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p Dancers from the Frances Scott Ballet School in Sheffield add some grace and poise to Country Christmas in the Park held in the Darfield Domain. For more on what is being described as a ‘perfect evening’ see page 5 …

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a disaster without it.” Selwyn District Council property services manager Rob Allen said certification for the medical centre was due any day now. “As soon as the Code Compliance Certificate is issued the building can open to the public. It is hoped that this will be in the next few days,” Mr Allen said. Health professional Dr Olive Webb from Hororata is concerned at how long it has taken to get the medical centre open to the public. “Darfield is one of the fastest growing areas in Selwyn and needs to have proper facilities. “I think the whole thing has been a debacle,” Ms Webb said. 

 by Belinda Cullen-Reid

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“We’re planning on opening on December 30. We’re hoping it will all come through,” medical centre lessee Dr Johan Vlok said. A cultural blessing ceremony was held at the new medical centre last week with invited guests being able to look around the new facility, which includes eight consulting rooms. “I think the medical centre looks magnificent. There is a lot

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p Darfield High School prefects from left: Brittany Muiznieks, Jasmine Nash and Megan Kelk help out at the sausage sizzle and cake stall. The prefects were challenged to do a group activity by the deputy principal Mr Adams, and decided to run the food stall to raise funds for sports gear for the school.

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Council Services over Christmas and New Year Libraries and Service Centres All library/service centres and the Council’s Rolleston Headquarters close at midday on Christmas Eve (Tuesday 24 December) and re-open with normal hours on Monday 6 January. Rubbish and Recycling Collections If your rubbish and recycling is normally picked up on a Wednesday your collection day will change over Christmas and New Year. Rubbish and recycling normally collected on Christmas Day (Wednesday 25 December) will be collected on Saturday 28 December. Rubbish and recycling normally collected on New Year’s Day (Wednesday 1January) will be collected on Saturday 4 January.

p Darfield Primary School year six students, from left, Caitlin Rayne, Caitlin Warrington and Stefanie McKenzie, put on a wacky hair and mufti day at school with proceeds going to help save the critically endangered Maui dolphins.

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Normal Wednesday collections resume on 8 January. All other collection days are unchanged, however the time rubbish is collected may vary over the holiday period so please ensure that your bags, wheelie bins or crates are out by 7.30am. Selwyn Aquatic Centre The centre is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. From Friday 27 December – Sunday 5 January the centre is open from 8am to 8pm. Normal opening hours resume on 6 January. Rolleston Community Centre and Lincoln Event Centre Both centres close at 12pm on Tuesday 24 December and will re-open on Monday 6 January. Lincoln Event Centre will be open 9am-5pm from Monday 6 January - Friday 10 January, and will be closed on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 January. Normal opening hours resume on Monday 13 January. Pines Resource Recovery Park The Recovery Park will be closed on Christmas Day (Wednesday 25 December) and New Year’s Day (Wednesday 1 January). The Park is open with normal hours on other days.

p Darfield High School Librarian Trudy McKay dons her pirate costume to help run a book stall which was part of the year seven and eight book character day. Student Joshua Hendriks, dressed as Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter book series, looks over some of the books on display.

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West Melton pupils bus safety campaign

Recycling leads to rubbish cutback

 by Kent Caddick

 by Kent Caddick

West Melton School buses are sporting brand new signs, thanks to safety concerns raised by a group of students and Selwyn MP Amy Adams.

Each Selwyn household now creates around 108 kilograms less rubbish per year than six years ago.

p Selwyn MP Amy Adams with pupils from West Melton Primary School

The Year 5 and 6 students from West Melton School had reported to Ms Adams in late October their findings that the majority of cars were speeding past school buses, with the fastest observed travelling at 70 kilometres per hour. “I was shocked by what the students had observed, including the fact that less than 20% of the people surveyed by the children knew the correct speed for passing a school bus that has stopped to drop off or pick up students,” Ms Adams said. “Something had to be done and the students had come up with some excellent solutions themselves including the recommendation for signage on the back of the school buses to remind drivers of the 20kph speed limit.” Ms Adams assisted the students with their campaign by writing letters to relevant authorities including Selwyn Mayor Kelvin Coe, Canterbury District’s Road Policing Manager Inspector Al Stewart, and Associate Minister of Education Nikki Kaye. “I was very impressed with the students’ concern for their own safety and that of their classmates and I was very happy to help the students make a difference in their local community,” Ms Adams said. 

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According to the Selwyn District Council that is because people are using their recycling and organics wheelie bins more and their rubbish wheelie bins less. Council statistics show that in 2007 only 26% of the waste that was collected was recyclables and organic but in the year to June 2013 that figure was up to 44%. This October, for the first time, more than 50% of the waste collected was recyclables and organics. Council’s solid waste p Council’s solid waste manager Gavin Sole with recycling bins on the streets of Rolleston manager Gavin Sole said Selwyn residents are thinking about with only one large red rubbish wheelie our environment and are very active bin. Using council rubbish bags is recyclers which is something people even cheaper.” should feel proud of. Mr Sole said that sending less “Changing the type of bins you use rubbish to the Regional Landfill at Kate can save you money, and switching to Valley is good for the environment and a small red wheelie bin or using bags also reduces the amount it costs for the also encourages more recycling. waste to be disposed of. “A household with a small red “If we were still creating the same rubbish wheelie bin and a yellow amount of rubbish we were in 2007, we recycling or organics wheelie bin, or would need to pay an extra $314,000 both, will spend less than a family per year in waste charges.” 

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December 23 - 2013


For the Record..... Time to reflect and give thanks

‘Tis the season for spending time with family and friends

 by Kelvin Coe, Selwyn Mayor

 by Amy Adams, Selwyn MP

Season’s greetings to one and all and a special welcome to all the new arrivals to our district this year. It’s been another year of extraordinary growth for Selwyn with all the challenges and opportunities it brings, alongside continuing ear thquake recovery progress. The festive season however reminds us how fortunate we are as we share the friendship and goodwill of our family and friends, and recognise the true treasures in our life as we care and share our values and ideals with others. We owe so much to so many when we think of all the volunteers who contribute to the well being of our community. In Selwyn our emergency services, our sports clubs, recreational, cultural activities and Community Care services are all largely serviced by volunteers. You all contribute so much to the well

being of our community and ensuring Selwyn is such a wonderful place to live, work and play. On behalf of the councillors and myself, I would like to thank all those who have supported us and council staff in the many activities undertaken during the year. After a particularly busy year I hope we can all enjoy the Christmas break, take time to reflect and refresh as we remember family and friends, and reflect on the good things in life. It’s been a privilege and a pleasure to work with you and for you this past year. Safe journeys, Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year to you all. 

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I am sure you are all busy in the flurry of pre-Christmas preparations, end of year work functions, and school prizegivings. It can be an exhausting time of the year. As well as a time to celebrate, it is a time to reflect on the achievements of the year that is drawing to a close. It has been a year of strong growth and progress in Selwyn. However, we have also faced further challenges from the damaging effects of some extreme weather. I know this has caused extra stress for many having to deal with the clean-up of fallen tree — follow up yet more insurance claims, and await repairs to property and essential irrigation equipment. To all the people of the Selwyn electorate, I would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and a safe and relaxing holiday. I hope you have a chance to take a break with your nearest and dearest as this is what is really important about Christmas — not presents.

I would like to say a huge thank you to all of those people who have approached me during the year at various events around Selwyn and shared their views with me. I really appreciate your words of support and encouragement and hearing what is important to you in your communities. I am extremely proud to represent you as your local MP and I am looking forward to meeting many more of you around the district next year. For me, Christmas and New Year means spending time catching up with family and friends and recharging my batteries for the year ahead. My office at 829 Main South Road in Templeton will be closed from December 23 and will re-open again on the January 13. 

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 by Belinda Cullen-Reid

A perfect evening was the description Country Christmas in the Park organising committee member Judith Pascoe gave to this year’s event. While numbers attending were down slightly, the weather was fantastic and the event ran smoothly. “It was one of the best [Christmas in the Park] in terms of weather and it was a very good crowd. The performances went well and people enjoyed the Christmas carols and singing along.” The evening included dancers and singers from around the district. Mrs Pascoe said that a number of

people from the organising committee were stepping down after this year and more people were needed on the committee to keep the yearly event going. Those interested in helping with the event can contact Mrs Pascoe via email on For more photos of Country Christmas in the Park like us on our Facebook page 

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The Record’s year in review  by Kent Caddick, Editor

In July of this year the long-serving Malvern community newspaper the Malvern Record based in Darfield transformed itself into the tabloid community newspaper The Record. While still retaining its Darfield office, where the Malvern Record had served the community for over 50 years, The Record opened an office in West Melton and increased its distribution to cover a wider section of

the Selwyn community including Rolleston and West Melton and surrounding areas. We look back at some of the highlights and the people who made the news in The Record in 2013. 

p August 14 2013: In August Selwyn tourism business Ballooning Canterbury helped a Christchurch mother attempting to win a radio competition to raise funds for a charitable trust set up in memory of her four-year-old daughter who passed away after suffering from Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome.

p July 10 2013: The first edition of The Record featured Rolleston’s champion inline skater Mark McDonald who was selected for the New Zealand team to compete at the 2013 World Speed Skating Championships in Belgium while some Darfield residents were upset at a decision to remove an historic 100-year-old footbridge without any community consultation.

p August 28 2013: The August 28 issue of The Record featured Selwyn resident Emily Lawn who was selected to represent New Zealand at the World Sports Aerobics championships in Serbia.

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p September 11 2013: Photo: Victoria Caseley Danielle Hughes and her miniature horse Whiskey Runner took part in a Scurry New Zealand competition at Canterbury Agricultural Park and were featured in The Record’s September 11 issue which also profiled retiring Selwyn District Council’s Springs Ward councillor Lindsay Philps.

p September 25 2013: The newly established Selwyn Youth Council was featured on the front page of The Record on September 25 just as the Ministry of Education begun a round of public meetings in Rolleston to discuss proposed primary and high schools for the fast-growing township. p October 23 2013: Three-year-old Charlotte Park from Rolleston and her battle with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia were featured on the front page of The Record on October 23 with her parents Tristan and Paula saying they had been overwhelmed by the support they had received from the local community.

p October 2 2013: The October 2 edition of The Record highlighted the ongoing delays affecting the opening of the new Darfield Medical Centre which had been labelled ‘ridiculous’ by Hororata health professional Dr Olive Webb.

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Shopping the easy way?  by Maree Gallagher, CAB Selwyn

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Holiday Guide Get away by staying local  by Belinda Cullen-Reid

It’s not always possible to travel too far away from home during the summer break. Perhaps you are part of a farming family and this is your busy time of year with harvest fast approaching. Maybe you or your partner works in the transport or service industry or some other job which requires working over the holidays. It could be that you have decided to stay home and have visitors come to holiday with you. Maybe money is tight, or you are required to stay in the area to look after a loved one. Whatever the reason,

there are plenty of people who do not leave the district during the holidays and this guide is designed especially for them. We have put together a holiday guide pull-out for you to keep aside to refer to on those days or nights when you are looking for something to do. Full of great ideas and handy information your holiday guide will ensure you have a great time while staying around home. Happy holidays. 

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It’s hard to imagine a time in New Zealand when we didn’t enjoy our sun soaked, sea and sand ridden summer holidays, but in early colonial history it wasn’t the case. Holidays were not made official until the end of the 1800s. Before that Christmas and New Year’s Day were treated as any other day, and people were expected to work as normal, unless they occurred on a Sunday. From the 1870s to the 1890s a number of holiday acts were passed ensuring that workers received statutory days off at Christmas, New Year and Easter. By the 1920s Kiwis were enjoying the summer break as we recognise it now and the tradition of seaside baches began. In the 1930s most people travelled to their holidays by rail, but by the 1950s private automobiles took over in popularity, allowing holiday makers to travel to more obscure locations. Caravans began to become part of the holiday scene in the 1940s and campsites took off in popularity in the 1950s. These days Kiwis are no longer the flightless birds of their

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Holiday Guide Relaxation and adventure all in one place For Selwyn residents looking for a couple of days rest and relaxation close to home that won’t break the budget, Hanmer Springs is an ideal getaway destination. The Hanmer Springs Village is a 90-minute drive from Christchurch through the rolling hills of Hurunui and the Waipara Valley wine region. The village is best known for the awardwinning Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa, where visitors enjoy pampering and relaxation amongst beautiful alpine vistas, however there is so much more to the area. Hanmer Springs Village is also a haven of adventure and activity, with jet boating, bungy jumping, rafting and some of the best mountain biking in the South Island. The rugged, mountainous terrain of the Hanmer Springs Basin is ideal for mountain biking, for the beginner to the expert. If you don’t have a bike check in with the team at Alpine Fat Bike Hire and they will put you on the right path. From short leisurely strolls along forest paths to day tramps up Mt Isobel, Hanmer Springs Village offers brilliant, scenic walking options for everyone. Accommodation in Hanmer Springs ranges from exquisite five-star apartments and boutique hotels to cosy B&Bs and idyllic, relaxed holiday parks. For those wanting well priced and comfortable motel accommodation we recommend the Glenalvon Lodge Motel or the Forest Peak Motel. Dining out is an experience in Hanmer Springs with a wide variety of restaurants to please most palates. Robbies Bar & Bistro in Jacks Pass Road is guaranteed to please family members of all ages. For those wanting to indulge their inner and outer selves Hanmer Springs Massage and Beauty is well worth a visit. If it’s massage, body treatments, facials,

waxing or tanning the professional staff at Hanmer Springs Massage and Beauty will work magic for you in the comfort of their peaceful treatment rooms. The jewel in the Hanmer Springs crown is without a doubt the Hanmer Springs Thermal Resort with its thermal pools and spa offering visitors a wide range of experiences, from soothing indulgence to exciting family fun. The resort has 12 open-air thermal pools, three sulphur pools and six private indoor thermal pools, as well as a sauna and steam rooms. Visitors can also enjoy a range of massage and beauty treatments at The Spa. To find out more on Hanmer Springs and Hurunui go to www.visithurunui. 

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What’s happening in Selwyn Events 24 December: Last chance to get some Christmas and holiday reading from your local library. 28 December–5 January: Recreation programmes at Rolleston Community Centre and Lincoln Community Centre begin. Go online to rcc and 10 January: Calder Stewart Elite Road Cycling National Championships Time Trials at Lincoln University, Ellesmere Junction. Go online to www. 11 January: Fruit and Berry Festival, as part of the Lincoln Farmers and Craft Market. Entry is free and the event runs from 10am–1pm. Includes live Greek music and classic rock with free dance lessons. 11 January: Classical and flamenco guitarist Oscar Lerma is performing at the Nut Point Centre, West Melton. 12 January: Rolleston Environtown Market at Rolleston Square carpark from 10am–1pm. 13 January: Casual fitness classes start at Rolleston Community Centre and Lincoln Events Centre. 15 January: Rolleston Teddy Bears Picnic for pre-schoolers at Rolleston

Reserve from 1–3pm. If wet the picnic will be held at Rolleston Community Centre. 15–19 January: Zirka Circus at the Rolleston Reserve. For more information go online to 17 January: Phatsk8 Roller Disco for all ages at the Rolleston Community Centre from 6–8pm. 18 January: Leeston Market kicks off for 2014 from 9am–12pm on High Street. 20–24 January: Active Kids Holiday Programme at the Rolleston Community Centre. Registrations required. Go online to 22 January: Tai Tapu Family Picnic in the Park at Rhodes Park Domain from 5.30–7.30pm. If wet this event will be held in the Tai Tapu Hall. 23 January: Leeston Family Picnic in the Park at the Leeston Domain from 5.30–7.30pm. If wet this event will be held at the Leeston RFC. 25 January: St Pauls Anglican Church Fun Day held at the church grounds on West Melton Road. 26 January: Southbridge Pool Party at High Street, Southbridge from 2–4pm. 27–31 January: Active Kids Holiday Programme at Rolleston Community Centre. Registrations required. Go

online to 29 January: Springston Family Picnic in the Park at the Springston Reserve from 5.30–7.30pm. 30 January: Dunsandel Family Picnic in the Park at the Dunsandel Domain from 5.30–7.30pm. 31 January–14 March: Dunsandel Lake Crichton Series Triathalon and Duathalon. For more information go online to 2 February: Darfield Pool Party, with spot prizes and DJ. Free entry. Runs from 2–4pm. Public Facilities Pools: Selwyn Aquatic Centre is closed December 25, 26 and January 1 and 2. Opening hours are 8am to 8pm from December 27 to January 5. Normal hours resume from January 6. Darfield Pool and Southbridge Pool are closed December 25, 26 and January 1 and 2. Darfield Pool hours are 1–7pm daily. Southbridge Pool hours are 2–7pm daily. Public Libraries: Close midday December 24 and re-open January 6. Don’t forget the Summer Reading Challenge for 5–12 year olds. Visit a Selwyn Library for details. 

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Different ways to grow tomatoes  by Rachel Vogan, The Happy Gardener,


Harvesting fresh home grown tomatoes is a joy many look forward to every season. Even those new to gardening can expect a bumper crop in their first season with a few simple tips. All that is required is a position in full sun, a little TLC (tomato loving care) and a vision on how you will enjoy the harvest. Check out some of these interesting places where you can grow tomatoes. Upside down Tomatoes are such an adaptable crop you can even grow them upside down in a bucket. Use a bucket with a handle, turn it upside down and poke in a few drainage holes, then make small crisscross planting holes spaced around the bottom of the bucket and peel open to plant the young seedlings. Fill the bucket with tomato potting mix, making sure you firm the mix well around the seedlings. Hang the bucket in full sun and water with a planting tonic. Initially the plants will face downwards, but as they begin to grow, they will naturally begin to grow up towards the sun, righting themselves so that they grow up around the bucket. In the bag If you’re short on space or time, tomatoes can be planted directly into a bag of tomato mix. The bag acts as the container. The bag will have all the goodies in it to ensure tomatoes thrive. Before planting poke a few drainage holes in the bottom of the bag. Cut open the top of the bag and jiggle around the mix so it sits flat, then plant a tomato in the top. Water and stake as per normal. One plant per bag is sufficient unless you choose a dwarf variety and then two or three can be planted. Hanging baskets These are a wonderful way to grow tomatoes because no staking or tying is


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Plan aims to control nitrate leaching

Controls on the leaching of nitrates in farming across Selwyn are to be set by Environment Canterbury through its Land and Water Regional Plan. ECan commissioner Peter Skelton says once the plan’s rules are in full effect next year, the council will require farmers and land-users to manage their operations and improve their environmental performance so the decline in water quality can be reversed. “In Canterbury we are well aware declining water quality is an issue,” Professor Skelton said. “Farmers


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Professor Skelton said the new rules also address water quality issues in urban areas. “There are new rules which will protect the rivers and streams in our towns and cities from pollution from stormwater and wastewater discharges.” As well as addressing water quality and quantity issues, the Land and Water Regional Plan enables earthquake recovery and considers other issues such as land stability, flood protection and biodiversity. 

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Persistent offenders could be prosecuted. Untreated wood and green waste can still be burned, but there are restrictions around this about the way they affect air quality and to avoid nuisance caused to other people. Clean air rules apply all year round in residential areas to ensure that outdoor burning doesn’t contribute to poor air quality or cause a nuisance. Farmers should check with Environment Canterbury and Rural Fire if they are unsure of what they can burn and when. 


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Pasture still key to profitable farming  by Dr Ants Roberts, Chief Scientific Officer Ravensdown

An award-winning pasture sounds simple, but in my opinion and experience, it is anything but. Given that pasture grown on your farm is the cheapest feed you will ever obtain for your livestock, ideally your pasture should: 1. Produce enough total dry matter to fully feed all the stock classes on your farm throughout the whole year 2. Be of high nutritive value, supplying all the essential major and trace element, crude protein, energy and fibre requirements 3. Retain palatability throughout the whole of its growth cycle 4. Maintain productivity and quality for at least 10 years without requiring renovation 5. Persist through dry summers, where irrigation is not available, and be resistant to pests and diseases Sounds like a pipe dream? The reality is usually quite different. New Zealand pastoral agriculture is based on pastures which are predominantly a mix of ryegrass and white clover, so an award-winning pasture could be a highly productive 70/30 mix of these two species. However, particularly in dairy systems,

other species ie, fescues, cocksfoot, plantain, chicory and red clover are often also components of pasture and so award-winning pastures may well have these species present. Regardless of the species and cultivars used, award-winning pastures don’t just happen. Planning is essential. Early consideration should be given to the following: 1. Soil pH and fertility should ideally be corrected well in advance of preparing the seed bed, either by cultivation or direct drilling 2. The preparation method will be dictated by factors such as paddock contour, or the need for recontouring, and weed and pest burden 3. Sowing the seed to the correct depth is critically important for successful germination and subsequent establishment of a dense, productive sward 4. Post emergence, treating the new pastures properly with respect to nitrogen fertiliser application and judicious use of light grazing at appropriate time intervals will assist tillering of grass species


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Synlait Milk on target for 2014  by Kent Caddick

Synlait Milk says it is on track to achieve the financial targets for the 2014 financial year set out during its initial share offering. The comments were made during the Selwyn company’s recent annual shareholders’ meeting at which new shareholders were welcomed on board. Synlait board chairman Graeme Milne said they are on track to achieve the financial targets set for the 2014 year during the Initial Public Offering (IPO). “Our focus is on continuing to increase the proportion of value added products in our ingredients business, and increase the volume of our infant formula and nutritional product sales. “This focus is supported by our growth initiatives which will add lactoferrin production, blending and packaging of infant formula products and a 40% increase in production capacity.” Synlait’s lactoferrin plant, which is under construction, is on target with production expected to begin in February 2014. Lactoferrin is a high-value minor

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2014 the year of family farming “The need to upskill and stay abreast 2014, teaming up with family farming Rural Women New Zealand has helped to launch the International of developments in the areas of financial ambassador and 2013 Landcorp Year of Family Farming at Parliament to coincide with the global literacy, international commodity prices agricultural communicator of the year launch at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York. and compliance was also raised,” Ms Holt said. “The International Year of Family Farming is a soft landing place to talk about the hard issues, so they can be discussed within the sector with a focus on solutions.” Rural Women NZ has already started planning its own celebrations for IYFF

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Innovative irrigation nominations sought The hunt is underway for examples of innovation within Selwyn’s irrigation sector. Entries have just opened for IrrigationNZ’s Innovation in Irrigation Award which will be presented at a conference and expo next April, being held in Napier. The award, which comes with a $2,500 prize, celebrates, encourages and promotes innovation within New Zealand’s irrigation industry. IrrigationNZ CEO Andrew Curtis says the category is extremely broad and encompasses technical innovations by industry, initiatives which protect the environment, and innovative thinking where irrigation has helped create resilient communities. “Innovation is commonplace within our sector as irrigators are constantly responding to regulatory and community feedback to improve performance. Unfortunately too often the focus is on the negative, and many significant

advances made by our industry have been overlooked,” said Mr Curtis. “The reality is most irrigators strive to be efficient water users and are considerate of their environment. There are lots of exciting things happening within our industry and the award gives us an opportunity to recognise the positive impact irrigation plays in many communities.” Past winners of the award include the North Otago Irrigation Company in 2012 which used its prize to re-establish the North Otago Sustainable Land Management Group to promote responsible farming in its area. Nominations close January 31 with entries required by February 14. Nomination forms are now available on the IrrigationNZ website, www. 

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Health and Fitness Shape up with aquafitness An aquafitness class at Selwyn Aquatic Centre could be an ideal way to shape up and keep fit while staying cool over the summer. SAC aquafitness instructor Amanda Taylor says aquafitness classes are a great way to get fit in a supportive environment while having fun at the same time. “Exercising in water is ideal as it puts far less pressure on muscles and joints than other cardio activities. It’s also a great form of exercise in summer when it is too hot outside for other types of exercise.” she says. The Selwyn Aquatic Centre offers three types of aquafitness classes: High Energy Water Workout, Aquafit for Life, and Hydrotone. Aquafit for Life provides a lower impact workout which is particularly suited to people looking to ease back into exercise. “The class increases general mobility and flexibility as well as cardiovascular fitness. It is a mid-

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Health and Fitness It’s time to be SunSmart The arrival of daylight saving signals the rapid rising of ultraviolet levels and it’s time for Selwyn residents to get SunSmart. The Health Promotion Agency’s (HPA) SunSmart manager Kath Blair says with the arrival of spring weather and the start of daylight saving, it’s tempting to get outside more. “While our temperatures are still quite low, UV 9 is already strong enough to cause sunburn if we don’t use sun protection for our skin. “Sunburn is a big concern because it’s linked to melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer and New Zealand has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world.” To make it easier to be sunsmart, the Sun Protection Alert is back and gives the exact time period each day when sun protection is needed. It takes into p Rising UV levels means it is time to get SunSmart account geographical location and weather factors. “It’s especially important to use sun protection between 10am and 4pm from September to April when the sun’s ultraviolet rays are strongest. But depending on the time of 58 South Tce, Darfield, Canterbury P 03 318 8605 year and where in New Zealand you are, the period of time E Hours: Mon-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm Sat: 9am-12noon sun protection is needed is often longer.” Dr Richard McKenzie, Principal Scientist for Radiation at Wishing all our customers the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research a healthy Christmas and (NIWA), says the level of UV increases rapidly as the sun’s all the best for 2014 elevation increases. He says even at this time of year, UV levels over most of the country are high enough that we need to protect our skin. Closed Stat days The Sun Protection Alert is found on, Wed 25th MetService phone apps and in all major daily newspapers. Thurs 26th Kath Blair says using the Sun Protection Alert alongside Wed 1st your daily weather information means it’s easy to enjoy the Thurs 2nd longer days and still be SunSmart. “During the daylight saving months, remember to ‘slip, slop, slap and wrap’ — slip on a shirt or into the shade, slop on Open usual hours on plenty of broad-spectrum SPF30+ sunscreen, slap on a hat every other day and wrap on a pair of wrap-around sunglasses.” For more information go to 







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Finding a good multi supplement Those who oppose supplements rightly state that most New Zealanders do not have outright nutrient deficiencies. What many experts miss is that the human body performs best with optimal levels of key micro-nutrients. We may only need 30mg of vitamin C to prevent scurvy but the body works best with at least 500mg each day, more if you are unwell and even more if you smoke. Our levels of selenium are well below international guidelines. While this may increase the risk of many cancers and other diseases we generally seem to survive on lower levels. Only by using well formulated supplements can you guarantee that you body is getting the right amounts of all 20+ essential minerals, all the vitamins and then the wide range of biologically active antioxidants that have significant protective benefits. A full B complex is important but 200–400IU of natural vitamin E and 1000IU of vitamin D are even more important. Beta carotene is the safer option for vitamin A as your body only converts this A as needed. A good multi should also be a comprehensive multiantioxidant. My favourite general purpose antioxidant is a patented grape seed extract (OPC) ActiVin™. You can read about this at To this I like to include lutein for eyes, lycopene for prostate, hesperidin, bilberry and goji for circulation and immune support plus other synergistic compounds. When selecting a product your first check should be the formula. Secondly ask about the quality of the actual ingredients and thirdly whether the company is really interested in your health or just selling you products. See whether the company is able and willing to give you personalised advice and cares enough to track your progress to ensure you are reaching your goals. Give me a call for further information. To join my weekly email newsletter go to John Arts (B.Soc.Sci, Dip Tch, Adv.Dip.Nut.Med) is a nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health Ltd. Contact John on 0800 423559 or email For product information visit

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A new beginning for the Springfield Hotel For most of the year the historic hotel has been closed but thanks to the efforts of Peter and Shell Richardson and their family the pints are being poured again. The recent arrivals from Australia have restored the hotel to the country pub feel it had always been associated with, with dine in or takeaway ‘pub grub’, pool table and separate male and female toilets. Peter, who along with Leonie Herson, can be found in the kitchen cooking up a storm says he has been impressed by the quality and freshness of the produce on this side of the Tasman. “Our meals are basic pub grub like steak and chips and there is nothing on the menu over $15. ”Lunch and dinner are available from Wednesday to Sunday with

lunch being served between 11am and 2pm and dinner from 4pm to 9pm. While Peter is the ‘boss’ of the kitchen his wife Shell and local Kath Roche, along with eldest son Wade, tend bar. The hotel also has an off-licence with the bottle store open between 11am and 9pm. Proving popular with the locals is happy hour which is held between 6pm and 7pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Budget accommodation is also available in the hotel (bookings advisable), with the backpackers accommodation set to open early next year.

Thank you Peter and Shell Richardson would like to thank the following businesses for all their assistance in reopening the Springfield Hotel: Hopkins Building, ITM Darfield, Darfield Bakery, Darfield Butchery, Alsco and Nova Gas.







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sized bedrooms, the master with walk-in robe and en suite. With the thoughtful addition of two heat pumps, every box is ticked adding up to an exciting property well worth your immediate inspection. Please call for open home times. At a glance Address: 1a Craigieburn Street, Darfield Land Area: 953sqm Floor Area: 200 sqm Bedrooms: 4 Price by negotiation Contact Details Susan Davis Matson & Allan Real Estate Ltd Licensed Real Estate Agent REAA2008 South Terrace, Darfield Phone 03 318 8204 or 027 662 2751 Email 0274 352 872

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Restricted Fire Season Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Section 22(2) of the Forest & Rural Fires Act (1977), the lighting of fires in the open air within the rural areas of Selwyn District is restricted from 10pm Monday, 23 December, 2013 until further notice. The exemptions to this are: 1. The burning of crop residue will be permitted without the issue of a Fire Permit providing the following conditions are met: (a) Fires shall only be lit during daylight hours and must be out by dark. (b) No fires shall be lit while strong winds are blowing or forecasted, or when conditions are such that the fire is likely to spread beyond the limits of the land for which this Authority is issued. Maximum allowable wind strength is 19kph (Beaufort Scale 3). (c) The area to be burnt is to be surrounded by a continuous fire break, cleared of all combustible material to a minimum width of 10 metres. (d) The fire is to be patrolled by the person lighting the fire until it is completely out. (e) Prior to lighting, the occupiers of neighbouring properties are to be advised of the time and date of burning. (f) That some form of Fire Fighting Equipment such as grubbers, beaters, fire extinguishers or vehicle mounted water supply/spray units is on site to deal with any fire outbreaks. 2. Fires are permitted in enclosed drums providing the following conditions are met: (a) The drum top must be covered with a wire mesh sized no greater than 20mm or have a lid and flue with a spark arrester fitted. (b) The drum must be surrounded by a 3 metre area that is cleared of combustible material and be at least 3 metres away from other buildings, trees or vegetation.

(c) The area must be serviced by a reticulated water supply or an alternative water supply (tanker, dam, etc.). The water supply must be capable of fully extinguishing the drum fire and the area immediately around it. (d) The drum fire must only be lit during daylight hours and fully extinguished by dark. (e) The drum fire must be attended by someone at all times until it is completely out. (f) The drum fire must not be lit when the wind is blowing or forecasted to be above 19kph (Beaufort Scale 3). (g) The drum fire must not be lit or allowed to burn when the smoke is likely to cause nuisance to neighbours. (h) Only vegetation, paper, cardboard and untreated wood are allowed to be burnt under Environment Canterbury Air Plan. 3. Gas fuelled barbecues lit in properly constructed containers. 4. Only gas fuelled barbecues lit in properly constructed containers are permitted in Council Reserves. 5. Burning may be permitted if a Fire Permit has been obtained from the Principal Rural Fire Officer.

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These exemptions apply to the Rural Areas of Selwyn District only. No open air fires may be lit within residential areas without a Resource Consent from Environment Canterbury. Any Permit used is not a Legal Defence against a Claim for any damage which may be caused by the fire. The responsibility for its control and the liability for any damage which may arise lie with the person lighting the fire.

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RABBIT CONTROL, traditional methods used, dogs, ferrets and netting etc. Phone 022 199 7069. FENCING CONTRACTOR seeks full-time or casual staff for rural high country work or local rural work. Good wages. Phone Geoff 021 640 748.


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Property Maintenance CHIMNEY SWEEP. Servicing the Selwyn district. Weekends a speciality. Phone Rodney Carr 03 324 2999 a/h. MALVERN WASTE SOLUTIONS, rubbish and recycling, domestic, commercial, skip hire, functions, locally owned and operated. Phone 03 318 7407.

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CHURCH NOTICES — CHRISTMAS SERVICES & Sunday 29 December Malvern Anglican Parish — Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services in 7 locations visit for schedule or ring 03 317 9079. St Paul’s Anglican — West Melton 24th Dec: 7.00pm Communion & Carols, Rev Ivan Jones. 29th Dec: 10.30am Parish Communion @ St Columbia, Hornby, Rev Ivan Jones. Bible Study Mondays 7.30pm, Tuesdays 7pm, - Prayer support. Penny 347 8139, Colin & Gail 347 8443. Church @ Rolleston — 40 Brookside Road. 25 Dec: 9:30am Christmas Day Service Rev N Kennedy. 29 Dec: 5.00pm Catholic Mass. Contact Secretary Lynette 347 4599 Parish of Hororata Anglican —St John’s Hororata – 24 Dec: 11.00pm Candles @ Midnight. 25 Dec: 9.30am Christmas Day. 29 Dec: 9.30am Sunday Service. Rev Jenni Carter 318 0858. Darfield Catholic Church — Sunday Masses 8.30am For Weekly Masses, and the Liturgy Timetable refer to the church newsletter. Parish Priest: Fr Paulo Filoiai’i 03 342 9763. Email: Hornby Presbytery. Kirwee Community Church — 10am Kirwee Sports Pavilion, High Street, Kirwee, Morning Tea to follow, Pastor: Brian Booth 03 318 1309.

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Hope Presbyterian West Melton — 9.30am. Pastor available Tuesday 9.30–12.30 Pastor: Daniel Fone, 03 347 7509, Youth Leader: Sage Harris 03 980 2296 Ext 217. Hope Presbyterian Rolleston — Service 10am, Rolleston School hall, Kidman St. Pastor: Brent Richardson 03 347 4007, Youth leader: Courtney Forrest, 03 347 4007, Darfield Baptist Church — Services and Sunday School, Darfield 15 Greendale Road, 10.30am every Sunday, Glenroy Hall 9am 2nd & 4th Sundays. Pastor: Paul Cossey, 03 318 8688, Youth Pastor: Sam Broughton 027 223 8345. Malvern Co-Operating Parish — 24 Dec: 6pm Trinity Darfield-Family-friendly Christmas service, 6.30pm Glentunnel-A Christmas Bedtime Story. 25 Dec: 8.30am Greendale, 9.30am Trinity Darfield with the Anglicans. 29 Dec: 9.30am Trinity Darfield-Parish Service with Anglican Parish, followed by picnic lunch (bring your own). Glentunnel Chapel — Sunday 10.30am Worship & Communion, 03 318 8948 or 021 274 2548. Mountain View Community Church — 17 North Terrace, Darfield Sunday Service 6.30pm, Prayer 6.00pm, Pastors: Wayne and Nicky Watson 03 318 7979 or 027 281 8340. Rolleston Church — 10am Family Service. 7pm Rolleston Encounter. Cornerstone Kids during morning service. Cornerstone Youth in the Lounge Friday 7-9pm All meetings held at the Rolleston Community Centre, 94 Rolleston Drive, Administration contact: Nikki @ 03 347 8716

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