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Honouring the horses . . . Alexander Coleman and Talley Hobo at Birch Hill Station Cemetery in North Canterbury in front of the new entrance gates donated by Daniel and Annette PHOTO: DON SCOTT. Smith. A Memorial ride and service was held at Birch Hill to mark the 100th Anniversary of the New Zealand Military Horses. Story page 4 and more photos page15.

Brakes put on Hurunui plan notification By ROBYN BRISTOW The brakes have been put on the notification of the proposed Hurunui District Plan. The plan was due to be notified on March 7 but because comments from Ngai Tahu arrived eight weeks late the Hurunui District Council has decided to delay notifying the plan. The Hurunui District Council set a December 18 deadline for comments and despite repeated

requests from council officers the comments from Ngai Tahu did not arrive even in time for the final workshop on the plan on January 29. Neither did they arrive before completing the agenda report for the February 12 council meeting which was going to recommend the council proceed with public notification. Manager environmental services Judith Batchelor told the council a letter was received from Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu

just prior to the February 12 meeting requesting a number of changes to the proposed plan and raising two new issues in relation to cultural landscapes and provision for housing for Ngai Tahu whanui. She said officers had not had time to complete a detailed assessment of the changes and meetings with Ngai Tahu representatives were necessary to talk about comments raised. The impact on the plan could be ‘‘substantial’’, she said.

Mayor Winton Dalley said if the council decided to carry on with notification it could mean Ngai Tahu’s comments could become a submission to the plan and the outcome of their submission could be heard in a ‘‘different forum’’. This would mean the council would have no input into points raised and which could impact on its ratepayers and residents. Councillors were concerned staff had not had time to look at the points raised and the impact

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of them. Cr Marie Black questioned if the council had a moral obligation to delay the notification and how a delay would impact on the timeframe. She was also concerned that forging ahead with notification would mean the council no longer had control over any of the outcomes raised by Ngai Tahu. ‘‘Will there be a knock­on effect and how will the timeframe be affected?’’ she asked. Continued Page 2


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By DAVID HILL A Kaiapoi woman has received international recognition for her community work since the earthquakes. Tracy Pirie has been awarded the Global Community Builder Giraffe Award from Australian community development consultant Peter Kenyon, but she says the award is recognition for the efforts of many people. The award’s description says it is awarded ‘‘for sticking out your neck and making a difference’’. In his newsletter, Peter describes Tracy as ‘‘a true human dynamo’’. She has been recognised for her work with the Kaiapoi Baptist Church and the Person to Person Help Trust, including initiating the Kaiapoi community dinners and establishing the Rivertown Cafe. However, Tracy and Kaiapoi Baptist Church pastor Paul Askin say the award is recognition for the many ‘‘unsung heroes who are our volunteers, who cooked two meals a week voluntarily’’ to support the community after the earthquakes. ‘‘I see this award is for them. It’s a combination of all those people who put in a whole lot of effort,’’ Tracy says. The church’s community dinners were held fortnightly on Friday lunchtimes before the earthquakes, however in June 2011, during the time of the Government’s land zoning announcements, the trust decided to have two dinners a week on Thursday evenings and Friday lunchtimes to support the community. Now known as Fuller Kai, the community dinners were relaunched as a monthly event on Thursday evenings in June last year to provide ongoing support. Paul says the idea of the church owning a cafe was also discussed before the earthquakes to allow the trust to be more self­sufficient. ‘‘The earthquakes were a whole new context and created a whole new need. Some ideas that were nice before the

From Page 1 Cr Black said she hated ‘‘the tail wagging the dog’’. ‘‘But it is in the best interests of our ratepayers and for the common good of our community to delay the notification. ‘‘This will give us time to look at how Ngai Tahu’s comments will impact on our community, even though it is going to take a bit longer,’’ she said. Cr Dick Davison said the major criticism of councils was their ‘‘timeliness’’ and the council by delaying notification could be seen to be not acting in a sensible and timely manner and driven by another party. He urged the council to ensure that other parties who had met the deadlines and the district’s ratepayers and residents understood why there was a delay to the process. ‘‘It is important this district is treated like one community and Ngai Tahu needs to come and engage with us at this table. We don’t want papers going backwards and forwards. They have to come and talk,’’ he said.

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for us to deliberate on,’’ he said. He said the council’s timeframes were being determined by Ngai Tahu. It was suggested notification of the plan could go ahead and the council could have discussions with Ngai Tahu and make a variation to the plan. However, this was deemed too messy and time consuming. Mr Dalley said there needed to be some discussion on the ‘‘eleventh hour’’ document to see how it impacted on the district’s residents ‘‘rather than forge forward and have no control over what we can manage’’. Dr Judith McKendry said she was disappointed that it ‘‘has come to this’’. ‘‘This council has sat around the table for two years and representatives of Ngai Tahu have sat with us. Some of these issues could have been raised during this process. But I would like to tread carefully and support holding over notification,’’ she said. A report will be prepared on Ngai Tahu’s comments and be considered at the council meeting starting on May 25.

Marie Black. Cr Jim Harre said some of the changes requested were ‘‘significant’’ and the council needed to ensure all those parties affected by Ngai Tahu’s requests understood how it would impact on them. ‘‘We would be well advised to delay notification until a clear report (on points raised by Ngai Tahu) was put in front of us

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mean the issues have gone away,’’ Tracy adds. Paul says Peter Kenyon is an ‘‘internationally renowned community guru’’ who does consultancy work ‘‘in many diverse parts of the world’’ and worked for a government department in Christchurch a number of years ago. He has visited Kaiapoi several times before and since the earthquakes. ‘‘He always says he has a soft spot for Kaiapoi. He has said Kaiapoi is one of his three or four favourite towns, so as a good Christian man I hope he can count.’’ Peter was instrumental in bringing a disaster recovery conference to Kaiapoi in 2012. ‘‘It was hosted by the Kaiapoi Baptist Church, but it was his initiative and he brought all the speakers together,’’ Paul says. ‘‘Tracy did a fantastic job on the ground here on behalf of the trust the church.’’

quakes became an absolute necessity.’’ The trust also operates two not­for­profit early learning centres, Waka Iti (a community group), Out of the Box (a support group based around boxing), Mainly Music (for pre­schoolers), sponsors 24­7 youth workers at Kaiapoi High School and is involved in a housing partnership with Vision West from Auckland. Paul says the ongoing work of the church and the trust has recently been recognised with a large grant from the Red Cross to assist in employing a community support person(s). ‘‘Everybody wants to move on from the earthquakes and be cheerful, but houses are still coming down, people are under financial pressure and people are still having to move out of their houses and there are kids who are not sleeping,’’ Paul says. ‘‘I’ve noticed that people don’t want to talk about it as much now, but it doesn’t

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philosophy has extended into the environment. Dilmah Conservation was established in 2007 and works with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, protects elephants and helps the Veddah community. Native reserves have also been created and a sustainability research facility established on the tea plantations. ‘‘We really owe a debt to make sure we do something positive for nature. We want to leave it in better shape than we found it.’’ While they are cricket fans, they were not keen to talk cricket after Saturday’s result. Mr Fernando was an opening bowler at school, while Malik was an off­ spin bowler in his school first 11. Dilhan says he prefers rugby.

Woodend School continues to grow Woodend School is continuing to grow. Principal Graeme Barber says the school finished last year with 380 students and, while there was a comparatively high number of year 8 students who moved on, he says ‘‘the signs are pointing towards that again’’. Mr Barber says the Ministry of Education is exploring various options to cope with the expected roll growth, with new sub­divisions, including Ravenswood, expected to bring new families into the area. Ravenswood is in the Woodend School zone, with Gressons Road and State Highway One the zone boundaries with Pegasus Bay School. ‘‘The Ministry is looking at school rolls of 600 in time. We have got a master plan preparing for 600 and if we get there it will be our maximum.’’

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Dilmah Tea family visits Rangiora Merrill Fernando believes in producing tea ‘‘the most sustainable way’’. The Dilmah Tea founder says selling a finished product is the most sustainable way third world countries can supply a first world country. He was visiting Rangiora New World on Tuesday with his sons Dilhan and Malik. Mr Fernando founded Dilmah Tea, named after his sons, in Sri Lanka in 1962. He got into the tea industry in his 20s, supplying tea to Bell Tea and Choysa. ‘‘Tea became a commodity product and the multi­nationals wanted to buy the cheapest tea. It could be bought from anywhere in the world to make a blend. ‘‘Ceylon (Sri Lanka) had the reputation for the finest tea in the world because of the climate, but it got to the point where we couldn’t sell it.’’ He soon realised the money was being made in the ‘‘value added’’ end of the market, rather than in growing the tea. ‘‘I decided to add value to the tea in the country where it was grown. I didn’t have much money, but I bought one machine and then another one. Then I showed the growers how they could maximise their profits and it provided more and more jobs to many people in different the areas of production.’’ When he created the Dilmah brand, Mr Fernando says he made three promises: ‘‘to bring integrity back to tea’’ by producing single origin tea from one country, to produce 100 percent Ceylon tea and to share his earnings with the poor, the disabled and the wider community. He founded the MJF Charitable Foundation which is funded with 10% of the profits from Dilmah Tea sales and helps 10,000 people a year. Among the foundation’s projects is MJF Kids which

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Remembering the horses of war

By SHELLEY TOPP The loss of 8000 New Zealand horses during the South African (Boer War), and 10,000 New Zealand horses during the World War 1, has not, and will not, be forgotten thanks to the vision and determination of Theresa Rosanowski, and many helpers. Theresa was the event co­ordinator of the Birch Hill Station World War 1 Memorial Ride commemorative events last weekend which recognised the service of New Zealand equines during World War 1. Between 1914 and 1916 more than 10,000 New Zealand horses were acquired by the government for the New Zealand Expeditionary Force committed to fighting in World War 1. The horses served wherever New Zealand troops were involved, in German Samoa, at Gallipoli, in the Middle East and on the Western Front. Only four of the New Zealand horses, who survived the war, were brought back home. The others were either shot, sold in Egypt to a life, in many cases, of extreme cruelty, work exhaustion and starvation, or transferred to the British Army. Many horses died in the cramped conditions during the sea voyage to Egypt. Others died from disease, injury, exhaustion, or from the severe heat, while in service. One hundred years on from this cruel sacrifice Theresa recognised a need to commemorate the New Zealand equines for their supreme war effort. Last weekend the commemoration began with the Guest Speaker evening held at Ashgrove Primary School in Rangiora. The school hall was decorated with World War 1 army memorabilia for the event, and music for the evening was provided by the Rangiora Brass Band.

The band accompanied Master of Ceremonies, Deb Riach, dressed in army uniform, for her rendition of a famous war song, ‘‘Keep The Home Fires Burning’’, to a packed audience. Other highlights included Paul Sanderson’s poignant WW1 horse documentary, ‘‘All The King’s Horses’’. This amazing black and white film was incredibly difficult to watch at times as it outlined the hardship, trauma and shocking conditions these horses often suffered during their wartime service.

❛ ‘‘This is how we repaid the horses who served our soldiers so well. ‘‘Our gratitude was a dusty grave.❜ — A young soldier on shooting horses which could not return to New Zealand. Particularly the harrowing transcript from a young soldier who told how, at the end of the war, he had been present when 250 horses, who could not be sent back to New Zealand for reasons of cost, and fear they would transmit disease, were shot. ‘‘Each man had to hold two horses,’’ he said. ‘‘It was the most sickening job I ever had to do during the war.’’ ‘‘This is how we repaid the horses who served our soldiers so well. Our gratitude was a dusty grave.’’ The film closed with the mournful ‘‘And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda’’, sung by The Pogues. ‘‘And how well I remember that terrible day ... in that hell that they called Suvla Bay, we were butchered like lambs at the slaughter. Johnny Turk he was waiting, he’d primed himself

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Small things the most rewarding By ROBYN BRISTOW Small things give Nicole Eastmond the biggest buzz and make her job the most rewarding. The former Amuri Area School pupil, who is working fulltime for St John in Christchurch as an emergency medical technician, is loving her job after completing her Bachelor of Health Science in Paramedicine at Auckland University of Technology. She says just being able to make a small difference to someone’s life, such has helping an elderly person off the floor, is what makes her job so rewarding. Nicole’s journey through University was a roller­coaster of challenges and ‘‘great achievements’’ which she thoroughly enjoyed with her grades only falling below A twice ­ to B+ ­ in three years. The majority of her marks were straight A’s and A+’s with the occasional A­. It was a huge task and she was thrilled to be able to foot it with the best, a fantastic feat for the very able student from the small area school in Culverden. ‘‘It was rewarding to be able to stand my ground and mark up with everyone else at University,’’ she says. It also involved hours of compulsory clinical placement in a variety of healthcare settings including front­line ambulances. In addition she became a volunteer ambulance officer based in the Hauraki Coromandel district during her second year of study and obtained her authority to practice as a St John Emergency Medical Technician. Nicole says she has learnt a great deal during her time on the road in Christchurch, confirming her passion for emergency medicine.

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‘‘While I enjoy the challenge of critical situations the greatest reward is often from providing small comforts to grateful people in need,’’ she says. Nicole says clinical placements made it impossible to work while she studied and was grateful to two scholarships, including one from the Hurunui District Council, which enabled her to get by with a Student Loan and family support while living in Auckland. ‘‘It was not a cheap exercise and was quite a financial burden studying. But it was worth a lot more than just money,’’ says Nicole. She could have done it by distance learning or in Wellington but chose to ‘‘immerse’’ herself and go to Auckland. Nicole is continuing to build on her

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Looking to the future Back from a break

Recent comments from Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel, regarding a population of two million in Canterbury, has created considerable discussion both for and against. Regardless it is a conversation worth having. We get busy in the day­to­day running of our communities and at times we need to look beyond the horizon. This is what council has been doing recently as we work on our long term planning out to 2045. Many of us will not be around then, but at least this strategy drives us to think what our community will look like well into the future. At the Brisbane Bringing the future to Life conference we attended last year, Rick Antonsin, one of the keynote speakers spoke of Cathedral Thinking. He quoted the situation in early Europe where one person has the vision to build a Cathedral and begins the process, yet the cathedrals completion would be two to three hundred years later. I recently attended, along with other South Island Mayors, the celebration of the Chinese new year in Christchurch hosted by the Consul general Jin Zhijian Jin. He spoke of developing a relationship with New Zealand and the possibilities going forward. Chinese tourism is increasing at a fast rate. There will be 260,000 visitors to New Zealand from China this year. In Kaikoura we see the immense benefit for our tourism business operators which in turn flows throughout the economy. We have had our last cruise ship visit for 2015. Over 400 people were on the

Winston Gray. Seabourn Odyssey last week. They enjoyed a day of whale watching, kayaking, seal swimming, albatross tours, biking, shopping and walking the peninsula. Kaikoura will enjoy the annual A&P show on February 28, followed on by the Amuri, Cheviot and Hawarden shows. The dry season will present challenges to some of those showing their stock. However, it is good to see some underlying confidence in the rural economy. Lets hope for autumn rain. In my earlier farming days I always planned to get permanent grass sown soon after the Kaikoura show so bring on those autumn rains!

It has been quiet in the corner for some time, but that doesn’t mean nothing has been happening. In the writer’s case, though, it started with what was going to a relatively brief break over Christmas and back into it in the new year. So much for plans. Two days before present day, and the same time left for a bit of careful shopping it was into Hospital to have a couple of litres of gunk siphoned off the chest, followed by a reinflation process. Oh, the relief. Again, the medical staff were marvellous. Mention of head pains and slight numbness in a hand resulted in an immediate scan, which found anomalies in the brain department. Not surprising, some of my mates would say. Still, all involved really pushed the barrow and it was home for the turkey and trimmings. A subsequent course of radiation all went well, though the side effects were less than pleasant. Food doesn’t really feature in terms of flavour, and, horror finding a beer that matches the palate has been time­ consuming and yet successful. Never mind, it is a work in progress. The other thing is baldness has arrived with a vengeance. So laugh mine kind friends. At least my beanie will be be broken in for winter, and I’m saving a dollar or two not visiting the Crafty Barber, Well, I fib a little there, he can expect regular calls to put up with a ribbing. Now the actual holiday, noting real changes, family, fun, sun etc. Must confess to being a grumpy old bugger though. Steroid medication for a pensioner wasn’t well received, although is creating the appearance of

an adonis. To the break, itself, it recharged the batteries and there were lots of laughs. A couple of little stories: A conversation between three of the family. ‘I love the sound of rain on the roof of the bach.’ ‘That’s not the rain, it’s the wind.’ ‘No it’s not, the Old Man says, it is a leaking water cistern and he’ll have to get up and fix it.’ Gold fish and the beach As we know, youngsters love collecting things in buckets and leaving them to stew. It can become quite unpleasant. Nana’s solution was to tell our three youngest grandsons if they returned the little beasties to the water alive she would buy them a goldfish each when they got home. A teacher all her working life, she has had a fair bit to do goldfish, their arrival, survival and eventual disposal. A good bowl and a piece of oxygen weed. Not so, filters, temperature controls, a tank the size of a baby bath. Several hundred dollars she reckons, so she is now on the lookout for tadpoles. Now, to where we’ve been and where we are going. Once again, the Waimakariri, Hurunui, and Kaikoura have punched well above their weight through what continues to be a trying summer. The entire community has been there, the events and activities have been splendid. It will continue. As for yours truly, I’m back as long as I’m able to give it a crack. The medical hurdle race has a way to run and the Fat Lady sure ain’t sung. Watch this space.

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Bigger cruise ships coming to make sure everything is done properly and it’s safe.’’ Kaikoura looks set to welcome a bigger Mr Ormsby says not only do cruise ship next year. underwater rocks from the South Bay Destination Kaikoura general area, which are a safety concern for the manager Glenn Ormsby says he is in cruise ship tenders, need to be removed, talks with an Auckland tourist operator but a new wharf needs to be built. who is keen to bring a 700 passenger However, should Kaikoura begin cruise ship to the town next summer. attracting cruise ships with between 700 The previous biggest cruise ship to and 1000 passengers it will create plenty visit Kaikoura is regular visitor of opportunities for tourist operators in Seabourn Odyssey, which has 450 Kaikoura and beyond. passengers and 330 crew. However, Mr ‘‘There’s ourselves and our friend’s in Ormsby is optimistic even bigger cruise Hanmer and there is even the possibility ships will visit Kaikoura in the future. of sending them north.’’ He says the biggest cruise ships which Kaikoura farewelled Oceanic visit New Zealand have 2500 to 3000 Discoverer on Sunday, which has just 70 passengers, however he says it is passengers and 20 crew, while Seabourn unlikely a cruise ship that big will visit Odyssey made its last visit for the season Popular attraction . . . Grass karts are back to provide more adrenaline pumping action at Kaikoura anytime soon. last Thursday (February 12). FILE PHOTO this year’s Kaikoura A&P Show. ‘‘At this stage I’d say zero. There’s a lot While Sunday’s visit was the last of work to do before we can get over scheduled cruise ship visit for this 1000. We’ve got to cut our costs summer, Mr Ormsby says cruise ship accordingly and the logistics don’t bare schedules are subject to change and it is thinking about. possible there may be a last minute visit ‘‘It can get pretty busy in South Bay before the season finishes, just as there with all the fishing boats, so we have got was in April last year. ‘‘His show has been specifically The marquees are the places to be at this year’s Kaikoura Agricultural and Pastoral designed for A&P shows, so it’s suitable for families and should be a lot of fun.’’ Show. Christchurch clowns Carrot and Pickle Immediate past­president Justine take centre stage in the main marquee for Shroder says the free entertainment is two shows at 12pm and 2pm with their sure to satisfy the whole family at the South Bay Domain on Saturday, February hilarious show, while the Marlborough Highland Band performs at 12.45pm, 28. which Justine says ‘‘will lift the roof off, Entertainment gets under way in the main marquee at 9.45am with a kapa haka just like the kapa haka, so it will be quite noisy in the marquee’’. performance from the small rural school Woodchopping, grass kart Hapuku School. demonstrations and duck herding will ‘‘Hapuku is a bi­lingual school, so they learn in Maori as well as English, so their also provide entertainment, along side kapa haka is very much a part of who they the usual sheep dogs, chooks, Shetland ponies and horses. A bucking bronco will are,’’ Justine says. ‘‘I think their kapa also offer rides for children, with the hapa is quite superb.’’ proceeds going to charity. Hapuku School’s kapa haka group is This year’s stock and station horses followed by a combined kapa haka performance featuring students from the section has a Royal Agricultural Society medal up for grabs, for the exhibitor with other Kaikoura schools and local adults. the most points. ‘‘It’s so soon after school starts, so it’s ‘‘The stock and station competition just easier for them to combine. The schools gets better and better,’’ Justine says. actually do a lot for the show,’’ Justine ‘‘It’s just been growing and growing and says. it’s an awesome event to watch.’’ ‘‘People come to the show and drop off To top off the day’s entertainment, local their goodies for the produce, baking and Kaikoura band Code:25 will perform in art and craft competitions and then they the hospitality marquee from 3pm to 6pm. can go and get entertained. By the time ‘‘They are going to go places, they are the kapa haka is over it will just about be really cool,’’ Justine says. time to open the doors.’’ Blenheim ‘‘They were all very young when they entertainer and comedian Rob Firenix first started and now they are in their takes over the main marquee at 11.15am teens and the locals know them well, for his Captain Underpants show. Rob because they regularly play at local returns to perform ‘‘his spectacular fire events. show’’ at 1pm and then reprises his ‘‘It’s a good opportunity for anyone who Captain Underpants role at 3pm. wants to stay and have a drink at the end ‘‘I’ve read a brief about his show and it of the show and soak up the atmosphere.’’ sounds very funny,’’ Justine says. By DAVID HILL

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Show a community affair Kaikoura lifestyle celebrated By DAVID HILL The Kaikoura Agricultural and Pastoral Show is a community affair. President Debbie Collins, who is gearing up to preside over her second show, says the community really gets in behind show. ‘‘We have only got a small committee and we are always looking for new members. It’s hard in a small district and with the way the economy is, there’s less money around. But the town really gets in behind the show and the businesses come up with sponsorship. ‘‘Following on from the success of last year’s show, the committee have put their heads together to come up with another show full of fun and fantastic displays to keep the whole family entertained all day.’’ Show day starts off early for many, with the gates opening at 7am and the horse events are well under way by the time the showgrounds start to fill up. Debbie says entry numbers are high again for the handcrafts, baking, flowers, preserves and produce sections, so ‘‘the buildings will be full of eager people getting their goodies staged in time for judging’’. This year the show is themed entertainment, with duck herding back by popular demand, along with Christchurch entertainers Carrot and Pickle and Adam Allsorts. ‘‘The main marquee will be alive with acts and performances all day so make sure you head along and check out what’s on offer.’’ However, sheep riding, which was introduced last year, can no longer be held due to changes to the Ministry of Primary Industries’ code of welfare. The grass karts will be back to run ‘‘adrenaline pumping’’ demonstrations throughout the day, while the Marlborough Highland Band will once again lead the grand parade at 2pm, followed by a giant lolly scramble immediately after the parade. Debbie says her job has been made easier, thanks to the work of the secretaries Carla Walford and her mum Debbie, ‘‘who have done an excellent job again this year’’, her sister Sarah Collins the treasurer and vice­ president Terri Chalmers for her ‘‘support to Carla and Debbie as well as the huge amount of

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Retirement to teaching for former Otago rector

Sparring partners . . . Cookie (left) and Amberley Lions Club member Denis Roper, PHOTO: SUPPLIED. spar in the home of boxing in Leithfield.

Funds help boxers By ROBYN BRISTOW The Christchurch earthquakes have helped spawn a small boxing club in Leithfield. Glen Cook (Cookie), with the help of a donation from the Amberley Lions Club, is teaching several local youths the finer points of the sport. Cookie, who trained young boxers for around 35 years with Kevin Barry senior in Christchurch, started the club after his moving to Leithfield after being displaced from Brooklands by the Christchurch earthquakes. In just over a year he has had to move from his house to a larger garage in Leithfield as his little group of good keen young men grew to 12.

‘‘We started off in my house but when people began to donate weight machines and the Lions came on board we got too big and had to move,’’ he says. The little club was extremely grateful to be offered a new home in a large garage owned by Debbie Topp. An $800 grant from the Lions Club has helped buy gloves and headgear for the boys, some of whom are keen to reach competition level in the not too distant future. ‘‘A couple have asked to go to competitions. ‘‘But I have said they have to get themselves fit before I take them into town to a gymnasium to spar with other young boxers to see if they are up to competition standard,’’ he says.

A former Otago Boys High School rector Mrs Spencer also introduced is enjoying a retirement job in Kaikoura. mountain biking to the school, taking the Clive Rennie is serving as acting students out on their bikes during principal at Kaikoura Suburban School lunchtimes. The students have won the for term one this year and is enjoying the Marlborough primary schools mountain biking competition the last two years in change of scenery, after retiring at the end of last year. a row. ‘‘When retired I put my name down for ‘‘I wasn’t aware of that. I actually left the emergency principals’ list, so they my mountain bike in Wanganui, but I went for somebody on that list and it understand the culture of this place is happened to be me. getting out in the outdoors. They are a ‘‘My wife and I have actually retired to really active little bunch.’’ Wanganui and we had only been in Without his bike, he says he plans to Wanganui a week climb a mountain when I got the call by foot. ❛‘‘The plan now is to build on to go to Kaikoura. A keen sportsman in his ‘‘I’m really the reputation they have enjoying it. own right, Mr Management is Rennie is a former gained and I think with the pretty generic at All White football quality of the people we have any school, but I’m player and served enjoying learning for seven years as got here, they shouldn’t have the New Zealand the side of a primary school.’’ Secondary any trouble.❜ It is a new era for Schools Sports — Clive Rennie, acting principal at Kaikoura Kaikoura Council chairman. Suburban School, However, he Suburban School. after Michelle says he is having Spencer moved on trouble coming to at the end of last year, after eight years terms with local sporting loyalties. as principal. ‘‘I am a Highlanders supporter, but the During her time the school grew from local people here still think the 27 students and two classrooms, to Crusaders are the best.’’ Mr Rennie says he has ties to North become the largest primary school in the Kaikoura district with five classrooms Canterbury, as his grandparents lived at and 104 students. Pines Beach for many years. ‘‘She did a really good job,’’ Mr Rennie He says the school is in the process of says. appointing a new principal and hopes to ‘‘Michelle did some great work and the have the position filled for term two. The school is in good heart. school’s deputy principal also left the ‘‘The plan now is to build on the school last year and a new one will be reputation they have gained and I think appointed by the new principal. The school has also begun the year with the quality of the people we have got here, they shouldn’t have any with two new teachers, one due to roll trouble.’’ growth.

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Lingerie stall . . . Therese Berg, of Lady Rose Lingerie, at the Rangiora Twilight Market last PHOTO SHELLEY TOPP Friday evening.

Twilight market popular By SHELLEY TOPP The Rangiora Twilight Market is fast becoming the place to go on a Friday to unwind and relax with family and friends after work. Open from 4pm to 8pm the market is set up in a big paddock, just a short drive from the Rangiora Central Business District, on the corner of Oxford Road and Merton Road. The market is the brainchild of Rangiora’s Amanda Sansom. ‘‘We just saw a gap for this kind of thing,’’ she said. ‘‘We just wanted to provide somewhere people could come to after work on a Friday. Somewhere they could bring their children, grab a Friday night takeaway, have a look around the market and enjoy the live music,’’ said Amanda. ‘‘A lot of people come after work. The feedback we have had so far has been awesome.’’ There are a great variety of stalls all selling quality produce, including

fabulous food, gelato, flowers, organic vegetables, wooden carving, bone carving, wooden toys, hand­knitted booties, plants, and lingerie. ‘‘There are a lot of talented people in North Canterbury,’’ Amanda said. The Twilight Market opened on January 16 this year and will run every Friday until March 27 when it takes a break opening again in Spring. Carved Fusion stallholders Denise and Lawrence Archbold, from Kaiapoi, are enjoying taking part in the market. ‘‘It’s a great little market,’’ Denise said. ‘‘When the weather is good the people come.’’ Although the weather last Friday night was more autumn than summer, there was much foot­tapping and even some dancing to the live music from the Triptych Ukulele Duo. They were popular during the opening night on January 16 too and will be back for a barn­dance­themed market night on Friday March 20, to coincide with Harvest Week.

William Pike challenge Kaiapoi Borough School students will have new challenges this year. The school has joined the William Pike Challenge Award, with director, author and amputee William Pike attending a launch at the school this evening. The award is a chance for students to take part in opportunities like sea kayaking, rock climbing, tramping and orienteering. Throughout 2015, year 8 students will be participating in eight outdoor activities, 20 hours of community service and personally developing a new sport or hobby in order to gain the award. The award has already been successful in Canterbury, with Loburn and Ohoka Schools among those already participating in the award scheme. ‘‘I’m really excited to be working with students from Kaiapoi Borough School. The William Pike Challenge Award will be giving these students a huge range of opportunities to connect with local people and places in their community,

to grow and develop as individuals, and to experience the beauty of the New Zealand outdoors,’’ William Pike says. ‘‘We are really excited that our senior students have the opportunity to participate in such a well thought out, challenging and motivational opportunity,’’ Kaiapoi Borough School principal Murray Overton says. The challenge provides the students, their families and the wider community a tool which not only strengthens the communities they live in, but enables children to grow and become empowered through challenging new experiences and opportunities while learning valuable life lessons. Mr Pike knows firsthand the value of being prepared to face obstacles. He was one of two young climbers caught in a volcanic eruption on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu, on the evening of September 25, 2007. He suffered numerous life threatening injuries, with his right leg being amputated below the knee and he needed extensive recovery and rehabilitation.

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Illegal nets . . . Two unattended nets prove costly for a whitebaiter in the Ashley River/ PHOTO: SUPPLIED. Rakahuri.

Whitebaiter fined A fisherman who was caught with two unattended whitebait nets in the Ashley River/Rakahuri, has been fined $500 on two related charges. He was also ordered to pay Court costs and had his whitebait nets and go­by fences forfeited, when he appeared in the Christchurch District Court. Robert Chong, aged 39, a dairy farmer of Kaiapoi, pleaded guilty to both charges in the Christchurch District Court. Chong was charged for breaking the whitebaiting rules while fishing in September last spring. Under the regulations fishers can only use one net at a time and must remain within 10 metres of their net.

A complaint from the public led to Chong being investigated by the Department of Conservation which is responsible for managing New Zealand’s whitebait fishery. Department of Conservation (DoC) services manager Wayne Beggs said DoC took the issue of illegal whitebaiting very seriously and will prosecute people who flaunt the regulations. ‘‘The rules are there to protect the whitebait fishery for future generations. Mr Chong’s actions reflect scant regard for the sustainability of the fishery. ‘‘Whitebait are in decline and we need to do everything we can to protect their habitat and look after the fishery,’’ he said.

Algae in Pegasus Toxic blue­green algae has been found in Lake Pegasus. The Community and Public Health division of Canterbury District Health Board is warning people to stay out of the water and keep their animals away from the lake, particularly dogs. Dr Alistair Humphrey , Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, says the algal bloom (planktonic cyanobacteria) produces toxins harmful to humans and animals. ‘‘Exposure may cause skin rashes, nausea, stomach cramps, tingling and numbness around the mouth and fingertips,’’ Dr Humphrey says. ‘‘If you experience any of these symptoms visit your doctor immediately and please let your doctor know if you have had contact with the lake water.’’ He says boiling the water does not


remove the toxin. ‘‘No­one should drink the water from the lake at any time.’’ Environment Canterbury will monitor the bloom on a weekly basis and the public will be advised of any changes that are of public health significance. Facts about cyanobacteria: The algae occur naturally but can increase rapidly during warmer months; If the water is cloudy, discoloured, or has small globules suspended in it, avoid all contact; Not all cyanobacterial blooms are visible to the naked eye and toxins can persist after the blooms disappear; Cyanobacterial concentrations can change quickly with changing environmental conditions (e.g. wind). Avoid contact with water when a health warning is in place.

Kaiapoi’s handmade history . . . Mary Kelleher’s beautiful ‘‘The Mill is Kaiapoi’’ mural, one of six murals on display in an exhibition at Art on the Quay in the PHOTO SHELLEY TOPP. Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre and Library.

Exhibition in new gallery amazing By SHELLEY TOPP ‘‘Amazing. Never seen anything like this anywhere else in the world.’’ The written words of a German tourist in the visitor’s book at Mary Kelleher’s charming ‘‘A Stitch in Time’’ exhibition, say it all. But there are many more words praising the Mangawhai artist’s work. ‘‘Stunning, very impressive, wonderful....’’ This exhibition of New Zealand stories, at Art on the Quay in the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre and Library is unique. It’s the first exhibition in the new art gallery tucked away in a small alcove in the $13 million centre which was opened on January 17. A better exhibition could not have been chosen to introduce this gallery to the North Canterbury public and beyond. A selection of six beautifully crafted murals depicting Kiwi life takes us back in time, and slows us down to reflect on the exquisite detail and wonderful storytelling quality of Mary Kelleher’s work. Particularly ‘‘The Cat and the Mouse in the Mill’’ mural and ‘‘The Mill is Kaiapoi’’ mural which tell the stories of ‘‘how woollen fleece is made into

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Remembering together . . . Horses and visitors mingle during the formal speeches at Birch Hill Station prior to wreaths and crosses being laid at the cemetery.

On parade . . . Alexander Coleman and Talley Hobo lead a parade to the monument to lay wreaths and crosses in memory of the horses of World War and the men and horses of Birch Hill Station who lost their lives.

Honouring . . . St John personnel lay a wreath in honour of the horses and men who died in battle during World War 1. Over 200 horses were joined by donkeys, mules and people on foot on Memorial Rides to Birch Hill Station cemetery on Sunday to recognise the service of New Zealand horses during World War One. Wreaths and crosses were laid on a special curved stone monument built in 1937 and initiated by Lieutenant Colonel Millton, to honour the men and horses from Birch Hill Station who died during World war 1. Organised by Theresa Rosanowski,

On wheels . . . Clydesdales wait patiently during the Memorial Service at Birch Hill Station.




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In Memory . . . Western Australian visitor Jill Bristow in front of the memorial at Birch Hill Station built in 1937 to honour the men and horses from Birch Hill Station who died during World War 1.

Mingling . . . Horses and visitors mingle during the formal part of the Memorial Service at Birch Hill.









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Counselling services opens A new family counselling service, serving the Hurunui District, opens in Amberley next week. Wellbeing North Canterbury Community Trust is expanding its services to meet the needs of families in the Hurunui with Cassandra Rollston to be based at 1 Pound street, Amberley, each Tuesday, starting February 24. The placement is for two years, with Cassandra being part of a wider Rangiora­based Wellbeing North Canterbury team, providing a range of free services that aim to make life a little easier for those needing support. Services include Family Social Workers, Strengthening Families, a Youth Drug and Alcohol counsellor, youth workers and a Schools Attendance service. Cassandra will make herself known around the community in the next few weeks. Deirdre Ryan, manager of Wellbeing NC says support will be offered to families who may still be feeling the side effects of earthquakes, along with a range of other challenges people have from time­to­time. Funding for the service has been sourced via the Canterbury Community Trust’s New Help No Fund. Hurunui deputy mayor Marie Black says the appointment links back to a local Alliance of community

New counsellor . . . Cassandra Rollston. groups which has an integral relationship with the Ministry of Social Development and which is focused on improving community safety and strengthening community connections. It is inviting residents to take part in a short community wellbeing survey to track the progress being made. Survey forms are available in all medical centres throughout the district and online via a link on the Hurunui District Council website. Residents who complete the survey will go into the draw to win one of two family passes to the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools. Winners will be drawn on March 31 and published in The News.

Cheque presentation . . . From left: Cathie Sinclair (CCS Disability Action) receives a cheque from Gloria Fielden (Christmas Tree Festival committee), with Coleen White (Christmas Tree Festival committee), Gay Havill (Christmas Tree Festival Committee), Myra McNeil (Christmas Tree Festival committee), Mary Nesbit (Christmas Tree Festival committee), Jan Duffy (Rangiora Cancer Support), and Kay Worsfold (Rangiora Cancer Support) also receives a cheque, from Mary Gerard, (Christmas Tree Festival committee). PHOTO SHELLEY TOPP.

Charities benefit from festival By SHELLEY TOPP The Rangiora Christmas Tree festival held in the Waimakariri District Council foyer last December has raised $6000 to be shared between two charities. The popular fundraiser was originally set up by Cathie Sinclair at CCS Disability Action about 9 years ago. ‘‘I did the first three or four,’’ Cathie said. ‘‘But it became too big for me.’’ That was when Mary Gerard

and her team of helpers took over. ‘‘Mary had been organising the tree for the Soroptimists. She was passionate about the festival and what it brought to the community,’’ Cathie said. Every year part of the money raised goes to CCS Disability Action and the rest to a charity chosen by Mary and her team each year ­ this time round being the Rangiora Cancer Support. Last week members of the Christmas Tree Festival

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New librarian takes the helm at college By AMANDA BOWES The Hurunui College and Community Library has a new captain at the helm. Paul Munnerley, who has taught at the school for 29 years ­ with a couple of breaks ­ has swapped the class room for the library and says he couldn’t be happier. ‘‘I have always loved libraries and with the school and community librarians retiring last year, it gave me the opportunity to get back into something I loved doing.’’ Paul is no stranger to how a library works, having been on the library committee since 1982, which has given him a lot of insight to how the school and the community work together for the library. In 1989 and 1990, Paul had the position of acting teacher librarian. This was brought about through a government initiative where a select number of schools were allocated these new positions. His job was to teach pupils information skills like research, but economics meant the government of the time couldn’t sustain it.

Over the next 12 months, changes will be made. Paul says he and Principal, Stephen Beck, have got some exciting visions of how they want the library to fit into school life. Due to these visions, the planned refurbishment will be on hold for another 12 months while they work out how everything will physically fit in the new area. Libraries have changed rapidly over the past few years and while the essence of books still pervades, students are just as likely to be jumping on line and ordering e­books as they are taking home the real thing. Paul says he has been given a budget to buy 10 new laptops which will be issued to students if they need them during the day. As he has a dual role, both as the school and community librarian, he is finding getting to grips with the computer system a challenge and says he now understands what the former head librarians, Christine Taiaroa and Susan Ballantyne had to deal with. Overdue books are the bane of any library, but Paul says a large stash of Moro bars worked wonders for flushing

out books missing in action and while he says it cost him a never ending supply of the bars, it was nowhere near as expensive as replacing books. Moro bars have now been replaced by chocolate fish as incentives for good library behaviour. While he may be more librarian than teacher, his teaching skills are still being utilised and already Year 12 has had a session on using the new computer database, while Year 12 and 13 will soon be learning the intricacies of referencing. The method of sending a class at a time to the library may not exist in a years time as the library becomes part of the classroom, where it can be used at any time, by any student, during the school day. In addition to looking after the library and teaching students how to use both computers and books for their needs, Paul is also going to be looking after all of the computers in the school as he has been doing for the last few years. ‘‘It’s exciting to be working in the library and I am looking forward to all the changes ahead,’’ he says.

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Community picnic Flood repairs finished The community is invited to a picnic at the Waikuku Domain Hall on Tuesday, February 24. The North Canterbury Federation of Women’s Institutes is hosting a Founders Day Picnic to mark 94 years of Women’s Institutes in New Zealand from 10am to 3pm. Treasurer Pam Cleeve says the event is open to anybody and there will be a raffle, a wrapped bottle auction and Devonshire teas available. She says the Women’s Institutes are non­profit organisations which put money back into the community. This year the North Canterbury

Federation plans to support sustainability and the EcoBlitz project on the Ashley River, while last year they assisted school children working on the Nina Valley EcoBlitz. There are 11 branches in North Canterbury, including the new Pegasus / Woodend branch which started up last year. ‘‘Everyone is welcome to come and join us for fun and friendship. We would like new members, because we have mainly older members,’’ Pam says. People are encouraged to bring their lunch, a seat and a cup, with tea and coffee provided.

The Leslie Hills bridge is open after a repair job costing around $550,000. Floods washed a out a pier in September 2013 forcing its closure while temporary repairs were done to the bridge while tenders went out for permanent repairs. The bridge on Leslie Hills Road between Waiau and State Highway 7 is now open to standard class one traffic up to 44 tonne. If a vehicle weighs more than 44 tonne a over weight permit is needed and can be applied for at

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Woodend girls take on Aussie dancers Two Woodend girls have had success at an Australian dancing competition. Rhearn Le Huray and Tayla Messervy (both 11) recently competed in the Australian Showcase Dance Championships at Jupiter’s Casino in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast last month, representing Levings School of Dance from Riccarton, Christchurch. Rhearn’s mother Astrid Breach says her daughter had success in the diamond category, competing in different solo performances with jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and Broadway jazz dance styles in classes of 50­60 children, picking up several placings in the top five. Her efforts saw her become the only New Zealander to qualify in the top 10 for the dancer of the year competition in the 9­11 year olds category, competing against elite category dancers and 70 children in all from Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

Success . . . Woodend dancers Rhearn Le Huray (right) and Tayla Messervy (both 11) are all smiles with their trophies. She also received a platinum gold award for her jazz dance routine.

Broadway jazz. ‘‘It was her dream to get picked for those teams to go over to Australia, so it was really, really cool,’’ Susan says. ‘‘They have been dancing together for years, so it’s nice for them to be doing so well.’’ Rhearn and Tayla also represented Levings School of Dance in the showcase teams events, picking up several firsts, seconds and thirds in the jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and Broadway jazz dance styles. Their team called Hope qualified for the ‘‘Battle of the Stars’’ in the lyrical dance competition and was placed second over all of the age groups. Astrid says Rhearn has a big year ahead, as the Levings School of Dance has auditioned to be on What Now, which appears on Star performer . . . Woodend dancer Rhearn Le Huray (11) danced her TV2 on Sunday mornings, and PHOTOS: SUPPLIED will be dancing at the Canterbury way to success in Australia last month. Sports Awards. ‘‘It’s nice to be able to be asked Tayla’s mother Susan Messervy jazz, Broadway jazz and lyrical says her daughter competed in dance styles placing in the top 10 to do those sorts of things and the three solo performances in the in all three, including third in the kids really love it.’’

Community kai . . . Volunteers serve up good food and good company at the Kaiapoi Baptist Church’s community dinner recently.

Fuller kai returns Kaiapoi’s community dinner returned with a Waitangi Day theme two weeks ago. The community dinner, which has been run by the Kaiapoi Baptist Church since June 2011, returned after a summer break on Thursday, February 5, with Pastor Paul Askin reflecting on Waitangi Day. ‘‘It’s great to be coming together the night before Waitangi Day. Some people in other parts of the world live there because of conquest, but we live here because of invitation,’’ Mr Askin said to diners. ‘‘It was because of a covenant between two peoples and Christian people were very much involved in the lead up to the Treaty (of Waitangi) and the signing of the treaty.’’ Mr Askin read a passage from the book ‘‘Bible and Treaty’’ by Keith Newman about a 12­year­old daughter of a Maori chief who secretly learned to read and write from Christian missionaries. The girl was murdered by a war party from a rival tribe and the contents of her kiti (bag) were thrown on the ground, including a piece of

paper with a passage from the Bible. When her father later found her and was told what was written on the piece of paper he became a Christian, forgave the war party and called for an end to fighting with the rival tribe. Mr Askin said when Christianity first introduced to Kaiapoi, it was not from Europeans, but North Island Maori Christians, who had previously been enemies of the local Maori. The Kaiapoi community dinners were first started in June 2011 as weekly dinner to support the local community at the time of the Government’s land zoning announcements, following the earthquakes, thanks to support from the Waimakariri District Council and other community organisations. The dinners continued weekly for two­ and­a­half years, before restarting in June last year on the first Thursday of the month. Mr Askin said the dinners would continue on the first Thursday of the month this year for a gold coin donation and he was hoping to source funds to help pay for the meals.

Southbrook story correction In an article about an initiative between drivers at Allied Concrete’s Rangiora plant and the two local Southbrook schools to improve child safety, plant manager Phil Tootell and driver Ken Grieve were incorrectly named Ken Tootell and Keith Grieve. While trucks with trailers can weigh as

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Faster rural internet Improved broadband coverage has been extended to more rural North Canterbury residents. Chorus has this week finished installing a new fibre­fed broadband cabinet in Okuku, north of Rangiora, meaning local residents can now benefit from better broadband services. This follows a $175,000 investment from Spark to improve mobile broadband coverage for Clarkville residents. Chorus infrastructure general manager Ed Beattie says there is no question that access to better broadband makes a significant difference to the lives of rural New Zealanders. ‘‘Chorus has always been passionate about improving rural connectivity throughout New Zealand. That’s why we are pleased to be able to deliver improved broadband to the residents of Okuku.’’ On a personal level, more reliable and consistent broadband speeds will provide faster upload speeds for photographs and images, faster download speeds for music and movies, and better, clearer video conversations with friends and family, he says. ‘‘However better broadband also helps rural businesses connect easily to the world and run applications from cloud­ based services, reducing IT costs and improving business resilience. ‘‘In practical terms, for rural businesses, such as farms, this means better connection to services like livestock improvement records and markets overseas, as well as improving time management through online purchasing. ‘‘Technology plays a big part in modern farming and now residents in Okuku can be part of that. ‘‘By upgrading the infrastructure in Okuku, it not only means broadband will now be more consistent and reliable, in some cases it also means that people who have previously been on a waiting list for a broadband service can now access one.’’ Communications Minister Amy Adams says she is thrilled that Okuku now has access to faster broadband. ‘‘Reliable access to the internet at home and at work and better mobile coverage where you are means better business tools, more ways to connect with customers and suppliers, new technologies for precision agriculture to explore, as well as more incentives for young people to stay in the

Coverage extended . . . A map showing the area set to benefit from Chorus’ new fibre­fed PHOTO: SUPPLIED broadband cabinet at Okuku. area. These are some of the opportunities for your community. ‘‘The Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) reflects our commitment to rural communities. We are working with our private sector partners to provide services and coverage that would not otherwise be feasible. ‘‘By 2016, 90 percent of New Zealanders in areas not covered by UFB will have access to rural broadband.’’ Mr Beattie says that although the broadband network has been upgraded, residents in Okuku also have an important part to play in making the most of the upgraded broadband capability. ‘‘A customer’s broadband service is also affected by factors including their broadband internet connection plan, modem, computer, the wiring in their home or business and distance from the cabinet. ‘‘We also encourage residents to talk directly with their internet service provider to find out how they can be connected to our upgraded network.’’ Spark’s investment in Clarkville means the area now has the infrastructure needed to improve mobile network access, and speed for customers extending north and east as far as Island Road, south to Taylors and South Eyre roads and west as far as Edmunds and Mill Roads. Spark networks general manager Colin Brown says giving customers in the Clarkville area better access to mobile services means they can do things online faster and easier, such as uploading videos and photos to social media.

Record breaker . . . Christopher Elson broke three records at the Kaikoura High School PHOTO: SUPPLIED swimming sports last Thursday.

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For Duncan and Nicky Anderson, their second year of milking cows has reinforced it was the right decision to convert their former dry stock farm to dairying. Auchenbrae, a 405 hectare property near Rotherham, was a traditional sheep and beef unit, with dairy support, until last season. The farm now milks 1450 cows and has a lower order sharemilker as well as support staff. It has been a huge learning curve for Duncan and Nicky, and Duncan says with dairying he learns something new every day. The first year of any conversion is always tricky, with new cows from different herds having to adjust to a different pecking order, unfamiliar paddocks, tracks and often a different type of shed. Auchenbrae cows are milked through an 80 bail rotary and Duncan says virtually none of the cows had been on a rotary platform before. ‘‘It took a long time for the cows to get used to going on to the platform, just with the large numbers, but once they got the idea, they were fine.’’ Seven people, of different nationalities, work on the farm. The lower order sharemilkers Paco and Lou Mones­Cazon, are from South America, but have been milking cows in New Zealand for nine years. They have seven children, and both they and the Andersons are hoping they will stay for at least five years. The support staff come from the Philippines, Ireland and India resulting in an interesting mix of cultures.


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Dry land grazers feel the pressure By AMANDA BOWES As North Canterbury continues to dry out and now officially declared as a drought zone, dry land farmers who graze dairy cows in winter are under an increasing amount of pressure. Not only has the dry affected the ability to get ready for winter grazing, but the number of days over 30 degrees C has been particularly hard on crops already in the ground. While some farmers are grazing cows in winter in conjunction with other farming operations like sheep and beef, some who now solely graze dairy cows say they are starting to worry. Paddocks are lying fallow waiting for winter feed to go in, while crops sown earlier like kale are just holding on. White butterfly has been a real problem this season with warm dry weather bringing the butterflies forward by at least a month. The numbers of butterflies has also been high as conditions have been favourable for them to breed and keeping them from decimating crops has been a challenge. Dairy grazer, Bruce Churchward, who farms near The Peaks, Hawarden, says they normally get some northwest rain spilling over from the mountains, but this season when there has been moisture it has just hung around the tops. He says he feels sorry for younger farm owners that might have a larger amount

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Canterbury’s drought conditions confirms the need for water storage. Last week’s official declaration that the drought conditions on the east coast of the South Island are a medium­scale adverse event strengthens the argument for further national investment in regional water storage, says IrrigationNZ. ‘‘The only way to prevent communities suffering drought in dry summers is through storing alpine water. ‘‘We do not need to wait for rivers to run dry, for fish to die and for communities to panic,’’ IrrigationNZ chief executive Andrew Curtis says. ‘‘New Zealand has plentiful supply which flows out to sea. We just need to get better at banking water and getting it to the needy places. The official declaration of drought shows that extended dry weather has a significant impact in New Zealand despite its high levels of rainfall.


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Awards judging begins Grazing heifers on dual cereal crops has benefits

they are doing on Judging is under way the farm and why. in the 2015 New It’s also a good Zealand Dairy idea to make sure Industry Awards. they have no National convenor distractions. Chris Keeping says ‘‘Many entrants judging began last find the judging week for nearly 260 process one of the entrants entered in 11 most rewarding regions contesting the aspects of entering New Zealand dairy the awards, as the trainee of the year preparation some competition, with do helps to judging in the identify business sharemilker / equity opportunities and farmer and farm solidify future manager of the year goals. The judges regional competitions also give them a beginning soon. free business ‘‘It’s a busy time for appraisal.’’ the awards organisers Mrs Keeping and a critical time for Judging begins . . . Local dairy farms will be visited by judges in the coming weeks. says judging of the entrants, as the FILE PHOTO entrants in the results of the regional dairy trainee competitions can contest is split into two areas, with a have a significant impact on the career practical section and interview prospects of the entrants,’’ Mrs Keeping component. says. Most regions held entrant information ‘‘Essentially if they do well, or are seen events last month to advise entrants what to do well, their career in the dairy industry can be put on fast­forward! Farm to expect and how to prepare for the owners and employers will seek them out judges visits. North Canterbury dominated last year’s and create opportunities for them.’’ She says much of this is dependent on awards in the Canterbury / North Otago region, with Culverden equity farmers what the entrants present to the judges Kevin and Sara O’Neill first and about their business and career. The sharemilkers James and Ceri Bourke judges spend two hours on the farms of second in the sharemilker / equity farmer entrants in both the sharemilker / equity section, while Phillip Colombus, of farmer and farm manager competitions. ‘‘We recommend entrants have a plan on Eyrewell, and Ivan Vujcich, of Oxford, won the farm manager and dairy trainee what they are going to do during the two awards respectively. hours to highlight their skills and what

Grazing dairy replacement heifers on dual purpose cereal and brassica crops has proved to have a two fold benefit, say Dr (Paul) Long Cheng and Dr Jeffery McCormick from the Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Lincoln University. Research by the pair found grazing heifers on crops such as wheat and canola helped the stock achieve higher weight gains and caused less environmental pollution through reduced urinary nitrogen excretion than heifers grazed on conventional pasture. ‘‘Every year farmers needed to rear dairy heifers as replacements for their milking herds as part of their farm management routines,’’ says Dr Cheng. ‘‘Providing adequate high quality feed for these heifers is crucial, so they can reach their target live weights at critical stages of their growth and development. ‘‘Their ability to reach these target live weights has significant implications for their successful mating and milk production in the subsequent lactation. We also know that rearing dairy heifers contributes to the environmental impact of dairy production, particularly nitrogen leaching, through the excretion of urinary nitrogen,’’ says Dr Cheng. To find the solutions to these challenges, Dr Cheng and McCormick, and their team did trials to examine if feeding the heifers different types of forages such as dual­purpose crops, like cereals and brassicas, would increase their live weight gains and reduce urinary nitrogen excretion. A dual purpose crop is one that is grown in summer/autumn to be grazed as forage before continuing to grow prior to being harvested for grain production. Dr Cheng’s trial involved using three groups of dairy heifers that were equally matched for live weight and their genetic

❛Providing adequate high quality feed for these heifers is crucial❜ — Dr Long Cheng Lincoln University ability as breeding cows. Each group was randomly allocated and fed a different type of forage ­ a pasture (perennial ryegrass/white clover), a cereal (wheat) and a brassica (canola). At the end of the four week trial it was found grazing on wheat or canola showed increased live weight gains and lower urinary nitrogen excretion in comparison to the pasture­fed animals. ‘‘This type of regime had been used in Australia for over 20 years on mixed cropping farms, but this is the first time it has been used for dairy replacement stock in New Zealand,’’ says Dr McCormick. ‘‘Australian farmers have found that the timing and intensity of grazing is important because if the animals graze for too long the plants’ reproductive growing tips can be damaged resulting in a loss of grain production.’’ The discovery will benefit farmers throughout New Zealand with local farmers already interested in trialling the crops with their heifers, says Dr Cheng and Dr McCormick. The scientific team also included Professor Grant Edwards and Chris Logan, from Lincoln’s faculty of agriculture and life sciences. In addition, scholars from France and Thailand were involved in crop management and sample collection.

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Breeding values to improve Liveweight breeding values for dairy cattle are to improve as a result of analyses carried out by NZ Animal Evaluation Limited (NZAEL), a wholly owned subsidiary of DairyNZ. The improvements are focused around the conversion of liveweight information into a mature weight equivalent. The effect to liveweight breeding values will be seen across all animals, but particularly when comparing breeds. The liveweight breeding values for Jersey and crossbred animals generally decrease, and those for Holstein Friesians increase. Changes to the breeding values and the flow­on effects for the overall measure of cow and sire genetic merit and Breeding Worth (BW) were implemented last week. The combined effect of the liveweight changes and economic value update mean that, on average, the BW of herds will reduce. ‘‘Historically this conversion has been done within the liveweight animal evaluation model, but over time the information that we receive has become heavily weighted towards data for two­ year­olds which skews the calculation,’’ says NZAEL manager Dr Jeremy Bryant. The new method converts all weights to a mature equivalent before the data enters the liveweight animal evaluation model. ‘‘The aim of the NZAEL research was to improve the accuracy of genetic prediction for liveweight, which then leads to a more accurate BW for dairy farmers,’’ says Dr Bryant. The research has been undertaken over the past year and has been reviewed by NZAEL’s standing advisory committee which includes leading geneticists from New Zealand, and approved by the NZAEL board. The routine updates of economic values in BW also came into effect last week. ‘‘NZAEL updates economic values every year, in order to keep aligned with market signals, says Dr Bryant. This year, moderate changes are seen in the value assigned to fat and protein yield. These come from a combination of a falling milk price, as well as slight changes to the calculation of milk volume


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Pessimism about profitability is reflected in farmers’ spending intentions, with more farmers now expecting to reduce spending than increase spending. This is especially pronounced for dairy farmers. For the first time since the Global Financial Crisis, more farmers expect to increase debt than reduce debt, with dairy farmers especially concerned about their cash flow over the coming months and expecting to go into overdraft. The support of banks will be important over this challenging period. The agricultural labour market remains very tight with more farmers reporting greater difficulty finding skilled and motivated staff. The biggest concern for farmers is commodity and farmgate prices, cited by nearly 33% of farmers. This was followed by the weather, with 21%. Both are up sharply on the previous survey, moving ahead of regulation and compliance costs, with 19%. No other concern attracted more than 6% of respondents. Farmers’ highest priority for the Government is regulation and compliance costs, with more than 25% either mentioning it generally or specific hot topics such as health and safety and the Resource Management Act. No other priority attracted more than 10% of respondents, with others evenly spread.

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Environment champion Mixed season for bees Culverden’s James Hoban joined other sheep and beef farmers in Wellington last week as an ‘‘environment champion’’. Seventy sheep and beef farmers from around the country gathered to equip themselves with the skills and knowledge they need to negotiate sustainable land and water management regulations in their own regions. Beef + Lamb New Zealand facilitated the conference given the growing need for sheep and beef farmers to be represented on their local catchment groups and working with their regional councils to ensure sheep and beef farmers’ voices are heard as decisions on farming within limits are developed. Chief executive Dr Scott Champion says the group of farmers who attended the two day workshop put their hands up to say they wanted to learn everything they could about being involved in environmental decisions in their own regions. ‘‘We know that local voices count in community discussions and this conference will be an opportunity for farmers to understand how to engage in their own community discussions and ensure the voice of sheep and beef farmers is heard and to help make the best long­term decisions for their farm business, their family and their communities. ‘‘At the end of the day we want to increase the number of sheep and beef farmers promoting environmental sustainability and we want farmers to have the skills and knowledge they need to be heard in catchment


Despite a mixed season, bee keepers are expecting big things in 2015. Local bee industry leaders are reporting mixed results from honey this season, but are buoyed by the prospect of a united industry. Federated Farmers North Canterbury bees chairman Barry Hantz says he is hopeful progress will be made on uniting the Federated Farmers bees section with the National Beekeepers Association of New Zealand, with a survey of bee keepers to be held before a combined New Zealand Apiculture Industry Conference being held James Hoban in Taupo in June. ‘‘There’s probably 70 per cent of bee stakeholder groups.’’ keepers who don’t belong to either Dr Champion says the conference organisation, so it’s hard to keep in contact provided an opportunity for farmers with them, especially if they’re not from different parts of the country to registered.’’ share their learnings and to be a Mr Hantz says the worry is that while the collective of environmental leaders. price for manuka and clover honey is The conference was one of a number relatively high now, without investment in of environmental initiatives Beef + research and development the honey price Lamb NZ is focused on in support of could fall leaving beekeepers in financial sheep and beef farmers. The trouble. organisation has increased resourcing ‘‘I’m a bit scared it will end up like the to ensure more farmers have access to milk price and go down in a sudden heap. Land and Environment Planning Beekeepers can’t afford to have the price workshops and it has joined forces with go down by half from one year to the next. Federated Farmers to increase input Rangiora bee keeper and former into local environmental policies that Christchurch Hobbyist Beekeepers Club reflect sheep and beef farmer president Jeff Robinson says unity needs to interests. happen. Additionally each of the seven Beef + ‘‘We have to be seen as a united body. We Lamb NZ farmer councils around the can achieve more for all bee keepers by country has an environment working together and the more we can do to ‘champion’ who will monitor and assist bee keepers to operate their business facilitate local action, including James economically the better. Hoban for the northern South Island ‘‘Now that bees are under threat region. worldwide, we need to invest in our industry and be prepared.’’ Mr Robinson says one of the problems for the industry is too many bee keepers are not registered. He recommends all bee keepers to register their hives so AsureQuality can monitor their movements and notify them of any outbreaks of disease. ‘‘It’s people who are doing things wrong

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Irrigation improves crops resilience conducting maize trials for the first time, at two sites in the North Island and one in the South Island. ‘‘I think the [dairy] conversions will slow down. The guys who wanted to convert probably already have, leaving the dedicated arable growers. ‘‘There will still be conversions, but not as many. The important thing is making sure we get a reasonable price parity with imports so it is still profitable for arable growers.’’

By DAVID HILL North Canterbury arable farmers are feeling optimistic, despite the dry summer. Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) chairman David Birkett and former Federated Farmers North Canterbury grain and seed chairman Murray Rowlands say irrigation has been a saviour for many farmers in the region. Mr Birkett says with few water restrictions in the Waimakariri Rivers, many local farmers are reporting a reasonable harvest. ‘‘We’ve had a really good run through the grain and peas and other crops. I can’t remember a harvest where the weather has been so reliable for threshing. I think I’ve only used the moisture meter three times. ‘‘With the irrigation it’s made Canterbury reasonably resilient. The irrigation and the heavier type soils have come through well. Certainly true dry land farmers are finding it pretty tough. ‘‘After the cool spring and then the dry summer, I didn’t expect the yields we’ve had, but it looks like it’s going to be an average or even above average season.’’ Mr Rowlands agrees, saying this season is like a typical North Canterbury summer ‘‘the old fellas talk about’’. ‘‘This is the ’80s, but it’s the ’80s with water. The old fellas say ‘you guys have a lot learn, because this is how we used to farm and we didn’t have water’.’’ He says dry land farmers still have grain and, while the yields are lower than usual, they are still getting good quality. Mr Birkett says there will probably be

Quality crop . . . Several farmers are reporting a quality harvest thanks to irrigation. less straw, silage and baleage around, with contractors reporting a 30 to 40 per cent drop in the harvest in some areas. While the drought looks set to linger, there will be grain available, but farmers wanting it are advised to get their orders in now. ‘‘The demand for grain may fall back with the low dairy price, but I’m hoping the dairy industry will get back into the market. ‘‘It doesn’t matter if you dry cows off early or milk them, you still need to feed them,’’ Mr Birkett says. ‘‘If anyone’s thinking about grain, they need to be pro­active now and not ring round in the winter and then jump and


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Successful local sailing meet A total of 30 yachts took part in the Waimakariri North Canterbury Regatta which was sailed last weekend with Waimakariri Sailing Club and contesting skippers having a successful meet. Both days were challenging for the sailors and race officers with overcast skies on Saturday and a steady south west wind averaging around 10 knots. Sunday was even more challenging with a light four knot southerly. Results were: (cyc ­ Christchurch Yacht Club, mpyc ­Mt Pleasant Yacht Club, npcl ­ Naval Point, ppyc ­ Pleasant Point Yacht Club, wspbc­ Waimakariri Sailing Club): Firebug South Island Championships Ian Douglas ppyc 94 PDQ ­ 1, Tom Arthur wspbc 365 Ladybug ­ 2, Alice Barrett ppyc 441 Firebug ­ 3. Open Class Championships Liam James wspbc 102 Epee ­ 1, Edward de la Cour wspbc 60 Dory ­ 2, Reece Pike’t wspbc 46 Red ­ 3. Optimist Class Championships Kyle Houston npcl 4535 Opti ­ 1, Katy Buttle wspbc 3957 Bug ­ 2. P Class Championships Lucia Rapley cyc 219 Ripped ­ 1, Blake Grindley­ Jones wspbc 340 Riff Raff ­ 2.

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The very sought after Clarkville primary school caters for children up to year 9. High school can be the local or commute to a variety of town school options. Auction Wednesday 4 March 3:00 p.m. at The Russley Golf Club

This is country living at its best! Minutes to the Northern motorway and neighbouring township of Kaiapoi with a generous variety of shops and restaurants or the equally appealing Belfast service centre.

$559,000 $399,000

740m section, 216m house, 4 bed, designer kitche , ble garage

Beach Grove, Lot 35 15 Highgate Kaiapoi Rangiora

$389,000 $529,000

2 bedrooms, open plan kitchen/dining & plan, living, outstanding street appeal

Visit our showhomes:

Sarah Wyeth 027 235 3565 Sue Coakley 027 675 2367 Craig De Goldi 027 617 7388

03 313 0319

22 & 23 Huntingdon Drive, Arlington Park, Rangiora | Sat-Mon 12-4pm Corner Silverstream Blvd & Bernard Street, Kaiapoi | Wed-Sun 12-4pm 39 Bayliss Drive, Sovereign Lakes, Kaiapoi | Open 7 days 12-4pm Office: 346 Flaxton Road, Rangiora Email: nc.sales@mikegreerhomes.co.nz

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Spacious Rural Retreat

Harcourts ID: RG7108

When You Wish Upon A Star...

Harcourts ID: RG7105

2 Littles Road, Oxford – 6 bedrooms total, bathroom, laundry, landing for office or library and large

84 Rossiters Road, Loburn – A spacious 240m home with mature sheltered grounds, magical

internal access garaging. A farm style kitchen with great views, open plan living and separate lounge.

outdoor living, double internal access garage plus separate workshop, 12 paddocks all hotwired and

Another gigantic formal lounge leads out to a stunning open patio with panoramic views of the

with water troughs, cattle yard, 2 bay shed, tunnel house plus vege garden and fruit trees for home use.


mountains across irrigated pastures. Situated on a very quiet road within walking distance to a school

Water supply is to tank, 1 unit per day. Set a few minutes from rural primary schools, Rangiora High

bus route. Only 35 minutes to Christchurch, 20 minutes to Rangiora and 10 minutes to Oxford.

School, Ashley Rugby Club, Karikaas Cheese. You can make your wishe s come true.

Peta Murch

Christine Tallott

Auction: Wednesday 4 March 3:00 p.m. (unless sold prior) th

Licensed Sales Consultant

P. 03 313 6158 M. 027 313 9032 E. peta.murch@harcourts.co.nz

Licensed Sales Consultant







P. 03 313 6158 M. 0274 906 042 E. christine.tallott@gmail.com







Secure, Stylish & So Tempting...

Harcourts ID: BF23769

A Lot To Offer So Don’t Miss Out...

Harcourts ID: RG7107

7F Olivea Place, Oxford – Warm & inviting, spacious and sunny, 239m permanent material builders

924 Poyntzs Road, Eyrewell – Versatile 5.9ha lifestyle property offering income opportunity, peaceful

own home has so much to offer. Four double bedrooms, large open living, dining & kitchen area.

rural views, magnificent shelter and an excellent location. Includes approx. 6acres Torlesse lucerne

Triple car garage with access though to back yard for extra storage or parking. Set on a tidy 819m2

planted 2007. Access to water race, well provided, no building covenants, title issued, must sell!


section down a private lane way. This wonderful family home is located with in walking distance of popular Oxford township & amenities. Too good to miss, call today to view this well built home.

Gemma & Sue Roberts

Deadline Sale: Thursday 19th February (unless sold prior)

P. 03 323 6045 M. 0272236471 or 0274401282 E. gemma.roberts@harcourts.co.nz


Licensed Sales Consultants

Linda Warren-Davey Licensed Sales Consultant






P. 03 313 6158 M. 027 3000 145 E. linda.warren-davey@harcourts.co.nz


Better Than New

Harcourts ID: KI5532

7 Keating Street, Silverstream, Kaiapoi – Recently constructed, award winning home, complete

Easy Living With A View

Harcourts ID: BF23779

17 Tuhoe Avenue, Kaiapoi – Complete with a fashionable 3 bedrooms, 2 bathroom, 3 toilet, apartment

with all the extras to make this house a home. Open plan living, well sited to catch afternoon sun

style home . This quality built property offers a ‘drive in, feet up and enjoy’ lifestyle. With spacious open

and excellent access for outdoor enjoyment on the screened patio area. Just enough gardens in

plan living and generously proportioned bedrooms, main with ensuite and W.I.R. Ranch sliders from

which to potter. Indoors, you are spoilt with generous bedroom space and a street facing kitchen,

living to patio, well positioned to catch the afternoon sun. Plenty of storage, attached garaging, quality

which boasts a Butler’s pantry. You are sure to be impressed too!

chattels and tasteful decor, all add to the appeal here.

Christine Watton

Michelle Van der Park

Licensed Sales Consultant

P. 03 327 5379 M. 0274 760 304 E. christine.watton@harcourts.co.nz

Licensed Sales Consultant



Contributor to www.realestate.co.nz




P. 03 323 6045 M. 027 224 2066 E. michelle.vanderpark@harcourts.co.nz







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Harcourts Welcomes LINDA WARREN-DAVEY! It is with great pleasure Harcourts Twiss-Keir Realty announce their latest member of the award winning Rangiora team, Linda Warren-Davey. Linda brings to the Harcourts Rural Lifestyle Team in-depth knowledge of rural lifestyle real estate along with a commitment to professional excellence - a perfect match with Harcourts Twiss-Keir Realty’s core values and business philosophy. An extensive network and database throughout Canterbury and New Zealand, exceptional personal service and a proven track record with a solid reputation is all part of the package when working with Linda, providing you with a distinct advantage in achieving the results you desire. Experience the difference – Linda Warren-Davey & Harcourts Twiss-Keir Realty.

Linda Warren-Davey Licensed Sales Consultant

Phone 03 313 6158 Mobile 027 3000 145 Email linda.warren-davey@harcourts.co.nz Check us out on Facebook “Lifestyle Living with Linda”

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For Sale

New Listing | 16 Kakanui Road, Kakanui 9,654m2

Established Kakanui Tomato Business. Fantastic opportunity in an area renowned for growing quality tomatoes with produce being sold under Galaxy Brand to long standing clients. Substantial glasshouse complex of 2,200m2 with computerised controlled climate and irrigation system with coal fuelled burner. Packing shed, pump house and boiler house. Four bedroom home with en suite, office, garage and shed in close proximity to house. Adjoining 1 hectare property with four bedroom home, garage, sheds and large glasshouse is available for purchase. | Property ID TU10499


Villa Retreat. Are you looking for something special? Do you want space for your family to spread out? This circa 1910 villa is beautifully located on a rear site of 1,399m2. Featuring four generous bedrooms and expansive open plan living, bi-fold doors access outdoor living and the impressive sealed tennis court. Verandahs on three sides of the home means you can always find a shady spot to enjoy a cup of tea or glass of wine. Properties of this age and condition on such a substantial piece of land are a rarity in this popular, fast-growing town. | Property ID LN1432

Jenny Rouse 027 314 6119 Canterbury

Closing 4pm, Thursday 26 March 2015 (as a going concern)

Open Day

Saturday 11.00 to 12.00pm


Merv Dalziel 027 439 5823


Lincoln | 48A Edward Street

James Murray 027 436 8103 Canterbury

Deadline Sale

On site 1pm, Thursday 5 March 2015

Open Home

Sunday 2.00 to 2.30pm


Ron Ferguson 027 498 6256 John Davison 027 436 4464

Malcolm Garvan 027 231 4425 Canterbury

Maurice Newell 027 240 1718 Canterbury

Cust | 1758 Cust Road


Stunning Home With Views. Two storey home, built 2005, four bedrooms (one downstairs), en suite, separate bathrooms (one down and one up). Open plan kitchen, (ample storage), living, dining, which opens out to a patio and sweeping lawns. Larg e office/workroom above the garage, double glazed, two heatpumps, diesel burner for heating, double garage. Upstairs balconies, north facing to capture the sun and uninterrupted views across the downs and mountains. 20km to Rangiora and 40km to Christchurch City. | Property ID RA1621

Open Home

Waikari | 6 Princes Street


Cosy, Rural Village Home. Near new, two bedroom home, stylishly decorated with a neutral decor, modern kitchen with plenty of storage and a large Tristone breakfast bar. Both the open plan living room and master bedroom have stacker doors to take in the ever changing rural views. With double glazing and a wetback logburner, this home will be cosy during the winter months. The master bedroom has a walk-in robe. Attached single garage. The 857m2 section is a blank canvas. | Property ID AM1006

Open Home



Kathy Thompson 021 229 0600 Kaikoura


Malcolm Garvan 027 231 4425



Barry Keys 027 434 7689 Canterbury

Sunday 1.00 to 2.00pm

Sunday 1.30 to 2.00pm

Contact Jenny Rouse 027 314 6119

Allan Gifford 027 226 2379 Marlborough

Chris Abbott 027 435 2872 Marlborough

0800 200 600 | f armlandsrealestate.co.nz

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For Sale

Kaikoura | 233 Beach Road


Kaikoura | 7 Hapuku Road


Irresistible Cottage Charm. This three bedroom character cottage has undergone a major renovation. North-facing, sunny open plan living, native timber floorboards and the gorgeous neutral furnishings provide a relaxed, serene atmosphere for easy, happy living. Spacious master bedroom with en suite, queen bedroom plus single bedroom/art room. Established, easy-care gardens with sheds and plenty of parking for boats, campervans and cars. Come and view and fall in love! | Property ID TU10496


Secluded Oasis Clost To The Sea. Spacious, renovated four bedroom villa is set in established gardens with fruit trees, vege gardens and many outdoor areas to relax and unwind. Mast bedroom with en suite, walk-in wardrobe. Spacious lounge with log burner and French doors which open to a north-facing patio. The modern kitchen with Raeburn stove on wetback leads to the sunny dining area with sliding doors which lead to the deck and BBQ area. Sheltered property with plenty of sheds, a single garage and separate workshop with power in both. | Property ID TU10488


Offers invited over $350,000


By appointment


Kathy Thompson 021 229 0600


Kathy Thompson 027 229 0600




$1,050,000 plus GST (if any)

By negotiation



Maurice Newell 027 240 1718

Malcolm Garvan 027 231 4425

Profitable Horticulture. Immaculate cucumber growing property, showing excellent returns. Operated seasonally without heating, the ‘Faber’ 40 x 44m glasshouse could be added to, heated, or continued with current regime. Executive style, three year home with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two living areas. Log burner, heat pump and double glazing make it easy to keep warm. Approximately 6.5km from two decile 10 primary schools. Irrigation consent and an array of plant and equipment. | Property ID RA1626

230 Cottles Road 37.9 Hectares

Irrigated Bareland. 25 hectares irrigated 12 litres per second (2038), 12 hectares un-irrigated with several creeks. Larger block deer fenced into eight paddocks with deer/cattle yards. Natural shelter plus trees. Flat to gentle river terraces adjacent to Ashley River. North facing, with amazing views. Private, peaceful location at the end of a no-exit road. Idyllic building site subject to issue of Title with a flexible possession date. Adjacent, partially irrigated 35 hectares available for lease. | Property ID RA1510





By negotiation




Matt Collier 027 205 6626

Kerin Pitkethley 027 698 7453

28 High Street 1,011m2

11 Domain Road 1,467m2

Colonial Character And Charm. Character, three bedroom home with well thought-out open plan kitchen, living, dining which opens out to a patio and sweeping lawns with great views to the Alps. Woodburner with wet-back and heat pump provide heating. Significant specimen trees and manicured gardens surround the home. A single garage, garden shed and vege garden complement the property. Springfield Domain is across the road. Walking distance to Springfield Township. | Property ID DA1636

Jenny Rouse 027 314 6119 Canterbury

By appointment

Mandeville/Ohoka 186 Mandeville Road 4 Hectares

James Murray 027 436 8103 Canterbury



Malcolm Garvan 027 231 4425 Canterbury

Maurice Newell 027 240 1718 Canterbury

Welcome To Oriel Cottage. Relocated in 1990 - immaculate, three bedroom two living (with log fire) plus sunroom/conservatory, modern bathroom, two toilets, single garage, security alarm. Mostly double glazed including lead lights retro-fitted. Fully fenced, established, easy-care section and low maintenance. Approximately 11km from Darfield, an easy commute to Christchurch. | Property ID DA1631

Barry Keys 027 434 7689 Canterbury

Kathy Thompson 021 229 0600 Kaikoura

Allan Gifford 027 226 2379 Marlborough

Chris Abbott 027 435 2872 Marlborough

0800 200 600 | farmlandsrealestate.co.nz

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Mt Highfield


210 Inland Road, Waiau • 466 hectares • Sheep and beef property in very good heart, well balanced • Fenced into 42 paddocks with full complement of farm buildings • Excellent water supply • Well-presented three-bedroom family home with mature garden surrounds pggwre.co.nz/RAN20494


(Unless Sold Prior) Plus GST (if any) 2.00pm, Thursday, 19 March at Mainpower Oval, Rangiora Hamish Anderson B 03 313 0610 M 027 678 8888 Licensed REAA 2008

This week’s open homes in North Canterbury

Thursday 19th February Leithfield



258 Marshmans Road

Harcourts Twiss Keir



3A Briarmont Street

Harcourts Twiss Keir

1.30pm 2.30pm

2.00pm 3.00pm

16 Giles Road 143 Harrs Road

Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir

12.00pm 1.00pm

12.30pm 2.00pm

201 Davis Road 1758 Cust Road



27 Pine Ave

12.00pm 1.00pm 1.00pm 1.00pm 1.00pm 1.00pm 1.15pm 1.45pm 2.00pm 2.15pm 2.30pm 2.45pm 2.45pm 3.00pm 3.00pm 3.00pm 3.30pm

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10 Toa Street 116 Ohoka Road 18 Lillian Street 52 Sovereign Boulevard 290 Island Road 4 Footbridge Terrace 29 Williams Street 7 Keating Street 2 Audley Street 6 Foxton Drive 25 Beachvale Drive 23 Camleigh Close 9 Counihan Place 9C Smith Street 26 Sterling Crescent 14 Tuhoe Avenue 2 Jordan Street

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26 Terrace Road 15 John Leith Place

12.00pm 1.00pm 1.00pm

12.30pm 1.30pm 2.00pm

520 Carrs Road 34 Hodgsons Road 84 Rossiters Road

Waimak Real Estate Pegasus Farmlands Real Estate 11.30am 12.00pm 12.00pm 12.30pm 1.30pm Harcourts Twiss Keir 1.00pm 2.00pm 2.30pm 2.30pm 3.00pm Harcourts Twiss Keir 2.30pm 3.15pm Waimak Real Estate 3.30pm 4.00pm Harcourts Twiss Keir Rangiora Harcourts Twists Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir 12.30pm 1.00pm Harcourts Twiss Keir 12.30pm 1.00pm 3.30pm Harcourts Twiss Keir 2.45pm Harcourts Twiss Keir 12.45pm 1.15pm 1.30pm Harcourts Twiss Keir 1.00pm 1.30pm Harcourts Twiss Keir 1.00pm 1.45pm Harcourts Twiss Keir 1.00pm 1.30pm Waimak Real Estate 1.00pm 1.45pm Harcourts Twiss Keir 1.15pm 1.45pm Waimak Real Estate 1.15pm 2.00pm Harcourts Twiss Keir 1.30pm 2.00pm Harcourts Twiss Keir 1.30pm 2.30pm Waimak Real Estate 2.00pm 2.00pm 2.30pm 2.30pm 2.00pm Harcourts Twiss Keir 2.00pm 2.30pm Waimak Real Estate 2.00pm 2.30pm 3.00pm 3.30pm Harcourts Twiss Keir Redwood Harcourts Twiss Keir 12.00pm 12.45pm Harcourts Twiss Keir

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1.00pm 1.00pm 2.00pm 2.45pm 2.45pm 3.45pm

14 Wilson Drive 145 Dawnsons Road 13 Velino Place 71 Cullen Avenue 88 Cullen Avenue 99 Cullen Avenue

Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir




738 Marshland Road

Harcourts Twiss Keir



26 Terrace Road

Harcourts Twiss Keir




2 Littles Road

Harcourts Twiss Keir



Saturday 21st February Clarkville

1.30pm 2.30pm


2.00pm 3.30pm

16 Giles Road 56 Giles Road

Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir

1.00pm 1.00pm 1.30pm

1.30pm 1.30pm 2.00pm

52 Sovereign Boulevard Tuhoe Ave, Beach Grove 2 Tyson Crescent

Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir



26 Terrace Road

Harcourts Twiss Keir



30 Caithness Street

Harcourts Twiss Keir

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859 Tram Road 101 Siena Place 10 Keetley Place

Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir

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1.30pm 3.15pm

2 Littles Road 35 Powells Road

Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir

11.00am 11.30am

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15 Sawtell Place 19 Te Haunui Lane

Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir

12.30pm 1.15pm 1.30pm

1.00pm 1.45pm 2pm

5 Kawakawa Street 33 Blackadder Road 81 Kawari Drive

Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir

12.00pm 1.00pm 2.45pm

12.30pm 1.45pm 3.30pm

11a Hampstead Close 31 Aspen Street 8A Wales Street

Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir


New Brighton Ohoka

Oxford Papanui Pegasus


Swannanoa 2.00pm

Wainoni 1.30pm

3.00pm 2.30pm

448 No 10 Road 13 Ontario Place

Harcourts Twiss Keir

Tekoa Estate 12B Clayton Road 2/6 Douglas Road 75 Willowside Place

Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir

Sunday 22nd February Amberley 11.00am 1.30pm 2.15pm 2.30pm

12.00pm 2.00pm 3.00pm 3.15pm

Harcourts Twiss Keir




Kaianga Kaiapoi

Leithfield Loburn



10.15am 11.00am 12.30pm 2.30pm 2.00pm

10.45am 11.30am 1.30pm 3.00pm 3.00pm

107a High Street 1a Campbell Lane 2 Littles Road 11 Harewood Road 163 High Street

Waimak Real Estate Waimak Real Estate Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir



15 Sawtell Place

Harcourts Twiss Keir

19 Te Haunui Lane 51 Aroha Street 68 Aroha Street 25 Hodgkinson Road 11 Chimera Street 36 Pegasus Main Street 37 Kawari Drive

Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir

5 Foster Place 8 Galatos Street 8A Wales Street 62A King Street 3/92 White Street 16 Martyn Street 31 Aspen Street Lot 4 Arlington Park 7 Cassino Street 5 Cassino Street 20 Milesbrook Close 33 Riverview Road 279 King Street 6 Ayres Street 45 West Belt 27 Ashgrove Street 23 Riverview Road 7/29 Ivory Street

Waimak Real Estate Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Waimak Real Estate Harcourts Twiss Keir Waimak Real Estate Waimak Real Estate Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir

8 Tracy Place

Waimak Real Estate


25 Pembertons Road

Waimak Real Estate

2.00pm 2.00pm

3.00pm 2.45pm

448 No 10 Road 1433 South Eyre Road

Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir



6 Princes Street

Farmlands Real Estate



9 Hewitts Road

Waimak Real Estate



Swannanoa Waikari


The News

St Josephs fundraiser

Public Notices

Public Notices

Thursday February 19 2015

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Public Notices


Lifestyle Block House/Pet Sitter Available Rod 022 635 0283

Rangiora Returned & Service Association A day out at the Fair . . . Sheree Adams, of Oxford, with Eva, a harrier hawk from Canterbury Raptor Rescue, at the St Joseph’s School Valentines Fair in Rangiora last Sunday. Canterbury Raptor Rescue is a non profit organisation dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of all New Zealand raptors (birds of prey), set up by Sean Petersen PHOTO BY SHELLEY TOPP. of Oxford, in North Canterbury.

The AGM of the Rangiora RSA will be held, at the Rangiora RSA 82 Victoria St, in the Kippenberger Lounge at 1000 (10am) on Saturday 28th March 2015. All Returned, Service and Associate Members are urged to attend. A quarum of 15 financial members is required.

Ravenswood for sale The last link to North Canterbury for the Wanaka­based Infinity Investment Group and the late Bob Robertson ­ Ravenswood Village ­ is up for sale. Infinity has decided to sever its ties to the area and refocus its business on the Central Otago region. The Infinity Investment Group, which was first established in Wanaka in 1999 by Mr Robertson, and his former wife Jen, and is best known in North Canterbury for the development of Pegasus Town, across the State Highway from Ravenswood. The development, operating as Pegasus Development Ltd, ran into financial difficulties and was placed in receivership

Graeme Matheson RSA Secretary


in 2012 with the receivers selling it to the Todd Property group. Infinity, however, operates a number of highly successful property development and other business ventures in the Southern Lakes district where Infinity managing director Paul Croft says the company has decided to focus its core strengths of small to medium size residential developments. ‘‘In order to consolidate our operations into the Central Otago area, and provide the business with the scope to develop new opportunities in the region, we have elected to sell the Ravenswood Village development,’’ he says.

Public Notices

Upstairs Kaiapoi Club Opening 7.15pm Monday 23rd February. Club nights Monday and Thursday. Also Wednesday afternoon 1pm. New Members welcome. Coaching available For more information please ring Mary 327 8561 or Bruce 327 0413

Public Notices


Leithfield School Board of Trustees

Monday 23 to Thursday 26 February (4 days) To allow contractors to install a box culvert over the existing ford, we need to temporarily close a portion of Grays Road, Amberley (between Stockdills Road and Balcairn Amberley Road). This closure applies to all vehicular traffic - with the exception of emergency services vehicles. Please be advised that it is an offence for any person, other than those under authority of an authorised permit, to use the road for ordinary vehicular traffic during the period of closure.

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

Automotive DISMANTLING and buying all models of Falcons now. Please phone 03 3125 064 .


Concrete Services


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.

No job too big or small Immediate start Licenced Building Practioner

Phone 021 349 303


CASH 4 CARS and 4WD'S Concrete Services Phone AFFORDABLE concrete with quality and Automotive cutting removal work. Free quotes. No job too small. Ph 027 Parts 442 2219, Fax 03 359 6052 03 313 7216 or A/H 03 359 4605.

Business For Sale Calling all entrepreneurs and people with artistic flair. Cultivating memories check it out on www.cultivatingm emories.co.nz or on trade me classified number 845117647


Grays Road, Amberley Road Closure

Casual Vacancy for an Elected Trustee A casual vacancy has occurred on the board of trustees for an elected parent representative. The board has resolved under section 105 of the Education Act 1989 to fill the vacancy by selection. If ten percent or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held. Any eligible voter who wishes to ask the board to hold a by-election should write to: Chairperson Board of Trustees Leithfield School Old Main North Road, Leithfield 7481

ANDERSON Painting and Decorating Interior, exterior wall papering and gib-stopping, Friendly, prompt service. 50 years combined experience. An excellent job guaranteed. Ph Michael: AH 313 1564 or 0279 336 531


For a professional job by experienced, mature Tradesmen

Phone: 027 292 1331 After Hours: 03 327 0002 Prompt service Guaranteed workmanship

Decorating A Lady Paperhanger and Painter, all work guaran­ teed, free quotes. Phone Carol 027 435 9165 or 03 3127 327. PAINTER top quality work, no job too big or too small. We stand by Canter­ bury. Phone Wayne 027 274 3541. 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.

Pride & Quality Painting & Decorating Services

20 yrs exp, fast and friendly service. For all your painting needs, phone: Martin 310 6187 or 021 128 9867

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

Thursday February 19 2015

Situations Vacant Situations Vacant



Builder For all of your Trades Now Only FENCER AND MACHINE OPERATOR and LOCAL .20 2 POSITIONS K. LINE: Experienced farm fencer position in Classified BUILDERS +gst Christchurch and North Canterbury IRRIPOD Ph Scott Heasley 0275 350 302 enquiries, Ring Mark yrtrading@hotmail.co.nz 027 229 7310 please 022 648 5576 DrinkSafe® Consultant for a free quote contact Are you looking for part time work that DON'T BALE POOR www.longsilver will fit around your life? Do you love QUALITY GRASS FOR HAY Amanda construction.com meeting customers face to face and are THAT WON'T SELL!! a problem solver? If yes, then we have at • Licensed Building a great position as a Drinksafe Consult- DON'T LUG BALES OF HAY Practitioner The News TO A SHED YOU DON'T ant in North Canterbury. The role • Registered WANT OR NEED! covers the servicing and sanitising of on Master

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Call Ben Shore for a free consultation on your tax and accounting needs.


reduce FIRE RISK. For your mowing requirements Ph Andrew 0274 078 744 agcon04@hotmail.com ROOF Painting, Repairs & Cleaning. Concrete Tile Ridge Repairs and Flexi Pointing. Decramastic Tile re­chipping moss and lichen removal. Affordable rates. www.allroofs.co.nz. Ph Peter 313 0022.

HAMMER HAND or Skilled Labourer required Situations Wanted for new builds. Must show initiative and be competent HOME CARER, Relief to work on own and as part worker. Weekends. Phone of a motivated team. Top Maree 027 815 1165. rates for the right person. Immediate start. Contact Patrick 021 227 0061 or email carmody­construction@hotmail.com

SCREEN PRINTING. For all your printing requirements. T­shirts, Hoodies, Hi­Vis vests and polos, Overalls, Caps etc. Please phone Heather 03 313 0261 or email norstar@clear.net.nz.

Private Rangiora Property Sale


3dbl B/R, 1 bathroom plus mezanine floor, attached carport. Also boasts a 6yr 15 m x 7.5 m x 2.7 separate 3 car versatile garage & utility room fully insulated, decorated & carpeted, ideal for home business. Heating by Yunca Wegi fire on wetback. Set on 2376m3 park like fully fenced section with expansive lawns & trees For further details & viewing Ph 0272 796 061

Gardening BARKS, Composts, Pea Straw & much more at Woodend Landscape Supplies. Delivery & cour­ tesy trailers available. Open 7 days. Ph 03 312 2003.

Garage Sales BARGAINS Galore! Hun­ dreds DVD’S, CD’S, Video’s, Tools, Kitchen, Bathroom, Office, Garage, Shop Samples. 21/ 28 Feb­ ruary, 8am start. All must go. 27 Sycamore Close, The Oaks, Rangiora.

Health & Beauty HOMEOPATHY Are you struggling to recover your energy from the flu, maybe a homeopathic remedy will help. Phone Jennifer Mackinder (Dip.Hom) 03 314 8046. WISDOM COUNSELLING for per­ sonal, couples, family, prof. MNZAC in North Canter­ bury. One2one, phone or skype Michael 027 340 8325, 03 745 9118 www.wisdomcounselling.co.nz.


Nursery GOUGHS NURSERIES Deal direct with grower and Save 30%-50% off normal retail prices Open Monday - Sunday 9am - 5pm Natives Exotics Hedging Landscape and Japanese Maples 1029 Tram Rd Ohoka No eftpos Est 1974

PROPERTY MAINTEN­ ANCE. Lawns, gardens, hedges, chainsaw work, pruning, painting and minor home alterations. TOWN AND COUNTRY. Phone Mike 03 313 0261.

For Sale

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


cut to length Building Structural Steel

Full range of black, primed & galv. Products: Pipe, Box, Angle, Flat, P.F.C. Re-Bar & Pre Drilled Base Plates. We can supply cut and deliver Mon-Friday 8-4.30 Sat 8-12pm


Canterbury Homekill prides itself in offering a professional, honest service throughout Canterbury



(03) 313 4771 www.canterburyhomekill.co.nz Butchery


Oxford Butchery


Bevan and Shane Frahm


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


Number one

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

Chiropractic Services

Civil and Drainage

Driveways Landscaping Retaining Walls Earthworks Foundations

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

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

Wastewater Septic Tanks Treatment Plants Drainage Irrigation

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

6 Cable St, Sockburn P 943 6525 F 943 6527 sales@steelcanterbury.co.nz

Select Health

NO bees? Rent a beehive. Fully managed by regis­ Property Wanted tered bee keepers. You get pollination plus honey. HOUSE and land wanted to buy. We are looking for Phone 027 657 2007. 2­3 bdrm home, with land up to 1 acre. Everything considered. Contact Steve Hire 021 786 587.

North Canterbury Musical Society COSTUME HIRE

Fun from the past To beat summer heat Mon & Thurs 7 -9pm Friday 4 -6pm Saturday 11am - 1pm large groups by arrangement Enquiries please phone Rooms 313 4854 or Gail 313 6774 www.ncms.co.nz EFTPOS. Northbrook RD, Rangiora


Properties For Sale Properties For Sale


You will need to have your own reliable transport, be able to work unsupervised to a high standard and manage your own geographical area. A mobile phone will be provided for work use. Just Water is a successful company where the emphasis is on Service and Quality. Good written and oral English skills required as is the ability to text and email. If this sounds like you, please send your CV to: Email: Michellew@justwater.co.nz 1543849

03 313 2840



Mowing and topping can save you money and time. Be good for your pasture as well as

Landscaping TOP SOIL, screened and unscreened at Woodend Landscape Supplies. Open 7 days. Phone 03 312 2003.

Lost and Found LOST CAT, missing from Amberley Beach since late Jan/early Feb. Large ginger tabby, neutered male, 7 years old. Friendly and answers to Yoshi. Please ph 03 314 8597 or ph/txt 027 343 4520.

Personal WOMAN travelling com­ panion wanted. Aged around 65­73. Who enjoys travelling in Motorhomes, and going out for coffee. Please ph 027 327 6416.


Scrap Metal Wanted CASH PAID for all types of scrap metal, old cars, farm equipment etc. Phone Wayne on 027 749 9736 or 03 323 6610. NORTH Canterbury Metals. Buying metals, cars etc for recycling. Phone Joe on 027 223 3593 or after hours on 03 314 9079.

Tuition ACCORDION Lessons, $15 subsidy per lesson for first 10 lessons. Canterbury Accordion Association welcomes new players and members, all ages. Ph (03) 323 6389 or (03) 359 6615.

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

Computer Repairs


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

51 Ashley Street Rangiora


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

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

“If it’s broke, let’s fix it”

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

Free quotes (will travel)

Graeme Gosney 0274 971 683 Phone 03 327 8341 Fax 03 327 8343 Email: goscut@xtra.co.nz


Drainage & Excavation


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

Ph: 03 928 3537 Wayne 021 731 817 Lyn 021 207 4499 waylyn2@scorch.co.nz


our water-coolers in line with our DrinkSafe® International procedures 3 days a week. No experience is required as full training will be provided.

03 314 7640 info@sasl.co.nz 5 Beach Rd, Amberley


The News

Foundd dig andd siite scrap Driveways and patios Excavation and drainage Septic tanks and effluent

Michael Bolton 027 630 5726

Richard Tapp

027 424 9918

E: dandb@dandbdrainage.co.nz W: www.dandbdrainage.co.nz

For all your excavation and drainage needs


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Russelectrical Domestic | Commercial | Repairs | Alterations | Additions

• Prompt, Reliable and Efficient • 40 years' experience • All work guaranteed • No job too small 1463005

Russell Thompson - Phone 027 943 4096 A/H 03 3127 562 | Email: todist@xtra.co.nz




Kitchen Cupboard Wardrobe Wallpapering General woodwork Wooden Joinery French Doors Windows Repairs and New Opt out for EQC

Contact Tony for a NO OBLIGATION, Free Quote! Home 03 313 7605 027 774 2751 tonylamplugh@ clear.net.nz

Licensed Builder and Joiner Phone 03 312 6525


• Garden tidy-ups • Rubbish removal • Rose pruning • Shrub and tree pruning • Lawn mowing • Lawn maintenance • 27 years experience


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



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

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

PHONE (0274) 350 279 or A.H. 314 8384 www.russellarthurfencing.co.nz


• Rural & Residential Fencing • Cattle & Sheep Yards • Pole Shed Builds

Ph Alex 0274 059 503 email storer.alex.pegs@gmail.com

Glass Repair


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

Call us now on (03) 313 5335 NORTH CANTERBURY

Glass & Auto Glass

03 313 2840

All Insurance Companies work welcome

Factory Showroom 202a King St, Rangiora www.northcanterburyglass.co.nz

We also repair Windscreens and install Double Glazing



Painters / Decorators

Garden Features

For all your hard landscaping needs Steps




Decks & Fencing

Brick & Stone

Free quotes Ph: 03 314 8366 E: gardenfeatures@yahoo.co.nz



Thursday February 19 2015


Master Plumber of the Year 2010 Canterbury owned and operated for over 60 years







Kaiapoi Podiatry

oror03 Phone 0800 374 737 03310-8206 327 9499 DRIPFREE Email plumbers@clyne-bennie.co.nz Web www.clyne-bennie.co.nz www. plumbingshoponline.co.nz

FREE PICK UP AND WEIGHED ON SITE Ph (03) 338 7000 • Ah (03) 312 6553 Mike 0274 818 544 • Robbie 0274 818 027

Locally owned and operated

1326851 ncn1233409aa

For all your Editorial ENVIROTEC Waterblasting Ltd enquiries Servicing Canterbury or to Commercial & Residential submit a • Graffiti Removal • Blocked Drains Letter to • Pre Paint Cleaning • Moss & Algae Removal the Editor

Timber Sales

Water Blasting



PHONE: 027 333 5322 A/H: (03) 319 6740 calvertpainting@yahoo.co.nz







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

For All Your Foot Care Needs

Julia Home

Nat Dip Pod, SR Pod NEW PATIENTS WELCOME Please ring to make an appointment Ph 327 4288 42 Charles Street, Kaiapoi

Quality Timber at discounted prices We have a wide range of timber • Fencing • Farm packs from $30 • Framing • Decking Pop in and see us or view our products online at www.royaltimber.co.nz Open Monday to Friday 7.30am - 4.30pm and Saturday 8am – 12 noon Call David on 029 770 9204 Amy 021 650 609 99 Mairehau Road, Burw rwood, w just off Marshlands Road BRING BRIN BR ING IN G THIS TH HIS I ADVERT ADV DVER ERT T IN AND AND D RECEIVE REC E EIIVE VE A 10% 10% 10 % DISCOUNT DISC DI SC COU OUNT NT ON ON YOUR YO OUR R ORDER ORD R ER R

• Silicone Sealing (Brick & Block Work) • Concrete / Driveways / Ashphalt • Houses • Schools • Dairy Sheds


David Manning & Associates Registered valuers and property consultants – urban and rural 537 South Eyre Rd, RD2 Kaiapoi Also: 222 High St, Rangiora

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



Phone Robyn on 03 314 8325 or email CALL NOW FOR A FREE QUOTE robyn. 0800 SITECLEAN bristow (0800 748 325) Mobile 0274 369 187 @thenews Customer Satisfaction nc.co.nz Guaranteed

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Rangiora & Kaiapoi Toyota








Was $42,995 Now $40,995

1800, auto, stunning example, fully optioned & just 36,000km


1300cc auto, 5-door, very low km example. Safe & economical


3.0 t/diesel, 5-speed, alloys, 43,000km

3.0 T/Diesel, 5-spd, Tufdek, towbar

2001 TOYOTA LANDCRUISER 2010 TOYOTA HILUX S/CAB 4x4 SR5 F/DECK 70 SERIES Flatdeck, new tyres, 3.0 T/Diesel

4.5 V8 diesel, 5-spd, High Country pack. Very sought-after


5-speed, 87,000km


2008 TOYOTA VX LTD LANDCRUISER 200 Series, 4.5 V8, T/diesel, fully spec’d luxury.

Was $79,990 NOW $77,990

QUALITY USED VEHICLE SELECTION 2007 TOYOTA COROLLA SEDAN, 1.8 auto, just 84,000km, value here.............................................. $11,995 2008 TOYOTA COROLLA S/W

1500, 5 speed, NZ New, low kms. Great buying at




Now $48,995


Stunning 7-seater, very highly spec’d, Crisp Silver Pearl. Just 13,000km Was $51,995

3.0 t/diesel, auto, 67,000km, facelift model, smart looker

2008 TOYOTA COROLLA S/W, 1.5, 5-sped, Silver Shimmer, low kms ............................................... $14,995 2005 TOYOTA AVENSIS S/W, 2.0L auto, very well optioned, Lustre Pearl.......................................... $14,995 2012 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER, 3.5 V6, 4WD, luxury 7-seater, just 48,000km...................................... $49,995 2012 TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO, 7-seater GX, 3.0 t/diesel, auto, low km ................................ $54,995 2003 TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO, 8-seater, 3.0 t/diesel, Midnight Blue, value at ...................... $25,995 SOLD 2007 TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO VX, 4.0 V6, 8-seater, auto. Superb to drive............................ $34,995 2012 TOYOTA COROLLA GX, 1.8 auto. New shape, very low kms..................................................... $24,995







2.4 auto, very well optioned, stunning in Sandstone, just 42,000km


2.5 AWD, auto, low kms, Auto, 5-door, Crisp White, 26,000km, Signature silver Class 3yr warranty & AA Roadservice

2009 TOYOTA LANDCRUISER 200 VX LTD, 4.5 t/diesel V8, leather, good kms, must see................. $79,995 2009 TOYOTA HIACE ZL, 5-door, auto 3.0 t/diesel, low kms.............................................................. $28,995

Finance & Insurance Available Rangiora: Percival St Ph 03 313 8186 any time • Kaiapoi: 86 Williams St Ph 03 327 9005

(Kaiapoi After Hours: John Mellor 027 478 7685) www.rangiora.toyota.co.nz • • www.kaiapoi.toyota.co.nz Amber Inwood 027 566 0013 • John Mellor 027 478 7685 • John Glubb 027 432 1610 • Robin Illingworth 027 435 5105

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