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Thursday May 1 2014 | Issue 598

Playcentre / page5 The Hawarden­Waikari playcentre shuts up shop due to lack of funding and support.

Anzac Day / pages10-11

Property / page 28-35

The News reporters attended Anzac Services as North Canty remembered its fallen.

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Solace as the sun rises over Kaiapoi

Quiet reflection: A couple watch the sunrise over the Kaiapoi River following the Dawn Anzac service in the town last Friday. Repairs to the bridge, following the devasting earthquake of September 4, 2010, have been finished and seating added to enable people to view the scenes up and down the river. Photo: Robyn Bristow.

Hundreds gather in North Canterbury to remember the fallen By Robyn Bristow The Last Post and Reveille stirred the early morning air at Kaiapoi’s dawn Anzac service, as around 200 people gathered to remember the fallen. The service signalled the start of Anzac Day services in North Canterbury, all of which were attended by big crowds of young and old who turned out to support servicemen and women and to remember the fallen. Behind the stirring renditions of the Last Post, that signifies the end of the day’s activities and the Reveille, which symbolises the

sunrise, the start of the day and period of silent reflection, was Kaiapoi Brass Band member Michael Gousmett. Mr Gousmett, who began playing the bugle calls 50 years ago in Nelson with the Nelson Garrison Band, says he was hon­ oured to be tasked with the job. ‘‘Over the years I have played it many times at funerals for service­ men,’’ he says. But this time it was a little different. He was using a bugle ­ ‘‘beauti­ fully battered and bent’’ ­ which was made in London in 1916 by

Thos. Dawkins and Co. He tucked it under his arm in readiness, keeping it warm to ensure the notes rang out clear as the sun began to rise over Kaia­ poi. ‘‘It (the bugle) was kindly lent to me for the occasion by a fellow bandsman. ‘‘ It appears to have been made for the New Zealand Army as it has the letter NZ, with an arrow between them on the top of the instrument,’’ he said. Mr Gousmett said the bugle was a challenge to play, with the sound being quite different from that of

a cornet that he would otherwise have used. Happy with having mastered the historic instrument, he went on to play at the public services in Kaiapoi at 10.30am and at Tuah­ iwi in the afternoon. ‘‘Three times in one day is a first for me,’’ he said. In centre stage was a Field of Remembrance ­ a platoon of white crosses ­ alongside the War Memorial in Raven Quay ­ dedi­ cated to the men and women from Kaiapoi who died in action during WW1, or died from wounds or disease and did not return home.

A large cross, made by Kaiapoi High School pupils, towers over the field of smaller crosses which bear the name, rank and serial number of the serviceman, will be joined by others over the next four years as part of the 100­year commemoration of WW1. Kaiapoi RSA president, Neill Price, says around 250 crosses, representing servicemen and women from Kaiapoi and the surrounding districts, will eventu­ ally be displayed on the lawn on special occasions, such as Anzac Day. Continued Page 2

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Safety to be discussed Waimakariri residents will have a chance to learn about safety in the district next month. The Waimakariri District Council’s safe community steering group is running a free forum at the Rangiora Showgrounds on Tuesday May 6, from 9am to 12.30pm to give people the oppor­ tunity to learn more about local initiatives. Injury prevention co­ordinator Sarah Lodge says the forum is a good opportunity for the com­ munity to look at local statistics for injury, family violence, alcohol­ related harm and emotional harm, and identify community safety priorities, in line with the council’s

status as a World Health Organ­ isation accredited International Safe Community. Residents can discuss ‘‘what it means for our roads, our relationships, in our homes, in local business, on our farms, in our neighbourhoods and in our town centres’’. ‘‘We all have a stake in reducing injury, family violence, unsafe alcohol use and emotional harm. It makes sense in terms of increased productivity, dollars saved and being able to maintain a positive environment for our resi­ dents to live in.’’ To register contact tessa.stur­ or (03) 3118902 extn 8823 by Friday May 2.

Young, old remember By staff reporters The growing interest in the day was again reflected in attendances at Omihi, Wai­ para and Amberley. Young were to the fore at Omihi, with what seemed to be the full school roll present, along with parents and residents from the surrounding area, making up a crowd of around 70. The Waipara Volunteer Fire Brigade provided the honour guard, Returned Services Association representative Ray Sturley led proceedings and Hurunui Mayor Winton Dalley spoke movingly of the sacrifices of war, the resurgence in numbers attending memorial services and the importance of honouring the fallen. The official party was replicated at Waipara, where damp conditions did not deter what seemed to be almost the full population of the village attending. Again, the service was brief but moving. Amberley Domain’s pavilion was filled to capacity, many of those present, young and not so young, having marched from from the swimming pool carpark to the venue. Highlight of the service was a short play, In The Air, featuring the air battles of World war Two. Written and directed by James Drewery and John Stopford, the play reflected both the lows and highs of the war over Europe and the Pacific, featur­ ing the roles played by Fighter and Bomber Command. Co­ordinated by the Lions Club of Amberley, in support of the RSA, pupils from Amberley, Broomfield and Leith­ field Schools, were invited to contribute poems demonstrating the writer’s know­ ledge of the day. Prizewinners were Tamzin Berry, Amberley, Hannah Lewis, Broomfield, Bella Robertson, Amberley. At Oxford, young and old turned out to commemorate the fallen at a Memorial service in the Oxford GP hall. Oxford Area School head pupils spoke of the sacrifices of war and the many Oxford servicemen and women who did not return home. Returned serviceman, Allan Roper spoke about the poppy and its signifi­ cance on Anzac Day, saying it had become as significant to Anzac Day as

Remembering: A lone figure reads the names of servicemen on the Kaiapoi Cenotaph. Photo: Robyn Bristow. the Olympic flame to the Olympics. The red or Flanders poppy has been linked with battlefield deaths since the time of the World War 1 (1914­18). The plant was one of the first to grow and bloom in the mud and soil of Flanders. Servicemen, Army personnel from 2nd/1st Battalion Royal NZ Infantry

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Regiment, Reconnaissance Platoon and Sniper Cell, Burnham Military Camp, Fire Service personnel, the police, com­ munity groups and organisations marched to the Cenotaph at Pearson Park where wreaths were laid and the Last Post and Reveille played. More photos pages 22­23.

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Bracebridge Street residents want action on their street which keeps flooding during heavy downpours.

Action wanted on flooding By David Hill Residents of Kaiapoi’s Bracebridge Street want action as their street continues to flood. Around 30 residents met Waimakariri Mayor, David Ayers, the council’s utilities and roading manager Ivan Cleary and local MP Clayton Cosgrove, who had been contacted by around 30 residents asking for help. Mr Cosgrove is calling for either the council or the government to stump up with a solution depending on if the land is in the red or green zone. ‘‘Bracebridge Street and the surrounding area in North East Kaiapoi have been particularly hard hit. ‘‘It is time for action. It is time the problem was resolved. These people shouldn’t have to suffer having properties under a foot or more of water, nor should they have to put up with not being able to use their toilet every time it rains,’’ he says. Mr Ayers says the issue is complex and

appears to be a combination of earthquake and historical issues and says the council is planning to repair a storm water pipe in the next few weeks, which may provide some short term relief. ‘‘But the bigger problem is the whole red zone issue and the inability to move forward with decisions on the future use of the land.’’ Part of Bracebridge Street is red zone, but it is the northern end of the street, which is green zone technical category three, which has been affected by flooding in the recent heavy downpours. The heavy rain on the Thursday evening before Easter was the worst, residents say. Mr Ayers says Kaiapoi has historically been an area with some flooding issues, but the earthquakes have made this worse. Land on some parts of the street has dropped by as much as 200mm to 400mm since the earthquakes, making it more prone to flooding. ‘‘I went out there [on Tuesday] morning and

had a look and there was water on the road. [Monday] night’s rain was not as bad as the night before Good Friday, but it was enough that I can certainly understand how bad it could have been. ‘‘The concern for the council is what will happen if we get a major flood.’’ Bracebridge Street residents say the flooding has been so severe people could not get their cars out of their garages and rats have been coming out of drains filled with water. ‘‘The residents realise it is not as bad as Flockton in Christchurch, but they feel nothing is being done and they are living on the edge of the red zone,’’ Mr Cosgrove says. Residents of neighbouring Gray Street, which is also on the edge of the red zone, and Otaki Street, towards the south of Kaiapoi have also reported flooding issues in the recent down­ pours, Mr Ayers says. Flooding was also reported at Mairaki Road, near Fernside, where water entered a house on a lifestyle block.

Ashgrove School continues wait for classrooms Rangiora’s Ashgrove School is no closer to knowing when new classrooms will be built to meet a growing school roll. Principal Christine Chadwick says the school is still waiting for the Ministry of Education to sign off on a business plan for new teaching spaces, which it desperately needs, amid Rangiora’s population boom. Last year it was announced the school would receive eight new teaching spaces to cater for a growing demand and to replace

old classrooms. Work was originally expected to begin in the first term, which ended last week, but a start date has yet to be set. ‘‘It is likely to be next year now. ‘‘It affects the other schools too,’’ Mrs Chadwick says. ‘‘We know the new classrooms are going to come, it’s just a matter of when.’’ Towards the end of last year the year one to eight school was ‘‘utilising every avail­

able space’’ to fit in new students as they enrolled. This included turning the library and resource rooms into classrooms, and Mrs Chadwick expects the school to be in the same situation as this school year progres­ ses. Rangiora Borough, Southbrook and Oxford Area Schools are also waiting for the ministry to sign off business plans for new classrooms.

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Hawarden playcentre to close doors difficult. She resigned in April last year, but stayed By Amanda Bowes The Hawarden­Waikari Play Centre no longer on until her role could be filled. While there has been someone keen to take echoes to the sounds of children after a decision Nikki’s place, there is now not enough other to shut down was made last week. Former co­ordinator, Nikki Beardsley, says parameters fulfilled to satisfy the Play Centre there were multiple factors influencing the Association or the Ministry. While the Play Centre Association owns the closure. ‘‘The play centre has become marginal to keep building, a trust owns the land and all the running. A lack of funding from the Play Centre equipment is owned by the Hawarden­Waikari Association, who ran out of money post earth Play Centre, including donated items from the quakes, an ERO review that requires a lot of work community, which will remain in the building until to implement with no­one to do it and a lack of further decisions have been made. Nikki says there will parent support has be a two year hiatus, meant Hawarden has ❛ ‘‘There are many women and if any one wants to had to close. It is very get the play centre up sad,’’ says Nikki.’’ working, who simply don’t and running again She says the play under the umbrella of centre is one of a few have time to spare or have the Play Centre that has been purpose input into the multitude of Association and can built and has also satisfy all the require­ recently been com­ paper work the Ministry ments, there is the pletely re­furbished. opportunity to do so. However, without requires. If, after two years it parent input, the play hasn’t been re­started, centre can not func­ decisions will have to be made about the future of tion. ‘‘It is the only pre­school service that expects the building and what it can be used for. While the play centre has had to shut its doors, parents to be part of the running of the play Busy Bees, which uses the building, is still being centre. ‘‘There are many women working, who simply held. Despite Hawarden­Waikari closing, Nikki says don’t have time to spare or have input into the multitude of paper work the Ministry requires. other Hurunui play centres are in good heart still. Glenmark, Amberley, Leithfield, Waiau and Play Centre has a one to five ratio and we just Hanmer Springs all seem to be doing very well, don’t have enough parents.’’ Finding a replacement for Nikki has also been she says.

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It has been an eventful April weather wise, with a lack of sunshine culminating in the very wet period prior to Easter. The Clarence, Kekerengu coastal area bore the brunt of the heavy rains. Several farms suffered damage to fences, tracks and general infrastructure. Locally some slips around the peninsula caused flooding and debris on to streets below. The timing of this event just on Easter couldn’t have been worse for motorists and holiday makers. The loss of most of our phone and eftpos systems is a real factor in events such as these. Credit must go to those who worked long hours to get our infrastructure back in order. Contractors swung into action and got roads and communications up and running in good time. The road and rail link along our coastline is a vital part of the nationwide freighting network and it shows how vital it is when you see the trucks and cars backed up waiting for it to reopen. On the plus side, the countryside is looking in great shape with most farms enjoying a period

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of fantastic growth which leads them into the winter in good shape. The local historical society should be very pleased with themselves for the work put in on their funding of the new museum fit out project. They have received a significant grant to get this project done and will be able to start work as soon as the building structure is completed. This will go towards the development of a great visitor attraction here in Kaikoura. As the 2013/2014 tourism season slows, it is pleasing that most of those in the industry have had a good season. The tourism industry looks to be in a growth phase and we hope this will allow those involved to invest in the growth of their business to make the most of their opportunities. Well done to our local good sorts, Jean Laming and Marie Scott. They offered and asked if they could paint the back wall of the public toilets in town. Council agreed. However, they forgot to stop ­ but take a look at what they achieved. On behalf of the community thank you for taking an interest in your town and doing this work for all of us.

Trinkets and treasures for mum on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, food, plants, gifts and raffles will all feature. There will be morning teas for a small charge. All contributions­ no electrical goods ­ will be accepted at the hall from 1pm Friday, May 9. To advise of availability of donations phone Pat 314 8272 or Patricia 314 9330 anytime between now and May 9. A parish fundraiser. Your help will be very much appreciated. Style with Colour You are invited to an evening of ‘Style with Colour’ featuring Sally Macs of Amberley at the Tin Shed, Amberley Domain on Friday, May 9. Doors open at 7pm with the show commencing at 8pm. Be in the draw for an amazing make­over sponsored by Sally Mac and Village Hair and Beauty. Stalls, entertainment, prizes, supper and refreshments. Tickets $20 available from Sally Macs and Arthur Burke Ltd. Hosted by Girl Guiding Canterbury North and Amberley Girl Guides. Phone Katrina on 033148153 for more information.

By Senior sergeant Malcolm Johnston, Rangiora. I’m getting a lot of calls from Sicon which is the roading maintenance team responsible for doing a lot of the work on our roadways. We’ve got quite a few roading teams in action at present across Hurunui and Waimakariri. Each day roading contractors, out braving all sorts of weather, are only centimetres away from vehicles flying past at breakneck speeds. Last week, on the 70km section of Rangiora­ Woodend Road, I saw road workers frantically

waving at a vehicle to get a driver to slow down. Despite having lots of 30km signs out, my radar told me the vehicle was travelling at 80km/h. Very expensive day for that driver, I can tell you. Our roading teams are a dedicated bunch but they are getting pretty brassed off with the stupidity exhibited by some drivers. If something goes wrong, it is not the speeding driver who will be maimed or killed. It will be the road worker. These guys do a great job, but it is only as safe as road users allow it. Have a bit of patience, show some respect and SLOW DOWN.

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problem that they face with more dairying. No private landowner would be penalised through loss of home or land and farming disruption. A beautiful lake on the doorstep of Christ­ church would benefit the whole community. Yours, W Hassall

Dear Editor, The culture of a town, just like that of a country, can be seen in what it values. When we moved out here from Christchurch 11 years ago, we could see the confidence and pride which had given rise to the wonderful new library. It remains as a vibrant cultural hub in our growing community. There are in fact eight libraries in the Hurunui District. They offer us, for free, the best and the most up­to­date books of fiction and non­fiction, books for children and young adults, audio books for the elderly and a wide range of magazines. They also provide support collections of books to the smaller schools, to child care and playcentres and to resthomes. How devastating to see in one single line in the council’s proposed annual plan that the council is prepared to slash the existing book budget, reducing it by 40 percent. It is not a question of saving us from rates increases. Funding for new books and for book replacement is not taken from our rates but from money generated by the Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve. If you care about this issue, do make a written submission to the council. Submission forms can be picked up from the council and from the library. The deadline for submissions is May 5. Yours, Bernie and John Hall,Waikuku Beach.

Storage lake Dear Editor, Federated Farmers President Bruce Wills has publicly stated that he believes ‘‘water storage is core economic, cultural, social and environmental infrastructure for a changing climate’’. So why haven’t Ngai Tahu considered the Balmoral Forest to become a 25,000 acre water storage lake? What an asset to the Hurunui district and all of Canterbury, filled by excess water from the nearby river from high flows and mitigating the nutrient

Bypass route Dear Editor, I write to support Amanda Fahy (The News 3/4, 24/4) in her concern for the outrageous pre­ determination shown by the Waimakariri District Council (WDC) towards the proposed designation of a by­pass route east of Woodend. WDC has been requested by the Transport Authority(NZTA) to designate a route in its District Plan. WDC has the legal ability to refuse the request for that particular route. But WDC must follow a statutory process including proper consultation with submitters to that process before it decides anything. Designation is not trivial. It imposes ‘‘designation blight’’reducing value and sales potential of affected land followed by the actual effects of construction of any road. Consultation by both WDC and NZTA thus far has been abysmal.Woodend residents were consul­ ted on a 2­way bypass, not 4­lane now proposed. Most of those residents have probably left the district. For Pineacres residents, the consultation has been zilch! Before the legal process commen­ ces by way of a hearing in which proper consultation occurs through submissions in front of an impartial panel or commissioner appointed by the WDC, the WDC has pre­empted the outcome. The Mayor,(The News 17/4) confirms the route requested by NZTA but welcomes ‘‘tweaking’’ while a WDC senior policy analyst hopes to fast track the requested route. How can residents be satisfied by an impartial hearing in view of such pre­judgement? This WDC bias severely compromises any outcome and makes it vulnerable to legal review. Yours, Elaine Cole, Woodend. Continued Page 7

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Cruise ship bids farewell to Kaikoura

Council response to bypass letters Dear Editor, In October 2013, the Waimakariri District Council adopted the Woodend Pegasus Area Strategy. Within that strategy was acknowledgement of the NZTA proposal to provide a short eastern bypass for S.H. 1 at Woodend. The designation of the route is subject to the Resource Management Act process. Independent commissioners are appointed to hear submissions and then make recommendations to the NZTA (the requiring authority). The ultimate decision regarding the designation of the route lies with the NZTA as requiring authority, not with the Council. Following significant investigation and consulta­ tion, the eastern bypass route is the council’s preferred option. The proviso being that careful

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international and the cruise ships have the potential to be a big part of that, providing opportunities not only for Kaikoura, but also for Hanmer and the Hurunui.’’ With the departure of The World, the next cruise ship is not due until December, but before then Mr Ormsby is continuing to work with the Kaikoura District Council to explore the possibility of removing some of the offshore underwater rocks. ‘‘The locals don’t have any problems with the rocks around South Bay, because they know where they are. So it is about not knowing the area. ‘‘The cruise ship owners are concerned about the safety of their tenders. ‘‘But it will be good for the whole of North Canterbury, particularly places like Hanmer if we can get more cruises coming here.’’ Mr Ormsby says The World had been due to arrive at 10am, but it anchored off

management of the impacts on affected communi­ ties, such as Pineacres, is taken into account. The new alignment is not scheduled for construction within the next 15 years. The timing of that construction will be reviewed by the NZTA dependent on the rate of growth in traffic movement. The council’s role in regards to the bypass consists of working with the NZTA to designate the proposed route and advocating for acceler­ ation of the construction, should that be necessary, to address population and traffic growth issues. That advocacy will only be undertaken in response to population and traffic growth and with the proviso that it will only occur after hearings on the designation process are complete, thus precluding any influence on the independent commissioners’ decision. Yours, Simon Markham, Manager Policy and Customer Service.

The cruise ship, The World, anchored off the Kaikoura coast on Sunday morning. Kaikoura at 8am, much to the surprise of residents on board the ship and in the town. ‘‘Waking it was a beautiful day. People on the ship said they woke up and they saw the Kaikoura Ranges and thought it was fantas­ tic.’’ The passengers went on dolphin and whale tours, Maori cultural tours, some went to Ohau Point and Ohau Stream to

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No quick fix to traffic woes By Robyn Bristow There is no quick fix to the woes of North Canterbury commuters. In fact any short term solution seems to be in the hands of those behind the wheel. Pooling cars, ‘merging like a zip’ and ditching cars for buses seem the only solutions to speeding up the commute to the city. Some have found their own solutions ­ glide time, retiring to avoid the hassle or finding a way around the problem by heading west then down the Old West Coast Road. The excitement around an inves­ tigation into the viability of using trains to commute to the city is premature ­ it is not going to happen overnight. Nor are bypasses or motorway and bridge upgrades going to come to the rescue any time soon. Even if they speed up the delivery of rail, provided the dollars can be found to improve the facilities and to buy commuter trains, who is to know if people will use them, even if petrol continues to rise. Judging by the number of cars on the road many commuters are not keen on buses as an alternative, so why would they take to trains. Maybe the money is better spent getting buses to town quicker. It appears if you do opt to ride the train you will need to get to the nearest station and park up, hop off at a station near to your work place and either walk or take another bus. Having done this years ago when living in Lower Hutt, it makes for a pretty long day. There was one upside ­ I got all my polytechnic homework done as I commuted to and from Stokes

Commuters begin to start queueing on the northern Waimakariri motorway bridge. Valley ­ first on a bus, then a unit and then another bus. Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers says work is being done to encour­ age and improve merging at the Tram Road off ramp, while seal widening at Chaneys off ramp will help stop queuing back to the motorway which impedes the traf­ fic flow on the motorway. ‘‘We are also looking at ways of getting buses through faster. ‘‘They get caught up at the Old Main North Road bridge so we are looking at a bus lane from there to Chaneys where they can get on to that bit of the North Road to Belfast pub,’’ he says. Mr Ayers also expects publicity to begin soon to encourage people to car pool with a website being set up to enable people to find others going their direction. ‘‘There is two ways of looking at this. It will improve capacity on the road and reduce the number of

cars,’’ he says. He queries how successful trains would be and whether all it will do is encourage people to shift from buses to trains rather than from cars to trains. Also the Kaiapoi railway station has gone and an alternative will need to be built, while an investi­ gation is needed around where people parked their cars at stations to get on to trains. And then buses will be needed at the other end of the journey to get people to their place of work. ‘‘One suggestion is using the Coastal Pacific which only runs in summer. ‘‘So immediately we have a train and there is some carriages becom­ ing available in Auckland as it electrifies and adds new trains to its fleet.’’ Mr Ayers says one important consideration in any rail system is who will pay?

‘‘Our bus system is subsidised now through rates. ‘‘So there could be a rating element to rail,’’ he says. ‘‘It is a hard one,’’ says Mr Ayers. Commuters spoken to by The News have varying views on their own solution to the problem. One is considering retiring. ‘‘It tests your patience and you have to be very vigilant. Its a fact of life but I don’t need the hassle. I left home at 6.15 the other morning and it took me two hours to get to work at Eastgate,’’ she said. ‘‘I love going to work on Satur­ day as there are no problems.’’ Another who travels to the centre of town from Oxford says he would seriously consider using a train as it would save him fuel and parking fees that now total around $300 monthly and if he was not car pooling in excess of $600. But he is reluctant to lose the flexibility to pop into stores on the way home. ‘‘We have several cunning plans that ease the trip. This morning we left Oxford at 6am and were parking the car about 6.45am. We used to leave at 6.35am but have been gradually starting earlier to avoid the queues on Tram Road at Clarkville,’’ he says. The car pool has its own route to town ­ another cunning plan ­ but rues the fact east bound traffic can not turn right into Hawkins Road which would make a ‘‘much easier route for motorists from Kaiapoi, Woodend and Pegasus who have business, shopping or working at Northwood’’. ‘‘But at the moment we have the best option, with the flexibility we enjoy with just two of us car pooling. Car pools are good if limited to two possibly three.’’

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Servicemen parade at Waikari during the Hawarden-Wakari Anzac Day commemoration. Photo: Val Simpson.

Kaiapoi RSA president, Neill Price, stands at the Field of Remembrance during Kaiapoi’s Dawn service. Photo Robyn Bristow.

The Omihi Anzac parade to the memorial gets under way, headed by piper Rob Forrester. Photo: Kit Carson.

Hawarden Returned servicemen, JJ O’Carroll, Alan McCracken and Allan Ramsay, by the Waikari War Memorial. Photo: Amanda Bowes.

Returned serviceman, Bonar Farquhar and James Drewery, as Air Vice Marshal Keith Park, in the Amberley ANZAC Day play, In The By the right, Ray Sturley brings the parade to Bugler, Michael Gousmett, plays The Last Post Hurunui Mayor, Winton Dalley, prepare to enter the Amberley Anzac Day Air. Photo: Kit Carson. attention at the ANZAc day service in Waipara. and Reveille at the Kaiapoi dawn Anzac Photo: Kit Carson. Kit Carson. service. Photo: Robyn Bristow. commemoration service.

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Returned servicemen, Allan Roper, Tom McKay and Lew Blatch at the wreath laying ceremony in Oxford on Anzac Day. Photo: Robyn Bristow.

Rangiora RSA president Ian Thompson (right) and Salvation Army band master Bill Peck (centre) stand to attention at the Rangiora Anzac Day ceremony. Photo: David Hill.

A soldier stands guard at the Rangiora Cenotaph.

World War 2 veteran Stan Reid, who resides at the Bainswood Retirement Village in Rangiora, joined the Rangiora Anzac Day parade. Mr Reid served as a corporal and then acting sergeant in the New Zealand Army in the Solomon Islands for three years, before A horse, Taylor, leads the Oxford Anzac transferring to the Royal New Zealand Air Force to serve two years as parade to the Cenotaph in Pearson Park. Returned serviceman, Alan Roper, explains the significance of the a leading aircraftsman. Rangiora Photos: David Hill. poppy at the Oxford Anzac Day service. Photo: Robyn Bristow. Photo: Victoria Caseley.

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Farmer, philanthropist leaves North Canterbury for Wanaka Farmer, philanthropist, music lover, art collector, photographer public servant. Unassuming, erudite, articulate. He is representative of a family whose North Canterbury roots go back to the 1850s. Marmaduke John Orbell Dixon, Duke to most of his friends, is about to leave the Waimakariri district for Wanaka, stretching an historical strand, but maintaining a link. Duke’s great grandfather, Marmaduke, was born in 1828, in Caistor, Lincolnshire. Holton Park the family seat for 400 years was in the Fen country, on land drained to increase its pro­ ductivity. Described as a delicate boy, he was apprenticed to a shipping company when only 14. Rising through the ranks, Marmaduke first visited New Zealand about 1845, and considered buying land in Wellington before deciding to stay at sea, becoming a ship’s captain in 1851. Arriving in Lyttelton as a passenger on the Samarang in 1853, Marmaduke settled on a leasehold run between the Waimakariri and Eyre Rivers, initially known as the Hermitage. Faced with a lack of water for his stock, he dug a well nearly 30 metres into the shingle, only to miss the water beds. He reluctantly returned to sledging water 5km from the Waimakariri. Marmaduke returned to England in 1859, to marry Eliza Wood, and on arrival back in New Zealand they moved into a new homestead, built nearer the Eyre River, which Eliza named Eyrewell. Over the next 35 years, until his death in 1895, Marmaduke fought tirelessly, for the development

of the district, entering local politics and becoming actively involved in the promotion of irrigation, a family trend that would continue. Eliza and Marmaduke had six children ­ two sons died young, while Marmaduke John, Rich­ ard, Rosa and Catherine lived to inherit the Eyrewell Estate. At the time of his death, Marmaduke Dixon was in the enviable position of having freeholded land that totalled almost 40,000 acres. It was to be divided among his children, Marmaduke John taking over the Eyrewell block, Richard a block of heavier land, Holton, Rosa inheriting Claxby, and Catherine a westerly block that was eventually sold to Marmaduke John when she and her husband Percy Johnson moved to Mount Torlesse Station. Like his father, Marmaduke John was a successful farmer and also a firm advocate of irrigation. For some years he was chairman of the Waimakariri­Ashley Water Supply Board. Marmaduke John, with climbing partner George Edward Mannering, was known for his mountaineering exploits, including an early attempt on Mt Cook. His death in 1918 at 56 brought some major changes to his wife Edith and children with the operation of Eyrewell passing to trustees. Eldest son, Geoffrey, looked to other opportunities moving to the Amberley area and farming Double Corner station. Born in 1932, Duke spent his first 10 years at Double Corner, before returning to his family’s roots between the Waimakariri and Eyre rivers.

Marmaduke John Orbell Dixon. Geoffrey Dixon’s uncle, Richard, had left him Holton, part of the Wai­iti run, bought by his grand father about 1866, and it was here he would spend the most of the rest of his days, dying in 1981 at the age of 83. It is here that Duke’s story really begins ­ Holton being his home for more than 70 years. His high school days were spent at Christ’s College and he dismisses any suggestion that he demonstrated scholastic ability, claiming he barely passed school certificate before returning to Holton where he worked for his father for about 15 years. He then turned his attention to jetboating, running trips on the Waimakariri from Wood­ stock up stream to the Poulter, accepting it was not the most profitable of ventures, rather a‘‘nice experience’’. When his father handed over the reins, Duke returned to Holton and farmed on his own account for about 25 years, following in the steps of his ancestors, serving on the North Catchment Board and Regional Water Board, ending up as chairman. He says he enjoyed his farming years and the challenges, having a ‘‘good block of land’’, and a team of ‘‘excellent workers’’. The farm was sold to

his nephew, Tim Macfarlane, in 1993 but the homestead remained with Duke and became the base from which he could pursue his life­long interests, music, art and photography. Music, classical to jazz, has been a passion from an early age, and Holton has been the venue for numerous concerts over the years. Until recently a Steinway grand piano, dating back to the 1800’s and which he had restored to concert standard, was one of his prized possessions. Unfortunately, it was too big for the residence he is moving to. While Duke has been a keen supporter of the Canterbury Symphony Orchestra, his real love has been jazz, with dozens of playing sessions at Holton. The sale of the farm also provided Duke with the opportunity to start a musical recording business, which made good use of the Steinway. And it gave him the opportunity to record some of his favourite musicians, not the least being jazz exponent Doug Hall, known throughout New Zealand as ‘‘The Maestro’’. This interest in music dates back to Duke’s great grandmother, Eliza who was a long­time supporter of the Christchurch Symphony and player of a French harmonium she imported. Likewise, art has been a family constant through the generations, with great aunt Rosa Spencer Bower (nee Dixon) being a noted painter of English scenes after attending the Canterbury School of Art and in the early 1900s travelling to study at the Slade School of Art. Rosa’s daughter, Olivia, followed in her mother’s footsteps pursuing a serious artistic career from the 1920s to her death in 1982. Her legacy being the Olivia Spencer Foundation Art Award, which is open to artists and sculptors. Then there were Duke’s aunts, Catherine Dixon and Janet Poulton.While not as well known as Olivia, their work is impressive. No surprise, Duke has an extensive, if somewhat eclectic collection of art from Ralph Hotere to Philip Trusttum, along with that of his relatives. He dismisses any suggestion that he could have been a painter himself, saying he was captured by photography from an early age. The walls are adorned with scenes captured through the lens of Duke. Street scenes dominate, although there are journeys into the semi­abstract, plus portraits. Self­effacing, he says his work could be better, although many would doubt this. Duke sees his move to Wanaka as a new chapter in his life and hopes to return on a ‘‘fairly regular’’ basis.




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Sunday 4th May 11am-3pm 1029 Two Chain Road, Swannanoa • Alpacas For Sale: from Pets to Breeding Packages • Range of Prices to suit every budget • Alpaca Yarn, Knitwear, Felt Products, Carded Fibre for sale – Cash sales only Specialist Coloured Suri Breeder Learn about the rare coloured Suri Alpaca, and the wonderful natural fibre of alpaca fleece. See our range of Alpaca products for sale from our own North Canterbury Suri and Huacaya alpacas. Come along and discuss the care and management of alpacas on a lifestyle block, from pets to breeding. Member of the AANZ (Alpaca Association of New Zealand)

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Sunday 4th May is National Alpaca Day A day set aside each year, when Alpaca Farmers throughout New Zealand open their farms to the public, to discuss all things Alpaca and share the joy of owning them. Alpacas are very popular with Lifestyle Farmers because of their interesting appearance, their Champagne and babies natural curiosity and their exquisite wool (or fibre) with its range of different colours. There is particular interest for Spinners and Weavers because of the choice of natural colours: from White, Fawn, Brown, Grey and Black. Alpaca fleece is generally as soft as Cashmere and stronger, lighter and warmer than sheep wool. It is also hypoallergenic, as it has little or no Lanolin, and has incredible thermal qualities due to its hollow fibre. There are two types of Alpaca: the Huacaya , with a fleece like that of a sheep, and the Suri, with fine silky wool.

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Season opens Hunters should also be prepared North Canterbury duck hunters are among the thousands being urged by for objects (including people and the Mountain Safety Council to pets) which could suddenly and check their firing zones before pull­ unexpectedly enter their firing zone. ‘‘Do not take the shot if there is ing the trigger on opening day this any possibility that your pellets could Saturday. With more than 30,000 licences endanger others. For those enthu­ siasts that expected to be ‘jump shoot’ in issued, many are the vicinity of eagerly anticipat­ dams and ing the start of the ponds, ensure game bird season. that your firing Although there zone is clear were no fatalities before you last year, it’s no take any reason to be com­ shots.’’ placent about Maimais safety this year and hunting says the Mountain stands also Safety Council’s pose a sig­ firearms and nificant risk as hunter safety pro­ often they are gramme manager, well within Nicole McKee. shot range of ‘‘All incidents Duck shooters are being urged to each other. can be avoided if check firing zones. ‘‘Having firearms users maintain responsible shooting behav­ more than one hunter and several firearms in the same maimai can also iours. ‘‘That means following the seven pose a risk so make sure firearms are basic rules of the Firearms Safety unloaded and made safe when not in Code and using common sense,’’ Ms use. Don’t overcrowd and keep shotguns out of the way so no­one McKee says The key reminder for duck trips over them.’’ The lead up to opening day sees an hunters is to check the firing zone before you begin shooting for the array of duck related events and day. Take note of where other promotions held across the country, maimais, boats, hunters, stock and but Ms McKee says it is disappoint­ ing that some people get caught up dogs are located. ‘‘With moving targets such as with the social aspect of the sport and game birds in flight, it is imperative forget that alcohol and firearms do that you’re aware of your field of fire not mix. ‘‘Resist the urge to load up on as the pattern of shotgun pellets alcohol the night before as an early spreads as you move. ‘‘Duck hunting parties need to set morning hangover can not only affect their firing zones and stick to their your aim but also your judgement. For more information visit the shooting boundaries to keep them­ selves and their mates safe,’’ Ms Mountain Safety Council website McKee say.

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Hurunui biodiversity strategy set aside The Hurunui District Council has decided to set aside its biodiversity strategy in place since 2008. Environmental services manager Judith Batchelor recommended the council confirm the strategy had become ‘‘redundant’’. The council is reviewing its District Plan and in developing its biodiversity provisions has taken into account the relevant legislation it must give effect to. Through this it had become apparent the biodiversity strategy was ‘‘redundant.’’

Councillors, however, were not keen on the word ‘‘redundant’’ choosing instead to ‘‘commit to enhancing biodi­ versity, in the interim setting aside the current strategy’’. Ms Batchelor said it was her view that under the strategy, only some of the non­ regulatory tools had been implemented and that there had been limited success in the voluntary protection of biodiversity. ‘‘I consider the council has had considerable difficulty working with the strategy developed in 2008 that has not

Peter Daube´ (left), David Ward and Dave Khan.

Hall concert The Balcairn Hall will host the ‘Wheel of Experience’ tour on May 26. Three consummate performers ­ Dave Khan, David Ward and Peter Daube´ ­ will perform original songs which will bring the ‘wild west’ of New Zealand to life. Walking a fine line between history and legend, humour and heart, the songs move from gentle ballad to wailing sea shanty to bluegrass and blues, telling the stories of people trying to carve a new life in a land at the bottom of the world. Vocal harmonies combine with old time acoustic instruments ­ banjo, fiddle, mando­ lin, cigar­box slide and the Chinese zhongruan. Book: Sally Mac’s, Amberley; Stan’s 7 day Pharmacy, Rangiora. Tickets $25.

been reviewed or monitored for its effectiveness.’’ She noted the strategy was not legally binding and sat outside of any legal documents ‘‘While consultation will be enable through any review, the strategy is not developed under any statutory planning process and therefore carries very little weight in District Plan development. The District Plan is a more appropriate legal document for enabling council to develop and enforce its biodiversity provisions.’’

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School garden under way A new Rangiora school garden is under way thanks to community support. Rangiora Borough School’s garden is ready for planting on Trinity Methodist Church’s grounds, after garden beds were built during a recent weekend working bee. Church member Des Moore says the garden is a partnership between the church and the school. ‘‘It’s about these children learning how to grow a garden and then they can feed themselves for life. ‘‘We have donated the use of the land and funded the fencing and the school has funded the garden mix and provided the labour.’’ Teacher Barbara Clarkson says the students will be planting strawberries, silverbeet, celery, broad beans, spinach, lettuces, potatoes and carrots in five rectangle beds, while herbs will be planted in a blue octagonal shaped bed, which was donated by an exhibitor at the Ellerslie Flower Show. ‘‘We have been overwhelmed with the generosity to get the project off the ground and so it’s all go now. ‘‘We are grateful to the church for this opportunity. The school doesn’t have the space and people are always walking through the school grounds. Whereas this space is secure, so the students work won’t get ruined.’’ She says they plan to use some of the vegetables in sandwiches and some of the church members

Rangiora Borough School students show off their dirty hands after working in a garden plot. have offered to cook the students’ produce for them. Wood for the frames was donated and a worm farm is coming soon. They are also on the lookout for a garden shed for the tools, compost bins and some concrete to hold them in place, Mr Moore says.

School gears up for celebration A small Kaikoura country school is gearing up to celebrate its 100th birthday. Lynton Downs School, on the Kaikoura Inland Road, plans to celebrate its centenary next year and organisers are looking for anyone with a connection to the school to get involved. Students have already begun learning about the school’s history as part of last term’s enquiry studies, with former pupil Willie Weavers having been interviewed about his time at Lynton Downs. This was an eye­opener for today’s students, particularly learning about the old forms of discipline. The school is keen to hear from other former pupils so today’s students can learn more about their school over the last 100 years. If you can assist,

please contact the school. Children have also been searching through old photos of the school and asking around the community about events over the last 100 years, including natural disasters and the wars. They have started compiling a timeline as part of their studies, which will be presented at next year’s centenary celebrations. A meeting has been called for next Thursday from 7pm at the school to start planning next year’s celebrations. If you would like to get involved or know anyone who has been connected with the school, whether as a pupil, parent or staff member, please pass on the message. For more information contact Lynton Downs School at

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EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY PROGRAMME – UPDATE The Waimakariri District Council’s Earthquake Recovery Programme is made up of a number of activities, which are progressing across the district. This Earthquake Recovery Programme Update features a summary of our six main programmes – how far have we come? We will continue to keep you informed as we reach new milestones and make more progress. Keep an eye out for new information on the Council website at

Message from Waimakariri District Mayor DAVID AYERS “Earthquake recovery and the programmes that make it up remain the Council’s top priority. Included in that are not only earthquake-related social and business recovery and the repairs and rebuilds, but also the recovery from the effects of earthquake prone buildings. We are in the process of major town-centre and community facility work in Kaiapoi, Oxford and Rangiora as well as dealing with the consequences of rapid population growth. While many in our community have been able to “move on”, for significant parts of the community there is still much to deal with. The recent announcement from the Prime Minister of the intention to soon involve the community in determining the future of the residential red zones is a very important one for our District.”


COMMUNITY BUILDINGS While the new buildings on the sites of Rangiora Town Hall, Oxford Town Hall and the Kaiapoi Library are the most high profile examples of the Council’s work to rebuild community facilities, smaller, less prominent building projects are equally valuable to the communities they serve. Alongside the new developments the Council has a programme of seismic strengthening and repairs of a range of such buildings – eighteen have been completed and another eight are due to be completed by December 2014. These works often involve internal strengthening which is only visible inside the building, such as the recently installed steel bracing in the Kaiapoi Service Centre.

Twenty five replacement elderly persons housing units in Williams Street, Kaiapoi, are expected to be completed and there is general excitement amongst the relocated tenants, says Property Manager Gary Saunders.

INFRASTRUCTURE RECOVERY Twenty one of forty nine infrastructure replacement and repair projects have been completed, nineteen are underway. Wherever possible repairs have been combined with planned upgrades, in line with the Council’s policy of “building back better”. The value of the work yet to be completed is estimated at $33 million, a significant proportion of which is contingent on Government decisions surrounding the future of the red zone. Council will consider options for the possible continuation of provision of services in the near future.

Kairaki Beach camp reinstatement is also progressing, with four contractors being asked to supply quotes for earthworks and services installation. It is hoped that physical work can start in May and continue over winter. Stage one, creation of a new area on high ground, is likely to be completed around September. Meadow Street before

Meadow Street after

RED ZONE MANAGEMENT Red zone settlement amongst those accepting the offer in our district is virtually complete, and there will be a CERA coordinated property clearance programme completed in 2014. Plans are being developed on the future of cleared red zone land and a similar process will apply to cleared red zone land in Christchurch. It is expected that this consultation will begin within the next three months. The cleared red zone land presents exciting opportunities for the future development of affected communities - Kaiapoi will have a cleared area the size of Hagley Park and the process is anticipated to involve engagement between Government, Council and the community.

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Employees Waimakariri District: Employees of business units 2000 - 2013









Building Activity Waimakariri District: Consents for New Dwellings 1986 -2013 1400 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 0

1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

Statistics New Zealand’s 2013 Business Demographic series reveals the number of business units in the Waimakariri District, as at 2013, is 5940, representing a 30% rise since 2003. In comparison the increase for New Zealand as a whole was 19% during the same period. The number of employees in the district increased by 41% since 2003 to 12,200. GDP is up 8% in the last twelve months to December and unemployment in the district has fallen from 4.1% a year ago to 3.2%. There has been accelerated growth in the number of jobs in the post-quake period – an increase of 16.4% from February 2009 to February 2013 (1720 employees) after a period of relatively flat growth from the years 2007 to 2009.


building new homes in Waimakariri is helping to ease pressure on the housing market there, although our surveys are showing an increase in self-sufficiency in terms of employment in some of our towns too. A proportion of the building activity is replacing housing stock lost in the earthquakes – Kaiapoi lost almost a quarter of its homes due to earthquake damage.

Number of Consents for Dwellings


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2000 0

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The data from the Business Demographic Series shows that between February 2000 and 2008 there had been an increase employees of 3090 (41.4%). Between February 2009 and 2013 there had been an increase of 1720 (16.4%)

You Me We Us continues to make great things happen in Kaiapoi – on a fine evening in March the open air pop-up cinema attracted over 300 people to watch the movie “Grease”. Classic cars and Rock n’ Roll dancing beforehand added to the atmosphere, and there were prizes for the best costumes.

Enterprise North Canterbury CEO, Heather Warwick says “ENC recognises that not all sectors are performing well during this period however there has been a noticeable increase in local business activity and jobs, particularly those that are involved in infrastructure rebuild in Kaiapoi and Christchurch, domestic housing, agriculture, irrigation and the services sector”. Mrs Warwick says that, as the broadband rollout gathers momentum and rebuilding in High Street begins, retail activity will lift and provide an added-value tool for online trading. In terms of development the town centres are seeing a lot of activity as earthquake prone buildings are repaired and replaced. Hansens Mall in Kaiapoi is subject to a contract for sale between a local developer and the Council. Several developments North of High Street in Rangiora are now at the stage of working through technical assessments, geo-technical assessments, architectural plans and surveying. Construction is expected to begin this year. Council will soon invite public feedback on plans for Oxford – the Town Centre Strategy, the Management Plan for Sport and Recreation Reserves and the Master Plan for Pearson Park will closely involve the community.

ACCELERATED RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT Waimakariri is experiencing a period of dramatic growth, with the equivalent of approximately eight years’ growth expected in three years. In 2013 the total of new home consents in Kaiapoi was 399, more than the previous eight years combined! Some of the new residents are commuting to Christchurch for work, meaning that

Next in the pipeline is a collaboration with All Right? to beautify the hoardings around the new library site in Kaiapoi. This month You Me We Us brought together a group of children under seven from Kaiapoi North and Kaiapoi Borough Schools, and pensioners over seventy from the Darnley Club. The under sevens and over seventies shared ideas about the things which make them feel “all right” and then working together in pairs they painted pictures of each other. Talented local amateur photographer Christine Watton then took their portraits, together with their works of art. These pictures will form the basis of a community art work with the theme of “All Right?” for the temporary fencing, and will also be on display at the Rivertown Café in Kaiapoi. You can find out more about You Me We Us on their Facebook page: Earthquake support services continue to be available at the Kaiapoi Service Centre in Sewell Street. To date 4,500 appointments have been held there, helping earthquake affected families to resolve a range of issues and move on with their lives.

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Soldiers block progress promising Hurunui District Councillor Dick Davidson has high hopes further refurbishment work on the Soldiers block at the former Queen Mary Hospital in Hanmer Springs will get under way soon. OPUS consultants were contracted to deter­ mine whether the historic building was built over, or dangerously close to a fault line, after concerns were raised late last year.

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The report has been completed and district council special projects manager Bruce Yates said at a recent meeting a report would be released early this month. Mr Yates has been on leave and unavailable for comment, but Cr Davidson who has chaired a working group overseeing the project, says signs are promising. He confirmed trenching work to identify the fault line has been completed on time and within the budget of $53,570. Work included a geotechnical study, an archeological report including liaison with the Historic Places Trust, and compliance monitor­ ing. Cr Davidson says the working group is continuing discussions with prospective tenants. For his part, Hanmer Springs Community


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Board chairman David Smith was reluctant to talk publicly about any possible developments at this stage, other than to confirm investigation had been completed and a report was awaited. ‘‘That is my understanding of the matter. I have no further comment to make at this stage,’’ he said. However, Cr Davidson said it was his understanding the trenching work had not revealed anything of concern. He would like to see refurbishment work resume as soon as possible, as the key prospective tenant, the Hanmer Springs Ther­ mal Pools and Spa, is keen to set up administration services in the block. Cr Davidson is also hopeful that vacant space within the block can be used for a ‘‘mix of things’’, ideally involving the community. ‘‘In the bigger picture, we have a lot of land here that is not being used to its full capacity. ‘‘Council obviously has a role to play here.’’ When concerns were raised about six months ago over delays in getting the Soldiers block up and running, Mr Yates said there was a need to move quickly because the council wanted to ‘‘get cracking’’ on the pools administration office. Potential tenants, he said, were also getting anxious at the long delay in strengthening, sprucing up the building and reconnecting it to sewer and water reticulation. ‘‘Locals are as equally frustrated as everyone else. ‘‘We have to get the consents under way and the design work done. ‘‘I can’t pretend it is going to be easy...It is not going to be inexpensive, but we have to bite the bullet and get on with it,’’ Mr Yates said. Before concerns were raised about the presence of the fault, and its possible closeness to the Soldiers Block, a detailed engineering evaluation by Opus concluded that it had a seismic strength of 22 percent of the New Building Standard (NBS), but a relatively small amount of work could raise this to 67 percent.

Runners will be lining up in Hanmer Springs this weekend.

Half marathon Hanmer Springs will be full of lean, fit looking individuals this weekend, in town for the annual Four Square half marathon, 10km and 5km runs. Organised by Amazing days­Events, the race is a community fundraiser, taking competitors through Hanmer Forest Park. The half marathon starts at 10.30am, with the 10km 15 minutes later, both from the Domain. The 5km starts at 11am, on Jollies Pass Road, just past the school and finish area. Walkers are catered for in both the 10km and 5km events, but because of marshalling constraints, the half marathon is limited to runners. All competitors are required to attend an event briefing on the netball courts at the domain at 10am. After a 2km climb, the half marathon course follows forests roads to a split at Jollies Pass Road. From here it takes runners through the forest, before linking with the 10km course to run through the flat Heritage forest, and a final sprint to the finish at Hanmer School. Online entries closed last Tuesday, but competitors can still enter right up to Saturday, with a late payment applying.



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Plenty of choices to take a stroll around Hanmer Hanmer Springs offers a wide variety of walks for people of all levels of fitness. The Hanmer Springs Community Board has been responsible for developing a series of shorter walks from the village centre, while the Department of Conservation oversees tracks in the adjacent forest park, which covers about 13,000 hectares. The four village­based walks are the Queen Mary Circular, Grand Triangle, Chisholm­Dog Stream and Conical Hill­Larch. Queen Mary Circular is a short, easy walk, suitable for all ages. It goes around the Queen Mary Hospital site to Argelins Road, beginning in Jacks Pass Road and returns by way of the Crawford Walkway to Amuri Avenue. Grand Triangle is a longer walk, also circular, leading from the Village Green to Woodbank Road and returning along Hanmer Springs Road. It is relatively easy going. Chisholm­Dog Stream is slightly harder, passing through Chisholm Park, with its cool climate trees and duck pond. It then follows St James Avenue and Caverhill Close to the Forest View and Larch Reserves. This walk returns to Hanmer Springs, skirting the Woodland ponds, following a track beside Dog Stream. Walkers cross Jollies Pass Road and pass through sycamore and willow to to Brook Dawson Park. Conical Hill­Larch is a slightly more strenu­ ous walk. Starting at the top end of Conical Hill Road. Steep at first, the broad track climbs steadily to the summit of Conical Hill (550m), providing wide views over the Hanmer Basin. Returning to the village can be achieved by taking the Majuba Track, about half­way down, through a logged area, then on to the Woodland ponds. The alternative is to take the track through the Larch Reserve to Rutherford Crescent. All tracks are clearly marked. There are numerous more arduous walks and

Take a stroll next time you are in Hanmer Springs. File Photo. tramps within the forest park, ranging for 90 minutes to full­day trips, taking in forest and waterfalls, and climbs to the alpine zone. Detailed information is available through the Department of Conservation and the informa­ tion centre. A number require sturdy footwear, and walkers should be prepared for sudden weather changes. Hanmer Forest Park contains some of the country’s oldest exotic plantings. Radiata and Douglas fir were planted for timber production, while other species were grown to test their commercial viability and to beautify the area. Forest park status was declared in 1978. In 1990 the Crown sold the cutting rights to the majority of exotic forests and later sold the land under the forests to Ngai Tahu. Native bush and a small proportion of exotic forest makes up the the park.

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Jubilee marked by bridge closure The Ashley and Mt Grey Downs Schools’ 150th jubilee weekend will be remembered for the heavy rain that closed the Cones Road, Ashley River bridge. Those who attended were given a sobering reminder of how important the bridge has been to the Ashley community for access in a photo display by Terry Green from Kowhai Archives. The display of photos of the Ashley and Mt Grey Down Schools also depicted historic flooding of the Ashley River. A lively crowd gathered at Ashley School for the ‘meet and greet’ on Friday night, enjoying the history displays, photo albums and re­connecting with old school mates. Sunshine on Saturday meant that the ceremonial activities could be held outside. Mrs Jill Tinkler, who taught at Ashley in the early 1960s, called everyone to attention by ringing the school bell. Addresses were then given by the committee chair Peter Wright, Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers and Ashley School principal Craig Mullan. Former Mt Grey Downs School students and siblings Doug Rowe and Betty McClean cut the cake. The pair began school at Mt Grey Downs in 1926 and 1933 respectively. Ashley School’s oldest former pupil Allan Timms (began 1922) and new entrant Zoe Palmer were joined by Mina Pulley (who began at Mt Grey Downs School as Mina McGiffert in 1930) in planting a liquidambar. Later a smaller group gathered for dinner in the school hall. The strength of family ties showed itself with Allisons, Palmers, Collies and Vallances attending, but the extended Wright family along with the Baxters stole the show on Saturday night making for a relaxed and inclusive evening with the photograph albums and childhood memories. On Sunday morning a combined jubilee and Easter service was held in the Ashley Community Church, led by Rod Thompson, an ex­Ashley resident and school parent and featuring the Ashley School choir. Following the service an eager group reminisced on the history of the Ashley township as they walked around the village.

Siblings Betty McClean and Doug Rowe cut the jubilee cake. Betty and Doug attended Mt Grey Downs School. Highlights were seeing the Skudder house which the Vallance sisters’ great­grandfather had built and seeing the house that Allan Timms had been born in. At midday the walkers met up with the rest of the Jubilee group for an early Anzac ceremony at the Ashley Cenotaph. Two children, with second and third generation family links to the area, laid a wreath, including Alys Mycroft, whose Hobby grandparents settled in Ashley in the early 1960s, and Sasha Dickson, whose mother Lisa and grandfather Ross McQueen both atten­ ded Ashley School. The Jubilee weekend finished with an informal public picnic and old­fashioned games organised by the school children. Terry Green proved himself to be cham­ pion egg and spoon racer as well as gumboot thrower. To add to the fun of the afternoon the text message notifications coming through on everyone’s phones were a source of relief and joy ­ Bridge Open! The Ashley School and Mt Grey Downs School 150th Jubilee booklet and tea towels are still available to buy. Contact Lisa 312 9706

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to help the management of the vineyard. By Amanda Bowes The seaweed fertiliser, Goemar Calibra, was While many vineyards in the Waipara region have been suffering from botrytis (a grey used last year, but the botrytis had already got mould) this season, one Hurunui vineyard has to the grapes. Roger thinks applying it earlier has given the vines extra vigour and more of a largely escaped the disease. Rodger and Nola Strong’s ‘‘Hurunui Vil­ chance to fight the problem. While the three hec­ lage’’ vineyard has tare vineyard would produced grapes normally be yellowing at that have ‘‘pleasantly this time of the year, it surprised’’ wine still has a lot of green­ maker, Kym Rayner. ery, he says. ‘‘When the grapes Most of their varieties arrived, I was cer­ ­ pinot, sauvignon blanc tainly surprised at and chardonnay ­ have the lack of botrytis. I been picked, with the asked what had they riesling still to be been spraying to harvested. have such good gra­ Mr Rayner, says the pes, thinking there grapes from this year’s must have been a lot harvest certainly bodes of anti­fungal spray well for their 2014 wine. used. Apart from a Nola says along with natural sea weed fer­ good advice, they are tiliser, they hadn’t lucky they have huge used anything,’’ says support from their fam­ Kym. ily. Some work and live Rodger and Nola off the property but still say they think a com­ fit in time for the bination of factors have led to this Nola and Rodger Strong, with Wag, look at the vineyard, while one son and daughter­in­law live year’s outstanding Riesling grapes still to be harvested. in the village. harvest. ‘‘It is a real family business,’’ she says. ‘‘When Waipara got a heap of rain, we didn’t ‘‘The local villagers also always lend a hand get much,’’ says Rodger. ‘‘We also thinned the leaves on the vines to at harvest, turning it into a real community allow more air movement and sprayed the vines affair.’’ With all the extra help, it means more time with a natural seaweed fertiliser.’’ Rodger and Nola say their advisor from can be spent developing the cafe, wedding PGGWrightson has also given them some ideas venue and accommodation side of the business.

Gates open for annual alpaca day North Canterbury breeders will be opening their front gates this Sunday, May 4, for National Alpaca Day. Organisers say National Alpaca Day is ‘‘a day to celebrate all things alpaca and to share the joy of owning them and working with what is often described as the ‘‘Fibre of the Gods’.’’ North Canterbury breeders opening their gates include Bevan and Anne Rogers of Okuku, Kit and Sheryl Johnson of Kaiapoi, Stoney Meadows Alpacas of North Eyre Road, Stephen Davy and Cathy Roche of Fernside. While in Swan­ nanoa, local breeders Sue and Barry Bishop and Maree Churchill will also invite the public to view their alpacas. Originally from South America there are two types of alpaca, which are bred for their wool ­ the huacaya and the suri. The huacaya fleece is more like that of a sheep with defined staples with a crimp while the suri has a silky, slippery feel to it and hangs in dreadlocks. There are fewer suri alpacas, but interest is growing. Alpacas first arrived in New Zealand in 1986 from the Chester zoo in England. Imports from Peru and Chile began in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Today more than 15,000 registered alpacas are found throughout New Zea­ land and they have become popular with lifestyle farmers. For more information go to­

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A Kaiapoi student, Charlotte Flay, is the latest recipient of FMG’s Agriculture Scholarship. Ms Flay has her heart set on making a difference to the industry in which she grew up, by focusing on improving science and technology. She says growing up on a farm taught her practical skills, but she now wants to get into something that includes her passion for science. ‘‘I’ve always enjoyed farming and I’ve always enjoyed science, so combining both made sense. ‘‘When you put up a fence, you’ve put up a fence, but I want to see how things like improving feed productions, animal genetics and technology can help make more money for New Zealand’s economy.’’ The scholarship contributes $4000 tuition fees towards each year of Miss Flay’s Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree at Lincoln University. FMG’s general manager of Advice and Insur­ ance Conrad Wilkshire says the calibre of young leaders entering the agriculture industry is very high and FMG is proud to support people like Miss Flay. ‘‘Our scholars like Charlotte shows there’s smart,

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Ashley remains unbeaten By Peter Williams The Ashley senior rugby side maintained their unbeaten record for the season with a convincing victory 34­3 over a depleted Oxford in their Luisetti Seeds Combined Division one clash on Saturday. Both teams showed an early willingness to move the ball and after Dan Cook and Blair Grice traded penalties, the two teams were locked together midway though the first spell. But it was at this point that Ashley split the game open with three tries in the space of only eight minutes. Two of the three tries were scored by the industrious No 8 forward, Matt King, who showed an uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time. The first try was created by Andrew Dunbar who burst through the Oxford defensive line with his trademark strong and straight running and unloaded to King to finish the movement. Virtually from the kick­off the ever­dangerous Dunbar repeated the medicine and this time, centre, Ethan Cameron, who also had a strong all­round game, provided the finishing touch. Shortly afterwards Matt King scored again and with two conver­ sions added by Dan Cook, Ashley took a commanding 22­3 lead into the break. Two further Ashley tries early in the second half to fullback, Toby Ashby, and a third to King settled the deal but with the bonus point secured, Ashley could be accused of taking their foot off Oxford’s throat and the score


Matt King, Ashley, dives over for the second of his three tries against Oxford. remained unchanged for the remainder of the match. Neither Saracens nor Kaiapoi advanced their chances of progressing through to the quarter­finals when both were narrowly beaten by traditionally lowly­ranked Ellesmere teams. Saracens trailed 10­20 at half­ time against West Melton but then put on 17 unanswered points and seemed on track for their first win of the season. But West Melton fought back and with full time up, the scores were locked at

34­all when West Melton were awarded a penalty 52 metres out. The kick was dead straight, bounced on the cross­bar and, to the chagrin of the Saracens players, dropped over. First­five Ricky Allin, and wing Grant Broderson were the pick of the Saracens players. Kaiapoi’s performance against Prebbleton was less than memor­ able. By midway through the second half they were down 22­7 before they awoke and took the game to Prebbleton. Two tries

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closed the margin to a solitary point with five minutes remaining, but time ran out leaving Kaiapoi lamenting what might have been. In the other Luisetti Seeds Division one match which was played on Thursday evening, Glenmark accounted for Ohoka by 20­6. Glenmark’s two tries were both scored by fullback Sam Westenra. Ohoka’s cause was not helped by instances of ill­ discipline which resulted in two yellow cards and one red card being issued to Ohoka players.

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Perhaps the most significant result of the weekend came in the Mike Greer Homes North Canterbury Division 2 competition where Woodend eked out the narrowest of wins against playing­through champions, Hurunui. These two teams have been among the strongest in the grade in recent seasons being the finalists for two of the last three seasons but it is believed to have been four seasons since Woodend last notched a victory over Hurunui. The Rick Moore Trophy is competed for on a challenge basis in the Under 18 grade. It has been held since May 2011 by Hurunui. On Saturday they had to defend it for the first time this season against Kaiapoi ­ and the trophy almost stayed in the river town. Kaiapoi led for a lot of the match but Hurunui managed to draw level in the final stages and claim an 22­22 draw which was sufficient for it to retain the trophy. The Kaiapoi Club managed to retain the silverware, though, in the Under 16 grade where the Barber Trophy was up for grabs in Kaiapoi’s match against Ashley. The game was closely contested in the first half with Kaiapoi leading by 17­12 at the break but the kaiapoi team had more depth on the reserve bench and when both teams made the required changes at half­time, Kaiapoi ran away with the match winning 59­17. Taine Jacobs­Lawson, shown scoring one of Kaiapoi’s tries was outstanding for the home team. One face in the Kaiapoi Division one backline this season, is more familiar on the summer sports fields. Shanan Stewart played rugby for his local Kaiapoi team as a young lad but over the last decade he has been much better known on the cricket field. He played four ODIs for the Black Caps in 2010 and when he retired from top­class cricket at the end of this last cricket season, he had played 244 matches for Canterbury ­ second only to the durable Chris Harris. Over the last decade he has concentrated on his cricket career and has not played rugby competitively since 2003 when he was a member of the Marist­Albion Division 2 team. Peniamina Tootoo, commonly known as Luka, looks like he will be a decided asset to the Kaiapoi Division 1 team this season. The 21­year­old prop initially attended Riccarton High School before transferring to St. Bede’s College where he was a member of their successful Press Cup side in 2011. He has spent the last two seasons with High School Old Boys at Premier Colts and Division 1 levels and now that he is living in the Tuahiwi area he has been warmly welcomed into the Kaiapoi Division 1 team.

Luisetti seeds division one, section one: Ashley 34 Oxford 3, Southbridge 57 Hampstead 10, Kaiapoi 21 Prebbleton 22, Rakaia 31 Darfield 14, Methven bye. Section two: West Melton 37 Saracens 34, Ohoka 3 Glenmark 20, Celtic 15 Lincoln 18, Waihora 33 Southern 10. Burn/Duns/Irw bye. Mike Greer Homes North Canterbury Ltd division two: Amberley 27 Glenmark­Cheviot 10, Ashley 38 Kaiapoi 22, Woodend 13 Hurunui 12, Oxford 0 Saracens 62. Mike Greer Division three: Saracens won by default from Woodend. Metro Colts: Ohoka 28 New Brighton 22, Lincoln University 5 Glenmark 43. Ellesmere/North Canterbury/Mid Canterbury combined under 18: Kaiapoi 22 Hurunui 22, Rangiora HS 41 Malvern Combined 32, Springston/Southbridge 47 Tinwald/Celtic 26, Waihora 20 Oxford/Woodend 14. Ellesmere/Nth Canterbury/mid Canterbury combined under 16: Kaiapoi 59 Ashley 17, Oxford 32 Woodend/Ohoka 22, Rolleston 43 Malvern Combined 41, Lincoln 40 Waihora 19, Prebbleton 10 West Melton 43.

Rangiora women’s hockey team wins again The Rangiora women’s division one hockey team continued on its winning way last weekend with another solid win, this time over Hornby. While beaten in its division two encounter for the Porritt Cup, it was a great effort for the team to make the final after being elevated to the division from division three last year. The men’s division two side also had a good win beating Selwyn 6­1. Results were: Men: Division two: Rangiora 6 Selwyn 1. Rangiora player­of­the­day ­ Adam Hird Division three: Rangiora 1 HSOB 4, player­of­the­day ­ Harrison Caughey Women: Division one: Rangiora 4 Hornby 1. Player­of­the­day ­ Sharon Stone Division two: Rangiora 2 Harewood 4. Player­of­the­day ­ Georgia Gainsford. Goals scored by Janelle Mckellow and Larina Norrie. Youth Grade: Won by default from Burnside High School.

LUISETTI SEEDS DIVISION 1 - SECTION 1; Rakaia v. Kaiapoi, Rakaia 1, 2.45pm, M Gallagher; Assistant Referees: G Shaw, P Everest; Darfield v. Oxford, Sheffield 1, 2.30pm, K Opele; Assistant Referees: C Parker, S O'Reilly; Methven v. Ashley, Methven 1, 2.45pm, A Hotop; Assistant Referees: P McKnight, D Maruera; Hampstead v. Prebbleton, Hampstead 1, 2.45pm, T Pearce; Assistant Referees: G Clement, P Hunt; Southbridge bye; LUISETTI SEEDS DIVISION 1 - SECTION 2; Burn/Duns/Irwell v. Celtic, Dunsandel 1, 2.45pm, M Gameson; Assistant Referees: P Cooper, S Prendergast; Glenmark v. Lincoln, Chev 1, 2.45pm, J Lamers; Assistant Referees: A Stead, G Matthews; Saracens v. Ohoka, Sbk 1, 2.45pm, K Pottinger; Assistant Referees: G Inch, B Egerton; Waihora v. West Melton, Tai Tapu 1, 2.45pm, G Cate; Assistant Referees: P Turnbull, G White; Southern bye; MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD - DIV 2; Kaiapoi v. Oxford, Kai Oval, 1.30pm, J Archer; Glenmark-Cheviot v. Woodend, Chev 1, 1.00pm, A Stead; Saracens v. Amberley, Sbk 1, 1.00pm, G McGiffert; Ashley v. Hurunui, Lob Lwr 1, 2.00pm, K Fitzgerald; MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD - DIV 3; Saracens v. Ohoka, Sbk 3, 2.00pm, S Clark; Woodend bye; METRO COLTS; Glenmark v. Ohoka, Chev 2, 1.00pm, G Matthews; WOMENS - CUP; New Brighton v. Burnside/Kaiapoi, Rawhiti 2, 12.15pm; CRUSADERS SECONDARY SCHOOLS - THE PRESS CUP; Rangiora HS v. Nelson, Rangiora HS 1, 12.00pm, A Stokes; Assistant Referees: P Bigwood, G Dunseath; ELLES/NORTH CANT/MID CANT COMBINED U18; Hurunui v. Springston/Southbridge, Culverden 1, 2.00pm, Chris Rowe; Oxford/Woodend v. Tinwald/Celtic, Ox Oval, 2.00pm, D Taylor; Rangiora HS v. Waihora, Rangiora HS 1, 2.00pm, G Dunseath; Malvern Combined v. Meth/Allen/Rak, Sheffield 2, 2.00pm, A Brosnahan; Kaiapoi bye; ELLES/NORTH CANT/MID CANT COMBINED U16; West Melton v. Woodend/Ohoka, West Melton 2, 1.30pm, H Cook; Harlequins v. Lincoln, Methven 2, 1.15pm; Oxford v. Malvern Combined, Sheffield 2, 12.30pm, C Love; Kaiapoi v. Prebbleton, Kai 1, 2.30pm, R Lane; Celtic v. Waihora, Celtic 1, 1.15pm; Ashley v. Rolleston, Lob 4, 2.15pm, L Silcock; MIKE GREER HOMES NTH CANTY U14½; Saracens v. Ashley, Sbk 3, 12.45pm, J Legrod; Woodend v. Hurunui, Wood 2, 1.00pm, C Smith; Kaiapoi v. Oxford, Kai 2, 2.00pm, N TePuni; MIKE GREER HOMES NTH CANTY U13; Amberley v. Hurunui, Amb 1, 11.45am, S Norton; Ashley Blue v. Ashley Green, Lob Lwr 1, 11.45am, T Hurley; Kaiapoi Blue v. Kaiapoi Gold, Kai 1, 11.45am, R Brine; Saracens v. Ohoka, Sbk 2, 11.45am, B Blackler; Oxford bye; MIKE GREER HOMES NTH CANTY U11½; Amberley v. Hurunui, Amb 1, 10.30am, S Norton; Ohoka Black v. Ashley Blue, Mand 2, 10.30am, C Smith; Ashley Green v. Woodend, Lob Lwr 1, 10.30am, T Hurley; Kaiapoi v. Oxford Red, Kai Oval, 11.45am, L Brine; Saracens Red v. Ohoka Red, Sbk 2, 10.30am, B Blackler; Saracens Blue v. Oxford Black, Sbk 1, 11.45am; MIKE GREER HOMES NTH CANTY U10; Saracens Blue v. Ohoka Red, Sbk Jnr 6, 12.10pm; Saracens Red v. Woodend, Sbk Jnr 7, 12.10pm; Glenmark-Cheviot v. Hurunui Blue, Chev 2, 11.30am; Amberley v. Hurunui Black, Amb Jnr3, 12.10pm; Kaiapoi v. United, Kai Jnr 3, 12.10pm; Oxford v. Ohoka Black, Ox Jnr 5, 11.05am; Ashley bye; MIKE GREER HOMES NTH CANTY U9; Saracens Blue v. Ohoka Red, Sbk Jnr 6, 10.00am; Saracens Red v. Woodend, Sbk Jnr 7, 10.00am; Glenmark-Cheviot v. Ashley Green, Chev 1, 10.00am; Amberley v. Hurunui, Amb Jnr3, 10.00am; Kaiapoi v. United, Kai Jnr 3, 10.00am; Ohoka Black v. Ashley Blue, Mand Jnr 5, 10.00am; Oxford bye; MIKE GREER HOMES NTH CANTY U8; Saracens Blue v. Ohoka Red, Sbk Jnr 6, 11.05am; Saracens Red v. Woodend, Sbk Jnr 7, 11.05am; Glenmark-Cheviot v. Hurunui Blue, Chev 1, 11.05am; Kaiapoi v. Hurunui Black, Kai Jnr 3, 11.05am; Ohoka Black v. Ashley Blue, Mand Jnr 5, 12.10pm; Oxford v. Ashley Green, Ox Jnr 5, 11.05am; Amberley v. Ashley White, Amb Jnr3, 11.05am; MIKE GREER HOMES NTH CANTY U7; Saracens Blue v. Ohoka Red, Sbk 4a, 10.50am; Saracens Red v. Woodend, Sbk 4b, 10.50am; Saracens Orange v. Ashley Green, Sbk 5a, 11.15am; Chev - Glen v. Ashley Blue, Chev 2B, 10.30am; Oxford Black v. Kaiapoi, Ox 2a, 10.00am; Oxford Red v. Ohoka Black, Ox 3a, 10.50am; Amberley v. Hurunui, Amb 1a, 10.50am; Ohoka White v. United, Mand 6, 10.50am; MIKE GREER HOMES NTH CANTY U6; Saracens Black v. Ashley Gold, Sbk 5a, 10.00am; Saracens Blue v. Ohoka Red, Sbk 4a, 10.00am; Saracens Green v. Ohoka White, Sbk 5b, 10.00am; Saracens Orange v. Ashley Green, Sbk 5b, 10.50am; Saracens Red v. Woodend, Sbk 4b, 10.00am; Saracens White v. Ashley White, Sbk 5a, 10.35am; Oxford Black v. Kaiapoi, Ox 2a, 10.50am; Oxford Red v. Ohoka Black, Ox 3a, 10.00am; Chev-Glen v. Ashley Blue, Chev 2B, 10.00am; Amberley v. Hurunui, Amb 1a, 10.00am;

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Open Home Sunday 1.00 to 2.00pm 649 OXFORD ROAD Great location only 2km to Fernside, 7.6ha with a spacious, extensively modernised, four double bedroom home with en suite, second bathroom, large open plan living/dining/large lounge. Feature open fire and log burner, gas hot water, separate laundry with storage and attached carport plus sleepout/studio. Set amongst mature trees, extended vege garden and orchard, glass and shade houses. Well for domestic water supply. 850 hazlenut trees, trickle irrigated and 25 walnut trees. List of plant and equipment for managing the hazlenuts included in sale. The property is fenced into six paddocks and has 42 Shares in the Waimakariri Irrigation Scheme. Four bay shed with concrete floor and workshop, stock yards, older woolshed with storage. This property has it all.

Deadline sale closing 4pm, Friday 23 May 2014 (prior offers considered) Malcolm Garvan M 0272 314 425 Website ID RA1574





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Open Home Sunday 2.30 to 3.30pm 15 MORRIS ROAD

2569 South Eyre Road 4 HECTARES

Sunny, north facing 110m2 home with three bedrooms, open plan kitchen/dining/living (chippie fire with wetback), separate lounge (open fire) and heat pump. Wet floor shower, toilet, separate laundry with ample storage. Large mature 812m2 section, well laid out garden with garden/wood shed, vege garden and dove house. Single car garage with auto opener. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac on the northern end of Amberley, will appeal to investors as a rental (currently tenanted), or as a permanent home.

This beautifully presented contemporary home must sell. With 215m2 comprising four double bedrooms, master with en suite and walk-in-robe, large open plan living area, excellent entertainers kitchen and double internal access garage, it would be ideal for a young family. Positioned for the sun on four hectares, the property also offers a 54m2 sleepout or studio with two rooms plus a bathroom and toilet as well as a fenced Para Pool and spa. Complementing these are a pump shed, garden shed and a large area completely enclosed with windbreak cloth which could be suitable for a number of uses. With shelter on three sides and a water race, it will appeal. An affordable lifestyle block close to the vibrant town of Oxford, yet not too far from Christchurch.

Deadline sale closing 4pm, 29 May 2014 (prior offers considered) Malcolm Garvan M 0272 314 425

Ron Skews M 0274 325 859

Allan Gifford M 0272 262 379

Kathy Thompson M 021 229 0600

Offers over $590,000 including GST Maurice Newell M 0272 401 718

James Murray M 0274 368 103

Malcolm Garvan M 0272 314 425

Maurice Newell M 0272 401 718

Russell Clifford M 0274 343 122

Barry Keys M 0274 347 689

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1608 North Eyre Road 4 HECTARES

1760 North Eyre Road 5 HECTARES

Horse lovers and large families should view this well located rural home. Sealed roads to the gate, and just 200 metres from the popular West Eyreton School, are just two of the features of this attractive 4 hectare property. There is a large three bay lockup shed, 20m x 40m dressage arena, as well as being fenced into eight paddocks for horses. With some of the best cropping soil in Canterbury, pasture growth is excellent and various horticultural options are a possibility. The home is well designed and features large open plan living plus separate lounge, five bedrooms, two bathrooms, two car, double internal access garage, logburner, large concrete patio and some excellent views. Motivated Vendors have purchased.

Comprising eight well sheltered paddocks, two of which are in lucerne and can be irrigated by way of a Southern Cross water winch serviced by underground mainline. The modern, three bedroom plus study home has two bathrooms, open plan living, double internal access garage, double glazing and woodburner. The living areas and master bedroom open out onto spacious lawns. Out buildings include a 30m x 7.5m Totalspan shed and a high stud 8m x 6m hayshed. 6m shipping container and a concrete chemical shed.

All reasonable offers considered Maurice Newell M 0272 401 718

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1946 Inland Road 8.1 HECTARES

Four hectares (subject to title), 10km to Rangiora, 5km to Cust and an easy commute to Christchurch. Relocatable homes allowed (subject to vendor approval), well to be installed, power and telephone available. Flat land, set well off Oxford Road (1km), peaceful location with mountain and hill views.

This peaceful setting has a mainly flat terrain, with native bush, and a stream boundary. Access will be off Inland Road, the scenic route to Hanmer Springs, approx 20 minutes west of Kaikoura. Sheltered from the easterly winds there is a good access track and unlimited water supply from a natural spring. Currently awaiting resource consent for subdivision, there are no covenants. Lovely mountain and rural vistas with no other houses in your sight. Ideal spot to park up your bus, or build a wee cabin. Subject to final survey and issue of new title.

Price $295,000 plus GST Kathy Thompson M 021 229 0600 Website ID BL1120


Ron Skews M 0274 325 859

Allan Gifford M 0272 262 379

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Kennedys Hill Road 4 HECTARES

Price $299,000 including GST Malcolm Garvan M 0272 314 425

Price $700,000 plus GST if any Allan Gifford M 0272 262 379

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Tunakino Valley Road 103 HECTARES

1048 State Highway 63 4.4 HECTARES

Located in the Tunakino Valley with good road access, 103ha consisting of 31ha of new pasture, 15ha of 16-18 year old Pinus Radiata with the balance steeper hill bush-clad. Stock water sourced from the reliable spring then reticulated to troughs in most of the 15 paddocks, one dam. Good all weather internal access tracks. Internal subdivision fencing of two wire electrics, boundary conventional. 2-bay Goldpine hay shed closed in on three sides. The property has run up to 75 cattle annually and produced approximately 120 large bales.

Superior Lifestyle - Vendor pride underpins the immaculate presentation of this superb property located approximately 20km West of Blenheim. Circa 2005 home consists of five bedrooms plus office, dual living, two bathrooms, double garage with workshop and separate store room, conservatory. Layout and landscape is spectacular with manicured lawns, extensive feature gardens enhanced by outdoor entertaining areas. Large 4-bay Goldpine shed, large workshop, stock yards with load out facility. Six paddocks with stock water. Standout property, viewing will amaze discerning buyers.

Kathy Thompson M 021 229 0600

James Murray M 0274 368 103

Price on application Allan Gifford M 0272 262 379

Malcolm Garvan M 0272 314 425

Ron Skews

Maurice Newell M 0272 401 718

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Russell Clifford M 0274 343 122

Barry Keys M 0274 347 689

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Public Notices High altitude by Mike Allsop Most people who survived an almost unsurviveable plane crash would be tempted to sit back, take a good hard look at life and take things a little bit easier. Mike Allsop is not most people. Rowan Bishop with Relish Not content to stick with the traditional, Rowan has developed over 50 recipes designed to reduce sugar content and let the natural qualities of ingredients shine. New Zealand interior style by LeeAnn Yare This is the ideal book for anyone seeking home design inspiration. Meet the home owners who have imbued their houses with highly personal and original decorative touches, and be inspired to get creative in your own home. These titles are available in both Waimakariri and Hurunui libraries. Find out more about recent additions to the library collection by going to the library catalogue at or or contact your local library.

Car dealer on the move to Woodend Developments at Rangiora’s Red Lion Corner have forced a long­serving car dealer to look for new opportunities. After nearly 20 years on its Rangiora site, Country Cars is packing up and moving to a new site this month on Main Road in Woodend, next to Canterbury ATVs. Franz Bastings has owned Country Cars since 1995, after working for Advantage Ford on the same site for five years. ‘‘It has been in the pipeline for years, so we’ve just got to go with the flow. The whole revamping of the corner has been mooted for four or five years,’’ Mr Bastings says. ‘‘To get High Street going two ways is a good thing for

Rangiora and I certainly don’t want to stand in the way of progress. Something has got to be done and I think the council is doing a good thing.’’ Mr Bastings says the Red Lion Corner site has been a good one and he hopes to continue serving his many Rangiora and North Canterbury clients from Woodend. ‘‘I hope they will take the two minute trip down the road to keep in touch. ‘‘The new site will be the only car yard on State Highway One between Amberley and Papanui, so that will hopefully provide some new opportunities.’’

Economic development via the internet Economic development agencies from across Canterbury are working together to better understand how people in our region use technology ­ particularly the internet ­ to benefit their businesses, communities and lives. The project, made up of a region­wide survey and other research being undertaken across the region, will inform a Canterbury Digital Strategy aimed at increasing knowledge, uptake, usage and benefits of digital technology within Canterbury. Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC) is asking the people of Waimakariri and Hurunui to spend a few minutes contributing to an online survey about their current technology usage. The survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymon­ Tom McBrearty, Economic Development Manager at ENC,says Canterbury is benefiting from a large­scale transformation of its technology infrastructure as a result of the Government’s Ultra­Fast Broadband and

Rural Broadband Initiatives. ‘‘Having world­class fibre infrastructure available across our two urban centres ­ Kaiapoi and Rangiora ­ and to our rural schools, and improved broadband capability across our rural communities is vitally important. ‘‘It’s actually how people use this infrastructure to grow their businesses, benefit their communities and improve their lives that really matters.’’ The survey takes five to 10 minutes to complete and asks a range of questions about the respondent’s personal and professional use of technology. All responses to the survey are confidential. The survey is being done by The Digital Office on behalf of Canterbury Development Corporation, Environment Canterbury, Enterprise North Canterbury, Selwyn District Council, Canterbury Employer’s Cham­ ber of Commerce, Aoraki Development Business and Tourism and Grow Mid Canterbury.

THIS WEEK’S OPEN HOMES Sunday 4 May 11.00 - 11.30 1348 Tram Road Swannanoa #517603 11.30 - 12.00 9 Manchester Place Rangiora #517754 12.00 - 12.30 2569 South Eyre Road Eyrewell #517131 12.00 - 12.30 7a Glengarry Lane Kaiapoi #517771 12.00 - 12.30 99 Mulcocks Road Flaxton #517534 Agent on Site 12.15 72 Tupelo Place Swannanoa #517242 Agent on Site 1.00 177 Flaxton Road Rangiora #517738 1.00 - 1.30 17a Kowhai Avenue Rangiora #517842 1.00 - 1.30 10 Keetly Place Ohoka #517788 1.00 - 1.30 53a Newnham Street Rangiora #517808 1.00 - 1.30 29 Panckhurst Drive Woodend #517748 1.00 - 1.30 2195 South Eyre Road Eyrewell 1.00 - 1.30 812 Mill Road Ohoka #517845 1.00 - 1.30 10a Windsor Court Rangiora #517724 1.00 - 1.30 109 Alice Pass Road Loburn/Okuku #517689 1.00 - 2.00 158 Ashworths Road Amberley #517679 2.15 - 2.45 660 Downs Road Eyrewell #517855 2.15 - 2.45 102 Johns Road Rangiora #517846 2.30 - 3.00 32 Keldon Avenue Rangiora #517763

the rest of the team at home to watch and learn from the racing.’’ Results were: Natasha Lloyd, gold: 50m and 100m breast­ stroke, medley regional relay representing Can­ terbury West Coast, George Egles­ field, gold: 100m fly, silver: medley regional relay representing Can­ terbury West Coast, bronze: 200m fly and sixth in the 50m fly Gendi Roberts, gold: in the free­ style and medley regional relay’s representing Canterbury West Coast, 5th in the 1500m freestyle. Reagan Pitt, silver: medley regional relay representing Canterbury West Coast, 8th in the 200m breaststroke

Marble Point Winery Limited has made application to the District Licensing Committee at Amberley for the renewal of the Interim On-Licence in respect of the premises situated at 2254 Mouse Point Road, Culverden, Hurunui District known as Marble Point Winery Limited. The general nature of the business conducted under the licence is that of a Cafe/Winery. The days on which and the hours during which alcohol is sold under the licence are: Monday to Sunday 8.00am to 10.00pm; EXCEPT THAT on up to four weekend evenings per month 7.00am to midnight, and up to two week days per month 7.00am to 11.30pm. The application may be inspected during ordinary office hours at the office of the Hurunui District Licensing Committee, at 66 Carters Road, Amberley. Any person who is entitled to object and who wishes to object to the grant of the application may, not later than 15 working days after the date of the first publication of this notice, file a notice in writing of the objection with the Secretary of the Hurunui District Licensing Committee, PO Box 13, AMBERLEY. No objection to the renewal of a licence may be made in relation to a matter other than a matter specified in section 131 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. This is the second publication of this notice. The first publication was on 24 April 2014.

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North Canterbury swimmers footed it with the best at New Zealand’s premier swim competition. Four swimmers competed in the State Insurance New Zealand Open Championships at the West Wave Aquatic centre in Auckland. Natasha Lloyd, Gendi Roberts, George Eglesfield and Reagan Pitt along with the Wai Swim head coach Brigitte Mahan attended the national champion­ ships with Lloyd and Eglesfield swimming their way to qualifi­ Natasha Lloyd. cation for the Oceania championships. Mahan said all four swum well and had some very ‘‘pleasing personal best times’’. ‘‘With it being televised it was a good opportunity for


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Lions Club of Amberley District The Lions Club of Amberley District wish to thank all associated with our annual golf tournament held on Sunday 6th April. We raised approx. $5500 which will assist community projects relating to youth of the district. We are extremely grateful to our sponsors and would ask you to support them at every opportunity. Paul Robertson of Civil and Land Construction Ltd. GVT Transport Hastings McLeod Ltd Lions Club of Oxford Lions Club of Kaiapoi Super Liquor DB Breweries Firth Concrete PDB Decorators Ltd KF Consilium Ltd Naylor Love NZ Breweries Amberley Automotive Amberley Auto Electrical Amberley Fruit and Vege Amberley Hire Amberley Pharmacy Amberley Truck and Auto Amberley Trading Ltd Anglers Arms Hotel-Sefton Arthur Burke Ltd Barry Foster-Electrician Bashers ITM Blue Dairy Amberley Castle Park Cafe Cochranes Combined Frieght CRT Dancing Water Vineyard Delhaven Motel Eric Archibald Flying Fish, Amberley Dallington Downs Vineyard Goldpine Gallaghers Amberley Supermarket Greta Valley Transport Hurunui Engineering Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools Hurunui Hydraulics Hynds Concrete Ian Ffitch James Drewery JJs Wine Accessories Leithfield Motor Camp Lovells Garage Mobil Garage, Amberley Mount Brown Vineyard Mountford Estate Vineyard Mud House Wines North Canterbury Vets Norwester Cafe Paul Ditmer PGG Wrightsons Ltd Pukeko Junction Cafe Railway Tavern Ravensdown Ltd Sally Mac's Amberley Simon Paterson Terrace Edge Vineyard Torlesse Wines Waipara River Estate Waipara West Wines Woolshed Restaurant. Village Hair Design and Beauty

Civil and Land Construction is a well-established Civil Contractor operating within the Canterbury market. PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS INVITED DRAFT SPORT AND RECREATION RESERVES MANAGEMENT PLAN You are invited under s.41 of the Reserves Act 1977 to forward your written objections or suggestions to the draft reserve management plan that has been prepared for 19 sport and recreation reserves located throughout the district (see the list of reserves below). • Ashgrove Park • Cust Domain • Darnley Square (north) • Dudley Park • Gladstone Park • Kendall Park • Lehmans Road • Loburn Domain • MainPower Oval • Mandeville Sports Ground • Maria Andrews Park

• Murphy Park • Pearson Park • Sefton Domain • Southbrook Park • Swannanoa Domain • Tuahiwi Sport and Recreation Centre • Woodend Recreation Ground • Wylie Park

The draft plan contains policies intended to guide the use, maintenance and development of these reserves. The management plan is an important document as it will ultimately influence the way sport and recreation reserves are developed and used.

PLEASE TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE YOUR SAY The draft management plan can be viewed on the Council website at Hard copies of the draft plan can be viewed at Council service centres at Kaiapoi, Rangiora and Oxford, and at The General Store in Pegasus. A submission form is available on the Council website, and submitters should state whether they wish to be heard in support of their submission. Submissions close on Monday 30 June 2014 and should be forwarded to: Draft Sport and Recreation Reserves Management Plan Waimakariri District Council Private Bag 1005 Rangiora 7440 Submissions can also be emailed to Council at

Our 2013/13 Annual Report is now available on our website at and at any Hurunui library or the Council office in Amberley. As well as the full report (120 pages), a shorter 12 page summary is available. Please contact, phone 03-3140029 for queries.

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Automotive DISMANTLING and buying all models of Falcons now. Please phone 03 313 7215.


FENCING Contractor in your area. For all fencing requirements eg; dairy conversions, vineyards, deer fencing, lifestyle blocks, post and rail, qual­ ity workmanship guaran­ teed, competitive rates. Phone 027 313 1872. SUMMERFIELD Fencing Ltd in your area now. Lifestyle or farm, sheep, cattle, horse, all types of animals. Fences, yards, sheds, arenas, shelters, runs. 27 years contract fencing. John is available to help with your design and planning. Ph Carol or John on 03 312 4747.


Accepting applications now for the annual Kaiapoi Art Expo. Applications available from Council Service Centres and Libraries in Kaiapoi, Oxford and Rangiora. Email or visit Expo is July 19 and 20. Kaiapoi Club, Raven Quay All disciplines of art welcome. 1394381

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CONES & KINDLING. $5 and $7 and cones, $10 for kindling delivered. Phone Murray 03 310 7656 Rangiora Pakeke Lions. WASHING Machine, Bosch Class 1XX. Excel­ lent condition. Phone 03 313 6144. Firewood NO bees? Rent a beehive. DRY, split Old Man Pine Fully managed by regis­ 3m $230, bone dry split tered bee keepers. You get Oregon 3m $290, phone pollination plus honey. 027 256 6458. Phone 027 657 2007.

Amberley Gun Club AGM

Will be held at the Clubrooms on Sunday 11th May 2014 at 12 midday. Ian Frizzell, Secretary

We are currently seeking an experienced and knowledgeable Civil Foreman to join our busy team for new build subdivision and civil projects. This is a hands on role leading and mentoring a team. You responsibilities will include: • Leading, mentoring and developing your team • Quality control, notifying Project Manager of any changes and progress updates • Team management, ensuring open lines of communication • Interpreting drawings and specifications effectively • Responsible for quality, compliance, environmental and health and safety • Awareness of project changes and variations to specifications • Reporting on performance for all site based activities Qualifications and experience: • Site Safe Supervisor • At least 5 years in civil construction management preferably in NZ About you: • Excellent communication skills – open and honest • Delivery focused and inspiring your team to be the best • Proactive, energetic and positive attitude • Focus on quality, safety and proud of your results • Lead by example and engage your team • Prepared to work in Christchurch and Hurunui region In order to carry out this exciting opportunity you will have sound working knowledge of subdivisions (commercial and residential), civil earthworks, drainage, roading, kerb and channel, paving and general contracting. You will be joining a supportive team environment and will receive a competitive remuneration package, including vehicle and phone. If this role is of interest please email your resume with a cover letter to NIFTY Nanas, Mothers and Nannies needed for various after school childcare roles. Apply online at JOBS JOBS JOBS. Local work for local people at Jade Resourcing. Call in to our office 66 Ohoka Road, Kaiapoi or ph 03 327 0656.

Landscaping BLENDED, screened & unscreened soil at Wood­ end Landscape Supplies. Ph 03 312 2003.

CLAIRVOYANT medium, clear accurate Scrap Metal Wanted readings with Holly. Phone NORTH Canterbury 03 314 9073. Metals. Buying metals, cars etc for recycling. Phone Joe on 027 223 3593 or after Gardening hours on 03 314 9079. PEA STRAW, Compost, Coloured Aggregates, Bark & more. Huge range at Trades Woodend Landscape Supplies. Ph 03 312 2003. TAX. Is it a problem? Are you due a refund? I can assist you. Richard Health & Beauty Cotterell, Tax Agent, phone 03 327 6999. HOMEOPATHIC assist­ ance is available ­ CARPET laying, repairs, consultations and remedies re­stretching and small ­ Jennifer Mackinder jobs. Professional and (Dip.Hom).Ph 03 314 prompt service. Knowl­ 8046. edgeable advice on your MASSAGE foot soak / flooring requirements. 30 scrub. Free with hour mass­ years experience. Call 027 age. MNZ reg’d. Fernside, 418 3306. Marina 021 871 818. LIFESTYLERS and YOGA for everyone. Farmers!! Mobile sheep Choose from gentle hatha, crutching. Trailer and pregnancy or hot power shearing. No amount too Yoga classes. Fernside, large or too small. Week­ ends available. Call Eddie Marina 021 871 818. or Lucy at Laxon Crutching Ltd 03 314 7696 or 027 777 5478. Hire

MULTI TASK MACHINE OPERATOR Class 5 driver required W.T.R Experience in ground construction/hard landscaping Great team Great Rates please email nz or text 027 275 2664


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Situations Wanted EX SHEEP & BEEF farmer with Dip Ag and 14 years exp seeks position as Farm or Block Manager. Ph Alan 03 762 5048.


DRESSMAKER. Ladies need a new suit for winter or work? Great suites with either dress, skirt or pants. Beautifully made in North Canterbury. View my range or have your own made to order. Phone for an appt, Renee 027 649 1652. PLASTERER, 30 years experience, 3 years EQC. Phone Danny 03 312 5696 or 027 220 1654. SCREEN PRINTING. For all your printing requirements. T­shirts, Hoodies, Hi­Vis vests and WOODSPLITTERS and PLASTERER, stopping, polos, Overalls, Caps etc. Woodchippers for hire at cove. All interior plastering Please phone Heather 03 or email Woodend Landscape and tiling. For a free quote 313 0261 Supplies. Ph 03 312 2003. phone 027 256 6458.

Executive Officer at Amberley School → become a part of “...the Amberley experience...” The successful applicant will work directly with the Principal to manage all school accounts and the school’s financial management, and provide a PA role to the Principal. We seek an Executive Officer who: ✓ has experience, confidence and accuracy in financial management, accounting and cash handling - school finance experience is desirable ✓ experienced with Novopay payroll systems or similar ✓ displays professionalism, integrity, responsibility and pride in their work ✓ possesses excellent written, oral and computer skills ✓ shows evidence of new learning, initiative and is self-managing ✓ is friendly, approachable and outgoing towards students, parents and visitors to our school This position is 32 hours per week for 42 weeks of the year, with an exact starting date in late June to be confirmed on appointment. Duties and Responsibilities: The major responsibility will be for the general financial management of the school, which will include: monitoring income/expenditure, reporting on budgets, record keeping, invoicing and preparation of monthly financial board reports. There will be communication with payroll, auditors and the Ministry of Education. Additionally, there will be some office administration duties and daily contact with parents in conjunction with the Front Office Administration Assistant. Email for a job description and application form. Please send a detailed CV and the official school application form, along with a covering letter to the Principal, Amberley School, P.O. Box 148, Amberley 7410; or email to Applications close on Friday May 23, 2014.

CLEANING POSITIONS Pioneer are a leading provider of cleaning services in Australia, They have now taken up a number of new sites with a major retail chain here in Canterbury. We are looking for cleaners for Countdown Supermarket in Amberley to join our team who have experience in cleaning and maintaining hard floors along with general cleaning duties Hours of work are 4am-7am or 9pm11.30pm as this is a 7 day a week operation we have both weekend and Monday to Friday shifts are available Please email a covering letter and C.V to


Tree Services

FURNITURE Removal, AXL Transport Ltd. Qual­ ity removals at the lowest rate possible. South Island wide, Kaiapoi office. Phone 03 327 3216.

BRIAN’S Tree Services. Tree felling, topping, shaping, firewood cut, rub­ bish removed, stump grind­ ing, branch chipping. Affordable rates. Phone 03 327 5505 or 021 124 4894. NORTH Canterbury Tree Care. Specialising in big trees in small spaces, long term tree plans, advisory service, fully insured. Free quotes, prompt service. Phone Mike Gilbert 0800 873 336. STUMP REMOVAL Ser­ vicing North Canterbury for prompt professional ser­ vice. Phone Tim 0800 178 867

PROPERTY MAINTEN­ ANCE. Lawns, gardens, hedges, chainsaw work, pruning, painting and minor home alterations. TOWN AND COUNTRY. Phone Mike 03 313 0261. ALUMINIUM door and window repairs. Local, good professional service at competitive prices. Call 027 418 3307 or 03 313 4200.

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DELIVERERS REQUIRED in RANGIORA including Arlington Park and Central Rangiora. KAIAPOI including Soveriegn Palms • Must be 11 years or older • Earn a little extra cash while staying fit • Must be enthusiastic, honest and reliable • Distributing The News / Flyers to residential letterboxes • Please include your address, suburb and contact details

Contact The News on 03 314 8335 or email



We can arrange to kill and process your Beef, Pork, Lamb, Venison and Game Meat NOW! Open Saturday Mornings Phone (03) 327 8219 A/H 027 306 3874



Oxford Butchery Bevan and Shane Frahm

We can arrange to have your stock killed. Sheep, beef and pigs: process into portion packs and smallgoods and label to your requirements.

Number one

bacon Ph 312 4205 old-fashioned & ham curing. Oxford A/H 312 4219 or 312 4709



Computer Repairs

Bruce Evans 131 Ohoka Road Kaiapoi p. 03 327 3111 m. 021 293 6331


Repairs & Upgrades Virus & Malware Removal Checkup to Increase Speed Home & Business Onsite Visits Prompt Professional Service

“If it’s broke, let’s fix it”


COLOURS S Free Measure CURTAINS I & Quote M on all soft JENNY HEPERI furnishings/blinds* Interior Design P Consultant L BLINDS Y Ph: 03 313 6825 • Mob: 027 232 6825









Domestic | Commercial | Repairs | Alterations | Additions

No job too small

• • • •

Local and reliable 40 years’ experience Prompt and efficient All work guaranteed

Russell Thompson – Phone: 027-943 4096 A/H: 03-312 7562 | Email:

Electrician Robert (Grumpy) Grant

Serving North Canterbury for 32 years • For all domestic & commercial repairs & installations• New housing PO BOX 69 RANGIORA. TEL: 03 313 7144 MOB: 0274 321 534 FAX: 03 313 2144 ncn1242197aa

Prompt friendly service

GOSCUT CONCRETE CUTTER LTD Specialise in: Soffut (Early Entry Saw) House & Factory Floor Slabs All Aspects of Ground Sawing, Floor Grinding, Wall Cutting/ Core Drilling – Up to 600mm diameter Residential & Commercial

• Decorative Cutting • Inyard Cutting & Drilling • Fumeless Hydraulic Equipment

Free quotes (will travel)

Graeme Gosney 0274 971 683 Phone 03 327 8341 Fax 03 327 8343 Email:


03 313 2840

Civil and Drainage ncn1233331aa

Builder For all of your Trades and LOCAL Classified BUILDERS enquiries, Ring Mark 027 229 7310 please for a free quote contact www.longsilver Amanda at • Licensed Building The News Practitioner • Registered on Master

Curtain Services


Curtains Drapes Roman Blinds

Wilson Decorators Ltd

Manufacture & installation of quality drapes/ Roman blinds • Free measure & quote

Marjohn Curtain Services John & Marj Millar | Ph: (03) 327 8481 Mobile: John - 0274 359 281 Marj - 0274 172 610 The Mill, 35 Ranfurly St, Kaiapoi Email:


• Small Family Business • Qualified Tradesman • 30+ Years Experience • Painting • Wallpapering • Waterblasting • Roof Coating • Tidy Workers •No Time Wasted • Reasonable Rates • Free Quotes Ph: 03 928 3537 Wayne 021 731 817 Lyn 021 207 4499


The News


0274 339 578




PH: Andrew 027 407 8744 A/h 03 327 7242

RURAL HEDGE TRIMMING & CLEAN UP SERVICES Including Tractor Mulching, Tub Grinding and Chipping

03 314 4144 or 027 6842652 Trudy McMillan


Kitchens 1396191

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Afforda ble prices, Prompt Service

• Painting - Interior, Exterior, Roof • Waterblasting • Minor Repairs EQR Registered

New Kitchens • Alterations • Installations • Laundries • Vanities • Shelving • Wardrobes • Caravan/Motorhome Re-fits

Ph Vic 0274 301 624 Graeme 0274 311 979 www ww w..s se ele lec cttk kiitc tche hen ns s.c .co o..n .n nz z

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Picture Framing


We are a reputable picture framer who can offer the best professional assistance in Rangiora for all your framing requirements. We support new and existing North Canterbury artists. Giftware including original artwork and greenstone pendants. A selection of ready made frames. Free quotes available.

Master Plumber of the Year 2010

Forget the rest - come to the best!


• Car Bodies • Scrap Steel • Specialists in Farm Machinery • All non Ferrous

Canterbury owned and operated for over 60 years

5B Cone Street, Rangiora P: 03 313 5474





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Phone 0800 374 737 or 03 327 9499 DRIPFREE Email Web www.

Ph (03) 338 7000 • Ah (03) 312 6553 Mike 0274 818 544 • Robbie 0274 818 027

Locally owned and operated


Leaking Shower Repairs Cracked Floors Repairs & Tile Preparations Lining Walls & Waterproofing Floors & Walls etc Town and Country Work 37 years in North Canterbury Member Canterbury Masters Tilers Federation

Ph John 0274 376 662 | A/H 327 8344 | Fax 327 2602

Millers Tiling Ltd Quality Guaranteed Windows & Doors WINDOW MARKET PLACE • New & Used • Timber & Aluminium • Windows & Doors 8am-5pm Weekdays 8am-2pm Saturday 215 Waltham Rd, Sydenham Ph (03) 379 6159 Fax (03) 962 1012


For all of your Trades and Classified enquiries, please contact Amanda at The News on 03 313 2840

NEED A TRAILER? Quality NZ-made Built to a standard, not to a price

• Hot-dip Galvanised • Full Chassis • Quality NZ-made components • Competitive pricing • We can freight nationwide • We include as standard what others see as optional extras For more information phone 0800 697 886 Email:

David Manning & Associates Registered valuers and property consultants – urban and rural 1381683-b


Specialists in . . . ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓




537 South Eyre Rd, RD2 Kaiapoi Also: 222 High St, Rangiora

Ph: (03) 312-0282 • Fax (03) 312-0283 • Cell (027) 240 7808


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FULL WORKSHOP SERVICES AVAILABLE Tune-ups, Servicing, g, Warrant of Fitness, Repairs on most makes & models.

FREE GENUINE TOYOTA CAMBELT Does your Toyota’s cambelt need replacing?

2014 Toyota Corolla GX Sedan 1.8L petrol, CVT

2014 Toyota Corolla Hatch 1.8L petrol, CVT or 6-speed manual.

2008 Landcruiser VX Ltd Auto, 4WD, luxury & power!

2012 Toyota Prado GX 3.0L turbo-diesel 4WD

2012 Toyota Highlander 3.5L 2WD wagon, under 30,000km

2007 Toyota Hilux SR5 3.0 auto, 4WD

2009 Toyota Hilux 3.0L TD 2WD single cab with towbar

1998 Toyota RAV4 L auto, power windows, power mirrors, powersteering, roomy, reliable, realistically priced

From $33,490 (excludes ORC and accessories)


From $33,490 (excludes ORC and accessories)





* Excludes labour and any additional parts Special Conditions Apply


2000 Toyota Hilux 2.7L petrol 2WD single cab with flatdeck, cover and towbar



2011 Toyota Corolla GX Hatch Low kms, easy-drive auto


Classic Finance figures based on competitive interest rate, 20% deposit, 60-month term and includes establishment fee. Excludes additional accessories. Toyota Financial Services lending and credit criteria apply. Flexible deposit and terms by negotiation. Offer valid until 30/04/2014.


86 Williams Street, Kaiapoi. Phone 327-9005 anytime Vehicle Sales: AH • John Mellor 0274 787 685

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