘‘he came<br />

to me and said ‘we need you here full<br />

time’.’’<br />

Known to his students as Matua Remi<br />

(Uncle Remi), he left his job and enrolled at<br />

university at the age of 32.<br />

Mr Emery was ateacher at Kaiapoi High<br />

School for 10 years teaching maths and te<br />

reo.<br />

He became adean as athird year teacher<br />

and was then deputy principal for three<br />

years.<br />

He made his mark at Kaiapoi as the lead<br />

singer of the teachers’ band, The Viking<br />

Thunders, which won the teachers<br />

equivalent of Rockquest, and was akapa<br />

haka tutor.<br />

‘‘It is an avenue to letoff some steam and<br />

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Federated Farmers alsopolled more<br />

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percent supporting the resumption of<br />

live animal exports and 22 percent<br />

opposing it.<br />

The petition is being fronted by retired<br />

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Ministry ofAgriculture and Fisheries,<br />

and former chairmanofthe National<br />

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New Zealand’s ban on the live export of<br />

cows,sheep, deer and goats by sea came<br />

into effect on April 30 lastyear, after<br />

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The former container ship, converted<br />

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atyphoon in 2020. Two New Zealanders<br />

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among the 41 crew members who died,<br />

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A$A107 million Federal transition<br />

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New Zealand’s wool sector has received<br />

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The cyclone in February 2023 resulted<br />

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Alarge amount of equipment,<br />

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aconsiderable cost. Much of the new<br />

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The Ministerfor Rural Communities<br />

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‘‘Awatoto is the largest wool scouring<br />

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‘‘This reopening highlights our<br />

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Over the past year, work initially went<br />

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‘‘We have taken this opportunity to<br />

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The rebuild has also included astrong<br />

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Processing annually up to 107 million<br />

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While the Napier plant was out of<br />

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Mr Hales thanked shareholders,<br />

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‘‘This was achallenging situation for<br />

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Local brothers win award<br />

Andrew and Peter Gilchrist, of Swannanoa,<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong>, featured at the<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong>Ballance Farm Environment<br />

Awards recently.<br />

The Gilchrist Brotherswere awarded the<br />

Hill Laboratories Agri­Science Award;<br />

Norwood Farming Efficiency Award; and<br />

the NZFET Innovation Award.<br />

The judges were impressed with the<br />

team focus on health and safety, the<br />

amount of data that’s collated, and the<br />

business’s recycling system.<br />

‘‘With an approach that’s centred around<br />

looking after its people and continual finetuning,<br />

Gilchrist Brothers is agreat asset to<br />

the local community.’’<br />

They run adiversity of income streams –<br />

mixed cropping, dairy support and<br />

contracting —which drives success due to<br />

afocus on people, and continued finetuning<br />

of the business.<br />

In 2005, Andrew and Peter Gilchrist<br />

bought aone­man spraying business and,<br />

today, they employ seven people who spray<br />

arange of agrichemicals and liquid<br />

fertiliser across the Waimakariri District.<br />

As well as providing agricultural<br />

spraying services, the business features a<br />

workshop that manufactures and services<br />

high­precision spray trucks.<br />

There is asupport team of two<br />

administrators, along with three people<br />

running the mixed cropping and dairy<br />

support on the 430ha farm.<br />

Continual learning, and developing<br />

positive long­term relationships are driving<br />

the ongoing sustainability of this business.<br />

It derives 40% of its incomefrom spraying,<br />

40% from the farm, and the balance from<br />

the workshop.<br />

On the farm, they graze 800 heifers and<br />

grow crops across the remaining land.<br />

The Gilchrist brothers have also fulfilled<br />

along­term dream by constructing a7.5ha<br />

storage pond known as Lake Chapman.<br />

Over recent years, there’s been an<br />

increasing focus on planting riparian<br />

borders with native trees.<br />

Precision technology is used on­farm to<br />

guide decision–making and improve<br />

efficiency, leading to increased<br />

productivity, while also reducing the<br />

workload.<br />

The precision technology is acritical<br />

element of the three to four spray trucks<br />

the team manufactures in the workshop<br />

each year.<br />

Sam and Jo Spencer­Bower —ofClaxby<br />

Estate, Swannanoa —were awarded<br />

Bayleys People in Primary Sector Award.<br />

The judges were impressed with the<br />

property’s well–managed pastures and<br />

native plantings, including around dairy<br />

sheds and water features. The wellmaintained<br />

property is regularly<br />

showcased through the couple’s extensive<br />

community involvement.<br />

The increasingly light environmental<br />

footprint is akey driver behind the 920ha<br />

farm that has been in the Spencer­Bower<br />

family since 1852.<br />

Located in <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong>, Claxby<br />

Estate was converted to dairy in 2012 and<br />

today is comprised of two dairy units with<br />

970 cows each.<br />

Sam is the fifth generation of his family to<br />

farm the property and he and Jo are<br />

continuing to nurture it for future<br />

generations.<br />

When the farm was converted to dairy,<br />

the couple took the opportunity to install<br />

high­quality irrigation and other modern<br />

infrastructure. This has laid the foundation<br />

for them to farm more efficiently, while<br />

reducing their environmental footprint.<br />

The milking platform is across 606ha of<br />

irrigated land, complemented by a270ha<br />

support block. Sam and Jo oversee the<br />

business and operate the support block,<br />

with Will Gard managing the dairy units.<br />

On the milking platform, they run up to<br />

1940 cows and, in the 2022/23 year,<br />

produced 956,000kg of milk solids. The<br />

support block is used to raise wagyu beef<br />

calves, graze replacement heifers, winter<br />

all the cows and produce silage.<br />

Building on the family’s farming history,<br />

they have developed apositive team<br />

culture which includes high standards for<br />

the business and the environment.<br />

The team uses innovation to stay ahead<br />

of the game. New technologies and farming<br />

methods are used to optimise the farming<br />

system, with feed, water­use, genetics, soil<br />

and herbage all carefully tracked and<br />

managed.<br />

The pork industry in New Zealand is<br />

worried aGovernment directive will<br />

prevent pig farming on productive land.<br />

The Government’s National Policy<br />

Statement for Highly Productive Land<br />

(NPS­HPL) was supposed to protect<br />

productive land from encroaching<br />

urbanisation such as housing.<br />

However, NZPork, which represents<br />

New Zealand’s commercial pig farmers,<br />

is concerned that the wording of the<br />

policy is being interpreted by local<br />

councils to exclude pig farming from<br />

land suitable for agriculture.<br />

Chief executive of NZPork Brent<br />

Kleiss, says NZPork believes the<br />

Ministry for the Environment (MfE) and<br />

councils are saying land impacted by<br />

the policy should only be for certain<br />

types of farming, not including pig<br />

farming.<br />

‘‘This interpretation of the policy will<br />

make it hard for new pig farms to be<br />

established and for existing farms to<br />

grow or change the way they do things.<br />

‘‘Pig farms are often part of bigger<br />

farms where they use the pig manure as<br />

anatural fertiliser on cropping or<br />

pastoral land.<br />

‘‘This is why many pig farms are on<br />

land that's considered good for farming<br />

under the policy,’’ he says.<br />

If the policy isn't changed, it could<br />

make it difficult for pig farmers to<br />

construct new buildings to meet any<br />

new welfare rules in the future.<br />

‘‘We have asked the Government to<br />

change the policy to make sure it<br />

protects good farming land while still<br />

allowing for pig farming,’’ Mr Kleiss<br />

says.<br />

‘‘Consultation on the proposed NPS­<br />

HPL stated the intention to protect<br />

highly productive land for primary<br />

production purposes.’’<br />

Mr Kleiss says this was to avoid the<br />

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‘‘This is being interpreted by MfE<br />

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primary production food­producing<br />

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inappropriate land use on highly<br />

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‘‘We are also seeing this<br />

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‘‘We believe the current<br />

interpretation of the policy is<br />

inconsistent with its original intent of<br />

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SPORT<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>May</strong> <strong>16</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Only two NCteams win in latest round<br />

The sixth round of the Luisetti<br />

Seeds Combined rugby<br />

competition was not agood one<br />

for <strong>North</strong> <strong>Canterbury</strong> clubs with<br />

Glenmark­Cheviot and Oxford<br />

the only teams to register<br />

victories.<br />

Glenmark­Cheviot vMethven<br />

Methven never fired ashot for<br />

the first half­hour, by which time<br />

Glenmark­Cheviot had already<br />

grabbed afour­try bonus point,<br />

and a24­0 lead.<br />

During this phase Glenmark­<br />

Cheviot was superb, with skipper<br />

Andrew Hull leading the way,<br />

and Ben Morris and Nick Hyde to<br />

the forefront of adominant<br />

forward effort.<br />

After just 4minutes, Guy<br />

Jensen finished off an excellent<br />

team try and 10 minutes later<br />

George Fox crashedover after a<br />

period of sustained pressure.<br />

Half­back Jordy Gray, playing<br />

his 100th match for Glenmark­<br />

Cheviot,played one of his best.<br />

He spied an unguarded<br />

blindsidefrom ascrum near the<br />

sideline, and sprinted 20 metres<br />

to cross untouched in the corner.<br />

Andrew Zuppicich was the next<br />

to score after sustained forward<br />

pressure.<br />

As the first half drew to aclose,<br />

Methven managed to score a<br />

converted try to close the gap to<br />

24­7.<br />

It was adifferent story in the<br />

second half.<br />

The Methven forward pack<br />

tightened its game and started to<br />

gain the lions share of<br />

possession.<br />

It was rewarded with another<br />

converted try to close the gap to<br />

10 points.<br />

Glenmark­Cheviot seemed to<br />

have lost the urgency it had<br />

displayed in the first half, but<br />

Mike Keane provided the spark<br />

to put the game beyond<br />

Methven's reach when he latched<br />

on to an intercept to score near<br />

the posts.<br />

Methven managed to score a<br />

third converted try but<br />

Glenmark­Cheviot rallied and<br />

dominated the territorial battle<br />

for the last quarter.<br />

Grays value to this team was<br />

highlighted in the second half<br />

when replacement half­back,<br />

Max Murray, who was playing his<br />

50th match for the side came on,<br />

Gray moved briefly to fullback<br />

and then to first five­eight where<br />

he continued to have amajor<br />

influence on the match.<br />

Glenmark­Cheviot 31 (Guy<br />

Jensen, George Fox, Jordy Gray,<br />

Andrew Zuppicich, Mike Keane<br />

tries,Caleb Beck 3conversions)<br />

beat Methven 21.<br />

HurunuivSouthern<br />

Hurunui fell agonisingly short in<br />

an enthralling contest on its club<br />

day. Both teams exchanged blows<br />

in what was atit­for­tat battle of<br />

attrition.<br />

It took until the midway point<br />

of the first half for Hurunui to<br />

convert pressure into points.<br />

Josh Cavanagh caught Southern,<br />

aman short on the blind after a<br />

strong Gus Waghorn carry. But<br />

Southern responded<br />

immediately with atry of its own.<br />

Southern came out of the blocks<br />

firing early in the second half,<br />

controlling ball play and field<br />

position, eventually exploiting<br />

Hurunui on the edge.<br />

However, the pendulum swung<br />

back the hosts way three minutes<br />

later, as patient forwards play<br />

saw replacement flanker, Salem<br />

Christian, burrow over from close<br />

range.<br />

Digby Heard added the<br />

conversion, then apenalty goal to<br />

put Hurunui 17­12 in front with<br />

20 to go.<br />

The visitors began to get<br />

ascendancy at the scrum, but it<br />

was not untilthe 78th minute<br />

they hit the front.<br />

HamishEarl and the Waghorn<br />

brothers were standout<br />

performers for Hurunui, while<br />

blindside flanker, Hamish<br />

Cameron, was phenomenal in the<br />

collision zone, playing his 100th<br />

senior game for Hurunui.<br />

Hurunui 17 (JoshCavanagh,<br />

Salem Christian tries, Digby<br />

Heard 2conversions, 1penalty)<br />

lost to Southern 19.<br />

Waihora vOhoka<br />

The early exchanges were evenly<br />

matched.The intent and<br />

physicality from both sides was<br />

noticeable, and it took aquarter<br />

of the game before Waihora<br />

opened the scoring with a<br />

penalty.<br />

Waihora’sphysicality became<br />

dominantaround the ruck, and<br />

quick ball by half back Jordan<br />

Stirling­Rowling provided a<br />

mismatch out wide for hooker<br />

Liam Robinson to barge over to<br />

score. Unconverted, the home<br />

side lead 10­0 at the half.<br />

The ever­faithful bootofScott<br />

Allin put Ohoka on the board.<br />

However the turning point was a<br />

superb counter­attack sequence<br />

by Waihora, following amid­field<br />

attackingkick by Ohoka.<br />

Century of games ... Jordy Gray, Glenmark­Cheviot’s half back,<br />

celebrated his100th game with one of his best games. PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE<br />

Waihora’s winger Josh Brown<br />

was able to elude several<br />

defendersand provided acrucial<br />

pass in the tackle to keep the ball<br />

alive, allowing the eventual try<br />

scorer Harry Kirk to extend the<br />

lead. Any hope Ohoka had soon<br />

evaporated when Waihora’s left<br />

wing Jed Syme showed aclean<br />

set of heels to score down the<br />

short side extending the lead to<br />

20­3.<br />

Ohoka remained spirited with<br />

Patrick McCallum, Ben Gold and<br />

Mac Kaitao trying in vain to spark<br />

the attack, however it was<br />

Waihora's forward pack which<br />

had the final say securing apush<br />

over try.<br />

Ohoka fought gallantly but was<br />

unable to maintain continuity for<br />

long enough to apply attacking<br />

pressure.<br />

Waihora 27 beat Ohoka3(Scott<br />

Allin, penalty).<br />

Ashley vDarfield<br />

Goal kicking proved the<br />

difference in Ashley’s 24­26 loss<br />

to Darfield in its game at the<br />

Loburn Domain.<br />

This was acontest between two<br />

sides on the edge of asemi final<br />

spot, and up until the final<br />

whistle the see­saw nature the<br />

battle indicated it could go either<br />

way.<br />

Both teams scored four tries<br />

apiece, and in the final throw of<br />

the dice asuccessful penalty<br />

attempt would have seen the seesaw<br />

bounce in Ashley’s favour.<br />

Lock Sam Regan scored after<br />

five minutes.<br />

Darfield responded three<br />

minutes later and the nature of<br />

the game was set.<br />

Ashley predictably was next to<br />

score when number eight Sam<br />

Freeman scored from ascrum,<br />

but Darfield against the run of<br />

play, responded with asolo effort<br />

try from its right winger who<br />

dashed 25 metres to the line.<br />

For the last 10 minutes of the<br />

spell Darfield was down aplayer,<br />

which helped Freeman to score a<br />

pushover,and give Ashley a17­12<br />

lead at the break.<br />

Darfield took thelead only<br />

minutes into the second half with<br />

aconverted try before Ashley<br />

scored the try of the game.<br />

It started at the halfway with<br />

Regan, Couch and Korbyn Gray<br />

moving the ball into the Darfield<br />

22 before first five eight Leon<br />

Hingston finished the move.<br />

With time nearing, Darfield<br />

attacked and amaul near the<br />

Ashley line resulted in a<br />

converted try and atwo point<br />

lead.<br />

Ashley missed along range<br />

penalty chance to take the game.<br />

It was accurate enough but fell<br />

short and the game was over.<br />

Gray on the left wing was an<br />

outstanding performer for<br />

Ashley, looking for work all game.<br />

Sam Regan and Sam Freeman<br />

were prominent at breakdowns<br />

and Matt Couch was avital cog in<br />

the mid field.<br />

Ashley 24 (Sam Regan, Sam<br />

Freeman (2), Leon Hingston<br />

tries. Korbyn Gray 2conversions<br />

lost to Darfield 26.<br />

Celtic vKaiapoi<br />

Kaiapoi travelled to Ashburton<br />

and withstood astrong start by<br />

Celtic, opening the scoring with a<br />

try to the impressive first­five,<br />

Isaiah Solomon­Ritchie.Kaiapoi<br />

defended valiantly for the next 25<br />

minutes but was its own worst<br />

enemy, conceding two yellow<br />

cards.<br />

This cost Kaiapoi dearly as<br />

Celtic piled on 15 unanswered<br />

points during this period.<br />

This was where the game was<br />

won and lost.<br />

Once restored to afull<br />

complement, Kaiapoi scored a<br />

well­taken try through Matty<br />

Joyita, but Celtic struck again<br />

before half­timewith along<br />

range effort.<br />

Kaiapoi’s forwards started to<br />

gain ascendancy and Jarred<br />

Gilmore and Leo McConchie<br />

scored tries which were capped<br />

by a40metre penalty to winger<br />

Jacob Bryant that gave Kaiapoi<br />

the lead.<br />

However, more Kaiapoi errors<br />

allowed Celtic to spend a<br />

prolonged period on the Kaiapoi<br />

goal line.<br />

It eventually scored a<br />

converted try giving it afour<br />

point lead. Kaiapoi tried<br />

valiantly in the eight minutes<br />

remaining, but the Celtic defence<br />

held as Kaiapoi chased afivepointer.<br />

Celtic was assisted by alack of<br />

discipline from Kaiapoi that gave<br />

away critical penalties, giving<br />

Celtic breathing space.<br />

For Kaiapoi Jarrod Smith, who<br />

was playing his 100th match, and<br />

Ryan Clark both tackled their<br />

hearts out.<br />

Celtic 29 beat Kaiapoi 25 (Isaiah<br />

Solomon­Ritchie,Matty Joyita,<br />

Jared Gilmore, Leo McConchie,<br />

tries, Jacob Bryan 1penalty 1<br />

conversion).<br />

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Valhalla invite<br />

By SHELLEY TOPP<br />

An early morning phone call<br />

last week delivered good<br />

news for rising golf star<br />

Kazuma Kobori, whose home<br />

base is in Rangiora.<br />

The call was from his<br />

manager to tell the young<br />

golfer he had received an<br />

invitation to play in the<br />

prestigious <strong>2024</strong> PGA<br />

Championship, at the famous<br />

Valhalla Golf Club in<br />

Louisville, Kentucky.<br />

The tournament begins<br />

today (<strong>May</strong> <strong>16</strong>) and ends this<br />

Sunday.<br />

The special invitation<br />

from the Professional<br />

Golfers' Association of<br />

America comes after<br />

Kazuma, aged 22 won last<br />

season’s Challenger PGA<br />

Tour of Australasia Order of<br />

Merit.<br />

He also made headlines as<br />

an amateur player winning<br />

the 2019 New Zealand PGA<br />

Championship and the<br />

individual title at the 2023<br />

Eisenhower Trophy, the the<br />

biennial World Amateur<br />

Team Championship for men<br />

organised by the<br />

International Golf<br />

Federation.<br />

Kazuma turned<br />

professional last year and<br />

Kazuma Kobori<br />

has blazed asimilar trail of<br />

excellence since then<br />

scoring five wins in quick<br />

succession.<br />

Now he gets the chance to<br />

play alongside golfing greats<br />

Scottie Scheffler, Rory<br />

McIlroy and Brooks Koepka,<br />

who are headlining the <strong>2024</strong><br />

PGA Championship field.<br />

It will be an exciting time<br />

for the talented young golfer,<br />

who is ranked world number<br />

432, and also his family and<br />

many fans back home here in<br />

Rangiora where he is a<br />

popular member of the<br />

Rangiora Golf Club.<br />

NC SPORTS RESULTS<br />

Rangiora 9­hole Golf<br />

April 30 Stableford: Men:­Stephen<br />

Bell 28, 1; Richard Luisetti 25, 2;<br />

Peter Van Hout 24, 3; Ross<br />

McQueen, 4.<br />

Women:­ Jane Dunbar 24, 1; Rita<br />

Moore 22, 2; Sarah Rutherford 21,<br />

3.<br />

<strong>May</strong> 7: Nett: Men:­Clifford Boddy<br />

34c/b, 1; Dennis Brook 34 c/b, 2;<br />

Stephen Bell 35, 3. Women: Jane<br />

Dunbar 29, 1; Rita Moore 33, 2;<br />

Carol Van Hout 35, 3.<br />

Rangiora Bridge Club<br />

Cherry Pairs: <strong>North</strong>/South:­Bunty<br />

Marshall/Veronica Hall 1. Liz<br />

Partridge/Sue McIntyre 2. Denise<br />

Lang/JulieDay 3. East/West: Liz<br />

Duke/Rhoda Quinn 1. Janice<br />

Pickering/Margaret Pickering 2.<br />

Margaret Fraser/Kelly Barber 3.<br />

Rata Pairs: N/S: Jan Roose/Judith<br />

Driver 1, Dawn Simpson/Sue<br />

McIlroy 2, Lyn Edwards/Shirley<br />

Symns 3.Richard Peter 2. E/W:<br />

Nancy Harris/StephanieGalbraith<br />

1, Moody Shokry/Peter Story 2. Liz<br />

Duke/Gaynor Hurford 3<br />

Junior Evening: N/S: Gerrard<br />

McCrea/DenisMilne ,Diane<br />

Graham/Trish Warnes 2, Janine<br />

Laws/TimMarshall 3. E/W: Paul<br />

Williams/.Judy McIver 1, Murray<br />

Davis/Sharyn Davis 2, Dani Crotty/<br />

Alison Howie 3.<br />

Premier Pairs ;N/S: Barry Smart/<br />

Lynda Cameron 1, Anne Anderson/<br />

Lynda Grierson 2, Hilary<br />

Lakeman/Jill Amer 3. E/W: Janice<br />

Pickering/Maree Felstead 1, Nikki<br />

Luisetti/Richard Peter 2, Kevin<br />

Kuch/Phillipa Watkins 3.<br />

Cherry Pairs (<strong>May</strong> 4): N/S: Sue<br />

Solomons/Judith Driver and Diane<br />

Watson/Margaret Smith equal 1,<br />

Bunty Marshall/Veronica Hall 3.<br />

E/W: Tim Curd/June Jung 1,<br />

Gaynor Hurford/Joyce Gray 2.<br />

Rosa Crighton/Sarah Waldron 3.<br />

Swiss Pairs ;Sue Solomons/Moody<br />

Shokry 1, Jenny Shore/Marion<br />

Lomax 2, Sue McIlroy/Dave Tocker<br />

3.<br />

Rata Pairs (<strong>May</strong> 6): N/S Dawn<br />

Simpson/Sue McIlroy 1, Pat Green/<br />

Noreen Thompson 2, Denise Lang/<br />

Julie Day 3. E/W: Sue Solomons/<br />

Richard Luisetti 1, Alison<br />

MacDonald/Anne Anderson 2,<br />

Pauline Miller/Bunty Marshall 3.<br />

Junior Evening <strong>May</strong> 6): N/S<br />

Annette Caldwell/GailDunlop 1,<br />

Anne Bagrie/Kate Whitehead 2,<br />

Helen Russ/Susan Kinley 3. E/W:<br />

Trish Warnes/Diane Graham 1,<br />

Judy McIver/Paul Williams 2,<br />

Margriet Dijkstra/Alison Howie 3.<br />

Waimakariri Gorge Ladies Golf<br />

Irish Stableford, 18 Holes: LSmith<br />

78, LSteele 74, CMacDonald 70, N<br />

Robertson 67.<br />

Nearest to Pin –No4for 2–F<br />

Nimmo; Nearest to Pin –No8for<br />

1–LSmith; Nearest to Pin – No 11<br />

for 2–LSmith. Longest Putt – No<br />

3–JJenkins. Nine holes: J Smith<br />

36.<br />

LGU &2nd Qualifying Match Play,<br />

18 Holes: Silver ­LAnderson ­0.5,<br />

J Pottinger +0.5, NWeavers +0.5.<br />

Bronze 1­ BThompson ­5.5, M<br />

TeAwa ­3.5, RPilbrow ­3.5. Bronze<br />

SPORT<br />

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II­SFarrar +0.5, WMehrtens<br />

+2.5.<br />

Putts –NWeavers &BThompson<br />

28. Nearest to Pin –No4for 2–B<br />

Thompson. Nearest to Pin – No 11<br />

for 2–JPottinger, Nearest to Pin –<br />

No 17 for 1–LAnderson. Longest<br />

Putt –No10–JBlatch.<br />

Nine holes: J Bragan ­3.2, RRoy<br />

+1.8. Nearest to Pin –17JBragan.<br />

Nett Eagle ­14­RRoy<br />

Amberley Gun Club<br />

KQuigley 99.6, OMitchell 98.5, M<br />

Black 97.6, KBrown 97.1, IFrazer<br />

96.5, WParker 95.3, EPatchett 93.1,<br />

SIronmonger 91.1, NJerebine<br />

79.0, TDavey 76.0.<br />

Amberley club is open and<br />

everyone is welcome, with all gear<br />

supplied.<br />

Amberley Golf Club<br />

<strong>2024</strong> Championship Winners:<br />

Senior Men: J Robertson. Senior<br />

Women: LRobertson.<br />

Intermediate Men: GWilliams.<br />

Intermediate Women: L<br />

Schwaiger. Junior Men: NReeves,<br />

Junior Women: DBanton.<br />

Presidents Cup: HMurray. 9Hole<br />

Men: PGarlick. Women: MCottie.<br />

<strong>May</strong> 10: DFlewellen 66, DIrving<br />

67, J Bates 68, AGenet 70, BYates<br />

71, DWalker 71, RDenby 72, I<br />

Holding 72, GWilliams 72, M<br />

Haddleton 72.<br />

Mid Week Men: RClifton 39, B<br />

Yates 39. J Stringleman 38, IRouse<br />

37. Women: KPepper +1, SLee O,<br />

CBurrows –1. Nine holers: Men: D<br />

Goodwin34, J Evans 36. Women: M<br />

Cottier, HAstell 34, J Coberger 35.<br />

Oxford beatsHornby in close contest<br />

From Page 38<br />

Springston vWoodend<br />

Woodend got off to aflying start against<br />

Springston, with Jordie Swain scoring<br />

the opening try and adding apenalty<br />

kick. However, Springston responded<br />

scoring three unanswered tries to take a<br />

21­8lead into the break.<br />

The second half began in similar<br />

fashion for Springston as it extended its<br />

lead with another try.<br />

Woodend refused to give up and<br />

responded with awell­worked team try<br />

finished off by Danyon Nicholas.<br />

Springston scored two more tries with a<br />

Woodend player in the bin to secure a<br />

hard­fought victory.<br />

Springston 40 beat Woodend 15 (Danyon<br />

Nicholas try, Jordie Swain, try penalty,<br />

conversion).<br />

Hornby vOxford<br />

Oxford triumphed over hosts Hornby in<br />

atypically gutsy country rugby<br />

performance. Oxford came out firing<br />

applying pressure early forcing Hornby<br />

to defend its goal­linefrom the get­go.<br />

First five­eight Harry Muir, stepped his<br />

defender giving Oxford an early 7­nil<br />

lead in the first five minutes. Oxford<br />

continued the game in similar fashion.<br />

Forwards Dan Brooker and Joe<br />

Lockwood making strong runs, claiming<br />

crucial meters allowing George Prain to<br />

pick and go close to the line scoring<br />

Oxford’s second. Hornby retaliated in<br />

the later parts of the half.Its two tries<br />

brought the score back to 14­12 at halftime.<br />

Oxford showed some flare and attacked<br />

hard in the second. Hornby was caught<br />

off­guard with an overlap out wide as<br />

Oxford’s flanker Jack Classen darted<br />

down the touchline from the 22 to score<br />

Oxford’s third. Classen turned on a<br />

fearless performance all game earning<br />

him player of the day. Hornby<br />

capitalised on Oxford’s mistakes<br />

scoring apenalty to take the score to<br />

19­15. With Hornby running out of steam<br />

Oxford kept attacking making alot of<br />

easy metres. Hooker Stewart Feary<br />

scored Oxford’s bonus point try. Oxford<br />

was now well on top and ran out<br />

deserved 24­15 winners.<br />

Hornby 15 lost to Oxford 24 Tries Harry<br />

Muir, Stu Feary, George Prain, Jack<br />

Classen.<br />

Lincoln vSaracens<br />

Adepleted Saracens unit started very<br />

slowly and allowed Lincoln to race out<br />

to 19­nil lead in the first quarter.<br />

Eventually Saracens was able to get<br />

their hands on the ball and used the<br />

width of the field resulting in tries to<br />

Caleb Pomare­Edwards and Toby<br />

Ashby. Lincoln bounced back to string<br />

together phases and scored two more<br />

tries to take the lead out to 33­12 at the<br />

break.<br />

Saracens really lifted the tempo scoring<br />

two quick tries through Oscar Burney<br />

and Ashby with coach Dion Jones<br />

throwing ascintillating cut out pass that<br />

left the defenders in no man's land.<br />

The next 15 minutes produced areal<br />

see­saw battle with both teams willing<br />

to throw the ball round and take some<br />

risks.<br />

Lincoln was able to score next under<br />

the posts. but Saracens went straight<br />

back on to attack enabling Ashby to<br />

cross in the corner for his third try.<br />

Lincoln got ahandy penalty to stretch<br />

the lead out further.<br />

On the stroke of full time livewire<br />

flanker Nathan Goodwin read Lincoln’s<br />

play beautifully and scooted away for an<br />

intercept intercept try to take the final<br />

score to 43­34.<br />

Both teams credit they were willing to<br />

play attacking rugby with made the<br />

game entertaining from the sidelines.<br />

Lincoln 43 beat Saracens 34 (Toby<br />

Ashby (3) Oscar Burney, Nathan<br />

Goodwin tries; Caleb Pomare­<br />

Edwards,1 try 2conversions).<br />

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On watchfor winter conditions<br />

The recent frosts are atimely reminder todrive to<br />

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While Council have acontractor who grits the<br />

roads when icy, the best preventative measures<br />

to take are de-icing your windows inthe mornings<br />

and driving to the conditions.<br />

Council contractors monitor road temperatures in<br />

the early hours ofthe morning toassess areas that<br />

need grit, however it takes time for them to move<br />

throughout the District.<br />

Council Roading Operations Team Leader,<br />

Carl Grabowski says, “Routes that are known to<br />

have ice forming on the road are targeted first,<br />

particularly shaded areas and curves. But after a<br />

frost road users should anticipate ice onall parts<br />

of the network and adjust their driving accordingly.”<br />

Roadsthattraveleasttowestare particularly bad<br />

wherethere areshelterbelts, such as on parts of<br />

Tram Road andSouth Eyre Road.Ice canremain on<br />

theroadall day, so care needstobetaken at alltimes.<br />

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vehicle has little ornotraction, so lowering your<br />

speed will help reduce the consequences should<br />

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windscreen wipers are clean and work well,<br />

windscreens, windows and mirrors are clear of<br />

ice and moisture<br />

• Adjust your speed appropriately<br />

• Allow extra time for your journey<br />

• Leave more spacebetween youand othervehicles<br />

• Make sure you have your headlights oninfog<br />

and low light<br />

• Avoid braking oraccelerating suddenly<br />

• Pay attention tosignage with warnings of ice<br />

and grit<br />

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vehicle does or doesn’t have, such as Antilock<br />

Braking System (ABS), and know the correct way<br />

to operate your vehicle inall conditions.<br />

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By DAVID HILL,<br />

Local Democracy Reporter<br />

The quality of submissions for<br />

this year’s Hurunui Long Term<br />

Plan has been ‘‘heartening’’,<br />

says <strong>May</strong>or Marie Black.<br />

The Hurunui District<br />

Council resumed<br />

deliberations on its <strong>2024</strong>/34<br />

Long Term Plan on Tuesday<br />

(<strong>May</strong> 14).<br />

In all 144 written<br />

submissions were received,<br />

with around 30 giving oral<br />

submissions at last week’s<br />

hearings.<br />

Mrs Black said the council<br />

had changed the way it<br />

engaged with the community<br />

and the results were<br />

‘‘positive’’.<br />

‘‘I am really delighted with<br />

the number of submissions and<br />

the quality of the content.<br />

‘‘It is areally important part<br />

of the process and as acouncil<br />

we strategically thought about<br />

how we could engage with our<br />

community and how our<br />

community could contribute.’’<br />

Councillors had made<br />

contact with local<br />

communities of interest within<br />

their wards to make them<br />

aware of the plan and offered<br />

to come and speak with them.<br />

Amovie night was also held<br />

inthe Tin Shed at Amberley<br />

Domain to get people along,<br />

while councillors and council<br />

staff spent time at the<br />

Amberley Farmers’ Market<br />

and the Hanmer Springs<br />

Village Market to engage with<br />

residents.<br />

‘‘Coming to atwo­hour<br />

meeting isn’t always inspiring,<br />

but Ireally appreciated those<br />

little five minute<br />

conversations and knowledge<br />

exchange at the market,’’ Mrs<br />

Black said.<br />

‘‘It was enough to get the<br />

issue across and for people to<br />

stand and engage and take<br />

something away. People’s lives<br />

are busy, whether it is<br />

working, looking after little<br />

people or caring for the<br />

elderly, so we need to think<br />

about how we can make that<br />

connection.’’<br />

Council staff set up a QR<br />

code to make it easier for<br />

people to have their say,<br />

alongside the paper copies.<br />

The council consulted on rates<br />

investment in roading, the<br />

development of the Queen<br />

Mary Historic Reserve in<br />

Hanmer Springs and rating for<br />

stormwater activities.<br />

But submissions on behalf of<br />

the Amberley Beach Golf Club<br />

called the council to task for<br />

not including aproposed<br />

extension to Grierson<br />

Avenue, to provide access to<br />

the golf course, in the Long<br />

Term Plan. The council had<br />

asked staff to investigate<br />

extending Grierson Avenue<br />

through the narrowest part<br />

of awetland to protect<br />

access to the golf course,<br />

which is threatened by the<br />

sea.<br />

Other submitters raised<br />

the Amberley Beach bund,<br />

called for adisc golf course<br />

at Amberley Domain and<br />

asked for more attention to<br />

be given to road<br />

maintenance.<br />

The council has made<br />

provision to replenish the<br />

coastal bund at Amberley<br />

Beach in the <strong>2024</strong>/25<br />

financial year.<br />

Councillors also agreed in<br />

principle to support a<br />

residents’ proposal to debt<br />

fund the cost of building a<br />

new bund, as part of its<br />

Amberley Beach Coastal<br />

Adaptation Plan at acouncil<br />

meeting two weeks ago. A<br />

bund is atype of<br />

embankment which protects<br />

against the sea. The<br />

deliberations are due to<br />

conclude on Wednesday<br />

(<strong>May</strong> 15).<br />

Hanmer Springs bowls successful<br />

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Teams from Waimate to<br />

Kaikoura rolled into Hanmer<br />

Springs recently for the<br />

Hanmer Springs Bowls first<br />

open two day tournament.<br />

Atotal of 12 teams of four<br />

competed for $1000 of prize<br />

money, sponsored by Hanmer<br />

Springs Harcourts Real<br />

estate.<br />

Initially there was to be four<br />

rounds of competition each<br />

day, but as the level of rain<br />

increased on the second day<br />

all competitors were pleased<br />

that the final round was<br />

cancelled, being alittle wet<br />

and bedraggled.<br />

The first four teams<br />

received cash prizes, and the<br />

winners were:­<br />

Al &Jill Stephenson, Jeff &<br />

Jean Walton (Rangiora) 1;<br />

Rosemary Bennett, Jan Suttie,<br />

Rose Johnson &Sandra<br />

Holdom (Allenton One) 2;<br />

Wendy Watson, Leanne<br />

Kearns, Shirley Doig &<br />

Annette Sargison (Allenton<br />

two) 3; Les Mitchell, Ross<br />

Dobby, Steve Hill &AlGreen<br />

(Waiau) 4.<br />

The Hanmer Springs two<br />

team of Stacey Inglis, Zane<br />

Inglis, Duhram Frewin, and<br />

Dave Straker, narrowly<br />

missed aprize, taking out fifth<br />

place. It was agreat result for<br />

three novices and one bowler.<br />

Asecond two day tournament<br />

and open Triples Day will take<br />

place in two to three months.<br />

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batteries…<br />

Drop your used household<br />

batteries at your local<br />

transfer station’s battery<br />

recycling station.<br />

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Land Transport Plan<br />

By DAVID HILL,<br />

Local Democracy Reporter<br />

Alack of investment<br />

remains aconcern as<br />

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

backs the region’s transport<br />

plan.<br />

The regional council<br />

voted to adopt the <strong>2024</strong>/34<br />

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

Transport Plan at acouncil<br />

meeting on Tuesday, <strong>May</strong> 7.<br />

But councillors expressed<br />

concerns at aperceived lack<br />

of funding from central<br />

Government and apotential<br />

funding shortfall.<br />

The <strong>Canterbury</strong> Regional<br />

Transport Committee,<br />

comprising the region’s 10<br />

mayors, gave its approval to<br />

the plan at ameeting on<br />

April 18.<br />

Councillor Deon Swiggs<br />

said the there had been<br />

under­investment in<br />

transport and infrastructure<br />

in the South Island for too<br />

long.<br />

‘‘It is arelatively good<br />

plan, but we need to get on<br />

top of the funding because<br />

we are getting behind in<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong> and in the<br />

entire South Island.’’<br />

He was also concerned at<br />

the lack of atimeframe set<br />

out for the implementation<br />

of the proposed mass rapid<br />

transport for Greater<br />

Christchurch.<br />

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

principal strategy advisor<br />

Clare Pattison said the<br />

regional transport plan set<br />

out priorities for transport<br />

in the region.<br />

But the timings would<br />

ultimately be set by Waka<br />

Kotahi New Zealand<br />

Transport Agency and the<br />

regional council.<br />

She said the council could<br />

refer questions back to the<br />

regional transport<br />

committee if there were<br />

concerns. Councillor Grant<br />

Edge said if the council did<br />

not adopt the plan by the<br />

June deadline, it would put<br />

at risk funding for<br />

<strong>Canterbury</strong>’s roading<br />

projects.<br />

Councillor Vicky<br />

Southworth said funding<br />

was an issue which<br />

‘‘continues to be raised’’.<br />

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2025 Out of Zone<br />

Enrolments<br />

The RangioraHigh School Board<br />

has determined that Out of Zone<br />

enrolmentswill be accepted in 2025<br />

forthe followingstudents:<br />

1. Priority2–siblings of current<br />

studentsatthe school<br />

2. Priority3–siblings of past<br />

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Applications forout of zone<br />

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Forfurther information please<br />

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As an example, when you turn off atap there will be<br />

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water is left sitting in the tap for hours itmay<br />

dissolve metals from the tap body.<br />

Although the health risk is negligible, your local<br />

Council is recommending that all households flush a<br />

cup of water from their drinking water taps each<br />

morning before use.<br />

This is in line with the Drinking Water Standards for<br />

New Zealand.<br />

All households are advised totake this precaution,<br />

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