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Thursday APRIL 5 2012

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Radio Rollywood to hit the airwaves Tania Butterfield

ROLLESTON youths are launching a community radio station. Radio Rollywood 88FM has been in the pipeline for about two years and budding radio announcer George Steele, 15, can’t wait to hit the airwaves in the coming months. George, a member of the Rolleston Youth Action Group, said the community radio station was one of the ideas bantered about at a brainstorming session a few years ago with Selwyn District Council youth adviser Chris Martin. “From there we have taken the idea of the radio station and developed a plan for it. It’s been a long process,” he said. Mr Martin said they temporarily set up the station at the Rolleston Community Centre during the September earthquake.

away from a live audience. “It’s really a chance for young people to give back to the community,” Mr Martin said. George said he wanted the radio station to be used by the whole community, not just youth. “We know a lot of people in Rolleston who want shows,” he said. The equipment allowed radio hosts to record and edit their shows, which could be played several times a week. “I’d also potentially like to share shows between other community radio stations around Canterbury. It gives more variety to community radio stations and it would be cool to start show sharing,” George said. Radio Rollywood is expected to hit the airwaves next month.

“All the kids were going to the welfare centre [after the September quake] and to keep them entertained we let them set it up and have a go,” he said. The youths took turns at reading out Civil Defence announcements aimed at the Selwyn community. “But no one knew the station was on,” Mr Martin said. However, the equipment was dismantled and moved to a different room following the February earthquake as the space they were using was needed for council staff. A core group of six youth would be trained to use the radio equipment in the first instance and could teach others as the station developed. “It’s a really good way of building confidence. Talking on radio is just one step



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Prebbleton plan approved despite concerns TomDoudney

THE Selwyn District Council has voted to approve the design of a community park for youth in Prebbleton, despite strong opposition from the residents who live closest to it.

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design, which includes a skate and scooter park. The land was bought by the council in May 2009 at a stage when there were no houses built in the Prebbleton Central subdivision, using money set aside for the project since 2005. Local youth were heavily involved in the design of the park. Speaking for residents against the council proposal, Steve Lowery said the skate park was likely to encourage anti-social behaviour such as vandalism and would make the area unsafe for families that lived close by. The youth who would benefit from the park represented only 16 per cent of Prebbleton’s

population and less than one per cent of ratepayers, he said. “We are supportive of the council’s initiative of providing facilities for the youth of Prebbleton. However, the local residents are adamantly opposed to the current proposal of a community park which, in essence, is a skate/scooter park.” Of 33 residents living in Prebbleton central, 31 had signed a petition against the skate park and the remaining two had verbally expressed their opposition to it. However, Andrew Lill, who spoke on behalf of residents who supported the park, said he believed those against it were actually a small proportion of the town; the site was a good location and it was important that local youth had a facility that they could “take ownership of”. “We currently don’t have anything in Prebbleton for that age bracket of youth. All our parks now are those with small playgrounds on them, more suited to preschoolers.” Although councillors Barnett and Bland stated their opposition to the proposal, most of the council approved the design. Cr Mark Alexander said the youth of Prebbleton needed a facility of their own now, not at some point in the future, and the park would be something the town could be proud of. “It is a good site. It’s visible, it’s close to the school, it’s close to the community area.” The council also approved a resolution to convene a public meeting for Prebbleton residents to discuss how the design could be

Continuing the fight: Steve Lowery and Andrew Reid say they will continue to fight plans for a skate park near their homes.

Park support: Prebbleton resident Andrew Lill supports the park.

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Wedding bells ringing out in Selwyn TomDoudney

MORE and more Christchurch couples have been saying ‘I do’ in Selwyn lately according to those in the wedding business. Wedding planner Emma Newman said Christchurch had lost a lot of wedding venues including those in the CBD and stone churches across the city. While Selwyn had also lost some stone churches, the situation did not seem quite as bad as in Christchurch and the district had a lot to offer couples in the wedding department. “They are definitely looking to Selwyn and Waimakariri to fill that gap. They don’t want to be travelling too far with their families. “My business of venue searching has gone up 30 per cent since the quakes.” Melton Estate owner Philip Caunter said wedding bookings had been so strong in recent times they had decided to bring forward improvements to the West Melton venue. “People have rung up looking for a particular day but they’re realising now that it’s better to find a venue first that they like and then be more flexible with their date,” he said. “For example, the Christmas/New Year

period filled up with two or three weddings a weekend and we’re still taking bookings for spring weddings this year. “I think people in Christchurch realise that ten minutes up the road isn’t far these days whereas they might have thought that before.” Anna Janssen, who married her husband early this month and held the reception at Pemberton in Prebbleton, said they had booked ten months ahead to get the venue. “We wanted to get married on a Saturday but all the Saturdays were booked up until next year pretty much,” she said. “We wanted to get married in February and we couldn’t get a Friday in February so we had to have March.” Pemberton owner Ann LePine said the increase in bookings had meant they had been accepting more bookings on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays instead of just Fridays and Saturdays as had previously been the case. However, she was not confident the trend would continue into next year. “This year is probably a very busy season

Hitched in Selwyn: Chris and Nicole Sinclair’s recent wedding at Melton Estate was one of many in the district over the past year. Photo: Tandem

because you’ve got two years rolled into one, really.” Lincoln Union Church minister Phyll Harris said that the church usually only did around two weddings a year but that had recently

changed in recent months. “Just since November we’ve had four here and three one week in March. They’re coming this way often because their reception is booked in the area.”

Teen’s motorcycle racing is a ‘dream come true’ TaniaButterfield

Lincoln teen Scout Fletcher has one goal to achieve at this weekend’s Mountain Thunder motorcycle street race in Methven this weekend – to finish. The 16-year-old had a “pretty nasty crash” at the street race two years ago when she flipped the wall at the first turn. “I got winded and hurt my back a bit. Besides a few knocks to the head [over the years]…I’ve been pretty lucky,” she said. Scout has always been interested in motorcycles, particularly the classics which are challenging to ride, she said. “The older the better.” When the opportunity came up about three years ago to compete in competitions, she didn’t hesitate. “The idea of me racing a bike was just a dream come true,” Scout said. “I was introduced to motorcycle racing by a chap named Peter Jones. He met my Dad at a mate’s place and found out I was interested in motorcycles. Before I knew it, I was swinging my leg over my first race bike – the Suzuki Rg150.” Since then she has scooped up numerous awards including first at the King of Ruapuna Ladies, King of Canterbury Ladies and King of Levels Ladies for streetstock 150. “It felt bloody good [to win those]. All the hard work and consistent riding paid off,” she said. But Scout is well aware the sport can be dangerous and sometimes fatal. “The most difficult part for me would be seeing other people you care about get hurt or

suffer from bad luck. “The racing community is like a big family and seeing anyone get hurt really hurts you. We all know there are risks involved, but it can be a sobering reminder when one of the family suffers.” A recent example was Cam Jones, who died following a crash during round two of the NZ Super Bike championships in Timaru earlier this year. “We have lost a lot of great people in our

time but you have to think what would they want? “I know Cam would want us to carry on, and we have, but always with him in mind. Everyone in the community, whether on their cars, gear or bikes, has a neon 26 to have Cam with us. “We ride for and with him.” Despite the risks, Scout’s family and friends had been very supportive of her sport. This weekend, Scout will be racing her

1971 ‘bucket racer’ Honda CG110 and a 1945 methanol-fired Indian Sports Scout 750 owned by Paddy Snowdan. “It’s an absolute beauty and very quick. I hope I can do it proud.” While the bikes she is currently racing are not as physically demanding as bigger bikes, Scout trains by running, mountain biking, trail riding and general exercise such as boxing. “Having a fairly good fitness is definitely helpful,” she said.

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Wool industry gets united at last GETTING the wool industry to unite has been as impossible as herding cats. There have been more attempts to ‘fix the industry’ than most can remember, but seemingly all to no avail. Levies have been paid and then scrapped. Funds set up and committees formed, and again they have all slipped off the scene. The most frustrating thing for all involved is that there has always been a strong desire, but no ability. It’s a bit like watching primary school sports. The players are as keen as mustard, but all follow the ball with no understanding of what the rules are. The exception to the rule will be the Merino NZ story that has been the envy of everyone. However, now there’s a new, and very

positive, move that seems to have the backing of everyone involved with wool. Called Shear NZ, it is a quality assurance scheme set up by a small group of shearing contractors who are determined to grab the industry by the throat and shake it until it works. Their first port of call is the farmers and getting them to take pride and ownership of their clip. Then, it’s a case of bringing the end users and the farmers together and getting the end users to tell the farmers what they want. The farmers and the shearers will then talk and decide what should be done to produce the product the market wants. If you think that makes a huge amount of sense, you think the same as I do.

At the launch held at Untouched World, which I was assured was no accident as they are seen as New Zealand’s top retailer of wool, the whole industry including Beef and Lamb, the exporters and other support organisations gave their endorsements. One of the challenges though is the reduction in sheep numbers. Hopefully the wool prices holding up will help to encourage farmers to breed more sheep, but there is still a strong trend towards selling sheep and beef cattle and producing winter feed and silage for dairy farmers. Wool is very likely to be the next cycle to rise and be the gold at the end of the rainbow, but it will take time. Any quality assurance scheme should be

grasped by farmers with both hands, especially if it will mean that money will flow back into their pockets. The next hope is that other fashion with designers will Rob Cope-Williams follow the trend that Untouched World have set and show the world that it beats synthetic fabrics hands down. You never know, tweed could become the new denim, and twin sets could replace tee shirts.

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Prebbleton School roll swelling in number Tom Doudney

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FOUR new classrooms scheduled to be built at Prebbleton School later this year should ease pressure created by the school’s ballooning roll, principal Mike Hogan says. Mr Hogan said the school’s roll had grown from 128, when he arrived in 1998, to the point where it was expected to hit 400 in September. “At the moment, we’ve got 15 classroom teachers and we’ve got a 16th one starting with a new entrant class probably towards the end of term two,” he said. “The problem is we’ve only got 14 classrooms at this stage.” In the meantime, the school was using its space in “innovative” ways, with three teachers taking two classes that had 62 children between them. “We’re going to continue for the moment to need new classroom space, and at this stage the Ministry (of Education) are coming to the party,” he said. “We’ve got four new classrooms being built this year to cater for roll growth, with plans in the future to build another four.” The first four classrooms would be complete in term four but he was not sure when the

second group would be built as it was based on a roll growth formula. He expected it would not happen for another three to five years. The Ministry of Education recently acted to remove the area around Whincops and Halswell Junction roads from the school’s enrolment zone in order to help manage future roll growth, a move Mr Hogan said was sensible. Although the area is currently unoccupied, residential development is set to take place there. According to the Selwyn District Council’s growth model, Prebbleton is anticipated to grow from last year’s population of 2294 to a population of 4335 in 2041. Council policy planner Craig Friedel said the council had prepared a structure plan in consultation with residents as a template to guide the town’s growth over the next 30 years. “The Ministry of Education was engaged in the preparation of the structure plan and indicated at the time that the primary school was able to accommodate the growth anticipated.”

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Soldiers depart for Solomon Islands deployment

Shaving for a cure at Burnham Close shave: Paddy Whare had her hair shaved off by Sergeant Major of the New Zealand Army Danny Broughton as part of a ‘shave day’ last Friday at Burnham Military Camp. Miss Whare was among 14 men and women from 3 Workshops company who decided to take part in Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand’s nationwide ‘Shave for a Cure’ campaign to raise funds for blood cancer research and patient support. The group decided to enter under much discussion in the auto parts store. “We will not save anyone overnight with Shave for a Cure but we’ve tried our hardest to raise every cent we can to help awareness and hopefully one day this will lead to a cure,” Miss Whare said. She had challenged whoever won the bidding on her hair to shave her head. Sergeant Major Broughton did the honours, having fundraised and then matched the money donated, bringing his bid for the day to just over $450.

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Goodbyes: Corporal John Pokai, pictured with his son, was among 42 defence force personnel farewelled by land component commander Brigadier Mark Wheeler, family and friends at Burnham Military Camp last week before departing on a four-month deployment to the Solomon Islands. The contingent, made up of members of the 2nd/1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment and supporting units, will work alongside the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, the Participating Police Force and the Australian, Tongan and Papua New Guinean military personnel to maintain security and stability.

THE Selwyn District Council has warned drivers to take extra care on the roads around this Easter period, with traffic volumes expected to rise. According to the council, there have been 17 reported crashes in Selwyn District over the past five Easter holidays, with the highest number of these occurring on the Friday and the Monday, which are generally the most popular

days for longer travel periods over the weekend. Traffic volumes always built up significantly during long weekends with an increase in vehicles towing trailers, caravans or boats. Drivers were advised to plan ahead and allow enough time to get to their destination, drive with patience and avoid taking unnecessary risks.

Lincoln University to benefit from government funding LINCOLN University has welcomed last week’s announcement by Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Hon Steven Joyce of a support package for Christchurch’s international education sector. The Government has committed $5 million in funding over the next four years to the local sector to aid growth across the industry, postearthquakes. Lincoln University vice-chancellor Professor Roger Field said the university had already been working closely with Education New Zealand and the minister on a number of work streams to boost international marketing, drive key market strategies and in developing the Canterbury Tertiary Alliance, along with the University of Canterbury and the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology.

The announcement would enable a number of collaborative initiatives to gain momentum, he said. “International students are a very important part of Lincoln University, contributing significantly to the culture of our campus, to providing international connections for staff and fellow students post-study and enhancing our student-fee income. “The recent seismic activity in and around the city has seen a drop in international students from some markets for all three tertiary institutions in the region and the most sensible approach to this common issue is for us to work together to focus our own resources - and the resources that have been made available to us by the Government - to bring students back to the region.”

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Soil information is now a text away FARMERS using the Frizzell Agricultural Electronics Hydrotec system will soon be able to receive information on soil moisture via text message starting from next irrigation season. The system, which has been a work in progress for about five years, provided irrigation farmers with information on historical and current soil moisture and daily New developments: Lincoln University graduate predictions on future requirements. Matt Almutairi, left, and Nick Frizzell from Frizzell However, up until this month that data has Agricultural Electronics with the Hydrotec system. Photo: David Hollander been collected from the field and manually

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Lively Earth Hour debate at Lincoln TomDoudney

A CAPACITY crowd at Lincoln University’s 300 seat Stewart 1 lecture theatre was treated to a passionate and lively Earth Hour debate on the future of local food production last week The Future of Food in Canterbury debate was chaired by broadcaster Kim Hill and featured a panel including Federated Farmers vice-president William Rolleston, Plant & Food Research research leader Carolyn Lister, Landcare Research chief scientist David Whitehead, Lincoln University professor of Ecology Steve Wratten, Irrigation NZ chief executive John Donkers and Foundation of Arable Research chief executive Nick Pyke. Panelists discussed the challenges facing agriculture including peak oil, climate change, population growth and other topics such as the definition of ‘sustainability’. Opinions differed widely across all subjects, with panellists such as Dr Rolleston and Mr

Donkers putting a notably stronger emphasis on market signals as a primary driver of any future change to food production systems. At the end of the debate, the panellists agreed there had not been a consensus reached on the issues discussed but thought the dialogue was important for sharing ideas and creating understanding. Dr Rolleston said there remained a big divide between rural and urban view points and he wanted to try and reduce that. “There are different views and always will be different views but I think it’s really important that people seek to try and understand the other point of view.” Audience member Alistair Campbell, of Lincoln, thought the discussion had been productive. “There is no single correct answer so it’s always going to be a difficult debate, there is always going to be differences of opinion

Dr William Rolleston, right, makes a point during the debate. Professor Steve Wratten, left, and David Whitehead also took part in the debate.

which have to interlock.” Fellow audience members Stephen and Lorraine Sheen also enjoyed the debate. “It’s pretty clear everyone agrees we have to adapt in future and there are problems to be solved.”

Good environmental practice ‘essential’ Tania Butterfield

Canterbury farmers who do not demonstrate good environmental practice may not be able to get to new water sources under a draft water management plan. Canterbury Water Management Strategy regional committee chairman Dr Andy Pearce said the draft programme was about managing the future of the water sources in the region and meeting the targets laid out in a variety of plans including water management strategy and zone implementation programmes.

Under the strategy, “new water will only be available to farmers if they demonstrate good practice and are able to align with environmental limits for nutrients and water use”, Dr Pearce said. New water is sourced from storage and allocation of ground water or surface water. The strategy has been drafted as a way to off-set any environmental effects as a result of agricultural expansion in the Canterbury region, Dr Pearce said. “That’s our view as a regional committee that the approach

be followed in all the zones. Achieving a balance of those targets in water management strategies is important for regional perspective.” Farmers would need to show they had a good nutrient management plan and nutrient budget in place to be allocated new water sources. “One of the big areas of concern is [around] nutrients like nitrate and phosphorus and so nutrient management and budgeting is the best practice to make sure that not too much of those nutrients

get into ground water or streams, rivers and lakes,” Dr Pearce said. Environment Canterbury is developing a new land and water plan which will detail exactly how nutrients will be managed and water allocations made. However, it was likely a method similar to that used in the Hurunui, where nutrient load limits are set and land must be managed to achieve those load limits, would apply to all zones, he said. Feedback on the draft programme closes on April 15.

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A FETE and family day, which began as a way for earthquakeaffected businesses to trade, will return this month. Leeston’s High Street will be closed on Saturday, April 28 for the event and a range of market stalls, food, coffee and entertainment will be on hand to occupy the whole family for a day. A spokesperson for the Leeston Business Association

said they hoped to grow the event each year. “Leeston is a beautiful town and is just a short drive from Christchurch. We have had many people relocate to Leeston and surrounding Selwyn areas since the February earthquake.” To register a stall, please visit, or phone Sarah Crozier for all further enquiries on 03 324 4412.

Rolleston & Districts Lions Club Brian Whittington IN January this year, members of children get to meet other children, the Rolleston & Districts Lions Club just like them, and they find they are assisted with the annual Camp Quality not alone, many making new friends. Sadly, each year the number attending at Living Springs in Governors Bay. Camp Quality is a Camp for children these camps gets bigger. We in Selwyn with cancer, run by local Lions Clubs. have a number of children receiving Each child has a companion who is treatment for cancer. Our weekly raffle at the Rock with the child 24/7 while on the camp and who volunteer their time along Restaurant & Bar on Friday nights gives us the opportunity to assist these with the medical and support staff. It is a fun filled week where the children and their families. We thank PROOF TIME 9/03/2012 2:03:11 p.m. LAST RUN: 03/27/12 SIZE: 18X8 Nicola Willett

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at 8.30pm.On Saturday evening as the sun was setting approximately 30 Prebbleton residents aged from four months upwards set off with torch in hand to discover their village after dark. This year we walked through two of our newer subdivisions and around our Domain, concluding at the community hall for supper. We hope the torch light walk highlights the need to reduce energy consumption now and into the future. As we walked the walk we exercised, we saved energy by leaving our appliances off at home, and as we walked we talked and got to know each other better. If you would like to find out more about Earth Hour in Selwyn District go to and search Earth Hour Nicola Willett is the coordinator of the Prebbleton Enviro-Village.

SELWYN observed Earth Hour on Saturday night with several events around the district including an environmental video competition which attracted 8 entries ranging from Kindergarten children to adults. Other events included sky watching at the Canterbury Astronomical Society’s West Melton observatory, the Wyenova organic farm self sufficiency tour, and a talk and demonstration of solar photovoltaic and wind systems by John Veix. About 65 people came to see Carbon Nation, a climate change solutions movie, at Lincoln University. The week was concluded with the now traditional Earth Hour Barn Dance, featuring the band Bantam of the Opera. Over 200 people of all ages, including families with preschoolers, teenagers and people in their 80’s, came to enjoy the candlelit venue decorated by Terry Windle, Heather Morton  and many helpers.  The band played ‘unplugged’ in the middle of the dance floor with dancers around them.

A walk by torch light In March 2009 a group of Prebbleton residents wanting to live a more sustainable lifestyle formed Prebbleton Enviro-Village (PEV). Our logo created by local artist and PEV member Lucy Mhoma represents our goal of “sowing seeds for a sustainable community”. For the past three years we have worked together with other sustainability groups within Selwyn District to mark Earth Hour. Earth Hour is a global event that is organized by the  World Wide Fund for Nature  (WWF). Earth Hour is held on the last Saturday of March annually. The aim of Earth Hour is to encourage households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to  raise awareness  about the need to take action on climate change. PEV’s Earth Hour event was a torch light walk through the village beginning

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hether it is a conference at Mt Cheeseman, a breakfast meeting or home-delivered meals, Selwynbased Country Feasts can cater to you. Country Feasts specialises in country-style and wholesome, hearty food anywhere and anytime. Using high quality and fresh seasonal produce from local suppliers where possible, all Country Feasts’ menus, whether it is a barbecue, finger food or breakfast, can be adjusted to suit individual needs and dietary requirements. Country Feasts’ reputation is built on their friendly and professional service. They provide mobile catering to businesses, birthday parties and weddings, and can cater for five to 500 people. James’ Dinner Deliveries continue to be

popular with seasonal menus, delivered fresh or frozen. Elderly people are the main customers, along with seasonal staff at remote high country stations such as Mt Algidus. Deliveries are also made to wineries and dairy farms during the calving season. The Crusaders rugby team is one of Country Feasts’ regular customers and they also serve afternoon and morning teas, or a barbecue lunch for cruise ship passengers when they stop at Homebush on their way to Arthur’s Pass. Remote locations are a specialty and the Country Feasts team is certainly welltravelled. Their previous catering events have included a wedding at Lake Tekapo, a barbecue on the beach at Moeraki, a conference at Mt Cheeseman and a function in Omarama.

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brilliant, always ready with a smile and armed with advice on what to plant where. They certainly do our industry proud. And what’s more, once you have finished shopping, the café – deli has one of the most tasty cabinets of fresh delights and tastiest menus around. The Australian judge, John Russell from Garden Retail Recognition of beauty: Colourful displays at Terra Viva. Success, who co-judged the Polyanthus finalists, said: “I work as a consultant to retail garden centres throughout New Zealand, Australia and Ireland and I believe that the standards in New Zealand are as good as I have seen anywhere internationally.” Miranda Morrow, the owner of another finalist, Lushingtons Garden Gift Café, Ashburton, was delighted to hear the news that her store had made the cut as a finalist with its debut entry. “It’s great for utumn is here and it’s time to get hunter like me, but the commercial side of our industry to join on top of a few jobs before winter. my brain thinks it’s madness. Why reduce together to raise the Some gardeners tell me that they your prices when it’s the best time to plant? bar and celebrate will be staying put this Easter at home for a Anyway, their loss is certainly our gain. excellence in dirty weekend in the garden, meaning they Terra Viva has just been announced as retailing,” she says. will be spotted with spades, trowels and a finalist in the Yates NZ Garden Centre of The winner will wheelbarrows rather than get stuck in traffic the Year. Garden centres from all over the be announced in queues, battling tempers and road rage. I country enter to claim the national title. And June at the annual know where I would rather be. I am thrilled to see that Terra Viva has made gardening industry What’s more, most garden centres have a the top five. conference in Violas make beautiful sale on, which is fabulous if you are a bargain Peter Worsp and his team at Terra Viva are Auckland. basket plants.

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THE atmosphere was “brilliant” for the grand opening of Lincoln’s Famous Grouse Hotel, with about 700 people attending, manager Craig Bradford says. “We had a lot of positive feedback from people about the new building,” Mr Bradford said. The official grand opening event was held on March 25, although the hotel had already reopened for business on the Friday of the Rugby World Cup final weekend last October. All the pub’s regular customers had returned since the opening, Mr Bradford said. The hotel had been closed since the September 2010 earthquake. It was extensively damaged and was demolished 10 days later. “We saved the single-storey extension, which was approximately 30-years-old and not damaged. This was known as the Student Back Bar,” Mr Bradford said. “It took approximately six weeks to fit this out to start trading again in December 2010. We continued through until October 2011, when we moved into the new building while they

renovated the back bar to fit in with the new building.” Mr Bradford, who has been managing the hotel for two and a half years, said there was never any suggestion The Famous Grouse would not be rebuilt. “We all knew it had to be rebuilt for the community,” he said. A number of changes have been incorporated into the new building, including en suites in the guestrooms, Mr Bradford said. “Back in the old hotel, guests all shared the one shower room.” There has only ever been one hotel in Lincoln, since the first one, the Perthshire Arms, was built on approximately the same site in 1868. It had traded as the Lincoln Hotel for more than 100 years until it was renamed The Famous Grouse in 1996 after the Famous Grouse whisky distilled in Perthshire. Permission to use the name was granted on the condition that Famous Grouse would be the only whisky the hotel stocked.

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DHB-Kaituna down Weedons in final DIAMOND Harbour-Kaituna have retained the PV Bailey Cup after upsetting red hot favourites Weedons in the recent EllesmereBanks Peninsula one day final. Batting first, Weedons lost Paul Rugg for a duck in the second over, before James Watson and Daniel Fleming put on 36 for the second wicket. However, once they were dismissed, only captain Stu McGregor provided any resistance with 28 valuable runs. William Williams was the main destroyer, taking 4-14, while former All Black James Ryan took two wickets. Weedons were all out for 94 in the 28th over.

In reply, Diamond Harbour-Kaituna lost an early wicket before captain Chris Simcock and Williams shared in a 72 wicket partnership to bring them in sight of victory. Bowlers Dan Fleming and Jeremy Good had other ideas, removing Williams and three other Harbour batsmen with the score at 89. However, Simcock held his nerve and brought Harbour home with the loss of five wickets. Scoreboard: Weedons 94 (S McGregor 28, J Watson 26, W Williams 4-14, J Ryan 2-7) lost to Diamond Harbour- Kaituna 95-5 (C Simcock 42 no, W Williams 38, D Fleming 3-19).

Recent Ellesmere rugby results Division I Ellesmere/Mid Canterbury /North Canterbury combined Luisetti Seeds LTD Cup competition results from March 31 were: Section A: Glenmark 11, Hampstead 25;Kaiapoi 18, Methven 24; Dunsandel/Irwell 17, Saracens 5; Darfield 37, Celtic 15; West Melton 25, Southbridge 20.

Section B: Bye Burnham; Ashley 23, Waihora 23; Lincoln 83, Ohoka 5; Rakaia 20, Southern 22; Prebbleton 22, Oxford 24.

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