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Thursday March 12 2015 | Issue 640

People’s voice: A major element of new sculpture — page 12.

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Troop a reminder of the follies of war

Remembering . . . The Amuri Mounted Rifles Troop take part in the grand parade at the Amuri Agricultural and Pastoral Show at Rotherham last Saturday ­ an emotional moment for many in the crowd with one saying the rain which was falling was ‘‘tears from heaven for the fallen soldiers and their horses of the war’’. PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP. Each member of the Troop represented a family member who fought in World War One. More photos pages 28 and 29.

Pegasus beaches could be off-limits for ashes banning the scattering or burying of ashes within the area controlled by the bylaw acknowledges the ‘‘different views held within the community, and in particularly the views of Maori’’. Hurunui District councillors, while understanding the issue was a ‘‘sensitive cultural issue’’ for Maori, were uncomfortable with a ban when they considered it at their meeting last week. They also believe a ban would be impossible to police. Cr Jim Harre ´ believed the piecemeal approach by Ngai Tahu to having bans in

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Pegasus Bay beaches could soon be off limits for scattering or burying ashes of loved ones. The practice is under scrutiny at both the Hurunui and Waimakariri District Councils as the Northern Pegasus Bay Bylaw 2010 comes under review. Ngai Tahu has asked both councils to ban the scattering or burying of ashes, for ‘‘cultural reasons’’ in Pegasus Bay. It is looking increasingly likely that the only certainty to come out of the request is

confusion. The request met a road block at the Hurunui District Council table last week with councillors deciding not to write it into the bylaw. It has conceded, however, to include it in its Statement of Proposal so people have the opportunity to comment and submit on including the ban in the bylaw. However, the Waimakariri District Council has written the ban into its section of the bylaw which is now out for consultation. In its Statement of Proposal it says

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A recent spate of unwanted kittens being dumped in North Canterbury has left a local group dismayed at the lack of care. Cat Care Incorporated president Betty Jones says the group has taken in more than 90 kittens since July last year, with most of them strays or abandoned kittens. ‘‘It’s because people aren’t responsible enough and won’t get their cats neutered. ‘‘When it comes to de­sexing they feel they haven’t got the money and so the cats get pregnant and the kittens are being dumped.’’ In recent months Cat Care Inc has been called out to rescue kittens dumped in rural areas, including Parnassus, Cheviot and Loburn. ‘‘Kittens are being dumped in rural areas and left to fend for themselves as people think it’s out of the way. The kittens are either left to starve or they come across a tomcat which kills them for crossing its territory.’’ Mrs Jones says there is support available, with Cats Protection League in Christchurch offering grants to help people on a budget to pay for their cats to be de­sexed. Cat Care Inc has about nine cats and nearly 20 kittens in its care and needing homes. They have all been wormed, fleaed, de­sexed, micro­ chipped and their vaccinations are up to date. ‘‘A lot of people get a kitten on TradeMe and then they end up paying vet bills, so it’s a lot cheaper getting them from us,’’ Mrs Jones says. Among the cats needing a home is Milo, who came to Cat Care Inc with an upset tummy, however since going a special diet he has recovered and now needs a new home. KD is a 10­year­old ginger cat, who is ‘‘absolutely gorgeous’’. ‘‘It’s very rewarding taking on an

Labour of love . . . Cat Care Inc volunteer Karen Wilkens, with Willow, and secretary Alex McNabb, with Wilma, enjoy caring for two of the kittens needing a new home. older cat and you don’t have any worries of them ruining your furniture,’’ Mrs Jones says. Raven is a young cat who was found pregnant and living under the Amberley Hotel. Now she and her kittens are looking for homes. ‘‘She’s absolutely flourished and is having a second childhood.’’ Cat Care Inc also has three cats competing in the Canterbury All Breeds Cat Club’s show in Kaiapoi on Sunday (March 15), after one of its cats won a ‘‘best cat in show’’ prize last year.

Cat Care Inc is always looking for volunteers to assist with sales tables at community events throughout the year and for fostering cats until they find a more permanent home. Mrs Jones says Cat Care Inc pays for all the costs of fostering cats, including food, bowls, cages and vet bills. People can also assist Cat Care Inc in its work by joining the Kitten Coffee Club, by regularly donating the cost of a cup of coffee. Details are on Cat Care Inc’s Facebook page and at www.catcareincorporated.org.nz.

Bylaw to go out for consultation From Page 2 Tikanga Maori places restrictions and conditions on handling of human remains, including ashes, which are tapu, team leader regulatory, Sue Courtney said in a report to council. She said once human remains had contact with waterways and their environs, they could not be used for customary purposes ­ bathing or as a source of food and water ­ by Maori, until the appropriate rituals had been performed. ‘‘The practice therefore impacts on Maori customary usage rights,’’ the report said..

The bylaw, which will go out for public consultation soon, also includes issues around recreational vehicle use, and the safety concerns about the use of motorbikes. Cr Jason Fletcher urged council to consider calling for all vehicles using the beach to be registered to stop the ‘‘bad eggs’’ and wanted it enforced through people warranted to do the job. However councillors said it was a police matter to enforce the law around unregistered vehicles. However, officers recommended improved signage at entranceways to the beach and the installation of bollards at

entry points to sand dunes to discourage inappropriate behaviour. Officers were also cautious about restricting vehicle access to the beach. They said it would unduly restrict legitimate users and wouldn’t produce sufficient benefits to justify the approach. Rangers were patrolling the beaches but people breaching the bylaw were often difficult to catch or contact. ‘‘Environment Canterbury rangers will not pursue vehicles breaking speed limits but will speak to drivers about speed limits if they can do so safely,’’ officers said in a report.

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Grand ol’ lady re-opens It was a full house at the re-opening of Rangiora’s Town Hall on Saturday as people crowded in to welcome the grand old lady, which was closed in December 2011, back. It has been seismically strengthened, extended and updated. Reporter Shelley Topp joined those attending one of the first movies in the new complex. When the Rangiora Town Hall was shut down for earthquake strengthening in December 2011 their tenant, the Rangiora Regent Theatre, was forced to close as well. It was a sad day for North Canterbury movie­goers. But when the seismically strengthened and redeveloped Rangiora Town Hall/Theatre complex opened last Saturday, with three new state of the art cinemas screening five movies from 4pm onwards, North Canterbury people celebrated with seven sold­out sessions on Saturday and again on Sunday. The cinema manager Jeremy Stewart, who also owns the Alice in Videoland DVD rental store and Alice Cinematheque movie theatre in Christchurch, was thrilled with the response. ‘‘We are really happy to be here and looking forward to providing a mix of art­house movies and hand­picked blockbusters for many years to come,’’ he said. Mr Stewart leases the cinema facilities from the Waimakariri District Council who own the Town Hall/ Theatre complex. He said the council deserve praise for the way they have redeveloped the Rangiora Town Hall. ‘‘Obviously a huge amount of praise must go the the Waimakariri District Council for what they have done to bring this grand old lady of theatre back to life,’’ he said. The new cinema complex

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Now showing . . . Suzanne O’Keefe, of Rangiora, outside Town Hall Cinemas, in the new Rangiora Town Hall/ Theatre complex which opened last Saturday. Suzanne is excited the cinema complex is PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP open. ‘‘I have been waiting in anticipation. Rangiora really needed a cinema.’’ features two 23­seat theatres, and a 93­seat one, which has a ‘‘huge picture and huge sound’’ and front­row seats which were ‘‘the best in the house,’’ Mr Stewart said. Keen to try out the new theatre Nevin and I booked tickets to see the 7.30pm showing of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, on Saturday which screened in the large theatre. A sequel to the 2012 smash hit The Best Exotic Marigold

Hotel, this film proved a great opening­night choice for this fantastic new theatre with the big screen and sound instantly transporting you to the vibrant, colourful streets of Jaipur, in India, where the movie was set. Although there was a slight glitch with our booking ­ someone else was sitting in one of our seats when we arrived ­ it was quickly sorted without any drama. Our seats were three rows back from the screen but we wouldn’t have

minded sitting in the front row, even though we would not do this at other theatres because of the uncomfortable close proximity to the screen. On our way out we sneaked a look at one of the smaller, more intimate, theatres, and can’t wait to try them out. It is exciting to have such a wonderful new cinema complex in Rangiora, right on our doorstep. Ten minutes later we were back home.

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Lack of funds delay Oxford movies 35mm films and needs to buy modern digital equipment to continue and with the town hall building project going over budget there were no funds left to help out. ‘‘We had a meeting with the council a year ago and we were left with the understanding funds had been allocated in the budget, so the advice we received was that we didn’t need to fundraise. But now they say there’s no money left,’’ Mr Watson says. The council will meet with the Canterbury Community Trust and Mainpower to see if a resolution can be

found, but with $60,000 to $80,000 needed to buy digital equipment it could take some time to raise the funds. ‘‘We are still in limbo, so it is a bit frustrating. It’s very much a community thing so it would be a shame if we couldn’t carry on. It provides entertainment and it puts funds back into the community,’’ says Mr Watson. The league has some funds in a bank account which has been frozen for the last three years, and Mr Watson says it will explore fundraising options once it has a clearer idea of the funding shortfall.

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An initiative by two Rangiora teenagers to find a job has been unsuccessful. Amy Nyhan and Alice Knight (both 16) placed an advertisement on North Canterbury radio station Compass FM last month and set up a joint email account for prospective employers to

contact them. However, while they had yet to receive any job offer or interview via their email address, Amy says Alice has been fortunate that her part time job has turned into a full time job.

❛ ‘‘There are a lot of employers who are willing to take young people on.❜ — Miles Dalton ENC business development manager. Amy says she left school three weeks ago, when she thought she had secured a full time job in Christchurch through a friend. However, that job fell through leaving Amy in limbo. ‘‘I was mucked around. My employer said because the minimum wage had gone up she could no longer afford to employ me.’’ In the meantime, Amy has been taking her CV around businesses in Rangiora, applying for jobs on TradeMe and considering what training courses to apply for. She has her restricted drivers’ license and a car and is willing to travel into Christchurch.

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whether targeted or whatever, I would be somewhat concerned,’’ he said. He questioned if the council had a system where the maximum increase in any one year would be no more than 10 or 12 percent and the remainder deferred and spread over time. However, Cr Dick Davison said deferring payments would impact on the integrity of what the council was trying to achieve. The council had been working on ways of relieving debt and paying depreciation to fund infrastructure and now when the impact was there to see, the council should not be ‘‘scuttling around trying to alleviate it happening’’. ‘‘I am very reluctant to undermine the integrity of what we are trying to do,’’ he said. A consultation document is available on line at www.hurunui.govt.nz/ltp as well as a council offices in Amberley and all libraries, Submissions close on April 30 and can be submitted online. Mr Dalley said staff and councillors would be available at local A&P shows and various other district locations to talk to ratepayers and residents about the document. ‘‘Every opinion counts and we want to hear yours,’’ he says.

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A rates shake up in the Hurunui District will see many dig deeper into their pockets in the 2015 ­2016 financial year. The council is proposing rate increases to help tackle debt and to pay for core service upgrades, particularly water and sewer. The first five years of the council’s Long Term Plan forecasts higher rates across the board before they begin to lessen from year six onward. This financial year the total rate income goes from $14.9 million to $15.9 million ­ pushing up the average rate increase across the district to 5.87 percent after allowing for growth. The impact on rates bills will vary depending on where people live and what type of property they are on. The changes with the biggest impact include: Using less of the profits from the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa to offset the general rate and putting more toward repaying debt. Using rates to fund depreciation of water and sewer infrastructure to stop the having to borrow to fund replacements. Changing to a district­wide rating system to pay for water and sewer

services instead of localised targeted rating ­ a move which will help those on smaller schemes to pay for upgrades. Mayor Winton Dalley says the changes, which impact on some more than others, will help the council to manage debt into the future. He says while the council is aware some individual rate increases will be ‘‘significantly above the average’’, in some cases this could be attributed to a correction of ‘‘historically unsustainable under rating’’. It’s a ‘‘balancing act’’ between the money needed to provide services for the community and what could be afforded. ‘‘Although the proposed changes will increase rates from our historically low levels, we are still confident that the Hurunui district will remain an affordable place to live and that our debt will be managed into the future,’’ says Mr Dalley. Today the Hurunui district has the fourth lowest rates in New Zealand. Cr Jim Harre ´ expressed concern at increases of 27.87 percent for an Amuri rural property, 27.76 per cent in Waipara, others at 22 and 29 per cent in the Hurunui and Hawarden areas. ‘‘Sitting here as a ratepayer, if I was presented with these increases,


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Winds of Change . . . Waikari artist Alison Erickson in the Chamber Gallery at the Rangiora Library where her Winds of Change Words PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP. Wanted exhibition is on show until March 19.

People’s voice important By SHELLEY TOPP The people’s voice is an important element in a new public sculpture being created by North Canterbury, artist Alison Erickson. The bronze sculpture depicts a family group, a man, a woman and a child, entitled ‘‘Winds of Change’’. ‘‘They are refugees of change,’’ Ms Erickson said. The sculpture was commissioned for the people of Waimakariri by Creative Communities which is run by Creative New Zealand, the government arts development agency. Creative New Zealand is funded by the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board, and the government through the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Ms Erickson’s work was chosen after artists were invited to put forward ideas for an earthquake memorial in Waimakariri. Her project has three components: the earthquakes which equal change, the northwest winds which equal

the raw elements, and the voice of the people. ‘‘I guess the starting point for this sculpture is change,’’ Ms Erickson said. ‘‘The earthquakes have been the biggest event of change in recent history in Canterbury, and New Zealand as a whole. People’s lives have been physically and emotionally shifted.’’ ‘‘I want to capture the feeling of this moment in history in the words of ordinary people,’’ she said. The sculpture which is still a work in progress will be about half life­size, and will eventually be mounted on a concrete plinth outside the Rangiora Library. A smaller wax replica is on show at Ms Erickson’s Winds of Change Words Wanted exhibition in the Chamber Gallery at the Rangiora Library. The exhibition opened on February 28 and runs until March 19. The public are being asked to contribute their thoughts in poetic form on the Winds of Change theme, and also to vote for their favourite poem

at the exhibition. The most popular five to eight poems will be etched into a copper plate and fixed to the outside of the plinth supporting the sculpture. Ms Erickson said she wanted the public to be involved in this project. ‘‘In order to engage this piece as a public artwork, and to make it possible for people to be part of this sculpture and take ownership of it, the public were invited to submit short poems on the subject Winds of Change,’’ she said. ‘‘It will be great to capture the feeling of this time in the voices of a wide range of the community, especially young people. In that way the sculpture will become theirs,’’ she said. ‘‘In my view, most public artwork is imposed on the public. ‘‘It is chosen by people, mostly academics, who tell the public what they should like and what art is. In which case it is not public art and creates a separation,’’ Ms Erickson said.

Unfortunately a fire ban in North Canterbury has delayed completion of the sculpture. Ms Erickson is not allowed to use her kiln while the fire ban is in place. However with heavy rain falling last Saturday in the small township of Waikari, where Ms Erickson lives and works, she is hoping the ban will soon be lifted. If that happens the sculpture could be completed by the end of April with installation possibly during early May. When the sculpture is unveiled Ms Erickson and her partner, artist and writer Sam Mahon, will hold a workshop with the Central Otago poet and author, Brian Turner, who will talk about poetry and art, and the public voice. A venue for the workshop has yet to be decided. Ms Erickson’s most recent work before this commission is called ‘‘Looking For Something That Will Last’’ and has been installed on a rocky outcrop above Diamond Harbour wharf on Banks Peninsula.

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Landscape diverse It has been good to see some moisture in the air. I have just returned from a challenging mountain bike ride that spanned a fair amount of North Canterbury which has been drying out due to a lack of rain. A small group left from Kaikoura, traversed the seaward ranges, rode across the Clarence and eventually ended up in Hanmer Springs. The landscape is as diverse as our community. One of the many highlights was arriving at Lake McRae with the temperature in the early 30s ­ a quick plunge cooled us off considerably. Kaikoura was busy with tourists on the day we left, and Hanmer was the same when we arrived in on Friday evening. The tourism spend throughout our economy spreads wide and creates employment opportunities for many.

The South Island as a whole is a tourist Mecca with outstanding landscapes wherever you wander. Local authorities and tourism organisations have a role to play to promote South Island Inc. Through the Canterbury Mayoral forum we will be looking to see how we can support the industry to continue this growth. A larger tourist hotel here in Kaikoura would be a game changer for the district. Recent rains are a welcome sight and hopefully more to come. This season highlights the fact that we need to look at water storage options if possible. In our area this is a challenge. However the possibility of small scale schemes is something for the local zone committee to investigate further.

Sadly our colleague and a valued member of The News team, Kit Carson, lost his battle with cancer last Saturday. Kit will be sadly missed, along with his musings and updates he brought us via his column which brought family trips, woes with cars and escapades of his grandchildren to life through his prose. He also established a great rapport with many North Canterbury organisations and individuals during his time as a senior reporter with The News based in Amberley. The News team sends its love and support to his wife Sally and all his family.

The Following Dry Hurunui’s Brendon Bamford laments the dry conditions after previously howling at the wind in ‘You Relentless Swine’’. Sun, enemy of thy wind Turn your back to cheat. Nothing less than mortal sin, you burn all in unending heat. Tis pain of sadistic blend, You cannot wait to rise. Creep over the horizon sand, Your bloody furnaced skies. Cursed by all below, We of naked nestlings strain,

And plead for you to show a single drop of rain. For this land, mouth pasted brown, quiet in silence yields, Wears this lifeless gown, that covers these dying fields. Grey hung stalkers sneak on by, Our pleads denied, a forlorn sign, as not a drop as if too shy, a mood left vacant in furrowed lines. To grind it out be of granite made, as said, ‘‘After a drought it rains’’. But as each dirty days laid, may spirit kept, before it wanes.

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Have a say on the proposed Canterbury Air Regional Plan Environment Canterbury is publicly notifying the Proposed Canterbury Air Regional Plan as part of its review of the operative Air Plan for Canterbury. We all have an important role to play in achieving cleaner, healthier air and the community is being invited to have its say on the proposed Air Plan by making a submission prior to 1 May 2015. The proposed Air Plan is the culmination of a long-term process to work with the community on an effective strategy to ensure the region’s air quality meets the national health-based air quality standards. In June 2014, an Air Plan Discussion document was released outlining changes and inviting public feedback.

Rare rambler . . . A 1965 Rambler Martin owned by Mark and Karen Spackman who travel PHOTO: SUPPLIED. from Westport each year to attend the Classic.

Classic Tour popular This year’s North Canterbury Classic Tour is being dedicated to Gary McVicar who died on November 21, last year. Mr McVicar was an enthusiastic supporter of the Classic Tour and passionate about classic cars, building up a collection over many years. This collection is now on display at a motor museum at Leithfield, which he set up with Gary Bain, so it would be more accessible to the public. The North Canterbury Classic Tour, which is run by Amberley couple, Trevor and Lorraine Stanley, is open to all classic vehicles, irrespective of condition or body style. Entrants are coming from as far afield as Auckland and Dunedin to join in the popular event. Cars, station­wagons, vans, utes, trucks and even campers are welcome. It is also hoped that some old caravans may make an appearance. Mr Stanley says there is a trend worldwide to restore old caravans, mainly pre­1975, with many having been restored locally in Canterbury, including his own classic Zephyr 380c. This year a feature of the tour will be a drive around the Northbrook Villas,

Reeves Road, Rangiora, where the occupants plan to dress­up in period costume. The public is welcome to view the vehicles at this venue, says Mr Stanley, with around 150 classic cars expected. Last year there were 187 vehicles and about 390­410 people on tour. ‘‘The parade (at Northbrook Villas) will be spread over about 50 minutes with the first to arrive around 10.45am,’’ he says. After the lunch break which is at the Waikuku Beach Oval, the classics will depart for the afternoon section of the tour. This will take them further inland over interesting undulating countryside, but keeping to sealed roads. The final destination will be at a North Canterbury cafe ´. Mr Stanley says there are many lucky number prizes to be won on the day and a visit to a classic museum is planned. Anyone wanting to take part should be at the Bel Air Garden, 656 Wairakei Road, Russley by the Russley Road roundabout, by 9.15am. The first vehicle will be flagged away at 10am. Entry fee is $15 a vehicle.

This feedback along with work with our partners and stakeholders has informed the further development of the proposed Air Plan which includes measures to manage air quality through reducing pollution caused by home heating, outdoor burning, industry, odour and dust. Copies of the proposed Air Plan will be available at Environment Canterbury’s Christchurch, Timaru and Kaikoura offices, public libraries and at www.ecan.govt.nz/airplan where you can also make online submissions. Keep an eye out in local papers for information on community drop in sessions in Christchurch, Ashburton, Timaru, Geraldine and Waimate in mid-March.

For more information please contact Customer Services on 0800 329 276 or ecinfo@ecan.govt.nz

Congratulations Tony and Gillian Trewinnard of Amberley, winners of the Mead Mowers and Chainsaws Masport Sales Campaign

Trees for Canterbury Schools and community groups have an opportunity to apply to Trees for Canterbury (TFC) for native plants for projects. Trees for Canterbury has 5000 New Zealand native plants to give away as part of its community giveaway programme. Manager Steve Bush says since he began as manager, 23 years ago, TFC has planted or donated over 835,000 plants to the Canterbury community at no cost. ‘‘March is a very exciting month for us as we are also donating 3000 plants for children’s day,’’ he says. The community giveaway programme is open to community organisations

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including schools, preschools, community groups, church groups, or projects on land with public access. ‘‘If it is community based we would like to assist. We make it easy for groups to apply for free plants,’’ says Mr Bush. All applicants have to do is write a letter to TFC following simple guidelines including details of the group and a contact person. Applications advising TFC of the group’s needs, must be received before March 31. Post applications to Trees For Canterbury, P.O. Box 19­883, Christchurch 8241. Any inquiries to Steve or Tracey on 9821028 or at the above address.

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Cadet Force coming to Rangiora North Canterbury youth could soon have the opportunity to become part of the Cadet Force. The Christchurch Cadets and the wider New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF) community are gaining support for the establishment of a new Air Training Corp (ATC) squadron in Rangiora. With the increased population, and an interest in Youth Training and Development in the North Canterbury area, there is an opportunity for the community to gain this valuable youth activity. But it needs public support to become established. The NZCF is a community based, voluntary, disciplined, uniformed training organisation for youth. It aims to develop confident, responsible young citizens who are valued within their community by providing them ­ within a military framework ­ with safe, enjoyable and challenging opportunities. These include leadership, drill, instructional techniques, adventure training, power flying and gliding, firearm safety and target shooting, first aid, citizenship and general service knowledge. Core values such as respect, integrity, loyalty and discipline are also reflected in the range of interesting and unique activities on offer to cadets. The NZCF teaches young men and women between the ages of 13 and 18 years. Flight sergeant Sutton from 17 Squadron says he has been involved in cadet forces for five

In training An Air Training Corp, a voluntary, disciplined, uniformed youth leadership training organisation, could soon be set up in Rangiora.

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years and when he started he was a quiet and reserved cadet. ‘‘But with the leadership opportunities that came to me I was able to achieve a greater confidence in everything I did. I achieved a senior leadership role at my high school and the greatest thing about cadets for me is all the amazing people I

have become friends with from all over the country.’’ So far the new unit has been gaining the support of the community through the Mayor and the Waimakariri District Council, the Rangiora RSA, police and local schools. For the Squadron to get established it is running a public

meeting on Wednesday, March 18, at 7pm at the Rangiora RSA, to gauge further support and enthusiasm. Anyone keen to see this new unit go ahead should attend or show their support in writing via email to northcanterburycadets@g­ mail.com or phone Flight

Lieutenant Tania Mackinnon NZCF on 021­429641. With strong backing and support of the local community it is hoped to start parading on a weekly basis as early as the start of May of this year. For more information check out the New Zealand Cadet Forces website: www.cadetforces.mil.nz

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Views sought Mayor David Ayers is urging residents to have their say in the Waimakariri District Council’s representation review. While a formal consultation process will be held later this year, Mr Ayers says it is important residents have their say now, with the initial informal consultation period closing on Wednesday, March 18. ‘‘We are really keen to hear people’s views at this stage. It will be up for formal consultation David Ayers. later in the year where the public will get to say whether they ‘agree’ or ‘oppose’ the preferred option. ‘‘This is a proposal testing stage, so it’s really helpful for people to give feedback at this stage in the process so we have an idea of which option people prefer.’’ The council is seeking feedback from the community on four options, including two variations of the present four ward structure, a three ward option and electing the 10 councillors at large across the district. A meeting was due to be held in Ohoka this week with local residents concerned with Jackson’s Road being proposed as the boundary for one of the four ward options, between the Oxford / Eyre and Kaiapoi wards. The present boundary is at Butcher’s Road. ‘‘I agree with their concerns, because the proposed boundary at Jackson’s Road would split the community between the two wards,’’ Mr Ayers says. ‘‘There always has to be a line drawn somewhere, but the intention is not to split communities.

‘‘I take the view that for electing councillors, the boundaries are less important because councillors are elected to represent the whole district. But it’s more important for community boards because they represent communities.’’ Mr Ayers says property boundaries can sometimes be more accurate than roads in setting ward boundaries, so this is another option for the council to consider to avoid dividing communities. He says while ward boundaries did not have to be the same as community board boundaries, it was less confusing if they were the same. Wards can also have more than one community, for example the Banks Peninsula ward in the Christchurch City Council has two community boards due to its diverse communities and geography. Councils are required, under The Local Electoral Act 2001, to review their representation arrangements every six years, including the number of councillors, how they are elected, the number of wards and ward boundaries and the future of community boards. Changes are necessary as the population in the Rangiora ward has grown at a much quicker rate than the rest of the district in the last six years. The outcome of this year’s review will determine the representation in the 2016 and 2019 council elections. More information is available on the council’s website or from the council’s service centres and libraries.

Baby warmers . . . Keen knitters Judith Chapman (left) and Mary Busch catch up with PHOTO: SUPPLIED Joan Orchard with their latest effort bound for Tanzania.

Babies to benefit Waimakariri district residents are continuing to knit for premature babies in Tanzania. The knitters recently supplied 630 items in a third installment of knitting to support an appeal launched by Queensland midwife and helicopter pilot Jan Becker, who has travelled to Tanzania with the aim of improving the survival rate of babies through education, community support and health. Mrs Becker owns and operates Becker Helicopters at Marcoola Airport in Queensland with her husband Mike. The North Canterbury connection is through employee Perry Orchard, whose parents Alan and Joan live in Rangiora. Five local knitters responded to the appeal in July last year by knitting 62 baby beanies and mittens in just four days. A second installment saw 350 items parcelled up and sent in October

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The Rate Debate

We are proposing to change your rates Let us tell you why Hurunui District Council's Long Term Plan (LTP) for 2015 - 2025 Consultation Document is now available, and submissions are now open. Hurunui District Council’s Long Term Plan for 2015 - 2025 Consultation Document is now available, and will be open for submissions from this Monday. The Consultation Document outlines the key issues and priorities for the next ten years, as well as Council’s financial

position, and includes links to supporting documents, strategies and policies. Chief Executive Hamish Dobbie says the Consultation Document is a must-read for all ratepayers and residents in the district. “We have come to the difficult

position of proposing rates increases to pay for core service upgrades, particularly in the water and sewer area. Costs have been driven up through increased central government regulatory standards. To fund these upgrades, and manage the associated debt in a sustainable manner, we are proposing some fundamental changes to the way we have historically done this.” As a result of the increased regulatory standards and the consequential, expensive, infrastructure upgrades ahead, the key changes being proposed are:

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• Using the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa profits to repay debt and to spend less of the profits to offset the general rate. • Charging rates to fund the depreciation of water and sewer infrastructure

so that there isn’t a need to borrow to fund replacements. • Changing to a district wide rating system to pay for water and sewer services instead of localised targeted rating. Mayor Winton Dalley said that it’s a balancing act between the money needed to provide services for the community, and what can be afforded. He said that the council is very keen to hear people’s views on these proposals. “The changes will affect some people more than others. Although the proposed changes will increase rates from our historically low levels, we are still confident that the Hurunui district will remain an affordable place to live and that our debt will be managed into the future.”

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Toxic algae warning Toxic algae has been found in the Ashley River/Rakahuri at the State Highway One bridge. The blue­green algae cyanobacteria Lyngbya and Phormidium can be harmful to people and animals, particularly dogs, and the area should be avoided. Dr Alistair Humphrey, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, says the algae looks like dark brown to black mats and can produce toxins harmful to people and animals. ‘‘Exposure may cause skin rashes, nausea, stomach cramps, tingling and numbness around the mouth and fingertips,’’ he says. ‘‘If you experience any of these symptoms, visit your doctor immediately, also let your doctor know if you’ve had contact with dark brown/

black algal mats or water in this area.’’ Dr Humphrey says reticulated town water supplies are safe but no­one should drink the water from the river at any time. ‘‘Even after boiling the water from the river, it does not remove the toxin therefore should not be consumed,’’ he says. Animals showing signs of illness after coming into contact with algal mats should be taken to a vet immediately. Environment Canterbury is monitoring the sites and the public will be advised of any changes in water quality. Visit http://ecan.govt.nz/services/ online­services/monitoring/ swimming­water­quality/Pages/river­ warnings.aspx for more information.

Community involvement . . . Hurunui youth learn about the fire service at a Hanmer Family PHOTO: SUPPLIED Fun Day held recently.

Youth urged to say YES to programme Time is running out for the Hurunui district’s youth to say ‘‘YES’’ to emergency services. With applications closing tomorrow (Friday March 13), Hurunui Youth Programme co­ordinator Rochelle Faimalo advises young people aged 16­18 years, who are interested in learning more about emergency services, to register online now at www.hurunuiyouth.co.nz/yes. The Youth in Emergency Services programme (or YES) is funded by the Ministry for Youth Development and aims to strengthen the connection between young people and their communities by providing them with opportunities to get involved in emergency services. YES was first introduced in Rotorua two years ago and five districts, including Kaikoura, successfully ran the programme last year. The Hurunui district was one of 10 districts chosen throughout New Zealand to participate in the programme this year. Rochelle says up to 20 young people living in the Hurunui district can participate the free programme and there are still places available. The programme will begin with a five day camp at Birch Hill Lodge

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during April 13­17, the second week of the school holidays, before young people can choose which emergency service to volunteer for during the remaining three months of the programme. Four emergency service agencies will be involved in the programme, including the fire service (both urban and rural), Civil Defence, Land Search and Rescue (or LandSAR) and St John. ‘‘There is no cost at all for the young people, it is entirely free,‘‘Rochelle says. ‘‘All we require from them is their commitment to attend the camp and then to volunteer for their chosen emergency service. ‘‘It’s an amazing opportunity for young people. You just don’t get these sorts of opportunities in a district like Hurunui.’’ During the five day camp each of the four emergency service agencies will run a workshop to give the participants a taste of what they do. Rochelle says where participants live will determine what options are available to them. For more information contact Rochelle on 027­4271087, like the Hurunui Youth Programme page on Facebook (or become friends with the Rochelle HYP co­ordinator page) or go to www.hurunuiyouth.co.nz/yes.

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Kowai Duathlon fundraiser returns By ROBYN BRISTOW Training is beginning to taper off as the start date nears for the Kowai Duathlon. The fundraiser for the Leithfield School is being held on March 29 and up to 200 competitors are expected to take part in the popular annual event which had to be cancelled last year due to a devastating storm that felled trees and made the course impassable in places. The duathlon is open to individuals and teams with some mums and dads lining up with their children to contest one leg of the event. Children must be aged 12 and up ­ or 10 if part of a team). For the chair of the fundraising committee Braidie Bown it will be her fourth year out on the course. The first two years Braidie did just one leg of the duathlon but the next two years she tackled the whole course as an individual. This year she will do the run for one of her two children, and supervise them both during the cycling leg. Braidie says the duathlon is a great way to be introduced to the sport. ‘‘It is a great start for people getting into fitness as you can walk and cycle,’’ she says. The course along the Kowai Track has changed over the years with storms taking their toll on a forestry block that competitors once ran through. It has since been completely cleared but the course still provides plenty of great scenery. ‘‘It (the Kowai Track) is very well used by the people. It is really pleasant running and winding underneath willows,’’ says Braidie. This year people ordering T­shirts when they register will receive a black T­shirt with blue writing.

Fundraiser . . . Athletes are in training for the Kowai Duathlon on March 29.

Scenic route . . . Runners make their way through the forest at a previous Kowai Duathlon.

‘‘Every year the colour is different. You can tell who the people are that keep coming back by the colour of their T­shirt. It is a popular event,’’ says Braidie. People should arrive at Leithfield School around 8:30am to register, get their bike to the transition area and take the bus to the start line for a briefing and warm up at 9:45am. The event starts at 10am. The run/walk 5km start is at Elizabeth Square, Leithfield Beach and goes up through forest and the Kowai Track

track and to the finish line at the school. Medals are awarded to the first three placings in both the women’s and men’s individual categories. A large number Spot Prizes have been donated by local sponsors and awarded at random ­ so wherever you finish you are in with a chance to take something home. The entry fee is $30 for individual entries or $40 for teams. Transport is provided from Leithfield School to the start line at Leithfield Beach on the schools beloved bus Betsy.

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Timebank membership grows Membership in TimeBank Hurunui has surged as its Learning Exchange programme gains support. Offerings by talented tutors continues to grow with a varied programme being offered for the coming term. Among the most popular events in Term One were field trips to small­farm gardens, which attracted over 20 people on both occasions. Last Sunday’s trip to Blockhill and Denbar Farms north of Cheviot was an occasion to learn about swale­ building to harvest water as an alternative to irrigation, and about creekside planting with natives grown from seed. Learning Exchange co­ordinator Belinda Meares says it has been hugely gratifying to be able to offer the field days, courses, workshops and talks, thanks largely to the goodwill of tutor members and the enthusiasm of everyone who responded. ‘‘We have spread the courses around the district, from Leithfield to Parnassus. We’d love to hear from people in Amuri who would like to offer an event or

Wearable art . . . An entry from the View Hill school being modelled PHOTO: SUPPLIED. at the last Wearable Arts evening.

Wearable arts Creative minds and imaginative flair will combine at Oxford on August 15 at Oxford’s Wearable Arts evening. Adults and students are invited to enter their creations in the various categories where the only limit is the imagination of entrants. Held every two years the last show attracted 60 entries and already organisers have expressions of interest from within and outside the district indicating this year’s show will be just as popular. Entries can be from individuals or a couple of people can get together to test the boundaries of wearable material.

Entry Forms detailing categories are now available for the 6.30pm show. For school students the categories are: Years 1 to 6: Back to the Future. Years 7 to 13: Back to the Future and an Open category. There are prizes for each age group and adult categories with the Supreme student and adult winner each receiving flights and tickets to WOW in Wellington. This is a special night for the whole family with entertainment, prizes and costumes. Contact jane@oxford.school.nz or phone Oxford Area School on 312­4197 for an Information Pack and entry form.

Jazz in Kaiapoi Jazz is coming to Kaiapoi. Trousselot Park is set to come alive with Jazz in the Park in Charles Street, Kaiapoi, on Sunday, March 15, from 5pm to 9pm. ‘‘It’s going to be an amazing event with two fantastic bands playing. It will be a lovely night of soulful music,’’ North Canterbury Neighbourhood Support (NCNS) co­ordinator Caroline Faass says. She says the event is completely free, with nothing to purchase. ‘‘It’s an opportunity for families to come along and have some fun without having to spend money.’’ Caroline encourages families to bring a picnic and a seat or a blanket to sit on and enjoy the music. Entertainment will be

provided by The Bob Heinz Trio and four­piece band Frictionless. The event is being funded by grants received from the Summer of Fun earthquake recovery initiative, Kaiapoi Community Board and Red Cross, and Caroline hope to organises more events throughout the year. In the meantime NCNS is aiming to get neighbourhood support groups re­ established in areas affected by the earthquakes and to establish more of a presence in the Hurunui district. Caroline encourages people to like the group’s Facebook page to find out what events are coming up and to be in to win petrol vouchers.

join the time bank. ‘‘There has also been a big demand for our computer classes, and the Learning Exchange is looking at ways of helping meet this demand,’’ says Ms Meares. The Term Two programme has offerings for people of all ages and interests. It kicks off with two April­holiday workshops aimed at younger people, kite­making and cartooning. Other events include Spanish language and cooking, maths classes, bee­keeping and quilting groups, talks on home­schooling and New Zealand’s role in the World War 1, and plenty more. Topics still to come in March are holistic wellbeing, vegetarian cooking and felting. The full programme is available on http:/ /hurunui.timebanks.org/page/learning­exchange­ programme. To enrol email tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com or call 03 314 3406. Payment is by time­bank credits or a small fee.


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Nominations open for Oxford vacancy A vacancy has become available on the Oxford­Eyre Ward Advisory Board. Due to the resignation of a member, one position has become available on the board until October 2016. This is a voluntary position with the board, which meets monthly. The board is a committee of Waimakariri District Council, which provides a local perspective on council decisions and projects. Any person who is a resident or ratepayer in the Waimakariri district and is on the electoral roll may be nominated or nominate themself for the role.

Nominations, with a 200 word profile outlining the person’s background including skills, attributes or knowledge which will assist the work of the board, should be sent to the council by Monday, March 16. If more than one nomination is received, a public meeting will be held in late March to select the candidate, which will be confirmed by the council on April 7. For more information and nomination details go to the council’s website. If you have any questions, please contact the council’s governance manager Sarah Nichols on (03) 3118900.

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Full Force and Effect by Tom Clancy A North Korean missile crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan Jr and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don’t have. The challenge facing President Jack Ryan is an old one with a terrifying new twist. The international stalemate with North Korea continues into its seventh decade. A young untested dictator is determined to prove his strength by breaking the deadlock and like his father before him, he hangs his plans on the country’s nuclear ambitions. Until now that programme was impeded by a lack of resources but a rich deposit of valuable minerals has been found in the Hermit Kingdom. Coupled with their nuclear capabilities, the money from this find will make North Korea a dangerous force on the world stage. Nantucket Sisters by Nancy Thayer When they meet as girls on a beach in Nantucket, Maggie McIntyre and Emily Porter become fast friends ­ although Emily’s well­ heeled mother would prefer that she associate with the upscale daughters of bankers and statesmen rather than the child of a local seamstress. But the two lively, imaginative girls nevertheless spend many golden summers together building castles in the sand, creating magical worlds of their own, and forging grand plans for their future. Even as Emily falls for Maggie’s brother, Ben, and the young women’s paths diverge, the duo remain close friends. Then the unthinkable happens: a lifelong friendship is pushed to its breaking point with the appearance of the handsome, charismatic, charming, and incredibly sexy Wall Street trader Cameron Chadwick ­ upending both of their lives. It Started with a Kiss by Lisa Heidke

Friday Jones is distraught when Liam, her husband of nearly twenty years and the father of their teenage daughters, tells her their marriage is over. Still heartbroken many months later, Friday is deeply flattered when a funny, handsome man takes an interest in her. From their very first kiss, Friday finds it difficult to control her attraction for him despite numerous warning signals. When Friday’s best friend, Rosie, discovers Friday is risking further emotional pain she convinces her to end the relationship and join a dating website. But not long after Friday dives into the world of online romance she starts taking wrong turns. Could one of her flings have become a little too obsessed with her? The Complete Kiwi Pizza Oven by Alan Brown

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Tourism prospers in the Hurunui Fine weather, a lift in international tourism and sold out concerts are being credited with increasing visitor numbers to the Hurunui this summer. Hurunui Tourism marketing manager Shane Adcock says a number of operators are reporting a very good summer with accommodation providers recording high occupancy rates. Manager of The Heritage Hanmer Springs, Duncan Mackenzie says it’s been very busy in the village. ‘‘Extended spells of fine weather in January and February have definitely helped, and the hotel is showing occupancy growth of five percent on the previous summer.’’ Shane says many operators found

February was a particularly busy month.

❛ ‘‘Its clear Waipara Valley is becoming better known as a premium wine destination and should be on everyone’s radar.’’❜ — Sheryll Bowen ­ Pukeko Junction. ‘‘The final figures haven’t been released but we know February was huge for Chinese visitors who came

during the Chinese New Year holiday. ‘‘This put particular pressure on Queenstown and meant many other internationals opted to stay and explore other parts of the South Island ­ including the Hurunui.’’ Pukeko Junction’s Sheryll Bowen says while January was slower than expected February has been a huge month. ‘‘We’ve had many international tourists looking for local art, gifts and Waipara Valley wines. Its clear Waipara Valley is becoming better known as a premium wine destination and should be on everyone’s radar.’’ The district’s largest visitor attraction, Hanmer Springs Thermal

Great day out . . . Visitors to last year’s Waipara Valley Wine & Food Festival enjoy tasting local fare.

Pools and Spa is still analysing its data but is expecting it will show visitor numbers this February were at least seven percent higher than those for February 2014. Shane says the overall lift in tourism this summer is due to a number of reasons. ‘‘New Zealand’s popularity as a tourism destination is clearly growing internationally, our weather has been stable and warm maximising domestic tourism and there have been a number of events bringing people into the area. ‘‘Together these have put Hurunui’s tourism sector in a very healthy state,’’ he says.

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Thousands drawn to Waipara Valley Events have attracted thousands of people to Christchurch’s wine region, the Waipara Valley, over the summer months. Waipara Hills winery has hosted two major concerts ­ Clash of the Titans featuring Dragon, The Feelers and The Exponents in January and

The Winery Tour on February 28. The Winery Tour featured Dave Dobbyn, Don McGlashan, Supergroove and Anika Moa. Both concerts have been described as major successes. And the run isn’t over yet ­ the annual Waipara Wine and Food

Festival is being held on March 22 at Glenmark Domain and is set to attract thousands to the area again. Geoff Shier, chair of Waipara Valley New Zealand, says this year’s festival will be the biggest yet. ‘‘There’s a record number of local food producers and wineries

attending and the music line up is looking spectacular. ‘‘It’ll be a great day.’’ Tickets are available at waiparavalleywineandfood.co.nz, Ballantynes, Amberley Super Liquor, The Palms and Dash Ticket outlets.


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Artist’s impression . . . The Village Shopping Centre, Hanmer Springs.

New spa planned in Hanmer Springs A new day spa ­ yet to be named ­ is set to open in Hanmer Springs. The spa will be owned by Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa and will be sited in The Village Shopping Centre, Hanmer Springs ­ a new development being built on the corner of Conical Hill Road and Chisholm Crescent. It will feature four treatment rooms and offer a range of superior spa treatments. Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa’s general manager Graeme

Abbot says it’s an exciting development. ‘‘This will help cement Hanmer Springs’ reputation as New Zealand’s alpine spa village ­ we will finally have a spa on the main street. ‘‘It’ll be visible, quality and add to the amazing product the village has to offer tourists.’’ The design of the new spa is yet to be finalised but it’s expected the cost of the project will be around $100,000.

The new spa will operate separately to The Spa at the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools with a different name and look. Graeme says it will add to the pools’ spa business. ‘‘The Spa at the pools has become one of New Zealand’s busiest day spas. ‘‘We are lucky to have experience in creating and operating spas so are confident this new standalone spa will be equally successful.’’ Harcourts sales and leasing agent

New strategy to drive local tourism in the Hurunui district The Hurunui Tourism board is in the process of finalising its strategy to bring more visitors to the region between 2015 and 2020. The strategy details the support the organisation will provide to all visitor operators in the district and outlines a push to promote both the Waipara Valley and Hanmer Springs to maximize tourism in the district. Hurunui Mayor Winton Dalley ­ who sits on the board ­ says the strategy will accomplish some exciting projects, including

cementing Hanmer Springs as New Zealand’s alpine spa village and the Waipara Valley as Christchurch’s wine region. ‘‘I have every faith this approach will attract visitors and encourage them to explore the rest of the Hurunui before they return home with memories of our stunning coastlines, alpine vistas and of exploring our inland forests, lakes and mountains,’’ says Mr Dalley. Hurunui Tourism board chair Janice Fredric says the strategy is a solid vision that was put together

after hours of workshops, consultation and input from the community. ‘‘It takes the very best of what we have to offer, connects it to the markets we want to attract and sets some bold but achievable goals for the growth of tourism in the region. I am looking forward to making this vision a reality and seeing Hurunui as a whole reap the financial rewards for years to come.’’ The final strategy is expected to be approved by the Hurunui Tourism Board in April.

Harley Manion says the new spa will be an excellent anchor tenant for the centre. ‘‘This is the most exciting retail development to come to the village in ten years and the spa is exactly the sort of business we want there. ‘‘An experienced operator with a quality offering that will help make The Village Shopping Centre, Hanmer Springs a bustling and vibrant hub.’’ It’s expected the new spa will open around November 2015.

Accolades for wines Waipara is continuing to produce some of the country’s best wines. Among those to receive awards of late are: Southern Boundary’s The Springs Pinot Gris 2013, which won a bronze medal at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards. Southern Boundary’s Homecreek Riesling 2013, which won silver Medal at the Japan Women’s Wine Awards SAKURA 2015. Waipara Hills’ Waipara Valley Riesling 2014 topped the Cuisine Riesling Tasting.


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Before and after . . . Rangiora woman Lisa Armstrong had her long locks cut off last Thursday for the Child Cancer Foundation at her place of work, Unichem Medical Corner Pharmacy, by Tracey, of Voco Hair. Lisa says she has raised more than $1200, with donations still being accepted either online at Every Day Hero website or instore at Rangiora’s Unichem Medical Corner Pharmacy. A link to the online donations page can be found on the pharmacy’s Facebook page. Lisa’s hair has also been donated towards a wig for a cancer patient. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

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Rain welcome highlight at show By SHELLEY TOPP

later in the day after the rain stopped for a short time before a heavy downpour near the end of Mud, gumboots, umbrellas and the show. raincoats were the order of the ‘‘We managed to get the steer day at the 99th annual Amuri Agricultural and Pastoral Show riding done before the heavy rain,’’ she said. held at Rotherham last ‘‘Then it cleared for the Saturday. community barbecue, which was After weeks of hot, dry great.’’ weather, rain arrived on show ‘‘Entries were up on what we day. had last year,’’ she said. There were no complaints However, attendance was though because the dramatic slightly flat, possibly due to the weather change provided a welcome drought respite for the weather. Two fundraisers held during North Canterbury farming the day for next year’s 100 Year community. The show secretary Kate Boyd celebration show proved popular. said there had been many A one­off collection of highlights during the day but the designer tea towels promoting rain was probably one of the the show were in big demand, best. while an auction for a side of The Anzac horses, grand beef, donated by brothers Bryan parade, produce shed entries, and Nick Harris, owners of terrier race, lolly scramble, Harris Meats in Cheviot, raised clydesdales, sheep shearing, $700. show jumping, pet lambs, pet The show also turned out to be calves, men’s pavlova a special day for Mrs Boyd and competition and the whitebait her husband Quintin, of sandwiches were all popular Class act . . . Annalise Graham (12) with her pony Jamaican Me Crazy Hawarden, when one of their too. (Jinx), which won supreme champion pony, travelled from Kaikoura with The community barbecue was ewes was judged the overall her sister Hayley and her parents and grandparents for the show. champion Texel. also a highlight for the way it brought everyone together at the end of the day, Mrs Boyd said. The weather did seem to influence attendance though with a larger crowd at the venue

Poignant tribute . . . Colin Heslop, of Culverden, stands at ease after playing the Last Post.

Powerful . . . Kaikoura visitor Barrie Graham watches the heavy machinery section of the grand parade.

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Kaiapoi’s Cure Boating Club has shared a gold medal in the prestigious men’s eight at the national rowing championships. The gold medal presentation to Cure Boating Club / Nelson Rowing Club combination crew was undertaken in the dark after the senior men’s eight was delayed until 8pm on Saturday night due to high winds in Twizel on the last day of racing at the New Zealand Rowing Championships, after a tight race with a time of 5.54.36. In the eight were Cure men Julian Svoboda, Lawson Morris­Whyte, William Morris­Whyte, Justis Atkins, George Howat and coxswain Henry Earl along with Sean Ducray, Sam Johnston and Joe Brady from Nelson Rowing Club. The Cure senior men also took out gold in the senior coxless four, second in the senior quad, and Svoboda and William Morris­Whyte were third in the senior pair and William Morris­ Whyte 3rd in the senior single. ‘‘Racing like the senior eights race, this is what we live for,’’ says Cure club captain and coach Armin Svoboda, Julian’s father. Julian Svoboda’s older brother Armin (jr) has been in the New Zealand lightweight rowing crew and competed at international rowing regattas in the past. Julian has just completed a degree at Washington State University where he rowed in the senior eight and competed with and against Olympic rowers from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Sefton has beaten Greendale to remain at the top of the Country combined cricket competition. Southbrook beat Oxford but another contender, Weedons lost to Leeston / Southbridge. Greendale looked likely to post a decent score when Canterbury Country representative Henry Shipley was at the crease, but his dismissal signalled a rapid decline, with the last seven wickets falling for just 29 runs. Ollie Bragg and Matt Laffey being the principle beneficiaries. Sefton although scoring at a good rate weren’t in great shape either when the sixth wicket fell at 122. Matt Rowe, 56 not out off 49 balls,

Medalist . . . Rangiora High School’s William Morris­Whyte (centre) has had more success at the national rowing championships. Cure club members Rose McEwan and Alice Pallister also competed at the national championships, but missed out on podium finishes. Cure Boating Club is finalising plans to rebuild the boat club and club rooms on its site at Raven Quay, after earthquake damage and to cater for growth in the sport. The new facility will store the boats recently replaced after a car and trailer accident last season, which resulted in eight skiffs being destroyed and minor injuries for the car occupants. The new building will also incorporate a meeting room and a weights room.

and captain Andy Laffey then completed the task without further damage. Greendale 168 (41.1 overs; H Shipley 46, R Wilson 36, N Jenkins 32; O Bragg 3/21, M Laffey 3/29, M Harden 2/9) lost to Sefton 170/6 (30.4 overs; M Rowe 56no, T Harrison 35, Laffey 25; Shipley 3/36). Southbrook made an average tally against Oxford, but once Dean Power got into action that proved more than enough. Darryn Boyle produced a useful double for the victors as well. Southbrook 170/9 (T Rodden 39, D Boyle 25, D Power 25no; C Scott 2/18) beat Oxford 110 (M Hogarth 30, T O’Loughlin 23; Power 6/19, Boyle 2/19).

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Providing a show that ‘‘has something for everyone’’ is the aim of Mark and Rachael Zino, this year’s Hawarden Agricultural and Pastoral Show presidents. With an increasingly diverse crowd, both locals and those from further away visiting the show, their emphasis is to make it interesting for everyone. Mark says with this in mind, there is a new showground lay out, which will make it easier for people to get around and see everything the show has to offer. Trade space and parking areas have been altered and the cattle have been shifted so show goers don’t have to walk through part of the horse section to see them. The theme of the 2015 show is ‘‘Our Sustainable Farming Community’’ which Mark and Rachael say is very timely with the farming community looking at big changes. ‘‘Irrigation and nutrient management are two major issues facing growers in the area. Most farmers want to leave their land in a better state than when they started, so sustainability is very important.’’ The couple say consumers are increasingly concerned about how and where the food they buy is produced and it is up to the grower to use methods of best practice in order to remain sustainable. Like most farmers in the Hawarden area, the Zinos have had a difficult season and are busy feeding out on their 1050 hectare property. Mark and Rachael farm in partnership with Mark’s brother Sam and his wife Keri. Of the 1050ha, 110ha are irrigated and the property supports crops, deer, sheep, beef and dairy grazing. ‘‘A truly mixed farming operation,’’ says Mark. With the sheep side of the operation Mark’s passion, he says the next 10 years look to be very exciting in terms of breeding

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how enthusiastic the committee is. She acknowledges the tremendous The Hawarden Agricultural and Pastoral amount of work that former secretary Association welcomed Charlotte Campbell Karen Armstrong has put into the show to the fold last year when she took over the over the past few years and says everything job of show secretary from Karen was well organised when she took over. Armstrong. ‘‘I’m really enjoying being part of the Charlotte has lived in Waikari with her whole show experience. My biggest worry partner Frank and three children for six was knowing who everybody was and their years and until recently was the secretary / involvement with the show, but I’m treasurer for the Waipara Valley Wine gradually learning. Growers. Charlotte says the executive committee She says after working for them for five works really well, with everyone having or six years, she felt it was time for a change their own roles. and when she saw the job advertised for the She is also impressed with the amount of Hawarden A&P Association, thought it work that goes on behind the scenes to would make a nice change. make show day happen. With Frank busy working as a wine With a passion for singing and acting, maker, two children at school and a third Charlotte is going to keep up her interest Ready for action . . . New Secretary for the due to start in August, Charlotte says it was Hawarden A&P Show Charlotte Campbell with the Hurunui Theatre Group, which time she got to know the farming she became involved with last year and also with her youngest daughter Gwen. PHOTO AMANDA BOWES. hopes to attend classes that will be held community in the area and her new job has enabled that to happen. later in the year. She says there aren’t many employment like Plunket and Play Centre, she knows With her first Hawarden show rapidly opportunities in the area that fit around the how difficult it can be to get volunteers, but approaching, Charlotte is ready for the day children, so the secretary’s job was perfect. with the Hawarden Show, she has had no and looking forward to seeing all the work Having been involved with organisations such problems and has been blown away by done over the past year put into action. By AMANDA BOWES

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With the 109th annual Hawarden Agricultural and Pastoral Show only two weeks away, the irrigated grounds are ready for the influx of people and animals on March 21. There have been a few changes since last years show, with the main one being a change in the layout of the grounds. The cattle have been shifted to a more user friendly position, the stock horse section has also shifted so the public don’t have to walk through them to get around the outside of the ring and the trade space which gets bigger every year will be more spread out to give enough room for the bigger displays. ‘‘Our Fare’’ will also have a different layout and the dog competitions will be able to be viewed from the area, providing entertainment for those stopping for a snack or a sit down. The Lions Bar will have a wide variety of beverages for sale this year and as it is one of their annual fund raising ventures, there will be a tipple for every one, alcoholic or otherwise. There are several new classes at the 2015 show. In the horse section, a Pony Show Cross and Hack Show Cross will be held for the first time. This will involve a jumping competition that includes both show jumping and cross country jumps. In the sheep section, South Suffolks are being recognised as the feature breed. The Northern South Island South Suffolk Breeders Club have added four classes and have had special rosettes made for them. Sarah Sidey has taken over the Home Produce section and has brought in some new classes focusing on ‘‘Healthy Choice’’. There is a new food art class and instead of the ‘‘Men in Aprons’’ decorating a cake, this year’s challenge is to create a sculpture out of food items which can be cooked or uncooked. Glue, skewers or nails can be used to hold the exhibit together. In the ‘‘Kids in the Kitchen’’ classes, gingerbread men make an appearance as well as food art classes and more traditional baking. Younger exhibitors are also catered for in the flower classes with new ones created this year. The Anzac horses will be appearing before the grand parade and at the community barbecue the best dog will speak up in a grand ‘‘bark­off’’ competition. Locally grown produce will feature at ‘‘Our Fare’’ as MasterChef finalist, Chantelle Quinn cooks locally grown lamb and other produce.


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Finalists found in dairy awards North Canterbury dairy farm workers are finalists in this year’s dairy awards. The finalists have been found in the 2015 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards for the Canterbury North Otago region, with the winners to be announced at a dinner in Christchurch on Wednesday, March 25. Regional managers Jeremy and Stacey Duckmanton say it has been an exciting time as judges visited the farms of the entrants in the sharemilker / equity farmer and farm manager of the year competitions. ‘‘We’ve had some excellent feedback about this year’s group of entrants and so we are confident that the finalists, and ultimately our winners, will represent the region strongly.’’ Mr Duckmanton says judges spent two hours on the sharemilker/equity farmer and farm manager entrants’ farms, and a

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Farm rises to challenges A Lincoln dairy farm is making their best of a challenging season. The dry summer has been challenging, on top of the low forecast milk price, but it’s not a complete disaster at the Lincoln University Dairy Farm (LUDF), farmers were told at the summer focus day last month. In a handout to last month’s focus day, farm management says milk production is down and surplus heifers were sold in February. The farm’s income has so far fallen by around $83,000 on budget, based on the $4.70 payout, however expenses have been reduced by around $40,000. This season was always going to be challenging, with farm management adopting a ‘‘low­input, low­ infrastructure system, with an aim of producing 500kg MS/cow/season’’ and limiting nitrogen application to 150kg and supplements of high quality silage to 300kg. The herd size was also reduced, with just 542 cows in milk by the spring focus day in October last year, compared to 610 the previous season. ‘‘There were a lot of unknowns in terms of peak production, cow condition, the ability to harvest the grass produced,’’ the focus day handout says. Compared to the 2013/2014 season LUDF has produced 4.5 per cent less milk to the end of January from 11% fewer cows. The cows have consumed 75% less imported silage and 45% less nitrogen fertiliser has been applied. Body condition scores and liveweights are similar to past years, while farm working expenses to the end of January were below budget and are less than previous seasons for the end of January. In spite of the challenges, the farm remains on track to make a profit for the

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Staff a priority in tight times By DAVID HILL To cope with a dry season and a low milk price, Oxford dairy farmer Scott Evans has made his staff his priority. Scott, who has been selected as DairyNZ’s ‘‘Tactics for Tight Times’’ Waimakariri district focus farm, has been making sure his staff are happy this season. ‘‘While the payout has been down, I couldn’t do much capital expenditure, so I have focused on the HR (human resources). We have tidied up the contracts, put in place training plans and I have done one­ on­one reviews so they feel like they can go somewhere working for me. ‘‘One of the best things I did this year, with the payout being down, was getting everyone on board by explaining to them what’s going on, what the budget is and then they can help me by offering their suggestions. It’s so much better if you can share your problems.’’ When he first took over the running of the farm, Scott changed the rosters around to ensure his staff were working five days and no more than 50 hours a week, with a competitive salary. Weekends are Friday / Saturday and Sunday / Monday with a part time relief milker, Carolyn, helping over the weekends. ‘‘It does cost a little more in labour costs, but it makes a difference. Our staff turnover is really low and we are ticking all the boxes of what people what.’’ Tim has been with the farm for eight years and Hayden for five years, while Phil joined the staff this season. Casual staff are also employed during the spring for calving. The cows have been split into three herds with the full time employees taking responsibility for a herd each. ‘‘Each guy is responsible for their own patch, the herd, maintenance, pasture production and the diets. We work together to set the diets and the weekly plan and I oversee it all. The change I’ve seen within them is amazing.’’ Scott moved to North Canterbury with his parents Grant and Judy Evans from

Taranaki when he was aged 15. They purchased a 185 hectare sheep, beef, cropping and ostrich farm, which they converted to dairying. After finishing school, Scott worked in the construction industry in Christchurch for nine years, and had a six month stint in Australia, before returning to the family farm six years ago as a herd manager. He and wife Leone are now 50/50 sharemilkers. The farm has since grown to 311ha and Scott’s parents have recently purchased another 89ha block which they had been leasing for grazing his heifers and wintering stock. This season he calved 1250 cows, but has since ‘‘culled out pretty extensively’’ due to the dry season and his farm management plan. He plans to calf 1200 cows next season. A tight cashflow and the dry windy conditions has meant just six per cent of the farm has been regrassed this season, but Scott hopes to get back on track by regrassing 20% next season. As a 50/50 sharemilker Scott receives just 50% of the $4.70 ­ or $2.35 to cover wages and production costs. However, he believes he will break even this season with milk production on track to top 550,000kg of milk solids, after last season’s 534,000kgMS and around 450,000 in 2012/2013. He expects it will take at least two seasons to recover from such a low milk price, even if it goes up to $6 next season. ‘‘Over the next six months it will get real tight. There won’t be much cashflow and you’ve still got to pay the grazers to get through the winter and into spring.’’ Scott says this season’s high production is remarkable considering the dry season, the fact half of this season’s herd is heifers and he has used less supplements. Scott and Leone have three children, Ryder (8), Chloe (5) and Carter (two weeks). The first focus day will be held on Tuesday, March 17, and will focus on the farm’s finances, where the farm is at now and Scott’s business decisions in the short, medium and long term.

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New Beef + Lamb NZ director raring to go that DairyNZ does, so I’m keen for us to work together.’’ Mr Smith farms 2000 ewes and replacements and 100 Angus breeding cows with his wife Sue on the 958 hectare Balmoral property near Culverden. He replaces Scargill Valley farmer Andy Fox, who served three terms, totaling nine years.

By DAVID HILL Phil Smith says he is ready and raring to go in his new challenge. The Culverden farmer was due to step up as Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s new northern South Island director at the organisation’s Annual Meeting in Balclutha yesterday, after winning the ward election against Takaka farmer Nigel Harwood. ‘‘It was quite good. It took four to five days to sink in, but now I’m ready to go and I’m looking forward to it. I’m ready for the challenge. ‘‘I’ve been quite involved with Beef + Lamb over the years, so I know most of the other directors and I’ve met some of the staff, so I should be able to just fit in and get on with the job.’’ Mr Smith says he expects his new role to be a big learning curve as he comes ‘‘up to speed with a few things’’ before his first board meeting in Wellington next month. The northern South Island ward is the biggest geographically in the country, covering Nelson, Marlborough, the West Coast down to Fox Glacier, north, central and mid Canterbury down to the Rangitata River and it also includes the Chatham Islands. ‘‘In North Canterbury there is a lot of talk around the environmental rules. It’s a hot topic at the moment, so I want Beef + Lamb to put as much resources into it as they can. ‘‘I am fairly familiar with Mid­ Canterbury and central Canterbury and I’m keen to get up to Nelson and Marlborough and attend a few field days to get to grips with some of the issues up there.

SEE US AT SOUTH ISLAND FIELD DAYS Looking to the future . . . New Beef + Lamb New Zealand director Phil Smith is keen to FILE PHOTOS tackle environmental issues. ‘‘The ward has gone through some of the biggest changes, along with Southland, in terms of dairy conversions, pushing the sheep into the hills. But we have to remember that dairy farmers are Beef + Lamb levy payers too, so I need to be mindful of their concerns as well.’’ A cruise out to Chatham Islands might be on the horizon too, as Mr Smith looks to get out and engage his constituents. Mr Smith says he would like Beef + Lamb NZ to work more closely with DairyNZ. ‘‘The environmental issues impact on both sheep and beef farmers and dairy farmers, so in most situations we are striving for the same thing. ‘‘Ultimately Beef + Lamb doesn’t get the same levy that DairyNZ takes, so we don’t have as many people on the ground

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89 Copples Road, Ashley Downs Deadline Sale Russell Clifford at Waimak Real Estate Phone: 03 313 9977 Mobile: 0274 343 122 Email: russell@waimakrealestate.co.nz View: www.waimakrealestate.co.nz/ listing/WRE11555

Tranquil, Private and Subdivisable Unique 10 hectare farmlet (with extra riverbed grazing) offering superbly refurbished 3 bedroom cottage with new kitchen, new bathroom, entertaining area, conservatory area and loft.

private tree studded setting with orchard/ garden and subdivision potential. On school bus route and easy commuting ensures unique opportunity!

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OMIHI 37 Omihi Station Road

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RANGIORA 55A Edward Street

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This week’s open homes in North Canterbury

Thursday March 12th Kaiapoi 1.00pm 4.30pm

3.00pm 5.30pm

10 Toa St, Beach Grove 26 Sterling Crescent

Belfast 12.00pm

Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir

Saturday March 14th Belfast

12.00pm Cheviot 1.00pm 2.00pm

Kaiapoi

12.00pm 1.30pm 2.00pm 2.00pm

Oxford 1.30pm

12.30pm

2/23 Richill Street

Harcourts Twiss Keir

1.30pm 2.30pm

16a Levin Street 43 Deer Park Road

Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir

2.00pm 3.00pm 4.00pm 2.30pm

1 Toa St, Beach Grove 26 Sterling Crescent 10 Toa St, Beach Grove 20 Blackburn Street

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

2.15pm

144 Woodside Road

Harcourts Twiss Keir

15 Sawtell Place

Harcourts Twiss Keir

11 Murfitt Street 15 Pounamu Place

Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir

12.00pm

Pegasus

1.00pm 1.00pm

1.30pm 2.00pm

Rangiora 11.00am

11.30am

Wainoni 1.30pm

2.30pm

58 Huntingdon Drive

Harcourts Twiss Keir

13 Ontario Pl

Harcourts Twiss Keir

Sunday March 15th Amberley 11.00am 12.00pm 1.30pm 2.30pm

Ashley 4.00pm

12.00pm 1.00pm 1.00pm 1.15pm 2.00pm 2.00pm 2.00pm 2.00pm 3.00pm

12.30pm

2/23 Richill Street

12.45pm 3.00pm 1.30pm 2.00pm 2.30pm 2.45pm 2.30pm 2.30pm 3.30pm

40 Sterling Crescent Waimak Real Estate 14 Tuhoe Ave, Beach Grove Harcourts Twiss Keir 28/261 Lees Road Waimak Real Estate 29 Williams St Harcourts Twiss Keir 25 Beachvale Dr Harcourts Twiss Keir 100a Otaki St Harcourts Twiss Keir 17 Tuhoe Avenue Harcourts Twiss Keir 20 Blackburn Street Harcourts Twiss Keir 7 Keating St Harcourts Twiss Keir

Leithfield

Papanui 11.30am

Kaiapoi

12.00pm 3.00pm

Loburn

12.00pm 1.00pm 2.30pm 2.30pm

Ohoka 2.15pm 2.00pm 3.00pm

Oxford

11.00am 11.45am 2.00pm 2.30pm 3.00pm 3.15pm 3.15pm

1.00pm 3.30pm

26 Terrace Road 73 Leithfield Road

Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir

12.30pm 1.30pm 3.30pm 3.15pm

520 Carrs Road 34 Hodgsons Road 12 Makerikeri Road 84 Rossiters Road

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

2.45pm 2.45pm 3.45pm

299 Ashworths Road Waimak Real Estate 71 Cullen Avenue, Millfield Harcourts Twiss Keir 99 Cullen Avenue, Millfield Harcourts Twiss Keir

11.30am 2.15pm 2.45pm 3.00pm 3.30pm 3.45pm 3.45pm

7F Olivea Place 70 Victora Street 3 Stonebridge Lane 11 Harewood Road 2 Littles Road 74 Main Street 2 Rata Street

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

15 Sawtell Place

Harcourts Twiss Keir

18 Aroha Street 51 Aroha Street 57 Tutaipatu Avenue

Waimak Real Estate Harcourts Twiss Keir Waimak Real Estate

Papanui

12.00pm 1.00pm 2.00pm 3.15pm

Tekoa Estate Amberley Beach Road 138 Carters Road 12B Clayton Road 134 Double Corner Road

Harcourts Twiss Keir 3.30pm Harcourts Twiss Keir 3.00pm Harcourts Twiss Keir Pegasus Farmlands Real Estate 10.30am 11.00pm

4.30pm

258 Marshmans Road

Harcourts Twiss Keir

12.00pm 1.00pm

Harcourts Twiss Keir

12.30pm 1.45pm

1.00pm 1.00pm 2.15pm 2.15pm 3.00pm

1.30pm 2.00pm 2.45pm 3.00pm 3.30pm

68 Aroha Street 15 Pounamu Place 81 Kawari Drive 36 Pegasus Main St 22 Pahua Street

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

11.30am 11.30am 12.45pm 12.30pm 1.15pm 1.00pm 1.15pm 1.30pm 1.30pm 1.30pm 1.45pm 1.30pm 2.00pm 2.15pm 2.00pm 2.45pm 2.45pm 2.30pm 2.30pm 3.00pm

58 Huntingdon Drive 7b Parkhouse Drive 4 Kowhai Avenue 117b Church Street 18/3 Reeves Road 5 Foster Place 177 White Street 55a Edward Street 3/92 White St 16 Martyn Street 23 Riverview Road 5/29 Ivory Street 6 Oakwood Drive 5 Finchley Mews 7/29 Ivory Street 8A Wales Street 37 Belgrave Drive 6 Finchley Mews 54a Victoria Street 43 Pegasus Main Street

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

12.30pm

25 Pembertons Road

Waimak Real Estate

3 Ensors Place 14 Allin Drive

Harcourts Twiss Keir Harcourts Twiss Keir

16 Thornley Place 14 James Drive

Waimak Real Estate Harcourts Twiss Keir

63e Mackworth Street

Waimak Real Estate

Rangiora

11.00am 11.00am 12.00pm 12.00pm 12.30pm 12.30pm 12.45pm 1.00pm 1.00pm 1.00pm 1.00pm 1.00pm 1.30pm 1.30pm 1.30pm 2.00pm 2.00pm 2.00pm 2.00pm 2.15pm

Sefton 12.00pm

Waikuku Beach 12.00pm 1.00pm

12.45pm 1.45pm

Woodend 11.15pm 1.15am

11.45am 1.45pm

Woolston 3.30pm

4.00pm


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For Sale

Deadline Sale

Oxford | 99 Parish Road

Closing 4pm, Thursday 9 April 2015

237 Hectares

Contour, Irrigation & Production. • • • • •

Inspection

223 hectares irrigated (213 hectares by three centre pivots) Annual water consent for 1,053,000 cubic metres, 115 litres/second (from wells) 50 bail Milfox rotary with ACRs Protrack Vantage and walk over teat spray, In shed feeding with molassess and two deep cone silos set up for PKE 620 cow yard with undercover vet race and cattle crush New 195m2 GJ Gardner home and two other quality houses

By appointment

Contact

Maurice Newell 027 240 1718

A solid unit, offer scale and potential. Available as a going concern with approximatley 750 cows and a range of modern plant. | Property ID RA1628

New Listing | North West Bay, Pelorus Sound

Price

Bennetts | 2491 Oxford Road

Price

North West Bay. Entry level Sounds bach set amongst 3,869m2 mature bush, native birds over looking North West bay. Fish at the door step, mooring and 35 minutes boat trip from Havelock. Two bedroom Initial home, solar power, gas cooking, aluminium windows, colorsteel roof and hardiplank exterior for low maintenance. | Property ID BL1139

Inspection

Lifestyle Home With Separate Flat. 220m2, north facing, two storey home with four bedrooms (en suite), open plan kitchen/dining, separate lounge with deck plus BBQ area. Second bathroom, large rumpus/work room upstairs, log fire, clad in wood with battens. 58m2 separate flat, one bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, open plan living. Currently tenanted at $280 per week. Own well and stock water race, excellent established shelter. Two bay shed, fenced into eight paddocks, stock yards with loading ramp. An appealing property with a well presented home Oxford. | Property ID RA1629

Inspection

3,869m2

James Murray 027 436 8103 Canterbury

Jenny Rouse 027 314 6119 Canterbury

$360,000

By appointment

Contact

Chris Abbott 027 231 4425

Malcolm Garvan 027 231 4425 Canterbury

Maurice Newell 027 240 1718 Canterbury

$635,000

4.2 Hectares

Barry Keys 027 434 7689 Canterbury

Kathy Thompson 021 229 0600 Kaikoura

By appointment

Contact

Malcolm Garvan 027 231 4425

Allan Gifford 027 226 2379 Marlborough

Chris Abbott 027 435 2872 Marlborough

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For Sale New Listing

17 Hall Street Motunau Beach Price Negotiable over $280,000

Contact

Jenny Rouse 027 314 6119

Magnificent Views. Magnificent, uninterrupted sea views from this 887m2 section at Motunau Beach. The section is positioned amongst quality home/holiday homes overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Motunau Island. Motunau is the ideal place for keen fishermen, divers and those just wanting to enjoy the beach community and relax. Approximately 1 hour from Christchurch, close enough for those weekend getaways. | Property ID AM1008

Open Home

134 Double Corner Road Amberley Price

Clarkville | 107 Baynons Road

$620,000

Price

4 Hectares

$1,550,000 plus GST (if any)

Potential Business Options. This substantial greenhouse operation consists of 8,500m2 of plastic houses previously growing cucumbers for the local market. With an excellent water consent and large coal-fired boiler, as well as a range of support buildings, this property could be used for a number of ventures or the cucumber operation could be re-established. The home is a substantial three living area, four bedroom, three bathroom, permanent material dwelling with office and attached two car garage. There is also a separate 48m2, one bedroom cottage. | Property ID RA1627

Inspection

Contact

Jenny Rouse 027 314 6119

By appointment

Contact

Malcolm Garvan 027 231 4425 Maurice Newell 027 240 1718

Open Home Sunday 2.30 to 3.15pm. Beautifully presented, five bedroom home with study/sixth bedroom, spacious hostess kitchen with log burner, family room and stylish lounge. Three paddocks - just ideal for some pet sheep or a pony. The charming sheltered garden has mature trees, rhododendrons, roses and seating nooks. Set on a very manageable, 8,555m2, this property is in a magical spot just five minutes’ drive from Amberley, and just 35 minutes’ drive from Christchurch Airport. | Property ID AM1007

Open Home

Waikari

Price

Price

$449,000

$290,000

Contact

Contact

Maurice Newell 027 240 1718

Jenny Rouse 027 314 6119

4 Kowhai Avenue Rangiora

Open Home Sunday 12.00 to 12.45pm. This beautifully presented three bedroom, two bathroom home is located in a quiet cul-de-sac surrounded by quality properties. It has a double internal access garage, kitchen/dining, separate lounge with a gas fire as well as a heat pump. Additional features are a security system, dual gas hot water and well established gardens. Close to decile 7 and 8 schools and a number of preschools. Currently vacant, opportunity to move in as soon as you want. | Property ID RA1630

6 Princes Street 857m2

Cosy Rural Village Home. Near new, two bedroom home, stylishly decorated with a neutral decor, modern kitchen with plenty of storage and a large 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

Amberley Beach

Cust

Price

Price

$125,000

By negotiation

Contact

Contact

Jenny Rouse 027 314 6119

Malcolm Garvan 027 231 4425

230 Cottles Road 37 Hectares

56 Grierson Avenue 809m2

Residential Section At The Beach. What an opportunity - a fully fenced section. Design and build your very own beach haven as a permanent home or weekend getaway. The section has some mature trees and hedges. Enjoy walks along the beach or walking tracks, a spot of fishing or a round of golf at the local course. This property is conveniently located only a short drive to Amberley township, North Canterbury’s popular cafes and wineries and 40 minutes to Christchurch. | Property ID AM1005

James Murray 027 436 8103 Canterbury

Jenny Rouse 027 314 6119 Canterbury

Malcolm Garvan 027 231 4425 Canterbury

Maurice Newell 027 240 1718 Canterbury

Irrigated Bare Land. Cust area, 25 hectares irrigated consent (2038), diesel pump, underground mainline with longline sprinklers. 12 hectares of un-irrigated land with several creeks. 25 Hectares deer fenced with substantial deer/cattle yards. Natural shelter plus trees, flat to gently river terraces adjacent to Ashley River. North facing with amazing views, private, peaceful location. Idyllic building site subject to issue of Title with a flexible possession date. Adjacent 35 hectares available for lease. | Property ID RA1510

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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Future farmer . . . James Hoban is standing up for the environment.

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Looking to the future avoid making the same mistakes. ‘‘Beef + Lamb has been a bit behind James Hoban is championing the when it comes to the environment, but environment, as he looks to take up this conference was fully subscribed, so it shows just how much things have farming full time. The Hurunui young farmers club changed.’’ member, who is one of two North Mr Hoban says the next step is to Canterbury representatives in the 2015 ensure there is strong support locally, ANZ Young Farmer Contest Tasman with farmers working together. region final on Saturday, has been Since finishing up in his role with appointed as Beef + Lamb New Environment Canterbury, Mr Hoban has Zealand’s farm environment champion been working part time as an for the northern South Island region. environmental consultant, including some work with Beef + Lamb NZ, as he Mr Hoban was appointed as an environment champion by the Northern and wife Maria look to increase their South Island Farmers’ Council and time spent on the family farm at represented the region at a Beef + Lamb Culverden. NZ environment conference in ‘‘There is a lot of work on at the Wellington last month. moment doing farm environment plans, Seventy sheep and beef farmers from but there’s not a lot of people who can do around the country gathered at the it,’’ he says. conference to equip themselves with the ‘‘But hopefully it’s only temporary until we are full time farmers.’’ skills and knowledge they need to negotiate sustainable land and water He is optimistic of a positive future for management regulations in their own the sheep and beef industry, but he is not regions. taking anything for granted. ‘‘It’s still a big learning curve, but it was ‘‘Most people would recognise things a good opportunity to get everyone are not particularly easy in the sheep and together and share experiences between beef industry at the moment. It’s regions and between farmers and to definitely on the up, but we are finding compare notes, and hopefully we can we have to be a bit creative.’’ By DAVID HILL

Sheep milking potential Sheep milk provides genuine opportunities. Lincoln University farm management and agribusiness lecturer Guy Trafford is so convinced about the opportunities sheep milk presents he plans to manufacture his own ice cream from it. He says there were 31 million sheep in New Zealand and with sheep farmers looking for more income it was a good option. He uses sheep dairying as an example of an alternative farming system in his teaching and will be part of the first ever conference on it at Massey University beginning today (Thursday, February 19), which he hopes will raise the industry’s profile. Mr Trafford is setting up a processing plant on his farm with his wife Suzanne Trafford, a lecturer in business communication in the same agribusiness and commerce faculty. They will use their expertise to manufacture and market the product. ‘‘We are using ourselves as a case study,’’ he says. He says sheep milk from New Zealand is already being exported and was popular in China. The milk has a higher solid content than cow’s milk and a fuller flavour. He says sheep dairying has less environmental impact than its bovine equivalent so it is more sustainable, and while sheep milk at the moment is not as

profitable as cows, it is more profitable than meat production. It is an alternative system sheep farmers can use, and making products such as ice­cream or cheese adds value. Mr Trafford says he believes New Zealanders attitudes have changed and they are more embracing of new foods ­ some common cheeses are made from sheep’s milk and he sees the ice­cream as a high­end product he can make for the domestic and international market with only 100 to 200 ewes. The Ewe Milk Products and Sheep Dairying Conference is bringing together a range of businesses and individuals looking at getting the industry established nationally and he says there are plans to form a co­operative, which is needed to bring on board a large­scale processor. He is discussing farm management in a workshop there, but a business plan will also be presented along with discussions on genetics and how the industry can be structured. Organisations such as Landcorp will be represented, he says, which is looking seriously into the potential of sheep dairying with its large numbers of sheep. He sees the potential for a milking flock to be established at Lincoln University and the possibility of the recently announced food testing and production centre which will be set­up on campus, developing products from it.


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RANGIORA HARVEST DAY 2015 HARVEST MARKET Bringing the Country to Town! Saturday 21 March 10am-2pm

Victoria Park, Rangiora Apple Bobbing • Pony Rides • Animals • Food Stalls Live Music and a Country Hoedown! Y’all come on down for a good ol’ time! Ph Belinda Topp 021 191 0103 rangiorapromotions @gmail.com

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Rotary Club of Rangiora Charitable Trust Invitation to Apply for Grants The Trust’s objectives are to “protect, promote, and advance the charitable, educational, recreational, cultural and general community endeavours of all of the members of the community.” Grants are made to individuals and groups within the Waimakariri and Hurunui Districts. Grants are not made for events. Included in this round of grants will be a grant for a young person to attend an Outward Bound Course as well as an award for a Spirit of Adventure voyage. Those young people interested in either of these should apply in this round. Applications should be made on the form which can be obtained by contacting David Ayers at ayersmd@xtra.co.nz or phone 313 6262. Applications will not be considered from individuals and groups which have had grants from Rotary in the preceding 24 months. The closing date for applications is Friday 20th March. (Those organisations and individuals that have already applied and are waiting to hear from us, need not apply again. Your application will be considered.)

Broomfield School

Active, Innovative, Collaborative 2015 Out Of Zone Enrolments Enrolment at Broomfield School is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available at the school office. For 2015 there are four enrolment periods. The first and second enrolment periods have closed. The Board has determined that for the third and fourth enrolment periods in 2015 we estimate we will have approx. 1 (one) place available for new entrant out of zone students. For students seeking enrolment within the third and fourth enrolment periods in 2015, the deadline for receipt of applications for an out of zone place is set out below. Applications are to be completed on the relevant form, which can be obtained from the office. These need to be returned to the office by the relevant due date. Priorities apply (please see our Enrolment Scheme). If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available then students will be selected by ballot. Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within three school days of the ballot being held. Details relating to the remaining enrolment periods in 2015 are: 3rd enrolment period Length of enrolment period: 20 July to 25 September 2015 Deadline for receipt of period: 12 June 2015 Date of ballot: 15 June 2015 4th enrolment period Length of enrolment period: 12 October to 17 December 2015 Deadline for receipt of applications: 4 September 2015 Date of ballot: 7 September 2015

Public Notices PUBLIC NOTICE SALE AND SUPPLY OF ALCOHOL ACT 2012 Section 101 Whateve r Investments Limited has made application to the District Licensing Committee at Amberley for the renewal of the On-Licence in respect of the premises situated at 1/7 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui district known as Whatever Restaurant and Bar. The general nature of the business conducted under the licence is that of a Restaurant. The days on which and the hours during which alcohol is sold under the licence are: Monday to Sunday 9am to 1am the following day The application may be inspected during ordinary office hours at the office of the Hurunui District Licensing Committee at 66 Carters Road, Amberley. Any person who is entitled to object and who wishes to object to the grant of the application may, not later than 15 working days after the date of the first publication of this notice, file a notice in writing of the objection with the Secretary of the Hurunui District Licensing Committee, P O Box 13, AMBERLEY. No objection to the renewal of a licence may be made in relation to a matter other than a matter specified in section 131 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. This is the first publication of this notice. NGAMATEA School Centenary, Whangaehu Valley, Easter Saturday, 4 April 2015, with an after­ noon gathering and evening barbecue. Phone 06 342 8827 or 06 342 8561 pongo.ginne@inspire.net.nz. CLAIRVOYANT medium, clear accurate readings with Holly. Phone 03 314 9073.

Automotive

CASH 4 CARS and 4WD'S Phone Automotive Parts 03 313 7216

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

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.

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Bar Manager

North Canterbury

A position is available for a Bar Manager at our friendly and increasingly busy business. Applicants must have current duty managers certificate and be able to work weekends. Please phone 03 314 2506 or 027 320 0685

Public Notices

Public Notices

Trousselot Parrk

Sunday 15th Marc ch 5pm-9p pm

Operations Manager Role in Irrigation Industry Key Management Position Waimakariri Irrigation Ltd (WIL) is an irrigation scheme located in North Canterbury delivering irrigation and stockwater across a command area of 44,000ha between the Waimakariri and Ashley Rivers. WIL is a cooperative company owned by farmer shareholders. The Company is in a phase of continuous upgrade, with the proposed construction of a storage facility currently in the consenting stage. WIL requires an Operations Manager to join the team. Reporting to the General Manager, the primary focus of the Operations Manager will be to manage the efficient supply of water to meet the requirements of irrigators and stock water users within the scheme. Key accountabilities include providing strong operational management and service delivery across the organisation, effective staff management, and ensuring customer service and productive stakeholder relationships. The role is also responsible for ensuring health and safety and environmental regulatory, and compliance requirements are met. Previous experience in managing operations, and proven experience in leading a small team are required in this role. The successful applicant will additionally have excellent communication and relationship building skills, as well as experience with the farming and civil engineering sectors. The ability to problem solve is essential in this role. A suitable qualification, knowledge and experience in the irrigation industry are of a distinct advantage for this position. This is a permanent salaried role which is varied and rural based. You must enjoy the outdoors, like working in a motivated team environment and be self-driven. Benefits include a competitive salary rewarding your experience, as well as a vehicle.

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Decorating

Equestrian

A Lady Paperhanger and Painter, all work guaran­ teed, free quotes. Phone Carol 027 435 9165 or 03 3127 327.

BAY STANDARDBRED gelding, 14yo, 16.2hh. Beautiful nature, easy to work with, needs experi­ enced handler. Free to right home. Ph 03 314 4660. SADDLES, Stubben, Dressage, Stubben Jump­ ing, Pony Saddle, Bridles, Bits etc for sale. Phone 03 385 3222.

TWEED Decorating for your painting & wallpapering needs, interior or exterior. Based in Hawarden, covering the Hurunui area. Call Phil on 027 5589 333 or 03 3144 110. 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

HARVEY'S PAINTING LTD

For a professional job by experienced, mature Tradesmen

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

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

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

Properties For Sale Properties For Sale

Lifestyle Bare Land 4H Mt Grey Downs Sefton

Magnificent 180 Degree Views Trade Me # DUE910 74 McLeods Rd Phone 0274 360 603 03 3129 824

To apply, please email your application in strictest confidence to Madeleine Hawkesby at madeleine@hawkesbyandco.co.nz by 30 March 2015. Initial enquiries, and requests for the position description can be made by emailing or phoning Madeleine Hawkesby on 021 495 993. For further details about the Waimakariri Irrigation Ltd visit www.wil.co.nz

Immediate Start

Class 2 Drivers $20+ Labourers $18+ Rangiora Based. Conditions Apply. Please call Murray ASAP 021 921 981 murray.roeske@ coverstaff.net.nz

STAFF WANTED

Experienced or we can train. Work in Christchurch and North Canterbury Ph Scott Heasley 0275 350 302

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.

Trades 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. GLASS and Glazing. Got a broken glass window? Insurance Work, Pet Doors, Mirrors, Retro Refits, Single / Double Glazing, Splashbacks, Fire Glass. Call your local Glazier Mark on 03 312 3253 or 027 242 6368. Shelley’s Glass and Glazing. 32 years in the Glass Industry. Oper­ ating in North Canterbury. PROPERTY MAINTEN­ ANCE. Lawns, gardens, hedges, chainsaw work, pruning, painting and minor home alterations. TOWN AND COUNTRY. Phone Mike 03 313 0261. 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.

Weighbridge Attendant Waste Management NZ Ltd is a leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services across New Zealand. Waste Management has a vacancy for a Weighbridge Attendant to join their team in Rangiora. The position is part-time and involves weekend work. Key responsibilities of the position will include: • Weigh accurately all incoming and outgoing vehicles. • Monitor and direct all incoming and outgoing vehicles including directing traffic. • Assist customers with their enquiries and ensure customers receive the highest service standards possible. • Maintain the weighbridge and general area of the weighbridge in a clean and tidy hazard free condition. • Assist with general administrative duties and customer service. • Complete all paperwork and records accurately, as directed and required. To be successful in this role you must have moderate computer experience and knowledge and also experience in customer service. Weighbridge or waste industry experience is desirable but not essential. Please send your application including a detailed resume and one page introductory letter, to: Waste Management NZ Ltd PO Box 11-337 Sockburn Christchurch Attention: Patrick Clancy Email: pclancy@wastemanagement.co.nz Applications close: 16th March 2015 Waste Management is an EEO employer and promotes drug and alcohol free workplaces. 1558152


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Landscaping

Concrete Services

For Sale

Livestock

Scrap Metal Wanted

Tree Services

Tree Services

Tree Services

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

AFFORDABLE concrete cutting with quality and removal work. Free quotes. No job too small. Ph 027 442 2219, Fax 03 359 6052 or A/H 03 359 4605.

NO bees? Rent a beehive. Fully managed by regis­ tered bee keepers. You get pollination plus honey. Phone 027 657 2007.

TWO TOOTH RAMS for sale. Suffolk, Cheviot and Suffolk Cheviot cross. Phone 020 4001 7452 or 03 314 7511.

NORTH Canterbury Metals. Buying metals, cars etc for recycling. Phone Joe on 027 223 3593 or after hours on 03 314 9079. 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 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.

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.

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

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

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

CATTERMOLES BUTCHERY, KAIAPOI

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

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Wastewater Septic Tanks Treatment Plants Drainage Irrigation

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Oxford Butchery Bevan and Shane Frahm

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

Computer Repairs

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

COMPUTER REPAIRS

Repairs & Upgrades Virus & Malware Removal Checkup to Increase Speed Home & Business Onsite Visits Prompt Professional Service ncn1233407aa

UT ABOVE A C THE REST Allan Pethig For all your electrical needs. Residential & Commercial

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

Phone 03 313 7144 027 432 1534 Fax 03 313 2144 rgrantelectrical@gmail.com m PO Box 69, Rangiora

Excavation

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

(will travel)

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

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Free quotes STEVE SCOTT 0274 339 578 scottexcavation@hotmail.co.nz

Registered Clinical Dental Techncian

Phone (03) 313-9192

Painters

Electrician

GOSCUT CONCRETE CUTTER LTD

Garry W Mechen

Ph 312 4205 Oxford

“If it’s broke, let’s fix it”

Concrete

RANGIORA DENTURE CLINIC

Number one old-fashioned bacon & ham curing. A/H 312 4219 or 312 4709

CompuCare

(03) 313 4771 www.canterburyhomekill.co.nz DENTURE CLINIC

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Civil and Drainage

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

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Wilson Decorators Ltd

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

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Grazing GRAZING wanted for Sheep. Anything consid­ ered. Phone 027 636 2756.

For a/h repairs phone (03) 310-3044 GARDEN MAINTENANCE

TONY’S LAWN & GARDEN MAINTENANCE • Garden tidy-ups • Rubbish removal • Rose pruning • Shrub and tree pruning • Lawn mowing • Lawn maintenance • 27 years experience

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


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Landscaping

Fencing

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

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

Painters / Decorators

Painting • INTERIOR PAINTING • EXTERIOR PAINTING • WATER BLASTING • WALL PAPERING

• INTERIOR PLASTERING • BUILDING REPAIRS

Picture Framing

CALVERT PAINTING

QUALIFIED TRADESMEN NORTH CANTERBURY AND KAIKOURA

• SPRAY PAINTING

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

Plastic Welding

We are a reputable picture framer who can offer the best professional assistance in Rangiora for all your framing requirements. We support new and existing North Canterbury artists. COME IN AND SEE US AT OUR NEW PREMISES 10 CONE STREET, RANGIORA 10 Cone Street, Rangiora P: 03 313 5474 www.cameofinearts.co.nz

CASH PAID FOR SCRAP

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MAINLAND METALS LTD

FREE PICK UP AND WEIGHED ON SITE

Timber Sales

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

Locally owned and operated

Quality Timber at discounted prices We have a wide range of timber Decking from $ .97 cents Farm packs from $30 150x50 h4 radiata $3.75 per meter Plus fencing, framing and more.

Water Blasting

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

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The link between hearing impairment and dementia. Multiple studies indicate hearing loss can be linked to the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Leaving h earing loss untreated could pose a serious risk that has not been widely shared with th e hearing impaired population. Frank R. Lin, MD, Ph.D conducted a study commonly cited by medical professionals on the topic of hearing loss and cognitive decline. The study observed 1,984 adults over the course of six years, tracking the progression of their hearing loss in relation to their cognitive function. Dr. Lin concluded that while further research was needed to identify the mechanics of how and why h earing loss and cognitive decline are related, there is little doubt that hearing loss is a factor in loss of mental acuity in older adults. The study also indicated that the more severe the hearing loss, the greater the likelihood of developing a cognitive disorder, and the steeper the decline in mental function. However, even subjects with mild hearing loss were found more likely to experience cognitive failures. “Declines in hearing abilities may accelerate gray matter atrophy and increase the listening

effort necessary to comprehend speech…Hearing aids may not only improve hearing but preserve the brain,” said Dr. Lin. In January 2014, Dr. Lin and his team released new results regarding changes in the brains of adults with normal hearing to those of adults with h earing loss. After undergoing magnetic resonance imagining (MRI) exams every year for ten years, 51 of the 126 participants examined who h ad at least a 25-decibel (dB) hearing loss from the start, displayed accelerated rates of gray matter shrinkage when compared to the 75 participants with normal hearing. with hearing Those impairments lost more than an additional cubic centimeter of brain matter annually and experienced greater shrinkage of tissueinthestructuresresponsible for processing sound and speech. The atrophy affected the middle and inferior temporal gyri, which play key roles in memory and sensory integration. Similar damage to these regions can be seen in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Early diagnosis and treatment of h earing loss may slow the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Hearing aids may be the key to preventing brain atrophy and cognitive dysfunction.

As evidence continues to mount that h earing loss is a contributing factor in the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, it is imperative to consider the profound consequences of ignoring hearing loss. People with hearing loss on average wait seven years from when they are diagnosed to seek treatment, even though the sooner hearing loss is detected and treatment begins, the more hearing ability can be preserved. Considering early diagnosis and

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