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MAINTENANCE WORK UNCOVERS TIME CAPSULES IN ASHBURTON CENOTAPH / ANZAC DAY SERVICES 2020 / FROM THE CEO: HEEDING ADVICE, BEST PROTECTION

DISTRICT DIARY

Maintenance work ANZAC Day services 2020 uncovers time capsules in Ashburton cenotaph Please note, these services may be subject to change.

A thorough deep-clean of the Ashburton war memorial in Baring Square West has uncovered two time capsules, one of which has laid undisturbed in the cenotaph for almost 100 years. Behind one of the tiles that have been carefully removed and cleaned by hand, the team from Stoneface Ltd came across two airtight copper boxes encased in the memorial. The first time capsule was laid when the memorial was unveiled in June 1928. It is reported to include the names of the 97,335 members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force who served overseas during World War I.​ I​t is also said to include a copy of the proclamation of peace issued by King George V and several local books, newspapers and items from the time.

Jubilee booklets and catalogues from the Ashburton A&P Association and Ashburton County are inside, as is a history of Ashburton compiled by the Ashburton AA and a Māori​ souvenir of New Zealand booklet. Schools and churches contributed with magazines and souvenir booklets. Samples of wheat and woollen products produced in the district are also inside. The second time capsule is understood to contain the names of the 104,988 New Zealand soldiers who fought overseas in World War II. Both copper boxes have remnants​of pitch coating them. The capsules were entrusted to the care of the Ashburton Museum who have been looking after them until they are reinstated after cleaning and maintenance on the cenotaph is finished.​ Neither of the capsules have been opened.

The following services have been arranged for the Ashburton District, and all residents are welcome to attend.

ASHBURTON: Dawn Service When: 6.30am Where: Ashburton cenotaph, Baring Square West, Ashburton Speaker: MP Andrew Falloon Service conducted by Brigadier Mike Allwright of the Salvation Army CEMETERY SERVICE When: 9.00am Where: Services Plot, Ashburton Cemetery Speaker: MP Jo Luxton

MAYFIELD AND DISTRICTS When: 9.30am, assemble at Panther Rock Café car park. When: 9.45am, parade leaves When: 10.00am, service Where: Mayfield Memorial Hall

R.S.A members assemble at north end of Service Personnel plot at 8.45am

Collection for a charity and morning Tea to follow, a plate appreciated.

CIVIC SERVICE & WREATH LAYING When: 11.00am Where: Ashburton cenotaph, Baring Square West, Ashburton Speaker: Ashburton District Mayor Neil Brown Limited seating available for elderly citizens. 150 seats reserved for returned and service personnel. Ex-service personnel and other groups (Scouts, Guides etc.) assemble at the corner of Havelock and Park Streets by 10.45am. HINDS: When: 10am Where: Hinds Hall Ex service personnel and Scout & Guides assemble at Scout Den at 9.45am.

12.00 noon. Golf match at Mayfield Golf Club METHVEN: When: 9.15am, assemble at the Memorial Arch on McDonald Street When: 9.30am, march When: 10.00am, service Where: Mt Hutt Memorial Hall, 160 Main Street, Methven Morning Tea in the supper room of the Memorial Hall. RAKAIA: When: 10.00 Where: Rakaia Community Centre, Mackie Street, Rakaia.

From the CEO: Heeding advice, best protection bright posters at the entrances of the EA Networks Centre, Museum, Library and Council building asking anyone who is feeling unwell to please return home and to contact their GP or Healthline for advice.

Chief Executive Hamish Riach

As the impacts of coronavirus CONVID-19 continue to unfold each day, we are all assessing our own situations and thinking about what we need to do to best prepare and protect ourselves and the wider community. You'll have seen that there are now 4

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We have introduced these and other sensible precautions based on the advice coming from New Zealand's lead agency on the COVID-19 response, the Ministry of Health (MoH). As not only a public service and facility provider, but also a local employer, the Council has a responsibility to do all we can to protect the welfare of our residents and staff. It is a responsibly other organisations and businesses are actively assessing as well. We have reinforced sanitiser messages to our staff to regularly wash or clean

their hands, are advising our teams to reduce hand-to-hand contact with others and to stay at home if they are feeling unwell. We have also increased our cleaning and sanitising activities at all our facilities. Advice from the MoH experts is that washing our hands thoroughly, avoiding touching our faces, sneezing and coughing into tissues or our elbow, and staying at home if we are experiencing possible symptoms are all practical and effective measures to help protect ourselves and our community. These are measures we should all adopt in our efforts to be responsible and reduce the spread of the virus. From a Council perspective, we are refreshing our Business Continuity Plans to ensure we can keep critical Council services open and can support

staff to work from home where possible, and have set up an internal Pandemic Planning Group which is meeting daily to keep abreast of developments and respond accordingly. Additionally, we are working with industry leaders who are working on behalf of all Local Authorities to coordinate advice on a vast array of issues confronting Councils and their services for communities. The MoH remains the single source of truth on coronavirus COVID-19, and I urge everyone in our community to check their website (health.govt. nz/COVID-19) for information. The MoH stresses anyone who has been overseas within the last 14 days and has developed a fever, cough or shortness of breath should phone Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 or contact their GP. ashburtondc.govt.nz

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