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Young Nathan serves it up to much older rivals „„ By Gordon Findlater A 13-YEAR-OLD is taking the Ellesmere interclub competition by storm and is unbeaten through six games in the division one competition. Nathan McKenzie started his senior interclub campaign with Killinchy in style last year, accounting for Rolleston’s Malcolm Penny 9-0. That was the first of six straight singles wins, most of which he accomplished as a 12-year-old. What makes his achievement even more impressive are that all but two of his victories have come by at least a five game differential, all against opposition far older. The young gun dominated coming through the Ellesmere junior ranks winning the Ellesmere 10 and under titles in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. He then won the 12 and under titles in 2014-2015 and 20152016. In December he competed for the Ellesmere open men’s title, losing 3-6, 3-6 to John Honeywell, who lost to Wilton Atkins in the final. “He’s highly driven and has a great attitude. The reason he’s so good is because he’s very mature for his age and he knows what he has to do to get better,” said Atkins. Atkins who is a coach in Ellesmere believes that Nathan

has the potential to grow into one of the country’s top young players. “He’s got the potential to go for age group titles and play in Junior ITF (International Tennis Federation) events and go for an American college scholarship. If he wanted to he could even go pro, a lot of things will have to go his way but if he really focuses on it then anything’s possible”, said Atkins. Nathan has stayed sharp during the holiday season, with an impressive outing at the Canterbury Junior Christmas Classic at Wilding Park. Competing in the 14 and under age group he made the quarter finals in the singles competition before being beaten 2-6, 3-6 by tournament winner Nick Schneideman. He also finished runner-up with partner Jarred Hill in the doubles. Nathan will look to continue his remarkable run in the interclub competition when it resumes on January 17. Killinchy is unbeaten after three rounds of the division one championship and will take on bottom of the table Prebbleton-Lincoln in their first match of 2017. In other division one action second placed Springston play Rolleston.

YOUNG GUN: 13-year-old Nathan McKenzie has been punching beyond his years in Ellesmere’s top interclub competition and doesn’t look like slowing down. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

Work starts at busy intersection to ease traffic congestion WORK IS under way on the $15 million bypass near the Waterloo Business Park to ease traffic congestion in the area. About 24,000 vehicles use the intersection at Main South Rd and Barters Rd each day. A New Zealand Transport Agency spokeswoman said there were 19 injury crashes at the intersection of Main South Rd and Barters Rd between 2011 and 2015. The project, led by the NZTA, is intended to ease congestion in the Hornby business area in response to increased traffic from the business park. Waterloo Business Park assistant development manager Joel Webber said it is expected between 3000 and 5000 people will be working at the park when it is completed. The project is expected to take 15 months to complete. Along with the construction of the bypass, stage two of the Christchurch Southern Motorway project has begun to improve congestion problems for motorists commuting between Halswell and Rolleston.


Tuesday January 10 2017 FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

THE WORLD is your oyster if you are a young sporting talent and 13-year-old Nathan McKenzie (see page 1) has plenty of that. He is unbeaten in the senior men’s Ellesmere interclub competition – yep that’s senior men’s. And having just turned 13 he’s been winning as a 12-year-old, and that is pretty impressive in anyone’s books. Nathan is now making his mark in the junior representative ranks so we’ll keep an eye on him as he progresses through the season and beyond. Not long to go for the big concert in Lincoln – Selwyn Sounds. Today we profile Annie Crummer (page 7) who will perform with her old mates Debbie Harwood, Margaret Urlich and Sharon O’Neill in what promises to be an amazing day of music alongside Mi-Sex, Dragon, Jordan Luck and others. – Barry Clarke



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Selwyn’s growth rate now second to Queenstown Lakes


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SELWYN HAS been knocked off its spot as the country’s fastest growing district for the first time in several years. The drop to second position hasn’t been due to any slow down in Selwyn’s own growth rate, which remains extremely high at 6.6 per cent for the 12 months to June last year. Rather it is a testament to the extraordinary growth seen by the new number one, Queenstown Lakes, which has experienced a whopping 7.1 per cent population growth over the same period. Infometrics senior economist Benje Patterson said both districts were outliers. “They are both miles ahead of the pack. To put things in perspective, last year the third fastest growing area was Tauranga and it only had 2.9 per cent growth in population,” he said. Mr Patterson said growth over the last 10 years gave a more complete picture than looking at just one year’s growth, and Selwyn was still well ahead in this regard, with average annual growth of 4.9 per cent, while Queenstown Lakes was second

GROWTH: Booming tourism has helped make Queenstown the country’s fastest growing district, pushing Selwyn into second place in spite of a large number of homes being built.

at 3.7 per cent. “Over the last three years, Selwyn’s population growth has been elevated and consistently high, it has averaged more than six per cent per annum for three years in a row,” he said. “If you compound that you are looking at 20 per cent more people in the last three years which is quite outrageous.” Mr Patterson said Queenstown Lakes high growth over the last 12 months was due to its booming tourism, housing and

retail sectors which were also providing a boost for employment in the area. “The tourism sector is just having a phenomenal time there, it is just absolutely ridiculous and it’s not only the growth that is happening during peak times,” he said. “You used to see some pretty quiet months during times like the second half of April into May before the ski season kicked in and then again in October to November following the ski

season before you got to summer but we are not seeing these real lulls anymore.” However, he didn’t expect Queenstown’s growth to continue at such a high level in the years to come. “I see it remaining well above the national average, being one of the fastest growing areas in New Zealand. But frankly, you just can’t sustain that sort of growth in population,” he said. “Queenstown is already bursting at the seams.”

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Coe on New Year Honours List FORMER SELWYN Mayor Kelvin Coe was part of the New Year Honours List, named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to local government. Mr Coe (right) served three terms as mayor before standing down in October last year. He had previously been a councillor for the Ellesmere Ward from 1991 to 2007 and deputy mayor from 2004 to 2007. He led the district through a major housing expansion as thousands of people moved out of Christchurch city seeking accommodation following the earthquakes. He also opened up council premises to house the displaced commissioners and staff of Environment Canterbury. Mr Coe has held leadership positions within various community organisations. He was a member of the St John area committee for nearly 15 years and Federated Farmers North Canterbury president from 1991 to 1994.

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Bid to get children reading

SELWYN LIBRARIES are hosting a variety of activities to keep kids entertained – and reading – during these summer holidays. Book lovers of all ages have been able to join Selwyn Libraries in a Summer of Reading which includes the Selwyn Summer Reading Programme for children and Stop, Drop and Read. During the holidays Selwyn residents can join library staff at 2.30pm every week day to ‘stop’ what they are doing, ‘drop’ into a comfortable seat and ‘read’ for 15min. The Selwyn Summer Reading Programme gives children a chance to win prizes. To join the programme children need to visit a Selwyn library, pick up an official reading log, then record how many minutes they spend reading each day. They can read anything, anywhere, anytime. Prizes include android tablets,

book vouchers and family passes to the Selwyn Aquatic Centre. Terms and conditions are available online at www.selwynlibraries. Selwyn Libraries manager Vicki Carlyon said the aim was to encouraging children to continue reading over the summer holidays in an attempt to reduce the risk of ‘summer slide.’ “According to research from a number of countries, during the summer holiday months, the reading level of children who don’t have access to reading material or who don’t read declines,” she said. “New Zealand research shows children from lower income areas are most at risk of the summer slides.” Selwyn Libraries also have new children’s boxes which contain a range of dress ups and toys to encourage children to stay a while and engage in PAGE TURNERS: Darfield siblings Jack, 6, Harriet, 9, and Skye Collins, 9, enjoying some books. creative play.

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Progress on farm environment plans „„ By Tom Doudney ABOUT A third of 900 Selwyn Waihora Zone farmers who need to obtain a farm environment plan in the next six months have done so. Under Plan Change 1 to the Land & Water Regional Plan, farms not supplied by the Central Plains Water scheme, about 900 in total, will need to obtain land use consent. Having an audited farm environment plan will be a key part of that process and about 300 of these farms already have theirs. The requirement to have a land use consent took effect from January 1 and farmers will have six months to lodge their application. Farm environment plans identify on-farm environmental risks and how they will be managed. Environment Canterbury’s Selwyn Waihora Zone team manager Michaela Rees said it was pleasing that many farms already had theirs. ECan would work with the others to make sure they could meet the six month deadline. “In this catchment particularly, the community expects that we will take action where compliance is not being achieved –

DEADLINE: Selwyn Waihora Zone farmers not supplied by the Central Plains Water scheme will have to obtain land use consent within the next six months. PHOTO: BRETT PHIBBS

and that’s what we will do where necessary,” Ms Rees said. “Some farmers have already obtained consent and others are in the pipeline. The zone team and industry bodies are work-

ing hard to help farmers get on track towards obtaining their consents.” Farms supplied by CPW also need to obtain audited farm environment plans to comply with

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Lyn Miles Our People Two decades of nurturing young Templeton resident Lyn Miles will celebrate 20 years in the role of sports director of Primary Sports Canterbury this year. Gordon Findlater talked to her about her involvement with Selwyn netball, her passion for sport and the challenges that come with the role Tell us about your involvement with netball. I was involved with the Christchurch Netball Club for 38 years and ended up as the president there. Eventually, I thought it was time for a change and moved out to Selwyn netball at Lincoln, and next year will be my seventh year there. I umpire, most specifically, and coach young umpires. Umpiring, has that made you thick-skinned? Oh yes, I’m a trained teacher as well so that has to be the case doesn’t it. You became a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2010. How did that come about? That came about through the volunteer work I do in netball; it was for netball administration. It was a proud moment because my father had also received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his work with cricket and rugby league.

Tell us about your role as sports director of Primary Sports Canterbury. The role entails organising all of the sports events for primary schools in Canterbury. We have five major events: Swimming, cross-country, winter tournament, basketball and athletics. They go through a zone process – we have 233 schools divided into 18 zones, as we can’t have them all in one place obviously. The top two or three from the zone events will then compete in the Canterbury event. You’ve been in the role for almost 20 years, it’s obviously a passion? Yes, it’s great when you actually get to the event and see what you’ve organised. There’s nowhere else in the country that has a full-time primary school sports director. The opportunities that kids here in Canterbury have to

PROUD: Lyn MIles has a passion for organising primary school sporting events. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

succeed in sport is just amazing really. You must have come across your fair share of famous faces in their younger days? Oh yes. One that I remember

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people with a passion for sports How long can you see yourself being involved in sport? Well people keep saying: ‘When are you going to retire?’ But if you really like what you’re doing then it’s not a mission for me to come to work. I enjoy doing it. I know there’s a lot of administration work that goes into an event and the better the administration, the better the event runs, but seeing it all come together is a buzz. What are some of the fond moments that stick out from your involvement with sport? It’s just seeing the kids out there enjoying themselves. That smile that comes on their face from not just winning, but just being there doing what they like doing. It’s the same with netball, just seeing people come through the sport and grow as people. What about passions outside of sport, what else makes you tick? I do love my gardening. We’ve got quite a big section, just over half an acre out in Templeton and that’s all in garden. When I’m not doing sport, I’m usually in the garden. Is this the time of year that

FUN TO RUN: Lyn Miles wants children to enjoy sports like cross-country which, she says, is gaining in popularity. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

you get a chance to get away from sport a wee bit? It’s actually quite nice at this time of year to get a break from the email. I probably get about 150 emails a day just with people asking questions about everything. I try to get people

to go to our website to get the answers. There seems to be a bit of difficulty doing that . . . but yes, it’s nice to get a bit of rest and it’s a good catch-up time. And then it’s back to it for another year. You must know the routine pretty well by now?

Yes, although the routine keeps changing with people wanting to add new sports. Is that something you’ve noticed over the years? I’d imagine there would have been far less sport being played when you started in the role.

Rugby, netball and cricket, that was about it. This organisation began in 1900, there was a group of principals who felt more sport was needed and they actually ran the events until 1995. That’s when a sports director was employed because it got too much for them. Because there was someone full-time, we had the opportunities to add more sports and make the events larger. Are there any particular sports that you’ve noticed grow in recent years? The likes of duathlon, triathlon and cross-country seem to be growing in popularity. Our numbers in gymnastics have grown so much that we’ve had to split it into three different days now. This year the hip-hop dancing also had a huge increase, I think that has a lot to do with a few local groups doing well on the world stage.

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News Former cop behind ‘Justice for Lisa’ A FORMER police officer, who worked on the Lisa Blakie murder case, has launched a Facebook page in support of her long time campaign for police to reinvestigate the young Timaru woman’s death. Ms Blakie was murdered while hitchhiking from Lisa Blakie Christchurch to Greymouth in February 2000, with her body found under a 104kg boulder in the Porter River, beside State Highway 73. Darfield man Timothy Taylor was found guilty of the 20-yearold’s murder and remains behind bars after receiving a sentence of life imprisonment. He has maintained his innocence, claiming he picked Ms Blakie up but dropped her off at a layby before her death. And doubts have been raised about his guilt, most prominently by ex-cop Bridget

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McMenamin, who worked on the case as an analyst. That involved reading witness statements and charting the movements of people and vehicles. The Christchurch woman has repeatedly called for police to look into the case again, and continued her campaign by launching the Justice for Lisa Facebook page. She met Taylor in prison in 2014, along with Ms Blakie’s father, Doug, and Taylor’s lawyer, and he told the trio he saw a

white Bedford van travelling towards Arthur’s Pass after he dropped Ms Blakie off. He recognised three people inside as being from a gang, Ms McMenamin said. He did not initially tell police because he feared retribution, she said. Two of the alleged occupants underwent DNA testing and were cleared, but a third did not. Ms McMenamin has previously called for the man to be tested before police told Doug Blakie this month they could not make the man give a sample, she said. That had prompted her to start the Facebook page, which had more than 330 members three days after its launch. “I’m hoping to get enough support and maybe next year we can get this case reinvestigated.” Detective Inspector Gregory Murton said in a statement police were satisfied with the result of the investigation. “There is no evidence to suggest anyone else was involved in the abduction and murder of Lisa Blakie.” – NZ Herald

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Mountain bikers gear up to ride new track

Traffic delays likely during reconstruction of Lincoln’s Gerald St

A NEW mountain bike track built predominantly by volunteers has opened on the Port Hills. The 3.8km track, currently called the Montgomery Spur Loop Track until it is formally named, is the first new public track to be built on the hills in about a decade. It’s the result of work by about 40 volunteers, contractors and city council staff. “It’s been 75 per cent volunteer labour, 15 per cent contracted construction and about 10 per cent council oversight, planning and helping to transport gear up there,” Christchurch Singletrack Club Port Hills track liaison and development officer Graham Allan said. He co-ordinated the team of volunteers who worked on the project over the past 18 months. He’s been a regular volunteer, helping the city council with track maintenance on the Port Hills for 10 years. The new track sits within Montgomery Spur Reserve on land that was mandated in 2010 for a mountain bike track.

ROAD reconstruction work will soon be under way on Gerald St in Lincoln. The work will take place over January and February between the roundabout at the junction of Gerald St and Springs Rd through to Gerald St, east of Vernon Dr. Throughout most of the work, the street will be open to vehicles with traffic controls in place. However, short delays should be expected. The work will involve excavating and disposing of the existing road surface and replacing it with a new road base and seal. It will also include replacing the existing kerb and dish channel on the south side of the street with a standard kerb and channel. The reconstruction will be done rather than repairing the and resealing the street because of the number of faults on this section. The intersection of Kidman St, Byron St and Tennyson St in Rolleston will also be closed from today to allow for a new

NEW: The Montgomery Spur Loop Track is the first public track to be built on the hills in about 10 years.

It’s close to the Rapaki Track but provides an additional loop that’s designed for beginner to intermediate riders. The only access to the track is from the mid-way point of the Rapaki Track, but there are plans to introduce other access points. It takes about 25 minutes to ride, but Mr Allen said the track provided a lot of variety and challenges without too much risk. “The scenery looking out over

the city is amazing. It has really filled that niche of a track that helps people get from the flat lands up on to the hills because there are no steep drop-offs. It gives them a bit of playground where they can ride without fear of taking a tumble because there’s nothing to fall on but tussock,” he said. “We’re really pleased to see it open and being discovered and enjoyed by a wide range of riders.”

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Crummer looking forward to reunion Annie Crummer found fame with hits such as Language and See What Love Can Do. She spoke to Tom Doudney about working on new material and seeing dyslexia as a blessing, ahead of her performance with Debbie Harwood, Margaret Urlich and Sharon O’Neill at Lincoln’s Selwyn Sounds concert in March IT HAS been a long time since we’ve heard anything new from Annie Crummer but the singer is hopeful her fans won’t have to wait too much longer. Crummer hasn’t released a full album of original material since 1996’s Seventh Wave. Since then fans have had to make do with a best of collection in 2002 and three songs released in 2010 as singles only. While she is reluctant to talk about release dates, she has been working on songs for an album which has a working title of Project Annie C. “I have got a bunch of songs that I am dying to get out of the demo situation and get into the studio and smash that stuff out, I’m the only one stopping me,” she said. “I’ve got a lot more to say musically, I will just have to get over myself and get on with it.” Crummer said that while she was known more as a singer than a songwriter, she had become more confident dabbling in song writing. “Melodies come really good to me but the way I write lyrics is quite odd because I am fully dyslexic so the way I explain things, I don’t think it’s the same as a non-dyslexic song writer.” Crummer only discovered she was dyslexic well into her adult years but the revelation came as a big relief. “When I look back I think: ‘Oh,

I have been blessed with dyslexia, that’s all.’ I just learn things differently,” she said. “I forgave myself for feeling so dumb all these years because I left school really early and now when I look back at all the subjects I took it had nothing to do with anything technical, it all had to do with creative stuff.” Those subjects included classes on art, Maori culture and, perhaps surprisingly, typing – because she could just copy the patterns without thinking about the words. That ability to recognise patterns helped her land a leading role in the Australian version of Ben Elton’s hit musical-theatre production We Will Rock You, based on the songs of British rock band Queen, in 2003. To get the part of Killer Queen, Crummer had to audition in front of Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. “I had to learn the English phonetically and that is actually how I learn music too, I listen to where heart is needed and where anger is needed and all the emotions, I just

BEST OF FRIENDS: From left, Margaret Urlich, Debbie Harwood and Crummer will perform together at Selwyn Sounds, along with Sharon O’Neill (not pictured).

SONGSTRESS: Annie Crummer has been working on material for her first album of original material in two decades.

emulate those inflections without really knowing what I am talking about, but I have just fooled everyone,” she said. “I can’t believe I got that role, if only they knew how I did it. But it did catch up on me a couple of times on stage where I’d fumble

over a word because I didn’t fully understand it and I had to dig my way out of it, live.” She said that while the way dyslexic people figured things out might be different, the outcome could be incredible. Crummer, who lives in Auckland, said she loved that performing enabled her to travel. She always looked forward to playing with Harwood, Urlich and O’Neill, sometimes joined by Shona Laing, with the singers typically doing about three or four shows together a year. She was looking forward to reuniting with them for Selwyn Sounds. “I’m a huge fan of theirs and we have the utmost respect for each other so it’s a joy all round, a real buzz.” The concert will also feature Kiwi rock heavyweights Mi-Sex, Dragon, The Jordan Luck Band and Jason Kerrison. When she was not perform-

ing with Harwood and co or going solo, she often joined her father’s band, Will Crummer and the Rarotongans, playing songs which mostly sung in Cook Island Maori. Crummer took a more low key role in the band, playing the pahu and putting in some occasional backing vocals. She didn’t mind stepping back from the spotlight and credited her father with setting her on the path to stardom. “He gave me the gift of music,” she said. “I do count my blessings, that’s a daily ritual for me, the fact that I can do music and have never had a job.” •Selwyn Sounds will be held on March 4, from 11.30am8.30pm. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketek and buyers will be able to prepurchase a return bus ride between pick-up points in Christchurch or Rolleston and Lincoln Domain.


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Summer events continue until April Pick up your guide to over 60 events from Council offices, Selwyn Libraries, Lincoln Event Centre and Rolleston Community Centre.

Pool Fest - Rolleston

With live music, bouncy castle, the events trailer, games, Pedalmania, prizes and free sausage sizzle. Bring a picnic and enjoy!

Pack a picnic and dress your teddy for a fun day out! With trampolines, Pedalmania, face painting, bouncy castles, toddler gym, House of Bricks, Zirka Circus and Teddy Bear Parade.

Lake Crichton Triathlon and Duathlon

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Friday 10 February, Lake Crichton A community event for first-time athletes in a friendly atmosphere. Individual and team options, short and long courses. To enter see

Thursday 19 January 5.30-7.30pm Rhodes Domain With live music, bouncy castle, the events trailer, games, Pedalmania, prizes and free sausage sizzle. Bring a picnic and enjoy the summer evening.

Friday 10 February 7-9.30pm Darfield Domain Grab your friends and family, snacks, drive in and tune your radio to our special frequency to enjoy a great family movie!

Sunday 22 January 2-4pm Darfield Pool Enjoy games, music, a sausage sizzle, prizes and pool inflatables.

Music on the Green - Rolleston

Picnic in the Park - Springfield

Sunday 12 February 4.30-7pm Rolleston Reserve (behind library)

Thursday 26 January 5.30-7.30pm Springfield Domain (by donut)

Pack a picnic and be entertained by great local musicians. Food also available for purchase.

With live music, bouncy castle, the events trailer, games, Pedalmania, prizes and free sausage sizzle. Bring a picnic and enjoy!

PhysioMed Women’s Triathlon and Duathlon

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Sunday 12 February, Selwyn Aquatic Centre Kick off 2017 with a new challenge! A range of distances and categories, enter as an individual or team at

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Thursday 9 February 5.30-7.30pm, Lincoln Domain

Wednesday 18 January 11am-1pm Rolleston Community Centre and Reserve

Enjoy games, music, a sausage sizzle, prizes and pool inflatables.

Waitangi Day Community Country Picnic

Picnic in the Park - Lincoln

Teddy Bears’ Picnic - Rolleston

Sunday 29 January 2-4pm, Southbridge Pool

With live music, bouncy castle, the events trailer, games, Pedalmania, prizes and free sausage sizzle. Bring a picnic and enjoy!

A community country picnic for the family. Celebrate all things country with games, food, history and music.

Your favourite water activities are here for summer! Make a splash with giant inflatables, paddle boats, aquatic volleyball and more.

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Thursday 2 February 5.30-7.30pm Springston Domain

Monday 6 February, 10am-2pm, Darfield Domain and Recreation Centre

Monday 16 – Friday 20 January 1-3pm Selwyn Aquatic Centre

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Tuesday January 10 2017



How you spell the Cathedral Christchurch, ChristChurch . . . or is it Christ Church? „„ By Gabrielle Stuart A QUESTION over the spelling of Christ Church Cathedral has left even the Anglican Diocese itself confused. The diocese sent out a media release last week to say an announcement on the fate of the Cathedral, which was expected before Christmas, would be delayed. But in the media release, the name was spelt two ways, as Christchurch Cathedral and ChristChurch Cathedral. It is also spelt two different ways on the Anglican Diocese website. There are several Christ Church Cathedrals in the United Kingdom, including in Dublin, Newcastle and Oxford. The Cathedral in Nelson is also called Christ Church Cathedral. When asked which spelling was correct, diocese media

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MISSPELT: The spelling of Christ Church Cathedral has even confused the Anglican Diocese. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

spokesman Jayson Rhodes said he would have to check with Bishop Victoria Matthews.

But Cathedral administrator Chris Oldham had an answer. He said the official name was

Christ Church Cathedral, named after the Cathedral in Oxford which also inspired its design.

He said “ChristChurch Cathedral” was a brand name, as the designers had combined the name of the city and of the Cathedral. “We put the cap C in the middle of the word when we designed a new logo about 10 to 12 years ago,” he said. Rev Rhodes said he would continue to use the ChristChurch Cathedral spelling, in spite of it not being the official name. But he said the Christchurch Cathedral spelling was an error. He said the incorrect spellings on the website might be changed, but that was a lower priority. “You’ve got the issue of how to spell it, and the issue of how to rebuild it,” he said.

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Call to recycle waste SUMMER IS the season of parties and barbecues but the district council is encouraging residents to recycle bottles and cans to help the environment by reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. District council solid waste manager Andrew Boyd said the volume of household waste recycled in Selwyn had been steadily increasing from 3901 tonnes in the year to June 2014 to 4982 tonnes in the year to June 2016. “It’s great to see the increase in recycling,” Mr Boyd said. “Over the holidays people often generate more recyclables. To help maximise recycling over this period we have provided some answers to common questions we receive about what you can and can’t recycle.” Soft plastics including newspaper wrap and cling film can’t be recycled through the kerbside recycling system, only empty supermarket plastic bags are accepted. All recyclable items must be loose in your yellow bin so they can be easily separated for recycling, not placed inside a plastic bag, as the machinery that sorts

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TV star paid $15k by taxpayers REAL HOUSEWIVES of Auckland star Angela Stone is getting paid taxpayer money for her styling advice – nearly $15,000 of it. Christchurch-based Ms Stone, who made waves on the reality show by gifting the other women her book on styling, is one of three stylists hired by the New Zealand Defence Force to help young people find a job. She has been helping at Burnham Military Camp. It is part of the Limited Services Volunteer programme the Defence Force runs on behalf of the Min-

istry of Social Development. Stone is there to provide grooming and presentation tips. Ms Stone has done 49 of these sessions and been paid $14.9k for her services, Radio New Zealand reported. Speaking to RNZ, Ms Stone said the sessions are very rewarding for the participants. “It’s competitive out there and so I’m in the empowerment business and I show these young men and young women how to make the most of themselves,” she said. Participants, aged between 18

and 24, pay $6000 for these sessions, which also teach reading, numeracy and driving. Colonel James Kaio defended the use of Ms Stone in these sessions, arguing that she is worth the money. “Since 2008 she’s been providing what the course needs. After every course they do a validation, for every module we ask the students how each module went and then we ask our staff and obviously for her and her delivery of her sessions they’ve been hitting the right mark.”

The course has a 70 per cent employment rate from the 1500 people who take part each year. Ms Stone does the Burnham styling courses, while other stylists do sessions in Auckland Wellington. The reality star added that the travel time it takes her to get out to Burham is factored into her costs. Ms Stone charges $304 per session, a slight discount from her recent three-day styling course in Parnell, where tickets were $999 per head.

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Your Local Views Readers respond to Canterbury University Professor Simon Kingham’s view that population growth will make a passenger rail service between Selwyn and Christchurch “vital”. Alan Haylock, of

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Lincoln High drama students in pre-school charity show

SEVEN LINCOLN High School senior drama students have been preparing to bring a little fun into pre-schoolers lives while also contributing to charity. The students will perform three stories in a 40-minute production at the Lincoln High hall on January 24. The performances will include A Pirate Story, Aesop’s The Tortoise and the Hare fable, as well as a story about speaking up called Oliver Has Something to Say. There will be singing and games played between the stories. All profits will be donated to the KidsCan charity, which helps children living in poverty. The public will be able to choose between the 10am or 11.30am show. Tickets will cost $4 per seat and are cash only, meaning mothers with children sitting on their lap will pay for the seat only. For pre-schools wishing to book groups, teacher tickets are free. For presales and block

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Sprintcars set to tear up Ruapuna „„ By Allan Batt THE PITS will be bursting at the seams this weekend when the Racecourse Hotel and Motor Lodge Ruapuna Speedway host the 47th New Zealand Sprintcar Championship. With 35 entries, this will be the biggest turn out of the V8powered sprintcars at any event in the South Island. Hopes are high for a good showing by the local drivers who are now more used to racing longer distance events and bigger fields than in the past. Christchurch hopes will probably rest on the shoulders of sprintcar rookie, Luke Keegan, who is currently leading the prestigious War of the Wings Series which is contested at numerous South Island tracks. Keegan is a three-time winner of the national modified championship and he has looked fast and smooth this summer. Other Christchurch-contracted drivers expected to feature include the current New Zealand Sprintcar Grand Prix title-holder Matt Honeywell, veteran Ray Baughan, Shaun Ashton, Jackson Lovelady and Ben Gilmore. There will also be strong support for the event from Cromwell and Nelson drivers, including previous South Island champion Jason Scott and former national champion Jamie Duff who con-


HIGH SPEED: Christchurch’s Ben Gilmore held the inside running from hard charging Cromwell driver ‘Slammin’ Sam O’Callaghan at a recent Ruapuna race. PHOTO: BRIAN HOPPING

tracts to the southern track. The format will see a host of sprintcar races on the programme with the entry list split into six groups. The groups will race each other once, with the top 16 point scorers going to the 25 lap final. An additional four drivers will qualify for the final through a last chance race. American Jonathan Allard, of Chico, California, will defend

his title and will be keen to make up for his last appearance in Christchurch, when a crash in his last heat race caused damage that saw his engine overheat when he was in a strong position during the championship race. Top Auckland drivers Dean Brindle, Jamie Larsen, Jamie McDonald and Daniel Eggleton are all well-known to Ruapuna regulars and know the track

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Technology boost for popular Mazda3 „„ By Ross Kiddie WHEN IT became clear the global financial crisis had ended, most car manufacturers launched full speed into research and development, regaining some of the ground they lost when funds for future projects seemed uncertain. Mazda is now reaping the rewards of that investment, it has a lot of new product rolling off the production lines and the vehicles have a significant array of specification, much of it in the all-important area for safety. Regular readers will be aware of my recent evaluations for CX-9, MX-5 and Mazda6. My last drive in a series of models which rolled out fresh late last year for model year 2017 was the Mazda3, it was an upgrade model which is loaded with clever new features. I’ve stopped short of calling the latest Mazda3 a facelift; quite simply, there aren’t a lot of cosmetic upgrades, it is fresh up front but it features mostly the technology which has been spread across the entire Mazda line-up. Of note, there is a vehicle dynamics package which has a list of acronyms that read like a bowl of alphabet soup. G-Vectoring control (GVC),


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autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane-keep assist system (LAS) are just some of the key ingredients, the latter I found particularly useful. Obviously my driving style must tend to favour keeping well left on the highway and, to that end, LAS was constantly reminding me of the need to clear the painted line on the left through a gentle nudge on the steering wheel. It isn’t forceful, just a reminder that the road edge is close. That technology is gear that works with the driver to enhance safety, the active elements which keep the car out of trouble in the first instance. There’s a new camera system in the car which

recognises objects of importance such as traffic sign recognition (TSR) and, of course, the AEB will ultimately operate the brakes should a collision appear imminent. These features were recently demonstrated to motoring journalists by Mazda New Zealand in a controlled sealed surface environment so they could be understood effectively, they are certainly features you can relax with, knowing that as a driver you are constantly being looked after. Elsewhere, the Mazda3 is still the remarkable sedan and hatchback which Kiwis have purchased in large numbers. The test car was the rangetopping Limited hatchback and,

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as you would guess, it gets a high level of specification for comfort and convenience as well, everything from satellite navigation and head-up display to leather trim and electric sunroof. These items are just a few of many too numerous to mention. Under the bonnet sits a 2.5litre, four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine which produces a feisty 138kW and 250Nm. It is a SkyActive engine, another gem from Mazda which is the result of development aimed at reducing emissions and fuel usage. Mazda rates the twin-camshaft, 16-valve unit with a six-litre per 100km (47mpg) combined cycle average. There are sport mode gearshift protocols available at the flick of a switch, but in reality unless you

really want to work the car hard I found the sport setting unnecessary. However, I did use that system to glean a 8.9sec standstill to 100km/h acceleration time. But the SkyActive range of engines is designed to work low in the rev band, utilising the healthy torque figure to keep engine revolutions down and gaining the fuel economy advantage. If you are after lively performance, the Mazda3 does have personality, it is responsive underfoot and certainly has handling prowess. One of the other key aspects for me is the reality of a fully independent suspension. I particularly like it when manufacturers go the whole hog and build quality suspension systems, and if you take into account the spring and damper rates are a good comprise between what you need for comfort and containing body roll control in a corner, the Mazda3 benefits in all these areas. It was good to be reacquainted with the Mazda3, it’s most certainly a case of a good car made better. I just can’t wait to see other surprises this highprofile and high quality car maker produces in the near future.


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Gardening Get gorgeous gaillardia growing in your garden „„ By Henri Ham LIKE THE flowers I mentioned last month (portulaca, livingstone daisies and gazania), gaillardia is another fan of the warm weather associated with summer. It grows well in the sun and dry conditions and will add more bright, striking colour to your garden. Though unlike the three previously mentioned flowers, gaillardia is a perennial. For those of you still learning the difference between perennial and annual flow-

ers, perennials are plants that go dormant each winter and continue to grow year-afteryear. Annuals generally bloom for one season and then need to be replaced with something else. Try arizona sun which produces masses of bright orangered flowers with yellow on the tips or red shades which, as the name suggests produces flowers with slightly different shades of red. They both grow to a height of around 35cm and will flower all through summer and well into autumn. They grow well in pots and they also

do well in landscape plantings as they tend to ‘blanket’ the ground. Which is not surprising given gaillardia are also known as blanket flowers. And, if you still need a bit of convincing that gaillardia is the plant you need in your garden, it’s also great at attracting bees. Once you’ve got your seedlings simply plant each one around 35cm apart from the next. To encourage more flowering, don’t forget to deadhead regularly.

VIVID: Arizona sun produces masses of orange-red and yellow flowers.

Forget weeds – plant in containers GARDENING IN pots is a spectacularly rewarding and low labour hobby. Instead of battling the elements, treating tired old soil, weeding and digging frantically, you simply tip the prepared perfect potting mix into the container, follow it up with the plants, water and wait. It’s hard to go wrong. You just move the pot around until you’ve found the perfect sunny or shady spot, without disturbing the root system, because a container garden is portable. You can move it about your home, patio or garden to fill bare spots at any time of year. And best of all, when you

move house, you don’t have to leave your cherished garden behind – they all shift with the furniture. Furthermore, container gardens look great anywhere – as hanging baskets on terraces and pergolas, half round containers spilling colour down a wall or fence, or simply sitting on paved areas, decks and steps. For best effect, plan your

planter by height as well as colour. You can mix annuals with a central perennial until the perennial gets well established, and in the meantime, enjoy a miniature garden rather than a miniature plant surrounded by bare earth. You can dispense with the annuals when the perennial takes over. Container gardeners can pretty much give up weeding altogether. But you don’t need to do a bit of soil maintenance from time to time, because the plants aren’t in a self renewing environment – they’re relying on you to give them nutrition and moisture.

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I have come back from a break away and my garden is suffering a bit. It looks dry and lack-lustre, what can I do to fix it and help prevent this happening again? Firstly, hopefully you had a lovely break away!

With the temperatures still climbing through this month and next, you will want to get on to adding some mulch now. This will help to conserve water and protect your plant’s roots when the temperatures soar. Intelligro stocks a variety of barks suitable for mulching, with differing looks to suit a variety of gardens. We recommend a good 10cm layer of the bark to get the best results. We often get asked “What is the best one to use?” There is no right or wrong answer to this, a lot comes down to personal preference. It is a good idea to have a look at our website to see what we offer, or come down and have a talk with our team onsite. If bark isn’t your thing, add some of our Organic Compost and dig it through the soil. Make sure you water regularly, giving it a long soak every few days rather than a light sprinkle daily. If you want something decorative on top, and bark isn’t the look you’re going for, we also have a good variety of stones and chips. Top tip: remove the weeds first. They take up a lot of the water and nutrients your plants need, so get rid of them quick!

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School holiday boredom buster And, as a general rule, plant seedlings over seeds. Unless you’re planting something like sunflowers, it’s easier and far more likely to get you better results if you plant seedlings. The reason is he hard work of getting the seeds germinated and established as plants is already done – a process which isn’t easy and can take anywhere from six to 12 weeks. That’s a lot of time in a kid’s world. Next, keep it fun. Grow anything that’s different and colourful or can be eaten straight from the garden. Try rainbow beet for its colour, italian broccoli for its space-aged looking shape and sugar snap peas and butter beans for their tastiness straight off the plant. And don’t let the fun stop at planting and eating. Get your kids involved in any form of pest control. Who doesn’t remember trying to catch white butterfly with nets? Or for a more modern approach, send your kids out with water guns to get the butterflies, or water the plants.

„„ By Henri Ham IT’S BEEN a while since my daughter required entertaining in school holidays, but I can still appreciate the need to have a few tricks for boredom-busting up the sleeve. And given we lived, and still do, on-site at a nursery it’s probably no surprise that my number one trick is to get gardening – particularly growing vegetables. Getting busy in the garden is a great way to entertain kids but it also gets them outside and can help instil from an early age a love of nature, plants and growing. My three tricks for gardening with kids are – keep it quick, keep it easy and keep it fun. EASY: Growing vegetables is Keep it quick means plant child’s play. fast growing vegetables that can the best results and ensure they be harvested early. Veges like stay encouraged and interested. radishes, lettuces, peas, spinach It’s also important to make sure and zucchini all mature quickly you plant the seedlings in places and can be eaten off the plant or it’s easy for small people to reach before they fully mature. and work on. Next, keep it easy. This means If you can, get them their own making sure you pick the right kid-sized tools to make it easy spot for their garden. Don’t fob them off with a dreary part of the for them to dig and plant some are bright and colourful and garden. Give them a prime spot perfect for small hands. to plant. This will help them get


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A restricted fire season is in place across the rural plains areas of Selwyn.

We encourage properties connected to Council water supplies to continue to conserve water and adjust when you use water. If demand for water increases over summer, formal water restrictions may be introduced. Council is closely monitoring water use.

In residential areas under Environment Canterbury rules outdoor cooking is allowed so long as smoke from your barbecue, pizza oven or other method has no offensive or objectionable effect beyond your boundary. In the high country and hill areas of Selwyn, a restricted fire season is permanently in place.

We appreciate your assistance in helping us avoid needing to introduce formal water restrictions. For more information see For tips on SMART watering, see

In other rural areas in Selwyn in a restricted fire season the following rules apply:

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Don’t irrigate between 6-9am or 4-9pm daily

· Fires in drums must be covered with a wire mesh top sized no greater than 20mm or have a lid and flue with a spark arrester fitted. Only material that has had a minimum of at least a six week drying period may be burnt under Environment Canterbury’s Air rules. The only type of materials that may be burnt under these rules are dried vegetation, paper, cardboard and untreated wood

· Fire may be lit if a permit has been issued by Selwyn District Council and these conditions are followed. Please visit for fire safety guidelines. What’s not allowed: · Any type of fire not listed as permitted above

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Check weather conditions 8PM before watering We recommend you check weather conditions before watering. Watering on hot days or when a Nor’ West 6PM is blowing results in a lot of water evaporating and watering in these conditions is not recommended. Watering on a cooler overcast day is a 4PM better option as it provides the best opportunity for water to soak into your lawn or garden.

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