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Rolleston volunteer recognised u by Kent Caddick


Major Chris Allan from Rolleston says he is humbled to have been named New Zealand Defence Force Volunteer of the Year.

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It’s been a busy start to the year for West Melton School students …

p Major Chris Allan, left, receives a hongi from Warrant Officer Class One Clive Douglas at a ceremony at which Major Allan was presented with his NZDF Volunteer of the Year award Photo supplied by NZDF


Park picnic party in Lincoln

The weather might have been a bit windy and cool but it didn’t deter picnickers …

Major Allan was recently presented with his award, which he received for his work empowering youth and assisting with aid projects in Vanuatu. “There are so many great volunteers in our community who give generously of their time and I feel very blessed to have received this award.” Major Allan, who is the commanding officer of 2/4 Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment’s Alpha Company, said the award recognises

the mixing of his personal and professional life. “The skills I have learnt in my career in the NZDF, particularly in terms of discipline and management, have played an important part in my working with young people.” He also paid tribute to his family. “I am a family man at heart and if it were not for my wife, Pamela, and children, Rebecca and twins Rachel and Joshua, supporting me, I would not be able to contribute to our community as

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I do. As a family we have a commitment to developing people around us.” He and his wife Pamela set up the Joshua Foundation in 2005 to help develop young people into future leaders through programmes like the Duke of Edinburgh awards. “Joshua Foundation focusses upon addressing both self-destructive behaviour and negative attitudes within young people,” Major Allan said. continued on page 3 …


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Former Associate Professors Ravi Gooneratne and Brett Robinson have been recognised for their work to become Professor of Toxicology and Professor of Environmental Chemistry respectively within the Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Professor Robinson’s research at Lincoln involves creating economic and environmental value from bio-waste, so the nutrients it contains improve the soil rather than devaluing water quality. He said confidence in New Zealand’s food products and the marketing of the country as ‘100% pure’ relies on land-based p Brett Robinson has been named Professor of industries combining a high level Environmental Chemistry at Lincoiln University of production while minimising the entry of contaminants into foods or economic and environmental value local environments. from bio-wastes by ensuring that bio“Bio-wastes are arguably the most wastes and the nutrients they contain important contributor to the degradation improve our soils rather than degrade of New Zealand’s economy and our waters. The scale of the research environment when they enter waterways, has ranged from individual cells through contaminate high-value land, or require to the field.” costly disposal. Professor Gooneratne’s major “The research programme that I have research areas are environmental, food developed at LU focusses on creating and veterinary toxicology. ¢

Shellfish comes back on the menu Selwyn kaimoana gatherers will be delighted with the news about a long-running health warning on collecting shellfish.

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The public health warning over the shellfish, which was originally issued in October 2016, has been removed by the Canterbury District Health Board. That’s mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, catseyes, kina and all other bivalve shellfish are now safe to eat. The removal of the warning comes after the Ministry for Primary Industries said ongoing testing of shellfish has found the levels of toxins causing Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) to be below the safe levels set by MPI. Dr Alistair Humphrey, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, p Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Alistair Humphrey has given the greenlight to gather shellfish in Selwyn said routine tests on shellfish samples taken from the region have “It has been a long wait since the shown levels of DSP toxins within the warning, and lovers of seafood in safe limit of 0.16mg/kg set by MPI. Canterbury should be commended for “This is great news for those of us heeding the warnings for so long.” who love collecting and eating our own He said warning signs throughout the kaimoana,” Dr Humphrey said. region will be taken down. ¢

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Selwyn television online u by Kent Caddick


… continued from front page

Rolleston volunteer recognised

To give recognition to those in the community who give so much but are often little acknowledged, is one of the driving principles behind the district’s newest online television channel, Selwyn TV.

p Chris and Pamela Allan, with their children, from left, Rachel, Rebecca and Joshua Photo supplied by NZDF

p Wilton and Merryn Atkins hopes Selwyn TV will help to foster and maintain community spirit in one of the fastest growing areas of the country

The forces behind the new venture are Merryn and Wilton Atkins, who, along with the newborn baby boy, are set to move into their new home in Rolleston during the winter. Wilton, who travels around the Selwyn district on a regular basis as part of his job with PGG Wrightson Real Estate, said Selwyn TV is an online community television channel. “Selwyn TV provides short interviews to promote local people, local events and some local news,” he said. “We will not just be showcasing people who are already in the spotlight, but also people who are quietly doing great things for little or no recognition.”

Wilton said the interviews are kept short to enable them to appeal to social media. “Research shows that someone online will not always engage with a 12-minute video clip, but is more likely to if the clip is around three minutes.” Wilton said they hope Selwyn TV will also help to foster a community spirit. “We are not saying that the community spirit is not there but when an area grows as fast as Selwyn, with more and more people arriving all the time, it can get lost a little and harder to maintain.” Selwyn TV can be found on Facebook at or online at ¢

“The programme aims to connect with these youth, empowering them to establish a life vision, set goals and then supporting them to facilitate the necessary changes to allow the young person to achieve their vision. “Ultimately we want the young person to take their place, add value and contribute to New Zealand society.” Recently 23 of his mentees were awarded with their silver Duke of Edinburgh awards and 10 were presented gold awards by GovernorGeneral Dame Patsy Reddy. During the past four years, the Allan family has travelled to Vanuatu to

help villagers with setting up donated computers, painting schools and developing a library. Major Allan said he believes we all have a social responsibility to help all people, regardless of their ability to pay it back or their personal location. “My reward is to see young people speak with confidence and gain the Duke of Edinburgh awards or to see the smiles of young Ni-Vanuatu speaking their first word of English or pumping their first bucket of water out of a new well,” he said. As the NZDF Volunteer of the Year, Major Allan is also nominated for the NZDF Person of the Year Award. ¢

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Uplifting experience

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p Lincoln University Recreation Centre staff have been collecting bras as part of the Uplift Project, which aims to supply them to disadvantaged communities around the world for whom a bra is often unobtainable or unaffordable. The Lincoln staff have had more than 500 donated, from other university staff and members of the community, to send to women in the Pacific Islands. They are shown on their way to deliver them to the project coordinator in Christchurch. They have promoted the project around the university and on Facebook, and some have even been sent down from the North Island. For more on the project go to

p Tyla Harrison-Hunt manning the barbecue at a Selwyn District Council Meet Your Street event

Around 400 people have attended neighbourhood Meet Your Street events held across Selwyn this summer.

The events were set up under Selwyn’s Newcomers and Migrants Strategy adopted by the district council. Council’s community resilience coordinator Jason Flewellen said it’s a chance for people to gather in a local park, connect and make new friends, while enjoying some music, games and a free sausage sizzle. “This is the second summer Meet Your Street has run in Selwyn and the visits are one of the activities being undertaken to support a Newcomers and Migrants Strategy council adopted in 2015. “Local Meet Your Street events are a fun way for the council to encourage new residents to feel part of their community, and help people settle into a new life in Selwyn. “It also helps create safer communities where people know their neighbours,” Mr Flewellen said.

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Meet Your Street events will run through to the end of April and will be held in 20 Selwyn neighbourhoods. Applications from local communities to host their own Meet Your Street neighbourhood event, with support from council through a small grant, are open until March 31. Mr Flewellen said to date 13 communities have been visited with around 400 people attending events. “Meet Your Street has visited neighbourhoods in Rolleston, Lincoln, Darfield, Prebbleton, West Melton, Leeston and Kirwee this summer. “The sessions visit both new subdivisions and more established neighbourhoods. The most recent, to Hinterland Drive Reserve in Prebbleton, attracted around 65 people. “Some comments from attendees included, ‘We met a lot of people we did not know,’ and, ‘It’s nice to get together’.” So far, 15 applications have been received to host an event, with eight events already held. Grant application information can be found at selwyn. ¢

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West Melton school growing


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It’s been a busy start to the year for West Melton School students. For the start of the new school year the school welcomed in 39 new students, ranging from new entrants to Year 8, and a new teacher, Aaron Taylor. The school held a mihi whakatau (formal welcome) to welcome all the new students and their families while the school’s kapa haka group performed for the gathered crowd. The school’s new two storey teaching and administration block is now being utilised for the first time, with an official opening for the new building set down for March. The school’s promotion officer Rita Spadoni said the new building has

opened for learning use with a new administration office downstairs. The school also recently held its annual Community Fun Day, which was organised and run by the school’s intermediate students. “This was a great way to start the new school year, enabling our new students to have fun and make those important friendships,” Ms Spadoni said. “There were many activities for all our learners to participate in, including the ever popular bouncy castle, dress up races, obstacle course on the playground or cooling off in the pool. “With a picnic lunch with their families, a fabulous day was had by all.” ¢

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p The West Melton School’s kapa haka group welcomes students, staff and parents to the school for the start of the new term

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Student voice grows Lincoln University Students’ Association president Danyon Thomas is welcoming a senior management decision, which he says will boost the student voice on the campus of Selwyn’s largest tertiary institution. The university’s vice-chancellor Professor Robin Pollard recently signed a five-year service level agreement with the Lincoln University Students’ Association (LUSA), offering students the opportunity to have more input into their educational experience. Under the agreement, all students enrolled at Lincoln are recognised as the university’s primary stakeholders, and decisions about student services will be made jointly between LUSA and senior management. LUSA president Danyon Thomas said the five-year timeframe indicates that Lincoln places a high value on student opinion. “We want to make sure the student experience is informed by the students themselves because no-one knows education better than students,” Mr Thomas said. “The five-year term is great because it means the university is fully committed to giving students a say in their education. Services covered by the agreement include offering career advice and supporting students’ transition into post-study employment, as well as providing counselling services,

p Lincoln University Students’ Association president Danyon Thomas says an agreement with university management will ensure the student voice will be heard

financial support, health care, affordable childcare services for students with young children, access to clubs and societies, and sport and cultural activities. The university’s chief academic officer Bruce McKenzie said monthly meetings will be held between LUSA and senior management representatives, to “facilitate working in good faith with a spirit of openness and cooperation.

Water quality plan change Selwyn farmers are being reminded of water quality responsibilities following changes to the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan. Environment Canterbur y has sent a package of information to Selwyn farmers reminding them of their responsibility to meet nutrient management limits and to help them find out whether they will need a landuse consent to farm this year. Selwyn Waihora zone manager Michaela Rees said the Selwyn Te Waihora section Plan Change 1, which is part of the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan, became operative in 2016. She said the change set the nutrient management limits and outlined the timeframe within which they would need to be met. “Around 900 landowners in the Selwyn Waihora zone catchment would require a land-use consent to farm by July 2017.” Ms Rees said flows in lowland streams and the Selwyn River have decreased, while nitrate concentrations in shallow groundwater and lowland streams have increased, which means the health of Te Waihora Lake Ellesmere and local rivers needs improving. “These areas are unique to the sensitive Selwyn Waihora catchment that drains into Lake Ellesmere.” “The whole community needs to address these issues and farmers have an important role to play. We

p Environment Canterbury’s Selwyn Waihora zone manager Michaela Rees

are here to help them with community meetings, drop-in days and one-onone discussions.” She said there were several steps farmers needing a consent were required to take, and Environment Canterbury and industry bodies were available to help. “Create a farm environment plan, prepare a nutrient budget, apply for consent, have your farm environment plan audited and plan for further nitrogen loss reductions. All these steps will help address the serious water quality issues in our zone.” ¢

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Park picnic party in Lincoln


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The weather might have been a bit windy and cool but it didn’t deter picnickers from turning out in their numbers for the annual Picnic in the Park in Lincoln last week. Around 150 people attended the community event which was held in the Lincoln Domain next to the Lincoln Event Centre. The event was part of the Selwyn District Council’s Summer in Selwyn event programme which runs from January to April. The Lincoln locals and visitors from further afield took the

time to enjoy the event which included live entertainment, face painting and pedalmania cycling. On Thursday night a Picnic in the Park event will be held in West Melton in the domain and will be followed by further events in Leeston (February 23) and Prebbleton (March 15). ¢

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When Leanne Papps gained her master dog groomer qualification she was just 21, the youngest person to do so – a record which still stands in New Zealand. These days Leanne can be found at 157 Michael Street, Rakaia, running her own grooming business, Fancy Fox’s Grooming. The business takes its name from her sevenyear-old son, Fox. To gain her master groomer qualification, Leanne had to complete a minimum of a four year apprenticeship and pass examinations, both practical and theoretical, as well as attending seminars. She spent six years with one of New Zealand’s top groomers, Verna Holland, of North Canterbury. Encouraged to enter national competitions run by the National Dog Groomers’ Assocation of New Zealand, Leanne has notched up successes. She has won a hand stripping class at national level and was third in the bichon hand scissor class. Her goal remains to win the top title of groomer of the year. “The association is a tight-knit community


and people are willing to share their knowledge,” Leanne said. She has a background in dog training and studied veterinarian nursing through Otago Polytechnic. She has competed in dog agility and behavioural problems training and has 16 years experience in the grooming industry. Leanne offers a full range of grooming services. While willing to groom any breed of dog, her speciality is bichons, poodles and terriers. She also grooms cats. She has worked with aggressive and timid dogs and in her grooming career, has never had to sedate a dog to be able to groom them. The best way to get a dog comfortable with grooming is to start them early, Leanne said, bringing them in from 12 weeks of age. To encourage this, Leanne offers free grooming for puppies until they are five months old and half price grooming for all new customers’ first booking. Her skill, as well as competitive prices, means she has many regular clients calling at her rural property.


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Pets & Livestock

Neutering your pet


u by Yolande Howell BVSc (Hons), Selwyn Veterinary Centre

Neutering means the removal of an animal’s reproductive organ. In males it is commonly referred to as castration and in females it is referred to as spaying. Neutering can be done on common pets such as cats, dogs, rabbits and rodents. It is best to discuss this with your veterinarian. Your vet will be able to advise you when the best time is to neuter your pet. The procedures are done under general anaesthesia, and you will be amazed how well animals recover from their operations. The benefits of neutering are numerous. First and foremost we want to control overpopulation of animals — each year thousands of animals end up homeless in shelters and are euthanised. Homeless cats are also culled by trapping and shooting in many places in New Zealand. Secondly, diseases such as testicular cancer in males and mammary cancer in females may be prevented by neutering. Talk to your vet and discuss when the best time is to neuter your pet to prevent these conditions. Thirdly, neutering reduces, and can eliminate, unwanted behaviours. These include urine spraying or marking. Animals are also less likely to roam and escape your property once they are neutered, as hormones play a huge role in this sort of behaviour, and a female in season can attract a lot of unwanted attention in the neighbourhood. Many animals are also more settled and calmer once neutered and in some cases it will dramatically reduce aggressive behaviour. Fourth, a female dog in season can lead to unwanted matings, false pregnancies and also it is really messy. A bitch in season can bleed for up to three weeks.

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Fifth, if you have pet siblings that are not neutered, they are likely to mate. Animals don’t have the same respect as humans to family relationships. Siblings will mate with each other and inbred offspring are prone to birth defects and deformities. In addition, there are lots of common myths or old wives tales regarding neutering such as: “My pet is going to miss his testicles, and he’ll be less of a man” — No, animals do not have any sentimental attachment to their reproductive organs. And no, animals do not have egos like humans do. “My pet is going to get fat after neutering” — Their metabolism may change but with the appropriate diet and feeding habits, weight gain is preventable. “I heard that it is better to let her have one litter first” — There is no health benefit to your pet’s health in having a litter. There are too many animals out there already. “I want my children to experience the miracle of birth” — Children should be

taught how precious life is and to look after their pets well. Allowing their pet to have pups or kittens is teaching them that animals can be given away or sold as commodities. So please be a responsible owner and neuter your pet. There are too many animals that end up in rescue centres and shelters around the world and they can’t all be saved. ¢



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Passionate about walnuts u by Trudi Meyer

Trees are an essential part of any lifestyle block, and the benefits extend beyond our lifetimes and benefit to the lives of our descendants. Trees have been grown on lifestyle blocks for a number of reasons including food production, shelter, shade, erosion prevention, aesthetic appeal or just for firewood. Trees help improve water quality, provide shade, stabilise eroding slopes, filtering sediments and nutrients from run-off, provide a financial return for nut crops or timber. The secret to successful results is to match the tree to the purpose and the locality, and there is a lot of information out there to help you get the best outcome. Becoming a walnut orchardist after more than 20 years of dairy farming has had its benefits but also its challenges. Walnut trees are dual-purpose trees grown for food and also for timber and very long living, more than 100 years. In commercial orchards walnut trees are grown 7 to 10 metres apart


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it could be a very profitable enterprise that still leaves enough time to do all the things you could not do during the busy working life. There is scope for large plantations of walnuts. The operation can be completely mechanised and as such lends itself to large-scale production. With crop yields increasing over the coming years, financial viability is expected to improve year by year. Demand for walnuts is growing. Just under 800t of walnut kernel (2,000t of walnuts in shell) were imported in 2015, up from about 500t a few years previously. But the taste of fresh, New Zealand grown, walnuts is superior to the imported ones, and remember, walnuts are considered a very healthy food. For further information: nz and ¢

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A family tree of off-road power u by Andy Bryenton

There was once a time, we will likely all be telling our grandkids, when there was only one option to get about the farm — the trusty old two-wheeler farm bike, with its knobbly tyres and enclosed disc brakes. Nimble, but unable to carry much in the way of fence posts. Nowadays, it’s hard to believe that there’s so much choice. There seems to be a machine for every conceivable niche, from off-road thrills and performance through to serious, hightorque diesel machines that do the duty of a small utility truck. Polaris, the big North American brand that really brought the side-by-side off-road configuration to Kiwi attention, have neatly filled in the whole family tree ahead of 2017’s model year, creating a template that others will surely try to follow. Looking at it laid out on paper, it’s almost like following the DNA of a species in evolution. There at the base of the tree is the daddy — the Polaris Ranger, now available in a wild variety of flavours including a lowfat 500 model that’s affordable and stripped back, through to four-seater

workhorse monsters and farm-ready diesels. Along a more predatory branch of evolution sits the RZR family, geared up for massive speed and suspension travel, a real honest to goodness Baja rally competitor. In the bloodline of conventional quad bikes, Polaris has cross-bred a bit of their big Ranger into the DNA of the Sportsman, which can carry far more than you’d suppose and which comes in a high-powered variant packing 90 horsepower. Then there’s another real crossover, the Ace, with its enclosed cabin and steering wheel, but all shoehorned into the footprint of a quad. Finally, Polaris has even factored in some of what we love about full-sized utility trucks with the Ute, giving us a beefy quad with a tipping tray. Perhaps the most intriguing

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vehicle on the line-up to look at is the General, however. Polaris has created something up near the top of the evolutionary ladder with this latest offering, combining all they’ve learned from the sensible, hardworking Ranger and the trailblazing RZR to meld into something that can work


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Racing a testbed for technology u by Andy Bryenton

When Ford’s iconic GT40 crushed the opposition at Le Mans back in the 1960s — with Bruce McLaren at the wheel of one of the team’s cars, we might add — it was celebrated as a victory of the blue collar hero over the Italian aristocrat. In reality it was an epic grudge match between a bespoke racing stable and an industrial powerhouse, but the real winner on the day was actually the driving public. It’s no surprise that racing feeds technology through to road-going cars. It’s one of the reasons that car manufacturers spend so much on their racing programmes — in the millions of dollars per season. It’s not just to grab podium finishes and slather racing drivers in champagne. It’s about exploring the cutting edge of technology, which can then filter through into more everyday autos. Some of this is to do with aerodynamics — which has come a long way as a science from those early days of cars like the Superbird or the racing Chaparral 2 Series. The Ford GT, which recently won at Le Mans — again — features aerodynamics which will inform future Focus, Fiesta and Mustang models. Its EcoBoost engine will be studied for its ability to output huge power for minimal fuel input, which will one day benefit us at the pump with our Escapes and Everests. Lightweight materials tech is now becoming something we expect in our

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hatchbacks and family sedans, but it came from the need to strip kilos and grams for the track. Even things like the automatic transmission and disc brakes come right from racing to the average motorist. When Ferrari or Porsche make these advances, they plumb them into new supercars most of us will never afford. But when Ford built the new GT they didn’t just create a work of art that can smash tracks and ignite the soul.

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stubble fires, particularly on still days, but is urging them to check if the fire is supervised before reporting it so local volunteer fire brigades aren’t called out unnecessarily. He said under safety guidelines for crop stubble fires, no fires may be lit when moderate or strong winds are blowing or forecast. “The maximum allowable wind strength is 20km/h and all crop stubble fires may only be lit during daylight and must be out by dark. “The fire must be supervised at all times and suitable equipment must also be available to extinguish a fire.” He said a fire break of at least 10 metres of bare earth in place is required around the fire and neighbouring property owners should be advised before burning occurs. A complete list of safe burning guidelines is available online at ¢

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Church @ Rolleston — 40 Brookside Road. 9.30am Union Service with Rev. John Meredith; Contact Secretary Lynette 03 347 4599 Parish of Hororata — 9.30am St Johns at Hororata;; Rev Jenni Carter – 03 318 0858. Kirwee Community Church — 10am Kirwee Sports Pavilion, High Street, Kirwee, Morning Tea to follow, Pastor: Brian Booth 03 318 1309. 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. Hornby Presbytery. Hope Presbyterian West Melton — 9.30am weekly, West Melton (1136 West Coast Road). 11am first Sunday of the month, Halkett. Pastor: Murray Talbot 022 344 1039. Youth Leader: Mitch Shaw Ph 03 974 9120 or ext 1 021 411 800. Glentunnel Chapel— Victoria Street, Glentunnel. Sundays 10.30 am, Worship and Communion. Ph 03 318 8948. Hope Presbyterian Rolleston — Service 10am, Rolleston School Hall, Kidman St. Pastor: Brent Richardson, 03 347 4007. Youth Leader: Courtney Forrest, 03 347 4007, Malvern Co-operating Parish — 10.00am Greendale; Cafe Hope, Sheffield Hall Darfield Baptist Church — Services and Sunday School, Darfield 15 Greendale Road, 10.30am every Sunday, Glenroy Hall 9am 2nd & 4th Sundays. Ph 03 318 7360 Pastor – Paul Cossey; Youth Pastors Danielle Duff, Poiema Heine. Darfield Life Church — 17 North Terrace - 6.30pm Sunday Service; Pastors Wayne and Nicky Watson 03 318 7979 or 027 281 8340; Origin Youth 7.30pm Friday – Youth Leader James Sutherland 021 029 5223. Cornerstone — Rolleston. Meeting Sundays @ 10am, Rolleston Community Centre.; : 021 221 6003. Rolleston Baptist Church — 9:30am, Children’s Sunday School & Bible Class; 10:30am, Main Service. We meet at Rolleston Christian School, 571 Springston Rolleston Rd, Rolleston. Contact: Pastor Joe Fleener;; 03 260 1406; Lev Shel Torah Congregation Shabbat (Saturday) 1:30pm Irwell Hall ,Corner Leeston & Selwyn Lake Road Contact: Sue Boyd 03 3242612. St Paul’s Anglican — Parish service at St Paul’s 10.30am. Verse of the week: Fight the good fight of faith, and lay hold on eternal life — 1 Tim 6 V12a

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