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Playing with Sir Bob

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p Georgie Wright, Suzie Scales, Holly Wilson, Maddie Watson and Hannah Abraham each chose a different baby animal to paint as part of their art class recently at the Creative Sparks Studio in Darfield for Holly’s birthday party. “Holly chose the theme, and each of her guests chose which animal to draw and then paint,” said Creative Sparks manager Vicky Peacock. Vicky has hosted a variety of workshops during the school holidays to help people kick-start the 2020 year off in a positive, creative way. “Students from seven years old have learned to paint dancers and skateboarders in action and an assortment of animals. As part of the holiday programme, birthdays and Christmas work parties’ paintings of Christmas snow scenes, and Santa’s reindeer were produced in a fine array of colour with staff at The Fat Beagle choosing to paint cupcakes to brighten their cafe. “Our classes have been so popular that I have added extra times in Springfield and Darfield. Anyone can learn to paint. The canvas workshops offer a guided step by step experience while term classes begin on February 3 and offer more individual creativity. I find it very satisfying to help people create a piece of art that they are proud of.”

Progress Rolleston’s town centre u by Ann van Engelen


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Selwyn District Council, contractors and the community are celebrating the advancement of the new Rolleston Town Centre as construction begins this week on the roading and infrastructure projects. “We broke the ground last year on Te Ara Atea. It is exciting to see how far we have come after 10 years of planning to create a town centre for Rolleston, which includes a high street retail and entertainment experience for the community to enjoy in the

future,” says property project manager Joanne Nikolaou. “The Te Ara Atea library and community space will be the first building the community will see constructed. It will be an extraordinary facility and a contemporary multi-use place for

the community, including families, to enjoy in the years to come. We have always talked about giving Rolleston a heart, and we have been very lucky to work with some tremendous partners and collaborators. continued on page 3 …


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New Zealand representative Troy Pyper has scored his fourth win of the 2019–2020 shearing sports season with a successful defence of the Peninsula Duvauchelle Shears Open title in Akaroa. Shearing in the first final since the traditional December break at the peak of the season in woolsheds throughout the country, Troy, from Invercargill and now based in Canterbury, shore the 20 sheep in Saturday’s final in 19min 10.35sec, 45 seconds quicker than runner-up Ringakaha Paewai, of Gore, whom he beat by almost two points in the final count. Third was Hugh De Lacy, of Rangiora, and fourth Shaun Burgess, of Rakaia. In a field 11, which started in the heats, it became Troy’s fourth win of the season, following victories at Ellesmere in October and the Marlborough and Nelson shows in November. He was also the top-performing New Zealander and second-placed individual overall in the three-a-side trans-Tasman shearing test in Dubbo, NSW, at the end of November, auguring well for the rematch at the Golden Shears in Masterton on March 7. Well-performed shearers coming through the grades dominated the three other finals, the Senior final being won by 2016–2017 first-ranked Intermediate shearer Liam Norrie, of Cheviot, the Intermediate final by Darfield shearer Sam Bryan, whose last win had been at the Amuri show in March 2018. The Junior final provided the third win in five finals for competitions

p Peninsula Duvauchelle Shears Junior final winner Chase Rattray, pictured at the New Zealand Spring Shears in Waimate in October photo credit Shearing Sports NZ

newcomer Chase Rattray, of Ashburton. Opening the season with fifth place at the New Zealand Spring Shears in Waimate, Chase won at Rangiora and Ashburton before being runner-up at the NZ Corriedale Championships in Christchurch. The season steps-up next weekend with five competitions throughout the country, with the A-grade Northern Southland community shears on Friday, with woolhandling starting at 7.30am and shearing from 8am, both at Selby’s woolshed at Five Rivers. ¢

Helping Australia’s bushfire animals Selwyn residents are invited to help rescue efforts for wildlife devastated by the Australian bushfires. Libraries at Lincoln, Rolleston, Leeston and Darfield have opened their doors for sewing enthusiasts and knitters to help make pouches, wraps and nests to be sent to Australia. Patterns, materials and sewing machines are available at the libraries. “Staff became aware of the Animal Rescue Craft Guild’s plight and decided they could help,” says Arts, Culture and Lifelong Learning manager Nicki Moen. “One thing we can do is give practical assistance, by knitting and sewing pouches and wraps that will directly help rehabilitate animals injured in the wildfires. People have been really touched by the plight of these animals, and the organisations that are struggling to keep up with the scale of the devastation. “This appeal is an opportunity to bring the community together, repurpose

old sheets and linen and give people a purpose who might otherwise feel helpless in Australia’s time of need. We are grateful for the community’s support to help out in this way.” Residents can also make items at home. Pattern and sewing requirements can be found online or the Selwyn Libraries’ Facebook page. “Demand is highest for kangaroo joey pouches, wraps for bats and crocheted nests for displaced birds. “Libraries are also keen to accept donations of soft natural fibres, such as flannelette cotton for linings. “Volunteers can call in to help or drop off donations to any Selwyn Library during normal opening hours. “Completed items will be boxed up and posted to agencies in Australia. The project will continue as long as the demand for items remains.” ¢

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Progress Rolleston’s town centre

p An indicative impression of the Rolleston Town Centre plans

“Te Taumutu Runanga has been amazing, sharing narratives and history from the area and helping the project team develop something distinctive. We don’t want another generic town centre development — we want Rolleston to have an iconic development that is authentic and has real meaning.” Plans for Te Ara Atea include a museum experience incorporating the history of local rail, agriculture, military and multiculturalism. “We will display important Selwyn icons in the museum area. The various groups I have been working with are incredibly enthusiastic about Rolleston and the Selwyn area. We appreciate their time and support in helping us establish a project with a focus on Selwyn’s identity. “Te Ara Atea is just part one of the centre development that will occur during the next few years. We consider it the anchor, an iconic part of the project that will stand the test of time. We are also working on significant ways we can ensure inclusiveness for the wider community. We are working with the Barrier Free Trust focussing on accessibility issues for both the buildings and landscapes. “We want the first building to set the tone for the development and in addition are upgrading Tennyson Street to have a high street retail experience. Tennyson Street will be slowed with significant

landscaping, appropriate lighting features and wide pedestrian pathways so people can stroll around the centre in comfort. We want to change the urban area and encourage a positive experience for everyone. “Armitage Williams is constructing Te Ara Atea and landscaping. While Isaac Construction is contracted to complete the Tennyson Street upgrades, which will include new storm water and other work needed to allow the increased number of buildings. The road works and infrastructure projects are due to be completed by the middle of the year. “There will be new roads, parking extensions and mature trees added to enhance Rolleston. It is phase one, getting the library, roading, infrastructure and a portion of the town centre completed. “The library is planned to be finalised by mid-2021, as it is a substantial build. “We know the roadworks and construction may be inconvenient for people, and we appreciate their understanding while we’re doing this work to give Rolleston an iconic town centre, which will put the town on the map.” From this week Tennyson Street will be closed to north-bound traffic from Markham Way to Moore Street. Tennyson Street between Markham Way and Rolleston Drive will remain open to two-way traffic in the meantime. ¢

Grants support locals Grants received from the Selwyn Community Fund are helping the local community to thrive in various ways with mountain biking, knitting, sun safety, and a variety of events receiving help to provide fun and education for all ages. The council gave out $56,191.45 in grants to 42 community groups for events, classes, equipment and supplies in the latest round of funding. “It was good to see the variety of groups that applied and received funding,” said Community Services and Facilities group manager Denise Kidd. “It’s the third time grants have been given out through the fund, which was established last year to support events and activities that make Selwyn a great place to live, work and play by contributing to community wellbeing, bringing communities together and attracting visitors to Selwyn. As a council, we want to support anyone who is looking to make Selwyn a great place to live. It is a pleasure to see how many different organisations are making a positive contribution to life in Selwyn, from practical support to people in hardship and health contributions, down to giving people a place to socialise and bringing joy. “The fund also aims to encourage participation in activities, physical activity and enjoyment for everyone, and create and promote opportunities

for volunteering. A panel of councillors assesses grant applications and funds are provided in two funding rounds each year in May and November.” The largest grant in this funding round saw the council provide $6,160 to the Castle Hill Community Association to develop the Hogs Back Mountain Biking trail, which is ridden more than 10,000 times a year. The Cancer Society received $5,240.75 for two marquees to be used by Selwyn community groups to provide sun safe spaces at events, and Life Education Trust was given $4,000. Groups providing meals to struggling families with young children, young people with disabilities, provided access to legal advice, education and capacity building workshops for farmers. Youth events, sports, art and gardening clubs were also supported. ¢


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Children and adults alike will be able to try their hand at a variety of competitions at the Annual Malvern Family Fun Day on February 6 from 10am to 2pm at the Darfield Domain.

“This year, in addition to running events we have been encouraging people to take advantage of all the wonderful activities and locations that are already out there in Selwyn to enjoy,” says council’s acting manager, Sport, Recreation and Wellbeing Dave Tippet. The Rakaia boasts some of the best Chinook salmon fishing in New Zealand between December and March. “Fishing is one of those activities that, in addition to catching dinner, can take you to some of the most scenic places in Selwyn. It does come with some rules that need to be respected. For most of our rivers, the season runs until the end of April, and there are restrictions on what you can catch. It is also important to keep gear clean to avoid risks of transferring pests such as Didymo. “We encourage anyone going freshwater fishing to contact Fish and Game New Zealand first to sort out a licence, which is free for children. Selwyn is part of the North Canterbury region of Fish and Game NZ. “Make sure you know the rules and best/safest places to make the most of the fishing opportunities we have here in Selwyn. Fishing is an opportunity for a new experience. Many seasoned fishers can also discover a new fishing spot.”

“The event was established by kind-hearted community volunteers many years ago. It is a loved family day out that has grown in popularity over the years and is now hosted by the Two Rivers Community Trust,” says organiser Rachael Inch. “This year’s theme will be a trip down memory lane back to years gone by with old school sack p Face painting is one activity people can enjoy at the races, wheelbarrow races, Malvern Family Fun Day gumboot throwing with the Selwyn Parenting Network and tug pride where people belong, contribute of war. and flourish. “It is also an opportunity to “We will have bouncy castles, pedal establish a strong area community and mania, face painting, archery, house showcase Malvern’s local services, of bricks and music. There will also be groups and initiatives, such as the plenty of interactive creative activities Darfield Community Garden and from Selwyn Creative Network and the promote connectedness in the Malvern Selwyn Sports Trust. The vintage fire community. People from all walks of engine rides are $2 a ride with most life come together, strengthening their other activities free. Food and drinks bonds, and that can improve wellbeing will be available for purchase, and we and help alleviate personal struggles. encourage people to bring a picnic to These events help keep old traditions enjoy together.” alive while making new ones as we Follow the Darfield Two Rivers Trust build a strong sense of community Facebook page for updates. ¢

Selwyn residents that are interested in fishing as a sport are encouraged to give fishing a try on Selwyn’s braided rivers.

Lake Coleridge is host to one of the very few New Zealand populations of landlocked Chinook salmon. Brown and rainbow trout are also abundant in the lake, as well as the numerous smaller lakes nearby while Birdlings Flat is a popular spot for surf fishers. You can find blue moki at night close to the cliffs, kahawai during the day in summer, and close by Taumutu Beach is where kite fishers might be able to find elephant fish. “When out and about on the water’s edge, remember safety first. Know the daily fish take sizes and limits where applicable and when in a boat, always wear your life jacket.” ¢

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Holly sings for Australia

Clearview Primary School student, seven-year-old Kendall Maitland achieved a personal goal at the Evolution Dance Competition in Australia.

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p Kendall Maitland with her trophy at the Evolution Dance Competition in Australia

“Kendall started dancing at Footlites Performers when she was four years old and has danced in competitions since she was five. She gained fourth in her song and tap and placed middle of the field for her tap solo at the event and is very happy with the result,” says mum Carissa. Footlites Performers focus mainly on tap, with a little bit of jazz. “Kendall competed in the regional Evolution competition, held in Christchurch in 2019. Her scores qualified her for the Evolution national finals, held on the Gold Coast last week. We have family there, so we planned a holiday around the competition dates. “The national finals was a really cool experience for her. The level of competition was high and pretty intense, comprising of children from around Australia and New Zealand

who qualified at their respective regional events. Kendall performed a song and tap routine (as Veruca Salt, singing I Want It Now), and a tap solo routine, the latter had a field of approx 20 competitors. “She loves performing and playing a character to music and loves the friendships she has formed along the way, and the encouraging supportive environment at Footlites. The messages of good luck and support from them has been awesome, and also the extra lessons Kendall’s teacher Olivia gave her. “This year, she hopes to keep improving and gaining confidence and is really looking forward to learning group routines. She really enjoyed the experience in Australia and had heaps of fun. She also loved the support from family and friends.” ¢

Hororata singer-songwriter Holly Kimber has organised a charity concert as a way for Selwyn residents to support the fire-affected communities in Australia through the Sydney Rotary Club. “I have been singing for four years, play guitar and study music at Ara Institute of Canterbury. My band is called Chilton House — we perform chart-topping hits from across the decades. We have a great mix of songs and have a lot of fun,” says Holly. “I grew up in Hororata and find it very upsetting to see the fires happening in Australia. We have an understanding of natural disasters and how a fire p Holly Kimber and her band Chilton House are hosting a charity concert to support Australian bushfire volunteers would affect us. We realise the men and women fighting these fires Blues Trio as well as other talented are volunteers. They are not working musicians performing. to put food on the table or pay bills “With so many people unsure of and aren’t getting paid, so we chose who to donate through, we have set to support the BHR Fire Disaster and up a bank account for those who Drought appeal, which is run by the can’t attend the concert — email Sydney Rotary Club to help. for “There are people who want to more information. contribute, and I asked my band if they “The concert will be at the Hororata would like to help. They jumped at the Domain, where the Night Glow and chance and look forward to supporting highland games are held, on Sunday, our Australian neighbours. It will be a January 19 from 4–7pm. Cost is $10 an very community-based event with our adult and children under 15 years old are band as the main act and South Street free, but donations are encouraged.” ¢

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Tennyson Street roading changes Rolleston Town Centre

Major upgrades to Tennyson Street are beginning this week As part of the Rolleston town centre development, we’re starting upgrades on Tennyson Street. From Monday 13 January there will be some temporary changes to the roading layout: · Tennyson Street will be closed to north-bound traffic from Markham Way to Moore Street. · Tennyson Street between Markham Way and Rolleston Drive will remain open to two-way traffic in the meantime. · One-way restrictions will be in place until these upgrades are completed, which is expected to be in early May, weather permitting. Some bus routes and stops will also be changing during the upgrade: · The 820 (Lincoln/Burnham) and 85 (Rolleston/city) routes north-bound will detour off Tennyson Street, along Rolleston Drive, Norman Kirk Drive and Kidman Street. · South-bound routes will continue to use Tennyson Street. · More details and maps are available on the Council website. Upgrade works include adding street lighting, landscaping, improved pedestrian access and installing infrastructure services for buildings in the town centre, including Te Ara Ātea, the new library, community and cultural facility, which is now under construction. Closed bus stop Open bus stop Temporary bus stop 820/85 bus route north-bound detour Path to alternate bus stop South-bound open North-bound closed Suggested traffic detour 1 Suggested traffic detour 2 Corner of Tennyson Street and Rolleston Drive.

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Pursuing gymnastics excellence Playing with Sir Bob u by Ann van Engelen

The members of the West Melton Gymnastics Club are gearing up for the 2020 competition year as they reflect on the successes they had last year.

p The West Melton Gymnastics Club Intermediate team

“With competing, 2019 was by far our best year, and our gymnasts who follow the Recreational Competitive Circuit had some amazing results,” said head coach Pam Higgins. “A total of 11 competitions were offered throughout the South Island, and many of our gymnasts attended at least four or five. I am extremely proud of our young athletes. Their passion and commitment have earned the club recognition throughout the gymnastics club community.” A total of 108 medals were received by the club gymnasts last year consisting of 42 Gold, 35 Silver and 31 Bronze placings. “Our end of year Junior prize-giving saw Tessa Blackler receive Most Improved Female and Rhys Clinton Most Improved Male with Sports Person going to Amelia Munro. Rising Star went to Isla Worsley and Best Attitude to Shelby Miller. Kaela Spooner, Emily Dreaver,

Amelia Latimer and Addison Conlan were coaches’ pick. “In our Intermediate group, Most Improved Female was Jade Tomlinson, with Jack Snowdon receiving Most Improved Male. Good Sort went to Xavia Costello and Award of Excellence to Karlia Sullivan. Competitive Intermediate is Ashlee Peterson, and Sports Person went to Brooke McEvoy. Isabella Burns, Samantha McAdam, Tegan SteevesWright, Lily Hunter and Keira Flynn were coaches’ pick. “With the Senior team, Award for Dedication went to Melissa Duncan and Competitive to Morgan Smith with Kyla Higgins receiving Advanced. Senior Sports Person went to Tamzin Taylor and coaches pick was Bonnie Smith, Soraya Earl and Ashleigh Bromley. “2020 is going to be an exciting year as we will be introducing STEP, which is the national competitive direction for gymnastics.” ¢

Sir Bob Charles joined members of the Hororata Golf Club and beyond playing in the final of three very successful tournaments played since Christmas on Sunday. “These sponsored tournaments are our major fundraising drive for the club and we attracted 203 players, with a good number of sponsors coming on board to support us,” says Canterbury Golf Selwyn Hub coordinator, Pip Deans. “Sir Bob Charles was invited to play as a special guest with family roots to the area. His father was born in the area and resided in nearby Coalgate, later becoming a teacher at the Glentunnel School.” The club president selected three members to play with Sir Bob, the men’s club captain, Andrew Kenworthy, the women’s club champion Raewyn Kars and Pip Deans. “Two young players from the hub, Lexi Thomson Hall and Marshall Johnston were asked to caddy nine holes each for him. He is a great advocate for young people playing golf, and they both had a great experience, learnt lots and got to show him their skills at the end of the game. “A great day was had by all, and we certainly appreciate the support we have from Sir Bob. Andrew Bell,

p Raewyn Kars, Sir Bob Charles, Andrew Kenworthy, Pip Deans, Lexi Thomson Hall, Marshall Johnston

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It’s the start of a new year and the start of a new decade. The 20s are here, and that means ample opportunity to make some resolutions that this time, you’re definitely going to keep. Not surprisingly, there have been many international studies into the psychology behind new year’s resolutions, and why the symbolic beginning of the earth’s rotation around the sun brings out an introspective mood in us human beings. As a species, which thrives on narrative and forward planning, we apparently love to tell ourselves stories that have happy endings. Stories like ‘I will go to the gym this year religiously, and lose 20 kilos. I will finish off that engine swap on the Mustang. I will renovate the kitchen and stop living in a construction site’. The key to keeping these promises, according to psychologists and researchers at both the University of Nottingham in England and UCLA Berkeley in the US, is the word SMART. Of those who make new year’s goals, only 10 per cent follow through without making them Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound. Adding these criteria bumps it up to more than 50 per cent. In the case of getting on top of renovations, break it down to specific tasks. “I’ll finish this

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Back in action for 2020


It’s a big welcome back as holidays come to an end and the business of making this a prosperous and productive 2020 gets into full swing. Thankfully, many of our local professionals are already back and waiting to help with the top five projects for summer 2020.


Many of us are ready to ‘hit the ground running’ with new year’s projects or have been inspired during the break to make some upgrades around the home. Nationwide, these are the most popular: 1. Update outdoor entertainment. The holidays may have poked holes in your careful plans to entertain all the rellies and friends. This time of year sees a massive upswing in people visiting hardware and outdoor suppliers to construct pergolas, shade sails, new barbecue areas, spa pool surrounds and pizza ovens. Top tip — take a look at what was really a shortfall during the holidays — things like shade, seating, barbecue capacity or even off-street parking. The rest can wait until later in the year. 2. Beat the heat. The hottest part of the year is still to come, with work and school back in session. Time to finally get those air conditioners installed; it’s well past the point of being an early adopter for tried and tested heat pump technology. 3. Mow smart. Summer’s dry lawns will soon give way to more growth, especially with a little rain. Why make a huge job of it? New Year’s resolution number three is to get the right ride-on mower for your acreage, and a powerful trimmer as well. Two tools that are never, ever regretted when they are taken out of the shed. 4. Check your home’s value and improve it. The new year will see new valuations coming through for local homes. You may find that a buoyant market has increased the value of your property. It might mean it’s a good time to discuss


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A value for your biggest asset It’s an odd truth that you know exactly how much the bottle of orange juice or the chicken salad sandwich you bought for lunch yesterday was worth, but that you may be out by tens of thousands if asked to guess the value of your own home. If you own a home, it’s likely to be your biggest asset, and when the time comes to sell, a realistic figure to attach as a sale price is of prime importance. Too low, and you’re swindling yourself out of revenue. Too high, and you’re potentially looking at a long wait to sell. How can one be sure that internet-based values, or those coupled to your rates, are up to date? The current wisdom is to consult several sources, before talking to a real estate professional about a firm price. The four core sources of a home valuation are online services, the Rateable Value or RV, a close look at the prices recently paid for similar properties, and, most comprehensively, a valuation by a qualified valuer. The first of these is easy, but can prove a little inaccurate; take a look at sites

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Pets & Equine

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Cats love to bask in the sun, recalling their ancestry as messengers of the gods outside Egypt’s sun-baked temples. However, there’s sometimes too much of a good thing, and breeds of cat that hail from more temperate climates need a little help keeping cool in the hottest part of the year. The first thing to know is that cats operate on a minimal water cycle. They don’t drink a huge amount at once, so access to cool, clean water at all times is most important. In summer, a cat will lap up tiny servings of H2O, just more often. To make things that bit more comfortable, it’s not a bad idea to freeze margarine or table spread containers full of water and place the resulting ice blocks in your cat’s outdoor bowls. They will slowly melt down, providing cool water all day while you are at work. Cats sweat through their feet, and their paws are quite sensitive to heat. A pavement or path that’s uncomfortable to us without jandals on is worse for a cat; conversely, even water-hating felines sometimes like to cool off by walking in a very shallow pool during summer. If you can make one with a shallow tray under shade, give it a try! Longer-haired cats may need the attention of a pet ‘hairdresser’ at this time of year to thin out their coats. Similarly, cats with pale pink noses or ear tips need feline sunscreen to avoid skin cancer, just like humans. Special sunblocks for pets are available from your vets. If your cat is finding it hard to get comfy and sleep (as we know, they do like their naps), wrap a packet of frozen

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Auto & Marine

End of the road for Commodore by Andy Bryenton

We grew up together, went to school together, ended up being flatmates for a while in those university days; no surprise, as we both came into this world in 1978. That’s where the similarities between this writer and the Holden Commodore end, however. Nevertheless, I’m only one of the millions who are sad to see it disappear. Holden’s flagship sedan hit the roads as the oil crisis gave way to the decade of excess. However, it was lighter and therefore more economical than its rivals, or its HQ predecessor. New blue series engines came in with the upgrade to the VC Commodore in 1980, with the SS badge returning the year after, and the third-generation VH seeing the debut of Peter Brock’s HDT group one, two and three highperformance packages. Through to the VK and VL generations, motor racing legends were built and consolidated. Many a V8 Commodore was adorned with the stickers and paint jobs of racing icons from the tarmac of Bathurst. Commodores took many of us to school and many more on holiday. Big Commodore wagons were the family hauliers of the day, before the advent of the SUV and the people mover. The shape of the distinctive VR and VS

car’s noses, especially in white, can still cause a pang of worry in drivers of a certain age, who have developed pattern recognition in their brains that identifies them as traffic cops. It all came to an end with the launch of the ZB Commodore just a couple of years ago, with construction moving away from Australia. Now comes the news that the Commodore badge is history, with Holden confirming that both their big sedan and the Astra will be discontinued in 2020. That will leave Holden in a position akin to Nissan, with nothing on offer but SUVs and utes, barring hardcore sports cars. For Holden, this will mean the powerful new midengined Corvette. Arch-rivals Ford, who axed the Falcon badge two years ago, has moved into a different position. With a strong showing for their Fiesta compact, Focus hatch and Focus RS hot

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65 Call off (6) 66 Mended (6) 67 Having an influence on (9) 72 Worker with books (9) 73 Very strange (5) 74 Lengthen in time (7) 79 Secret passenger (8) 80 Built up (11) 81 Actor’s platform (5) 82 Yarn (5) 83 In perfect health (2,3,2,1,6) 84 Student’s composition (5) DOWN 2 Highlander’s plaid (6) 3 Precise (5) 5 Nobleman (4) 6 Deep regret (7) 7 Light shoe (6) 8 Destiny (4) 9 Quarantined (8) 10 Unboastful (6) 11 Pen name (3,2,6) 12 Dancer’s skirt (4) 13 Sets solid (7) 17 Military officer (5) 18 Never beaten (10) 22 Go furtively (5) 23 Puckered (8) 25 With patches of colour (7) 26 Level highland (7) 28 Japanese garment (6)


29 Government tax (6) 30 Official count (6) 33 Surpass (5) 35 Sand ridges (5) 36 Finishes (4) 37 Magic stick (4) 42 Bride’s partner (5) 43 Margined (anag)(8) 44 Partner (6) 45 Unit of length (10) 46 Bare (4) 47 Toward the exterior (7) 48 Most pleasant (6) 49 Balances up (5) 51 Strong hard wood (4) 52 Pancreas product (7) 53 Gained through effort (6) 58 Genetic (10) 59 Fatigued (5) 63 Sharply defined (5-3) 64 Rear of ship (5) 65 Supporting frame (7) 68 Send on (7) 69 Fleet of warships (6) 70 Reject bluntly (6) 71 Mystery (6) 75 Water lily (5) 76 Fly alone (4) 77 Lather (4) 78 In good health (4)



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CHURCH NOTICES Anglican Church @ Rolleston — 40 Brookside Road (Church of the Resurrection) 9.30am Sunday services with morning tea to follow. Combined service 10am at St Stephens Anglican church Lincoln on fifth Sunday of month. Contact: Reverend Sampson Knight; Phone 021 334 168 Email: Catholic Mass at St Patrick’s Catholic Church — 31 Gerald Street, Lincoln. Saturday Vigil: 5.30pm, Sunday Mass: 8.30am, Weekday Mass: Tuesday to Friday 9am. Fr Job, Parish Priest Phone 325 2770, Email: Cornerstone — Rolleston. Meeting Sundays @ 10am, Rolleston Community Centre. Contact: Ps Andre Powell 027 871 1424, or 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, Youth Pastor Hannah Cossey. 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. 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. 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: Steve Talbot, 03 347 4007. Youth Leader: Courtney Forrest, 03 347 4007,


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.


Lev Shel Torah Congregation Shabbat (Saturday) — 1.30pm Irwell Hall ,Corner Leeston & Selwyn Lake Road; Contact: Sue Boyd 03 324 2612. Life Church Selwyn — 10am every Sunday at Lincoln High School Hall (entrance from North Belt). or email Lincoln Baptist Church — Everyone welcome! Sundays, 10am, 530 Birchs Road Lincoln. / 03 325 3396 / Lincoln Union Church — We would love to greet you at 10am Sundays. James St, Lincoln, opposite Lincoln Primary School, 03 325 2257. Malvern Anglican Parish — 19 January 8am St Ambrose Sheffield, 9.30am Trinity Darfield, 7pm St Peter’s Springfield. The Ven Susan Baldwin. Facebook: Malvern Anglican Parish. 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; St Paul’s Anglican — Parish service at St Paul’s 9am.


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