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Community co-ops make healthy eating affordable  by Belinda Cullen-Reid

Small pockets of Selwyn communities are making it more affordable for families to eat healthy food with the introduction of Vege Co-operative hubs.

New Lincoln library opens doors

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The Burnham Vege Co-op is a hub of the Christchurch South Fruit and Vege Co-op and has been running since the end of 2012. Co-op member Kezia Tapsell said they created the Burnham hub as they had been placing approximately six orders a week for people out here in Burnham through a Hornby hub. “We thought the best thing would be to start our own hub,” Ms Tapsell said. Ms Tapsell and Keryn Paekau organised the hub by creating a bank account for members to deposit money for orders and a Facebook page where people can get updates. “We now have approximately 30 people who are part of our hub and average 25 orders a week. Some people only order fortnightly and some packs are shared between two smaller families,” Ms Tapsell said. She said anyone can join the hub and it is especially good for those who want to have healthy food for their families on a budget. To join the Burnham hub members need to be available to help with packing produce and collecting it from Hoon Hay once every eight to ten weeks. “We have lots of different families who are part of our hub, including mothers who work full time, part time or are stay at home mothers, or single mothers, but they all manage to make it work.

 Elizabeth May, left, receives her pack of fruit and vegetables from fellow Rolleston Vege Co-op member Chantal Austin

“We have one family from Leeston, one from Rolleston and one from Broadfield too, so we don’t really mind if you aren’t living in Burnham you just need to be able to work with the way we run it.” The Rolleston Vege Co-op has been running since June 2013, according to Adrienne Harold Braam who set up the hub with her daughter Tammy after they had seen the success of a hub run through their church in Hornby. “We enjoyed and benefitted from the low

cost of the packs — $20 value for only $10 — and wanted to make the produce packs available in the local Rolleston area to help others. We were also keen to get to know more people in the local area,” Ms Harold Braam said. She said the Rolleston Vege co-op has members who are willing to donate time to help others who cannot volunteer because of different circumstances such as disability or ill health. “Some members also pay for produce packs for families in need.” 

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 Tatiana of Darfield endures the torture of clothes pegs as part of a race to see how many can be placed on the face within a certain amount of time at the Darfield Pool Party on Sunday. For more photos see Page 5.

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 Do you have a photograph of Selwyn, its people, its places and events? If you do submit them to The Record and be in to win in our monthly photographic competition. Entries will be published in The Record every week and at the end of the month a winner will be selected by our panel and will win a prize bag of goodies. Send your entries to the editor at kentc@therecord.co.nz. Please send images in high resolution. Maximum two entries per month.


New Lincoln library opens doors  by Kent Caddick

The new Lincoln Library and Service Centre has opened its doors to the public for the first time. The new $3.7 million library and Selwyn District Council service centre on Gerald Street is more than three times larger than the old library building. Selwyn District Council’s community services manager Lesley Symington says Lincoln has been one of the fastest growing towns in Selwyn and the old library did not have enough space for the library collection to expand or to host events in demand at libraries, such as pre-schoolers programmes and adult book clubs. “The new building has plenty of space which allows more books to be displayed, and has a bigger space for events and activities like story-time sessions. “It also has comfortable seating for people to relax and enjoy a book, historical images of Lincoln on glass display panels and more computers.” The old library and service centre building will be removed from the existing site in mid-February and will be

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used by the Selwyn Wairewa Youth Trust in Lincoln as a youth facility. A community open day involving story sessions, face painting and a sausage sizzle will be held at the library this Saturday between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

Anyone who is a member of any Selwyn library is able to check out and return books to the Lincoln Library. Ms Symington said If people aren’t a member of the library it’s easy to join they just need to bring along a form of photo ID and proof of address. 

West Melton water under pressure  by Kent Caddick

West Melton’s water woes could be coming to an end after the Selwyn District Council connected two bores in the township. Over the summer West Melton residents have been dealing with low water pressure due to high demand and the fact only two of the township’s three bores were operating. The Jacqueline Drive bore had been out of commission since a heavy rain event in August 2012 caused high turbidity and the presence of ecoli bacteria in the township’s water supply. The heavy rain event also affected the bore well at Elizabeth Allen Drive one of the two other wells in the township. “At that time we put in a UV filtration system into the Elizabeth Allen bore to treat the water but following community feedback rather than reopening the Jacqueline Drive bore it was decided to connect the two bores to ensure water quality,” council’s water services asset manager Murray England said. That work was completed last week and the

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Jacqueline Drive bore has now been connected to the Elizabeth Allen bore and its UV filtration plant boosting the township’s supply of water. Mr England said the demand for water in West Melton had been growing rapidly. “In December 2011 we had 70 connections to that water supply but by December 2013 the number of connections had risen to 400. “Both the Gainsborough and Preston Downs subdivisions are immature in the sense that residents are trying to establish lawns and gardens meaning the demand for water is greater than a more mature and established subdivision.” Mr England said the water supply systems to the new subdivisions in West Melton had been constructed by the developers and council had since taken over the running and maintenance of the systems. 

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Local schools becoming Church takes new direction more connected  by Belinda Cullen-Reid

 by Amy Adams, Selwyn MP

I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year, whether you were able to have a few weeks holiday or a few days. With our schools now better internet access and busy welcoming students connectivity is essential back again for another to help prepare students year, I am pleased to see for living and working in that 15 new schools in the the global marketplace of Selwyn electorate have the 21st century. signed up to connect to Nationally we now have the Network for Learning 212 schools with signed  Amy Adams (N4L) managed network. agreements, expected to The 15 schools are as follows: connect to the network within the next Broadfield School; Darfield School; few months. I’m excited that so many Glentunnel School; Greendale School; of our local schools here in Selwyn are Windwhistle School; Kirwee Model among them. School; Burnham School; Oaklands Through the managed network, the School; Southbridge School; Halswell Government is picking up the cost to School; West Melton School; Akaroa provide schools with safe, reliable, Area School; Dunsandel School; and fast internet with uncapped data, Hororata School and Ladbrooks School. content filtering, and network security. The managed network connects The Government has committed $211 schools via a secure data network. It million over eight years to establish will be run over the best mix of ultra- the network and provide schools with fast, rural, and remote broadband a funded connection to it. available in New Zealand. A list of all schools with signed This is of special interest to me both agreements to connect, and as the MP for Selwyn and also in my role those already connected, can as Minister for Communications and be found at: www.n4l.co.nz/ Information Technology. I believe that schoolswithsignedagreements/. 

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Summer pool party in Darfield  by Belinda Cullen-Reid

Enthusiastic youngsters and their parents attended the free Summer Pool Party held by the Selwyn District Council at the Darfield swimming pool last weekend. The weather was hot, and the place was grooving to the sounds of a DJ who played requests from the party goers. There was a massive obstacle course style floating device down the middle of

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Gallery exhibition explores NZ history ď ľ by Belinda Cullen-Reid

A printmaking exhibition playing with themes of early pioneering life and the tension between European settlers and Maori, opened at the Selwyn Gallery Darfield last week. Christchurch artists Marion Maguire and Nigel Buxton of PaperGraphica Gallery mingled with Selwyn Community Art Council patrons at the gallery opening and discussed the techniques used and meanings behind their works. Marian Maguire chose to display six etchings from her series entitled Colonial Encounters, placing Greek and Maori mythology side by side.

“I use old-fashioned etching techniques on metal plates. I look at the interaction between the sexes as a metaphor for interaction between the races,â€? Ms Maguire said. Nigel Buxton looked at the theme of displacement in pioneering life by digitally layering images of people in high fashion alongside basic New Zealand settings.  ď ° Cathy Farquhart and Sylvia Moreau of Darfield discuss an etching by Marion Maguire

ď ° Artists Marion Maguire (left) and Nigel Buxton (centre) are introduced by MCAC member Meg Morten at the exhibition opening

ď ° Huburt Klaassens of Canterbury University School of Fine Arts with artist Nigel Buxton

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Efficient water use despite dry spell IrrigationNZ says a Canterbury water use report shows that despite an increase in water use it wasn’t as large as might have been expected in a season which bordered on drought. An Environment Canterbury water use report released recently shows irrigators used more water during last year’s dry spell than the previous wet summer. Water use data for the July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 year shows between 13.91% and 65.1% of allocated surface and groundwater across Canterbury was taken for irrigation. Water use was heaviest in the Orari-Opihi-Pareora, Ashburton and Selwyn-Waihora Zones which correlates with significant irrigation activity in those areas. IrrigationNZ CEO Andrew Curtis said the data actually reinforces the changes they’re seeing as new technologies and improved practice lead to more targeted water application. “Irrigators don’t pump water out of the ground because they can as pumping costs them money. There is an efficiency driver and most farmers are already responsible water managers.”

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“This report contains data from less than 40% of consented water takes with rates five litres per second and greater. “Since June last year, hundreds more farmers across the region have installed water metering systems so next year’s report and those that follow will be significantly more accurate. “In the next couple of years we’ll have a much better picture of true water use based on farmers’ actual water use.” Mr Curtis said despite a lower than expected water use increase, there is still plenty irrigators can do to improve their management of water. “IrrigationNZ will roll out our SMART irrigation programme this year to support farmers in keeping up with the technologies, skills and management

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Synlait Milk increases price forecast Good news for Selwyn dairy farmers as continuing high international commodity prices have resulted in Synlait Milk increasing its forecast milk price for the 2014 financial season from $8.00 per kgMS to a range of $8.30 to $8.40 per kgMS. The Selwyn company also lifted its advance rates for the season effective from January, to be paid February, from $5.00 per kgMS to $6.40 per kgMS.

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C’est magnifique Set in a serene garden setting this impressive four-bedroom home is impeccable in its presentation. Situated on 1.27ha (3 acres) of subtropical parkland of mature native and exotic plantings bounded by the Okuti River. There is a citrus grove, large potager vegetable garden, fruit and nut orchard with geodesic dome glasshouse, garden sheds and a four-bay implement shed. There is a reticulated onsite water supply system to both the home and irrigated grounds. An above ground heated pool is complemented by adjacent outdoor barbecue area overlooking the river. To get a feel for this glorious property please view the walk-through video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfQ7bU3loo but to fully appreciate all this magnificent property has to offer you should to come to the Open Homes on Saturday 15 and 22 February and 1 March from 1pm–3pm (or viewing strictly by appointment).

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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. www.mws.co.nz.

Farm Services CALF, PIG, horse & chook meal. 14% protein, 13% ME. Available in any quantities. Dunsandel area. Please call 027 392 7543.

CHURCH NOTICES — Sunday 8 February Malvern Anglican Parish — 8.00am St Matthew’s Courtenay. 9.30am Trinity, Darfield. 4.00pm Tour of the Transitional Cathedral followed by afternoon tea and Evensong at 5.00pm with preacher Mr Stephen Piercy. 03 317 9079 for info. http://malvernanglicanparish.blogspot.com St Paul’s Anglican — West Melton 9.45am St Paul’s Holy Communion. Bible Study Mondays 7.30pm, Tuesdays 7pm, Prayer support. Penny 03 347 8139, Colin & Gail 03 347 8443. Church @ Rolleston — 40 Brookside Road. Anglican Service & Sunday School 9.30am, Rev G Nicholas. Catholic Mass 5.00pm. Contact Secretary Lynette 03 347 4599 lynlen50@hotmail.com. Parish of Hororata Anglican — 9.30am St John’s, Hororata. www.hororataparish.co.nz Rev Jenni Carter 03 318 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: hornbyparish@xtra.co.nz Hornby Presbytery. Kirwee Community Church — 10am Kirwee Sports Pavilion, High Street, Kirwee, Morning Tea to follow, Pastor: Brian Booth 03 318 1309. Hope Presbyterian West Melton — 9.30am West Melton. 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, www.hopechurch.net.nz. 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 — 9.30am Greendale. 10.00am Cafe Hope, St James, Sheffield. Glentunnel Chapel — Sunday 10.30am Worship & Communion, 03 318 8948 or 021 274 2548. www.glentunnel.org.nz. 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, admin@rollestonchurch.co.nz. www.rollestonchurch.co.nz

Verse for the Week: Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkles

from evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water Heb 10:22


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