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Lego time Relay for Life on again

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Our place, our people Welcome to the first instalment of The Record’s monthly photographic competition ‘Our place, our people’ …


 Six-year-old Amelia de Vries of Rolleston spent around a week making her Lego display to raise money for the Weedon’s School Garden Club. Her intricate display includes a shop, café, cruise ship and road with various vehicles. For more on this story see page 3 …

Councillor backs call for extended bus service  by Belinda Cullen-Reid

Selwyn District Councillor Sam Broughton is backing a call by west Selwyn residents for the extension of the Darfield to Christchurch bus service.

Rockwood Station opens its gates

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The service run by the Red Bus company in Christchurch currently has one run leaving Darfield at 7.15am with the return trip leaving Christchurch at 5.30pm with stops at Kirwee, West Melton, Yaldhurst and Riccarton. It was agreed at last week’s Malvern Community Board

meeting to action Cr Broughton’s suggestion that the board write a letter to the Red Bus company supporting the extension of the existing service. Cr Broughton told The Record that well used reliable public transport is a better use of resources and causes less

congestion than everyone driving their own car. “A once a day service caters well for those working in town but doesn’t take into account people wanting to shop or visit friends during the middle of the day.” continued on page 5 …

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 Up and coming West Melton harness racing driver Kimberly Butt, left, has been enjoying recent success. Kimberly, the 19-year-old daughter of well-known racing identity Anthony Butt, right, had already achieved six wins in five months prior to Christmas and added to her tally with a win at Motukarara recently

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 Molly Mackay Stewart from Rolleston displays her medal haul from the Colgate Games held recently in Timaru. Molly, who runs for the University Club, won a gold medal in the 800m, silver in the 400m and bronze in the relay in the 12-year old division.


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Relay for Life on again


 by Kent Caddick

The Rolleston Relay for Life committee is putting the final touches to this year’s event which will be held at the Rolleston Rugby Club grounds over the weekend of February 22 and 23. Committee members Jenny Harkerss said through the relay, we celebrate the lives of cancer survivors and caregivers, remember loved ones we have lost, and empower people and communities to fight back against cancer. “Relay for Life is an inspiring community event for people of all ages and fitness levels. “At Relay, teams of 10 or more camp out overnight and take part in a walk/ run relay while enjoying a family-friendly atmosphere with entertainment, prizes and lots of fun. “Because it’s a team event, people taking part may come and go as they like, but it’s so much fun, you’ll find it hard to leave.”

Each year, more than 20,000 people take part in Relays across New Zealand. The Opening Ceremony for Rolleston’s Relay for Life will be held at 4pm on Saturday, February 22 with a celebration lap completed by cancer survivors and their carers. Members of the Ellesmere Highland Pipe Band will lead the lap with vintage and classic cars available for the survivors who are unable to complete the lap on their own. Following this the 12 plus teams will be introduced and complete their first lap together. During the rest of the relay, while at least one member of each team is on the track, people will be entertained

 Participants and supporters take part in the opening ceremony at last year’s Relay for Life

by an exciting line up of mostly local musical talent. “As the sun sets on Saturday evening there will be a special candlelight ceremony remembering loved ones who have lost their battle with cancer,” Ms

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The de Vries family of Rolleston has combined its passion for Lego and gardening to raise money for the Weedon’s School Garden Club. The family has held a Lego display at their house which was open to the public with almost $630 raised for the club. With Lego models and displays by each family member, other garden club members and invited guests, an impressive and diverse array of Lego was on display. Rachel de Vries leads  Weedons School Garden Club member and Lego enthusiast the garden club which her George Bell (7) shows off his Lego train set children Amelia and Ryan are both part of. The club meet at de Vries said. The school also wants school lunch times. to fence the garden area, decorate “We have four raised garden beds it with pavers, build an area to catch at present. We have lots of kids in the rainwater and expand the compost club so we need more garden beds,” Ms making area. 



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beauty of the Selwyn district or of its people at work or play. All images must be sent in high resolution. Maximum number of entries is two per month per photographer. To enter submit your image in high resolution to the editor at kentc@ 

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Rockwood Station opens its gates  by Cindy Driscoll

The Lake Coleridge/Windwhistle area has a large array of walks open to the public and Rockwood Station, nestled in the Malvern Hills 15 minutes from the Rakaia Gorge, is the newest addition. Station owners Ben and Cheryl Richards are celebrating the reestablishment of the Rockwood Bushwalk with an open day this month. The tranquil bush walk through the black beech forest has an abundance of native flora and fauna with an array of native birds. The track winds its way through the bush climbing gently to 400 metres above sea level and takes about 45– 60 minutes. Ben Richards said their family has been connected to Rockwood for over 100 years. “As we have developed the bushwalk and garden we have discovered quite a few historical treasures which allow us to see  Ben and Cheryl Richards working on the Rockwood bush walk how the property was 100 years ago and how it has evolved. rhododendron plantings. “The open day “With the help of the Hororata Parish is our way of sharing this beautiful area we have restored the family graves which and we think people will enjoy the real were hidden in a mess of overgrown sense of history on the bushwalk and in bush. It is thought to have been one of the gardens.” The celebrations will include a church the first public cemeteries in Canterbury service on the lawns of the 100-yeardating back to the 1800s.” Those who don’t want to do the full old homestead, arborist demonstrations walk can still enjoy the native bush on a and informative talks on native plants. five minute walk from the homestead to There will also be a small number of the graves or simply wander the nearly stalls and a Devonshire tea and a four acres of woodland gardens which barbecue will be available on the lawns. All proceeds from the open day will are under development. “The homestead gardens are a work benefit the Hororata Parish. The Rockwood Bushwalk and Garden in progress,” Mr Richards said. “We have a vision of restoring a lily Open Day is on Sunday, February 23 pond, creating avenues through the trees from 10am to 4pm at 256 Darts Road, and generally enhancing the natural Windwhistle. Entry is $10 per person, beauty surrounding us by nurturing the children free. More information can be native plants, as a backdrop to new found at 

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A word of advice about rollover clauses  by Maree Gallagher, CAB Selwyn

Before you sign that one year fixed-term contract for a service, keep an eye out for a rollover clause — it could mean the difference between facing a hefty termination fee or not, if you decide to end the contract after your 12 months is up. Adrienne signed up with a gym for a six-month term. After this period, according to the gym manager, the contract would just ‘roll over’ — that is, she would continue to have access to the facility and she’d continue to have her fees direct debited each month. If Adrienne decided to cancel the contract before the term was up, she’d be liable for an early termination (cancellation) fee. Adrienne was super-keen to get fit so didn’t think that would be a problem for her. After eight months Adrienne moved to another part of town and couldn’t get to that gym much, so she decided to end her contract. ”It’s no problem at all,” said the gym manager, “that’ll be $100 in early termination fees please.” What Adrienne had failed to realise was that after the end of the first six-month term, her contract was automatically renewed for a further six months — it had rolled over. So unless Adrienne cancelled sometime between the end of the old term and the start of the new term, she’d be stung with an early termination fee.

Early termination fees are used to recover loss of income suffered by the provider, which they would have earned from you if you had not cancelled your contract. It’s also used to recover the cost of any hardware that you may have got as part of the plan (for example, the mobile phone that you may get free with your phone plan). A rollover clause — also known as an automatic-renewal clause — allows the provider to automatically renew your contract when the original term ends, without having to notify you in advance. What you can do Automatic rollovers aren’t necessarily a bad thing, for example you wouldn’t want to suddenly lose your internet service at the end of the fixed term just because you didn’t get through to the call centre to renew the contract with your Internet provider. But if you don’t know about them, it might cost you. The Consumer Law Reform Bill will hopefully address this and other issues relating to unfair consumer contract terms. In the meantime, here are some tips to help you stay out of trouble:

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Around the Home On the right track with curtains  by Barbara Horn, Town and Country Interiors,

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Do more with a bigger section. Think big and do big with a larger section at Levi Park, and imagine how much fun summer will be. And with prices starting at just $159,000 you won’t feel the bump. Drop in and see us or give us a call.

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These hungry wee plants will be bursting with delicious fruit now! To get the most out of your plant, feed them with a top quality feed. Osmoform is excellent for your tomatoes giving them an allround boost of nutrients. A 2.5kg pack is around $30 and a teaspoon a week around your plant will help sustain optimal growth. Your citrus trees will benefit from a dash of Osmoform also. Watering is still vital.

It is sometimes hard to gauge how much water your indoor plants need. A good guide is to pour until you see water coming out the bottom into the saucer. Water slowly to ensure you are getting a controlled amount into the pots. The volume required varies depending on the size of the pot. Smaller pots need watering more frequently as they dry out faster. Larger pots can retain more moisture and require less frequent watering.

Remember these simple tips: Water in the early morning or evening. A good long soak every few days is more beneficial than a light watering each day. Remove weeds as they pop up as they draw moisture and nutrients from the soil, leaving minimal for your plants.

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The key is to monitor them. There is no hard and fast rule about watering, and it varies between plant varieties. Try some easier plants to grow indoors to get an idea of what it is like. Your local nursery will be able to advise you on which plants are more robust.

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Around the Home Living the dream: potager style  by Belinda Cullen-Reid

Recently my husband and I bought a 1.5 acre paddock on which to build our dream property. The paddock is reasonably bare, with a pine hedge bordering the south side of the property and a small picturesque stream on the eastern


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border, behind which is an area of native plantings. Our house plans came back with approval from Selwyn District Council before Christmas and to our delight building began mid-January. Our foundations are laid and frames and trusses will arrive this week. The dream is starting to take shape. With most of the big decisions about the build made last year, we are now sitting back and enjoying watching the work happen. Our thoughts now turn to the landscaping of the property. While I am enthusiastic about establishing trees and shrubs along the borders of the property for shelter and privacy, what I am most excited about is growing my own produce. As a keen cook, and with two lovely and ever hungry fellows to feed, the idea of living off the land as much as possible, eating fresh and wholesome home grown produce, is very appealing. I have big dreams of vegetable, fruit and herb gardens, some pet lambs bred

 It is important to have a clear plan before you begin your potager garden. That way you can create a sense of balance and symmetry otherwise impossible if you plan as you go

for wool, and perhaps even a goat for cheese production. Having chickens roaming in the paddock and sampling their golden yolked eggs is something I really look forward to. From paddock to plate, good for both body and soul. Potager style gardens I discovered the term ‘potager garden’ this week in my reading and have spent time investigating this ornate form of vegetable and fruit gardening.

Potager is a French term referring to a kitchen garden with ornate design. Flowers and herbs are planted alongside vegetables to enhance the beauty of the area which is laid out with thought. Raised beds, bricked paths and water features are all part of the design which can be in simple peasant style or as elaborate as the grand potagers from the sixteenth century Renaissance and Baroque period, of castles in Europe.

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 The foundations are poured and the house is beginning to take shape. Now it’s easier to see what land is left, and landscaping becomes a focus

There are lots of decisions to be made. Will you have paved or grass pathways? Will the garden beds be raised or sit flush with the ground? If raised, what will the outer borders be made of? Railway sleepers, stone wall, brick, branches woven together like basketry? Box hedging can be used for gardens flush with the pathways. You are limited only by your imagination. Once you have designed your structures, marked them out and chosen the materials needed to build them, then the hard slog begins. Ground is broken and the unnecessary grass areas removed. Structures are built to

contain the soil, and pathways laid for ease of movement between beds. If designed, the initial work setting up the potager will be rewarded by the ease of care afterward. Don’t be in a rush to plant straight away. The importance of quality dirt can’t be underestimated so take time to nurture the soil so that it produces good crops. Soil needs to be two feet deep and well fed with compost and manure. Topping the beds with pea straw will ensure that moisture is retained in the soil. Thoughts then turn to plantings which we will discuss next time. 

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The type of potager garden we aim to build will be more reminiscent of the humble peasant style, with vegetables, fruits and herbs in raised gardens set out in geometric design. We aim to include a small pergola with a table and chairs where we can sit and have a break and enjoy the products of our labours. Also a cottage inspired style garden shed will be a practical feature which brings added character to the area. Situated at the rear of the house the potager garden will be flanked by the stream on the east, providing a tranquil soundscape. Where to begin? Start by measuring the area of land you have for your potager garden. Usually these are situated out the back of a house as ours is, but depending on your property shape and the land you have available, there is no reason why your garden can’t be situated in a more visible place.


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A potager garden is not the kind of thing you can design as you go along. The key to a great potager garden is balance and symmetry, so you’re going to have to plan in advance and get handy with the tape measure. Draw to scale the size and shape of your area on paper. Maths paper is useful as you can use the squares to help scale the area correctly, perhaps one square could equal one inch of garden space. Traditional designs include a circular shaped centre feature garden which sometimes has a water feature or ornate tree. From the central point pathways move out symmetrically and other small gardens are made between the pathways. Once happy with your design it’s time to get out the string and plot out the area. Adjustments can be made to the design at this point, once you actually see the width of your path areas, for example, which need to comfortably fit a wheelbarrow.

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Kate’s Kitchen: artisan bread  by Kate Brunner

Breaking open a crusty freshly baked loaf of bread, ripping off a piece to eat with cheese, salad or to mop up delicious juices on your plate is something you can achieve with very little effort. Even if you have never made bread before or if you are a whiz at knocking up a loaf, the Artisan Loaf is a great method to try. This is what you need: 3 cups warm water — a bit above body temperature to get the yeast going 1½ tablespoons dried yeast

1½ tablespoons coarse salt Semolina 6½ cups unsifted, all purpose flour: The flour should have a protein content of 10% (read the labelling) and you measure the cup by scooping up the flour and levelling off the top with the back of a knife.

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This is what you do: Put the water in a large plastic container and add the yeast and salt. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t all dissolve. Add in all the flour at once and stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture is uniformly wet. Don’t knead! It should only take a minute or two. Cover loosely with a lid and leave for about 4 hours. You can place in the fridge overnight. When ready to bake get a sheet of baking paper and sprinkle well with semolina. Sprinkle a quarter of the surface of the dough with flour and with flour on your hands grab that portion of the dough and shape by stretching the surface of the dough to the underneath, continuing until you have a round, smooth ball shape — or near enough! It is quite a sticky dough so work quickly and don’t add heaps of extra flour. Place on the baking paper and let it rest for 20 minutes while you heat

the oven to 230°C/450°F and place a baking/pizza stone in the oven to heat up. Sprinkle the top of the loaf liberally with flour, slash the top with a sharp knife and slide the loaf with baking paper into the oven. On the bottom rack place another tin with hot water. This will produce steam and help the loaf to rise with a lovely crusty outside. It will take about 30 minutes to bake. Ten minutes before the loaf is ready remove the baking paper and slide the loaf directly onto the baking stone. The loaf is baked when it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. And that’s it! Makes 4 small loaves. You can halve the recipe successfully. Enjoy however you like, but in this instance it was shared with an accompaniment of blue cheese and freshly cracked walnuts, washed down with a lovely sweet Dulcetto and Syrah red wine. 

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What does the course involve?

You will guided through a one day, 5 hour session using a workbook, which you keep at the end of the course. The course is designed to be thought provoking, informative and enjoyable. There are no tests of exams and you will receive a certificate of attendance. The course is free with lunch and refreshments provided.

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For more information and to book your place on the course, please contact either Yvonne or Wendy at Age Concern on (03) 366 0903 or Ngaire at the Council 347 2901.

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All-new EcoSport arriving soon  Article supplied by Avon City Ford

The all-new Ford EcoSport displays all the best qualities of a modern SUV — it’s smart, supports you and your family when driving (both from a safety and comfort perspective) and it is prepared to deal with any situation you come across during your day, whether a tricky Christchurch road or the impromptu transportation of items. Behind the scenes of the Ecosport, the 1.5 litre petrol engine maintains its performance — 82kW at 6,300rpm, while being economical — 6.5L per 100km. It is said to have ‘the fuel efficiency of a manual with the ease of an automatic’ — that is the beauty of the 6-speed Ford Powershift automatic transmission. The EcoSport offers a 5 star ANCAP safety rating, packed with features such as traction control and dynamic stability control, seven air bags in total, a boron steel safety cell, rear parking sensors and ABS. The EcoSport does everything modern technology has given us to keep drivers and their families safe. Moving to the design features, you can get excited about the 550mm wading capacity and 200mm ground clearance which is perfect for anything Christchurch roads attempt to throw at you. The back seats fold down with ease to provide an expanded boot capacity, changing from 362 litres to 705 litres. Storage from the cooled glovebox to under the front passenger seat, map pockets and more, you’ll be able to keep tidy and remain comfortable while travelling with your whole family.

When you’re sitting inside the EcoSport you’ll be able to enjoy the Ford SYNC technology to control your mobile or mp3 player (maintaining control of your driving safely), and you will notice the cabin is actually quieter due to improved glass seals, double sealed doors and an acoustic headliner. This reduction of distracting noise and focus on easily accessible controls allows you to not only drive safely on a regular basis, but to take pleasure in being in your vehicle at the same time, making daily school trips and negotiating the city streets a lot more appealing. The EcoSport is due to arrive at Avon City Ford in April. At a Glance Vehicle make: Ford EcoSport Year: 2014 Engine: 1.5L Petrol Petrol/Diesel Consumption: 6.5L/100kms Safety Rating: 5 Star ANCAP Rating Contact details: Avon City Ford Sockburn Roundabout Corner of Main South and Epsom Roads, Sockburn Phone: 0800 655 551 or 03 348 4129 Website:



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This property is neat as a pin and positioned well for all day sun. The outdoor entertaining potential is enormous. Plantings are mature and well placed, with spaces that are well thought out, and beautifully designed. Inside there are five bedrooms with four doubles and a single. Two living areas ensure there is room for everyone. The kitchen is modern with stainless steel appliances. The master bedroom is designed for luxury with underfloor heating in the ensuite and a huge walk in wardrobe. This is guaranteed to impress. The bathrooms are delightful. Beautiful

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