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5 Baring Square West, Ashburton | PO Box 94, Ashburton, New Zealand 7740 | Telephone (03) 307 7700 | Facsimile (03) 308 1836


Cultural awareness workshops


Aquaboard class update


Local litter crusader celebrated She’s well known around the Ashburton community, particularly in Tinwald for her years of dedication picking up rubbish and keeping her town tidy, and last week, Elwyn Peck was recognised for her selfless service.

Elwyn has spent much of her life removing what has been described as “tonnes” of litter from the streets, often taking a rubbish bag with her as she walked her dog. It was this prolonged and admirable effort that saw her nominated for a Keep New Zealand Beautiful ‘Tidy Kiwi Award’.

commitment that they sent Elwyn a gift to recognise her hard work. Elwyn was presented a congratulatory certificate and Keep NZ Beautiful goodies by Mayor Donna Favel and Councillor Thelma Bell, surrounded by her family and friends on Friday 14 September. “I did it because I wanted to do it,” the humble retiree said.

In their reply to the Council and Elwyn’s granddaughter, Mandy – who worked together to nominate Elwyn, Keep NZ Beautiful said, “Our office manager was especially touched by Elwyn’s entry...Elwyn should be extremely proud of the results she has achieved, and we encourage you to enter again next year.” Continued on page 2...

Pictured: Elwyn Peck (second from the left) with Mayor Favel (left), Cr Thelma Bell and her granddaughter, Mandy.

Futsal Extravaganza coming to town

The five-a-side indoor soccer tournament will celebrate the district’s diversity and help to bring newcomers and locals together for a weekend of fun and laughs. Recent reports suggest futsal is the fastest growing sport in New Zealand. People of all ages, abilities and backgrounds are being encouraged to register a team of six to 10 people to take part in the excitement. There will also be a ‘Give it a Go’ drop-in session aimed at kids and young people, who will have the chance to learn from New Zealand’s

What’s on Peak to Pub 2018 Mt Hutt Ski Area 8.15am, Saturday 22 September Scavenger Hunt Competition visit for info Sunday 23 Sept - Sunday 30 Sept Boulevard Day East Street, Ashburton From 9am to 3:30pm, Monday 24 September Bite Nite 2.0 Baring Square East, Ashburton 5.30pm, Wednesday 26 September

Although she was unfortunately not shortlisted due to the number of high calibre entries, the people at Keep New Zealand Beautiful were so impressed by her story and her

Registrations are now open for New Zealand’s very first Welcoming Communities Futsal Tournament Extravaganza coming to the EA Networks Centre on 13 and 14 October.


Bite Nite 2.0

best footballers. A celebrity match between well-known locals and futsal stars will wrap up the football festivities on Sunday afternoon. The event is an initiative of New Zealand Football, Immigration NZ, Ashburton District Welcoming Communities and Mainland Football. “Our district has really embraced Welcoming Communities, and this tournament captures everything that the programme is all about,” Ashburton Mayor Donna Favel says. “Sport has a special place in our region’s identity, and it also has a universal quality. This tournament is a unique opportunity for Ashburton to not only get together and celebrate as a community, but also to have some outstanding futsal players in our midst.”

The festivities will include a ‘Give it a Go’ session, followed by a junior clinic on Sunday morning, before the junior, youth and adult games get underway. Although not a ‘competitive’ tournament, prizes will be awarded throughout the weekend. All activities are free to participate in, however registration is essential. People have until Sunday 30 September to register a team, or to participate in the ‘Give it a Go’ dropin session or junior skills clinic.

The Extravaganza Fair Ashburton Domain From 9am to 5pm, Saturday 29 September Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat Ashburton Trust Event Centre 10am, Wednesday 10 October Jackson Holmes Salmon Run Rakaia Domain 9.30, Saturday 13 October The Ashburton District Welcoming Communities Futsal Extravaganza 5pm - 7pm, Saturday 13 October and 9am-5.30pm Sunday 14 October newzealand/events/

Those not inclined to play are encouraged to come along on Sunday to cheer on the teams. For more information or to register, visit the New Zealand Football website and click on ‘Get Involved’, then ‘Welcoming Communities Futsal’. 20 September 2018 | ISSUE 126




Local litter crusader celebrated...continued Continued from page 1 Aside from picking up rubbish, Elwyn’s efforts have included collecting recycling and taking it home to be sorted and recycled; picking up items of clothing, washing them and taking them to a charity to be used by others; and gathering aluminium cans, selling them and donating the profits to the Scouts. She hasn't limited her war against litter to Ashburton either, having picked up rubbish wherever she goes, including on Auckland’s Queen Street, and in Rarotonga while at a wedding.

“Elwyn’s ‘obsession’ with litter and cleaning up after others has at times annoyed the heck out of our family, [but] we are immensely proud of the tireless work she has undertaken over the years and the difference that she has made for all the community,” Mandy said. Elwyn’s daughter, Karen joked that one of her favourite memories of her mother’s ‘obsession’ was when she got a parking ticket in town one day. After telling her mother of the bad news, Elwyn replied, “You’re not paying that, I’ve done enough work picking up litter for that!”

Asked what her words of advice would be to others, Elwyn said, “I’d say, keep it tidy!”

Elwyn is still as passionate about being a tidy kiwi as she’s ever been.

Last chance for funding

Improve your cultural awareness

Applications for Creative Communities Scheme funding as well as Biodiversity and Heritage funding are closing soon, with only a little over a week left to apply.

Volunteers and people who manage volunteers have a unique opportunity to learn about cultural awareness, with a series of specialised workshops happening in Ashburton in October.

The Council is encouraging local groups with a focus on delivering cultural opportunities for the community to submit their applications for the Creative Communities funding, which is made available during two rounds of funding each year through Creative New Zealand. Projects that aim to enhance or protect the district’s biodiversity and heritage may also be eligible for funding.

Application forms and criteria can be found on the Council website at To apply, fill out and return the form via email to or deliver it to the Council office. Applications for all three categories close at 5pm on Sunday 30 September. Earlier this year, the Council distributed $1.1 million of funds to local community groups through the Council's annual Grants and Funding scheme. Two rounds of Biodiversity and Heritage grants are available each year in recognition that these projects are often seasonal.

It certainly doesn’t feel like a year ago that I wrote an article for this column. Reminiscing on that, it is only a year away until the next local body elections! It’s amazing how time flies. If life goes well, and with the blessing of my family, I will certainly stand again in the next election. In last year’s article, I mentioned our dedicated and knowledgeable ADC staff, and my view on them has not changed – they are very good at what they do. But, they can’t do it all by themselves, and as a community, we all need to play our part. Let me explain…I don’t live in the Bermuda Triangle; I’m living somewhere I would call the ‘Mac-BurgerKing-Donald-

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Mid Canterbury Co-ordinator of Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury, Dellwyn Moylan says, "Our district is fortunate to have wonderful volunteers who contribute to making our community more welcoming and healthy. "It's important that we continue to support community members and strengthen their confidence when engaging with newcomers." The workshops will start in October, with the first workshop building on Māori cultural awareness. It will include being welcomed

Councillor Comment


In Elwyn’s nomination, Crissie Drummond, the Support Officer for Service Delivery said, “Council provided Elwyn with free official rubbish bags for many years to assist her in continuing the sterling job she was doing. Elwyn always kept our rubbish collectors on the straight and narrow…[and] on checking our records, we have received 60-odd recorded requests from Elwyn over the last 10 years, but we know we have had many more requests and interactions in that time.”

Domino-KFC-Subway-LiquorStore Triangle’. It’s a place where a lot of things mysteriously disappear. It’s an area about three to five kilometres from the centre of town where a lot of empty food wrappers and empty bottles seem to disappear from car windows and out of people’s hands, and re-appear on the grass berms and plantings! It seems to me that these offenders feel that their vehicle is the Holy Grail, and everything outside its windows is fair game for a dumpsite. Yes, we could contract Council and ask them

onto the Marae, as well as learning Māori protocal/ tikanga when being welcomed onto a marae. It will also focus on tips to assist volunteers and their managers to feel comfortable on marae and when interacting with Māori in their home, school or workplace. The workshop will take place at Hakatere Marae on 15 October from 9.15am - 11am. Register for the workshop by Friday 12 October at AshburtonMaoriWorkshop2018, or contact the Mid Canterbury Newcomers Network Coordinator, Adi Avnit on 027 220 8791. Volunteers include those who are involved in school PTA's; coach sporting teams; assist with church activities; or help with youth organisations.

On a recent trip to Canada for a family reunion, what stood out to me was how proud Canadians are. Their flag sails on everything from the Town Hall to cow sheds, Harley Most people in this special triangle are Davidsons to pushbikes, and all proud of their properties, including places I saw were well cared for and the roadside around them. Plenty of respected. By chance, I spoke to a these people make an effort to pick mayor of a similar-sized district as up the rubbish left by careless people, Ashburton, and we compared some and in fact, there are whole groups council issues. I must say, Ashburton who make this effort around the town is not a bad place to call home. So – our place. let’s make OUR PLACE a PROUD PLACE. That can start with all of us If there is a problem or a dangerous doing our part. situation you want to bring to the attention of ADC staff, such as roaming dogs and other animals, leaking water Leen Braam mains, blown over trees or potholes, then there is a great tool you can use: Councillor Ashburton Ward Snap, Send, Solve. It is a direct and easy-to-use app that everyone can use. Even I can work it! to send contractors to tidy up, but on the other hand, we could (and I have seen) people in our community pick it up themselves.



Have your say on waste Consultation is now open on the Council's Draft Solid Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw. Feedback on the proposed changes is being sought until Sunday 21 October, 2018. As a core function of Council, waste collection and disposal is a key service provided for the community. The current Bylaw is outdated and does not reflect the types of waste the community is generating or how Council is expected to manage the waste.

Some of the key changes proposed in the draft bylaw are:

• Providing a greater amount of

detail around how the different types of waste will be managed.

• Ability to register waste

collectors and operators to enable Council to obtain better data on the number of waste service operations in the district.

• Clarity on the responsibilities of owners/occupiers of premises and waste collection operators.

• Ability to manage waste from

different types of developments.

• Ability to manage waste at • Ability to enforce new

the environment and ensure the protection of the health and safety of the public and those involved in waste management.

The proposed changes will help Council to implement it's Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2016. It was also help to manage the negative impacts of waste on

For the full proposals and to make a submission, download a copy of the Draft Solid Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw consultation document from the Council website ashburtondc/govt/nz/haveyoursay.

events; and

requirements under the bylaw.

AquaBoard class a winner New domain loos ready The EA Networks Centre's newest class has been turning fitness on its head, with 25 eager participants braving the balanacing act to kick their fitness goals. Limited spots are still available for anyone keen to join in the action.

AquaBoard includes a combination of yoga and HIIT workouts/Tabata, which involves squats, press ups, sit ups and mountain climbers.

Anna Johnson, the Gym Supervisor at the Centre and one of the key figures behind bringing AquaBoard to Ashburton says it's fantastic to have the classes available, and that those already signed up are loving it.

Popular in fitness centres across Eurpoe and North America, Ashburton is one of the first places in New Zealand to have the AquaBoard classes available.

"It's great being able to provide something really different to the public. AquaBoard allows for a more challenging workout which isn't weight-bearing. "The people in our classes absolutely love it, and although it can be a little tough, they really enjoy it," she says.

These activities are performed while balancing on top of a board in the pool.

"We'd love to see even more people get in and have a go, so if you're keen to try it, get in touch with us," Anna adds. You can contact the EA Networks Centre during opening hours on 03 308 4020, drop into the Centre at 20 River Terrace, Ashburton or visit their website eanetworkscentre.

The wait is over...the new toilets at the Ashburton Domain playground are now open. The four cubical, unisex facility was opened earlier this month, replacing the old toilet block that has been demolished. The toilets were delivered to the Domain in May, where the roof was then installed and the facility hooked up to the wastewater system. Electrical issues were the last hold ups before the toilets were officially opened on 12 September.

leading from the carpark to the toilets. Picnic tables and more seating will also be provided soon. The original toilets were installed in 1984 and were representative of a popular design from the time, with separate sides for men and women. This is the third set of public toilets of this design that the Council has installed or replaced in the district; the first at Hinds in 2016 and the second at Lake Camp last year.

Staff have cleaned the facility and filled the dispensers with soap and paper. Included in the project is work to improve the aesthetics of the area, with plantings and new grass being added around the toilets. Council has also introduced three new carparks and a new path

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Community Noticeboard ROAD CLOSURES


Ashburton District Council gives public notice of the following road closures to ordinary vehicular traffic.

Ashburton District Council gives public notice of the following proposal​to temporarily close roads to ordinary vehicular traffic.

Bite Nite 2.0 - Ashburton Youth Council

Ashburton A&P Show - Ashburton A&P Association

Road to be closed:

Road proposed to be closed:

Baring Square East, from Havelock Street to Cameron Street

Seafield Road - from Bremners Road to Bridge Street

Period of closure:

Period of closure:

From 4pm until 8pm on Wednesday, 26 September 2018.

From 7am until 6pm on Saturday, 27 October 2018

This notice of closure is made under the Local Government Act 1974 Schedule 10 (11 (e)). It will be an offence under the above regulations for any person otherwise than under authority of an authorised permit to use the roads / streets for ordinary vehicular traffic during the period of closure.

Any person objecting to the proposal is called upon to lodge notice of their objection and grounds thereof in writing or email to Council by 4pm on 21 September 2018.

Neil McCann - Group Manager Service Delivery


Boulevard Day - The Retailers Group Roads to be closed: East Street, from Moore Street to Havelock Street Burnett Street, from East Street to 230 Burnett Street Tancred Street, from East Street to Cass Street Period of closure: From 7am until 6pm on Monday, 24 September 2018

September 2018

Up & Coming Council Meetings Meetings are held in the Council Chamber, 2 Baring Square East, Ashburton unless stated otherwise.

Neil McCann - Group Manager Service Delivery

Ashburton Water Zone Committee Tuesday 25 September, 1pm Methven Community Board Monday 1 October, 10.30am Mt Hutt Memorial Hall Board Monday 1 October, 1pm The above two meetings are held in Mt Hutt Memorial Hall & Heritage Centre Board Room at 160 Main Street, Methven.

Ashburton District Council Lease - Expressions of Interest Acton Road, Rakaia -Area 40ha -Legal Description: Lot 1 DP 513941 Information and expressions can be registered by contacting the Commercial Team at or on 03 307 7840 before 4pm, 1 October 2018. Officer for enquiries - Michelle Hydes, Property Officer.

It will be an offence under the above regulations for any person otherwise than under authority of an authorised permit to use the roads for ordinary 2018/20 Resurfacing Works vehicular traffic during the period of closure. The Ashburton District Council is seeking tenders for the 2018/20 Neil McCann - Group Manager Service Delivery resurfacing works to be carried out throughout the Ashburton District. ​Documents for this contract can be downloaded from Tenders close 4pm, Tuesday 25 September 2018. Officer for enquiries - Geoff Rhodes, Asset Management Engineer. Ashburton District Council are currently seeking applications for the below vacancies. Visit our website to find out more or to apply. Geographical Information System • Building Official - Processing (Applications close 30 September The Ashburton District Council is seeking proposals for a 2018) Geographical Information System (GIS) to enable management of • General Maintenance/Mower Operator (Applications close 23 its spatial data and related activity. Documents can be downloaded September 2018) from Tenders close at 4pm, Friday • Rakaia Cleaner (Applications close 24 September 2018) 14 September, 2018. Officer for enquiries - Peter van Dijk, GIS • 2x full time Gardeners (Applications close 23 September 2018) Specialist.

Environmental Services Committee Thursday 11 October, 1.30pm Service Delivery Committee Thursday 11 October, 2pm (approx.) Finance and Business Support Committee Thursday 18 October, 1.30pm Council Meeting Tuesday 30 October, 1pm (Note: change of day.) All meetings are open to the public unless otherwise stated. Meeting start times may be subject to change and will be notified on Council’s website.


Museum Volunteers

COUNCIL OFFICE 5 Baring Square West Monday - Wednesday 8.30am - 5.00pm Thursday 9.00am - 5.00pm Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm

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EA NETWORKS CENTRE 20 River Terrace Monday - Friday 6.00am - 9.00pm Saturday 7.00am - 7.00pm Sunday 7.00am - 7.00pm

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ASHBURTON MUSEUM 327 West Street Monday - Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm Saturday 1.00pm - 4.00pm Sunday 1.00pm - 4.00pm

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