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They were remembered u by Kent Caddick

The number of people attending ANZAC Day services around Selwyn continues to grow according to the Paparua and Templeton Returned and Services Association.

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p RSA members ready to lay wreaths at the Darfield War Memorial

Paparua and Templeton RSA President Brendan Muir, who attended the dawn service at Burnham Military Camp, said the numbers were up both at Burnham and Templeton where he went. “The feedback we are getting is that the number of people attending services across the district has increased. I think some of that can be put down to the significance of this year as marking 100 years since the outbreak of World War One. “There has been a change in the age dynamics of those attending with a lot more families with young children.

Schools are supporting Poppy Day and are generating interest in the younger generation. “We would like to thank all those who turned up this year to mark this occasion and all those volunteers who helped make everything run so smoothly.” Mr Muir said this year kicks off what is going to be five years of significant recognition for the over 18,000 New Zealanders who lost their lives in WWI which will culminate in the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day in 2018. For more on this year’s ANZAC Day services around Selwyn see Page 7. ¢

p Nikitia Smith plays the Last Post and Reveille at the ANZAC Day service in Rolleston

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p The Selwyn Youth band was in full swing during the ANZAC Day service in Rolleston. The band made up of members from Selwyn schools played the national anthem, accompanied singer Bev Sands-Platt for the Anzac hymn, and three members of the band, Mikayla Gillespie, Nikita Smith and Danni Robson, played the Last Post and Reveille during the raising and lowering of the New Zealand flag during the service.

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Red Bus extends West Melton trial run

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u by Kent Caddick

u by Belinda Cullen-Reid

The Red Bus company is extending the trial period for its proposed new service between West Melton and Christchurch.

It’s the public’s turn to have their say on the future shape of the Selwyn District with a consultation period beginning on the Draft District Development Strategy. The strategy covers a range of issues across the district, according to Selwyn Mayor Kelvin Coe. These include future commercial and residential land, and what facilities, infrastructure and services will be required in both urban and rural areas. “The strategy includes a number of proposals which include developing area plans for Darfield and Leeston which would identify where shops, businesses and community facilities could be located in the future.” Mayor Coe said as the district’s population was expected to grow from approximately 45,000 to in advance of 74,000 by 2031 council wants to ensure the district remains prosperous and people are able to

p The Red Bus from Christchurch pulls into West Melton on its afternoon run

Following public feedback in February the company agreed to trial a new Christchurch to West Melton afternoon service to complement the existing daily Darfield to Christchurch run. The trial run was due to finish on May 2. However, Red Bus chief executive Paul McNoe said they are extending the trial West Melton service by a least another month. “We have been encouraged by the response by patrons to the new service and appreciate that support but it is borderline as to whether the service is viable. “We are hoping by extending the trial a few more will take up the opportunity.” Mr McNoe said it does take some time for patronage to build up on a new service. “When we first established the Darfield to Christchurch service it did take a while for patronage to build up

but now it is a well-used service.” He said they are looking to extend the afternoon service beyond West Melton, possibly as far as Darfield, but there are other factors which come into play in regard to that. “To make it viable we need to ensure the bus is back in Christchurch in time for the scheduled Darfield return leg and at the moment with all the disruptions to roading in Christchurch that is proving difficult.” He believed once the new central bus exchange was operational that may prove less of a problem. “Ultimately it will be the number of people using the West Melton service which will determine whether the service becomes permanent.” The afternoon service won’t be running over the school holidays and will resume on Monday, May 5 for the extended trial period. ¢


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Our places, our people How to find a Justice of the Peace u by Maree Gallagher, Selwyn CAB

If you’ve ever had to make a statutory declaration, or post an application which required proof of ID, chances are you would have needed the services of a Justice of the Peace (JP).

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A JP is someone who is authorised to: •• Witness your signature on a document •• Certify copies of documents (eg passport, driver’s licence) •• Complete an affidavit or declaration for you •• Take an oath of allegiance for citizenship JPs are appointed by the Governor General, their services are free and confidential, and they have to abide by a Code of Practice. What’s so special about a JP? Potential Justices of the Peace are nominated by Members of Parliament. Nominees must have an adequate standard of education, be respected as someone with good sense, character and integrity, and have a genuine desire to serve their community. (More about the process of becoming a JP is on the Royal Federation of NZ Justices’ Associations website.) Making someone a JP isn’t a prize for being an honourable citizen, rather it is a way to enable that person to serve their community.

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Board approves Motocross club for Selwyn youngsters plan to fix car park u by Belinda Cullen-Reid

u by Belinda Cullen-Reid

Selwyn youngsters now have the opportunity to give motocross a go thanks to the recently formed Canterbury Mini Motocross Club.

The Malvern Community Board has given the green light to a concept plan for remedial work on the newly built Darfield Medical Centre car park which will cost around $80,000.

p Trying out the new motocross track near Darfield, which is the main venue for the newly formed Canterbury Mini Motocross Club

The club has a track in development near Darfield where it plans to hold regular monthly club events. They also have tracks available to them near Rolleston and in North Canterbury said club spokesperson Dion Wiremu. “We’ve spent around $5,000 so far developing the Darfield track. It’s still not finished. It’s going good. We know we’ve got probably the best kids’ track in the South Island,” Mr Wiremu said. In operation for just two months the Selwyn based club already has 36 registered members and is attracting

interest from young motocross enthusiasts from Greta Valley to Timaru. “We saw there was a need for it. It’s difficult to find places for kids to ride, so we decided to start our own club.” The club is open to children from four to twelve years of age, with both introductory and racing classes. Mr Wiremu said safety is a big part of the clubs culture and they were looking to run training camps in the future. “The focus is 100% around kid’s safety. You love your children and want them to be in safe situations.” ¢

p Around $80,000 is needed to fix the recently built Darfield Medical Centre car park

The medical centre building which was officially opened in March had attracted criticism from some members of the community about the car park design and size, according to Community board chairperson Jenny Gallagher. “People thought it was too tight to turn around and the car parks were too small,” Mrs Gallagher said. Selwyn District Council property services co-ordinator Rob Allen said

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Wings and wheels over Darfield u by Kent Caddick

A flyover by a RNZAF Strikemaster and demonstrations by Christchurch Airport fire crews and local fire fighters were among the highlights of this year’s Wings and Wheels over Darfield. The biennial event is run by the Sheffield Fire Brigade as a fundraiser and this year’s funds will go to help them finish building a shed for training purposes in the winter and to house their support vehicle, and for communication equipment. The Sheffield Fire Brigade attends around 60 emergency calls a year, according to Fire Chief Nev Croy. He said around 70% of calls were medical

or motor vehicle accidents. The other 30% were fire or calls for other types of assistance. Winged machines included a Tiger Moth aeroplane, gliders and helicopters along with hot air balloons took to the skies above Darfield while on the ground those attending got close to a wide range of four-wheeled transportation including vintage cars, tractors and trucks and more modern vehicles. ¢ p A low pass by a RNZAF Strikemaster was one of the highlights of the day

p An Excalibur two-door Phaeton, one of only 91 built was one of the more unique vehicles on display

p A replica WWI aeroplane was a timely reminder of the fighting machines of the Great War which began 100 years ago

Remembering the Selwyn fallen u by Kent Caddick

They came from all over Selwyn to pay their respects to New Zealanders who died in the service of their country on ANZAC Day. From the dawn service at Burnham Military Camp to services at small Selwyn townships like Glentunnel, Sheffield and Hororata tributes were paid to those who fought and died in the two world wars and other conflicts like the Boer and Vietnam wars. Light rain fell as the parade begun in Rolleston but cleared to allow the service to run unhindered. The service was led by Deputy Mayor Sarah

Walters and among those who spoke were Selwyn MP Amy Adams and Lt. Samuel Platt from Bravo Company, 2/1 Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. Over 500 turned out in Darfield for a service held at the local war memorial where wreaths were placed by RSA members and community leaders in a service replicated in the small townships around the district. ¢

p A piper leads the parade into the Darfield War Memorial


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Over the last 100 years we have all witnessed the developed nations spending billions of dollars on military hardware to defend and enforce access rights to the world oil reserves, much of which is in the Middle East. Most people would not be concerned about this tumultuous area if it wasn’t for its valuable oil resource. During the next 100 years with the world population expanding out of control, the fight for access to fresh water supplies could cause water wars. It is predicted that Egypt, whose population is 68 million could reach 97 million by 2025. It gets no significant rainfall and relies on irrigated and seasonal floods from the Nile River and water stored behind the Aswan High Dam. Any interference of its water source by Sudan or Ethiopia could starve Egypt. Egypt is militarypowerful but vulnerable because of a lack of water. The World Bank has suggested that water wars are not far off. The United States Intelligence Community Assessment of Global Water Security predicts that by 2030 humanity’s ‘annual global water requirements’

will exceed ‘current sustainable water supplies’ by forty percent, and says that without intervention water insecurity will generate widespread social and political insecurity and could contribute to state failure in regions important to US national security. In China with 1.26 billion, the water table is dropping one metre per year due to over-pumping and the Chinese admit that 300 cities are running short of water. They are diverting water from agriculture and farmers causing them to go out of business. Some rivers are so polluted with heavy metals they can’t be used for agriculture. It is predicted that as farmers go out of business China will have to import more food. In India, with 1 billion people, key aquifers are being over-pumped, and

while Israel has invented many technologies such as desalination plants to convert sea water to fresh water, over-pumping of its aquifers is allowing sea water to pollute drinking water. In New Zealand we believe we are water-rich. The last thing we can imagine is that our fresh water supply could be threatened. We New Zealanders should take a strong interest in the government’s policy decision to promote water storage throughout New Zealand and monitoring the use of our valuable fresh water resource. Regional Councils have already initiated moves to quantify the fresh water resource in their regions and how the resource needs to be planned for and managed so everyone gets a fair share. This includes councils working with catchment groups to discuss the freshwater resource and how best to manage it. New Zealand farmers by law have an inherent right to take water supplies for their animals and to assist them in their farming practices, but many ask if farmers have the right to use unlimited water resources. In many parts of the country now, water bores are being monitored by the placement of water meters

and investigative studies are being undertaken to quantify the size of underground aquifers. We all need to be involved in future water management discussions. I believe that as people in other parts of the world come under pressure through the shortage of food and fresh water, New Zealand will come under increased pressure to accept more immigration. New Zealand’s economic wealth is through our ability to produce above our national consumption requirements and export our food and water products to the rest of the world and we must protect this. ¢

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from our milk powder and cream products business. “However, this was partially offset by lower than expected earnings from our infant formula and nutritional products business due to regulation changes in China and New Zealand’s precautionary recall of WPC80.” Synlait Milk managing director Dr John Penno said overall they were pleased with the development of the business. “Higher than forecast earnings and strategic positioning continues to reinforce the confidence we have in our future,” Dr Penno said. “With a favourable product mix and an increasing amount of product sold into value-added applications we expect our milk powder and cream products business to outperform our initial public offer projections in 2014. “Despite it being clear that we will not meet our infant formula and nutritional volume targets for this financial year, we remain confident of meeting our long term objectives.” Dr Penno said that during the first half of this financial year they have made good progress with their target first tier multinational customers. “As a result we expect to be supplying infant formula ingredients and finished

p Synlait managing director Dr John Penno is confident in the future direction of the Selwyn company

products to four of our six target customers in 2015. “This volume we expect will account for as much as 30% of our total production next season with the additional milk supply required to meet these requirements having already been secured.” He said to meet this customer demand they have decided to expand the scope of some of their growth initiatives and bring forward some investment. “Specifically, our second large scale infant formula and nutritional spray drier will now have 25% greater capacity than originally planned.” ¢

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Planning and planting an orchard u by Judy McDonald

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A minimum space of four to five metres between trees should be allowed, and large spreading trees like walnuts should be at least 25 metres apart. Thinking about the mature height of each tree is also important. Tall trees need to be positioned so they don’t shade other trees. To minimise grass and weed growth, use heavy mulching with organic material (a mixture of lawn clippings and dry leaves is good), applied during the wettest possible conditions to enhance soil moisture retention. Plant a ‘herbal ley’ which includes plantain, red clover, chicory, yarrow etc for their nutritive value and companion planting — for example dahlias are helpful near apple trees because

they harbour earwigs which eat codlin moth caterpillars. The final word on the subject of grass and weeds is don’t panic. Grasses only grow to a certain height and then fall over in autumn. As long as you clear around young trees and avoid fire hazards, they won’t do much damage to your orchard. Water conservation in the orchard is very important, especially if you don’t have a stream or bore available and are relying on rainwater. It’s very helpful to have storage tanks located as close to the top of your slope as possible. You can also use the ancient technique of building swales which is essentially small ditches like miniature terraces which retain water on the slope. And mulch heavily with organic

p Apples are a reliable tree to have in any orchard. Plant a variety of apples that are good to cook with and ones that are great to eat straight from the tree

matter to minimise evaporation from the soil. Always investigate what cultivars grow well in your area before planting. For example, you may like Golden Queen peaches, but they may not do well on your property while another type of peach will thrive. Contact your local branch of the Tree Crops Association to get information on appropriate cultivars for your area, and detailed advice on care for each type of tree. ¢ u Growing berries means an abundance of tasty treats, but only if you put nets on them to make sure the birds don’t get there first

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