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West Melton family battles to keep dream alive  by Belinda Cullen-Reid

Picnicking with bears Parents, children and their favourite stuffed animals descended on Rolleston Reserve last week for a Teddy Bear’s Picnic …


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When Adam and Sarah Collins and their three children sold their Christchurch home to fulfill their dream of moving to a lifestyle block in the country they had no idea their lives were about to be turned upside down. Just before Christmas 2008, a month after the family moved into their dream West Melton property, the family’s youngest child, five-year-old Maddie, woke in the morning with puffy eyes. “We just thought it was hay-fever,” Sarah Collins says. “I thought, great we’ve moved to the country and my daughter’s allergic to grass. I thought we’d take her to the doctor and get something for it and that would be it.” The family doctor examined Maddie and advised an immediate trip to hospital. She was diagnosed with a kidney disorder called Nephotic syndrome which is characterised by high levels of protein and swelling of the body tissue. “It’s the same disease that Jonah Lomu has. We were told she would probably grow out of it in six months.” Maddie was put on steroids, but was resistant to them and continued to be unwell. She was put on low dose chemotherapy for a further 13 weeks followed by immunosuppressant drugs. Nothing seemed to work. Sarah gave up work to look after Maddie but six months later she took a turn for the worse. An operation revealed spontaneous primary peritonitis — the fluid around her organs had become infected. Although doctors operated to

 West Melton battler Maddie Collins and one of the family dogs Grace

clean out the infection a few days later Maddie’s condition worsened and her body began to shut down. “They intubated her and put her on life support. The Starship Retrieval Team (from Auckland) came and got her in the air ambulance. “It was like watching a movie that we were part of, and not part of. Maddie had another episode half way to Auckland. I had to stay in my seat and I wasn’t allowed near her. That was really hard.”


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 Parents, children and their favourite stuffed animals descended on Rolleston Reserve last week for a Teddy Bear’s Picnic which was part of the Selwyn District Council’s summer event programme. The next event is a Family Picnic Evening in Tai Tapu this evening starting at 5.30pm.

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THE RECORD January 22 - 2014

Health warning issued for Selwyn River


 by Kent Caddick

A potentially toxic algae has been discovered in the Selwyn River at the Whitecliffs Domain causing the Canterbury District Health Board to issue a health warning for both people and animals, especially dogs. The Community and Public Health division of the CDHB issued the health warning after the blue-green benthic cyanobacteria algae was found in the Selwyn River at the Whitecliffs Domain. Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Ramon Pink said people and animals, particularly dogs, should avoid the area until the health warning has been lifted. “The algae looks like dark brown to black mats and can produce toxins harmful to people and animals,” Dr Pink said. “Exposure may cause skin rashes, nausea, stomach cramps, tingling and numbness around the mouth and fingertips. “If you experience any of these symptoms, visit your doctor immediately, also let your doctor know if you’ve had contact with dark brown/black algal mats or water in this area.” Dr Pink said the reticulated town water supplies are currently safe but no one should drink the water from the river at any time. “Even after boiling the water from the river, it does not remove the toxin therefore should not be consumed.” People and animals should remain out of the waterways until the warnings

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Why our children need to fail  by Belinda Milnes, Chief Commissioner of the Families Commission

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call for children to be encouraged to experience failure and learn how to deal with it. Teachers, parents and academics are starting to explore ways for children and young people to take risks, to


understand failure, learn judgement, and the importance of perseverance in success. One innovative example is Wimbledon Girls High School, a top London school which has introduced Failure Week. They were concerned that some students were over-reacting to failure, instead of seeing it as a key component of future success. They portray failure as acceptable and a normal part of life, by discussing how the students felt about failure, using famous people who had overcome failure, and other activities including asking parents and tutors to share tales of their own fails. I think we should tell our young people that Bill Gates’ first business failed, Stephen King’s first novel was rejected 30 times, Thomas Edison failed 1,000 times before creating the lightbulb, Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime, Jay-Z couldn’t get signed to any record labels and Soichiro Honda started out making scooters while he was unemployed after being turned down for a job by Toyota. How many of our kids would cope with such setbacks? 


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The draft plan provides a framework for civil defence and emergency management decisions to be made across the Canterbury region. Regional Civil Defence group controller Neville Reilly said the plan has been developed with the purpose of enabling the community, local authorities and emergency response organisations to manage hazards and risks. “The draft plan seeks to strengthen relationships between the agencies involved in civil defence, encourages co-operative planning between all emergency management agencies and the community, and seeks commitment to deliver more effective emergency management,” Mr Reilly said. “The submission process for the draft plan offers the public an opportunity to contribute as to how emergencies are managed in the Canterbury region. “Included in the draft plan is the hazard profile for the Canterbury region, the strategic objectives and operational arrangements which will enable better management of risks and hazards in Canterbury. This is done through the risk management framework of risk reduction, readiness, response and recovery.” Copies of the draft plan and submission form are available to view from the offices and libraries of the Selwyn District Council or from the Canterbury CDEM Group website www. 




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Objections New members appointed to water committee to Selwyn Four new community members have been appointed to the Selwyn-Waihora Zone Committee, boundary changes which helps to manage water issues in the district.


 by Kent Caddick

 by Kent Caddick

Ten objections, including one involving a 180-signatory petition, have been received by the Electoral Commission over proposed changes to the Selwyn electorate boundary. The proposed boundary changes to Selwyn electorate would see the electorate lose a large slice of its current eastern boundary to the Port Hills electorate but gain voters from Wigram as well as previous Rangitata voters around the Rakaia Huts area. The majority of objections to the Selwyn boundary changes came from people and groups opposed to having the communities of Hornby, Islington and Hei Hei moved from the Wigram electorate into Selwyn. An objection from the New Zealand Labour Party, which was signed by 180 people, objected to the inclusion of Broomfield, Islington, Marsham and Hei Hei in Selwyn as ‘it would cut the area’s historic links with Wigram and that the areas had no historic ties with Selwyn’. An objection from Hornby High School to the boundary changes stated that ‘the Hornby schools operate as a distinct cluster and should be represented together with their community’ and proposed keeping Hornby High School in the Wigram electorate. Meanwhile, the Ashburton District Council objected to the exclusion of the Rakaia community from the Rangitata electorate that contains Ashburton, as ‘the two areas are linked under the Ashburton District Council, have common social and economic interests as well as sharing common population demographics’. According to the Electoral Commission the reason for the boundary changes were that Selwyn was well over its electoral quota and tolerance and to take into account the predicted rapid growth in Selwyn. “As the projections are for the population to continue to grow rapidly the population has been set at significantly below quota,” the Commission said in its report. “Population has been added from Rangitata (1,600) and Wigram (7,900) and a large population has been moved to Port Hills (19,900) and Wamakariri (400). The Electoral Commission will be travelling the country to hear from objectors over the next few weeks before releasing its final decision in April. 


The new members are Stewart Miller (farmer), Allen Lim (market gardener), Bill Lambie (retired police officer) and Ron Pellow (South Island Dairy Development Centre executive director). Each of Canterbury’s 10 zone committees has four to seven community members, an Environment Canterbury Commissioner, councillors from the relevant district council — in this case Selwyn District and Christchurch City Councils, and Runanga

representatives. Canterbury Water Management Strategy programme manager Christina Robb said the selection process focussed on finding people who can see others’ points of views and who can work collaboratively to find solutions for water issues. “The Canterbury Water Management Strategy is an innovative approach to managing fresh water. It’s about finding the best ways to restore our environment and provide for viable

farming and communities throughout the region. “It will help to ensure safe drinking water supplies, sustainable farming practices and clean rivers and streams, as well as enhancing recreational oppor tunities and protecting environment and cultural values.” The other community members on the Selwyn-Waihora Zone Committee are John Sunckell, David Painter, and Maree Goldring. 


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Lap pool at aquatic West Melton family battles to keep dream alive centre to close The 25-metre lap pool at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre in Rolleston will be closed for a week as a number of tiles need to be replaced requiring the pool to be drained of water. The rest of the Aquatic Centre, including the hydrotherapy, toddler, learn to swim, leisure, lazy river and spa pools will be open as normal while the retiling is carried out. The lap pool will be closed from 5pm on Sunday, January 26 until Sunday, February 2. Selwyn aquatic facilities manager Kathy Moore said that from February 3 swim lessons will restart at the centre which will require the main pool to be available. “While the retiling work is carried out the main lap pool will be closed so we are asking that people who want to swim laps in that pool visit us when we reopen. “While one of the pools will be closed the other pools will stay open so children can continue to use the learner and toddler pools. The hydrotherapy, spa and leisure pools will also be open and available for people to use.� Ms Moore said people who have purchased pool memberships will have their membership period extended by a week, but are welcome to continue to use the available pools while the retiling work is underway. Aquafitness classes which are usually held in the main pool will be unable to be run when that pool is closed, however, the hydro tone class in the hydrotherapy pool on Friday mornings will still be on as normal.

“They said there was no more “Maddie throws herself at life and treatment. Maddie’s kidneys were takes every opportunity,â€? Sarah says. too far gone,â€? “She missed out on her childhood for the last five years and is now A kidney biopsy revealed trying to play catchup. It has been that she had Focal Segmental a year of firsts. She’s had her Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), which is first school sports, first school a disease that attacks the kidney’s production, but she’s severely filtering system. She would have to restricted. We have to be pedantic have a kidney transplant. about trying to keep her well.â€? Both of her parents volunteered The reality is Maddie’s remaining to give a kidney to their daughter. functioning kidney could give out at It was during the compatibility any time. testing that the family was hit with “When this kidney fails which more devastating news. Sarah was could be next week or in five or diagnosed with breast cancer. six years, Christchurch Hospital “I thought, what else ‌ what else ď ° Maddie Collins and mum, Sarah said they won’t support another could happen?â€? So began Sarah’s own health journey which transplant as she doesn’t meet the criteria because resulted in the removal of her breast and six months the disease could come back. She will need to go on dialysis. Eventually it will be fatal.â€? of chemotherapy. Sarah says if the remaining kidney fails they may “Adam had to quit work to look after the kids. I spent six months on the couch, sick from the chemotherapy.â€? be able to get Maddie on the deceased donor’s list Meanwhile, Adam was okayed for his daughter’s through Starship Hospital or they will do all they can kidney transplant which took place in 2012. to get Maddie to the United States for a transplant. Sarah is holding fast to her dream that began five Initially both Adam and Maddie came through the years ago when the family moved to West Melton. operation well. “A week later we were told that the disease had “We’ve lost everything else about our dream except come back,â€? Sarah says. this property. We’ve got amazing neighbours. They’ve “It came back aggressively. One of the kidneys been very understanding. “Some days I wake up and think I’d love to not battle shut down.â€? Since that time Maddie has been fighting to stay things today.â€? More information about Maddie and her brave battle well and have something of a normal life despite the frequent trips to hospital due to her immune can be found online at maddiecollins/ and to support the Collins family compromised condition. She is now 10 and last year attended school for the donations can be made at cause/makeeverydaycount.  first time since she was five.

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THE RECORD January 22 - 2014


Music of Miller comes to life The music of legendary bandsman Glenn Miller will be the focus of a concert in Christchurch later this month.

The West Melton and Districts Film Society kicks off its 2014 season with a screening of Gardening with Soul, a documentary made in 2013 on gardening nun Sister Loyola in Wellington. The screening will be held at the West Melton Community Centre on Thursday, February 6, with doors opening at 7.30pm and the film beginning at 8pm. The West Melton Film Society holds screening on the first Thursday of every month from February. The society has an annual subscription of $50 which includes a

complimentary hot drink and home baking following each screening. The society can be contacted by email, or by phoning Alistair on 03 318 1761 or Graeme on 03 347 7048. The March offering will be the film Chinese Takeaway a 2011 Latin American comedy drama 

Death penalty plays focus A provocative play about the death penalty featuring two of New Zealand’s historical figures, Minnie Dean, the ‘Winton Baby Farmer’ and Victor Spencer, a World War 1 deserter, will tempt Selwyn theatre-goers in March. Too Far from Heaven was nominated in the Best Theatre Category, Best Newcomer and Stand-out Performer awards at the 2013 New Zealand Fringe Festival and performed at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe. Written by Angela Newell, Jade Gillies and Lizzie Dawson Too Far from Heaven focusses on Dean and Spencer as they face their last night on earth prior to their executions. Through Verity, the play’s narrator, the two give harrowing accounts of their lives and reasons for their actions, pieced together from diary entries  Jade Gillies, left, as Victor Spencer and Lizzie Dawson as Minnie Dean take the leading roles in Too Far from Heaven and other original material. It is based on the true stories of as Victor Spencer and Angela Newell as Dean, the only woman ever hanged in Verity the narrator. New Zealand, and Spencer, the Bluff It will run at the Ashburton Trust Event lad killed by firing squad in Belgium for Centre on Thursday, March 20 starting deserting a war he had forged his age to at 7.30pm with tickets available at the join. Too Far from Heaven features Lizzie Ashburton Trust Event Centre Box Office Dawson as Minnie Dean, Jade Gillies or online at 

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 The music of Glenn Miller comes to life with the help of, from left: Pete France, Bruce French, Mike Booth, Debbie Penney, Greg Ward and Ron Coleman

Award winning entertainer, Greg Ward is joined by singer Debbie Penney and a brass ensemble to showcase this legend’s greatest hits of the 1930s and 40s. One of the best loved musicians of the era, Glenn Miller had the pulse of the times with tight rhythm and great tunes. He was an American big band musician, arranger, composer, and band leader in the swing era and was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best known big bands.

Miller’s notable hits featured in the daytime show include In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Pennsylvania 6-5000 and Chattanooga Choo Choo. The Life and Music of Glenn Miller concert will be held at the La Vida Centre in Christchurch on Wednesday, January 29 starting at 11am. Tickets can be purchased by calling toll free 0508 266 237, email to or on the website 

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 Kate’s Turkish tangerine cake is made from tangerines produced in her own garden. Kate makes the accompanying mascarpone from raw cow’s milk purchased directly from the farmer

breads including rye, spelt, wholemeal and sourdough made from a natural yeast ‘bug’ lovingly nurtured. Lavosh crackers are also a common item made in Kate’s kitchen. The wonderful variety of fruit grown on the property finds its way into preserves, chutney’s, jams and cordials. They’ve even been known to produce their own homemade wines and other such heady beverages. “I’ve always faffed about in the kitchen. My mother and grandmother were cooks. I’d watch them and they’d let me take part.” Kate’s every day cooking is relatively straight forward. She chooses good quality natural ingredients which provide flavour and nutrition. “I’m not fanatical about it. I do eat other things, like chocolate and wine. I just have an awareness of the need to eat healthy unprocessed food — food in its natural state, and not eating too much. “I eat very simply every day. I save the more complicated food for guests. There’s great satisfaction in any cooking.” 


 A sample of the delights produced from Kate’s kitchen, including homemade artisan and sourdough bread, lavosh crackers, pickles, chutneys and hummus

Kate’s Turkish tangerine cake

This recipe is adapted from a recipe given to me some years ago by my good friend Julie. Ingredients 4 tangerines 6 eggs 1 cup castor sugar 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon baking powder 4 x 70 gram packets of ground almonds




Method Take four small tangerines, cover with water, bring to the boil and simmer for one hour. Drain and leave until completely cold. Cut into quarters, remove pips and place into a food processor. Process until finely pulverised. Add eggs, castor sugar, lemon juice and process for one minute. Further add baking powder and ground almonds and pulse to mix. Be careful not to over process.

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January 22 - 2014



Holidaying with irrigation’s help  by Andrew Curtis, CEO Irrigation New Zealand

Whether you towed a boat, carried mountain bikes or packed the caravan or tent for a quick escape this summer break, chances are you took advantage of irrigation infrastructure. While most of us think of our waterways as natural, the reality is many popular water destinations have been modified to support farming or energy production. Your annual summer holiday just as likely included a dip in a river or

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lake that helps generate electricity or waters crops as it was swimming at the local pool. Increasingly farmers and irrigation scheme managers are incorporating recreation interests when they design new systems. Event managers and community groups are also recognising the unique potential of irrigation canals and storage ponds for fundraising and thrill-seeking. The challenge for those managing irrigation infrastructure is ensuring holiday makers and adrenalin junkies can be safely integrated into commercial operations, without impeding vital irrigation flows. New Zealand’s largest irrigation scheme, the Rangitata Diversion Race (RDR) is also one of our oldest. Depression-era labour was used initially to build the race which officially opened in 1945. Several Mid Canterbury community groups already take advantage of the RDR’s 67km of canals — most visibly the Peak to Pub, Big Day at the Office and Frostbusters multisport races. And this Easter, a new endurance horse-

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riding event is likely to see riders crossing the canals as part of 36 hours on horse-back in the district. Ben Curry, CEO of the RDR, said it’s a balancing act providing access, as health and safety as well as operational and insurance issues, need to be taken into account. But the company tries to find ways to accommodate requests. While swimming is not allowed due to multiple potential hazards within the water (some of which are submerged), fishing, duck-shooting and cycling along the canals are permitted. A local tourism company has just been given approval to offer high-end cycle tours along the RDR close to the foothills, and the Methven Walkway, created by the local Lions’ group and a well-used visitor attraction, meanders along sections of the race. “We had hoped that the RDR would While most of us think of our waterways as natural, the reality is many popular water destinations have been modified to support farming or energy production. Your annual summer holiday just as likely included a dip in a river or lake that helps generate electricity or waters crops as it was swimming at the local pool. Increasingly farmers and irrigation scheme managers are incorporating recreation interests when they design

new systems. Event managers and community groups are also recognising the unique potential of irrigation canals and storage ponds for fundraising and thrill-seeking. The challenge for those managing irrigation infrastructure is ensuring holiday makers and adrenalin junkies can be safely integrated into commercial operations, without impeding vital irrigation flows. New Zealand’s largest irrigation scheme, the Rangitata Diversion Race (RDR) is also one of our oldest. Depression-era labour was used initially to build the race which officially opened in 1945. Several Mid Canterbury community groups already take advantage of the RDR’s 67km of canals — most visibly the Peak to Pub, Big Day at the Office and Frostbusters multisport races. And this Easter, a new endurance horseriding event is likely to see riders crossing the canals as part of 36 hours on horse-back in the district. Ben Curry, CEO of the RDR, said it’s a balancing act providing access, as health and safety as well as operational and insurance issues, need to be taken into account. But the company tries to find ways to accommodate requests. While swimming is not allowed due to multiple potential hazards within the

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 Lake Opuha is popular with boaties and other recreational groups

water (some of which are submerged), fishing, duck-shooting and cycling along the canals are permitted. A local tourism company has just been given approval to offer high-end cycle tours along the RDR close to the foothills, and the Methven Walkway, created by the local Lions’ group and a well-used visitor attraction, meanders along sections of the race. Lake Opuha is the jewel in the crown when promoters cite wider benefits from irrigation. The man-made 700-hectare lake not only provides water for 230 farms, but as the most accessible lake in South Canterbury, is a magnet for local boaties, kayakers and rowers. While rainbow trout were found in Opuha River before the dam was built, brown trout and salmon have since

been released into the lake. Opuha Water Ltd CEO Tony McCormick said since it was filled in 1998 the lake has been a popular destination for anglers and boaties. His irrigation company supports community use of the lake and its related systems where it can. Fundraising events are common and one of the most colourful is South Canterbury Diabete’s annual duck race held in an irrigation channel on Arowhenua Road. Fairlie Lions has run a duathlon and mountain bike event around the lake for the past two years and before that hosted fishing competitions. Local farmer and Lions’ member Murray Bell said the lake is the perfect setting.

“It’s a great facility and the location is good as it’s convenient.” As a shareholder in the scheme, Mr Bell said he, like other farmers who supported the lake’s development, is buoyed by its success. “The duathlon is such a small part of it. Any weekend you are there it’s crowded with boats and in the early mornings you watch the rowing clubs turn up.” Keith McRobie is president of the Timaru Rowing Club and can vouch for Opuha’s value. “We’ve used the lake pretty much since it was filled. We are quite limited in Timaru with just a 1km stretch of water so it was a godsend to have something developed just 45km from town.” Opuha is pretty much rowable yearround as it is sheltered and accessible during most weather conditions, Mr McRobie said. Having access to the lake for the past decade has improved South Canterbury’s rowing results. “The schools here punch above their weight at a regional and national level. Every year we have one or two national

representatives and Opuha is part of the reason.” Discussions are underway with the irrigation company and supporters about dedicated facilities for rowing at the lake. Currently three Timaru schools leave boats stored on local farmers’ properties but ideally a purpose-built storage shed and rowing ramp will result in the future. The Lake Opuha Users Group was created when the lake was first formed to initiate extra amenities for visitors and recreational users of the lake. Committee member David Williams says their biggest project to date has been the building of a boat ramp to create safe access. Before that up to 150 cars would converge on a 300m section of lake edge that offered the easiest access, now 90% of traffic has been redirected to the boat ramp greatly reducing the potential for mayhem. As a farmer himself, Mr Williams said the biggest challenge now is ensuring the lake’s recreational popularity doesn’t impact on its delivery of water to shareholders. “Irrigation has provided a great facility by putting this lake here. For the recreationalists there has been a big spin off,” Mr Williams said. “At the end of the day it’s been very positive for them and the economic value to our community is also positive.” 

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Scorpion stings its first victims A new satellite based intruder detection device, which is aimed at protecting rural properties from burglars and poachers, is starting to make its mark in New Zealand. The Scorpion 1000 is being credited with the capture of three armed poachers on a quad bike who entered a private forest near Woodhill, northwest of Auckland earlier this month. Almost as soon as the three offenders had entered the private forest around 10pm one night in January they woke up a Scorpion 1000, a new hidden

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covert intruder detection device — the brainchild of Specialist Surveillance Services Limited. Within 90 seconds the Scorpion 1000 sent an alert to a private security patrol giving the exact time of the alert and location of the poachers. Police were called and the three men arrested. Two rifles, knives and hunting equipment were also seized. Charges have been laid relating to the poaching activities and trespass action has also been taken against the trio by the landowners. Specialist Surveillance Services director Roger Winslade says the Scorpion 1000 is a game changer in the way remote or isolated location security can be managed. “The Scorpion 1000 can help farmers, forest owners, contractors, councils, orchards, vineyard owners or anyone having theft problems or illegal access issues.” The Scorpion 1000 does not need mains power or a GSM network to operate, and is totally covert. It uses

 Specialist Surveillance Services director Roger Winslade with a Scorpion activation unit and digital map of the alert on a computer tablet

infrared and seismic detectors like those used to ring door bells in retail outlets. Once activated it sends a signal straight to a satellite which then bounces it to a computer or cellphone and alerts the user or monitoring company of the exact time and location of an intrusion. It can also just be hooked up to a siren for onsite warnings. The device is powered  A Scorpion 1000 unit with an additional siren unit by battery which lasts around three the Scorpion 1000 is available on a months or 1,000 activations and an contract rental basis which means automated alert is sent as a reminder any upgrades or improvements will be to change the battery pack. automatically passed on. Due to high unit build costs and For more information on the Scorpion ongoing satellite access and data fees, 1000 go to 

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Summer in Selwyn This summer enjoy the fun-filled events happening on your doorstep in Selwyn. There’s something for all ages and tastes and many events are free.

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9 February

14 March

Leeston Family Picnic in the Park Fun-filled family entertainment and activities at Leeston Domain from 5.30–7.30pm. Bring your picnic tea and rug. If wet, at Leeston RFC.

Rolleston Environtown Market Second hand books, music and puzzles on sale from 10am–1pm, Rolleston Square car park.

Lake Crichton Series Triathlon and Duathlon Long and short course distances. Enter as a team or individual. Search

25 January St Pauls Anglican Church Fun Day Family games, relays and fun activities in the church grounds on West Melton Road from 3–7pm.

26 January Southbridge Pool Party Take on the inflatable challenge, enjoy water games and more. From 2–4pm on High Street, Southbridge.

29 January Springston Family Picnic in the Park Enjoy a relaxed evening out with children’s pony rides, face painting, bouncy castle and more. At Springston South Reserve from 5.30–7.30pm. If wet, at Associated Sport Rooms on site.

30 January Dunsandel Family Picnic in the Park Fun-filled family entertainment and activities at Dunsandel Domain from 5.30–7.30pm. If wet, at Dunsandel Sports Hall.

12 February Prebbleton Family Picnic in the Park A variety of children’s entertainment and fun activities at Prebbleton Domain from 5.30–7.30pm. If wet, at Prebbleton Hall.

Summer Skate Jams Live music, free equipment hire, spot prizes and BBQ. Join the summer fun from 4–6pm (unless stated otherwise) at these various venues.

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Lake Crichton Series Triathlon and Duathlon Long and short course distances. Enter as a team or individual. Search

2 February

3 February Term Recreation Programmes at Lincoln Events Centre and Rolleston Community Centre Most 2014 programmes restart this week. Search and for the full programme.

The Selwyn District is home to over 100 walking and biking tracks. Many are set in spectacular locations like Arthurs Pass, Lake Coleridge and the Rakaia Gorge. For information search There are also over 180 reserves and playgrounds in Selwyn so visit a different play area these holidays. For younger children try the new playground including flying foxes off Poulter Road in Lincoln. Older children will enjoy the skate park, basketball hoops and soccer goals at Darfield’s Westview Park. Osbourne Park off Drain Road in Doyleston has a BMX track and a play area for children too.

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Darfield Pool Party Take on the inflatable challenge, enjoy water games and more at Darfield Pool, Ross Street from 2-4pm. On rain or shine.

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22–23 February Selwyn Relay for Life Enter a team or come as a supporter. At Rolleston Reserve, search

23 February Malvern Fun Run, Walk and Bike From Darfield Domain, various distances and a children’s obstacle course too. Details at

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Darfield Pool Open every day 1 to 7pm

Southbridge Pool Open every day 2 to 7pm

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Location does matter This prestigious address in central Rolleston presents a superb opportunity for an astute purchaser.

The property is within walking distance of shops, Clearview School and pool complex. The 249m2 dwelling has just been completed and is sure to impress with up to the minute features and décor. There are expansive living and entertainment areas including a massive timber decking area. Outdoors there is a three-bay garage and superb offstreet parking. The quarter acre plus section is newly fenced and hydralawn goes down this week. Early inspection is recommended. View by appointment. At a glance: Rooms: 4 bedrooms Outbuildings: 3 car garage Special features: Butler’s pantry Clearview School zone New build Fully fenced Method of sale: Price by negotiation Contact details: Joe Brankin Matson & Allan Real Estate Ltd Licenced Real Estate Agent REAA2008 South Terrace, Darfield Phone: 03 318 8204 or 021 324 529 Email:

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Mountains or reserve — which view do you prefer? This home is positioned for ultimate sun, overlooking and flowing into a reserve in Preston Downs, West Melton.

Make the most of watching the kids in the park or riding their bikes in the cul-de-sac whilst you sit back with a cup of tea with your own private view of the mountains. This red brick bungalow has the practicality and function of a traditional home but is architecturally designed to have those modern touches we love to see in our own homes. Light floods this north facing house through the large reserve facing windows and the feature skylights placed throughout the interior. Walking in through the expansive entrance, you choose to venture into either of the separate living areas, enjoy your favourite programme in seclusion from the rest of the world or join the family in the open plan living, dining and kitchen. There is a state of the art kitchen with a gleaming granite counter and high end stainless steel appliances. It also features a scullery which can be closed off so your guests don’t see what really goes into that ‘simple’ dessert you ‘threw’ together. If the scullery doesn’t provide enough storage, the cupboards throughout and the attic space will definitely ensure your home looks clutter free at all times. With Preston Downs now sold out, opportunities to build your own slice of heaven in this area are limited, so don’t muck about — make the most of this opportunity to walk in to your brand new completed home.

View this property online at: www.trademe. At a glance: 10 Raymond Place, Preston Downs, West Melton Land Area: 714 sqm Floor Area: 216 sqm Bedrooms: 4 Living: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Garage: 2 car garage with attic storage Price: $648,000 Contact details: Private sale Phone Bobbie or Megan: 03 741 1340 Email:

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CHURCH NOTICES — Sunday 26 January Malvern Anglican Parish — 8.00am St Matthew’s, Courtenay. 9.30am St George’s, Kirwee. 11.00am St Ambrose, Sheffield. 7.00pm Trinity, Darfield. The Ven Canon Susan Baldwin 03 317 9079 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, Parish of Hororata Anglican — 9.30am St John’s, Hororata. 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: 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. Pastor available Tuesday 9.30–12.30 Pastor: Daniel Fone, 03 347 7509, Youth Leader: Sage Harris 03 980 2296 Ext 217. Hope Presbyterian Rolleston — Service 10am, Rolleston School hall, Kidman St. Pastor: Brent Richardson 03 347 4007, Youth leader: Courtney Forrest, 03 347 4007, Darfield Baptist Church — Services and Sunday School, Darfield 15 Greendale Road, 10.30am every Sunday, Glenroy Hall 9am 2nd & 4th Sundays. Pastor: Paul Cossey, 03 318 8688, Youth Pastor: Sam Broughton 027 223 8345. Malvern Co-Operating Parish — 9.30am Trinity, Darfield. Parish Communion Service. Glentunnel Chapel — Sunday 10.30am Worship & Communion, 03 318 8948 or 021 274 2548. Mountain View Community Church — 17 North Terrace, Darfield Sunday Service 6.30pm, Prayer 6.00pm, Pastors: Wayne and Nicky Watson 03 318 7979 or 027 281 8340. Rolleston Church — 10am Family Service. 7pm Rolleston Encounter. Cornerstone Kids during morning service. Cornerstone Youth in the Lounge Friday 7-9pm All meetings held at the Rolleston Community Centre, 94 Rolleston Drive, Administration contact: Nikki @ 03 347 8716,

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