Page 1

Thursday May 8 2014 | Issue 599

Teen Trust / page4 Teens are being given a second chance at education thanks to the R 13 Trust.

Ashley Bridge / page27 The new Ashley Bridge is on target despite the weather causing the river to flood.

Property / page 35-43 The new Property Times lists the latest properties for sale in North Canterbury.

Loved friend, family man farewelled By Amanda Bowes The ‘‘eyes and ears’’ of Mt McDonald, near Hawarden, groundsman for Aranui High School and a much loved friend and family man, was farewelled at a moving service last week. Matagouri, tussocks, a hand made pig skin belt, his boots and a fine red wine, adorned the coffin as a haka was performed and hundreds mourned the loss of a man that touched the lives of many. John Percival lost his life in a accident on Mt McDonald on Anzac Day, when he and two teen­ agers were caught in a torrential down­ pour in the gnarly mata­ gouri, tussock clad back coun­ try. The trio were on a pig hunt­ ing expedition in an area John had

hunted on for the past 15 years, every weekend, except for lambing time. He had stopped to put chains on his truck when the track became slippery within minutes from the sudden storm, but the truck slid off the track before he had time to get out and put them on. A teenager on the back jumped clear, while another stayed in the cab as the truck rolled down the hill. John was thrown from the vehicle

and died, while the young man in the cab made it to where the truck finally rested. Owners of Mt McDonald, Bob and Jane Clark­Hall, say the loss of John is a tragedy that has affected a huge number of people throughout Canterbury. John was not only the grounds­ man at Aranui High, but took a great interest in the welfare of the pupils. A keen outdoors man, John took

it upon himself to introduce many youngsters to the joys of being in the wilderness. He would teach them how to hunt, how to cook their kills and how to survive in the unpredictable hills. Jane Clark­Hall says he came to hunt on their property after being introduced by another hunter. ‘‘Every weekend, from then on, he would come out to the farm. ‘‘He usually had teenagers with him, taking them away from their sometimes difficult lives in town.’’ The hunting parties would stay at a hut at the back of the farm, where John would take the youngsters eeling at night and hunting during the day. ‘‘He was an incredibly safety conscious man,’’ says Jane. ‘‘If it looked as though the weather wasn’t going to be good, he wouldn’t risk a journey. ‘‘He had everything on his truck for any circum­ stance.

John Percival, the ‘‘eyes and ears’’ of Mt McDonald, near Hawarden, groundsman for Aranui High School and a much loved friend and family man. Photo: Supplied.

‘‘But even he couldn’t fight the sudden change in weather that day.’’ As well as taking Aranui’s youth under his wing, John spent a lot of time helping those in need in Christchurch. Whether it was shovelling liquefaction or back loading fire­ wood from Mt McDonald, John would always lend a hand to those less fortunate than himself. He became the eyes and ears for Jane and Bob. He would always let them know when something didn’t seem right on the place, or if he had to shift stock that were in the wrong place. At tailing time, he would be at the farm, helping out with teenagers in tow, cooking up the spoils of tailing and counting down the days until they could get out into the back country again. ‘‘Despite coming to our place for 15 years, John would ring every time before he came out. ‘‘Every Thursday night we would get a call, asking if it was okay to go hunting. ‘‘He was a real gentleman and a great friend.’’ The Clark­Halls will be putting a memorial plaque at the hut which was John’s second home and where one of his beloved pig dogs is buried. ‘‘We are hoping his legacy of nurturing youth and providing experiences that they otherwise would never have a chance at, will be continued on by one of his hunting friends. ‘‘He would have been chuffed that his zest for life will not be forgot­ ten.’’ The photo of John is one of only a few of him hunting on Mt McDonald. ‘‘He would always be taking photos of everyone else,’’ says Jane Clark­Hall.

Page 2

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

Covering Hurunui, Waimakariri & Kaikoura Contact us:

Amberley Office: 5 Beach Road Phone: 03 314 8335 Fax: 03 314 8071 P. O. Box 86, Amberley Rangiora Office: 133 High St, Rangiora Phone: 03 313 2840 Fax: 03 313 7190 Email: Current and back issues online at

Manager - Gary Anderson Editor - Robyn Bristow Reporters Amanda Bowes, David Hill, Kit Carson Administration Dayna Burton - Advertising Claire Oxnam - Judith Harrington - Glenda Osborne - Jeff Robinson - Classified Advertising Amanda Keys - Phone 03 313 7671 Graphic Design Heather Hood -

Belgium links strengthened By David Hill The Waimakariri district’s link with the battle fields of Passchendaele, was strength­ ened last week. Mayor David Ayers hosted officials from the Flemish Department of Foreign Affairs and the Belgium Embassy in Canberra last Thursday as part of planning for the World War 1 (WW1) centenary commemorations. The officials met with Mr Ayers, who also chairs the Waimakariri­Passchendaele Trust, in Rangiora, before having lunch in Kaiapoi and laying a wreath at the Kaiapoi cenotaph. Mr Ayers says the visit was a way of strengthening the ‘‘twinning relationship’’, which the Waimakariri district has with the Zonnebeke district in the Flanders (Flemish speaking) region in Belgium, which includes the small village of Passchendaele, the scene of one of the bloodiest battles in WW1. Mr Ayers led a Waimakariri delegation, including deputy Mayor Kevin Felstead and former councillor Dan Gordon, to visit

Published by Allied Press Ltd.


Members of the Flemish Department of Foreign Affairs lay a wreath at the Kaiapoi cenotaph during a visit to the Waimakariri district. Passchendaele last year. He says the Flemish government is encouraging efforts to remember the fam­ ous battles in the region, including Pas­ schendaele, Messines and Ieper (Ypres in French), during the WW1 centenary period, 2014­2018. The Rangiora RSA is considering sending representatives to Passchendaele in Octo­ ber 2017. ‘‘My long term intention is visit Pas­ schendaele again in October 2017.

Thursday May 8: House sitting. Friday May 9: In Blenheim meeting with constituents and community organisations by prior arrangement. Saturday May 10: Open the 59th New Zealand Ploughing Championships at Spring Creek, Blenheim. Travel to Queenstown for the National Party Mainland Conference. Monday May 12: In Blenheim, speak to the University of the Third Age about Trade Training. Tuesday May 13-16: House sitting. House maybe in urgency for the Budget.

‘‘I am quite keen to go, even though I may not be mayor by then,’’ Mr Ayers says. Belgium has separate Flemish and French speaking parliaments in Flanders and Wal­ lonia, as well as the national Belgium parliament. More than 2700 New Zealanders died at Passchendaele on October 12, 1917. This included several soldiers from the Wai­ makariri district. It remains the biggest loss of life in a single day in New Zealand’s history.

ECan seeks air quality views Feedback to the Canterbury Regional Council (ECan) indicates air quality issues are minimal in the Hurunui district. It is reviewing the regional Air Quality Plan and sought input from the Hurunui District Council. The council sought comment from commun­ ity boards and ward committees, with all but two having no air quality issues to report. The Hanmer Springs Community Board asked that educational brochures be made available to help inform residents how wood

burners can be used more efficiently and the Cheviot Ward Committee asked that there be an amendment to an ECan rule relating to burning vegetation while maintaining reserves. Reporting to Ecan, council planner Andrew Maclennan said it was considered there were no air quality issues in the district and council supports the assessment there are no polluted air sheds within the district. He said the council supports the existing Air Quality Plan, and welcomes the general air shed provisions being included in the revised plan.

Monday May 19: In Blenheim meeting with constituents and community organisations by prior arrangement. Meet with MCOC. Tuesday May 20: House sitting, Renwick School visits Parliament. Friday May 23: Lunch meeting with Hanmer Springs business community to discuss the Budget. If you are interested in attending this meeting please contact the North Canterbury Office to book.

* Underground Mains Supplied and Installed * New Housing, Buildings and Alterations * Domestic, Commercial and Industrial work * Breakdown Service for Commercial Clients * Located in Amberley, Servicing North Canterbury

“Totally Dependable” Laser Electrical Amberley Ph Anthony Parish 0274 779 422 or 03 314 9999 and 03 313 6321 1343241

By Kit Carson Next Thursday marks eight years to the day that a dream came true for double amputee Mark Inglis ­ standing on the roof of the world ­ Mount Everest. And he continues to live that dream, heading regular treks to Nepal, the next being in November. While it will be tinged with sadness in the wake of the of death of 16 Sherpas, many of whom he knew, on Everest last month, Mr Inglis is determined the trek will be a success. ‘‘Immediately after the tragedy I was asked whether the Limbs4All trek would proceed. ‘‘My response, quite simply, is there is even more reason to continue to offer support and income to the Sherpa community. ‘‘The loss to the community is huge, a tough time in Khumbu with 16 husbands, fathers, sons and brothers gone.’’ From his Hanmer Springs base, Mr Inglis has put together a ‘‘double trek’’, his daughter Lucy heading a group of 15 people mainly in their 30s, while he and his wife Anne, will escort the other group, mainly in their late 50s, early 60s. He is pleased with the presence of several North Canterbury residents on the trek. ‘‘At this stage we have four from the Hanmer Springs/Culverden area, plus one from the United Kingdom who spends much of the year here, plus another possible from Waiau. ‘‘There are still a few spaces left, but you will need to be quick.’’ The trek goes the the home of the Sherpas, Khumbu, to the Gokyo Lakes, and the trekking peak Gokyo Ri, nestled under Mount Everest. For every person who books, there is a $300 donation to Limbs4All, the charity created after Mr Inglis climbed Everest, supporting programmes in Nepal and Cambodia That is the cost of one of the rough terrain

our lo Bring y

We have a large sleection of clean air fires to suit most types of house.

S 119 High 3 9133 Ph/Fax 31 ure offee Cult Next to C

Mark Inglis standing on the summit of Gokyo Ri, with Everest in the background. wheelchairs supplied to Nepali spinal patients or two prosthetic limbs to patients in Cambodia. Mr Inglis says trekkers need only to be healthy and reasonably fit. Advice is given to all clients well before departure. ‘‘Lack of oxygen (at 4000 metres) is a great leveller,’’ he says, ‘‘so we make sure the pace is one that suits all.’’

approached with care given the sometimes unpredictable nature of other motorists,’’ Ms Neason says. ‘‘There is also a mistaken belief out there that a ‘rolling’ stop is acceptable when you’re coming up to a stop sign. This is incorrect. ‘‘You must come to a stop and only move on when it is safe for you and all other traffic.’’ ‘‘This is particularly true of left turning cars whose drivers seem to think that if there is no traffic on their right it is OK to keep going after a quick glance in that direction. ‘‘There is always a possibility that an oncoming car on their left could cross the centre line for whatever reason and they will not see them in time. ‘‘Stop and look both ways.’’ The district statistics show that the worst times for crashes are on Fridays and Saturdays between 3pm and 6pm. The most at­risk age group of drivers is those aged between 15 and 19. This age group is twice as likely as the average driver to become a crash statistic.

Metro Tiny Ped Only $1099 Flu Kit Not Included

yalty ca 0


IS YOUR LOG FIRE COMPLIANT? Come in and talk to us about replacing your non-compliant fire with a clean burning, low emission model

Page 3

open We are 5.30pm m a 9 i Mon-Fr -4pm Sat 9am rd

Over past years he had escorted trekkers aged between 13 and 70, all of who had memorable experiences. Returning briefly to the Sherpa deaths, Mr Inglis says he believes the solution may well be technology ­ the use of Squirrel B3 helicopters capable of carrying equipment to heights above the Khumbu icefall, the most dangerous area, traversed.

Intersection behaviour under scrutiny Intersection behaviour will be under the microscope over the next few weeks. Police will be paying extra attention to Waimakariri district intersections, both urban and rural, in an endeavour to improve driver behaviour by ensuring motorists stick to the road rules and obey signs. Waimakariri District Council road safety co­ ordinator Chris Neason says 39 percent of the district’s road accidents occur at intersections with 431 reported crashes at intersections between 2008 and 2012. She says 153 of these involved injury and 278 were non­injury. This included two deaths and 41 serious injuries. Police will be monitoring motorist behaviour at intersections during May, with particular emphasis on correct indication and compliance with traffic signs and road rules. ‘‘Where you have two streams of traffic meeting, the risk of a crash increases signif­ icantly. ‘‘So it’s important that any intersection is

Thursday May 8 2014


Living the dream in Nepal

The News

• Stockists of quality Metro and Masport fires. • We specialise in arranging full installation, including council consent. • Clean air wet back models available.

Call us for a free, no-obligation quote Ph: 03 313 5563

On the Roundabout Cnr Percival & South Belt Rangiora


Beat the rush - Have your fire installed before next winter

Stop, means stop at intersections. File photo.

Page 4

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

Trust helps young students to achieve

Brodie and Jasmine try their hand at cooking during lessons. and to get away from the haphazard way of doing things. It was not just about school work. ‘‘The results show that for those placed through the local schools on short placements (up to two terms) 66 percent returned to school, 20% to employment or further training. ‘‘Young people who finished their education through the programme ­ some attended for two years ­ 36% went into employment, 44% to a course or are still in education,’’ says Kath.

Photo: Supplied.

The figures compare very favourably with alternative education results from Christchurch courses where about 66% ‘‘success’’ rates are seen. Young people can gain NCEA credits through programmes offered and through Correspond­ ence School units plus the trust runs a mentoring/ counselling service for young people referred through the Youth Justice system. ‘‘The outcomes for these young people are also very creditable as completion of court ordered

Welcome to

in the beautiful

plans is almost 100%. ‘‘The young people supported by the trust include some of the most troubled young people in the district. These include those with mental issues as well as anti social/criminal behaviour,’’ she says. And in Karen’s words: ‘‘These kids are awesome and everyone needs to know it. They are good kids who have made the wrong choices. ‘‘Some have criminal records and they are often some of the nicest and most vulnerable. To see them smile and turn up and see them completing their work gives me great pleasure,’’ she says. A young lad from a school, deemed a hopeless case after an incident of arson, has ‘‘blossomed’’, she says. ‘He didn’t have any confidence but I realised he was really intelligent. I got him doing credit work and this year he achieved a merit in Accounting One.’’ Young people, with the support of volunteers, learn cooking, get involved with art and craft programmes, including Maori crafts, outdoor education and several community programmes. Karen teaches them health, sex education, to be sun smart, about mental health and good dental hygiene and makes them aware about sexual abuse and the dangers of drugs and alcohol. While the success can be seen, the trust is constantly struggling for finance and to fill its roll of around eight. The programme falls between being educa­ tional and social and government agencies who fund individuals often believe they don;’t meet the criteria. ‘‘It all comes down to money and it is wrong. Funding is a daily frustration,’’ says Kath.

• Outside Catering • Functions F • A La Carte Menu Mother's Day • Meals All Day and Friday & Sunday Evenings Special Lunch & Din • Venue Hire 3-Course Mea ner, • Spit Roast, Buffet Buffet and l $25. Bookings Esse Finger Food ntial • Corporate/Business Meetings M eetings

Kaiapoi Golf Club Have you tried our fantastic, great value range of lunches, from $10 to $15? We have something for everyone. All food home-cooked on site. We are specialists in all aspects of catering and pride ourselves on our presentation and service.

373 Williams Street, Kaiapoi • Phone: 03 327 3592

E: •

GREAT AUTUMN TREE SALE 15-50% OFF - May 11th & 18th Over 40 Tree Species on Sale including:

• Hardy Magnolias • Plane trees • Weeping Cherries • Russian Elm lge grade • Canadian Red Maple lge grade • Field Maple • Tulip tree • Birches lge grade • Selection of Oaks • Weeping Pine • Flowering Chestnuts • Swamp Cyprus

479 ASHLEY GORGE ROAD, OXFORD Open Sunday 10am - 4pm Ph 03 312 4176


By Robyn Bristow A Trust quietly working away in Kaiapoi is giving kids a second chance at education. The R 13 Trust, which was formed six years ago, is helping young people who have failed in mainstream education to gain training or an education, build up their confidence and to have a more positive outlook on life. Around 70 young people have passed through the doors in Williams Street, over the past four years, and most have achieved fantastic results. Trustee, Kath Adams, says some of the young people had been ‘‘discarded’’ completely by their school, but have achieved at NCEA Level one. ‘‘We pick them up after they have been excluded from schools and we used take in anyone roaming the street,’’ says Kath of the programme that was a local community response led by police staff working with young offenders. Initially, the programme, which is now called Northern Steps, was a supervised community service, in partnership with the Waimakariri District Council, catering for young people who had hours of work ordered by the Youth Courts or a Youth Justice Family group conference. ‘‘Too often the hours of work were not completed or performed in a way that ensured consequences for behaviour were addressed,’’ says Kath. A 12­month pilot programme followed aimed at addressing why kids were getting into trouble and looking at education, drugs and alcohol, which ‘‘struggled’’, says Kath. Four years ago Karen McQuillan, joined the trust to supervise the Northern Steps programme. ‘‘She formalised the programme, gave it structure, gave the kids the opportunity to achieve

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

Page 5

Bernard Kingsbury receives an award marking his 52 years with St John from Mrs Judith Brown, a Commander of St John.

Long St John service honoured assistance.’’ Mr Kingsbury was instrumental in establishing the Ambulance Emergency First Response Ser­ vice, based in Oxford in 2005, manned by local volunteers. He also led fundraising efforts for a four­wheel drive first response vehicle and a garage. The Cust­Oxford Area committee continues to provide funding for the volunteers, through an annual appeal, plus an annual donation by several hundred members in the district, who support St John. In turn, the part charge they might pay for ambulance transport is waived. Fundraising keeps the service going and only last year the committee was able to provide a an advanced defibrillator, which allows officers virtu­ ally immediate communication with Christchurch Hospital. ‘‘These are the sort of things that make it all worthwhile. It’s a very, very rewarding group to belong to. In return, all I would like to see is first response volunteers receiving some recognition at the end of a job. A simple thank you would suffice, but quite often this isn’t the case.’’ At present the order has 25 youth members, plus eight adult volunteers, based in Oxford. Because of volunteer members’ work commit­ ments first response calls are restricted to evenings, weekends and public holidays. Priority life­threatening calls receive back­up from Prime Doctors in Oxford. ‘‘We are always looking for new members for first response. They are always welcome, receive all the required training, and we can even provide a free uniform,’’ Mr Kingsbury says.

Merino Possum 8ply




.00 1383526

Cust Order of St John veteran Bernard Kingsbury OStJ, QSM, JP, looks back on the rewards rather than the awards when he reflects on more than 50 years service with the volunteer organisation. ‘‘Naturally I greatly appreciate the awards I’ve received over the years. More important, though, are the rewards, saving people’s lives is really why we are there,’’ he says. Mr Kingsbury joined the Cust cadet division in 1958, following in the footsteps of his father. In 1962, he joined the Cust senior division, after passing the Adult first Aid examination, and started taking the cadet division at the same time, a role he filled to 33 years. Further prominent roles followed over the years of continuous service. He has been a member of the Cust St John Association/ Cust­Oxford Area Committee since 1962 and its chairman since 1999. Mr Kingsbury was appointed a Life Member of the Cust Order of St John in 1992. Last month, he was presented with a laurel leaf to attach to his service ribbon, marking 52 years of adult service. Looking back, Mr Kingsbury admits to having experienced some sad times, but is reluctant to take this further. ‘‘You deal with takes a while but you put it behind you and move on.’’ He is happier to talk about the progress he has seen. ‘‘We’ve come along way since the local telephone exchange operator used to call to alert us to an emergency. We would pick up a first aid kit and be off in whatever vehicle was available. ‘‘There was only one ambulance in Rangiora, so there were were often big delays in getting

123 High Street, Phone (03) 313 6062

Page 6

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

Electorate Chat With Kate Wilkinson, MP for Waimakariri.

Staying warm a priority Water, water everywhere ... especially those in broken homes The cold and wet weather over the past few weeks has made staying warm a priority for many families in Waimakariri. For those living in broken homes while they wait for earthquake repairs, the situation is more urgent. I urge anyone who is in this situation, or who knows of anyone living in a broken home, to contact the Let’s Find & Fix Programme. The programme is being run as a collabora­ tion across a wide range of community, public and private sector groups and can be contacted on the number 0800 233 551. I can confirm that the programme extends out to Waimakariri. Under the programme, approved temporary repairs can be made to ensure earthquake­damaged homes are warm, sanitary and secure before winter. Homeowners needn’t worry that these tem­ porary repairs will affect existing claims or accommodation allowances. While previously these might have been deducted from the temporary accommodation allowance ­ or included as part of final settlement ­ this is not the case for approved repairs under the Let’s Find & Fix programme.

Let’s all spread the word to make sure Waimakariri residents living in broken homes get these much needed repairs before winter is here. On another note, young families will wel­ come two announcements by Government. Budget 2014 will invest an extra $20 million over four years to combat New Zealand’s high rate of rheumatic fever and we are increasing funding for children with profound hearing loss. Previously, a single implant has been the standard treatment for children with profound hearing loss but international best practice has changed. As a result, we have updated policy to include two funded cochlear implants. We are aware that there will be some children under six who have already received a single implant through the programme and $2.1 million has been set aside to provide a funded second implant for these children. Free follow­up services will be available for families who have privately funded a second implant for their child. Many of our little ones are going to be hearing the world differently for the first time.


issue 598) gives cause for concern. He suggested that the rate payers might have to subsidise train travel into Christchurch. Looking at the overall situation objectively raises a number of questions. Why doesn’t the council get back to dealing with core services only i.e. water, sewerage, waste, roads, street lighting and building permits and, as an important side issue, lobbying government for a fairer system of calculating rates? Why, as in many other developed coun­ tries, are services such as public transport, cinemas, theatres, and more recently libraries not left to free enterprise and the entrepren­ eur, with user paying? Should local government get involved in any of these services, it should be run at a profit and not be subsidised by rate payers. Kiwis are good at standing up for civil rights, gay rights and all that is unfair, but what about the rate payers’ rights to a fairer system? It may be argued that traffic congestion into the city has been directly attributed to the Christchurch earthquakes. However, it can also be argued that an element of blame must be laid at the lack of long term planning

Dear Editor, Mr Ayer’s comment (The News, 1st May,


0800 KATE MP (0800 528 367)

Kaiapoi office: 156B Williams St p 03 3270514 e Rangiora office: 130A Percival St p 03 3107468 e

Twice in the last month areas of our district have been threatened by surface flooding. In parts of Flaxton, obvious from Lineside and Skewbridge Roads, it has looked like a return to the swamps of pre­European times. In a couple of areas in Kaiapoi and in Fernside, however, as well as more localised problems elsewhere, homeowners have felt particularly threatened as rising water has approached their houses, in some cases getting under them and, in one case that I know of, inside. In Kaiapoi, there has been the age­old additional threat of high tides in low­lying areas and more recently changes in ground level as a result of the earthquakes. In Fernside, the failure of the Dockey Creek to carry all the water coming off the Mairaki Downs is the main problem. As a council we need, first of all, to make sure that the existing drainage infrastructure is working properly and efficiently: that drains are clear and that damaged pipes are mended or replaced. We may also need to look at gradients of some drains and the size and positioning of culverts: in the Broom­Otaki Streets area for

and procrastination on action of decisions made. This rant may spark debate, but does not address the immediate congestion problem. Therefore to be constructive I would like to suggest a combination of perhaps the follow­ ing suggestions, some of which have been previously suggested. Where possible employees work from home. Employers introduce flexible hours and shift work. Park and bus/train and cycle and share cars. Employer providing company transport (bus), such as the service provided to schools. Military Aid to the Civil Community by providing practical training for NZ Combat Engineers, by requesting that they build a temporary bridge across the river on Two Chain Road which could be made one way into the city in the morning, and one way in the opposite direction in the evening. Extend existing bus services and routes. Protected filter and merging lanes at motorway entry points. Retirement. Yours, John Murray.

instance, part of the problem appears to be an earthquake­caused change in the gradient of the Dudley Drain. Beyond those measures, there may be more significant work to be considered by the Council. The drainage staff are keen to get CERA approval to use residential red zone land for roading, drainage and sewerage infra­ structure and this may help solve the drainage problems of the area immediately to the south of Beach Road. We are hopeful that this approval should not be too far off, given that the Prime Minister has signalled that this needs to come before engaging the community on the future of the red zones and that this engagement should be under way about the middle of the year. In southern Kaiapoi there have been drainage projects for a number of years but is clear that there is more to be done. Bigger engineering solutions will, of course, take some time. In the meantime, the council’s drainage staff and contractors will be doing all they can to get excess water away as quickly as possible.

Congratulations Dear Editor, Congratulations on the wonderful cover­ age of the North Canterbury Anzac Day service’s. Clearly, the community’s from the young to the old in larger numbers are turning out to pay their respect to the brave men and women who have served our country. As a community paper you can be proud of the three pages covering the events of seven RSA services. I can assure you we do appreciate The News Yours, Ian Thompson.

Correction A Letter to the Editor last week on Hurunui District Council library book fund­ ing incorrectly stated Bernie Hall was from Leithfield Beach. Bernie lives at Amberley Beach. The error is regretted.

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

Page 7

Countdown Amberley C o m e c e l e b ra te

w i t h c ra z y o p e n i n g s p e c i a l s

Plus • • • •



Standard opening hours 7am - 9pm, 7 days Countdown Amberley, 129 Carters Road, SH 1, Amberley.

you spend $200*




C per litre on fuel when

*Fuel offer valid for a limited time at Countdown Amberley only. Fuel offer not available when you shop online. Conditions apply. Tobacco products are not included in the qualifying spend. See in-store for other excluded items and further details.


Sausage sizzle, face painting, bouncy castle In-store demonstrations with Jax Hamilton Product sampling Grocery voucher giveaways

Page 8

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

Waikari School students with their windmills - part of a project under the Enviroschools programme.

Photo Amanda Bowes.

Pupils help create a sustainable community

North Canterbury Academy Of Music Inc. 31 years of music education in North Canterbury


Pre-school and nursery 0-6 years Excellent child/staff ratios Exciting and caring environment Separate 2- to 3-year-old area

Instrumental and singing tuition for all ages. Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Drums, Keyboard, Guitar, Recorder, Ukulele.

Hours 7.15am-6.00pm

Professional musicians as tutors.

Welcome Special for new enrolments, where the first 4 weeks are FREE

Orchestra * Choir * Celtic * Jazz * Fun Theory * Ensembles * Concerts AFFORDABLE - LOCAL Places still available for some instruments Rangiora High School Music Suite

For Prospectus and enrolment details phone 312 8948 1400864

the initiative, which is aimed at students working towards creating a sustainable community by being role models to teachers, other students and their families. Waikari, Broomfield and Cheviot Schools are in a cluster which is supported by their facilitator, Lesley Ottey and the Hurunui District Council. At Waikari School, the group of keen students trying to make their school more sustainable, say they are working on making the school chemical free. They are also starting up a Bokashi compostable system for their food scraps and continuing to develop the area behind the Waikari Fire Station into a native habitat that people can walk through. Enviroschools is a whole school approach, where the students are involved in all school life and are able to change the physical place, practices and ways in which the school interacts. The programme is run under five guiding principles: empowered students, sustainable communities, learning for sustainability, Maori perspectives and respect for the diversity of people and culture. The Enviroschools Foundation is a not for profit trust, which began in 1993, and offers two programmes, Enviroschools and Te Aho Tu Roai, the latter working in the Te Reo Maori immersion context with Tamariki and Rangatahi.

In 1993, a pilot project in Hamilton was launched, involving three schools and one region. It started as a small seed­funded project supported by the Hamilton City Council and over the next few years grew in size. By 1998, a framework was developed and in 2001, the programme went nationwide with support from the Ministry of Environ­ ment’s Sustainable Management Fund. The following year, a founding partner­ ship was formed with Te Mauri Tau, which supported the development of the guiding principles and the first Enviroschools kit. By this time, 120 schools had come on board, covering 10 regions. In 2003, the Enviroschools Foundation was established and funding from philan­ thropic organisations were instrumental in developing regional partnerships with local councils and other community groups. By 2007, the number of schools involved had reached 680, in 13 regions and the Ministry of Education then offered a con­ tract to Enviroschools to help with its expansion. There are now 715 schools taking part in the programme in 15 regions and the number is still growing, with more schools becoming aware of the need to empower students to be able to make positive contributions and changes to their school and community environments.

48 Church Street, Rangiora Phone


(03) 313 5675

DID YOU KNOW BUTTON BATTERIES ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TO CHILDREN? Powerful coin-sized batteries are found in many toys, remotes and keys. These can break and the batteries fall out. Some children like to swallow or insert button batteries in their nose or ears! Once they are stuck, an electrical current starts to burn and can result in serious injury that may require surgery, or even the death of a child. For more information look up or contact Sarah Lodge, Injury Prevention Coordinator ph 03 311 8902 ext 8829 027 567 544

5/215 High Street, Rangiora Ph 313-4325


For editorial phone 03 314 8325 For advertising phone 03 314 8335 or email Visit

By Amanda Bowes Solar ovens, sound maps, creating native areas and wind mills are just some of the projects Waikari School pupils have taken on as part of their role as an Enviroschool. Waikari School is one of three Hurunui and 12 North Canterbury schools involved in

Oxford’s Award Winning Enviro Preschool – teaching our children for a sustainable future We welcome children aged 2½ to 5 Huge, natural outdoor play area

Bright Horizons Preschool 1a Campbell Lane, Oxford 7430 1401440

Phone: 03 312 4445

The News

Photo: Supplied.

Choir planned in Amberley A love of music and a desire to see children share her passion has prompted Lee Lawrence to start up a children’s choir in Amberley. Ms Lawrence, an occupational therapist, singer and leader of community choirs in Christchurch for many years, plans to start up the after school choir for children in Amberley on May 13, the second week of the new term. Lee, who can be heard singing at the Waipara Farmers Market in Amberley, says the idea to form the choir stemmed from a desire to do something for the community she adopted two years ago. She recently finished Orff training, based on work by Karl Orff, a 20th­century German composer. In addition to his career as a composer, Orff developed an influential approach toward music education for children. Lee says she aims to offer a musical experience for Year 2 to 6 students using her Orff training and previous experiences with choirs. ‘‘I had taught the daughter of a friend singing and she wanted to come again. I had also had a few

Page 9

other enquiries and decided rather than teach individuals I would do it in a group. ‘‘It is a better to get everyone singing. It builds confidence when they are singing in a group,’’ she says. While there will be a small instrumental part to the choir the emphasis will be on singing. Lee will be joined by Rory O’Connor, a speech therapist, singer and children’s social worker from Christchurch. ‘‘We are planning for it to be fun yet educational and inclusive,’’ she says. Lee has received a grant from the Creative Communities Scheme Hurunui ­ part of Creative New Zealand, and administered by a local committee ­ to run the free, after school choir for children in Amberley schools or for those home schooled, at any level of experience or ability. A small performance will showcase their work, which will also be taken to rest homes and child care centres. Rehearsals will be in the Anglican Church Hall, Church Street, and prospective members should call Lee on (03) 314 9035

Young people enjoying their learning on the first day in their new school.

Pegasus School opens its doors The wait is finally over for 270 youngsters, with their first lessons in Pegasus Bay School. On the final day of Term one, they helped pack up Waikuku School and last Monday they settled in to their new home. Principal Roger Hornblow says the shift for the children, and the 23 staff, had gone without a hitch. ‘‘All staff, students, resources, timetables etc moved across ­ it’s just new buildings, we are still ‘us’,’’ he says. It certainly appeared that way, students totally absorbed in their work on the first day in new surroundings. The school features purpose­built learning communities designed to complement a col­ laborative team teaching environment. Each learning community is named after a local place of importance which will be woven

into the student’s learning. Pegasus is also zero net energy effective, with photo voltaric cells on the roof enabling the school to generate electricity all year. Excess electricity will be sold back to the national grid, which should compensate for power used during term time. Mr Hornblow says there is a strong eco focus within the school, aimed at developing environ­ mentally responsible citizens. ‘‘We are also encouraging our children to push their boundaries and learn their limits. They are encouraged to climb trees, play bulrush and ride their scooter as fast as they can. A central theme for us is that our children must become Kaitiaki (guardians). People say we need to leave a better place for our children ­ we say that we need to leave better informed children for our planet.’’

RANGIORA TE KOHANGA REO 51 Ivory Street, Rangiora

We have vacancies from birth to 5 years. We are a Maori learning environment, focusing on the Whanau and Te Reo Maori. FREE ECE AVAILABLE

Enquiries for enrolment Phone (03) 313 4370


Horse Riding Courses

30 MAIN NORTH ROAD, WOODEND PHONE 03 3127 654 Open from 7.30am to 5.45pm Monday to Friday

• Bring your horse or pony

• Courses every weekend from $160 • Lessons from Basics to Dressage, SJ & XC • Vouchers available for Christmas • 2, 5 & 7 day holiday courses • Kids from age 8 welcome • Bus from CHCH $25 • Accommodation and meals included • Well schooled horses and ponies

Over 15 years of providing quality education and care for children of the community from 0-6 years old 4 weeks free fees for new enrolments (t's & c's apply) 20 ECE, 6 hour, half day and full day sessions WINZ Childcare subsidies Our 2014 ERO report stated that “teachers have developed close relationships with local schools and they work with them to use transition-to-school processes that ensure successful outcomes for children and families” as well as that “infants and toddlers benefit from having caring and nuturing teachers who support their sense of security and wellbeing and that they are respectful and responsive to the individual interests and capabilities of children”.

Kowhai Residential School of Riding Ltd

Give Sheryl a call or pop in and visit for a no obligation tour of the centre



Lee Lawrence teaching singing to a group of Amberley children.

Thursday May 8 2014


Island Road, Oxford Phone 03 312 4309

Page 10

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

Page 11

Rangiora tennis courts could be sold By Robyn Bristow If a proposal to build a $2 million, 16­court tennis centre at Pentecost Road, Rangiora, gets the go­ahead, it will spell the end of the Rangiora Tennis Club owning its own courts in the centre of the town. Club president, Ian Allso, told The News, he was in favour of a tennis centre becoming the home for the Rangiora club, Southbrook and possibly Fernside and Ashley, and confirmed the Rangiora club would sell its home, between King and Church Street, to help fund it. He says there is a long way to go before the centre becomes a reality, but the Rangiora Club has agreed to consider the proposal of centralising tennis in one area. ‘‘I am personally in favour of the proposal. ‘‘The land (we own in central Rangiora) would need to be sold to be able to fund the new courts ­ both at Rangiora and South­ brook. ‘‘But the proposal is only up for discussion at this stage and neither club’s members have made any hard and fast commitment one way or the other to the project,’’ says Mr Allso. He says if the Rangiora club sold its property which consists of five courts, a clubrooms and a strip of land connecting King and Church Streets the rest of the area, including the carpark, could possibly remain as it was council­owned and it would be up to it as to what happened to it. The club had included neighbours in its consultation about the future and older Rangiora residents were concerned a new facility at Pentecost Road would not be in walking distance and too far for children to go to on their own. ‘‘From my point of view most don’t make their own way to the club anyway,’’ says Mr Allso who says he would have preferred to have any new tennis centre sited at the Northern Agricultural and Pastoral Associa­ tion property at Ashley Street. ‘‘However, the A & P people will not volunteer any land there at all and don’t want to have any other facilities on that site,’’ he says.

Helen Hirst at the Rangiora Tennis Club’s courts between King and Church Streets. Mr Allso says the club does not have as many members as it has in the past with three senior teams and a ‘‘considerable number’’ of juniors. He says because of the costs involved with running the club, increased insurance bills and maintaining courts, and in Southbrook’s case, having to rebuild courts after the earthquakes, the future might be that there were no clubs left in town. ‘‘You can not just say the Rangiora Tennis Club is pulling out of its venue.

‘‘The situation might be that in a couple of years there is no club anyway (because of the costs),’’ says Mr Allso. The Waimakariri District Council’s com­ munity and recreation committee, has recom­ mended to council that the proposal be given its support by helping with the development of the car parking. ‘‘It is an exciting project which business­ man, Ron Van Til, has proposed and which he is prepared to underwrite parts of,’’ says committee chair, Robbie Brine.

‘‘There is a lot of water to go under the bridge yet but I am looking forward to this development and what it can do for the district,’’ he says. The comments come as Rangiora resident, Helen Hirst, who has lived in the district all her life, expresses disappointment that Rangiora could lose an important part of its history and a beautiful green space, if the club’s courts are sold. ‘‘We are losing something in the inner part of Rangiora. Older parts are being sacrificed and we are rapidly losing green areas with infil. We are disappearing under concrete,’’ says the 86­year­old. ‘‘It is lessening the attractiveness of inner Rangiora,’’ says Hirst. Mrs Hirst questions building a 16­court venue on the outskirts of Rangiora when there is plenty of space for more courts at the venue owned by the club and the reserve alongside, to add more courts and also questions whether they would be viable with the number of people playing club tennis falling off. The club’s property is a pleasant green area, close to the centre of Rangiora, which is steeped in history, says Mr Hirst. The north King Street property of two and half acres was officially opened on October 29, 1929. Known as the Rangiora Lawn Tennis Club, it had a membership of about 120 and owned five asphalt courts. Many of its players went on to win titles in a North Canterbury senior championship introduced in the 1933­34 season, while some gained North Canterbury representative hon­ ours. Others went on to hold office in the North Canterbury Sub Association. Mrs Hirst says all this history could be lost to the district. ‘‘The story of the community­based club’s creation is very interesting and could all be lost,’’ she says. Mrs Hirst says people she has spoken to do not know anything about the proposal to centralise tennis at Pentecost Road or that the home of Rangiora tennis could be up for sale. North Canterbury’s Official Websites!

Your Online Business and nd Local Info Directory!

Need Help?

Pro Professional? All Trades? Medical? Domestic? Rural? Real Estate? Outdo Outdoors? Gardening? Sporting? Builders? What’s On? Hairdressers? V Vets? Cleaning Services? Automotive? Internet? Builders? etc

They are all there at the CLICK OF A BUTTON! List your Business / Organisations Now!

Seen the NEW Listings? Seen the FREE What’s On list? (03) 313 5742 / 027 522 8838 (03) 313 1266 - doing business locally lo’s official websites -

Page 12

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

Page 13

Shop locally for your home heating needs

New events are being planned to showcase Kaiapoi.

New events to showcase town

Heat and Home on Williams Street, Kaiapoi. fire with a new energy efficient one, Mr Langrish says. ‘‘Given your address we can work out what your options are, whether you are entitled to a wood burner or not, and what ones you are entitled to.’’ Mr Langrish says the Pyroclassic IV wood burner, designed more than 30 years ago, still has the lowest emission of 0.3g/kg and a guaranteed overnight burn, and is on display at Heat and Home along with other energy efficient burners. Residents needing to rebuild their earthquake­ damaged home on the same section will not be able to replace their wood burner, but Mr Langrish says there are several options available, including gas fires, pellet fires and diesel fires.

The Kaiapoi Promotions Association (KPA) has a new team and new events aimed at promoting the town. Jackie Jeffrey has been appointed as the KPA’s new events co­ordinator, joining Heather Chew, who is now the administration co­ordinator, and she says some ‘‘exciting new events are planned’’ beginning with Showcase Kaiapoi on Sunday June 8 at the Kaiapoi Golf Club. ‘‘We have a lot of new people coming in to the town and even some of the locals don’t know what the local businesses do.’’ Several businesses and community groups have already been lined up for the showcase and Mrs Jeffrey is keen to hear from more. In the July school holidays, KPA is getting into the spirit of KidsFest with a children’s adventure race around the town and a chalk art competition on the Williams Street bridge. Mrs Jeffrey says in the adventure race children will complete activities at several points around the town and take photos of

themselves to prove they were there. ‘‘It’s a good way to get the kids to know Kaiapoi and to experience something differ­ ent.’’ Also in the pipeline is ‘‘a day at the races’’ in November, with a twist ­ no horses. ‘‘We are bringing back the famous Kaiapoi duck race. It used to be a part of the carnival and people kept asking when it was going to come back, so we decided it needed its own event,’’ Mrs Jeffrey says. Rubber ducks with numbers will be released on the Kaiapoi River, with tickets sold before hand ‘‘to see who has the fastest duck in the south’’. Mrs Jeffrey has lived in Kaiapoi for 15 years and has children at Kaiapoi North School. Her previous job was looking after the intranet for a firm in Christchurch. ‘‘After having the kids I decided I didn’t want to go back to just being a small office. I decided I need to see more people.’’ Contact the Kaiapoi Promotions Associa­ tion on (03) 3279442 or 022­ 0620785.

• Free membership (two forms of ID required & proof of address) • Huge range of new-release movies/games • Good selection of weekly games to choose from • Over 12,000 weeklies to choose from • Accept all competitors’ vouchers and check us out on Facebook

Saving Mr Banks, The Book Thief, The Spectacular Now, Veronica Mars TV Series Coming on 28th - The Wolf of Wall Street

COMBO 1 2 New Releases 2 Weeklies


COMBO 2 3 New Releases 3 Weeklies


Civic Ci i K Kaiapoi i oi

1400921 1

82 Williams Street (BesideZServiceStation) Ph: 327-9564 •




• Two large open area bars • Bottle store • TAB • Sky TV with large screens • Pool and snooker tables • 18 gaming machines • Bistro • Function and meeting rooms • Courtesy vehicle available

61 Williams Street, Kaiapoi P 03 327 4813 | M 021 837 491 Email Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm. Sat 9am - 12.30pm

113 Raven Quay, Kaiapoi Ph 03 327 7884

Members, Guests & Affiliates Welcome


Proud K.P.A Member


Heat and Home on Williams Street, next to the Kaikanui Tavern and in the same building as Rockgas, is Kaiapoi’s one stop shop for all your home­heating requirements. Manager Vaughan Langrish says Heat and Home has a wide selection of wood fires, gas fires, pellet fires, diesel fires and other home heating options and can assist its customers in meeting their Environment Canterbury (ECan) Clean Air requirements. ‘‘You don’t have to go into Christchurch to get the large selection we have on hand and we can offer the full package and very competitive pricing,’’ Mr Langrish says. ‘‘A large number of people would have received letters from ECan recently about non­ compliant wood burners. ‘‘We are happy to arrange site visits and work with them to see what would be the best replacement options and we can look after everything from quotation to installation, includ­ ing the permit. Some people can get overwhel­ med with the different choices available and all the requirements.’’ Mr Langrish says there are several deals and options available and the key is replacement with minimal changes or extra work, which is something he specialises in. If you are set on a certain fire and it’s not going to fit as a straight replacement he will advise and quote what work will be needed. Heat and Home have all the top brands available, including Jayline, Masport, Woods­ man, Firenzo and Bosca and that is just in wood fires. In gas there is Escea, Rinnai and Real Fires and in pellet fires the full range of Nature Flame. Kaiapoi and Rangiora residents in ECan zone one, who do not have an existing fire are not able to install them and there are rules around what fires can be installed in other areas. However, residents can replace an existing non­compliant

Page 14

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

Pigs at last year’s under close scrutiny. This year the hunt is on May 16, 17, and 18.

Page 15

File photo.

Big prize pool for Mandeville pig hunt Prizes of around $7000 are up for grabs at this year’s Mandeville Tavern Pig Hunt. Around 90 hunters are expected to enter the tenth pig hunting competition which was revived last year after a break of two years following the September 4, 2010 earthquake that wrecked the old Mandeville Tavern. The new tavern on the corner of Raven Quay and Black Street, which was built on the same site, was one of the first rebuilds in Kaiapoi. Tavern owner, Lindsay Peters, who has been

in the pub for 24 years, says the tavern is doing brisk business two years on from its opening, although many new to Kaiapoi and the surrounding district are not aware it is tucked around behind Kaiapoi’s main street. Hunters are expected to come from near and far to take part in the hunt which has become an important part on the hunting calendar for many, and few will go empty handed. Last year 38 wild pigs, with a total weight of 1582kg, were weighed in at the traditional hunt

at the tavern, with the field limited to 80 hunters and priority initially given to Mande­ ville Pig Hunting Club members. However, Mr Peters says due to an influx of young hunters the number able to take part has been upped to 90. There is a huge variety of great prizes up for grabs thanks to the generous sponsorship of many local businesses, builders and contractors and complimentary food for hunters who often are out in the field up until the final hour or so

before weigh­in cut off time of 3pm on Sunday, May 18. There are draws and prizes for the heaviest board, heaviest sow and the heaviest average weight of a group of boars ensuring an entertaining Sunday afternoon. Hunters, who must have their entry forms in by 5pm on May 12, can take to the hills to start hunting at 1am on Friday, May 16 giving hunters until Sunday afternoon to capture a pig.

The Mandeville Tavern Pig Hunt, weigh in before 3pm Sunday 18th May. Live music and food from 4.30pm

99 Raven Quay, Kaiapoi • Phone: 03 327 8010


Live bands every Saturday night Pool competition every Thursday

Page 16

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

Page 17

Supporters celebrate 40 years

A cake takes centre stage at the birthday party of the North Canterbury Ladies Social Club.

Social club celebrates birthday A club set up in Rangiora for ladies to meet and socialise together, has grown to over 60 members in just a year. The North Canterbury Ladies Social Club celebrated its first birthday in style recently with a beautiful array of silverware combined with bring­your­own mugs and cups. It gave the birthday tea party the air of elegance more reserved for afternoon tea at The Ritz than the Rangiora R.S.A. After a cuppa, birthday cake and nibbles it was time for the party games with a version of Scattergories, being a real hit. Ladies from their early 30s up to 70s, both married and single get together monthly and also take part in social activities such as walks, quiz nights, movies, theatre, music gigs and

meals out. If there is something you are interested in, but don’t want to go alone, you can let the group know and, hopefully, there are others that would love to go along. The North Canterbury Ladies Social Club meets in the Rangiora R.S.A. on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm. The next get together is Thursday, May 15. There are no fees for the group, although a gold coin donation is welcome to cover advertising and other costs, and you don’t need to be a member of the RSA. Just go along and enjoy the company. For further information, Marie can be contacted on 03 310 3022 or via email at

Forty years ago a group Parliament. of women decided at a Funds raised by the National party campaign group go into the elector­ meeting in Rangiora to ate coffers to help meet band together to support National Party levies and the local National candi­ conference fees. date and their family for At the time the Sup­ the up­coming elections. porters Group was for­ They were the first med, Derek Quigley was women’s National Party running for Parliament. Supporters Group to be Mrs Parrott, his then formed across the coun­ wife, says it was great try and today, just three having the National Party of originals remain ­ Women’s Supporters Judith Parrott, who is Group on the ground as it now 82 and has been allowed her to hit the chairperson for about 20 campaign trail instead of years, Janet Spark and staying home fundraising. Joan Jack. ‘‘It was a women’s Mrs Parrott, from group initially, but we Rangiora, says the group changed it to a Sup­ was the first of its type in Judith Parrott, a foundation member and porters Group because New Zealand and then chairperson for about 20 years. men started coming and they all ‘‘started to Photo: Claire Oxnam. we wanted them to come spring up’’. and join us. Last month ‘‘Some do lunches. We only do lunches as a there were over 40 at our meeting which was (National Party) fundraiser and have run raffles to wonderful.’’ raise funds,’’ she says. The group is planning a special celebratory But otherwise the group meets on the first morning tea on May 30 when the Prime Minister, Friday of the month to discuss fundraising John Key, will be visiting the district to recognise activities, strategy and listen to speakers from a the 40­year milestone. wide range of occupations including members of A fundraising luncheon is also planned.

School group continues to meet A group of girls who started Rangiora High School in 1946 still have a link to each other 68 years on. After the school centenary in 1984, the group decided to meet once a year for lunch. It is a tradition that continues today, with 11 of the group meeting recently at the Sequoia Restaurant. This was the lowest number that has turned out to the luncheon with each having a turn at arranging the date and venue. The have dined at many restaurants but sadly

six of their number of passed away over the years and some, because of health problems, have been unable to attend regularly. All are now close to or are 80 plus, but the group who started as third formers in 1946, refuse to let time weary their annual outing. One memory the group has is of having extra long Christmas holidays in 1947 because of the nationwide polio epidemic.There were corres­ pondence lessons for the first two months of that year and no­one could go to movies, travel on buses or go into a crowded situation.

The News

Dine in or


Thursday May 8 2014

Page 18

Mother’s Day @ Cedar Heights Hair & Beauty

Book Now For

Mothers Day

Treat Mum this Mother’s Day — Mother’s Day Specials!!!

Now Open

Option 1: $99 • Half-hour back massage • Gel polish manicure • Hair straightened or blow waved • Eyelash tint Valued at $150



Option 2: $80 • Cut and blow wave • Hair treatment and massage • Half-hour back massage Valued at $105 Vouchers available

Treat Mum on Mother’s Day with a



Open for Breakfast Saturday from 8am Sunday Brunch from 10am


92 Victoria St,

Rangiora OPEN 7 DAYS Phone Orders Welcome 11.30am-2.00pm P: 313 7575 4.30pm till late

Mother’s Day 11th May Open

Monday 8-5.30 Tuesday 8-5.30 Wednesday 8-6.30 Thursday 8-5.30 Friday 8-5.30 Saturday 9-7 (Motor Vehicles until 5pm)

37 High Street, Rangiora Phone 313-7546

MAIN ROAD, CUST. PH: (03) 312 5322


when you dine in with Mum


Hotel and Bistro


Mother's Day

Gifts Books Cards

Sunday 11th May


199 High Street, Rangiora Phone 313-7171

Lunch 12-2pm Evening L h 12 2 E i 55-8pm 8 1402312

Mothers always like to receive warm and comfortable Night Gowns Great Selection

Complimentary Comp Co mp mp plime mentary glass of bubbles b for Mother with a meal only



R Roast Lamb O OR Pork

sserved with seasonal vegetables + condiments

Come in and try our gourmet pizzas

Plus Full Menu Available

Dine in or takeaway

Phone (03) 313-7207


Lingerie Shoppe

114 High St, Rangiora 313-5498



Great Food — Great Value




Bookings Essential:


Friday & Saturday til 7.30pm Open weekdays from 8.30am 399 High Street, Rangiora Ph: (03) 313-6787

The News

Callum Hinde (in orange hat) helps to lead a march with the squadron commander of the New Zealand Air Force at Trentham camp.

Youth Enviroleaders tackle issues For the last week of school holidays, Sir Peter Blake Trust Youth EnviroLeader, Callum Hinde, has been tackling issues that many adults struggle with, including climate change and ocean health. The Year 11 Hurunui College student was part of a 50 strong group of delegates from all over New Zealand who gathered in Wellington for the 2014 Youth EnviroLeaders Forum. Arriving in Wellington on Sunday, the group headed to Te Papa Museum after which they took part in an ‘Amazing Race’ style orientation, racing around Wellington. The evening was spent on a guided night tour around Zealandia — a reserve and sanctuary in Karori, where Callum says they were lucky enough to see two of the endangered takahe and three tuatara. Staying at the dorms in Saint Patricks College, the delegates headed for Victoria University the next morning, where the forum was formally opened at the Te Herenga Wake Marae. After a waiata at the marae and learning about the carvings, the group set off for Parliament where they were met by officials from the Ministry of Environment where they took part in a ‘speed dating’ exercise with the employees. ‘‘We got to spend a short time with each person, asking them questions and gathering information.’’ This was followed by lectures on climate change. The young EnviroLeaders visited NIWA the following day, where they tackled the weighty issues of New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone, ocean health and ocean acidity. To relieve some pent up energy, the lectures were followed by a visit to the Wellington Ocean Sports, where they took part in sailing ­ ‘‘leaning over pretty hard,’’ ­ and then to kayaks. That night, the chaperones, who were older Sir

Peter Blake EnviroLeaders, gave a talk on the expeditions they had taken part in. Callum says throughout the week, his group was preparing a presentation ­ Can New Zealand be a World Leader in our Marine Environment? What does this Mean? ­ which kept them busy during any spare time. Wednesday was spent at the Trentham Camp, where the NZ Defence Force and Command Staff College co­ordinated a Leadership Development programme which tested the young leaders physically and mentally. Callum says it was a fantastic day and they were presented with a bronze military coin, which was ‘‘amazing’’. The final day tested the nerves of the delegates as they headed to the Grand Hall of Parliament, where their presentations were given to at least 80 people, including politicians. ‘‘That was really hard. ‘‘After we finished, we were presented with certificates and then had to say our good byes. That was sad as we had all become a close group,’’ says Callum. Back at home, just out of Hawarden, Callum then took off for a camp before returning to school on Monday. ‘‘The trip to Wellington really opened my eyes. ‘‘I think the biggest need is to focus on climate change. ‘‘There needs to be more research and more ways of addressing it. Also everyone needs to stop dropping plastic. It gets washed into the storm water drains and ends up in the sea,’’ he says. ‘‘There are 17,000 pieces of plastic per square mile worldwide, floating in the sea and New Zealand has 12% of the world’s oceans. We need to find ways of saving our oceans.’’

Thursday May 8 2014

Page 19

Page 20

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

The News

Times changing down on the farm By Stuart Smith, National Party candidate Kaikoura electorate.. As the words of the song go, ‘‘the times they are a­changin’’, and that is so true of what is happening within the pastoral farming sector. With the rapid expansion of the dairy sector, which has been driven by strong dairy company payouts, farms suitable for dairy conversions are taking the big step and moving away from sheep and beef. This was one of the main topics of conversation at the Culverden calf sale last month. There has been much hand­wringing about the changing face of farming, particularly in the South Island. Most of that hand­wringing has been based around the negatives of nutrient runoff and general concern about change itself. But get out into the rural communities and it is a different story. There are a large number of positives that must be considered ­ such as the millions of dollars flooding into local communities as a result of those conversions. Most conversions will require an increase in staffing and at least one new home to house those staff. With the increased employment comes an opportunity for those willing and able to work in an exciting and growing industry. Competition has driven up wages and salaries in the sector and improved working conditions. In the Amuri area farmers have got together and set minimum working conditions, which are higher than those required by law. It will be interesting to watch over the next few years how the traditional sheep and beef farmer

reacts and what the implications are for store stock. In the past, farms on hill country, unsuitable for dairying, have traditionally sold young stock as stores. Farmers on easier country have tradition­ ally bought these stores and fattened them through to be killed at meat works. Now, though, dairy grazing is a popular alternative, especially as no capital is required to buy stock. The farmer also receives a regular cashflow, making it a very attractive option. The question is, with the dairy conversions taking much of this land out of the picture, who will buy the store stock? Given it often takes longer for stock to be fattened on hill country farms, the impact on business models would be dramatically altered. Running less stock and finishing them may not be the best option. One alternative in recent years has seen farmers grazing their stock in the vineyards of Marlborough and Waipara. This is a symbiotic relationship, given the stock grazing keeps grass levels down, saving the vineyard owner a number of mowing passes, and the stock appear to have excellent growth rates during the winter months. But even with the exponential growth of vineyards in the Kaikoura electorate, there still aren’t enough properties to take up the slack of store stock coming on to the market. Farming is all about facing challenges and adapting; not only to survive but to prosper. The changing store market will be one of those challenges that will be watched with interest by all those in the pastoral sector.

Forsyth wins board by­election Vanessa Forsyth has won the vacant seat on the Woodend­Ashley Community Board. Voter return was poor ­ 26.9 percent ­ with Mrs Forsyth gaining 661 votes our of a total

of 2045 cast. She replaces Mike Northmore who resigned earlier this year due to work commitments.

Thursday May 8 2014

Page 21

Page 22

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

The News

Cold : Extreme adventures at the Lowest Temperatures on Earth by Ranulph Fiennes Few humans have evolved who can survive and thrive in the bitter cold. Below a certain temperature, death is inevitable. Both scientifically rigorous, historically ques­ tioning and intensely personal, this book is both a warning of the dangers we face with our relationship to the cold and celebration of a life lived in some of the extremist temperatures known to man. Eat less crap, lose that Fat by Sam Pease Fresh and original diet book that teaches you how to lose weight easily, written in a fun, lively style. Plant Life on Banks Peninsula by Hugh D Wilson This book details the extraordinary past and present of Banks Peninsula plant life, using vivid drawings and photographs, clear maps, and entertaining text. 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.

Good neighbour recognised Mavisanne Philbrick has been recognised for being a good neighbour during Aotearoa Neighbours Day last month, being presented with a certificate by Waimakariri Mayor, David Ayers. Mrs Philbrick hosted an afternoon tea with fellow Kingsbury Avenue residents to wel­ come new neighbours who have recently moved down from Auckland. Waimakariri injury prevention co­ ordinator Sarah Lodge thanked Mrs Philb­ rick for ‘‘leading the way and setting an example’’ for being a good neighbour. Aotearoa Neighbours Day, is promoted by

civil defence, neighbourhood support and various churches. ‘‘Neighbourliness isn’t just a once­a­year thing. The more we practise it, the stronger our communities grow. Neighbours Day is an amazing opportunity to celebrate neighbour­ liness, to meet the people we live alongside, and create healthy, resilient, and fun com­ munities,’’ says Neighbours Day project manager Kimberley Cleland. To share in Neighbourhood Support contact Caroline Faass, North Canterbury Neighbourhood Support at ncns@outloo­ or 021­751597.

Thursday May 8 2014

Page 23

Page 24

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

The News

Local artists display their works

Easter’s storm event was a wake­up call for service providers in the Kaikoura district. Mayor Winston Gray says emergency services and service providers met for a debrief last week, following the storm event on the Thursday before Good Friday, which left roads closed and essential services cut off. ‘‘We just went through the issues which we encountered, including the loss of landline and internet. In hindsight it was a good thing. It showed us what can go wrong and how vulnerable we are.’’ ‘‘Communications or the lack of it really stood out. We need to be aware to have that back­up. We need to have things like zap phones and radios.’’ Thursday’s meeting brought together Civil Defence, Chorus, Environment Canterbury, the Kaikoura District Council and other providers, Mr Gray says. ‘‘In a sense it was the perfect storm and a good learning experience. Here we were, the start of a long weekend and we were cut off. Out

Mayor Winston Gray says the heavy Easter rain was ‘‘the perfect storm’’ to show Kaikoura’s isolation. of this we will be better prepared next time we get something like this.’’

Jan Osborne’s winning floral art entry.


Hugo Hausin, of Rangiora, on a wood lathe.

Isabella Cherry (3), of Woodend, has her photo taken by Rangiora Photographic Society member Sarah Perrins for a Mother’s Day present. Photos: David Hill.

Page 25

Easter storm shows Kaikoura’s isolation in major disasters

Ivan Taylor Owner Operator


• Farm track construct & repair • Driveways • Bulk cartage

• General excavation work

• Flood control/repair

• Lifestyle Block driveways

• Specialty work - tipping ute, 1.7 ton digger

Providing a range of equipment sizes for those big and not so big jobs

027 313 3044


More than 350 works of art were on display in Rangiora last weekend. Rangiora Creative Arts Exhibition organising committee chairman Quilliam Collister says entries were up for the annual event held at Rangiora Borough School, May 2­4. ‘‘Entries are well up this year in all groups which is brilliant. We did make a special effort to lift the show and I think it’s worked, with the comments and the reception we’ve had.’’ The exhibition, run by a local organising committee, brings together several groups, including photography, pottery, woodcraft, woolcraft, painting and floral art. ‘‘It’s a loose group which just exists to organise this event on behalf of all the groups. There is a vast number of people involved in all sorts of roles and it brings the artistic part of the community together really well,’’ Mr Collister says. A photo of hobnail boots entered by Sandra Hobbs won the overall award for the exhibition. ‘‘Everyone seems to have enjoyed the colour and the nostalgia of it seems to be quite appealing,’’ Mr Collister says. ‘‘One thing I have noticed is the photography is becoming more of an art in itself. It is becoming hard to tell whether some photos are photos or paintings.’’ This year Floral Art North Canterbury held its annual show in conjunction with the exhibition for the first time, with a creative combination entered by Jan Osborne judged best in show.

Thursday May 8 2014

To view the paper online visit

Specializing in Lawn & Driveway Construction, all Excavation Services & Equipment. Foundations, Site Works, Compaction, Swales & Drains, Rural Driveways, Tree Removal Check out our website for more details PHONE 0274 752 664 Email

Page 26

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

No quick fix for quake flooding issues

Council awaits red zone decisions as it seeks long term answers

Excavation E ti & Cartage C t Ltd



P: 313 3419 M: 0274 336 993

The Waimakariri District Council is working on short term solutions to alleviate some of the flooding issues in Kaiapoi’s Bracebridge Street. residents’ concerns and for the council ‘‘to explain what’s happened’’ and what it is planning to do. As a result of the earthquakes, the land on some parts of Bracebridge Street has lowered by 200mm to 400mm, which makes it more vulnerable to flooding. The quakes also had an

impact of the drainage. Mr Cleary says a contractor has already been lined up to repair the storm water pipe and is expected to start work within the next few weeks, while the nearby Feldwick drain was given a thorough clean­out last week. ‘‘We are also going back and checking the


• Dairy Effluent Pond Construction Certified • Dairy Farm Tracks Construction & Capping • Roading • Driveways • Culverts • Site Works • Shingle Supplies • Subdivisions • Grader Available • Pivot Rut filling • House Siteworks • Hardfill - locally sourced, competitively priced shingle • Screened Soil

• All site construction • Driveways • Roading formation • Contouring • Drainage • Tracking • Dairy lanes • Fence lines • All aspects of maintenance grading • North Canterbury based

DARRYL HARKERSS PH 027 203 1511 / 03 3148332

pipes and making sure they clean. These should provide some short term relief. It is not a silver bullet, but it’s what we can practically do to help now.’’ However, longer term solutions will take time, Mr Cleary says. The northern end of Bracebridge Street, which has been flooding, is green zone (tech­ nical category three) and Earthquake Com­ mission land remediation is still be pending with several sections needing ground silt and re­ grading, he says. The other end of the street and much of the neighbouring area is red zone and subject to a public consultation process, which the govern­ ment will be having with the community later in the year. ‘‘Part of the process will be considering what the future use of the red zone land will be and what infrastructure will be required, including roading, water, sewer and storm water which will have implications for Bracebridge Street,’’ Mr Cleary says. He says the weather event on the Thursday before Good Friday is considered a ‘‘one in 10 year event’’, while the downpour in March was a ‘‘one in five event’’ for Waimakariri. However, he says these are based on engineering models to predict and plan for weather events and are ‘‘not really the correct way to describe it’’. ‘‘People get the idea ‘we’ve had it now, so we’re not going to it again for another 10 years’, but that’s not really how it happens. We’ve had quite a few of these events since 2008.’’ Last week’s rain was not a big weather event, but it appeared worse because it came so close after the last downpour and the ground was still saturated, Mr Clearly says.


Cartage - Drainage - Mulching Driveways - Foundations Cow tracks - Paddock work Site clearing - Stump Removal Farm Maintenance

Nathan Stewart


By David Hill There is no quick fix to flooding issues arising around Waimakariri following recent heavy downpours. Waimakariri District Council manager road­ ing and utilities Gerard Cleary met with residents in Bracebridge Street, Kaiapoi, last week and says there are no easy solutions to the district’s flooding problems. He says the meeting was a chance to hear

Ph. 027 357 5655 (03) 313 6864


The News

Thursday May 8 2014

Page 27

Ashley River bridge remains on schedule Waimakariri District Council staff are confident the new Ashley River bridge will be completed on schedule early next year. This is in spite of unprecedented heavy water flows having closed the existing bridge three times since March and disrupted construction on the new facility. Council roading manager ken Stevenson and bridge projects mana­ ger Joanne McBride say the contrac­ tor, Concrete Structures (NZ) Ltd, has been making the most of every oppor­ tunity to make progress with riverbed work. ‘‘It’s good to see the pile castings in place and the abutment piles filled,’’ Mr Stevenson says. ‘‘But at the end of the day, the river is going to do what it wants to do.’’ He says while it appears work has seemed to slow on the new bridge, it is still on track, and the contractors had continued with approach development when water levels were too high to work on the river bed. Ms McBride says the the river can peak and return to normal in the space of 36 hours, and the contractors had ‘‘got on site and got going’’ as soon as they could. Concrete Structures has a 15­month contract, and both Mr Stevenson and Ms McBride say they are by and large comfortable with the way things are going. ‘‘You have to realise that the likes of the bridge beams are being made off site, so this sort of work is progress­ ing,’’ Mr Stevenson says. ‘‘Bridge builders, because of the very nature of the job, are extremely adaptable.’’

Work continues on constructing the new Ashley River road bridge. In response to complaints about the length of time the existing bridge has been closed following heavy rain, Mr Stevenson says safety is paramount. ‘‘Council takes a very cautious approach in managing the bridge in the interests of public safety.’’ He says the vulnerability of the the bridge was demonstrated last June when a pier was washed out. More serious damage and resulting risk to the public was minimised because the bridge was closed at the time. ‘‘The reason the bridge is closed is

because the high flows cause scouring around the piles and as the piles are relatively shallow, the scour depth can get close to the bottom of them. ‘‘If that happens it can destabilise the pile and piers.’’ The scour depth at each pile needs to be checked before the bridge can be reopened after closures, and this cannot be done until after river levels have returned to more normal levels. Mr Stevenson says the piles for the new bridge are being driven 15 metres below the river bed, so scouring should

The new bridge should be in use early next year. not be a problem. There has also been criticism that the present bridge is closed when the river does not seem to be too high. Mr Stevenson says the river flow gauge and Ashley Gorge provides initial information for making the decision to close the bridge. When the flow at the bridge reaches 70 cumecs, a text alerts staff of the rising river level. The flow at the bridge is then monitored. When the flow at the gorge hits 100 cumecs, the decision is made to close

Photos: Supplied.

the bridge, and a closure time is agreed on. This usually about 90 minutes after the 100 cumec level is reached. The closure decision may be made earlier, depending on the actual flow observed at the Ashley bridge. Mr Stevenson says staff will also be monitoring traffic flows when the bridge is closed and, in particular, the congestion that sometimes occurs when vehicles access State Highway One, north of Waikuku. ‘‘We will keep an eye on this, but there is no easy solution,’’ he says.

Hurunui Hydraulics Amberley Ph: 027 246 8592 Robbie

027 246 8592

Hydraulink North Canterbury Rangiora NIGEL Ph: 021 447 764 Van 1 STU Ph: 027 HYDRAULINK (493 728) Van 2


Page 28

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

Rain hinders winter feed crops Over 200mm of rain in April could well have undone the good work of 140mm of rain in March for this year’s winter feed crops. However, Andrew Gilchrist is still confident there will be some impressive yields out there. The Northern Agricultural and Pas­ toral Association’s annual competition based in Rangiora, is this year organised by Andrew and committee members and will be held on May 27 and 28. Also the annual hay and silage competition will be held on Friday May 30, followed by a combined prizegiving at the A&P function centre in the evening. ‘‘This year it is about learning. This is a great event and a fantastic chance to see and hear how farmers grow their crops. ‘‘There is a wealth of knowledge in the district and one way to learn is to see how others do it,’’ says Andrew. Prizes range from fence standards, to seed, Farmlands vouchers and fertiliser, to name a few. ‘‘I encourage people to enter and join the two day drive around the county. There are plenty of stories told and always a few characters,’’ he says. The tour starts from Farmlands, on

• Experienced road transport operator • Efficient personal service, NZ wide • Assure quality accredited operator 1400907

- Hilton Brough Owner/Operator

Ph: 027 297 6125 • Evenings (03) 312 6940


Powerful partnership close to home! Ravensdown Culverden now has a Flowfert-N mixing station and Sam from Douglas Farm Contracting has Express® gibberellic acid ready to apply upon request.

Contact Sam Douglas Farm Contracting DDI:03 314 7676 MOB:027 629 9179

Nutrient know-how for New Zealand

0800 100 123

Flaxton Road, leaving at 8.15am on both days. Entry forms are available at Farm­ lands, PGGWrightson, RD1 and Luisetti Seeds with entries closing on May 22.

Prizes and results will be announced at the A&P function centre on Friday May 30 at 8pm. Andrew Gilchrist can be contacted on (03) 3126703 or 027­4314224 for more information.

Warning signs help stop spread of pests like Chilean needle grass

Livestock and Bulk Cartage

Brough Hills Ltd

Andrew Gilchrist holding a bulb of fodder beet, which is one of the entries in the competition sponsored by Larundel Dairy Partnership, Swannanoa.

Biosecurity warning signs are now available for every farm gate in the country to combat the spread of foreign invaders like Chilean Needle Grass. The new signs are available for free from regional councils in Canterbury, Marlborough and Hawkes Bay and are part of a public campaign to raise awareness of Chilean Needle Grass (CNG), an invasive weed, which poses a significant threat to the sustainability of arable and pastoral farming in New Zealand. The pest seeds prolifically and can displace pasture and desirable vegetation, is unpalatable to stock when in seed and its sharp seeds catch on passing animals and can penetrate the skin and muscle damaging the hide and downgrading the carcass. CNG is known to affect around 3700 hectares of farmland in Hawkes Bay, Marlborough and Canterbury and could infest an estimated 15 million hectares nationwide if measures to contain it are not carried out by landowners and visitors to rural properties. As well as signs, the CNG programme campaign has moved online with a Facebook page ( encour­ aging property owners to upload photos of signs nationwide, alongside a YouTube video demon­ strating how to identify and eradicate the plant pest. ‘‘We’re hoping the campaign will go viral to raise awareness of how easily Chilean Needle Grass can spread and the measures farmers can take to protect themselves from new pests entering their properties,’’ says Charles Wiffen, Parnassus farmer and chair of the CNG pest management liaison committee in North Canter­ bury. ‘‘People, animals, vehicles, machinery and equipment as well as soil, mud and contaminated feed can all transport pests and diseases from property to property. It only takes one seed from a Chilean Needle Grass plant attaching itself to a vehicle, person or animal for the plant to move and infect another property. ‘‘It is not only landowners. Visitors to farms, whether they are contractors or guests, also need to consider what’s on board when they enter and leave rural properties. By displaying a sign at the farm gate it reminds people to think about their vehicle hygiene and basic farm biosecurity.’’ Environment Canterbury, the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, the Marlborough District Council and the Ministry for Primary Industries are working collaboratively on the CNG aware­ ness programme campaign with support from the Sustainable Farming Fund.

Efforts to stop the spread of Chilean Needle Grass are being stepped up around the country, including North Canterbury. The farm biosecurity sign asks visitors to a farm to contact the land occupier before entering the property and has a space for the land occupier to write their phone number. This provides the land occupier with an opportunity to ask questions about the biosecurity status of any properties visitors to their farm have visited and to check that their vehicles, machinery, equipment, clothing, and footwear are clean and free from soil, mud, and manure as well as seeds and other plant matter before allowing them to enter the property. For more information on farm biosecurity or to request a farm biosecurity sign for your property please contact Chilean Needle Grass Awareness Programme co­ordinator Jenna Taylor (03) 3149586 or 027­8393878 or jenna.taylor@ecan­ or post to PO Box 7, Amberley 744. Or you can email a photo of yourself next to your sign at the entrance to your property along with your name and contact details to Jenna by June 30 and go in the draw to win $500 worth of fuel vouchers. Alternatively, post the photo on the Chilean Needle Grass Awareness Programme Facebook page ( and receive two entries in the draw.

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

Page 29

Local Southdown breeders on show MUSCLE UP LIMOUSIN With

• • • • •

6th Annual South Island Limousin Bull Sale

11 quality R2 Limousin bulls on offer run together in bull trial since August 2013 independently assessed for structure and fertility outstanding temperament invitational female sale to follow

On farm (Brian O’Connell) Mains Road, Rakaia-Selwyn Rd, Dunsandel Monday 19 May, 2014, 1.00pm

New Zealand Southdown Society members admire stock at Jenny Alexandra’s Hursley Downs Stud, near Amberley.

Callum Dunnett (PGW) 027 590-8612 Anthony Cox (RL) 027 208-3071 Warrick James (Convenor) 03 318-2352 Gary Kennett (Catalogues) 03 329-6380

Waipara winery before moving on to the last and oldest of the North Canterbury studs. David Gillespie’s ‘‘Midlands Stud’’ was foun­ ded in 2000 and moved to the present 170 hectare property near Oxford last October. At present it runs a commercial flock of corriedale ewes and 200 Southdown ewes. Wednesday saw the tour visit Neville Moorhead’s ‘‘Holly Farm’’, Mr Brannigan’s ‘‘Musburg’’ and Andrew and Louise Christey’s ‘‘Mapua’’, all at Southbridge, plus Brent Macauley’s ‘‘Maclaka’’ near Lincoln.

Vets offer training to improve drenching and vaccine techniques ONLY THE BEST WILL DO Cases of lamb deaths and down graded carcasses due to poor drenching and vaccination tech­ niques has prompted North Canterbury Vets to hold training days throughout the Hurunui to enable people to update their skills. Carcasses can be down graded or condemned when an abscess has formed after vaccinating, often caused by a dirty needle, wet sheep or poor technique. Cheviot vet Camille Flack says the training aims to support the farming community and their businesses. ‘‘The training days will cover application and technique for vaccines and drenches,’’ she says. There will also be a talk on the important skill of body condition scoring of sheep and the

applying of lice and fly products. ‘‘We want to fill in any gaps farm employees may have in their skill base and act as a refresher for others,’’ says Camille. Anyone involved with sheep farming is welcome. For further information, contact North Canterbury Vet Clinics at any of their branches. The days will be held on: May 14, 2pm, at Cranford Downs, 485 Mt Palm Road Rotherham. May 16, 9am, Robert and Jean Forrester, 1529 Omihi Road. May 16, 2pm, Acheron Holdings, 1463 SH1, Cheviot. May 28, 2pm, Zino Holdings, 128 Westrenas Road, Hawarden.


• • • •

Your Authorised John Deere Dealer Stocking Genuine John Deere Parts 24hr call out The largest service fleet in the region


799 Jones Rd, Rolleston 03 349 4883

YOU GAIN PRODUCTIVITY ONE MINUTE AT A TIME Our feed out equipment helps you cram more into every day. The stable includes forage wagons, bale feeders and mixer wagons. The right tool saves you time, so you can make every minute count.

36 Hickory Place, Hornby CHCH P 03 344 5645 Sales Maurice Jordan 0272 607 821 Nick Wilson 0274 987 044 Service Dave Paris 0272 607 822 Parts Grant Legge 0277 056 837

9a McGregor Lane, Ashburton P 03 307 6031 Sales Terry Gordon 0272 60 7820 Bede Prendergast 0277 066 682 Service Christoph Kalin 0272 607 833 Parts Dave Shaw 0272 607 001 0800 432 633


By Kit Carson Around 60 Southdown enthusiasts descended on three North Canterbury stud farms on Tuesday to check out the quality of the stock. First call for the group from throughout New Zealand, plus seven representatives from Aus­ tralia, was Jenny Alexandra’s ‘Hursley Downs’ Stud just out of Amberley. Established in 2008, Jenny chose Southdown after reading an article saying Alliance wanted a complete lamb, good shoulder, plenty of muscle over the loin and good hindquarter. She now has 120 ewes. Between 60 and 70 two tooth rams are sold each year, mainly to North Canterbury hill country farms. After requests for hogget mating, the stud decided to identify two tooths to do the job, rather than sell ram lambs. Central Southdown Breeders Club president Stuart Brannigan said the tour was a yearly event and included the national body’s annual general meeting. This year is the society’s centenary, although the Southdown has been in Canterbury since 1863, courtesy of the Deans family. Mr Brannigan was impressed with what he saw at Hursley Downs. ‘‘I have to say the breed has been holding its own in recent years, and what I am seeing here suggests it will continue to do so.’’ From Amberley, the tour moved on to Phil and Fi Williams’ ‘Omihi Stud’. Founded in 2007, in conjunction with Phil’s father Brian, it has grown steadily from the first 13 ewes purchased from Colin and Liz Smith, of Cust. ‘‘We’re now looking at 85 ewes and growing, ’’ Mr Williams said. The stud sells around 25 rams a season at this stage. After visiting Patoa Farms piggery, near Harwarden, the tour group lunched at a

Page 30

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

Hands­on training for chainsaw safety week North Canterbury women participated in hands­on chainsaw training, as part of a safety awareness campaign last week. On average, more than six people injure themselves with a chainsaw every day, which prompted chainsaw manufacturer STIHL to power up a Chainsaw Safety Awareness Week campaign which ran right across the country last week. STIHL hosted women from the Dairy Women’s Network at five chainsaw training sessions in different regions, including North Canterbury. ACC statistics show that New Zealanders

are experiencing 185 chainsaw accidents a month, equating to nearly 50 incidents every week and the figures are on the rise, based on ACC’s reports for the last three years. The chainsaw training sessions for the Dairy Women’s Network were run by profes­ sional educators qualified to train chainsaw users, and taught women how to operate a chainsaw safely with hands­on experience. ‘‘Chainsaw safety is hugely relevant to dairy women throughout New Zealand as chain­ saws are used daily on farms and chainsaw accidents are not uncommon,’’ the Dairy Women’s Network says. ‘‘With first­hand safety tips women can help make sure that chainsaws are used safely at home and on the farm.’’ STIHL encourages all chainsaw users to act safely when using a chainsaw and provides the below tips to ensure the best use of chain­ saws: Use the right safety gear: Steel­capped boots, chainsaw chaps, safety helmet, ear­ muffs, safety glasses are the best form of protection from chainsaw accidents Stop and think!: Before you start ensure that you have the correct equipment and are in a safe environment to do the job at hand Reduce kickback: Hold the chainsaw firmly, be aware of the location of the tip of the chainsaw and test the chain brake to make sure it works Sharpen up : Maintain the chain of your saw properly; keep the chain sharp, keep the machine well­oiled and properly tensioned and follow the manufacturer’s specifications for correct depth gauge settings.

Rural Women NZ is promoting safety with school bus companies, including a 20kmh speed limit when motorists pass a parked bus. File Photo.

Rural women promote bus safety Rural Women New Zealand is calling on bus companies to install extra mirrors to ensure child safety. Ritchies Transport has installed extra mirrors on its buses, following an incident in 2012, where a five­year­old West Coast boy was killed after he was dropped off by a school bus operated by the company. Rural Women NZ says other bus companies should follow suit.. An recent inquest into the death by Christchurch coroner Richard McElrea was told that the driver was unable to see down the full length of the left­hand side of the bus at the time of the accident. Since then extra mirrors have been retro­fitted to the com­ pany’s fleet to improve visibility for its drivers. ‘‘Such blind spots are likely to be a problem

with many school buses and we urge other companies to install extra mirrors where necessary to ensure there is good visibility down the full length of the bus,’’ Rural Women NZ national president Wendy McGowan says. Children are unpredictable, and as in this case, may step out on to the road. ‘‘The cost of retrofitting mirrors is a small price to pay to keep children safer around school buses and will hopefully avoid a similar tragedy.’’ Rural Women NZ has long campaigned for better safety around school buses, with a strong focus on raising awareness of the 20kmh speed limit in both directions when passing a bus that has stopped for children to get on or off.

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

Page 31

Sadness as Amuri Basin farm goes up for auction

Beechwood, looking west to the magnificent hill country backdrop. ‘‘He sold the farm across the road for the same, so it wasn’t too bad. ‘‘But we had no hay for winter as it was left as a carrot for the bloke that bought Tug’s first farm.’’ The Beechwood name simply crossed the road. Rob was 12 at the time of the sale. ‘‘The whole family was involved, as you were in those days and I can recall I felt that I really needed a smoke. I’ve only had about three since...’’ Once settled in, paddock sizes were altered, new fencing erected and new pasture sown. A major change came in 1962 when a hereford stud was set at the request of Margaret Burrows, who at the age of 93, continues to take a keen interest in what’s happening on Beechwood. Herefords remain pivotal to the success of Beechwood in its present form. Another huge change came in the early 1980s, with the advent of irrigation. For the proposed scheme to go ahead a 75 percent farmer vote in favour was required. ‘‘We ended up putting everyone on a bus and heading down to Winchmore.

‘‘When they saw what had been achieved there, plus numerous discussions at various watering holes on the way home, there was no real problem getting the vote,’’ Rob says. Farm staff had been working on development for two years before water arrived so around 25ha was ‘‘good to go’’ when it did. These days, about 124ha is irrigated by border dykes, and with 261 shares held in the Amuri Irrigation Company, there is sufficient water to irrigate the remainder of the farm. Rob accepts that the switch to dairying looks inevitable, and while it was something he and Mary Ann had considered, it was not his first choice. ‘‘I’m more of a stockman than a mechanic,’’ he says. ‘‘With border dyke irrigation, the only thing mechanical you need is an a alarm clock, which I can handle.’’ Both Rob and Mary Ann are happy with what they have achieved on Beechwood, and particularly the trees planted, a shift away from pines to thuyas (western red cedar), poplars and others. The actual farming has been good also. At its

peak in the Muldoon years, the Burrows used to sell 1100 stud halfbred and romney rams. While those numbers have declined, sales remain strong. Over the years, they have sold sheep to the likes of China, Uruguay, Argentina and somewhat surprisingly, Fiji. Ram sales have traditionally been capped off with a cup of tea, and a whisky, or two... ‘‘I can remember a couple of bachelors who came by every year to buy a ram. ‘‘It was my job as a youngster to carry the bottle of whisky and the water jug and offer top ups ‘‘I remember approaching one of these old blokes, and him saying ‘no, no, no’ then chasing me round the room with his arm outstretched, obviously having changed his mind. ‘‘On another occasion a agent and a Spanish­ speaking interpreter, got pie­eyed leaving Tug and me trying trying to do a deal with a group who couldn’t speak a word of English.’’ Beechwood as it is today is in 28 irrigated paddocks, 25 dry paddocks as well as 12 smaller holding paddocks around the yards. The templeton and eyre­paparua soils allow for the cutting of around 1200 medium squares of hay a year, plus lucerne, rape, turnips and kale. It runs 140 hereford and 60 charolais cows, plus 750 Wairere bred romney ewes and supporting stock. While the Burrows are pre­occupied with their property on the market, they are also looking forward to the annual bull sale on June 6, in conjunction with the Kaiwara stud of George and Bruce Johns and Wayne Chisnall, formerly of the Downs. All their bulls are bovine viral diarrhoea tested clear, vaccinated twice and have passed a serving check. Subject to the sale of Beechwood, and looking to the future, Rob says he has lined up what he describes as a ‘‘1000ha lifestyle block’’, which will allow for less intensive farming. ‘‘If it all pans out, we won’t be moving too far. ‘‘We are hoping our clients will still come by and buy rams and bulls from us.’’


By Kit Carson The eyes of Rob Burrows and those of his wife, Mary Ann, both mist over as they talk about the prospect of leaving their Amuri Basin property, Beechwood. Up for auction on Wednesday, May 21, the 275 hectare farm has been Rob’s home since 1960, the place where the couple have raised their two daughters, so the probable shift does not come without much soul­searching. Both say they will miss the stunning views to the west and, of course, the memories. For Rob, the memories go back even further, to 1951 when his father Tug and wife Margaret, who still lives on the property, bought a 365 acre (178ha) farm of the same name on the other side of Top Pahau Ford Road. A returned serviceman, Tug was in numerous ballots for land in the area before using his rehabilitation money to buy his first farm. Buying at the height of the boom, in the wake of the Korean War, meant times were tough at first, the family being restricted to a budget of five pounds ($10) a week by the bank. ‘‘A wife, two kids, no car, a few horses, a tractor and trailer, it must have been tough for Tug and Mum,’’ Rob says. A rabbiter and shearer, Tug was obviously not afraid of hard work. In fact before his World War 2 service, Tug had brought together a small southdown stud ‘‘which his father sold on him while he was away at the war, something he wasn’t too happy about,’’ Rob recalls. It was not too long before Tug was back putting rams over half bred merino ewes, on­selling the ram lambs and building up assets. By 1957, the romney stud was established, which continues to this day, a smaller leicester stud following a year later. In 1960, The Terraces, as it was known then came on the market for 57 pounds (an acre) ‘‘that’s $114 in today’s terms’’, says Rob. ‘‘There had been few if any sales in the area for some years, and some people said Tug had paid 20 pounds too much.

Your Authorised Husqvarna Dealers

275 Flaxton Road, Southbrook Ph: 03 313 6640 Fax: 03 313 6641

Waipara Junction Garage Ph/Fax: (03) 314-6899

Page 32

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

Grading day bodes well for a successful season for Hurunui netball teams A great Hurunui netball season is in store with grading day a huge success. Glenmark turned on the sunshine with all primary and senior teams playing to decide their grade for the first round of competition. The senior grade is looking tight and tough this season with some very close results. Culverden A and Hanmer Springs A went through the day unbeaten as did the Glen­ mark Primary A team. The Senior A grade will this year consists of Cheviot A, Cheviot B, Culverden A, Glen­ mark A, Hanmer A, Hawarden A and Waiau A. The Senior B grade is Cheviot C, Cheviot Social, Culverden B, Hawarden B, Hawarden

C, Waiau B and Waikari. The Primary grades are looking just as competitive as the seniors with Cheviot PA, Culverden PA, Glenmark PA, Hanmer PA, Hawarden PA and Waiau PA playing in the A grade. The B grade consists of Cheviot PB, Culverden PB, Glenmark PB, Hawarden PB, Waiau PB and Waiau PC. This year there are seven Future Fern teams playing fun games each week. Next week the teams are off to Cheviot for the first competition round of the season where Hurunui Netball is also lucky enough to be hosting the Milo Cereal Breakfast for the Future Fern teams.

Local smallbore rifle results Ashley Smallbore Rifle Club results: Round One, Travelling Teams results: Division One: Amberley 388.18, 5 points, Rangiora 381.15, 4 points, West Eyreton 376.19, 3 points. Div Two: Rangiora 386.20, 5 points, Amber­ ley 380.22, 4 points. Round One: Individual scores (Tiverton Cup): Gordon Wright 98.4, Alister Brosnan 97.4, Robert Dalzell 97.1, Tania Boerlage 96.6, Ian Frazer 96.5, Brian Lunn 96.5, Ross Harper 95.3, Conan Griffin 95.3, Keith Brown 95.3,

James Briden 95.1, Chris Kershaw 94.4, Michael Criglington 94.2, Joel Edge 94.2, Sam Vincent 93.3, Hamish Dalzell 92.1, Chris Rhodes 90.1, Dudley Jarman 90.0, Georgia Withers 89.2, Peter Boerlage 89.2, Georgia Rhodes 88.2. Amberley Smallbore Rifle Club results: Keith Brown 100.5, Gordon Wright 99.6, Ross Harper 98.7, Simon Nicholls 95.1, Chris Rhodes 95.0, Michael Criglington 94.3, Georgia Rhodes 92.3, Adam Heaven 87.2, Chris McClintock 82.0, Matt Fahey 70.0.

Growth sees NZ’s oldest hockey club enter under­18 boys team New Zealand’s oldest hockey club, Hinemoa­ Kaiapoi is continuing to grow, enabling an under­18 boys team to be added to its ranks for the first time. This team, coupled with its under­18 girls team, who won their grade last year, means the club does not lose players to other clubs once players get to Year 8. The club also has a ladies mid week open team ­ which was fourth out of 14 teams last season ­ a ladies grass team, super 8 boys and girls and a mixed mini 6’s team. The club is still taking registrations and is still on the look out for boys and girls in Years

1 to 7 to help boost numbers in its super 8 and mini teams. Training is in Kaiapoi and all teams, aside from the grass team, play on artificial surfaces. Subs are some of the lowest in Canterbury too. President Caroline Faass says the club likes to keep subs as low as possible because it is ‘‘all about about having children play hoc­ key’’. Anyone one interested in playing for the club contact Ann Harper on 327 6048 or Shelley Smith on 327 8992.

Mixed results for Rangiora hockey Rangiora Hockey results were as follows: Women Men: Division one: Rangiora 1 Harewood 1. Division two: Rangiora 2 Marish 0. Division two: Rangiora 10 Avon 1. Player­of­ Division three: Rangiora 4 Selwyn 1. the­day, Kerensa Wheeler. Under 18: Rangiora 2 Harewood 3. Player­of Kiwi sticks Gold: Rangiora 0 Marish 0. ­the­day, Dawson Payne. Player­of­the­day, Emma Shroeder. Kiwi sticks: Rangiora 0 Selwyn 14. Player­of­ Kiwi sticks Green: Rangiora Hornby 2. the­day, Nathan Starling Player­of­the­day, Sarah Frizzell.

Rangiora Bridge Club results Saturday Pairs: North/South: Pauline Miller/ Alison Marshall 1. East/West: Mary & Noel Bain 1. Monday Afternoon: N/S: Jack Lyon/Ken Johns 1, Helen Dunn/Margaret Johnston 2, Jeanette Chatterton/Dawn Simpson 3. E/W: Helen Paterson/Lynley Cullnane 1, Colleen

Adam/Jenny Shore 2, Robin Hassall/P Miller 3. Wednesday Evening: N/S: Owen Evans/ Nikki Kutyn 1, Heather Waldron/Glenda Frapwell 2, Des Steere/Brian Stewart 3. E/W: Gaynor Hurford/D Simpson 1, Barry Smart/ Lynda Cameron 2, Marion & Barry Lomax 3.

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

Page 33

Saracens takes its first win Saracens scored their first win of the season when they beat Ohoka 49­22 in an entertain­ ing match in the Luisetti Seeds Combined Division 1 competition on Saturday. It was as though both teams welcomed a warm sunny day ­ something that has been at a premium to date this rugby season ­ and responded with a positive attitude and a willingness to try to play an attacking brand of rugby. Saracens was probably the more patterned team. Michael Day, who was named Waimak Real Estate Player of The Day, and Geoff Cherry were particularly prominent in an effective forward pack which gained a steady supply of ball and first five­eighth Ricky Allin drove his team around the field with generally judicious choices of when to kick, when to pass and when to run. But Ohoka contributed a lot to the spectacle and with players like Ace Simanu to the fore, were always dangerous from broken play. Another feature of the match was that both teams fielded speedy fullbacks ­ Leo Lafai for Ohoka and Josh Harrison for Saracens ­ who relished any opportunity to gather in any misdirected kicks and to run the ball back at their opponents. Saracens went to half­time with a 27­17 lead, having already pocketed their four­try bonus point, but Ohoka had scored three of their own ­ all of them to front­row forwards.

Tane Anderson, Saracens under 14.5 on his way to a long range try against Ashley on Saracens Club Day at Southbrook last Saturday. Photo: Supplied. Saracens scored another three tries in the second half, but Ohoka could only add one more, sufficient to give them their first competition point for the season. Saracens

eventually ran out convincing winners by 49­22. Try scorers for Saracens were Michael Day, Johnny Turnbull, Josh Harrison, Josh Mayn­ ard, James Peploe­Williams and Grant Broderson (2) while Ace Simanu, (2), Tu Tuimongui and Leo Lafai dotted down for Ohoka. Glenmark notched up their best result of the season with an excellent win over the previously­unbeaten Lincoln team. Lincoln are renowned for their strong forward pack, but Glenmark, outstandingly led by captain, Hamish Black, was more than a match for Lincoln in that regard in the very soft underfoot conditions. Fullback, Sam Westenra, continued his rich vein of try­ scoring form with his fifth try in just four matches for the victors. Ashley’s bubble burst in a big way when they travelled south to face Methven, being well beaten 0­34. This was the first time for more than two seasons that Ashley has been beaten in a round robin match in the Luisetti Seeds Combined competition but Methven was clearly the better side and Ashley will have to improve substantially if they are to mount a meaningful challenge to the unbeaten South­ bridge team at Loburn next Saturday. In other matches, Oxford lost 21­3 to Darfield while Kaiapoi succumbed to Rakaia 18­9.

From the Sidelines Nth Canty rugby results Two North Canterbury Clubs, Cheviot, which is one of the smallest, and Saracens, which is the largest, both celebrated their respective club days last Saturday with well­earned victories by their respective senior sides. At Division 1 and Colts levels, Cheviot players are incorporated into the Glenmark side and at other levels combined Cheviot­Glenmark teams are formed. At Southbrook Park on Satur­ day, all 22 of Saracens’ teams were competing. With all the rain mid­ week, there had been fears that the Club Day may not be able to proceed but it was very heartening to the club that the work that they and the Waimakariri District Council had done, was vindicated and the playing surfaces held up remarkably well. One of the most promising teams in the Saracens Club is their Under 14d team. They lack for nothing on the guidance front as they are coached by the North Canterbury Senior coach, Shane Fletcher and Andrew Robinson who played over 100 Division one matches, with assistance from former North Can­

terbury and Canterbury Country halfback, Malcolm Campbell. The triumvirate are embracing a whole squad approach to the season and are working hard not only on building each player’s generic skills but also on getting each player to understand the requirements of their particular position. To date this season, the team is unbeaten. Pic­ tured is their halfback, Tane Ander­ son, on his way to scoring a long­ range try in their 61­26 victory over Ashley on Saturday. The Combined Under 18 grade is shaping up to be a cracker this season and it is heartening to see all North Canterbury teams performing well. After the first four rounds, three teams, Rangiora High School (2nd XV), Hurunui and Springston­ Southbridge are locked together with three wins each, although the school team do have a game in hand. What has really stood out , though, is how close most of the matches have been. Kaiapoi, for example, have not yet managed a win ­ but they drew with Hurunui and went down by just a solitary point to RHS.

Rugby results from the weekend were:

Waimak Real Estate Player of the Day ­ Michael Day (Saracens) Luisetti Seeds division one, section one: Rakaia 18 Kaiapoi 9, Darfield 21 Oxford 3, Methven 34 Ashley 0, Hampstead 24 Prebbleton 38. Section two: Saracens 49, Ohoka 22 Burn/Duns/Irwell 14 Celtic 12, Glenmark 26 Lincoln 13, Waihora 28 West Melton 7. Mike Greer Homes North Canterbury Ltd ­ Division two: Kaiapoi 52 Oxford 14, Glenmark­Cheviot 12 Woodend 50, Saracens 37 Amberley 8, Ashley 24 Hurunui 25. Division three: Saracens 35 Ohoka 19, Metro Colts: Glenmark 14 Ohoka 45. Crusaders secondary schools ­ The Press Cup: Rangiora HS 9 Nelson College 24. Elles/Nth Canterbury/Mid Canterbury combined under18: Hurunui 31 Springston/ Southbridge 23, Oxford/Woodend 46 Tinwald/Celtic 7, Rangiora HS 17 Waihora 12, Malvern Combined 55 Meth/Allen/Rak 0. Ellesmere/Nth Canty/Mid Canty combined under 16: West Melton 69 Woodend/Ohoka 20, Harlequins 33 Lincoln 28, Oxford 24 Malvern Combined 34, Kaiapoi 22 Prebbleton 0, Ashley 39 Rolleston 7. Mike Greer Homes Nth Canterbury under 14: Saracens 55 Ashley 26, Woodend 50 Hurunui 19,Challenge Shield Match: Woodend holders: Kaiapoi 39 Oxford 19. Mike Greer Homes Nth Canty under 13: Amberley 19 Hurunui 58, Ashley Blue 26 Ashley Green 47, Kaiapoi Blue 44 Kaiapoi Gold 29, Saracens 5 Ohoka 55. Under 11: Ohoka Black 32 Ashley Blue 17, Ashley Green 10 Woodend 73, Kaiapoi 37 Oxford Red 29, Saracens Red 12 Ohoka Red 25, Saracens Blue 19 Oxford Black 41. Under 10: Saracens Blue 25 Ohoka Red 55, Saracens Red 35 Woodend 10, Glenmark­ Cheviot 55 Hurunui Blue 50, Amberley 35 Hurunui Black 20, Kaiapoi 10 United 7, Oxford 25 Ohoka Black 30. Under 9: Saracens Blue 25 Ohoka Red 55, Saracens Red 55 Woodend 20, Glenmark­ Cheviot 40 Ashley Green 40, Amberley 10 Hurunui 55, Kaiapoi 55 United 10. Under 8: Saracens Blue 55 Ohoka Red 30, Saracens Red 55 Woodend 50, Glenmark­ Cheviot 40 Hurunui Blue 40, Kaiapoi 55 Hurunui Black 45, Ohoka Black 50 Ashley Blue 45, Oxford 9 Ashley Green 5, Amberley 40 Ashley White 30. Under 7: Saracens Blue 50 Ohoka Red 55, Saracens Red 55 Woodend 50, Saracens Orange 50 Ashley Green 55, Chev ­ Glen 55 Ashley Blue 45, Oxford Black 14 Ohoka White 16, Oxford Red 14 Ohoka Black 13, Amberley 45 Hurunui 55, Kaiapoi 14 United 14. Under 6: Saracens Black 45 Ashley Gold 45, Saracens Blue 55 Ohoka Red 50, Saracens Green 50 Ohoka White 55, Saracens Orange 55 Ashley Green 55, Saracens Red 50 Woodend 55, Saracens White 55 Ashley White 55, Oxford Black 13 Kaiapoi 13, Oxford Red 14 Ohoka Black 14, Chev­Glen 30 Ashley Blue 45, Amberley 55 Hurunui 55.


KAIAPOI, OXFORD, HURUNUI LUISETTI SEEDS DIVISION 1 - SECTION 1; Oxford v. Hampstead, Ox Oval, 2.45pm, M Gameson; Assistant Referees: A Stokes, B Egerton; Kaiapoi v. Methven, Kai Oval, 2.45pm, J Archer; Assistant Referees: G Inch, P Bigwood; Prebbleton v. Rakaia, Prebbleton Oval, 2.45pm, K Pottinger; Assistant Referees: R Goodman, A Brosnahan; Ashley v. Southbridge, Lob Lwr 1, 2.45pm, G Cate; Assistant Referees: L Inch, D Clark; Darfield bye; LUISETTI SEEDS DIVISION 1 - SECTION 2; Burn/Duns/Irwell v. Saracens, Burnham 1, 2.45pm, G Peddie; Assistant Referees: A McMillan, G White; Southern v. Glenmark, Hinds 1, 2.45pm, S Laird; Ohoka v. West Melton, Mand 1, 2.45pm, A Hotop; Assistant Referees: K Fitzgerald , Chris Rowe; Celtic v. Waihora, Celtic 1, 3.00pm, J Lamers; Lincoln bye; MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD - DIV 2; Pickering Shield, Saturday, 10 May 2014: Hurunui v. Saracens, Culverden 1, 2.45pm, G Welch; Woodend v. Amberley, Wood 1, 2.45pm, K Hancox; Oxford v. Ashley, Ox Oval, 1.00pm, K Lilley; Kaiapoi v. Glenmark-Cheviot, Kai Oval, 1.00pm, D Taylor; MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD - DIV 3; Saracens bye; Woodend v. Ohoka, Wood 2, 2.15pm, G McGiffert; METRO COLTS; New Brighton v. Glenmark, Rawhiti 3, 1.00pm; Ohoka v. University, Mandeville, 2.00pm, G Eder; WOMENS - CUP; Burnside/Kaiapoi v. Christchurch, Kai 1, 2.00pm, G Matthews; CRUSADERS SECONDARY SCHOOLS - THE PRESS CUP; Lincoln HS v. Rangiora HS, Lincoln HS 1, 12.00pm, B Ward; Assistant Referees: M Baxendale, B Moir; ELLES/NORTH CANT/MID CANT COMBINED U18; Hurunui v. Meth/Allen/Rak, Culverden 2, 2.00pm, S Clark; Kaiapoi v. Waihora, Kai 2, 2.30pm, D Chinnery; Oxford/Woodend v. Rangiora HS, Ox 2, 1.15pm, G Dunseath; Tinwald/Celtic v. Malvern Combined, Celtic 2, 2.45pm; Springston/Southbridge bye; ELLES/NORTH CANT/MID CANT COMBINED U16; Prebbleton v. Ashley, Prebbleton 2, 1.30pm, A Brosnahan; Kaiapoi v. Lincoln, Kai 1, 12.30pm; Woodend/Ohoka v. Malvern Combined, Wood 1, 1.00pm; Waihora v. West Melton, Tai Tapu 2, 1.00pm, M Quinlivan; Oxford v. Harlequins, Ox 4, 1.00pm; Celtic v. Rolleston, Celtic 1, 12.15pm; MIKE GREER HOMES NTH CANTY U14½; Oxford v. Ashley, Ox 3, 1.30pm, C Smith; Hurunui v. Saracens, Culverden 1, 2.15pm, N TePuni; Kaiapoi v. Woodend, Kai 2, 12.45pm, L Silcock; MIKE GREER HOMES NTH CANTY U13; North Canterbury Challenge Shield , Ashley Green v. Amberley, Lob 4, 11.45am, R Brine; Oxford v. Ashley Blue, Ox Oval, 11.45am, J Legros; Hurunui v. Saracens, Culverden 1, 11.45am, B Blackler; Kaiapoi Gold v. Ohoka, Kai Oval, 10.30am, S Norton; Kaiapoi Blue bye; MIKE GREER HOMES NTH CANTY U11½; Oxford Black v. Ohoka Black, Ox 2, 11.00am, C Smith; Glenmark Challenge Shield, Oxford Red v. Ashley Blue, Ox Oval, 10.30am, A Stokes; Hurunui v. Saracens Blue, Culverden 1, 10.30am, B Blackler; Kaiapoi v. Ohoka Red, Kai Oval, 11.45am, S Norton; Woodend v. Saracens Red, Wood 2, 10.30am, R Lane; Ashley Green v. Amberley, Lob Lwr 1, 10.30am, L Brine; MIKE GREER HOMES NTH CANTY U10; Glenmark-Cheviot bye; Oxford v. Saracens Red, Ox Jnr 5, 12.10pm; Hurunui Blue v. Ashley, Culverden Jnr 4, 12.10pm; Hurunui Black v. Saracens Blue, Culverden Jnr 3, 12.10pm; Kaiapoi v. Ohoka Red, Kai Jnr 3, 11.05am; Woodend v. Ohoka Black, Wood Jnr 4, 12.10pm; United v. Amberley, Hawarden Jnr, 12.10pm; MIKE GREER HOMES NTH CANTY U9; Glenmark-Cheviot bye; Oxford v. Saracens Red, Ox Jnr 5, 10.00am; Ashley Green v. Ashley Blue, Lob Jnr 5, 11.05am; Hurunui v. Saracens Blue, Culverden Jnr 3, 10.00am; Kaiapoi v. Ohoka Red, Kai Jnr 3, 10.00am; Woodend v. Ohoka Black, Wood Jnr 4, 10.00am; United v. Amberley, Hawarden Jnr, 10.00am; MIKE GREER HOMES NTH CANTY U8; Oxford v. Saracens Red, Ox Jnr 5, 11.05am; Hurunui Blue v. Amberley, Culverden Jnr 4, 11.05am; Hurunui Black v. Saracens Blue, Culverden Jnr 3, 11.05am; Kaiapoi v. Ohoka Red, Kai Jnr 3, 12.10pm; Woodend v. Ohoka Black, Wood Jnr 4, 12.10pm; Ashley Green v. Ashley Blue, Lob Jnr 5, 10.00am; Ashley White v. GlenmarkCheviot, Lob Jnr 5, 11.05am; MIKE GREER HOMES NTH CANTY U7; Oxford Black v. Saracens Red, Ox 2a, 10.50am; Oxford Red v. Saracens Orange, Ox 2b, 10.50am; Hurunui v. Saracens Blue, Cul 5, 10.50am; Kaiapoi v. Ohoka Red, Kai 2a, 10.00am; Woodend v. Ohoka Black, Wood 2a, 10.50am; United v. Amberley, Haw 1a, 10.50am; Ohoka White v. Glenmark-Cheviot, Mand 2a, 10.50am; Ashley Blue v. Ashley Green, Lob 2, 10.50am; MIKE GREER HOMES NTH CANTY U6; Oxford Black v. Saracens Red, Ox 2a, 10.00am; Oxford Red v. Saracens Orange, Ox 2b, 10.00am; Hurunui v. Saracens Blue, Cul 5, 10.00am; Kaiapoi v. Ohoka Red, Kai 2a, 10.50am; Woodend v. Ohoka Black, Wood 2a, 10.00am; Amberley v. Ashley Gold, Amberley, 10.00am; Ohoka White v. Saracens Black, Mand 6, 10.00am; Ashley Blue v. Ashley Green, Lob 2, 10.50am; Ashley White v. Saracens Green, Lob 6, 10.00am; Glenmark-Cheviot v. Saracens White, Omi, 10.30am;

Proudly Supported by:

Page 34

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

Kaiapoi group bouncing back Kaiapoi’s theatre enthusiasts are bouncing back after ‘‘a bit of a lull’’. After losing the leading man, the Kaiapoi Theatre Group abandoned its annual production in 2011, but secretary Helen Moore says the group is determined its production of Barefoot in the Park will go ahead this year. ‘‘We went into a bit of a lull after the February 2011 earthquake. Our leading man was stuck in a lift in a building in Christchurch, so he felt he would be unable to do it, so we decided to call it off. ‘‘But now we are getting a new cast together and we are finally going to do it.’’ Auditions are underway and Mrs Moore is keen to hear from anyone interested in taking part in the production, either on or off stage. ‘‘Depending on who turns up, we may schedule another audition. The doors certainly won’t be shut. It will take us a few weeks to finalise and

allocate all the parts.’’ Mrs Moore says the group plans to perform Barefoot in the Park in the Kaiapoi High School auditorium in late September and early October, giving plenty of time to rehearse. Initially rehearsals will be held on two evenings a week and may increase closer to the production, as needed. ‘‘We aren’t professionals, so we don’t expect people to learn their lines up front. We give people plenty of time and support, but it’s a big commitment.’’ During the lull period, the group has performed a concert of Chess and a variety show at the Kaiapoi Club last year. Because of the success of the variety show, Mrs Moore says the group plans to do another one this year. Another audition is being held on Saturday May 10 from 10.30am at the Kaiapoi Club. For more information contact Helen Moore on (03) 3275247. A scene from the North Canterbury Musical Society’s production Chicago.

Photo: Supplied.

Chicago’s sassy talent a hit with the audience By Corrie Taplin A spectacular production of the musical Chicago is on show in Rangiora and is impressing audiences with a striking line­up of talent that is classy and sassy. Regarded as some of the best show music ever produced and with the most amazing choreo­ graphy ever to hit the live musical theatre stage, this reputation has been well and truly lived up

Chicago presents ts

1 - 17 May 2014 RangioRa HigH auditoRium

Wednesday - saturday saturday Matinee 17th May adults students / seniors / Child (gRoup discounts available)

7.30pm 2.00pm $25.00 $20.00

buy your tiCKets online noW at oR fRom apRil 1st at John harrington shoWCase JeWellers, RangioRa oR Kaiapoi Florist book by Fred ebb and bob Fosse music by John Kander lyRics by Fred ebb

Based on the play ‘ChiCago’ By Maurine dallas Watkins By arrangeMent With origin™ theatriCal on BehalF oF saMuel FrenCh ltd.

to with North Canterbury Musical Society’s version of Chicago. This was a wonderful evening of razzle, dazzle that transformed the audience from the Rangi­ ora High School auditorium to the jazz hot age of Chicago in the 1920s, and into the Vickers Theatre for a Vaudeville show. The ‘criminals as celebrity’s’, Bryony Jamison playing Velma Kelly, and Roz Ellis playing Roxie Hart, were each convincingly tough, naive, shrewd and vulnerable as they took on the plans of the influencing Mama Morton, played by Ang Reeves, and slick lawyer Billy Flynn, played by Jonathan Densem. The talented cast achieved a satirical take on murder and justice, and with minimalist sets, the audience is easily drawn into all of their characters. The colourful and lively court room scene brought it all together and, as with many scenes, there is a strong presence of the characters with charismatic singing and dancing and the vibrant costumes. All credit to the entire cast. You were polished, lively and powerful on stage and your orchestra played with gusto. Credit must go especially to the director, Ravil Atlas, musical director, Leanne O’Ma­ hony, and choreographer Annette Searle, and the North Canterbury Musical Society, your vision has produced an outstanding Chicago show that will long stay in the memory of its audiences. Tickets are available online, or at Showcase Jewellers, Rangiora, or Kaiapoi Florist. Adults $25, seniors, students and children $10. Groups discounts available. This glitzy production will run until May 17.

The News

Tug of War The famous annual Sefton Tug of War will be held on Sunday, May 18 starting at 10am at the Sefton School. Around 50 teams will compete in the ancient sport of Tug of War. Free spectator entry. A family fun day out in the country with Farmers Market and stalls, children’s entertainment, vehicle pull competition, highland dancing, food and hospitality tent. A fundraiser for Sefton School. For more details go to Style with Colour An evening of ‘Style with Colour’ featuring Sally Macs of Amberley will be held 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. Trash and Treasure Clear out your cupboards, garages, attics for a huge garage sale at the Anglican Parish Hall, Church Street, Amberley, May 10 at 9am to 1pm wet or fine. All goods accepted at the hall from 1pm Friday ­ no electrical goods. To advise of donations please phone Pat 314 8272 or Patricia 314 9330 by May 9. A parish fundraiser. Book binding Arts in Oxford will be offering book binding workshops with tutor Tessa Warburton during May. Tessa will run two courses over consecutive Sundays ­ May 18 to 25 ­ covering case binding and Japanese four hole binding. After each course, students will take home their own 80 page A5 journal. Course fees are $80 per course, or $150 for both (plus materials charges). To book or for a full course outline please email us at or come into the gallery. Spaces are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Tessa has been bookbinding and tutoring for 14 years. She is based in Oxford, working from her home studio. As well as making journals, she restores damaged books to give them a new lease of life, and offers a range of other binding services. Lynton Downs School Wetlands Open Day The Lynton Downs School is hosting an open day for the students’ wetlands project on Friday May 16, starting with a barbecue lunch at 12pm, followed by a working bee to plant 350 trees. Please bring your own spade, a pair of gunboots and old clothes. Contact Sarah Laugesen at for more information.

Correction to Anzac photo A photo of Returned Servicemen by the Waikari War Memorial incorrectly named on of the men. Mr Bill Warwick not Mr Alan McCracken is flanked by JJ O’Carroll and Allan Ramsay. The error is regretted.

Thursday May 8 2014

Page 35

Page 36

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

The News

residential, lifestyle, rural

Page 37

0800 278 583 Website ID RA1574


Thursday May 8 2014

Website ID RA1554

West Eyreton

Open Home Sunday 2.30 to 3.30pm 15 MORRIS ROAD

1760 North Eyre Road 5 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.

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.

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

Price by negotiation Maurice Newell Website ID RA1573


M 0272 401 718 Website ID RA1548


Open Home Sunday 1.00 to 2.00pm 649 OXFORD ROAD

Deadline sale closing 4pm, Friday 23 May 2014 Malcolm Garvan M 0272 314 425

Great location only 2km to Fernside, 7.6ha with a modernised, four bedroom home, large open plan living/dining/large lounge. Attached carport and sleepout/ studio. Well for domestic water supply. 850 hazlenut trees (approx 25 years old), trickle irrigated, 25 walnut trees. List of plant and equipment for managing the hazlenuts included in the sale. Irrigated with 42 Shares in the Waimakariri Irrigation Scheme. 4-bay shed with workshop, stock yards and woolshed. (prior offers considered). Website ID RA1534


Allan Gifford M 0272 262 379

Price $680,000 plus GST (if any) Malcolm Garvan M 0272 314 425

Lifestyle with two incomes, an intensive deer breeding and finishing unit and Coopers Creek Boarding Kennels. Deer fenced into 12 paddocks, lane and deer handling shed with crush. Modern pastures and regular fertiliser in an area with 1,000mm rain per annum. The kennels can accommodate 24 dogs, with quality housing and exercise areas. Three bedroom home, set in a sheltered area, with an established garden and sweeping lawns. 3-bay by 2-bay deep implement and hay shed, separate workshop with storage for two cars. Website ID RA1568


471 Woodfields Road 4 HECTARES

7B Goodwood Close 480m2

Superb four hectare lifestyle blocks in excellent location, only a few minutes from Rangiora and Swannanoa Schools, offering well water with tank, power/phone handy, quality grazing and no restrictive covenants.

Superbly presented, ‘as new’, 1998 Masterbuilders Award winning three double bedroom, two storey, brick townhouse of 206m2 with easycare, landscaped 480m2 section, overlooking quiet Reserve and close to schools and shops. This idyllic property has double garage, conservatory, garden shed, security, en suite, quality drapes, gas fire, heatpump and many extras. GV of $450,000.

Price $279,000 plus GST Russell Clifford M 0274 343 122

Ron Skews M 0274 325 859


Expressions of interest over $460,000 Russell Clifford M 0274 343 122

Kathy Thompson M 021 229 0600

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

Page 38

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

residential, lifestyle, rural

0800 278 583 Website ID TU10248






595 School House Road 7,593m2 Calling All Greenies - This sheltered private lifestyle, set close to the Kowhai River Cycle Way has been farmed organically for the last 5 years, with fabulous soil, many vege gardens and a large established orchard, with apples, plums, apricots, lemons, limes, walnuts and more. There are three paddocks to raise a few calves or perhaps graze your horses? The established sprawling gardens would be the perfect place to raise your family, with an outside hobbies room, sheds, double garage and workshop, glass house, and even the chooks with their own run plus a dog run. The three bedroom house has a fabulous new kitchen with a big gas hob and an amazing macrocarpa breakfast bar. The open plan living area, with a new log fire about to be installed, leads to a sunny conservatory with awesome Mt Fyffe views. The master bedroom has a walk in wardrobe and absolute privacy with native timber windowsills. The spacious new titled bathroom has a separate shower plus bath and will appeal to many. This little farm let would appeal to all organic growers, and would be just perfect for those that like the good life, peace, privacy and excellent soil. Price $440,000 Kathy Thompson

M 021 229 0600 Website ID TU10247




Website ID BL1125



Kenningtons Road 1.7 HECTARES


Price $205,000 plus GST (if any) Allan GIfford M 0272 262 379

1.7 hectares more or less, subject to final survey. Bareland lifestyle building block located 20 minutes drive to Blenheim. Purchaser to access potable water supply, power and telecommunications to building site. A very attractive block sited in a pleasant valley setting 10 minutes or so to Havelock, gateway to the Marlborough Sounds and within easy commute to work opportunities along the way to and including Blenheim. Grand opportunity to carve out your own lifestyle. Don’t delay, come along and stake your claim. Website ID BL1113

Nelson Lakes

246 Howard Valley Road 466 HECTARES

172 Beach Road 1,085m2 Investment Opportunity - Resource Consent has been granted to subdivide this property set on Beach Road close to all amenities. The two bedroom home with freshly pained exterior has a separate kitchen, with a chippee fire on wetback and leads to a separate sunny dining area. French doors lead through to the separate lounge, which is heated by log burner, with a sliding door opening out to the north facing patio. Loads of storage and cupboard space, separate toilet and wash house. The property is set on a large established section with a double garage and workshop with two entrances, one leading to the back section which has a shed also. Being zoned in a business area, there is an opportunity to work from home. Price $325,000 Kathy Thompson

Ron Skews M 0274 325 859

Price on application Allan GIfford M 0272 262 379

M 021 229 0600

Allan Gifford M 0272 262 379

Kathy Thompson M 021 229 0600

James Murray M 0274 368 103

Malcolm Garvan M 0272 314 425

Maurice Newell M 0272 401 718

Ideal grazing land for sheep and beef production, deer breeding, finishing and dairy support with further development options. Mix of contour with heavy flats, rolling downs and some steeper country with the boundaries defined with native bush. Approx 100ha deer fenced (ongoing). Spacious and sunny two storey home with up to five bedrooms, dual living, two bathrooms, double garage. Three stand raised board wool shed, fully covered sheep yards, deer handling complex, implement shed and hay storage.

Russell Clifford M 0274 343 122

Barry Keys M 0274 347 689

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

Page 39

Page 40

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

SAMEPerson SAME Commitment to Rangiora

Page 41

Page 42

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

You’re serious about your biggest asset. We are too. Your biggest asset is not something you want to cheapen. We understand that finding the best buyer for your home means achieving maximum sales value. We promise we won’t just take the first offer. We’ll push hard for the best. And work to achieve the best possible outcome for you. Always.

Bayleys is Canterbury 03 311 8020 Whalan and Partners Ltd, Bayleys, Licensed Under the REA Act 2008.


The News

Thursday May 8 2014

Page 43

Page 44

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

The News

11.00 - 11.30 1348 Tram Road Swannanoa 11.00 - 11.30 Unit 1, 29 Ivory Street Rangiora 11.00 - 11.30 51, 75, & 76 Gatehouse Lane Woodend Agent on Site 11.00 177 Flaxton Road Rangiora 11.45 - 12.15 660 Downs Road Eyrewell 12.00 - 12.30 99 Mulcocks Road Flaxton 12.00 - 12.30 152 Topping Road Sefton 12.00 - 12.30 7a Glengarry Lane Kaiapoi 1.00 - 2.00 649 Oxford Road Oxford 1.00 - 1.30 17a Kowhai Avenue Rangiora 1.00 - 1.30 10 Keetly Place Ohoka 1.00 - 1.30 3 Tawhai Drive Loburn 1.00 - 1.30 29 Panckhurst Drive Woodend 1.00 - 1.30 10a Windsor Court Rangiora 1.15 - 1.45 812 Mill Road Ohoka 1.30 - 2.00 2195 South Eyre Road Eyrewell 2.00 - 3.00 293 Birch Hill Road Okuku 2.15 - 2.45 367 High Street Rangiora 2.15 - 2.45 102 Johns Road Rangiora 2.30 - 3.00 1104 Depot Road Oxford 2.30 - 3.30 15 Morris Road Amberley 3.00 - 3.30 3 Elizabeth Street Rangiora

Licenced under REAA 2008

#517603 #517224 #517814 #517738 #517855

Please Phone Amanda for all of your Trades and Classified enquiries on 313 2840


#517842 #517788 #516907 #517748 #517724

Have you heard some news we might be interested in? Phone Robyn on 314 8325



#517846 #517886 #RA1574 #517857

in 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

Contact The News on 03 314 8335 or email • Please include your address, suburb and contact details

Public Notices

Public Notices

Public Notices

OXFORD AND DISTRICT LIONS CLUB THANK YOU TO GOLF TOURNAMENT HOLE SPONSORS The Oxford and District Lions would like to publicly express their sincere gratitude to the following sponsors at our Annual Charity Golf Tournament who made it possible to present a cheque of $10,000 to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust






Dave McPherson (President) Warwick Croft (Convenor)

#517771 #RA1573

Page 45

For all other advertising and general enquiries phone 314 8335 or email info@then .nz




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

EXCEL Eng. Ltd. Struc­ tural & General Engineers. Coded welding, House Beams & Lintels, Machining, Profile Cutting, Hydraulic Press, Crane Truck Hire & Skip Hire. Avail now for all jobbing work. We also manufacture & repair jet boats. Work­ shop at 181 Loburn Whiterock Rd. Ph/fax 03 312 8884, mobile 027 486 0415 anytime.

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.

Concrete Services AFFORDABLE concrete cutting with quality and removal work. Free quotes. No job too small. Ph 027 442 2219, Fax 03 359 6052 or A/H 03 359 4605. A PROFESSIONAL job by local owner operator, from concrete around new homes to resurfacing floors. For your next con­ crete job, residential or business, phone LE’ CON­ CRETE on 03 314 9366.

Decorating TWEED Decorating for your painting and wallpapering needs, interior or exterior. Based in Hawarden covering the Hurunui area. Call Phil on 027 558 9333 or 03 314 4110.

Firewood 1354048


Do you need some help to promote your business in the district?

Thursday May 8 2014


Fencing 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.


Health & Beauty HOMEOPATHIC assist­ ance is available ­ consultations and remedies ­ Jennifer Mackinder (Dip.Hom).Ph 03 314 8046.

The News

Public Notices

Thursday May 8 2014

Public Notices

Situations Vacant Situations Vacant

Driver - Truck and Trailer


The Hurunui District Council as administering body under the Reserves Act 1977, hereby gives notice of its intention to lease the following reserves for the purposes of sheep grazing, for a five year term SCHEDULE Mina Road Reserve – Res 3174 Block XII Lowry Peaks S.D., 14.6698 ha or thereabouts proposed licensees N J Burgess, Cheviot; St Annes Lagoon –Pt Sec 122 and Pt Sec 123 SO 15469, 44 ha or thereabouts proposed licensees J A H Paterson and M F Ranby, Cheviot; Miller Street Reserve – Pt Res 4610, 6.4 ha or thereabouts proposed licensee Cheviot A & P Association; Part section Cheviot Oxidation Ponds land – Pt Sec 132 SO 15901, 2.1 ha or thereabouts proposed licensee Homeview Farm, Cheviot; Montgomery Street – Sec 124 SO 15470, 2.887 ha or thereabouts proposed licensee Homeview Farm, Cheviot; Homeview Road Reserve – Res 3175, 3.849ha or thereabouts proposed licensee Homeview Farm, Cheviot; Ward Road Reserve – Res 3176, 3.7838 ha or thereabouts proposed licensee Homeview Farm, Cheviot; McQueen Road Reserve – Pt Res 3169, .8094 ha or thereabouts proposed licensee Stuart Harrison, Cheviot; Cheviot Hills Reserve – Pt Res 4517, 11 ha or thereabouts proposed licensee Clifton Farming Co Ltd - all in Block VII Cheviot S.D. Any person or organisation wishing to object to the Council granting these leases may do so in writing to the Hurunui District Council, 66 Carters Road, PO Box 13, Amberley on or before 5.00 pm Tuesday, 10 June 2014. H DOBBIE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Property Wanted

BUY OR EXCHANGE Due to changed Family circumstances I require a 3 to 4 Bdrm Home on 5-7 acres in the Waimak district, preferably close to the Main North road area, Kaiapoi, Clarkville, Woodend and surrounds. I have an executive style home to sell / part exchange. 4 bdrm, 2 ensuite, study home, solar / central heating, full range of small farm support buildings on 12 acres in the Templeton / Broadfield area. A quick easy commute to the city to either sell. To find out more or discuss options please call 03 349-6775. 1404180

CLAIRVOYANT medium, clear accurate readings with Holly. Phone 03 314 9073.

Air Conditioning HEAT PUMP servicing. Get your Heat Pump ser­ viced by ex installer from $49. Call Ray 03 313 2273.


We currently have a vacancy for an experienced Driver to join our team. The role is based in Christchurch, driving one of our modern fleet of trucks between various transfer stations in the region to the Kate Valley Landfill facility in North Canterbury. Key responsibilities of the position will include: • Ensuring the safe and efficient operation of truck and trailer unit (Class 5) • Ensuring the safe and efficient operation of a 20 tonne hooklift unit (full training provided) • Ensuring a proactive attitude to good vehicle / plant operation and maintenance • Ensuring high road safety standards and courteous behaviours are maintained at all times • Ensuring that our customers’ needs are met • Providing support to the Fleet Supervisor and Dispatch Coordinator You will need the following attributes: • Appropriate licences to operate a Class 5 Hooklift Truck and Trailer unit • An in-depth understanding of heavy vehicle operation and maintenance (including HPMV permitted vehicles) • Preferably 10 years or more experience in operating a truck and trailer • A friendly and approachable attitude • Initiative and a willingness to learn • Be reliable and trustworthy You will also enjoy working as part of a team and will have a positive approach to health and safety, vehicle performance and the transport industry. The closing date for applications is 5.00 pm on Monday 19th May 2014. To obtain an application form and job description please contact: Canterbury Waste Services PO Box 142 Amberley 7441

BRICKS RECYCLED FROM THE OLD CONVENT IN RANGIORA Cleaned on Pallets. Now for Sale. Add Character and Heritage to your place. Phone John 022 276 2947

Attention: Linda Chandler Or email: Or telephone 03 359 1800.

Hire WOODSPLITTERS and Woodchippers for hire at Woodend Landscape Supplies. Ph 03 312 2003.

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

Scrap Metal Wanted

NORTH Canterbury Metals. Buying metals, cars etc for recycling. Phone Joe WOOD­BARK­CHIP $50 on 027 223 3593 or after per trailer load. Phone 03 hours on 03 314 9079. 312 2332. TANTALISED fence To Let posts, second hand, various sizes. Offers invited, phone MODERN 3 bedroom 03 312 2332. house to rent in Waikari. 10’ FIBRE GLASS Rent negotiable. Ph 027 Dinghy with 6HP Evinrude 443 8613. Outboard $1400. Phone 03 HOUSE new in Amberley. 314 7547. 2 living, separate dining, HEAT PUMP / Air internal dble garage, log Conditioner suitable for burner, to rent mid May end bach or bedroom. Good of July to careful tenant. No condition, $500. Ph 027 pets. Phone 03 314 8726 or 439 1493. 021 039 4716.



PLASTERER, 30 years experience, 3 years EQC. Phone Danny 03 312 5696 or 027 220 1654.

PLASTERER, stopping, cove. All interior plastering and tiling. For a free quote phone 027 256 6458.

FURNITURE Removal, AXL Transport Ltd. Qual­ ity removals at the lowest rate possible. South Island wide, Kaiapoi office. Phone ALUMINIUM door and 03 327 3216. window repairs. Local, good professional service at PROPERTY MAINTEN­ competitive prices. Call ANCE. Lawns, gardens, 027 418 3307 or 03 313 hedges, chainsaw work, 4200. pruning, painting and minor home alterations. TOWN AND COUNTRY. LIFESTYLERS and Phone Mike 03 313 0261. Farmers!! Mobile sheep crutching. Trailer and SCREEN PRINTING. shearing. No amount too For all your printing large or too small. Week­ requirements. T­shirts, ends available. Call Eddie Hoodies, Hi­Vis vests and or Lucy at Laxon Crutching polos, Overalls, Caps etc. Ltd 03 314 7696 or 027 777 Please phone Heather 03 5478. 313 0261 or email


year 2 to 6 in Amberley term two from any school or home schooled Fun, Funky, and Informative Open to any ability Starts Tuesday 13th May 3-ish to 4.45pm cost gold coin donation for afternoon tea Registration essential Phone Lee 03 314 9036 or email singamberley@




Tree Services

Old Albums Post Cards Photographs

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.

Phone Steve 021 138 8949 03 312 3105

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 OLD TRACTOR for a small block. Going or not is 873 336. fine, any make. Please STUMP REMOVAL Ser­ phone 03 312 5400 vicing North Canterbury evenings. for prompt professional ser­ vice. Phone Tim 0800 178 867


Nigel Green Bloodstock accounting a speciality GST and Administration Accounts and Tax Returns y Quality and Economy

Looking for a more economical accounting fee for your small business? We offer fixed fee plans for GST returns, cashflow reports and annual accounts. Business with turnover <$100,000pa from $50+ gst per month Businesses with turnover <$250,000pa from $115+ gst per month If you would like to talk to someone who will work for your business please feel free to call me between 8am & 8pm any day.

Contact Wendy Wakefield B.Com Phone 03 424 1944 Mobile 0274 319 895 Email 1386854

PEA STRAW, Compost, Canterbury Waste Services has a Zero Tolerance to drugs and alcohol Coloured Aggregates, Bark in the workplace and undertakes pre employment and random testing. & more. Huge range at Woodend Landscape JOBS JOBS JOBS. Local Supplies. Ph 03 312 2003. work for local people at Jade Resourcing. Call in to our office 66 Ohoka Road, For Sale Kaiapoi or ph 03 327 0656. NO bees? Rent a beehive. NIFTY Nanas, Mothers Tuition Fully managed by regis­ and Nannies needed for tered bee keepers. You get various after school pollination plus honey. childcare roles. Apply After School Choir Phone 027 657 2007. online at For Children



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

Canterbury Waste Services provides resource recovery, waste transport and waste disposal services in Canterbury.

Trades CARPET laying, repairs, re­stretching and small jobs. Professional and prompt service. Knowl­ edgeable advice on your flooring requirements. 30 years experience. Call 027 418 3306.



☑ Alterations ☑ Additions ☑ New Builds ☑ Foundations ☑ Repiling ☑ Earthquake Repairs ☑ Opt Out Repairs ☑ Insurance Work

Call or email Nigel today! Telephone: 03 313 5151 Mobile: 027 486 7233 Email:


Oxford Butchery


Page 46

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



LOCAL BUILDERS Ring Mark 027 229 7310 for a free quote www.longsilver • Licensed Building Practitioner • Registered Master Builder 1233373


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


Chiropractic Services Chiropractic and Natural Health Care Dr Carissa McGregor Chiropractor ACC Accredited Available Monday - Thursday Ph: 03 313 0350

Judy McArthur DC (UK) Applied Kinesiology, McTimony Technique, Craniosacral, Available Fridays

Select Health

51 Ashley Street Rangiora

The News


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

We pride ourselves on quality workmanship! Hems, Zip Replacement, Resizing, Curtain Hems, Mending. Same Day / Next Day 10% DISCOUNT Service on Hems valid till 30th May 2014 Limited to one alteration Upstairs, The Gables Arcade, High St, Rangiora




Wilson Decorators Ltd

Ladies need a new suit For winter or work,


Ph: 03 928 3537 Wayne 021 731 817 Lyn 021 207 4499



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

“If it’s broke, let’s fix it”


Russelectrical 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:

View my range or have your own made to order Phone for an appt Renee 0276 491 652

Glass Repair



Fast - Local and there when you need us. For an obligation-free quote


Afforda ble prices, Prompt Service

Call us now on (03) 313 5335

• Swimming Pool Fencing • Post Driving • Electric Fencing • Building FREEES • Fences QUOT • Build Haybarns


Glass & Auto Glass

All Insurance Companies work welcome

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

Factory Showroom 202a King St, Rangiora

PHONE (0274) 350 279 or A.H. 314 8384

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

We also repair Windscreens and install Double Glazing


Page 47


Great Suits with either dress, skirt, or pants Beautifully made in North Canterbury.

Russell Arthur • Tree Felling • Stockyards & Retainables • Specialising in Vineyards • Dairy Farm Conversions • Wooden Ornamental Gates • Earthquake Damage Repairs

03 313 3029


• Small Family Business • Qualified Tradesman • 30+ Years Experience • Painting • Wallpapering • Waterblasting • Roof Coating • Tidy Workers •No Time Wasted • Reasonable Rates • Free Quotes

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

Computer Repairs


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

(will travel)

Clothing Alterations

Civil and Drainage


Thursday May 8 2014 www. ww w.s se ele lec cttk kiitc tche he n ns s.c .co o..n .n nz z



Brendon Bre Br B rre e endo ndo n nd do d on 027 027 27 710 71 71 10 0 6831 68 6 83 31 1 Trade TTrra Tra raddee Qualified rade Qua Q Qu uuaalilifififie ied ied ed


Garden Features

For all your hard landscaping needs Paving


Decks & Fencing

Brick & Stone

Free quotes Ph: 03 314 8366 E:

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

Ph Vic 0274 301 624 Graeme 0274 311 979





Plastic Welding



Master Plumber of the Year 2010

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

Canterbury owned and operated for over 60 years





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

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:


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



Page 48

The News

Thursday May 8 2014

The News North Canterbury 08-05-14  
The News North Canterbury 08-05-14  

The News North Canterbury 08-05-14