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The reluctant hero  by Kent Caddick


Quake forces camp venue change

The recent Kaikoura earthquake forced West Melton School students to make a last minute change …


Junior farmers lead the way Budding Selwyn farmers were to the fore in this year’s Synlait Boys and Girls Agricultural Club Championship Day held recently …


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A Rolleston man is playing down his part in an earthquake convoy which has brought some muchneeded relief to the earthquake stricken people of Kaikoura. Rick Irvine is being hailed a hero after organising a massive relief effort which has brought welcome supplies to the people of Kaikoura, who are struggling with getting on with life after the quake which cut off the town from the rest of country. “Yes people have said to me ‘you are a hero’ but that’s not the case. It’s just something you do when people are in need,” Mr Irvine said. “Having been through two earthquakes in Selwyn and Christchurch, we knew what people were going through and we just had to do something to help.” Following the devastating 7.8 earthquake which struck North Canterbury, Mr Irvine, who owns a property just north of Kaikoura, set up a Facebook page to take donations of goods and money intended for the people of Kaikoura. “Looking back on it that was the easy part, the real mission was actually getting everything into Kaikoura and then distributed,” Mr Irvine said. Last Wednesday he and 11 others set off in their vehicles with trailer loads of goods, everything from toilet paper to fuel and water which they delivered to the army base set up in Culverden. The group had hoped to make the journey into Kaikoura themselves but the inland route to Kaikoura was deemed too dangerous for anything other than military vehicles. Having unloaded the goods, Mr Irvine and his team returned home with the promise of a flight into Kaikoura to




 Brooklyn Irvine, 6, and sister Tessa, 4, from Rolleston help unload relief goods destined for the people of Kaikoura

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Lincoln University Professor of Plant Biosecurity Philip Hulme has been named on the annual list of Highly Cited Researchers for the third year in a row. Professor Hulme is one of only nine New Zealand-based researchers to make the Thomson Reuters 2016 list which includes the world’s most influential science minds. Professor Hulme has expertise in biosecurity and the effects of invasive species on human health, agriculture and the environment. His research supports the development of policies to prevent or mitigate the damage posed by invasive plants, animals and pathogens. He led the development of new standards that have been adopted by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. “New Zealand represents the cuttingedge of biosecurity science and policy, and such a stimulating environment has allowed me to develop innovative science that has been well received internationally,” Professor Hulme said. As a member of the Biosecurity Ministerial Advisor y Committee and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Professor Hulme has made significant contributions to the Biosecurity 2025 strategy

 Philip Hulme, Lincoln University professor, has been named on a prestigious international researchers list for the third time

recently launched by the New Zealand Government. The strategy will transform the way New Zealand is protected from pests, weeds and diseases over the next decade. Director of the Bio-Protection Research Centre based at Lincoln, Professor Travis Glare, said every year, more than 1,000 scientific publications refer to Professor Hulme’s research. 

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Meningococcal disease is caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitides and symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, headaches, cold hands and feet, as well as and neck, muscle or leg pain. One case is aged 13 months and two are aged four years old. All developed meningococcal disease in the past weeks but have all since been discharged from hospital. Dr Ramon Pink, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, said meningococcal disease can develop rapidly. “It’s really important to recognise the signs and symptoms as early as possible because, if left too late, the disease can cause death or permanent disability, such as deafness,” Dr Pink said. “It can affect anyone, but it’s more common in children under the age of five, teenagers and young adults. Students in their first year of tertiary education living in student accommodation, may also be at higher risk.” Dr Pink said it can be treated with antibiotics, but early treatment is very important.

 Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Ramon Pink, says meningococcal disease can develop rapidly

“If you notice any of the symptoms of meningococcal disease or have any other concerns, phone your general practice team, even if you have already been seen by a health professional. “You’re better to be safe than sorry. Make sure you seek medical advice early.” 


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The reluctant hero

 by Kent Caddick

Up to 50 jobs could be lost at Selwyn’s largest tertiary institute, Lincoln University, following proposed changes aimed at putting the university in a better financial position. Senior managers at Lincoln University have outlined a range of initiatives to improve the financial performance of their areas. The proposals were foreshadowed by a ‘Refreshing Lincoln’ agenda outlined by Vice-Chancellor Professor Robin Pollard earlier this year. Professor Pollard said he was impressed by the way that the university community responded to the need to improve its financial performance. “We asked people to take leave when possible, since the long-term build-up of excessive leave creates a financial liability. We reined in international travel and generally tightened up financial management. “But we now need to  Lincoln University Vice-Chancellor Professor Robin Pollard has announced plans which would result in job losses at address some of the the university underlying costs, and that involves reducing the total cost of and scope. More will be known as this salaries, and to eliminate positions that programme develops.” are no longer required. He said the initiatives include ways “Since we need to recognise and of making the university’s courses more reward our valuable staff, we agreed attractive to students, updating teaching to a relatively generous average salary methods and reducing costs. “Over the past two months the increase of 2%. However, there are areas identified by deans and managers where university decided to discontinue we do not need so many staff,” he said. unpopular programmes and courses, Areas most affected include and recently the university was proud administration and at Telford campus, to announce the resuscitation of where sub-degree provision is academic governance.” The latest change proposals being reduced. “It made very little sense for Lincoln foreshadow staffing reductions at Te University to pursue sub-degree students Waihora and at Telford campuses. “Some of the reductions can arise up and down the country, taught through complex arrangements with third-party through retirements, natural attrition and the completion of fixed-term operators,” Professor Pollard said. “A parallel development at Lincoln contracts. Some positions may no University is a transformation longer be needed.” In the coming weeks consultation will programme, in which partnerships are being actively sought for the take place with affected staff and the university to gain economies of scale Tertiary Education Union. 

 Rolleston man Rick Irvine in Kaikoura with some of the $60,000 worth of earthquake relief goods he helped to bring into the district

“The first 24 hours we spent getting everything back together again so we could distribute it to the people.” Once the goods were regathered Mr Irvine and his team of helpers then began putting together relief packages for the locals. “Initially we had 200 packages put together for the elderly and for people in the more hard to get remote areas of the district. “We then put together a further 800 packages for local families which included water, fuel, baby products and other groceries, and we had queues lining up at the property to pick them up.” On Sunday anything that was left over was gathered up and distributed to other groups around the district including a Mums and Bubs group and local schools which have started opening up this week. When spoken to by The Record this week, Mr Irvine said he was pretty much ‘brain-fried’ having been on the go for much of the week, but the reaction of the people of Kaikoura had helped to sustain him. “I’ve never had so many hugs or shook so many hands in my life, there were also lots of tears and you could tell that even with the most staunch

farmer, who rarely looks for help, there was a lot of emotion. It was a firm handshake and some eye contact but you knew if you held that for too long the emotions would come flooding out,” he said. After ensuring all the goods were distributed, Mr Irvine finally got a chance to have a closer look at his own holiday property which had been rented out. “It has been yellow stickered but it will be a 50/50 call whether it’s a rebuild or demolition.” Mr Irvine said the big difference between the Canterbury earthquakes and this one was the destruction of the landscape. “The Kaikoura town centre, unlike Christchurch after the February earthquake is relatively unscathed, in that there is no obvious damage to the buildings, but the impact the quake had on the landscape has been massive.” 

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Quake forces camp venue change  by Kent Caddick

The recent Kaikoura earthquake forced West Melton School students to make a last minute change to their annual camp for their final William Pike Challenge activity.

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 Daisy M making the crossing over the river with the help of Alessandra W and Emily A

The school’s intermediate students were set to leave for Mistletoe Bay in the Marlborough Sounds on Tuesday, November 15, the day after the devastating 7.8 earthquake struck the North Canterbury region. The quake meant the students were unable to get through to Picton to begin their camp, so an alternative venue was quickly arranged and the students headed instead to the Omaka Scout Camp, near Christchurch airport. The school’s promotion officer Rita Spadoni said despite the late change, all the students had a blast and it was

a great lesson on how challenging life can be. “They all had to tent, and on the first day completed the very challenging high ropes course situated at the Groynes, which was a 90-minute walk from Omaka. “On the second day the students went sailing on Lake Roto Kohatu which is situated right next door to Omaka Camp. On Thursday, in the pouring rain, the students were given a challenge to build a bridge across the stream with tubes, a plank and ropes. The students spent their downtime playing games, rubber tubing, exploring and feeding eels.” 

 Lisa H sailing on Lake Roto Kohatu

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Drunk drivers to be targeted  by Kent Caddick

Selwyn residents are being warned they should be prepared for drink-driving checkpoints anywhere and anytime during the holiday period.

 Police are to step up the number of alcohol checkpoints around Selwyn during the holiday period

The Selwyn District Council, police and licensed premises across the district are participating in a ChristmasNew Year drink-drive campaign in the coming weeks. Senior Sergeant Pete Stills said many people believe drivers that have been drinking have a lower chance of being stopped when they drive on rural back roads, but this is not the case. “Canterbury Police will be carrying out more random patrols on all Selwyn roads over the Christmas-New Year holiday period, and the booze bus will be deployed in both rural and urban areas. “Police will be active in Selwyn, operating checkpoints and policing the roads in an effort to ensure that everyone is safe. “Police encourage motorists to plan to have a sober driver, and if utilising licensed premises in Selwyn, to make use of the courtesy vehicles available,” Senior Sergeant Stills said. Selwyn Road Safety Coordinator Ngaire Tinning said in Selwyn district from 2011 to 2015, there were 151 crashes where alcohol was involved. “These crashes resulted in 12 fatalities,

34 serious injuries and 58 minor injuries,” she said. “In many cases when drivers are affected by alcohol, inappropriate speed and failure to wear a safety belt also contribute to the severity of the crash. “Not surprisingly, most of these types of crashes occur between Friday evening and Sunday morning.” Mrs Tinning said this year’s campaign encourages drivers who drink to choose not to drive, and to think about having a sober driver, using the courtesy van and sharing the designated driver duties. “It also focusses on looking out for friends by discouraging them from driving after they’ve been drinking, and encouraging them to sleep over so they can avoid driving when drunk. “Our local hotels and taverns already do a great job with host responsibility, with almost all having courtesy vans.” Mrs Tinning said a large number of the district’s sport clubs and local businesses have also taken up the opportunity to assist with the promotion of the campaign safety messages to their members and staff. 


Fun day highlights growth  by Kent Caddick

A West Melton family fun day will help both locals and potential residents learn more about the direction of the rapidly growing Selwyn township. The fun day is being organised by the West Melton Community Centre Committee with support from the Selwyn District Council and developer GW Wilfield Ltd. Council project manager Joanne Nikolaou said the committee approached council as they wanted to not only keep local residents informed on the development of the new community centre, but also to let people, who  Selwyn District Council project manager Joanne Nikolaou and West Melton Community Centre may want to come and live Committee chair Bruce Russell go over plans for the there, know what the future new centre, which will be a feature of the upcoming town will look like. West Melton Family Fun Day “West Melton is one of the fastest growing urban areas in 4, from 10.30am to 4pm and will be Selwyn, which itself is the fastest centred on the West Melton reserve growing region in the country,” Ms and community centre, which is about Nikolaou said. to be replaced. “In 2005 there were only 42 “It will be a day of family fun with large homes in central West Melton but scale games, food carts, music and just 10 years later we have around displays by local groups such as West 700 homes either built or about to Melton Plunket, the local ballet and gym be built.” The West Melton Family Fun club, as well as the local volunteer fire Day will be held on Sunday, December brigade,” Ms Nikolaou said. 

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Junior farmers lead the way  by Kent Caddick

Budding Selwyn farmers were to the fore in this year’s Synlait Boys and Girls Agricultural Club Championship Day held recently. Despite the terrible weather, and thanks to marquees still available from the recent Canterbury A&P Show, the show was still able to be held at the ASB Agricultural Park in Christchurch. Outlying Canterbury primary schools were given the opportunity to compete in livestock judging, similar to what they would experience at an A&P show. Selwyn farmer Warrick James, who is the president of the Canterbury A&P Association, said the annual event was a success. “Despite the weather, the kids had a great day,” Mr James said. “Youth development is a cornerstone objective for the Canterbury A&P Association, so this is a really important event on our calendar. “Getting children interested in animal welfare and care from a young age benefits the A&P movement and the agricultural industry as a whole. “It’s fantastic to have the support of our volunteers who come along and judge the stock and that of our sponsor Synlait. They’re so involved at a community level and share our values

too.” To qualify for the championship, entrants had to have attended a school pet day within their region. Nearly 80 entries were received, comprising beef calves, dairy calves, lambs, poultry and pigs. Entries were received from: Springston School, Oxford Area School, Ohoka School, Tai Tapu Primary, View Hill School, Darfield High School, Ladbrooks School, Leeston Consolidated School, West Melton School, Broadfield School, Hororata Primary School, Southbrook School and Lincoln Primary. Students were judged across three sections: Care and Attention, Leading and Handling and their Project Books, which were submitted prior to the Canterbury A&P Show. Each participant was required to parade their animal in front of the judges and answer questions on their care. Champion and Reserve Champion placings: Dairy Calves Junior (Years 1–4): Champion: Louis Dalley (Leeston School); Reserve Champion: Ella Smith (Oxford Area School). Dairy Calves Senior (Years 5–8): Champion: Sam


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 Dustin Rowlands, front left, and McKenzie Rowlands from Hororata School, with their prizes for taking out the Champion and Reserve Champion awards in the Junior Lamb category at the Synlait Boys and Girls Agricultural Club Championship Day. The Hororata duo are pictured with, back row from left: Mark Burnside (Synlait), Canterbury A&P President Warrick James and Andy Fairweather (Synlait)

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Earthquakes have big impact on primary sector The massive earthquake that hit the upper South Island has had a devastating impact on farmers, fishers and growers in the region. I’ve spent time in Kaikoura and flown over some of the affected regions, and the damage is much worse than I expected. It’s estimated there have been around 100,000 landslides which have caused widespread damage to farms as well as roads and rail links. This is a cruel blow to North Canterbury given they’ve been suffering through a severe drought for nearly three years. However there is a wholeof-government response underway and the community is pulling together to get through this. I’ve announced a support package for the primary sector which involves $4 million for Mayoral Disaster Rural Relief funds in Hurunui, Kaikoura and Marlborough. This will help with non-insurable assets such as tracks, on-farm bridges and water infrastructure. We’re also putting $500,000 to support Rural Recovery Coordinators in the Hurunui,

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Blurring the line in the sand by Andy Bryenton

There was a time when 100 horsepower was considered a peppy amount of ponies under the hood for a sports car. When your twoseater, low-slung roadster was light enough, the magical triple digits were sure to send sales and performance reviews into the stratosphere. These days, in the age of the twinturbo, eco-boost, high compression future, 100 horsepower seems wheezy and outdated. Until you pop it into an ultra-lightweight side-by-side. That’s just what Polaris have done with their new General, a compact and rugged little machine which draws on the DNA of two very different parents. Look at it in a certain light and you’ll see the heritage of the Polaris Ranger, a

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after a hard day of work. Polaris are quick to point out that this may very well mean twice the time out of the shed, and they’ve built the General tough enough to cope. So that the human component won’t wear out easily, the General’s cockpit also feels more like that of a road-going car than a strippedout off-roader. All in all, it’s a machine that walks a fine line, like the first SUVs did. While there were naysayers when the original Land Cruisers and Land Rovers left the mud for the tarmac, we all know how that worked out. The General may just be the ticket for those who would love both a working machine and a racer, delivering reliability as well as thrills. 

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You may not think that buying a bag of apples from your local greengrocer instead of the supermarket or getting your car serviced by your local garage have a big impact on the economy as a whole. You’d be pleasantly surprised to see what a difference your dollars make. Economists who study the systems of how money moves, call what happens in supportive communities the Local Multiplier Effect, and it’s been taken so seriously that university professors have devoted pages of study to it. It goes like this — using examples from your own town found on this page. Let’s say you were to source your equine feed requirements from local firm Futurefeeds. Not only would you have a happy horse, you’d also be keeping the locals who work there in business. An employee there may need a car repair — they can now head along to Glentunnel Garage with the dollars from their pay cheque, making your purchase go a second round. That’s the magic of so called ‘fiat currency’ — rather than a traded item like a chicken or a loaf of bread, a dollar can become more than one thing, so long as it keeps moving. Kept local, it does. Locked up in a foreign bank, it can’t. In a similar way, if the electricians at Honey Electrical are kept busy with local jobs, their fleet will need parts and care — theoretically increasing the pool of

demand for a business like the Rolleston Automotive Service Centre. Every skilled job created locally in this way generates on average two and a half additional service jobs — which makes it great news that Theo Van Der Zee and his team in Rolleston have just incorporated the Rolleston Truck Centre into their business too. More hands on wrenches and air tools means more money in pockets, more demand for entertainment, food and drink, more consumer spending and more opportunities. Every dollar spent locally equates to five dollars when it goes around instead of being funnelled overseas as multinational profits. Locals supporting locals also cuts down on commute time, creating work in your neighbourhood. Supporting independent businesses also means a better tax dividend for the government — through more workers and through less money going off shore — which means better


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Pamper your pet

Dental care for dogs and cats  by Yolande Howell, Selwyn Vet Centre

You may be surprised to find out that dental and gum disease is the most common health problem in dogs and cats. Most pets develop dental and gum disease by the age of three years, so you can imagine how bad our teeth would get if we didn’t brush our teeth for three or more years. Routine dental care for cats and dogs can be simple and straightforward, and will benefit your pet’s oral and overall health. Signs of dental disease may include bad breath, yellow or brown deposits on the teeth, loss of appetite, discomfort around the mouth, bleeding gums, loose teeth, difficulty chewing or pawing at the mouth or face. So, how does dental disease start? Teeth and gum disease starts when a film of bacteria known as plaque coats the tooth. Plaque hardens into tartar

which can be seen as a thick yellow or brown layer on the teeth. Tartar irritates the gums and also creates an environment where bacteria thrive. As the disease gets worse the gums become tender, red and swollen. The gums eventually start pulling away from the teeth, creating pockets that trap more bacteria and bits of food. As the gums recede, they may bleed, and as the tooth root becomes exposed, teeth may also become loose. Your pet will very likely feel pain or discomfort when eating. The bacteria will eventually enter the bloodstream and can create health problems and affect vital organs. What can we do about this? Pets, just like people, require routine dental care from you and your vet.


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Regular checkups with your vet will help monitor your pet’s dental health, however if you suspect a problem, don’t hesitate to contact your vet. After a vet check, they may recommend a dental procedure to clean your pet’s teeth, and to treat any dental or gum disease. Unlike people, cats and dogs will not sit in a chair and open their mouths for us to do these procedures; they will require general anaesthesia. Anaesthesia also allows for tooth extractions, and pain medications are used in these circumstances. Prevention is definitely better than cure and there are several methods to help keep your pet’s teeth and gums clean and healthy. There are a variety of plaque reducing foods, treats, chews and toys. Every animal is different, consult your vet on which combination of preventatives would suit your pet best. There is no substitute for regular brushing, which is why we do it ourselves

to keep our teeth clean. Start early, pets can start having their teeth brushed at home, the younger they are the more likely you’ll succeed. Start slowly and gently, like all kinds of training that is reinforced with rewards and praise. There are specially designed pet toothbrushes and finger brushes, or use a baby toothbrush. Use pet toothpaste only because toothpaste for people is not safe for your pets to swallow. Begin by rubbing your pet’s teeth and gums with a soft finger brush, reward them and praise them when they are at ease. Then start incorporating the pet toothpaste and slowly increase the number of seconds you brush their teeth. Focus on their teeth and the gum line and gradually aim for 30 seconds of brushing for each side of the mouth at least a few times a week. This takes time, just do it gradually, and if you should have any concerns contact your vet practice and they will help you with the process. 



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Recent research shows a disparity between how much dietary iron Kiwi mums believe their children need, and what they are actually getting. In a survey conducted by Nielsen, 61% of Kiwi mums believe their children get enough iron in their diet, with only 16% disagreeing. However, research shows that, in New Zealand, 80% of toddlers do not receive the recommended daily intake of iron, 14% of children under the age of two are iron deficient and more than one-third of teenage girls don’t achieve their daily iron requirements. Dr Pamela Von Hurst from Massey University’s School of Food and Nutrition says children and adolescents have an increased risk of iron deficiency. “Childhood is a crucial time for optimal development, and iron deficiency at this life stage can have long-term effects,” Dr Von Hurst said. Encouragingly when surveyed, most could identify various side effects of iron deficiency, however, only 8% could correctly identifying all signs of iron deficiency in a child. If a child is low in iron or iron deficient they may show signs such as tiredness, appearing pale, irritable or grumpy, or struggle to gain weight. The early stages of life are incredibly important in terms of the correct nutrient intake, with iron being crucial for brain development in babies and toddlers; at seven months a baby needs more iron than their dad. Women also need to have a heightened awareness around iron intake during pregnancy, requiring greater amounts of iron each day because of increased blood volume and the nutritional requirements of the growing baby. Mothers and women are also a group most at risk of iron deficiency with one

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Christmas at Selwyn libraries  Selwyn libraries are celebrating Christmas with a chance for locals to share the festive spirit by donating to those in need. The libraries are encouraging Selwyn residents to give to those less well off by donating a can to the library’s Cantastic Christmas Tree campaign. The cans will then be donated to the Ellesmere Food Bank which helps those in need across Selwyn, and donations must be canned, non-perishable items which have not expired, and with an original label. Donated canned food can be placed on the Christmas tree display at any local library and service centre until December 20.

 St John Selwyn Central Area Committee chair John Sunckell receives a cheque from staff of Harcourts Four Seasons branches to go towards the completion of an ambulance base and hub for Rolleston. Rolleston, Hornby and Halswell branches of Harcourts Four Seasons recently held a Quiz and Charity Auction night at the The Rock in Rolleston to raise funds for St John Selwyn Central hub. Due to the generosity of local businesses, Harcourts were able to raise $9,684 for St John. Pictured from left to right are: Mary Westwood, Katie Harrison, Ross Mitchell, John Sunckell, Hannah McGowan, Paula Catchpole and Jeremy Andrews

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CHURCH NOTICES — Sunday 27th November Lincoln Baptist Church - Everyone welcome! Sundays, 10am, 530 Birchs Road Lincoln. / 03 325 3396 / Malvern Anglican Advent 1 — 8.00 am St Matthew’s, Courtenay; 9.30am St George’s, Kirwee; 11am St Ambrose Sheffield; 7.00 pm Trinity, Darfield; The Ven Canon Susan Baldwin, 03 317 9079; Church @ Rolleston — 40 Brookside Road. Anglican Communion - The Reverend N Kennedy; Catholic Mass 5.00pm Father Job; Contact Secretary Lynette 03 347 4599 Parish of Hororata — 9.30am St Johns at Hororata; 11.00am at St Andrews Glentunnel;; 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 —9.30am Trinity, Darfield – Remembrance Service. 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 Weedons School on Weedons Ross Road. 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. Verse of the week: Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! — 1 Chr 16:8


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West Melton’s first retail complex was officially opened by Selwyn MP Amy Adams last week. The West Melton Village shopping complex will be home to up to 13 retail and commercial premises when fully tenanted. Ms Adams, who has recently made West Melton home, said she was delighted to be opening the retail centre as it was clearly needed by the rapidly expanding local community. Selwyn Deputy Mayor Malcolm Lyall also attended the official opening and told those gathered that the construction of the retail complex was another indication of how fast the

district was growing. The Four Square West Melton supermarket was the first retailer to open its doors earlier this month and was quickly followed by The Salon hairdressers and Affinity Beauty and Body Care. Set to open their doors next week are the West Melton Medical Centre and the Unichem West Melton pharmacy. Dr Johan Vlok, who also operates the Darfield Medical Centre, said they will be providing full GP services from the West Melton Medical Centre including minor procedures including mole mapping and

 Selwyn MP Amy Adams addresses the crowd at the official opening of the West Melton Village retail complex

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