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


Ashburton CBD revitalisation


New projects for local roads


Business Estate expanding


What’s on Budo Martial Arts Showcase EA Networks Centre Fri 14 June 2019 - Sat 14 Sep 2019 6.30pm to 9.00pm NZ Mountain Film Festival National Tour Ashburton Trust Event Centre Sat 03 Aug 2019, 7.00pm South Island Half Marathon Lake Hood, Ashburton Sun 04 Aug 2019, 9.30am - 1.00pm

Nominations now open for Ashburton District local body elections People wishing to be a leader in the Ashburton District and make important decisions for the future of their community are being encouraged to put their name forward for the local body elections.

Nominations for the Ashburton District Council, Methven Community Board and Ashburton Licensing Trust opened on 19 July, and will close at 12 noon on Friday 16 August. Council Chief Executive, Hamish Riach says being elected to local government is a chance to make a difference on issues that affect your community. "Council representation is all about local people making local decisions. If you are passionate about our district and its people, you want to build your leadership skills and make a positive contribution to the future of our community, consider putting your hand up for election this year." A Candidate Information Handbook

containing details of the nomination process, role responsibilities and the voting process is available to download from the Council website.

Mayfield, Mayfield; Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre, Main Street, Methven; and the Rakaia Mobil, State Highway One, Rakaia.

The Council held a Candidate Information Evening on 23 July for prospective candidates, and Council electoral staff will be visiting Methven on Friday 2 August to provide candidate information and accept nominations. The candidate information day will take place in the Mt Hutt Memorial Hall Boardroom from 10.00am until 2.00pm.

Residents are also being advised that some of the boundaries to the Ashburton, Western and Eastern Wards have changed, following the Council's review of its representation arrangements. The Ashburton Ward has been extended to include Lake Hood, while the Eastern and Western Ward boundaries have also shifted. Letters will be sent to affected residents in coming weeks to explain the changes. As part of the review, councillor numbers have also been reduced from 12 to nine.

Eligible voters are also being encouraged to check they are enrolled and that their details are correct, ready for the upcoming elections. They have until 16 August to ensure their information is correct. People can do this by checking the Preliminary Electoral Roll, which is available for inspection at the Council office, 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton; Ashburton Public Library, corner of Havelock and West Streets, Ashburton; Hinds Convenience Store, Hinds; Cafe

White Out 2019 The Blue Pub and Mt Hutt Fri 09 Aug 2019 - Sat 10 Aug 2019 The ACDC Story - Rockumentary Ashburton Trust Event Centre Sat 07 Sep 2019, 7-30pm The Powerade Peak 2 pub race Mt Hutt Ski Area Sat 21 Sep 2019, 1.00pm Boulevard Day Ashburton - East Street Mon 23 Sep 2019, 9.00am - 3.30pm Jackson Holmes Salmon Run Rakaia Domain Sat 19 Oct 2019, 9.00am newzealand/events/

Voting papers for the election will be sent out from 20 September and need to be completed and posted in time to reach the electoral office by 12 noon on Saturday 12 October. For more information about standing for election or to download a nomination form, visit 1



Pre-election report now available The Ashburton District Council's 2019 Pre-Election Report, a document designed to promote informed discussion in the leadup to local body elections in October, is now available. The report has been prepared to provide information that promotes public discussion about the issues facing the Council in advance of the upcoming elections, and is intended to assist voters in making an informed decision. The report focuses on how the Council is performing financially, including the Council's current financial position. Additionally, it signals the key spending issues, and provides information on major projects the Council expects to deliver in the next three years. The report has been prepared by Chief Executive Hamish Riach and Council staff, independently of the Mayor and Councillors.

Ashburton CBD revitalisation project becoming reality Plans to transform the Ashburton CBD by rejuvenating the streetscape are making headway, with work progressing on the detailed design. The Ashburton District Council has been working through design plans to finalise what the town centre (bordered by East, Havelock, Moore and Cass Streets) will look like, following the development of concept plans, community consultation and ongoing engagement with businesses. Group Manager Environmental Services, Jane Donaldson says the extensive work completed so far is intended to future-proof the CBD for years to come.

The report can be viewed and/or downloaded from the Council website

"We began work on this project in 2017 with the intention of reinforcing the CBD's importance, reclaiming retail spend and attracting businesses back into the commercial centre of town. We understood that to achieve this, the space needed to be vibrant and

viable, and this remains the goal for the project." The Council adopted draft concept plans for the CBD streetscape in April 2018 and sought community feedback on those plans the following month. The revised concept plans were then adopted at the August 2018 Council meeting. These plans included introducing a 30km/hour speed limit in the area; gateway treatments at the four key entry locations; pursuing the development of laneway connections and landscaping. "This is a major project that affects infrastructure, activities and features that might not immediately come to mind," Ms Donaldson continued. "For example, we've engaged arborists to

assess the condition and lifespan of the trees in the area, conducted a parking survey and carried out a traffic safety audit. "Although the exciting aspect of the revitalisation might be what's happening on the surface, there's actually a lot to do underground to ensure the infrastructure will meet the CBD's needs years down the track." The Council has now begun working on a draft construction timetable and will be discussing this with CBD businesses and property owners. Design plans are now available on the Council website. These feature artists' impressions of what each street could look like. Plans include cycle paths, shared spaces, new plantings including rain gardens, new street furniture and lighting. While the design plan currently reflects Council's decision on 27 June to move the water feature located at East and Tancred Streets to the domain, this may change given public interest on the matter and further consideration by Council at their upcoming 15 August meeting.

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To keep up-to-date with the latest news and developments with the Ashburton CBD Streetscape Revitalisation Project, check out the Council's new digital signage located at the former i-SITE building on East Street, sign up to the free mailing list at ashburtondc.govt. nz/stayinformed, or visit ashburtondc. Artist impressions of the streetscape designs can be seen at



Celebrations as Chinese Market Garden Settlement declared archaeologically significant

New year, new projects for local roads The start of a new financial year is an important time around the district, with new roading budgets allocated and ready to action on Ashburton's local roads. $12 million is earmarked to be spent on the districts roads, with $5.5 million going towards road maintenance, and the remaining $6.5 million paying for road renewals and other capital projects. With the 2019-20 year kicking off, the Council is straight into seeking tenders for projects, and the first two tenders off the rank will be for road rehabilitations one of the more intensive and expensive types of road maintenance that Council carries out. One of these tenders is for work to be completed on Beach Road in Ashburton, from the Chalmers Avenue roundabout to Trevors Road.

A special gathering of family and officials congregated at Ashburton's Ng King Brothers Chinese Market Garden Settlement on 7 July, as the site was declared archaeologically significant - an honour only extended to seven other post1900 sites in New Zealand. The settlement, which was established in 1921 by the Ng King brothers, was declared by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, following extensive investigation and consultation. The Allens Road settlement is considered to be the only remaining set of Chinese settlement buildings associated with early 20th century market gardening in New Zealand. Although some of the original buildings have been removed or demolished, the core of the settlement remains standing, including an outdoor pig roasting oven that was restored in 2013. Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Senior Archaeologist, Frank van der Heijden said the site was a rare and probably unique example of a Chinese market garden settlement that still had much of its fabric intact. "There is potential to learn a huge amount from this site, and I am very grateful to the families for their help while I was working on the archaeological assessment." The declaration will enhance the protection of the area, requiring any earthworks or proposals to develop the land to first gain permission from Heritage New Zealand and the land owners.

The declaration also confirms the site’s significance to the history of Chinese settlement in the Ashburton District and New Zealand in general. Descendants of the five original settlement land owners have retained ownership of the site, which is now managed by the Ashburton District Council. The Ng King families and representatives from the Council joined Heritage New Zealand officials at the settlement as the site was declared. After establising in 1921, the Chinese market garden quickly became the largest of its kind in the South Island. The brothers had three horse and cart teams, which were eventually taken over by trucks, taking fresh vegetables to Hinds, Rakaia and Chertsey; distances of up to 20km. As the business grew, produce was also taken to be sold in Christchurch, with the return trip being filled with more exotic, special or early produce for Ashburton supply. Five people representing each of the Ng King families spoke during the declaration event, as did Council representatives, Mr Heijden, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Chief Executive Andrew Coleman, and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Area Manager (Canterbury/West Coast) Christine Whybrew.

The project will continue the rehabilitations that have been carried out on the road so far. This includes digging up the entire length of the road and replacing it with new strong

gravels, reducing the slope of the road to stop low-lying cars from scraping the road surface when entering and existing from their driveways, and repairing any failures. The second tender is for rehabilitation on Arundel Rakaia Gorge Road and Fords Road. Sections along both of these rural roads will be dug up, replaced and widened to eight metres and seven metres, respectively. 2.12km of Arundel Rakaia Gorge Road (also known as the Inland Scenic Route) on the south side of Mayfield will be upgraded, while close to 800 metres of Fords Road starting from the 100km speed signs outside of Tinwald will receive rehabilitation works. The new roading surface for all three roads is intended to withstand the increasing number of heavy vehicles and more frequent traffic they are experiencing. Once the contracts are put out for tender and awarded, the road works are expected to get underway in September or October, when warmer weather will allow for better road construction conditions.

Sealing project completed on Poplar Road Poplar Road, east of Hinds has been completely upgraded from shingle to seal, after Ashburton Contracting Ltd (ACL) finished the final touches to a 5.15km section of the rural road earlier this month. A few favourable days of warm, dry weather during the first week of July allowed the contractor to complete the $1 million upgrade, which brings an end to four months of roadworks. The 5.15km section between Isleworth and Coldstream Roads was the last stretch to be sealed and widened, as the Council had already converted the rest in previous years. The Council invested $1 million of

unsubsidised funds to upgrade this final section of the road. The Council maintains the third largest rural roading network in the country, and regularly tops up its roading budget using surplus funds. In recent years, the Council has spent between $750,000 and $1 million each year on unsubsidised work on Ashburton's roads. Work on Poplar Road started at the end of February, and included widening the road to 6.5 metres, and replacing or extending some of the culverts along the road. Poplar Road sees a high number of milk tankers and other heavy vehicles, so the new seal will help to provide a smoother and safer drive for motorists.

Photos from the event are available on the Council Facebook page (@AshburtonDC). To watch the declaration ceremony, visit the Council YouTube Channel or Facebook page (@AshburtonDC).

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Ashburton District to benefit from Government investment in tourism infrastructure

Chief Executive Hamish Riach

This month, we were very pleased to learn that the Government will be investing $739,945 from its Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF) to help Council upgrade the Rakaia Salmon site on State Highway One. Combining this significant investment with the Council’s contribution of $197,590 plus a generous $20,000 backing from the Rakaia Lions Club, we will now be able to move ahead with the installation of new toilets and landscaping, which is a fantastic outcome for this site. As the gateway to the Ashburton District from the north, Rakaia is the first town to welcome visitors to our slice of Canterbury. The giant salmon statue is an iconic feature in our district, and accompanied with the playground, conveniences and electric vehicle charging stations, the site is a very popular stop-off for travellers. First impressions last, and to that end, it’s important we are putting our best foot forward and are leaving visitors with great memories of their experiences in our district.

Upgrading the site with new conveniences and updating the playground, rubbish bins, lighting and signage is a wonderful opportunity to ensure the site continues to draw people in and provide them with positive experiences while they are with us. This tourism funding announcement is a big win for our community. In fact, of the $2.4 million announced for Canterbury projects, the funding for this upgrade was the second highest amount awarded, second only to an application for a number of public toilets to be installed in the Hurunui

District. We know that tourism is a major player in the national economy, estimated to have contributed $15.9 billion to our Gross Domestic Product in 2018 alone. On a local level, our most recent Infometrics Quarterly Economic Monitor report showed that the district’s tourism sector has experienced a solid year, with expenditure in the year to April 2019 up by three per cent, totalling $179 million. The numbers tell a positive story about what we have to offer visitors and their desire to spend time and money

here. That is why this latest funding announcement is such a positive development. It is an acknowledgement from the Government that the Ashburton District plays an important role in providing attractions and experiences for national and international visitors. It also reflects a desire to see us grow and further succeed. We anticipate that the work at the Rakaia Salmon site will be completed by April 2020, so keep an eye out in coming months as work gets underway.

Significant projects to be advanced in 2019-20 year Physical works to rejuvenate the Ashburton CBD streetscape, a detailed business case for Ashburton’s second urban bridge and a river crossing and pump station for Ashburton’s wastewater network are a handful of major projects getting underway this financial year in the Ashburton District. These projects are set out in the Council’s 2019-20 Annual Plan, which was adopted at the 27 June Council meeting.

design plans for the new Ashburton Library and Civic Centre.

The Plan, which outlines what the Council will deliver and how these projects and services will be funded, is a continuation of what was set out in Year Two of the Council’s 2018-28 Long Term Plan.

Council Chief Executive Hamish Riach says that while the Council expects to progress a number of significant projects during the year, delivering quality infrastructure, public services and regulatory services that are costeffective and efficient remains a key focus for the Council.

Other items the Council will be advancing are purchasing an indoor inflatable for the EA Networks Centre stadium; bringing forward further development at the Ashburton Business Estate; and undertaking the detailed

“Our vision is to foster Ashburton as the district of choice for lifestyle and opportunity; one where residents can enjoy a prosperous economy based on innovation and opportunity and where there are great spaces and places that


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enhance our quality of life. “For example, $12 million is earmarked for maintenance, renewals and other capital projects on our roading network. "We’ve also budgeted an almost 16 per cent increase in funding for kerb and channel, which will be used in areas that have recently developed in the district.”

To help deliver the range of services, projects and activities, the Council has announced a five per cent overall rates increase, which is less than the 5.7 per cent increase it had initially forecast for Year Two of the Long Term Plan. To view the 2019-20 Annual Plan, visit



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Ashburton Youth Council comment

SAT 3rd AUGUST 2019 • 7PM

Kavan Faoagali, Youth Council Member

FILMS TO FEATURE: Atlas: Into the mountains (4 min) Director: Braydon moloney, NZ

A sublime journey into Morroco's spectacular Atlas Mountains, from the arid Anti-Atlas plateau, through the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas, to the snowy passes of the High Atlas.

Dasler Pinnacles (10 min) New Zealand’s very own Director: Joe Wright, NZ mountain film festival!

A short film about a few local Wanaka folk playing in their amazing back yard. While bike-packing the Hopkins Valley they saw a pointy-looking peak from their camp... then they decided to head back to what turned Thursday 4 July to Saturday 6 July at the Queenstown Memorial Centre, 1 Memorial Drive out to be the Dasler Pinnacle. A good dose of 1 The Breath Connection (15 min) exposure, solitude, sub-zero temperatures, Director: Alicia Young, NZ and epic New Zealand goodness... A portrait of freediver Kathryn Nevatt, former World Champion and current New Zealand A Winter Affair (26 min) record holder in all freediving disciplines. Director: Janina Kuzma, NZ Filmed through the distinctive Central Otago Janina Kuzma and Anna Smoothy cross seasons, the film reflects Kathryn's philosophy New Zealand's Southern Alps over the Main and gives insight into the mind of a freediver. Divide from East to West starting at the Liebigs. They are confronted with challenging ICEolation (29 minutes) terrain and weather conditions, and a last Directors: Sophie Ballagh & Ewan Blyth (NZ) minute change to their plans prepares the team to exit out on a different route. Two people, two weeks, two kayaks. A journey beyond wilderness, via sea kayak, to connect with a land of ice and penguins. Two paddlers Upland Dreams (12 min) with adventurous spirits undertake a selfDirector: Ross Mackay, NZ supported sea kayak expedition in Antarctica. Josh Clark and Jono Carr stumble upon an unlikely find in a cave while hunting in the North Fluid Trails (12 min) Routeburn Valley. It just so happens that one Director: Dypla Gerschwitz, NZ, world of New Zealand's premier backcountry couloirs is directly across the valley from the cave. premier Josh comes back after 17 years to attempt the Follow a three-person team on an 11-day loop of descent his part of this cool little story. the second largest national park in New Zealand.

queenstown programme

Diverse landscapes, traversed by bike and boat.

Adults: $25 Children: $15

(14 yrs & under)

TICKETS: Ticket Direct & Ashburton Trust Event Centre LOCATION: Ashburton Trust Event Centre (doors open 6pm)

Proudly brought to you by the Ashburton Youth Council. All funds raised will go towards

On Monday 8 July, the Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre was kind enough to extend an invitation to the Ashburton Youth Council to take part in an interactive tour, led by their brilliant Visitor Programmes Coordinator, Max Reeves. On this behind-the-scenes visit, AYC was taken through the Museum’s vast archive and collection of historical items, ranging from a 1950’s telephone box to a taxidermied stag head. By the end of the tour, we understood the importance of the Museum’s dedicated work in preserving the Ashburton District’s culture and heritage for the education and enjoyment of future generations. In addition to the interactive tour, we have been hard at work planning for Bite Nite 3.0 which will be held on Wednesday 25 September. Unlike our previous Bite Nite events, Bite Nite 3.0 will be held at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre rather than in Baring Square East. Being such a big event, we’re going to require funding to help get it off the ground. That's where the NZ Mountain Film Festival National Tour comes in… Seven Kiwi made sport and outdoorthemed short films will be coming Ashburton for the first time at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre on Saturday 3 August, starting at 7.00pm. The short films capture adventure and discovery out in the beautiful backcountry of New Zealand, as well as Morocco and Antarctica.

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the Bite Nite 3.0 event.



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Don’t forget to register your dog With less than a week until the end of July, dog owners in the district are being reminded to make sure they have registered their four-legged friends for the 2019-20 year with the Council. Each year, all dogs three-months-old and over must be registered in July. The registration fees help to pay for the range of dog control services and facilities that the Council provides. Re-registration forms were sent out to dog owners in June. People can register in the Council office or online by visiting

Online registration is simple. All that’s needed is the Dog Number (found on the forms sent by the Council). The new dog tag will then be sent out to the owner in the next seven to 10 working days. Failure to register by 31 July can result in late fees, and infringement notices may be issued from 1 September, so it’s important that owners register on time. For more information about dog registration, visit dogregistration

Generous donation made Ashburton Business for Mt Hutt Memorial Hall Estate expansion attracting keen interest purpose of keeping the Memorial Hall in repair. The generous offer will benefit the community, through helping to keep the facility in good condition if and when repairs are needed.

The prime location, ease of access to transport links and ports, competitive land prices and flexible options available at the Ashburton Business Estate have already caught the eye of dozens of businesses that have sought to expand or relocate their operations The hall is owned by the Ashburton in Mid Canterbury, and with more work happening to grow the estate District Council and is managed by even further, interest in this prime real estate isn't slowing down. The upkeep of the Mt Hutt Memorial Hall in Methven has been afforded a wonderful boost from within the community. The late Arthur Lochhead, through his estate, has bequeathed $20,000 to the Ashburton District Council for the

the Mt Hutt Memorial Hall Board. The original building was opened in 1956, and underwent extensive refurbishments that were completed in 2011. The Council is very appreciative of the bequeath, and welcomes donations and contributions that can be used to benefit residents, community facilities and infrastracture.

Floating movie night a hit at EA Networks Centre A night with mates and a movie is usually a guaranteed recipe for a good time: add some water and the fun only gets better - just ask the people who came to the EA Network Centre floating movie night. On Friday 28 June, close to 120 people secured their spot in the EA Network Centre pool, equipped with inflatable devices to watch a special screening of the smash Disney movie, 'Moana'. Inspired by other pool-side movie screenings in neighbouring districts, the


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team at the EA Networks Centre wanted to bring something new to town for local kids and their families to enjoy. The event was so well received, the team are considering hosting more movie nights in the future.

The 80 hectare Business Estate on the northern end of Ashburton has become home to 23 local and international businesses since it opened in 2011. The Ashburton District Council developed and continue to manage the estate, providing customised solutions for a range of businesses. With the initial development (Phase One) now complete, the Council is now busy implementing Phase Two developing the remaining land ready for more eager buyers and investors. "Businesses are thinking about their next strategic step and what smart investments they need to make for their future. This is seeing scores of enquiries into what is available at the Business Estate," Council Business Support Group Manager Paul Brake says. "We're rapidly progressing this next phase, and are already in discussions with a number of interested parties." The Council is currently working with civil engineers to develop the land. Organisations such as EA Networks and McIntosh Group were some of the first to invest in the opportunities at the Business Estate. They are joined by Ray Mayne Hose & Fittings Ltd; Kaipak Ltd; Precision Cutting

& Processing Ltd; Tricroft Holdings; WaterForce; NPD Fuel Stop; Canterbury Long Run Roofing; Fineboon – NZ Dairy Collaborative; Cullimore Engineering; Skip-2-It Flooring Xtra; Fonterra; Replas; Midlands; Midlands Apiaries; Lemacon; Mainland Coachworks Ltd; Active Print & Production; Sebco; Plains Irrigators; Quigley Feeds NZ; and Hallmark Surgical. Aside from its optimal position next to State Highway One, and its close proximity to Christchurch airport, rail and shipping port facilities, the Ashburton Business Estate offers some of the lowest industrial-rated land prices in the region. The Council is also able to provide flexible solutions for business needs - whether they wish to design and build, or build and lease back. The size and shape of the sites can also be customised to meet specifications. To enquire about the Business Estate, contact the Council on (03) 307 7700 or email To learn more and stay up-to-date on the latest news about the Ashburton Business Estate, sign up to our monthly e-newsletter, stayinformed



Ashburton reporting better wellbeing outcomes than national average The Ashburton District has a good economic outlook thanks to a strong rural sector, but now a new reports also shows our wellbeing is in a positive space too. The Infometrics Regional Wellbeing report has found that the Ashburton District has better wellbeing outcomes than the national average in three areas: housing, health and civic engagement and governance.

in local elections, while there is a 53.4 per cent voter turnout in the Ashburton District. There is also greater turnout for general elections in the district than the national average (82 per cent and 79 per cent, respectively).

The Ashburton District also scores highly for safety, social connections, and income and consumption.

Civic engagement and governance wellbeing highlights people's interactions with local decision making and public institutions. The report outlines that better wellbeing in this domain is displayed through higher activity by locals, indicating greater participation in civic processes and making choices that will affect their lives and the lives of those around them.

The other outcomes included in the report (nine in total) are environment, knowledge and skills, and jobs and earnings. Both housing and civic engagement and governance had the greatest difference between the district and the national average. The report showed there are less crowded houses, more affordable rent and a greater rate of home ownership in the Ashburton District than the national average. On the civic engagement front, just under 42 per cent of Kiwi's participate

Housing wellbeing highlights people’s ability to access and use suitable shelter, along with the extended benefits of satisfactory living conditions, including privacy, safety, personal space, and space for a family. Adequate housing allows security of living in an area, with a reasonable (not overbearing) cost for the provision of shelter.

The third wellbeing Ashburton District performed better in than nationally, was health. This wellbeing highlights people’s ability to live life free from illness and injury. Having better health outcomes provides people with a foundation to be an active and engaged member of society. The Infometrics Regional Wellbeing framework provides an overview of

wellbeing across New Zealand, and also provides a reliable comparison across the country on a consistent set of indicators. The nine wellbeings in the framework are based off the 12 domains contained in the New Zealand Treasury's Living Standards Framework, the majority of which are closely aligned to the OECD Better Life Index.

Methodist Church Hall commemorated ahead of new Library and Civic Centre development Blessings, words of remembrance and the opening of a time capsule marked the end of an era and the beginning of an exciting future in Ashburton on 10 July, as parishioners and church officials joined Ashburton District Council in farewelling the Methodist Church Hall on Baring Square East ready for the new Library and Civic Centre. The Hall will be demolished, along with the old County Council building next door, to make way for the new development. The demolition is set to bring new life to the Square, with the money the Church received through selling the Hall to the Council to be used to restore the Methodist Church, allowing it to be reopened for the community and church services.

after sustaining damage during the September 2010 earthquakes. The Parish expects that they will be able to move back into the Church in early 2021.

"It will be used for regular workshop services and we hope it will be used for smaller concerts and recitals, providing a space for smaller events in the community."

Attendees at ‘leave-taking’ ceremony this month were treated to the opening of a time capsule that had been set in the walls of the Hall when it was constructed in 1960. Inside were newspapers, plans and other documents.

The Church closed its doors for services

A number of old photographs from

inside the church had also been discovered and these were displayed at the ceremony. The Council is in the progress of constructing a new Library and Civic Centre on Baring Square East. Soft demolition work including disconnecting services, salvaging and removing fixtures got underway on 15 July. Hard demolition work with excavators is expected to start on 26 July, with all work anticipated to finish in September.

Parish Steward, Judith Cozier said although there were many joyous occasions to recall inside the Church Hall, it was an exciting time for the Parish members and that they hoped the community would benefit as well. "We are planning several meeting rooms, which will be available for the community to use, new offices, kitchen and toilet facilities, while keeping the ambience of our historic Church.

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Up & Coming

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

The Ashburton District Council has Week 1 and Week 2 rubbish and recycling collection calendars available. The calendars cover the period up until the end of August 2020.

Council Meetings

Winter Ski Event​- Richie Owen on behalf of NZ Ski Ltd

The calendars are available to download from the Council website

Meetings are now held in the new Council Chambers, 137 Havelock Street, Ashburton unless stated otherwise.

Printed copies can also be picked up from the Council office, 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton.

Environmental Services Committee Thursday 25 July, 1.30pm

To check if you are a Week 1 or Week 2 collection, see the sticker on the side of your yellow recycling bin.

Service Delivery Committee Thursday 25 July, 2.15pm (approx)

Roads to be closed: Barkers Road - Methven, from Mackie Street to the start of the pedestrian paved area Period of closure: From 8.00am, Saturday 10 August until 8.00am, Sunday 11 August, 2019​ 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 vehicular traffic during the period of closure.

Make sure your wheelie bin logo is facing out to the road - not facing your house, and ensure the bins are in a clear space away from behind parked cars, trailers or poles.

Road Safety Coordinating Committee Tuesday 6 August, 9.30am

LOVENZ Waste Landfill

International Relations Subcommittee Tuesday 6 August, 1.00pm You should leave at least 50 centimetres between each bin. This makes it easier for the collectors to pick them up.

Accounts Administrator (Closing 31 July) Fulltime Lifeguard (Closing 1 August) Museum Volunteers

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The below meeting is held in the Mt Hutt Memorial Hall Methven Board Room at 160 Main Street, Methven. 50


Overfilling your wheelie bins can cause them to spill when they are picked up. Ensure only the correct items are placed in each bin and the lid is flat.

Do not put hot ashes in your wheelie bins. These can melt the bin and cause a fire, which could spread. Let ashes cool for at least five days before bagging them and putting them in your red wheelie bin.


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

Bylaw & Policy Subcommittee Thursday 15 August, 9.00am Extraordinary Council meeting Thursday 15 August, 1.00pm

Ashburton District Council are currently seeking applications for the below vacancies. Visit our website to find out more or to apply. • • •

Bylaw & Policy Subcommittee Thursday 1 August, 10.30am Finance & Business Support Committee Thursday 1 August, 1.30pm

Neil McCann Group Manager Service Delivery


Extraordinary Council meeting Thursday 25 July, 4.15pm (approx)

6.00am - 9.00pm 7.00am - 7.00pm 7.00am - 7.00pm

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EA NETWORKS CENTRE 20 River Terrace Monday - Friday Saturday Sunday

Methven Community Board Monday 12 August, 10.30am

327 West Street Monday - Friday Saturday Sunday

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