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Thursday June 4 2015 | Issue 652

Gardening: Winter chores for the home gardener.

Health shuttle: A service catering for all ages.

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Real Estate: Nth Canterbury property sales. — page 32 ­ 34.

Biodiversity regulation rekindles opposition By ROBYN BRISTOW

The Hurunui SNA group is back battling the inclusion of Significant Natural Areas (SNAs) in the Hurunui District Plan, the review of which is now out for public consultation. The lobby group, which has been waging battle against the inclusion of SNAs in the plan for nearly two decades believing SNAs are a breach of property rights, says the Hurunui District Council is being forced by Environment Canterbury to ‘‘implement a rule that deliberately traps all landowners’’. It says there has been no consultation by the Hurunui Council on new indigenous vegetation rules and that it’s unfair the council has used a clause in the Resource Management Act (RMA) to make the rules apply immediately and before any submission process has taken place on the reviewed plan. The council, however, says it has tried to consult with all landowners, but the SNA group had not been willing to take part or engage to help find alternative methods to meet the biodiversity requirements of the Resource Management Act. In response the council had proposed introducing Indigenous Vegetation clearance rules in the District Plan. SNA chairperson Fran Perriam says the council has previously highlighted, on a number of occasions, that the regulation of biodiversity on private land is counterproductive.

‘‘Therefore we are very disappointed that the council has continued to regulate landowners against their wishes. This action goes totally against the community survey right at the start of the process where ‘many households made comments that it is not the responsibility of council to enforce protection of biodiversity, rather it

❛This is not our community plan. It is being driven by directives from ECan and an RMA system that is broken.❜ — Fran Perriam Hurunui SNA chairperson. should be left up to individual landowners’,’’ says Ms Perriam. ‘‘We are very disappointed that the Hurunui District Council has not stood strong enough to ECan. ECan commissioners have stated publicly to the council and ourselves that they will not change their directives. Unlike the rest of New Zealand we in Canterbury have no vote, no democracy, no accountability and live in the grips of a dictatorship,’’ says Ms Perriam. She says it is ‘‘not our community plan’’. ‘‘It is being driven by directives from ECan and an RMA system that is broken,’’ says Ms Perriam.

‘‘The regional council has forced this on all Canterbury District Councils ignoring their objections. The eight district council submissions warned these draconian ECan rules forces councils into conflict with their own constituents. ‘‘We have no choice but to defend ourselves against unfair and unworkable law. We believe our council should be standing up much stronger to the unreasonable and dictatorial demands of ECan,’’ Ms Perriam says in a newsletter to landowners. She estimates the groups campaign over the years has cost close to $1 million with ‘‘nothing to show for it’’. ‘‘It has consumed 20 years of our lives with hundreds of meetings. The cost to resident and ratepayers of Hurunui is huge,’’ she says. The Hurunui Council has tried to find a way to appease the group through a biodiversity strategy and calls to engage through the formal process during the plan review. Chief executive officer Hamish Dobbie says the SNA group has ‘‘vehemently opposed the identification of Significant Natural Areas (SNAs) for a long period of time.’’ ‘‘Given this opposition to the identification of SNAs and no engagement from the SNA group on alternative methodologies there was only one option under the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement (RPS) and that was the implementation of vegetation clearance rules,’’ says Mr Dobbie. Continued Page 2

Rally over . . . Greg Murphy and co­driver, Jim Hewlett, wait for their service crew after their car ‘‘expired’’ during the Ashley Forest section of the Lone Star Canterbury Rally last Sunday. PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP.

Rally cut short By SHELLEY TOPP V8 Supercar driver Greg Murphy’s first­time rally experience didn’t end the way he wanted, with a long wait roadside beside his ‘‘expired’’ car. However, he is keen to ‘‘have another crack’’ at the high­speed, ‘‘special­stage’’ gravel­road racing. ‘‘I would love to do more. It was a fantastic experience,’’ Murphy said. ‘‘Some of the roads were amazing. Some were pretty rough.’’ The New Zealand­born driver, four­time winner of the famous Bathurst 1000 race, for V8 Supercars, held at Mount Panorama in New South Wales, was in North Canterbury last weekend for the third round of the National Rally Championship, the Lone Star

Canterbury Rally, which was run over 10 special stages totalling 171 kilometres in the Ashley and Okuku Forests. Two stages on Saturday night, the rest Sunday afternoon. Murphy said rally racing was something he had always wanted to do. ‘‘Some kind people put it all together for us, so it gave me the opportunity to have a crack.’’ Murphy was driving a 1969 Ford Escort on loan from Tony Gosling, with co­driver, Jimmy Hewlett. ‘‘We were having a lot of fun this morning,’’ Murphy said on Sunday afternoon. But that came to an end later in the day when the ‘‘vehicle expired’’ ruling out further racing. But the car will be resurrected to rally again. Rally results page 29.

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New home . . . Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade members outside the temporary fire station in Cone Street from left: Logan Retallick, PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP Brook Retallick, Reuben Warner, Kerry Ealam, and Hamish Peter.

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By SHELLEY TOPP Rangiora’s Fire Station has been ring fenced and demolition started in preparation for building a $2.8 million replacement on the site. ‘‘The new fire station is expected to be completed by February next year,’’ the Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade’s chief fire officer, Hamish Peter, said. A temporary station has been set up in Cone Street, Rangiora, until the new Percival Street station is finished. ‘‘We are very lucky we have a shed, it was going to be two containers,’’ Mr Peter said.

It was decided to build a new fire station because restructuring, which was deemed necessary before the 2010­2011 Canterbury earthquakes, was now not viable. It has been an extremely busy year so far for the Rangiora firemen, who are all volunteers, with 165 callouts since January 1 (up to last Saturday). Mr Peter said they were always looking for new volunteers to join the brigade, and they were extremely grateful to their employers who allowed them time off work to attend callouts.

The volunteer Fire Brigade is supported by Advantage Plastics, Bidvest Processing, Brook Truck Services, Carters Tyre Service North Canterbury, Darryl Chambers Contracting, Harcourts ­ Stuart Morris, Laffey’s Tyre Service, McAlpines Engineering Ltd, Mike Greer Homes North Canterbury, North Canterbury Truck and Tractor Services, Rangiora Bakery, Rangiora Barbers, Rangiora Rubbish Removal, Taylor Made Insurance Ltd, Tim Tootell Builders Ltd, U.D.U Engineering and the Waimakariri District Council.

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‘‘There has been a genuine effort by councillors and staff to present information and listen to the community so that the plan took account of the myriad of views presented by those that chose to engage in the process,’’ said Mr Dobbie. The biodiversity provisions in the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement (RPS) were lawful provisions under the RMA. The RPS was publicly consulted on and the Hurunui District Council submitted during the consultation process, particularly highlighting its disagreement with respect to the biodiversity provisions contained in


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Chapter 9. ‘‘Despite not agreeing with the biodiversity provisions of the RPS, the Hurunui council is of the view that the RPS has been through a proper legal process and therefore is bound by statute to give effect to the RPS in its District Plan,’’ said Mr Dobbie. ‘‘Council has worked with ECan, the SNA group and other stakeholders to provide oportunities to explore other mechanisms to manage biodversity in the Hurunui district. This process is ongoing, but the SNA group has chosen not to participate,’’ he said. Submissions on the reviewed Hurunui District Plan close on July 3.

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From Page 1 Mr Dobbie says the clearance rules were significantly different to the present situation where SNAs were described in the District Plan in that the ‘‘assessment of biodiversity is now in the hands of landowners rather than the council and that assessment is only triggered by a proposal to make changes which could potentially impact on biodiversity in some way’’. The council had consulted with constituents over the past two years to ensure ‘‘good information’’ was available to landowners affected by biodiversity provisions proposed in the reviewed District Plan.

Debt mounts in Nth Canterbury ‘‘A budget advisor would always be happy to give you advice on potential credit contracts or loans.’’ Provide real information. Under the Code of Responsible Lending, the lender must ask a series of quite detailed questions, Ms Kelly says. ‘‘They’re not trying to catch you out, but they have to ask those questions. You don’t do yourself any favours by giving partial information.’’ A copy of the Code of Responsible Borrowing can be found online at www.familybudgeting.org.nz or in a brochure at Budgeting Services North Canterbury’s offices in the War Memorial Hall, Albert Street, Rangiora. Ms Kelly acknowledges it can sometimes be hard to step back from your own finances and see the big picture. ‘‘When you feel like this, we suggest you talk to someone knowledgeable and independent. Our budget advisors offer free, confidential and non­judgemental budgeting advice.’’ Budgeting Services North Canterbury can be contacted on (03) 3133505 or visit www.bsnc.org.nz for more information.

Books penned from friends’ lives By AMANDA BOWES For long time friends Ginna Pawsey and Janice Marriot, the Hurunui College Library provided the perfect setting for their latest book launch. ‘‘Changing Lives’’ is the fourth book Ginna and Janice have produced together and since the first one, Common Ground was published, both their lives have changed substantially. The books came about after Ginna, from Hawarden and Janice, an author who was living in Wellington, met at a school reunion after 30 years. They vowed to keep in touch and since 1998 have written to each other, sharing their ups and downs, their passion for their homes, gardens and cooking. The letters led to the publication of three books and after the third, the two told each other they would never leave their homes. Not long after, both faced enormous change. Ginna and her husband Harry decided to sell ‘‘Double Tops’’ the family farm which had been in Harry’s family since the 1800s and Janice became a grandmother and decided to sell her much loved Wellington home and shift to Auckland to be nearer the family. Their latest book describes the mixed emotions each went through making such radical changes to their lifestyles. Ginna Pawsey says initially she and Harry were going to shift closer to Christchurch, but some bare land came up for sale and over a bottle of whisky with the vendor, they purchased the 121

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Debt levels are growing in North Canterbury. Budgeting Services North Canterbury is promoting responsible borrowing, as statistics show a typical client owes $18,574 of debt, with an average arrears of $2,557. ‘‘We see clients in a range of situations, and many of them owe money,’’ says co­ ordinator Colleen Kelly. ‘‘This means in the Waimakariri and Hurunui there is a lot of lending and borrowing going on.’’ Official figures back this up, showing 82 percent of families owe debt of some kind. Money lenders are about to be regulated by the Code of Responsible Lending, part of changes to consumer law aimed at protecting our most vulnerable, Ms Kelly says. ‘‘There are two parts to the equation ­ the lender and the borrower. The Code of Responsible Lending ensures the lender behaves responsibly and we expect this to have positive outcomes for the community. But the borrower also has some responsibilities.’’

Budgeting Services North Canterbury is supporting a national campaign promoting a Code of Responsible Borrowing. ‘‘If people decide to borrow money, these codes will ensure the process happens responsibly,’’ Ms Kelly says. She says there are some steps to make sure borrowers are being responsible, including being sure you can afford the repayments. ‘‘This means that you’ve worked out your budget and it shows a surplus. If your budget shows a deficit, then a loan is not the answer.’’ Look at all your options. Responsible borrowers think about other ways to get what they need, Ms Kelly says. ‘‘For example, lets say you really want something but you don’t need it just yet. Use your budget surplus to save for it. Or, if you’re considering a car loan, work out if other methods of transportation might work instead.’’ Find out more about it, as it is essential you know what you are signing up to. Ask questions, take the contract away to read it and get a translator if you need one, she says.

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Long time friends . . . Janice (left) and Ginna signing a book at their book launch for local, PHOTO: AMANDA BOWES. Ruth Appleby. hectare block and built a new house. ‘‘Changing Lives’’ is a wonderful account of how life can change when you least expect it. The book starts February 2010 and follows on to the first earthquake in September. Ironically, Janice had been staying with Ginna for their third book launch and was sleeping in a spare room at Double Tops when the earthquake hit.

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Fallen leaves are not rubbish One thing Lesley Ottey hates to see is fallen autumn leaves thrown in to the rubbish. ‘‘They are such a valuable resource, too valuable to waste,’’ she said. Lesley works for Mastagard, ‘‘Christchurch’s largest locally owned recycling and waste services provider’’. In her role as community educator for the Waimakariri/Hurunui District she is constantly on the lookout for ideas to help reduce the amount of rubbish being piled into our bulging landfills. While the changing colours of leaves on the many deciduous trees in North Canterbury create a spectacular show in autumn, their fallen leaves cluttering pathways and lawns are not such a welcome sight for many. However, instead of piling them up and confining the rotting leaves to the rubbish, we should consider using them to make compost, Lesley said. Simply by layering the carbon­rich leaves with nitrogen­rich green matter, such as grass clippings, in a compost bin they can be put to good use later as compost to prepare garden soil for spring planting. The compost ‘‘bin’’ doesn’t have to be an elaborate construction, a simple old bucket with holes poked in the bottom will do, or even no container at all, just a pile of layered leaves stacked into a garden corner and contained by wire netting. Margaret Boyles, writing for The Old Farmer’s Almanac website, has an even

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easier option for making use of fallen autumn leaves on lawns. ‘‘Mow over them a few times. The chopped leaves will break down quickly in spring and add valuable organic matter and mineral nutrients to the lawn.’’ Margaret also suggested using fallen leaves as a protective mulch and an excellent weed suppressant for spring plantings. ‘‘Leaves make good insulating cover for

overwintering tender perennials or root crops stored in the ground. A heavy leaf cover allows fall (autumn)­ planted garlic to root without sprouting, and prevents shallow­rooted strawberries from heaving during winter’s freeze­thaw cycles.’’ ‘‘Chopped, or left whole, leaves make an excellent mulch for vegetable crops, blueberries (and other berries), and ornamental shrubs,’’ she says.

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North Canterbury’s drought affected sheep and beef farmers have received a boost from the industry body. Northern South Island director Phil Smith says Beef + Lamb New Zealand has committed $20,000 for drought relief in the region, on top of funding already allocated for workshops and social events. ‘‘Farmers are telling us there are a lot of social events, but they just want some answers to some of the challenges with their stock going forward. ‘‘We are committed to helping farmers and we will continue monitoring the situation going forward.’’ With lambing just four to six weeks away for some farmers, Mr Smith says farmers are wanting to know how stock will be affected. The recent frosts mean there is unlikely to be much pasture growth in the coming weeks adding extra stress for farmers, he says. ‘‘Anyone who hasn’t been scanning their ewes should be doing it now. Most do it anyway, but it helps to plan ahead if you know what you’re getting. ‘‘Some farmers are already talking

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Participants in the North Loburn School Whiterock Trail Ride fundraiser on June 14, will have the choice of three tracks. The trails ­ Enduro, Main Loop and Pee Wee ­ are all suitable for trail and quad bikes and cross rolling farmland. The day starts at 8am at Fords Road, Whiterock, with the track open from 9am till 3pm. Entry fee is $45 a rider 16 years and over or $40 for pre­registration. For riders under 16 on the Enduro or main loop track entry is $20 while there is a $65 for a family of one adult and up to three children ­ $60 for pre­registration. The under 8’s and Pee Wee track is free. There will be spot prizes, refreshments and a barbecue on site. For more information contact Jeff 027 562 3912 or whiterocktrailride@northloburn­ .school.nz or visit www.myrides.co.nz. The start event will be signposted from the Ashley turnoff over the Ashley Bridge.

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TSUNAMI ALERT* Friday 12 June 2015, 9am-10pm On Friday 12 June, 2015 Waimakariri Civil Defence staff will be carrying out a Tsunami alert exercise (‘Exercise Pandora’), to prepare people in the beachside communities of Waikuku, Woodend and Pines-Kairaki for a tsunami. Please note this is an exercise only but every effort is being made to make it as authentic as possible so that you will know what to do, where to go and how to survive a real-life tsunami.

To do this we need your help… Our emergency crews will knock on your door between 6 and 8pm on the day asking you to evacuate to designated tsunami evacuation centres as part of the exercise. If you don’t want to evacuate just let them know. Those who do want to take part will need to follow the instructions of the emergency response crews. ‘Evacuees’ will go by either your own transport or transport arranged by Civil Defence to either the Woodend Community Centre or the Kaiapoi Rugby Clubrooms. There, we’ll put on a BBQ for you. The evacuation exercise will take approximately one hour. If you’d like to know more, please contact Helping hand . . . Harley Douglas is given a helping hand by Pauline Nelmes, the St John Health Shuttle bus driver, to join mum Tania Douglas, on a trip from Amberley to PHOTO: SUPPLIED. Christchurch Hospital.

Health Shuttle a saviour By ROBYN BRISTOW Tania Douglas’s son Harley was born at 29 weeks weighing just 3lb 20oz. The first nine weeks of the tiny wee man’s life were spent in Christchurch Hospital due to being premature and complications with his breathing. Tania says without the North Canterbury St John Health Shuttle her life would have been extremely stressful as she wasn’t able to drive to go and see him, after having to have a caeserian. ‘‘It made it really easy for me to travel in every day. ‘‘It is not just a service for the elderly, it is a service for everyone. I can definitely recommend it,’’ she says. That service has continued with Tania having to take Harley back to Christchurch Hospital every six months for check ups. ‘‘Harley has just turned 18 months and having to take a car seat to put in the shuttle bus from the car park at the hospital and a stroller to get around the hospital, it would be a nightmare having to lug the seat, stroller and all my bits and pieces around all day,’’ she says. ‘‘A lovely neighbour drives the Health Shuttle and I am able to leave the car seat on board meaning I don’t have to carry it around all day. ‘‘It is a door to door service and it

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makes it nice and easy for me,’’ she says. Tania says her appointments can range from anywhere between 20 minutes or a couple of hours. She takes the Health Shuttle to the hospital and if the timing doesn’t work to take a return trip she can arrange to have her husband pick her up after work and bring her home. ‘‘It does make it a lot easier to get in and out of the hospital for appointments, particularly now there is a building project on,’’ says Tania. The free shuttle, which is based in Amberley, picks up in Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Woodend, Pegasus and Belfast. It helps a wide range of people of all ages get to appointments at the hospital and can accommodate walking frames and wheelchairs. The drivers are volunteers who are qualified first­aiders. Sponsored by Four Square the service tries to work in with everyone and if necessary and if it is feasible will take people home after their appointments and pick up others returning to Christchurch for appointments, depending on the schedule. The service operates five days a week and bookings through the Citizens Advice Bureau, North Canterbury (0800383373) are essential. Bookings close 3pm day prior.

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A diverse economy is a necessity By WINSTON GRAY The last long weekend before spring has passed. This season has been the best for many years in Kaikoura with a surge in visitor numbers both international and domestic. With the drought conditions and the price drop in the dairy industry it proves the necessity of having a diverse economy so as to have different income streams that lessen the impact of a drop in one area. This past Queens Birthday weekend we had the national round and square dancers 49th convention here which is a first for Kaikoura, with dancers from across the country and Australia spending the weekend in town. The annual Body Glove cold water classic was also held with big seas on Friday and Saturday with the waves easing off on Sunday for the final day. Surfers from around the country made their way here to our classic surf spots. This week we are also fortunate to have the New Zealand tourism board holding its monthly meeting in Kaikoura. Weather permitting we will entertain the group with a visit out to our marine environment and other

attractions. We are indebted to Tourism New Zealand for taking the initiative to go out to the regions and it is a chance for them to see first hand what is happening on the ground in their industry. It is important that we promote our regions and our points of difference so as to offer a variety of things to do that suit our local and overseas markets. On the rural front our thoughts are with those suffering the effects of the summer drought. It is particularly challenging to go into a winter with low feed reserves, hoping for a mild winter is one thing but for those on the land they have the role of ensuring their stock survive in a state to produce in the next season. Snow storms, floods or ravaging winds are bad enough, however the impact is sudden and recovery can not take place straight away. With a drought the hardest thing is watching your stock health and feed disappear and having to make the decisions around shifting or selling off your capital stock. Having experienced several droughts particularly the summer of 1988 it is a real challenge and it is important to talk to your advisers, bankers and family.

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Dear Editor, I was sorry to see that the Waimakariri District Council will stay with the plastic rubbish bags and not adopt the three bin system. This decision by the council will prove the many opposed to the system wrong, as they felt they will push on and adopt the three bins in spite of a majority opposition. A majority that seemed to be more driven to write and make submissions to oppose the bins than those that would like to see them approved. Oh well we will keep on burying more plastic bags in landfills, never mind the environment, the curmudgeons of Waimakariri have had their say. Yours, Ross Williamson, Rangiora.

Amberley water Dear Editor, Regarding the article on Amberley water (May 28). We moved to the Amberley township three years ago and one of the first things we noted was the poor water quality. After renting for 14 months we moved into our newly constructed home only to find the water worse. We were informed the quality deteriorated with the earthquakes. Following some research and consultation we purchased a water softener (does not have costly filters) from a local retailer and couldn’t be more pleased with the results. We can now drink water from the tap, eat veges cooked in water with only the intended taste and the white washing is staying white. We considered this an investment and an asset to the property. We don’t believe the council should massively raise rates to try to rectify problems for those with water issues. That wouldn’t be fair on those without problems. Owner responsibility has to factor into this discussion. Yours, Christine and Allan Knowles.

Country Music Sing­Song A country music sing­song, With Smokey & Lorraine, along with guests and the Golden Oldies Group of followers of the ‘old time’ songs and sing­a­longs. All welcome, so why not join us, on Saturday, June 13 at 2pm. Door $3, includes cuppa and nibbles. Musical and Theatre Performances Calling all Theatre Sports enthusiasts! Every Tuesday until September 15, Dale Hartley School of Speech and Drama is running the Improv Club. It is a great opportunity to learn Theatre Sports games and hone the skills of the sport with the experts. Suitable for 13 year olds right through to adults. Oxford choir The Oxford Singers Choir will be performing at 7pm on June 6 at the Oxford Town Hall with guest Mark Walton on the saxophone/clarinet. Celebrate with music from each decade since 1931. Academy Concert The North Canterbury Academy of Music is putting on a free concert on June 29 from 1.30pm to 2.30pm which offers an educational musical tour of the sights and sounds of the NCAM musical groups. Beauty and the Beast The North Canterbury Musical Society is performing the most beautiful love story ever told ­ Beauty and the Beast ­ at the Rangiora Town Hall until June 13. Mid­Winter Splash The fundraiser for the Rangiora Stroke Foundation is on June 11 at 11am.

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Desire to enjoy outdoors Elliott Keys wants the freedom to enjoy the great outdoors again with his family and friends. The Mt Maunganui 15­year­old was left a tetraplegic after a mountain biking accident in July last year, in which he broke his neck. But he is determined not to let the fact he has no use of his arms or legs stop him from getting back on wheels and into the great outdoors. The push is on to buy an off­road four wheel electric chair device called MOJO with the $40,000 cost proving to be the major stumbling block. Recently the Tokoroa Mountain Bike Club hosted a fundraiser, raising $5000 to add to the $15,000 already raised toward buy the chair. Elliott spent months in

Christchurch’s Burwood Spinal Unit and the Keys family is really grateful to the staff at Burwood Hospital for their support and care during Elliott’s stay. ‘‘Burwood was amazing ­ great staff and a passionate team, many of whom live in North Canterbury,’’ says Elliot’s father, Mike, who is formerly from Kaiapoi. But now they are all back home, the aim is to get him outside and into an off­road electric chair which would have be fitted with head controls to enable him to once again roam the outdoors with family and friends. A Give a Little page has been set up ­ givealittle.co.nz/cause/elliottkeys ­ and it’s hoped this will help raise the amount needed to help Elliott in his time of need.

suppressed revelations of sex and loss, War Stories is a richly revealing touchstone of New Zealand history.’’ The movie will be screened in the school hall.



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The big screen returns to Amberley on June 27 and 28 featuring an award winning film ­ War Stories Our Mothers Never Told Us. The screening comes courtesy of the Amberley PTA which last year successfully screened Gardening with Soul as a fundraiser with over 250 people attending. Due to its popularity Rochelle Savage contacted Gaylene Preston, and asked if the Amberley PTA could screen Our War Stories Our Mothers Never Told Us, edited by Judith Fyfe from a film by Ms Preston. Rochelle says it is one of her favourite films. ‘‘It’s funny, sad and compelling viewing. ‘‘It shares stories you often don’t hear and reminds you that 80­year­old women have had fascinating lives often with hidden stories to tell. ‘‘We’re lucky that Gaylene Preston has allowed us to screen it,’’ says Rochelle. Kirsten Eggleston, an Amberley PTA members, says the PTA listened to the community after their first screening and called for another movie. ‘‘We listened and here it is. ‘‘If you are keen to attend get your ticket as soon as possible as last year we had three screenings ­ this year there will only be two,’’ she says. The film, in which seven New Zealand women recall their personal experiences during WW11, won the Best New Zealand Film, Most Popular Film and the Best Documentary at the Sydney Film Festival. The women’s stories have the capacity to move an audience to laughter and to tears, as they tell of love, death , small pleasures and large fears in a time of enormous change. ‘‘From tragic love stories to long­

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Rangiora students support charity By SHELLEY TOPP Rangiora High School Year 13 students are supporting the Nepal earthquake appeal by sponsoring a Shelter Box. ShelterBox is an international disaster relief organisation that provides boxes packed with survival equipment for families who have been displaced or made homeless by natural and other disasters. Each box costs $1500. The Rangiora students made the generous decision to support ShelterBox after the South Island co­ ordinator, Paddy Quinlan, who is also a Rangiora Rotarian, was invited to their school to speak to the Year 13 assembly on May 15. Rotary Exchange student Marion d’Haenens had learnt about ShelterBox from Paddy, and mentioned to the Rangiora High School Deputy Principal Julia Malcom, that it would be a good charity for the students to support. The money

to support ShelterBox came from a school fundraiser. ‘‘Last year, the Year 12’s formal had made a profit, as there were a lot more students attended than expected, and the money raised from that had not been spent,’’ Julia said. ‘‘It is up to the students how they spend it. ‘‘Paddy brought a box along and showed the students what was in it,’’ she said. ‘‘It is a charity that appealed to them, as it is very practical, and they could see how it would have a profound effect for a family in a really tangible way. ’’ Paddy was delighted the students had decided to support ShelterBox. Support from people in Christchurch and the Waimakariri District had been super, he said. ShelterBox New Zealand had received $60,000 in donations from around New Zealand during May, as more people become aware of how versatile the boxes are, and that 90% of the money donated is used for the boxes.

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Mishaps delay museum By DAVID HILL

Mixed bag . . . Entries in the Ashley Hotel Annual Pig Hunt competition on show outside PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP. the hotel in North Canterbury last Sunday.

Kaiapoi’s museum volunteers are ‘‘having a holiday’’ after a series of mishaps has seen the museum’s opening date delayed. The museum was due to open in the new Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre and Library this month, however ‘‘an accident with a sprinkler’’ and underfloor heating fuses ‘‘blowing up’’ means the opening date has been postponed, Kaiapoi District Historical Society secretary Jean Turvey says. ‘‘We were going quite well and the people were putting stuff up, but then all this happened. ‘‘Now we’re just waiting for the rooms to dry out. ‘‘We really can’t say when we will be opening now, so our president has said ‘we’re having a holiday’.’’ Mrs Turvey says fortunately the archives and most of the display material was unaffected by water damage as they are stored upstairs in the civic centre.

The society has been without a permanent home since the former museum building was destroyed in the September 2010, 7.1 magnitude earthquake, with its archives being stored at five different locations including the Wigram Air Force Museum, where volunteers were able to organise the archives and conserve damaged items. Mrs Turvey says the new museum will be different from the old one. ‘‘People will say ‘it’s not like the old one’ ­ but it’s not the old one. It’s a completely new museum, but there will be things people will remember from the old museum.’’ A new opening date is likely to be in July at the earliest, but could be later. In the meantime, Canterbury Museum staff are assisting to arrange material for future displays. Mrs Turvey also plans to catch up on some of her own research. ‘‘It gets you down a bit, but there’s not much we can do.’’

Big crowd at weigh-in College pedal power By ROBYN BRISTOW

Hunting is a popular past time in rural New Zealand, and North Canterbury is no exception. That was plain to see outside the Ashley Hotel, last Sunday at the hotel’s annual pig hunt. Ashley Hotel publican, Stewart Mee said the competition had been held at the pub for a number of years and the weigh­ in on judging day was always a busy day for the hotel ‘‘It is a rural country pub. We get a lot of hunters coming in here,’’ he said. Most of the hunters took their kills back home for meat. Judging on the day was done by Ridgeline Judging Systems with judges

Bill Westwood, his sons, Bryce and Sloan, of Geraldine, and Matt Simmonds, from Waiau, in charge. Prizes totalling $10,000, including some cash, were handed out during the day. The heaviest boar weighed during the day was 71.4 kilograms and was shot by Ashley Duckworth, of Sefton. The heaviest stag was 151.2kg, and was shot by Andy Stewart, of Loburn. There were 49 pig and deer ‘‘counted weighs’’. Some hunters brought in more than one animal, but only the heaviest were weighed and counted. This also applied to the children’s section of the competition. There were 45 small animal ‘‘counted­weighs’’, rabbits and possums, shot by children ranging from 5­14 years old.

There is more pedal power at Community College North Canterbury thanks to the generosity of the New Zealand Community Trust. The Trust has contributed $8000 for a new set of mountain bikes which will help introduce college students, in a team environment, to the outdoors, teaching them new skills and building their fitness in a fun way on the riverside and coastal forest mountain bike tracks nearby. ‘‘Our College is based in such a fantastic location to take advantage of the mountain bike tracks in close

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Welcome to be remembered By DAVID HILL

National certificates . . . Waikari Hospital Nurse Manager Helen West(left), HCA Stephanie Reti, Careerforce Assessor Bernadette Earl, HCA Amanda Bowes, HCA Lynda Crichton. Rear: HCA Sue Gunn, HCA Anne­Marie Bovey HCA Coreen Fletcher, PHOTO: SUPPLIED. HCA Marge Osgood, HCA Jan Brooker.

Staff recognised Two years of hard work was recognised last week when eight Health Care Assistants at Waikari Hospital received their National Certificates in Health, Disability and Aged Support (Core Competencies). Training through Careerforce, 14 modules were completed with a wide variation of topics ranging from cultural safety, dementia and end of life cares, to the physiology of ageing, documentation and infection control. Waikari Hospital Registered Nurse, Bernadette Earl, was the assessor for Careerforce and several other registered nurses assisted by verifying

practical tasks the health care assistants had to complete, usually during their shifts. Ashburton and Rural Health Services Accounts and Operations Manager, Sue Sheerin, presented the framed certificates and badges to the Health Care Assistants and Careerforce Workplace adviser, Joanna Martino thanked everyone involved. With trained staff at all levels, Waikari Hospital along with the other rural hospitals run by the Canterbury District Health Board can be assured of delivering top quality care to all patients who come through their doors.

Stephen Walters’ first day at Rangiora New Life School was memorable. The new principal says the powhiri held recently to welcome him to the school will be remembered by everyone as two fire engines turned up. ‘‘It’s sure to be most memorable powhiri the school has ever had. The coffee machine in the staffroom set off the fire alarm. The junior students certainly got a thrill when they saw two fire engines arrive. Fortunately, we had got through the important parts of the powhiri, but my speech was a little truncated.’’ Mr Walters says the powhiri would have been memorable without the extra excitement, as he was accompanied by family, and staff and students from his old school, Kaiapoi High School, where he has served as deputy principal for 15 years. ‘‘I was farewelled by the staff and students at Kaiapoi High School on Friday and then they relinguished me last Monday which was very special and the day’s been full on from there,’’ he recalled of his day. He says the powhiri also proved to be an opportunity for Kaiapoi’s kapa haka group to connect the Rangiora New Life School kapa haka group, with the two now planning to practice together. Mr Walters was born at Stratford­on­Avon in England and immigrated to New Zealand with his family at age nine. After

Memorable day . . . Stephen Walters’ welcome to Rangiora New Life PHOTO: SUPPLIED will be remembered thanks to a fire siren. graduating from Auckland University, he worked as a science and chemistry teacher at schools in Auckland, before moving to the South Island 15 years ago. He has strong connections in the North Canterbury community, through his involvement in the Kaiapoi Anglican Parish as a licensed lay minister, leading church services and he is the vicar’s warden. He has also served on the Board of Trustees at Kaiapoi’s St Patrick’s Catholic School. ‘‘I have a number of connections with different Christian denominations and faiths and as Rangiora New Life School welcomes different denominations it fits in well.’’ Mr Walters says his immediate priority as principal is the

growth of his new school. The year 1 to 13 school began the year with a roll of 400 and has capacity for 420 students, however the school is preparing to apply to the Ministry of Education to increase the school roll to cater for another 150 students. ‘‘That’s a really important job to do because with that comes buildings, which we are working with the Proprietors. Growing the school means building the buildings and employing the extra staff. Really it’s about taking a great school and making it better.’’ In the meantime, Mr Walters says he is enjoying getting know his new students and the wider community and asking them what they like about the school and what they would like to change.

Hurunui-Waiau Zone Committee

Way forward for Hurunui dryland farmers

May 2015

By John Faulkner Chair Hurunui-Waiau zone committee The Hurunui–Waiau zone committee in late May endorsed an option to address the unintended implications of the Hurunui Waiau Rivers Regional Plan on dryland farmers.

For the purposes of regulation, the approach identifies land-use changes as an increase in irrigation, conversion to dairying or arable cropping, or a significant increase in cattle numbers.

As at June 2014 the Plan’s nutrient load limits were breached for phosphorus, and nitrogen limits were also close to breaching at the Hurunui River near State Highway 1. Under the Plan this would require all farmers in the Hurunui catchment who change their land use to obtain resource consent, including dryland farmers, who contribute comparatively low nutrient losses.

Improved nutrient management in the zone is crucial to provide for further development as well as better environmental and cultural outcomes, as envisaged by the zone committee.

A working group of the zone committee was charged with working with farmers, the community and key organisations (such as Beef & Lamb, DairyNZ and AIC) to develop possible solutions to this issue, and present them back to the full zone committee for consideration. The zone committee members have now endorsed an option put forward by Environment Canterbury which enables dryland farmers to continue operating without resource consent as long as they join a Nutrient Management Collective, develop a Farm Environment Plan, and implement actions to improve nutrient management. This approach acknowledges that dryland farmers contribute minimal nutrient losses, and require flexibility to adapt to market and climatic changes. It also acknowledges it is most prudent for Environment Canterbury to focus on regulating practices which can result in the greatest improvement in water quality.

It is just as important that the catchment-wide approach to nutrient management is fair for all farmers and the unintended consequences of the Hurunui Waiau Rivers Regional Plan have caused concern for a significant sector of our community. With the benefit of hindsight, we acknowledge we needed to build on what has been put in place and we are pleased to have been able to facilitate a collaborative process to come up with a solution that is in the best interests of our region. We are also very encouraged that many land users are already doing their bit by being involved in nutrient management and developing Farm Environment Plans that identify actions to improve nutrient management. Brought to you by Environment Canterbury working with

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Direct routes through red zoned areas in Kaiapoi favoured By DAVID HILL Kaiapoi residents favour shorter routes through the red zone. In a report presented to the Kaiapoi Community Board last month, Waimakariri District Council policy and customer services manager Simon Markham said public consultation earlier this year indicated support for roads providing the most direct routes through the red zone. ‘‘While this is not unexpected, there are a wide range of other views and comments which will be useful input to the overall future use decision­ making process.’’ Roads such as Courtenay Drive, Cass Street and Feldwick Drive are through red zone land in the North Canterbury township. However they remain important as access routes for green zone communities, Mr Markham says. The costs of the four main roading alignment options in east Kaiapoi ­ Cass Street and Feldwick Drive ­ range from $440,000 to $1.3 million, while the options for Kaiapoi south ­ Courtenay Drive ­ range from $500,000 to $2.5 million. Mr Markham says 63 per cent of Kaiapoi east respondents favoured creating a new 680 metre road between Cass Street and Feldwick Drive, which has an estimated repair bill of $1.3 million. This option would result in a large area of land between the new road and the green zone, which would most likely be made into a reserve and require maintenance.

Restoring the existing alignment of Cass Street and Feldwick Drive is also estimated to cost $1.3 million. Cheaper options include creating a new link road between Blackwell Crescent and Gray Crescent, a new road between Oram Place and Feldwick Drive or a new road between Oram Place and Gray Crescent. More than half (56%) of Kaiapoi south respondents favoured relocating Courtenay Drive, which would reduce the travel distance by 160 metres. The estimated cost varies between $2 million and $2.5 million, depending on whether underground services are relocated to the new road alignment or retained in their existing location, within an easement. Retaining the existing alignment of Courtenay Drive is estimated to cost $1.3 million, while splitting Courtenay Drive into two separate sections ­ two cul de sacs ­ could cost as little as $500,000. Mr Markham says there is still work to do and the report has been referred to the Red Zone Future Use Steering Group. The council is also waiting on technical information about soils, proneness to flooding and liquefaction, future sea level rise and infrastructure requirements. Which options eventually get the go­ahead may also be subject to red zone future use decisions made by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (or its successor). ‘‘A future report will deal with preferred option selection and implementation, the timing of which is subject to the red zone future use process.’’

All day ice . . . A trough remains frozen well into the afternoon at Hawarden where PHOTO: AMANDA BOWES. a ­8 degree frost was recorded last week.

Mercury plummets Hawarden and Culverden shivered under a ­8 degree frost following last weeks southerly blast. While a little rain fell it was only enough to create icy conditions and severe frosts. As the thaw gradually set in, pipes that had split while frozen began to make their presence known as floods

of water pooled in many places. Several homes, businesses and farms suffered from burst pipes and fittings, while troughs stayed frozen until late in the day. Last year at the end of May the district had a similar degree frost which was followed by a record rain fall.

Rate rise under 5 percent The Waimakariri district’s rates rise has been kept below five per cent again this year, but rates are predicted to climb in the next financial year. The Waimakariri District Council has finalised an average rates rise of 4.4% this year, but is predicting an average 5.6% rates rise across the district for the 2016/2017 financial year in the 2015­2025 Long Term Plan discussed at a council meeting last month. The average rates rise is expected to return to 4% in 2017/2018. Mayor David Ayers says the hike in rates

next year is due to its earthquake recovery loan repayments kicking in. There are some major projects in the pipeline over the next decade, including upgrading sewers in Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Woodend, Pegasus, Tuahiwi, Swannanoa, parts of Mandeville, Waikuku Beach, Woodend Beach and The Pines / Kairaki Beach communities. ‘‘There’s always a variation from property to property and community to community. But 5.6% should be the highest increase for the foreseeable future.’’

Proposed Hurunui District Plan Public notice in accordance with Clause 5 of Schedule 1 of the Resource Management Act 1991 The Hurunui District Council has undertaken a review of the Operative Hurunui District Plan 2003 and is publicly notifying the Proposed Hurunui District Plan 2015. Once the Hurunui District Plan 2015 becomes operative, it will replace the Hurunui District Plan 2003.

A District Plan contains the following elements (text and maps): • District wide and location



Key changes include a more

The management of indigenous

size within the Outstanding Natural Landscape Areas. Outstanding Landscapes and Coastal Environment District Council has worked alongside affected property owners in remapping the Coastal and Landscape areas of the District. It is proposed that more are imposed in these areas, including:

contentious issue within the

working party, which consists of landowners, stakeholders and

The Council responded to the Regional Policy Statement and

There are a number of changes between the Operative Plan and the Proposed District Plan:

updated natural hazard areas and information, with particular regard

You may do so by sending a written or electronic submission and must state whether you wish to be heard in support of your

The process for public participation in consideration of the Proposed District Plan under the Resource Management Act • After the submission closing date, the Council must prepare a summary of all decisions

methods to enhance and protect recommendations to Council in the coming months. The proposed plan includes an interim on the recommendations of the working party. Heritage

Natural Hazards

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Contact one of the Planning team

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Submissions close 4.00pm on Friday 3 July 2015.

fault lines.

Rural Changes within this chapter include setbacks between relaxing the signage rules and changing the zoning from ‘General Management’ to ‘Rural’.

This is the second publication of this notice. This notice was ďŹ rst printed on Thursday 30 April 2015.

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Any person who could gain an

Hurunui Memorial Library

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Amuri Community Library & Service Centre Amuri Area School, School Road, Cheviot Community Library & Service Centre

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By SUSIE SHORE Now is the time to be looking at preparing your garden for the winter months ahead. The usual chores for winter around my garden are: Cut down and divide perennials, saving seed if you want to. Pull weeds so there are no homes for snails and slugs. Cover you citrus with frost cloth or polynet. I have ‘‘limed my lawn’’ because it is a very clay­like soil. Clean up the vege garden pulling out anything that has gone to seed, along with corn or pumpkin wires etc. Pea straw is good to build humus and is a nitrogen booster and weed suppressant. I don’t prune roses or fuchsias until the end of July ­ beginning of August because if we have a string of frosts they get die back. Roses can be planted and sprayed with oil and copper oxychloride, or some years for a change, Lime Sulphur is a good clean up spray to kill over wintering fungi ­ it will also create leaf loss on roses. Don’t use it on evergreens. The best thing about winter is sorting through catalogues of perennials, lilies, anything you can look forward to, to plant in the spring. Trees can be planted now, they must be staked well ­ don’t strangle them. Trees

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Five of the Waimakariri district’s key earthquake recovery projects are behind schedule, but others are on track. In a report to the Waimakariri District Council’s audit committee, senior policy analyst Heike Downie said the five key projects behind schedule included the Red Zone Futures, the Kaiapoi town centre re­development (including south Williams Street roading), the Kaiapoi riverbanks enhancement, the western Kaiapoi arterial route and initiatives to improve travel times into Christchurch. However, the Red Lion Corner and High Street revitalisation, Rangiora town centre re­development (with the exception of the Conway Lane precinct), the development of a planning framework and the 2015­2025 Long Term Plan are on track. Ms Downie says the first phase engagement for the red zone futures was completed by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) in August and September last year and a report was released in December. An initial analysis of car parking to support the Kaiapoi town centre was also prepared in October and shared with the Red Zone Working and Steering Groups, before being presented to CERA. However, the implications of the ‘Quake Outcasts’ Supreme Court decision has led to CERA having to rethink the process for deciding how red zone land

is used in the future. The redevelopment of the Rangiora town centre, north of High Street, is largely on­track following public consultation on proposed changes to the district plan, which was required as part of the Land Use Recovery Plan. The 2015­2025 long term plan includes funding for ‘‘strategic land banking for centralised parking’’, including a parking building. The exception is Conway Lane precinct ­ the Pulley and Conway buildings ­ which closed three years ago after they were deemed earthquake prone and were subsequently demolished. The were previously on track to open in May, however the revised completion date is now August or September. Council staff have also met with project managers for Farmers’ building re­ development for pre­consent talks regarding ‘‘building design, integration into surrounding streets, parking and consenting processes’’. Ms Downie says the council and its strategic partners adopted an overall programme in August 2014 to improve travel times into Christchurch. The Oxford to Christchurch commuter bus link commenced in mid­October 2014. However, further initiatives are old hold while shared funding agreements with all parties are worked out. In the meantime the council has employed a dedicated travel co­ordinator.

The Rangiora RSA is appealing to the public for help in locating World War 1 memorabilia which has been taken from the Rangiora Museum. President Ian Thompson says the Rangiora RSA provided a WW1 gas mask mounted on a foam head and a WW1 steel helmet to the museum as part of its WW1 exhibition. However, a man described as being in his 70s or 80s and claiming to be a member of the RSA has taken the memorabilia. Mr Thompson says he has made a complaint with the Rangiora police, but he hopes someone will come forward before police launch a formal investigation. He only became aware of the

incident when a museum volunteer asked if the RSA had received the memorabilia, while he was out for a walk. He was unaware of it, but thought nothing of it as he assumed an RSA executive committee member had picked it up. ‘‘I asked the members at an RSA executive committee meeting and no­one knew anything about it. It’s a real mystery. ‘‘A museum volunteer, Angela Cramond, has informed the RSA that a person came into the museum and said they were from the RSA and were here to collect the gas mask, helmet and head. ‘‘I just hope it’s an honest mistake.’’

If anyone knows anything, please contact the police or Rangiora RSA. Mr Thompson says the RSA provided funds to the museum and the Waimakariri branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists to assist in a research project to identify all of the young men for the district who were killed in WW1, as well as the memorabilia. The Rangiora RSA also recently donated $500 to St John Ambulance, after two members of the public fainted during this year’s Anzac Day service at the Rangiora Cenotaph. The Rangiora St John has also been invited to officially attend future Anzac Day services.

Icy jump for Stroke Foundation A hardy group of jumpers have confirmed they will jump into an icy pool of water at Cenotaph Corner (next to Rangiora BNZ) on Saturday June 20, if their donations reach at least $100. Each jumper has a donation box in a local business or organisation and people can also vote online by making an internet banking donation to Rangiora Promotions with the jumper’s name. There will be a trophy and a mystery prize for the person who raises the most money, with all proceeds going to the Rangiora Stroke Club, helping local people and their families who have suffered a stroke.

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Brass band takes centre stage in Amberley By ROBYN BRISTOW Brass will take centre stage in Amberley on June 14. The Rangiora Brass band will take part in a 100 Year Anzac Musical Tribute in a concert hosted by the Amberley Lions Club in the Amberley Pavilion. It is a repeat concert by Rangiora Brass as it prepares to defend its D grade title at the New Zealand Brass Bands championship being held at Rotorua from July 8 to 12. The band will have support at the concert with items from two young students. The musical director, Kenneth Love of Amberley, is an extremely talented musician discovered in in 2012 by two

veteran brass musicians, Bob Reid and Tony McKendry. Kenneth has bought the band up to a standard where it can foot it with many of the bands attending the championships. Keeneth’s love of music came to the fore when he was very young and started playing the recorder. Lime many other children, he progressed on to keyboard, violin and then cello, which is his main instrument. As a teenager he was accepted into the Pettman Academy of Music ­ an academy offering young musicians opportunities to progress their talent. Kenneth studied there until he began a Bachelor of Music degree at Canterbury University. After completing his Bachelor of Music in cello, he has

Bookarama The Woodend Bowling Club is planning a ‘‘bookarama’’ later this month. Inspired by the successful Rangiora Rotary Book Fair, bowling club committee member and selector Alan Pegley says he believes it is the first one to be held in Woodend. The bowling club, which was established in 1937, has about 75 members and recently started up a ‘‘schools bowls’’ programme, with 90 children from Woodend School, and a community bowls programme. Proceeds

from the bookarama will assist in the running costs of these two initiatives. Mr Pegley says the club is looking for donations of books, jigsaws, games, DVDs and CDs and can arrange pickup between Amberley and Woodend. The Woodend Bowling Club’s first ever bookarama will be held in its clubrooms on Saturday, June 27, from 9.30am to 4pm. Contact Alan Pegley on (03) 3100401 or 027­4377260 or drop off items at The Grub Hub Cafe in Woodend.

continued his studies through a Bachelor of Performing Arts at the National Academy of singing and dramatic arts. In 2009 Kenneth discovered a passion for orchestral conducting and conducted at a number of school and at the North Canterbury Academy of Music where he continues to conduct. In 2013, after some encouragement, he was invited to conduct the Rangiora Brass. Since then the band has won several regional competitions and in 2014 won the national D grade title at the annual New Zealand competition. Kenneth is also a talent singers and the conductor of small choral groups and choirs. the The compere for the concert is Tala

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Freedom camping Freedom camping is not a serious problem in the Waimakariri district and a bylaw to control is not needed, a report to the Waimakariri District Council resource management and regulation committee said. Corporate projects analyst Lynley Beckingsale said there is ‘‘insufficient evidence of nuisance’’ to support a bylaw being penned. The report was prepared in response to recent issues in Christchurch with freedom campers and the Freedom Camping Act 2011. Under the Act, freedom camping is considered to be ‘‘a permitted activity everywhere in a local authority or Department of Conservation (DOC) area, except at those sites where it is specifically prohibited or restricted’’. However, local councils have the power to act where it is considered ‘‘a nuisance’’. Ms Beckingsale said the council has identified four issues relating to camping in the last six months, with just two directly related to freedom camping. ‘‘These two complaints were around white­baiters’ campsites and the lack of facilities. Of the remaining complaints, one was for illegal dumping and camping on land controlled by Environment Canterbury (ECan) and the other was an issue at the Kairaki Beach Camping Ground.’’ Rangiora police say they have not attended any incidences regarding freedom camping in the district.

DOC allows freedom camping in the conservation areas of Glen Tui and Mount Grey, while other conservation areas in the district have more formal camping grounds with a nominal fee charged. The department reports no issues from freedom camping in the Waimakariri conservation areas while ECan has reported just one incident, in Eyrewell Forest last year. The recent consultation to review the Northern Pegasus Bay Bylaw resulted in 11 submitters commenting on freedom camping, with ten of these supporting the adoption of a clause prohibiting freedom camping, Ms Beckingsale said. The Waikuku Beach Surf Club area is identified as an area where freedom camping occurs and ‘‘submitters suggest that all freedom campers should be evicted from this area when the gates are locked each night’’. ‘‘Conversely, one submitter suggests that with the availability of a good rubbish collection and public toilets that the freedom campers ‘pose very little threat to other people’s enjoyment of the beach’.’’ Rather than introduce another bylaw, Ms Beckingsale recommended the council consider non­regulatory measures including signage and publicity about camping restrictions and education to ensure all campers respect the environment. Monitoring of freedom camping will continue over the next 12 months in consultation with ECan, DOC and the police.




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Urban residents are being encouraged to have their say on water issues. While she was pleased with the overall turnout at last month’s Waimakariri Zone Committee community engagement meetings, chairwoman Claire McKay says she would have liked to have seen more people at the Rangiora and Kaiapoi meetings. ‘‘We were a little disappointed, but we probably didn’t expect to see a lot of urban people. It really does remain a challenge for us, getting that engagement with the urban populations. ‘‘Overall our presentations were very well received and the meetings were very worthwhile.’’ Ms McKay says 10 meetings held in all throughout the district, including a meeting with the local runanga and a small unadvertised meeting with farmers in Lees Valley, were a chance for people to become informed ahead of the Waimakariri district sub­regional plan to the Land and Water Regional Plan being developed next year. ‘‘We will go back to the community next year to develop solutions for the future. We want to hear whether they want the water quality improved so they can swim in the streams, or whether they just want to able use boats on them.’’ While other districts, including the Hurunui district, already have local plans in place, the Waimakariri district will be the last out of the blocks as Environment Canterbury has sought to address the areas considered higher risk first. ‘‘Waimakariri is considered a lower

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Successful calf-rearing focus of Culverden seminar With cows dried off or being dried off, next season’s calving, although a wee way off will seem to come around quickly. With this in mind, Dairy Women’s Network in conjunction with SealesWinslow is bringing a series of free seminars to the South Island on calf rearing, one of which will be held in Culverden. The seminar will focus on the successful rearing of calves and Wendy Morgan, the ruminant nutritionist for SealesWinslow will speak about getting ready for the 2015 calf drop. The first part will look at having a calf rearing plan in place and knowing the tasks that need to be done using best practice. Part of this is ensuring the rearing team know the part they play in the process. The set up of calf housing will be addressed using best practice and how to make the most of the farm’s facilities. The seminar will then look at the evaluation of feed options ­ what is needed and not needed in calf feed. While calves are the future of any herd, those that rear them ensure that future, so after the nutrition part of the seminar DWN will look at the safety of the calf rearer and how to get through the season without injury. Lifting weights like bags of calf meal and heavy buckets can all take a toll on the worker so part of the day

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Plantings improve farm outlook By AMANDA BOWES

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Riparian planting . . . Medbury Farm shareholders inspect one of the fenced off and planted waterways, from left, Eric Jacomb, Janet Girvan, Mark Daly, Brenda Hislop, Dave Hislop.


When the second cow shed was built, it was done on a raised area. All around the shed, natives have been planted on the slope to soften the effect of the shed and yards. The original shed, which is still used, has also had its surroundings made over with many new plants put in. Dave says he just can’t seem to stop planting and now entrance ways, houses and anywhere plants can go to soften the




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landscape gets the plant makeover. While all the waterways have been fenced off, the planting is ongoing. The struggle to stop old man’s beard, wilding willows and blackberry from taking over the native areas is constant, particularly near the river. To run the farm in a sustainable manner, Dave and Brenda believe workers work better in a nice environment. If they are happy in their environment, then production increases all round. While a forecast low pay out may curb the amount of future planting, it won’t stop it all together. It may just mean less plants go in. Later this month the shareholders will speak at the South Island Dairy Event, being held at Lincoln University. Their topic is ‘‘Practical Principles of on­ Farm Governance’’ and looks at effectively using the family or team around you to build confidence and be at the top of the business. This in turn decreases levels of stress, uncertainty and risk. The extensive planting regime at Medbury Farm all ties in with the concept of governance and its flow on effect to the farm business as a whole. As the season draws to a close and the cows are dried off, the continuing beautification of the land and surrounds will continue until the next season rolls around.

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Farmers’ seminar a success By AMANDA BOWES

Cattlestops Concrete Water/Feed Troughs Septic Tanks Silage Pits Quality milk . . . Greg and Leigh Earl were awarded first place in the milk quality PHOTO: SALLY FLYNN. excellence award. Paddocks, Cheviot, who took out first place with a score of 80% in­calf rate at six weeks. Close behind was Jamie and Fiona Newall, of Pentervin, on 76%. Five other dairies shared 3rd place with a score of 74%. These were Emlyn and Hillary Francais, of Kenmare Dairy, Simon and Leanne Macadam, of Waitanui, Paul Gow and Sonia McKercher, of McIntosh Dairy, John and Linda Guiniven, of Hurunui Ltd, and Gavin and Jen Kay, of Peaks Dairy. Employees were also recognised, with employee of the year awarded to Codi Joslin, of Manawai Dairy, Cheviot. Second equal went to Rico Lim, of Oaks Dairy, Culverden and Ian Mirander, of Lochside Dairy, Culverden. The calf rearer of the year award went to Jen Kay, of Peaks Dairy. Sally Flynn, of North Canterbury Vets in Culverden, said the venue, coupled with good food and an interesting group of speakers has sparked positive feedback from those who attended this year’s Farmers’ Seminar.

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The ‘‘upside’’ of a challenging season Dairy farmers will explore the ‘‘Upside’’ of the industry next month. The South Island Dairy Event (SIDE) is set to return to Lincoln University with the theme of ‘‘Upside’’, during Monday to Wednesday, June 22 to 24. SIDE chairman Rob Wilson says the annual conference is the ideal opportunity to reflect on a challenging season and look to the future. ‘‘As we have just concluded one of the most challenging seasons in recent memory in the dairy industry and are looking forward with a degree of uncertainty and apprehension, ‘Upside’ is what we need and ‘Upside’ is what we will deliver. ‘‘At Upside we will have a diverse range of speakers covering a wide range of topics to challenge and upskill all of us to not only survive in these challenging times, but to give us the knowledge and confidence to take advantage of the opportunities that lay ahead.’’ SIDE organising committee chairman Steve Booker says both the milk price and climate are ‘‘outside our sphere of control’’. ‘‘So we need to focus on generating upside through improving our farm businesses. This conference aims to give you the inspiration and ideas to create that upside for your business, so you remain profitable and sustainable into the future.’’ Keynote speakers this year include 2010 New Zealander of the year Sir Ray Avery, who was recognised for his inventions in the medical field which are now used around the world. Mt Everest climber, marathon runner

you from a great selection of workshop topics.’’ People focused workshops include managing migrant staff, farm governance, staying healthy, the resilient farmer, reducing workplace injury and succession planning. Environment focused workshops include the on­farm cost of meeting nitrogen limits, forages for reduced nitrate leaching, variable rate irrigation and farm environmental planning. Dairy NZ farmer wellness and wellbeing specialist Dana Carver is also presenting a workshop on ‘‘the resilient farmer ­ keeping yourself strong amidst the ever­increasing pressures of farming.’’ She says the talk is already The ‘‘upside’’ . . . Dairy farmers explore the proving popular. ‘‘upside’’ of challenging season at the South ‘‘People love it because it focuses on FILE PHOTO real­world and farmer­specific solutions Island Dairy Event. to the practicalities of keeping yourself healthy. and Air New Zealand pilot Mike Allsop, ‘‘So saying to someone they must sleep TV3 newsreader Mike McRoberts, lawyer well is fine, but what are the practical Mai Chen, mentor Dr Ed Timmings and things you can do for yourself when Rabobank’s Michael Harvey round out you’re spending half the night awake and the keynote speakers’ list. Mr Booker says the highlight will be the worrying?’’ she says. She will be presenting statistics to conference dinner being held at the show that a lot more farmers are Wigram Airforce Museum with Mike McRoberts as guest MC and live music. experiencing excessive stress, and talk Workshops this year will focus on four about why farming is a more stressful main themes: people, cows and grass, the occupation than it was 30 years ago. ‘‘We will look at why the stresses are environment and business, Mr Booker there, and think about what we can do as says. an industry to change the culture.’’ ‘‘If you want to hear the latest on employment law, health and safety, hone Numbers attending SIDE are restricted your negotiation skills, improve your to the venue capacity, so get in quick by visiting the SIDE website for more pasture management, learn more about information and registration details rearing calves or sourcing alternative forms of equity, there will something for http://side.org.nz/.

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Irrigation keeps pasture growing By DAVID HILL Pasture production results were satisfactory despite the dry summer, at the Lincoln University Dairy Farm. The dry summer meant more irrigation was used than previous seasons, but pasture production was sufficient for just 3.3% less milk to be produced from fewer cows, South Island Dairying Development Centre manager Ron Pellow told farmers at the farm’s autumn focus day last month. This season the farm used 43% less nitrogen fertiliser and the cows consumed 48% less imported silage than last season and regrassed three paddocks. In all 165 tonnes of dry matter silage was used to feed 560 cows, compared to 319tDM last season when there were 650 cows. Mr Pellow said the results showed it was ‘‘possible to reduce bought­in feed and bought­in nitrogen fertiliser, if the stocking rate is also reduced appropriately to balance feed supply with feed demand’’. ‘‘Reducing nitrogen fertiliser, bought­ in silage and stocking rate reduces cost, however total milk production from pasture remains important to maintain profitability.’’ Farm manager Peter Hancox said a more conservative approach was adopted in relation to round length, ‘‘as the farm couldn’t afford to create a major feed deficit and expect to use extra silage to grow out of any deficit’’.

Grass growth . . . The Lincoln University Dairy Farm has managed to produce good pasture PHOTO: DAVID HILL production results, thanks to irrigation. ‘‘This resulted in the farm requiring higher pre­graze covers and subsequently higher average pasture cover. It’s possible the average pasture cover (as estimated by the rising plate meter) was over­estimated on a number of occasions as the grazing time required to achieve target grazing residuals indicated pre­grazing mass is likely to have been lower than that estimated by the plate meter. ‘‘Maintaining pasture quality, in spite of higher pre­graze covers and higher average pasture covers was always paramount in making management decisions, and the production achieved this season suggests adequate pasture

quality was offered throughout most of the season.’’ Mr Hancox said just 300kgDM per cow of imported supplements was fed out during the season. Of this, 166kgDM per cow was budgeted for the first grazing round in September, but just 60kgDM per cow was required due to the favourable grass cover in spring. The farm even managed to make about 40kgDM of silage per cow from the excess pasture. Around 150kgDM of silage per cow was fed out during February, as the dry conditions set in, while the remaining silage was fed out in late April and early May.

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Doing the sums . . . Farmers are being offered help with managing their cashflow FILE PHOTO through tight times. in how we farm’’. ‘‘Ultimately this kind of challenge could make us more competitive if we use it to drive efficiency throughout our businesses.’’ Mr Mackle says DairyNZ will be shifting its Tactics for Tight Times campaign to a seasonal calendar of advice on ‘‘farming fundamentals’’ that will look to give farmers targeted advice on key decisions. DairyNZ will be working with the case study farmers, including Scott and Leone Evans, of Oxford, and James and Ceri Bourke, of Culverden, and other farmers to help shape that support, sharing tips and tactics around the regions on getting through a low milk price cycle. He says DairyNZ’s whole farm assessment approach will be used to map out where a farmer can make the most cost­efficient gains on their farm. DairyNZ plans to run the Tactics for Tight Times programme for at least the next 18 months. ‘‘We know that the payments farmers will get through the winter will be particularly low and that’s why we’ve been pushing everyone to do a cashflow budget.’’

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Reproductive drop remains mystery By DAVID HILL A drop in cows’ reproductive performance has baffled the Lincoln University Dairy Farm’s management. The Lincoln University Dairy Farm asked Livestock Improvement (LIC) to investigate after its six­week in­calf rate dropped by six per cent to 72% in 2014, after an all time high performance the previous year. LIC’s Amy Frampton was unable to pinpoint the reason for the drop off in performance, but suggested it could be due to a variety of reasons, which she described to farmers at the farm’s autumn focus day last month. ‘‘This farm had an awesome result in 2013, with 78%. But what we are seeing around the region is that the 2014 results are very similar to 2012. So the question was what were the influences?’’ She considered a number of courses including calving pattern, heifer management, nutrition and body condition (BCS), heat detection, the service bulls, cow health, artificial insemination practices, genetics and ‘‘non­ cycler issues’’. Results showed that the farm’s early calvers performed the best and there were 6% more early calvers in 2014, compared to last year. There were also 5% less cows calving after week six, indicating the calving pattern was working. However, Mrs Frampton recommended the farm ‘‘work on

Drop in performance . . . A six per cent drop in cows’ six­week in­calf rate has baffled PHOTO: DAVID HILL the Lincoln University Dairy Farm’s management. getting as many cows calving in the first three weeks as possible’’, as this could also help improve conception rates for the next season.

Heifer management was sound, however ‘‘it is important for heifers to achieve liveweight targets and ensure they are integrated into the herd well

at calving and during early lactation’’. Mrs Frampton said the cows were in good condition, with just 4.6% of cows at mating having a BCS of less than 4.0, ‘‘which is awesome’’. This equated to less than 30 cows. Whereas cows with a BCS of 4.5 or greater ‘‘do really well’’. ‘‘Reaching BCS targets at calving and mating is important. Setting up for optimum BCS at calving starts now (dry off). ‘‘Feed planning for spring should aim to limit the amount of condition lost between calving and mating, maintain appetite and feed cows well from calving to mating.’’ Mrs Frampton said heat detection got ‘‘the big tick’’, there were no ‘‘non­ cycler issues‘‘, the AB technician performance was ‘‘within the normal range‘‘ and bull management was ‘‘no cause for concern’’. However, there were some minor health issues which could have contributed, including a rate of 7.5% of uterine infections, up from 1.5% last season ­ the industry target is less than 5%. ‘‘These ‘dirty’ cows pulled reproductive performance down overall by about 2%.’’ Cows were also found to be low in selenium in winter and were supplemented in July, but ‘‘were not considered to be deficient in selenium through calving’’. Magnesium levels were also found to have been low in October and will be monitored in future.

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Modern farmers need new tools to build resilience Doug Avery has been to the bottom ­ nearly forced off his farm by eight years of drought. The Marlborough farmer shared his story with North Canterbury farmers at Rangiora and Cheviot last week as part of his ‘‘Resilient Farmer’’ tour. His aim is to offer collaborative support to help farmers meet the needs of modern farming by introducing new tools in the office and on the farm to grow wealth and well being. Support is offered across three pillars ­ financial, environmental and social resilience. Two years ago, his property, Bonavaree was smashed by 225kmh winds. Then weeks later, earthquakes, with the epicentre just 2.5km away. In 1998, Bonavaree turned over $320,000. In 2014, that rose to $2.2 million (the farm size has also grown). The property is a leader in environmental thinking and it has a sound social base to build into the future. Mr Avery passed on to North Canterbury farmers his knowledge of dealing with stress and depression and urged them to innovate or face stagnation. Life is made up of peaks and valleys, Mr Avery says, and no­one can stay on a peak. He urges people to make the most of being in a ‘‘valley’’ to take the time to learn new skills and plan for life. He outlined six ways to well being: connect with other people, keep giving time, take notice of what is going on around you, don’t personalise problems that are not yours, keep learning and be active. ‘‘The underlying message is life’s tough, but you have to learn how to deal with it. Break it down into bits and deal with that bit.’’ The dice of life is risk, he says. ‘‘You can mitigate that risk. Accept help and bounce forward.’’ Resilient people do not waste time feeling sorry for themselves, shy away from change, waste time on

Building resilience . . . Marlborough farmer Doug Avery addresses farmers FILE PHOTO during his resilient farmer tour. things they cannot change, dwell on the past, make the same mistakes over and over again, resent people who are successful, give up after failure or feel the world owes them something, Mr Avery says. There were three types of work on farm ­ $20 to $25 per hour work such as driving a tractor, shifting sheep, milking cows or fencing. If farmers worked 50 hours a week on this work they would be worth $52,000 a year ­ not enough for a farm to survive. The next level ­ tactical work using tools such as feed budgeting, rotation planning, financial budgeting would be worth about $100 an hour. The third level was strategic work ­ a vision for going forward, considering plant species, stock type or integration. This would be worth $1000 an hour. Collecting on­farm data increases the understanding of the business and reduces the risk, Mr Avery says. Through roadshows and ongoing mentoring, the programme aims to help farmers to adopt new thinking and practices. Mr Avery will be speaking at more Resilient Farmer workshops in Kaikoura on July 13 and Christchurch on July 16.

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Woodbank bulls bred to perform on North Canty farms At Woodbank our performance recorded cow herd has no option but to be farmed under commercial conditions. Commercial conditions mean the 330 strong cow herd is run in conjunction with 2500 Romdale ewes with hoggets mated, heifers calving down as two­year­olds and cows wintered with no supplementary feed. Steep hill country, summer dry, winter cold, low fertility are a huge influence where brown top dominants pastures, replicating properties where bulls are expected to perform. The biggest challenge at Woodbank is calf weaning weights. Cow body condition scores varying from 3.5 to 5.5 throughout the year meaning breeding cows do not get the chance to become fat from good quality pasture on flat paddocks. Cows have to be sound, free moving, athletic and easy care that don’t require large amounts of good quality pasture for high production. Calves typically grow well through the spring period but when the summer dry takes hold this is when calf growth rates become hard to maintain. When the bulls come out of the cows, cows and calves are mobbed up and rotation through our hill country begins, preparing pastures for tupping. Eighteen­month heifers run as one mob of between 70 to 100. Mixed aged cows run in two mobs between 90 to 100 in each. Woodbank’s hill country is native and brown top predominantly. When summer has taken hold there is no quality green grass or sub clover. Therefore, calf growth rates slow and the cows start to struggle to maintain condition. Mob pressure sees the poorer performing calves fall behind. This is important as the calves cull themselves, rather than good quality pastures allowing them to keep up with their peers. We don’t want these calves making it into our cow herd through good feeding ­ an important culling tool controlled by topography, climate, soil fertility and pasture species. This ‘‘is commercial reality’’ at its strongest.

❛Woodbank bulls are truly tried and tested under commercial conditions, and that’s the way it should be❜ Calves are weaned from early February for the first calvers through to late April for mixed aged cows. Season and feed are the dependant factors. With a five year calf weaning weight average of 220kg relating back to the dry summer environment and commercially focused management of the cow herd. Irrigation is needed to get sale bulls up to sale weights ­ weaners average 220kg and have to reach between 600kg and 700kg as a presentable sale day weight ­ growing at a minimum of 1kg a day from weaning to sale day. This requires a very high level of feeding to reach our monthly target weights. With mating target weights for yearling heifers of 380kg, we really need to feed our heifers well from weaning through to mating. Taking full advantage of the spring flush is important before the summer dry arrives. Poor performing animals are not hidden in Woodbank’s system through a high level of feeding. But the genetic potential of the herd is there to produce high weaning weights. Woodbank runs a satellite herd of performance recorded cows at Tipapa, Greta Valley in North Canterbury ­ a flat rolling finishing property running as a deer trading unit finishing up to 1800 weaners per annum with some Angus cows whose progeny return to Woodbank at weaning. With a five year average weaning weight of 325kg it proves the genetic potential of the Woodbank cow herd is there to wean 300kg plus calves. But how many of us farm our beef cows on this class of land? Beef cows are being pushed back into the more marginal unproductive land and Woodbank bulls are truly tried and tested under commercial conditions, and that’s the way it should be! Sale 16 June, 1 pm at Clarence in conjunction with Matariki Herefords.

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More than 30 English Leicester sheep breeders gathered near Christchurch recently to celebrate 150 years of the breed in New Zealand. They marked the fundamental role of the breed in the development of this country’s sheep industry and shared their hopes that it will continue to make an important contribution. Members assembled a considerable array of historical memorabilia for display at the function. English Leicester genetics continue to figure prominently in at least two widely­ farmed breeds, halfbreds and Corriedales. At least two breeders maintain English Leicester studs to supply rams for their own cross­bred flocks, Bob Todhunter’s Cleardale Station at Rakaia Gorge and the Northcote Brothers of Highfield, near Culverden. One breeder, Michael Costello of Hawarden uses his Silverhope stud as the foundation for his own commercial flock of pure English Leicesters, numbering about 3000. He has found the breed highly suited to his property. The 150th anniversary field day at the Karendale stud of Bede and Decima McCloy saw six studs displaying rams and ewes. Each breeder spoke of their own flocks’ attributes and the gathering shared informal discussion on a wide range of topics, mostly around ensuring the breed continues to compete successfully within a national flock that is increasingly populated by new and composite breeds. Among those present with some of their sheep were Ivor and Margaret Robinson, of Ravenswood stud, near Rangiora, New Zealand’s oldest English Leicester stud still in existence. It dates back to 1886, when Mrs Robinson’s grandfather Joseph Taylor

Long service . . . English Leicester sheep breeders have celebrated 150 years of the breed FILE PHOTO in New Zealand. founded his stud in what is now the Christchurch suburb of Papanui. Joseph Taylor would a little later purchase rams from the Threlkelds who in 1865, established the first English Leicester stud in New Zealand at Flaxton, near Kaiapoi, where a road still bears the family’s name. Over the years, Ravenswood sheep have been sold to breeders in South Africa, Canada and most states of Australia. As longstanding English Leicester Society president Pam Tait recounted in her annual report, the breed came to prominence with the inauguration of the frozen meat export industry. ‘‘Prior to that, South Lincoln sheep were crossed with Merinos to boost wool production, but the new meat trade called for a different type of carcass and the English Leicester fitted the bill. By 1892, there were 41,000 ewes here.’’ Mrs Tait said it was the progeny from these sheep which led to the marketing

slogan ‘‘Prime Canterbury Lamb’’. ‘‘Over the last half­century, interest in the breed waned as market demand trended towards leaner carcasses. English Leicester breeders responded by intensifying culling programmes and adopting new technologies such as CT scanning to boost meat yields. ‘‘The breed’s tall confirmation is still relevant in modern sheep breeding for meat carcasses, but English Leicester wool is also keenly sought for specialised manufacturing processes that leverage its high lustre and bulk, attributes also valued by crafts people.’’ Also present at the gathering at Karendale was noted breeder Colin Taylor from western Victoria, Australia, who has previously judged English Leicesters at agricultural and pastoral shows in New Zealand. He commended breeders on ‘‘a wonderful display of sheep. You can’t go wrong breeding sheep like that,’’ he said.

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Rally produces plenty of action By LINDSAY KERR

The North Canterbury senior representative development rugby squad for 2015 for the inaugural visit to Brisbane, Australia, has been selected. The team will play matches against the Queensland Country and Northern Territory rugby sub­unions. Both games will be played on the iconic Ballymore ground. Members of this squad will also participate in the Southbridge Shield Challenge on July 11. The final 22 for the Shield match will be named on July 5. The squad is: Brian Anderson (Hurunui), Ollie Ashby (Saracens), Ethan Cameron (Ashley), Stew Dalzell (Oxford), Freeman Eder (Ohoka), Ben Gorst (Oxford), Brett Hancox (Saracens), Josh Harrison (Saracens), Hadrian Jackson (Saracens), Matt King (Ashley), Sami Kotoa (Glenmark), Filipe Kuruvoli (Glenmark), Sunia Kubu (Glenmark), Max Lines (Ohoka), Duke Loe (Glenmark), Peter Manahi (Saracens), Monty Maule (Oxford), Josh Maynard (Saracens), Jack Singleton (Saracens), Lance Taylor (Ashley), Richard Taylor (Oxford), Logan Telfer (Oxford), Sean Thompson (Oxford), Sam Westenra (Glenmark) and Andrew Zuppicich (Glenmark). Shane Fletcher, Nick Martin and Malcolm Campbell have been named as the coaches, with John Philp and Tim Fulton as managers.

Rally action . . . Spectators line the side of the road to catch the action during the Ashley Forest section of the Lone Star Canterbury Rally in North Canterbury last Sunday.


local honours to be seized by Kaiapoi’s Marcus Van Klink. Driving his historic Mazda RX7, Van Klink won his class and was tenth overall. An anticipated scrap for the baby class (0­1300cc), between Rangiora drivers Chris Herdman and Graham Wilson, failed to materialise. The pair did engage in their own struggle, but the honours went to veteran campaigner Jeff Judd. Judd, from Christchurch, drove a Toyota Corolla owned by a youthful employee as something of a training

exercise. The mission proved to be a successful one with Judd beating home Herdman by three minutes. Wilson was third. Hunt won seven of the ten stages. Other winners were Campbell two and Lance Williams (Subaru) one. Forty­ one of the 59 starters were classified as finishers. Retirements included motor racing star Greg Murphy, whose introduction into rallying came to an end after his Mk1 Escort suffered mechanical issues.





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Nelson’s Ben Hunt consolidated his lead in the Brian Green Properties New Zealand Rally championship with a commanding victory in the Lone Star Canterbury Rally last weekend. The rally was also a round of the Clearwater Mainland Series. After the 10 special stages in the Ashley and Okuku Forests, Hunt driving a Subaru Impreza, cantered home with a winning margin of 3 minutes 5 seconds over the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo of Darren Galbraith from Timaru and third­placed driver Phil Campbell, also driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo another 1 minute 15 seconds further back. Fourth spot went to Dunedin’s Emma Gilmore, who was finally relieved to gain a major placing with her troublesome Suzuki Swift Maxi. The rally proved to be a disaster for the leading Canterbury contender Matt Summerfield. The Rangiora driver, together with his sister and co­driver Nicholle, posted the second quickest time on stage one in the darkness on Saturday, but went off the road and out of the rally on the next stage. Sunday proved another day to forget for the family when father Les (a previous rally winner), who was driving a borrowed Ford Escort, also rolled out of contention after attacking a corner too fast. He was rescued by the Westpac helicopter after suffering moderate neck and back injuries. His co­driver was uninjured. The demise of Matt Summerfield left

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Last gasp win sees Oxford in semis NORTH CANTERBURY RUGBY SUB UNION DRAW FOR SATURDAY 6 JUNE 2015 CLUB DAY: AMBERLEY, WAIAU LUISETTI SEEDS DIVISION 1 - SEMI FINALS; Waihora v. Oxford, Tai Tapu 1, 2.45pm, G Peddie; Assistant Referees: A Brosnahan, S O'Reilly, SC: D Sullivan; Methven v. Burn/Duns/Irwell, Methven 1, 2.45pm, M Gallagher; Assistant Referees: K Pottinger, C O’Malley, SC: A Greenslade. LUISETTI SEEDS DIVISION 1 - PLAY OFFS; Glenmark v. Southbridge, Omihi, 2.45pm, K Opele; Assistant Referees: TBA, TBA; Southern v. Celtic, Hinds 1, 2.45pm, A Hotop; Assistant Referees: P McKnight, J Greenslade. LUISETTI SEEDS DIVISION 1 - TROPHY; Rakaia v. Darfield, Rakaia 1, 2.45pm, M Bell; Assistant Referees: G Shaw, M Southby; Lincoln v. Saracens, Lincoln 1, 2.45pm, D Creighton; Assistant Referees: R Amyes, C Wootton. LUISETTI SEEDS DIVISION 1 - PLATE; Prebbleton v. Ashley, Prebbleton Oval, 2.45pm, S Prendergast; Assistant Referees: J Shalfoon, M Bruhns; West Melton v. Hampstead, West Melton 1, 2.45pm, R Goodman; Assistant Referees: R Busch, P Hudson. LUISETTI SEEDS DIVISION 1 - PLAQUE; Hornby v. Ohoka, Denton Oval, 2.45pm, S Laird; Assistant Referees: P O'Brien, B Moir; Kaiapoi v. Rolleston, Kaiapoi Oval, 2.45pm, G Welch; Assistant Referees: S Adamson, TBA. MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD DIVISION 2; Hurunui v. Oxford, Waiau 1, 2.30pm, G Inch; Amberley v. Glen-Chev, Amb 1, 2.45pm, A Stokes; Woodend v. Saracens, Woodend 1, 2.45pm, K Fitzgerald; Kaiapoi v. Ohoka, Kai Oval, 1.00pm, G McGiffert; Ashley bye. METRO COLTS - CUP; Ohoka v. Hurunui, Mand 1, 1.00pm, R Lane; University v. Glenmark, Ilam 2, 2.45pm. WOMENS - CUP; University v. Kaiapoi, Ilam 1, 2.45pm. CRUSADERS SECONDARY SCHOOLS - UC CHAMPIONSHIP; Rangiora HS v. Ashburton College, RHS, 12.00pm, K Hancox; Assistant Referees: D Taylor, TBA. ELLESMERE/NORTH CANT/MID CANT COMBINED U18; Malvern Combined v. Celtic, Kirwee 2, 12.30pm, M Talbot; Ric Moore Challenge Shield, Rangiora HS v. Kaiapoi, RHS, 1.30pm, D Taylor; Waihora v. Ashley/Oxford, Tai Tapu 2, 1.30pm, TBA; West Melton/Rolleston v. Methven/Rakaia, Rolleston 2, 2.00pm, P Coyle; Lincoln v. Hurunui, Lincoln 2, 1.00pm, C Wootton. ELLESMERE/NORTH CANT/MID CANT COMBINED U16 SEMI FINALS; Rolleston v. Saracens, Rolleston 1, 1.00pm, S McLean; Waihora v. Celtic , Tai Tapu 2, 12.00pm, S O'Reilly. ELLESMERE/NORTH CANT/MID CANT COMBINED U16 PLAY OFFS; Kaiapoi/Woodend v. Malvern Combined, Woodend 1, 1.00pm, Chris Rowe ; Ashley/Amberley v. Prebbleton , Amb 1, 1.00pm, J Le Gros; Lincoln v. Hampstead, Lincoln , 1.00pm, Hurunui v West Melt/Southbridge, G Matthews; Oxford v. Methven/Rakaia, Oxford, 2.00pm, D Chinnery. MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD U14½; NCRSU Challenge Shield, Kaiapoi v. Ashley Green, Kai 2, 1.30pm, R Eder; Oxford v. Ashley Blue, Ox 2, 1.30pm, L Brine; Saracens v. Ohoka, Sbk 2, 1.30pm, A Reeve. MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD U13; North Canterbury Challenge Shield, Amberley v. Ashley, Amb 1, 11.45am, B Hyde; Hurunui v. Saracens, Waiau 1, 11.45am, N Te Puni; Oxford v. Ohoka, Ox2, 11.45am, R Brine; Kaiapoi v. Woodend, Kai Oval, 11.45am, B Adamson. MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD U11½; Amberley v. Ashley Blue, Amb 1, 10.30am, R Hyde; Hurunui Black v. Saracens Red, Waiau 1, 10.30am, N Te Puni; Hurunui Blue v. Saracens Blue, Hawenden 1, 10.30am, D Brooker; Ohoka Black v. Kaiapoi U11½, Mand 2, 10.30am, tba; Ohoka Red v. Woodend, Mand 1, 10.30am, D Topp; Oxford v. Ashley Green, Ox Oval, 10.30am, TBA. MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD U10; Amberley v. Ashley Blue, Amb Jnr3, 12.10pm; GlenmarkCheviot v. Woodend, Omi 2, 12.10pm; Hurunui Black v. Saracens Red, Waiau jnr, 12.30pm; Hurunui Blue v. Saracens Blue, Waiau jnr, 1.30pm; Ohoka Black v. Kaiapoi, Mand Jnr 5, 12.10pm; Oxford Black v. Ohoka Red, Ox 2, 10.00am; Oxford Red v. Ashley Green, Ox Jnr 5, 12.10pm. MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD U9; Amberley v. Ashley Blue, Amb Jnr3, 10.00am; GlenmarkCheviot v. Woodend, Omi 1, 10.00am; Hurunui Black v. Saracens Red, Waiau jnr, 11.30am; Hurunui Blue v. Saracens Blue, Waiau jnr, 10.35am; Ohoka Black v. Kaiapoi, Mand Jnr 5, 11.05am; Ashley White v. Ohoka Red, Lob Lwr Jnr 3, 11.05am; Oxford v. Ashley Green, Ox Jnr 5, 10.00am. MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD U8; Amberley v. Ashley Blue, Amb Jnr3, 11.05am; GlenmarkCheviot v. Woodend, Omi 2, 11.05am; Hurunui v. Saracens Red, Waiau School, 12.00pm; Saracens Orange v. Saracens Blue, Sbk Jnr 6, 11.05am; Ohoka Black v. Kaiapoi, Mand Jnr 5, 10.00am; Oxford Black v. Ohoka Red, Ox 2, 12.10pm; Oxford Red v. Ashley Green, Ox Jnr 5, 11.05am. MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD U7; Amberley v. Ashley Blue, Amb 2A, 10.50am; Glenmark-Cheviot v. Woodend, Omi 2A, 10.10am; Hurunui Black v. Saracens Red, Waiau School, 11.20am; Hurunui Blue v. Saracens Blue, Waiau School, 11.20am; Ohoka Black v. Kaiapoi, Mand Jnr 7, 10.50am; Ohoka White v. Saracens Orange, Mand Jnr 8, 10.50am; Oxford Black v. Ohoka Red, Ox 4B, 10.50am; Oxford Red v. Ashley Green, Ox 4A, 10.50am; Saracens Green v. Saracens White, Sbk 3A, 10.50am; Ashley White bye. MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD U6; Amberley v. Ashley Blue, Amb 2B, 10.00am; Ashley White v. Ohoka Green, Lob Lwr Jnr 2, 10.00am; Hurunui Black v. Saracens Red, Waiau School, 10.30am; Hurunui Blue v. Saracens Blue, Waiau School, 10.30am; Ohoka Black v. Saracens Orange, Mand Jnr 7, 10.00am; Ohoka Blue v. Kaiapoi Gold, Mand Jnr 9, 10.00am; Ohoka White v. Kaiapoi Blue, Mand Jnr 8, 10.00am; Oxford Black v. Ohoka Red, Ox 4B, 10.00am; Oxford Red v. Ashley Green, Ox 4A, 10.00am; Saracens Green v. Ashley Gold, Sbk 3B, 10.00am; Woodend bye.

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By CHRIS ROWE Oxford produced a stunning come from behind victory to progress to the semi­final stage of the Luisetti Seeds Country rugby championship. Down 15­27 with 15 minutes to play in the quarter­final, Oxford looked defeated by its Southern opponents which had scored four tries to the five penalties kicked by Shaun Thompson. Industrious captain Stew Dalzell managed a try with 10 minutes to play, but still the match looked gone for the home team. In the last stanzas Oxford mounted its best plays of the match, but with time up Southern just needed to make the ball dead. It failed this simple task and Oxford mounted its best continuity of the game, eventually celebrating when Logan Telfer crashed over for the try. Thompson still had to convert the try, something he did with precision. Matt Keane was faced with a penalty kick on full time to win the match for Glenmark in its quarter­final. The outcome was despair for his side as the Combined side celebrated. Glenmark led 17­5 at one stage and should have been able to close the match out, but the final period produced an intriguing penalty kicking dual as both teams strove for progression to the semi­ final. Glenmark scored tries through No 8 Sam Katoa and centre Chris Keane, who was recognised by his team as the best on the day. Saracens started its Trophy section game well, with English flanker Sam Smith scoring handy to the posts early in the game for first five Dion Jones to convert. After five minutes, however, Rakaia exposed a Saracens mid­field defence, that was not having its best day, to score between the posts. Rakaia scored again two minutes later, showing it was well in the game.

Quarter­finals . . . Oxford (red and black) and Glenmark (blue and gold), which played at Oxford earlier in the season, featured in the Country rugby championship quarter­finals on FILE PHOTO Saturday. The end to end try scoring continued in the 17th minute as Saracens fullback Josh Harrison scored behind the posts making an easy conversion for Jones. He scored again in the 30th minute for Saracens to lead 19­14 at the break. In the 45th minute Rakaia again exposed the Saracens misfiring mid­field defence to score another try between the posts. Rakaia then led right through until the 75th minute, when the Saracens forwards combined to drive lock Mark Smith over for a try. Saracens then attacked the Rakaia line again and from a ruck close the line hooker Mark Frampton got over for a try which was converted by Jones and a 31­21 score line. Saracens players of the day were 2nd­five Brett Hancox’ and Sam Smith. In the Plate, Ashley beat Hampstead courtesy of a masterclass from first­five Lance Taylor, who contributed 30 points

including two tries. Simon Scot and Matt Rowe gathered the other tries for an Ashley side which is finally starting to look more like last season’s North Canterbury champions. The loose trio of Andrew Dunbar, Matt Kippenberger and Ritchie Hancox were prominent throughout. But Hampstead was competitive, gathering four tries of its own. In the Plaque section Kaiapoi overcame Ohoka 21­5 in a match played last Thursday evening under lights. Kaiapoi lock Nacaneli Namata was named the Waimak Real Estate player of the day. He scored two tries, while prop Luka Tootoo gathered the other, reflecting the dominant forward performance eventually produced. Ohoka scored first through flanker Ben Thompson, before Kaiapoi responded with its three tries and Brook Retallick adding the extras.

North Canterbury Rugby Sub-Union results Luisetti Seeds division one, quarter finals: Glenmark 23 Burn/Duns/Irwell 25, Oxford 29 Southern 27, Waihora 35 Celtic 10, Methven 21 Southbridge 19. Luisetti Seeds division one Trophy results: Darfield 36 Lincoln 13, Saracens 31 Rakaia 21. Plate: West Melton 34 Prebbleton 7, Ashley 40 Hampstead 28. Plaque: Rolleston 10 Hornby 12, Ohoka 5 Kaiapoi 21. Mike Greer Homes North Canterbury division two:


Glenmark­Cheviot 47 Ashley 5, Hurunui 27 Woodend 17, Ohoka defaulted to Kaiapoi, Oxford 31 Saracens 6. Metro Colts Cup: Glenmark 46 Ohoka 17, CBHS 2nd XV 17 Hurunui 15. UC Championship: Marlborough BC 46 Rangiora HS 17. Ellesmere/North Canterbury/Mid­Canterbury combined under­18: Malvern Comb won by default from Ashley/Oxford, Celtic 19 Kaiapoi 22, Methven/Rakaia 16 Hurunui 15, Lincoln 20 Waihora 5, Rangiora HS 7 West Melt/Rolleston 22. Combined under­16, section one: Hampstead 34 Kaiapoi 17, Rolleston 34 Celtic 15, West Melton/Southbridge 10 Prebbleton 29. Section two: Lincoln 17 Ashley/Amberley 18, Methven 15 Hurunui 16, Waihora 31 Saracens 5. Mike Greer Homes North Canterbury Ltd under­14: Ohoka 36 Oxford 19, Ashley Blue 8 Kaiapoi 34, Ohoka 31 Ashley Green 17, Oxford won by default from Saracens. Under­13: Ohoka 33 Amberley 43, Ashley 54 Kaiapoi 26, Hurunui 65 Woodend 5, Oxford 49 Saracens 0. Under­11.5: Saracens Red 17 Saracens Blue 32, Ohoka Black 22 Amberley 45, Ashley Blue 12 Kaiapoi 24, Hurunui

Blue 53 Hurunui Black 12, Ohoka Red 20 Oxford 56, Woodend 5 Ashley Green 79. Under­10: Ashley Blue 35 Kaiapoi 40, Hurunui Blue 15 Hurunui Black 50, Saracens Blue 10 Oxford Black 50. Under­9: Ashley Blue 55 Kaiapoi 5, Glenmark­Cheviot 60 Saracens Red 20, Hurunui Blue 30 Hurunui Black 35, Saracens Blue 55 Ashley White 10. Under­8: Ashley Blue win by default from Kaiapoi, Glenmark­Cheviot 35 Saracens Red 50, Hurunui 30 Saracens Orange 25, Ohoka Red 70 Oxford Red 40, Saracens Blue 45 Oxford Black 20. Under­7: Saracens Blue 80 Saracens White 80, Ashley Blue 60 Kaiapoi 75, Glenmark­Cheviot 55 Saracens Red 50, Hurunui Black 65 Hurunui Blue 30, Ohoka Black 75 Amberley 70, Ohoka White 60 Ashley White 55, Oxford Black 50 Saracens Orange 80, Woodend 55 Saracens Green 85. Under­6: Ashley Blue 55 Kaiapoi Gold 50, Ashley Green 55 Kaiapoi Blue 50, Ashley Gold 50 Saracens Orange 50, Hurunui Black 55 Hurunui Blue 55, Ohoka Black 70 Amberley 75, Ohoka Blue 55 Saracens Red 55, Oxford Black 45 Saracens Green 45.



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Unbeaten Hurunui tops table Smallbore results Hurunui Rangers has returned to the top of the senior men’s division 2 points table after a 2­1 win over Coastal Spirit at the weekend The Matt Blair Motors sponsored Hurunui Rangers faced a stern challenge from the visiting Coastal Spirit team at Amberley, with both sides producing opportunities in the first half. The deadlock was broken in the 33rd minute when Louie Page scored to put Hurunui ahead 1­0. However, Coastal Spirit struck back from the restart to lock the scores up at 1­1. Hurunui applied earlier pressure in the second half and regained the lead after five minutes when a magnificent strike rebounded from the crossbar and was met with an equally impressive secondary strike from about 30 metres out. Although both sides pressed for further goals, the score remained 2­1. In the other top of the table clash, Halswell United was held to a 1­1 draw by Universities, allowing Hurunui Rangers to return to the top of the table. Hurunui Rangers presidents 5 Waimak United 4 On a fantastic Sunday afternoon the Matt Blair Motors Hurunui Rangers presidents (featuring Matt Blair) scored its first win of the season against Waimak United. In see­sawing match, young Jo Peach opened the scoring in his first game for the team. Waimak quickly equalised, but the Rangers back four was able to absorb

Undefeated . . . The Hurunui Rangers senior men’s division 2 team remains FILE PHOTO unbeaten. pressure to keep the score 1­1 at half­time. However, a lapse in concentration saw Waimak grab a 2­1 lead early in the second half. This seemed to wake up the Hurunui side, with guest player Dougie Hyde literally scoring from the restart, hitting the ball from half­way over the head of the stranded keeper. Dougie went on to complete a hat­trick as Hurunui raced out to a 5­2 lead, before Waimak scored two late goals to close the gap. Hurunui Rangers 15s 6 Christ’s College 0 Newly promoted from division 4, the Hurunui Rangers under­15 team produced its best performance of the season. The sides were evenly matched for the first 30 minutes until Liam Anderson opened the scoring with a

well­placed shot from the edge of the area. Robson Chiverton extended the lead running on to a through ball and placing it firmly past the keeper. Hurunui led 2­0 at the break 2. The second half started with the Hurunui goal under pressure from a lively Christ’s attack. But this was short­lived as Robson Chiverton completed a hat­trick and Kieran Mitchell scored the goal of the game, heading the ball three times in one move before smashing home an unstoppable shot from the edge of the area.

Other Results: Masters 0 Universities 2, Hurunui Rangers 13s 2 CTFC 7, Hurunui Rangers 12s 1 Nomads 14, 11th Grade Blue 2 Western 1, 10th Grade All Stars 7 Firebirds 1, 10th Grade Stormers 1 Comets 3, 9th Grade Aces 4 Waimak Wolves 3, 8th Grade Lightning 8 Bandits 0, 7th Grade Griffins 0 Warriors 6, 7th Grade Lions 3 Waimak Beetles 4, 6th Grade Hunters 0 Waimak Jets 12, 6th Grade Heroes 5 Thunder 8.

Amberley Smallbore Rifle Club results: May 11: G.Wright 99.5, K.Brown 98.5, I.Frazer 96.3, C.Rhodes 93.3, D.Evans 93.3, M.Parker 92.1, M.Bradley 87.1, T.McIlraith 85.1, C.Bradley 84.0, B.Devine 78.0, G.Evans 76.0, W.Parker 70.1, J.Bradley 63.0. May 18: G.Wright 99.6, C.Griffin 98.5, K.Brown 98.5, M.Young 96.3, C.Rhodes 96.3, R.Harper 95.5, I.Frazer 95.1, D.Evans 91.0, M.Bradley 90.1, Caitlin Rhodes 88.2, T.McIlraith 84.2, C.Bradley 84.1, G.Evans 83.1, M.Parker 83.0, B.Devine 78.0, J.Bradley 67.0, J.Beaton 64.0.

May 25: C.Griffin 100.5, G.Wright 98.6, M.Young 98.5, K.Brown 97.5, R.Harper 96.3, G.Rhodes 95.2, I.Frazer 93.2, T.Rea 91.2, C.Rhodes 89.0, D.McIlraith 87.2, C.Bradley 83.2, M.Bradley 82.0, G.Evans 81.0, M.Parker 78.0, B.Devine 78.0, T.McIlraith 77.0, J.Beaton 67.0, J.Bradley 63.0, N.Bates 62.0. June 1: K.Brown 99.7, G.Wright 99.4, C.Griffin 98.5, R.Harper 98.5, C.Rhodes 96.3, M.Criglington 95.3, W.Parker 92.2, G.Evans 85.1, T.McIlraith 81.1, M.Parker 81.0, J.Beaton 78.3, D.McIlraith78.1, B.Devine 69.0, B.Parker 64.0.

Rga bridge results Saturday Afternoon Cherry Pairs: North/South: Heather Waldron / Jeanette Chatterton 1, East/West: Helen Paterson / Kareen McKay 1. Monday Afternoon Two Day Match (Second): N/S: Jane Jarrett / Sue Solomons 1, Helen Dunn / Allison Fleetwood 2, Kareen McKay / Elizabeth Bryden­ Evans 3. E/W: Mary Bain / Noel Bain 1, Brian

Tomlinson / Liz Partridge 2, Linda Joyce Dawn Simpson, Judith Driver / Jan Roose equal 3. Wednesday Evening Plate Pairs: N/S: Ian Brash / Tony Biddington 1, Shirley Symns / Dave Putt 2, Margaret Luisetti / Nikki Luisetti 3. E/W: Barry Smart / Lester Garlick 1, Linda Joyce / Jeanette Joyce 2, Jenny Hassall / Stephanie Galbraith 3.



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Rural Views - Town Location. If you are looking for a home with peaceful surroundings and a rural view, then look no further. This superb, modern home is located in a cul-de-sac with the grounds overlooking rural land. Open-plan living area with a modern kitchen, dining area and lounge heated by gas fire and heat pump, three double bedrooms, en suite with tiled underfloor heating, family bathroom with separate bath and shower and double garage. Beautifully landscaped with easy-care garden beds, glasshouse. View today you won’t be disappointed. | Property ID AM1019

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Larger Lifestyle. Larger lifestyle with options, a bonus is the additional grazing available on the Reserve Crown Land adjacent to the stream margins. The three bedroom home, with spacious living, is situated in an attractive setting and is sheltered by mature specimen trees. An in ground pool, with a covered barbeque area complete the picture. A number of sheds including implement, hay and wool sheds plus a 100 x 11 metre shed with concrete floor. Subdivided into 11 paddocks. A picturesque stream runs through most paddocks. Situated on a sealed country road, just 37km to Amberley. | Property ID AM1018

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As Is Where Is. This lifestyle block, with a grand two storey homestead built circa 1870s, is located only five minutes’ from Amberley. Spacious ground floor living with open-plan kitchen/dining and family room with separate, formal dining-sunroom plus a formal lounge. Six bedrooms, two of which have modern tiled en suite. Once the restoration has been completed, this homestead will make a wonderful family home for a large family or dependant relatives. | Property ID AM1015



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I’m On Top Of The World. That’s the feeling you get when you stand on this fabulous, elevated section, looking down over the sparkling waters of South Bay and the Pacific Ocean beyond. This gently sloping section is outstanding in locality, surrounded by quality housing with wrap-around mountain view, safe walking tracks, set amongst established plantings. Services to boundary. Vendor wants action - so be quick for this bargain-priced piece of paradise. Close enough to walk to town. | Property ID TU10549





8 St James Street 714m2

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Noel Lowery 027 432 8859 Jack Lowery 027 472 8644 Ideal First Home. • Sunny, north-facing, three bedroom, low maintenance home • Spacious open-plan living with heat pump and nightstore heating • Separate bathroom with bath and shower. Double garage plus attached workshop • Established setting, close to all amenities | Property ID LE1520

Noel Lowery 027 432 8859 Jack Lowery 027 472 8644 The Good Life On 10 Hectares. Cattle, horses, sheep, olive grove and vege garden. This property offers a lifestyle at an affordable level. Permanent material, four bedroom home, steel-frame utility shed plus 2-bay hay barn and small set of cattle yards. Situated between Leeston and Southbridge, easy commuting distance to city. Owners want action! | Property ID LE1517


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James Murray 027 436 8103 Canterbury

Jenny Rouse 027 314 6119 Canterbury


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Maurice Newell 027 240 1718 Canterbury

Noel Lowery 027 432 8859

You Will Be Impressed. Beautifully presented, quaint two double bedroom, low maintenance cottage. Hostess kitchen with Bosch stainless steel appliances. Dining area with adjoining lounge opening to a lovely private, established garden setting. North-facing with rural views, the home is heated by a log fire and has been renovated - modern décor throughout. King-size single garage with storage, lean-to shed and garden shed complete the package. Viewing will impress. | Property ID LE1521

Barry Keys 027 434 7689 Canterbury

Kathy Thompson 021 229 0600 Kaikoura

Allan Gifford 027 226 2379 Marlborough

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Thursday June 4 2015

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Southbrook progress slow Construction are installing new stormwater mains along Station Road. For commuters stuck in bumper­to­ Night work this week closed the bumper traffic during peak hours on southbound lane on Southbrook Rangiora’s Southbrook Road, the Road to allow water mains and power work on the much­needed upgrade ducting to be installed across must seem painfully slow. Southbrook Road. However, progress is being made The upgrade, which involves the and the work is planned to be Southbrook Road, Station Road, completed by late August this year. Lineside Road, Flaxton Road The Waimakariri District Council intersections, is being done in says work is being focused on conjunction with the development of constructing the Mitre 10 MEGA the new PAK’nSAVE supermarket entrance of the new intersection and which is scheduled for completion in footpath preparation along the front July. of the business. The cost of the work is being Power ducting has been installed shared by the Waimakariri District under the new footpath for the new Council and Foodstuffs (South street lights and a new footpath will Island) Ltd, PAK’nSAVE’s New be completed once the new street Zealand owners. lights and traffic signals have been The upgrade involves: installed. A new signalised intersection on The footpath in front of the new Southbrook Road, at the entrance of PAK’nSAVE supermarket site was Mitre 10 MEGA and the new closed to pedestrians on April 28 PAK’nSAVE supermarket, to control until further notice. traffic movements in and out of these Pedestrians are being directed businesses. across Southbrook Road using a A new footpath along the temporary refuge island to reach the frontage of Mitre 10 MEGA to provide new footpath in front of Mitre 10 a better walking link for pedestrians. MEGA. Kerb and channel on both sides A second crossing point near of Station Road plus a footpath link McDonald’s takeaway restaurant into the supermarket. will allow pedestrians to cross back. The Waimakariri District The entrance to the new Council is also taking the PAK’nSAVE supermarket is also opportunity to do realignment work being constructed and safety fencing at the Flaxton Road­Lineside Road around the PAK’nSAVE site has been intersection during the upgrade. The relocated inwards to allow more intersection will be moved slightly space to work along the roadside. east, closer to McDonalds takeaway Mainpower had also been on site restaurant, and will be squared up to relocating existing power cables make the intersection safer. A within this area to supply power to footpath link through to McDonalds the new traffic signals, and Dormer will also be constructed. By SHELLEY TOPP

Skating action . . . A skateboarding competition proved popular during the Skate Jam at PHOTO: DAVID HILL Kaiapoi’s Trousselot Park recently.

Skate Jam proves popular popping along to look, and some even giving it a go. A Skate Jam proved popular with young Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers and old in Kaiapoi on Saturday, May 23. popped along to enjoy a sausage and was Waimakariri District Council youth co­ pleased to see the skate park in use. ordinator Tina Curry said Kaiapoi ‘‘It’s a good initiative for the district youngsters were so keen, they were and something positive that the youth lining up hours before a Skate Jam, waited for, for quite a while after the organised by WaiYouth to launch Youth quakes and so it’s good to see it being Week in the district, got under way at well used.’’ Trousselot Park on Saturday. Cheap Skates provided free skating ‘‘I came here at 9am to set up and we lessons and skate hire and sponsored a already had young kids here ready to go, competition. and it didn’t start until 12pm. They were Skating coach Scott Buckner said he really excited about it, which is really was impressed with the new skate park. good.’’ ‘‘This is such a great facility. It’s really Ms Curry said the feedback she has diverse ­ you’ve got transitional features received indicates the new skate park at and some street features, it’s a really Trousselot Park, which was opened good mix. We don’t have many skate earlier this year, is proving popular with parks like this in Christchurch.’’ young and old, and ‘‘the young people are Mr Buckner said he had taught Mayors taking pride in it and wanting to keep it from Ashburton, Selwyn and Christchurch to skate, but he had no such clean, because we’re doing things for them’’. luck with the Waimakariri Mayor. She said there was a wide range of ages More skate jams are planned for at the Skate Jam, from young kids to Rangiora’s Dudley Park, and possibly teenagers, with parents and other adults Oxford, later in the year. By DAVID HILL

This week’s open homes in North Canterbury

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The News

Thursday June 4 2015

Recycled furniture Rick Rubens gave up his sales job, moved to Leithfield and opened a business using reclaimed materials to create unique designer furniture. He also builds new furniture, incorporating one or two character elements from an old piece and pulls furniture to bits and rebuilds it. ‘‘I restyle, renovate and create in my workshop in Leithfield, Amberley,’’ says Rick, who says the business began following a ‘‘mid­life crisis’’. Rick is now keen to pass on some of his techniques to others and is holding a workshop ­ Hurunui Recycling Upcycling Workshop ­ on June 19 from 7pm to 9pm. There is only space for six at the workshop and Rick invites them to either chose a piece of used furniture from the selection at Hurunui Recycling which could cost up to $30, or bring one that they have put aside at their own home. Rick says he will help with ideas, techniques and what tools to use to get creative in their own homes. To book for the workshop phone (03) 314 8268.

Glenmark turns 100 Glenmark will celebrate a milestone on June 14. A commemorative plaque will be unveiled at the Glenmark Domain to celebrate the 100th year anniversary since the Glenmark Settlement ballot was held. It will be followed by a luncheon at the Waipara Memorial Hall. At its peak Glenmark Station covered around 150,000 acres reaching from the Waipara River to the Hurunui River. It included 80,000 acres of freehold land, and ran more than 90,000 sheep. At the time of his death in 1905, owner George Henry Moore, a much smaller ‘Glenmark’ was left to his daughter Annie Townend. Glenmark Station was sold to the Government in December 1914 after the death of Annie, to help pay the death duties on the remainder of the estate. More than 11,000 acres, at 10 pounds per acre, had been bought by the government who described the land as: ‘‘all close to the railway, is very easy to the road, and is particularly suitable for close settlement and for agriculture.’’ On June 18, 1915 a ballot was held, by the Commissioner of Land for Canterbury, to sell off 25 sections of the Glenmark Settlement with two set aside for a proposed freezing works at Waipara. The freezing works was later abandoned and the two sections sold. Of the 25 sections that went to ballot, 23 were first class land, ranging from 11 acres to 897 acres, and two sections were second class land, one block of 971 acres and one of 1256 acres. Four hundred people attended the King’s Theatre in Christchurch for the ballot of the 25 sections of the original Hogget Block of the Glenmark Estate. The ballot lasted all day finishing at 8.30 pm. A book of histories of each of the blocks of land balloted for 100 years ago has been organised by Pat Corbett a past resident on one of the blocks of land. The book is the story of those 27 parcels of land and the people of Glenmark 100 years on from the ballot, as told by the descendants of the original landowners and many of those who have lived and farmed on the land in the intervening years. If you would like more information about the book, or the Celebration Day, please contact Sally Thomson on 027 6146 822 or Pat Corbett on 03 3149 904.

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694A Lineside Rd, Rangiora 03 313 5026 Opposite McDonalds


The Hurunui District Council has a single bedroom unit available for rent in Waikari. Letting information and application forms are available on the Council’s website www.hurunui.govt.nz or by contacting Josie Hemmings (Property Officer), Hurunui District Council, Ph: 03 314 0109.

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Fire & Ice Cafe Restaurant & Bar Limited has made application to the District Licensing Committee at Amberley for the grant of the On-Licence in respect of the premises situated at 37 Amuri Avenue, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui district known as Fire & Ice Cafe Restaurant & Bar. The general nature of the business conducted under the licence is that of a Restaurant – Cafe. The days on which and the hours during which alcohol is sold under the licence are: Monday to Sunday from 8am to 1am.


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Property Wanted

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Senior Contract Manager, Roading Maintenance North Canterbury Sicon Ferguson Ltd operates in central South Island and has over 200 staff engaged in maintenance and construction projects for key local government and private clients. We are currently to fill a key senior role in our team of Contract Managers that will be responsible for a large Roading Maintenance Contract in the North of Canterbury. Reporting to the General Manager – Roading Maintenance, the position will be a senior member of our Roading Maintenance Division in the company. Key to the role is client relationship management as is infrastructure asset management and pricing experience so a proven track record in these areas is essential. Experience in NEC contracts, RAMM Contractor and Conject would also be preferred. As the successful candidate, you will be an integral part of our team working with other contract and operations managers to deliver quality results on time and on budget. Accordingly, we are seeking enquiries from experienced Contract Managers with a background in managing people in a fast moving operational environment. Tertiary qualified applicants are preferred but we recognize that experience counts too, and are keen to progress people who fit into our culture and great team. To apply, please visit our website www.siconferguson.co.nz or email your CV and covering letter to recruit@sicon.co.nz. Otherwise, enquiries are welcome by calling our recruitment line on 027 278 3821 quoting reference 095.

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Canterbury owned and operated for over 60 years

OPEN: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm


All livestock fencing and animal handling facilities designed and constructed. Fence repairs and maintenance. Quality workmanship and advice.

Call Allan for a quote 021 049 6151.




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



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

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

Timber Sales

Locally owned and operated

Quality Timber at discounted prices We have a wide range of timber

90x45 New Zealand Oregon Untreated $2.00 per meter Or H1.2 $2.50 per meter Plus decking, fencing, farm pack special and more

Pop in and see us or view our products online at www.royaltimber.co.nz Open Monday to Friday 7.30am - 4.30pm and Saturday 8am – 12 noon


Call David on 029 770 9204 Amy 021 650 609 99 Mairehau Road, Burw rwood, w just off Marshlands Road BRING BRIN BR ING IN G THIS TH HIS I ADVERT ADV DVER ERT T IN AND AND D RECEIVE REC E EIIVE VE A 10% 10% 10 % DISCOUNT DISC DI SC COU OUNT NT ON ON YOUR YO OUR R ORDER ORD R ER R


Waterblasting Ltd Servicing Canterbury Commercial & Residential

• Graffiti Removal • Blocked Drains • Pre Paint Cleaning • Moss & Algae Removal Cleaning Drains pre winter • Silicone Sealing (Brick & Block Work) • Concrete / Driveways / Ashphalt • Houses • Schools • Dairy Sheds



Water Blasting

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

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


Windows & Doors

8am-5pm Weekdays 8am-2pm Saturday 215 Waltham Rd, Sydenham Ph (03) 379 6159 info@windowmarket.co.nz Fax (03) 962 1012 www.windowmarket.co.nz


WINDOW MARKET PLACE • New & Used • Timber & Aluminium • Windows & Doors




(0800 748 325) Mobile 0274 369 187 Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed

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Thursday June 4 2015

Arthur Burke Ltd

North Canterbury’s Holden and Suzuki Dealership WINTER WIPEOUT ON SELECTED USED BIKES 2011 Suzuki LTF400

2 to choose from, 4x4, just been fully serviced


2012 Suzuki LTF250 Ozark

2 to choose from, 2x4, just been serviced


1999 Suzuki LTF160

Quadrunner 2x4


2013 Suzuki LTF400, 4X4, Manual .............................. $7895 2011 Suzuki LTF400, 4X4, Manual .............................. $5895 2013 Suzuki LTA500, 4X4, Auto ................................... $8995 2011 Suzuki LTF400, 4X4, Manual .............................. $5895 2013 Suzuki LTA500, 4X4, Auto ................................... $7895 2006 Honda TRX350 4X4, Manual .............................. $3695 2013 Suzuki LTA500XPL3, Auto ................................... $7500

Sales: James DDI 03 314 0132 Amberley Service: Ryan DDI 03 314 0134










$38990 ,










Offers available on new cars sold by June 30 2015 or while stocks lasts. Not available with any other offers.

The seriously tough Holden Colorado has enough grunt to handle any job. Its spacious interior comes with all the mod-cons too, including a 7” colour touchscreen, packed with class-leading Holden MyLink technology. If you’re after a truck that works just as hard as you do, head to your Holden Dealer or visit holden.co.nz.


Sales: (03) 314 0135 Neville or 027 220 2341 Craig Service: (03) 314 0131 Tim

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