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By Julia Evans WEEDONS residents are being called on to help fight a proposed new quarry in Templeton. Fulton Hogan put forward a plan for a new 170ha quarry on Templeton’s Dawsons, Curraghs and Jones Rds last week. Templeton Residents’ Association chairman Garry Kilday has organised a meeting with the Weedons Residents’ Association tonight at 7.30pm in St Saviour’s Anglican Church on Kirk Rd to establish petitions opposing the quarry. Mr Kilday said the concern is as the boundary between the Selwyn District Council and Christchurch City Council is Dawsons Rd, the district council may not be as inclined to listen to non-ratepaying constituents. Weedons association secretary Gary Doyle said the group had not yet met to discuss the issues the quarry would bring. But it would be supporting the Templeton group. “There will definitely be traffic implications for us,” he said. •Turn to page 3

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•From page 1 The announcement comes as Yaldhurst residents continue to battle the noise and dust effects from nearby quarries, which have forced them to wear protective face masks outside their own homes. Testing stations have been set up in Yaldhurst to monitor air quality. Mr Kilday said the proposal has sparked “major concerns” for nearby homes in terms of dust, noise and heavy traffic. “The more we look into it, there are more and more issues . . . the dust and noise has the potential to reduce house prices. People could be out of pocket because of this,” he said. In a letter sent to residents near the proposed quarry, Fulton Hogan said it would be there for 25 to 40 years to “keep up with ongoing demand for aggregates for Greater Christchurch.” “We see this location as being suitable because the site has few neighbours and is close to State Highway One,” the letter said. The association is also worried about the impact on residents’ health the dust could have. Mr Kilday said during southerly winds, homes could be inundated with dust, which could have an impact on health.

BARN FIRE A Waddington hayshed was destroyed by fire on Sunday. Springfield chief fire officer Grant Williams said it was believed the cause of the fire was spontaneous combustion from damp bales. “There are no other indicators,” he said. Springfield, Sheffield and Kirwee fire brigades were called to the blaze about 3am on Sunday. Mr Williams said the owners of the hayshed were “pretty gutted” as they lost a lot of hay.

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PLANS: The area where Fulton Hogan wants to put a quarry on Dawsons, Curraghs and Jones Rds.

“Reading up on the impact silica in dust can have on respiratory health is a huge concern,” Mr Kilday said. “We just don’t want it to get to the point where we have to wear masks.” But Fulton Hogan said it is working on “key quarry management plans” regarding dust and noise. The company will apply for re-



source consents from the Selwyn District Council and Environment Canterbury in February. Said the letter: “While there is a formal council process to go through before we can operate on the block, our preference is to meet with people face to face before that starts and listen to your views.” Mr Kilday said although going

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IN MARCH last year, Juliet and Hamish Gray got some of the worst news a parent could receive – their eight-year-old son had cancer. Jonty Gray had been “offcolour” for a few weeks and was having regular headaches. On a family trip over Easter weekend last year he became breathless while walking up a hill and developed bruises on his body. His family returned from Wanaka and took him to Christchurch Hospital where he was diagnosed with T-cell leukaemia. Fast-forward 21 months and the 10-year-old’s outcome is looking positive after numerous hospital visits, about six to nine months of intensive

chemotherapy, and plenty of support from his family, friends and hospital staff. In March next year, Jonty has been asked to sound the horn which will start thousands of participants off in the Star Media City2Surf fun run. It seems fitting considering his role as an ambassador with partner charity, the Child Cancer Foundation. Participants will be able to start their own fundraising pages or join the ‘courage team’, which will be fundraising on the day, or make a one-off donation. Those who have signed up for the event can also visit the Child Cancer Foundation tent and receive a post-run sports massage by giving a donation. Mrs Gray, who is a dentist, said Jonty is responding well to chemotherapy, which he will finish in July 2019.

Then doctors will monitor his bone marrow and watch for any side effects from the medication used to treat his cancer. When he first started showing signs of being unwell, it wasn’t apparent at the start just how sick he was. “We just told him to drink more water and go to bed earlier,” Mrs Gray said as he was complaining of headaches. When he was admitted to hospital, he was diagnosed straight away. “You think it can’t be happening to your family, but then that is not true as two to three children are diagnosed with cancer each week,” she said. About a week later, Jonty started his treatment, but he wasn’t letting it get him down. The creative boy came up with ways to amuse himself while in hospital.

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earthquakes. While he does get tired easy, he loves to get out and play sports including touch

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News Chance to play with idols By Georgia O’ConnorHarding WELL-KNOWN Lincoln musician Dave McKenzie has been a long-time fan of country band The Warratahs. In March, he may get to perform live on stage with the band as part of the musical festival Selwyn Sounds. McKenzie was 17 when he first saw The Warratahs play live at the Gore Guitar Awards in the late 80s. He was on leave from the Royal New Zealand Air Force visiting his parents in Southland when they decided to travel to watch the band play. He recalls buying the band’s album soon after hearing them perform live. “I have got a few of their albums and they are bloody good, really good. “When I was home on leave The Warratahs were playing at pubs, you couldn’t get in because it was so packed,” he said. Now, nearly 30 years on, he has an opportunity to play with The Warratahs at Selwyn Sounds (Lincoln

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LONG-STANDING: The Warratah’s will perform at Selwyn Sounds and may have Dave McKenzie on stage with them.

Domain, March 3). A jam session the day before will determine if he steps up on stage with them. He would like to play The Warratahs’ St Peter’s Rendezvous. The idea to play with The Warratahs stemmed from a few drinks with Selwyn Sounds promoter David Parlane. Said Mr Parlane: “I said wouldn’t it be great if you could have a little jam session. He said: ‘That would be great,’ so I said, why don’t I ring Barry Saunders

( band’s vocalist/guitarist) right now and ask?” Saunders said McKenzie could get up on stage and play a song instead, Tickets for Selwyn Sounds are nearly sold out, Mr Parlane said. “I believe it will be a complete sellout if things continue how they are.” McKenzie is a guitarist/ vocalist who performs in a duo called SouthField with vocalist Katrina Keenan. They played at Selwyn Sounds last year. •Stellar, page 11



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Steve McLennan Our People Fighting fires: ‘It is like riding a bike, Steve McLennan, 70, has been a volunteer firefighter on and off since 1964. Of those 54 years, 29 have been spent with the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Brigade. He speaks to Andrew King Tell me how you got involved with the volunteer fire brigade? I was friends with a guy whose father was the fire chief in Roxburgh, where I grew up, and you kind of just get roped into it. He used to say to me: ‘There is no use you sitting here by yourself, come with us.’ From there I was in. I think our first call out was a scrub fire on the hill behind Roxburgh. There are a few of those during the summer. Why did you keep doing it? It is like riding a bike, once you get on it is hard to get off. You are helping the community. That is my whole reason behind it. I could do it with my business up here because they were related. It worked really well. I knew where all the water points were around the district because of my spraying business. It is good local knowledge, like knowing all the roads and farms and you

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can pass that on to the younger guys coming through. That is why I have kept around. People are always using my knowledge. What is the biggest fire you have been involved in? There have been some pretty big plantation fires we tackled years ago near Rakaia that took days to put out and were really

hard work. But the Port Hills fire was probably the biggest I have been involved with. We spent a lot of time loading helicopters with water and battling the blaze on Worsleys Spur. That is where you saw the full extent of that fire up and around those houses. It is not just fires you guys deal with, what are some of the

other memorable call-outs you have had? I spent the first 19 hours at the CTV site after the earthquake (February 22, 2011). It wasn’t the best place to be but you do what you got to do. What was it like? As an officer, I was keeping the tankers moving at the scene to

cart water in. We were fighting the fire in the lift well. I was right there. It wasn’t the place you wanted to be. We didn’t have a lot of training around earthquake stuff and we did our best. The big thing was everyone knew people were trapped and were working hard to free them. You could see the TV cameras pointed at us and that was a bit upsetting as we were just there to do a job. You had a hand in catching two arsonists about three years ago. Tell me about that? We were called to a suspicious house fire in Little River on New Year’s Eve. On our way back we found a hay barn on fire in Kaituna Valley, which was also suspicious. While we were fighting that fire, we were turned to another hay barn alight on Tai Tapu Rd and some trees on fire at the Tai Tapu golf course. We knew there was an arsonist running around. On our way to a flare up a few days later at one of the hay barn fires, we took a shortcut to the scene and saw a car sitting watching the flames from a distance. We handed the licence plate number to police and they were arrested for the arsons.


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What else do you do for the Fire Service? I have been involved in a number of competitions in the fire brigade, including 22 years as an official. There are four different divisions they compete in – waterways, road crash rescue, driving, and the combat challenge. I also represented the United Fire Brigades’ Association and was the chair of the Mid-Canterbury subassociation and the Canterbury Provincial Association. I am also a life member of both of those organisations. Outside of the service, what do you get up to?



I used to be into speedway racing when I was in Central Otago. I raced TQ (threequarter) midget cars. I actually hold the record for the fastest four laps and fastest six laps at Waitati Speedway, which was closed down in the late 70s. They can’t take that from me. I had a bit of a go in Ellesmere for a couple of years but the business took priority and I gave that away about two years ago. We get out and watch it when we can. So tell me about your family? I am married to my lovely wife Wendy, who has stuck with me through the 30-odd years of


me in the service. She has put a few dinners back in the oven while I chase flames. We have been married for 43 years. We have two grown-up children. My daughter, Jody Phillipson, is married with two children and works in the travel industry. My son, Dave McLennan, is a talent scout for the Crusaders. Hold on. Your son works for the Crusaders, but you are from Central Otago – how does that work? It makes for short phone calls when we play each other and one comes out on top. I don’t get any hand-me-down clothes from the Crusaders either.


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VIOLENT: Stellar are set to re-unite for Selwyn Sounds in March at Lincoln Domain. Right – Jimmy Barnes is part of an extensive array of acts for the March 3 event.

Stellar act for Selwyn Sounds By Julia Evans BOH RUNGA has been busy with her new jewellery store in Ponsonby, Auckland. But on March 3 she’ll be getting Stellar back together and heading to Lincoln Domain for Selwyn Sounds. The day-long music festival follows last year’s inaugural event, which saw Kiwi music heavyweights the Jordan Luck Band, Mi-Sex

and Dragon play to a crowd of about 8000. Growing up in Hornby with sister Bic, Runga said she hadn’t spent much time in the small town but had been to several of Lincoln University’s notorious parties. “My father went to Lincoln College but I just went to parties,” she said. She’s looking forward to playing so close to home, she

said “people are always happy you’ve come to play.” But Stellar isn’t officially back together. The March festival could be a bit of a test, Runga hasn’t ruled out a full reunion. “I’m not sure if we are back together per se, we are doing some gigs and we always had fun doing that. We’ll see where us hanging out again leads,” Runga said. Alongside a reunited Stellar,

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Kawaii Crafts Tuesday 9 January – Lincoln Library, 10.30–11.30am Thursday 11 January – Leeston Library, 10–11am Thursday 11 January – Rolleston Library, 10.30–11.30am Monday 15 January – Darfield Library, 2–3pm Monday 22 January – Rolleston Library, 2–3pm Thursday 25 January – Lincoln Library, 10.30–11.30am Love Hello Kitty and Pushkin? Have a go at origami, bookmarks, and hand-sewing cute cat cushions! Recommended for children age eight and over, book online

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New World Rolleston Teddy Bears’ Picnic Saturday 20 January, Rolleston Community Centre and Rolleston Reserve, 1–3pm Pack a picnic and dress up your favourite teddy! The Teddy Bears’ Picnic will be jam-packed with family fun, including teddy bear parade, face painting, faeries, bouncy castles, toddlers’ gym and more.

Faringdon Pool Parties Darfield Pool, Sunday 21 January, 2–4pm Southbridge Pool, Sunday 28 January, 2–4pm Head to your local community pool for a party! The DJ will be playing your favourite songs, with inflatables, games, prizes, a sausage sizzle and loads of fun.

Faringdon Summer Skate Jam Wednesday 24 January, Darfield Skate Park, 3.30–5.30pm Head to your local skate park to show off your moves. Bring your own gear or hire for free. Coaching available with experienced skate instructors. Prizes up for grabs for best tricks!

Selwyn Summer Reading BINGO Live Prize Draws Saturday 27 January–Thursday 1 February, all Selwyn District Libraries

Creative Tech Saturday 13 January, all Selwyn District Libraries, 2–3.30pm Come and have a go at our Alternate Reality colouring in, and our Green Screen Selfie Space. Suitable for all school aged children. Bookings not required but spaces are limited. BYOD recommended.

Think, Create, Write! Thursday 11 January – Lincoln Library, 10.30–11.30am Tuesday 16 January – Rolleston Library, 10.30–11.30am Monday 22 January – Darfield Library, 10–11am Tuesday 23 January – Leeston Library, 2–3pm Ever seen a ‘zine? Make and illustrate your own digital or paper book. Bookings not required, spaces limited.

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Playhouse built by prisoners to benefit families Leeston’s A WOODEN playhouse built by prisoners will now be used by several families throughout Selwyn. Prisoners at Rolleston Prison built the playhouse as part of their trade training and gifted it to Selwyn Parenting Network before Christmas to be raffled. Rolleston mother-of-two Rachael Lindsay was drawn the winner. But Ms Lindsay bought the raffle tickets to support the network. So when she won, she wondered what to do with the playhouse as her sons, aged 10 and 12, were a bit older. She decided to donate it to the network so other families in Selwyn could enjoy it. Network co-ordinater Kate Webb said it was a lovely thing to do. “She has totally stunned us all with the most kindest Christmas gesture of donating the playhouse to Selwyn Parenting Network in recognition of the work we do in the community – a believer in paying it forward and seeing other young Selwyn families enjoy it.” Formed in June 2010, the Selwyn Parenting Network is a community group providing support and network opportunities for parents and caregivers of children of any age.

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WINNER: Rolleston’s Rachael Lindsay won the playhouse but decided to donate it to the Selwyn Parenting Network so other families could enjoy it. ​ Ms Webb said the community had changed after the earthquakes, and the network wanted to do more to help families feel connected and supported. It now organises more regular coffee catch-ups, speakers and workshops for parents and caregivers, and fun activities, picnics, and community events for the children. Last month’s raffle also featured prizes sponsored by local businesses, in turn raising funds

for the network. Some of the materials for the playhouse were donated by Mitre 10 MEGA Hornby. “It has been such a valuable exercise to collaborate with Rolleston Prison and showcase the trade skills that the offenders are learning as part of their rehabilitation,” Ms Webb said. “We are very thankful for the support of the prison and the men who have built this for us.” Prison principal instructor Gerard Stokes said the construc-

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tion yard was a working training facility, where prisoners could gain trade qualifications. He said building the playhouse was an easy way for the men to practise their new-found skills, while contributing to the community. Mr Stokes said most of the men who worked on the playhouse were also fathers, brothers, and uncles of young children. “They are very pleased to have been able to contribute to local families.”

By Georgia O’Connor-Harding LEESTON’S NEW dog park is now open and ready to be used after more than three years in the making. THe Leeston Dog Park recently opened its gates for the first time ahead of schedule. Leeston Community Committee chairman Lloyd Clausen said since the park opened, it has been getting quite a bit of use. While the park is not entirely complete, it was opened for the holiday season so that equipment could be trialled. Equipment includes hurdles, a broad jump, jump through, grooming table, balance beam, pole weave, ramp and tunnel. A pond, litter bins, seating and signage are yet to be installed. The new 1.8ha park is located between the A&P Showgrounds and land leased to the Ellesmere Heritage Park. Mr Clausen said the park has taken awhile to be built but it is a good job. By the time the park is completed it is estimated to cost $145,000.


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What sells a property? The most important aspect in selling your home and what will gain you the extra dollars is how the interior and exterior are presented, and landscaping does count. “The extra dollars you spend on presentation will pay off,” suggests Real Estate Agent, Cheryl Hunt from Mike Pero Real Estate in Rolleston. Cheryl has found that professional photography can make the difference when selling a home as can de-cluttering. “Put some colour in with flowers in vases and do the garden so the home looks a picture from the street. This is what helps sell a home,” adds Cheryl. When choosing an agent to sell your home, weigh up what you want from your representative. Larger agencies may be perceived as having greater reach while more boutique firms may offer a handson personal touch and the opportunity to work closely with your chosen agent. What is important is that you feel you can work with your agent. Cheryl emphasises the importance of choosing an agent Cheryl Hunt is a Mike you can Pero Real Estate Agent talk to when you based in Rolleston.

have concerns, looking for someone who cares about what they do and who will go the extra mile. She says it is acceptable to expect your agent to make regular contact, passing on both positive and negative comments, with it important to take note of such feedback as it could make the difference in the success of selling your property. When setting the price for your property, she says it is important not to over price, instead the aim is to meet the market. Cheryl started in real estate in Ashburton before locating to Akaroa where she continued in the industry. The September earthquake in 2010 had a massive effect on the market on the peninsula, and Cheryl moved into a community support role with Fletcher EQR (Earthquake Repairs) who won the contract for the repair of homes under EQC. This role involved liaising between EQC and the community and included working with the elderly and those who were vulnerable as well as families who needed assistance. In 2012, Cheryl moved into the Fletcher EQR southern region for earthquake repairs, assisting people with their claims and resolution. “There were usually reasons why people were frustrated while older people often felt they could or should wait. They needed support so their repairs were carried out in a timely way,” explains Cheryl who adds that each person’s claim is a ‘living claim’, which is transferred

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Rolleston College top achievers Rolleston College has celebrated the success of its students at its first school prize-giving Awards: •Hayley Hanson – Rolleston College Horoeka Haemata netball official of the year. Hayley umpired for the college on Saturdays and achieved both her level 1 and level 2 practical umpiring exams. She made herself available for extra games when other umpires were unable to attend. •Olivia Kempton – Rolleston College Horoeka Haemata junior netballer of the year. Olivia was part of both Wednesday and Saturday teams and the South Island secondary schools tournament team. •Year 9 netball – Rolleston College Horoeka Haemata team of the

SCHOOLS year NZSISS. •Ella Benn – Rolleston College Horoeka Haemata Gardner Family Cup for junior sportsperson of the year. The sportsperson of the year is an award that goes to a learner who has represented the college and wider community in their chosen sport at a high level. •Emily Taylor – Rolleston College Horoeka Haemata 24/7 Youth Community Cup 2017. This award is for service and contribution in arts, sport, whanau and events. Students who have excelled with initiative and endorsed the Rolleston spirit were nominated for this cup by staff. •Alessandra Ward – Horoeka Haemata Wero Award Ngahuru. Alessandra is the ‘Ngahuru learner of the year’.

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Prize-giving celebrates Local Views success of students •From page 17 •Luke Barrett – Horoeka Haemata Wero Award Koanga. Luke Barrett is the ‘Koanga learner of the year’. He is a keen drummer in a rock band. He has kept himself busy with a wide range of activities both in and out of school. Being an avid sportsman, he has received several accolades during the year for his achievements. Football, basketball, athletics, touch, helping with three-on-three and coaching at Clearview Primary School. Luke has embraced the life and energy of the school in whanau events, which he has led with pride, and has stepped up in whanau celebrations. •Kate Stevens – Horoeka Haemata Wero Award Raumati. Kate was the ‘Raumati learner of the year’. She has been a keen participant in a range of cultural elements across the school. Academically, she has excelled across a range of areas and, in particular, is a keen physicist extending herself outside of school

hours. As a whanau ambassador, she has been present on open nights, was a key ambassador for the 40-hour famine and a librarian. Kate set herself very high standards across all areas. •Cam Batchelor – Rolleston College Horoeka Haemata Wilson Cup for excellence in the arts. Cam has been involved in many areas of the performing arts, including a lead role in Elf the Musical JR. He won Rolleston’s Got Talent for a violin solo performance. Cam has been learning saxophone through the college and has taken part in Bandquest performances. In the wider community, Cam is also a part of the Christchurch School of Music Sinfonia. •Ana Tatana-Harris –

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Readers respond to the article revealing police have caught two of the teenagers allegedly involved in the Rolleston ‘drown him’ assault case

Samantha Weller – What is actually wrong with teenagers these days? There was bullying in my school days, but cruel is an absolute understatement here. These attackers need to be punished as any other attacker would, a slap on the hand and a telling off won’t really do much. Bradley Mannering – Interesting that the police conduct authority have been involved. Does it make any of you wonder if the story isn’t what the media has sensationalised it to be? Sonya Brooks – Not at all. No matter how the media are the facts remain this poor kid was hospitalised and subjected to an assault that could have resulted in his death. It reads as though the boys have laid a complaint. It could be as simple as a complaint over the hat they refused to hand over. These kids need to be held accountable. Not acceptable behaviour and they need help and consequences. Judy Gillstrom – Police have done a good job locating

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Are you passionate about passion fruit? By Henri Ham PASSION FRUIT are a delicious summer fruit that can be enjoyed in salads, desserts, drinks, sauces and of course eaten fresh. They are a sub-tropical plant, which basically means they need a lot of sun (at least six hours a day) and also like water. And they also need something to grow on – like a trellis or similar strong structure. If you think you’ve got just the spot to grow passion fruit, then buy some seedlings. Passion fruit like well-drained soil and they are also heavy feeders, which means they need more nutrients than your average plant. So before you start planting, dig in some organic matter to the soil. It’s also a good idea to pour some slow-release citrus fertiliser in the spot your going to plant. Next plant each seedling around 2m apart. Once planted, spread some mulch to help retain moisture and heat in the soil. And don’t forget to water. Ideally with passion fruit, you want to get a good network of vines growing across your support and producing fruit. To

do this, start by pinching off any laterals that grow off the main vine. Once your main vine (leader) is in a good position on the support structure, pinch out the top bud to encourage lots of side shoots to spread sideways and then train them across your support. Give the plants a couple more feeds of citrus fertiliser during the year. And be sure to water regularly, particularly when they start fruiting. When the fruit are ready to harvest they will go from green to a black/deep purple colour and you can start picking them off.

TROPICAL: Passion fruit will need a supporting structure, train the vines to spread across the supports. Right: Passion fruit in flower.



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