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US troops welcomed at Burnham Joining forces: Commanding officer of 2/1 RNZ Infantry Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Stefan Michie, right, greets one of the visiting US Army contingent with a hongi during their welcome to Burnham Military Camp on Monday. Photo: NZDF

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United States soldiers were officially welcomed to Burnham Military Camp on Monday, in the lead-up to the first joint military exercise between the two countries in 26 years. The contingent of 41 soldiers are from third platoon, Alpha company of the 1st battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment (known as The Wolfhounds), based in Ohau, Hawaii. They are staying at Burnham to train and prepare for an exercise to be held in the central North Island later this month, dubbed ‘Alam Halfa’ after the site of a New Zealand army assault in Egypt during the battle of El Alamein in 1942. US Army Major Tom Harris said working with the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) would be valuable opportunity for both sides to develop tactics, techniques and procedures. “We’re really looking forward to it and I hope this is the first of many times. Either we can come over here or we can have some of the New Zealand Defence Force come over and train with us.” Many platoon members had served in Iraq and their next scheduled

deployment was to be in Afghanistan late next year. The platoon will participate in Anzac Day commemorations in Diamond Harbour before sailing from Lyttelton the next day along with South Island-based NZDF soldiers to join 35 US marines and more NZDF soldiers for Alam Halfa. Major Harris said it would be nice to take part in the commemorations. “Both of our nations had a lot of soldiers in the First World War and a lot of them unfortunately lost their lives but it’s good to be able to share things like this. It’s just another way we can share the friendship between our two countries.” NZDF Major Brent Quin said the joint exercise would be valuable for New Zealand and US forces as both could find out how they worked together in a training environment, rather than in a genuine combat situation. “It’s a good chance to test our inter-operability because we haven’t done that for ® a while.”

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Taking a dip for enterprise day

Making a splash: Darfield High School PE teacher Jason Dickens was dressed appropriately for a swim at the school’s recent enterprise day, and that’s exactly what he got. Mr Dickens was among several staff and students to be dunked during the day. Onlookers had to pay for someone to be dunked. A range of stalls was part of the enterprise day, which was organised by economic students.

News in brief Students design for a ‘tranquil’ Christchurch LINCOLN University’s second year landscape architecture students will team up with health advocacy website Healthy Christchurch and local Māori, Pacific and ethnic communities to create six gardens at demolition sites across the city. Lincoln University landscape architecture senior lecturer Mike Barthelmeh said the skills the students would learn on the ‘Places of Tranquillity’ project would serve them as well as the national and international communities in which they would be working, extremely well in the future.

Lincoln to have ‘special’ Anzac Day ceremony COMMUNITY togetherness will be the theme in Lincoln at the first full Anzac Day ceremony to be held in the Lincoln Event Centre. The 2pm service, hosted jointly by Selwyn District Council, the Lincoln Community Committee and Lincoln University, will be attended by Selwyn Mayor Kelvin Coe, Selwyn MP Amy Adams, who will be guest speaker, and Lincoln University assistant vice-chancellor Professor Hirini Matunga. Service coordinator Vern Clark, of Lincoln, a past president of the Springs sub-branch of Christchurch RSA and retired Lincoln University staff member, said that many features would make this year’s Lincoln

“There are six students in each group and they will individually come up with a design concept for one of the planned gardens that will be presented to the community,” he said. “The students will have to consider not just the physical landscape but also the traditions, culture and social needs of the community they are designing for.” The communities will decide on the final design for each of the six sites and volunteers, including the students, will help construct the gardens.

Historic Dunsandel church turns 100 THE centenary of the former Methodist church on Main South Road, Dunsandel, now a craft and gift shop, will be celebrated on Saturday April 28. To mark the anniversary, a small celebration has been organised by the Dunsandel Historic Society, commencing at 2pm in the old church, followed by afternoon tea. Four foundation stones were laid for the church on November 23, 1911, by G. Lill, T. W. Johnson, G. Sheat, and J. Sowden, and it

served local parishioners until services ceased in 1971. In 1972 the craft and gift shop was opened. Dunsandel Historical Society secretary Judith Wason said it was almost certainly the oldest building in the township. Anyone with a connection or interest in the building is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Mavis Barnett on 325 4142, or Judith Wason on 325 4089.

April Falls awareness campaign THE Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) has launched an awareness campaign this month to help prevent falls in hospital and within the community. The April Falls campaign aims to assist in raising awareness and education on falls prevention. Ken Stewart, from the CDHB’s clinical

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service particularly special. “Firstly, a roll of honour board from the old Lincoln Community Centre is being relocated to the new Event Centre and according to protocol with the movement of such memorials, it will be rededicated. Family representatives from among those named on the board will speak about their ancestors. “Secondly, a tablet recording the names of those who played a part in the construction of the war memorial wall outside the Event Centre will be unveiled and blessed. “This will finish the memorial wall project which has given Lincoln township its first ever official war memorial. The wall was in place just in time for last year’s service, but with the tablet installed it will now be complete. “Thirdly, there’s the philosophy behind this year’s service of drawing the community together by recognising our township’s past, present and future and the potential of today’s youth,” Mr Clark said. “There will be elements in the service representing all of these. For example, a group of Lincoln High School students has been trained to form the honour guard at the memorial wall, and the school’s head boy and head girl have been given roles, along with a descendant of a pioneer family.” Defence Force personnel from Burnham will also have roles throughout the service. At the memorial wall, as the final part of the service, members of the public will be able to place poppies in crosses. The first part of the service will be in the Nicholas Room at the Event Centre, named for Lincoln-born Sergeant Henry James Nicholas who served in the First World War with the Canterbury Regiment and was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery on the Western Front. He was killed in action less than a month before the end of the war in 1918.

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Working to preserve Ellesmere heritage Tom Doudney

ELLESMERE’s proud history will finally get the attention it deserves now that the Selwyn District Council has provided land for a new heritage park in Leeston, a proponent says. The council has agreed to lease a former depot to the Ellesmere Heritage Park Trust for a peppercorn rental, with the deed expected to be signed next month. The 1.45-hectare site is situated on Leeston Road near the entrance to the town. The trust’s steering committee chairman, John Winchester, said the council’s decision to lease them the land had made it a case of “when” rather than “if” the park could get up and running. “For us to get some land, to build a building, I think we would probably not be able to get it going; we wouldn’t be able to raise the money.” Mr Winchester had instigated the drive for a local heritage park around two years ago, after returning to the area after a 36-year absence and noticing a lack of focus on the area’s history. “I think it’s a shame to see our heritage disappearing, especially in an old district like this where it should be at the forefront.” The heritage park would provide a focal point for European and Maori history in the area

approximately corresponding to the former Springs-Ellesmere County Council, stretching from the shores of Lake Ellesmere as far north as Lincoln and Broadfield. The trust had received offers of memorabilia including a variety of machinery and two historic cottages, one thought to date from around the 1870s. Mr Winchester said that although there was “no fixed agenda” yet, it was hoped the park could be up and running in a year’s time. “The long term could be anything. It could be restaurants, it could be buses. We hope that buses will be coming in there in two to three years’ time. “With all these cruises coming in (to Lyttelton and Akaroa) there are always people wanting to see this sort of thing. I think for Leeston, it has big potential.” There was still a lot of work to be done in preparing the site in the meantime and the trust was interested in offers of help from people who could provide memorabilia or help with work. An open day would be held at some point so the public could have a look at the place and have a Looking forward: John Winchester at the site of the future Ellesmere Heritage Park with his 1930 say on what they would like to see at the park. Ford Model A Coupe which may be temporarily displayed at the park. Photo: Tom Doudney

Talk on hard life in Uganda A UGANDAN former sponsored child will share her story of hardship in Lincoln on Sunday as part of her Compassion Tour, which will also see her speak at five Christchurch venues. Lillian Nakabiri was born and raised in Kitetika, Uganda where her life was a struggle to meet basic needs. As a baby, her mother died and her father was kidnapped. However, at the age of 10 her life changed when she was sponsored and from then on things steadily improved.

The tour has been arranged by New Zealand aid and development agency, TEAR Fund and the talks are free to attend. TEAR Fund events organiser Megan Claxton said she was thrilled to be bringing Ms Nakabiri to New Zealand. “Lillian is a passionate advocate for youth. For the past three years she has traveled widely, speaking at conferences, events and churches, and it is our privilege Tale of hardship: Lillian Nakabiri from Uganda will speak in Lincoln. to host her here in New Zealand.”

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Promoting Selwyn as the place to be A HOUSING and Lifestyle Expo will be held by the Selwyn District Council starting a campaign to attract residents to live in the area. The Discover Sensational Selwyn campaign will be launched with a two-day housing and lifestyle expo at the Rolleston Community Centre on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29. The expo will include displays by developers, house builders, local businesses and tourism attractions. The aim is to promote the housing and lifestyle benefits of living in the district. Mayor Kelvin Coe said the campaign had been initiated to profile the Selwyn area to

Christchurch and Canterbury people. “Many people are unaware of the ‘gem’ which lies at their back door and the driving message of the campaign is that Selwyn is an attractive, vibrant and fun place to live, with lots of activities and events to take part in,” he said. The campaign’s underlying themes will include promoting the sense of space and close proximity to Christchurch, the rural feel of the district, as well as ‘keeping it in Canterbury’. The council has exhibitors lined up for the expo but is interested in further expressions of interest. More details are available at www. sensationalselwyn.co.nz.

New vice-chancellor welcomed to university LINCOLN University’s new vicechancellor Dr Andrew West was officially welcomed in front of the university’s historic Ivey Hall on Monday. Staff, the senior management team and council members were joined by representatives from Te Taumutu Rūnanga, Selwyn Mayor Kelvin Coe and Selwyn District Council chief executive Paul Davey, CPIT’s council chair and members of Dr West’s family from Te Arawa, Rotorua, in welcoming Dr West for a pōwhiri. Speaking on the behalf of the university, chancellor Tom Lambie said it was an honour to welcome Dr West on this “very special occasion”. “This is a significant day for Lincoln University. Dr West brings with him a wealth of knowledge, experience and networks to lead Lincoln University into the future,” he said. Dr West comes to the university from a career spanning research, education and commerce, the latter in agriculture, process manufacturing and tourism. Educated in England, Dr West graduated with a BSc in Ecology from the University of Westminster and a PhD from the council

Shaking on it: Chancellor Tom Lambie, left, was among those who welcoming new vice-chancellor Dr Andrew West to Lincoln University on Monday. Photo: David Hollander/Lincoln University

for National Academic Awards prior to immigrating to New Zealand in 1982. Dr West thanked the university and said it was privilege to be vice-chancellor. “At the heart of this university are its students, supported by its highly competent and dedicated staff, all encouraged by the significant industries we serve,” he said. “The university has an important role to play in helping restore the vitality of Christchurch and Canterbury, and I very much look forward to making this contribution.”

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Selwyn farmer receives award SELWYN dairy farmer and businessman Ross Keeley has received an award for outstanding contribution to the natural products industry over the past 10 years. The award was presented at Natural Products New Zealand’s (NPNZ) Natural Products Industry Awards, held recently in Rotorua. Mr Keeley balances his time between running his 292-hectare dairy farm in Te Pirita and running SeaDragon Marine Oils, a Nelson-based company that provides Omega 3 ingredients for supplement manufacturers in New Zealand and overseas. He is a founding member of NPNZ and has given many hours of voluntary time to the benefit of the industry. Serving voluntarily as a board member for the last nine years, he has held various positions within NPNZ and has also served on the trust board for the Canterbury Nelson Nutraceutical Cluster. Mr Keeley said he had been “humbled, surprised and most grateful” to receive the award. NPNZ executive director Michelle Palmer said despite the ongoing challenges with the New Zealand and international economies, the natural products industry in New Zealand was thriving. “Industry leaders like Ross Keeley have contributed to the ongoing growth and success

Well done: Ross Keeley, after receiving his award, with Michelle Palmer.

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Guinea pigs of all shapes on show at Prebbleton Tom Doudney

PREBBLETON was temporarily inundated with small furry rodents last week when the 31st National Cavy (guinea pig) Show came to town. A total of 159 guinea pigs from around the country were on display, and around 250 members of the public turned up for the show. Australian guinea pig breeder and show judge Peter Wright flew in especially to judge the contest, which is rotated between the North and Trophy hog: CERA of Duram with her silverware. South Island each year. Show manager Lisa McFarlane explained single colour, gold pedigree named CERA of that there was both a fun and competitive side Durham, owned by Kaiapoi resident Colin to the event. Third, that captured the coveted best in show “One side is the pets; that’s more for kids award as well as several other trophies. and stuff – they’re your normal pet shop sort The ‘guinea pig Olympics’ – featuring of guinea pigs, not pure-bred. Then the other contests to see which guinea pig could stand one you’ve got is your pure pedigrees and still the longest, eat the most or successfully those people take it very seriously.” navigate an obstacle course – was a hit with In the end it was a pink-eyed, smooth coat, children on the day.

West Melton homeowner not impressed with EQC Tom Doudney

WEST Melton resident John Allan is upset after being told by EQC that his damaged and badly leaking roof will not be repaired after 18 months and multiple visits by assessors and tradespeople. EQC has deemed Mr Allan’s roof damage to be unrelated to the earthquakes, despite the fact that he has provided documents showing the roof was fully repaired around a year before the September 4, 2010 earthquake. Mr Allen, who shares the house with his sister, said that immediately after that quake the roof had begun to sag and a significant leak had developed in his hallway. The leak had to be attended to every time it rained, sometimes in the middle of the night. He had filed a report with EQC and over the 18 months since the September quake, many assessors and tradespeople had visited to inspect the damage and provide quotes. Mr Allan said all of these had agreed it was earthquake damage and that it was only a matter of deciding on costs and arranging repairs, until several weeks ago when the final assessor to visit deemed the damage to be not earthquake-related. “They’ve been saying they’re going to fix it and it’s just been a parade and army of people going back and forth, going up on the roof and god knows what damage they’ve done working on it. They did a so-called ‘urgent

Unhappy ending: West Melton resident John Allan is not happy with EQC’s stance on his damaged and leaking roof.

repair’ after 16 months.” EQC national claims manager Reid Stiven said commission staff believed that Mr Allan’s claim was made in good faith; however, evidence didn’t point to earthquake damage. “Over time, things happen to houses that the owners take for granted or don’t know about. It’s only when there is an event like an earthquake that they become quite aware of what can sometimes be quite longstanding aspects of the condition of their properties. “At the time houses are coming up for repair, we clarify the scope of works and what is needed to be done and this may be the point where we find more damage, or sometimes less, or that it’s not due to an earthquake.”

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Some simple tricks for Microsoft Excel Microsoft Excel is a powerful tool for crunching numbers and storing data. Each workbook can have any number of worksheets made up of over a million rows and seventeen thousand columns. There are a few tricks and shortcuts that will help you work with large scale workbooks. Is there a fast way to copy a SUM formula down 200 plus rows? Yes, enter the SUM function in the first row in the total column. Make sure that the cell with the SUM formula is selected and then double click the fill handle (the square dot in the bottom right corner). The formula is automatically copied down to the last data row. By the way, the quickest way to enter a SUM function is to press Alt+=. I have a workbook with lots of worksheets. It’s really tedious scrolling from the leftmost sheet to the rightmost sheet. Is there a faster way? There are two things I’d suggest. First, to help you identify worksheets, change the colour of the worksheet tabs that you use most often: right click a tab, point to Tab Colour and then click a colour. Second, right click over the worksheet scroll buttons to see a list of all of the worksheets in the workbook. Then just click the name of the worksheet that you want to view. Email liz@cyberkeys.co.nz.

Easter surprise: The Easter Bunny paid a visit to Rolleston Busy Bumbles children including Jessica Becker and Lachie Bain, pictured with teacher Alice Gibb. Colourful: Templeton Busy Bumbles teacher Karen Breen, left, Samantha and Hayley Mason, the Busy Bumbles mascot, Dylan and Hunter Choie with the parachute used for bouncing balls on.

Making a splash: Noah Sidebottom enjoyed the water slide at the Lincoln Busy Bumbles.

Hearth warming news Your update on chimney repairs With winter in the offing – hopefully, not too soon – we’re getting calls about chimney repairs and replacement heat sources.

Of course, there have been more aftershocks and damage along the way. So it’s possible some homes need a primary heat source this year.

That’s a good thing, because helping Cantabrians keep warm in their homes is a real priority.

To be eligible for the Chimney Replacement Programme, you must have a claim with EQCandbe referred to the Project Management Office. (That’s us.)

Things have moved on a lot since this time last year, with almost 15,000 repairs under the Chimney Replacement Programme. Phase 1 – Winter Heat – was about dealing with an emergency. Our job was to ensure that all households in Canterbury qualifying for heating repairs and wanting to go ahead were helped in time for winter 2011. We’re now well into Phase 2 – dealing with damage to second chimneys as part of the full-scope repairs under the Canterbury Home Repair Programme.

We use the chimney component of your EQC cover to pay for new heating. So if you need a primary heat source we’d like to hear about it – please contact EQC through 0800 DAMAGE (326 243). Obviously, if you’ve already been paid out by EQC or opted out of the PMO, the funds are no longer available for the Chimney Replacement Programme. In that case, we can help by giving you a steer on other providers.

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News in brief No plan to ban water trading ENVIRONMENT Canterbury (ECan) has denied claims it plans to prohibit water permit trading through its draft Land and Water Regional Plan. The claims had been made by water permit trading company HydroTrader. ECan director of resource planning and consents Don Rule said there was no plan to ban water trading but a variety of options were being considered to help address the problems of water being over-allocated in some parts of Canterbury. The public would have their chance to have a say on proposals in the plan when it was released in draft form early this month. “The bottom line is that we need to achieve the environmental outcomes the commissioners are required to deliver. This is what we are aiming to do throughout this process.”


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WE have come a long way since our first meeting in June 2005! Our first few meetings were taken up working out what we wanted to do and how we would do it. We became a trust in 2006 and were officially launched in July 2006 by the Minister of the Environment with an expo with many exhibits. We surveyed the Lincoln residents about their issues and what they wanted to know about and have provided information about environmental issues in many ways such as seminars, workshops and bus tours of energysaving homes and native gardens. The idea was that to make decisions about their own way of life and about what they want for their community, people need accurate information. After about a year of info, discussions and collecting people’s ideas, about 45 people spent four hours putting together an action plan for Lincoln. This action plan has guided the actions of the trust since then.

Most of the actions planned have taken place, such as the formation of a community garden, or are continuing, such as children’s education, reducing waste and working with the council, developers and building companies to promote environmental sustainability. One of the trust’s Shining: A sunflower and scarecrow, made by Raucous time: The Earth Hour barn dance in Lincoln. aims is to help other the Kidsfirst Kindergarten Lincoln children, in the communities set up Lincoln Community garden. Contact Sue on 3295 858 if you would resources, upcoming events and information their own community enviro groups. There like information, to get involved, receive about other enviro ‘towns’ in the Selwyn are now five other groups in Selwyn. We continue to provide or coordinate events our monthly newsletter or would like help area. Sue Jarvis is chairperson of Lincoln such as the Kim Hill debate and other events setting up a group. Look on www. lincolnenvirotown.org.nz for information, Envirotown Trust. leading up to Earth Hour 2012.

Glasshouse demonstration at Lincoln Community Gardens Terry Windle will demonstrate glasshouse techniques on Saturday, April 28, from 10am to 11am. The areas Terry will cover include: the pros and cons of glasshouses versus tunnel houses; autumn and winter maintenance in glass houses and tunnel houses; a table for raising seedlings and the benefits of doing this in a

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Sport

Big grunters draw Selwyn skaters go well in Timaru event thousands THE recent V8 SuperTourer series event held at Powerbuilt Tools Raceway, Ruapuna Park has been lauded as a big success, with the turnout thought to be the biggest at the venue in a decade. Canterbury Car Club chief executive Lloyd Proctor said an estimated 16,000 people had travelled to the track over the weekend to see round two of the series. “It’s the biggest crowd probably for the decade, so it is pretty pleasing,” he said. “There were a lot of first-time people to motorsport because of the timing at Easter. There were lots of kids and the general consensus seemed to be pretty positive.” In an action-packed round, Fabian Coulthard won the first two races before three-time New Zealand V8 champion John McIntyre prevented the clean sweep with a thrilling feature race win. It wasn’t enough to prevent Coulthard taking the round win with pole position, two wins, a second and three fastest laps - a performance that marked an incredible debut in New Zealand’s newest racing series. But it was enough to secure the championship lead for Nelson-based McIntyre.

The feature race was quite entertaining right from the start when Jonny Reid and Craig Baird both out-braked themselves into turn one after passing Coulthard, allowing a faststarting McIntyre to steal a lead he was never to lose. Coulthard emerged from the dust in second and set off after McIntyre, while Andy Booth emerged in third followed by Baird and the rest. Reid ended up off the track and went right to the back of the pack as the cars streamed through. The first race on Saturday had seen McIntyre defend his second place behind Coulthard relentlessly in the Blackwoods Protector Ford Falcon, but now ahead he was defending for the lead with 25 laps rather than 15 to get through. Defend it he did, however, and despite several well-executed attacks, Coulthard could not thread the Mike Perobacked Holden through. McIntyre was delighted to bag his first win in the series. “Running a race like that is all about working out where he was strong and where he wasn’t. The pressure was really intense and that’s the best win I have ever had at Ruapuna.”

Tom Doudney

FOUR young in-line skaters have done Selwyn proud, with strong performances for New Zealand at the annual Oceania Speed Skating Championships at Timaru recently. Rolleston resident Mark MacDonald, 18, Prebbleton’s Madison Hutton, 15, and Kirwee siblings Matthew and Emma Grigg, 13 and 11 respectively, competed in the tournament over Easter weekend. Mark, who has competed at the tournament five times before and also in two World Speed Skating Championships, finished third overall in the junior men grade. Both he and Matthew achieved several second and third place finishes throughout the tournament. Mark was pleased with his performance at the tournament, which he said was one of the toughest he had competed in. “It went really well; just a couple of races didn’t go according to plan because the Australians were a bit dirty.” New Zealand Federation of Roller Sports president Barbara Colville said the skaters had performed very well. Madison’s improvement from the previous year had been particularly pleasing. “She skated so brilliantly and is one dedicated young lady,” she said.

In line: Emma Grigg, Matthew Grigg, Madison Hutton and Mark MacDonald put in good performances at the Oceania Championships in Timaru.

This year’s tournament featured German and Indonesian skaters, in addition to the New Zealand and Australian competitors. The tournament was also the first major event to take place at Timaru’s $400,000 bank track, completed in November.

Ellesmere rugby results Ellesmere/Mid Canterbury /North Canterbury combined Luisetti Seeds LTD Cup competition results from April 14 were:

Sweet success: Fabian Coulthard (left) with Greg Murphy and the M3 Racing team on the grid

Facing the press: Craig Baird, Fabian Coulthard and John McIntyre after race 2.

Holding the flag: One of the grid girls.

Division I: Section A: Kaiapoi 23, Glenmark 26; Southbridge 13, Methven 13; Saracens 5, Hampstead 8; Darfield 16, West Melton12; Dunsandel/Irwell 25, Celtic 27. Section B: Bye Oxford; Waihora 27, Prebbleton 15; Southern 35, Burnham 13. Lincoln 48, Rakaia 7; Ashley 39, Ohoka 3; Division II: Section A: Darfield 25, Diamond Harbour 13; Waihora 5, Prebbleton 26; Kirwee 22, Burnham 7. Section B: Springston 25, Hornby 13; Banks Peninsula 48, Selwyn 8; Lincoln 15. West Melton 16. Division III: Kirwee 5, Hornby 33; Southbridge 19, Dunsandel/Irwell Comb 33. Un 16: Section B: Bye Hurunui; Kaiapoi 46, Ohoka 17; Saracens 20, Woodend 5; Waihora 8, Springston 29.

Tangling: A scrap between John McIntyre and round winner Fabian Coulthard.

Good turnout: It was the biggest crowd for years at Ruapuna.

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